We’ve had a LOT of tiny insects in the air the last few days – cooler weather seems to encourage them to fly up from Lake Apopka (I think they are midges / “blind mosquitos”); today flocks of Tree Swallows have arrived, flying every direction and catching all the insects – Hooray!
I tried to capture some photos and video, but it’s really hard with the birds changing direction so often; here’s my best attempts:
Today we attended the traveling show Luzia, currently about half an hour from us in Orlando. We’ve seen MANY Cirque Du Soleil shows over the years (Mystere, O (many times!), Ka, Dralion, Corteo, La Nouba, Quidam, Varekai, Delirium, Love, and the not so good Michael Jackson Immortal) but this was our first time for Luzia – and it was another great show! Spectacular costumes and acrobatic performances, and amazing use of waterfall effects …
Also nice was that photos were allowed (no flash, no video) so we have great memories of the show too:
Disney Animal Kingdom has tried to expand it’s “after dark” experience, with the opening of Pandora land, extending safari rides into the evening, and the Rivers of Light show – we attended recently.
With our safari ride an hour before sunset there were already many animals missing – no elephants, for example, making for a strange long ride past empty land! But we did see giraffe, lions, and others:
With the sun going down, we headed to the Rivers Of Light show which we’d never seen; the first 15 minutes was incredibly slow and dull with slow moving “flowers” drifting on the water – but it turned out that was some sort of boredom-inducing pre-show, and the main event was more interesting. Unfortunately many of the water projections didn’t work very well – this show still needs development, I think!
Leaving the park, we walked through Pandora land, a very cool and quite alien experience with the strange plants glowing in the darkness, and layers of alien animal sounds …
More than 10 years ago, we took a balloon ride over Florida, but tonight we watched from the ground while people took very short vertical rides at the Hamlin development, up to perhaps only 20ft! We got some good photos – especially the few times they flame-lit the whole balloon …
It was really busy there, with the cinema and Publix parking jammed full; we parked over the highway at Walmart and bravely crossed (at lights, with pedestrian crossing, luckily!)
Video, as well:
Today I met MINI friends for (late!) breakfast at Boma, then headed with Margaret to Disney Animal Kingdom where we took a safari ride and later watched the Finding Nemo show … a video today rather than photos :
Margaret and I went kayaking again today, with friends, and much further away than our last kayaking; a beautiful clear spring water location although we discovered that heading back, against the flow, was quite a challenge! Still, here’s a lot of photos of the beauty there …
The history of Rainbow Springs is a(nother) story of tourist money heading to Walt Disney World, but some remains of the long gone attraction include still flowing man made waterfalls, which we walked around:
Finally, if you prefer, a video presentation of our day!
We spent this hot and sunny February afternoon at Disney Epcot – a lot of rides were busy (3/4 hour for Spaceship Earth, 2-1/2 hour line for Soarin’ for example) but we got on Living With The Land and Nemo easily enough … The flower and garden show is coming soon; some beds are planted already while others await more (nighttime) work!
We met Mickey Mouse and Goofy, too …