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Old 05-09-2013, 09:00 AM   #16
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Great start! Looking forts to your TR we are on the Fantasy in November!!
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Looking forward to this Mandy. I am so excited to be sailing on the Fantasy in a few months.
Ooh, you're all so lucky, you're going to love the Fantasy

Joh, is it just you and Garry going, or are the kids joining you ?

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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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You must be so excited Corinna, have you done a pre-trippy ? I look forward to reading about your trip

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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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LOL, you know me Tam, I'm the weird one who doesn't like to broadcast that I'm leaving the girls home alone (even though they're old enough to have their own homes )

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Great start! A cheeky bucks fizz with breakfast and ending the day with Wishes, sounds perfect.
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Yay you've started , looking forward to hearing all about back to back cruise
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Great start to your trip. Looking forward to reading all about your cruises
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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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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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Great start Mandy! Looking forward to more.
Thanks guys

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Fab start hon, cant wait for more, Im ready when you are
OK, OK, I'll get on with another day, I guess the ironing can wait
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:04 AM   #17
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Friday 19th April

Like clockwork and as happens every holiday on the first morning, I was awake at 5am, I managed to doze off for another couple of hours and got up at 7.15. I got showered, changed and chatted to the girls on WhatsApp and we left at 8.30 for Disney Hollywood Studios. It was a lovely morning and it was due to reach a high of 88F (yay!!)

We had to buy 2 single day park hopper passes first, then we were able to enter the park. First stop was a Fastpass for Tower of Terror, then we joined the line for RockNRollerCoaster. Once we had checked out Steven Tyler's new hat, we rode the ride again. Next we rode Tower of Terror (love this ride), then we rode it again with our FP's. We had some fruit cups and orange juice to tie us over till lunch and then rode Star Tours

























As we had a very busy day ahead of us, we exited the park via the shops, got back in the car and set off for the Mall at Millenia. First stop was lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, we ate here for the first time on our last trip and absolutely loved it. This time I didn't make the mistake of ordering their mahoosive main version of their Shepherd's Pie, instead we started by sharing some Buffalo Wings, we both had the lunch size Shepherd's Pie, and we finished off by sharing a Key Lime & Mango Cheesecake, all washed down with several diet cokes, it was all delicious, and I think it roughly came to $70 including a tip, this place has definitely become a firm favourite of ours and we will be back again









We had a good look around the shops, though didn't buy anything, then we called into Best Buys, sadly we had to give the Krispy Kreme shop a miss as we were so full and still had a reservation at Tutto Italia that evening

We next drove down to the Florida Mall where I bought a t-shirt then we headed back to the room. We were still stuffed from our delish lunch, and we knew we wouldn't be able to give a meal at Tutto Italia justice, so we cancelled our reservation, and after chatting with the girls back home, we caught the bus to Epcot

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Old 05-09-2013, 09:06 AM   #18
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The Flower & Garden Festival was on, so we wandered around taking photos of the fab topiaries, then we headed for World Showcase

















Due to our lack of time in WDW, my only 'must do' this trip was to try a Spiced Rum Dole Whip at the F&G Festival, and I must say, it didn't disappoint







Next stop was the UK, where we had a couple of lagers and ciders and sat on the steps watching the British Revolution



We continued round World Showcase, which was really busy, due we think to the Village People performing in the US pavilion. We next stopped in Italy where I enjoyed a couple of Rosa Regales, and Paul had some Moretti's. We could hear the concert and the Village People were going to end with YMCA, so I wandered up to take a pic and take part











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Old 05-09-2013, 09:08 AM   #19
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At the entrance to World Showcase there was a cool topiary of Monsters Inc, and Paul wanted to take some photos of IllumiNations from there, as ever I enjoyed my favourite firework show at WDW, and as it finished we quickly exited the park















As we really wanted to see the Cars area at the Art of Animation Resort, we caught the bus there and had a good look round, it looked amazing, what great theming, any Cars fan (like Paul) would love to stay there



















We then crossed the bridge over to the Pop Century and enjoyed a couple of Captain Mai Tais and shared some chicken and pasta before heading to bed



Tomorrow ~ Disney Fantasy Baby!!!


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OK, OK, I'll get on with another day, I guess the ironing can wait
Ironing can always wait!
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Great illuminations photos. Cruise time baby!
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The cars area looks great. May head over to have a look on our next trip

Cant wait to read all about the Fantasy
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:58 AM   #23
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Great day, I would have loved to have seen the village people
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Another great update Mandy. The Monsters Inc topiary is really great - in fact, they are all amazing.

Thanks for the pictures from AoA as well. We are thinking of heading over there to have a nosey in November, if we get time.

Our trip this year is me, Gary, Daniel and Sian - I am so pleased she has decided to come with us this year. She is really looking forward to the cruise.

Can't wait for the cruise part of your trippy. Do you prefer the Fantasy to the smaller ships?
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:35 PM   #25
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What a lovely day, Mandy. We absolutely love The Cheesecake Factory, and your had one of our favourites - the shepherd's pie. Even the smaller lunchtime portion is huge, isn't it?
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:27 PM   #26
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I'm on board (excuse the pun! )...

As soon as my baba was in bed I was on this laptop to read I love a good Mandy trippie!

