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Old 10-07-2012, 06:12 PM   #1
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September trip to the World!

Hi everyone

Well to try to get over the fact that I'm now home and back to work on Tuesday, I've started my trip report. Hope you all enjoy

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Just the two of us this time round -

Me - Laura - Major, major planner
DBF - Steven - Goes with the flow but is turning out to be quite the planner, I've trained him well!

So here goes:

Day 1 - Travel day - Thursday 20th September 2012

I was up at 5am; we weren't leaving the house till 6.30am. I watched Family Guy and painted my nails.

Steven woke up at 6.10am, we got ready, said our goodbyes to my family and were out the house 6.30am on the dot. Steven drove for the first time in 2 weeks due to his broken foot but coped fine. I would have drove but I'm not the most confident driver and driving to the airport would be too much. I'm always stressed out on travel day!

There wasn't much traffic on the road so we got to the airport at about 7.15am. The line for check in was huge but as we were in the premium cabin we had our own check-in desk and there was only one family in front of us but it still seemed to take a while (they had a problem with their ESTAs from what I could overhear) so they opened a second desk in order to check us in without waiting too long.

I always worry about how heavy our suitcases are going to be. Our suitcases were only 16kg and 13kg, which was good as we had 23kg each so plenty of weight free to bring back souvenirs.

Security was quick too, it seems to have changed at Newcastle since last year, there's more x-ray machines.

After Steven broke his foot, he had a cast for 2 weeks but two days before travelling it was removed and he had a 'moon boot' to use for the 2 weeks whilst we were away. He managed the drive to the airport fine but put it on when we got to the airport.



We were all checked in and ready for the off by 8am, I was very, very calm which is so unlike me. I felt so relaxed and excited. Normally I feel sick, have butterflies in my tummy and usually there's tears but I felt happy and hungry!! I had a meal deal from Boots for breakfast.

We found a nice spot to sit and wait - the long 93 minute wait, which turned out to be the longest wait of the holiday

The time actually seemed to fly by and we were at the gate ready to board. Steven took his moon boot off whilst we were waiting. Premium passengers were boarded first; we had a blanket, pillow and headphones on our chair, as well as a newspaper. There was also a bag of toiletries to use (tooth brush, tooth paste, facial spritzer, and lip balm).

We were given a glass of champagne whilst we waited for the rest of the plane to board; I didn't drink mine so Steven had it.

Our first meal was an option of chicken with vegetables or beef stroganoff. We both went for the chicken, although I didn't eat mine - I never do.

We had a great choice of movies too; including The Avengers, Brave and Dark Shadows, but I had brought my portable DVD player and watched The Inbetweeners and Desperate Housewives.

We then got brought drinks around 3 or 4 times. Steven was drinking Budweiser but I stuck to lemonade. Then they brought sandwiches.

The flight seemed to go quite quickly up until 2 hours to go, then it just started to drag!

Once we had landed, we were the 3rd group off the plane however a flight must have landed just before us so there was quite a long queue, but it seemed to be moving constantly and we were through in about 30 minutes. Our cases were also waiting for us once we got through.

We were the first Thomson passengers through; the rep was waiting for us. We were given our transfer documents and found our coach. Again, we were first to board but there was only 6 other groups. Within 30 minutes they had arrived and after a further 15 minute wait we were on our way.

For the first time ever we were the first to be dropped off!! We never get that lucky! The bus was also going to All Star Sports, Pop Century, Coronado Springs and the Hilton.

We were the only ones to get off at Port Orleans Riverside. We arrived after a slow coach journey at around 4.45pm. There was no one waiting at check-in so we were given our information pack, directions to our room and our Keys to the World.

It felt like a long walk to our room. We got what we wanted though, a high floor Mansion room on the corner. We were put in Acadian House room 8220. Close to the North depot bus stop.





