20 Things You Have To Do In Central Florida This Summer

20 Things You Have To Do In Central Florida This Summer

No summer 2017 bucket list can be complete without a cat cafe. Yes, you heard me correctly.
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Whether you consider Orlando the Home of the Mouse or the City Beautiful, you are in for a real treat, because summer is approaching fast and it is the best time of year to experience both aspects of this Central Florida city. Theme parks upgrades, new restaurants, and the subtropical weather give you endless possibilities for things to do this summer. If you want the ultimate local experience in Orlando, here are 20 things you need to try this summer that combine the newest additions of 2017 with some of the city's unique classic activities.

1. Pandora: World of Avatar (open May 27, 2017)

Walk into the vibrant alien land of Pandora, from the captivating James Cameron movie Avatar, and see a different side of nature.

2. Volcano Bay (open May 25, 2017)

Talk of Universal's newest water park has been all the rage since the classic Wet 'n' Wild shut down. We're all excited to cool down in this hot addition to the Universal family.

3. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

If you missed Jimmy Fallon while he was in town, don't worry... You can always feel like your with him now that he has his own ride at Universal. But, Jimmy, if you read this, please come back to Orlando soon!

4. WhirlyDome

Enjoy a drink while playing a sport on bumper cars, or test your skills in laser tag... How can you pass up an opportunity like that?!

5. Forever Florida (St. Cloud)

Zipline 1000 feet through Florida conservation land, or take a horseback ride back in time on an original 1800s trail ride.

6. Wekiva Island (Longwood)

If you are looking for a laid back afternoon in the water, this is the perfect place to bring some floaties and your friends. This Wekiva River hot spot also has events, corn hole, a bar, and canoes and kayaks to rent.

7. Orlando Watersports Complex

If you don't have a boat to practice some sweet jumps on a wake board, just go down to the cable park and ride (or in my case, learn to ride).

8. Paddleboard Orlando

Practice balance and strength all in one while having fun in the water. PBO offers serveral locations to rent boards and go on tour, and they hold sunset paddles that allow you and your puppy pal to enjoy a refreshing ride at the end of the day.

9. Lake Baldwin Park

This park in one of the cutest neighborhoods of the city allows your dog to cool off in the water when the walk gets too hot.

10. Orlando Farmer's Market

Every Sunday you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Eola in the heart of downtown Orlando while checking out local vendors. I suggest following my routine of listening to the talented live musicians with a fresh coconut and a platter of Filipino/Hawaiian fusion from Over Rice before you go shopping for super-cheap produce and handmade goods.

11. Orlando City Stadium

Vamos Orlando! Enjoy our own MLS teams, the men's Orlando City Lions and now the women's Orlando Pride at their official stadium. Not to mention the soccer games bring lots of pub crawls to downtown Orlando...

12. Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

From song and dance to political speakers and from local production to Broadway, the Dr. Phillips Center has it all this summer.

13. SAK Comedy Lab

Who doesn't want to be the next Jimmy Fallon or Tina Fey?! Follow in their footsteps by signing up for improv classes, or just attend a show as an audience member.

14. Orlando Cat Cafe (Clermont)

Every cat lover's dream is to relax in a coffee shop, writing or reading with cuteness surrounding them! The cats are so popular you have to book your activities with them online... YOGA WITH CATS? SIGN ME UP.

15. Foxtail Farmhouse (Winter Park, open August 2017)

As if Foxtail Coffee Co. was not already the cutest industrial-chic, ethically-sourced coffee shop to come to Winter Park in 2017, summer will bring Foxtail Farmhouse, an extension of the store serving as a specialty espresso bar and will hold coffee roasting classes. Sorry Starbucks, but my heart belongs to Foxtail.

16. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

The name is as much of a mouthful as the mouth full of heaven you'll have when you visit. Their unique menu proves that cooking is an art - I never thought I needed to mix the words "chocolate" and "gnocchi" until Toothsome came along. Once you leave this place, visions of truffle fries will dance through your head.

17. Tin Roof

What started in Nashville, the Music City, became a growing phenomenon of bringing local bands to one place to showcase their talents. Tin Roof is a fun, relaxed place to enjoy live music with your friends, located right next to the iconic Orlando Eye.

18. Joysticks Arcade Lounge and Retro Bar

HEEYYY YOU GUUUYSS! In the age of nostalgia, Joysticks is what everyone needs to feel like they are back in the 80s. Adults can enjoy craft beer and themed cocktails in the Goonies, Haunted Mansion, or Lightsaber Lounge. With no cover and free arcade games, it's definitely worth checking out.

19. Downtown Orlando Bar Scene

Maybe video games are not your things, and that's okay. There are so many bars to choose from, you will definitely find one that fits your style. You can find anything from an authentic Irish meal for brunch at The Harp and Celt, to the freshest mix of music from the DJs at the Other Bar, to a spicy take on a pickleback (called a Dirty Finn) at Finnhenry's.

