Hotel – Sheraton Vistana Resort on RT 535. We have stayed here 7 times now and it is always nice. Just a few minor annoyances like there are two printers in a store that you can use to print things like boarding passes. But only one is working (It has been like this for the past two years… Printer 1 off line even though it has power on. Printer two Jammed again). Ugggg..
This is a great place to stay – Large resort, 7 pools, many hot tubs, Great location to everything, Large 2-bedroom suits, 2 -full bathrooms, washer\dryer, kitchen, balcony, ponds, ducks, water fountains. About $160 per night.
Alamo rental car. Cars were more expensive this year. I like to get a Premium car and we had a Chevy Impala. There is an annoying feature on the Impala that turns off the car at stops. Called Auto stop, can’t turn it off either, so at every red light, toll booth, keycode entry into resort, the damn car shuts off… (Who the monkey came up with this auto stop crap). To power all the things running during Auto stop, GM put a huge battery in the front and a small back up battery in the trunk. I bet it costs $$$$ to replace said huge battery….
Parks – 4 days at Universal, 1 day at Animal Kingdom.
Universal is our favorite and they had a special offer, buy 3 days get 2 days free. So, we had 5 days’ worth of tickets but used only 4 days.
We wanted to see the new Pandora stuff plus AK is our favorite Disney park. Park was busy as are all Disney parks in Florida. The Avatar Flight of Passage was great. It was a 90-minute wait but we believe it was worth it. Fun and exciting ride, queue was decent and had some cool magnets dancing effects…
Tried the Voodoo doughnuts place, if you want to get a doughnut do it before for you enter the parks, this place gets a long line when leaving for the day but we found minimal lines in the mornings.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium – we tried two different shakes, both were decent but it cost us $27.00… Yikes…. They do let you keep the containers the shakes are in but it is simply a plastic mason jar with an emblem on it…. If this was glass we would have kept it..
NBC sports café – We had a later flight at 6:20 PM on Saturday so we went to Universal for ½ day on the Studios side and hit this café before leaving. Love the views of the parks for the 2nd floor, food was decent with large portions of what you ordered. Cost us $55.00 for 3 of us before tip. We had a burger, turkey club and French dip.
Also tried the chocolate chilli ice cream in Diagon alley at Florean Fortescue's – This was different, cold creamy smooth chocolatey with a slight burn. I liked it…
As I said just a few highlights - Oh, it also rained everyday but we bought tourist ponchos...
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