Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Global Neighbours > UK Trip Reports Board
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 10-14-2008, 06:33 AM   #1
raph_b
Proud Redhead
 
raph_b's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 985

My First Ever Trip Report - Day 1 - It Starts

Hi Guys

It's been a whirlwind here ever since we got back, so sorry about the delay but (finally!) here is the long overdue first installment of my surprise trip...........

The pre-trippy has all the background and can be found here:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1850893

The big day had finally arrived, after 10 months of planning, drafting spreadsheets, booking restaurants and keeping secrets it was finally time to go!

We got up at 5.50am and I think this must have been the only time in my life that I haven't been tired after getting up so early, the excitement had definitely kicked in

I drove down to Bristol airport (as Em thought she would be driving ever day for the next 2 weeks!) and we parked up and finally got to check in about 8.30am. This is one of my favourite parts - I presumed that Em would find out our destination once we checked in, but the check in desk had 'MANCHESTER' as our destination! (Because the plane was touching down in Manc to refuel) Em was extremely confused as Manchester wasn't a destination she had considered, but when as we were queuing we passed a giant poster advertising First Choice holidays to Florida and that's when the game was given away!

Our flight was delayed for about an hour but we were both so excited it didn't really matter, finally Em knew where we were going and finally I could talk about her about going to Disneyworld!!



The flight wasn't actually too bad, we read through our Brit's guide and the pack of information I made for her, listened to a few reviews of restaurants on the DIS podcast (plus a bit of sleeping), I watched Kung Fu Panda (which was extremely disappointing!) and before we knew it we were in Orlando!

We picked up the car- I love the fact we were allowed to choose any car from the selection - and drove off to the hotel, which we arrived at around 7pm ish.



On the way to the hotel I even got excited when we saw signs for Wendy's & Taco Bell! (The latter of which you will come to realise plays a recurring role in the trip!) We also saw the 'infamous' Bloody Mary billboards, which I have to say looked really cool.

We stayed at the International Plaza and once we arrived I was a bit concerned as to which room we would get, as reviews online say the rooms are either amazing or crappy. It was a lovely surprise to open the door and find this:







The room was amazing! Check out the number of pillows!!!

We were knackered but needed to get some food, I had been hoping to go to Downtown Disney but didn't really feel up to driving in the dark (can you believe it - we deviated from the spreadsheet after mere hours! shame on us) so we headed to Tony Roma's on I drive, I had never been there but heard lots about how good the ribs were and OMG, easily the best ribs I've ever had in my life!

I had the St Louis Rib platter and Em went for a Salmon salad. We forget to take pics until after a few bites - and the one of me and the ribs has me with a big smile and sauce all over my face - I wouldn't want top put anyone off their dinner so I wont post it!

A great tip I picked up from these boards - I joined the Tony Roma online email club and they sent me a voucher for a free entree for my birthday

So the total bill without tip was $17.04.

I almost forgot - we tried to pay with our fairfx card and it wouldn't work - to say we panicked would be putting it mildly! Not sure what happened that night, as every time after that the card worked perfectly

We then picked up some essentials from the supermarket next door (grape Fanta, Cheetos & water) and headed back to our hotel to crash out for the night.

Next up - Adventures in Epcot..........
__________________
Oct 1990 - WDW - Offsite (3 weeks)
Jun 1996 - DLRP - Sequoia Lodge (2 nights)
Apr 1998 - DLRP - Offsite (2 nights)
Feb 1999 - DLRP - Sequoia Lodge (4 nights)
May 2007 - DLRP - Daytrip
Sep 2008 - WDW - Offsite (2 weeks)
Mar 2009 - DLRP - Hotel New York (3 nights)
Nov 2009 - DLHK - Daytrip
Sep 2010 - WDW - Last trip before its time to have babies!

Thank you O' great Tag Fairy - You have made this Proud Redhead a very happy bunny!!

