Renting A Car At MCO? Here’s A New Way To Save A Ton On Your Car Rental Bill

When you’re budgeting a visit to Central Florida and planning on renting a car, there are lots of things to keep in mind:

That last one is important, because the way different car rental companies handle tolls and rental of their toll transponders run the gamut from a low of $5 administrative fee + tolls paid, to a high of huge penalties for going through electronic tolls without a transponder.

However that might all be changing, and the groups in charge of tolls in Central Florida are in the midst of pilot study that you could potentially be a part of…

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Our Favorite Restaurants In Central Florida That Are Off Disney/Universal Property

We know that lots of theme park fans don’t like to go off theme park property when they vacation in Central Florida. We used to be like that, too, before we lived here. Eating at a theme park is usually faster than traveling off property to dine, it keeps you immersed in the theme park experience, etc. And we get it – there are indeed some really nice places “on property” that give you awesome food and/or theming, and you get to maximize your time in the parks. But if you limit yourself to just eating on property, you are denying yourself some incredibly good eats that usually cost a fraction of Disney’s and Universal’s prices and often taste even better than anything you can get in the parks or on property.

These are some of our most favorite “off property” restaurants. We’ve listed them in alphabetical order, since it would be almost impossible to put them in order of which is
best, second best, etc., and they run the gamut in terms of price point, food type, dress requirements and distance from the parks. Many offer meals throughout the day (i.e. breakfast, lunch, brunch, high tea), although we’re specifying our experiences with them for dinner. Most are places you can’t find anywhere else (or at least have only limited locations), they’re all “not to be missed” and some, we admit, are really just for adults (we’ve included level of “kid friendliness,” based on our observations, in each of the narratives). Continue reading “Our Favorite Restaurants In Central Florida That Are Off Disney/Universal Property”

Why Orlando International Airport (MCO) Is Such A Mess

When I posted my article about MCO’s press release advising passengers to allow more time at the TSA screening due to new security measures, I never expected to get so many responses about, essentially, how horrible that airport was. I mean, we heard things like…

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Want To Save On SeaWorld Or Busch Gardens? Don’t Miss Today’s Daily Getaways Deal

Today’s offer for U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways promotion is one we’ve taken advantage of for the past several years. While it’s a little more expensive this year, it’s still a huge saving over the regular price.

Today’s Offers

Here are the offers that will go on sale today on the Daily Getaways website at 1PM ET:

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Let’s examine each of these offers:

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The Lounges of Orlando International Airport (MCO) – UPDATED (5/2019)

Orlando International Airport, otherwise known as MCO in airline speak (Please don’t call it OIA. Well, you could. But you’d be wrong 😉 ), was a destination for over 47 million airline passengers in 2018, which made it the 10th busiest airport in the U.S. based on total passenger traffic, seeing more passengers than MIA. For many of those passengers, Orlando is their final destination and the need for them to spend hours at the airport waiting for a connecting flight isn’t as great as at a major hub airport like Miami, Atlanta, Chicago or New York-JFK. Subsequently, the airline lounge market has been stagnant (or even declining) over the past decade because leisure travelers weren’t the bread and butter customers for lounges. These lounges were designed with the business travelers in mind, giving them a place to be productive while waiting for their next flight.

Fortunately, times have changed and many more people have lounge access thanks to credit card benefits, so the lounges at MCO are finally starting to catch up.

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