Well, it's ONE MONTH since we travelled home and I can only just bring myself to write this trip report. I want to be back there so much! This was the 'holiday-of-a-lifetime' for us and supposed to be a 'one-off'. Needless to say, we have already started saving for our next 'one-off' The family: Me - Juliette, part-time teacher and Disney fan DH - Kev, likes Disney but doesn't love it DD (12) - Olivia, teenager: need I say more? DD (8) - Jess, slightly crazy, says she is not very girly DD (5) Emilia - shy and (as we would discover) scared of characters. Princess fan. Disclaimer - to my horror, I have lost my holiday notes so I going to write this from spreadsheets and memory! 28th October The Premier Inn We travelled up to Manchester on the Sunday evening as we were staying at the Premier Inn FT before our flight the following morning. Olivia knew that we were going to WDW as she has anxiety disorder. Jessica and Emilia were oblivious! We had told them that we were staying in Manchester and going to Legoland the following day. I told them that we would probably stay a few days and go shopping etc. This did not go down well as they both wanted to be home for Halloween as we always go Trick or Treating. *evil Mum laugh* The Premier Inn was lovely - no problems. 29th October Those of you who are my friends on Facebook will know that I had planned a big 'reveal' this morning before we headed over to the airport. Things did not quite go according to plan. I gave the girls a home-made boarding pass with their names and the date - 29th October and told tham that I had finally booked a holiday to WDW and that the boarding pass bore the date. Once the news had sunk in (slowly) I made the fatal error of saying 'We are going to Disney World to see MICKEY MOUSE! Emilia is terrified of characters so immediately declared that she didn't want to go. She kept up this protest for most of the flight. Not quite the tears of joy and gratitude I had hoped for. Don't worry, her Disney-resistance didn't last as she asks me almost every day if we can go back (that's my girl) I will try to post the video of this anti-climax later, once I've worked out how to do it! The Airport We went over to the airport and checked in. We had a little look around the shops and then headed to Frankie and Benny's for breakfast. I had scrambled eggs on toast, Kev had a full English breakfast, Emilia and Olivia had the kids' breakfast and Jess had a bowl of cereal. The girls had juice and Kev and I had coffee. The bill was around £35. I would have much preferred to eat at the Premier Inn but the flight was early, so we decided against it. F&B's was OK, but nothing to shout about. The plane I had arranged for us to pre-board because of Olivia's problems with crowds and had requested the bulkhead seats. We had been assigned 4 bulkhead seats and one aisle seat. They were great and I was relieved as Olivia coped really well as a result of this pre-planning. The IFE was really good, although I had problems watching anything as I was surrounded by my kids fussing and fidgeting - Kev cleverly opted for the aisle seat and managed to watch several films... The food was as expected - pretty grim. I had the veggie option which was a rather wet pasta dish. Getting there Once we had arrived at MCO, we navigated our way to immigration. I forgot to mention that Gordon Banks was on our plane. We kept passing him in the immigration queue and (god bless him) he smiled at everyone. Olivia lasted about 40 minutes in the queue before she started to have a panic attack. I spoke to one of the officials who escorted us to the front, and we went through quickly. I was really relieved and grateful for this. We finally found the Magical Express and boarded the bus. The little film made me want to cry. I could not believe that we were FINALLY on American soil and (more importantly) on our way to DISNEY WORLD!!! Arriving When the ME pulled up outside OKW, I immediately knew I had made the right choice. I loved this place! It is beautiful and tranquil. We checked in with the friendly CM's and headed for our room. I had asked for a top floor room in the Turtle Pond area. I was a little bit disappointed to see that we were on the ground floor but the room was well appointed, overlooking a small lake. The one bed villas are enormous! All of the girls tried to make a claim on the master bedroom with the superking size bed. The open-plan living room and kitchen was spacious and well-equipped. The shower was big enough for all of us to fit in - don't worry, we didn't attempt this - and the jacuzzi bath was fabulous. I hadn't told Olivia that the restaurant was named after her... After dumping our stuff, we decided to head to DTD and grab a bite to eat. We caught the boat at the marina and took made our way to DTD. With hindsight, this might have been a bit ambitious for our first night as we were all tired. Wolfgang Puck Express Our first meal but not the first time that Kev would declare that the free DDP was 'superb'. Thanks to my fellow Disers for recommending this place! We all went for pizzas / pasta. Kev had a huge slice of cheesecake and I had the creme brulee. The food was plentiful and delicious. I think the bill came to around $84. We both felt rather pleased with ourselves for having the free DDP and decided straight away that it would save us a small fortune. We headed back to the villa with full stomachs and tired kids, looking forward to our early breakfast the next morning at Crystal Palace. I sort of hoped that Emilia's character-phobia could be cured with a bit of aversion therapy. Hmmm.