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Title: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on May 15, 2009, 02:43:41 PM
Does anyone have any recent info on what there is available for kosher food in Orlando? (restaurants/takeout, grocery etc...)
Also what about Kosher and Shuls in the Kissimee area?
Title: Re: Kosher in Orlando?
Post by: steinl321 on May 17, 2009, 08:42:34 AM
Chabad has a Chabad house/Restaurant/grocery right next to Universal. this is the website for the restaurant http://kosherculinaryorlando.com/

Publix supermarket had Tropicana, Batampte, fresh eggs, fruits and vegies and cereals.
Chabad grocery had Osem products, kosher meat and cholov yisroel milk
if you go to Disney's website they will tell you which restaurant in each park that will serve you a frozen Meal Mart dinner. Universal has nothing kosher but the restaurnt is right there.
There is another restaurant called the East Side, I didn't check it out but you can find the info and contact details online.
Title: Re: Kosher in Orlando?
Post by: Mikeoracle on July 03, 2009, 12:58:47 PM
FYI the above mentioned restaurant is discontinuing their grocery. Currently the only place to buy Cholov Yisroel milk is in the "Whole Foods" Store on Turkey Lake rd. No place that i know of to buy Kosher meat except for possibly some meal mart frozen products in Whole Foods.
Title: Re: Kosher in Orlando?
Post by: stevenk on July 08, 2009, 11:02:52 AM
I have a bunch of numbers for kosher food in Orlando. I dont know if they work anymore but it worth a shot

Kosher Corner 407-787-3344
Kosher Kats 407-696-8873 (also in Magic Kingdom in Starlight cafe)
Amiras Kosher deli 407-831-0999
Eastside Kosher deli 407-465-0565
Florida Kosher services 407-620-9416
Title: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: malkyo on June 01, 2010, 12:03:03 PM
does anyone know how i can get cheap tickets for disney world parks?
email me malky@wct.co.il
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: SuperFlyer on June 01, 2010, 01:29:34 PM
yes, I'd like to know that too, as well as whether the temperature would be bearable in july august.

(welcome by the way)
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: steve2 on June 01, 2010, 02:04:58 PM
I think  cheap will fit the bill only in that it will be cheaper this yr then next. theres Nothing cheap about any of the parks in MCO
nd
 When the RE mkt was hot we used to do a 90 min TS promo and get some coupons and then trade it with the guy who sent us = 1 day pass for all the Disney parks, we were at the front gate just as they opened and left when they threw us out at night
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: SuperFlyer on June 01, 2010, 02:06:58 PM
I think  cheap will fit the bill only in that it will be cheaper this yr then next. theres Nothing cheap about any of the parks in MCO
nd
 When the RE mkt was hot we used to do a 90 min TS promo and get some coupons and then trade it with the guy who sent us = 1 day pass for all the Disney parks, we were at the front gate just as they opened and left when they threw us out at night

sorry, not sure about all the roshei teyvos you are using.
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: ChAiM'l on June 01, 2010, 03:07:08 PM
@SF

MCO- I'm sure I don't have to tell you
RE- Real Estate (I'm assuming)
TS- Time Share
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: SuperFlyer on June 01, 2010, 04:30:35 PM
Yeah, obviously, I needed to know the 2 last ones.

The TS I woudnt have guest, as it is a typical us thing.
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: moish on June 01, 2010, 05:55:04 PM
http://www.mousesavers.com/
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: steve2 on June 01, 2010, 09:11:50 PM
Yeah, obviously, I needed to know the 2 last ones.

The TS I woudnt have guest, as it is a typical us thing.

sorry but ChAiM'l was spot on, will try to remember going forward to spell everything out
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: aussiebochur on June 03, 2010, 01:26:47 AM
sorry but ChAiM'l was spot on, will try to remember going forward to spell everything out
Perhaps we should make a steve2 glossary similar to this (http://www.flyertalk.com/glossary/?letter_start=***).
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: SuperFlyer on June 03, 2010, 03:52:48 AM
Yeah, because its SSSML2UOD.

For the noobs: Something Steve2 So Much Likes 2 Use On Dansdeals.
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: malkyo on June 08, 2010, 09:45:37 AM
so i guess that means there are no ways to get cheap deals....
Title: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: malkyo on June 08, 2010, 10:01:29 AM
anyone know where to get dheap tickts to disney world parks?
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: steve2 on June 08, 2010, 10:31:28 AM
 I take it you didnt do a "search" as its been discussed already in the Deals/Deals Request forum
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: jack12 on June 08, 2010, 03:43:23 PM
so i guess that means there are no ways to get cheap deals....

www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1155896/jewish/Discounted-Disney-Group-Tickets.htm
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: jack12 on June 08, 2010, 03:45:24 PM
Does anyone know how this chabad setup this deal where they are able to sell the tickets so cheap? How would other organizations do the same?

www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1155896/jewish/Discounted-Disney-Group-Tickets.htm
Title: Re: cheap disney world tickets?
Post by: plane.love on June 08, 2010, 05:07:23 PM
Does anyone know how this chabad setup this deal where they are able to sell the tickets so cheap? How would other organizations do the same?

www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1155896/jewish/Discounted-Disney-Group-Tickets.htm

Did this page work for anyone?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ishkabible on June 15, 2010, 05:16:08 PM
If you become certified Disney vacation planners the company sometimes offers you the opportunity to sell discounted tickets, but never anything this low.  As a Cast Member we can only even get 10% off.

As for everyone else looking for cheap tickets, if you know you'll return to Disney, the best deal is definitely the 10 day non expiring tickets.  Buy one with a AAA discount and you can often get the per day cost down to $50.

With regards to food, Kosher Culinary (formerly kosher corner) is still around for prepackaged meals.  Albertson's on Sand Lake Rd has plenty of kosher options as do both Superwalmarts in Lake Buena Vista (you won't find much with regards to meat or cheese, but still plenty of options).

The Disney hotels now all carry the Webberman frozen meals and fancier meals (still webberman) can be ordered to any sit down restaurant on property.

Any other questions feel free to send me a PM.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sl on June 20, 2010, 10:58:06 AM
Anyone have any links for cheap Universal tickets?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: happyyyr on June 22, 2010, 12:09:22 PM
Looking for a suite in Orlando. Anyone have any experience with a nice suite where i can use my starwood points besides the 2 villa type resorts? thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 22, 2010, 03:50:47 PM
Looking for a suite in Orlando. Anyone have any experience with a nice suite where i can use my starwood points besides the 2 villa type resorts? thanks
In Orlando the best thing to do is rent a house.
They're dirt cheap and you get your own kitchen and pool/hot tub.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on June 22, 2010, 04:01:28 PM
In Orlando the best thing to do is rent a house.
They're dirt cheap and you get your own kitchen and pool/hot tub.
+1
When renting a house/Villa try sticking to a gated community of possible as they tend to be in better condition and less surprises.
My friend rented a villa online that wasnt part of a community and the pics looked great but when he showed up it was on a main very busy road with no privacy.
I had succes with Windsor Palms resort and Windsor Hills resort. If you google them you will find they have a main website where a lot of owners put their homes for rent and you can inquire directly to multiple owners for availability and pricing. Depending on the time of year you can get huge beautiful homes with very private pools starting at $600-$700 a week. Some of the nicer ones are about $1000 or so.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sl on June 22, 2010, 05:14:49 PM
There is also the Sheration Suites at the airport which nearly always has C&P available.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on December 16, 2010, 03:51:47 PM
I found a site which has great orlando info about: shuls, kosher food, restaurants etc

www.orlandojewishinfo.com
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Rachelf on December 23, 2010, 01:45:15 PM
Looking for 8 men to help with a minyon in the morning at Disneyworld during winter vacation. Sunday January 16-Thursday January 20. Is anyone out there going to be there and interested?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alexk. on December 23, 2010, 09:58:09 PM
At the Sheraton Vistana Resort we will Iy"h have minyan on shabbos 1/21-1/22 with a sefer torah. Please PM if you are interested in joining.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: arie on March 31, 2011, 08:23:29 PM
we're looking to stay in Orlando on Shabbos after Pesach (4/30), anyone know of a nice vacation home/villa rental that is within walking distance of a shul with a minyan?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yissie on March 31, 2011, 08:36:01 PM
Search for hotels near 
SHAAREI YERUSHALYIM
Sephardi Synagogue
9869 Kilgore Road
Orlando, FL 32836,
(407) 876-2546
 
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: arie on March 31, 2011, 08:40:20 PM
Search for hotels near 
SHAAREI YERUSHALYIM
Sephardi Synagogue
9869 Kilgore Road
Orlando, FL 32836,
(407) 876-2546
 
i know there are hotels there, but i'm specifically looking for a house with a private pool
btw the address is 6850 Sperone st orlando
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 18, 2011, 12:15:43 AM
Landing in MCO at 6:20 PM on a Thursday and departing on Fri AM...
Any places worth seeing, places worth eating at?
Anyone here been there recently?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on May 18, 2011, 07:47:29 AM
Landing in MCO at 6:20 PM on a Thursday and departing on Fri AM...
Any places worth seeing, places worth eating at?
Anyone here been there recently?
Downtown Disney is a cool place to hang out at night. If Cirque du Soleil is playing that night then that is something you may want to check out. Expensive but worth it IMHO.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 18, 2011, 12:31:42 PM
Downtown Disney is a cool place to hang out at night. If Cirque du Soleil is playing that night then that is something you may want to check out. Expensive but worth it IMHO.
Thanks. Will check it out... any restaurants worth visiting?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: abe1 on July 05, 2011, 04:44:42 PM
Hi,
I see there is quite a few Spg hotels in Orlando, can anyone reccomend any hotel over the other? Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 05, 2011, 04:48:08 PM
IMHO it's worth renting a villa with your own private pool in Orlando.  They're so cheap!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 05, 2011, 04:48:55 PM
IMHO it's worth renting a villa with your own private pool in Orlando.  They're so cheap!
except most of them although private are only covered with screen so ppl walking by can see in
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: abe1 on July 05, 2011, 04:54:45 PM
IMHO it's worth renting a villa with your own private pool in Orlando.  They're so cheap!
which villa rental agency is reccomended?
if sleeping in orlando only for 1 or 2 nights i think you need hotel, most rentals require min. 3 nights 
if choosing hotel can anyone reccomend 1 spg property over the other?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on July 06, 2011, 01:01:25 AM
I found the hilton grand vacations to be quite nice a few years ago
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: kayef on July 25, 2011, 08:31:46 PM
I am going to Orlando in mid Aug. I am renting a villa for 4 nights and then have to go elsewhere for shabbos to be near a shul (if a/o knows of villa near shul let me know please). Any ideas for nice hotels?

I will also need an additional 2 nights after shabbos, I was thinking of using my 2 free hyatt suite stays at the hyatt regency grand cypress - any thoughts on it or another hyatt property in Orlando that is worth looking into?

I also have priority club points - any nice hotels to look into with them?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Cashman on July 25, 2011, 09:46:33 PM
Just wondering which villas you chose?  And about how much you paying?
Title: Re: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: kayef on July 25, 2011, 10:53:20 PM
Just wondering which villas you chose?  And about how much you paying?

it's a villa in the terra verde resort. Found it on homeaway.com I didn't finalize but I think it will be about $650 for 4 nights.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Cashman on July 26, 2011, 12:56:13 AM
I found the hilton grand vacations to be quite nice a few years ago
Do they have villas with private pools?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: stu9009 on July 27, 2011, 09:29:27 PM
I am going to be in orlando for a confrence which doesnt end till friday afternoon, any ideas what to do for shabbos?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: kayef on July 27, 2011, 10:51:04 PM
I am going to be in orlando for a confrence which doesnt end till friday afternoon, any ideas what to do for shabbos?
check out kosherorlando.com
They have minyan and catered meals and there are a few hotels in walking distance.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sprint on July 28, 2011, 12:46:30 AM
http://www.orlandojewishinfo.com/
email them - theyll get back to you about advice for shabbos...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 28, 2011, 01:07:10 AM
http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/section_cdo/aid/1383376/jewish/Tourist-Info.htm
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: chemchops on August 10, 2011, 01:48:44 PM
Anyone know about kosher food in the Theme Parks. My family and I are going to be going in 2 weeks. Also is there only 1 kosher restaurant in Orlando(Lower East Side)?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on September 27, 2011, 10:32:07 AM
Anyone gonna be here chol hamoed?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on September 27, 2011, 12:51:05 PM
Anyone know about kosher food in the Theme Parks. My family and I are going to be going in 2 weeks. Also is there only 1 kosher restaurant in Orlando(Lower East Side)?

Very little kosher food in theme parks. just snack Bags and drinks

I was just there....Basically BYOF - Bring your own food
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on September 27, 2011, 01:15:49 PM
I got that..was there before. Was looking asking for minyanim/sukkah location wise. Thanks a lot though!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Finckmyster on October 03, 2011, 02:07:58 PM
Ormond Beach is an Hour a way and we have a Minyanim 3 times a day, a sukkah, and a very good restaurant

 
Title: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: WiddleAvi on December 01, 2011, 12:09:39 AM
Is it possible to tickets to Disney World with miles or Starwood points ? So far I got Airfare and hotel all covered with miles. Would be great if I can get tickets into the park with miles as well.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ishkabible on December 06, 2011, 09:36:26 AM
Anyone know about kosher food in the Theme Parks. My family and I are going to be going in 2 weeks. Also is there only 1 kosher restaurant in Orlando(Lower East Side)?

Every park has a packaged kosher meal from Webberman Foods available on demand (plus heating time) at one restaurant per park for $10.  They have also expanded that to most of the hotel cafeterias.  In the parks they are available at:

Magic Kingdom - Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe (Meat)
Hollywood Studios - ABC Commissary (Meat)
Epcot - The American Adventure (Meat)
Animal Kingdom - Pizzafari (Dairy)

Additionally, you can have a kosher meal ordered to any sit down restaurant on property 24 hours in advance.  I think they're pretty good, but a little steep ($20) last time I went.

As for other foods in the park, all the ice cream carts have the hechshers on the sign, almost all their ice cream is kosher.  Beyond that, a bunch of the Chip and Dale mixed nuts are Star-K and most of the chocolate gifts are marked too.  Finally, please consult your local orthodox Rabbi but I can tell you that it's possible that some of the popcorn is kosher.  What I mean by that is that the street vending carts were provided new as part of the contract established with Orville Redenbacher back in the late 90's.  Since then, Disney has only used Orville Redenbacher kernels which come in hechshered bags and they do not add any oils or butters to their kernels -- they are pretreated.  As I said, please speak to your Rabbi, but those are some facts.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: WiddleAvi on December 07, 2011, 05:33:05 PM
Has anyone had the food that can give a review on how decent it is ? Is there a variety to choose from ? Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ishkabible on December 15, 2011, 11:54:22 AM
Has anyone had the food that can give a review on how decent it is ? Is there a variety to choose from ? Thanks

The meals that are available with no prior notice are edible but certainly nothing to write home about.  I think you'd quickly get sick of them if you relied on them heavily but if you get caught in a FL rainstorm and just want something warm to eat it can certainly hit the spot.  The options vary by location (not every place carries all options) but they are: Hot dog (I'd call more of a bageldog) with mini potato croquettes (similar to a knish), Chicken fingers with croquettes, Hamburger with croquettes, Corned beef sandwich with croquettes or a personal pizza.

The sit down menu options are much tastier (at least what I've tried) and really do hit the spot even if they are pricey.  The options (as of a few months ago) are: Choice of soup - Matzah ball or vegetable, choice of entree - lasagna, brisket, chicken breast, or salmon.  All entrees come with small sides of mixed veggies and potatoes (either sliced or mashed).  Choice of desert - parve cheese cake or apple strudel very good).  Also all the meals come with a cute multi-bread (where 4 types are stuck together) roll.  Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on December 15, 2011, 12:01:40 PM
You can schedule kosher dinner in restaurant on top of Contemporary during fireworks show for a nice view
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on December 17, 2011, 04:41:06 PM
I'm driving from Carolina to Florida.. Plan on arriving in Orlando Monday night (Dec 26) and fly out of Miami on Friday morning..

Does it make sense to spend more time in Orlando or Miami? We are coming with 3 kids, ages 5, 3, and baby... Are outdoor pools warm enough this time of year for swimming?

Was thinking of going to Disney World Tuesday (figured the kids would like it?! are they too young?)

Then wanted to do some outlet shopping before heading out to Miami on Wednesday morning.

As of now booked at the Westin Diplomat for Wednesday and thursday. Any ideas what the kids might enjoy there?
(posting in Miami thread as well)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on December 18, 2011, 12:09:08 PM
I'm driving from Carolina to Florida.. Plan on arriving in Orlando Monday night (Dec 26) and fly out of Miami on Friday morning..

Does it make sense to spend more time in Orlando or Miami? We are coming with 3 kids, ages 5, 3, and baby... Are outdoor pools warm enough this time of year for swimming?

Was thinking of going to Disney World Tuesday (figured the kids would like it?! are they too young?)

(posting in Orlando thread as well)
I would have stayed in Orlando, kids will definitely enjoy it more than Miami. IMHO I do not think they are too young, but YKMV (K=KIDS)   ;D. Weather can get cool at times, but the average weather this time of year is warm enough for water activities in both locations.
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2011, 12:31:01 PM
Lots of great condos with your own pool/hot tub in MCO for cheap.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on December 18, 2011, 12:47:19 PM
What can kids do aside from Disney world?? as far as condos, I think this time of year is very very tough to get something...

Also planning on doing some shopping at the outlet malls..

Is hollywood/miami not worth going to?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on December 18, 2011, 12:52:20 PM
What can kids do aside from Disney world?? as far as condos, I think this time of year is very very tough to get something...

Also planning on doing some shopping at the outlet malls..

Is hollywood/miami not worth going to?
The kids don't need anything besides Disney. You can spend at least a day in each park, especially on the slow pace you're going to need to go. The kids will be mesmerized by all the shows and character greetings. And by outlet malls I assume you mean in Orlando, much better outlets then in Miami.

 Personally I'd nix Miami, the hours driving in the car with the kids is not worth it. Just find a nice villa with a pool, I'd check homeaway.com and there are many other websites. Spend some time searching and I'm sure youll be able to find something nice w/pool.

 This is not to say that I don't love Miami, just when vacationing with kids they would enjoy Orlando much much more.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2011, 12:54:00 PM
You can spend at least a day in each Disney park. The kids will be mesmerized by all the shows and character greetings. Personally I'd nix Miami, the hours driving in the car with the kids is not worth it. Just find a nice villa with a pool, I'd check homeaway.com and there are many other websites. Spend some time searching and I'm sure youll be able to find something nice w/pool.
+1
Also try vrbo.com, vacationrentals.com, vacationhomerentals.com, search on google for orlando villas or condos, or even try  Craigslist if you're feeling brave and want to save even more.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: WiddleAvi on December 18, 2011, 12:58:10 PM
The only concern I would have with Orlando is Xmas-New Years is peak season so you can expect to stand it lots of lines.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2011, 01:04:23 PM
The only concern I would have with Orlando is Xmas-New Years is peak season so you can expect to stand it lots of lines.
Get familiar with Fastpass and you should be OK.
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: Yossi. on December 22, 2011, 01:29:30 AM
Is it possible to tickets to Disney World with miles or Starwood points ? So far I got Airfare and hotel all covered with miles. Would be great if I can get tickets into the park with miles as well.

Did u get a hotel inside disney world?
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: Ergel on December 22, 2011, 02:03:41 AM
Please stop commenting on threads that have been dormant for 2 Weeks
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: ChAiM'l on December 22, 2011, 07:35:29 AM
Please stop commenting on threads that have been dormant for 2 Weeks

Why?
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: AJK on December 22, 2011, 08:04:58 AM
Why?

+1
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: Yossi. on December 22, 2011, 08:24:19 AM
Please stop commenting on threads that have been dormant for 2 Weeks

Wow. What a stupid and non-constructive comment...
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: Ergel on December 22, 2011, 08:49:35 AM
Its one thing if you have something to add to a conversation but if you are just commenting as if the conversation its still going and its not that is just silly.

And thank you for being polite
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: JEWDA on December 22, 2011, 09:01:20 AM
You are actually silly. he could comment whatever and whenever he wants.
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: Mocha on December 22, 2011, 09:03:51 AM
Its one thing if you have something to add to a conversation but if you are just commenting as if the conversation its still going and its not that is just silly.
I don't get what your issue is. 
I'm sure by Yossi asking "Did u get a hotel inside Disney world?" He was trying to help out the OP, thus adding to the conversation.

(One idea that comes to mind is staying on award stays charging the Disney passes to your room and paying the charge with more points if possible.)
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: Yossi. on December 22, 2011, 09:08:26 AM
Its one thing if you have something to add to a conversation but if you are just commenting as if the conversation its still going and its not that is just silly.

And thank you for being polite

Well for one, the OP didnt get a chance to be answered, so there is no "conversation still going" since it never started! So, why dont you sit tight on your chair and wait for a response that will help the original poster. For example, me telling him that I was in disney world for thanksgiving this year and that at the time I couldnt find a way to get a hotel within disney world with miles... So if he booked a hotel outside disney in the orlando area then no problem! I hope the point of my comment was sufficiently explained for you... but once again, thank you for bringing a waste of non-constructive comments to this thread that other DDF members looking for "Disney World Tix with miles" will unfortunately have to go through...
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: Yossi. on December 22, 2011, 09:29:52 AM
(One idea that comes to mind is staying on award stays charging the Disney passes to your room and paying the charge with more points if possible.)

btw - that's an amazing idea, never thought of that one... especially when the tickets go for $250 a week / person... but I don't think it would work for any of the 23 resorts from the disney "world"
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: businessmachine on December 22, 2011, 10:02:34 AM
That is a great idea...what kind of miles can be used to book with Disney?
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: Mocha on December 22, 2011, 10:23:06 AM
Doubt it can be done though I was just thinking out loud. Can you even pay for the minibar with miles?

BTW I was in Orlando 2 months back and found the best rates for Disney tix at Chabad of South Orlando
http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1478200/jewish/Disney-Tickets.htm
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: Yossi. on December 22, 2011, 10:39:09 AM
Doubt it can be done though I was just thinking out loud. Can you even pay for the minibar with miles?

BTW I was in Orlando 2 months back and found the best rates for Disney tix at Chabad of South Orlando
http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1478200/jewish/Disney-Tickets.htm

These are really great prices! do they have any deals for resorts inside disney?
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: twentie4hrs on December 22, 2011, 10:45:50 AM
Its one thing if you have something to add to a conversation but if you are just commenting as if the conversation its still going and its not that is just silly.

And thank you for being polite

c'mon...you dont HAVE TO post just to get the "post #"  on your account to go up...
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: jong on December 22, 2011, 10:48:22 AM
i guess its not dormant anymore....
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: Mocha on December 22, 2011, 10:57:31 AM
These are really great prices! do they have any deals for resorts inside disney?
Doubt it, but I guess it doesn't hurt to call.
Chabad of South Orlando
7508 Universal Boulevard  Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 354-3660
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: WiddleAvi on December 22, 2011, 11:45:54 AM
Well as the OP, I for one appreciate the response. I am not staying at Disney resort. I had seen that Chabad site but they are only selling Tix that can be used during a specific date range. I will look again closer to when I am going to see if they have for that time period.
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: Mocha on December 22, 2011, 11:51:48 AM
I had seen that Chabad site but they are only selling Tix that can be used during a specific date range. I will look again closer to when I am going to see if they have for that time period.
Good idea, as when I went it was over succos and they were valid throughout that month.
Title: Re: Disney World Tix with miles
Post by: yare on December 22, 2011, 12:12:37 PM
i'm going in a couple months and i've got one hyatt suite night to kill, so i booked at the hyatt regency grand cypress in an executive suite.  anyone ever been there?  any comments?   

as far as disney tix, i'm not aware of any real ways to buy with miles but i have some cap1 points left over which i'll use to cover them.            if you want to go to universal studios (or a universal park) you can use ultimate rewards points through the ur shopping portal. 
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on December 27, 2011, 06:47:39 PM
In orlando now, looking for some kosher restaurants.. tried Kosher Culinary but they aren't answering are they still in business?? Anyone know of the options I'm not finding anything?!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ishkabible on January 17, 2012, 03:22:29 PM
Just came back from Disney.  We stayed at Saratoga Springs, I wasn't too impressed compared to all the other Disney hotels.  Had a wonderful meal at Cohen's Deli I thought I'd share a pic with all of you of the Big Daddy Aww:

(http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff40/trendicoff/th_IMG_0356.jpg) (http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/ff40/trendicoff/?action=view&current=IMG_0356.jpg)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bades on January 18, 2012, 03:10:20 PM
any1 know of any websites to find great deals to Disney theme parks, besides for CHabad. and what kosher restaurants are there in Orlando these days

thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bades on January 22, 2012, 01:10:02 PM
any1 know of any websites to find great deals to Disney theme parks, besides for CHabad. and what kosher restaurants are there in Orlando these days

thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 22, 2012, 02:55:03 PM
Cohen's Deli is awesome!! just go there once or twice a day and you'll be good.. amazing deli sandwiches!!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bades on January 25, 2012, 11:26:26 AM
Cohen's Deli is awesome!! just go there once or twice a day and you'll be good.. amazing deli sandwiches!!

thank you
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Avrumi on April 25, 2012, 12:34:46 AM
Hi all,

I am planning on going on vacation with my wife the first week of June in Florida and i have a couple of questions that i could not find the answer by searching thru the other topics and I was hoping somebody could help me out.

I currently have 75K starwood points which I hope will cover the flight and hotel expenses.
To book a hotel with points seems pretty simple on the SPG site.
As for the flights, thats where i need a little help.


Do i book the flight thru the starwood site, star alliance or the airline directly?
Do i have to transfer points to an airline first, or can I book it with starpoints?
What is the best way to see how many starpoints a particular flight would cost?
Am i better off using the nights and flights option?

Any response is greatly appreciated and i apologize in advance if i posted this in the wrong thread.


Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on April 25, 2012, 08:33:07 AM
Where are you flying from?

Assuming you are in the NY area -

I there direct are flights from EWR to MCO with AA. If you transfer points to British Airways its only 15k per ticket. With the bonus 5k when you transfer 20k it'll be 25k for 2 tickets...



Title: Re: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 25, 2012, 08:41:58 AM
Where are you flying from?

Assuming you are in the NY area -

I there direct are flights from EWR to MCO with AA. If you transfer points to British Airways its only 15k per ticket. With the bonus 5k when you transfer 20k it'll be 25k for 2 tickets...
Plus there its a 25% bonus now so it will only be 20k
Title: Re: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on April 25, 2012, 08:55:07 AM
Plus there its a 25% bonus now so it will only be 20k
from starwood to BA?
Title: Re: Re: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 25, 2012, 09:07:13 AM
from starwood to BA?
For any hotel transfers to ba. I imagine the bonus posts on ba's side so 20K->25K->31.25K
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bades on April 25, 2012, 10:52:53 AM
also check to see the cost of hotels per night with $$ vs. points i was in orlando recently at a CAT. 4 or  5 and i got rooms for $120 per night, and they had a promo i earned over 5k points for the stay..
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Avrumi on April 25, 2012, 01:45:30 PM
Should I initiate the transfer from starwood, or from the airline?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on April 25, 2012, 01:47:21 PM
Should I initiate the transfer from starwood, or from the airline?
From starwood
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: youG on June 28, 2012, 08:18:15 PM
I just booked a last minute trip to Orlando and I've never been there can anyone recomend a nice place to stay.( everything seems pretty cheap- Waldorf for 180$) and kosher food as well things that are a must see

Any advice is appreciated and thanks in advance
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 28, 2012, 08:21:46 PM
Rent your own condo with private pool.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: youG on June 28, 2012, 09:40:54 PM
do you know one thats nice?
I got scared away cuz someone told me he booked one that was very raunchy when he got there.

can't imagine atmosphere as "vacationy" as a hotel
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 28, 2012, 09:42:41 PM
Raunchy?

There are literally thousands of vacation homes for rent in Orlando, I'm sure they run the gamut from 1 to 5 star, just do the research.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on June 28, 2012, 09:51:00 PM
Ya this time of year you can get a gorgeous house with a pool for Pennies
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on June 28, 2012, 09:53:52 PM
Rent your own condo with private pool.
Im surprised you didn't tell him to go to Hawaii ;)
Title: Re: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 28, 2012, 10:20:26 PM
Im surprised you didn't tell him to go to Hawaii ;)
He already booked:P
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on June 28, 2012, 10:25:57 PM
do you know one thats nice?
I got scared away cuz someone told me he booked one that was very raunchy when he got there.

can't imagine atmosphere as "vacationy" as a hotel
I stayed last year in one for a week was pretty nice, and deff had the vacation feeling with the pool,

I personally think I had a better time in a home rental over staying in an hotel
Title: Re: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 28, 2012, 10:28:16 PM
I stayed last year in one for a week was pretty nice, and deff had the vacation feeling with the pool,

I personally think I had a better time in a home rental over staying in an hotel
+1
It's a totally different and awesome way to spend a vacation. Place to spread out, a pool, you can bbq.
Title: Re: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on June 28, 2012, 10:42:04 PM
+1
It's a totally different and awesome way to spend a vacation. Place to spread out, a pool, you can bbq.
Yup.

I actually highly recommend it. I also thought that staying in a house is not vacation like, but I was wrong.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: youG on June 29, 2012, 01:43:45 AM
i know but the thought of having beds made and room cleaned . Im going for 3 days
 plus during the days ill prob be going to some parks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on June 29, 2012, 01:56:34 AM
For 3 days you may want to do a hotel as a Vacation home usually has a $250 cleaning fee
And as much as you can negotiate on the house its usually much harder (impossible) to negotiate the cleaning fee
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on June 29, 2012, 08:27:45 AM
For 3 days you may want to do a hotel as a Vacation home usually has a $250 cleaning fee
And as much as you can negotiate on the house its usually much harder (impossible) to negotiate the cleaning fee
I paid $500 after all fees for a 3 bedroom house with a pool. Was a pretty nice house.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 29, 2012, 08:35:05 AM
Why ask for advice if you won't take it? You won't regret renting a home
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: youG on June 29, 2012, 12:21:24 PM
Why ask for advice if you won't take it? You won't regret renting a home
I asked for general advice. And we just made the decision that we would rather a hotel.
However I was not sure when I posted thats why I asked for general advice! Inc.  hotels.
But I do appreciate your advice.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on June 29, 2012, 12:58:49 PM
I asked for general advice. And we just made the decision that we would rather a hotel.
However I was not sure when I posted thats why I asked for general advice! Inc.  hotels.
But I do appreciate your advice.
Lousy excuse. If you are open to suggestions and help from people that stayed in Orlando - you could consider a house. That is what everyone that stayed in a Vaction Home in Orlando is suggesting ... it says something.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 29, 2012, 01:17:01 PM
You won't regret renting a home
+100, definitely the way to go in cities like Orlando or Palm Springs where there is a massive glut of houses with private pools/hot tubs for rent for as little as a hotel room.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 29, 2012, 02:03:28 PM
...but no free breakfast :P
Title: Re: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 29, 2012, 02:44:36 PM
+100, definitely the way to go in cities like Orlando or Palm Springs where there is a massive glut of houses with private pools/hot tubs for rent for as little as a hotel room.
A single hotel room (and you get 3 bedrooms, especially great if traveling with kids
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dvol on July 02, 2012, 12:41:41 PM
I just came back from a 4 day trip to Orlando. We were 3 families with three 3 year olds and one 5 year old. So before we went I made a spreadsheet on Disney and which rides are interesting for preschooler age kids. I found it very helpful in the parks ( we did 3 parks, skipped Epcot) and figured someone on here might get some use out of it too. It's probably not entirely accurate and does not list a bunch of rides that are only for older kids but if you're going with little kids you might get some use out of it. See attached, each park is on a separate sheet.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: youG on July 08, 2012, 01:51:47 AM
I ended up staying in the Waldorf Astoria ( 177$/night) which was beautiful and i got upgraded to a 2 room suite with my newly upgraded gold account ( I called to have the infinite deal applied) stayed for 3 nights.
I brought vacuumed pack chicken and meats from pomegranate brooklyn.
The first day we went to disney World Magic kingdom and brought food but i also tried out the kosher food there which had a ok Glatt (double wrapped). We got a burger and corned beef sandwich which was very decent.
the rest of time we relaxed, and checked out downtown disney.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: youG on July 08, 2012, 01:39:11 PM
I almost forgot the worst part of all!!!
I reserved a car from Payless rental car!! It was the worst experience in my life!!
Firstly I had to wait 25 minutes for the shuttle, then when I got there I had a reservation that said  estimate 46$total for 3 days. they said it was just an estimate and had to add on another 36$ per day plus taxes and fees my total for 3 days was 165$!!
I said I had my own insurance and asked to speak to manager who tried to convince me to pay the 165 and she will give me convertible.( it was tempting) I said I won't pay more than 45$  . She claimed that my email was just estimate and lowest they can bring down price to 115$ I fought for a while but ended up suckering into it!
  Then they said because of inconvienience they will upgrade me from my yaris. Sounds good right. Wrong I got a 2008 Hyundai accent with no power anything and radio barely worked!!!!!
NEVER AGAIN!!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on July 08, 2012, 01:53:40 PM
Are you gonna dispute the charge
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: youG on July 08, 2012, 02:05:10 PM
I'm not sure if I can since I agreed before the rental. Anyone have experience with something like this?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on July 08, 2012, 05:09:44 PM
I have once disputed part of a car rental... But it was for the underage fee - that they didnt tell me I would be getting charged at the time of rental
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: arch on July 18, 2012, 12:26:14 AM
+100, definitely the way to go in cities like Orlando or Palm Springs where there is a massive glut of houses with private pools/hot tubs for rent for as little as a hotel room.
How do i find a rental house with a pool?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 18, 2012, 12:28:18 AM
How do i find a rental house with a pool?
try vrbo.com
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: arch on July 18, 2012, 03:12:29 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: regge on July 24, 2012, 05:53:18 PM
Im looking for an Apt with pool also preferably a haymish owned with a pool for after 9bav... anyone?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 24, 2012, 06:56:23 PM
So you can pay more?
Title: hyatt in orlando
Post by: marconil on July 25, 2012, 05:32:41 PM
I have the 2 free suite nights from opening a hyatt card. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is telling me that they only offer the "executive suite" for those rewards. Any idea how to get into a "Bylevel Suite" or the "Presidential Suite". I called and spoke to a manager who did not want to give anything more than the executive suite which is not worth taking...
Also, any ideas how to get diamond status for the month of August? Right now I am a platinum member with the Hyatt CC
Title: Re: hyatt in orlando
Post by: DrDanny on July 25, 2012, 05:38:43 PM
if you already have 2 suite nights i'm gonna assume you already status matched when you got the card in which case there's not anything I know of as you can only status match once per a account i once thought of opening a second account and status matching and then combining accounts although I never tried so I would assume it won't work
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: regge on July 25, 2012, 11:29:08 PM
+100, definitely the way to go in cities like Orlando or Palm Springs where there is a massive glut of houses with private pools/hot tubs for rent for as little as a hotel room.
any recommendations?
Title: looking for deals for disney world
Post by: izzchuck on July 26, 2012, 11:56:23 AM
Hey guys I'm Traveling with my wife to Orlando and I'm trying to get a discount for disneyworld. Thanks!
Title: Re: looking for deals for disney world
Post by: Name Changed on July 26, 2012, 12:30:04 PM
Hey guys I'm Traveling with my wife to Orlando and I'm trying to get a discount for disneyworld. Thanks!
Hard to get real discounts. I think posted earlier on this thread - that thru Chabad they have a little of a discount. But you are better off if you could figure out what parks you wanna go to and how many days, but the passes that suit you best
Title: Re: looking for deals for disney world
Post by: DrDanny on July 26, 2012, 01:53:41 PM
Hey guys I'm Traveling with my wife to Orlando and I'm trying to get a discount for disneyworld. Thanks!
craigslist
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 26, 2012, 01:55:06 PM
Hey guys I'm Traveling with my wife to Orlando and I'm trying to get a discount for disneyworld. Thanks!
http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1478200/jewish/Disney-Tickets.htm
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: regge on July 26, 2012, 03:12:49 PM
Anyone got some info on nice modern appt in orlando with a private pool for the week of August 5th
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on August 05, 2012, 10:39:52 PM
Does anybody know of another minyan during the week besides for chabad?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on August 08, 2012, 10:12:08 AM
Does anybody know of another minyan during the week besides for chabad?

http://www.orlandojewishinfo.com/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on August 09, 2012, 06:58:04 PM
Just was in Orlando and decided to try out East Side Deli.... A bit overpriced (maybe not for a touirist location)  and the fried shnitzel reminded me of Israel  but otherwise pretty good. The chicken soup was actually amazing. Ambiance is funny as the restaurant is basically in a shull.. ::)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: marconil on August 19, 2012, 01:15:04 PM
can anyone give me info of kashrus standards of the organization supervising Lower East Side?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on August 19, 2012, 01:48:38 PM
can anyone give me info of kashrus standards of the organization supervising Lower East Side?

Try contacting a reputable kashrus organization in South Florida - they may have the info you are looking for. http://www.koshermiami.org or http://orbkosher.org
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: 14cars on December 04, 2012, 07:37:40 PM
Anyone have any ideas for good deals on stuff to do in Orlando. 

In particular Kennedy Space center, sea world and lego land.  The list prices are crazy.
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 04, 2012, 07:47:13 PM
http://www.smartdestinations.com/orlando-attractions-and-tours/_d_Orl-p1.html?variation1=true&utm_expid=14845437-34
It ain't cheap, but probably cheaper
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ChaimBer on December 16, 2012, 07:46:15 PM
Has anybody ever rented a vacation home in Orlando for Pesach?

we are looking to go to Orlando with the entire family and i'm having a hard time locating what area is near a Shul/Chabad House.

does anybody have any tips? any experience doing such a thing?

what gated community is good? near a shul?

all ideas and tips are welcomed!

Yes i know chabad of Orlando has pesach vacation homes, but its pretty much sold out and their selection is no pretty lousy. though they do have some good perks but i'm looking to rent a nice place and the vacation home rental websites seem to be MUCH cheaper then them.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: MnM1130 on December 23, 2012, 09:35:44 PM
any particular places to check for vacation homes in orlando for next week? There are so many options and i dont have tons of time to research.. if anyone has a specific place to start my search that would be awesome.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 24, 2012, 01:25:44 PM
I have so many options regarding renting a house in Orlando could anyone give me some recommendations regarding a nice house that they rented for a good price?
Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on December 24, 2012, 03:32:01 PM
I have so many options regarding renting a house in Orlando could anyone give me some recommendations regarding a nice house that they rented for a good price?
Thanks
Someone in my family rented this one www.vrbo.com/295872 it was very nice  - I think we negotiated down to $1400 for 4 or 5 days including the cleaning fee
jeevesfloridarentals.com/details.aspx?PropertyID=36725
I'm not sure how many people you are, but this is all I know of anyway
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 25, 2012, 03:09:06 AM
How private was the pool? (looks not private at all)
Is it close to Chabad?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on December 25, 2012, 04:59:46 AM
How private was the pool? (looks not private at all)
Is it close to Chabad?
IIRC
It's behind the house you can only see it from a golf course  - dunno if you've ever lived near a golf course but that pretty private
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 25, 2012, 07:01:08 AM
IIRC
It's behind the house you can only see it from a golf course  - dunno if you've ever lived near a golf course but that pretty private
Pretty private doesn't equal private enough for my wife to feel comfortable
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on December 25, 2012, 10:11:42 AM
Black garbage bags should do the trick :)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: MnM1130 on December 25, 2012, 01:18:32 PM
finally after making all my plans for shabbos in orlando to be near chabad- i rechecked the chabad page cus i wanted to make shabbos meals and i noticed they dont even have any that week. my bad. anyhow i guess my next best bet would be takeout food- although i thought it would be nice to get out and walk somewhere for a meal. Any recommendations for takeout food for shabbos?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 25, 2012, 01:42:08 PM
finally after making all my plans for shabbos in orlando to be near chabad- i rechecked the chabad page cus i wanted to make shabbos meals and i noticed they dont even have any that week. my bad. anyhow i guess my next best bet would be takeout food- although i thought it would be nice to get out and walk somewhere for a meal. Any recommendations for takeout food for shabbos?
Why not bring and freeze?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: MnM1130 on December 25, 2012, 01:46:56 PM
Why not bring and freeze?
lazy? im supposed to be on vacation...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 25, 2012, 03:06:45 PM
Someone in my family rented this one www.vrbo.com/295872 it was very nice  - I think we negotiated down to $1400 for 4 or 5 days including the cleaning fee
jeevesfloridarentals.com/details.aspx?PropertyID=36725
I'm not sure how many people you are, but this is all I know of anyway
Looking for something smaller and cheaper anyone?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sprint on December 25, 2012, 11:18:42 PM
finally after making all my plans for shabbos in orlando to be near chabad- i rechecked the chabad page cus i wanted to make shabbos meals and i noticed they dont even have any that week. my bad. anyhow i guess my next best bet would be takeout food- although i thought it would be nice to get out and walk somewhere for a meal. Any recommendations for takeout food for shabbos?

I think she has some shabbos packages but you have to email her....www.gittysgourmet.com
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: MnM1130 on December 27, 2012, 08:28:10 PM
whats the difference b/w 2 DAY DISNEY BASE TICKET & 2 DAY DISNEY TICKET HOPPER?
not sure which to buy cus i dont know the diff.
thnks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on December 27, 2012, 08:52:37 PM
whats the difference b/w 2 DAY DISNEY BASE TICKET & 2 DAY DISNEY TICKET HOPPER?
not sure which to buy cus i dont know the diff.
thnks
Park hopper gets you into all the parks base ticket only gets you into Disney World
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: MnM1130 on December 27, 2012, 09:14:08 PM
Park hopper gets you into all the parks base ticket only gets you into Disney World
so basically its worth gettin the hopper pass for only a few bux more a ticket.. correct?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on December 27, 2012, 09:19:08 PM
so basically its worth gettin the hopper pass for only a few bux more a ticket.. correct?
I haven't been in years but so I don't remember if two days is enough time but it probably is, if you were only going fit one day you'd probably only have time for 1 park but in two days you should have time,
 look on their website check if the other parks interest you (I don't even remember what they are)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on December 27, 2012, 10:44:03 PM
so basically its worth gettin the hopper pass for only a few bux more a ticket.. correct?
i believe it means it will only get into u one specific park each day while the hopper will let u hop between different parks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Burt on January 16, 2013, 01:11:40 PM
Anyone have an update on the kosher food scene in orlando?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: MnM1130 on January 16, 2013, 01:14:23 PM
Anyone have an update on the kosher food scene in orlando?
ya their all gross...
the only thing i found that was really good was the kosher on wheels- which is shwarma and falaffel. their food was a life saver!
cohens deli was gross, and portions were small and expensive. didnt try their dairy cus it was new and they didnt even have a cook that day- weird. i didnt ry anywhere else- maybe s/o else can chime in (and btw im not a picky person at all)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ShmuliT on January 17, 2013, 06:02:05 PM
Anyone have an update on the kosher food scene in orlando?
Am also looking into kosher option in orlando. Came across http://kosherculinaryorlando.com
They are open 12pm-10pm
They use Rubashkin meat and it under a chabad hechsher.
They use a delivery service for $25.
Anyone been there?

And here are some more places: http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/672505/jewish/Kosher.htm
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on January 19, 2013, 09:10:35 PM
Anyone have an update on the kosher food scene in orlando?
http://www.orlandojewishinfo.com/
Title: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: noturbizniss on February 20, 2013, 10:39:10 AM
So I am thinking WAAAY down the road and planning to make our first family trip to the happiest place on earth in winter/summer 2015, so I have tons of time for planning. It will be myself, wife, 4 y/o (at the time) child and 1.5-2 y/o (aiming to go before the 2 year cut off).  I will be good to go on biz/first flights by that time with churning, as well as hopefully good with SPG points to stay at disney dolphin/swan. My question is are there any cards or ways I could start planning to hopefully save some cash on the crazy high park prices (5 days for 3 people would be over $1,000).
Current Card lineup between me and wife: SPG personal (2), biz, PRG, Biz RG, IP, IB, BA, SP.  I will have added and hopefully churned additional Delta Gold, PRG, SPG, Chase UA, and Hyatt by then.  Any others for better hotel points/value in disney area?
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2013, 12:22:30 PM
In Orlando the best thing is to rent a condo with a private pool.  Should be under $100/day all-in.

Also the prices of Disney tickets goes up much faster than the cost of inflation, so if you can afford to tie up money and buy em now it can make sense.
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: noturbizniss on February 20, 2013, 01:08:54 PM
In Orlando the best thing is to rent a condo with a private pool.  Should be under $100/day all-in.

Also the prices of Disney tickets goes up much faster than the cost of inflation, so if you can afford to tie up money and buy em now it can make sense.

The 5 nights would be ~$500 what advantage is that over using Starwood points and paying nothing (other than having private pool and kitchen).

Biggest PITA now is that Disney did away with the no expiration option so I now we wantt o go, just not sure for how long so I want to save the money but don't want to buy too much. 
Any ideas on whether you can add days to a ticket at the discounted prices?
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: Yeki89 on February 20, 2013, 01:09:48 PM
The 5 nights would be ~$500 what advantage is that over using Starwood points and paying nothing (other than having private pool and kitchen).

Biggest PITA now is that Disney did away with the no expiration option so I now we wantt o go, just not sure for how long so I want to save the money but don't want to buy too much. 
Any ideas on whether you can add days to a ticket at the discounted prices?
Its your matziv, you can go as you please... trust the people that dsid it.
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: noturbizniss on February 20, 2013, 01:16:22 PM
Its your matziv, you can go as you please... trust the people that dsid it.
I definitely do. Just wanted to clarify that the folks that have done that are saying that the condo option is worth it over the stay at disney for free option.
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: yare on February 20, 2013, 01:52:42 PM
that gives you two years to move to florida, so you can get the florida resident discount.        you could also buy through chabad, i believe they sometimes have some deals, there should be a link floating around the forums somewhere. 

in terms of paying for the actual tickets, you can use a cap one points card to cover them.  you'll get 1cpp towards the tickets, thats what i used last year.   
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: noturbizniss on February 20, 2013, 03:49:35 PM
that gives you two years to move to florida, so you can get the florida resident discount.        you could also buy through chabad, i believe they sometimes have some deals, there should be a link floating around the forums somewhere. 

in terms of paying for the actual tickets, you can use a cap one points card to cover them.  you'll get 1cpp towards the tickets, thats what i used last year.

mer

Cap one rewards?  That sounds wrong.  I'd be better off just using sellingmiles for SPG, MR, UR, or miles and probably get a better deal (from what i've read here about cap one stinkwards).
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: rots5 on February 20, 2013, 04:42:04 PM
Its your matziv, you can go as you please... trust the people that dsid it.
he can always sell his spg and use the money to pay his private condo...its the same "free" stay
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: Nafster on February 20, 2013, 05:13:37 PM
... hopefully good with SPG points to stay at disney dolphin/swan.
If you want there is a category 2 hotel close by, Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort.
Not to say that the condo is not the way to go, just personally I was so tired from spending the whole day in the parks that all I needed was a place to crash, didn't have time for anything else. The hotel was only ten minutes away.
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: noturbizniss on February 20, 2013, 05:17:26 PM
he can always sell his spg and use the money to pay his private condo...its the same "free" stay


mer

Cap one rewards?  That sounds wrong.  I'd be better off just using sellingmiles for SPG, MR, UR, or miles and probably get a better deal (from what i've read here about cap one stinkwards).
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2013, 05:18:12 PM
As kids we loved crashing in our own private pool in a private house after a long day at the parks.   Or even in between finishing a park and going back for a nighttime show.

Plus we made our own food instead of overpaying for bad food at the local eateries.
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: rots5 on February 20, 2013, 05:19:55 PM
As kids we loved crashing in our own private pool in a private house after a long day at the parks.   Or even in between finishing a park and going back for a nighttime show.

Plus we made our own food instead of overpaying for bad food at the local eateries.
but arent the famous rules about vacationing are (something along these lines)  - if your going to florida hit up the eateries, if your going to IL hit up the sites.
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2013, 05:21:29 PM
You're thinking of MIA not MCO.
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: noturbizniss on February 20, 2013, 05:22:14 PM
As kids we loved crashing in our own private pool in a private house after a long day at the parks.   Or even in between finishing a park and going back for a nighttime show.

Plus we made our own food instead of overpaying for bad food at the local eateries.
The more I think about it the better choice it seems.  How do you go about cooking with the generic non-kosher condo equipment (other than bringing a few pots and pans)?

Dan/Mods, seems like this has moved out of the CC realm and into the trip realm. perhaps this should be moved to the orlando master thread ( or create a disney world master thread)?
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: rots5 on February 20, 2013, 05:22:40 PM
You're thinking of MIA not MCO.
theres no kosher there? ok then it makes tons of sense to chill at a private pool with a grill going and some beers....
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: noturbizniss on February 20, 2013, 05:23:06 PM
but arent the famous rules about vacationing are (something along these lines)  - if your going to florida hit up the eateries, if your going to IL hit up the sites.
Aint much eateries to write home about in Orlando. As Dan said MIA/FLL is a whole other animal.
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: rots5 on February 20, 2013, 05:23:45 PM
Aint much eateries to write home about in Orlando. As Dan said MIA/FLL is a whole other animal.
was in orlando once, 12 yrs ago... dont remember
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: noturbizniss on February 20, 2013, 05:24:07 PM
theres no kosher there? ok then it makes tons of sense to chill at a private pool with a grill going and some beers....
A GRILL!!
Holy hollow head Batman, i'm on a roll with missing the obvious today aren't I!
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: rots5 on February 20, 2013, 05:26:19 PM
A GRILL!!
Holy hollow head Batman, i'm on a roll with missing the obvious today aren't I!
na, its so'k man! personally i thought u were asking about making a hot breakfast - eggs hashed browns etc...
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2013, 05:26:51 PM
The more I think about it the better choice it seems.  How do you go about cooking with the generic non-kosher condo equipment (other than bringing a few pots and pans)?

