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Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando

Nickelodeon Suites Orlando
Source: Orbitz.com

By Rohan:

Orlando has more attractions than you can shake a stick at. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Wet and Wild, Sea World, and a plethora of theme parks await you in this haven for children and adults alike. When it comes to staying in Orlando however, many families are torn between saving money at an outside hotel or staying at one of the Disney or Universal properties to make the trip charming and enjoyable for the kids. Luckily, there’s a way to do both.

The Nickelodeon Suites Resort is located equidistant from Disney and Universal. If you rent a car during your stay, you can easily hit both attractions and stay somewhere the kids will enjoy. Most Disney resorts are highly regarded for their family-friendly activities and unique theme. The Nickelodeon resort offers these amenities at a much cheaper price while not sacrificing activities that the kids go nuts for. The resort is packed with two water parks, each with seven slides for thrill-seekers and the littlest adventurers. In addition, each room is a suite with a kids area souped up with video games, their own TV, and colorful furniture.

Every morning, treat yourself to “The Mall”, a section of the resort with shops, theaters, restaurants, and the resort’s award-winning character breakfast. Here, Spongebob, Dora, Cosmo, Wanda, and Patrick all meet up with you for a classic American meal.

We highly recommend checking out the Nickelodeon Suites Resort the next time you plan an Orlando vacation.

For reservations, check out http://www.nickhotel.com/

Mythos at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Mythos Restaurant
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By Rohan: 

Amusement parks are known for their towering roller coasters, white-knuckle thrill rides, and refreshing water slides. Theme park critics praise these institutions for constructing record-breaking thrills and entertaining kids and adults of all ages. However, we rarely see critics go nuts for amusement park food. It’s usually the same thing; pizza, cotton candy, and funnel cakes. You can’t walk into a theme park expecting a delicious, quality meal… or can you?

Over Spring Break, my family decided to take it easy in the theme park capital of the world, Orlando. Situated on International Drive is Universal Studios’ sister park Islands of Adventure. While Islands boasts two awesome roller coasters, a collection of great dark rides, and a few spots for the kids to hang out, it also has one of the best amusement park restaurants I’ve ever eaten at.

Mythos is located in the Lost Continent section of the park. The area is themed well… a lost continent. The culture is unknown and seems to be a mix of Middle Eastern, Greek, and Roman heritages.  The restaurant is shaped like a giant mountain with sculptures of Greek deities embedded in the rocks. Inside, you are treated to a beautifully themed restaurant that does not go over the top with gimmicky props. It is majestic, elegant, and a refreshing place to catch a great meal in between two rides. Mythos takes commonplace menu items like pasta, burgers, and salads and puts a Greek twist on them that make them taste truly unique. Their Fettuccine Alfredo with balsamic vinegar, asparagus, and sun-dried tomatoes is a meal fit for an Olympian. The servings are decent and the service is relatively fast (we were in and out in about forty-five minutes).

Mythos wants guests to have a comfortable and delicious dining experience but respects the fact that you are probably at Universal for the rides. Nonetheless, it is a worthy pit stop on your theme park adventure. One very important piece of advice is to go there as soon as you get into the park and make a reservation. If that’s too stressful for you, you can book your reservation online, at your participating Universal Orlando hotel, or at the Universal City Walk tourist center.

David’s Disney Vacation Club Point Rentals- A Great Discount System

Disney’s Old Key West Resort
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By Siddhi: 

As a college student on a limited budget, I was concerned when my friend told me that our road trip to Disney would entail staying at the Old Key West Resort, one of the more upscale hotels on the property that houses the largest rooms of all the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resorts. Browsing the site’s incredible amenities just added onto my anxiety about how I would afford paying for a DVC room in Orlando at the beginning of the summer amusement park season.

But when I found out I would only be paying a total of $200 for four nights, I was shocked. We split the cost of a room at Old Key West, so that meant that the total cost for the four of us was around $800. Still, the price tag of an early summer vacation at a high-end DVC resort seemed almost deceivingly inexpensive for what the hotel was offering, including stunning scenery, a fantastic pool, a boat rental service, a gym, and much more.

When I asked my friend how I was paying so much less than the rate that was showing up for the same four nights on the Old Key West website, he told me that he used a service called David’s Disney Vacation Club Point Rentals.

What the site essentially allows you to do is rent points from members of Disney’s Vacation Club, a timeshare program that lets guests enjoy deluxe resort and entertainment offerings. But several people who belong to the club don’t end up using all their point allotments. And so to avoid losing money on the DVC club membership, they sell their points to non-DVC members. David’s site is a highly reliable hub for people to rent these unused points.

It sounds a bit technical, but the process is very simple. David’s site provides an easy breakdown of how to go about the process.

Now I did a test to see just how dramatic the difference is between booking on actual resort sites and booking through David.

Sample Stay Dates: Sunday , August 26th – Friday, August 31st of 2012

One Bedroom Villa through Old Key West Website: Total of $4,023.46

One Bedroom Villa through David’s Website: Total of $1755.00

For the same dates and the same room, that is one heck of difference.

So if you’re planning your next vacation to Orlando’s Walt Disney World, make sure you check out David’s Disney Vacation Club Points Rental service. Old Key West is only one of many points offerings for hotels including Beach Club, Wilderness Lodge, The Contemporary, Animal Kingdom Villas, Boardwalk, and even some off-resort properties.

You can look at the point offerings and details at this site:

http://www.dvcrequest.com/

And if you are a DVC member, this is a great place for you to sell the points you can’t use as well.