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This Thanksgiving weekend, FusionFest is bringing a blend of culturally diverse art and expression to Downtown Orlando. Over the course of the two-day celebration, you can taste, see, and feel the history of the heritages in the Central Florida community and beyond. This event takes place from November 30 to December 1, and it’s completely free to enter. Let’s take a look at everything happening during this inclusive event.

Feel the Films

To highlight unique artists and showcase cultural history, the festival features short films dedicated to diversity. Feel free to catch a flick during the festival to learn more about a different heritage or get to know a filmmaker from your cultural community.

Feed Your Appetite

Stop by the international food court to sample your way around the world. Featuring sweet, savory, and all around satisfying tastes, FusionFest is the perfect place to try new foods while you learn about different cultures. FusionFest also features countless drink options. Whether you want to sip and sample or go all out with your dining, you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

Fall for Fashion

The FusionFest fashion show puts diversity on the runway. Grab a seat and get an up-close view of the stunning looks created by this year’s designers from around the world. At FusionFest, the catwalk appreciates the clothing that makes everyone different from head to toe around the globe.

Face the Music

At FusionFest, there are numerous ways to get involved or simply enjoy the atmosphere around you. For example, you can listen and learn as performers dance across the stages of FusionFest to showcase the music and movements of their heritage. Or, you can stop by the Diversitastic! Parade and Dance Party to get in on the celebration yourself.

Find the Best Hotel

Whether you’re coming to Orlando to spend Thanksgiving with your local relatives or to take in the fun of FusionFest, you can have a unique holiday experience when you book your stay with Rosen Inn International. We provide a diverse assortment of luxurious amenities at an affordable price, and we’re minutes away from the festival and all the fun of Downtown Orlando. To reserve your room, click the “Check Room Availability” button above or call 407-996-1600.

Empty Stage with Lights
Nick Offerman and The Isley Brothers take stage in Orlando this December.

Sometimes it’s hard to determine where the fictional Ron Swanson ends and where IRL Nick Offerman begins. Both are manly men, carpenters, and even share musical talents. Years removed from Parks and Recreation and his alter ego (more on that in a moment), Nick Offerman treads steadily in stand-up comedy. He’s currently on his third stand-up tour, All Rise.

A sneak peek into Offerman’s All Rise leads one to possibly think that maybe Nick still channels his Parks and Recreation’s Ron and Duke Silver to deliver high brow humor with deadpan delivery … or was art imitating life when Nick breathed life into Ron Swanson on the little screen?

Either way, we’ve added his night in Orlando on December 5, 2019, at the Hard Rock Live theater to our social calendar. There’s no way we’ll miss a night of “deliberative talking and light dance that will compel you to chuckle while enjoining you to brandish a better side of humanity than the one to which we have grown accustom,” per Nick Offerman. Please and thank you.

We suggest fueling up at Bigfire™ in Universal CityWalk™ before the show where steaks are served sizzling fresh off the giant custom-made wood-fire grill that consumes the center of the restaurant. Bigfire uses cherry, oak, and pecan woods to perfect their signature taste, a technique of which we think Nick Offerman would approve. The restaurant’s layout harkens back to summer days by the waters and even has a frame of a canoe in full display, which we know would definitely tickle Nick’s hobbyist side as he’s a professional boat builder.

Shifting gears from comedy to music, the legendary Isley Brothers serenade Orlando on December 17, 2019, at the Bob Carr Theater. (Duke Silver, take note.) Sit back, reminisce, and groove the night away as Ronald and Ernie Isley lay out 60 years’ worth of chart-topping R&B and soul classics such as “That Lady,” It’s Your Thing,” and “This Old Heart of Mine.”

From experience, when Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy® award-winning artists come into town, you do not miss out on the experience to hear and watch gifted musicians perform. The You Make Me Wanna Shout tour, named after their first hit “Shout” which came out in 1959, features their greatest hits. This show, a literal musical biography, tracks the growth and evolution of the brothers from their modest start more than sixty years ago in Chicago, IL.

