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1,000 miles to Sunshine and a Good Time

Well, I’m back from the sunshine state…and I can’t say I’m overjoyed. Going from 85 degrees down to 50 in a matter of hours really gets me down, but the amazing time I had in Orlando truly makes up for it. On top of all the interesting and valuable information I learned bout public relations at the 2011 PRSSA National Conference, I was also able to site see and take in some of what Orlando has to offer.

The whole PRSSA Kent Orlando crew!


On our first night in Orlando, some of us were itching to have some fun, so we decided to make our way to Universal CityWalk, “the entertainment capital of Orlando.” Dozens of well-known bars and restaurants line the entrance of the Universal park, including The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., the Hard Rock Café Orlando, and our places of choice, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom. The atmosphere is non-stop entertainment what with music playing, dancing and specialty adult beverages brought by lively servers; you’re bound to have a good time. No matter what type of restaurant or bar you’re into, CityWalk has something for your entertainment.

Recommendation: French Fries and a frozen margarita at Margaritaville

Some of the girls in CityWalk in front of the Hard Rock Cafe

In front of the Epcot "globe"


The next night, some of our PR crew headed to Disney World’s magical creation of Epcot, where we toured the “World Showcase,” visiting all the different countries. The Disney parks go to great lengths to make things believable and authentic, and each country looked exactly as it should, as I’ve visited many of them while traveling. We ate dinner in Italy and seized photo ops in England’s traditional telephone booths, wearing French berets and with the world famous Chichen Itza in Mexico. A few of us also rode Test Track, a high-speed vehicle simulation ride. While Disney is very child-centric, Epcot has something for everyone of all ages, and is a surefire place to have a great time.

Recommendation: Cream puffs in France and Altenmünster Oktoberfest beer in Germany

Desserts from France…in Epcot!

Downtown Disney

Our last night out, the whole group headed to Downtown Disney, which offers an array of restaurants and shops to feed your Disney cravings. With the biggest Disney merchandise shop I’ve ever seen, multiple themed restaurants and a Lego store to boot, Downtown Disney is somewhere I’ve never been before, but would return in a heartbeat. Bring your kids or just the adult because, like Epcot, there’s something for everyone. I think that’s how Disney rolls.

Recommendation: Dinner at the Rainforest Café and shopping at The Art of Disney, which offers a variety of Disney animation art, including original paintings, figurines and other prints and collectible items.

Standing in front of LEGO Buzz and Woody!

I always love a jam-packed trip to Orlando, as this was my third one. There’s always something to see, do and enjoy in the world of Disney and other parks and attractions. Thank you to PRSSA National for all your hard work, and for giving PRSSA Kent the opportunity to enjoy a great weekend with tons of learning and fun far away from the cold and rain in Ohio.

What’s your favorite Orlando attraction? What do you recommend for new and return visitors?

The BEST holidays

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