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Happy new year!
New year - New pre trip report🙂
We decided that due to Easter falling completely outside of the school Easter holidays we would do another Easter trip in 2019, so we’ve ended up with this countdown.
The cast will be Myself (33), DH (34) and DD (5). This will be trip number 8 for DD and my 6th live trip report.



On Christmas Day a quick browse of Skyscanner showed some reasonable direct flights for our dates. We’ve flown indirect with BA into Miami at a bargain price for our last 2 trips but were keen to arrive into MCO this trip with as little faffing as possible if the price was right. We got 2adults and 1child MAN-MCO for £750 each including luggage and seat reservations, more than we paid for both flights each last year but our dates weren’t flexible and we were really hoping for direct.



Our dates are 30th March - 11th April, arriving back on the 12th. Learning from past experience we booked our Manchester airport parking right away, in the past the price had just risen and risen the closer we got to the holiday so we booked our 14 days meet and greet parking for £39.96.



This is a relatively short notice trip and being DVC members hoping to use our points we were aware we would potentially struggle to get availability for our entries trip and all at one resort is all but impossible at this point. So what we have managed to get so far is 30th March - 4th April in a studio at copper creek villas. Never stayed at wilderness lodge before so we are very excited about this! Hoping to try the new character storybook dining meal with Snow White etc while staying here.



We’ve also booked 5th April - 11th April in a studio at at Old Key West. Another resort we’ve never stayed at, having read lots about it we’re excited for a quieter second half to our holiday and the proximity to Disney springs and boat transportation.



That left us with one night 4th-5th April to fill. The only resort with any availability has been Saratoga springs, the fact it is the Star Wars half marathon weekend has made availability for these dates particularly difficult. I currently have both Copper creek and old key west waitlisted for this night but least we have somewhere booked if they don’t come through. If we end up keeping our night at Saratoga springs we’ll probably pay for the deluxe dining plan for this night. We’ve stayed at Saratoga Springs before 7 years ago and it’s one of our home resorts do it would be nice to return.



Update - 79 days to go!

My ritual stalking of the DVC availability calendar paid off and I secured the night we were looking for at wilderness lodge before our waitlist filled 😁
This means we’re now 30th March - 5th April Wilderness lodge and 5th April - 11th April Old Key West.
Sent DDs passport renewal off yesterday so just waiting to get that back and sort her ESTA.



74 days to go!

Shortly after the last update I managed to secure the 5th April at copper creek so cancelled that night at OKW and giving us a 7night-5night split. We love the magic kingdom resort area so having longer here suits us.

Booked our 12 day car hire, was over the moon with the price, £321 for a standard SUV, this was booked with Alamo brits and includes an extra driver. Although I don’t do a lot of driving on holiday it’s nice to have the option.

Fastpass day is in 14 days. We haven’t bought our park tickets yet but plan on getting the 14 day ultimates direct from Disney for £375 which include the limited edition toy story magic band. Our annual passes are still valid for the first 4 days of our trip so regardless we will be able to make them fast passes in 2 weeks time.



57 days to go!!

We decided that we’d like to do chef mickeys (DDs favourite) and storybook dining character dinner. With the refillable mugs included this would cost us over $300. We’ve decided it makes sense to do the deluxe dining plan for our first night as this would cost about $280. We’d also be able to do another table service meal and get 6 snacks between us.
So to enable us to purchase 1 night of a dining plan we’ve moved our first night to boardwalk. We managed to book a boardwalk view room and we’re beyond excited 😊
We expect to arrive around 7pm, check in and pop out for a meal in Epcot (we’ll see what’s available when we arrive). If we arrive later we’ll use snacks to get something (possibly flower and garden booth items).
Early start the first morning as usual so we’ve booked a 7am chef mickeys breakfast. After this we’ll hang out at the pool for an hour or so, before Leaving boardwalk and checking in at copper creek for 7 nights.
If we didn’t have a meal last night we’ll find somewhere for lunch, if not we’ll use snacks, got fast passes in magic kingdom that afternoon and then will return to wilderness lodge for our 8.30pm dinner reservation artists point storybook dining.



Fastpass day was 3 days ago, plenty of availability for slinky dog/flight of passage.

8 weeks tomorrow!!!


