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Twilight Terror
05-10-2010, 11:29 AM
Hi everyone!

We are currently sat in Wetherspoons attempting to spend our 15 per person flight delay compensation money! Yes, that's right, we are currently riding out a 7-hour delay!!!

We were due to be on the 13:00 VS15 to Orlando this afternoon, but it's been delayed and pushed back right to 19:20 tonight! At least it looks likely that we will leave at some point today.

I must say, it has been a very eventful trip so far. We conked out on the M23, 7 miles from Gatwick and had to wait for the AA man, got locked out of the hotel room due to a dodgy door handle, had trouble with my glasses, took a trip to Crawley on the bus at the same time as we *should* have been leaving Gatwick on a plane, and then after adjusting my glasses in town, the arm snapped right off! :scared1:

Here's hoping the flight will be a little less eventful and less stressful. However, the start to the family photo album this year is definitely going to be interesting!!!!

buzz for boys
05-10-2010, 11:39 AM
Oh No !!
Hope you have a safe flight out and can forget the nightmare start !!

Pegasus928
05-10-2010, 12:00 PM
Hope have got passed the worst of it and can enjoy the rest of your journey.
Will you be able to keep us updated on your trip whilst over there (please say yes - please say yes) :thumbsup2

disney_princess_85
05-10-2010, 12:01 PM
Oh dear. :(

Fingers crossed you get going soon! :)

katiec
05-10-2010, 12:20 PM
Maybe not the best start to your holiday.... but certainly a different one!

Hope you get going soon.

PJB71
05-10-2010, 02:42 PM
Oh sorry to hear about your delay:hug:

As they say "things can only get better":thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Hope everything else goes to plan and you have a great time:woohoo:

wayneg
05-10-2010, 02:47 PM
Hope you get to go tonight, just checked status looks like its been put back again to 8:30pm now. So maybe boarding?

Pinky166
05-10-2010, 02:49 PM
Oh no what a bad run of luck.

Hopefully it will all be perfect from now on, have a great time. :wizard:

2Tiggies
05-10-2010, 03:18 PM
Well after this lot, you deserve the most wonderful trip you could dream of from this point on!!!! :goodvibes

Have a safe flight. :) Hopefully you are in the air now.

wayneg
05-10-2010, 03:53 PM
Status updated again, if they get off now they don't arrive until 2am
Scheduled departure time 10 May 13:00
Estimated departure time 10 May 20:45
Scheduled arrival time 10 May 17:00
Estimated arrival time 11 May 02:08

howlongtillsummer?
05-10-2010, 03:56 PM
Oh how terrible. But at least a delay is better than a cancellation. :)

2Tiggies
05-10-2010, 03:57 PM
Status updated again, if they get off now they don't arrive until 2am
Scheduled departure time 10 May 13:00
Estimated departure time 10 May 20:45
Scheduled arrival time 10 May 17:00
Estimated arrival time 11 May 02:08

I do hope the seats are comfy .... :rolleyes1 A good snooze on the plane may be the only way to salvage some usable hours of tomorrow. This is so awful. Everyone deserves a wonderful holiday. I do hope everything turns gold from here on for the OP. :goodvibes

wayneg
05-10-2010, 04:02 PM
Hopefully on their way now. :thumbsup2

Scheduled departure time 10 May 13:00
Actual departure time 10 May 20:51
Scheduled arrival time 10 May 17:00
Estimated arrival time 11 May 02:14

disneyholic family
05-10-2010, 04:24 PM
hopefully you've gotten all the bad stuff out of the way and it will be smooth sailing the rest of your holiday!!

have a magical time!!!!

Cyrano
05-10-2010, 05:00 PM
Hope you are already on your way :goodvibes

london75
05-11-2010, 03:17 AM
Status updated again, if they get off now they don't arrive until 2am
Scheduled departure time 10 May 13:00
Estimated departure time 10 May 20:45
Scheduled arrival time 10 May 17:00
Estimated arrival time 11 May 02:08


Manchester is showing the same sort of 7 hour lag on all flights too. I wonder how they're going to catch up until this plume has gone which could be months!

Twilight Terror
05-11-2010, 09:23 AM
Hello everyone! We are here!!!!

Didn't get chance to get back online at the airport before we departed, but since I am now feeling slightly more human and in the safety of my DVC room, I thought I'd update everyone.

Yesterday was one very long day, that's for sure! In the end, they did move departure back to 20.30 (as Wayne stated), with boarding starting at 19.00. There was one family that turned up in the cabin upstairs looong after are scheduled time to depart, which meant we didn't even leave the stand until just before 9pm. :(

Thanks to the volcanic ash, we had to do a huge arc up across the country, over Greenland and then went quite far inland to come down over Canada and the US. The downside - it made what should have been an 8hr flight into a 10hr flight! :scared1:

They also managed to mess up the entertainment system, so we all had the films TO the UK, as opposed to FROM the UK. That annoyed me more than anything as I was totally looking forward to watching Princess and the Frog, It's Complicated and The Blind Side - three films that I was supposed to go to the cinema with my mum to see over the past few months, but other things cropped up and meant we could not. So now, I've STILL not seen PATF!

It was a bit of a strange flight since because of where we were flying, it was light for quite some time, before the darkness crept in. Ended up staying up to watch a few films, then me and Cath sat on the floor playing Travel Scrabble until we hit turbulance over Greenland. At that point, we joined everyone else on the plane in the land of nod!

Although our immigration office was quite sharp and annoyed with everyone (including the special assistance guy!), immigration was pretty straight forward and quick. My suitcases were ready and waiting on the belt by the time we were through - one advantage to PE, plus I was uneasy about doing Twilight Check-in and the bags just not getting there at all!

Since we didn't have our wheelchair and someone else pushing, we were able to keep our luggage instead of having to let it go and recollect again! By the time we got to the Dollar queue, it was 3:15am Florida time! I do not like the way Dollar do things now - you just go across and choose your own car! We were going for the mid-size SUV but there were none we liked. Spoke to the Dollar lady who said we could get a minivan instead, so we did! For the three of us... :laughing:

By the time we decided on the car, filled in the last of the paperwork and worked out what did what in the car, we left the airport at 4.15am and drove slowly to WDW, and eventually into Kidani Village. We got checked in and were in the room at 5.30am.

It was still dark when we arrived, but it was just starting to get light. We'd seen a few animals out in the darkness, and got to watch the sunrise on the Sunset Savannah and be greeted by three cattle, two zebras, and a noisy crane!

Mum and sister have stayed up spotting animals, while I had a quick catnap for an hour. We all had a reasonably good sleep on the plane, so decided it's probably best just to stay up this morning, go to breakfast, which was already booked for 9.45am at Boma, and then either have a snooze this afternoon or crash early tonight.

But, we are here, and we made it in one piece! Thankfully, because everyone works shifts, we are used to getting varying lengths of sleep and carrying on depending on what combo of early/lates we do, so that is what we will do, so won't loose too much time!

I will be writing a trip report this time I think, just because it's been so strange a holiday! Now I must dash off to breakfast!

disney_princess_85
05-11-2010, 09:29 AM
Phew! I'm glad you're there, safe and sound. Have a great trip! :goodvibes

wayneg
05-11-2010, 09:30 AM
Very eventful start, enjoy your holiday.:goodvibes

Neoshoegal
05-11-2010, 09:33 AM
Glad to hear you guys made it alright :)
Not a flight I'd like to do, but worth it in the end I guess.

Enjoy your holiday!

2Tiggies
05-11-2010, 12:04 PM
Have a great day. Early to bed for you all tonight though! ;)

T16GEM
05-11-2010, 01:56 PM
Wow what an eventful journey, we had a similar delay in January and I think it helped us to adjust to the time difference!
I hope that you had a nice breakfast! :)

Twilight Terror
05-11-2010, 04:17 PM
Wow what an eventful journey, we had a similar delay in January and I think it helped us to adjust to the time difference!
I hope that you had a nice breakfast! :)

Unfortunately for us, it has totally thrown us. We never have any trouble adjusting to the time here, but this time around has really messed us up! Mum and sister are currently having a nap now; I am going to go for a wander, before deciding what we are going to get up to this evening! We did manage to make it to breakfast (although 15mins late) and had a yummy bowl of fruit loops with zebra milk! ;) :rotfl:

ChipnDaleRule
05-11-2010, 04:50 PM
Wow,what an adventure!
Hope to join you next wednesday.Crossing everything at the moment.
Was the turbulance bad over Greenland? Cant stand turbulance:sick:
Though at the moment i would be happy to put up with anything,just as long as we get there.

Have a magical day:):)

Twilight Terror
05-11-2010, 05:55 PM
Hey!

To be honest, once the worst of the turbulance got going and the seat belt signs went on, it just rocked us to sleep! lol It was tough going for a while, but it was just one particular patch. Hopefully, it will have moved off by the time you have to fly.

suzycute
05-11-2010, 06:13 PM
Hi Twilight :wave2:
Sorry to hear about your adventurous trip but glad you're at AKV safe and sound!
Very pleased to hear you'll be writing a trip report which I will look forward to reading. Have a lovely holiday! :thumbsup2

2Tiggies
05-11-2010, 07:08 PM
Unfortunately for us, it has totally thrown us. We never have any trouble adjusting to the time here, but this time around has really messed us up! Mum and sister are currently having a nap now; I am going to go for a wander, before deciding what we are going to get up to this evening! We did manage to make it to breakfast (although 15mins late) and had a yummy bowl of fruit loops with zebra milk! ;) :rotfl:

What is zebra milk? I have visions ...... :rolleyes1

Twilight Terror
05-12-2010, 08:17 AM
That's what you get for eating breakfast at Boma, in Disney! Zebra milk is just normal milk really! Mum had 'rhino' milk, and my sister had 'giraffe' milk!! They were just being funny.

2Tiggies
05-12-2010, 08:54 AM
That's what you get for eating breakfast at Boma, in Disney! Zebra milk is just normal milk really! Mum had 'rhino' milk, and my sister had 'giraffe' milk!! They were just being funny.

Oh, so I haven't been missing out on some big part of Disney :laughing:

Are you feeling more adjusted to the time change today?

fairytale
05-12-2010, 12:34 PM
I'm so tolerate when it comes to delays and turbulance etc etc when I'm going on holiday, as long I know I'm going to eventually get there then anything goes, hit me with it coming home, well :scared1:

Have a great time, and thank you for posting, you know how we all love a good Trip Report :thumbsup2

Twilight Terror
05-13-2010, 08:14 AM
Oh, so I haven't been missing out on some big part of Disney :laughing:

Are you feeling more adjusted to the time change today?

Yes, thanks! We are much better adjusted now. I woke up at 6.30am (local time) yesterday, and 7.30am this morning, so doing much better!

torsie24
05-13-2010, 09:11 AM
Glad you got there in the end and that you're all a bit mroe used to the time difference.

Have an amazing trip! I'm very very jealous!