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Old 30 May 15, 02:33 AM  
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IPW 2015 - Orlando Day 1 - Hotel & Downtown Disney


I have arrived in Orlando for #IPW15 staying at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.



I am on the tenth floor. On my own. DW is at home getting very jealous.

The room is a decent size with a small balcony.



Chocolates and champagne on arrival.



The grounds are extensive.



Pools with waterfalls.









The hotel is a business and conference centre.



18 floors with a view down to the lobby.



A view of the new Orlando Eye from the 18th floor.



The hotel is a bit further from Downtown Disney than the other main hotels in the area. Unfortunately there isn't a cut through the to Hotel Plaza Boulevard. So you have to walk around in a bit of a loop to get to Downtown Disney.

You obviously could get a taxi but not me. I walked it.

This is the entrance to Hotel Plaza.






My first stop. Presents for DW and the girls.

My life would not be worth living if I turned up home empty handed



Downtown Disney was very busy being a Friday evening.

The Boathouse has recently opened so a couple of pictures of the new additions.



Inside the new restaurant.



And the new Amphicars. I really want one of these






The Hanger restaurant in progress.

Lots of boards still around Downtown Disney.



One of the new multi-storey car parks. The Orange Garage is near the AMC and Planet Hollywood.

Planet Hollywood will be closing in January for the tethering into the observatory.



The sun was setting so time to head back to the hotel.



Plenty of people using the new bridge across the marketplace.



From the bridge you can now get a nice view of the World of Disney. And the crane in the background.



And finally back to the hotel for the night.

It has been a long day but I need to get into the time zone as soon as I can as I have a lot of late evenings ahead.


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Good report so far looking forward to some more
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Looks very nice indeed. Getting me back in the mood for Disney again x
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All looks good you really go the extra mile for us dibbers lol. . . Keep up the good work
Didn't like the photo from the 18th floor of the hotel though. . . I can cope with high rides but I hate being on a high floor of a hotel
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All looking good thanks for taking the time to do this

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Ooh swanky hotel love the photos of the new bits at DTD
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Looking good, great photo's, nice to see the new bits
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Lovin the pics especially of the new parts at Downtown. I take it the amphicars are for hire with a driver?
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Yes you can go in the Amphicars. $125 for a 20 minute trip around the lake at DTD for up to three people.
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