US Rent A Car


So home time had arrived 😭 We’d set an alarm for 8am as we thought we’d probably sleep past that. We’d finished most of our packing last night it was just this mornings essentials we needed to pack. We had one last watch of the monorails off the balcony and said goodbye to our ‘home’.



We popped by he contempo cafe with our mugs and grabbed a drink each for the journey. We set off from bay lake tower around 9.30am.



We drove down the US27 and stopped off at Walmart in clewiston to use the restrooms. The rest of the drive passed by pretty quickly and we arrived at the airport at 1.30pm. The car drop off is pretty straight forward , similar to Orlando in that you drive into the car park, pull up, someone checks over the car and hands you a receipt and you’re off. We got the monorail over to the airport, Iberia check in is located at terminal E, when we arrived at the check in desk there was a smallish queue waiting and we were checked in within about 15 minutes.



Remembering our experience at Easter with the lack of food options after security we decided to grab some lunch at subway before going through security. DH had a foot long meatball marinara for $7,



I had a foot long ham for $7



dd had a kids cheese and ham sandwich with apple slices and juice box for $6. Total was $20.



We then headed through security, it wasn’t particularly busy and took about 10 minutes. We only had about an hour before boarding was called for our flight so we had a look round the couple of shops. Boarding was completed quickly and we took off about 10 minutes early. The in flight entertainment was much better with Iberia that BA. There were 60 films to choose from and I found 4 that I watched throughout the flight.



About an hour and a half into the flight they came round with the dinner service. The choice was pasta or meatballs. I went with the pasta as the meat I had last time was awful. The pasta turned out to be spinach and ricotta and tomato pasta. It wasn’t great, I managed about a third of it. It came with a salad I didn’t touch and a stone cold hard bread roll, which I also didn’t bother with. The cake was a chocolate cake and was just ok. I ate it out of hunger more than anything. I had a coke to drink with this. After tidying about trays away it was lights out and it remained this way until 50 Minutes before we landed. There were no other drinks offered between this.



50 mins before we landed the cabin crew came round with breakfast. It was a box containing a cheese and chicken croissant which was fine, a blueberry muffin (bleurgh), a pack of gummy sweets (errrr what?) and a twix (phew). It came with a choice of fruit juice so I went for orange.



Then they came offering tea or coffee. After a quick sail through the cabin collecting trash it was time for landing in Madrid, we ended up landing 40 minutes early and it was still dark! This meant we had an hour and a half to get our connection. The boards were showing us to go to gate S42 for our Manchester flight, so instead of making our way to terminal4 H and to the gate the plane was at we had to do to gate S42 in terminal 4S that we landed at, from here a bus collected us and took us straight to the plane, a much easier process. There were quite a number of us making this connection from the Miami flight.



We boarded at 8.40am and were slightly delayed taking off, the flight was uneventful and over quickly. Food and drinks are available to purchase on this flight should you wish. We landed about 15 minutes early, we were quickly off the plane and through passport control and waiting for our bags. They took about 20 minutes but we’re all off relatively quickly when they started coming and this time all our luggage made it, including the pram!! Horray!!! We called the meet and greet company who brought our car to the terminal car park and we were on our way home by 11.10am.



Today’s our last day 😭 we wanted to get a few things done that we hadn’t managed to fit in yet. We were up at out as quick as possible this morning, our later evenings were catching up with us and we were sleeping in longer so it was 10.45am before we arrived at Hollywood studios. We walked round to the beauty and the beast stage show which started at 11am, we got pretty good seats. While we were waiting for the show to start I managed to pick up a fastpass for slinky dog coaster for 11.10am. We all enjoyed beauty and the beast, it’s been a while since we’ve seen this as we’ve always managed to miss it. We then walked over to toy story mania for our slinky fastpass, this was DH’s first time on this and we all thought it was fab.



The weather started to turn just as we got off and they announced that the ride may be stopped due to incoming inclement weather, we walked over to the Disney junior stage show and as we got there the rain started, it was really heavy! We sheltered under the canopy outside the star wars launch bay until the Disney junior stage show opened. This is a really fun show for kids and includes Mickey and the gang, Sofia the first, doc mcstuffins and jake and the neverland pirates.



By the time we came out the rain had cleared and we were feeling ready for some lunch, the nearest place was the dockside diner, we got 2 foot long hotdogs topped with pulled pork and coleslaw, these came with a packed to lays crisps, these were $11.49. This was more than enough between the 3 of us, they were huge and really tasty! The pulled pork and coleslaw were both really good and there was plenty of both.



