Getting High in Orlando – Part 1

Helicopter Rides

If going round and round isn’t your idea of a high, make a reservation for one of several helicopter tours in the area and ride a Bell Jet Ranger to fly over many of the attractions and the surrounding lakes for spectacular landscape views.  And then you can cross a helicopter ride off your Bucket List.

Take a helicopter ride to see the city

Take a helicopter ride to see the city

Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba

For a most enjoyable evening of entertainment, head to Downtown Disney for Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba. Always exciting to see, these impressive actors and acrobats from Cirque du Soleil continue to astound. This particular show, described as “A Boundless and Festive Journey of the Imagination,” had us laughing at the comedy element to mesmerized by the impressive acrobatics and high wire feats. Just as you think the acts can’t possibly be any more daring, the cast surprises you over and over again. Be sure to order tickets in advance and book a seat towards the center of the theater for the best viewing of both the on stage and airborne acts.

* Cirque du Soleil

* Cirque du Soleil

La Nouba

* La Nouba

One of our favorite scenes in the show

* One of our favorite scenes in the show

The acts will have you on the edge of your seat

* Even the acts on stage are daring

Reserve seats high enough so that you can see the airborne acts

* Reserve seats high enough so that you can easily see the airborne acts

iFLY Orlando

For those looking for more of an adrenaline rush, continue on your high with an indoor skydiving experience at iFLY Orlando. As they say, why jump out of a perfectly good airplane when you can experience the same sensation of free falling in a simulated wind tunnel?

A different kind of adventure - indoor skydiving

A different kind of adventure – indoor skydiving (Photo courtesy of iFLY Orlando)

A Traditional High – Roller coasters and thrill rides

For a more traditional extreme high, work your way over to the Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios. Inspired by the show, the Twilight Zone, take this “accelerated elevator ride” (think free fall) that reaches speeds of 39 MPH (which is faster than the acceleration due to gravity) from 13 stories high while squealing like a baby.  And finally, if that’s not enough of a thrill, head to Universal Studios for a real scream (literally) as you descend from 17 stories at 65 mph on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.  As a side note – schedule lunch after both of these rides.

Stay tuned for Part 2 – Where to Dine in Orlando.

I'm ready to go again!

I’m ready to go again!

Disclosure – The Omni Resort Orlando ChampionsGate provided a media package for our stay and we were assisted by and The Orlando Eye. We have not been compensated for this article and the opinions expressed regarding our experience are our own.

* Note – These images are courtesy of Cirque du Soleil.

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