|09-09-2003, 06:34 AM||#1|
Obsessed...and admits it!!
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Manchester, UK
The Williams tour of Florida restrooms - Day Eleven - No room at the Cove.
Me - Craig, only just 33. Rucksack carrier and stroller pusher.
Louise - Wife, 34, slowly becoming addicted to WDW.
Emily - Aged 8. Moody, full of attitude and daddyís girl.
Rebecca - Aged 6. Comedian, Olympic eater and worrier.
The Williams tour of Florida restrooms, sponsored by VISA.
Day Eleven Ė Sunday 24th August Ė No room at the Cove
As we had a free second day at Sea World, and itís Louiseís favourite park, the plan today was to spend the morning there doing the bits we missed, and then head over to a Disney park to end the day.
Ryan is sorted out as ever, by me. This morning, as every morning, I stuff him full of
Two twirly fan spray things (full of water)
Two sweatshirts (purchased from MGM for when kids are cold indoors)
Ponchos with that nice musty smell
Change of clothes for the girls
Due to the lack of Dennyís so far this trip we all vote to have breakfast there this morning. To play it safe we head for the one on the 27, just after the I4 turn about ten minutes from our house. We arrive at around 9.00 and itís very busy but we are seated straight away.
We all cast our eyes over the very large selection from the menu, and find it hard to choose. Apart from the kids that is, who of course opt for the smiley face option yet again.
Louise settles for her ďusualĒ of the Chicken Skillet thing, and I order the Farmerís Slam on the basis that it looks like the biggest breakfast on the menu.
Everyone digs in and soon we have clean plates, and bulging stomachs. My choice was immense. It didnít measure up to the amount I ate at Golden Corral, but nevertheless, it had to come on two plates!!
We arrive at Sea World at around 10.30, and head straight for the first Shamu show of the day. We had astounded ourselves by thinking ahead, and dressing the girls in their swimsuits with a pair of shorts each. This meant they could get wet with Shamu, and then play in the squirty play thing, which they love.
The girls love the Shamu show. I always think the chap in the pre show video is the US equivalent of Alan Partridge, but maybe thatís just me. We get absolutely soaked as we sit in the Splash zone at the request of the girls. Every time we do this I am always surprised at how cold the water is when it hits you. Emily makes the fatal mistake of having her mouth open at the wrong moment and swallows about three pints of whale poo and fish guts mixed with salt water.
She seems happy enough though.
We then walk round to the kids play area. A bit of an understatement that really. In this country that phrase means two swings, and a ball pool 3ft by 3ft and a slide which isnít very slidey.
At Sea World, it is a whole different ball game. The girls spend about half an hour getting wet on the wet play thing, and then go on the massive climbing frame. The grown ups take the opportunity to sit in the sun, and have a drink.
At around 12.30 I decide itís time to leave. Half an hour later we manage to retrieve the kids from the top of the climbing frame. Iím convinced they just wanted to see me climb all the way up, as when I do they suddenly appear.
We slowly walk towards the entrance, and as we do, we pass the Pearl kiosk. Louise wanders over as she is now starting to think of presents for everyone back home. Her Mum is fond of pearls so we take a look.
The very clever sales woman talks only to the kids and convinces them that the most exciting thing in the world would be to choose an oyster from the bucket for Grandma. So Rebecca does the honours (itís only $12 says Louise), and amazingly the oyster she picks contains a pearl which is the ďbest I have seen for a long timeĒ according to the woman whose job it is to sell them!!
It must be worth $80 at least she says. Result. Now then, youíll just need an attachment thing so you can put it on a necklace, and maybe a necklace as well. After a lot of fast talking we leave with a pearl, attachment and no necklace. A bargain at $40!!!
We seem to be taking forever to leave the park, and now the kids want to go and see the dolphins. We wander over, and it is just before feeding time, so the dolphins are coming really close to the wall, and the queue at the dead fish counter is massive. So we watch the dolphins for a while. Many people think that dolphins have a superior intelligence to us, and some think they have mystical powers.
Well, Iím not sure, but whilst watching them swim around, whilst we were being baked in the mid day heat, I came over all peculiar. Rebecca is whinging as she wants to feed them, and I wonít go and join the queue. Emily wants to touch one, and is getting upset because a dolphin wonít come over and let her tickle itís belly like a dog!!!
I think the dolphins are trained to do exactly this to make unsuspecting guests want to get up close and personal at DC.
All of a sudden something happens that I canít explain. I get the sudden urge to spend $900 to swim with a dolphin. Prior to the trip we had been really torn whether to book DC or not. In the end, sense (and the overdraft) won and we didnít. Stood here now, two feet from the creatures, with two frustrated kids, and a whole load of credit card in my bum bag all sense leaves me.
Right, off we go I say. We march at top speed to the car (I still havenít told the others what Iím thinking) and I take the Jeep across the road to DC. Louise sort of gets the idea, but Iím out of the car before she can ask how we are going to pay for it. I run into reception and approach the desk.
ďPlease, relieve me of $900 before I change my mind, my young American friendĒ.
ďSorry Sir, we have no dolphin swim vacancies until SeptemberĒ.
He gives me a number to call for cancellations, but the moment has passed. I head back to the car, tail between my legs, with my credit card audibly sighing from itís little compartment.
We tell the girls we were looking into it for ďnext timeĒ and they seem OK with that. I was gutted and slightly relieved all at the same time.
We are now back on plan, and heading for MGM, with a plan to see Fantasmic, second time lucky.
On arriving, to be safe, we head for Hollywood & Vine to see if we can book a FDP for that evening. Surprisingly they have a 4.40 slot and we book that. We, of course get a FP for Ariel before doing anything else, and then look for something to do to fill the half hour until it becomes active.
