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  1. tinks_1989

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

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    Hello,

    We have been back a week already so I thought I best get on with this TR before I forget what happened.

    January 30th - Travel to Manchester January 31st Travel to Orlando

    February 1st - Magic Kingdom Cinderella Royal Table PART 1 PART 2

    February 2nd - Ohana, here there and every where

    February 3rd - Cape May Cafe Hollywood Studios PART 1 PART 2

    February 4th - Akershus Epcot

    February 5th - Hollywood and Vine Hollywood Studios

    February 6th - Magic Kingdom Crystal Palace

    February 7th - Animal Kingdom Be our Guest

    Februray 8th - Malls Garden Grove

    February 9th - 1900 Park Fare Malls

    February 10th - Mummy and Elsie day 1900 Park Fare

    February 11th - Last bit of shopping Garden Grill

    February 12th - Tusker House Animal Kingdom

    February 13th - Magic Kingdom Chef Mickey

    February 14th - Hollywood Studios Departure day
     
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  3. tinks_1989

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

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    There isn't much to say about these two days so I will get them done in one.

    As you would expect I didn't sleep much and was wide awake by 7am. Showered, dried and dressed I get the rest of the family ready. All ready, cars packed we hit the road about 10am.

    The traffic was fine nothing to report on. We arrived in Stafford services bang on 12.

    Elsie soon found the poor excuse for a kids play area and was happy in there.

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    Dave and I had something to eat. He had soup and a sandwich. I had a cajun chicken wrap was better then what I was expecting. We bought a drink and a chocolate bar each for the road.

    Back on the road and about 40 minutes from the hotel (according to google maps) I realised I forgot my straightners :sad: I can't live two weeks with out them I was really annoyed I had forgotten them.

    We stopped off to get some cash out and arrived at the hotel about 2pm

    Check in was fine we had to empty the car then leave the keys with reception as we were leaving the car in their car park for the two weeks.

    In the room Elsie spots the bath and starts demanding bubbles. Straight in the bath before Dave and I have even taken our shoes off.

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    What can I say she is a mermaid.

    We were all freshened up and ready to meet our great friends in the lobby at 4.30pm (I think it was around then Paula you can correct me if that's wrong).

    They arrived and even though Paula and I have spoke for over two years this was the first time we have ever met. It felt like we were seeing family. We had a great night and Elsie loved Paula and Phils 3 girls. Thank you so much for dinners guys.

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    Connie and Elsie these two little ladies are born on the same day March 10th 2011.

    After a lovely meal and a few drinks Paula and the rest of the family made their way home about 9.30 it was a school night and we had an early morning.

    Back in the hotel we were all in bed by 10. Of course Elsie hated her cot so she ended up in our bed and I ended up on the sofa.

    January 31st - Travel to Orlando

    I got literally no sleep I was a very tired grumpy lady in the morning Dave will agree with that.

    We weren't booked on the shuttle till half 7 so we got up washed dressed slowly and were still ready by 6. Dave rang down to reception to ask about getting on an earlier shuttle they said that it was fine.

    Check out, quick shuttle trip to Terminal 2 we were still at the airport about 6.30. Of course Virgins desk didn't open till 7. We stood in short line that had already formed. We hadn't checked in online as we wanted bulk head seats and were told if we checked in online we wouldn't get them.

    A man who worked for the airport security come over and said he would check us in on the self service. I said no and explained the bulk head situation he said it would be fine. Dave checked in fine mine came up with an error. He told me it was because my ESTA was invalid. :crazy2: WHAT?!?!? Oh my I felt sick he told me that I would be seen to first as it was important to get this sorted.

    Whilst I am stood there fighting back the tears a lady comes over and starts asking about travel insurance and before we know it we have agreed to be on the TV.

    Check in opened and we were took straight to a lady ready to deal with us. My ESTA was fine it was because I had an infant added to my booking that I couldn't check in on the self check out. That man is lucky he disappeared or he would of got a few words from me that's for sure. Luckily I had my ESTA printed any way.

    So on the TV to talk about travel insurance

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    Did you see us on Daybreak?

    Through security and straight to Franky and Bennys I needed food I was hungry and stressed lol! Our phones were crazy with people texting and ringing saying they saw us on the TV.

    After breakfast Dave treated me to a new pair of GHDs after leaving mine at home! Love him so much! Thanks Dave.

    We found a soft play area where we spent the rest of our time at the airport till they called our flight.

