Been There, Done That, Going Back. Day 6-Kennedy Space Centre

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  1. darthtatty

    darthtatty Been There, Done That, Going Back!

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    Kennedy Space Centre Tuesday 19th May

    Today was our tip to KSC, it was really Matt’s day as he really wanted to go there. Luke wasn’t really interested and I was indifferent. Really I should get Matt to write today’s report as I’m sure I’ll forget all the important stuff.
    We woke up around 5am. The cab was booked for 6.15, as I knew the journey was only around 15-20mins. We had to be at Downtown at 6.55 so plenty of time.
    We’d already decided to not have breakfast; I didn’t think anywhere would be open anyway. I brought a couple packets of crisps to eat on the coach.
    Well the cab didn’t turn up! At 6.30 Matt called rang to see where it was. They said that all cab times are only estimates. When Matt had booked he’d told them we needed to meet a connecting coach so it needed to be on time. He also rang the connecting coach company (Dolphin Tours) and they said they’d wait till 7am.
    Finally the cab turned up around 6.45 by the time we got to Downtown it was 7.05. We’d thought they’d gone without us as when we got to the meeting spot there were only about 6 people there. I was expecting loads as I thought this was the main meeting point. As it turns out it hadn’t turned up yet so we needn’t have rushed.
    The coach turned up shortly after but was pretty empty; as it turns out they were doing lots of stops at hotels!
    Today was just constant rain. Florida hadn’t had any rain for six month and now they were experiencing floods. Poor Luke got soaked just getting on the coach.
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    We got to The Astronaut Hall Of Fame around 9.30am.
    Spent about half an hour here looking at the exhibits, they also had a simulation ride but it was very tame.
    We then got on the coach and headed to KSC
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    When we booked, we’d booked the package with the ‘up close and personal tour’ and ‘Dine with an Astronaut’. I think as we’d booked on the phone we’d booked the wrong package but in the end decided to go with it. As we’d booked this we had set times to stick to.
    We first headed to the shuttle launch experience. We all enjoyed this. I’m sure they said it was a bit tamer than Mission Space at Epcot but seeing as I’ve not done that I don’t know. We then looked around before making our way to Dine with an Astronaut.
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    ‘Dine with An Astronaut’ was a buffet lunch with an Astronaut called Bill Pogue.
    Now we knew they’d be a few others there but in fact there was around 200 people.
    You kind of went up got your food and as you sat down Bill did a little talk and answered a few questions. I just felt you couldn’t really concentrate on him as you were eating. I don’t think id bother with this again; to be honest this is the bit we hadn’t planned to book. We all thought the food was ok though.
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    We looked around the rocket garden and the early space experience before making our way to catch the coach for our ‘Up Close And Personal Tour’
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    The tour was 2hours and 50 mins, as we had booked this tour we had to stick to the same coach. I’m not too sure what extra we got to see compared to the usual tours.
    The only thing I would say is as we had to stick to the same coach we didn’t really get enough time at each place we stopped at. As you can imagine it took a while to get Luke on/off the coach so this shortened our time. Although I don’t think the others on our coach got enough time either. We noticed on the other tours they had lots of coaches and when you’d finished looking at each bit you could catch any coach to the next area. All the coaches had the wheelchair lifts so if we did this next time wouldn’t do the up close tour. I think we had a foreign (French) teenage school group on our coach and they kept talking over the KSC speaker.
    Ok I will try to pretend I know what I’m talking about……
    The coach stopped at the LC-39 observation gantry, the vehicle assembly building and the Apollo/Saturn V centre. We also saw lots of other sites, like the Eagles nest they’re proud of and Alligators before seeing the shuttle pads and the landing site.

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    After the tour we had enough time to look at the shuttles before doing some shopping
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    We caught the bus to take us back to Downtown at 5.30pm, but after all the stops we didn’t get there until 7.20pm. We decided to just have McDonalds for dinner-not quite the Chef Mickey’s that we had booked but we still had another evening planned there.
    After the rave reviews on Dis we went to Cookies of Dublin and tried a D’oh bar (deep fried snickers in a donut type batter with icing sugar on)
    Wow this was amazing! We were too full to try this the other day but glad we tried it.
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    We then headed back to the hotel for a good nights sleep.
     
