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Unread 12 Aug 18, 08:30 PM  
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Cool Lucy, Tom +1 oscars first adventure inc the Sullys. Orlando Aug 18

Welcome to our 3rd trip report, thought Id better get this up as we fly in less than a week, nothing like leaving it till the last minute.

This is going to be a different report to what we have been used to as its our first going with a baby!

This is our 11th trip is as many years.

How this trip came about. We will be traveling to Orlando this year with some friends and there 3 kids. We went with them on there once in a lifetime trip back in 2014, they had asked if we wanted to Join them as we were seen as Florida experts not needing an excuse we jumped at the chance to go with them and show them round. We all had a great time and they said they wouldnt want to go back without us.

2014 trip I cant believe that I havent got a photo of all of us, this was pre my trippy days.

Jump forward a couple of years and the Sully crew wanted to return. 2017 was out due to my work and not being able to get time off over the summer holidays. So we talked about 2018. When we found out Lucy was pregnant we wondered if they still want to go with a 4 month old but they were still committed and more than happy to go again baby in tow.

Ill introduce the cast of this trip.

Tom (me)

Chief planner, find just as much fun in planning as the holiday itself. Work for Renault F1 and lover of rugby, BBQ and beers.
Favourite park: Epcot
Favourite attraction: Test track (but preferred the old version more)
Favourite thing about Florida: home away from home
Favourite restaurant: Cali grill


Lucy (my wife)

Currently on her year off maternity leave. But day job before that was health and safety for warwick castle. Not a fan of planning and happy to go along with most things. that is until she finds out Ive booked a brewery tour or car event.
Enjoying a new found love of country music (which I guess isnt so new found anymore)
Favourite park: Epcot
Favourite attraction: Toy story mania
Favourite thing about Florida: your memorys
Favourite restaurant: long horns


Oscar

The new addition to our family. Hell be 4 months when will travel. Already getting into Disney. His likes include looking at the picture of a cow we have on the wall, sleeping and milk.
We do seem to be pretty lucky with him as he is currently a chilled baby just keeping everything crossed it will continue!
Favourite park: Yet to be decided
Favourite attraction: as above


The Sullys



Weve know them for years, I meet Myles and Kate via scouts. Before we really became friends I was even part of the scout guard of honour at their wedding.
I now help run an explore scout group with Kate (and another friend Kathryn).


Myles and I attend a local pub quiz every Sunday with a few other friends. Plus various other weekends away/stag does and pub outings over the years.
So see them both weekly.
Anyway let me introduce everyone


Kate
She is Normally a planner but happy to let me take over for this one.
Enjoys a G&T and good times with friends.

Favourite park: HS as first she went to
Favourite attraction: 7 dwarfs mine
Favourite thing about Florida: Tom & Lucy as tour guides
Favourite restaurant: Cali grill


Myles

Has been referred to as my dad before which I still find funny.
Teacher by day cider lover by night.

Favourite park: Epcot (although when I asked him these questions he answered Jeffison gardens in Leamington spa not realising I meant Florida)
Favourite attraction: Carrousel of progress
Favourite thing about Florida: the fact you just cant have a bad time
Favourite restaurant: mannys


Ten (14)

Big comic book fan and really looking forward to checking out a real American comic book store. Gave us a bit of a shock last year when said he was a vegetarian. (My planning head started to spin and that added in another factor to planning) Roll on 6 months and he missed bacon so panic over!

Favourite park: BB
Favourite attraction: tower of terror
Favourite thing about Florida: food
Favourite restaurant: Cracker Barrel


Hattie (12)

Looking forward to hitting the shops! She keeps trying to find Disneyworld facts I dont know. Got a nice cheeky side and will make me proper laugh at times.

Favourite park: HS
Favourite attraction: tower of terror
Favourite thing about Florida: all the parks
Favourite restaurant: Mannys


Aoife (9)

If she doesnt end up working in theatre or on a stage Ill be amazed! (But wont say she can be a diva at times &#128540
Loves cereal and cant wait to get some different ones in wall mart.

Favourite park: Universal
Favourite attraction: toy story mania
Favourite thing about Florida: the beach
Favourite restaurant: Mannys because I could draw on the table


So thats everyone introduced so Ill get on with the plan

We have booked indirect flights from travel bag as a package with car hire. Wouldnt normally do a package but it worked out cheaper combining flight plus car so why not.

Flights
United from Heathrow via Chicago to MCO

Decided that indirect wasnt so bad as Heathrow is a million times better to get to than doing the M25 to Gatwick. After recent reports about MCO passport control Im glad well clear all that during out stop off in Chicago. Fingers crossed Oscar enjoys flying.

Flying with United and apparently we have been able to secure a bassinet seat for Oscar on the long haul legs, I say apparently as it doesnt show up on our booking but have checked 3 times on the phone and it shows there. He will just be on laps for the short hop between Chicago and Orlando.


Car hire (sorry bus)
As there are 8 of us it put the mini van idea out the window. We debated for ages if we should have 2 cars or 1 bus/wagon in the end we went for the 15 seater wagon.
Its just easier as I can do most the driving as Im happy with the roads and knowing my way round.

Keeping fingers crossed we get something like this


But I know deep down it will be one of these bad boys instead.



Accommodation

Lucys Mom and Dads condo on terrace ridge near champions gate. It really is our home away from home. Weve been staying here since 2012. Its got everything we need in the condo and has the use of the club house including pool area.


Food

We have a few ADRs already booked for the likes of ohanas (our first visit), Sanaa, homecoming, 50s prime time and splitsville.
Other must visits will likely be Mannys, Chuys and longhorn.

Tickets

Lucy and I both have a Disney AP and luckily Oscar doesnt need anything.
I also have a universal AP from last years solo visit so only have to get one for Lucy.
Team S have got 14days magic your way tickets and a 3 park pass for Universal.

As weve all been before and not really knowing how Oscar will cope with the heat we plan on getting up hitting the parks then chill at the condo/pool in the afternoon before maybe going back out in the evenings.

The Sully gang will do the water parks but we are going to miss this year as Oscar cant really do much. But saying that we do intend on going to volcano bay, but have pre booked the premium seating to give us a base and some guaranteed shade. Myles and Kate liked the idea so weve booked 2 sets just hope they are together as they couldnt promise that on the phone.

Also plan on a beach day currently between Clearwater or maybe St. Johns pass and couple of shopping trips to the outlets.

One little treat weve booked in the Epcot illuminations fireworks cruise for our last night.

Oscar passport arrived so he is all set!


Think this covers everything. Hope you enjoy reading along now Ive finally got it up with less than a week to go.


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Looks like you leave the same day as us. We travel down to Gatwick on Saturday and fly on Sunday morning. Sounds like you're gonna have a blast, hope Oscar enjoys his first trip. I am always full of admiration for anybody who can travel with a baby - it was as much as I could do to get to the end of the street most days when mine were that age We'll have to keep an eye out for you in the parks.
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Originally Posted by wilma-bride View Post
Looks like you leave the same day as us. We travel down to Gatwick on Saturday and fly on Sunday morning. Sounds like you're gonna have a blast, hope Oscar enjoys his first trip. I am always full of admiration for anybody who can travel with a baby - it was as much as I could do to get to the end of the street most days when mine were that age We'll have to keep an eye out for you in the parks.
Lets hope the flight is ok might end up regretting it yet but well see.

Well be keeping an eye out for you as well. Have a good flight.

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