Saturday, 24 November 2012

Universal and Daytona Speedway

A night stop over in Tallahassee got us over to the East cost of Florida and our first Theme park day at Universal Orlando. Universal is actually split in to two parks Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure. Both lead off from the "Universal Citywalk" area. Basically a huge open mall with shops, restaurants and bars that anyone can visit, no need for a park ticket. We opted for the studios first as it's the smaller of the two parks and seemed perfect for our first day. All the rides and shows have a movie theme as you would imagine and although there are loads of "kids" themed rides like Shrek, Despicable Me and The Simpsons they where more than adequate for a big kid like me.

The whole place is very clean and tidy. There are loads of staff around more than happy to help you with any questions and plenty of street entertainment. In fact less than two minutes through the gates I was stopped by two "Agents of the MIB" they suggested I looked a little suspicious and spoke with a strange accent and demanded to see my papers...Its funny though I can't actually remember much of my conversation with them, I do remember a flash of light and a strange high pitched whistling sound, but, oh well they just asked us to move
With rides like" Twister" and "Disaster" and half hour shows on "The Magic of Horror Movies" there is plenty for the grown ups too. A pretty awesome day was had by us both and we even got free entry to a live filming of a wrestling match. Pure theatrics of course, but lots of fun. Both knackered and smiled out but happy we got home pretty late.

 Daytona Speedway, home of the Daytona 500 the most prestigious NASCAR race ever was our next stop. I dont see the appeal myself as all the cars do is go round and round and round.... But its loved over here.
We didn't however, go for a car race. We went to attend one of the largest RV shows in the USA. "The Rally" is sponsored by The Good Sams Club, a large RV owners Club and has lots of interest.
I won't bore you with the details but its basically a huge showroom selling everything from RV Toilet paper to the latest RV models and everything in-between. For an RV'er its pretty cool and there was a Vintage RV show too.

The Speedway is pretty impressive if im honest and they even offered for us to test drive one of the new RVs on it, but i think Adam was a bit worried I'd get big ideas about bringing one home. A pretty fun day was had actually and it was a nice rest from the previous day.

Here we go...

Even Crusty scares me.

I'll be back.

RV show at Daytona Speedway

Vintage RVing...


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