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Weekending | Downtown Disney

It feels so good to be back in the land of blogs!  Though, truth be told, I'm sure I'm going to need another break as we gear up for this move.  One day last week, we drove down to Orlando to meet with a real estate agent and look at some townhouses.  The new plan that I eluded to a couple weeks ago includes the purchase of a townhouse for us and the bears.  Quite the difference from where we're at now.  However, in the long run it will be worth it, and we've found a couple of prospects.  So we drove back down to Orlando Saturday to take a look at the neighborhoods on the weekend when there would be people around.  Ya'll Orlando is a good 3 1/2 hours from us now- and Scott was down there every other day last week!

After poking around the neighborhoods, we decided to explore our new city a little more.  We lived in Kissimmee before, but never went to Disney in the time that we were there.  We remedied that this time around and hit Downtown Disney for some lunch and sightseeing.  Although, neither of us were dressed for the hot, humid, Orlando "Spring."  I will, however, love the sunny days as opposed to days and days of rain!

My head was on a swivel, reminiscent of the first time Scott took me to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!  It made us very excited to get down to an area that has a little more going on- we love our country home, but sometimes we act feel like hermits.  Most of the time, that's because we ARE.

Lego Family, Loch Ness Monster, Sir Lancelot and Dragon, and Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs at Downtown Disney
Scott loved the displays around the Lego store.  In fact, I'm pretty sure he took a picture of every single one.  Except Snow White and Dopey, which you can see in the background of the other Dwarfs' mine.
Lego Displays of Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story and the Incredible Hulk at Downtown Disney

I darted into the Art of Disney store, in the process of figuring out where to eat.  We found these painting by Thomas Kincade that were absolutely amazing.

Scenes from Disney's The Lion King and The Jungle Book by Thomas Kincade

We had lunch and drinks at the Rain Forest Cafe.  The food (we only had an appetizer) and margaritas (okay, I had two) were amazing.  We thought it was going to be too hot sitting outside, but in the shade and under the fans it was perfect.  The townhouses that we're looking at are within minutes of Disney, and we're thinking about getting annual passes.  Or better yet- I get a job with Disney!

Sunday was back to reality.  We slept in with the bears and went for a quick grocery shop.  I started scheduling some posts for the blog while watching Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.  For the first time in a long time, I got caught up in the movie and didn't fall asleep.   Afterward, Scott did some outside things and I continued blogging.

Little Lady also got a treat from the store, that she has carried around with her and tormented the boys.

Rottweiler with Lamb Chop stuffed toy
Her facial expressions kill me.  You can tell exactly what she's thinking 99% of the time.
Linking with B Loved Boston!


  1. What a fun visit! I was in 8th grade the last time i went to to Disney and I still remember it.

  2. I had NEVER been to Disney before, and Scott hasn't been since he was about 5 he said, so it was fun for both of us. I can't wait to be down there more exploring.

  3. Biana Perez8:53:00 AM

    I think you guys are going to really love your new home! Can't wait to see how you decorate it! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Heheh I can't wait to see IF we decorate! :) I think it may be easier in a 1500-2000 square foot town house, than it is in a 3000+ sqft house! I hope, at least.

  5. Minutes from Disney?!?!? Oh how jealous am I!!!! I got to experience a little slice of Disney for the first time in my life last year on a work retreat. We had dinner at one of their restaurants and got to watch the fireworks show that evening from the restaurants rooftop but that is it. I would LOVE the opportunity to explore more. What a fun visit and something to get excited about. Those Thomas Kincaid pictures are amazing, they have some in his gallery in Gatlinburg and I can stare at them for hours. One day I will have one in my home!!!

  6. Jordyn Brown11:13:00 PM

    Looks like such a fun weekend! I absolutely loved Downtown Disney when I went a few years back...I'm always looking forward to planning my next Disney trip!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern Stylista

  7. We've seen the shop in Gatlinburg but never went in. I'm excited to explore it more. Both the townhouses we looked at, were able to see the fireworks feon (I hear)

  8. Kaylie T1:05:00 PM

    Those lego statues are crazy, I wonder how long it took them to construct those!? Glad you had a wonderful time!!

  9. I have no idea how long it could've taken them, but I did confirm that they were somehow glued together. I may have tried to pick one off, just to see!

  10. I can't believe you lived in Kissimmee but never visited Disney, but I understand though, sometimes you just don't have time.

  11. We were only there for a few months and decided to get annual passes to Universal Studios with in days of me moving down there. So we'd go to Harry Potter Land and City Walk a lot, but didn't want to pay to get into Disney after that :P

  12. oh yeah, I can see how you made that work!


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