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We got breakfast at the Boardwalk again this morning - crumb cake, brownie, banana bread and chocolate croissant.

Another Animal Kingdom day today so we hopped on the bus and arrived there not long after it had opened. Our first FastPass was for Kilimanjaro Safaris so we headed round to Africa.



We loved the Safari as usual, and saw lots of animals. Fat unicorn (rhino!) In picture above.



Hippos underwater. Apparently although they don’t look it they are very aggressive and kill more people than any of the other animals. Also, they don’t swim very well they just walk along the bottom (not sure what they do when it gets too deep!).





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We had Hollywood Studios planned for today so we got up and headed to the boat dock to get the friendship boat over there. We were in luck as one was just pulling up as we arrived. The boat stopped at the Yacht club and then the Swan and Dolphin and then Hollywood Studios. I love getting the boat to a park!

It was another really hot day today and Hollywood Studios was really packed. They are doing previews of Galaxy’s Edge (the new Star Wars Land) for Annual Passholders but not the general public at the moment - it opens a few days after we leave.

We had a FastPass for Star Tours first - it was a new one we hadn’t seen before so I’m not sure whether they have added new scenes in preparation for all the Star Wars fans arriving. None of us were the Rebel Spy - it was a little girl on the front row who seemed quite affronted! On the way out she was saying to her Mum - I am not a spy, I might be a rebel but I am definitely NOT A SPY!

Our next FastPass was for Rock and Roller Coaster but then we had lunch at the Sci-Fi drive in diner which we were literally right next to so we went in and asked if we could have an early lunch and decided to skip the FastPass which we have for another day anyway.









The theming in here is really great - we enjoyed watching all of the trailers for the old sci-fi movies and the cars to eat in are really cute. We were sat at one with a car front and then a normal table which was probably a bit more sociable than sitting two by two in rows.

The kids both had Oreo milkshakes for their drinks.






I had an alcoholic version of the Oreo milkshake with Godiva chocolate liqueur, which also came with a flashing ice cube!



We all had burgers - DH and I with onion rings and the kids with fries. DD had a plain burger and the rest of us went with the BBQ burger. DS and I enjoyed it but DH wasn’t too keen.



Dessert was next. I went for the donut with ice cream and apples (had to get at least one of my five a day, right?).



The other three all went for the candy bar.



We left HS and got the boat back to the hotel. We chilled out in our room for the rest of the afternoon - I had a nap and the kids and DH watched Friends bloopers and played on devices.

In the evening we decided to go to Disney Springs for a walk around. It has really changed in the last few years - loads more restaurants and shops.



DH and DS very happy about me taking another photo!

We looked in some of the shops but didn’t buy anything. We picked up the $100 gift card we had included with the holiday from World of Disney. We got the bus back to Boardwalk. We had more of a relaxed day today, which I think we needed!



Sunset at Disney Springs.



Back at the Boardwalk.



Trattoria al Forno this morning for the Bon Voyage character meal (dropping off washing at the laundry on the way). I really liked the open kitchen (so made DH sit with his back to it so I could have a nose!). The kids were thrilled that this was a character breakfast!



Pastries were first to arrive along with orange juice. They were all delicious. At this point Flynn Rider came round and started talking to us but both of the kids blanked him and he got the message and made a graceful exit! I realised at this point that the grown ups would need to get photos with the characters instead to embarrass the teenagers!






I did get one of DS with Princess Ariel in the background! When she was at our table she said that she used to be a fish and asked us whether we had always been human. I told her that DS used to be a frog - which he was thrilled about!!



Next was Rapunzel. I told her DH had been practicing his smoulder (you can see it in the picture!).

Main breakfast came next - DD and DS had the pancake stack.



DH had Flynn Feast - with eggs over medium after asking the waitress what all of the different egg cooking terms meant!



I had the Royal breakfast with steak (never had steak for breakfast before!). It was really good.



We also had coffee and DD had chocolate milk. DS was happy to stick with the orange juice. You could have had an alcoholic drink but I think it’s a bit too early to have a cocktail with breakfast!

During breakfast the kids had a discussion about whether Mulan was the first cross-dressing or transgender princess. I think DS was trying to wind up DD by using the wrong terms!