Throughout their career, the Isley Brothers collaborated with some of the biggest names and record labels in existence. Jimi Hendricks was on guitar with the band in 1964, which proved influential to Ernie Isley who would pick up guitar after Jimi left yet carried Jimi’s style into the music. During the band’s brief stint with Motown’s Tamla subsidiary record label, the band churned out “This Old Heart of Mine,” written and produced by master melody makers Holland-Dozier-Holland, who defined the sound of Motown in the 60s.

It was when The Isley Brothers resurrected their own record label T-Neck and recruited more family members into their lineup that the band finally dominated R&B charts with fifty singles starting with “It’s Your Thing.” As you’ll hear in the songs played at the show, the band moved deftly from doo-wop, to R&B, to a rock-disco fusion in the 70s, and then back to R&B in later years. It’s a journey worth experiencing in person, probably a once-in-a-lifetime show.

As you decide which show to attend—if not both, consider making Rosen Inn International your home base. Even this hotel has history worth bragging about. It was the first hotel in the chain of locally-owned Rosen hotels, re-opening under new management in 1974 with Harris Rosen at the helm. It’s also where Mr. Rosen still has his office. Aside from that bit of history, we’ve got lovely accommodations suitable for the entire family. Onsite restaurants and lounges, swimming pools and an arcade room coupled with superb service have guests coming back each time they find themselves in the City Beautiful. Check out our availability by clicking the button in the upper right corner or by calling 407-996-1600.

Woman gazing at Christmas tree at theme park holiday celebration

When it comes to deciding when to decorate for the holidays, there are several schools of thought. Some prefer to wait until December 1, while others break out the tinsel as soon as the last trick-or-treaters leave. Fortunately, the Orlando theme parks like to err on the early side. This year you can start celebrating the holidays in Orlando as early as November 8. Read on to learn more about all the exciting theme park holiday celebrations taking place this year.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Can you think of a more magical way to celebrate the holidays than at the Happiest Place on Earth? Neither can we! This popular Magic Kingdom event is back again this year. On select nights November 8 – December 22, you’ll be joined by Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of the gang in their most festive outfits as you enjoy a special holiday parade and fireworks. You’ll also have access to several of your favorite rides such as Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and “it’s a small world”.

This event is separately ticketed, which means you’ll need a park ticket or annual pass, plus a ticket for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Tickets are already on sale and you can save $10 per ticket when you buy in advance.

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort™

The holiday celebrations at Universal Orlando™ bring a little something for everyone in the family. Harry Potter fans will gaze in awe as Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™ are magically transformed for the winter season with twinkling lights, festive carols, and indulgent treats and drinks. Over in Seuss Landing™, located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, all ages will enjoy a live retelling of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring the green, grumpy Grinch himself. Don’t forget to catch Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida™. This beloved parade includes the Minions, characters from Shrek and Madagascar, and of course, Santa Claus.

While some additional experiences, like a holiday breakfast with The Grinch™, will require a separate ticket, all of the above events are included with your standard admission to Universal Orlando Resorts. For more updates on the holiday events, visit their website.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Spectacular

Starting November 23, you can experience the joy of Christmas along with your favorite aquatic animals at SeaWorld Orlando. The festivities continue on until December 31 and include meet and greets with Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble, and Yukon Cornelius from the beloved television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The celebration also includes several festive shows, such as a live nativity at O Wondrous Night®, a festive ice skating spectacular, and even a holiday-themed show starring everyone’s favorite sea lions, Clyde and Seamore. Don’t forget to visit SeaWorld’s Wild Arctic for a chance to meet Santa Claus.

All of SeaWorld’s Christmas festivities are included with general admission, so there is no need to purchase additional tickets. Upgrades for some of the events, such as reserved show seating and dining exclusives, are available through the SeaWorld website.

Your Orlando Home for the Holidays

No matter which of these theme park holiday celebrations you choose to attend, you’ll be near all the holiday fun when you stay at Rosen Inn International. Our spacious guestrooms, heated swimming pools, and on-side restaurants offer everything you need for the ultimate holiday vacation in Orlando. Call us today at 407-996-1600 to book your stay, or click on the orange button at the top of this page.

