30th Birthday Gift

I’m turning 30 next Tuesday, September 8. I know, I know. I’m old. All kidding aside, I am doing something for my 30th I know I have written about in the past. But what the Hell? On September 22, I am headed to Orlando, Florida. Last time I went, unfortunately it was during Spring Break 2019. Last year, I visited Epcot, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld Orlando, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. This year I am skipping Epcot and going to the Magic Kingdom. I did not go to Magic Kingdom last year-I replaced it with SeaWorld. Now don’t get me wrong. Controversial as it sounds, I LOVED SeaWorld. But when I went, it was totally dead. I got on one roller coaster, oddly enough their newest one, Mako, FIFTEEN TIMES in one day. The longest I waited was actually for lunch. My family, on the other hand, went to Magic Kingdom and they said it was mobbed! But like I said, that was during Spring Break 2019. This trip, obviously, is during the Age of Covid, as I am calling it. So I’m kinda comparing apples and oranges. From what I’m hearing, lines are-or at least we’re- almost nonexistent. I hope to God it stays that way.

Probably my favorite Disney park, and maybe favorite park in Florida in general (Cedar Point takes my #1 spot) is Animal Kingdom. I mean, Pandora, the Avatar themed area, is probably my favorite park area EVER! I waited close to three hours for Flight of Passage last time. And while I don’t regret it one bit—it was the best non roller coaster ride I’ve ever been on!—3 hours is a really freaking long time to wait for one ride. I’ve seen posts online where the Flight of Passage line now in the Age or Covid is about 20 minutes.

In addition to the Disney parks, I am also going to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Now while I do love Universal Studios, because they do have some great rides and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I do prefer Disney parks. Universal does have more thrilling rides, I’ll give them that.

But Disney is, well, FREAKING DISNEY! It’s name is instantly recognizable worldwide   So is Universal, but there is just something so nostalgic about seeing Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and all those classic Disney characters. Not gonna lie, when I met Mickey Mouse last year at Hollywood Studios, I cried. Not full-blown, but tears were shed.

The last park I wanna talk about is Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Studios has my favorite drop ride of all time…the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. When I first rode this ride years ago in the early 2000s, I was terrified! After that first ride, though, I was HOOKED! Tower of Terror for me is enough reason to visit the park. But since the “new” Star Wars area was still under construction when I visited last time, and I am a HUGE Star Wars fan, I am dying to get back there to see Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Apart from the two rides, I really wanna build my own droid. And yes you can actually do that for $100 in Hollywood Studios. The droids actually move, communicate with other droids, their surroundings and owners and more. It’s kinda like a less creepy version of Furby. I know, good luck getting that thing on carry-on…

There is one other “park” I plan on visiting. The reason the word “park” is in quotation marks is because it is not a legitimate theme park. I am hopefully headed to Fun Spot Kissimmee. Why there, you ask? Well I am an adrenaline junkie and Fun Spot Kissimmee has the world’s highest/tallest Skycoaster. A skycoaster is a ride you pay extra for that lifts you up, drops you, and you swing until you stop. Most Skycoasters are around 100-150 maybe. This monstrosity is an unbelievably amazing  300 feet tall! Jesus H Christ I am looking forward to this! Nervous, but excited! Plus they have two roller coasters there, one of which is a wooden roller coaster that goes upside down. So there’s that.

So that’s my agenda for Florida. I’m a kid at heart, so I am more excited than I can say to go back to Disney! So have you ever been to Disney? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!

-Tom

 

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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