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We are at my favourite park today. I’ve always had a strong love for Hollywood Studios and the street performers.






We are off to my favourite ever ride Tower of Terror. I’ve always loved this since when I was little as I was too tiny to ride the big rollercoasters.






Glad to say my acting skills have paid off in this scared photo












Next stop rock n roller coaster.



Love the little magical things Disney do with your magic band!






I do like rock n rollercoaster but it really does throw your head around!



Break for lunch at the Backlot Express with a Strawberry Daiquiri



Onto a Galactic journey on Star Tours.



Onto a Galactic journey on Star Tours.






The boards for the new Star Wars land!









Headed over to see The Beauty and the Beast show. My favourite song is Kill the Beast. Love the choreography in it.



























Off to queue for Toy Story Mania. There’s no fast pass for this so we have to queue for once.



Sneak peek at the new Toy Story land.






This game really kills your arm!! I’m player 2, dad is player 1.






We are now winding down with the voyage of the little mermaid.












Dinner tonight is at Mama Melrose.



We are taking advantage of the free alcohol on the Disney dining plan. I’m having the Bellini



Love the theming of this restaurant!



I’m having the spaghetti and meatballs. Don’t think I’ll ever get used to the portion sizes.



Mum had the pork tenderloin.



Dad had the New York strip.



Magical Star cocktail that my mum had.


Ocean Florida


Unsure if DD has enough ears.
this is about half of them, the ones we're taking for her in a month's time. The rest are in her hand luggage. She's off in 3 days time for a year working for the mouse.
If you happen to see her in Epcot please do say hi, her name is Ceara. xx


We have arrived at Magic Kingdom and now it really feels like we are on holiday!!



Today I am Disney bounding as Minnie Mouse. Disney bounding is a fun thing where you dress up in modern day clothes representing a Disney character.















The weather is beautiful today. It’s warm but not uncomfortably so!



Tangled is my all time favourite Disney film so I love this little tower and break area.






First stop is Peter Pans flight with a fast pass. Don’t remember the last time we actually queued for this as the lines are always so long!



Philarmagic is one of my favourite Disney shows.



Next up a fast pass for Seven Dwarfs mine train. Love the theming of this ride.



Think I must’ve of done something wrong as nobody wanted to share a carriage with me :&rsquo






We had lunch at Columbia Harbour house after struggling with the new mobile order on the app. Good idea though but still glitchy as it was showing 2 meals instead of 3.






We then headed over for our Pirates of the Caribbean fast pass.












Next up splash mountain. Definitely wearing ponchos for this one.



Excited to be riding Big Thunder Mountain as the last time we came it was shut for refurbishment.









We have stopped for a break at Gaston’s Tavern for mums favourite snack, a Cinnamon bun.



The size of this always amuses me.



Next stop the Little Mermaid ride. Always a good one to chill out on.






Our favourite thing to do when we are hot and tired is go on the people mover in Tomorrowland.



I’m not sure why but I’ve always loved Carousel of Progress. My sister and I are always singing the song. It’s such a sweet show.



We then headed onto Space Mountain. My face tells the tale of the least enthused person in the world but I can ensure you it was quite the opposite.



I’ve been needing a new phone case for a while now and found the personalised phone case section in the space mountain exit shop thanks to my mum. So I got this adorable case



Onto Buzz Lightyear. I absolutely love this ride it’s so much fun!!



Smashed it!



I then had a photo shoot at the Instagram purple wall.






Having dinner at Crystal Palace along with some friends you might know..












Tiger insisted on slow dancing with me. I mean who can resist.















We have now taken our spots to see Happily Ever After. This is my first time seeing it so I cannot wait and fully expect to cry.










































Happily Ever After was truly amazing. Wishes will always hold a place in my heart but it’s easy to get over it ending when such a great show has replaced it!



Decided to get my favourite snack before Once Upon a Time.
























Once Upon a Time was a wonderful show and I’m in awe of how they manage to project onto the castle like that! Now time to go to bed!!



We normally always start our first day at the Magic Kingdom but today there is extra morning hours at Animal Kingdom so we thought we would switch up our schedule to go see Avatar land.



Waiting to get into Pandora.. there’s just a few people here



Absolutely stunning









Haven’t queued for this long in a long time. Edit: it was only a 10 minute wait in the end.



That was the most incredible ride ever!! Completely understand the hype. Couldn’t stop smiling throughout.



Gotta take a selfie.












Classic photo in front of the Tree of Life



Next stop Kilimanjaro Safari. Always good to go early on in the morning where most of the animals are the most active.









Baby hippo



















































We have headed back to Pandora for a fast pass on the Navi River Journey.












The river journey was sweet and beautiful but I’m glad we didn’t wait the 90 minute wait for it!



I having been dying to try this drink since I first saw it online. The nightblossom did not disappoint.















Magical shot. Not quite where we were pointing 😂



Next stop Expedition Everest!! One of my favourite rides.






