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Tony Conboy III

06/27/00

There are many hotels and attractions in the Orlando area which offer special discounts to veterans/active duty military personnel. Several discounts shown here are About.com exclusives!

When getting rate quotes or making a reservation at these hotels, ask for the "veterans/military" rate and inquire on what type of proof of veteran/military status is required to obtain the special rate. All prices quoted do not include taxes, are subject to change without notice and may not be available at all times.

Travelodge Colonial Plaza offers a $44.00 rate for standard accommodations. Standard rooms include mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, and in-room safe. It is the closest hotel to the Orlando Reserve headquarters for the Army, Navy, and Marines as well as the VA Hospital. For more information call 407-894-2741.

Buena Vista Suites offers a special rate of $99 for military personnel and veterans.

The rate includes:

  • ~ Free Full American Breakfast Buffet Daily from 6:30am - 10:00am.
  • ~ In-suite coffee/tea maker ~ Refrigerator
  • ~ Microwave oven. ~ 2 TV sets with video player
  • ~ Outdoor heated pool ~ Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • ~ Fitness center ~ 2 tennis courts.
  • ~ Gift / convenience shop. ~ 24 hour room service.

For more information visit their website at www.buenavistasuites.com Telephone: 800-537-7737.

Doubletree Guest Suites Orlando Maingate, five miles from Disney World, offers specials to military personnel and retirees.

1 bedroom suite - $ 99
2 bedroom suite - $109
3 bedroom suite - $129

Each suite is equipped with a full sized kitchen, living room and two full bathrooms. In addition, there is free scheduled transportation, a fitness center, basketball court, lighted tennis courts, children's playground and guest laundry. Refer to MIL for the special rate. Call 407-397-0555.

Safari River Tours, is offering a discounted rate from July to October of $10 per adult for veterans and active duty personnel versus the normal rate of $14. The boat tours along the St. John's River, a short drive from Orlando, depart from either Deland or Deleon Springs. For more information, call 877-740-0333 or visit www.safaririvertours.com.

Holiday Inn SunSpree Lake Buena Vista is currently offering a Military Salute special. The special runs from June through September 1, 2000. To book a reservation call 1-800-366-6299.

The Military Salute special includes the following:

$69.00 per standard room
$79.00 per Kidsuite

  • ~ 507 Guest rooms including 231 Kidsuites
  • ~ Kids 12 and under eat free
  • ~ Free scheduled Disney Shuttle
  • ~ Free Kids Activities
  • ~ Kitchenette
  • ~ Free use of fitness center

Holiday Homes of Orlando is offering a military/veterans discount for 2 bedroom condos at $89.00 per night or 3 bedroom condos at $99.00 per night from 7/1/00-12/15/00. Each condo, with nearby community pools, has a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, and loads of space that is ideal for the traveling family. It is located in the heart of Central Florida close to the attractions, shopping, restaurants and more! For more information or to book a reservation, please feel free to call 1-800-288-2187 or e-mail: holhomes@magicnet.net.

BEST INN Maingate, located 1 mile from the main entrance to Walt Disney Word, offers a $39.00 military rate. Call 800-237-8466 or 407-396-7500 or email: bimaingate@aol.com.

Guinness World Records Experience is offering a $1.50 discount per ticket off regular admission prices. The offer is valid for adult and/or child tickets and will be extended to the entire party when at least one valid military ID is presented. The Experience immerses you in an interactive world of imagination where facts and feats take on spectacular proportions.

You won't drive by the Experience without noticing it, because the building's unique shape will surely catch your attention. The building features a 55-foot high by 75-foot square inverted pyramid. The pyramid touches down in the lobby only seven feet from the floor. Inside is the Guinness Theater, you will enjoy the "World of Guinness" multi-media presentation that takes you to the brink of human endurance. For moreinformation call 407-248-8891.

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