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north america ORLANDO’S THRILLS & accommodations keep expanding I paloma villaverde de rico onsite review july 2012 If you consider that it can take about 67 days to visit all of the entertainment offerings in Orlando, then it’s easy to understand how the area drew a record-breaking 51.455 million visitors in 2010—making it the first destination in the country to welcome more than 50 million visitors, and, you’ll be happy to know, 47.78 million of those guests were domestic. So what do these dizzying numbers mean to you? Well, it means there are plenty of bookings to go around and with the myriad entertainment offerings on hand—always being added to, we might add— there are plenty of repeat bookings for the taking. In fact, Cara Goldsbury, a Virtuoso travel advisor and travel advisor for Sanborn’s Travel Service, as well as chief executive concierge for Glass Slipper Concierge (a Disney travel division for Sanborn’s Travel Service), says, “Don’t try and plan for your clients to see everything in the Orlando area, at least not on one trip. With four Disney parks, two Universal parks, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, several water parks, and even Legoland it’s just not possible.” And with Universal and Sea- World, among others, adding to their array of attractions, it’s easy for a family to come back again and again, although planning is crucial. Goldsbury emphasizes that having a plan of action is vital. “Lay out a day-by-day plan for your clients. Orlando can be totally overwhelming and there’s nothing worse than arriving with no set plan,” she says. “For instance, at Universal let clients know about special dining opportunities such as the Cinematic Spectacular Dining Experience at Lombard’s Seafood Grille that includes an exclusive area where they can watch the nighttime show. Take care of the details for them so they can relax and just enjoy themselves while visiting Orlando.” On our recent trip to Orlando, our plan of action was to hit three amusement parks—Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and SeaWorld, all of which have new and updated attractions, parades and shows—and two AAA four-diamond properties—one of our old-time favorites, the charming Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal, and one of our new favorites, the 3-year-old Hilton Orlando, 2-time winner of the Hilton Connie Award for performance. We must say hitting three recommend.com 46 september 2012 http://www.recommend.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend September 2012

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Omni Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Adventures by Disney
Disney Fantasy
Atlantis, The Bahamas
Beaches Turks & Caicos
Great Kid-Friendly Resorts
Mexico with Kids in Mind
Belize + Costa Rica = Family-Friendly
Ancestry Travel: Family Roots & Routes
Orlando
Hotel-Free Stays for Ski + Beach Escapes
Kidding Around in Asia
It's All in the Family Israel

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