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Kevin Stringer
06-12-2009, 12:16 PM
DAY 5 TUESDAY 26th 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

I wake up at 5.45am. Serves me right for being so cocky about getting up after Tam yesterday.
Tam and I get up around 6.45am and go for a stroll along the river at the back of the Boardwalk. Itís a lovely morning and the light is always so beautiful at this time of the day. Mornings and evenings are the best times for photographs and video I think.

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Back at the room we have breakfast and then pack as weíre moving to the Boardwalk today and I have to say Iím looking forward to it. The Swan has been fine, but I think the one thing weíve really missed most is a balcony. Itís lovely to sit out and enjoy the Florida weather and watch the comings and goings on the Boardwalk. Talking of weather, the forecast is for another 3 or 4 days of heavy afternoon/early evening thunderstorms before it improves at the weekend.

We leave our luggage with Bell Services and head over to the Boardwalk to check in. Susan is joining us here for the next 11 nights, sharing a studio with Grandma. Me, Tam, India and Georgia will be in another studio.
At 9.15am we check in and our rooms are already free. We take a quick look and find that the balconies are really big, probably twice the size of normal studio balconies. The downside is that one of them is partially blocked in, just a wide opening with which to look out onto the Boardwalk. We decide to stay with them anyway as we are heading out to Typhoon Lagoon for a relaxing day in the sun.

We arrive just before 10.00am for opening and are soon set up in a shaded, fairly quiet area close to Shark Reef. This is so much nicer than being packed in with hundreds of other sunbeds around the main pool.

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The first order if the day is family raft ride as we can all do it. The queue is 10 minutes or so and weíre soon on. Tam and I ride with Grandma and I think itís a bit more thrilling than she expected! Poor Grandma exits looking a little like a drowned rat. ĎBlige meí she exclaims, which is as close as Grandma will ever get to saying ĎWhat the xxxx was that!í

Back at base camp we sit Grandma down to recover and the rest of us go to Crush Ďn Gusher and do all 3 sections. Itís great fun, especially with me, India and Georgia in a 3 man tube, I think they go faster.

We return to Grandma and have lunch, along with a beer or three and I catch up with my trip report while the ladies float around the lazy river.
Iíve very much enjoyed our few hours at Typhoon Lagoon, itís great to get away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks now and again and relax in the beautiful Florida sunshine.
Despite her soaking, Grandma has been particularly enthusiastic; sheís loved standing to look over the main pool and watching the huge waves crash past.

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After a fun day we leave Typhoon Lagoon around 3.00pm, just as the clouds are starting to gather. It starts to rain on the bus ride back and by the time we reach the Boardwalk itís a fully-fledged storm with strong winds lashing the rain across the road in waves. We get off the bus and move as fast as we can towards the Boardwalk entrance. Even though there is a covered walkway from the bus stop, the rain is driving sideways and weíre all pretty wet by the time we reach the safety of the Boardwalk lobby.

We walk to our rooms, which are on the same floor as the lobby and not too far from it. One of the things I notice is that when itís wet outside, they turn down/off the air conditioning in the corridors, it actually feels warm. Nice touch.

We have the luggage sent up and quickly unpack. Tam and I then walk across to the Hess service station to pick up a few things. Let me tell you, itís quite far enough thank you when youíre carrying a pack of 18 bottles of beer from there. I do feel a little conspicuous walking through the Boardwalk lobby looking like a brewery deliveryman. By the way, itís still raining, but the main body of the storm has passed through.

We all have showers and take our time getting ready before leaving at 7.30pm for the Magic Kingdom. The plan is to watch Spectromagic (which is on twice tonight) and Wishes.
As with all good plans, this one goes slightly awry as soon as we step on the bus as the rain starts to fall again. As we reach the Magic Kingdom itís poncho city with masses of people exiting the park. We all put up our meagre brollies and push on, at least itís just steady rain rather than a downpour.

We had intended to catch the 9.00pm Spectromagic, but decide this is probably not wise, in fact Iím not sure theyíll even show it, so we make our way to Columbia Harbour House to get something to eat. We all like this place and the clam chowder is particularly good.

Wishes is on at 10.00pm and itís nearly stopped raining so we go and stand in front of the castle to watch. Itís as wonderful as ever and I get that Disney tingle for the first time this trip.

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The Haunted Mansion is next. Iíd forgotten that Disney had changed a few things in here and so weíre all pleasantly surprised by the upside-down staircases, the bride in the attic and Madam Leotaís floating head. The audio in the ride is also greatly improved and theyíve got rid of those awful plastic looking spiders.

