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Old 05-10-2013, 12:11 AM   #136
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The catamaran trip was excellent. I've taken some photos but they are on my camera and I'll need to upload them tomorrow or when we get home to UK.

There were 6 two-person catamarans and we all had 2-way radios. The guy who runs the trips (Bud Craig) also owns the company that builds the boats. He led the tour across Lake Dora and through the Dora canal into Lake Eustis and guided us via the radio, pointing out various interesting wildlife etc on the way. The boats are very manoeuvrable and quite fast. The overall experience lasted about 2.5 hours and we thought it was really good fun.

After the tour we went to find somewhere in Mount Dora to have a light lunch. We shared a tasty pastrami on rye sandwich at Cody's on 4th which had free wifi and served good iced coffee too.

After a wander around the town and then by the lake, we left and went to Downtown Disney for a while and then went to Manny's (again!) for dinner.

Afterwards we went to the Boardwalk and watched the Epcot fireworks from the bridge and then went into the Atlantic Dancehall. We'd never been in there before but quite enjoyed it. It wasn't busy but the atmosphere was friendly and a few people were dancing. The sound system was amazing and the interior of the place is well worth a look. There's no entry charge but you have to be over 21.

It's getting late now and we're tired, so I'll post some photos another time. We're going to Aquatica tomorrow.
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:38 AM   #137
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Enjoying all your photos.

We went to bok tower when DD was a toddler and had a great day.

Have some lovely photos of her in the grounds. It was ideal for her as she could have some freedom and walk around (in the parks I had one of those rein backpacks on her) Everyone else there was a pensioner who made a fuss of her

Never been to cherry pocket but is on my 'one day' list.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:32 AM   #138
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Sounds like a lovely day at mount Dora.

We must make the effort and go to Mannys, it must be good as everyone keeps going back

Enjoy your day at Aquatica.
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Had a lovely chilled day at Aquatica. I rode the Roa Rapids with DH and then settled down to read a book while he did the slides.

We left the park at 5pm and then went to Tony Roma's for dinner.

Sadly we fly home tomorrow night but intend to make use of the LBV checkin service so we can spend some time at Sea World before going to the airport.

We've had a wonderful holiday and really don't want to go home!
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Have a safe flight home
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Enjoy your last day and hope you have a good flight home
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Thank you!

Had such a wonderful time. Have already reserved the townhouse again for next year.

Thanks for all the interest and comments on the thread. I enjoy sharing our experiences and it's good to read through again to remind ourselves of what we did.

Will post some photos when we are home again.
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Will post some photos when we are home again.
Look forward to them. Have a safe trip home.
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We're home!

Got home at 10am. Went straight to bed for a couple of hours, after putting the central heating on! Unpacked and the washer is on.

Huge storms caused our flight to Philadelphia to be delayed by over half an hour and our connection was already tight, only an hour. The crew asked everyone without a tight connection to stay on the flight while the rest of us got off. A kind passenger looked up our gate number while we queued to get off. US Airways staff were waiting to guide us to our next flight. We had a long walk to the next terminal but they held the flight for us.

Managed to sleep a little on the flights but still pretty tired. Hopefully we will sleep tonight.

Work tomorrow. Then I'll set up a new ticker.
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We're home!

Got home at 10am. Went straight to bed for a couple of hours, after putting the central heating on! Unpacked and the washer is on.

Huge storms caused our flight to Philadelphia to be delayed by over half an hour and our connection was already tight, only an hour. The crew asked everyone without a tight connection to stay on the flight while the rest of us got off. A kind passenger looked up our gate number while we queued to get off. US Airways staff were waiting to guide us to our next flight. We had a long walk to the next terminal but they held the flight for us.

Managed to sleep a little on the flights but still pretty tired. Hopefully we will sleep tonight.

Work tomorrow. Then I'll set up a new ticker.
Glad you made it safely back to rainy Lancashire

We found US airways to be excellent when we were delayed - they got everyone off and onto the connection in minutes at Philadelphia.

Happy planning for next time.
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Sounds like excellent service from the airline. Hope you get over the jet lag

Now setting up a new ticker already, what can I say!!
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Glad you got home ok, we got back at 8.05am into manchester yesterday, can't wait to go back, thinking end of next september hoping new attractions will be done inc HP expansion, plus there's food & wine festival and the MNSSHP!

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Glad you got back ok too. We plan to be going back the same time next year. We have already reserved the townhouse!

And we have a list of things to do when we go back!

We are lucky in that we are taking a week off work again next month and going down to Pembrokeshire.

How's the jetlag? My body clock is all over the place.
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Not too bad, had a few hours when we got home (typical next door were having their carpets cleaned and making a din) then tried to go to sleep at night as normal, was awake till about 2 this morn, luckily not back in work till tomoz! Well done on booking for next, I'll prob book with disney to get the $200 gift card and free dining etc!

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