Trip to Orlando

Our family vacation to Orlando was great...we went to all of the major attractions and several of the local attractions also. We purchased tickets with the Park Hopper Option for the Walt Disney World theme parks and went to all of them. We went to Universal Studios where our kids had a blast. We spent the day at SeaWorld Orlando...The kids loved the huge kids' area and played for hours. We spent time on International Drive and ate at several of the I-drive local eateries. My wife and daughter enjoyed the many shops on I-drive and the Mall at Millenia. We took the entire family to Gatorland and actually got to see a real live gator wrestling show. I have never seen so many alligators in one place. We visited the world famous Cocoa Beach and went to Ron Jon Surf Shop. The sand was snow white and like powder. We ate lunch at one of the local seafood restaurants and the catch was caught that morning. We visited the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and took the tour and had a great time. There was so much to do in Orlando you can't do it in a week, you would need a month and you probably still wouldn't do or see everything. We can't wait to go back and do it again.


- Kerry C. from Merritt Island, FL

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Orlando 2007

A family vacation to the Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando was the highlight of our year. With our 4 daughters all under the age of 7 the accommodations and location were ideal. We could have done without the Disney passes and spent time just hanging around the resort and taking advantage of all of the amenities which it had to offer. We were glad that we had banked our week from a year or two earlier when we were not able to take a vacation and then use it when it was a convenient time for us.


- Tricia M. from Orange Park, FL

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Disney World

My family lives close to Disneyland in California, so we never were very interested in visiting Walt Disney World in Florida. But the kids suggested it as a family vacation idea, and we started to look into lodging options. We exchanged our week and stayed at the Orange Lake West Village in Kissimmee. It was beautiful. The condo was fully equipped with two bedrooms, two baths and a full kitchen. They had a gorgeous pool area with several swimming pools, slides and a lazy river to float around. It was super-close to all the attractions of Orlando: Disney's Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios and Sea World, to name a few. We concentrated on the theme parks that we don't have here in Southern California, like Epcot, Sea World's Aquatica and Universal's Islands of Adventure. We had a great time and would definitely go back-- but only if we stay at a luxurious RCI affiliated resort.

- Jeanine B. from Temecula, CA
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My Birthday 2009

I had not had a real birthday party in a long time, so I decided to throw myself one! Fortunately, I found a Last Call vacation through RCI at the beautiful Kings Creek Plantation resort in Williamsburg, VA. It was very reasonably priced but when I got there, I thought, "Oh my, I should have paid waaaay more for this." It was so nice to have my family come with me. We had enough room for everyone! One of my husband's gifts to me was 'Guitar Hero' and my family and I had a blast taking turns playing it on the big screen television! I was skeptical at first because we are fairly new to the whole timeshare thing, but now that we're confident that RCI will do their best to accommodate our needs, we won't travel any other way! As a matter of fact, we're leaving Monday for a week in Walt Disney World...yippee!

- Steven B. from Suffolk, VA
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Amazing Orlando Vacation

WOW! That's what our entire family said when we walked into our first RCI exchange unit at Kissimmee Florida. We had seen photos of Orange Lake Country Club online, but it didn't compare to the beautiful grounds, fountains, unit, and facilities where we were granted access. We had anticipated spending all of our time at Walt Disney World, but with all of the extra ammenities and activities available, we stayed at the resort most evenings and afternoons. Our individual unit also was nicer than anything we could have imagined. It was really a home away from home.

- Linda S. from Melrose, MN
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Great Fall Destination #4: Orlando and Florida Northern Interior

Jennifer B. - RCI Weeks Destination TipsWith so much to do in Orlando and Northern Florida all year long, you may wonder why fall is any different. Well let me tell you!

In addition to all of the fun you can have at the theme parks all year round, fall brings weeks of Halloween excitement with events and activities not available any other time. Take the kids trick-or-treating through some of the parks while enjoying parades, train rides, haunted houses, fireworks and more! Looking for something a little more adult? Check out the Epcot International Wine and Food Festival. Taste international culinary delights while sitting back and sampling some great wines from all over the world. Or experience the spectacular start to the holiday season at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Watch millions of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday music at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s truly a sight to see.

Outside of the parks, you can take in some art and culture at the Orlando Museum of Art, enjoy the weather while whale watching at Port Canaveral, swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove or take a turn at driving a stock car at the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

These are just a few of the great things you can do on vacation in Orlando and Northern Florida. And these great fall vacations are waiting for you on, start your search today. Do you have any great tips about visiting Orlando and Northern Florida in the fall? Share them here for other subscribing members to see.

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Disney Trip 2009

We had a wonderful summer vacation at the Disney Saratoga Springs Resort. Not only was the resort one of the best that we ever exchanged for but our two daughters age 19 and 14 realized how wonderful our RCI affiliated timeshare really is. They talked about how when they are married they want to vacation together and use our timeshare as a way to build onto their great vacation memories. It was so nice to hear that not only do they look forward to our vacations together but also that they see the worth of our timeshare and how they want the same experience for their families in the future.