Veggies bowls for Good Nutrition Month in Orlando

Did you know November is Good Nutrition Month? Good nutrition should be practiced all year long, but with the holidays quickly approaching, November is the perfect time to focus on eating healthily. Of course, good nutrition means something different to everyone but experts generally agree that loading up on fruits and veggies, and eating fresh, unprocessed foods are great ways to improve your health. If you are looking for ways to eat healthy in Orlando, check out these tips.

Drink your vitamins

One of the tastiest ways to get your daily recommended servings of fruits and veggies, as well as the vitamins and minerals your body needs, is by enjoying fresh juices. Featuring superfood ingredients like kale and açaí, fresh juices pack a powerful nutritional punch.

If you want to try a juice bar in Orlando, Clean Juice is a few minutes away from International Drive. Located on Dr. Phillips Blvd., Clean Juice serves 100% organic juices, bowls, and smoothies in a variety of flavors. Instead of a sugar-laden coffee concoction, try Clean Juice’s coffee smoothie made with cold-brewed coffee, almond milk, almond butter, bananas, and dates.

Veg out

It can be hard to find healthy options while on vacation but fortunately, Orlando has healthy restaurants near the attractions where you can load up on your greens. Low in calories, but high in fiber and essential minerals like iron and magnesium, greens are essential to good health.

If you are shopping at the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, we recommend stopping at Greatbeat. Located in the food court, Greenbeat offers make your own salads and grain bowls with ingredients like fresh kale, wild rice, shrimp ceviche, and sriracha dressing.

Not far from the International Drive attractions you’ll find Green Kitchen Orlando. This Brazilian-inspired restaurant on 7055 Kirkman Road serves fresh salads, sandwiches, and wraps. The Brazilian churrasco sandwich, served with mozzarella cheese, organic greens, and tomato parsley vinaigrette, is a great way to sneak some extra greens into your diet.

Eat local

Farm-to-fork restaurants offer another way to eat healthy while on vacation. Not only is local food better for the environment, the food also retains more of its flavor and nutrients since it doesn’t have to be harvested early. You can also enjoy a more diverse produce selection.

While you’re in Orlando, why not enjoy some local produce? The Sanctum, located at 715 N. Fern Creek Ave., serves farm-fresh foods that are sure to impress. Their menu is 100% vegetarian and includes dishes such as curry fried rice, lemon pesto, and even freshly-baked brownies for dessert.

The Rusty Spoon is another beloved farm-to-fork restaurant in downtown Orlando. Started by Chef Kathleen Blake, The Rusty Spoon focuses on preparing simple yet delicious meals made with locally sourced ingredients. The menu, which features meat and vegetable dishes, changes seasonally so there is always something new to try.

Bring your own snacks

In addition to choosing nutritious options at restaurants, it’s also smart to choose healthy snacks. A day at the theme parks requires lots of energy, so staying properly nourished is key. Since theme parks allow you to bring certain foods, stop at these Orlando health food stores near the theme parks and pick up healthier versions of your favorite snacks to take with you.

You’ll find the ever-popular Whole Foods at 8003 Turkey Lake Road, just a few minutes away from Universal Orlando Resort™. Whole Foods has one of the largest selections of natural and organic foods in the area, so you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.

Located at 8323 Sand Lake Road, Trader Joes offers healthy gourmet food at competitive prices. This grocery chain has a cult-like following and offers a great selection of individually packaged snacks like kale chips, fruit leathers, and roasted almonds.

Just down the street from Walt Disney World, Lucky’s Market sells affordable organic food. Their bulk section is perfect for stocking up on healthy snacks and you can choose as much or as little as you want. Visit them at 11601 Regency Village Dr.

