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Orlando in October/November 2005

I know some people who almost seem to live for their annual vacations in Florida; there is something about the place that seems to attract British people in particular. Personally, I have never been all that keen to visit for a personal holiday, but have been a few times for conferences. Not being one to miss an opportunity, this has let me visit some tourist attractions that I might otherwise have never visited.

The photos in this album are from a trip I made to Orlando in October/November 2005. A few days before my arrival, there had been a major hurricane that had threatened to cancel the conference I was attending, but fortunately everyone managed to recover in time. It did mean that the weather was unusally cool and cloudy for the first few days of my stay, but after I had finished with work, the sky seemed to clear, and it was warm and sunny for the rest of my stay. I visited the Kennedy Space Centre, Disney Epcot, Disney Magic Kingdom, Sea World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and the various malls on International Drive. So all in all, a very full trip!

Spaceship Earth against a dark blue sky with shades. Disney Epcot, Orlando.
Spaceship Earth against a dark blue sky with shades. Disney Epcot, Orlando.
Dark skies above the "Hollywood" section of Universal Studios, Orlando
Dark skies above the "Hollywood" section of Universal Studios, Orlando
A rocket stage at the Kennedy Space Center
A rocket stage at the Kennedy Space Center
Me unprepared outside the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Studios, Orlando
Me unprepared outside the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Studios, Orlando
Mel's Drive-In, in Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
Mel's Drive-In, in Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
Disney Princesses, at Disney Magic Kingdom, Orlando.
Disney Princesses, at Disney Magic Kingdom, Orlando.
The Spaceship Earth dome in the centre of Disney Epcot, Orlando.
The Spaceship Earth dome in the centre of Disney Epcot, Orlando.
The Mexico Pavilion (with pre-Colombian Pyramid) at Disney Epcot, Orlando
The Mexico Pavilion (with pre-Colombian Pyramid) at Disney Epcot, Orlando
A part of the Norway Pavilion in the World Showcase at Disney Epcot, Orlando
A part of the Norway Pavilion in the World Showcase at Disney Epcot, Orlando
The China Pavilion in the World Showcase at Disney Epcot, Orlando
The China Pavilion in the World Showcase at Disney Epcot, Orlando
The Morocco Pavilion, in the World Showcase at Disney Epcot, Orlando
The Morocco Pavilion, in the World Showcase at Disney Epcot, Orlando
Me near the France Pavilion at, Disney Epcot. Note the mini Eiffel tower.
Me near the France Pavilion at, Disney Epcot. Note the mini Eiffel tower.
A gymnastic performance in Disney Epcot, Orlando.
A gymnastic performance in Disney Epcot, Orlando.
The Epcot sign next to Spaceship Earth, in Disney Epcot, Orlando
The Epcot sign next to Spaceship Earth, in Disney Epcot, Orlando
Me standing in front of the World Showcase Lagoon, in Disney Epcot, Orlando
Me standing in front of the World Showcase Lagoon, in Disney Epcot, Orlando
Sunset over the Mexico Pavilion, at Disney Epcot, in Orlando, Florida
Sunset over the Mexico Pavilion, at Disney Epcot, in Orlando, Florida
Me looking cheery at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Orlando
Me looking cheery at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Orlando
Me standing in front of the Incredible Hulk coaster, at Islands of Adventure, Florida
Me standing in front of the Incredible Hulk coaster, at Islands of Adventure, Florida
The Ripsaw Falls Flume Ride at Universal Islands of Adventure, Orlando
The Ripsaw Falls Flume Ride at Universal Islands of Adventure, Orlando
Me looking cheery in Universal Islands of Adventure, Florida
Me looking cheery in Universal Islands of Adventure, Florida
Another photo of me at Universal Islands of Adventure, Orlando Florida
Another photo of me at Universal Islands of Adventure, Orlando Florida
Absolutely drenched after going on the Ripsaw Falls, at Islands of Adventure
Absolutely drenched after going on the Ripsaw Falls, at Islands of Adventure
The "New York" section of Universal Studios, Orlando
The "New York" section of Universal Studios, Orlando
The Blues Brothers show, at Universal Studios, Orlando
The Blues Brothers show, at Universal Studios, Orlando
Another view of "New York" at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
Another view of "New York" at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
Me next to the lake in Universal Studios, Orlando
Me next to the lake in Universal Studios, Orlando
Universal CityWalk in the evening, in Orlando, Florida
Universal CityWalk in the evening, in Orlando, Florida
Universal CityWalk at night, in Orlando Florida
Universal CityWalk at night, in Orlando Florida
The Hard Rock Cafe, lit up at night, from Universal CityWalk, Florida
The Hard Rock Cafe, lit up at night, from Universal CityWalk, Florida
The entrance and sign to Universal Studios at night, Orlando Florida
The entrance and sign to Universal Studios at night, Orlando Florida
Main Street USA, at Disney Magic Kingdom, in Orlando Florida
Main Street USA, at Disney Magic Kingdom, in Orlando Florida
Me next to Cinderella's Castle, in Disney Magic Kingdom, Orlando Florida
Me next to Cinderella's Castle, in Disney Magic Kingdom, Orlando Florida
The Splash Mountain ride at Disney Magic Kingdom, Orlando Florida
The Splash Mountain ride at Disney Magic Kingdom, Orlando Florida
The Hall of Presidents, at Disney Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
The Hall of Presidents, at Disney Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
