Blondie1979's DIBB Photo Blogs
I slept reasonably well considering I was so excited. I woke up 10 minutes before my alarm was due to go off so I jump out of bed and stick the kettle on.
I post this on Snapchat, it was at 0345am, only on a Disney day could I be happy to be up at this hour 😄
With a text to Rachel to make sure she's up (of course she is!) I make my way to the bathroom for a shower and get myself ready.
I pack up my bag, text Rachel and we quietly meet in the hallway to start our Disney adventure🙂✨✨
We load up the cases into the car and we leave the hotel bang on our predicted time.
The drive took us less than 10 minutes from hotel car park to the car park at Ashford International.
We park the car on the 5th level as this gives direct access to the glass walkway which takes you to the departure lounge, I love all the Disney decals on the wall here, it starts to build up my excitement!
We are through check in, security and passport control (both British and French are done this side of the journey) by 5.30am.
We walk up to our 'usual' cafe and purchase a cup of tea and a banana to keep us going, it's so early I can't stomach anymore than this right now.
Whilst we are sitting I spot a booth at the end of the lounge and just mention to Rachel I wonder what is is for..... Rachel being Rachel immediately gets up to investigate 😄
It turns out to be a photo booth where you can get your photo taken with different French background and have it emailed to you for free.
Sounds like fun so once Rachel's back I go and have a look for myself.
Lol.......I'm useless when it comes to looking in the right direction 😄 So I don't look quite as awesome as Eurostar seems to think!!
We finish our drinks and at 6.15am we are called down to the freezing cold platform to wait for our train.
It's freezing, it's early, but we don't care, we're going to Disney!!
We settle into our seats are are finally on our way to Paris, in no time at all we are in the tunnel and 20 mins later we are saying Bonjour to France.
It's at this point we slow right down to a crawl and finally to a stop at Calais. The train guard announces it is a service stop and we are on our way after 5-10 mins.
Once we are moving again Rachel goes to get us a cup of tea from the buffet car which is only the next carriage along (good planning by Rachel there!)
Much needed to keep us going, we also dive into some popcorn we've bought with us as our stomachs are starting to growl.
Yes we had popcorn for breakfast 😄
We arrive on time into Gare De Nord at 0930 where we head straight down to the Metro and purchase our tickets for our journey to Marne La Vallee.
Catching the train from Paris to Disneyland is much easier than you may think. We did it for the first time last year and although at the time we vowed never to do it again at this time of year there are no direct trains into Disneyland and the price was a bargain so we bit the bullet and decided to do it again, this year knowing what we were doing made it a lot easier and in no time at all we were on the train for the 40 minute journey to Disneyland.
We arrive into Marne La Vallee at 1045am and make our way up to the Disney express desk on the top floor of the train station.
We drop our bags off and collect our park tickets, half board vouchers and hotel fastpasses, a perk of staying in a Golden Forest room.
We leave the station and head out towards Disney Village, as always we both shed a tear when we walked out of the station and saw Disney for the first time this holiday, nothing beats this feeling of just arriving and having it all ahead of you. Luckily for us the weather was being really kind too 🙂
First up on the itinerary is brunch here at Earl of Sandwich, by now we've been up for ages and we are absolutely starving, I love EOS it's one of my favourite places to eat.
I order an Earls club (my favourite) and Rachel has a Caprese (minus cheese) and a bag of crisps each. We wait for our order and then head upstairs, as it's still quite early on in the day EOS is pretty much empty and we have the upstairs practically to ourselves.
The views upstairs across the lake towards the hotels are stunning and with the sun shining on us we sit back and relax whilst tucking into our yummy sandwiches.
Mmmmmm I could eat this right now!!
After finishing our brunch we make our way back downstairs and start to layer up, it's sunny but freezing today and with a day in the Disneyland park planned we need to be warm!
Fleeces, scarves and gloves all on we head out of EOS towards the park gates.
Look at that sky and those smiley faces!
We make our way under the Disneyland Hotel and through the turnstiles into the park.
Getting emotional by this point, I know I'm going to see that beautiful castle in a minute!
I see it!!......
We've arrived!!!! 💖💖💖
Castle selfie managed we decide that we are going to have to break with our tradition of riding It's A Small World first, we have hotel fast passes to use and these are not only dated but they cannot be used between 1pm & 4pm so as it's now nearing 1pm we decide to use our one for today on Big Thunder Mountain, this was shut last year for a massive refurbishment and we were so looking forward to riding it this time that we knew we just had to do this first, Frontierland here we come!!
The wait time was posted at 35 mins, not bad at all but with our FP's we walk straight on, I request that we sit at the back and the cast member was happy to oblige 👍🏼
Wow, just wow!! The ride is so much better, everything has had a good clean and paint and the special effects are just amazing, what made it all the more fun was how bloomin cold it was whizzing around, our eyes were streaming when we got off 😂
Here's our on ride photo, my hair shows exactly how fast we were going!!
