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Sy's BIG 30 Trip Report :)

I hope you enjoy my trip report. There will be almost a month by the end so I hope you enjoy reading! LOL It will be full of pictures - I've just finished uploading 597 to facebook Shock so expect quite a few Wink If you would like to find out a bit more about us and the planning that went into the trip have a look at the pre-trip, though be warned that is quite long too - the trip was 18 months in the planning, I remember when I was the one with the furthest away trip on here! Anyway on the report...

Travel Day Smile

We stayed at Anne & Cliff's (Sy's parents) the night before our flight as they live about 15 mins drive from Gatwick airport. We got up at 7am which was very difficult as we didnt go to bed much before 2am, we were too busy chatting and generally being over excited about the trip! We got dressed on auto-pilot and Cliff drove us to the airport before heading off on his way to work. We had checked in the night before so all we needed to do was bag drop (good job really as we still werent with the land of the living yet), I had intended to check in at the airport and find out how much it would be to upgrade to premium but having asked on the forum how busy the flight was, I found out that it was full and had standby's so that was a non starter sadly... We dropped our bags quickly, we had our hand luggage weighed and had to move it around as one was heavier than the other, never had this before with Virgin, it was easily sorted though. We then made our way through security and went for some breakfast at Frankie and Benny's. I had American pancakes and Sy had a full breakfast. They were both only okay, but they did the job, they filled us up ready for our flight Smile The view inside Frankie and Benny's was worth going in there for, we could see all the planes moving around outside, it would have been even better if we had been sat at the window.

Us looking half asleep...

We went for a little wander around the shops and before we knew it, it was time to board our flight, the lovely Beauty Queen.

We were in row 36 so boarded quite late. We found our seats and sat down quickly, the plane was full and ready to leave early... Unfortunately we were 30 mins late. Some paperwork needed sorting apparently. We had 317 passengers on board, the stewardess told us it's more than they are used to on this route.

People behind were talking about staying on I drive and getting the itrolly to Disney but they said they didnt know much about it so later in the flight I stood talking to them explaining about it and how it works, and that it didnt go to Disney. I hope I helped, either that or I annoyed them and should keep my mouth shut LOL

Once we were up in the air they brought round our pre dinner cocktail and snack and our menus. The cocktail was so strong that I couldnt drink it, I ended up giving it to Sy.

I chose the Chicken in cream sauce with leeks, it was surprisingly not bad. Sy had sausage and mash and he quite liked his too.

After was a Gu passionfruit and mango cheesecake, Ive never really liked cheesecake before but I liked that one. Time flew by once we had eaten and watched a few films, it was then time to have afternoon tea which was cheese and onion finger sandwiches with a cupcake. We did get a chocolate ice-cream half way through but it was really yucky!

The view from the window...

Half way through the flight there was an announcement and a guy 3 rows behind us proposed to his girlfriend awwwwwwww! it was so cute and everyone clapped Laughing out loud

Before we knew it we were arriving in Orlando Smile the queue in immigration was fairly long sadly, we waited about 40 mins even though we were near the front of the plane.

We were then met by our driver with the limo Smile I booked this for Sy as a special start to our holiday. It was booked with Florida Magical Tours. Our driver was called Lester and he was lovely, really friendly and chatty. The limo itself was a little bit run down though Sad just a bit grubby inside, things missing like covers on the vents etc. Couldn't fault the service though and that's the main thing.

We stopped on the way to get a few supplies " read crisps and drinks lol before arriving home at the Beach Club Laughing out loud

Staying onsite for the first time ever didn't disappoint. We checked in and asked if we had the full balcony we had asked for (the only request) but we didn't and there were none available Sad the girl checking us in didn't tell us where we had to go to get to our room other than up in the lift to level 3 which was a bit weird. Only once we got to the room did we know why she didn't show us on the map... it was the furthest away room! There were no rooms passed us, we were the very last one. The room itself was very nice, huge big bed, huge corner room. 2 Juliet balconies only once we opened them the sound of the air conditioning unit from downstairs was so loud that we had to shut the door again Sad the view was a shingle flat roof that stretched as far as we could see Sad not what we expected when it cost a small fortune to stay there. But we were very tired and it was such a long way back to reception that we just put up with it.

A few pics of our massive room...

The one and only towel animal we got all week - I think as we were the last room the housekeeping had given up by the time they got to our room Sad we left them little envelopes each day and one day Sy had to go back to the room for something and he even asked them to make us a towel animal but still nothing Sad ah well!

