VIDEO – Disney’s Epcot

I'm still struggling with the transition to real life and the UK time zone. Two-week holidays seem to disorientate me a bit, but I'm certainly not expecting any sympathy, nor do I deserve any!I will stop annoying you with details of our amazing time soon. But at least as I share this video, you know that I'm now no longer in Florida enjoying our holiday of a lifetime, and am instead suffering the British winter weather!The video begins in the world of Canada, then we journey through … [Read more...]

Home Again!

We're home again! The reunion was sweet, although the three of us are rather tired. I worked today, while both Henry and Tamasin spent some time sleeping. Unfortunately, none of us slept a wink on the plane!This was the longest I've been away from my dear wife, and the longest I have been in America. We even found ourselves talking about "restrooms" and "strollers" and "pacifiers"—words for which most of my English friends would need an interpreter. Sadly I gained about 3 kg. during the last two … [Read more...]

Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, and Downtown Disney

On Thursday of last week we went to Magic Kingdom and then to Downtown Disney. Magic Kingdom was the first theme park. It's amazing in its architecture and totally unique. But to be honest, we felt it was showing its age a little. It IS a magical world. It IS an amazing sight. But on the day we visited, two of its main thrilling rides were closed (including one which broke down that day). I understand that the roller coasters are not as fear-inducing as those at Universal, but there's no doubt … [Read more...]

Visiting Metro Life Church of Orlando

Today I visited Metro Life Church in Orlando, which is part of Sovereign Grace Ministries. This is the home church of blogger, Jesse Phillips, and is led by Danny Jones, Senior Pastor, who is a part of SGM’s apostolic team.The venue was very nice, and as the worship began I felt very comfortable, having been warmly welcomed. The worship time was upbeat, and the modern songs were carefully chosen for their rich theological content. There were several prophetic words—given mostly in the first per … [Read more...]

More Animal Kingdom Pictures

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Disney's Animal Kingdom

Yes, it really is true that we managed to take all the above photos during a single day at the Animal Kingdom this week. Back on Wednesday, which seems an age away now, we spent a fantastic day on the wilder side of Disney. Actually, we got there closer to lunch time than opening time. (We are now firmly on American time and are no longer waking very early every morning as we did for the first few days!) We saw everything we wanted to and had no need at all for Fastpass. The rides were good, … [Read more...]

Disney's Hollywood Studios (Previously MGM)

On Tuesday we visited Disney's answer to Universal Studios. It's not as big as its rival, but has lots of rides and shows. Fantasmia lived up to its reputation at the end of the day. The Tower of Terror set a mildly horror-based scene which was an irritating distraction to the real basis of the ride—a crazy, randomly generated sequence of rapid rises and drops in a demented elevator. It was a real hit and the ride that we have repeated the most times (except for the Universal roller coasters). T … [Read more...]

Disney's EPCOT

After a quieter day when we went back to Islands of Adventure to revisit some rides we especially liked, we moved to the Pop Century Hotel at Disney. One major advantage of being here at this time of year is that we were able to do almost everything we wanted to do at EPCOT despite arriving just before lunchtime. We still had to use FastPass, however, for Soarin' and the Test Track. Soarin' is an "unmissable" hand glider experience. A 3D movement effect is produced that makes you think you're … [Read more...]

VIDEO – Sea World Orlando

I'm slipping a bit behind with my update posts . . . too busy enjoying ourselves! Here is some video we took at Sea World, however. … [Read more...]

Sea World and Mardi Gras

Saturday was Sea World day and the Mardi Gras. Tamasin described it as follows in her diary:Today we went to Sea World. Sea World is joined up with Discovery Cove (the place with the dolphins). Sea World was really cool. They had a roller coaster (it was easy but fun) and a water ride. I got so wet I had to buy a new top. There was loads of shows, including a dolphin and whale show, an otter and sea lion one, one nothing to do with animals but called itself a circus, another with big massive … [Read more...]