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Will practice "retirement" in January

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Going to central Florida for 2 weeks in January. DGD competing in Cheerleading in Orlando the first weekend in January. DH wants to go to The Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld. They say it's for "kids" of all ages (75, really?). Will do the touristy things like Weeki Wachee Mermaid show, Glass Bottom Boats that are in the general area.

Then will head for the FL east coast and wander for another week. Have to research interesting things to do in that area. St. Augustine has a lot historical sightseeing. ANY SUGGESTIONS OF INTERESTING THINGS FROM TITUSVILLE NORTH WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

After being "retired" for 8 years and taking care of grandkids and hauling them to after school activities, the January - March time is a good time to try and get away and experience "retirement". The first part of the year is free of activities for them. The 16 yr old is home from school in time for when the 7 yr old gets home. The 13 yr old can help him with his homework. SIL works from home now and travels occasionally. I may be working my way out of a childcare job if they can get along without me.

I'll have to start walking more so I won't be wiped out by all the walking required at WDW. With all the great food in the Orlando area, we'll have to wise in our choice of dining places while being gone for 3 week.

Deanna
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  • JAMIRBLAZE
    Disney's best dining options tend to be at Epcot for variety and quality and also at the resorts. In park eating can leave much to be desired otherwise and tends not to be healthy. Many of the resorts have microwaves or at least a refrigerator, so a loaf of bread, nut butter, yogurt, baby carrots, etc. can be real life savers. Fruit and veggies can be purchased in the parks, but beware of costs. You can bring your own snacks in, but I usually try to go bagless, as all bags are searched.

    St. Augustine is great - the Colombia Restaurant is not to be missed, though plan accordingly for a heavy meal. The NPS sites there are very nice. Anastasia State Park is also some of the best beach on the east coast, IMO. I'm from the gulf side of the state, so I'm biased towards gulf beaches, but Anastasia comes close. There's also a cool light house there.

    Blue Springs State Park is a good place for manatee watching as the manatees come up the river for the warmer spring water. It's in Orange City and not quite on the coast, and is a nice little park. It does get busy on weekends, however.

    In the greater Orlando area, Mount Dora is a great little city with interesting shops, antiques, etc. Winter Park's Park Ave has a great Saturday Farmer's Market and lots of cute shops.

    On the east coast, there's the Space Center which I have not been to as it is pricey, and I'm not a space nerd. Daytona is not nice or pretty in my opinion. Lots of really run down areas, so unless you want to see the track or are into motorcycles, I'd skip it. Flagler has some better beaches.

    Anyway, I'm a native Floridian, Orlando-area dweller and a WDW passholder, so feel free to message me with questions.
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  • MELLYBEANS0919
    Enjoy Disney! It will be a lot of fun!
    2217 days ago
  • NANA2JONEMIMAT
    Thanks CRUISEGAL55 for your comment.
    2217 days ago
  • CRUISEGAL55
    You will love WDW. Coming to Central & NE Fla in January is perfect- the average temps High 70, low 45. My family moved me to SoFla in 1970. I'm still here & love it. I guess I'll retire right here.
    Here's a link.
    http://www.thingstodo.com/
    states/FL/ne.htm
    Here's a link if you want to meet people, maybe for walking/ hiking/lunch/ movies-
    www.meetup.com You enter the zip code, where you'll be. (It's free) You join the groups that interest you. No obligation.
    I hope this helps.
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