I cant believe I forgot to mention Sy's little surprise Smile Not long after we reached our room there was a knock on the door, me being me had already forgotten about the little present I had arranged to have delivered, luckily I sent Sy to the door. He was greeted by a lovely cast member and this...

This was a gift basket I had arranged with Carrie at Destination Occasion. I bought all of the bits myself and had them shipped to her house, where she arranged it all beautifully into a gorgeous gift basket. Sy was over the moon and took about 10 pictures LOL.

We unpacked and went down to get something to eat, we were going to head into Epcot for a few hours but it was pouring with rain so we just went to the Marketplace. I had a 'flatbread' (just call it pizza! Lol), Sy had a turkey sandwich.

We also picked up our resort mugs " we both ended up with the same colours as that's all they had, we didn't ask for any other colours as it was so busy in there, we just wanted to get out!

We managed to eat our food and unpack but that was it, we were flagging and needed sleep, so we were in bed by about 9pm. We managed to stay awake and watch some TV for a bit (love American TV!) but before we knew it we were out cold, nothing could wake us up, or so we thought...

Tomorrow, our first day in Disney, MK and MNSSHP!

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Our Very Merry 24 nighter Nov/Dec 15
Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
TR Sept - Oct 2010 big family trip in an offsite villa

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Great start. Can't wait to read more!

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Looking forward to reading more.

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Super report Robyn. Can't wait to read more! Smile

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Day 2 " Magic Kingdom and MNSSHP!

We fell asleep early the night before expecting a long and restful night's sleep... only to be woken at 3am by drilling below us! It went on for about an hour, every time we thought they had stopped and we dropped back off to sleep again it started up, but we were just too tired to complain. It stopped eventually and we went back to sleep till about 7am though it wasn't a restful sleep, we just kept tossing and turning.

After we gave up trying to sleep we made our way over to the Grand Floridian for breakfast at the Cafe. We took the bus to MK and then the boat over to GF. We were the only ones on the boat which was lovely.

We had to wait for our ADR for about 20 mins so had a wander round the shops and had a look at the stunning hotel.

When the buzzer went off we made our way inside. It was a lovely atmosphere, very chilled out and laid back.

I ordered French toast and bacon. OMG it was so good. It was brioche dipped in vanilla batter. It was one of the best things I've ever eaten!

Sy had Lobster Eggs Benedict which he loved too. I couldn't manage much to eat so he ate his and half of mine.

Although we were on the DDP we had decided to pay OOP for this breakfast as we had more ADR's than DP credits.

After breakfast we made our way upstairs to catch the monorail, stopping by the shop to get me some Advil as I had a headache coming on. First stop as always when we enter MK is a full circuit on the train, just to take in where we are. We then walked down Main Street towards the castle, stopping at the hub as Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it parade was on it way. Our favourite parade! We watched the parade and had a little boogie. We then made our way into Tomorrowland. First stop here was the People Mover. It was a HOTT day and the breeze up there was great Smile

We then went to watch Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, I don't think I would ever get sick of watching that! So funny Laughing out loud We then went to ride Space Mountain. I'm sure they need to put in head rests for this ride, I always seem to get off with a stiff neck lol, still love it though! We then went on Buzz Lightyear - look at the concentration on Sy's face!

By now we were really hot and bothered so we decided to get some lunch, partly to get inside somewhere with aircon! We went to Cosmic Ray's. Sy had a pulled pork sandwich and I had chicken breast nuggets (get used to this, I have them a LOT).

We also got some desserts, Sy got carrot cake and I got some form of frozen orange glue, I think they called it mango ice cream... whatever it was, it was disgusting!!

We had a wander round Fantasyland hoping for a sneek preview as the train driver had been talking to us telling us that they were having quite a few previews, sadly it wasn't to be so we made our way to aloha isle for some dole whip, before heading back to the hotel to relax for a bit and go for a swim.

Sadly the swim didn't last long before the rain came and we all had to get out for a big thunderstorm. We did think about waiting for it to pass and then going back in but it didn't look like it was going anywhere. So we made our way back to the room to watch some TV for a bit before MNSSHP... unfortunately, the TV wasn't working - we really weren't having much luck with the room, it was starting to taint our view of staying onsite at Disney Sad (luckily there wasn't much else to grumble about for the rest of the trip). So Sy went to sleep for ages and I had a shower and started getting ready for MNSSHP.

