Hubby and I rented a house in Kissimmee, Florida for a week. It was a completely furnished three bedroom two full bath house with a heated pool and a garage turned into a pool table/foosball/air hockey room. The neighborhood was fairly quiet (I only heard a dog bark twice) and apparently several of the houses in this particular neighborhood are vacation rentals. It was just a few miles outside of the Disney parks although Orlando and the surrounding area are difficult travel areas. Bad traffic and confusing signs not to mention the unhappy Orlando residents at every turn.
Hubby and I arrived first as the kiddie-boos made a pit stop at Clearwater Beach for the day on Saturday. By the time they arrived sometime around 10 pm they all went straight to bed sunburned and sloshed.
Hubby and I ate out that night at a Brazilian steak house. Interesting concept. They have a buffet type area for all of your items accept for the hunks of meat, which are brought to your table and carved in front of you by Gauchos. Needless to say, it was a lot of food!
On Sunday, all of us went into Universal Studio’s City Walk. We ate lunch at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and checked out some of the other arcade games. I actually won the Scooter some stuffed animals and her Mommy bought her a great big lollipop. More sugar!
Then we went to Orlando/International Drive and walked about a bit then played some Putt-Putt and ate ice cream. That evening we went back to the house, Scooter went right to sleep, Hubby and I played in the 91 Degree heated pool (ahhh like bath water) while Sari, her Hubby and Boy went back to City Walk to play for the night. Apparently they hoped from bar to bar and had a really fun time together. They even made fast friends with their cab driver, Alvaro.
Monday morning we were flying out the door to be at Disney at 9 a.m. Sari took her camcorder, so I did not take mine… bad move because hers never works properly (10% rule here) therefore we did not get any Disney on video. Argh….
We took a horse and carriage ride straight to Cinderella’s Castle. We joined in the morning parade and danced with Mr. Incredible and Genie from Aladdin. We rode Space Mountain in Tomorrowland and saw all of the Princesses in Fantasyland. We drank one of every color slushie/icee/smoothie ever made and of course ended the evening by watching Tinkerbell fly over the castle. Too cool!
Tuesday we went to Downtown Disney and ate lunch at Planet Hollywood. We walked around Pleasure Island, while the boys drank green beer at some Irish Pub for St. Patrick’s Day. After a kiddie train ride and a carousel, Hubby and I took Scooter home while the others called Alvaro and headed to a concert in downtown Orlando. The Bouncing Souls, I believe.
Wednesday morning the kids packed up and headed back to The Ham while Hubby and I spent some quiet soaking up some sun out by the pool. That evening Hubby and I went back to Downtown Disney and had a few drinks at the House of Blues before enjoying a wonderful dinner at Fulton’s Crab House. This restaurant is an actual huge paddle wheel boat permanently docked at Pleasure Island. We did not have to wait at all and got to sit outside on the port bow overlooking the water. A beautiful night with a terrific Australian server named Russell. Just perfect!
Thursday Hubby and I slept in, did a little souvenir and outlet mall shopping and then had to clean up/pack up the house for driving home the following morning.
All in all, we had a great time! The weather could not have been more perfect! But as it always goes, the vacation seemed to fly by far too quickly!