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Winter’s Wonderland & Sea of Lights with Coca-Cola Florida and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

Thank you to Coca-Cola Florida and the Clearwater Aquarium for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Have you visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of the famous dolphins Winter and Hope?
We first visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium during our first vacation to Clearwater 4 years ago, and it has become a family favorite ever since.  This is a different kind of aquarium, where you learn the ins and outs of rescuing hurt and sick marine animals, rehabilitating, and releasing them whenever possible.  My children and I learn something new every time we visit, and Winter’s story is a story that never stops inspiring me and one I want to be embedded in my children’s hearts.

Winter’s Wonderland & Sea of Lights

Coca-Cola Florida has partnered with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for their Winter’s Wonderland & Sea of Lights holiday event, which should not be missed!  The holiday event will be taking place from November 24 through January 8th.  Featuring fun festive exhibits that are unlike any holiday entertainment elsewhere!

Holiday Fun Includes:

Come see Winter Claus till 12/23 set up in the Spectrum Theater. You will have the opportunity to meet Winter Claus and get a family picture taken.

Experience a Winter Wonderland with lights and décor all around!

Actors from the Dolphin Tale movies will be at the aquarium to meet guests December 27th through the 30th!

Watch Santa and his friends dive into Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway!

On special dates the aquarium will be staying open late, until 9 p.m.  With $9.99 admission after 4 p.m.  On these nights, guests will be able to enjoy free cookies and a “Sea of Lights” 45-minute boat ride around Clearwater Bay.
(Dates as follows 12/15, 12/16, 12/22, 12/23) 

This is an amazing one of a kind way to make holiday memories with your family, and when you would up a thirst from all your holiday fun, stop by the concession stand and grab everyone a refreshing Coka-Cola product!

 

 

I-Drive 360 a Must-See Attraction in Orlando!

I-Drive 360 a Must-See Attraction in Orlando!

I-Drive 360 is a must-see attraction in Orlando.  Tourists sometimes think all Orlando is, is a cluster of theme parks in the center of Florida.  However, there is so much more to Orlando, the family fun is jam packed throughout the city, and I-Drive 360 is the perfect example of this.

We visited I-Drive 360 last week while staying at the Wyndham Orlando International Drive, which is the official hotel of I-Drive 360 and within walking distance to all the fun.

From unique shops and restaurants, to amazing attractions you could easily spend an entire day exploring I-Drive 360!

The 3 most popular attractions at I-Drive 360

Coca-Cola Eye of Orlando
You probably seen this enormous observation wheel while driving around Orlando.  It is 400 feet tall and contains 30 Air-Conditioned Capsules.

This was an incredible experience that lasted about 23 minutes and was full of breathtaking views in every direction.  The kids loved the touch screen maps that gave them an idea of what the could see from the top.

Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum

Located next to the Coco-Cola Eye of Orlando is Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum, a fun self-paced tour filled with life like wax people.  This museum has everyone from former and the current president, important people throughout history, famous athletes, movie stars, singers, and TV personalities.  It was interesting to see the artistry that went into such incredible look a likes, and the kids had a blast posing for pictures with some of there favorite people.

Sea Life Orlando Aquarium

Located on the other side of the Coca-Cola Eye of Orlando is the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium.  This is an interesting aquarium that kept the kids entertained and learning through out each area.  The kids especially liked all the area’s that they could climb under the tanks and get a more 360 views of the tanks.  The touch tank was also a huge hit.

With countless sea animals, a playground, and several interactive areas, this is a great mid-sized aquarium for all ages to enjoy.

These three attractions, got two thumbs up from everyone in my family, ranging from age 8 to 40.

Plus, once you are finished with all the family fun, and have worked up an appetite, there are countless restaurants to choose from at I-Drive 360!

This is an attraction that should not be missed while visiting Orlando.

Cost of Admission:
Sea Life Orlando Aquarium
(Online purchasing here)
Adults:  $25.00
Children 3-12:  $20.00

Madam Tussaud’s
(Online purchasing here)
Adults:  $25.00
Children 3-12:  $20.00

Coca-Cola Eye of Orlando:
(Online purchasing here)
Adults:  $25.00
Children 3-12:  $20.00

Pass for all 3 Attractions
(Online purchasing here)
Adults:  $49.00
Children 3-12:  $44.00

Location of I-Drive 360:
8375 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819

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Disclosure: We received free passes to help facilitate this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

5 Reasons Your Family Will Love Staying at the Wyndham International Drive!

5 Reasons Your Family Will Love Staying at the Wyndham International Drive!

My family and I were invited to stay at the Wyndham International Drive last week, and it was a blast!  I had never stayed close to International Drive before, and I didn’t know what I was missing.  It was incredible being in the center of so much Orlando fun!

