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Up at 7.15, out at 8am for a bus to Magic Kingdom. Get there for about 8.20am, through bag check and a quick stop for breakfast. Sadly today is our last day, so we wanted to make the most of it.



It was quiet for park opening.






First stop as soon as park opened was Space Mountain. Loved it!



Then via Adventureland to Splash Mountain.



It was down for technical reasons



So while we were over here we used our 9.05 FP for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.



But by the time we came off, Splash was back up. Only just opened and so we were on quite quick. That was the 3 mountains done by 10am.






Pirates was a 20 minute wait and it seemed rude not to...



Closely followed by FP2, Seven Dwarves, at about 10.30am.



We then took a slow walk to Tomorrowland and went on the People Mover.



Peoplemover selfie!



Quick frozen cappuccino.



And sightings of superheroes.



Then FP3 for Buzz. While drinking the coffee I looked up how to get a decent score. It made very little difference but we had fun!



Toilet stop and look in the shop by Gastons. We were killing a bit of time before our lunch reservation. At this point, Seven dwarves was now down. We were lucky to get on those big rides when we did.



Then lunch at Be Our Guest. While drinking cappuccino I also pre ordered our food. So I only did that about an hour in advance but it did save time. Our reservation was 12.45. We checked in at 12.40 and got a yellow rose. We were straight in and found a table in the ballroom.






I had the vegetarian quiche.



Adrian had the turkey sandwich.









The theming is excellent. And the food was very nice for a quick service credit.






Then we had the small matter of pride to sort. We had done our research. We had another FP booked. We had another go at Buzz and this time we both did loads better. Here is Adrian's score!



I managed to improve as well.



Then back to the hotel for showers. We had to start packing 😥. It rained while we did this and still looked a bit gloomy when we headed out at 6. I cleared our room charges using the gift card, and checked we could still use credits tomorrow. Then the boats were not running so we hopped on a bus to Disney Springs. Dinner was at Terralina again. We swapped desserts for a salad, the amount of food was starting to take its toll!



I had the ravioli giganti again.



Adrian tried the parmesan burger. With chips. Which was really crisps. He had forgot the difference and was gutted 😂



We tried to make up for the fries disappointment with drinks. Adrian had wine, I had a Springs cocktail.



Followed by drinks at Paradiso 37. These were a very respectable price so we ended up having a couple of pints each (Stella on draught). Then took a walk along to Splitsville and grabbed a drink whilst listening to live music. A less respectable price for a couple of bottles of Magners 😣. Back on the bus home, nipped into the shop 5 minutes before closing (which is at 11pm) and got a bottle of wine. Well, it was our last evening and I still had credit on the gift card...



And so all we have left is a drive down to Miami tomorrow after checking out. 😭 trying not to think about it and enjoy every minute. Has been an awesome holiday 😁😁😁😁😁😁



Some pics from Adrian....








Florida Tix


I slept really bad in the night. Awake at 5am and couldn't get back to sleep. The air conditioning is SO LOUD. I already called the front desk to have it checked but it made no difference. At 6am I was pig sick and got up to turn it off. This then meant I could hear the industrial strength toilet flushes from our neighbours. 9 times. Then the fridge in the room kicked in. At 9am I got up feeling dreadfully tired. Thankfully a coffee restored me to something resembling human, and we also had a bagel to share and a granola yoghurt each. Dressed and ready for about 11am, we headed to Epcot. Our first FP was Mission Space but we had time before that to head to Norway since we wait for Frozen was just 20 mins. It was nice to go through the main queue but we didn't get long to look round Oakens shop!



Then Mission Space. We pressed some buttons and now that's enough to qualify us for the space programme. Easy peasy.



On our way from Mission Space we walked by Ellen's and checked out the massive steel structure for Guardians of the Galaxy. Grabbed a fresh brew each and headed for FP2 at spaceship earth, for 1.15pm. The time is relevant. The ride stopped a couple of times and I know this is to allow wheelchair users to get in and out. But we were literally round the corner from the exit and stopped for a good 15 minutes. By the time we got off this ride it was 2pm! I thought we would have more time between this and our final FP.



