Orlando offers a world of options suitable for grandma and grandpa all the way down to the youngest members of their traveling brood.
Where to Stay
At Nickelodeon Suites Resort(www.nickhotel.com), all 777 suites will work for your clients and their clans. Suites have that home-away-from-home vibe with kitchen areas and a number of bedrooms. The two-bedroom KidSuites can accommodate a family of six and carry the themes of a variety of Nickelodeon's popular shows, from the lovable SpongeBob SquarePants to The Rugrats and The Fairly OddParents. The kids' quarters have plenty to keep the young ones occupied, including a 20-inch TV, in-suite TV movie rentals and a game system. The parents' bedroom includes a king-or queen-size bed. For extra space, the family room has a pullout sleeper sofa as well as the added perks of a 32-inch LCD flat-screen TV, high-speed Internet access, a game table and mini kitchen.
Larger or extended families traveling together should opt for the three-bedroom KidSuites. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, these suites are equipped to accommodate up to eight people. Besides a bedroom for the kids, they have two master bedrooms with a king-size bed. If a night in is an option, the suite has a fully equipped kitchen as well as a dining room table. Another Option
The one-bedroom suite has a private master bedroom, kitchen and parlor area.
A Month Just for Grandma and Grandpa
In keeping with the theme atmosphere, certain months are reserved for all things Nickelodeon. Next month, for example, is dedicated to Noggin, one of Nickelodeon's sister channels. Travel Agent hears that this coming January will be the property's first "Grand-tripping" month. In January 2008, grandparents—those 55 years old and up—receive free admission to themed parties, including Dora and Diego's Animal Jam, which includes, among other things, music, painting and a personal meet and greet photo opportunity; Playdate with Blue, where guests will help solve Blue's Clues while they also enjoy plenty of fun and a personal photo op; and SpongeBob SquarePants' Bikini Bottom Bash, a nautical party. The parties are on select days and reservations are required.
Not to be left out of the usually grown ups-only spa experience, now kids can be pampered just like their 'rents with a spa just for them. At the Kid's Spa, young guests can partake in hair braiding, hair wraps and temporary tattoos.
Enjoying the typically pleasant Orlando weather is possible with any number of the property's water options, including the Oasis. The Oasis has a wet/dry play area and a multi-level, interactive tower with several flumes that lead to the Oasis pool. A lower-level slide is best for younger clients.
For end-of-the-day fun, have clients venture to Studio Nick where they can see live, interactive entertainment.
Other fun choices include the Mall, which is an area for activities, and character breakfasts. Kids under the age of five can eat for free on site.
For more information, call 866-GO2-NICK. The travel agent contacts are Josie Rodriguez and Dee McLeudeum (407-387-5437, exts. 3049 and 3051)—both are supervisors of reservations. The travel agent commission is 10 percent.
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