Shopping and Hollywood Studios

We all had a good sleep in, and then we drove about 10 minutes to the Staybridge Suites at SeaWorld where Fran, Dave and David were staying to meet them for breakfast.  The Staybridge is much like the Residence Inn: you get a very nice studio or suite with some cooking facilities plus they lay on free treats like wifi, hot breakfast and a cocktail hour with snacks.  The Staybridge looked brand new and very nice indeed.  The breakfast was great: lots of cereals and fruits, scrambled eggs, ham, potatoes, cook your own massive waffles…   and it was FREE!!! Can’t say better than that!

Spent a nice couple of hours with Fran and family chatting and then it was time for them and us to head off about the day.  Daisy wanted some flat shoes as she had rubbed her feet in London and her sandals were hurting.  We headed off to the Premium Outlet mall on Vineland and had a look around there.  Of course, an expedition to find a pair of shoes inevitably turned into an expedition to buy lots of other things!!!!!  She had a very good visit to Ann Taylor which has brilliant clothes for her.  She’s a size 00, Petite so not every store carries that small, but she tends to do well in outlets and sales because it is a size that gets left or they are model samples.  She got some great trousers and shirts there.  Even some sunglasses!

She also did get some shoes in Nine West, nice suede flats, very soft and super comfy.

That’s a great shoe shop.  Bob also bought shoes in Famous Brands.  He got some deck shoes (his had developed holes 🙂 ) and some great rugged sandals to replace his old Ecco ones which are also on their last legs.

After that we went onto Hollywood Studios, again managing to park at the Boardwalk Hotel with no trouble.  We walked into the park from there.   It was a beautiful sunny day, quite breezy and barely 22C.  Frankly, slightly chilly at times.  I can’t believe I’m saying this about Florida.  The weather is a bit weird at the moment.

The park was not very crowded and we managed a lot of rides and attractions.  We went to the Frozen Singalong Show which was good.  It was in quite a large theatre and they had excerpts from the film set into a massive screen at the back of the stage, with the show fronted by actors and singers.  There were a lot of cheesey jokes in almost a vaudeville old fashioned style.  The finale was fantastic.  Queen Elsa (of course) singing Let it Go, with pyrotechnic effects and snow billowing down from the ceiling throughout the theatre in a blizzard.  It was very effective and quite spectacular.

The Star Wars show which we saw the other day was cancelled as it was too breezy outside for the pyrotechnics so we will catch that another day.  We did see the star troopers numerous times though and one accosted Daisy and she got some good pictures.

We intended to stay for the fireworks but by 7pm it was really getting cold and we didn’t have anything warm on.  The night was just very clear.  So, we cut and ran and got a quick dinner at the Golden Corral on the way home.  There’s a brand new one right next door to our resort.  It was really good.  Not crowded at all and steaks cooked to order.  Really thick ones and juicy.  Very good value at about £15 each for all you could eat and unlimited soft drinks.


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