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A famous poet may have decreed April as the cruelest month, but what about May? The joys of spring break are now just a faint memory, while summer vacation is only barely visible on the horizon. Outside your window spring beckons, threatening your resolve to meet that latest deadline. Before you fall into the slump of living vicariously through social media, consider the latest travel trend: micro travel. While a long vacation might not be feasible right now, you can still enjoy a micro travel getaway that inspires and refreshes you.

What is Micro Travel?

Somewhere between minimalism and slow travel, micro travel feels very much like a Marie Kondo-inspired take on the traditional vacation. In fact, because micro travel can be anywhere from an afternoon adventure to a long weekend getaway, the idea is to declutter your vacation itineraries so you have room to focus on what is meaningful to you. The result is a highly curated, simple travel plan that allows you to enjoy a stress-free vacation centered on the things you love.

Micro Travel in Orlando

Because Orlando has so much to do, it’s easy to get lost in overwhelming travel plans that leave you feeling exhausted. For your micro travel adventure in Orlando, choose an attraction or area you like and plan your trip around it. For instance, if you are visiting Orlando for the weekend and you love movies, your plan might look something like this:

Friday:

  • Check-in at hotel
  • Have dinner on International Drive

Saturday:

  • Spend the day at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Meet and greet characters and enjoy favorite movie franchise rides

Sunday:

  • Check-out from hotel
  • Catch a 4D movie at Pointe Orlando, then explore nearby shops and eateries
  • Head home

An Orlando Hotel Near Top Attractions

Just like your micro travel itinerary, Rosen Inn International offers everything you need and nothing you don’t. Our location on International Drive makes it easy to explore Orlando’s tourism district and nearby Interstate 4 takes you to points of interest throughout the city. If you find yourself withering away as you wait for summer vacation to arrive, treat yourself to a micro travel adventure. Book your Orlando trip by calling 407-996-1600.

Best Spring Break DestinationsWhile the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale, Daytona, and Panama City have each been popular Spring Break destinations of Florida’s past, Orlando has now taken over as the premier destination for families and college-age spring breakers. An ideal setting for an annual week-long celebration, Orlando’s all-inclusive, packaged vacations offer tons of things for all ages to enjoy. From family-friendly theme parks to refreshingly fun water parks, here are some of Orlando’s best spring break destinations.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter-themed attractions have become the go-to destinations for spring breakers who prefer Butterbeer over actual beer. By bringing the books of J. K. Rowling to life, Universal Orlando Resort is literally able to transport guests into the Wizarding World on the Hogwarts Express. The fully-immersive train ride runs between Universal Studio’s Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade located at the foot of Hogwarts Castle in Universal’s Island of Adventure. There are also several themed and interactive thrill rides based on the film such as Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts 3D ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey dark ride, and The Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster.

Orlando Water Parks

Spring break just isn’t complete without some aquatic fun. Orlando vacationers can cool-off from their studies by slipping and sliding around at these popular Central Florida water parks.

  • Volcano Bay – Consisting of four separate villages, Universal’s new water park features peaceful pools and thrilling slides including the Ko’okiri Body Plunge inside the 200-foot tall Krakatau volcano.
  • Typhoon Lagoon – The classic Disney water park sits across from Disney Springs marketplace and features multiple tube slide flumes and family raft rides.
  • Blizzard Beach – This icy-themed Disney water park won’t leave you chilly with its Slush Gusher body slide and the world’s tallest and fastest Summit Plummet water slide.
  • Aquatica – Adjacent to SeaWorld, the water park features two wave pools, lazy and rapid rivers, and multiple slides that navigate in and around aquatic habitats for dolphins and other sea life. Adding to the value of this family-friendly water park, the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards recently certified Aquatica as an Autism-friendly center.

Stay Close to the Action

With so many spring break destinations spread across The City Beautiful, you’ll need a hotel central to all the fun. With nearby shopping, dining, and entertainment options, the Rosen Inn International is conveniently located on I-Drive in the middle of all the attractions. To book a room for your unforgettable Orlando spring break, call us today at 407-996-1600.

Got kids to entertain or are you just looking for a creative way to keep up your fitness while on vacation? Either way a trampoline park is a great way to burn off extra energy and have fun. Check out our top picks for trampoline parks in the Orlando area.

