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2.25.2014

Travel Tuesday: Orlando, Florida

My "spring break" this year was an awesome trip with my Family to Orlando, Florida. This is the result of me pestering my parents for years to take us to Harry Potter world (mostly as a joke), but my Dad is incredibly awesome and took us, even though my sister and I are both in our twenties. We were probably more excited this time than when we went 12 years ago.

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?

20 comments:

  1. I've never been to any! I was close to going one time when visiting my brother that lived outside of Orlando, but it didn't work out. I was bummed! One day maybe! And the beaches are so amazing! I'm really yearning for some time at the beach!

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  2. I can't wait to see your HP post! That's my favorite part about Universal, which is my favorite park down there. I also love the Jurassic Park part! My favorite Disney park is Magic Kingdom, though my parents and I are opting for Epcot this year when we go just to change it up. Magic Kingdom is just so classic Disney. I always get excited to see the castle and the fireworks always make me teary eyed...haha.

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  3. Florida looks like so much fun! I haven't been myself, but have visited Disneyland in Paris and Hong Kong, and Universal Studios in Osaka. I checked out the Harry Potter studio tour in London about a month ago and it was amazing too! Looking forward to your next post.
    Claire xx | somewhere... beyond the sea

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  4. Great photos, what a fun trip!!!!!

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  5. I visited Orlando for the first time last October with my husband, but because we were only there for 5 days we had decided to save Disney for a future visit and focus on Universal. We had such an awesome time, although I was a tiny bit disappointed by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - it was smaller than I expected and I guess having been to the studio tour previously I was just so aware than none of it was "real". I still hope to go back when the new part is finished though! I loved the Forbidden Journey ride though, and also the Incredible Hulk, Revenge of the Mummy, Rip Ride Rockit... In fact, all of the coasters! And the Dudley Do Right ride is the wettest I've ever been on in my life!

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  6. Haha maybe one day when you have kids you can take them! I got really burnt at the beach and now I really miss summer :(

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  7. Jurassic Park was awesome too! I didn't see any other parks at disney other than Magic Kingdom, but that one seemed the most classic so that's why we went :) Disney is expensive!

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  8. I am the biggest Harry Potter nerd! I went to the Making of Harry Potter studio tour in London and love it. I have been to Disneyland in Hong Kong and my fav thing was the 3D movie!

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  9. I really want to do the Harry Potter tour in London...that would probably be way better! Hopefully one day I'll get to England again and do it, haha.

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  10. Ugh, I know! Disney has four parks down there - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. I only really like Magic Kingdom and Epcot, though I haven't been to Hollywood Studios since I was little. Animal Kingdom is alright, but it only takes about 3-4 hours to go through the park and to me, it's not worth spending about $90 for that.

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  11. I want to go to Disney World sooooo bad! I've been to Disney Land in California but it was a little lacklustre. Spending a week at Disney World is like my ideal vacation right now.

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  12. Wow, that sunset. Absolutely stunning!

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  13. Yeah, I think I'm glad I went to Harry Potter world before the london tour...If I actually ever get to do that, haha. I did the Dudley Do Right ride as well...definitely should have saved it for last, my butt was wet for the rest of the day! haha.

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  14. I really want to go to the Studio in London! I just live so far away :(

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  15. Thanks Robert :) I've never really seen a sunset on the ocean like that before. Nothing in the way!

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  16. I love these photos! I didn't realise your parents had taken you. That's so cute. I'm glad you had a fabulous time.

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  17. I got a horrible sunburn when I was in Florida on a choir trip - but it was worth it in the end. These photos look great! I miss the warmth!

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  18. I would love to have another trip with parents :) Btw gorgeous pictures Jess, you got talent in you.

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  19. I miss the warmth already, too! :( haha

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  20. That sounds like a blast! I visited Siesta Keys a few years ago and fell in love. I can’t wait to go back there. The sand is so soft, and the views are amazing. Glad you guys had so much fun, minus the sunburn.

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