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Old 09-03-2013, 09:05 AM   #76
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There will be plenty of photos this time round. Since we last visited, I caught the photography bug and also got a waterproof digital camera. You are not allowed to take a camera when you do the dolphin swim, but everywhere else cameras are not only allowed, but encouraged.

It definitely sounds like another trip to Discovery Cove is overdue. I know what you mean about not having enough time in December.

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Where can you take cameras in at???
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:46 PM   #77
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Where can you take cameras in at???
At Discovery Cove in Orlando they allow cameras in all areas apart from the dolphin lagoon.

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Old 09-04-2013, 01:13 PM   #78
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Under three months

I was so crazy busy yesterday that I totally forgot that it was my three month mark yesterday. Today was also three months since our Alaska cruise finished and the time since then has flown. So I hope the next three months will fly as well.

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Old 09-04-2013, 02:53 PM   #79
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I was so crazy busy yesterday that I totally forgot that it was my three month mark yesterday. Today was also three months since our Alaska cruise finished and the time since then has flown. So I hope the next three months will fly as well.

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Old 09-07-2013, 02:08 PM   #80
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Flights booked

Before I continue with the scheduled programming, I wanted to share this with you. We took care of a major milestone today. We bought our flights. We both belong to a UK based Orlando forum that has a spin off Facebook group. Somebody posted on the Facebook group that Virgin Atlantic have a reward sale on at the moment. I checked both of our accounts and Graham had nearly enough miles for two tickets. We had to buy some extra miles, but this was a huge bargain. We are flying non stop from Manchester to Orlando and will arrived at 15:40. On the way back we will leave at 20:05. Having this sorted out makes this trip feel so much more real. Now I can book Disney's Magical Express for the trip back to the airport.

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Old 09-07-2013, 05:39 PM   #81
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Before I continue with the scheduled programming, I wanted to share this with you. We took care of a major milestone today. We bought our flights. We both belong to a UK based Orlando forum that has a spin off Facebook group. Somebody posted on the Facebook group that Virgin Atlantic have a reward sale on at the moment. I checked both of our accounts and Graham had nearly enough miles for two tickets. We had to buy some extra miles, but this was a huge bargain. We are flying non stop from Manchester to Orlando and will arrived at 15:40. On the way back we will leave at 20:05. Having this sorted out makes this trip feel so much more real. Now I can book Disney's Magical Express for the trip back to the airport.

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Old 09-07-2013, 06:55 PM   #82
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Almost free flights are the best!

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Old 09-08-2013, 02:54 AM   #83
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Lovely reading about all your plans.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:27 AM   #84
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fantastic news Corinna
It makes everything feel so much more real.

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Lovely reading about all your plans.
Thanks for following along.

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Old 09-08-2013, 03:35 PM   #85
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DISApalooza

When I first mentioned that we may be heading to Walt Disney World, Laura (RachelTori) from the Animal Kingdom Lodge Community thread told me about DISApalooza and pointed me in the right direction. There was very little information available apart from the date (December 6th), the location(Toy Story Mania/ Pixar Place at Hollywood Studios) and that this is an after hours event. Today sign ups started. There is still not a great deal of information out, but it is $59.99 per person, is limited to 700 people and will run from 21:30 to 23:30. I managed to snag a ticket and I am really looking forward to this.

I did a little bit of research and this ride has a load capacity of 900 people per hour. So if they sell all tickets and everybody rides, this means on average 2.5 rides per person. This is not quite what I had expected and hoped for, but I think if I get two ride twice, I will be pretty happy.

Here are some more details courtesy of the DISApalooza thread:

What's included:
- Unlimited Access to after hours party on Pixar Place
- Unlimited Access to Toy Story Mania Ride
- All you can consume Food and Drinks (see below)
- Meet and greet with Podcast Team as well as members of the DIS and DISBoards
- Special appearance by Disney balloon artists
- Special appearance by some Disney/Pixar friends throughout the evening

Menu:

Ratatouille's Station
Garden Fresh Crudités with Herb Crème Fraiche
Artisan Fromage with Dried Fruits, Nuts and Crackers
Gusteau's Coq au Vin Braised Tres Grill Meatballs served with Petit French Rolls

Mr. Potato Heads Boardwalk Snacks
Fresh Popped Popcorn
Carnival Cotton Candy
Soft Pretzels with Mustard

Gamma Quadrant Crater Sweet Station
Rocket Fuel Flambéed Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (optional no fuel available - fuel=alcohol)
Bo Peeps colorful array of toppings to include: Mickey Confetti, Strawberry Sauce, Pineapple Topping, Chocolate Sauce, Whipped Cream, Nuts and Cherries

Included Drinks:

Bottled Water
Assorted Soft Drinks (diet and regular)
Regular Coffee
Decaffeinated Coffee
Hot Water with Tea Packets and Hot Chocolate Packets

The more I read, the more excited I get.

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Congrats on the flights booked! I agree, makes it much more real. The DISApalooza sounds fun.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:42 PM   #88
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Animal Kingdom

This is a park that I normally only visit every few years. I love the themeing and Asia is probably the most impressive of all Disney lands in this respect. I also love animals, but I have to say Animal Kingdom Lodge has the edge for me when it comes to viewing animals. There are really only two attractions at Animal Kingdom that I really enjoy: Kilimanjaro Safari and Festival of the Lion King. I am really looking forward to doing Kilimanjaro Safari again now that I have a DSLR camera. So I should hopefully get a few nice photos. I am also mulling over getting Photopass+ this time round so I may just have to brave Expedition Everest again as this is one of the ride photos that is included.













The main reason I am planning a visit to Animal Kingdom though are the Christmas decorations. I was absolutely blown away by them last year. Dinoland U.S.A. was a real surprise in this respect. This land has never sat easy with me and I always wondered why it was included in the line up at Animal Kingdom. However, this really came into its own all dressed up for Christmas. Yes, this was on the tacky end of the scale, but it really worked.











My favourite part of the park was Camp Minnie-Mickey though and all the character trees. I just could not get enough of those. As the days of Camp Minnie-Mickey are numbered due to the introduction of Avatarland, I really want to enjoy this one last time. I am just hoping that they will still decorate this for Christmas. I am also hoping to catch some of the characters in their Christmas outfits. I have heard since Mickey and Minnie have moved to their new home, the lines at the character meet and greets at Camp Minnie-Mickey are usually pretty short.









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Old 09-09-2013, 11:42 PM   #89
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I'll be curious to see how Avatarland will be received.

Loved seeing your pictures of the trees, they were so well done.
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Sounds like a great plan! I love it!
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