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Old 02-15-2011, 06:01 AM   #16
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Loving your report so far Linda, can't wait for more!
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:09 AM   #17
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Any picture from your window view to the park ??
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What a fantastic start! I'm really looking forward to reading more of your trip as I have been toying with the idea of travelling solo throughout this year too but keep talking myself out of it!
Thanks, you really should give the solo trip a go, I loved it

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Brilliand photos thanks so much for posting them I want to go by myself too
Thanks travelling solo can be lots of fun, you feel like you have a lot of freedom to explore at your own pace

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Love it! I'm so jealous that you got to stay at DLH though
I must admit staying at the DLH has spoiled me, I will want to stay there all the time now

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Fabulous photos! Sounds like a lovely relaxing trip! Can't wait to read more.
Thanks - I had such a great time, hopefully some more updates today

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Oh my goodness - LOVE this hotel thanks for sharing the pics.
Thanks, I am really enjoying your TR as well

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wonderful, wonderful wonderful photos. Simple love it. What a wonderful trip
Aw thanks, hopefully more photos will be posted today

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thanks for sharing, what lovely pictures.x
Thanks for reading and glad you are enjoying the photos, lots more to come


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Loving your report so far Linda, can't wait for more!
Thanks for reading along, if my boss isn't looking I will try and post some more today

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Old 02-16-2011, 06:21 AM   #19
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Day One – Part Two

As I was arriving in the middle of the day and I wasn’t entirely sure how busy the parks would be, I decided to hit The Studios first as I thought it would be good to check out some of the shows and save the rides for another time



I’d already printed off the show times before I left home so had a basic idea of what I wanted to see and also what time the Parade would be running
Last time I visited the studios there was no Tower Of Terror and this is probably my all-time favourite ride at WDW so I decided to check out the queue time and it was only 5 minutes so I thought I might as well hop on



Now I don’t know if it’s just me and I would love to hear other people’s opinions but this version of the ride seemed so much faster and intense than the Florida version. It literally took my breath away

I don’t seem to remember seat belts on the Florida ride either and it certainly felt like you got more airtime.

I really wanted to try it again just to see if I was imagining it so I grabbed a Fast Pass for later in the day whilst exiting the ride

It was nearly time for the Parade so I grabbed myself a Cappuccino and headed towards Production Courtyard. The Parade was fun although very short but the characters seemed to be having a lot of fun and interacting with the crowd well



The first show to check out on my schedule was Animagique, I had seen the show on my last trip but still enjoyed it and found myself tapping my feet along with the music

I then headed round to try out Armageddon. I don’t seem to remember this one so maybe it was closed or hadn’t yet opened when I was here last time



I didn’t really think it was that great and not something I would rush back for. A word of warning for families with small children, it’s really loud in there and this seemed to freak out some of the younger kids

Next I walked towards Rock N Roller Coaster figuring I would use the Fast Pass that the hotel had given to me (you get one FP for each day of your park ticket in your welcome pack at check in) but the queue was so short I decided to hop into the standby line

The launch didn’t seem as fast as I remember it but I still enjoyed the ride even though the audio kept cutting in and out (I’m not really an Aerosmith fan so this was actually a bonus )

I then headed back to TOT to use my FP (which wasn’t really necessary as it was still only a 5 minute wait) and yep, I still think this version is faster and scarier





Once I had checked out of the Hollywood Tower Hotel I wandered back towards Stitch Live and was happy to see that a show in English was just about to start. I hadn’t seen this show before and thought it was cute. Stitch picked out a little Irish girl at the front of the theatre but he seemed to really struggle to understand her accent and was repeating bizarre sentences back to her

I decided to save my visit to Crush’s Coaster and Toy Story Play Land until I could be in the park at opening time as I knew that the lines would be long so instead I had a walk around some of the shops and grabbed another coffee before heading to the final show of Cinemagique for the day

It was 6pm by the time I headed out of the theatre so the park was now officially closed. It was just dark enough to appreciate the neon signs around the Studios and it looked wonderful



I took a slow walk back through Studio One and was back in my room within 10 minutes

Next Up …………….. I Have Found My New Happy Place

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Old 02-16-2011, 06:26 AM   #20
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Lovely pics from WDS. Looks like the weather was very nice too.
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Lovely pics from WDS. Looks like the weather was very nice too.
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The weather was wonderful. I had travelled dressed for arctic conditions and the sun was blazing down
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:47 AM   #22
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I love that you were escorted to your room by a Chipmunk!!! Disney magic at it's best! DLH looks fab, I really want to stay there!
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Another fabulous day and such wonderful photos! Can't wait to read more!
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:49 AM   #25
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I have found my new happy place ………… and it’s called Café Fantasia !!

Having such a short walk from the parks to the hotel really made staying at DLH an absolute pleasure. I freshened up and checked out the rest of the room (love that you get a robe and slippers!) before heading down to the Fantasia Bar for a pre-dinner drink

Now I have to say this is a great bar, I loved it and found it very difficult to not just spend the next two days sitting in here

There was a pianist playing in the lobby just outside the entrance to the bar and this is where most people were sitting having pre-dinner drinks ahead of their reservations at California Grill and Inventions

Inside the bar itself, which is open to the lobby, there is a selection of comfortable chairs and sofas as well as high stools at the bar itself. The décor is delightful with just enough ‘Disney’ to keep it interesting without it loosing that feeling of a sophisticated adult space



I found myself a cosy little table and began to survey the all-important cocktail menu. I decided on a ‘Glow-Tini’ something I had tried before in WDW and enjoyed very much. The waiter was absolutely charming and I never felt odd sitting on my own and after taking my order he quickly returned with some nuts and delicious tortilla chips.