Dan/Mods, seems like this has moved out of the CC realm and into the trip realm. perhaps this should be moved to the orlando master thread ( or create a disney world master thread)?
It's been some 15 years probably.  I imagine my parents used self-clean cycle on the oven and brought along a grill or something.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ChaimBer on March 27, 2013, 09:49:25 PM
Any idea where we can get cheap tickets to Disney Orlando?
Chabad website says you need two days aside the fact they only have sea world and universal...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on April 12, 2013, 02:19:57 PM
Any idea where we can get cheap tickets to Disney Orlando?
Chabad website says you need two days aside the fact they only have sea world and universal...
Good luck with that.  Doubt you'll find anything except as part of a larger vacation package (unless your a florida resident, but I believe you need to show proof of residency).
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: brubinfeld on April 14, 2013, 11:30:17 AM
I been with the family for winter vacation in Orlando at the "kosher hotel" at the worldgate resort  all I can say look at other places.... the rooms are semi decant and the food as terrible..... shabbes came prepacked at the hotel and the food was cold... but the prices where hot.... :)
there is do a kosher truck in Orlando that has good Israeli food and its fresh too.... next to the chabad house btw the food at the restaurant next to the chabad house was mediocre and expensive but ok.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 14, 2013, 12:03:53 PM
All the more reason to rent a condo with a private pool when in Orlando and bring your own food and BBQ, etc.
Only way to go when in MCO, IMHO.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on April 14, 2013, 07:44:16 PM
You can also try http://gittysgourmet.com/ for food
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: brubinfeld on April 14, 2013, 07:46:39 PM
btw i found wallmart sells very competitive priced park tickets... dont buy in the hotels
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Finckmyster on April 15, 2013, 11:07:35 PM
Ormond Beach is like an hour from Orlando and we have the biggest Chabad House in Central Florida with Daily Miyanim, and a very good restaurant. 

http://www.glattkosherflorida.com/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on April 18, 2013, 12:36:56 PM
I'm looking to rent a villa with a private pool in Orlando but there are so many options i don't know where to start.
could anyone post a link of a house that they rented and where happy looking on spending up to $150 per night.
Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on April 18, 2013, 12:40:41 PM
btw i found wallmart sells very competitive priced park tickets... dont buy in the hotels
Disney park tickets or only others?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: danR on May 08, 2013, 11:23:26 AM
Anyone stayed at Disney Swan or Dolphin in Orlando, they are category 4 on SPG? I am also looking Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort.

Please let me know your thoughts
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on May 08, 2013, 01:28:46 PM
 yes i stayed in the Swan 2 years ago for 5 nights i real enjoed it it was real nice
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ellgee79 on May 23, 2013, 11:36:41 PM
Hi, i have a few questions about my upcoming orlando family vacation at the end of the summer
1. I am looking to rent a minivan - any cheap leads?
2. Any cheap flights from BWI to MCO?
3. Which parks do u recommend for 11,9,6 and 2 yr old
4. Any cheap ways to get in to parks - I didn't see any current tickets on chabad
6. Any kosher tips?
Thanks in advance for any info u can provide
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on May 28, 2013, 09:11:51 PM
6. Any kosher tips?
http://www.orlandojewishinfo.com/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ellgee79 on May 29, 2013, 08:51:42 AM
http://www.orlandojewishinfo.com/
Thanks!!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: glasses dude on May 29, 2013, 09:14:25 AM
Thanks!!
you could get kosher airline style meals in one resteraunt in any of the Disney Parks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: glasses dude on May 29, 2013, 09:16:42 AM
Also may as well get the Disney debit card from chase its free and has a few cute perks like free 5x7 picture with characters
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ellgee79 on May 31, 2013, 09:00:29 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Let3 on May 31, 2013, 11:28:23 AM
Anyone stayed at Disney Swan or Dolphin in Orlando, they are category 4 on SPG? I am also looking Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort.

Please let me know your thoughts
I stayed in one of them like 4 years ago (think it was the dolphin) and had a great time!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: glasses dude on May 31, 2013, 12:05:53 PM
Anyone stayed at Disney Swan or Dolphin in Orlando, they are category 4 on SPG? I am also looking Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort.

Please let me know your thoughts
I stayed at lake Buena vista not fancy but very nice and practical
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ohsleepy1 on June 10, 2013, 03:35:33 AM
Hi, we're visiting orlando for a conference for 3 days. I need cholov yisroel milk for my baby but can't seem to find correct info on where to get it. chabad's website says at winn dixie in altamonte, but apparently that's 30+ min drive from the parks. On some other website I found that I can get cholov yisroel milk at the whole foods on turkey lake road. Does anyone know for sure?

Also, does anyone know if cohen's deli is open? their website says they're reopening soon but that's been there for months!
Is kosher culinary a grocery store run by chabad that isn't open anymore? People on diff websites said they got cholov yisroel milk from there. the chabad website lists kosher gourmet but no website.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 10, 2013, 07:20:09 AM
Why not just freeze milk and put it in a cooler?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dovidmeirmiller on June 10, 2013, 08:46:59 PM
Does anyone know what the best (and most cost efficient) park to go to for a family of teens and twenties is?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on June 11, 2013, 04:13:50 PM
Where's closest minyan to Disneyworld? Any chance of putting together minyanim there over the summer?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ShmuliT on June 11, 2013, 04:59:58 PM
Where's closest minyan to Disneyworld? Any chance of putting together minyanim there over the summer?
When I was there during bein hazmanim vacation there was a jam packed shachris at Chabad (overflowed into restaurant next door) and there was more than one Mincha/Mariv in the park.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ShmuliT on June 11, 2013, 05:07:31 PM
Plus we made our own food instead of overpaying for bad food at the local eateries.
I imagine my parents used self-clean cycle on the oven and brought along a grill or something.
As a kid I'm sure it was great having home made food each day. But from the parents side this may not be such a vacation if they are out all day then need to start cooking.
OTOH preparing in advance or throwing some meat on the BBQ are great options.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 11, 2013, 05:11:32 PM
Meh.
So bring cooked food and reheat it as I've done on several trips to places without kosher food.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on June 11, 2013, 05:16:13 PM
When I was there during bein hazmanim vacation there was a jam packed shachris at Chabad (overflowed into restaurant next door) and there was more than one Mincha/Mariv in the park.
Chabad's not so close to Disney. There's no way to put together a minyan in one of the park hotels?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on June 11, 2013, 07:08:01 PM
I'm looking to rent a villa with a private pool in Orlando but there are so many options i don't know where to start.
could anyone post a link of a house that they rented and where happy looking on spending up to $150 per night.
Thanks
bump
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: KK on June 12, 2013, 02:16:06 PM
Does anyone know what the best (and most cost efficient) park to go to for a family of teens and twenties is?

If you're referring to a Disney park, I would say Epcot or Hollywood Studios.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ausome on June 12, 2013, 04:40:37 PM
Hi, we're visiting orlando for a conference for 3 days. I need cholov yisroel milk for my baby but can't seem to find correct info on where to get it. chabad's website says at winn dixie in altamonte, but apparently that's 30+ min drive from the parks. On some other website I found that I can get cholov yisroel milk at the whole foods on turkey lake road. Does anyone know for sure?

Also, does anyone know if cohen's deli is open? their website says they're reopening soon but that's been there for months!
Is kosher culinary a grocery store run by chabad that isn't open anymore? People on diff websites said they got cholov yisroel milk from there. the chabad website lists kosher gourmet but no website.

Thanks!
I was in orlando this past january and we bought cholov yisroel milk from the resturant next to the chabad center for about $7
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ohsleepy1 on June 24, 2013, 12:06:36 AM
We just came back from Orlando last week. The mashgiach at the Chabad restaurant, Kosher Gourmet (which used to be Kosher Culinary) said the only place to get CY milk close to Orlando is ordering online or Wynn Dixie in Altamonte. Their fleishig food was pretty good & a little pricey.

We also went to Kosher on Wheels, a kosher food truck that we got felafel in a pita & fries & it was very good with large portions & fair prices but you eat outside which is VERY hot in June.

There's another restaurant, Lower East Side which is fleishigs & much closer to the parks and a milchig restaurant called Milk & Honey (I believe) but the mashgiach at the Chabad restaurant told us (off the record) that they don't hold by their hechsherim (no mashgiach ever visits the milchig one & the fleishig one rarely has a mashgiach.)

Hope this helps others going to Orlando soon!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yeki89 on June 24, 2013, 12:08:30 AM
We just came back from Orlando last week. The mashgiach at the Chabad restaurant, Kosher Gourmet (which used to be Kosher Culinary) said the only place to get CY milk close to Orlando is orderling online or Wynn Dixie in Altamonte. Their fleishig food was pretty good & a little pricey.

We also went to Kosher on Wheels, a kosher food truck that we got felafel in a pita & fried & it was very good with large portions & fair prices but you eat outside which is VERY hot in June.

There's another restaurant, Lower East Side which is fleishigs & much closer to the parks and a milchig restaurant called Milk & Honey (I believe) but the mashgiach at the Chabad restaurant told us (off the record) that they don't hold by their hechsherim (no mashgiach ever visits the milchig one & the fleishig one rarely has a mashgiach.)

Hope this helps others going to Orlando soon!
I added to wiki with the date.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ohsleepy1 on June 24, 2013, 12:23:08 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aviz on June 26, 2013, 03:36:42 PM
i heard there is some pizza place ... but its out of some chabbad guys condo ? anyone know what i'm talking about ?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ohsleepy1 on June 27, 2013, 03:37:01 AM
@ aviz, maybe thats milk and honey? the chabad mashgiach told us he runs a pizza place out of his house with no mashgiach ever and his friend out of town gives it his hashgacha but nobody ever actually goes there so he doesn't hold by their hechsher.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on June 30, 2013, 06:48:00 PM
We just came back from Orlando last week. The mashgiach at the Chabad restaurant, Kosher Gourmet (which used to be Kosher Culinary) said the only place to get CY milk close to Orlando is ordering online or Wynn Dixie in Altamonte. Their fleishig food was pretty good & a little pricey.

We also went to Kosher on Wheels, a kosher food truck that we got felafel in a pita & fries & it was very good with large portions & fair prices but you eat outside which is VERY hot in June.

There's another restaurant, Lower East Side which is fleishigs & much closer to the parks and a milchig restaurant called Milk & Honey (I believe) but the mashgiach at the Chabad restaurant told us (off the record) that they don't hold by their hechsherim (no mashgiach ever visits the milchig one & the fleishig one rarely has a mashgiach.)

Hope this helps others going to Orlando soon!

Kosher on Wheels was very good and reasonably priced!  It is close to Universal but there is no place to sit and eat.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ohsleepy1 on July 03, 2013, 07:44:38 AM
Kosher on Wheels was very good and reasonably priced!  It is close to Universal but there is no place to sit and eat.

When we were there a few weeks ago on the front of the truck there were small round tables with chairs & umbrellas. On the back side of the truck there's a long table with chairs. If it's busy I'm sure there wouldn't be enough chairs, there were maybe 15-20 total. We thought about eating in our air conditioned rented car.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aviz on July 05, 2013, 10:39:14 AM
Ok.. Just got back from our 3 nights in Orlando - We did 1 day at Disney (Magic Kingdom) and 1 day at Sea World (got the tix on the daily getaways that Dan posted) ...
I have to admit... we ate 3 times at Kosher on Wheels (food truck)- We never even tried going anywhere else - the food was just awesome and reasonably priced.

A few other things I learned... I know Dan is a fan of renting a house and stuff.. but for those that are going a for a couple days.. or with no kids and don't want to go that route..

We stayed at the Dolphin for 2 nights (SPG) .. and I was a little disappointed... but not really sure you have many other options if you want to stay on Walt Disney Resort....

also.. if you are going to disney with a little kid and want to get the most out of it..I suggest leaving the park and going back for a nap ... We got to the park at 8:30 (30 minutes before the park opened) and got in first .. got to ride all the really big attractions with long waits really quickly.. we then left the park at around noon till 3:00 .. and ate lunch back at the hotel.. and gave my kid an hour nap.. we went back to the park and were there until 11 pm when it closed (got to go to the parade and all the rides had llike no wait times between 9-11.

Also - and ill post more abouit this in the On the road forum - but when renting a car... check a few of the small companies out too ( I ended up renting a car from a company called ACO (i was hesitant at first) but it was super cheap. I think this company only exists in MIA and ORL.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ayman on July 28, 2013, 12:44:14 AM
When we were there a few weeks ago on the front of the truck there were small round tables with chairs & umbrellas. On the back side of the truck there's a long table with chairs. If it's busy I'm sure there wouldn't be enough chairs, there were maybe 15-20 total. We thought about eating in our air conditioned rented car.
+1 Tried it out last week, Took it to go, good price for good food. :)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ayman on July 28, 2013, 12:56:15 AM
Just spent 4 days 3 nights in Orlando. Got the 3 nights in the Rosen Shingle Resort (4 and half stars) for $150 via travelocity w a $50 statement credit from AMEX. Spent 2 days @ Universal Studios, got the 2 day 2 park pass from Chabad, couldn't find anything cheaper than that.

Was thinking about getting the Express pass from Universal but was too much $. ($80 per person per day!). Sounded enticing considering that the better rides all had 2 hr+ wait times regularly. Buyer beware!!! Not necessary to spend that money. We went around from ride to ride just walking up the exit ramp and right on to the ride, no lines at all, not event the express line. We had experienced a problem at one of the rides and the greeter told us to just walk up to the next ride and tell them that this greeter asked to accommodate us and should be no prob. From then on we went around to the greeter of each ride and smiled said hello and said that the greeter from some other ride asked to accommodate us. Better than express and no $.

To top it off I went to guest relations before we left and complained to them too that were spending so much time on lines and getting stuck on rides. Could we please get two free tix to come back. She gave us the tix np. Just asked for a statement to improve their service. She then gave us a card to bring to the ticket window next time we come for free tix. No expiration date, no questions. ;D
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 28, 2013, 01:14:25 AM
Just spent 4 days 3 nights in Orlando. Got the 3 nights in the Rosen Shingle Resort (4 and half stars) for $150 via travelocity w a $50 statement credit from AMEX. Spent 2 days @ Universal Studios, got the 2 day 2 park pass from Chabad, couldn't find anything cheaper than that.

Was thinking about getting the Express pass from Universal but was too much $. ($80 per person per day!). Sounded enticing considering that the better rides all had 2 hr+ wait times regularly. Buyer beware!!! Not necessary to spend that money. We went around from ride to ride just walking up the exit ramp and right on to the ride, no lines at all, not event the express line. We had experienced a problem at one of the rides and the greeter told us to just walk up to the next ride and tell them that this greeter asked to accommodate us and should be no prob. From then on we went around to the greeter of each ride and smiled said hello and said that the greeter from some other ride asked to accommodate us. Better than express and no $.

To top it off I went to guest relations before we left and complained to them too that were spending so much time on lines and getting stuck on rides. Could we please get two free tix to come back. She gave us the tix np. Just asked for a statement to improve their service. She then gave us a card to bring to the ticket window next time we come for free tix. No expiration date, no questions. ;D
This post makes me sad
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ayman on July 28, 2013, 01:24:29 AM
why
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Thingywingy on July 28, 2013, 02:02:21 AM
Anyone of way to get discount on Universal Orlando day pass?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ayman on July 28, 2013, 02:57:10 AM
Chabad of South Orlando usually the best prices available. You can also try undercover tourist.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Thingywingy on July 28, 2013, 09:38:47 AM
Do I have to go there to pick them up? How much do they go for?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ayman on July 28, 2013, 10:36:46 AM
Two day two park pass was about $130 per person. They can mail it to you or you can pick it up free. The Chabad house is a store front five min away from Universal.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ayman on July 28, 2013, 10:43:14 AM
A one day pass for one park is $82 for adults. IMO it isn't worth it for just one park, you need to be able to go to both parks to enjoy it.
http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1486612/jewish/Universal-Tickets.htm
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aviz on July 28, 2013, 11:55:58 AM
We went around from ride to ride just walking up the exit ramp and right on to the ride, no lines at all, not event the express line. We had experienced a problem at one of the rides and the greeter told us to just walk up to the next ride and tell them that this greeter asked to accommodate us and should be no prob. From then on we went around to the greeter of each ride and smiled said hello and said that the greeter from some other ride asked to accommodate us. Better than express and no $.



I don't understand, why would there be a line or even an express line.. if you were going through the exits... obviously thats not the way your supposed to get on the ride
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ayman on July 29, 2013, 12:45:27 AM
No that is not the way ppl are supposed to get on the ride. But the greeters who were accommodating us just told us to go up the exit ramp instead of waiting on any line. When we went to the next ride, the new greeter told us to go up the express line until we asked to go up the exit instead and they let us go right up. But we had to ask for it...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aviz on July 29, 2013, 11:33:29 AM
why were the greeters accomodating you ... was there someone in your group handicapped ? doesnt make sense...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ayman on July 29, 2013, 04:42:22 PM
Nobody was disabled. We waited on a line the 2nd day that was supposed to be a ten min wait time for ten min without moving so we left the line and asked the greeter what happened. He didn't know but just sent us up the exit for that same ride. After we got of the ride we went back to thank him and he just asked where e were going to next and just ask them to accommodate us in his name. It worked and kept happening through both parks. They were just being nice, good customer service!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 29, 2013, 05:27:17 PM
Nobody was disabled. We waited on a line the 2nd day that was supposed to be a ten min wait time for ten min without moving so we left the line and asked the greeter what happened. He didn't know but just sent us up the exit for that same ride. After we got of the ride we went back to thank him and he just asked where e were going to next and just ask them to accommodate us in his name. It worked and kept happening through both parks. They were just being nice, good customer service!
is it rude to say I don't entirely believe you? (there is something missing, either you didn't really ask every time or you weren't entirely truthful with the greeter each time)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aviz on July 29, 2013, 06:37:51 PM
is it rude to say I don't entirely believe you? (there is something missing, either you didn't really ask every time or you weren't entirely truthful with the greeter each time)

+1
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yeki89 on July 29, 2013, 07:49:19 PM
Honestly I don't belive anyone with under 25 posts....
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 29, 2013, 07:50:46 PM
Honestly I don't belive anyone with under 25 posts....
LOL
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ayman on July 30, 2013, 12:19:26 PM
Honestly I don't belive anyone with under 25 posts....
You all had to start somewhere right? You didn't start posting with hundreds or thousands of posts.
is it rude to say I don't entirely believe you? (there is something missing, either you didn't really ask every time or you weren't entirely truthful with the greeter each time)
Actually did go to the greeters every time and told the truth. The staff was just really nice.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ayman on July 30, 2013, 12:21:53 PM
And its not rude, its an anonymous forum, i have no idea who you are and you don't know me at all. Think its wrong to make judgments about people you don't know though
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Jkhein on October 01, 2013, 11:22:37 PM
Read through the entire thread, any recommendations on hotels for a three day stay? and do they offer packages with park tickets?
not looking for condo
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yeki89 on October 02, 2013, 12:42:40 AM
Park tickets you get cheapest at the kiosks. On International Drive, Universal Blvd ect
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Jkhein on October 02, 2013, 01:46:13 AM
Park tickets you get cheapest at the kiosks. On International Drive, Universal Blvd ect
I aaw posts above about getting them at chabad etc
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Blazer on October 15, 2013, 11:30:47 AM
Is anyone going to be in Orlando next week Mon-Wed (Oct 21-23) we have 9 people for shachris and we need one more,
Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on October 15, 2013, 07:34:38 PM
Is anyone going to be in Orlando next week Mon-Wed (Oct 21-23) we have 9 people for shachris and we need one more,
Thanks
www.orlandotorahcenter.com
http://godaven.com/temporary-minyanim.asp
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Blazer on October 15, 2013, 07:59:52 PM
The Orlando Torah Center is what I was talking about there are only 9 committed there
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on November 07, 2013, 12:51:17 PM
Going to Orlando for Thanksgiving weekend (Wed night - Monday night). Flying SW with 2 CP's and rented a 3BR condo.

Planning on going to Magic Kingdom, Sea World and Lego Land for Thursday, Sunday & Monday.

Any ideas for a good activity for Friday? Shabbat starts 5pm so it doesn't make sense to pay for a park for only 1/2 day. Kids are 5 & 2.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yeki89 on November 07, 2013, 12:56:31 PM
There are plenty of small attractions

Ripleys
Bowling
Small Parks

There are booklets in every hotel with all the atractions.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 07, 2013, 01:09:42 PM
Instead if renting a condo, rent a house with a pool and have a lazy day pool side?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on November 07, 2013, 01:22:27 PM
Instead if renting a condo, rent a house with a pool and have a lazy day pool side?

The "resort" that the condo is in has a pool. Shabbat is going to be a lazy day so hoping to squeeze in as much as we can on Friday.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: KK on November 07, 2013, 01:53:57 PM
Going to Orlando for Thanksgiving weekend (Wed night - Monday night). Flying SW with 2 CP's and rented a 3BR condo.

Planning on going to Magic Kingdom, Sea World and Lego Land for Thursday, Sunday & Monday.

Any ideas for a good activity for Friday? Shabbat starts 5pm so it doesn't make sense to pay for a park for only 1/2 day. Kids are 5 & 2.

Thanks.

Downtown Disney might be a good option. Food, shopping, entertainment..
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 07, 2013, 02:25:47 PM
Swim?
Go-cart?
Minigolf?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Rina on November 21, 2013, 07:28:42 PM
Anyone planning to be in Orlando / Lake Buena Vista next Shabbos (Shabbos Chanukah, November 30 2012)? We are organizing a minyan at the Lower East Side Restaurant, 8548 Palm Parkway. We need at least 10 men to commit. Email orlandothanksgiving2013@gmail.com if you would like to be part of the minyan.
Thanks!!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: kaman on November 22, 2013, 10:43:23 AM
Going to Orlando for Thanksgiving weekend (Wed night - Monday night). Flying SW with 2 CP's and rented a 3BR condo.

Planning on going to Magic Kingdom, Sea World and Lego Land for Thursday, Sunday & Monday.

Any ideas for a good activity for Friday? Shabbat starts 5pm so it doesn't make sense to pay for a park for only 1/2 day. Kids are 5 & 2.

Thanks.

This is the most expensive way to do the parks. Why not ditch Sea World and do Animal Kingdom, as those are both Disney parks. As you know with Disney, each incremental day gives you a major savings. IF you do that, then it won't cost much more to upgrade to a 3 day, and you can do DHS on Friday!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alexk. on November 22, 2013, 11:01:48 AM
The savings by sticking to Disney only, is usually if you are doing many days. 5-10 days you will see great value in sticking with one company. The price for 2 days of disney vs 1 day Disney and 1 day Seaworld may be cheaper anyway to do the latter. I'm pretty sure seaworld can be had for cheaper than disney.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on November 22, 2013, 12:40:32 PM
As of now planning on doing 2 days Disney, 1 day Lego Land and 1 day Sea World. Sea World weekday tickets are only $50 per day.

Still waiting for Chabad to post their discounted ticket prices. They said it should be any day now and based on the price I may change my plans. My son however is so excited about Land Land so I don't think I would skip that.

But you are right that once you pass 3 days each incremental day is very little. Here are the current prices for adult base tickets:

2 Day - $184/$92.00 per day
3 Day - $262/$87.34 per day
4 Day - $279/$69.75 per day
5 Day - $289/$57.80 per day
6 Day - $299/$49.84 per day
7 Day - $309/$44.15 per day

Hopper option is another $59 per ticket regardless of the number of days.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Rina on November 23, 2013, 07:42:39 PM
Anyone planning to be in Orlando / Lake Buena Vista next Shabbos (Shabbos Chanukah, November 30 2012)? We are organizing a minyan at the Lower East Side Restaurant, 8548 Palm Parkway. We need at least 10 men to commit. Email orlandothanksgiving2013@gmail.com if you would like to be part of the minyan.
Thanks!!

Meant 2013 :)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on November 25, 2013, 10:46:40 AM
Chabad has the Disney tickets listed again for Chanukah for anyone planning on going.

http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1478200/jewish/Disney-Tickets.htm (http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1478200/jewish/Disney-Tickets.htm)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on January 02, 2014, 04:00:10 PM
gonna be in orlando next week
any updates on the food sitch?
meals in disney- worth it or not? i heard the pizza in animal kingdom is good- true or not?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: tripper on January 02, 2014, 09:58:19 PM
Does anyone know of any villas or homes for rent with a pool that are walk-able to any of the  shuls?
Is there a way or any site that will give exact addresses of homes for rent so that I can find out their proximity to shuls?
TIA
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on January 02, 2014, 10:03:12 PM
gonna be in orlando next week
any updates on the food sitch?
meals in disney- worth it or not? i heard the pizza in animal kingdom is good- true or not?

Was in Magic Kingdom this week. The kosher food was pretty good. We had the hamburger, hot dog, chicken nuggets, and Mac n cheese over 2 days (they also have pastrami and pizza which we didn't try). Meat meals were about $10 and the dairy ones were about $8. Obviously not gourmet but pretty tasty considering what they are.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 02, 2014, 10:05:11 PM
That's really reasonable
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on January 02, 2014, 10:30:06 PM
That's really reasonable

Agreed. If only admission ticket prices were also reasonable.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: tripper on January 02, 2014, 10:40:30 PM
Does anyone know of any villas or homes for rent with a pool that are walk-able to any of the  shuls?
Is there a way or any site that will give exact addresses of homes for rent so that I can find out their proximity to shuls?
TIA
bump
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: chaimmayer on January 02, 2014, 10:59:18 PM
gonna be in orlando next week
any updates on the food sitch?
meals in disney- worth it or not? i heard the pizza in animal kingdom is good- true or not?
i was at kosher grill last week. Pretty good food for reasonable prices.  I didn't go to Disney, I took my kids to fun spot which is around the corner from the restaurant.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on January 02, 2014, 11:02:31 PM
i was at kosher grill last week. Pretty good food for reasonable prices.

+1. Was there this week. Pretty good.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on January 08, 2014, 11:51:59 AM
Chabad of Orlando now seems to offer Disney and Universal discount tickets.

Anyone bought there?

http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1486619/jewish/Park-Tickets.htm
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on January 08, 2014, 01:42:37 PM

Chabad of Orlando now seems to offer Disney and Universal discount tickets.

Anyone bought there?

http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1486619/jewish/Park-Tickets.htm
yes, I used them 2 years ago, very happy
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: JACKSASSONBK on January 09, 2014, 09:55:34 AM
Any cheap tixs for (1) day in Disney Orlando? I saw all the posts on 2 day, etc. I have no need for those...

I got the Groupon for seaworld already :)
Title: Re: Disney World Planning - Long Term
Post by: 3yummyboys on February 10, 2014, 10:10:56 AM
As kids we loved crashing in our own private pool in a private house after a long day at the parks.   Or even in between finishing a park and going back for a nighttime show.

Plus we made our own food instead of overpaying for bad food at the local eateries.

Whats the best way to get a pool villa?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2014, 01:55:03 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/24/travel/disney-magic-kingdom-price-increase/index.html
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 24, 2014, 02:05:27 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/24/travel/disney-magic-kingdom-price-increase/index.html
Insane
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2014, 02:15:34 PM
Insane
It's not even a good park :P
Better rides for kids and adults at Cedar Point for half the price.
All about the marketing.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 24, 2014, 02:19:12 PM
It's not even a good park :P
Better rides for kids and adults at Cedar Point for half the price.
All about the marketing.
Yeah, nothing like the allure of Disney World. You don't go for the rides, you go for the atmosphere.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2014, 02:19:50 PM
Looks like they got rid of the non-expiring ticket rider that made buying a longer pass worthwhile.
Used to be that they were always non-expiring, then they made it an additional rider, now it's not even for sale (at least online).
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2014, 02:20:38 PM
Yeah, nothing like the allure of Disney World. You don't go for the rides, you go for the atmosphere.
Yup, but that's a lot of dough for atmosphere.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on February 24, 2014, 02:42:11 PM
We aren't crazy amusement park fans, but we REALLY enjoyed Disney. It is way overpriced but we did have a blast.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 24, 2014, 04:44:07 PM
Looks like they got rid of the non-expiring ticket rider that made buying a longer pass worthwhile.
Used to be that they were always non-expiring, then they made it an additional rider, now it's not even for sale (at least online).
How many do you have left?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on February 24, 2014, 05:05:00 PM
Was in Magic Kingdom this week. The kosher food was pretty good. We had the hamburger, hot dog, chicken nuggets, and Mac n cheese over 2 days (they also have pastrami and pizza which we didn't try). Meat meals were about $10 and the dairy ones were about $8. Obviously not gourmet but pretty tasty considering what they are.
My info is definitely dated I was there about a year and a half ago. However, I got the burger there and it was in an enclosed bun. I to this day have no idea how they made it as it looked like the only way to do it was to bake the bread around the burger. In addition it was nasty. My Wife did get the Chicken nuggets and IIRC they were ok.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2014, 05:07:07 PM
How many do you have left?
Perhaps 10 years ago I convinced my father to buy several of the 10 day pass with park hopper option.
Tickets never expired back then and it came out to less than $20/day.

Hopefully it'll come in handy one day ;)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 24, 2014, 05:10:03 PM
Perhaps 10 years ago I convinced my father to buy several of the 10 day pass with park hopper option.
Tickets never expired back then and it came out to less than $20/day.

Hopefully it'll come in handy one day ;)
Obviously
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 24, 2014, 10:44:37 PM

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/24/travel/disney-magic-kingdom-price-increase/index.html

Was there in December and they had to close the park because it was full to capacity. Guess they can charge what they like.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2014, 10:47:51 PM
I'm sure they have very smart people telling them exactly the optimal price point to maximize total revenue.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 26, 2014, 08:25:32 PM
Looks like they got rid of the non-expiring ticket rider that made buying a longer pass worthwhile.
Used to be that they were always non-expiring, then they made it an additional rider, now it's not even for sale (at least online).
According to mommy points you can still by them from undercover tourist (10 days for $679)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2014, 08:35:30 PM
According to mommy points you can still by them from undercover tourist (10 days for $679)
Interesting. Is that with the hopper option?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 26, 2014, 08:43:03 PM
Interesting. Is that with the hopper option?
not clear
Quote from: mommy Points
Buy tickets that never expire and save days unused for a future trip:
Warning: This tip is only for the well organized family as it will be a waste of money if you can’t keep up with your tickets.  Most multi-day Disney ticket purchases expire within 14 days from the date the ticket was first used, but you can pay extra to get a version that never expires.  For example, from Undercover Tourist you can buy a 10 day “Magic Your Way” ticket that never expires for $ 678.95.  Disney tickets only get pricier each year, so in theory you could use the days you want for your trip this year, and then save the remaining days for a trip in a future year.  That way you benefit from having the discount that comes from multiple days, and you guard against price increases in the coming years.  Of course, you have to be willing to shell out a bunch of cash now, bank on going to Disney again in the future, and not losing your tickets.
- See more at: http://boardingarea.com/mommypoints/#sthash.uIJmkGMt.dpuf
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ayman on February 27, 2014, 12:19:45 AM
It's not even a good park :P
Better rides for kids and adults at Cedar Point for half the price.
All about the marketing.
How you gonna do that in Feb? :P
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on March 10, 2014, 09:20:51 AM
Hi not sure where the right thread to discuss this is: my family bought a timeshare back in the 80s at vistana in Orlando ( believe it's a Sheraton resort). We no longer have a need for it & are interested in ideally selling it or renting it out. Any thread discusses timeshares or rci ( company that manages exchanges)?
Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Shmelke on June 09, 2014, 05:51:00 PM
If you try Redweek, you might be able to rent it out, especially if you can use it over public school holidays. I am sure you have heard that 1,000,000 times, though. If you did rent it out, when would you do it and how much would it go for?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Shmelke on June 09, 2014, 05:56:40 PM
My family and I are probably planning a trip there for the end of the summer. Anyone have any suggestions of what to do if I happen to be there over Shabbos? Do I need to bring my own food into the hotel? Is there anything within walking distance to the hotels? I will either be staying at the park or in a hotel inside the gates of the park.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: nbnuti on July 15, 2014, 04:50:42 PM
Hi not sure where the right thread to discuss this is: my family bought a timeshare back in the 80s at vistana in Orlando ( believe it's a Sheraton resort). We no longer have a need for it & are interested in ideally selling it or renting it out. Any thread discusses timeshares or rci ( company that manages exchanges)?
Thanks

Is it still available for rent Would need it from Sunday July 20th until sunday july 27th
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: churnbabychurn on July 21, 2014, 04:11:32 PM
Looking for a place to stay for Shabbos August 22-23, for one guy... Any leads would be appreciated!  :)

Alternatively, is there a SPG near a shul etc?   ETA found this: http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/637790/jewish/Hotels.htm
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: churnbabychurn on August 14, 2014, 06:54:47 AM
Looking for a place to stay for Shabbos August 22-23, for one guy... Any leads would be appreciated!  :)

Bump...?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on September 01, 2014, 11:07:32 PM
Anyone know of a rental home community in orlando that expects to have shabbos minyanim on winter break 2014 (Jan 23-24)? Alternatively, does anyone out there know whether there will be shabbos minyanim at the Sheraton Vistana? Also, any villa/rental community with an eruv, or is that too much to ask (going with a baby)?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on September 07, 2014, 04:02:12 PM
A new kiruv kollel opened in Orlando. Their site is still under construction - http://www.joinorlando.org/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: SOS on October 02, 2014, 12:33:16 AM
does anyone have any recommendations for a 3-4br apt/condo to rent for chol hamoed?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on October 25, 2014, 08:55:43 PM
actuarial course on professionalism in december anyone?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on October 25, 2014, 11:00:57 PM
Anyone know of a rental home community in orlando that expects to have shabbos minyanim on winter break 2014 (Jan 23-24)? Alternatively, does anyone out there know whether there will be shabbos minyanim at the Sheraton Vistana? Also, any villa/rental community with an eruv, or is that too much to ask (going with a baby)?

I presume you meant Jan 2015

During Jan 2014 winter break, there was a Shabbos minyan @ the Vistana Resort (not @ the Villages)
I'll be @ the Villages that Shabbos, IY"H -PM if you hear about any minyanim.

Of course, Chabad has a minyan. (not near either Sheraton)

The Rabbi @ Chabad Orlando (R' Kornikov) usually knows about all the minyanim in the area
+discounted park tickets

http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/61717/jewish/Minyan.htm

 
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on October 26, 2014, 12:05:10 AM
thx, decided to just go for the week. if you have been to the vistana and now go to ivillages, let us know your thoughts/compare? enjoy!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on October 26, 2014, 12:49:54 AM
I have been to the Villages several times.
We have enjoyed the property during each of our stays.

Stayed in the 2 BR-Full kitchen, 2 Bath, washer, dryer, screened terrace
If you go there, ask for a renovated room-plenty of pics on their website.

I never stayed @ the Vistana resort- I saw one of their villas a few yrs back- not as updated as the villages
at the time.
There are so many choices to stay in orlando.
Since we were happy there, we didn't see the need to look elsewhere.

We thought about one of the many community vacation homes-only slightly cheaper
and we were concerned about the cleanliness.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on October 26, 2014, 09:24:41 PM
BTW
Looking for reviews of Legoland
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on October 28, 2014, 01:57:25 PM
We've stayed in rental homes in Orlando and in vacation suites at the sheraton beuna vista. The benefit of private home is that you have your own pool. You can find great homes for just as cheap as a hotel. The reason we stayed at the Sheraton was because we were able to use points.

FYI in terms of cleanliness, just look for a home that has a management company as opposed to private home managed by owners.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on October 28, 2014, 10:31:14 PM
We've stayed in rental homes in Orlando and in vacation suites at the sheraton beuna vista. The benefit of private home is that you have your own pool. You can find great homes for just as cheap as a hotel. The reason we stayed at the Sheraton was because we were able to use points.

FYI in terms of cleanliness, just look for a home that has a management company as opposed to private home managed by owners.
which rental home communities were you happy with?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: gtyossi on November 04, 2014, 10:21:08 AM
I will be in Orlando for the weekend of Yeshiva break January 30 for shabbos. I am looking to rent a house with 3-4 bedrooms for 2 families. I don't think there are any rentals within walking distance to the Chabad shul. Does anyone know of a specific area where families rent houses and get together for a minyan on shabbos?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on November 04, 2014, 02:48:00 PM
is there any place to get pas yisroel bread in Orlando?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 04, 2014, 03:06:21 PM
Robbins Rest was nice, no minyanim or anything though
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on November 04, 2014, 03:33:02 PM
keep us posted.  i may be interested as well
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sprint on November 05, 2014, 12:25:07 AM
is there any place to get pas yisroel bread in Orlando?


Winn Dixie on Apopka Vineland in Buena Vista has challa and rolls, under the winn dixie label, that are pas yisroel...cholov yisroel milk can be found there as well..Bagels Challa can be bough @ BJ's as well
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 05, 2014, 08:17:16 AM
My family has a time share at vistana- we don't really use it anymore and have lots of points with rci  ( the time-share exchange company) so if anyone is thinking of going down there for a week Message me to see if we can work out a mutually- beneficial arrangement.

Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 11, 2014, 02:13:17 PM
I can have 3 full days in MCO. I know that's not enough time to see all of Disney and Universal, but is it good enough to see just one of them?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on November 11, 2014, 03:40:17 PM
You can do one park each day.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 11, 2014, 03:49:51 PM
You can do one park each day.
So there are 4 Disney parks (although we'd probably skip Animal Kingdom) and 2 Universal parks. Right?

So would you say to do the 3 Disney parks or perhaps do the 2 Universal parks and spread it out over 3 days?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 11, 2014, 09:02:42 PM
So, evening crew...

How would you spend 3 days in MCO?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 11, 2014, 09:04:26 PM
Didn't your wife want to do Disney?
It'll be much cheaper to commit to just Disney or just Universal than trying to do both.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 11, 2014, 09:08:37 PM
Didn't your wife want to do Disney?
It'll be much cheaper to commit to just Disney or just Universal than trying to do both.
Good memory. Funny how the January trip is turning out to be MCO in the end and not HI. (We only have time for 3-4 days, which obviously is not worth it for HI.)

So, she did... until she started reading all the HPs again. ;) I agree about the price. But if it's really just 1 day per park, then if we choose Universal, what do we do on the third day? Gatorland?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 11, 2014, 09:16:47 PM
(We only have time for 3-4 days, which obviously is not worth it for HI.)
My first trip to HI was 48 hours.  Loved every second.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 11, 2014, 09:25:52 PM
My first trip to HI was 48 hours.  Loved every second.
lol
I'd rather save my miles for a longer stay.

I think Universal makes sense. If we iy"h make it back down there in a few years with kid(s), we'd likely go to Disney, the more kid-oriented place. Might as well do Universal now.

Thoughts for what to do on day 3?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 11, 2014, 09:27:04 PM
Thoughts for what to do on day 3?
Sea World?
I'm sure Universal is big enough for 3 days.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 11, 2014, 09:42:20 PM
Sea World?
I'm sure Universal is big enough for 3 days.
She just watched Blackfish. Sea World's out of the question.
Yeah, it probably is. Going to read through the thread now and see if that makes sense.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 11, 2014, 09:46:42 PM
She just watched Blackfish. Sea World's out of the question.
::)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 11, 2014, 10:12:01 PM


Thoughts for what to do on day 3?
Cape Canaveral is about an hour drive from Orlando, we really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 11, 2014, 10:21:19 PM
IMHO, Hollywood studios and Epcot are MUCH more interesting than Universal (full disclosure: I've only been to 1 Universal Park, we skipped Island of adventure). I'd suggest 3 Disney parks over the Universal option.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 11, 2014, 10:23:59 PM
Cape Canaveral is about an hour drive from Orlando, we really enjoyed it.
Kennedy Space Center?

IMHO, Hollywood studios and Epcot are MUCH more interesting than Universal (full disclosure: I've only been to 1 Universal Park, we skipped Island of adventure). I'd suggest 3 Disney parks over the Universal option.
I don't see why we can't do both one day. Now, Universal makes more sense because of the kid reason I mentioned above.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 11, 2014, 10:27:02 PM


Kennedy Space Center?
Yes.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 11, 2014, 10:32:05 PM
Yes.
Thanks. Bedtime. Will continue on this in the morning.

FYI I know the place to stay is at a villa, but I got a BRG here months ago in case I made it to MCO and I guess that's happening, so I'll take the free hotel :)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 12, 2014, 10:14:31 AM
Kennedy Space Center?
I don't see why we can't do both one day. Now, Universal makes more sense because of the kid reason I mentioned above.

We had a blast in both Epcot and Magic Kingdom when we went without kids. Just saying. Doing two parks in one day costs more, not sure if its worthwhile.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 12, 2014, 11:22:06 AM
We had a blast in both Epcot and Magic Kingdom when we went without kids. Just saying. Doing two parks in one day costs more, not sure if its worthwhile.
Sorry, I meant "do both, one day". Meaning Universal now and "one day" go to Disney. I'm sure we would love Disney, but I don't want to go to just some of the parks and not all... unless Animal Kingdom is really not necessary. This is all on the assumption that my wife wants Disney, but I imagine at this point, she wants Universal. Again, we may love both options right now, but once there are young kids, Universal probably won't make sense.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 12, 2014, 11:51:28 AM
Gotcha. Animal Kingdom is a glorified zoo, it was nice but not worth the money. If you aren't going with kids then you should definitely skip it. But if you're planning to go later on with kids then I guess you should go to Universal. It's win-win, they are both awesome.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 12, 2014, 11:53:14 AM
but once there are young kids, Universal probably won't make sense.
Not sure about Island of Adventure, but Universal can definitely make sense with kids.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 12, 2014, 12:03:40 PM
Universal not good for little ones. Older kids would enjoy but less so if they aren't exposed to TV and movies. Not to mention that many people wouldn't go with older kids, especially boys bc. of exposure.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on November 12, 2014, 04:32:32 PM
if you like coasters, harry potter-then go to universal -only 2 days total needed to see both parks.

if you like disney films- go there- EVEN without kids-each disney park has it's charm

If you only want one disney  park- start with Magic Kingdom. (still my favorite)
 Tickets are very pricey even with discounts.-so
when we go, one time it's a disney parks vacation-
and the next vacation we go to universal/sea world-it ends up being less $/ day

If new to Orlando-Each park is a day-don't waste your $ on park hopping-- it might make sense to some if you've been there before.

Kennedy space center- went there about 10 yrs ago but may be boring for some.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 12, 2014, 09:24:42 PM
Staying at the Lighthouse Resort in Kissimmee Jan18-22 (has big villas and good reviews on tripadvisor, and is cheap with the cheaptickets.com 20% off codes), anyone been there before/going? wondering if we can arrange minyanim/restaurant orders.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mech on November 13, 2014, 03:57:59 AM

So, evening crew...

How would you spend 3 days in MCO?
We went to Orlando a few weeks before last pesach right after our wedding for 2 days. Stayed in the Sheraton lake buena vista. It's right near Disney and has a free shuttle going to all the parks. I've been to Magic Kingdom before but my wife hadn't. But as they always say "doing the something you've done when you are single, with your wife is a totally different experience". The lines were really long but we definitely enjoyed it. Definitely worth going even without kids if you've never been there before. The 2nd day we went to Island of Adventures. We are more the roller coaster/ rides type than shows. So we had a blast there!! The lines were much shorter and you can tell that the park was more geared to our age type, being that we didn't bump into carriages everywhere like in Disney. I even worked out a few fast passes for free by the customer service desk. . I also have a way to get free parking for the Universal parks that really anyone can also use pretty easily. I've been to Universal Studios in LA so many times that I didn't feel it was necessary to go to the one in Orlando. It's supposed to be pretty similar.
My sister went with her husband a week later and did both universal parks in one day. She said that they were rushing the whole time just so that they could do everything in both parks. She said that next time she wouldn't do it cause she didn't have any time to relax.
IMHO Magic Kingdom, and both Universal parks (in 2 days) are the way to go for your three days!!!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 13, 2014, 10:26:55 AM
Gotcha. Animal Kingdom is a glorified zoo, it was nice but not worth the money. If you aren't going with kids then you should definitely skip it. But if you're planning to go later on with kids then I guess you should go to Universal. It's win-win, they are both awesome.
Not sure about Island of Adventure, but Universal can definitely make sense with kids.
if you like coasters, harry potter-then go to universal -only 2 days total needed to see both parks.

if you like disney films- go there- EVEN without kids-each disney park has it's charm

If you only want one disney  park- start with Magic Kingdom. (still my favorite)
 Tickets are very pricey even with discounts.-so
when we go, one time it's a disney parks vacation-
and the next vacation we go to universal/sea world-it ends up being less $/ day

If new to Orlando-Each park is a day-don't waste your $ on park hopping-- it might make sense to some if you've been there before.

Kennedy space center- went there about 10 yrs ago but may be boring for some.
We went to Orlando a few weeks before last pesach right after our wedding for 2 days. Stayed in the Sheraton lake buena vista. It's right near Disney and has a free shuttle going to all the parks. I've been to Magic Kingdom before but my wife hadn't. But as they always say "doing the something you've done when you are single, with your wife is a totally different experience". The lines were really long but we definitely enjoyed it. Definitely worth going even without kids if you've never been there before. The 2nd day we went to Island of Adventures. We are more the roller coaster/ rides type than shows. So we had a blast there!! The lines were much shorter and you can tell that the park was more geared to our age type, being that we didn't bump into carriages everywhere like in Disney. I even worked out a few fast passes for free by the customer service desk. . I also have a way to get free parking for the Universal parks that really anyone can also use pretty easily. I've been to Universal Studios in LA so many times that I didn't feel it was necessary to go to the one in Orlando. It's supposed to be pretty similar.
My sister went with her husband a week later and did both universal parks in one day. She said that they were rushing the whole time just so that they could do everything in both parks. She said that next time she wouldn't do it cause she didn't have any time to relax.
IMHO Magic Kingdom, and both Universal parks (in 2 days) are the way to go for your three days!!!

Thanks everyone for your advice and opinions!! After speaking with my wife, she definitely wants to see HP world on this trip. As pricing works out best when you buy a few day pass to either Universal OR Disney, I think we would therefore go to both Universal parks, 1 on each day. In terms of day 3, I actually just changed my flight to the night of the 3rd day (instead of the morning of the 4th day) so that I can get to work the next morning, which is a Friday anyway, and not lose a PTO day just for flying. The flight is at 8:40PM which should still give us most of the day to do something. I understand that for the Disney/Universal parks you really want a long day, not one that ends at 5PM because you have to go pack up and fly home, so I don't think throwing in Magic Kingdom on the 3rd day (as most of you thought would be the best Disney park to see) would make much sense - moneywise and timewise. I was thinking of Legoland for the 3rd day, I've never been there and my wife only went when she was a kid. She wasn't so into the Cape Canaveral idea. Any thoughts on Legoland? Is that a good park to end at 5PM?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 13, 2014, 10:36:07 AM
Sea world
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 13, 2014, 10:36:11 AM
so I don't think throwing in Magic Kingdom on the 3rd day (as most of you thought would be the best Disney park to see)
FTR, Magic Kingdom would be the last on my list if going without kids.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 13, 2014, 10:36:58 AM
Sea world
She just watched Blackfish. Sea World's out of the question.
;D
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 13, 2014, 10:40:09 AM
;D
::)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 13, 2014, 10:42:33 AM
Thanks everyone for your advice and opinions!! After speaking with my wife, she definitely wants to see HP world on this trip. As pricing works out best when you buy a few day pass to either Universal OR Disney, I think we would therefore go to both Universal parks, 1 on each day. In terms of day 3, I actually just changed my flight to the night of the 3rd day (instead of the morning of the 4th day) so that I can get to work the next morning, which is a Friday anyway, and not lose a PTO day just for flying. The flight is at 8:40PM which should still give us most of the day to do something. I understand that for the Disney/Universal parks you really want a long day, not one that ends at 5PM because you have to go pack up and fly home, so I don't think throwing in Magic Kingdom on the 3rd day (as most of you thought would be the best Disney park to see) would make much sense - moneywise and timewise. I was thinking of Legoland for the 3rd day, I've never been there and my wife only went when she was a kid. She wasn't so into the Cape Canaveral idea. Any thoughts on Legoland? Is that a good park to end at 5PM?


Legoland is a little farther out so you need to factor in travel time. It's geared more to kids but I've never been there so I'm not sure.

If you're interested in a more low key day, you can walk around the boardwalk at downtown disney, maybe see a show, and/or check out some attractions on International Drive i.e. wonderworks, ripleys believe it or not, CSI experience, mini golf etc. If you are looking to go that route you may want to check out the "go orlando" card for discounts
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 13, 2014, 11:30:13 AM
Lol you guys are funny.


Legoland is a little farther out so you need to factor in travel time. It's geared more to kids but I've never been there so I'm not sure.

If you're interested in a more low key day, you can walk around the boardwalk at downtown disney, maybe see a show, and/or check out some attractions on International Drive i.e. wonderworks, ripleys believe it or not, CSI experience, mini golf etc. If you are looking to go that route you may want to check out the "go orlando" card for discounts
Right, I heard it's more kiddy, but Lego is still cool... ;) Farther out of the way is the bigger issue in my mind.

We did Ripley's in NY and the small activities like mini golf don't seem like a great way to spend MCO time. From their website, Wonderworks look really kiddy. I'm okay with fun-kid activities, but not if the place is going to be full of 10 year olds and we'll be the only adults doing things.

Hmm...

btw my hotel has a free shuttle to the parks and Chabad is an 11 minute walk from the hotel. Do I still want to rent a car for getting to/from the airport and getting to any restaurants that are in MCO?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mech on November 13, 2014, 11:49:14 AM

btw my hotel has a free shuttle to the parks and Chabad is an 11 minute walk from the hotel. Do I still want to rent a car for getting to/from the airport and getting to any restaurants that are in MCO?
It will obviously give you more freedom with a car. It could be unnecessary though.  But there is a restaurant right next door to chabad. Forgot what it's called. It was good food though. But find out before if it's gonna be open because one of the nights I was there it was closed. There is another restaurant not to far from there. Here is the info (http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/13/6c048bffa1c48e84f824d3c4f9c6f408.jpg)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 13, 2014, 12:05:17 PM
It will obviously give you more freedom with a car. It could be unnecessary though.  But there is a restaurant right next door to chabad. Forgot what it's called. It was good food though. But find out before if it's gonna be open because one of the nights I was there it was closed. There is another restaurant not to far from there. Here is the info.
Thanks! Is this the one next to Chabad or the one that's further away?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mech on November 13, 2014, 12:09:20 PM

Thanks! Is this the one next to Chabad or the one that's further away?
its the one further away.
Title: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mech on November 13, 2014, 01:21:11 PM
If it's your thing, there is a really nice thing to do after universal. At 7pm every night there is an opera performance (free) at Universals Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. You can get to the hotel by a complimentary beautiful ferry ride that leaves from the dock right across the universal globe. Go to the one that goes to the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. The performance is from a balcony overlooking the square where the boat leaves you.
I've never been to an opera before this. We really enjoyed it!! Was a very nice way to relax after a day of running around the parks!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 13, 2014, 01:36:10 PM
It will obviously give you more freedom with a car. It could be unnecessary though.  But there is a restaurant right next door to chabad. Forgot what it's called. It was good food though. But find out before if it's gonna be open because one of the nights I was there it was closed. There is another restaurant not to far from there. Here is the info (http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/13/6c048bffa1c48e84f824d3c4f9c6f408.jpg)
this is http://www.koshergrillorlando.com/
i spoke with them, they say they will deliver for $35 fee around disney, may be worth it with a family.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on November 13, 2014, 02:03:58 PM
Kosher grill is decent basic food. Pretty cheap.