Airheads Adventure Area

You’ll bounce off the walls at Airheads Adventure Area. This facility may be simple but you’ll enjoy the thrill of reaching new heights on their many trampolines. There is also a special area dedicated to dodge ball. If you get hungry, Airheads Adventure Area has got you covered with refreshments and a variety of food including salads, wraps, sandwiches, and pizza. They even offer party platters for large groups, so invite the whole family.

Outer Limitz

Over at Outer Limitz you’ll enjoy a giant trampoline arena with 38 trampoline beds. But, in case that isn’t enough, they also have a foam pit you can jump into, a netted ropes obstacle course, and a basketball arena where you can slam dunk like the legends. Kids will enjoy the spider zone, a five level climbing structure that is a maze of straps, just like a spider’s web. Their goal is to make it to the top and ring a bell without getting stuck.

Defy Orlando

Orlando’s newest trampoline park is also the largest. In addition to its large trampoline zone, guests can work their way through foam pits, a trapeze, aerial silks, slack lines, and more. There is even a ninja obstacle course where you can prepare to become the next ninja warrior. If you are visiting with young children, Defy Orlando offers a daily session from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. called KidJump, which is exclusively for children 6 and under. Older kids and teens will enjoy theme nights with dubstep, hip hop, and more, as well as club nights for kids 15 and older with laser lights.

Family-Fun at Your Orlando Hotel

If all that jumping didn’t wear you out, you can still enjoy some family-fun at Rosen Inn International. Take a dip in our outdoor swimming pools or let the kids play in the sunshine on our outdoor playground. Of course, don’t forget to grab a snack at Lite Bite, our mini-market located in the lobby and open until midnight. Reserve your Orlando family vacation today by calling 407-996-1600.

Florida Strawberry FestivalEach March, Plant City, Florida celebrates their strawberry harvest for 11 straight days and nights. This year, they’re starting the festivities a day early when the Florida Strawberry Festival kicks off on Thursday, February 28 and runs until Sunday, March 10, 2019. What started in 1930 has grown to an annual event that draws premiere headlining entertainment and over 500,000 visitors each year. Here is some of the fun you can experience at the 2019 Florida Strawberry Festival.

Delicious Strawberry Treats

The Florida Strawberry festival serves all things strawberry. From chocolate-dipped strawberries and strawberry milkshakes to strawberry pie and their world-famous strawberry shortcake, the event will likely leave its mark on your stomach and probably your shirt. Adventurous guests can even purchase a slice of strawberry pizza on their way to the concert of the day.

Live Entertainment

The festival features live concerts each day of the event at the outdoor Wish Farms Soundstage. Prices vary for each performance depending on the headline entertainment. This year’s line-up welcomes such massively successful artists as Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Martina McBride, STYX, Kool & the Gang, and country music legends Willie Nelson and Alabama, among others.

Fun for Kids of All Ages

In between the food vendors and music tents rests a land of thrills. The festival includes the Belle City Midway full of carnival rides, games, and attractions as well as pint-sized rides for younger children at the SunnyBell Kiddie Korral. Wristband purchases are required for unlimited rides each day. Adults who lack the digestive tolerance for rides can browse the Neighborhood Village. Located on the east side of the festival, the village is a marketplace where community members can sell homegrown and handcrafted goods. The festival also showcases art exhibits and youth livestock shows.

Make the Most of Your Visit

Just outside of Orlando, the Florida Strawberry Festival is an-inclusive, all-welcoming week-and-a-half of Florida fun. When planning their visit to the festival, savvy vacationers book-end their trip with a day at one of Orlando’s theme parks. To make the most out of your trip, book a stay at the Rosen Inn International. Conveniently located on I-Drive, the Rosen Inn International provides quick access to I-4 and all the attractions in Orlando. To reserve your stay, call us today at 407-996-1600.

It’s time to step out in your glass slippers and all your favorite finery. Dapper Day is back at Walt Disney World! This biannual event celebrates all things stylish and chic, adding extra pizzazz to your Disney trip. The Orlando event takes place April 27-28 and is perfect for couples, singles, and families of all ages who love looking their best.

What is Dapper Day?

Dapper Day was created by Justin J, a Los Angeles designer with an affinity for snazzy dress. The organization celebrates “refined style from yesterday and today” at various outings throughout the year but they are best known for their Disney outings. There is no registration fee – simply show up. This spring, Dapper Day will be held at Magic Kingdom on April 27 and at Epcot on April 28.

