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Old 07-18-2012, 05:00 PM   #91
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:02 PM   #92
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THat will be our last full day, we fly home on the 11th.



Do I have to come home?


Already sat in hotel room, unpacked and had a coffee.
Got here in record time. Took off from MAN a few mins late, arrived in Orlando at 3:15pm, as we pulled upto the gate we saw the VA 747 touching down from Gatwick, not a BA plane in sight, looked good for immigration. being in PE (which was excellent this time) we were one of 1st off, into an empty immigration hall. Staff just starting to arrive and open desks. The immigration officer we got couldn't track my ESTA (or Matt's) thankfully I had printed them, I highly recommend this, saved us a lot of hassle. Got chatting to him, complaining about computers etc so he just waved us thru, no fingerprinting, no eye scans. He asked why we had ticked food, I told him candy, he said next time don't bother, its only for fruit, meat etc.
Over to collect luggage which arrived as soon as we got there, over to hand in our form, at this point I said we had ticked food as we had candy but been told we had no need to, she said its best you do, they could fine upto $300 for undeclared food. Quick scan of bags and out.
First to Alamo desk, I had done their Timesaver but as the desks were empty I went there. Tried a bit of hardsell but refused everything and got a black 7 seater Ford Expedition.
On our way to hotel within 40 mins of touchdown.
Checked into hotel (Fairfield Inn LBV) Rafael on desk who is always here in room by 5pm.

Great, its now thundering

Matts blog, he will be posting tonight, he prepared most of it on the plane(he types about 10 times faster than me so probably more detail) http://mathewgillings.wordpress.com/
Glad you all arrived safely and are settled into your room . Im excited for you all as I know how excited we get after all those months of saving and finally you are there .
Anyway have a fab time Hope Matt enjoys his 18th and you never know we might bump into you but I believe we arrive at OKW the day you leave but we will keep a look out as we are in Florida from the 5th spending a bit of time at Universal. Have Fun
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Glad you have all arrived safely.
Great that you got through immigration so easily.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:14 PM   #94
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THat will be our last full day, we fly home on the 11th.



Do I have to come home?


Already sat in hotel room, unpacked and had a coffee.
Got here in record time. Took off from MAN a few mins late, arrived in Orlando at 3:15pm, as we pulled upto the gate we saw the VA 747 touching down from Gatwick, not a BA plane in sight, looked good for immigration. being in PE (which was excellent this time) we were one of 1st off, into an empty immigration hall. Staff just starting to arrive and open desks. The immigration officer we got couldn't track my ESTA (or Matt's) thankfully I had printed them, I highly recommend this, saved us a lot of hassle. Got chatting to him, complaining about computers etc so he just waved us thru, no fingerprinting, no eye scans. He asked why we had ticked food, I told him candy, he said next time don't bother, its only for fruit, meat etc.
Over to collect luggage which arrived as soon as we got there, over to hand in our form, at this point I said we had ticked food as we had candy but been told we had no need to, she said its best you do, they could fine upto $300 for undeclared food. Quick scan of bags and out.
First to Alamo desk, I had done their Timesaver but as the desks were empty I went there. Tried a bit of hardsell but refused everything and got a black 7 seater Ford Expedition.
On our way to hotel within 40 mins of touchdown.
Checked into hotel (Fairfield Inn LBV) Rafael on desk who is always here in room by 5pm.

Great, its now thundering

Matts blog, he will be posting tonight, he prepared most of it on the plane(he types about 10 times faster than me so probably more detail) http://mathewgillings.wordpress.com/
Well, you couldn't have asked for a better start really (barring the thunder)
Hope the rest of your trip goes just as smoothly
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Have a fab trip.

May bump into you as we are at OKW from the 10th.

Happy birthday to Matt.

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THat will be our last full day, we fly home on the 11th.

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have a great trip Wayne and fmily. Deb and I will hold the fort here while you're gone - just make sure you come back so I can go

Do I have to come home?