 

Rosen Inn International is a short drive from all of the healthy restaurants and grocery stores mentioned in this blog. We also have our own healthy buffet restaurant in the lobby, as well as a mini market that sells fresh fruit and other snacks. Good nutrition is important to Rosen Hotels & Resorts, so much so that our founder, Mr. Rosen, even created his own healthy version of pizza which is available at our hotel. To book your Orlando vacation with us, give us a call at 407-996-1600 or simply click the orange button at the top of the page.

Child in orange and black halloween costume, holding jack-o-lantern candy jar

If you’re looking for a Halloween treat the whole family will love, visit SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. This seasonal event features new performances with some old SeaWorld favorites, including the famous Sesame Street Halloween Parade. The SeaWorld Halloween event runs every weekend from September 21–October 27. Here’s a look at all the goodies in store.

SeaWorld Candy Collecting  

Your children won’t have to wait for Halloween night to fill their bags with sweet treats. Dress your little ones in their favorite costumes and venture through the park’s sea-themed stations. Along the way, park employees will fill each bag or bucket with candy, prizes, and other goodies.

Mermaid Meet-and-Greets

Each weekend at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, the Mermaid Grotto comes to life. This aquatic exhibit allows your children to meet all kinds of creative characters. You can even get a picture with mermaids. After you’re done meeting the mermaids, encourage your little ones to get together for a SeaWorld-themed monster mash at this year’s Halloween Dance Party.

Thoughtful Trick-or-Treating

To make this event both environmentally and family friendly, SeaWorld encourages guests to bring their own reusable trick-or-treat buckets or bags. However, you can still pick up a reusable bag at the park to join in on the responsible celebration.

Fur-Filled Comedy Shows

Featuring dogs, cats, birds, and some surprise guest stars, the SeaWorld Pet’s Ahoy show is full of everyone’s favorite tricks. SeaWorld trainers teach all of the participating animals through the park’s encouragement-based training program, which prepares them to put on the funniest show of the season.

Sesame Street Halloween Parade

The kids won’t want to miss their favorite Sesame Street characters as they venture through the park in the Sesame Street Halloween Parade. Featuring floats, live performances, and famous characters from the show, this parade is a great way to start off your spooky season. Encourage your family to sing along to classic Sesame Street songs and catch a glimpse of their favorite characters.

A Local, Halloween-Friendly Hotel

If you’re bringing your family to the safest and most family-friendly Halloween event in Central Florida, book your stay with the Rosen Inn International. Whether you’re looking for the most comfortable rooms to sort your candy or need a place to rest after a day of tricks and treats, you’ll find the best of both in one of our affordable and luxurious rooms. To reserve your room, click the “Check Room Availability” button in the upper right corner or call 407-996-1600.

Close up of Scottish dancer's feet as they perform a sword dance

This fall, the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance (IGSHD) company is bringing a blend of tradition and entertainment to Central Florida. From October 24–28, the IGSHD crew is packing a ton of events, performances, and competitions at Disney theme parks and the nearby Orange County Convention Center. Here’s a breakdown of the routine at this year’s event.

ChoreoMagic Disney Challenge

Dancing and Disney storytelling share the spotlight during the ChoreoMagic Disney Challenge. For this competition, dancers are encouraged to choose a Disney theme and pair it with Scottish Highland Dancing to tell a culturally blended story. Dancers don’t need registration in the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD) to participate, so you can start crafting your routine today.

The American Magics Competition

When you combine the magic of Disney with spectacular Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD) performances, you get The American Magics. The American Magics is a traditional Highland dance competition that features performers from around the globe. Split into four age groups, the competition provides a platform for dancers of all ages to participate and win competitive awards.

Disney Dancin’ Workshop

During the 90-minute workshop, participants will learn dance routines from Disney show directors, producers, and choreographers. Dancing is the main focus of the workshop, but instructors also teach participants about the audition process, how to stand out on stage, and creating a Disney cast member resume. Dancers start the session with a strategic warm-up routine and end their time in the workshop with a final dance performance to show off their newfound skills.

IGSHD Disney Pre-Parade

Disney visitors gather around Magic Kingdom Park to witness this magical pre-parade choreography. Featuring a blend of history-filled dancing and Disney parade magic, this event is an outdoor experience for everyone in attendance. Registration in the SOBHD competition isn’t required for dancers who want to participate in the parade, but there are open auditions for dancers who want to try out.

