Sunday, June 30, 2013
Jambalaya - Great stuff!
The atmosphere is awesome and the service is warm and friendly. The menu has everything from shrimp and craw fish to burgers with fries. The place is clean, well-attended to, and has two full-service bars. Reservations are recommended but not required. You will enjoy it for it's ambiance and overall quality. We go there frequently and always come away feeling satisfied. I give it an "A". If you have annual passes to Universal Studios they give you a 15% discount. Everything about Bubba Gump's is positive. I can't say enough about what a wonderful dining experience it is!
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
When you book at Hard Rock or any of the other on-site hotels you also get ExpressPass privilege that gets you past the general lines and onto the rides faster. This is a valuable plus especially when in Florida in the summer with little kids. You really avoid a lot of the stress of vacation and save a great deal of your time. Stay at the Hard Rock when you visit Orlando. You will be glad you did.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Transformers The Ride 3-D opened on Thursday to a lot of excitement and fanfare with a parade of villains, heroes, and Hummers touring down the street as crowds lined up to see the battle between Optimus Prime and the forces of evil. Opening day was extravagant and the crowds stood in 90 degree heat to be the first inside one the red carpet rolled up.
|courtesy of Universal Studios|
The Transformer ride itself was really pretty awesome. You sit in a car carrying 12 people and wind your way through streets in the middle of a war between Optimus Prime and the Bots. The technology and effects are topnotch which you night expect from Universal. This one will be a real hit with Transformers fans and everyone else as well. It was really well done but I don't think it's opening will be as big as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was. I also don't think Universal expects it to. It was, however, a superb ride in every way.
What I did notice is that even though the crowds were long there was plenty of rope set up as though expecting a bigger crowd. The only flaw , if there was one, is that the ride is almost an exact copy of Spiderman at Islands of Adventure. It was like they took a template and copied it by just changing the characters and background. Even the cars in the ride were almost identical. It didn't however, take away from the fun and excitement. If you have never been on Spiderman I do believe you'll enjoy it more. Judge for yourself but it was a great ride anyway.
|courtesy of Universal Studios|
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
|Photo courtesy of Texas de Brazil|
When visiting Orlando and you're looking for a fine dining experience, Texas de Brazil Churrascaria (steakhouse) is definitely one you don't want to miss. Located at the east end of International Drive and right across Interstate 4 from Universal Studios, Texas de Brazil will make you go away and look for a place to lie down!
When you enter you are greeted by a first rate wait staff who greet you and escort you to your seat. You can start with a drink from the full service bar or order table drinks. I like to get a few bottles of sparkling water and iced tea.
Your manager will visit you and the service is second to none. Prices are a little more than a family of four usually spends. Children under 2 are free, children 2-5 are $5.00, 6-12, half-price, and adults are $46.99. They give 10% discount for folks over 65 and 15% for military and veterans.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Located at the far east end of Downtown Disney in Orlando, Rain Forest appears in the form of a volcano that towers over the rest of the complex. As you enter you are met with gorillas, giraffes, elephants, and monkeys, all animatronic, who come to life every 12 minutes as a rain storm moves through the restaurant and gives the kids a thrill. Seating is on a waiting list but you can make reservations online as long as you do it 24-48 hours in advance.
Pricing is a little on the high side. If you stick to lunch items you can eat for about $65-$75 for a family of four. Dinner for four costs us between $95 and $100 without appetizer or dessert so it's a little more than the average family usually spends but if you only come to Orlando occasionally it is worth the experience. They do have a kids menu which has a good variety of choices.