With the start of a new year and with so much going on after the holidays, I thought it would be a great time to restart our Week in Review and play a little catch up on this week’s highlights and news from the Orlando and Central Florida Attractions and Venues!
Week in Review – December 30, 2013 to January 3, 2014
Walt Disney World Resort
The Disney Parks Blog announced a new contest where you can win a 5-day/4-night vacation for four to either the Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort.
We’ve just launched disney.com/resolutions where Disney celebrities are sharing how they plan to resolve to spend more time with family in 2014. A new video will be uploaded everyday in January.
On disney.com/resolutions, we are also awarding a vacation-a-day from December 31, 2013 through January 31, 2014! So enter every day for your chance to win because this is the year to spend more quality time with the people you love most. Good luck!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to individuals, who are, as of Entry, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 U.S., D.C., Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec) and who are not Minors. Sweepstakes starts 12:01 AM (EST) on 12/31/13 and ends 11:59:59 PM (EST) on 1/31/14. Click here for Official Rules.
With Walt Disney World Marathon weekend right around the corner, runDisney was everywhere when they released details about the Limited Edition runDisney 2014 New Balance shoes!
You can find out more about these shoes here.
Universal Orlando Resort
With construction on Diagon Alley ramping up, A Celebration of Harry Potter drawing close, Cabana Bay opening reservations being taken, and CityWalk undergoing a HUGE transformation, the Universal Orlando Resort is buzzing with energy!
I don’t know about you, but I am so excited for everything that is coming to the Universal Orlando Resort!!!
January is Passholder appreciation month at SeaWorld Orlando, and they are offering some great deals!
Bring a friend for FREE! SeaWorld® Orlando Pass Members receive a friend for free ticket*. Online registration is required. Valid for one single-day admission by January 31, 2014. Register Now.
Double Your Discount**
- Save 20% on dining in all of our cafeteria-style restaurants
- Save 20% on merchandise in our gift shops
*Pass Member must be present for guest to gain admittance. Free ticket offer valid for active SeaWorld Orlando 1-Year, 2-Year and FL Platinum Pass Members. Not valid for Fun Cards, Teacher’s Study Passes or Friends & Family Passes. Free ticket is non-transferable, not for resale and may be revoked for misuse.
**Offer only valid between Jan. 1-31, 2014. Must present active SeaWorld Orlando 1-Year, 2-Year, or FL Platinum Pass to receive savings. Not valid with any other discounts or offers. Not valid on All-Day Dining offers. Merchandise offer valid for in-park purchases only.
The Circus is coming to town!
Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus LEGENDS is coming to the Amway Center January 9-12, but Monday the circus train rolls into Orlando. Fantastic photo opportunities will be available as the Ringling Bros. pachyderm performers parade to the Amway Center.
The Ringling Bros. animal performers will unload at 8:00 p.m. and walk beginning at 8:30 p.m. Animals will unload at railroad tracks near 1035 W. Amelia, then travel east on Amelia, south on North Hughey Ave., then west on West South St. and enter the GEICO Garage behind Amway Center. (Note: route and time are subject to change without notice.)
Tickets are still available and start at $16. Ticketmaster service charges and facility fees not included. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available atwww.ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone:407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.
If your house is anything like mine, you have watched the trailer for ‘The LEGO Movie’ four times daily and I was excited to see that they are going to be having a weekend of activities in February!
February 8 & 9, 2014 Enjoy fun for all with activities to celebrate “The LEGO Movie”, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO adventure featuring an all-star cast and set to open in theaters February 7. Guests will enjoy a special movie-themed building activity, movie-themed scavenger hunt in Miniland USA and meet and greet sessions with costume characters Emmet and Wyldstyle, who play leading roles in this epic movie.
Busch Gardens Tampa
January is also Passholder appreciation month at Busch Gardens Tampa!
Double the Fun – Bring a Friend for FREE
During January, Pass Members can bring a friend for free! Online registration required. Limit one free ticket per active Pass Member. Offer valid between January 1-31, 2014. Other Restrictions Apply. Log in now to register your friend’s ticket and learn more about this limited time offer.
Triple the Savings – 30% off merchandise, food, and beverages
All month long, Pass Members get 30% off merchandise, food and beverages when you visit the park! Offer valid between January 1-31, 2014. Other Restrictions Apply.
Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex
A Falcon 9 rocket is targeted to lift-off during a dramatic SpaceX launch scheduled for January 3, launch time is subject to change but the launch window of 5:05 p.m. to 7:17 p.m. EST. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests may view the launch from the Apollo/Saturn V Center, the closest possible public viewing area, or special areas at the Visitor Complex.
Launch viewing from the Apollo/Saturn V Center, located in Kennedy Space Center, includes live mission control commentary and is available for Visitor Complex guests for $20 plus the cost of admission. Admission to the Visitor Complex is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children 3-11. Bus boarding for the Apollo/Saturn V Center begins at 3:15 p.m.
Launch viewing, featuring live mission control commentary, also is available from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and is included in regular admission.
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We had the opportunity to have a really fun ‘staycation’ the weekend before Christmas together experiencing all great amenities and food that the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has to offer, and it was an amazing visit.
Located in the Lake Buena Vista area, the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is one mile away from the Walt Disney World Resort, however as the centerpiece of the 1,500-acre Grand Cypress Resort you feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks.
When you first walk into the 18-story atrium lobby and are greeted by Merlot, the resident macaw, you know that you are in a really special place.
The rooms at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress are spacious at 360 square feet, and feature comfortable Hyatt Grand Beds, great amenities, and views you will love waking up to every morning!
