Thursday, October 7, 2010


Hi all!
Well today is our last day in Vancouver - it is Wednesday morning here and we are all packed and ready to go.  Today we will visit our last place of interest the Vancouver Aquarium, it is a beautiful sunny day with temperatures about 16 degrees - perfect!

After that we will grab our suitcases from the hotel and start the trip to the airport ready for our flight tonight at 8.30pm canada time - we will be travelling for 14 hours straight and although it is a night flight I very much doubt we will get any sleep!
So while you guys enjoy your Thursday day time we will be enjoying our Wednesday day time and while you are sleeping through your Thursday night we will be flying home to NZ!

Can't wait to get home to our own beds and our lovely house - we miss everyone and look forward to seeing you on our return!

Much love,
Lee and Hollie

1st Day of Vancouver

                               On the first Day we went to Grouse mountain, it was really cool!!!
at Grouse Mountain there was a giant Wind turbine.
There you could stand in a large pod at the top, which we did.
The next day we went on a bike ride around Stanley Park there we saw the Totem poles:
Will update you on rest of Vancouver when we get back!

I have to go now!!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


After a hideously early start we caught our flight to Vancouver with a stop over in Dallas, Texas.

We travelled all day pretty much, and there is a three hour time difference between Orlando and Vancouver. 

We check into our hotel which is two bedroom and has its own kitchen - hooray!

It is a gorgeous day today and the temperature is a mere 25 degrees - yipee a normal day!  Good bye hideous heat!

Tomorrow we explore Vancouver!

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS : Thurs 30th Sept - Final Day

Great  afternoon hanging out at Hollywood Studios:
Highlights: Hollie meets Winnie the Pooh!!

Went on the Toy Story Midway Mania ride - great fun shooting moving tartgets all in 3D while moving in a cart! Great fun!
Watched some great shows - Indiana Jones EpicStunt Spectacular and also the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt show - lots of petrol fumes and explosions - fabulous - most of  the latter show I have recorded on my  movie camera - so will show you  when we get home!

Near the end of the night 8.30pm ish we participated in the Magic of Disney Animation which showed how characters are brought to life on the drawing page and got to meet an illustrator and he gave us a lesson on how to draw Piglet. It was an awesome experience and made a big impact on Hollie.

The last part of the night was the Fantasmic night time spectacular with laser lights, dancing fountains and special effects - a 25 minute show of gigantic proportions - amazing!
We got back to the hotel about 11pm - shattered and with just enough time for Hollie to get some sleep and for me to pack our stuff and lie awake till 3am when  we got up to go to the airport to catch our flight to Vancouver, Canada!


DISNEY - FINAL DAY -Thurs 30th Sept USA time

Hi All,
yesterday we did another day at Epcot and today on our final day,we are doing Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

So first Animal Kingdom - this is a lovely park themed entirely on animals and raising awareness on animal protection and an insight into the world of wild animals.  We enjoyed a short twenty minute Kilimanjaro Safari where we were driven around in an open air safari vehicle and observed such animals as Elephants, Rhinos, Giraffes, Gazelles and several other wild animals.  Was fairly sedate and of course had the disney touch of pretend poachers that needed to be caught etc during the safari.  Much fun and a chance to see these animals in a non caged environment - I guess they are fed so well they can't be bothered to eat each other!!

We also went to the "Finding Nemo - The Musical" - WOW what a fantastic show - and the costumes were absolutely outstanding - a total gem in the Disney family.  Photos will show a little of how amazing it was...

Final ride was a whip round on the Kali river Rapids - a cute little raft ride down a fairly disappointing route - of course it was still good enough to be saturated but luckily we came prepared and took changes of clothing for Hollie and a poncho for me!
After only a half a day at Animal Kingdom we hot footed it over to Hollywood Studios...

Sunday, October 3, 2010


On Tuesday 28th we started off the day at Magic Kingdom - we checked out Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. In Tomorrowland there were some really cool rides like Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin - spinning around shooting targets,we went to a very funny comedy show called MonstersInc. Laugh Floor - much humour including interaction with the audience.  In Fantasyland there was an awsome ride called the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh where you roll,bounce and float through indoor adventures. Another highlight a very clever 3D movie called Mickey's PhilharMagic.

After lunch we moved onto a really awsome place called Epcot.  This is made up of two sections - one is Future World - this is a showcase for future ideas and has loads of interactive games and activities to play on.  Our two favourite rides were MissionSPACE where you were strapped into a capsule that simulated a rocket launch and travel through space - fantastic!  Also Test Track - this is where you sit in a car and get taken through a vehicle test circuit and it ends with a high speed circuit that takes your breath away - spectacularly fun.

The second section is called the World Showcase - this is a collection of 11 countries around a large lake.  They each have  restaurants and cafes with their local foods and also huge retail shops that showcase items special to their country.  So much to look at and all buildings replicating their traditional building styles.  We had an awesome meal at a Morrocon  restaurant along with live music and a belly dancer!

At the end of  the day at Epcot they have a nighttime spectacular called Illuminations: Reflections of Earth - a laser light and firework display all done to music which features a giant world globe that is lit up and moves around the lake so that everyone can see.  It is all done on such a huge scale you cant possibly pick up all the detail by photos so all you can do is stand back and enjoy it. 




Epcot was definitely the highlight of the whole Disney experience - and even then we didnt get to see absolutely everything - we may have to come back!!