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Lizzybear
04-23-2009, 06:25 AM
Morning/afternoon/avening all! Since my holiday is now less than 6 months away I thought now would be as good a time as any to start my third pre-trip report so first things first, the cast:

Me (Lizzy) 24/will be 25 when we travel: Holiday planner/obsessor and Disney freak. Totally impulsive.. if I get even the slightest hint that I can go on a Disney trip i'll run with it! This will be my fourth WDW trip. I don't tend to do the character trip report names but if I did I would be Minnie ::MinnieMo
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm39/lizzybearface/n636036583_1736491_2075.jpg

The boyfriend (Steve) 26/will be 27 when we travel: As ever, along for the ride. My Disney brainwashing is clearly working though as he is partly to 'blame' for the fact that we're going to WDW this year! This will be his second WDW trip and his Disney character would be Sully :sulley:
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm39/lizzybearface/n636036583_1735728_9664.jpg

This trip started out as being an east coast driving tour, starting in Boston and ending Washington DC and visiting various states/cities in between. We were taking a break from Disney this year, we had been for the last 3 after all and in my case 4... I was OK with that, or so I thought, until Steve happened to hint that I should price up a DLRP short break for some time off he had booked for May. Once i'd got over the shock of my previously Disney indifferent leaving all the planning to me boyfriend initiating a Disney trip I jumped online and found a not too bad price BUT (isn't there always a but!) I couldn't shake the feeling that i'd rather use that money for a WDW trip. THEN I got to thinking that I wasn't all that excited about some of the places we'd planned to visit in October so I had a talk with Steve about this and surprisingly he agreed. We decided that our two absolute must-dos were New York and Boston and I casually hinted that we could do both cities then drive down to Orlando, because you know free dining is on at WDW and so is HHN at Universal! Those two things were all the convincing Steve needed (though not without some added laughing and headshaking and 'I knew this would turn into a Disney trip'-ing!) We were going to WDW this year!! Like any good planner I dutifully drew up a rough plan, which as of today looks something like this:

1st October: Fly Manchester to New York, arriving around midday. Probably not doing the airport hotel this year as we're trying to keep unnecessary costs down but this may change if I get a mega deal! We're going with Continental again as we had a good experience last year, the price is good and we get Virgin miles! Check in to our New York Hotel which I think will be the Hampton Inn Madison Square Gardens which gets great Tripadvisor reviews and has an included hot breakfast.
2nd October: New York. No concrete plans for what we want to do as yet but i'm sure we'll do the usual landmarks and a tour of some description, get pizza from one of the many 'Rays' and we'll be getting the train to Red Bank (New Jersey) one day to visit Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash east side (Kevin Smith's comic shop) and just explore the town that was featured in some of our favourite films.
3rd October: New York
4th October: New York
5th October: Pick up rental car (Hertz are looking to have the cheapest one way drop fee so more than likely i'll book with them) and drive to Boston, stopping in Hartford (Connecticut) on the way. Check in to our Boston hotel which is looking to be the Holiday Inn Express as, again, it gets great TA reviews and has an included hot breakfast.
6th October: Boston. We're pretty much using Boston as a base to visit various places in New England.. We will spend a day exploring the downtown area and go on a Boston Duck Tour but we also plan to drive to Portland (Maine), Providence (Rhode Island), Cape Cod, Salem and possibly Waterbury (Vermont) to visit the Ben and Jerry's Factory. That last one is about 3 hours each way so i'm sure any sensible person wouldn't even consider it, though i'm sure we've established by now that this is not me..!
7th October: Boston
8th October: Boston
9th October: Boston
10th October: Boston
11th October: Drop-off rental car and get an internal flight to Orlando, think this will be with Delta as they have the best price and time combination. The road trip to Orlando idea was unfortunately put to rest mainly as i'm the only one of us who can drive and since Boston to Orlando is 20 hours without stops I really think i'd need someone to share the driving with from a safety point of view. The flight takes 3 hours and we should get to Orlando around 6pm. Pick-up hire car number 2 (just trying to hold out for a price below £150 at the moment!) and drive to Coronado Springs resort. We're both looking forward to staying in a new resort as it looks so different to POFQ even though they're both moderates.
12th October: WDW. We have 14 day tickets (since they cost the same as the 7 day tickets I upgraded so we could have 8 park days rather than 7) and are only doing Disney, aside from one evening at Universal for HHN (which i'm a bit apprehensive about since i'm a big wuss but I know Steve is dying to go so i'm willing to give it a try) so we have a fair bit of time to spend in all the parks. Hoping to do some of the stuff i've overlooked on previous trips like Tom Sawyer Island and the trails in AK. I'm also considering a tour (did KTTK in 2005 which I loved) and an Illuminations Cruise if I can find one someone wants to share/get others to share one I book. Ooh and we'll be doing MNSSHP again and i'll be making my costume this year. Since we have free dining i'll be making our ADRs in July.. Definite is Boma (breakfast and dinner) but also considering 50s Primetime, Le Cellier, Ohana breakfast, 1900 Park Fare breakfast, Beaches and Cream (probably OOP), Coral Reef (repeat visit), Whispering Canyon and a signature place we haven't eaten at (Artist Point, Citricos, Narcoosees and Flying Fish)
13th October: WDW
14th October: WDW
15th October: WDW
16th October: WDW
17th October: WDW
18th October: Morning/afternoon in WDW then drive to St Petersburg. This was previously going to be Miami and I haven't actually changed my ticker yet but we wanted somewhere closer to Orlando as it was a fair bit more to fly out of Miami for some reason, plus the hotel prices were higher than I wanted to pay considering New York and Boston aren't cheap either!
19th October: St Petersburg. We definitely want to visit the Dali museum but aside from that it'll be a very chilled day after all the running around in WDW. Check-in online for tomorrow's flight home.
20th October: Our flight is around 1-2pm so we'll be leaving for the airport quite early, drop off the hire car then fly home. We connect in Newark which hopefully should be as easy as it was last year. We're due home at 7:40am on the 21st and Steve is back in work the day after!

