This is how I got my VIP party at Howl at the Moon. Chuckles, being the professional clown that he is, really knows how to work a crowd. See the video for yourself.
The Wilsons arrived at the airport on Saturday afternoon. They were in the mood for Chinese, so I took them to a place near my office called the Golden Lotus. I think’s it’s tough to get good Chinese in Orlando, and I’m a bit picky that way, but although the Golden Lotus is a hole in the wall establishment the food will surprise you.
They were tired from their flight, but we needed to pick up the tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on Thursday. Yes they saw the pictures on my Blog and decided they wanted to do that too. So it was off to Downtown Disney.
On Sunday the plan was to go to Gatorland. I’d been experiencing some hip pain the night before and by the time the Wilsons were going to their first Cracker Barrel in the morning, I couldn’t even sit down to breakfast. While everyone else went to see the gators, I spent the day flat on my back on the floor. By evening I was straightened out enough to go to our dinner reservation, but I could tell it wasn’t going to get better on its own. Talk about timing.
I made a chiropractic appointment for Tuesday and suffered through the walking on Monday. We spent a full day at Epcot, which is now in the middle of the Food and Wine Festival. We didn’t participate in that in any way, so I hope to go back this week and make up for that.
Following Epcot, the plan was to go the Magic Kingdom on Tuesday. But my chiropractic appointment didn’t release me until the day was half over, and we had dinner reservations at Ohana’s that night in honor of Scott and Guinn’s wedding anniversary. So we went to Wekiwa instead, giving Guinn the chance to experience a real Florida swamp.
Wednesday was always going to be a day at the beach. Clearwater was the natural choice, because after living their entire lives in Washington without a lot of traveling, Scott and Guinn had never seen a white sand beach before. We took a quick detour at the Biltmore, just for a walk-around.
The food was very tasty that night at the Conch Republic Grill, where I introduced my friends to fried conch.
Thursday was the Magic Kingdom. Scott and Guinn have not been able to tell me enough how blown away they were by this day. We didn’t get the chance to do everything, but we hit the highlights.
Attending the Halloween party was a bit of a social experiment. How would Disney react if a professional freakish clown showed up? The crowd would assume he was part of the show of course.
That’s all I have time for tonight, but there’s still Halloween to go. See you then!
Scott Alan and his wife Guinn are coming down from Seattle this week, and that will pretty much sum up my vacation this year. That said, I’ll be posting about what we did, so you’re not getting off that easy. Scott has a side business as a professional clown, was the president of Cartoonists Northwest for most of the years I was involved in it, and is the kind of life-long friend that makes me occasionally question my decision to move to Florida. Moving here meant leaving a lot of very special people behind and that never gets easier. But I am proud to host his stay and show off the city of Orlando, which I have come to love.
We’re picking them up at the airport today and there is a full week planned. Is it really a vacation if you’re not leaving town? It counts if you’re not at work.