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Old 07-16-2010, 12:00 AM   #16
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yes, Kate you DO look young!!!!! not to worry....you'll thank your lucky stars when you get to be MY age!!!!

loving your report so far!!

(you're a better man than i am....wish i'd made some notes...
no chance at a trip report now....i don't remember about 95% of it already)...
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:00 PM   #17
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Trip sounds fab, looking forward to reading more and finding out about your degree - many congrats
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:11 PM   #18
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Stressful start great report and pics
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:21 PM   #19
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Day 2- From London to Luau!

Just a quick note to thank everyone for their wonderful supportive comments so far! I hope I won’t disappoint! Again, today is a bit low on pictures, sorry!

We set our alarm at Sofitel the night before at 8am, ready to be up and out by 8.45/ 9am so we could get to the airport check-in with time to spare. In fact we had already packed and checked out before 8.30, not before I took my travel sickness tablets for the flights. Now, I know I am not particularly travel sick, it is the anxiety more than anything that creates the problem. However the wonderful thing about Stugeron is that it makes me calm and drowsy, perfect for the airport and to fall straight to sleep when we get on the plane. It worked like a charm again, for which I am very grateful, I would never fly without it!

Anyway after checking our bags, collecting our travel money from Travellex (Quidco again!) and passing through security, we ended up in duty free for an hour and three-quarters. We set up a base camp so we knew where to find each other, then Murray went off to find breakfast somewhere away from me (when I am anxious I don’t even want to smell food, let alone eat it!) . I just kept plugged into my Disney podcasts, one which was about how to deal with summer crowds which were particularly helpful. Both Murray and I shopped intermittently, always leaving someone at base camp. I had realised whilst I was packing that my sunglasses were nowhere to be found, so I was glad of a tax-free Next where I picked up a pair and a vest top for the other end of the flight (I realised a long sleeved top in Florida weather was just asking for trouble!). Murray, of course, found the alcohol and sweeties!

Soon the flight was called, and we made our way to the gate, then onto the plane. I was a bit dubious about this flight, as we had issues with BA and their customer service beforehand, but all the cabin crew were very courteous and polite, and we departed on time We also had a spare seat next to us, so I spread out as soon as the seatbelt signed turned off, which gave us some extra room. We were both very impressed with the selection of movies on board (although I didn’t make my way through a single one! I kept falling asleep half way through!) So I watched half of Toy Story 1 and 2, in preparation to see the third in America, and some of Alice in Wonderland. I didn’t write down what Murray watched, but it kept him entertained, even though he barely slept. The food was also pretty good, although both Murray and I went for the chicken option and we got completely different things! I got roast chicken with mashed potatoes, whilst he got chicken curry and rice! Odd but both nice enough for airplane food accept the nasty ‘banoffee pudding’. The only bad bit was when I lost my headphone cover down the back of the seat, and found a squished, sticky harribo! Yuck! Apart from that, and a bit of turbulence, the flight went fine.

We arrived at around 4pm Florida time after a 9 or so hour flight, and made our way through immigration (only just for me since I forgot to fill in the back until the last minute! I seem to make a habit of this!) and baggage claim and got onto the monorail (the first of the holiday!). After we got off, both of us headed to the bathroom to freshen up and change into our summer clothes, even in the monorail, our jeans and jumpers were way too hot! We then went to meet our Florida Tours transportation to Lowe’s Royal Pacific Resort. However since we were earlier than expected and Murray’s bag didn’t have wheels (again, why oh why?!?) I decided to see if I could find our driver by the secondary baggage claim, then come back for Murray later. Well one round trip on the escalator later, and we met our driver (I feel terrible for not remembering his name!), who was lovely and friendly with a very well maintained and spacious car! Definitely luxury service! Apparently he had been tracking our flight online, so knew to pick us up a bit earlier, which was fantastic! Plus he gave us a lot of insight about living in Orlando on the journey. Florida Tours in general were fantastic! We asked for a ‘round-trip’ which includes a complementary 30 minute grocery stop, but asked if this could be from the airport to Royal Pacific, then 4 days later to Pop. They were fantastic about this, and was no problem at all. They even allowed us to move the grocery stop to the second trip, where I wouldn’t be so tired and could enjoy it more, going out of their way to go to a decent grocery store! I would highly recommend them! I was a little worried about paying for the round trip upfront, but they were excellent, I always felt safe and taken care of.

After a short, and very interesting, drive we arrived at the Royal Pacific!