Ways to Celebrate Dapper Day in Orlando

Let Your Imagination Run Wild

Since Dapper Day looks aren’t confined to any particular era, you are welcome to mix and match. The best outfits are the ones that showcase your own personal style.

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize!

Accessorizing is key – not only to make your outfit pop, but to keep you safe from the elements. Springtime in Orlando includes a mix of sunshine, thunderstorms, and warm temperatures. Experiment with scarves, sunglasses, jackets, umbrellas, etc. for an outfit that will look great in all weather.

Try a Disneybound Look

Since you’ll be at Disney World, why not create a fancy Disneybound look? Disneybounds are wearable outfits inspired by your favorite characters. For instance, an outfit inspired by Mickey could feature his iconic black, red, and white color palette, as well as incorporate his yellow shoes or white gloves for a dapper ensemble.

 

An Orlando Hotel Close to the Theme Parks

Before you joining fellow Dapper Day participants at the parks, you’ll need a place to work your magic. The spacious rooms at Rosen Inn International have plenty of room for you and all your outfits and accessories. Once you’re ready, head downstairs for a hearty breakfast buffet at our Fountain View restaurant before you visit the parks. Book your Orlando hotel for Dapper Day by calling 407-996-1600.

If the glossy magic and fairy-tale stories of the Orlando theme parks don’t speak to your soul, it’s time to venture beyond those carefully curated worlds. Orlando’s rich history extends way beyond the theme parks and tourist attractions; in fact, it was once the hub of the citrus industry. Local museums, cemeteries, and other historic Orlando sites provide a peek into the multi-layered past of Central Florida. Many of these sites, such as Greenwood Cemetery, offer free tours that are perfect for history buffs on a budget.

Once a month, when the headstones are illuminated by the full moon, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy these free guided tours of Greenwood Cemetery. The eerie song of cicadas from the nearby Greenwood Urban Wetlands and old oak trees draped with Spanish moss provide appropriate atmosphere, yet the tours are more informative than spooky. The tours are led by sexton Don Price who instead of telling ghost stories focuses on the lives and history of those buried at Greenwood Cemetery. The 100-acre cemetery includes sections for veterans from the Civil War, World War I and II, as well as a section honoring victims of lynching, a reminder of Florida’s struggle for justice and equality. Price, who has received awards from the Historical Society of Central Florida for his dedicated work, brings the past to life with his intimate knowledge of the grounds and those buried there. Notable graves you’re likely to visit on your tour include:

  • Joe Tinker – A member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Joe Tinker played for the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. In the 1920s, he moved to Florida, where he became owner and manager of the Orlando Tigers of the Florida State League, as well as the founder of a successful real estate firm. He died in Orlando on his birthday in 1948.
  • Edna Giles Fuller – The first woman member of Florida Legislature, Edna Giles Fuller was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1928 and again in 1931. She was president of the Florida Suffrage Association as well as a member of the city chamber of commerce. She was buried at Greenwood in 1952, just a few blocks away from her Orlando home.
  • July Perry – As a prominent black advocate for civil rights, July Perry championed education and civic engagement. After participating in a voter registration movement in 1920, Perry was killed by a violent mob attack that rampaged his community. A memorial for Perry was erected in 2002 and fresh flowers are still frequently left at his grave.

Your stroll through living history is bound to include these and many others, including some familiar names you might recognize. To book your tour of the historic Greenwood cemetery, visit http://www.cityoforlando.net/greenwood/moonlight-walking-tours/. There is no cost but these popular tours fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance.

Remember to book your Orlando accommodations early as well. The local, independently owned Rosen Inn International is located on International Drive, just off Interstate 4. Hop on the highway and you’ll be at Greenwood Cemetery and other historic Florida sights in no time at all. To book your Orlando stay, call 407-996-1600.

You purchased your tickets, set your course for the Sunshine State, and are finally stepping through the entrance gates to the Orlando theme parks. Unfortunately, it seems as if everyone else also had the same idea. An Orlando spring break is excellent but it is also one of the busiest times at the theme parks. If you are in Orlando for spring break or summer holiday try these tips for navigating a crowded theme park.

Before You Arrive

Plan Your Day

Before you even arrive in Orlando, take time to plan out your theme park adventure. What attractions are must-sees? Which ones can you skip? Make sure to check out height requirements and other advisories so you avoid standing in line for rides that won’t work for your party.