So that's us and that's our trip! I'll be posting the non-Disney portion of my planning/trip report aswell for anyone who has a shred of interest but i'll completely understand if most people only care about the Disney stuff, this being a Disney board and all! Regardless, thanks for reading and hope you stay with me for the trip report.

raph_b
04-23-2009, 08:18 AM
Sounds like an amazing trip you have planned there :)

I've never been to NY but would love to go one day.

And HHN too, I'm so jealous.......

scottish mum
04-23-2009, 09:31 AM
WOW what a holiday. You will have a lovely time. When the kids are older I want to drive across America.

irisheyes123
04-23-2009, 09:56 AM
Sound like you have a great trip planned and Nyc is great never been to boston but plan to one day sounds like you's are going to see lots of places on your way up to boston sounds like a great plan. We did the whole driving from nyc to florida back in 2007 but as dh has family in Kentucky we went that way and down and drove back up to nyc boy was that crazy but nice to see different places...

wickesy
04-23-2009, 01:08 PM
That's going to be a great trip Lizzy. New England is high on my list of must-do's so the more planning info you give the better. :goodvibes

irongirlof12
04-23-2009, 02:03 PM
SOUNDS AMAZING!:cool1:

gemmybear83
04-23-2009, 03:17 PM
Sounds an amazing trip Lizzy - and I might run into you at CSR!!

I understand your fear about HHN - I am far too much of a wuss to go! I cna just about cope with MNSSHP!

suzycute
04-23-2009, 03:24 PM
Sounds like you have a great trip planned! :thumbsup2

jjk
04-23-2009, 04:14 PM
sounds amazing, cant wait to read all about it :goodvibes

Chilly
04-24-2009, 08:19 AM
sounds like a great trip

natalielongstaff
04-24-2009, 08:47 AM
Wow !! this should be good :cool1:

Snowy-girls
04-24-2009, 04:35 PM
Lizzy,you're trip sounds amazing-so looking forward to this one :thumbsup2.x.

mark&sue
04-28-2009, 04:26 PM
sounds great. love a driving trip. we drove to our place in spain in 22 hours non stop last year but plan to do loads of stops this year. really like the sound of driving to wdw. have a great time planning all the adrs


susan

wicket2005
04-29-2009, 11:06 AM
Sounds like a fantastic trip. I, for one, would love to hear all about the NY and Boston part of the trip just as much as the WDW part.:thumbsup2

