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Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Sun May 17, 2015 5:27 am

For the first time in foreve..... errr, since September last year; I went BACK to Orlando!

Yes, that is correct folks! Ever since I visited Orlando back in September last year (read my trip report here) I knew I had to go back. However I had no idea it would happen so soon. It all started in early January, when I started looking at flight tickets and was surprised at the low cost. As there was no one on my friends list who had the possibility to go, I decided to look for people to meet up with here at the TPR forums. As response was quite good, I decided in late January to book the trip.

Fast forward a couple of months and I was all ready to go. So here it is folks, my trip report of what would become another amazing Orlando adventure, featuring great rides, fantastic people, silly people, queens and princesses, lying on grass, fireworks and lots of general awesomeness!

Day 1 - Travel (see below)
Day 2 - Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Day 4 - Busch Gardens Tampa and Downtown Disney
Day 4 - Magic Kingdom - First meeting with Elsa
Day 5 - Part 1 - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Day 5 - Part 2 - Magic Kingdom - So many girls...
Day 6 - Universal - quick report
Day 7 - EPCOT & Garbles joins the fun at Magic Kingdom
Day 8 - Sea World Orlando
Day 9 - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Day 10/11 - Last days of Disney before going home

Day 1 - travel day

In order to get from Bergen (Norway) to Orlando you have to travel for quite some time. So I’ll start off this trip report with a quick summary of my travel to get there.
The trip started with a fairly short flight to Heathrow. The weather over the North Sea was great.
Flying into London!
The flying machine that would take me to Miami.
I was not overly satisfied with the legroom for such a long flight.
But at least the selection of movies was fairly good. Watched American Sniper for the first time, thought it was pretty good.
MUCH better legroom on the short American Airlines flight from Miami to Orlando!
Good night Miami!

Day 2 and EPCOT coming up very soon!
Last edited by viking86 on Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:03 pm.

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Sun May 17, 2015 6:37 am

Nice. Looking forward to this report. Orlando is one of those places I need to visit. Ever since that Harry Potter-land opened even the spouse wants to go there.

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Sun May 17, 2015 6:40 am

Yay! This should be a fun report!

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Sun May 17, 2015 9:13 am

As it was a long journey to get to Orlando and I arrived late, I figured it would be good to start with a relaxing stroll around EPCOT as that would allow me to sleep for some time in the morning. Well, that didn’t happen as I woke up super early due to the 6 hour time difference. As there was no reason to stay at the resort I decied to head out and I was inside the gates at EPCOT at 9:45 in the morning.

Overall I love EPCOT. There isn't a whole lot to do in terms of rides so I can understand that not everyone enjoys this park, but to me the park has such a unique and relaxing atmosphere that I have not experienced anywhere else.

In the evening I was joined by Robb, Tom and Jen for what would be the first of many great evenings!
Good morning Florida!
Back at the giant golfball for...
... EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival 2015
The Radiator Springs area was really cool!
Went for an early single-rider lap on Test Track. Really love the single rider line on this ride, you get on so fast. And the ride itself is so much fun!
EPCOT is an amazingly beautiful park!
Sorcerer Mickey.
Time for a stroll around World Showcase, but first...
...time to get myself a Magic Band. I went for the Flower & Garden festival edition, LOVE it!
Started off by taking what I can only assume is a highly accurate and realistic boat ride through Mexico.
Construction walls up in Norway.
There is absolutely NOTHING sad about this!!!
Time to go to church.
And some people claim that a Frozen ride doesn’t belong in Norway....
Moved on and came across some Lion King characters.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs can be found in Germany.
Lady and the Tramp in Italy
Woody in America.
The Japanese pavilion is my favorite place in all of World Showcase (Until the Frozen ride opens in Norway that is..)
Of course you can always expect to find some weird stuff in Japan.
Entertaining street performers in France.
Beauty and the Beast in France.
Winnie the Pooh in England.
The Bambi topiaries were really cute.
Helloooooooooooooo Elsa!!!
I can’t believe I walked around the entire park before I found the girls.
You can’t write a trip report from EPCOT without including some food pictures.
Food #1.
Had Fastpass for Soarin as I didn’t try it last time. It was alright, but definately needs an upgrade. Would not be worth waiting in the standby line.
Food #2.
Monorail shot. I keep being amazed of how beautiful EPCOT is!
I know there are mixed feelings about this ride, but I think it’s quite fun.
In case you forget where you are these signs are all over the park
Food #3
The sun sets over EPCOT, but the beauty of the park remains.

At this point I was joined by Robb, Tom and Jen who arrived at the park. We did a quick ride on Test Track using the single-rider line, followed by a walk around the World Showcase before watching Illuminations.
Fire and fireworks is always a good combination (well, thinking about it there probably are one or two exceptions...)
Illuminations finale!
After Illuminations we went down to the Boardwalk area. I had not seen this area before, but it was really beatiful.
Tom says “It’s not as comfortable as the grass”. At this point I did not know what he was talking about, but I would soon learn over the coming days (picture by Robb)
How many parks can you think of where you are allowed to enter the park 90 minutes AFTER park closure because your car is parked in the main lot on the other side?? This is what the fountain looks like with no other people around (except Robb who was kind enough to walk back to the main entrance with me, and was right next to me at this point)
Final shot of Spaceship Earth. While the park was still mostly empty, there were still some people leaving the park. This is one of the many reasons why I love Disney so much, they are not rushing to get people out of the park.
Actually I believe the main reason Robb walked back through the park with me was that so he could get this picture and spend some alone time with the girls... ;)

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Sun May 17, 2015 9:54 am


Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Sun May 17, 2015 8:14 pm

Can't wait to see the rest of this report! It was fun hanging out a few nights =)

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Sun May 17, 2015 8:18 pm

Great photos! Can't wait to see more!

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Sun May 17, 2015 9:48 pm

amazing photos, and looks like you had a wonderful time.

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Sun May 17, 2015 10:29 pm

Great start! Can't wait to see the rest of your trip. =)

Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Mon May 18, 2015 8:25 am

Thank you for the nice comments, I had a wonderful time indeed. Lots of good stuff coming up over the coming week.

Jakizle wrote:Can't wait to see the rest of this report! It was fun hanging out a few nights =)

It sure was a lot of fun!! ;)
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