Orlando Cirque de Soleil at Downtown Disney West Side in Orlando features daring acrobatics and cutting-edge special effects in a 1,671-seat theater.
Discovery Cove, adjacent to SeaWorld Orlando, offers guests an opportunity to swim and play with bottlenose dolphins. Other activities include swimming safely beside sharks and barracuda, snorkeling through a colorful reef with exotic fish, and floating down a river through waterfalls.
Slated to debut this spring at Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park is the “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire — Play It” live show/attraction, which re-creates the hit television show in a 600-seat studio.
Fantasy of Flight, located midway between Orlando and Tampa, has one of the world's largest private collections of vintage aircraft, as well as realistic flight simulators and interactive themed aviation experiences.
Tampa Busch Gardens, Tampa, a 335-acre theme park, has 10 African-themed areas, five roller coasters, live stage performances, restaurants, and shopping.
Opened this past summer in Tampa's Latin Quarter, Ybor City is a $45 million upscale retail and entertainment complex with restaurants, retail stores, and more.
The Florida Aquarium in Tampa is a 152,000-square-foot complex that features more than 4,300 saltwater and freshwater animals and plants.
Orlando They're everywhere. Peering out at you from behind ice cream cones half the size of their faces. Scurrying by you on the pool deck … Look out! Splash! Squealing with delight as they spot Mickey striding down the hallway … Look out! Bear hug!
You don't have to love kids to take a Disney cruise — especially the new seven-day Caribbean cruise on the Disney Magic — but it helps. The questions I had were: Is there really enough privacy and exclusivity for incentive winners, and can a ship that caters so well to the under-10 set possibly deliver incentive-level treatment at the same time?
It did, starting from the minute my motor coach crossed the channel at Port Canaveral and the spectacular ship appeared in the distance. There were “ooh's” and ’aah's” from every guest. Equally impressive were the art deco-style terminal and the seamless transfer: Passengers who stay at one of the Disney resorts even use the same room key once on board.
The architecture of the Magic is just stunning, especially the main atrium, with a Murano glass chandelier that hangs almost a full story high. The cabins are not only roomy and elegant, but many (384 out of 877) have their own balconies. There are enough private spaces to hold a function each night while on board. My favorite was the gourmet adults-only restaurant, Palo. Elegant options for groups include afternoon tea, with views of the sparkling seas on all sides. Other adults-only getaways: a private swimming pool and an 8,500-square-foot spa.
Incentive groups expect exclusive activities — things that they wouldn't likely be able to do on their own. The itinerary delivered in St. Maarten, our first port of call, where the group took part in a sailing regatta on the Stars & Stripes — the 12-meter sailboat used by Dennis Conner to win the 1987 America's Cup. And there was still time for a leisurely lunch in the lovely French town of Marigot.
An incentive itinerary has to include shopping, and there's no better port in the Caribbean for this than St. Thomas, the next stop. At Castaway Cay, Disney's private island, there's the opportunity for luxurious massages in tiny cabanas overlooking the ocean, and a quiet adults-only beach. There's also the Grouper Pavilion — a popular choice for groups to come together on their last day of the cruise.