Notices
Walt Disney World and Florida Trip Reports Trip Reports and Videos

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 16 Sep 20, 11:38 AM  
Link to this Post
#1
Andy C
Very Serious Dibber
 
Join Date: Nov 05
The Quest For Toad - The No Queues Trip 2019 - Day 15: Orlando Trek IV, the Voyage Home

And that's it.

It's time to go home. Fantastic memories, a near-perfect holiday, and a fortnight like nothing else.

The trip home will be part of the experience - the upgrades we got with our airmiles will be seeing to that.

Firstly, we've got to pack the car up, which doesn't take long. The last of our toast and jam is eaten and we're merrily trucking down to Disney Springs for the Virgin Atlantic check-in there. All of which goes without any drama at all, and we head over to the Holiday Inn, where DD1 and DD1BF will be staying for the next two nights as they continue their holiday without us.

They're soon checked in and with their luggage off-loaded, so we head into Disney Springs for a wander and ice-creams at the superb-yet-stunningly-expensive Vivoli Gelateria.



Passing by a parked flying saucer as we go, because of course we do.



Then it's off to EPCOT for a final wander, including last-minute buying of stuff and including an essential taste-testing at Ice Station Cool, before around to Germany for snacks. I keep a close eye on the time.



A final stop off at The Outpost and then it's time to go.





DD1 and DD1BF are accompanying us to the airport, as that's where they're picking up their own rental car for their last week. We give them big hugs and head off into the terminal.

We find our way to the priority line for Security (which is a bit of a faff to find) and we're soon through to the lounge. It's a Delta lounge rather than a Virgin one, so it's not quite the same, but it's a big improvement on sitting around the terminal.





The food selection is not quite like the Virgin one, and I'm a complete peasant with my food preferences, so I pop out to the Burger King downstairs for a burger and fries. I do grab an ice-cream from the lounge, though, as does The Lad, who's more than happy with the food and drink choices.

Our plane is bang on time, so we're boarding soon enough and curling up in our seats.





Dinner is served an hour or two later, and it's amazing. This time I took a few snaps of it.







And then we snuggle up in our seat-beds for the night.



I get a few hours shut-eye and get woken for breakfast.



This is the way to travel. If you can collect the airmiles, do it. It makes the entire holiday one where you start it and end it literally at your front door; the journey days are part of the holiday and you end up really looking forward to them.

Before we know it, we're coming in over southern England and The Lad points it out to Toad. "That's where you're going to be living from now on!"



And... we're down. Off of the aircraft, through immigration smoothly, picking up our luggage and met by the chauffeur. Straight into the luxury MPV and being whisked down the M4 homewards.

Well. We're home.

Aftermath: We do have a few days of concern when Hurricane Irma hits shortly after we leave, but DD1 is very relaxed about it, pointing out that all the locals are completely unconcerned. They do rearrange their plans and don't go down to Miami, but that's about it. When we mention that the media are saying that the WalMart we went to is "completely out of bottled water," DD1 WhatsApps us back saying, "Okay - but we're there right now and it's just like normal. Nothing's out of stock!"

They stay at Hard Rock Hotel for a night and have another day at Islands of Adventure/Universal, where they ride Hagrid's Motorcycle Adventure three times on the trot using our Ruby Tickets. They also get to go into the Star Wars Land, which they say is amazing, going on the Millennium Falcon ride twice (report: don't be engineers; be pilots, if you can).



They do lose half a day as all is battened down, and the flight home is rescheduled twice (but ends up just being 2 and a half hours later than originally planned), so I don't fully relax until they're back - but that's all over fairly straightforwardly.

That, then, really is that.

Thank you for reading along and sharing the trip. It's been great to relive it, and I'm already counting down the days until the next time. We're already planning for 2023...
Andy C is offline Boy Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 16 Sep 20, 04:26 PM  
Link to this Post
#2
sparkles18
Apprentice Imagineer
 
Join Date: Apr 12
Great report, thanks for doing it and so happy that you completed the quest!
sparkles18 is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 16 Sep 20, 07:23 PM  
Link to this Post
#3
mick
VIP Dibber
 
mick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 04
Location: Warwickshire

mick's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 1
Thanks for taking the time to do your trippie :spin I have really enjoyed reading along

Joan
__________________
mick is online now Boy Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 16 Sep 20, 08:43 PM  
Link to this Post
#4
Mightyfraz
Trainee Dibber
 
Mightyfraz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 11
What a fantastic holiday, thanks for sharing it, I loved reading it.
Mightyfraz is offline Boy Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 17 Sep 20, 12:06 AM  
Link to this Post
#5
Loobylou_82
Imagineer
 
Loobylou_82's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 16
Enjoyed reading about your holiday. A great time had by all. Loved the photo of the Lad and Toad tucked up together on the plane. Meal on plane looks good.
Loobylou_82 is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 17 Sep 20, 11:58 PM  
Link to this Post
#6
flo-tinka
Apprentice Imagineer
 
Join Date: Oct 10
Thanks for sharing and so glad the quest for Toad was successful! Hereís to the Plan for 2023
flo-tinka is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 18 Sep 20, 10:22 AM  
Link to this Post
#7
magickate
VIP Dibber
 
Join Date: Oct 15
Mobile

Sounds like a great trip and glad you found the Toad in the end. Roll on 2023
magickate is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 18 Sep 20, 08:55 PM  
Link to this Post
#8
WIGGYSMUM
VIP Dibber
 
WIGGYSMUM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 15
Location: Midlands
What a great trip report , itís been lovely to read , thank you for writing.
Did you tot up how many visits were eventually made to Dennyís ? Ooh to have one of their breakfasts right now
WIGGYSMUM is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 20 Sep 20, 04:19 PM  
Link to this Post
#9
Andy C
Thread Starter
Very Serious Dibber
 
Join Date: Nov 05
Originally Posted by WIGGYSMUM View Post
What a great trip report , itís been lovely to read , thank you for writing.
Did you tot up how many visits were eventually made to Dennyís ? Ooh to have one of their breakfasts right now
Just counted: Nine days of Denny's breakfasts and one evening meal at Denny's.

Nom-nom-nom.
Andy C is offline Boy Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin - Copyright © 2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Latest News
Posted in Walt Disney World
On 27th October 3:18pm
Walt Disney World has announced that their entrance gateways to Walt Disney World are about... Read More »
Posted in Disneyland News
On 21st October 8:51am
Disneyland California is the only major Disney theme park to not reopen after all the... Read More »
Posted in Disney Shopping
On 18th October 9:02am
Disney has reduced the price of its large soft toys by up to 50%. Bargains... Read More »

theDIBB Menu


Exchange Rates
US Dollar Rates
ASDA  $1.2653
CaxtonFX  $1.2644
Covent Garden FX  $1.2776
FAIRFX  $1.2790
John Lewis  $1.2695
M&S  $1.2454
Post Office  $1.2449
Sainsburys  $1.2623
TESCO  $1.2651
Travelex  $1.2600
Updated: 14:00 30/10/2020
Euro Rates
ASDA  €1.0840
CaxtonFX  €1.0818
Covent Garden FX  €1.0960
FAIRFX  €1.0815
John Lewis  €1.0872
M&S  €1.0664
Post Office  €1.0661
Sainsburys  €1.0816
TESCO  €1.0837
Travelex  €1.0800
Updated: 14:00 30/10/2020

DIBB Premium Membership
Did you know you can help support theDIBB with Premium Membership?

Check out this link for more information and benefits, such as...

"No adverts on theDIBB Forums"

Upgrade Now