After breakfast we went back to the laundry to put our stuff in the dryer, then back to our room for a little while. There is a website called Laundryview where you can check if the machines are free, it tells you how long is left on the cycle, and you can get a text to tell you when it has finished.



I definitely need to hand in my cool badge, getting impressed by laundry apps!



Once we had sorted the washing we headed out on the bus to Animal Kingdom. Despite having half the day to get there we managed to miss our first FastPass which was the animator drawing class which I was annoyed about because I really enjoy drawing and creative stuff, plus we had to walk practically to the back of the park then get a train to get there. We did see a great bird show while we were there though with the huge birds flying low over our heads so that put me in a better mood! I could have stayed for the next class but I was worried that we then wouldn’t have enough time to get to our next FastPass for flights of passage in Pandora.

It was hot as hell today - about 34 degrees and we hadn’t even been out at midday in the worst of it. We were pretty lucky that there was no rain though as usually there is a downpour some time in the afternoon but that didn’t happen today.



It was about 3pm at this point and we were getting a bit hungry but didn’t want too much as we were booked into Yak and Yeti for 5.15pm. So we went with DS recommendation and walked over to Flame Tree Barbeque where we got these for a snack credit. DH and I shared one, DS had one to himself and DD just had some fries. We wolfed that down and then went to Pandora for my favourite Disney ride.



Stopped on the way for a picture with the tree of life in the centre of Animal Kingdom.



In Pandora.



In Pandora with the floating mountains in the background. DD may have had enough of the heat and the photos at this point!



In Pandora again.

FoP was absolutely brilliant again - it is such an amazing ride and just makes me so happy! It really feels like you are soaring through the landscape on the back of a banshee. Thankfully this won’t be our only ride on this as we have FastPasses booked for later in the holiday too.

We left Pandora and walked over to Asia for our Expedition Everest FastPass. This was also great although we got split into different cars so our photos were split (if they ever come through!). I’m not sure how the technology works behind the photopass but our ride photos seem to take 24 hours to appear on the app so we can download them. So I will need to add them later.






Dinner at Yak and Yeti was next - this was a favourite on our last trip and DS has been dreaming about their honey chicken. Last time we came we had got a Landry card and I had a $25 reward on it so we decided to pay out of pocket for this meal, rather than using ddp credits, particularly as DD and I wanted to share a main meal and a side. The food was very good again and we all enjoyed it although DH had a feeling that the honey chicken came with more sauce last time.

We left AK and got the bus back to the Boardwalk. DD, DS and I all went to Ample Hills for more ice cream (delicious again!) and then DD and went to the quiet pool near our room for a bit of a cool down and a swim. We stayed in there for about an hour as the sun was setting, then we saw some lightning a little way away so we thought we had better get out because we didn’t want to get fried!



We decided to head down to the Boardwalk for breakfast this morning - DD had a Mickey Mouse brownie, DH had a jersey crumb cake and I had a blueberry Greek yogurt. DS decided to save himself and use a snack credit when we got in to MK.



DS looking cool on the Boardwalk.

We were off to MK today - the three peaks challenge: Space, Thunder and Splash Mountain! We caught the bus from in front of the Boardwalk. It only took about 5 minutes to come and then 15 mins to get to MK.



Heading down Main Street.






This is where we were heading. DS wanted a Cheshire Cat tail.



He said it was well nice and proper good!



We had a FastPass for Space Mountain but a bit of time to kill beforehand so we went on the Peoplemover. It was a walk on and we all enjoyed the breeze and the birds-eye view of Tomorrow Land as we zipped along.



Then we went on Carousel of Progress - a favourite since the first time we came to MK with the kids. I know it is old fashioned but I love the fact it was created by Walt himself and it’s so retro!



There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day!



Then on to Space Mountain. It always feels you are walking for miles to get on and off this ride. We all enjoyed it, although again the kids spent most time laughing at me screaming!



DD, me and DS on Space Mountain. I do enjoy these rides - honest!



DH and two random strangers.

We now had a FastPass for Big Thunder Mountain so headed back round to Frontierland. I want to do Hall of Presidents this trip as I’ve never done it before. We went in but a show had just started and we didn’t have time to wait and then do the show so we left and watched a show outside with Muppets instead.

