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Old 7 Jul 19, 08:37 PM  
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Oops I did it again ... once in a lifetime version 4

Thought Iíd drop a pre trip report in given we go in 5 weeks.

All the planning is done all the balances are paid and we now sit back and wait for the 4th ďonce in a lifetimeĒ trip. Actually Eva sits back and waits whilst Iíve spent the last few weeks sorting fastpasses, changing ADRs and spending all my free time on the DIBB.

Here goes my ramblings:

the cast

The cast list is very short.

Iím Sarah but known by everyone I know as Pez. 40 something self employed recruiter living in Manchester. Got my Disney on later in life when I came into possession of Pezlet. Like great food and fast rides. Mis-spent a portion of my youth on secret dashes to Blackpool to ride coasters. Totally rubbish at tech so the meme/GIF content will be poor. Previous owner of several husbands but happily single with my daughter these days.

Eva. AKA Pezlet. 11 years old and about to start high school. Sheís a bright and funny girl albeit a touch shy. Sheís a Disney geek and throws herself into the whole Disney thing every year. This year is the first year where sheís saying no to the dress. No more dressing up as Belle. This upsets me more than her. Foodie in training and prefers to not involve herself in plans and happy to go with the flow unless I ask her to go to a seafood restaurant.

the trip

I booked as soon as free dining became available last year. The last two years we have stayed at POR before that CBR. I wanted a change this year but I didnít want to book deluxe hotel as we are an ďall day out in the parksĒ family. So I booked 15 nights at POFQ. I like the idea of a smaller resort and it has good feedback in here.

These things tend to grow wings so I looked at flights and my points and managed to get a good price with Virgin to fly PE out of Manchester.

Booked 5 nights at Hard Rock Hotel club level. We did this last year and loved it. Itís definitely my favourite Universal hotel. The price difference for club vs standard at time of booking was pretty reasonable although itís shot up since - I think because thereís a concert on whilst we are there. Itís nice to trot down the corridor in our pyjamas for breakfast before the Disney bit of having to get up and get dressed before starting the day.

This year I booked everything direct and I found that better for us against booking through a TA. We were able to pick and choose dates and rooms to our requirements.

I found out a few weeks ago that an old school friend who has a daughter the same age as Eva will be there for our whole two week Disney stay. They are first timers. Itís put a new exciting slant on our trip and Iím really looking forward to catching up with her and letting Eva have a new friend on holiday. I will admit that me and water parks are not good bedfellows. I like the sun lounger and cocktails but but not the getting wedgies in big slides bit. So now our water park days are a bit more attractive. Itís been a task coordinating fastpasses and ADRs but I think weíve got that sussed.

I upgraded our free QSDP to deluxe as I enjoy a good meal at night on holiday and we both love character breakfasts. I will be doing a full live dining report and will put my pre trip dining itinerary on here this week.

Iím really looking forward to trying some off site delights this year and am still formulating our plan for the universal nights.

We have a couple of extras booked (there will likely be more too)

We have booked H2O glow. Yes I said I donít like water parks but we did this last year and it was great fun.

We also have tickets for MNSSHP first time ever! We do that in 30th August and am in process of trying to come up with costume ideas.

We will be there for the opening of Star Wars GE. I wish we werenít as we hadnít factored that in on booking but it is what it is. Eva wants to go to opening day - I keep saying yeah ok knowing she wonít get up at silly oíclock but that might come back to bite me...

This year we will have a one day window of opportunity to go to Food & Wine - which coincides with GE opening. Iím really excited to be able to be a total pig and my goal is to get round as many booths as possible.

Thatís my intro - no doubt further ramblings will follow and I hope to master memes before we go.

I will add a food pre trip report in the next few days.

Thanks for reading DIBBers x

Edited at 08:48 PM. Reason: Please move to Orlando pre trip reports
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Old 7 Jul 19, 08:48 PM  
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Bad draft admin could you please move this to Orlando pre trip reports 😂😂😂
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It all sounds great. I also have kids who want to go to Galaxyís Edge on opening day but I can only see it being a nightmare!
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Originally Posted by Eccle View Post
It all sounds great. I also have kids who want to go to Galaxyís Edge on opening day but I can only see it being a nightmare!

I really really donít want to go there on opening day ... it will be complete chaos plus I think youíd need to be in line in the middle of the night ... thatís even before the queue for the ride. Opening day lines for Hagrid were bad enough can you imagine how long the wait time will be for this? Iíd much rather go to food and wine ... 😊
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Must admit am glad we come home on 28th 😂 plus an excuse to go again to see it all when it has settled down over the next year or two..😄
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Sounds like you have a great trip planned. We go in October and also have a 4 night club stay at HRH and then 10 nights at FQ with regular upgraded dinning.

I read your last report and looking forward to following this one especially the food parts! 👏

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Originally Posted by Kat11 View Post
Sounds like you have a great trip planned. We go in October and also have a 4 night club stay at HRH and then 10 nights at FQ with regular upgraded dinning.

I read your last report and looking forward to following this one especially the food parts! 👏

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Thanks. Iím really looking forward to the food but we have some exciting ADRs booked 😊😊😊
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It sounds like you're going to have another fab trip. We are at pofq this summer for the first time too. Will we be there at the same time? Our trip is 14 nights at POFQ from 30th July and we go to RPR for 2 nights at the end of the trip on 13th August. I'll be the one with the cocktail in hand while ignoring (I mean supervising) the kids in the pool!

Hope you have a brilliant time, I'm looking forward to reading all about it.
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So my MNSSHP costume arrived today ... Iím going to be Maleficent of sorts ... I have some cool ears, a black tutu, purple vest and Iím claiming my daughterís black cloak she is wearing for her school play on Monday.

Eva wants to go as Donald Duck who is her favourite character. I found a Donald Duck costume on eBay which looks OK .. I just hope it arrives in time and the sizing is ok or it will be a last minute change of plan!
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And itís all change in Pez-land!

I booked HRH club level ages ago and always thought it was a tad pricey for the club room we booked. After a bit of back and forth and price watching Iíve changed our booking!

We now have first two nights at Portofino Bay with a bay view room and 3 nights at cabana bay in standard. Saved over £1000 on the HRH club price. I figured 3 days Express is enough to see off universal then a day at volcano bay with the last day chilling around the pool would be ideal.

We now have an extra £1000 which will more than cover our food and tips at Disney so itís happy days.
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