Renovations at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

The Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is gearing up for a new, improved, refreshed look and expanded accommodations for our guests. This means more modern spaces, bigger areas for events, whether business or celebratory, and lots of options. Read on to learn more about our renovations for 2017 – We’re Branching Out!

New Features for Event Space in Orlando

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Our new meeting and event space in Orlando includes a 20,000 square foot ballroom and conference area. These are light, bright, airy and modern, and can accommodate any kind of event, gathering, celebration, meeting, conference, retreat, or wedding in style. The conference space in particular can be reconfigured into six separate areas or left totally open, depending on the needs of the event or guests.

Outdoor Courtyard

The new outdoor courtyard will be a beautiful and sophisticated place to hold any kind of outdoor occasion. Parties, receptions, and especially weddings will be stunning in this area. The Palm Promenade in particular will be a grand, stately, and attractive place to accommodate any event with panache.

Upgrades and Enhancements

New Beds and Room Upgrades

The Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is one of the updated hotels in Orlando that is getting the royal treatment, both inside and out. Our hotel guest rooms feature new beds and other upgrades that will make your stay even more comfortable.

Updated Exterior & Existing Event Space

The existing event space is being updated to match the new ballroom and conference space currently being built. In addition, the exterior of our resort is getting a freshened look. These renovations at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld will tie the entire resort together for a seamlessly modern air and appeal.

Book your stay with us at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld and see what we’ve been up to, as well as what we have in store.

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Back to School means Back to Fun in Orlando

Just because school has started again, it doesn't mean the fun ends in Orlando.  There are lots of great events still going on at big-name attractions that are sure to appeal to all ages.

Things to Do in Orlando, September 9th-11th, 2016 SCHOOL_BACK TO SCHOOL_Back to school supplies.

LEGO™ Star Wars™ Days at LEGOLAND™

Bring the kids to LEGOLAND™ for Star Wars™ Days on September 10th and 11th. There will be lots of exciting, themed activities for fans of the movie series. Kids can meet LEGO™ Darth Vader, participate in a Yoda scavenger hunt, and more. Dressing up as their favorite Star Wars™ character is encouraged, as there will be an interactive costume parade on both days.

Maroon 5 at Amway Center

September 9th at 7:30 p.m., head over to Amway Center to catch hugely popular Maroon 5 during the first leg of their fall national tour. Hear chart-topping hits like Moves Like Jagger, Maps, and Sunday Morning at what is sure to be one of the most electrifying concerts happening in Orlando.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World Resort™

On September 11th, bring the kids to Walt Disney World Resort™ for this fun Halloween-themed Orlando event that will be long on tricks and treats, but short on scares. Kids of all ages can put on their best costumes and trick-or-treat throughout Magic Kingdom Park™. There will be a special fireworks display as well as a festive parade with floats, balloons, and their favorite characters. Make sure you don’t miss the special Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular, featuring all of your favorite Disney™ villains as well as the Sanderson sisters. This event is a wonderful way to kick off the fall season, especially for all Halloween-lovers.

When planning your Orlando weekend getaway, come and book your stay with us at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at Seaworld to complete your perfect trip.

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Delight Your Taste Buds with Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

Join some amazing chefs and Orlando’s best restaurants as they participate in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. From August 29th to October 2nd, foodies and diners can experience delicious prix fixe dinners from various restaurants all over the area.

Pricing for Magical Dining

Prix fixe is French for fixed price; this means that dinner guests will receive an entire 3-course meal at a flat cost. This includes appetizers, entrees, and desserts all for $33.

The Russell Home

A large part of the event includes donations to the Russell Home for Atypical Children. This is a non-profit organization that focuses on caring for special needs children with mental or physical impairments or disabilities. For every meal that is purchased through the event, a portion will go toward this special charity.

DINING_RESTAURANT_Chef-Preparing-FoodA Sample of Participating Orlando Restaurants

Restaurants in Orlando’s most popular areas will be participating in the event. This includes Restaurant Row, Winter Park, Disney/Lake Buena Vista, Downtown, Universal/City Walk and more.

Here is a sample of some of the eateries from around Orlando that are joining in:

Benihana, Copper Canyon Grill, Morimoto Asia,
Black Fire Brazilian Steakhouse,
 Artisan’s Table, Rusty Spoon, Soco,
Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, Seito Sushi, The Melting Pot,
K Restaurant, Le Coq Au Vin, Texas de Brazil,
Blu on the Avenue, The Ravenous Pig

A complete list of participating restaurants is available on the Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month page. Come experience dining in Orlando at its very best, not to mention for a good cause. Delicious, imaginative meals await your taste buds from some of the area’s premier dining locations. This is a culinary feast that is not to be missed.

While you’re in the area, we invite you to book your stay with us at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld.

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Late Summer Sporting Events at Camping World Stadium

Just because summer is winding down it doesn’t mean the fun stops at the Stadium. Guests and locals alike should check out the upcoming sporting events at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. Here is a list of some of the must-see games taking place in August and September.

