View Full Version : A Very British Trip Report - May 2009 - Day 6

Kevin Stringer
06-13-2009, 08:07 AM

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.

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I wake up at 7.00am today, which wouldnít be too bad if we hadnít got to bed at 1.00am last night. We finally get up at 8.00am and have a leisurely breakfast sitting on the balcony on a lovely, warm Florida morning.

Tam and I watch the few people wandering around on the Boardwalk and are particularly interested in a mother pushing an infant in a buggy while a small child angrily follows a few steps behind. As they make their way slowly along the Boardwalk the child becomes more and more irate, stamping his feet and shouting at his mother. Unfair as it may be, this is a huge source of entertainment to me and Tam as it gradually develops into a full blown tantrum. The mother stops every few yards and looks back with that well worn look of resignation all parents know so well. The kiddie gives it the full works including lying on the ground kicking his feet in the air and screaming. By this time Tam and I are doing a fair amount of lying on the floor with our feet in the air to, but ours is due to laughter. As they turn the corner by Jellyrolls and disappear from view we realise that our behaviour was possibly a little harsh, but it was damn funny.

At 10.15am we collect Grandma and Susan and get the boat to Disneyís Hollywood Studios. As we enter we see that the American Idol show is about to start, so we head off in that direction. The theatre is quite spectacular and I guess itís similar to the stage set up for the TV show, I donít know, as Iíve never watched it. They have 3 contestants selected from people who want to audition and a panel of 3 judges passing comment, the cool dude, the expert female and the nasty one.
They introduce the 3 contestants before they sing and Tam and I are wondering if they can possibly be real. I swear Iím not making this up, the first contestant is called Tiffany Ironside. Fair enough, it could be real. The second contestant is Trent English! By this time Tam and I have decided we are voting for whoever has the best surname and English is good in our book. Things all change for me however with the introduction of the third contestant. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Emily Motitiska! By this time Iím struggling to stay upright in the chair and not laugh out loud.

To be fair, all 3 can sing pretty well and Trent English wins by a mile, much to Indiaís disgust as heís a bit full on with the whoopiní and holleriní for her taste. Iím not sure how much repeat appeal this show will hold for me. On the plus side I guess every show would be different.

The Great Movie Ride is next before moving on to Voyage of the Little Mermaid. This is spoiled somewhat by a young boy whinging and crying all the way through. It may appear that Iím constantly complaining about small children today, but this is more to do with consideration of parents for others than the childís behaviour. All children have meltdowns from time to time, but when my children were young I would have removed them immediately from a show if they were noisy. Ah well, it takes all sorts.


Running repairs to the hat while waiting for Little Mermaid

Lunch is next and we eat at the Backlot Express. This is the usual fast food fair, although itís a pretty cool place with all the film props. One bad thing is that the fixings bar has been removed from this place, thatís a bit penny-pinching on Disneyís part.
After lunch the ladies are ready for some dessert and we head off to Starring Roles Bakery. It starts to rain on the way, but we manage to acquire a few sticky, chocolaty things and make it to the Beauty and the Beast show without getting too wet as itís more of a typical rain shower than a full blown Florida thunderstorm.


Gaston - he da man! Just once I'd like to see him win.

After the show we decide to leave the Studios, as the rain looks set for a while, so we get the boat back to the Boardwalk. Looks must be deceptive in this case as the sun returns just as we dock.

Back in the room there are two messages. The first is from Big Vern telling us he is working in the DVC show apartment just below us today and to pop in and see him. Vernon is a chap from the UK who now resides in Florida and works for the DVC.
The second is from Sharon, our friend from Texas who is joining us later in the week. It appears that she has fallen and fractured her cheekbone! Anyway, she says sheís still coming. I have visions of her turning up wearing a mask like the phantom of the opera.

We all pop down to see Vernon and he invites us over to see the new Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs on Friday. Working for DVC he gets to try out the new resorts. It will be a great opportunity to look around the treehouses, so we graciously accept.

Back in the room we relax on the balcony and enjoy a couple of rum and cokes. This is why I love having a balcony, you can enjoy the warm weather and watch things drift along on the Boardwalk.


Sort of sums up the first week's weather

We all shower and are out of the door by 6.30pm as we are off to Narcoossees at the Grand Floridian tonight. We take the bus to the Magic Kingdom and then the small boat to the GF. It takes about an hour in total, but I donít care. Part of the joy of WDW is enjoying the transportation, especially the boats. The buses can be a pain at times, particularly when they are packed with people, but otherwise itís all part of the fun.



Narcoossees is rapidly turning into one of my favourite restaurants in WDW. The setting is lovely as you look across the Seven Seas Lagoon to the Magic Kingdom and its got the right mix of class and informality.


I have the Wahoo. I donít have a clue what it is, but our server says itís a firm, meaty fish. I like them firm and meaty, so I give it a go. Itís actually very nice, accompanied by shrimp and a light, creamy sauce.


