T&T and Two First Timers Day1

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  1. tony64

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

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    Saturday 3rd 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.
    Zena (my aunt) Ditto

    We were awake at 5a.m. Really couldn’t sleep and genuinely too excited. So I had a shower and checked the travel report on AA road watch:surfweb: . Good job I did as there was an accident reported on the M3 between Juncs. 3 & 2. This wasn’t too much of a problem as we could go up the A3 which was only about 5 minutes difference.
    Theresa got up at 6.00 and we said goodbye to Callum and went to pick my mum and Zena up at 6.45.
    I wore an old goofy hat that Callum had brought back from a school trip to Disneyland Paris a few years ago and Theresa had a set of Minnie ears that Carol Foy had given to her at our meet in Cornwall last year.
    When the ladies saw us they burst out laughing and it set the mood for the rest of the holiday.:goodvibes
    We arrived at Gatwick at 8.00 and left the car with Maple Manor.
    On check in we were guaranteed seating together and had been allocated G & H in rows 7 & 8 which was nice to have a window and an aisle seat . The stop to re-fuel had been changed from Gander to Halifax and they had picked up a 2 hour delay.
    We had a mooch around the shops and then went for breakfast at Frankie and Benny’s, everybody else had the traditional but I couldn’t resist the Big American; I just had to have my first pancakes of the holiday.

    We boarded at 2.00 and the good news was the luggage was light enough for us to be able to fly direct to Sanford, no stop off at Halifax.

    The food was the usual airline rubbish and the films were a bit of a waste of time as the people in front of us kept standing up to stretch their legs, blocking the view and the sound quality just about matched the food.

    I must admit I couldn’t blame the people standing up as the seats were the most cramped we have ever had on a long haul flight. The person in front of me lifted up their middle armrest and nearly took my knee cap off!:scared1:
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    We arrived in Sanford at 6.15p.m. and being near the front of the plane we were able to get off and through immigration pretty quickly. We picked up the luggage , whizzed through Customs and collected our car, a Dodge Caravan 7 seater, and we were on our way by 7.00pm. We arrived at the Sheriton Vistana Resort at 8.00 and checked in to the Courts section, unit 28. They hadn’t been able to put us in Fountains as requested but at least they had put us in the one unit for the 2 weeks and we wouldn’t have to pack all our stuff up and move to a different unit after the first week.:cloud9:

    The unit was nice, but not as nice as our Fountains unit.


    It still had the WOW factor for Mum and Zena which was one of the main things Theresa and I wanted for them this trip.
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    We dropped our stuff in our bedrooms and after a quick look around the condo we went to IHOP for tea. All very nice and a good way to introduce the first timers to American sized portions.
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    That's Auntie Zena on your left and my mum on the right.
    After tea it was a quick trip to Wal-Mart for a few toiletries and some breakfast supplies followed by bed at 11.30.
     
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  3. sandshal

    sandshal DIS Veteran

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    Great! another trippie! ..... thanks for sharing.

    We've stayed at the Vistana Villages twice and love place, nice to see your room at the VR looks just as fantastic.

    Don't keep us waiting too long for Part 2!

    Sharon
     
  4. jen_uk

    jen_uk <font color=6666cc>Eurovision Nut !!<font color=33

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    Wow those seats were very cramped!! Room looks nice :goodvibes
     
  5. mandymouse

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

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    Yay ! Another trippy. A great start Tony :thumbsup2
     
  6. Beth__WDW23/6/02

    Beth__WDW23/6/02 <font color=deeppink>you can never mock anything u

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    Wow very cramped seats indeed:sad2:
    Great start.:thumbsup2
     
  7. Snowy-girls

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

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    I'm on board for your trippie.How cramped are those seats :scared1: .The room looks very nice,love the towel animals.We love IHOP for brekkie,pancakes to die for.Can't wait for more.x.
     
  8. jjk

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    great start cant wait to read more:goodvibes
     
  9. Paulieuk1969

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    Great start Tony
     
  10. tashasmum

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    Great a new trippie. Who did you fly with? Those seats look more cramped than usual.
     
  11. jockey

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

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    Great start, cant wait for more :)
     
  12. natalielongstaff

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

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    Great start Tony, i wanted to see a pic of you both in the hats :rotfl2:
     
  13. wilma-bride

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    Great start Tone - I wanted to see the hats too :rotfl2: So you won't be flying TCD again then - or is it never say never?!?
     
  14. tony64

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

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    We were with TCD, an XL flight. we think they down graded the plane as they hadn't been able to fill a full sized one. The reason they gave was our original plane was in for routine maintenance.
     
  15. florida sun

    florida sun <font color=deeppink>Mrs Christopher Eccleston wan Moderator

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    Great start Tony, looking forward to the rest:thumbsup2
     
  16. irongirlof12

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

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    off to a great start, can't wait to see the scappin' stash! :thumbsup2
     
  17. Goofysmate

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

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    Can't wait to see you both in your hats ::yes::
    I've got the Pluto hat :goodvibes
     
  18. cazzie

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    Great start, looking forward to reading more. :thumbsup2
     
  19. disneyhockeymad

    disneyhockeymad <font color=magenta>˚o˚ ˚o˚ <font color=blue>Shari

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    Ooh looks like I've joined this at the beginning, which is always good!
    Great start, can't wait to hear more :)
     
  20. Chilly

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    Yeah a new trip report! Your room looks lovely, shame about the plane though.
     
  21. arieljasmine

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

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    A great start to your report, Tony. The room looks lovely and I was very impressed with the towel swans.

    Laur's princess:
     

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