Come to Florida this spring and enjoy The Fun Spot's Freedom Flyer
Central Florida is blessed to not have to shovel anything other than sand in the beach during our not-so-cold end of the winter season
For the past few months all you hear about in the news is the winter storms and nor'easters that keep range aging through the northern states. However, that tends to overshadow the fact that Florida has had only a few "cold" days where the temperature dips to the 40s for a couple of nights before getting back to day temperatures in the 80s. In fact, as this is being written there are people sunbathing at our very own Vista Cay Resort by Millenium.
We are often asked about what to do in Orlando during the spring and we couldn't think of a better attraction than the Freedom Flyer roller coaster at The Fun Spot. While it opened in 2014, the Freedom Flyer has not received the same amount of publicity as the larger theme parks, but this is one is an attraction you cannot miss on your next trip to Orlando.
At Vista Cay Resort by Millenium we are super excited to see the spring quickly approaching with the ever-pleasant soft breezes that just makes us want to go out to a theme park. So before we forget, all you frozen Northeasterners and Midwesterners pay attention since here are some things to keep in mind when coming to Florida over the next few months:
- Orlando’s daytime temperatures for March, April and May stay within plus or minus 5 degrees from 80ºF, making it some of the nicest weather Central Florida enjoys
- Showers are sporadic during this time of the year, which helps you make the most of your day without having to buy a poncho or pull out your umbrella
- The lines at the theme parks are still relatively short since school is in session and that also means you can see more of a park in one single day
- Even in the spring, you could dehydrate from being outside too long since Florida gets a fair share of sunshine, even on cloudy days—so be sure to drink water often when you visit
Spring time in Orlando awaits as we shake off the winter for a warmer and more enjoyable season. Also, don't forget to add to your list of places to go the new Freedom Flyer roller coaster at The Fun Spot on International Drive. This new off-the-beaten-path attraction at the popular Fun Spot is a shiny yellow and blue tubular roller coaster designed for the enjoyment of people of all ages.
And the next time you plan to come to Orlando during the spring, please be sure to consider Vista Cay Resort by Millenium. We offer you exceptional rates and world-class accommodations near all of the theme parks and entertainment districts in Central Florida. And remember to bring your sunscreen because our sun is hot!
The Force Awakens in Orlando for Star Wars Weekends at Disney World on May 15th
This year's edition of star Wars Weekends at Disney World is expected to be one of the most exciting to date as Star Wars Episode 7 "The Force Awakens" is set to hit theaters in December 2015
We are just as excited as the rest of the world to know that we have less than a year before we get to see some of the most memorable Star Wars characters hit the big screen once again—over 30 years after the original Star Wars “A New Hope.” And as we get closer to the spring, we know that Star Wars Weekends could bring us hints of what’s to come later in the year now that Disney owns the successful movie and merchandising franchise.
During Star Wars Weekends, live action and voice over actors along with concept artists and production crew stars will be on hand to meet and greet visitors to the Disney Hollywood Studios theme park. While the full schedule of celebrities attending is yet to be released, many of the most memorable characters will be on hand for photo opportunities—including Chewbacca, Boba Fett, R2-D2, and even the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader, who will be escorted by his loyal 501st Stormtrooper Legion. If you are a die-hard Star Wars fan, you cannot miss the opportunity to attend Star Wars Weekends 2015.
Star Wars Weekends 2015 will be held from May 15 to June 14, 2015 during Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays within that date range. And if you are planning to visit Orlando and let the Force Awaken within you, then be sure to check out our great rates at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium. Not only do we offer spacious accommodations, we are also conveniently located near great entertainment and dining options within a short distance of our property. So come on down to Orlando and feel the Force at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium!
Central Florida gets ready for the Grand Opening of I-Drive 360 and its Orlando Eye on I-Drive
With all its capsules already locked in place and testing underway, the wait is almost over and the entertainment complex is almost ready to rock
As the centerpiece attraction of the new I-Drive 360 entertainment complex—built on top of the old Mercado Shopping Center, popular during the 80s and 90s—the Orland Eye is poised to become a point of reference for visitor in the International Drive Area. The 400 feet-tall structure will give its riders a bird’s eye view of the area. However, there is more at ground level than meets the eye from above.
Over the past decade, people who have visited Central Florida on vacation or business travels have seen an evolution of the International Drive area between Universal Studios and SeaWorld. The roads have been repaved, the sidewalks have been enhanced, new I-Ride trolley stops have been set up, and new and exciting restaurant and attraction concepts have sprung up. Still, nothing compares to building what is being dubbed as a mini-theme park in the heart of this busy tourist district.
I-Drive 360 is strategically located in the heart of International Drive, allowing easy access by pedestrians and cars. The complex has a multi-story parking garage that allows you to drive and park next to the I-Drive 360 attractions. In addition, the entire complex has been landscaped and developed to make it easy to walk around and enjoy the restaurants and bars that are already a part of the vibrant I-Drive night life—a favorite for both tourists and convention visitors alike.
Stay tuned for news about its upcoming Grand Opening and keep reading our Vista Cay Resort by Millenium blog, which will cover all major updates and news on the area's attractions and theme parks.
And of course, Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is just down the road from the I-Drive 360 and Orlando Eye, always offering great rates when you book early—so be sure to book as soon as you can!
Spring is a Great Time to Visit Orlando and Enjoy the Theme Parks
If you are planning to visit Orlando and would like to enjoy Disney, Universal and SeaWorld with a bit more time, then springtime is the time to come
It is no secret that Orlando is the premier family vacation destination in the world, but that also means that we are graced with millions of visitors—about 60 million to be exact, according to 2014 stats—who flock to Central Florida looking for fun under the sun. With the bulk of these visitors coming between the months of May and August, if you can plan your Orlando vacation in the spring you could benefit from milder temperatures in the 80s with sunny days and lots of time to enjoy the rides at the theme parks—thanks to the lighter travel traffic.
Most families choose to vacation in Orlando during the summer for one specific reason: children have no school, allowing them to travel without compromising school work and grades. This means that you are likely to find longer lines and wait times at any of our theme parks—sometimes up to 2-3 hours—so it is hard to see more of the attractions in a day’s time. You can easily avoid these crowds traveling any time between early February and early May, which also translates into great rates at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium.
If you have no children it may be easier to travel to Orlando in the spring, but keep in mind that just because school is in session across the U.S., there are many more countries where their schedules may allow for breaks in the spring and you are still likely to find children frolicking around the park—an always welcomed sight since it makes us live vicariously through their excitement and innocence. After all, coming to see Disney, Universal or SeaWorld makes us go back to a time when play was the busiest thing we’d do all day—and that was a beautiful thing.
Spring is a great time for couples to visit Orlando, so come on over to Vista Cay Resort by Millenium this spring and enjoy everything we have to offer—including amazing rates for your stay!
Universal Studios Mardi Gras is Coming to Orlando, February 7th to April 18th, 2015
Known as "Florida's Biggest Party," this New Orleans import into Central Florida brings music and celebration together with Orlando flair
Every late Winter (or early Spring), Universal Studios Florida becomes the host of a series of concerts that include headliner bands and artists. Every genre of music is covered at Universal Mardi Gras and this year the lineup includes Olivia Newton-John, Barenaked Ladies, Heart, Yandel, and the B-52s, among many more great names from everything from pop, R&B, country, and Latin music.
The 2015 Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Studios is one of the most attended events in Central Florida, drawing tourists and locals into the street party celebration that pays homage to its New Orleans roots. That said, it should be noted that Universal Mardi Gras is a family-friendly event where everyone can join the fun and carouse until close in a safe environment.
The event also features a parade with performers who will throw beads at bystanders as everyone dances to lively music under a street-wide light show. Universal Mardi Gras 2015 will also have a food section, known as the French Quarter Courtyard, featuring delicacies such as beignets, gumbo and Jambalaya.
