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Old 31 May 04, 12:31 AM  
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The Hopping Mad Easter Tour - 2004 - SUMMARY

The Hopping Mad Easter Tour - 2004

Shaun - 40 something ‘If it’s high fat, high sugar I’ll eat it’
Alison - 30 something 'If it’s not Atkins I won’t eat it’
Alexandra - 10 ‘Can we play mini-golf? Can we? Can we? Can we? Can we?’
Laura - 8 'If I’m tall enough I’ll ride it'


Summary

Well, overall we had a great trip - and as always there were some real highlights, but also a few things that maybe weren’t so good - or that we wouldn’t do again. So we just wanted to sort of summarise our thoughts on the whole trip.

Accommodation

Firstly, this trip really highlighted how much we love staying in onsite hotels. It’s been quite a while since we stayed off site (1999 to be exact) and we wondered if we’d been a bit caught up in the hype of staying in Disney Hotels - but after we stayed in the off site villa for a week, we TRULY appreciated driving back on site - it felt like coming home!

In addition, we loved all the hotel hopping that we did - somehow the holiday seemed longer because of the different resorts we stayed in. We (or rather, Alison) didn’t find the packing/unpacking a problem - we totally unpacked on three of our hotel stays as they were for 5 or more nights and for the other three we just lived out of one bag. A small price to pay for the enjoyment of the different Disney resort hotels!

Offsite villa - good value (£240 for Easter week), fine for our needs although not plush.

Pop Century - great fun, good value, loved the food court, parking OK.

Coronado Springs - very relaxing, lovely scenery, good value.

Contemporary - magical stay here, great view, one of our favourite hotels.

Portofino Bay - wonderful luxurious resort, great onsite perks for the Universal Hotels.

Royal Pacific - loved the South Seas theming - just about squeezes out PBH as our favourite Universal Hotel!





Weather - Apart from one or two days it was perfect park weather. The only thing we didn’t like was the cooler mornings and evenings. Laura really feels the cold so she didn’t swim as much as normal, and we all usually enjoy a ‘midnight’ swim after a hot sticky day, but we do like it warm!

Moderate temps (usually mid to low 80’s) and low humidity.


Time of year / going at Easter

Would we go again at this time? - Yes!

Crowd levels weren’t too bad as long as you have (and adhere to) a plan, or at the least have a strategy to avoid queues or at least minimise them.

Being peak time, many parks/attractions were open for longer (i.e. MK from 07:00 - 12:00) a greater number of shows and parades on ( i.e. 2 x Spectro and Fantasmic) and no rehabs.

Compare this to off-peak season - high temps, rehabs but low crowds - you pay your money you take your choice.



Highlights

Illuminations Cruise on "Breathless" - My highlight as this was just THE best experience IMHO - It was the heady mix of Epcot and exclusivity.

Great hotel stays like Portofino Bay Hotel, Contemporary, Royal Pacific Hotel - as “Hotel people” these were fantastic with the Universal ones having a real “upscale feel”.

Great food at Cafe Tutu Tango & Olive Garden amongst others

Boggy Creek airboats - Great to get away from the usual “hustle and bustle” and see some wildlife.

Dine with Shamu - food was nothing special but real “up close and personal” whale interaction without being splashed.

Skyventure - Maybe next time I’ll have a go myself but hats off to Laura for being a good sport

Water mice on 7 seas lagoon and Bay lake - Another “must do” for me too - the shrieks of pure joy from Alexandra was payment enough.

Wishes - Best fireworks ever!

WWTBAM hotseat for Alison - we all enjoyed watching Alison win her hat, lanyard, 10 pins and polo shirt!



Last thoughts

Well, it was a wonderful 3 week holiday - and we enjoyed it all the more because we don’t know when we’ll go back. It certainly won’t be in 2005 - maybe 2006?

Either way, we’ve really enjoyed writing these trip reports and hope that others have enjoyed reading them!


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2007 ~ POR ~ HRH ~ GF
2008 ~ All star sports, BCV, RPH, Vero Beach, VWL
2010 ~ OKW ~ BCV ~ HRH ~POP Century ~ Vero Beach ~ VWL
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Old 31 May 04, 12:34 AM  
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Links to our previous trip reports:

May 2001

August 2003

And that reminds me - I still haven't finished typing up the 1988 and 1989 trip reports! Will get round to those at some point!
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1988 ~ Contemporary ~ Honeymoon
1989 ~ Off site
1994 ~ EuroDisney ~ Santa Fe
1999 ~ Off site
2001 ~ CBR (Aruba) ~ Poly (Tahiti)
2003 ~ WL & HRH
2004 ~ Pop Century, RPH, CSR, PBH, Contemporary
2006 ~ DLP ~ Newport Bay
2007 ~ POR ~ HRH ~ GF
2008 ~ All star sports, BCV, RPH, Vero Beach, VWL
2010 ~ OKW ~ BCV ~ HRH ~POP Century ~ Vero Beach ~ VWL
2013 ~ AKL ~ HRH ~ BCV ~ Vero Beach ~ VWL
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Thanks Shaun and Alison I really enjoyed reading the reports and you have given me some ideas for our own trip.

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Excellent reports Alison and Shaun Thank you for sharing your holiday with us
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Thanks Shaun & Alison

It's been great reading your reports reminding us of WDW.

We too prefer staying in hotels but not sure about hotel hopping for our family, but each to their own hey!

Great reports and very well written, just like you were talking to us personally.

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Thanks to you both for a very entertaining series of reports!

It's certainly given me a few ideas about things - I've been mulling over the idea of having a couple of nights at one of the Universal Hotels to get FOTL access. I'll have tyo run this idea past DH!

So glad you had such a great holiday! Thanks again!
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Brilliant ...just spent the last two hours reading the 2001 trip reports...which hotel did you like the best the Poly or the Contemporary?

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I really enjoyed your reports Shaun and Alison - thanks for sharing them with us.
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Thank you very much for your wonderful reports.

I have been truly inspired.


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thanks for these great reports. i've really enjoyed reading them and may just have to start at number 1 again
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