So off we went to FP3, Test Track. We should have ridden this last time we were here but it was down because of bad weather. We hung around the entrance and scanned as soon as the FP window opened at 2.15pm. As soon as we got inside the building the FP queue was there, and it took ages to get into the design room. But we eventually got there! Designed something for power and that was the only test we came first in! Super fun. Now we left test track at 2.45pm......



And we had to walk via Canada, UK, International Gateway to the Beach Club for our 3pm Beaches and Cream lunch reservation! The only thing that kept me going as we walked (very fast) was the lovely food waiting for me 😀



I had the veggie burger, same as last time. I was super hungry by the time we got here, and we did make it for 3pm but we were rather sweaty due to the rushing!



Pudding was a No Way Jose (without whipped cream). There was No Way Jose I could eat all of this but I gave it my best shot.



On our way back we stopped to check out the display about the Gondola construction, which seems to be everywhere.



Then we were back at Epcot for a cheeky 4th fastpass. Seemed appropriate that our last Epcot ride this holiday would be our favourite, and our first ride of the Disney part of our holiday. If you read that, day 8, and are still with me, congrats! And the ride is of course Soarin'.



But not before the 3 Cabelleros



We ended our Epcot visit with a Strongbow from the Rose and Crown and the 6.45pm showing of the Guardians of the Galaxy on stage in USA.






Good fun.



Back on the bus to the resort by 8pm. Today had been super hot and no rain so very humid. Lots of walking back and forward to hit fastpass and meal bookings so we were ready for showers.



Today we had a slow start with coffee, grapes and yoghurt for breakfast in the room. I went to put some laundry on and came back to find Adrian still in bed! But awake. We both needed a slow start. I went over to the centre to get us a salad for lunch which we put in the fridge. Then we headed out for some crazy golf. We both really enjoyed this 😁. Back to the resort (we took the car) for lunch, a shower and another coffee. Then we caught the bus to Magic Kingdom. Over to FP1 for Splash Mountain but we were in the queue a little while cos they stopped the ride for the weather.



Adrian asked if I mentioned his hole in 1 on the first hole. Sadly the only photographic evidence is my hole in 1 later on the course....



But here is the scorecard 😁






We then went straight to Space Mountain for FP2. A bit of a queue just for fastpass, and some queue jumpers from standby to fastpass in front of us but they got caught at the second scan point and sent back. I would have made them exit the ride entirely, wearing the cone of shame! We took the long way round via smokers corner (yuk) and came out by the circus and dumbo.






It was a beautiful day. We just took a slow walk all the way round to Pirates for our third FP.



In the pirates queue



We then took another slow walk to the resort monorail, via Starbucks for a shared coffee frappucino and some photopass photos on main street. We were heading to the Polynesian for our 8pm dinner reservation.



Bread to start.



Some yummy salad.



Then noodles. We got a dish each since I explained I was vegetarian so I got noodles and veg whilst Adrian's also had chicken wings and pot stickers.



Then we got this bread with pesto, houmous and something else I don't remember the name of.



Instead of skewers, the lovely Phillipe brought me yet more vegetables, the amount of food was unreal!



Sadly I couldn't eat it all but it was soooo nice to have broccoli and peppers and mushrooms and potato (not as fries!).



The bread pudding arrived in time for us to watch the 9.15pm MK fireworks. The music was played in the restaurant and we sat and enjoyed the view. Back on the bus which was a super prompt service 😁



Somehow setting the alarm earlier made no difference today. We still had to rush, leaving the room at 10am for the 10.04 bus which turned into the 10.28 bus and so we had to rush through bag check and band scan and power walk to our FP for Slinky which was due to run out at 10.55. Just made it, and we were on the back of the ride!



