|The Orange County Convention Center where the trade show is (source)|
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There are several major theme parks in the immediate vicinity that had looked promising, but they are too expensive - Orlando Universal is around $120, Disney is $85, and SeaWorld is $81.
I certainly can't justify the price, particularly since I could only pop in for a matter of hours. Plus, they're all things that I would want to go with the hubby or in a group, so it makes it easier to bypass.
In hunting around online, I've discovered two inexpensive possibilities that are more in my price range.
First is the I RIDE Trolley. At $1.25 a ride, I will be shuttled around International Drive, which is home to Universal, SeaWorld, and a slew of restaurants, shopping outlets, and hotels.
On this boulevard of entertainment, I've found something inexpensive and fantastically geeky: Titanic - The Experience
I've been to a traveling Titanic exhibit before, but this experience includes full-scale reproductions of ship rooms. The tour guides are even dressed in period costume and play the part of a real passenger. How cool is that?! This interactive / living history museum is $20, a deal I find pretty reasonable.
Ok, enough salivating here ... Given that this is a business trip and my time is largely taken up with meetings and seminars during the day, I think one tourist stop is an expected indulgence. Plus, it keeps my non-refundable costs in check.
Speaking of expenses, while it would be inappropriate to reveal how much this trip will cost, I can tell you that my expenses are handled two ways.
- My hotel arrangements and meals are reimbursed after I get back from the trip. Now that we have a credit card cleared off just for business trips, it makes it easy to pay for stuff out of pocket.
- My airfare, quite thankfully, was arranged through a local travel agency and billed directly to the company.
Full recap when I get back next week - I promise I won't get eaten by any gators!!!