We awoke the next morning and headed downstairs. Did you know that this hotel has a recreation of the Castillo De San Marco in St. Augustine? It was a lot of fun exploring the fort!
I don't remember swamps looking like this.
Is that civilization I see?
This fish seemed to think I was delivering food, anyone else see the hidden mickey bubbles? Yes, I need help, I know this..
I'm a sucker for waterfalls, what can I say!
Unfortunately they lead to this alligator pit. Eek!
Time for ICE!
It was a lovely exhibit, the family loved the ice slides and we sincerely appreciated the work involved in making something so massive. I think our only complaint was after waiting in line for an hour, they moved us into a queue where we watched a 10 minute movie while standing, then moved into another room and watched another movie while standing. Needless to say a lot of people weren't happy about standing for so long, that was probably the only thing that took away from the experience.
Who needs a Parka?!
Grandma was ready! (She HATES the cold, can you tell? LOL)
The entrance through the igloo..
Lifesize Gingerbread House..
This wall was HUGE! Very psychedelic!
The next room held the manger scene which was very well done.
They had this extremely tall angel sculpture, she kind of creeped me out. LOL
You need to watch out for this one!
The path lead us through this icicle tree archway.
And out the other side was the ice slides!
Get in line, get in line..
Here comes the little one!
I think Coke was a sponsor.
Florida weather approaching? By this time I was really grateful to see this sign! LOL
Afterwards we headed back to the hotel and my daughters and I went exploring again. Did you know they have elevators in various locations throughout the atrium that allow you to look out over the area? My kids found everyone of them and we rode them about 5-6 times each! LOL
And another elevator..
Lookie! "Almost" the southern most point in the U.S.
All of the plants were real in the building, including my favorite flower, this gorgeous lily.
View from the fort.
This gnome was hiding under the Christmas tree, it was the best shot I could get.
Another elevator! With a great view of the fort and the surrounding area.
Time to explore the caves..
Mortal Kombat!..No, not really..
We never knew where the next path would take us, it was adventure every time!
Yay! The last elevator! Great view of the Everglades though!
What? Gators and snakes?
Why did it have to be snakes??!
Let me out! Let me out!
You'll be happy to know my daughter survived her brief brush with the baby gators and lived to tell the tale.
After that near death experience, we all loaded into the minivan (so cliché I know) and headed over to Disney Quest for the evening.
Human pinball! How cool is that!
Chocolate Mousse in the Wonderland Cafe? Why thank you, don't mind if I do..
Virtual Jungle Cruise?
Look closely everyone. The only place you can see the Matterhorn and Cinderella's castle, together.
*sings* Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream!..
You have the secret lotto numbers? I'm all ears!
I get to create my own roller coaster and then ride it? Sweeet...
Wait, you want me to squeeze into this thing, well uh no, but you go ahead. LOL
I'm a Superhero!
We warded off evil villains with our trusty light-sabers!
I'm sorry what? I can't hear you, it seems the cat has got your tongue. Time for me to call it a night! Day 3 coming soon..