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So super easy monorail trip to Epcot. I'm going in with no fast passes except one for the seas with Nemo. I have an hour to wait, and spaceship earth oi a saying 25 mins. So I join my first over 10 minutes queue. It takes about 20 mins to get on the time machine. So I head over to test track single line which takes around 30 minutes. Letting me then head over to the seas. It's an ok ride that lives of the clever ending. Soarin' had a stupid wait time so I headed into the world showcase.

Eat and Play Card


So from Thursday lunch til 9pm last night I was working. Buy that's all done now.

Woken .By my alarm for the first time at 6 this morning. Precious two days I was awake at 4:30.

Walked over thinking I would get an Uber but there was a bus to magic kingdom waiting so I jumped on. I have an 8:50 at BOG. So I'm hoping to get the food early and do 7DMT. Let's see how it goes.



Mmmm fail. They won't let me know the restaurant entrance with an 8:50 only taking 8:15 or earlier. There's currently about 20 people gone though with early reservations and about 100 at thw regular gates. It's 7:17 .

Now I realised it's an 8am opening so megafail.



Saved by my Disney experience. Switched to an 8am at BoG so hopefully cab ride 7DMT before I go to breakfast.



Ok so I'm liberally first in line for 7dmt..



Well that was crazy. The people behind me were so slow oi ended up with a whole car to myself.



Walked over to Winnie the pooh. And straight on. Now I'm having my BoG breakfast.



In and out of BoG in 20 mins and headinovwr to big thunder Aa it's 5 mins wait. As I come out I heat tannoys that 7dwarfa is closed for technical issues. Phew. By the time o get to big thunder the wait is saying 10 minutes. But basically it's a walk on. Splash is temporarily closed. But they are running boats ap hopefully will be running when I get off big thunder.



Splash opened up and was a walk on. They seem to have removed zipity do dah from the end section. It was still saying 5 minutes when I got off. But big thunder is at 45. It's 9:25 and I've done loads. Heading over to tomorrow land for some FPs on space mountain and buzz.



After splash I headed over to tomorrow land. I had a upto 9:45 FP for buzz which was better than I remembered. 64400 score which I initially thought was good until the end board saying in was rubbish. I then walked on the people mover as I had 30 mins til my FP for space mountain. I love the people mover. After I walked into carousel of progress as I'd not dow it before. It's worth doing once then space mountain which was way more rattley than ever buy still great and longer than you think with that false ending tunnel. Then it was time to head over to my third FP for haunted mansion. As I had a little time to kill I thought I'd hall of presidents. I didn't realise it was a sot down show. It was better than I expected (minus trump). Haunted mansion was it's cheese usual fun.



Now it was lunch time and I wanted to do Pico bills. The queue was insane. Then I worked port you can mobile order. I had to stand inside by the exit to country bears top get a reliable wifi connect but a couple of mins later I walked in fire my tacos. The fixings bar is great. Tacos were good I had the two types of beef and chicken. Chicken was the worst super salty and hard. After I wanted a dole whip as I'd missed that last time too. On the way I saw tiki room was starting in 4 minutes so I ducked in there for some old school disney. Then final my first dole whip. I went for swirl. And it was very enjoyable. I totally get why and it wasn't as sweet as j was expecting. After this I wandered back through the hub and down main Street to get the monorail to Epcot.



So it's 7 am and I'm at animal kingdom. I'd say there's about 100 people in front of me on the holding queue and similar in the other queue.



7:10 we've moved up to the tap styles.



7:30 and after the speed walk were waiting on the bridge to Pandora



Love a walk on. Wait time 0 minutes.



By 7:45 we were in pre show.



And out by 8am.



I've a fast pass for Navi river at 8:20. That's showing a 30 minute wait. FoP is 120.



So i have a two day work trip to orlando. Ive booked into Art of Animation and added teo days on the end for some Disney time. I'll be alone which is a bit weird. I'll be there March 7th - 11th.



So a rather panicked morning. I had to go into work for a call and to pick up the two massive bags and squeeze in my few bits of clothes that I’d shoved in a bag at 7am this morning. I miscalculated and thought 11am was three hours before my 1pm flight.

Still it’s two hours before so that’s ok. The Gatwick express was cancelled. So I got there at 11 :30. No queues at virgin straight through security and a cheeky piece by and snack at Jamie’s bar (came in 2 minutes) and my gate has just been announced.



Walked onto the flight no queues at the gate. In fact I went to regular not premium passport check as there was less
Of a queue.

Several people were having random checks I licked out and avoided it. Upstairs but not in the DIBB row as work is paying I’m in premium economy. Lots of room. And a glass of something bubbly. When I checked yesterday the seat next to me is empty sir hoping for a peaceful flight.



Well the flight went quickly. I watched three movies: Coco, Justice League and Suggs. There was only 139 people on the flight so it boarded quickly and I had two seats to myself. Bliss. Rap as there was no one in front either.

At orlando I walked straight up to a machine and had to wait for one person ahead at immigration. I was picking up my bags at 5:37. The plane was scheduled to land at 5:35. I’m waiting for the magical express. To leave now and leaching WiFi from the terminal. Not sure what I’ll do tonight. I’d like to head to the poly for a drink and watch the fireworks. But may just crash out.



Ok so the drinks stack up on virgin. They always seem to offer you two. I stuck to one after these. But seriously, glass of bubbles , two G&Ts, two wines and a creamy Baileys like thing. Made it a merry flight. I didn’t drink much but water in the last 3 hours.



The main meal was the best is had on a plane for tastiness. Veg moussaka, was Dex as sent and stuffed with peppers and onions and rich sauce. Also the crackers were really good. Also the cheese and pesto afternoon tea sandwiches were delicious. Visiting have upped there game in food. I'm sure the premium is the same as economy just you get cutlery and plates.



Check in was super easy. I had about 5 minute wait. The reception of art of animation is quite spectacular. I'll remove to take a photo tomorrow. Then the walk to my little mermaid room. A lot of people complain that it's ten minutes walk. I'm in building 8 the furthest. I timed my walk back to animation hall. 4 minutes. Yes its bettered to be right next to facility's but it's hardly a joke. I opted for some food as I want to be in a normal rhythm. So went to there food court. No drinking plan fort me this trip so just purchased a resort mug and a surf and surf burger. Which was very tasty bit only Luke warm. Still Is forgotten about the honey mustard dip. I must pack a few of those foe the trip home. I looked around the gift shop bit avoided temptation. For now. And checked out the buses there was one about to leave for rhwagic kingdom (it was 9 pm now) and I was tempted to jump on and get the mono to contemporary or poly. Bit a wave of tiredness was on me so I decided to head back to my hotel room. I did some work emails and was asleep by 10:15. It's now 5am and in wide awake so I'll have no bother getting to animal kingdom rope drop.



Travel day over.


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