Here are 5 Reasons You’ll Love Staying at the Wyndham International Drive:

1. Family Fun Suites; the family fun suite gives your family plenty of space to spread out. You can choose between 2 double beds or a king bed, there is enough closet space for everyone to unpack, and the kids get a little nook of their own with a bunkbed, beanbag chair, and tv.


2. Location; the Wyndham International Drive is surrounded by so many fun Orlando attractions. We walked to the Titanic exhibit, tons of restaurants and shops, miniature golf, and of course all the fun attractions at I-drive 360.

3. Pools; there are two large pools to and a hot tub to enjoy. Whether you want to lay by the pool all day and enjoy the Florida sun, or unwind after a long day exploring Orlando, this is the perfect place to cool off and relax.

4. Dining; if you want to experience some great dining, this is the resort for you! On site they have Gatorville, a great bar and grille that offers delicious food on site, by the pool, or in your room.  The resort is also surrounded by different restaurants from America’s Largest McDonalds and Cici’s Pizza, to Sugar Factory and Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant.  There is literally something for every craving.

5. Discounts; The Wyndham International Drive is The Official hotel of I-Drive 360, and guests of the resort receive a 25% discount at the Coca-Cola Eye of Orlando, Madame Tussauds Orlando, or the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium!

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Location:

Wyndham International Drive
8001 International Dr.
 Orlando, FL 32819

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Disclosure: I was invited by the resort for a hosted stay in exchange for my review of the hotel, but as always, all opinions are my own.

 

8 Reasons to Visit Sea World Orlando Even if You Don’t Like Rollercoasters!

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8 easons to Visit Sea World Orlando Even if You Don’t Like Rollercoasters

My oldest, who is the only one tall enough to ride most of Sea World’s roller coasters, hates high speed attractions.  Plus, my younger two are past the kiddie ride age, but not yet tall enough for the coasters, although they can’t wait!  Because of this, I wasn’t sure how our trip over would go because all I had seen up and down i4 were billboards for the tallest and fastest roller coasters.  However, our visit was AMAZING, Sea World ended up being my younger son Aidan’s “Favorite place in Orlando”.

SeaWorld has a lot of new roller coasters that look amazing, but there is so much fun to be had for families that aren’t into the thrill-seeking rides (or like me, can’t leave your children to jump on one).

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My Top Reasons to Visit Sea World Orlando

One Ocean Show:  This majestic killer whale show is located in the Shamu Stadium.  This is an incredible show and I am so happy we got the chance to experience it before the Orca shows are phased out.  This show had my younger son Aidan, walking away saying “I’m going to clean the beach when we go on the boat mommy” That’s an awesome message to be able to instill in an 8-year-old.  Plus, the killer whale is now his favorite animal.

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Dolphins:  There are several ways to see dolphins at Sea World Orlando.  There is a great Dolphin Cove, where you can see them swimming under the water.  This is one of my favorite places to hide from the rain!

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The Dolphin Days Show is my second favorite show and it’s a must see. 

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Another way to not only see they dolphins but to also get hands on with them is to purchase a Dolphin Encounter ticket for $15 a person.  During the Dolphin Encounter you are able to go into the roped off dolphin area with an instructor and touch the dolphins and learn some tricks. One suggestion I have for this animal encounter is, if you have an extra adult who doesn’t want to do the Dolphin Encounter or can do it at a later time, have them stand across from the dolphin area and take pictures.  You are not aloud to bring cameras up to the dolphin area, thus making you purchase photos from the professional photographers that are standing up there.  The photos were expensive and not the greatest quality.  If my husband was with me, I would have had him stay with the kids and went up to take my own pictures.

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Shark Encounter:  This is Anthony’s favorite exhibit.  You get to walk through one of the world’s largest underwater viewing tunnels, where you can see several types of large sharks.  Outside of the underwater shark area, is a shark touch tank which was incredible.  The kids and I learned so much about sharks during our visit!

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Stingray Lagoon:  This is another touch tank location that was a hit with my kids.  The stingrays were very friendly and came right up to the kids hands.  Sea World also sells stingray food so that you can feed them in the touch tank.  The food is reasonably priced a $5 for one tray and $20 for 5 trays.

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Antarctica Empire of the Penguin:  First we went on the fun ride which takes you through the icy world of Antarctica through the eyes of a penguin names Puck.  As we exited the ride we were immediately in the penguin habitat which was one of my favorite habitats of the day.  The penguins are close and listening to them talk is fun, but best of all when you walk down stairs you get to see them diving into the water, and they are very social with the kids who play near the glass viewing area.

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Shamu’s Happy Harbor:  This area offers a lot of water spraying activities and kiddie rides, but we didn’t want to get wet yet so my kids stuck to the huge play structure in the center that is so big and fun, kids of all ages were running, climbing, and sliding through it.  All the exhausted parents were sitting down around it, taking a break, I joined them.