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  3. natalielongstaff

    natalielongstaff <font color=deeppink>I need a cup of tea and a big

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    ooh that Do'h bar looks scrummy !
     
  4. jockey

    jockey <font color=deeppink>Repeat after me....I LOVE CRO

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    The Doh bar looks great. I love KSC though have not been for a few years:)
     
  5. raph_b

    raph_b <font color="red">Proud Redhead</font>

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    I've never been to KSC - Would you recommend it?

    That D'oh bar looks amazing!! Definitely gonna get involved in one of those next trip!!
     
  6. cap'njack.

    cap'njack. Totally in love with Lisa_C

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    I love KSC...It was my favorate non-Disney park in Florida and would be one of my main reason's for going back to WDW.

    Great day by the way!
     
  7. mandymouse

    mandymouse <font color=red>If It's Not A Bahama Mama Then I'm Moderator

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    Great pics from KSC. I haven't been for years, but I loved it, especially as I'm a bit of a 'space geek' :rotfl:

    Hmm, that D'oh bar looks interesting ;) Glad you enjoyed it
     
  8. darthtatty

    darthtatty Been There, Done That, Going Back!

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    it was yummier than it looked, very sweet!

    it was.

    youve got to try one.
    I would say yes, even me not being a space geek enjoyed it.
    Though as i said i dont think the Lunch was worth it and i probably wouldnt do the 'up close tour' as you have set times to stick to and dont get to do everything. Apart from that it was great. Kids love it just for the size of the rockets.

    Thanks think we will probably go again next time, just may seek out different transport.

    Space Geek i like it ;)
    think Matt really enjoyed it, he'd been before so may ask him if much has changed. I did think i should of done todays report and got him to help me out. Yeah i had fun looking at everything but when i tried to write about it i came to a bit of a blank :rotfl:
    mind you he brought a book, i should of read that and got info from there. i would of sounded very knowledgeable then . :rotfl2:
     
  9. irongirlof12

    irongirlof12 <font color=blue><marquee>Am I the only one who lo

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    nice to see the rocket garden, havn't been to kenndy in years.
     
  10. Snowy-girls

    Snowy-girls Did you speak to a 'human being'

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    Great pics Nicky :thumbsup2.Oh i love the look of the D'oh bar.x.
     
  11. Pinky166

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    That d'oh bar looks so yummy!

    We are going to go to KSC for the first time in Sept. Looks like you had a nice day there. :thumbsup2
     
  12. Cyrano

    Cyrano Moderator Moderator

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    Really enjoyed your KSC day. DP and DS asked for this for our up coming trip. So this gave us a taster :)

    Not sure I would fancy a D'oh bar :eek:
     
  13. Pegasus928

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    We haven't done KSC for a few years so it was good to be rimded of it.
    And that Doh bar - where abouts do I have to go to get one of them. And do they only do a Snickers variety or are there other options?? :goodvibes
     
  14. Hobbes

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    Darthtatty, was your trip booked through Virgin? I've booked for us through Virgin and just wondered-loads of people on here said you could do it better and cheaper with other companies
     
  15. darthtatty

    darthtatty Been There, Done That, Going Back!

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    hi yes we booked through Virgin. :)
     
  16. wilma-bride

    wilma-bride <<This space intentionally blank>> Moderator

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    Great day at KSC Nicky - although Gary and his Mum and Step-Dad went there last time, I have to say it didn't (and still doesn't) appeal to me. They really enjoyed it though.

    It's from Cookes of Dublin at Downtown Disney (next to Raglan Road, in between Pleasure Island and the Marketplace) - and, yes, I'm afraid they only do the snickers ones - if there were Mars (or Milky Way as they are called over there) I'd be there like a shot.
     
  17. tennisfan

    tennisfan <font color=blue>Was told off for sliding down the Moderator

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    Another lovely day. The KSC looks amazing:thumbsup2
     

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