Some of you may have noticed that we have been back for some time and I, as usual, have not submitted a Trip Report.
Although no one seems to mind, or to have noticed- I do have a ruck of photos that I would like you to see (nothing terrific or photographically marvellous like some other TR’s) but just things that were kind of special to us, and…that I did have a TR in mind when I took some of them!
As you all know we were there for almost a month this trip, and so I wouldn’t be as cruel as to bore you all with a 25 day report- what I will do is condense down, and do a sort of trip ‘over view’-
Because of this abridged version, I may have to omit my riding Splash Mountain which I know will concern and upset one particular MB member- who may go so far as to accuse me of telling untruths tsk tsk!! Shame on her!!
We left Manchester Airport on August 26th and flew Virgin Atlantic over the pond to the glorious USA and Orlando International Airprort.
The trip was relatively hassle free, however, after tut tutting at all those who could not fill in their green visa waiver form, I was a little red faced at immigration to find I had missed a chunk out of ours- you would think after twenty years I would know better- I don’t!! Oh and by the way, US immigration officers are fierce, and I don’t mean fierce hot, I mean fierce scary.
Delightful Dollar and their customer friendly associates……hmm not at OIA we had the delectable D***y, who delighted in jumping from his little desk and in full view of Orlando Airport screamed at me at the top of his voice much to the amazement and alarm of all the other Dollar associates, myself, my family, and several hundred international travellers to the United States.
However, sadly for D***y, he had not met this English woman, who, believe it or not can shout far louder, far more eloquently, and could, and would subsequently reduce this 240 pound Dollar associate to a quivering apologetic wreck.
Sadly, apology was not accepted by Miss Dixie, and this outburst cost Dollar $1000.00 this week- note to Dollar, it has to be cheaper to train staff to handle clients in a professional and courteous manner!
Soooo the holiday was now not off to a good start- but, onwards and upwards so they say, so we set off in our filthy Chrysler 300, to our magical home away from home, Walt Disney World!!
Our first nine days were using our AP discount for our room, as we spend quite a lot of time going to malls, and other parks before concentrating on Disney. We were given a lovely room in Alligator Bayou in block 16, it was a lovely position close by to the pool and just a short walk from the main building. We unpacked our cases and headed off for Paul and Chelsey’s traditional first night meal- Double bacon cheese burger and chips (fries sorry)!!
Because of the time difference, we were so tired we headed off to bed at about 8 USA time, however, jet lag awoke us at 4 in the morning, and we showered and headed off to the all night Wal Mart!!! (I bet you guys can’t believe you’re reading this right??)
Now listen, we Brits, love love love Wal Mart!! It’s a shopping Mecca for food stuffs and toiletries at prices a fraction of what they cost here in the UK. We each have a trolley (cart to you) and fill it to the top with Sharpies, Jergens, Little Debbies, oh all sorts of bad for you stuff!
So although this was not a ‘Disney’ day we did spend the rest of the day recovering from the journey by the pool, and then headed off to DTD to the EOS for our tea- I just love that place, and of course it was just as good as always.
Those first few days we did the mall at Millennia, and the other malls scattered around the Buena Vista area, and did some almighty shopping- we did eat once at the MAM at the Cheesecake Factory which is also very good, and stopped by the Krispy Kreme outlet to buy a dozen for Paul and Chelsey, I, believe it or not don’t care much for KK so I don’t eat them…….
The first ‘park’ day we had was to Sea World. For those who have never ventured there, I always find Sea World such a nice gentle park. Its not too big, and it doesn’t take too long to get around.
There are some spectacular shows there, and the horticultural displays are really beautiful.
Dare I say, I actually find the catering amenities and the standard of food available far superior to Disney.
We had a lovely day there, the weather was pleasant and we had tea in the POR food court and sat in the lobby people watching- don’t forget, we are ‘foreigners’ we like watching and listening to you guys ( y’all speak kinda funny)!…………and I guess you like watching (and listening) to us too!!
But hey you want to know the Disney stuff right?? Ok here goes- and if you dont then guys…please feel free to stop me now!