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Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa near Disney

My Best Weekend at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa Orlando

I recently had the opportunity to stay at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa in the beautiful city of Orlando, Florida. If you are not aware, then you know that on my solo travels (or sometimes my travel with friends and family) always lead to some type of staycation!

I live in the heart of the tourist capital of the world, Orlando. We have Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld and so many other attractions on International Drive and even in Downtown Orlando, that I feel like I’m on vacation all of the time.

So instead of spending a whole bunch of money and going out of the state or trying to take a flight across the world, I like to do little 3-day staycations here in Orlando, Florida.

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orlando vacation home clc regal oaks

Beautiful CLC Regal Oaks Resort Review and Resort Tour

The CLC Regal Oaks is a beautiful resort a short distance away from Walt Disney World and other Orlando attractions. I found this resort while scrolling through the Hotels .com app.

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halloween at disney

13 Things We Love About Fall at the Florida Theme Parks

Pumpkin spice, horrors at Universal, wild nights at Busch Gardens, and trick or treating with Mickey are some things we love about fall in central Florida.

A couple of days ago I was riding in the car and for once I was able to have my windows down. There was a briskness in the Florida air that’s always welcomed and desired in this state. This time of year happens to be one of our (ThemeParkHipsters) favorites with the opportunity to enjoy the parks in the fall with fewer amounts of people. We come out of our summer hibernation in Florida and bask in the fall décor both autumn and spooky in nature as it kicks off the holiday season.

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Orlando Strong

Orlando Strong

Hurt, sadness, and confusion are just a few words describing what so many people are feeling. Other local theme park enthusiasts and I were all looking forward to a summer of fun-filled excitement with the unveiling of new attractions; however, the harsh reality of EVIL hit our home town in such a short period of time that has left us paralyzed.

Dealing with that much death and heartache within the last 5 days is something a community should never have to go through.  Christina Grimmie, the Pulse victims, and baby Lane Graves have our hearts bleeding tears for the unexpected sorrow the friends and families are facing right now.

How do we handle this?

How do we stay strong when the pain is so cripplingly toxic?

How do we become the magical city again?

…I don’t have the answers, but I wish I did.

I wish that I was able to do something to numb the pain and bring peace and comfort to everyone affected by such tremendous loss. Loss of loved-ones, loss of innocence, loss of security, and loss of faith. The best I can do is to continue to pray for the strength of the survivors and peace for relatives left dealing with the pain.

Please know that ThemeParkHipster will continue to spread the message of love, unity, and life here in Orlando.

Let us all take a moment today to remember the people who have lost their life in the multiple tragedies.

#OrlandoStrong

NikkyJ

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Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

It’s Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort!

Christmas week is finally here and I am soooo happy to be able to spend another year with my loved ones. In case you’re a visitor or a central Florida local, I wanted to give you all some alternative holiday options to celebrating this festive occasion. The on-site hotels of Universal Orlando Resort will be offering a variety of holiday happenings for the 2014 season.

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News Around Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights Details Released

Halloween Horror Nights 2014News around Universal Studios this week just got a bit spookier as the 2014 Halloween Horror Nights details were released.

What’s new this week?

Halloween Horror Nights Announcements Released: Step right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history at Universal Orlando® Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights®, the nation’s premier Halloween event. Select nights Sept. 19 – Nov. 1, you can explore eight terrifying haunted houses, multiple street experiences, two outrageous live shows, and many of your favorite rides and attractions. You’ll be completely immersed in the worlds of the biggest names in horror including:

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Diagon Alley Dragon Harry Potter

Top 7 Tips for Diagon Alley Grand Opening

You’ve decided to brave the Florida heat and stand uncomfortably close to other Potterheads during the Diagon Alley grand opening celebration. Well don’t worry about it. You are not alone. I will also be in the number plotting ways to get as close to the front of the line as I possibly can. The #Potterwatch phenomenon, which started back in 2010 with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, is once again in full effect for Diagon Alley.

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Diagon Alley Soft Opening Watch

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July 8th is the big day for followers of the Harry Potter series. If you’ve been hiding under a dozen of rock cakes, then I’m here to remind you about the grand opening celebration of Diagon Alley taking place on that day.

I don’t know about you all, but I love it when a Harry Potter event is on its way. Mainly because of the social media buzz, which grows bigger as fans share and post their own stories and pictures. One of my favorite Facebook pages to view is the Central Florida Slug Club. You will always find new fan pics of Diagon Alley and anything Harry Potter related!

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Why Harry Potter is the Best!

So Hipsters…I apologize in advance for the Harry Potter overload of stories coming from me for the next few months. I will try to spread them out as much as I can for the Muggles uninterested in the tales of the Boy Who Lived. However, being a Rowling fan and a fan of the wonderful universe she has created makes it hard for me not to want to write as many posts about the Diagon Alley expansion as I can.

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Ihu’s Breakaway Falls blasts open at SeaWorld’s Aquatica

A thrilling celebration was in store for Aquatica guests on Friday as Ihu’s Breakaway Falls opened to a tropical grand celebration. It was SeaWorld’s way of kicking off their summertime festivities.

Ihu's Breakaway Falls at Aquatica

The ride is named after the park’s colorful gecko mascot, Ihu, and is Aquatica’s first new ride since 2010.

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