Lizzybear
04-29-2009, 04:55 PM
sounds great. love a driving trip. we drove to our place in spain in 22 hours non stop last year but plan to do loads of stops this year. really like the sound of driving to wdw. have a great time planning all the adrs


susan

Hopefully it's something we can do in the future when Steve gets his license so we can drive in shifts, probably start in Washington DC and drive down from there :)

fizz13
05-01-2009, 05:14 AM
there was me excited about my trip and now i am just as excited about hearing all about yours, it is gonna be AMAZING!!!!!!:cheer2: i certainly want to see all the detail of all the other places too, you have really thought this one out, you are gonna have the best time doing all that, such a lucky girl:cloud9:

Lizzybear
05-01-2009, 03:22 PM
Just to update what i've booked so far...
All flights (Manchester-New York/Orlando-Manchester and Boston-Orlando)
New York hotel (Hampton Inn Madison Square Garden)
Boston hotel (Holiday Inn Express)
Disney package (7 nights CSR with tickets and regular dining plan)
St Petersburg hotel (America's best Inn)
Travel insurance

Only the 2 lots of car hire to go, still shopping around for that one. I'm pleased with the deals i've got so far, though I won't deny that this trip is turning out pricier than we perhaps intended (always happens!) We'll be OK to afford it but there's always that initial 'HOW much?!' moment when you tot everything up! (Boston and New York ain't cheap cities and it's easy to forget how much tax can add on to a room price..) With that said all our meals in Disney plus breakfast in New York and Boston will be paid for in advance so that's a big saving for the ol' food budget and overall this hol should even out to what we paid for California last year. It all feels real now and i'm soo excited :yay: :woohoo: :banana:

Cyrano
05-01-2009, 04:46 PM
Sounds like a great trip :thumbsup2

florida sun
05-04-2009, 08:25 AM
Sounds like a fantastic trip Lizzy:thumbsup2

jackieleanne
05-07-2009, 08:48 AM
Sounds like a fantastic trip planned. I would love to go to New York. :goodvibes

Pegasus928
05-07-2009, 09:14 AM
A great trip in the making.
We are there about the same time as you and we are looking forward to both universal and disney halloween nights, having never done either.

Lizzybear
05-30-2009, 05:40 PM
With about a month to go until I can make my ADRs these are the choices so far:

50's Primetime dinner (definite, ate at HBD last time and wished we were eating here instead..!)
Whispering Canyon Cafe dinner (almost certain, we both have no issue with the antics of here or 50s but just wondering if both in one week would be a bit much. The menu looks good though and i'd love to visit WL)
Le Cellier dinner (definite, couldn't fit it in last time)
Boma dinner (definite, ate their last time and it's Steve's favourite restaurant in the world... Not just the Disney one either!)
Ohana breakfast (almost, another one we couldn't fit in last time though Steve wants Boma instead... Hmm!)
Flying Fish Cafe dinner (almost certain, debating over this or Narcoosees... Any opinions?)

We plan to eat at Beaches and Cream aswell but will be doing this OOP. Obviously it can't be booked but as 2 adults we have no issue with waiting. Not planning on the kitchen sink but the no way jose looks amazing!

Shyvioletisme
05-30-2009, 09:45 PM
We plan to eat at Beaches and Cream aswell but will be doing this OOP. Obviously it can't be booked but as 2 adults we have no issue with waiting. Not planning on the kitchen sink but the no way jose looks amazing!

DH and I LOVED the sundaes from here!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/shyvioletisme/WDW%20Honeymoon%202005/5f693e57.jpg we created our own, but we could have easily eaten all of the ones on the menu and more! :love:

Snowy-girls
06-03-2009, 06:29 AM
You have done well with all that you have booked :thumbsup2.
We loved O Hanas for brekkie :thumbsup2.x.

Lizzybear
06-09-2009, 12:09 PM
Bit of a change: We've now decided against the last 2 nights in St Petersburg and will be staying 9 nights at CSR instead of 7 and we'll now be in a water view room instead of a standard. Main reasons being it's a bit of trek back to the airport (close to 2 hours and i'm a worrier!) and also I think i'd be gutted to leave WDW before our holiday ended and see the signs for it on our way back (Steve isn't so convinced about that one but 2 nights extra Disney dining was enough incentive for him anyway!) We still plan to drive to the beach one day, probably just somewhere in the middle of our 9 nights to have a chilled day :) Think I need to modify my ticker! ;) I'm thinking Boma breakfast and maybe Coral Reef for our 2 extra TS credits but not 100% yet.

