"Orlando, the "Tragic Kingdom"" Orlando by 850prc

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SeaWorld....the best of the lot

As you might have guessed from my "Tragic Kingdom" comment, I'm not crazy about Orlando. It's not that Orlando is a bad town. It's just that all that vacation magic stuff that they've built is so incredibly phony.

But, if theme parks and kingdoms are your bag, it's my job as a Floridian to give you the low-down.

For my money, the most interesting park in Orlando is SeaWorld. There is a lot to be learned, and there's numerous opportunities to get up close and personal with the marine residents of SeaWorld.

Porpoise petting at SeaWorld

Like I say, one of the best things about SeaWorld is the opportunity to get up close and enjoy many marine creatures. I enjoyed petting the porpoises.....and the porpoises seemed to enjoy it, too. These are truly remarkable creatures.

The World's #1 MIckey-Mouse operation

Yep, that'd be Disney World, aka the "Tragic Kingdom" to us jaded Floridians. The people who call it the happiest people on earth are probably Disney accountants. :)

But, no use poisoning things for you if you've decided to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando. My advice is to pick a weekday, and to show up early. Stay all day and get your money's worth. Do it all and then decide if you ever want to do it again. : )

For more of my caustic Disney World humor, with some useful advice sprinkled in, see my Disney World Travelogue.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:There are some decent places to eat and their airport is great
  • Cons:Too many people. Too many phony fun parks.
  • In a nutshell:Everybody ends up visiting Orlando. Don't feel guilty if you don't love it. : )
  • Last visit to Orlando: Jun 1997
  • Intro Updated Apr 12, 2003
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  • JEANYLASER's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    your pictures of Mickey Mouse looks awesome!

  • Jul 16, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Sorry... :) I DO love Disneyland!!!

  • Wendy67's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2007 at 7:01 AM

    We get chided all the time about never taking our daughter to Disney. I'll start directing friends and family to your page instead of constantly trying to defend ourselves :)

  • Florida999's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2006 at 10:25 AM

    Hey! I live here!!! But, Disney is not my favorite park either...there is just something freaky about that large mouse Check out my Orlando page

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2005 at 2:00 PM

    Orlando looks like a great place for kids. Would it also be a good spot for a romantic trip with a spouse?

  • pedersdottir's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2004 at 10:16 PM

    Had a great visit to the land of Hatters and Tars. Aqua, flora, lutefisk and thrills over 3 counties - who could ask for more?! K.

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2004 at 10:38 AM

    Finally, someone else besides myself who is critical of this place...

  • Julie&'s Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2004 at 8:45 PM

    Hey Pete, Great pages, i will be in orlando july 3 to 10th....maybe we can plan a vt get together. Email me...Julie :-)

  • canadiantravelgirl's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2004 at 5:06 AM

    I think I have been to Disney about 9 times now...yep..nine hot, sweaty days waiting in lines!! But when I go now, I can be a kid for a day (but maybe I am one every day haha). Great Humor as always Pete!!!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2003 at 12:07 PM

    Every time I think I've had enough of the overpricing at Disney, I find myself wanting to go back anyway for a little slice of Utopia. Have been to WDW in Feb., May, Oct. and Nov. October is the best of all and will be doing it again this year!


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