Sheraton Orlando North- Public Servant Discount

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve negotiated a Public Servant discount with the Sheraton Orlando North for the remainder of 2019–possibly into 2020. In addition, the hefty discount in their rate agreement with us is offered year-round.

This property offers a quiet and relaxing location on the Northern end of Orlando. Aside from easy access to I-4 and all parks, the Sheraton North boasts a variety of nearby attractions.

NATURE

taking a paddle break along the river

Firstly- Wekiwa Springs State Park, sure to entertain for a day of fun in nature with the family, is a few short miles from the hotel. Rent a kayak or canoe for endless exploration upstream, then swim in the crystal clear waters and underwater caves in Wekiwa Springs.

Round out the day with a picnic on the banks and this excursion is sure to exhaust the family and leave them with beautiful pictures, experiences, and memories.

Canoeing through Wekiwa State Park

Entertainment, Arts, and Fine Dining

In addition, Downtown Orlando is approximately 10 minutes from the hotel and is host to several attractions. These include the Orlando Science Center and Orlando Magic’s Stadium. Building up an appetite? Enjoy tapas bars like Santiago’s Bodega and the swanky nightlife and watering holes on Church Street.

Nurture

Overwhelmed with Orlando’s attractions? Spend a relaxing Saturday with the family at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market.

More Nurture

Kayaking and Farmer’s Marketing with the family can be mentally and physically draining. Therefore, a must for any guest of the Sheraton North is an evening visit to its very own An Tobar. Adjacent to the hotel’s lobby, An Tobar is the spirit of Ireland; every piece–including its 60-foot bar, booths, and tables–was constructed out of solid wood in Ireland, shipped over, and lovingly installed by a team of craftsmen. Enjoy traditional pub fare and Guinness on tap at the largest Irish pub in Central Florida, before stumbling up to your room to retire for the night.

Health and Wellness

After waking up in the morning feeling surprisingly great, you decide to hit the gym. Is there a gym a hotel, you say? Well yes, there is, and quite an impressive one!

Something for Everyone

Whatever it is you’re visiting Orlando for- the property sure to offer activities for everyone in the family, and the Public Servant Discount at the Sheraton Orlando North can’t be beat. We’d love to hear your feedback once you’ve visited. Make sure to check out our other Orlando properties as well- the Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration and the Doubletree by Hilton at Seaworld.

FirstNet by AT&T

Review of FirstNet by AT&T for First Responders

This info is geared more towards First Responders as that’s what FirstNet was built for. FirstNet was conceptualized after the 9/11 attacks as a more reliable means for Law/Fire/EMS to communicate effectively. Those of you who had to watch or even worse- respond to the WTC attacks know that our phones were absolutely useless that day. It didn’t matter who you tried to call, you kept getting busy signals and other strange sounds. There was no getting through.

In the wake of this, 15 + years later, the concept of a dedicated band for first responders was realized and rolled out.

The Good:


I switched over to FirstNet about 8 months ago. I live in Palm Beach County (South Florida) and my service is excellent. FirstNet regularly provides download speeds over 120MB/s and call clarity is superb.

Speed test of FirstNet Data

The moment I hit send on my phone, it is already dialing. Another thing- I’m a rebel and sometimes don’t turn my phone on airplane mode like the flight attendants tell me to. Mostly because I forget. I’ve gotten service up to around 8,000 ft with FirstNet which I though was pretty cool.

My phone bill is around $65 a month (before all the taxes which are always ridiculous) and it includes unlimited minutes, texting, data, and hotspot. In addition, any family members you have that are either on AT&T already or switch over, but do not qualify for FirstNet- a 25% discount is applied towards their monthly bill.

The Bad:


I travel a lot for work to rural areas these days. FirstNet is still being developed in some of those areas and is spotty sometimes. It is different than the AT&T network, so don’t expect the same coverage. It DEFINITELY did not work in Cuba (where as my AT&T phone did). That being said, nothing else worked in Cuba! Don’t ever waste your money on a ticket to Havana with your wife! You’ll find more Cuban culture in Miami by a long shot and you won’t feel so restricted by the Cuban government.

Summary of FirstNet

Alright, end of Cuba rant- overall, I highly recommend switching over to FirstNet. Not just because I’m a bit of a “prepper” but because the quality is great, the price is good, and it comes with peace of mind that we won’t have a repeat of the 9/11 communication breakdown (God forbid something should happen).

One other thing you should know- you can’t add family members on your plan. Only first responders- meaning only verified Police and Firefighters are allowed on the FirstNet network. Again, AT&T will offer you a 25% for your family members on a separate AT&T plan.

Verizon has since marketed a similar product to FirstNet. It is NOT a true, separate, priority network. They have done nothing more than create a new marketing strategy in an attempt to avoid losing out on Police and Firefighter business around the country.


Click here for more info on FirstNet FirstNet Sign Up info