Uber is very reliable in Orlando but there's only UberX so not the most professional. It's a lot cheaper than paying Kosher Grill for delivery
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 13, 2014, 02:13:36 PM
If it's your thing, there is a really nice thing to do after universal. At 7pm every night there is an opera performance (free) at Universals Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. You can get to the hotel by a complimentary beautiful ferry ride that leaves from the dock right across the universal globe. Go to the one that goes to the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. The performance is from a balcony overlooking the square where the boat leaves you.
I've never been to an opera before this. We really enjoyed it!! Was a very nice way to relax after a day of running around the parks!
Thanks! That's a great tip!

this is http://www.koshergrillorlando.com/
i spoke with them, they say they will deliver for $35 fee around disney, may be worth it with a family.
Thanks for the link! Will just be the 2 of us and we would probably just do sandwiches for lunch/snacks in the park.

Kosher grill is decent basic food. Pretty cheap.

Uber is very reliable in Orlando but there's only UberX so not the most professional. It's a lot cheaper than paying Kosher Grill for delivery
Good to know! With the free shuttle and walking distance to Chabad/1 restaurant, it may be cheaper to use Uber to/from the airport and possibly to Kosher Grill (if we really don't like the place next to Chabad) than to rent a car. I've only used UberX (in NYC) not sure what you mean by not professional. They seem like regular cabbies every time I take one.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on November 13, 2014, 11:02:19 PM
UberX in NYC is licensed TLC drivers, whereas in Orlando it's random people
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 14, 2014, 08:50:06 AM
UberX in NYC is licensed TLC drivers, whereas in Orlando it's random people
Oh didn't know that. Thanks.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on November 14, 2014, 12:40:38 PM
We went to Orlando a few weeks before last pesach right after our wedding for 2 days. Stayed in the Sheraton lake buena vista. It's right near Disney and has a free shuttle going to all the parks. I've been to Magic Kingdom before but my wife hadn't. But as they always say "doing the something you've done when you are single, with your wife is a totally different experience". The lines were really long but we definitely enjoyed it. Definitely worth going even without kids if you've never been there before. The 2nd day we went to Island of Adventures. We are more the roller coaster/ rides type than shows. So we had a blast there!! The lines were much shorter and you can tell that the park was more geared to our age type, being that we didn't bump into carriages everywhere like in Disney. I even worked out a few fast passes for free by the customer service desk. . I also have a way to get free parking for the Universal parks that really anyone can also use pretty easily. I've been to Universal Studios in LA so many times that I didn't feel it was necessary to go to the one in Orlando. It's supposed to be pretty similar.
My sister went with her husband a week later and did both universal parks in one day. She said that they were rushing the whole time just so that they could do everything in both parks. She said that next time she wouldn't do it cause she didn't have any time to relax.
IMHO Magic Kingdom, and both Universal parks (in 2 days) are the way to go for your three days!!!

How do you get free parking @ universal?
Any tricks for doing the same @ disney/sea world?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 15, 2014, 10:40:34 PM
Someone just told me Disney Quest is really fun, even for adults. Anyone ever go there?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on November 16, 2014, 12:08:07 AM
Someone just told me Disney Quest is really fun, even for adults. Anyone ever go there?

Boring and very expensive
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mech on November 16, 2014, 07:12:08 AM

How do you get free parking @ universal?
Any tricks for doing the same @ disney/sea world?
No. Only Universal. It's pretty simple. The Lowes Portofino Bay hotel has a staff/ delivery parking lot. There is no gate. Technically anyone can go straight in. From there you go to the boat that takes you to the parks. The boat leaves every 15 mins from the dock in the bay area. No one will know that your not staying in the hotel. It's a gorgeous boat ride by day. And when you come back, read up thread about the opera show at 7pm.
The entrance to the staff parking lot is the purple pin. (http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/16/39c4d5cefc9a20bfaafb73f5dc702df6.jpg)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 16, 2014, 01:31:02 PM
Boring and very expensive
I was told it was very cool.

Anyone else have any experiences?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 25, 2014, 01:32:20 AM
Family Is going 2 Orlando for week in the summer, any advise/hacks how to get cheap Parker tickets? Anyone have any luck with craigslist? Do any cc like Amex play offer any perks/discounts for parks?
Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on November 26, 2014, 10:08:59 AM
Minyan forming @ Sheraton Vistana Resort
Jan. 16-18 and 23-25, 2015

If interested, go to the link and notify the contact person.

http://godaven.com/temporary-minyanim.asp
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 01, 2014, 11:28:38 AM
I'm staying at hotel for 2 out of my 3 nights in Orlando. I was hoping to rent a house with a private pool for the last night. After checking, AirBNB and vrbo, I keep running into problems - houses that have a minimum stay requirement, the price looks like $100/night and then when you click book, they add on $200 of cleaning/insurance fees, etc.
Can I hear from someone who actually successfully booked via one of these sites and what you paid/tips for doing this for just 1 night?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 01, 2014, 11:34:54 AM
Think about it, it's not like a hotel. They don't have cleaning crew every day. They have to hire someone when you check out. It's not economical to rent for a day. Why not rent for the whole time?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 01, 2014, 11:35:55 AM
Think about it, it's not like a hotel. They don't have cleaning crew every day. They have to hire someone when you check out. It's not economical to rent for a day. Why not rent for the whole time?
Because I have a BRG otherwise.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 02, 2014, 02:32:29 PM
Has anyone ever rented a house that had a pool like this? I see a lot of the homes with private pools have pools that look like this, but they don't look so "private"...
(https://a2.muscache.com/ic/pictures/56024149/856dda03_original.jpg?interpolation=lanczos-none&size=x_large&output-format=progressive-jpeg&output-quality=70)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mech on December 02, 2014, 03:46:21 PM

Has anyone ever rented a house that had a pool like this? I see a lot of the homes with private pools have pools that look like this, but they don't look so "private"...
(https://a2.muscache.com/ic/pictures/56024149/856dda03_original.jpg?interpolation=lanczos-none&size=x_large&output-format=progressive-jpeg&output-quality=70)
That is considered "private" by any other standards than tznius. There is no more private than netted or glasses in. Although, you can try to get a house that's in a corner and has no houses on the sides that can look in.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 02, 2014, 04:37:27 PM
That is considered "private" by any other standards than tznius. There is no more private than netted or glasses in. Although, you can try to get a house that's in a corner and has no houses on the sides that can look in.
Right, that's what I figured. Just curious what everyone here did who stayed at a house with a pool.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 02, 2014, 05:50:52 PM
Right, that's what I figured. Just curious what everyone here did who stayed at a house with a pool.
Sometimes there is privacy glass (blurred). check the pics of the house u plan to go to. the one i went to years ago had special glass and there was a wall on one side which i thought would be good enough for the mrs. but she is frummer than me, so she suffered :)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on December 02, 2014, 06:37:12 PM
search for "privacy fence".  there are a few in indian creek.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 02, 2014, 06:38:22 PM
Sometimes there is privacy glass (blurred). check the pics of the house u plan to go to. the one i went to years ago had special glass and there was a wall on one side which i thought would be good enough for the mrs. but she is frummer than me, so she suffered :)
Thanks!
I did just find one that has a legit fence on all sides, but the house and pool don't look as nice as others (and doesn't have the jacuzzi that many have). Will keep looking.

search for "privacy fence".  there are a few in indian creek.
Thanks! Good idea!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Good Times on December 03, 2014, 03:53:14 PM
Anyone going to orange lake this chanukah?
Or know any info about it?

Also where can I get cheapest tickets to SeaWorld?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on December 04, 2014, 09:26:24 AM
had kosher grill the other night and it was very good
they brought from lower east side to my conference and i also thought that was good
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 04, 2014, 09:33:38 AM
had kosher grill the other night and it was very good
they brought from lower east side to my conference and i also thought that was good
Is that the place next to Chabad or the other place? What do you mean from the lower east side?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on December 04, 2014, 01:44:29 PM
Is that the place next to Chabad or the other place? What do you mean from the lower east side?
i didnt go to chabad, i davened at this other small place in a house, forgot what its called (orlando torah center)
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=lower+east+side+orlando
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 04, 2014, 02:40:12 PM
i didnt go to chabad, i davened at this other small place in a house, forgot what its called (orlando torah center)
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=lower+east+side+orlando
Thanks, didn't realize it's a restaurant.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on December 04, 2014, 02:52:05 PM
Thanks, didn't realize it's a restaurant.
i didnt mean to be a jerk
i googled it, got the link, and for some weird reason, the link was blocked at work
so i sent the link i did
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on December 05, 2014, 07:34:00 AM
Does anyone know any babysitters in Orlando?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 07, 2014, 09:40:08 AM
Does anyone know any babysitters in Orlando?

Mickey Mouse  ::)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on December 07, 2014, 01:05:43 PM
Not for a 1.5 yo.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on December 12, 2014, 08:00:43 AM
Any WDW or Universal TRs?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 12, 2014, 08:23:49 AM
Any WDW or Universal TRs?
Somewhere in here someone made an excel sheet of different Disney rides and rated them.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 21, 2014, 03:10:42 PM
My hotel is a 10 min walk from Chabad/Kosher Gourmet and a taxi ride to Kosher Grill. Just stick with Kosher Gourmet or is Kosher Grill worth going to?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mech on December 21, 2014, 03:31:39 PM

My hotel is a 10 min walk from Chabad/Kosher Gourmet and a taxi ride to Kosher Grill. Just stick with Kosher Gourmet or is Kosher Grill worth going to?
Kosher grill is nothing special. Just a regular shwarma/ schnitzel place. If you get bored of kosher gourmet then go.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 21, 2014, 03:46:30 PM
Kosher grill is nothing special. Just a regular shwarma/ schnitzel place. If you get bored of kosher gourmet then go.
Thanks! I shouldn't be there long enough to get bored. They also have a $30 for $40 deal on greatkosherdeals.com
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on December 21, 2014, 05:25:37 PM
Kosher gourmet recommendations?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on December 22, 2014, 12:49:03 PM
Anyone stay at the Rosen Centre?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on December 22, 2014, 06:27:23 PM
My hotel is a 10 min walk from Chabad/Kosher Gourmet and a taxi ride to Kosher Grill. Just stick with Kosher Gourmet or is Kosher Grill worth going to?

Which hotel are you going to?
Please review after you go.
thx
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 22, 2014, 06:32:23 PM
Which hotel are you going to?
Please review after you go.
thx
Comfort Inn & Suites Universal Convention Center
Of course.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on December 22, 2014, 08:55:24 PM
I just got back from Orlando on Friday morning.
The first night we stayed at the Park Inn. I checked out the next morning.  The staff was very professional however the property was sub par. I rented a home from Magical Memories that was really well priced. However they straight up lied about the home so do not recommend going through them. Instead I suggest you book directly through the resort , www.encantada.com.
the properties have really nice lake in the middle of the circle and the resort has two nice sized pools. The pool was always empty. Every home has an updated full kitchen with a private hot tub in the back. Location is great as its right near WDW, Super Target, 24 HR Walgreens and a 7-11.
As for the parks, we went to SeaWorld, Legoland, & Magic Kingdom.
SeaWorld & Legoland were empty while Magic Kingdom was full. Minimum wait was 45 min at every attraction. I suggest going in the early morning, leave at noon for lunch and come back from 2-7 and then from 9-midnight for the shows. FYI: No kosher food what so ever at WDW.
rides I went on: Splash Mountain,  Alladin Carpet Ride, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Astro Orbitor, Monsters Inc Laugh Floor,  Tomorrowland speedway,  Jungle Cruise,  Peter Pan, and it's a Small World.
Shows & Parades: Festival of Fantasy, Mickey's Philharmonic, & the Frozen castle lighting.
Character Greets: Anna, Cinderella,  Elsa,  Mickey & Rupunzel.

SeaWorld must see: Dolphins & Shamu Show. Sealions were not performing that day.
LegoLand: Water Skiing show was really cool and Chima was a splash of fun!
The chabad restaurant has good food at a fair price and is very accommodating.  Downtown Disney is a good place to do some souvenir shopping at night.
Best tI me to fly out of MCO: Late Evening/Night.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on December 22, 2014, 08:58:56 PM
Anyone stay at the Rosen Centre?
didn't look impressive from the outside.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on December 25, 2014, 08:27:46 AM
Is anyone here familiar with how fastpass works?
Title: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on December 25, 2014, 09:16:44 AM
Is anyone here familiar with how fastpass works?

Fastpass+?

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/plan/my-disney-experience/fastpass-plus/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: chff on December 25, 2014, 10:18:05 AM


FYI: No kosher food what so ever at WDW.

You can order food in advance from WDW (maybe only with packages?)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on December 25, 2014, 10:25:31 AM


You can order food in advance from WDW (maybe only with packages?)

The parks have webermans meals for purchase as well.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on December 25, 2014, 10:27:42 AM

FYI: No kosher food what so ever at WDW.

Simply not true.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on December 25, 2014, 02:47:34 PM
Simply not true.

Each disney park has one location that has stocked Webermans airline meals.  In Magic Kingdom, they are located in Tomorrowland in Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe. 

The chicken fingers and burgers arent terrible. 
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on December 25, 2014, 02:48:37 PM

Each disney park has one location that has stocked Webermans airline meals.  In Magic Kingdom, they are located in Tomorrowland in Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe. 

The chicken fingers and burgers arent terrible.

Pizza, Mac n cheese, and hot dogs are fine as well.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on December 25, 2014, 03:43:49 PM
Seaworld lets you bring in food. Not a bad idea to pick something up and bring it in with you.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on December 25, 2014, 03:50:00 PM

Seaworld lets you bring in food. Not a bad idea to pick something up and bring it in with you.

Can bring into WDW as well.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on December 25, 2014, 11:01:29 PM
Can bring into WDW as well.
that is what we did
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on December 27, 2014, 05:55:35 PM
Does anyone here have experience renting DVC points?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: samzyr on December 28, 2014, 11:27:02 PM
HI,
I am looking to go to orlando with the family for weekend jan 16- 19 . was looking to rent a home with private pool. Are any rentals within walking distance to ANY shabbos minyan? I see that there will be a minyan at Chabad, (2 locations for that week?) Sheraton vistana and maybe also some other locations (Orlando Torah Center?). Any vacation rentals within walking distance to these? TIA
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on December 29, 2014, 01:54:00 PM
Are Disney hotel on Priceline name your own price?

#wishfulthinking
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 31, 2014, 03:33:12 PM
Anyone know of any hosts near a shul? From VRBO seems like all the chabads are in the wrong areas
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on December 31, 2014, 03:38:37 PM
When are you going? I am planning on being there the 30rh of jan.  For now I booked the west gate palace.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 31, 2014, 03:44:36 PM
Dunno if I'm going. Looking for somewhere on the east coast that will be warm in February that has a house with a pool for cheap. Shul is not a deal breaker, but if there is a shul around I'd like to be near it.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on January 04, 2015, 02:21:39 PM
cheap theme park tickets - http://www.orlandotorah.com/theme-park-tickets.html
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on January 04, 2015, 02:53:02 PM
which is the best credit card for disney tickets?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sprint on January 04, 2015, 03:32:13 PM
which is the best credit card for disney tickets?

There is no cc that will help significantly (maybe the disney cc?), but they can be had for significantly cheaper than from disney or even any online resellers..
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on January 04, 2015, 07:25:44 PM
I know the rav hamachshir of the Lower East Side Restaurant. He is there almost every day checking out the kitchen. There is a mashgiach temidi there. The owner of the restaurant is a frum, shomer shabbos yid.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on January 04, 2015, 09:43:13 PM
Quote
There is no cc that will help significantly (maybe the disney cc?), but they can be had for significantly cheaper than from disney or even any online resellers..

which cc will get me the most points for buying disney tickets?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 04, 2015, 09:58:14 PM
which is the best credit card for disney tickets?
May be worthwhile to look on Craigslist.

I was able to get tickets for Seaworld at $40 a piece and the seller met me at the park and only collected money once i got it. If using Craigslist, beware of scammers.

Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 05, 2015, 05:34:51 PM
Or talk to people from the Jewish community there.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 05, 2015, 06:40:21 PM
Or talk to people from the Jewish community there.
They will probably send you to Chabad.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 05, 2015, 08:13:52 PM
They will probably send you to Chabad.

Isn't that part of the community? There is also a shul http://www.orlandojewishinfo.com
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 06, 2015, 08:48:00 AM
Isn't that part of the community? There is also a shul http://www.orlandojewishinfo.com
It is, and Chabad has a "discounted" rate, albeit minimal.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on January 06, 2015, 10:22:31 AM
so which credit card will get me the most points for disney tickets?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on January 06, 2015, 10:24:05 AM
um...
There is no cc that will help significantly (maybe the disney cc?), but they can be had for significantly cheaper than from disney or even any online resellers..
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 06, 2015, 10:24:19 AM
so which credit card will get me the most points for disney tickets?
Not sure any have a specific category for it, but use Ink to buy VGC at staples and then pay with those. 5x and you can get a $20 rebate now when spending over $300 on VGC's.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on January 06, 2015, 10:34:57 AM
FYI-posting here since we're talking about orlando
I'll repost in car rental section

Dollar rental
use promo code 248

1 wk minivan rental in orlando 1/20-1/27
$144.12/wk+taxes=$201.32

YMMV for other dates
1/21-1/28 rates drop to $138/wk + taxes=$188.38

Anyone see lower minivan rates for orlando?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bx1000 on January 06, 2015, 04:22:47 PM
Does anyone have recent experience with the kosher selection at Winn-Dixie at 11957 S. Apopka Vineland Rd.? Per the Chabad (http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/672505/jewish/Kosher.htm) website, there are two Winn-Dixie stores with kosher depts. The other one (in Fern Park) has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheKosherDeptOfWinndixieFernPark/photos_stream?ref=page_internal) and you can clearly see they have a very well stocked kosher section, but that location is much further away from Disney. Is the store on Apopka Vineland Rd. similar, or is the selection much smaller? Thanks.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yehudae on January 08, 2015, 01:15:06 PM
has anyone stayed at a nice villa with pool that they recommend which can be found on vrbo.com?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on January 08, 2015, 04:19:11 PM
Do you need a privacy fence or us that not an issue?  There are a number of homes in Indian creek that have privacy fences.  IMO The nicest homes are in Formosa gardens but they are expensive and don't have complete privacy fences.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 09, 2015, 11:20:15 AM
so which credit card will get me the most points for disney tickets?
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/59420
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yehudae on January 10, 2015, 08:43:14 PM
looking for a house with a  large pool near disney any ideas?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sprint on January 10, 2015, 08:57:45 PM
Does anyone have recent experience with the kosher selection at Winn-Dixie at 11957 S. Apopka Vineland Rd.? Per the Chabad (http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/672505/jewish/Kosher.htm) website, there are two Winn-Dixie stores with kosher depts. The other one (in Fern Park) has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheKosherDeptOfWinndixieFernPark/photos_stream?ref=page_internal) and you can clearly see they have a very well stocked kosher section, but that location is much further away from Disney. Is the store on Apopka Vineland Rd. similar, or is the selection much smaller? Thanks.

The Apopka Vineland store is just as well stocked....I've been there many times...they only expanded their kosher section this Rosh Hashana...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yehudae on January 10, 2015, 10:00:07 PM
also which neighborhood is safe and nice to look to stay on vrbo when going to disney?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bx1000 on January 11, 2015, 10:26:38 AM
The Apopka Vineland store is just as well stocked....I've been there many times...they only expanded their kosher section this Rosh Hashana...

Thanks, good to know.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on January 12, 2015, 05:08:12 PM
would like to come 1-28 thru 2-2. looking for daily and shabbos minyan close to a VRBO rental or hotel. any suggestions ?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 12, 2015, 06:13:57 PM
I did a little bit of searching and the closest VRBO house with a pool I found was a three mile walk
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on January 12, 2015, 07:00:10 PM
westgate palace is right across from chabad minyan by universal, four points sheraton is walkable to there as well if you want to use spg.  i believe that the sheraton buena vista is walking distance to minyan at lower east side minyan but you would need to confirm that.  there are no vrbo houses in walking distance to minyan unless someone wants to arrange...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: N2 on January 12, 2015, 07:11:49 PM
I am trying to arrange a minyan for the Shabbos of the 24th near Sandy Ridge. We already have 8. Anyone coming that week?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 13, 2015, 04:29:59 PM
After some thought, I decided I will do a quick TR of my Orlando trip now and then probably post a much longer version afterwards. I know it's "just" Orlando so why does it need a long TR? Because it's easy since I just went and it's fresh in my mind, because I like writing and had time, and because I think it's written as a good story and some here may enjoy it. BUT, I know it's not practical for a lot of folk, so I'll just the quick rundown now.

Flight:
We flew SW ISP-MCO (the only direct SW flight from NY-MCO) and paid with gift cards that I bought on DDF at a discount. With my CP, it came out to $109 pp RT.

Hotel:
We stayed at the Comfort Inn & Suites Universal Convention Center as a BRG and got upgraded to a suite because it was our anniversary. The hotel is a 5 minute walk to Chabad and 1 of the 2 Kosher restaurants in Orlando, Kosher Gourmet. The hotel also has free breakfast (for Kosher that means yogurts and Nestle hot chocolate) as well as a free shuttle to Universal and some other parks. The hotel was nothing fancy, but it did it's job as a free place, especially with the larger room :)

Universal:
Chabad is generally considered the cheapest place to get Universal and Disney tickets, but Yehoshua found a Black Friday sale at Musement.com and I got my tickets for about $15 cheaper pp than Chabad. I got 2-day passes so we could do 1 park each day, and it turns out they were hopper passes so we could technically go in between both parks on both days.

We did Islands of Adventure on day 1, and it was awesome! Didn't take the full day to go through it all (we went on most of the rides and walked slowly) and Harry Potter World was incredible! They really did a great job. We did Studios on the 2nd day, and it was also awesome! Harry Potter World here was also sick! (Yes, there are 2 HP Worlds) and yeah, I just love these kinda parks. The way they lay them out and design them just puts you in such a magical place :)

Kosher Gourmet Restaurant:
We ate at Kosher Gourmet both dinners and brought sandwiches from home for lunches. KG was a nice no-frills deli with reasonable prices, but medium-quality food. We like the chicken fingers, hot wings and BBQ beef (i.e. pulled beef) sandwich. Grilled chicken sandwich and the steak, onion and pepper sandwich were okay to ehh.

Legoland:
On the 3rd day, we rented a car from Hertz with a free day voucher and drove to Legoland with free tickets courtesy of a DDFer who had extra tickets :) Legoland was really cute, but is clearly geared towards kids. We did go on a bunch of rides, but most rides were too little for adults to even go on. The 3D show didn't come close to similar attractions in Universal, but I had always liked Legos, and therefore enjoyed the park. The mini-world that they built out of Lego included the NY skyline, Las Vegas strip, and other famous sites was really, really cool! It was too cold the last day, so I imagine that contributed to the park being EMPTY, which was pretty cool.

I think that's it, pretty quick TR. Hope it helps some people. Now, for the real TR...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 13, 2015, 04:57:46 PM
After some thought, I decided I will do a quick TR of my Orlando trip now and then probably post a much longer version afterwards. I know it's "just" Orlando so why does it need a long TR? Because it's easy since I just went and it's fresh in my mind, because I like writing and had time, and because I think it's written as a good story and some here may enjoy it. BUT, I know it's not practical for a lot of folk, so I'll just the quick rundown now.

Flight:
We flew SW ISP-MCO (the only direct SW flight from NY-MCO) and paid with gift cards that I bought on DDF at a discount. With my CP, it came out to $109 pp RT.

Hotel:
We stayed at the Comfort Inn & Suites Universal Convention Center as a BRG and got upgraded to a suite because it was our anniversary. The hotel is a 5 minute walk to Chabad and 1 of the 2 Kosher restaurants in Orlando, Kosher Gourmet. The hotel also has free breakfast (for Kosher that means yogurts and Nestle hot chocolate) as well as a free shuttle to Universal and some other parks. The hotel was nothing fancy, but it did it's job as a free place, especially with the larger room :)

Universal:
Chabad is generally considered the cheapest place to get Universal and Disney tickets, but Yehoshua found a Black Friday sale at Musement.com and I got my tickets for about $15 cheaper pp than Chabad. I got 2-day passes so we could do 1 park each day, and it turns out they were hopper passes so we could technically go in between both parks on both days.

We did Islands of Adventure on day 1, and it was awesome! Didn't take the full day to go through it all (we went on most of the rides and walked slowly) and Harry Potter World was incredible! They really did a great job. We did Studios on the 2nd day, and it was also awesome! Harry Potter World here was also sick! (Yes, there are 2 HP Worlds) and yeah, I just love these kinda parks. The way they lay them out and design them just puts you in such a magical place :)

Kosher Gourmet Restaurant:
We ate at Kosher Gourmet both dinners and brought sandwiches from home for lunches. KG was a nice no-frills deli with reasonable prices, but medium-quality food. We like the chicken fingers, hot wings and BBQ beef (i.e. pulled beef) sandwich. Grilled chicken sandwich and the steak, onion and pepper sandwich were okay to ehh.

Legoland:
On the 3rd day, we rented a car from Hertz with a free day voucher and drove to Legoland with free tickets courtesy of a DDFer who had extra tickets :) Legoland was really cute, but is clearly geared towards kids. We did go on a bunch of rides, but most rides were too little for adults to even go on. The 3D show didn't come close to similar attractions in Universal, but I had always liked Legos, and therefore enjoyed the park. The mini-world that they built out of Lego included the NY skyline, Las Vegas strip, and other famous sites was really, really cool! It was too cold the last day, so I imagine that contributed to the park being EMPTY, which was pretty cool.

I think that's it, pretty quick TR. Hope it helps some people. Now, for the real TR...
Nice quickie TR. I'd be interested in reading the long one once it's done (even if day one is 9 pages) .
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 13, 2015, 05:25:36 PM
Nice quickie TR. I'd be interested in reading the long one once it's done (even if day one is 9 pages) .
Thanks. Working on it. As long as one person will read it, it's worth sharing.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: morgs on January 13, 2015, 05:50:58 PM
Thanks. Working on it. As long as one person will read it, it's worth sharing.
make that 2 :D
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmiel1429 on January 13, 2015, 08:10:46 PM
Make that 3
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on January 13, 2015, 09:26:27 PM

Legoland:
On the 3rd day, we rented a car from Hertz with a free day voucher and drove to Legoland with free tickets courtesy of a DDFer who had extra tickets :)

Any more free Legoland tickets available?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on January 14, 2015, 08:05:47 AM
We have three for a minyan shabbos Jan 30-31  anyone else going that shabbos?  for now we will Daven at chabad but would prefer to stay in a house in indian creek.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 14, 2015, 08:43:15 AM
We have three for a minyan shabbos Oct 30-31  anyone else going that shabbos?  for now we will Daven at chabad but would prefer to stay in a house in indian creek.
Note that Shabbos Davening in in the Chabad Rabbi's house and not in the Chabad Shul.
Also, Oct is in a LONG time.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on January 14, 2015, 09:13:54 AM
Whoops should say jan 30-31!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 14, 2015, 10:36:45 AM
Any more free Legoland tickets available?
Negative.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on January 14, 2015, 10:43:55 PM
Thanks. Working on it. As long as one person will read it, it's worth sharing.
Yeh... I'm still waiting for you to finish your honeymoon TR.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on January 15, 2015, 01:40:57 AM
Yeh... I'm still waiting for you to finish your honeymoon TR.
That's what I was thinking when I saw
Now, for the real TR...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 09:10:47 AM
Hehe, it's a lot easier to write a TR about something that happened last week and only lasted 3 days, than to write the last 4 weeks of a trip that ended 6 months ago, unfortunately. I do have Gibraltar almost finished. Hopefully, I'll get to these. I would hate to never do it.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 15, 2015, 09:20:46 AM
Hehe, it's a lot easier to write a TR about something that happened last week and only lasted 3 days, than to write the last 4 weeks of a trip that ended 6 months ago, unfortunately. I do have Gibraltar almost finished. Hopefully, I'll get to these. I would hate to never do it.

Next time do it like Marco Polo
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on January 15, 2015, 09:25:20 AM
Next time do it like Marco Polo
Hopefully there's no next honeymoon
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 09:30:32 AM
Hopefully there's no next honeymoon
+1 :) Although, the first time we go to a beach destination, I'm calling it a honeymoon!
Next time do it like Marco Polo
If you recall, I actually planned to do that. I thought it would be easy, but after being sick the first few days in Israel, I fell behind...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 15, 2015, 09:39:10 AM
+1 :) Although, the first time we go to a beach destination, I'm calling it a honeymoon!If you recall, I actually planned to do that. I thought it would be easy, but after being sick the first few days in Israel, I fell behind...
Whenever you make a hotel reservation call it a honeymoon...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 09:40:21 AM
Whenever you make a hotel reservation call it a honeymoon...
Yeah, yeah or "anniversary". We'll see how comfortable I am with that the next time I'm in the situation.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 15, 2015, 10:30:29 AM
Yeah, yeah or "anniversary". We'll see how comfortable I am with that the next time I'm in the situation.

Otherwise, call it a birthday trip
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 15, 2015, 11:31:21 AM
There's always an occasion for a trip, chances are it's someones birthday, anniversary etc.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on January 15, 2015, 12:32:42 PM
There's always an occasion for a trip, chances are it's someones birthday, anniversary etc.
its always an anniversary of something
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 15, 2015, 01:00:12 PM
After some thought, I decided I will do a quick TR of my Orlando trip now and then probably post a much longer version afterwards. I know it's "just" Orlando so why does it need a long TR? Because it's easy since I just went and it's fresh in my mind, because I like writing and had time, and because I think it's written as a good story and some here may enjoy it. BUT, I know it's not practical for a lot of folk, so I'll just the quick rundown now.

Flight:
We flew SW ISP-MCO (the only direct SW flight from NY-MCO) and paid with gift cards that I bought on DDF at a discount. With my CP, it came out to $109 pp RT.

Hotel:
We stayed at the Comfort Inn & Suites Universal Convention Center as a BRG and got upgraded to a suite because it was our anniversary. The hotel is a 5 minute walk to Chabad and 1 of the 2 Kosher restaurants in Orlando, Kosher Gourmet. The hotel also has free breakfast (for Kosher that means yogurts and Nestle hot chocolate) as well as a free shuttle to Universal and some other parks. The hotel was nothing fancy, but it did it's job as a free place, especially with the larger room :)

Universal:
Chabad is generally considered the cheapest place to get Universal and Disney tickets, but Yehoshua found a Black Friday sale at Musement.com and I got my tickets for about $15 cheaper pp than Chabad. I got 2-day passes so we could do 1 park each day, and it turns out they were hopper passes so we could technically go in between both parks on both days.

We did Islands of Adventure on day 1, and it was awesome! Didn't take the full day to go through it all (we went on most of the rides and walked slowly) and Harry Potter World was incredible! They really did a great job. We did Studios on the 2nd day, and it was also awesome! Harry Potter World here was also sick! (Yes, there are 2 HP Worlds) and yeah, I just love these kinda parks. The way they lay them out and design them just puts you in such a magical place :)

Kosher Gourmet Restaurant:
We ate at Kosher Gourmet both dinners and brought sandwiches from home for lunches. KG was a nice no-frills deli with reasonable prices, but medium-quality food. We like the chicken fingers, hot wings and BBQ beef (i.e. pulled beef) sandwich. Grilled chicken sandwich and the steak, onion and pepper sandwich were okay to ehh.

Legoland:
On the 3rd day, we rented a car from Hertz with a free day voucher and drove to Legoland with free tickets courtesy of a DDFer who had extra tickets :) Legoland was really cute, but is clearly geared towards kids. We did go on a bunch of rides, but most rides were too little for adults to even go on. The 3D show didn't come close to similar attractions in Universal, but I had always liked Legos, and therefore enjoyed the park. The mini-world that they built out of Lego included the NY skyline, Las Vegas strip, and other famous sites was really, really cool! It was too cold the last day, so I imagine that contributed to the park being EMPTY, which was pretty cool.

I think that's it, pretty quick TR. Hope it helps some people. Now, for the real TR...

HOW COULD YOU GO TO ORLANDO AND NOT GO TO DISNEY WORLD!!!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!!!!!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 01:04:32 PM
HOW COULD YOU GO TO ORLANDO AND NOT GO TO DISNEY WORLD!!!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!!!!!
:)
I gave her the option and she said I want HP World.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 15, 2015, 01:05:16 PM
:)
I gave her the option and she said I want HP World.
I wanna do that too, but come on!
When's the last time she was at Disney?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 01:08:11 PM
I wanna do that too, but come on!
When's the last time she was at Disney?
Gulp. Never. But never at either.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 15, 2015, 01:14:57 PM
Gulp. Never. But never at either.
Arghh!! MISTAKE! I know it's costly, but it is the happiest place on earth. We went for our honeymoon. Did 4 days in disney, 1 in universal and then miami for the weekend.  We felt universal was blah.  Although I've heard HP world makes it much better, but we definitely felt like universal is the cheap step sister to WDW. I am planning to go next year jan/feb with the family.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 01:39:34 PM
Arghh!! MISTAKE! I know it's costly, but it is the happiest place on earth. We went for our honeymoon. Did 4 days in disney, 1 in universal and then miami for the weekend.  We felt universal was blah.  Although I've heard HP world makes it much better, but we definitely felt like universal is the cheap step sister to WDW. I am planning to go next year jan/feb with the family.
My thought process was that Disney is easier to do with kids anyway, so if we get another chance to go in a few years and iy"h there are kids there, they will appreciate it more than Universal. Of course, it won't be the same as going alone, but we decided on Universal.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 01:55:42 PM
I know, I know. I should have been writing my Eurotrip TR. I know, I know. A detailed trip to Orlando is not nearly as exciting as Europe, Australia or Asia. But hey, I did the legwork of writing it up, and I personally think it's a fun read. Enjoy!

Trip Planning and the first night

As soon as my company announced that we’d be getting off for 12 days from Christmas through New Years, I knew it was time to plan a nice, big trip. Unfortunately, that idea was nixed pretty quickly once I realized my wife was going to be amidst final exams in her final semester of undergrad. Awesome for her, terrible for the travel bug. She was scheduled to take her last exam the day work started up again and with busy season starting just 2 weeks later, I knew that if we were going to go anywhere in January, I would have to take days off and it would have to be within those 2 weeks. I had originally dreamed of Hawaii, but my wife told me she didn’t want to go away for a long time since she had to study for a grad school entrance exam that would be given at the beginning of February. Looking back now, I probably could have convinced her to go away for a whole week instead of the 3 days that we did get away for, but that’s in the past, and we had a great time anyway. With the requirement of only travelling for a few days, and her desire to visit Harry Potter World, MCO became the logical choice.

Hotel: A long time ago, I booked a BRG at the Comfort Inn & Suites – Universal Convention Center for the chance that perhaps January would turn into an Orlando trip. No risk if the trip wouldn’t work out, just the upside that if MCO became the destination, we’d have a free hotel stay. It wasn’t for the dates we would end up needing, but if you follow the BRG thread, you’ll learn that BRGs can be quite flexible.

Airfare: Staying domestically meant Southwest and the SW CP was going to be the way to go. SW (or WN for the professionals) in the NY area only flies direct to MCO from ISP, and being a good 6 weeks out, flights were still pretty cheap. I had recently bought a nice chunk of discounted SW gift cards, so it was cheaper for me to pay cash than use points. The RT cost for 1 person was $218 after the savings from the gift cards. Factor in my wife coming along for free as my companion, and that’s $109 pp RT. The only issue was that my CP was expiring in Dec ’14. I filled the forums up with my nerves as I tracked my CP progress from getting 2 SW CCs, to hitting the spend, to having the statements close on 1/2/15, to the points transferring to SW on 1/4, to having a pending notification on my account that my CP status wasn’t official yet, to finally getting CP status and adding my wife to the flight the morning of our flight, 1/5. (I had booked her a seat with points on the flight way back when I booked my ticket just in case, and I cancelled that ticket as soon as she was added on as my companion.)

Once I had the hotel and airfare, I worked on planning the itinerary, buying park tickets, finding discounts on restaurants, renting a car, etc. but we’ll get to each of those as we move along.

Monday 1/5
Because I was going back to work on Monday, I packed my stuff on Sunday. My wife took her last final Monday morning, was going to pack once she got home, and then be ready to leave with me as soon as I got home from work around 4:30PM to catch our 6:40 flight out of ISP (my first time flying out of there).  I’m glad Marco Polo flew this route just 2 weeks before me and convinced me that it’s a really smooth parking-to-gate process. I was planning on leaving work early at 3:30 to give myself an hour to get home via subway, but of course, somehow, I got a message at 3:10 asking if I could help with something. The project took till 3:55PM (with me bugging out) and then I decided to just jump in an Uber. The ride home was about $30 minus $20 referral = ~$10 out of pocket. Not bad for not having another option. I even got home at 4:20PM (10 minutes earlier than I originally planned) with plenty of time to quickly change into more comfortable clothes and jump in the car. My wife was, of course, ready and waiting on time for me, so that helped greatly as well. We jumped in the car and turned on Waze to find a shock that was beyond belief. The ride that I could have sworn was supposed to be only an hour, was predicted to be 1 hr 40 min! That would get us to the Clarion hotel parking lot (where we had booked a parking reservation) at just T-22 and we still had to take the shuttle from the Clarion to the airport! We actually contemplated turning around and trying to take a flight the next morning. Thank G-d, an idea popped into my head to see if Gmaps would have a different route to the hotel. It did! Gmaps had a way to get there in 1 hour 29 min – just 11 minutes faster, but that was enough for me to try and press our luck. I said a few little prayers as we were sitting in traffic and moving along slowly. After a long while, I noticed that the highway now had an HOV lane for 2+ people in a car, and we switched in and started going 60 while everyone else was doing 30! What a gift from G-d! Watching the ETA slowly go down was such a relief and joy. We got to the Clarion at T-45 (again, originally from T-22!). I ran in and waited on line (aaah!) to fill out my paperwork for parking, parked the car, and we were in the shuttle at T-40, 6:00PM exactly. The ride took literally 3 minutes (I could believe how close it was!) and there was no line by SW, although the agent told us that our bags weren’t guaranteed to make the flight was it was past T-45. This happened to us once in DEN and we opted to hold onto our bags, which turned out well since the flight ended up getting cancelled. This time, I figured we’ll take our chances (technically we could have taken our bags with us because they were small enough to be carry-ons) because #1 we had liquids in our bags and #2 the airport is so small that I figured – c’mon, they have to be able to get the bags onto the plane with over a half hour. There was no line by security (TSA Precheck wasn’t even open because there was no line), and we found our gate at T-30 with plenty of time to use the bathroom and make our way to our A35 boarding position. Phew! We couldn’t believe it, but we made it!

ISP is so small that the plane just backed up from the gate with a K-turn and then was on the runway taking off. Onboard, we enjoyed free Nestle hot chocolate, played Monopoly Deal, and my wife read Harry Potter ;).

We landed on time around 9:30PM to find a really cozy airport in MCO. It has a train from the terminals to the main section of the airport (just like DEN) and the airport is just really cozy and nice – not fancy or modern, but nice. The carpeting and smell make it feel like your grandparents’ apartment (maybe that’s to appeal to the many elders on our flight that were likely visiting their second home) and the Disney/Universal/SeaWorld stores immediately brought us into the magical world that is Orlando. We got to baggage claim and hesitantly waited to see if our bags had made it. Within a few minutes, we saw our bags come out the conveyor belt (!) and, once again, breathed a deep sigh of relief. Not having to worry about coming back to the airport in the morning felt great. We headed outside and were ready to use another Uber $20 off. Uber is no longer allowed to be requested in MCO (along with some other airports) since apparently they weren’t paying taxi airport fees. Thanks to some tips from DDFers, I moved my location pin in Uber to a road outside the airport and made the request from there. I called the first driver who responded and told him I was really in the airport. He didn’t seem to mind, but said he was too far away and won’t come. I guess I didn’t move the pin to the best spot. I made a second request and called the driver to find out he was first getting gas but wouldn’t mind picking us up in 10-15 minutes. We got in the cab and found out our driver, originally from the Dominican Republic, had served in the US Marines for 6 years in Afghanistan and his father was from Haifa. Go figure. The 25-30 minute ride to the Comfort Inn cost about $30 - 20 off = ~$10, and we checked into our room. We found out the information for the free shuttle in the morning to Universal (something I made sure was available at this hotel when I booked it) and went up to our room. A few days before we left, I called the hotel and asked to be upgraded to a suite because it was our first anniversary (which was a few days after our trip), and they gladly did so. Fun to use a BRG and get upgraded to a suite.  The room was great. We didn’t need anything fancy for a trip to MCO, and the upgrade gave us a lot of room to spread out. We brought some deli sandwiches for dinner and watched Friends on my laptop (forgot to bring my HDMI cable) before going to bed.
 
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Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: EJB on January 15, 2015, 01:58:33 PM
Whenever you make a hotel reservation call it a honeymoon...

Does that work if you're bringing a kid  ???
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: morgs on January 15, 2015, 02:27:55 PM
Does that work if you're bringing a kid  ???
Absolutley-tell them its a belated honeymoon because you could not get time off school after the wedding etc etc etc ::)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 15, 2015, 03:43:06 PM
Nice TR @Yehuda! I like the detail!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on January 15, 2015, 04:22:39 PM
Nice TR @Yehuda! I like the detail!
ya...makes me think he didnt go to the bathroom from the time he went before the flight until he went to sleep
just kidding...good report, i was just in orlando last month
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 04:45:37 PM
Nice TR @Yehuda! I like the detail!
Thanks!
ya...makes me think he didnt go to the bathroom from the time he went before the flight until he went to sleep
just kidding...good report, i was just in orlando last month
I didn't...

*jokes*
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 15, 2015, 05:10:45 PM
My thought process was that Disney is easier to do with kids anyway, so if we get another chance to go in a few years and iy"h there are kids there, they will appreciate it more than Universal. Of course, it won't be the same as going alone, but we decided on Universal.
Haven't read you TR yet, however Disney was a blast as an adult with just me and my wife. We could go on all the rides, stay up late go out at night. Stuff you cannot do with kids. With kids it's about making the kids have fun, without it's about making you have fun. I always tell people if you've never been there then definitely go there over anywhere else in orlando. HP may be the boy who lived, but Disney invented magic!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 15, 2015, 05:14:26 PM
+1

We have done Disney both with and without kids and had an amazing time every time.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 05:21:28 PM
Haven't read you TR yet, however Disney was a blast as an adult with just me and my wife. We could go on all the rides, stay up late go out at night. Stuff you cannot do with kids. With kids it's about making the kids have fun, without it's about making you have fun. I always tell people if you've never been there then definitely go there over anywhere else in orlando. HP may be the boy who lived, but Disney invented magic!
I had this convo with everyone a long time ago. We weighed the pros and cons and chose Universal. I agreed back then that Disney must be awesome even just for adults.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 15, 2015, 05:26:03 PM


I had this convo with everyone a long time ago. We weighed the pros and cons and chose Universal. I agreed back then that Disney must be awesomer than anything else including universal even more so just for adults.
FTFY
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 15, 2015, 06:00:24 PM
What's BRG?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on January 15, 2015, 06:08:36 PM
What's BRG?
Best rate guarantee.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 15, 2015, 06:10:26 PM
What's BRG?

I'm surprised you dont know  ;)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 06:23:12 PM
Oh man I left part 2 on my work comp! Sorry, it'll have to wait till tomorrow.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 15, 2015, 06:33:47 PM
Oh man I left part 2 on my work comp! Sorry, it'll have to wait till tomorrow.
Uber it tonight!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 15, 2015, 07:51:50 PM
Oh man I left part 2 on my work comp! Sorry, it'll have to wait till tomorrow.
Vpn?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 08:32:51 PM
Uber it tonight!
No thanks :)

Vpn?
Wanna elaborate? I don't have VPN on my home computer. How would I know which VPN to download and which network I needed to join?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 15, 2015, 08:36:52 PM
No thanks :)
Wanna elaborate? I don't have VPN on my home computer. How would I know which VPN to download and which network I needed to join?
If you don't know the details it probably won't work.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 08:38:43 PM
If you don't know the details it probably won't work.
Yeah, too bad. It will have to wait. I'll continue on the rest now. :)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 15, 2015, 08:39:34 PM
Yeah, too bad. It will have to wait. I'll continue on the rest now. :)
I guess you can work on your Europe one in the meantime...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 08:53:27 PM
I guess you can work on your Europe one in the meantime...
>:( That is all.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 15, 2015, 08:54:25 PM
Taking daughter (toddler) to disney in March. Wheres a cheap decent place to stay? SPG and Hyatt diamond but not sure if anything is worth burning points on
Title: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on January 15, 2015, 09:44:01 PM
Taking daughter (toddler) to disney in March. Wheres a cheap decent place to stay? SPG and Hyatt diamond but not sure if anything is worth burning points on

We stayed at the nick hotel recently. If you can get it for a good price it's a nice place to stay ( got a good price through orbitz promo codes). Nothing fancy but has a good heated pool for kids and lots of activities as well as characters onsite.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on January 15, 2015, 10:45:29 PM
Arghh!! MISTAKE! I know it's costly, but it is the happiest place on earth. We went for our honeymoon. Did 4 days in disney, 1 in universal and then miami for the weekend.  We felt universal was blah.  Although I've heard HP world makes it much better, but we definitely felt like universal is the cheap step sister to WDW. I am planning to go next year jan/feb with the family.

+100
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 16, 2015, 01:33:27 AM
Going to be staying at the lighthouse key resort in Kissimmee (close to the holiday inn orange lake resort, 5 min walk) from Sunday morning to Thursday jan 18-22, any other jews around to make a minyan (other than Torah days)?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on January 16, 2015, 09:38:41 AM
any ideas on where to park your car
for Sea World or WDW and NOT pay for daily parking?

Anyone out there staying at a WDW property?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 16, 2015, 10:03:49 AM
Tuesday, 1/6

Only after booking the hotel, did I realize it was just a 10 minute walk to Chabad and Kosher Gourmet (formerly Kosher Culinary), the better of the 2 Orlando restaurants according to most people I asked. Shacharis was at 8:00AM, and at 7:30, I turned off my alarm and fell back asleep. Whoops… We had decided the night before that we would pass on the 8:50 shuttle to Universal (the parks open at 9) and opt for a more relaxed morning and catch the 9:45. When I finally did wake up (thank G-d because I did not have an alarm set), I Davened and went down to pick up some free breakfast (something I also found out just a few days prior and also feels great when it’s a BRG). They had kosher Nestle hot chocolate packets (like SW), fruit, and yogurts. Man, the waffles and eggs looked good, though! We packed some sandwiches (from the bread and spreads that we brought with us) for lunch for the day and ran down to catch the shuttle. You have to pick up a free shuttle “boarding pass” from the Universal service desk that’s in the hotel lobby. The signs make it seem like you need to pick these up well in advance, but we got them 5 minutes before departure. The shuttle picks up from a few hotels, and the ride that I thought would take 5 minutes, ended up taking a ½ hour. :-\

We got to Universal around 10:15, went through security and entered CityWalk, which is the strip that leads to both parks and is full of stores, shops, a movie theater and a bunch of other things that make it an exciting nightlife scene. At the end of CityWalk, the road splits to each park, and we headed to Universal's Islands of Adventure. Why we picked that one first? No good reason. I bought the tickets to Universal a little while back when Yehoshua found that Musement was having a black Friday sale – buy a 50€ Musement gift card for just 25€ – and they had Universal Orlando tickets! Only one gift card could be used per transaction, so I bought one under my account and one under my wife’s. I waited until they released tickets for the dates we needed and got ready to book. I found a discount code online to take 10% off a booking, but their site was only accepting one “code” – be it a gift card code or discount code. I chatted with them complaining that I couldn’t use both codes even though the terms of the gift card didn’t say anything about combining it with a discount code. It took some time, but I was able to get them to give me 2 new codes for 65€ each. After applying them (and considering the 25€ I paid to buy the gift card originally), the Universal passes came out to ~$140 per person for 2 day park tickets. About $10-15 cheaper pp than Chabad’s prices (who are normally considered the cheapest for Orlando park tickets). Now, all I received from Musement was an email confirmation listing the tour travel agent who the tickets were officially coming from, but no official Universal ticket. I called the tour agency a while ago, and they told me just print out the email and bring it to the ticket window at Universal. At the park, we decided to go to the guest services window and after waiting online for about 10 minutes, we got to an agent. She looked at my email printouts and tried punching in every “code” that was in the email, but nothing showed up in her system under our name. The codes must all have been Musement and the tour agency’s internal codes, and she explained that she needed some sort of code to put into her system to turn these emails into actual tickets. We called up the tour agency and found out that, for some reason, I never got a second email from them with vouchers that could be turned into actual tickets. The rep made it seem like she could easily forward that information to the Universal agent, so I said great and passed my phone over to the agent. It took 30-45 minutes from the time we got on line until the agent was finally able to get our tickets printed, and it was now after 11. What a way to start the day. :( Although it was not Universal’s fault at all, the agent felt really bad and gave us 4 express passes to skip the line on rides!! That absolutely saved a LOT more time than the 45 minutes we spent getting the tickets. G-d always has a plan, eh?