My cocktail arrived shortly afterwards



Oooh, I enjoyed every sip of this

It has to be said that this is not a cheap place to enjoy an adult beverage but if you want to treat yourself (and you should!) this really is a wonderful place to spend some time

I had taken a book down to the bar just in case I felt I needed to be doing something but I so enjoyed people watching I really didn’t need it

There was a lovely little French boy sitting with his family nearby who seemed to be totally fascinated by the fact that my drink was ‘glowing’.

Every so often he would sneak up beside me with his dummy in his mouth and just stare, wide eyed at the glow cube. When I had finished my drink I asked the family if it was OK for him to have it and they seemed delighted with this.

The little boy looked soooooooooooo happy when I handed it to him

By this point I was getting really hungry as I hadn’t really had much since breakfast at St Pancras. I popped back to my room to grab my coat and headed outside towards Disney Village

I had already decided where I wanted to eat



There was a fairly large queue just inside the door but the staff were very efficient and handed everyone in the queue a menu whilst checking how many were in each party

I was taken to my table after about a 10 minute wait and was surprised to see I was given a really nice booth table even though I was on my own

I have a bit of a ‘thing’ about booths ………… I love them

Whenever me and DH are in the US we always make a bee-line for anywhere that has booths, we even through about putting one in our kitchen at home.

I sent DH a text to tell him I missed him and I wished he was sitting with me

So onto the food (and drink )

A waiter was soon roller-skating towards me and took my drink order which I am happy to report was another cocktail creation – ‘Champs Tequilla’



This was a tasty mix of Tequila, Apple Juice, Crème Du Coconut and Grenadine

Oh yes, I was here to eat as well wasn’t I??

I ordered Annette’s ‘The Green Piece’ Veggie Burger



Rather than a usual veggie burger, this was actually a Spanish style tortilla, topped with avocado, Mozzarella, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and ‘Annette’s Special Sauce’

It usually comes with fries but I switch them for a side salad instead

This burger was absolutely delicious and a great vegetarian option (one of only two veggie options on the menu) and I would order it again in a heartbeat

As tempting as the ice-cream creations looked I was too full to try one so I settled my bill before heading out for a quick look around the shops and a gentle stroll back to the hotel

I tried out my new gorilla-pod tripod for a solo shot!



It was 9pm when I got back to the room so I decided to go and check out the pool as it didn’t close until 10pm.

Unsurprisingly there was no-one else down there so it was wonderful to have the place to myself and I thoroughly enjoyed the 30 minutes or so I spent swimming around.

The pool area and changing rooms are really nice and spotlessly clean. I even had time for a quick steam and sauna and it was a wonderful way to end to the day

At a little after 10pm I headed back to my room (via a quick look in the hotel shop) and collapsed into bed with my book ...... Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Coming Up Next ……………….. Where Is Everyone??? …………….. A Solo Trip (Literally) To Disneyland Park
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What a lovely TR, I love the fact you are making the most of every moment of your trip alone doing what you want, when you want. one day i would love to do this.
What a lovely thought giving the little boy your glowing ice cube, I bet he was so chuffed and thought it was a magic ice cube.
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Lovely update! I had a feeling that Café Fantasia would be your new 'happy place'. It's so nice in there.
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Day Two – Part One

After a really good night’s sleep, I caught up with the BBC News and got myself showered and ready for the day ahead.

I was keen to make the most of Extra Magic Hours so I headed down to Inventions for Breakfast just before opening time (7.30am)

I had read on the boards whilst researching this trip that you are allocated a time slot for breakfast when you check in to the hotel but I was told that I could take breakfast at any time between 7.30am and 11am. I’m not sure if this is always the cast with DLH or if it was just because it was so quite



I was taken through as soon as the restaurant opening and seated at a lovely table right next to the window. What a wonderful view to have whilst eating breakfast, you could see the castle which was all lit up as it was still quite dark

I soon had a hot cup of coffee in my hand thanks to a very smiley waitress and went to check out the buffet.





As well as all of the fruit, cereals and yogurt selections, there is a whole section of cold meats and cheeses, a pastry and bread section (croissants, pain au chocolate, muffins, Danish pastries, breads for toasting) and finally all of the hot breakfast items such as, bacon, eggs, sausage, beans)

I really wasn’t expecting such a great line up of hot and cold food and everything was hot and fresh and certainly hadn’t been sitting under heat lamps for ages





As soon as I spotted the pancakes that was it!! I tried to show a little self-control and took just one, grabbing a small jar of maple syrup and headed back to my table. Oh wow this was delicious so I was quickly back for seconds

Next up I grabbed some fresh fruit salad (Pineapple, Melon, Grapes, and Orange) and some yogurt

All in all a delicious start to the day and you can easily fill up with just about every breakfast item you can think of.

As I left the restaurant Geppetto was waiting outside the door so I said ‘bonjour’ and headed towards the park
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What a lovely TR, I love the fact you are making the most of every moment of your trip alone doing what you want, when you want. one day i would love to do this.
What a lovely thought giving the little boy your glowing ice cube, I bet he was so chuffed and thought it was a magic ice cube.
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It was a great moment with the little boy, he looked like I had given him the best thing ever

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Lovely update! I had a feeling that Café Fantasia would be your new 'happy place'. It's so nice in there.
I am beginning to get a reputation - just wait until you see my evening on day two

Just posted day two, part one by the way (just above this reply)
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Hi Linda!

Just wanted to sign on here before we go to WDW on Saturday! I am still at work, so I can't really read it all now, but your room looks wonderful and I just love all the photos!

Going back to read it all tonight!
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