As we were driving into Orlando the sky poured down on us, thunder boomed above us and lightning hit in the distance.
We were very thankful for the covered valet area of the Hilton Disney Springs. Our friends were a ways away from the hotel so we figured we would get lunch. The hotel restaurant didn't seem too allergen friendly but in the market next door I found a treasure trove of dairy-free delights! I found fruit, sandwiches, coconut jerky, and stroopwafels!
When our friends arrived we headed up to our rooms that were across the way from each other. Our rooms were extra large, offered 2 queen beds, couch, table, desk, large bathroom, and views of the pool area. There were a couple downsides to the resort. The rooms could use an update, the ceiling above our window was leaking, and in our friends room the water coming out of the shower was brown at first and needed to be flushed out.
We changed our clothes and brought the kids down to the pool to swim for a bit. We were thrilled to see an actual kiddie pool that the kids could stand up in. The boys made a friend and the three of them almost nicely shared water toys.
We made reservations for dinner at Jaleo a few months ago for our anniversary. We walked over from our hotel so we strolled through the shops along the way to dinner.
We were shown to a table right away. While sitting at a Foosball table is fun, with the kids pulling the handles it can get a bit dangerous lol. We discussed the kids need for a quick meal with our server and thanks to him we were able to order the Jose's Way tasting menu.
We enjoyed salmon cones, the famous liquid olives, gin and tonic oysters (which we all agreed could have used some more acidity), Iberico de Bellota jamon, bread with tomato, octopus ceviche, the most amazing onion dish ever (seriously it was beyond flavorful), salt potatoes, scallops, paella, garlic shrimp, a beef dish, and then a few desserts.
The meal was outstanding and we highly recommend the restaurant!
Tomorrow we finally land at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort!