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9 Days In Florida

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An August 2009 trip to Orlando by Fiver29

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Flight Stories

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As with the outbound flights the check-in was done online, this time there were a lot of seats left, even though I’d left it quite late as I almost forgot. I’m glad I remembered though as on the flight from Newark to Manchester we’d been allocated the seats next to the toilet, and when you’re trying to sleep it’s the worst seat possible, so that was quickly changed. On the first flight from Orlando to Newark, the only seats left together were the exit seat, so I had to book those.Luckily we’d bought an extra holdall before we got to the airport, because the big case was 60lb and it has to be no more than 50lb (27kg and 23kg in proper money, or there abouts), so we had to move some stuff ...Read More

Nightmare on Continental - Outbound

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Continental Airlines are really a tale of woe. I have never had such a bad few flights as I had one our recent trip to the States.Outbound JourneyLet me say to begin, I knew this journey would be a long stressful one, due to monetary restrictions we’d had to chose an indirect flight to Florida, so we had a long (5 hour) stay in Newark Airport, but this was made worse by Continental.Checking in was simple, you can do that online 6 to 24 hours before the flight is due to leave . I logged on 5 minutes after the 24hours began, and already the majority of seats were booked up, there were only two rows of 3 left available, so I snapped one up. I was surprised that the ...Read More

Accommodation

Ron's Villa

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Hotel | "Check the Combination First"

Ron's Villa Photo, Davenport, Florida
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Looking at the reviews on Villarenters.com I really thought my review of this villa would be wonderful, without a bad word to be seen. Unfortunately that’s not entirely the case.Location**********The villa is located in Davenport, Florida, approximately 5-10 minutes off the I4, which makes it about 20 minutes from the start of the Disney resorts and 20 minutes from Universal and SeaWorld.Accommodation*******************It’s a 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom villa, with a kitchen/diner, living room and private pool. The main double bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with bath, double sinks, walk in wardrobe, shower and WC. The two twin bedrooms are j...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 1, 2009

Ron's Villa
312 Winward Way
Davenport, Florida

Theme Parks

Universal Studios Florida

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Attraction | "Amazing Park"

Universal Studios Florida Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Universal Studios was our first stop on our theme park travels. It also turned out to be one of the top two that we visited.The park is split into six areas; Production Central, New York, San Francisco/Amity, Hollywood, Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone and World Expo.Production Central****************This is the first section you come across after you pass the turnstiles and here we took in two of the rides. Well not rides so much as experiences, the first was Shrek 4D. As you can probably guess from the ride name it’s a 3D film with the added dimension of moving seats and water/air sprays. The film sees the return of Lord Farquaad, who kidnaps Fiona. Shrek and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2009

Universal Studios Florida
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 363 8000

Universal's Islands of Adventure

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Attraction | "Amazing Park"

Universal's Islands of Adventure Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Universal Studios Islands of Adventure is the second part of the Universal experience. The Islands of Adventure are accessed from the same car parks as Universal Studios, but after passing the bag check area you need to turn left at the city walk rather than right.The party is split into six areas, Marvel Super Heroes, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, the Lost Continent and Seuss Landing.Marvel Super HeroesThe first ride you come across in this section is the Incredible Hulk coaster; unfortunately my daughter was too small to ride on this ride so I can't tell you much about it, apart from to say it looks amazing.Doctor Doom’s Fear Fall is the next to ride you...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2009

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

Aquatica

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Attraction | "If You Don't Like Getting Wet, It's Not for You"

Aquatica Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Aquatica is Seaworld's water park, it's directly across the road from Seaworld and when you're on the higher rides there you can see the slides from the park.== Attractions in Aquatica =====Dolphin Plunge === Here you slide down a tube without the help of any mats or tubes. The start of the ride is dark as the tunnel is fully covered, part way down you suddenly emerge into the light as the tunnel becomes transparent. At this point you actually go under the water and through a dolphin tank, which contains black and white Commerson's Dolphins. You are supposed to be able to view the dolphins as you're whizzing past, but we didn't find this t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2009

Aquatica
5800 Water Play Way
Orlando, Florida 32821

Wet 'N Wild

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Attraction | "It's Wet and it's Wild"

Wet 'N Wild Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Wet and Wild is a water park in the Universal district of Orlando, it’s one that can be paid for at the gate or it comes as part and parcel of the Orlando Flexticket.The slides are split into 5 different types, although they aren’t located in batches, they’re spread around the park.Super ThrillsThis section includes; The Storm, Bomb Bay, Der Stuka and Mach 5. We all went on Mach 5, which is a slide where you take a mat up to the top and slide down facing forward on your stomach. There are three slides that all start in the same place, so we could all go down together, although getting onto the mat and launching yourself off is easier said than done, and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2009

Wet 'N Wild
6200 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
+1 407 351 1800; +1

SeaWorld Orlando

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Attraction | "A Disappointing Day Out"

SeaWorld Orlando Photo, Orlando, Florida
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I was a bit disappointed in Seaworld, I had great hopes for our visit there, but it all fell a bit flat.AttractionsFirstly the rides, there are three rides, but unfortunately we only got to go on one, because my daughter isn’t all enough for the other two. So we went on Journey to Atlantis a couple of times, which is a log flume style ride, with a couple of decent drops, the kids enjoyed it too, so it gets a thumbs up.The other two rides look great, so it was very disappointing to miss out.Other attractions include Shamu’s Happy Harbour, which is dominated by a big play area with climbing apparatus. There are a couple of kiddie rides here, but they’re ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 3, 2009

SeaWorld Orlando
7007 Sea World Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821
(888) 800-5447

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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Attraction | "Good, But Not Great"

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Photo, Tampa, Florida
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Even though we were in Orlando we decided to visit Busch Gardens Bird GardensThe main attraction in this area is the Land of the Dragons which is a children's area consisting of a playground and theatre, it's quite a small playground is probably only suitable for eight and under. As you would imagine also in this area there are plenty of birds a lake with flamingos and herons there's also a walk-through aviary which has carrots and although small but very colourful birdsStanley VilleThe Stanley Ville area has a couple of rides. Firstly it's one of the stopping points for the Sky Ride, the Sky Ride is as the name suggests a ride which takes you arou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 4, 2009

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
3000 East Busch Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33612
(813) 987-5000