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And so it was time to begin the journey home 😭 We packed up the rest of our stuff and left the Radisson just before 11, we called in at publix for some snacks to take home and set off for the airport. We were the first people in the line for VA check in and had about a 40 minute wait for the check in desks to open. After dropping our bags we went for lunch at chili's



We each got a Coke to drink.



DH and I both ordered the blue cheese crisps. These were chicken tenders covered in buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing with blue cheese crumbled on top. They were served with fries and blue cheese dip. These were delicious! We used to eat at chilis a lot the first few times we came to Florida (2007), my fave meal was buffalo chicken fajitas but they'd stopped doing them, these were exactly that in fajita form. I thoroughly enjoyed these.



DD had a grilled cheese with fries. She really enjoyed this. It's just a toasted cheese sandwich really.



The bill came to $39.57, considering it's an airport restaurant it didn't seem any more expensive than a regular chili's.



DH and I got a latte each airside, these were $4.05 for the 'grande'



We were a little late boarding due to them cleaning the aircraft and took off about 40 mins late. Shortly after take off they came round with pretzels and and a drinks service, i had a white wine.



These were the choices for the main meal.



We all had the teriyaki chicken. This had a really funny taste, in not sure how teriyaki sauce can taste so strange. It was served with a bread roll, butter, cheese, crackers and soft cheese spread. These were all fine. The dessert was a red velvet cakelove pot, this was ok, very sickly and the cake didn't really have much taste, it just tasted of sweet frosting.



Just before landing breakfast was served. This was blueberry yoghurt and a pot of melon. The melon was not juicy at all.



There was also a pain an chocolate which was really dry.



This was served with a choice of tea or coffee, so I had a tea.



All in all we had an absolutely fantastic time. I just want to thank every single person who has read along with us and for your comments.
Not sure when we will be next returning; the plan at the moment looks like 2 weeks next summer using DVC points.



So today's our last full day. So the plan was breakfast/coffee in the room, sort most of the packing so we know how much space we have for more souvenirs! We headed to magic kingdom just before lunch and passed under this arch for the last time this trip 🙁



After a few rides we stopped for a few snacks. DD got a Mickey's premium ice cream bar. This cost $5.



She couldn't quite manage it all so I finished it off for her, I love the chocolate on these!



DH and I shared a warm cinnamon roll. This was $4.49 and absolutely huge! It was easily big enough for the two of us. There was loads of icing on it and it was really good!



We also got a le fou's brew to share between us. This was $5.49 and really good as usual.



We had an early dinner in cosmic rays, it was really quiet in there around 4.30pm which was great! We got a Coke to share.



DH had a bacon burger with fries. There is a fixings bar here where you can help yourself to onions, mushrooms, tomato, lettuce and jalapeños. They supply little cardboard trays for you to put your fixings in so you don't need to load your burger up with them there and then.



DD and I had the chicken nuggets meal between us. This was an 8 piece meal but I counted 12 pieces of chicken. The have he most amazing honey mustard sauce and barbecue sauce in little plastic containers here, the nuggets were fab dipped in them! We thoroughly enjoyed this meal!



The total came to $27.98 and there was more than enough for the 3 of us.



Later we stopped for a couple of ice treats. DD had a strawberry fruit bar. This was $4, it was a strawberry ice lolly with real bits of strawberry in it. I finished this off for her and thought it was really tasty and refreshing.



All 3 of us shared a Minute Maid frozen lemonade, this was $4.50. I love how tart this is! So good!



We had a great final day in magic kingdom and stayed for the fireworks. We were that busy we didn't realise we ate so little! For anyone worried about crowds and lack of extra fast passes on the day we managed: Peter Pan (FP), 7dmt (FP), Winnie the Pooh (FP), met pooh and tigger, big thunder mountain (FP), meet Ariel (FP), carousel, barnstormer (FP), meet Cinderella and elena (FP), mad hatters tea cups (FP), tomorrowland transit authority, buzz lightyear (FP), met buzz lightyear, met rapunzel and Tiana (FP) and barnstormer again (FP). We staked out a spot on main st for the fireworks about 20 mins before and left right after they finished.



We got up and had coffee in our room before heading down to the pool for a while. After an hour or so in the pool we got sorted and headed for lunch at whispering canyon cafe at wilderness lodge. DH and I had pomegranate lemonade and DD had a coke. This pomegranate lemonade makes a nice change from Coke.



