As holidays arrive, the world of the vacation home paradise awaits

An Flamand runs USA Vacation Homes & Spa, which has a few homes available for the holiday travel season.

An Flamand runs USA Vacation Homes & Spa, which has a few homes available for the holiday travel season.


DAVENPORT — With the arrival of the holiday season, Central Florida’s tourism and hospitality industries are shifting into high gear. From tropical weather in the dead of winter to some of the world’s best known theme park attractions, the Orlando area can always demonstrate every December why so many want to vacation here.
For a lot of northern families and international visitors now looking to book a holiday vacation here, there are a wide assortment of hotels and motels to pick from in this region. But there are also likely to be families that don’t really like the idea of cramming everyone into a single hotel room for a week or more.
What some of them may not know is there’s another option.
And as it turns out, the concept is growing very quickly in popularity, noted An Flamand, the owner of USA Vacation Homes & Spa.
“We are starting to book up pretty well for the holiday season,” she said. Continue reading

Say farewell to Clyde and Seamore at SeaWorld

Sunday is the final day for SeaWorld's Clyde and Seamore show.

Sunday is the final day for SeaWorld’s Clyde and Seamore show.


ORLANDO – There’s some history being made this weekend — and soon to be instant nostalgia — at SeaWorld Orlando.
Sunday is when the theme park giant’s guests can show up wearing red pirate bandanas one final time, as they check out something special: the last shows of Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island.
It’s been 15 years since SeaWorld Orlando first started the Clyde and Seamore show, but now it’s moving on to make room for renovations work and, in 2015, some new shows. So on Sunday, as SeaWorld noted, Clyde and Seamore “sails into the sunset.”
Anyone who loves this show, and those who have never seen it, keep in mind that Clyde and Seamore’s final show is Sunday, Aug. 10. Continue reading

SeaWorld mourning the loss of their beloved Johnny

The staff at SeaWorld Orlando are mourning the loss of a beloved polar bear, Johnny, who died on the last day of July.

The staff at SeaWorld Orlando are mourning the loss of a beloved polar bear, Johnny, who died on the last day of July.


ORLANDO — A death in the family is a painful thing to experience, and that’s exactly how Mike Boos felt this week when Johnny began to deal with issues related to old age, and passed away.
Now the zoo team at SeaWorld Orlando is experiencing a genuine sense of mourning over the passing of Johnny, a 24-year-old polar bear that died suddenly on the morning of Thursday, July 31.
Boos, SeaWorld’s vice president of zoological operations, said the beloved polar bear will definitely be missed.
“Johnny was a part of our animal family,” Boos said. “He’s been in our care since he arrived in 1995 and a number of our team members have cared for him during that entire time. They’re feeling the loss, in much the same way a family does when they lose an older pet.”
Boos said he expects SeaWorld’s fan to experience a similar sense of loss and regret. Continue reading

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