From there we walked back to Fantasyland for our lunch date in the Beasts Castle for Be Our Guest.






Liberty Belle in the background.



Waiting outside Beasts Castle.






Inside the castle having lunch. Both DH and DS had the French Dip sandwich with fries - they both absolutely loved this. DD and I had the chicken casserole which was ok but I would order the French dip next time round. DD hardly ate any of hers. We did have a nice time in here though, the theming is great so we sat and enjoyed a second drink after we had finished our meal.






Bathroom stop at the prettiest bathrooms - Tangled themed! (DD - Mum, why do you want to take my picture in front of the toilets?).

We went to see Philharmagic after this as we had some time before our next FastPass. I don’t know if I’m imagining it but I’m sure you used to be able to smell apple pie during the Be Our Guest part of this - but if it used to do that it doesn’t anymore! But still a pleasant 10 minutes.



Then we had to head back round to Frontierland for our final FastPass of the day on Splash Mountain. On the way we caught the parade as we were walking along.









DS trying on a Goofy hat.

We left the park, via Hall of Presidents - but we’d just missed the show again and didn’t want to wait 20 mins. We got the bus back to the resort and arrived back at about 4pm.






We all decided to use a snack credit at Ample Hills Creamery.









I had Oatmeal lace (cinnamon flavour) and a pecan and treacle flavour one. Both were delicious - DH had the same flavours but in a cone. DD had a mint chic chip and milk cookies and cream. DS had blue cotton candy (bubblegum) and baked / unbaked (vanilla with cookie dough).






I can’t work out whether DH is showing off his ice cream cone or pretending to be the Statue of Liberty in this one!

We all chilled out in the room for a while, reading, playing on devices, and watching Disney movies (Ratatouille and Incredibles). DH had a dodgy tummy so just DS, DD and me went down to the Boardwalk for some dinner.






It was Saturday night, and the atmosphere on the Boardwalk was great. Loads of people but really laid back, and street entertainment as well as all of the bars shops and restaurants.

DS had ham and cheese on rye, I had beef and arugula, DD had a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup. We all had desserts (as we could swap out the drink that would normally come with a QS meal because we had the refillable resort mugs). DD had a chocolate sponge, DS had peanut butter cake and I had key lime pie. All delicious! We went back to the room - DH was feeling better but didn’t want anything to eat. We decided to book in for breakfast tomorrow at Trattoria al Forno instead of later in the holiday. We had a reasonably early night.



This is how DS started the day - strawberry cupcake for breakfast! He snuck off on his own to the Boardwalk Bakery while we were all getting ready.



Followed by his sister who had a pain au chocolat. DH and I skipped breakfast in anticipation of a fairly early lunch.



We had three FastPasses booked for this morning so headed for the front of the park. Soaring was up first, and we all really enjoyed it. It always makes me smile to see the bendy Eiffel Tower! After that we went on Living with the Land which is always a nice relaxing 10 mins and it’s interesting to see things growing that you usually only see on the supermarket shelf.



Am I the only person who thought pineapples grew on trees rather than in the ground?



Then we headed for club cool to try out all of the sodas from other countries. I actually quite like the taste of Beverley - it’s a bit like flavoured tonic water I think.






Then onto the Seas pavilion and a little bit of time to kill before our next FastPass. So we went into the aquarium and watched the sharks, dolphins, rays, turtles and fishes for half an hour.


















We went on The Seas with Nemo which was ok, then headed off to our lunch reservation at Teppan Edo. We visited here last time we came to Disney and this visit was just as good. We were sat with a Texan family who were really nice, and our chef was excellent - doing all of the usual tricks like the mickey ears and the onion volcano. He kept trying to do a British accent and failing miserably, and he was highly amused by DS saying cheers instead of thank you. DS, DH and I all had chicken and steak combo and DD had chicken. We all managed very well with the chopsticks too!















I had a very nice cocktail - Saiku Punch with watermelon, coconut, pineapple and plum wine. This was delicious and tasted like a proper holiday drink! DH had a non-alcoholic cocktail which he enjoyed.



Desserts were also surprisingly good - we all had mousse cake (I had green tea, DS and DD had mango and DH had ginger).



After our delicious lunch we headed back out of the park and back to our hotel for a rest. We all read and played on devices for a while. We managed to get an early evening FastPass for spaceship earth so went back to the park at about 6pm.



