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Unread 12 Oct 17, 02:38 PM  
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The 'I need to see the sun again' Trip February 2018

This pre-trip report wasnt supposed to be starting until 2018. That was when I should have been booking the free DDP for an all singing, all dancing 3 week extravaganza holiday in 2019. Then February hit. I really dont get on with February. All the fun of Christmas is long gone and Summer is a looooong time away. And I always get ill. Two days in bed with the Dibb makes people do funny things. Like booking cheap flights for February 2018 when theyre browsing Kayak and happen to see flights for 1A2C for 926. Direct. In the half term holidays.

Id promised the boys a return trip in 2019 for my 40th birthday. The original plan was to go in the summer holidays and have one week on site and one week in a villa. Then I quite fancied going to the beach for a few days as well. And a night (or two) at Universal. And the plan grew and grew until it was too expensive to contemplate but with the price of flights we needed to make it worth our while going. You all understand that conundrum.

And while this was the plan, Im meant to be renovating my house so the funds arent really there for a huge great big holiday. But we want to go back so badly!

Then I started to wonder why we actually do holidays to hot places in the summer when its quite nice here. If we were going for a week then we needed a quiet park. And I need a winter sun holiday.

So the decision was made and flights were bought. Well be flying out on the 10th February with Norwegian for 7 nights.



Then I thought about where we were going to stay. Initially I thought going budget and offsite but once I'd worked out the cost of car hire, food, parking and the time it takes to get around then onsite was a far better plan. Plus all the driving tires me out and being on my own with the boys means I need all the energy I can get! Plus a like a little drink occasionally... We'll be using a mix of buses and and boats and monorail and Uber.

I've booked 7 nights at Saratoga Springs in a studio with DDP. I'll be making a room request for a room close to The Paddock pool so that it's close to somewhere for drinks, pool down time and the bridge to Artists Palette, boat dock and other pool. Something I've learnt from holidaying on my own is that it pays to be close to the facilities and to not have to drive!



I've done all the ADRs already so we'll be eating...

Tusker House breakfast



I'm going to see my bestie!



Be Our Guest breakfast



Garden Grill Breakfast



Whispering Canyon lunch


Akershus lunch


O'hana dinner (we'll be popping to Trader Sam's before)


Teppan Edo dinner


And Jungle Skipper Canteen for the last lunch


Lots of other planning is going on so uodates will be coming as more happens!
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Unread 14 Oct 17, 06:07 PM  
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Sounds like a great plan. Excellent price on flights.
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I couldn't believe the flight prices! We're getting very very excited now and it looks like Doug might just squeak through onto the bigger rides...
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How exciting. Not long until you book your fast passes, only a couple of weeks.
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Sounds fab and lovely photos of you and your boys
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Sounds great!

We've pretty much done the same thing (we wanted a warm place in Feb half term and couldn't resist the prices !)

We are also staying at SSR (DVC points borrowed ) and eating at Ohana and Garden Grill breakfast so maybe see you there ! 😉😎
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I like your style of holiday planning! I agree that it's nice to go for holiday sun in the winter when it's so miserable here. My trouble is that I get so bored in the long school summer hols; really twice a year (at least) is the only way
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How exciting. Not long until you book your fast passes, only a couple of weeks.
Fast Pass day is TOMORROW! I'm so very very excited now!
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