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Wild Artic:  This area has a fun flight simulator that takes you on a helicopter ride through the landscapes of the frozen north.  The Habitat area of the Wild Artic features a Baluga Whale which is such a beautiful animal.  We had never seen a Baluga whale before and it was an amazing sight.

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Turtle Trek:  This is another awesome place to get stuck in a rain storm!  The first area is where you can view all the sea turtles underwater, and they are so fun to watch.  We sat down on the stairs and watched them swim for about 30 minutes.  Next we saw TurtleTrek®’s 3D 360° which allows you to see what it’s like to “be a turtle” while learning about the incredible journey these amazing animals face during their lives.

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We had an amazing day at Sea World Orlando!  It is definitely a must visit while in Orlando!

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Location:

SeaWorld
7007 Sea World Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

Admission Cost:

Admission prices start at $79.99 a person plus tax when purchased online.
The cost goes up to $99.99 plus tax at the ticket desk.

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Complete Guide to the Crayola Experience in Orlando!

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Complete Guide to the Crayola Experience in Orlando!

Complete Guide to the Crayola Experience

We spend a lot of time in Orlando and it is amazing hmany things there are to do beyond the theme parks, that many visitors don’t think about.  The Crayola Experience is one of these unique activities that is worth checking out when you’re in Orlando!

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How Much Time Will It Take:

The Crayola Experience takes about 3-4 hours to complete if you plan to visit all the attractions inside and let the kids truly enjoy this colorful wonderland. 
My kids spent hours learning and creating while visiting all the Unique exhibits, with their favorites being the Be A Star area, Wrap It Up Section, and Rockin’ Paper.

When You Arrive:

After going through the ticket desk each visitor will receive a plastic bag to hold all your creations and 2 tokens.  The tokens can be used at the Wrap It Up section to make a crayon and in the Modeling Madness section to get a packet of Crayola Model Madness out of the vending machine.  After receiving your bags, you will go upstairs where all the exhibits are.

The Exhibits:

Wrap It Up:  you can personalize a Crayola crayon label and wrap it around your new crayon.

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Crayola Factory:  A live theatre show that teaches you how crayons are made featuring crayon friends Scarlet & Turk

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Art Alive:  Create digital works of art and let them come to life.

Toddler Town: a fun play area just for the little ones to let off some energy.

Modeling Madness:  Sculpt colorful creations using Crayola Model Magic.

Be A Star:  A photobooth that makes coloring page with you in them.

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Doodle in the Dark:  Color on large backlit doodle boards with vibrant neon colors in a dark room.

Colossal Caddy:  Sit and color with a caddy that holds thousands of crayons.

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Scribble Square:  Color the square’s streets and walls with chalk.

Color Magic: You get to see your coloring page come alive!  Virtually control what you just colored in a background of your choosing.

Color Playground:  A fun play area where kids can wiggle off their energy in a huge crayon structure.

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Drip Art:  Melt and drip crayon wax onto your paper as it spins to create a swirly-whirly masterpiece.

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Melt & Mold:  Lets you melt a crayon into a ring, shark, car or seahorse souvenir 

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Rainbow Rain:  An interactive experience where you magically catch melting digital wax with your body and hands.

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Meltdown:  Use melted wax to paint!

Paint Palette:  Make a painted masterpiece and then visit the larger-than-life drying oven to ensure your masterpiece is ready to take home.

You Design:  You can color and scan a car or fashion design, then show it off on a large screen.

Rockin’ Paper:  Watch as you’re the paper creation you colored rocks to the music.

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Food and Stuff:

There are a couple places to eat lunch or grab a snack inside the Crayola Experience.  I ordered a pretzel while the kids were playing in the Color Playground and it was reasonably priced.
Crayola Experience is in The Florida Mall, so if you’re looking for more food options, there is an endless variety within this gigantic mall.

The Crayola Experience has Party Rooms, so this would be a great place to have a memorable birthday party!

Save some time for the gift shop!  I’m usually not a huge gift shop shopper, but at the Crayola Experience store you can pick a tin for between $16.99 – $21.99 and fill it with crayons or markers.  For the size of the tins, I think this is a reasonable price, plus it is so much fun picking your favorite colors from the crayon wall!

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Location:

Located within The Florida Mall, makes The Crayola Factory easy to get to and adds to the fun that can be had.

Crayola Experience
8001 South Orange Blossom Trail 
Orlando, Florida 32809 

When to Visit:
Open daily, 10:00am-8:00pm

Cost of Admission:
General Admission: $19.99 plus tax per person
Kids under 2 are Free
Annual Pass: $29.99 plus tax per person

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