Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area

Back in 1973, shortly after the opening of Disney World in Orlando, four high rise hotels opened on Disney property. These weren’t highly themed Disney hotels like the Polynesian or Contemporary. Instead, these were regular hotels run by well-known chains at the time such as TraveLodge and Howard Johnson’s.

The Howard Johnson’s was eventually bought by Marriott and run as a Courtyard property until 2003. In a case of the worst/best timing of buying a hotel, it was sold and turned into a Holiday Inn in December of that year, only to be massively damaged by Hurricane Charley in August of 2004. It didn’t reopen until 2010 after a $35 million dollar renovation. It just went through another renovation in 2018.

The Holiday Inn is now one of the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels. While they are not run by Disney, they are still on Disney property. The benefits afforded to these hotels is the reason we booked a night here on the opening weekend of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney Hollywood Studios.

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Here Are Some Great Offers To Save On Dining At Walt Disney World

Discounts and Disney World are two words that you usually don’t see in the same sentence. That’s why when I saw these offers show up in my American Express account the other day, I was shocked. These restaurants are all located in the Disney Springs area and run the gamut of price ranges and cuisines.

If you have an American Express card, you need to sign in to your account and check for your offers. If you’ve never used AMEX Offers before, what are you waiting for? These deals are a great way to offset the annual fee these cards charge. They aren’t just on AMEX charge cards but also show up on their co-brand cards for Marriott, Hilton and Delta.

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Is Early Seating on Southwest Worth It?, Vlog of Hello Kitty Train, Review of WDW’s Chicken Guy! & More

Here we are at Sunday again. I hope y’all have enjoyed your weekend and sorry that Monday is starting to peek through. Anyway, here are some travel articles we’ve recently seen that we think you may enjoy.

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Bye, DisneyQuest! (Our Last Visit Before It Closed) (Updated December, 2018)

DQMapDECEMBER, 2018 UPDATE: Has it already been more than a year and a half since DisneyQuest shut its doors to make way for the NBA Experience? Apparently so. Here’s our report of our final visit in June 2017, along with a history of the attraction, and some new additional information and media we’ve found since…

Ah, DisneyQuest. You were the collection of interactive video games in Walt Disney World that hadn’t been upgraded in over a decade. They finally closed you on July 2, 2017, with plans to build an NBA-themed restaurant in your place. You were fun while you lasted…for the first few years, anyway.

Opening in June, 1998, DisneyQuest was Disney’s attempt to profit off the popularity of places like Dave & Buster’s. Disney rarely did anything in a small way and DisneyQuest was no exception…most of the games were state-of-the-art (at the time) and the building was huge, at 5 stories tall, and 100,000 square feet. It even had an internet cafe! (back in the late 90s, that was HUGE!) After getting your ticket, you went into an elevator that, way back when, had this short animated feature starring the Genie from Aladdin:
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