With BTM done we take a leisurely walk over to Fantasyland, the park seems nice and quiet today and we are able to really take in all the work that DLP is putting into making the park shiny for the 25th celebrations.
We are about to get in the queue for It's a Small World when we hear the announcement for 'Frozen A Royal Welcome' which would be passing our way in 10 mins so we decide to hang around and wait for Queen Anna and Princess Elsa.
This is how empty the park is right now!!
Finally the frozen sisters pass our way with Let It Go blaring over the speakers in French as they do.
We give the girls a wave and head into the queue for IASW.
We walk straight onto the ride and set sail on the happiest cruise that ever sailed (said no one ever!) 😄 Just kidding, I do love it really.
Next up is Alice's Labyrinth, Rachel isn't keen on mazes but is a massive Cheshire Cat fan so with the promise that I won't get her lost we head into the maze.
We didn't get lost and Rachel got her photo with Chesh so all was well.
The Queen of Hearts castle had been painted and is looking stunning but unfortunately for reasons we never found out it was closed the whole time we were there.
We leave the Labyrinth and as we do we spot the White Rabbit who is meeting guests just outside, the queue is short and neither of us has met him before so we join the back of the queue.
It was a really good meet and he loved Rachel's bag and kept pointing to it and then to the Cheshire Cat in the maze😄
Next up was a Meet with the Main Mouse himself, the queue was only 20 minutes so we headed inside to the warm and waited. It was another fantastic meet and he was so lovely, he kept blowing us kisses!
We left Mickey and started to wander out of Fantasyland towards the castle.
We noticed as we walked past that Snow White was a walk on do we decided to ride that now as it was so quiet.
We exited Snow White and remembered that it's about here that we are supposed to be looking for Cinderella's Carriage, it's one of the things on our list of things to find, we find it just where Geoffa told us it would be, glinting in the sun in the courtyard of Auberge De Cendrillon.
A selfie was quickly taken just to prove we found it!!
The wishing well is also found here.
We walk back through the castle and decide to go upstairs to look at the stained glass windows telling the story of Sleeping Beauty, I love the fact you can explore Dlp's castle.
I'm reminded of Geoffa here but can't think why?! 😉😄
The views across Fantasyland from the balcony of the castle are beautiful and being the only two up here at this moment we may have taken the opportunity to have a little dance 😃
As we make our way out of the park to check in at the hotel we decide to ride Buzz.
A fairly respectable score and I beat Rachel.... 👍🏼
We leave the park and walk around to the Sequoia Lodge to check in, it's such a beautiful day today.
I absolutely love this hotel, it's my favourite.
We bypass the reception check in queues and enter the Golden Forest private check area.
The cast member who checks us in was brilliant and although we tell her we've stayed before she still runs through everything with us including what rides are open in Extra Magic Hours.
We are given our room key and told that our bags will be delivered to the room for us so we make our way up to the 6th floor.
Our room is beautiful.
Coffee maker and kettle come as standard in a Golden Forest room as does a fridge which is good news for us as we've bought two bottles of prosecco with us!
The best thing about our room is the incredible view, we can see the Tower Of Terror to the left and in the gap in the trees we can see the castle......perfect.
We unpack our bags and put our feet up for a bit and have a well deserved cuppa.
We then make our way to the Disneyland hotel to meet up with the third member of the Glowtini Girls, Auntie Mel, who arrived for her first solo trip the day before. We meet overlooking the lobby and head straight into Cafe Fantasia for cocktails!
Of course there was no question as to what cocktail we were going to order, Glowtini's all round !
We have a lovely time catching up and hearing what Mel had been up to since she arrived.
Rachel and I didn't plan the matching stripy tops by the way, this sort of thing happens a lot when you've been friends for so long!😄
Before we know it our glasses are empty so we decide to order another cocktail, Rachel and I have a Rouge Et Noir and Mel has a red Glowtini for the first time.
We spend more time chatting and before we know it it's time to leave to go and watch Dreams.
We stand to watch Dreams halfway down Main Street and we all get emotional standing watching it.
With Dreams finished we part company with Mel but not before agreeing to meet up in the Golden Forest lounge after dinner for another cocktail.
Rachel and I head to the newly opened Vapiano, we were looking forward to eating here as we've read lots of good things about the food.
We were greeted at the entrance and given a plastic card each, we vaguely make out that we order at the counter and then scan our cards.
I managed to eventually find us a menu and we sit to look it over and decide what we're having.
I decided on pizza, Rachel chose pasta, this is where it all got a bit confusing, I went to the station for pizza and ordered mine, I scanned my card and got given a buzzer, I look to find Rachel who is still at the back of the pasta station queue. After a while we work out that pasta is cooked there and then in front of you so you wait and pizza is cooked and you go back for it, this then shows one big flaw, I was obviously going to be eating way before Rachel as she is still after 20 minutes at the back of the queue, we decide this isn't for us and leave. The idea of eating dinner together is that you eat it together!!
