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Beyond Disney : The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando, Seaworld & the Best of Central Florida

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According to the Orlando Tourism Bureau, Orlando hosted 47 million domestic and international visitors in 2009 (the most recent year available). Includes comprehensive coverage on the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" which opened in 2010Both "Universal" "Orlando(R) " and "SeaWorld(R)" remain in the top theme parks to visit in the United States- each with attendance of almost 5 million in 2009. "Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure" attendance is expected to increase with the much anticipated arrival of the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter"show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 28mm | 340.19g
  • Frommermedia
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 7th Revised edition
  • maps
  • 0470886080
  • 9780470886083
  • 254,720

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From the publishers of The Unofficial Guide(R) to Walt Disney World (R)"A Tourist's Best Friend!" --Chicago Sun-Times"Indispensable" --The New York TimesFive Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide (R) Comprehensive coverage of theme parks, dinner theater, mini-golf, water parks, adventure outings, sports, museums, and moreField-tested Touring Plans for Universal Orlando that can save four hours of standing in line a day Extensive coverage of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal OrlandoComplete descriptions and ratings for all the best non-Disney hotels for familiesInsider tips on the best restaurants, buffets, and meal dealsHotels & attractions, ranked and ratedInsider tips that save you time & moneyshow more

Table of contents

List of Maps. About the Authors. Introduction. Why "Unofficial"? There's Another World Out There. The Attraction That Ate Florida. Trying to Reason with the Tourist Season. It Takes More Than One Book to Do the Job Right. Letters and Comments from Readers. PART ONE Accommodations. Orlando Lodging Options. Selecting and Booking a Hotel. Getting a Good Deal on a Room. Condominiums and Vacation Homes. Orlando's Best Hotels for Families. International Drive & Universal Areas. Lake Buena Vista & I-4 Corridor. US 192 Area. Hotels and Motels: Rated and Ranked. What's in a Room? Room Ratings. A Word about Toll-free Telephone Numbers. The 30 Best Hotel Values. HOW THE HOTELS COMPARE. HOTEL INFORMATION CHART. PART TWO Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Getting There. Admission Prices. Arriving. Contacting Busch Gardens. Attractions. Morocco. Egypt. Nairobi. Timbuktu. Congo. Jungala. Sesame Street Safari of Fun. Stanleyville. Bird Gardens. Dining. Shopping. PART THREE Legoland Florida. Getting There. Admission Prices. Contacting Legoland Florida. Attractions. Fun Town. Duplo Village. Miniland USA. Castle Hill. Land of Adventure. Xtreme. Pirate's Cove. Lego City. Imagination Zone. Botanical Gardens. Dining. Shopping. PART FOUR Gatorland. Getting There. Admission Prices. Arriving. Contacting Gatorland. Attractions. Gatorland Adventure Tours. Dining. Shopping. PART FIVE The Holy Land Experience. Getting There. Admission Prices. Arriving. Contacting The Holy Land Experience. Attractions. Dining. Shopping. PART SIX Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Getting There. Admission Prices. Arriving. Contacting Kennedy Space Center. Attractions. Visitor Center Complex Hub. Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour. Other Tours. Viewing a Launch. Dining. Shopping. PART SEVEN SeaWorld. Getting There. Admission Prices. Arriving. Contacting SeaWorld. Attractions. Dining. Shopping. Discovery Cove. Getting There. Prices and Reservations. Arriving. PART EIGHT Universal Orlando. Disney's Hollywood Studios versus Universal Studios Florida. Universal Orlando. Lodging at Universal Orlando. Arriving at Universal Orlando. Early Entry and Universal Express. Singles Lines. Lockers. Universal, Kids, and Scary Stuff. Quitting Time. TNA Wrestling and Blue Man Group. Universal Studios Florida. Universal Studios Florida Attractions. Live Entertainment at Universal Studios. Universal Studios Florida Touring Plan. Buying Admission to Universal Studios Florida. Universal Studios Florida One-day Touring Plan. Universal's Islands of Adventure. Beware of the Wet and Wild. Getting Oriented at Islands of Adventure. Decisions, Decisions. Universal's Islands of Adventure Attractions. Marvel Super Hero Island. Toon Lagoon. Jurassic Park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Lost Continent. Seuss Landing. Universal's Islands of Adventure Touring Plan. Rolling the Dice with Harry Potter. Universal's Islands of Adventure One-day Touring Plan. PART NINE The Water Parks and Water Sports. Wet 'n Wild, Aquatica, and Adventure Island versus Disney Water Parks. A Flume-to-Flume Comparison. Wet 'n Wild. Body and Mat Slides. Raft and Tube Rides. Other Attractions. WakeZone. Aquatica by SeaWorld. Raft and Tube Rides. Other Attractions. Adventure Island. Admission Prices. Arriving. Getting There. Contacting Adventure Island. Raft Rides. Body and Mat Slides. Other Attractions. Water Sports. Buena Vista Watersports. Orlando Watersports Complex. PART TEN Miniature Golf. PART ELEVEN Old Town and Fun Spot USA. Old Town. Getting There. Admission Prices. Arriving. Contacting Old Town. Rides and Attractions. Nonticket Rides/Attractions. Ticket Rides. Dining. Shopping. Fun Spot USA. Getting There. Admission Prices. Arriving. Contacting Fun Spot. Rides and Attractions. PART TWELVE International Drive. Plan Ahead. Getting There. Attractions. PART THIRTEEN Airboat Tours, Horse Rides, Zoos, and Nature Tours. Airboats. Airboat Tours. Other Animal Attractions. PART FOURTEEN Museums and Cultural Attractions. Kids and Museums. Attractions. PART FIFTEEN After Dark. Dinner Shows. The Shows. Family-friendly Comedy Show. Universal Orlando CityWalk. Getting There. Admission Prices. Arriving. Contacting CityWalk. CityWalk Clubs. Downtown Orlando/Church Street Station Area. Getting There. Bars and Clubs. PART SIXTEEN Dining. Dining outside Walt Disney World. Take Out Express. WHERE TO EAT OUTSIDE WALT DISNEY WORLD. One Man's Treasure. Buffets and Meal Deals Outside Walt Disney World. Fast Food in the Theme Parks. Dining at Universal Orlando. Universal Orlando Restaurant Profiles. INDEXES AND READER SURVEY. Accommodations Index. Restaurants Index. Subject Index. L I S T of MAPS. South Orlando and Walt Disney World Area. Hotel Concentrations around Orlando Area Attractions. International Drive and Universal Areas. Lake Buena Vista Resort Area and the I-4 Corridor. US 192-Kissimmee Resort Area. Rental-home Developments. Busch Gardens. Legoland. Gatorland. The Holy Land Experience. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. SeaWorld. Discovery Cove. Universal Orlando. Universal Studios Florida. Islands of Adventure. Universal Orlando-CityWalk. ?Vshow more

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