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alan
08-07-2009, 08:36 AM
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The 4F Trip Report

Day 05 - 01-Jul - A Day In The Hotel

I think it was going for breakfast that we relaised the problem. The fact that we were soaked once we reached Old Port Royale. That was it. Yesterday's weather hadn't gone away.
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So we had a very lazy morning and afternoon, spent around the hotel. We bought pre-pay cards for the video games arcade, and the kids played in that for a time. Then we went back to our room and the kids watched TV for a while.

This day had been planned as a "day off" anyway, but my expectations had been that there would be a day in the swimming pool, not one watching the rain falling.

One thing we had talked about doing was going to see Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba, and the sheer frustration of spending a day watching the rain falling helped us decide. I phoned up from the hotel and booked five seats - DW, DS, DD, Uncle John and me.

Around late afternoon we went to Downtown Disney. The weather had even improved enough that we were able to stand outside without geting soaked!
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It was time for dinner. While there, we noticed a new restaurant that hadn't been there last time we were in WDW. T-REX. To my horror, and the kids' delight, it had a dinosaur-flavoured variant of "Build A Bear" right there, in the restaurant. Luckily, the theming outside was enough to distract the kids and we managed to avoid going inside.
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Being a Scot, of course, I loved having Nessie nearby
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For dinner we went to the Raglan Road pub.
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This place is a strong favourite of my parents-in-law, and the food is a pleasant antidote to all of the excessive sugar in some of the other meals. And it serves cider too!

But wow, the dessert was a bit excessive.
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We were getting a bit worried about time, but got out of the pub in time to get to Cirque du Soleil. Photography was strictly forbidden when the show was on, but this gives you an idea of the size of the auditorium
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The show was simply stunning - I have no other way to describe it! Absolutely fantastic, and worth every penny we spent on it.

After that and a short trip to the souvenir shop, we went back outside and met Granny and Granda. They had been wandering around Downtown Disney and had decided that they were going to buy a dinosaur from the Rainforest Cafe for each of the kids. So we went back there, stopping off at the Harley Davidson for a couple of photographs.
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Once at the Rainforest Cafe it took me very little time to realise how much I hated the place. It was just too loud and - even for Disneyworld - too obviously exploitative. I spent most of my time outside taking photos of the sunset
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But eventually went back in and took some photos of the kids with their new toys
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That done, we jumped on a bus and went back to the hotel. What had started out as a bit of a washout became quite a good day in the end :-)

wickesy
08-07-2009, 09:12 AM
Glad you were able to make the best of a soggy day.

jjk
08-07-2009, 09:52 AM
love your piccies of the sun set :thumbsup2

irongirlof12
08-07-2009, 11:44 AM
shame about the rain- but sounds like you made the best of it!

i have toyed with seeing cirque- still not sure - i have a fear of clowns - strange I know! glad the kids got to build a dino- sounds like fun:goodvibes

Pinky166
08-07-2009, 04:09 PM
Glad to see you managed to make te best out of a rainy day. La Nouba is fab. :thumbsup2

Great sunset pics.

suzycute
08-08-2009, 07:07 PM
Sounds like you made the best of a very rainy day!
We've never been to Cirque in Orlando - from your report, it looks like we need to try it ! :thumbsup2
Loved your pic of SSR from Downtown Disney (our home DVC resort!) :lovestruc

UKDEB
08-09-2009, 03:04 PM
Quite apart from the weather interfering with your plans, grey skies do not make for good photographs. That Lego Nessie shot is crying out for some blue Florida sky and fluffy white clouds! Still, the sunset shots made up for it.

Cyrano
08-10-2009, 05:19 PM
I felt some doom in reading today's report. But I need not have feared the worst. You turned a dark, gloomy day into another enjoyable report :)

tennisfan
08-15-2009, 10:46 AM
Glad you managed to make the most of the bad weather. The sunset photos are fab:thumbsup2

cap'njack.
08-19-2009, 09:01 AM
Glad you managed to salvage something out of a very wet day.

I know that I'll struggle to keep Kacee away from the "Build a Dino" next time we go...he is obsessed with Dinosaurs.