Almost a free ticket to Florida
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May 26th, 2010 – by: sweetsummerdaiz
Arriving late into the Sanford, FL (SFB) airport, I picked up a rental car (need one with this airport) and headed to my lovely hotel in Lake Mary. The Hyatt Place is the perfect location to stay! Purchased on priceline it was cheap, conveniently located off of interstate 4, 30 minutes from Disney, 35 minutes from Daytona, and nestled in a clean, quiet, and upscale neighborhood. A Winn Dixie grocery store was across the street and a 24 hour Walgreens right next door.
The weather was a perfect 88 degrees and sunny, traffic was light, and the Memorial Day crowds had not kicked in yet. Florida schools also had not let out yet, so I went to Epcot on Thursday...... and miraculously, did not have to wait more than 5 or 10 minutes for any of the rides! I had never been to Epcot before. They did a pretty good job of recreating the sensation of traveling a bit around the World. The buildings were beautiful and I enjoyed that the employees of each "country" were from the same country. I was also pleasantly surprised that the food inside of each country were quite good.
The only drawback really of Epcot on this trip for me was that every single restaurant takes reservations for evening and fills up immediately so they are sold out.
The second day on the town I dropped my travel companions off at another Disney park while I explored the city. I worked my way up through the city on International Drive and stopped where ever I was interested. I am not a shopper, ironically, but the selection of discount stores and good deals made it irresistible to stop and replace missing or worn out personal items.
My next stop on the random bumming tour was for lunch. I had a craving for sushi so kept my eyes open for a place that looked tempting.
After leaving my sushi/wine place I headed to the upper level of the complex. I found a beach bar, sans beach. It was the perfect temperature to sit outside in the shade. Jessie the bartender had just gotten out of the military so I had a fascinating chat with her about her experiences and her plans for the future.
About the time I got back on the interstate to head to the hotel there were accidents which caused traffic jams on 4.
The evening was full of more Disney. We went to Downtown Disney, which reminded me of an expanded version of Universal's Citywalk located in Studio City, California. It was worth the stop to see this place, it is pretty elaborate, just as Disney is.
Finally, Saturday was spent soaking up some sun at Daytona Beach. The pier, beach umbrellas, and clean beach for miles, was the greatest place to people watch. I certainly could have been perfectly happy not seeing the 65 year old overly tan man in a thong. Glad I didn't eat before seeing that!
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