It Will Be 5 O’Clock Everywhere When Margaritaville Resort Orlando Opens in 2018

Margaritaville Resort Orlando opens 2018
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It will be 5 o’clock everywhere when Margaritaville Resort Orlando opens! If you want to visit – you’re in luck! If you want to live there – you’re in luck too! The Margaritaville hotel, 200,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, vacation homes, and a water park – all in one spot! You’ll be able to live life as if you’re in a Jimmy Buffet song! I can’t wait!

Paradise is definitely starting to take shape! Check out this recent aeriel video:


Margaritaville Resort Orlando will be a new, one-of-a-kind vacation escape in the heart of Orlando. A resort community inspired by the laid-back Margaritaville lifestyle, masterfully designed to be your new happy place. A 187 room Margaritaville hotel, a massive lagoon-style pool, soft sand beaches, and best-in-class retail, dining, and entertainment, including a twelve-acre water park. With vacation homes, luxury condominiums, and timeshares, you can Escape to Your Paradise

Margaritaville Resort Orlando will be themed around the coastal, paradise vibes of the popular laid-backed Florida based singer, Jimmy Buffett. It will be constructed on the 305-acre parcel of land on U.S. Highway 192 (aka Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy) in Osceola County near the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. Back in the day, the theme park Splendid China, sat on the site, which closed its doors in 2003. The hotel is expected to have luxurious rooms and a water park. In addition, a “lagoon-sized” pool is also planned. The development plans also include a “FinCity” arcade, a St. Somewhere Spa, a planetarium, a Son of a Sailor fishing school, paddle boarding and kayaking. Additionally, 200,000 square feet of retail space will be built, as well as approximately 1,000 homes to purchase. The resort is scheduled to open in phases.

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The curious, intriguing and informative Margaritaville Resort Orlando Blog offers a bar side view of life from this special place in paradise!

As information becomes available, I’ll be sure to keep you all up to date!

The Newest Orlando Attraction – Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

Next time you’re in Orlando – start your engines – VROOOOOM! and head to Andretti Indoor Karting. Located across from the North end of the Orange County Convention Center, in walking distance of I-Drive, Andretti Indoor Karting offers free WiFi, great food, drink & fun.

Andretti Indoor Karting
The new 150,000+ square feet indoor climate controlled facility features High Speed Electric Superkarts on a two-level modular track, 12 lanes of Bowling, over 120+ Arcade Games & Prizes, an Extreme Ropes Course with a curved Zip Line, 6 CXC VR Racing Simulators, Multi-level Laser Tag, 7D HD Dark Ride Interactive Motion Theater and a Full Service Restaurant & Bar. At Andretti Grill you’ll find fresh American favorites and pizza made in a Brick Pizza Oven. Relax in the full service bar and lounge while taking in all the action.
Take a break from the local theme parks and the hustle and bustle of Orlando at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games for a guaranteed full day of fun!
10 Ways to Play Under One Roof
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is the newest premier entertainment and event destination featuring heart-pounding attractions, delicious cuisine and unique event spaces under one roof.
The Orlando location, the first in Florida, announces the soft opening date of Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. with 150,000 square feet of excitement at every turn and complimentary, ample surface parking.

