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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

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

Halloween Horror Nights 22 – The Ultimate Review

Halloween Horror Nights 2012 Review

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 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.

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
Magic Kingdom Secrets at Walt Disney World with Minnie Mouse atop parade float on Main Street USA

The Best Walt Disney Quote About Growing Up

HIPSTER Quote of the Week: Walt Disney Quote About Growing Up

The Walt Disney quotes are timeless and prove to be much more valuable as life goes on. I particularly love the Disney quotes about growing up.

Or perhaps…not growing up.

It’s not to be in the same line of not maturing for what’s needed to be a productive citizen of the world, but more like looking at life with childlike wander.

There’s something so special to be able to live a life of amusement and constant curiosity that I think most adults are afraid to do life this way.