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Dog lovers, get ready! One of the premier canine events in the world is coming right here to Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. On Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16, visitors will be able to experience showcasing competitions, seminars, and witness a new National Champion be crowned out of a field of nearly 5,000 beautiful dogs.

This year’s event will bring the finest canines from around the entire world to compete in a variety of events including breeder’s exhibitions, the Owner-Handled Series Finals, and the AKC Dock Diving National Championship. The AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes makes a return in 2018 as well, after a successful first year in 2017.

Event tickets include access to conformation breed and group judging, competitions in obedience and agility, an event called AKC Meet the Breeds, various fun-zones for the kids, and access to shopping with vendors.

Tickets are on sale now for just $10 per day.

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Whether you’re visiting Orlando for the AKC National Championships or for any of the other incredible attractions, the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando is the perfect place to make your home away from home. Located just minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and right in the heart of the tourism sector of Orlando, the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando lets you make the most of your time here in The City Beautiful.

Affordability, luxury, and convenience await you, so contact us today at 407-996-8585 to book your stay.

Epcot’s third annual International Festival of the Arts kicks off on January 18, 2019 and runs through February 25, 2019. The popular event brings visual, performance, and culinary arts front and center, creating a sensory trinity to celebrate each of these artistic methods. Artwork is even on sale throughout the park, allowing you to bring home that piece that really strikes a chord with you.

Visual Arts

A handful of galleries are situated throughout the World Showcase, offering viewers a glimpse into artistry and traditions from around the world. These galleries are widely varied: the Stave Church Gallery at the Norway Pavilion has a “Gods of the Vikings” exhibit that features authentic Viking artifacts to teach about Norse mythology; the China Pavilion’s House of the Whispering Willows shows the story behind the creation of the Shanghai Disney Resort; Japan’s “cute” culture, also known as “kawaii,” is explored at the Bijutsu-kan Gallery at the Japan Pavilion. There are many more galleries to see.

Performing Arts

The Disney on Broadway concert series takes center stage at the America Gardens Theatre seven days a week this year, as Disney on Broadway stars rotate through a lineup performing music from Broadway shows like The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Frozen. The full list of performances and dates is available online at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/entertainment/epcot/broadway-concert-series/.

Culinary Arts

The International Festival of the Arts will also feature Disney on Broadway Concert Series dining packages at five different restaurants around the World Showcase, including the Norway, Germany, and United Kingdom Pavilions. Dining package information can be found online at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/epcot/broadway-concert-series-dining-package/. In addition to these dining packages, there will be 13 food studios situated around Epcot. These food booths will show off a diverse menu of flavors ranging across the spectrum from beef Wellington to almond frangipane cake.

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando is just minutes away from Walt Disney World and the International Festival of the Arts. Book your stay today online or via telephone by calling 1-407-996-8585.

Downtown Orlando is known for its night life. There are so many unique bars to visit and places to see that you might not know where to start. If you’re the kind of person who just can’t wait for Christmas to come every year, then you need to check out Frosty’s Christmastime Lounge. There the holiday spirit never dies, and it is Christmas all year long. Among all of Orlando’s exciting bars, Frosty’s truly stands out. Here are five reasons to check out Frosty’s next time you go downtown.

  1. The Atmosphere – If you’re into Christmas, you’ll be into Frosty’s. They have holiday movies playing on the TV’s, vintage decorations adorning every nook and cranny, and even a Christmas sleigh from the 1800’s hanging from the ceiling. It is impossible not to feel the warm, fuzzy holiday spirit after stepping inside.
  2. Unique Drinks – Naturally, the drinks also share the winter holiday theme, but with a Florida twist. Their signature drinks are actually holiday snow cones. A crowd-pleaser is the “Coconuts Roasting Over an Open Fire” snow cone, featuring coconut rum and fresh shredded coconuts. Frosty’s also has winter seasonal beers all year long, so fans of classic Christmas ales will also be pleased.
  3. Nostalgia – At Frosty’s, you will be able to gather around with friends or family to remember all the fun times of holidays past. The wood-paneled bar, Christmas lights, giant nutcrackers, dancing Santa Clauses, reindeer, and holiday movies are sure to call to mind happy Christmas memories.
  4. Music and Dancing – Frosty’s is a great place to relax and have a drink in the lounge, but it’s also great for dancing as well! The music is a mix between pop hits and Christmas favorites, so there’s a little something for everyone in your group.
  5. Snow – If you’re lucky, you’ll get to experience the magic of snow in the bar. It’s not set on a regular timer and goes off at random intervals, so it’s always exciting when it happens. There’s no other place in Orlando where you can see snow at the bar every night, and it’s little touches like that which make Frosty’s special.