- Ronald R. from Park Ridge, NJ
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Canyons, Hiking, Beautiful Scenery and More… All on an Arizona Vacation!

Susie M. - RCI Subscribing Member Vacation ExperiencesThree years ago, my family planned a winter vacation to sunny Sedona, Arizona. We bought our Red Rock Pass and picked up a trail map from the local Chamber of Commerce, then we hiked, and hiked, and hiked, each trail offering more adventure and more scenery than the last. We all enjoyed the area immensely, hiking, shopping, dining, and enjoying the fabulous resort pool and hot tub to our hearts’ content.

Making the most of our timeshare travel, we’ve visited Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., even Disney during our winter vacations, but this is the area we like to return to the most. We’re not alone in our adoration of Arizona! At my job with RCI, I am fortunate to hear vacation stories from our RCI subscribing members. Here’s what other timeshare owners had to say* about their Sedona resort vacations:

Linda, Wilmington, NC: We absolutely loved our trip to Arizona. We stayed in Sedona for the week. It is impossible to describe or photograph how beautiful it was. It was also our base for the Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest and Page Canyon. What a wonderful week. We will return to this destination.

Alan, Ankeny, IA: Wanting to take a great winter vacation, my wife and I invited a couple to go with us to Sedona, Arizona. It was February and we found the weather to be great jacket weather. It was warm enough to golf and reasonably priced golf courses were found. Our condo exchange was the most beautiful we ever had and had a small lock-out unit attached which was wonderful for two couples. The scenery was beautiful and we really enjoyed the vacation.

Elaine, Milford, CT: Sedona, Arizona, is a dream destination. We have used our timeshare there several times, and never cease to marvel at the natural rock formations and of course the people. Best adventure is the side trip to Grand Canyon close by — don’t miss it!

Robert, Galt, CA: Our trip to Sedona, Arizona, was one of the funniest and most relaxing vacations we have taken in the 20+ years we have been members of RCI. Stayed at Sedona Summit, a great place. Each day we explored the area seeing some of the most beautiful scenery, Indian ruins, red rocks, beautiful homes, interesting rock formations, and talking to the locals about the area. The entire trip was one of awe. Fortunately, we had fantastic weather. We had the time of our lives.

* Although we've corrected some spelling and technical errors, these vacation stories from RCI members are otherwise unchanged. They are not meant to inform you about resorts, destinations or about RCI® products and services. Some stories mention unusual exceptions made or circumstances that may not be typical for most vacationers. RCI always recommends that you do your own research when making travel plans.

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The Orlando Area: A Great Vacation Destination for Any Age!

Susie M - RCI Subscribing Member Vacation ExperiencesMy friend’s children were 6 and 4 the first time they traveled with RCI to the Walt Disney World theme park for a Disney vacation. She remembers thinking that they were the perfect ages to appreciate this trip. She told me though that once she got there she realized that kids of any age, and even adults, can enjoy the diversity of the four parks, and the other attractions throughout the Orlando area.

Her children rode the Buzz Lightyear and Dumbo rides, ate lunch with Chip and Dale, and SO much more. As an adult, she was able to appreciate the ethnic offerings at Epcot or the bigger rides. So guess where her kids want to go for our next vacation, at ages 14 and 12? You got it: Orlando and another Disney vacation.

In my role at RCI, I get to hear a lot of feedback from our subscribing members. Seems like the Orlando area is the destination of choice for a lot of RCI members with children and grandchildren of any age. Read what some of them had to say about their Orlando and Disney vacations*:

Judi, Philippi, WV: We took our entire family—17—to Disney World for a week and stayed at an RCI location. We had a wonderful time and it wouldn't have been possible if it hadn't been for RCI. We had our three children and their families—granddaughters 11, 8, and 7, twins 5, two 4, twin boys 18 months. They all still talk about what a wonderful time they had.

David, Onalaska, WI: We took our daughter and family to Orlando when our grandson was 8. While we were watching the laser show at the World Showcase at Epcot, my grandson was sitting on his uncle’s shoulders. As the show was coming to an end, he made the comment that this was “The Best Day of My Life.” That comment made our whole trip worth it.

Steven, Sumter, SC: We searched to find a resort that was convenient to most of the theme parks and had resort amenities to please adults, as well as grandchildren from 18 months to 16 years old. We found all we were looking for and more at Summer Bay Resort. The children loved the activity center's activities, as well as the onsite water park. We all loved karaoke and our well appointed condo. We are all looking forward to staying there again.

* Although we've corrected some spelling and technical errors, these vacation stories from RCI members are otherwise unchanged. They are not meant to inform you about resorts, destinations or about RCI® products and services. Some stories mention unusual exceptions made or circumstances that may not be typical for most vacationers. RCI always recommends that you do your own research when making travel plans.

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