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We finally entered the park and immediately fell in love. I just love how well Universal (and Disney as well) makes you feel like you’re in a totally different world – and that world changes completely every time you step into a new “section”. The park starts off with a long strip of restaurants and shops that all give off an Island vibe (hence the park name).  I’d like to point out that thank G-d, the weather today was just BEAUTIFUL. Not cold at all and yet not too hot where you’re sweating as you walk around all day. My wife got attracted to the first Minion thing she saw, but we made sure not to waste too much time in the shops so early in the day. :) At the end of the strip, you have a choice to go left or right. I have OCD with these kind of things and always want to make sure I don’t miss any corner of a park (and somehow I didn’t take a map at the ticket counter!) but I quickly realized the park is nicely laid out for the OCD folk as it’s a big circle, so pick left or right and you’ll eventually make it all the way around. We chose left, “Marvel Super Hero Island”.

Let’s start with this: I’m a chicken when it comes to rides. I definitely don’t do roller coasters (I have tried a few, yes). I’m scared of the speed (while not being in an enclosed car on the ground), the idea of falling, the heights, and I really don’t like the feeling of the wind blowing through my cheeks or the drop in my stomach. My wife, however, is into rides except super spinny rides that make you nauseous. Because most you can’t see most Universal rides since they’re indoors, I was led to sheepishly asking the employee standing at the entrance to every ride what kind of ride it was. Every ride has warning signs that scare you to death, so those don’t really help you judge what to expect. Asking an employee is great if you have the courage because they often can describe it in simple words and also compare it to other rides in the park that you may have gone on. It was also great that every ride had employees standing at the entrance to the line (something that LegoLand, for example, didn’t have).

Marvel Super Hero Island: The Incredible Hulk Coaster is the first ride you see, and it’s clearly a roller coaster. My wife was willing to go on real rides herself, but was not in the mood for a coaster first thing in the morning, so we walked on. The rest of the rides in the area were too scary or nauseating until we found The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, which was the first ride we considered as the entrance agent said it was a 4-D ride/experience with no real drop. However, the line was long, and we weren’t sure it was worth using 1 of our express passes on the ride (since we didn’t know what else was coming up), and so we continued walking. Dr. Doom was proudly standing around for pictures and the Green Goblin was sneakily running through the crowds and scaring people.

Toon Lagoon: This next area was really, really cute. I didn’t even know Universal had rights to this kinda stuff, but all the buildings were splashed with your favorite characters from the Sunday Funnies – Beetle Bailey, Hagar the Horrible, etc.

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2 of the 3 rides here were closed and the 3rd, Dudley Do-Right’s Ripshaw Falls, was an indoor/outdoor water ride that had a very large drop at the end into a pool of water. I never saw this before, but there were several walk-in drying machines at the exit of the ride for you to dry yourself off – pretty cool! The drop looked too steep for me, and my wife considered it, but decided to keep walking instead. I can’t blame her, I understand that it’s not fun to go on a ride alone. I’m glad in the end we hit up enough rides to overshadow the ones I chickened out on.

Jurassic Park: Another incredibly well-done section of the park. The extensive greenery and the sounds of animals and dinosaurs you hear really make you feel like you’re in a jungle.

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Pteranodon Flyers was another ride that looked like I could handle (it was on a track in the air, but it moved slowly), but when we got to the entrance, they told us only kids can ride. #awkward Next up was Jurassic Park River Adventure. My wife had heard about this ride and knew she was going to go on it - first ride of the day! The entrance agents told us there was a drop into water at the end (you could see it from the outside), so I was out, although the wait was really short, so that was good. The ride was probably very similar to Ripshaw Falls, based on what they both looked like from the outside. Thank G-d all Universal rides have a quick exit lane at the last second, so we were able to wait on line together and then I could take the walk of shame when it was her turn to get on. She said the ride was amazing. You’re on a boat with about 10 people, and it slowly makes its way around a Jurassic Park scene, showing you realistic-looking dinosaurs, etc. Eventually the ride goes indoors and also gets a bit faster and finally ends with the big drop from indoors to outdoors and into a big pool of water. Yeah, not for me… but really too bad because it sounded great. We then left this section because I still didn’t have a map to realize we missed 1 attraction. Eventually we came back here, so I’ll just put it in here instead of coming back here when we chronologically actually came back. Jurassic Park Discovery Center is an interactive activity room that’s set up to mimic the visitor center from the movie. You can have your picture taken and morphed with a dinosaur to see what you would look like as a dinosaur, you can go through the steps of incubating a dinosaur egg and play a dinosaur trivia game show. Cute, but I definitely wouldn’t go out of my way to stop off here.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade: Ah, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. It was everything we dreamed of. You step into Hogsmeade and are just overtaken by magical the world that J.K. Rowling created.

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The whole village is covered in fake snow, the shops are all the cute HP shops from the books and movies and - Ah! It’s just awesome!

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Let me first state that we have been to the official HP Studio Tour in London, so we were ready to compare everything we saw there with what Universal created. Universal did a fantastic job. First, we headed towards Flight of the Hippogriff. Built around and through Hagrid’s hut, this mini-roller coaster had me thinking twice before getting on. However, after talking to the entrance guy and watching it go around once, I decided I would brave it. Here we used our first express pass and only waited about 3-5 minutes. As expected, most people would laugh at this “coaster”, but for me, it was enough to know I didn’t want to ride it again. I didn’t hate it, but it was definitely at the edge of rides I can handle. The drops and speed were just shy of what would make my stomach churn and so I handled it, but didn’t love it.

Next up, we saw The Castle. Ah, it was so cool!

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It houses the main attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and I was fully expecting it to be a roller coaster. I was quite downtrodden because I really thought it would be cool to go and wished I liked coasters better, but then was shocked when the entrance agent told us it wasn’t one but rather an intense flight simulator and that it capped out at 5mph! An old Irish lady (love that accent) was right behind us and told us she just went on it, and it’s a bit more intense than the way the agent described, but that it’s definitely not a coaster – and she was scared of coasters herself! That really calmed me down. We had to put our bags in the lockers (free for the first hour), which were impressively modern – fingerprinting to unlock your locker. We used our second express pass, but still had to wait about 10 minutes to get into the castle. Once in the castle – they just did such a good job! – you walk through the hallways while waiting online and you see people moving in pictures having discussions, you get greeted by Dumbledore in his office, you see Harry, Ron and Hermione in a classroom telling you about the ride which is going to be an experience of you flying on a broomstick. Finally you get to the ride, and it’s a few people per “glider” hanging from above tracks with huge screens that really make you feel like you’re flying. The ride does move and occasionally spins a bit much as you “dive” for the snitch and around castle grounds. Really, a very enjoyable ride! I’m sure it’s worth the wait, but I’m glad we didn’t have to find out! ;)

After the HP ride, we began our research into the Kashrus of ButterBeer. They sell it everywhere, and it looked so good, that we just had to find out. I asked a few people and eventually they brought me to one of the chefs in the back kitchen. He told me the mix is Kosher, but that I couldn’t go into the kitchen itself to see the Kosher logo – so I convinced him to take a picture of it on my phone. :) I had never seen the Florida K before, but before I was able to make any calls, he told me, “Oh by the way, we don’t have certification for the topping that we put on top of the ButterBeer, and we aren’t allowed to sell it without the topping since it’s a trademarked drink.” I started making my calls and finally found out that Florida K is approved by the CRC, but after speaking to a Rabbi who works with the Rabbi that gave the Hechsher, he said they’re familiar with ButterBeer and know there’s an issue with the topping and that’s it. They couldn’t give me a good reason it has a Hashgacha on half the drink – the mix and not the topping – but that’s what it was. I tried getting a few vendors to sell it to me without adding on the topping (by saying I was allergic, etc.), but they all knew the rule and were steadfast in not allowing me to get half the drink – alas ButterBeer and my wife and me were not meant to be. :(

After the ButterBeer tragedy, I Davened Mincha, we ate sandwiches that we brought with us, and we went through the cute shops such as Honeydukes (where they sold actual Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans – not the Jelly Belly version – and many other candies from the books all made by Universal… without a Hechsher :(), The Hog’s Head and The Three Broomsticks (and actual restaurant and bar!) and Ollivanders – where you can watch a demonstration of someone getting picked to have Ollivander try to find the right wand for them (and they get to keep it)! They sell replica wands from all the famous characters and kids were waving their wands all over the park. How much? FORTY dollars. Sheesh. The fancier wands actually interacted with parts of the park to make certain things happen, like water shoot out of places, etc. We also got to take a picture with the Hogwarts Express conductor infront of a replica train. We passed over the Dragon Challenge roller coaster – my wife wasn’t in the mood either – and then headed out of Hogsmeade. We came here later for something very exciting, but we’ll get to that soon. Based on how long this section was, you can tell HP World was our favorite part of the park. :)

The Lost Continent: This next section was built to look like an olden day, Middle-Eastern, Alladin-esque world. Of course it looked really cool, but there are only 2 attractions and we decided to pass on them and only come back if we wanted to later. One is a Sindbad stunt show, and the timing was off from when we got there. The other is a walking guided tour of Poseidon’s “ancient temple”. That one sounded interesting but, again, we decided to just keep walking and make sure to see the whole park.

Seuss Landing: Dr. Seuss world put up a good fight with Toon Lagoon for the cutest section of the park. The whole place was bright, colorful, and felt like you were walking in a Dr. Seuss book.

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We picked up some candy (finally had some Kosher stuff in here) and Dippin’ Dots (yeah, we’re really healthy :P) and then waited on a 15 minute line to ride The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride! (Exclamation mark is part of the official ride title – it wasn’t that exciting ;)). The ride was a slow moving trolley in the air that went around Seuss Landing including riding through some of the shops and restaurants. Cute, relaxing ride. The rest of the rides here were too kiddy (yeah, the trolley wasn’t, right!?) except for The Cat In The Hat ride.
 
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You sit on a slow moving car that goes through the story of The Cat In The Hat – it does spin a bit at times in case you’re the nauseous type, but not too bad. A great, fun ride. To me, that kinda ride (similar to It’s a Small World in Disney) is the ideal kinda ride. #chicken

Now it was time to backtrack (at this point I had gotten hold of a map and marked off which rides we wanted to get back to). Since the park is a big circle, we just walked past the entrance and walked right into Marvel Super Hero Island again. Here, we decided it was time to use express pass #3 to ride The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.

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The line was really long, so it felt great to skip it and our wait was less than 5 minutes. The ride also fits into my category of ideal rides, although it’s definitely faster and more intense than Dr. Seuss. You put on your 3D glasses and get into a car that goes through a storyline of all of Spider-Man’s villains trying to get you while Spidey tries to save you. The rides spins a lot IIRC and the 3D was pretty intense (in a good way!) but what I like about the twists and drops is that it’s all the screen + the car tilting and not actual drops, so it’s just in your mind, which I can handle much better. The ride was so good that we were ready to get right back in line and use up our last express pass. We got back on the ride and were enjoying it until… it stopped! The car stopped, the audio shut off, the video screens went blank, the moving things stopped moving, and the lights went out (besides for emergency lights). I kindly informed everyone in my car (who apparently didn’t speak much English) that I rode the ride before, and it’s not supposed to stop like this. :) Got some laughs. 5 minutes later, the ride picked up, but there was no audio. Then it froze again. Then it worked. Then it stopped. And finally, it was done. They offered us to go again and skip the line, so we headed down a special corridor to get to the front (although I was wondering how they could guarantee it wouldn’t break again). When we turned down the corridor, we saw how long the line was (no idea how that happened), so we just said forget it and left the ride.

We walked through Toon Lagoon again quickly (my wife took a second and decided she would not go on Ripshaw Falls) and made our way to Jurassic Park. The line for the River Adventure was much longer this time, so my wife decided not to go on it again, and then we found the Discover Center, which wasn’t so exciting so I just included it above. We then went back to Harry Potter world and decided at that point that we would not go to the 2 attractions in The Lost Continent but would take the Hogwarts Express (!) to Universal Studios and call it a day at Islands of Adventure.

Universal first built Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure and then a number of years later, they built Diagon Alley in Universal Studios. Once they had both HP worlds, they made the Hogwarts Express ride so you can travel between the two. You can only ride it if you have a Park-to-Park ticket (aka Hopper), and it turns out we did have that! (Who knew?) There was about a 15-20 minute wait in what looks like it could be a train station and then finally we saw the Hogwarts Express pull into the station.

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I mean it’s a real freaking train, and it looks just like the one in the movies!! The crew leads you on and directs you to a cabin to sit in – just like the one Harry and Co. sit in on their trips! The only negative thing was that they squished 8 of us into one cabin, and I couldn’t even sit next to my wife – we were across from each other. As the train starts going, you realize that the window is really a TV and they’re playing a video that makes it seem as if you’re going through the London countryside to get to King’s Cross Station. I think that was a great idea, because if it was a real window, we’d just be staring at Universal back lots, which is far less exciting. The ride takes about 5 minutes and then you get out into King’s Cross Station, and it really looks like the actual King’s Cross, but better yet – once you pass by the sign that says 9 ¾ (more on that later), the station turns from a magical-feeling place into what looks just like a real London train station! There are ads on the walls for London sights and companies and train timetables with UK cities that actually update and change. Really, really cool! More on King’s Cross in tomorrow’s adventures!

The reason we saved the Hogwarts Express for the end, was because we thought it would be good to get to the other park at night (you could take the shuttle back to the hotel from either park, since they both meet at the same parking lot) and go on 1 ride. I left this out earlier, but 1 of our express passes was a special one that let you skip the line only on certain “special” rides, such as the main Harry Potter castle ride. The pass was also good for the Minion ride, which is in Universal Studios. However, the passes were printed with an expiration date of today, so they wouldn’t be good the next day. BUT, at the HP ride… no one collected our pass! To each his own in this situation, but based on recent Psakim from my Rabbi, I decided that it’s their responsibility to collect the passes (they did at every other ride), and since they didn’t, I could use it again. So, that’s part of the reason we took the Hogwarts Express now at the end of the day to try and catch Minion Mayhem once we were done with the first park. I already described the train ride, and after we exited in London ;), we made our way around the park passing through Sunset Boulevard, which was really cool all lit up at night with old-school diners, theaters and shops. We actually stopped in one theater that had a magic show starting soon. The show was only 12 minutes (yes, that time was listed on the banner outside; I didn’t actually time it), but it was fantastic. The magician pretends like he’s explaining how the tricks are done, but he doesn’t really. He did some very impressive floatation tricks. At the end, they try to sell you the tricks with DVDs teaching you how to do them, but they were >$20 a trick, so I passed. Very fun and entertaining. We continued on and finally made it to the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, which is very close to the entrance/exit of the park. The line was over an hour long, but we walked right in :) I forgot to mention that my wife loves the Minions, and stopped at every store selling Minion stuff to check them out (yes, at one point I did get her a Minion doll), so she was really excited for the ride. The ride was another @Yehuda’s Ideal Ride, although a bit different. Instead of being in a car that moves around a track relatively slowly, this is one of those rides where you sit in a theater (with 3D glasses) and the whole section your sitting in shifts, tilts, etc. with the movements of the video. Gru and the Minions attempt to turn the crowd into Minions themselves to work for him, but ultimately… ah, I won’t ruin it for you. ;) The effects were intense, including the fake drops, but we didn’t get nauseous from it, it wasn’t too scary, and overall it was a great ride!

After the ride, we looked around the stores a bit more and then caught the shuttle back to the hotel. I originally thought we would catch the last shuttle at 8:10 (the park closes at 8PM), but we ended up making the 7:20, so all in all, we did Islands of Adventure in about 7.5 hours going on most of the interesting rides and walking slowly throughout. The ride back to the hotel was shorter than the ½ hour on the way there because we were the first stop. Interesting how we were the first stop in both directions, but I wasn’t complaining. Like I said before, the hotel was just a 10 minute walk to Chabad and Kosher Gourmet, but I noticed on the map that it was technically just behind the hotel. I asked the clerk if there was a way to cut through to get to International Drive and he said we could just walk through the hotel’s parking lot and through the parking lot of the building behind us. We did that and popped out right by the strip mall with Chabad and the restaurant and were there in 5 minutes!

Kosher Gourmet – this deli-style restaurant is what you’d expect from a place that’s 1 of 2 Kosher restaurants in an out-of-town place. It looks nicely modern, but isn’t fancy or totally clean. There’s no clear person who’s seating you, so we kinda just made our way in till someone saw us and gave us a seat. They have a classic Kosher deli menu, and my wife got the hot wings, the chicken fingers from the kid’s menu (and got a little bit of a snide remark from the waiter), and I got the grilled chicken salad. The salad was blah – I didn’t like the chicken, so I shared with my wife (which was kinda the plan anyway) and the wings were good although I don’t love wings and the chicken fingers were great. Fountain soda was unlimited refills, so that was nice. The total was around $50, and I paid most of that with a $40 gift certificate that I bought from GreatKosherDeals.com (which I paid $30 for minus $10 from credits I had there from SBS), which shows you that their prices were pretty reasonable. We walked back to the hotel, I Davened Maariv (unfortunately, Chabad only has a regular Shkia Minyan and only has an 8:30PM Maariv when there is high demand), and we called it a night.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 16, 2015, 10:34:04 AM
Thanks for the detailed TR!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 16, 2015, 12:39:25 PM
Nice TR - but holy cow!! You are a HUGE CHICKEN!! Your poor wife! She's so sweet that she told you she wasn't in the mood to go on a coaster so early in the morning. It's even sweeter that you believed her!  My wife and I both love coasters and we went on the hulk by like 9 am when we went. I used to be petrified of roller coasters too, but when I went to Disney World at 19 during winter break my friend convinced me to go on the rockin roller coaster and I LOVED IT.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 16, 2015, 12:50:33 PM
Thanks for the detailed TR!
YW :)

Nice TR - but holy cow!! You are a HUGE CHICKEN!! Your poor wife! She's so sweet that she told you she wasn't in the mood to go on a coaster so early in the morning. It's even sweeter that you believed her!  My wife and I both love coasters and we went on the hulk by like 9 am when we went. I used to be petrified of roller coasters too, but when I went to Disney World at 19 during winter break my friend convinced me to go on the rockin roller coaster and I LOVED IT.
Thanks! Haha, yeah... no joke. Umm so she wasn't lying about not wanting to go, but I don't need to convince you of that. I went on a bunch of coasters at 6 Flags in high school as well as at Lake Compounce after that and yeah, I just don't feel the thrill. Would you believe me that I felt uncomfortable riding the gondola up/down a mountain in Vail and in Switzerland? I just don't like heights. My wife can't understand how I'm so comfortable on planes while she's not. I dunno...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 16, 2015, 12:52:58 PM
Thanks! Haha, yeah... no joke. Umm so she wasn't lying about not wanting to go, but I don't need to convince you of that.
Watch your attitude son!!
I went on a bunch of coasters at 6 Flags in high school as well as at Lake Compounce after that and yeah, I just don't feel the thrill. Would you believe me that I felt uncomfortable riding the gondola up/down a mountain in Vail and in Switzerland? I just don't like heights. My wife can't understand how I'm so comfortable on planes while she's not. I dunno...
I was just thinking that as well. If your so squeamish on roller coasters how being on a plane has no impact. I guess cuz its inside and you usually don't feel the sudden drops of hundreds of feet in seconds or the speed.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 16, 2015, 01:32:50 PM
Someone in my company has a house in Orlando that he rents to employees.
Is this a good rate?
4 BR.
The rates per night, including all taxes and fees are as follows:
The house is in this neighberhood - https://www.google.com/maps/@28.3064881,-81.597143,17z
The description he emailed me is as follows:
"The house is furnished and fully equipped with cathedral ceilings, central air conditioning and heating, cable, 37 inch High Definition TV, WIFI Internet access and a two car garage. There are two sets of sheets for each bedroom and towels for each bathroom, pool towels are also provided. All kitchen utensils and equipment is provided including, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker, blender, plates, cups, glasses, silverware, pots and pans, bake ware, and plastic pool dishes. There is a hair dryer in each bathroom, iron and ironing board and full size washer and dryer in the house. The house is equipped with small hotel soaps and 1 roll of toilet paper in each bathroom for your comfort upon arrival. This limited amount is provided for you; however, additional soap and toilet paper items that you need are your responsibility to provide during your stay. Dishwasher and laundry detergent is not provided but is generally in the kitchen and laundry room for the guests use.
The Master bedroom has a king size bed, 32 inch High Definition TV/VCR with a master bath with separate shower and bathtub. There is another bedroom with a queen size bed, another with a full size bed and the 4th bedroom has 2 single (twin) beds. There is a queen size sleeper sofa in the living room. For young children there is a Graco high-chair and playpen.
The pool is fully screened and there is also a gas grill, table and chairs under the covered lanai by the pool.
There are tennis courts, children's play area and a community pool at the entrance to the community. For the Golf enthusiasts, there are plenty of public and private courses nearby.
VERY IMPORTANT The doors to the pool area have alarms. When the door is opened you have only a few seconds to press the button on the alarm box by the door. When pushed the alarm is silenced for approx 15 seconds. This is a Florida law to prevent children from accessing a pool area unguarded. The pool area doors must be closed to prevent the alarm from going off.

1. The gas grill is on the lanai by the pool. (If the grill is out of gas, you can refill/exchange the tank at any of the local places and you will be reimbursed for the cost or you can call redacted tell them it is for unit redactedand they will arrange for a replacement to be brought out and installed.

2. There is a full sized Maytag washer and dryer in the laundry room. Normally there is laundry detergent left/replenished by the guests. There is also a dishwasher and microwave oven, dvd/vcr and cable tv in the master bedroom and family room area.

3. Bedding and towels are provided. There should be 2 sets of linens per bedroom. The pull out couch is a queen size bed and should have linens in the bedroom by the laundry room.

4. There is a Publix Super Market further down CR-545 S, come out of the development, turn left onto Sand Hill Rd, make a right at the intersection and follow to Red Light, WalGreens Pharmacy on left. I believe the name of the road is Osceola-Polk County Line Road. Cross Osceola-Polk County Line Rd and Publix is on the right. There is another Publix on Osceola-Polk County Line Rd at Champions Gate about 3000 yards to the right towards the I-4 entrance also a gas station is located there.
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Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 16, 2015, 01:35:34 PM
That's a great price
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: voby27 on January 16, 2015, 02:38:30 PM
Going to be in Orlando this Sunday the 18th-21st.

Going to Animal Kingdom on the 18th and Magic Kingdom on the 20th. If any interest in making a mincha minyan at either of those parks during those days, please let me know and hopefully we can arrange one.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 16, 2015, 04:16:47 PM
That's a great price
+1
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: morgs on January 17, 2015, 01:44:41 PM
@yehuda-waiting for the rest-love the details!!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 17, 2015, 07:42:19 PM
@yehuda-waiting for the rest-love the details!!
Thanks! Working on it now. Really hoping I can get the next day out tonight.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on January 17, 2015, 09:52:31 PM
Did you go to kosher grill as well? That is also nearby iirc
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 17, 2015, 10:02:51 PM
We didn't go. Would have liked to try both places, but with Gourmet so close to our hotel, we weren't interested in looking for Grill. I also heard that it's just like a stand outside Disney (with no seating) but something about that doesn't sound right.

Almost done with the TR, although I didn't get to proofread it too much.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 17, 2015, 10:11:42 PM
Wednesday 1/7

I woke up with enough time to pick up the day’s shuttle boarding passes on the way to Chabad for 8AM Shacharis. I even found a shorter shortcut to Shul, so it was really just about a 5 minute walk. The Shul is in a storefront that's attached to Kosher Gourmet. It's a nice little place, and in the back is a small room that must be the classroom for any Frum kids that live in Orlando, which I would assume to be just the Chabad families' kids. It took 15 minutes for them to get to Pesukei D'Zimra, so Davening took almost an hour, but I got back to the hotel, picked up some more yogurt and hot chocolate and went to the room to pack up for the day. We caught the 9:45 shuttle, and we were on our ½ hour (that should have been 5 minute) trip to Universal!

This time, we knew exactly where to go because, y'know, we were basically Universal pros. We went through security, walked through City Walk, and this time, turned towards Universal Studios!

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The back of yesterday's park map had Studios on it, so today I was fully prepared. ;) The park is also a circle, but it's very clear which way is the way to begin, so we started out going straight ahead to...

Production Central: The first ride that sticks out at you is Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, which we got to ride the night before with express passes. Today, the wait was over an hour. It would have been fun to ride again, but that was going to be very unlikely due to the wait. So, we turned around and right across from it is Shrek 4-D - our first ride of the day! There was about a 10 minute wait, and then we were in! I had been to Universal Studios in California before, and this ride is basically the same as the Shrek ride there. It's one of the ideal @Yehuda rides, where you sit in a theater that will shake, tilt, shpritz water at you, etc. The storyline picks up where Shrek 1 left off with Shrek and Fiona on their honeymoon. Cute, fun ride – had a great time! After Shrek, we continued down the street right past the Rip Rocket something or other gigantic roller coaster into the next section of the park. I’ll point out that we skipped over the Transformers ride. If I had to bet, it wasn’t a roller coaster, but my wife really has no interest in Transformers and actually did not want to even check out the ride. So, no opinion on that one.

New York: As soon as we walked into New York, the Blues Brothers drove right past us in their old-school car playing old-school music, was fun to watch for a minute. We first went online for the Twister ride because we were told it’s just a “ride” that you walk through and things blow on you and interact with you. The weather was noticeably colder today – we regretted not bringing sweatshirts – and waiting on line in the cold made us realize that the TWISTER ride was probably going to be even colder, so we stepped off the line and moved on. Up next was Revenge of the Mummy, a ride my wife was dying to go on. She really wanted me to come with, so we talked with the entrance agent, but he confirmed that yeah, it’s pretty much an indoor roller coaster (as the ride description on the map even indicated). I apologized dearly, and said I just can’t go on. We waited in the single riders lane (which we’re unsure was actually any faster) and then I, once again, took the walk of shame as she got on the ride. She loved it! She said that you ride through all the mummy scenes, etc. and that it was a blast! After she got off, we walked through the streets of New York, which were just awesome! All around you were sets from movies – a fake government building, Macy’s, subway station, and many stores from the olden days, including this store with Hebrew words on the sign!

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There’s a Ben & Jerry’s store in this area, which I imagine (ask your LOR) is Kosher like all big-chain ice cream stores – ask them to wash the scooper, pick flavors you know are Kosher and only use cones/toppings if you know they’re Kosher.

San Francisco: I’m not sure why exactly, but technically the next area is San Fran vs NY. It’s really just more sets from movies and there are only 2 attractions here, so I’m not quite sure why they called it a new area. One attraction is just a Beetlejuice/Monsters show and the other is Disaster, which is a ride where you learn how disaster movies are made. We passed on it because it only looked semi-interesting and didn’t stand a chance against what we saw up ahead…

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley: As I said yesterday, Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure was built first and then Diagon Alley was built in Studios. The layout is quite genius. San Fran just turns into London. There are little old London shops on the street and if you pay attention, you’ll notice the set from Sirius Black’s house on Grimmauld Place – my wife caught it. You’ll also see the purple Knight Bus parked on the street, and you can take a pic with the driver and that creepy Jamaican head doll he has. Kinda cool, but not so cool if you’ve seen the actual Knight Bus from the movies at the studio tour in London. 8) Now, from this vantage point, the only real noticeable building is King’s Cross Station. As I mentioned yesterday, it really looks like you’re in London and the station looks very real. We went back in because we heard of a really cool thing that you could do from this side of the station. You follow along to get onto the train and then when you get to Platform 9 ¾ the have a cool fake-mirror setup where it looks like you are actually walking through the wall into 9 ¾! For best video results (we were warned about this the night before from friends who were in Orlando), have one person stand on line and video while the other person continues on through the wall. I’m not sure if my explaining it does it justice, but trust me, it was really cool! After trying that out, we had no interest in riding the train again, so we walked back through the station out into London. Right next to King’s Cross is what looks like a brick wall with an opening that perhaps leads to bathrooms. If you enter it… you cross over into Diagon Alley!!! Sooo cool!!

Diagon Alley is done incredibly well. It looks just like the set from the studio tours but even better because you can actually go into some of the stores! The first store is a wizarding wardrobe shop (basically just classic HP merchandise) and the next store is Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes!!

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In Universal Studios' Diagon Alley                                                In London's HP Studio Tour (pretty good copy!)

The store is amazing! All the classic jokes and pranks and toys from the books – Extendable Ears, Puking Pastilles, etc.! They also sell some of the classic candies from Honeydukes, like Chocolate Frogs. The shop is really cute and fun, but no, we didn’t spend our money on that stuff. :) Next up is one of several entrances into… Knockturn Alley. Dun. Dun. Dun. Knockturn is a small section that’s extremely dark. It has the Leaky Cauldron (an actual bar!) as well as Borgin and Burkes – the creepy, dark store that Harry accidently flu-powedered into. The employees in Knockturn Alley play the roles of creepy people perfectly! Back in Diagon Alley, there are some more classic stores like Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions – in case buying a $40 wand wasn’t enough for your kid and you also had to buy them a robe that they’ll never wear again. There’s also an Ollivander’s here (like in Hogsmeade) and once again, you can watch a wand pick its owner. There are a few other shops, including a place to buy ButterBeer >:(. As you walk around, you’ll come to Gringott’s, which houses the main ride of Diagon Alley.

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After riding the castle ride yesterday, we really wanted to go on this one too, but first had to check it out, of course. I went up to the entrance agent and found out that, unfortunately, there was a drop at the end of the ride :(. That was another moment when I really wished I wasn't scared so that I could go on a ride that I'm sure would be fun and so that I don't let my wife down. The wait was long, and she didn't want to wait and ride alone, so we continued on. A few more fun shops including the Gringott's Money Exchange, where there was a goblin just standing there and talking - kinda funny.

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We finished making our way among the shops until we were back at the gateway to London and crossed back through the brick wall. Right past the wall is where you see Sirius's house, and that's the end of Harry Potter World. Until next time!

World Expo: The first attraction you see is a live showing of Fear Factor. My wife was dying to watch the show, but they were halfway through one, so we decided to venture onward and come back later. Next up was MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack. The line had like a 20 minute wait, but there was stuff going on while you're waiting, which made it not too bad. We first had to put our bag in that fancy locker again, although I don't think this ride really needed it. This is another one of my favorite types of rides: the go-around-slowly-and-shoot-things-(in this case, aliens)-with-a-laser ride! The ride was a lot of fun, a bit spinny, and my wife obliterated everyone else in our car with her score. Afterwards, we still had time to the next FEAR FACTOR LIVE show so we headed out of World Expo, but just to keep this attraction in its section of the park, I'll tell you about the show now. Basically, a few times during the day, they allow actual park visitors to show up and audition to be contestants - pretty cool! We got there about 5 minutes into it and seemingly missed 1 challenge. The first thing we saw was a girl sitting down and they brought a cage that they said had a tarantula in it and they were going to put it over her head for like 30 seconds. Just as they were going to lower it, it popped open and a fake spider went flying into the crowd. Scared many people but that was the end of the challenge. Kinda not so much a challenge... Anyway, next up was 3 people drinking a milkshake of some really gross stuff. Spoiled milk with chunks in it, bugs of some sort and some other gross meat thing I think. One guy just chugged it and won. He got a yellow Fear Factor cup. Wow. The finale was 2 guys that had to race each other through a few obstacles. Apparently, they were the 2 contestants in the first challenge that we missed because one was given a 3 second head start due to his winning the first challenge. They first had to climb a ladder up a studio set that looked like a building and pull off flags attached to the building. To make things more exciting, people in the crowd had access to buttons that shot water at them and dropped buckets of water on their ladder as they were climbing - they were slipping all over the place! The guy with the headstart was much better at it and it's crazy how much 3 seconds makes a difference. After they got to the top and grabbed a key, they had to lower themselves down and then race over to a car (they each had a car) and put the key in, which would turn on a crane that lifted the car up in the air titling forward to a degree a little less than this slash \ . Once it was lifted to its height, each guy had to climb over the windshield and grab a bunch of flags that were on the bumper without falling off. Of course, the audience was shooting a ton of water at them during this time. It was really quite thrilling. After getting the flags, he had to climb back in the car to a canon that shot something at a target on the building to blow it up. In the end, headstart man won by a mile but besides for the 3 seconds, he really was much better. He was done before the 2nd guy's car was even raised up to its fullest height. They didn't announce a prize so that was kinda dull, but all in all the show was really fun to watch live!

I didn’t even realize this at the time, but after MIB, it feels like you’re walking into another section of the park as you enter the incredibly well-done Simpsons/Krustyland area. Looking at the map now, it turns out it’s still officially World Expo, but it definitely feels like a new area. The whole section looks so awesome! There are games everywhere with Simpsons themes, making it feel like you’re really in Krustyland. The main attraction is The Simpsons Ride. The wait was pretty long – probably a ½ hour – but it was easy to stay entertained since TVs placed throughout the line were playing every clip from throughout the Simpsons series that takes place in Krustyland. It really, really made you feel like you were there. When it was finally our turn, we were told to go into a room with a total of like 6 people. In that room, you get some instructions for the ride and then you go into the actual ride room. The room is a tiny room that has a car that you get into. Once the ride starts, the car raises into a much larger arena that has other “cars” with people in it who must have come out of their own prep rooms (it’s dark, and the screen is huge so you really have to look hard to see that there are other people in the “theater” with you). The ride is what I would have called a great ride in terms of it just being one of those cars that shake, twist, tilt, etc. without actually moving, BUT the video of you being on a roller coaster in the actual Krustyland was so intense, my wife and I both got really nauseous from it. It’s very similar to Shrek and the Minion ride, but the car “moves” so much more here – much more twists and tilts – that we really were like “uhhh” afterwards. It was a cool video/ride but it may get to your stomach. After the ride, we had like 2 minutes till the next Fear Factor show, so we ran there – but no need to repeat, as I covered that above.

Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone: Next up was this partially-kiddy section. First thing you see is a theater that has shows with animals. We thought, “Okay, we like animals, maybe that will be cool – we’ll come back for the next show”. After the theater, we turned into the really kiddy place just to check it out. Barney and a bunch of the other attractions didn’t interest us, but we figured we would walk into the Curious George Goes to Town playground to burn some time. The playground is like a climbing house thing with plenty of places to get soaked with water and those giant buckets that tip over. But, at the center is an indoor ball-shooting room. Basically, there are soft balls everywhere that you can load into gun launchers and shoot them at people. Sure, it’s meant for kids, but hey it’s pretty fun to shoot kids (with soft balls) from across the room. :) On our way out, an adult up on a second story somewhere, shot us with a water gun and proudly raised his fists – acknowledging that he was as guilty as us for having fun in kidzone. From there, we went back to Animal Actors on Location! and quickly found out that these were no ordinary animals, but were actual animals that were ACTORS IN MOVIES!!! The ones that were in famous movies that I remember were the bird from Evan Almighty, the dog from Marley & Me, and the dog from Men In Black!!

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The animals did great tricks, the host was super entertaining, and we loved the show. Highly recommended. After the show, we went over to E.T. Adventure. I couldn’t figure out why ET was in Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone :o but after going to the entrance agent to confirm it wasn’t a roller coaster, I found out why. He laughed at the idea of it being a scary ride and told us it was built 30 years ago. Obviously, it was built here first and Kidzone was built around it afterwards. The wait was about 10 minutes, but they keep you entertained a bit with an ooooold video of Steven Spielberg welcoming you to the ride. After the video, you tell your name to an agent who types it into a computer and hands you some sort of “passport” card. Then you enter the fun waiting section that’s built to look JUST like the movie. It was awesome – all foresty and real-looking. Right before you get on the ride, you hand your passport to the agent and don’t know what the point of it was till later. You’re riding from an overhead track (like Harry Potter ride) and sitting on a bicycle, of course! The ride takes you through the final scene of the movie with a rush to get ET back home! Really, really cute and fun. Very nostalgic also based on how old it was and how “bad” the quality of the effects were, but there’s something very fun about that kind of nostalgia. The truth is I hadn’t seen the movie beforehand (gulp), but we made sure to watch it a few nights after the trip! After we got off, we ran back on line for round 2! :) After ET, we stopped in the closest store , which was basically Universal’s compensation for not having a SpongeBob attraction. The store was just SpongeBob with different sets to take pictures in and a live SpongeBob and Patrick to take pics with. Since SpongeBob is my wife’s absolute favorite, we stayed here for a while :).

Hollywood: The final section of the park is Sunset Boulevard, and as I mentioned from our first day when we stopped off in Studios at night, the whole street is set up to look like old-school Hollywood, with retro diners, theaters and shops. Here, we enjoyed the magic show (see the TR from day 1) and today, decided to stop by TERMINATOR 2: 3-D. The show (not a ride at all) is an exact duplicate as the one in California (which, again, I had been to in the past) and is an average show. You sit in a theater and basically watch a movie with the Terminator trying to save the world. The cool part is that it’s half movie/half live action. There are actors that you see on the stage and running around the crowd that also run into the screen at some points perfectly in line with when that actor shows up in the movie. Not sure if that made sense. Anyway, it’s nice, but nothing to write home about. After the show, we were right at the exit of the park. We took another look at the Minion ride, but it was still an 80-minute wait, so we went into the Universal Store, and I finally bought my wife the Minion doll she had been eyeing for 2 days. It was now time to end our wonderful stay at Universal Orlando. We had an absolutely fantastic time!

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Heading out towards CityWalk, we asked around till we found the water taxis (free) that go to the Universal Resorts, specifically the Loews Royal Pacific resort. Why there? Because it was time to pick up our rental car for the next day’s trip. Let me explain. Hertz has a location, International Drive HLE (Hertz Local Edition), that’s just a few minute walk from our hotel. However, they close at 6PM, and I knew we wouldn’t be back from the park by then. I thought I would pick up the car the following morning, but there was a chance we would need it tonight, so I called the location and asked if there was some way for them to drop off the car at our hotel or to pick up late. They had a great idea, especially since we were going to Universal. Their location is considered the same location as the Hertz that has a desk at the Royal Pacific, and they said they could leave the car with the hotel’s valet and we could just take the water taxi to get it – perfect! The water ride was actually relaxing, took about 5 minutes and then we got off at quite the luxurious hotel. We were really impressed, but that’s probably how most Universal/Disney official resorts are. We got a bit lost in the hotel, bumped into a live Minion and Gru that my wife got a picture with :) and then found the parking lot. The rep out there knew about our car and offered us water bottles while we waited for them to get it – thought that was a cool perk! We got our car, a 2015 Chevy Impala (after reserving a Nissan Maxima). There was bit of a debate on DDF afterwards about whether I got an upgrade or a downgrade or what I deserved, but we thought it was sweet! Leather seats, backup camera, and really smooth new-car ride/feel. I used a Hertz free day voucher for the rental, so that made it even sweeter :). We drove straight to Kosher Gourmet for dinner.

Kosher Gourmet – for our second dinner, we decided to try new things. My wife got the BBQ Beef sandwich which turned out to be pulled beef and was really good! I got the steak, pepper, and onion sandwich and thought the only good part was the warm baguette it came in. :-\ Once again, we enjoyed the free-refill fountain sodas. Out total again came out to about $50, and we paid again using a GreatKosherDeals.com gift certificate that gave us $40 for just $30 and paid the rest in cash. I forgot to mention this yesterday, but right next to the restaurant is a small Kosher grocery store. I overheard the Mashgiach/guy behind the counter telling a customer that they can just take a bag, go shopping there, and pay in the restaurant. Just good to know there are some Kosher products available. We drove back to the hotel around the corner (yet somehow I got a bit lost), parked for free in the lot, I Davened Maariv and then we probably watched some TV and called it a night.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 20, 2015, 01:45:48 PM
Perhaps this should go in Up in the Air, but I am not familiar with that board and did not want to open a new thread.  If someone could point me to the right thread there I will delete this and move it there.

Flying to WDW for 5-10 days with 2 kids next year, age 5 and 2.5. Will be using car seat for at least the 2.5 year old and possibly the 5 year old (depending how big she gets). Is there any advantage to booking J class on such a short, direct flight? Should I perhaps aim to get the SW Cards for me and my wife with free companion pass (I've hear SW seats may be tight with some car seats - especially rear facing)?
We have plenty of time for this as we will be going in January 2016. Figured I'd get the early jump on thoughts.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 20, 2015, 01:56:09 PM
Perhaps this should go in Up in the Air, but I am not familiar with that board and did not want to open a new thread.  If someone could point me to the right thread there I will delete this and move it there.

Flying to WDW for 5-10 days with 2 kids next year, age 5 and 2.5. Will be using car seat for at least the 2.5 year old and possibly the 5 year old (depending how big she gets). Is there any advantage to booking J class on such a short, direct flight? Should I perhaps aim to get the SW Cards for me and my wife with free companion pass (I've hear SW seats may be tight with some car seats - especially rear facing)?
We have plenty of time for this as we will be going in January 2016. Figured I'd get the early jump on thoughts.
In terms of seat size, probably not. For the extra bags, probably.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 20, 2015, 02:24:39 PM
In terms of seat size, probably not. For the extra bags, probably.
I have delta gold card, UMPE card and citi platinum mastercard so id get at least 2 checked bags freenad pay no more than $50 more for 2 more, so I don't think we'd need the bags.  With that said, it sounds like splurging for J would be a huge waste of miles.
The only question then becomes if it is even worth using the miles if I can get flights for $200 or even less when miles would cost at minimum 15k using avios.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 20, 2015, 02:25:59 PM
I have delta gold card, UMPE card and citi platinum mastercard so id get at least 2 checked bags freenad pay no more than $50 more for 2 more, so I don't think we'd need the bags.  With that said, it sounds like splurging for J would be a huge waste of miles.
The only question then becomes if it is even worth using the miles if I can get flights for $200 or even less when miles would cost at minimum 15k using avios.
If you can get that cheap, pay and earn miles on the flights and CC.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: E R K on January 20, 2015, 03:27:59 PM


Flying to WDW for 5-10 days with 2 kids next year, age 5 and 2.5.
Just giving my opinion. I've been to Disney a few times and as you know, it's pretty pricey. Your 5 year old may have memories of it but your 2 1/2 year old really won't. I waited till my youngest was 6 or 7 because I wanted it to be memorable and I didn't want to be one of those parents whose kids were kvetching that they were tired and  I was nagging them along.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 20, 2015, 03:31:30 PM
Just giving my opinion. I've been to Disney a few times and as you know, it's pretty pricey. Your 5 year old may have memories of it but your 2 1/2 year old really won't. I waited till my youngest was 6 or 7 because I wanted it to be memorable and I didn't want to be one of those parents whose kids were kvetching that they were tired and  I was nagging them along.
That's why we buy no expiration tickets and come back in 5 years. Duh.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: N2 on January 20, 2015, 06:29:35 PM
Anyone interested in completing a minyan for shachris tomorrow morning at 7 am in Paradise Palms (Kissimee)?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on January 23, 2015, 02:43:56 PM
has anyone ever stayed at the Holiday Inn Orange Lake Resort?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on January 23, 2015, 03:08:00 PM
Anybody in art of Animation or pop century for shabbos? Need a siddur and the front desk charges $1 per page for a total of $45
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 23, 2015, 04:38:35 PM
has anyone ever stayed at the Holiday Inn Orange Lake Resort?
nice enough place (room we had was decorated prob in 80s but clean), but the resort is HUGE, and if they put u in the back like some people, its like a 7 minute drive just to get to the front entrance.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dovy2 on January 23, 2015, 04:42:19 PM
has anyone ever stayed at the Holiday Inn Orange Lake Resort?
Got the ihg offer?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on January 24, 2015, 07:44:01 PM
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Got the ihg offer?

what offer?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on January 24, 2015, 11:21:39 PM
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nice enough place (room we had was decorated prob in 80s but clean), but the resort is HUGE, and if they put u in the back like some people, its like a 7 minute drive just to get to the front entrance.

when was the last time you were there?
did they drive you crazy about timeshare?
were there any other charges to use there facilities?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 25, 2015, 01:11:39 PM
what offer?
this one. I never stayed at the orange lake place but visited a friend there last week, per him normal pressure timeshare sale u can just say no but try your best not to pretend u might think about it. dont know about any other facility charges (they have a lazy river water park area etc).
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on January 25, 2015, 02:41:59 PM
I didn't get any offer but I was looking at IHG hotels for
my vacation to Orlando this summer and it looks like a nice place.
I have a lot of IHG points
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 25, 2015, 04:19:42 PM
I didn't get any offer but I was looking at IHG hotels for
my vacation to Orlando this summer and it looks like a nice place.
I have a lot of IHG points
will probably be more worth it to pay if you can use my code for this deal (if this is the place you are interested in). I am very against using points in Orlando since there are so many ridiculously low priced deals here so your points dont really get the value u wuld get elsewhere. i was just at the Lighthouse Key Resort (next door to the IHG Orange Lake Resort) and stayed in a 4BR 2200sq ft suite with 2 families for under $200 a night, with a nice and newish full kitchen. and these deals for 2BRs are everywhere.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on January 26, 2015, 06:51:44 AM
has anyone else stayed at the Holiday Inn Orange Lake Resort
I want to hear more feedback from people that were there?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 26, 2015, 01:11:47 PM
Thursday 1/8

It took me a while to figure out what to do for the 3rd, and last, day of the trip. Why did we go for 3 days? My wife had a final on Monday, and I knew I wanted to be home for Shabbos. So I booked the departure for Monday night and figured, hey we might as well stay for as much of the week possible, so we'll stay till Friday morning. I quickly realized that by flying back on Friday, I’d be taking an off-day from work on Friday just to travel, so I changed my flight (thanks Southwest!) to Thursday night. We simply had a 3rd day because, why not? True, we wouldn't be able to do a big park on that day since you really don't want to be worrying about rushing early out of a park to catch a flight, but because Universal only has 2 parks, I knew we'd be done by day 3 and could just enjoy the warm weather with a smaller activity. The Titanic Museum and mini golf with alligators came up as decent possibilities, but when I went to the Eden Wok DO on Christmas Eve and met ad120 who offered me FREE LegoLand tickets he didn't need and happened to have on him (!), I knew exactly what our 3rd day activity would be! (No, ad120 no longer has any tickets.) He warned me that LegoLand is a bit on the kid-side of things, but I figured, free tickets - why not? My wife was very excited as she had gone to LL as a kid and had fond memories.

But, I wasn't done yet. I still wanted to do something else and get in a little surprise for my wife. For the last night/day of our trip, I very much wanted to rent a home with a private pool on AirBNB so we could have fun swimming privately. My wife loves swimming, so I thought it would be a great idea. I spent the weeks leading up to our trip checking AirBNB all the time for possible rentals. Most places have pics of their pool, but you'll find that a lot of times, (at least the homes in Orlando) are walled in by clear glass walls and are part of a neighborhood of homes that share the same big backyard and all have these glass cages around their pools where you can see in from one pool to the next. This provides privacy, although not modesty. The few houses that I found with fences around their pools wouldn't accept a 1 night reservation (1 owner's concern was that I would be having a party) or were way too expensive. I had some issues while communicating with some of the owners and AirBNB gave me a $50 credit to make up for the hassle. After a few (read: too many) emails, I got AirBNB to combine the $50 credit with the $25 credit I got for signing up so I now had $75 off! I was willing to spend $100 after the discount, so now my options opened up a bit. (As an aside, you'll find that the prices you see are often not so accurate - there's an AirBNB fee and often you'll be hit with fees for cleaning and pool heating that are not included in the sticker price.) I still didn't have a place a week before we left (which wasn't a problem, because I still had the BRG booked), and then got the idea to message owners of more expensive houses and ones that had minimum stay requirements and ask if they would work with me because they were still vacant for just a week away. I got one lady to agree to allow me to stay for just 1 night, include the pool heating fee, cleaning fee and everything (after mentioning it was our anniversary) for about $150 so that after the AirBNB fee, the total cost would be under $175! I plugged in my code, which brought the cost down to just $93 and paid with my Arrival+ card, so that in the end of the day, there was $0 out of pocket cost to me - something you by now know I love :)

Now, I know that my wife prefers to stay in the same hotel when travelling (unless we're leaving the city), and I really only booked the home so we could go swimming in the morning (yeah $93 just for swimming ;D), so I didn't want to cancel the Comfort Inn for the last night just yet. I figured we would wait to see how the room was when we arrived and then decide. But because of the possibility that we would leave on the 3rd night to go to the private home, I needed the car rental to be ready for that night, which is why I arranged for it to be ready after Universal as I posted about above. In the end, we were very comfortable in our suite, and I wasn't going to deal with packing up on the morning of our 2nd day and leaving the bags with the front desk - which would ruin the surprise of going to the private home - so we kept our reservation and stayed the night at the Comfort Inn.

Finally, we can start our day. I woke up on time and made it to Chabad. I figured I could be a little later after yesterday when it took them 15 minutes to get to Mizmor Shir, but of course, today they were actually 15 minutes into Davening when I showed up. Perhaps they're not so consistent with their speed. After Shul, I picked up breakfast - again, yogurts and hot chocolate - and went upstairs to start packing. I told my wife that we needed to be ready a bit earlier since we had to drive to LegoLand, so we were out by 9:30. Checkout was smooth (which is always a bit nerve-racking after a BRG) and we were off! About 30 minutes later, we pulled off onto a small street where every house was identical. Every house had the same shape and same tan/yellow color. It was like we drove into a movie set of some utopian world. Pretty freaky. Anyway, we pulled up to the house and when I pulled into the driveway, my wife gave me a look. I said, “C'mon let's go!” and she confusingly followed me to the door. Of course, the moment was ruined a bit when I couldn't get the code to unlock the door and had to call the property manager who reminded me I had to nudge the door as I entered the code, but we were in! The house was really nice. Very clean and obvious that no one lives there and it's just for rentals (few drawers, empty closets), but I immediately saw how this could be really cool for a family for a week. I took her to the back and had her open the shades where she saw the pool! She was still very confused, but definitely happy and laughed when I pulled bathing suits out of my bag, having successfully snuck them into my suitcase at home without her noticing. Unfortunately, it was cold outside today. Cold for Florida I should say. One touch of the water (even with the heater on), and we knew it wouldn't be fun at all to swim in it. :(

To give you an idea of the modesty level of the pool that I finally went with, here’s a pic. The backside was a forest and the two sides had frosted glass on the bottom layer, which meant that if we were in the pool, neighbors couldn’t see in. You can also see from the picture how close neighbors with the glass-cage-over-the-pool are.
 
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We went back inside, and I emailed the owner telling her she was really going to save a lot on a cleaning crew because we were just going to leave. Oh well. It would have been fun, but you can't predict the weather. We were wearing sweatshirts and long pants/leggings that morning, so I knew it may not work out as we were driving, but obviously I was at least going to check out the house/situation anyway.

