Pancakes and Disney: the perfect combination+ Harry, Shamu, Space and MNSSHP upd 1/29

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  1. PrincessCharlie

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    Hellooo and welcome to my first ever trip report (apart from a little pre trippy)

    We went from the 6th of Sep till the 20th and fab time, really, really fab. We've been once before in November 2009 and it was time for a Disney fix, I turned 21 this year and the day after my birthday I had my driving test. I told myself if I passed I would book a holiday as a birthday/passing driving test present to myself. And I passed!! :cool1: (Second attempt ;)) So the very same day I booked :banana: Which wasn't hard because I had been researching for a loooong time. Not before I ran it passed the bf of course ;)(not that he had much choice :laughing:)

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    21 years old, a uni student and part time worker. I spend a shameful amount of time on the Dis looking at TR's and dining reviews. I love my food, movies, and my dogs. I've got a Shihtzu called Belle, she is still a puppy and totally crazy with an addiction to digestive biscuits :rolleyes:
    In fact we've just had tea and biscuits and she's been literally beating me up for them (3 a night! It's like a drug habit).

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    Altogether we have four dogs, Daniel has a husky named Oscar and Daniels Mum has two borders Harry and Jake. (Didn't want to miss them out)

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    This is Daniel:

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    22 years old. He loves the usual boy stuff, computer games ect. A big geek. He bought a wand on this trip :rolleyes1 Sometimes I think he reverts :rotfl:

    We stayed at the Sheraton Vistana Resort lbv, hired a car, and a couple of weeks before bought 14 day parkhoppers to Disney, Universal, and Seaword through our tour operator Virgin. These came with free early entry into Harry Potter :banana: (Which was so worth it btw)

    Now I'm a Disney girl at heart but I love Harry Potter, I've read all the books a few times and seen all the films more then once (more like 10 times each :rotfl:) So we had to go to Universal for that, and also the DBF who could never go to Orlando and not go to Universal and SeaWorld. We also ended up spontaneously going to MNSSHP!! I did mention this was on to DBF before we went but thought that he might find it too kid orientated, in the end he saw a poster for it and insisted that we go :laughing: We also went to the Kennedy Space Center as Daniel is very interested in space/science (he is studying Physics at University).

    The last time we went to Orlando I didn't even know about the Dis! Or any of the complexities of Disney :confused3 I didn't realise you have to have reservations for the restaurants... so we ended up eating hot dogs and such for the whole trip. Two weeks worth of hot dogs and burgers :scared1: Not good.

    So this time I booked as many as I could... whilst staying in budget of course. We ate at Ohana, Sci-fi, The Plaza, Saana, Nine Dragons, and Kona Cafe. And lots of places offsite including the lovely IHop (love me some pancakes). I had planned to make breakfast everyday in our little kitchen and most of our luches and dinners to save money (we'll see how that turned out :rolleyes:)

    I'm writing this report because of course I'm suffering for withdrawel, and going back to work depression. The next time we go back will be with Daniel's family and it won't be for another two years!!! So you can imagine my sadness. I'm secretly planning a short trip to Disneyland Paris. I havn't told anyone yet, I'm just planning it in my head :rolleyes1 I have mentioned the words Disneyland Paris, and I plan to drop small hints here and there ;)

    And I think thats everything covered... So lets begin!

    Contents

    Day 1: Nightmare journey but it's all worth it.

    Chapter 2: Waking up in Florida! Woop Woop!

    Chapter 3: Attack of the SeaWorld fish!

    Chapter 4: Our first meeting with Shamu (all six of them ;))

    Chapter 5: Cakes, cakes, cakes.

    Chapter 6: Retail therapy, Outlets and DTD

    Chapter 7: A magical evening at the Kingdom and stuffing my face at Ohana

    Chapter 8: Harry Potty!!!!

    Chapter 8 part 2: Harry Potty!!!

    Chapter 8 part 3: Harry Potty!!!

    Chapter 9: The rest of IOA and even more potty!!

    Chapter 9 Part 2: The rest of IOA and even more potty!!

    Chapter 10: A morning at Hollywood Studios!

    Chapter 11: An afternoon at Hollywood Studios!

    Chapter 12: Not much to add.

    Chapter 12 Part 2: Fantasmic!

    Chapter 13: A lazy, foodie morning Universal Studios

    Chapter 14: An afternoon at Universal

    Chapter 14 part 2: An afternoon at Universal, and a night with Harry Potter

    Chapter 15: The Kennedy Space Center

    Chapter 16: More Kenndy.