This has put us off a bit but we have both said we would like to try it again once we know exactly how the ordering process works!
So now we're at a bit of a quandary as to where to eat, Disney village is busy so I suggest going back to Earl Of Sandwich (it is my favourite!) neither of us are wanting a big dinner so it makes sense.
We both ordered exactly the same as we had for lunch but instead of crisps we order potato wedges to go with our sandwiches, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed my 'bonus' trip to EOS!
We finish our sandwiches and walk back around the lake to the hotel where we drop off our bags in the room and go to meet Mel in the lounge.
Obviously another cocktail was required by now so I order a 'Woodcutter' Rachel orders the strongest cocktail on the menu, the 'Blackwood' and Mel has a 'Melontree' all of them were delicious but Rachel has decided I should order her cocktails from now onwards as she always seems to order the strongest 😂
Mel very kindly treats us to our cocktails and we stay chatting until the lounge closed at 10.30pm.
We arrange to meet Mel in the Studios in the morning to ride Tower of Terror together and we then wearily make our way up to bed.
What an amazing day we have had, it's also been a very long one. By the time we crawl into bed we have been up for 20 hours!
My head hits the pillow and a Disney cocktail induced sleep happens in seconds.
Day 2 to follow.....
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Before I start this photo trip report I must make an apology, you see I have completed a few reports in my time here on the Dibb but they have always been posted Live from the Magic and it's now that I realise why, Post Disney Depression hits me hard and when I return from a trip it takes me a while to get back into the swing of it so it's taken until now to even think about posting my report! So I'm sorry that it's a bit late but hey, better late than never I guess?! So here we go Disneyland Paris here I come!....
Today was a long day waiting to leave to meet Rachel from work for our drive to Ashford for our overnight stay at the Premier Inn.
I saw my daughter off to school, husband off to work and headed straight to Tesco to do a food shop for them whilst I was away (a mothers work is never done!)
After battling with the food shop I made it home for lunch and a cuppa before packing up the final few things into my case and after a quick call to my husband I was off to meet him from work as he's taking me the 30 minute drive up to meet Rachel.
After lots of excited messages back and forth between Rachel and I about where I was on my journey to her I finally arrive at her office (pictured above) I say goodbye to Ian and jump straight in Rachel's car......we're finally on our way!!!
After a stop for a coffee at Costa on the M25 and to fill up with petrol we continue our journey to Ashford.
Of course there was the obligatory traffic jam on the M25🙄 We weren't stuck for long and we arrived into Ashford an hour and a half after leaving Rachel's work. Bang on our predicted timing for the journey.....well we do like to plan! 😉
We check into the hotel at 6.15pm, we love this premier inn, it's only a 10 minute drive from Ashford International and is attached to a lovely Beefeater which we had a table booked for dinner at 7pm. Not wanting to miss valuable drinking time we leave our bags in our rooms which were situated on the first floor opposite each other and head over to the pub.
It didn't take long to get a couple of glasses of wine in front of us! Actually we got a bottle......it works out cheaper😉
Happy holiday smiles 🙂
By now it's 7pm so we make our way to the fairly busy restaurant for dinner. I've already decided what I'm having, I've been poring over the menu all morning whilst waiting to leave home 😄
Beef chilli for me and a veggie burger (minus the cheese) for Rachel. During dinner Rachel informs me she has bought Rocky roads with her for us to share back in the room so dessert is not required 👍🏼
We finish our meals and pay the bill, bottle of wine and 2 main courses worked out at £17.50 each, bargain!!
We wander back over to the hotel and to our rooms.
I get back to my room and remember to take some photos before it gets messy, I love Premier Inns, you always know what you're going to get.
I get my PJ bottoms on (much comfier!) and then step across the hallway to Rachel's room where we devour the rocky roads with a cup of tea whilst finalising our plans for the morning. Our train leaves at 0624am so we plan to leave the hotel at 0510am.
I say goodnight and head back to my room, Where I have a nice relaxing bath and watch the NTA's on tv with a very excited tummy!
This was my last Snapchat post before I turned the light off, I think it was about 11pm. With about 4 alarms set I settle down and try to sleep!
Travel day to follow.....
Thanks for reading 🙂
As the above picture says I am a Disney fan and I can talk about Disney all day long, so to give my long suffering family and social media friends a break for 5 minutes I have come to a place where I know I am in good company and share my pre Disneyland Paris trippie with you 🙂
So let's do some introductions,
This is us, me, Anna, on the right and my dearest friend Rachel on the left, this was taken on our last trip to DLP.
We have been the best of friends for over 25 years and both have a huge love for all things Disney.
This is us on our last day at high school, as you can see we haven't aged one bit!
So to the plan which has been put together over several Saturday night dinners at our local curry restaurant.
