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Kevin Stringer
06-11-2009, 01:49 PM
DAY 4 MONDAY 25th MAY

The participants:

Me, Kev, 51, husband, father, son, friend. In fact, just about everything to everybody on this holiday.
Wife, Tam, 45.
Daughter 1, India, 18.
Daughter 2, Georgia, 15.
Grandma, 84. The girls Grandma, my mother.
Susan, age kept quiet for fear of kick in soft tissuey area. Our friend from Tulsa.

Attending in part:

Sharon, see above for age. Friend from Texas.
Evan, 21, Sharonís son.

If you want to know more about us, have a look at www.kevinstringer.co.uk/index

Up around 7.30am after a good nights sleep. 2 nights into the holiday and Iím already on Florida time! Woohoo! Tam and India are not so lucky and have been up for an hour and a half. Still, Iím alright Jack, tough luck women.

We eat breakfast and walk across to the Yacht Club to meet Susan at 8.30am.

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Todayís plan is to go to the Animal Kingdom and a bus turns up within a couple of minutes.
We arrive just after opening and there are already long lines. Itís Memorial Day and so we are anticipating lengthy queues everywhere. Thatís one of the reasons we chose to visit the Animal Kingdom as there is plenty to see without standing around.

As we enter the ladies walk round to stand in the queue for the first Nemo show while I walk over to get Fastpasses for Kilimanjaro Safaris.
The Nemo show is a very colourful affair similar to the Lion King stage show with a mixture of human actors and puppets. Grandma has never seen this show and she enjoys it enormously, mind you she is enthusiastic about all things Disney, which I think is wonderful.

We go to Flights of Wonder next. This is a first for both Grandma and Susan. The birds themselves are amazing, but the semi-comic Ďtour guideí routine would definitely reduce the return value of this attraction.

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Kilimanjaro Safaris is next and is not too long a wait using our Fastpasses. This is fun as always and Iím sure theyíve cut out a lot of the spiel with the plane flying overhead that they used to do.

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Itís time for lunch and we choose the Flame Tree BBQ, not particularly because the food is good, but more because the seating areas down by the water are very pretty. The pork sandwiches and turkey sandwiches are reasonable enough and Susan uses her Tables in Wonderland card for a 20% discount.

Georgia is not feeling very well, so Tam offers to take her back to the Swan for a rest. This is not a totally altruistic on her part as I suspect she is quite looking forward to getting back to sit around the pool. I donít mind this as I know she doesnít enjoy all the Disney parks as much as me and Iíve been encouraging her to relax in the hotel more if she prefers to. No point in traipsing around a theme park if youíd rather be sitting by the pool reading a book.

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Tam and Georgia relax

Grandma, Susan, India and I press on to see the Legend of the Lion King. This is not only because we want to see it, but also because we know all the rides will have huge lines, in fact the wait time for Kilimnajaro Safaris is posted as 120 minutes.
The show is as high energy as I remember it, I think you could see this more often than the Nemo show without getting bored.

Itís Tough to be a Bug is next and we exit just as the parade is starting. We watch 5 minutes or so before leaving to catch the bus back to the Swan. This is partly to miss the crowds and partly because the clouds are bubbling up and I reckon thereís some rain on the way.

Back at the Swan Georgia is feeling better and my weather forecasting abilities are proved to be correct as another hefty thunderstorm passes through. If Iím being honest, just about anyone could tell it was going to chuck it down, there might as well have been a big flashing neon sign saying ĎRain in 10 minutesí.

I write up my trip report whilst enjoying a couple of beers. I mention to the ladies that I think this report seems to be sadly lacking in humour up to this point. Georgia blames it on the fact that I usually start off the holiday with my world famous rendition of The Old Grey Mare and havenít done so yet. Tam reckons an exploding blocked toilet might add some levity. If you donít understand why you need to check out some of my previous reports, toilet problems seem to feature heavily.

At 7.00pm we meet up with Susan and get the bus to Downtown Disney where we get a taxi to Bahama Breeze. The taxi driver is a young chap with very spiky hair, not punk style, more of a constipated hedgehog look, but heís very personable and quite chatty.

