2 Kids,2 Dogs,1200 Miles: 2 More Weeks in FL 2 - Finished with a Blast! P40

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  1. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    They got the number one draft pick... which is more than I can say for the Packers. :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

    Your nemesis is the only one who truly has football bragging rights right now, so be careful what you want to start. :rolleyes1
     
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  3. middlepat

    middlepat Dis Dad Member #325

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    Great update Barry!

    I must admit this has given a new light to the mysteries of Gatorland. We may need to stop by there next time through.

    Since I've been neglecting my Dis time lately I'm not going to go back an quote all the comments etc, but just know that as far as dumb stuff goes, your examples seem a bit tame. (of course, I can't comment on the list edited out but know you're not alone in some of those expoits.)
     
  4. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    15 times this year I got to celebrate a win. By the time the Colts starting winning, you were so depressed that they might have blown their chance at Luck that you couldn't even be happy!
    I think he's still too hungover to start anything. :rotfl::rotfl:

    Thanks Brian!
    My legal team as advised me against commenting on several other items that may or may not have made the list. :rolleyes1
     
  5. petals

    petals Irish Princess because Cinderella said so!

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    I loled at Bambi's sprinter stance. I would not have done that and I think my MOmma would have a heart attack if i even suggested it :goodvibes Fair play to yee for being brave enough :thumbsup2
     
  6. that's nice

    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    I've been quiet. Not boasting or anything.

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  7. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    Like I told other people - it was a thrill, but I never really felt in danger. Of course, I never let the kids get too far out of arms reach, just in case.
     
  8. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    That picture is OK, I guess. Mine might be a year old, but it has a belt. Which makes it soooo much cooler. :cool2:

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  9. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    What's so cool about the discount double check? :lmao:
     
  10. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    Wheeeeeeeeoooooo.

    That as fun, wasn't it? Being 5 feet away from big ole gators, tossing them chunks of raw meat. Turning your back on them for a picture. It might be time to slow it down just a bit.

    And luckily, just across the path from the gator feeding area is their Gatorland Express train, which was just pulling into the station. We wandered on up through the queue area and found just a few seats left, right in the front behind the engine.

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    The ride was nice - probably around 10-15 minutes to make a loop around the breeding marsh and along/behind the Rasslin Ring and boardwalk area. The driver had a microphone attached to the PA system in the cars. I could tell he was talking and giving all sorts of information about the park and the animals, but being right behind the engine, we couldn't hear a thing over the noise of it. Ocassinaly people behind us would sort of laugh/chuckle/groan, so I knew he was tellin' puns. And I missed them. :sad1:

    After the train ride, we decided to head over to the observation tower in the marsh to get a birds eye view of the area.

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    OK, well, maybe not THAT bird's eye view. I can pop up on my tippy toes and get that bird's view. Sigh. I guess W.C. Fields was right. Never work with children or animals.

    As you can see, while I was dilly dallying taking pictures of the local flora and fawna, Bambi and Evan had ascended to the 2nd level of the tower already. Overachievers.

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    The top offered a wonderful view of area. And for as many gators as were still crowded over by the Line of Death waiting for other tasty looking tourists to throw them meat, others were still swimming around, waiting for one of those tasty looking birds to come for a little swim.

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    Then off to the south, we spotted this guy:
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    He was just sort of sitting there in the middle of the pond , almost like he was wait for some food to just drop out of the sky, right into his open mouth. Which might seem odd, until you look up and realize, "oh, he actually is sitting there in the middle of the pond, waiting for some food to just drop out of the sky, right into his open mouth."

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    Yes, for $70 you can ride Gatorland's new Screamin' Gator Zip Line. 5 lines totaling 1200 feet, and one 125 foot long suspension bridge, span the park. You zip over gators & crocs at up to 30 MPH, with nothing keeping you from them but a nylon harness and a steel cable. No, I didn't do it. Yes, I wanted to. The $70 seemed a bit steep to me at the time, but as I was fact checking their website for this TR, I see that also covered your park admission for the day. All of a sudden, that doesn't look too bad. What do you think, Bambi. Should we do this in August?

