Sunday, April 29, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Visit the website at www.ronjonsurfshop for details and deals. You can also sign up for discounts and specials so enjoy and come to the Space Coast.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Dinner was great and the characters made it a true Disney experience. Service was a little confused and pricing was a little high. I give the place a "B+" for the whole experience but it was really enjoyable.
Friday, April 20, 2012
In Dearborn, Michigan there are several proving grounds where Ford, GM, and Chrysler put cars through their paces before putting their prototypes into production for the general public. The tests are to determine safety, comfort, and affordability of new cars, and to learn about the flaws and failures in production.
The test track at Epcot takes you on winding turns, brake tests, hot and cold weather tests, and several others. When you complete the trek through the proving ground building you're taken out on a track similar to a race track. The car accelerates onto a bank, flattens out into a straightaway, and accelerates to about 68 MPH. You can look up on the marquis and watch your acceleration.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
You'll get in line at the train station and wind through the building until you board the train. As you're walking there are all kinds of examples of artifacts and photos from real expeditions into the Himalayas to keep you interested. It's laid out in an intelligent display so you can not only enjoy the ride but educate yourself along the way.
The ride takes you straight to the summit and then plunges you backward into darkness with hairpin turns and screaming beasts culminating in a huge plunge down the mountain. I don't want to describe it any more but I don't thing a could possibly ruin it for you!
This is one of the funnest rides in the park and may well be worth using Fast Pass due to it's popularity. The kids will love it - guaranteed! There are health restrictions but it's also wheelchair accessible like all the rides so check your program or the signs as you enter the ride. Any questions there are always cast members to help you. Parents may wish to consider if it's an appropriate ride for children under 7 but I've seen smaller kids on it before.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
When planning vacation to Tampa or Florida in general, it's always best to do it online. Tickets can be purchased from various websites but I only recommend the mainstream sites. Sea World and Busch Gardens are owned by the same company so either site is good. There are also sites such as AAA, Travelocity, Kayak, Priceline, Orbitz, and the other travel sites where you can book hotels, airlines, and packages. Military folks should be checking with MWR either at your home station or call MacDill AFB and Patrick AFB MWR. You never want to pay gate prices. They are the highest and you can't cut any deals at the ticket booth.
Prices vary from site to site so you need to shop but here are some examples of Busch Gardens tickets:
Fun Card (Busch Gardens or Sea World) - $81.99/Adult $73.99/3-9 years
Fun Card (Busch Gardens & Sea World) - $138.99/Adult - $122.99/3-9 years
Busch Gardens/Adventure Island Weekday Pass - $124.99/Adult $122.99/3-9 years
Note: These are example prices from the Sea World/Busch Gardens site.
Also, Consider the All Day Dining Deal. It's $32.99/Adult and $14.99/3-9 years old. This looks like a lot but if you stay all day the family gets hungry and the concessions can nickel and dime you to death. We've done it with and without the plan and I like the plan better. You know up front how much you're going to pay for the day. Almost all the cafes and restaurants accept the plan so you may want to explore this option before you end up buying water bottles and chips every hour.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
The house itself is an actual mansion bought by Walt Disney and brought back to Florida from Great Britain. It was reconstructed on it's present site. The mansion has frightened and fascinated kids and grown-ups alike for over 40 years and always will. Sorry but I have no photos from inside as they don't want anybody ruining the experience with flash photography. I can say you will thoroughly enjoy over 900 happy ghosts and goblins. It was always my favorite as a kid.
About two years ago they shut it down for a good portion of the year and renovated the interior. They didn't change the house but updated the technology so we could enjoy it by 21st century standards. This one doesn't have Fast Pass so pick a time when the lines are down so you don't have to wait too long. TIP: If you don't mind standing in the rain it's a good time to wait, however, the Europeans aren't daunted by rain so be prepared!
You get into boats and float through this one ending in the huge drop you see at the top. The second and third photos are inside the Mountain and depict the characters and scenery from the Disney film "Song of the South". You'll float through the entire mountain and come out on top where you take the big plunge. It's awesome and the kids love it. So get nice and wet but chase this one down as soon as you can as it's at the far end of the park across from Tom Sawyer's Island.
NOTE: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, located right next to Splash Mountain, is closed for renovations. It should reopen in a few months.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Opening on April 27 this the much anticipated Turtle Trek. This is a 3-D 360 degree theater in the round displaying amazing footage with ultra modern technology depicting the life of sea turtles and their fantastic journey through the oceans and life. We can't wait for it to open.
Also coming is the Summer Nights running from June 23rd through August 12th. It's the summer themed celebration which includes music, entertainment, and fireworks. Also look for Sea World 4th of July activities. I will post them as soon as possible. Thanks
Wednesday, April 4, 2012