|Thursday morning 9am, we were at the Epcot Center (one part of Disney World) gates. It was the Flower festival, and all of the characters were done in "topiary" amongst the blossoms. It was beautiful.|
|We had a wonderful day there, even with the sleep deprivation. The weather was just right. We stayed until about 9pm, and watched the fireworks over the lake. My camera died, so I don't have too many pics, but some of the fun things we did were: |
Spaceship Earth (Presented by Siemens AG) is a ride through an eighteen-story-tall geodesic sphere, located at the front entrance of Epcot. The ride tells the history of communication, with a focus on the development of cultures and the future of technologies.
Ellen's Energy Adventure is a show about energy and how people generate and harvest it. The show is named for its star, Ellen DeGeneres.
Test Track (Presented by Chevrolet) is a high-speed ride that allows guest to design their own concept vehicles then test them on the "Sim Track" as they ride along in a "Sim-Car"
(This was one of the first rides we did, and I sat it out as I wasn't feeling too well. I slept on a park bench, and then got a Coke afterwards and perked up quite a bit)
Journey into Imagination with Figment is a ride that encourages guests to use their senses and their imagination.
Living with the Land (Presented by Chiquita Brands International) takes visitors on a boat tour through a working greenhouse.
Mission: Space (Presented by Hewlett-Packard) is a centrifuge-based ride that simulates the training required to be a member of the space program.
(It's a good thing we did this towards the end, because Mom got sick on this one !)
We also traveled through the different lands that were represented, including, Mexico, Norway, China, Germany (where we had delicious Apple Strudel) Italy, Japan, Morroco, Franco, United Kingdom, and Canada.
We listened to:
|Friday morning we were up bright and early, and were at the Orlando Temple by 8am.|
It is beautiful, as are all of the temples.
|Then on to Kennedy Space Center !!|
|Standing in front of the "Rocket Garden"|
|This is the big "transporter" that moves the rockets from the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) to the launch pads.|
|It goes along this crawlerway at about 2-3 miles per hour. We were able to see one moving, so so so slow.......|
|This is the VAB - it is the fourth largest structure in the entire world. When it was built in 1965, it was the largest in the world. See that blue rectangle on the flag? It is the size of an NBA basketball court. The flag itself it 27 stories high.|
|So many amazing sights to see !|
|This Rocket was laid out end to end, and separated so that you could see the different parts.|
|This is one of the parts of the TRACK that is on the transporter (see above) - each of these weigh a ton !|
|This is the capsule that splashed back down - you should see the intricate mechanisms inside that door (click to enlarge) - incredible.|
|Touching the moon - what an accomplishment for mankind, to be able to do this. Watched a great presentation on this !|
|Outside, near the bleachers where all of the families and special invited guests sit to watch the launches (across the water)|
|Inside the space shuttle Atlantis -|
|Erika, navigating/maneuvering (virtually) space shuttle controls|
|The underside of the space shuttle Atlantis - it was there in all of it's glory for all to see. Pretty impressive !|
|After the Kennedy Space Center, we traveled North to Playa Linda (beach). This was my first time seeing the Atlantic Ocean in person ! It was breezy, but not too cold.|
|Dipping my toes in the Atlantic !|
|Me and Kuk|
|The beach was beyond the tree covered dunes, and this is the boardwalk we used to go up and over them. |
Friday night we ordered Papa Murphy's pizza, and also went to a grocery store near our condo to get breakfast/snack supplies.
|Me and Jimmy!|
|Mom and Kuk|
|Relaxing on the streets of New York|
|And here it is - DIAGON ALLEY !!!|
|This is where the owls roost.|
Notice the poop
|Gringott's Bank - protected by a dragon who were occasionally roar and spew flame !|
|Mom and I|
|Erika trying out BUTTER BEER|
She made sure it was non-alcoholic first ;)
Mom got one, but I didn't - didn't appeal to me, although I did take a sip, and was glad I didn't get one for myself. Too sweet !
|Another view of the Dragon on top of Gringotts|
|Some of the different sights.|
|Simpson character and Kuk|
|Jaws is dead.|
Update: I forgot to mention that it DOWNPOURED on us, and we had to get some rain ponchos. It didn't spoil our day though, and cleared up after awhile.
|Here is the Knight Bus, parked outside of Diagon Alley. You can't see it, but that "head" is there in the window, and the bus driver and whoever wanted to, could have a conversation with it. |
Some of the fun things we did at Universal:
Harry Potter, and the Escape from Gringotts
Animal Actors Show
Despicable Me Attraction (4 D motion ride)
Fear Factor Live show
Men in Black interactive ride
Shrek 4D ride
Terminator 2 attraction
Horror Make Up Show - this was super entertaining !
|We took this picture on the way out, after a fun filled day !|
|One last picture, at the Orlando Airport on our way home on Sunday.|
What a wonderful trip !!