" I am a dreamer. I am , indeed, a practical dreamer. My dreams are not airy nothings. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible. "
Gandhi

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Another Day at Disney 2013

  I was too pooped last night after seeing the Epcot Reflections of Earth fireworks, to do any posting on my blog. It was a spectacular ending to a spectacular day. We started off at Epcot. We went to Soarin. Kristin and Nathaniel had not been on this ride before, so we really wanted to get on this ride.  We had a Fast Pass for the afternoon, but took a chance it wouldn't be busy in the morning and it wasn't. We got right on.  Kristin and Nathaniel  loved the ride.

Great view of Epcot
   We decided to try Test Track. We knew that
the ride had been reworked and supposedly improved. So we went forth hopeful and we weren't disappointed. The ride was fun.
   As you waited to get on the ride you went through a maze that showed you some of the innovations thought up by designers and what they think about when working on car design: power, capability, efficiency,and responsiveness. Once you got close to the ride you were given the chance to design your own car around these concepts and then test your car against another one in your ride.
Cool vehicles


Coming out to a showroom after the ride.
   We had fun designing our virtual car. We won the first time again Kristin and Nathaniel , but lost today when we went back for a second ride.

In Norway

  
  We headed for a tour of the countries and for grub... We went on the Mexico ride and the Norway ride. All fun and in a boat. We ate orange chicken and rice  in China.
China













   We took the bus back to Old Key West to enjoy the pool. Very nice.
Red Lobster yummy....
   We hopped into the car and went to Red Lobster. Nathaniel and Kristin do not like seafood, but the menu at Red Lobster is great for steak and chicken. Russ and I had shrimp and broccoli. We have to eat something healthy.

  The fireworks at night at Epcot are not to be missed. They were especially fabulous at Christmas time. We didn't know that they have a spectacular ending. We were blown away as we had seen the fireworks many times, but this time the ending filled the sky with fireworks. Well done, Disney.
   Today we went back to Hollywood Studios to see if we could go on Toy Story without a Fast Pass. We were thinking that if we went early enough it would be okay.  We waited a little bit but actually go on quite fast. I almost beat Russ.
   After everyone but me went on Rock 'n Roll Rollercoaster, we took the boat to Epcot again to do Test Track again. So fun... We walked back to Boardwalk checking out shops and taking in the gorgeous lobby. We were starving so to Downtown Disney we rode.

Now they are ready for their wedding....

We ate at Earl of Sandwich. Wicked busy with many starving people around.
The Lego Store
 Kristin and Nathaniel got some Christmas shopping done. I got a few things, but my feet were killing me. It was time to head back to Old Key West.
We are going to Smokey Bones again to eat dinner with some of Kristin's relatives who live in the area.  The end to another perfect day.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Disney Happiness!!

  I am so happy to finally be able to post. We are at Old Key West at Disney World, Orlando. I am with my husband, Russ, my son, Nathaniel, and  his fiance, Kristin. We have all been trying to get onto the internet with our computers and have had no luck. I finally called the HELP desk. The woman I spoke to was sooooo nice... She told us what to do and said she would have someone refresh the modem. It worked.. Disney is known for its great customer service. So true....
   We have had great weather since we got here.  We spent our first day at Disney at Animal Kingdom. We headed to the Safari ride. It was perfect timing because we walked right on. Perfect.
We are so happy to be sharing our fun with Kristin and Nathaniel.
Kristin used her new camera to get some great pictures of the animals we saw. We saw quite a few.
Lots of giraffes



  
The lion is on top of the rock. Resting.
We spent most of the day at Animal Kingdom and then headed back to Key West to relax in the pool. Nice. We heard from family that the weather back home was snowy and miserable.
Feeling a little bad, but happy to be here.
  We decided to see the Magic Kingdom parade and fireworks. It was packed, but we had dinner at Pecos Bill and sat outside on the rock wall and stayed there for the whole parade. It's the only way to watch a parade.
Electrical Light Parade
   Today we went back to Magic Kingdom to enjoy the rides and to have a Dole Whip. We did all those things and had a great day. The park was way less busy which was very nice.
At the Magic Kingdom
  We got to go on Ariel's ride which we had
never done before 'cause it is a new ride at Fantasyland, It's wicked cute and relaxing.
Ursula doing her thing.
Yummy ... Dole Whip
After Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, and, Barnstormer it was time for  a Dole Whip. So refreshing....
  We headed over to Hollywood Studios on a bus to Beach Club and then took the boat to Hollywood Studios. Smooth sailing.
  We went on the Great Movie Ride and saw Beauty and the Beast.
Osborne Lights
We went through  Walt Disney's museum, too. Hunger set in so we ate at ABC Commissary. The highlight of our time there was the Osborne Lights. So pretty. It really puts you in the Christmas mood.
  We came back to our room and walked to the quiet pool. It has been a great day. We are waiting for a pizza to be delivered. What could be better. Tomorrow we go to Epcot. Til then...