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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby the ghost » Tue May 24, 2011 12:24 am

F*** THIS PLACE! Anywhere with free roaming spiders is not cool with me... I know they're useful for fly killing, but I think all spiders should be eradicated ASAP... in fact it semi sickens me there is even a bug museum in the first place... which kinda makes me feel like a dick cause I enjoy Tough to be a Bug... oh well.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby OrlandoNerd » Tue May 24, 2011 7:36 am

the ghost wrote:F*** THIS PLACE! Anywhere with free roaming spiders is not cool with me... I know they're useful for fly killing, but I think all spiders should be eradicated ASAP... in fact it semi sickens me there is even a bug museum in the first place... which kinda makes me feel like a dick cause I enjoy Tough to be a Bug... oh well.

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i 100% agree with this post, as a severe Aracnaphobe, that is the room from hell, im baffled as to why they have spiders just freely wandering about! :wtf:
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby The SETGO Guys » Tue May 24, 2011 7:49 am

I went here! I really had a nice time, the gardens are actually really nice and the area is alot bigger than you think it would be.

The Loritkee exhibit has a almost completely white floor (And it wasn't painted white ;) )
Also the Free Roaming Spiders freaked me out too, I pretty much walked quickly out of the building when I saw that.

Still a good (A little pricy) way to spend an afternoon!

Thanks Erik and Smisty for the great report!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BeemerBoy » Tue May 24, 2011 7:56 am

Butterfly World was actually founded in 1998, by a gang of butterflies that were tired of migrating.

1988. I know this because I remember being forced there on a school field trip in 8th grade....which sucked. It's another place I'm amazed still exists.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Tue May 24, 2011 7:51 pm

King_K. wrote:I'd really love to see you guys do the Lion Country Safari down here. That place is quite the gem.


It's on the list, for sure. I'm fact, we were going to do it on our last trip down that way, until we found out that their Ferris wheel was down for rehab. But, yeah, we intend to go. =)
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby gisco » Wed May 25, 2011 2:46 pm

Great report. I'm amazed that some of these places can draw enough people to stay in business

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:54 pm

Located on Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (Kissimmee's tourist strip) is Bonanza Golf & Gifts. Which is quite weird. But why just tell you when we can show you...!?
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Among other things, Bonanza Golf hosts a CiCi's.
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For those of you who live in less-civilized parts of the country (or even *gasp* beyond), CiCi's is a pizza buffet chain. And while it's common enough that it wouldn't normally be worthy of an Oddventure, we wanted (you) to get the full Bonanza Golf experience.
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Let's go ahead and get the "photo that Misty is going to kill me for posting" out of the way, shall we?
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Chock-full of all the "pretty good for the price" pizza that we could possibly eat, it was time for some mini golf!
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You must purchase the golf inside the gift shop. But don't get distracted!
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Hey, what could be more family-friendly than mini golf?
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This one is for Elissa.
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And this one is for Barry.
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Okay, on with the golf! Hmm, too bad "no graffiti" isn't one of the rules, eh?

Wait...is that an advertisement for ice cream?!
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Ah yes, Hershey's! The ice cream that says, "We wanted to sell a name brand, but that's really expensive."
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Smisty was becoming almost as impatient as you all are to get on with the mini golf, but after all that pizza and ice cream, I really wanted to check out the "clearance" restrooms.
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On second thought, maybe I'll hold it.
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Okay, so there are two courses. But they're laid out in a very strange manner. They cross themselves and each other seemingly at random. And since there's no difference in coloring or style between them, it's very easy to suddenly find yourself playing the wrong course or hole midway through.

On the other hand, it sort of adds an extra challenge to the courses--and it made us laugh--so I'm not quite willing to say that it's a bad thing, for our purposes.
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Ask about the "mistery" hole!
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Looking back from the furthest point on ground level. Note how we'll eventually be playing golf on top of the gift shop and entryway to the parking lot.
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It's certainly a "mistery" to me how I'm supposed to putt my ball from here.
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The courses are nice enough. I guess the theme is mining or something...?
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"Mountain Bob"/Gandalf wishes you luck.
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Well, why *wouldn't* you have to walk past hole 18 to get to hole 5?
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Tressle putting!
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I guess they...haven't quite finished this part.
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Hole 8? Hole 13? I honestly have no idea what's happening here.
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This really needs to be my profile picture somewhere.
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Mini golf, by MC Escher.
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If you have any idea what the hell is going on here, please write to: Bonanza Golf, 7761 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34747.
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There appears to be a rock in the way.
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I just thought this was a nice photo. What, does everything have to be a joke?
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Well, that's...surprisingly boring.
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At last we come to the last hole. And how can you tell that it's the last hole...?
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Ta-da!
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Oh, crap! Seriously?! You can get married here?? I hope you get to change in the restrooms!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby SharkTums » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:25 pm

Love the shout out, but I have a request...next time don't put my shout out next to Barry's. It violates the restraining order.

Also, I've passed this golf place roughly 849372 times as it's right near where we rent our TPR Houses, it's always struck me as kind of boring so we never bothred with it.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby The SETGO Guys » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:40 pm

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I love the seemingly random Wendy's sign thrown in!

Also whats up with the backseat of a car, near the bathroom. I mean I have a theory....but....

He's kind of sad and pathetic
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BarryH » Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:08 pm

Thank you for the underwear photo. I was actually looking for a new pair after I got a skidmark on my recent one. The one in the gift shop will do quite nicely!

I should do a Photo TR of the Shell Factory in my area. It'll make the Orlando gift shops blush. I just have to find a Green Lantern t-shirt...

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