After lunch we popped over to the animation courtyard to meet the Disney junior characters, the queues for these were really short! Literally only a minute or two wait for each. Dd absolutely loves doc mcstuffin so we met her twice, she was great.



It was now nearing 2pm so we decided to call it a day in Hollywood studios and drive over to Epcot for the rest of the day. We always end our time in he parks at magic kingdom but unfortunately there happened to be a Halloween party on tonight so mk closed at 6pm so we had a change of routine and picked Epcot as our final park. We arrived around 2.30pm, bag check was quite busy considering the time. We walked over to living with the land which dd and DH rode and I sat this one out.



I decided to head over to the festival centre while they were on the ride, I got myself a tropical mimosa from the shimmering sips mimosa bar, this was pomegranate, orange and guava juice with sparking wine and cost $6. It was really good and I would have liked to try more of the mimosas on offer.



walked back over to the land to meet DH and DD and DD decided she would like to do the colourtopia interactive activities in innoventions again, there was no queue and it took about 15 minutes in total. We had a fastpass for soarin’ at 3.50pm so we walked back over to the land before calling in to see Mickey, goofy and Minnie at the character spot.



Dd really wanted to go back to the family play spot playground so we crossed back over towards test track and dd spent 20 minutes or so climbing in the playground, DH and I enjoyed a passion fruit slush from the Joffrey’s stand and our last bit of Florida sun and probably last bit of summer 🙁



We weren’t sure what to do for dinner, the food and wine festival was really busy and Epcot was heaving by this point. We made the decision to walk round to boulangerie patisserie les halles in France. Between us we got 2 lobster bisques, 2 croque monsieur’s and a duo chocolate dessert. The total came to $35.20. This was absolutely delicious.



The lobster bisque was lovely, it didn’t have any chunks of lobster in it but was really tasty.



The croque monsieur was really good with plenty of filling and lots of cheese on top.



We split the sandwiches between the 3 of us and then we all shared the dessert. This was so good, it was chocolate mousses on top of chocolate sponge covered in a shiny ganache. I could have eaten all this myself!



We continued round the world showcase to Norway as I had picked up a fastpass for frozen ever after and after coming of the ride we decided to meet Anna and Elsa, the wait time was posted as 20 minutes but there was only 2 families in front of us in the queue so was actually less than 5.
While in the fastpass queue for frozen I got a fastpass for test track at 7.40pm, we had about a 45 minute wait so we walked down to the fountains where there was a Disney du jour dance party going on, Remy and his friend who’s name I forget were there and a DH was playing loads of dancy songs, it was a great atmosphere. DH and dd decided they wanted to ride spaceship earth, there was no queue so they went off and did that whilst I got a Starbucks from fountain view. I’m not really a Starbucks person as I don’t know what all the words mean. I ended up getting the fall special of a salted caramel macchiato frappachino. I got the biggest size and this was $5.79, it tasted really good and when dd and DH got off spaceship earth they helped me out with it.



By now it was time for our test track fastpass and like so many other times during our holiday it was down. Rather then wait to see if it would be back up and running soon we used our fastpass for mission space instead, not the best idea having just drank about 2 pints of milk in frozen form 😂. When we came off dd played in the kids climbing area at the end of the ride for 10 minutes or so and then we decided to call it a night, we left Epcot and all the fun and frivolities of the food and wine festival and drove back to bay lake tower.
We considered going to watch hallowishes from the top of the world lounge but instead we packed up most of our stuff ready for an early start to Miami in the morning. We did stop to watch the electrical water pageant from the balcony to one final time this holiday.



Today was the first day of the international food and wine festival at Epcot. We’d never been here when the f&w was on in the past so we were very excited to try it out.
We got the resort monorail round to the transportation and ticket centre and then hopped on the Epcot monorail arriving at Epcot at 10.45am. Bag check was rammed but moving quickly and took just over 5 minutes to get though. The annual pass queue for the tapstiles was empty so we were then in the park very quickly. We decided to head to the festival centre to check it out but it was so busy we decided to return later on in the day.



I was wanting to catch the spectaculab science show but we had about 40 minutes until the next one so we took dd to the family play area near mousegears. This is a small playground area with things to climb on, dd was in her element. Whilst we were there a Disney production representative came over to ask if it would be alright if they filmed and photographed dd on the playground to use in promotional material for the food and wine festival.



They got us to sign a permission form and gave her a special pin as a thank you.



We managed to make it over to innoventions in time for the 11.45am show of spectaculab, this was a fun science show about pressure/force/acceleration. Being a physicist it was right up my street, dd even took part in one of the pressure demonstrations on stage.



When the show finished we spent some time checking out the colour exhibits in the pavilion too. Dd particularly enjoyed the magic paintbrush mural where you paint a picture using an interactive magical colour paintbrush.
We were feeling hungry by now and keen to hit the food and wine booths. As we walked through future world we decided to call into club cool as dd loves trying the different drinks, who am I kidding?! We all do! Just outside club cool we spotted Craig and Ryno from the dis unplugged. Admittedly I was a little star struck as these two are 2 of my favourites from the show!



We got to the world showcase and our first stop was canada where we got a le Cellier wild mushroom beef fillet mignon with a truffle butter sauce, this was $8 and pretty small but very tasty!! It was cooked perfectly and was melt in the mouth.



We continued round to Morocco where we shared a chocolate baklava, this is rolled phyllo bough with toasted almonds and dark chocolate sauce. We all really liked this, especially dd. This was $4.



Next stop was the hops and barley booth in the American adventure pavilion. We got a New Brunswick slider here for $5.75. This was slow braised beef brisket pot roast style, with horseradish cream, crispy fried onions on a potato roll with pickled vegetables on the side. This was disappointingly small. Having had a slider from the flower and garden booth in exactly the same position as this booth at Easter that was easily 4 times the size of this for the same price, it made this seem poor value. It also had quite a lot of heat to it so dd wasn’t impressed.



After our food we called into the America’s pavilion to watch the American adventure show, this is something we have never done, we thought it was ok, we were impressed by the size and grandeur of the theatre it is shown in.



When we came out we carried on round to germany, here we went into Karamel kuche instead of a booth, I got a caramel pecan bar, this was shortcake topped with werthers caramel and pecans, it was absolutely amazing! Cost was $3.99 and I could eat this again and again, we all agreed it was lovely!



Just along from here we got our first drink from the brewers collection booth, we went for the schofferhofer hefeweizen pomegranate beer this was $4.25 for a small glass and tasted pretty good but we agreed we prefer the grapefruit version.



As we neared China we came across the India booth, DH was undecided what to get here as it all sounded so good so he settled on the warm Indian bread with pickled garlic, mango salsa and coriander pesto dips, this was $4.75 and all 3 dips were delicious. We especially enjoyed the coriander pesto.



Back at the showcase plaza we came across the Thailand booth, another one DH was looking forward to, we picked a dish each here. DH had the red hot spicy Thai curry beef with steamed rice, this was $5.50 and he enjoyed it, it had abit of heat to it but not too over the top.



had the marinated chicken with peanut sauce and stir Fried vegetables. This was my favourite thing so far, really good and cost $5.



We decided to do another lap of the world showcase and finish off DDs Epcot passport, as we walked through the showcase plaza we came across the dis unplugged people again, this time Steve and Charles were there with them too.
We carried on towards Canada and UK collecting the traveller cards and getting the passport signed. In France DH watched the impressions of France film while dd and I coloured at the kidcot station.
We got asked towards Morocco and DH spotted the Brazil booth, here he got the crispy pork belly with black beans, tomato and onions, he thought this was really nice, whilst he ate this dd and I queued to meet belle as the queue was really short.



After our character meet DH got us each A Stella Artois hard cidre for $4.25, we drank these as we walked through Morocco. We completed the rest of the Epcot passport by visiting Japan and America and continued on down to Germany.



Here we only had one thing we wanted the schofferhofer hefeweizen grapefruit beer, we got one each for $8.50 and it was a lovely as usual. We drank these as we made our way round the final stretch of the world showcase and back towards the festival centre.



We called in and got our pass holder festival magnets. These will join our 2 from the flower and garden festival on our fridge. We looked round the Ghirardelli exhibit and got a caramel square sample each and by now it was time for our test track fastpass. After a quick blast round the sim track we walked over to mouse gears where I decided to buy the pass holder pandora charm. This was $55 with 20% passholder discount.



We were now undecided what to do, we were wanting some dinner, we had a fastpass for soarin abit later and DH wanted to catch happily ever after back at magic kingdom as it was our last chance to watch it this trip. We made the decision to catch the monorail back to the TTC and walk round to the grand Floridian and have some dinner at gasparilla grill.
Dd had the mac and cheese kids meal with fries, grapes and chocolate milk, this was $6.99.



DH had the blackened fish Reuben with fries, this was $12.99 and he enjoyed this, it was something different.



I had the chicken, ham and Brie sandwich with fries for $11.49, this was absolutely delicious! I loved this sandwich and could eat it any time!



After our dinner we got the monorail round to magic kingdom where we hung out in the town square before watching the fireworks. DH is a total convert to happily ever after and now totally prefers them to wishes.



We left after the fireworks and walked back to bay lake tower, dd had asked if we could go into community hall to do some colouring before it closed at 10pm so we agreed we would stop by for a while, as we reached bay lake tower Captain Hook was making his way from the firework cruise into community hall, there was no one in there when we followed him in, it was brilliant, however dd wasn’t interested in Captain Hook, she just wanted to colour. A few people stopped by for autographs/photos with Hook and left, he then came over and sat and coloured with dd. It was such a magical experience, he coloured a picture and gave it to Dd to keep. We ended up taking an load of photos and then heading back up to our room. We were on time for the electrical water pageant which we watched together from the balcony then went inside for a bed time snack of Halloween party candy 😂😂



Unsurprisingly we had a good lie in this morning, we woke around 9.30am and had candy for breakfast. We’ve got quite the stash of snickers and m&ms 😂
This Mornings plan was animal kingdom, saying that we barely made it for morning. We arrived just before 12 and walked round towards yak and yeti counter service. Dd and I shared the honey chicken with white rice, this was ok, not as goos as the honey chicken at the table service, it was only lukewarm and only had 5 pieces of chicken which seemed disappointing for $10.99.



DH had the Asian chicken wrap, we were expecting it to be warm but it wasn’t. His was also $10.99.



Total came to $23.41. We’re finding that sharing a meal between dd and I is often a better amount of food and leaves us room for dessert!



After our quick lunch we got the train from Harambe over to the conservation station. Here we met doc mcstuffin, there was no queue and no one came behind us so doc spent ages with dd and walked her round all the exhibits in this section showing her the animals and things. Dd absolutely loved this, she was In her element and couldn’t stop grinning!



We went out to the affection section and petted some goats, sheep and pigs, the weather clouded over and the animals were roaming around quite a lot which was great for petting and brushing them.



We caught up with Rafiki inside and said hi to doc again before catching the train back to harambe.



As we were walking back to the car it became obvious the weather was going to take a turn for the worse so we decided we would drive to Chili’s in the 192 for a early dinner.



We were seated almost straight away, they had to clear a table for us even though the place was 90% empty. They had an offer on of 3 for $10,



DH and I decided to make use of this. We both ordered a coke to drink. We had chips and salsa as a starter, there were loads of chips! Too many if anything - if that’s possible. The salsa was really good and there was plenty.



For the mains we both got the chicken crispers with honey chipotle sauce, this came with a choice of 2 sides too, we both had fries and DH had corn on the cob and I had coleslaw.
Neither of us were impressed with the crispers, they tasted really greasy and left a weird taste in your mouth. I felt pretty sick after eating them.



Dd had the kids grilled cheese for $5.20, this came with a side and she chose fries, to be fair she really enjoyed this.



otal came to $27 which is pretty decent for 3 of us, just a shame about our mains. Unlikely to be somewhere we will return to any time soon, it used to be a firm favourite of ours but had certainly gone downhill in the past few years.



We had a fastpass for slinky dog but decided to sack off Hollywood studios and go to magic kingdom instead, it was still raining and we figured there was more to do in MK when wet and were closer to the hotel if we get soaked and want to go back/get changed.
I made fastpasses for enchanted tales with belle, Cinderella/elena meet and greet and big thunder mountain. We had a wander around and went up the Swiss family Robinson treehouse, met Donald and goofy and dd went for a play on the dumbo play area even though there was no actual queue for the ride.



