Guess who’s going to Orlando?

I know…it’s a pretty pompous blog post title.  I can’t help it…I’m just so damn excited.

I had been told about a month ago that the national sales meetings were going to take place in Orlando, Florida this year. The only problem was that I was also told that it wasn’t a guarantee that I would go.

Thankfully, that fear was squashed on Monday morning.

It was confirmed that I’m heading to Orlando next month on a 4-day business trip.  Now on previous trips, I’d blog about what things I could do on my down time.  I did it for my trip to Chicago and my two trips to St. Louis and I’ve even asked readers to help me on what to do on a trip (like my trip to Fairfax/Washington for last year’s national sales meetings).

Portofino Bay Hotel - Orlando, FL

This time it’s a LOT easier.  Not only am I a theme park junkie, but (get this) I’m actually staying at the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios.

Yeah…I’m a lucky bastard.

So there are four of us going on this trip and I’m the only one who has been to Universal Studios before.  And because of our schedule, we’ll only have a Tuesday afternoon to check it out…so they’re relying on me to be their tour guide.  And what’s better is that one of my sales reps (who lived in Orlando for ten years) is also going to be there at the same time we arrive and can’t wait to hit-up Universal Studios with us.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

The plan is to tackle Islands of Adventure first-thing and check out The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is supposed to be an amazing experience even if you’re not the biggest fan of the franchise.  I also need to check out the Jurassic Park River Adventure as I never got to enjoy it the last time I was there.  After that my sales rep wants to hit the roller-coasters.  I’m not a HUGE roller-coaster fan and I’ve got a massive fear of heights, but I told him that I wouldn’t “pussy-out” and disappoint him.

We’re also going to try to hit a couple of rides over at Universal Studios, too…with The Revenge of The Mummy ride at the top of my list.

But here’s the thing…the parks close at 6pm at this time of year so we won’t have a lot of time to see everything we want to see.  But the great thing about Universal Studios is that they’ve got a thriving night life with their CityWalk area.

CityWalk's Rising Star - Orlando, FL

And I couldn’t be more excited about the possibility of crossing off one of the items on my Bucket List: to sing in front of a crowd being backed by a live band.  How is that possible?  One of the night clubs at the CityWalk is called Rising Star and is a karaoke bar…but it’s not a normal karaoke bar with cd’s playing music in the background, but rather you’re backed by a FULL BAND (including back-up singers!).  I think I’ve already got a few song possibilities picked out but I’ll wait until I get there before throwing my name in the ring.  If all things go well I’ll be able to videotape it and throw it onto YouTube along with the ton of others already available.

The only other thing on our schedule outside of business meetings for the week is an Orlando Magic basketball game against the Phoenix Suns.  I’ve never been to an NBA game before so that should be a LOT of fun (even though, as a Canadian and a Toronto Raptor fan, I have a massive “hate-on” for Vince Carter).

So needless to say, I’m just SLIGHTLY excited about this trip and I’m sure I’ll be writing more about it in the next couple of weeks.

There are days where I just LOVE my job.


5 thoughts on “Guess who’s going to Orlando?

  1. Was JUST there. The Harry Potter ride was pretty good, but my favorite was still The Simpsons. When you hit that one? Make sure you sit up front. Have fun, CaNook!

  2. From what I’ve heard, the Simpsons’ ride is a remade version of the old Back to the Future ride, which was a lot of fun for its time.

    I’ll keep that in mind, though. Definitely going to try to hit both parks.

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