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After Disney: The Other Orlando

After Disney: The Other Orlando is written by Kelly Monaghan with contributions from Seth Kubersky. The first edition was published on April 16, 2012 by The Intrepid Traveler.

Kelly Monaghan and Seth Kubersky are no strangers to Central Florida having also written books specifically on Universal - Universal Orlando: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure and SeaWorld - SeaWorld, Discovery Cove & Aquatica: Orlando’s Salute to the Seas.

As its title suggests it covers all the main and many of the lesser attractions in the Central Florida area with the exception of the Walt Disney World Resort, spread over more than 400 pages.

The rationale behind this book is to provide a comprehensive guide to all the other major theme parks around Orlando and Central Florida and in the process to cover many of the minor attractions that get omitted from most Central Florida guides that concentrate on Disney.

As the book says on the back cover, Orlando is NOT a One-Mouse Town

The first 250 pages is devoted to the main theme parks; Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Aquatica, Gatorland, The Holy Land Experience and a little further afield, Legoland Florida, the Kennedy Space Center and Busch Gardens.

Format: Paperback
Page: 408 pages
Publisher: The Intrepid Traveler
Date: April 16, 2012
ISBN: 1937011038
Size: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.0 inches

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Each chapter covers things to know before you arrive, the best time to visit, how to get there, opening times, ticket prices, special seasonal events, in depth descriptions of the attractions, any height restrictions, touring plans, eating and shopping plus a basic map.

The rest of the book then goes on to cover the main water parks, dinner shows and hundreds of other roadside attractions including outdoor activities like bird watching and fishing, rides like airboats, helicopters and hot air balloons, zoos, museums, theatres, art galleries, gardens, state parks, sporting venues and shopping outlets.

For example, places like the American Police Hall of Fame, Citrus Tower and Lakeridge Winery which barely get a mention, if any, in most other guide books and covered in detail here.

Each entry gives the address and telephone number, website, admission prices and hours, directions and a description/review. Helpfully there are also a list of other attractions nearby which you could combine with your visit.

Visitors and locals alike will find loads of new things to see and do in this book, no matter how many times they visit Orlando.

The book also has a dedicated website with the news and reviews to help you keep up to date on the latest developments in Central Florida.