Orlando: Disney may capture hearts, but the city's soul is hidden in less-explored adventures for AUA attendees

A mention of Orlando often conjures up images of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, or Pluto, but a visit to this family-friendly Sunshine State destination can certainly appeal to interests beyond the famed Walt Disney World and any of its theme parks.

For AUA meeting attendees looking to extend their stay or take a break from the meeting, here's a look at some of Orlando's well-known and lesser-known attractions


The Richard Petty Driving Experience in Lake Buena Vista satisfies the urge to get behind the wheel of a genuine NASCAR-style stock car. Various program options are available at the Walt Disney World Speedway (407-939-0130 or http://www.1800bepetty.com/experience).


As part of its family series, the Orlando Ballet is performing "Sleeping Beauty," the story of a sleeping princess, a handsome prince, fairy godmothers, and witches' curses set to the magnificent Tchaikovsky score at Orlando's Bob Carr Performing Arts Center (407-426-1739).


The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park (407-647-6294) is showcasing the exhibit, "Albin Polasek's Wild, Wild West," consisting of photographs by Polasek taken during his travels to the American southwest in 1923, including cowboy artwork and western-themed sculptures. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; free for children 12 and under.