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S: Florida Family Vacation April 2009

FC: Universal Orlando Florida | Animal Kingdom | Blizzard Beach | Epcot | Hollywood Studios | Islands of Adventure | Kennedy Space Center | Magic Kingdom | Seaworld | Universal Studios | Orlando Florida

1: Tree of Life | Expedition Everest | Pocahontas and Her Forest friends | Kilimanjaro Safaris | Finding Nemo - The Musical | Conservation Station | The Affection Section | DINOSAUR | Dino-Sue | Mickey`s Jammin`Jungle Parade

2: AFRICA Kilimanjaro Safaris - We climbed into a super-size, 32-passenger Jeep for a 20 minute tour through the African veldt.

4: Termite hill commonly used by elephants as a scratching post.

6: Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

7: DINOSAUR - a major thrill attraction where the `Enhanced Motion Vehicles` speed down an unseen track and perform motion-simulation maneuvers, all as hordes of roaring dinosaurs attempt to make you dinner and an approaching meteor shower threatens to do everyone in.

8: Dinoland U.S.A | Finding Nemo - The Musical The 40 minute spectacular where live actors manipulate complicated animal puppets in full view, which allows the fish to appear as if they`re floating in the sea.

9: Expedition Everest A lavishly themed and abundantly hyped roller coaster. The `snowcapped` mountain looms nearly 200 feet over the park. The queue area is a beautifully realized duplication of a Himalayan temple down to the fraying prayer flags, tarnished bells, and weathered paint. The coaster, a rear-car motor that puffs steam, both backward and forward motion, pitch black sections, cooling mists, and a fleeting encounter with a massive, Abominable Snowman, or Yeti, and the dramatic 80 feet drop was experienced by Jacqueline, René, Robert, Eric and Véronique. | Stephanie and Ginette enjoyed a delicious ice cream cone instead!

10: The Tree of Life | Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends

11: Mickey`s Jammin`Jungle Parade

12: Blizzard Beach | Summit Plummet | Teamboat Springs | Snow Stormers | Downhill Double Dipper | Toboggan Racers | Melt Away Bay | Runoff Rapids | Cross Country Creek

13: Summit Plummet is the immensely steep, 12-story-tall slide that commands attention at the peak of the mountain, which offers one of the best panoramas of the Walt Disney World resort.

14: Toboggan Racers - Eight people can race at once down an evenly scalloped run.

15: At the base of which is Melt Away Bay, a 1-acre wave pool in which waves create a gentle bobbing sensation.

16: Cross Country Creek the lazy river that circles the park. The current takes you through a cave dripping with refrigerated water and a slouching shack that, every few seconds, gushes as you hear the sound of Goofy sneezing.

18: Epcot | Soarin` | Universe of Energy with Ellen DeGeneres | Mission: space | Honey, I shrunk the Audience | Spaceship Earth | World Showcase | Electrical Water Pageant | Future World

19: Mission: SPACE - experience a rocket launch. | Universe of Energy | Spaceship Earth | Monorail

20: The Seas with Nemo & Friends houses the Living Seas, one of the world`s largest saltwater aquariums. The visit began with a ride in the `clamobile` through a simulated undersea world. The point of the ride is to find Nemo, who`s lost again; the little orange fish pokes his head out of the coral here and there while all the other characters incessantly shout his name. Once found Nemo and his friends are projected into the windows, cleverly uniting the fictional world with the real animal universe that we visited next.

21: One of the best rides we all enjoyed at Epcot was Soarin`. Belted into benches and `flown`, hang glider-like, across enormous movies of California`s wonders while scents waft, hair blows, and the seat gently rock in tandem with the motions of the flight. That was well worth the long wait. It really felt like we were hang gliding!

25: World Showcase Lagoon home to 11 pavilions

26: World Showcase | Norway | Mexico

27: C h i n a | Dragon Legend Acrobats | Enter the pavilion through the replica of Beijing`s Temple of Heaven

28: Morocco | Germany | The American Adventure

29: France

30: Canada

31: Illuminations: Reflections of Earth | Deep fried turkey leg! Yummy!!!

32: Hollywood Studios | Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage | Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! | Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show | Rock `n` Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith | Studio Backlot Tour | The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

33: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!

34: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

35: Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

36: Lights, Motors, Action! | Extreme Stunt Show

37: Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage Stephanie`s and Ginette`s entertainment while the others did their crazy stuff.

38: I s l a n d s o f A d v e n t u r e | Incredible Hulk Coaster | Dueling Dragons | The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man | Dr. Doom`s Fearfall | Jurassic Park River Adventure | The Eight Voyage of Sindbad Stunt Show | Poseidon`s Fury | Me Ship, the Olive

39: Jurassic Park River Ride we all experienced and got wet!

40: Incredible Hulk Coaster -Everyone but Stephanie and Ginette got blasted out of the 150-foot tunnel to the sound of an animal roar that can be heard throughout the park. A quick invigorating 2 minutes for those who can take it!

41: Checking these attractions where more fun to Stephanie and Ginette

42: Kennedy Space Center

48: The Moon Rover

49: The Magic Kingdom | Splash Mountain | `it`s a small world` | Monster`s Inc. Laugh Floor | Ferry to Tom Sawyer Island | Space Mountain | Main Street U.S.A. | Cinderella Castle | The Haunted Mansion

50: Main Street, U.S.A. | Space Mountain

52: Princess Stephanie sitting in front of the famous 18-spired Cinderella Castle

53: While the others were experiencing Splash Mountain, Stephanie and Ginette took the ferry to Tom Sawyer Island and also enjoyed their favorite ride.............. `it`s a small world`.

54: SeaWorld | Kraken | Believe | Blue Horizons | Clyde and Seamore | Shamu Rocks | Sting Ray Lagoon | Manatee Rescue | Journey to Atlantis | Penguin Encounter | Shark Encounter | Shamu Express

55: Believe

56: Manatee Rescue

57: Shamu Express

58: Penguin Encounter - a wide-windowed, chilly room where four types of penguins frolic among ice chips and frigid water. Penguins can swim like fish and they stink of them just as badly. An excellent exhibit about penguins and the Antarctic.

60: Clyde and Seymore Take Pirate Island. Stephanie and Ginette enjoyed the sea lions doing double takes, saluting, and pretending to be choked by their human companions, while the others were riding upside down in Kraken in the background. Kraken has 7 inversions, hits 65mph, drops 144 feet and dives below ground 3 times.

61: Blue Horizons

64: While the others rode the Journey to Atlantis Stephanie and Ginette enjoyed the show.

65: Shamu | Rocks

66: Twister...Ride It Out Revenge of the Mummy Men in Black: Alien Attack Beetlejuice`s Graveyard Review Woody Woodpecker`s Nuthouse Coaster Shrek 4-D Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time The Blues Brothers JAWS

69: Men in Black: Alien Attack We boarded a 6-person car equipped with individual laser guns. As we passed from room to room our task was to fire upon any alien that popped out from around doorways, behind trash cans, etc. When the aliens got us first, our buggy went on spinning. Each car racked up points that were displayed on the dashboard, and the number accumulated by the end determined the climactic video we were shown. Will Smith either praised us as `Galaxy Defenders`or mocked us as `Bug Bait`for our performance. He then `erased`our memory of the whole training mission as in the movie.

70: Family Photo Shoot!

71: Woody Woodpecker`s Nuthouse Coaster Stephanie and Ginette rode this one! In the Kidzone area.

72: Animal Actors on Location! A 20-minute show featuring a troupe of trained dogs, cats, birds and one orangutan.

74: Beetlejuice`s Graveyard Review We enjoyed this rowdy `80s & `90s show while Jacqueline and Stephanie were having their caricature picture drawn.

75: Home away from home! Spacious four bedroom house with private pool and game room in a gated community.

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