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Friday, July 13, 2007

My Day at US and IOA

Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure

The last time I went to Universal Studios was in May. The first ride my friends and I rode on was Terminator. This ride was pretty awesome. At first I really thought Arnold was there. The line wasn’t long which was nice. It was a Wednesday and it wasn’t crowded which made it easier to get to all the rides. The next ride we went on was Jimmy Neutron Adventure just standing in the line I was so excited to see where this adventure is going to take me. When I first got in my seat the ride started off slow but then we began moving around really fast trying to get away from the bad guys. The Rugrats were also in the ride. I felt like I was really running away from the bad guys with my favorite Rugrat Angelica. Even though this ride was for kids it was still a great adventure.

The 4D Shrek ride was a lot of fun as well. This ride is one of the newest rides at Universal and grabs a lot of attention. This ride also takes you on a great Adventure with all your favorite characters from Shrek the movie. My favorite part was when the donkey sneezes on you, you get really wet. When we were trying to get away from the bad guys the ride was moving really fast and one of my friends almost fell out of her seat. It was really funny. I defiantly recommend going on this ride for all ages.

After we went on some rides in Universal we walked over to Islands of Adventure the first ride was the Hulk we made sure that we got in the front row and we only had to wait about 5 minutes. That ride was awesome!!! Next we went to Spiderman there was about a 5 minute wait which wasn’t bad at all. Out of all the 3D rides Spiderman was my favorite. After going on only a few rides the park was closing early so we actually went to a concert at the Hard Rock afterwards. The concert was Pepper and Slightly Stupid it was an awesome show. The place was packed, people were crowd surfing and everybody seemed to be having a great time. The only bad part was that a cocktail was $13 a drink. Two drinks were more that what I paid for my ticket to see the show. After the show I actually met the lead singer and got to take a picture with him that was the highlight of my day! Overall my experience at Universal and Islands was a lot of fun. I have been back to the Hard Rock a bunch of times and every time I go it is always a thrilling experience. They always know how to put on a great show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Scorched! Beat the Heat with your brain.

Florida is a wonderful year-round destination that has pleased millions of visitors every year. The peak season for the tourist is in the summer months May thru late August. This is due to the fact that children are out of school for the summer so more families go on vacations. what better place to come than Orlando. Every one knows that Florida is hot in every aspect, the night life is hot, the theme parks are hot, but most of all the weather is scorching! In late July the mercury can go as high as 109 degrees in some places! The 80% humidity doesn't really help the cause either. Not to mention the fact that most of Central Florida is only 20 feet above sea level. But people still come and more and more people are subject to heat exhaustion and hyper thermia. especially tourist from higher elevations like Colorado or west Virgina. If you are coming from the mountains the best thing to remember is to take it easy at first. Refrain from jogging or heavy lifting right away. Although you may feel like your superman and everything feels lighter, this is just a nasty trick that your body is playing on your brain! If your hotel offers a bellhop use them and tip them well. They probably just saved you from fainting and falling down a flight of stairs! Besides the acclimation to altitude, the heat is the real killer. Most people from the northern states think that they know heat because sometimes the summers up there are hotter than in Florida. So they think that a few hours in the tanning salon and some suntan lotion will keep you protected from the sun! This is true if you trying to counteract melanoma but all of that is worthless if you want to beat the heat. approximately 0.5% of all the tourist that come to Central Florida will suffer from heat exhausting each year. and of the 0.5% 4% will die! I can't stress this enough......Drink lots of water! It is very important to keep hydrated while your exploring the theme parks. At 100 degrees and 90% humidity your sweat can not cool you down so the body will begin to overheat. This will make you very nauseous, and extremely tired. If you begin to experience these symptoms rest in a shaded area and SIP<> some cool water. Rest for a couple of minutes until you feel okay again. Florida is not a great state to go hiking or camping because its just too hot! Winter is a great time to do all of those activities because the weather resembles that of the summers in the northern states. The matter at hand is that It can get really hot really fast so when you are building your itinerary make sure to set a side plenty of resting time especially if you have children. If you were to experience a heat stroke there are several world class hospitals in Central Florida that can save you're life. But if you play it safe you should be just fine. Just take it easy, don't rush your self, and drink plenty of water. Have a safe trip! These life saving tips were brought to you in part by Ticket-Momma. Save money, save time, and travel easy!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Revolution into the past

We were all taught about the great history when Kings, lords, and dukes ruled the land. Castles and fortresses were built to protect the royalty and the people of the town. The laws were simpler but the punishments were harsher than they are now. We now live in a fast paced world fueled by technology and global economics. We have come a long way from trading cattle for fruit. But there has been a revolution on the rise, within the past 20 years the dark ages have returned from the ashes. In 1984 Medieval Times opened its first American castle in Kissimmee, FL. Being so close to Disney World boosted the attendance of this great show. After 2 years of operation the began to sprawl throughout the country. They used the great success of being near Disney to boost the next dinner show castle in Buena Park, CA. This of course was a huge hit with not only the tourists, but the locals as well. More soon followed as the years went on with the opening of Lyndhurst, NJ 1990 Schaumburg, IL 1991 Dallas, TX 1992 Toronto Canada 1993 Myrtle Beach 1995 Baltimore, MD 2004 and the newest addition in Atlanta, GA in 2006! Medieval Times is known nation wide, but the most recognizable location is the first location in Kissimmee, FL. Here they put on about 2 shows nightly 6pm and 8:15 pm depending on the night. There is a great attention to detail from the clothes all the way to the eating utensils. Here the proper way to eat is with your hands. that's what they did back then so why dumb down history. They did have knives and forks in that era so you can request those if you need them. Every location has a different story to tell, so just because you saw the show in Chicago doesn't mean you already know whats going to happen in California. When you visit Orlando, or any other one of these cities mentioned Medieval Times is a must have on your agenda. So come in and experience all the excitement for your self. Dive into the realm of monarchy and chivalry and unlock the story of time long forgotten! Only at Medieval Times Dinner show!