Monday, January 13, 2014

SO WHAT ABOUT YOUR TRIP TO FLORIDA DEBBY?

Thanks for asking, it was great! Leaving right after Thanksgiving, then coming home and getting ready for Christmas I just haven't had time to work on this post. I know the pictures are small when I do a collage but I can never pick just a few. Click to enlarge so you can view them bigger.

We stayed at the Gaylord Palms near Orlando and it was wonderful. They have an alligator pond with turtles. I have pictures of the turtles up on the alligators backs in the water but they just don't show up with the reflections of the water. They had lovely poinsettias all around. They had a shuttle to and from Disney several times each day. 

Here are a few of the Christmas decorations around the parks. I enjoyed the large ornaments in the window. It was a chorus line of several doing kicks. 

Loved the large Coke bottles and the Toy Story soldiers on the building taking the Scrabble game!

I did Hollywood Studios on Tuesday and had such a fun time. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was something else. You can't help but scream! You know I love miniature things but I also get excited when I see large items like the monkeys going across the street or the large over sized light bulbs. I had been to this park when are kids were young and it was brand new, off course there were a lot more things to see this time. 

I did as much as I could do with my day and really had fun. I was pretty exhausted since we didn't get to the hotel until 1:00 am the night before but I just keep going. Really enjoyed the Beauty and the Beast show. They do excellent productions at Disney and I also enjoyed the back lot tour along with Star Tours and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. 

I was also very please to see this Nativity set up. It wasn't in a prominent spot but never the less it was there and made me smile. I think I was gone about 11 hours that first day. Amazing what adrenaline can do to you when you are visiting the happiest place on earth! 

On Wednesday I went to the Animal Kingdom. I didn't stay as long as the day before but I saw everything I wanted to see. Besides I had a dinner date with Mark that night. It was wonderful, I really enjoyed this park. 

I was very excited to see the Tree of Life. This is the front view of the tree. I didn't take a lot of pictures here but took a lot at the back side. My plan was to go and see some of the shows first. 
 This is the back side....
A few up close....

The Festival of the Lion King was the first show I saw. It was wonderful, I really enjoyed it. I haven't seen The Lion King on stage but I must say this inspired me to go see it someday. It was fun, exciting and the talent was amazing. Of course that is what you expect from Disney! 

Finding Nemo the Musical was so cool. It is puppet show like you have never seen before. If you ever go don't pass this one up. I loved it! 

Something I definitely wanted to do was the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride. It is a safari ride through lush African to search for lions, elephants, giraffes and more! What a fun ride, you really feel like you are on the rugged roads in Africa. There were three woman who were visiting the park and sat with me on the ride on the same bench in the jeep. We were in the back row and we really got bumped around and they were laughing so hard. 

I also did the Dinosaur ride and of course the Expedition Everest which is a roller coaster. I really do like roller coaster rides! I did a lot of shopping and just enjoyed my day. Even though the parks appeared to be crowded they really were not, the wait for rides was never longer than 20 minutes. They have a lot of walking tours which I didn't do but would have liked to. I have to admit I was pretty exhausted that day.

I did enjoy the parade. I have seen many Disney parades over the years but never the one in the Animal Kingdom. So different and so much fun to watch. I have to say I would definitely visit this park again. 

Then on Thursday we headed to my dad's house. I had made plans with everyone to come over for a pizza night which was fun. We had a nice evening and actually watched "The Sound of Music" with Carrie Underwood that night. My dad doesn't have a DVR so it was a must to watch it. 

These four are always a reason to go to Florida. These are my sister and brother in laws grandchildren. Starting on the left is Ashlynn, her older sister Amanda, her younger brother Garrett and their cousin Amber. 

So that's what I did in Florida........

26 comments:

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time ... of course, what's not to love about a trip to Florida, right?

Sandra said...

you had a wonderful trip. the tree of life is awesome, the closeups are to... i would like to do the animal kingdom. and i love the Nativity...

Kristie said...

What a nice vacation! I'm glad you got to spend time with family. I think Disney at Christmas would be the perfect time to go. I hope to make it there with the kids someday :-)

TexWisGirl said...

packed full!

the monkey chain was cute. jostled around in a jeep sounds like fun, too. :)

Mara said...

I am exhausted just reading about it! But it sounds like you had a great time!!

April said...

Sounds like there was never a dull moment, Debby! So glad you had fun...love Disney!

Amy said...

I also love miniatures and larger things, unless they are people. Don't like large statues. What a great trip, I would have loved every minute of it!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

It looks amazing. I'm so glad you had fun!

catskillblogger said...

I have not been to Disney since the early 90's and I was sick the entire trip. I kind of want to go back now...

bp said...

Looks like a nice trio! I enjoyed all the pictures, the poinsettias are pretty. I like the Scrabble game. Haha.

I've never been!!

Tesha Papik said...

Wow that looks like an amazing trip!!!! The pictures are beautiful and really illustrate all you did.

NanaNor's said...

Dear Debby, What a wonderful trip. I've only been to Disneyworld once-about 20 yrs ago. It was so much better than Disneyland. Loved Epcot too.
Thanks for sharing. Hope you are having a wonderful day.
xxxNoreen

Empty Nester said...

Wow! Girl you do know how to enjoy a trip! I would still be recovering! LOL

Cathy said...

Sounds like you had a great time Debby. I love the Nemo show and "The Lion King."

I watched "The Sound of Music" and really enjoyed it. She really has such and awesome voice.

Sharon said...

How much fun!!

Loved the pictures - loved the story of this wonderful adventure!

GOD BLESS!

Miss Debbie said...

WOW! What a trip! Glad you had such a good time!

Lea said...

Oh, the magic of Disney, and most especially at Christmas. Happy week!

betty said...

You did a lot in Florida, Debby! Thanks for sharing your trip with us since I don't see a trip there in my forseeable future, but looked like lots of fun with tons of things to see! Most importantly, I know you enjoyed the time spend with Mark, your dad, and other family.

betty

Blackberry Lane said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos from your trip; I love them all! Sounds like a delightful time.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

WOW! What a great time and thanks for the photos...gave me an idea of what it was like. The safari expedition looks amazing! I've always wanted to go on safari...

Jenn "Rook No. 17" said...

Debby, it sounds like your trip was a blast! I love all the photos of the wild animals and the wonderful holiday decorations. Tower of Terror -- yes! I went on the one at Disney in CA -- what a creepy ride. I love the way they made it feel like a real haunted Hollywood hotel!

Sounds like your New Year is off to a terrific start. I hope the rest of the year follows suit with lots of fun, adventure, laughter and love!

Jenn

Secret Agent Woman said...

Now that sounds like a fun-filled trip. Nice way to wrap up the year.

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh I loved everything there - I want to go to Florida with you next time you go! I mean it - so much fun and happiness there.

Sonya said...

Your FL time sounds wonderful! I can't wait to do Toy Story Mania again. I don't think we'll be doing Tower of Terror. I've done it a couple of time and it's not quite my fave thrill ride at Disney. I'm excited to explore Animal Kingdom more. I've seen very little of that park. I hope to change that on our trip.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

What an awesome trip!!!

I just love seeing your travel pictures!!

I must say that tree is freaking amazing!!!

Cyndy @ Back in the Bush said...

Sounds and looks like an awesome trip!

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