20. Netflix

After completing the quite strenuous Orlando summer bucket list, you're going to need to go home and decompress with a solid Netflix session, in which you watch Bill Nye Saves The World.

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9 Things That Happen When A Walt Disney World Cast Member Visits Disneyland

I traveled from the most magical place on earth to the happiest place on earth.

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As a cast member, you can get free entry to the Disney theme parks. So why not make use of your tickets to head over to Disneyland to see where all the magic originated?

1. Freak out about the history.

Walt Disney LITERALLY walked these grounds. Not that you're freaking out or anything, but you are. Let's talk about Main Street, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more. Walt Disney literally had a hand in all of it. This is the original park where all the magic was designed and created and you can't help but geek out.

2. Compare the attractions.

They're the same, but they are also different. Let's talk about the facade of The Haunted Mansion. Loving it in New Orleans Square! Thunder Mountain: the same but mirror opposites. Space Mountain you have a riding buddy, but on Splash Mountain you don't. As a Cast Member, you notice all these small differences and can't help but geek out a little when you notice things you like better.

3. Admire the costumes.

They're SO CUTE! When you get used to seeing and wearing the same costumes all the time it is really cool to freak out over the new and unseen ones from a new land.

4. Appreciate the additional discounts.

Food. All the food. I feel like a VIP with all these food discounts!

5. Run back and forth between the parks...because you CAN!

You can get from California Adventure to Disneyland in about one minute! It's so close! What a dream! No busses, no monorail. It's just so convenient! You can hop back and forth all day without losing much time at all!

6. New Orleans Square.

Let's talk about how cool this land is! Walt Disney World is TRUELY missing out here. Without a doubt this is my favorite land in all of the Disney theme parks! I love that the Haunted Mansion is here. I LOVE the Mickey shaped beignets. The shopping is super cute. And you cannot forget about the Blue Bayou inside Pirates of the Caribbean.

7. Test Track<<Radiator Springs Racers.

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There's literally no contest here. After riding Radiator Springs Racers you'll never care about riding Test Track again. The story is just so immersive on Racers. And you actually are racing someone. It's so cute you could just ride over and over again.

8. Suddenly discover that Disney World is massive in comparison.

Walt Disney World is SO BIG! It really is its own world in comparison to Disneyland. Also, let's talk about the fact that Disneyland is literally right in the middle of LA. There has to be something said for the fact that Walt Disney World is all on its own. The experience is a bit more immersive in that way in Florida.

9. Plan your next trip back.

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Seriously though. The trip is just so short, even when you spend a couple of days at Disneyland. Despite its smaller size, there is still so much to see and do that you feel like your trip is inevitably too short no matter how long your stay is. The only thing to do is brainstorm to start planning your next trip out!

Walt Disney World will always be home, but as a Disney Cast Member, it's always good to go back to the place where the magic originated.

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A Gap Year Was Just What I Needed

Taking a year off between high school and college was the best thing I could have done for so many reasons.

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Everyone around me was buzzing with excitement about their acceptances to their dream university and I didn't feel the same. I was accepted to every school I applied to, but none of them felt right. At my high school, if you didn't go to college, you would have been deemed a failure and that is not what I wanted my reputation to be. When the day came, I sat down at a computer to accept my admission to a college. I was in a panic mode, and I knew that's not what I wanted. I had no idea what I wanted to do, and I had no idea if that was where I wanted to be, so I exited the website and came up with a plan.

After graduation, I boarded a flight to Denver, Colorado. I was alone on a plane going 1,000 miles west to a place I've never been. In a short amount of time, I knew I had made the right decision.

I spent eight months in the Rocky Mountains learning how to do the "adult thing." I worked 40+ hours a week in freezing temperatures and a ton of snow, making ten dollars an hour. In a resort town, ten dollars is not a lot of money. I lived on Wonder bread and eggs, I cooked on my hotplate on the top of my mini fridge. I was shown what it's like to work for the things I want, and it taught me to appreciate everything I've always been handed so easily, and that was something I really needed.

Throughout my adventure, I met so many different people in all different stages of life. I think that's the most important aspect of my entire trip. By working and living with people young and old, I learned different skills, living habits, and ways of life which I am forever grateful for. These people had shown me more about life in eight months than I had learned in my entire life, and without this experience, I would have never been introduced to half of the things I was introduced to.

I hiked 14,000-foot mountains, watched the X-Games in Aspen, attended endless concerts, and became a better snowboarder by having the chance to do it every day. Without my friends and taking this leap, I would have been sitting in a classroom wondering what I could have been doing instead. Because of taking time off, I am now back in class, able to focus on my work and doing better than I ever have before.

The most important part of my gap year was finding myself. I proved to myself that I am strong and independent, and I can achieve any goal I set as long as I work hard and have fun along the way. Before I left, I had no idea what I wanted to do or be. Upon my return home, I realized I needed to go to college to receive a higher education to better myself. Having a full-time job and being out in the real world helped me to narrow down what I really want to be and what I want to achieve for myself. I learned how to truly live and that there is no set path I need to take because this is my own life to create.

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