    Chapter 17: More Kennedy, shopping, and dinner.

    Chapter 18: Magic Kingdom.

    Chapter 18, Part 2: Best brownie sundae ever!!
     
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  3. saintstickets

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    Looking forward to your TR. We are going to Seaworld, Discovery Cove, Universal and HP in May, 2012. Hope you have lots of pics and tips! :thumbsup2
     
  4. PrincessCharlie

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    Now I have to admit that I didn't take any pictures of us on the travel day... I know this is very bad behaviour but it just happened. I asked Daniel to take a picture of me and he kept saying "I will!" and then he never did :confused3 Then our flight was delayed for two hours because the door was broken and it was all down hill from there. I did try and take as many as I could throughout this painful experience.

    The first is my packed suitcase with Oscar in the background looking fed up.
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    We left at 7:30am and didn't have much traffic so we got to the airport super early, still as is normal everybody but me freaked out that we wern't going to make it :rolleyes: They are super stress heads. Our flight was scheduled for 1:30pm and we were having breakfast at 10:00am.

    It was Cafe Rouge that I had the most delicious breakfast of the whole trip :eek: French Toast with fruit and honey, I could seriously eat this everyday of my life, it is yummy :cloud9: And I enjoyed that much more knowing that the plane food would be seriously gross.
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    Daniel had fried breakfast, but it didn't match my beauty of a breakfast.
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    Then we wasted time, bought magazines and books for the journey and found out that our plane was delayed an hour :scared1: I used a computer to go on Facebook and took this when we were finally at boarding... the weather was terrible.
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    And then we sat on the runway for another hour and a quarter before we finaly took off! Then an 8 hour journey of being uncomfortable, really bad plane food, and Daniel stealing my window seat. It wasn't too bad really thanks to my handy neck pillow. I tried to watch movies but I'd already seen them recently, there was Bridesmaids and Thor, but I was really too excited to contain myself at that point. The lunch was pasta along with sausage and mash. I picked at the pasta but it was gross and the sausage gave Daniel an upset stomach :sick: Not good. Landing was amazing though, I love looking out the window as we land and the earth gets closer and closer.

    We got off the plane at 7:30pm and got out the airport and on to our shuttle about an hour later. It was dark and very humid we both felt wrecked. We checked-in and got a room on the second floor of building 6 with a view of... the main road. The bedroom had a nice view of a pond with fountains though so it made up for it, but I couldn't see it in the dark and felt a bit miffed with the room.

    The room inside was really nice, new and well furnished, I really enjoyed staying here.

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    First thing you do on holiday... turn the telly on!
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    We walked to Walgreens for some water and breakfast but it was a bit of a nightmare walking all the water back to the room in the heat, this was a bad idea :sad2:. Once we got back we had a struggle between eating and sleeping. We were starving but almost asleep standing up. It was about 10:30pm and we worked out we'd nearly been up 24 hours :scared1: But Daniels belly won the fight and we went to Wendy's which was really close. Daniel got a burger and I got chicken nuggets and spilt diet coke all over myself :rolleyes:

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    Some of the Disney staff accomodation is opposite the Sheraton Vistana so there was always loads of off duty CM's around!

    Then we got back and crashed. I think I was sad that the trip wasn't turning out how I thought it would, but it was just exhaustion, everything looked much better in the morning.
     
  5. PrincessCharlie

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    Thanks for joining in! Bet your excited :goodvibes Hope you find it useful.
     
  6. PrincessCharlie

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    Waking up on the first day of holiday is the greatest feeling. Having a whole two weeks of fun in fron of you. No work, no chores, nothing boring at all :cool1:

    I looked out the window and it looked like we'd brought the English weather with us :rotfl: it was dark cloudy and drizzling, but it didn't last for long. I woke up about 7 and got on the phone, then I woke Daniel up which was unusually easy! I went for a shower and Daniel got impatient (this would happen everyday) so he went to check out the gym and buy me a coffee ;)

    When I was done we had about two hours to kill before we needed to pick the car up, so we went to look around the resort.

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    First impression was that it was really nice. I certainly wouldn't complain about staying here again, it's not Disney but it's a pretty nice resort. They could do some new sun loungers though but thats just picky.

    We then scooted over to reception to get a taxi to the Buena Vista Hotel to collect our car. DBF was very nervous at this point about driving on the wrong side of road and he was watching the driver like a hawk trying to get tips :rotfl: We got there and checked in at the Alamo desk, got our keys and was told our car was in space no.16.