I had thought we would swim till around noon (got the owner to allow late checkout) and then go to LegoLand for a few hours, but we were obviously on our way earlier than that. 40 minutes later, we pulled into LegoLand, and I realized I forgot to buy parking online for a $2 discount, so we ended up paying $14. Too bad :P You could tell by the size of the parking lot and by how few cars were there at already noon, that it was going to be an empty park which is always great. Right outside the park, they’re building a Lego hotel, scheduled to open Summer 2015. The concept sounds cool – each room is decorated with a different Lego theme, plenty of activities for the kids to do, but the idea of going to Orlando and calling LegoLand your base seems like a bad one. There is 1 park here and you’re 40+ minutes away from Disney and Universal. The official resorts by Disney and Universal make sense because each place has at least 2 parks, and both places are only about 20 minutes away from each other. Anyway, let’s begin with LegoLand!
 
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As a kid, I always wanted to come here – a whole world built out of Lego! – and as a kid, I’m sure I would have loved it. My wife had been to the LegoLand in California as a kid, so she was excited to bring back some memories. However, I was a bit let down. The park is not built out of Lego (or built out of things that are made to look like Lego). Sure, there are Lego statues of characters placed around the park, but I was expecting every building, fence, bench, etc. to look like it was made out of Lego. I was also surprised that every life-size Lego creation was worn out with the colors faded. Did no one think about the ramifications of leaving Lego outside in rainy conditions? Seems like that was just overlooked. The park was nice, don’t get me wrong, but the quality of it was a CLEAR notch down from the likes of Disney and Universal. Additionally, almost every ride is geared towards kids (which is obviously the point) with some rides actually being off limits to adults, while Disney still manages to make adults feel welcome and enjoy kid rides, so I think LegoLand just missed out on that. You would also think that with the huge success of The Lego Movie, there would be a ride or a show or something related to it but NADA except for a meet & greet with a plain-faced Lego character that could have been Emmet – or really any other plain Lego character from your childhood. :-\

I’m going to approach this a bit differently than how I broke down the Universal parks. The park does not have a perfectly clear order for walking around, so I’m just going to point out the things we did (not in any real order) and in much briefer fashion than I did for Universal. I will first point out that the park was empty. Like I said, it was very cold today (we were cold in our sweatshirts) so that likely kept the park empty, but I’m curious if it actually gets much fuller in better weather.

The Beginning
Island in the Sky - a round “arena” that gets lifted slowly up above the park and spins slowly around. Nice way to see the park, but it was closed when we got there, so we rode right before we left for the night.

Fun Town
Lego Factory – sounded interesting but was closed whenever we passed by :(. Fun Town 4D Theater – this was the closest ride to a classic Universal ride where you sit and watch a show, except… that it was just a movie theater. It felt like going to the movies. Sit wherever you want (not placed into a specific row/seat), no seat restraint because the seat didn’t move, and yeah just the theater felt used/dirty and not maintained. The video was a cute story about Clutch Powers which apparently (found out afterwards) was a straight-to-DVD Lego movie. The 4D was fun as they poured snow down on top of us. Overall, the experience didn’t come close to the even the worst of Universal’s rides.

Miniland
This was a really fun part of the park. It’s basically a section that contains Lego-size creations of famous sites, like the Las Vegas strip, NYC skyline, Statue of Liberty and Kennedy Space Center as well as a whole Star Wars section with different scenes built out of Lego. A life-size Darth Vader and Darth Maul hang out here, too. Fun to look around and they did a cute job of having Lego boats in the water move around, the fountain at the Bellagio splash water, etc. Once again, most of the creations were faded due to exposure to the elements. How they could have spent countless hours building these wonderful works of art (next to many creations throughout the park, there’s a plaque saying how many pieces are in it and how long it took to build) and not realize that leaving them in the rain would “ruin” them is beyond me.

Pirates’ Cove
Nothing to do here besides watch an on-the-water pirate show, which there were no showings of for the whole day we were there.

Imagination Zone
The focus of this section was an indoor Lego activity center. We could tell from the outside that it wasn’t for us, so we didn’t even go in.

Cypress Gardens
At the end of the park, is a botanical gardens. I can’t figure it out either. The most likely explanation is that it was there before the park was built, and they couldn’t get rid of it because it’s a national something or other. We walked through it because “why not?” and thought it was nice, but no need to stop by here. It takes a while to go through the whole thing and that’s not why you came to LegoLand (I’m imagining you’re here with your kids). At the center of the gardens is a huge banyan tree (funny how Yehoshua just posted about one in Maui, well there’s one in LegoLand, too, lol) which is really cool to walk through as you can actually walk under and through the different trunks that make up one huge tree.

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Lego Technic
Project X – the first roller coaster that I’m discussing today. It’s like one of those “mouse” coasters with a little cart that goes around very loopy. My wife wanted to go, but there was a drop that I knew I couldn’t handle. Instead, I spent $10 on a game and won her another Minion doll (only because the guy let me have an extra shot at knocking down the clown). This Minion was not nearly as fuzzy, cute or official-looking as the real one we bought yesterday.

Lego City
Because the map I took that day was in Spanish, I can’t tell you the name of the next ride I want to describe. We didn’t end up doing it because my wife wasn’t interested, but I thought it was pretty cool. 4 teams of people get into their own fire truck and they have to get it to drive to a “fire” by pumping a lever that makes it move. Once at the fire, they have to pump a hydrant and aim the hose at a target to put out the fire. First team done, wins. It was cool to watch. Boating School – here, you sit in a 2-3 person boat and go around the short water track. The boat moves with a pedal/wheel, so you are kinda in control. On line, an older gentleman looked at us and asked if we’ve been to Kosher Grill or Simka’s Sweets (Kosher ice cream store) – lol are we that noticeable? Driving School – was really just for kids, but my wife enjoyed watching it and reminiscing her time on it as a kid. Flying School - after watching this roller coaster go around once, I agreed that it was slow enough for me to ride! The line was non-existent, as were most lines today, so we got right on. I don’t know coaster terminology, but it was the type that holds you from over your head/arms and your feet dangle below. It didn’t go fast, but I still didn’t love the twists and turns and drops. Whatever, roller coasters aren’t my thing and by now you know that. :P

Water Park
Right next to Flying School is the entrance to the water park. The water park was closed today, and from the calendar, it seems like it’s often closed when the main park is open and vice versa. If $80 didn’t stop you from entering the main park, perhaps you’d be willing to spend the other $80 or so it costs to get into the water park. From the map, the water park looks a drop bigger than a “section” in the park, yet it costs just to get in there? Okay…

Land of Adventure
Coastersaurus – my wife really wanted me to go on this one, but I couldn’t see enough of the ride, and LegoLand didn’t have entrance agents by each ride like at Universal, so I just couldn’t get myself to go on. My wife was dying to go on Safari Trek as she had very fond memories of taking her disposable camera and snapping away at all the Lego animals that you see on the safari. Unfortunately, adults aren’t allowed on the ride without a kid (kinda opposite how every other park/ride operates lol) and even with some sweet talking, we couldn’t get on. Lost Kingdom Adventure – one of those shoot-things-with-a-laser rides that I love! However, it seemed like everything you shot at didn’t actually get shot and everything you didn’t shoot at did get shot. We finished with about 30,000 points IIRC and the kid infront of us somehow had over 100,000 :o

Lego Kingdoms
The best-made section of the park. You’re in one of the classic Lego castles and yeah, it’s cool. The Dragon – a roller coaster that my wife rode about 100 times as a kid. Or 100 times according to what a kid thinks is 100. She was dying to go and after watching it go around, I was uneasy. Somehow, I agreed. The ride starts out on a slow tour through the castle and you just see such cool things made out of Lego. You go through the King’s dining room, you see treasure, and finally, you approach the dragon. As you pass him, you leave the castle and begin the coaster. It wasn’t fast, it didn’t hurt, and it wasn’t scary – yet somehow I still didn’t like it. When it was over, they told us we could just ride again since there was no line. My wife gave me one look and I agreed, so we rode again. It was more fun the second time, but I’m still ehhh about coasters…

World of Chima
ad120 had told me there was a water ride that adults could enjoy. We finally found Quest for Chi towards the end of our day, but because it was so cold, there was no way we were going to get on it. You basically sit in a boat going around with a bunch of people and you have water guns. People on each boat try squirting each other, and people standing in line also have access to water guns and try to squirt those on the boats. So yeah, lots of water, lots of wet – no thank you.

Duplo Valley
This area, the last we went through, is a toddler zone. One attraction, Duplo Farm, caught my attention as it was housed in a building, and I thought perhaps it’s some sort of petting zoo. My wife said there was zero chance that was the case, yet I proudly walked up to the person standing at the entrance (this ride of all rides actually had someone here) and asked if there were actual animals inside. I got such a look from her as she told me that it’s a toddler playroom and my wife starting cracking up.

We went through some shops as we headed out of the park and went to find our car. (At some point we ate lunch that we brought with us, might have been sandwiches, might have been pasta that I made at home and brought with us – I can’t remember what day we ate the pasta, so I might have lied to you a different day and told you we had sandwiches when we really had pasta – gasp!) LegoLand was cute, is probably a ton of fun for kids, but was just okay to walk through as adults-only. We had a nice day, but yeah, I wouldn’t suggest going without kids.

I had originally thought we’d be at the park till it closed at 5PM and then drive straight to the airport, but because we were done early, we decided to stop by Kosher Gourmet one last time. We ordered 2 helpings of popcorn chicken to go, and I Davened Mincha in the Shul next door while the food was being prepared. We got in the car and headed back to the airport. Found Hertz without much a problem, left the car with the attendants who asked if I was Gold and had taken care of gas. I told them yes, and they said we could go. (Again, I had paid with a free day voucher.) I still never got charged the ~$5 tax so maybe that’s a data point that if you return it by just leaving it with the attendants, they don’t review the file and charge you tax? I don’t know, not complaining. Hertz is a quick walk into the airport, and we had our bags checked with plenty of time to walk around.

MCO is a fun airport, like I mentioned before. Now, we actually had some time to walk around. Unfortunately, they have an interesting layout in terms of gates. There are 4 sections of security that lead to 4 different groups of gates. After security you take a train to that group of gates. We could have gone to either the DL lounge (Amex Plat) or UA lounge (UA Club Passes), but neither were in the same group of gates as SW, so we didn’t want to take the chance of taking a train to a different part of the airport and then having to go back and get to the SW gate for boarding. No worries really as we had a fun time walking through the Universal store (yes, they sell the same stuff at the same prices as the stores in actual Universal – no need to go into the parks to waste $40 on a replica wand) and Disney store. We also had plenty of time to get our shotglass. I’m Makpid on having the name of the city/country we’re in be on the shotglass, so we turned down the Universal one (and even the cute Mickey Mouse one – which would definitely be weird since we didn’t go to Disney) and finally found an Orlando in a newsstand store. Off to the gate where we enjoyed our popcorn chicken – although it definitely had a different breading than the first time we got it (and therefore wasn’t as good) – and just read/played on the phone until boarding for our 8:25PM flight. The flight was empty, so luckily, we didn’t have to pay for an extra seat for Stu.
 
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We got back to ISP and within a few minutes we had our bags. It was freezing, and we didn’t have coats (sine I refused to bring one just for the trip to the airport), but the shuttle came pretty quickly. We were back at the Clarion before we could blink, got in the car, and had no traffic on the way home (much better than on the way there). Until next time, Orlando!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Tzafnas Paneach on January 27, 2015, 10:26:40 AM
Anyone in universal today and interested in getting together for a mincha minyan pm me
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 27, 2015, 03:42:46 PM
Anyone in universal today and interested in getting together for a mincha minyan pm me
its a lil buggy, but i highly recommend getting the MinyanNow app (free on itunes), i used it in disney last week and we had great minyanim (showed 20+ men also logged in at disney, assume u can find 10 in universal).
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ethana on February 12, 2015, 08:52:07 PM
Anyone know of any villas to rent in Orlando over pesach?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on February 14, 2015, 08:15:53 PM
Anyone know of any villas to rent in Orlando over pesach?
Chabad?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ethana on February 18, 2015, 11:22:08 AM
looking for a caterer to cater pesach in a house in orlando. any leads?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: E R K on February 18, 2015, 09:43:45 PM

What community did you rent the house in?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 18, 2015, 10:25:43 PM

What community did you rent the house in?
Davenport
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: E R K on February 18, 2015, 10:31:29 PM

Davenport
thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: kishke on February 20, 2015, 03:53:59 PM
hi do any of u know more info on westgate hotel? or something similar where they take you around for a tour of the resort, supposedly to buy a condo, and then you pay $100 for the week?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 21, 2015, 12:26:04 PM
Be careful with those type of guys. They can get very aggressive.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: JFEADV on February 21, 2015, 03:27:53 PM
any minyan in Orlando area Shabbos zochor
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on February 21, 2015, 07:42:03 PM
any minyan in Orlando area Shabbos zochor

minyanim every week.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on February 21, 2015, 10:05:10 PM
any minyan in Orlando area Shabbos zochor
Chabad for starters
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: MoMD on February 22, 2015, 12:40:44 PM
Any restaurant for kosher take-out for shabbos food?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ar on February 22, 2015, 02:34:27 PM
If I want to come with my family for Passover... where is the shul/minyan?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ar on February 23, 2015, 02:52:05 PM
If I want to come with my family for Passover... where is the shul/minyan?

Bump
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on February 23, 2015, 03:01:10 PM
Bump

GIYF (https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en#hl=en&q=shul+orlando)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ethana on February 26, 2015, 11:36:53 PM
Cheapest place for theme park tickets?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on March 01, 2015, 10:01:30 PM
Cheapest place for theme park tickets?

Chabad of South Orlando has discounted tickets. I don't know if they're the cheapest.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: E R K on March 01, 2015, 11:21:47 PM
Cheapest place for theme park tickets?
Chabad  or www.orlandotorah.com  407-270-4936
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on March 18, 2015, 09:59:43 AM
Was looking again at disney prices and saw that they have eliminated the no expiration option! :(
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 18, 2015, 03:49:47 PM
Just created a wiki. (Still needs more work.) Thanks SF for the template from your HI wikis. Yes, I know this location is not that exciting for a wiki, but hey every wiki helps.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on March 21, 2015, 11:43:10 PM
Just created a wiki. (Still needs more work.) Thanks SF for the template from your HI wikis. Yes, I know this location is not that exciting for a wiki, but hey every wiki helps.
added a disclaimer ;)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 21, 2015, 11:59:28 PM
added a disclaimer ;)
You are way too worked up about this.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on March 22, 2015, 12:39:07 AM
You are way too worked up about this.
I beg to differ. I am at the perfectly appropriate level about this. anyone at a lower level is clearly suffering from some kind of emotional disorder.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 01, 2015, 10:23:07 AM
Best option for a points hotel for 1 night? The 1 day will be spent in Disney and then the flight out is early the next morning.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on April 01, 2015, 10:24:06 AM
Best option for a points hotel for 1 night? The 1 day will be spent in Disney and then the flight out is early the next morning.
Do you need to be in a certain location?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on April 01, 2015, 10:33:41 AM
four points orlando studio city or sheraton lake buena vista
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 01, 2015, 10:36:38 AM
Do you need to be in a certain location?
No, but I imagine staying near the airport makes sense so that the morning doesn't have to be earlier than it already will be. Unless there's a hotel that has a free shuttle to the airport AND to Disney...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on April 01, 2015, 10:40:12 AM
No, but I imagine staying near the airport makes sense so that the morning doesn't have to be earlier than it already will be. Unless there's a hotel that has a free shuttle to the airport AND to Disney...
Hyatt Place Orlando is 5k. Not a bad option.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 01, 2015, 10:51:26 AM
Hyatt Place Orlando is 5k. Not a bad option.
Great price, but only a shuttle to Universal, which means a cab to/from Disney and then to the airport in the morning. :-\
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on April 01, 2015, 10:52:38 AM
Great price, but only a shuttle to Universal, which means a cab to/from Disney and then to the airport in the morning. :-\
You really need one with airport shuttle and then you can figure out the parks.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: momo on April 01, 2015, 10:53:48 AM
Hyatt regency in the airport. I stayed there twice. Its IN the airport
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on April 01, 2015, 11:09:16 AM
sheraton lake buena vista has a shuttle to disney, 4k per night.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 01, 2015, 11:14:24 AM
You really need one with airport shuttle and then you can figure out the parks.
Right. As I posted in the wiki, you really want a hotel that either has an airport shuttle or a parks shuttle, so that at least part of your travels will be free, but I don't know of any hotel that's situated in between the airport and the parks that offers both shuttles.

Hyatt regency in the airport. I stayed there twice. Its IN the airport
Ah, right - I saw that one when I was in the airport. Thanks, looking into it.

sheraton lake buena vista has a shuttle to disney, 4k per night.
Thanks, looking into that one as well!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 01, 2015, 12:28:10 PM
Best option for a points hotel for 1 night? The 1 day will be spent in Disney and then the flight out is early the next morning.
So, noturbizniss finally got to you.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 01, 2015, 12:30:03 PM
So, noturbizniss finally got to you.
It's not for me.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on April 01, 2015, 10:47:18 PM
@Yehuda, just finished your Orlando TR. Great job, nice read as always!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 02, 2015, 06:39:50 AM
@Yehuda, just finished your Orlando TR. Great job, nice read as always!
Thanks! :-)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on April 03, 2015, 12:42:54 AM
Thinking about a last minute Chol H'omued getaway. What are my hotel options? (I'll be coming with 2 children and 1 infant) I would not mind a SPG property where I can get a nice platinum upgrade.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on April 03, 2015, 02:02:52 AM
Thinking about a last minute Chol H'omued getaway. What are my hotel options? (I'll be coming with 2 children and 1 infant) I would not mind a SPG property where I can get a nice platinum upgrade.
Sheraton LBV if available by far best bang for buck. 4K + resort fee. Suites start at 5K
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on April 03, 2015, 07:43:04 AM
Sheraton LBV if available by far best bang for buck. 4K + resort fee. Suites start at 5K
There's a Pesach program happening there, just something to keep in mind when booking.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on April 03, 2015, 08:53:49 AM
There's a Pesach program happening there, just something to keep in mind when booking.
It didnt come up online yesterday when i checked. Does it mean that its sold out because of that program?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on April 03, 2015, 10:01:30 AM
It didnt come up online yesterday when i checked. Does it mean that its sold out because of that program?
Just checked now from mobile and it's showing availability, not sure how many rooms though.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on April 03, 2015, 10:28:41 AM
There's a Pesach program happening there, just something to keep in mind when booking.
http://www.thewanderingjew.net/Passover/LST/Lst-13.htm

Seems like its canceled?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on April 03, 2015, 10:43:25 AM
http://www.thewanderingjew.net/Passover/LST/Lst-13.htm

Seems like its canceled?
Seems like it.
That would explain why there's availability now, it was all blocked out a few weeks ago.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on April 03, 2015, 10:46:50 AM
Seems like it.
That would explain why there's availability now, it was all blocked out a few weeks ago.
Which other hotels have programs? I see the Hyatt has and there is availability. How is the Pesach program over there?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on April 03, 2015, 11:17:48 AM
Which other hotels have programs? I see the Hyatt has and there is availability. How is the Pesach program over there?
Waldorf Astoria (http://www.passovergrandgetaways.com/) is having something.

I've never been to any of these programs. Just planning on making a Chol Ha'moed trip to Orlando, gonna bring my own food. So for me all that's important is good cheap hotel.
SPG Cat 2 fits that profile wonderfully.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on April 05, 2015, 10:57:46 PM
So who else is gonna be in Orlando for Chol Hamoed?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on April 05, 2015, 11:47:28 PM
About a million other Jews. Were you looking for someone specific ? ;D
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on April 06, 2015, 02:23:39 AM
Best way to get from Airport to the Hyatt Regency? A 15 mile drive.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 06, 2015, 02:24:46 AM
Uber?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 06, 2015, 07:44:40 AM
Uber?
A bit difficult in MCO because they aren't allowed to pickup from the airport. You either have to take a random hotel shuttle to their hotel and then call the Uber from there, or you need to move your pin on the map to a road outside the airport and then when a driver takes the reservation, you call him and tell him you're really in the airport. He may not agree to pick you up then. I got a driver to agree on my 2nd attempt.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on April 06, 2015, 08:03:54 AM
Uber?
I found Uber to me bore expensive than regular car services.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on April 06, 2015, 10:24:46 AM
Anyone know if EZ rent a car in MCO is on airport / convenient to get to?

I have a good deal on a prepaid but don't want to commit to a schlep with the whole mishpacha.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on April 06, 2015, 10:58:38 AM
Anyone know if EZ rent a car in MCO is on airport / convenient to get to?

I have a good deal on a prepaid but don't want to commit to a schlep with the whole mishpacha.
Worst case, leave them at the airport and go yourself, then pick them up.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 06, 2015, 11:03:03 AM
A bit difficult in MCO because they aren't allowed to pickup from the airport. You either have to take a random hotel shuttle to their hotel and then call the Uber from there, or you need to move your pin on the map to a road outside the airport and then when a driver takes the reservation, you call him and tell him you're really in the airport. He may not agree to pick you up then. I got a driver to agree on my 2nd attempt.
Do you think i'll have a an issue getting an Uber in the middle of the night to MCO.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on April 06, 2015, 11:39:06 AM

Worst case, leave them at the airport and go yourself, then pick them up.

I've been in that situation and it was a disaster. Waiting 1/2 hour + for a shuttle, etc. Definitely not worth it with this group.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on April 06, 2015, 05:43:50 PM
I've been in that situation and it was a disaster. Waiting 1/2 hour + for a shuttle, etc. Definitely not worth it with this group.
What rate did you find for the prepaid? Maybe something better available.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 06, 2015, 06:05:09 PM
Do you think i'll have a an issue getting an Uber in the middle of the night to MCO.
I don't know.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sprint on April 06, 2015, 09:53:18 PM
I don't know.

Sometimes easy, sometimes hard...its pot luck there...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on April 07, 2015, 02:35:58 PM
Any Kosher for Passover restaurants in Orlando?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on April 14, 2015, 10:24:30 AM
Went to Orlando for two days but not much to add. I updated the wiki slightly

TIP: instead of driving to magic kingdom and paying for parking, it's cheaper and easier to uber it to the contemporary hotel and take the monorail or walk about 7 minutes. Parking and regular cab drop off is pretty far.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 14, 2015, 11:11:10 AM
Went to Orlando for two days but not much to add. I updated the wiki slightly

TIP: instead of driving to magic kingdom and paying for parking, it's cheaper and easier to uber it to the contemporary hotel and take the monorail or walk about 7 minutes. Parking and regular cab drop off is pretty far.
Boo, no TR!? I want a detailed report of Magic Kingdom!! AND PICS from all the parks you went to! Bring the magic to DDF!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on April 14, 2015, 11:22:56 PM
Boo, no TR!? I want a detailed report of Magic Kingdom!! AND PICS from all the parks you went to! Bring the magic to DDF!
Ughhh, now I'm all soaked from your dripping sarcasm!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 15, 2015, 03:02:35 PM
Ughhh, now I'm all soaked from your dripping sarcasm!
???
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 21, 2015, 02:57:14 PM
How crazy is Disney during Christmas week? So crazy that even a fast-pass won't help?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on April 21, 2015, 03:11:14 PM

How crazy is Disney during Christmas week? So crazy that even a fast-pass won't help?

It's pretty crazy.

On Chol Hamoed there was 90+ minute waits for every ride. (Easter + Passover + Spring Break = Very High Season)

The wait to meet Anna & Elsa was 180 minutes.

It was hard to get fast passes for the rides we wanted.

And it took forever to leave the parks as well.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 21, 2015, 05:15:05 PM
Thanks. You can't just buy a fast pass for the whole park?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on April 21, 2015, 05:24:36 PM
It's pretty crazy.

On Chol Hamoed there was 90+ minute waits for every ride. (Easter + Passover + Spring Break = Very High Season)

The wait to meet Anna & Elsa was 180 minutes.

It was hard to get fast passes for the rides we wanted.

And it took forever to leave the parks as well.
that exactly how it was the week before xmas. Same wait times.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on April 21, 2015, 05:45:26 PM
Thanks. You can't just buy a fast pass for the whole park?

nope. only in universal.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 21, 2015, 05:51:47 PM
that exactly how it was the week before xmas. Same wait times.
I imagine it'll be the same the week between Christmas and New Years... :-/
nope. only in universal.
Ah okay.
Well thanks guys
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on May 03, 2015, 09:40:30 AM
does it pay to buy the Magicband?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: chucks on May 05, 2015, 09:29:43 PM
Going next week to MCO.
Please write your '5 Word Tip' do & dont's.... Thanks!
Everything is booked except Car.. working on it.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 05, 2015, 09:39:39 PM
Going next week to MCO.
Please write your '5 Word Tip' do & dont's.... Thanks!
Everything is booked except Car.. working on it.

Thanks.
Only need 4 words:
There is a wiki.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: chucks on May 05, 2015, 10:26:24 PM
+1
We based our whole trip on your TR's... We know it by heart now.... amazing stuff!

Was just curious of any Last minute details....
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 05, 2015, 10:34:41 PM
+1
We based our whole trip on your TR's... We know it be heart now.... amazing stuff!

Was just curious of any Last minute details....
Pleasure, and I'm very glad to hear that. Makes writing them worthwhile. :-)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: nochum18 on May 05, 2015, 11:36:11 PM
Chabad doesn't seem to have universal tix in stock.any other way to get decent price tix for next wk?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on May 06, 2015, 12:19:18 AM

Chabad doesn't seem to have universal tix in stock.any other way to get decent price tix for next wk?

Did you try Orlando Torah Academy?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: E R K on May 06, 2015, 12:20:54 AM
Chabad doesn't seem to have universal tix in stock.any other way to get decent price tix for next wk?
Try calling Orlando Torah Academy
http://www.orlandotorah.com/universal--disney-tickets.html
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: chucks on May 06, 2015, 01:18:45 AM
Weather forecast shows rain for Mon-Wednesday of next week........ Should we can reschedule this trip? Can the parks (Epcot & Seaworld be visited on rainy days (within normal limits..)?  :-\ :'(
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on May 06, 2015, 07:10:45 AM
is it worth it to spend the money on Magicbands?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 06, 2015, 09:09:33 AM
is it worth it to spend the money on Magicbands?

no. it would make things a little more convenient but not $20 worth. Your card does everything they can do. You just need to keep fishing it out of your pocket.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 06, 2015, 12:06:16 PM
Weather forecast shows rain for Mon-Wednesday of next week........ Should we can reschedule this trip? Can the parks (Epcot & Seaworld be visited on rainy days (within normal limits..)?  :-\ :'(
You have a lot of faith in weathermen to trust weather forecasts this far out
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: chucks on May 06, 2015, 03:15:09 PM
Orlando Torah Academy Doesn't have any ticket currently.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 06, 2015, 03:40:24 PM
It's possible both places only get tickets during the busy Jewish seasons.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: chucks on May 07, 2015, 12:22:24 AM
Correct.
I guess we'll have to buy tickets on the official site....
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on May 07, 2015, 09:30:06 AM
Do they ever verify ID if it matches the name on the ticket in sea world?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: chucks on May 07, 2015, 05:33:46 PM
I just bought a deal for 'Up to 36% Off Kosher at Kosher Grill Orlando'. If 2 more people buy this deal from this special link 71 hours, we'll each get $9.18 refunded back to our credit cards. http://groupon.com/bwf/b816d3ba-a264-4347-bd1e-41e65a75a1c3?utm_campaign=OfferReferral&utm_source=bwf_email&utm_medium=bwf
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 17, 2015, 07:42:37 PM
Disney pros:
1) Is Animal Kingdom worth a visit for adults? From this (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/animal-kingdom/) listing of the attractions, it seems like the only worthwhile things are 2 coasters, a water ride, and the safari, while the rest is basically kid-type "activities" and seeing animals. Doesn't seem so crucial like the other parks.

2) In my mind, 4 parks means 4 days. If you agree with me that Animal Kingdom can be left out, then my mind says 3 parks means 3 days. Is that true? Do any parks need more than 1 day, can any be done in less than 1 day?

3) Assuming 1 park a day, is there a purpose to paying extra for a hopper? Why would you need to get to 2 different parks in the same day if each one takes a full day?

Or am I totally off here...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on May 17, 2015, 08:06:07 PM


Disney pros:
1) Is Animal Kingdom worth a visit for adults? From this (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/animal-kingdom/) listing of the attractions, it seems like the only worthwhile things are 2 coasters, a water ride, and the safari, while the rest is basically kid-type "activities" and seeing animals. Doesn't seem so crucial like the other parks.

2) In my mind, 4 parks means 4 days. If you agree with me that Animal Kingdom can be left out, then my mind says 3 parks means 3 days. Is that true? Do any parks need more than 1 day, can any be done in less than 1 day?

3) Assuming 1 park a day, is there a purpose to paying extra for a hopper? Why would you need to get to 2 different parks in the same day if each one takes a full day?

Or am I totally off here...
I've been to all but Animal Kingdom and I based my decision on feedback from friends that were at all 4 parks, and all of them agreed that Animal Kingdom was the least interesting of the 4.

I agree that pretty much 1 park = 1 day, and I wouldn't pay for the hopper.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 17, 2015, 08:12:04 PM
Thanks, I'm glad my theory makes sense.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 18, 2015, 01:48:24 AM
Disney pros:
1) Is Animal Kingdom worth a visit for adults? From this (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/animal-kingdom/) listing of the attractions, it seems like the only worthwhile things are 2 coasters, a water ride, and the safari, while the rest is basically kid-type "activities" and seeing animals. Doesn't seem so crucial like the other parks.

2) In my mind, 4 parks means 4 days. If you agree with me that Animal Kingdom can be left out, then my mind says 3 parks means 3 days. Is that true? Do any parks need more than 1 day, can any be done in less than 1 day?

3) Assuming 1 park a day, is there a purpose to paying extra for a hopper? Why would you need to get to 2 different parks in the same day if each one takes a full day?

Or am I totally off here...
I disagree. I just got back. (Need to get around to writing a TR.) AK is beautiful and interesting. It doesn't take a full day which makes it perfect to do on the day you arrive or leave and don't have a full day anyways. Regarding the hopper at first I was kicking myself for getting it bec I was also planning on doing 1 park per day but in the end I really used it. 1 day I even went to 3 parks. It might also be worthwhile if you plan to go back to your hotel during the day bec then you are more likely to jump around parks. If you are planning on staying in the park straight throughout the day (which I really don't think is a good idea) then  you won't really need it.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 18, 2015, 08:24:21 AM
I disagree. I just got back. (Need to get around to writing a TR.) AK is beautiful and interesting. It doesn't take a full day which makes it perfect to do on the day you arrive or leave and don't have a full day anyways. Regarding the hopper at first I was kicking myself for getting it bec I was also planning on doing 1 park per day but in the end I really used it. 1 day I even went to 3 parks. It might also be worthwhile if you plan to go back to your hotel during the day bec then you are more likely to jump around parks. If you are planning on staying in the park straight throughout the day (which I really don't think is a good idea) then  you won't really need it.
Thanks for sharing your experience. Gives me something to consider, perhaps AK is worth the day. I guess that decision can be decided based on whether the trip will be 3 or 4 days.

In terms of spending the day at a park, we had no issues with a full day at Universal. We only left before closing because we hit up every ride we wanted to. (We happened to have hoppers there but that was because it was the cheapest ticket option at the time.) I don't see why someone would go back to the hotel in the middle of the day unless he has kids with him that maybe got cranky? If it's just 2 adults, I don't see the purpose of the hopper.

Can you explain how you approached the new FastPass system? Did you actually reserve your rides and times 30 days in advance? How can one possibly know what time of day they'll be ready for each ride
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: njmacman on May 18, 2015, 09:53:16 AM
Sorry if this has been asked, but taking the kids to Orlando in 2 weeks. 1 day in Seaworld. Any way to get a discount (other than AAA which I don't have) at Disney Magic kingdom for 1 day?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 18, 2015, 10:08:04 AM
Sorry if this has been asked, but taking the kids to Orlando in 2 weeks. 1 day in Seaworld. Any way to get a discount (other than AAA which I don't have) at Disney Magic kingdom for 1 day?
As the wiki says, Chabad and Orlando Torah Academy have the cheapest tickets generally. However, they only sell them during prime seasons and according to their calendar, summer season doesn't start till June 21, so you can't get tickets from them now.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on May 18, 2015, 10:36:09 AM
if you need enough tickets they can still get them for you.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: njmacman on May 18, 2015, 05:50:22 PM
I'll have to let the $200 voucher from the Chase Disney card suffice as my bargain price.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 18, 2015, 05:54:26 PM
I'll have to let the $200 voucher from the Chase Disney card suffice as my bargain price.
What voucher?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: njmacman on May 18, 2015, 10:34:40 PM
Open a chase Disney card, spend $500 in 3 months, get a $200 gift card good at Disney.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 18, 2015, 11:21:08 PM
Open a chase Disney card, spend $500 in 3 months, get a $200 gift card good at Disney.
Oh, that's not the debit card, but the CC, right?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: E R K on May 18, 2015, 11:44:17 PM
You can buy Disney GC's at Sam's.

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/50-disney-castle/prod4420254.ip

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/disney-3-x-50-disney-3-x-50/prod10510183.ip

And if you buy tickets by phone, you can use as many GC's as you want. Otherwise they limit you.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 19, 2015, 01:18:53 PM
You can buy Disney GC's at Sam's.

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/50-disney-castle/prod4420254.ip

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/disney-3-x-50-disney-3-x-50/prod10510183.ip

And if you buy tickets by phone, you can use as many GC's as you want. Otherwise they limit you.
Do those expire?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ar on May 19, 2015, 11:32:54 PM
Can someone please explain me how the fastpass work in Disney? I've been to Universal LA and the fastpass was a saver!!!

It doesn't seem like you are able to buy Disney fastpass... why? And what is there fastpass program?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 20, 2015, 06:45:46 AM
Can someone please explain me how the fastpass work in Disney? I've been to Universal LA and the fastpass was a saver!!!

It doesn't seem like you are able to buy Disney fastpass... why? And what is there fastpass program?
Just learned about this. Every ticket comes with 3 FastPasses per day for free (can't buy more) that are valid on 1 ride each. However, you can't just show up at the ride and go on the FP lane, you have to reserve the ride and a specific time that you want to go on it. You can reserve the ride/time online starting 30 days before your trip, or you could wait till you get to the park and go to a kiosk, but you're not guaranteed to get the rides/times you want if you wait that long.

Really stinks IMO. It means you need to study the parks ahead of time and somehow plan when and where you expect to be throughout the day. Can't just show up and walk around the park as you please. You also are expected to know which rides usually have long lines that you'd want to use the FP on. It would stink to use it on a ride you're interested in only to find out that there's never a line on that ride.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on May 20, 2015, 08:49:31 AM
Is this new? IIRC, 2 years ago you could get unlimited fast passes for free and the way it worked was that they handed out fast passes at most rides with a time of, say, an hour later and when you'd come back you'd go through the FP lane.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 20, 2015, 09:19:05 AM
Is this new? IIRC, 2 years ago you could get unlimited fast passes for free and the way it worked was that they handed out fast passes at most rides with a time of, say, an hour later and when you'd come back you'd go through the FP lane.
Yep, it's new. There's a group of Disney bloggers (similar to the CC bloggers - who knew!?) and they linked me to this post (http://www.wdwinfo.com/Wdwinfo/fastpass.htm) that describes the new system.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 20, 2015, 02:36:22 PM
I am incorrect. You get 3 FPs that you can schedule in advance online. Once you use up those 3 in the park, you can go to kiosks and get a new FP one at a time, unlimited amount of times.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on May 20, 2015, 03:03:04 PM
I am incorrect. You get 3 FPs that you can schedule in advance online. Once you use up those 3 in the park, you can go to kiosks and get a new FP one at a time, unlimited amount of times.

In terms of FP, make sure you reserve them as early as possible since some rides will close out and there will be no FPs available if you wait too long.

I believe the earliest you can reserve is 30 days before (60 days if you are staying at a disney hotel)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 20, 2015, 05:12:40 PM
In terms of FP, make sure you reserve them as early as possible since some rides will close out and there will be no FPs available if you wait too long.

I believe the earliest you can reserve is 30 days before (60 days if you are staying at a disney hotel)

To see Anna and Elsa you need to reserve 2 months in advance or wait 180 minutes in line. :o
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 20, 2015, 05:13:37 PM
I am incorrect. You get 3 FPs that you can schedule in advance online. Once you use up those 3 in the park, you can go to kiosks and get a new FP one at a time, unlimited amount of times.

Definitely download the disney park app. you can play around with your fp options live. it also tells you how long the wait is for each ride.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 20, 2015, 05:16:59 PM
Definitely download the disney park app. you can play around with your fp options live. it also tells you how long the wait is for each ride.
Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on May 20, 2015, 05:38:38 PM
If you do more than one park per day, you lose a lot of time traveling, which is why I don't think the park hopper is worth while. But if you want to check out animal kingdom, you might want to split that day. Personally I could spend a day and half at Magic kingdom for sure!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on May 20, 2015, 10:08:54 PM


Personally I could spend a day and half at Magic kingdom for sure!
+1 if going with kids.
Title: Universal studio tickets
Post by: Jonathan 47 on June 03, 2015, 02:53:15 PM
Wheres the cheapest place to get tickets besides chabad orlando
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on June 09, 2015, 03:11:34 PM
anyone going to be in Orlando in the end of July beginning of August?
if so where are you staying for Shabbos?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on June 18, 2015, 10:37:20 AM
Groupon has a deal for Kosher Grill Orlando
how is the food? prices?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 18, 2015, 10:40:39 AM
Groupon has a deal for Kosher Grill Orlando
how is the food? prices?
Check out their menu here. (http://www.koshergrillorlando.com/?page_id=5)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 18, 2015, 11:30:02 AM
Groupon has a deal for Kosher Grill Orlando
how is the food? prices?
WIYF
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on June 18, 2015, 11:59:06 AM
WIYF
???
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 18, 2015, 11:59:31 AM
???
Wiki Is Your Friend.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: savingwizard on June 19, 2015, 02:29:58 PM
For the ticket at Chabad of South Orlando, it says"
Yeshiva Group Tickets
Tickets are available for purchase for Yeshiva student groups - ages 3 years old through 12th grade - and their chaperones.
Please complete this form to continue to the Yeshiva Group Ticket order page."
Is it really enforced?
Then again when you purchase the ticket, you need to provide "School Name" and "Start Date".
Are these info are the ticket? do I have to use these ticket at certain date?

I then read the wiki, then noticed foods listed are mainly for Kosher. Is dansdeals for certain group of people? Sorry if the question sounds stupid.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 19, 2015, 02:46:50 PM
For the ticket at Chabad of South Orlando, it says"
Yeshiva Group Tickets
Tickets are available for purchase for Yeshiva student groups - ages 3 years old through 12th grade - and their chaperones.
Please complete this form to continue to the Yeshiva Group Ticket order page."
Is it really enforced?
Then again when you purchase the ticket, you need to provide "School Name" and "Start Date".
Are these info are the ticket? do I have to use these ticket at certain date?

I then read the wiki, then noticed foods listed are mainly for Kosher. Is dansdeals for certain group of people? Sorry if the question sounds stupid.
Welcome to the forums!
I don't remember seeing that language on their site previously, so I'm not sure what to suggest in regards to the ticket issue. In terms of who DansDeals is for, it is absolutely open to everyone who's interested in travel, credit cards, miles, etc. but it happens to be that the vast majority of members are Orthodox Jews who only eat Kosher. Therefore, basically all the food discussions on the forums center around Kosher food.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on June 29, 2015, 09:53:40 AM
any one going to be in Orlando in the end of July beginning of August
which hotel are you staying at for Shabbos?
looking for some kids for my kids to play with on Shabbos
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Wafflemuffins on June 30, 2015, 01:49:49 PM
If going to Orlando, check out Blue Springs State Park. It's about a half hour North of downtown and it's absolutely amazing.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on July 02, 2015, 10:49:54 AM
is it a problem when staying in a hotel and using the free shuttle to disney parks
if I have more people then allowed in the room?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 02, 2015, 10:54:29 AM
is it a problem when staying in a hotel and using the free shuttle to disney parks
if I have more people then allowed in the room?
I don't think they count how many people you are.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on July 02, 2015, 10:55:45 AM
Quote
I don't think they count how many people you are.

thanks!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 02, 2015, 11:10:05 AM
is it a problem when staying in a hotel and using the free shuttle to disney parks
if I have more people then allowed in the room?
At the Comfort Suites I stayed in, they don't have their own shuttle (this is for Universal btw) but rather they work with a shuttle company that picks up at a few hotels. They printed us shuttle tickets based on how many people were checked into the room. We were only 2 ppl, so we got 2 tickets, but if you had 5 people staying in a room with only 4 checked in, then I don't think they would have printed out 5 tickets (and yes, the driver scanned our tickets). I'm sure every hotel works differently.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on July 02, 2015, 01:48:05 PM
Quote
At the Comfort Suites I stayed in, they don't have their own shuttle (this is for Universal btw) but rather they work with a shuttle company that picks up at a few hotels. They printed us shuttle tickets based on how many people were checked into the room. We were only 2 ppl, so we got 2 tickets, but if you had 5 people staying in a room with only 4 checked in, then I don't think they would have printed out 5 tickets (and yes, the driver scanned our tickets). I'm sure every hotel works differently.
this is for the Holiday Inn they have a shuttle every 30 minutes
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Wafflemuffins on July 02, 2015, 02:13:13 PM
Agav, on my recent Orlando trip I stayed at the IHG Staybridge hotel. Got a suite for like $100 a night. 2BR 2bath. Nothing luxurious but very nice for a family.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bingit on July 03, 2015, 01:39:59 AM
Thinking about going down there with my kids in August for a few days..... all the parks are really expensive. ..so I just want to go to a big park for one day of the trip & the rest of the days do cheap small things in the area....which big park would my kids njoy the most for 1 day ( ages 6&4) disney magic kingdom,  universal,  or sea world? 
Also does anyone have nice suggestions what things we can do in area on the other days that is not expensive. Thanks!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 03, 2015, 07:58:27 AM
Thinking about going down there with my kids in August for a few days..... all the parks are really expensive. ..so I just want to go to a big park for one day of the trip & the rest of the days do cheap small things in the area....which big park would my kids njoy the most for 1 day ( ages 6&4) disney magic kingdom,  universal,  or sea world? 
Also does anyone have nice suggestions what things we can do in area on the other days that is not expensive. Thanks!
I believe Magic Kingdom is the best park in Disney. I don't know why you'd pick Orlando, though, if you don't want to go to the parks.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mother on July 03, 2015, 12:45:01 PM
Contact office@joinorlando.org for discount Disney & Universal tickets this August.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on July 03, 2015, 01:08:25 PM


I believe Magic Kingdom is the best park in Disney.
+1, for kids.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 09, 2015, 04:03:16 PM
Thinking about going down there with my kids in August for a few days..... all the parks are really expensive. ..so I just want to go to a big park for one day of the trip & the rest of the days do cheap small things in the area....which big park would my kids njoy the most for 1 day ( ages 6&4) disney magic kingdom,  universal,  or sea world? 
Also does anyone have nice suggestions what things we can do in area on the other days that is not expensive. Thanks!
magic kingdom is clearly the best all around for kids on a day with good weather, but if they especially liked Frozen (dont all small kids?), and/or if it ends up a rainy day esp, should consider the hollywood studios (has a bunch of great things including a great frozen show for fans (note kol isha, but usually when all are singing together),  a classic muppets 3d show, other great live on stage shows for Beauty and the beast and Disney Jr (if they are doc mcstuffins/jake and neverland pirates fans, all indoors). we used fast pass for stuff here esp since there is no real front seat value rides (can set 3 FPs in advance, and will find plenty of availability as you go on during the day), found the place in general had less lines than MK and the attractions are longer so its nice to not be waiting/standing too much with little kids. ABC Commissary has decent kosher options. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/activities/hollywood-studios/#/search=kosher/sort=relevance/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on July 16, 2015, 08:03:59 PM
New dairy and meat restaurant - http://www.greatkosherrestaurants.com/blog/The-Pantry-Orlando
http://www.pantryorlando.com/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 16, 2015, 08:08:21 PM
New dairy and meat restaurant - http://www.greatkosherrestaurants.com/blog/The-Pantry-Orlando
http://www.pantryorlando.com/
40 miles/50 minutes from WDW.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 16, 2015, 08:47:00 PM
Why would they open so far away? Is there a Jewish neighborhood near there?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: morgs on July 17, 2015, 05:18:21 AM
Why would they open so far away? Is there a Jewish neighborhood near there?
Unless they make it worth the drive ;) :D
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on July 19, 2015, 02:33:19 AM
Has anyone stayed recently at the Sheraton vistana villages? I got an offer in the mail: 4 nights 5 days for $269. It comes with either $100 at the restaurant on site or 5000 star points. Also they made it clear to me on the phone that house cleaning is officially not included ($40 a day) which I found very interesting.
They give me the option to book the rate and leave it open for 12 months.
Anyone have any input on it?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on July 22, 2015, 04:05:57 PM
going to Orlando next week IY"H
is anyone going to be there next week
where are you staying for Shabbos?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on July 29, 2015, 09:33:40 PM
Which BJ'S has pas Yisroel challah?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: EnEl on July 30, 2015, 02:36:44 PM
Anyone have a babysitter in the Orlando area?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2015, 03:12:05 PM
Anyone have a babysitter in the Orlando area?
Like in their back pocket?

I can ask around. 
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: EnEl on July 30, 2015, 03:16:48 PM
Like in their back pocket?

I can ask around. 
I'd prefer someone full sized, but i'll take what I can get. Thanks.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 30, 2015, 05:43:58 PM
Anyone have a babysitter in the Orlando area?

It would also help if you said for when, since many frum families go down at different times of the year as well.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on July 31, 2015, 09:58:45 AM
I need to buy challah for shabbos which BJ'S sells challah?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bingit on August 04, 2015, 02:31:14 PM
whats the cheapest option for car rental in Orlando..... ?? from the airport....
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mochada on August 04, 2015, 09:36:01 PM
whats the cheapest option for car rental in Orlando..... ?? from the airport....

The question everyone always wonders... :o
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on August 10, 2015, 12:55:52 PM
whats the cheapest option for car rental in Orlando..... ?? from the airport....
www.kayak.com
www.carrentals.com
www.carrentalsavers.com
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: momo on August 10, 2015, 12:56:32 PM
I need to buy challah for shabbos which BJ'S sells challah?
did you ever figure out where to get challah?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bingit on August 10, 2015, 03:49:21 PM
im going to Orlando and I see advertised on craigs list tickets to sea world for $35..... and it says don't pay until you get into the park to show that they are authentic....does anyone have any experience with this?? or is it a scam??
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on August 11, 2015, 07:52:37 AM
im going to Orlando and I see advertised on craigs list tickets to sea world for $35..... and it says don't pay until you get into the park to show that they are authentic....does anyone have any experience with this?? or is it a scam??
Please keep us posted if u get more info
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 08:52:32 AM
im going to Orlando and I see advertised on craigs list tickets to sea world for $35..... and it says don't pay until you get into the park to show that they are authentic....does anyone have any experience with this?? or is it a scam??
I did it and it worked out.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bingit on August 11, 2015, 09:55:15 AM
I did it and it worked out.
great!! how does it work? they meet you at the park & give you tickets.... then once you get in you paypal them??
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 09:59:06 AM
great!! how does it work? they meet you at the park & give you tickets.... then once you get in you paypal them??
We met the guy at the park and he gave us the passes to get into the park. Once we got in, i just handed him cash through the fence.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on August 11, 2015, 10:05:38 AM
We met the guy at the park and he gave us the passes to get into the park. Once we got in, i just handed him cash through the fence.
Is it the same person
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 10:06:27 AM
Is it the same person
I am not sure.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on August 11, 2015, 10:10:01 AM
great!! how does it work? they meet you at the park & give you tickets.... then once you get in you paypal them??
Please Let me know if you are doing it,
I'm in Orlando for the week, maybe we can get the tickets together perhaps,
I would like to go to universal either tomorrow or Thursday
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bingit on August 11, 2015, 10:13:44 AM
this is for sea world tickets....
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bingit on August 11, 2015, 10:15:20 AM
We met the guy at the park and he gave us the passes to get into the park. Once we got in, i just handed him cash through the fence.
did you do it recently? would you happen to have his contact info?? Thanks!!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on August 11, 2015, 10:15:26 AM
I am not sure.
I've never tried any of these methods I just bought directly at the gates.
I aske at the chabad office in Orlando about ticket, they said they didn't get any.
Can u communicate with this person to find out availability
Or would u tell me how to go about it ,
I need about 10 tickets to universal for this week.

Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bingit on August 14, 2015, 12:47:43 AM
anyone has experience buying tickets from "Undercover Tourist" Are they reputable?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on August 20, 2015, 01:24:54 PM
Going to Disney from 2/4 to 2/11. 2 adults and a 5 and 2.5 year old. Getting a house with a pool. we were planning on driving down to miami on 2/11 and staying in my in-laws condo (Jr 4 - would be cramped) for 4 nights and flying otu monday, but were just thinking that they could come and stay with us in orlando.
Any thought?
All wed miss out on in miami are kosher restuarants and beaches i think. Any thing else? What's there to do for grown ups in orlando - downtown disney and universal i think. What else besides the big 3 parks is there for kids?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 21, 2015, 03:25:25 AM
When we went in January, it was too cold to use the pool. I wouldn't bank on that being an activity for the family.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on August 23, 2015, 02:53:24 AM
When we went in January, it was too cold to use the pool. I wouldn't bank on that being an activity for the family.
Getting the home with a heater for the pool. 84 degrees. I read your tr. I'm going prepared. The home were getting had a jacuzzi with the pool. Not hot tub, but pool temp.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 23, 2015, 08:27:11 AM
Getting the home with a heater for the pool. 84 degrees. I read your tr. I'm going prepared. The home were getting had a jacuzzi with the pool. Not hot tub, but pool temp.
Our pool was also heated... :-/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on August 23, 2015, 08:36:32 AM
Our poop was also heated... :-/
no comment ::)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 23, 2015, 09:43:54 AM
no comment ::)
Ah! Fixed.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on August 23, 2015, 12:17:52 PM
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anyone has experience buying tickets from "Undercover Tourist" Are they reputable?
I bought from them twice and had no problems
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on August 25, 2015, 10:16:28 PM
I bought from them twice and had no problems


+1
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on September 10, 2015, 04:24:29 PM
Anybody buy "Resident" tickets without actually being a resident?
Is a bank statement sufficient?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: popcorn1508 on September 12, 2015, 11:23:26 PM
has anyone else stayed at the Holiday Inn Orange Lake Resort
I want to hear more feedback from people that were there?
I am also thinking about staying there any feedback?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on September 16, 2015, 12:45:42 AM
I am also thinking about staying there any feedback?
holiday inn orange lake isnt a bad place, but very spread out, when u get there, may take u another 10 minutes driving to find your building (huge place). suites were relatively roomy but generally 80s style (great for families, esp if you get the deal with the timeshare pitch).
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: popcorn1508 on September 16, 2015, 11:53:07 AM
holiday inn orange lake isnt a bad place, but very spread out, when u get there, may take u another 10 minutes driving to find your building (huge place). suites were relatively roomy but generally 80s style (great for families, esp if you get the deal with the timeshare pitch).
How would i go about getting this deal?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: NYHeel on September 20, 2015, 09:11:41 PM
Going to Disney from 2/4 to 2/11. 2 adults and a 5 and 2.5 year old. Getting a house with a pool. we were planning on driving down to miami on 2/11 and staying in my in-laws condo (Jr 4 - would be cramped) for 4 nights and flying otu monday, but were just thinking that they could come and stay with us in orlando.
Any thought?
All wed miss out on in miami are kosher restuarants and beaches i think. Any thing else? What's there to do for grown ups in orlando - downtown disney and universal i think. What else besides the big 3 parks is there for kids?
THere are many other parks too. Legoland is very good for little kids, or so I've heard.

Do you mind sharing the place you're renting for your trip? I'm heading down during yeshiva vacation time and looking for a place for 8-9 nights. Feel free to PM if that's preferred.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: NYHeel on September 20, 2015, 09:14:42 PM
anyone has experience buying tickets from "Undercover Tourist" Are they reputable?
Very reputable. Good name across many guidebooks and websites. I've also bought from them once before. They're the only place that provides a return option with certain tickets. I needed the return option once because we had a high chance of cancelling the trip due to a family illness. They provide a return for their non e-tickets but charge a 5% fee.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: NYHeel on September 21, 2015, 12:04:33 AM
When we went in January, it was too cold to use the pool. I wouldn't bank on that being an activity for the family.
Not that this proves anything but when we went in January 2012 it was definitely warm enough to go swimming during the middle of the day. We actually did this on a few days and we were not cold at all. It hit the 80s on a few of the days on our trip.

The point is that Orlando weather in January can really vary.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on September 21, 2015, 09:38:36 AM
THere are many other parks too. Legoland is very good for little kids, or so I've heard.

Do you mind sharing the place you're renting for your trip? I'm heading down during yeshiva vacation time and looking for a place for 8-9 nights. Feel free to PM if that's preferred.
My guy uses a management company called florida scandinavian. the website is vacationpoolhomes.com. Im actually taking a different place cuz his was booked.  They all have washer dryers and wifi.  They also told me that if it is too cold for the heater to work they will refund the pool heating fee.
Not that this proves anything but when we went in January 2012 it was definitely warm enough to go swimming during the middle of the day. We actually did this on a few days and we were not cold at all. It hit the 80s on a few of the days on our trip.

The point is that Orlando weather in January can really vary.
When I went in Jan 2009 it was bitterly cold. We didn't take jackets and needed to buy multiple sweatshirts. Looking at prior years weather it does look like that was one of the coldest january's though.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on September 21, 2015, 03:52:13 PM
Wow. Reading the thread on disboards about getting a throwaway room. I'm doing my due diligence and reading from the beginning of the 2500+ thread, and wow. That thread would have been in JS here so fast!
http://disboards.com/threads/throwaway-room-read-post-2041-before-posting.3218652/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on October 02, 2015, 09:36:07 AM
Get a one-time $30 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a total of $150 or more online at undercovertourist.com by 12/31/2015.

They sell Disney tickets...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on October 07, 2015, 12:27:16 AM
How would i go about getting this deal?
i believe i mentioned this at some point upthread but couldnt find it, here is link again (perhaps add to wiki until expiration?) http://www.hcvgetaways.com/home/ hope u enjoy.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on October 08, 2015, 10:53:20 PM
Narrowing down where we want to stay for 11 nights in february. Going with a 2.5 year old and 5.5 year old. Our hope is that the weather will be warm enough that the heaters are effective.  My inlaws will come up for a few days as well. We'll hit disney, Cape Canaveral and other local stuff.  looking for some input on my 3 home choices.

Any opinions on these places?  We need 3 bedrooms, all the below have 4 except the first has 3.
Sorry about the huge pictures - not sure how to shrink them

1.   https://www.vacationpoolhomes.com/property/vacation-homes-property-detail-for-rent/370/8563-Bay-Lilly-Loop-Kissimmee-FL-34747
                         Cheapest one, but has a very small pool
(https://www.vacationpoolhomes.com/realestate/370/02%20Pool.jpg)


2. https://www.vacationpoolhomes.com/property/vacation-homes-property-detail-for-rent/150/418-Jaybee-Avenue-Esprit-Davenport-FL-33897
              nice sized pool, and it is private due to the large distance to closes home across the field and bushes on the side
(https://www.vacationpoolhomes.com/realestate/150/Pool.jpg)
(https://www.vacationpoolhomes.com/realestate/150/Pool2.jpg)



3.https://www.vacationpoolhomes.com/property/vacation-homes-property-detail-for-rent/165/2124-Pekoe-Court-Greater-Groves-Clermont-FL-34711
             also a nice pool, but less privacy
(https://www.vacationpoolhomes.com/realestate/165/Pool.jpg)

Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 08, 2015, 11:28:44 PM
Do the pools have steps? Can't tell exactly from the pics.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on October 09, 2015, 07:53:16 AM
I'd stay away from the one with less privacy if you believe you'll spend much time @ the pool.

Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on October 09, 2015, 11:53:25 AM
Do the pools have steps? Can't tell exactly from the pics.
Yep they do. Other pics show that.
(https://www.vacationpoolhomes.com/realestate/165/Patio.jpg)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 18, 2015, 08:55:50 PM
Has anyone stayed at Summer Bay Orlando by Exploria Resorts? Any feedback?
http://www.exploriaresorts.com/destinations/summer-bay-orlando/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 26, 2015, 10:18:23 AM
Undercover Tourist has a 5-day Disney pass (regular, not hopper) for $321.95
AMEX offers has $30 off $150 at UT.
If you buy each person's ticket as a separate transaction, you'll pay $291.95 or ~$58 per day.

Pretty good deal, no? I know some people like the ability to head back to the hotel/pool in the middle of the day and come back and hop to another park, but if you're cool with doing 1 park a day (and having a 5th day to go and do 1 of the parks a second time - perhaps Magic Kingdom since it's the busiest park) this seems like a good deal.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 26, 2015, 10:47:55 AM
Undercover Tourist has a 5-day Disney pass (regular, not hopper) for $321.95
AMEX offers has $30 off $150 at UT.
If you buy each person's ticket as a separate transaction, you'll pay $291.95 or ~$58 per day.

Pretty good deal, no? I know some people like the ability to head back to the hotel/pool in the middle of the day and come back and hop to another park, but if you're cool with doing 1 park a day (and having a 5th day to go and do 1 of the parks a second time - perhaps Magic Kingdom since it's the busiest park) this seems like a good deal.
Good deal. Though I'm not sure what to make of the 5'th day...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 26, 2015, 10:50:14 AM
Good deal. Though I'm not sure what to make of the 5'th day...
Right, unless you repeat a park. If you just do 4 days its ~$72/day, which doesn't seem too hot of a deal.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on October 26, 2015, 10:53:50 AM
To most, anything discounted on Disney is a win.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on October 26, 2015, 11:28:19 AM
anyone know what price Chabad will have SeaWorld tickets for? i want to know if it's worth it rather to get them for $74.55 at UT to qualify for Amex Offer. if i wait too long (need them for January) then i may miss out on offer. (offer ends 12/31/15)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on October 26, 2015, 11:31:47 AM
anyone know what price Chabad will have SeaWorld tickets for? i want to know if it's worth it rather to get them for $74.55 at UT to qualify for Amex Offer. if i wait too long (need them for January) then i may miss out on offer. (offer ends 12/31/15)
Check Craigslist. May get a good deal.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dyams6 on October 27, 2015, 08:02:27 PM
Just ate at the pantry for dinner. It is located in the hillel of a university. It was half way between Kennedy space center and Orlando. Definitely not worth the drive.  A milchig cafe for students with fleisheg take out. Also, my husband and I came for a vacation and spent 6 hours at NASA. Definitely worth it if there are no kids with you. It was many movies and very little hands on,but oh so cool to see actual scorch marks on a real shuttle. Kosher grill was amazing for dinner. Stayed at the sheraton vistana villages. Small one bedroom condo they call a villa for some reason. The resort itself is beautiful. 3 pools. One empty enough to swim in together even. Turned in hilton points to stay.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 27, 2015, 10:32:48 PM
Just ate at the pantry for dinner. It is located in the hillel of a university. It was half way between Kennedy space center and Orlando. Definitely not worth the drive.  A milchig cafe for students with fleisheg take out. Also, my husband and I came for a vacation and spent 6 hours at NASA. Definitely worth it if there are no kids with you. It was many movies and very little hands on,but oh so cool to see actual scorch marks on a real shuttle. Kosher grill was amazing for dinner. Stayed at the sheraton vistana villages. Small one bedroom condo they call a villa for some reason. The resort itself is beautiful. 3 pools. One empty enough to swim in together even. Turned in hilton points to stay.
Thanks for the report!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: FlyFirst on November 02, 2015, 02:41:03 PM
Is it possible to do Universal Studios AND Islands of Adventure in one day (10am-5pm) and cover most part of it  ??
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on November 02, 2015, 02:42:25 PM
Is it possible to do Universal Studios AND Islands of Adventure in one day (10am-5pm) and cover most part of it  ??
Not In my experience.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on November 02, 2015, 07:29:06 PM
Is it possible to do Universal Studios AND Islands of Adventure in one day (10am-5pm) and cover most part of it  ??

Depends what you're into - looking for, especially depends on how into the movies and characters you are.

I did it - went to a few shows in Universal, followed by the rides at Islands of Adventure.

Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 02, 2015, 07:43:19 PM
Is it possible to do Universal Studios AND Islands of Adventure in one day (10am-5pm) and cover most part of it  ??
That's not even the full opening hours. Wow. I mean, sure you could do it. But why do both if you don't have the time? You'll save a lot of money, too, to just do 1 of the parks.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: FlyFirst on November 02, 2015, 08:07:55 PM
So which one rather ? between Studio or Adventure,  we are not into movies or characters
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on November 02, 2015, 08:11:11 PM
Studio is all 4D rides  while adventure is a mix between 4d and water rides/roller coasters.

We (two 20 ur olds) personally enjoyed Universal Studios much more even though we weren't into the characters.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 02, 2015, 08:16:34 PM
We couldn't pick one over the other as our favorite. Both had rides that we loved and sections we were fine skipping. The Harry Potter section in both were our favorite parts. If you're not into characters or movies, perhaps you should go to 6 Flags?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on November 11, 2015, 10:49:28 AM
Don't think you can really compare any Orlando Theme Park to Six Flags, regardless of your movie interest.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 11, 2015, 11:56:04 AM
Don't think you can really compare any Orlando Theme Park to Six Flags, regardless of your movie interest.
I'm not comparing them. I'm saying that if he's so interested in roller coasters, perhaps he should go to 6 Flags.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: far rockaway on November 15, 2015, 08:30:02 PM
Anyone plan on being in the Sheraton vistana resort yeshivah week Jan 23? Looking if there will be minyan/Sefer Torah.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alexk. on November 16, 2015, 10:21:57 AM
If you check godaven.com, under temporary minyanim, there is a contact for the person that arranges the minyan there every year. I have stayed there in the past and my understanding is they have a minyan for 2 shabbosim during the yeshiva break.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on November 18, 2015, 02:25:28 PM
Just called chabad and they said they no longer sell discounted disney tickets.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on November 18, 2015, 03:08:18 PM
Just called chabad and they said they no longer sell discounted disney tickets.

Weird. i just spoke them last week and they had tickets to Universal... or is that not a part of Disney?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on November 18, 2015, 03:21:38 PM


Weird. i just spoke them last week and they had tickets to Universal... or is that not a part of Disney ?
And never was
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on November 23, 2015, 11:19:16 PM
Fyi rcf removed hashgacha from kosher grill Orlando.  Just received an email from rcf with that info.  I don't know any more details.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: E R K on November 23, 2015, 11:25:55 PM
Fyi rcf removed hashgacha from kosher grill Orlando.  Just received an email from rcf with that info.  I don't know any more details.
Still on their website.

http://www.vaadrcf.com/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on November 23, 2015, 11:29:41 PM
B"H


 

NO LONGER - UNDER HASHGACHA
Kosher Grill Orlando

 

11 Kislev 5776 - Nov. 23, 2015

 

This notice is

to notify the public that the

KOSHER CERTIFICATION has been REMOVED from the KOSHER GRILL ORLANDO Restaurant.

 

 

Rabbi Yosef Konikov
Rabbi Sholom Dubov
On Behalf of the Vaad

RCF - Rabbinate of Central FL

 

 



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Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: E R K on November 23, 2015, 11:50:43 PM
I believe you but they should update their website.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Centurion on November 24, 2015, 07:26:29 PM
i need a rental place near a shul for shabbos chanuka- anywhere in florida is fine (with a pool is nice!) 3ppl ( not a dump!)
any spg places without electric locks and near a shul? ( already posted in south florida)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2015, 07:39:06 PM
i need a rental place near a shul for shabbos chanuka- anywhere in florida is fine (with a pool is nice!) 3ppl ( not a dump!)
any spg places without electric locks and near a shul? ( already posted in south florida)
Chabad Orlando has a few hotels within walking distance. See the wiki for one example. Also, use Google maps to find the Chabad and see which hotels are nearby. The houses that are usually rented out on AirBNB are not usually in Orlando proper and are therefore not usually near the Chabad or theme parks. Not sure about hotels/houses near the other Shuls.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Centurion on November 25, 2015, 11:03:09 AM
Chabad Orlando has a few hotels within walking distance. See the wiki for one example. Also, use Google maps to find the Chabad and see which hotels are nearby. The houses that are usually rented out on AirBNB are not usually in Orlando proper and are therefore not usually near the Chabad or theme parks. Not sure about hotels/houses near the other Shuls.
I googled 3 Chabad orlandos- any help? TIA
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on November 25, 2015, 12:10:58 PM
I googled 3 Chabad orlandos- any help? TIA
As a tourist, JewishOrlando.com is the one you're looking for.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on November 26, 2015, 10:04:56 AM
I just saw an update about the kashrus status of Kosher Grill Orlando. They are under a reliable hashgacha - https://m.facebook.com/groups/320656708120313?view=permalink&id=445400885645894

This is a picture of the certificate - https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1657762751130377&id=100006900036279&set=p.1657762751130377&source=47
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: churnbabychurn on November 26, 2015, 10:10:15 AM
I just saw an update about the kashrus status of Kosher Grill Orlando. They are under a reliable hashgacha - https://m.facebook.com/groups/320656708120313?view=permalink&id=445400885645894

This is a picture of the certificate - https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1657762751130377&id=100006900036279&set=p.1657762751130377&source=47
Why did chabbad pull the hechsher? Is the new hechsher reliable?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on November 26, 2015, 10:27:28 AM
Thanks for sharing that Hechsher is definitely very reliable
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on November 26, 2015, 11:47:34 AM
Thanks for sharing that Hechsher is definitely very reliable
The "hechsher" opened this week - presumably just for this restaurant. Not sure how that makes it so reliable :)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on November 26, 2015, 11:50:46 AM
I know the people and I consider them very reliable. . Feel free to do your own research. 
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on November 26, 2015, 01:28:30 PM
The "hechsher" opened this week - presumably just for this restaurant. Not sure how that makes it so reliable :)

that hechsher is approved by the star-k
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on November 26, 2015, 02:32:28 PM
In addition I spoke to the new Hechsher and this has been in the works for a while.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on November 26, 2015, 03:09:51 PM
I know the people and I consider them very reliable. . Feel free to do your own research.
+1
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: E R K on November 26, 2015, 04:18:14 PM
that hechsher is approved by the star-k
Do you have a link that they approve it?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on November 26, 2015, 05:33:24 PM
Do you have a link that they approve it?

no but call them
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on December 07, 2015, 02:58:41 PM
Anyone here have the discount link to undercover tourist from the mousesavers email newsletter?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: JosephM on December 13, 2015, 11:18:41 AM
Does someone have the link from mousesavers for discount at undercover tourist that they can forward to me?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 19, 2015, 07:58:20 PM
I am going to be going to Legoland over New Year's weekend. My kids are Lego fanatics and this will be our 3rd time at Legoland (2nd time in Orlando).

Jut wanted to share this link for buy one adult get one child free http://legoland.com/tlmdvd (http://legoland.com/tlmdvd)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on December 19, 2015, 10:53:56 PM
I am going to be going to Legoland over New Year's weekend. My kids are Lego fanatics and this will be our 3rd time at Legoland (2nd time in Orlando).

Jut wanted to share this link for buy one adult get one child free http://legoland.com/tlmdvd (http://legoland.com/tlmdvd)

ftfy
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 19, 2015, 10:57:00 PM
ftfy

Correct. TY. Edited the original post.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on December 21, 2015, 01:13:01 AM
If anyone wants the mousesavers UT link I can share in pm. Mind you it's literally a dollar less than regular UT prices.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on December 21, 2015, 07:51:01 AM
If anyone wants the mousesavers UT link I can share in pm. Mind you it's literally a dollar less than regular UT prices.

i'd grab it. going next week hopefully.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: SarahMS on December 22, 2015, 06:25:00 PM
Looking to form a shabbos/daily minyan in the championsgate villas over Yeshiva break - http://www.thetopvillas.com/championsgate/... We already have 5 men committed. We ideally would have a minyan Jan 20- Jan 31 2016. Anyone interested? Or alternatively do you have a shabbos minyan in one of the Orlando rental communities and NOT in a hotel? Any leads would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on December 23, 2015, 12:09:55 PM
i've asked this question before but i'm hoping someone new will see this and have a solution.

i want to use my UT offer but i only want SeaWorld tix. i need 2 and it comes just short of $150. what to do??
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on December 23, 2015, 01:37:26 PM
i've asked this question before but i'm hoping someone new will see this and have a solution.

i want to use my UT offer but i only want SeaWorld tix. i need 2 and it comes just short of $150. what to do??

did you try calling them? tell them you don't mind paying 1 dollar more.

if that doesn't work make 1 of your tickets the $92 one or buy all day dining banana beach aquatic orlando for a kid 11.72 or adult 17.04
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on December 23, 2015, 01:55:04 PM
did you try calling them? tell them you don't mind paying 1 dollar more.

if that doesn't work make 1 of your tickets the $92 one or buy all day dining banana beach aquatic orlando for a kid 11.72 or adult 17.04

i didn't wanna lose money for nothing. i asked UT to charge me more but no-go. i also wanted to get a $10 credit for Planet Hollywood and figured i'll just get drinks but PH will be closed till mid 2016


from the Amex offers discussion thread:
chatted with rep about my UT issue http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=969.750

rep was quite rude and kept quoting T&C but in the end he got me a $10 credit. all in all not too shabby :)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoejoe on December 26, 2015, 10:11:33 PM
Going to JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes anyone ever stayed there? Any reviews? Can someone pls describe me the 4 parks in Disney, 2 parks universal, seaworld? And we're 2 adults were is a must and were could we skip, being there for 5 days iyh!
Thanks in advance!!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoejoe on December 26, 2015, 10:14:27 PM
Didn't get UR AMEX offer anyway in getting it? Will calling help?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoejoe on December 28, 2015, 05:30:24 PM
HELP!!!
Going to JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes anyone ever stayed there? Any reviews? Can someone pls describe me the 4 parks in Disney, 2 parks universal, seaworld? And we're 2 adults were is a must and were could we skip, being there for 5 days iyh!
Thanks in advance!!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 28, 2015, 08:06:13 PM
HELP!!!
Going to JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes anyone ever stayed there? Any reviews? Can someone pls describe me the 4 parks in Disney, 2 parks universal, seaworld? And we're 2 adults were is a must and were could we skip, being there for 5 days iyh!
Thanks in advance!!
Welcome to the forums! Try asking just 1 question at a time and in a calmer voice. That will usually help get answers.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoejoe on December 28, 2015, 10:19:26 PM
Thanks yehudah for the tip, its just that I'm leaving next week i"yh and still have no clue which parks to do!! Btw I loved your TR very informative very enjoyable to read feel bad for that pool situation hope they refunded you!!
P.s. I'm a forums reader for the longest just never had any questions so never signed up!!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on December 28, 2015, 11:08:57 PM
Really depends what your interests are.  Magic kingdom is classic Disney.  SeaWorld is shows and nice walking around.  I believe universal is better for roller coasters and a great visit for harry potter fans.....
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 28, 2015, 11:12:51 PM
Thanks yehudah for the tip, its just that I'm leaving next week i"yh and still have no clue which parks to do!! Btw I loved your TR very informative very enjoyable to read feel bad for that pool situation hope they refunded you!!
P.s. I'm a forums reader for the longest just never had any questions so never signed up!!
Glad it helped! Hehe, nope no refund.
As aarony said, the parks are all different. Google them to see what kind of attractions to expect in each.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on December 29, 2015, 12:11:24 PM
HELP!!!
Going to JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes anyone ever stayed there? Any reviews? Can someone pls describe me the 4 parks in Disney, 2 parks universal, seaworld? And we're 2 adults were is a must and were could we skip, being there for 5 days iyh!
Thanks in advance!!
im going in a month (ive been there 3x before, but never with kids). I found the unoffical guide to WDW (with kids) EXTREMELY helpful. I would grab them from the library ASAP. They have WDW guide as well as Universal, seaworld and orlando area.

As an adult, I found epcot the most fun. Especially if you do the beers around the world tour!
http://touringplans.com/unofficial-guide
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoejoe on December 30, 2015, 10:00:31 AM
Is it possible to get around Orlando without a having to pay the tolls or should I get a sunpass?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Welder on December 30, 2015, 11:19:32 PM
I'm getting some tickets from UTC. Any advantage to getting the tickets mailed vs e-tickets?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 30, 2015, 11:29:48 PM
As an adult, I found epcot the most fun. Especially if you do the beers around the world tour!
http://touringplans.com/unofficial-guide

+1 for the beers around the world. Makes the park more fun. Start the day with that.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on December 31, 2015, 12:39:38 AM
that hechsher is approved by the star-k
Do you have a link that they approve it?
no but call them
I did. They said "We know who they are and they seem like good people" but didn't have an official "We're familiar with their operations and they can definitely be relied on"
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on December 31, 2015, 12:08:25 PM
http://yeahthatskosher.com/2015/12/milts-bbq-truck-headed-to-orlando-for-winter-break/
Quote
Chicago’s main kosher BBQ joint, Milt’s BBQ for the Perplexed, will be sending its kosher truck down to Orlando, FL for 3 weeks to serve the kosher travelers and families spending their winter vacation / yeshiva week down in the area.

The truck will be in Orlando from January 17 – February 6, 2016 stationed at the Chabad of South Orlando serving both lunch & dinner.

This truck is located 22 minutes from Disney’s Epcot Center, 27 minutes from Magic Kingdom, and only 8 minutes from the Universal Studios Parks.

Milt’s is under the kosher supervision of the CRC.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 31, 2015, 08:10:38 PM
Going to be in Orlando for Shabbos. Anyone have and advice on best place to shop for shabbos food? Challahs? Take-out?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 01, 2016, 10:25:25 AM
http://yeahthatskosher.com/2015/12/milts-bbq-truck-headed-to-orlando-for-winter-break/
Sweet, thanks for the tip!  Weird - says theyr gonna be there through 2/6 which is shabbos...?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on January 02, 2016, 08:39:03 PM
Sweet, thanks for the tip!  Weird - says theyr gonna be there through 2/6 which is shabbos...?
http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/672505/jewish/Kosher.htm
There it says January 16 - February 3.
January 16 is Shabbos.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 02, 2016, 09:44:09 PM
Going to be in Orlando for Shabbos. Anyone have and advice on best place to shop for shabbos food? Challahs? Take-out?

To answer my own question I got food at Kosher Grill. You are supposed to place Shabbos takeout orders on Thursday so we were limited to what that had extras of.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on January 03, 2016, 01:47:30 AM
http://yeahthatskosher.com/2015/12/milts-bbq-truck-headed-to-orlando-for-winter-break/
Milt's DO FL Edition? Lol
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: voby27 on January 03, 2016, 05:27:46 PM
Going to be there Jan 23rd-29th. Does anyone have a car rental code? Know of a cheap place to rent a car?

Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on January 03, 2016, 05:46:43 PM
Going to be in Orlando for Shabbos. Anyone have and advice on best place to shop for shabbos food? Challahs? Take-out?
You can try http://gittysgourmet.com/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Freddie on January 03, 2016, 08:36:43 PM
Anyone going for pesach?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 04, 2016, 09:08:37 AM
http://www.jewishorlando.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/672505/jewish/Kosher.htm
There it says January 16 - February 3.
January 16 is Shabbos.
https://m.facebook.com/MiltsBBQ/photos/a.419867828081548.92021.119924381409229/890826704318989/?type=3&source=48&refid=17&_ft_=top_level_post_id.856590397772616%3Atl_objid.856590397772616&__tn__=E

Official Facebook page 1/17-2/3
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: golf123 on January 04, 2016, 05:49:50 PM
Looking to get a house with a pool for 2-3 days during yeshiva week. Any recommended places?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoejoe on January 04, 2016, 06:27:58 PM
Anyone got recently a good car deal in mco?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: FlyFirst on January 05, 2016, 12:40:45 AM
Anyone got recently a good car deal in mco?
I took from sixt in November was much cheaper than the others
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alexk. on January 05, 2016, 11:10:32 AM
I found Costco to be the cheapest...

Just be aware that I think Sixt is not on site. You have to take a shuttle. Depending if you are going with a family etc... this could be a minor/major inconvenience.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on January 05, 2016, 11:14:32 AM
Anyone got recently a good car deal in mco?
Try name your price tool on priceline.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Srsy on January 06, 2016, 09:04:30 PM
Anyone know of a minyan Shabbos January 30?  Not really interested in the hotels near the Chabad.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: far rockaway on January 06, 2016, 09:57:13 PM
Anyone know of a minyan Shabbos January 30?  Not really interested in the hotels near the Chabad.
Sheraton Vistana- contact listed on GoDaven by temporary minyan
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Srsy on January 06, 2016, 10:34:14 PM
He doesn't have enough people for that weekend at this point
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Deal man on January 07, 2016, 06:08:36 AM

I took from sixt in November was much cheaper than the others
are they located together with the other car rental companies?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on January 07, 2016, 06:09:20 AM
are they located together with the other car rental companies?
No.
Title: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on January 07, 2016, 12:09:47 PM
Anybody here rented a villa etc. that's walking distance to Chabad ?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Shegold on January 07, 2016, 06:24:49 PM
We always stay at the Hampton inn on international drive!! Very close to chabad.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 09, 2016, 11:24:54 PM
Anyone got recently a good car deal in mco?
Check chase UR. Im renting a minivan in feb for 12 days. Original price was just over 500. I just looked tonight and got dollar/thrifty for like 330.  Chase UR seems to minimize taxes.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoejoe on January 10, 2016, 02:57:13 PM
When using chase ultimate rewards to search for a car can you pay with cash?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 10, 2016, 08:13:34 PM
When using chase ultimate rewards to search for a car can you pay with cash?

yes
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on January 11, 2016, 09:23:23 AM
I did. They said "We know who they are and they seem like good people" but didn't have an official "We're familiar with their operations and they can definitely be relied on"

You can view a letter from the local FL rabbonim denouncing the newly formed hechsher here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2hF_0NsvhjvOUUyQWlSd05UakE/view?usp=sharing

And an alert from the ORB in South FL here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2hF_0NsvhjvNmpIeTJYbzMxRHM/view?usp=sharing
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: almass on January 11, 2016, 03:10:52 PM
hello,

I am looking to get a group rate on disney tickets 3 days hopper please pm me if you interested and let me know how many tickets you need.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: henche on January 11, 2016, 03:23:46 PM
You can view a letter from the local FL rabbonim denouncing the newly formed hechsher here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2hF_0NsvhjvOUUyQWlSd05UakE/view?usp=sharing

And an alert from the ORB in South FL here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2hF_0NsvhjvNmpIeTJYbzMxRHM/view?usp=sharing

I am personally acquianted with the rabbanim behind the new vaad, and vouch for them.

The alert from ORB is no different than what every hechsher does when a customer switches--you put out an alert that they are no longer under your hashgacha.  Look in the Yated, Hamodia, for many examples.


Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on January 11, 2016, 03:28:05 PM
Milts Orlando menu posted on their facebook page - seems pretty limited. Anything good there?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 11, 2016, 03:30:07 PM
I am personally acquianted with the rabbanim behind the new vaad, and vouch for them.


+1
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on January 11, 2016, 03:41:51 PM
I am personally acquianted with the rabbanim behind the new vaad, and vouch for them.
Does anyone know why the old hechsher dropped them? I've gotten various answers with the restaurant claiming that they fired the kashrus org because they wanted to upgrade. It's a bit strange when your upgrade it to a new kashrus org. Others are suggesting that the kashrus org dropped them (I have no idea why). Getting to the bottom of this is extremely important.

I'm an auditor. When a company switches to a new firm to do their audit, the new firm is required to correspond with the old firm to understand why there was a change. If we fire a client because they are doing fraud, the new firm that takes over the audit needs to be aware of it.

If everytime a kashrus org finds problems they are just fired and replaced then the quality of kashrus won't be good. I'm not suggesting any knowledge of kashrus problems but I think the public should be aware of why there was a switch.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: henche on January 11, 2016, 03:44:21 PM
Does anyone know why the old hechsher dropped them? I've gotten various answers with the restaurant claiming that they fired the kashrus org because they wanted to upgrade. It's a bit strange when your upgrade it to a new kashrus org. Others are suggesting that the kashrus org dropped them (I have no idea why). Getting to the bottom of this is extremely important.

I'm an auditor. When a company switches to a new firm to do their audit, the new firm is required to correspond with the old firm to understand why there was a change. If we fire a client because they are doing fraud, the new firm that takes over the audit needs to be aware of it.

If everytime a kashrus org finds problems they are just fired and replaced then the quality of kashrus won't be good.

All fair questions.  This is why "in-town" kashrus is stereotypically bad, because there a million hashgachos competing and if one is enforcing too many standards, you just switch.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on January 11, 2016, 04:13:45 PM
I am personally acquianted with the rabbanim behind the new vaad, and vouch for them.


+1
+2
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: henche on January 11, 2016, 04:26:07 PM
Milts Orlando menu posted on their facebook page - seems pretty limited. Anything good there?

How are they smoking in Orlando? Do they have a trailer smoker?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 11, 2016, 04:27:55 PM
+2
+3. I know the rabanim from the new Hechsher personally.  I would eat there in a heartbeat
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alexk. on January 11, 2016, 06:47:43 PM
Not taking sides here...

Seems to me that there has been a long established faction that has always run the Kashrus in Orlando (pretty much) that is affiliated with one faction.

Another group has established a presence in the last number of years and has grown to the point of being able to have another legitimate organization for Kashrus.

The whole thing smells from pure politics.   
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on January 11, 2016, 07:04:28 PM
All fair questions.  This is why "in-town" kashrus is stereotypically bad, because there a million hashgachos competing and if one is enforcing too many standards, you just switch.
Well in the small town of Orlando (and the rest of Central FL) there only was one hashgocha, the RCF, so not so much an in-town thing.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: henche on January 11, 2016, 07:23:35 PM
I've heard there is a sign from the Star-K in the restaurant saying along the lines that they visited and like the vaad's system (or something like that). Can anyone confirm? Pic?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 11, 2016, 07:36:30 PM
I've heard there is a sign from the Star-K in the restaurant saying along the lines that they visited and like the vaad's system (or something like that). Can anyone confirm? Pic?

i was there. didn't see it, but didn't look either
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on January 11, 2016, 09:17:09 PM
How do you decide which villa to rent ? There are to many options, and getting way overwhelmed.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 12, 2016, 05:08:37 PM
How do you decide which villa to rent ? There are to many options, and getting way overwhelmed.
I went with vacationpoolhomes because someone I work with has a home and uses them to manage it. He said they are reliable. Im going in feb. ill report back after.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoejoe on January 13, 2016, 09:24:09 AM
I did priceline bid $11 a day for compact car, from 1/17-1/22 and won! from hertz
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: almass on January 14, 2016, 08:23:20 AM
I did priceline bid $11 a day for compact car, from 1/17-1/22 and won! from hertz

Costco is cheaper
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoejoe on January 14, 2016, 09:15:33 AM
What is the total on costco? When I checked it was over $150! my total is $97
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 14, 2016, 10:23:32 AM


The whole thing smells from pure politics.

+10000.
And take a look at the paid advertisement on ddms,  notice what is missing. And what the website says about this place. Makes it look more trief than McDonald's

No mention of this
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 14, 2016, 11:49:20 AM
What is the total on costco? When I checked it was over $150! my total is $97
I got a minivan from Costco from 2.3morning  to 2.14 evening for 318. At Alamo. id imagine compact for less days would be way less. Also chase ur portal has me at 26k for same time frame from thrifty
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: almass on January 14, 2016, 10:43:41 PM
What is the total on costco? When I checked it was over $150! my total is $97
I checked last week prices were high
I checked this week and it is the cheapest on airport rental of course with a shuttle on priceline or kayak it is a lot cheaper.

BTW I booked from the 25-28th of Jan  for 46 from Alamo on costco total on priceline for a shuttle I have a reservation for 35 from rent max
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 15, 2016, 12:40:26 PM
I checked last week prices were high
I checked this week and it is the cheapest on airport rental of course with a shuttle on priceline or kayak it is a lot cheaper.

BTW I booked from the 25-28th of Jan  for 46 from Alamo on costco total on priceline for a shuttle I have a reservation for 35 from rent max
Check gain today. My 12 day minivan went down another 30 on costco
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 17, 2016, 07:47:33 AM
If anyone is interested in Minyanim in Kissimmee, some of my cousins are trying to put one together:
http://www.godaven.com/temporary-minyanim.asp
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: almass on January 18, 2016, 10:24:58 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at the blue green fountians resort and have any feedback about the hotel?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 18, 2016, 10:37:52 PM
Anyone leaving around Feb 3 or later who will have any pots,pans, appliances, etc that they don't want to bring home with them? I'd be glad to take it off your hands...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jakkofalltradez on January 18, 2016, 10:53:01 PM
Does anyone know which building(s) are newer or newly built at the Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas, I-Drive/Orlando? I have heard there might be a big difference in room quality.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: almass on January 19, 2016, 08:18:45 AM
Does anyone know which building(s) are newer or newly built at the Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas, I-Drive/Orlando? I have heard there might be a big difference in room quality.

My Parents went last year and was told by housekeeping that a corner room is the biggest and nicest so from what i know ask for a corner room
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 19, 2016, 08:45:27 AM
Does kosher gourmet sell take out cold cuts? Like sliced and put in butcher paper?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoejoe on January 19, 2016, 02:13:52 PM
Just bought by wallmart tickets to seaworld for $10 cheaper then undercover tourist $74 vs $84
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: almass on January 19, 2016, 04:22:55 PM
Just bought by wallmart tickets to seaworld for $10 cheaper then undercover tourist $74 vs $84

How about disney?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on January 20, 2016, 09:29:33 PM
So here it goes....

Which hotel to stay in Orlando. Prefer next to Disney / Epcot.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 20, 2016, 09:40:17 PM
IMO sheraton lake buena vista 5k points for 2 room suite. 5 min drive to disney
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on January 20, 2016, 09:43:32 PM
IMO sheraton lake buena vista 5k points for 2 room suite. 5 min drive to disney
How about Disney hotels?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on January 20, 2016, 09:52:14 PM
IMO sheraton lake buena vista 5k points for 2 room suite. 5 min drive to disney
Shows 10k per night for me.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 20, 2016, 10:01:24 PM
Shows 10k per night for me.

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1162

manager told me its going up a category this year
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 20, 2016, 10:04:57 PM
How about Disney hotels?
+1 would like to know
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on January 20, 2016, 10:06:24 PM
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1162

manager told me its going up a category this year
Sold out on my dates  :(
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 20, 2016, 10:43:13 PM
How about Disney hotels?

don't know sorry
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 20, 2016, 10:48:52 PM
Why not a villa/townhouse with a private enclosed pool, full kitchen etc, for about the same price or less than a hotel?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 21, 2016, 06:56:02 AM
Why not a villa/townhouse with a private enclosed pool, full kitchen etc, for about the same price or less than a hotel?
Because it doesn't have the magic of Disney. Plus, aren't all those around 20+ minutes from the park? There's definitely something to be said about staying a 5-minute shuttle ride away (and not having to rent a car/pay for parking).
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on January 21, 2016, 08:01:24 AM
Because it doesn't have the magic of Disney. Plus, aren't all those around 20+ minutes from the park? There's definitely something to be said about staying a 5-minute shuttle ride away (and not having to rent a car/pay for parking).
Having to rely on the Disney transportation system is iffy. Can take as long as driving from a house 20nminutes away. If I stayed din Disney I would rent a car anyway. Not to mention it makes it much harder for kosher without a car as you need to entirely pack food before hand.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on January 21, 2016, 10:21:44 AM
Anybody know if Orlando Torah has been getting a minyan this week?

http://www.orlandotorahcenter.com/minyan.html
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 21, 2016, 11:34:20 AM
Anybody know if Orlando Torah has been getting a minyan this week?

http://www.orlandotorahcenter.com/minyan.html

AFAIK they always have a minyan. they did when I was there although it was close. I assume they have no problem during yeshiva week
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 21, 2016, 11:38:28 AM
Why not a villa/townhouse with a private enclosed pool, full kitchen etc, for about the same price or less than a hotel?
supply + demand
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on January 21, 2016, 11:38:33 AM
AFAIK they always have a minyan. they did when I was there although it was close. I assume they have no problem during yeshiva week
I went a few years ago at the beginning of January (before yeshiva week) and they didn't have a minyan any day.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: far rockaway on January 21, 2016, 11:44:39 AM
Anyone have the Championsgate minyan details or the contact phone number who's arranging it?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 21, 2016, 11:45:48 AM
I went a few years ago at the beginning of January (before yeshiva week) and they didn't have a minyan any day.

in the last two years 4 more families (at least) moved down there so if it was before that I could understand
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on January 21, 2016, 11:47:08 AM
in the last two years 4 more families (at least) moved down there so if it was before that I could understand
Yup was before that. Thanks for the info, i'll try it out on Monday.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on January 21, 2016, 10:45:27 PM
Anyone stayed in the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress? How was?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on January 24, 2016, 12:20:40 AM
Walt Disney World Swan or Dolphin?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Levi D on January 24, 2016, 09:45:03 PM
Looking for a Minyan in Reunion Resort for this Shabbos (Jan 30). We have 8 as of now. Please PM if you will be in the area and are able to join.



Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Safetynet on January 25, 2016, 12:19:19 PM
I need a recommendation for a nice villa with a pool . For a couple.

TIA
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on January 25, 2016, 03:31:06 PM
Anybody know if Orlando Torah has been getting a minyan this week?

http://www.orlandotorahcenter.com/minyan.html
Was there this morning. There were about 25 ppl there and had a nice pace - not too slow or fast.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on January 26, 2016, 05:21:10 PM
Anyone staying in a home with private pool next Tuesday?  I have a lazy day with my daughter  (no theme park) and would be interested in working something out for a few hours.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoejoe on February 05, 2016, 10:32:54 AM
Does anyone know if there's any Villa's to rent walking distance to a minyan?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on February 07, 2016, 02:09:35 PM
Does anyone know if there's any Villa's to rent walking distance to a minyan?
I think there are a bunch by chabad
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on February 07, 2016, 07:51:21 PM
Anyone know anything about when charcterpalooza  is at Hollywood studios?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: verveist on February 08, 2016, 09:35:09 AM
has  anyone had any experience  with the vacation packages that they sell for orlando (and other places) between $60-200 for 3 nights 4 days etc. but you must do a 90min. or more overview of their resort ? Is there maybe somewhere a separate thread about this?   
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: FlyFirst on February 08, 2016, 05:24:18 PM
has  anyone had any experience  with the vacation packages that they sell for orlando (and other places) between $60-200 for 3 nights 4 days etc. but you must do a 90min. or more overview of their resort ? Is there maybe somewhere a separate thread about this?   
No clue, seems like a scam, Any link ?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 08, 2016, 05:52:16 PM
has  anyone had any experience  with the vacation packages that they sell for orlando (and other places) between $60-200 for 3 nights 4 days etc. but you must do a 90min. or more overview of their resort ? Is there maybe somewhere a separate thread about this?   
Sounds like a typical time share  situation
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on February 08, 2016, 06:04:10 PM
Walt Disney World Swan or Dolphin?

im staying at the swan next month.

Did you end up staying there?

does anyone know if its a nice spg property?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: verveist on February 09, 2016, 01:14:27 AM
Sounds like a typical time share  situation
No clue, seems like a scam, Any link ?

I am very surprised that no one knows about this and no thread here with all these experts out here. These have been going on for many many years with sometimes getting by mail or phone offers for totally free vacations. Anyway here is one link (not on my achryas!) I am sure there are many. you can google cheap/free vacation packages or something similar. This site alone has a few destinations.

https://www.exclusivegetawayvacations.com/hilton-head.php?gclid=CjwKEAiAluG1BRDrvsqCtYWk81gSJACZ2BCeJFjMuji3Qu6V9UaxNaiSRbC88IkNVsRt0s3QlmmnlRoCWzbw_wcB

         
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: verveist on February 09, 2016, 01:30:01 AM
yes, it is the time share thing (I didnt know how it was officially called)
Is there a thread some were about this?
   
Here is a link talking about the problems of these.


http://www.moneycrashers.com/attending-timeshare-presentation-free-vacation/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: verveist on February 09, 2016, 02:08:52 AM
Thanks for giving me the official name "timeshare". Now I was able to search for it here on the fourms and found a very small thread about it.

To phrase it  "correctly" it's not really "timeshare" but  a sales pitch for "timeshare".

Anyway it sounds like if you have the strength not to be sucked in to these pitches the vacation deal could be a good catch.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on February 12, 2016, 05:54:30 PM
Returning minivan on sunday to Alamo at MCO with wife and 2 kids with 2 car seats, 4 large suitcases, polar bear large cooler, 4 carry on size rolling suitcases. Best way to get this done? On pickup we ended up using skycap as they were the only ones with the big luggge racks.  Is there curbside check in? Do i drop off wife and kids and all stuff by departures then return car? Are there skycaps by rental car drop off?

thanks! 
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on February 19, 2016, 11:11:35 AM
Why not a villa/townhouse with a private enclosed pool, full kitchen etc, for about the same price or less than a hotel?
Seems you are going soon or was just there. Need advice. Thinking of going in July, two adults, just to take it easy. I'm getting the feeling Epcot is the best for us older folks. Anything else? I would love one of those homes with the totally private pool. Is there something like a Marriot that has that (I have Marriot points)? Where's the best one? I've been successful in the past with COSTCO for a car, what do you think? I'm confused about these hechsherim. Where's the best places with no shailas for milchig and fleishig. Is there a minyan near whatever you may recommend for a home with a private pool? Thinking of not staying for Shabbos because of all the hassles. Opinion? Advice? Help? Thanks in advance. (Crazy question - or should we go somewhere else totally?)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on February 22, 2016, 07:09:52 PM
Seems you are going soon or was just there. Need advice. Thinking of going in July,
gonna be crazy packed (https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/july-2016/#calendar) and hot as hell
two adults, just to take it easy. I'm getting the feeling Epcot is the best for us older folks.
Depends.If your young at heart then you'll love magic kingdom
 
Anything else? I would love one of those homes with the totally private pool.
The houses with the bigger pools look to be enclosed in screens that people can see into from other backyards.  Some have more private ones, but they are smaller (at least from the management company i used)
Is there something like a Marriot that has that (I have Marriot points)?
The homes are all privately owned. AFAIK none of the hotel chains have stuff like that, but i could be wrong.
Where's the best one? I've been successful in the past with COSTCO for a car, what do you think?
try chase ultimate rewards portal as well
Quote from: Mutty link=topic=969.msg1414224#msg1414224 date=1455898295 I'm confused about these hechsherim. Where's the best places with no shailas for milchig and fleishig. [/quote
my understanding is that nothing has changed, and whatever used to be good i sstill good. standard politics. I've heard a place called "The pantry" is very good but its about 50 minutes from disney. Wynn Dixie has a very large kosher section. We broight all our food, but my wife said we could easily have bought most of what we needed there.
Quote from: Mutty link=topic=969.msg1414224#msg1414224 date=1455898295Is there a minyan near whatever you may recommend for a home with a private pool?[/quote
we didn't have one near us.  [quote author=Mutty link=topic=969.msg1414224#msg1414224 date=1455898295 Thinking of not staying for Shabbos because of all the hassles. Opinion? Advice? Help? Thanks in advance. (Crazy question - or should we go somewhere else totally?)
If the crowd calendar above is accurate, and it's anything like magic kingdom was last sunday (9/10) , its gonna be INSANELY packed.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on February 22, 2016, 08:11:53 PM
noturbizniss . Thanks for the details. We might rethink this.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: gevaldig on February 22, 2016, 10:55:25 PM
Flying to Orlando 2/28 for 5 days. Booked a nice villa. Went thru this whole thread really amazing.  Just wondering if anyone has any experience using the kitchen in such a villa?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: E R K on February 22, 2016, 11:18:15 PM
Flying to Orlando 2/28 for 5 days. Booked a nice villa. Went thru this whole thread really amazing.  Just wondering if anyone has any experience using the kitchen in such a villa?
What do you want to know? The place is usually very clean. You can kashur oven but you should find out when previous people were there. Or double wrap your food.You can easily kashur microwave. And you need to find out what kind of stove top is there. I went for Pesach one year and the picture online was different than what was there. I had to contact my LOR and he advised me how to use stovetop.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on February 23, 2016, 11:32:07 AM
Flying to Orlando 2/28 for 5 days. Booked a nice villa. Went thru this whole thread really amazing.  Just wondering if anyone has any experience using the kitchen in such a villa?
If oven has self clean then your good to go. Just make sure it's clean inside (it should be), and self clean for an hour. My rav said if no self clean then just do highest temp for an hour. Stainless steel sinks, just pour boiling water all over them. Microwave, boil cup of water for like 10 minutes.  Might be issues with the glass rotating tray. Consult your LOR on that. Electric stove top I think cN just be cleaned and heated, gas must be cleaned well then flip grates upside down and pit in high heat for an hour I think.
Ask your LOR to confirm all the above.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: gevaldig on February 23, 2016, 03:28:37 PM
Thanks, as the kitchen has granite can I just put food down on it?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on February 23, 2016, 07:27:49 PM
Thanks, as the kitchen has granite can I just put food down on it?
Ask you LOR or http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=11285.0
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: gevaldig on February 24, 2016, 05:29:36 PM
What's the best way to get around in Orlando without having to wait at the cash toll booth?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on February 24, 2016, 11:04:36 PM
What's the best way to get around in Orlando without having to wait at the cash toll booth?
sunpass.
if your trip is not for a few months, buy online at https://www.sunpass.com/selectAcceptAgreementPurchaseTransponder.action. otherwise you can get both versions at any CVS. In addition to not waiting for cash booths, you also avoid many of the exact change only plazas, and often they charge less for sunpass than for cash.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 21, 2016, 06:26:52 PM
Does anyone know of babysitting in Orlando over chol hamoed? (not going with one of the programs)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: JayR on April 04, 2016, 02:33:45 AM
This WIKI needs major updates and added information
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on April 04, 2016, 09:50:45 AM
This WIKI needs major updates and added information
Be our guest and be the one to do it.

Then put your name over here: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=43837.0
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoe joe on April 04, 2016, 11:45:14 AM
What's the best way to get around in Orlando without having to wait at the cash toll booth?
as many times as I was there (and its a lot) theres never been a line by the cash lane! Besides use Google maps or waze and there's an option to avoid toll!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on April 04, 2016, 10:06:01 PM
as many times as I was there (and its a lot) theres never been a line by the cash lane! Besides use Google maps or waze and there's an option to avoid toll!
But you need exact change and it's often a bit cheaper to use sunpass
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Freddie on April 04, 2016, 10:22:36 PM
I just took the plunge and bought a sunpass once and for all. Thank you, @noturbizniss for the HT.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoe joe on April 04, 2016, 10:27:28 PM
But you need exact change and it's often a bit cheaper to use sunpass
not true they all give change was just there this past Jan.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on April 04, 2016, 10:54:49 PM
not true they all give change was just there this past Jan.
Totally not true. Many of them are exact change only. You may have not used them but don't extrapolate your limited experience to every toll booth.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: JayR on April 05, 2016, 09:40:30 AM
Totally not true. Many of them are exact change only.
+1
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoe joe on April 05, 2016, 10:53:55 AM
Totally not true. Many of them are exact change only. You may have not used them but don't extrapolate your limited experience to every toll booth.
3-4 times a year. For 10-14 days is limited experience??
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: JayR on April 05, 2016, 10:55:26 AM
Anyone stayed at the WA in Orlando? How close is it to disney?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on April 05, 2016, 10:57:24 AM
3-4 times a year. For 10-14 days is limited experience??
Obviously not enough if you've never come across the many exact toll plazas
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on April 12, 2016, 10:42:05 AM
Has anyone here used touringplans.com ?

Is it useful?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 12, 2016, 12:19:57 PM
VERY good. But now you need to pay for the good stuff. They have discount codes scattered all over the website. Make sure to download the app also.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on April 12, 2016, 01:10:04 PM
VERY good. But now you need to pay for the good stuff. They have discount codes scattered all over the website. Make sure to download the app also.
Need to pay for which good stuff?