Lizzybear
06-25-2009, 02:45 PM
OK I have to update! I've been throwing around and rejecting various ideas for our MNSSHP costumes but last night I came up with 'the one' ;) We're going to be Charlie Brown and Lucy from Peanuts :goodvibes I can easily make the blue dress and i'll hopefully be able to find some saddle shoes on eBay or somewhere and I can make Steve a shirt to wear with some black shorts. Thinking of getting Snoopy and Woodstock plushes as accessories, though they might be a pain to carry round... Decisions decisions! :upsidedow

I've also booked this tour for New York, mmm pizza!!
http://www.scottspizzatours.com/p/tourdescriptions/w/byfoot/

Also, since we never got the chance to go on a whale watching cruise in Monterey last year i've decided to book one for Cape Cod, just deciding on which company at the moment :)

mandymouse
06-25-2009, 04:12 PM
Wow, it sounds like you've got an amazing trip planned ~ have fun :)

darthtatty
06-25-2009, 05:34 PM
great pre trip report, i too would love to go to New york. Always wanted to go there.
:goodvibes

torsie24
07-04-2009, 08:52 AM
Great plans so far!!! Sounds an AWESOME trip!!

Jack (my fiance) will be very jealous of you visiting that comic store! He is a HUGE comic fan, and loved all the comic book stores in LA!

Maybe we'll see you there! ;)

Pegasus928
07-04-2009, 09:12 AM
With about a month to go until I can make my ADRs these are the choices so far:

50's Primetime dinner (definite, ate at HBD last time and wished we were eating here instead..!)
Whispering Canyon Cafe dinner (almost certain, we both have no issue with the antics of here or 50s but just wondering if both in one week would be a bit much. The menu looks good though and i'd love to visit WL)


Whispering Canyon is a good choice and we love the food there - but be aware they have toned everything down quite a lot due to some complaints (at least thats what our server told us last time we were there and disappointed that it was quieter than we remember)
This was back in Feb though - so if someone has been recently they may have something to add.

Lizzybear
07-04-2009, 04:58 PM
Whispering Canyon is a good choice and we love the food there - but be aware they have toned everything down quite a lot due to some complaints (at least thats what our server told us last time we were there and disappointed that it was quieter than we remember)
This was back in Feb though - so if someone has been recently they may have something to add.
Yes i've read something about that too, bit of a shame really as there are loads of other places people can eat at in WDW if they prefer a less 'full on' meal. I've already told Steve to ask for a LARGE soda so hopefully our server takes the bait! ;)


In other news i've done a bit of rejigging with my ADRs and the revised list is:
-50's Primetime dinner
-Whispering Canyon Cafe dinner
-Le Cellier dinner (or lunch if need be)
-Boma dinner
-Boma breakfast
-Flying Fish Cafe dinner
-Ohana dinner (new addition replacing Coral Reef! I was previously put off by the meat-centric menu as there was very little Steve could have but since the amazing Chef TJ from Boma has now moved there things have apparently changed: Just been reading some dining reports of people with vegetarian/vegan diets and allergies having multi-course meals specially made for them so it's now become a must do! This guy had 2 vegan meals by Chef TJ at Ohana and both sounded fabulous: http://vegansatori.blogspot.com/2009_05_01_archive.html)
-Now that we have dinner planned at Ohana i'm rethinking eating there for breakfast, considering Kona Cafe and 1900 Park Fare instead... Any opinions? :) I'd quite like to keep it as a character breakfast but the tonga toast is swaying me, hmm!

Pegasus928
07-05-2009, 03:00 AM
Yes i've read something about that too, bit of a shame really as there are loads of other places people can eat at in WDW if they prefer a less 'full on' meal. I've already told Steve to ask for a LARGE soda so hopefully our server takes the bait! ;)

This was exactly the scenario that caused to ask questions in the first place. When we went last year I ordered the large coke (diet of course) and it was brought to our table with some comments made to the whole restaraunt about making way if anyone sees me rushing to the bathroom.
We did the same again purely to try and capture it on video as it caught us by surprise last time, but it was just put on the table and the server left.
I hope they do bring the whole atmosphere back as I feel it lost a little something without it. You'll have to let us know how it goes :thumbsup2

Lizzybear
07-13-2009, 06:38 AM
Just made my ADRs and got everything I wanted and at the times I wanted or very close to so i'm happy not to mention relieved! :goodvibes

