We wandered back to the main area that held the Tree of Life.
We encountered this strapping young tree-swinger at one point, and Handan just had to have a picture with him!
But why should she have all the fun, right?
We headed towards Africa…
The big attraction we were looking forward to (besides the Avatar ride) was the Safari ride. It did not disappoint. I had my camera clicking almost non-stop. Here are some highlights from the safari and nature trail.
To escape the heat and have some food and drink, we found a quiet place called Nomad’s Bar & Lounge. Cool inside, with comfortable sofas and very few people – it was nirvana. We went back again later and relaxed on the deck while enjoying a few more drinks. This was our last stop of the day, and it was perfect.
Again, we left the park just before another deluge hit. It rained like crazy into the early evening. When it stopped, we stepped out and walked across the street into Disney Springs, a touristy area of restaurants and shops. Most of the restaurants had huge lines to get in. I had scoped out the area earlier in the day on Google Maps, and was interested in a seafood restaurant called The Boathouse right on the water. But having seen the lines for most of the restaurants and the absurd prices at others, I gave up on the idea. I told Handan as much.
“Let’s check it out, my babes. You never know.” She said.
“Ho-kay…” I said.
As we approached, I saw that there was no line. That could mean only one thing: prices through the roof. We stepped up to the menu posted outside.
Wow! The prices were totally normal! I asked the maître d’ for a table. I was expecting a long wait. To my surprise and delight, they seated us right away, outside on the patio, overlooking the water. What a great place!
That was our last vacation photo. Well, actually, I did take one more when we were stranded on the plane at Orlando Airport waiting to take off during some severe thunderstorms.
A three-hour delay in Orlando translated into another three-hour delay in Washington DC. We finally rolled back into Glastonbury shortly after 1 am.
We all agreed that Universal topped Disney. To be fair, we didn’t visit Magic Kingdom or Epcot Center, but for our tastes, Universal was better. Would we do it again? Well, Handan and Barish would, that’s for sure, but while I enjoyed myself, I could do without the perpetual crowds and price-gouging, so I’d opt for something a little quieter and a little more laid back.
But who knows? Handan can be pretty persuasive when she wants to be…