Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Winter Summerland and Volcano pool

Friday we played miniature golf at Winter Summerland and swam in the condo pool. It was a good thing it was a slow day because by now Jake had come down with the bad cold Gavin and I had the previous week and was feeling pretty sick.

 After lunch I took Gavin to swim in the pool at the condo. Jake was feeling rotten so he took a nap. The pool water was too cool for my taste but it didn't seem to phase Gavin:

 hot tub:
 splash pad:
 After his nap Jake joined Gavin in the pool:

What a great week! Saturday Jake's parents flew out early in the morning and we drove home. On our way we drove by the Orlando Temple and I was amazed by how beautiful it is. Love the palm trees around it. Jake was really sick so I didn't take the time to stop and take a picture. I figured there were plenty online but when I looked, they really don't do the temple justice. Way better in person.

Animal Kingdom

Thursday was our day at Animal Kingdom. Our first ride was Kilimanjaro Safari where you get to ride in a big truck inside the animal habitats and see them up close. We saw lots of animals, and a rhino walked right by the truck on the side where Gavin was sitting. He loved the ride. He also loved riding the rafting ride late in the day with Jake, Grandma, and Grandpa (it was too cool out for me to get wet). They all got soaked but Gavin thought it was awesome.

Jake enjoyed Expedition Everest:
 rainy parade:


Wednesday was our day at Epcot. I liked the landscaping here more than the other parks. Also it seemed more open and less crowded. First we rode Soarin, a ride where you are lifted up in front of a huge movie screen and go on a virtual hang gliding trip over California. Gavin needed a little coaxing to go on it but he ended up enjoying the ride (but didn't want to do it again). We skipped several rides here (like the one that is inside the giant epcot ball) because they are dark, and Gavin was very insistent about no dark rides. Gavin really enjoyed visiting the Coke building, where you get to sample for free soda from all over the world. He said he liked all of the flavors, even the ones that were really gross to everyone else. Another highlight was walking around all the countries in the world showcase and eating some really good fish and chips in England for lunch.

 When Epcot opened for the day streamers were shot above the audience. We didn't get one but a nice guy in line in front of us gave on to Gavin:

 Anytime we saw a duck at Disney World Gavin would name it Gavin. If there was more than one he would name the others his middle and last name:
 Drummers in Japan:
 Loved the show with the soldiers in America:

 tried school bread in Norway - I was not impressed (not sweet enough for me), but Gavin and Jake liked it: