Attn: Orlando Visitors – New Road Toll On Its Way, With Potential $25 Penalty

Orlando is in the midst of a road construction boom and frankly, a whole lot of Central Florida roads are a total pain to drive on. We wrote about the various projects just about a year ago, and guess what? With just a few exceptions at Walt Disney World, they’re all still going on.

Construction on one particular toll road is about halfway done, and it’s the one that visitors going between MCO and the tourist corridor should be most aware of…

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The Rabies Alert At WDW & Your Safety In Relation To The Wild/Feral Animals In & Around The Area

Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Health in Orlando County issued a 60-day rabies alert after a feral cat scratched two Walt Disney World cast members. Happily, the two CMs were not infected and are back to work. The cat was found in the parking lot of an office building outside the park and was put down.

The alert is for a 2-mile radius around the intersection of I-4 and Epcot Center Dr. (a.k.a. Rt. 536):

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This means a significant chunk of the Walt Disney World (WDW) complex is affected, including a portion of Epcot, as well as virtually all of Disney Springs, Typhoon Lagoon, and  Disney’s Sarasota Springs, Old Key West, Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts.

Outside WDW property, multiple hotels, strip malls, apartment complexes and other “real life” standalone buildings and public/private spaces, including a Disney cast member housing complex, are under the alert.

So how does this affect you and your safety when visiting Central Florida?

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Why Does It Rain So Much In Florida During The Summer? And What Can You Do About It?

It’s summer in Florida, which means chances are good it’ll rain just about every afternoon. And it’s not just rain, it’s like we have a daily monsoon, complete with 50mph winds and so many huge raindrops falling from the sky that you can barely see across the street. And the thunder! As well as the lightning! Often at the same time!

Yeah, our afternoon thunderstorms are a sight to behold…preferably from the safety of indoors. And the thing is, it can be gorgeous outside (boiling hot, but gorgeous), then the rain comes in, and 15 or 20 minutes later it’s all done and the sun is out again.

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Welcome to Florida in the summer. Here’s why it happens and what you can do about it…

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What’s The Best & Cheapest Way To Go From Point A To Point B In Orlando? It’s Complicated

I see it ALL the time on Facebook groups:

  • “What’s the best and cheapest way to get from WDW to Universal?”
  • “We want to go from the Rosen Inn to Clearwater Beach – what’s the cheapest and best way to do that?”
  • “Best/cheapest way to get from the 192 in Kissimmee to the Vineland Outlet Mall? TIA! x” (the TIA is “Thanks In Advance.” The x at the end is a U.K. thing that I still don’t really understand LOLOL)
  • “We’re going shopping at Disney Springs but have reservations for the 5:15pm Spirit of Aloha Diner Show at the Polynesian Resort Hotel. What’s the best/fastest/cheapest way to get there?”
  • “We’re staying at the Avanti on I-Drive and want to go to Dave & Buster’s. What’s the cheapest and best way to get there?”

Of course, I totally understand what and why people are asking. But the thing is, the proper reply for each of those all depends on where you are and where you’re going. On top of that, cheapest is not always best. And “best,” to be honest, is subjective and will be different for every person – does “best” mean cheapest? Most luxurious? Fastest? Most private?

So let’s go over the different options…

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Breathing New Life Into An Historic Central Florida Landmark Attraction

When people think of what to do in Central Florida, the big, modern theme parks like Walt Disney World and Universal usually come to mind first. After that might be the smaller parks like Sea World and Gatorland. And after that? Well, some people might consider the outlets. Or maybe a dinner show. Or the touristy goodness of International Drive or Route 192.

But there’s also an attraction that’s one of the the granddaddies of them all. It’s been in Central Florida for close to 65 years and thanks to new ownership, it’s about to become better than ever!

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