DD order the kids chicken nuggets with fries. I tried these and absolutely love Disney chicken nuggets! They're so crispy



DH and I both went for the all you can eat skillet. It came with a serving or cornbread and salted whipped butter. This is absolutely delicious! It tasted like sponge cake but with a courser texture, really good!



The skillet had pulled pork, ribs, chicken, sausage, beans, mashed potato and corn on the cob. The ribs were quite chewy but the rest was really good. We got more corn on the cob as we really enjoyed that.



Our server asked DD if she wanted ketchup and this happened......
Love the attitude and antics of the servers here, it makes it a really fun experience



We used DH's annual pass for 20% discount here and so our total came to $52.17. It's the same skillet you get at dinner time but it's cheaper at lunch so with the discount it was foot value for a Disney table service meal.



After lunch we headed over to fort wilderness and DD did the pony ride. This is $8 and you lead them round a set track following arrows sat on a pony, this was great. It only lasts 5 minutes but DD absolutely loved it! It's a fantastic activity for young children.



We then drove over to Hollywood studios for the rest of the afternoon, we had dinner at the backlot express. This is the first time in 11 trips I have ever eaten here. We got 2 1/3lb angus bacon burgers, and 2 soft drinks to share between the 3 of us. The burgers were good, we realised we hadn't had a plain old Disney burger yet this holiday so that's what we were on the look out for.



We also got a Darth Vader cupcake to share between us. This was a chocolate peanut butter cupcake and was chocolate cake topped with peanut butter cream and covered in chocolate ganache and sprinkles. It was delicious! DH said it was the best cupcake he's had!



Backlot express also does 20% annual pass discount so our total came to $29.95.



We left Hollywood studios and got the boat to the boardwalk, we had a lovely walk around the lake and the sunset was stunning this evening.



After a lap of the lake we called in at ample hills creamery. This is one of my favourite places at Disney. DD was having a nap in her pram so DH and I shared a ooey gooey butter cake sundae. We chose chocolate milk and cookies & chocolate ice cream with caramel sauce which was topped with whipped cream. Unfortunately with the whipped cream it doesn't make for the best photo! This cost $8.49 but it was more than enough to share between two. I love the ooey gooey butter cake, it's so rich and chewy! I always describe it was a cross between shortbread and blondie. I need to find a recipe for it!



We had a game of mini golf at fantastic gardens, the game is included with the 14 day ultimate tickets but DH had to pay as it's not included with an annual pass, he did get 15% discount off regular price and it cost him $12. When we were done we returned to the hotel and tonight's drink of choice was a grape-a-Rita. This is actually really nice, probably my favourite of the a-Rita range I've tried.



Another lateish startthis morning. We decided to do a stint in magic kingdom so thought the best plan would be breakfast before we get there and then leave for dinner.
We chose IHOP for breakfast as it's just down the road and we enjoyed it so much on our first morning. We enjoyed it so much we got pretty much exactly the same again! DD had Coke and DH had coffee.



I had a dole fruit juice mix recommended by our server. This just tasted like tropical juice but was nice.



DD had the create a face pancake...... again.



DH had the big breakfast, this also came with 2 pancakes.



And I had the 2 x 2 x 2, I chose my eggs scrambled and 2 slices of bacon.



Total came to $31.65 and was enough to see us through to dinner.



We left IHOP at 11 and we're parking in the mk parking lot by 11.10am. We got quite a lot done in mk despite the summer crowds, we managed 7dmt, splash mountain, haunted mansion, pirates, Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella & elena of Avalon, barnstormer, dumbo and meet Mickey Mouse. Mid afternoon we got in ice cream sundae from plaza ice cream parlour, being creatures of habit we got our usual, the plaza sundae with chocolate and cookies & cream ice cream with hot fudge and peanut butter sauce. These are so good! Hands down best ice cream sundae ever!



This comes to $6.91 and is worth every single penny!



We left mk around 5.30 and drove up towards crossroads to lonestar steakhouse for dinner. DD ordered a Coke and DH and I both had strawberry lemonade. This was really good and was made with real strawberries.



We were given some warm bread rolls and cinnamon butter to eat while we waited for our food, the bread was lovely but the butter was abit strange.



DD went for the kids mac and cheese. You got the choice of a side with that and she went for steak fries. She enjoyed the Mac and cheese but didn't eat many of the chips.



