GWAE
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January 16th, 2016 at 4:35:17 AM permalink
Here we go again. Arrived at the airport at 650 AM. Through security by 7am. Got our snacks and they started boarding 20 minutes early YAY, another non cancelled Spirit flight.



We are heading to Tampa, then to Orlando, and finally down to Miami. This report will have some gambling but that is not the purpose of this trip. FYI, there is a block thread button up above if you dont want to see abunch of posts. When we originally planned this trip we had a budget of $600 all in. Because of the picture below from last week we now have a budget of $1000 all in.


Doing final boarding now and we will be in the air 15 minutes early.

Cost of flight and snacks for 4 people $174 What What
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January 16th, 2016 at 4:57:51 AM permalink
Hope you have a lovely time!
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January 16th, 2016 at 5:24:34 AM permalink
I am in Orlando. Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great time!
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January 16th, 2016 at 12:26:47 PM permalink
We made it safely to tampa




Almost had disaster with rental car.I booked a car through carrentals.com app for 109 picking up today in Tampa and dropping off in Fort Lauderdale through dollar. The line at dollar was 63 people deep.the line through alamo was 7 deep so I jumped on my app and booked a car though alamo for 124. $15 was worth the 3 hour time savings. I get to the lady and she said there is a 3 hour wait for same day rentals. I argued for a second but no luck. As I walked away I saw they had kiosks so I tried to get the car through there and it worked. We were on our way in 10 minutes with a big F U to the worker. Already made 2 casino stops and will have that update later.

Trip cost $299
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January 16th, 2016 at 12:51:35 PM permalink
Sucks about the car.
I'm in Tampa if you have any questions
Seminole Hard rock casino is huge, 6th largest in the world I think.
For a nice afternoon walking around area I would recommend Ybor city and for food, Tampa Brewing Company in Ybor
Have fun, weather is beautiful, just did a wonderful bike ride
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January 16th, 2016 at 7:01:19 PM permalink
The weather was wonderful today. The original itinerary had me stopping at 2 casinos. 1 was luckys card room I believe and the other was hard rock tampa. We got a little bit of a late start because of the rental car issue. At this point the kids were hungry so we ran through McDonald's drive thru and $19 later we were on our way.

I put the address in my phone and off we went. I came to a large building but there was not much going on..I saw no sign for the card room so I decided to just skip it. Off we went to hard rock. Once there my wife dropped me off and went to a store nearby. This casino is huge as we already know. I walked in and got my chip, played around a little on slots and left. All in all I made $4. Unfortunately not much to report on the casino.



After we left the hard Rock we went to showcase of citrus. This is a orange farm and they have some animals. They also have a school bus that they turned into a monster truck. He took us through a swamp and went to throw oranges at cows and bulls. Well I guess we were feeding them but most people were trying to hit them. They also had a few longhorns. I have never seen a longhorn in person so that was something new. All in all the ride was entertaining. Our kids were free due to age and we bought the tickets on Groupon so total cost was $24. Without the deal it would have been $50. I am not sure it is worth rhat. We bought a couple orange slushies. They have a sign that said fresh squeezed oranges. Being that we are on an orange grove I figured it was made from their oranges. While walking out I saw them pouring in store bought orange juice.



Once we left there we drove to disney springs. We were meeting a friend from high school that lives nearby. Haven't seen her in 15 years so that was a nice time. We met at rainforest cafe. There was a 2 hour wait but since I have a landrys select card we got to skip the line. The best $25 I have spent. We also had a $25 birthday reward loaded on the card. This place is pretty expensive but we really do like their food. Cost with tip after the $25 off was $36. We hung out in disney springs for a while and now we are back to the hotel.



Trip cost $364
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January 16th, 2016 at 7:40:58 PM permalink
Luckys card room closed many years ago. Depressing part of town

We have 3 poker rooms in town. Hard Rock of course. Silks card room at Tamp Bay Downs and Derby Lane poker room at the Derby lane dog track
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January 17th, 2016 at 3:40:32 AM permalink
As someone who travels to Florida 4-6 times a year for pleasure, I learned a long time ago to car rental situation is a mess. It may cost a little more for rentals, but Hertz Gold membership is free and you walk right past the line a grab your car.

And if you are looking for a beer, the craft screen has really grown in both Tampa and Miami/ FLL in the past few years to catch up with much of the country. If you need any suggestions, please let me know.

Have a great time and enjoy!
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January 17th, 2016 at 3:49:50 AM permalink
Quote: Boz

As someone who travels to Florida 4-6 times a year for pleasure, I learned a long time ago to car rental situation is a mess. It may cost a little more for rentals, but Hertz Gold membership is free and you walk right past the line a grab your car.

And if you are looking for a beer, the craft screen has really grown in both Tampa and Miami/ FLL in the past few years to catch up with much of the country. If you need any suggestions, please let me know.

Have a great time and enjoy!



I have never been into craft beer. I generally stick to water like bud light or coors light.
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January 17th, 2016 at 4:44:13 AM permalink
Quote: GWAE

I booked a car through carrentals.com app for 109 picking up today in Tampa and dropping off in Fort Lauderdale through dollar. The line at dollar was 63 people deep.the line through alamo was 7 deep so I jumped on my app and booked a car though alamo for 124.

We're going to Orlando soon and I have been debating about renting a car or getting a round-trip car service. This helps me make up my mind.

What time of day were you at the rental counter ?
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