IDEX 2013

We just returned from IDEX 2013 in Orlando, Florida and it was a blast!

IDEX is a US doll show for various kinds of dolls and the conference was held on Apr 12-14 just across the road from Universal Studios park.

Initially we decided to go there after hearing that VOLKS will be attending too.

Line at IDEX 2013 in the morning
A line formed in the morning to get all the limited items. Surprisingly many people got in line for items other than VOLKS dolls ;)


Universal Studios Florida

And our last full day in Orlando. We decided to visit Universal Studios park this time for a change.

But then it turned out that there are two parks nearby, the Universal Studios Park and Universal's Islands of Adventure. The latter one was mostly famous for it's roller coasters and such so I decided we better go to the Universal Studios park. There really was not enough time to see both esp. since both park were closing early at 6pm on that day.

Universal Studio emblem
In front of the park is big Universal's logo (it actually rotates).


Disney World: Disney's Hollywood Studios

So we had 3 days of meeting at LUG2011 and after that there still were a couple of days left to explore more of the Disney World and surrounding areas.

For Thursday we only had half a day since the conference concluded at noon and so we decided to visit Disney's Hollywood Studios park as yet another park that had a firework show at night.

Hollywood Boulevard
View from the entrance - Hollywood Boulevard. We can see a giant wizard's hat.


Gatorland and Kennedy Space Center

On Monday work-related activities started for me and Ksusha decided to go see places with our friends. She returned with some pictures and it seems I also want to go there sometime later ;)

First stop was at Gatorland, a theme park and a wildlife preserve known for its wide variety of alligator and crocodile species.

Perched egret
Aside from crocodiles they also had a lot of wild birds too.


Disney World: Magic Kingdom

So it came time for the next day in Florida, the plan was to visit Disney Magic Kingdom park.

It did not work to go there early because we needed to switch hotels and also meet some friends to go to the park together.

Magic Kingdom gate
This is how the entry to Disney area looks like.


Disney World: Epcot

On Saturday we woke up early and headed to the Epcot park. It promised to be a big one with interesting attractions like a time machine, some fast cars and so on. Also it featured 11 real tiny countries that Ksusha was interested to see. Also promised was night-time fireworks show.

So we departed from our hotel at around 9am and arrived to the park at about 9:15. Parking cost is $14 for the whole day and you can enter multiple times too. I was really impressed by the parking organization too, no need to hunt for a free spot, parking attendants direct you towards where you need to park, as soon as one lot fills it is closed and another one immediately opened.

View from entrance on Disney Topiary Characters
From the entrance gate we immediately see some Disney characters...

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