At the Bahama Breeze we order drinks as there is a 30-minute wait. The ladies have various cocktails while I try a Cuba Libre, this is pretty strong, but made with Bacardi instead of dark rum.
This place is much nicer than I expected and the food gets a universal thumbs up. I have the salmon with shrimp sautť, garlic mashed potatoes and green beans accompanied by a couple of Coronaís Ė a cheeky little Mexican beverage, subtle yet unpretentious, Iím getting cactus undertones and citrus. Iím also getting merry.
Other foodstuffs include pork tenderloin, coconut shrimp, talapia, Jamaican jerk chicken and scallops. Everyone is very happy with the quality of the food and the bill for the 6 of us comes to $155 without the tip, very good value.

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Pork tenderloin

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Chicken

I ring the spiky haired taxi driver (he left us his card) and he tells me he will be 20 minutes.
In reality it turns out to be more like 30 minutes and my mind begins to work overtime. The diminutive taxi drivers name is Edward Ė sounds uncannily like Eldred and Edgar (the pixie king and his evil half brother). I reckon heís secretly in cahoots with Evil Edgar and has been sent on some evil pixie mission, probably part of the evil pixie gun running racket. Youíve all probably been caught up in a pixie shoot-out at one time or another, youíve just never known it because, while pixie bullets are almost always fatal to pixies, if a human is hit the only effect is to make them irritable for a few minutes and almost certain to cheat on their tax returns next time they are submitted.
Now, Iíll bet your thinking this is all a bit farfetched, but while Evil Edgarís pixie cohorts are battling it out, Eldredís good pixies are hard at work cleaning up Walt Disney World. Think about it, tens of thousands of people walking around the theme parks at any one time and how much rubbish do you see? None. Thatís because the pixies are hard at work grabbing the least little bit of litter. Sure, Disney send out a few people dressed in white and carrying brushes and pans as a cover, but these meagre few couldnít possibly cope with the rubbish dropped by the teeming masses. Itís the pixies.

Back in the real world Edward returns us safely to the Yacht Club where we bid goodnight to Susan and stroll back to the Swan.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m225/tammystringer/may%202009/boardwalknight2.jpg

Tam gets a bit creative with the camera

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We clamber into bed at 11.00pm and sleep comes swiftly, which is just as well because I think I may be becoming pixie obsessed.

Kev

irongirlof12
06-11-2009, 02:08 PM
fab day! nice that you can all go off and do different things . i have to admit to missing 'the old grey mare', maybe a few more Corona's are required.;)

natalielongstaff
06-11-2009, 02:42 PM
your reports are making me laugh Kev :rotfl2:keep it up ;)

SusanEllen
06-11-2009, 02:43 PM
Youíve all probably been caught up in a pixie shoot-out at one time or another, youíve just never known it because, while pixie bullets are almost always fatal to pixies, if a human is hit the only effect is to make them irritable for a few minutes and almost certain to cheat on their tax returns next time they are submitted.
Now, Iíll bet your thinking this is all a bit farfetched, but while Evil Edgarís pixie cohorts are battling it out, Eldredís good pixies are hard at work cleaning up Walt Disney World. Think about it, tens of thousands of people walking around the theme parks at any one time and how much rubbish do you see? None. Thatís because the pixies are hard at work grabbing the least little bit of litter. Sure, Disney send out a few people dressed in white and carrying brushes and pans as a cover, but these meagre few couldnít possibly cope with the rubbish dropped by the teeming masses. Itís the pixies.

Kev

Oh, NO!!! You weren't supposed to tell any of this! Now they'll have to use human bullets. So long, Kevin. It's been good to know you.

Tartan Tigger
06-11-2009, 02:46 PM
Another great day.

Chilly
06-11-2009, 03:11 PM
I always suspected Pixies!

mandymouse
06-11-2009, 03:23 PM
Another great day Kev ::yes::

buzz for boys
06-11-2009, 03:42 PM
I love your trip reports they make me laugh so much !!
Cant wait for next installment !

tony64
06-11-2009, 03:44 PM
Very nice pictures Tam, oh and you didn't do too bad a job with the old trip report kev. ;)

tennisfan
06-11-2009, 03:45 PM
Another fab day Kev, love the photos:thumbsup2

Pugsly
06-11-2009, 03:54 PM
Looks like another great day, Kev. And just missing the rain too - consider yourself pixie-dusted.

Netty
06-11-2009, 03:55 PM
great photos, and a funny report Kev!! :rotfl2::thumbsup2

Miffy2003
06-11-2009, 04:20 PM
We are very partial to Bahama Breeze :)

It's a lovely photo of you all there.

