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Old 08-09-2008, 04:22 PM   #1
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It's alright, I'm still alive! a TR -- Day 11: Aquatica-- Updated 27/4

Hey! So I've finally got my act together and have started writing my TR from when I went to WDW about a month and a half back! For those of you who have read my PTR then you'll be familiar with th cast, however for those of you who haven't here is the link, my PTR, and here is a quick recap of the cast...

This is me, I'm Laura, 18, love anything Disney and I'm more or less known for it by all my friends. I've just finished my last year of school, so I'm off to Newcastle uni in september which is slightly scary but also very exciting! I plan to disney-fi my room in anyway humainly possible!!

This is my dad, he's pretty much in love with his job (I did work experience with him, I fell asleep I was so bored, but I guess whatever makes him happy!) He loves Disney deep down and had an amazing time when we went, I saw the little smiles of delight

This is my mum, she likes Disney to an extent but didn't get why I was so excited about the trip... that was until about 2 weeks before, then she became like a little kid, was very very funny!

And finally this is my younger brother (16), he's at that age where liking Disney isn't cool, but I know he likes it really. He really relaxed at WDW and had a fantastic time!

So that's my family... I'm going to write a contents page so you can all find my new posts easily... hopefully I'll get a lot of comments!!

Day 1 part 1, Leaving and the plane journey: Pg1 Post 3 here
Day 1 part 2, Arriving in Orlando: Pg2 Post 18 here
Day 2 part 1, Hollywood Studios Star Wars weekend: Pg 3 Post 41 & 42 here and here
Day 2 part 2, Hollywood Studios Star Wars weekend: Pg 4 Post 51 here
Day 2 part 3, Hollywood Studios Star Wars weekend: Pg4 Post 53 here
Day 3, part 1, Epcot: Pg5 Post 65 here
Day 3, part 2, Epcot: Pg5 Posts 73 & 74 here and here
Day 3, part 3, Epcot: Pg5 Post 75 here
Day 4, part 1, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios: Pg 6 Post 76 here
Day 4, part 2, Universal Studios and Hollywood Studios: Pg 6 Posts 77 & 78 here and here
Day 5, part 1, Animal Kingdom: Pg 6 Post 83 here
Day 5, part 2, Magic Kingdom: Pg 6 Post 90 here
Day 6, Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure: Pg 7 Posts 94 & 95 here and here
Day 7, part 1, Magic Kingdom on 4th July: Pg 7 Posts 103 & 104here and here
Day 7, part 2, Magic Kingdom on 4th July: Pg 8 Posts 113 & 114 here and here
Day 8, Hollywood Studios & Sci Fi Diner: Pg 9 Posts 121 & 123 here and here
Day 9, part 1, Animal Kingdom & Tusker House: Pg 9 Post 133 here
Day 9, part 2, Blizzard Beach, Animal Kingdom & Rainforest Cafe: Pg 10 Post 137 here
Day 10, part 1, Sea World: Pgs 10 & 11 Posts 150 & 151here and here
Day 10, part 2, Sea World: Pg 11 Posts 154 & 155 here and here
Day 11, Aquatica and hitting the Outlets: Pg 12 Posts 166 & 167 here and here
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Old 08-09-2008, 04:40 PM   #2
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Ohh looking forward to reading more
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Old 08-09-2008, 05:00 PM   #3
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Right... so our day started off bright an early, the alarm went off at 6:30 in preparation for the taxi coming at 7:15. That being said I don't think the alarm was necessary for anyone, we were all too excited to sleep and already up and about!

We packed up the remaining things we needed and generally ran around the house like mad things, I had a little moment of complete excitement where I stood on the spot jumping but I was soon calmed down and given the exciting job of putting bleach in all the toilets!! :rofl: I also had a mild moment of panic as dad had packed my camera and I feared I wouldn't be able to get at it, but luckily he had packed it in the suitcase that we were pilling all the other stuff into! So he retrieved it and off I went to bleach the toilets!

