Mini Enhancements to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

It totally goes against my philosophy of how World Showcase at Epcot should be experienced. However, I know many people especially Floridians, wish it was easier to experience the Food and Wine Festival on the go. Wish granted. This year marks the debut of two small features that for many festival goers will make conquering… Continue reading Mini Enhancements to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Florida Life

A Local’s Favorite Orlando Watering Holes

Alcohol is a hot topic in Orlando right now.  Between the epic news that Magic Kingdom's newest restaurant will serve beer and wine during dinner, the upcoming Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and Oktoberfests happening throughout the Sunshine State, it's the topic du jour.  Couple all that with it being the start to a challenging… Continue reading A Local’s Favorite Orlando Watering Holes


Drawn to Disney’s Animation Academy

There is a somewhat hidden gem inside Disney's Hollywood Studios.  In my list of must-dos in Disney's Hollywood Studios I have to put a visit to The Magic of Disney Animation towards the top, right under One Man's Dream. Once the home to an actual Disney Animation studio, The Magic of Disney Animation offers a trip… Continue reading Drawn to Disney’s Animation Academy


The Most Important Thing to do at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

It's almost time.  Every Disney fan is on pins and needles as it draws near.  Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival is by far the most popular special event on Walt Disney World property. As a local, this event takes over my social calendar.  Seriously, for the next month and a half I will make… Continue reading The Most Important Thing to do at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival


Get Some R&R: Kids Want It

So many times I hear from families who express their post-vacation exhaustion. Say it with me now, "I need a vacation from my vacation". This statement really saddens me.  Vacation in Orlando is not always inexpensive (to put it nicely), and though I believe it is worth every penny, I think it is important to… Continue reading Get Some R&R: Kids Want It

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Become a Florida Lifer and get social

Become a Florida Lifer!  Follow @thisfloridalife on Twitter where you will find quick content like photos, videos, and links to news and articles.  For more interaction, become a Florida Lifer on Facebook.  By hitting 'Like' on the ThisFloridaLife Facebook page you can join other Florida Lifers as we swap photos, videos, stories, and more.  Most important… Continue reading Become a Florida Lifer and get social

Central Florida Suburbs

Tijuana Flats: A Florida Original

Although Tijuana Flats is now a chain restaurant, chains don't just magically appear. Such is the case with Tijuana Flats. This taco joint is a favorite of college kids, young up and coming adults, and families alike.   It got its start right here in Orlando. I will never forget my first visit to Tijuana Flats.… Continue reading Tijuana Flats: A Florida Original

Central Florida Suburbs

Three Real Florida Fall Events

For most Florida Residents, especially those of the Central Florida variety, Autumn is the time to enjoy some great events. Of course, there are the huge staples of Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Universal's Halloween Horror Nights,  and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  However, there are three "real" Florida events that are on my… Continue reading Three Real Florida Fall Events

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Farewell Friend: Endeavour’s Final Flight

I will never forget it. I was in the third grade and I did not quite know what to think of it.  I remember what felt like a long drive and wanting to hit the beach while we were there, but more than anything I remember the power, the sheer utter power.  Endeavour's mighty roar… Continue reading Farewell Friend: Endeavour’s Final Flight


Disney has a Drinking Problem

  UPDATE December 16, 2016 The Orlando Sentinel has confirmed that beer and wine will now be served at almost all of Magic Kingdom's table service restaurants! Tony’s Town Square Restaurant  Liberty Tree Tavern, Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen Cinderella’s Royal Table These four restaurants join Be Our Guest, which began servicing beer and… Continue reading Disney has a Drinking Problem