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Karl
03-08-2010, 11:46 AM
Well, the two weeks are over, sadly. Thanks to everyone for the tips, we had a truly fantastic time, I'd move there at the drop of a hat if I were able to.

A few pics and impressions of our holiday.

Following the long and uneventful flight we collected the Chevvy Traverse (huge and perfect for the American roads) and made our way to the Villa.

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A quick dip in the pool (those nets are bloody fantasic) before breakfast.

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Then a Lumberjack Slam at Denny's, highly recommended and everywhere :drool:

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248 Dollars for this beast!!!

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Some 'mericuns are a bit odd :D

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Busch Gardens is a pretty good day out and slightly off the beaten track.

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Something I'd always wanted to do was an Airboat ride, and I wasn't disappointed, and rather than take the big boat, I'd gone for the 'when in Rome' approach and hired a smaller boat just for us. We saw Alligators, a Bald Eagle, and various other beasts along the way, a cracking day!

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A 7 footer, about 5 feet away from my leg!!

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Some snappy thing that crawled out of the bushes, and a Turtle :D

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Can you guess where we are yet?

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Universal was another great day but it confirmed what I had already feared, it was bloody knackering!

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Next up, Kennedy Space Centre, a fantasic day and one that you have to do.

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The loo on the Space Shuttle :D

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Do the launch simulator, brilliant!

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These buggers are pretty big.

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Then we spent a day at Clearwater Beach and had a swim in the Gulf of Mexico, beautiful and well worth the hour or so drive from Orlando.

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On to SeaWorld and another great day out. If you go there you have to go on the Manta rollercoaster, awsome!

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What shall we do today? Universal again and eat some Cajun Shrimp....

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...and then go on this :barf:

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Let's try the Atlantic today shall we? Well, it's got to be done hasn't it :D

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Don't forget, you are not allowed to drive the hire car on the beach ;)

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We also did Islands of Adventure which was great, Aquatica, which was not my cup of tea but the kids liked it, and loads of other stuff. It really was a holiday of a lifetime and I want to go back next year, should my wallet recover in time, thoroughly recommended.

Oh but one thing, the Americans certainly know how to tease your money away from you, trust me :D
And be prepared for the security at the airport, there's a lot of it. It took us three hours from arriving at the Airport to leaving it in the hire car!!!

Andrew
03-08-2010, 11:51 AM
Looks a like a brilliant holiday, very green right now!

Floyd
03-08-2010, 11:54 AM
I enjoyed my holiday there. You trip report makes me want to go again!

Did they get you to upgrade your hire car at the end of your flight from Germany?

I drove my hire car down Daytona (for miles and miles). I didn't realise it was a no no.

Simon
03-08-2010, 11:56 AM
Looking at these pics makes our holiday seem like it was an ages ago :( .

Glad that you all had a great time :veryhappy: . We are saving to go again B)

Karl
03-08-2010, 11:58 AM
Originally posted by Floyd@Aug 3 2010, 12:54 PM
Did they get you to upgrade your hire car at the end of your flight from Germany?

I drove my hire car down Daytona (for miles and miles). I didn't realise it was a no no.
No, I'd booked a Ford Exploerer about 6 months ago, they then sent me a mail telling me that they no longer did them, which I ignored, I then kicked up a fuss at the Hertz check in counter and got a free upgrade to the 'Presidents Category' :D

550 dollars all in for 14 days with unlimited mileage and a full tank of fuel :thumb:

Ian H
03-08-2010, 11:59 AM
Glad you had a great time :thumb:

Looked really good on FB ;)

Must go back sometime.

How was the swimming in the oil on the Gulf :whistle:

Ian

Karl
03-08-2010, 12:01 PM
Originally posted by Simon@Aug 3 2010, 12:56 PM
Looking at these pics makes our holiday seem like it was an ages ago :( .

Glad that you all had a great time :veryhappy: . We are saving to go again B)
I'm already looking at putting something together for next year, and we've only been back two days :shame:

Oh and our luggage has just been delivered, the feckwits :loser:

Karl
03-08-2010, 12:02 PM
Originally posted by Ian Howell@Aug 3 2010, 12:59 PM

How was the swimming in the oil on the Gulf :whistle:

Ian
Didn't see any of it :loser:

It was bloody hot though, they had a heatwave while we were there, not a day below 100F :o

Tim
03-08-2010, 12:06 PM
:thumb:

I'm pissing in my pants excited about going back to the states early next year, love the place!

