Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The menu is packed with seafood options both as dinner or baskets. I've had the fish and chips and shrimp dinners. They also have sandwich or burger options for the lighter appetite. A full service bar is manned by friendly bartenders.
I always give Bubba Gump's an overall "A" for service, pricing, and atmosphere. Located at Universal Studios City Walk, the prices are higher than away from the park but that's always to be expected. It is, however, always a positive experience for our family, and we think, if you're in the mood for seafood or the Forrest Gump theme, you'll enjoy it as much as we do.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Tickets for future concerts and events can be purchased at www.amwaycenter.com or ticketmaster.com.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I was a little surprised to see so few people there but I think the location has something to do with it. Located on the water way back in the park, Lombard's isn't too far from the Men in Black attraction. I've been to Universal Studios many times and walked past it every time for years. So, for me, it's a bit of a new discovery but I was glad I did.
Lombard's Landing also has a deal going on for $44.95/each you can dine and stay for the after hours show watching it from the deck. That's a little steep for me but for group of adults who don't have to get up for work the next morning it would be a nice experience.
Check out the menu to the left. Reservations are required. You can make them at www.UniversalOrlando.com or at the guest services kiosk located just inside the entrance to City Walk.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
At Universal Studios City Walk, if you can't find a way to have fun then you're in trouble. City Walk is a street full of bars, restaurants, shopping, mini golf, and more. In fact, it has everything for a good time without the cars.
A great place for a date or a special occasion, City Walk has first class dining like Emeril's or casual but fun like Margaritaville or Bubba Gump's. Visit shops like Quiet Flight Surf Shop, Cigarz, or The Island Clothing Store.
City Walk has Quick Serve burgers, Starbucks, and TCBY. There is too much to mention but it's all great.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
If you want a high class dining experience when visiting Orlando's parks make a reservation and enjoy lunch or dinner at Emeril's Orlando. Created by the award-winning master chef, Emeril Legasse, this place is head and shoulders above any other restaurant at the parks. Emeril's anywhere else would be a jacket & tie dining venue but since it's in a vacation area the dress is nice casual but the service and quality is excellent.
If you are a fan of Emeril and have seen him on TV, then you know he is a world-class chef and a great guy. He personally overseas and plans the menus at Emeril's. Since he's such a famous brand, perfection is his only standard.
You won't get any deals here but, if you're willing to spend more for the experience you'll love it. Lunch can be burgers, pizza, or steak and can range over $20 each. They also have a 3-course lunch with starters, entrees, and dessert. Dinner goes from $32 to $50 for the 8 oz. fillet Mignon. I recommend the sea scallops or the gulf shrimp pasta but only because I lean toward the seafood. The last time we dined there my wife had a 2.5 lb Maine lobster that I should have on my wall.
Service is A+, so is the food quality. I won't rate the prices because at a place like Emeril's, it's not a consideration. Bottom line, it's an occasion restaurant but for most of us, it's an experience of a lifetime.
Enjoy, or as Emeril would say, "BAM"!
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The younger visitors will enjoy the Ride of the HippoGriff and all will thrill to the Harry potter and the Forbidden Journey. This one is inside the castle and will truly rattle your cage! You'll have all the modern effects of Harry Potter right in your face and participate in a virtual Quidditch game.
Something is brewing to the left here. Apparently a stage is being built for shows. Anybody know?
Sunday, January 6, 2013
One of the special parts of a vacation to the happiest place on earth is the accommodations. The Walt Disney World complex hosts a variety of hotels but I've always been partial to the original three. Settled on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon are the Contemporary Hotel, The Polynesian, and added many years later, the Grand Floridian.
Ranging from $299 - around $1400 a night, the prices are a little steep for many, but there are benefits. Many families come to town wishing to eliminate driving around an unfamiliar place, Vacations are supposed to be fun and once on Disney property everything you need for your vacation is available along with world-class service. There is transportation, scenery, and the ambiance of staying in the "Mouse House" for the entire vacation. After a day at any of the parks or water parks, weary travelers can't imagine having to drive off property to secure some sleep. All the hotels have comforts such as movies, swimming areas, jet skis, sailing, luaus, (at the Polynesian), etc. The monorail actually runs right through the center of the Contemporary Hotel. There are numerous activities for the kids like you might find on cruise ships, character dining, and much more.
Vacation packages can be booked on-line. I recommend these since the prices are considerably higher than off site, but shop around. Also consider military and AAA Club discounts.
The only down side of staying on property is the premium price tag that goes with the convenience. Rooms are luxurious but basic. Last time I stayed in the Polynesian there wasn't even a coffee maker in the room. The whole design, while plush, is set to make you go out of your room and not sleep in. (Unless you're the fortunate one who can afford the luxury suites).
Sound like I'm trying to discourage you? Not at all. The Disney folks run shuttles from Orlando International Airport so you can save hundreds on rental cars and fuel. Mom and Dad can be chauffeured everywhere and not touch a gas pedal. Not to mention you can bee at any of the parks within minutes of waking up! So, I would see what offers you can get from Disney.go.com, Travelocity, or the other sites.