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        rock pics HERE          past champs HERE



SNOWBIRD RACE LOCATION INFORMATION
The 2005 Snowbirds are going to be held at the Orlando Grand Plaza.  This is the same hotel the race has been held at the past four years.  The staff at the resort are excited about our return and look forward to another great race week.  When calling for your reservations mention the Snowbird Nationals to get a room.  They have blocked over 200 rooms for our stay.  They have sold out the last 4 years.

 

Orlando Grand Plaza
7400 International Drive 
Orlando, Florida 32819
Phone: (407) 996-7400
Fax: (407) 996-7453
Toll Free: (800) 327-1363

Race Dates: Feb 8th-13th, 2005
Speed Week schedule can be be found here

Orlando Grand Plaza offers 399 spacious rooms including 5 handicap rooms, 108 Deluxe Tower rooms, 4 Alcove Suites, 12 one-bedroom Garden Suites and 1 two-bedroom Presidential Suite. Each room has 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed, a mini refrigerator, microwave, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, direct-dial phone, central heat/air, remote control 25' color TV with free ESPN & Disney Channel, Pay Per View movies and Sony Play Station.  Orlando Grand Plaza is located in the heart of Orlando’s attractions, on Orlando’s world famous International Drive. 

Orlando Grand Plaza offers free transportation to Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Sea World, Wet ‘N Wild Water Park. Dozens of shops, dining and theaters are within easy walking distance. On-site amenities include 2 beautiful swimming pools, one covered and heated and one outdoor, state-of-the-art game room, lighted tennis court, car rental desk, beauty salon, multilingual staff, gift/sundry shop, coin operated laundry room, basketball, 4 shuffleboard courts, ticket and transportation desk.

Within walking distance area attractions include Wet ‘N Wild, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Titanic Ship of Dreams, and Pirates at Colossal Studios. One mile away, you will find Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Show, Pirates Dinner Adventure, and Blazing Pianos. Within 2 miles is Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure, Orange County Convention & Visitors Center; Sea World is 3 miles; Walt Disney World Resort is 8 miles and 12 miles away you will find Orlando International Airport. It is only a short drive the beaches and Kennedy Space Center.

Check out these places close to the Snowbirds:




                        

UPDATED HOTEL PICTURES - 01/07/05
 
The garden area is where many racers pit and hang out.  This is also where
the 'Winner's Circle' will be for '05 award presentations and pictures.  The Parma/PSE Concourse will be held here on Sunday, along with the raffle.  Plus the tire truing area is setup here.

NEW HOTEL OWNERSHIP and NEW HOTEL NAME
The hotel has undergone many changes the past few years.  It now has a new permanent name and new ownership!  The new hotel plans to have all rooms operational by our race and they are spending millions to renovate the entire facility.  Last year the hotel was limited to only 225 rooms.  They have in their plans for a new sports bar and grill by the track called the 'Skybox' and it may be open for 2005's race!  I made a trip there Sat Nov. 13th and saw all of the improvements being made.  I am very excited about our future at the Grand!
     "A huge thanks goes out to the hotel for their support of the Snowbirds!"
 *If you have already made your reservation, everything stays the same and you don't have to do anything.  Changing hotel names doesn't affect our race.

COFFEE!  Right next door is an all new Dunkin Donuts!  Also beside the race track is a cool
Volcano Mini-Golf place.  International Drive has it all:  entertainment, food, fun, shopping, more!!!

NEW NEIGHBORS BY THE RACE TRACK

Right next to the hotel is the Salt Island Chop House.  It is Orlando's newest swanky surf and turf restaurant, with atmosphere and prices to impress. The oceanic theme is theme-park mesmerizing.  Indoor waterfalls, custom furniture and fishing-pole light fixtures dangling glowing glass jellyfish are among the visual wonders.  The local review here.  This place is right next door so you can bring your family 2 way radios and listen to the racing action we have broadcasting!!  YEA!

LOCAL ORLANDO TOURIST INFORMATION

There are a ton of things to do for you and your family while here at the Snowbirds.  Please visit FLAUSA.com for some great local info and to help plan your stay!  There you can find links to all Orlando has to offer.

"What most visitors think of as Orlando actually includes Kissimmee and Lake Buena Vista as well. Walt Disney World's theme parks are mandatory magic for Central Florida visitors. The spires of Cinderella's castle are familiar around the world as the symbol of The Magic Kingdom, Disney's original park in Lake Buena Vista. The castle is a fantastic backdrop for playful rides and roaming characters such as international celebrity, Mickey Mouse. Disney's Animal Kingdom, its newest adventure park, is filled with the natural drama of life in the wild. Visitors have thrilling encounters with animals from real life, the distant past, and imagination. The latest addition to Disney's Animal Kingdom is Asia, which showcases the exotic wildlife and lush rain forests of the continent's southern region. Guests embark on many fascinating journeys, encountering natural mysteries at every turn.

