1: Our Florida Family Vacation! 2012 | Beach Getaway
2: Day 1 We left for the airport at 9:00 am. We were all so excited. Sage and Kaden had never been on an airplane. It took a long time for our plane to get to the gate. Finally, we were on our way to Florida!
3: It took us forever to get our rental car. After we got our car we stopped at McDonald's for a snack. We arrived at the Shades of Green about a half hour later. We checked in and met up with Uncle David, Brooke, and Bethany. The parents were on the Palm golf course.
4: Our first night in Disney we decided to go to Downtown Disney. We went to the Rainforest Cafe. for dinner. It was very busy! There was a thunderstorm every twenty minutes and the animals moved.!
6: Grandma and Austin | Grandpa, Brooke, Uncle David, Bethany | Making sure his little boy won't get lost in Disney World! | Brooke, Bethany, Sage, Austin, and Kaden | Day 2 We rode the bus to the Disney Transportation area, picked up our tickets and rode the Monorail to Magic Kingdom. | The whole family
7: We walked Main Street USA. We headed to Tomorrowland and rode Stitch's Revenge. We then waited forever to ride Space Mountain! | Cinderella's Castle | Space Mountain | The whole family in front of Cinderella's Castle | Space Mountain | Stitch at Tomorrowland
8: Our next stop was the Haunted Mansion. It was starting to sprinkle, but luckily there was a roof to stand under.
11: While we rode Splash Mountain the parents watched a parade , and stopped for a break . They used stylish hats to keep the raindrops off their heads!
14: We walked Main Street USA and stopped and had some pictures taken. Tinkerbell even joined us for a few!
17: After we finished shopping on Main Street we stopped to take a few more pictures. We saw Chip and Dale. We rode the monorail back to the Polynesian Hotel. We walked home to the Shades of Green. We ate dinner at the buffet and headed to bed,
19: We started out Day 3 by taking the bus to Hollywood Studios. We split up and some of us rode The Tower of Terror, and some rode The Great Movie Ride. | Our next ride was Star Tours. We waited quite awhile. We could not find Uncle David because his phone died. Kaden loved Star Tours.
20: After Star Tours we stopped for lunch. We wanted to do the Indiana Jones stunt show, but it was too long of a wait. Those of us who had not ridden the Great Movie ride went there. We watched a parade while looking for someone to take some pictures of us.
21: Most of the group went back to ride Star Tours again. Mom, Delores, and I shopped around, and had our picture taken. We finished at Hollywood Studios and headed to Epcot. Dave was tired out and headed home.
23: First stop in Epcot was Spaceship Earth. It was interesting until the ride broke down. We sat there for quite awhile. Finally, we had to get off the ride and walk out. We received Fast passes so we headed for Soarin. That was a lot of fun. After that Dad, Mom and Dee headed back to the hotel. We decided to wait in line for Test Track. It took 80 minutes. We were all tired by that point and headed home for dinner.
24: On Day 4 Mom, Dad, Dave, and Dee went to play Disney's Magnolia Golf Course. They saw some interesting creatures on the course while they were playing.
26: Day 4 we went to Universal's Island of Adventures and Universal Studios. We bought a fast pass to skip the lines. .
27: We rode The Incredible Hulk Coaster. It was the best roller coaster we have ever ridden.! We then rode Dr. Doom's Fearfall. We walked through Marvel Super Hero Island and then Toon Lagoon. We walked through Jurasic Park. We decided to not ride the Jurasic Park River Adventure because you got soaked. .
28: We went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. We could not use our fast pass because you would miss the castle. The ride was lots of fun!We then went into Dervish and Bangs and Ollivanders. The kids got wands. Dueling Dragons was next. We got Frozen Butterbeers from the Three Broomsticks. It was amazing and tasted so good on a hot day! It was getting crazy so we headed to the next area.
30: We went to Poseidon's Fury. It was a special affects show about Poseidon and his nemesis. There were fire and water special affects. You could feel the heat from the fire. Sean and the kids rode The Hulk roller coaster once more before we headed to Universal Studios. The theme at Universal was Mardi Gras. We went to Twister-Ride it Out, the Revenge of the Mummy, and Men In Black- Alien Attack. The Simpson's Ride was next. It made me sick. Sean and the kids went on E.T.'s Adventure. I did not go on it because I did not feel well. I wish I had. It was getting dark by this time so we headed to the car and back to the hotel.
33: Day 5 Our last day at Disney. We started by going to Animal Kingdom. It was cool in the morning. We rode Expedition Everest. We walked through and saw some animals. We met up with the Parmeters and had our picture taken. We then said good bye to Uncle David, Brooke, and Bethany. We were all starting to get tired.
34: After Animal Kingdom we went back to Magic Kingdom for one last time. The kids still had money to spend. It was so busy. We had a few pictures taken, bought ears and headed back to the Shades of Green.
38: Hi Ho Hi Ho It's off to Clearwater we go.
39: We drove to Clearwater. Settled in to our hotel room. We walked down to the beach so the kids could see the ocean. We went to Crabby Bills for dinner, We had Alligator bites for an appetizer. Austin tried soft shell blue crab.
40: Day 6 We started the morning at the beach. The kids found the Gulf too cold. They went to swim in the heated pool.
41: In the afternoon we went on the Tropics Boat Tour. We went out into the Gulf of Mexico. We saw a few dolphins.! They pointed out famous houses belonging to Hulk Hogan, and Tom Cruise. We fed the birds from the front of the boat. We walked back along Clearwater Beach!
42: Enjoying dinner at the Pub Waterfront Restaurant!
43: Austin went parasailing at 800 feet!
44: Day 7 We sat around the pool that afternoon. A pelican came to visit. It got cool and cloudy. Chris came over and we went out to dinner at Frenchy's Cafe! Packed when we got home because we left the hotel at 3 am. ! | We drove back to Lakeland and dropped off the car. We were at the airport by 5am. Time to go home.!