Also does it make sense to do Orlando for Chul Hamued with a 4 month old + 2 1/2 year old + 6 year old? Or it will be too challenging?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: JayR on April 12, 2016, 01:28:44 PM
Need to pay for which good stuff?

Also does it make sense to do Orlando for Chul Hamued with a 4 month old + 2 1/2 year old + 6 year old? Or it will be too challenging?

"To do Orlando"? What does that mean? There are many theme parks for all ages. 3 kids is not too much to handle depending on the parents. This year's Chol Hamoed is great for parks because there are so many weekdays.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on April 12, 2016, 02:12:26 PM
"To do Orlando"? What does that mean? There are many theme parks for all ages. 3 kids is not too much to handle depending on the parents. This year's Chol Hamoed is great for parks because there are so many weekdays.
My question is, has anyone here done it? I'd need a double carriage? It sounds challenging...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on April 12, 2016, 09:16:56 PM
My question is, has anyone here done it? I'd need a double carriage? It sounds challenging...
We went in Feb with 5 and 2.5 year old and had double carriage
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on May 01, 2016, 07:27:17 AM
Is there a kosher pizza shop or dairy restaurant in Orlando?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoe joe on May 01, 2016, 09:30:47 AM
Is there a kosher pizza shop or dairy restaurant in Orlando?
definitely is Takeout only cant remember their info contact Chabad they should have more info
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on May 08, 2016, 02:24:38 PM
I'm going to be in Orlando this week for work. Can anyone recommend good evening non-them park activities?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on May 08, 2016, 05:56:27 PM
I'm going to be in Orlando this week for work. Can anyone recommend good evening non-them park activities?
Cirque Du Soleil?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoe joe on May 08, 2016, 06:36:51 PM
I'm going to be in Orlando this week for work. Can anyone recommend good evening non-them park activities?
there's (I think its called) international drive has lots of stuff. P.s. last time I was there I met a freind who told me he came for "business" (i guess he thought that hes to old to still enjoy disney) but every day by mincha/Mariv he had a full report what he did that day,so after a few days I ask him hey I thought you came for business so he answers me, believe me taking care of my is a full time job!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on May 16, 2016, 11:15:47 PM
I'm going to be in Orlando this week for work. Can anyone recommend good evening non-them park activities?

Blue Man Group?
Titanic Museum?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: incendia on May 23, 2016, 06:57:41 PM
There is a convention in Orlando July 21-24th that I want to go to.

My question is what to do for Shabbos?
Ideally I would like to leave the convention late Friday and return Saturday night or Sunday mourning.

Do any of the local shuls have a hospitality program?


Does anyone here have any suggestion on what I should do?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 23, 2016, 08:05:01 PM
Reach out to Chabad?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: incendia on May 23, 2016, 08:27:43 PM
Are you basing that on experience or on the general principle that Chabad is helpful to travelers?

I looked at their website and I wasnt very encouraged

My general experience is that Betay Chabad that are geared towards the local population are better then Betay Chabad geared towards tourists 
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 23, 2016, 09:56:10 PM
Are you basing that on experience or on the general principle that Chabad is helpful to travelers?

I looked at their website and I wasnt very encouraged

My general experience is that Betay Chabad that are geared towards the local population are better then Betay Chabad geared towards tourists
I was involved with the Chabad there while visiting Orlando during the week once. From what I understand, they don't Daven in the Shul on Shabbos, but rather in the Rabbi's house. I can't imagine it would hurt to email him and ask for advice on a place to stay/meals for Shabbos.

Interesting experience. IME, the Chabad of Venice (which is mostly geared towards tourists) is extremely helpful in terms of food and Minyanim.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on May 24, 2016, 03:22:09 AM
I was involved with the Chabad there while visiting Orlando during the week once. From what I understand, they don't Daven in the Shul on Shabbos, but rather in the Rabbi's house. I can't imagine it would hurt to email him and ask for advice on a place to stay/meals for Shabbos.

Interesting experience. IME, the Chabad of Venice (which is mostly geared towards tourists) is extremely helpful in terms of food and Minyanim.

That was before they bought their new community center. They're now based out of building on both weekday and Shabbos.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on May 24, 2016, 03:24:00 AM
Are you basing that on experience or on the general principle that Chabad is helpful to travelers?

I looked at their website and I wasnt very encouraged

My general experience is that Betay Chabad that are geared towards the local population are better then Betay Chabad geared towards tourists

Chabad houses in high-tourist areas usually get worn out and bogged down by the number of (interesting) requests they get on a daily basis.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 24, 2016, 07:35:54 AM
That was before they bought their new community center. They're now based out of building on both weekday and Shabbos.
Oh, is that the step mall with the restaurant and grocery or something else? BC if it's the strip mall, then there's a Choice property within walking distance.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on May 24, 2016, 11:40:34 PM
Oh, is that the step mall with the restaurant and grocery or something else? BC if it's the strip mall, then there's a Choice property within walking distance.

Something else.

(http://jewishorlando.com/media/images/843/cZPx8438394.jpg)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on May 26, 2016, 12:25:50 AM
look at orlando torah center.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: zalman123 on July 12, 2016, 03:54:58 PM
Did anyone go to Gatorland? If yes is it a Full day park?
Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jewdkoff on July 14, 2016, 01:41:01 PM
Hi,

Does anyone know about the eruv situation here? There isn't much info on which shuls are included (though looks like no hotels are in it)

http://www.orlandojewishinfo.com/eruv.html

Thanks!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on July 25, 2016, 01:22:36 PM
What to people do for shabbos in orlando? Stay in a resort or move out
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: bingit on July 26, 2016, 01:41:42 AM
Any ideas how to get discount on sea world tickets?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ike88 on September 13, 2016, 08:05:14 PM
I was looking at the SPG sheraton "vistana" for a weeked but didn't book bc not walk able to any shulls. anyone have suggestions for family friendly SPG with a shul nearby? thanks!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on September 13, 2016, 08:47:00 PM
I was looking at the SPG sheraton "vistana" for a weeked but didn't book bc not walk able to any shulls. anyone have suggestions for family friendly SPG with a shul nearby? thanks!

walkable to shul..pretty sure not gonna happen with spg. if you don't mind a 6mile walk to orlando torah center stay check out sheraton lake buena vista
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: maylei on September 26, 2016, 01:13:54 PM
ANY ONE KNOW OF A VILLA IN MIAMI FOR UNDER $250 A NIGHT? FOR MID DECEMBER TIME
Title: Re: ANY ONE KNOW OF A VILLA IN MIAMI FOR UNDER $250 A NIGHT? FOR MID DECEMBER TI
Post by: maylei on September 26, 2016, 01:17:03 PM
I MEANT ORLANDO
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on September 26, 2016, 05:38:54 PM
ANY ONE KNOW OF A VILLA IN MIAMI FOR UNDER $250 A NIGHT? FOR MID DECEMBER TIME
I MEANT ORLANDO
1) No need to yell.
2) You are able to edit your original post; No need for a 2nd one.
3) Try Airbnb- Theres a bazillion on there. I paid way less than $250/night for Pesach
4) Welcome to DDF!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: maylei on September 27, 2016, 10:29:23 AM
1) No need to yell.
2) You are able to edit your original post; No need for a 2nd one.
3) Try Airbnb- Theres a bazillion on there. I paid way less than $250/night for Pesach
4) Welcome to DDF!
Thank you for the welcome, and I have used Airbnb Many times and I love it but I feel it is hard to find a perfect place. (i.e. there is always something that is just a little ehhh.)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on October 05, 2016, 02:25:37 AM
Do any of the Disney parks have a sukkah?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on October 06, 2016, 12:42:28 PM
we have time for 2 parks  which are the best ones?  TIA
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Srulie on October 13, 2016, 10:33:52 PM
Any minyanim near villas this Chol Hamoed?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: deal_rider on October 21, 2016, 01:55:44 PM
is this a legit site for tickets? anyone tried?

http://new.orlandoparkdeals.com/disney-world-one-day-tickets-best-price/
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: maylei on October 26, 2016, 11:44:50 AM
is this a legit site for tickets? anyone tried?

http://new.orlandoparkdeals.com/disney-world-one-day-tickets-best-price/

does any one know if this is legit?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on October 26, 2016, 12:12:34 PM
is this a legit site for tickets? anyone tried?

http://new.orlandoparkdeals.com/disney-world-one-day-tickets-best-price/

Can't imagine that its legit
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Toasted on October 26, 2016, 12:19:30 PM
is this a legit site for tickets? anyone tried?

http://new.orlandoparkdeals.com/disney-world-one-day-tickets-best-price/

Looks like a time share thigamajig.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: maylei on November 03, 2016, 03:44:57 PM
anyone know a place to get discounted magic kingdom tickets?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on November 03, 2016, 04:05:27 PM
https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?url=http%3A%2F%2Fforums%2Edansdeals%2Ecom%2Findex%2Ephp%3Ftopic%3D12044%2Emsg1585431%2Emsg%231585431&share_tid=12044&share_fid=16768&share_type=t&share_pid=1585431
lookign for Disney world tickets
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoe joe on November 03, 2016, 09:52:06 PM
I bought in Walmart next to ritz can't remember how much I paid but I do remember it was. Significantly cheaper
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: maylei on November 20, 2016, 12:26:06 PM
Does anyone know of kosher food places in Orlando?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on November 20, 2016, 12:38:52 PM
Does anyone know of kosher food places in Orlando?
Read the wiki
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: maylei on November 20, 2016, 12:41:02 PM
What wiki?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on November 20, 2016, 12:42:34 PM
What wiki?
Of this thread.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on December 26, 2016, 08:15:43 PM
is Orlando Zika free?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on December 27, 2016, 12:32:29 AM
Yes.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on December 27, 2016, 09:11:25 PM
Anyone know if there is a minyan in Reunion during winter break?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on December 28, 2016, 04:16:51 PM
Yes.
thank you
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: samzyr on January 01, 2017, 09:40:17 AM
Anyone know of any resorts/vacation villages in Orlando that will have a minyan for Shabbos Jan 28?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: far rockaway on January 01, 2017, 09:50:11 AM
Anyone know of any resorts/vacation villages in Orlando that will have a minyan for Shabbos Jan 28?
Check here: http://godaven.com/temporary-minyanim.asp
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: samzyr on January 01, 2017, 10:26:04 AM
Thanks. They only have Sheraton vistana listed for that weekend. I'm looking for a villa in a resort. Anyone know of any? Anyone have any info on kosher Orlando villas at champions gate?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on January 02, 2017, 12:59:39 PM
I have a trip planned for end of January through the beginning of February. I was looking to only do Magic Kingdom and Seaworld.
I have a couple of questions since I was never in Orlando that time of year.
How is the weather around the time I am going? Is there only 1 kosher place to eat? I want to stay in a hotel that is kid friendly and nice. I don't want to stay in a ugly hotel. TIA
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 02, 2017, 04:39:41 PM
It's cold. Sweatshirt was not enough when I went in January. :-\
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 02, 2017, 07:14:03 PM
Weather varies. We were there in November and it was freezing in sweatshirts and we were there in the beginning of February and it was swimming weather

It's been a few years so don't know the status of Kosher food, and we always stay at a home with a pool (Vrbo or home away)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: JFEADV on January 03, 2017, 12:28:37 PM
looking to set up minyan for Shabbos feb 4th in watersong development we have 5 men
pls pm me
ty

Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: almass on January 04, 2017, 02:28:45 PM
Thanks. They only have Sheraton vistana listed for that weekend. I'm looking for a villa in a resort. Anyone know of any? Anyone have any info on kosher Orlando villas at champions gate?

Last year i stayed in bluegreen fountians across the street from the sheraton vistana international drive.

they have a 3 room  bedroom  with kitchen and Washer/dryer.

last year there was a minyan in the bluegreen i am hoping for the same this yr.

if not i will go across the street to sheraton vistana international drive
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: almass on January 05, 2017, 02:29:11 PM
anyone have a florida resident for disney tickets?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on January 12, 2017, 02:28:47 PM
FYI if anyone needs Legoland tickets I have a code (seemingly unlimited) for buy one adult get one kid free. The code is good through 6/30/17. Need to make separate orders to purchase more than 2 tickets and orders need to be on separate credit cards. PM for details.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on January 14, 2017, 08:12:55 PM
Is magical getaway.com legit? Their deals are pretty crazy
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on January 15, 2017, 10:28:47 PM
Is magical getaway.com legit? Their deals are pretty crazy
Bump
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2017, 10:46:34 PM
Their good deals are for Florida residents only. The regular tickets seem pretty standard.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on January 15, 2017, 11:00:51 PM
Bump
GIYF (http://www.giyf.com)

Based on my quick search: there is some type of timeshare catch and it is through Wyndham.

Site with the getaways (with a s is a scam)


ETA: scroll down to bottom of site: THIS ADVERTISING MATERIAL IS BEING USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF SOLICITING SALES OF VACATION OWNERSHIP PLANS.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on January 15, 2017, 11:03:10 PM
Anyone been to chabad in Orlando for shabbos meals?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 16, 2017, 08:54:17 PM
Why did chabbad pull the hechsher? Is the new hechsher reliable?
seems there was crazy politics and hate bw the chabad community and the new chofetz chayim community, in the words of our leader SAD!!
but seriously, i assume noone has heard anything bad on the technical kashrus there, right?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 16, 2017, 09:02:07 PM
i assume noone has heard anything bad on the technical kashrus there, right?


I know the people very well and I would trust them.

not sure what that means to you though

FWIW. its on kosherquest.org as well
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on January 17, 2017, 04:40:17 PM

I know the people very well and I would trust them.

not sure what that means to you though

FWIW. its on kosherquest.org as well
its on the CRC list
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: chazan brezch on January 18, 2017, 07:41:48 PM
Any minyanim in any villa communities for Shabbos 1/28 or 2/4?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on January 18, 2017, 08:19:35 PM
Any minyanim in any villa communities for Shabbos 1/28 or 2/4?
+1 I'll be probably be there that Shabbos (1/28). Trying to see what's the odds of having a minyan in the same gated community
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on January 24, 2017, 11:05:21 PM
Is there any way to get cheaper blue man group tickets?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aacracksam on January 25, 2017, 12:12:33 PM
I have 6 Orlando Seaworld Tickets for Sale PM for Details
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Post by: Dan on January 25, 2017, 09:58:27 PM
Anyone able to fix the formatting in the Wiki?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 25, 2017, 10:05:13 PM
Just tried unsuccessfully.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 25, 2017, 11:37:45 PM
done
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 26, 2017, 12:46:53 AM
Just wanted to say the orlando kosher food scene is still pretty terrible.

no real (reliably hechshered) milchig place, and all the meat places are subpar, other than kosher grill which is probably just about par normally, but come winter break it drops a bit due to the business and limited menu they need to use with all the people. prob our first vacation in a while where we all preferred to stay at the hotel and eat ice cream and egg and cheese sandwiches (with good costco muenster and great bread from trader joes) for DINNER rather than go out to eat or even get takeout. Somebody needs to make a good popup restaurant for yeshiva week in a spacious gym or something with a quality buffet/sushi table, and they would make a mint.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on January 26, 2017, 12:56:59 AM
done
Thanks a lot clearer now
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dbtee on January 28, 2017, 08:58:18 PM
Just wanted to say the orlando kosher food scene is still pretty terrible.

no real (reliably hechshered) milchig place, and all the meat places are subpar, other than kosher grill which is probably just about par normally, but come winter break it drops a bit due to the business and limited menu they need to use with all the people. prob our first vacation in a while where we all preferred to stay at the hotel and eat ice cream and egg and cheese sandwiches (with good costco muenster and great bread from trader joes) for DINNER rather than go out to eat or even get takeout. Somebody needs to make a good popup restaurant for yeshiva week in a spacious gym or something with a quality buffet/sushi table, and they would make a mint.


Came on here to ask if there was any decent shabbos catering place ..but guess I'm dreaming?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 29, 2017, 11:38:58 AM
Came on here to ask if there was any decent shabbos catering place ..but guess I'm dreaming?
u can probably ask kosher grill and get some grilled chicken and turkey pastrami etc.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dbtee on January 29, 2017, 11:43:43 AM
Thank you, my other option is to bring food. Has anyone had any experience shipping toaster oven/ crockpot from Amazon to the Reunion housing complex? Would they deliver directly to my villa?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on February 01, 2017, 12:51:26 AM
Any early mincha's or early mincha/maariv this week?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on February 01, 2017, 11:17:08 PM
Any later maariv?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on February 02, 2017, 10:30:59 AM
Any early mincha's or early mincha/maariv this week?
Early in the week kosher grill had a 5:53 mincha followed by marriv. And had luck in the park we made mincha followed by marriv at shkiah
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on February 02, 2017, 10:54:25 AM
On chol hamoed kosher grill also had a mincha/mariv at shkiah
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on February 02, 2017, 10:58:41 AM
Early in the week kosher grill had a 5:53 mincha followed by marriv. And had luck in the park we made mincha followed by marriv at shkiah
Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on February 02, 2017, 10:59:09 AM
Anyone at islands of adventure today who wants to make a mincha Minyan?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on February 02, 2017, 01:10:58 PM
Early in the week kosher grill had a 5:53 mincha followed by marriv. And had luck in the park we made mincha followed by marriv at shkiah
Is butter beer kosher?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on February 02, 2017, 03:09:30 PM
Is butter beer kosher?
per wiki As of 1/15 (presumably 2016), the mix for ButterBeer had a hechsher, but the topping did not, and they won't serve you without it.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on February 02, 2017, 03:54:20 PM
per wiki As of 1/15 (presumably 2016), the mix for ButterBeer had a hechsher, but the topping did not, and they won't serve you without it.
Is this info current? And is it dairy?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on February 02, 2017, 05:26:23 PM
Is this info current? And is it dairy?
dunno...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on February 02, 2017, 05:34:06 PM
dunno...
Vaad said they don't think it's kosher
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shulem92 on February 02, 2017, 10:25:28 PM
How is the weather around the time I am going?
how is/was the weather?
It's cold. Sweatshirt was not enough when I went in January. :-\
Weather varies. We were there in November and it was freezing in sweatshirts and we were there in the beginning of February and it was swimming weather
do you remember the degrees?
today showed a high of 78
is there hope for this year?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoe joe on February 03, 2017, 01:00:45 AM
how is/was the weather?do you remember the degrees?
today showed a high of 78
is there hope for this year?
last January at night you need a sweater by day not but definitely no swimming
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on February 03, 2017, 01:03:18 AM
how is/was the weather?do you remember the degrees?
today showed a high of 78
is there hope for this year?
Was there earlier this week and it was COLD! Shabbos was in the 50's but starting warming up as the week went by and it was in the 70's Wednesday but does get chilly at night
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on February 03, 2017, 01:09:33 AM
how is/was the weather?do you remember the degrees?
today showed a high of 78
is there hope for this year?
I'm currently here. The weather today was perfect!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shulem92 on February 03, 2017, 01:12:43 AM
I'm currently here. The weather today was perfect!
Keep it warm for me please ;)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on February 06, 2017, 12:51:50 AM
Just wanted to say the orlando kosher food scene is still pretty terrible.

no real (reliably hechshered) milchig place, and all the meat places are subpar, other than kosher grill which is probably just about par normally, but come winter break it drops a bit due to the business and limited menu they need to use with all the people. prob our first vacation in a while where we all preferred to stay at the hotel and eat ice cream and egg and cheese sandwiches (with good costco muenster and great bread from trader joes) for DINNER rather than go out to eat or even get takeout. Somebody needs to make a good popup restaurant for yeshiva week in a spacious gym or something with a quality buffet/sushi table, and they would make a mint.
Had the steak tonight at kosher grill. Pretty good.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on February 06, 2017, 01:11:27 AM
Had the steak tonight at kosher grill. Pretty good.
In my personal opinion (with DW) kosher grill was nothing special, and everything had paprika in it. On the other hand kosher eatery was very tasty and nice portions.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shulem92 on February 07, 2017, 01:19:44 AM
Anyone ever been to Hilton grand vacations club at tuscany village?
Or any of the Hilton grand vacations for that matter, (just that one looked the nicest)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on February 20, 2017, 08:52:45 PM
I'm thinking about going to Bella Vida resort for Pesach. Is anyone else going? Can anyone share past Pesach experiences? Is it mostly Jewish for Pesach?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: itreu001 on February 21, 2017, 09:42:38 AM
We are looking into going to Orlando and spending shabbos there. We'd like to be somewhere near a shul and somewhere that has some food for at least shabbos day. It appears that the only options are the places within walking distance of Chabad? Does anyone have any experiences with any of the decent places that Chabad has deals with like the Westgate or the others? Has anyone done this? It appears that we will be going at a time where there will not be any minyanim at any of the resort communities, so it doesn't look like its an option for us at this time. We would be going as a family of 6 so we are looking for more a suite type of hotel, rather than just squeezing into a single room. Thank you in advance.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on February 21, 2017, 03:09:08 PM
if you stay at the westgate for shabbos make sure that you know what to do with the room sensors.  when we stayed there, we realized just before shabbos that there was a sensor on the door controlling the a/c.  We had the disconnect the a/c for shabbos.  I was told afterwards that you can use a magnet to fool the door, but i haven't tried it myself.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Shua on February 22, 2017, 11:06:48 PM
So this TR is pretty long but want to keep a record for the future (and maybe it will help someone out!)

Went to Orlando for 5 days over Yeshiva week in January. We decided to spend all our time in Disney world as there are 4 main parks.

January is one of the slowest months in the park. If you can I would try to go when it's a slow time as it makes the trip far more enjoyable.

Weather worked out great as the first 2 days was in the 80’s Friday 70, Shabbos and Sunday in the 60’s

Food we bought from home and went to Walmart and Publix. Was too exhausted to go to any restaurants at night.
We bought a 5 day pass at undercovertourist so we saved about $14 a ticket.

There is a major reason to buy tickets in advance. Every ticket comes with 3 free fastpass’s (and once you use up the 3 fatspasses you can then add a 4th in the park) You can book the fastpass up to 30 days in advance (if you stay at the resort you can book up to 60 days in advance). Some rides (the Frozen ride in epcot) book up really early.

Its extremely important to plan your trip beforehand. The more you plan the smoother and less line filled day your vacation will be. While you don’t have to be at the parks from the second it opens till it closes the more time you spend in the park the more you will see.

Magic Kingdom need 1 and a half to 2 days, Hollywood needs 1 day, Epcot a half to 1 day, Animal kingdom a half to a full day.

I didn’t do it but the hopper isn’t really recommended especially if you have small kids as it takes a long time just to get from one park to the other

Fastpass can be the difference between having a great vacation and a line filled one. If you plan it well you really can do most of all the parks without any waiting! The most we ever waited on any ride was a half hour (besides for one ride that only 4 people in our group of 18 went on as we couldn’t get a fastpass to that). We made sure to fastpass the popular rides, which we found out from researching beforehand

Get the app! It’s a bit buggy at times it shows the wait times as well as your fastpass’s for the trip. We linked up all 3 families accounts so anyone could add/change a fastpass for everyone.

It is very important to see what time shows are (especially in Hollywood which has a lot of shows) so you can plan your day around it.

There are photographers in all the parks. Many of the rides have pictures on the rides. It is free to take pictures (make sure you scan your card) and it will show up on your app. For a flat fee you can order all the pictures. If you link up a bunch of families together and split it, its not too bad of a deal

We were 3 families all together so we rented a house in champions gate. House was brand new and had a game room which was perfect for Shabbos.

Day 1 Hollywood.

You should Fastpass: Toystory ride, Fantasmic show, Aerosmith ride (unless you do single rider), Startours, Frozen show

Was in Hollywood at 945. We were planning on seeing the Beauty and the beast show at 11, so the big kids went on Aerosmith ride (excellent) and little kids went to meet Jake, Doc Mcstuffins and Sophia. Tip for Aerosmith, if your party doesn’t mind do the single rider. While our wait was about 20 minutes in the morning, the single rider was under 5 minute wait. Beauty and the beast show was a half hour show very broadway like. Kids enjoyed. After that we went to the 12PM Indiana Jones show which the older kids liked. Then we all went to the muppet 3D movie which was just ok, kids enjoyed but you can definitely skip. Then we did a fastpass for startours. Startours was fantastic. They have over 20 different “rides” so if you go on again odds are you wont have the same ride/stimulation twice! Then we headed over to toystory where we had a fastpass which was excellent. Much better than the buzzlight year ride in Magic kingdom. Then we saw the little mermaid show. Was told with puppets, cute but can skip. Then the liitle kids went to see the Disney Jr show (fastpass) and the bigger kids went on tower of terror (fastpass). Tower of terror was a real letdown. Really not scary and a small drop. We then did the great movie ride. Lots of old movies can be skipped. Then we went to the frozen show. While we had fastpass for this not really necessary. This was a great/hilarious show. They had 2 comedians tell over the story with small apperances by Anna and Elsa. Lots of humor that went right over the kids heads. We ended our day with Fantasmic show. As we couldn’t get fastpass for this we made sure to get there about 45 minutes early and ate dinner while we waited for the show to start. Even getting there this early we still sat off to the side. This is a fantastic show. Show is a half hour long and park closes at 8. There was a starwars show that some people went to go see, but others went back on the toystory ride as there was zero wait! Went on the ride 3 times before they closed.

Day 2 Magic Kingdom

You should Fastpass: Peter pan ride, Seven Dwarfs ride, Space Mountain, Storytime with Belle, Thunder Mountain, Meeting Mickey, Meeting the princesses, Splash mountain 

Every other park you park your car and walk right in. Not in magic kingdom. You have to take a monorail or a ferry (which is slower) from the parking lot till the park. Takes about a half hour extra. We got in and went straight to storytime with belle. One of the best character meetups (as opposed to meeting mickey). They involved all the kids in the story. After that some of the older kids wanted to go on the Seven dwarf rollercoaster. As we didn’t have fastpass and the wait was 80 minutes most of the group decided to do other things. In the time they went on the seven dwarfs, the group did winne the pooh ride, little mermaid ride and dumbo ride. All 3 are geared to little kids so was good that we split. Then everyone met back up and went on barnstormer which is a small rollercoaster. After that we all went to buzzlight year ride (fastpass) not nearly as good as the ride in Hollywood (but if you aren’t going to Hollywood still worth checking out). Went to the monsters Inc show. Pretty funny (text your joke in while you wait and it will be part of the show!) Then we went to pirates of the Caribbean ride. After that we saw the 3PM Move it! Shake it! Parade. Kids had a blast dancing with the characters. Then the bigger kids went on space mountain (fastpass) and the little kids went to meet cinderella (fastpass). Space mountain is pretty much completely in the dark. I personally liked Aerosmith ride in Hollywood better. Then we all went to it’s a small world ride. Then right across is peter pan (fastpass). At this point was getting late so some of us went to get good seats for the 2 shows that were back to back at the castle that night, while other people went to see mickey Philharmagic. Cute 3D movie. Then we all met up to see the shows at the castle (once upon a time and wishes). Had great seats right in front of the castle. Both were fantastic. A must see.

Day 3 Epcot

You should Fastpass: Frozen ride, Soarin, Test track (single rider available), Spaceship earth

We couldn’t get fastpasses to frozen and meeting Anna and elsa don’t have fastpasses. So we tried to get to epcot early. As this was also Friday we wanted to do as much as we can before Shabbos. So we got into the park at 930 and ran to the frozen ride. As it was still a bit early, we only waited 30 minutes. The ride itself is just OK but my kids are big frozen fans so they loved it. Right next door (in norway) is meeting anna and elsa. The wait was pretty good and only 20 minutes (shhh dont tell the kids but there are 3 sets of anna and elsa characters!). They were both great. Personable, talkative and making my kids feel special. One of the highlights of the whole trip. The bigger kids meanwhile ran to testrack as we decided to use our fastpass on soarin. As testrack has a single rider line they only waited about 20 minutes (instead of 90!). Then we all met up at Mission Space. There are 2 rides. A more intense ride that had a 20 minute wait and a less intense ride that had a 5 minute wait. So we all did the less intense ride, which all the kids really enjoyed. Then we went to Spaceship earth (fastpass) which is a great ride but the future part at the end is laughable (we already have robots which clean our floors as well as self driving cars etc). Then we went to the  living with the lands show (which is a movie about the environment) and circle of life ride (cute but skippable). Then we did soarin (fastpass). Was fantastic (make sure you get the front row, preferably B1) one of the best rides we did. After that we did journey in to imagination and the sea with nemo ride. Both which the kids enjoyed. At this point it was getting close to Shabbos so we left the park to go back to the home. We did skip all the countries in Epcot. Some people say it’s a waste some people love it. If you are going to skip the counties you only need a half day in epcot. If you are going to do the countries you need a full day.

Day 4 Magic kingdom

Sat night, magic kingdom closed at midnight. So we booked the fastpass to meet mickey for 8 (shabbos was over 640 so worked out perfectly). Was pretty disappointing. Mickey "talks" but says preprogrammed words so not much personable interactions. Kids enjoyed though. As it was night time, there was no wait on splash mountain (checked the app) so the big kids went on that while the little kids did the Aladdin ride. Splash mountain is a very cool experience at night, definitely better then your average water drop  ride at other amusement parks. Then we all did the Jungle cruise together. If you are going to do the safari at animal kingdom you could definitely skip this (all the animals are fake). Lots of corny jokes but it's a nice experience to do at night. Then the older kids did thunder mountain (fastpass) and younger kids did its a small world again. Then we all met up by the teacups and then headed to speedway (fastpass). As the cars are on a track you can't stear off the road. Which made it perfect as my 7 year old was able to drive (he couldn't reach the gas so it was good I went with him). At this point it started raining and was close to 11 but the older kids went on space mountain again and the younger kids did buzz light year again. Then we finally left.

Day 5 Animal Kingdom
Fastpass: Safari, Everest (single rider available), river rapids, dinosaur.

Originally we were planning on doing Magic Kingdom again on Sunday and skipping Animal Kingdom completely. But since we went back Saturday night to magic Kingdom we were able to do all the things we wanted to see there. It was raining in the morning but the forecast said it would stop by 11. As our flight was that night we packed up the car which took a bit longer so it worked out. We also decided to stop off in one of these cheap stores that sell all types of Disney memorabilia for half the price. By the time we got to the park the rain had stopped. We started with a bugs life a 3D movie that the kids enjoyed. Then went to see the Finding Nemo show. Was a live show similar to Lion king on Broadway (where the actors were dressed up like fish/animals). Very good. Then the little kids did tricetop spin while the big kids went on Everest. As we couldn't get a fastpass to Everest we did single rider. The wait was under 5 minutes! Everest might be the best roller coaster in Disney while it doesn't go upside down (only Aerosmith in Hollywood does that) the drop is fantastic and it has a whole backward in the dark part. We wanted to do Dinosaur (which is in that area) but couldn't get a fastpass till later. River rapids was closed for repairs so we couldn't go on that. Walked all the way to the Safari (animal kingdom is huge!) which we had a fastpass for. The Safari is fantastic. Our guide was great! Saw a lot of cool animals. After that we quickly walked through the gorilla trail as we had to make the Lion Kong show. Gorilla trail is very similar to the one on the Bronx zoo (Bronx zoo is better) so if you have been to that one you could skip it. Went to the Lion King show which was a lot of fun. Then as it was getting late we quickly ran to the dinosaur (fastpass) which is just ok, very very bumpy and jerky. Took a few pics in front of the tree and left. While animal kingdom was fun I would say it was probably the least amount of activities of all 4 parks. Lots of walking not as many attractions. Kids really enjoyed the Safari but there many places that have that. They are opening up Avatar in a few months so might be different once they do that.
We got into the car and drove to the airport and our luck we were flying Delta on Jan 29th. Worldwide computer failure. Supposed to fly out at 8pm, didn't leave till 1230 AM. Not fun with 3 kids. But at least I got 5 $200 vouchers!

I am sure I'm leaving out a lot so I might come back to edit from time to time.


Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on February 23, 2017, 12:03:09 AM
Food we bought from home and went to Walmart and Publix.
Just to add
Winn Dixie (11957 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836)
Had everything we needed for Shabbos, challah , fish (frozen) meat, cold cuts , liver and everything in between.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shulem92 on February 23, 2017, 12:40:44 AM


I am sure I'm leaving out a lot so I might come back to edit from time to time.
Great write up. Thanx for taking the time to map out exactly what you did in each park. I'm quite impressed that you remembered every single ride...
As a side note, you only have 3 hours to edit your original post

Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Shua on February 23, 2017, 08:40:18 AM
Great write up. Thanx for taking the time to map out exactly what you did in each park. I'm quite impressed that you remembered every single ride...
As a side note, you only have 3 hours to edit your original post

Ah didn't realize that. If I remember anything new I'll just make a new post.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mplaisir on March 07, 2017, 08:15:20 AM
Does anyone know if there will be a Minyan for Pesach 2017 , in Windsor Palms, that is not part of the "Different Kind Of Pesach" program?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: VLK on March 19, 2017, 05:29:50 PM
Was thinking of going to Orlando with my wife for a few days before pesach. Anyone know of a hotel with villas and private pools in Orlando area ? (Not looking to do any of the parks so if someone has a better destination that's Zika free in the US that would also be helpful
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: VLK on March 19, 2017, 05:30:31 PM
Not interested in staying in rental I want the hotel amenities
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aacracksam on April 04, 2017, 01:40:29 AM
Selling tickets to seaworld Orlando pm for more info.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shmoe joe on April 28, 2017, 03:14:46 PM
Disney world going to the sky's
 http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/the-daily-disney/os-bz-disney-world-gondolas-cable-cars-plans-20170418-story.html
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shie123 on May 21, 2017, 10:13:07 PM
Want to go to Orlando in July with 3 young kids.
I want to do a very nice hotel, with points.
I have mostly SPG and Marriott can anyone recommend?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: itreu001 on May 21, 2017, 11:14:39 PM
Do any of the kosher restaurants in Orlando deliver to any of the hotels? Does anyone have experience doing this and care to share. Thank you.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: A3 on May 26, 2017, 10:00:19 AM
Legoland Florida Awesomer annual pass is on sale for $99 normal $149
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: itreu001 on June 04, 2017, 01:06:23 AM
Just was in Orlando for a week and went to Disney. I've never done a TR yet. But I figured I'd do one to help people out based on our experiences.

We traveled from NYC area to Orlando, and spent a week there. We went to Disney Parks for 4 days. If you do the Disney Parks it is important that you plan in advance, do research, and use the Fastpasses, and use the Disney Fastpass app in the parks. We only waited on 2 lines in the park the entire 4 days (other than fastpass lines). It made the entire difference in the world between an amazing trip, and a trip in which you are waiting on lines the entire time. You must bring with you in the park a battery charger to ensure that your phone does not die. We had a heavy duty Anker fast charger that we use.

If you use Fast Pass, you are allowed to book your Fast Passes up to 30 days in advance, (and 60 if you stay in a Disney Resort). I suggest you get your Fast Passes 30 days in advance. Make sure to book them all for the morning or as early as possible, because once you use up your 3 passes, you then can get them one at a time. What we did, is immediately after going on the ride for the Fast Pass, is book something else right away on the app, even while waiting to get on the next ride, or even on the ride itself. It works. If you can't necessarily find what you want on the app when you are booking when you are in the park, play with it by time, instead of just a generic "afternoon" or "evening". In Magic Kingdom we used more than 10 fast passes alone on a single day.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the times on the Disney App for wait times, is almost like using Waze. The goal of the App is to spread you around the park and to get people from long lines to short lines, and then even them out. So if a line is 20 minutes, it might really be 30 or more. 

We also went out to eat in the few kosher restaurants in Orlando, and the prices are very very expensive. Its the price to pay for having kosher food in a community that is reliant on tourists for seemingly 85-95% of its business.

Day 1 - Flight from EWR to MCO on JetBlue using JetBlue points. We visited the Air Canada Lounge in EWR courtesy of Chase Sapphire. We got there after breakfast was over so slim pickings on the Kosher end. We got a few cans of soda and some lemon water. Our flight was uneventful. Jet Blue now gives free wifi, so that was helpful and the legroom was nice. We rented a minivan from Alamo which we got from Priceline. Alamo is a pain, and they would not give us  free spousal driver privileges. Even though the car was fine, I would not rent from them again just for that.  Since we were going to be staying over the weekend, and it was not high season for orthodox jews, we wanted to stay within walking distance of a shul. So we elected to stay at Westgate Palace with the Chabad Rate. We also wanted to stay at a place that had a full kitchen that we would kasher the oven. Based on my research Westgate was the only decent option. The room was a 2 bedroom suite with a queen in one bedroom and 2 twins in the other BR. There was a pullout coach in the living room. It had a full kitchen with self clean oven (electric flat range though) microwave, full fridge freezer, full washer dryer, 2 bathrooms, and dishes and glasses. We also had free wifi, up to 5 devices at a time. On shabbos if you went to the front desk they would escort you to your room and open the door for you.  The few times we had a maintenance problem (with the toilet and ac), they were at our room within 10 minutes to fix it. The hotel is a time share place, and over the weekend it is crowded with people taking advantage of reduced rates, and having to hear a time share pitch. As a result, on the weekdays we were there, it was empty, including the heated pool, on the weekends (Friday-Sunday) it was packed with people, and even the parking lot was full making it hard to find a parking space in their lot.  There is also a gated basketball court, sand volleyball court, tabletennis, and small playground which my kids played in. (We bought a basketball, so we wouldn't have to rent one at $3 a time, and also we found cheap table tennis stuff there too as well so we wouldn't have to rent it).

We drove to the Winn Dixie to pick up food for the room and our stay. They had a full selection of refrigerated and frozen goods, although many of their stuff (at the end of May) was still kosher for passover, that they were stuck with, and were still trying to sell at Passover prices. The baked goods that they had, especially the challah were not that fresh. We understand, we were there in off season. There was not much turnover when we came.

We went out for supper at Kosher Grill which was 5 minutes from our hotel. The food was good, but like every kosher restaurant in Orlando, pricey. Otherwise they cannot stay in business. At the same time, this restaurant was the only one where we saw "locals", and the only restaurant that actually had in stock everything on their menu.

Day 2- Disney - Hollywood Studios- It was day 1 for us at Disney. We bought a special 4 day "Magic Ticket" from Disney (through undercover tourist) which came out to a little under $1500 for 5 people. It allows 4 days, one day each park, with reentry allowed to the park that day. So one day you can go to Magic Kingdom, and that's it. You can't go to Epcot that day. But unlike a regular 4 day ticket, you can leave and reenter the park. So you were not stuck in the park all day. Also, it was cheaper than a 3 day ticket for us. Its a limited time offer, and the price for it, was actually cheaper for winter admission but we missed it by a few days.

Back to Hollywood Studios, We got there early as we needed to pick up our tickets. Make sure to take a picture of all your tickets and email it to yourself, as we misplaced one ticket during our trip. If you do not have a picture you will be out of luck. If you show them the picture, they will reissue you the ticket without any problem. We Did the Fast Pass for Hollywood, as the Other parks 30 days in advance. Our fast Passes were 1) Star Tours 2) Frozen Show 3) Toy Story Mania, and then later in the day Fast passes for 4) Beauty and the Beast 5) The Great Movie Ride and 6) Fantasia.

This park was the park we spent the least amount of time in. It might be because we are not Star Wars Fans, or it might be because its a park in Transition, that they are building Toy Story Land, and Star Wars Land. You must get fast passes for Toy Story Mania and Star Tours. The lines for those rides are insane. We started with signing the kids up for Jedi training. We waited about 10 minutes to sign them up and then had to pick a time for them later. We didn't end up doing it later because it rained (and we left the park for the afternoon). We then went to Star Tours. Its a cool ride with 3D glasses and simulation.  We then used our second fast pass on the Frozen Show. It was 30 minutes, seated and nice. The kids liked it. Not much Anna and Elsa, but all the songs. After that we went to "Star Wars The Path of the Jedi", with no wait, which was a 10 minute movie about Star Wars. Again, if you are a Star Wars fan, its good, we didn't care so much. Then we went to Muppet Vision that had no wait. Its a 25 minute 3D show with the Muppets. Its was cute and the kids liked it. We then went to everyone's favorite ride in the park the Toy Story Mania. It was a fun ride, and the adults and kids all loved it. You must get a fast pass for this. We then got a Fast Pass for the Beauty and the Beast Show. We ran to make it. Its a 30 minute live show, which the Broadway show is based off of. Its good. The kids then wanted to get a fastpass for The Great Movie Ride. The ride is about 20-25 minutes. Its an original ride from when the park opened in the 80's. Its really outdated, but the kids liked it. Our family is not into roller coasters so Tower of Terror or the AeroSmith ride were not options for us. The forecast was severe thunderstorms and we took a break, went back to the hotel. We got a fastpass for Fantasia.

We swam at the hotel, and went for supper to Lower East Side Restaurant. When we got to the restaurant, we thought it was deserted, as there was nobody in the restaurant. The door was open though. There was a sign in the restaurant, that they are looking to sell the restaurant. So who knows how much longer they will be in business. We were served quickly, and the food was good (although pricey).  The cook/waiter was nice, and there was nothing to complain about. We took our leftovers to the park where we returned to Fantasia.

Of the 4 Parks, the Fantasia show was the best show that we saw. The show is in an outdoor amphitheater that seats thousands, and is half an hour long. Its good with pyrotechnics and water involved. Its Disney Themed of course. You can bring your own food, which we did, so everyone ate while we waited for the show to start. We had a Fastpass so we didn't have to wait in line (which were long) to get in. There is a crush to get out of the show, so you pay want to sit closer to the back if getting out quicker matters to you. After the show we saw fireworks from the park as well.

Day 3- Magic Kingdom - As anyone who has been to Magic Kingdom knows, they try to maroon you there, so you can't leave during the day. The Park is "on an island". It takes a while to park, get into the park and to leave.  We booked fast passes in advance for this park as well. Our Fast Passes were 1) Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin 2) Tomorrowland Speedway 3) Peter Pan's Flight, and then 4)Haunted Mansion 5) Its a Small World 6) The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, 7) Mad Tea Party 8) The Barnstormer 9) Dumbo 10) Journey of the Little Mermaid 11) Pirates of the Caribbean 12) Splash Mountain.  Our kids won't do big rollercoasters so Spacemountain, Big Thunder, and Seven Dwarfs Mine train were out.

We started with Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, its almost a similar version to the Toy Story ride in Hollywood. The kids loved it and was allot of fun, we had a Fast Pass for it. We then went without a fastpass to the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. It was an interactive comedy show. It was cute and the kids liked it. We had no wait. We then went with a Fast Pass to the Speedway, these are the cars (on a track) that the kids love. We then went to the Carousel of Progress, its a 20-25 minute show. There was no line. This is one of the original Disney rides in the park, and selected by Disney himself. Its a bit outdated, but cute. We then went on the Peoplemover, which had no line, and is a 10 minute ride around Tomorrowland. By that time it was time to walk to Fantasyland and go on the Peter Pan ride. We took a Fast Pass for it, because it has one of the longest wait times in the Park. Its a cute ride.  We then saw the Mickey's Philharmonic 3D show which was fun. Then we went with a Fast Pass on the Haunted Mansion, and it was nice for everyone. We then grabbed a Fast Pass for Its a Small World and went on that. We then took a fast pass for Aladdin's Flying Carpets (which is just a giant carnival ride) and then walked through the Swiss Family Tree House. We were then hungry. We went to Cosmic Ray's Cafe, where were ordered Dairy Kosher meals (pizza and lasagna). They were nothing great, but something to eat. While we waited for them to be heated up, some of us went on the Mad Tea Cups (with a FP of course), which are right there. We then got a fast pass for The Barnstormer, while we waited for the time to kick in, the little ones played in the Casey Jr. Splash and Soak Station. We then went on the Barnstormer, (small roller coaster) and then got a Fast Pass for Dumbo (which is just another carnival ride) , we then got a Fast Pass for the Little Mermaid, its a cute ride, and the kids liked it. We then got a fast pass for Pirates of the Caribbean, but in the interim, we went to the Winnie the Pooh ride, where we waited in line for 40 minutes, even though the time wait was 20. This was our only line we waited in, in MK. We then went to the Pirates of the Caribbean, which is a cool ride, that everyone enjoyed. Then we went to the Enchanted Tikki House, which nobody really liked, and they don't even list it as a ride anymore. We then snagged a FP for Splash Mountain, which some of us went on and loved. We then saw the fireworks from there, which is a great location, and then were exhausted and left the park. We took the local monorail which made a stop at the hotels to get back to the parking lot. Otherwise it might have taken us an extra 30 minutes back.

Day 4- Friday. We took a well deserved break from Disney. We woke up late, and did a late morning swim. We then went out for lunch at Kosher Gourmet Restaurant. On Friday they only serve dairy. They only had whole pizzas (14"). They do not have dairy seating there, because the seating is only for meat. You can eat the Pizzas outside on the picnic tables. The Pizzas were surprisingly good. Unfortunately, it was 90 degrees outside in Orlando and there was no shade by the picnic tables. We ate quickly and went back into our car for a leisurely day of shopping and getting ready for shabbos. We picked up a few items at Winn Dixie. We ate Friday night at the hotel, we were able to cook ourselves.

Day 5- Shabbos Day. We walked to Chabad from our hotel. It is at least a 30 minute walk from the Westgate Palace, even though Chabad's website says 20 minutes. It was also hot. We prepaid for lunch for our family at Chabad. Davening is called for 9:30.  Davening was nice. There were about 25-30 people there for davening total. Davening ended at about 12:30. Lunch ended at about 2:30. The food was good and the company was nice. We got back to our hotel at about 3:15.  The kids played the rest of the day. We went swimming after shabbos.

Day 6- Sunday - Animal Kingdom. We had our reservations about the park, since its an animal park. The kids loved it and had a great time.  We also got there day 2 of Pandoraland and Avatarland. We did not go. The lines for that part of the park were insane. 4-5 hour waits for rides, and a 3 hour wait just to get into the giftshop. 

The park has this thing called "Wilderness Explorer" that the kids can explore parts of the park and get badges and stickers. Its essentially a giant scavenger hunt for them all over the park. They love it, but frankly its kind of annoying, because its a way to make you stay in the park longer, and make you (the parent who has $$ to spend) travel all over the park.

Fast Passes for Animal Kingdom - 1) Dinosaur, 2) Primeval Whirl 3) Safari 4) Festival of the Lion King 5) Finding Nemo 6) Primeval Whirl (again), 7) Kali River Rapids.

The park is open until 11pm now (1am if you stay at a Disney property), because of Pandora (which still has crazy lines).  With regard to fast passes for this park, there really aren't many options (unless you are into Avatar), and the Avatar stuff was booked way in advance before the 30 days that we could reserve. This park is nice because it is shaded in most places. So even though it was 95 degrees, it wasn't that bad. We first went to Dinosaur (with a FP), which was pretty cool (a little scary for little kids) (its a FP must), we then went on Primeval Whirl, (also with a FP), which is a little roller coaster, and the little kids went on Tricera Top Spin at the same time (carnival ride). We then went to Its tough to be a bug, with no wait, and saw a 20-25 minute show about Disney Bugs in 3D, it was cute, and the kids liked it. We then got drinks at Starbucks and went to Africa. We went to Rafikis Planet Watch, where you take a Train to get there. There was no wait. There's an indoor science center (with a Meet and Greet with Doc McStuffins) and a petting zoo. All of the stuff the kids loved and there was no wait. Then a train ride back. Lots of animals. We then went on the Gorilla Falls exploration train, which had lots of animals, was shaded and cool. We then went on the Safari (FP). Its nice, lots of animals. Being in the NYC area, it doesn't compare with the 6 flags safari, but still pretty good. We then got a FP for the Lion King Show. We had to run there, and made it just in time. The show is one of the best in all of Disney. Well worth it. When then got the FP for the next Finding Nemo Show. We then had to go across the park to get to that show. The show was okay. Some kids liked it, some didn't. We then got another FP for Primeval Wheel, first we went to the Tricera Top Spin, which had no wait, we then did the roller coaster again, while little ones played in the playground (the boneyard), and then the rest joined them. We then got a FP for Kali River Rapids. The regular wait for this ride was over an hour. Looked like closer to 90 minutes. Its a water ride, but we were a bit disappointed. There wasn't much water, and wasn't that fast. Maybe I'm just getting old, but all the people on our boat said the same. We then went on the Jungle Trek, which was long, and cool. The kids liked it and so did we. Once again, we don't do roller coasters so we didn't do Expedition Everest.

We then wanted to get kosher food in the park. We first went to Pizzafari, and were told that they no longer sold kosher food, and we needed to go to Kusafari. We went there, and were given the run around, and finally after 15 minutes were told that they didn't have any food either. Going forward I would recommend not to count on kosher food in animal kingdom.

At that point, we basically finished the park. The night show, had 3 shows that night, and we were told that there would be no line for the 2nd and 3rd shows (1030pm, and 1145(only for resort guests). We left the park at about 7, and decided to go out for dinner. We went to Kosher Gourmet for meat. There were 3 other families there that night. The restaurant staff comprised of 3 people, and they were working beyond capacity. The food was good, but expensive. They said that they were out of chinese food and anything with ground beef, including hamburgers.  Its fine, we were happy with what we could get.  We then went shopping a bit, and returned to the park for the Rivers of Light Show.

Rivers of Light Show. The Show was scheduled for 1030, and we were in the park at 10pm. We were seated by 10:15, and we had front row seats since its the second show, and the park was empty. It was a nice show, but only 15 minutes long. Its on the water, and has the water and visual effects like fantasmic, but not as good or as long. In retrospect, maybe would wouldn't have returned just for the show. After the show we left the park and returned back to the hotel.

Day 7 - Monday Memorial Day -EPCOT

The park was packed because it was Memorial Day. However, we had Fast Passes. But, 30 days before this day, was shabbos, so we only were able to reserve the FP after shabbos ended and not at 7am.  So we were more limited in the Fast Passes that we got, but we did okay at the end. Also Epcot has different rules about FP's in Epcot, you are much more limited.

Fast Passes 1) Spaceship Earth 2) Turtle Talk with Crush 3) Soarin 4) Living With the Land 5) The Seas with Nemo 6) Journey into Imagination 7) Mission Space

Epcot is a park that seems outdated. It was also really hot there with not much shade, unless you are in an air conditioned building. They have some cool and amazing rides, but then some real duds. Our FP's were limited as you can only choose one of group A (Elsa, Soarin, and Test Track), and the rest frankly are not so great. We did not spend much time in the World Showcase, and basically just walked around the entire thing.

