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+.

Artifical Plants in Orlando Vacation Rental Homes


Can you recommend where we can get some quality interior artificial plants in the Orlando area?


For what it’s worth, in our rental homes we’ve been slowly moving away from artificial plants because of the dusting maintenance hassle. Our complaint is that artificial plants show dust very quickly and the housekeepers aren’t very keen on cleaning them.

Yes, I know we can use anti-dust products. You can dust artificial plants by hand, dunk them in the pool, take them outside and hose them down, but the problem is that it’s another task, and in my opinion, it’s a great plan to eliminate repetitive tasks to keep your costs down and to free up your own time for more important things (enjoying the weather, for example).

We still (sparsely) use nice dried flower arrangements, but we’re replacing artificial plants with other decorations like ceramic art, birds, cast metal objects, decorative bird houses, that sort of thing. They consume space just as well but are much easier to dust, according to our housekeepers.

When Should I Book My Airline Flights?

Hi Chuck,

Just wanted to ask some advice.
We are limited to traveling during school holidays. Up to now we have always booked our flights as early as possible, but it has always been expensive. Since finding the forum I have seen some really good price offers for this period, some under half what I have paid. Are there always offers or is it better to book early?


I am currently in the Myrtle Beach airport –
I paid $16 round trip to fly here from Detroit

Last week I flew from Detroit to Boulder Colorado for $100 round trip.

The week before that, I flew from Detroit to Orlando for $16 round trip.

As I write this, Spirit Airlines is offering a special airfare from Los Angeles to Guatemala for $18 round trip.

Regretfully, you’re mostly screwed.

The airlines know when school breaks are. They know when travel is most desirable, and like any good business, they charge the most at times of greatest demand and conversely charge the lowest when people are least likely to travel.

Here’s my advice:

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 *when they tell you to go*

If I’m planning to go somewhere and my travel dates are not flexible, I usually sign up for a fare alert service like Travelocity’s farewatcher alert. If a good fare sale pops up I take it, but I rarely wait any longer than 2 weeks before departure to buy airline tickets.

Good luck.

Having a Car in Florida


We were wondering if you, or anyone you know have bought and registered a car to their house in Florida. We like the idea of buying a car and keeping it in safe storage to use when we go over.


Generally, it doesn’t make financial sense to own a car.

Be sure to add up all the costs to purchase a car and insurance.
Consider the cost of a taxi or bus to get from the airport to your car every time you visit. Also remember that you’ll be forfeiting use of part of your garage and that your stored automobile could be subjected to damage by guests.

Now, take all those costs of ownership and compare them to the total amount you paid for car rentals last year while in Florida. Generally, renting makes much more sense.

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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.

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