We decided to go the other way round world Showcase this time so we could stop off at Karamelle Kuche for a snack. I had caramel chocolate pecans, DS had chocolate caramel fudge brownie, DD had a caramel filling chocolate cookie and DH had a salted caramel square - all were delicious!



Karamelle Kuche - I could eat everything in this case!

We continued walking round to the front of the park and did Spaceship Earth. My favourite part of this ride is the end where the car turns round and you travel backwards down through the stars. By this time we were both tired and hungry so we went to the nearest quick Service, which was electric umbrella. The food was fine, we had burgers and chicken nuggets - but the decor in here looks like it hasn’t been updated since the seventies!

As we were walking out we caught Illuminations again - love all of the fireworks! We were lucky that there was a boat there just as we were coming out of Epcot so jumped on and it took us to the Boardwalk. I was happy not to have to walk back at the end of another busy day!



A busy day today as we move from Universal to Disney. We were awake by about 6am and started getting showered and dressed, then began packing the cases. I say packing, that’s what DH and I were doing - the kids were mainly looking at phones and occasionally scrunching something up and throwing it in the case. We went up to the club lounge for our breakfast for the last time, then went to check out. There was a really long line of people checking in so we had to wait a while. When I got to the front of the queue it turned out I didn’t need to wait there at all as they had sent the final bill through to my email already, but I hadn’t realised that was what they would do.

We got the boat to Citywalk and arrived at about 9am. DD and I both got pictures in the Voodoo Doughnut chair.



We had a hit list today of the things we wanted to get done in the parks and hoped we could manage it all before we needed to leave for our transfer to Disney.

We went to US first and saw there was no queue for Shrek so went on that as we haven’t done that since the first time we came with the kids in 2011. It was fun but very jiggly - I was glad I didn’t need the loo before I got on!

Next was Rip Ride Rocket (the first on our hitlist for today). I sat this one out - I hate the bit of roller coasters where you slowly ascend to the highest bit before you start going quickly and as the first ascent is literally vertical on this one I just can’t face it! I sat in the shade for a while catching up on my trip report instead.



Songs chosen on the ride: DS - Stronger by Kanye West, DD - I will survive by Gloria Gaynor, DH - not paying attention, didn’t choose anything and he didn’t recognise the song that played!

Next we went on Jimmy Fallon again - I love this ride. We must visit New York in real life some day. We were now finished all the things we wanted to do in Universal Studios park so we headed to Harry Potter land to get the train across to Islands of Adventure.






We were in a carriage with a man leaning forward blocking the screen for the rest of us but looking at his phone! I did the typically British thing of not saying anything at all though! I’m not that bothered about this ride anyway - it’s just annoying when people are either so oblivious to others or so selfish that they don’t care.

We were soon in Hogsmeade and had a bit of a wander around, looking at the ridiculously expensive sweets in Honeydukes.



We decided to get an early lunch and tried out The Three Broomsticks as the kids wanted some butter beer and it seemed to be a more civilised way of getting it than queueing up in the sun to get some from one of the carts. I was a bit dubious about the thought of the food from here but it turned out to be quite good. DH really enjoyed his smoked chicken with corn, and DD also liked her fish and chips although there was too much food for her to finish.



DS liked the Shepherds Pie, and my mini pasties were only ok but I loved the salad with blue cheese dressing.






We also all had butterbeer - kids both went for the frozen variety, I had butterbeer ice cream and DH had potted butterbeer - all very nice!






DD and the Beaux Batons.



Next we headed for the Forbidden Journey ride. I went on with the kids and DH decided to sit this one out as it had given him motion sickness last time he was on it. I like it but always forget how long the section is with the spiders - which I hate! You can see from the ride photo how much I hate them and how amusing that is to DS!



We walked round to Superhero island and had a final go on Spider-Man.



And then on to the Hulk. DH sat this one out.



And then it was time to get back to the hotel to pick up our transfer



Pictures of Royal Pacific before leaving.









Our driver was waiting for us, right on time, and before we knew it we were pulling into the Boardwalk Inn (at about 2.30pm). We checked in but our room wasn’t ready yet so we sat in the lobby for a little while as it was now tipping it down with rain.



