I'm back from my 2 weeks away after a sunny and fun-filled trip to Orlando, Florida. Before I slip into full on post-holiday depression mode I thought I should sort through my photos as I wanted to share some with you all. Don't worry - there won't be 14 of these posts as some days were rest days and some days I will merge into one blog post!
I didn't take my "proper" camera as I didn't want to carry it round with me, especially as I go on all manner of rides and rollercoasters, but I wish I had taken it now, if only to capture the animals at Animal Kingdom! Not to worry. My little digital camera didn't do a bad job. It just means we need to book another trip so I can take more photos! ;)
We (we is Jonathan, my mum, dad, sister, brother in law, and me!) arrived on a Saturday afternoon and spent the rest of that day unpacking, resting, having a quick bite to eat then an early night ready for an early start the next day. Our hotel was on International Drive near the Convention Centre. It was the Hyatt Regency, formerly The Peabody, and it was absolutely fabulous! We usually stay in the Rosen Plaza opposite but we got a great deal on the Hyatt and it was very plush.
Our first full day was spent at Epcot, which is one of the Disney World parks. Epcot stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow if you didn't know! It has a couple of big rides (Test Track being one of my all time favourites) but it's more of an experience than a thrill ride place.
There are educational rides, lots of shops, fountains that dance to music, a butterfly house, and you can even travel round "the World" if you visit the World Showcase. You'll find countries like Germany, Canada, Italy, Norway and even good ol' England which have been recreated complete with themed restaurants and performance artists. We stopped in Germany for our lunch - beer and bratwurst, yum! Germany was also where we found the Christmas shop where we spent ages perusing the ornaments. We also paid a visit to the boat ride in Norway is pretty fun!
If you look at the photos with the water in the background you can see parts of the World Showcase behind. The attention to detail in each country is incredible. England is complete with a pub where you can get fish and chips amongst other traditional grub, a red telephone box, traditional cottages and a shop that sells UK chocolate if you miss the taste of home!
The flower festival was on while we were visiting so we got to see all our favourite Disney characters in plant versions. I managed to find Winnie the Pooh - he's my favourite.
I didn't take many photos here as we were so busy dashing round trying to see everything. Epcot is huge and our feet were aching by the end of our first day, so we admitted defeat and headed home for a bite to eat and most importantly a sit down!
Stay tuned for the next post!