GPS Address for Walt Disney World & Other Central Florida Attractions

Summary: Below you’ll find the GPS Address for Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom,  EPCOT, Universal Studios, Sea World, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Busch Gardens, Aquatica, Amway Center, and other GPS addresses for Central Florida Attractions.

How to find Disney World with a GPS:  Use the GPS addresses in the list below:
You may want to print out this list of GPS addresses to use on your vacation in Central Florida.

GPS Address for Disney World
1180 Seven Seas Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

GPS Address for The Magic Kingdom
1180 Seven Seas Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

GPS Address for EPCOT
200 Epcot Center Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

GPS Address for Disney’s Hollywood Studios
351 South Studio Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

GPS Address for Disney’s Animal Kingdom
551 Rainforest Road
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

GPS Address for Typhoon Lagoon
1135 E. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

GPS Address for Blizzard Beach
1500 W. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

GPS Address for Sea World
7007 Sea World Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

GPS Address for Busch Gardens
1001 N.McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

GPS Address for Aquatica
5800 Water Play Way-
Orlando, FL 32821

GPS Address for Discovery Cove
6000 Discovery Cove Way
Orlando, FL 32821

GPS Address for Amway Center
400 Church Street
Orlando, FL 32801

GPS Address for Universal Studios
6000 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

GPS Address for Island of Adventure
6000 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

GPS Address for Orlando International Airport
9000 Airport Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32827

GPS Address for Downtown Disney
1780 E. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Best place to buy a beach lake or island vacation rental home or condo

Summary: How to research the best place to buy a beach lake or island vacation rental home or condo

We’re thinking of buying a condo or home on a beach near Lake or on an island. Any idea if they run well? Q. have any suggestions as to a good area where we should begin our search?
Chuck’s Answer: If it were me, I’d research the listings for your target city at the top sites (,, etc.) Then I’d pick up the phone and call a few owners and be straight with them: “I’m considering buying a condo in your area to rent. Can you give me any advice?”

Naturally, some vacation rental owners won’t talk with you , but some will. And of the owners who talk with you, you’ll have to filter what they say because they may or may not be telling the whole truth. Still, at the end of your exercise, you’ll know much, much more than before you started.

The rental markets in different parts of Florida are considerably different (Keys, Panhandle, East Coast, Gulf Coast, Disney Area). For example, peak rental seasons in the Disney area are Summertime and school holidays when kids are out of school. But in most other parts of Florida, peak seasons are in the winter when travelers are trying to escape the cold.

Cedar Point: One of America’s Top Roller Coaster Parks

Cedar point has no sit down “theme” type attractions, but if you are fond of theme parks, you’ll find that it’s one of the top roller coaster parks in America.

In the past several years, several popular indoor water park hotels have been built very near Cedar Point. Recently we’ve stayed at the Great Bear Lodge and Castaway Bay, which have large indoor waterparks.

Check out these hotels near Cedar Point.

Honeymoon in a Vacation Home

Congratulations, you’ve found the one, said your vows, and you’re ready to get out of your hometown and have a great honeymoon. While you’ve been getting lots of marriage advice from everyone and their mother, here’s a good tip that you might actually use. When couples go honeymooning, a hotel seems like the inevitable. There is, however, another option. You can live in a gorgeous vacation home during your honeymoon.

There are many great reasons to choose a vacation home over a hotel. First of all, you’ve just had to endure every one of your friends and family probably since the moment you started planning your wedding. The two of you could use some serious alone time. In a vacation home, there is no one but the two of you. No 12 o’clock ‘housekeeping’ calls, no distracting noise from the next room, and no snobby hotel clerks to answer to. It’s just you and your sweetheart.

Many great vacation homes offer a pool just like a hotel, however, the pool is all yours. You don’t have to share it with other guests, or wait until midnight to take a romantic swim together. And, if you decide to have guests on your honeymoon, with a vacation home, you will have plenty of room. You won’t be cramped up inside a stuffy hotel room.

The good vacation homes are located in the perfect place. You will be just a few minutes away from all of the great places that you might want to visit. Then, when you’re ready to give up on the sights, you can return to your vacation home and enjoy the peace and quiet with your spouse. The homes are beautiful as well, and offer the finest amenities, like big-screen televisions with DVD and cable. They are beautifully furnished and you will be surrounded in luxury. Guys, this is definitely a winner and your woman will love you for it. She will feel like a queen in the vacation home you choose.

You don’t have to stay in a stuffy hotel where you will be surrounded by hotel guests or shut up in your tiny room. A vacation home offers an affordable, lovely atmosphere to spend your honeymoon. After all, before long you will be back in your real home and back to the jobs, family, hustle and bustle. Make this time of your life memorable. Forget the hotel, and get an amazing vacation home. You’ll thank yourself later.

Universal Orlando Blue Man Group Show

Universal Orlando Blue Man Group


            The blue man group is the newest group to hit Universal Orlando, and it’s a show that you certainly don’t want to miss.  The show has an ‘out of this world’ quality.  That’s not a bad thing by any means.  You will most definitely be entertained.  The show is a combination of music, lights and some comedy. 

            At one point in the show, you may feel as if you are in some other world, with the amazing colored lights flashing and bobbing, and the drumming.  Then at another point, you find yourself laughing at these incredible blue men.  There is a point in the show when the blue men interact with a couple of members of the audience, and it makes for some great laughs.

            The costumes the blue men wear are comprised of latex caps which make them look bald, and tons of blue paint on their faces and heads.  They wear black clothing as well.  The blue men work with fluids, lights, and some unidentifiable things.  They make such a great mess that the people in the front row are given plastic coverings to protect themselves from flying liquids, paints and food.  Food?  Yeah.  In one past show, the Blue Men Group actually made an attempt to provide an audience member with a romantic dinner using a Twinkie.  This should give you some idea of what it’s like to see them live.

