"Fresh" off the plane. We flew Frontier, a little like flying in a city bus, on a day with 14" inches of snow in Denver the day before. We weren't sure when it would take off, or when our luggage would appear at the other side. I think we ended up 3 or so hours delayed. Not totally unexpected due to the extreme weather, but the lack of communication was frustrating/disappointing. Note : I rarely fly in airplanes these days. Anyway great to catch up with Tamsin, Fabrice Matheo & Tristan, and enjoy a little sushi also.
Halloween! First day, Animal Kingdom. I have to say I was impressed ! The ticket prices were hard to swallow, however halfway through the day I realized that each experience accumulated to great value for money really. Just walking through the park was very pleasant in itself.
However being Halloween, and a weekday off season it is likely that the park was way quieter than average - all part of Tamsins plan :)
First big ride was the Everest expedition themed roller coaster, we weren't in line very long but walking through where the waiting lines usually are was like fas forwarding a museum of Tibet, I could have stopped and read about a few things, but didn't.
The Kali River ride was pretty mellow and long enough to be social and enjoy. The settings are so well done.
Continually wowed by the surroundings, it was like a giant botanical garden. Walking through the Avatar area was cool in the daytime, but amazing at night with all the translucent plants wound in here and there.
On the way to bugs life, inside the big tree in the park center. Lines were almost non-existent at this point as I think most families had left with Halloween plans.
Having the park what felt like to ourselves I'm sure was a real treat (not that I've not been before to compare it against).
We took another ride on the Kali river tour as it was empty, and we all enjoyed it so much the first time.
The kids realized you could squirt the riders from the elephants trunks after. Note it was quite warm this day. 88'F... hot considering the day before it was 8'F when we left our house.
We took a break in that little shack, another nice surprise was the craft beer sold, and how good it was !
There were many birds, some rare, a Condor, toucans, parrots, macaws, eagles, owls, hornbill, many more.
And pretty much at dusk we went of the Safari, too bad it wasn't slower paced, it was astounding, I was totally ignorant that there were all these animals at Disney.
And somehow right before the park closed we snuck into the Avatar ride, which is pretty incredible. Virtual reality, well augmented reality, 3D googles with mechanical rows of seats with 20 foot of up and down G force simulation and pitch axis rotation, with wind and water flying around on a Banshee. Whew what a day !
The next day we went to Eppcot. Mostly because Maddy has been so enamored by Anna and Elsa from Frozen.
We got to meet some folks dressed as them, I thing Maddy found that kinda weird, which to be honest I am kinda glad.
Walking around the world was fun, and the attention to detail in architecture and buildings far exceeded my expectations. Not at all the facade I half expected.
Saturday, time for a chill day at blue spring state park.
Blue Spring comes straight up out of a cave at around a cubic foot a second. Fresh clean water at 72'F. Time for a swim !
After swimming we headed back to Disney for an overpriced dinner. Strangely the place I liked the best (good view) was quiet.
And that was it! quick but full trip and great seeing the cousins altogether and getting along so well. We had a big breakfast and headed to the airport. Thanks Tamsin and Fabrice for sharing your vacation with us!