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We started today with another lazy morning at the pool



We had a wander round the resort on the way to the bus






Nope! haha



We finally tried a jalapeño cream cheese pretzel- yum!






We didn’t skip the Mexico pavilion this time



We set sail on a Grand Fiesta






Obligatory sombrero pic



Isabel found this lovely piece of art on the way down to the fountain









We caught a bit of the Chinese acrobatic show



We stopped for a quick bite in the Lotus Blossom cafe



drumming out some beats at the refreshment outpost



Joni complete her passport today- Yeeha!



Isabel and I had a frozen Kirin in Japan



OMG - we met Big Fat Panda!

He was genuinely surprised and happy that people from Scotland watch his YouTube vlogs



We finished the evening watching Illuminations






When we got the bus back to the resort we could see Hallowishes as we arrived

Another great day as we hurtle to the end of our trip


Orlando Attractions


Back to Animal Kingdom today for some more Safari fun and Wilderness Explorer stickers



I think I may have posted this last year, but I love these dinosaur benches






A T-Rex tooth



Pluto was at the dig site



He waited for Joni coming down the slide






Digging fossils



Waiting for the safari



We saw the baby giraffe today



The gorilla was out at the end of the safari






I had the beef and lamb gyro from Harambe market






We had fastpasses again for Flight of Passage
At my turn the ride had a fault, so we were told to stay in the room before the ride and watch the video one more time. Then when we went through someone before us had puked on the ride, so we had to go into another room (this time repeating both videos)
We finally got through again, but this time one of the restraints didn’t work, so we had to wait until they found the lady somewhere else to ride.

But . . . Still worth the wait. An absolutely breathtaking ride.

We stopped at Nomads for a cocktail while the rain was on (Joni got a lovely light up flower in her mocktail)

We called it a day and wandered out the park, checking out some of the enclosures en route



There is absolutely no need for a real fire in Florida in September ha!



The pool was closed due to lightning nearby, so plan b was to freshen up and see some fireworks
We had a sing song session on the monorail



We grabbed dinner at Captain Cooke’s at the Polynesian
The menu here is amazing for a quick service
Isabel had the coconut seafood stew



I had the Asian noodles with shrimp
The portions are a lot bigger than they look in these photos



We grabbed some drinks and headed to the monorail.
The plan was to go back to the Grand Floridian for the fireworks starting at 8pm
There was a problem with the monorail though, so we headed down to the beach at the Poly instead



Joni had fun running around while we waited






There was a fabulous moon tonight



Joni loved them. She asked for her headphones at first, but took them off as she got used to the noise.



The happy firework dance!









Time to go to sleep - Gran doing a bedtime story while we waited for the monorail.

We are really taking things slowly this trip. Not our usual style, but it’s been nice to go with the flow each evening.



Today we had brunch at the California Grill



We started with complimentary bubbles - very nice



There were buffet stations, and you could also choose from the entree menu. Our server encouraged us to get there between the two of us






Lots of delicious sushi







































There was also a Bloody Mary bar. Very nice, but too much ice. Plenty of options to make it how you like it though















The chicken and waffles was amazing



As was the shakshuka - meatballs and egg with pitta.






Desserts to finish a lovely lunch









It was such a lovely way to spend a few hours, delicious food with views over ‘the World’



We walked round to Magic Kingdom to do a bit of Tomorrowland






Had a listen into the phone conversation at the Chapeau
Love all the wee touches like this throughout the parks



I have a friend from Boston who I met through work. She moved to Florida a while ago and happened to be up in Orlando for a few days over the weekend. We arranged to have a quick catch up outside the Plaza
Hopefully when we’re back next year we can organise dinner/drinks



Isabel wonders why she never wins these games - eh, wake up! lol!






Peoplemover selfie!!!



We went back to the plaza for a Mickey Sink ice cream (without all the toppings)



A photopass photographer took some snaps of us






Was getting a bit warm again, so back to the pool for a cool down



We stopped by the campfire to toast some marshmallows









We eventually stuck Joni’s on a straw, as she was just licking it and we’d have been there for hours ha!



