Day 20-25: Disney World, NASA, & Nickelodeon
Jul 01, 2008
Sep 27, 2008
Orlando was a blast; Matt got his Rocket fix at the Kennedy Space Center and the kids were ecstatic to discover that Disney World turned out to be just like the one on TV, and not another 'park' that involved tents, marine ecosystems or hiking trails. The Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom were their pick of theme parks and after 2 days of rides, shows, and wandering Disney figures, Matt and I were glad we hadn't signed up for all four Disney Parks. Aside from losing Daniel briefly at Animal Kingdom (he wandered off to have a rest in a gazebo) and then me losing Matt and the kids for an hour or so (Matt said he was imprisoned in the bathroom with pooping kids, but later revealed he'd been given a bum steer by a Disney worker and had actually taken the kids to Tom Sawyers Island instead of the Jungle Tree House), there was little other than the usual Disney experience. We were unfortunately caught out in a late thunderstorm, and rather than wait it out with the rest of the revelers, we opted to just make a dash for the car. We nearly drowned doing so, and had to work hard to convince the kids it was all part of Walt's outdoor adventure, but they weren't really buying it and we are not sure it was the dream ending we were looking for. Our last day in Orlando was spent poolside at the Nickelodeon resort, which the kids seemed to enjoy as much as Disney World (and definitely better than the Space Center!), with giant waterslides, periodic sliming sessions and a PS2 in the rented cabana.