You’ve got booked your lodge, bought your tickets and spent months planning the proper Common Orlando trip.
Hopefully, you have not packed your itinerary too full, as a result of one, there is a good likelihood you may be scorching, drained and prepared for a break when the afternoon solar hits its peak, and two, there is a ton of enjoyable to be discovered outdoors of Common’s two theme parks — Common Studios Florida and Common’s Islands of Journey — and Common’s Volcano Bay water park.
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Listed here are eight actions at Common Orlando that do not require a park ticket, however might require you to sing, escape hungry dinosaurs or be taught to hula.
‘Escape’ into your favourite motion pictures at Common’s Nice Film Escape
Common Orlando is understood for bringing your favourite motion pictures to life on rides like Jurassic World VelociCoaster and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Bike Journey, however the park’s latest attraction makes you a fundamental character in two of the world’s hottest film franchises.
At Common’s Nice Film Escape at CityWalk, you possibly can select from two extremely immersive escape room experiences — one themed to “Again to the Future” and the opposite to “Jurassic World.” Each take about an hour to finish and have the capability to be tailor-made to your group’s measurement (as much as eight visitors) and degree of expertise, making certain no one leaves with out the joys of escaping in time.
In Again to the Future: Outatime, your mission, must you select to just accept it, is to pry Doc Brown’s latest time journey gadget from the fingers of Biff Tannen earlier than he alters the timeline ceaselessly. You will encounter acquainted scenes from all three movies — and timelines — as you resolve clues to trace down Doc Brown’s prototype.
In Jurassic World: Escape, your group arrives at work for his or her first day on the job as geneticists-in-training at Isla Nublar. As usually occurs within the “Jurassic World” movies, the dinosaurs do not precisely associate with InGen’s plans, and you end up needing to make a really fast escape from the genetics lab.
Every escape room expertise is individually ticketed and pricing begins at $50 per particular person or $300 for a personal group expertise of eight individuals.
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Play a spherical of miniature golf
Additionally situated at Common CityWalk, you may discover one of many quirkiest, most outrageously themed mini-golf experiences you are more likely to ever come throughout. Hollywood Drive-In Golf is a ’50s sci-fi-themed mini-golf course with 36 holes, larger-than-life creepy crawlies and kitsch to spare.
You’ll be able to select between The Haunting of Ghostly Greens and Invaders from Planet Putt or make it a “double function” and play each for a complete of 36 holes of sci-fi enjoyable.
In the event you go within the night, you possibly can play below the glow of neon lights with your individual colourful light-up ball (accessible for buy) that you may convey house as a memento.
Eighteen-hole pricing is $19.99 for adults and $17.99 for youths ages 3 to 9, and 36-hole pricing is $36.98 for adults and $32.98 for youths.
Go on a nature stroll
Among the finest issues about Common Orlando’s measurement is how walkable it’s. The resort’s two parks — Common Studios Florida and Common’s Islands of Journey — are linked through the CityWalk space, and there are Backyard Stroll paths that join all however two of Common’s accommodations (these two being Common’s Infinite Summer time Resort — Dockside Inn and Suites and Common’s Infinite Summer time Resort — Surfside Inn and Suites, Common’s worth properties).
Not solely are the paths a handy technique to get forwards and backwards from the parks (whereas sneaking a number of further steps in), they’re additionally a way more peaceable and exquisite technique to begin or finish your day than ready in line for a seat on a crowded bus.
The Backyard Stroll paths are lined with beautiful gardens and tropical foliage, and you’ll usually spot lizards scurrying about (a very joyful expertise if in case you have youngsters in tow). For a lot of the way in which, the paths run alongside the waterway that takes visitors to and from the parks on water taxis.
Close to Common’s Arduous Rock Lodge, there may be even a butterfly backyard the place you may encounter butterflies fluttering in regards to the flowers planted particularly to draw them to the realm.
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In case you are staying at Common’s Cabana Bay Seashore Resort, Common’s Aventura Lodge or Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, you even have entry to a pathway that leads on to Volcano Bay water park.
See the most recent big-screen blockbusters
There aren’t many locations the place you possibly can “trip the films” in the course of the day after which see a film on the large display at night time, however at Common Orlando you are able to do simply that.
Common Cinemark at CityWalk has 20 screens that present new releases and hosts particular occasions — like 2022’s BlumFest occasion celebrating Blumhouse Productions’ horror motion pictures — with perks moviegoers admire like plush loungers, tasty treats and a full bar.
In the event you park in Common Orlando’s parking storage, you may be reimbursed on the theater if you present your parking receipt for any motion pictures after 6 p.m. and matinee showings between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. if you buy two or extra tickets.
Store for a wizarding wand
As you would possibly count on in such a magical location, there are brass medallions set into the pavement in each sections of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Hogsmeade at Common’s Islands of Journey and Diagon Alley at Common Studios Florida) the place you should utilize your interactive wand to solid magic spells.
You do not have to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to obtain a wand and wield its powers. You’ll be able to really buy an interactive wand (pricing begins at round $60) forward of time and you will be able to solid your first spell as quickly as you enter the Wizarding World.
The Common Studios Retailer at CityWalk (close to the doorway to Common Studios Florida) has a complete part dedicated to all issues “Harry Potter,” together with a big choice of interactive wands. Included together with your wand, you may discover a map that directs you to the assorted wand spots.
After all, if you need the true-to-the-books expertise of visiting Ollivanders Wand Store the place one fortunate visitor is picked to have the wizard in residence facilitate the method of “the wand selecting the wizard,” you possibly can nonetheless do this, as properly. Even if you’re fortunate sufficient to be chosen, buying the wand that chooses you is non-obligatory.
Attend a vigorous luau
A few of Common Orlando’s on-site accommodations are so properly themed that you simply nearly really feel as for those who’ve been transported to a far-off paradise. That is very true of Loews Royal Pacific Resort, one in every of Common’s Premier-category accommodations.
The lodge’s design, decor, eating and actions are modeled after a South Seas oasis with lush, tropical gardens; a beachy, lagoon-style pool; island-inspired meals; and conventional Hawaiian leisure.
As soon as per week, the lodge hosts the Wantilan Luau, a dinner present with all-you-can-eat meals (together with a pit-roasted pig), stay Polynesian music and hula and hearth dancing demonstrations that commemorate this centuries-old customized. By the tip of the night, you may surprise if you’re nonetheless in Orlando or for those who’ve traveled throughout the nation to the Aloha State. It’s possible you’ll even get to check out your individual hula abilities.
Exhibits are held each Saturday night time and you don’t want to be a visitor of the lodge to attend. Ticket costs begin at round $109 per grownup and $59 for kids (plus taxes and costs). Youngsters below age 3 are free.
Take heed to stay music
There are a stunning variety of spots the place you possibly can hearken to stay music at Common … and one the place you may get on stage and be the star of the present.
The Arduous Rock Cafe at CityWalk usually hosts big-name musical and comedy acts. Ticket costs fluctuate based mostly on the present and your seat alternative, however begin at round $40 per particular person. In case you are searching for a free choice (properly, minus the price of meals and cocktails), head for the Velvet Bar on the Arduous Rock Lodge or Pat O’Brien’s dueling piano bar at CityWalk.
In the event you’d somewhat take heart stage than let one other performer take all of the glory, cease at CityWalk’s Rising Star karaoke bar. Karaoke bar is a little bit of a misnomer, although, with regards to Rising Star. In case your title is chosen and also you get the possibility to step onto the brightly lit stage, your efficiency might be accompanied by a stay band and backup singers whereas a crowd of followers cheers you on.
Spend your ‘spare’ time on the bowling alley
Common’s Cabana Bay Seashore Resort has a definite retro type that recollects the traditional Florida seashore resorts of yesteryear. You’ll be able to sip a shake on the malt store, sleep in a room with colourful, nostalgic decor (full with bars of Zest cleaning soap within the toilet) and partake in one in every of America’s favourite pastimes — bowling.
Galaxy Bowl, situated on the second flooring of Cabana Bay’s fundamental constructing, is a 10-lane bowling alley with neon lights and classic vibes. The adjoining Galaxy Bowl Restaurant serves burgers, pizzas and extra and there may be additionally a full bar. Every lane has a desk and cubicles the place you possibly can dine.
Galaxy Bowl is open every day from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Name or cease by the bowling alley to order a lane.
Common Orlando is understood for its thrilling, movie-based sights and thrilling occasions like Halloween Horror Nights and the Holidays at Common Orlando, however now you already know that you do not even need to stroll below Common’s iconic archway to expertise all of the enjoyable the resort has to supply.
Subsequent time you propose to go to Common, be sure you go away time in your day (or night time) to expertise all the outside-the-park pleasure.