Picto81 wrote:I'm quite keen about photography and your photos really are brilliant and obviously not just phone snaps. I always say I'm going to take my "proper" camera with me next time I visit a theme park but when the day comes I change my mind as don't want to clunk it around with me all day or leave it in a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo. How do you get around this predicament? Also my wife would hate it if I stood waiting for the shot I really want.
Thanks for the comments! It's definitely easier to make time for photography when traveling alone, but the TPR people I've visited parks with (whether on an official tour or otherwise) totally get that photographers are gonna photograph. I usually take my equipment with me on rides (where allowed) or sometimes put it in a "bunny" for a few hours while making the rounds to get the riding done.
Blue Turbo wrote:Great update as always Andy! It's funny, for how many times I've been to Orlando I still have never been to SeaWorld. I will definitely have to make it visit someday.
Yup, it's definitely worth a stop. I know it's kind of third on the pecking order after WDW and Universal, but if you can swing another day, go for it. It's probably possible to do SeaWorld and both Fun Spot parks all in the same day if you're not literally trying to ride or see everything.
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Also, I totally agree with you about both forms of penguins.
Now that it's pretty much set that they'll be playing my second-favorite team in the opening round, it's only worse! Also have to laugh that some guy replied to Robb on Twitter essentially saying "it was a good trip report but I was offended by his comment about the hockey team." Like, really, it's a joke. Come on.
you missed out not going to Weeki Wachee to see the "mermaids" tho
Ha! Drove right past it, actually, on my way down US-19 into the Tampa area. Probably not quite my thing, to be honest.
805Andrew wrote:I don't know if I'd be able to on my first Orlando visit, but on my second or third Orlando visit I'd try to get a day break from the parks to see some of that wildlife.
First off, get to Orlando! (says the guy who's never been to California)
Second, yeah, you've got the right idea. You could easily spend 6-10 days at WDW on a first visit, then another few days at the other parks, without ever venturing beyond. I've been to Florida enough times now that I'm looking for other things to do and see along the way.
XSupremacy wrote:Nice pictures, there also is an open air penguin exhibit at SFDK
RollerManic wrote:^The St. Louis Zoo also has one. There's is even partially outdoors. The Memphis Zoo's is completely outdoors, etc.
There are plenty of open air pengium exhibits. Where did you hear that Antarctica was the only one?
Hey -- sorry for the mis-information. I was just trying to note it was the only one I'd heard of. Glad to see there are a few others around! SDFK's exhibit has African penguins, but the two zoos you mentioned do have Antarctic penguins like SeaWorld's. I will have to visit those zoos when I'm in the area!
Card wrote:I also LOL'ed when I saw the great egret photobombing the trainer feeding shot as well. I don't think I've ever seen one quite so comfortable around people.
Again thanks for your comments! And yeah, kind of hard to keep the natives away when they can fly.