Downtown Disney. I have been to Orlando and all of the attractions before but Mikey hadn't. The last time I was at Downtown Disney we ate at this fabulous place called Fulton's Crab House so we decided to have a special dinner there the first night. However the last time I was there my MOM paid the bill and I had forgotten about how expensive it was. Like most restaurants now though they had a special that included an appetizer, entree and dessert for a certain price. So we decided to go that route. Mikey got the FILET MIGNON and I had the KING CRAB LEGS. Of my goodness seriously the most delicious dinner I think I have had in a long time. There was plenty of food so we shared each other's meal so we could have the best of both worlds. To top it off we had cheesecake topped with strawberries for dessert. Oh so everything was super expensive at this restaurant but since most people were tourist everyone was pretty much dressed casually but Mikey ordered a lemonade which was delicious too I might add because it was freshly squeezed but it was $5 dollars for one glass. We were surprised! I was thinking for a price like that it should at least have some alcohol in it or something! haha just kidding you know we don't drink. The bill came out to be like a hundred dollars with tip and in my head I was like that is like two weeks worth of groceries for us! but it was awesome and just thinking about it right now is making my mouth water. After dinner we walked around Downtown Disney and I of course enjoyed looking at all the stores while Mikey just tolerated it because he knew I was enjoying myself! While strolling around we ran into this little guy. A black lab lego dog (to the left of Mikey) which reminded us of our Mo Dogger at home so we had to take a picture!
Since it was MOTHER'S DAY and Sunday we decided to kind of lay low for the day. We had to get some supplies for the week so we went to Walgreens to stock up on sunblock and goggles for our trip later in the week to Blue Springs . We hit up Chili's for lunch (I know why not eat some place local but at that point we were starving and thought it sounded good). We stopped by a tourist shop where I found a super cute blue polka dot swimsuit and Mikey got some "MATRIX" sunglasses. He forgot his at home so in the future pictures you will see the sunglasses I think make him look like "Smith" on the Matrix. We pretty much hung out at the Condo for the rest of the day getting our rest for our Disney World adventure the next day. Every now and then I will have a craving for Pizza Hut deep dish pizza and lucky for me Pizza Hut was on the resort premises we were staying at. So for dinner we ordered Pizza Hut. It was greasy of course but cheesy and delicious!
Disney World Park Hoppin'! Ok so here's the background...My cousin STEPHANIE sent us her Parkhopper passes to Disney World to use for one day at the parks and one day at a Disney Waterpark. They have this fingerprint scanner at the gates but she said they never work and that my other cousin PAT and his wife had used them and they worked just fine even though they were under her name and JOSH her husband. Needless to say we wanted to see as many of the parks as we could in one day because who knows when we will get back there. We mapped it out the night before and our game play was ANIMAL KINGDOM-->EPCOT-->MAGIC KINGDOM. We got up early and we were at Animal Kingdom as soon as the gates opened. (Sidenote: Mikey was really nervous about the fingerprint thing and what to do if it didn't work and then they were suspicious, it was really making my laugh inside and out. When we got to the gate the lady in front of us was struggling and the fingerprint wouldn't register and let her in. I could see him growing more anxious inside but our fingerprints went through with flying colors and we were off to see the animals!)
First thing first was the SAFARI ride I have seen shows on tv and wanted to make sure I saw everything I wanted to so like I said we got maps and mapped out each of our target points at each park. We
and boarded the caravan. I was a little disappointed to find out it wasn't a "real" safari ride just pretend but it was pretty cool.
The animals were all out roaming pretty much free on the wildlife preserve they have there. We saw a baby giraffe right by the truck and the mama giraffe was nearby too.
There were elephants and hippos and a robot lion. It was great! I mean of course they can't have a real lion just roaming around while people are being driven through there can you imagine the liability. It did look pretty realistic though except for when it moved it's head to yawn.
After lunch we took a ride on the viking voyage and got a little taste of Norway in the shop at the exit of the ride. Pretty cute viking if you ask me! Even though the hat wouldn't fit his fat head! :)
We walked around and looked at all the other countries, went on a train ride that took you through some new ways of planting foods and raising fish and various agricultural things. Mikey really like it because he is very interested in environmental issues and enhancing the way we do things and I was pretty interested too. There are some pretty cool ways to grow fruits and vegetables I had no idea existed. We tried to go on the behind the scenes tour but it was done for the day, so we walked around some more and then ended up at SPACESHIP EARTH.