To enjoy Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida, you must purchase a part ticket or an annual pass since all festivities occur inside the park. However, after the park closes the party continues at Universal City Walk, where live music, drink, foods, and more excitement await. And with so many bands performing at the event, there is no place in the world that offers you such a great chance to party than Universal Studios’ Mardi Gras.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is your Mardi Gras home base while attending the festivities—we are a mere couple of miles down the road from Universal Studios. This time of the year we are likely to sell out so be sure to check out our rates and book early!
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium in Orlando is Designated a AAA Approved Lodging Property
It is our honor to share this exciting update, which is testimony of our dedication to quality and service during your Orlando Vacation
On our blog, we normally cover news about attractions and events in the Orlando area, but this time we are super excited to be at main topic as we share with you this important accolade. In a city where lodging is a major industry catering to over 60 million travelers every year, it is important for visitors to have an unbiased point of reference when deciding where to stay during their Orlando vacation. But how do you figure out where to stay, with so many different hotels and resorts? That’s where the AAA Approved Lodging badge comes into play.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is already known for its superb value to those who seek comfort, convenience and accessibility to Disney, Universal and SeaWorld Orlando’s theme parks. The resort is also popular with business travelers thanks to its close proximity to the Orange County Convention Center, which is located just around the corner from Vista Cay Resort by Millenium. And if you’ve ever stayed at our property, we know you are already a raving fan!
Earning the AAA Approved Lodging badge is a big accomplishment for Vista Cay Resort by Millenium since this designation adds a big boost of confidence for current and future guests. That said, the Diamond Rating system has been in used by AAA for decades and travelers have been relying on this important validator of quality in the lodging industry. AAA determines this rating by anonymously evaluating the properties to ensure that they are a match for its high-quality standards.
One thing is for sure: you will have to book early your next stay with us because as an AAA Approved Lodging property Vista Cay Resort by Millenium will be extremely popular among Orlando vacationers. See you soon at our AAA Approved Lodging resort!
What’s happening on International Drive in 2015? This Orlando tourist district is about to get even better
Prepare for awesomeness and tastefulness as I-Drive becomes the newest (and best) hotspot for entertainment, family fun and even business traveler enjoyment!
For years, International Drive has undergone waves of enhancements, changes and transition from just being a lodging haven—and now the iconic strip set between Universal Studios and SeaWorld Orlando is experience a renaissance of sorts. Behold, I-Drive 2.0 is here and it is simply amazing!
Let’s start with the most noticeable things first. The Orlando Eye is now fully built and has become an icon on its own, as well as a point of reference for figuring out where to eat or stay. Expected to open in the spring of 2015, the Orlando Eye will give tourists a bird’s eye view that will let them see as far as the Disney World Area. And this is just the beginning since there will the tallest roller coaster in the world is set to open right next to the Orlando Eye. Stay tuned to this blog for more news on that soon.
The intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road is also experiencing a change. The southeast corner of the intersection has been redeveloped with new landmarks to include Cooper’s Hawk and Chuy’s Mexican restaurants, along with a modern-looking Walgreens pharmacy and store in the corner.
The southwest corner is also having changes of its own as the iconic Mango’s restaurant and dance club is set to open this year. Mango’s is a popular destination for the rich, famous and affluent in Miami Beach and now it is coming to Orlando to add some Latin spice, flavor and rhythm to I-Drive. Do you have your dancing shoes ready?
Finally, between these two locations you can now experience a lot more dining options since the progress made on I-Drive has led to other redevelopment projects to modernize and in some cases tear down entire restaurants to be rebuilt with a newer and more exciting look. Everywhere you look on International Drive you can see plenty of work being done in buildings in preparation for what is expected to be the busiest tourist season ever in Orlando.
Well, the best part of it all is that Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is located just down the road from all of these amazing additions to the International Drive Area. Isn’t it time for you to start planning your next Orlando vacation—then be sure to search for dates and book early to ensure you have your spot!
What’s hot in Orlando for 2015? Orlando City Soccer prepares to take Central Florida by storm
Soccer—the world’s most popular sport—is also becoming the newest Orlando attraction to attract families to Central Florida
The Orlando City Soccer Club is generating a lot of interest across the nation since the newest member of the Major League Soccer or MLS is coming to a city known for drawing large crowds and entertaining them with the magic that only Orlando can offer.
Orlando is well known as a family vacation destination and with soccer becoming an increasingly popular sport in the United States, Central Florida is best-prepared to host an MLS with a namesake soccer club.
Known already for its Orlando Magic NBA team, everyone in Orlando is excited to have another reason to cheer for our city, which continues to make waves as one of the top destinations for enthusiasts seeking the thrill of a sports match.
Legendary midfielder Kaká—a Brazilian soccer player who has played for top European soccer clubs to include Real Madrid and AC Milan, along with two FIFA World Cup events—is the star of the Orlando City SC, carrying the hopes for a top spot in the MLS rankings.
Tourists who come to visit Disney, Universal or SeaWorld theme parks will soon find themselves having the opportunity to attend a new Orlando attraction that will bring families together through the sport of soccer.
Orlando City SC will be based at the Citrus Bowl near Downtown Orlando and a short drive north from Vista Cay Resort by Millenium, which without question, is the perfect place to stay when visiting Orlando City SC matches.
Welcome the New Year 2015 at Pointe Orlando’s Entertainment Complex
Forget Times Square, the party is on right here in Central Florida as Pointe Orlando becomes your New Year’s Eve Celebration Hotspot.
A New Year means so much to each person, but before you get ready for a brand new start you need a place where you can celebrate in style and with a great bunch of people who know just how to throw a good party. Look no further than Pointe Orlando in the heart of International Drive and next to the Orange County Convention Center. This is the perfect place for you to start your New Year’s Celebration during your winter vacation in Orlando, Florida.
Start with a great dinner at one of Pointe Orlando’s exceptional restaurants—including The Capital Grille, Maggiano’s Little Italy, or The Oceanaire Seafood Room. You can also experience the recently-opened RA Sushi Bar Restaurant or seek out exotic flavors at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar. Or if you want to keep it light and casual, try Johnny Rockets or Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream before you get in the mood for the big New Year’s Eve Party in Orlando.
After dinner, you have plenty of nightlife entertainment venues to ring in the New Year but we highly recommend the epic party atmosphere of Taverna Opa. This year, Taverna Opa is celebrating with Greek gods and goddesses, along with the high-energy music that will take you an a trip around the Greece, Lebanon, Turkey, and Egypt—always featuring their sensuous belly dancers who will get the crowd pumped up and dancing on top of the table.
Do know that other venues are available to welcome the New Year, including Adobe Gila’s, B.B. King’s Blues Club, The Funky Monkey Bistro & Bar, and The Pub—this last one being a British-themed venue with a great selection of beers, ales and stouts. So there you have it, Pointe Orlando awaits and Vista Cay Resort by Millenium will be waiting for you after you have the time of your life, so you can rest and recover from all the fun. So make sure you book early to reserve your stay for New Years.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is the perfect headquarters for your family’s vacation and we are always ready to welcome you to Orlando, whether you are here to celebrate the New Year or on vacation to visit Disney, Universal or SeaWorld.
The Orlando Eye is Finally Looking Majestic over International Drive
Nothing brings more joy to Orlando visitors than to see an iconic attraction as it towers over the flat Central Florida landscape—and the Orlando Eye is an impressive sight for both locals and visitors alike.
The Orlando Eye is a massive Ferris Wheel attraction under construction in the heart of International Drive, one of the most popular tourist and business travel districts in the city known for its larger-than-life theme parks. The structure—which once built will have a height of 400 feet—is located near the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road and is surrounded by a variety of new restaurant concepts, attractions and exhibits designed to cater to families on vacation and convention travelers alike.
Riders of the Orlando Eye will get a chance to see as far as the Kennedy Space Center from the highest point in one of 30 capsules with a maximum capacity of 15 people in a ride that will last under half an hour. The Orlando Eye may also be familiar to European visitors since this structure is a sibling of the London Eye and once inaugurated, Orlando will be home to the fifth tallest Ferris Wheel attraction on the planet—and that’s just the beginning.
