Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Florida Trip Report Part 3: Reunion and Beaches and Cream

Florida Trip Report:

Travel Hacking a Trip to Florida
Vacation music video
Disney's Contemporary Resort Review
Hyatt Daytona Beach Review
Part 1: Getting There, Poolside and Chef Mickey's
Part 2: Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios

Part 3: Reunion and Beaches and Cream

Saturday morning was our Russian adoption reunion event--which was the entire reason we booked this trip to Florida. This event was organized by a few families that met in Russia while adopting their daughters, and it has grown to a larger group of families. We have met some of the families in Russia, met some in Dallas and talked to others via blogs and Facebook.

The event was 9 a.m - 11 a.m. at the Odyssey event center inside EPCOT. Almost 200 people from the Contemporary boarded the monorail in matching t-shirts for the event.

Disney representatives escorted us to our event.

The event program:

We enjoyed a breakfast buffet while we watched a slideshow of all our kiddos in Russia and in the U.S. Lots of teary eyes from the parents.

Our group had a patriotic Mickey Mouse for an hour!

After the event, we had to either leave EPCOT or show a valid ticket for entry to the rides. We thought about staying at EPCOT after the event, but the majority of families were going to be poolside at the Contemporary that afternoon, so we decided to join them. EPCOT is my favorite park, but I was there earlier this year, so maybe next time we will go there as a family.

We rode the monorail back to the hotel and grabbed a quick bite to eat at the Contempo Cafe before heading back to our room to change for the pool.

We went to the pool intending to hang out with other families from the reunion, but unfortunately it started raining and lightning, and the pool was shut down. :( Everyone scattered, and we spent the afternoon resting in our room. So our afternoon plans were a bust.

We had a 6:00 p.m. dinner reservation at Beaches and Cream, so shortly after 5:00 p.m. we got on the monorail to the Magic Kingdom and transferred to a bus to go to the Beach/Yacht Club resort.

I have read wonderful things about this small restaurant and have wanted to try it for a while.

We had to wait a few minutes before we were seated, so we perused the menu.

The inside of the restaurant is very small, with just a few booths and tables. There is a to-go counter on the outside of the restaurant.

Our dinner was ok, but the restaurant is really known for its desserts. Its signature dessert is the kitchen sink. If you order one, there is a lot of fanfare. But the thought of all of those things together in one bowl kinda grossed me out. So we chose to order a few smaller desserts, which were still quite large!

After we rolled out of the restaurant, we decided to go back to the pool for a quick round of night swimming. I don't know why, but swimming in the dark is always more fun! This was our last night at the Contemporary. The other families in our reunion group were heading on the cruise the next day, and we would be driving to the beach.

Up next: One more character breakfast, and our first night at the beach

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