Tammy's night shots of the Boardwalk are incredible!

Did you enjoy the Swan?

Kevin Stringer
06-11-2009, 04:25 PM
We are very partial to Bahama Breeze :)

It's a lovely photo of you all there.

Tammy's night shots of the Boardwalk are incredible!

Did you enjoy the Swan?


I thought it was quite good Karen, but the thing we missed the most was a balcony. When the air conditioning is on in the room as it's grey and dull outside, you might as well be in the UK! At least with a balcony it's still hot when it's dull. :)

Kev

Miffy2003
06-11-2009, 04:30 PM
I thought it was quite good Karen, but the thing we missed the most was a balcony. When the air conditioning is on in the room as it's grey and dull outside, you might as well be in the UK! At least with a balcony it's still hot when it's dull. :)

Kev

Good point. We love having a balcony (the evenings lend themselves to balcony plus beer....! )

UKDEB
06-11-2009, 06:03 PM
The taxi driver is a young chap with very spiky hair, not punk style, more of a constipated hedgehog look
Was he your secret love child, Sonic? :rotfl:

I ring the spiky haired taxi driver (he left us his card) and he tells me he will be 20 minutes
These hairdos don't just do themselves, Sonic, as you know all too well. :rotfl2:

Fabulous photo of the six of you at Bahama Breeze. I'm sure that's the same table we sat at the one time we ate there. Except that we went to the one on I-Drive... :confused3

UKDEB
06-11-2009, 06:11 PM
Oh, and all those little bites we've been blaming on the mossies all these years... :scratchin Darn pixie bullets, I reckon.

Goofysmate
06-12-2009, 01:15 AM
Lovely report Kev, & like the photo's tam took:thumbsup2

jockey
06-12-2009, 03:04 AM
Another great report :)

cap'njack.
06-12-2009, 04:51 AM
Another great day

wicket2005
06-12-2009, 07:40 AM
Lovely day, nice to put a face to SusanEllen's name too.:)

raph_b
06-12-2009, 01:15 PM
accompanied by a couple of Coronaís Ė a cheeky little Mexican beverage, subtle yet unpretentious, Iím getting cactus undertones and citrus. Iím also getting merry.

That's the best decription of a Corona I've ever heard :thumbsup2

Food looks great again :)

Susan is proving invaluable - Not just a fantastic writer but she gets 20% off food too!!! :rotfl2:

SusanEllen
06-12-2009, 01:31 PM
Susan is proving invaluable . . . she gets 20% off food too!!! :rotfl2:

You know, Craig, my Tables in Wonderland card is good through June, 2010. Get back to WDW in that time and invite me to dinner and I'll be delighted to save you some money, too.

Just noticed you posted Day 9 of your report while we were away. I'll be reading it as soon as I send this reply.

Lizzybear
06-13-2009, 05:25 PM
Ooh I had that same chicken dish at Bahama Breeze in Vegas, yum! Love the description of the taxi driver, the bf used to work for a cab firm and can attest to the fact that the taxi driving biz attracts some strange cats! :3dglasses

raph_b
06-15-2009, 05:58 AM
You know, Craig, my Tables in Wonderland card is good through June, 2010. Get back to WDW in that time and invite me to dinner and I'll be delighted to save you some money, too.

Just noticed you posted Day 9 of your report while we were away. I'll be reading it as soon as I send this reply.

Susan, I would happily pay 20% extra on my bill if it meant you could join us for dinner :)

We won't be out there again until September 2010, but if you're around then it would be great to meet up for some food one night

GOS
06-16-2009, 04:40 PM
Another fab day.

suzycute
06-22-2009, 02:35 PM
Another great report. Sounds like Bahama Breeze should be on our list to try out! :thumbsup2

Pinky166
06-23-2009, 05:40 AM
Another great day. :thumbsup2

Pegasus928
07-03-2009, 06:42 AM
We love BB too - always on our list of things to do.
Loving your style of writing - and it has got me thinking about what else the pixies could be responsible for. Are there any that hide in washing machines and have a hankering after socks??

cannp123165
07-04-2009, 05:08 PM
Another great installment! Thanks! :)

PudseyChancer
07-09-2009, 02:40 PM
Love the Boardwalk/Yacht Club photos at the end, brought back some lovely memories of an evening spent propping up the ESPN bar!