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    Our plane

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    The flight was fine Elsie fell asleep twice which was great. I watched Pitch Perfect very funny and the campaign not quiet as good as what I had expected.

    Food was good I ate it all this has never, ever happened before normally I through up at the smell/sight of it.

    Very impressed with Virgin and landed on time even though we took off late.

    Orlando International airport security was fine, 30 minutes and we were through. We just beat BA so we were lucky. Collected bags waited ages for the push chair because they had taken it off and left it in the corner with out telling us.

    Drop the bags back off and on the monorail. We saw for a few seconds some one else I know from the DIS who was getting on the plane we just got off. Hello Hayley!

    Waited ages to get the bags again then had to trek to the other side of the airport for ME. ME left 5 minutes after we got on and we were the first stop YAY!

    Elsie and I went and checked in whilst Dave got some fresh air. Elsie was given a bunch of balloons and a certificate. We were family of the day and had been upgraded to a 1 bed villa :D

    Collected our garden grocery order and the bell hop took us to our room 2345. Easy number right? The entire fortnight if we were asked room number I kept saying "43?? Dave what is it?" haha terrible memory.

    Any way we dumped our stuff got Elsie in the push chair and made our way to DTD for an EOS and a quick look round the toy shop. Elsie got the Doc McStuffin doctor set and we headed back to our villa.

    We forced ourselves to stay up till 10pm and it didn't take long for us to fall asleep.
     
  4. MrsTigger

    MrsTigger <font color=green>DLRP board....guaranteed to make

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    Great start, looking forward to following your TR. Elsie is soo cute!
     
  5. Tinkerbell1989

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    So glad to see this! Even though I saw you yesterday, we talked about it and I've seen all the pictures hehe! Love the pic of Elsie in the bath! Xx
     
  6. Chilly

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    Great start, looking forward to hearing more and seeing more cute Elsie photod
     
  7. tinkerbells mum

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    Yeah really glad you've started this. Sounds like the flight went well. We saw you on daybreak the day you went, Elsie looked so cute. Brilliant news about the upgrade. Can't wait to hear the rest and see the photos xx
     
  8. westgrove

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    Hi, I'm looking forward to reading your reports x
     
  9. dixonsontour

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    Great start.

    Your little girl is so smiley in all the pics.

    Wow TV stars and an upgraded room :)
     
  10. Laurafoster

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    Great start! I saw you on TV too :)

    The one bed villas are great, what a great free upgrade! Look forward to reading more.
     
  11. jockey

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

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    Great start looking forward to more ...well done on the upgrade :)
     
  12. April2012

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    Really looking forward to more, looks like it's going to be a good one :thumbsup2
     
  13. tigger17

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    Great start can't wait to here more xx
     
  14. PJB71

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    :cheer2::cheer2:I'm sooooo pleased you've started your TR hon:cheer2::cheer2:

    We had a lovely evening with you all (just wish I'd of got your autograph:rotfl2:)
    Connie loves her "Yelsie" and were counting the days until easterparty:

    Can't wait to read the rest:coffee:
     
  15. Wills Mom

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    Joining in! Delighted to see this was posted, looking forward to hearing more and seeing Elsie in her gorgeous outfits :goodvibes
     
  16. tinks_1989

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

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    Thank you. She knows it now for sure though the amount of attention she got on holiday. She is a right diva! :lmao:

    HA HA you get special sneak peek preview :goodvibes

    Thank you there are 5,000 photos lots to share.

    Did you realise it was? We had lots of calls, texts and FB messages saying people saw us. We were famous that morning.

    Thank you. Hope you are ready for lots of disney rambling :lmao:

    I know what a day?!? It was obviously our new TV status that got us the upgrade :lmao:

    They are amazing Disney are very sneaky as we loved it so much we don't think a studio would be enough any more.

    Thank you and welcome :thumbsup2

    It was the best holiday EVER!

    Hello glad to see you here.

    Hello my lovely,

    We had an amazing evening. Can't wait for our eggstravaganza!

    Elsie asked about Bonnie earlier lol! Those two are a right pair.

    Aw thank you I am hoping to do an update now.
     
  17. ExpatDisneyLover

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    Just joining in - looking forward to your TR!:goodvibes
     
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    tinks_1989 <font color=teal>need a <b>like</b> button<br><fon

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    As you expected again we are up early 3am even though we didn't go to bed till 10pm.

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    Swamped in bubbles.

    We took our time bathed or showered dressed and watched some good old American tv/news. Love their news.

    A link to one of the headlines on the news that morning.