Rachel and I both love to plan so unlike when I travel with my husband and kids it has been nice to share this important part of any Disney holiday!
The plan so far:
January 25th - We are staying at the Premier Inn Ashford North the night before we travel, we have dinner booked at the adjoining Beefeater and plan to get an early night as our Eurostar train to Paris Gare Du Nord departs the station at 06.24!!
We did this route for the first time last January having only ever gone direct into Disneyland Paris but we feel confident that we now know what we are doing!
The bonus of traveling indirect is,
1. It's cheaper
2. We arrive into DLP about 3 hours earlier than the direct Eurostar.
Last January when we got into the train to Marne La Vallee we were sat feeling very proud of ourselves for getting onto the correct train (after very nearly getting onto the wrong one!) When an old guy sporting a beret got onto the train and started playing the accordion 😄 If we were in any doubt as to which country we were in it was now very clear!
We found this hilarious, all he was missing was a bike, a French stick and a string of garlic around his neck! I managed to get a sneaky photo although it is a bit blurry😄
Anyhow I digress.....
Once we arrive into Marne La Vallee we will drop our bags at the Disney Express counter and will head straight to Earl Of Sandwich for a well earned brunch, Mmmmmm I love Earl Of Sandwich 😋
We will then hot foot it over to the Disneyland park where I'm sure a few tears will emerge when I see the castle.... I'm not the only one surely?!
After many attempts of getting photos of us with the castle in the background we will head into Fantasyland to continue our tradition of riding It's A Small World first.
Last years attempts!!
It's A Small World boat selfie 🙂
After a few rides and most likely a hot chocolate or 2 we will leave the park and make our way back through the village to the Sequoia Lodge which will be our home for 3 nights.
We have a lakeside Golden Forest room booked, we stayed in a Golden Forest room last year and absolutely loved all the benefits of staying in one.
This was our room last year.
Our view ❤
One of our favourite things about staying in a Golden Forest room was the Golden Forest lounge.
Having this lounge to relax in and have an afternoon drink and snack ( included in the cost) and most importantly a peaceful breakfast in was totally worth the extra money in our opinion.
We have planned each day to involve everything we love to see and do at DLP at a reasonable pace with plenty of tea and hot chocolate stops included!
Even though this will be my 11th and Rachel's 7th visit to DLP we have still managed to compile a list of 'firsts' to see and do, these include:
Eating at the new Vapiano restaurant in Disney Village.
Rachel will be ascending Cabane Des Robinson for the first time N.B Rachel hates heights but I will be right there for support.
We are going to see the Frozen show at the Chapparal theatre.
Very excited to see the new Season Of The Force show in the studios.
We will attempt to find Cinderella carriage in Fantasyland as we haven't managed to find it to this day!
I will be riding the Teacups for the first time in years, I don't do spinny rides, it's not usually pretty afterwards! Rollercoasters? Yes..... Tower Of Terror?.....it's my all time favourite ride, but spinny? No!!😄
I'm doing this as Rachel has promised to ride Tower Of Terror with me again, she rode it for the first time last year and deafened me in my right ear for the rest of the day!!
This is my favourite photo of us from last year, her face says it all😂
I might even persuade her to ride Indiana Jones too!
Lastly but by no means least, as the trip title suggests there may be some cocktails consumed during our stay, so far we have planned Glowtinis at Billy Bobs
Island Breeze at Newport Bay.
Rouge et Noir at Cafe Fantasia at the Disneyland hotel.
A beer at King Ludwigs (another first)
I'm pretty sure there will be more!.......
One more thing before I finish, Rachel
and I have both been lucky enough to receive new Disney rucksacks for our trip, here they are all ready for their first Disney holiday.
Rachel with the Cheshire Cat....
......and me with Buzz Lightyear!
So that's it for now, I hope you have enjoyed this pre trippie and I look forward to sharing our adventures with you upon our return.
Au Revoir x x
Well we made it back to a sunny UK this morning, the bags are unpacked and the washing has begun!
As promised here is our last day.....
I'm going to miss my lovely view and having my morning cuppa on the balcony😢
I'm up early at 6.30am as I decided to leave all the packing until this morning, when I saw what I had to fit in the cases I wished I'd started it last night!
I manage to drag myself away from the morning sunshine and get myself into packing mode.
By 9.30am everything was packed into the cases and hopefully all the breakables were padded out sufficiently.
I called Bell Services at 8am to arrange for someone to collect our bags at 11am and they were at our door bang on 11am.
As we were having lunch at Olivia's at midday we decided there wasn't enough time to do anything off of resort so we sat and had a drink alongside the canal whilst watching the boats come and go.
I did pop into the shop and purchased this Mickey watch I've had my eye on since seeing it at the beginning of the holiday.
I decided I was going to need a replacement for my MagicBand on my wrist when I got home😉
After buying up some more sweets with the last of our snack credits it was time for lunch.
