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Unread 29 Jan 19, 11:10 PM  
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We hope its amazing too! What was it like going though Tampa Airport, it seems to be a popular hub airport for internal flights so I am hoping that the immigration is quick - there doesn't appear to be other international flights getting in around the same time. ADR's are sorted - about to post with our final selections!
It was a really good experience, we have booked to fly into there again this year. We were at the front of economy and got through immigration in about 15 min, our friends were slower off the plane and the last ones to get to the immigration queue and took about 30 min. It was only our flight in the hall

Reservations all sound good!
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Unread 2 Feb 19, 05:25 PM  
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A meal change!

After our recent change of timings we really thought we had nailed it. However, having read a few reviews Han was having cold feet on Ohana! While she was really looking forward to the pudding and breads she was aware that the meal wouldn't really excite the kids or me.

Also, Ohana is a really hit and miss one on reviews with people loving it or being disappointed. It also didn't quite feel Disney enough!

A bit of research revealed a new character meal that we hadn't really come across or considered - Artists Point.

Now, as things dont always run smoothly, it was not available as a straight swap for Ohana - Han was disappointed...

Then we decided to see what we could swap it for and were able to move reservations!

So now our first dinner is Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge and Citricos has moved to the second day, at the same time! Youtube reviews, Vlogs and research have convinced us that this is the best move. It also is feeling right, so hopefully we wont need to change anything else - until tomorrow
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Wow your trip sounds amazing the kids will be over the moon! We are over there from the 29th July till Aug 19th, but are plans are no where near as detailed as yours!
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Wow your trip sounds amazing the kids will be over the moon! We are over there from the 29th July till Aug 19th, but are plans are no where near as detailed as yours!
Thanks, I hope we can pull it off! We may see you there!

We do love to plan our holidays and spend a lot of time researching, I wouldn't expect everyone to spend as long as we do. We just spent an hour going over the park busy day guide to make sure we are hitting the parks on the lowest crowd level days...
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Back again with another update - for once this isnt all about food - well not entirely

Firstly, we have added Red Robin into our plans for eating - we have discovered it through reading some good reviews on the Dibb and the food and shakes look amazing! On the day we had planned to go to Sonic for a drive thru burger and pop into Cheesecake factory on the way home, we have now changed this to just Cheesecake factory for the whole meal! The menu looked too good...

On the non food front we have an update too! Firstly, on our Discovery Cove day DD is doing a dolphin swim and DS is not doing anything extra, so we have booked him into the SkyDive experience where you go into one of the wind tunnels and experience sky diving without jumping out of a plane! I am sure he will love it...

Busch Gardens was a top park for us last time and we are planning to visit it twice. The first time we hope to go over with some friends who are on holiday at the same time and have never been, the second time we have booked the 5 hour guided adventure tour which includes a meal, tour guide, front of the line access to selected rides and safari tour. It costs $99 each, we think for the tour, with the food and front of the line access as well as tour guide, we feel like it will help us make the most of the park.

Finally, we are investigating doing an airboat ride on our last full day. I'm sure we will be able to give more info on this soon. I'm sure we will find something else to update on shortly as well!
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And rather unsurprisingly we have a couple of changes to our offsite restaurant choices...

Our first offsite meal is Mrs Potato, replacing Golden Corral. We love to try unique restaurants which are a bit different and Mrs Potato certainly fits the bill!

Also, UNO is out and replaced with Hash house a Go Go, which had been on the reserve list. A look at the menu's and then seeing it on Man V Food where Adam Richman tried one of their creations was a decider for us, so bring it on!

That really should be it on changes, unless we discover something else new!
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Oh my gosh, I am so going to be living vicariously through you guys for this trip! Jamie I LOVE the title...genius!

I'm half way through but I'm putting a dibb/facebook ban on myself tomorrow (I am getting nothing done...I mean I know I'm meant to be resting but I'm literally researching Disney non-stop at the moment) but I will be back to finish reading your pre-trippie soon.

So excited for you..can't believe you aren't telling the kids!

Edit: okay edit to say I manage to fit in reading the rest before my abstenance begins lol. Firstly, oh no we absolutely loved Ohanas (now on our must do list) but good call on the Cheesecake Factory. We went there when we were in Texas and loved it! Is five guys still on your list? I think youd definitely enjoy it!

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Finally...a non food update!

This one will fill you in on something we are planning to support Josiah. As any readers of our last trip report will be aware in the first 2 weeks he had a growing problem with feeling anxious which impacted on his eating as well as a few nerves on rides.

Following a trip to DisneyLand Paris last summer it really highlighted how his nerves can really struggle when he is uncertain about a ride and has a long wait. It was a regular occurrence that he would drop out of the line and Han would have to go with him.

We do have a letter from our doctors which medically backs this up, but as this holiday is our last family trip to Florida and given that it isn't cheap either, we want to make sure that the anxiety levels are kept as low as possible and he (and us) can get the maximum enjoyment out of our trip. It is funny how it affects him, as he is happy to perform on stage with his theatre group, mainly because he knows exactly whats going to happen. However, the first time on a ride he hasn't been on is something he finds completely overwhelming, especially with a long wait in a line with no distraction.

Planes are similar for him, taking off is the thing he struggles with as well as feeling rushed to get settled in his seat. Unfortunately some people can be very rude and impatient when getting on a plane...don't worry folks no one else can sit in your seat. On our recent trip to New York, Virgin allowed us to be amongst the first to board which gave him a minute or two to get settled and set up with books and tech etc before everyone else got on the plane. It was the easiest flight experience we have ever had with him!

To help with the flight aspect, we have contacted BA, Gatwick and Tampa and all have been fantastic; from sending us a fetching green sunflower lanyard for him to wear in Gatwick (as a fashion conscious 14 yr old he will be thrilled ;-) to BA allowing us to choose seats he will be comfortable in and have priority boarding and Tampa arranging for us to be met in the airport to ease his worries, both on arrival and departure. We are hoping that this will give him that peace of mind for travelling!

We are also going to get DAS this time in the parks, which we understand gets linked to your magic band. It doesn't give you immediate access to a ride - rather it allows you to book a slot to return to a ride so that you don't have to wait in the queues. Given that this is the bit which is a real struggle for him we hope it will help. I suspect we will only use it on rides he is unsure about so that the nerves don't get too much in a queue. We will just go with fast pass for everything else.

As we are writing live trip reports...hopefully...we will let you know how this works in practice.
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