    When I booked I ordered an economy compact. I know that everything is twice as large in America but I certainly wasn't expecting what we got...

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    I did wonder if they made a mistake but DBF was very impressed and couldn't wait to drive it, it was brand new and probably the first brand new that we've ever driven. Very nice considering the first week of rental was free and the next week only cost us £20! We drove around the car park a few times then went back to the resort where I got changed and we decided we were hungry and didn't want to make food, so we went to the Ihop which was about five minutes down the road.

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    Dainel looking very pleased himself and the rental car :laughing:

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    Excited for my first Ihop of the holiday

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    My yummy pancakes

    I could only eat 1 of these so we got them boxed up and took them back to the room, while eating we decided to SeaWorld that day.
     
  7. kokotg

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    Subscribing! We may be looking for somewhere with a kitchen for at least part of our trip next year, so I'm shopping around....your hotel looks really nice! Looking forward to reading more!
     
  8. PrincessCharlie

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    I had to get my voucher exchanged for a proper ticket at the ticket desk, which took ages because they seemed not to know anything about them and the girl who was serving us had a attitude about it :confused3 We seemed to have a problem everytime we tried to exchange our vouchers which I had paid for in advance. It wasn't a problem that we had to wait a bit longer but really they should make sure the staff know about all the types of tickets and vouchers. Anyway we got in eventually :rolleyes:

    It was fairly busy today and very hot and humid, We were both melting and wanted to go Atlantis but when we got there it was closed!

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    So we decided to go Kraken instead, I think DBF was getting fed up with me taking photos in this one :rotfl:

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    We waited ages here for the front row, about 40 min! Not the best idea, but DBF does love a front row :rolleyes:

    We were desperate to get out of heat so we went to see the puffins and penguins.

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    So cute, I could watch them for ages but of course it too "boring" according to Daniel who must be doing something alllll the time :confused3 This is always a problem on any holiday with him, he must do do do every minute of the day :rolleyes:

    Then we decided to get some lunch at a nice place over looking the water called the Spice Mill. I wasn't hungry so I got some strawberrys and cream and Daniel got a sandwhich and some chocolate chip cookies which quickly melted because we sat outside.

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    I don't think he was very keen on the sandwhich and most of it went to the fish down below who swarmed us, they were some hungry fish! The sandwhich came with some weird sloppy salad stuff which I also threw to the fish. They liked everything :laughing:

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    There was water display going on while we sat there which was convenient!

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    Then we went back to Atlantis which was working again yay! I like this ride, it's a bit weird to be honest (look out for the bloke at the beginning with the seahorse) but still fun, then it was time for Shamu so we made our way over to Shamu stadium, I took some pictures on the way there.

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    The Spice Mill from far away

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  9. cesariofamily

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    Hi! We stayed at Sheraton Vistana in Sept. We loved it. My DD8 liked your picture of the slide. They had a great time on it! I'm glad you liked your room!
     
  10. PrincessCharlie

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    Thanks for subbing! It was a really nice place I'd definately recommend it, all the rooms have recently been refurbished and they still have a very new clean feel, there's more pics of it coming.
     
  11. PrincessCharlie

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    Hi, I never got to go on that slide the whole time! We only went to the pool twice and there were children on it everytime, thought I'd give them priority since I'm 21 years old! But it we ever go back i'll definately try it. Thanks for reading!
     
  12. PrincessCharlie

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    Would just like to start this post off with a quick rant about driving. Since I've been back I have a new appreciation for the driving in America, nice and slow and steady. Obviously there are a few people driving badly as there always is everywhere. But I have just driven back from uni for the first time since being back and have got road rage :headache: Everyone drives like they are in some kind of never ending race against time, if you do drive at the speed limit you will get some jerk sitting up your caboosee like your being completely ridiculous by abiding by the law. And if your driving a BMW then your allowed to do whatever speed you fancy even if your driving down a tiny country road, and if anyone gets in your way you can speed round them dangerously like its the grand prix.

    I won't moan anymore but heed this as a warning; if you come to the U.K and intend to drive then get ready to do a lot of this face :eek: and this one :headache: Disney/Orlando area=driving heaven

    That said I will try to cheer myself with spot of SeaWorld.

    So on the way we stopped at Wild Artic which is a simulator ride and/or animals from the artic enclosure. I just wanted to see the animals but this was obviously much too boring for DBF so we queued up for the ride which was about 5min. It was pretty deserted around this part of the park.