Reserve Ride Passes

Once you know which rides you want to do, it’s time to consider your ride pass options.

If you are visiting Disney, you’ll receive three complimentary FastPasses for rides throughout the park per day. It’s important to know your ride schedule because once you reserve your passes, you’re committed to riding at a certain time. You can use the My Disney Experience App to keep track of your plans.

At Universal Orlando Resort, you’ll have the option of purchasing add-ons for your base ticket. A Universal Express Pass allows you to skip the regular line once at participating attractions throughout the park. The Universal Express Unlimited Pass allows unlimited use at participating attractions, which include Harry Potter and the Escape from GringottsTM as well as Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls®, and many others.

Bring the Right Gear

The only thing worse than waiting in long lines is being hot and uncomfortable while doing so. Pack cool, comfortable clothing and shoes for the parks. Once in Orlando, purchase water, sunscreen, a poncho, and snacks to keep you energized and protected against the elements throughout your day at the park.

At the Parks

Arrive Early

You might be tempted to sleep in while on vacation but the benefits for theme park early birds are many. Ride lines get longer as the day goes on so save the sleeping in for days you won’t be at the parks.

Stagger Mealtimes

During high season, you’ll be greeted with lines not only at attractions but also at restaurants. Having meals at untraditional times means you’ll be seated quickly and enjoy a more relaxing dining experience.

Get Creative in Line

Even if you have an airtight plan, you are bound to run into lines at some point during your day at the park. Get creative on ways to stay entertained. Save your phone battery and enjoy some tech-free games such as two truths and a lie, 20 questions, and I-Spy.

Take a Break

Not every moment at the parks should be spent racing towards the next great attraction. Take a break during peak hours when crowds are the largest and the heat is most intense. Snap some photos for social media, shop for souvenirs, or cool down with a Dole Whip or Butterbeer ice cream.

 

At Rosen Inn International you are just minutes away from Orlando’s best theme parks. Our location on International Drive is near several popular restaurants and shops, as well as the ramp for interstate 4, making it easy to enjoy all Orlando has to offer. Book your stay now by calling 407-996-1600.

Avid readers and history buffs visiting Orlando in the winter are in for a treat. Since 1990, Central Floridians have proudly honored author Zora Neale Hurston’s legacy with an annual festival known as the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. The multi-day event held in historic Eatonville and throughout Orange County celebrates the arts, culture, and education of rural southern African-American life.

Who is Zora Neale Hurston?

 Born January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama, Hurston moved to Eatonville, Florida when she was a young child. At sixteen, Hurston joined a traveling theatrical company, which landed her in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance. While in New York City she received her B.A. at Barnard College, where she conducted research with noted anthropologists. After college, Hurston traveled throughout the Caribbean and the American South, conducting anthropological research as well as gathering inspiration for her literary works. Though a primary voice of the Harlem Renaissance era, her life in Eatonville influenced her writing the most.

 Event Details

 Thousands of individuals in Central Florida will come together for the special celebration recognizing one of the finest twentieth-century American novelists.

The 30th Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival

Saturday, January 26 – Sunday, February 3, 2019

Outdoor Festival of the Arts in Historic Eatonville

Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February 3, 2019

Hours: Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

            Sunday, 10 am. – 6 p.m.

 Celebrate Zora Neale Hurston’s life and literary works in historic Eatonville along with the cultural contributions that African ancestors made both in the United States and worldwide.

The main festival will include cultural arts, heritage booths, merchandise, and more, and will take place in the Community Park next to the library and along E. Kennedy Blvd.

Stay with Us

 Whether you are coming for the Zora! Festival or to enjoy many of the attractions Orlando has to offer, for deluxe amenities and the perfect location, Rosen Inn International is the ideal choice hotel. Reserve your room today online or by calling 407-996-1600.

Kindness is encouraged all year long but during the International Random Acts of Kindness Week we get an extra reminder to be kind. From February 9 to 15 make it a point to show kindness to yourself, others, and the planet. Check out our list for some great ideas on how to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week while on vacation in Orlando. Share your kind deeds on social media with #ROSENRAK2019.

 

1.      Offset your carbon footprint

Did you know airplanes produce an average 53 pounds of carbon dioxide per mile? Help offset your travel carbon footprint when you arrive by using public transportation, being mindful of energy and water use, and recycling. Our theme park shuttles offer an excellent way to reduce pollution when visiting Orlando attractions.

