Aside from spending three days at Universal (I'll post about that separately!) and one at Magic Kingdom, we saw a fair bit of the rest of Florida. On Wednesday we drove out to the gulf to Siesta Keys beach, which was a beautiful white sand beach with plenty of space to lay out or swim. I got a very bad sunburn, which I don't advocate, so...wear sunscreen.
As you can see, we made friends with a Pelican and stayed to watch the sunset. It was an awesome day, and despite the sunburn, I had an awesome time being at the Ocean! Next time, I'll bring higher SPF for sure.
We spent only one day at Disney, and chose to go to Magic Kingdom Since it seemed the most action-packed. It was an incredibly hot day, and was incredibly busy, but we got quite a few rides in. I didn't buy any minnie ears (I know, sad) and I found finding food to be incredibly frustrating. Universal had a lot more in terms of reasonably priced food. The lines were also twice as long at Disney.
We saw the 'Arabian Nights' Dinner show in Florida many years ago and loved it, but apparently it shut down this past December, so we saw 'medieval times' instead. It was a really cool show, with lots of sword-fighting, jousting, and beautiful horses. The food was pretty bland, but it was cool to eat with our hands! There's also one in Toronto I believe, which I did not know. It was pretty impossible to take photos in the dark, so you'll have to take my word for it ;)
On our last day we attempted to go for a hike near Haines City, but the tourist information guy had a very different idea of what a 'hike' was, and sent us to a tiny park with paved sidewalks. We took matters into our own hands and headed to a nature preserve instead. This seemed like a good idea, but the blazing sun and lack of marked trails meant that we didn't last very long. I kind of felt like a croc would slither across the trail and eat me...
Overall we had an awesome time in Florida, and were incredibly lucky with the weather. We've been before many years ago when I was only 12, so it was really neat to visit again now that I can actually remember the rides, haha. Thursday I will post about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (aka the best part of this trip).
Have you ever been to Disney or Universal? What was your favourite ride?