Friday, June 7, 2013


This year for Spring Break we met Jesse and Cori and three grandkids in Orlando Florida for some Disney Magic Kingdom time. A lot has changes since we were last in Orlando 30 years ago. Disney has 26 resort hotels in the area, their own bus service between the airport, hotels and theme parks, and there are now two water parks and four different Theme Parks.

We stayed in the Disney Animation Studios Hotel. It had a Lion King and jungle theme are a huge swimming area. The grandkids enjoyed all the Lion King murals and figures in the area. The rooms were decorated to look like a jungle theme.

We went to the Disney Hollywood Studios park first. Lots of Disney themed movie attractions. A big hit was the Star Tours Ride. Very appropriate since Disney now owns the rights to all the Star Wars Movies.

The second park we visited was Epcot Center. It was very cold this day and very windy. We were a little underdressed but not as much as some tourist we saw. It was also incredibly crowded. We did make the rounds and had a great Japanese dinner with a view of the fireworks show.

Disney has a “Magic Hour” for guests at the Disney Hotels. They open the parks and many of the rides an hour early. That means we are at the bus stop at 6:30 AM with the kids all ready to go. With that early schedule it was nice to take a couple of down days to sleep in and spend some pool time.

We also went to the Magic Kingdom which is pretty much an exact duplicate of Disney Land in Anaheim. Our last park day was in the Wild Animal Park. They had rides and typical Disney stuff but they also had a great tour where we saw a lot of wild animals in a semi wild habitat. They also had a great show production with a Lion King Theme. Of course Grace and Eden had to get out with the performers. Grant was a little too bashful. (A little man after my own heart).

Star Tours

Toy Story Characters
Grant designed this car on the computer.

Jesse and Cori at Epcot Center

Goofy and Grandkids

Lion King Show

Lion King Show

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