When Sy had awoken from his slumber (naturally of course, I would never do such a thing as to prod and poke him till he got up...) and we finished getting dressed and ready to go we made our way down to get the bus. We waited for the rain to stop so we ended up getting there later than we wanted, just after 8pm. We did feel a bit funny all dressed and getting on the bus. Lots of people asked what we were dressed up for so I guess a lot of people don't know about dressing up for MNSSHP.

I made Sy's outfit and bought mine online so it was a bit of a gamble if it was going to fit and look good but I was pleased and so was Sy. Smile We got lots of compliments through the night Smile

We did lots of trick or treating " a first for me as I was never allowed as a child as my mum said its like begging and she didn't want me doing it (meanie!). We then went on haunted mansion and got some photopass pictures outside. By this time we thought we better get a spot on main street for Hallowishes, we managed to get a seat on a bench, just as the rain started... great! It didn't rain for long though and it wasn't too heavy, good job as we had nothing with us and we were both wearing white Shock Hallowishes was great, but still not a patch on Wishes. We were sat next to a South American family who as soon as hallowishes started, a woman began to film it on her phone, with a really bright external light. It was very off putting not just or us but for everyone else around us. And then when anyone got in her way she shouted at them. Very odd!

Afterwards we decided we needed something to eat (we had an early lunch and it was very late by now) but no where was open! Only Cosmic Rays or Casey's Corner. Well we ended up in Cosmic Ray's again, Sy had a turkey sandwich and I had, yep you guessed it, Chicken breast nuggets. I didn't bother with dessert but Sy got another carrot cake. The food this time was not good. It had obviously been sat there for ages as it was cold as anything, I tested the fries and took them back as they were so cold, but stupidly didn't check the chicken, that was cold too but I couldn't be bothered to take them back again. Sy's was still good though Smile

We then rushed back to main street for Boo To You parade, I absolutely loved it!

We then went to do a little more trick or treating and we got masses of candy this time, as it was nearing the end of the night. We met a really love Cast Member near Jungle River Cruise, he is usually a skipper on the cruise but was stood outside helping direct traffic for the trick or treating. He was so funny, giving us his best *worst* jungle cruise jokes, we stood talking to him for about 10 mins. I just wish I had looked at his name, would have loved to tell Guest services about him and how fab he is.

We then made our way to Big Thunder Mountain. Its so exciting in the dark, its like a different ride! My top tip is to ride it in the day and night to compare the 2 Smile

We then got a few more treats before the park closed and we had to make our way out to the bus stop with very, very blistered feet...

We fell into bed at about 1am feeling rather tired. Not before taking a picture of our goodies, we only got a few things...

Tomorrow, Animal Kingdom!

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Our Very Merry 24 nighter Nov/Dec 15
Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
TR Sept - Oct 2010 big family trip in an offsite villa

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I love your idea of riding the train first when you get to MK! Great trip report so far!

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Loving your trip report and love the costumes....They look awesome...And will have to try out your tip about riding big thunder mountain at night and during the day

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Great costumes. I rode the train 2 years ago but didn't last year. I'll need to ride it again this year.

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I love your costumes! I love to ride the train at MK. It is just so relaxing.

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Excellent costumes..you both look great! And I love how they made a Mickey on Sy's button mickey

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love your trip report!! Can't wait to read the rest... and your costumes looked GREAT!

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Thanks everyone for the compliments on the costumes Laughing out loud

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Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
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Day 3 - Animal Kingdom

Took a while to wake up this morning, officially woke up at 8:30 but didn't get out of bed until 9:30, watched some TV in bed and chilled out for a bit. We called home to say hello before getting dressed and headed down for some breakfast. Wasn't sure what to get, ended up getting an egg platter, scrambled egg, bacon, biscuit and potato casserole, which was some weird potato thing that look horrible but tasted really quite good! We also got some pastries.

Sy in the T-Shirt I made him for the trip Smile

We then went to the bus stop and waited for the bus to AK. I probably should have paid closer attention to the busy day guide as it was packed, seriously packed. Never seen it so busy packed!

We headed straight to Dinosaur and made sure we weren't given seats in the back row " you really get shaken around at the back. Loved the ride, though the little boy in the row behind us didn't share in our enjoyment, he cried all the way through! Oops.