Flying Fish Café dinner 535pm (wanted 600)
Whispering Canyon Café dinner 720pm (wanted 730)
Ohana breakfast 930am (changed from Kona Cafe as their times earlier/later than I wanted and I think I was having second thoughts about no character meals anyway!)
50s Primetime dinner 700pm
Boma dinner 535pm (wanted 630 but no later)
Ohana dinner 500pm (was worried I wouldn't get this as I wanted this exact time before MNSSHP so really pleased I got it)
Le Cellier lunch 140pm (wanted 130)
Boma breakfast 840am (wanted 900)

tinks_1989
07-14-2009, 02:19 AM
Hello

Just caught up on all your PRE TRIPPIE!

and all I can say is WOW! What a trip you have planned! Sounds amazing cant wait to hear more and see all your piccies for when you return :D

x x

Snowy-girls
07-24-2009, 03:55 PM
All caught up :thumbsup2:thumbsup2.Great news that you got all the ADR's you wanted :goodvibes,make sure Steve asks for a STRAW with his LARGE soda :lmao:.
Can't wait to see some pics of your costumes-please share.x.

raph_b
07-27-2009, 03:02 PM
I love the costume idea :) You need to get some pics up once you've made them :thumbsup2

Have you decided about HHN yet?

The pizza tour sounds great - I managed to eat 5 pizzas in 4 days in Sardinia last week :)

And great work to get all of your ADRS, you and Steve are going to have such an amazing trip :)

Lizzybear
07-27-2009, 03:50 PM
I will post costume pics when i'm finished, hoping to get them done and dusted by the end of August :)

I love the costume idea :) You need to get some pics up once you've made them :thumbsup2

Have you decided about HHN yet?

The pizza tour sounds great - I managed to eat 5 pizzas in 4 days in Sardinia last week :)

And great work to get all of your ADRS, you and Steve are going to have such an amazing trip :)

Not yet Craig... The theme is a bit of a letdown for us so far (Saw is OK but Chucky? Wolfman?! Hmm!) I keep checking the website and the whole old movie theatre thing is growing on me a bit so I could well be convinced yet ;)
No-one ever believes Steve is veggie (because all vegetarians are skinny of course..!) until they find out how much he loves pizza so I think the tour will go down well :goodvibes

Lizzybear
08-26-2009, 06:46 AM
Been a while since I updated this :) I've had some time off work and am back in tomorrow, used the time to get some planning done and our to-do list is looking something like this:

DONE
-Bought HHN tickets (we decided to take the plunge in the end despite our reservations with the poorly updated website, I figure we have nothing to compare it to from experience and we'd definitely regret it if we didn't go!)
-Bought Boston Citypass (gets us into 6 attractions for the price of 2-3 and we plan to do 5 of these so it'll definitely pay for itself, can't wait to visit the science museum and aquarium in particular)
-Bought Empire State Building tickets with the audio tour
-Reserved 2 places on a whale watching cruise. Have to ring to confirm the day before it and pay on the day.
-Itinerary cards finished. For New York i've focused on trying to do stuff in the same area at the same time to reduce travel time and i've found a different vegetarian restaurant for every night we're there so Steve will be in for a treat! For Boston i've planned on 2 days in the city itself, one day in Salem, one day in Portland (Maine) and one day in Hyannis (Cape Cod) For WDW the basic idea most days is up early, early lunch then leave for a break soon after before going to another park for the afternoon/evening... There are some exceptions to this but I do want to include the middle of the day break most days as I know it benefits us later.
-Park 'assault' plans finished (though may add some Disney clipart to these) We're pretty much following TGM's sample touring plans most mornings which mean we can cover the popular rides and attractions efficiently, afternoons are free for other rides and general wandering/picture taking (Steve has been really getting into using his DSLR so i'm hoping for some amazing photos this year!)
-ADRs all made and subsequently tweaked so now i've banned myself from looking at the online ADR system, it's for my own good! :lmao:
-Designed LGMHs (just need to print and laminate em!)