We went a found a spot on Main Street to watch happily ever after and after it finished we popped into the plaza ice cream shop for a sundae to share, we got an all American sundae with chocolate and butter pecan ice creams, this is topped with fudge sauce and peanut butter sauce, whipped cream, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and a cherry. This was $5.69 and absolutely delicious!



It was extra magic hours this evening so we stayed for abit longer and watched mickeys philharmagic, went on buzz light year space ranger spin which DH won by quite the margin. We considered getting the monorail back but the queue looked like it was halfway down the ramp and we remembered that one of the things we love about bay lake tower is being able to walk back to our room in 10 minutes so enjoyed a nice amble back.



I had a couple of drinks and we ate some of our Halloween candy before going to sleep.



We wanted to have a lazy morning in preparation for the late night at mickeys not so scary Halloween party tonight.
We had breakfast in the room and then headed down to the contemporary marina to catch the boat launch over to fort wilderness and campground.



The boat takes about 10 minutes and the views back towards the contemporary are stunning.



We arrived at fort wilderness and walked over towards the ranch. Here you can do trail rides and pony rides, so we took dd on one of the little ponies called jester around the small kids walking trail. It was $8 for 1 lap or $12 for 2.
This was great fun and we even saw he pony she rode last time we were here, Hershey.



The cast members on the ranch do a half hour tour which we just caught the start of which was really interesting. We saw the calliope that Walt Disney bought for Disneyland and some of the horses that do various roles around Disney.
There’s a little playground down by the boat dock which is in the shade of the trees so it doesn’t get too hot to play on during the day.



We got the return launch back to the contemporary via wilderness lodge, the weather was starting to turn and the sky was looking very dark.



We went into Contempo cafe for some lunch.
I ordered the concourse Cuban; Slow-roasted pork loin, shaved ham, dill pickles, dijon mayonnaise and swiss cheese $11.49. This was pretty good but could have done with more filling.



DH had the Chicago Style Italian Beef Sub - shaved Italian beef, mozzarella, crusty baguette, and seasoned jus $12.99. I used some of the jus to dip mine in too, it was really tasty!



Dd had the turkey marinara with spaghetti,



this came with fries, grapes and a chocolate milk, this was $7.29.
Our total was $33.31 and we used our refillable mugs for drinks.



After lunch we’d planned to go back to our room and get ready for mickeys not so scary Halloween party and go over to magic kingdom early to do some fastpasses but by now the rain was hammering down and we didn’t fancy getting wet so we hung out waiting for the rain to calm. Eventually about 4.45pm we decided to set off and get the monorail round to magic kingdom. We’d brought costumes to dress up for the party, DH was captain jack sparrow, dd was tinkerbelle and I was Alice in wonderland. We saw loads of people dressed up which all added to the atmosphere and fun. When we arrived it was still raining, we got issued with our wristbands at the enterance and we popped in to see tinkerbelle, she was great with DD!



We then Walked up the back lane behind the shops on Main Street where they have some cute Halloween statues. When we got the Tomorrowland terrace cast members were handing out trick or treat bags to people with wristbands.



We had a wander round through the park and noticed the wait time for the rides were very short, most only 5-10 minutes. We headed round to haunted mansion and then to pirates of the Caribbean.



After these we queued to meet jack sparrow, the queues for the characters were really long and after getting wet through with rain we weren’t too fussed about posing for photographs.



We did a few trick or treat trails as we crossed the park, the philharmagic, Pinocchios village haus and mobsters inc laugh floor were particularly good ones as they had 2 stops on one path. We called into Gaston’s tavern and got a cinnamon roll with extra icing to share, these are huge and really tasty! Cost $4.99 and the sugar would see us through for a couple of hours 😂.



In storybook circus there was a Disney junior dance party with doc mcstuffins and Timon, we spent quite a bit of time dancing and hoola hooping to the music 😂



It was nearing time for the parade so we walked down to the castle and found a spot with a decent view as it came round the corner from liberty square. Unfortunately due to the wet surface the headless horseman didn’t come past. The parade was good, still not as good as spectromagic which it my all time favourite night parade.



After the parade we did abit more trick or treating and then found a spot on Main Street for hallowishes. The theme and music was pretty good but I can’t decide whether I liked them any more than regular wishes or happily ever after, the perimeter fireworks at the end were pretty awesome though.
After the fireworks we were feeling quite hungry, some of the quick service options are unavailable during the Halloween parties so we ended up at cosmic rays again. DH had a cheese burger with fries



DD and I shared the kids chicken nugget meal. 4 nuggets - good job we weren’t that hungry 😂



This comes with 2 sides and a drink so we got double fries and a coke. Mobile ordering took ages this time and we quickly realised that when the queues are short it’s much quicker to order via the tills rather than the app.



fter we were fed we hit a couple more trick or treat stops on the way back over to the dance party. We popped into the seven dwarfs meet and the queue was about 30 minutes long at this point but we decided that we’d rather do the dance party.



Around 11.45pm we made our way to Main Street and got a couple of photopass photos on the way out. Dd had fallen asleep in her pram by this point so we walked back to bay lake tower and were pretty much straight to sleep.



We got quite the haul of candy between us. Dd is absolutely awestruck by it all. Not sure how it will all be coming home with us yet 😂






This morning it was a quick breakfast in the room with coffee in our mugs from Contempo cafe and then out to typhoon lagoon for opening.
We arrived at 9.50am, they had already let people into the park but everyone was held before the bridge over to the big wave pool until 10am. We grabbed a sun lounger near the wave pool and headed off into the water, we then did miss adventurefalls with a 5 minute wait and then a float round the lazy river. Dd played in the kids area and we had a go down the family raft which is quite frankly not worth queuing for and the another float round the lazy river before leaving at 12.15pm.
We had a reservation for lunch at chef art smiths homecomin’ so drive over to Disney springs and parked up in the orange garage. We walked on down to homecomin’ and were seated right away.
After eating here at Easter we knew the portion sizes involved so we were going to get 2 starters and share them. First up we all ordered a coke each.



Dd had the kids cheeseburger with vegetables and mac & cheese, this was $9. The vegetables were peas and carrots but Dd said they tasted weird and she loves veg usually.



DH and I shared the thigh high chicken biscuits, this was $14. There were 3 of them and they’re effectively a cheese scone with a piece of fried chicken inside drizzled in honey. They come served with coifed pickles. This was really good but so filling! I managed 2 just(!)



We also got the jasper board to share, this was $18. On it there was smoked fish dip, pimento cheese, 2 types of shredded/thinly sliced ham, candied pecans and pickles.



It was served with some crisp breads. This was lovely. I especially liked the pimento cheese.
They have 10% dvc discount here so our total came to just over $50.



After lunch we had a wander round Disney springs and popped into the Joffrey shop where we bought a couple of bags of coffee. We got the French bistro coffee that is in the rooms at Disney and the California grill blend. These were $13.49 each with an extra 20% off dvc discount.



The sky darkened and it looked like rain was imminent so we called it a day and drove back to BLT, we decided we were going to head over to magic kingdom for the evening but the rain started.



We got ready and made our way down to community hall on the ground floor to wait out the rain, we did some colouring and the rain soon passed so we caught the monorail round to magic kingdom.
I’ve booked a fastpass for big thunder mountain so we rode that, then caught the raft over to Tom Sawyer island, this is something I haven’t done for a good few years, it was a bit disappointing as a lot of it was closed off due to the refurb of the water around it/liberty belle. The mine and cave were still fun though If we couldn’t go to the fort.



After our brief visit to Tom Sawyer island we went on haunted mansion and then met Mickey Mouse, dd was upset that he no longer talks as this was always a highlight for us.
It was nearing 7pm and we thought we should probably get some dinner, I don’t think there’s a go to place to eat in magic kingdom so we just stopped by cosmic rays, it was quite busy at the tills so we used the app to mobile order which is such a great way to avoid the queues.
DH had a bacon cheese burger.



Dd and I shared the 10 piece chicken nugget meal, the nuggets were all big pieces of chicken and with some fixin’s to add to it there was enough for us both.



The nuggets went well with the chilli/pepper sauce from the fixin’s bar. We got a coke to share between us and this cost a total of $28.



After food DH went on the carousel of progress and there was a lovely rainbow in the sky while we waited for him, then we rode Tomorrowland speedway and the mad hatters tea cups. By this point my feet were starting to hurt with all the walking we’ve done over the past week and a half so I decided I wasn’t going to hang around for happily ever after and left dd and DH to watch these on Main Street.



When they returned dd had got herself a Minnie Mouse novelty apple. These was pretty expensive at $10 but really cute.


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