3 Fun Events at Camping World Stadium

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Catch an exciting matchup in women’s professional soccer at the stadium. Orlando Pride is a new team that will be fun to watch as they work their way up toward winning games and headlining championships. On August 26th, watch them take on the Washington Spirit at the stadium. On September 10th, they’ll be matching up with the Sky Blue FC.

Miami Dolphins Preseason Football

On August 25th, watch a preseason neutral-site football game, as it is the first to take place in Orlando in 20 years. The Miami Dolphins will square off against the Atlanta Falcons in a fun preview to the season.

2016 Camping World Kickoff

Be a part of the action as Camping World kicks off the college football season with a neutral-site matchup between Florida State and Ole Miss on September  5th at 8 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

Orlando is a great destination for plenty of events, including sports and hometown team games. When you stay in Orlando, consider booking your stay with us at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. Our beautiful resort is just a quick drive away from many of the area’s biggest attractions.

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Florida Kids and Family Expo at Orange County Convention Center

Held every summer, the Florida Kids and Family Expo is a wonderful opportunity to discover a little something for the whole family. Join in on August 27-28, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center. The event is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Performances, kid-friendly fun, attractions, exhibitors, and more will draw you in for summertime fun and family entertainment in Orlando.

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Exhibitors

Exhibitors for family, prenatal, baby, kids, and teens offering a plethora of services, products, and family enrichment will be in full force at the Expo. Everything from coupons, discounts, promos, free trials, and giveaways will be available at these mostly free exhibits. Don’t forget to get your picture taken at character meet and greets.

Live Performances

Performances from magicians, dance troupes, karate demos, singers, puppet shows, live animal shows, and much more will be playing throughout the Expo. They’re included with the price of admission and make for enticing entertainment and family fun in Orlando.

Baby Zone and Toddler Zone

These special zones will let your baby or toddler discover, explore, and play in areas specifically tailored for their ages. Bring your young children and have a ball.

Attractions

The attractions at the Expo are the cherry on top of this fun-filled event. Past attractions have included bumper cars, a zip line, bounce houses, and a mechanical bull. There’s so much stuff to do, it's almost impossible to fit it all into one day.

Central Florida family events are an exciting way to spend your time when you visit the area. For a relaxing, stress-free stay with plenty of great amenities, make sure to book your stay with us at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld.


Busch Gardens Tampa: Experience Magic This Summer

As the ultimate family destination theme park, Busch Gardens Tampa knocks the competition out of the water by offering a wide range of unrivaled excitement and entertainment. From adrenaline-fueled roller coasters to more than 12,000 animals, this park is sure to have something for everyone!  

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Busch Gardens Tampa offers some of the most diverse attractions in the area. Some popular events for 2016 that you can look forward to include:

  • Summer Nights Celebration: Through August 7, 2016, visitors can stay late and party hard with Busch Gardens’ ongoing Summer Nights at Busch Gardens. Experience fireworks, thrill rides in the dark, live entertainment, and more.
  • Labor Day weekend at the park: The 2016 summer isn’t over until the final firework fizzles out at this thrilling Labor Day weekend event! The park keeps the celebration going until midnight on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4. You can also enjoy extended park hours on Monday, September 5.
  • Jack Hanna Weekend: No vacation is complete without embarking on a trip with Jungle Jack Hanna at the Stanleyville Theater. Join the internationally known animal pro for animal shows, travel stories, autograph signings, and meet-and-greets on September 10 and 11, 2016 at the park.

Recharge and Revamp: Stay With Friends At Doubletree

When you’re ready to collapse on cozy pillows and comfortable sheets at the end of the day, come and stay with our team at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. We offer visitors the very best in terms of quality service and comfort. Book your reservation with us today!

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5 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Orlando

When you’re visiting Orlando, there are plenty of things to do even if the weather doesn't cooperate. Read on to discover some family-friendly things to do in Orlando when it’s raining.

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1. iFly World

iFly World is an indoor skydiving experience located at 6805 Visitors Circle in Orlando. This free fall experience is simulated in a vertical wind tunnel, giving you the exhilaration and excitement without having to get on a plane or step foot outside. You will be outfitted with proper gear, and an instructor will be with you the entire time to guide and spot you.

2. Orlando Indoor Paintball

Orlando Indoor Paintball, located at 7215 Rose Avenue, offers indoor fields, which means it’s perfect for a rainy day. These were built and designed specifically for paintball, and will provide hours of tactical fun. Fees include the use of eight indoor and outdoor courses, rental of advanced paintball guns, and a choice of scenario games.

3. World of Chocolate Orlando

World of Chocolate Orlando, at 11701 International Drive, is a museum and cafe dedicated to chocolate, its history, and how it’s made. Guided tours provide an enlightened view of this art and include chocolate tastings. This is one of the great family-friendly things to do in Orlando on a rainy day.

4. Dewey’s Golf

Dewey’s indoor golf simulators are another great option for indoor fun in Orlando. You can play practice games or an entire round of 18 holes, all without lugging around clubs. Choose from real-life courses from around the world or a fantasy course.  All include real-world terrain and weather conditions.

