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Monthly Archives:October 2012

Reminiscing with the Gators

I’m a Florida girl, always and forever. That’s why my first visit to Gatorland this past Sunday reminded me of why I love being a Floridian and why I miss and reminisce about the original Theme Parks of central Florida. Growing up I would see gators all of the time in Lake County. It was as if they were the assumed mascot of my county. Now that I am living as an “adult”, I rarely take the time to appreciate the true natural beauty of Central Florida.

During my stroll around the park the commercial feel of today’s ThemeParks was absent at Gatorland….and I loved it!

Don’t get me wrong about my love for the other major parks in the heart of Florida; I just miss this type of simplified splendor that was the foundation of the earlier parks built in this area. With all the shows, exhibits, and animals that Gatorland had to offer, I loved the Swamp Walk attraction the most.

It appeared as though there was very little human interference which allowed the natural setting to tell its own story. This part of the park put the biggest smile on my face. Memories of walking through mysterious tree bearing trails like this one flooded my mind and made me happy that my partner insisted we stop here on our way to the Food and Wine Festival over at EPCOT.

This trip was definitely a great one! I highly recommend Gatorland for visitors to Florida who want to experience aspects of this great state that you may not see anywhere and also to the locals who may have fell out of touch with the true beauty of central Florida due to the day-to-day demands of life.

For more information visit GATORLAND’s official website.

Click here for pictures from my Gatorland trip.

NikkyJ




NikkyJ

Throwback Thursday: The Map Hoarder

Theme Park Maps

My Theme Park Map Collection

Who loves collecting park maps?

Me, Me, Me!

Over here!

What started off as a simple “let me have this map as a souvenir”, mainly because my mom couldn’t really afford to buy us both food and park trinkets, became a must do every time I was at a Theme Park, rest stop, or hotel. Then I started doing it because I was a very imaginative young girl and I wanted to relive the experience once I got back home.

NikkyJ

HIPSTER Quote of the Week

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

J.K.R

NikkyJ

HIPSTER Review: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 22 Orlando

My trip to Orlando last weekend was filled with exciting events. One of the events that I had the pleasure of attending was Halloween Horror Nights 22 (HHN) over at Universal Studios. With my nerves on ten I kept playing scenarios of possible chilling scenes that were on the way. Once finally able to push them aside, I entered the crowded gates of HHN for a somewhat spine-tingling evening.

NikkyJ

HIPSTER Tuesday Tips: Can I play for free?

I have a Tuesday Tip for everyone. You’ve probably noticed the ridiculous prices that parade across the kiosks in the parks. I suggest staying at an extended vacation type resort and plan a day to do a time share presentation.

NikkyJ

Tom Hanks to Play Walt Disney!

Disney Springs

Disney Springs

Tom Hanks will be playing Walt Disney in the film Saving Mr. Banks. This news is old, but I just wanted to post about my enthusiasm regarding this information. Mary Poppins is the most relatable character to me in the Disney franchise and I am super duper excited to see the back story come to life.

I will definitely post updated information as it gets closer to 2013 release date.

NikkyJ

NikkyJ

New Fantasyland

*UPDATE: Passholder early preview registration has been moved to Monday October 15, 2012 at 12:00 noon*

The newest edition coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the New Fantasyland expansion. This will be the largest expansion in history of the park. The new area will open up in different phases.

NikkyJ

HIPSTER Photo of the Week

Beer and Fish & Chips at Epcot UK Pavilion

 

This is a sample of my world adventures over at EPCOT for the International Food and Wine Festival. Complete review coming soon 🙂

NikkyJ

NikkyJ

“The Haunted Mansion is For Sale….the replica of course”

The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom

If you had the opportunity to live in the Haunted Mansion would you? Although it may not be the exact Haunted Mansion at the park, you can have a home that closely resembles the one at Disneyland in California.

My only issue with the listing is the wish that the home was staged to better reflect the true environment of the real Haunted Mansion.

Click here for more information on purchasing this home.

NikkyJ

NikkyJ

HIPSTER Quote of the Week

“Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children’s approach to life. They’re people who don’t give a hang what the Joneses do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought – sometimes it isn’t much, either.”

Walt D.

NikkyJ