Orlando

How Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is Different Than The Rest of Walt Disney World

There's been much ado about Star Wars Galaxy's Edge (or Star Wars Land, for short). Rightfully so, an immersive theme park land dedicated to one of the most beloved movie franchises of all time is something many of us have dreamed of for decades, way before Harry Potter, in fact. The wand boy and his… Continue reading How Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is Different Than The Rest of Walt Disney World

Orlando

One Reason to Visit Epcot ASAP

After this summer Epcot will never be the same. Epcot will soon be full of attractions based on Disney and Marvel characters. The days of Epcot teeming with scientific and cultural experiences are fading. One remnant of Epcot's former glory is its current nighttime finale: IllumiNations - Reflections of Earth. After this summer this fireworks… Continue reading One Reason to Visit Epcot ASAP

Orlando

Why we chose Animal Kingdom as the first Disney theme park with our baby

The time has finally arrived. My little son is old enough to start venturing out with us for a few hours on weekends; we couldn't wait to take him to his first theme park. And while we have access to all four Walt Disney World theme parks, we knew his first one had to be… Continue reading Why we chose Animal Kingdom as the first Disney theme park with our baby

Florida Life

What being a theme park fan teaches us about loss and grief

If you're a lifelong theme park fan, one whose favorite childhood or adolescent memories are full of good times in the theme parks, you will eventually face losses and changes in the places you hold dear. But fear not; this can be a good and healthy thing, if you go about it the right way.… Continue reading What being a theme park fan teaches us about loss and grief

Orlando

The best way to experience STK Orlando

Disney Springs is alive with fantastic shopping and incredible dining. Just a stroll through The Landing section is enough to make anyone's mouth water. Welcoming guests at the edge of The Landing, STK Orlando stands proud, ready to provide a modern, contemporary steak house experience. With modern decor, lounge like lighting and music, and a… Continue reading The best way to experience STK Orlando

Orlando

The best of my OrlandoInformer.com blog posts

Today marks three years since my very first blog post at OrlandoInformer.com! When I started ThisFloridaLife back in July 2012 I hoped to simply share my love of my homestate of Florida and use it as a vehicle for me to explore more of this great state. After a few months of writing under my… Continue reading The best of my OrlandoInformer.com blog posts

Orlando

Saying Farewell to the Osborne Lights (TouringPlans.com)

By now we’ve all heard the news that this is the last year for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This popular dazzling light display has been a favorite among Disney guests for 20 years. It’s hard to part ways with this festive frolic of millions of lights (over 5 million in fact).

Orlando

5 Must-Do Activities During the Holiday Season at Walt Disney World (TouringPlans.com)

The holiday season is upon us here in Orlando! Walt Disney World is always the first of the major theme parks to kick off their festivities. The green light to start getting into the holiday spirit is shining bright, so let's talk about the holiday festivities at Walt Disney World that need to be on your must-do list this year.

Orlando

Complete Guide to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Tiki Mugs (TouringPlans.com)

One of the best features of this exotic themed bar are the Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto tiki mugs. True to the authentic tiki bar experience, there are a variety of souvenir tiki mugs that are quite the hot ticket items. I am a fan of the tiki culture, though not an expert by any stretch of the imagination. However, I love both Trader Sam’s locations and have acquired a collection that I would like to share with you along with as much information as I can about these unique keepsakes.