Okay so like I mentioned earlier, I was in a dress. This excited me so much that we had to go and buy a bottle of sav blanc, also it had been like a week since I'd had a drink at that stage and I was starting to freak out. We took it back to the hotel with a spring in our step, only to discover that the mofo-ing bottle in typical American fashion had a cork in the top, not a screw cap, and we had no cork screw. Epic, epic fail. All chances of vino consumption out the window, I cracked the s***s and went to bed. It should also be mentioned that our initial travel plans went something like this; Philly, Atlantic City, DC, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Chicago. One day in Philly I got sick of being freezing outside all the time and needing to take an extra ten minutes out of my day to layer up everytime I wanted to go outside that I pulled a map out and told George we were going to Florida instead of cruising through the freezing midwest.
We actually did get up early the day after we got to Orlando, I think the only thing that got Gyna moving at 7am was the fact that it was Universal Studios day. We had a two day pass for both parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal, we spent the first day at Islands of Adventure since it was a warm day and some of the rides were water involved...
Considering the time of the year we were in Orlando, the park was still reasonably busy and it was warm enough that at some stages I was too hot, that being said, I'd really hate to be there during summer, it would be insane. When we initially arrived it was quiet enough that there was barely any wait for the rides at all which was cool because if I stand in a line too long I tend to freak out about imminent death and whatnot. Coolest ride of that day for me was probably the Spiderman ride, it was like a 3D simulator but it was totally amazing, and I always fall for the 3D s*** hook, line and whatever. I was talked into going on 3 roller coasters that day that I'm so amazed I agreed to. The Duelling Dragons; fire and ice. They were inverted roller coasters that come within a foot of each other at one point, they were both pretty awesome. And The Hulk which was really farking huge and extremely, extremely fast. Was seriously proud of my self at the end of that day. We hit up a Bob Marley tribute restaurant for dinner, that was fairly cool, amazing fries but they had the music turned down really low which I couldn't work out. We got a cork screw on the way home and hit the sav blanc, which was really awful by the way (What do you want for $8 I guess) and then got prepared for Universal the next day!
We had to get up really early again, left our luggage with reception and floated out for the day at like 8am again. Luckily we had free transport to and from the parks or we would have really struggled. It should also be said, we could have stayed in Orlando for ages. There was so much to do there, and the weather and totally fabricated atmosphere were fairly amazing after so much cold weather and intricate planning of daily activities.
It was cooler our second day in Orlando and I recall the park being busier earlier, but still I think the longest we waited for a ride was probably half an hour or so, when waiting in summer would have been more like 3 hours, I was willing to suck it up. Coolest ride of the day is a toss up between the Simpsons simulator (I had to close my eyes the first time, I was actually terrified because like I said, I totally believe the simulated stuff the first time I do it, George thought I was going to pass out or something, there was a like a 4 year old next to me that didn't seem to be taking issue with it so I felt like a bit of a dick), the other awesome ride was the Mummy. It was all indoors and it was a roller coaster that I made the call to go on at the total last second, it didn't make any sudden drops (which is the thing I hate) but it was really fast and twisty and totally dark so I was happy enough to go on it about 4 times. The last time we got the front carriage which was even scarier and totally worth the wait in line.
I got yelled at a lot over the course of the two days for having never seen any of the movies that we were on the rides of. I pointed out a shark statue thing that people were getting their photos taken with as a shark, apparently it was Jaws. Apparently it was a problem that I didn't know this. All this aside, I managed to have a totally amazing time without having seen any of the films. So there, George.
We left Orlando that night (totally disappointingly, I could have stayed for ages) to head for Miami which will be getting its own blog entry even though we were only there 12 hours purely for the humor of the booking process, the mistakes made and the near/possible death experience (not ours) on the bus down there...