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Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:18 pm

Aloha! Erik and Smisty here. You may remember us from such threads as Erik & Misty's Smoky Mountain Adventures. Or perhaps some of our other trip reports, from places like Cedar Point, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Indiana Beach, or Holiday World. I think it's safe to say, however, that this thread is destined to surpass all of those--to become, you might say, the ultimate expression of our Erik & Smisty-ness.

At the beginning of February, 2010--in search of warmer weather and even more touristy stuff to do--we moved from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to Orlando, Florida.

These are our stories:

Characters In Flight (Downtown Disney) - Page 1
Congo River Mini Golf (East Orlando) - Page 3
The Seas with Nemo & Friends (Epcot) - Page 3
Castillo de San Marcos (St. Augustine) - Page 4
Bistro Gourmet at McDonald's (Orlando) - Page 4
Winter Summerland (Walt Disney World) - Page 6
Africa (Disney's Animal Kingdom) - Page 8
Dinosaur World (Plant City) - Page 9
Grand Prix Mini Golf (Tampa) - Page 11
Gatorland (Orlando) - Page 12

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum (St. Augustine) - Page 14
International Flower & Garden Festival (Epcot) - Page 15
"Mantaland" (SeaWorld Orlando) - Page 16
Analog Tweeting @BGT (Busch Gardens Tampa) - Page 18
Hawaiian Rumble Mini Golf (Orlando) - Page 19
Bird Gardens (Busch Gardens Tampa) - Page 19
T-Rex Cafe (Downtown Disney) - Page 20
The Citrus Tower (Clermont) - Page 20
The Presidents Hall of Fame (Clermont) - Page 22
After Dark (SeaWorld Orlando) - Page 24

Seuss Landing (Islands of Adventure) - Page 25
WonderWorks (Orlando) - Page 29
Howl-O-Scream (Busch Gardens Tampa) - Page 32
Halloween Spooktacular (SeaWorld Orlando) - Page 35
Aquatica (Orlando) - Page 36
Scott's Maze Adventures (Zellwood) - Page 38
Congo River Mini Golf (Clearwater) - Page 39
World Expo (Universal Studios Florida) - Page 41
Bargain World (Orlando) - Page 41
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (Disney's Hollywood Studios) - Page 43

Macy's Holiday Parade (Universal Studios Florida) - Page 44
Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant (Dania Beach) - Page 45
Boomers! (Dania Beach) - Page 46
Miami Seaquarium (Miami) - Page 49
Winn-Dixie #2379 (Kissimmee) - Page 52
Monkey Jungle (Miami) - Page 55
The Florida Aquarium (Tampa) - Page 58
The King of Kong Arcade (Orlando International Airport) - Page 60
Gator Golf (Orlando) - Page 61
Asia (Disney's Animal Kingdom) - Page 63

The Florida Keys, Overview (Um...Florida) - Page 65
Uncle Bernie's Amusement Park (Fort Lauderdale) - Page 68
World's Largest Bowling Pin (Tampa) - page 70
Key West Aquarium (Key West) - Page 71
The Great American Pie Festival (Celebration) - Page 72
Boondocks Restaurant & Mini Golf (Ramrod Key) - Page 74
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum (Orlando) - Page 75
Hula Dog (Orlando) - Page 78
Jungle Island (Miami) - Page 79
Butterfly World (Coconut Creek) - Page 82

Bonanza Golf & Gifts (Kissimmee) - Page 83
Fork & Screen Dine-In Theater (Downtown Disney) - Page 86
American Victory Ship & Museum (Tampa) - Page 87
Central Florida Zoo (Sanford) - Page 88
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (Cape Canaveral) - Page 90
Star Trek: The Exhibition (Kennedy Space Center) - Page 91
Kennedy Space Center Tour (Cape Canaveral) - Page 92
US Astronaut Hall of Fame (Titusville) - Page 94
Emeril's Tchoup Chop (Universal Orlando) - Page 94
Anastasia Miniature Golf (St. Augustine) - Page 95

