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Old 10-27-2013, 06:21 PM   #16
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Have a great holiday, hopefully the storm will pass through tomorrow and you'll be ok Tuesday.

Look forward to some updates on SSR as we're there next year.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:04 PM   #17
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Hope the storm dosn't effect your departure & look forward to your updates
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:47 PM   #18
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Pre-Flight Day 0

Woke up at 6.30am to howling wind and rain, looked out of the window to see an old guy on a bicycle being blown down the street at the same speed as the cars! Spent the day finishing up the cleaning in the house, packing and preparing everything for the pet sitter then loaded the cases into the car at 3pm.

We decided to leave a little early in case the M25 was still insane but it was a pretty uneventful journey. Called the Meet & Greet Parking 15 minutes from the airport and he was waiting for us when we got there. Quick look over the car and he was off!

Bag drop with BA wasn't as smooth as I'd hoped. (Why are BA staff so straight laced...how about lighten up already!?) I checked in online earlier this morning (scored the bulkhead seats...RESULT! ) I guess DW having a US passport and Goonie and I have UK passports sent their self-serve machine into a tailspin so we ended up having to deal with Little Miss Ray of Sunshine to get our bag labels. It was resolved relatively quickly and then it was off to The Premier Inn.

I have to say that this place is great for the price. Naturally, it's not the lap of luxury, but for £104 (£96 after Quidco cashback) we got the room, dinner and breakfast. I did pay for WiFi which at £3 for 24 hours is pretty reasonable compared to other places I've stayed but when we tried it, it didn't work. Spoke to the staff and they immediately refunded it saying they had been having problems since the storm.



Even though they refunded it they said if it comes back on, I could still use the code I got at check and low and behold half an hour later... here I am Interneting to my hearts content for free!

Dinner was OK, not michellin star but you wouldn't expect it in a cheap hotel!

DW - Chicken Wings Starter and Steak





Me - Breaded Garlic & Herb Mushrooms which were neither herby or garlicy followed by Fish and Chips






DD - Garlic Bread and Fish and Chips

Now back in the room, absolutely shattered and ready for sleepy time.

Next update will be from the other side of the ocean!!
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:45 PM   #19
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Hope you had a good trip.

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Old 10-31-2013, 07:19 AM   #20
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yay, glad you guys are doing a trippie! jealous of the real USA trick or treating though!
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:47 PM   #21
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Thought I'd better make sure I tag along on this thread as well just incase you miss something out on the other thread and me being such a nosey parker I just don't like to think I may have missed anything
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:25 PM   #22
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Travel Day 1 -LGW to SSR

After a pretty good night at The Premier Inn North Terminal, we were ready to face the flight. Although I have clocked up hundreds of thousands of miles, I am not a fan of flying at all. In fact, I would go so far as to say I have an intense dislike for it. I have never understood how people can actually enjoy being crammed like sardines into a flying tin can

For the price, I don't think you can beat it on value. There is a good selection included in the breakfast buffet and you can opt for a hot breakfast or a continental breakfast (or both!)












After fuelling up we headed over to the terminal which is a short 2 minute walk. We had done twilight check in, so we literally walked straight through security. It never fails... one of us always sets off the security channel and one of us always ends up getting what we refer to as "the probe". This time it was DD who had sent the metal detector bleeping and the security woman turns to me with a look of terror slash horror on her face and says "I'm so sorry it's random, but I have to search her"...RANDOM???

So bear with me here while I rant a little... If you're just going to "randomly" select people why have all the flashing lights and bleeping? Surely it all means nothing if it is indeed random? So, after a brush down and a good wanding, DD was free to leave only for me to turn around to see Kathy the burly security lady holding up my backpack. Yay for me!

She proceeds to tell me that my bag looked "busy" and she had to swab and search it. "Go ahead" I tell her. 10 minutes later, she's still waffling on about how she loves the US and how she wishes she was going too and she drags everything out of my bag and swabs my "busy" belongings. Now... I don't mind you doing the search my dear, but a packet of pain killers, a camera, some random receipts and loose change and a folder of tickets does not busy make. Mores the point, you 10 minute chit chat actually holds me up from the real busy business of catching my damn flight!

Got through that ordeal and it was off into the terminal for a spot of shopping. Gotta make that bag busy right!? Duty free for a bottle of my favourite tipple and some smokes for my sister, nail polish for DW and DD wanted a moose toy from Harrods... job done, gate was now up on the screen and it was over to board.



I never understand the people who hover around by the tunnel to get on the plane before they're called. What's the point? You're not going anywhere any faster and you just block up the way for people who actually have been called. They called Premium Economy at least 4 seconds before the rest of economy which kinda left me wondering why they say you get priority boarding with the P.E. product.

BA were OK. Definitely think the overall Premium Economy product with Virgin is better, but at least BA don't sit an autistic child in a different row from her two parents. Food was pretty good because it comes from Club World with BA. I had a glance at the slop they threw in front of cattle class and I was glad we were in P.E. Not really sure what one of the dishes in economy actually was (always a concern!) the other option was sausage and mash in economy.

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I had the chicken, DW and DD had the filet steak. The chocolate orange moose thing was awesome, the main meals were good enough when you consider it is plane food.

The flight went by quite quickly. I rarely watch the movies, but I watched a couple this time. I made a bit of a show of myself watching The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy because I was laughing so much. You know that feeling when you realise everyone else is looking at you like you're crazy because you've forgotten you have noise cancelling headphones on and you're on a plane! That movie is SUPER funny!

About an hour before we landed they dragged out the nasty "high tea" sandwich and the smallest KitKat you ever saw. Not good

We landed on time at 5.34pm and that was where the timely travel went boink. Immigration is usually the lengthy part of the process which we usually get to skip because we can go through the citizens line because DW is American. We were the first up and first through immigration but I think I grew a full zz top beard in the time it took for us to get our bags. By that time the line to get through customs was 200 people deep.

Dumped the bags to go on the monorail thingie to the main terminal and headed straight to Avis. I have come to the conclusion that if they had gone any slower, they would have seen themselves going backwards! I usually use Alamo but we got fly/drive on a good deal with BA but I will never use them again. We must have waited 45 minutes or so and there were on 3 people in line!

Arrived at SSR about 8.15pm and met up with some friends from OH who were leaving the next day. Picked up our Magic Bands and we were ready to roll!



Highs of Travel Day

Flight was on time
Driving through the Disney Entrance!



Lows of Travel Day

Baggage Claim & Customs delays
Avis staff on a go slow
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:28 PM   #23
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Love the presentation of the magic bands. Im sure this will probably phase out once its a generic thing. Nice touch with the names on. I remember my mom got stopped she was 73 and horrified. They said the same it was Random. Anyway u got through despite having the BUSY back pack. X
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:59 PM   #24
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Looking good.

I've flown with BA and Virgin and I found the food with Virgin better than BA. However I suppose I should add that I'm a really fussy eater at the best of times!
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:53 PM   #26
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Looking good.

I've flown with BA and Virgin and I found the food with Virgin better than BA. However I suppose I should add that I'm a really fussy eater at the best of times!
The food in P.E. was a little better on BA overall, they changed to Club World food fairly recently. The stuff in economy looked awful though, Virgin are definitely better in economy. We had quite specific complaints with Virgin but their P.E. is better overall than BA I think.

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how can a bag be busy?
I have no idea!!! I think the woman was just bored and wanted to chit chat more than anything else.
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thanks for following along!!!

Today we had the pre-trip haircuts. Wild, crazy bush man hair is gone and I now resemble a human being again. Also got some packing done...

those cases are beyond amazing !!
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