Michael and I had one full day to ourselves in Orlando. The second and third day I had to put my big girl pants on! I went to two amusement parks all by my lonesome. It is a much different experience when you are going solo.
It was surreal to be back in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter without children or a husband. I wasn't sure what to do with myself. I looked in every shop, people watched, and indulged in a frozen butterbeer I took the Hogwarts Express between Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.
In the afternoon, I took a break from the heat and humidity. I strolled over to the HardRock hotel and had lunch in the cool, air conditioned restaurant. I didn't want to leave. It felt so good...and in reality, I had seen everything, not only in Harry Potter, but all of Universal Studios....both parks.
One thing was the same without the family, most of the rides were still 4D. 4D equals vomit for me. Other than the Hogwarts Express, I did not go on one single ride. I swear I walked every corner of Universal Studios.
Sometimes I thought 5pm, my shuttle pick-up time might never arrive, but it did and I arrived safely back to the hotel.
My third and last full day in Florida was spent in the Magic Kingdom. I arrived before the park opened. Did you know that there is a ceremony that opens the park every morning? Yeah, me neither!
It is amazing how fast one person can visit every ride without child distractions of bathroom and food breaks. I went on almost every attraction that I cared about within three hours. Three hours!
I felt guilty, knowing how much my kids would want to be where I was, doing what I was doing.
I didn't take any pictures that day. It was so incredibly hot and humid. I couldn't even think about using any energy to find my phone and snap a picture; just thinking about it made me sweat.
What is up with temperatures and humidity like that in November? I was wilting. Disney was just beginning to adorn Main Street for the holidays, but how can anyone feel "merry and bright" when sweat is dripping down your face and chest? It definitely did not feel like the "Most wonderful time of the year."
I spent my obligatory eight hours at the Magic Kingdom. When I felt like Disney had earned my park ticket, I boarded the shuttle back to the hotel.
Michael and I ended the day early. I had a 7am flight the next morning back to Utah. BLEH!