Choreograph the Perfect Accommodations

Booking the right stay isn’t a complex routine. If you’re participating in any of the IGSHD events or visiting town to watch the performances, reserve a room with the Rosen Inn International. Our luxurious amenities are friendly for participants and attendees of all ages, and they include on-site swimming pool access, video arcade gaming, and a children’s playground. To book your room, click the “Check Room Availability” button at the top of the page or give us a call at 407-996-1600.

Don’t let the swaying palms and rising mercury trick you this autumn in Orlando – there is plenty of fall fun to be had. Whether you want to pick out a pumpkin, shop for souvenirs, or you’d like to watch the game (please and thank you), a fall festival awaits you in Central Florida.

For the Art Lover: Winter Park Autumn Art Festival

If you are looking for a fall festival that’s a bit different than your typical pumpkins and carnival games, look no further. The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, a juried art show, is sure to delight the artistic types in your group, as well as anyone looking to purchase unique souvenirs. This popular festival has been a fall staple in the Winter Park community for over 45 years and features selected works by many talented local artists. As you stroll through the many artist booths, you’ll also enjoy live music, a beer garden, food vendors, and the kids can enjoy hands-on art projects. Join the artists on October 12-13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 251 S Park Ave.

For the Beer Enthusiast: Celebration Oktoberfest

A day trip to Celebration, Florida is the perfect addition to your Orlando vacation itinerary. Originally developed by The Walt Disney Company, Celebration’s picturesque community has become well-known for its fall and winter festivals. Their family-friendly autumnal fair, Celebration Oktoberfest, includes a costume contest, face painting, a pumpkin patch, German beer and food, yodeling, bounce houses for the kids, and more. The signature event is the flurry of fall leaves that descend on Market Street at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. every night of the festival. Revel in the colorful leaves in Celebration Town Center this year on October 18-19.

For the Souvenir Shopper: Fall Fiesta in the Park

Twice a year the city of Orlando hosts a Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola, the home of Orlando’s iconic fountain and swans. Get a jump-start on holiday shopping or find unique souvenirs at this event. During Fall Fiesta in the Park you’ll enjoy local food vendors, shopping at artisan booths for handmade goods, swan boat rides on Lake Eola, swan spotting, live music, and more. Best of all, dogs are welcome at this event so the whole family can join the fun. This year’s Fall Fiesta in the park takes place November 2 – 3.

For the Football Fan: Southern Hill Farms Fall Festival

If, despite Orlando’s trademark warm weather, you find yourself longing for a traditional fall festival, you’ll want to visit Southern Hill Farms in Clermont. Their festival captures the nostalgic magic of autumn and features all the classic fall staples such as apple cider donuts, craft beer, festival rides, a petting zoo, and more. They also have one of the best pumpkin patches in Central Florida, with a broad selection of beautiful pumpkins varieties such as minis, jumbos, tiger stripe, and white. Best of all, the festival has big screen TVs so you don’t have to miss a minute of the game. You can visit the Southern Hill Farms Fall Festival on select weekends this October.

For the Weary Traveler: Rosen Inn International

Feeling a bit tired after attending these fall festivals? Let Rosen Inn International be your home away from home during your Orlando vacation. You and your family will love our amenities including seasonally heated swimming pools, on-site eateries, and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. For added convenience, we are located near some of the top fall attractions in Orlando including Halloween Horror Nights and all of the festivals mentioned in this blog. To book your fall getaway, give us a call at 407-996-1600 or simply click on the button at the top right of the page.

The Orlando Magic look to carry the momentum of last season’s performance into their 2019-2020 campaign, evident in the way that they have handled their offseason so far. Re-signing all-star Nikola Vucevic was perhaps the biggest part of their foundation, and they accomplished this in late June, to the tune of $90 million over the next four years. Terrence Ross is the other major piece to fall into place, and the precedent set by the Vucevic contract seems to indicate that the Magic are keen on re-signing Ross as well. In addition to resigning key players, Orlando Magic has also sought out new talent to create an impressive roster.

