Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The Happiest Place on Earth?

I was at the Magic Kingdom and related parks from Friday through Monday. It was my parental pilgramage to the icons of Disney. My wife, mother, daughter and myself treked down to Orlando for some time with Snow White, et. al.

The days:

Friday: Fly AirTran airlines to Orlando from Philly. This is a great lowcost airline, they blow Southwest away. Just great. $98 round trip from philly to Orlando with assigned seating, drinks and snacks. Everyone was nice.
What we did: My mom did not get in until late so we went to a dinner show. "Pirates" This was a dancing, acrobatic, singing festival with dinner. It was really entertaining. Lots of swashbuckling and trapeze work. I liked it. The transportation left alot to be desired. The hotel called a cab for us and we paid round trip to the driver and then he didn't show up for 45 minutes after the show as over. Anyone traveling in Orlando should avoid Quality taxi services. Customer satisfaction is last in their book.

Saturday: Magic Kingdom day. This was also Gay Day 2007 -- which really just meant that there was a sea of red t-shirts throughout the park. Emily, my daughter, was able to meet Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and others. It was nice. Lots of walking and lots of money was spent on souveniers and food. I think this was the most expensive day. I may have spent 400 just here. We walked for miles and miles through the park, rode the rides and generally exhausted ourselves. The fireworks were great. Then we went with about 40,000 of our closest friends to the exits. What a mob.

Sunday: Epcot. this is more sedate and more geared toward education. There were some slow moving rides, lots of shopping and a little concert by Peter Noone. "I'm Henry the VIIIth I am Henry the VIIIth I am" and so on. It was fun and felt like a break after the magic kingdom. Total amount spent here about 100.00. The fireworks here were beyond belief, they mixed gasoline fires with the fireworks. It was spectacular, in my opinion better than the magic kingdom.

Monday: Typhoon Lagoon. This is one of the Disney water parks. This is really great park with an outstanding wave pool and lots of slides. It was a nice relaxing day. Then off to the airport with my new sunburn, there is no spf strong enough to help this fair skin lad. Arrived home at 12:00 am this morning. Oh well, it was a good vacation, my mom was able to visit her grandaughter and everyone got along well.

Now back to running: I recieved my Garmin 205 gps watch as well and will play with that to increase my pace. I will keep you updated.


Anonymous said...

sounds like you had fun, and i am glad that everyone got along. sounds great! I logged in 6 miles over the weekend. walking and running; still having some probs with the left foot. but its not as sore; so its healing. thats a good sign!

Rob said...

Sorry about your foot. Keep at it. Good job on your running.