Day 4 of our holiday dawned and we waited for the shuttle bus to take us to pick up our hire car. Fortunately for me, the driver of the shuttle bus was early and asked if we had everything we needed to get the car … driving licence, credit card etc. Oh no! I’d forgotten the credit card! As I don’t use it, except when we are hiring the car, I’d left it in the safe in our room. As I said, fortunately, the driver was early so I had about 10 minutes to run, literally, along a long corridor, up 2 floors (4 flights) of stairs to the room and back again to get the card.
As we were the only resort that the driver was going to we arrived at the Car Centre earlier than the time I’d booked the car for and, as there was no queue, we picked up the car early which meant an extra “day” and charges. As I had prepaid for the car, I went back to the desk and asked about the extra charges and they said that what I had paid for was a special weekend rate but as we had arrived 30 minutes early we had incurred the extra “day”. We said, OK we’ll just wait the extra 30 minutes and the form can be amended with the charges taken off then. Of course, this being Disney (the Car Centre is owned by Alamo but on Disney property) they told us not to be silly and they would just amend the rate back to the weekend rate we’d booked. We’re planning on taking the car back early (Monday afternoon rather than early Tuesday morning anyway).
We then headed out for our only non-Disney day for this holiday. The Boy had asked if we could go to Legoland, so we did. First, though, we needed some breakfast. On our last trip, we’d been to IHOP for tea and decided that we’d try that for breakfast. Oh my! It was huge. We all had the full breakfast with bacon, sausage, hash browns, pancakes etc. I wish I’d taken a photo of it.
After breakfast, we carried on to Legoland. To be honest, it’s not somewhere we’ll go again but I’m glad we went so that we now know that. It was very quiet which meant we didn’t have to wait for anything. It is very much geared to families with young (up to age 8 or 9) children as most of the attractions were aimed at that age group. There were some “bigger people” rides but not many and they really weren’t that good. They were very jerky and tame by our standards. They are a good introduction to rollercoasters for children though. Also, we had to remove all bags, including bum bags, and leave them by the ride in a cubby hole. If it had been busy, I would not have done this especially as there was a sign saying that everything was left at our own risk.
The best bits for us were the minilands including Florida (Daytona Speedway and NASA), California, Las Vegas, Hollywood, New York and even Star Wars and the ski show. I realised when we went towards the ski show that I’ve been here before, when it was Cypress Gardens, back in 1981. All I remember from that trip was the ladies in big dresses and the ski show. The gardens were beautiful too and we went for a wander around them.
On the way out of Legoland, I saw this fun character (made of Lego, of course) carrying a toilet. I think he said something but I can’t remember what!
On our way back to our resort, we decided to do a little recon to find out where the parkrun is in Clermont. For some reason, the maps app on my phone took us a longer route but it was interesting to go on the county roads rather than the highway. It’s also good to know where we are going tomorrow.
After what was a long day, we stopped off at Walmart to do some shopping for breakfast and lunch food for the rest of the holiday followed by dinner in Denny’s. Burger for the Boy and me, a sizzling plate for the Man. We even had dessert – apple crisp for the Boy, sundae for the Man and lava cake for me. Yummy! And I was still full 3 hours later whilst writing the draft of this post.
We then had an early night ready for an early start. We’ll be up at 5.30 for 7.30am parkrun.
If you want to read the first 4 posts of this series, you can find them here:
Home Away From Home
Epcot, Studios and a Surprise
Day 2 – Animal Kingdom
Jungles, ghosts, mine trains and magic