Saturday, September 22, 2012

Celebrating our First Anniversary: Part 2

Taking a break from the theme parks, Chris and I managed to squeeze in a few days of exploring some other aspects of Disney and the Orlando area. We saw a dinner show a Medieval Times one night, which was great.
 
We also made a trip over to the Grand Floridian to see the Wedding Pavilion where we got married. And we couldn't resist recreating a wedding photo or two. :-)
 
Anyone remember this photo? I think you can find the original on this blog's page titled "Our Wedding".

This one is a little more difficult to pick out where we are since we didn't have a photographer around to frame the shot. lol But scroll down to the next picture and I'll think you'll figure out where we are.

At Picture Point!

And here's the Wedding Pavilion, just as pretty as ever.


Although there is way more construction going on nearby now. Glad this wasn't happening during our wedding.


We actually visited the Pavilion right before a wedding was taking place, so we got to see the Cinderella carriage and the miniature white horses!


Another night, we headed over to the Polynesian, where we got this shot of the Wedding Pavilion and the construction.


But that wasn't our main reason for going to the Polynesian ...


After soaking up some sun and taking a ride down their water slide, Chris and I feasted on a delicious meal at one of the Polynesian's restaurants. Check out my pineapple drink!


I had the most delicious crab cakes with lime and jalopeno cream sauce. And of course, my favorite thing ever: pineapple sweet bread. I even took a little loaf home to eat for breakfast the next morning. haha

And speaking of deluxe resorts, we finally made it over to the Wilderness Lodge to look around. So pretty!

And on our way back, we switched from boat to monorail at the Contemporary Resort. That's where we snapped this picture, which may call up some memories for Chris's family. He told me he remembers a picture of him and his brother each sitting in an ear when they were little.


We also made our way over to the Boardwalk for a stroll on the beach and a kiss before heading into the Cape May seafood buffet.


This was the only picture we snagged from the seafood buffet. I guess we were too busy stuffing ourselves with crab legs to stop for a picture.


We continued the seafood dining at the Coral Reef restaurant in Epcot. I've wanted to go here for years, so it was awesome to finally get to check it out. One whole wall of the restaurant is an aquarium, so you can watch the fish, sharks, rays, and sea turtles swim around while you eat. And we even snagged a table right against the aquarium, which was so great.




Another stop we made was Downtown Disney. We browsed a few shops, ate lunch at the Rainforest Cafe, drooled over treats in the Candy Cauldron shop, and stood in awe of the massive LEGO statues.

Yum!

Totally made out of LEGOs. Crazy!
 Another resort we visited was Port Orleans. We've thought about staying at this resort before and wanted to take a look at it in case we stay there in the future. It was so elegant and gorgeous! This picture is from the Riverside section, but there's also a French Quarter that's really pretty as well. Can't believe this is a moderate resort!


So that concludes our other excursions in Disney World. Still to come: the other Disney Parks and Universal Studios parks.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering what the kitties were up to while we were away, we had a pet sitter come and check on them every few days. And we also put up a second security camera, where we captured these pictures of one of our more curious cats, Shadow.





He may be terrified of people, but he had no fears about the camera. In fact, everytime we moved it remotely to look around the room, he'd come running over and sniff it and stare at it for a while. What a nut.