    At 7 am we decided we would walk down to Artist Pallet, fill up our mugs and see how warm/cold it was to check we didn't need to change.

    The walk was lovely. We walked really slow just taking it all in that we were finally here. But it was quiet fresh out. Brrr!

    Our mugs filled and we got Elsie a few snacks, chocolate milk, cookies and Mickey mouse shaped cheesy biscuits as she loved them when Paula sent them :D

    We dropped our mugs back in the room changed Elsie in to some jeggins and I put the card in my camera as I had forgotten. Glad I found out before we left for Elsie's first ever day in WDW!!!!!

    We didn't wait long for a bus and were soon on our way to MK.

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    We arrived about 8.15 and it was really nice to see the place so quiet. Managed to keep our great spot to watch the opening ceremony and Elsie got a great view of the characters. Of course made some friends whilst waiting.

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    We waited for the mass crowd to disappear/push through to new fantasyland no doubt.

    Elsie got to wave at Mickey for ages.

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    Straight in line for who else but Pluto. Elsie's favourite character.

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    The interaction was great and Elsie got her cuddles.

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    We went in to the photopass place to get our photopass plus card. Then it was time to see some royalty.

    Elsie has been to Disneyland Paris 4 times and we have never seen Rapunzel she was pretty excited to see 'punzel'.

    Elsie was a bit reserved with the face characters not sure why as she isn't scared to talk to any one. May be she is just behaving in front of royalty.

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    Cinderella

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    Aurora

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    and finally Rapunzel. Rapunzel was great she tickled Elsie told her that Tinkerbell makes all her frying pans lol!

    After seeing the beautiful ladies we made our way up/down (which way is which?) Main Street. Finally we are here. Finally brought our princess to the place where dreams come true.

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    We were pretty tired and not really sure what we wanted to do so we just headed to New Fantasyland and see what all the fuss is about.

    WOW! The work that has gone in to this place is amazing. I loved it here. We had a look around the little shop next to Gaston's Tavern as Elsie has a little crush on the Beast (Elsie Dictionary Beat) at the moment nothing really in there for kids though.

    Dave went in and got 2 le fou brews whilst Elsie and sat in the sun. It had warmed up now and was lovely.

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    We drank our drinks wandering around but we didn't stay for much longer. It was probably only 11 but we were pretty tired we had been up 8 hours already so we headed back for a rest.

    Back at the hotel we made a sandwich had a few BBQ lays YUMM and a cookie. Elsie had a nap and I might have had a few quick winks.

    We couldn't wait to get in the pool so we walked down to the Springs to have a nice splash.

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    It was nice and hot but not when you are drenched. Wow it was cold now. We rushed back to warm up and get ready for our evening meal.
     
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    tinks_1989 <font color=teal>need a <b>like</b> button<br><fon

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    We made our way back to Magic Kingdom with royalty.

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    Princess Cinderella-Elsie had joined us. (More Elsie dictionary Rella in Cinderella)

    It was quiet busy in the park today even though Magic Kingdom was the most recommended park.

    We managed to see Philharmagic before dinner and Elsie loved seeing Ariel and tried pinching her gems when they spilled out.

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    It was time for dinner and we made our way to see Rella. Elsie again was a little shy with Cinderella.

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    Dave and I have eaten here twice before, we got engaged here in 2008 and loved it. This was before it was a character meal though. It was very different this time. Before we ordered our drink we were asked what starter we would like?! WHAT?!?! Was told Elsie could have some cheese and grapes, share of our plates or we could pay for her to have a meal.

    The food was great don't get me wrong just felt very rushed :(

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    Aurora

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    Snow White

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    Ariel

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    and Jasmine.

    We had added the birthday package for Elsie her birthday was still 5 weeks away but still we think she deserved it. The cake was amazing yum best cake ever!

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    Under an hour we were out. It is still amazing eating in the castle and the experience can't be beat but a 3 course meal and a birthday cake in less then an hour not a great high.

    We discussed watching the fireworks but decided to go before the queue for the bus got ridiculous.

    Back in the room we watched some more local news and the Big bang theory.

    In bed by 10 we were exhausted.

    Total character meets: 9
     
  20. tinks_1989

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    Hello sneaking in there :D Glad you could make it :D
     
  21. Wills Mom

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    Great update :) Elsie is sooooooooo precious as Rella :goodvibes And that cake for her birthday looked fab! Can I ask where did you get the top she was wearing earlier in MK with the "My First Disney Trip" on it? It is genius!!
     

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