I think Day 3 might have been my favourite out of the whole holiday. It involved a whole lot of water, as we spent the day at Typhoon Lagoon and then the evening on a boat on the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian resort.
Breakfast was held at Trattoria al Forno, the newest restaurant at Disney's Boardwalk Resort. I loved the decor - a combination of dark wood and terracotta, with beautifully patterned tiles on the walls and mosaics on the floors - and the open plan kitchen was gorgeous. I love being able to see my food being cooked!
The restaurant is open daily from 7.30-11am for breakfast and from 5-10pm for dinner. It was here that I discovered my love for BREAKFAST POTATOES. Oh my. Accompanying my breakfast potatoes was bacon, two poached eggs, toast and a whole lot of coffee.
Once we finished eating we headed across Walt Disney World to spend the day at Typhoon Lagoon. It was a good job that we'd had substantial breakfasts as we needed a lot of energy once we got there!
The girls are such water babies. They LOVE going swimming back at home. But nothing could have prepared them for the excitement of this amazing water park.
We had a cabana for the day, which I would definitely recommend if you are visiting as a family (they can be booked for up to six people). Situated in the sand for sandcastle building and the shade for respite from the hot Florida sun, with comfy loungers, fresh towels, an attendant to look after you, somewhere safe to lock up your valuables and unlimited soft drinks, it made the perfect base camp.
We spent the day having fun on the slides, Castaway Creek (the 2000ft long lazy river that winds its way around the park) and Gangplank Falls (a super fun family raft ride that totally soaked us!). Then, of course there was the park's signature attraction, North America's largest wave pool. This was the girls' favourite part of the park - we'd listen out for the "sonic boom" and brace ourselves for the 6ft swells to start in the distance, before jumping over them once they reached us in the shallow parts of the pool.
We left late in the afternoon but could easily have stayed there until it closed at 7pm. In fact I think we could have spent our entire week there, we had that much fun.
That evening we had a dinner reservation at Citricos in the Grand Floridian resort. I'd heard so much about both the restaurant and the resort and they didn't disappoint. The hotel was so elegant and sophisticated; I adored the lobby - those chandeliers! - and loved the full jazz band playing to entertain the guests.
The food and wine at Citricos were out of this world. We got to sample pretty much all of the starters on the menu, which was great. Then the girls had pizzas and I chose a veal shank from the specials board for my main. It was quite honestly one of the best meals I have ever eaten; the meat just flaked away from the bone and melted in my mouth. I'm drooling just thinking about it, four weeks later!
|The girls had their caricatures drawn!|
After dinner we had (another!) dessert party by the marina before heading out on the Seven Seas Lagoon to watch Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. Wishes is an incredible firework display (the biggest in Disney history!) set over Cinderella Castle to a medley of famous Disney songs. The show was seriously impressive, but watching it from a boat with a glass of champagne in hand made it extra special.
As if our day could not get any better, that night we arrived back at our hotel to a delivery of milk, cookies and chocolate dipped strawberries! xo