We then made our way to Expedition Everest, we were sat at the front which was fab Smile Next was Kali River Rapids where we got rather wet Wink

We decided to get a drink and sit down for a bit to dry off in the sun before hopping on the train to Rafiki's Planet Watch where we got our picture with Chip and Dale and saw some animals Smile

I told Sy to stay behind the gorilla and make the same face as him, you can make up your own mind what he looks like he's doing...

We then took the train back in search of lunch. We didn't want to go to Yak and Yeti counter service as we had an ADR for Y&Y later in the trip, so we decided on Restaurantasaurus. We did stop on route to get picture with Dug and small male man Wink Dug was so funny, when we told him we have a dog named Dug after him he licked me and made slurping noises lol. Sy then yelled SQUIRREL and he played around looking for it.

Sy had a Chilli Dog

I had a Chicken Sandwich

They were both really tasty, I would go as far as to say that was one of the best things I had eaten from counter service inside the parks. It tasted fresh and it wasn't deep fried! (apart from the fries). We both had cheesecake, Sy ate his and some of mine as I didn't like it.

We decided after eating that our feet hurt a lot plus it was very hot so we were going to head back to the hotel for a bit... Then changed our minds and decided to head to EPCOT, we wanted to go on Soarin' and get a napoleon in France.

So off we headed on the bus to EPCOT. We went on Spaceship Earth, always a first stop when we get there Smile Sy then decided he needed a drink, so off we went to Club Cool

Then we made our way to Soarin'. Wow, what a ride! I don't think I would ever get sick of riding it.

We sat down and got a drink inside the Land.

We then made our way to France to get that Napoleon I've been dreaming about for the past 18 months.... mmmmmmm! I did let Sy have a bite, I was very generous Wink
We then got the friendship boat back to hotel, it actually took longer to get the boat back than to walk so we didn't get the boat back again after that.
We rested for a bit before getting ready for our reservation at Sanaa. We got a taxi there (about $20 inc tip for info) had to wait a while for our table but got chatting to a lovely couple who were here for their 19th anniversary, from long island. They offered to take a picture of us together. (its pretty hideous of us both but I didn't like to ask them to take it again!)

We were waiting for quite a while for our table and we chatting to them for the whole time. They were owners at DVC and said it was the best thing they had ever done... I didn't need persuading Wink They said we must go to Rosa's pizza in a station in New York if we are ever there, they do great pizzas. We did get some cocktails while waiting.

Our waiter was lovely, really took time explaining things, though again I forgot to get his name (something which was doubly annoying later in the trip when we met up with my friend James and his roommate works in Sanaa and wanted to know who served us!)
We ordered the breads to start, I loved the naan breads but not much else, but Sy did so that was good " they didn't go to waste!

I had Butter chicken and spicy Durban chicken, I loved the Butter chicken but the Durban chicken was a bit hot for me.

Sy had beef short ribs and lamb vindaloo. He loved them both, he did also love my Durban chicken - he ate half of mine. He said it was even hotter than the vindaloo.

For dessert Sy had the Warm Rice pudding, it wasn't the same 'normal' rice pudding, it was something far better. He absolutely loved it. The rice was dry and came with a cinnamon milk.

I wasn't feeling very adventurous so I had a kids vanilla ice cream!

Excuse the bad food pictures, I kept eating and forgetting to take pictures so was taking them once we had already started!

We would definitely go back to Sanaa. The food was amazing, as was the setting and the service.

We then got a taxi home with a brilliant driver who was really chatty and funny, gave him a big tip when we got out. We were in our bed by 10:15pm, which was good as we were so tired. We did think we might go to the Boardwalk but we were too tired and too full! Old before our time Wink

Tomorrow Typhoon Lagoon and EPCOT.

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Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
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Fantastic!! Keep it coming. Smile

Love Sy's shirt that you designed. LOL

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thanks, though looking at it now it kinda looks like boobs LOL

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Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
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Day 4

Typhoon Lagoon and EPCOT

We were trying to get to TL for opening so we just got some pastries for breakfast, unfortunately the bus took about half an hour to come to the Beach Club so we didn't get there until 10:30 Sad it didn't really matter though, it was pretty quiet. We thought it might be fairly busy as it was a weekend but looked like our luck was in Smile

We went straight to find some loungers, managed to bag some right by an umbrella next to the wave pool. And as we were right next to the wave pool... it would have been rude not to go in Wink

We had a fab few hours in the pool and giving crush and gusher a go. We then thought it was about time for lunch so we made our way in search on food.

