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Cool In case you hadn't noticed ... Mini trippie-ish

... I'm back!

Had a fab 3 weeks in Florida, first time in 15 years that we've been at the height of summer - and I actually have a tan

We stayed at Lowfield Farm B&B - good value for money (111 for a family room - B&B and three weeks parking with airport drop off/pick up)

We flew out BA, had seats together even though we didn't pay to book seats, flight was uneventful, AVOD is always a plus & I'm told we had quite a few trainees on our flight amongst the cabin crew.

We stayed at Mickeys Mansion on Bella Vida again - great villa in what is now our preferred area

Did 2 days at the main Disney parks (am at AK, pm at Epcot and a day at DHS), think we'll be skipping Disney next trip (or at the most park hopping for a day) as we all felt there was nothing to hold our attention there anymore & can't justify the cost.

Enjoyed relaxing at Seaworld for several short visits. We did the all day dining one day when we spent the morning & evening there - got our money's worth in drinks & fruit!

Visited Busch Gardens on the day of a horrific thunder storm (when lightning struck the park), which delayed our intended early exit and journey onto Clearwater.

We stayed at the Quality Hotel on the Beach in Clearwater - excellent hotel for the price (60 for a partial Gulf View room). Spent the next day on the beach - which the girls absolutely loved.

Something we haven't done for a while are the waterparks - we spent a day at Typhoon Lagoon & another at Blizzard Beach. Both girls wanted to go back - they are now old enough & competent enough to swim & slide to their hearts' content and couldn't get enough

Highlight of the trip was WWoHP at Universal. We stayed onsite at RPR Club level for a night & took advantage of early entry. Hogsmead just takes your breath away when you enter. We spent both mornings at WWoHP, rode Forbidden Journey (wow!), Hippogriff & did lots of shopping before the crowds & the heat built. We also went back in the evening to check out the area at night. Frozen butterbeer is the best

We went back to Universal for a further 2 morning's early entry courtesy of the cheapest off-site package and breakfast at 3 Broomsticks (which turned into lunch after we were stuck in the HP&FJ queue for over an hour).

Did a fair bit of shopping (courtesy of the increased luggage allowance flying back WT+) - at Posner Park, Florida Mall, Premium Outlets, The Loop & Prime. Not as many shoes as normal but more teenage clothes for DD13 (who is getting increasingly fussy ) and work stuff for me.

Discovered Ruby Tuesday - impressed with the selection of dishes there - & Red Lobster, as well as Outback/Applebees/Chilis that we usually frequent.

Spent a lot more time chilling at the Villa - BBQs & carry outs are the way to go

Flight home was fairly comfortable - once again we had seats together without pre-booking. In fact we were originally allocated seats apart 3 days before the flight but BA switched them put us all together at check in - no mean feat in a full WT+ cabin!

Last trip for a little while - DH wants a change but we'll see ...
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Summer 2015 ~ Cabana Bay & Terre Verde Sept 2016 -- Solo @ Pop / BWV / Sapphire Falls



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Offsite - 92 (x2), 93, 94, Wedding 95 --CBR Easter 99, ASMo Easter 2000
Florida Pines/Poly Concierge Hallowe'en 03 Trippy
Indian Creek & WL Dec 04 Trippy
Easter 06 Calabay Parc/Vero Beach
Easter 07 Sunset Lakes/RPR Trippy
Hallowe'en 07 Sunset Lakes/HRH ~ Hallowe'en 08 Highlands Reserve & HRH
Xmas 09 - Bella Vida/HRH/Pop Trippy
Jul 2010 Bella Vida & RPR Photos
OKW & Bahama Bay for Christmas 2012
Summer 2015 ~ Cabana Bay & Terre Verde Sept 2016 -- Solo @ Pop / BWV / Sapphire Falls


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welcome back- love the pictures!
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Sounds like a wonderful holiday.
Great photos, thanks for sharing.
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Welcome back, sounds like you had a terrific time.
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Offsite - 92 (x2), 93, 94, Wedding 95 --CBR Easter 99, ASMo Easter 2000
Florida Pines/Poly Concierge Hallowe'en 03 Trippy
Indian Creek & WL Dec 04 Trippy
Easter 06 Calabay Parc/Vero Beach
Easter 07 Sunset Lakes/RPR Trippy
Hallowe'en 07 Sunset Lakes/HRH ~ Hallowe'en 08 Highlands Reserve & HRH
Xmas 09 - Bella Vida/HRH/Pop Trippy
Jul 2010 Bella Vida & RPR Photos
OKW & Bahama Bay for Christmas 2012
Summer 2015 ~ Cabana Bay & Terre Verde Sept 2016 -- Solo @ Pop / BWV / Sapphire Falls


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