Orlando beyond Disney plus resort press releases

Here’s an article on things to do in Orlando other than family-oriented Disney. The list does include some Disney though: Walt Disney World Speedway where people get to drive a NASCAR-style stock car.

Other activities listed in the article include golf and airboat tours, sky diving, hang gliding, water-skiing, canoeing, and the “sophisticated nightlife” in Winter Park, a tony suburb of Orlando (I don’t know what a tony suburb is but the article also spelled skiing as skiiing with an extra i…).

I didn’t find much else in the regular news I went through but I thought these 2 press release excerpts would be interesting:

Mike Ditka, former NFL Coach of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears, will soon celebrate the official grand opening of the first two Mike Ditka Resorts in Orlando, Lighthouse Key Resort & Spa and Runaway Beach Club Resort on Feb. 27th.

Lighthouse Key Resort & Spa and Runaway Beach Club Resort are both located in the heart of the Orlando attractions area and are minutes from Walt Disney World Resort. Lighthouse Key Resort & Spa is a gated resort community featuring spacious two-, three- and four-bedroom lakefront villas. Runaway Beach Club Resort offers one-, two- and three-bedroom villas and loft villas.

And excerpted from a different press release:

BookIt.com Deal: $99 per night at the Regal Sun Resort. This official Disney hotel is part of the Lake Buena Vista Hotel Resorts. I don’t know what’s so special about this deal since the same price is available from a link on the hotel’s home page. That link sends you to ihotelier.com instead of bookit.com…

For more on Orlando I searched my own blog and found the following:

Tampa Bay vacation plan (with Orlando side trip)

Disney honeymoon experience

Disney honeymoon discussion

Disney resort comparison

At least I found one that wasn’t Disney focused! So has anyone here gone to Orlando and not gone to Disney?

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  1. alsky says:

    I always go to Orlando without going to Disney. It is not one of my favorite towns. Very big and spread out, lots of traffic, and lots of “little cities” within the big city. I haven’t been in a while, but last time I went downtown at night, it was dead. I think a lot of people work downtown during the day but there is little to do at night. That said, Winter Park is wonderful. Very upscale–great shops, bars, neighborhoods, and restaurants. It’s really the only place worth visiting in Orlando (unless you have kids and want to go to Disney).

  2. Lisa says:

    I think staying in the Orlando area makes a lot of sense, even for people not going to Disney, due to its central location. On our last trip (we own a villa in Davenport), we only went to Disney property for dinner at the Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jiko is great!). But we did use it as a base to go to NASA one day, visit St Pete Beach the next, swim with manatees on the Gulf coast another day, and cruise through the Everglades on yet another. There are also other places in the area that aren’t Disney: various dinner theaters, downtown Celebration (okay, sort of Disney), the other theme parks and gardens, etc. And last but not least – it’s GOLFERS’ paradise!

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