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Old 02-28-2010, 02:40 PM   #91
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Wow your holiday looks really good, The food in T - Rex looks awesome especially them candy floss things!
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Just caught up on your report, it's really good, really well written and enjoying reading it.

Can't wait to read the rest.
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Day 12 - Wet N Wild / MNSSHP

Day 12 - Wet N Wild / MNSSHP - 31st October, Happy Halloween!

After an amazing, well needed, long sleep - we got up and treated ourselves to a big breakfast at Sizzlers.

I know I said it before but I was confused - after going to both Sizzlers and Pondarosa for buffet breakfasts, I found the food/service was far superior here - yet there must of only been about 5 tables of people here and the queue for Pondarosa out the door.

Anyway, after breakfast, we headed to Wet and Wild, it was a nice day and really really quiet here, it was almost like we had the place to ourselves! We relaxed til we weren't full from breakfast anymore, then went in the wave pool (eeek WARNING - awful hard / stoney floor surface in the wave pool, think we all got some cuts here). After some waves we went on most of the flumes. They were all really good flumes, but Wet n Wild just doesn't have the same atmosphere as Typhoon Lagoon, or anything. But for a nice quiet place to relax for the day with a bit more thrill flumes, it was perfect

I did like the dark flumes with lights and such - although there a fee to rent the tubes for the lazy river which I thought was a bit OTT.

Anyway a couple of Wet N Wild Pics...





view of universal from the top of one of the water slides



Anyway, with virtually no queueing about we were all done here by about 1.30pm, thats with relaxing sunbathing time too (we all get a bit too bored just relaxing!). Leanne and Roy went back to the hotel to relax for a bit before going out to MNSSHP, and me and scott went on the hunt for 2 very specific items on International Drive - Glitter Spray and a Red Feather. We couldn't find either - they were for finishing touches to our Haloween costumes...but more on that later

So we gave in and went back to the hotel for about two hours - in which time we ordered what was possibly the worlds most GREASIEST pizza - i had one bite and that was enough for me, Scott liked it though. We had the pizza box on the bed - and the grease seeped through the cardboard onto the sheets - yikes!

I also watched some cool Halloween programme on tv about how to have a cool haloween party and costume as we got ready - and I haven't even mentioned it on here yet but this is who we were

Me: Tinkerbell
Scott : Peter Pan
Leanne : Minnie
Roy : Mickey

Heres a pic of us all:



LOVE this ghost



We left the hotel and arrived at the Halloween Party around 5.30pm.

We first went into one of the shops on Main Street to get a Mickey Pumpkin Trick or Treating thing - as i'd been really wanting one!! I won't mention it throughout the whole thing - but we visited quite a lot of the trick or treat stands and found they were SUPER stingy giving out sweets. We kinda just ate them as we got them for the most part as we were lucky to get more than 1 or 2 sweets at a time. Surprising when you see some of the pics on here with peoples LOAD of sweets at the end of a party! Not that this particularly bothered us though - sweets was the last thing we were here for, the trick or treating experiences was fun enough and we all still had more than half of our mickey head krispy treats from a few days back to work through

Anyway, when we got the pumpkin thing we also were looking for a red feather - for scotts peter pan hat and glitter spray - to add a bit of pixie dust.

We made a little plan - that leanne and roy would go grab FPs for Splash, and that me and scott would go to Tinkerbells Treasures to see if they had glitter.

- Note at this party no FPs were allowed, something i didn't really know, didn't matter too much though, as the queues for splash were non existant!

anyway me and scott went into Tinks treasures and i asked the man if they had glitter, to which he immediately corrected me! It was Pixie Dust I needed
So the absolutely lovely man, said if I called upon Tinkerbell he might be able to sort me out, so I had to ring a bell and shout for her so embarrassed, but it was all very fun - and then he had a want which he was able to cover me in pixie dust with! I know this was for kids but I was so pleased that I was sparkly!

Would Scott find a Red Feather?...

Anyway we met Leanne and Roy outside Its a Small World and walked on there! I don't care what anyone says I love that ride and sing the whole way through!!

We then got our pics taken by the Cinederella Carriage, it was a bit annoying though that the Photopass Camera must have been a bit blurred for these pics



We then went to see Philharmagic... can't get over the amazingness of this. And the atmosphere outside the show was great with a group of ladies who met on Disney Cruise (im not sure if they are DISers or not!) and two teen girls dressed up as girls from its a small world. There were some Hula Hooping contests and such going on too.