Recently, it was revealed that another towering attraction will be opening on International Drive—the Skyscraper—which will be crowned as the tallest roller coaster in the world, featuring a four-minute ride that defies gravity and give riders some of the most impressive views of I-Drive yet. And of course, all of these amazing attractions are opening just-down-the-road from Vista Cay Resort by Millenium.
Get ready to enjoy the adrenalin-pumping rides that will be the envy of Orlando’s top theme parks and book your stay early to ensure you get a great price for an amazing Orlando vacation!
Get Ready to Celebrate ‘Grinchmas’ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
If you are coming to Orlando to enjoy the holidays, you are in luck since December also marks the return of a favorite holiday-themed attraction with Grincmas at Universal Studios.
Every year the Grinch returns to delight families with its dark and humorous view of what holiday cheer is all about. This Dr. Seuss character has become one of the most beloved characters of the holiday season in Orlando and the Grinch brings with it a magnificent display of music, dance and frolicking proper of its wacky nature. In addition, the entire town of Who-ville and its funny-nosed Whos will be on hand to share the Who-liday spirit with guest of Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
Year after year, Universal Studios has been raising the bar higher and higher to bring guests the most spectacular holiday vacation experience. The Merry Grinchmas spirit will also be felt during the Grinch’s parade featuring many more characters from the Dr. Seuss universe and music from Manheim Steamroller. And if that is not enough, Universal Studios will have plenty of holiday cheer to share with guests with additional exhibits and holiday-themed events throughout both of its theme parks.
And if you are visiting Universal Studios’ Grinchmas, be sure to make your way over to Diagon Alley—the newest Harry Potter-themed attraction at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The latest addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter also features holiday-related events throughout the month of December. But that’s not all, if Universal Studios is in your mind, so should be Vista Cay Resort by Millenium—your home base in Orlando during your holiday vacation.
Check out our rates now and get ready to spend an amazing vacation with Vista Cay Resort by Millenium during this holiday season, located a few blocks from Universal Studios’ theme parks!
Come Out and Play at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Who knew that a mouse, a holiday season and twinkling lights could make so much magic during the holiday season in Orlando—and that’s just the start of an amazing celebration with the whole family.
Mickey Mouse knows how to throw a good party and when he invites Santa Claus, his elves and the rest of the Disney gang, you can be sure that it will be a holiday bash like no other. With a separate admission ticket to the Magic Kingdom, the park transforms into a winter wonderland and a spectacular lights display everywhere you look. Holiday music playing in the streets will set the mood for a Christmas celebration that will create memories for a lifetime.
Witness one of the most amazing displays of lights you’ll ever see as Cinderella Castle is transformed into a frozen castle with frosted lights that will be the delight of your entire family. In the spirit of the season and the movie Frozen, you will get to meet Elsa and Anna during the spectacular “Frozen Holiday Wish” show, along with appearances by their friends hailing from the magical kingdom of Arendelle. And if that is not enough, Santa Claus will be on hand for photo opportunities, along with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald Duck. How’s that for a holiday party!
The best part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is that the event is unique to the holiday season and you should make it a point to experience it if you are traveling to Orlando during the month of December. And of course, if you are planning to come to Orlando for the holidays, Vista Cay Resort by Millenium will be waiting at the end of the night for a great night’s sleep. There is no better place to enjoy your holiday vacation in Orlando!
Check the latest promotional rates for your upcoming stay at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium and discover the exceptional quality and value that our resort property has to offer.
Christmas 2014 in Orlando: Discover How Theme Parks Celebrate the Holidays!
The Holiday Season is almost here and as we get past Halloween and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, the fall season gets us in the mood for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwanza, and Christmas.
Orlando is one of the happiest places you can find in the planet thanks to our myriad of entertainment options, theme parks and attractions, but it is also home to some amazing holiday celebrations. So here’s your “quick guide” to celebrating Christmas and other seasonal holidays in Orlando, Florida:
- Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party – This staple of Disney’s holiday celebration gets better and better, year after year. Happening at the Magic Kingdom theme park between November 7th and December 19th, the celebration includes plenty of lights in every tree and structure throughout the park, as well as live entertainment ranging from carolers to street performers. And not to be missed this year is the “Frozen” display at Cinderella Castle and snowfall on Main Street USA.
- Universal Studios’ Grinchmas – If you are a fan of Universal Studios and Dr. Seuss, then Grinchmas is like mixing Christmas with Green Eggs and Ham. From the weird and senseless to the comical and odd, Grinchmas at Universal Studios has also become a staple of Orlando’s theme park holiday celebrations. Don’t miss photo opportunities to get a selfie with the Grinch itself and the Macy's Holiday Parade, as well as enjoying music by Mannheim Steamroller throughout all Universal Orlando theme parks.
- SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration – From November 22nd to December 31st, you can enjoy SeaWorld’s Wintery Wonderland featuring Santa Claus, Shamu, live entertainment and performers, and plenty of holly and jolly throughout this adventure park. Be sure to book a seat during Santa’s Fireside Feast, featuring an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet or on the Christmas Show, featuring figure skating, holiday music and plenty of wintry magic for the enjoyment of your whole family.
If you are planning on visiting Orlando during the 2014 Holiday Season, be sure to book your stay at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium as soon as possible since this is a popular time for families to travel. And not for nothing, Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is close to The Mall at Millenia, The Florida Mall and Orlando Premium Outlets, giving you plenty of reasons to start your Holiday Shopping in Orlando.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is your Holiday Vacation destination, so come join us for a jolly-good ol' time in Orlando, Florida!
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is Helping Clean the World—One Soap Bar at the Time
The recycling of discarded soap bars from Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is one of the many ways in which our resort contributes to making a better world—both locally and worldwide—with the help of non-profit organizations like Clean the World.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is proud to be an active participant in the Clean the World program. This non-profit organization collects and recycles soap bars from hospitality businesses--such as resorts and hotels--and then prepares hygiene kits to be given out in charity initiatives. Clean the World started as an idea by Shawn Seipler, a businessman who--during one of his many business trips--wondered what happened to all the leftover toiletries after guests leave a hotel room.
After he started Clean the World, Seipler saw the quick growth from idea to an initiative with the support of countless volunteers--and that's when the hospitality industry took notice. Today, the organization has several hundred resorts and hotels supporting it and distributes soap and hygiene kits to impoverished adults and children in both the U.S. and throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Orlando is known as the family vacation capital of the world thanks to the thousands of families who come to visit its theme parks every day. Vista Cay Resort by Millenium particpates in the Clean the World program by collecting leftover soap bars from each condo suite then sends them to the organization's Soap Recycling plant, where the soap is sanitized and packaged for redistribution. So the next time you stay with us and leave what’s left of the soap bars behind be sure that rather than going to waste that soap will be put to good use.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is working hard to do its part in creating a better hospitality community. Join us in our effort and be mindful of the resources you use, always using your best judgment in making our world a better place to live and stay on your next Orlando vacation!
Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Opens at the New Fantasyland on the Magic Kingdom
Disney’s newest ride takes you on an exciting roller-coaster ride based on the mines depicted in its 1937 movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”
If you are already feeling Heigh-Ho about the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, do know that this is one of the most technologically-advanced rides ever built by Disney—and following its Grand Opening on May 28, 2014, this has already become the favorite ride for families across all its Orlando theme parks. Built on the grounds of the old “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage,” the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train keeps the thrills to a family-friendly level thanks to tilting technology on its carts that simulates swaying movements, forward tipping and of course, bumps and jumps. To get to the ride, simply walk through Cinderella’s Castle in the center of the Magic Kingdom theme park and veer right when you get to Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel.
Curiously, Disney’s Imagineers wanted to bring many elements from the old Snow White’s Scary Adventures ride, which have been in storage since it was demolished in 2012 to make way for the New Fantasyland expansion at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Knowing that is must appeal to both adults and children; the ride incorporates animatronics, indoor and outdoor sets, and the cartoonish architecture that immerses the riders in scenes from this timeless movie. Each cart in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is designed to allow four people, reminiscent of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller-coaster. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one of many new additions to the Magic Kingdom, which will culminate at the end of 2014.
If you are planning to visit Orlando, Florida this summer, you cannot miss the opportunity of visiting the amazing new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. And don’t forget it is safe for most children, but always be sure to check with the attendants and the main entrance of the ride. Also, be sure to check the new MagicBand and MagicCard that allows you to enter the theme parks and to get a FastPass. Now just be sure to book your stay with Vista Cay Resort by Millenium as soon as you plan your vacation. Summertime is also high-season in Orlando and we don’t want you to miss out on special deals on Hot Dates for your stay.
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Universal Orlando Gets Ready to Open its Newest Ride: Harry Potter’s Escape from Gringotts
Harry Potter fans can finally take their passion for the franchise to the bank—literally—as they enter a magical world of wizardry and danger within the park’s Diagon Alley themed area
If you are Harry Potter fan, you are more than familiar with the peculiar (and sometimes dark) Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Ran by goblins who are often portrayed as greedy creatures whose existence revolves about wealth and money, the Gringotts Bank is managed by the dwarf-like creatures with a tight hand and a heavy dose of mystery. Furthermore, Gringotts Bank prides itself on the level of security it offers its patrons, often claiming to be the safest place to keep your secrets and wealth without the worry of snooping Muggles—in other words, non-magical people like you and me.
Part thrill-ride and part roller-coaster, the new ‘Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts’ ride is a major element of Universal’s expanded Potterverse known as Diagon Alley—an old-world themed street in London where wizards, squibs and witches live and trade hidden from the Muggle world. The original success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter led Universal Studios to develop and create this extension of the themed land. In addition, one major element of the new Diagon Alley is the ability to connect to the rest of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade Station via the Hogwarts Express train, which can be boarded on Platform 9 ¾ at the Universal Studios Florida theme park.
Diagon Alley is set to open over a four-day period starting on June 17th, 2014, during which time Universal will have much Potter-themed pomp and circumstance—and the lines are expected to be long. But you don’t have to worry about it because you have entire summer to be among the lucky first to visit Diagon Alley and the new ‘Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts’ ride. Now, be sure to come stay with us at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium since we are only a stone’s throw away from both Universal theme parks. If an Orlando vacation is on your calendar, be sure to book early to ensure availability since our unique location makes Vista Cay Resort by Millenium a popular family destination.
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Disney Announces 2014 Dates for Star Wars Weekends in Orlando
This annual event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios promises to bring even more Force for Star Wars fans to enjoy.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has just released the new dates for Star Wars Weekends, a signature event that brings the magic of the most successful movie franchise in history to this Orlando theme park. Always popular with guests of all ages, Star Wars Weekends gives you plenty of photo opportunities with characters and creatures from the mind of George Lucas. Since Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, the Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has become the home base for fans who want to stay abreast of the latest developments in this movie franchise, which will soon be releasing it’s first TV series under Disney’s ownership.
Star Wars Weekends 2014 will be held at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park on these weekends (Friday through Sunday):
» May 16 – 18, 2014
» May 23 – 25, 2014
» May 30 – June 1, 2014
» June 6 – 8, 2014
» June 13 – 15, 2014
The Star Wars Weekend event is known not just for its characters, but also for the opportunity to meet the actors, actresses and star production staff attending the event for autograph signings. In addition, children under the age of 12 can participate in the Jedi Academy, where they learn to fight with lightsabers, how to use the Force and in the end fight off the Dark Lord of the Sith himself as they work together to defeat the evil Darth Vader.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is strong in the Force this spring and we are ready to become your home base when you come to Orlando to attend Star Wars Weekends. Be sure to book your dates early because while our rates are out of this world the popularity of our resort makes us a highly-priced intergalactic bounty.
2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Orlando’s Amway Arena
March Madness will be bringing thousands of collegiate basketball fans to boost the local economy before and after the games.
Orlando's Amway Center will be hosting the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 20, 2014. This collegiate sports event promises to draw much attention to Orlando, bringing thousands of basketball fans to our city. As they begin to pour into the city, this national basketball event will also help boost the local economy as many out-of-town visitors will be making plans to attend more than just a game. From restaurants to theme park, basketball fans will be planning to add a little leisure and entertainment in the Vacation Capital of the World.
Colloquially referred to as “March Madness” because of the frenzy of basketball games, the NCAA Basketball Tournament brings together talented basketball teams from major universities and colleges around the nation—and their loyal fans. That said, Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is welcoming reservations for March 2014, giving basketball fans the convenience of a world-class stay in close proximity to great restaurants, entertainment venues, and shopping. Furthermore, you can take advantage on great pricing at our resort before high season begins.
And if that is not enough reason to come to Orlando, there is also the International Flower & Garden Festival at Disney's Epcot theme park, which runs from March 5th through May 18th, 2014 and is a great excuse to add a theme park visit to your fan trip. Traditionally, the month of March is traditionally a "low season" and thus, you can find shorter lines at the theme parks' attractions, allowing you to see more during your trip to attend the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Stay at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium and enjoy your stay in Orlando in the heart of the number one tourist destination in the world—and make the most of your trip by visiting a Disney, Universal or SeaWorld theme park!
Wild Days Brings You Closer to the Animals and Sea Life at Sea World Orlando
Meet renowned zookeeper Jack Hanna, SeaWorld's Sea Rescue team and animal trainer Julie Scardina during this signature winter event in January 2014.
Families from all over the world are rejoicing and experiencing firsthand the wondrous diversity of animals at SeaWorld Orlando during its yearly “Wild Days” event. Over a three weekend period, starting on January 11th, children and adults alike will have the opportunity to learn and interact with celebrity staff, who show how SeaWorld has worked so hard for many decades to preserve, protect and nurture the diverse wildlife it features in its theme park.
To enjoy Wild Days at SeaWorld Orlando, guests can get their 2014 SeaWorld Fun Card, which allows them to visit the park with unlimited access to a whole year—including Wild Days’ weekends—and get closer to the dolphins, sharks, killer whales, birds, and other animals. Here are the scheduled weekend themes at SeaWorld’s Wild Days in Orlando:
- January 11-12: Jack Hanna Weekend – The always-entertaining “Jungle Jack” will educate guest to help them connect to the wildlife through both facts and his own experiences with animals from all over the world. Jack Hanna is known worldwide for his knowledge and experience gained as Director and Zookeeper of the Columbus Zoo.
- January 18-19: Sea Rescue Weekend – Many of SeaWorld’s animals have been rescued and rehabilitated by the park’s star-studded team of marine biologists, veterinarians and other specialists who love to help injured or orphaned animals, nurturing them back to health and giving them an opportunity at a new life.
- January 25-26: Penguin Lovers' Weekend with Julie Scardina – SeaWorld Ambassador, trainer and educator Julie Scardina explores the world of penguins and will share her experiences in caring for these cold weather critters at SeaWorld—including how “Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins” was created. Experience the world of penguins by dancing like a penguin, walking among them in penguin colony and participate in a cheerful “ice block” party.
Finally, SeaWorld guests can also enjoy a variety of shows throughout the park, including the Shamu Up Close experience where you can see how killer whale trainers work hard to care for Shamu and its friends in a walkthrough exhibit and other educational opportunities that will be the delight of everyone who comes face-to-face with them. In addition, the new Trainer Talks series will expose guests to the SeaWorld Animal Training team and the animals it takes care of—including whales, sea lions, walruses and other creatures. To experience Trainer Talks, check park maps for times and locations as soon as you go through the gates.
It should be noted that The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has granted more than $9M conservation efforts, research and the protection of wildlife and their habitats. Thanks to these efforts, this amazing Orlando theme park educates thousands of guests who come from all over the world and in turn become ambassadors of the goodwill mission of SeaWorld.
