Sun, Oct. 19 - We got to Florida at our TT Orlando campground on Friday, October 17. I called my brother Nelson to see if he was in Florida at his home in the Villages, and maybe we could get together. He drove over to our campground on Sunday morning (about 70 miles) to spend the day with us
We started out with Garden Bloody Mary's. I call them that because along with the Vodka we added V-8 juice, lime, celery, olives and pickled okra. We learned how to make these really good Bloodys at the Bloody Mary Bar at Wallaby's anniversary brunch!! UUMMMM!! A little later we enjoyed our own brunch of sticky ham rolls and spinach salad.
Ken wanted to watch the NASCAR races that afternoon, so Nelson and I went to Downtown Disney (about 12 miles) and took the FREE Boat Rides!!! FREE!!
Actually, the boats were a fleet of "taxis" or "ferries" that transport guests from the various Disney resorts located on the man-made Sassagoula River to Downtown Disney Marketplace on Lake Buena Vista (also Disney-made). It was not real exciting or thrilling as some boat rides, but it WAS very pleasant and relaxing. A nice way to spend the day with my brother!!!
We boarded the ferry at Downtown Disney Boat Dock West near Cirque du Soleil and Hard Rock Cafe.
We took the "Local" Taxi to stops on Lake Buena Vista.
Fulton's Crab House is a replica of a riverboat. We'll have to come back for crabs sometime!
We took the ferry to the Disney resort Old Key West. The resort looked like some of the old building in beautiful Key West.
Another cruise took us to The French Quarter where the resort buildings resembled Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
A little further on we arrived at Port Orleans. Here the resort was made up of a number of majestic southern mansions.
There were some restaurants and shops at the Dock in Port Orleans.
It was a very enjoyable day cruising around the Disney resorts. We did not even know all these resorts were back there!! Something we will have to do again!!
Sidebar: Our boat captain said that Downtown Disney is in the process of expansion. By 2016 it will have double the number of building and restaurants!