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Old 11-06-2010, 11:05 PM   #16
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I loved Raglan Road! That's awful, though, that he forgot his license I hope that got sorted out!
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:25 AM   #17
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Hi! glad you found it! London was good but rushed...London Dungeons was fun in a terrifying way...me and DBF saw Saw 3d tonight, I must have a twisted personality, I hate horrors but just don't seem to learn my lesson! Hello sleepless night!

I'll have to ckeck out the lulu guiness jewllery, we got some Betsey Johnson jewellery at the Outlets which was pretty cool, have you seen any of her stuff?
ohh yea, I love her jewelry! We have stores here that carry her jewelry and intimates wear for cheap prices. She always has cute stuff. What sort of jewelry did you end up getting?

Aw girl I'm sorry you had to go through that at the car rental
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:10 AM   #18
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I loved Raglan Road! That's awful, though, that he forgot his license I hope that got sorted out!
Yep we got sorted out 2 days later but it was dramatic at the time!!! I thought Raglan Road's food was delicious and liked how the chicken goujons and fish came wrapped up in newspaper!

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ohh yea, I love her jewelry! We have stores here that carry her jewelry and intimates wear for cheap prices. She always has cute stuff. What sort of jewelry did you end up getting?

Aw girl I'm sorry you had to go through that at the car rental
It was for my sisters...got littlest sister a long chain with a big black and diamond whistle and got middle sister a short gold chain with a big chunky red heart with a banner saying no entry! pretty cool! and it was a buy one get one free day so I got them 2 pairs of little ankle socks each too!

the car rental was a nightmare scenario but tried to move on because DBF did feel really bad about it!
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Oh the rain!!! I remember the rain well! If I'm not mistaken, that was the 3rd right? I think I wanted you guys to come on the fireworks cruise with us that night but you had your gathering at Raglan Road. We were actually at T-Rex for dinner that night but probably way before you got to DTD.

Anyway.....I would have totally cried too! When people like us, who are sooo into planning every single detail, when something goes wrong, I just can't handle it! A similar thing happened when we went from WDW to the cruise on our honeymoon. We were supposed to get a car (long story) and there it was, morning of the cruise, and we had no way of getting to the port!! I totally cried!

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We went to Raglan Road on our first night in August 2010 as well... although Dbf wasn't feeling well, it was raining and he forgot to bring his ID so they wouldn't give him any alcoholic drinks... the food WAS AMAZING and the atmosphere was so much fun.

I can't wait for the next update...
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I just discovered your trip report, and I am hooked! That stinks about all the mishaps you had already....I hope the rest of your trip goes smoothly! Looking forward to the next update
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sorry to hear about the drama with the car hire! Men, huh?! I bet it was so stressful for you & DBF... but so glad you made it to DTD ok and went to Raglan Road! DF & I love it there, such good food & lively atmosphere

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Oh the rain!!! I remember the rain well! If I'm not mistaken, that was the 3rd right? I think I wanted you guys to come on the fireworks cruise with us that night but you had your gathering at Raglan Road. We were actually at T-Rex for dinner that night but probably way before you got to DTD.

Anyway.....I would have totally cried too! When people like us, who are sooo into planning every single detail, when something goes wrong, I just can't handle it! A similar thing happened when we went from WDW to the cruise on our honeymoon. We were supposed to get a car (long story) and there it was, morning of the cruise, and we had no way of getting to the port!! I totally cried!

I'm excited for more!!

I remember reading about your car hire drama!!! I think its a good thing in that our personlities are enthusiastic but the flip side is a total low when plans go haywire!

Yep the rainy 3rd July...I really with my whole heart wanted to go on the cruise with you and Tom, secretly more than Raglan Road if I'm honest, and it was funny reading about it in your TR and thinking...'aw we could've been there'...but I felt morally obligated (that sounds too formal but you know what I mean) to abide by my original arrangements...:sad2


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We went to Raglan Road on our first night in August 2010 as well... although Dbf wasn't feeling well, it was raining and he forgot to bring his ID so they wouldn't give him any alcoholic drinks... the food WAS AMAZING and the atmosphere was so much fun.

