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Florida – Orlando & Wrestlemania 33

Florida – Orlando & Wrestlemania 33

The first week of our trip to Florida is over, and it´s time for a recapture. As I told in one my previous post, it all started in Miami, where Alex and I flew in and picked up our rental car. We headed to Orlando the same day, and when we arrived around 11 p.m. local time, we fell into our hotel beds, more dead than alive. No wonder, as we were awake for almost 24 hours, from starting our travels in Germany till our arrival in Orlando.

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Day 1: Walt Disney World Resort

Both of us woke up very early in the morning, and no matter if we were still tired, our bodies were still in German time. 😀

After showering, putting on some clothes, and getting ready for the day, we were prepared for our first “activity”: visiting Walt Disney World Resort*. We spent the whole day in Disney´s Magic Kingdom. It was hot and sunny, and Disney was as magical as I remembered it. It was the perfect way to start an awesome vacation.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

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Day 2: WWE Superstore, The Orlando Eye & WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony

OCCC & WWE Superstore

The second day was the official start of OUR Wrestlemania week. As we didn’t have any plans for the day, we decided to go shopping and take the first look into the WWE Superstore at the Orange County Convention Center, where the WWE Fan Axxess took place. Of course, we were “successful” and bought one or another T-shirt of our favorite Wrestlers.

The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

After the shopping tour in the Superstore, we visited the Orlando Eye. Please don´t mix it up with the London Eye, which is what we have done the whole time. 😉

According to visitorlando.com, it is the tallest observation wheel on the East Coast of the USA. We were lifted about 400 feet and enjoyed a 360° view of Orlando. We have seen the skyline of Orlando´s downtown, several theme parks, lakes, and landscapes. You could even see Cape Canaveral and Florida´s east coast.

WWE 2017 Hall of Fame Ceremony

When we finished the ride on the Orlando Eye, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the WWE 2017 Hall of Ceremony at the Amway Center in Orlando. We had damn good seats and could see the stage and the inner floor where all the Superstars sat. The ceremony itself was not as emotional as it had been years before, but anyhow, it was beautiful to watch. For the Wrestling fans, this year’s inductees were, for instance, Diamond Dallas Page, Beth Phoenix, Nick Rude, and Kurt Angle.

Day 3: WWE Fan Axxess & NXT Takeover: Orlando

WWE Fan Axxess

The next started exactly as the previous day had ended – with Wrestling. We went back to the OC Convention Center for our first Axxess session. The WWE Fan Axxess is an opportunity to meet your favorite Wrestlers, active ones, or Legends. Also, a lot of Merchandise, Memorabilia, and other fan stuff is available. Even an NXT ring is set up, and they record a couple of NXT matches for their shows.

We hadn´t expected that much. Ok, a lot of pictures of some of the Wrestlers, but that we were that lucky that day, we couldn´t imagine. As special surprises, we saw Tyler Breeze, The Ascension, and Diamond Dallas Page in the ring. Even Linda McMahon, the wife of the chairman Vince McMahon and one of the owners of WWE, was walking around.

Kres Chophouse

After the Fan Axxess, we went to the Orlando Downtown to grab food and prepare for the NXT Takeover. We ended up in the Kres Chophouse, which you can find on Church Street. And guess who we met there? Jim Ross himself!!! He entered the restaurant while we were still looking at the menu and thinking about whether to eat there. When we saw him, our decision was made. And it was a good one. I had a Wagyu Carpaccio and a Whiskey Sour, and both were damn good!


NXT Takeover: Orlando

After a delicious dinner, we went over to the Amway Center to watch the NXT Takeover: Orlando. NXT is a professional Wrestling promotion and a division of WWE. Nowadays, almost everyone who competes in WWE has wrestled in NXT beforehand. There is just a handful of such huge “Takeover”-shows during a year, especially before one of the big main pay-per-views of WWE like the Royal Rumble, Summerslam, or, at this time, Wrestlemania. So this something special to see. The atmosphere was brilliant, thanks to the international crowd we were. It was a couple of matches only, but it had such a high quality of wrestling and in-ring action. The show and entrances were GLORIOUS!