We quickly unpacked, sorted the free wifi on our iPad and iphone and decided to go to Downtown Disney on the boat. By this point it was 5.30pm I was hungry, tired, a bit grumpy and feeling sick. The main reason for this was due to Steven remembering that he forgot to pack his swimming shorts.

He managed to get some in the sale at Team Mickey's then we went to the Earl of Sandwich and shared a Cannonballs sandwich, BBQ chips and a bottle of water. We were saving ourselves for our massive pizza later!

After quick look around some of the shops we took the bus back to POR at 7pm and went in the pool for a bit. It was totally empty!



At 9.30pm we were both starving again, we walked over to the main building and got our mugs and shared a large cheese pizza. As we were using the DDP we got a drink and dessert each too. We got two bottles of water, Steven got a chocolate cake and I got a brownie. This is the first time we have done a dining plan and we were shocked at the amount of food we were getting each meal and what you could use the snack credits on.

We took the food back to our room to eat and fell asleep not long after.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:03 PM   #2
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Can't sleep so continuing with day 2

Day 2 - AK (AM EMH) & Epcot - Friday 21st September 2012

I woke up at 5.10am, which I was expecting. It always seems to take a while to get into a routine when you go to WDW. Steven could have happily slept longer but I woke him up as I wanted someone to talk to and was sick of watching cheesy adverts on TV

I ate my brownie as a snack to tie me over until the food court opened, is that really bad?! .

It was EMH morning at AK which we planned to do, since we knew we would be up early. We went over to the food court at about 7.15am.

The AK bus wasn't too busy but I think we may have missed the rush as it was about quarter to 8 by the time we had eaten and walked to the bus stop.



We headed straight to EE to get a fast pass then rode it as it was a walk on. Afterwards we went to Dino Land and rode Primeval Whirl then went over to Dinosaur, which was also a walk on. It was then time to go back to EE, which was still a walk on. By the time we had rode, the park was open to the public and there were swarms of people heading to EE.







We were going to ride the safari but everyone was heading in that direction. We decided to call it a day at AK around 10am and head back to the hotel. But we found it to be a very productive morning and even saw the monkeys near EE playing and eating. We've never seen them so active before, it must have been because it was early and cooler.

Steven's foot was aching a little from all the walking so it was the right time to leave. I didn't want to push it and make him any worse!

We had a little wait for the bus but it was practically empty and we were on our way back to POR.



We had a swim in the pool and made a last minute decision to go to Epcot in the evening instead of going tomorrow.



It was about 2pm when we went to Epcot. We went straight to Soarin' and got a fastpass to return between 4.30 and 5.30pm. We went to Electric Umbrella for something to eat.



We went to Mouse Gears to shop for a few things. I bought a mad hatter mug and a few Vinylmations, so did Steven. We sat and watched the fountains then went to Club Cool to try some cokes from around the world. Israel is my favourite, Steven prefers Germany's.




To kill the time, we rode Living with the Land. Steven had never been on it before and it had been 7 years since I last rode it (I'm pretty sure it has changed, did a CM use to ride in the boat with you??) It was then time to ride Soarin', it always seems to make me feel nervous whilst I wait. I really enjoy it, but always get a little butterfly in my tummy!

After Soarin' we went on Figment (a must-do of mine!) then had a slow walk into Canada pavilion. Steven had a beer and I had a lemon ice. We found a lovely bench in the shade and watched the boats go back and forth across World Showcase lagoon.



We headed home at about 6pm, again no wait for the bus.

After getting back to the room we wanted to go to DTD (again!), it was raining quite heavily but we still wanted to go. We got off at the Market Place and weaved our way through the shops and ended up outside Pollo Campero. I had chicken strips and fries, Steven had citrus chicken and fries. I had a cookie for dessert and Steven had a cinnamon doughnut. I wasn't too keen; the chicken had a strange after taste. I don't think we'll be eating there again.

The rain eased off and we headed back to the hotel.

