Jackie & Co do Disney in July - Day 6

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  1. BRobson

    BRobson <font color=green>Beavers is a dangerous place to

    Oct 23, 2005
    The Cast

    Jackie - Chief planner of this trip and chief spender of the $$$$$

    Brian - Supplier of the $$$$$, Driver and chief Bud light drinker

    Molly - Age 8 - not so keen on the fast rides and loves Pokemon

    Lewis - age 6 - cheeky Monkey and hates shopping

    John (my dad) - tags on at the end and generally does as he is told

    Toni (my mum) - loves Disney but found July a bit too hot

    13th July

    Up a bit later this morning as we were not going to a park and I thought we could hire a boat at Disney – we have done this before from DTD but decided we could hire one from the Grand Floridian and take a peek at the same time how the other half live!!

    We arrived at The Grand Floridian around 11am and headed through the hotel having a look the pool and gardens which were beautiful.

    We headed to the marina and hired a pontoon boat which we could all go on. It was very hot so picked up some drinks to take with us. The kids had to wear lifejackets and the adults had to take with us but we did not need to wear them – which is just as well as I may have melted on the spot. My dad was to be captain ( he has worked on boats his whole life and no one was going to step on his toes today !!!!)

    Off we set – there were a lot of boats out on the lake and the kids enjoyed waving at everyone whilst I soaked up the sun as we toured the lake and admired all the resorts.




    We went round Discovery Island and spotted lots of birds toasting in the sun. All too soon it was time to come in again which was just as well and we were all a bit peckish.


    As we walked through the hotel we noticed The Grand Floridian Café was not busy so decided to try there for a change. We were seated quickly in a lovely cool setting and ordered our drinks which came quickly. Then everything ground to a halt – we waited and waited and eventually the food came 30 minutes later. I think the waiter was either having a bad day or not interested as his tip was an automatic 18% due to us being a party of 6. The food was ok . I had roast beef sandwich with home made crisps, DH had Angus Chuck Cheesburger, Molly had grilled Salmon and lewis had Pizza – I am sure my mum had Chicken and my dad had Fish of the Day which was good but not enough of!!! DH then had the chocolate fruit fondue which made everyone green with envy!!

    After lunch we had a look about the hotel shops then we set off to Crossroads and Pirate Cove mini golf – The kids have great fun with this although there was a great deal of cheating going on. DS loves anything to do with pirates so was made up with a goodie bag he got when he completed the course.




    We then headed off to DTD which was very busy again so didn’t stay long then it was ………… yes you guessed it home,swim,drink then bed and an early start as we were of to Epcot
  2. katiec

    katiec DIS Veteran

    Jun 13, 2008

    Been reading all your trip reports with great enjoyment - am always looking forward to the next one!

    Sounds like you're having a great time - i wish I was there too!!

    Keep 'em coming!!:cheer2:

  3. Cyrano

    Cyrano DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2004
    The boat sounds a great way to enjoy the morning away from the parks :)
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  5. jockey

    jockey Runs for Wine!

    Apr 25, 2004
    Another lovely day :)
  6. florida sun

    florida sun Mrs Christopher Eccleston wannabe! Moderator

    May 2, 2004
    What a great idea to have a boat ride, lovely day:goodvibes
  7. jjk

    jjk <img src=http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/images

    May 24, 2004
    lovely day on the boat, Ds cant wait to hire a mouse boat from the contempory resort :goodvibes
  8. Snowy-girls

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

    May 27, 2007
    Lovely relaxing day,the food sounded nice at the Grand Floridian Cafe-shame about the service.Like the pics of the kiddo's in the stocks :thumbsup2 .x.
  9. Pinky166

    Pinky166 <font color=deeppink>a little on the OCD side<br><

    Feb 6, 2008
    Great idea to hire the boat - can you remember how much it cost and how long you had it for?

    Lovely photo's. :thumbsup2
  10. wicket2005

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

    Mar 31, 2005
    Another lovely day and nice to do something different. I think going for 3 weeks allows you to put in more leisure time. It also looks like you escaped the heavy rain we experienced up at Islands/Universal, we ended up going to the shops.
  11. The Fetherstons

    The Fetherstons DIS Veteran

    Nov 4, 2007
    What another great day:thumbsup2 we went to the GF cafe last year and it was really good, I have made an ADR for it this year:thumbsup2
    DS Adam would love that Crazy golf we will have to go there to:banana:
  12. tennisfan

    tennisfan Was told off for sliding down the bannister at SL Moderator

    Jul 15, 2004
    Hiring the boat sounds like a great idea. Shame about the service at the GF cafe.
  13. mandymouse

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

    Mar 8, 2003
    I wouldn't of thought about hiring a boat, it sounds like fun. Another great day :thumbsup2
  14. Lizzybear

    Lizzybear <font color=purple>You fool! You gave cheese to a

    Jul 23, 2006
    The pirates golf looked fun, something i've never got round to on a trip but would like to :goodvibes
  15. natalielongstaff

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

    Apr 7, 2004
    I love how easy your holiday is ! 3 weeks seems like a good plan to me :thumbsup2
  16. irongirlof12

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

    Nov 3, 2006
    fab day- shame about the service being so poor. I would like to try a round of golf there- looks fun
  17. Nubbedy

    Nubbedy <font color=darkorchid>I was born without a 'Hidde

    Jul 28, 2005
    Would love to know more about hiring a boat - cost etc. Looks like a lovely chilled way to spend a couple of hours.

    Sara. :)
  18. mark&sue

    mark&sue <font color=teal>I keep trying to convert everybod

    Nov 8, 2004
    We always get the boats. You get a good discount with DVC membership.

    A lovely relaxing way to spend time at WDW

  19. Minniespal

    Minniespal <img src="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/image

    Jan 14, 2003
    Another lovely day:cool1:
  20. Verity Chambers

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

    May 27, 2003
    Great idea about the boat, looks like you had fun. We had a look round the GF, it's a beautiful resort. :goodvibes
  21. arieljasmine

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

    Apr 12, 2004
    Pirates Cove mini golf looks like fun, we have only ever been to the Disney ones. We really enjoyed hiring a boat last year, it just makes for a really relaxed morning away from the madness of the parks.

    Laur's princess:

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