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Mr Grump said YES! POR May 2020

I haven't thought of a name for the trip report yet but I'll update when I do. I'll start off with a little about us for those who don't know.

We first went as a family back in October 2018, it was the kid's first trip to Florida. I'd been previously in 2003 with my parents and Mr Grump had been in 1993. We then returned on a budget trip in May 2019 thanks to the amazing Virgin Sale.

The Cast

So on our trip we have, yours truly, Kelly (32) my hubby Chris (34), DD Caitlin (will be 13) DS1 Thomas (11) DS2 Noah (7) This is the ages at time of travel .

This trip is going to be much more relaxed. With 19 nights on site we are hoping for lots of half days with pool afternoons and lazy walks around resorts and Disney Springs.



A bit about us:



Myself - (Nervous Wreck) - So I'm the booker, organiser and planner and general all round stress head. I love planning and hate surprises so this is the best of both worlds for me!

By the time we go I will have just handed in my final assignment for my BA Hons in Management degree where I'm hoping for a 1st or 2:1 ... fingers crossed ... these next 8 months are going to be hard! This trip is also partly to celebrate finishing and finally having a full degree! I really enjoy cross stitching, crocheting and socialising.

Excited for: The food and a much more relaxed time.

Chris - (Mr Grump) - He is the laid back one, he goes with the flow and as any hubby should, does as he's told He is no good with organisation and planning so he's happy to leave everything up to me ... let's just hope he doesn't put all the blame on me this time or he may not make it home ! We nick name him Mr Grump as he's always moaning and whinging !

He is a computer engineer and enjoys films and days out walking.

Excited for: A more relaxed time and particularly excited for Clearwater

Caitlin - (Drama Llama) - Total and utter teenager, nick named the drama llama in our house (DL for short!) the world revolves around her and unless anything is to benefit her, she isn't interested She does not like potatoes in any form what so ever ... chips, boiled, roasties ... you get the picture. If she so much as smells potato this is the face she makes



No exaggeration! Now you see where the name DL comes from!

She enjoys going out with her friends, helping me with making Scentsy samples and shopping ... she LOVES shopping. She's hoping to be able to save up lots of money for a good shopping spree when we go again ... but money burns a hole in her pocket so we shall see

Excited for: Pool and waterparks

Thomas - (Cheeky) - He's exactly like his dad, he's so laid back he's almost horizontal. He can have his moments but he is a classic middle child, sometimes we forget he's even there, he's nick named the cheeky monkey as he's too smart for his own good!

He loves anything to do with Pokemon, he loves reading ... to the point we have way too many books as he reads them in a night he also likes writing stories, especially his adventures of Tom series he's started making. My little writer.

Excited for: - The roller coasters, he's a total thrill seeker like mum and dad this one ... he just needs to grow a foot or so more (He's the smallest in his class by about a foot )

Noah - (Sausage) - Noah's the baby ... need I say anymore? He gets away with way more than he should but his little face just melts your heart. Just recently I started calling him my little sausage no idea where it's come from but it's stuck haha.

He's a loving, funny clever little boy. He was diagnosed with Autism in April 2018 and it's been a huge learning curve for us all. We're learning how to assist his needs as best we can as well as seeing how amazing he is in learning how to deal with the difficulties he faces.

Excited for: The rollercoasters and pool

The Plan

Thursday 7th May 2020

Leave around 4pm and head to Toby Carvery for dinner then drive to Premier Inn Runger Lane North. We have 2 rooms here and have pre-paid for breakfast which is 19 for all 5 of us (2 kid's eat free per paying adult!)



Friday 8th May 2020

Breakfast before dropping the car off. We've booked VIP Manchester Parking through looking4parking.com. We've used this company both times we've been to Florida and we honestly can't fault them, they're by far the cheapest and fab service. We drop the car off in the drop off area and are met by a member of staff, we hand the keys over and they take the car to a secure car park. When we land we let them know we've arrived and they bring the car back to the car park, we load it up and leave. Great service and I'd recommend to anyone.

Check in around 6.55am and flight is 9.55am, flying with Virgin again.

We have pre-booked row 29, seats H, J, K and 30 J, K.

We'll be using the Magical Express to get to Port Orleans ... let's hope we get in the right queue this time and it's much quicker

Saturday 9th May 2020
Breakfast - Riverside Mill
AK - EMH - 8am - 1.30pm
Lunch - Flame Tree BBQ - 12.30pm
Pool
Dinner - Wolfgang Puck Express - 5.30pm
Resort Activities


Sunday 10th May 2020

Breakfast - Riverside Mill
HS - EMH - 8am - 1.30pm
Lunch - ABC Comissary - 12.30pm
Pool
Dinner - Blaze - 5.30pm
Resort Acitivites


Monday 11th May 2020

Breakfast - Be Our Guest - 8.20am
Magic Kingdom 9am - 1pm
Lunch - Pinocchio Village Haus - 12.30pm
Pool
Dinner - Polite Pig/Cookes/Daily Poutine - 5.30pm
Resort Activities


Tuesday 12th May 2020

Breakfast - Riverside Mill - 8.30am
Collect hire car from DCC - 10am
Morning/Afternoon - Shopping at Premium and Vineland Outlets
Dinner - TREX - 4pm
Evening - Walmart


Wednesday 13th May 2020

Magic Kingdom - 9am-1.30pm
Breakfast - Sleepy Hollow - 9.30am
Lunch - Columbia Harbour House -1pm
Rest at Resort
Epcot - 5pm - 7.30pm
Dinner - Yorkshire Country Fish Shop
Les Halles - Sandwiches for Clearwater


Thursday 14th May 2020

Check in to Residence Inn by Marriott at Clearwater Beach approx 11am
Seascreamer - 2pm
Watch sunset at Pier 60
Meal at Frenchy's - 6pm


