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Old 27 Feb 19, 01:36 AM  
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:) A Mi11ion Dreams = 2018 - Day 11 - Lake Wilson Preserve - Premium Outlet - Park/ rant/ shop!

Welcome back, you made it - I knew you would

There is a day in a holiday you write about that really sums up where you are at.
Today is that day.
We were shattered after burning every day on site and to be finally in a villa allowed us the chance to relax a little and certainly to enjoy space, time and some special family time too.


Day 10 - if you missed it is a click here away


The whole index to 2018 is here

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Welcome to Day 11
Sunday 5th August


Well it was intended as a day off and so it became.

We rose around 10 and to be honest, having woken at 8 and checked on the boys - they were as ready for the break as we were.
Nice to experience this as we opened the bedroom window this morning...




It was our opportunity to catch up with the heat and exhaustion that faced Grandma and Grandad in Scarborough- they would have been rather thankful for the air con and fans that they saw in the background to our Facetime conversation.

Seems so strange that we were actually having a more pleasant temperature time than was on offer at home!

The heatwave at home was so uncomfortable for them, to be honest they were fed up of the heat that prevented sleep and also no way of finding any relief- they really did need a Florida air- con house more than we did!

As we said our goodbyes and just as we went to get in the car, by chance, we met our management company - on a Sunday and just wanting to know if all was ok -impressive start as we had no hot tub bubbles. That getting in the car was delayed and the best service experienced by the management co.

It was not a quick fix and so were promised a fix ASAP.

When you book a villa you really can be in a bit of a strange unsupported place Ė the management company nailed it on our first morning Ė fantastic response and we fed that back to the villa owner too, this was service above and beyond. Totally appreciated.

A great welcome to Lake Wilson Preserve


Amid our Disney bubble experience we had not had a day like this- just driving with the intention of getting to nowhere! To enjoy the drive, the traffic, the radio and to simply chill as a family in the car Ė yes the air con was good too!

We intended on a bit of shopping, but were not even sure where that would end up as we left Ė we just went for a drive.

I know I gave mention previously, of the tired/old/out of date sat nav we have, yet when you are in the car with an out of date map and can see that the I4 is a car park- you opt to travel silly routes you have travelled before- possibly adding on a mile or two but always moving, that prior knowledge.

It probably cost us as much in fuel and time as sitting on the I4, yet you felt as if you were getting there, and to the top of the I4 and to the Premium Outlets that can sometimes offer up a bargain.

When I reminisce on our very first visit, Iím sure it was Belz, then Prime and then now Premium. In the past there was much parking- today parking was an issue totally different to any seen before.

I dropped Alison and Joe off-as Josh and I went to find a car parking space.

Without swearing my description will be short, but I will try!






Ok I canít Ö



I can understand Disney, Universal and theme parks charging for parking- only to an extent, but recognise it as a necessary evil. To go shopping you are having the biggest laugh on the planet.

To see what was on offer here was such a joke. Yes, it was Florida tax free weekend- but the parking closest to the mall appeared to have been sold to an app company for $10 a slot- the $15 pre booked parking was closed/full Ė or you could do valet parking for more money than makes sense if you are shopping to save money.

We have been on the same weekend previously and always known you need to walk to the shops Ė today that had changed considerably since our last visit in 2017. Even the furthest away parking lot was rammed with staff cars in cordoned off areas.

Thankfully common sense prevailed, possibly known as being frugal/ sensible or indeed not allowing the money grabbers of the world unite and take over!
Otherwise I would have still circled every parking space known to premium outlet mankind-I avoided that by simply parking even further away than usual and walking. We parked in the old Festival Bay parking , so who knows how soon they will be asking you to pay to park there!

There is no way I will ever pay any amount of dollars to go shopping at Premium in either of the Orlando sites.


Ok rant over !


We all met in the food court and willingly waited and paid for a Five Guys.

After all those days of Magic banding all food options, we now needed to pay for food.








Shopping after, meant a visit to the Disney store- in the time we were in the shop, many items put in the basket were not even seen again on the shelves by the time we got to the checkout.

This bit of the day needs a video and Iím sure CCTV will being having a good old laugh at our shopping experience, we found loads and in the end tried to roll ourselves in in order to
actually buy stuff that would be worn and would not be cast aside once home.

We found more than that -as you do!

Glow with the show ears , that we honestly would not buy in the parks , bargain.

Baymax ears for friends and Josh.

And loads more tooÖAmazing how quick you can spend $150 on stuff that has an original price of $380!








To be honest, we left stuff behind and it was a case of right place at the right time and we knew that Ėthis was one huge bargain Disney shop Ė possibly the biggest and best ever!
(depends on which way you look at it!)

The shopping spree was not finished there;

Puma shop - shorts Josh,
Nike - Joe golf tops and shorts - even upside down they are a bargain!

and we then headed to Walmart

No food and $150 dollars later we had golf balls, gloves and loads more stuff that only Walmart can induce you to buy!


We did stop short of these though, although we could not resist the selfie and a whole lot of giggles too.

Interesting to see people who will feature later in the trip had a similar Walmart experience!





You will need to keep reading to reveal their identities, but having found this pic on their Twitter feed it was funny to se they had a similar Walmart experience.


Having enjoyed Five Guys for lunch we had a pool evening and just had some sandwiches to eat, this was exactly what we enjoy about heading to a Villa , the space, the fun and the opportunity to just relax try some of the stuff bought on and enjoy the surroundings.




Have to admit Lake Wilson Preserve was exceeding everything we had hoped.

We just had a fantastic night relaxing by the pool and already felt totally at home.

See you real soon for the next day and thank you for reading

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Love those easy days where you do nothing but still do something.

Great Character warehouse haul, we timed our visits poorly this time so came home still wanting.

I laughed so hard again when I saw your selfies

TFS, as always, Iím looking forward to reading your next day

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Had to laugh about the parking anyone would think you came from Yorkshire

A good shopping haul

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Had to laugh about the parking anyone would think you came from Yorkshire

A good shopping haul

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I've no idea what you mean Joan
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Love those easy days where you do nothing but still do something.

Great Character warehouse haul, we timed our visits poorly this time so came home still wanting.

I laughed so hard again when I saw your selfies

TFS, as always, Iím looking forward to reading your next day

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Thing is those days end up costing a fortune

Character Warehouse is always right place at the right time and we were so lucky. Day out of the park and Disney dipped my wallet again

Glad you liked the selfies we had such a laugh with the Walmart heads, we did realise that we would not fit them in the case to come home!

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We love just jumping in the car and going nowhere in Florida, especially when itís hot out and you can just enjoy the AC. We donít have a Sat Nav so we just drive and see what we can see.

Always love seeing everyone's purchases, you had great luck at the Character Warehouse once again.
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We love just jumping in the car and going nowhere in Florida, especially when itís hot out and you can just enjoy the AC. We donít have a Sat Nav so we just drive and see what we can see.

Always love seeing everyone's purchases, you had great luck at the Character Warehouse once again.
Thanks Colette

There is something so good about being in the car and not really knowing where you will end up, just enjoying the music, the air con and the whole Florida driving vibe too.

We had an amazing trip to the Character Warehouse, possibly our best ever, right place at the right time and it makes up for a few fallow years, when there has been next to nothing to buy.

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What a great day. The view from your balcony looks lovely and private. It sounds like you all had a nice relaxing time after your park adventures and a well earned lie in too!
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What a great day. The view from your balcony looks lovely and private. It sounds like you all had a nice relaxing time after your park adventures and a well earned lie in too!
Balcony view was such a great addition and yes, we had a fab day
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