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Monday, May 19, 1997
Kissimmee (Orlando) to Daytona Beach, Florida
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Daytona Beach, Florida:
Latitude: 29° 13' 24" North
Longitude: 81° 0' 21" West
Altitude: 12 feet
From Seattle: 2648 miles
Lodging: Hostel - The Daytona Beach International Youth Hostel

Today's Travel:
Country: United States
Region: Florida
Route: I4, I95, US92, SRA1A
Start: Kissimmee (Orlando)
Stop 1. Epcot Center, Walt Disney World
Stop 2. Disney MGM Studios, Walt Disney World
Stop 3. The Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
End:Daytona Beach, Florida
Road Miles:148 miles
Linear:77 miles
Weather: Overcast / Rain

Available Photos:

Steve & Michele model their new shades Honey I Shrunk the Audience, Epcot Center, Disney World, FL

Me, playing in the fountain Epcot Center, Disney World, FL

"Hollywood Blvd" Disney MGM Studios, Disney World, FL

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 39
Miles Driven:7476
Linear Dist: 5446
Countries Visited: 1
Regions Visited: 12
More stats...
Hotels: 12
Friends / Family: 14
Camping: 8
Hostels: 5
Beers: 125

Journal Entry:
When I left Microsoft, a friend suggested that I might be trying to cram too much in to too little time. I don't know what he was talking about, today I only did three things: Epcot Center, Disney MGM Studios, and The Magic Kingdom. I'd say it was a little hectic, but I had no intention of seeing everything, I had a ticket that was good at all three, and there was no way I could handle more than one day of the people. Actually the crowds weren't to bad, and once it started raining hard (late afternoon) the lines almost completely vanished.

Epcot Center, 9:30a - 2:20p: This morning I met Steve, Michele, and Michel's Brother and wife and it was off to Epcot we went. We did Innovations and Future world pavilions (both interesting and worth the time), "Honey I Shrunk the Audience" (A surprisingly Excellent ride. Five stars), World of imagination (Two stars), and then we had lunch in Mexico. After lunch I said goodbye and headed out on my own. I then did "Spaceship Earth" (the ride inside Epcot's signature ball thingy), which was OK (three stars).

Disney MGM Studios, 2:45p - 5:15p:Here I started with "The Incredible Movie Ride" (or something like that, two stars), and then went to the "Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular" show. The show was entertaining, (three stars). After that I went off to the new thriller ride: "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" (Five stars), it basically involves a 13 story free fall, I won't go into more than that because I was totally (and pleasantly surprised at how good this ride was. While waiting in line I met two women who were finishing off their four days at Disney world, who volunteered to show me the "good" stuff (since they had ridden everything multiple times). So we headed off to The Magic Kingdom.

The Magic Kingdom, 5:45p - 9:00p:First thing is Spacemountain (of course!). I did Spacemountain when I was here before, about 20 years ago, and it wasn't quite as wild as I remembered it, but it is still a classic (Four stars). The last ride of the day was "Thunder Mountain". I've ridden this at Disneyland, but I think the East coast version is better (four stars).

I have a room at the hostel and I have to say it's the most disgusting room I've ever stayed in, at least in this country. Lot's of bugs, no A/C, but it was cheap and has laundry facilities.

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