T&T and Two First Timers Day 15

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  1. tony64

    tony64 <font color=blue>Should've been a Cowboy<br><font

    Jun 21, 2003
    Saturday 17th May 2008

    The Crew

    Tony ……………….Driver and general gofer
    Theresa…………….Scrapbook shopper extraordinaire
    Peggy (my mum)…..I’ll go on anything as long as it’s not upside down or has big drops .
    Zena (my aunt)…….Ditto

    We finished packing, said goodbye to the condo and checked out by 9.30.

    We headed to Celebration for breakfast and managed to find the place we had eaten at with the children in 2006. The Market Street Café has had a few changes to the menu but it was still lovely. I had an omelette with square cut fries and everyone else had a toasted sandwich with scrambled egg and bacon.

    No one really fancied looking around the shops so we went to play a round of golf at Fantasia gardens. I chose the Fairway course which was really hard, next time we’ll opt for the easier one.
    After the golf we decided it was time to eat again so we went to Perkins as Theresa needed another fix of pie before we left the country.

    I had the Banana Cream, Theresa had peanut Butter Silk and Mum and Zena went for the Lemon Meringue.



    We had a look around Goodings and bought a few bits and pieces to take to the Camping Dis meet the following weekend.

    We then headed for the airport and arrived with plenty of time to spare. The queue at check in was huge. While we were waiting a man was walking up and down and suggesting to people who looked like they had a lot of baggage to purchase the double baggage allowance as they would have to pay a lot more if they didn’t. He even pulled them out of the queue so they could check the weight of their bags before they got to the front. One family saved over $250 by doing it. I’ve never seen this done before and I was impressed that the company were not out to make a killing for a change. So a round of applause for TCD ( excel airways). We moan about so many things regarding airlines (me included), I think it’s about time we also mentioned a plus.

    We actually made purchases from the duty free for the first time ever. Theresa and I are not really drinkers but I got a bottle of Southern Comfort Reserve and Theresa a bottle of Smirnoff raspberry as she wants to have a go at making the Skyy berry martini, OK it’s not Skyy vodka but hopefully it will be near enough.

    The flight home was on the same plane as we had flown out on so the seating was just as tight and just as uncomfortable (see I said I can moan about flights as well as the next man).

    When we arrived at Gatwick our cases were almost the very last ones off. I think it was because Callum’s guitar had been marked as fragile. It made it in one piece so it was worth the wait.

    As we were going through customs there were several sniffer dogs outside and as we got inside we saw a lady had been pulled over and the customs officer had a carrier bag which he told her he was just taking away to be weighed!:scared1:

    We met Maple Manor with our car but they wanted to charge us £96 not the £80 we had be told when we booked it. Luckily I had the E mailed confirmation on me and after a phone call from the driver we were on our way and only paid the £80. I did give the driver a tip as it wasn’t his fault.

    We dropped Mum and Zena off and my Dad had cooked us all lunch, unfortunately he hadn’t told us he was cooking for Theresa and me and we had already arranged to meet Theresa’s parents and sister for lunch so we had to leave without eating it. It was a shame because it all looked very nice.

    Best Bits
    Dolphin Swim
    Relaxing by the pool and bar.
    Anna Maria island
    Sheplars & Bass Pro
    Mocha at Joe Muggs!

    Worst Bits
    Very cramped plane (totally unsuitable for long haul)
    Poorly prepared meals at two of our favourite Disney restaurants
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  3. irongirlof12

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

    Nov 3, 2006
    sounds like Theresa did a LOT of stash shopping, considering the excess weight! good for her! :thumbsup2
  4. Snowy-girls

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

    May 27, 2007
    I hate last days,when it's time to say bye-bye.Thanks for an all round great report Tony,can't wait for your next one.Thanks so much for sharing.x.
  5. Boss Hogg

    Boss Hogg <font color=green>It's 5 o'clock somewhere<br><fon

    Aug 8, 2004
    Good job old boy, very enjoyable read all the way through.

    Agree about Fantasia Gardens, possibly a little too difficult!
  6. tony64

    tony64 <font color=blue>Should've been a Cowboy<br><font

    Jun 21, 2003
    What's worse is Theresa won!
  7. mandymouse

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

    Mar 8, 2003
    It sounds like you all had a fantastic holiday - roll on the Summer now :thumbsup2
  8. DisneyJo

    DisneyJo <font color=peach><marquee behavior=alternate>TGJ<

    Oct 22, 2006
    I had a hole in one on the Fairways Course!!!!

    Thanks for a great TR it sounded like a good combination of parks, rest and of course shopping :rotfl:
  9. Tammy Stringer

    Tammy Stringer <font color=red>I love babies - all milky and baby

    May 5, 2002
    Great report Tony - loved catching up on your adventures and seeing your pictures

    Not long till you next one!

  10. stephensmum

    stephensmum DIS Veteran

    Jan 10, 2007
    Thanks Tony, really enjoyed your trip repot.
  11. jjk

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

    May 24, 2004
    really great report,thanks for sharing:goodvibes
  12. jockey

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

    Apr 25, 2004
    Great reports and pics Tony, thanks for sharing :)
  13. Chilly

    Chilly RIP Tag Fairy

    Apr 25, 2006
    Thanks for sharing Tony.
  14. db4ffc

    db4ffc Earning My Ears

    Oct 30, 2007
    Just read 1-15 and loved every second of it. :yay: :woohoo: :yay:
  15. cazzie

    cazzie DIS Veteran

    Mar 13, 2005
    I'm glad we did the easier course at Fantasia, really enjoyed reading your trippies it sounds like you had a fantastic time. Thanks for posting.:thumbsup2
  16. Kevin Stringer

    Kevin Stringer <font color=blue>Chat Host<br><font color=brown>Od

    Mar 3, 2000
    Thanks for the reports Tony, glad to see your mum and your aunt enjoyed it.
    Have we got another couple of Florida converts?

  17. tony64

    tony64 <font color=blue>Should've been a Cowboy<br><font

    Jun 21, 2003
    :thumbsup2 they both said they'd be up for another trip.
  18. UKDEB

    UKDEB <font color=CC33FF>Found the Tag Fairy's hangout<b Moderator

    Jul 7, 2000
    We opted for the Fairways course when we played Fantasia Gardens in January because a big group was just heading out on the other course. BIG mistake! "Difficult" has to be the understatement of the year - it's almost impossible! :rotfl:

    Thanks for the trippies, Tone. I especially enjoy all the photos. :thumbsup2
  19. CustardTart

    CustardTart <img src=http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/images DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2004
    Really enjoyed reading your report this afternoon, Tony! I'm sitting here with a lousy headache but you brought a little bit of Florida back into my life and I feel loads better - thank you... :hug:
  20. Paulieuk1969

    Paulieuk1969 DIS Veteran

    Jan 4, 2007
    Great trip report Tony :thumbsup2
  21. nannav

    nannav Earning My Ears

    Jun 18, 2008
    great report cant wait for our trip in oct:banana:

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