#VisitOrlando: A magical sanctuary for families

A recent, weekend trip took us north of Miami to Orlando (Orlando, I love you!) We were ready for adventure, and we knew just where to land.

Where to stay

The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek is hidden away from the hustle-bustle of mainstream Orlando. Surrounded by approximately 500 woodland acres and a 10-acre lake, the resort has a contemporary, Mediterranean backdrop. With 400 family rooms and suites, it is the perfect rebound from a day at Disney World, which is just minutes away.

We stayed in a Deluxe Room with Bunk Beds – ideal for kids ages 4 to 13. These rooms are available with a King bed and sleeper sofa, or two Queen beds.

Don’t start the day without a sumptuous American-style Buffet at the resort’s Tesoro Cove, located on the lower level.  Kids of all ages can enjoy the famed ‘Cereal Bar,’ or have your eggs prepared the way you like, with a waffle or pancake on the side. Breakfast:  6:30am  – 11:00am. Dinner:  5:00pm – 10:00pm.

P.S. The pool is usually open until 11 pm, and there’s a game room around the corner!

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When you’re not at the parks, try something outside the lines (or century)

“In myth and in legend, the Knight and the horse are forever linked. Few things are held in such great esteem by the Medieval warrior than a stalwart horse, who possesses the bold courage of his master and the quiet strength of his ancestors.” – Medieval Times

Eat like a Noble. King Don Carlos welcomes you to dine with him and his royal court at Medieval Times. The castle’s  guests feast on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, the pastry of the Castle. There are no utensils to stay true to the time period and culture.

From knights to majestic horses to falcons, Medieval Times lives up to all the wonder we all dreamt of while reading story-tale books about knights and princesses.

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Our party was assigned to the Green Knight – the “unquestioned master of weapons with a temper known as the dragon’s claw.” The knights used weaponry such as swords, lances for the joust, maces, armor for protection, among other items. The Blue Knight won that night, but it was a “knight” we won’t soon forget.

Orlando is a magical place all around for everyone, but most especially for the kids!

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Many thanks to Visit Orlando. Photos of resort courtesy of Wyndham.

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