And I love the look of AoA! Wow! I may have to persuade the troops we need to stay there next trip...The Little Mermaid area appeals to me...for my little Princess of course *cough, cough*

Great start Mand, loved reading. Looking forward to more!
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You must be so excited Corinna, have you done a pre-trippy ? I look forward to reading about your trip
Yes, definitely excited. This time next week I should hopefully be in Atlanta waiting on my flight to Los Angeles. There is no pre-trippy. I have to say I was tempted as I have acute trip report withdrawal symptoms, but I have been silly busy recently.

You had another very busy day. I love the perspective of Illuminations against the backdrop of the Monsters University topiaries. Art of Animation looks amazing. This Spiced Rum Dole Whip sounds delicious.

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Great illuminations photos. Cruise time baby!
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Thanks guys Rachel, I was most excited to see the Village People, sad eh ?

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Another great update Mandy. The Monsters Inc topiary is really great - in fact, they are all amazing.

Thanks for the pictures from AoA as well. We are thinking of heading over there to have a nosey in November, if we get time.

Our trip this year is me, Gary, Daniel and Sian - I am so pleased she has decided to come with us this year. She is really looking forward to the cruise.

Can't wait for the cruise part of your trippy. Do you prefer the Fantasy to the smaller ships?
How exciting Joh, it's lovely that Sian wants to come away with you all

The Fantasy is my favourite ship, but I must admit that I kept reminiscing about the Magic when we were onboard. To be honest I would be happy to sail on any of the ships, it would be the itinerary that would be the most important

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What a lovely day, Mandy. We absolutely love The Cheesecake Factory, and your had one of our favourites - the shepherd's pie. Even the smaller lunchtime portion is huge, isn't it?
Yes the Shepherd's Pie is amazing Theresa, and Paul ordered extra fries thinking that the lunch time portion would be small, he hardly touched them, it was probably what we would call a normal dinner size to us

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I'm on board (excuse the pun! )...

As soon as my baba was in bed I was on this laptop to read I love a good Mandy trippie!

And I love the look of AoA! Wow! I may have to persuade the troops we need to stay there next trip...The Little Mermaid area appeals to me...for my little Princess of course *cough, cough*

Great start Mand, loved reading. Looking forward to more!
LOL, don't blame Samantha Rachel

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Yes, definitely excited. This time next week I should hopefully be in Atlanta waiting on my flight to Los Angeles. There is no pre-trippy. I have to say I was tempted as I have acute trip report withdrawal symptoms, but I have been silly busy recently.

You had another very busy day. I love the perspective of Illuminations against the backdrop of the Monsters University topiaries. Art of Animation looks amazing. This Spiced Rum Dole Whip sounds delicious.

Corinna
Yes the Spiced Rum Dole Whip was very nice, wish I'd had time for another one (or two)
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Saturday 20th April

Yay, it's Cruise Day!!!!!!!

I was up around 6.30am and once showered and changed, we packed up the few things we had unpacked. We left the Pop Century around 7.45 and headed for Port Canaveral. The hour journey was uneventful and it wasn't long before we could see the red funnels of the Disney Fantasy in the distance. We carried on towards Cocoa Beach, saw where we needed to return our rental car (Enterprise), and stopped at McDonalds for sausage & egg McMuffins. Next we had a mooch around Ron Jon's where I bought a couple of tops and Paul got a shirt and baseball cap









Once we were shopped out we popped back to Fishlips near the port to take a couple of photos, then dropped the car back at Enterprise









The people at Enterprise told us that the shuttle bus was unable to take us to the port for half an hour as there had been a security alert and DCL weren't allowing anyone to offload (not sure that was true, more likely they were running late, as there was no mention of it when we got there). Thankfully the half hour didn't drag and it wasn't long before we were on the bus heading to our ship

We arrived at the port around 10.50am, and over the next half an hour everything happened so quickly that I didn't have time to take it all in. We handed our luggage over to the porters and once we had shown our ID at the entrance to the terminal we were guided up the escalators to the security up there. Once through security we noticed that the terminal was already very busy, we looked for the non-US check-in line which was no longer there. We joined the main line which moved very quickly and within 5 minutes we were being checked in. As we are Platinum Castaway Club members we were given boarding number 1 (yay!!), and within minutes of receiving our Room Keys our number was called. I was in a bit of a flap as we hadn't had time to take any of the usual photos in the terminal or on the balcony, though Paul reminded me that we could do it next week when we re-boarded for the 2nd leg of our back-to-back cruises









Within no time we were boarding the ship and it was announced 'welcome aboard the Martindale family', yay ! we were home

Now when we had got up this morning it had been raining during the night and although it was looking brighter in Orlando, by the time we had got to Port Canaveral it had become more and more cloudy and windy, and sadly that was how the day was to remain.

Our usual first hour of lunch followed by cocktails while sunbathing was replaced with lunch (which consisted of a plate of everything for Paul from Cabanas and I had some tuna wraps and fruit from Flo's Cafe) and having a few drinkies in La Piazza and Bon Voyage.



On our way to La Piazza we found Donald Duck on his own, who was happy to have a few photos taken with us, and at one time helped me with my case










Bahama Mama Time !!



It was approaching 1.30 and the staterooms would be ready, so we headed to our room (# 8589, an inside stateroom with a virtual pothole) and we were pleased to see that 2 of our suitcases had already arrived too

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Oh Mandy I'm sooooooo jealous

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