As we were leaving the theatre - what do we see, like magic on the floor... a red feather!?!?! I kid you not - how random!! So me and scott now had our feather and pixie dust - like real disney magic

After Philharmagic we tried to queue for meeting Snow White and the Dwarfs and ended up wasting quite a bit of time throughout the night checking the line for this - it was SO slow moving and if you didn't see her in the thirty mins she was out you'd have to wait at least another 30mins as shes away for that length of time. I won't make the mistake of hanging about here again!

Anyway we headed to Mickey and Minnies house - it was kinda a goal to meet the characters we were dressed up as. Big queues to meet the mickey and minnie - but all of it was in the houses/garden so there was plenty to see and not get bored.



We then decided to go to Pixie Hollow - something I really didn't think we would do!! We kinda thought it would be a bit awkward - which it was a little but meeting Tink, as Peter and Tink, was quite entertaining - and I believe leanne and roy had some fun banter with one of the other fairies. So it turned out to be really funny.

In the queue here one of the CMs was telling us some secret knowledge and about 'easter eggs' - when they hide disney characters in other films - really interesting actually, who knew WallE was in Toy Story and Cars!! and Beast was in Alladin



As we left Pixie Hollow - Hallowishes was starting, It was amazing how quick time was going

I would have loved to see this from in front of the castle but we watched in Fantasyland - and it was good to have fireworks going off around you everywhere but still I would have prefered to see it infront of the castle for the full effect.

we headed towards adventureland next - after being told Peter would be here from a CM in Fantasyland - and then a CM in adventureland said Peter was in Fantasy land - then another CM checked and Peter was only in the parade. But we met Hook and Smee, the next best thing in Adventureland. We then grabbed a parade spot in Frontierland, after I grabbed my first and only Dole Whip of the trip - it was yummy! and while me and leanne waited, scott and roy grabbed some juice and fries to nibble on.



the boo to you parade was PHENOMENAL! It was just WOW I loved every minute of it. the headless horseman and the gravediggers from Haunted Mansion were my particular faves!



after the parade finished we went on splash twice! The last time on it it really hit home this would be the last time I'd be on Splash for a loong time So I really savoured it all. We didn't get wet at all - think because the water cannon was off. But noone else was riding Splash mountain atall.

After Splash, we headed towards the Haunted Mansion, got a photopass type picture then queued, and it worked out amazing - we were on a haunted mansion doom buggy at mid-dnight on halloween Seriously - I can't think of anything cooler!! We hadn't even planned on doing this but it was great!!



Obviously the party was over by the time we got off the ride, but we decided to take the long way out through Fantasyland and say bye to MK =( I LOVED MNSSHP - there was so much other things we wanted to do - obv see wishes from front of castle, the villains show - be in tomorrowland at all!! go on some more rides etc, but time went by so fast, but we had a blast doing what we did and i wouldn't change it for the world.

I was actually soo down leaving MK, knowing that was the last time there that trip, i know it sounds silly - but you guys know what I mean, right?



anyway , no dwelling on that part - I'll just get down on how much I miss being there -

Coming Next: Sea World - and I MEET A 'PENGUIN!!!!
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:20 AM   #94
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Wow, you all looked great!

Loved the part about Scott finding the red feather.
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Day 13 - SW Penguin Experience/AK/KOBE

Day 13 - SW Penguin Experience/AK/KOBE

We took it all pretty easy first thing this morning, since we got in late from MNSSHP and since we'd done all the parks so we didn't feel that 'have to see all the parks' type thing that I think a lot of people get on their first trip.

We got into Sea World about an hour after opening, and picked up our tickets and info for the penguin experience I had it booked quite a bit in advance - probably wasn't neccessary to book in advance but I really didn't want to chance it just in case. so that was meeting at about 12.45pm so we had a few hours to fill in.

The queue for Manta was still pretty non existant so went on that a couple of times, then went over to the sea lions - after loving the show and feeding them so much last time we decided to do all this again. We found the mime and show to be a lot better the first time we'd seen it but it was still amazing.

Also at the feeding area we spotted some little baby seal pups who were just adorable

I think after this we just went on journey to atlantis some more and then grabbed some ice cream from the stall just outside it, then just filled in some time at the big gift shop beside the penguin encounter to get some Sea World souvenirs - as we hadn't picked up any the first time here.

Before we knew it, it was time to meet our guide for teh Penguin Experience - to say I was excited was an understatement (as you may have gathered by now - im a very excitable person) - but I LOVE penguins, or 'guins as I like to call them

I have so many 'guin things and just LOVE them - i actually got an amazing penguin cake for my birthday from my parents, heres a pic.

so back to Sea World - and the group was us 4, a mother/daughter and a family of 3.

The tour pretty much went into the actual encounter part that the public go to and he talked abit, then we went back stage and looked at some equipment and the kitchens etc, then inside we saw a little more behind the scenes then - we all waited and Fisher came out - the penguin we were meeting!

He was amazing, and was so tame and happy to be petted, we let some of the kids go first as we didnt want to overcrowd him, then we had some time with him - so so so so so soft!? who knew i always thought penguins would be all wet and ... not that soft!

we all then went into the enclosure (there is a small gate between us and penguins though - as some of them are not as Tame as Fisher) - fisher was still there so we got some more time with him, it was cold in there - but being from Scotland it really really didn't phase us. so as the others were all huddled keeping warm we were able to get up close with the other penguins, get photos etc. it was an amazing experience - the rest of the stuff in the trip other than being with the penguins - to be honest is all a bit 'filler' but i would definately do this again.















after this we met a puffin, but to be honest i was so buzzing from the penguin thing i was in a wee dream

After all of this it was about 1.45 - the whole thing took just about an hour.

We were quite happy to leave Sea World - and decided to head to Animal Kingdom - hadn't been here since our first day, and we all fell in love with it - we had just planned to be here the one day but we still wanted to do more here - how people feel this place is just a half day park i have no idea!!





We got there, got quite a bit of photopass pics done as we hadn't found any photopassers our first day - and then headed to Restaurant-o-sauras, for lunch. We all got hot dogs - the condiments bar here is amazing, and the whole inside is really cool for a quick counter service.

We all just chilled out a bit in here, then went on Dinosaur (really short wait) - then headed back the way to Camp Minnie Mickey to see what was about there as we hadn't been there, I loved all the little statues here - and we met some characters here too with very little wait. Only thing is Donald was not very 'Donald' like here





We then headed to Expedition Everest - literally walk on and we fell in love with this ride all over again - and .. well we just rode it about 5 or 6 times in a row then the park was closed we really wanted to maybe go on a trail but reriding expedition everest seemed a better idea at the time - and i dont regret it for a second, it was amazing!

So we headed back to the car to the hotel, then had a look online for some sushi restaurants - and decided on Kobe which was like a 30mins walk down international drive.

it was nice having a slow walk down and got there - they have tables there like in Teppan Edo, but as we were there just for sushi we just got a normal table - the other tables would have been a 45 mins wait anyway.

WOW the sushi here was the best sushi i have ever had - and ive had quite a lot of good sushi (im slowly turning into one of those sushi snobs )

I can't remember everything we had - but one of them had lobster in it - a complete treat!

We also got a big cocktail bowl to share - it came with fire and was fruity and gorgeous! The first one the four of us shared - after which me and leanne had about 2 more just to ourselves whilst the guys got some Sake.







This night was actually one of our favourite nights of the trip - the banter was great, the food was just AMAZING and it was just a great night - the service was just top notch as well - i think we were the most genorously tipping here.

anyway after a great night we went back to bed - tomorrow would be our last day in Disney
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Another great update Izzie, sounds like it was an awesome day.

What happened with Donald?!
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Great TR, loving your pics
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Another great update Izzie, sounds like it was an awesome day.

What happened with Donald?!
I can't remember completely what happened - we were waiting for him to come back from his break thing - then when he came back around the building he was having his break in - rather than coming over to his meet/greet place he stood there looking quite lost for a while - then his 'person' took him over - and despite us trying to say hi or whatever he had zero interaction (no handshake / hug or anything) and just stood there. total opposite to the Donald we met in Epcot.
Overall we were quite used to being the people who just missed meeting the character before their break - but when they came back they always seemed so hyper and fun that we didnt mind the extra wait, but not in this case!
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Day 14 - DHS / Epcot

Day 14 - DHS / Epcot

Ahhh I can't believe this was the last full day , and the last time I can update my TR on WDW!