I had the half rack of ribs, you chose 2 side with this. I went for steak fries and paid the extra 99 cents for the cheese and bacon topping. The ribs were so tender and the meat fell right off them, the BBQ sauce was really tasty and there was plenty on them so they weren't dry. The 'fries' were good especially topped with cheese and bacon.



The other side I chose was the signature wedge lettuce. The brought this out as a starter. It was really good, the lettuce was really fresh and crisp and there was loads of blue cheese dressing and blue cheese on top.



DH had the 14oz ribeye. He got the same sides as I did. He really enjoyed this!



This is our most expensive meal so far, the total came to $59.14 but we all enjoyed what we ordered so it was well worth it.



After dinner we called in at the Vinland outlets for a spot of shopping, the outlets are lovely and quiet in the evening, we will definitely shop at this time in the future! When we got back to our hotel I had a few glasses of straw-bet-Rita that we picked up at racetrack gas station. This was really nice and cost about $3.50 for a 25 fl oz can.



This morning we had coffee in the room and decided to grab and early lunch before heading to typhoon lagoon. We settled on steak and shake as it's one of our favourites and out that way. DD ordered a Coke to drink.



Kids eat free all day every day which is great. DD had the steakburger minis with fries. These were 2 mini cheeseburgers, it was a decent sized portion to be fair.



DH and I both got the garlic steakburger. This is one of my favourite burgers ever! I love garlic and there's plenty here! The burger had garlic butter smothered all over it and the bun has garlic salt sprinkled on top. The result is a very moist and very tasty burger. These are $3.99 each, really good value!



DH had a chocolate fudge brownie shake. These are $3.69 and a meal in themselves! There is loads of brownie in there and you need a spoon to eat some of it! This is my usual shake too but I decided to give something else a try for a change.



I had a chocolate peanut butter shake. I absolutely love peanut butter flavour so had to try this! It didn't disappoint, it was so yummy! The only thing I prefer about the chocolate fudge brownie shake is it had brownie in it which I like having the bits to eat. Our total came to $21.24, fantastic value!



We made our way to typhoon lagoon. It's hot hot hot today!!! I grabbed a strawberry frozen drink, this is $5.75 including tax. This wasn't as good as the passion fruit drinks, but I felt I had to try one to be sure 😂 I'll stick to passion fruit from now on.



We didn't last long at typhoon lagoon and came back to the hotel for a swim in the pool, this meant we were able to make it to Kobe for opening at 5pm. Tuesdays are kids eat free if you sign up to the rewards club, I downloaded the app it was really easy. They also have an early bird menu from 5-6pm. For drinks we all got cokes.



Kobe has a sit down regular restaurant section and a hibachi section. We wanted the hibachi, it's very similar to teppan edo at Epcot.



The hibachi menu is sold as 6 courses. First of all is the onion soup. This is nice, it's quite weak tasting but DD absolutely loves it.



Next up is the salad, this comes with a ginger dressing which tastes lovely but has a weird consistency.



They give you 2 sauces for the meats, white 'yum yum' sauce and ginger sauce. I absolutely love the yum yum sauce, I put it on everything!



Next the chef cooks the egg fried rice, this was really tasty with plenty of seasoning and a decent sized serving. That is a full sized dinner plate.



Next up is the veggies, these are cooked in soy sauce and seasoning and were lovely!



Then the noodles were piled on top. By this point I was getting pretty full. The portion sizes are huge!



For meat you have a choice of things like sirloin steak, fillet mignon, chicken, shrimp, salmon or you can have combinations of these. I went for sirloin steak, you got a 6oz serving of the meat/fish. DH went for the steak and shrimp combo and DD had the kids chicken, the kids portion was a 3oz serving. I had my steak medium rare and it was cooked perfectly and was delicious.



This is DD's plate with the chicken. She was ploughing through the pile of food best she could. The kids portion is massive!



With the kids eat free promo we saved the $9 on the kids meal. My sirloin was full price to take advantage of kids eat free, couldn't combine the offer with the early bird so my meal was $21 (early bird price is $17), DH's steak and shrimp is usually $26 but early bird it was $20. Overall our meal came to $53.59, it's our most expensive meal so far but we were absolutely stuffed and the food was really good! They offered to box up DD's leftovers to take with us!



We had a very leisurely lie in this morning, we got up and had coffee in the room.