Orlando Preview Weekend

Orlando Preview Weekend will be held on Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1 during regular hours:
Sunday – Thursday10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Friday – Saturday10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Andretti Grill opens at 11 a.m. daily
All Central Florida residents with a valid ID will be treated to a complimentary $10 Play Card to enjoy arcade and non-redemption prize games (additional restrictions may apply).
10 Ways to Play Under One Roof
Located within walking distance of the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center, the highly anticipated Andretti Indoor Karting & Games entertainment complex features
•    Multi-level indoor karting
•    Full-service restaurant and bar
•    12 lanes of boutique bowling
•    120+ arcade and prize games
•    Two-level laser tag
•    Six virtual reality (VR) CXC racing simulators
•    7D HD dark ride motion theater
•    Extreme ropes course and curved zip line
•    10,000 square feet of event space
•    100+ HD TVs for sports viewing 
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games features high-speed electric SODI RTX Superkarts. The professionally designed multi-level, banked turn, modular track was created exclusively for the Orlando location by Kart360 with the most elevation changes and banked turns in the world. When the three tracks are combined, the Super Track is the largest indoor karting track in the United States.
Andretti Grill is a scratch-kitchen, full-service restaurant and bar featuring favorites such as Big Green Egg® slow-smoked ribs and wood-fired brick oven pizzas. Guests can catch all the action of their favorite games on more than 100 HD TVs and projection screens while enjoying refreshing libations at the Main Bar or the unique Sky Bar, with a 180° view of the track and LED illuminated domed roof.
No General Admission – Pay as You Play
·  Single adult race is $21.95, Single junior race is $14.95
·  Arcade and prize games: $5, $10, $20*,$50*, $100* (*includes bonus credits)
·  VR CXC racing simulators: $12.95
·  Two-level laser tag: $9.95
·  Boutique Bowling: starting at $24.95 (shoes and socks extra)
·  7D HD dark ride motion theater: $9.95
·  Extreme ropes course: $11.95
VIP Membership
Memberships are $5.95 for a single guest and $14.95 for a family membership. Memberships are
valid for one year from date of purchase and are valid at any Andretti Indoor Karting & Games location. Members enjoy up to 20 percent off karting and attractions plus 15 percent off arcade play and 10 percent off bowling lane rental and meals in Andretti Grill.
About Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is the premier entertainment and event destination featuring heart-pounding attractions, delicious cuisine and unique event spaces. The Orlando location, the first in Florida, offers 150,000 square feet of excitement at every turn. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games was established in 2001 and is headquartered in Georgia with two successful locations in Roswell and Marietta. The company also owns and operates the outdoor Andretti Thrill Park in Melbourne, Florida. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is located at 9299 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL  32819 at the corner of Convention Way and Universal Boulevard; walking distance from the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center.
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5 Restaurants to Try on I-Drive Orlando

Restaurants International Drive Orlando

Whether you are visiting Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando or Sea World, you can find lots of different and really, really good restaurants along I-Drive in Orlando to end your day with a great meal. Everyone should visit I-Drive at least once when they are in Orlando because after all, there’s more to Orlando than theme parks!

Restaurants I Drive Orlando
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International Drive, commonly known as I-Drive, is a major 11.1-mile roadway in Orlando, and is the city’s main tourist strip. The International Drive area is home to the Orange County Convention Center complex, the Pointe Orlando entertainment complex, major hotels, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica (Sea World’s water park), Fun Spot America amusement park, the Orlando Eye Ferris wheel, the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex, museums, themed restaurants, bars, outlet malls, mini golf courses like Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf and other tourism-related properties and tourist attractions such as Air Florida Helicopter Inc, Wonder Works and The Magical Midway. The I-Ride trolley system provides bus transportation along the I-Drive district primarily for tourists and convention attendees. 

Cafe Tu Tu Tango

Located at 8625 International Drive, this spot has a great atmosphere that has artists paint as you eat. It’s a really funky tapas spot with live entertainment plus a patio and a bar. The cafe offers brunch on both Saturday and Sunday with bottomless bloody marys and mimosas. Monday thru Friday, 3:30 to 6:30 you can enjoy 2 for 1 drink specials. Cafe Tu Tu Tango offers an entirely small-plate menu that is extensive, eclectic and diverse with everything being prepared from scratch.

Brick House Tavern + Tap

Located at 8440 International Drive, offers Friday, Saturday and Sunday steak nights and offers brunch on Sunday. Brick House also hosts “Happiness Hour” Monday thru Friday with a dedicated drink and snack menu. Daily and seasonal specials make the Brick House Tavern & Tap a fun spot to visit more than once since the menu will be slightly different with each visit.

Copper Canyon Grill

Located at 9101 International Drive in Pointe Orlando, Copper Canyon Grill offers patio seating, private dining room and a chef’s table. It’s a perfect location for lunch or a glass of wine. You can expect an energetic atmosphere and welcoming staff. The menu features a selection of freshly prepared items daily. Copper Canyon has happy hour daily from 3 to 7 p.m. with a nice selection of appetizers and drinks. The restaurant also has a dedicated gluten free menu.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

Located at 9150 International Drive the restaurant offers two floors, two state-of-the-art bars, four private dining rooms and a picturesque patio. It’s the perrfect place to relax and celebrate. Featuring a diverse wine list of more than 1,200 labels, diners are sure to find their inner Sommelier while they dine. Del Frisco’s offers one of the best happy hours daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., except Wednesday when they’ll keep you happy from 4 p.m. until closing! Dinner is served Monday through Friday starting at 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday starting at 4 p.m. They also offer a dedicated bar menu with some great choices!

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Located at 9101 International Drive, The Oceanaire Seafood Room offers fresh seafood and an outstanding happy hour and bar menu. Only fish from the world’s most reputable suppliers is served, and each dish is carefully crafted to ensure the restaurant’s high standards of quality and flavor are exceeded. The menu is based on market availability, therefore selections change each day. Happy hour is every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Monday through Thursday it starts up again at 9 p.m. to close in the bar only and on Sunday 8 p.m. to close.

