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Day 4: Disney Springs: A full day of spending more money than we ever thought we would and taking a walk through the jungle to eat.

Sakari was up at the crack of dawn for school and not only did our internet not work in the house but Sakari's hotspot wasn't connecting either. As she sat there in frustration, I woke the hubby up because I had received a message from the property manager. She said she "called the house" but not sure what she thought that would do seeing how the phone, internet and cable was out. But, she said she called Spectrum and they seem to think the "amplifier" was unplugged. She said it was located upstairs in the loft  and needed to be plugged in. 

I started breakfast and the hubby went upstairs to diagnose and repair the problem. He found wires everywhere in the loft and a plug that was not working. I guess the breaker had kicked. However, when he kicked the breaker back on, it still wouldn't work. So, he had to unplug it, drag it across the room, and plug it in somewhere else. WALAH, it worked. We were back in service again and I'm pretty sure Sakari was let down about this because she now had classes until 1:30pm.

As Sakari finished out her school day, I did a little cleaning and watched the weather. It was a little chilly out today so we decided pants and a hoodie would be best. At 1:30pm, we off and ready to head to Disney Springs. 

We put the address in our GPS and off we went. As we passed places like Sea World, I hear Sakari say "ARE WE GOING THERE??????". Of course I had to let her down and tell her no. Our GPS led us around in circles around DS and down the road and another U turn and I thought we would never find how to pull into this place. 

Now although this is pretty much a shopping mall with things to do, they have this thing blocked off like the president was coming. When you park in the garage, you have to take an escalator upstairs. There you are directed to walk to the other side of the parking garage and around these barriers and then circle back down to the side you were on. There you would be stopped so they could take your temperature and have you walk through the metal detectors and then release you. Thank goodness Sakari didn't have any weapons on her this time.

Back down a set of escalators and you have arrived at your

destination. 

Off we would go exploring the area. It was so pretty and

I wouldn't discover just how big this place was or how

much we missed on this day. 

 

 

I immediately spotted the hot

air balloon. Only another day I

would discover it's not a hot air

balloon at all.

It was HUGE and so round!

 

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We took a walk around the lake, stopping at intervals for me to rest my leg. It was a cloudy day, which gave off the appearance of being cold and dreary, but honestly, it was pretty nice out as far as the weather temps. Very comfortable and with walking around, at times a little warm. 

Continuing to walk around the lake we spotted Santa's sleigh and reindeer parked at a dock. How cool. 

 

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Sakari loves her some lizards. But, these were different than any kind we had seen in the past. they were a brownish red color. There were also a lot of shells and snail shells in the area.  

 

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Prior to coming to Orlando, I had read up on Disney Springs during my planning stages. I knew the days that we would not be at a park, I would need to find something to keep my mini me entertained with. I purposely picked a home with a private pool so that the days we weren't going to a park, we could stay home and swim. That quickly changed up when I seen the temps for that week. (Predicted temps in the 30-40s at night and 60-81 during the day) During this planning, I found that this place had a "Christmas Tree Stroll". When I looked at a map, it looked to be in an area at the end of the "mall" area. But, I would later find out when we arrived that these trees are situated throughout the entire shopping mall area (which is huge). It was neat to spot them here and there and you just never knew what you'd find. We made it a game of trying to figure out what each tree represented before looking at the description. 

There are 12 trees total and include:

*Mickey and Minnie

*The Lion King

*Haunted Mansion

*Princess and the Frog                                       CAN YOU GUESS WHICH TREES ARE WHICH?

*Frozen

*Mulan

*Toy Story

*Star Wars

*Pluto

*Disney Parks

*Jungle Book

*Fantasia