It’s been a busy March around Casa Mishappenings. I’m not much for basketball, but I feel like my March has given a whole new meaning to March Madness!
To start the month, The Engineer and I took our first real, adult vacation!! We spent a few days in Orlando catching a couple spring training games. We also did some regular tourist things…..beers at Coco Beach, the Kennedy Space Center, and of course….
……THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER!!! We totally bought too many butter beers and I got an overpriced Ravenclaw sweatshirt, but I don’t even care! Pro tip about Universal Studios….if you’re on a budget and don’t want to pay for express passes, I would seriously suggest going through the rides as single riders. Basically you take an alternative track to the front of the lines and they use you as a space filler. If you don’t go single rider, and don’t splurge for the express passes, you’ll spend a lot of time in lines. We spent at least 90 minutes waiting in line at Gringott’s bank because we didn’t wait the extra 10 minutes for the single rider line to reopen….big mistake! This won’t work out well if you’re a family with kids probably, but was fine for The Engineer and I. We always ended up in the same car or group anyway….just maybe not sitting right next to each other.
The only major buzzkills of the trip were our flights, the hotel, and the total lack of anything not touristy to do in Orlando. It felt like we couldn’t even find a nice place to go to dinner that wasn’t just a chain restaurant. All I really wanted was some good fish, or even an amazeballs plate of fish tacos, and we couldn’t even find that between the Red Lobsters and the Joe’s Crab Shacks….. I did however get a Mickey Mouse ice cream head like we got as kids when we went to Disney as a family….so all hope wasn’t lost!
Our hotel, the Days Inn Kissimmee formerly known as the Copacobana Motor Inn, was less than stellar. It was a hot deal off Hotwire.com so we didn’t know the name prior to booking. I will say, it was clean and you could tell they are slowly trying to make improvements……but doors that close and don’t seem like a strong breeze might rip it outta the door frame would have maybe been my remold starting point. It was about as good as you’d picture a $35 a night hotel being. The desk had two different chairs, there were patched holes in the walls, and overall it just wasn’t great. We debated leaving for a different hotel, but we spent such little time there it seemed like more work to try and get our money back and move. We did however pack everything up and put it in the rental car everyday because you could never really tell if the door was going to stay locked from the outside…..it “locked” from the inside, but again lock is relative. If someone really wanted in our room….they would have gotten in.
We flew Allegiant because it leaves from home and offers a direct flight to Orlando. I’m not sure I would ever fly them again. We paid for and booked everything up front, but with Allegiant you have to pay for specific seats. So I paid for two seats together for both flights. We didn’t get the seats we paid for on the way to Florida, and I had to pay extra on the way home to move The Engineer and I back into two seats together. They also overbooked the flight down to Orlando and were trying to convince people to drive to Omaha and take a different flight…..again…..we’ve all paid for specific seats on the plane….so why is this even happening?! We didn’t take the offer as it would have essentially burned a whole day of our vacation being at home and driving to Omaha….plus the issue of getting our car back from the Omaha airport.
All in all I’m making the trip sound horrible, but it was actually a really good time! It would have only been better if it had been a wee bit warmer, but then we would have come home as cripsy fried bacon probably….so it’s just as well. It was warm enough if you were in the sun and out of the wind to feel hot. In the shade or out in the wind on the coast it was chilly enough that we wanted long sleeves, but I refused to wear anything other than shorts! It wasn’t too cold to drink beer outside so I’ll take that as a win. Speaking of wins, there was no relationship feuding over the results of the baseball games. The Phillies and Braves each won a game, so all was fair in love and baseball!
Another big March event was that The Engineer has now officially moved it! As part of our new “double income household” life, The Engineer declared that next vacation we aren’t getting the cheapest hotel and skipping the express passes…..”We need those passes!” You don’t need the passes…..just follow the pro tip it took us all day to learn and go single rider all the way….the hotel however…..will be upgraded on our next vacation! Although, if we can survive the horrible hotel and his somewhat whiplash-y driving in the very zippy rental car for a week….we can probably survive just about anything together!