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Why Go Back To Orlando - Orlando / Florida Guide

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When my mother heard we were going to Orlando she said, “Fancy spending two weeks at a fun fair. ” Well you wont be surprised to hear that she had never been further than Italy in her 92 years on this earth. Not only do many people go to a “Fun Fair” for two weeks, but many go more than once or even twice.


Well Orlando is ever changing. Fifty years ago it was basically just Everglades, and now look at it. Not only are there new things popping up all the time, the existing things keep changing too. Sea World, when I first went was very small indeed and they had to buy their first Killer Whale from the UK, Windsor Safari Park in fact. They changed his name from Ramu to Shamu. Now they have more than one show, they have several, plus thrill rides and most recently Aquatica, their very own water theme park.

Wet ‘n Wild, the biggest of the water theme parks, is always changing and bringing new water slides and other entertainment.

When I first went to Orlando in 1979, Epcot had not even been built. Nor had Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (which used to be Disney’s MGM Studios), Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon. Downtown Disney had just one store and a climbing frame plus Pleasure Island. There was no West Side then. Downtown Disney is in the middle of a major renovation at the moment and it is fascinating to see all the new things that have appeared or changed , each time we visit.

The Magic Kingdom has not changed that much since it was first built, just a few small rides and restaurants changed, but they made a big improvement when they built Toon Town. However, now Toon Town is being replaced by an enlarged Fantasy Land. Over the next few years they will be improving the whole of the Magic Kingdom so there will many new things to look forward to.

Universal Studios had not built the Island of Adventures back then and the car park was no bigger than one in a large supermarket in the UK. You could park right up by the Globe and in just a few steps, you were at the pay booths.

So do not think that there is no point in going back to Orlando. Every time you go you will find new things to do and see. There is something very comforting about familiarity. As a villa owner, I have to go every year to check out the villa and make all the improvements so I too do not become dated.

Come on, come back to Disney, we villa owners love to welcome back past guests.

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