Every year on Father’s Day, I treat Dad to brunch at Palms Dining. We have kept this tradition since I was a little child. It’s like a family reunion when we go because the servers recognize us. After we finish breakfast, we usually head to Universal Orlando® Resort for the day. Doctor Doom’s Fearfall and the Revenge of the Mummy have been favorites for a while. Now we’ve added Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Our new favorite way to travel between Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure is on the Hogsmeade Express. It’s the little things like this that make such great memories for us.
We always end Father’s Day at Shogun’s Japanese Steakhouse. We love sitting around and watching the chef prepare our meals right before our eyes. Our newest favorite treat that you should try is the Sakura Sushi Rainbow Plate. You can’t go wrong with this dish.
Dad loves these traditions of ours, and they’re also some of my favorite activities I share with my dad that we can do on and around International Drive. What about you and your father? If you’re a father, what are some of the traditions you and your family have that create wonderful memories? I’d love to hear what you love to do with your dad around the area.
International Drive hosts a wealth of activities that alone or combined create perfect dates and adventures for any taste and any day of the year—regardless if you’re spending a romantic evening with your sweetheart or hanging out with your friends.
The way to some people’s hearts is through the gift of a delicious meal. International Drive is home to many restaurants including some of Rosen’s own culinary delights. Rosen Plaza’s Jack’s Place and Rosen Centre’s The Everglades are two of our fine-dining restaurants serving incredible dishes like our prime New York strip steak and broiled Florida grouper. Our sister property Rosen Shingle Creek, located minutes away on Universal Boulevard, is home to A Land Remembered and Cala Bella—both proudly hold Four Diamond status. If you’re looking for something a bit more family friendly, Shogun Japanese Steakhouse makes it’s happy home right here at Rosen Inn.
What about memorable activities and adventures? Share a romantic sunset view of Orlando from the Orlando Eye at IDrive 360 where you can let your love soar 400 feet high as you spot all the local theme parks, Downtown Orlando, and beyond. Maybe your romance involves a little friendly competition, which goes well with mini-golf at one of many locations along International Drive. There’s also bowling at Kings Orlando, a retro bowling alley.
What if you’re with friends and not out on a date? Group activities are abundant around our hotel. Challenge friends to a friendly battle at Hard Knocks—laser tag at its finest. Or save the world at Mindquest Live. Once the sun sets, assemble the squad at Club 39 at Rosen Plaza to dance the night away.
For a list of all that International Drive has to offer visit: http://www.visitorlando.com/things-to-do/
To all lovely couples and awesome single people, we wish you a happy Valentine’s Day!
Each New Year, we resolve to improve by adopting a healthier lifestyle, but sometimes our best intentions are hard to keep while on vacation. This year, don’t let vacation be the excuse that lets you slide on improving your body, mind, and spirit. Keep your fitness resolution by sticking to these helpful tips.
Our property is less than a five minute drive from Universal Orlando® Resort, but why drive when you can walk? Sidewalks and crosswalks connect you to the theme parks and keeps your family safe from bustling traffic. The walk takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
Don’t forget your favorite wearable fitness tracker while visiting the parks. The latest editions of iPhone and Android have fitness tracking software, so keep your smartphone on you. By tracking your steps and calories burned, you’ll have a better understanding of your fitness levels on a daily basis.
Is a relaxing day at the hotel in store for you? Check out our 24-hour fitness center to meet your recommended 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise. Swimming is also, without doubt, an effective way to burn calories. Swimming in our seasonally-heated swimming pool will relax joints and muscles worn out from high-impact theme park activities and still is an effective form of fitness training.
At Rosen Inn, we care about your health and want your resolutions to be successful.
Cheers to your health!
Theme parks definitely highlight any visit to Central Florida. The first time you walk into a theme park, all you probably want to do (and only have time to do) is ride the rides. After you’ve tackled the roller coasters and other thrill rides, is it worth visiting the parks again? Yes it is! Theme parks are usually packed with hidden treasures easily missed during first visits.
If you’re looking for fresh thrills for your second (or third) trip to the parks, here are a couple of ideas for your return visit.
See the shows. This includes stages shows, street shows, and parades. Some theme parks have a nightly fireworks display or sendoff shows that you might have overlooked or missed during the first visit.
Stage ride photos. Rides tend to take photos on big drops. Plan a pose for a hilarious group photo. Search for funny photo ideas online. However, use good judgement and keep it clean. Offensive photos are often not made available for purchase.
Participate in scavenger hunts. Some parks have their own scavenger hunts; some are created by theme park enthusiasts and posted online. Hint: Universal Studios® has a Minions Scavenger Hunt.
Interact with characters. Characters at the parks will usually play along with you. (Just be nice and keep it classy for the children.) Silly poses with superheroes and famous characters make for the most memorable pictures.
Check out the bloggers online who discuss where to find each theme park’s hidden treasures and what other fun activities exist for you to enjoy. We hope this blog helps sparks some ideas and research. Now get out there and make some great memories!
Kon’nichiwa! (Hello!) Do you and your family crave a little more than the average sit-down dining experience? Shogun Japanese Steakhouse, located in our hotel, brings much more than a meal to the table. It is not uncommon for our guests and visitors to leave with a new favorite hot-spot, or shall we say, “hot-teppan,” a word play on the teppanyaki cooking method used by our Shogun chefs. Be astounded as they display an entertaining show of flips and tricks with a little side of humor while cooking for you and your family. Shogun Japanese Steakhouse is perfect for group dinners and gatherings as well. Give our specialty yum-yum sauce a taste and let our chefs serve a dinner to remember. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to dinner. Coming soon: Shogun will have a new sushi and sake bar!
Imagine a horizon filled with world-famous roller coasters and theme park skylines including the spires of Hogwarts Castle of Harry Potter™. That’s what you’ll get at Rosen Inn. It’s fair to say our hotel features unique views you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Hotels across the globe have views and vistas all of their own such as a high rise overlooking an urban-city scape, to the countryside of a bed and breakfast, to even part of a twisty rollercoaster shooting out and above a theme park landscape.
Sight is the strongest of our conscious senses. What you see reacts with how you perceive the world around you. That being said, Orlando is sure to bring fun and excitement to your eyes.
What other views can you expect to see from our guestrooms? Every guest gets a panorama view of our grounds and pool area. Some of our guestrooms also have great views of International Drive’s sparkling night-life and—newest to the Orlando skies—The Orlando Eye. The Eye is a view you won’t want to miss as it lights up the area in various colors.
Give yourself and your eyes the Orlando vacation they need with the various sight and vistas offered at Rosen Inn. Ask your reservation specialist for a room with a view.