Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class (a $15 value per class) provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags.
Pirate's Dinner Adventure immerses families in a swashbuckling shindig filled with epic battles, aerobatics, tricks of light, and sword fights. During the Broadway-style production, a professional cast entertains diners from the deck of a replicated 18th-century Spanish galleon that floats peacefully in a 300,000-gallon indoor lagoon. Guests are seated in one of six surrounding sections and are hostages—along with Princess Anita and her court—of Captain Sebastian the Black, a man of questionable integrity.
Magical Midway’s neon-lit towers jut into the night sky as visitors scream with excitement from the amusement park’s go-kart tracks, thrill rides, and fully stocked arcade. The Space Blast Tower shoots passengers 180 feet in the air at a g-force greater than 3. Drivers cruise go-karts along two elevated tracks or whip around corkscrew turns on the Audubon-inspired fast track, as nearby bumper cars collide as harmlessly as two marshmallows doing a chest bump. Pucks float across the air-hockey table in the arcade, which also houses racing simulations and dancing games. Hungry thrill seekers refuel with sundry meals and snacks, such as hand-tossed New York–style pizza and ice cream.
From the outside, Professor Wonder’s WonderWorks laboratory appears to have flipped completely on its head. When visitors enter the upside-down edifice, they must first pass through the psychedelic, spinning lights of the Inversion Tunnel, which turns the building right-side up for families to embark on a full day of entertaining, educational activities. More than 100 interactive exhibits spark excitement around natural phenomenon, including replica space capsules that visitors can climb into, a gallery of mind-bending illusions, and the lab where Cabbage Patch Kids are grown in petri dishes.
Some of WonderWorks Orlando’s hands-on displays allow guests to experience the aftershocks of the San Francisco earthquake of 1989, throw a strike against Derek Jeter, and lie down on a bed of 3,500 sharp nails without so much as a scratch. Additional activities include the Indoor Ropes Challenge Course, which exercises bodies and minds as challengers navigate three stories of swinging beams and suspension bridges, and the XD Theater 4D, which transports viewers to swift canyon roller coasters, haunted mines, and Mars with full-motion seats and 3-D visuals.
Sited on 13 acres abutting the Atlantic shoreline, International Palms combines its Space Coast location and broad range of facilities to offer travelers a satisfying mix of activity and relaxation, action and inaction. Within Standard double or king rooms, semi-translucent sand-hued curtains blunt the sunlight, and striped white linens complement a quartet of pillows atop the bed. Outside, sunscreen-slathered sunbathers lounge on the pool deck, tense muscles unwind in the hot tub, and youngsters shake off the stress of their legal careers in a pirate-themed wading pool complete with cross-sectioned ships dripping with ladders and slides. Lighted tennis and shuffleboard courts help keep heart rates up, as do on-site rentals of surf and boogie boards, ideal companions on the adjacent beachfront.
Tabla's executive chef Sajan Prem forges an ever-changing menu from authentic, centuries-old recipes. Hungry twosomes can start off the eating proceedings with South Indian specialties, such as the medu vada—deep-fried lentil donuts served with sambhar and coconut chutney ($5). Carnivorous appetites train meat-seeking eyeteeth on the shola kebab, morsels of tender lamb marinated with fresh herbs and spices and charcoal grilled in a tandoori oven ($15), while carnivores with a vendetta against vegetables can tear into the vegetarian kashmiri dum aloo, potatoes stuffed with dry fruit and Indian cheese, and cooked in a saffron-based garlic butter sauce ($12). An order of Tabla naan, a fusion of Indian bread, Italian spices, and sesame seeds ($3), sops up spicy sauces. Quartets toast hearty meal conclusions with wine or cocktails from the full bar as they admire the elegantly fringed curtains from one of the plush booths or flying carpets.