Posted in Florida 2012

18th March 2012 (Day 7): Relaxing Day

After several days of hectic activity and already having visited 3 theme parks we had a day off (Sunday as it happens) to relax, do a bit of shopping and take things slow.

outletWe went to the top of International Drive to the outlet stores there and had quite a successful few hours looking around and getting quite a few bargains, including some designer stuff for Rosemary. Including Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Laren Polo.  Got myself some bargain walking boots in North Face which were reduced from $120 to $24.  Great deal as they were 80% off.  Woohoo!

Shopped Out
Shopped Out

TRexWe decided to go to Downtown Disney to have a look around the shops there but first headed straight for the T-Rex restaurant for dinner.

This is a big, big restaurant which is themed with animatronic dinosaurs and was really popular to the extent that even though we were really early for dinner we still had to put our names on the list.  Fortunately we really didn’t have to wait very long before being led all the way through the restaurant to our table.

The designers had done a good job and there is foliage everywhere (all false I’m sure) and there are dinosaurs visible everywhere.  We had some leaning directly over our heads.  They move a little bit all the time but every 15 minutes there is a meteor storm when the lights go down and there is lots of flashing and noise.  The dinosaurs move a lot during this and the “ice cave” changes colour. (apologies for the poor photos but I only took my iPhone and the little Canon Ixus camera went flat because I had forgotten to charge it the night before).

T-Rex
T-Rex
T-Rex
T-Rex
T-Rex
T-Rex
T-Rex
T-Rex
T-Rex
T-Rex

The food, considering the massive size of the place and the fact that people probably don’t really go there for the food, was actually pretty good.  Rosemary particularly enjoyed her macaroni cheese.

Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese

And the non-alcoholic cocktail (which was quite frankly revolting) went down quite well.  Not sure the colourings were a very healthy option though.

Cocktails
Cocktails

(Incidently, still don’t like the flash on the iPhone4S which always seems to wash everything out.)

Some posed shots with the dinosaurs.

Mammoth
Mammoth
He bites
He bites
With the T-Rex
With the T-Rex

That’s the same dinosaur as in the picture above but he had bent right down and was trying to bite us.  Rosemary wasn’t too worried though.

By the time we left the queues were really big.

Outside
Outside

Downtown_Disney_Area_LogoOnce we had eaten we had a walk around the shops in Downtown Disney, where there is a really huge Disney shop selling literally everything you would ever want that has a pair of mouse ears on it.

Disney Store
Disney Store

Regretted not bringing my SLR as there were a lot of opportunities for some good pictures amongst the items on the shelves.  Had a go with the phone camera but not as good.

Dolls
Dolls
Mickeys
Mickeys
Mickey
Mickey

Walking back through we couldn’t help stopping at the Candy Cauldron to have a look at the Toffee Apples which they make in the shape of Mickey Mouse ears.

Toffee Apples
Toffee Apples
Toffee Apples
Toffee Apples
Toffee Apples
Toffee Apples

Finally, a picture with Mr Potato Head.

Mr Potato Head
Mr Potato Head

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