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Old 05-08-2013, 05:19 AM   #1
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Mandymouse's Fantastic Fantasy Cruise .. and then another one (Complete)

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Mandy 49 (& reaching 50 disgracefully) & Paul 48 (always reminding me how much further from 50 he is)

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Apr 17th ~ Stay overnight in Manchester
18th ~ Fly to Orlando/Check-in at Pop Century
19th ~ DHS/Epcot
20th ~ Disney Fantasy
27th ~ Disembark Fantasy /then get back on again (Yay !!)
May 4th ~ Disembark for real /Epcot/Fly home

Wednesday 17th April '13

Finally the day had arrived, we were GOING ON HOLIDAY TODAY!!!! Well almost, as tonight we were heading up to Manchester

It was going to be a mad day today. I was up at 5.30am. I had a cup of tea (I really can't function till I've had that first cuppa), then after a quick check on Facebook and the DIS, I popped to Asda to get some shopping in for the girls. Once all the food and alcohol (they're so their mothers' daughters ) had been put away, I then headed over to Coventry to take my mum shopping. Next up was my hair appointment, closely followed by my nail appointment



The afternoon was spent finishing off the packing and tidying up, then after many hugs with the girls, around 6.45pm we headed up the M6 to Manchester



We had booked a room at the Premier Inn at the Trafford Centre for a change. It only cost £29 in the Premier Inn sale, and we thought it would be nice to spend the evening before at our favourite champagne bar at the Trafford Centre

We arrived around 8.15pm after an uneventful drive, and once we had dropped off our luggage in our room, a drinkypoo or two called us







After a couple of drinks, we went back to the room and were off to the land of nod around 10.30pm

Tomorrow ~ Orlando, Here we come !!!





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Old 05-08-2013, 05:25 AM   #2
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Thursday 18th April

I set the alarm for 6am, but woke around 5 and dozed for a while. I got up, showered and got ready, Paul got up a little while later, and once packed, we left just after 6.30

It was really windy and pouring with rain too, and I really didn't want to have to wear my mac, thankfully being partly Geordie (where the lasses will go out in next to nothing in 3 foot of snow) I manned up and just wore my cardy over my top and cropped jeans

The journey to the airport only took 20 mins, and we parked in the Terminal 2 car park which we had previously booked through BCP car parking for £78, and as we approached the barrier, the camera recognised our car registration number and a token was dispensed from the machine

We parked and crossed over to the Terminal, where the Virgin desk had just opened (7am). We were first in the line, and within minutes were heading up the escalator to security (which was a breeze) and through to airside

First stop was Frankie & Benny's for breakfast. I ordered a Bucks Fizz and an omelette, and Paul had a New England full English breakfast and we both had a cup of tea. The breakfast was lovely and came to £21.65 with a 20% discount voucher we found on the Manchester Airport website









After brekkie we had a mooch around the shops, we didn't see much, and I just bought a ring from Accessorize. We went to our departure gate to see Beauty Queen return, then we went to the bar for a drink around 9 (because you just have to, don't you ? )









We returned to the gate within an hour, and the boarding of Premium Economy had began, our rows were called 1/2 an hour later and the plane departed a few minutes late (just after 11)



The captain announced that the flight would take 8 hours & 45 minutes, and once the seat belt signs had been switched off, the cabin crew came round with the drinks trolley. I had a Bacardi & diet Pepsi and Paul had a lager, which we had with a mini bag of pretzels



I checked out the inflight magazine, and there looked a good choice of movies, Argo, Skyfall, The Bourne Legacy, The Hobbit, The Sweeney, Les Mis and Zero Dark Thirty to name a few. I watched The Sweeney first, and quite enjoyed it





During the movie dinner was served, the choices were Bangers & Mash, Chicken Korma and Aubergine Parmigiana. I enjoyed my Bangers & Mash, but Paul found the Chicken Korma to be too coconuty and we both washed it down with a diet Pepsi

Next I watched The Bourne Legacy, which I have seen several times (and unlike most people, I enjoy), though while it was on I read a magazine and made a start on my trip report. As the movie started, the cabin crew brought round Gu zesty lemon desserts, but we didn't fancy it



I watched an episode of Miranda (hilarious), and after a while we were given an ice lolly. Next I watched Zero Dark Thirty which was pretty good and lasted a good few hours too. An hour before landing we were offered an afternoon tea of cheese & pickle finger sandwich with a banana toffee cupcake, but we passed on these too

I watched Miranda again and not long later we began our descent. We landed at 3pm, but we're held back on the plane for 10 minutes as we had caught Immigration between shifts and they weren't ready for us. Thankfully we disembarked 15 minutes later and were through to Immigration before the Gatwick flight. We were called forward in no time and our luggage arrived quickly too, in fact we picked up our car at 3.45pm and were heading to Best Buys by the Florida Mall where Paul had ordered some gadget or other

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Old 05-08-2013, 05:28 AM   #3
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With new gadget in hand, we then set off towards the Pop Century. The check-in was empty, and within no time we were heading to our room (#6222) in building 6. Once we had dropped the luggage in our room, we went to the foodcourt where I had beef & brocolli and Paul had cheeseburger and fries













Once fed we got back in the car and drove to DownTown Disney. We had a good mooch around the shops, and due to our lack of time in WDW, we did some souvenir shopping. We left DTD and drove to Wal-Mart next where we stocked up in our usual supplies of suntan lotion, batteries, water & Club biscuits

Paul then wanted a quick wander around the Premium Outlets, but he didn't find what he was after, so our final stop for the night was watching Wishes from the beach at The Polynesian Resort

















We were both flagging by now and our legs were aching too, but after enjoying the fireworks we headed back to the Pop, and I was asleep in minutes

Tomorrow ~ Our first & last full day in WDW
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:35 AM   #4
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Great start! Looking forts to your TR we are on the Fantasy in November!!
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:42 AM   #5
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Oh Mandy - you kept this one quiet. Looking forward to reading all about your BTB cruise - lucky you

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Old 05-08-2013, 08:53 AM   #6
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Great start! A cheeky bucks fizz with breakfast and ending the day with Wishes, sounds perfect.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:50 AM   #7
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Yay you've started , looking forward to hearing all about back to back cruise
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:27 PM   #8
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Looking forward to this Mandy. I am so excited to be sailing on the Fantasy in a few months.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:56 PM   #9
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Great start to your trip. Looking forward to reading all about your cruises
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:17 PM   #10
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I love the ribbon detail on your luggage!
I really enjoyed reading your last TR and look forward to the rest of this one
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:41 PM   #11
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Just checking in. I have to read the bulk of this when I come back from my holiday. You had a very busy first day. I can't believe that you stayed awake long enough to do all the shopping and watch Wishes.

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Old 05-08-2013, 04:16 PM   #12
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Lovely start Mandy. Looking forward to reading about your two cruises.
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Great start hun. You did well, we usually check in, eat and pass out!
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Fab start hon, cant wait for more, Im ready when you are
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:46 PM   #15
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