TO DO
-Make MNSSHP costumes (definitely top of the list, pencilled in for this weekend!)
-Buy Boston Duck Tours tickets (can do this 30 days in advance so not until September)
-Print out anything that needs to be and laminate itinerary cards (I will absolutely be abusing my dad's company's office supplies and printer for this one! :laughing:)
-Arrange lift or taxi to and from the airport (bit nearer the time, my dad has taken us there and back in the past but our flight there is very early this time so I feel bad asking even though I know he'll offer anyway and won't accept any petrol money... He's far too good to us! :goodvibes)
-Confirm who is looking after our 5 hamsters (3 cages total so more than likely my parents will have 3 of the roborovskis and Steve's parents will have the syrian and the other robo unless my sister is willing to smuggle a cage into her uni halls ;))
-Anything else we need to buy to take with us? Possibly some toiletries but I think we're done, we both have plenty of clothes etc.
-Pack! (much as I would like to start this RIGHT NOW i'm restraining myself!)
-Anything else? I'm always open to more ideas of holiday things to obsess over :upsidedow

Also, i've worked out that we're visiting 7 US states this trip: New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire (probably just passing through but i'm still counting it!), Maine and Florida.

disney_princess_85
08-26-2009, 08:22 AM
Hi Lizzybear! :wave2:

Your trip sounds amazing and you're very organised! What a good girlfriend you are, finding Steve all those veggie restaurants in New York! I'm a vegetarian too so I know how difficult it can be. I'm sure he'll appreciate it!!

I really wish DBF and I could go to a HHN- we leave on the 25th though, when the first party is held! :sad2: Never mind, it just leaves something new to do in the future I guess. I've only heard good things about it so I'm sure you'll have fun!

SEVEN states by the way- wow!

Lizzybear
08-26-2009, 09:02 AM
Hi Lizzybear! :wave2:

Your trip sounds amazing and you're very organised! What a good girlfriend you are, finding Steve all those veggie restaurants in New York! I'm a vegetarian too so I know how difficult it can be. I'm sure he'll appreciate it!!

I really wish DBF and I could go to a HHN- we leave on the 25th though, when the first party is held! :sad2: Never mind, it just leaves something new to do in the future I guess. I've only heard good things about it so I'm sure you'll have fun!

SEVEN states by the way- wow!

Thanks :goodvibes Steve normally manages to eat well in US restaurants even if there's only the one option on the menu but it's nice for him to be able to choose from everything on there sometimes :) The exact same thing happened to us with HHN in 2007, I think it's one reason I decided we'd go or it this year as I don't know if/when we'll visit in October again (I have my sights set on December next time ;))

KC78
09-01-2009, 12:58 PM
Your trip sounds like a lot of fun! Just wanted to let you know if you have any questions about Boston feel free to ask me! I grew up in Boston so I know a little about the city and New England! :cutie:

Sarilas
09-06-2009, 08:21 AM
I love the itinerary for your trip! That's more than I've even traveled he eastern seaboard! The drive we'll make in November from Nashville, TN to the World will be about 13 hours itself, and we're going to split those days in two so as not to endure the wrath of our toddlers...

Lizzybear
09-06-2009, 04:38 PM
I love the itinerary for your trip! That's more than I've even traveled he eastern seaboard! The drive we'll make in November from Nashville, TN to the World will be about 13 hours itself, and we're going to split those days in two so as not to endure the wrath of our toddlers...

Two days definitely sounds better than doing it all in one go! I'm considering Tennessee for a future vacation, my bf is dying to visit the Gibson factory and I want to visit Dollywood and Graceland :) I love road trips but it'll be nice to have someone to share the driving with, hopefully by next year's vacation!

Sarilas
09-06-2009, 06:38 PM
My friend who lives in Bedfordshire comes to Tennessee just about once (sometimes twice!) a year. She gets such a kick out of the Southern way of life, and it's a blast to see it through her eyes.

I never realized how much cheese we put on everything. lol

There's a place called the Gibson Showcase at Opry Mills Mall near the Opryland hotel with a one-room shop for showing how the guitars are made. You can catch live music there and grab a bite to eat as well. (My husband's played a few shows there, back in his wannabe-rock-n-roller hayday!) Dollywood is just about a four hour drive; after this Disney World trip that one would be easy as pie! Graceland is even shorter, only 3 or 3 1/2 hours. Lots to see and do for sure!

Lizzybear
09-07-2009, 12:32 PM
My friend who lives in Bedfordshire comes to Tennessee just about once (sometimes twice!) a year. She gets such a kick out of the Southern way of life, and it's a blast to see it through her eyes.

I never realized how much cheese we put on everything. lol

There's a place called the Gibson Showcase at Opry Mills Mall near the Opryland hotel with a one-room shop for showing how the guitars are made. You can catch live music there and grab a bite to eat as well. (My husband's played a few shows there, back in his wannabe-rock-n-roller hayday!) Dollywood is just about a four hour drive; after this Disney World trip that one would be easy as pie! Graceland is even shorter, only 3 or 3 1/2 hours. Lots to see and do for sure!

