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Forum: Beyond the Parks 21 Apr 20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,689
Posted By ElTel
Can depend on the time of year you're going but...

Can depend on the time of year you're going but our list is:
- College Sports (depending on what's on can be 'football', soccer, basketball). UCF Knights (Orlando) or USF Bulls (Tampa) both have...
Forum: Theme Parks Florida 13 Feb 20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,112
Posted By ElTel
Maybe a slight tangent, but as we always go in...

Maybe a slight tangent, but as we always go in October each year we've started to feel a little short changed across all the parks.

Halloween is naturally a massive money earner for all parks -...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 31 Jan 20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,474
Posted By ElTel
Another vote here for Lake Apopka - awesome to...

Another vote here for Lake Apopka - awesome to see so many 'gators up close. If you're out there in 'winter' months then Orlando Magic basketball, Tampa Bay Lightning or Orlando Solar Bears for some...
Forum: Shopping in Florida 23 Jan 20, 04:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,134
Posted By ElTel
Another vote for asking them in store for the...

Another vote for asking them in store for the packing material they get them delivered in - really helps keep them secure.
Forum: Shopping in Florida 23 Jan 20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,099
Posted By ElTel
Whenever we go we sign up for the usual...

Whenever we go we sign up for the usual shops/suspects where we may want to take advantage of decent offers.

It is getting harder these days though, I find sites/stores have a mix of rules around...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 20 Jan 20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 918
Posted By ElTel
I should have added, for Heat tickets again...

I should have added, for Heat tickets again StubHub is a good option - also sign up on their website for offers etc. If you find they are at home and it's not one of the top teams (e.g. not playing...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 20 Jan 20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 918
Posted By ElTel
We always do some sport when we go - it's why we...

We always do some sport when we go - it's why we like October so much, ice hockey and basketball just starting, NFL is on, NCAA football (Gators, UCF, USF)... summer very much reserved for baseball...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 20 Jan 20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 918
Posted By ElTel
Not sure if this helps or not, but as others have...

Not sure if this helps or not, but as others have said baseball is not for everyone - personally I love it, the family grin and bear it!

It goes on for a long time - until someone wins, and as...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 16 Jan 20, 05:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 542
Posted By ElTel
Baseball will also be on - Tampa Bay Rays are the...

Baseball will also be on - Tampa Bay Rays are the nearest MLB team (or Miami Marlins if down that way) or there are minor league teams closer to Orlando - such as Lakeland Tigers etc.

Orlando City...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 13 Jan 20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 365
Posted By ElTel
Hi - we played at the Orlando Top Golf in...

Hi - we played at the Orlando Top Golf in October, you'll have a great time - food and drink are reasonably priced (considering they have a captive audience) and the setup is really good.

See if...
Forum: Accommodation 26 Nov 19, 03:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,863
Posted By ElTel
Although we didn't stay there we did visit in...

Although we didn't stay there we did visit in October - still seemed very quiet and I'd just caution the 'walking distance to restaurants' as it really depends where you are located, some are still a...
Forum: Accommodation 26 Nov 19, 03:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 304
Posted By ElTel
Hi - not sure if it's any use (don't know if you...

Hi - not sure if it's any use (don't know if you meant mid-October 2019 or 2020!) but we've stayed at both Hard Rock and RPR before on over-nighters to make the most of the early entry and fast...
Forum: Shopping in Florida 15 Nov 19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,791
Posted By ElTel
To be clear, you don't have to pay to park at any...

To be clear, you don't have to pay to park at any of the outlets - however they do have paid options which 'guarantee' you a space near the entrance. I think the i-Drive outlets also has a form of...
Forum: Shopping in Florida 12 Nov 19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,094
Posted By ElTel
Just back and can recommend getting online order...

Just back and can recommend getting online order delivered, if your resort/hotel caters for that.

I checked with our resort, they allow guests upto 5 'free' deliveries during their stay then...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 12 Nov 19, 04:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,498
Posted By ElTel
If you have a car can recommend SMG (Studio Movie...

If you have a car can recommend SMG (Studio Movie Grill) that's opened on the Margaritaville complex off the 192.

All seats are leather electric recliners (so comfy), priced reasonably (around $11...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 7 Nov 19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,028
Posted By ElTel
We certainly did, yes - the kids loved them! Not...

We certainly did, yes - the kids loved them! Not only part of the intros and light show, but lit up at various stages through the game as well.

Pity the team aren't as good as the entertainment!
Forum: Shopping in Florida 6 Nov 19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 764
Posted By ElTel
When we were there a couple of weeks ago the...

When we were there a couple of weeks ago the outlets had loads of Orlando City stuff on sale, I picked up an adidas OC hoodie for $15.

I'd be careful however as this could mean they're changing...
Forum: Shopping in Florida 6 Nov 19, 04:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 553
Posted By ElTel
11pm is correct, in fact I was surprised when we...

11pm is correct, in fact I was surprised when we were out there last week that 11pm also seemed to be the Sunday closing time also.

Was sure a few years ago they closed earlier on a Sunday!
Forum: Beyond the Parks 6 Nov 19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,028
Posted By ElTel
We go every year, this time we managed to go...

We go every year, this time we managed to go opening night which was even better - free t-shirts, light show etc but still not sold out.