Last edited by raph_b; 10-14-2008 at 09:03 AM.
raph_b is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 07:01 AM   #2
wicket2005
Hasn't got a clue what a tag is
Christmassyfyed, yes I have had a glass of wine judging by that spelling
 
wicket2005's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: North East England
Posts: 5,995

Class start. Em looks so excited. What a lovely surprise to be whisked away to Orlando.
__________________




1996, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008x2, 2009, 2010, 2011
wicket2005 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 10-14-2008, 07:06 AM   #3
Goofyish
Happy Again
 
Goofyish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Barwell, Leicestershire, UK
Posts: 8,787

Smile

What a great surprise
__________________
TIM
Oct.97 Off Site - Best Western Plaza/HoJo St.Petes Beech
Oct.01 Port Orleans Riverside/Quality Inn Plaza
Aug.03 Port Orleans Riverside/Animal Kingdom Lodge
Dec.05 Dolphin Resort
Sep/Oct.11 Port Orleans Riverside Resort
Goofyish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 11:11 AM   #4
jjk

Pete and I wait and watch some lovely baby lizards
I have always booked myself
"Play Up Pompey"
 
jjk's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Reading UK
Posts: 21,501

great start what a lovely surprise
__________________
Rachel "Play up Pompey, Pompey Play up"
[IMG]


[/IMG]

2000 Disneyland paris 2003 Ramada inn 2004 Quality inn plaza2005 Cumbrian lakes2006 Emerald Island July and December2007 Emerald Island May and July2008 Emerald Island and Contemporary Resort2009 Saratoga Springs 2010 Animal Kingdom lodge2011HRH Animal KingdomLodge 2012Holiday inn Miami ocean front /Animal Kingdom lodge
jjk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 11:22 AM   #5
SusanEllen
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Posts: 1,706

Quote:
Originally Posted by raph_b View Post

So the total bill without tip was $17.04.
Congratulations on this accomplishment! I've never known anyone who got out of Tony Roma's by only paying this amount--and for two meals at that!

What a happy (and pretty) girl Em is. Your surprise most obviously was a great success.
__________________
SusanEllen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 11:44 AM   #6
The Fetherstons
DIS Veteran
 
The Fetherstons's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 7,192

Great start Craig
Good photos to, looking forward to reading more
__________________
Kerry x (Ive been boo-ed twice but cant get my Mickey pumpkin to work) Thanks Michelle & Madmumof2 and Netty for your help



MY ICE BUDDY IS MICHELLE - SNOWYGIRLS
Me (35) DH Craig (37) DS Adam (7)

1980 Disney0ff Site 1993/7 Disney Offsite, 2001 Honeymoon ASMusic
2005/6 ASMovies, 2007 Pop Century 2008 CBR, 2009 Tuscany Villa
The Fetherstons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 12:06 PM   #7
irongirlof12
Am I the only one who loves Quorn Sausages?
I would love to be at Ghiradelli's ice cream parlour with a massive choc sundae
 
irongirlof12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: UK.
Posts: 5,576

oh oh oh Ive been so looking forward to this . great start. love the hotel room.
__________________
Andrea xxx
1994:Grosvenor 1996:POFQ 2002: Comfort Inn LBV 2007: CSR 2009:OKW 2011:POFQ&Dream HNY DLP 2012
irongirlof12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 01:10 PM   #8
Snowy-girls
Did you speak to a 'human being'?
As you can see, all I have is a load of gobble-de-gook writing
 
Snowy-girls's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: London,Uk
Posts: 9,130

YAY-Craig's started his trip report .
Fantastic photo's,you're room looks lovely,so glad that Em was over the moon with the suprise.We love Tony Roma's .I am waiting until nearer the time for my TR's voucher .Did you buy any of there sauces-i can never resist them-i am weak .
I can't wait for more-do you need to sleep tonight-i am sure you don't .x.
__________________

Sweet Kitty Dreams La-La,Smudge,Sam+Max.Together Again.11:3:94-20:5:08.x.x.29:4:93-17:3:09.x.x.29:4:93-21:7:10.x.x.11:3:94-2:3:12.x.x.

NOV90Sheraton Anaheim CaliforniaSEP93Quality Inn I-DriveSEP95Holiday Inn I-DriveSEP97Castle Inn+Suites AnaheimSEP98-Best Western AnaheimAUG03Quality Inn I-DriveApr/May04Holiday Inn I-DriveApr09Embassy Suites I-Drive SouthApr11Quality Inn Plaza+Pop.Aug13Rosen Inn Pointe Orlando,Hard Rock Hotel+CSR With Free QSDP.
Snowy-girls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 01:19 PM   #9
traceycooper
Laughs off her mini dramas
Chickens out of Dr. Doom's Fearfall
 
traceycooper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Nottingham England
Posts: 3,847

great start to yout TR
The room looks lovely - is it on i-drive?
__________________
2002 Caribean Beach & 4 night Disney Wonder cruise
2004 All Stars Movies & 7 night Disney Magic cruise
2006 All Stars Movies & married at Clearwater
2008 15 nights at POP & 5 nights at Royal Pacific
2010 7 nts at CSR,3 nts Dolphin, 5 nts RPR & 5 nts Renaissance @ seaworld
2012 doubletree universal :banana
2013 1ST CHILD FREE TRIP DOUBLETREE UNIVERSAL
traceycooper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 01:28 PM   #10
Gaynor
DIS Veteran
 
