Sunday, August 5, 2012

Monkey Joe's Pointe Orlando Review and Giveaway!

From the time Xander was 16 months old I have been taking him to Monkey Joe's in Orlando. About 6 months ago when I found out they moved locations, I stopped taking him. Not because I didn't like the new location. I didn't like that I had to pay for parking. Yes. I am cheap.

Today, Casey and I decided to venture in once again with all 7 kids.

It was Casey's first visit, she had NEVER been before, and I couldn't believe it! I love Monkey Joe's, how can she have never been?!?

When we got to Pointe Orlando and pulled into the huge parking garage, we had to take a ticket to *gasp* pay for parking.

After we parked (3rd floor!) we started the trek with all the kids (not easy on the 3rd floor and Casey HATES elevators)

I noticed right away that there were NO signs, nothing. Ok, yeah there were signs, but NO signs telling me where Monkey Joe's was located, so we walked in a very big circle all the way around Pointe Orlando.

We stopped in one of the shops and asked the clerk if she knew where Monkey Joe's was..she said she didn't think it was open yet (as in, located in this place at all!) since I knew she was wrong, we kept walking..we finally found it, almost back where we started!

We were greeted by the manager Nicole, who was very very sweet, she told me she used to be a school teacher but she loved Monkey Joe's so much that she decided to stay on full time and become manager.

After the kids all got their wristbands (and Casey and I too ) they were off.

And off...

And off.

The main change I noticed when I first got in, was the HUGE pirate ship in the middle of the floor, it looks really awesome, and it is BIG, i mean it's so big I couldn't get far enough away to get a picture of the whole thing!

The second change I noticed, was the improvement to the arcade (probably the ONLY thing Casey and I didn't like, was the arcade, and ONLY because our oldest boys begged and begged for money constantly!)

The arcade though is really nice, there are several really big games, including a game where you can paint your own picture and print it out right there!

After exploring the arcade for a while, we were brought 2 Flippers pizza by Nicole.

Flippers makes really good pizza, and it was nice to have a name brand (we go to Chuck E Cheese ALOT and this is much better)

The price for a large pizza is $14.99, they also have fountain drinks that they refill for a quarter!

I wanted to try the mini donuts, but I was so full from the pizza there was no room..I did manage to try the iced coffee, which for $2.79 was AWESOME (even though Buggy and Joshua kept stealing it from me!)

The party rooms looked about the same as they were in the old location, they were always really nice and they still are.
Out of all of the 7 kids, I would say the kids under 6 had the best time.

Not that the older ones didn't but it was definitely friendlier for the younger ones, and there were a lot of toddlers there, which surprised me, a lot of non walkers with their parents, it was nice to see, since when I used to take Xander, i felt like the only one with a toddler.

They have really improved the toddler section, it has 4 bouncers and they do a REALLY good job at keeping the older ones out! Riley (my 5 year old) kept trying to follow Buggy in, and there was a "referee" who always caught him!

I liked the fact that they had more staff, I remember when Xander was about 3 he got knocked over at Monkey Joe's by a boy who was about 10. The boy was bouncing too hard and there was no one to stop him, that definitely would not be the case now!

Once we had all the kids ready to go (which was almost 4 hours after arriving!) Casey told me that when we came in, they gave her a parking validation! I didn't know that! They validate for up to 3 hours, now that I know that, I will definitely be going more often.

Admission for children over 2 years old is $9.49 and under 2 is $5.99

They also offer frequent user cards at $35.00 for under 2 and $65 over 2 years old. These can be "punched" 10 times which is a huge savings.

9101 International Drive

validated parking "up to 3 hours per visit"

Orlando, FL 32819

(407) 352-8484

Since Michael and Riley's birthdays are this month I decided to offer a giveaway to all my Monkey Joe loving readers, please enter using the rafflecopter form below, giveaway ends 8/14/12 at 12:01am

a Rafflecopter giveaway

98 comments:

  1. i have never been to monkey joes but do plan on going
    ccasper@centurytel.net

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  2. I've never been there and I don't have little kids any more so it's unlikely that I will visit. It does look like lots of fun, though.

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  3. We do not have one in our area, but would love if we are in the area.

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  4. No, I haven't been to a Monkey Joe's yet, but I would like to check it out.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  5. I have been to monkey joes and my daughter loves it!

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  6. I have never even to one
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  7. I've never been to Monkey Joe's but it looks like a great place to take the kids!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I have never been but I would go if in that area.

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  9. I'm going to be In that area in Sept but I have never been there.

    Love3570@aol.com

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  10. yes my nephew just had his second birthday party in north attleboro ma a lot of people didn't even know it existed up here they don't do any kind of advertising

    yanktheese@yahoo.com

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  11. Never been a monkey jones and I've never even seen a store ever

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  12. I've never been to, would love to if given the chance.

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  13. Never been to one but I would love to!

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  15. I have never been and there is not one in my area, but it looks like a blast!

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  16. the closest one to use is about an hour and a half away but last month on my daughters birthday (7) we went for the FIRST time! My daughter and my son (2) had a GREAT time!!! It was an awesome place and we will most definitely be going back soon! :)

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  17. My kids love Monkey Joe's! I haven't seen the new location, but my husband took the little ones there a few weeks ago and they enjoyed themselves.

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  18. Never even heard of it.
    rierie11booger (@) yahoo.com

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  19. I've never heard of it, I don't think they have them here in the Midwest.