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    Hated this ride! Its not that bad but I don't do simulators very well they make me feel awful. Of course I do tell Daniel this but sometimes its like I'm speaking another language :rolleyes: If he doesn't feel sick then I must be wrong or exagerating!

    After he was so anxious to get to Shamu that he hussled me through the polar bears and walrus's with the promise that we would come back, which surprise, surprise never happend :rolleyes: Boys!

    I did manage to take a few pictures of the Baluga wales (who are really amazing)

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    I love this whole attraction :lovestruc the animals are amazing and I could spend a long time here. It's quite cold which makes a great break from the heat and it's themed really well. You feel like the animals have a good environment. Anyway I got torn away from here by mr impatience so he could find a good seat for Shumu. We got there about 40min early and it poured down while we were waiting for it to begin.

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    Then the show started the best part of which in my opinion is the music which is like something from The Lion King and seriously catchy, like can't get it out of your head for days catchy.

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    Then the splashing began so I put my camera away just in case but we didn't get splashed much to Daniels dissapointment (I was secretly pleased :rolleyes1)

    It's a bit different now since the trainers can't get in the water any more, but it didn't notice really in my opinion. I can't enjoy the show really because I think that these animals are much too big to kept in such a small space. I mean they are really quite big. I originally thought that there was another bit for them to go in, but it turns out its just the part that you can see. We did go back again because Daniel wanted to get splashed but I don't think I'd ever see it on other trips. The second time DBF was googling the whales while we waiting for it to begin and he read that if they're dorsel fins are very bent it means they're under stress, and a few of these whales had bent fins especially the big ones. I don't want to judge and its just my opinion but it just makes me feel uncomfortable. There are some animals that I think can have a good life in a zoo but Killer whales are not one of them.

    That being said SeaWorld is a great park and I will definately go again I just think that the whales need a much bigger space. But don't be put off it isn't animal cruelty and they were happy to do the tricks, I'm sure they are well cared for they're probably just inappropriate animals to have in a show.

    What a misery I am today :laughing: No really, I'm not about to go breaking animals out of zoos or anything mad it's just an observation for these particular animals.

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  13. PrincessCharlie

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    So we left SeaWorld and it was still really raining so I didn't take any pictures on the way out but DBF had much fun kicking water at me all the way to car. We decided to go to the supermarket to get some food, coffee and snacks for the week and DBF's Mum had recommended Foodings at the crossroads. Loved the supermarket, it had everything, plus some amazing cakes which I never did try :sad2: although this was probably best because the amount of food I consumed on this holiday was similar to the size of mars. Good for the tastebuds, bad for the scales ;)

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    I love the dinosaur scene and the elmo and monster cooke's :goodvibes

    We went footlocker for Daniel who bought 4 tshirts for $24 :eek: Bargain! These are nice tshirts, they're just plain but good quality and a great deal. He also bought a pair of flip flops that moulded to your feet and were heaven. I wish my flip flops were that comfy, unfortunately I don't pick shoes because their comfy, I pick them because their pretty :laughing:

    We went back the room, unloaded all our stuff and I made us some dinner. I had chicken spring rolls and salad and DBF had steak and rice cakes. He's so exciting with food :rolleyes:

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    Then we made our first big mistake and went to watch Apollo 18 at AMC DTD. It was sooooo cold in there I was freezing. We could barely stay awake we were so tired, and the film turned out to be a bit of a horror that we didn't like at all :confused3 Having paid for the tickets though we had to stay right to the end :rolleyes: We were so relieved to get back in the heat, and literally crawled into bed about 1am
     
  14. PrincessCharlie

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    We decided to sleep in today and take it easy for the rest of the day as we had an early start the next day for Harry Potter and we wanted to be awake. We woke up at 9, Daniel did some of this :surfweb: while I made breakfast.

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    We had pancakes from yesterdays Ihop and still couldn't eat them all! I must have been trying to work out the tom tom.

    Then I went to the pool and Daniel went to the gym.

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    Looking at that photo makes me so sad sitting at home with no pool in sight!

    We had showers and then set out to do some shopping we went to Vineland Ave Premium Outlets first, it was about two minutes away.

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    We did a bit of shopping, Daniel bought jeans and shorts from Tommy Hilfiger, and I bought a jumper from there. I was quite sensible with shopping because I knew it was going to be winter soon so I tried not to buy anything I wouldnt be wearing. Little did I know we would be having summer really late this year. English weather :rolleyes:

    We stopped for lunch in the food court, Daniel got a burger and fries from AW and I spotted a frozen yogurt stand and got this little beauty...

