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Old 28 Feb 21, 08:45 PM  
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OP thank you for posting this trip report. Iíve really enjoyed following along and almost smelling the donuts. Right now I fear its going to be a very long time for us before we can return to our happy place but Iíve loved reliving the Disney Springs vibes, oh and of course the food 😉. Thank you!
Aww, how lovely, thank you

Hopefully we won't have to wait too long until we get to go back - fingers and toes crossed!

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Day 9: Fairways, Fountains and Florian Fortescueís

Day 9: Fairways, Fountains and Florian Fortescueís
Thursday 26th April 2019

Today was our last full dayÖ they always sneak up on you way to quickly!

It was a pretty lazy and slow morning, we didnít end up leaving for IOA until 9:30am. Weíd planned a water ride morning today, so were going to get drenched before going back to the hotel to change.

On the way into IOA we stumbled across royalty and couldnít turn down a picture with King Julian.



We rode Jurassic Park first, then went on to BRB and looked like we had jumped into a pool fully clothed. Ripsaw falls was down, so we decided to attempt to dry off a bit before getting into the car by standing in the sun and squirting unsuspecting victims on BRB .





We had only eaten crisps and bits we had in the room this morning, but were so full from all of the food we had been eating over the holiday we werenít craving a proper lunch. As we needed more suncream, we nipped into Target at Rolling Oaks. We also checked out the Dollar Store there and ended up with some ice creams for lunch. Unsurprisingly, they were a dollar each. My one had M&Ms inside, they were both delicious and had to be eaten super quickly as they were melting at an astonishing rate!



By 4:30pm we were starting to feel peckish and decided on Cowfish as our last meal of the holiday, as we enjoyed it so much earlier on in the week. The meal was just as good as last time. I had the CBCLT burger ($15) and Nathan chose the Dynamic Duo ($16), which came with brisket and a random sushi roll on top. They were juicy, tender and full of flavour. If you havenít had a chance to try the Cowfish, please do, it is sooo good!





Whilst our burgers digested, we played a round of miniature golf, the haunted side, using up the vouchers from our last visit.



To end the evening we mooched around Diagon Alley in the dark and had another ice cream from Floreanís for our dessert. I obviously had the best flavour ever again - banana and got another souvenir cup.





We found a spot close to the lake to watch the fountain show, which I fell in love with. We loved reminiscing about all of the classic films that were projected, the sound track made us dance and the fireworks were fab.





We said goodbye to Universal for this trip and then headed back to our hotel, not wanting to go home tomorrow.

Thanks for reading,

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Oh no the last day... Iíve never seen King Julian in the park, bet that was fun.
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Oh no the last day... Iíve never seen King Julian in the park, bet that was fun.
I know! He was a fun and cheeky meet

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Day 10: Departing, Detroit and Dilly Dalliers

Day 10: Departing, Detroit and Dilly Dalliers
Friday 27th April 2019

It was a sad morning, we were going home today . Our flight home was earlier than normal, as we were flying back indirect. This meant we didnít really have any time to go to the parks or to shop, so instead we had a lie in and got up at 8:00am, which was the latest all holiday.

We showered and went down to breakfast at the hotel restaurant. As we had booked with Virgin Holidays, we were given some free breakfast vouchers. I made myself some waffles, which excitingly had an RI for Rosen Inn in the centre. These were covered in syrup and were very good. I had them with some fresh fruit to balance them out and make them appear slightly healthier .



Nathan made multiple trips to the hot buffet and filled up on copious amounts of bacon, sausage and egg. This is one of the many plates he consumedÖ



After we finished packing the last of our bits, we checked out and headed to the airport around 11:00am. Despite checking the luggage weight the previous night, we ended up being a little over and had to leave some half empty toiletries so that we werenít over.

We filled up the car with petrol near the airport, returned the car, checked in and then mooched around the shops to kill time. The Disney shop had a new re-fit and was looking rather pretty.



The security wait was excruciating . It was so long and despite security verbally walking down the queues and shouting out instructions and reminders, there were still people that were not ready when it was there turn to go through. There were so many dilly dalliers it took over half an hour to get through and we were losing our patience. One family, stopped half of the line for 20 minutes alone, as they didnít seem to have any idea what was going on or what they were doing . The fact we were going home and not leaving for an amazing holiday, probably made the wait even more unbearable.

We had just enough time to grab a drink for the plane before boarding. It was a very small Delta plane and the flight took 2 hours to get to Detroit.

The reason our flights were so cheap, was because we now had a 6 hour layover at the airport . Weíd planned ahead and decided to have a nice relaxed meal at Longhornís to kill some of the time, so this is where we headed first.

I had a massive and delicious ribeye steak with fries ($23), it was very well cooked and Nathan helped me to finish. Nathan went for one final burger, a cheeseburger for $12. I had a Shirley Temple, as I love them so much and Nathan had a diet coke. For some reason, the waitress also brought out extra fries, which made Nathan very happy .





We walked off our meal by going from one end of the terminal to another. It was a super long terminal and took 20 minutes each way?! We also had a look in some of the shops and picked up some more drinks for our next flight.



Fully exercised, we found some comfy egg chair things and settled down to watch some Netflix. Fortunately, our flight left on time at 10:25pm. The long layover wasnít too bad and although not ideal, we could be tempted to do it again for the right price.

Our flight was just under 7 hours and despite not being hungry, we both said yes to a meal. I think out of curiosity and so we had something to do. I went for the chicken and truffle mash, Nathan had the Thai chicken salad. They were a sound meh, with the chicken in both being pretty rubbery. They were served with huge slabs of cheese, which made me very happy. Nathan liked the crownie (cookie and brownie hybrid) dessert, which he said was more of a biscuit.





I managed to snooze on and off for the rest of the flight. Nathan said he watched a highly dubbed Predator film. For breakfast we were served a honey yoghurt, with a peach muffin, a slice of cheese and a chocolate covered mint imperial - why such random flavours?! We both kind of just picked at the trays and didnít really eat much.



Our flight arrived early and had to circle for a bit before landing. Security was pretty quick and we managed to find our taxi driver home pretty easily. Before we knew it, we were home and being snubbed by our cat Franklin for abandoning him!

We had such an amazing holiday and are desperate to go back! Iím going to include one final summary instalment of our highs, mehs and future plans (wishful thinking maybe?!).

I hope you enjoyed and apologies again for it taking such a long time to finally upload.

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Oh the last day ☹️
The food on the plane was a weird combination, but at least everything was on time and went smoothly. Looking forward to your last thoughts.
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Really enjoyed your report 😄
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Ahhh this makes me excited for my trip that im not supposed to be getting excited about! We are only doing Epcot, Universal, Springs and looking around the Disney resorts in September (if we make it) so no dining plan this time, getting lots of ideas from this for off-site eats, love your report
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What a great report, thanks for taking the time to do it and sharing your fab foods. Due to usually having the dining plan we've not eaten much off site but next time we want to maybe try a villa and enjoy some different places. Your report have given me lots of idea's, thank you. Xx
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