Next we walk round to Pirates of the Caribbean. Now they say that every cloud has a silver lining and hereís the proof. The rain may have been a pain, but itís driven the vast majority of guests out of the park. Itís virtually empty as we stroll through Adventureland and straight on to Pirates.

Itís now nearly time for Spectromagic (11.00pm showing) but thereís just time to fit in a ride on Big Thunder Mountain for all but Grandma. Another walk on and much better at night.

We watch Spectromagic from Adventureland with a sprinkling of people here and there. Itís quite strange to watch this massive, spectacular parade in such a sparsely populated park. Still, it gives ample opportunities for unobstructed photos and video.

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We now begin to make our way out, but manage to squeeze in a last ride on Buzz Lightyear at 11.55pm.
We should be exiting the park now, but the Main Street Bakery calls to Tam. To be more accurate itís like watching a cartoon where the cat smells a hot pie cooling on the window ledge and floats along on the fumes with itís eyes closed.
A large cinnamon roll is looking forlorn and lonely in a tray, so Tam takes pity on it. Grandma and Susan follow on behind and by the time they have paid for their cake and joined us at the table, the only evidence of the cinnamon roll is an empty, slightly sticky carton.

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We get the bus back to the Boardwalk and are clambering into bed at 1.00am. Itís been one of those special days when things donít go perfectly to plan, but end up working wonderfully anyway.

Kev

SusanEllen
06-12-2009, 01:39 PM
Well, if I had remembered you had a camera at Typhoon Lagoon that day I would have been worried about this segment of your report! Me in a bathing suit!?!! Yikes! You know, I was wearing a bathing suit in the first picture ever of me posted on the Internet. It was one that you snapped of all of us in the hot tub on the roof of the hotel in West Hollywood on our California trip a few years back. Thank you very much for not repeating that humbling experience. I fare better in photos in the flattering light of SprectroMagic. It was, by the way, a wonderful, re-vamped and spontaneous day. Thank you.

Pugsly
06-12-2009, 01:47 PM
Absolutely beautiful pics, Kev (and Tam)!

Ya'll managed to turn around what could've been a miserable afternoon, given the thunderstorms. Kudos!

Chilly
06-12-2009, 02:35 PM
I know what you mean about watching Wishes.

tony64
06-12-2009, 02:42 PM
I'm going to have to stop reading your reports Kev, they make me wish I was back there Soooooooo much. ;) Lovely report as always mate. I see you have more photo comp worthy pictures.:thumbsup2

UKDEB
06-12-2009, 02:59 PM
Compliments to the photographer(s). Some really fabulous shots today - especially those of the Swan & Dolphin and Spectro. My favourite (and I'm giving credit to Tam as she's the only one not in it) is the group shot of you watching the parade pass by - a wonderfully captured moment. :thumbsup2

Miffy2003
06-12-2009, 05:07 PM
Itís been one of those special days when things donít go perfectly to plan, but end up working wonderfully anyway.

My favourite type of day :)


I like the sound of your extra big balcony Kev. Were you in one of the rooms overlooking what I always call the Village Green (no doubt it has a proper name but I don't know it!)? As I've always thought the balconies look lovely and big there.

Boss Hogg
06-12-2009, 05:31 PM
Good day old stick. Must say I am impressed with your trip to Hess for beer, that is no mean feat!
Some lovely photos there, and I'm with Deb on this - the one of everyone watching the parade is a superb picture, so evocative - top job to the Tamster!!

Kevin Stringer
06-12-2009, 05:58 PM
I like the sound of your extra big balcony Kev. Were you in one of the rooms overlooking what I always call the Village Green (no doubt it has a proper name but I don't know it!)? As I've always thought the balconies look lovely and big there.

No Karen, Grandma and Susan's room was directly above the store, and we looked down on the Big River Grill and Brewing Works. The only down side of our spot was that we looked directly out on to the Boardwalk games. They tend to obstruct the view out across the lagoon a bit.

Kev

Boss Hogg
06-12-2009, 06:06 PM
No Karen, Grandma and Susan's room was directly above the store, and we looked down on the Big River Grill and Brewing Works. The only down side of our spot was that we looked directly out on to the Boardwalk games. They tend to obstruct the view out across the lagoon a bit.

KevBelow the Grand Villa we shared that time then Kev?

