Beyond Disney: The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando ,SeaWorld and the Best of Central Florida by Bob SehlingerBeyond Disney: The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando ,SeaWorld and the Best of Central Florida by Bob Sehlinger

Beyond Disney: The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando ,SeaWorld and the Best of Central Florida

byBob Sehlinger

Paperback | May 4, 2009

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Seven Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by the Unofficial Guides:
  • Practical tips on when to go and how to beat the crowds at 11 of Central Florida's best them parks
  • Firsthand information on what's worthwhile and what's not at major attractions
  • The inside scoop on where to go for the best roller coaster action
  • Complete coverage of Universal Florida, including Islands of Adventure, CityWalk, and detailed restaurant reviews
  • Comprehensive chapters on SeaWorld and Discovery Cove, Busch Gardens, Kennedy Space Center, Gatorland, and the Holy Land Experience
  • Comparisons of all area water parks
  • The straight story on Orlando-area dinner theaters and nightlife
BOB SEHLINGER is the author of The Unofficial Guide to Walt DisneyWorld and the executive publisher of the Unofficial Guide series.GRANT RAFTER is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a professional writer. He makes his home in Maine.
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Title:Beyond Disney: The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando ,SeaWorld and the Best of Central FloridaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.1 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:May 4, 2009Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0470460318

ISBN - 13:9780470460313

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Table of Contents

List of Maps.

About the Authors.

Introduction.

Why “Unofficial”?

There’s Another World Out There.

The Attraction That Ate Florida.

Trying to Reason with the Tourist Season.

It Takes More Than One Book to Do the Job Right.

Letters and Comments from Readers.

PART ONE Accommodations.

Orlando Lodging Options.

Selecting and Booking a Hotel.

Getting a Good Deal on a Room.

Condominiums and Vacation Homes.

Orlando’s Best Hotels for Families.

Hotels and Motels: Rated and Ranked.

What’s in a Room?

Room Ratings.

A Word about Toll-free Telephone Numbers.

The Top 30 Best Deals.

HOW THE HOTELS COMPARE.

HOTEL INFORMATION CHART.

PART TWO Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Getting There.

Admission Prices.

Arriving.

Contacting Busch Gardens.

Attractions.

Morocco.

Egypt.

Nairobi.

Timbuktu.

Congo.

Jungala.

Stanleyville.

Bird Gardens.

Dining.

Shopping.

PART THREE Cypress Gardens.

Getting There.

Admission Prices.

Arriving.

Contacting Cypress Gardens.

Attractions.

Adventure Grove.

Kids’ Rides.

Splash Island.

Jubilee Junction/Lake Eloise.

Nature’s Way.

The Junior Water Ski Experience and the Junior Belle Program.

Star Haven Amphitheatre.

Dining.

Shopping.

PART FOUR Gatorland.

Getting There.

Admission Prices.

Arriving.

Contacting Gatorland.

Attractions.

Gatorland Adventure Tours.

Dining.

Shopping.

PART FIVE The Holy Land Experience.

Getting There.

Admission Prices.

Arriving.

Contacting the Holy Land Experience.

Attractions.

Dining.

Shopping.

PART SIX Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Getting There.

Admission Prices.

Arriving.

Contacting Kennedy Space Center.

Attractions.

Visitor Center Complex Hub.

Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour.

Other Tours.

Viewing a Launch.

Dining.

Shopping.

PART SEVEN SeaWorld.

Getting There.

Admission Prices.

Arriving.

Contacting SeaWorld.

Attractions.

Dining.

Shopping.

Discovery Cove.

Getting There.

Prices and Reservations.

Arriving.

PART EIGHT Universal Orlando.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios versus Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Orlando.

Lodging at Universal Orlando.

Arriving at Universal Orlando.

Early Entry and Universal Express.

Singles Lines.

Lockers.

Universal, Kids, and Scary Stuff.

Quitting Time.

TNA Wrestling and Blue Man Group.

Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Studios Florida Attractions.

Live Entertainment at Universal Studios.

Universal Studios Florida Touring Plan.

Buying Admission to Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Studios Florida One-day Touring Plan.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Beware of the Wet and Wild.

Getting Oriented at Islands of Adventure.

Islands of Adventure Attractions.

Marvel Super Hero Island.

Toon Lagoon.

Jurassic Park.

The Lost Continent.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Seuss Landing.

Islands of Adventure Touring Plan.

Islands of Adventure One-day Touring Plan.

PART NINE The Water Parks and Water Sports.

Wet ’n Wild, Aquatica, and Adventure Island versus Disney Water Parks.

A Flume-to-Flume Comparison.

Wet ’n Wild.

Body and Mat Slides.

Raft and Tube Rides.

Other Attractions.

Wakezone.

Aquatica by SeaWorld.

Adventure Island.

Admission Prices.

Arriving.

Getting There.

Contacting Adventure Island.

Attractions.

Water Sports.

Buena Vista Watersports.

Orlando Watersports Complex.

PART TEN Miniature Golf.

PART ELEVEN Old-Town U.S.A. and FunSpot U.S.A.

Old-Town U.S.A.

Getting There.

Admission Prices.

Arriving.

Contacting Old-Town.

Rides and Attractions.

Nonticket Rides.

Ticket Rides.

Dining.

Shopping.

FunSpot U.S.A.

Getting There.

Admission Prices.

Arriving.

Contacting FunSpot.

Rides and Attractions.

PART TWELVE International Drive.

Plan Ahead.

Getting There.

Attractions.

PART THIRTEEN Airboat Tours, Horse Rides, Zoos, and Nature Tours.

Airboats.

Airboat Tours.

Other Animal Attractions.

PART FOURTEEN Museums and Cultural Attractions.

Kids and Museums.

Attractions.

PART FIFTEEN After Dark.

Dinner Shows.

The Shows.

Family-friendly Comedy Show.

Universal Orlando CityWalk.

Getting There.

Admission Prices.

Arriving.

Contacting CityWalk.

CityWalk Clubs.

Metropolis and Matrix.

Downtown Orlando/Church Street Station Area.

Getting There.

Bars and Clubs.

PART SIXTEEN Dining.

Dining outside Walt Disney World.

Take Out Express.

Dining at Universal CityWalk.

One Man’s Treasure.

Buffets and Meal Deals Outside Walt Disney World.

Fast Food in the Theme Parks.

Dining at Universal Orlando.

Universal Orlando Restaurant Profiles.

Accommodations Index.

Restaurant Index.

Subject Index.

Unofficial Guide Reader Survey.