Simon
03-08-2010, 12:07 PM
Originally posted by Tim@Aug 3 2010, 01:06 PM
:thumb:

I'm pissing in my pants excited about going back to the states early next year, love the place!
Nice :o . No wonder you have no luck with the ladies :whistle: :rolf:

Tim
03-08-2010, 12:16 PM
Originally posted by Simon+Aug 3 2010, 01:07 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Simon @ Aug 3 2010, 01:07 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Tim@Aug 3 2010, 01:06 PM
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I&#39;m pissing in my pants excited about going back to the states early next year, love the place&#33;
Nice :o . No wonder you have no luck with the ladies :whistle: :rolf: [/b][/quote]
I&#39;m good at American ladies :thumb:

Ian H
03-08-2010, 12:16 PM
Originally posted by Simon+Aug 3 2010, 01:07 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Simon @ Aug 3 2010, 01:07 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Tim@Aug 3 2010, 01:06 PM
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I&#39;m pissing in my pants excited about going back to the states early next year, love the place&#33;
Nice :o . No wonder you have no luck with the ladies :whistle: :rolf: [/b][/quote]
:rolf:

Dan
03-08-2010, 12:22 PM
Originally posted by Simon@Aug 3 2010, 12:56 PM
Looking at these pics makes our holiday seem like it was an ages ago :( .

Glad that you all had a great time :veryhappy: . We are saving to go again B)
THis.

Although mine was even longer ago (Jan)

Karl
03-08-2010, 12:34 PM
A few more pics :D

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I was picked out to play the tall man in one of the Universal shows :angry:

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The new Harry Potter World, queues over over an hour just to get into the shops :o

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Bloody water rides :angry:

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Dr. Doom :barf:

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The Hulk :barf:

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Spiderman :barf:

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Did I mention the bloody water rides? :angry:

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Wherever we went we were reminded of Weeman :lol:

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Weeman
03-08-2010, 12:39 PM
Awesome, I&#39;d wanna do everything aside from sea world after watching the cove the other week lol

Chris D
03-08-2010, 01:24 PM
ROFL at the advertisement board / weeman comment :rolf:

Looks like you had an awesome time :thumb:

rossm
03-08-2010, 01:55 PM
I wanna go now, it&#39;s been donkey&#39;s ages since I was over there

Gem
03-08-2010, 08:45 PM
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I want to go there again now&#33;&#33;&#33;

Bloody love that place. PMSL At all the &#39;barfs&#39; you bloody girl.

Awesome pics, looks like a fab hol&#33; Can I come next year please?

Tim in Yorkshire
03-08-2010, 09:06 PM
Looks like you had great family fun.

Karl
04-08-2010, 07:10 AM
Weeman was once again on our minds :D

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Shamu the Killer Whale was pretty impressive.

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The Jaws of a 17&#39; Great White Shark B)

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Seals are weird :fish:

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Too smoove to moove :loser:

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Simon
04-08-2010, 07:22 AM
The seal pirate show was fecking epic :lol: . Did you arrive in time to see the mime artist before the show?

Karl
04-08-2010, 07:29 AM
Yep, he was hilarious :rolf:

And a trainer picked some guy from the crowd, when asked where he was from he replied, &#39;Texas&#39;, &#39;okay, I&#39;ll speak real slow for ya&#39;, she said :rolf: :rolf: :rolf:

Weeman
04-08-2010, 07:35 AM
LOL at the gay references

Karl
04-08-2010, 07:35 AM
Nice legs ;)

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Clearwater pier :thumb:

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Come on then, if you think you&#39;re &#39;ard enough :lol:
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Haulin&#39; ass B)

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Tim
04-08-2010, 07:51 AM
Originally posted by Karl@Aug 4 2010, 08:10 AM
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Did you sit in the splash zone?

I couldn&#39;t believe the wall of water that hit us :o

Ollie_247
04-08-2010, 07:54 AM
dam jelous, a bunch of us are hoping to go next year and i cant wait.

Karl
04-08-2010, 08:08 AM
We didn&#39;t, Tim, those seats were already taken, some people did get pretty wet though.

