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Monday, February 28, 2011

A Walley World Day

Let me clarify. When I refer to "a Walley World day", I am not referring to Walt Disney World. Nope. I'm referring to the Chevy Chase film, Vacation. Remember that movie? Of course you do. Who can forget the Griswold family's trip to Walley World? Today, the captain and I took a little trip of our own.

Last week, there was a piece on the local news about the Central Florida Fair in Orlando. It opened last Thursday and runs right through to March 6th. The captain and I decided it would be a fun daytrip and so today, off we went. We certainly picked a hot day to venture out!

Have I mentioned that the air conditioning no longer works in our car? We go all retro and roll down the windows.

Anyway. We drive into Orlando, turn here, turn there, stop to take pictures of old motel signs and, finally, at 1:30 in the afternoon, end up at the fair. As you can see by the sign above, it's "The Greatest Carnival on Earth!!!". Three exclamation marks! Yay! Let's go in!

But hold on just a moment. The huge parking lot is very, um, empty. Are we first? That could be good. We'll get a great spot.

And then the realization sets in.

Stop! Stop? Stop indeed. Why?

Stop because the #$@!*&! place isn't open! Locked up. Barricaded. Padlocked even. And not a sign in sight to list the hours. The place was just ... closed.

Yup, we had our very own Walley World trip.

But you can't make lemonade without lemons, so I took the opportunity to wander around outside the fence and captured several photographs with both my camera and my iPhone. I wasn't able to get into the fair, but I'm quite pleased with today's shots. Here's one of them.

So while it was disappointing to miss the fair -- we checked online when we got home and after much searching, discovered it doesn't open on weekdays until 4 pm -- we still had a fun day. A very amusing adventure!


Leslie Jane Moran said...

You know, I think I'm loving the concept of the empty fair. That picture of the Ferris wheel is my fave. I think I see a carnival set of cards coming on :)

Susan Williamson said...

What a great fleet of pictures! Loved the signs especially. Last night on American Picker, the picking duo tried to buy a rusting Buick sign off an old building and the tenant said that if he had a dime for every time someone asked to buy it, he'd be a millionaire. (Apparently a Buick sign is worth between 5 and 10K)

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