Sounds awesome! I wish we could visit the US more than once a year as I don't know how i'll ever manage to visit all the places there that I want to (and still find time to revisit WDW and DLR! ;)) I'm already dying to plan next year's trip :rolleyes1 I often find myself underestimating the distances between places though... I seriously considered driving from Boston to WDW until I realised it was 20 hours with no stops, bit much to do on my own :eek:

Sarilas
09-07-2009, 12:47 PM
Sounds awesome! I wish we could visit the US more than once a year as I don't know how i'll ever manage to visit all the places there that I want to (and still find time to revisit WDW and DLR! ;)) I'm already dying to plan next year's trip :rolleyes1 I often find myself underestimating the distances between places though... I seriously considered driving from Boston to WDW until I realised it was 20 hours with no stops, bit much to do on my own :eek:

Yeah, 20 hours is a bit much even for us! ;) I've got to get over there to visit sometime. I keep promising to do so, but... :rolleyes1

Lizzybear
09-21-2009, 05:02 PM
So, with TEN DAYS TO GO (!!! :cool1:) my to do list is looking something like this...

-Make MNSSHP costumes
(Almost done! Just finishing my Lucy dress, I can tell I haven't been sewing much lately as it's taken me way longer than it should have... Steve's Charlie Brown shirt is done :))
-Buy Boston Duck Tours tickets
(Decided to buy these on the day as they add on $3 per ticket to buy in advance and they apparently never sell out)
-Print out anything that needs to be and laminate itinerary cards
(Done and done, I must say my LGMH's are looking pretty spiffy... Say hi if you spot me ;))
-Arrange lift or taxi to and from the airport
(Sorting this out at the weekend, if none of the men at my dad's work want to do it for cash we'll book a taxi... They all live in Liverpool like me and Steve so it's an easier trip than my dad would have to make from Cheshire to Liverpool then Manchester!)
-Confirm who is looking after our 5 hamsters
(My dad will be coming to our flat to do this, not much of a hardship for him really as he only works 5 minutes away... I still plan to phone and remind him though :rolleyes1)
-Anything else we need to buy to take with us?
(I realised last night I don't have enough shorts so I bought a couple of cheap pairs on eBay which should arrive shortly, also did a surprisingly expensive toiletry shop in Boots a few weeks ago!)
-Pack!
(Everything is in the case but not actually packed properly, I have to say it was blimmin hard work packing for 2 climates and I can see me doing some very creative layering in New York and Boston! :laughing: It took me several days to narrow down my clothes, but of course Steve did his in an hour last night! :rolleyes:)

I officially have 7 1/2 (1/2 because I work Saturday mornings) working days left and Steve has 5 (he works 4 long days a week and has next wednesday off, lucky!!) :yay: Work has been crazy busy and life in general has been a bit pear-shaped lately for both us us... We're soo ready to go on holiday now!! :goodvibes

Pegasus928
09-22-2009, 08:17 AM
Sounds like you are on top of things - what with laminated itinerary cards and all that :goodvibes

Happy packing :thumbsup2

Snowy-girls
09-24-2009, 05:50 AM
Oooohhhh not long to go now :banana: :dance3:,i am sure you have remembered but don't forget things like-sanitizer spray,wipes,paracetamol,i know you can get things like that out there but i prefer to go with them already in hand :thumbsup2.
Can't wait to see the outfits :woohoo:.x.

Lizzybear
09-29-2009, 01:37 PM
Well with 2 days to go this is me right now: :yay:
-MNSSHP costumes are finally made!
-I'm annoyed that Disney had to go and mess up my laminated itinerary cards by adding extra Fantasmics, but also pleased because they've added extra Fantasmics..! ;)
-I need to clean the bathroom and hoover tonight then the pre-holiday cleaning will be DONE :goodvibes
-My dad has offered to take us to and from the airport which saves us £60 in taxi fare, never a bad thing!
-Kevin Smith is doing a book signing in Barnes & Noble in New York on 1st October at 7pm, wowowow! This is only the man who's films played a huge part in shaping my teen years and who i'm a huge fan of, so you better believe i'll be like Wayne and Garth meeting Alice Cooper in Wayne's World :lmao: