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Florida pictures: Downtown Disney

We bid farewell to rustydog on Thursday afternoon, dropping her off at Orlando International Airport on our way back from Kennedy Space Center. We were, of course, sorry to see her go, but we got to enjoy a few extra minutes with her, because we couldn't find the entrance to the airport Hyatt, where she had arranged to meet some friends. In our defense, the signage was very poor.

Eventually we found the service entrance or something, hugs were exchanged, and rusty entered the hotel as the bolivers and I headed to Universal Studios CityWalk for dinner (at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, which was fine) and a movie (Shrek 2, which was wonderful). We also visited the Universal Studios Store, which, truth be told, was the main reason I wanted to go to the CityWalk in the first place. I was hoping to find a good souvenir for my brother there, but I was unimpressed with the selection of merchandise.

The next morning, we headed over to Downtown Disney to look for Uncle Scrooge merchandise at the World of Disney store, the largest Disney memorabilia store in the world. Shockingly, they had virtually no Uncle Scrooge items. I found a candle that pictured him alongside fifty other Disney characters. (Whoops, make that fifty-one; the carpet counts as a separate character!) And he was pictured on some chocolate money. Shocking! I bought the candle, but passed on the money. Once I'd made my purchases, I considered going into some of the other stores, but ultimately decided it was too damn hot. I did take time to look at the giant kaleidoscope and the steamboat, but mostly I just sat at a table under an umbrella while boliver and her husband thought about what to do once they dumped me at the airport.





And then they dumped me at the airport.

So what have we learned? I've been to south Florida twice now, and I don't feel any particular urge to return, not do I see any compelling reason to return to Nassau. There may be some merit in visiting other Bahamian islands, but I'm done with Nassau. Cruises are fun, though. I'd like to return to the Keys, and I definitely need to get back to Orlando. Downtown Disney is nice and all, but I get the feeling there's more to this thing they call Disney World than just an entertainment and retail complex. And most of all, I learned that it's a hell of a lot of fun to travel with rusty and boliver.
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