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Disney World Resort Recap Day 3 – Blizzard Beach, Landry’s Seafood

Anyone who’s spent a day at the pool or beach will tell you that all the sun and water play will wipe you out.  Knowing this, we decided to spend only a few hours at Blizzard Beach, one of the 2 water parks at the Disney World Resort.  We started off the morning back at Animal Kingdom to finish up the last 2 areas that we didn’t have time for on the first day.  Big Mochi wanted to ride the Yeti Roller Coaster, which she claims was the best ride she’s ever been on, and Baby Mochi wanted desperately to take pictures with Minnie.  Sticking to our plan, we flew in and out in record time.  We had a quick early lunch at the Rainforest Cafe on site and the mochis entertained themselves with shouting out the name of the Hawaii state fish (humuhumunukunukuapua’a – say that 3 times real fast) each time it circled the cylindrical saltwater tank. 

After lunch, we headed out to Blizzard Beach, which is a water park designed to look like a snow-capped ski resort, complete with ski lift that loads people up to the top (or they could walk up) of the hill with multiple routes to get down.  We opted for a giant family raft that sped all of us down turns and minor dips to the bottom.  At the bottom, there were activities for all ages and all levels of risks.  There was a giant wave pool, a slow river that circled around the entire park on tubes (little ones with handles for Baby Mochi), various tube rides, a ton of water slides, way cool obstacle courses for bigger kids like walking on foam icebergs while holding on to rope ladders overhead, ziplines that end in a splash, etc.  There was a toddler area, a big kid aOn the way out, I desperately wanted a mini doughnut from a little cart that smelled heavenly, but by the time we changed and packed up, it was time to go.  If we ever go back to Disney World, that’s going to be a mission… but I digress.  It was a fun-filled day.  I wish I had pictures but since we were in bathing suits and I didn’t have any pockets or a waterproof camera, I have none.  :(  Just trust me in knowing that when we ever find ourselves back at Disney World, this is one place we will return.

We used the same car service for the majority of the time we were there.  We asked the driver to recommend a good restaurant for dinner and on the way, we passed Landry’s Seafood and we stopped there instead.  It had a playground out front while you wait.  Unfortunately for the mochis, the wait was short.  The service was excellent, the food was amazing, and come on, the 2 following pictures speak for itself.  Their signature bananas foster dish below… and I wish I could tell you what this chocolate cake was that G had, but I didn’t pay much attention to his after mine arrived.   

Disney World Resort Recap Day 1 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the largest of the theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.  The park is built around The Tree of Life, a massive 14-story artificial tree sculpted with animals 360 degrees around the trunk and branches.  It’s split into 7 themed areas that are all incredible.  There is so much to see and so much going on all day, it’s difficult to visit the entire park in one day.  As with most things Disney, they take everything little detail into consideration to captivate the audience and keep everyone safe – not an easy thing to do when your target audience consists of little people who have commercial break attention spans.  Aside from all the animals you see everywhere in large simulated habitats, there is also a safari-type trek where the animals are in spacious grassy and drylands.  There is a DinoLand with roller coasters and rides, games and food that you’d find at a carnival.  There are air-conditioned museum displays, petting zoos, train rides, musicals and elaborately done stage performances and plays that were absolutely amazing.  The Disney characters were in a designated area taking pictures with everyone and a Lion King parade that didn’t disappoint.  There is a passport book that kids can pick up and participate in brief educational activities to earn stamps in their books.  The staff are all very friendly and helpful and other than being tired from taking the red-eye flight in, we had nothing to complain about.  Since they are animals that need rest, the park closes fairly early in the evening, which was just fine with us and our tired feet.

Even though our spring break was short, we made it a point to go back a 2nd day to finish up what we weren’t able to see on the first day.  It was well worth it that day, too.  It was hot so we took our time, kept the mochis watered and fed, and enjoyed ourselves at Disney World immensely.  It seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a really good idea to either go to the website, airport or hotel information center and pick up the brochure for each park you plan to visit.  That way you can plan your day and hop from land to land taking in all the available shows and exhibits.  For instance, we planned the safari and train rides where you sit for longer periods of time in the afternoons when the mochis were more likely to be tired of walking.  During the mid-day blazing sun hours, we trekked to the air conditioned exhibits.  And at the end of the day when Baby Mochi could nap, we went to see the musical shows that she would probably be a little bored sitting through.  She ended up sleeping through the Lion King show and tht’s when I took Big Mochi to DinoLand where the roller coasters and rides for kids who meet the height and crazy bravery requirement.  We strategically avoided a melt-down when Baby Mochi woke up whiny and tired by excitedly announcing that it was time to see Minnie Mouse, as Baby Mochi is Minnie’s ultimate fan.   So do it the Disney way: Plan ahead and take every little detail into consideration when you can.

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