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Old 07-01-2008, 04:20 PM   #1
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Edinburgh to Orlando - our holiday was "awesome!!" (did I say it right??)!!! (+pics)

Well I started with a pretrip report and couldn't figure out how to move it to the trip report board so I have started again!!!! (sorry - quite new to the boards!).

First of all a wee catch up on who we all are:


I am 32 and live in Stirlingshire in Scotland. I have been a Disney fanatic since birth I think and always loved the sense of make believe and wonder which the films and stories give you. I have been to WDW many times and DL once (and DLRP once on a conference and it is officially the worst place. Does not even start to compare with WDW and I will never be back.)

DH is 33 and was not a Disney fan until I made him go just after we got married and now he loves it. i don't think he totally "gets" it but he loves going on holiday (vacation!) here.

DD Emma is 6 and loves all things Disney. This will be her 3rd trip to WDW and she is exceptionally excited about this upcoming trip. I'll call her DE!

DD Katieis just truned 2 and does not yet know what a holiday is!!!! Even so she is very excited about her "oidays" and loves everything about Aurora. I'll call her DK!

Mum and Dad are also having 2 weeks at WDW - they are leaving 4 days before us so we will have about 10 days with them. Mum is as Disney daft as me and is always the one wiping tears away during the opening ceremony (I hide mine behind sunglasses!). Dad is going to spend time with the girls - he is not too bothered about Disney at all. But it is rule of the trip - you must be excited so he is doing his best! I'll call them Granny and Grandad in the report!
Both Mum and Dad dote on my girls so we are going to have a lot of fun experiencing it all together.

We have bought a 21 day ticket for WDW which gives us unlimited access for 21 days to all parks and water parks for DH and DD6. DD2 does not need a ticket and I have bought an annual pass to save money on the car parking and to get the discounts at the World of Disney store. This is a good saving for us.
We also have tickets for SeaWorld and a one day 2 park pass for Universal.
So it is going to be a busy 18 days and we plan to fill them up.

Next post..........

Our travel day.........................

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Old 07-01-2008, 04:22 PM   #2
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Travel days - the wonders of the bidet and lots of hanging about.....

We got to Edinburgh in plenty of time and checked our bags straight through to Orlando which was great as we didn’t have to wait for our bags to do Twilight Check-in at Gatwick as we had already done it online. We gave the girls something to eat at the airport and by the time they were finished it was time to go. Flight was fine – DK was a bit upset during take off and landing but all in all not too bad.

Found out at Gatwick that the plane in the morning was due to be half full hence the reason we were moved around so much. Dinner at the Hilton was great and our room was huge and comfortable. DK and DE were amazed by the bidet and enjoyed hiding in the huge cupboard!

In the morning our flight was delayed by 3 hours so we had a long wait in the departure lounge which was less than ideal. Eventually we got on the flight and DK fell asleep straight away – before the wheels left the ground. 8 hours passed and we were all still in good humour but desperate to get off the plane. Granny and Grandad met us at the airport and we were off!

We decided to go via Downtown Disney in order to validate my annual pass to save time in the morning. It was lovely to get a wee taste of what was to come. Downtown Disney is a lovely place with so much going on.

So it was back to the villa , unpack the PJs and to bed. We hoped the girls would not get up too early with the time difference………………………………….

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Old 07-01-2008, 05:23 PM   #3
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An early start and my favourite place in the whole actual world!

3.46am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s when DK started to shout on Mummy! Not good! She did go back to sleep in bed with us for a bit. DH got up and got showered, shaved and dressed before he realised he had got up at 5am by mistake as his clock was wrong!!!!

I took the girls in for a swim as the sun was coming up which was great. The water was a bit nippy but you soon get used to it. Showers and then out of the door by 7.45am.

The Magic Kingdom was very quiet when we arrived in the morning, We parked in Minnie and walked to the TTC. We caught the monorail to the MK – my fave way to go. We got a good spot in front of the Mickey flower display in front of the railway station and both girls sat on the wall and waited for the Welcome Show to begin.



This would be DK’s first taste of what was to come and I wondered if she would be a bit scared but she loved it. DE has obviously seen it before but was just as excited as ever. I don’t know what it is about that show – must be the angle of the sun but it always makes my eyes water!!!! Ahem……..

We walked under the station and came into Town Square. DE was excited to see Chip and Dale come our way and they made a big deal of the fact that DE had similar teeth (she has 2 front teeth missing at the top – actually 3 now but more of that later!!!!) which was really funny.



DH and Grandad went to Splash Mountain to get fast passes so we made our way up Main Street USA slowly to meet them at Buzz. There was no line for the Astro Orbiters so we walked straight on and were the only ones on it! Then it was on to Buzz where I managed to hit something which gave me 999999 points – max score!!! Wish I could remember which target I hit! That was near the start of the ride so had to move over to the other gun which was in front of DD2 to play more! Buzz is a good ride though.

Grandad and DE on the Speedway.


DK on her favourite ride!


We then did the Speedway, Philharmagic, Carousel, and It’s a Small World before heading off to Splash Mountain. DK loved the carousel (she calls it the sasselle) and It’s a Small World – think we will have to go on them again before we go home!! As usual we all got very wet on Splash Mountain. Most of the soaking came from the bit where you ride past the big drop as others are coming down. I got wetter from that bit than the drop itself. Always good fun though! After collecting fast passes for Big Thunder Mountain we went to the Columbia Harbour House for lunch. Thunder Mountain is by far my favourite ride at the MK – its just so much fun. I could happily ride it all day. In Frontierland DE was lucky enough to be picked to take part in Woody’s Roundup which was a lot of fun. And doesn’t that song stick in your mind for ages afterwards? I still find myself humming it now – 3 weeks later!!



The parade at 3 was lovely as usual but not too busy. DK was looking for Aurora but she was nowhere to be seen. All in all the MK today was very quiet I thought. Not as busy as the last time we were here at this time.



And how can you leave the Magic Kingdom without a balloon???



By this time we were all tired and hot and bothered so we headed home for a nice cool dip in the pool. The day was finished off with a trip to Sizzlers for dinner and an early night.

A busy first day – just as we like it!

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Old 07-01-2008, 05:35 PM   #4
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So glad you started your TR! I've been wondering how your trip went! Can't wait to hear more..

Your arrival and 1st day sound great ( well, except for the 3:45am wakeup from Katie!! ) I guess her body clock told her it should be 8:45am!

Congrats on your max points on Buzz! Can't wait to get back on that ride.

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Old 07-01-2008, 08:48 PM   #5
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Great start-- What a beautiful family you have!

Can't wait to read more
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:09 PM   #6
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Your girls are cute!


I'm impressed that by 7:45 not only were out the door, but had already been for a swim and a shower. And everyone looks wide awake and ready to go in that first picture!

I can't wait to hear more.
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Old 07-04-2008, 04:54 AM   #7
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Whar a great start to your trip! The girls are adorable.

How long did it take to adjust to the time difference?

Looking forward to more!
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Old 07-04-2008, 05:44 AM   #8
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Great start to your trip , Magic Kingdom is just the place to be on your 1st morning , just like your family we're always up mega early on our first morning so we make the most of it! Looking forward to reading more , beautiful pic of you all at MK.
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:00 AM   #9
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So glad your Dad enjoyed the Segway Tour...I would love to try that! Oh, well, maybe someday.

I love Soarin'. I'm glad your Dad liked that also.

Pics at Imagination Pavilion are too cute. Thanks for sharing1
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What a small world - (oh no the song is coming into my head)

I'm from Falkirk and I don't know how but I recognise your face from somewhere! Probably just around town or something! Your girls are gorgeous!

Great trip report can't wait to read more!

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Old 07-05-2008, 02:15 PM   #11
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What a small world - (oh no the song is coming into my head)

I'm from Falkirk and I don't know how but I recognise your face from somewhere! Probably just around town or something! Your girls are gorgeous!

Great trip report can't wait to read more!

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How strange is that??

Wish i was still looking forward to my trip! Another 3 years for us now......

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Your girls are so adorable!!! My mom is from a little town on the outskirts of Glasgow and I always enjoy reading TR's from Scotland! Sounds like the girls really enjoyed Epcot. Looking forward to reading more.
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The tea party looks so adorable!!! Sound like a fun time was had.
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Just found your TR! Great job so far!! The tea party looks soooo cute!! Can't wait to hear more!!
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I hope you got to change your shorts and didn't have to deal with them all day! the tea party sounds cute.
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