We weren’t quite ready to call it a night, so headed over to the Grand Floridian
So glad we did this. We went to Gasparilla Grill for some pizza just as Hallowishes was starting and the view was amazing. They pipe in the music for this too.



Love the soaps in Basin









The chicken and mushroom pizza was really good (had a white sauce base instead of tomato)



If we had been more organised we could have got a seat by the water. It was quiet just up until the fireworks started.
We’ll definitely come back here to watch them



Coolest on the bus lol!



We had one aim today- see the March of the First Order



Joni was not disappointed- she’s all about the dark side!



We stopped at Starbucks for a Frappuccino



Isabel got the carrot cake cookie



I went for a cheese Danish and Joni had some banana bread



We had a great time with the streetmosphere guys. They were absolutely hilarious, really quick witted and the puns were brilliant



We went to Tatooine Traders so Joni could pick some toys, then she had a go on a speeder



Kylo Ren and Darth Vader were today’s choices.



We had a fastpass for Toy Story, then headed to Magic Kingdom for a while



It was lunch time, so we headed to Columbia Harbour House for lunch, and got a table at our favourite spot on the bridge between fantasyland and liberty square



Isabel and I both chose the chicken pot pie



Joni had a chicken and fish combo



The face of someone who was just brave enough to do Pirates of the Caribbean



We had a laugh with the country bears









Hidden Mickey spotting



It was getting hot again, so we went back to the resort to cool off in the pool






We stayed in the pool til the moon came out



We put some laundry in









Then we headed to the Territory Lounge for some drinks and food






We got the cheese fondue and a charcuterie platter



It was all delicious









Cheers!



Not a busy day today
We had a morning at the pool, a wander round the resort, then headed to Disney Springs












The refill station at Geyser Point has a pretty good selection of drinks






Love the Springs



Lots of new places have opened since our last trip



We enjoyed homecomin’ last year, so decided to have some lunch here
We were seated on the covered patio



Isabel and I shared a meal. We started with the fried green tomatoes






Then we had the fried chicken



Forgot to take a picture of ours - here’s Joni’s children’s version



We had some wine too



We had a wander round the stores



























We headed to Dockside Margaritas for some Dockside Iced Teas (not on the menu, but they’ll still make them)






Joni had some Goofy Candy



Joni had a dance



More dancing round at the boathouse



I have something similar to this from Primark



It wasn’t this expensive though- eek!



Had another great day, was soon time to head home to get some rest for another Disney day



Duffy getting ready for the sunshine today



Had a fun start in the Seas with Nemo and friends






We got the 3 options from the Italy food booth, then went to the pizza window at Via Napoli and had a break for lunch.









We rode frozen again today, and you can just see Joni in this pic lol!



I managed to leave a little room for pork belly from Brazil. Tastes much better than it looks!



The obligatory Grey Goose Slush! Cheers!






Moosehead in Canada



We got my sister the Canada spirit jumper






It looked like it was going to rain, so we thought it was a good time to try out the DVC members lounge in the imagination pavilion.
There was free coffee, tea and a freestyle coke machine.






Wise plan as the heavens opened just after we arrived



A trolley came round with complimentary snacks (Lays, Doritos, cheeze its, animal crackers, Oreos and a tracker-style bar)
We went for Lays and Oreos



We just sat and chilled while we waited for the rain to go off.



There was still a bit of light rain when we left the lounge



A friend of mine is working in the Rose and Crown this year, so we popped in to say hello.



We headed out of international gateway with the intention of getting a bus to Disney Springs from one of the resorts.
The beach was too tempting though and we stayed there instead.
Joni had a ball running up and down entertaining herself.






There was a beautiful rainbow over Epcot



I popped along to Hurricane Hannah’s for carrots & hummus for Joni, and Piña Colavas for Isabel and me



We stayed until the sun set









Then we had a nice walk round to the boardwalk






We watched a juggler



Then a magician - Joni was entranced



She got out her pram for a closer look






We called it a night, and grabbed a Minnie Van back to the resort
(A bit more expensive than Uber/regular Lyft cars, but they are immaculate, and have brand new car seats for kids)



Another beautiful morning at Wilderness Lodge. We had breakfast on our wee patio.






