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Old 04-19-2014, 05:39 PM   #1
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The mad girlie spur of the moment trip - March 2014 Travel Day

Hello and welcome to my TR!

My name is Robyn, I'm 29 and I'm Disney MAD! Married to my lovely hubby Sy who stayed home from this trip to work and look after the cat We bought into DVC in August of last year and have already purchased our first 'add on' contract.

So if not going with my hubby, who did I drag with me? That would be Jen Here we both are... (i'm on the right)




We have been friends for about 10 years, we met in a club and got talking (or what was probably more like shouting above the music) swapped numbers and became inseperable, we have even lived together 3 times in the last 10 years :D

The trip came about on a very cold day in what seemed like an endless winter. I made a jokey post about leaving the UK and going to Disney, Jen saw my post and before Sy had chance to say no, we had flights to Orlando booked and DVC stay booked. We ended up with 3 different hotels in a week, 2 nights BCV, 1 night BWV and then 4 nights AKL Jambo house. We took what we could get

Sit back, relax and I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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Old 04-19-2014, 05:51 PM   #2
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Travel Day!

I actually woke up 10 mins before my alarm at 4:50am. Anyone who knows me will know that time of the morning is HARD for me. I'm a night owl. In fact I am rarely in bed before 3am :O I think I had about 4 hours sleep. But hell I was going to DISNEY today so I was up and dressed before you could blink. I even had time for a quick pic in the mirror in my new outfit...



I was wearing all new clothes, does anyone else do this? I always like to buy something new to travel in. This morning even my knickers were new lol. Actually it wasn't till I was on the Magical Express that I realised that the jeans still had a massive tag on the back pocket (which must have been very much on show for the whole journey), Epic Fail! PMSL

We were packed into the car and leaving the house at 5:15am, Wilbur was really stressing having seen the cases going to the car but we did tell him daddy was coming back He hadn't thrown up by the time he got home so he must have believed us...

We picked Jenny up at hers by 6am and by 6:45am we were at the airport in record time! Sy dropped us off at the drop off point rather than coming inside, no need for a teary goodbye at the gate... though he did text me to say that he may have got a little watery eyed on the way to his parents house (they live 20 mins from the airport so he was going there to work for the morning).

After a bittersweet goodbye at the car we headed straight inside to check in and drop the bags off. Check in was easy and there was only 1 person ahead of us in the queue so that was good We then went straight through security and went to do a bit of shopping. Jenny bought lots but I managed to restrain myself and just bought a new phone case as my current case was broken - I needed it, honest I did also buy some food in Boots the Chemist in case I didn't like the food on board.

We then went to look for the gate we needed to get to and it had changed to say it was now leaving an hour later :O baring in mind we had a connecting flight in Dublin! :O I was very worried to say the least... We decided to pass the time getting some breakfast in the Wetherspoons pub (not my choice!), Jenny's food had to be sent back once and then the second was no better and mine was just okay get me some of that proper American food! I have to say, I've never had good food in a wetherspoons but we were struggling on choice and time, plus it was right next to the gate info and we were stood right there. Won't be rushing back that's for sure. I've not seemed to get a good breakfast in Gatwick, we went to Frankie and Benny's last time and that was rubbish too. Jenny paid for breakfast to say thanks for picking her up which was really lovely of her.





We still had a bit of time before we had to go to the gate so we went into a few more shops and then grabbed a seat to wait.



By the time I was totally sweating and panicking that we were gonna miss our connecting flight (Hayley and Gareth had this very problem with Aer Lingus on their last flight and had to stay overnight in Boston), our gate was called. We were on the plane uber quick as we were taken on first, and sat in the very last row. We watched lots of other people get on board and then a group of young boys aged I would guess at about 11 - 14 all with rugby tour shirts on... and where did they sit? Of course, all in the back rows surrounding us! There was 1 seat next to me which a lady sat in and we exchanged worried looks about the boys. After a long wait on the tarmac for a spot to take off we were in the air and my stress levels were about as high as we were The captain came on to say that we would have a 50 min journey to Dublin and to apologise about the delay, it was due to the fog in London.

Before long we were coming into land, it seemed to take an age to get to the gate and once we got off we had 15 mins before our next flight was due to take off :O AHHHHH!

There were only 4 of us who had that connecting flight so as soon as we were there we ran over to immigration where there was no queue. We went straight up to the front and were told to go back and fill in a form, don't they know we had a flight to try and make?? The guys were really nice at immigration but our cases weren't off the flight before yet so they couldn't show us a picture and have us identify them, so we had to wait in another room. Major stress levels now as we had just 5 mins, I did have every hope that they would wait for us given that we were at least there in the airport but even so, I was stressing out. The guys were so sweet and kept checking and refreshing their page to look for the bags and soon enough they were there and we could identify them. We then ran off to our gate, having to go another security check but this time with no wait. As it worked out, we actually weren't the last people on the plane! We didn't have to do the walk of shame being the last passengers on the flight, about 6 people came on after us, including the other couple who were on our flight from Gatwick. Our seats were just behind the wing on the edge, Jenny had the window seat while I had the aisle. The staff were really lovely and friendly, the food however was even worse than the normal airline rubbish, glad I had bought a boots meal deal in Gatwick! We both tried the Chicken Tikka but the chicken was so dry it was honestly inedible. It came with a cous cous salad which neither of us ate. Ahh well.

The movies on board didn't really interest me so I passed the time watching the movies Sy had loaded on my iPad. Frozen, Monsters University, Saving Mr Banks and Despicable me 2. I got through them all bar the last half of Despicable me 2. I also napped for a bit, Jenny slept most of the way. I did also pay for an hour's wifi on board so that I could speak so Sy. I didn't get the chance to let him know we had made our flight and I knew he would be panicked so I sucked it up and paid the 10 pound charge (about $15). It was worth it though to speak to him.