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The Dolphins were also pretty impressive :thumb:

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Claire found some wine :D

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Weeman
04-08-2010, 08:21 AM
Watch the Cove karl, and you&#39;ll think twice about going to see the dolphins LOL

Roffle at the legs followed by "all you can eat crabs" charming LOL

Kev_G
04-08-2010, 08:53 AM
Karl the wet tshirt look isn&#39;t one for you *shudder* :lol:

Looks like a fantastic place strange it&#39;s somewhere that I never really want to go if I&#39;m honest tho

Karl
04-08-2010, 09:02 AM
Harry Potter World, look at the crowds :o

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The Hulk :barf:

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. :D

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The numberplate said he was an NBA player B)

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Rory
04-08-2010, 09:06 AM
Wow Karl, it sure looks like you packed a lot into that holiday.
It also looks like you all had immense fun.
Welcome home and great visual report. :thumb:

Karl
04-08-2010, 09:11 AM
Cheers Rory, yes, we did just about everything, I could really do with a holiday now, to get over the holiday :D

Weeman
04-08-2010, 09:55 AM
Can me and gem come next year please.

Karl
04-08-2010, 10:05 AM
Gem already asked that on Fartbook, NO :D

Weeman
04-08-2010, 10:08 AM
Mean :(

Karl
04-08-2010, 10:10 AM
Hey, you&#39;ve got enough dosh to do this yourself, Cockafella :loser:

Weeman
04-08-2010, 10:11 AM
I know, but I want to go with you :(

Karl
04-08-2010, 10:20 AM
Sorry, I don&#39;t do pax pests :D

orsonbuggy
04-08-2010, 10:33 AM
:rolf: at the water ride pics :D

Glad you had a ball Karl - you&#39;ll soon recover in the CC :whistle:

Karl
04-08-2010, 01:44 PM
Seacows, that we saw during the Airboat ride :D

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Dave B
04-08-2010, 06:14 PM
Awesome trip :thumb:
We did a near identical one a few years back...then the day I got back, having said I know I&#39;m gonna hate it...I looked at when we could go back, and we did 9 months later. :veryhappy:
Hulk ride was amazing, non of this chug chug chug up the first hill to get you nice and high for the roller coaster bit, oh no, it grabs the whole &#39;car&#39; and shoves you at 40mph up the 45 deg slope and away you go....

I couldn&#39;t be arsed waiting for the rest..but it end &#39;&#39;in God&#39;&#39; :rolleyes:

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claire
05-08-2010, 10:35 AM
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did you have breakfast at Denny&#39;s too Dave? B)

Dave B
05-08-2010, 03:59 PM
Might have done :whistle:

Great place...Florida, not just good ole dennys... :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
05-08-2010, 05:50 PM
Awesome Karl.

Did pretty much everything you did 5 years ago. Busch gardens was the best I thought :thumb:

Did you go on the big wooden coaster, that was a rickety mofo, but cool B)

Floyd
05-08-2010, 08:20 PM
Originally posted by Gary Kinghorn@Aug 5 2010, 06:50 PM
Awesome Karl.

Did pretty much everything you did 5 years ago. Busch gardens was the best I thought :thumb:

Did you go on the big wooden coaster, that was a rickety mofo, but cool B)
+1 except it was 10 years ago and they were still building the wooden coaster :lol:

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Done that but without the tether :whistle: Oh, and I made them balance me on their noses :smug:

I need to go again now Karl :veryhappy:

Karl
06-08-2010, 08:49 AM
Gary, that wooden coaster at Busch was the first ride we went on of the whole trip, and I bloody hated it, had a sore back and neck for days afterwards :(

Tim
06-08-2010, 08:54 AM
The wooden coaster is bloody awesome haha :lol:

orsonbuggy
09-08-2010, 10:59 AM
Originally posted by Karl@Aug 6 2010, 10:49 AM
Gary, that wooden coaster at Busch was the first ride we went on of the whole trip, and I bloody hated it, had a sore back and neck for days afterwards :(
That&#39;s an :karl: man thing Karl - nothing to do with the roller coaster at all :whistle:

Nige
25-08-2010, 07:09 PM
I missed this. Reading it brings back memories of our brilliant trip there :thumb: (and the return via Atlanta too...)