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disneybarbie 11-01-2012 05:16 PM

October 2012 - Spooky, Wild, Exotic and a lot of food!

October 2012 - Spooky, Wild, Exotic and a lot of food!

When: 7th - 14th October

Where: Disney's Boardwalk Villas

Who: Me Emma lifelong thing of all things Disney!
DH not as much of as fan as me, but he does enjoy Walt Disney World :goodvibes

This trip was planned after our honeymoon at WDW last year. I had hoped the new Fantasyland would be open by October (which unfortunately it wasn't... or.... was it?! :rolleyes1) and we wanted to visit during the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot as we'd really enjoyed it in 2008.

After booking this vacation, we were then invited to go to Orlando in August with family so we went to the Disney parks a few times then too! Although for that trip we were staying offsite and with a much larger group, so it was a very different experience to just being the two of us again at our DVC 'home'.

We spent a week at Disney, and then a few nights on the Gulf Coast of Florida with my parents. It was nice to have a two-centre trip as it felt really long and relaxing. Plus we were really fortunate with the weather, no rain or thunderstorms and every day it was around 85-90 degrees!

While at WDW we spent time in all four parks, as well as doing some extra events which made this trip really special :cloud9:

disneybarbie 11-01-2012 05:27 PM

Day 1 - Travel & Arrival
Day 1 Sunday 7th October 2012

We woke up at 6am, very early for a Sunday, but it was easy to get up because it was finally time for our holiday!

Suitcases ready...

Pretty sunrise...

After getting ready and putting the suitcases in the car, we were on our way to Gatwick airport. We were parking the car onsite and had checked in online the day before, so we didn't have to be at the terminal too early.

We dropped off our bags and were soon through security and into the terminal, I bought some perfume & a box of chocolates (for the cabin crew... tip from my sister who used to work for an airline!) and we got some breakfast at Cafe Rouge.

Our flight was on time, so at 10am we went to the gate and soon it was time to board!

Virgin Atlantic recently refurbished their 747 fleet with much nicer seating and entertainment systems. One big change is that they have put a few rows of economy seats in the upstairs 'bubble' section and I was able to move our seats to these!

Luckily there was no one in the window seat next to me, so we had room to spread out.

I gave an air hostess the chocolates, she was really pleased and offered us a glass of champagne!

Soon we were in the air and on our way to Orlando the flight time was about 8 hours and was pretty smooth most of the way.

(This is the Isle of Wight small island in the South of England it was fun to be able to see it from the air!)

Lunch was chicken supreme or sausage & mash the air hostess gave me the slightly better white wine (due to the chocolates!) and also a big bottle of chilled water for the flight which was really nice to have.

During the flight I watched Brave (loved it), Madagascar 3 (quite cute), listened to some podcasts and watched a few episodes of Modern Family and Phineas & Ferb.

Very soon, we were landing!

Immigration was quick and we didn't have long to wait for our bags and get through customs... then it was on to our first ride... the monorail!

We headed for the Magical Express desk, there was no line at all for our bus in fact we were put on a different bus to fill it up. We did wait about 20 minutes for more guests to get on the bus, but by 5pm we were on route to Walt Disney World.

The first two stops were Port Orleans Riverside and Caribbean Beach (I have never been to the latter so it was quite fun just to drive through on the bus!)

And finally we reached the Boardwalk, this is our DVC home resort and I love how familiar and welcoming it feels when we arrive! :goodvibes

The Cast Member that checked us in was from New Zealand, she was on the college programme, and she was asking us about our journey apparently it takes 20+ hours to get to Florida from NZ.. and you arrive on the same day that you leave home because of the time zones!

disneybarbie 11-01-2012 05:32 PM

Day 1 - Travel & Arrival...

We headed to our room, it was on the fourth floor (4061) it wasn't too far from the elevators and there was a staircase nearby which was right behind the store on the boardwalk.

We hadn't booked a Boardwalk view so I was expecting a room on the Swan/Dolphin side of the resort ... so was really surprised when I saw this from the balcony!

Video here

This counts as a 'garden view' as it overlooks the lawn area, but also has a beautiful side view of Crescent Lake and the other resorts... as well as Epcot in the distance.

We had a studio villa which is a great size for two people...


I unpacked our suitcases, we had quick showers to freshen up and then headed out for the evening!


kitcat1 11-01-2012 05:44 PM

Good tip about the chocolates, I'm going to try that next week!! :thumbsup2

Loving all your pictures in the report too. Thanks for sharing.

Cath :)

Sweet Pea UK 11-01-2012 05:53 PM

Yay Emma - you have started your trip report. Can't wait for more updates!! I can't wait to read about your Animal Kingdom Adventure as we want to do that next year xx

monica23535 11-01-2012 06:00 PM

Hi Emma!

Glad you had a good trip, we got back a few days ago and can even spot our room at the Beach Club in your room view picture.

Can't wait to read more once you've finished your exams - good luck!

Leshaface 11-01-2012 08:21 PM

I didn't even get to say goodbye, but welcome back!

Saving my place here to read later! :goodvibes

Dugette 11-01-2012 09:06 PM

I'm here! Sounds like a good start; looking forward to hearing about the rest! Good luck with exams!

ronnmel 11-01-2012 09:13 PM

Hi Emma!

That sunset almost looks like a rainbow! Very pretty. You really seem to have gotten a great room! I have read about Boardwalk only having one set of elevators, so that's good that you were close to it AND that you got a side view of the lake. Bonus!

jwwi 11-01-2012 09:32 PM

Hi Emma,
Love your garden view from your villa. I remember reading your honeymoon tr, and can't wait to hear your food reviews.

MissPrice 11-02-2012 12:24 AM

Great Start

MiaBella05 11-04-2012 09:58 AM

popcorn:: joining in popcorn::

missx0xdelaney 11-04-2012 01:14 PM

Followed your link over from your PTR where I've been lurking! You guys had a great trip planned, can't wait to see how it panned out! :)

xkaittloveex 11-04-2012 01:55 PM

Joining in! :flower3:

Leshaface 11-04-2012 10:15 PM

Um, over 20 hours?! Guess you won't hear me complaining anymore about my measly 5 hour flight :cool1:

Love the view from your room. Will find out in about 28 days if we'll be staying at BWV or BLT! Secretly hoping to keep BWV but hubby will be happy if the waitlist goes through on BLT.

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