Some photos from Disneyworld, Orlando, June 2018.


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Since I had a work conference in Orlando, the family decided to join me. As you can see by the quantity
of luggage, it's no easy project to take kids on the road. Henry's packing his buddies - Blue Baby
and Pongo.


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The new international terminal in Calgary has excellent play areas, and Henry found a good one here.


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Walter liked it too.


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Amazingly, we were able to catch a direct flight from Calgary (once a week). Henry isn't too happy here
since his brother is trying to get in on his view.


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The two most intent readers of the safety cards on the entire plane.


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Once we got to Orlando (Coronado Springs Disney Resort), I was surprised and a bit concerned to see
these signs. Apparently a two-year-old was pulled into a lake near here at the Seven Seas Lagoon. See
more on that HERE .

Kennedy Space Centre


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We lugged the car seats all the way from Calgary just so that we could go to the Kennedy Space Centre.
Henry and I give the Space Centre the Perrault stamp of approval.


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This is right at the entrance to the Space Centre.


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At the entrance to the Rocket Gallery.


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Henry, Walter, and I on Father's Day at Kennedy Space Centre.


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Henry in a Mercury capsule.


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It makes sense why the average astronaut is smaller than 6 feet tall.


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This is by far the largest rocket on display outside at the Kennedy Space Centre. Apparently, it was
the first 'non-military' origin rocket, and it came from Kennedy's assertion that Americans would go
to the moon. This is the Saturn IB (One-B) and more on it is HERE .


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Henry and I in a Mercury capsule.


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Since we've been watching lots of Shuttle launches, Henry was very familiar with this rocket setup.
"Daddy, it's missing a Shuttle". Yup, it sure is.


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Henry, Walter, and I, and the rockets that launched the Shuttle.


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After a pretty impressive video, we got to see the Shuttle Atlantis. The heat shield tiles were
pretty impressively still blackened from Earth return. More on Atlantis is HERE .


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Henry, Walter, and I with the payload bay doors of Atlantis opened, showing the Canadarm.


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Walter and I and Atlantis.


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Being able to play with the buttons in some simulation instruments was fun for the boys.


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Walter and I pretending we can dock this thing.


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Henry loves switches almost as much as I do.


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Henry, Walter, and I with switches.


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Henry running the cockpit.


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Henry got to run around the simulated space station.


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At this point, he's ~50 feet above the ground below, which is pretty fun.


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Playing a simulated docking game. While Henry was exactly one inch too short to be able to do
the launch simulation for the Shuttle, we at least got to watch the launch sequences.


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Henry with a Mars Exploration Rover, made completely in Lego.


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We took the bus tour out to the launching pad area of Cape Canaveral, which was really cool.
Here, Natalia and Walter are looking at the final assembly site of the Saturn V-class rockets, one of the
largest volume single building in the world. This is called the 'Vehicle Assembly Building' or 'VAB'.


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We got to see the last remaining Saturn V rocket, designed to take people to the moon. The scale of
this rocket is really tough to properly scope.


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Mommy's favourite stop on most tours is the ice cream shop, although in this case, it was the Hawaiian
shaved ice spot.


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Henry insisted on getting a shuttle from here, so he got a little metal one. I thought this was
a cool shot, although yes, I'm a dork.


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Henry, Walter, and I and the NASA globe.


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Henry and I got our astronaut photos done.


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I made it to the cut of ~1000, but this is the closest I'll be to an astronaut.

Hanging around the hotel


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Walter and Henry spent the week mostly hanging out at the pool. Here is the small kid's pool, which
Walter really enjoyed.


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A very happy Walter in his matching swim suit to Henry.


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Matchy matchy.


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$10 ice cream. Thanks Mickey. This is $0.99 at the Kimmer...


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Henry and Walter playing in the sand box at the hotel.


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Henry and Walter on the playground at the hotel. Yay shade!


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Henry is REALLY excited about frozen lemonade.


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Walter relaxing like a pro.


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Walter in the paddling pool (full of pee...)


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At Disney Springs, the big collection of stores and restaurants that all of the Disney complex feeds
people into, there is a Lego store that Henry quite liked. The roller coaster kit was a hit.


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Lunch at the T-Rex restaurant was a bit of a flop with poor service and REALLY loud events.


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Although the boys could play in the sand and dig for dinosaur bones.


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My work took us on an event at Epcot where we wound up on the test track. This was our car that we made.
Thanks to Navdeep for the inspiration.