Friday 15th May 2020

Breakfast - Residence Inn
Shopping at Vineland Outlets
Afternoon - Pool
HS - 5pm - 9pm
Dinner - Woody's Lunch Box - 5.15pm


Saturday 16th May 2020

Breakfast - Riverside Mill - 8.30am
Wild Florida - 10am - 12pm
Magic Kingdom - 2pm - 9.30pm
Lunch - Be Our Guest - 2.15pm
Dinner - Cosmic Rays - 7pm


Sunday 17th May 2020

Breakfast - Riverside Mill - 9am
Typhoon Lagoon - 10am - 2pm
Epcot - 5pm - 9pm
Dinner - Sunshine Seasons, Les Halles, Katsura Grill


Monday 18th May 2020

Breakfast - Riverside Mill - 7am
Check in to Hard Rock Hotel - 8am
Islands of Adventure
Lunch - Bread Box - 2pm
Pool at HRH
Dinner - CityWalk - 6pm
Islands of Adventure
Harry Potter Light Show


Tuesday 19th May 2020

Breakfast at HRH Club
Check out of Hard Rock Hotel
Universal Studios
Dinner - Olive Garden - 5pm
Shopping - Premium Outlets
Resort Activities


Wednesday 20th May 2020

Breakfast - Sassagoula Floatworks - 9am
Mini Golf Blizzard Beach
Lunch - Riverside Mill - 12.30pm
Pool
Magic Kingdom - 5pm - 9pm
Dinner - Pecos Bills/Golden Oaks - 6.30pm


Thursday 21st May 2020

Breakfast - Riverside Mill - 8.30am
Check In BoardWalk - 9.30am
HS - 10.30am - 2.30pm
Shopping - Vineland and WalMart
Disney Springs
Dinner - Chicken Guy - 7.30pm
Pool at BoardWalk


Friday 22nd May 2020

Breakfast - Beach Club - 8.30am
Check Out of BoardWalk - 9.30am
Return car to DCC - 10am
Animal Kingdom - 10.30am - 4pm
Lunch - Yak N Yeti - 12.30pm
Dinner Disney Springs - 6pm

Resort Activities


Saturday 23rd May 2020

Breakfast - Riverside Mill - 9am
Typhoon Lagoon - 10am - 2pm
Epcot - 5pm - 9pm
Dinner - La Cantina, Lotus Blossom, Sommerfest and Karamel Kuche


Sunday 24th May 2020

Breakfast - Riverside Mill - am
Pool
Animal Kingdom - 12pm - 8.30pm
Dinner - Restrauntosaurus - 5pm


Monday 25th May (Memorial Day) 2020

Breakfast - Riverside Mill - am
Pool
HS - 2pm - 9pm
Dinner - Backlot Express - 4pm


Tuesday 26th May 2020

Breakfast - Riverside Mill - am
Disney Springs - Use Credits
Lunch - Chef Art's Homecomin' - 12.30pm
Epcot - 3.30pm - 10.30pm
Dinner - Eat Around World Showcase


Wednesday 27th May 2020

Check out of Port Orleans Riverside - 10am
MK - 11am - 2pm
Lunch - Casey's Corner - 11.30am
Bus to POR - 2pm
Tragical Express - 3pm
Check in at Orlando International Airport at 4pm - Flight at 7pm


Thursday 28th May 2020

Flight lands at 8.10am


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We intend to have a much more relaxed holiday this time.

I've told Mr Grump I want to do the resort activities with the kids and spend more time exploring the resorts too which he is happy to do

WE'RE GOING BACK TO FLORIDA!

I will post updates below and try and update the post as they happen

UPDATE 1 - HRH Upgrade - 29.08.2019

UPDATE 2 - List Of QS Eateries - 03.09.2019

UPDATE 3 - Night at Clearwater Booked - 10.09.2019

UPDATE 4 - Flight Time Change - 18.09.2019

UPDATE 5 - ADR's Decided ... Finally - 25.10.2019

UPDATE 6 - Surprise Stay Booked - 26.10.2019

UPDATE 7 - Uncertainty - Possible Cancellation - 06.11.2019


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Eeeeep! How exciting!
We too have exciting news re the honeymoon - and Ive decided on doing a full trippie this time!
I need to sit down and do my initial pre trip report xxx
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May again, instead of summer. Back to POR. Sounds like it's going to be a fab trip. I can't wait to hear all about it.
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Eeeeep! How exciting!
We too have exciting news re the honeymoon - and Ive decided on doing a full trippie this time!
I need to sit down and do my initial pre trip report xxx
Oh how exciting I am so pleased for you! You'll have to send me the link when you've done it, I'm definitely following along xx

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May again, instead of summer. Back to POR. Sounds like it's going to be a fab trip. I can't wait to hear all about it.
I know ... we've changed the date 3 times since the beginning of the weekend!

Mr Grump didn't want August because of the heat and rain. I looked at October but had the wrong school holiday dates meaning the kids would have been off school for 3 weeks which is too long. So we then looked at May incorporating the May Half Term again. I just really hope we don't have a heatwave like last time ... BUT ... if we do at least we don't feel like we have to do EVERYTHING and can have plenty of chill days and afternoons especially with no DDP reservations to tie us down x
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Sounds as if you have the Disney bug Kelly 😂 Hope you have a fab trip
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Looking forward to following along again
Thanks for reading again x

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I think you are getting greedy now

Sounds like a great trip.
I blame my dad, he was the same after our first time As Sue says, we have the bug x

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Sounds as if you have the Disney bug Kelly 😂 Hope you have a fab trip
We certainly do now Sue! Thank you ... hopefully this one will go more smoothly than the last one xx
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