Saturday, April 12, 2008

Florida Trip

Back in Vancouver from Florida 2 weekends ago. It's cold and raining in Vancouver. I miss the warm weather there. Got sunburn already, but I did put lots of sunblock and also bought a whole case of bottled water. We did a lot of driving for the first few days. Places we went to include Nopi carshow in West Palm Beach, Sea World, Kennedy Space Center, Universal Studios, and Walt Disney World. The sun/heat was beating me down. I don't mind long walks.. it's just the sun and the heat that was making me exhausted.

It was mid-Spring, a perfect time for a vacation. My husband and I love to travel and explore different places. We booked our flight to Orlando, Florida and made an itinerary of our visit. Also, we rented a car so we can get around places quicker. If you aren’t familiar of the city, I would suggest bringing a GPS system. That’s what we did and that helped us a lot.

Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and bottled water because the theme parks are huge and it was exhausting. I didn’t mind the long walks, but it was just the sun and the heat beating me down. There are benches around and concession areas to sit and rest.

On our first day, we went to the NOPI car show. There were lots of show cars, peformances, and drift competitions. The carshow is definitely way bigger than the ones we see in Canada.

Nopi at the Moroso Motorsports Park
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Here's a video slideshow I made. There weren't really as many show cars as we thought there would be as the one we saw in Phoenix, AZ.

The next day, we went to check out Sea World. There were a lot of nice displays and great shows to watch. Our most favorite was Shamu, the killer whale performance. We sat further back because we didn’t want to get splashed with our cameras.

Sea World in Orlando
Shamu the Killer Whale

The second day, we went to Universal Studios. It was amazing to see so many different exhibitions and the unique architecture designs.

Universal Studios

For the rest of the week (we had a week vacation), we bought a 3 day theme-hopper pass at Walt Disney World.  Did you know Walt Disney World is the largest vacation resort in the world? Because the theme parks were so huge, you won’t be able to see everything in a day.  There are shuttle buses and the monorail that take you from park to park.  There are 6 different theme parks at Disney World: Magic Kingdom Theme Park, Epcot Theme Park, Hollywood Studios Theme Park, Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Blizzard Beach Water Park, and the Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

The Magic Kingdom at Disney World


Our original flight back home was cancelled. It was with American Airlines. Lucky saw the email, but got it the night before. We had to call American Airlines to find an available flight back on the same day. They referred us to Northwest Airlines which takes us from Orlando to Minnesota; and then Alaska Airlines to San Francisco to Vancouver. That's 2 connections, but it'll get us home, tho it will be later that same night. That zig zag route home was horrible. Total of 10 hours flight. I had jet lag for few days. But overall, our trip was awesome!

Our trip to Florida was incredible.  We had a great time and definitely will go there again and bring our son.  It’s a great place for vacation for kids and adults.

Check out the following websites for more info:
Disney World Website
SeaWorld Orlando Website
Universal Studios Orlando Website