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Ah, the holiday season: a time for gift-giving, merry-making, and apparently, movie-going with family. Thanksgiving and Christmas bookend the second-largest movie release window of the year, just behind the early summer action-packed blockbuster films. Gather up the family and head out to one of Orlando’s many great movie theaters to catch some of these awaited releases.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

NR | 14 December 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) as he discovers a parallel universe where multiple people have Spider-Man powers. Alternate universes are a common occurrence in comic books, but this is one of the only recent movies of note to cross these lines in telling a superhero story. Miles runs into another Spider-Man (Jake Johnson) who takes him under his wing to teach him everything that comes with having these powers.

Mortal Engines

NR | 14 December 2018

Produced by Peter Jackson, the mind behind The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, Mortal Engines takes place in a desolate, dystopian future where the Earth, once lush and full of life, has become barren and bleak. Cities evolved into mobile fortresses which survive by consuming smaller cities for their resources.

Mary Poppins Returns

PG | 19 December 2018

This spiritual successor to the 1964 classic Mary Poppins taps Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada) to take her turn in the titular role made iconic by Julie Andrews. The film sees Mary Poppins, with the aid of her friend Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), visiting a grown-up Jane and Michael Banks (Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw, respectively) to help them through a difficult, personal loss.

Aquaman

NR | 21 December 2018

Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian) stars as Arthur Curry AKA Aquaman, the oceanic superhero who made his debut in last year’s Justice League: the DC Comics superhero crossover movie that tried to rival Marvel’s Avenger’s series but ultimately fell flat. Aquaman will hopefully be better. It looks to provide us with a bit of backstory and flesh out the title character as he attempts to prevent a war between land and sea.

Backseat

NR | 21 December 2018

Backseat has an interesting premise: it seems to cover the story of Vice President Dick Cheney. This upcoming movie features a star-studded cast (Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carrell) and is directed and written by comedic genius and Saturday Night Live alum Adam McKay (The Big Short, The Other Guys, Anchorman). Without a trailer or a more detailed synopsis as of yet, it is difficult to tell if this movie will appeal to everyone. It is listed as a biography and a drama on IMDb, but McKay’s background and the announced cast point towards a comedic version of this slice of history.

Bumblebee

NR | 21 December 2018

This Transformers universe movie throws it back to 1987, where the ever-popular Bumblebee is found by 17-almost-18-year-old Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) in the junkyard of a small beach town. Charlie doesn’t recognize the car and buys it, only to later discover that it is, in fact, a Transformer. As Charlie and Bumblebee get to know each other, they help each other overcome the challenges they face.

Check out these movies at these local theaters:

Regal Pointe Orlando: 9101 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 (0.5 miles)

Cinemark Artegon Marketplace: 5150 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 (4.5 miles)

Cobb Plaza Cinema Café: 155 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801 (11 miles)

Epic Theaters Lee Vista: 5901 Hazeltine National Dr, Orlando, FL 32822 (12.7 miles)

All of Orlando’s best movie theaters are easily accessible from the Rosen Inn International. Book your stay online today or call 1-407-996-1600.

Starting in October, the Enzian Theater will be getting into the Halloween spirit by featuring 13 classic films in addition to different events, including games and costume contests. The lineup includes a variety of movies from family friendly to scary so that everyone has a chance to join in on the fun. There will also be outdoor screenings, parties, and midnight showings as well as 13 Halloween cocktails crafted at Enzian’s own popular Eden Bar.

Some of the special programs Enzian will be showing include:

The Craft, Tuesday, October 2, 9:30 PM – One of the most iconic films of the 90s, the Craft is about three troubled high school girls in search of a fourth member to be a part of their witch clique. When they discover that a new transfer student has a telekinetic gift, the four of them put their undeveloped powers together and cast a spell on a fellow student who has been mean to them, causing her to lose her hair. Once the witches are successful with the spell, they become fixated on trying to increase their powers.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Monday, October 15, 9:30 PM This cult classic features a couple who end up with a flat tire in the middle of a storm. When they look for help, they come upon an eerie mansion owned by a transvestite scientist who introduces them to a houseful of interesting characters including his most recent creation, a muscular man he named “Rocky.”

