October 17, 2010

Florida Vacation 2010

We packed up the family and headed to Florida for the Annual Dental conference and a little vacation. We had to leave the house for the airport at 5 am. That was hard but we managed to get the car and our selves all packed up and left on time. We loose 2 hours in Florida so we booked the earliest flight so we could arrive there at a reasonable time. Here is Chloe on the plane. The flight attendant gave her a little activity book with a thick multicolored pencil. This kept her busy for a good amount of time.

Chris had classes with the dental conference the first 3 days. Chloe and I spent the first day together at Epcot while Chris was in class. Here she is with her new Winnie the Pooh. I have sung the Winnie the Pooh song to her since she was a baby, just the parts I know. She sings it also and it sounds like Bee Boo Boo.

We spotted this large crane about 2 feet from us.

Here we are with Marie from the Disney movie Aristocats. She hangs out near Paris in Epcot’s world showcase. Chloe is obsessed with kitties & puppies. Anything with a long tail and pointy ears is a kitty to her including squirrels, beavers, and raccoons. All large animals she thinks are cows this includes horses. Chloe will make a Moo sound any time an animal resembles a cow.

Here is Chloe with her Papa sporting a sombrero and a tambourine.

The second day while Chris was in classes Chloe and I spent the day with my family at Epcot’s food and wine festival. My sister and her boyfriend, my 2 nephews, my Mom, My Brother and his fiancé all met us to spend the day together. This is the only photo I took; it is of Chloe and her cousin Steven. I feel like a total idiot for not taking any photos, the sun most have gotten to me. The next day Chloe and I spent the day with my family again and went to my Dad’s house for some great food and family time. My Dad took a bunch of photos that day and hopefully he will send some to me. Overall it was a great visit with my family and I was so glad they could all spend time with Chloe.

One of the evenings we ate dinner at the Sci-Fi Dinner in Disney’s MGM Studios. It was real cool. You sit in cars and there is a huge screen in front like a drive in that plays clips of old sci-fi movies. Here is a photo of Chloe and I sitting in the back seat.

This is the view I had mostly going thru the parks. I would walk behind Chloe with the stroller to kind of keep the crowds from running her over.

The Safari ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of my favorite rides. Here is Chloe and Chris on the ride. The following are some of the animal photos I took while on the ride.













They had a petting zoo at this park. Chloe got to get up close to several of the goats.



This petting zoo had several roped off areas that the animals could go in and out of when they needed some time away from the kids. I thought this was a great human set up for them.

We spotted this black swan snoozing in a quiet corner. If I remember correctly they are native to Australia. It was beautiful.

Here is a spider we spotted as we exited the park. Holy Moley.

We pre-purchased tickets for Disney’s Not so Scary Halloween party. This is held at the Magic Kingdom after park hours and all the kids dress up and are given a treat bag to go trick or treating though out the park. This was a complete nightmare. We lasted about 45 minutes and I think Chloe screamed and threw a tantrum about 30 of the 45 minutes we were there. This is the one photo I got of her in her Snow White costume. It was not her night and there fore it was not ours either or anyone around us. So we promptly left and lesson learned not to buy tickets like that in advanced not knowing what kind of mood everyone will be in at the time of the event.

Sugar over load, Cream Puff anyone?

We had a Princess Character lunch were you can eat and all the princess’s will come by and visit your table. This is Belle playing Peek-a-boo with Chloe. Here are some Princesses with my princess.






Sunset photos



Here is Chloe; we are waiting for the boat to take us to Disney’s Downtown marketplace. We started the vacation staying at Disney’s Beach club which was were all the Dental Conference people got a discount, then we moved over to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort for the remainder of our stay. This was our first time staying at The Saratoga. They have a real nice spa and golf course and are the closest to Downtown Disney Market place and Pleasure Island. The Beach club resort is still are favorite.

Driving through to the Magic Kingdom.

The Polynesian Resort is one of Disney’s older hotels. We usually plan at least one breakfast there before heading into the Magic kingdom. In one of their restaurants they make this amazing Tonga toast which is cinnamon French toast stuffed with bananas. Ohh it is good. The Polynesian is a Hawaiian themed resort. This is a photo of some hanging baskets at the entrance. Here are some more photos at the resort.







We were at the Polynesian for a character breakfast at their Ohana restaurant. At this restaurant they serve breakfast family style, where there is a big skillet of eggs, bacon, sausage and potatoes they put on the table for everyone to scoop out what they want. During the meal characters will come by your table for you to take photos. Here are some photos taken at the breakfast.















Not sure what this plant is but I love the color of the berries against the contrast of the leaves.

Chloe watching some kids play.

Chloe liked to sit on little rocks that were perfect height for her.

Back at the Saratoga resort they had an area for kids near the pool that had many water spouts for kids to splash around and get wet. Here is Chloe playing in the water.





Well that is about it for our Florida vacation. Back to the real world and piles of laundry.

1 Comments:

Blogger Open Roads Mama said...

wow, what a beautiful trip! Great photos! Chloe must have had an awesome time with all these Disney characters coming up to her - I love the photos taken at the restaurant table, she is just too adorable this girl of yours :)

October 17, 2010 at 10:26 PM  

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