As others have said, getting in for a 7pm start means...
Forum: ADR's, Dining, Food and Restaurants 16 Oct 19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 531
Posted By ElTel
Hmm, where to start!? Restaurants are always...

Hmm, where to start!?

Restaurants are always a good debate on here, what some may love others hate - so I'll happily give you our faves and you can do some research - I'm sure more will chip in as...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 16 Oct 19, 11:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,684
Posted By ElTel
Depends what game you're after really - if you're...

Depends what game you're after really - if you're buying through StubHub it shouldn't involve TicketMaster at all, just make sure you filter on electronic tickets so you can just put them straight on...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 10 Oct 19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By ElTel
Wow, that's a big gator!

Wow, that's a big gator!
Forum: Beyond the Parks 8 Oct 19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 472
Posted By ElTel
Yes I would imagine most of them will be up or in...

Yes I would imagine most of them will be up or in the process by now - unfortunately I think the guy who had the setup that was on TV where his house was turned into a pirate ship, complete with...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 8 Oct 19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 338
Posted By ElTel
Yep, StubHub are my preferred choice - over the...

Yep, StubHub are my preferred choice - over the years got some great tickets at good prices across baseball, basketball, ice hockey and even college football

If using them, try and get e-tickets...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 8 Oct 19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 338
Posted By ElTel
You get a pretty good view anywhere in the Amway...

You get a pretty good view anywhere in the Amway Centre, although if looking at the upper bowl I'd suggest trying for seats towards the centre down the sides.

For single game tickets that far in...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 7 Oct 19, 04:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By ElTel
Thanks for the info, will certainly check out...

Thanks for the info, will certainly check out Porkies as well!
Forum: Shopping in Florida 7 Oct 19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,094
Posted By ElTel
Have you ever had any luck ordering online for...

Have you ever had any luck ordering online for delivery to a resort?

I'm staying at Mystic Dunes later this month, would love to do an online Fanatics order but worried they wouldn't deliver due...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 7 Oct 19, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By ElTel
Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail

Hi - has anyone done this recently?

Spotted it online and looks like a great way to spend a few hours away from the parks, chance to see some of the local wildlife in natural habitats.

I...
Forum: Accommodation 4 Oct 19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 331
Posted By ElTel
Another recommendation for Mystic Dunes - my...

Another recommendation for Mystic Dunes - my daughter wont let us stay anywhere else! Pools are all great, we normally go for the 2 bed condo - extra room, full dining and living areas plus full...
Forum: Shopping in Florida 3 Oct 19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,094
Posted By ElTel
Fully agree with DanLees - I've never really...

Fully agree with DanLees - I've never really found anything NCAA or NFL cheap around Orlando, apart from when we stumbled on a decent sale at Macy's one year.

I'd suggest Fanatics as well, they...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 30 Sep 19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 673
Posted By ElTel
Awesome, The Rays are really good at the moment...

Awesome, The Rays are really good at the moment and so pleased they got into the Wild Card this week.

Pity they can't draw a crowd at The Trop

To confirm, parking at the venue is relatively...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 30 Sep 19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 803
Posted By ElTel
We've had some work done in Atomic Tattoo's at...

We've had some work done in Atomic Tattoo's at The Florida Mall - always very happy with the service, care and options available.

Reasonable on pricing as well
Forum: Beyond the Parks 30 Sep 19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,684
Posted By ElTel
I use StubHub - it's a resale site but normally...

I use StubHub - it's a resale site but normally pick up very cheap tickets that are automatically sent to you for digital use on your phone at the venue.

If you leave it until day before or day of...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 25 Sep 19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,684
Posted By ElTel
There are lots of parking options available on...

There are lots of parking options available on game nights, naturally the further away from the Amway, the cheaper it becomes!

For peace of mind and as we're with a reasonably young family, we...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 23 Sep 19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,684
Posted By ElTel
Would highly recommend it - really good...

Would highly recommend it - really good entertainment, the venue is really good as well.

Pre-season tickets will be cheap, as they will rotate the team a lot so might be a great chance to upgrade...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 18 Sep 19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 535
Posted By ElTel
I'm afraid you'll struggle for NBA, College...

I'm afraid you'll struggle for NBA, College Football or NHL at that time - summer is pretty much baseball season only... which is why we now go in October, as the choice is much wider.
Forum: Beyond the Parks 17 Sep 19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By ElTel
Over the years we've seen a lot of NFL, college...

Over the years we've seen a lot of NFL, college football (American football), ice hockey, basketball and baseball.

All events are extremely family friendly and safe - although you may be a little...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 10 Sep 19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,996
Posted By ElTel
You'll have a great time - we now go every year,...

You'll have a great time - we now go every year, first part of our schedule to always be sorted!

This year we're going to opening nights v Cavs (can't wait) and then the game against the Knicks -...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 10 Sep 19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 430
Posted By ElTel
Check out the schedule for the following college...

Check out the schedule for the following college teams:

1) UCF Knights (North Orlando based)
2) USF Bulls (they play in the Raymond James stadium just outside Tampa)
3) Florida Gators (they play...
Forum: Shopping in Florida 27 Jan 17, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,930
Posted By ElTel
I knew I shouldn't have read this...

I knew I shouldn't have read this thread... Bud Light with Lime and Miller High Life... god I wish I was there now!
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