Some rather boring pics of the skymap, can you tell I was bored by this point?







I'm not sure I'm a convert to indirect flying, i think i would need to be saving a huuuuuuge amount to be tempted again. Even though the no queue at immigration was amazing, it was just a long journey day - by the time we got to The Beach Club we had been travelling 21 hours from the moment we got in the car that morning. I'm glad we are back to Virgin direct in October
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Old 04-19-2014, 05:52 PM   #3
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Travel day part 2

We got off the flight and I asked where I should go to pick up the scooter. There was just 1 special assistance guy and he had 3 wheelchairs so he told me to wait at the gate and he would come back. The flight emptied and the gate closed. No one came. I had to go find someone to ask where it would be and he said I should wait there. Half an hour went by and I was starting to panic that it might have gone with the luggage so Jenny went off to find the carousel which was a tram ride away while I waited there. I skyped Sy while I was waiting and honestly, I was starting to become slightly frantic. Jen messaged to say the cases were there but nothing else. I found someone again and told them I was still waiting and thankfully this guy did seem to listen to me and 15 mins later the scooter arrived. The guy who brought it over didn't make eye contact, I said to him I thought it must have been broken for them to take so long and he didn't reply... that was telling mind you, it was sorted now. I had spoken to Jen on whatsapp (gotta love the free internet!) and arranged to find her at the carousel where she got the bags so off I went.

We found each other easy and were soon downstairs in the queue for magical express.



There wasn't much of a queue and before we knew it we were on our way to the happy place!

Quick selfie on the bus.



The bus driver was very animated and he made a point of telling us all that he was slowing down so we could all get a picture of the WDW sign... well this was my rather embarrassing attempt.



I know, that's atrocious! I would like to blame the jetlag at this point but I'm not sure I'll get away with it

First stop was at Caribbean Beach, I made sure to have a good nose round as this is where Ruth is staying later this year - it looks good hun! I wouldn't complain and I liked the colour scheme.

Next up was The Beach Club! Woooooohooooo!

Check in was a bit weird, I had done online check in so we queued at that desk but the girl called people from the main queue so we then joined that one... and then someone else came to start a queue at the online check in and she was asked right forward?? No idea what we were supposed to do, it wasn't exactly ideal having to join a massive queue after waiting at the online check in for ages without being seen but it wasn't the end of the world. The girl who checked us in was from Auckland New Zealand and was really happy when I said I'd been there, I was the first guest she had met who had been there and asked me all about it... only I was 16 at the time and don't have a huge memory of it other than swimming in a tank of dolphins that stayed well away from me at the bottom of the tank lol. Ah well, reminiscing over with we quickly got our room number and success! We had a room facing Epcot (ish), room 322. We found the room easy and were very surprised with how nice it was. I had read lots of reviews online saying the BCV was in need of a refurb but we didn't see it, well the only thing i could see was the shower dial had 1 crack in it, and because I was looking for the trouble I'd read about I was even more critical. While we were busy taking pics of the room the fireworks were going off so we hot footed it out on the balcony to watch

The pics of the room









The original plan had us going to Epcot the night we arrived as our plane landed at 6pm, who knew it would take 3 hours from the plan landing to arriving in our room?? Its the longest time I have ever taken and it was on a flight where I didn't need to go through the hideous immigration queue at MCO! Its crazy!

Stupid as we were, we were high on adrenaline and so decided we needed to go somewhere... the only park still open was MK and so we got freshened up (read showered) and headed down to the bus stop. It was a chilly evening, it would be the coldest of all out evenings and so we wrapped up as much as we could and braved the cold night air to wait for the bus.



It didn't take long and soon we were arriving at MK.

I needed to sort out my Magic band and annual pass so we had a short wait at guest services and then we were in the park. First stop had to be food, we were STARVING. It was a long time since we last had some food. So off we went to Cosmic Rays. I got a chicken burger which was surprisingly very yummy, while jenny got kids chicken nuggets. As soon as we had eaten we felt dead on our feet but we had come all this way so we decided to make the most of it and I arranged a fastpass for buzz.



We rode buzz and I showed Jen all the high scoring places and by then, we really had to give up. It was open till midnight but I think we made it to about 11pm. We hopped on the bus back to the hotel and crawled into bed. We had been up over 24 hours by that point so as soon as our heads hit the pillow we were asleep

We took a quick selfie on the bus when it hit 24 hours being up to celebrate lol


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Yay, a Robyn trippie I've sorely missed your posts over on The Dibb, where did you go?really pleased to see you here though,Love your trip and food reports!
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I'm in great start. Love the idea of doing immigration before the flight but sounds like it was a bit scary being so rushed
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:21 AM   #6
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Yay, a Robyn trippie I've sorely missed your posts over on The Dibb, where did you go?really pleased to see you here though,Love your trip and food reports!
Awww glad to be missed, I've been using mainly wdwforgrownups forum. It's lovely cause it's not run by a douchbag

I have more TR to upload later today :D
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It was very hair raising being in such a rush, not sure how quick ill do indirect again, I cant take the pressure lol
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Also missed your posts,on the dibb.i always liked to read your trip reports,so it brought a smile,to my face,when I found this.
Can't wait to read more
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Love your Tr. Off to read the rest
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Also missed your posts,on the dibb.i always liked to read your trip reports,so it brought a smile,to my face,when I found this.
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Thank you so much Tracy! you made my night. I'm very chuffed to be missed! I hope you enjoyed my TR xxxx

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