Another successful day but Steven was starting to get pains in his other foot
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:38 PM   #3
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Day 3 - DHS (EMH AM) & MK - Saturday 22nd September 2012

Yet again I was up early, 6am (it's getting a bit better!) but we needed to be up and ready for DHS! We arrived at 8.15am. We skipped breakfast at the hotel this morning to head straight for the bus. The bus wasn't too busy, but again I think we must have missed the rush.




I went straight to Toy Story to pick up fast passes. The return time was 10.35-11.35am so we had plenty of time to ride some other rides. We had breakfast at Starring Rolls; we both had chocolate croissants which were beautiful!

Straight after we went on Tower of Terror, twice! The chocolate croissants did not return thankfully!




We then went on Star Tours and the Backlot Tour. Everything was a walk on. It was then time for Toy Story. I won by a mile!! Steven was convinced his shooter was broken, but I think he's just a sore loser.

We then went back to the hotel at around 11.30am feeling quite happy with how our morning went. We had decided to do the shows on another visit, including Fantasmic.

We had lunch at the hotel. We both had bacon cheese burgers. Steven had cheesecake with chocolate sauce and I had a brownie. Then we went into the pool for a bit.

At 6pm we arrived at MK (was supposed to be Epcot but we went yesterday) there was a long wait for the bus. The park was very busy, but the main reason for MK today was to see the Main Street Electrical Parade. We were going to the dessert party the following night so would only see Wishes and not the parade.





We joined the queue for Splash Mountain, which was only a 20 minute wait. I managed to Face time my little sister from the queue; the free wifi is great in the parks.

Splash Mountain is a great ride, but we stopped 4 times all together for around 10 minutes a time which put a downer on the ride. As much as I love it, stopping for 10 minutes before each drop or incline kind of kills it a bit.

Everyone gave us a round of applause once we arrived back at the loading station.

We quickly ate at Pinocchio’s Village Haus in Fantasyland; I didn't enjoy this meal. I had BBQ chicken flat bread and Steven had pepperoni flat bread. We both had chocolate cake. Steven enjoyed his flat bread but mine wasn't tasty at all.

It was 7.30pm by this point and the parade started at 8pm. We went over to Main Street USA and were guided by the CM to an empty spot; I'm assuming it was empty because there was a bin there?! He was also showing other people to this spot and they stood behind us.

When we were waiting I heard a very familiar voice. I look to my right and there's Kirk from Coronation Street with his wife and 2 little children. It was quite surreal to be standing on Main Street with Kirk next to us. I was quite star struck; I've never seen anyone off the telly in real life before.



Anyway, the parade was fantastic and we had a great view, despite being stood behind a bin, but it was a great place to rest my video camera. The batteries on my digital camera died just as Dopey was coming along but I quickly whipped out my iphone and Steven managed to get some photos on there.






We left straight after the parade, there seemed to be more people coming in than leaving. I think there was a 2nd parade on at 10pm that night so people were coming for the fireworks and the 2nd parade.

We went to the pool bar at the hotel, Steven had a pint of Bud Lite and I had a Citrus Infusion cocktail which was lovely but very strong!
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Loving your TR so far! You guys seemed to have been really lucky with the buses too! It sucks that Splash was so stop/start, I can see how that would lessen the effect of the drops etc. I've heard its like that quite a bit lately!! Can't believe you saw Kirk, I'd have been starstruck too Nice sneaky pic you got there too
Can't wait to read more - especially the 23rd (judging by your siggie it was quite an important day on your trip )
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Day 4 - DTD & MK (PM EMH) plus Dessert Party - Sunday 23rd September 2012

We had a slight lie in this morning, until around 7am! Steven offered to go and get us breakfast from the food court and seemed to take ages. I managed to have a shower, wash my hair, get ready, put a bit of make up on and tidy the room in the time he was gone. He just said the food court was busy.

At 10am we took the bus to DTD for a wander around and to buy a few things. When we came back we went to the pool for a bit of sunbathing. I ended up very, very burnt and red and after falling asleep with a towel half over my legs, I had the strangest lines on my legs. The photos of me from now onwards look awful with patchy red and white bits. I'm dreading the photopass photos!






We arrived at MK at 5pm to go on a few rides before the dessert party. I was so excited! One of the things I don't like is having to fight for a perfect spot for the fireworks but with the dessert party you don't have to do that, plus it satisfies my sweet tooth

We were walking over the bridge into Tomorrowland when Steven asked if we could have our photo taken by the photopass photographer later, I said 'yes but see what my hair looks like' (I have the craziest holiday hair) and he said 'well, are the photopass photographers still there at night?' and I said 'yes why?' and he said 'just because it would be nice to have our photos taken there'. I was totally oblivious to any kind of hints and just said 'ok'. When I think back now, I don't know why I didn't question him; he rarely takes interest in having photos taken!

We got fast passes for Space Mountain then rode as the wait was 20 minutes. Fast pass return time was between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. After conquering Space Mountain in an awkward wrap around skirt that was long at the back and short at the front without revealing myself (the ladies will understand) we rode TTA then Buzz (I won, again) and went back on Space Mountain.

We then decided to quickly watch Philharmagic before heading over to the terrace.

We got to the terrace by 7.45pm a queue had already formed. Our reservation was for 8pm but I really don't think it matters what time you arrived as they started to let everyone in at 8pm. You got a wrist band and were shown to your table by a CM. Our table was perfect. Second row from the front but right on the edge nearest the railings. We had the best view and no worries about people standing in front of us as we could get to the railings before them. I think the tables are assigned by how in advance you book. I booked on the day our day opened up for reservations.



The desserts were great but after the third trip I was feeling full. I had chocolate strawberries, brownies and cookies. Gorgeous!





The fireworks were great, we had an amazing view. It is worth it just for the view and Tinkerbell flies right over your head!








After the fireworks we hung around to let the crowds settle then walked through Tomorrowland, rode Carousel of Progress (I've never done this before) then walked round to the Haunted Mansion, which was a walk on. On the way round to BTMRR the tail end of the parade was coming through, so I managed to get some photos of Dopey and the dwarves and the rest of the parade on my digital camera since the battery died the other night.

We were in the queue for BTMRR and when we got to the point where the queue splits into two, our queue wasn't moving. Turns out someone had been sick on the ride and they had to give it a clean.

BTMRR is much scarier in the dark, I love it.

It was about 11pm after the long BTMRR wait and we decided to head on out. Steven's foot was playing up again and I wanted to have a quick look through the shops on the way out.

On the way through Adventureland I said to Steven 'we'll cut up through here instead of going up near the castle' and he just said 'no, we won't' and we continued walking.

We got to the castle and were about to continue our walk up Main Street when he pulled me to one side and said 'while we're here'....and got down on one knee! He pulled out a box with the most gorgeous ring inside and proposed to me. I burst into tears and of course said yes!

Main Street was quite empty at this point with only a few people getting pictures taken. Steven knew I wouldn't have liked masses of people watching but said he wanted to propose in front of the castle and thought doing it during PM EMH would be ideal, which it was. He originally wanted a photopass photographer to take photos but I wasn't playing along haha! I was totally oblivious.

We had our photos taken anyway and did a down on one knee shot in front of the castle.

On the way out Steven said I had a package to collect at reception. When we got back we got some 'Just Engaged' badges and I collected a package with champagne, chocolate, cheese and crackers. Steven had ordered it that morning, which is why breakfast took so long!



It was after midnight by the time we had got back to the room and we were both shattered. We had a few chocolates then fell asleep.

Perfect end to a perfect day
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What a lovely day (except the sunburn)!!! Funnily enough when my DH took me to MK to pop the question he also asked if we could get a photo taken with the photopass photographers on that bridge but I was in such a hurry to get to Space Mountain I stayed walking and said later Congrats again on your engagement, you have a really thoughtful fiance there full steam ahead with WDW wedding plans
The dessert party looked lovely and nice fireworks pics! And I like that tip about riding BTMRR at night!!! Must give that a shot!
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Oh what a fantastic surprise

Would you like a Disney wedding
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Awww loving the TR so far!