Lego Kingdoms (Legoland Florida) - Page 96
Titanic The Experience (Orlando) - Page 99
Makahiki Luau (SeaWorld Orlando) - Page 102
MegaCon 2012 (Orlando) - Page 103
Hollywood Drive-In Golf (Universal Orlando) - Page 105
The Festival of Chocolate (Orlando) - Page 105
Silver Springs (Ocala) - Page 106
St. Augustine History Museum (Hell) - Page 109
Return to Dinosaur World! (Still in Plant City) - Page 109
Cong River Mini Golf (Kissimmee) - Page 110

In here somewhere we took a vacation from all this vacationing: Southern California & Nevada, with Erik & Smisty

Fantasy of Flight (Polk City) - Page 111
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (Jacksonville) - Page 113
Holy Land Experience (Orlando) - Page 114
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby STR8FXXXINEDGE » Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:23 pm

YESSSSS!!! :b So excited to see you're back!
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby deathbydinn » Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:45 pm

They're back! :b
I'm so happy you choose to start the thread again in Florida. The Smoky Mountains thread was amazing and I'm sure this one will be even better!
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:01 pm

As amusement resorts go, Walt Disney World is big. Really big. Sure, there are the theme parks. But there are also water parks, miniature golf, actual golf, hotels, restaurants, stores, sports complexes, and lots and lots of trees, water, and roads separating them all. WDW even has its own fire station. It also has Downtown Disney, which is a collection of specialty shops, restaurants, theaters, and empty buildings that used to be nightclubs--as well as a strange little attraction that really wouldn't fit into any of the existing theme parks:

Characters In Flight
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Is that...a balloon?
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It costs $16 per person. And while that might seem fairly expensive for what is, essentially, just a fancy observation tower--it's practically cheap by Disney standards.
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We have our boarding passes, Captain!
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This is what I look like on a balloon.
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Up we go, at the end of a steel cable tether...! (That's supposed to be sung, you see. To the tune of Wild Blue Yonder. Nevermind.)
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The E is for Erik. The S is for Smisty. The N is for...um..."Nobody Else."
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The "Marketplace" section of Downtown Disney.
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And the "West Side" section.
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Now then, let's see what we can see from 400 feet in the air. Looks like Typhoon Lagoon and Disney Hollywood Studios! (I think Expedition Everest is actually in this photo, too. Far right.)
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And Epcot, too!
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Disney timeshares!
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And yes, even the Magic Kingdom. Well, if you squint. You can see part of it. Behind the Contemporary Resort. Top middle. It's Space Mountain's foot. Look, shut up.
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Not good enough for you? Well, how about SeaWorld? (Top middle-right.)
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Time to head back down to the planet. That's a sort of a pun, you see. "Planet Hollywood"? Forget it.
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Misty and I took up positions on opposite ends of the balloon, for maximum photo coverage. But you can move around, if you like. We weren't sure, going in. How you doin' over there, Smisty? You look a bit worried.
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See? Safe and sound back on the ground.

I enjoyed it. It's as high up as you're gonna get over WDW, short of a far more expensive helicopter ride. And it's quite smooth and pleasant. What did you think, Smisty? Would you do it again??
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby dandaman » Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:25 pm

Triumphant return, indeed. Welcome back to Florida! (At least, I thought one of you had lived in the Orlando area before?)
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby robbalvey » Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:34 pm

Great to see you guys back with a new thread! Looking forward to this one.

Thanks as always for your support!!!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:05 pm

dandaman wrote:Triumphant return, indeed. Welcome back to Florida! (At least, I thought one of you had lived in the Orlando area before?)


Thanks! Yes, we've both lived in Orlando before (just not together), and we both have family here.

robbalvey wrote:Great to see you guys back with a new thread! Looking forward to this one.

Thanks as always for your support!!!

--Robb "Would you like a regular column in our Club TPR publication?" Alvey ;)


Well, since I have almost no idea what that might entail...yes! :p
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby coastersrule85 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:32 pm

YAY!! The start of what will most certainly become yet another absolutely amazing thread!! Can't wait to see what kooky adventures y'all dish up in the Sunshine State!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby the ghost » Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:36 pm

Yay! You guys are back!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby traincrossin » Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:37 pm

What a way to kick off your new Florida oddventures! Those pictures of Disney from high in the sky were great. Glad to see you two are back in action!
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