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The 30th Birthday Bash Pre-Trip Report - September 2019

Hi everyone!
Its about 6 months until our next trip and seeing as though I finished the 2018 trip report the other week, I thought why not start the next one! We fly out Saturday 31st August and come home Thursday 12th September.
If you wanted to read the 2018 one, its here

On to the cast list then;
Me (Lucy)

27 when we go, slightly obsessed with planning and organising with an added obsession with American food. This is my 3rd trip to the Sunshine State now!


My lovely husband, he turns 30 whilst were there, which is the whole point of the trip really! I think this is about his 8th visit to Florida! Hes very excited to be having his birthday whilst were there and he has his whole day planned out! And no, sadly that hat didn't come home with us

This year our friends are coming with us, Josh and David. Me and Josh have been best friends since forever and him and David have been together for about 4 years now.

Josh (Right)
Also 27 when we go, never been to America before, loves anything to do with Jurassic Park.
David (Left)
28 when we go, also never been to America before, loves Harry Potter and How To Train Your Dragon.

The Plan:

No Disney this year, although we do have tickets to MNSSHP and we will be visiting Disney Springs a few times. We do have tickets to Universal and HHN, Josh is particularly looking forward to this.
So Chriss birthday is the 2nd September which is our 2nd full day there and we have tickets to Wild Florida that includes the airboat tour, weve booked an early-ish morning slot for this and then will spend the rest of the day there. Chris then wants to eat at Homecoming at Disney Springs in the evening.

Asides from that, we have a beach day booked in, but I havent decided what beach yet, shopping will definitely happen and lots of sunbathing and chilling in the pool.


Were staying at Disney Sunset Lakes villa which belongs to the lovely Dibber Asher. We cant get over how beautiful the villa is from the photos, so were very excited to see it in person!


We have a BA fly drive booked, flying from Gatwick to Tampa. Chris is happy to drive from Tampa over to Orlando and it really helped bring the price down, car wise we have a Ford Escape or equivalent.
Both me and Chris really wanted to fly with Virgin, but unfortunately their fly drive price was 4000! As BA came out at 2000 for the 4 of us, it was a no brainer

Airport plan:

Well be heading to Gatwick on the Friday, thanks to Joshs dad Gary wholl be giving us a lift down. Plan is to leave ours about 1pm, reach Gatwick roughly about 3:30 (if all goes well on the motorway).
We wanted to get down to Gatwick a little earlier then last year as by the time we got there last year and dropped the bags off and checked into our hotels, we were eating dinner quite late and the whole evening just seemed quite rushed.

Were staying at the Hampton by Hilton, I think Chris had reward points or something and I just want to make my own waffle for breakfast
Well also be eating dinner in Giraffe as we had a great meal here last time.

I think that covers everything, were kind of hoping its a bit of a laid back trip to celebrate Chriss birthday which he's very much looking forward to, Josh and David are looking forward to our Universal days and Im looking forward to not going to work for 2 weeks and getting a tan

Ill update if we have any changes to our plans, but for now thanks for reading!
01/05/16 - 17/05/16 - CBR
04/05/18 - 25/05/18 - Tranquility Villa
31/08/19 - 12/09/19 - Disney Sunset Lakes
01/05/20 - 15/05/20 - Doral Woods
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