USA ‘09 – DAY 12 – MAGIC KINGDOM

Disney Magic KingdomFor those that think that it’s sunshine 24/7 here in Florida today would have been a real wake up call. Being America the rain, like everything else here, was big (and wet!)

However, being plucky Brits and undeterred by a bit of rain we ploughed on regardless and went to Magic Kingdom.… Read the rest

USA ‘09 – DAY 11 – COUPONS, PARKING & WATER PARKS

We went to Universal again today so instead of telling you about the Simpsons ride once more I thought I would post some miscellanea.

CouponsFirst up – coupons. Unless you like throwing money away, in which case skip this section, before going to pretty much any attraction other than the major theme parks don’t go without taking a money off coupon.… Read the rest

USA ‘09 – DAY 9 – DISNEY EPCOT

Disney EPCOTAnother day, another park. Today was the turn of EPCOT.

EPCOT is a little unusual compared to the other Disney parks in that while it has the traditional rides it also has what it calls its World Showcase. This contains distinctive buildings and themes from a dozen countries around the world.… Read the rest

USA ‘09 – GOING ROUND IN CIRCLES

image There are many things missing from US roads, small cars for example, but the most noticeable is probably the absence of roundabouts, so it was quite a surprise to find one in the community our villa is on.

As you can see from the picture below a roundabout is such a rarity that it requires plenty of signs to explain how to use it.… Read the rest

USA ‘09 – DAY 6 – ANIMAL KINGDOM

Dinosaur RideAnother Disney day again today, this time it was Animal Kingdom. As a contrast to Universal this park was heaving with elbow room only available. I don’t think I have ever seen it quite so busy.

On the busy days you have to be organised to get the most out of the park.… Read the rest

USA ‘09 – DAY 5 – UNIVERSAL APPEAL

Universal StudiosToday was chilly and very windy so it was on with the jumpers as we made our way to Universal for the very first time. Even though this is our fifth time to Orlando we have never been to Universal before – partly because of the additional cost but also because there has just been so much to do at Disney.… Read the rest