Here is the first portion of this years trip report to be closely followed by the second. More to follow as I write them.
For our first week we stayed in a villa just off the 192 in Kissimee (nr Orlando) with the four of us and another 5 family members who had already been in Florida for a fortnight. It was basically a Disney week with one day in Sea world.
We picked up an intermediate car from the airport when we landed for getting around during the week. We were given paperwork at the counter in the airport and told to go to the garage and pick any car we liked from the intermediate line (the keys were in the doors of the cars). This was new procedure for me; previously I have always been assigned a specific car. Choice is not always a good thing and there was some significant debate from the rest of the family about what model and which colour to get! We ended up with a silver grey Pontiac Grand Am which had a nice interior (my wife) and had a cool spoiler and colour (my 12 year old boys).
This was the first time in almost 10 years we had visited Disneyworld without staying in a Disney Hotel. The growth in traffic levels in the surrounding areas in that 10 years was amazing. The 192 was frequently choked with traffic and it was more like the M25 than the wide open roads I enjoy driving on in the states.
The only significant changes in Disneyworld since we were there last year were the addition of `Soarin' in Epcot which is a copy of the ride in DisneyLand California (an excellent simulation of a hang glider ride around the major attractions of California) and a Stunt Driving show in the MGM studios which is apparently a copy of a similar attraction in Disney Paris and is a very entertaining spectacle.
Outside of Disney we found a new favourite appetizer the `Bloomin Onion' from the Outback Steakhouse – try one if you get chance (its to share though, don't try to eat one to yourself).
The week was over before we knew it and we were saying goodbye to the
others as they flew home and the four of us set off for Salt Lake City (or as the kids would say `we've been to Disney, now Dad is going to the mountains).