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Resources for Non-Disney Touring (in the Orlando area)

cover"Orlando's Other Theme Parks, What to do When You've Done Disney"

by Kelly Monaghan

I've actually created this page just because of this book.  Kelly Monaghan has done a very good job of describing the other things to do in the Orlando (actually, Central Florida) area.  There are several books that "cross over" and cover Walt Disney World and Universal and maybe another park or two, but this book covers just about every non-Disney attraction in the area including Universal Studios (and Citywalk and Islands of Adventure), SeaWorld, Cypress Gardens, Gatorland, Splendid China, Church Street Station, the Kennedy Space Center, Busch Gardens, and the three top water parks (Wet 'n' Wild, Water Mania, and Adventure Island).  Monaghan also includes information on the local dinner shows, zoos, gardens and parks, museums, and spectator sports.

This book, along with Birnbaum's (which is still the best WDW guidebook available) would be a strong one-two punch for the general purpose Central Florida traveler.

Review Summary:

Trip Planning Helps: very minimal, but this is not this book's purpose

Resorts Descriptions: none

Off Site Hotel Descriptions: none

Attractions Descriptions: excellent descriptions of the non-Disney attractions - nothing on WDW

Restaurant Reviews: only covers the non-Disney ones...but the information on the non-Disney dinner shows is extremely valuable

Minor Parks Reviews: nice work on the non-Disney minor parks (Citywalk, Gatorland, Splendid China, Church Street Station and the non-Disney water parks)

Non-Disney Information: tops, but that would be expected, right?

Overall: if a main focus of your trip is non-WDW, buy this book

The Intrepid Traveler

ISBM 1-887140-09-3

Copyright, 1998

$16.95 US


Florida Division of Tourism

Deb Wills, the author of Deb's (Unofficial) Walt Disney World Information Guide (a link to that excellent Web site is provided on the Resource Net page) e-mailed me with the following information, from the Tampa Tribune:

Visitors hoping to vacation in Florida this year can plan their trips and save money with the help of several publications available from the Florida Division of Tourism.

The Florida Vacation Guide is the standard source of information on each of the state's seven vacation regions including attractions, national parks, state parks and recreation areas and lists of community information sources such as visitors bureaus and chambers of commerce.

Vacationers wanting to customize their itinerary should read the Florida Calendar of Events and the new Florida Value Activities Guide. Both can stretch a vacation budget while providing insight into community cultural and ethnic festivals and celebrations, the state's diverse environment and lesser known entertainment options.

The Florida Calendar of Events is a comprehensive list of community activities, events and festivals. The Florida Value Activities Guide is a statewide list of free and low-cost attractions and activities.

For a free copy of any of these guides, a Florida highway map or other information, write to:

Florida Division of Tourism
Visitors Inquiry OPR
126 West Van Buren Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2000.

You'll find the following links valuable as you look for More Information on Orlando's "Other" Attractions

Sea World Information Guide - A new and extensive guide covering the four Sea World parks.

Also, here are a few links to some of the more popular central Florida attractions:

Busch Gardens (Tampa Bay, FL)

N.A.S.A. / Kennedy Space Center Launch Schedule

Seaworld (Orlando, FL)

Spaceport USA Site

Universal Studios Florida

 
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