So cool you got to see our Kirky from Corrie.

Congratulations on the engagement, the Magic Kingdom is such a perfect place to get engaged
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loving your trip report. Thank you for taking the time to do one.

We also bumped into a Corronation Street person a few years back at Universal Studio's...the bloke that used to play Steve Mcdonalds brother and his girlfriend/wife. I wasn't as sneaky as you though and didn't get a photo...lol

You are correct about the Living With the Land ride it did use to have a cast member at the front doing the commentary.

Glad you took some photo's of the fireworks when you went to the Dessert Party at MK, as they were the exact same ones we watched as well and I didn't take any. We must have been about 50 meters away from you watching them

We were also in POR and in the mansion house next to you, Magnolia.

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loving your trip report. Thank you for taking the time to do one.

We also bumped into a Corronation Street person a few years back at Universal Studio's...the bloke that used to play Steve Mcdonalds brother and his girlfriend/wife. I wasn't as sneaky as you though and didn't get a photo...lol

You are correct about the Living With the Land ride it did use to have a cast member at the front doing the commentary.

Glad you took some photo's of the fireworks when you went to the Dessert Party at MK, as they were the exact same ones we watched as well and I didn't take any. We must have been about 50 meters away from you watching them

We were also in POR and in the mansion house next to you, Magnolia.

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Aww thank you everyone

Wow can't believe you were at the Dessert Party too and staying at POR! Small world

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Hahaha I was sunbathing next to a Sunderland towel...! That's rather mental :-)

I was entertained by a few of the characters around the pool (for the record I was NOT partof the loud obnoxious Glaswegians that were there!)
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That's crazy!!!! I had a pink/purple Minnie Mouse towel Mental to think we were probably right next to each other!
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Day 11 – Sunday 30th September 2012 – Downtown Disney plus Planet Hollywood ADR & DHS (EMH PM)

We had a bit of a lie in this morning since we were going to DHS for PM EMH, also we had an ADR at 3.30pm at Planet Hollywood.

We lay by the pool for most of the morning then took the bus to DTD.






We were seated early at Planet Hollywood as it was empty. I had chicken (again) and Steven had a steak. I had a lovely frozen strawberry daiquiri and Steven had a lager. The food was great and our server was very friendly and chatty.





After our meal we had a wander around the restaurant, since it was practically empty, and had a look some of the memorabilia on display. We both agreed we would come back to Planet Hollywood next time

The queue for the Jack and Sally meet and greet was huge even before we went into Planet Hollywood at 3.20pm and even longer when we came out an hour or so later.



We took the boat back to POR from DTD and bumped into the same boat driver from the previous day. He wasn’t driving today though; he was standing on the dock. He recognised us though and said to us ‘weren’t you two on my boat yesterday’ and had a chat with us about our day.

We got back to POR and I video called my sister to keep her up to date with what we've been doing.

At 7pm we took the bus to DHS. Just as we were walking into the park the heavens opened. It poured for around 20 minutes. We took cover under an umbrella outside Prime Time. Once it calmed down to light rain we waded over to Star Tours, I kept losing my flip flop in the floods of water on the paths.




Star Tours was empty as was Muppets 3D, which we went to afterwards. I thought everyone would have gone on one of these attractions to get out of the rain.

After this we went over to Tower of Terror, Fantasmic had just finished so there were herds of people leaving the park. We stayed down at Tower of Terror and rode a few times until the crowd died down.



Then we went on the Great Movie Ride where we encountered a very rude woman. She was so disgusting I don’t really want to go into the full details on here. But this spoilt the ride for us (as we were in her row) and those behind her.



After we rode Toy Story with only a 20 minute wait (I beat Steven, again!).