I can't wait for the next update...
We think its so funny getting ID'd..if you can see over the bar counter in Ireland your pretty much guaranteed getting served! Your DBF probably would've felt more at home with a Guinness! but at least you got lovely food and atmosphere and can use that as your necessity for a repeat visit?!

I was surprised by the vastness of the restaurant, it was huge! was expecting it to be more snug...would definitely plan to return especially if we get to stay in Disney property and make a proper ight of it...



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I just discovered your trip report, and I am hooked! That stinks about all the mishaps you had already....I hope the rest of your trip goes smoothly! Looking forward to the next update
Hi Princess K and I'm glad your enjoying it so far! We had a few mishaps at the start but it does level out into a happy holiday! and also I can be a wee bit of a drama queen and stress out when really things aren't that bad! But on his holiday I tried to chill out as much as was possible for my worry prone personality...

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sorry to hear about the drama with the car hire! Men, huh?! I bet it was so stressful for you & DBF... but so glad you made it to DTD ok and went to Raglan Road! DF & I love it there, such good food & lively atmosphere

looking forward to the next installment!

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Have to admit Emma, because I had organised every aspect of the holiday including car hire I have to take part of the blame in that I'd never even mentioned to DBF to bring his driving licence...although at the car rental place I had no such amicable understanding feelings and placed the blame entirely on him!!!

A small advantage of not having the car was DBF got to have a few beers at Raglan road and enjoy the atmosphere...which I agree was very good! But totally not what I'd expected either it was like a traditional Irish pub but totally Disney-fied (in a good way):cheer2
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Day 3: Discovery Cove & DBF discovers Bud Light!

We awake bright and breezy after our night out at Raglan Road... although this photo seems to indicate otherwise...



Still with no car hire we hopped on the i ride trolley and jumped off at the sea world stop, wehre the bus driver said...'just give them a call and they'll pick you up'...so DBF picked up the phone (just a receiver no numbers...) and a lady on the other line said our car would arrive in a few minutes! we both thought this was pretty cool! just hanging out waiting to get picked up...



here's a picture of our sweet ride...



upon arrival we queued outside the building for about twenty minutes and eventually got into the beautiful reception area



a friendly lady checked us in and gave us our dolphin swim time...must've been between 1 and 2 pm, and gave us the lanyard's for around our neck which also served as ID if we wanted a drink, we followed another CM down through beautiful vegetation over little streams and we were just looking at each other thinking 'WOW!!!'

After getting the orientation talk we were too hungry to even find our lockers but headed straight to the restaurant!!!






the breakfast was delicious, we just had little bits of everything, a bit sad there was no bacon but it also seemed fairly healthy, at least by my calorie laden standards! and was lovely to eat outdoors in such nice surroundings...

We had a long time beofre our dolphin swim so we found our locker got into our swim stuff and began to explore on our own a little bit, the weather was a bit drizzly but not too cold and we were going to be in the watr anyway was our thinking

I think DBF looks quite handsomely rakish in this photo...



I think this is the dolphin lagoon behind us where we'd be taking our swim later



a kind cast member was laughing at our efforts of taking our own photos and came to the recue!



this was the front door of the restaurant which we thought was cool



and behind DBF in the photo below is the lazy river, which owing to reasons to be revealed in next post () was where we spent most of our day!!!


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Discovery Cove seems like such a great experience. It is definitely on my must-do list for future trips!

Don't you hate when you travel with just the 2 of you, and it is so hard to get pics together? That's why I love the Photopass people at Disney so much!
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Great review so far. Bummer about the license and the toiletries.
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Oh gosh, thats awful that DBF forgot his licence. I can only imagine how you felt. But from your update of later on in the day it looks like it didn't get you too down

Sounds like you had a great night at Raglan

Loving the Discovery Cove update, always curious to know about that place and what its like
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Discovery Cove seems like such a great experience. It is definitely on my must-do list for future trips!

