A week ago before my son started school, we decided to go on a trip to Orlando. One of the places we visited was Islands of Adventure. It was my first time there and we all loved it! My son had a blast and we stayed from ten to close. Yes, we were exhausted! My kids left the park passed out and my feet were sore. I wore sandals...bad idea!
|Hanging out at Marvel Super Hero Island|
Calypso Cay Resort in Orlando, FL
We decided to finally use our four days, three nights vacation stay at the Calypso Cay Resort in Orlando which I purchased from Halfoffdepot.com several months ago. We had to attend a ninety minute presentation and they gave us two free tickets to any Disney or Universal theme park of our choice. Yes, it was FREE! We were originally going to choose the Magic Kingdom tickets but instead decided on Islands of Adventure. We still had to purchase a child ticket for Brody since he's four. Those free tickets really saved us a lot of money considering the expensive price of two adult tickets.
The first day we arrived, Thursday, it was raining during the day so when the rain let up we visited Downtown Disney which was still fun.
|In front of the LEGO store. My little girl is trying to pet the LEGO dog.|
|Sleeping Beauty's Dragon|
|We got Lyla the Queen of Hearts to add to her Alice in Wonderland decor in her nursery.|
|Brody always manages to find the water which may or may not be actual splash grounds. ..|
|Mickey and Minnie Mouse|
|Uh-oh, I wonder what Daddy did this time?|
|Some of the LEGO Brody was building|
|Cool LEGO set-ups they had on display|
|No, that's not a real boy in there.|
On Friday, we spent some time at the water park, Aquatica, and went to bed at a decent time so we would be ready for Islands of Adventure. No pictures from Aquatica, I never bring my camera there but maybe next time.
|Lyla playing around before dinner|
And then...Saturday, finally arrived at Islands of Adventure!
Islands of Adventure
|Let us in!|
Marvel Super Hero Island
|Hubby and son in their fantasy world!|
|Brody flexing his muscles with Dr. Doom.|
|Brody's hero - Spiderman|
|Super heroes making their exit...|
|Now entering Comic Strip Lane/Toon Lagoon|
|...where the water fun begins|
|It really was stressful bringing the kids on this vacation...and pretty much every vacation! This sign is so true, I do need a vacation after this vacation!|
|We didn't get to hang out much here and Brody wasn't able to get on the rides|
Wizarding World of Harry Potter
|About to enter Hogsmeade at Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This is where we drank some Butterbeer ..it was good!|
|Inside Hogwarts...where the pictures really could talk..they were very talkative!|
|It started raining while walking around Hogsmeade so we drank some delicious butterbeer.|
|Flight of the Hippogriff|
|Harry, Ron and Hermione|
|Talking fountain at The Lost Continent...it kept teasing Brody and eventually just started spraying him with water|
|My silly boy, Brody...he's definitely NOT camera shy|
|On the Caro-Seuss-el ride at Dr. Seuss Landing|
|View from Sneetches Trolley Train ride|
|View from the top of Sneetches ride as it overlooked Dr.Seuss Landing|
|View from inside the Sneetches ride|
|We stopped for lunch here.|
|The Sneetches Trolley Train ride goes through this restaurant.|
|Brody knocking on the Onceler's door|
|Strolling through the Lorax trees|
|Brody had some chocolate fudge covered with M&Ms here|
|The Cat in the Hat's Hat|
|Thing 1 and Thing 2|
|Waiting to get on the Cat in the Hat ride...yes, Lyla was able to ride it and she did such a good job!|
|Another splash ground|
We were able to go around the park twice since we stayed until closing ...what a tiring but fun day!
About Child Swap
One of the great things we discovered while riding the rides was the "Child Swap" they have where parents can take turns riding while the other one watches the kids in the waiting room. This way, we didn't have to go through the line twice and we didn't miss out on riding any rides just because the kids couldn't ride...perfect!
Another amazing thing I discovered while there was how much of a big boy my little boy was...I was surprised, a bit sad but very proud of him for not being scared at all on the rides. I was actually nervous and had my heart beating fast at times on some of the rides while Brody sat there so calm. I would ask, "Are you okay?" or "Do you want me to hold you?" He would reply, "No, I like it, it's awesome!" Oh, my brave boy.
The last day of our vacation, Sunday, we had breakfast at the hotel as usual (hot breakfast everyday there) and relaxed at the pool and hot tub (they had three) before heading home.
|Lyla loves to eat...here she is seen eating bacon, one of her fave foods|
|Inside Calypso Cay Resort|
|Outside the hotel|
|The baby dancing begins...|
|This is the Crab Pool...one of three pools at the hotel|
|We all loved the slide...even Lyla!|
|There was a mini golf area, too but we didn't get to try it out|
|...and there was a splash area behind the pools next to the mini golf|
|After swimming one last time and checking out from the hotel, we stopped to eat lunch at this McDonald's|
There was an indoor play area for toddlers.
|Aww...she rested her little head on the giant crab.|
|Crawling through the tunnel...to get to the other side...of the tunnel|
This was not your average Jacksonville McDonald's. I don't usually like eating McDonald's but they had more variety of food here. I had a Philly cheese steak that wasn't too bad and Ryan had a hot pastrami sandwich. There were fish tanks to add a nice touch. There were also games on both floors (it was a two-story restaurant), kind of like how Adventure Landing is set up.
Lyla got to play, too, in the infant/toddler area. It was a nice lunch/play time before heading back home to Jax. I have been to other McDonald's outside of Jacksonville and they usually are two floors with a wider selection of food including things like pasta and different sandwiches but this one seemed to be more entertaining for the kids and more party-friendly if you wanted to have a party here.
Overall, we had an awesome time on our vacation. Although vacations become tiresome and more stressful than just staying home once you are a parent, it's still nice to get a change of scenery!
We look forward to returning to Universal's Islands of Adventure again and I highly recommend it if you haven't been!
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