A side-view of Cinderella's Castle at Disney Magic Kingdom, Orlando
A side-view of Cinderella's Castle at Disney Magic Kingdom, Orlando
A (fake) hippo in the water on the Magic Kingdom Jungle Cruise in Orlando, Florida
A (fake) hippo in the water on the Magic Kingdom Jungle Cruise in Orlando, Florida
Elephants under a waterfall on the Magic Kingdom Jungle Cruise, Orlando
Elephants under a waterfall on the Magic Kingdom Jungle Cruise, Orlando
Fireworks over Cinderella's Castle at Disney Magic Kingdom, Florida
Fireworks over Cinderella's Castle at Disney Magic Kingdom, Florida
The Cinderellabration show, at Disney Magic Kingdom, Florida
The Cinderellabration show, at Disney Magic Kingdom, Florida
The Astro Orbiter, in Tomorrowland, at Disney Magic Kingdom Orlando
The Astro Orbiter, in Tomorrowland, at Disney Magic Kingdom Orlando
Blue roofed building next to the Pinocchio Village Haus. Disney Magic Kingdom, FL
Blue roofed building next to the Pinocchio Village Haus. Disney Magic Kingdom, FL
Disney Happiest Celebration on Earth sign on Cinderella's Castle. Orlando, Florida.
Disney Happiest Celebration on Earth sign on Cinderella's Castle. Orlando, Florida.
The Liberty Square Riverboat dock, at Disney Magic Kingdom, Orlando
The Liberty Square Riverboat dock, at Disney Magic Kingdom, Orlando
The "Wahoo Two" boat at the entrance to Seaworld, Orlando, Florida
The "Wahoo Two" boat at the entrance to Seaworld, Orlando, Florida
Lots of flamingos, at Seaworld, Orlando
Lots of flamingos, at Seaworld, Orlando
A turtle and some birds, at Seaworld in Orlando
A turtle and some birds, at Seaworld in Orlando
Jellyfish, at Seaworld in Orlando, Florida
Jellyfish, at Seaworld in Orlando, Florida
Gardens at the Seaworld Hospitality Center, Orlando
Gardens at the Seaworld Hospitality Center, Orlando
A long-beaked bird at Seaworld, Orlando
A long-beaked bird at Seaworld, Orlando
The Dolphin Nursery at Seaworld, Orlando
The Dolphin Nursery at Seaworld, Orlando
The Shamu Experience at Seaworld, Orlando
The Shamu Experience at Seaworld, Orlando
Crossing the Indian River Lagoon, on the way to the Kennedy Space Center
Crossing the Indian River Lagoon, on the way to the Kennedy Space Center
Replica of an International Space Station Node, at Kennedy Space Center
Replica of an International Space Station Node, at Kennedy Space Center
Replica of the International Space Station toilet! At Kennedy Space Center
Replica of the International Space Station toilet! At Kennedy Space Center
Launch Pad A at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Launch Pad A at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
The Vehicle Assembly Building, at Kennedy Space Center
The Vehicle Assembly Building, at Kennedy Space Center
Apollo rocket engines at the Kennedy Space Center
Apollo rocket engines at the Kennedy Space Center
A moon buggy, at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A moon buggy, at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A view of a launch pad, from the Kennedy Space Center
A view of a launch pad, from the Kennedy Space Center
A distant view of both launch pads, at the Kennedy Space Center
A distant view of both launch pads, at the Kennedy Space Center
Astronaut Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center
Astronaut Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center
A rocket at the Kennedy Space Center
A rocket at the Kennedy Space Center
A replica of a Space Shuttle, at the Kennedy Space Center
A replica of a Space Shuttle, at the Kennedy Space Center
Me in the Rocket Garden, at the Kennedy Space Center
Me in the Rocket Garden, at the Kennedy Space Center
A large rocket, in the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center
A large rocket, in the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center
A view of many of the rockets in the Rocket Garden, at Kennedy Space Center
A view of many of the rockets in the Rocket Garden, at Kennedy Space Center
A photo of me near the Rocket Garden, at Kennedy Space Center
A photo of me near the Rocket Garden, at Kennedy Space Center
A large rocket and a replica of the Space Shuttle, at Kennedy Space Center
A large rocket and a replica of the Space Shuttle, at Kennedy Space Center
Me with an astronaut (Charlie Walker) at the Kennedy Space Center
Me with an astronaut (Charlie Walker) at the Kennedy Space Center
The entrance to the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida
The entrance to the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida
A Do Not Feed the Alligators sign at Kennedy Space Center
A Do Not Feed the Alligators sign at Kennedy Space Center
A hazy sunset near Orlando, Florida.
A hazy sunset near Orlando, Florida.
A view of Seaworld, from my hotel room in Orlando, Florida
A view of Seaworld, from my hotel room in Orlando, Florida
Me in the World Showcase, at Disney Epcot, Florida
Me in the World Showcase, at Disney Epcot, Florida
Me in Seuss Landing, at Universal Islands of Adventure, Florida
Me in Seuss Landing, at Universal Islands of Adventure, Florida
The Incredible Hulk Coaster, at Universl Islands of Adventure, Florida
The Incredible Hulk Coaster, at Universl Islands of Adventure, Florida
Me standing in front of Cinderella's Castle, Disney Magic Kingdom, Florida
Me standing in front of Cinderella's Castle, Disney Magic Kingdom, Florida
The Haunted Mansion, from across the river. At Disney Magic Kingdom, Florida
The Haunted Mansion, from across the river. At Disney Magic Kingdom, Florida
Detail of Cinderella's Castle, with Happiest Celebration on Earth branding. Florida.
Detail of Cinderella's Castle, with Happiest Celebration on Earth branding. Florida.
Pinocchio and a Blue Fairy, on parade, at Disney Magic Kingdom, Florida
Pinocchio and a Blue Fairy, on parade, at Disney Magic Kingdom, Florida
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