New Key Players

In the 2019 NBA Draft this past June, the Magic used their 16th pick in the first round to draft Chuma Okeke, a forward from Auburn University. This is a fairly normal pick for Orlando, who already have a handful of players on the roster who fill similar roles—notably, Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac. Okeke has been a standout player in his college career, shooting nearly 40% from the 3-point range and playing strong defense that should translate well to the NBA. Okeke is currently dealing with an ACL injury that he suffered in the NCAA Tournament this past March, but he should be able to recover and contribute at the professional level.

Orlando also added another key asset this summer, signing forward Al-Farouq Aminu to a three-year deal worth $29 million. Aminu averages 7.7 points/game over his career, but has been trending upwards in recent years, averaging closer to 9.5 points/game in his past 4 years with the Portland Trailblazers. The Magic hope to see similar production from him this coming season, assuming he can successfully slide into his role with the team.

Orlando Magic Fan Power

Of course, one of the most important aspects of Orlando’s success in the 2019-2020 season will be the support from the fans. While the schedule has yet to be released, there will be several home games each month where the fans will be out in full force to cheer on the boys in blue. Will you be here to watch Magic happen this season during your vacation? Consider staying at Rosen Inn International, conveniently located within minutes of downtown Orlando and the Amway Center, home court of the Orlando Magic. Book your stay today by clicking the button in the upper right corner or by calling (407) 996-1600.

From September 6 through November 2, demons, parasites, and other creatures will terrorize visitors of Universal Studios as part of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Featuring ten haunted houses and five scare zones, the 2019 event is packing more horrors than ever before. Let’s take a look at the upcoming frights of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.

Stranger Things

On the horrifying heels of Stranger Things 3, this year’s haunted maze will continue the terrors of last year and venture into the third season. Journey through your favorite scenes from Stranger Things as you head through Hopper’s cabin, around the Starcourt Mall, and into the Upside Down to escape the pursuit of Demodogs.

Universal Monsters

You’d better beware at this year’s classically twisted haunted house, Universal Monsters. Make your way through this terrifying maze and try to escape the grasp of Dracula and the Wolfman before Dr. Frankenstein’s monster comes to life. But, be careful during your journey, because you don’t know what other creatures you could awaken along the way.

Depths of Fear

Hold your breath, because this original haunted house is reaching new depths. The Depths of Fear house takes visitors through the perils of a deep-sea mining dive gone wrong. Workers stumble upon parasitic “Mouthbrooders” that infect the entire crew. You might be next! Race to make it out alive before the facility self-destructs or falls victim to the maddening contagion of the acid-spewing creatures.

Nightingales: Blood Pit

This original house is a horrifying look at history. There’s been a drought in Ancient Rome, and the evil emperor forces the gladiators to battle until the rain returns, but something else gets there first. Fight your way through Nightingales: Blood Pit and try to escape the clutches of the ravenous creatures that put fear in the bravest of gladiators.

Yeti: Terror of the Yukon

The biting weather is sure to give you the shakes, but there’s more behind this haunted house that will send chills down your spine. Pass through the logging camp of Yeti: Terror of the Yukon and witness the screams of horrified loggers trapped by the arctic blizzard and hunted by the monsters outside. Follow the bloodied path to the cave entrance and ready yourself for the terror that waits inside.

A Shockingly Luxurious Hotel Room

There’s nothing scary about booking your stay with the Rosen Inn International. Once you’ve escaped from the terrors of Halloween Horror Nights, get some rest at the coziest hotel in town. Located on International Drive, we’re a short distance from Universal Studios and all the other spooky attractions of Central Florida. To reserve your room, click the orange button at the top of the page or call 407-996-1600.

Most people come to Orlando expecting to meet a couple characters and maybe a magical creature, too. However, wander off the beaten path and you may encounter something entirely different: a ghost. Central Florida’s rich history predates the thrills of Disney and Universal, and as such is bound to have a spook or two – or at least a few local legends. If you’re up for a ghost hunt this Halloween, explore these haunted Orlando locations.