Frankenweenie, Sunday, October 21, 11:30 AM – Join the Enzian Theater for a kids costume party. Before watching the film, there will be lunch provided, along with fun games, and a costume contest the kids can participate in. The cost of the movie and party package is $18 per person (child or adult). Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie is about a child science nerd who’s an outcast at school. When young Victor Frankenstein’s dog Sparky “dies,” his science teacher tells him how to bring Sparky back to life. And though the experiment is successful; problems arise when some of Victor’s classmates steal his secret and use it to bring back other animals from the dead. The movie begins at 1 PM.

Now that you know what Enzian has in store this October make sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss any of the spooky celebrations. Enjoy delicious food and drinks, along with all things Halloween at Central Florida’s one-of-a-kind cinema café.

Whether you’ll be in Orlando this October for Halloween Horror Nights or to enjoy anything else the city has to offer, make your hotel reservations in advance. At the Rosen Inn International on I-Drive, we are conveniently located to all of the entertainment you could ask for. Let us make your stay a memorable one! Reserve your room by calling 407-996-1600.

From haunted houses to horrifying creatures, thousands of people visit Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort each year to endure all things scary. What most people may not know, however, is that Orlando is also home to a few local haunted houses that you can visit year-round.

If you’re a looking to experience some frightening thrills this summer, make sure you check out the following places.

Mortem Manor – Open year-round every Wednesday through Sunday, this attraction is known to be one of the best haunted houses in Florida. For $15, you can journey through the two-story manor and experience all of the terror behind the mansion walls. Afterward, feel what it’s like to be buried alive in the “Last Ride” burial simulator for an additional $5, plus tax. Mortem Manor is located at Old Town in Kissimmee.

Haunted Mansion – For a family friendly spooky attraction, the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom Park is a perfect choice. Enjoy a tour of the eerie residence as you travel on a slow-moving doom-buggy through this classic attraction. With so many details to look at including stretching portraits, decorative gravestones and tombs, and an interactive piano and bookshelf, you’ll be entertained from beginning to end. After the ride, don’t forget to stop by Memento Mori to pick up some fun gifts.

Zombie Outbreak – This isn’t a typical haunted house. Instead of ghosts, it has zombies. Zombie Outbreak is like an interactive version of Halloween Horror Nights – great for anyone wanting to experience an adrenaline rush. In this live-action zombie experience, you use real-life replicas of weapons to target and take out a military base full of walking dead. Ticket prices start around $25.00, and the attraction is located on International Drive.

Let us Accommodate You

Next time you’re visiting Orlando, don’t miss out on all of the spooky fun. Whether it’s with your family or a group of friends, you’re sure to have a good time.

To make experiencing all of the haunted attractions easier, stay at a hotel close to all of the action. The Rosen Inn International is just minutes away from world-famous entertainment, shopping, and is also close to all of the theme parks. For a hotel that offers comfort, security, and its own set of luxuries without a resort fee, book your stay by calling 407-996-1600.

If you’re visiting Orlando for a family vacation this holiday season you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of festive activities for all. Autumn in Orlando is known for gorgeous weather which makes this the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you love the sweet and spooky thrills of Halloween or the merriment of Christmas and the winter holidays, you’ll find all sorts of celebrations throughout Orlando. Below are three of our favorite family-friendly events this holiday season in Orlando.

Fall Festival Fun at the Space Coast State Fair

If you’re looking for a fun day trip, consider attending the Space Coast State Fair. It’s located just a half hour away from the Kennedy Space Center, making it the perfect destination if you’ve got any future astronauts or budding scientists in your crew. On the first two nights of the fair you can enjoy special Halloween-themed activities, including trick or treating at all of the fair rides. The fair takes place October 26 – November 11, so you have plenty of time to enjoy the shows, classic rides, and even laser tag. Check out their website for special events on select days including a Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief Day and Veterans Day celebration.

Have a Cup of Cheer at the Holiday Open House

Celebrate the start of the holiday season at Lakeridge Winery’s 28th Annual Holiday Open House on November 9-11th. Bring a blanket and stretch out in the shade while you enjoy live music, food, and games. An arts and crafts fair is the perfect place to find unique holiday gifts that showcase local talents. Of course, the open house also includes a wine and cheese bar as well as complimentary tours of the winery. Remember to bring your photo identification (a valid passport for international guests) so you can sample the delicious wines as you indulge in rustic chic holiday fun.

