We surely a great vacation in itself just escaping the spring snowy weathers her in IL to the hot 80 degree, but nice weather in Florida. Things went smooth sailing and I couldn't have asked for more. Our flight was nice and landed on time, rental van was ready for pick up when we arrived, and the keys to the town home villa we rented were ready for us upon arrival.
We got a standard model Chrysler town and country, which was nice and spacious. The resort we booked with in Kississimme was a good deal for the price and value on a budget. 3 star rating the outside could use some updating but the inside was nice. Driving to everything was a breeze with all the tourist friendly road signs on the highways. Everything was nearby, grocery store and walmart one block up and within 15 minutes of all the parks. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two floors, living room with sleeper sofa, enclosed screened patio, full kitchen with every appliance one can need. From the blender, toaster, coffee pot, skillets, pans, dessert bowls, silverware, and on and on. Three t’v’s total so my boys enjoyed their own TV in their room. I don’t even think hubby nor I watched the one in our bedroom, too tired from all the heat and walking to lay in bed watching TV.
The parks we visited were Seaworld, we all loved the show from Shamu, the killer whale. We didn’t do the whole Walt Disney World Resort of parks, but we did do Magic Kingdom, where we got to take a picture with Mickey and Minnie, which was cute and worth the wait in line. Next up, was Universal Studios and the first ride we rode was the Simpson's, very fun ride. Next day was Universals Island of Adventures, which was just okay and we all thought the same. It is definitely more so for the older crowd as they have several roller coasters for the thrill seekers. My boys did enjoy the Dr. Seuss themed area and rides though, Spiderman was fun too. So, we didn’t spend much time there, but it was included in our 2 for 1 park ticket price, so it was cool. We went on a high speed race late at night to FunTown, and drove the Go Karts, lol! Next up was our visit to Busch Gardens theme park / zoo in Tampa, FL about a hour from Orlando. It was a nice and relaxing day filled with mostly site seeing with the animals, the train ride, and rhino rally tour through the jungle and up close encounters with the animals. We dared not even attempt the crazy and extreme roller coaster’s there. I ride coasters occasionally, but I can also have a great time without them. Especially, when it comes to the extreme one’s. Finally, last but not least we did some shopping. So many different spot’s don’t even ask me to recall them all. I do remember the outlets in Buena Vista, and the Prime Outlet Mall, which was a really nice shopping trip. I wish we had a Victoria Secret outlet near us, I was in there having lot’s of fun, lol.
Time to go home and “oh no, can’t we live here in Florida” was the response from the kids, lol! We had a great time and the favorite park for us by show of hands was Universal Studios. Tired and restless we made it home. Epsom salt, Epsom salt, and more Epsom salt cause the dogs were tired on hubby, and the calf’s of mine were calling for it, lol. A early bed night for the boys did the trick for them, yet we were still recovering. Had a great vacation!!