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North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World February 7th 2011

Oceanna 2/7/2011 40 years after the initial opening of Walt Disney Worlds’ Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney’s dream is still going strong. Magic Kingdom is held by many to be the best experience they have ever had, but why? What makes Magic Kingdom so different from other theme parks or other family experiences? The Disney experience is truly in a class all its own. From the moment you enter the park you feel as if you have entered into another reality. Surrounded by beautiful things and people you care about, it really makes you appreciate life. The park is divided into seven different areas: Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Mickey’s Toontown Fair, Liberty Square, and Main Street USA. Each area has their own attractions that make them all popular destinations. The hottest attractions for thrill seekers at Magic ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World February 3rd 2011

Time for a Break from the Snow. On Jan 29 we headed to Florida for a 2 week winter vacation. We were meeting up with Karen's family and mom and dad and had rented a house, just like we have done twice before in San Diego. This time it was time to explore DisneyWorld. We had a 10 day park hopper pass with an additional 10 days availalble for water parks, Disney Quest video arcade and golf. What a jam packed holiday it was. This blog covers some highlights from our first few days, up to Feb 3. First day to visit the parks the boys picked Epcot. They wanted to see the giant dome. M absolutely loved the speed of the Test Track ride. His first roller coaster type ride. We had a fun day ... read more
Dino in Ice at T-Rex cafe
T-Rex cafe bar
The gang at Magic Kingdom

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 8th 2011

As I start this blog we are getting ready to leave for the Amtrak station in Kissimmee, it's about a 50 minute bus ride from where we are staying - the Hampton Inn near Florida Mall. I don't get too far with it as we want to get to the train station ahead of schedule, that will give us plenty of time to check in our bags and look around Kissimmee. I finish it in Fort Lauderdale where we are now. I had a relaxing last day in New Jersey, after I updated the Travelblog and transferred some video onto a USB stick I went for a long walk around the neighborhood of River Edge, I walked to the train station and back passing a few schools, churches and shops, it was a nice day for ... read more
Shark Attack
Mission Space - Eleanor chickened out of this ride
As close as I'll get to driving in the USA

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 5th 2011

For our final day in Orlando started out by getting into the packing. Thank goodness for packing cells. We arrived with 2 back packs, one containing a third pack and are leaving with our original two packs, the empty extra and a handy piece of luggage from Timberland all comfortably filled. Late morning, satisfied we had enough packing receptacles headed back for a last few hours at the Magic Kingdom... Weather was good and Caitlin was wearing her brand new Princess dress that she and Sandy had purchased from Disney Enterprises last night. Very cliche but a certain little girl thought it was very special to walk around the Magic Kingdom dressed as a princess. Staff and characters get into it also...bowing and curtseying to the princesses (she was not the only one, trust me...). As ... read more
Main entrance..
Like the song said..
Back to Buzz..

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 4th 2011

Started the day at an Outlet Mall..the first one we went to on our arrival in Orlando and the one we have not been able to get near since due to the most amazing queues of traffic. Incredible backlogs and traffic jams as people sought to get that extra special pair of Nike running shoes... Regardless of all that, today it was oh so quiet, no queues of traffic and fine for a leisurely stroll the standard husbands 3 paces behind the good wife, carrying the purchases. Gentlemen, the shopping husbands club is take a seat next to the other 6 guys, bags from previous adventures piled around their feet and with the odd child concealed amongst them. The standard 'I feel your pain brother' eye contact and nod as you sit quietly and wait. ... read more
A ferryboat..
A large dog..
Pirates of the Caribbean..

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 3rd 2011

This being written the day after as opposed to on the day as both Reubs and I have been mildly afflicted with that most serious of ailments..Homosapien Influenza...commonly known as 'Man-flu' and whilst he has been a trooper, dad's been a little under the weather. Clearly I was ill because yesterday morning Sandy even offered me the opportunity of having the day off, although I am not sure if she was serious...there was just something about the way she said, "ooh, does boo-boo want to back to bed for some more bye-byes'" that made me suspect she was not that sympathetic. Anyway now fully recovered so no more flowers please! We were off to the Magic Kingdom... So 10.00 am and we were in the first recongnisable queue of the day. This was the car park ... read more
Spinning teacups..

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 2nd 2011

As stated in the title it was a quiet day at Disney Studios it wasn't was just quieter - but that ain't hard. All in all it was still a lot better and only some parts of the park were manic as opposed to every square inch.. Weather was superb today but quite humid and a little muggy..especially when in close proximity to others in queues. We were in the park at 11 am this morning and frankly it did not make a skerrit of difference..this is the busy time of the year. Having said that it was still a good day and we stayed until around 4 pm but made a conscious decision to leave so as to better ensure the kids got an earlier night. It took the longest to get in ... read more
Whanau on main street..
Sound Stage...
Indiana Jones stage set..

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World December 29th 2010

This Florida weather has irregular mood swings! Today the weather was warm and pleasant and we were able to go out and about without the number of layers that have become necessary over the last few days. Today as reward for her tolerance and fantastic efforts yesterday in organising the Manatee Trek and for navigating us there semi successfully, we decided to start the day off with shopping at the Beuna Vista Outlet Mall... On arrival men went one way, women went the other and we met up a couple of hours later. At this time the men were carrying '0' shopping bags where the women were carrying three...reason for this anomaly was that I had the car keys and we had already sequestered our purchases therein. Reuben is something of a disappointment...he is a good ... read more
The worlds most famous rodent..
Sorcerers Apprentice..
Christmas Light Sabres..

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World December 27th 2010

Very, very cold is the only way to describe it. There was no wind today and the skies were clear and bright blue....but regardless of the picture postcard appearance, it was bitterly cold. The photos will give testament to that. Today around midday we got to Disney's Animal Kingdom...this was the one that Sandy was dreading taking me to as she expected complaints and comparisons to Africa. Well, was she surprised - and to be honest so was I. Where Epcot attempted to emulate the real thing and failed, the safari drive here in the Animal Kingdom was really pretty good. Yes, its completely artificial and there were antelope mixing that never could geographically in Africa, but it was a damn good copy and very well done. Fantastic enclosures...huge multi acre blocks, and while captivity is ... read more
Tree of Life..
Happy campers..
Male Sable..

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World December 7th 2010

Today was epcot day! I dont know if u have ever seen in the old disney movies... like lion king, little mermaid etc and how in the end they advertised disney world and they showed the big ball shaped thing that looked like an oversized golf ball? anyone following me?? well i remember :) Anyway, i went in that today... i had no idea what it was... i thought it was like an imax theater but it was a ride... so to speak... you get into carts which go around a conveyer belt and takes u through the eras of time... from caveman through to today.... each era was well puppetted (and when i say puppet i mean robotic machines that look like humans! phenomenal! they looked so real! anyway, the ride took at least 5 ... read more

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