Florida with the Grandkids!

On Jan’s birthday we all met at Medieval Times in Kissimmee, just up the road from our campground. Luckily Rich and Aneka’s time in Kissimmee overlapped by a day with Bryce, Laura and Reeve’s time here so we could do this birthday celebration for Jan!

Our guy was the black and white stripes.
Cheering him on!
So fun to have everyone together! Jan’s best birthday ever!
Our guy tried to throw the flower to Aneka but his aim was off, bummer!

animal kingdom

We visited Animal Kingdom 3 times; once with Rich and Aneka, once with Bryce, Laura and Reeve and once by our selves after everyone had left. We had fun all three times!

We did the Kilimanjaro Safari ride each time; you never get tired of it because you’ll see different animals each time!

Beautiful exotic birds everywhere.
And crocodiles; we learned that Florida is one of the few places that has both alligators and crocodiles!
And of course giraffes
Flamingos.
A beautiful lioness enjoying the sun!
Monkeys monkeying around!
Lunchtime with Aneka and Rich.
They even had a “bicycle shop”.
A Roseate Spoonbill (according to Google!)
One of their many Hippos with a friendly bird on his back.
Enjoying watching Reeve take in all the animal sightings!
He loved the fish tank!

 

A very handsome gorilla!
White Rhinos.

Lunchtime at the Rainforest Cafe.
Playtime; burning up energy!

Bryce, Laura and Reeve rode on the Dinosaur ride; kind of like Dumbo but with cute dinosaurs!

This is called The Tree of Life; it is one of our favorites. So many animal and other critters carved into it! You see something new each time you visit it. There are over 300 animals carved in it!

One for you, Joni!

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Rich and Aneka really enjoyed this park!
They especially enjoyed the countries.
One for you Barb and Zach!
GranJan and Aneka.
Aneka and her new friend!

Holding the ball!
Rich and my favorite; Germany!
Aneka and Branpa with our new friend!
Aneka modeling!

The ball at night, pretty lighting!
Bryce, Reeve and Laura in front of the ball; waiting in line for the ride.

In front of a Mexican Pyramid.
Reeve meeting one of his favorite characters from Frozen (I’m not sure which one she is)
Reeve always has the best view! In front of the Chinese exhibit.
Reeve was enamored with the large train display
They had a really detailed train layout!
Now in Italy with Reeve and his giant Mickey Pretzel.

And we’re off again!
Japanese drummers

Reeve loved them!
Lunchtime at the Japanese Hibachi Grill.

Mickey Mouse!
Our chef was very entertaining!
Reeve and daddy!
On to meet Crush from Nemo!
Mine, mine, mine, mine!
Crush was entertaining. He answered questions from the kids. Amazing how they can do that!

Reeve loved the fish tanks too.

disney hollywood

Their Christmas tree.
The Star Wars exhibit was the main attraction.
Again, Reeve gets the best view….
…For the Stormtroopers!
And Darth Vader.
Chewbacca and Princess Rey.
A very large At-At walker!
After the kids left Jan and I went back to see the Indiana Jones show. It was pretty cool; they showed you how they do a lot of the special effects on the movie!
The infamous giant rolling boulder!
Which apparently is not all that heavy; two skinny stage hands pushing it back uphill!
The film crew filming the flipping and exploding army truck.
Cut… putting out the fire!
More action with the good guys getting away!

magic kingdom

Reeve in his box seat (daddy’s shoulders)for the downtown parade!

EVERYBODY’S favorite ride.. It’s a Small World After All. Come on, sing along! Stuck in your head now?!?

On to the Jungle Cruise and Tom Sawyer Island.
I didn’t point this sign out to Reeve!

And the finale for the day, Dumbo!

AND DONE!!