I was a bird. I was a plane. I was David Lee Roth from Van Halen’s 1984 video for “Jump” during a recent trip to AirHeads Trampoline Arena in Orlando. It doesn’t matter I’m a childless, 40-something-year-old. Bouncing from trampoline to trampoline to trampoline was insanely fun, an incredible workout, the perfect sleeping aid and perfect prescription for reconnecting with my inner child. Dang, I was tired when I got back!Read More
“I feel like I’m peeling potatoes,” I said to the Clean the World worker while using a dinner knife to scrape the outer layer off a used bar of hotel soap. She smiled and handed me a vegetable peeler.
During a recent business trip to Orlando, Fla., I planned my itinerary to arrive a few hours earlier to spend a couple of hours volunteering at Clean the World, a nonprofit organization that recycles used hotel soap to save lives.Read More
Despite the sturdiness of a metal grate, a strip of black carpet outlining the way, and fellow bloggers standing atop it demonstrating its strength, I had little faith as I walked out and over more than 70 feet above Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba stage.
About an inch-thick metal grate stood between me and the stage below during a backstage tour as part of The Travel Bloggers Show in Orlando, Sept. 11, 2010. Before taking the leap of faith, our guide asked that all cell phones, pens, and anything else that could drop from our hands and onto the performers rehearsing below, stay behind.
Our guide, Geoffrey Devenney, who happens to be the show’s technical director, lead the way as I closely watched my step and avoided thinking how high we were. Exactly how high above the stage were we?Read More
Less than three weeks from now, thousands of Star Wars fans and I will be heading to Orlando (or Lando if some fans have their way) for Star Wars Celebration V. Yes, I’m heading to a Star Wars convention to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. Oh, c’mon. You can’t say that you’re surprised.
It’s not the autograph sessions with Star Wars legends as Carrie Fisher or Mark Hamill. Nope. And it’s not the Main Event with George Lucas being interviewed by Jon Stewart that has me jazzed up. It’s Star Wars Speed Dating.Read More
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando opened on Friday and today I spent about four hours in the attraction. Was it worth the drive? I’m still mulling that over but initially, I’m saying “yes.” Here are my quick thoughts about my experience.Read More