01/05/2006: From the 'Recipes for Disaster' department....
Apparently, over New Year's Weekend, an Orlando hotel booked a "swingers" New Year's Eve party while also taking a number of reservations for families participating in a Disney-sponsored youth soccer tournament. As one might imagine, the juxtaposition was a bit jarring for some of the participants:
Soccer families and swingers do not mix.
Especially when the parents of adolescent soccer players checked their daughters into a hotel that was hosting a New Year's Eve party for more than 200 self-described swingers, who had reserved a downstairs ballroom along with rooms on the ninth floor.
Parents who traveled from South Carolina and Clearwater to bring their 11- to 13-year-old daughters to a five-day soccer tournament said they were shocked by the parade of sexually adventurous partygoers who sashayed through the glass-enclosed atrium, sometimes flashing breasts and bare buttocks in front of their children.
They described the dress of some of the swingers at the Crowne Plaza Hotel-Airport in Orlando as "raunchy, despicable and worse than prostitutes."
"We thought we were coming to Orlando, not the Las Vegas Strip," said Mark Gilbert, the father of a 13-year-old who plays on the Clearwater Chargers, a group of 13-and-under players.
The teams booked the $92-a-night rooms for Disney's Soccer Showcase, sponsored by Disney Wide World of Sports, through the Internet from Anthony Travel. They said hotel management did not tell them about the swingers' party or try to keep the uninhibited adults away from their children.
Hotel managers would not comment Sunday or Monday.
Len on 01.05.06 @ 07:46 AM CST