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Florida 2014: Part 3

June 15, 2014
Time for part 3 of my Florida posts (don't worry, there are only four parts!) which starts with a visit to the Cheesecake Factory...

Day 8: Rest Day

I always find it funny how we call non-park days; 'rest days'. When we went to Florida for the first time, I was 12 and I just remember my Dad asking desperately when the next 'rest day' was. It was a busy holiday as we thought it was the first and last time we'd go! Little did we know...

On day 8 we just mooched around the pool, laughed at how popular stripes were in our family, and posed for some photos before driving to Mall at Millenia for shopping and a visit to The Cheesecake Factory. Mall at Millenia is such a beautiful place to shop, and has some great shops like Macy's, Tiffany and Victoria Secret.

We then indulged ourselves at The Cheesecake Factory- my sister and I shared the Monster Burrito and took some Cheesecake to go. Definitely recommend paying it a visit- if only to be overwhelmed by the huge menu!

Day 9: Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure has to be my favourite park. It is home to the infamous 'Harry Potter land' but also has some great other areas including ones themed on Marvel, Dr Seuss and Jurassic Park. There are some brilliant rides there too- we love a water ride and IOA has three which get you very wet!

If you go I'd definitely head to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first as the queues for the Forbidden Journey ride (the main HP one) build super quickly. The ride queue is amazing as it takes you all through Hogwarts. This area attracts the people so it means that the rest of the park is fairly quiet- especially in the morning.

Of course you have to try the Butterbeer. I think people either love it or hate it - I liked how sweet and caramel-y it was!

You can see that we are a little bit wet in this photo from one of the water rides! We also got caught in one of Florida's huge downpours which we embraced by running in it, laughing and screaming at the same time.

Day 10: Aquatica and Seaworld

Again, I didn't take any photos as we were at a water park- this day didn't exactly go to plan. We headed to Aquatica but the weather wasn't as hot as it had been and had lost it's humidity meaning that we were a bit chilly (it really wasn't that cold!) and waiting for the water slides wasn't fun. We went on a couple of slides and then headed next door to Seaworld for the afternoon.

Day 11: Animal Kingdom

Chris and I went to Animal Kingdom which is such a lovely Disney park. It's themed perfectly and is a really chilled park. It also has quite a bit of shade so is good for a really hot day. 

We headed straight for Everest which is one of the main attractions and is one of my favourites. The first time he went on it, Chris thought it was a relaxing train ride through the animals- he got quite a shock! We also enjoyed the safari ride, where you get to see some amazing animals. There aren't lots of rides in the park but plenty of fun walks that you can do to see the creatures there.

Day 12 and 13: Rest Day and Aquatica (again!)

I don't have any photos from these two days but we had a nice relaxing Sunday. Chris and I popped to Mall at Millenia as he needed to exchange something  and my sister, Dad and brother went to a Roller Derby match as my sister has started doing Roller Derby- it sounded pretty fun! We couldn't resist buying more Cheesecake to take home too! The next day we couldn't resist returning to Aquatica as we loved it so much! We went on all of the slides and enjoyed it just as much as the first time we went.

And that's it for now folks! 

6 comments on "Florida 2014: Part 3"
  1. Ahhh so gutted about The Cheesecake Factory, we turned up one evening and the wait was two hours! Is that your new bag I spy? LOVE the HP ride x

    1. Oh no! That sucks. Hopefully you get to go on your awesome US road trip! You spy correctly- best bag ever :)

      Am so excited for the new HP ride that's coming- sounds incredible! xx

  2. oh what a fab trip. I've not been to Disneyland since I was 14 but your photos are making me miss it.

    1. Aw, you should so go again! It's just as magical when you are older :) My favourite holiday EVER xx

  3. Ahh it looks and sounds like such a magical trip! I've never been but I'd love to!

    Jennie xo |

    1. It really was- it's the best holiday ever. Really hope you get a chance to go as know you'd love it :)


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