The second week of our holiday in Florida was spent in Orlando. We stayed in a villa where Adrians sister and her husband flew over from the UK to join us.
We were there primarily to catch up and visit the theme parks which aren't particularly camera friendly so we kept this week to one post.
David did the lions-share of the driving from Florida City, around Miami and up Floridas Turnpike towards Orlando.
The first hour or so of driving was simply getting out of the Miami metro area. After that the road opened up and, well, kind of looked like this for a couple of hours.
This is Spring Creek Drive where our villa was located. On a small subdivision within the town of Kissimmee, a few miles south of Orlando.
Our base for the next week.
Inside was spacious and comfortable. Even though the villa was probably only 10 years or so old, it felt like it was stuck in the 1980's with it's decor and style.....I think it was a Florida thing. Pastels never left......
It had a private (and thankfully heated this time of year) pool. The screen around the pool is called a lanai and all homes in Florida have them to keep the bugs away in the summer time.
David having breakfast on the patio
Us in front of the Universal sign. We visited Islands of Adventure (twice), Universal Studios, Busch Gardens in Tampa and of course some outlet malls.
View over Islands of Adventure
This is a video of the Hulk ride at Islands of Adventure
By the afternoon it was warm enough to brave the wet rides.....
This is a still photo of us on the Jurassic River Adventure ride. Andy was wearing a ballcap at the beginning of this ride......infact look three rows up/behind him in this photo and you can see his ballcap disappearing !
Finally the log flume ride
Resulted in us getting absolutely soaked......
Thankfully, Orlando is a lot warmer than parks we are used to in the UK, even in February.
Finally, a photo of Karen & Andy in Universal Studios.