Florida has proven warm and welcoming, though the kids seem most entertained running around on patches of grass, staring into drains or digging in sand. Disney rides they’ve been decidedly ho-hum about. Meeting the characters has been a big hit, as was Typhoon Lagoon waterpark. As for the food, it’s settled into Acceptable after a few days in Awesome. Leaving the coast behind – along with its great seafood – for the paved hell that is Orlando will do that. (The other day our hotel concierge informed me that there were no – zero – non-chain restaurants in Orlando. After driving around for a while – and finding some very good Thai food at Ayothaya – he may actually be closer to right than I initially gave him credit for.)
As for the Disney food, well, it’s okay. I liked the spread at Biergarden Restaurant in Epcot and the German beer flight was nice – especially the Altenmunster Oktoberfest. Nine Dragons was again better than it needs to be. After several days of force-marching the kids around (enjoyment primarily found in grass-running, drain-staring, etc.) Kennedy Space Center, Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon and Epcot, we’re staying at the hotel today. They can run in the grass, stare in drains and dig in sand at the beach here – and the line for drinks will be shorter.