Without a doubt, your top New Year’s resolution is to visit Orlando, Florida and experience all the excitement our vacation wonderland has to offer in 2014
The New Year 2014 is finally here and this means that the countdown begins the countdown to some of the most exciting and awaited new attractions in Orlando. As theme parks aim at attracting both old and new fans, Orlando is once again making headlines worldwide with the addition of new rides, lands and themed venues. Here is a quick reference list so that you can plan your vacation ahead—and of course, book your stay at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium:
Walt Disney World – After its successful launch of the New Fantasyland in 2013, Disney is getting ready to daze us with new attractions. That said, the star attraction for this reboot of the already-successful Fantasyland will be the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride, based on the Snow White fantasy tale, which is set to open in 2014 at the Magic Kingdom. As more attractions details are released, we will be sure to give you the “heads up” with new information.
Universal Orlando - Universal Studios Florida will welcome a new theme land and attraction based on the successful Harry Potter franchise in the summer of 2014 (possibly in June). The Diagon Alley expansion will feature shops based on the London setting of the movie, as well as a restaurant where guests will immerse in the Harry Potter world, and finally a Gringotts Bank-themed attraction. We can’t wait until this new Harry Potter attraction in Orlando opens!
- SeaWorld Orlando – In 2013, SeaWorld launched Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins and the park finally gave the little critters a worthy attraction to call their own. Now, in 2014 this adventure park will focus on the education of guests with exhibits. But the big news is their new attraction at the Aquatica water park, which will introduce Ihu’s Breakaway Falls—a multiple high-rise slide attraction that is expected to give guests the tallest slide drop in Orlando.
International Drive Orlando also awaits the launch of new entertainment venues and restaurants, including Mango's Tropical Café—a South Beach-themed restaurant and nightlife hotspot set to open a couple of miles from Vista Cay Resort by Millenium. Already as successful hotspot in Miami, the new restaurant will feature live bands, dance shows and gourmet dining with a tropical flair. Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando is expected to open in late summer or early fall 2014.
So there you have it, there’s plenty of reasons for you to come to Orlando in 2014. And that’s not even taking into account the countless conventions and trade shows that business travelers will visit in 2014—all located at the Orange County Convention Center, a stone’s throw from Vista Cay Resort by Millenium. Now, be sure to add “Orlando Vacation” to your New Year’s resolution and start planning your trip to the vacation capital of the world!
The new entertainment, dining and shopping complex at the existing Pleasure Island and Downtown Disney area is reshaping the landscape of this popular tourist destination.
Downtown Disney is getting a facelift of sorts as construction is well under way to create the latestDisney entertainment complex, curiously named "Disney Springs". According to Disney's original announcement in early 2013, Disney Springs will offer a collection of more than a hundred shops, restaurants and sideline entertainment venues designed to attract tourists during their non-theme park days and locals during the evenings and weekends.
Among some of the most noticeable changes is the addition of a Starbucks Coffee location directly across from the Harley Davidson Store, next to the Characters in Flight balloon attraction. Also, rumor has it that Fuego by Sosa Cigars will either be moved or closed down to allow new restaurants and shops near the Raglan Road Irish Pub. Additional walls have been erected throughout the old Pleasure Island complex to shield onlookers from the magic being built behind them.
Disney has been busy all over, particularly as it continues its head-on competition with Universal Studios, which is actively revamping Downtown Disney's nemesis--Universal City Walk. In addition, Disney is planning an extension of its Hollywood Studios with the addition of Star Wars and Avatar-themed lands, following the success of these movie franchises. All in all, the progress being made will be sure to pay off as Orlando continues to attract more than 59 million visitors every year.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is located within 10 minutes of Downtown Disney and when Disney Springs opens, we will be looking forward to being your lodging destination of choice during your next visit to Orlando.
The new high-rise slide is set to become the tallest and steepest water slide, featuring multiple slide experiences in Orlando.
If you have never been to SeaWorld's Aquatica water park—located just around the corner from Vista Cay Resort by Millenium—then here's one more reason to add it to your theme park and attractions line-up on your next visit to Orlando. Aquatica opened in 2008 and since then it has become a great sidekick attraction to SeaWorld Orlando, known worldwide for its star resident—Shamu the Killer Whale. SeaWorld is actually the second oldest theme park in the Orlando area, since it first opened its doors in 1973—two years after Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
The new waterslide announcement is being advertised with the curious slogan of "something tall is coming to Aquatica Orlando in 2014", leaving the entire hospitality and tourism community wondering about how tall this new attraction may be. Water parks have long been a complementary attraction for Orlando’s theme park, allowing families to cool-off while enjoying Central Florida’s warm and sunny weather. In addition, the lower price point for most water parks—in comparison to Disney and Universal’s theme parks—makes them a favorite among families traveling to Orlando on a budget.
Currently, Wet'n Wild claims to have the tallest water slide in Orlando with their iconic "Der Stuka", which drops people down a 6-story free-fall style tower slide. When Aquatica's "Ihu" opens, it will be expected to dethrone the reigning water slide at Wet'n Wild. Disney fans may be disappointed to know that none of this franchise’s water parks—namely Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach—have a daring water slide like Ihu’s Breakaway Falls.
Considering that Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is just over 2 miles away from Aquatica, we look forward to being your home base when you come down to Orlando to experience the newest and tallest water slide in Central Florida.
Thanksgiving in Orlando is the Perfect Way to Start the Holidays
Tired of stuffing the turkey, preparing side dishes and at the end of the night having to clean up and put away the leftovers? Coming to Orlando for Thanksgiving may be an alternative to the hassle—and you can jumpstart your Holiday shopping here too.
Sometimes you need a break from the tradition of some Holidays and if you are ready to experience a Thanksgiving vacation, then Orlando is a great option full of entertainment options. With hundreds of restaurants within the main tourist districts of International Drive and Lake Buena Vista, there will never be a shortage of options for dining with your family and not having to prepare a lavish Thanksgiving dinner or cleaning up afterwards. And if you prefer it, you can have dinner at a theme park and enjoy some of the special events that Disney, Universal and SeaWorld offer during the Thanksgiving break.
Did you say Holiday shopping? Orlando is a worldwide destination for apparel and electronics shopping at The Mall at Millenia, The Florida Mall and the Orlando Premium Outlets. In addition, Downtown Disney offers some of the most unique gifts you can find, as well as plenty of Disney-themed merchandise. Finally, if you are in Orlando for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can always spend it at a theme park as an alternative to the mayhem of the shopping frenzy of Thanksgiving weekend.
And if that’s still not enough, Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is conveniently located 5 minutes from Pointe Orlando, which adds one more reason why we are your optimal choice for kicking off the Holidays in Orlando.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas will be Disney’s Top Event This Holiday Season
Every winter, Disney welcomes the Spirit of the Holiday Season with a unique take on Santa Claus’ reign of lights and wonder as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas delights children and adults alike on select nights.
Disney knows that nothing gets people in the Holiday mood than a good Christmas-themed party in the happiest place of them all—The Magic Kingdom. Starting on Friday, November 8th, Disney’s flagship theme park transforms into a dreamy land full of characters in Holiday attire, live entertainment, Christmas caroling, and of course, appearances by both Mickey Mouse and Santa Claus. The event continues on select nights that require a special ticket (not included in the daily park admission) that grants you access to this amazing spectacle of Holiday cheer.
One of the most memorable sights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas is Cinderella’s Castle, which is decorated in ice-like lights that sparkle and mesmerize you with enchantment. In addition, the entire park plays cheery Holiday music that puts everyone in a great mood as you sing along with your favorite Disney characters, which are always ready for a photo opportunity with their fans. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Disney event without its amazing Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade on Main Street U.S.A.
If you are planning to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in November or December, be sure to book your stay with Vista Cay Resort by Millenium. Our resort will offer you a great place to come back to and rest at the end of the night and is conveniently located in the middle of all the theme park action.