Very pretty lobby.



I went back up to the desk at 3pm and they said our room wasn’t ready, so I asked for one that was ready as we wanted to chill out. The receptionist found us another room - which we were really pleased with. It is quite big and pretty near to the quiet pool which will be handy. There is also a lovely little fountain outside our room.












We had a rest in the room for a while then headed into Epcot for our reservation at Le Cellier.



Via Britain.



To Canada.



We waited a little while to get seated but didn’t mind as they gave us some maple popcorn and did a Canada trivia quiz which was fun - I didn’t realise both Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman are Canadian. We all ordered steak of different varieties - I had filet Mignon, DS had ribeye, and DH and DD strip steak. The kids ordered a non alcoholic cocktail which was soda and ice cream. Cam ordered root beer, which we were a bit surprised by - it turns out he thought it was ginger beer. It was all very good (apart from the root beer!). No pictures of the steaks as we were so hungry we started eating before we remembered. We did get dessert photos.



Maple Creme Brulee for me.



Pecan tart for DH.



Chocolate mousse for DD.



Duke Cabooms Nanaimo for DS.



We came out of the restaurant and Illuminations was starting so we stood and watched that for a while. It was actually quite quiet In Epcot and we got a great view.






Epcot was pretty all lit up as we walked out.



And the Boardwalk looked pretty too.






Steps today 21,590.



Today we had decided to go to Volcano Bay. I was awake at 5am but left it until about 6.15am to wake the others. This is when it gets stressful - I am always keen to get up and out ASAP so that we can beat the crowds and the sun but not all members of the family move quite so quickly. We popped up to the lounge to grab some food and then back to the room to get our stuff. We were at the shuttle bus stop by 7.20am and were queuing up at VB entrance by 7.45am and they started letting us in not long after we arrived. I can never remember the name of all the slides but we went on loads of them over the first two hours. The only one we had to TapuTapu for was the Krakatau aqua coaster and that was 10 mins. DH and the kids had a load of fun laughing at me screaming. On one of the raft slides I shot off the raft at the bottom and DH and the raft went over the top of me!
We also spent some time in the crazy river and the lazy river.



TapuTapu















We came out of the park at about 11.30, just as it was starting to tip it down with rain, and got the bus back to the hotel. We popped up to the lounge for a hot drink and some snacks then chilled out in our room for a while.






Cameron and I had a very healthy PB&J Jamwich!



We wanted to get some food and were thinking about either getting an Uber to Teak Neighborhood Grill or the water taxi to Citywalk but it was bucketing it down with rain and it was thundering so the water taxi wasn’t running and we couldn’t be bothered leaving the hotel. We went to Jakes American Bar instead. (picture above of DS looking evil drinking from his Jakes glass!). DH and I had burgers, DS had chicken grill burger and DD had the most delicious looking grilled cheese sandwich from the children’s menu. I forgot to take photos before we started eating because we were hungry so you won’t be able to see how delicious it looked! The food was all really good, and we decided to have dessert but had learned from the Toothsome experience and so we asked how big the desserts were and whether we should share them - so DH and I had one between us. They were also delicious - DH and I had churro bread pudding with Dulce de Leche ice cream, and the kids both had Oreo cream pie mason jar.



DH with a tiny cute bottle of tomato sauce.



Churro bread pudding



Oreo cream pie mason jar.



Drinks in the lounge.

Steps today only 13,303.


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2019
From Pacific to Atlantic - August 2019: Day 9 (Animal Kingdom)
From Pacific to Atlantic - August 2019: Day 8 (Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs)
From Pacific to Atlantic - August 2019: Day 7 (Animal Kingdom)
From Pacific to Atlantic - August 2019: Day 6 (Magic Kingdom)
From Pacific to Atlantic - August 2019: Day 5 (Epcot)
From Pacific to Atlantic - August 2019: Day 4 (US, IoA, Boardwalk Inn, Epcot)
From Pacific to Atlantic - August 2019: Day 3 (Volcano Bay)
From Pacific to Atlantic - August 2019: Day 2 (IoA, Citywalk)
From Pacific to Atlantic - August 2019: Day 1 (US, Toothsome,IoA)
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Epcot
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Animal Kingdom
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Hollywood Studios
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