Before we left EPCOT and made our way to MAGIC KINGDOM we found the perfect mouse ears for me...
After a quick photo shoot we made our way to MAGIC KINGDOM.
It was about dinner time when we got to MAGIC KINGDOM so we checked out our options and decided to grab some grub at PECOS BILL'S nothing special just your basic burger and pulled pork sandwich that cost an arm and a leg seriously I don't know how families do it. The tickets to go to Disney World are expensive enough then you have to pay for food and souvenirs. We saw way too many kids passed out in their strollers or crying because they were exhausted and decided we aren't taking our kids unless theyre babies and free to get in or old enough to walk, know that no means no, and especially old enough to remember it because we will probably go bankrupt in order to afford it. As the night grew darker we climbed the SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON tree house which would be so cool to live in, in the right weather conditions of course. Watched the people get soaked on SPLASH MOUNTAIN and then took a spin around MIKEY'S RACE TRACK.
By the time we got back to the condo we just tanked. I wish we would of had a step counter to see how much we walked during the day. But it was worth all of those steps to be together in the HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH!
After our very loooooooooooooooong day at DISNEY we decided to take a relaxing day and just enjoy what FLORIDA had to offer. Mikey's good friend, Brent, is from Orlando and so before we left Utah he told us a bunch of great local places to go. We hopped in the car and made our way to BLUE SPRINGS which was just about an hour outside of ORLANDO. It was so breath taking there, the water was crystal clear and the vegetation was so lush. I know there is a different outdoor beauty out west but man was this awesome! The pictures don't do it justice at all.
When we got into the water the current was flowing against us and I was a little nervous because on the way into the water we happened to see a dead snake on the bank. I HATE snakes they are the one creature I fear the most so I was hesitant to put my feet down. Luckily I married a great guy and he dragged me behind him up the river to the beginning of the spring. We spent quite a bit of time swimming over the spring and just snorkeling there. There was a guy there who was an avid diver and he could got so deep into the crack and hold his breath forever it was amazing. Once we had had our fill of the spring opening we slowly floated down the river, snorkeling the whole way looking for wildlife. We saw a couple of turtles swimming and a bunch of different fish. It was really a neat experience and now we recommend anyone going to FLORIDA to check it out if they are near by.
The two previous days kept us pretty busy so we decided to lay low and see what the condo resort had to offer. We started the day off by sleeping in and watching tv (which might sound odd to do while on vacation but since we knew we weren't going to have cable when we got home we decided to indulge). We finally dragged ourselves out of the condo and challenged eachother to a game of dino mini golf. For the record I beat Mikey! He thinks he's got game but he doesn't at least not in the world of mini golf!
The SPIDERMAN ride is the best by far. At least it was is my favorite. In highschool I had a sick obsession with spiderman so I might be a little bias but it was really fun. For this ride you wear 3D glasses but they are different than your usual ones and I saw this couple stuffing them in their bag I was like REALLY?! what are you going to do with those at home? because we were both pretty sure they wouldnt work at home but who knows. Below is a picture of us as we were getting ready to board Blutos Bilge Rat Barge. While in line we saw all these kids coming off completely soaked so we were a little nervous but some people seemed not to be very wet at all. We decided to take the chance since it was a hot day.
Unfortuantely the WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER had not yet opened while we were at the park but we did get to see some of it while walking around. Hogwart's castle pretty cool. For big fans of Harry Potter I think it is going to be pretty amazing, but for us we will have to catch it next time.
DUALING DRAGONS and as a single rider Mikey moved through the lines pretty fast. He experienced both FIRE AND ICE. On my first trip to ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE I went on the DUALING DRAGONS so I didn't really miss out on anything.
There is an abandoned submarine in the middle of the two shark reefs and on one side you can pay to use oxygen tanks and on the other for free you can swim across it with snorkels that they provide. Since you have to swim on the surface of both reefs we chose to just go with the free snorkels.