We just got back from Orlando from what we affectionately call our “non-Disney trip.” We went to Disney last year and decided that there was just so much to do in Orlando that we needed to go back and do some of the non-Disney stuff. After a loooong drive in the car, the first item on our agenda was to unpack the bathing suits.
Day 2: Sea World, baby. Torin FINALLY mustered up the courage to ride some of the bigger rides. She started with Journey to Atlantis, which was the flume ride that plunges into the water. In her words, it was “awesome.”
Look! It’s me laying out by the pool! Oh wait, never mind. This isn’t me. It’s Shamu.
Day 3: Discovery Cove. Sure, I was broke after I bought tickets for this, but it was my absolute favorite park ever. The best thing about Discovery Cove is that they only allow a certain number of people into the park each day, so it feels exclusive. There were no lines to stand in and no crowds to fight. I felt very safe with my kids walking around, and I was never concerned that I was going to lose them in a mob of people. Between the dolphins, the reef, and the lazy river, we could’ve stayed here forever.
Day 4: The vacation almost came to a screeching halt when Parker got sick and Tropical Storm Beryl dumped a ton of rain on us. We improvised and had a read-in. Thank goodness I packed extra books.
Day 5: Parker was feeling better and the rain stopped, so we were finally able to go to Legoland! He had been looking forward to this day for a very, very, VERY long time.
The dynamics of our family became quite clear on this trip. Dave finally got his roller coaster buddy (woo-hoo!). And we learned that Parker likes to keep his feet on the ground, just like his mama.
One of the cool things at Legoland is the Ford Driving School for kids. Parker failed to yield, drove on the wrong side of the road, did not stop at the stop sign, and went the wrong way into the roundabout. He’s got a lot to learn in the next eight years before he does this for real.
Another roller coaster for Torin…
It’s the Lego White House and the Lego Obamas! Torin loved this.
There are still a few things that we want to do in Orlando, but that will have to be yet another trip someday!