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crank
07-30-2010, 09:07 AM
Hi all,

I have been lurking on the site for ages, it's a great site, this will be my 1st real post.

Well we as a family have decided to do some training in the US next May-June at Jack Travers for 10-12 days.

The main question I have is.....Being from out of town (Australia) so to speak, is it better to stay on site or stay in town and travel to the site each day.

We feel that if we stay in town we can get out and see more things.......and what are the best sites to see.

Regards

rjracin240
07-30-2010, 01:59 PM
Hi all,

I have been lurking on the site for ages, it's a great site, this will be my 1st real post.

Well we as a family have decided to do some training in the US next May-June at Jack Travers for 10-12 days.

The main question I have is.....Being from out of town (Australia) so to speak, is it better to stay on site or stay in town and travel to the site each day.

We feel that if we stay in town we can get out and see more things.......and what are the best sites to see.

Regards

Would Suggest staying at the site and venturing into town as your curriculum and down time permit. The drive from Orlando and it's attractions is not an easy one in traffic in the morning http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl&q=city%20of%20 the link here might help you to see the distance. the city of Groveland and surrounding area is growing quite a bit and does provide quite a few places to eat and shop, however all the Orlando amusements will take some commuting to get to. http://groveland-fl.gov/
Hope this gives you a little bit more info than you might already have. I live a couple of hours away to the north in a community called Lake Asbury, in Green Cove Springs Fl, but have been down to Orlando visiting friends, going to attractions and purchasing my MC to know that it can be a pain the backside getting around and it is spread out!
Good Luck

shepherd
07-30-2010, 02:12 PM
I agree with RJ. If your main focus is going to be on ski training, it would be best to be on site so you wouldn't have to get up early in the morning, get ready and packed up, and then fight traffic to make the drive up to Sunset Lakes. It's a bit of a long drive. I did it one afternoon when I was attending a conference on the east side of the Lake Buena Vista area. About 45 minutes? The first few miles trying to break out of the Disney area were the worst, then it was all easy country roads with no traffic.

If you decide to stay closer to the attractions, try to get a place on the west side of town to avoid most of the traffic when you head west/north to the ski school.

crank
08-01-2010, 09:41 AM
Hi all,

Thank you very much, the advice and the links have been a great help and much appreciated.
regards

Cloaked
08-01-2010, 10:46 AM
Toll roads around Orlando. Just saying. Be cognizant of this if you're renting a car for travel. Correct change is good when you need to pass through the toll booths in a jiff.

You're also within an hour of Cape Canaveral / NASA / Daytona Beach.

trickskier
08-01-2010, 09:30 PM
Toll roads around Orlando. Just saying. Be cognizant of this if you're renting a car for travel. Correct change is good when you need to pass through the toll booths in a jiff.

You're also within an hour of Cape Canaveral / NASA / Daytona Beach.

You can now rent a car with Sun Pass for the tolls. Around $11.00 a day well worth it - You won't be sitting in a long line to pay the tolls.

As you make your plans - I'll suggest some local places for you to eat at and local sites to visit - Not just Disney World & Universal Studios.

crank
08-03-2010, 09:50 AM
Hi Trickskier,
Thank you, that is outstanding, as always it is best to speak to a local to find the best places to go. Thank you!

As always I'm always happy to show visitors around down here, I have a lot of friends in the USAF and Marines, current and retired and have always enjoyed showing them around or giving tips on where to go, what to see and do.
Regards

rjracin240
08-03-2010, 02:05 PM
You can now rent a car with Sun Pass for the tolls. Around $11.00 a day well worth it - You won't be sitting in a long line to pay the tolls.

As you make your plans - I'll suggest some local places for you to eat at and local sites to visit - Not just Disney World & Universal Studios.

Although tolls can quickly add up in Orlando being on the hook to spend up to $11.00 a day might take a little doing. If I am not mistaken you can go to some of the drug stores such as Walgreens and purchase a prepaid toll, here are a couple of links that might help out.

http://expresswayauthority.com/

http://www.traffic.com/Orlando-Traffic/Orlando-Traffic-Road-Construction-Airports-Bridges-Tolls-Transit.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g34515-i19-k1040888-Toll_road_prices-Orlando_Florida.html

http://www.oocea.com/Corporate/travel/TollCalculator.aspx

Here is a link for a pretty cool museum not to far from where you are at, as a alternative to the Disney circus!

http://www.floridaairmuseum.org/Museum.aspx

Hope this helps.

jconover
08-03-2010, 03:25 PM
Hey Crank - not sure which part of Australia you are coming from, but just a heads up - the traffic is probably much more dense than you are accustomed to. I've spent significant time in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane - and the traffic here in the major urban areas is just obscene compared to what i remember from Australia.

Some quick facts:
Greater Orlando Area - ~2.1 million people in 100 square miles (261 sq km)
Greater Sydney Area - ~4.5 million people in 700 square miles (1120 sq km)

In other words, the Florida'ians are jammed in there like Sardines. I would second the recommendation to stay closer to the ski school - i imagine those will be long (Fun!) and physically demanding days - no need to add a 1+ -hour commute to both sides of your experience each day

atlfootr
08-03-2010, 08:19 PM
Florida'ians are jammed in there like Sardines.
What the heck does he know? He lives in Tinseltown USA, WI for crying out loud :D
I'm less than an hour from Disney and the roads on I-4 EAST / WEST are not really that bad
Don't let 'em scare ya .. 8p com 'on down and we'll throw some shrimp on the barbie, there mate!