Day 4: Relax at the pool & Wrestlemania 33

The next morning began very smoothly. We slept as long as we could and relaxed at the pool bar for a while. Around lunchtime, friends I met on my very first Wrestlemania trip three years ago visited us. They are huge Wrestling fans, too. Therefore, we have always met up at this time ever since. Well, we caught up with each other, had some beer, and enjoyed the sun while we were waiting for our bus, which was supposed to bring us to the Citrus Bowl to watch the shows of the shows.

Soon, it was 2 p.m., and the buses were waiting in front of the Hotel to get all the people to the Camping World Stadium* (Citrus Bowl)

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We had to wait until they opened the gates and let everyone in, but finally, the show started. It kicked off with the pre-show. Two hours later, everyone was ready for the main show. With the obligatory presentation of the unofficial national anthem, “America the Beautiful,” the jet aircraft flying over the stadium, and the fireworks.

As Camping World Stadium is an open-air stadium, it was awesome to see the fireworks and the aircraft with my own eyes, not only on one of the big screens. The show could begin!

There were a lot of matches, a lot of excellent matches, a lot of spectacular entrances, and special effects. Even our seats were that good this year. Only the ringside seats separated us from the ring. That was one of the best Wrestlemanias of the last couple of years, including a Citrus Bowl audience record of 75,245 people, a marriage proposal, and the goodbye of a phenom.

Day 5: Breakfast at Cracker Barrel, Relax on I-Drive &  WWE Monday Night RAW

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

We kicked off the morning with a proper breakfast at Cracker Barrel. They serve delicious food in the morning, at lunchtime, and for dinner. So far, we have never needed to worry that we won´t get something tasty when we eat there.

We were happy that we had no Wrestling-related appointments this morning. But, surprise!! Guess who wanted to eat there together with his family?! Kevin Owens!!! The night before, we saw him in the ring, winning the WWE U.S. Championship, and on this very morning, he asked for a table for him and his family in the same restaurant where we wanted to eat. That is crazy!


International Drive & Monday Night Raw

With a visit to Sealife and a Minigolf match, we spent the day in Orlando before returning to the Amway Center Downtown for Monday Night RAW. Again, a fantastic atmosphere and loud and crazy people from all over the world enjoyed the first show after Wrestlemania. After Wrestlemania, is before Wrestlemania, the cards were mixed up again, storylines found their end, and new feuds came up.

Day 6: Universal Studios Resort & WWE Smackdown Live

Universal Studios

It’s almost the end of this full-packed Wrestling week. It is Tuesday, and it is time for something else. As part of the travel package from WWE with all the Tickets and the Hotel, we also got tickets for Universal Studios, which we use today. We spent the day in Universal Studios*, rode on several roller coasters, visited Harry Potter at Hogwarts, and got extremely wet when we rode the Dudley Do Right´s Ripsaw Falls. Unfortunately, we didn´t dry anymore as it started to rain later that day. Could you believe that? It is raining in Florida while we are on vacation. Unbelievable!

After a short rain shower, we returned to the hotel. Fortunately, it wasn´t far away, right at the entrance of the Studios. We changed our clothes and were ready for the week’s final show: Smackdown Live.

WWE Smackdown Live

Once again, we drove downtown to the Amway Center. We were already used to the route and the parking garage, so we hadn´t any problems and arrived just in time for the show’s beginning.

It was two shows in one. First, Smackdown aired live on TV, and second, the 205 Cruiserweight show, which is exclusively on the WWE Network. If you watch it carefully, you might see us sitting in the audience, right on the other side of the ring. Our seats were again so good that we sometimes were on TV. Yeah, we´re famous now! 😀

Last day, last show, last night in Orlando. Time for a new destination.

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7 thoughts on “Florida – Orlando & Wrestlemania 33”

  1. I’ll check back from time to time to check if you add more nice information to your post.

  2. A friend of mine told me so much about the Disney world resort there. I’m a big Disney fanatic and can’t wait to visit. Probably on my list when I make it to USA.

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