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Huge thanks to Paula and Kelly for kindly sharing their photos (mostly Paula’s) to enhance blog posts. I’m not giving individual credit by photo because I’m already having trouble getting these blog posts written since life keeps moving on, but it is hugely, hugely appreciated!
The big trip had been discussed for months. It was our kids’ Christmas present. Kate and Betty’s birthday present.
Gina and crew had just stayed at the exact resort where we were headed the week before, so we knew specifics about rides and the hotel.
(I think sending Gina ahead to do recon on all our trips should become the new standard. I just told her about the trip to Germany last night. We’ll see what she thinks about being the advance team for that one.)
Anywho…our tribe was driving down from Atlanta, then K, P, K, and B would fly in that night. Our stay was at the Cabana Bay Resort on Universal Studios property in Orlando.
Having a suite with a kitchenette was important for me, Buds and Paula loved the idea of being on property, and Kel was the reason we began planning this whole adventure since she had a work conference on Monday-Tuesday of the time we’d be there.
We immediately loved the resort and the room. The 1950’s theme is done so wonderfully, so neatly, so tongue-in-cheek. (Whenever I’d call the front desk, they’d sign off with, “Have a swell day!”)
Our living room space
Shower room- there was a separate room with the toilet.
The bathroom area.
The screen between the bedroom and living room.
The little touches that made you feel you’d stepped back in time.
We had time before the dear ones arrived, so we tested out the pool.
Let’s get this vacation started!
There were two pools. The one closest to our section of the resort had a splendid water slide. The other pool had the lazy river, and that was the one we ended up using most frequently.
After the children had their fill of swimming, Buds and I headed out to get a feel for our location relative to the parks, to see how long it took to walk to the parks, great places to eat, etc.
The resort has a bowling alley.
You already know who we bumped into.
We didn’t ever eat here, but the cafeteria was like being in The Jetsons.
The Jack LaLanne gym was a big hit with Buds.
Part of the gorgeous, retro lobby.
Our section by day.
Our section by night.
The park was about a 15 minute walk on adult legs.
After Buds and I got back to the room, Buster, Yessa, and I decided to wander up front in the hopes that our friends would be arriving soon. THEN vacation would really begin!
Their taxi was pulling up as we walked up the sidewalk. Oh, glorious day!
SO HAPPY TO BE TOGETHER AGAIN.
We carted all their stuff to the room, quick switch into swim suits, and over to the other pool to explore the lazy river.
Already talking our lips off.
For our family, in addition to loving the time we were going to get with some of our best buddies, we were so happy, amazed, and a little doubtful that Buds was actually going to take vacation during our Florida time. We knew he wanted to, but Buds taking two days off in row…that just doesn’t happen.
But it…mostly…did. And it was magical.
Off he sprints to join the crowd in the lazy river.
Kel starts reconnecting with our kids.
And he’s nearly as tall as her.
Four adults, 5 kids, everyone comfortable, relaxed, and ready to play. Great times ahead!
Zachary’s face balloon had a leak. We blew him back up the next day.