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Old 01-01-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Oct 2012
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first trip report dec 26th-30th

This is the first time I am trying to write a trip report but I wanted to share our trip with everyone. My husband entered a contest at work where you were to write why your family deserved a trip to Orlando and his entry was picked out of all the entries from 16 plants. It needed to be used by Feb and since I don't like to take our kids out of school and my husband was already on vacation Christmas week we decided to go Dec 26 to 30th. The trip included our airfare, our hotel which was Renaissance at Sea world,a day at Sea World, a day at Universal and breakfast at our hotel each day. His work was also great in that they are to reimburse us for car rental and gave us spending money. The trip was for 4 people so it was myself,age 49,my husband,48, our son who is 16, and our son who is 10.
We flew out of Harrisburg International Airport in PA at 6 am Dec 26th. The flight they booked for us went to Cleveland first and of course there was a snow storm coming so we hoped we would get going before it hit. when we got to airport all other United fights to Cleveland that day were cancelled but ours. So of course we just hoped we would get out of there before we got stranded. No trouble on flight to Cleveland and no weather problems getting out of there. It actually started snowing while we were on runway waiting to take off. Hit some turbulence on flight to Orlando but we made it there on time. We arrived around noon and got our rental car and headed to hotel.
The Renaissance hotel is beautiful. We were able to check in and hung out in room for a little while waiting for my husbands aunt and her family to come visit. We had some pizza in room and then decided to check out pool while we waited. The 10yr old wanted to check out the water park they have so we did that first. It is geared to younger kids but he had fun esp. on the two slides. Then we went to try pool. It is big and the area around it is beautiful but it was not heated like we were told it was. The water was freezing and since it was not very warm out and there was a breeze blowing we were very cold and didn't stay there very long.
After we got changed we went to lobby to meet my husbands aunt,uncle and cousin. They took us to the huge Mcdonalds on I drive and we ate and then the boys got to play in the game room(we had planned to go there so had bought Mcdonalds gift cards ahead of time). Got to admit I never had pasta with Alfredo sauce at Mcdonalds before. It was good. We spent awhile there playing and visiting and really enjoyed it. After that we headed back to hotel.
The boys had trouble going to sleep but finally did after 11.
Dec 27th-We got up early, got ready and went down for breakfast. Our plan was to be at IOA before it opened at 8. Breakfast at hotel was very good. It was all you can eat and it had eggs,omelets,waffles and pancakes made to order plus tons of other offerings. After breakfast we headed to IOA. we got there around 8:30. The one thing we didn't like was the long way from parking lot to park. I have a disability and can't walk long distances. We used a courtesy wheelchair from parking lot and had to stop before city walk to rent a wheelchair and then had to stop inside park to rent ECV. This was a little annoying and time consuming. Once inside the park we headed to Spiderman. Our boys are not into Harry Potter so we decided not to go there first. They did want to do Spiderman. It was a 20 minute wait but when I parked the ECV the guy working the front let us go in express pass line so we got right on. I loved the ride and so did husband and 10 yr old.(in fact that was one thing he wanted to do again that we didn't get to) 16 yr old hated it because he didn't like when it went up. He doesn't like most rides and only went on a few. After Spiderman we started walking and ended up at popeyes and blutos bilge rat barges. It was probably around 50 degrees out so of course there was no line. Our 10 yr old really wanted to go on so my husband took him on. They were not too wet when they came off so he talked me into going on. Of course I came off soaked. We were cold but I was glad we got on it. Then the boys played on Me Ship Olive for a little while, Then the 10 yr old and my husband went on ripsaw falls. we purchased the photo connect after the ride and were glad even though we didn't have too many pictures taken.
We ate lunch around 11 and there were no lines. When we came out of lunch we noticed it had gotten much busier. No one wanted to go on Jurassic park but we did check out camp jurassic. Both our boys and my husband had a blast although they got soaked.
Have to go now. I will continue later.
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