Braille Monitor                                                 February 2011

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Almost Heaven in 2011

by Dan Hicks

Dan HicksFrom the Editor: Dan Hicks is president of the National Federation of the Blind of Florida, the host affiliate for this year’s national convention. If your memory stretches back to the 1979 convention in Miami Beach, you already know that the Floridians are experts at both playing hard and hosting a great convention. As you will read in the following message from Dan, Orlando is the center of all sorts of family fun. Make your plans now to sample at least a bit of the Florida vacation experience. This is what Dan says:

By now you probably know that the 2011 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will be held in Orlando, Florida. As a matter of fact, you probably know that the 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 conventions are all scheduled to take place in Orlando, but that’s just too much for us to think about right now. In this article we will focus on this year’s spectacular event.

The National Federation of the Blind of Florida is pleased to invite all of you to attend the NFB’s 2011 convention, which will take place July 3 through 8, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Boulevard in Orlando. Not only is this hotel just about perfect for our convention, its location is marvelous for almost anything convention-goers might want to do in the East Central Florida area. For instance:

Universal Studios Resort, where you can take part in a wide array of top movie and TV-based entertainment. Universal Studios also encompasses the five themed islands at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and unforgettable nightlife at Universal’s CityWalk.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, which includes the world-famous SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Aquatica. By the way, bring your NFBF convention badge to SeaWorld and receive a $10 discount on the regular admission price. Just try to keep the badge dry for the next day’s convention activities.

Wet’n’Wild, Orlando’s premier waterpark, is more than just a place to get wet and cool off in the hot Florida summer. Wet’n’Wild is a world-famous showcase for everything from towering waterslides to space-age thrill rides.

Universal, SeaWorld, and Wet’n’Wild are all within a short drive of the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. If you are willing to travel a little farther, the hotel is located about twenty minutes from Walt Disney World Resort, which includes Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This latter is the largest theme park in the world.

Our hotel has a desk which will be happy to help you with tickets and transportation to all of these attractions and more. What more can we say? We could say that all of California’s Disneyland would fit entirely inside the Magic Kingdom’s parking lot or in Epcot’s lagoon, but you might think we are boasting, so we just won’t mention that fact, even though it’s true.

While you are in Orlando, you will want to take some time to enjoy some of these fun-filled Florida facilities. Taking part in just a small fraction of the copious adventures available to you will probably take days, so plan on arriving a couple of days before the convention or staying a few days after the banquet ends. You will be glad you took the time to attend a great convention and make lots of happy memories in the sun. Remember to use sunscreen.

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