so today was supposed to be the airboat ride followed by Gatorland. We had purchased a combo ticket to do both, however the airboat ride took up a lot more time than what we anticipated and we got a late start, Gatorland closed at 5. With that being said we did the airboat ride and saved our tickets for Gatorland for another day. this was the first time on an airboat for all of us. They offer several different tour options ,we chose the half hour tour which ended up working out really well. The half hour tour showed us everything that we wanted to see. It really was a blast flying through the swamp in an airboat. The airboat driver seemed to know the area really well and knew where all the hot spots were for Gators. We stopped several times to get a close-up look at alligators, and the driver answered several questions. We got a lot closer to the gators than I expected. The airboat itself is pretty loud, but ear protection was supplied. Life jackets were also provided for children. After the airboat ride we were able to explore several small attractions that they had to offer. Those things included a Indian village, gator feeding, picture spots, and bike trails. We bought a small bag of feed for the gators. They also have picnic areas as well. We got a good laugh in the snack bar. They wanted $10 for a hot dog, but only a couple bucks more for a steak. We all had a great time, and would definitely do it again in a few years. Onto some pictures....
There are airboats out there.
Lots of activities for everyone to do while waiting for your airboat ride.
You can get a family photo in a mock airboat here as well.
Ever feed a gator? If not, you can do so here.
This was the Indian village. They had demonstrations, but we seemed to keep missing them.
The view from the airboat. The boat held about 15 people.
This is just one of several gators we got near.
The only tree around.
This was not an animatronic.
The driver passes around items found in the swamp, and explains what they are.
The kids had a blast!
Hot dog or steak?
Went back to Disney springs for the evening to do some shopping before we check into our resort in the morning. Stay tuned for a MEGA Disneyworld trip report.
for the first part of our Disney World trip report we checked in to Disney's Port Orleans Resort. This Resort is sprawling,as it has several buildings situated with a huge layout. This is probably one of the most visually stimulating resorts on Disney property however there are a few negatives to this Resort as well. Let's start with the pros... 1. The landscaping and grounds are kept in immaculate condition. 2. The rooms are well-situated, and have plenty of room to maneuver around in. 3. The food court, Lounge, check-in area, store, arcade, and all other services are located in one building. 4. There are lots of amenities. 5. This is the only Resort on Disney property that has Night Time Entertainment in the lounge area.
The cons... 1. This is a sprawling Resort and not recommended if you are pushing around a stroller, or have issues walking. Even though we were the closest set of rooms to the main building it still took us 15 minutes plus to get to our room from the bus stop which was located at the main building. 2. There are several bus stops throughout the resort, and it may take you a little while to get to your building if you're one of the last stops. 3. The layout of the buildings is confusing and lacking of elevators.
Overall we enjoyed this Resort, however I think we would choose another Resort next time around. It just wasn't a good fit for our particular family, but it may be for others. Being that we had a stroller, it really took a lot of effort to get back to our room through the Maze of corridors, lack of ramps and elevators, and sprawling layout. The landscaping and grounds of this Resort are beautiful. The pool area has nice water slide as well as a large pool. They also have a shuttle boat that'll take you to Disney Springs directly from the resort and back. One of the highlights for me at this resort was the night time entertainment in the lounge. I believe his name was yee-ha Bob, and he kept everybody entertained. We splurged a little, and upgraded to the magic rooms. These rooms are probably the most heavily themed rooms on all of Disney property. The headboards even light up in a LED firework show when you press a button on the side of the bed. During this trip we were resort hopping. We started out at Port Orleans riverside for 3 nights, then two at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and then finish the trip off with 3 nights at All star movies. Disney made it easy for us by transferring our luggage in between resorts. Being that we spent so much time at the resorts and theme parks, this part of the trip report will be broken up into several parts. Let's start with our first Resort and first Park of the trip.... Port Orleans Riverside and Epcot.
The rug don't lie. This is where we're staying tonight.
The check in lobby is beautiful.
As is the entire resort.
The check-in area has these huge paddle fans on the ceiling that move back and forth.
A look of the grounds from our building.
Let's take a quick peek inside their magic room. I tried taking pictures before the kids destroyed the room, but I was unsuccessful.
The headboards of the bed light up when you push a button.
everywhere you looked in here there a little touches of Disney Magic. Even the sink was themed to Aladdin.
After getting settled into the room it was time to head over to Epcot. Being that we used to Resort Gate entrance to the park, we were able to check out The Sky Ride being built.
This is what the resort gate looks like.
Epcot was looking awesome is the garden and Flower Festival was going on.
Our first stop was Mexico, as we had lunch reservations.
we had a water side seat, and where able to watch the boats as they went bye.
After lunch since we were in the Mexico Pavilion we decided to do the boat ride.
But no boat ride for us today, as it was broken down.
We had better luck on the other boat ride living with the land.
no matter how many times I do this ride, it just never gets old.
Next up was Saurin. while I still really enjoy this ride, personally I prefer the older version better.
Test track is always a good time.
Time to design the fastest car in the world
This was our car!
No trip to epcot is complete without partaking in some Beverly.
Spaceship earth is always a fun, relaxing ride.