The animation tour is too long at 40 minutes, so we wander the other way and enter One Manís Dream. I could have spent hours in here, but I get dragged through at kidís pace. I enjoy it nonetheless, and find the film at the end really interesting. Even the kids seem to find it not too boring.
It was now time for Ariel, in fact we were slightly late, so we rush round, and just get in. Somehow we manage to find ourselves on the front row, and I take the opportunity to video the show (with no external lighting of course) as I donít have anyoneís head in front of me.
As ever, one of our favourite shows doesnít disappoint. This particular Ariel seemed to fill her role much more than other Arielís I have seen. Iíll let you work out what that means!! Letís just say being on the front row was a stroke of luck indeed.
It was now 4.30 so we made our way to H&V. After a five minute wait we are seated, and we inflict some major damage to the buffet. This place is really noisy and busy, but we really enjoy it. A fantastic choice of food, and we eat so much Iím ashamed to write down the detail.
When itís over the table looks like a scene from a war film, and we leave a hefty tip to make up for it. Just for a change we are stuffed. Why is it I feel the need to have multiple desserts at a buffet!!!!
As we left the H&V, it started to rain. I wonder if Disney has a deal with God which says, when that Williams bloke books a FDP make it rain, so that heíll book another a few days later.
Trying to look on the bright side, we head for Star Tours, and this is a walk on. The girls love this ride. Next it was the Muppets. Emily wouldnít wear her glasses again, but Rebecca really liked this one. I enjoyed it more than I remembered doing from last time. We were sat right at the back if that makes a difference. It was drizzling still as we left the Muppets, and we wandered back towards Fantasmic via New York. It seemed the rule was, the closer we got to Oscarís, the harder the rain fell.
Just for a laugh, it started to thunder and then the lightning started. This time we make into the theatre, and I spend twenty minutes watching every CMís face for a sign that the show might be cancelled. They donít crack, and still go through the motions of getting everyone seated.
At around 8.10, an announcement is made that in certain weather conditions, the show may be delayed or cancelled. I take this as first sign of a cancellation and I want to leave. The girls donít want to, but the rain is getting worse and the sky is just one big black thing.
At 8.20 I make an executive decision and we leave. The kids are gutted and obviously hate me and will be scarred for life by the experience. We get half way down the exit road to leave via Oscarís and we turn around to see everyone else leaving too. Great, we have a head start. We turn the corner to exit, and see a CM pointing us in the opposite direction through a gate which takes us out onto Sunset Boulevard.
I am not happy. We now spill out in the masses leaving from the main entrance, and lose any advantage we had. Thatís it, Iím never coming to Disney ever again. Yeah right!!
We make it onto a tram, (there are 4 of us remember) and a young girl jumps onto our row at the last minute almost sitting on Louiseís lap. The CM is going through his 5 to a row mantra, and then a woman aged about 127 also tried to join our row. They are Hispanic and it ďappearsĒ they donít speak English. The young girl shoves Louise with her full body weight to allow her ancient relative on as well.
We all try to explain that it is 5 to a row, not six, but they are having none of it. Louise almost loses it at this point. They donít want to make her angry, they wouldnít like her when sheís angry.
So we drive off, 6 to a row, but Louise has shoved back and our two guests occupy about a 6 inch space between them. They glare at us the entire ride and I give them my best disgusted stare, mixed with smugness that we have enough room and they donít. Louise talks very loudly throughout the ride about people with no manners, and the whole tram is looking at our row.
We get off at the first stop, and they have to leave the tram to let us off. Louise lets the kids walk off with me out of ear shot, and gives them a mouthful that I really canít repeat here. If they didnít speak English beforehand, they learnt some new words that evening.
The storm gets worse, and again I drive home in a storm, in the dark, being tired. I know, they donít know how lucky they are, despite me telling them all the time. The kids fall asleep before we got off MGM car park, and we are home and in bed within 40 minutes.
Tomorrow Ė Epcot again
Off site x 6 between 1981 and 1993
All Star Music August 2001
Villa Southern Dunes August 2003
Cypress Pointe August 2004
Trip Report 2003 - The Williams Tour of Florida Restrooms Sponsored by VISA
The Sunshine, Moonlight, Good Times & Boogie(board) Tour August 2007
|09-09-2003, 02:06 PM||#2|
Join Date: Oct 1999
I hope you see Fantasmic one day
|09-09-2003, 05:58 PM||#3|
The Tag Fairies visit EVERYWHERE, Alison! Just ask AngelUK :-)
All Aboard! Now Leaving Twoterville!!!
Join Date: Feb 2001
I can't believe you did FDP again with no luck!
Good on Louise for giving them a piece of her mind!
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|09-10-2003, 04:35 AM||#4|
Florida-mad (well, mad full stop!)
Looking for her George Clooney doctor...
Tag Fairy's don't go on holiday (or vacation) ;-)
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New Forest, UK
Well done Louise - I'm with her, those sort of people make me so .
Oh what a shame about Fantasmic
No mention of multiple restroom stops or squabbles today:D
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|10-05-2003, 07:05 AM||#5|
With a little bit of Pixie Dust
Finds it hard to type with her eyes closed
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: North East
I cant beleive Fantasmic was cancelled again
If you dont get to see it this holiday, thats always a excuse to go back
|10-07-2003, 10:44 AM||#6|
Join Date: May 2003
Location: rhyl, wales united kingdom
i have just finished reading your reports i am very sorry but i was crying with laughter at your comments, very entertaining can't wait for day 12. do you keep notes every day i have every intention of doing trip report but when i get back it always sounds like waffle
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