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Old 03-11-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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2013's Big Celebration Christmas Trip!

Okay, so 3 months after our trip, I thought I might have some videos to show you, but as it turns out… I don’t! Haha!

But hopefully, I will be able to start posting them, and I wanted to post my TR along with my videos.

(My PTR is here in case anyone is interested!)

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the cast of 2013’s Big Celebration Trip!

Click on the red to watch our first video (I'm very proud of it, haha!) We just came to say hello!


Me – I’m Steffi, 24 years old, and a type-A Disney planner. I love rides, I love food, I love Christmas and I love my family… what was I not looking forward to?!



Tom – My fiancé, 25 years old, and a big lover of technology. He was looking forward to using the MDE app, the flight (weirdo!), and Tower of Terror!



Ryan – My brother, 21 years old, and “too cool for Disney”. He had a great time, and liked being able to take time out with my cousins.



Melissa – My sister, 18 years old, and is just like me; she is definitely my sister! Her top 2 characters from this trip are Cinderella and Spiderman!



Anj and Steve – my mum and dad. They love Disney; in fact, my Dad is our number one fan on our Youtube channel because of the Disney videos! And Mum loves Christmas trees… like, it’s a problem…



Grandma and Grandad – the stars of the trip! They loved the fact that the family were together for Christmas and New Year, and we treated them like royalty!



Sharon, Russ, Kiera and Kyle – my aunt, uncle and 2 cousins. They really enjoyed collecting autographs and meeting the characters. Oh and shopping! Hehe!




So… that’s us! Stay tuned to see our trip and videos 



Steffi xxx
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Thankyou guys Grandad was so happy, this was his dream trip, and he loved it!

Day one should be up soon!

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Thankyou, I hope you enjoy it!
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Day One - Thursday 19th December 2013

Day One Video here!

I managed to leave work at about 2pm, and after packing the last few things in the car, Tom and I made our way from Taunton to London. The drive wasn't actually too bad, a little busy here and there... but the weather was horrible!

I kept in touch with the other 3 cars (all travelling from elsewhere in the UK!), and ended up meeting Grandma and Grandad at a service station. We had a chat, grabbed some dinner, and then made the final 30 minute journey to Gatwick!

After a little bit of confusion with who was parked where, we finally met everyone, and then the 12 of us made our way to twilight check in. It took the woman a while, but eventually, we had our seats



We went back to the car, and then drove 10 minutes to The Lawns B&B. My favouite quote was "I can't wait to see what it looks like!" from Kyle... oh boy, there's more to come!

We were shown our rooms, which were lovely and basic, but that's all we needed. We grabbed a quick cup of tea, arranged to meet for breakfast at 8am and then head to bed. It's fly-day tomorrow!

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Really looking forward to your TR, we've done a family trip with 8 which was brilliant. Love the videos so far especially trying to fill the kettle!!! Looking forward to the rest xx
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Really looking forward to your TR, we've done a family trip with 8 which was brilliant. Love the videos so far especially trying to fill the kettle!!! Looking forward to the rest xx
Aw thankyou :-) xx
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Day Two - Friday 20th December 2013

Day Two Video here!

We didn't sleep very well as it was a different bed, it was nice to be awake and comfortable!
Breakfast was lovely; I had fried egg on toast. As we started packing the last few things, they had turned the water mains off, so we ended up running around with toothbrushes trying to brush our teeth! What a sight that must have been, haha!

Eventually, we checked out and handed our car keys over, and were given a lift to Gatwick. We strolled past the check-in desk at 9.40, and it was very busy! It was such a good feeling to go straight through to security!

As we had children with us, we could go through the family lane, which had turned the metal detectors into a castle! Mum and I both beeped as we walked through (typical! ) , but the guy was very kind in explaining the difference - if it is a few short beeps, then it's to fill quota, and it's random; if it's a long continuous beep, then you need to worry haha!

Finally we made it through to the departure lounge and so we made base and split up! Before long, the screens were showing our gate - so off we went to gate 13. Our seats had already been called, so we walked straight onto the plane, and head upstairs Yes, we had those coveted seats in the bubble! Take off was over half hour late, but it was a very smooth flight.



I watched, Monsters University, Despicable Me 2, Planes and The Internship! I could have easily watched another film, but I played a few games too! Lasagne for lunch was actually really nice, for airplane food!

9 hours later and we had a really smooth landing in Orlando, where the temperature was 28 degrees! We were off reasonably quickly, but still queued for 40 minutes at Immigration! As we were the first family to get through customs, we collected all the bags, and for some reason loaded them onto 3 trolleys... before having to take them off again, as the carosel was broken! Never mind, we loaded ourselves up and took a few journeys on the escalators before getting on the first ride of the holiday... the monorail! Russ said it reminded him of going to work on the Tube!

Next stop, Alamo desk to get the cars sorted - we had 2 Toyota Siennas, ours was red whilst the other was silver.
After a quick stop at Walmart for immediate supplies, eventually, we got to the villa in Terra Verde... it was beautiful, and so big! It had been a long day, but we were so excited to be there - cookie, tea and bed!