Already sat in hotel room, unpacked and had a coffee.
Got here in record time. Took off from MAN a few mins late, arrived in Orlando at 3:15pm, as we pulled upto the gate we saw the VA 747 touching down from Gatwick, not a BA plane in sight, looked good for immigration. being in PE (which was excellent this time) we were one of 1st off, into an empty immigration hall. Staff just starting to arrive and open desks. The immigration officer we got couldn't track my ESTA (or Matt's) thankfully I had printed them, I highly recommend this, saved us a lot of hassle. Got chatting to him, complaining about computers etc so he just waved us thru, no fingerprinting, no eye scans. He asked why we had ticked food, I told him candy, he said next time don't bother, its only for fruit, meat etc.
Over to collect luggage which arrived as soon as we got there, over to hand in our form, at this point I said we had ticked food as we had candy but been told we had no need to, she said its best you do, they could fine upto $300 for undeclared food. Quick scan of bags and out.
First to Alamo desk, I had done their Timesaver but as the desks were empty I went there. Tried a bit of hardsell but refused everything and got a black 7 seater Ford Expedition.
On our way to hotel within 40 mins of touchdown.
Checked into hotel (Fairfield Inn LBV) Rafael on desk who is always here in room by 5pm.

Great, its now thundering

Matts blog, he will be posting tonight, he prepared most of it on the plane(he types about 10 times faster than me so probably more detail) http://mathewgillings.wordpress.com/
We will be arriving late afternoon from RPR. Checking in and then popping out to get some 'refreshments' for the room. Will be interested to see where you are located as we will be doing on line check in and making a request for location. We prefer a quiet pool near the laundry and ice. Do you think Millers Road will fit the bill for us?

Enjoy!!

Gaz



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Old 07-19-2012, 02:42 AM   #96
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wow didn't realise you are already on your holiday!! enjoy your holiday, look forward to your daily reports
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:44 AM   #97
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Happy that hear that you arrived safely. Sounds like you've had a great start to your vacation! Looking forward to more of your updates!
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:13 AM   #98
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WOOHOO, let the fun begin. Glad you gave the link to Matt's blog, as I can never find it myself, so just wait for the link and then play catch up. Great start to your hol, thanks to you both for sharing, I so love reading about your trips.
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blimey nearly missed your thread going LIVE...
How fab was that journey and immigration then. Glad to know VA has improved. Our last trip to Vegas in October with then wasn't that pleasent at all Looking forward to all the updates..Have a great time.
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Sounds like the perfect journey (if you can ever call being packed like sardines with 400 other people into a hollow tube 7 miles above the earth perfect ).
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Glad you got there safely and immigration wasn't too bad. Really enjoying Matts blog. Looking forward to more
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:47 AM   #102
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glad you all arrived safely.I am replying on matts blog so sorry if I look ignorant but am reading what you are all up to
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We prefer a quiet pool near the laundry and ice. Do you think Millers Road will fit the bill for us?

Enjoy!!

Gaz
We have stayed on Millers rd last 2 years and will try get there again this year, we like the pool and being last stop out of the resort but we also liked block 55 at South point with water view. Don't think we really mind where we are just as long as its not a ground floor room, we prefer higher.

Karen went to sleep really early last night at 9:15(snoring by 9:16) expected her up early, myself and Matt stayed awake til 10:30 but it was me who had a restless night, Karen slept thru to a text message arriving at 6:23am.
A few pics from yesterday.
Meal & afternoon tea on plane, enjoyed both, salmon starter was delicious.




Our room at Fairfield Inn for 3 nights, really comfy bed and even better pillows.





Meals at Logans Roadhouse, ejnoyed previous visits but last night food was exceptional, really tasty, great service and a 20% discount they emailed me brought bill down to $44.05 plus $10 tip, included 3 sodas.








No way could I eat all this, pulled pork, ribs & chicken.



Getting ready for Universal Studios now, lunch at sweet tomatoes, Florida Mall to buy Matt's new iPad, possibly Seaworld this evening to see fireworks( try get reserved seating for AP holders)
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Have fun your trip report will help me get through 43 days until I am there
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