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The Ducks of the Peabody Hotel Orlando

March 18th, 2008

Here goes the story about the lovely little ducks at the Peabody Hotel Orlando, FL. And let me tell you, if I wasn’t there for myself, I would not have believed it…I just came back from a week long tour of Orlando and New York City, along with a group of travel agency managers, who received this trip as a reward for their outstanding achievements in 2007. Our trip included a 5 night stay at the 5 Star Peabody Hotel, located on I-Drive in sunny Orlando, FL.

During this busy week we managed to visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Sea World (can’t get enough of Shamu!), caused both Orlando outlet malls to restock their stores, participated in 2 dinner shows - The Pirate Dinner Adventure and Medieval Times, took a tour of 6 different hotels located in town, drove the transportation company crazy with our endless list of changes, and much more (too tired to remember at this point…). But the highlight of our stay in Peabody Hotel Orlando was without a doubt the march of the ducks at the Peabody Hotel. For those of you who don’t know, the symbol of the Peabody Hotels (there’s one in Memphis, TN and another one in Little Rock, AR) are the ducks. And the story behind it? Well, that’s for another blog…

When we arrived at the Peabody Hotel we saw ducks in the small pond located in the hotel lobby. We thought it was weird but were too tired to think about it. After all, the door of the Delta airplane did not open for more than 10 minutes after landing in Orlando Int’l airport… I guess we were lacking oxygen for the next 24 hours… so we weren’t paying much attention to the ducks. However, the next day, upon return to the hotel in the early afternoon, we saw a red carpet in one of the many Peabody Hotel elevators and a sign saying that this elevator is reserved for the ducks. Hmmm… Still unsure of what was going on or if we were on candid camera, we went upstairs to change our clothes for our next event. When we came back downstairs, we happened to take that same elevator. And guess what? there were little foot steps of ducks on that very same red carpet… wet foot steps… as if they left the pond and went upstairs to their room for an early afternoon nap. What can I say? I know were still under the lack-of-oxygen syndrome but still - I wish I had a camera to seize the moment. I do remember laughing out loud. Very loud. So, if you ever happen to stop by the Peabody Hotel Orlando, make sure to ask when the march of the ducks takes place. It’s another Orlando sight you sure don’t want to miss!

Peabody Hotel Orlando Ducks

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