            If you’ve seen the Blue Man Group before, you will be pleased that along with their own theater in Universal Orlando, they have come up with some new acts for this venue.  The Blue Man Group never talks.  Throughout the whole performance, they manage to entertain, make people laugh, and create a spectacular show without uttering one word.

            One of the greatest things about the Blue Man Group is that you can feel free to take your entire family to the show.  There is nothing that is ‘adult’ about the show.  You don’t have to feel nervous about taking the kids to the show, unless they are very young and might be scared of big blue guys who play with colored lights and paint.  Most children actually love it because of the bright color and unusual sounds.  This is one show that is unlike any other.  If you haven’t seen this show, it is most definitely something that you should do.  It’s a guaranteed good, unique time! 

Sea World Orlando

Sea World in Orlando, Florida is a 200 acre marine life park that features daily animal exhibits, attractions, and many other amazing things. If you’ve never considered visiting Sea World, then you most definitely should. There’s good news for those of you who have been there before as well. There are some great new features that are remarkable.

This is one of the greatest places to take the family when you’re on vacation in Orlando. Kids love seeing the scheduled animal performances and interactive lessons. The adults will be surprised at how much fun they will have as well. At the waterfront, there are several places to grab some good food, take a minute to rest your feet, and catch a street performer doing his or her thing.

If you decide to visit, one of the things that you must do is visit the ‘Journey to Atlantis.’ This is a water splashing water coaster that features 2 steep drops. These are guaranteed to get your heart racing and your blood pumping. Sea World is also one of the best places to see endangered Manatees. These gentle giants are dying in large numbers due to the injuries from boat propellers. The people at Sea World rescue Manatees and give them a great home.

One of the greatest parts of Sea World is The ‘Odyssea.’ This is a half hour long show that features an acrobatic show that’s sure to delight the kids and the adults. It’s an underwater themed show, and has been compared to Cirque de Soleil. Kids will love posing a picture with beautiful Clydesdale horses, and being able to feed the dolphins. At the ‘Dolphin Nursery,’ tourists can see the newly born baby dolphins, and watch them swimming around in the water.

The best thing at Sea World, and something that all families and individuals should see is the ‘Pets Ahoy’ display. This show features all different kinds of animals, from dogs and cats to skunks and pot-bellied pigs. They put on a great show that is funny and charming, and show off many learned behaviors. Many of these animals were rescued from the local animal shelters. It truly is one of those things that you just have to see to appreciate it. It’s incredible. Sea World is an amazing place to visit, with so many great things to see. This place definitely gets an A+.

How can I get the cheapest flights for our trip?

There are a few ways to get some truly great deals on flights to Orlando. In fact, I recently flew from Detroit to Orlando – round trip – for $16! But in order to take advantage of these great deals, there are a few things you’ll need to know:

One, it’s all about the timing. Airlines know when people are most likely to travel, and they set their fares accordingly. That means that if you’re limited to traveling only during school vacations your chances of getting any kind of super-cheap fare are extremely unlikely. If your family vacation hinges on cheap flights (and cheap rentals), you may want to consider talking to your kids’ teachers and taking the kids out of school for the week. That way you can get a better deal on your flights, vacation rental, and the lines will be shorter pretty much everywhere you go.
Second, as much as possible, keep your dates flexible. To get the best airfares, you need to sign up for the “special deal” notification lists from the airlines, and you have to be ready to pick up and go at the airline’s whim.
Lastly, if your life doesn’t allow you to keep your travel dates flexible, consider signing up for a fare alert service like Travelocity’s Farewatcher alert. I use this service a lot, but I also rarely book my flights more than two weeks ahead of time. It gives you a bit more leeway time to pack and go, but can still be somewhat restrictive.

How to pack for a Cruise

When packing for a cruise, think light. Some cruises limit the number of bags you can take on board and if they don’t, you may wish they had when you start unpacking in a state room. There are a few essentials though and don’t trust yourself to remember them; make a list of what you need, check the items off as you pack them and check them off again when you pack to come home.

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How can I save money when I rent a car?

You’ve had this happen to you, I bet: you book your airline reservation and before you hang up, the airline employee asks politely, “May I connect you to a car rental company?”

Don’t do it!

Even if you intend to rent a vehicle from either agency, Just Say No” to your airline “helper” and dial the rental company’s toll-free number directly. (Come on, you can do it!)

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What are the average number of weeks rented for Florida Vacation Rental Homes?

Jim Asked,

How do you find current occupancy and rental statistics for Florida Vacation Rental Homes.
Thanks for any insight you can provide….


The current statistics for Central Florida reveal that the average central Florida homeowner rents only about 21 weeks per year.
You’ll find those statistics in the report published here
The statistics aren’t free.  You’ll have to pay about $30 for the annual report.
The “21 week” statistic is for Central Florida.  In the Disney area, our peak seasons are “whenever kids are out of school,” but for most other parts of Florida the peak season is December through March, when when snowbirds escape to Florida to avoid the cold northern winters.
Several years ago, when I was researching places to buy,  Central Florida had the greatest number of tourists and the highest occupancy rates compared to vacation rental homes in other Florida cities.    If this still holds true, it would indicate that vacation rentals outside of central Florida are currently averaging less than 21 weeks of rentals per year.
Yes, I realize this is an average.  We book just over 30 weeks per year, per home, but this number has been declining every year for the past five years because of increased competition and because of more vacant days between bookings.   We’ve had an increasing number of guests staying for only 4 to 6 days instead of seven full days.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results and your mileage may vary.
Chuck Eglinton