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando is perfectly located near so much of what Orlando has to offer to visitors. You can easily get downtown for a night of fun, in addition to all the attractions on I-Drive right next door. There’s no other place which combines convenience, quality of service, comfort of rooms, and affordability like the Rosen Inn. See the Rosen difference for yourself by booking your stay today at 407-996-8585.

Orlando is a popular city for a multitude of concert tours and holiday music performances are no exception. Featuring venues ranging in size from stadiums to intimate downtown bars, Orlando offers a variety of concert experiences for every music fan. Here are a few of our favorites to check out this holiday season.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

December 15, 2018 | Amway Center

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s annual tour is returning to Orlando for two shows this year as a part of their tour of 65 cities and more than 100 shows. Trans-Siberian Orchestra have managed to make their “Ghosts of Christmas Eve” show feel fresh each year while keeping the familiarity that many of their regular yearly guests have come to enjoy. This year is no different: attendees will get to enjoy new songs and production from their favorite winter band. This can’t-miss show always manages to impress with both music and visuals.

Tickets are available now: https://www.amwaycenter.com/events/detail/trans-siberian-orchestra-2018

Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks!

December 7, 2018 | Hard Rock Live

The Brian Setzer Orchestra is a swing revival, big-band style music group that first came to popularity in the 1990s when it revitalized the genre. With rockabilly, jazz, and blues influences, the Brian Setzer Orchestra is bringing a high-energy holiday performance to 25 different stops across the country in the month leading up to Christmas. You don’t want to miss this rockin’ show in Orlando this holiday season.

Tickets are available now: https://www.ticketmaster.com/the-brian-setzer-orchestra-hard-rock-live-orlando-orlando-fl/venueartist/278539/844650

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

December 18-23, 2018 | Walt Disney Theater @ Dr. Phillips Center

This musical, based on the 1954 movie, introduces the classic film to a new generation who likely have not even heard of Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. This year’s production features all the same staple holiday songs you’ve come to know and love, including the still-popular titular track. The story is a romantic comedy about two Broadway producers who fall in love with two sisters that they meet while performing at a quiet Vermont inn around Christmas time. It is a quintessential holiday tale, and certainly one to see live this year.

Tickets are available now: https://www.drphillipscenter.org/events/tickets/2018/white-christmas/

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando is located in the International Drive area, within minutes of several of Orlando’s best music venues. Book your Orlando holiday with us by calling 407-996-8585.

Thrill-seekers love Orlando for its many scream-inducing theme park rides but did you know there are even more attractions just outside of the parks? Along International Drive, you’ll find plenty of thrill rides and attractions that are sure to stir up the butterflies in your tummy and make you shriek with excitement.

World’s Tallest Slingshot

If you love a good adrenaline rush, you won’t want to miss the slingshot at Magical Midway on International Drive. What happens to be the tallest slingshot in the world launches you 390 feet above Orlando at the force of 3-5 G’s. Make sure to get it on video so you can share your bravery with the world!

Orlando Starflyer

For more record-breaking thrills, check out the new Orlando StarFlyer. At 450 feet, this latest addition to International Drive is the world’s tallest swing ride. As you rotate up and down the tower, you’ll reach speeds of up to 60 mph. If you dare to open your eyes, you’ll enjoying sweeping views of Orlando.

iFLY Orlando

Continue your gravity-defying adventures at iFly Orlando. This indoor skydiving adventure is open to anyone over the age of three and requires no previous experience. Before your flight, you’ll be briefed on safety procedures and outfitted in a flight suit. You’ll take flight in a wind tunnel which moves air in a vertical column for you to float on while your friends and family look on.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

If you prefer to keep your feet – er, wheels – on the ground, check out Andretti Indoor Karting and Games on Universal Blvd. Hop in to a Sodi RTX kart, and zoom around the track that provides exciting twists and turns all the way to the end. If you have younger members in your party who would also like to be part of the action, they can race the Sodi LRX on the junior track.

Zombie Outbreak

A must for any zombie fan, this adrenaline-fueled take on laser tag lets you fend off a zombie invasion. You’ll be outfitted with realistic model weapons then your guide will lead you through a zombie-infested military base. It’s up to you to clear the base of the undead and survive your mission with all members of your party unscathed.

 

Just down the street from all these exciting Orlando attractions is Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando. Located on International Drive, the hotel is walking distance from many top Orlando thrill rides and attractions. Between all your Central Florida adventures, our hotel swimming pools, playground, and arcade will keep guests of all ages entertained. Book your International Drive hotel today by calling 407-995-8585.

When planning your next Orlando vacation, be sure to make time for some exciting college football bowl games. Orlando is fortunate enough to play host to three different college football postseason bowl games each year. Six lucky teams will be selected towards the end of the year to visit the City Beautiful as they play in hopes of ending their season on a high note.

