Black Diamond Ranch “Where to Live if You Live for Adventures off the Golf Course”
Part Three: Orlando
When it comes to planning a vacation, Orlando offers numerous attractions and theme parks. Via the Florida Turnpike, Orlando is an hour and a half to a two hour drive from Black Diamond Ranch. You may want to plan to visit more than one place and stay overnight so you have unrushed visits, able to view nightly fireworks and festivals and rest in between attractions.
Walt Disney World, Orlando — There are over 47 square miles that comprise Walt Disney World. There are four major theme parks: Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney-Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. There are two Disney waterparks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. There are also two nighttime entertainment complexes, Downtown Disney West Side, Harry Potter and Pleasure Island. Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex is 200 acres of sporting action, while the Downtown Disney Marketplace is a favorite of people who enjoy shopping. Also within the Disney complex are many resort hotels and five championship golf courses. Due to the massive size of the various theme parks, most visitors can expect to spend more than one day viewing everything within a single park. Some parks have night spectaculars during various holiday celebrations. The Disney experience is always awesome wherever you go!
Cirque de Soleil –“Located in the Downtown Disney Area, the strikingly designed theater was constructed especially for Cirque du Soleil. Outside it resembles an enormous ivory circus tent. Inside, an elaborate mechanical stage includes movable glass cages, platforms and inventive sets, with world-class sound and lighting systems that create a dreamlike metamorphosis from performance to performance. Enter a world of the extraordinary where guests of all ages will be mesmerized by a spectacle that makes the impossible, possible.”
Sea World, Orlando — Amusement park, animal encounters, entertaining and education experiences focusing on dolphins, whales, sea lions, sharks, and other sea creatures. For thrills, ride Kraeken, the 15-story, longest, fastest, and only floorless roller coaster in Orlando. Follow it up with Journey to Atlantis, a thrill ride that combines the best parts of water rides and roller coasters.
Discovery Cove, Orlando ( a part of Sea World) “Discovery Cove is a one-of-a kind experience where you can swim with bottlenose dolphins, feed tropical birds, play inches from a family of otters, and even walk on the ocean floor—all in one day.” Granddaughter was a little too young at the time of her visit but her Mom and Dad had fun!
Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando –“At Universal’s Islands of Adventure the world’s most cutting-edge rides and attractions make you the hero of your favorite stories, myths, legends, cartoons, comic books and children’s tales. You’ll join Harry Potter™ and his friends in an unforgettable adventure on the groundbreaking new ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™. Battle villains on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®. You’ll launch from zero to 40 mph in two seconds flat on The Incredible Hulk Coaster. Plunge down an 85-foot waterfall to escape the jaws of a hungry T-rex on the Jurassic Park River Adventure®. Cheer on the heroes as you enjoy the explosive feats of The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad® stunt show. Help save the day as you hurtle down the Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls® flume ride. Spin and whirl through the mischievous world of The Cat in the Hat™. It’s action, thrills and excitement for all ages…” Fun Fun Fun for all ages!
Legoland, Winter Haven-45 minutes from Orlando. –“LEGOLAND® Florida, the largest LEGOLAND Park in the world, is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, restaurants, shopping, a breathtaking botanical garden and the LEGOLAND Water Park all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12.” My grandchildren enjoyed the park but Disneyworld is still #1.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Orlando – “The Orlando Odditorium appears to be sinking. For over 40 years, Robert Ripley traveled the world collecting the unbelievable, the inexplicable, the one-of-a-kind. All of it is amazing, much of it is extremely amusing, and it’s all on display in Orlando.”
The Holy Land Experience, Orlando—“The Holy Land Experience is a living, biblical museum that takes you 7000 miles away and 2000 years back in time to the land of the Bible. Its unique sights, sounds and tastes stimulate your senses and blend together to create a spectacular, new experience.” I have been wanting to go; heard great things about the experience.–
Titanic – The Exhibition, Orlando – “The world’s first permanent Titanic Exhibition immerses visitors in this timeless story in a way it has never been experienced before. Explore full-scale recreations of Titanic’s most famous locales, including her Grand Staircase, First Class Parlor Suite, Veranda Cafe and Promenade Deck. Exceptionally trained historians in period costume portray famous Titanic notables such as Capt. Smith and Molly Brown, sharing stories of her passengers and crew during a guided journey. The multi-room exhibit also showcases an ‘Iceberg’ which guests can touch to experience the cold of that fateful night. –”
Coming next week: Citrus County on the Water
Black Diamond Ranch: “Where to Live if you Live for Golf and Adventures off the Golf Course”