Anyway - this morning we had planned to do DHS til lunch, then head over to Epcot World Showcase to spend the late afternoon/evening - see Illuminations to finish our Disney experience.

So we got into DHS just as the opening show was on - though it was fun to watch the first time, we didn't really pay attention and concentrated on going into the shops nearer the entrance - and coming out of them much closer to the rope... I hope thats not really a wrong thing to do?! Regardless - it meant we could head straight to TSM - we did what we did last time and rode it, then got breakfast from Woodys Roundup (pastries) and FPs to reride TSM later.

We then found a bench just outside One Mans Dream to eat at. Even as we chilled on this bench - so many people still frantically running to TSM! It felt odd being so un-rushed by comparison!

After we ate we decided to have a nosy in One MAns Dream - which we all enjoyed SO SO much! Could easily have spent hours and hours in here but I think we were just over a half hour.





By which point we headed to Disneys Animation - saw the show and then met Sorceror Mickey and the Up Characters - interaction in the Animation building is SUPER, here and Epcot character spot are the two places I would really recommend if your only doing one or two character greets to go to.







After meeting the characters and playing on a few of the games - we waited for the next animation class, not really with any expectations TBH - we drew Goofy, and how fun it was!! At the end of the class I kinda just thought to myself that it was amazing, not really thinking the others would agree - but we ALL were quite hyper and loved every second - so we went round and did the one after! - Pluto!

After we came out of this class, the Incredibles characters were out to meet - so we stopped by and timed it quite good and managed to meet Mr and Mrs incredible - then 5 mins later Frozone.



I think we then headed to RNRC / TOT area - perhaps rode one of them? defo picked up a FP for RNRC at some point though.

We then used our TSM FP for our last ride there of the trip - even on our fourth ride it was just as fun!

We walked around a bit on the other side of the park - and decided to eat at Pizza Planet for lunch - also it was the pin station just outside of here I managed to find a MNSSHP pin (mickey as a ghost) that I had wanted to buy earlier in teh trip but were sold out everywhere else I looked when I decided to actually buy it - so I was very happy with that find, I also bought a TSM pin - I shall actually take a picture of all the pins I bought during the trip - not so much for a Pin Trade - but they all have fairly significant meaning and its how I wanted to remember all the individual days , I keep meaning to get 'crafty' and make a frame to keep them all in but I still haven't found the time.






Anyway - back to DHS after lunch at Pizza Planet (which was very average, ok pizza - but I MUCH prefered Pizza Planet in DLRP - by comparison here is just a building, obviously built for other purposes - with flying , cheap looking aliens!) - but as a huge Toy Story fan, esp a fan of the little green men, I had to check it out!

We then headed to see the Beauty and the Beast show - which I LOVED the opening song to Beauty and the Beast always just seems so AMAZING for me! Me and Leanne both loved it but Scott and Roy were boredddd! Oh well - meant they took photos etc and they certainly didnt let that distract us from the show.



We then used FP on RNRC (our last ride at DHS ) and I picked up.. My first mickey icecream premium bar! How I hadn't had one before I actually don't know! But I do look very happy to have one...




(love this TOT pic!!)


I must have seemed excited buying it from the cart, as the CM was like "oh you'll get used to everything being shaped like Mickey Mouse soon" - like it was my first day - I was like "Oh I've been here two weeks, but I still get excited"

We left just at the parade was near the entrance/exit? So we managed to see a little bit of the parade in passing - although with all that buzz and activity, it made leaving DHS soo much harder!
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But we were headed to Epcot - Oh and I totally forgot to mention - we got a taxi to Disney today!! As we planned to have quite the few drinks aroudn the world

So we got a taste of Disney transport to Epcot. Which was fun.

Arriving at Epcot we were going to just go straight to WS, but decided one last ride on Mission Space wouldn't hurt as we'd loved it so much from a few days before.

We decided to Start in Mexico and work our way round, the plan was
in each country to get something to eat and/or drink - usually we would just share and usually to try on some sort of silly hat where possible!!