Lunch at flame grilled bbq. We had a crane trying to steal our food. Safe to say I was scared!!



Off to Kali River Rapids now. Will be good to cool down in this muggy weather.



Those of you who know me or have read my trip reports before will know how Finding Nemo the Musical is my all time favourite musical. The music is amazing and I love the set and puppets. Can’t wait for it to begin.






Time for a trip through time on dinosaur



Next up Festival of the Lion King. Love the music in this show.


















We are now at Yak and Yeti for our evening meal.



I’m having the biggest portion of lo mein I’ve ever seen.



Mum and dad are both having a lobster, shrimp garlic pasta with scallops.



A very tired Tasha is waiting for the rivers of light show. Haven’t seen this before so will be interesting to see!





















I found Rivers of Light quite cute and the technology was very clever. However I felt it lacked in storyline and was rather short. Off back to the hotel now for a good nights rest.



The day has finally come where my parents and I fly to Walt Disney World for the 11th time (I think). This time we are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge. We have stayed there before for a few days when I was 7 so I’m excited to go back as an adult.



About to board our flight!! Still hasn’t sunk in yet



On the plane. From left to right: Theresly (Shopperholic), Natasha (Mickeyfan) and Simon (SMAX)



We have landed and are on our way to Animal Kingdom Lodge!! Let the adventure begin!!



Disney sure knows how to make grand entrances



We’ve always enjoyed an evening at AKL just watching the animals at these little look out spots!



Our home for two weeks









Our balcony where we have already spotted some Scimitar-horned Oryx (according to our wildlife spotting guide)



Love Disney’s details



My all time favourite animal is the giraffe. I actually squealed when I saw this one.






Flatbreads all round before we crash in our room. Tomorrow the adventure begins with Animal Kingdom.



So today was our last day 😢

I was really missing my boys but messaged Kevin to say I would rather they were flying out to me than I was flying home to them. Could have done with another week of this glorious sunshine and heat.



We had to vacate the room by 12. I often keep the room on when we have a late flight home from somewhere as I can’t stand that whole courtesy room nonsense, where you get a key to the hottest, sweatiest room in the hotel to try to shower. 15 other families have been in before you, the place is swimming and you come out dirtier than you went in. Then you have to lug your hand luggage about all day. Not here. The facilities in this place are so top notch there really is no need.



Hannah and I showered and creamed up then wandered up for breakfast. I was at the grilled halloumi and egg again 😊 while Hannah ate her body weight in waffles and pancakes as usual. I had yet another latte



Then we strolled back down to room to get organised. Hannah made me phone through to her Aunty Dianne to check she was up and getting ready and hadn’t slept in. She was of course up and about mid pack.

Once packed we left our cases with the luggage room at reception who took our room numbers, name and time we wanted to collect our bags to leave which for us was 10:30pm

Then we made our way to the spa with our getting ready bags for later, and our hand luggage. We went into the changing rooms of the spa, located a couple of empty lockers, of which there are plenty. They operate a simple code entry where you enter your own code to lock and unlock. Stuff safely stashed away we were out at the pool by 11 and soaking up every last ray the sun could offer 🌞

I finished my second book today too



We had lunch. Hannah had pizza n chips. Dianne had her 3 courses as usual and groaned that we would need to roll her into the plane.



Dianne and I started our cocktails at 4 pm as usual. Plus today I had a message from my boss telling me the next meeting about the management restructure and potential redundancies was to happen the day after I get back to work. My tummy was turning all afternoon after that! So the cocktails helped. No point wasting the last day eh?



The girls made a wee friend who came and cuddled into them for a while









Then we went into the spa about 6:30 to get showered. The spa is lovely so we had no problems showering and drying and straightening hair etc. Didn’t bother with make up. Just plenty of face cream for the flight ahead. Should have taken photos of gene spa but just forgot. Sorry. Have found one of the indoor pool there to give you an idea though.



Repacked our bags so we could just slip them into the suitcases when we got to reception. We went up to the library after this and relaxed in the big leather recliners while we plugged in all the electronics back to full charge for going home. You can’t take iPads on the flight from Turkey to uk but we still charge them so the girls could use them til the last minute when they would go in the case.



About 8pm we headed to the main buffet restaurant for dinner.



Had a lovely dinner and really took our time over it. The we popped in and watched some of the magic show before heading down to reception.

We went to the bell boys who immediately brought our cases in for us. We rearranged our bags into the cases, locked them up again and put the iPads away.

Had a couple of cocktails while we waited.

Our pick up time was 23:05 as confirmed by the text I got that morning from them.



It got to 23:20 so I asked the girl on reception to phone them. They gave me nonsense about how it was actually 23:30 so would be there in the next 6 minutes. I was raging at this saying I was looking at the text, on which the pick up time matched my original booking paperwork, also sitting right in front of me. Bad customer service gets on my wick. If you make a mistake, admit it, apologise and fix it. Do not lie. 😡

Wee guy arrived within a few minutes, we put the bags in and off we went. At first.