Discover a Winter Wonderland at the Festival of Trees

If you prefer the indoors and air conditioning, attend the Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art. The Festival of Trees has been an Orlando tradition for over 32 years delights guests of all ages. This family-friendly festival transforms the museum into a glittering winter wonderland and features not only trees but handmade wreaths, gingerbread villages, tabletop displays, and more. The festival takes place from November 9-18 and features special events on select days. Enjoy breakfast with Santa on November 10 and 17, and let the kids enjoy the magic of the season at the Reindeer Romp Party on November 14.

After the holiday fun, come home to your spacious accommodations at Rosen Inn International. Located near I-Drive and the I-4 ramp, you’ll have easy access to holiday events all over Orlando. Kids and parents will enjoy amenities such as free Wi-Fi, a playground, and a buffet restaurant in the lobby where kids eat free. To reserve your room today, call 407-996-1600.

As the mild autumn weather approaches, it’s time to get out and enjoy Central Florida’s lakes and wildlife. Whether you’re a seasoned boater or it’s your first time on the water, Orlando has plenty of lakes for you explore. Check out some of our favorite ways to get out and explore nature on boats, kayaks, and paddleboards.

Boating

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours
If you don’t have much boating experience but still want to get out and explore the waters, consider taking a guided tour. Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours offers an hour-long tour of three lakes and two canals, along with wildlife sighting opportunities. You’ll depart from Lake Osceola and your tour guide will take you on a tour of large Florida estates, lush tropical plants, Rollins College, and more, while sharing tidbits of the area’s history. The boat is uncovered so bring hats and ponchos for light rain if necessary.

Swan Boats at Lake Eola
Once you feel comfortable on the water, check out the adorable swan paddle boats at Lake Eola. Your peddling feet propel the boat through the water as you explore this iconic Orlando lake alongside actual swans and other wildlife including turtles, fish, and birds. Perfect for family outings or romantic dates, the boats are just $15 for 30 mins and require no reservations. Each swan boat can seat up to five people. There is also a wheelchair accessible boat.

Kayaking

Guided Tours at Shingle Creek
For a close up look at Florida’s natural treasures, try kayaking on Shingle Creek. Regardless of your kayaking background, The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek has a tour for you. Beginners can enjoy guided tours through cypress forests and pioneer villages, while skilled kayakers can test their abilities on a rapids tour. You can also rent your own kayaks, if you prefer. As the headwaters of the Everglades, Shingle Creek offers amazing opportunities for observing some of Florida’s unique wildlife and ecosystems. If you have your own gear, check out myfwc.com/boating for a list of boat ramps and safety precautions and rules in Florida.

Paddleboarding

SUP Yoga on Lake Kilarney
Truly adventurous souls will want to try traversing Orlando’s lakes via paddleboard. Although your knowledge of stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, may be limited to posts by Instagram celebrities, you too can try out this exciting sport. In fact, you can take it a step further and try SUP Yoga. At Paddleboard Orlando, a beginner-friendly class teaches you the basics of practicing yoga on a paddleboard. All you need is a desire to learn and a sense of humor.

Once you’ve mastered basic paddleboarding skills, you can rent paddleboards and explore on your own. Rent your own at The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek or check out our previous blog about paddleboarding in Orlando for a list of rental locations.

Centrally Located Orlando Hotel

With over 30,000 lakes in Florida, there’s always somewhere new to explore. When you stay at Rosen Inn International, you’ll be centrally located and just minutes away from all the action. Our mini-marts in the lobby are perfect for picking up last minute items, while perks such as free parking and free Wi-Fi mean there’s more in your budget for outdoor fun. To book your Orlando vacation, call 407-996-1600.

Florida is known for many things, nature being among top mentions. Tropical plants flourish and thrive in the Sunshine state, but you don’t need to venture far out of the city to witness this beauty. Central Florida is home to many beautiful botanical gardens, most of which host regular events such as movie nights, picnics, and weddings. We’ve taken the liberty of sorting through them and finding the best gardens in the area.

