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Beauty in the parks.
In our hurry to rush around the theme parks, trying to get everything done in one day, we often miss out on the beauty in the parks. Being very lucky owners of a villa in Orlando, all our holidays are spent in Florida so there is never any rush and we can take our time to look at some of the wonders they have either created or built round in some of the theme parks.
Unfortunately one of the most beautiful of all the parks was Cypress Gardens, which has now been closed and will re-open soon as Lego Land. They had planted a giant Banyan tree in 1939 and was the most spectacular tree you will ever see. Hopefully Lego Land will keep it as a feature too.
But to more up to date parks, Sea World is not only home to Shamu and a wide variety of fascinating fish and sharks, it also has some wonderfully planted gardens. Sea World is owned by Busch – the makers of Budweiser and they still display a replica of one of the old fashioned delivery trucks which were pulled by magnificent horses. The horses are kept in stables round the back of the park but can still be viewed by the public, it is just a shame that they are not in a more prominent position as hardly any one knows they are there. I have heard a rumour though that they are being moved out of the park, so if you do get the chance, go and have a look at them. They are magnificent specimens.
Epcot very often hold flower festivals in their park but even when they don’t just have a look at some of the gardens round the walk way up to the Journey of Imagination and “The Land”. They are stunning beautiful: the manicured lawns and formally planted flower beds are just too good to miss.
The Magic Kingdom does have some wonderful trees and the planting round Cinderella’s Castle is beautiful, but again we just hurry past to get to the concrete jungle of Fantasy land. In Frontierland the beauty of Tom Sawyer’s Island can be viewed by taking a raft across to the island itself or by taking a Liberty Square paddle steamship cruise round the whole of Frontier Land. Although not formally beautiful as in flowers planted in rows, it does have a wild beauty all of it’s own.
So if you can, slow down a bit and look at your surroundings, you will be amazed at what you may have been missing.
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