500 yards down the road he takes a call on his mobile and does a U turn back the way we came. I am going mental in the back asking him what he is doing pointing at my watch saying we would be late. He pulls in at the Gloria hotel and jumps out. I jump out after him and it turns out he had left cases and golf clubs in the back for the people he had dropped off before us and was having to drop them. I. Was. Going. Nuts.

Dianne is so calm (thankfully)and she is saying to me He doesn’t understand you. Just write a big email when you get home’. The veins are popping out of my neck by now and yes, I am actually screaming at him 😳 I have zero patience when I don’t get what I have paid for.



The main thing annoying me was we hadn’t paid to book seats together but I knew because we always get the private transfer we are always there in plenty time, and get checked in before the coaches arrive so always get seats together. You can’t check in online 24 hours before on the way back. I knew that was at risk now and was not happy.

Sure enough Dianne was in row 17 with Emma (presumably as she is younger), but Hannah was in row 19 on her own and I was down in row 10. Not the end of the world I know but definitely due to that delay. Raging.

Stopped at duty free and Diane picked up toblerones for her boys. I didn’t buy anything.



All through security which had no queues. Hannah got selected for extra checks and had to go through another queue herself while we got seated at the gate. She was not chuffed!



When we got on the young couple next to me just got themselves all settled to sleep, so I just did the same. I slept the whole flight home and only woke as we descended into glasgow. Result. Maybe sitting on my own was not so bad after all!

We were out, through passport control easily, bags collected, into a taxi and away. Kevin had put my electric blanket on for me so I went to bed for a couple of hours then got up and started the marathon washing and unpacking. Hannah lazed about all day and could barely be bothered to hang up the clean stuff I was taking into her, but I just left her to it. Back to school tomorrow. I did make her come with Kieran and I for a drive in the new Volvo. Kevin had left it for me so I could have a go. I love it.

So back to work tomorrow and I have my next meeting about my possible redundancy to get through. Scary.

Next week the boys head off on their holiday to the titanic in Lara Beach









God save us. So far my pleas for a trippie have fallen on deaf ears, especially as they can’t access the dibb from Turkey anyway. I might just ghost write one using just their WhatsApp messages and photos. That may well be hilarious anyway!



I was awake at 9:15, up showered, suncreamed and at the main pool by 10am. It was roasting already.



Hannah joined me about 15 minutes later and we went for breakfast in the main buffet. Hannah had waffles and chocolate followed by a muffin and some biscuits while I had a latte with some grilled halloumi and a fried egg.

Dianne and Emma joined us before 11 having swung by the patisserie for some coffee, muffins and and pastries for breakfast. At one point Dianne popped down to the garden pool with Emma to let her play in the heated pool for a bit. It was absolutely roasting today. It has been so much warmer this week than when we were all here this same week last year. Last year we had 3 days indoors as was wet and cold, and on the 4 days it was sunny we would have to give up about 4pm. This year we have only had one afternoon of cloud and the rest has been scorching with the sun still hot at 6pm. Heaven for a sun worshipper like me. And I think the main pool must be heating up now as plenty of people braving it. Not that I was about to test that theory you understand.



We passed the day away as usual lazing about and having our usual lunch in the buffet restaurant with dessert of piles of strawberries and chocolate again.



Hannah left about 4pm to start getting ready. She takes hours. Doing things like BAKING her face??


Which is apparently a make up thing which looks like this



Oh to be young and care that much about your appearance eh?!

Not long after a bunch of very serious sportsmen arrived at the pool having finished playing golf wherever they had been. We were treated to very loud chatter on such intelligent subjects as who had the largest appendage, who had been the biggest idiot off the golf course (could you differentiate between them really?) all littered with choice language. Bunch o divs.

They then proceeded to play their own music very loudly despite the fact the entertainment team were already playing chilled out music not 30 yards away.

I am not good at keeping my mouth shut when things like this happen but I could tell they were already half a brewery down and there would just be no point. So we turned our beds around as best we could to ignore them for our last hour.



Back to the room to get ready









I could barely do the zip up in my dress tonight 😀 and Hannah was telling me off off for all those Pina Coladas. Don’t care. Worry about that when I get home!

Usual pics at the restaurant with waiters ‘helping’












Then in for dinner. This one is 20 euros per head but the food is incredible so we think it’s worth it. We did try to skip some courses in here so we could make the most of our steaks, so we asked them to skip the soup and salad courses. We noticed at checkout they had given us a 10% discount and we think this was why. We still struggled to eat everything but oh my god it was lovely.
























There is a saxophonist playing in here during dinner which is a nice touch.

Stuffed to bursting we headed down to watch the show then into the lobby bar for guess what? Cocktails. Sorry. This is now ridiculously repetitive to read I know!






Then bed. We are getting sleepier every night which is madness when all we do is lie around eating and drinking.


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