Harry P. Leu Gardens

This gorgeously manicured garden is nestled on 50-acres with over 40 different collections of vegetation. Renowned for its beauty, this lush landscape is the setting of dozens of weddings and proposals as well as engagement photos. Many people choose this as the setting to “pop” the question to their significant other, and who could blame them? Surrounded by 200-year-old oaks, a small forest of camellias, and the scent of roses perfuming much of the area makes this garden one of the most romantic settings imaginable.
It isn’t only the lovers gathering to enjoy the gardens. Throughout the year, Leu Gardens plays host to several movie nights showcasing popular classics and new releases making it a great choice for a family night out as well.

Bok Tower Gardens

A little farther out but still worth the hour and a half journey lies the enchanting Bok Tower Gardens. Take a stroll beneath the Spanish moss towards the Singing Tower, a captivating 205-foot neo-Gothic tower that could be straight out of any fairy tale. Twice a day, you can enjoy a carillon concert—23 cast bronze bells precisely tuned and arranged to play music in any key.

Dickson Azalea Park

Located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, Dickson Azalea Park is an urban green space perfect for a day out. It’s everything a neighborhood park should be with well-kept trails, play areas, and picturesque scenery. Another popular spot for wedding and engagement photos, this location also facilitates local events including annual art walks.

Sunken Garden

A day trip for those looking to explore the wild side of Florida, the Sunken Gardens are located in St. Petersburg, close to some of the state’s most beautiful beaches. This 100-year-old botanical paradise is the oldest living museum in St. Petersburg and showcases some of the region’s oldest plants.

Complete with tropical plants, animals, and waterfalls, this is one of Florida’s last remaining roadside attractions. Do a quick internet search and you’ll see dozens of images of immaculate greenery and vivid flowers in bloom.This magical garden with its roots deeply planted in Florida’s history is a must see for any nature enthusiast.

Our guest service staff has information on all the best local hangouts and attractions, so make sure you stop by and let us help you plan out your perfect garden escape. Rosen Inn International is centrally located with easy access to all of Central Florida’s most popular attractions. Get the most out of your visit and book with us today.

If you’re visiting Universal Studios Florida™ this summer, don’t miss the newly opened Fast & Furious Supercharged attraction. It’s located in the San Francisco area of the park next to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Ride on a “party bus” alongside the Fast & Furious characters while on a high-speed chase, which includes car jumps, rockets, and more. The attraction is shown in 2D but has an increased frame rate and resolution to make the images appear 3D. Without the 3D glasses partly blocking your peripheral vision, you can easily see what’s happening on both sides of the party bus at the same time.

In addition to going on the ride at Universal Studios™, you can also take the World-Famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood. Enjoy a 60 minute behind the scenes adventure as your ride on a tram across four acres. See the sets and learn about some of the greatest blockbusters to date, including Jaws and War of the Worlds. The Fast & Furious Supercharged queue is built to resemble the old warehouse where Dom and his crew hung out. On the tram, you’ll also spot over a dozen supercharged cars as well as lots of props that were used in the movie.

While on vacation, you want to be close to the action. Book your stay at Rosen Inn International, and you’ll be able to experience all the excitement Orlando has to offer. To reserve your room, call us today at 407-996-1600.

Surf Expo is the biggest watersports and beach lifestyle tradeshow in the world. Since 1976, retailers have come together in one location to discover new trends and brands that would sell well in their shops and boutiques.

On September 6-8, buyers from specialty stores from all over the world will be visiting Orlando for the annual Surf Expo. More than 2,500 booths of apparel and goods will be present. Also included is a full line-up of special events, including fashion shows, award ceremonies, and product demonstrations.

The Surf Expo is a trade event and is not opened to the public. There are thirteen categories of products attendees will be able to shop for including:

  • Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) – boards, paddles, fins
  • Coastal Gift – hammocks, tabletop items
  • Boutique – high-end apparel, footwear, accessories, gifts
  • Swim – latest contemporary styles for juniors, missy, and children
  • Bluewater – indoor and offshore saltwater products
  • Wind – wind-related boarding items including kites, boards, sails, booms, etc.
  • Wake – wakeboards, water skis, jet skis, boats, wetsuits, helmets
  • Skate – long and shortboard decks, cruisers, trucks, wheels
  • Surf – boards, sun protection products, sunglasses
  • Paddle – kayaks and canoes
  • Resort – apparel, footwear, jewelry, towels, souvenirs, mementos
  • Footwear – a diverse range for the beach, shore, boat, and beyond
  • Performance – a mix of products and accessories that enhance an active water lifestyle

The show will be held at the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive. Hours are Noon – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you’re attending the Surf Expo this September, book your stay at the Rosen Inn International. We are located just 1.6 miles away from the Convention Center. We’re also close to all I-Drive’s famous attractions. Reserve your room today by calling 407-996-1600.