I had the buttermilk chicken with mash and green beans.
Charlotte had the chicken sandwich with chips. She couldn't eat it all!
Ryan had the chicken burger in a pineapple coconut bread roll with chips.
Ian had the Caribbean shrimp with coconut rice.
Charlotte and I just couldn't face another dessert so ordered this one and shared it, it seems such as waste as we couldn't do it justice. Ian and Ryan both had the banana caramel bread pudding again.
We use our last table service credit and leave a cash tip as we've cleared our room charges, I'm going to miss that MagicBand!😉
Now came the worst bit, waiting for the Magical Express to the airport 😩😩
To rub salt into open wounds a Magical Express bus turned up just before ours to drop off new guests checking in😢
I was making the most of feeling that Florida sunshine on my face right until the very last moment, although I'd now changed into my 'going home' clothes and black leggings and Florida heat do not mix!!😅😅
Nooooooooo! God I hate this bit😫
I actually wanted to cry right now but held it together.....just!
One last look from the Magical Express, bye bye Old Key West thank you for such a magical family holiday ❤️
We arrive at the airport at 2.20pm and check in, the check in was nice and empty so we were done and dusted very quickly, I had booked the same extra legroom seats going home as we had going out.
We have a look around the shops and I make a quick phone call home to mum, this photo was taken in the Disney Earport shop, I think all things Disney should be banned when you're going home, it's just too sad to look at it all🙁
We go through security which I'm happy to report was quick, efficient and the TSA lady we had was really friendly👍🏼 We get the shuttle over to gate 80.
We are called at 5pm to start boarding which means we are already going to leave later than our scheduled time of 5.25pm this was apparently due to the catering taking longer than usual to load.
We taxi out towards the runway and we then come to a stop, nothing unusual I know. But then we sit, and wait and wait some more. The cabin crew are walking up and down the cabin which again is not unusual but it becomes apparent that something is happening at the back of the plane.
The pilot then announces that we have to return to the stand as a passenger has been taken ill and needs to be offloaded.
This happens very quickly and I do hope that the poor lady is ok, she was with what seemed to be her son and his children and her husband. The lady and her husband are taken off the plane but the son and grandchildren stay onboard, my heart broke for the two young boys who were clearly upset about their grandma😥
We then sit on the stand for another hour whilst they find the lady's bags and top up with more fuel.
The crew were fantastic and I'm pleased to say that I didn't hear any passengers morning about the delay. As the captain said, if it had been a member of our family we would appreciate people's patience.
We finally take off two hours after scheduled departure time. As we are later leaving they serve dinner and drinks at the same time and then offer another drink after dinner.
I ordered the Thai red chicken curry, I barely touched it as I was still full up from lunch☺️
I managed this though 😉
We then settled in for the flight, I really wasn't impressed by the choice of films this time so ended up watching a David Attenborough documentary on dinosaurs and then finished reading my book.
I tried to sleep but it never came I just managed to get a numb bum and neck ache!!😄
Morning has broken and they bring round breakfast, Charlotte and I decline as eating after a long haul flight does not sit well with me, also my body clock thinks it's the middle of the night so I just have a cuppa (can you tell I like my tea?!) Charlotte turns her nose up at everything and knowing her like I do its best to not even engage in conversation by this point!
As we are later than scheduled we sit in the spiral for 3 goes around before landing, we manage to spot Shoreham Harbour from the plane which is about 3 miles away from our house!
We land at 8.15am and use the electronic passport gates to get through immigration, this was a good call as the hall was absolutely heaving!! It is worth pointing out that some signs say you can't use the E Gates if you're under 18 but the screens say anyone above the age of 12 can use them so we chanced it and we were fine.
Our bags are on the carousel and we make our way out into arrivals.
Ian and Ryan head for Costa to get coffees and teas and I call Maple Manor to let them know we are finally here. The lady informs me that our car is already in the car park and we will be met there.
This was a nice and smooth service yet again and I'm sure mum and I will be using them next year when we go away.
We are in the car and on our way home, fortunately we live just under an hour away from Gatwick so the journey doesn't take long.
I'm still wearing my MagicBand😄
Nearly home, thank goodness it's sunny although not quite as warm as we're used to!
Made it home.
I find the cookie I chose in Goofys Candy Co on Wednesday night in my bag, I'd totally forgotten it! Thank goodness I chose oatmeal & raisin and not chocolate, that could have been messy😳
I dig out my new Pluto mug and sit down for my healthy breakfast.
The new magnets are added to the ever expanding magnet collection.......
We have Norway.....
Coca Cola which is also a bottle opener....
And this one that Ryan bought us🙂
A new addition to the top of the fridge.
Here's the collection.....
And from the side ☺️☺️
I got this salt (or pepper) shaker for Ian as he loves Donald Duck.
From the back.
I've also bought this beauty for my car🍦
New frame for the lounge.
