Tinekerbell and her pals are found everywhere in this city
16 Jan – We got up this morning, packed our bags and loaded them into the car and headed for Kissimmee / Orland, Florida. On the road we had a one hour stop at the arts festival on Ocean drive in Delray beach. The artwork was amazing and everything had the island theme which totally suits that part of Florida. We also drove on the A1A towards Palm beach and drove past Donald Trump’s Mansion. We booked into Knights inn in Kissimmee as they were the ‘cheapest’ in the area. Their rate was $27.99 per night. They advertised themselves to have FREE internet, FREE breakfast and a FREE shuttle to the theme parks. Once we arrived there they charged us and additional $6 per day for the so called free stuff on top of a $4 per day surcharge as it was a long weekend and 14% tax, which brought the final bill to $43 per day. We were not impressed and cancelled our booking and dropped in at a few hotels to find a better, cheaper one. We then found Econolodge, where everything was included and it was FREE. They charged us $99 for 3 days and then gave us one night free and their tax was only 11%.
The staff behind the counter was also super friendly and helpful which made our stay great. There was also a Lamborgini Countache which Dan totally freaked out about.
The souvenier shops are awesomely decorated to match the whole Disney theme of the surrounding area. "Only in America"
For lunch we went to Falafel o King and had Lentil soup and Falafel dishes. The lentil soup was amazing and a highlight of Dan's trip. I had a peanut butter milkshake tonight which was absolutely amazing. Our healthy dinner.
18 Jan – We played mini golf today as the mini golf courses around here are all very cool and are all made up according to a theme. Dan had 2 very very lucky holes which meant our final score was 50/53 in his favour. So yes he won, but ILL BE BACK!
19 Jan – We got up super early this morning so we could be at the Universal Orlando theme park gates at 9am. Dean and Audrey had some spare tickets which they gave to us, this saved us $210, thanks heaps guys! Anyway Universal Orlando is divided into 2 theme parks, one is the Islands of Adventure park and the other is Universal studios. We entered Islands of Adventure at 8:55am and went straight to the back of the park. There where no or hardly any people at that side of the park which was really cool as no rides had queues. We went on the Jurassic park ride first which ends in a water drop which is seriously high. As we fell my tummy turned and I screamed but we fell for so long that I stopped screaming. Then you hit the water just as an extra bonus. Our second ride was the Rip Saw falls, this ride consists of a log ride on the water with some serious turns which flood your boat and then your clothes. It also ends in a very fast drop which makes you extra wet.
We thought we should go and dry off at the Doctor Dooms Fearfall. It totally caught me by surprise as I thought it was going to go up slowly and then drop rapidly, well it was the opposite and I nearly wet my pants even more. While we were still wet we thought it would be best to go and do the final water ride. Popeye's Bilge-rat barges, with this ride you sit in a huge tube and then you go down a river with serious rapids and waterfalls. It was an extremely fun ride and once we were finished there our underwear was wet. We then did the Spiderman 3D ride and the Incredible Hulk rollercoaster.
Making the most of the sun!
This basically covered Islands of Adventure so we went onto exploring Universal studios. Our first ride was Jaws, then MIB, Simpsons and then the Woody Woodpecker rollercoaster. It was at this point where Dan just could not take any more and he felt seriously sick. He laid down for about half an hour while I went exploring. Once he thought he was strong enough again we went on the extreme rollercoaster called The Rip Ride Rockit. When the rollercoaster ascends you literally lay on your back.
You also choose the song you want to hear once you start descending your song starts playing which is a really cool feature. Once the ride came to a stand still Dan went white in the face and I thought this is it… But he managed to keep it where it belongs and then laid down on the grass again while I went and did Shrek 4D.
The day was really cool but you have to have a tummy made of steel in order to carry no consequences of all those tummy turning rides.