Wholesome Fun at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
While the rest of Orlando focuses on horror-themed events, Disney offers a “not-so-scary” option to the haunted houses where children can enjoy a great time without fears
Every year, Halloween becomes an opportunity for Orlando-area theme parks to “scare the pants off” its guests—many times using gore and horror to keep guests fearing for their life. Disney, being such a happy place offers a wholesome alternative where children can dress up as their favorite Disney character and enjoy the Magic Kingdom after dark. In keeping the tradition of “trick-or-treat”, guests and their children can enjoy collecting candy and gifts throughout the park for a scarily-good time.
Of course, Halloween is the perfect time for Disney movie villains to come out and dance in front of Cinderella’s Castle as one of the signature shows of the not-so-scary event. You can also enjoy the voices of a quartet of recently-deceased cowboys who will delight guests with their haunting voices on Mainstreet U.S.A. But above all, don’t miss the opportunity to see Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, headed by Sleepy Hollow’s Headless Horseman and followed by characters from the always-ghastly Haunted Mansion—who come out of their graves to join the parade.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is not included in your regular day-ticket to the Magic Kingdom, so be sure to book yours ahead of time. This Fall Special Event runs on select evenings from September 10th to November 1st, 2013. If your children plan to wear a costume, be mindful that they cannot be obstructive (covering their face) or offensive in nature for your security and that of all other guests. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your visit to Orlando for Halloween!
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is always ready to welcome you and your family during Halloween, so be sure to check our amazing Fall Season rates and book a few nights of fun at our resort. And remember, we only let the living stay at our property—so there’s no need for zombie survival equipment.
Universal Studios has finally released the names of the lineup of haunted houses in its 23rd Edition of Halloween Horror Nights: Resident Evil, The Cabin in the Woods, The Walking Dead, Evil Dead, An American Werewolf in London, La Llorona, Havoc Derailed, and After Life, Death's Vengeance.
Originally launched in 1991, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios is back with a new array of gut-wrenching haunted houses, heart-pounding scare zones, and ghoulish performances by costumed characters ranging from zombies to serial killers wandering the park’s Scare Zones.
So here it is, the Halloween Horror Nights’ Haunted House line up for 2013 features:
- Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City - The world of survival horror comes to reality as the Raccoon City is recreated to immerse you in a world ravaged by the dreaded T-Virus, which reanimates corpses into walking dead that seek to bite everyone with whom they come in contact.
- The Cabin in the Woods - In this real-life depiction of the movie of the same name, where you you will access a cabi that leads you into the world of a secret facility that appeases evil spirits known as the Ancient Ones by offering its guests as sacrifices.
- The Walking Dead - The dead walk and get to you walk among them in the return of this AMC series-themed haunted maze, where you come face to face with the "Walkers" in this dystopic Zombie Apocalypse experience from which you may not survive.
- Evil Dead - The movie remake comes to life as a little girl comes back from the afterlife with a thirst for blood, horror and revenge that lurks in every corner of the woods as you try to survive the horrid night.
- An American Werewolf in London - Live the horror of the classic movie from the 80s as the full moon rises over London and you find yourself in the middle of iconic film locations trying to survive the bloodthirst of American David Kessler, who has turned into a werewolf.
- La Llorona - Latin American folklore takes over as the haunting Llorona, a Bloody Mary-like female spectre comes back from the afterlife looking for her dead children--all of which she drowned--and letting you feel the pain, suffering and horror of her crime.
- Havoc Derailed - Following the derailment of a train carrying an ultra-secret military experiment involving genetically-engineered soldiers, gore and mayhem take over the accident site as these super-soldiers focus their hate and destruction on you.
- After Life, Death's Vengeance - What happens to serial killers when they die? They get meet their victims all over again on the "other side"--and they are clamoring and waiting for their long-awaited revenge so that the killer may rest in pieces.
And that’s not all—this edition of Halloween Horror Nights features five Scare Zones themed after the successful TV series by AMC “The Walking Dead”. The Scare Zones focus on iconic scenes or sets from the show and include The Fall of Atlanta, the Woodlands, Survivor’s Camp, The Farm, and Clear—all designed to make you squirm and scream in the dark of the night.
Remember that Halloween Horror Nights operates only on select nights during the fall season from September 20th to November 2nd, 2013.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is the perfect place for you to stay during Halloween Horror Nights 23 and we are sure you that after the event you will love to come back to the safety of a room without ghouls or monsters—just check under the bed before going to sleep.
2013 International Food & Wine Festival at Disney's Epcot Theme Park
The Best Cuisine and Wine from Around the Globe is Coming to Orlando this September
Disney fans rejoice, as the 2013 edition of Disney’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is finally arriving this fall and will delight foodies with the amazing and exotic taste of the diverse international cuisine styles represented at this signature event. Guests attending will not only enjoy food and wine from the countries featured in Epcot’s World Showcase, but also from other countries participating with delicacies ranging from pastries to entrées. Other than traveling the world, there is no better way to experience the best cuisine in one place—and what better place than Disney World itself?
The International Food & Wine Festival will run from September 27th to November 11th, 2013 and is expected to attract over 10,000 people every day. Die-hard foodies will have the opportunity to experience Epcot in a completely different setting that the rest of the year, including performances by international folklore artists and street performers. All in all, there is no better time to visit Epcot than during the International Food & Wine Festival, which is considered a signature Disney event.
Ready to visit Epcot and the International Food & Wine Festival? Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is located a mere 15 minutes from all Disney theme parks and a stone’s throw away from great dining and nightlife entertainment in the International Drive tourist district. And if you are planning to visit Orlando for business or a convention, be sure to take a day off to visit Epcot or any other Disney theme park in Central Florida—including the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom.
Contact Vista Cay Resort by Millenium today and book your next stay with us. Call 1-888-297-8081 and ask for our fall rates and get ready to enjoy the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
The PGA Merchandise Show is Coming to Orlando
Every Golfer’s Dream Come True in the Heart of Orlando’s Golf Paradise on January 2014
This year, over 56 million people will come to Orlando for the enjoyment of our world-known theme parks, but if there is another reason why they visit Central Florida it would be our amazing golf courses. Golfers from all over the globe converge every year for the PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center. The show will be held January 21-24, 2013 and attract over 40,000 attendees who come to see the latest and greatest merchandise in the market—from apparel to golf clubs.
Orlando’s PGA Merchandise Show will feature top brands to include Taylor Made, Ashworth, AdamsGolf, and more than 1,000 golf-related brands. Just about every product and service in the golf industry will be showcased at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, including training programs, golf courses, shops, and outlets. A little-known fact about Florida is the vast amount of golf courses in the state—over 1,250 spread across the territory, with over 200 in Central Florida alone.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium welcomes golfers attending this international event every year and given our close proximity to the Orange County Convention Center, we are the perfect place to stay during the PGA Golf Show. Our spacious villas will let you enjoy the comforts you are used to at home but in a paradisiacal vacation wonderland that is synonymous with great golf weather. Plan ahead and book early so you can take advantage of great rates in one of the most popular resort properties in Orlando.
Call 1-888-297-8081 today to make your reservation at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium and book your stay at a great villa located minutes from the Orange County Convention Center.
2013 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando this Winter
Orlando has become an important sports city and Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is ready to welcome fans in sunny Central Florida
The popularity of college football has grown over the years to rival that of the NFL and the annual Russell Athletic Bowl, which is held at the Citrus Bowl near Downtown Orlando. Originally founded in 1990, this bowl has undergone a myriad of name changes until purchased by Russell Athletic in June 2012. However, the event’s followers have endured despite the location and name changes to follow the game to Central Florida—its home since 2002.
The next edition of the Russell Athletic Bowl will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013. Fans of the event can expect an amazing game along with the opportunity to experience everything Orlando has to offer. With so many local attractions—without forgetting the theme parks that have made our city famous—college football fans will be sure to have the time of their life in Central Florida. This exciting sporting event draws teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference, who come to Orlando to fight for the bowl in the mild Florida winter.
Given our strategic location, Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is uniquely positioned to welcome Russell Athletic Bowl fans that come to the event. Our resort is located 15 minutes from the Citrus Bowl, as well as 10 minutes from Disney World and 5 minutes from Universal and SeaWorld. Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is always ready to welcome families, business travelers and sports fans attending events in the Orlando area. And if you know someone who’s coming—please let them know that we would love for them to stay with us!
If you are planning to attend the Russell Athletic Bowl in December, be sure to book early as the Holiday season is a popular time for families to visit Orlando.
Americas’ SAP Users’ Group and Sapphire Now 2013 in Orlando
Many attendees selected Vista Cay Resort by Millenium due to its close proximity to Orlando's Orange County Convention Center
In May 2013, Orlando was excited to welcome members of the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG) at its signature event “Sapphire Now”. This event and annual conference gathers thousands of customers, partners and developers who come together to experience the latest developments from SAP—a world leader in business operations and customer relations software solutions. Sapphire Now was held at the Orange County Convention Center, which is the 2nd largest convention center in the U.S.
ASUG members in attendance at Sapphire Now represented over 3,700 member companies, as well as partner companies and independent consultants. Many attendees came to interact with each other and find collaborative opportunities, while others attended to learn from keynote sessions, seminars and workshops. Companies represented included Deloitte, Microsoft, IBM, Accenture, and other Fortune 500 companies that depend on SAP to operate their organizations and manage their customers.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium welcomed many attendees who stayed with us during Sapphire Now 2013. And after making a great impression on them, we know that they will be thinking of our beautiful property the next time they come back to Florida with their families on vacation. Our resort is always a favorite among convention attendees and tourists thanks to our comfortable accommodations, friendly staff and location. In fact, our resort is so close to the convention center that makes Vista Cay Resort by Millenium an exceptional choice for business travelers.
Planning a business trip to Orlando? Book a spacious resort unit where you will enjoy the amenities and comfort of your own home!
Disfrute de Orlando, Florida en Otoño
La Florida Central le ofrece un lugar mágico en donde podrá disfrutar de las mejores vacaciones familiares y a los mejores precios de septiembre a noviembre
Orlando, Florida es el destino por excelencia de niños y mayores a la hora de ir de vacaciones. Esta ciudad se ha hecho famosa por todo el mundo gracias a sus parques temáticos, atracciones locales, restaurantes y grandes centros comerciales. Además, Orlando ofrece un excelente clima casi todo el año, al igual que la conveniencia de múltiples opciones para los turistas y viajeros de negocio. En fin, no hay otro lugar en el mundo que ofrezca tanto como Orlando y este año la ciudad recibirá más de 50 millones de visitantes de todas partes de mundo.
No puede haber visita a Orlando sin que usted disfrute uno de los parques temáticos de Walt Disney World, Universal Studios o SeaWorld. Además, Orlando cuenta con cientos de restaurantes que le ofrecen la creatividad y sabor de excelentes chefs a precios muy asequibles. Es por esto que no hay mejor momento que el otoño para visitar la Florida Central y todo lo que esta zona ofrece—empezando por menos cantidad de gente visitando los parques, temperaturas más frescas y días suficientemente largos para disfrutarlos al máximo.
Pero eso no es todo—el otoño es tiempo de rebajas de verano en tiendas y centros comerciales, ofreciendo excelentes precios en ropa, accesorios y electrónica, incluyendo computadores y teléfonos móviles como el iPhone y Android. Además, centros comerciales como el Mall at Millenia, Florida Mall o los Orlando Premium Outlets le brindan la oportunidad de hacer muchas de sus compras navideñas en Orlando. Finalmente, en Orlando puede disfrutar de muchas más atracciones como los son los parques acuáticos de Wet’n Wild y Aquatica, en los cuales disfrutará por horas del cálido sol de Florida Central.
Sin duda alguna, Vista Cay Resort by Millenium le ofrece muy buenas ofertas para unas vacaciones en otoño, en International Drive, uno de los distritos turísticos más famosos de Orlando. Pulse aquí para ver las tarifas de Otoño en Vista Cay Resort by Millenium.
New Pool Bar at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium
The latest resort amenity addition promises fun and cool libations during the hot summer days and nights
The wait is over as Vista Cay Resort by Millenium unveils its long-awaited pool bar. After a couple of months in planning and development, we are happy to have a great new addition that guests can enjoy. Better yet, this is the place to socialize and chatter after a long day of activity. Whether you want a cold beer, a rum-and-coke, mojito, piña colada, or strawberry daiquiri—you can get it at our new and exciting amazing bar!
Covered in beautiful granite and featuring a full liquor bar and beer assortment, this is the place to be at the resort—particularly after a day at the theme parks or the convention center. And a friendly bartender is always at the ready waiting to serve your drink and offer you conversation. After all, rumor has it that there’s no better psychologist than a bartender willing to listen to your stories.
The backsplash of the new bar is decorated with colorful mosaic tiles, along with two lamps--and featuring a large flat screen TV where sports events and movies play throughout the day. In addition, the bar has several high chairs where guests can sit and relax while sipping on a cocktail, as well as domestic and imported beer. Needless to say, the bar was designed around the concept of relaxation-and-vacation to
Ready to experience our new bar? Book you stay at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium, conveniently located near Orlando’s theme parks and convention center—and unwind at the bar after a long day out and about.
Disney’s New Fantasyland Now Open
A Place where Magic and Fantasy Come to Life in the Heart of Orlando’s Vacation Wonderland
What makes Disney so magical, you may ask? Well, it is the perfect place where fantasy becomes a reality with the help of Disney’s Imagineers, the curious name concocted by Walt Disney himself to describe their engineering and creative staffers. And no other place is happier, more magical and most fantastic than the Magic Kingdom itself—Disney’s original theme park now going on its fourth decade entertaining people of all ages from all over the globe.
Adding to its magic, on early December 2012 the world of Disney grew by about 10 acres with the grand opening of the New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. The new addition features new attractions based on the newer characters from Disney movies, such as Ariel from the Little Mermaid and Bella from Beauty and the Beast, but also reimagines Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. But adding to the experience, the new Fantasyland caters to the princess in every little girl and the hero in every little boy who visits the Magic Kingdom.
Calling it the “new” Fantasyland is really a misnomer, since it is merely an expansion of the original Fantasyland. That said, this extended “Disney Land” has become a major booster for the Magic Kingdom, which competes against its younger siblings—Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom—as Orlando visitors’ options increase with every new theme park, attraction and ride. To put it in perspective, this Disney expansion will be the reason why most people will pick the Magic Kingdom as a primary choice in their next visit to Orlando.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is the perfect place for you and your family if you are visiting Orlando and thanks to our close proximity to Walt Disney World’s theme parks, you can have an equally magical night’s sleep at our resort—so you can enjoy all of the New Fantasyland full of energy!
Orlando’s newest attraction is not a theme park—but it is huuuge!
Fun Spot America near International Drive is celebrating their two new roller coasters, which is one of several new attractions in the Fun Spot’s planned $25-million expansion.
The Fun Spot’s new roller coasters—the White Lightning and the Freedom Flyer—are already drawing the attention of families seeking to spend a “day at the park” but without spending “theme park prices”. This is exactly what Fun Spot America, which is located near the intersection of International Drive and Kirkman Road, has aimed to do by providing an entertainment venue with fun rides, fun food and lots of fun all around.
The first of these two new roller coasters at the Fun Spot is the White Lightning, an old-style wooden roller coaster that gives guests the thrill of yesteryear’s coasters—complete with sound and the jerky movement typical of these rides. The second one is the Sky Coaster, which is a modern hanging roller coaster with a faster and smoother ride, but still full of thrills thanks to its twists and turns. Together, these two roller coasters have become the star attractions of the little giant that is Fun Spot America.
The best part is that Fun Spot America is located just over 3 miles from Vista Cay Resort by Millenium and since it is open from 10 am to midnight, it is a perfect entertainment venue for both families on vacation or convention attendees—particularly those looking for an affordable thrill park where you can spend several hours having fun. And you can have all that fun for under $50 per person, so be sure to ask the staff at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium about getting tickets for Fun Spot America.