A new key ring.
A chalkboard magnet for the fridge so I can keep a countdown (yes that's my new WDW countdown!!!) 👍🏼🙂
2016 Christmas decoration.
So this will be me until I return to the magic!
We have had a truly magical time and I have enjoyed spending time together as a family.
Ryan gets his A Level results next Thursday and we will be celebrating his 18th birthday on the 31st, this is bittersweet for me as I'm so proud of who he has become but sad that he will be moving out for university (hopefully!) in a few weeks!
This holiday was truly wonderful as we got to spend time together in our favourite place on earth 🙂
Thank you all for your kind comments and I'm now off to answer your questions!
See You All Real Soon! xxx
Anyone who knows me will tell you this is true, Disney is my most favourite thing in the whole world.....until it's nearly over!😢
Today was our last full day so it obviously had to be spent at the Magic Kingdom❤️
A lovely sunny morning greets us so of course you'll find me with a cuppa on the balcony!☀️😎
Wow what a beautiful picture today ☀️🏰
See.... A happy (slightly squinty) face🙂
Seeing as we've got loads of snack credits left we grab some breakfast in the park. Ryan has a blueberry muffin from the Cheshire Cafe.
Ian, Charlotte and I go to Gaston's Tavern.
Ian has a cinnamon roll and another Le Fous Brew.
I can't stomach another cinnamon roll so I choose a fruit cup, the dining plan is getting to me!!😂
Charlotte chooses green apples with caramel sauce.
Of course I had a cuppa 🙂👍🏼
What an elaborate light, obviously all Gaston's hunting trophies!!
We leave Gaston's towards our first FastPass of the day, Pirates☠⚔ I rode this on my solo day but it's Ian and the kids first time this holiday.
Ha! Right where they belong 😄
Here we go!....
I know I did this one but Ryan doesn't know that!!😂
She already has a Stitch but apparently she needs another one!
Bit warm for Florida me thinks!!
Time for a Splash💦💦
Another tradition for Ryan and I to ride this together
This was taken before these 2 got soaked!!😄
Zip A Dee Do dah we made it!!
Hat photo on the way out!
We then had a ride on the Railroad 🚂
We rode it all the way back to Frontierland as our last FP was for haunted mansion.
We exited the train station and cut across to the walkway that runs alongside the river by Tom Sawyer Island when Charlotte starts excitingly saying "look mum, look who it is!" I look up to only see the lovely Rob from the DibbCast and the Blustery Day clan!! Rob is possibly one of the loveliest people I've met and having been on 3 Dibbcast Grand Day out meets in Blackpool I consider him (& the team) friends 🙂
What a coincidence! But as Charlotte pointed out. Rob and his family are on their first day and we are on our last so of course we will be in the Magic Kingdom!!
Hope the Blustery Day clan have a fab holiday 🙂☀️😎
Our lunch at Be Our Guest reservation was next, I had breakfast here with mum last year and really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to lunch here.
The beasts chair!
We sat in the ballroom right next to the window.
All of a sudden it was snowing outside!😄
Ryan and I had the Croque Monsieur
Ian had the beef baguette (which he says is the best thing he's had all holiday)
Charlotte had the carved turkey baguette.
We all had the 'grey stuff' it was delicious!
The landscaping around the Beasts castle is beautiful.
We left Fantasyland via the castle.
The Main Street Philharmonic band were playing as we passed. Both Ryan and Charlotte play musical instruments so were interested to stand and watch.
Ryan got roped into performing 😀
He got to keep the flag!🇺🇸
The Dapper Dans were back out on Main Street, they are one of Ryan's favourite things to see at Magic Kingdom.
So much so he had his photo with them!
We found a new hat on the last day!!!🎉
One last look at the castle, it's always with such a heavy heart that I leave Magic Kingdom on my last day 😢
Look at that perfect sky, it's like someone drew it!
It really does feel like 99 degrees today! So we decide to go to the resort pool for a couple of hours to cool down.
Ah that's better 😎☀️
I finally remembered to take some more villa pictures 🙂 This is our bedroom, the bed is huge and very comfy.
The door from our bedroom to the balcony.
Looking from our bedroom through to the bathroom and beyond that is the shower room. There are shutters to close off the bathroom.
It's time for our last evening meal, this was Ryan's request 🙂
Some hat photos before eating.
We found Nemo again!
We are seated by one of the aquariums.
Facing some more🐟🐠
I round my cocktail tasting off with my favourite, a Pina Colada🍹
I order the salmon which comes with rice and green beans.
Charlotte had the chicken and roasted pepper sandwich.
Ian had the steak, shrimp and rib trio.
Ryan had the steak and shrimp combo.
For dessert Ryan and Charlotte clubbed their credits together for the Volcano, which consisted of chocolate brownies and ice cream.
