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February 9, 2017

New USO Welcome Center at Orlando International Airport

by J. Scott Lopes
AllEars.Net Guest Blogger


The USO, or United Service Organizations, was founded in 1941 by President Franklin Roosevelt. It is a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and live entertainment to United States service members and their families.

If you're of a certain age, the phrase USO might make you think of legendary comedian/actor Bob Hope and his USO Tours entertaining the troops overseas during wartime.

But today, you might also think of the many USO Welcome Centers around the world, many of which are located in airports. In fact, one such USO center opened in September 2016 at Orlando International Airport.

This 3,100-square-foot USO Welcome Center is available to members of the military, as well as their families, as they travel through the Orlando airport. The centerpiece of the welcome center is a Disney-inspired family room that was created with a $100,000 gift from the Walt Disney Company.


The Disney-designed family room joins other comforts of home offered at the Welcome Center.

There are computer workstations that can be used to check your email or print your boarding pass.


In addition, the center also has a kitchen area stocked with many different beverages, as well as various snacks and food.


There is even an entertainment section, with big screen TVs and gaming.


The hours of the center's operation are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It is located in Terminal A, Landside, Level 1 (prior to going though TSA). Access is restricted, and a valid military ID is required for entry.

The USO is a nonprofit organization, which relies solely on donations and volunteers. If you would more information, visit the USO's website.



J. Scott Lopes is a long time Disney fan who first went to Walt Disney World as a child in 1989 and has enjoyed traveling to Orlando ever since. He is interested in all things Disney Parks-related -- especially in the Walt Disney Imagineering division and all of the work and detail that they put into everything that they engineer.

August 15, 2016

Florida Coaster Challenge

By Guest Blogger, Jeremiah Good

On Tuesday August 16, 2016, SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando have put together the #CoasterCrusade to celebrate National Coaster Day.

Early that morning some of us "brave souls" will meet at SeaWorld Orlando to experience that park's 5 coasters including the newest, fastest, and tallest coaster in Orlando, Mako.


Once we have completed riding those 5 coasters we board a bus bound for Busch Gardens Tampa.

At Busch Gardens, the challenge continues with 8 coasters ranging from SheiKra all the way to the newest family coaster Cobra's Curse.


Now for a lot of folks 13 coasters in one day may be 13 too many, for me is it just the start!

Once I get back from Busch Gardens Tampa, around 6pm, I plan to continue the coaster challenge to include both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.

My plan is to head to Universal Studios Orlando Resort and ride the 8 coasters between the 2 parks, including the newly reopened Hulk. Then I will head to Walt Disney World.


Last but not least, time for Walt Disney World! I will start at Disney's Hollywood Studios with the Rock 'N' Roller Coaster.


Off to Disney's Animal Kingdom for Primeval Whirl along with Expedition: Everest.


To cap off the night I will be then travel to the Magic Kingdom to tackle Goofy's Barnstormer, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and the one that started it all Space Mountain. ( Big Thunder Mountain is closed for rehab).


IF I am able to pull this all off I will have ridden 27 coasters in the span of a day, I am sure that is far from a world record but it will be a record for me!

I invite you to follow along with my adventure via my Twitter @jeremiahgood and @allearsnet). I will be using hashtag #AllEars #CoasterCrusade and #FLCoasterChallenge also be on the look out for a full wrap up coming to in the near future.

Wish me luck!

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