Visit the Ghosts of Paintings Past

In life, these artists toiled endlessly over their creations. In death, they do much the same. These Orlando art museums offer you the unique chance to encounter both art and artist, even after they’ve left our mortal realm.

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave. – This lakeside museum houses over 200 sculptures by Czech artist Albin Polasek, and quite possibly his ghost, too. The staff have reported feeling a presence on the grounds and in 1997 a guest noticed their photo of Polasek’s “Stations of the Cross” showed a tear suspended over Jesus’s cheek. Was it a trick of the light, or was the artist adding a final touch to his work? You decide.

Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave. – Originally an artist colony created by artist and architect André Smith in 1937, today the Maitland Art Center continues to offer an immersive art experience for visitors. It seems Smith never left either and today many see this friendly ghost wandering the grounds or hanging about in the artist studios. Others have reported feeling a presence in the studios as well as noticing the faint scent of cigars even when no one is smoking.

Dine with the Hungry Ghosts of Church Street

Was that a ghostly growl or is that just your stomach grumbling? Perhaps both. Satisfy your hunger and your curiosity at these Church Street bars and restaurants, all of which happen to have ghostly patrons.

Ceviche, 125 W. Church St. – To casual diner, Ceviche is just another delicious Orlando restaurant that serves up tapas and drinks. To you, it’s a former church and hotel, and one of the most haunted spots in downtown. Don’t let the flamenco shows distract you from noticing the 19th century woman in the mirror, the priest wandering outside, and the unseen hands that tug at your clothes.

Kres Chophouse, 17 W. Church St. – This 1930s Art Deco building had a humble beginning as a five and dime store but has since been transformed into a swanky steakhouse. Like several Church Street buildings, Kres Chophouse is said to be a hotspot for otherworldly energies but if the spooks happen to be a bit shy on the night of your visit, don’t despair. Kres is a favorite haunt for celebrities as well, so a visit to this restaurant is practically guaranteed to provide you with an amusing anecdote.

Solve the Mystery of the Ladies in White

Shrouded in white and cloaked in mystery, the Lady in White is a frustratingly elusive yet ubiquitous character in ghost stories worldwide. Every spooky locale worth visiting has at least one such figure; Orlando has three.

Rodger’s Building, 39 S. Magnolia Ave. – Green, grand, and impossible to miss, this Queen Anne-style building in downtown Orlando has been home to many businesses and organizations over the years. Currently it is an art gallery but when the building first opened in the 1880s the downstairs floor was an English gentlemen’s social club owned by Gordon Rogers. Only wealthy, upper class men were permitted, a fact which did not amuse Mrs. Rogers. Today her spectre wanders freely throughout the building, occasionally appearing to gallery visitors.

Elijah Hand Building, 15-17 W. Pine St. – Elijah Hand was a successful undertaker in the late 1880s – a little too successful. Legend says he had so much business he often ran out of space in the morgue and had to store bodies upstairs, often on spare beds or sofas. In recent years, the Elijah Hand Building has been home to nightclubs and offices that never seem to stay in business for long, perhaps due to the fact that they had to share space with several lingering spirits, including an enigmatic Lady in White.

Lake Lucerne, S. Orange – In daylight, Orlando’s tiny Lake Lucerne pales in comparison to its more famous Swiss counterpart. Visit at night and you might change your mind because – you guessed it – this peaceful lake is home to yet another mysterious Lady in White. She is known to appear after sundown under an old oak tree before vanishing silently into the night.

Rest Up at Your Orlando Hotel

When you are ready to turn in after a long night of ghost hunting, head over to Rosen Inn International. You won’t find any tricks or spookiness here, only comfy beds, spacious rooms, and a tasty buffet restaurant in the lobby. Book your room today by calling 407-996-1600 or clicking the button in the upper right corner.

Want to visit more haunted locations in Orlando? Check out our list of seven spooky locations across Central Florida.

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