Orlando Theme Parks- Epcot and Universal Studios

Epcot - Orlando, FloridaOne of my best friends from Virginia, C-Lo, flew out to Orlando on Friday to visit me and check out some of the Orlando theme parks. Since I stayed as her guest at her timeshare, I had to do the timeshare presentation spiel, and though, they were not successful in selling me anything, C-Lo and I got 2 free passes each to 2 different theme parks. Since the presentation lasted most of Saturday morning and early afternoon, we decided to go to Epcot, since we wouldn’t be getting there til later in the day. Luckily, we still had enough time to do many of the rides, including the super-cool Soarin’ and Mission: SPACE. I’ve been to Epcot many times before, and one of my favorite things to do is walk around the different countries. As we meandered through them all, we decided on Restaurant Marrakesh in Morocco for dinner. Although a bit pricey, the food was excellent and very unique. After a full dinner, we went to Disney’s Boardwalk, where we strolled around the lake and checked out all the shops and other points of interest.

Universal Studios - Orlando, FloridaWe then spent all day Sunday at Universal Studios. Being only my third time there, I was real excited to go back. We went on most of the rides, including the super-fun Revenge of the Mummy, Shrek 4-D, JAWS, and the new Simpsons ride. I was really bummed out that they got rid of my favorite ride, Back to the Future, and replaced it with the Simpsons ride. But after going on it, the Simpsons ride is now my new favorite. After a fun-filled day at Universal, we went to Pirate’s Cove for a fun round of putt putt golf. My buddy and I played it a few months back and we loved it. It’s one of the funnest putt putt courses I’ve ever played.

Bok Tower Gardens - Lake Wales, FloridaWe spent Monday morning at one of my favorite places to go in Florida – Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, which is 45 minutes south of Orlando. One of the prettiest gardens I’ve ever been to, I love taking new people here, and C-Lo was amazed by it all. Edward Bok, a Dutch author, was so taken by America, he built a tower and garden in dedication to our great nation. There is also a house off the beaten path that you can tour. Even though we didn’t have enough time to check it out this time, I’ve been in it several times before during the Christmas holidays, when they would decorate it like 1930’s Christmas and apparently Calvin Coolidge would frequent this house. We then stopped in the very quaint downtown Lake Wales for a delicious lunch, and then it was time for C-Lo to fly back to Virginia.

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