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Hi everyone so here we are on Day 3 of our trip and it was time for Expo day!

Today we as always had a plan and due to horror stories of last years Princess expo where fights broke out over wine glasses 😳 we decided to not wait for the official buses to start taking us to the Expo and instead booked an Uber.



We were up dressed selfie done and out the door for our 8am Uber this worked out really well and the driver was so nice but well but read on for our full review of Uber's in Orlando!

Anyway we grabbed some cereal in the room and chucked a cereal bar in our bag for the impending queue.



Arrived at ESPN in no time and got some standard photos with all the princess medal signage.

I'm sure if I remember correctly the expo officially opens at 10am but we wanted to be there earlier to head to the queue and wait for those doors to open. The queue was already pretty big by the time we arrived but it was a beautiful sunny day and it was nice sitting waiting in the sun watching the cheesiest dj in the world try to rev up at party at 9am!



Queuing!

Kirsty had some friends she met on a running Facebook page who messaged to say they were in the queue so I held the spot while she popped over to find them. Kirsty wasn't long back when they opened the doors and let us in at 9:30am we were so excited.

We both had things we wanted to get mine was a pretty simple Christmas decoration and maybe a running 10K finishers top luckily they were letting us straight into the run Disney merch so no more extra queuing!



Kirsty got these gorgeous tops but I don't have a picture of my decoration but I ended up with 2 the princess 2017 one and the official run Disney one they are shaped like trainers I love them. Granted one women was blocking the whole stand while sweeping racks of them into a basket so once I'd climbed over that I got mine 🙄

I think all of kirsty purchases where fight free! While paying there was a lady next to us with $1000 rung up and another 3 baskets still to go 😳



Anyway crazy shopping done and we survived no fist fights! It was time for meeting up with Kirsty's friends and packet pick up!



Got our packets and numbers and then spotted that they had some of the new beauty and the beast movie costumes out on display! Kirsty was very excited to "meet the rose" 😂



Clothing items met it was time for the next part of our day and outlet shopping! So we booked another Uber and waited in the now glorious sunshine for it.

At this point we noticed on the uber app that our driver was listening to 80s love tunes, so we may have already been a bit concerned, this only got better or worse depends how you look at it when we got in. On route to the outlets and suddenly Lady in Red came on I think we both lost it and turned into giggling fools you would think we had peaked but oh no our taxi driver who hadn't spoken once to us suddenly then starts singing along! Unbelievable funny and so very random.



Lots of shopping done with some impressive bath and body works haul for us and a few bits in the Disney outlet. I visited the Vineland outlets lots during my last trip and I do think it's much better than the this international drive outlet.

When we were shopped out we grabbed another uber and headed home this was even more scary as our driver seems rather angry and at one point he made a call to a guy and had a rather angry phone call with some guy. We may have thought we were in danger and took this photo for evidence.



Luckily we survived our uber trip and decided some glow in the dark drinks where needed! So drinks bought and a double quick service giant pizza was ordered.

Back to the room for cocktails and pizza in bed to get ready for tomorrow's early start at Animal Kingdom and our Tusker House breakfast!


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Hi everyone, sorry for the delay on getting our next day up but I'm back now and on with Day 1!

Despite our very late night last night we were still wide awake early this morning, but this wasn't a bad thing we had a very clear plan for today, we had fast passes and our BOG lunch reservation so it was going to be a brilliant first day in Magic Kingdom.

As had been our plans for the whole holiday we had Disney bounding outfits planned for the week, today was princess day and I was belle with custom made ears and kirsty was Snow White with customs made rose gold ears (as a side note these ended up being a massive talking point as everyone antes them!).

No time for breakfast before leaving we were up dress and photos at the bus stop while waiting for the bus at 8am!






As there is work going on at the train station there is no rope drop and you are instead allowed straight into the park, this was actually a brilliant thing as we got to get photos have a look through the shops, pick up some pandora charms that we had both been after (sleeping beauty fairies and belles rose for me and limited edition sparkly one for kirsty).












Further walk up to the castle and a few stops for photopass photos where we saw a couple get engaged was very sweet!
We then headed to the rope hold area of tomorrow land for our first ride of the day buzz.









Next up was Astro orbitors and I'm super afraid of heights but kirsty was all for it and I was trying to embrace new things.



I was petrified but it was fun and kirsty I'm pretty sure you laughed at me the whole way round 😳

Do to taking no notes just photos I can't remember the exact order we did next but I think we headed to 7DMT for our fastpass!



Yip kirsty still picture perfect gemma still clinging on for dear life 😳

Then a quick stop at little mermaid before some big top breakfast treats!



Healthy breakfast and dodgy photos done 🙈 and it was time for a quick consultation of the touring plans. We seemed to be on track and where actually doing great timing wise, we decided on a bathroom break so I could check out the tangelos toilets...so in love with these!



Then we popped over to haunted mansion it had a 30 minute stated queue time but actually felt much quicker and we knew this was the best time to ride before our BOG lunch!






For our walk back to fantasy land we popped into castle Couture as I love the set up of the Cinderella dress, but more importantly kirsty had been after a dress! Being the skinny thing that she is she was sure she could fit in the Childs princess dresses........



....she can

We contemplated this being her race outfit but fear of sheer itchy material becoming a pain during 13.1miles stopped that plan, although I'm expecting her to come back with one of these eventually!

Anyway it was now time for BOG and I was so excited! I love beauty and the beast and belle is my favourite so this was the big thing I was waiting for and kirsty loves the French onion soup!






The food was really good the croque is awesome and I really enjoyed the masters cupcake. Kirsty had said she didn't love it last time but it tasted much better this time around (although we both agreed that my Pinterest inspired homemade grey stuff we had at one of our planning nights was maybe better!)