We then went back over to Tower of Terror, which was a walk on and decided to leave the park at 11pm. We were going to ride RnR but it was a 45 minute wait, by this point we were tired and just wanted to lie down!

The queue for the bus wasn't too bad either, we had just arrived at the bus stop when a full bus pulled away, we were 4th or 5th in the queue for the next bus though.
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Sorry I'm a bit late to the party, but congratulations! And it looks like you had a great holiday!

We loved the F&W Festival, and used our snack credits to eat our way round!

Cant wait to hear more! xx
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Day 12 – Monday 1st October 2012 – Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure

We were up at 7.15am to get dressed and have breakfast before being picked up by Mears transfer bus. Our bus arrived on time at 8.20am; there was only 2 other couples being collected at POR, 1 couple from POFQ and 1 couple at SSR. The driver was lovely and gave us loads of helpful tips and told us about the parks.

On the way we spotted the new Characters in Flights balloon



Now, I’m not a huge fan of US and IOA, I much prefer Disney and could easily have spent the full 2 weeks at a Disney park but Steven likes them and we both said we wanted to go on the Harry Potter ride again.




We managed to get IOA done in less than 3 hours. We went straight to Harry Potter, which was only a 10 minute wait, although it felt like it was closer to 30 minutes – still it beats the huge 2 hour wait we had last year. The ride is amazing and I still can’t believe how fab the castle looks and the shops.
Most of the rides were a 10 minute wait at IOA, which is probably how we managed to get through the park in less than 3 hours.












We walked over to US which was busier than IOA but still the longest we waited for any ride was 20 minutes. We even rode The Mummy twice in a row as there was no line.

What I really loved was the Despicable Me attraction. It’s a bit like Shrek 4D but a tiny bit more advanced.





Now, last year I had an issue with the people behind us in the queue for The Simpsons ride. The man and the child with him pushed in front of us when we got into the little room before you board the ride and pushed through to get a seat in the front row.

The man wasn’t a small man height wise and width wise – not being nasty but surely he shouldn’t have pushed in front of us and should have some consideration for the people he is around. For example, my brother and dad would sit in the back as they’re taller than me, my mam and little sister, so can see over us. This man plonked himself in front of my dad and mam and blocked their view of the screen.

The same thing happened to me and Steven this year. A man and his girlfriend pushed their way past us in the room in order to get front row seats and both of these people were bigger than us! They also spoke and kissed through the whole thing anyway!!

Are they just incredibly rude or are we too nice? I wouldn’t feel comfortable barging past people, even though I would probably never see these people again in my life, I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to deal with any awkwardness or confrontation as I’m just not that type of person.

The Simpsons ride vehicle is strange anyway because it feels like the seats in the back row are actually lower than the front row. They probably aren’t but it just feels that way. Surely it should be a bit higher than the front row though?

It’s a shame some sort of drama has happened on this ride whenever we’ve rode it as it is a good attraction, but it gets ruined by others.

After this debacle we rode Men in Black then I asked Steven if I had ever took him on the E.T ride, apparently I hadn’t. So off we went to E.T, Steven wasn’t impressed!

We then sat through the Terminator show, which neither of us had done before. Less said about this the better!




By just after 4pm we had done everything we had wanted to do and were on route back to POR.






(The man with the push chair is walking right through our 'proposal spot'

MK had PM EMH that night, so we powered through and at 7pm headed to MK! We rode BTMRR 3 times in a row and Splash twice. Then went over to Haunted Mansion but on the way Steven stopped for a turkey leg. We then went on It’s a Small World (Steven was pretty much forced onto this ride) then we headed over to Cosmic Ray’s so I could have something to eat.

Afterwards we rode TTA and Buzz Lightyear. We were shattered by 11.30pm and headed back to POR.

I must say the buses back from MK weren’t too bad. Both PO resorts have their own bus stop and tended not to be too busy when we were leaving.



After a very long day we were asleep as soon as we got through the door!
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