Seriously, is sun block illegal in the U.K.? Does no one there know how to use it? Do we need to set up a tutorial webpage on this?
2. Seuss Landing really needs a coat of paint. I failed you in not getting pictures of how badly faded the carousel and other buildings around Seuss Landing have become. (We did Seuss on the last morning we spent at IOA and I'd already packed the camera away.) Fortunately, though, I noticed that the stanchions of the Seuss Landing sign appear to have been painted at the bottom. Color testing? They looked good, and I hope that Universal soon gives the rest of the land a fresh coat.
3. Too much of Dudley Do-Right just looks awful. I love the theme, gags and pacing of this ride, but too many sections of it look circa-2004-Six Flags bad. Again, fresh paint, or a new scheme that doesn't chip and fade so badly, is needed.
4. Is there no way to hide those "CineSpheres" during the day at Universal Studios Florida? Man, do they kill the sight lines around the lagoon.
5. Why would an airport grant a concession contract to Chick-Fil-A? The chain famously does not operate on Sundays, due to its owners' religious beliefs. Now, I respect that, and defend their right to close on the day of their faith's Sabbath, as I would for any other business owner.
But airports operate seven days a week, and I think that airport authorities have a duty to their customers, the traveling public, to award contracts to businesses that will be open for all of those seven days. (It also ticks me off when concessionaires close hours before the last flights of the evening.)
The food court in Orlando's airport is already light on its diversity of options, and taking Chick-Fil-A away on Sundays makes it even worse.
6. Florida needs to adopt California's law prohibiting rental car companies from charging an "extra driver" fee for spouses. What a rip-off.
7. I kept my checked bags under United's 50-lb. limit. But if I had gone over by a few pounds, I would have been steamed to have had to pay a $100 penalty for the bag, while paying full adult fare for my 60-lb. child. Especially when some 220-lb. passenger with a 49-lb. bag did not. If oil keeps going up, I sense the day coming when airlines start weighing passengers.
8. I did the math, and figured that it would have cost us $505 for gas to drive for Los Angeles to Orlando and back in our Prius, at $4.50 a gallon. That's about what we paid per ticket in airfare.
9. There is nothing, repeat, nothing healthy to eat at a Cracker Barrel.
10. And finally... why do so many places serve bad, from-concentrate orange juice... in Florida?
lol, SunBurnt Brits, yep, I don't think Brits ( I am one, don't bitch) realise how strong the sun is over here!
I was in Orlando last week too, and I completely agree with you Robert. Seuss Landing definitely needs some new paint especially The Cat in the Hat ride and those spheres at Universal Studios are eyesores. They didn't even show Universal 360 so I see no reason for the spheres. Oh and when in the Orlando area on vacation avoid going to the Ponderosa restaurants scattered throughout the area, unless you like eating in a dirty restaurant that serves mystery steaks.
Now that’s off your chest and you vented properly, I hope you feel better now…
I can answer your last question, Robert... Florida's commercial citrus industry is not what it was thanks to severe grove-killing frosts, a canker that infects groves, and the fact that many groves have been sold and plowed under to create those themeparks we love to visit...WDW being first one that comes to mind.
If you are looking for healthy food "on the road"...best of luck...Cracker Barrel is there soley for artery hardening. That is why I go each time I am on a road trip. I do not travel that often, so, it is a welcome bit of greasy goodness. I prefer the old tymer plate. Nothing like dipping biscuits in syrupy grits.
That was hilarious, Robert. I know what you mean about the heat though. We were in Virginia and DC during their heat wave and it was so hot there that I swore I saw the Devil selling ice water...
I agree wholeheartedly on the Chick-Fil-A thing. That annoys me to no end, especially since I get a hankering for chicken sandwiches on Sundays. When, of course, CFA isn't even open. Annoying. Also, the only thing that annoys me about flying is that to do so cheaply, you've gotta go there when it's early and pay in advance.
On my recent trip, I found that I observed everything you did ... with a few minor changes.
Yeah, speaking of overweight Americans, I like to count the number of bellybuttons I can see through shirts when I'm at a park...quite a large number every time...
Okay, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, I will add my two cents:
I will go one better on the sun burned Brits. How about sun burned Brit men that insist on wearing Speedo type swim suits! OUCH!! It is to be noted that they really don't work on very fit people let alone those that suffer from "done-lap" disease and fear of sun screen! Please don't use the excuse that you are on vacation and will never see us again! We have to suffer looking at that EVERY DAY!!! Spare us!! :)
"Other Drivers? Your whole business is based on other drivers!" (Jerry Seinfeld)
I think you could tell from the outside that Cracker Barrell would have nothing health. I could go for their Chicken Fried Chicken w/ dumplings right now. lol
I for one applaud Chick-Fil-A for closing on Sunday's. It is nice for a change to see a company not putting making money over everything else in life.
Chick Fil A is actually the healthiest fast food option out there (except Subway), but you know what I mean.
Thanks for your observations, Robert.
In this day and age, who can afford to go to any of those parks in Florida. I go to Florida once a year and would never spend the money to go to any park in Orlando. No interest. I guess it is because I live in the center of TRUE ROLLER COASTER UNIVERSE, OHIO. Between Cedar Point and Kings Island, why go anywhere else?
9.5 Hours to King's Island, 12 hours to Sandusky, or 18 hours to Orlando....each of those destinations is a long excursion for me. At the end of a long trip, there better be something more waiting for me and my vacation dollars than a bunch of coasters....
While Cedar Point/Kings Island are nice amusement style parks, they cant compare in the least to the big parks in FLA. When Cedar Point/Kings Island give us rides like TOT/Spiderman/ROM/HM/POTC as just a few examples then the comparsioncan begin. But they cant compete at too full fledged theme parks!!
I mean if we are talking about coaster history, you can also argue Six Flags Great America, one of the first parks after Disney and Universal to get its act together. Let face it, there are great parks all over the US. Orlando does give you a nice variety of parks.
Good point about the fat folks, James.
OMG..go often..never missed seeing a sunburned Brit on any trip...They can't help it though, as someone pointed UK always hazy
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