Day 3 – Florida Mall and Old Town coming soon!
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What a nice flight you had and the food sounded quite decent for aeroplane food!
I have always wanted to know how big the upstairs part is of the Virgin Atlantic planes and now I know!!!
Don't you find travel days are the worst, that 9 hour flight always seems to drag!
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Following along too!

I've always wanted to follow a UK trip report. I dunno why, but I just feel like people from Europe who come all the way to Disney must love it more? lol

Good flight movie choices, btw And I don't know if I'd envy the bubble seats. Those huge planes scare me more than anything else.

That is a nice looking Villa though!
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What a nice flight you had and the food sounded quite decent for aeroplane food!
I have always wanted to know how big the upstairs part is of the Virgin Atlantic planes and now I know!!!
Don't you find travel days are the worst, that 9 hour flight always seems to drag!
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It was actually a really pleasant flight, and the cabin crew were in festive spirits too! But yes the flight does drag! X


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I've always wanted to follow a UK trip report. I dunno why, but I just feel like people from Europe who come all the way to Disney must love it more? lol

Good flight movie choices, btw And I don't know if I'd envy the bubble seats. Those huge planes scare me more than anything else.

That is a nice looking Villa though!
Well thanks for joining in!

Haha, we do love Disney, we do 2 week stays every few years... so the excitement has had time to grow!

Some people love the bubble, some hate it... lol.

The villa was gorgeous, plenty of space for 12 of us. Sometimes we would lose each other!

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Day Three – Saturday 21st December 2013


Day Three Video here!

I woke up at about 4am, which isn’t bad for me, before going back to sleep and waking again at 7am. I heard footsteps downstairs so I joined them for breakfast by the pool! It was so nice – such a difference to 2010 when it rained and was quite cold!



Russ was the first in the pool, and one by one we all changed and joined him. After lots of jumping and splashing, we started to get showered and changed, and by 1130, we began to head to Florida Mall.

We all decided to grab some lunch first – so Tom, Melissa, Ryan, Mum, Dad and I went to ‘Five Guys’ for …well, burger and fries!



I had a cheeseburger with all the toppings, and it was seriously good! The other 6 went to ‘A&Ws’ the next counter down, for a lighter choice burger! And we had to split up to sit down (as expected!). We decided to split up to do some shopping, and meet again later. We went straight to M&Ms World…



I LOVE THIS PLACE! Tom and I bought a Red M&Ms Christmas tree decoration and a small bag of M&Ms – whilst Mum and Dad spent a fortune on a multitude of things! We now know that it was many presents for us!

We wandered around, dipping in and out of shops. I picked up a new Hollister hoody for £20, so I left happy! As we met up, we head to Walmart to pick up some provisions before heading back to the villa.

Melissa’s loot


We had pizza for dinner, and pies for desert, before we surprised Grandma and Grandad with a card. It said that on Monday we were taking them to T-REX for lunch as a thank-you for this awesome trip! They loved it!

Next stop, the Old Town Car Cruise. We don’t have any pictures, as we were rushing to find a spot! It was really good, as usual, but I do feel that I’ve done it now!
We wandered through the ‘Fun Spot amusement park’ and had the obligatory photo with Big Foot, before watching some crazy people on the tripod bungee swing thing! We were all getting a bit tired, and we’d covered all we wanted to, so we decided to head back to the villa. I had a snack or two, there were a couple of beers and margaritas, and then we head to bed!




Day Four – Magic Kingdom baby!!

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Day Four - Sunday 22nd December


Day Four Video here!


We all got ready to leave by 10am, and drove to Disney, and parked up in Magic Kingdom!





We walked over to the TTC and joined our first queue, to collect our fancy plastic tickets! We then caught the ferry across to the park... I could already see Cinderella's Castle!

We got off the ferry, and scanned our way into the literally - so easy - and then Tom and I went to get our Photopass+ card, whilst everyone else went to get a stroller for Kyle.





Tom and I also picked up a few celebration buttons... birthday one, 2 'happily ever afters', 5 'we're celebrating' and 4 'first visits' We made good use of our new PP+ card...









Thanks to MDE, we could see the fastpass and wait times - so we decided to get FPs for Big Thunder Mountain, before 10 of us jumped in the queue for Splash Mountain (Sharon and Grandad watched )

I love this ride! We all squeezed into one log - I sat with Melissa and Kiera. As soon as we went round the corner, Kiera said "I love this ride, I would queue over and over again! We laughed, screamed and got wet, but had a great time!





We were a little early for our FPs, so we had a bit of lunch in Pecos Bills. Tom and I both had BBQ pulled pork sandwich and fries... it was so good! We head over to Big Thunder Mountain (right after lunch? Apparently!) Kiera and Melissa sat in front of Tom and I, and the three of us deafened poor Tom with our screams! Sharon and Kyle weren't massive fans of it.

Our next stop was Fantasyland, where we bumped into Peter Pan and Wendy

Mum took on the role of 'FP runner' and went to get FPs for Peter Pans Flight, but when she came back, she apologised... she'd accidently picked up FPs for the meet and greet with Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty! Oh Mum!

We found a spot for the parade, with just 10 minutes to go - Kiera, Kyle, Melissa and I even had front row seats! We all enjoyed the parade, and it was all Christmassy!














Part 2 coming soon - with accompanying video

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