Category: Things to do in Orlando

Review of the Arnold Palmer Golf Course at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Florida

9th Hole at the Reunion Resort Arnold Palmer Golf Course
9th Hole at the Reunion Resort Arnold Palmer Golf Course

The Reunion Resort is a luxury vacation rental community located around 10 minutes from Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Reunion Resort is known for high end luxury vacation rentals but it also has three championship golf courses which were designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson so a very high pedigree.

Reunion Resort Vacation Rentals are not the only reason to stay there!

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The Blues Brothers Show at Universal Studios Orlando

I recently visited both Universal Studios Orlando theme parks in one day with a park to park ticket. It was a long 12 hour day but awesome fun. We arrived at Universal Studios for 11am with a plan to stay until the nightly fireworks which were at 10pm.

I will go in to more detail in other blog posts about the other attractions but one of the best shows they have which has been at Universal Studios since March 1991 in the Blues Brother, based on the 1980 Blues Brother movie which starred Dan Aykroyd  and John Belushi as Elwood and Jake Blues. If you haven’t seen it I suggest you check it out as it’s a great movie with an amazing soundtrack which is where the show was created from.

The Blues Brothers show is set in the New York part of the Universal Studios Orlando park and features some of the classic songs from the movie. It’s normally on 5 times a day but check the local listings when arriving at the park.

If you are planning to visit Universal Studios Orlando this is a must and always draws a big crowd.

Universal Studios is located around 20 minutes from all of our 550 Orlando vacation rentals which are mainly located on HWY27, HWY192 and HWY54 so they are an ideal base from which to explore all of the Orlando theme park attractions.

I hope you enjoy this short video of the Blues Brother show at Universal Studios in Orlando.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball

Although located an hour and a half outside of Orlando in St. Petersburg, spending an evening at Tropicana Field cheering on the home baseball team, the Tampa Bay Rays, is certainly worth the drive. The domed stadium, built in the 1990’s, is located in downtown St. Petersburg, easily accessible from the I-275. The enclosed grounds ensures that no game will ever be cancelled due to Florida’s many summer thunderstorms, and the temperature inside stays at a cool 72 degrees at all times. Parking is simple too; Tropicana Field has large on-site parking lots, usually costing $15 per car. However, as a constant visitor to the Rays games, I recommend parking in one of the many off-site lots, usually costing $5.

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My Favourite Shop at the Mall at Millenia in Orlando, Florida

Anthropologie at the Mall at Millenia in Orlando Florida
Anthropologie at the Mall at Millenia in Orlando Florida

We travel to Orlando, Florida a few times a year, but at the top of my personal shopping list is a browse round a small store in the Mall at Millennia called Anthropologie.  Located in a quiet corner on the ground floor of the mall, the seating outside will be full of husbands and boyfriends falling asleep as their partners are trying on stunning outfits!  The window displays are something to behold and admire, even before you enter the shop, changing with each season, they often use inventive ways to recycle old everyday items into stunning works of art.  It’s an interesting place to be swathed in lovely clothes and fabulous home décor.  A different world to all the chain brands you would normally see in the mall, Anthropologie is for those that want to stand out from the crowd.  I’m a huge fan of the knitwear, and make it a personal goal to finda new addition to my wardrobe with each visit.  The assistants in the store are very friendly, and only too happy to help put together an outfit for you, or run for a different size from the changing room.  For those looking for a bargain, you have to explore the ‘sale grotto’ at the rear of the shop, tucked away on the left hand side.  Enjoy! – Claire, VR360

The Proper Pie Company – Davenport, Florida

Meat Pie

The Proper Pie Company is located on Highway 27, just 1.25 miles south of the I-4, a hidden gem to both tourists and residents. As the name suggests, this English style bakery whips up over 200 freshly baked pies a day.

With over twenty different flavors, from the traditional to the eccentric, there is a treat in store for every member of the family. Customary English favorites such as Steak and Guinness, Cornish pasties, and Steak and Kidney fill the shelves of the deli. They are accompanied by some more unusual, yet equally mouth-watering varieties like Chicken Curry, Shepherd’s Pie in a Pie, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and Beef Stroganoff, just to name a few. All of the pies can be left in the fridge for 4 to 5 days, and they all freeze well.

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