Day 16 – Christening Day

We are up early and after breakfast (actually Natty consumes very healthy chocolate chip cookies in the car) we take a drive an hour north to Winter Park to St Richard’s Episcopalian church for little R’s christening.

We arrive in plenty time of time and are greeted warmly by everyone and this beautiful church. Franks parents arrive and we have a quick catch up – they are very surprised by Natasha’s height! Jim also arrives – it’s so nice to see him too. We meet Alison, the priest, who take us through a rehearsal of the baptismal part of the service. We get to try several times as she wants all our answers in unison so as not to embarrass her! 😂

The church service is lovely and then we get the the baptism. P has been given the job of filling the font with water and is up for this job until it’s happening in front of the whole congregation…then he’s not keen…so Natty is called upon to fulfil the duty. Thankfully we all get our words right, and together…and little R gets quite a splashing of water…and so does Andrea!

(Thanks to Tom Blum for the photos!)

Once the service is complete we spend some time in the church garden, and cake is consumed! 

Then photos…

We are invited to the family brunch but decide not to intrude on family time and head back to the Poly to change , then eat lunch in Captain Cooks. The food here is really nice – again counter service does not have to be hamburgers or hotdogs people! The coconut meatballs with jasmine rice is gorgeous!

A quick hop on the Monorail has us in the Magic Kingdom in a flash and we take the WDW railroad to Frontierland to ride Big Thunder Mountain where more loud smiles ensue…we then have a few photos.

Natty is Disney bounding Belle today and she really wants to go to Fantasyland to meet Gaston. Whilst waiting I pop into Gaston’s Tavern for a LeFou’s Brew! Delicious!

We meet Gaston…they both really ham it up and have lots of fun!

As we wander back through Fantasyland another photopass photographer asks if he can’t take a few photos of our Belle! They even end up in Belle’s cottage!

We continue our unsuccessful hunt for Hunt for Hannah in Tomorrowland so decide to stop and enjoy a Mickey ice cream bar to cool down (it’s another brutally hot day), then cool down even further in Mickey’s Philharmagic. There’s more photos…

It almost time to meet A and F for early dinner so we hop onto the Monorail to the Contemporary and our reservation at the fancy California Grill on the 15th floor. A and F’s babysitter has arrived to take the kids for their own dinner and to ride the monorail and have slightly more fun than a fancy restaurant!

The service, views and good here are as fabulous as they’ve always been.

Natty and I share a starter of Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli in a Tomato-Fennel Broth, crispy Mushrooms, Tiny Basil, Arbequina Organic Olive Oil. 

Will has the Cheesesteak Flatbread – shaved wagyu brisket, clamshell mushrooms, sauteed red bell and poblano peppers, caramelized onions, Tillamook cheddar cheese and chipotle mayonnaise

Andrea and I share a bottle of wine…

And the boys have a beer…a Nitro Stout!

Three of us have the Line Caught Black Grouper with Herb Gnoocchi, Sweet Corn Spiro, Spring Vegetables, Warm Tomato Vinaigrette, Green Garlic Pistou. Soooo good!

Will has Chicken and Dumplings – Amish farms chicken breast, English peas, artichokes, Romanesco, divina tomatoes, red eye gravy.

Andrea has sushi – the Spicy Kazan Roll Crab, Shrimp, Scallops, Tuna, Fireball Sauce.

Oh goodness how are we going to eat dessert…? Cruise style of course!


  • Beignets with chocolate dipping sauce
  • Orange crane brûlée 
  • Warm Valrohna Chocolate Cake – vanilla bean ice cream, milk chocolate whipped panna cotta, cashew clusters
  • Blueberry Cheesecake – passion fruit, graham cracker-almond crumb

We just about manage to finish! We finish drinks and say our thank you’d before going to meet up with the kids. We walk to the Magic Kingdom and have to say our final goodbyes to Frank (who’s at work tomorrow) and P (who’s at a science camp). It’s always so very sad…but we try to feel better by reminding ourselves that we will see them in November!

We are out of time in our fastpasses but walk over to Splash Mountain to check out the line…it’s very long! But a friendly cast member lets us in the fastpass line with a cheery ‘better late than never’!

We enjoy the fireworks from our little log boat whilst singing along …

And there’s much hilarity as we get completely soaked!

It’s ok though as it’s very warm and we’ll dry soon!

The cast member at Peter Pan also allows us to ride past our time, then we meet Tiana…


Elena and 

Cinderella … (who makes a lovely birthday message for mum)

We are so lucky as the lines for the princesses is usually crazy long but as it’s so close to park closing, we walk straight in!

The ‘Once Upon a Time’ fireworks happen as we walk around the castle…

We hit the shops before standing, in a family hug, to watch the ‘kiss goodnight’ on the castle from the bottom of Main St…where it all began for us 12 days before. We all agree that we really don’t want this to end!

We decide we’d like to take the resort launch (little boat) back across the Seven Seas Lagoon to the Polynesian and we are rewarded with a lovely view of the Electrical Water Pageant.

Neither heavy hearts we return to spend our last night at the Polynesian.
Good night!

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