Gaynor's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Astley
Posts: 1,300

Hooray! I've been looking forward to this trip report.
__________________


[img]http://www.********************/timers/tickers/iz6mc5sfpevnykyj.png[/img]
Aug 2009 Disneyland, San Diego and Las Vegas ....Dec 2009 Terra Verde Resort & Spa
Aug 2008 - 3 Weeks, 3 Day Disney Wonder, Port Orleans French Quarter, Villa @ Sunset Lakes
Aug 2007 Hampton Inn Pointe Orlando - May 2007 Terra Verde Resort & Spa
Feb 2006 Thousand Oaks
Aug 2004 Ridgewood Lakes
Xmas/New Year 2002/2003 Santa Fe DLP
Gaynor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 02:19 PM   #11
mandymouse
If It's Not A Bahama Mama Then I'm Not Interested
Can I put my Christmas Tree up yet ?
 
mandymouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Nuneaton U.K.
Posts: 72,629
DISboards Moderator

A great start, I look forward to reading some more
__________________
Mandy xx



mandymouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 02:39 PM   #12
natalielongstaff
I need a cup of tea and a big bar of free chocolate now
Was born with my dancing shoes at the ready
I will be back later to stalk some more
 
natalielongstaff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: leicestershire,england
Posts: 80,421

What a lovely surprise, Em looks suitably thrilled
__________________
April 2003 DLRP, November 2004 WDW and Barbados, September 2005 WDW, September 2007 WDW,October 2009 WDW

natalielongstaff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 02:54 PM   #13
KayleeUK
Still here.....
 
KayleeUK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Posts: 23,525

Looking forward to more
__________________
KayleeUK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 03:55 PM   #14
florida sun
Mrs Christopher Eccleston wannabe
Don't you know who I am ??? I was on Dr Who
I'm dizzy just reading
 
florida sun's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: wales uk
Posts: 17,027
DISboards Moderator

Great start, looking forward to more
__________________
Sue

florida sun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 04:01 PM   #15
UKDEB
Found the Tag Fairy's hangout
All whacked up on Scooby Snacks
 
UKDEB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Gloucester, UK
Posts: 11,972
DISboards Moderator

Yay! I've so been looking forward to this one.

That hotel room is gorgeous. What a result!
__________________

October 1992 ~ Enclave Suites, I-Drive May 1996 ~ Omni Rosen, I-Drive October 1998 ~ Villa-Clear Creek August 2000 ~ Beach Club/Villa-Sunset Lakes July 2001 ~ Animal Kingdom Lodge/Hard Rock Hotel/Villa-Formosa Gdns Christmas 2001 ~ Villa-Formosa Gardens October 2002 ~ Hard Rock Hotel/Villa-Formosa Gdns May 2003 ~ Portofino Bay/Villa-Cumbrian Lakes January 2004 ~ Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes/Villa-Formosa Gardens July 2004 ~ Grand Floridian/Portofino Bay/Villa-Formosa Gardens December 2004 ~ Villa-Rolling Hills/Disney Wonder Cruise/BoardWalk Grand Villa/Contemporary April 2005 ~ Washington DC, Shenandoah, Blue Ridge Parkway, Charleston, Savannah, Royal Pacific Resort/Villa-Acadia Estates January 2006 ~ Reunion Resort/Royal Pacific Resort April 2006 ~ Celebration Hotel/NCL Jewel Cruise/Hotel Victor, Miami/Beach Cottage-Disney's Vero Beach October 2006 ~ Reunion Resort/BoardWalk Villa/Rosen Shingle Creek August 2007 ~ Saratoga Springs//Reunion Grande January 2008 ~ Saratoga Springs/Beach Club Villas/Reunion Resort November 2008 ~ BoardWalk Villas/Royal Pacific Resort/Saratoga Springs March 2011 ~ Celebrity Cruise/Veness Towers, a stone's throw from the Magic Kingdom November 2012 ~ Bay Lake Tower/Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota/Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, Jupiter/Saratoga Springs September 2013 ~ Kidani Village/Saratoga Springs May 2014 ~ Beach Club Villas/Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek/Bay Lake Tower
UKDEB is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:54 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.