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    Yummy, but I should've got a drink and you will see why later.

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    As you can see DBF had eaten his burger before I'd even got back.

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    Dbf was still tired and so was I, I blame the journey and the jetlag!

    We tried to decide what we were doing for the rest of the day because we had a reservation for Ohana at 9pm. I suggested DTD so we set off there, where we headed straight for World of Disney.

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    We picked Daniels sister a tinkerbell snow globe, then we went to pick me a new watch! I'd been waiting for this forever, I was so excited.

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    I tried lots on, I originally wanted quite a chunky one with a big face and a white band, but a lot of them looked way too big on my tiny wrist. I chose this one:

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    After that we walked around a bit more and I started to get a really bad headache, it was really hot and I hadn't had a drink since the morning. I was so not used the Florida heat!

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    I so wish I was five so I could go here!

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    I managed to convince Daniel that we had time for a quick stop at Magic Kingdom before our Ohana dinner! And that we may aswell go to Ohana on the monorail so I could get some monorail magic! YAY I was very excited that we were going to Magic Kingdom and at the same time I was all headachy and tired, but I think happiness took over.
     
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    Loving all your pictures! Can't wait to see more. We just passed our 180day mark and we'll also be fitting in SeaWorld in our trip in March/April.
    Regarding the Shamoo show at SeaWorld, I didn't know the trainers can no longer swim w/ the killer whales... :(
    I did notice the girl trainers' hair was all pulled back tightly in a small bun.
     
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    Thanks for reading! You must be so excited, wish I was planning another trip! Yes, I was overhearing this woman (or eavesdropping what ever you wanna call it ;)) telling her friends about what happened and apparently the girl had her hair in a pony and it dragged her under playing.

    They were campaigning when we were there to get the trainers back in the water, but I don't think it makes much difference everyone still seemed to enjoy the show :thumbsup2
     
  17. kokotg

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    I agree with you about Sea World and the whales...I guess before I went I always just assumed that there was some kind of conservation mission with their breeding program...but then I looked it up and found out orcas aren't endangered AND they have much longer lifespans in the wild than in captivity.

    Looking forward to hearing about MK and 'Ohana!
     
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    Thanks for reading!

    Me too, I was a bit miffed when I found that out, apparently they can live to 60 in the wild and only live to 20 in captivity :confused3

    I think they should think about replacing Shamu with something else, but I know it's their main attraction so they probably won't.
     
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    We were finally on our way to Magic Kingdom after dropping our shopping off at the resort, I was a bit pleased with myself being able to sneak this in early. Is there any better feeling then being on the way to Magic Kingdom with a dinner at Ohana to look forward to. Its a bit silly how much I can't wait for our next trip, but anyway on with the story...

    We parked up and jumped on a tram...

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    There was a crazy amount of lovebugs everywhere, we didn't see any of these last holiday and were trying to figure out what they were, at one point we thought they were two headed bugs :rolleyes: (must've been the heat) Then we heard a cast member calling them lovebugs and figured it out :laughing:

    We went to exchange my voucher for our tickets and had the same trouble we had at SeaWorld. Nobody seemed to know about our vouchers! But at least the ladies wern't rude.

    We hopped on the monorail which is always fun the first time of the holiday.

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    And saw chip and dale!

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    Then we were looking at this wonderful sight.

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    I still had a whopping headache so we stopped in the sweet shop to get a poweraid and then we walked through all the stores to get out of the heat. It was very humid today like being in sauna all the time. We stopped for a while to watch this cast member blowing glass. He was so clever, he was making little sorcerer mickeys.

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    I could see the parade from inside, I watch it for little while then couldn't bare to watch the cast members dancing in that heat. I don't how they do it, I could just about put one foot infront of the other.

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    We made our way to tommorow land to go on space mountain which had a really short wait.

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    This made me feel so sick, having my head knocking around against the back seat, I got off and had to sit down with this...

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    Daniel went to get dole whip while I was nursing my head and then wouldn't let me have any because I was complaining too much!

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    I did manage to get some and it delish as expected. Then he made me go on space mountain again, he said I wasn't sitting right and thats why I was bumping my head. I sat forward this time and still bumped my head!

    We walked around to fantasy land but the waits were really long for everything and we started getting really hungry and wished that I had booked Ohana for earlier.

