Monday, October 6, 2014

Time to go Home ---- well, maybe not!

After the boat trip we had one last dinner with the family.  I had made up a story to tell the kids that we had to start heading home early - nobody was happy!  Me & hubby knew what was coming but we wanted to surprise everyone, so they can be sad & mad for one night - they'll get over it....hehehe!!

The next morning we were in the car by 6am and ready to head out.  It took us less than 3 hours to get to Orlando.  First stop was checking in to our hotel - Holiday Inn Orlando Orange Lake Resort.  The kids really didn't know where we were going, as far as they knew I had the brilliant idea to stop for the night at this resort and go check out a college....LOL!  My son was not happy because this is not what he wants to do on vacation!  So I finish checking in and leave all of our luggage at the resort and we move on to our first stop.

ANIMAL KINGDOM!!! I don't think anyone really realized where we were and I honestly was a bit upset that we didn't get the reaction we were expecting.  We thought these kids would be jumping for joy when they realized where we were.  The only one that was really happy was my baby girl -- she was so surprised!! When we made it in the park, One of my nieces, the 13 year old, thanked hubby once she realized where we were - the other one, my nephew who is 10, still didn't fully know where he was.  He knew it was a theme park but had no clue this was part of Disney - he came to find out we were at Disney the next day....LOL.  My 16 year old niece didn't seem to thrilled, she was happy I guess, but I know she would've rather been back home already - I think she really missed her boyfriend, ugh....teenagers!!!

Anyway, we moved on, ignored the long faces and went on to enjoy our day - 1st stop....Dinoland U.S.A.





























Now it was time for lunch....we were all kind of hungry


there was a visitor checking out what everyone was eating :)


I had a fruit platter, it was good, filling and refreshing


Baby girl also opted for fruit....




Love this view....

















Now we are going on a jungle trek.....



My 16 yr old was not amused :/







BATS!!! This is the only place I enjoy seeing them.....


















Next up is my favorite ride in all of Animal Kingdom!!! 


too bad it ends so quick...



Yes, she's having a blast.....


him-not so much.....




We took a break from walking at Flights of Wonder.....I love this show and I even caught my son laughing.....FINALLY a smile!!! Too bad I couldn't capture it in a picture.....trust me, I tried.































This gorilla wanted nothing to do with us humans, at one point he/she even banged on the glass and walked away......






Oh - time for the 2 week safari.....












































Now its time to go-everyone is hungry & cranky, although I can't understand how anyone would be cranky here, but hey - they can't all be like me! LOL





Now we are off to the grocery store and then to get unpacked at our home for the next few days.....








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