This time in 2012 the girls and I were getting ready for two weeks in Florida. We started our trip in Orlando and made our way down to Key Largo and ended in Key West.
We are planning this trip again in 2015, and so at the moment are all suffering from a mild case of the Florida Blues, looking back at past photos and planning where to stay next time.
In Orlando we stated at The Westgate Palace on international Drive. Like most of the big hotels in Orlando if offered free shuttles to all the big theme parks, and also had the advantage of being just around the corner from Wet and Wild.
The suite we stayed in was fantastic value for money. It was self catering, with a full kitchen if we wanted to cook (we didn’t) and a washer dryer if we wanted to do laundry ( we didn’t), but it was very nice to have the option to do so. With views across the lake, two bedrooms to bathrooms and a sofa bed, it was a brilliant base of operations whilst we theme parked to our hearts content.
We had a two week theme park pass for Universal Studios, Universal Islands of Adventure and Wet and Wild. Whilst this was still fab value for money I do wish there was a pass with shorter time, as we were only in Orlando for four days. It still did save us money but it also made us feel like we were wasting money by not using all the time we had purchased.
Our first stop in our theme park tour was Universal Islands of Adventure – and in particular Harry Potter World.
Harry Potter has been a huge part of my life, I’ve gone to midnight releases and lined up for film premiere’s so walking through Hogsmede was a magical experience, looking in shop windows and buying every flavour beans was something I never imagined I would do. Not to mention the rides were amazing, especially Harry Potter and the ForbiddenJourney. How they managed to get the videos to sync up personally with each rider is a technology way beyond my understanding.
We hit up the Jurassic Park water ride, and then the rapids and both log flumes. That is the soggiest I have ever been on a water ride in my life, thank god it was so hot that we were dry within half an hour.
In my opinion the other side of Universal is not as good. It’s much more of a classic theme park, but it needs a little updating. There were still some good rides, such as Twister (one of my favourite films) and the Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket, but most of our time at universal was spent in Islands of Adventure.
Another day was spent at Wet and Wild, and after being traumatised by one of the flumes, we spent most of our time split between the Lazy River and the Wave Pool.
All together we had four days in Orlando. We feasted on IHop for breakfast at ate dinner at Wild Jacks Steak and BBQ. Margaritas were drunk in Margaritaville, and slushy’s were had at Fat Tuesdays.
The end of September is a brilliant time to go to Florida if you want to go to the theme parks. We never queued for more than an hour, and in some cases, got off the ride, walked around and got right back on it.
At the end of our four days we were ready for some relaxing though, and packed our bags, jumped in the car and headed south for Key Largo.
As we are heading back next year I want to hear about your suggestions for any places we should head to, and most importantly, any food we should be eating!