I'm sorry we will miss eachother in FLorida by only a few weeks.
Here are a couple of more reasons to take your family over to Cocoa Beach. It's a white sandy beach and very mellow. You can rent boogie boards for the kids from the surf shops. Have a pleaurable meal on the pier. Order a grouper sandwich. This is a regional favorite. Watch the surfers from the restaurant window.
Want to sample some local cuisine in Orlando? Here are two good suggestions.
1. Rick & Lee's oyster bar
5621 Old Winter Garden Rd., Orlando, FL
This place is a real experience. It is a traditional hole in the wall. You'll find the oyster far larger and much cheaper than in most European restaurants. They also have a variety of shrimp, fish sandwiches, crab cakes, and some crawfish. It is not far from Disneyworld and on the north side of Orlando.
2. almost any smoked BBQ restaurant. It's easy to get ribs and lots of them in Orlando. Be sure to use the hot sauce.
If everyone in the family is tired of the artificialness in Disneyland, then take them to Gatorland (http://www.gatorland.com/
). This is the old style gator park that I like so much. It is on the south side of Orlando. You’d travel east to get there from Disney. They’re pretty close to one another. Be sure to get the kids some gator meat to eat!
The final endorsement: I've taken many foreign friends and colleagues to all these places I've told you about. This includes 1 Indian, 3 or 4 Germans, 2 or 3 Swedes, 1 Pole, 2 Venezuelans, 1 Argentinian, 1 French Canadian, a couple of other folks, as well as, some Californians. Every one of them has had a good time -- especially at Cocoa Beach.