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Teams TBD | December 15, 2018 | 1:30 PM

The AutoNation Cure Bowl kicks off the bowl season the right way here in Orlando. The nationally televised game is branded to raise awareness for breast cancer, and funding raised at the game directly benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation: a non-profit organization that has raised over half a million dollars in support of research on breast cancer since being founded in 1993.

Tickets are on sale now: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/2200550D828D988E

Camping World Bowl

Teams TBD | December 28, 2018 | 5:15 PM

First formed in Miami, Florida, the then-titled “Blockbuster Bowl” came to Orlando in 2001 and has been here ever since. This game is one of the marquee matchups of the college football bowl season, featuring the top-selected ACC team facing off against the second-selected Big 12 team in a lively atmosphere (the game has average almost 55,000 attendees annually over the past 5 years).

Tickets are not on sale yet. Stay tuned to https://www.campingworldbowl.com/ for more information and updates.

Citrus Bowl

Teams TBD | January 1, 2019 | 1:00 PM

Founded in 1947 as the “Tangerine Bowl,” the Citrus Bowl is the seventh-oldest college football bowl game in the country. In 1987, the game was granted a coveted New Year’s Day slot, and it has remained one of the premier bowl games since then. This game is a New Year’s tradition that Orlando is proud host, and certainly a spectacle that you do not want to miss.

Tickets are not on sale yet. Further updates and information will be posted online at https://www.citrusbowlorlando.com/.

Camping World Stadium is conveniently located just minutes away from Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando. Book your stay today online or by calling 1-407-996-8585.

Whether you love the theater or the ballet, holiday shows are a tradition of the season. If while on vacation you find yourself wanting to enjoy a local production of one of the classics you love, Orlando has plenty of options. Each holiday season, Orlando’s talented artists and community members bring to life many shows. If the holidays feel incomplete without a trip to the theater or at least a local production of the Christmas story, check out these three amazing holiday shows in Orlando.

 

Central Florida Ballet’s “Pyrotechnic Nutcracker”

A holiday classic, the Nutcracker tells the tale of a young girl named Maria who receives an enchanted nutcracker prince as a gift on Christmas Eve. The doll comes to life just in time to save her and once they have defeated their enemies, the Nutcracker, now in his true form as Prince Nikita, takes Maria on a tour of his magical kingdom. Although the story may be familiar, this production includes a few surprises. Taking a cue from the nearby theme parks, the Central Florida Ballet incorporates pyrotechnics, aerial arts, and more for a ballet that is sure to delight all ages. The show takes place at the Orange County Convention Center on December 15-16. You can purchase tickets at the ballet company’s website.

 

A Christmas Carol at Orlando Shakes

Catch a production of this holiday classic at Orlando’s Shakespeare Theater. Based on Dickens’ ghost tale, this heartwarming production tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Grumpy Scrooge celebrates Christmas with a mere “bah humbug” each year, until one year he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The harsh realities and many opportunities for change revealed by the spirits help Ebenezer mend his ways. The show will run from November 28 – December 30. Check the theater’s website for show times and tickets.

 

Singing Christmas Trees

Far from being an amateur production, the Singing Christmas Trees have quickly become a local tradition in Central Florida. Sit back and enjoy as a choir sings your favorite Christmas carols from their perches in two 45-foot-tall Christmas trees decorated with 250,000. They are joined by a full orchestra, dancers, actors, and more as they tell the story of the first Christmas. In addition to the show, the event offers the Bethlehem Village, an interactive experience you can enjoy before the shows. Kids will enjoy meeting the animals in the petting zoo and visiting the live nativity as they wait for the show to begin. Get your tickets before they sell out!

 

Let Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando be your Central Florida home for the holidays. Our family-friendly environment, spacious rooms, and homelike amenities will make you feel welcome and at ease. Enjoy meals onsite in our restaurants, take a dip in our heated outdoor swimming pools, and show off your own singing skills at karaoke night in our sports bar. Book your room with us today by calling 407-996-8585.

Celebrate the holidays in Orlando with an old-fashioned Christmas parade. Visit the charming town of Winter Park on December 8 to enjoy a festive start to your holiday season. It’s the perfect activity for families as young and old will enjoy music, floats, and holiday magic. You can even bring your four-legged family members, so no one is left behind. This charming parade takes place during the morning, so afterwards you can enjoy brunch and shopping in downtown Winter Park

The Parade

The parade takes place at 10:30 a.m., but you’ll want to arrive a bit early to find the best viewing spot along the brick streets of downtown Winter Park. You’ll enjoy nearly 100 bands as they march through, as well as dance troupes, local dignitaries, and festive floats. If you’ve brought your dog, they’re bound to see plenty of other pets along the parade route. Each year horses and puppies in their holiday best escort their humans along the historic Winter Park town center. Floats range from cars decorated with a smattering of tinsel and garland to intricate recreations on Santa’s sleigh. Speaking of Santa, be sure to stick around for the end of the parade to see the jolly old man himself.

