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lothaerna 9 May 19 12:23 PM

Third time even luckier - My Pre-Trip
 
One of the main things I love about The Dibb is the reports that people complete about their trips. Specifically the food reports. I have been lurking here asking a few questions here and there about various parts of our trips, advice and guidance.

I thought this time, I would try my hand at writing report. So here is the Pre-Trip, and then I will do my best to create a food report, and save all the receipts etc.

53 Days (at time of writing) and it cannot come quick enough.

Where to start...
I first went to Florida in 2010 with a friend and her family (it was an ok trip, still great to see everything)
I took my now wife and our daughter in 2015 (Daughter was 7 at the time) Best trip ive ever had, her wee face lighting up all the time.
2019 - Here we go again, Third Time for me, second for my little family.

CAST: Me (Jayne, 37), My Wife (Laura,36) our Daughter (Abbie, 11) plus a few Extras, My wifes mum (Ann, 63) My wifes Aunt (Christine 58) and Unlce (John, 61) and also then My Wife's Cousin (Ian, 31) who will join us for the second two weeks.

We are going from 30th June until 21st July (When going so far, might as well make use of it).

I booked it all with Virgin Holidays, apart from Car Hire, which I took off after a few months, which resulted in a £1400 saving, which wasnt the case when I removed the car hire to check prices when I was booking (it only changed the booking by £100 i think at the time. Bonus savings. I then booked a 7 Seat SUV and a Small Car with Andy over at DFCH. Thanks Andy, you have been a gem and I will recommend you and never go anywhere else for car hire again.

So we are flying Direct from Belfast to MCO and also direct flight back, Virgin 4 Bed Standard Villa Allocated on Arrival. We will also spend the 4th July in Clearwater, and have a one night stay in the Hard Rock Hotel.
The Small car is booked via Alamo
The SUV 7 Seat is booked via Avis


I will add a new post with our full Itinerary Plan.

Also apologies if I am not doing this right. its my first time!

lothaerna 10 May 19 11:22 AM

Our Itinerary Plan
 
Sunday 30th June
TRAVEL TO ORLANDO

Monday 1st July
MAGIC KINGDOM
Fast Passes will be: Seven Dwarves, Big Thunder and Space Mountain
We have dinner booked at Crystal Palace at 8pm

Tuesday 2nd July
EPCOT
Fast Passes will be Soarin, then I get a bit stuck, maybe fast track

Wednesday 3rd July
BLIZZARD BEACH
Considering booking one of the polar patios - does anyone know a price for this or how to book, can i book online, I am not great talking to people on the phone

Thursday 4th July
BOAT AND FIREWORKS at CLEARWATER & HOTEL
Drive to Clearwater, check in hotel, hotel pool, nice dinner, sunset cruise and fireworks in the bay.

Friday 5th July
BEACH TIME CLEARWATER

Saturday 6th July
RELAX & IAN ARRIVES

Sunday 7th July
HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
Fast Passes: Tower of Terror, then again i get a bit stuck

Monday 8th July
VOLCANO BAY

Tuesday 9th July
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HARD ROCK HOTEL 1 night
I booked the hardrock as a christmas present for my family. It means we get 1 hour early entry and queue jump :)

Wednesday 10th July
ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

Thursday 11th July
TYPHOON LAGOON

Friday 12th July
ANIMAL KINGDOM
Fast Passes: Everest, FOP, Navi River

Saturday 13th July
RELAX DAY

Sunday 14th July
HOLLYWOOD STUIDOS

Monday 15th July
RELAX DAY

Tuesday 16th July
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

Wednesday 17th July
WATERPARK

Thursday 18th July
ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

Friday 19th July
ELECTION DAY (We vote for favourite park and go to the winner)

Saturday 20th July
MAGIC KINGDOM

Sunday 21st
DISNEY SPRINGS FLIGHT 8PM

Monday 22nd
ARRIVE HOME :(


I feel like I have missed a park somewhere along the line. I feel a bit overwhelmed this trip as there are 7 of us to contend with for the fast passes. still have 21 days before I can start booking.

I already have our magic bands, thanks to Di (@TGT) so I will be able to link them up as soon as we have our ticket codes :)

jools1302 10 May 19 01:39 PM

How lucky to go for 3 weeks! We always go in October and school holidays donít stretch that far! Sure you will have a wonderful time and am looking forward to following your report. Always good to get a Universal hotel with express pass included - makes for a much easier park experience.

lothaerna 10 May 19 02:13 PM

We try to go first three weeks in July, as the English schools arent quite off yet (we are in Northern Ireland), we find the queues ok, but I couldn't pass up the chance for the fast passes! eek excitement.

October would be so lovely too though, with the halloween stuff! Jealous that I havent done that!

lothaerna 14 Jun 19 10:52 AM

Well so far, my fast passes are NOT going to plan :(

duchy 14 Jun 19 11:37 AM

Just grab what you can and fill in the gaps later. It's surprising what pops up if you check daily

lothaerna 27 Jun 19 06:29 PM

Well everything is ready, we are just about packed. Just need to check in on Saturday morning and on Sunday we are Off. It felt slow to get here but now itís here it feels like zoom!


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