After a very full day at two WDW parks, today I was in the mood to chill out a bit. Sara was off to visit family, the Tanners were back to conquer another park (Magic Kingdom today, Steve’s third consecutive Magic Kingdom/Disneyland visit with rain!) while I slept in and then strolled the grounds. It’s a really nice place. Except for the Opryland in TN (2001?), this is probably the nicest place a CPC conference has been hosted. (and maybe nicer since it is outdoors and is in WDW)
The grounds are absolutely beautiful. All the buildings are around a huge lagoon that you can even rent boats to go out on. I almost rented a bike, but it was sprinkling a bit and I didn’t know if it was going to get worse, so I stayed on foot.
One of the things I have always appreciated about INCM and the CPCs, is that they enable Children’s pastors and workers the opportunity to go to places they might otherwise not get to go. Why should only secular businesses get to take their employees to nice locations for training? After all, we are in the most important field and occupation: REACHING KIDS! And since children’s ministry workers are accustomed to often doing the grunt work around church and in many churches always getting the left overs in money and equipment, it is nice to see them treated like royalty, even if for only a week. It’s always a very encouraging experience to come to a CPC, and being here at WDW only makes it that much more special. Our location is the Coronado Springs Resort.
The theme is a cross between Southwest and Mexico. The best is “The Dig,” a swimming pool area themed after an archeological dig. Here is a picture:
But it did appear a little bumpy, but I didn’t want to come all the way to Orlando and to Walt Disney World just to wimp out on the water slide, so I decided to brave it! I gave my camera to a nice old lady and asked her to snap my picture as I came down the water slide…
OUCH! They definately need to rethink the whole water slide thing. OK, I like a well themed attraction, but this one is a little tooooo accurate to the era they are trying to represent. I hope I will be able to walk tomorrow!