Being that our first day was only really a half a day at the park, before you knew it was time for illuminations.
I got to be perfectly honest, I think luminations is just okay but it's definitely ran its course. I'm exciting to see what the new show brings. That's it for the first part of the trip tomorrow will be will be visiting Hollywood Studios.
Great photos, especially of Port Orleans Resort. That's the one that appeals the most to me when we finally get to Disney World, both for the affordability and the amenities. Hopefully the Skyride will help with the transit issues around the resort so long waits for a bus are a thing of the past.
love seeing pics of the resorts, since we've never stayed (both times we've been, we stayed at Hilton at Downtown Disney (cheaper as we can use points, but considered a Disney property in that we get extra Magic Hours/ship park purchases to hotel benefits of being at an official property)
love seeing pics of the resorts, since we've never stayed (both times we've been, we stayed at Hilton at Downtown Disney (cheaper as we can use points, but considered a Disney property in that we get extra Magic Hours/ship park purchases to hotel benefits of being at an official property) thanks for sharing.
Thank you. Our goal is to stay at all of them. So far we have stayed at... 1. Coronado 2. Pop century 3. Polynision 4. Art of animation 5. Wilderness lodge 6. All star movies 7. Animal kingdom lodge 8. Port orleans's riverside
Onto our second day. Today we are at Hollywood studios. This park has typically been a "one day and done" park for us, but that is starting to change. With the addition of toy story land, and the soon to open star wars...that has changed. This park is also home to one of my favorite rides at Disney...tower of terror.
During this visit we were able to hit up most of the big attractions, and check out the new lighting McQueen racing attraction. We also had dinner at 50's prime time.
Check out the pictures here...
First thing we ran into was the stormtroopers.
They also had the green army men.
The kids have been wanting to see the new playhouse Disney show, so here it is.
Finally got to check out toy story land, and it did not disappoint. The theming was amazing!
The star attraction is the slinky dog coaster.
Even the theaming in the line was amazing. the attention to detail was crazy good.
Even the bathrooms are decked out.
The only negative of toy story land was the food offerings.
The alian saucer ride was a family friendly ride.
For lunch, we ate at 50's prime time. Love the theaming in here. It's like you are in grandmas dinning room in the 50's.
I chose the combo plate.
My wife chose the chicken. Both dishes were delicious.
After lunch, we were able to catch a few minutes of the star wars show.
The lightning McQueen show just opened about a week before our visit, so we were anxious to check it out.
What could be behind that door?
Its lightning McQueen of course.
The show lasts roughly 15 min, so you never have to wait long as the show runs non stop all day.
Our next stop was over at G force records.
Love this coaster!
After the limo ride, we took a ride on the monorail to our dinner at chef Mickeys
That's it for this update. Stay tuned for animal kingdom lodge and more parks in the next update.
Today we checked into animal kingdom lodge. What an amazing resort! The entire resort is absolutely beautiful, and the attention to detail is remarkable.
We went with the pool view room over the Savannah View. It was literally a couple hundred dollar difference between the two. The Savannah view room is very expensive, and you're not even guaranteed to have animals come close to your room. There are several viewing areas throughout the resort to view the animals. On top of that, there is a lot of activities for the entire family to enjoy together at this Resort. The food options are plentiful and we really enjoyed dinner at Boma.
Here are some pictures from the resort, and a few from our day in the theme park.
The emersive lobby.
At the opposite end of the lobby, you can get a great view of the grounds.
The pool at this resort is HUGE!
There are several viewing areas throughout the resort where you can get a good view of the animals.
I definitely recommend checking out the night vision event they have out by the Savannah. This activity is free and they have military grade night vision goggles.
the theaming in our room was wonderful.
A selfie, and bathroom area.
The view from our patio. There is a pool out there somewhere.
We were able to sit on the patio and watch the movie by the pool, right from our room.
Random picture of the counter service food area.
Dinner at Boma was a highlight of our trip.
Dinner was amazing! The soups were wonderful. I fell in love with the mushroom soup.
The zebra domes, and other desserts were a hit as well.
The food is delicious, but it can be pricey. Thank God for the dinning plan.
Being so close to animal kingdom was also a bonus.
Pandora was amazing!
Once again, the attention to detail was great.
We had lunch at satuee(sp). It was odd but good.
Just outside the restaurant, they have a power suit demonstration.
We broke down on the dinosaur ride. Sat here for a half hour.
Lots of great picture opportunities at this park.
We chose to have our dinner at the tusker house.
The food here is great. Lots of choices.
There is also a lot of character interaction at this restaurant.
One last look at animal kingdom before we head back to the resort for a swim.
Stay tuned for my next update from the magic kingdom.
Great reports! The Studios was always a day park in my opinion, but it required you to plan accordingly to see all of the shows. Now the Studios is drifting closer to having enough attractions to keep you busy without seeing any shows.
Canobie Coaster wrote:Great reports! The Studios was always a day park in my opinion, but it required you to plan accordingly to see all of the shows. Now the Studios is drifting closer to having enough attractions to keep you busy without seeing any shows.
I agree! it can be quite a challenge to time all the shows just right.
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