The tourist trap that is Orlando

Trip Start Mar 10, 2009
Trip End Mar 18, 2009

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Friday, March 13, 2009

         Well it was another long day. I was right and the NyQuil made me nice and groggy. The drive to Florida seemed to take forever, but once I made it past Jacksonville I woke up a bit since it was all new to me. I made it to Orlando around 2. After checking into the hotel I went over to the Titanic Experience. I loved it, but I've been obsessed with the titanic since I was a teenager. It's a guided tour which takes about an hour. They have a replica of the grand staircase as well as other items on the ship. They also have a replica of a 1st class cabin on the ship. If you aren't a die hard titanic nut you might get bored, but I find everything about the titanic fascinating so of course I loved the whole thing. They tell you some stories about survivors and your ticket has a name and story on it. My person was a 44 year old immigrant with 9 kids! She was on a lifeboat but when she realized that none of her kids or husband were on the boat she got off. Her and her entire family died. Since she was an immigrant (3rd class) it was really hard for her and her family to get on a life boat because people were snotty little brats who thought that the life of the immigrants didn't mean much. Way more 3rd class passengers died than 1st and 2nd. Human life is human life people! And the 9 kids died! I don't understand how the life of a 3rd class child is worth any more or less than that of a 1st class child.
          Next I went on to Wonderworks. It's a cool place but would have been a lot more fun with someone else. They have tons of interactive exhibits and games and stuff. I got to feel an earthquake (since I was living near San Francisco during the 1989 earthquake I've already felt one) and stand in a hurricane. I definitely haven't been in a hurricane and hopefully I won't. It wasn't so bad but I had poles to hang on to and the lack of debri flying around was very nice and also unrealistic. Had it been a real hurricane I definitely would have gotten knocked out by a tree branch. I also laid on a bed of nails. The guy said that as long as I didn't move I wouldn't feel them but I definitely felt them! After about ten seconds I was done with the bed of nails. Ouch!
I drove around for a bit and finally found Disney World. I was hoping to take some pictures but it's way harder than I thought. First of all it's really spread out and each kingdom has it's own parking lot. The lady let me in the parking lot free when I told her I just needed to turn around and get out of there. I really didn't feel like parking and riding around the tram just to take pictures. So pictures of Disney World will have to wait until I have kids. After driving around getting lost a little (but not too bad because there is a giant NBC ball across the street from the hotel. It's taller than any other buildings around here so I can always find my hotel) I went next door to Red Lobster to get some dinner. I ate way too much and actually took a nap. I didn't think I'd really be able to but I decided to try and sure enough I passed out. It only lasted for an hour but that was okay. I woke up at 8:30 which was perfect since the sun was down. I've been wanting to go to City Walk at Universal Studios but wanted to wait until the sun went down. It was pretty cool. They really make you walk to get there! For some reason I like the one in California more...maybe just cause I'm used to it and have been there numerous times.
          So tomorrow is my day trip to Tampa and Clearwater. I really like Orlando and there's tons to do, but it all costs a lot of money so if you're broke you will get bored (and I'm always a tad broke since I travel way too much). Plus I haven't seen a beach yet and I've heard Florida's west coast is amazing. I'm definitely looking forward to heading over there. I'll be back in Orlando tomorrow night (maybe I will go check out downtown Orlando since all the touristy stuff where I am staying isn't close to downtown at all and downtowns usually have some stuff to do) and then Saturday it's off to Miami.
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markstephenson7 on

This was a great first look at Orlando! I've been about a thousand times and you've hit a few things I've never seen, so kudos! Good observation about the cost too...the place is too touristy now. Much prefer Tampa!

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