Then we did FP2 on Rock n Roller coaster straight afterwards. We had our 3rd FP at the Muppets at 1.10pm so got lunch (notice we hadn't had breakfast yet!) at Rizzos.






Adrian had a second beer so I explored around the area and took some pics.









The key really is under the mat 😁



In the shop












FP3 was The Muppets. Then we decided (I decided) Star Tours should be our last ride. Wait time said 30 mins but was less. We had another slightly different film.



I managed to doze off on the bus back to the resort! So had a short snooze before heading to Disney Springs for dinner. We got the boat from French Quarter after a 20 minute stroll from Riverside to the next boat dock.



There are lots of lovely new places at DS, including this wine bar.



We were off to House of Blues again.






We had a cocktail each, rock me hurricanes.



We swapped a dessert for a salad and shared that as a starter. Then Adrian had bacon burger and I had mushroom tacos. We finished with chocolate sundae. All very yummy. We then took a slow walk back to the boat dock, and caught the boat back to Riverside. We went to River Roost for another cocktail each, a long island iced tea. Then grabbed a couple of yoghurt for tomorrow's breakfast and headed back to the room.



Today we lounged around a bit in the morning. I went and got us coffee and a bagel to share, and we had grapes and yoghurt with that for breakfast. Headed off about 11 to Animal Kingdom. But not before I went to ask for a new iron for the room (broke the last one by accidentally knocking the ironing board and the iron went flying).



Off we went to Pandora for FP1 on Avatar. This does not get boring.



Can you see an overgrown helicopter in the picture?



The theming here is just amazing.



We had some time before our 2nd fast pass so we stopped in Africa for some snacks for lunch. Corn on the cob was a really nice change. Adrian had Mickey pretzel with fake cheese.



We headed to Dinosaur cos MDE said it was a short wait but it, and the display outside, were wrong according to the cast member. So we picked Expedition Everest instead, a 30 minute wait, to fill some time between fast passes.









Our FP2 was Kali River Rapids. I put stuff in the free lockers before we rode. Through fairly quick and on to the ride. No one got particularly wet.



Although I got more wet than Adrian!



I had agreed to standby on EE and then head to the resort after Kali so we could freshen up, it was a very hot day. But EE was so much fun and we didnt get too wet on the rapids, so I persuaded Adrian we should stay for FP3 and ride Everest again. So we filled the time between FPs with a cocktail (Lamu Libation) at the Nomad Lounge. An evil necessity which got me quite tipsy since lunch had been quite small...



And this is what a Lamu Libation contains 😁



The third time on Everest we were lucky and got the front row. Our last time for this holiday and it was amazing. Then off to catch a bus to Disney Springs and we got chatting to the lovely Mike and Valerie from Chicago. At DS we had a quick walk to Terralina.

OMG.

Why dont more people rave about this place? Here is a picture of my cocktail "The springs" (I had 2 of these, very yummy), and the tear and share bread.



Adrian had pepperoni pizza and I had ravioli. We also swapped a dessert for a side salad. The food was amazing. So much so we plan on changing our meal booking for our last evening to this place. If you like Italian food then this is lovely.



Dessert was a shared sundae. Chocolate, pistachio and vanilla icecream with cherries, and sprinkles of nuts. Delicious! We went for the boat back to the resort and ended up sharing a speedboat with just 7 others back to Riverside! Overtook 3 of the normal boats on the way 😁 Quickest return trip ever. Had a stroll along the riverbank to work off the icecream (or some of it at least) before heading back to the room. I needed a coffee after those 3 cocktails! So apologies for any typos today as I try to sober up a bit. Every day of the holiday is awesome and then the next day somehow gets better. Today was no exception!!!



Another lie in to 9. Today was Adrian's birthday 😁 We had breakfast of grapes and yoghurt, he opened presents, and then we caught the bus to Hollywood Studios. FP1 was Toy Story Mania, and Adrian beat me but it was close until the final round.