If you are planning your next Orlando vacation at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium, be sure to ask us about Fun Spot America and any other local attractions that can be a great alternative to the larger theme parks.
We may not have beaches in Orlando—but the Surf Expo is already causing waves in Central Florida
The world of surfing, watersports and beach lifestyle is about to converge at the Orange County Convention Center, September 6-8, 2013, bringing people from all over the globe to the vacation heartland of International Drive in Orlando.
The surf expo is held twice a year—usually in January and September—and it attracts thousands of surf products and brands, as well as over 20,000 beach lifestyle enthusiasts who trade a day in the sand and waves to see the latest trends in the watersport world. Since the mid 70’s, the beach lifestyle has become a reason to live and work for millions of people from all walks of life. In fact, the beach lifestyle and watersports trend is expected to continue growing as new generations of surfers, body-boarders and water-skiers seek new thrills under the sun.
As a niche market event, the Surf Expo is endorsed by several surf industry associations and covers a wide number of board sport categories, including surfing, skating, wakeboard, waterski, paddle board, and lifestyle products ranging from energy bars to sports drinks. Add to that the countless brands of apparels, accessories and other related goods that make the beach lifestyle one of the hottest trends in the sports world—and with a coastline of more than 1,000 miles, Florida is one of the top beach lifestyle territories in the planet.
The Orange County Convention Center where the Surf Expo will be held is just around the corner from Vista Cay Resort by Millenium, adding to the convenience of staying close to not just the event, but a wide variety of entertainment and nightlife. With quick access to Point Orlando, the I-Drive tourist corridor and a myriad of restaurants, bars and lounges, Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is the place where you can ‘Hang Ten’ during your Orlando visit for the Surf Expo.
There is no better place to stay than Vista Cay Resort by Millenium and we invite you to book your next trip to Orlando, whether on business or leisure, at our little gem in the heart of Orlando’s International Drive tourist district.
Orlando After Dark: Halloween Horror Nights XXIII at Universal Orlando this Fall
While Orlando is certainly one of the happiest vacation locations in the world—and the number one travel destination for families—it promised to be a dark and exciting place this Fall 2013
For the past 23 years, Universal Orlando has been bringing the scariest Halloween experience to guests by closing down the park and reopening it soon after with a complete makeover of its attractions, guest areas and restaurants. While the official word from Universal Studios has yet to confirm its horrific haunted houses and themed areas, the following dates have been released for Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) XXIII in Orlando:
» September 20-21, 2013
» September 26-29, 2013
» October 3-6, 2013
» October 10-13, 2013
» October 16-20, 2013
» October 23-27, 2013
» October 31, 2013
» November 2, 2013
While dates and other specifics are subject to change by Universal Studios, the event is a staple of its theme parks that attracts adult guests (sorry, this event can be too intense for children) on select nights during Orlando’s slower fall season. HHN XXIII will also feature haunted houses based on both classic and new horror movies, with unique twists and surprises that will keep you screaming for hours in the dark of the night.
Another highly anticipated element of Halloween Horror Nights is its scare zones, where ghouls, ghosts and other creatures lurk in the dark—waiting for unsuspecting guests to scare and torment. You will not be able to rest during your visit to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights as a good scare is always around the corner of the park.
You may not know this, but the event was originally called “Fright Nights” but was soon renamed to Halloween Horror Nights as a title with wider appeal. Over the years, many of its characters—such as The Storyteller, The Caretaker, The Crypt Keeper, and Jack the Clown—make recurring appearances that keep the screaming going for another season of HHN’s nighttime mayhem.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is ready for your visit during Halloween Horror Nights XXIII, offering you exceptional accommodations only five miles from Universal Studios Florida. Call us today at 1-888-297-8081 or book online your Orlando vacation at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium—we’re ready for you!
2013 Zumba Instructor Convention Comes to Orlando, Florida
The 2013 Zumba Instructor Convention is one of the hottest events to be held at the Orange County Convention Center and other International Drive venues.
Attendees of this convention will learn about Flavors, Updated Training, and Learning Capsules, as well as interact with top Zumba instructors from all over the world for two whole days. The 2013 Zumba Instructor Convention will be held August 15-18, 2013 and will gather some of the best Zumba instructors and presenters to ensure that attendees experience an high-energy convention that helps them become better in their training.
An army of presenters will be on hand to teach, inspire and interact with attendees, who are instructors leading their own Zumba classes at studios, gyms and health clubs across the country and in many cases in other countries around the world. This aerobic dance style is followed largely by women, who feel empowered to take control of their lives with the intense cardiomoves and Latin-inspired music of Zumba.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is ready for your visit during 2013 Zumba Instructor Convention, offering you exceptional accommodations within a mile of the convention venues. Call us today at 1-888-297-8081 or book online your Orlando vacation at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium—we’re ready for you!
Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin Opens at SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando gets a cold snap—just in time for the hot Summer Season—as it launches its newest attraction with South Pole theme and lots of feathered friends in classy black and white wardrobe
Without question, 2013 is already marking the beginning of an exciting streak of theme park additions—including Disney’s new Fantasyland and Universal’s Transformer 3D attraction. And if you’ve visited SeaWorld Orlando in prior years, you may recall that the Penguin Encounter exhibit was closed in January 2012 to prepare for the development of a “secret” new attraction in its place.
The “old” Penguin Encounter exhibit featured a people-mover that took guests from one end of the artificial habitat made to resemble a South Pole landscape, complete with frozen water on which penguins would swim and play—not much of an exciting attraction for some, but little did we know that this was but the first phase of a much bigger and colder second phase that is now finally ready to open at SeaWorld.
On May 24th, 2013 SeaWorld Orlando opened the newest attraction in its almost 40 year-old park (in case you didn’t know the park first opened on December 15, 1973) with the epic title of “Antarctica” Empire of the Penguin”. This new penguin-themed experience will take guests beyond an exhibit seen through thick glass and instead transport them into the cold world where penguins live, play and thrive.
Featuring a colony of lively penguins that include Gentoos, Rockhoppers, Adélies and Kings—all living in a make-belief habitat resembling their South Pole Home—Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will feature a slippery ride through ice-solid waters that culminates with coming face-to-face with the penguins in an exciting and educative attraction like no other at SeaWorld Orlando.
SeaWorld’s new penguin attraction has been a long-expected addition to the park—which is visited by people from every corner of the world every year—and it plans to give it a boost in park attendance and merchandising sales throughout the hot Florida summer. As parks enhance their attractions, guests can expect more modern rides and exhibits that put to good use the latest technologies available to create new worlds of excitement.
If you are a die-hard SeaWorld Orlando fan and have been counting down to the grand opening of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin—then it is time to get to Orlando and see it first hand, before you hear about it from your friends and family. This new attraction appeals to people of all ages and the opportunity to rediscover SeaWorld Orlando is a plus when you bring your family to Orlando.
Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is ready for your next Orlando adventure, offering exceptional accommodations in a beautiful family vacation setting that is also three miles from SeaWorld Orlando. Call us today at 1-888-297-8081 or book online your Orlando vacation at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium —we’re ready for you!
Universal Orlando has announced they will be opening their new Transformers ride this summer in Orlando. Universal currently has Transformers rides in both their California and Singapore theme parks and the Orlando attraction will closely resemble the existing rides.
The ride will feature a new Transformer named "Evac", that will serve as the 12 person vehicle that takes riders through the adventure. The story line for the ride features most of the well known Autobots and Decepticons but does not follow any of the Transformers movies. Universal has created an original storyline that takes passengers on an action packed 3D experience in an all new Transformers world. The ride is scheduled to open about June of 2013 and you must be 42" tall to ride.
Vista Cay Resort is a resort hotel near Universal Studios and features 2 and 3 bedroom suites that are perfect for families that want a hotel near the theme parks in Orlando Florida.