Our suitcases were all nicely organised when I had finished, so I snapped a photo just before they were loaded into the taxi for our trip to the airport

The trip to the airport was non eventful but smooth and there was no traffic so we arrived at the airport at 8:15 with what we thought would be plenty of time to check in and grab breakfast.

Once we entered the airport however it was a different story, Virgin had 3 Caribbean flights all leaving within about 2 hours, queues out the door, always nice! We were told to go and grab breakfast and come back a little later in a hope that because all the Caribbean flights would have closed the queues would be a lot less! We decided to go and check out Gatwick Village for something to eat and after a ten minute wander around we settled on Frankie and Benny's for breakfast, which wasn't half bad!

Here is a photo of the menu:


I just had toast, I never eat very much before going on a journey, I always find I'm too excited to eat! Mum had cereal and toast, Dad and Mark had a fry up, how they managed to eat it all I will never know!

Apparently I took a picture of my toast!!


After breakfast we made our way back down to the check in desks and managed to walk past all of the queues to another seperate queue for the online check in bag drop-pers, arrived at one end 9:15 and out the other by 9:40, we were suitably impressed. That didn't however leave much time to go shopping in the duty free, an absolute essential for me, so we hurried through to make the most of it. Both my brother and I headed straight for Dixons and HMV to look at the Nintendo DS's, I bought a lime green one, which I absolutely love, and my brother a black one. They were/are well worth the money! They did however take forever to come because we went for a DS deal, half of which was in their stock room, so they had to run down to their stock room to retrieve all the items, which took far long than we anticipated and led to a mild panic!



After a stop in a few other shops we made our way to the gate, spying the plane on the way...


This is one thing I have ALWAYS found with international flights, they are ALWAYS late, we were at the gate in plenty of time, our flight was due to leave at 11:15, it didn't however board until 11:30, leaving eventually at 12:30 slightly annoying!

We settled into our seats and the flight ahead, within half an hour we were given a drink and pretzels, I could see this flight was going to be great!!



The movie choice was average, I chose to watch Horton Hears a Who first, I was in a childish mood, but to be honest the movie was a bit odd, I didn't really understand it, but then I've never really understood Dr Suess books!

I took some photo's from the flight screen showing where we were in the air at any current time... I thought they were interesting!!






We were given lunch about 2ish (UK time) which was some beef stew thing, my brother liked it, apart from that we were non fussed. However the pasta salad, bread and pudding was immense!



I sat and watched 27 dresses through lunch and then some Simpsons, Family Guy, Gavin and Stacey and Futurama!! As well as playing on lego Indiana Jones on my DS!

We saw some amazing views from the plane over America, I was in complete awe, everything looks amazing from the air!





We eventually landed at 16:20 an hour late and headed through security to register at the car rental place!

-to be continued-
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Old 08-10-2008, 01:43 AM   #4
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A great start - can't wait to read more.

Love the pictures out of the plane window - I love seeing the land from so high up too

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Old 08-10-2008, 02:45 AM   #5
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Love the pictures. Looking forward to reading more about your trip.
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Old 08-10-2008, 02:51 AM   #6
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A great start Laura, I look forward to reading some more
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:07 AM   #7
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excellent start, great photos of view of america from the plane
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:22 AM   #8
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Great start.

I too love taking pictures from the plane. Looking forward to reading more.
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Old 08-10-2008, 04:31 AM   #10
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Great start, glad to see someone else takes a piccie of the skymap

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fab start, your piccies onflight bring back some memories
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Fantastic start Laura, love all your piccies you are getting me in the holiday mood!
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Count me in .Great start to your trip report,can't wait for more.
I love Horton Hears A Who.I love those pretzels you get on the plane,although i could eat about 5 packets of them .Love the piccies.x.
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oooohhhhhh - brilliant! I have been waiting for this trippie after your exceelent PTR - as my holiday is getting closer and closer it is just what I need to build up the excitement! Great photos of the in flight meal and the skymap and the amazing view!
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