Day 14: Monster Oranges!
After a good night of sleep the Airbnb awoke quietly, last to get out of bed was Alex…
Around 9:45am everyone was sitting in the Chevy and I drove carefully to the nearest Krispy Kreme for Doughnuts and coffee!
Next stop was the Showcase of Citrus, something on our to-do-list for a couple visits to Florida. Somehow it never happened until today we thought…until we found out that we needed to reserve a spot for the Monster Truck Tour. We got a reservation for 4:00pm.
The ladies decided to visit the Florida Mall next, big surprise they bought something at the Old Nacy. I got to go the Apple Store to have my iPhone lightning port “fixed”, it just needed to get cleaned in the end.
After that was done we left for a late lunch in “The Loop”, first stop was Chick-Fil-A but the dessert was from Julia’s favourite place the Johnny Rockets!
Or maybe it is not anymore? We waited to be seated for a couple minutes, hearing we were with 5 the server took a deep breath and said you are also with 5… There was nothing available except for the counter or outside we were good with outside. What happened next was almost funny, the table seated minutes after us got their order taken, we need to ask to be able order. Finally our order was taken, the server seems delighted about our choices maybe he even smiled? We waited for about 20 minutes until Alex was the bravest of us all, he went inside to change our order to a to-go order as apparently 50 minutes wasn’t enough to order and serve 5 shakes. Finally our shakes came out, but they forgot the most important one: Emily’s Banana Milkshake. To be honest this was one of the worst experiences we have ever encountered in any restaurant, we decided to leave a tip of just 0,06$. I’m just hoping with the next customer the guy actually puts a smile on to cover their terrible service!
From there I drove to the Showcase of Citrus for our tour. When we arrived everyone except Juli and me (today’s driver) were looking at the world from the inside of their eyes, I decided to take a detour to let them enjoy that moment of piece a little longer.
At exactly 3:30pm I arrived, everyone was awake as well. We checked in for our tour and got us access to the citrus picking areas for after the tour as well. Just before we entered the Monster 4×4 Truck Emily decided to test the concrete with her knees, but don’t worry she got a band-aid and she is fine!
The tour was amazing, we have seen oranges, cows, an alligator, cows, zebras, a Texas longhorn, bison from southeast Asian and cows. Also we got to feed a herd cows with oranges. An amazing experience riding the largest Monster 4×4 in the world.
After the ride Emily and Daniëlle enjoyed the petting zoo and the playground while Juli, Alex and I picked Naval oranges!
The sun was setting and we drove back towards our Airbnb, just before we arrived we stopped at the Rock & Brews for some shareables and drinks.
And now I finished the blog and we all go to bed as tomorrow we are spending the whole day inside the Magic with 2 first-timers!
Day 12: Animal Kingdom…
Today we had a really slow start, we decided to wake Emily up at 9:30am as we wanted to be in Animal Kingdom around 11am. Mission completed at 10:40, first stop the Starbucks and a picture with Timon from the Lion King.
Time for our first FastPass+, the Kilimanjaro Safari! Here you ride with a very large “Jeep“ through different ecosystems between the animals. Emily was mainly focussed on birds and animals which looked like horses.
We also got in a traffic jam caused by Giraffes crossing the paths we were driving over multiple times. Very amazing to see this, we’ve done this safari multiple times but eve never seem so many animals.
After the ride Emily wanted to take a walk and thus we followed the Gorilla trail, she had mainly interest for the leafs!
Next stop was lunch, we decided to have lunch in the Satu’li Canteen in Pandora. Here I used the Disney World app to place a mobile order. Extremely convenient and it saved a lot of time too.
Throughout the day I had been checking FastPass availability for the Flight of Passage, and I was lucky to get one. Unfortunately I needed to cancel my meet & greet with Mickey and Minnie but FoP is such an amazing ride and I wanted to see it again after the preview in May.
Danielle and Emily went to get there pictures taken with Mickey and Minnie and after we were both done Danielle went on the rider switch ticket while Emily and I explored the boneyard in Dinoland U.S.A.
First we dug out some old bones, then Emily went 118 times from the exact same slide. When mama came back we asked Emily what she wanted to do and she pulled us towards an actual attraction the „TriceraTops Spin“. That’s my girl…
After a spin with loud giggles and a smile from ear to ear we took a picture and went back to the car.
On our way out we got to meet Beer Fox and Brer Rabbit.
We hoped that Emily would sleep a bit in the car and we drove to the Florida Mall as this was a 40 minute drive but unfortunately she slept in only 5 minutes before we parked our car. Danielle went shopping and I waited till our little Aurora woke up. Besides shopping at Lush, The Disney Store and Macy’s we had spice cream from Coldstone before we went back to the Townhouse.
When Emily entered the house she took off her Crocs and ran to the back, she wanted to swim. While mama was doing some laundry we both took a plunge. What a lot of fun. But she got tired quick and thus it was time for bed.
After the standard ritual with a story, brushing her teeth and going to the toilet, she fell a sleep before we even closed her bedroom door.
I went to Target for some groceries and now it’s time for bed as we want to arrive in the Magic Kingdom of Mickey Town early.