Ian had the mango sorbet and I'm afraid I couldn't manage a dessert, I think my stomach is telling me I need a good detox!!😄😄
What an amazing time we have had with so many high points and memories made.
We have had our return details for tomorrow, we are being picked up at 1.20pm which gives us enough time for our lunch at Olivia's at 12pm.
We are on the 1740 flight from Orlando back into Gatwick on Friday morning.
I promise to post day 15 and answer your questions as soon as I possibly can when I get home, hopefully Friday afternoon or Saturday morning 🙂
Thank you all for following along and I'm sure you'll be seeing another Orlando Magic trip report from mum and I next year🙂
Ok so having said a sad goodbye to what I thought was my last time at Epcot yesterday we made the decision to return today!
I asked Ian and the kids whether they'd like the morning by the pool or would they like to experience Soarin.....They chose Soarin (yay!)
We arrive at 10.15am, the crowds were building up at the gates to get through, security seemed tighter today but I don't mind at all, they are trying to keep us safe.
I start to get a strong feeling of having been here before 😄 The wait time is posted at 60 minutes but we go for it anyway.
The standby queue is great as they have an interactive queue and you can play along via WiFi this really helped keep us distracted👍🏼
The answer if you were wondering!😉
It actually only took us 45mins to get through the queue.
The general consensus from Ian and the kids was a resounding thumbs up for the new Soarin around the World 🌎
I then request that we give my favourite pavilion one last visit (well it's a bonus trip!)
Mexico here we come....🌵
Of course we have to ride this again as we're here🙂
We leave the Mexican pavilion and the kids fancy some churros, we use 2 snack credits.
The portions here have gotten a LOT smaller!
Ian decided he wanted a Cronut so he walked around to the refreshment port near the Canada pavilion to get that and we wandered back to meet him, I didn't have anything as it was very hot and humid and I just needed water😅☀️
I do love being here, especially when it's unexpected 🙂
We leave Epcot via the Mouse Gear shop.
I look terrible but here's a new hat!
We've run out of hats so here's some claws🙂
We're in the youth section now desperate to find new hats!
We say goodbye to Epcot (again) and off to Animal Kingdom we go.
Second park of the day 🙂
We decide that it's about time for a bit of lunch, it's decided that we should eat at Restaurantosaurus, which is hard to spell by the way!😄
Great 'fixings' bar here🙂
We all choose the usual quick service food, Ryan mixes it up slightly with a chilli cheese hotdog.
This fella was trying to hide from us🐊
We walk back towards Discovery Island, the views in this park are so pretty.
I walked past the Tree of Life and there's a rare moment of no one else in front of me so I took the opportunity to take an unobstructed photo, how beautiful is this?.....🌳
Our FastPass is now ready for the Lion King Show, my favourite show here on property.
We are sat in the Lion section 🦁
Love, love, love this show. The performers really do put their all into every performance.
Our last stop in Animal Kingdom is Expedition Everest.
We leave Animal Kingdom and get the bus to Magic Kingdom.
We have about an hour and a half before our ADR at The Plaza Restaurant.
We walk to the central plaza ready for the Move it, Shake it parade.
So glad I watched the film on the way out here or I wouldn't have had a clue who these guys were!
What a pose!
After the parade I notice that the castle is open so we walk up to get some close up photos.
Some lovely different photo opportunities from here.
By the Wishing Well 💫
I think the castle looks perfect from any angle.
It's now time for our dinner reservation at The Plaza.
I like it in here, it's small and intimate. We had a lovely server too🙂
Had to take this photo and I told them I'd put it on my trippie.......they were winding each other up 😬😬
So there, I said I would and I did!! 😂😂
They're friends again 😉
Back to the important stuff, what we ate!!
Charlotte had the tuna salad sandwich with homemade 'chips' .....crisps to you and I.
I had the Plaza club sandwich which was incredibly filling, the sourdough bread made a nice change. I also chose chips.
Ian and Ryan both had the beef brisket burger and chips.
Charlotte had raspberry sorbet for dessert.
Ryan had the banana split which he's been looking forward to for a very long time, it didn't disappoint him in the slightest😋
Ian also had the banana split.
Here it is up close 😋
I had the caramel apple tart, this is a fairly new addition to the Plaza menu and a very good one at that🙂👍🏼
We leave The Plaza at 8pm and Main Street is heaving with people already waiting for the parade, we decide it's better to leave now before the masses than get caught up in it later on. Besides 3 parks in 1 day is pretty good going so getting back to the villa and putting my comfy Pjs on (it was that dessert!) sounds like a very good idea 😊
Well tomorrow is our last full day here, I can't believe it's gone so quickly yet again!
We have a day at the Magic Kingdom planned with Fastpasses for Pirates, Splash and Haunted Mansion as these are our favourites. We are then off to do some last minute shopping at Disney Springs with a dinner at Rainforest Cafe.
Thank you again for reading xx
This is so true!