We had a Pool View which was absolutely beautiful, and by night we were able to watch to fireworks at both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom every night without having to leave our room!
Here’s a detailed look at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Room Amenities:
- Separate work desk
- Iron / ironing board
- Coffee maker (Featuring Starbucks Coffee)
- Cable / satellite TV channels
- iHome™ alarm clock radio
- Jack pack adaptor panel for multimedia plug n’ play
- High-speed Internet access
- Large, flat-screen television
- Individual air conditioning control
- Ceiling fans
- Video checkout
- In-room safe
- Safety deposit box behind front desk
- Crib upon request
- Maximum guests per room: 4
- Chaise lounge
- Spa toiletries
If you are looking for great food, you will definitely find it at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress!
We had an a wonderful dinner at Cascade American Bistro!
The restaurant setting is beautiful, the food was delicious, and the service was outstanding.
I cannot recommend Cascade highly enough, especially their signature S’mores dessert! It was heaven in a Mason Jar!
When we were relaxing by the gorgeous pool, we also took advantage of the pool-side service from the On the Rocks Poolside Lounge.
And in the lobby, Perks was a great place to grab a cup of Starbucks and pastry in the morning and as it transformed to Trellises Lounge in the evening it was a great place to grab a quick bite!
We even ordered in-room dining one night, and it was a great way to relax after a busy day at the resort! With so many (even vegetarian) menu options, we found that we had a hard time deciding what we wanted to order! The in-room menu is extremely affordable and convenient, and something that we would definitely experience again!
However, the star for us during our stay at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress was the outdoor amenities and recreation options we were able to enjoy as a family!
There is an affordable extra Resort Services Program charge at the resort, and with that guests get access to
- Health Club Open 24 Hours
- Rock Climbing Walls
- 9 Hole, Par 3 Pitch N’ Putt
- Water sports: Canoe, Paddle Boat, Hydro Bike, Aquacycle, Sailboat, and Kayak
- Bikes: Adult’s, Children’s, and Surreys
- Golf Driving Range
- Court Time at the Tennis Racquet Club
- Daily Scheduled Shuttle Transportation to Walt Disney World Theme Parks,
- Universal Studios/ Islands of Adventure and SeaWorld-Be sure to pick up your
- boarding pass from our Lobby Concierge.
- Wired and Wireless Internet
- Free Local and Toll Free Telephone Service
Zoe wanted to do something on her own, so she participated in Camp Hyatt for the day and had a blast!
Camp Hyatt is an interactive program exclusively for our guests ages 3-12. Our activities focus on the flora, fauna and culture of this unique part of the Sunshine State and includes a Fish Feeding Frenzy, Arcade Challenges, Boats and Bikes, Rock Climbing, Kids Crafts, Marshmallow Roasts, Scavenger Hunts, Short Chef Creations, Video Games and Pool and Beach Games.
Zoe wants to go back to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress JUST to go back to Camp Hyatt!!!
We had such an awesome time exploring the resort as a family! We took our first family bike ride after Dave’s knee replacement surgery, played games, and played on the beach together.
We had so much fun, that we never left the resort!
Here are some of our favorite Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Outdoor Activities:
A white sandy beach runs along Lake Windsong where you will find canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, sailboats, a volleyball court, and much more.
Boating Hours: 8:00am – return by 5:30pm
Boating Rules: 18 & older for sailboats. 13 & older to be alone on the water in all other craft.
Anyone under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years of age.
Pool, Water Slides, and More
Pool Water Slide Hours: 9:00 am– 5:30pm
Rules: There is a minimum 44 inch height requirement for the pool water slide. Life jacket required for children between 44-48 in.
Water Jet Pad Hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm
Poolside Recreation Desk and Pool Towel Service
You can stop here for daily activity information, slide wristbands, pool towels, floats, sunscreen that you may have forgotten, and more!
Daily Hours: 8:00am – 5:30pm
Pool Towels are available outside of the On The Rocks bar after operating hours with your resort room key.
Bicycles for all ages are available including family bikes, bikes with training wheels and adult bikes with child seats. Enjoy 9.2 miles of jogging and biking trails throughout the Grand Cypress Resort.
Hours: 8:00am – return by 5:30 pm
Rules: 13 & older to go biking alone. At least 18 years of age to drive a Surrey Bike. Anyone under 13 must
be accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years of age. Anyone younger than 16 must wear a helmet.
Pitch N’ Putt
Visit our scenic par 3 executive course on Lake Windsong. Complimentary club rentals are available.
Hours: 8:00am– return by 5:30pm
Rules: 13 & younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years of age.
Rock Climbing Challenge
Come climb the towers at the Grand Cypress! Lanes are available for all skill levels.
Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Rules: Minimum/Maximum height and weight requirements vary. See attendant for more
information. Closed toe/heel shoes are required.
Located on the beach! S’mores Kits are available for purchase in the Palm Cafe, Trellises, or through Room Service for $10.
Available Thursday thru Sunday at Dusk. Weather permitting.
You will also find tons of great ways to have some quiet time while you are enjoying the great outdoors!
At the pool there is a large grotto area full of super comfy chairs.
Then on the beach there are designated quiet areas and hammocks that you won’t ever want to leave!
The grounds of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress are lush, and full of amazing sculptures and statues. I had a really relaxing walk around the resort. It was so nice to steal a few moments for myself!
We had an absolutely amazing and wonderful staycation at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, and if you are looking for a family experience to plus your visit to the Orlando Theme Parks I would absolutely recommend staying at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress!
Disclaimer: Through a partnership with the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, I received accommodations and a meal at the Resort. All opinions are my own.
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