Tuesday, May 5, 2009


The week before Easter this year, we decided to go to Orlando. We went 18 months ago and did the entire Disney thing. Stayed on the Disney property etc. This time the kids wanted to go to the Nickelodeon Hotel. Can I just say that this will be the last time they get a imput on where we stay. It was way over priced for what it is. Anyway, we all had a great time and I had to block out the fact that it was more like a La Quinta for the price we paid to stay on Disney property 18 months in a condo and the same price we payed to stay at the Bellagio in Las Vegas in January! Don't get me wrong I stay at La Quinta's but for La Quinta price not 5 star price!

One of the pool/water slide areas at The Nickelodeon. My kids loved it!

E.T. and Baby Girl just as happy as can be playing in water for 8 hours straight!

Character breakfast at the Nickelodeon with Spongebob and other characters.

We spent two days at Universal Studios and Universal Studios Islands of Adventure.
I think for our kids age we still prefer Disney hands down. The lines were not so great at Universal and standing in line for 80 minutes with two five year olds was not an option so we were forced to buy what they call an "Express Pass" to be able to go in a shorter line and only have to wait more like 30 minutes or less, which is more age appropriate for all of us :)
We love us some Mr. Grinch. Maybe this should be our Christmas card. What do you think? I think I am just kidding :)
Here are my Thing 1 and Thing 2! They are true to the storybook characters in many ways! :)

So, after an entire day swimming at the Nickelodeon and two days at Universal parks, we realized we couldn't come to Orlando and not at least go to Magic Kingdom for a day.
The kids loved Disney World so much 18 months earlier and all they ever talk about it wanting to go back. Being five and not really having any map skills, they were clueless that the Universal parks and The Nickelodeon were in the same town as Mickey Mouse. So, on the last day we surprised them with going to Magic Kingdom! We spend 16 hours there! It was the best day of all! And you can get a "Fast Pass" at no extra charge to be able to go in a shorter line unlike at Universal where they charge you $50 more per person each day for an "Express Pass" Can you tell at all that I was frustrated by that?????
It was a wonderful trip for just the four of us since this summer we are going with the my spouses entire family (14 of us) to Florida to stay in a beach house. The kids loved every minute of it even though there were a few things us adults were not thrilled with. I am really glad we ended it with Magic Kingdom. Disney just seems to be able to put a magical spin on things for this age and it is fun to just sit back and watch the kids. One day they will be adults doing these things for their kids and singing "When You Wish Upon A Star" to their children and making magical moments like this for them.


Girly Stuff said...

I agree...nothing beats Disney!

Looks like a fun time! Good pics!

Windy said...

My kids are begging to go back to Disney, but I wondered if we were missing out on anything by not going to Universal. I think I'll use this post as confirmation to just go to Disney:)

Brittany said...

I was at that mall every day too! It was so crowded. Funny thing was, I recognized your kiddos. I don't know why... I guess I have a vivid memory or something. Anyway, I know that had someone approached me and said they knew me from my blog, I would be dialing 911 pretty quickly! ha! But, I am just paranoid like that! My hubby was taking CLE classes at The Menger Hotel. Small World. And, love your blog-- especially your house and Christmas decor :)

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