US Route 192 — Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

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Jack discusses one of the major, non-Disney lodging areas in the Orlando area - or should I say, the Kissimmee/Saint Cloud area. US Route 192, also known as Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, runs from the middle of the state beginning at US Route 27 and ends one block from the Atlantic Ocean at State Road A1A. About 20 miles of this 75 mile thoroughfare are populated with a dizzying array of hotels, motels, timeshares, restaurants, souvenir shops, and attractions.

Pirates of the Caribbean Guest Bedroom – Part Two

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Yesterday I showed you my Pirates of the Caribbean guest bedroom “feature” wall. If you would like to recreate a similar wall in your own home, here are the steps I took. I began buy buying “brick” paneling at Lowes. Each 4’x8′ panel cost $25 and features bricks that are slightly raised from the grout. … Continue reading "Pirates of the Caribbean Guest Bedroom – Part Two"

Pirates of the Caribbean Guest Bedroom – Part One

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Hey everyone. I’m back from my extended leave of absence from AllEars. My move into my new home went well and I’m pretty much settled in. I’m enjoying my new surroundings and I especially like the fact that I can easily hear the Walt Disney World Steam Train and the Lilly Belle whistles from my … Continue reading "Pirates of the Caribbean Guest Bedroom – Part One"

Mickey Mouse Suite at Laffite’s Landing

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I have to admit, when I posted pictures of my Pinocchio guest bathroom last month in one of my blogs, I was bragging a little bit. What can I say? I have an ego that needs stroking occasionally. LOL However, I really did believe that some of you would be interested in seeing that “Disney” … Continue reading "Mickey Mouse Suite at Laffite’s Landing"

Getting a Job at Walt Disney World (Part 3 of 3)

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In yesterday’s blog, I talked about what to expect if you move to Orlando. I realize that for many of you, this is only half of the dream. The other half is getting a job at Walt Disney World. This is fantastic! Many thousands of retirees have already done this and they couldn’t be happier. … Continue reading "Getting a Job at Walt Disney World (Part 3 of 3)"

Moving to Orlando (Part 2 of 3)

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In yesterday’s blog, I talked about Orlando’s first permanent resident Aaron Jernigan and the events that enticed thousands of others to follow him here over the last 169 years. But what about you? Do you want to move to the Orlando metropolitan area? Since many of you have written to me, stating this desire, I … Continue reading "Moving to Orlando (Part 2 of 3)"

A Brief History of Orlando (Part 1 of 3)

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My next blog (presented over the next three days) will be a little different than my usual articles. I know you check out my webpage each week to learn more about the Disney parks, past and present. But occasionally I need a little break from all the magic. Believe it or not, I do not … Continue reading "A Brief History of Orlando (Part 1 of 3)"

Disney’s Character Warehouse

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There can be no argument; visiting Walt Disney World is expensive. That’s not to say it isn’t worth the price, but most people need to plan and budget and schedule wisely before a visit to Orlando. There are, of course, ways to save money. First, you can stay at one of Disney’s value resorts (or … Continue reading "Disney’s Character Warehouse"

Reedy Creek Improvement District

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Have you ever wondered who governs the property of Walt Disney World? For instance, who regulates building codes, constructs roads, provides fire protection, and manages sewage. If your guess is the State of Florida or the counties of Orange and Osceola, you’d be wrong. What is to follow is a brief description of a very … Continue reading "Reedy Creek Improvement District"

Lakeridge Winery

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Last year I wrote a blog about the Morse Museum which features one of the largest collections of Tiffany glass in the country. Today I’m going to write about another local, non-Disney attraction. As before, I’m aiming this information to those of you who have visited Disney so often that you mouth the words along … Continue reading "Lakeridge Winery"