31.08.2013 - 01.09.2013 33 °C
In the very last week of August we welcomed our very first Australian visitors, Uncle Jason, Aunty Megan, Sibella and Mitchell and boy were we excited to see them (and the Aussie treats they bought over for us)!! This week was the start of about a month and a half of Aussie family visitors which included a wedding and plenty of sightseeing.
I've been looking through my photos and I realised that I took over 350 photos on our first day at Disney World! That's a lot of photos to choose from in order to tell our story and after realising that I took about the same for our next 3 days a Disney, I decided that instead of one huge post about our 3 1-2 days in Orlando, I'll break it into 4 smaller posts.
The day before we left for Orlando, we hit an outlet mall in St Augustine so our family could stock up on the cheap clothes and shoes. The kids weren't so keen on wandering around but Sibella and Carys were excited to purchase matching school shoes and Mitchell was excited to try some new American candy. We found a Lowly Worm ride and the kids insisted that they all get in together! Nanny Wendy has some very old Richard Scarry Busy Town books that all of her children, and now grandchildren, love reading so of course, they loved riding with Lowly.
We had lunch in St Augustine and squeezed in a Trolley Tour before heading out to a Jacksonville Suns game. The kids and I met Southpaw but the person who took our photo left us with an out of focus shot. The kids loved having photos in a Southpaw cutout though!
The next day, we loaded our cars and drove down to Orlando to start our Disney adventure. We left a little later than we had originally hoped but as we were packing for 2 weeks away, the delay worked out well as we then settled into our Disney themed condo after a 2 1/2 hour drive. We swam in the pool, the kids played in their Toy Story themed room and we took the opportunity to relax and catch up on 7 months apart before hitting the Magic Kingdom the next day.
We arrived at the park not long after opening and we were glad that the crowds hadn't hit peak numbers as we were able to get some great photos of the iconic Disney Castle and surrounding grounds. The parks were beautifully decorated for Halloween and as the day was warming up, we had to see as much as we could before the kids became too cranky, hot and tired. Surprisingly, they walked around all day without complaining, had a fantastic time and loved every second!
After a few rides, we decided to grab an early lunch before the lines became too long. The ladies behind the counter magically knew it was Mitchell's birthday and they sang Happy Birthday to him. We were all impressed!
Our very fun day was filled with rides, parades, snacks, silly hats, character meet and greets and rain threatening clouds. Before we knew it, it was almost time for the nightly parade to start and wouldn't you know it, it was cancelled due to rain We decided to head back to our condo to relax and get ready for another fun day.