2.      Send a postcard to a friend with a positive message

Receiving snail mail is a rare and an exciting occurrence. Pick up a postcard at your favorite Orlando attraction and send a positive note to your friend. They’ll be happy to know you thought of them.

3.      Leave a big tip for your server or barista

Orlando’s servers and baristas work hard every day serving the 72 million tourists that visit every year, plus locals. Show your appreciation by surprising someone with an extra tip and a positive note on the receipt.

4.      Eat local

Eating locally ensures fresher flavors than you’ll find at chain restaurants, plus you’ll also help support the local community. For some ideas on delicious dining options in Orlando, check out our blog on Orlando’s best farm-to-fork restaurants.

5.      Put your phone away

We’re all guilty of a little too much screen time. In fact, studies say the average adult spends nearly 2.5 hours a day on their phone. Take a minute while on vacation to put your phone away and spend quality time enjoying family, friends, and new surroundings.

6.      Offer to take a photo for someone

Whether at the theme parks or at the shops, Orlando is full of picture perfect places. Offer to take a photo for someone so they can have the memory of their Orlando trip for years to come.

7.      Drink water

Be kind to your body and hydrate! This is especially important when out in the Florida heat. Purchase a reusable water bottle and make sure to bring it with you on your Orlando adventures.

8.      Take a walk in nature

Make time to appreciate and learn about the natural beauty of your vacation destination. A stroll through nature also helps lower stress. To get started, check out some of Orlando’s best gardens in our previous blog post.

9.      Help someone place their luggage in the overhead bin

Opportunities for random acts of kindness abound not only during your vacation but while you are traveling. If you spot someone struggling to store their luggage in the overhead bin on the plane, offer to lend a hand.

10.  Make a new friend

Strike up a conversation with the party ahead of you while standing in line at Disney, compliment your housekeeper, or chitchat with your Uber driver. There are plenty of opportunities for making a new friends during your travels.

 

When you choose Rosen Inn International as you Orlando hotel, you’re supporting a local, independently-owned business. Not only will you receive exemplary customer service, you’ll also enjoy amenities such as on-site dining, a kids eat free program, and outdoor swimming pools. Book your stay today by calling 407-996-1600.

Florida has a unique ecosystem that includes rare and beautiful wildlife specimens most of us never get to see in their natural habitat. The next best way to get up close and personal with Florida’s fauna is to visit a local theme park such as Gatorland near Orlando. Here, fun and education are intertwined for groups of all ages.

Most Popular Attractions

The self-proclaimed Alligator Capital of the World, Gatorland’s gator exhibits are a draw for visitors from all over the world. The collection includes American, albino, and baby alligators, as well as Nile, Cuban, and Saltwater crocodiles. Guests can safely watch gators and crocs in specially designed environments such as the Breeding Marsh, with regular showings for feeding time, jumping, wrestling, and up close encounters. There’s even a Trainer for a Day program for gator nerds who just can’t keep their distance.

Big Cats and Giant Tortoises

Gators aren’t the only draw at Gatorland. The park is home to several types of large wild cat, such as the Florida panther and the Florida bobcat. Rarely encountered giant tortoises have been part of the park experience since founder Owen Godwin first adopted a 400-pound giant tortoise named Albert back in the 1950s. Today three of the largest tortoise species – Galapagos, Aldabra Giant, and the Sulcata African Spurred – call Gatorland home.

Zipline and Off-road Adventures

In addition to learning about Florida’s natural environment, kids of all ages can have a roaring good time at Gatorland adventure attractions like the Screamin’ Gator Zipline, which features 1,200 feet of line suspended from seven-story towers over gator habitats. Or, pile into one of three 12-foot high custom-built monster vehicles for a Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure. These are just a couple of the unique experiences waiting for you and your family at Gatorland. Be sure to ask about the Gator Night Shine and Rookie Wrestling programs as well.

Next time you’re in Florida with the family or friends, make the Rosen Inn International your base camp for all the Orlando-area has to offer, including the naturally toothy wonders of Gatorland. Our friendly team can book your visit and advise which of the park’s many features not to miss. Then, after a long day adventuring with gators and crocs, refresh and relax with the Rosen Inn International’s many world-class amenities. Call 407-996-1600 to learn more.

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