We got a cabana at the pool












We had lunch from Geyser Point
Joni’s chicken strips were a bit bland



Isabel and I shared a salmon salad and a bison cheeseburger- both were delicious









Back to the room for showers. We’re off to the Hollywood Brown Derby for dinner, then attending the DVC Moonlight Magic event at DHS



Checking into Brown Derby






Isabel started with a butternut squash soup



I had the crab wonton



Joni had the kids pasta marinara



Isabel had the beef



I had the grouper and lobster cioppino



Joni had ice cream, but Isabel and I were too full for dessert
It wasn’t until we were home that we realised we should have used our DVC discount and we’d have got $20 off the bill - oops



It was bucketing down on and off so only took a few indoor pics tonight
Joni was delighted to meet BB-8



“I wanna see chewbacca next”
“No like chewbacca, he’s to much for me”
Hahaha



He wasn’t too much for Isabel haha!



“I wanna see Kylo Ren”
“No like Kylo Ren, I just like storm troopers”

Kylo Ren just said “perfect” haha



Toy Story was a walk on



So was Tower of Terror



We probably didn’t get the most out of the event as it was too late for Joni (9pm to midnight)
We didn’t use the food vouchers either.
We did have some complimentary Mickey Bars though






Was a lovely evening, hopefully we’ll get to do another one some day


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spectrolee's DIBB Photo Blogs
2018
Spectrolee’s First DVC trip - Day Eleven, Epcot
Spectrolee’s First DVC trip - Day Ten, Animal Kingdom
Spectrolee’s First DVC trip - Day Nine, California Grill Brunch and Magic Kingdom
Spectrolee’s First DVC trip - Day Eight, DHS Magic Kingdom and Resort
Spectrolee’s First DVC trip - Day Seven, Disney Springs
Spectrolee’s First DVC trip - Day Six, Epcot
Spectrolee’s First DVC trip - Day Five Pool, Hollywood Brown Derby And Moonlight Magic
Spectrolee’s First DVC trip - Day Four, Animal Kingdom
Spectrolee’s First DVC trip - Day Three, ‘Ohana and Epcot
Spectrolee’s First DVC trip - Day Two, Magic Kingdom, Pool and Target
Spectrolee’s First DVC trip - Day One Travel Day
2017
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 21 Last Full Day In The World
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 20 OMG we are now DVC owners!
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 19 Typhoon Lagoon
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 18 1900 Park Fare, Outlet, Wilderness Lodge
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 17 DHS and MK fireworks
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 16 Animal Kingdom and Sanaa
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 15 Animal Kingdom and Coral Reef at Epcot
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 14 Treehouses and NASA
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 13 Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 12 Magic Kingdom, Art Of Animation, Boathouse and Pool
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 11 Disney Springs, Magic Kingdom, POR
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 10 'Ohana Shopping And Pool
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 9 Animal Kingdom
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 8 DHS
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 7 Pool and Epcot
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 6 MK and Epcot
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 5 Pool and Disney Springs
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 4 Magic Kingdom
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 3 Animal Kingdom
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 2
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Day 1
Spectrolee's Three Week Disney Trip - Pre Trip.
2016
Joni's First Disney Holiday - Day 1 Magic Kingdom
Joni's First Disney Holiday - Travel Day
Joni's First Disney Holiday - Pre-trip
2015
Spectrolee SSR 2015 Day 7 - Disney Springs, Paradiso 37, Port Orleans Riverside
Spectrolee SSR 2015 Day 6 - Epcot, Beaches & Cream and Car Hire
Spectrolee SSR 2015 Day 5 - Magic Kingdom and California Grill
Spectrolee SSR 2015 Day 4 - Hollywood Studios and 'Ohana
Spectrolee SSR 2015 Day 3 - Animal Kingdom and Sanaa
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