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Ahh, the beautiful sunshine and warm weather of Florida was a brief respite from December in Wisconsin. We stayed four nights in Orlando at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Below are some notes on our trip: Airline/Hotel: Booked a Southwest Airlines package deal for flight + hotel when there was a good sale in September. Also love that they have non-stop service from our home airport. Enjoyed Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: comfortable room,… Read More

It was time to switch it up after two days doing the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. From our base at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, we arranged for a Mears Shuttle to pick us up and take us to Universal Studios Orlando. We had been to Universal Studios Hollywood back in 2012, and although there is a bit of crossover, the big draw to Orlando is, of course, the Wizarding World of Harry… Read More

Back from sunny Southern California. Great trip! I was in Anaheim to give a presentation at a work conference, but scheduled vacation time before it. Good decision. Flew into LAX (the prices were better than Orange County). Didn’t want to deal with LA traffic, so we skipped a rental car. Never came to regret it either. We used Super Shuttle to take us to our hotel in Anaheim. We avoided the expensive… Read More

After a one-day pause from theme parks, we did our last one: Universal Studios Hollywood. We signed up for day trip from Gray Line tours in Anaheim. They picked us up at our hotel and deposited us at larger facility where we boarded a shuttle bus to Universal Studios for the (1-1.5 hr trip, depending on traffic). The highlight of the trip is the studio tour. That’s the first thing we did…. Read More