We started with a FP to Spaceship Earth (the ride inside the ball). It is a cool and nice ride. We only did a FP to it, because we had to pick something in the morning, and it worked with our times. We then went to Turtle talk with Crush, which also worked with our times. It is a nice show, interactive (similar to Monsters Inc. Show in MK.) about Nemo and the turtles. We then explored the aquarium in the building which is pretty cool. Its worth spending some time there.

We then went to the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival. There were a few cute 3D movies. We then went to get a snack and to see Soarin. This may have been the best ride in all of the Disney Parks. However, even with the FP, the line was still 20-25 minutes (The regular wait was 2 hours). Its was worth it. The ride is amazing. We then got a FP for Living with the Land. It was in the same building. I don't understand how people without the FP waited 40 minutes for this ride. It was outdated. With the FP it was fine as there was no wait. We then got a FP for The Seas with Nemo. The kids liked it. Basically its a ride through the aquarium. We then got a FP for Journey into Imagination with Figment. It was okay. After we went to Imageworks, which is a play area for the kids.

We then walked around the World Showcase. The lime for Elsa  was 90 minutes we were not waiting on lines that long. We got a FP for Mission:Space. Its a cool ride. There are two versions, intense and non intense, depending on how old your kids are, is where you should be. We then bent the rules and waited on Single Rider for Test Track, as we were unable to get a FP for it. In fact, I think all FP's were taken 60 days in advance. The Single Rider line was 30 minutes, (standby was 80). The ride is a cool ride, and everyone enjoys it.  We then went on Ellen's Energy Adventure which is a 45 minute (yes 45 minutes!) ride which is 20 years outdated. The kids liked it though, because they are giant Ellen fans. We then were on every ride (other than the World showcase) except Elsa and it was time to go.

We had a great time in Disney, but only because of FP's and we didn't have to wait in lines.

Day 8- Checkout from the hotel was seamless, Flight back to EWR.  Flight was delayed numerous times. Supposed to leave at about 7:20, didn't take off until 10:05 on Jet Blue. However the lounge in MCO was very very nice, with breakfast, and a wii for the kids to play with. We were very happy.

I hope that this is helpful to someone, like other reviews and comments were helpful to us.

Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: shulem92 on June 08, 2017, 05:06:54 PM


Wow! So much detail. Thanx for taking the time to write it all up!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: helpusout on June 15, 2017, 11:55:38 AM
Considering going down to Orlando next weekend (June 21- 25) . Any minyanim in any of the housing rental developments? Can't find on godaven..
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: itreu001 on June 15, 2017, 04:28:53 PM
Not really. Chabad is within walking distance of some hotels.  We even looked into airbnb near the Chofetz Chaim Community, and there weren't any options. The other option is to make your own minyan if there are enough people near where you are, like it is during Yeshiva Week or Pesach time.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on July 11, 2017, 12:51:56 PM
Any recommendations on a Disney Springs/Downtown Disney hotel?  There are 7 and I have no clue where to start.  Only going to be there for 3 days.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yg1836 on July 14, 2017, 11:35:57 AM
Does anyone know of anyway to get cheap tickets to the disney parks this week?
I heard there are people selling  on the street, would they be trustable?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: henche on July 14, 2017, 03:22:38 PM
Just was in Orlando for a week and went to Disney. I've never done a TR yet. But I figured I'd do one to help people out based on our experiences.

We traveled from NYC area to Orlando, and spent a week there. We went to Disney Parks for 4 days. If you do the Disney Parks it is important that you plan in advance, do research, and use the Fastpasses, and use the Disney Fastpass app in the parks. We only waited on 2 lines in the park the entire 4 days (other than fastpass lines). It made the entire difference in the world between an amazing trip, and a trip in which you are waiting on lines the entire time. You must bring with you in the park a battery charger to ensure that your phone does not die. We had a heavy duty Anker fast charger that we use.

If you use Fast Pass, you are allowed to book your Fast Passes up to 30 days in advance, (and 60 if you stay in a Disney Resort). I suggest you get your Fast Passes 30 days in advance. Make sure to book them all for the morning or as early as possible, because once you use up your 3 passes, you then can get them one at a time. What we did, is immediately after going on the ride for the Fast Pass, is book something else right away on the app, even while waiting to get on the next ride, or even on the ride itself. It works. If you can't necessarily find what you want on the app when you are booking when you are in the park, play with it by time, instead of just a generic "afternoon" or "evening". In Magic Kingdom we used more than 10 fast passes alone on a single day.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the times on the Disney App for wait times, is almost like using Waze. The goal of the App is to spread you around the park and to get people from long lines to short lines, and then even them out. So if a line is 20 minutes, it might really be 30 or more. 

We also went out to eat in the few kosher restaurants in Orlando, and the prices are very very expensive. Its the price to pay for having kosher food in a community that is reliant on tourists for seemingly 85-95% of its business.

Day 1 - Flight from EWR to MCO on JetBlue using JetBlue points. We visited the Air Canada Lounge in EWR courtesy of Chase Sapphire. We got there after breakfast was over so slim pickings on the Kosher end. We got a few cans of soda and some lemon water. Our flight was uneventful. Jet Blue now gives free wifi, so that was helpful and the legroom was nice. We rented a minivan from Alamo which we got from Priceline. Alamo is a pain, and they would not give us  free spousal driver privileges. Even though the car was fine, I would not rent from them again just for that.  Since we were going to be staying over the weekend, and it was not high season for orthodox jews, we wanted to stay within walking distance of a shul. So we elected to stay at Westgate Palace with the Chabad Rate. We also wanted to stay at a place that had a full kitchen that we would kasher the oven. Based on my research Westgate was the only decent option. The room was a 2 bedroom suite with a queen in one bedroom and 2 twins in the other BR. There was a pullout coach in the living room. It had a full kitchen with self clean oven (electric flat range though) microwave, full fridge freezer, full washer dryer, 2 bathrooms, and dishes and glasses. We also had free wifi, up to 5 devices at a time. On shabbos if you went to the front desk they would escort you to your room and open the door for you.  The few times we had a maintenance problem (with the toilet and ac), they were at our room within 10 minutes to fix it. The hotel is a time share place, and over the weekend it is crowded with people taking advantage of reduced rates, and having to hear a time share pitch. As a result, on the weekdays we were there, it was empty, including the heated pool, on the weekends (Friday-Sunday) it was packed with people, and even the parking lot was full making it hard to find a parking space in their lot.  There is also a gated basketball court, sand volleyball court, tabletennis, and small playground which my kids played in. (We bought a basketball, so we wouldn't have to rent one at $3 a time, and also we found cheap table tennis stuff there too as well so we wouldn't have to rent it).

We drove to the Winn Dixie to pick up food for the room and our stay. They had a full selection of refrigerated and frozen goods, although many of their stuff (at the end of May) was still kosher for passover, that they were stuck with, and were still trying to sell at Passover prices. The baked goods that they had, especially the challah were not that fresh. We understand, we were there in off season. There was not much turnover when we came.

We went out for supper at Kosher Grill which was 5 minutes from our hotel. The food was good, but like every kosher restaurant in Orlando, pricey. Otherwise they cannot stay in business. At the same time, this restaurant was the only one where we saw "locals", and the only restaurant that actually had in stock everything on their menu.

Day 2- Disney - Hollywood Studios- It was day 1 for us at Disney. We bought a special 4 day "Magic Ticket" from Disney (through undercover tourist) which came out to a little under $1500 for 5 people. It allows 4 days, one day each park, with reentry allowed to the park that day. So one day you can go to Magic Kingdom, and that's it. You can't go to Epcot that day. But unlike a regular 4 day ticket, you can leave and reenter the park. So you were not stuck in the park all day. Also, it was cheaper than a 3 day ticket for us. Its a limited time offer, and the price for it, was actually cheaper for winter admission but we missed it by a few days.

Back to Hollywood Studios, We got there early as we needed to pick up our tickets. Make sure to take a picture of all your tickets and email it to yourself, as we misplaced one ticket during our trip. If you do not have a picture you will be out of luck. If you show them the picture, they will reissue you the ticket without any problem. We Did the Fast Pass for Hollywood, as the Other parks 30 days in advance. Our fast Passes were 1) Star Tours 2) Frozen Show 3) Toy Story Mania, and then later in the day Fast passes for 4) Beauty and the Beast 5) The Great Movie Ride and 6) Fantasia.

This park was the park we spent the least amount of time in. It might be because we are not Star Wars Fans, or it might be because its a park in Transition, that they are building Toy Story Land, and Star Wars Land. You must get fast passes for Toy Story Mania and Star Tours. The lines for those rides are insane. We started with signing the kids up for Jedi training. We waited about 10 minutes to sign them up and then had to pick a time for them later. We didn't end up doing it later because it rained (and we left the park for the afternoon). We then went to Star Tours. Its a cool ride with 3D glasses and simulation.  We then used our second fast pass on the Frozen Show. It was 30 minutes, seated and nice. The kids liked it. Not much Anna and Elsa, but all the songs. After that we went to "Star Wars The Path of the Jedi", with no wait, which was a 10 minute movie about Star Wars. Again, if you are a Star Wars fan, its good, we didn't care so much. Then we went to Muppet Vision that had no wait. Its a 25 minute 3D show with the Muppets. Its was cute and the kids liked it. We then went to everyone's favorite ride in the park the Toy Story Mania. It was a fun ride, and the adults and kids all loved it. You must get a fast pass for this. We then got a Fast Pass for the Beauty and the Beast Show. We ran to make it. Its a 30 minute live show, which the Broadway show is based off of. Its good. The kids then wanted to get a fastpass for The Great Movie Ride. The ride is about 20-25 minutes. Its an original ride from when the park opened in the 80's. Its really outdated, but the kids liked it. Our family is not into roller coasters so Tower of Terror or the AeroSmith ride were not options for us. The forecast was severe thunderstorms and we took a break, went back to the hotel. We got a fastpass for Fantasia.

We swam at the hotel, and went for supper to Lower East Side Restaurant. When we got to the restaurant, we thought it was deserted, as there was nobody in the restaurant. The door was open though. There was a sign in the restaurant, that they are looking to sell the restaurant. So who knows how much longer they will be in business. We were served quickly, and the food was good (although pricey).  The cook/waiter was nice, and there was nothing to complain about. We took our leftovers to the park where we returned to Fantasia.

Of the 4 Parks, the Fantasia show was the best show that we saw. The show is in an outdoor amphitheater that seats thousands, and is half an hour long. Its good with pyrotechnics and water involved. Its Disney Themed of course. You can bring your own food, which we did, so everyone ate while we waited for the show to start. We had a Fastpass so we didn't have to wait in line (which were long) to get in. There is a crush to get out of the show, so you pay want to sit closer to the back if getting out quicker matters to you. After the show we saw fireworks from the park as well.

Day 3- Magic Kingdom - As anyone who has been to Magic Kingdom knows, they try to maroon you there, so you can't leave during the day. The Park is "on an island". It takes a while to park, get into the park and to leave.  We booked fast passes in advance for this park as well. Our Fast Passes were 1) Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin 2) Tomorrowland Speedway 3) Peter Pan's Flight, and then 4)Haunted Mansion 5) Its a Small World 6) The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, 7) Mad Tea Party 8) The Barnstormer 9) Dumbo 10) Journey of the Little Mermaid 11) Pirates of the Caribbean 12) Splash Mountain.  Our kids won't do big rollercoasters so Spacemountain, Big Thunder, and Seven Dwarfs Mine train were out.

We started with Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, its almost a similar version to the Toy Story ride in Hollywood. The kids loved it and was allot of fun, we had a Fast Pass for it. We then went without a fastpass to the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. It was an interactive comedy show. It was cute and the kids liked it. We had no wait. We then went with a Fast Pass to the Speedway, these are the cars (on a track) that the kids love. We then went to the Carousel of Progress, its a 20-25 minute show. There was no line. This is one of the original Disney rides in the park, and selected by Disney himself. Its a bit outdated, but cute. We then went on the Peoplemover, which had no line, and is a 10 minute ride around Tomorrowland. By that time it was time to walk to Fantasyland and go on the Peter Pan ride. We took a Fast Pass for it, because it has one of the longest wait times in the Park. Its a cute ride.  We then saw the Mickey's Philharmonic 3D show which was fun. Then we went with a Fast Pass on the Haunted Mansion, and it was nice for everyone. We then grabbed a Fast Pass for Its a Small World and went on that. We then took a fast pass for Aladdin's Flying Carpets (which is just a giant carnival ride) and then walked through the Swiss Family Tree House. We were then hungry. We went to Cosmic Ray's Cafe, where were ordered Dairy Kosher meals (pizza and lasagna). They were nothing great, but something to eat. While we waited for them to be heated up, some of us went on the Mad Tea Cups (with a FP of course), which are right there. We then got a fast pass for The Barnstormer, while we waited for the time to kick in, the little ones played in the Casey Jr. Splash and Soak Station. We then went on the Barnstormer, (small roller coaster) and then got a Fast Pass for Dumbo (which is just another carnival ride) , we then got a Fast Pass for the Little Mermaid, its a cute ride, and the kids liked it. We then got a fast pass for Pirates of the Caribbean, but in the interim, we went to the Winnie the Pooh ride, where we waited in line for 40 minutes, even though the time wait was 20. This was our only line we waited in, in MK. We then went to the Pirates of the Caribbean, which is a cool ride, that everyone enjoyed. Then we went to the Enchanted Tikki House, which nobody really liked, and they don't even list it as a ride anymore. We then snagged a FP for Splash Mountain, which some of us went on and loved. We then saw the fireworks from there, which is a great location, and then were exhausted and left the park. We took the local monorail which made a stop at the hotels to get back to the parking lot. Otherwise it might have taken us an extra 30 minutes back.

Day 4- Friday. We took a well deserved break from Disney. We woke up late, and did a late morning swim. We then went out for lunch at Kosher Gourmet Restaurant. On Friday they only serve dairy. They only had whole pizzas (14"). They do not have dairy seating there, because the seating is only for meat. You can eat the Pizzas outside on the picnic tables. The Pizzas were surprisingly good. Unfortunately, it was 90 degrees outside in Orlando and there was no shade by the picnic tables. We ate quickly and went back into our car for a leisurely day of shopping and getting ready for shabbos. We picked up a few items at Winn Dixie. We ate Friday night at the hotel, we were able to cook ourselves.

Day 5- Shabbos Day. We walked to Chabad from our hotel. It is at least a 30 minute walk from the Westgate Palace, even though Chabad's website says 20 minutes. It was also hot. We prepaid for lunch for our family at Chabad. Davening is called for 9:30.  Davening was nice. There were about 25-30 people there for davening total. Davening ended at about 12:30. Lunch ended at about 2:30. The food was good and the company was nice. We got back to our hotel at about 3:15.  The kids played the rest of the day. We went swimming after shabbos.

Day 6- Sunday - Animal Kingdom. We had our reservations about the park, since its an animal park. The kids loved it and had a great time.  We also got there day 2 of Pandoraland and Avatarland. We did not go. The lines for that part of the park were insane. 4-5 hour waits for rides, and a 3 hour wait just to get into the giftshop. 

The park has this thing called "Wilderness Explorer" that the kids can explore parts of the park and get badges and stickers. Its essentially a giant scavenger hunt for them all over the park. They love it, but frankly its kind of annoying, because its a way to make you stay in the park longer, and make you (the parent who has $$ to spend) travel all over the park.

Fast Passes for Animal Kingdom - 1) Dinosaur, 2) Primeval Whirl 3) Safari 4) Festival of the Lion King 5) Finding Nemo 6) Primeval Whirl (again), 7) Kali River Rapids.

The park is open until 11pm now (1am if you stay at a Disney property), because of Pandora (which still has crazy lines).  With regard to fast passes for this park, there really aren't many options (unless you are into Avatar), and the Avatar stuff was booked way in advance before the 30 days that we could reserve. This park is nice because it is shaded in most places. So even though it was 95 degrees, it wasn't that bad. We first went to Dinosaur (with a FP), which was pretty cool (a little scary for little kids) (its a FP must), we then went on Primeval Whirl, (also with a FP), which is a little roller coaster, and the little kids went on Tricera Top Spin at the same time (carnival ride). We then went to Its tough to be a bug, with no wait, and saw a 20-25 minute show about Disney Bugs in 3D, it was cute, and the kids liked it. We then got drinks at Starbucks and went to Africa. We went to Rafikis Planet Watch, where you take a Train to get there. There was no wait. There's an indoor science center (with a Meet and Greet with Doc McStuffins) and a petting zoo. All of the stuff the kids loved and there was no wait. Then a train ride back. Lots of animals. We then went on the Gorilla Falls exploration train, which had lots of animals, was shaded and cool. We then went on the Safari (FP). Its nice, lots of animals. Being in the NYC area, it doesn't compare with the 6 flags safari, but still pretty good. We then got a FP for the Lion King Show. We had to run there, and made it just in time. The show is one of the best in all of Disney. Well worth it. When then got the FP for the next Finding Nemo Show. We then had to go across the park to get to that show. The show was okay. Some kids liked it, some didn't. We then got another FP for Primeval Wheel, first we went to the Tricera Top Spin, which had no wait, we then did the roller coaster again, while little ones played in the playground (the boneyard), and then the rest joined them. We then got a FP for Kali River Rapids. The regular wait for this ride was over an hour. Looked like closer to 90 minutes. Its a water ride, but we were a bit disappointed. There wasn't much water, and wasn't that fast. Maybe I'm just getting old, but all the people on our boat said the same. We then went on the Jungle Trek, which was long, and cool. The kids liked it and so did we. Once again, we don't do roller coasters so we didn't do Expedition Everest.

We then wanted to get kosher food in the park. We first went to Pizzafari, and were told that they no longer sold kosher food, and we needed to go to Kusafari. We went there, and were given the run around, and finally after 15 minutes were told that they didn't have any food either. Going forward I would recommend not to count on kosher food in animal kingdom.

At that point, we basically finished the park. The night show, had 3 shows that night, and we were told that there would be no line for the 2nd and 3rd shows (1030pm, and 1145(only for resort guests). We left the park at about 7, and decided to go out for dinner. We went to Kosher Gourmet for meat. There were 3 other families there that night. The restaurant staff comprised of 3 people, and they were working beyond capacity. The food was good, but expensive. They said that they were out of chinese food and anything with ground beef, including hamburgers.  Its fine, we were happy with what we could get.  We then went shopping a bit, and returned to the park for the Rivers of Light Show.

Rivers of Light Show. The Show was scheduled for 1030, and we were in the park at 10pm. We were seated by 10:15, and we had front row seats since its the second show, and the park was empty. It was a nice show, but only 15 minutes long. Its on the water, and has the water and visual effects like fantasmic, but not as good or as long. In retrospect, maybe would wouldn't have returned just for the show. After the show we left the park and returned back to the hotel.

Day 7 - Monday Memorial Day -EPCOT

The park was packed because it was Memorial Day. However, we had Fast Passes. But, 30 days before this day, was shabbos, so we only were able to reserve the FP after shabbos ended and not at 7am.  So we were more limited in the Fast Passes that we got, but we did okay at the end. Also Epcot has different rules about FP's in Epcot, you are much more limited.

Fast Passes 1) Spaceship Earth 2) Turtle Talk with Crush 3) Soarin 4) Living With the Land 5) The Seas with Nemo 6) Journey into Imagination 7) Mission Space

Epcot is a park that seems outdated. It was also really hot there with not much shade, unless you are in an air conditioned building. They have some cool and amazing rides, but then some real duds. Our FP's were limited as you can only choose one of group A (Elsa, Soarin, and Test Track), and the rest frankly are not so great. We did not spend much time in the World Showcase, and basically just walked around the entire thing.

We started with a FP to Spaceship Earth (the ride inside the ball). It is a cool and nice ride. We only did a FP to it, because we had to pick something in the morning, and it worked with our times. We then went to Turtle talk with Crush, which also worked with our times. It is a nice show, interactive (similar to Monsters Inc. Show in MK.) about Nemo and the turtles. We then explored the aquarium in the building which is pretty cool. Its worth spending some time there.

We then went to the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival. There were a few cute 3D movies. We then went to get a snack and to see Soarin. This may have been the best ride in all of the Disney Parks. However, even with the FP, the line was still 20-25 minutes (The regular wait was 2 hours). Its was worth it. The ride is amazing. We then got a FP for Living with the Land. It was in the same building. I don't understand how people without the FP waited 40 minutes for this ride. It was outdated. With the FP it was fine as there was no wait. We then got a FP for The Seas with Nemo. The kids liked it. Basically its a ride through the aquarium. We then got a FP for Journey into Imagination with Figment. It was okay. After we went to Imageworks, which is a play area for the kids.

We then walked around the World Showcase. The lime for Elsa  was 90 minutes we were not waiting on lines that long. We got a FP for Mission:Space. Its a cool ride. There are two versions, intense and non intense, depending on how old your kids are, is where you should be. We then bent the rules and waited on Single Rider for Test Track, as we were unable to get a FP for it. In fact, I think all FP's were taken 60 days in advance. The Single Rider line was 30 minutes, (standby was 80). The ride is a cool ride, and everyone enjoys it.  We then went on Ellen's Energy Adventure which is a 45 minute (yes 45 minutes!) ride which is 20 years outdated. The kids liked it though, because they are giant Ellen fans. We then were on every ride (other than the World showcase) except Elsa and it was time to go.

We had a great time in Disney, but only because of FP's and we didn't have to wait in lines.

Day 8- Checkout from the hotel was seamless, Flight back to EWR.  Flight was delayed numerous times. Supposed to leave at about 7:20, didn't take off until 10:05 on Jet Blue. However the lounge in MCO was very very nice, with breakfast, and a wii for the kids to play with. We were very happy.

I hope that this is helpful to someone, like other reviews and comments were helpful to us.

tl dr?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: scr on July 24, 2017, 04:03:05 PM
ANy advice how to get cheap Disney or Universal tickets?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Zevel on July 26, 2017, 09:13:52 PM
Has anyone bought Universal tickets through Chabad recently? I'm having a hard time getting through to them and I'm worried they aren't reliable.

Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on August 16, 2017, 11:17:04 AM
Going to be in Orlando at the end of August, and staying over Shabbos. Going to be with a 6 year old who is pretty picky about food, and don't want to bring anything from NYC area. We only need food for 2 people, is the easiest way just going to Kosher Gourmet and Winn Dixie and just picking up what we need? Not close enough to walk to Chabad. I don't mind buying preprepared meals but we only need for 2 people and some of what I'm seeing is for more people. Thanks.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: hachover on August 16, 2017, 11:26:05 AM
Tower of terror was a real letdown. Really not scary and a small drop.

What? I've never been but I thought it's supposed to be a 7 story drop. How small is the drop?

Every other park you park your car and walk right in. Not in magic kingdom. You have to take a monorail or a ferry (which is slower) from the parking lot till the park. Takes about a half hour extra.

Or you can stay at the Contemporary Hotel. It's about a 5 minute walk from the hotel to the entrance to MK. I actually stayed once, but you can also "stay"
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on September 25, 2017, 12:16:41 AM
Any decent priced resort or hotel for Chol hamoed sukkos?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: moshe2009 on September 28, 2017, 10:41:42 AM
any kosher restaurant open on chol hamoed sukkus?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on September 28, 2017, 04:58:54 PM
Last year all were open and had sukkahs
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on October 01, 2017, 09:28:39 PM
Where would be my best option to get tickets to Magic Kingdom?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on October 01, 2017, 09:47:17 PM
Where would be my best option to get tickets to Magic Kingdom?
I found mine to be cheapest directly from Disney
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sams on October 03, 2017, 05:49:30 PM
Any way to get any of the theme parks with a discount now?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on October 07, 2017, 11:18:25 PM
Anyone ever heard that if you go late in the day to a Disney park that they let you come back the next day with the same ticket?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on October 17, 2017, 10:44:04 AM
Looking to be in Orlando with extended family over chanukah shabbos. Any advice on finding a LARGE house with pool close enough to a shul (20 minute walk)?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yelped on October 19, 2017, 04:52:31 PM
What's the difference between the Disney Dolphin and Swan hotel? It appears that they are the same thing? One is a category 4 and the other a category 5 hotel?

Should I go for a different SPG/Marriot option? No kids coming along.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on October 20, 2017, 12:31:21 PM
What's the difference between the Disney Dolphin and Swan hotel? It appears that they are the same thing? One is a category 4 and the other a category 5 hotel?

Should I go for a different SPG/Marriot option? No kids coming along.
Not sure what the difference is but availability is very limited so that might make the decision for you
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yelped on October 20, 2017, 01:56:30 PM
Not sure what the difference is but availability is very limited so that might make the decision for you
They are all available as of now. There is a bug on SPG's app and website that shows no availability at all..
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on October 22, 2017, 12:49:43 AM
What's the difference between the Disney Dolphin and Swan hotel? It appears that they are the same thing? One is a category 4 and the other a category 5 hotel?

Should I go for a different SPG/Marriot option? No kids coming along.

I'm here now. Dolphin is better than swan. Super accommodating for shabbos no questions asked.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on October 22, 2017, 01:00:55 AM
They are all available as of now. There is a bug on SPG's app and website that shows no availability at all..
I was basing my statement on when I was trying to book over the phone with a csr... but always good to know in the future
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yelped on October 22, 2017, 11:06:56 AM
I'm here now. Dolphin is better than swan. Super accommodating for shabbos no questions asked.
How is it better? I'm not being there for Shabbos if that makes a difference. From what I've read, the Swan is smaller, and less busy. And the beds are bigger and newer.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: kaman on November 01, 2017, 08:19:53 AM
anyone know of a definitive minyan in emerald island over Pesach? Hoping to join one.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: chazan brezch on December 09, 2017, 10:42:12 PM
Anyone with any info on a minyan in any villa community for this coming Shabbos Chanukah?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on December 15, 2017, 07:03:36 AM
Flying from NYC to orlando for Sunday-thursday in March. Any ideas of where to go from there for a the weekend (thurs-Sun) before we head back to NY? Either a drive or short flight. Ive been to Miami several times. Was wondering what the next best thing would be for a "beach/pool" weekend.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 15, 2017, 08:03:47 AM
Flying from NYC to orlando for Sunday-thursday in March. Any ideas of where to go from there for a the weekend (thurs-Sun) before we head back to NY? Either a drive or short flight. Ive been to Miami several times. Was wondering what the next best thing would be for a "beach/pool" weekend.
If you don't need a Minyan, there are lots of nice resorts on the Gulf Coast of Florida and several Chabads that will deliver food to those hotels.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on December 15, 2017, 08:06:56 AM
If you don't need a Minyan, there are lots of nice resorts on the Gulf Coast of Florida and several Chabads that will deliver food to those hotels.

Thanks! Any specific recommendations?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on December 17, 2017, 07:45:28 PM
Anyone else going to be in ChampionsGate over Yeshiva week?

Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 18, 2017, 08:31:11 AM
Anyone else going to be in ChampionsGate over Yeshiva week?
Most likely
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: zevi on December 27, 2017, 02:36:10 PM
Any recommendations between the Hyatt Grand Cypress and the Hilton Buena Vista palace. 
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on December 27, 2017, 09:49:40 PM
Anyone has a link to a nice 3+ bedroom house with a pool for end of January not too expensive?
TIA
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on December 27, 2017, 10:09:52 PM
Anyone has a link to a nice 3+ bedroom house with a pool for end of January not too expensive?
TIA
try this one:
http://www.floridalakevillas.com/index.aspx
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 28, 2017, 10:13:58 AM
Anyone else going to be in ChampionsGate over Yeshiva week?
Most likely
Confirmed...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yelped on December 28, 2017, 11:46:48 AM
Confirmed...
When is Yeshiva week this year?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 28, 2017, 11:47:42 AM
When is Yeshiva week this year?
I think the week of January 21
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yelped on December 28, 2017, 07:47:38 PM
I think the week of January 21
Thanks. So better to go the week after.  :)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 28, 2017, 07:49:40 PM
Thanks. So better to go the week after.  :)
Play it safe, wait 2 weeks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jo on December 31, 2017, 05:58:30 PM
Anyone else going to be in ChampionsGate over Yeshiva week?



If theres a minyan, quite possibly...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Sport on January 01, 2018, 05:36:17 PM
If theres a minyan, quite possibly...
There'll be one
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jo on January 01, 2018, 07:32:05 PM
There'll be one

Do we have any details yet?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Sport on January 01, 2018, 07:39:29 PM
Do we have any details yet?
I'll pm when I get the specifics, but from a reliable source thats been there every year-  they'll be a minyan
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: afro on January 03, 2018, 01:28:35 PM
Going with wife and 3 kids end of month - any leads on places to stay?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yehudae on January 03, 2018, 09:23:33 PM
has anyone stayed at the
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on January 04, 2018, 09:38:50 AM
has anyone stayed at the
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

I stayed the night for a simcha there.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yehudae on January 04, 2018, 07:00:26 PM
can you point out anythng that can be helpful?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mendelk on January 04, 2018, 09:21:07 PM
can you point out anythng that can be helpful?

Nothing specific comes to mind.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: montri all on January 08, 2018, 07:07:58 PM
Which accommodations are walking distance to chabad?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yudamaan on January 11, 2018, 04:19:37 PM
New jewish orlando guide donated by ira zlotowitz
https://rabbiorlando.org
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: maxie m on January 13, 2018, 08:27:05 PM
What's the benefits of undercover tourist that they charge more than gate price for park Tix?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Simchas on January 13, 2018, 09:08:14 PM
I can't seem to get this straight .... any ideas how to get cheap universal tickets WITHOUT needing to sit through a timeshare presentation??

Any feedback ( about this or anything else) would be greatly appreciated !!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 13, 2018, 10:46:59 PM
go through the jewish organizations they will get you a better price and you will be helping support them as well.

rabbiorlando.com has links to all the websites.

http://www.orlandotorah.com/theme-park-tickets.html
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on January 15, 2018, 11:06:24 AM
Anyone have the email for the GM of Sheraton Vistana Villas? Couldnt find anything on google

Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: rs242 on January 15, 2018, 11:50:00 AM
Confirmed...
Any details on this? A friend of mine is looking for a resort with a minyan. Will there be minyan for both shabbosim? What do the villas go for?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: rs242 on January 15, 2018, 12:08:37 PM
Any other options for hotels near minyan for shabbos. Preferably Spg but any hotel will do.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: MoGro17 on January 15, 2018, 12:21:54 PM
Any other options for hotels near minyan for shabbos. Preferably Spg but any hotel will do.

ditto
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: zevi on January 15, 2018, 01:11:57 PM
What’s my best option for Shabbos Food, Kosher grill or Kosher Gourmet ? 
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Sport on January 15, 2018, 09:23:39 PM
Any details on this? A friend of mine is looking for a resort with a minyan. Will there be minyan for both shabbosim? What do the villas go for?
There is a minyan this shabbos through the week, cant comment on next shabbos.
We're paying  $2400 for 7 nights in a 8 bdr villa.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Sport on January 16, 2018, 06:24:51 PM
Anyone with experience renting car in mco? How valuable is renting from place with location "in terminal" over shuttle? I'm arriving 12 am with kids.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on January 16, 2018, 09:15:46 PM
Anyone with experience renting car in mco? How valuable is renting from place with location "in terminal" over shuttle? I'm arriving 12 am with kids.
I'm pretty sure all major companies are on location except for Sixt!

I rented from from in terminal, it's defiantly a breeze.
As for a shuttle if its a big money saver I would suggest you go pick up the car, and swing back around and pick up the family.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Sport on January 16, 2018, 09:51:08 PM
I'm pretty sure all major companies are on location except for Sixt!

I rented from from in terminal, it's defiantly a breeze.
As for a shuttle if its a big money saver I would suggest you go pick up the car, and swing back around and pick up the family.
Thanks, fox is not in terminal either.
It's a diffrence of aboit $30. Think I'll stick with in terminal.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 16, 2018, 09:56:12 PM
I'm pretty sure all major companies are on location except for Sixt!

I rented from from in terminal, it's defiantly a breeze.
As for a shuttle if its a big money saver I would suggest you go pick up the car, and swing back around and pick up the family.
+1 on all
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Simchas on January 22, 2018, 02:43:23 PM
Any idea if there's a early afternoon mincha (130 - 4) in or around Orlando ?
Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on February 21, 2018, 11:08:58 AM
Any place to pick up kosher food (supper) after 11PM?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on February 21, 2018, 01:08:55 PM
Any place to pick up kosher food (supper) after 11PM?
Check here (https://www.dansdeals.com/advertisement/orlando-week-awesome-website-helps-find-minyan-kosher-food/)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: INTELLIGENTBLONDE on February 26, 2018, 04:06:33 PM
Does anyone have a menu for the kosher food options in disneyworld?
All i see online is that there is food available, but not WHAT food is actually available...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yelped on February 26, 2018, 08:30:47 PM
It depends on the day. Airline style meals.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mlml on February 27, 2018, 10:43:48 AM
anyone interested in a group rate at disney the deal is 190 for ages 11 and up 180 for ages 2 to 10 its a 2 day pass for one park each day with a waterpark for a third day seems like the best deal out there i need 6 tickets need 10 for a group rate
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 27, 2018, 11:47:28 AM
anyone interested in a group rate at disney? the deal is 190 for ages 11 and up 180 for ages 2 to 10. its a 2 day pass, for one park each day with a waterpark for a third day. seems like the best deal out there. i need 6 tickets, need 10 for a group rate.
FTFY
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: aarony on March 05, 2018, 01:24:37 PM
anyone know where there are minyanim in orlando over pesach.  not looking for a program that requires you to order food. just want to rent my own house near a minyan.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on March 10, 2018, 09:34:06 PM
is it possible to buy tickets to the major parks in advance online for a discount?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on March 11, 2018, 01:34:29 AM
is it possible to buy tickets to the major parks in advance online for a discount?
I know seaworld if you buy even a day in advance you save $20 a ticket
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on March 14, 2018, 06:18:21 PM
I just got a letter from Sheraton - invited to Vistana Villages Orlando for 5 days/4 nights for $269. I called and they said no speeches or meetings or anything (like I had at the Westin). Just stay and enjoy and decide when you're home if you're interested. Anyone know about this offer? Anyone get it. Use it? Not knowing Orlando, what's the food situation? I have to use it by December but have to let them know by March 27. Any info? Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on March 14, 2018, 08:18:24 PM
I just got a letter from Sheraton - invited to Vistana Villages Orlando for 5 days/4 nights for $269. I called and they said no speeches or meetings or anything (like I had at the Westin). Just stay and enjoy and decide when you're home if you're interested. Anyone know about this offer? Anyone get it. Use it? Not knowing Orlando, what's the food situation? I have to use it by December but have to let them know by March 27. Any info? Thanks
Food: you have kosher eatery which has meat waiter service,
and dairy to go only.  (not a fancy place)

meat menu: https://www.musthavemenus.com/menu/viewMenu.do?token=291fc6bf-1969-485c-a04d-a6c3ceddea45

Dairy menu:
https://www.musthavemenus.com/menu/viewMenu.do?token=511a51da-fc0a-40fb-97af-341e05918cef

You also have Kosher Grill, waiter service meat. (Not fancy)
https://www.koshergrillorlando.com/menu

You have Winn Dixie grocery as well with a nice kosher selection: https://www.winndixie.com/StoreDetails?search=2215

Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on March 15, 2018, 01:35:04 PM
Food: you have kosher eatery which has meat waiter service,
and dairy to go only.  (not a fancy place)

meat menu: https://www.musthavemenus.com/menu/viewMenu.do?token=291fc6bf-1969-485c-a04d-a6c3ceddea45

Dairy menu:
https://www.musthavemenus.com/menu/viewMenu.do?token=511a51da-fc0a-40fb-97af-341e05918cef

You also have Kosher Grill, waiter service meat. (Not fancy)
https://www.koshergrillorlando.com/menu

You have Winn Dixie grocery as well with a nice kosher selection: https://www.winndixie.com/StoreDetails?search=2215


Thanks so much. Any knowledge on this Sheraton offer?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on March 15, 2018, 06:48:19 PM
I just got a letter from Sheraton - invited to Vistana Villages Orlando for 5 days/4 nights for $269. I called and they said no speeches or meetings or anything (like I had at the Westin). Just stay and enjoy and decide when you're home if you're interested. Anyone know about this offer? Anyone get it. Use it? Not knowing Orlando, what's the food situation? I have to use it by December but have to let them know by March 27. Any info? Thanks

Im going next week there with a similar offer. They offered it for $199 + $200 visa gift card. But they told me i have to go to a 2 hour lecture
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on March 19, 2018, 10:58:47 AM
Im going next week there with a similar offer. They offered it for $199 + $200 visa gift card. But they told me i have to go to a 2 hour lecture
I called and they said no lecture, but my price is much higher. However, when I did the Westin one, they offered me a gift card if I do the tour. It's possible if you decline the card you won't have to tour. Unless it's worth it to you. I would have preferred other types of torture than what I had at the Westin.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on March 20, 2018, 02:41:18 PM
where is a good place to stay for 2 night Chol hamad with 2 kids ?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on March 20, 2018, 04:34:47 PM
I called and they said no lecture, but my price is much higher. However, when I did the Westin one, they offered me a gift card if I do the tour. It's possible if you decline the card you won't have to tour. Unless it's worth it to you. I would have preferred other types of torture than what I had at the Westin.

Went today. Was 2 hours. They took my "no" pretty easily. Was raining today anyways here so didnt mind going and getting the $200
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on March 20, 2018, 05:10:52 PM
where is a good place to stay for 2 night Chol hamad with 2 kids ?
hyatt has a resort.  or rent a villa with jeeves
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on March 20, 2018, 05:40:15 PM
I just got a letter from Sheraton - invited to Vistana Villages Orlando for 5 days/4 nights for $269. I called and they said no speeches or meetings or anything (like I had at the Westin). Just stay and enjoy and decide when you're home if you're interested. Anyone know about this offer? Anyone get it. Use it? Not knowing Orlando, what's the food situation? I have to use it by December but have to let them know by March 27. Any info? Thanks

How does one get this offer?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on March 23, 2018, 10:31:05 AM
How does one get this offer?
Letter in the mail. I don't believe you can request it. I only have till end of next week to decide. Need to go by end of December
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: zalmy123 on March 23, 2018, 12:14:43 PM
House in Miami available for pesach for only 1100!
Small house with big yard and parking all to yourself.
2 bedroom
15 min from FLL
Seders, meals and minyonim available at Chabad across the street.
Call 5852011687 to book.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: lachmagene on March 25, 2018, 01:45:39 AM
Any reviews for the Renaissance Orlando Seaworld hotel? I’m debating beteeen that and the Disney Swan. Going with 2 kids for chol hamoed. Thanks so much!
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on March 25, 2018, 02:43:33 PM
Any good deals for Sea world for Apr 3 ?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on March 28, 2018, 09:07:34 AM
Whats the best way to get cheapest price for 5 adults tickets to Sea World, Universal Studios, and Disney for this summer in July?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 28, 2018, 09:27:03 AM
Whats the best way to get cheapest price for 5 adults tickets to Sea World, Universal Studios, and Disney for this summer in July?
If it's not in the wiki, it should be. The Jewish orgs (Chabad, Orlando Torah Academy) usually offer the cheapest deals unless you find a specific sale on a random attractions/tours website.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on April 03, 2018, 08:20:15 PM
Any place to go for half day othere then a Disney park with kids age 10 and 5
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on April 03, 2018, 09:39:44 PM
Any place to go for half day othere then a Disney park with kids age 10 and 5
SeaWorld. Legoland.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on April 03, 2018, 09:59:12 PM
Looking not so expnsiv place was today in Seaworld.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on April 03, 2018, 11:46:15 PM
Any place to go for half day othere then a Disney park with kids age 10 and 5
You can try Wonderworks (https://www.wonderworksonline.com/orlando/).
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on April 04, 2018, 09:29:17 AM
Any place to go for half day othere then a Disney park with kids age 10 and 5
Showcase of Citrus and there's usually a Groupon available.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: rbtzn on April 10, 2018, 03:47:49 PM
Does anyone have plans to make a minyan the shabbos of Thanksgiving weekend 2018 (Nov 30-Dec 1) in an area other than Dr Phillips or Chabad?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on April 18, 2018, 07:24:20 AM
Does anyone know of any hotels that have shuttles to both Universal and Disney?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on April 18, 2018, 08:10:18 AM
Does anyone know of any hotels that have shuttles to both Universal and Disney?

even the ones that do will not have great pickup drop-off times for both parks.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on April 18, 2018, 08:49:38 AM
even the ones that do will not have great pickup drop-off times for both parks.

If I don't stay somewhere with a shuttle and don't want to rent a car, what's the best method to get to/from one of the parks? I'm considering staying at a Disney hotel but would still need to get to universal for two days.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 18, 2018, 09:24:10 AM
If I don't stay somewhere with a shuttle and don't want to rent a car, what's the best method to get to/from one of the parks? I'm considering staying at a Disney hotel but would still need to get to universal for two days.
Uber? Or maybe there's a bus that's near your hotel, but Uber would seem to be the "best method" if no shuttle/car.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: stooges44 on April 24, 2018, 03:40:18 PM
Looking for a very fancy spg or marriot hotel, any suggestions?

Sitting and doing nothing by a pool/beach is the ideal activity.

Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on April 24, 2018, 03:42:38 PM
Looking for a very fancy spg or marriot hotel, any suggestions?

Sitting and doing nothing by a pool/beach is the ideal activity.

Thanks

good luck finding a beach in orlando
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on April 24, 2018, 03:46:51 PM
good luck finding a beach in orlando
i believe they have enough pools though :)
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: blerbz on May 02, 2018, 10:18:05 AM
Suggestions for evening activities for adults only?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 02, 2018, 10:37:45 AM
Suggestions for evening activities for adults only?
i think there are a few escape the room ideas.  also some arcades
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: blerbz on May 02, 2018, 10:48:49 AM
Thanks. So for 2 adults its arcades or nothing? Pays to do escape room for 2 ppl?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 04, 2018, 12:48:28 PM
Thanks. So for 2 adults its arcades or nothing? Pays to do escape room for 2 ppl?
you can join another group. i know people that have done it and said it was still alot of fun.  obviously not like your own group but still exciting
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yitz1000 on May 25, 2018, 12:28:07 PM
Thanks. So for 2 adults its arcades or nothing? Pays to do escape room for 2 ppl?

Did you find any other good ideas? Tried Escape Room?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: blerbz on June 01, 2018, 12:34:03 PM
Did you find any other good ideas? Tried Escape Room?
Unfortunately not really. Cirque de Soleil seems to come for a few days a year. Best I could find was a trapeze place and go-carts
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on June 02, 2018, 11:09:06 PM
Top Golf is fun

There's a water Skiing place near the airport that looks like fun
Orlando Watersports Complex
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on July 06, 2018, 09:09:38 AM
During winter break, are there hotels that end up getting minyanim?  I went a year and a half ago and tried to stay close to Orlando Torah Center, but wondering if i dont need to worry about that and can rely on winter break minyanim elsewhere?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alexk. on July 06, 2018, 02:58:58 PM
I have been there several times over winter break over the last 10 years. Each time stayed somewhere else. There are so many options for minyanim. Hotels and houses during winter break...

Champions Gate and Reunion almost always have a minyan. I stayed in Champions Gate and there must have been close to 150 men between the 2 minyanim that I was aware of...

There is also Vistana Resort, if you want more of a hotel, that someone arranges every year for a sefer torah.

Plus Chabad and Orlando Torah... Plenty of options.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on July 13, 2018, 10:59:39 AM
anyone been to hilton grand vacations seaworld?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on July 26, 2018, 03:36:31 PM
going on a short 3 day trip w my 3yo  and wondering which hotel is best recommended that is pretty much near kosher/ minyanim and attraction?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: stv17 on August 23, 2018, 03:32:46 PM
Is it worthwhile to go to blizzard beach and/or Typhoon Lagoon for kids and Adults?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: reed on September 02, 2018, 03:13:01 PM
Need to be at the ritz Carlton over shabbos for a conference. Anything around there walking distance w/r/t minyan, food etc?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: reed on September 07, 2018, 02:20:48 AM
Anybody?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 07, 2018, 11:18:47 AM
Anybody?
The Shuls are listed in the wiki. Use Gmaps to see how far the Ritz is.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: reed on October 08, 2018, 02:05:26 PM
Any kosher in MCO?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on October 08, 2018, 08:43:36 PM
Any kosher in MCO?

did you check the wiki?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: VLK on October 08, 2018, 11:47:30 PM
Anyone know if any of the home/villa rentals have hotel style amenities?

TIA
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 22, 2018, 07:30:48 PM
Anybody ever stay at the Marriott cypress harbour villas?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on December 24, 2018, 01:34:27 AM
Who is being in Champions gate the weekend of January 26th?
Any idea of minyanim?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jack on December 27, 2018, 10:36:05 PM
Who is being in Champions gate the weekend of January 26th?
Any idea of minyanim?
Have you gotten any answers outside of this forum?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: whacked1 on January 06, 2019, 12:05:45 AM
Heading to Orlando in a couple of weeks first time with 3 year old.

Any recommendations on hotels ?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on January 06, 2019, 03:32:46 PM
Who is being in Champions gate the weekend of January 26th?
Any idea of minyanim?

For the week of Jan 25th, due to demand, we've reserved a villa to be setup for the minyan and set up a link for reservation. https://fs30.formsite.com/OrlandoTora/form5/index.html
Minyan Address
1537 Mulligan BoulevardDavenport, FL 33896
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: yomo on January 07, 2019, 09:32:11 PM
Any recommendations for renting a house or villa with a private pool near kosher supermarket/restaurant?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on January 10, 2019, 01:32:24 PM
will you still be there for shabbos feb 2 ?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on January 10, 2019, 01:40:19 PM
how are you renting in champions gate ? AIRBNB ?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: gingy20 on January 16, 2019, 04:23:30 PM
Is anyone aware of a minyan at the Sheraton Vistana for Jan 18/19?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on January 16, 2019, 08:30:55 PM
What is my best hotel option for me my wife and 4 children? I have a lot of Marriot points and I would like to stay at a nice resort. Thanks
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: soursticks on January 17, 2019, 12:57:27 PM
I know people are focused on winter break right now, but is there a separate chat for Pesach in Orlando? If not should there be?
 
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: sprint on January 18, 2019, 12:09:44 AM
Is anyone aware of a minyan at the Sheraton Vistana for Jan 18/19?
Yes there is one. Not the Sheraton on International Drive but the one off of Apopka Vineland Road.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on January 20, 2019, 09:47:01 PM
Looking for a babysitter for this week in Orlando.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 28, 2019, 10:03:18 AM
Anyone ever hear of this place? Legit?

https://new.orlandoparkdeals.com/disney-animal-kingdom-tickets-mobile
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: alkpaplun on February 05, 2019, 10:01:45 AM
Looking to form a minyan in orlando on shabbos kisisa(2/22). please contact alkaplunj@gmail.com
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Leahs on February 06, 2019, 12:57:34 PM
Looking for minyan in Westside by Windsor For Pesach
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: frmom on February 24, 2019, 08:16:10 AM
Looking for  villa communitys that will have people for minyanim on yom tov days as well as chol hamoed Pesach- not  structured programs but want to rent house walkable to a minyan.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Leahs on February 24, 2019, 11:02:37 AM
Looking for  villa communitys that will have people for minyanim on yom tov days as well as chol hamoed Pesach- not  structured programs but want to rent house walkable to a minyan.
Emerald island resort
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: youG on February 24, 2019, 11:24:34 AM
Looking for park tickets Pesach. Anyone know place for best deal ( thinking 2-day Disney and 1universal) ? I see Chabad doesn’t have Disney anymore. Going with few family and need about 20 tix. Any help appreciated.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: David1 on March 06, 2019, 05:24:51 PM
Looking for park tickets Pesach. Anyone know place for best deal ( thinking 2-day Disney and 1universal) ? I see Chabad doesn’t have Disney anymore. Going with few family and need about 20 tix. Any help appreciated.
Did you find a deal on tickets?
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: youG on March 06, 2019, 07:45:23 PM
Did you find a deal on tickets?

Not yet
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: coolal on March 14, 2019, 10:17:12 AM
Hi,

i am looking for tickets to orlando to book with points i have marriot points what the cheapest way to transfer into miles and book tickets?

thank you
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on March 14, 2019, 10:37:30 AM
i booked embassy suites near Disney as i was planning on spending a few days there with the family but long story short the plan i had fell thru and i wont be going to Disney. any recommendation on best 2 room hotel/resort with points not around Disney? i feel bad staying a mile away from Disney and not taking my kids there  :-[
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 26, 2019, 03:45:16 PM
Anyone find that most rentals in Orlando limit the thermostat to 72 degrees and will not go any cooler?

The usual workaround that u can use on most hotel A/C's doesnt work and the management guys tell you that its to prevent overheating (which we know is nonsense).

This becomes am issue for frum families who rent for Pesach, especially on a long afternoon with a full house.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: Naftuli19 on March 26, 2019, 03:48:30 PM
Anyone find that most rentals in Orlando limit the thermostat to 72 degrees and will not go any cooler?

The usual workaround that u can use on most hotel A/C's doesnt work and the management guys tell you that its to prevent overheating (which we know is nonsense).

This becomes am issue for frum families who rent for Pesach, especially on a long afternoon with a full house.
yep yep, we were a very large group of families on sukkot, while we didn't have that issue most of our group did it seemed like they rental agency set it that way...
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: lakewood34 on March 26, 2019, 09:20:56 PM
Anyone ever hear of this place? Legit?

https://new.orlandoparkdeals.com/disney-animal-kingdom-tickets-mobile
its a time share place.
you have to listen to a pitch to buy a time share for a condo
there are cheap tickets on ebay all the time with this restricition attached
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: HahuGavrah on May 23, 2019, 05:05:54 PM
Looking to rent a house/villa for 4 adults walk-able to a minyan for Shavuos. I checked the Chabad area on airbnb etc. but all I found were condos and apartments. Does anyone know a villa community that will have people for minyanim, or a place that might have vilas to rent that would be in walking distance to a shul? Any other ideas?
I would very much appreciate any help. I've never been there and we need to get away.
Title: Re: Orlando Master Thread
Post by: moshn on June 17, 2019, 10:35:18 AM
Looking for a minyan in Orlando at the vacation homes (Champions gate etc.) area for next Shabbos (The 29th). We are 5 men. If you or someone you know are going to be in the area please message me.
Thanx.