I don't do cereal for breakfast, I'm more of a toast person so I had hickory BBQ crisps to put me on until we get something more substantial in the parks. Today's plan is Epcot, we always end up at the boulangerie patisserie in France, any other recommendations?



We ended up at our usual boulangerie patisserie lunch location. DD had a ham and cheese croissant. They warmed this and it was delicious as usual.



DH had the apple and Brie sandwich, he also had this warmed. This was really good too.



I had the ham and cheese sandwich. This is ham and cheese in a baguette with butter. This is lovely, the bread is really crispy and chewy like proper French bread. I had this cold.



We also got a meringue for dessert which we all shared. This was just meringue dipped in chocolate. It wasn't great to be honest, there's so many better choices here. The meringue was really hard and not chewy at all.



Total came to $24.71, pretty reasonable priced lunch and we were all full afterwards.



We left Epcot for magic kingdom and on the way out DH stopped at the joffreys stand and got a passion fruit frozen drink. He'd wanted one since he tried mine yesterday. We shared this, it was as good as ever!



We stopped by casey's corner for dinner this evening. We got 2 foot long all beef hot dogs to share between us, there come with fries and cost $10.99 each. There is a small toppings bar inside where you can add cooked onions, raw onion, jalapeños or peppers. We grabbed a few packets of tomato sauce and mustard for them too.



We got a chocolate milk for DD to drink and DH and I shared a minute maid lemonade.



This came to a total of $30.42. We couldn't fault the size of the hot dogs for the price, they were massive! More than enough for the 3 of us.



We stayed for the happily ever after fireworks which I thought were really good but can't decided whether they're as good as wishes. We made a quick getaway and called in at cold stone creamery on our way back to our hotel. Having never been here before it was quite confusing how the ordering worked. DD and I shared a 'gotta have it' size chocolate ice cream with brownie, fudge sauce and chocolate chips. This came to $6.98 with tax and was absolutely huge, more than enough for two of us to completely pig out on, it was really good ice cream too. Sorry about the photo, I had to start eating it in the car as we didn't want it to melt 😂



We decided to head out for breakfast this morning, I've been looking forward to Cracker Barrel breakfast! DD and I had a Coke and DH had a coffee.



DH and I both ordered momma's big breakfast. I had it with scrambled eggs and bacon.



DH had eggs cooked sunny side up and sausage.



It came with 3 pancakes. We both got pecan pancakes. These are amazing!! Best pancakes I've ever had!!



They come with a bottle of syrup to pour on you's elf. This syrup is really good, it's been warmed so is really runny.



DD had the kids pancakes. This is 2 buttermilk pancakes and ate huge for a child's serving.



The total came to $31.65. Breakfasts not cheap but it will hopefully keep us going through until dinner.



As we suspected we didn't need lunch and spent the afternoon in Hollywood studios. We stopped off for a snack mid afternoon. We filled our refillable popcorn bucket for $1.50.



DH got a coffee for the counter opposite toy story mania. We really enjoy joffrey's coffee and wish we could buy it somewhere to bring home!



DD and I got a frozen passion fruit drink to share. Absolutely love these! This was $5.49.



For dinner we decided to drive down to Disney springs and go and see the Earl. We got a large soft drink to share between us.



DH and I both got a holiday turkey sandwich. These are absolutely delicious. There was loads of filling! It's turkey, cranberry and cornbread stuffing.



DD had a Mac and cheese. We all agree this is the best Mac cheese we've ever tasted and there's never any left!



We used our DVC discount and the total came to $21.53.



DD had wanted to go to T-Rex for dinner but we weren't particularly impressed by the food last time so we decided to surprise her and head there for dessert. I used our landrys card and we were seated with a 10 minute wait which considering the amount of people waiting for tables was pretty good. We ordered a Coke each and the chocolate extinction to share. This was 4 pieces of chocolate fudge cake with caramel filling, served with ice cream and marshmallow topping covered with chocolate sauce and caramel sauce with butterfinger pieces. The container in the middle contained dry ice so looked like it was smoking, it was very impressive. The cake was really fudgy and rich. We almost managed to finish it. The cake was $17.99 and our total with drinks was $27.



After a few hours looking round Disney springs we came back to our hotel and had a few drinks, DH had a couple of the beers that we bought in publix.



I had a mango-Rita. These are really good, taste like fizzy mango! Lovely to sip away at while planning tomorrow's fun and watching very old episodes on friends.


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