We wound up somewhere the name has completely escaped me, from googling I think it might have been Leaning Palms. Sy had a pulled pork roll and I had, wait for it, chicken breast nuggets.

From the picture it looks like Sy's roll is only half filled but it had fallen through.

As we were ordering they girl asked what Sy's shirt meant, was it 30 for EPCOT (EPCOT had just turned 30)? When we said it was his birthday trip she told the guys serving the food, they made a big song and dance, they weren't very busy so they were ALL out singing to him, it was brilliant Laughing out loud we had paid OOP for lunch as we didn't fancy having any desserts however they gave Sy a chocolate cake for his birthday Smile

Sitting down to eat there was a very brave squirrel that was desperate to eat my fries, he kept jumping on our table! He did even manage to steal a chip before I had the chance to stop him...

Sat at the table after eating

After lunch we were walking back to the loungers when Sy went off to use the restroom. I carried on without him but took all of his stuff as well as my own. Walking along the path past the water bit where there were a few people washing their feet it slopes slightly, with the running water and sand on the path my foot went from under me and I fell over. I badly grazed my knee but that didn't hurt so much, what hurt far more was that I had my hands full so it took me a few mins to re arrange everything to be able to get up, and everyone who came along stepped over me without as much as looking at me, let alone offering to help me up Sad I would never do this to anyone Sad I ripped my sarong as it was between my knee and the pavement Sad I wasn't far from the loungers so I made it back there and waited for Sy. My knee was pretty bad so we went to the first aid department (which was right back where we were eating). There were a few children who had hurt themselves, and while I waited a few more came in - I told the lady to look after the children first, I'm a big girl Wink She fixed me up and we were soon back outside. I was limping a fair bit though, as I have bad knees anyway and came down hard on it. We went on crush and gusher once before but I couldn't take it so we had to leave early Sad

My poorly knee plastered up, you can see how sore it was by how red it is all around Sad its still not healed properly now and its about a month since it happened.

We were back at the hotel by 2:30, we went to beaches and cream to get an ice cream Laughing out loud we did also try to go into Stormalong Bay but my knee was too sore Sad

So we went back to the room to get dressed and ready for an evening in EPCOT.

We wanted to sample a few food and wine offerings so we started with Coq au Vin in France, it was okay. It was nice to try but I don't feel I have to need to go back and get more if you know what I mean?

We then went to try some Sushi, I cant remember the name but it was chicken (shocker!) with a spicy mayo. It was really delish!

We then walked round to the American pavilion. Sy got a cheese and jalapeno stuffed pretzel. I tried it and thought it was quite nice, Sy really enjoyed it.

Sorry we couldn't wait for the picture, just had to try it Wink

We then found a seat ready to watch Starship Smile

Starship were really good, I was surprised as I didn't really know who they were LOL.

Before we knew it, it was time for our ADR at Teppan Edo. We got there and checked in but they were running a little late so gave us a buzzer and off we went to look round the shop Smile We had a good mooch around the shop and then just as we stepped back outside our buzzer went off. As we were a party of 2 we knew we would be sat with other people. We were sat with an American family with 2 children. It was their first day, they had been up since 4am and tbh I think the children were way past wanting anything other than bed, they were very well behaved though. The family were really nice, we chatted quite a lot.

Sy with his Green Mist Cocktail

Our server was called Yo, she was still earning her ears but she was great. Our Chef was called Akira and he was amazing. He was incredibly funny too but the American family seemed to miss all his humour while we were in stitches! He really picked on me, but that was fine by me Smile

Akira said he was new but he was obviously messing around, said he watched part 1 of the DVD last night Wink if you asked something he didn't know he said that was part 2 of the DVD and he wasn't that far advanced yet Wink

He gave everyone some noodles, and this is what he gave me LOL

He did eventually give me this though...

You get given your noodles first so I didn't take a picture of the chicken that I had (chicken? Shocker!) as it was on a half eaten plate and didn't look that good, it tasted amazing though. A. MA. ZING!

This was Akira posing for pictures

Sy had hid birthday button on so they sang happy birthday to him and brought him his dessert (I couldn't manage one!) with a candle in. It was green tea thing a it like creme caramel. He really enjoyed it.

