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Monday, September 7, 2015

A Day Away: In Kissimmee, FL {#GoodbyeCrowds}

My family and I were provided complimentary accommodations and attraction tickets for the #GoodbyeCrowds event. All opinions are my own.

A Day Away

A couple of weeks ago my family and I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with some pretty amazing friends. Marisa and Carter, along with their families and {our now GREAT friends} Nori and Rochelle, our Experience Kissimmee hosts, met us in Kissimmee, FL for a weekend of NON-STOP fun!!

First stop: I-Drive 360. Sealife Aquarium, The Orlando Eye, and Madame Tusseauds Wax Museum are all fun attractions at I-Drive 360. That trifecta made for an amazing day!!

Chilly the Sea Turtle
{This is Chely, the Green Sea Turtle at Sealife Aquarium in Orlando.}

As the kids journey through Sealife Aquarium, they collect stamps in their free Passports. They learn so much as they walk through the aquarium to see more than 5,000 creatures, see pregnant seahorses {did you know the male seahorses are the ones who carry babies?}, a cool, color changing jelly fish exhibit, a 360 degree Ocean Tunnel, and SO much more. There's even a hands-on Rockpool experience at the end! Have you ever touched a sea urchin? You can at Sealife Aquarium!

At Sealife Aquarium
{the kids all earned their medals. Yay!}

Our next stop was to the TOP of world...or, at least 400 feet above Central Florida. The Orlando Eye has been a pretty hot topic in the news since it's first go-round in May 2015. In about 30 minutes we went to the top and back down, in our private pod, seeing distant sights like, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, the Orlando Skyline and much more. In your pod you have a digital guide to direct you in all you see.


Scaredy Cats on the Orlando Eye
{I might have had a couple of scaredy cats with me that day. Haha!}


a Bunch of Blogger Kids 
{How many blogger kids can you fit in one picture? Can you believe this is only two families?? And, Mabry isn't even in the shot.}

While having already done Sealife Aquarium and The Orlando Eye, one might think the day is over. Nope, not yet! We still hadn't seen Taylor Swift, Vin Diesel, and Walt Disney at Madame Tusseauds. My kids thought it was SO COOL seeing Neil Armstrong and Abraham Lincoln in wax-form, as if they were truly right in front of them. It was a history lesson and a fun activity, all in one! Not to mention rubbing elbows with The Beatles, Will Smith and Brad and Angelina.


{Jett jumped in the ring with Muhammed Ali for a minute.}

It's Walt Disney, Y'all
{Marisa and I pose with an American Icon, Walt Disney.}


Our day at I-Drive 360 was perfect. With countless shops and restaurants that we didn't even get to go to, I can totally see my family going back to experience these attractions again AND have lunch and do some shopping.

Want to WIN a trip from Experience Kissimmee of your own?
Visit to choose from a Thrill Trip or a Chill Trip for Two. You can also text either ChillsFL or ThrillsFL to 313131 to enter. Limit one entry per person, per day.

As a first responders wife, I feel the need to also let you know of the SPECIAL OFFER that I-Drive 360 has going on for the month of September. Police, Fire, and EMS Personnel can take 50% off of single or combo attraction tickets. That's an AMAZING DEAL!


Other adventures from our weekend include Dinner at Medieval Times, a day of waterslide fun at Seaworld's Aquatica, Wild Florida, Gatorland, Crayola Experience, and lodging at Regal Oaks Resort. Be on the lookout for more posts from these great locations! You can search the hashtags #GoodbyeCrowds and #MyKissimmee, if you want to get see posts from our whole group. 

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