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So the first morning I woke up at 4am. Couldn't sleep so got myself up and dressed and waited for the sun to come up so I could see the view from the balcony.

Wow - when I opened the curtains, my concerns about the room location were alleviated as I saw giraffe, zebra and you name it gracefully walking past our balcony. I must admit I think I shed a Disney tear or two!

After a snack credit breakfast, it was time for our DVC appointment at Kidani Village. We didn't realise how far it was from Jambo House until we started walking!

We went into the tour with some prior knowledge and research, and didn't feel pressured. We took away the info and will have a long think about it - watch this space! We were also given 3 FPs to use each which was a nice perk.

We then headed to Disney Springs. This was the first time seeing it since the improvements, and I loved it!

After a fantastic lunch at Wolfgang Puck Express, we had our first attempt at upgrading to annual passes. We were told there would be a wait of 1 hour so we decided to leave it for now, and do a bit of shopping.

We got back to our room for a freshen up before our Jiko reservation.

Jiko was virtually empty when we went in. We had an indredible meal! Both of us agreed it was probably the best food we'd ever had, at least for a long time. Hubby had steak, and I had the ancient grains.

We finiahed up within an hour at a leisurely pace, and got the bus over to Animal Kingdom. First up was RoL, my first viewing.

What a heartwarming and magical show! I think I welled up many a time watching it. The music is phenomenal.

Then the highlight of the day: FoP!

We now had the in-laws in tow, and they're not into anything remotely thrilling, so I answered the many questions they had about it. I think the key thing was answering their question about if it was fast. I said it may feel it, but you don't actually go anywhere.

This was enough to persuade them, and we used our FPs to head on in.

Simply said, it's the best attraction i've ever experienced, hands down. I knew instantly I'd want to do it again, so I was pleased i'd booked another FP for the following day. We all loved it.

By the time we got back to the room, we totally crashed out - and this was meant to be the 'lazy day'!

Eat and Play Card


So rather than posting several threads, I'd thought I'd share our experience as a trip report, hopefully with some useful tips and information for Dibbers included.

We used DriveFly parking this time, so we stayed overnight at the Premier Inn Heathrow the night before. We had to pay 10 to park overnight, which is done at check in and isn't immediately obvious how to do this.

The following morning we dropped the car off with DriveFly with wasn't all that easy to find. It's in the short term car park, level 3, zone A, but once we arrived ot wasn't clear where to go. We clarified with a staff member that we were to park anywhere and then just let them know where we were.

The flights were a mixed bag. More on my actual experience of Virgin UC later.

When we arrived at Atlanta, it was chaos, and the queue was about 2 hours long. A lady was shouting about 2nd time ESTAs, but there was confusion whether this meant 2nd time on THIS ESTA, or second time having one.

We were told conflicting advice so decided to just go through as a couple in the regular line.

Flight on to Orlando with Delta was fine. It's great that they offer IFE on domestic flights.

On arrival at MCO we were waiting in the Magical Express line for AKL for about 40 minutes. I was just excited to be starying the holiday, although both very tired and weary at this point!

We arrived bleary eyed at AKL about 11:30pm. Checking in was sloooow. When we finally got seen to it was close to midnight and we just wanted to crash. We asked for an Arusha side room (having paid for Savannah), and were allocated 3596. At first I was unsure about this as it's right at the end of the Arusha area, inbetween Arusha and Uzima. It was dark and I couldn't see anything. We crashed for the night.

Will the view be any good, will we see any animals? Find out in part 2!

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Park Hours - Sunday 25/02/2018

WDW & Other Florida Park Hours
Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
9:00am
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9:00pm
Epcot
Epcot
9:00am
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9:00pm
Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom
9:00am
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8:30pm
Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios
9:00am
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8:00pm
Blizzard Beach
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10:00am
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5:00pm
Typhoon Lagoon
Typhoon Lagoon
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Islands of Adventure
Islands of Adventure
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Universal Studios
Universal Studios
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Volcano Bay
Volcano Bay
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SeaWorld
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9:00am
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Busch Gardens
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10:00am
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Aquatica
Aquatica
10:00am
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Legoland
Legoland
10:00am
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Legoland Water Park
Legoland Water Park
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Disneyland Paris Park Hours
Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park
10:00am
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9:00pm
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8:00pm
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US Dollar Rates
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Travelex  $1.3600
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M&S  €1.0877
Travelex  €1.1145
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Travelex CP  €1.1145
Updated: 17:30 25/02/2018