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    We went on the big boat (can't remember the name :eek:) to waste a bit of time, then I suggested Haunted Mansion which I'd never been on before. I was feeling a lot better by then. We went through the long queue...

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    Finally it was time for dinner, this was the only day that I didn't mind leaving Magic Kingdom I was sooooo hungry, I could've ate a person.

    We hopped (or walked like sloths) on to the monorail and checked in for Ohana, I sat in a sofa chair and nearly fell right asleep until the buzzer went off. A lovely cast member talked us through dinner and then we were sat at the back which didn't faze me because I was soo hungry.

    The food came out quick and was so delish, I was in heaven. Everything was great even the dressing on the salad, and the steak was so well cooked it was perfect, I had third helpings of the steak. The sauces were so good, even the peanut one and I don't like peanuts. Dbf was so tired I don't think he could even taste food, when we talk about it now he can hardly remember what went on or what he ate! But needless to say we will be going back and I definately enjoyed it.

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    We then proceeded to have a fight over dessert. I am not good at sharing dessert, I really don't like to, and Daniel shoves the biggest spoonfulls into his gob at speed and then has a go at me for hogging!! What a hypocrite. I didn't know you could get more dessert if you wanted, otherwise I would have.

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    I don't think I ever remembered to take food pictures before we started eating!

    Wishes came on but we couldn't really see it and were too busy having an epic spoon fight over the bread pudding.

    And thats it, we stumbled home (I don't even remember the journey) and went straight to sleep, another exhausting day on the cards tomorrow, Harry Potter early entry! Many lessons were learnt today. I never again went without eating and drinking for so long. I had learnt that frozen yoghurt is not a substitute for lunch. Silly hot weather newbie. I also learnt not to sit in the back seat on space mountain. So you could say that today was a learning curve, next time we go to Magic Kingdom I vowed to get a grip and not let myself get in a state.
     
  20. PrincessCharlie

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    We had to get up at 6am to be at Islands of Adventure for 7:15am to get free parking we could arrive no later then this. It was a struggle to get up when it was still dark outside! But we managed it, got in the car at 7am and then walked as fast as we could over to IOA where there was a Virgin rep waiting for us. We went through the turnstiles and met a member of staff who would escort us to the WWOHP! This was a totally fun VIP sort of experience which was only marred when we had to wait 15min for one family who didn't show. So we started walking finally and then they turn up and we had to wait another 10min for them to catch up! I was not amused, and they didn't apologise or anything. They were eating up our time at WWOHP and pretty soon the crowds would start to fill the place up.

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    I took this quick as we were going in the Three Broomsticks for "breakfast". I say this with sarcasm because we were so late because of that bloody family that there was no breakfast left, it had all been eaten. We got some cofee and decided just to carry them round with us, as we were missing out on an empty WWOHP!

    We walked round trying to get as many pictures in as we could without the masses.

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    We loved the pigeons, they looked very authentically English whether their meant to be there or not :laughing:

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    After the staff member took this he exclaimed how great he was at taking pictures! Nevermind that my eyes are closed :rolleyes:

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    See our little gryffindor badges, they gave us these when we went in :goodvibes.

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  21. PrincessCharlie

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    We decided to go on the Forbidden Journey while there was no wait, I took a few pictures but we decided to take pictures when we did have a wait. We were also just going to walk round the castle aswell to get a better look.

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    Im sorry to say that this ride made me fell really sick. It also got stuck the first time which was scary but got going again after about 5min. It is most similar to Spiderman 3D which is a great ride, and it was a really good ride, I just can't stomach simulator rides :sad2: I wish I could enjoy it because some of the live action bits were fantastic but I while I'm enjoying it on the one hand on the other I'm thinking "please don't throw up, please don't throw up" I think I might take some anti sickness pills next time, maybe that will help :confused3

    Next we got in the queue for Ollivanders.

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    This was the best Ollivander we saw (and we went six times! which I will explain in a bit). He had a good accent and was a convincing wizzard, he put a lot of effort in. There were no children in there yet so he picked a couple to get their wands, and this is what started my Dbf's obsession with getting picked and why we went back six times! He is 22 years old would you believe and is still being a complete kid :laughing:

    We went to check out the the shop after...

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    We had fun in here looking at all the wands and Daniel had to buy one :rolleyes: go figure. He also bought a note book and I debated on buying a gryffindor scarf, which I thought would be good for walking the dogs in the winter (any excuse right? :rolleyes1).



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