I’ve been clearing out an ancient LiveJournal in preparation for deleting the account. While most of the stuff there is utter fluff, a tiny portion of the posts are worth preserving. What follows is one such post. Although I have updated this post with new material, some sections were originally written in May of 2005.
In the late 1990s, I took a trip to Orlando with a friend to see another friend. I grabbed a hotel out of some guidebook or other, and based on the fact that it was listed as being “near Disney,” I just made a reservation blindly. I was at a place called the Sheraton Lakeside Inn, and it was on Highway 192 not far from I-4. The aforementioned friend and I stayed in that hotel for a few days, and when the trip was done, I mostly forgot about it all.
Flash forward to May of 2005. I was traveling to Orlando again, this time for an, and I realized that I had forgotten to make a reservation for a hotel. The place that I normally used for Orlando visits was booked solid, so I turned to Priceline.com. I told it to find me something near Disney, since the concert was at House of Blues.
Can you see where this is going? I didn’t. At least not right away.
I got a result at a La Quinta Lakeside, for $25 a night. Fine. Drove up, pulled in, got my room. Thought to myself, this looks a little familiar. Wonder why.
Drove around to my room after checking in, and found even more familiar looking stuff. The stairs looked familiar. The doors looked familiar.
Then I wandered around the hotel and really looked. At the restaurant, the general store, the pool, the mini-golf, the lake…
It was the same fucking hotel. The exact same one. I was even in the same building I stayed in when it was still a Sheraton. For all I know, it might have been the same room. Crazy, right?
I was amazed and confused. It’s a little creepy to wander around and see the exact same things more than a decade later. The same, yet different. Wild.
Then it happened again.
Another ten years later, in September of 2015, Amelie and I were going to Orlando for some theme park time. Once again, I used Priceline.com to nab a room, and once more, I got a place for $25 a night. This time, it was called the Maingate Lakeside Resort, but I still didn’t catch the “Lakeside” part of the name.
This time, I realized what had happened as soon as we arrived- the hotel still looks exactly the same, despite changing from a Sheraton to a La Quinta to a no-brand hotel over the span of more than twenty years. They even still had the little mini-golf course.
I guess I’ll be back in 2025.