5. DisneyQuest

DisneyQuest offers even more indoor fun in Orlando. Located at Walt Disney World Resort, this gaming center has everything from immersive, virtual games to classic arcade games. Examples include riding a magic carpet with Aladdin or designing and riding a virtual roller coaster.

For convenient access to all of these fun rainy day activities in Orlando, plus plenty of sunny day activities, book your stay with us at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld.

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2016 GeekyCon: A Fantastically Nerdy Time

GeekyCon is a fan convention unlike any other! Running from July 29-July 31, 20216 in Orlando, Florida, it hosts Harry Potter fans, Dr. Who fanatics, and marketplaces full of geeky memorabilia. This year’s event at Orange County Convention Center also boasts your favorite YouTube stars and web actors, as well as a variety of attractions for geeks of all ages.

Special Guests for Orlando GeekyCon

If you're headed to the convention this year, you won't want to miss appearances by these special guests and notable figures:  GEEKYCON-Cosplay word cloud-hand holding marker surrounded by science and cosply words

  • Jon Cozart - Harry Potter in 99 seconds
  • Harry Potter Puppet Pals
  • Mary Kate Wiles - Lydia Bennet, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
  • Sean Persaud - I Ship It
  • And much more!

Nerdy Activities and Geeky Games

Aside from welcoming all of your favorite geeky stars, this year’s convention also offers a wide range of  activities:  

  • Cosplay: Dust off your favorite costume and spend the whole weekend mingling in style with your fellow geeks. Just make sure to say hello to the Doctor when you meet him in the hall; after all, he never sticks around for too long.
  • Music: Friday night is the Geeky Musical Festival, a six-hour event featuring the talents of nerdy bands like Harry and the Potters. You can also go to the singalongs hosted that weekend and belt out your favorite Disney or Broadway tunes with the Con’s special guests.
  • Geeky games: A new event that enables you to discover new games or create your own.
  • And more!

Being Geeky in Orlando, Florida

This year's event at the Orange County Convention Center is the perfect place to enjoy exciting activities and form friendships with fellow convention attendees. You're sure to have the nerdy experience of a lifetime.

Everyone at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld hopes you have at great time at the 2016 GeekyCon!

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See Your Favorite Artists in Action at the July 2016 Concerts at Amway Center

If you’re looking forward to seeing worldwide famous artists on stage in Orlando, don’t hesitate to buy your tickets to the July 2016 Concerts at Amway Center. By doing so, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of this summer's top-rated performers.

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Here are three Orlando summer concerts that you won't want to miss:

 Justin Bieber. Scheduled for June 30, 2016, the Justin Bieber concert is a part of the artist’s Purpose World Tour and involves the presence of two special guests: Moxi Raia and Post Malone. This much-awaited event will give you the chance to listen to your favorite Justin Bieber smash hits from his latest album, including Sorry and Love Yourself.

Twenty One Pilots. Those who have always wanted to enjoy the unique live performance of the guys from Twenty One Pilots won't want to miss the band’s concert, taking place on July 1, 2016 at Amway Center. Listen to amazing songs that have contributed a great deal to the band’s massive success, including Stressed Out and Tear in My Heart, and make the most of an absolutely flawless live show.

Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas. Coming soon to the Amway Center are Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas. Scheduled for July 2, their concert is a part of a much-awaited Honda Civic Tour targeting 37 cities. This event also offers a VIP experience, including a full arena tour, plus the chance to hang out with Lovato and Jonas and check out their bus tours.

Looking for a hotel near the Amway Center in Orlando? Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is located just minutes from the Amway Center. We offer you the most modern, luxurious and affordable rooms to bring your Orlando concert experience one step closer to perfection.

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Embrace the Summer Vibes with Island Nights at Aquatica

LOCATIONS_BEACH_Tropical-sunset-over-sea-with-palm-treesOrlando has certainly earned its status as one of the East Coast's top summer destinations. Nowhere is this as evident as in Aquatica, Sea World's own  waterpark, where its signature slides and rides aren't the only way to enjoy the long summer days. Island Nights at Aquatica are a great way to experience the extended hours at the park. 

From July 8 to August 6, Island Nights at Aquatica will turn the park into a family friendly summer party every evening. Special DJs, a happy hour, and plenty of dancing will turn every day into one of the most memorable summer events for families in Orlando. After spending the day in the park, the extended hours during this special event in Orlando, will ensure your fun is not cut short!

Hotel packages are raising the fun standard when it comes to summer events for families in Orlando

Since few things say fun as much as convenience and ease, the perfect way to round up the experience may be with our SeaWorld and Aquatica hotel package. This special offer will allow you to bundle your accommodations, shuttles to and from the park, and day passes for every adult, all in one convenient bundle. This way, there will be little to worry about except choosing the best bathing suit for one of the best family friendly activities in Orlando this summer.

Book a vacation package with us at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld to enjoy our world-class facilities just steps from Aquatica and SeaWorld. Visit our website for complete details on our accommodations and book your summer getaway!

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