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Old 05-20-2011, 09:14 AM   #1
If It's Not A Bahama Mama Then I'm Not Interested
Can I put my Christmas Tree up yet ?
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Mandymouse's Magic & May Madness (Completed 16/6)


Paul & Mandy

Thursday 5th May '11

What a day ! All started well, Paul did on-line check-in, and I got my nails done, finished packing and generally pampered myself. Our plan was to leave around 8.15pm after youngest DD got back from work, but unfortunately hubby had had a mare of a day with work and his father (who had recently gone into a convalescence home) and the poor thing didn't get home till 9.30pm. After having some food and sorting himself out we were on our way around 10.30pm, and thankfully after a stress-free drive up the M6 we arrived at the Travelodge, Manchester Airport around mid-night

We fell into bed within moments of arriving and were fast off to sleep in no time

Friday 6th May '11

We were up, showered and out of the hotel around 7.15am. We parked our car in the multi-storey next to Terminal 2 and rolled our cases over to the Virgin check-in desk, and we were pleased that our flight, VS075 was departing on time at 11am

About 10 days before our holiday we found some cheap upgrades to Premium Economy, and as they were too good to pass on, and felt it would probably be the one and only time we would get the opportunity to do this, we decided to upgrade. There was no line at the bag drop off desk and within no time we were heading up through security and through the new body scanners

Once we were airside, we went straight to Frankie & Benny's for breakfast. I had an omelette and Paul had the huge New York breakfast and we both had tea

We had a very relaxing breakfast and never once felt rushed. We left after a good hour in there and had a wander around duty free

We wandered towards our gate around 9.30am and about 10am they announced boarding for Premium Economy. Our plane was Madamoiselle Rouge, one of the new planes and oh my, we were very impressed with PE

Within moments we were offered either Champagne, Buck Fizz or orange juice, so we both had a Bucks Fizz (Mmm, I could used to this)

Our flight took off 10 minutes early, and within no time the drinks trolley came round. Paul had a lager and I had a huge Bacardi & diet coke. We enjoyed our drinkies and pretzels and then the entertainment system started. Wow! this was impressive, loads of movies that you could watch, save for later and pause at any time. I watched a Matt Damon movie 'HereAfter' which I enjoyed

The Entertainment System

Ooh, what's in the arm rest?

Not just a little table ..

.. but a big one too

A rest for my tootsies

A little pamper kit

We were given our menus to choose lunch, and we both had hotpot with Mediterranean veggies and I had white wine and Paul had a lager, it was all very nice

Our flight was just over 9 hours, and it went really well. The seats were so comfy, we had loads of room and there was never a line for the loo

All this comfort can be exhausting

For the rest of the flight I watched Tangled, which was quite good, an episode of the Big Bang Theory and the Suite Life on Deck and towards the end of the flight I listened to some oldies albums on the music entertainment thingy

.. Cont'd
Mandy xx

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Old 05-20-2011, 09:16 AM   #2
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We landed at 3.10pm and were one of the first off the flight and we were quickly through immigration. Once we retrieved our luggage from the carousel we carried them onto the monorail and through to the main terminal

We found the Dollar car rental desk and once again there wasn't a line so we had chosen our car and were driving out of the airport by 4pm - result !!!

Half an hour later we arrived at the Pop Century. We were only staying one night (as we were picking up the cruise the next day) and we weren't bothering with any parks tonight, so once we were assigned a room by the Computer Pool (as requested) we got changed into our swim things and enjoyed an hour by the pool

After a quick shower we caught the bus to DownTown Disney. We had a wander around some of the shops and took some pics of the new Lego displays

We then called in at T Rex for the first of two Cosmo Paleo Cotton-tinis. We sat at the bar and enjoyed our drinks and we shared Buffalo wings and onion rings

After our pit stop, we continued onto the West Side before getting the bus back to the Pop

We stopped by Petal's Pool Bar for a rather strong Captain Mai Tai and Paul had a cheeseburger, then it was off to bed

Tomorrow ~ the Disney Magic

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Old 05-20-2011, 10:08 AM   #3

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yay you've started
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:14 AM   #4
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I noticed that you were not on the DIS for a while and I was worried... then it clicked that you had gone away Glad to see a great start to your holiday... and PE... very jealous
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:25 AM   #5
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Woo hoo you've started already, that must be some kind of record!

Great start. The only problem with upgrading to PE is you'll want to go that way everytime.

Mmm yummy Cotton-tini!

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Old 05-20-2011, 10:45 AM   #6
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What fab piccys! Hope you had a wonderful time, can't wait to read more

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Old 05-20-2011, 11:25 AM   #7
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Ooh great another mandymouse report. I thought I hadn't seen your around. Great start and lovely photos. Your drinks look delish
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:52 PM   #8
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I wondered where you'd got to as well Mandy - glad to see you'd only popped off to WDW

Lovely relaxing start to the trip too, it seemed everything went well along the way. The new PE looks amazing, I've just told my Mum I'm going in there when we next go!
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:41 PM   #9
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Great start Mandy!...Cant wait to read the rest....


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Old 05-20-2011, 01:43 PM   #10
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Such luxury looks fab in PE love the photos of DTD
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:09 PM   #11
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Yay! Another trip report! Looks like you had a lovely flight!
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:37 PM   #12
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Old 05-21-2011, 04:33 AM   #13
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Lovely start Mandy...can't wait to
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Old 05-21-2011, 05:20 AM   #14
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Yeah that was a quick start. PE looks amazing I want a turn lol. A lovely start Mand, I love to sit at the bar at TRex, the cocktails look scrummy.
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Fab start, can't think of anything better than a cotton-tini or two to start a holiday

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