I won't bore you with too much details and ill let some pictures do the talking - but my favourite things about here were Mexico (all of it! the best pavillion IMHO) - The candy maker in Japan which was like MAGICAL! , Canadian Food/Wine - Funnel Cake and Grey Goose Citron Slush.
It was the FAW festival when we were here - Im not sure HOW different it is going 'around the world' with this on, obviously the seminars etc they offer really 'make' the FAW - I will defo be doing some sort of wine/champagne tasting if / when I return this time of year again..

so some pics...































I have to say though - I did enjoy WS sooo much MORE than I expected, I think cause it was just so different to everything else but still fun - next trip to WDW its an absolute must do to spend a day there, eat at at least one of the resaurants and relax a bit - have a drink or two, and end up in Jellyrolls.

After all stops made, we settled to watch Illuminations which although good, paled in comparison to Wishes and Fantasmic. But I have read many a report that people belive this to be far superior to other fireworks in WDW - each to their own.

As we left Epcot, I think it fair to say I was feeling sad - we bussed it to DTD to pick up our christmas ornaments which were being personalised (they turned out AMAZING BTW - such detail, would TOTALLY recommend this, I can't wait til its Christmas again to bring it back out!).

Then we got a taxi back, and packed...

Day 15 - Universal and Home

Ill just add the final day in too -

we loaded the car up, and this morning I finally got my glasses back from the hotel manager only a week or so without them but never mind - they still didn't fit properly, but would be ok for flying home - (luckily Specsavers fixed it all up perfectly for no charge when I got home, just a bit of an inconvenience!)

We then drove up to Universal, and just hit the rides we wanted to do again for about 3 hours - The Hulk / Spiderman / the Mummy / The Simpsons.

We then got some early lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp, where my Forest Gump knowledge was shameful!!

Had a good farewell meal here, although we were all a bit down, and wishing for the long journey home to be over with already.

Luckily coming home was easy, no big delays. Had a 4 hour wait in Schiphol for our connecting flight, at which I kept dozing to sleep and im not a good napper (if i ever nap I always feel nautious afterwards) - pretty much came home and relaxed! WIth a major feeling of "oh, its over ... BUT IT WAS SO GOOD!)

And so this concludes by TR! Thanks to everyone whose read!!!! Ive had so much fun reliving the memories and putting my TR on the Disboards - I love to read everyone elses - they can be so helpful and entertaining, so I hope mines entertains/helps others too

What Next!? Well I well and truly have the Disney bug! Luckily Scotts on board with this, so doesn't mind a few up-coming Disney trips in the near future.

This Sepetemebr were having a trip to DLRP with my mum and stepdad (they obviously want to see whats all this fuss is about!)

Then next year - we plan to go to DLR California - and have been looking at some ABD options there which actually get you into THE Disney Studios - but I REALLY need to start saving pennies to pull that trip off.

Then the year after I imagine we'll be back to WDW!

See ya Real Soon!
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Great trip report, thanks for sharing! I'm one of those who prefers Illuminations to Wishes.
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Just spent a bit of time catching up on your trip report and must say that I absolutely loved it. It was written with such excitement I can't imagine what you must have been like to be on holiday with.

It was great seeing a lot of the pics as we were there the same time as you and it brought so many memories back for me - and your Halloween costumes were brilliant

Thanks for taking the time to do this, and sometimes it seemed to take forever for you to finish it but - guess what - IT WAS MORE THAN WORTH THE WAIT
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Old 04-06-2010, 02:37 PM   #103
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Great trip report, thanks for sharing! I'm one of those who prefers Illuminations to Wishes.
Thanks, glad you liked it

Illuminations was good - we didn't have the greatest spot to watch it so I think that had a bit of a negative impact - but I think I loved wishes so much I will be forever bias!

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Just spent a bit of time catching up on your trip report and must say that I absolutely loved it. It was written with such excitement I can't imagine what you must have been like to be on holiday with.

It was great seeing a lot of the pics as we were there the same time as you and it brought so many memories back for me - and your Halloween costumes were brilliant

Thanks for taking the time to do this, and sometimes it seemed to take forever for you to finish it but - guess what - IT WAS MORE THAN WORTH THE WAIT
Thanks so much ! I think all 4 of us were pretty much comparable to excited kids at Christmas for nearly a full fortnight

I did get a little distracted with writing this - silly Uni work! but im happy you kept reading anyway
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Great trip report, already looking forward to the next

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Thanks for the report Izzie, you did a great job! Looking forward to reading more in the future.
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