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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Back to the Daily Grind

We returned home from Florida yesterday afternoon, after three long days and four very short nights in Kissimmee. Both flights were uneventful; we've flown Allegiant twice before, but this time I had stumbled across some rather unnerving news pre-flight. It turns out that the CEO of Allegiant Air used to run another small discount airliner. . .it's name was Jet Blue! In all fairness, Jet Blue became AirTran, and both they and Allegiant have maintained clean records for years.



Jody did alot of research over the last month or two, and discovered that it was as cheap to rent a home down there as it was to stay in a decent hotel, so that's what we did:


This was our home for most of the week. It was a beautiful and spacious villa with 4 bedrooms, three baths, and an enclosed pool. Jody's parents were able to fly down and share our accommodations as well. We didn't spend alot of time in it, but it was nice to come home to at night!


That's our crappy rental car in the driveway - a 2007 Ford Taurus with alignment issues. Heh. . .it was CHEAP! ;)



We arose at O-Dark-Hundred on Tuesday, and dragged our tired butts to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center. We'd both been to these before, on our honeymoon, but it was a first for the kids:

Magic Kingdom


Samantha and Sabrina were fearless at the Magic Kingdom, and talked about nothing but Splash Mountain and Space Mountain! Epcot, which I found to be sorta boring 12 years ago, has some great newer rides: "Soarin" that simulates hang gliding over California - GM's Test Track in which YOU get to be the crash test dummy on the track - and a Mission to Mars space flight simulator that was nothing short of amazing!

Epcot



On Wednesday, we tackled the Animal Kingdom and MGM Studios (MY favorite Disney park):

Posing with Mickey


Animal Kingdom is a newer Disney park, and we could have spend at least an entire day there, but we had to get to MGM so my little daredevils could ride the Tower of Terror. I'd told them all about it, and they couldn't wait to drop thirteen stories several times!

MGM magic places me in Frisco



We wrapped things op on Thursday, saving the best for last, and visited Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure:

In front of Universal (duh)


Universal Studios, IMHO, by far one of the best attractions in the USA! Sabrina FREAKED OUT on the Jaws Encounter boat tour! We scored front row seats on the boat, and I have to credit the "tour guide" who stayed totally in character despite Sabrina screaming in his face the entire time! He totally cracked up at the end of the ride, and said that she had THE best face he'd ever seen react to that ride. ;) She calmed down enough to have her picture taken in front of the hanging shark one block away:



Catchin' a Wave


It was a nice little adventure, but I think we'll make it a full 7-day tour next time around - there's just too much too see and do in a short time frame! And we didn't even venture beyond Disney and Universal.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Parson said...

Looks like fun was had by all. Welcome home.

title="comment permalink">September 30, 2007 2:16 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Wow, that sounds like a great time! It was a lot to do in a short time, how were the crowds?

The kids are adorable, and they sound like my kids, daredevils!

I'm glad you're back, though...I missed seeing you around!

title="comment permalink">September 30, 2007 7:10 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Parson - It was a challenge with two young kids. . .but worth it!

ME - September is definitely the time to go; no lines! The girls are great when they're not fighting like. . .sisters!

title="comment permalink">September 30, 2007 9:01 PM  
Blogger Hill said...

Fantabulous!!!

Looks to me like Daddy, the Good Man, had as much fun as the children.

Ha!

Oh, and loved that vacation home with the lanai. Too cool!

:)

title="comment permalink">October 01, 2007 6:49 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Hill - My old fat ass gave them a run for the money!

It definitely beat a hotel - WTF is a lanai??

title="comment permalink">October 01, 2007 9:26 PM  
Blogger Stan Matuska said...

Looks like a fun time was had by all! When my wife and I took our son down there a few years ago after his High School graduation, we had a blast and also rented a condo/villa/whatever. It was actually cheaper than a hotel!

Welcome back to reality. Keep the catpan clean - that's not a metaphore.

title="comment permalink">October 01, 2007 10:49 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Stan - Thanks for the "shitty job" you did. . .lol. BTW, Hobbes wants to spend s'more time with you - you must have really bonded! ;)

title="comment permalink">October 02, 2007 9:22 PM  

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