Pleasure Island Entertainment Complex closed on September 28, 2008 to undergo a two-year renovation project, which is still in progress. Some of the old associated entertainment and nightlife venues were closed permanently, but a few restaurants and shops, such as Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant and Orlando Harley Gear Store remain open throughout the renovation.
Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, a 36-hole adventure featuring Fantasia Gardens, has 18-holes with a theme from Disney’s classic film “Fantasia,” and Fantasia Fairways, and an 18-hole challenge course with strategic bunkers and hazards. Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course is an interactive experience with two 18-hole elf-sized courses. One course has a snow-clad Florida look reminiscent of Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, while the other goes tropical with holiday ornaments hanging from palms.
Fantasia Gardens, across from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (407) WDW-GOLF
Summerland, next to Disney’s Blizzard Beach.
ICE! is Florida’s favorite frigid Christmas tradition, with over 20,000 square-feet of frosty 9-degree bliss played out in a winter wonderland of exciting hand-carved sculptures. And this year it’s really all that it’s cracked up to be, featuring five 30-foot ice slides and an all-new, awe inspiring tribute to the unforgettable DreamWorks’ Animation TV classic Shrek the Halls?. And while you’re thawing out from this coolest of attractions, you can bask in the dazzling lights of the magnificent Christmas d?cor throughout the resort and spirited Luminescence Christmas show. You may feel a chill in the air but you’ll feel warmth in your heart as you create wonderful holiday memories that last a lifetime.
IMPORTANT: ICE! is kept at a frigid 9? Fahrenheit (-13? Celsius). Be sure to dress appropriately: closed-toe shoes and long pants are required. Hooded winter coats are provided for your warmth and comfort inside the attraction and are available in a variety of sizes, including sizes for children. Hats and gloves are strongly recommended and may be purchased on site at the ICE! house gift shop.
The award-winning ICE! attraction is carved by a team of 40 artisans from Harbin, China. The talented artisans spend more than a month in Kissimmee/Orlando creating this one-of-a-kind attraction. Harbin is best known for its annual International Ice and Snow Festival, where more than 2,000 sculptors annually carve a 100-acre walk-through ice park, using ice from the nearby Songhua River.
How do you measure a waterpark? At Wet ?n Wild, we?re all about TPG (Thrills Per Gallon). That?s why you?ll find more themed rides, more multi-person rides and more pure adrenaline than any other waterpark around. Because thrill for thrill, nobody measures up to the original ? Wet ?n Wild Orlando!
Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, combining “Old Florida” charm with exciting, new exhibits and entertainment. The park opened as a roadside attraction in 1949. Today, it provides affordable-priced family fun with thousands of alligators, crocodiles, a children’s water park, aviary, breeding marsh with observation tower, petting zoo, nature walk, educational wildlife programs, gift shop, Florida’s best train-ride, restaurant, and much more. One-of-A-Kind reptilian shows include: the Gator Wrestlin’ Show, Gator Jumparoo, Jungle Crocs of the World and the Up-close Encounters Show.
Call : 1-800-393-JAWS.
SeaWorld Orlando seamlessly blends adventure and education into a treasured experience with exciting tours connecting guests to amazing animals. SeaWorld’s exclusive tours offer reserved seating at exciting shows, front-of-the-line access to thrill rides and up-close encounters with incredible marine life. Available year-round, these exclusive tours offer a one-of-a-kind gift that creates a lifetime of memories.
Orlando’s award-winning shopping destination The Mall at Millenia is a runway of Pure Fashion and a playground for those who simply want it all!
Indulge in an environment created with impeccable detail, adorned with exclusive art, relaxing fountains and breathtaking glass-ceilings; surrounded by style, elegance, inspiration, creativity, freedom, and the latest trends from Paris, London and Milan!
This world-class shopping destination offers a dazzling selection of international exclusive brands including: Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Cartier, Salvatorre Ferragamo, Rolex, Jimmy Choo, Tous, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Swarovski, ECCO, L’Occitane, Lacoste; and U.S. retailers like Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret, Tory Burch, Gap, Coach, Betsey Johnson, Banana Republic, Allen Edmonds, David Yurman, Michael Kors, BCBG and Tiffany & Co., among more than 150 exclusive stores anchored by Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. With restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, Brio Tuscan Grille and the upscale cocktail lounge Blue Martini, The Mall at Millenia is, without a doubt, an unforgettable destination for luxury shopping, fine dining and upscale nightlife!
The Mall at Millenia is conveniently located just minutes from every major attraction in Orlando, including Universal Orlando?, SeaWorld?, Walt Disney World?, downtown Orlando, Orlando International Airport, the 7-million square foot Orange County Convention Center and the landmark, luxurious hotels on International Drive. The Center is accessible from the I-4 Interchange at Conroy Road (Exit #78) and there is plenty of complimentary parking. Valet parking is also available. The Center provides a fully-staffed, multi-lingual team of concierges, a US Post Office, foreign currency exchange and worldwide shipping.
For more information about The Mall at Millenia visit: Mallatmillenia.com or call 407-363-5338.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special event held each winter on select nights at Magic Kingdom Theme Park. This festive celebration is filled with live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and holiday parades.
Featured events include:
The enchanted Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, complete with a special appearance by Santa Claus
An exclusive holiday fireworks extravaganza – Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
Live entertainment featuring Disney Characters
Meet and greet opportunities throughout Magic Kingdom theme park with some of your favorite
Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
A magical snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A.
Location: Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
Time:Select nights from 7:00 pm to midnight
Admission: $62.95 adults; $57.95 ages 3 to 9
This holiday season visit the Leu House Museum decked out in all the trimmings. Each of 11 rooms in the home has its own theme fused with amazing dioramas. Thirty-minute tours are given on the hour and half-hour.
Address: 1920 North Forest Ave., Orlando, FL 32803
Time:10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Admission: $7 for adults, $2 for children K-12