Events/Things to Do
2011 Travel Article
At the end of September 2011
we took a trip to Lake Buena Vista, FL to take our son and granddaughter to
Disneyworld. We arrived on a Monday and checked into the Wyndham
Bonnet Creek Resort. This is a very large complex made up of several
buildings, several pools, a lazy river, recreation department and three
great restaurants. We were extremely pleased with our accommodations.
It was the perfect place for us and our 2 year old toddler. Arriving
in the evening we ordered dinner from La Cocina Bar and Grill. We
ordered a chicken Caesar salad, an antipasti salad, and a chicken Grinder.
We call Subs Grinders in Rhode Island also. The servings were huge and
delicious. We settled right in well-fed and tired.
The next morning we decided to
go to Downtown Disney which is on East Buena Vista Drive. They have a
dinosaur restaurant, T-Rex which we would thought would be perfect for our
toddler who is fascinated by dinosaurs. (pictures of restaurant here)
Everything was fine as we sat in the ice cave with huge prehistoric drinks
in front of us. We had draft been which came in glasses so big I had
to use two hands. Our toddler got a light up souvenir cup which she
loved. Then, all the dinosaurs in the place started moving. She
did not like that at all and started screaming. We needed to take
turns comforting her. Looking around and seeing the same look of
terror on many of the toddlers faces I would not recommend this restaurant
for two year olds. Our toddler ordered Jurassic Chicken and her day
had Colosso Nachos. My husband and I ordered soup and Dexter’s Dual
Dip which was a Queso and a shrimp and crab dip with colored nacho chips.
It is not cheap with our lunch bill coming up to $80.00 before tip. If
you have an older child who loves dinosaurs I would strongly recommend this
restaurant. There was a candy store, Lego display and store.
Downtown Disney is separated into different areas with Cirque du Solei,
Planet Hollywood, and Pleasure Island with the House of Blues and several
clubs being just some of them.
On Wednesday we headed to
Disneyworld with a stop at Epcot first. Pay attention to the monorail
stops on the front of each car or you will end up going back to Epcot again
instead of Disneyworld. We did that and it was not only no fun with a
toddler but it took us until 11:00 to get into the park and we were hot,
miserable, thirsty and hungry. We stopped at Casey’s on Main Street
and our son got a huge Chicago Dog, and my husband got a huge chili Dog, and
I got a plain hotdog that I put sauerkraut and mustard on. We had
French fries for the little one. My husband was waiting for the café
to open and while standing in line four or five men came out and sang, Take
me out to the Ballpark. When they mentioned crackerjacks they threw
packs of crackerjacks into the crowd hitting an already frustrated husband
smack in the face. We went to Fantasyland which is always extremely
crowded. Our plan was to go during the parade when the crowds thin
out. We were able to go on every ride with little or no wait which was
great since we were so tired and hot. We all like the Peter Pan ride
the best. Our little one loved Dumbo and the carousel. We headed
home around dinner time and ordered from another resort grill Escudos as we
played in the pools. My husband and I split a meatball grinder and our
son got a personal veggie pizza. Everything was delicious.
On Thursday we once again
headed to Epcot with plans to hop a bus and go to the Animal Kingdom Park.
It is much easier to park at Epcot, but heads up the parking is $14.00 per
day. We arrived at the Animal Kingdom around 11:00 and wanted to try
one of the theme restaurants. After a few animal exhibits we ended up
in front of Yak & Yeti a Thai inspired restaurant near the Mt Everest ride
our son wanted to go on and also the raft ride. We ordered refreshing
margaritas and Thai Chili Chicken wings, Pork Egg Rolls, Dim Sum basket, and
chicken fried Rice. Everything was great except we did not care for
the Dim Sum. It was much too soft dough for our liking. Once
again we did not leave with our wallet unscathed with the bill totally $67
for lunch. We continued through the park which was very hot offering
little to no shade. Our son went on Mt Everest which he said was
unimpressive. We could not find anything for our toddler to do.
We had already been warned that the movies were too scary for little ones.
The park was very crowded because school was out that day and walking to the
safari at that point was not an option. We left the park heading back
to the refuge of our pools and reasonable food. My husband and I
shared a Cuban Pete’s Panini which our little girl loved and also Rum
On our way back to Beaufort,
SC we stopped at Spankys a great seafood restaurant on the marshes at
the first Brunswick exit. It sits on the marshes with huge deck and
Shrimp boats. Our shrimp was being brought in as we sat there.
The food was marvelous and such a nice reprieve from driving six hours with
a toddler. I had Scallops and Shrimp pasta and the scallops were
incredibly tender and succulent. My son and husband ordered the fried
shrimp platter which was so incredibly fresh. We had such a wonderful
relaxing time. I definitely reccomment a stop at Spankys if you are
returning from a trip to FL. Finally, a restaurant well worth the