After we finished we walked back to the hotel, notice I say walk and not friendship boat lol. We did stop to pose for a few pictures on the way...

We were feeling tired by now, we managed to stay up for a bit, Sy had a beer and I had a diet coke in the room. But before long our heads were feeling heavy and we needed to get into bed and get some sleep.

Tomorrow Hollywood Studios

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Our Very Merry 24 nighter Nov/Dec 15
Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
TR Sept - Oct 2010 big family trip in an offsite villa

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Robyn, we met that same squirrel at Typhoon Lagoon when we had lunch there. I tossed him a few fries and then tried a piece of my pork barbecue roll, but he didn't want bread so he moved on to harass other diners.

Did Sy like the pork barbecue? We thought it was okay, but nothing we'd go out of our way to have again.

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Robyn I love your trip report. I am sorry people were rude and unfeeling when you fell. Trust me, if I saw you I definitely would have helped you up. Shame on them. I am glad it didn't ruin the rest of your trip (except for your knee).

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Robyn, we met that same squirrel at Typhoon Lagoon when we had lunch there. I tossed him a few fries and then tried a piece of my pork barbecue roll, but he didn't want bread so he moved on to harass other diners.

Did Sy like the pork barbecue? We thought it was okay, but nothing we'd go out of our way to have again.

Sy agreed with you - it was just okay, it did the job and filled him up but he would try something else next time.

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Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
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Robyn I love your trip report. I am sorry people were rude and unfeeling when you fell. Trust me, if I saw you I definitely would have helped you up. Shame on them. I am glad it didn't ruin the rest of your trip (except for your knee).

Aww thank you, it didnt ruin the trip but made me feel a bit rubbish. Some people were with children, I just thought what that teaching them? Step over people in your way?! I know hand on heart that I would NEVER leave someone who had fallen over, in fact before we went away a guy fell in our local shopping mall and I went staight to help him Smile

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Our Very Merry 24 nighter Nov/Dec 15
Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
TR Sept - Oct 2010 big family trip in an offsite villa

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What a fun trip report! I adore the costumes you got for MNSSHP you two looked fantastic! Your food pics are making me crazy hungry this morning

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What a fun trip report! I adore the costumes you got for MNSSHP you two looked fantastic! Your food pics are making me crazy hungry this morning

The awesome food pics are making me want to hop the next plane to Orlando so I can spend a couple more days at the Food and Wine Festival before it closes. I tried nearly everything I wanted when we were there just two weeks ago, but dang it, now I want to do it all over again! Oh, well - guess I've got a homemade mini-F&W Fest in my future. That's almost as much fun as doing the real thing.

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Day 5 - Hollywood Studios

The plan for this morning was relaxing by the pool but my knee was too sore to go in the water Sad it stung in the chlorine. So we decided we would go to Hollywood Studios earlier than planned.

Sy being the wonderful hubby that he is offered to go get breakfast and bring it back to the room, well I say offered, what I mean is that I made puppy dog eyes at him and stuck my bottom lip out until he agreed to go...

We had a croissant each and shared an egg platter. We just couldn't get enough of that potato casserole lol.

Once we were dressed we went down to the boat dock to wait for the boat to HS.

The boat took about 15 mins to get us there, I've seen you can walk there but for me the walk would be a bit too long, I do enough walking around all day!
Once inside, the first stop is Great Movie Ride as always when we get to HS Smile

We had a great driver which makes all the difference between a naff ride and a great ride. We had the gangster experience. After that we headed to One Man's Dream. This is a must for every trip. We got some pictures inside.

We then went to Toy Story Mania - Sy won of course! He bought the Wii game 'for me' and has completed it, so of course he won Wink

Afterwards we decided to make our way to the Muppets but stopped on route to get a drink at a bar. We got chatting to the bar lady and before long Sy had drunk 2 very strong long island iced teas and was feeling rather merry! Oops.

We walked round to the Muppets and stopped on the way to catch the last half of Mulch, Sweat and Shears. Is it me or is the singer the spitting image of Jack Black? They are really good, they all look like rock stars... other than the guy in the keyboard, he looks like Justin Bieber! (he's new).

Once they had finished we headed to the Muppets, stopping on the way for Sy to pose.

Love the Muppets Laughing out loud

Afterwards we went inside the shop.

