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Old 11-01-2008, 02:06 PM   #1
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T & T do the triple – day 15 – Winter Summerland and going home

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Tony, (DH – Tony64) age 44 - in charge of driving, collecting coffee and doughnuts for breakfast, running to get fast passes and generally stressing. This is his ninth trip.

Theresa (me), age 43 - in charge of the credit cards and plotting quickest routes to the shopping malls. This is my tenth trip.

Maddie (DD), age 19 - jointly in charge of where we eat, shop and play this trip. This is her seventh trip.

Callum (DS) age 18 - in charge of himself. This is his seventh trip


Saturday 6th September 2008

Our last day!

We finished our packing. Everything went in the cases ok and then we weighed them! We were relieved to find they were all under 20kg and our hand luggage was all under 5kg each.

We cleared out the fridge and freezer and ate up loads of bits and bobs for breakfast. We watched “Groundhog Day” as we packed. It’s one of our favourite movies and it was a shame we had to vacate the condo by ten am as we missed the end. We said goodbye to Terrace Ridge and were soon on our way, stopping briefly at Dunkin Donuts for coffee and donuts.

It’s tradition on our last day to play mini-golf and this time we decided to take advantage of the generous Disney annual pass discount and go to Winter Summerland. ($25 after the discount).
A hole in one.

A tricky shot.



After the golf, we were feeling a few hunger pangs, so dropped in at the IHOP on the 535 for lunch. However, the place was completely packed with a long wait for a table, so we decided to go straight to the airport as we didn’t have much time left and everywhere seemed busy.

At Sanford, we took the car back to Alamo and were stunned when the lady told us we had done 952 miles!

We were pleased to find our flight was on time and there were no problems this time.

We had a few snacks (lemon meringue pie!) and drinks and were soon boarding. The flight was fine and we landed at Gatwick on time. All was going well until we went to pick up our luggage. We waited and waited, and soon realised that people from previous flights were still waiting too. At one stage, a notice was being passed around stating that there was a possibility that all the luggage from our flight was still sitting at Sanford! Maddie was horrified at the thought of all her precious shopping being left behind! However, after 90 minutes it was announced that the luggage was actually here and would be arriving on the carousel shortly. It was very slow though and one of our cases must have been the last one off the plane! We breezed through customs (though one couple on our flight was pulled out of the green channel and they had to open their cases for the customs men), and within five minutes, Maple Manor were there with our car and we were home an hour later.

Our thoughts on the trip:

The weather was excellent – the best we have had in the summer months, only a few rain storms, the hurricanes all missed us and the heat wasn’t too oppressive. (Although, admittedly, I do like it really hot!).

The crowd levels in the parks in the second week were excellent, and were manageable the first week so long as you got to the parks early.

We loved the shopping (obviously!) and even with a small luggage allowance it’s possible to buy plenty (so long as you don’t take much stuff out with you).

We really enjoyed doing the two things we hadn’t done before – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Blue Man Group.

We loved the condo at Terrace Ridge, although next time we would take a laptop as the children missed the internet and being able to contact their friends.

We would fly with Monarch again, despite the delay going out, as they were fine otherwise and the price was good.

For those who are interested, the 952 miles we drove cost us a total of $180

All in all in was a great trip and we consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be able to have such a fabulous holiday.

Thanks for reading.
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:20 PM   #2
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great trippie Theresa, i think you must have taken empty cases out to remain under the weight limit
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:53 PM   #3
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Congratulations on completing your excellent report series, Theresa. It was lots of fun to read about the fun you had. Your words and pictures gave us the chance to feel like we were there with you, so thanks for that.
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:11 AM   #4
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Thanks for sharing your great reports Theresa, they were lots of fun to read and your photos were lovely too

Just one question to ask ~ When are you going back ?

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Old 11-02-2008, 03:53 AM   #5
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A great report Theresa - I have really enjoyed reading about your trip and looking at all your wonderful foodie pics

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Old 11-02-2008, 04:35 AM   #6
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Great trippies, thanks for sharing
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:15 AM   #7
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really enjoyed reading your trippie, thanks for sharing
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:01 AM   #8
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Thank you for sharing your trip report and fabulous photos. I have really enjoyed reading along with it.
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A great trip report - thanks for sharing your great holiday!
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:26 PM   #10
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I have LOVED reading your TR - it really has been a great read and the pictures were fab. It sounds like you had a great holiday and I am gutted the TR has reached the last day because I really have enjoyed catching up with it.

Can't you go back again so you can do another lol.

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Old 11-03-2008, 10:54 AM   #11
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Thanks for your nice comments, everyone. We can't wait to go back, but it's looking unlikely for next year Hoping to go in 2010 in time for Harry Potter to be open in Islands of Adventure
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Great report. Gatwick seems to be the worst airport for the time it takes to get your luggage back. After such a long trip the last thing you want to do is wait ages for your cases. Last year we waited over an hour.


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Impressed that you got your cases under weight
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