Hitting the Hard Rock Hotel - Day 1 - The Journey

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  1. dtm316

    dtm316 Mouseketeer

    Jan 30, 2007
    OK here we go, this is my first ever trip report so please bear with me as it may well be a disaster as a) I’ve never done one before and writing may not be a strong point, I’m yet to find out
    b) I’ve never inserted pictures into posts before so that side of things could go horribly wrong :)
    Me (31) – been a regular visitor to Florida now for 11 years, so much so that it was the first choice for a location for our wedding last year.
    DW (30) – was dragged over to Florida within a year of being together and this will be trip number 5 for her
    The plan – 16 nights in the HRH travelling with Virgin PE from Manchester. :cool1:

    Day 1 – The Journey
    After making the journey down to Manchester from Newcastle the day before we were ready for the off in the morning. We stayed in the Hilton at Manchester airport and left the car there, the journey to the hotel was great with no traffic delays and the added bonus of being able to check-in online the morning we set off to go to Manchester. The hotel was lovely with a nice sized room and more importantly bar, the food was nice and not too overpriced for a hotel, the only downside was that the staff behind the bar must have been new to the job as they had no idea how to make any of the cocktails that were on the menu :confused3. The transfer to the airport the following morning was very quick indeed and we only had to go to the bag drop at the virgin desk to offload our bags then we were off through security and was in the departure lounge in 10 mins, because we’d arrived there so early (I’m a nightmare for wanting to get to an airport early as I’m a nervous flyer and prefer to have a chance to calm down before getting on a plane). We’d booked the lounge and the airport as the last time we were in Manchester it was heaving and we struggled to get seats so I thought the lounge was the better idea.
    When the boarding started it was very easy as we were amongst the first batch to get on the plane and then I had the chance to see the seats we had for the journey across (and hopefully back) 79A and C in the bubble :worship:. I would like to point out that this was my first time flying with Virgin, my first time on a 747 and also my first time in PE and the seats upstairs didn’t disappoint, very spacious and I’m not exactly a professional athlete (as you’ll see from some photo’s to follow in the next few days :)) it also made me feel happy that the DW also liked them as I got so much grief off her for the last few months for spending the money on the upgrade so I won that one :woohoo:
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    The seat

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    The bubble

    The flight over was thankfully very uneventful and also shorter than was advertised on the tickets so we landed about 30 mins earlier than planned, I didn’t really pay much attention to the films that were showing as I brought my own video player but I know that bolt was one of the films.
    I always knew that the next part was going to be the interesting bit though as I’d never flown into Orlando airport before as we’ve always used Sanford in the past so I was very wary when we stepped off the plane as to how events would unfold before us, luckily however with getting PE we also got priority baggage so our bags were amongst the first batch off and we were the first people through customs, then I had the fun of the monorail and the main terminal and trying to find the car rental desks. It was here that the true hero of the holiday came into effect and that was the dollar express card, I don’t even want to know how much time that saved me but I’m guessing at least an hour as the queue was rather large and only 2 people were serving.
    We then went and collected the car a nice dodge charger and made the journey to Wal-Mart on Turkey Lake Road as we were ahead of schedule. We did a little shop and made it to the hotel for just after 4pm, a quick check-in and argument about the bill and we were in our room.

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    The Room

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    The View

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    The all important coffee machine

    After unpacking and taking a few photo’s we decided to head to CityWalk to get a snack (me at the new BK whopper bar and Lucy at the Mexican place, can’t remember the name off the top of my head but I’m sire Joe was in there somewhere) then did a couple of shops in CityWalk and headed back to the room as we were starting to see double and the fatigue was setting in.

    Next day Epcot and Animal Kingdom
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  3. wicket2005

    wicket2005 <font color=deeppink><marquee behavior=alternate>H

    Mar 31, 2005
    A lovely start and looking forward to some more, please. I love the Hard Rock Hotel, it is my favourite out the two we have stayed in. We are back to the Royal Pacific this year as I booked this up before we had stayed in the Hard Rock. The beds are so comfortable in both these hotels.
  4. natalielongstaff

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

    Apr 7, 2004
    Fab start, well done on the piccie front :thumbsup2
  5. suzycute

    suzycute DIS Veteran

    Apr 30, 2005
    Well done on a great start to your first trip report :thumbsup2

    Looking forward to reading further instalments!
  6. wickesy

    wickesy <font color=royalblue>Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love y

    Apr 2, 2006
    Great start. Would it have been Moe's South-Western Grilll you got the Mexican from? - we had a great meal there in March.

    Looking forward to the rest. :thumbsup2
  7. irongirlof12

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

    Nov 3, 2006
    fab start. love the hotel :thumbsup2
  8. charlottebetty

    charlottebetty You don't count the day you're on or the day you g

    Sep 29, 2002
    Our favourite seats on the plane.:cool1:
  9. Gaynor

    Gaynor DIS Veteran

    May 14, 2006
    A great start to your 1st trip report, looking forward to the rest.
    We're hoping to stay at The HRH next year.
  10. bristolphil

    bristolphil Earning My Ears

    Apr 25, 2008
    great start on trip report look forward to next report.
  11. Verity Chambers

    Verity Chambers <font color=blue>He's delicious! Rather like <font

    May 27, 2003
    Great start and photos, looking forward to hearing more!!
  12. dtm316

    dtm316 Mouseketeer

    Jan 30, 2007
    That'll be it, I was close with Joe's :rolleyes1
  13. gemmybear83

    gemmybear83 <font color=royalblue>I would blame it all on Bob<

    Dec 13, 2007
    Great start - your photos have disapeared :confused:
  14. dtm316

    dtm316 Mouseketeer

    Jan 30, 2007
    Should be OK now moved them in photobucket :guilty:
  15. jackieleanne

    jackieleanne DIS Veteran

    Jun 17, 2008
    Great start and great photos ill have to look at PE next time.
  16. Snowy-girls

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

    May 27, 2007
    Great start to your trippie,looking forward to reading more :thumbsup2.
    You're room looks very nice,when the girls are a little older we hope to stay here :thumbsup2.x.
  17. Cyrano

    Cyrano Moderator Moderator

    Oct 23, 2004
    Is this a standard room ? Loving the coffee machine :goodvibes
  18. cap'njack.

    cap'njack. Totally in love with Lisa_C

    Jun 13, 2008
    Lovely start to the trip! Looking forward to reading more
  19. jockey

    jockey Runs for Wine!

    Apr 25, 2004
    Great start :)
  20. dtm316

    dtm316 Mouseketeer

    Jan 30, 2007
    Yes this is the standard double queen room Cyrano, I was very surprised at the size of the room when we got there it was very spacious
  21. arieljasmine

    arieljasmine <font color=magenta>Who says these things pass you

    Apr 12, 2004
    Great start. I love the HRH, it's my favourite hotel in the world :)

    Looking forward to reading more.

    Laur's xx

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