Even if you haven’t tried acai bowls, you’ve likely seen pictures of them online or being made in your favorite juice bar or smoothie shop. Acai berries are reddish-purple fruits about an inch around that grow on acai palm trees found in Central and South American rainforests. This super fruit promotes a healthy heart, boosts energy, aids in digestion, and improves your immune system. It’s no wonder this superfood is a favorite of many people.

Acai first became popular in the United States in the early 2000s when two brothers from Southern California named Ryan and Jeremy Black, and their friend Edmund Nichols began exporting it from Brazil. Since then, acai has made its way into all sorts of food and juice products found in stores and restaurants here in Orlando.

Whether you prefer acai bowls as a snack, for breakfast, or as a healthy dessert option, you can find them at these local spots:

Kingdom Acai

5628 International Dr. Orlando, FL 32819

Looking for a place that has unsweetened acai and that gives you an option to build your own acai bowls? Kingdom Acai is where you want to go.

Fruitiss Acai Café & Tapioca

5427 International Dr. Orlando, FL 32819

Fruitiss Acai Café & Tapioca is an excellent place for quick and healthy food, coffee, and Brazilian products.

Purple Ocean Superfood Bar

1620 N Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32804

Made with all natural, raw, and organic ingredients, the acai bowls are what the Purple Ocean Superfood Bar is known for. Not only do they taste amazing, but the presentation of them is like no other.

Create Your Nature

1284 Orange Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789

Launched in 2016 by husband and wife Dan and Kim Dill, Create Your Nature has one of the biggest selections of signature acai bowls to choose from. Pick a 12 oz. size, or if you’re really craving acai, opt for a 16 oz. instead.

Tru Nature juice Bar

10886 W Colonial Dr. Ocoee, FL 34761

The staff at Tru Nature juice Bar takes their time preparing each acai bowl so that it’s fresh and delicious. There’s excellent seating both inside and outside, and the location is dog-friendly too – a must if you have your pet with you on vacation.

All of these locations offer delicious acai bowls all over Central Florida. So, you should have no problem finding a place to stop in while you’re on vacation.

Whether you’re in Orlando to visit friends and family or here on vacation to check out of all the famous attractions, book your stay at the Rosen Inn International. Make reservations today by calling 407-992-1754. Our convenient location makes it easy to visit several acai spots to determine which one is your favorite.

The Infinity Falls river rapids attraction is set to open this summer at SeaWorld in Orlando. The ride features 15 custom 8-passenger rafts, designed to let riders sit face-to-face to enjoy the exciting thrill ride together.

While on the raft, riders will experience an adventure through rainforests inspired by some of the world’s most spectacular freshwater ecosystems. An innovative vertical lift element hoists the rafts to the top of the ride, where riders will get to experience an exhilarating and record-breaking 40-foot drop down to the bottom of the ravine.

Infinity Falls is SeaWorld’s first attraction that will share the message of water conservation as part of its “Park to Planet” mission. Their goal is to help guests understand some of the various challenges facing the planet, and encourage them to want to help. While SeaWorld has always been a significant advocate for the preservation of the world’s oceans, they are now trying to bring awareness to the importance of the streams and rivers leading into the oceans as well.

After riding Infinity Falls, guests can check out the village and partake in interactive experiences that integrate play with learning. SeaWorld hopes to inspire young guests to become scientists one day by seeing how fun and cool it is. It also hopes to instill the passion to young guests to help save the planet today and in the future.

If you are visiting Orlando this summer to be one of the first people to check out Infinity Falls as well as the many other newly opened attractions, you’ll need a comfortable place to stay. The Rosen Inn International is located minutes from all of the famous theme parks, allowing you to experience all of the fun and excitement Central Florida has to offer. Call to reserve your room today: 407-996-1600.

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