Tuesday, June 09, 2015

My (Brief) Florida Vacation

Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom
Well, I'm on the move again and am now in Georgia.  I started out my trip in Florida to visit my friend Amanda.  She's pretty cool because she's an über-talented seamstress and she can talk in a chipmunk voice on cue.

This was my first time in Florida and I had the pleasure of going to Universal Studios one day and to Disney's Magic Kingdom on another.  Both were pretty cool parks to walk around.  There's a lot to look at, even if you don't go on many rides.  I've always been a fan of Disney--especially the soundtracks.  (Alan Menken is one of my favourites!).  As a kid, I would see the commercials for vacations in Disney Land or Disney World, I'm not exactly sure which one.  My young brain only caught on to "Disney."  I knew it was beyond what we could do as a family, but I always wanted to go.

I'm glad that I was at last able to go to at least one of the parks.  I hope that sometime in the future I will be able to go to the others as well.  The building structures and the layout of the Magic Kingdom was really pretty.  We got there just in time for the afternoon parade.  Looking at the costumes as the people and floats went by, I couldn't believe what they were wearing in the heat.  Some of the cast members were dripping with sweat! What troopers.
Beauty and the Beast in the Parade
Merida on bagpipes
While I didn't find the rides as exciting as the ones at Universal (or Canada's Wonderland), they were still entertaining.  I almost lost my hat on one ride.  I would have been really sad if that had been the case, but my luck held out and I was able to get it back.

Universal also had some really cool buildings relating to the movies.  The Harry Potter sections were my favourite and I even got a picture with the Night Bus like a cool tourist.

The Night Bus and me.
The recreation of Hogwarts was also cool to look at and very majestic sitting on the hill above everything else.  I wish it had been a model that we could have walked through.  Oh well...  All in all, it was an enjoyable experience.  

And now, I look forward to the next stage in my adventure!
Hogwarts Castle

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