Kevin Stringer
06-12-2009, 06:20 PM
Below the Grand Villa we shared that time then Kev?

Yes, I think so Matt.

strawberry blonde
06-13-2009, 05:01 AM
Brilliant photos. Loving this trip report. Think I'm starting to get addicted to this forum.
Doing this:surfweb: but meant to be doing this:laundy:

mandymouse
06-13-2009, 05:14 AM
Another great day Kev :thumbsup2 Poor grandma, I always get soaked on the family raft at Typhoon Lagoon too ;)

Hilary
06-13-2009, 07:55 AM
Just catching up with your reports, Kevin, and really enjoying them, as usual :thumbsup2

My favourite photo is the one of India and Georgia sharing a poncho in front of the castle - I'm sure that's one you'll look back on with great fondness as your girls grow :)

Hearing about Grandma having such a great time makes me think I must take my mum back ... hmm, a spot of planning, maybe?

Looking forward to reading more! popcorn::

tennisfan
06-13-2009, 11:27 AM
Another great day, loving the photos:goodvibes

irongirlof12
06-13-2009, 12:21 PM
what a fab day . love the piccies

Tartan Tigger
06-13-2009, 03:20 PM
Great day. Love the photos of the Swan, they are excellent.

Lizzybear
06-13-2009, 04:26 PM
Lovely photos of Spectro, haven't seen it since 2002 so it's a must for us this year :) Some of the best WDW days are those which are unexpectedly so I think :goodvibes

natalielongstaff
06-14-2009, 08:46 AM
Another great day, Grandma was very brave bless her !

jockey
06-14-2009, 09:26 PM
Great day :)

cap'njack.
06-15-2009, 03:40 AM
What a great day...the rain certainly worked in your favour during the evening!

raph_b
06-15-2009, 05:06 AM
Another great day and some more fantastic pictures Kev, I especially like the morning ones of the Swan, it looks so peaceful and quiet so early.

The rain certainly worked in your favour in end, anything that gets rid of the crowd is a good thing! :)

jockey
06-15-2009, 09:15 AM
Lovely day :)

Miffy2003
06-15-2009, 03:50 PM
No Karen, Grandma and Susan's room was directly above the store, and we looked down on the Big River Grill and Brewing Works. The only down side of our spot was that we looked directly out on to the Boardwalk games. They tend to obstruct the view out across the lagoon a bit.

Kev

Fantastic location though. Could you hear the games from your balcony? I fear the incessant dinging could get old quite quickly ;)

Kevin Stringer
06-16-2009, 02:58 AM
Fantastic location though. Could you hear the games from your balcony? I fear the incessant dinging could get old quite quickly ;)

Yes we could Karen. We looked directly out onto the Hoop Toss thing. I guess that was the one bad thing about our location, the games blocked the view of the lagoon a little and you could hear the games going on. The loudest thing was the game where you shoot water through a hole. Whenever somebody wins a bell sounds.
It wasn't that bad though and the games only start around 4.00pm and are finished by 11.00pm.

Kev

Miffy2003
06-16-2009, 01:51 PM
Yes we could Karen. We looked directly out onto the Hoop Toss thing. I guess that was the one bad thing about our location, the games blocked the view of the lagoon a little and you could hear the games going on. The loudest thing was the game where you shoot water through a hole. Whenever somebody wins a bell sounds.
It wasn't that bad though and the games only start around 4.00pm and are finished by 11.00pm.

Kev

Ah well, 11's not too bad. Thanks for satisfying my curiosity!

GOS
06-17-2009, 06:59 AM
So glad someone else knows Blige Me!:rotfl:Great day.

suzycute
06-22-2009, 01:40 PM
Another great day! Grandma sounds cool!! :thumbsup2

Pinky166
06-23-2009, 04:55 AM
Sounds like a perfect day :cloud9: The one's that end up not going to plan always seem to be the best.

Great photos - especially the one of you all (minus Tam) watching Spectro. :)

wicket2005
06-23-2009, 05:57 AM
Another lovely day and photos.

Pegasus928
07-03-2009, 05:57 AM
A great day byt the sounds of it.
My favourite shot is the one of the reflection of the castle in the lake below. I have never seen a shot like this before but next time I go I will be trying to find that spot to recreate what you have captured.

cannp123165
07-05-2009, 02:37 AM
Brilliant pictures and another great day. :)

PudseyChancer
07-09-2009, 01:47 PM
No foot journey should be considered too long in the pursuit of beer, even if it is raining. Good work Kev.