In the spring of 2021 Ron and Carol’s friend Ruth let the family use her Orlando timeshare again. (Thanks Ruth!) The resort would have been fine by itself, but Disney World opened up (30%) and the family got tickets for two ‘lands’.
Atlanta airport. Zoe on the train that connects the terminals.
Westgate Lake Resort – The view from our rooms, through screened balcony. (View of the resort’s water park in the center.) As usual, Ruth’s timeshare has 3 bedrooms. Zoe had her own room and spa!
Disney Springs – Huge Disney shoppertainment area. Here Ron, called ‘Pop’, found his shop.
Disney Springs – Life size LEGO statues outside the massive LEGO shop.
Disney Springs – One of the many restaurants, with tethered balloon ride behind.
Hollywood Studios – On the way to Galaxy’s Edge, one passes Grand Avenue, home of the Muppets. Here Miss Piggy in all her glory. More about Muppets later.
Hollywood Studios, Galaxy’s Edge – The ‘Millennium Falcon – Smugglers Run’ ride. The ship is full size.
Hollywood Studios –Grand Avenue. For the ‘Muppets Vision 3D’ movie. Where the Muppets really made a mess of their production studio.
Hollywood Studios – A bit of shopping in the Galaxy’s Edge where Andrew bought Zoe a Porg puppet. (See next picture.)
Hollywood Studios – Andrew feeds the Porg some blue (coconut) milk. (The Porg puppet talks and moves.)
Hollywood Studios – The family passed an Imperial Walker on the way to ‘Star Tours.’
Hollywood Studios – Lunch at the Brown Derby.
Hollywood Studios – Then off to Toy Story Land for ‘Toy Story Mania!’ On the ride one gets to shoot electronic cannons for points.
Hollywood Studios, Galaxy’s Edge – The ‘Rise of the Resistance’ ride. It took luck to get tickets for this one, and it is truly a mind blowing ride. Things happen that are a complete surprise, even to seasoned Disney Park riders!
Hollywood Studios, Galaxy’s Edge – Noisy robots everywhere. From here Andrew and Zoe did ‘Star Tours’ again (with ice-cream) and everyone else made their way to the parking lot (with popcorn.)
Westgate Lake Resort – Next morning everyone except Ron went off to the water park. It was free to owners and their guests. (Thanks again Ruth!)
Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe – That afternoon the young Buckles went here. Wonderful bronze doors. The basilica was purposely built for tourists coming to Orlando, and is a pilgrimage site.
Animal Kingdom Park – Pandora's floating mountains. First the ‘Avatar Flight of Passage.’ Great ‘flight’ simulator of riding a winged mountain banshee.
Animal Kingdom Park – Then over to the ‘Na’vi River Journey.’
Animal Kingdom Park – Thru Africa.
Animal Kingdom Park – To the ‘Kilimanjaro Safari.’ Here a 1 year old baby rhino, and lions do exactly what they always do.
Animal Kingdom Park – Lunch at ‘Tiffins.’ Really good Asian fusion food. Prayer flags in the background.
Animal Kingdom Park – The young Buckles did the ‘Exportation Trail’ while the old folks took it easy.
Westgate Lake Resort – A full day at the water park. This was the kid’s playground. Nice, except for the lifeguard that could not wait to make it to the bathroom.
Westgate Lake Resort – Zoe waving and then drowned by a huge bucket of water.
Westgate Lake Resort – Carol on the lazy river. She spent hours going in circles, occasionally interrupted by falling water.