#1 Tip for Florida vacationers

 Jus' sayin'!
That sentence pretty much states it all in a nutshell, my friends.
Yes. I've been on vacation.
Yes. It was so hot we sweated as soon as we walked outside . . . and we're used to the heat and humidity!
Yes. We went to Disney World in Florida . . . again.
Yes. We rode the new Seven Dwarves mine train.
Yes. We went to Universal Florida. . . again. 
Yes. We went to Diagon Alley and rode the new Escape from Gringotts ride.
No. We didn't wait 4 hours (yes, you read that right. 4, as in four, quattro, cuatro, quatre, vier, etc.) for the Gringotts ride, but many people did. We waited for an hour, but that's what you do when you get up before the butt-crack of dawn to wait in line for the ride.
The heat. The crowds. The sweating. The blisters. The lack of sleep. The exhaustion. The 20,000+ steps a day on our Fitbits. The 10-15 MILES of daily walking.
And then the good . . . The Disney bars. The rides. The food! The beer (one for every country, right?). The butterbeer ice cream.

Our vacation started innocuously enough, three travelers ready for vacation on a beach in Florida . . .
Bright eyed and bushy tailed on the first day of vaca

Our balcony at Ft. Lauderdale

Photobombed by the daughter on beach

Sunset with a thundercloud in the east over the Atlantic

We've known for quite some time that we are NOT beach people. After a couple of hours we are bored, but it was a nice break for what was next to come. . .
(to be continued . . . )


Meg said...

I can't believe you're making me wait for what comes next. Was escape from Gringotts as much fun as the name sounds???

Margaret Golla said...

*Bwahahaha* ;-)

Damn Margaret and her cliffhangers!

Herb Elias said...

We got to Unversal about 20 minutes after they opened and waited four hours, as you know. The line seemed to shrink behind us by at least an hour, possibly 2.

Margaret Golla said...

The key for us was to be lodged in a Universal hotel. The park opened an hour early for those hotels, but we still waited 45 min-1 hour for the ride, even after waiting at the gate at 6:30 AM. As we left Diagon Alley the last day, we noticed the line was incredibly long as soon as the "official" opening happened. That area was seriously crazy.