Florida June 21, 2015
10 Things You’ll Remember If You Grew Up In The 90s In Florida
Talk to 20-somethings from anywhere in the country, and they’ll reminisce about Beanie Babies, Full House, and gel pens, but these ’90s fads have an extra special place in the hearts of Florida kids.
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1. Hurricane Days
While kids up north grabbed their sleds and had snowball fights on Snow Days (I'm guessing), we spent Hurricane Days partying or fighting boredom indoors, with or without power.
2. Squeeze 'N Breeze
I don't know what y'all called them, but these misting fans were introduced in 1993 and were an immediate hit due to our endless summers.
So maybe rollerblading got big everywhere in the '90s, but I doubt anyone picked it up with as much zeal as Florida. In fact, it's still got a pretty good foothold in South Florida.
4. Sun In
All the girls got that Baywatch Blonde hair (or ended up with brassy orange locks) thanks to this hair lightener popular with kids too young or too lazy to really dye their hair. The real dye-hards, though, would just bleach the crap out of it.
Of course, these superstars were loved by preteens everywhere in the '90s, but they started in Orlando, FL, in 1995. Other '90s bands that sprouted from Florida include the Backstreet Boys, Matchbox Twenty, and Limp Bizkit.
6. The Ice Cream Truck
This was a necessity growing up in a place where you often felt like you could literally fry an egg on the sidewalk. What happened to the Ice Cream Truck? Did we finally decide the concept was sending kids the wrong message? Or were they just a victim of rising gasoline costs?
7. The Florida Marlins
The Florida Marlins (who became the Miami Marlins in 2012) were founded in 1991 and were hugely popular with our '90s kids.
8. The Jacksonville Jaguars
Remember the excitement you felt at that first Jaguars game? And how for a while you had high hopes for the new team? Still brings a tear to my eye.
9. A Creative Boom for Disney
I know it seems like Disney's business is always booming, but the '90s were an especially great time to be a kid living near Disney World. There were so many classic Disney movies made in the '90s, including The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Aladdin, and Tarzan.
10. New Theme Parks
Most Florida kids in the '90s had been to Disney more than a few times, so it was a nice change of scenery when new parks started opening in Orlando, such as Disney's Animal Kingdom in 1998, Universal in 1990, and Islands of Adventure in 1999.
What do you remember about growing up in Florida in the ’90s? Tell us in the comments below!