Do you have a favorite I-Drive restaurant?

Next Time You’re in Orlando – Take a Florida Brewery Tour

Brewery Tour OrlandoI don’t know about you but I know I’m always looking for something to do in Florida that doesn’t have me heading to a theme park. Something the adults can do together without the kids. Something to do with a group of friends – or even a date with my honey! There really is more to Orlando than theme parks!

What could be more fun than a brewery tour!!

Beginning August 3, 2017 there’s a fun, new way to experience Central Florida’s breweries – Hop On! Central Florida Brewery ToursThe bus tour will take you to breweries located in the downtown Orlando area. There are future plans in the works to include locations throughout Sanford, Winter Garden, and other areas.

You can be a part of Central Florida’s rapidly growing craft beer scene and sample some of the finest brews the Sunshine State has to offer! Choose an experience, sit back and enjoy personalized guided tours with local podcast celebrities, games, music, trivia and of course…beer!

The 12 to 14 passenger bus will collect you at the Broken Cauldron Taproom on W. Church St. and have you visit nearby breweries on a four-hour excursion. During the ride, you will enjoy trivia and live-streamed sports games, while the tour guides discuss each brewery’s history. Before arriving at each stop, your guide will tell all about what’s on tap. At each location you will be able to sample the offered brews for approximately 45 minutes. Tickets start around $35 for a four-hour tour.

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Here are a few of the other packages Hop On will offer:

Growler Tour: Enjoy a beer flight at each location along with trivia. $55 per person.

What Ales Ya Signature Tour: Local podcast celebrity Brian Quain of the What Ales Ya podcast will lead tour-goers through five Orlando-area breweries. It includes a special glass, tastings and a chance to meet the breweries’ owner or brewmaster. $85 per person.

Orlando City Ticket and Pregame Package: This pre-game tour will take participants on the Growler Tour — and to see Orlando City soccer play. $99 per person.

The Orlando Area on a Budget

Orlando Area Budget Travel

Bringing in over 50 million visitors each year, Orlando is most well-known for Disney, but there’s so much more to this great city than the Mouse! Orlando is a great city to visit year-round, whether you’re traveling solo or with a family. There are so many things to do and see! Vacationing in Orlando on a budget is pretty easy because there are quite a few free things to do.

You’ll spend the most money on lodging, and transportation to get here, plus transportation to get around if you rent a car. Orlando is not right on the beach, but there are several beaches within driving distance. What I like to do is map out each attraction I want to spend time at, and then map out each day so I can maximize my time (and money!). This means if there are three things in close proximity of each other, I’ll do those in one day. The next day, I’ll do others that are nearby. It helps save gas (and headaches) if you aren’t driving zig zag all over the place!


Like I said, the beaches aren’t super close but they’re definitely worth a drive! The closest beaches are:

Daytona Beach: Located just above Cape Canaveral, Daytona Beach is one of the most visited on the East Coast.

Cocoa Beach: Not quite as popular or touristy as Daytona, it can be a bit more relaxing but does get busy during high season. Cocoa Beach is located just below Cape Canaveral.

New Smyrna Beach: Gorgeous beach! At low tide, the beach is up to 500 feet wide.

Clearwater Beach Morse Museum of American Art offers free admission for children under 12, as well as free admission for everyone on Fridays from 4PM til 8PM (November through April). Morse Museum is technically in Winter Park but is less than 20 minutes from downtown Orlando.

Also located in Winter Park, the Albin Polask Museum and Sculpture Garden is home to exquisite art and serene sculpture gardens. Admission for children under 12 is free, admission for adults is $5.

A one-of-a-kind Holocaust Memorial has both permanent and traveling exhibits to communicate the history of the Holocaust. Admission is free.

Chalk Artists in Orlando

Everything Else

Disney Springs (previously Downtown Disney) is a great way to get a Disney experience without the cost of the theme parks. With shopping, dining, and diverse entertainment, you’ll be able to spend an entire day here. However, you might want to pack a lunch because everything definitely has Disney pricing.

Orlando Brewing Company offers free tours. Call ahead to find out hours and other information.

Black Hammock Adventures offers air boat rides, alligator tours, and more. While the prices aren’t too high, it could get expensive if you have a large family. With that being said, it’s an adventure of a lifetime so it’s worth the cost if you can swing it!

What’s your favorite thing to do in Orlando that doesn’t break the bank? Let me know in the comments!

Previous Posts in the 2017 Traveling on a Budget Series:

Doing Maui on a Budget

Doing Key West on a Budget