When the Schneides told us they were going to be in Orlando in Oct., we decided it would be fun to drive up and spend some time with them. So we arranged to see them the last 2 days of their trip and I would go to Epcot with them one day, the other day they would hang out at our resort and swim and relax.
It's about a 3 hour drive to Orlando from our South Florida home. We couldn't check in until late afternoon, so didn't bother leaving too early. It was a pretty ride. Even the Mt. Trashmore with the flocks of buzzards flying around them were interesting.
We had lots of blue skies and puffy white clouds the whole way.
Sue told us about an all you can eat lobster place, so we decided to go there for dinner--Boston Lobster Feast. It was a bit spendy at about $35/person, but the food was good. I can't eat lobster and maybe could have eaten cheaper off the menu, but I managed to find plenty of none shell food fish on the buffet bar to keep me happy---like prime rib and london broil.
Nancy stayed back at the condo. We tried to talk her into going swimming with us after they printed out their boarding passes, but she didn't want to. So Sue and I spent another couple hours in one of the heated lazy rivers. Good start to our mini Orlando vacation!
Oct. 27---Epcot's Wine and Food Festival---
I've been to Disney many times, but never to the Wine and Food Festival. Our Disneyholic friends from St. Louis brought their granddaughter with them and their daughter from DC joined them. They know everything there is to know about the ins and outs of Disney, so I was excited to join them for a day in Epcot. Ken isn't interested in Disney, or crowds in general, so he stayed back at the condo. After our friends who spent the night left for the airport, Ken and I went to McDonald's for a quick breakfast. Then I dropped him off and headed off to Epcot. I got the Epcot ticket ($115) for signing up to go to the Wyndham "owner update" the next day. But parking was still $20. I got there about 11 and wandered the mile or so in from the parking spot! I finally got to the entrance and did the standing in line to have my bag checked (wasn't planning to take one, but ended up taking a camera bag when it looked like rain), then stood in line again to go through the entrance. Finally I was in and called Coni.
Time for some more shopping---and letting O play for awhile. Also checked out the food passport book for more delights.
Love to people watch, too. Fun seeing families like this.
on to England---Of course, since we were in England, it had to start raining. I did take my underwater camera, too, so I was constantly switching from it, to my DSLR, to my phone (to immediately post on facebook).
Out came Olivia's raincoat.
Good bye England.
Heading over the bridge to Europe.
Had to go on into France ---
Now I think we hit Japan. Hard to remember and using different cameras doesn't help with the timeline---at least when one has the wrong time stamp.
Oct. 28, 2015---pool time and dinner at Dixie Landings
So today we planned to bring the Schneides over to use the lazy river at Bonnet Creek. Sure glad this wasn't the day we planned to go to Epcot. It was raining most the day and often hard---as seen here from our patio.
But first, we had to do our "owner update" since I was pre-gifted the Epcot ticket. Unfortunately, we didn't get our usual short one. First there was a group talk, then we went with our "adviser". He proceeded to repeat everything the gal said in the group meeting---all of which we already knew. This guy wasn't as happy to be our "adviser". Funny how they like to market these meetings as "owner updates", then get mad when you don't want to buy anything. But we completed our obligation and headed over to get the Schneides. Dropped them off at the lazy river, then I went to get Ken. We walked on over.
After a couple hours--we had had enough swimming, so Coni suggested going to Port Orleans Resort and getting some Beignets. I think Ken followed along because he had no idea what we were doing. He swore he wasn't going to what use to be called Downtown Disney, so made me take a picture of him there.
I never knew you could take these water shuttles to the resorts or other parts of Downtown Disney. I loved the ride and could have done that all day! Plus they're free---in Disney!!!
A tiny boat as seen from our ride.
I really enjoyed the fact that it only took us about 3 hours to drive to Orlando now instead of the 15 from St. Louis. I was even able to get a great fare to STL from there and sent Ken home for a couple weeks. Then I drove back to South Florida. Hopefully we'll do more of these short fun trips.