Ok I admit, this isn’t a picture we took, but we completely forgot to take any pictures of the lobby! It was lovely though, with a ukulele player and girls doing the hula in the entrance and very prompt staff. On check-in we got some information about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWOHP for the rest of this report, otherwise it’s too many words!) and its opening times for the next day, which was for resort guests only for two hours in the morning. We also got our room keys, which to Murray’s surprise had my surname on both cards! I told him it was a sign that feminism was on its way forward and that he should take my name when we get married. Murray was not amused! We also went to go get our park ticket for the next few days, where all you had to do was pop your credit card in, and out popped the tickets! Fantastic!

We then headed up to the room on the third floor (I think, my memory isn’t what it used to be) which was lovely! We had a king size bed, large bathroom and a large flat screen TV.

Here are some of Murray’s attempts to photograph the room...







I knew I shouldn’t have let him do it!

We then headed out to City Walk to find something quick and simple to eat, as I was getting tired and the stress of travelling kicked in again. We decided to walk, not knowing how frequent the boats where and wanting to stretch our legs a bit more. It was a short and pleasant walk to City Walk, even passing this view on the way out of the Royal Pacific.



Aww!

So we stopped off at the Burger King Whopper Bar, as has become tradition in our family to go to a fast food restaurant that you could of eaten in back home on the first night as the familiarity is kind of comforting in a strange place.

Murray had a Bourbon Whopper meal and Sprite and I had a small fries and some of Murray’s drink (I wasn’t that hungry, I didn’t even finish the fries!).





(You can tell we are new to photographing food right?)

It was ok, Murray said the burger was tasty, but most importantly it filled us up in a familiar way. Plus wasn’t too unreasonably priced for right next to a theme park. Murray said it was one of the better burgers of the trip, and the fries were pretty decent too. We would say a 5 out of 10

We also stopped at the Coca Cola Refreshment point to ask about their refillable mugs. Universal sell quite large refillable mugs for $6.99 plus tax , which you can then top up for 80 cents a refill. We then asked the cashier how long these mugs are valid for and his response was: ‘Officially it’s for the day of purchase, but you could use it for a couple of days and no one would ever know’. To me, this was a clear sign that it would be ok to use for the rest of our stay- plus with the cost of all the refills we paid more than for a Disney mug. So no flaming me, I was just doing as the cashier suggested!! This worked out really well for us, we shared it between the two of us (it was that large, it would of been a waste to buy one each!). Plus since we paid for refills we didn’t waste any soda at all, we drank every last drop! Ok, I still feel a bit guilty, but no one ever questioned it!

Here’s a photo I found on Disboards of said refillable mug by Violet Crayon (unfortunately it doesn’t really show scale)



Anyway we then headed back to the room to chill out and watch the sun go down, then get a well deserved rest



This was the view from the window, isn’t it great?

Tomorrow: Harry Potter and the Revenge of the Front of the Line Pass!
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:41 PM   #20
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. We also got our room keys, which to Murray’s surprise had my surname on both cards! I told him it was a sign that feminism was on its way forward and that he should take my name when we get married. Murray was not amused!
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Great second part of your report Kate! You have a great way of writing that is very entertaining (PS Don't tell everyone I am your mom!!)
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:06 PM   #21
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thanks for the florida tours review, the grocery store stop sounds interesting! Can I ask why you chose Royal Pacific over hard rock hotel???
Great trip report so far!!
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:17 PM   #22
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thanks for the florida tours review, the grocery store stop sounds interesting! Can I ask why you chose Royal Pacific over hard rock hotel???
Great trip report so far!!
I'll be honest... it was cheaper!!

Hard Rock is slightly more expensive, and I was a bit worried that with staying at Pop too that it might be slightly similar, but to be honest I didn't do too much research after I found out it was cheaper!
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:05 PM   #23
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Kate (and Murray),

Great job on the trip report. Waiting for more.
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:16 PM   #24
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:38 PM   #25
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It's hard to believe this is your first trip report. You're doing a very good job. It's fun to see something so familiar through fresh eyes, isn't it? I'm looking forward to reading about your adventures. Thanks for sharing the fun.
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:02 PM   #26
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Kate! This is fantastic~ I can't wait to read more...so please type fast!

Thank you again for arranging the Dis meet~ I loved meeting you and everyone else.
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Old 07-17-2010, 04:13 AM   #27
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A brilliant start, please do type quickly, I am loving it ..
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:36 AM   #28
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Enjoying your report Kate.

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I'll be honest... it was cheaper!!
I've stayed at both hotels. Despite RPR being cheaper, I much preferred it to HRH and I'm staying there again next month!
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Enjoying your report, cant wait to read the rest
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