Date: 16th August 2013
What We Did: We went to the Premium Outlets in the morning. We got the bus to Sea World and then changed onto another bus to go to the Premium Outlets. The buses were easy to work out once we had a map of the route. We had heard lots about the outlet stores and that it was a must while in Orlando. However we didn’t find anything really and were underwhelmed by the stores. The stores were not much cheaper than the UK and it was very old stock. Even in the Disney store we couldn’t find anything that we wanted. We walked around to see what shops they had and then made our way back to the bus bay and headed back to the resort.
We chilled out a little in the hotel and then headed over to Ohana’s for tea. This was an amazing place for food, which is served “family style”. So it’s a buffet that comes to your table. When we walked in you could see the huge coal grills where the skewers of meat are cooked, they are brought to your table on the skewer and the server slides some off for your plate. In all the places we have eaten so far they refill your soft drinks before you have even finished the last. They don’t just refill the glass but bring you a whole new drink.
We then caught the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. The castle is so pretty when lit up at night. We had time to hit a few attractions before the Fireworks show. We decided to go on Space Mountain which was very rough, Splash Mountain which was so much fun, and another favourite, and Big Thunder Mountain. With all the mountains done it was time to get our spot for Wishes and Celebrate the Magic.
Wishes was one of the best fireworks shows I have seen. It is so clever how the fireworks, music and voice over all work together. It made me have goosebumps at the end when they hit the big button (what we call the last firework) and there are so many fireworks you can barely see the castle! Celebrate The Magic was also very good and the projections were so clear on the castle. At one point it actually looks like the castle is moving.
Food and Drink:
Dinner at Ohana
Me: Lapu Lapu which was a tropical cocktail served inside a pineapple
Mike: Red Stag Lemonade
Bread service with mandarin and passion fruit salad, dumplings and chicken wings.
Noodles and vegetables.
Shrimp, Pork, Chicken and Steak Skewers
Banana Bread and Butter Pudding served with Toffee Sauce and Ice Cream
The Highs: It was our first fireworks show of the holiday and the bar was set high. I cant believe they manage to put a show like that on every day of the year. It was the most amazing thing I have seen and since being home we sometimes watch them on YouTube.
The Lows: The premium outlets did not impress us and we felt as if we had wasted a morning, which could have been spent in the parks.