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    After checking out the observation tower for a little bit, we started heading down.

    And all of a sudden, it hit my kids again...

    That incessant need...

    That burning desire...

    That uncontrollable urge...

    ...to dance.

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    The gators were cute and all, but just not in that fuzzy, cuddly sort of way. Luckily, Gatorland also has a small petting zoo.

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    For a buck or two, you got a container full of goat pellets (no, the kind that goes in the front end, not the kind that comes out the back) to feed the animals. The coolest part about it was your container was actually an ice cream cone. After you finished feeding the pellets, you broke up the cone and feed that too! No waste! Environmentally friendly! Let's all hug trees!
    Oh, sorry. I got a bit carried away there. But it really is a cool idea.

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    Along on down the boardwalk from the petting zoo, Gatorland had a little photo op set up. Madison and Evan begged to do it. Literally begged. "Pleeeeeeeease Daddy? Pleeeeeeeeeese Mommy?"

    As soon as we gave in (yeah, we're suckers like that) Madison stopped and went dead silent. Then uttered the phrase that still gives her mother shivers to this day.

    "But I get to hold the snake."

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    Have you ever seen a happier little girl than one with a snake wrapped around her neck? I didn't think so.

    This one was just funny:
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    By now we had seen just about all of the park (They actually bill themselves as "Orlando's Best Half Day Attraction!"). There were a few other places that we didn't get to - the aviary, the flamingo pond, the snake & reptile show - but it was getting to be mid afternoon and it was getting hot. Florida in July - who would have thunk it? Well, unbeknownest to us, Gatorland has what they call the "Gator Gully Splash Park". We didn't bring any swimsuits along for the kids, but we did have a change of clothes in the van. So, to demonstrate to our kids just how cool we are as parents, we turned them loose and allowed them to play.

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    Madison, apparently, approved.

    Now, do me a favor and look closely at these two photos. What Evan is demonstrating is a technique known as the "Nasty Little Brother" Turning the water gun on your sister...classic move!

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    After announcing "One more run through the tires" five or six times, we finally exited through the gift shop (shocker!) and out to the van. We changed the kids into dry clothes and headed back to Grandma & Grandpa's house.

    UP NEXT: This day isn't over yet! The fun is just starting!
     
  11. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    Have you seen the new ones with Clay Matthews and BJ Raji? Classic. :happytv:
     
  12. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    I'm surprised you didn't ride a second time, just so you could hear them.

    I don't know... were they overachievers, or did someone else underachieve? :confused3:rolleyes1

    I did the Zip line they had set up for the Super Bowl last week... it was ok, but not all that exciting, IMO. Definitely wouldn't do a zip line for $70 unless it is across something incredibly scenic. If it gets you into the park though, I guess that makes it a little more reasonable though.:confused3

    The look on his face cracks me up. This may be the best picture of the entire Trip Report.:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

    I'd make sure to file this one near the Jasmine picture for future blackmail use. :lmao:

    I believe that this clarification proves that you truly do know your audience. :rolleyes1

    She does seem quite pleased with the arrangement.

    If somebody put a snake on me like that, it would be a flying snake.

    No, that's Animal Kingdom.

    Have you ever been more proud of your son than that moment?:thumbsup2

    Cool! I'm looking forward to seeing what's next!
     
  13. glennbo123

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    Another great chapter Barry!

    I'd love to be in the meetings where the folks at Gatorland come up with new ideas for stunts to offer the tourists. How about bungee jumping over a pond of gators?

    That's actually a great idea to provide the goat pellets in an ice cream cone. I'll bet it was either Bubba or Cletus who came up with that. The sky's the limit for those two.
     
  14. preschoolmom

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    What a great day! Thanks for sharing it with us!!! I can't wait to see what happens next!
     
  15. Stringbean&Wingnut

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    :lmao: That's hilarious, I love all of the sarcasm in this park!

