Living in Florida temorarily will give me the rare opportunity to be a long-term tourist. Unlike someone who might move there permanently, I will have no desire to try to blend in with the locals. And, unlike a short-term tourist, I will have the opportunity to try to see as much of Orlando as my little heart desires. It’s the best of both worlds! Besides the obvious (spending time in WDW and at the beach), there are a million other things I want to do during my 4-month stay. But I am going down there to work, after all, so I know I won’t have time to do it all. However, because I am such a good, organized person, I also know that the key to getting stuff done is to prioritize. So here it is, my list of the top 100 things I want to do while I’m in Orlando (Kidding, kidding! I narrowed it down to 5.)
I’ve been to most of the other major Florida theme parks, but never Busch Gardens. It’s basically like Sea World with mammals and better roller coasters. Like this one, a floorless coaster with the closest thing to a 90-degree drop I’ve ever seen. See the tiny people hurtling face-down towards the ground? “Space Mountain” this ain’t.
Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba
I’ve always wanted to see a Cirque show, and I don’t think I’ll ever get a better opportunity. This show takes place at Downtown Disney, and I can even get a Cast Member Discount on the pricey tickets! Other things on my list may or may not happen, but Cirque is the one thing on this list that I will do…even if it means eating nothing but Ramen Noodles for a month so that I can afford a ticket.
Have you ever leaned really close into a box fan and said, “Luke, I am your father”? Then you understand how much fun a fan can be. That’s the concept behind Skyventure, except that instead of simply causing your voice to sound like Darth Vader, this giant fan is under you and keeps you suspended in air, recreating the sensation of Sky Diving. Click here to see an awesome video of the experience. Okay, so actually this is nothing like talking into a box fan. But that’s fun, too, right?
Sleuth Dinner Show
As a mystery enthusiast, I’ve always wanted to see one of these Mystery Dinner Theatre things. Guests at Sleuth find themselves in the middle of a comical, quizzical who-dunnit. It’s sort of expensive, and doesn’t involve flying (see Skyventure) so as fun as this one sounds, it’s not exactly a priority. But if the opportunity arises, I will definitely take it. (Note to self: remember to pack magnifying glass and deerstalker cap.)
ICE at the Gaylord Palms Resort
An annual Christmas exhibit of Ice Sculptures at a fancy resort may not sound very exciting, but just look at these pictures! A giant ice slide, a giant ice Santa, and giant blue parkas for everyone! Cheesy Christmas fun at its finest.
The key to fitting everything I want to do into a short 4-month period will be pushing past the inevitable bone-weariness after working full days at the park. I’ll just have to remember that sleeping is for wimps. I’ll sleep when I’m dead! (Or maybe when I get back to Missouri. That would probably be a good idea.)