Friday, 28 June 2013

Orlando - Days Nine to Twelve

A round up of the last couple of days.

Day Nine - Lunch and Downtown Disney

On Sunday we met up with one of Matt's old school friends who now lives in Ocala along with her boyfriend. We ate lunch at Red Robin (hello largest salad of my life). Matt and I were then going to go to Downtown Disney but I decided I needed to get changed back at the hotel. When we got to the hotel we decided just to stay there for an hour or so to rest until Matt received a text from his friend to say that they were at Downtown Disney and we should meet up again - makes sense, Matt and Leah hadn't seen each other for around five years so why not hang out more?

We all wandered through DTD, Matt and I shared a wonderful ice cream after having another look around the Disney Store where I found a creepy looking Cinderella music box.


Day Ten - Kennedy Space Centre

After a long drive we arrived at the KSC, it was HOT. The tour was pretty good but the highlight of the centre was definitely the Atlantis exhibition which we got a sneak preview of. 






Day Eleven - Universal Studios

The fact that I didn't take any photos of Universal should go someway to show what I thought of it. I was so unimpressed! Out of the two parks at Universal, Islands of Adventure is far superior. I did, however, like the Mummy ride, it was fun. At the last minute I decided that I'd like to go on the new Transformers ride, unfortunately it had an hour and a half wait and even the single rider line (which I was going to join as Matt doesn't really do that type of ride) was full. 

We left and headed to Winter Park for my first visit to PF Changs. It was ok, and just ok.

Day Twelve - Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot

The day started off with lunch at McDonalds, I actually discovered that I prefer the UK version but I love the US portion sizes. Now I can see why Matt finds our MaccyD's a frustrating experience.

Left - UK large/US regular
Right US large/doesn't exisit in the UK

Left - US large/doesn't exist in the UK
Right - US regular/UK large

Those portion sizes probably go some way to explain the extreme, and I mean extreme obesity I've seen while we're been here. 

After eating our lunch off we drove to Hollywood Studios.






Highlights included the Indiana Jones show, the Muppets in 3D and the studio backlot tour.

After that we drove to Epcot (once you've paid for parking in one Disney park you're good for the rest of the day) for another look around.



They didn't sell cups of tea as I thought, instead they sell British food (think Cadbury chocolate and boxes of tea bags)






We ate dinner at the Katsu Grill in the Japan pavilion, it was good and I got to make a prat of myself by using chopsticks whilst trying to eat beef udon.

Epcot has turned into probably my favourite Disney park...maybe.



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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Orlando...shopping!

As we're currently holed up in our hotel thanks to a storm outside I thought I'd post some pictures of what I've bought so far. I've surprised myself at the lack of clothes I've bought, instead I've been looking out for things for our house.

Sephora! I managed to spend $113 on this little lot but I quite easily could have spent so much more.





Bit of a winter colour but I can't wait to wear this.

Great timing for a trip to the mall as my eyelash curlers broke this morning

Excited to try this, fingers crossed it lives up to my expectations

I only went into Old Navy for (more) flip flops, I came out with this lot

I pretty much love everything in this store...

...however, I don't understand how I can buy a bowl for $4.00 and then see a skirt for $118, the pricing is weird

A mix of Pottery Barn (I wanted everything) and Bed Bath & Beyond. I know you love those super tacky turkey candle holders - they're for my Thanksgiving table

And they were in the sale!

After two trips to Forever 21 since we've been here these are all I managed to buy

The bowl, chopsticks and tea cup are from the Japan stage at Epcot.
Yet more Old Navy flip flops.
Oven glove and scarf from the Disney store at DTD.
Pumpkin pie spice from Walmart.

Training chopsticks for me to use before I graduate to proper (pretty) ones



One of many bowls I've fallen for on this trip

Measuring spoons and nail colour from the Disney store at DTD


I also bought a Covergirl mascara at Target, I'm planning on going back to buy more. There's also quite a bit at Walmart and Downtown Disney that I want to pick up. We're also going back to Epcot at some point so I'm going to try my very best to not buy everything in the Japan gift shop.

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Orlando - Day Five

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm blogging to you from possibly the strangest scenario ever. 

I'm currently sitting on the side of the bathroom sink, my feet are in the sink which currently contains hot water and Epsom salt. My feet are beyond aching. After days of wandering Orlando in flip flops my feet are killing me. After getting 'home' from Epcot tonight we stopped off at CVS to pick up some chocolate covered pretzels Epsom salt to bathe our feet in as according to Matt it'll help.


Told you so.

















We had a bit of a rest day today, I didn't wake up 'til gone 10am and we didn't actually leave our hotel room until gone 2pm. Both of us were exhausted from the previous day and we have already reached the conclusion that you can get to the parks later in the day as people with kids are starting to leave so it's a tiny bit quieter and it starts to cool down after 6pm.

This afternoon we visited Epcot, we didn't get there til gone 4.30 pm but apparently that wasn't late enough for us not to have to queue for an hour for the test track ride. It was a good ride though so I almost don't mind such a hideous wait. Almost. 

After that we wandered through the world, although we only reached Japan by the time the fireworks started. Japan was definitely my favourite out of those we visited (we went clockwise for those of you who know Epcot). The gift shop was amazing, we spent nearly $50 in there but I could have spent a whole lot more on one of the tea pot sets. In the end I settled for a pretty bowl, some kids chop sticks as I'm terrible at using them, 'grown up' chop sticks for when I have perfected the skill and a green tea mug/cup. We're thinking of making a reservation for dinner at the Japanese restaurant so we can go back and try out their food seeing as how we're on a Japan kick at the moment.

We left that shop in time to get a decent spot for the fireworks, they were great. After that it was the long walk back to the car, hence why I'm now wearing a knee brace (Matt insisted on getting me one at CVS) and I've bathed my feet in Epsom salt. 

So far I'm really enjoying our trip, it's disgustingly hot, there's a lot of walking involved and you have to deal with a lot of dumb people and their children (for whom personal space means nothing) but it's great. I'm turning into a Disney girl, which I've never been. Kind of gutted that I've still not found a Cinderella phone case though, I'm hoping that I'll find one at Magic Kingdom tomorrow. 

And now, I propose a moment's silence for my feet... 


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