    I would definitely not want to be potential gator food in that zip line! That guy just looked too poised and ready! :scared1:
     
  16. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    What's that big metal thing they're holding? I don't recall seeing that before.

    Sounds like you had a prime seat to me. :thumbsup2

    But why is she dangling him over the edge?

    :lmao::rotfl2:

    ::yes::

    Everybody dance now! BUM-BUM-bumbum-BUM-BUM

    It's not nice of the goat to make faces at Evan like that.

    Whew! Had me worried there.

    Until your kids eat the cone. :crazy2:

    :woohoo: Awesome. :thumbsup2

    Can't say that I have, but it's not a common occurrence.

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  17. IheartDDuck

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    Best......picture......ever!

    But I figured I'd share one I had. From last year, when I happened to be in WDW for the Superbowl and got to see Aaron in the parade. ;)

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    Enjoy! Go Pack go!
     
  18. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    Now you know why those seats were left. :laughing:

    I laughed at this so hard. :rotfl2::rotfl2: I think I even scrolled up and down a bit and laughed some more.

    Bubba and Cletus sure have a great sense of humor.


    I think it is great. Hmmm family trip to Gatorland. My DD would be all over holding the snake too.


    Can't wait to hear what happens next.
     
  19. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    That can’t be right…
    I thought sure that it was time to step up to fire walking or the ever-popular Australian sport:
    swimming with Box Jellies

    Oooooo… that sounds dangerous.
    :lmao:


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    &#8220;sit in the back of the train at Gatorland&#8221;&#8230;

    OK, got it.


    That is a tragedy


    I&#8217;ve seen that quite some where else recently&#8230; hummmmm&#8230; now where was it&#8230;

    OH, I know! My TR

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    (go on&#8230; give it a click)

    Cool! But I don&#8217;t know that it&#8217;s $70 worth of cool.

    Ohhhhhhh.. Now I may reconsider it.



    Glad you clarified that&#8230; considering whose TR this is, we&#8217;d have believed either possibility


    That actually is a great idea. No litter to pick up either.

    There a bunch of &#8216;em over there in the Breading Swamp&#8230;
    Help yourself.

    Nope.


    And you thought correctly


    Oh great&#8230; that extra fee at the bottom there pretty much prices me out of the caricature market.


    You gott&#8217;a love that kind of honesty.



    And I do.

    Nothing amazing to me
    (but I don&#8217;t live at the same latitudes as y&#8217;all

    I didn&#8217;t beknownest it either.
    (note to self&#8230; wear swim gear to Gatorland)

    That fact alone will make it so much more memorable to them.
    Well played.


    Since she was already wet&#8230; it would have been a crime not to do it.
    It was just her obligation to shoot back.

    Ahhhhhhh&#8230; memories

    I&#8217;m shocked, SHOCKED&#8230;
    to find that their stealing merchandising philosophy from Disney
     
  20. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    Don't think that didn't cross my mind.

    I got that pretty bird picture, didn't I?

    I'm sure it would have been more exciting if they brought some live alligators to Indianapolis. Was it a little chilly on the zip line?

    :thumbsup2
    I've got quite a file going already. I really like this one where he got stuck in one of Madison's toy doll carriers.

    It's every good writer's job to know his audience. And to make fart jokes.

    Score one for the parents!
    I would think that a flying snake would be even scarier. But if it's flying away from you, I guess that would be OK.
    :rotfl2::lmao::rotfl:
    Yup, but only until the time that he puts a frog in her underwear drawer.
    Really? Not much going on a work, huh?

    Thanks Glenn!
    I have a feeling that a lot of Busch Light is consumed in those meetings.
    Extreme Kayaking! Can you cross the pond before the gators?
     
  21. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    Thanks for reading! When is your trip? If you have any Gatorland questions feel free to post them here or PM me.

    Me too - and I'm sure I didn't get pictures of all of the signs either.
    My plan, should I happen to fall, would be to land on the gator's back, surf board style, and ride him to shore. It's not a good plan, but it's the only think I've got right now.
     

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