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North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee April 28th 2016

As our two weeks draw to a close it's time for the inevitable reflections on our experience. It's been great to return to Orlando after a long absence and to take in all of the changes that have occurred in The past 10 years. I've already spoken of the technology in the parks now and we've had great fun making full use of the photo pass facility which has provided us with more group photos of us than we've had taken collectively over the past 21 years! Security at all parks is much more in evidence now with extensive bag searches of every guest entering the parks. One really great thing, in my opinion, is the blanket banning of selfie sticks. On audio announcements this is accompanied with the phrase "and any other object which may ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee April 25th 2016

A coule of days before we left home we watched one of our favourite Disney movies, Toy Story 3. Just to get us in the mood. One of my favourite parts of the film is the bit where Buzz gets switched into Spanish mode. I really don't know why, but Buzz speaking in Spanish has me rolling around laughing every time. Here at Disney all announcements are made in both English and Spanish. The male voice making the safety announcements on the transportation system sounds just like Buzz. There must be many families taking their holidays here who can't understand why a group of their fellow travellers start giggling every time they are told to keep their arms and legs in the vehicle and hold on to small children! As we near the end of our ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee April 24th 2016

And so our journey down memory lane continues. A visit to the former MGM Studios, now known as Hollywood Studios, found us enjoying family favourites such as The Tower of Terror and Rock'n'Rolller Coaster. The latter taking us from 0 to 65 mph in 2.6 seconds - easily the most exhilarating ride in the entire Disney experience. Much of the park has been turned over to Star Wars with the original ride affiliated with the franchise having been taken up several quality notches and several new attractions including regular parades from Storm Troupers and the occasional appearance of Lord Vader himself. We all had our photos taken with Chewbacca who hugged Claire so all you can see is a mass of fur and the top of her head! We've done our best to take full advantage ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee April 19th 2016

So this year we have returned to Orlando after a 10 year absence. Part of my extended indulgences on the excuse of it being my 50th this year. We've also brought the kids with us. I say kids - they're 21 and 23 - but whatever they may be now, it's the first time we've been away as a foursome in 5 years. When I first suggested this trip to Bill, just over a year ago, he looked at me like I was mad, but he manfully warmed to the idea and launched into his customary excellent and thorough planning. For anyone kind enough to follow our travels last year you may be pleased to hear that we have another Book - this year named The Laminated Book of Dreams, an homage to Bill Bailey's description ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee April 7th 2016

Where to even begin. I don't quite know. I have spent days trying to settle our sweetheart Lulu down. She has been beside herself. Her wailing and bawling have echoed throughout the park. Everyone wants to know what's wrong. I can hardly get the words out. But this is the sad story: Lulu received a "Dear John" letter from one of her most faithful admirers.....or so she thought. What a fickle friend! She loved him....a lot. He was right up there on the top of her boyfriend list......after Jeff, of course. What happened? What went wrong? Something she said?...something she did? She's so limited with both actions. Is she not pretty enough? WHAT? WHAT happened? She is struggling. It all came right out of the blue....and now she is singing the blues. None of it is ... read more
The Trampy Lushbag
Our Lovely
Our Star

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee April 1st 2016

Friday brought forth the finale to our family reunion. The three remaining families headed in their different directions on various transportations. Fortunately, we all can stay virtually together through this blog....just as we do with all of you. Before this sad and unwanted farewell, we managed to have some more family time together. After another evening visit to Old Town so one more of the grandsons could endure the horrible "sling shot" ride .... why, why do they put themselves through this torture...why? Once that sickening anguish ended, the guys all walked back to our RV. It's a wonder that Fox & Shenen didn't have to be carried back following their terrifying experience being shot a million miles into the sky! As they strolled back together, it dawned on them exactly what was represented in this ... read more
Old Town Rides
What's this?

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee March 30th 2016

A very special day for a very special guy. Today is Cory's 72th birthday. Happy, Happy Birthday Big Guy! Where has the time gone? He was only 18 years old when we first met at the University of Buffalo. Just kids! We started out young and have grown old together. What a ride...what fun! I have been the luckiest gal on the face of the earth to have this precious, dear man as my husband and best friend. Luckeeeee. Our four children know they have the very best father ever. They always tell him that and how much they love him. His grandchildren also love him dearly. He loves Lulu (most of the time) and she loves him back...a lot! His first priority in life has always been to be a good "Family Man".....and that he ... read more
Our Birthday Boy
Fox, Cory & Shenen
Inside the Eye of Orlando gondola

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee March 28th 2016

Not missing a beat, we continue to enjoy and appreciate all our moments together as a family. Sunday - it was agreed upon that we would do a birthday dinner party; celebrating the birthdays of Cory Fritz-son(March 13), Cory Edward-father(March 30) and Shenen-grandson(April 8). We had a wonderful dinner. Perfect, tender steaks cooked by the men, tossed salad with my Cherry Pocket homemade house dressing, macaroni salad (mine), French fries, chicken tenders, rolls. Absolutely delicious. There were 3 cakes: a yellow, a chocolate and a chocolate chip cookie cake. We filled ourselves to the brim and beyond. No one left hungry! We all sang, loudly, "Happy Birthday" to the three honored guys. They had their time to make a wish and blow out the few candles on the various cakes. Cory E. came in last. I ... read more
Family dinner
Fox, Cory, Shenen
The three Birthday Boys

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee March 27th 2016

Happy Easter, Everyone. We hope your day is a very special one. Our pace continues at high speed. Hope you have been keeping steady with us. Our son, Cory, sent a text and said they had left Conover, N.C. @ 8:30 this morning (Saturday). We await their arrival with excited anticipation. The heavy cumulus clouds in the sky continue to hover over us. The weatherman keeps updating us where the rains are and where they are heading next. No matter, the temperature is plenty warm so we all head over to the timeshare condos to relax by the pool. Tim and Kim both keep their air conditioners cranked up as high as they can go in the respective units. It feels like walking into a walk-in cooler super freezer. I need 3 layers of clothing on ... read more
Conner & Tim
Relaxing by the pool
Relaxing Way TOO much by the pool

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee March 25th 2016

Lots to do today! It's moving day. The Faber's leave the Celebration Hotel and move into their timeshare condo at Cypress Harbour. Tim & Conner leave the refuge of our RV and move into our timeshare condo at Cypress Harbour, also. Lulu hasn't figured out if she's coming or going yet. Cory & Jay helped Kim, Jim & the girls take their luggage to their condo. They had a sizeable amount of luggage to haul so rather than pack themselves into their car like sardines, they just ran a luggage load over for them. Lory & Sara hung out with the rest of us at the RV. Conner has an app on his iPhone that switches faces of everyone so that was the mainstay of our waiting time. It was crazy, silly and lots of laughs. ... read more
Taking photos
Conner & Sara
At Freddy's

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