So my plan for today is Epcot first for my FP for the new Soarin Around The World then off to the Magic Kingdom by myself!!!!
Ian and the kids leave for Typhoon Lagoon at 8.45am leaving me with about an hour to myself in the villa, so like every good mum I do some washing!!😄 I also sit on the balcony and have a bowl of cereal for breakfast.
Ready to leave and full of excitement!
The weather forecast for lunchtime onwards is showers so I've told Ian to message me if they leave before the agreed time of 4pm.
Still, the sun is shining now and off I go.
I arrive at Epcot and my FastPass is already valid so I make my way around to the Land pavilion.
Wow, The new Soarin is absolutely brilliant, the question now is if you only do 1 or 2 days at Epcot what tier 1 Fastpasses do you choose? Soarin, Test Track or Frozen?.....all are worthwhile! For me I'd miss out Test Track or at least do single rider on it.
I say my goodbyes to The land pavilion and Epcot.
Feels a bit sad to know I'm leaving here for the last time this holiday 🙁
I hop on the monorail to Magic Kingdom
I arrive to a very busy Magic Kingdom!
As I was exiting the monorail, without any warning someone turned on the shower........I mean it started to rain😄 there was no spit spot to start just an outright downpour!! I dived under the entrance for the boat to Wilderness Lodge and popped my poncho on.
A wander around the Emporium later the rain had stopped 👍🏼
Whilst I was in the Emporium the 'Rainy Day Parade' started, I've never seen this before!! I was so taken by it that I forgot take pictures😕 I didn't even know they had a rainy version of the parade!!
It wasn't the 3pm parade it was the Move it, Shake it parade it was replacing.
My next ride was the Haunted Mansion I Fastpassed this so bypassed the 45min standby queue.
My next FastPass is for Pirates, thank goodness it's not down today! I love this ride.
Hat photos in the pirates shop🙂
Just about got this shot.
Ok so it had to be done....🍦🍍
Pineapple dole whip goodness 😋😋
I then receive a text from Ian saying that they are leaving TL early so I start to make my way out down Main Street slowly.
I pay special attention to the Windows on Main Street and make a note to investigate who the names are once home.
Ok some I actually know🙂
I arrive back at the villa to find all my lot back already and having showers. The sum total of photos they've taken today is 3, I obviously haven't trained them well enough!
Disney is the best medicine, my bee sting hasn't hurt much at all🙂
So my solo day turned into a bit of a solo morning/afternoon as I wasn't expecting them to return until at least 6pm and they text me at 3pm☺️
I did, however, really enjoy being by myself, things I've noted that are different are....
- I don't take as many photos (sorry)
- crowds are easier to negotiate
- I'm quite happy in my own company
- you 'see' so much more, even on the bus journey!
- I didn't once feel unsafe.
- nobody cares that you are solo
I would absolutely do this again and next time I'd manage to get to the bar for a cocktail!!😉🍹
Once Ian and the kids are showered and changed we make the decision to go to Disney Springs for an hour or 2 before our dinner reservation at Olivia's.
We visit the Pandora shop and we buy Charlotte her 'holiday' present which is a Pandora ring. She was so happy!!
I visit Sephora and buy a few goodies 🙂
Love this stuff ❤️❤️
We then walk round to the new Coke store which is situated near Planet Hollywood which is currently under construction.
Lots of work happening here.
Here's some concept art on what it's going to hopefully look like once finished.
Into the Coke store we go....
A couple of new hat opportunities to be had here!
We bought a couple of magnets for our fridge, it was worth it just for the cool bag!
From the Coke store we continue back towards the landing area, we walk through another new area.
Lots of high end shops in this bit.
I absolutely love it here ❤️
We walk back to the resort boat launch to get back to OKW.
The boat came about 15mins later.
The boat is a nice peaceful ride back to resort.
We have 20 minutes to spare so Ian and I have a drink from the Gurgling Suitcase.
I love all the badges and plates in here.
I would really love that bottom left plate❤️
I have the Turtle Crawl cocktail which is a delicious mix of coconut rum, dark rum pineapple juice and some other stuff!🍹🙂
It was now time for our reservation at Olivia's for dinner.
We start with the pineapple, coconut warm bread, look at them all going for it!! Only just got the picture😄
I order a Sultry Seahorse to conclude my cocktail tasting for today.
I have the beef pot roast for my main.
Charlotte has the buttermilk chicken.
Ryan has the Mahi Mahi 'catch of the day'
Ian chose the New York strip streak.
For dessert Ryan and I had the banana caramel bread pudding as I remembered this from last time with mum and it was so good, it didn't disappoint this time either.
Charlotte had the key lime pie.
Ian had the Panna Cotta.
Tomorrow we are planning some time by the pool in the morning then it's Animal Kingdom to see my favourite show The Lion King and then we're going to the Magic Kingdom for dinner at The Plaza Restaurant and maybe some rides at night.
Thanks again for following along xx
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