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Old 05-06-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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Just back from surprise trip!

Well, I've been home for an hour and a half so thought I'd give you a quick highs and lows. I don't know what's expected of a trip report so am a bit scared of it!!!!

First, my daughter (4) thought we were going camping but stopping at DLP to see if we could wave to Mickey. My other daughter (2) had no clue about iChat DLP is anyway!

Highs:
1) DLH: I am NEVER going to stay anywhere else! Location fab, staff great, fast pass daily, luxury yet felt relaxed when the girls ran around and the smell......now know what you all go on about!
2) Princess Pavilion: yes lots of queuing to get a reservation ticket but to see my 2year old meet Cinderella, her favourite, was worth everything!
3) finally going to Salon Mickey today.....it's our 3rd visit to DLP since having my shareholder card but only managed it today - oops! The girls loved sitting in 'Mickeys lounge' and using his toilet!!!
4) Dreams Show...........there are no words to describe how magical it is!
5) my brother in law proposing to his girlfriend during the dreams show!
6) Going to 3 buffet restaurants we've never been to before which were great value, delicious and perfect with children as you could pick and mix.
7) Small World - was shut last visit. My 2 year old LOVED it!!!!
8) My lucky spot in Studios: daughter was in Stitch with my eldest (youngest asleep in pushchair) and I suddenly looked and saw Minnie, Tigger and Gepetto all alone. I nipped over, met all 3, had some fab photos taken by someone who spotted them too. Then after 5 mins.....they went!
9) getting a bargain in the shop - yes a bargain at DLP! We like to get christmas decorations. There was a plaque which I saw for ¬19.99. I showed a similar one to my mum but she said it was ¬49.99 and not worth it. I thought, oh I know one that isn't and took the ¬19.99 one to the till. I don't know if it was meant to be the higher price or not t I feel like I got a bargain!
10) some CM are just so lovely and really share the disney spirit
11) character interaction. Sent lots of time with my 2 daughters and had a real giggle!

Lows:
1) some CM are so snooty! Some organise character meet and greets so well and take turns and others don't care! My 4 year old got shoved out of the way by adults to see Goofy and when I said something the CM just shrugged at me. But then took Goofy away to meet the woman she'd been chatting too!
2) Caseys: lovely food, rubbish pathetically slow service!!!! 50 mins to get served!
3) all the queue jumpers and adults who shoved my children out of the way. They were just rude!
4) playground area in Adventure Isle had a huge square of the floor lose and wobbly and children kept tripping over it - including my 2 year old. Luckily a soft surface.
5) Cafe Mickey. Have always loved it. Food still nice but menu selection reduced. Used to get daughter just childrens pasta but now a set menu for children (about ¬20) which included a starter choice that I wouldn't eat ie a salad with quails egg! Had to order an adult pizza for the 3 children to share.
6) missing my husband who didn't want to come!!!! His loss!!!!

I think that's about it. Please excuse any typos but I've just driven all the way home and had 2 glasses, maybe 3, of wine to relax before work tomorrow.

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Old 05-06-2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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Sounds like you had a great time!! Can I ask what buffets you ate at? We are debating the half board because I know if we dont do it, we will only eat at counter service most of the trip.

I wish all the CM's could care and be as excited as the good ones.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:11 PM   #3
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Brilliant list of highs there - I love surprise trips .
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:13 PM   #4
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We ate at:
Day 1) Plaza Gardens. Mum has always wanted to eat there but wasn't impressed. Food nice but staff were grumpy, stroppy and some parents let their children run wild and were climbing over our chairs whist some were getting food as we were in the window and 20 train was out!
Day 2) Le Grange (Tex Mex) staff great, food great, everything great!
Day 4) (cafe Mickey Day 3 so not commenting) Cafe of the Stars in Studio. More like a diner but ideal with children. Lots of choice, fresh food and nice and airy.

People recommend Agbagh Cafe but was shut for renovation.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:37 AM   #5
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Sounds fab, was the weather good? we go next week
Good luck with work today you must be tired
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:16 AM   #6
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Sounds great, completely agree about the DLH - it's either stay there or not go for me (not meant to sound a snob!), it just takes the experience up another level.

We have had mixed feelings on Casey's, like the food, but never seems quite hot enough.

Plaza Gardens, haven't dined at but had a look around last year and wasn't that keen to be honest. What did you think of the DLH breakfast, it's easily our favourite dining experience.

Most CMs we have come across have been fine, you don't get the "yeehaw" hyperactive reaction as you do in WDW, but guess Europeans generally are not like that - that said, we have encountered snooty one's in Florida too.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:34 AM   #7
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Sounds like a fabulous trip

La Grange at Billy Bobs is our list for July and I was disappointed at the lack of reviews, nice to read a good one. We found that the RDS buffet was much nicer than PG in 2010.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:01 PM   #8
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I love how your daughter thought you were going camping - must have been such a great surprise for her!
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