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  20. We will probably take the kids in december. We went once but my baby was very small.
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  21. It looks like Jumpin' Jacks that we have here. We don't have any Monkey Joes.
    hiwendyhi at yahoo dot com

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  22. I have not, but looks like fun!

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  23. I have never been, but it looks like fun! :) I'm not sure there is one in my area!! :)

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  24. I've never heard of it, but it looks like a lot of fun.

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  25. I have been with my little nephews and cousins when I was pregnant. Now that I have a little toddler who is walking around, I can't wait to take her!

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  26. We have never been but will be checking it out since there is one in our area.
    sumer84@live.com

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  27. There is no Monkey Joes in my area. It does remind me of Chucky Cheese though. Great for kids' celebrations.

    sylvieanddudes@yahoo.com

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  28. I've never been!
    BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  29. It looks fun but I don't have one near me.

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  30. I have never been to one, have never heard of it before now!

    jenndiggy at gmail dot com

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  31. I have never been to Monkey Joe's we don't have one in our area......... looks like great fun though!!!

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  32. I have never been to Monkey Joe's. I wish they had one in my area.

    cweller75@gmail.com

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  33. My daughter loves Monkey Joe's

    caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

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  34. I haven't been there but it looks very cool. I saw it in a documentary where a few parents got together. I'd love to go with my family.

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  35. If we had one, I would definitely take my son. (waterprincess812@aol.com)

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  36. I have never been to Monkey Joes' Nor have I ever heard of it BUT when I go to Orlando I plan to. From the sound of your review and your pics my Grand-kids would have a blast!!
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  37. I have never been to Monkey Joes

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  38. I have never been to Monkey Joes
    marypopmom@yahoo.com

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  39. I have never been. There don't appear to be any in Texas.

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  40. We do not have one in our area, but would love if we did

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  41. There is not one locally but if I ever run up on one I would love to go in.

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  42. I have not been to Monkey Joe's since there is none in our area. It looks like a lot of fun though.

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  43. I have never been to one; we don't have one in area.

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  44. I have never been there. We dont have one in our area

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  45. I've never been to a Monkey Joe's before as there are no locations in my state but would take the kids if they put one here.

    longbarb1@aol.com

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  46. I have never even heard of it! It looks fun though!

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  47. we have never been but would love too
    stracey2010@live.com

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  48. I have not yet been to Monkey Joe's but would like to do so!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  49. I wish there was one near us. It looks like a great place to take the kids!

    bergiejrfhe@yahoo.com

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  50. I have never been to a Monkey Joes and there is no location close to me, but I would like to go in the future if it was nearby
    darkmysticnight(at)hotmail(dot)com.

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  51. There are none in my area, so I've never been.

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  52. Never heard of them until now, looks like super fun though. I would love to go one day.

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  53. I've never been to a Monkey Joes but it looks like a lot of fun!

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  54. Never heard of it before. None here in Colorado.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  55. There are no Monkey Joes in my state.
    traymona[at]aol.com

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  56. Never been! Never even heard of it. holymoleynicoley at aol dot com

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  57. Unfortunately there is not one near us. Looks like a blast, though!

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  58. We don't have any Monkey Joes in my area

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  59. I've never been and there isn't one very close.
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    1. I have never been to a Monkey Joe's...I'm not sure there is one in my area. Thankyou.
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  60. I have not been, I will be going when I visit my brother and nieces.

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  61. I have never heard of them or been to one,we do not have any here
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  62. It is nice to see family outings, you don't hear about them much any more. Mokey Joe's is a great place to visit

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  63. Never been but maybe I will have to try it!

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  64. There isn't one in my area which is really disappointing. We go to Chuck E Cheese a lot and the kids are getting bored with that. There is a place similar called Jump Zone, but it doesn't have an arcade like this or the food that Monkey Joes offer. Thank you for the nice review! If we win, we would take the paypal money and go to Jump Zone but if we are ever near a location where there is a Monkey Joes me and my gang of 5 will definitely give them a try!

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  65. No, we haven't. I'd go if we can find one!

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  66. we dont have any in vermont but it looks fun

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  67. I have never been to one, but it does look like a blast.

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  68. Never been there, but it looks like fun!

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  69. No i have never been, we don't have one in our area :(

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  70. Never been, but it sounds like an awesome place and would love to visit in the future.

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  71. I have never been and there's not one close to me :(

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  72. I don't believe there are any located near me. Looks like a lot of fun though!

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  73. we haven't ever been but it looks like a lot of fun
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  74. I have never been there sadly.

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  75. I haven't been, I've never seen one so I don't think there are any near me, it looks fun though

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

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  76. we dont have it near us :( so we've never been

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  77. I've never been to one but would love to.

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  78. i have never been but it looks like a place my kids would love to go

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  79. I have never heard of it before, but it looks super fun. Thanks!

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  80. We have a similiar place here in Michigan that we LOVE to go to as a family!
    Cristine - Kalamazoo, MI

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  81. No haven't been to Monkey Joes but it looks fun

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  82. Thanks for the giveaway...we have never been, but our kids would love to go.

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    Bryan E.

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  83. Never have been, i dont think we have one around
    schueler.jessica@yahoo.com

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  84. We've never been but would LOVE to! Sounds like a great place for a family with kids of all ages!

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  85. Posting for the Cupcake Onesie giveaway!
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  86. I would like to be there someday for fun and entertainment. It's a fun place for kids and they will also enjoy here.
    Kids Parties in Orlando

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  87. i live in poinciana never been there but that its almost like funzone in oscela squarell mall in kissimmee n is close to my house and the kids love it

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