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Unread 16 Oct 19, 07:31 PM  
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TRIP REPORT: Day -1 Pre-Travel Day Thursday 19th September

Welcome to another trip report and hopefully youll stick with me whilst I share our most recent adventure a trip to the Asian Disney Resorts to complete the 6 Castle Challenge, and to visit all 12 Disney Parks in the World!

Pre-travel day started like any other for us an early alarm to finish the final bits and pieces around the house, and then my usual commute into work. I stopped off at Tesco Express to get some lunch as I knew I wouldnt make it out of the office today and our fridge was totally bare.

Work was a bit hectic a grenade had been dropped the previous evening and I needed to fight some fires but after some running around, I got there in the end. I left the office at 2.30pm, dialled into my final meeting 3-4pm, and then hit the log off button. The Out of Office was on!

Our airport car to take us to Gatwick South Terminal was due at 4.30pm but arrived at 4.15pm so we did the final bits and pieces and headed out to meet the driver.



The journey to Gatwick was unremarkable. We hit some traffic on the M25 but arrived at 7pm which was as expected for me.

We checked into the Hilton Gatwick, before dropping our bags into the room and walking over to Giraffe in the terminal building.

A quick word on the Hilton we had booked this using Hilton Honours points which I had exchanged from Virgin Flying Club miles. Our room definitely needed some love. When we last stayed here in 2012, we had a newly refurbished room and our room had clearly not been touched in some years. Had I paid 130+ for this room, I would have been sorely disappointed. They probably put paying customers in the new wing but in that case, I am not keen on the principle. I doubt we will stay here again. For 50 ish, the Premier Inn was a much nicer stay.





Our meal on the other hand was good since we had the whole evening ahead, and were on our jollydays, we decided to have starters. Matt had the Karaage Chicken, I had the Salt & Pepper Squid; and Matt had the Chicken Katsu Curry for main where I had the Thai Duck Stirfry with a side of gyoza. With 2 7-Ups, and a 15% My Gatwick discount, the meal came to 46.75.















On our way back, we stopped by M&S for some pudding. I had a Best Ever Trifle (trust me, it really is the best!), and Matt had a chocolate mousse pudding type thing, which with some water came to 5.35.

After this, we headed back to the room. By 9pm, I had sorted out our things for tomorrow, and was in bed just chilling out, with the whole two weeks adventure yet. Perfect.
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The Hilton is grim every time I stay. There are some ok rooms but I rarely seem to get one!

What exciting adventures you have ahead!
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Ooo am really excited to read this! The food looks amazing! Shame you were disappointed with your room, but Im guessing that meant things could only get better in terms of accommodation
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The Hilton is grim every time I stay. There are some ok rooms but I rarely seem to get one!

What exciting adventures you have ahead!
Yeah I don't think we will stay there again, even for free. Good old Premier Inn for us! It really was an amazing trip!

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Ooo am really excited to read this! The food looks amazing! Shame you were disappointed with your room, but Im guessing that meant things could only get better in terms of accommodation
Ah thank you! Thanks for reading along!
And yes, things really did get better...the next day!
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Can't wait to follow along Natalie... I've been eagerly awaiting this report! Shame about the Hilton but the food looked lovely.
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Can't wait to follow along Natalie... I've been eagerly awaiting this report! Shame about the Hilton but the food looked lovely.
Ah thank you, I'm getting it posted as quickly as I can Trying to balance it with my scrapbook too
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Aw so excited to see this trippie has started cant wait to read along it sounds an amazing trip!
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Aw so excited to see this trippie has started cant wait to read along it sounds an amazing trip!
Ah thank you, we had the most amazing time!
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