Epcot is a two-part educational and cultural attraction designed  to challenge the mind and satisfy the senses. Here, you can sample a warm croissant at a bakery in France, tap your foot to an authentic oom-pah band in Germany, learn about the age of dinosaurs, and take an exhilarating trip through the human body all in one day! Disney-MGM Studios allows visitors to see Disney animators creating wonderful characters and explains movie-making on an entertaining backlot tour.

Universal Studios Florida shares the movie-making theme of Disney-MGM Studios,  but attractions are presented quite differently here. At Universal, promoters say you can "ride the movies." Some rides provide an entertaining look at famous movies of the past, such as "Kongfrontation," where guests meet King Kong on the New York subway. Jaws, Earthquake, Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time and the works of Hitchcock are among the park's other movie attractions. Twister, a technological marvel, invites guests to experience the awesome live spectacle and destructive nature of an actual tornado, a mere 20 feet away. Universal's newest park is Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. Five islands, each with a distinct personality, offer something for everyone. Experience the bustling marketplace of Port of Entry, battles between good and evil on Marvel Super Hero Island, slapstick ruckuses at Toon Lagoon, prehistoric megalosaurs in Jurassic Park, mythical sorcerers on the Lost Continent, and fanciful revelry at Seuss Landing.

Visitors to Central Florida will want to explore natural attractions as well as fantastical ones, and  SeaWorld is a wonderful place to start. Now guests can be Trainer for a Day, working alongside real SeaWorld animal trainers to learn training techniques, feeding, and show preparation. Attractions include the "Pacific Point Preserve," a sea lion and seal habitat which mimics the rocky, northern Pacific coastline; and "Manatees: The Last Generation?" an up-close look at the endangered sea cow. SeaWorld's newest attraction is Wild Arctic, which takes visitors on a chilling adventure to experience the natural beauty of the arctic. Visitors come face to face with real polar bears, walruses, harbor seals and beluga whales. The highlight of a visit to SeaWorld is the "Shamu: New Visions" show during which killer whales interact with trainers, defy gravity in breathtaking leaps; and make a big splash (and a wet audience!) with a flick of the tail and 52-degree water

Dinner attractions are very popular in the Orlando area and also center around themes, whether of an era or an ethnicity. Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Kissimmee allows you to cheer a knight to victory. Disney's Pleasure Island celebrates New Year's Eve every night with laser lights and dancing in the streets. Universal Studios CityWalk is a colossal 30-acre entertainment mecca, where themed restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas, live entertainment, and shopping abound.

Shopping areas in Orlando have as much variety as the local attractions. Souvenirs of your adventures, for both yourself and your friends back home are easy to find. Outlet centers and factory stores abound here and offer some of the best bargains in town. Shopping areas in Orlando and Kissimmee are also popular for their fun environments, such as at Pointe*Orlando, Disney Village Market Place or Old Town in Kissimmee."
                                                                                     *some info from flausa.com

 

MORE INFORMATION ON RACE HOTEL
Services and Amenities:
• State of the art game room
• Lighted tennis court
• Free shuttle to major theme parks
• Car rental desk
• Professional taxi and limo service
• Multi-lingual staff
• Gift/sundry shop
• Coin operated guest laundry room
• 2 beautiful pools, covered/heated

• Basketball
• 4 Shuffleboard courts
• Ticket and transportation desk
 
These are Offered in the Hotel Rooms:
• Mini refrigerator
• Microwave and wet bar
• Hair Dryer
• Iron and ironing board
• Coffee maker
• Direct-dial phone w/ data port/mail
• In-room safes
• Central heat/air
• Valet laundry
• Remote control color TV
• Free ESPN & Disney Channel
• Pay Per View Movies
• Sony Play Station
• Suites also include a wet bar
 
Local Dining near the Hotel:
• Boston Lobster,
3/10th of a mile
• Bennigans,
3/10th of a mile
• Chili's,
2/10th of a mile
• Chuck E Cheese,
walking distance
• Ocean Grill,
3/4 mile
• Perkins Restaurant,
2/10th of a mile
• Ponderosa Steak,
3/10th of a mile
• Red Lobster,
1 mile
• Ronnie's Steak,
walking distance
• Wild Jack's,
walking distance

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