We had a fiddle around with our ADRs this morning after a quick look at the online menus. We cancelled our ADR at Sci-Fi for lunch and changed our ADR for 50's Prime Time from the evening to lunch time. So that's where we headed to next Smile

We were seated really quickly. Sy had yet another cocktail, it wasn't a Glowtini but it was blue with a flashing ice cube in it Smile

Our server was okay, she didn't really play along Sad which was a real shame, but we were sat with tables that had another waiter who was really good so it was fun watching him interact with them.

We had onion rings to start that came with horseradish sauce, they were really good Smile

Then I had the fried chicken which was okay, not something I would rush back for.

Sy had a selection of Mom's favourites which he loved.

For dessert I had a caramel sundae which was AMAZING! It was almost as good as beaches and cream!

Sy had Cheesecake which he really enjoyed.

Overall it was okay and we probably would return again, but not for a few years while we try out other restaurants.

After lunch we went to watch the Beauty and the Beast show Laughing out loud my favourite show in HS. We have to watch it at least once per trip, but the more the better as far as I'm concerned Wink

After we decided it would be a good idea to ride Tower of Terror twice, always a good idea after lots of food hehehe! The first time was good but the second time was definitely a mistake, I could feel the ice cream making upward motions... We then tried to ride Rockin' Rollercoaster but it was closed, I was kinda relieved (was worried about the ice cream) but Sy was sad...

So we went to watch the Little Mermaid instead Smile

I so wish they would make more of this show, a few songs at the beginning and then a quick flash through the whole story on the screen and then, the end! It would be so amazing if they did more with it, maybe get Ariel on some wires and get her swimming. It was still good, its just one of my favs and I hate to see it so rushed.

By now it was getting close to the final show of American Idol Experience so we made our way there and headed inside. We watched everyone sing and then cast our vote, unfortunately that guy didn't win, the girl who did win was 15 and was honestly rubbish Shock ah well!

We then tried RRC again to see if it was working and it was! Yay! So we went on it and got seats in the front Laughing out loud We then rode Tower of Terror again.

We then decided we would get a quick bite to eat, I went to get " wait for it " chicken breast nuggets! Unfortunately I went to a till where the receipt machine wasn't working in the kitchen but was fixed after I had ordered, so me and the others who ordered first stood for about 20 mins while everyone behind us got served their food. It was a bit annoying! But we got food in the end. Apologies here though, after the stress of trying to get the food, I ate it before getting any pictures Sad it tasted and looked like every other chicken breast nuggets picture if that helps any Wink Also, Sy can't remember what he ordered, he went to a different booth to me.

We then went to watch Fantasmic.

Us waiting for it to start Smile

It was EMH and although we had planned to stay for a bit after Fantasmic, we were really flagging by this point so we decided to make our way to the exit. Walking along with the crowds of people a man came up to me and said he thought he knew me. I quickly tried racking my brain, we had chatted to a fair few people this trip by now so I wondered it that was it, he must have noticed the blank expression and helped me out a bit, he said 'arent you here for like a month? I'm Troy from the forum'. I couldn't believe he recognized me! We stood chatting to Troy and his wife Amy for about 10 mins before saying goodbye and making our way back to the hotel, though we could have stayed there hours chatting we didn't want to take up too much of their time, as they were there for EMH. What lovely people! The only bad thing was we didn't get any pictures, I did think about it but wondered if they might think we were a bit odd as we had only just met... though we needn't have worried as we saw them again later in the trip and got some pictures, but thats getting ahead of myself.

Anyway, we exited the park and hopped on the friendship boat, after about 10 min wait. We were in bed by 10:30pm, absolutely shattered!

Tomorrow, Animal Kingdom!

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Our Very Merry 24 nighter Nov/Dec 15
Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
TR Sept - Oct 2010 big family trip in an offsite villa

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Thank you for another lovely installment. Smile Now I can go on with my day.

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mteam94 wrote:
Thank you for another lovely installment. Smile Now I can go on with my day.

ditto. LOVE reading all about your trip!

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It looks like Sy got the Electric Lemonade at Prime Time...I had that too and it was delicious! Great trip report!

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Oh Robyn this is such a great report. I look forward to reading and waiting for your next installments. It makes a rather bad day seem not so bad. Thanks again!

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You were there so long, this trip report is going to last forever. And that's a good thing - reading trip reports is the next best thing to being at WDW myself.

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great report Robyn. I appreciate all the pics. mickey

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Great report. Keep it coming awesome yay

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I'm loving reliving your trip with you. Keep it coming!

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