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Natalia brought Walter a floaty to allow for better pool time. Here's Henry sticking his head through it.


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I almost bought this shirt for Carl and then passed.


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My friend Greg is showing this one off though - note the TP.


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Henry and Walter, again matching, this time at the sand box.


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After my conference was done, I was able to spend more time with the fam. Here's Walter and a Lego
sculpture of the 7 dwarfs.


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A dragon battle with Lego.


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A pretty sweet roller coaster set.

Video of Henry having made a car to race in Lego



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Walter, Woody, and Buzz Lightyear.


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I thought the Hulk was pretty cool.


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Henry picking out Lego pieces.


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Henry actually wanted to ride the carousel, which is rare.


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Henry, Walter, and Mommy checking out the animatronic alligator at the Rainforest Cafe.


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Henry and I, and Buzz Lightyear made in Lego. Henry's happy since he just visited Goofy's Candy Store.


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A pretty sweet mural made of Lego. I've been to the Legoland in Billund, DK.

Magic Kingdom


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So, we decided to take one 4.5 year old and one 14-month old to Disney for the day. You can guess
how well the day went, but at least it started with smiles and a blue sky. This is the mandatory
Neuschwenstein castle photo from Main Street USA.


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Both boys and Mom and the Storybook Castle.


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The first ride on Natalia's itinerary was the Jungle Cruise. In addition to involved logistics
handling, excessively overpriced everything, the design item I found impressive was Disney's ability to
design waiting lines that make it feel like you're 'almost there' for the better part of an hour.
Plus, with it being ~38=40 deg C with the humidity, the waiting was always lovely.


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Henry and I went on the Aladdin ride with the magic carpets. This 'only' had a 25 minute wait for
a 30 second ride. You can see the theme here.


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The Fast Pass idea is an interesting one as it forces people to select the ride they value the most,
thereby giving the operator information about preference. We used a Fast Pass for the 'It's a Small
World' ride, one that Natalia loved.


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Some of the kitschy decor on the way out.


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We also used a Fast Pass on the Tomorrowland Raceway, which Henry found loud and with all-asphalt
it was a long ways from a cool outing.


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Bringing headphones was a great way to manage noise sensitivity. Good move Natalia!


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Henry and I on the race track. Henry actually didn't want to drive.


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For future reference to anyone reading this, if you think it's a good idea to do Disney with anyone
younger than school age, reconsider. There were very few rides that Walter could do/enjoy, and also
almost nothing in the way of playgrounds, places to sit/rest, or A/C anywhere where a baby can nap/rest.
As a consequence, Walter struggled to say the least. Here he is after an hour of waiting for Dumbo.
On the upside, there was a playground inside an A/C tent as part of the wait, which was genius.


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Some of Henry's favourite memories will involve treats and snacks. This is a cake pop with marshmallow
and green sprinkles. I think it was $10 USD...


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A genuinely enjoyable ride was the Tomorrowland People Mover, which wound up being an almost 5 minute ride
around the Tomorrowland area. You can tell by Henry's hair and face how warm he was.


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The Buzz Lightyear ride was pretty fun with Henry getting to shoot lasers at targets.


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See our family here.


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After the Comedy Show where I wound up on their screen as Mike W (Green shirt I think), Henry and
I went on likely the craziest roller coaster he's done yet called the Barnstormer. While I got a selfie of us before the
ride, I wish I would have captured the look on his face as we crested the main hill. He was
terrified to say the least.


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Henry and I on the Barnstormer (back car)


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Disney does have a water splash area, which for some reason was closed all day through the blistering
heat, and then open after the thunderstorms. I know, makes perfect sense.


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Natalia had brought glow sticks and light-up toys for Henry hoping we'd make it until the fireworks show.


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On our last day at Disney, we elected to spend the day at the pool, which was a much better way to
spend the day. After a torrential rain storm, we hopped the bus to Disney Springs for an actual
sit-down meal at Planet Hollywood's observatory. Here's Henry falling asleep on the bus.


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This might be the quietest (and most pleasant) moment of the trip. So, for future reference, don't bring
kids younger than 4 to Disney. Ever. Only fly on direct flights with children. Use Benadryl and Gravol
liberally with children, and try not to ruin your kid's fun. Natalia thinks I'm getting grumpier as I get
older, but I think I'm just getting less patient with systems that can obviously be improved. Lots of noise,
40 degree heat, lots of people and lineups just doesn't have a lot of upsides. Yay Disney!

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