KSC March 2013

Today we visited the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex again, with Margaret’s sister Kate and their Mother. First to greet us was a new welcome “sculpture”, quite lovely.

Then we again did the “close up tour” out to launch pad 39A; for the first time, I noticed the “scouring” on the blast walls; you can see the sunlight lit diagonal scratches, presumably following the direction of the exhaust gases:

We also, of course, did the Apollo 8 launch simulation, Apollo 11 landing simulation, and viewed the Saturn V exhibit:

Another Wild Africa Trek

Once again, the best way to enjoy Animal Kingdom is to join their Wild Africa Trek – we took Michael today, for his last day at Disney!


Finally, there were two Elephants “fighting” for hierarchy – distant so less than perfect video:

Two Disney parks in one day

We welcomed the new year today with close to 12 hours at Disney, first at Epcot then over to Magic Kingdom! We took Michael, too – who also likes NEMO:

At Epcot, we skipped World Showcase, but enjoyed the NEMO ride as well as Soarin’, Spaceship Earth and some others … over at Magic Kingdom, we visited It’s a Small World, Haunted Mansion, Buzz Lightyear, and finished the day with Disney’s Electrical Parade, and Wishes fireworks …

Sanibel wildlife

We’re visiting English family on Sanibel Island, and joined them on a driving & walking tour around various Sanibel wildlife reserves. Lots of birds, water – and the occasional turtle and alligator!


Harry Potter and Islands Of Adventure

Today we visited Universal Studios Islands Of Adventure – we almost never go to the Universal parks as their rides are all more extreme than Disney and not really what we like, but since the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, we’ve planned to check it out.

Queueing was the order of the day at Universal! It took more than half an hour just to get tickets …

First stop was Zeuss Landing where after another half hour of waiting, we rode something very tame, the High In The Sky train!


Eventually we made our way to Hogsmeade and some VERY CROWDED places! It seems that there wasn’t enough space to put the Harry Potter at Universal Studios, so everything is cramped; it was nearly impossible to shop – surely a huge missed opportunity, and exiting The Forbidden Journey was just crazy! Mind you, the long queue to enter that ride was spacious – although apparently designed to seem longer than it really is …

As for the Forbidden Journey ride itself, all the being thrown upside down, and the spiders, put Margaret off ever doing it again – Kate didn’t even risk going on! It was however much more tame than some rides at Universal (and no, we didn’t go on that one!)