Trip Start Sep 03, 2007
220Trip End Jun 17, 2009
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It was a sunny day and the road north was busy as we followed the coast before heading east to Orlando. It's hard to remember that a lot of Florida is swampland and the roads and housing have been recovered from the swamps, whilst still leaving great areas of swamps untouched. The highways and other roads are good.
We needed a few shopping items and stopped at our first 'Walmart', sheeesh those places are enormous
Distance driven 137 miles
Seaworld was first up. This was a difficult one because we had both had sad experiences with zoos several years before and have never visited one since. We decided to go, as we believed that with its reputation, Seaworld was above the 'zoo' label. You know when you've had a couple of drinks, when you express wishes that you would otherwise have reservations on ? Well, at supper last night we saw that there was a 'shark tank experience', well I mean, you can't pass that up can you ? Now in the daylight it was time to be brave, check in and get changed into a wetsuit. As you entered the cage, which was at one side of the aquarium above an underwater tunnel that visitors were walking through and could see you, you were fitted with a helmet that air passed through and you looked out at the passing sharks as the cage moved the full length of the tank and back again.
We watched a dolphin show that was well presented and then went to see "Shamu' - the killer whale show. Brilliantly done but it left me somewhat uneasy that these magnificent animals were performing in this way. There was a "Polar Express' ride that was not based on animals but did give us an introduction to the Orlando rides. As we exited this ride in the arctic area there were Beluga Whales, Walrus and a Polar Bear in tanks. This did feel wrong as my belief is that these creatures, which roam for hundreds of miles naturally, should not be in any kind of restricted areas.
OK - it's Big Kids Day and we're off to 'The Magic Kingdom' at Disneyworld. We chose this one as the typical Disney site that is renowned above all others. Car parked, we boarded a tractor trailer and then a monorail to the site. A ride round the whole site on the steam train before starting at 'Frontierland'. We rode 'Thunder Mountain Railroad' and it was so good we got straight on again
Universal Studios. Started with "Jaws', then 'Men in Black', saw the "Blues Brother Concert (twice), 'Shrek', 'Terminator' - which was a live actor show with effects and motion and the best of all was 'The Revenge of the Mummy'. This was awesome as a special effects plus animatronics in a spinning, twisting and flying ride. What was clever is that you could leave your bags in lockers that were fingerprint recognised. Neat. Not quite as busy as Disney but some good rides, most of which involved 3D and getting wet!
We enjoyed the Orlando area but it is definitely mostly for kids (and those with flexible backbones and limbs !!!). It was great to have experienced the Disney magic.