Me taking photos of all the food! Totally loving how well coordinated my outfit was with our lunch venue, oh actually while on that we got so many lovely comments today about our "cute outfits" it was so nice and made for spotting other blunders so easy as well.



In to adventure land for some Magic Carpet flying, dole whip and then finally our jungle cruise fastpass.

I will say at this point the park had got so busy everything had wait times of at least 70mins but sticking with touring plans we managed to somehow get the carpets when they were 30mins but the queue went crazy pretty much straight after we got on them.



This was my first time on jungle cruise I loved it and all the cheesy jokes, kirsty loved the hot jungle cruise captain 🙄



Anyway our fastpasses were finished so we hit the app and managed to get on for dumbo straight after we got off our cruise through the jungle, perfect!!






After dumbo I stupidly managed to loose my sunglasses not sure how but they never did turn up!

We managed to grab one last fastpass for the teacups again I'd never done this it was so fun think I was more into that than kirsty this time.

Once we were off the tea cups we checked the app and the park was just at super busy levels now with no fastpasses until late in he evening. I think we were both flagging and we're contemplating hitting the springs again so decided to get the bus back to the hotel and decide what to do next.



When we got back to the hotel we dropped bags at the room then headed for the bus stop sadly we just missed a springs bus and as we sat there the expected arrival time of the next one kept getting later and later. So we decided to hit up the food court for make your own pasta for dinner and have an early night!

Think we were both fast asleep by 10pm obviously after we had set off the special fireworks on the headboards!






Thanks for reading and all your lovely comments on our travel day! I will try and get Day 2 (drinking round Epcot) up a soon as possible! Xx



So today was the day after nearly a year of planning that Kirsty and I where off to Disney for the week to do all things Disney and take part in the princess half marathon weekend.

Bit of background since there was no pre trippy, kirsty and I first started chatting on here then became Facebook friends and she posted on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to go along with her. I couldn't run and hated exercise but I really wanted to get back to WDW so, I said me and a couple of weeks later we had a holiday booked and I had new scary sports kirsty kicking me into shape!!

Luckily we both live in Edinburgh so lots of cocktail nights and planning texts had us with a perfect plan and a mutual understanding that we'd rather be at the airport early than rush about.

We both arrived at 4:30 spot on ready for our first flight of the day to Gatwick. With us both being planners we started mentioning our notes and paper work and simultaneously pulled out our planning folders to discover we had even matched those 😂



We settled down for this short pain free trip to Gatwick, bags where checked all the way through but sadly the more annoying part of Gatwick is redoing security. Anyway with that all done it was time for food and a drink!



I asked for some water as I drink so much water normally so wanted to make sure I got hydrated especially with some 8:30am drinking!

This is what turns up and we realise our attempt to stay hydrated now looks like we are doing shots! I was more concerned when kirsty first response was I naturally have the urge to throw this back (this holiday may be more wild than I was expecting)



The flight went relatively quickly and we settled in with a mountain of snacks and movies. We did think our luck was in as the seat map had shown our back row of 3 seats with a free one but right at the last minute someone joined us.

I decided to catch up on lots of cheesy/kids films that my other half would never watch, with the Ab Fab movie, secret life of pets and trolls.









Truly the saddest piece of broccoli you have ever seen!!



Near the end of the flight kirsty had decided it would be a nice time to have a wee face mask that she had brought with her for both of us. This turned out to be a brilliant idea as your skin felt amazing afterwards... unfortunately for other passengers we looked like this...






We were off the plane pretty quickly then headed through to immigration, this was new from the last time I was there and instead of manned booths was just a room of machines to scan your passport and print you out a receipt. We checked our watches from entering and it was under an hour from getting off the plane to picking up our bags, this was brilliant and way quicker than we expected.

This was my first time staying onsite but luckily kirsty is a pro so we headed straight to the magical express and again no queue we were directed down our lane to our bus. Which would take us to our home for the week port Orleans Riverside (royal room because you know princess race).






We got there in pretty good time and again no queue at check in, so it was magic bands on and over to bell services to sort out our garden grocer order.






There was a bit of confusion around our order and getting help with bags so eventually we gave up and decided to just head to the room ourselves and come back later for the grocery order.


















Look at the amazing genie lamp taps!!

These rooms are fab we also brought some decorations for our window to celebrate the run Disney weekend!



By the time we unpacked a bit and decorated our window we got a call from bell services to say they had found our order and where bringing it round, woohoo things were working out perfectly.

Once that was safely moved into the room we decided to hit the springs to pick up our $200 gift card and maybe have a drink and some food.

We were super lucky with a bus and got there in no time. This was our first time seeing the completed springs and it is amazing I was so impressed as the last time I'd seen it was 2014 where it was just hoarding central. But the new look is fab, so Jocks hanger bar was on our must do drink list for this trip so that's where we headed for a couple of amazing cocktails first!












These cocktails where amazing (oh also my selfie skills do get better as the holiday progressed!), 2 of these each coupled with being awake for 20odd hours and we were giddy.

Obviously the only thing left to do was to pick up a frozen margarita from dockside margaritas and then wander to world of Disney for that gift card.

I think we had a slight moment of realisation when we realised we where in a Disney shop drunk and drinking frozen cocktails not the sort of thing that you can get away with in the local shopping centre!



With us both well and truly hydrated the last thing for it was food, it had to be an EOS! These were brilliant and we sat and enjoyed some more Disney springs atmosphere before getting the boat home!

Tomorrow is Magic Kingdom day and we know we will be wide awake despite
Our very long but fun travel day.


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