Don't you hate when you travel with just the 2 of you, and it is so hard to get pics together? That's why I love the Photopass people at Disney so much!
Discovery Cove was a very cool experience for us but the price will probably mean we won't try it again unless we're bringing back kids... a scary thought!

DBF only really likes photos that have us in them so we were continuously holding out the camera trying to get a decent picture! wish we had taken advantage of disney photopass but because some of our days were rainy and others were so so hot we got totally distracted and only got one photopass picture! Boo! need to try better next time!


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Great review so far. Bummer about the license and the toiletries.

Hi! and Thanks!!! Forgetting the licence was the worst thing that happened on the trip so at least we got it out of the way early?!


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Oh gosh, thats awful that DBF forgot his licence. I can only imagine how you felt. But from your update of later on in the day it looks like it didn't get you too down

Sounds like you had a great night at Raglan

Loving the Discovery Cove update, always curious to know about that place and what its like
I think my heart may have stopped for about 5 seconds when we realised we'd for got the licence...I was all pleased with myself and my different little folders and everything printed out neatly...but it worked out ok really...DBF tried to point out the positive side of the situation that he at least got to see the american road system from the bus and asked a couple of taxi driver's questions about red light turning and stuff...I thought this was not an entirely valid point and would have preferred we'd just brought the licence but I let it roll for the sake of a harmonious trip!

Discovery Cove was very good, kinda dreamlike in a way, everything just semed a bit unreal! we enjoyed it but definitely a once every 5-10 years for us i think...
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Discovery Cove Contd...a small point we overlooked...we're scared of fish!

After getting a couple of deckchairs and getting a bud light for DBF and a mountain Dew for me and a little bag of pretzels and one of oreo cookies (all free from the cabannas) we strapped on our snorkels and headed off into the lazy river...it took us 2 cycles to get used to breathing properly with the snorkels on and also just enjoying floating along with a noodle...



we also realised that although DBF can swim he panics a bit...and maintains that he isphysically incapable of treading water! so after a wobbly start he donned a lifejacket for our trips round the lazy river!



we really liked swimming around behind the waterfalls with our snorkels on, felt adventurous, like out of indiana jones

Ok so one of the most coolest parts of Discovery Cove is the Ray and tropical fish lagoons where you can snorkel through the sealife...although I had always been afraid of a fish brushing aainst me in the sea and didn;t like too many bubbles in the bath because I was scared Jaws might suddenly materiaise beneath them I just assumed upon arriving at Discovery Cove I would be able to overcome these childish fears and dive right in!

Surprise...no I wasn't! so we waded into the ray lagoon and were able to stroke them as they glided past which was pretty cool but when we tried to actually snorkel with the fish I panic-ed because I just get creeped out by fish brushing my skin and DBF was scared he would panic that he was drowning and kick a fish in his efforts to save himself!!!

what a pair! hopeless! but we noticed a lot of other families were a bit nervous like us and we tried to at least snorkel in the shallows of the fish and ray lagoon but neither of us ventrued out to the barricuda wall or the shipwreck! and every time a really big ray would glide too close to me I was up and out of the water like a flash!!!


Eventually after snorkelling around a lazy river again (sans fish) sounds sad but we genuinely enjoyed it! it was time for our dolphin swim

here is us both with our dolphin...who I've now forgot the name of ...



Me getting a kiss...



and DBF getting towed back to base!



they actually went really fast! we got to spend about 20-25 mins in the water with the dolphins and this was definitley the highlight of the day and a great experience...a not so great experience was finding out the price of the dolphin photos...yikes!


we rounded off our day by taking advantage of the free bud light for DBF while I sipped my favourite drink ever...mountain dew! the waitress atth Cabanna offered to take our photo


Here's a clue for where we headed on our discovery cove evening...


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You remind me of me! I can't hardly stand the thought of fish brushing up against my legs. It seems like a cool experience in theory (I mean, I'd love to try Discovery Cove), but I'm sure I would have a major freak out with the fish!

It looks like you had a great dolphin experience. That sucks about the expensive photos though
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