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Disney Worldwind

A November 2003 trip to Orlando by JimandBill

Quote: Imagine two gay guys in a world full of families, crying children, over-crowded strollers, rain...and we actually enjoyed ourselves -- well, sort of.

Disney Worldwind

Overview

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As you can see, there are no pictures from our vacation to Orlando (sans the resort photos that we purchased). I'm not sure if that was a subconscious or conscious thought. Neither of us particularly cared for Florida’s road ways, drivers, or restaurants. Our time of year precluded enjoying their beaches. The transportation commission should revisit their ability to mark freeway exits. The toll roads were the best-planned roadways in the state.Quick Tips: Be specific about what your intentions are for Florida and stick to them. Do not try to cram every possible activity into your vacation here. Be aware that if you're visiting the amusement parks, so are about a million other people with chi...Read More

Sunterra Polynesian Isles

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Hotel

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An excellent five-star/World Class resort -- worth of it's resort of distinction status. The individual unit had a few problems but the resort maintenance was quick to respond to our needs concerning the bathroom (shower was backing up). The two-bedroom/two-bathroom unit was well-laid-out, but the king mattress had a second-rate mattress pad cover that kept shifting through the night and making our sleeping uncomfortable. The resort amenities included two swimming pools and several spas sprinkled through out the grounds. It was geared more for adults and families with older children, but there was a sister resort down the road that offered families with smaller children amenities to their liking. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2004

Sunterra Polynesian Isles
Kissimmee
Orlando, Florida 32801
(407) 396-1622

Melting Pot The

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Restaurant | "Melting Pot"

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We stumbled upon The Melting Pot when searching for places to eat that might accommodate the vegetarians among us. Orlando, and Florida for the most part, is primarily a surf-and-turf kind of place, leaving very little on the menu for my partner of five years to satisfy his appetite (there’s only so much pasta you can eat). Their fondue menu seemed to allow us to both leave satisfied and yet feel like we had had an adventure without paying admission to the local amusement parks. The variety of fruits, vegetables, breads, and chocolate was an experience one must try, rather than describe. Choosing the right cheese for the fondue can be like picking the correct wine with a meal. The service was excellen...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2004

Melting Pot The
7549 W Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 903-1100

Giordano's Restaurant and Pizzeria

Restaurant | "Giordanos Pizza"

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Giordanos Pizza came highly recommended by a couple of guys we met who actually live in Kissimmee. It’s your large Mom-and-Pop red-checkered tablecloth Italian food eatery and pizzeria. Very nice atmosphere. It appeared that it catered to the after-work parties, as well (co-workers were enjoying the holiday with shared gifts and an after-work glass of wine). The pasta was great. Can’t remember if we ordered a pizza. Worth trying out.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2004

Giordano's Restaurant and Pizzeria
7866 W Irlo Bronsn MMRL Hwy
Orlando, Florida 34747
(407) 397-0044

Cracker Barrel

Restaurant

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Cracker Barrel Restaurants -- what can I say -- they’re everywhere! This house of gorge and fat-laden gravies seems to attract everyone visiting the state. I swear, I thought just from the sheer mass of people and sizes bellying up to their tables that the whole state of Florida was going to break off and sink into the Atlantic at any moment. But they do turn out the food, and if you choose wisely, you may actually be able to leave the restaurant without having to move to the next notch on your belt. If you’re looking for biscuits and gravy, they’ve got it. If you want waffles, you’re going to have to decide from a long list. Their Georgia Peach pancakes (or something like that) were excellent! E...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 6, 2004

Cracker Barrel
6699 S Semoran Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32822
(407) 240-0103

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Attraction | "Island of Adventure"

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Island of Adventure is to Universal Studios what Six Flags is to general amusement parks. This park has it all, from fun kid stuff to teen- and adult-size attractions. All rides are somehow related to characters presented to us in life by Universal, in one form or another. I’m sure the park will be ever-changing, depending on the current movies available to the theater crowds. The most fun were these dueling dragon roller coasters located in a medieval castle-type structure. After winding through a long, elaborate set of turns and dungeon-like rooms (imagine our relief when we were there during off-season), you must decide between the Orange/Red and Blue/Green dragons. Each leaves from the same starti...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 6, 2004

Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Attraction | "Epcot Center"

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Epcot is a 1.5-day to two-day adventure, and knowing that, we will put more time into Epcot in the future than into Disney/Magic Kingdom. This park continues to attract all ages. Again, it was another one of those parks that we were happy to be visiting during a non-peak season. We could only imagine what the lines must be like in peak season. Each night ends the same way -- fireworks on the lake that are the center of the International Quarter. Because of park hours, we were not able to enjoy at least half or more of the countries represented there. The ones we did visit were done in typical Disney over-the-top fashion. Very enjoyable. We especially liked the Scandinavia section, with its art, atmosp...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 7, 2004

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom

Attraction | "Disney World - Magic Kingdom"

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Magic Kingdom - Disney World is, for the most part, the same as Magic Kingdom - Anaheim. Same crowds, same number of strollers, same long lines. A few changes to the layout, mainly in the Monorail system, which does not have a Tomorrowland stop like in Disneyland - Anaheim. I think I prefer the Anaheim attraction for Magic Kingdom; however, without the need to entertain children, Magic Kingdom has become less and less desirable as an adult.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 7, 2004

Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom
Interstate 4 At U.S. Highway 192
Orlando, Florida
(407) 824-4321

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Our vacation began with a check-in with the resort in Kissimmee; however, out intent was to avoid the crowds at the parks on the weekend and hit those attractions mid-week. Instead, we drove the rental car (a necessity for a Florida vacation) and drove to a motel located in Fort Lauderdale. This attractive city by the sea left us with a different impression of Florida than Orlando. It catered to our need for quaint shops, excellent dinning (sublime vegetarian) and gay-related activities. Although Fort Lauderdale seemed to get a bit redundant with its street names (they use the same number and just keep adding a different extension -- street, way, road, avenue, terrace -- and they're all in...Read More