Mandymouse's Holiday of Firsts ~ Travelling & Day 1

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  1. mandymouse

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

    Mar 8, 2003


    Mandy & Paul

    Well this 'holiday of firsts' revolves around it being the first holiday we've taken on our own since the kiddiwinks were born

    This holiday includes stays at The Poly, Country Inn & Suites at Port Canaveral, the Pop Century and Portofino Bay, along with a 5 night Disney Cruise and a very long wait to get into Harry Potter Land :rolleyes:

    So here goes :-

    Friday 4th June ~ Manchester Airport

    I knew today would fly by, I had a knot in my stomach as the time ticked by till I was saying goodbye to Kerry and Becky and heading off to Florida without them

    The day was spent finishing off the packing, having a bath and getting my nails done, even Paul got home from work early, so at 6pm we couldn't put the inevitable off any longer, we had to say goodbye. After a few tears, Paul & I were heading up the M6 to Manchester Airport

    Tonight we were staying at the Radisson SAS Hotel, which we loved when we stayed here at the New Year, as we could leave the car with them and take the walkway that linked to Terminal 2

    We checked in, and we had a lovely Italian inspired room on the 8th floor.

    Once we checked in, we jumped back in the car and went to the Trafford Centre for dinner at our favourite Chinese Restaurant. We shared prawn crackers, ribs and spring rolls for starters, then we had beef chow mein and chicken in satay sauce. It was all very nice :)

    We returned to the hotel and had a nightcap in the bar before heading to bed

    Here's some pics of the room, sorry they're a bit dark, but I only found out when I got to the cruise that the settings had been changed on my camera, so quite a few of my pics are dark (though thankfully Paul had taken some piccies too)


    Tomorrow ~ off to WDW :yay:

    Saturday 5th June ~ Off to WDW

    We woke up around 6.15am and showered, and we were out of the room by 7am. We dropped off the car keys at reception (the car would be taken off-site till we returned) and we took the walkway to Terminal 2

    The terminal was very busy, and even with doing 24 hour check in the day before, it was still 1/2 an hour before we were handing over our luggage, walking away with our boarding cards and heading through security

    We had planned to have breakfast at Frankie & Benny's, but we weren't that hungry after our late meal last night, so we settled for a breakfast bap in the cafe

    After a wander around the shops, we walked down to our gate, and it wasn't long before Virgin (VS075) started boarding. At exactly on time (10.25am) we pulled away from the terminal and onto the runway


    Our flight was reasonably quick. Paul watched Invictus and I watched Street Dance (which I really enjoyed :rotfl2:), for the rest of the flight I watched Michael McIntyre and Only Fools & Horses (the one where Rodney falls asleep under the sunbed and Delboy goes hang gliding - classic !!)

    We didn't bother with Virgin's cullinary delights as we brought our own food (a sandwich, bag of crisps and a drink bought from the airport), though we didn't turn down a couple of lagers and Bacardi & cokes ;)

    We landed at 2.15pm and by 3.15pm we had gone through passport control, picked up our luggage and were driving away in our hire car (we had checked in on-line and just had to choose a car - great stuff)

    Our drive to The Poly was uneventful and we were checked in straight away. We were in the Rapa Nui building, which was lovely except for the view of the car park :rolleyes: To be honest we didn't really care, we weren't going to be there long enough to spend time in the room




    Anyway after dumping the cases in our room we got back in the car and went to DownTown Disney. First we went to the Arribas Brothers shop to see if the Minnie Mouse necklace that I had wanted for my birthday (on our last trip) was there, and yay, it was, so Paul bought it for me

    Next we picked up my 14 day ticket from Guest Services, and then I bought Paul a t-shirt from World of Disney

    I really fancied a Cosmo Paleo Cotton-tini from T-Rex and a few bar snacks, but there were no chairs available, so we had a wander, and had our first meal ever at Cookes of Dublin. We shared some fish and chips and some onion rings, which were quite nice


    After dinner we went to Curl's (a surfy kind of shop) and Paul treated himself to a new watch

    We headed back to TRex and found a couple of seats, and I had my first drinky of the holiday




    We then got back in the car and went back to The Poly. We took a wander around the resort and had a drinky at the Barefoot Pool Bar


    (btw, I occassionally may be rather vague about the drinks I had this holiday, as I will be running the UK Community Quiz in August, it's going to be a Disney Drinky Quiz, so I won't be mentioning too many drinks by name in this trippy :))

    Anyway, we moved on the Tambu Lounge for a nightcap and then we shared some chicken stir fry in the foodcourt before heading down to the beach to video and take photos of the Summer Nightastic Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom






    We were shattered by the time the fireworks finished, so it was time for bed

    Tomorrow ~ DHS for Star Wars Weekend/Drinkies with Ms Tart & Ms Pinky/& Epcot
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  3. disney_princess_85

    disney_princess_85 <font color=blue> Liked the <img src=http://photop

    Jan 11, 2009
    Great start Mandy. :)

    I'm glad you finally tracked down the elusive Minnie Mouse necklace! Your room looks lovely and your fireworks pics are fab. :thumbsup2

    Eagerly awaiting more...
  4. Goofysmate

    Goofysmate <font color=red>Isn't fussed where she is, as long

    Jan 6, 2007
    Great start Mandy , what a lovely photo of you both together & the firework pic's :thumbsup2
  5. wilma-bride

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

    Jul 13, 2005
    Great start Mandy. I really wanted to try that Cotton-tini at T-Rex on our last trip but didn't get round to it - maybe I will in August.

    BTW, I am really sorry now that I will be missing your quiz in August since it's on one of my favourite subjects :sad2: I might just take part until we leave for WDW ;)
  6. Jordanblackpool

    Jordanblackpool DIS Veteran

    Jan 3, 2010
    Woooo! Great first couple of days!!!! Youve got more will power than me, I went for a nightcap on my first night when i went in Feb and ended up with the worst hangover ever the next day!!!! Cant wait for the next reports.....:hippie:
  7. thelittlemermaid83

    thelittlemermaid83 <font color=green>My reign will be a super-awesome

    Aug 14, 2007
    So glad you managed to track down that necklace Mandy.

    Look forward to reading more :)
  8. ely3857

    ely3857 <font color=ff3300>Would love to be a Librarian -

    Mar 5, 2005
    Fab-u-lous! Wishes looks so nice from there.
  9. Pinky166

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

    Feb 6, 2008
    :faint: I don't believe it, how funny!!! Karen & I are doing the quiz in July & we spent hours researching (& of course tasting ;) ) the cocktails whilst we were there!!! :lmao: Oh well it will be a boozy few months for the quizzers! :rotfl2:

    Anyway a fab start! :banana: Looks like Paul is getting the hang of those firework pics. :thumbsup2 I may have to get some tips as I am usless at firework pics. :rolleyes:

    Looking forward to reading more.
  10. Muscateer

    Muscateer DIS Veteran

    Oct 27, 2009
    Aww it's always hard leaving the kids even if it is just a couple weeks. Lovely photos of you and Paul. So glad you got your necklace. Look forward to reading more. :goodvibes
  11. jjk

    jjk <img src=

    May 24, 2004
    great start, I cant wait to read more :goodvibes
  12. natalielongstaff

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

    Apr 7, 2004
    :cool1: great start to your trip mate !
  13. Latte Lover

    Latte Lover <font color=green> in charge of the credit cards a

    Sep 2, 2003
    Lovely start, Mandy. We've had several trips without our children now, and I must admit it still feels a bit strange to be going without them.
  14. jockey

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

    Apr 25, 2004
    Great start Mandy, you are so organised getting your trippies started so soon, can't wait for more :)
  15. jackieleanne

    jackieleanne DIS Veteran

    Jun 17, 2008
    Yay great start Mandy. :yay: Love the look of the Poly room and :lovestruc the Summer Nighttastic pics from the beach.
  16. Chilly

    Chilly RIP Tag Fairy

    Apr 25, 2006
    Great start Mandy - must try a cotton-tini when we go to T-Rex
  17. scojos

    scojos <font color=peach>I want to be Tinkerbell and fly

    Jan 10, 2006
    fab start, id love to stay at the poly:thumbsup2
  18. fav_is_tink

    fav_is_tink DIS Veteran

    Jan 13, 2010
    :woohoo: a Mandymouse TR:thumbsup2

    I can't blame you for the few tears leaving your girlies must've been hard :hug: but at the same time it must've been a great feeling to have a holiday on your own too!

    Great start .....must remember to sample as many cocktails as I can when I head out on Saturday :yay: more importantly I better remember to write down the name of them :rotfl::rotfl:
  19. florida sun

    florida sun Mrs Christopher Eccleston wannabe! Moderator

    May 2, 2004
    Great start hon, looking forward to reading more:goodvibes
  20. katiec

    katiec DIS Veteran

    Jun 13, 2008
    Oooohhhh lovely start to your holiday.

    Its hard leaving the kids/kid behind, but DS (21) hasnt holidayed with us for 5 years - hes too old and we go outside term times - besides he spends 3 1/2 months in the states in the summer so doesnt need to holiday with us :rotfl:.

    Looking forward to the rest of your trip

    x x
  21. tinks_1989

    tinks_1989 <font color=teal>need a <b>like</b> button<br><fon

    Jan 31, 2007
    that Cosmo Paleo Cotton-tini looks delicious

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