Then our next FP was open, for Rock n Rollercoaster, but on the way we stopped for iced coffee and a snack, chocolate donut for me and cookie for Adrian. I couldn't eat it all! The queue for RNR was slow, some technical hitches, but once we were on it was awesome!!






The wait time for Tower of Terror was only 15 mins so I agreed we could go on this again.....









It made a change to go through the standby queue.



Here's me on the way out of Toy Story Mania earlier.



Lots of staff said Happy Birthday to Adrian 😁 Our last FP was Star Tours. We went from gate F and saw a new version! It was really amazing, the best one yet. Then a bit of down time at the Backlot Restaurant where Adrian had a chilli hotdog and I had the vegetable Caprese sandwich. Then we did Muppets 3 D.






I quite like these Sally ears! After a look round the Muppets shop, which is also the best place I've found for Nightmare Before Christmas stuff, we took a look at the displays about the new Star Wars area in One Mans Dream.



We left HS about 3pm, got the bus back to the resort to rest and get ready for dinner. I had booked Celebration Town Tavern for 8pm, Adrian always chooses Celebration when deciding what to do on his birthday.



After a rest and freshen up, and a few beers for Adrian, we headed off to Celebration. I got to drive. Got there about 7.30pm and had a stroll around the lake.



Here we are at Celebration Town Tavern. I had reserved earlier in the day by email, and mentioned Adrian was having his birthday. We were served by the lovely Cooper and given a booth. We got to chat and watch baseball and reminisce about our other meals here. We had potato skins to share, then I had black bean burger with fries and Boston beans, Adrian had bison burger with the same sides. We were too full to share a dessert, which was the original plan. But then Cooper brought us a birthday sundae complete with candle! A lovely touch. If you haven't yet tried this place then I would highly recommend it. A short drive back and I was finally able to have a cider and Adrian opened the bottle of wine I got him. A really lovely day 😁



Today we had a lie in until 9. Up and out in the car, for the first time since arriving at POR. Headed to Vineland Premium Outlets. Got there for 10.15am and there was still plenty of free parking. Grabbed breakfast at Starbucks. Then a concerted shopping effort. Smart rucksack for Adrian and earrings for me from Fossil. 3 t-shirts for me from Superdry. A rucksack for me and socks for Adrian from Adidas. A cap and boxers for Adrian from Tommy Hilfiger. Then went for petrol on the 192 and nipped to Winn Dixie for beer, cider, grapes, yoghurt and pop. Then we were off in the car to Epcot. Our first trip on a tram this holiday, caught on camera.



Epcot was looking very pretty. Today turned out to be a scorcher. No rain. Had to be careful touching railings and seats, everything was hot to touch! We headed to Club Cool for a bit of refreshment before heading into World Showcase. I was on a mission. Nothing gets between me and lunch 😁



So we made our way round to Norway and our FP for Frozen whilst my tummy rumbled. Then I persuaded Adrian into Lotus Blossom Cafe where I had the veg stir fry and he had sesame chicken salad.



We explored a bit of the countries, this is Japan but we also looked at Italy and USA, then France and Canada. I got a t-shirt in Canada. Our FP2 had been Nemo but we rode it the other day and weren't ready at that point to leave world showcase. We headed out of Canada and to FP3 for the Disney Pixar Short Film Festival. Lots of fun.



Then a short drive back to the resort, freshen up and then we headed out to Disney Springs for dinner at T-Rex. Had to queue to check in, line was very long and walk ups were getting told a 2 hour wait! We came here in 2010 with the kids and had a lovely booth on the ice room. Here just the 2 of us, it felt cramped and rushed. Food was ok, Adrian had guacamole burger and I had vegetable pasta. I had sorbet for dessert and Adrian had Key Lime Pie.









Oops. Somehow forgot to mention new handbag in my list of shopping 😁



Extra picture from Epcot



Inside Frozen


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