|an enchanting Loch Ness monster on Pleasure Island in Downtown Disney|
|New Year's Eve dinner at Giordano's, our treat!|
|fireworks at the hotel parking lot!|
Orlando is not a nice place to be if you are on a diet. New Years’ Eve Dinner was at Giordano’s (famous for their deep dish pizzas and pastas) near their hotel, the Maingate Lakeside Resort. Then, as is the Philippine custom, we greeted the New Year with some legal (not lethal) fireworks at the hotel. The frenzied exchange of delayed Christmas gifts ensued and the toasts of champagne completed the night!
|New Year's Day pandemonium at the RV!|
On New Year’s Day we brought a hearty Filipino brunch to wake them up. That was when we also distributed our gifts to everyone. Kenji so loved his 5 gifts (he turned five on Dec. 16) that he danced Happy Feet for us! At 5PM, after an afternoon of swimming, mini-golf and a round of horseshoes at the Orlando Thousand Trails’ clubhouse complex, we had New Years’ Day dinner at our ‘patio’.
|lunch at Ichiban, Trisha and DJ's treat, on that cold Florida day!|
|dinner at the Kobe Steak House, Claudine and Arnold's treat|
The following day still started out cold but the sun raged and the day ended with high 60s so the two families enjoyed the first of their 2 Universal Studios sprees. It was fortunate that the next day was even warmer, inching up to the low 70s! In the tradition of eating too much, both couples opted to pay for the $20 for adults and $10 for kids all-day eat-all-you-can meals (with a lot more taken out for midnight snacks back at the hotel)!
|right at the entrance of LegoLand, a fave dinosaur!|
|at the entrance to Legoland|
|mesmerized at Miniland's millions of bricks|
|the little boys having fun with Arnold at their hotel room|