Wahoo! That's the fish, not an exclamation

All the other food is excellent as well, except Grandmaís lamb, which she says doesnít have much taste. I tend to agree with her, Iíve hardly ever had good lamb in the States. Fair play my American friends, you beat us hands down when it comes to beef, but our lamb is superior.

Itís lovely sitting in the restaurant chatting as the sun sets and the lights come on in the Magic Kingdom and the Contemporary. This is probably my favourite time of day.
As we finish our main course, Wishes starts. We go out on to the walkway outside to watch as they pipe the music in. I love this show; we have to see it again before we leave. Straight after Wishes the Electrical Water Pageant passes by. Just another little Disney treat to make our evening complete.



The ladies round things off with a couple of desserts between the 5 of them. The bill for all 6 of us comes to $250, but that includes a couple of starters, 2 glasses of red and 2 glasses of white wine between Tam and me. Iíve enjoyed every second of it.


Sore bets I do believe


Lord knows what this was

A taxi gets us back to the Boardwalk around 11.00pm and I sit on the balcony for a while to enjoy a beer and write up my trip report.

If Iím absolutely honest I have to say that the first day or two of this holiday had me questioning whether this was a WDW holiday too far. I wasnít getting that Disney feeling. Being tired, staying at the Swan, the weather and Memorial Day crowds were probably all factors. Surprisingly, yesterday at Typhoon Lagoon was probably the turning point. Relaxing in the sunshine followed by a wonderful evening in the Magic Kingdom was just the tonic. Todayís trip to Disneyís Hollywood Studios (not usually my favourite park) continued the momentum. The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast are classic attractions with enormously evocative music.
This eveningís lovely meal at Narcoossees has completed the recovery.


06-13-2009, 08:44 AM

What a lovely photo, you all look so glam, and I love Tam's new funky hair do ::yes::

Another great day :thumbsup2

Jets fan
06-13-2009, 09:29 AM
Brilliant trip reports, really enjoying them. :thumbsup2


06-13-2009, 12:35 PM
Love the group photo. Another awesome day:thumbsup2

06-13-2009, 12:37 PM
Great day :goodvibes

06-13-2009, 01:26 PM
great day, what a wonderful bunch you all are. :thumbsup2

Tartan Tigger
06-13-2009, 04:30 PM
Another great day.

buzz for boys
06-13-2009, 05:30 PM
Loving the trip report - your photos are fantastic !!

06-13-2009, 05:32 PM
Another lovely day, and now you have me rethinking my choice to eat at Flying Fish as our signature! We saw Wishes from the CG last year and I agree it really adds to an already lovely meal, haven't managed to catch the EWP as yet though so hopefully this year :)

06-14-2009, 05:56 AM
Another great day, I'm really enjoying your trip report.

Roll on day 7 :goodvibes

06-14-2009, 09:43 AM
:rotfl2: crikey don't let Matt hear you confessing to liking disney buses !!!

06-15-2009, 12:25 AM
Lovely day :)

06-15-2009, 04:53 AM
Another awesome day...glad you are finally getting the Disney feeling :)

06-15-2009, 06:10 AM
Love it :)

I agree about Narcoossee's, despite it being tricky to spell it is a great restaurant, we absolutely loved our meal in there last year :)

Wahoo?! Surely that's just a made up word?! :confused3

06-15-2009, 04:53 PM
That food looks very, very, very nice indeed.

I agree with everyone's comments - the photo of you all outside Narcoossee's is lovely!

06-17-2009, 08:08 AM
You know...al the times we've been to WDW, we've never seen the electrical parade. Another great day. How I wish I was there now. Oh well, have to wait till October.

Boss Hogg
06-17-2009, 01:25 PM
:rotfl2: crikey don't let Matt hear you confessing to liking disney buses !!!surely you mean to not liking them? Kev's always liked the buses - or so he says, he would appear to be changing his mind now!
Kev, glad the tide has turned. One observation I would make is that you seem to not be drinking anywhere near enough. Perhaps the reason why the holiday is taking time to warm up? As we all know, there is a direct and real correlation between enjoying oneself and the volume one drinks:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

06-17-2009, 01:34 PM
The wahoo dish looks absolutely scrummy.

06-22-2009, 02:46 PM
Glad the Disney feeling has returned! :)

06-23-2009, 03:04 PM
Fab day. I love the group shot. :thumbsup2

We had a lovely meal in Narcoosee's in December so I'm hoping it lives up to expectations again this coming trip.

07-03-2009, 07:27 AM
Someone in your party certainly has the knack for taking good photos. Some real stunners coming out that would do themselves justice in this months photo comp.
Really good reading again.

07-05-2009, 03:44 AM
Another great day - the meal looks lovely. :)

07-09-2009, 02:53 PM
Another great report, sounds like you really enjoyed your day.