Tuesday at Blizzard Beach and Fantasia Golf
|Monday and Tuesday both were
forecast as the hottest days for the
time we were in FL. Monday
definitely lived up to that forecast
and Tuesday looked to be more of
the same. So we decided to go to
one of the two waterparks. After
much debate, we picked "Blizzard
Beach" over "Typhoon Lagoon" -
and we made arrangements to
meet Rich and Dawn and kids
After eating breakfast at the hotel and getting us all in appropriate bathing suits, sunscreen, hats, etc and gathering up all our towels, toys (not allowed), extra sunscreen and all that, we headed for the waterpark. Dawn and Rich had arrived about a half hour earlier and called us to set up a meeting place before putting their cell phones away in a locker. We pulled into the parking lot just as they were putting out signs saying the waterpark had hit capacity and they weren't letting anyone else in until 2 pm.
Aaaaaaawwwwww! We called Dawn and Rich but they had already put their phone away. We left a message and formulated a Plan B. We had purchased tickets for mini-golf along with our Park tickets, so we found Fantasia Gardens, near the Swan and Dolphin hotel complex and killed some time there. As with everything Disney, it was well done. We had the choice of an 'easy' course or a 'hard' one, and picked easy. The whole thing had a 'Fantasia' theme.
Gotta love that cool rashguard suit!
Doug had a bit of a handicap!
Each hole had a poem 'scored', like this one.
|After golf we went to Downtown
Disney for lunch. We didn't have
too much time before it would be 2
pm and we could try to get into
Blizzard Beach again, so we
looked for a counter-type place
instead of a sit-down-with-waiter/waitress place. We skipped
everything else in Downtown
Disney, including the great Lego
store. We had some sandwiches
and Kat gobbled down her peas
and rice cereal, which then stayed
on her face all day as we neglected
to bring something handy to
properly wipe her face. And
besides, we didn't want to take off
her sunscreen either!
||We *did* get into Blizzard
and met up with our friends right
away. We found a spot in the
kiddie section, and I settled there
with Kat while everyone went off
for 'big kid' adventures! I thought
they'd be back soon, but when Kat
didn't like sitting in the water and I
didn't see anyone, we went for our
own adventure in the calm tube
ride (we called it The Lazy River,
but Blizzard Beach calls it Cross
Doug and Kat enjoy Cross Country Creek
|By the time we
finished that the Gang was back
and we did a coordinated attack on
the Park. Rich stayed with Kat so I
could go with everyone on
Teamboat Springs (a most
awesome ride that you see in the
commercials sometimes, one large
round 'raft' that fits 6 and rides
like a regular tube slide... only
much better! Hard to describe but
easy to love.
I took Kat back after 2 times on Teamboat Springs and they all hit a waterslide 'race' together. It was fun to watch! Doug won the race, I just had to say that. Nyahh Nyahh Buck!
We were all having so much fun
that Rich and Dawn cancelled their
original dinner plans and stayed
with us in the park til it closed at 5
(or was it 6?). They later joined us
at our hotel for a late dinner (while
I also did laundry) and our family
reluctantly turned down an
invitation to visit their hotel, The
Animal Kingdom resort. It must
have been near 10 when Doug
drove them back to their hotel and
I finished up our laundry and got
Erika to bed. Our busy days
wound up helping Kat get to bed
earlier than 3 am most nights,
which was very nice for me.
The 'backyard' of our hotel, Shades of Green
The back of the main building at Shades of Green. There's a fireplace outside on the second floor balcony!
The front of Shades of Green; pond, waterfalls, flags and main building in background.
Other guests told me they saw an alligator sunning himself next to this pond.
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