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.
We 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!
We 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).
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.
And the non-alcoholic cocktail (which was quite frankly revolting) went down quite well. Not sure the colourings were a very healthy option though.
(Incidently, still don’t like the flash on the iPhone4S which always seems to wash everything out.)
Some posed shots with the dinosaurs.
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.
Once 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.
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.
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.
Finally, a picture with Mr Potato Head.