The Shopping

After the parade, you can enjoy plenty of holiday shopping along Park Avenue in Winter Park. Shop name brands such as ALEX AND ANI and Lilly Pulitzer, or enjoy selections from boutique shops such as The Partridge Tree Gift Shop which features unique gifts, home décor, and teas. Sample olive oils from around the world at The Ancient Olive and enjoy delicious chocolate perfect for the holiday season at Peterbrooke Chocolatiers.

Enjoy Winter Park’s Christmas Parade and other celebrations across Central Florida when you stay at the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando. Our centrally located Orlando hotel is just minutes away from top attractions in the area, including Orlando theme parks. Our deluxe accommodations are perfect for the whole family and include amenities such as free Wi-Fi, swimming pools, and dining option on-site. Book your room today by calling 407-996-8585.

Have you ever felt and heard the raw power of a rocket launch? Florida’s relatively flat landscape makes it easy to see a rocket launch from most parts of the state, but nothing compares with being a few miles from the launch pad. Orlando has several major roadways heading out to the space coast making a day trip super easy. Couple easy travel with December’s low humidity and relatively clear skies, and this time of year provides the greatest window for space launches. Check out the liftoffs listed below for the December/Late 2018 timeframe. These should definitely be on your radar!

SpaceX Falcon 9 – GPS 3-01

December 2018

The GPS III satellite program represents a new generation of GPS and communication satellites being launched by SpaceX on their Falcon 9 rocket. The program has been hampered by myriad delays, having originally been planned for a start back in April 2014. Fortunately, Elon Musk and co. appear to be back on track and the latest news puts the schedule on pace for a December launch.

Delta 4 – WGS 10

December 13, 2018

This flight of a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket is slated to carry a Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft up to geostationary orbit in service of the United States military. This spacecraft, built by Boeing, was previously known as the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite. It is the tenth of its kind to be sent to orbit, and will primarily be used by the U.S. military for communications purposes.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy – Arabsat 6A

Late 2018

The Arabsat 6A mission marks the first commercial satellite launch (third overall) for SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. The first Falcon Heavy liftoff took place earlier this year on February 6, when CEO Elon Musk sent a Tesla Roadster skyward as a payload. The Arabsat 6A was built by Lockheed Martin (who have a facility locally here in Orlando) to provide TV, broadband, and radio services to the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando serves as a great base for all your space coast adventures on your vacation. Book your stay today online or by calling 1-407-996-8585.

“Winter” might be setting in around Florida, but our mild climate and gorgeous weather make it possible to enjoy the city’s ice cream shops year around. Whether you’re visiting or you’re a local, these spots give you a sweet taste of what Orlando’s all about.

Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream – 3114 Corrine Drive

Looking for local, handcrafted flavors at a reasonable price? Kelly’s is the place to be. They pride themselves on stepping outside of the box with their flavors, with creations like the blue velvet-based “Cookie Monster,” pumpkin, and candy cane appearing alongside classic favorites. Kelly’s also has a truck that can be found around Central Florida.

Check out their Facebook page here.

407 Café – 6784 Lake Ellenor Drive

If gelato is more your taste, 407 Café is where you need to be. Their gelatos are made by hand, along with their small sweet treats like pastries and macaroons. You can even stop in for a meal – they offer a full service menu to go along with your dessert.

More information can be found on their Facebook page here.

Goff’s Drive In – 25 W. Crystal Lake Street #160

Goff’s is more than just an ice cream shop, it’s a symbol of Orlando history. The walk-up ice cream stand has been around since 1948, and is still serving up some of the best frozen treats in the city to this day. Stop by for one of their signature sundaes on a Sunday.

The Greenery Creamery – 420 E. Church Street

Well known for their black-colored ice cream and cones, Greenery Creamery specializes in both their vegan flavors and sparkly crystal toppings. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary in your Orlando ice cream experience, this is the place for you.

Snow City Ice Cream – 8935 Conroy Windermere Road

Looking for a more Asian-themed fare? Snow City is home to stir-fried ice cream that can be mixed with your choice of toppings and rolled to perfection right in front of you. They also offer Poke Bowls and Bubble tea to pair with your made-to-order sweets. Top it all off with fresh fruit for an even more refreshing treat.

The Soda Fountain – 2525 Edgewater Drive

More than just an ice cream shop, The Soda Fountain offers some of the best sundaes anywhere, made from decadent ingredients like Nutella, peanut butter, warm brownies, and chocolate turtles. Or try your favorite flavors mixed into a milkshake or sorbet spritzer with soda.

Check out their Facebook page: The Soda Fountain

Whether you’re in Orlando to visit friends and family or here on vacation to check out of all the famous attractions, book your stay at the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando. We’re conveniently located, so be sure to try out some of the great low-cost, fast food dining options around the city. Book your stay today!

 

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