|09-03-2003, 04:35 AM||#1|
Obsessed...and admits it!!
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Manchester, UK
The Williams tour of Florida restrooms - Sponsored by VISA - Day One Prequel
Me - Craig, only just 33. Rucksack carrier and stroller pusher.
Louise - Wife, 34, slowly becoming addicted to WDW.
Emily - Aged 8. Moody, full of attitude and daddy’s girl.
Rebecca - Aged 6. Comedian, Olympic eater and worrier.
The Williams tour of Florida restrooms, sponsored by VISA.
Day One - Thursday 14th August – Last day of work….that lasted a week
Arrived at work at 8.15, just glad to be out of the house, which was full of cases, excited children and animals. Louise had to take Henry (Neurotic Cocker Spaniel), Marmalade (huge orange cat) and Pumpkin (small devil spawn of a cat) to the kennels today. Her day also included a million other jobs, and last minute shopping, so a day in the office seemed the better option.
I’ve been talking about this holiday for 2 years, from the day we got back from our last trip. I have been talking about it a lot for 13 months, since we booked, and I have been driving the entire family mad for the last 8 months as I got really excited.
So the kids were sick of hearing about Disney. However, as they could now almost taste the airport, they were VERY excited, if not hyper.
As of 8.15 on this day I had my work life all in order. I was very up to date, my team fully briefed on what to do in my absence, so I felt quite smug as I sat at my desk browsing the DIS, sorry I mean, ploughing through my enormous workload.
However, a couple of phone calls later and I have two major emergencies to be sorted. So after a stressful last day, the clock found it’s way to 5.30. Well, to be honest 5.25. I did a runner five minutes early just to beat the traffic!!! It made all the difference.
I arrived home at 6.05. Kids waiting on the drive, smiles as big as mine, cases in the hall. One final dash around the house to unplug everything, and then we got the cases in the car. Amazingly we are travelling quite light this time. We have one medium case (not full) and the kids have a small pull along thing each, with their own stuff in them. Of course we have the obligatory rucksack as hand luggage, which will feature later during our yomp around the parks. Incredibly, we don’t forget anything, and don’t have to turn around five minutes later to drive back home, and have the “it was your fault” row to start the holiday.
Drove to Manchester Airport. Found Bewleys Hotel with no problem. Checked in, sorted the car parking out for the fortnight, and went to our room. Quite nice to be honest. Usual stuff, two double beds, TV, coffe/tea making, decent bathroom. Ł89 for the room and 15 days parking, not bad I thought.
Decided to head over to the buzzing metropolis that is Manchester Airport. Caught the courtesy bus from the hotel to Terminal 1. From my childhood, I always remember the airport as an exciting, busy place, full of great shops and restaurants. It was shut!!
All the shops had closed or were doing so. So we bought a drink from the ever so authentic Boddingtons pub (done up to look like a Northern back street pub). One pint of lager, one red wine and two cokes. Best part of a tenner. Now I don’t go to the pub very often to be honest, but the last time I did, I could get drunk on a tenner, get a kebab and a taxi home and still have enough change to lose down the back seat of the taxi.
Sat at a table near the window to watch the planes. Once we were bored of that we left five minutes later.
Headed back to the hotel, but had to wait about half an hour for the courtesy bus to arrive. Back to the room and tried to get the kids to sleep. No chance. Initial plan was for the girls to sleep in the same bed. After an hour of giggling, fighting and messing about (and the girls weren’t much better) I swapped with Emily and had to sleep with Rebecca, the snorer.
Eventually we all drifted off to sleep…until about 1.50am, when a jumbo jet decided to play the game of, let’s see if we can run our wheels down the roof of Bewley’s Hotel. I am not kidding, this plane must have been inches from our roof. Louise being a very nervous flyer anyway, was then awake all night listening for more planes to join us in bed.
I struggled for many seconds to get back to sleep.
Tomorrow, the start of the journey.
Off site x 6 between 1981 and 1993
All Star Music August 2001
Villa Southern Dunes August 2003
Cypress Pointe August 2004
Trip Report 2003 - The Williams Tour of Florida Restrooms Sponsored by VISA
The Sunshine, Moonlight, Good Times & Boogie(board) Tour August 2007
|09-03-2003, 07:37 AM||#2|
Enjoys a good broadway show
Likes a nice cold glass of White Zinfandel
Has been known to have a blonde moment now and then
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Too far from the Magic in Eastbourne, England
What a busy pre flight day. Ideal hotel for a plane spotter!!!
x Claire x
Aug 90 to Mar 98 - 6 visits to US and 20 states visited, inc 2 trips to WDW and 2 trips to DL Jun 01 - WDW Grosvenor DTD 2wks + TIG St Pete Beach 1wk Jun 02 - WDW WL 2wks Feb 03 - New York 4nts Jun 03 - West Coast 3wks SF to LA & DL for 3 days Oct 04 - WDW AKL 10nts + RPR 2nts Jun 05 - WDW YC 10nts + HRH 4nts + TIG St Pete Beach 1wk! Jun 06 - SF to LV inc Lake Tahoe, Yosemite + the Grand Canyon 3wks Dec 06 - NYE at WDW POFQ 11nts inc RPR 1nt Oct 07 - WDW SSR 2wks inc PBH 1nt May 08 - WDW AKV 15nts inc PBH 1nt + VB 4nts Feb 09 - WDW SSR 1wk + BWI 1wk Jun 09 - Washington DC for 1wk Dec 09 - New York for 6nts Oct 10 - Miami 3nts & WDW AKV KV 13nts inc HRH 1nt Jun 11 - LA to Seattle for 3wks inc 3 days at DLC Oct 12 - WDW AKV KV 2wks inc PBH 1nt Oct 14 - WDW AKV KV 2wks inc PBH 1nt
|09-03-2003, 02:47 PM||#4|
I fixed my PC MYSELF!!!!!!!!
I need all the help I can get
Sends little flat people around the world
I tossed my cookies for Dixie Amos
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Scotland U.K
Love your style of writing, I think I'm going to enjoy your reports.
|09-03-2003, 10:45 PM||#5|
With a little bit of Pixie Dust
Finds it hard to type with her eyes closed
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: North East
Looking forward to the rest
|09-04-2003, 05:57 AM||#6|
Florida-mad (well, mad full stop!)
Looking for her George Clooney doctor...
Tag Fairy's don't go on holiday (or vacation) ;-)
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New Forest, UK
Pumpkin - I think we may have the sister cat
Oct/Nov 83 - tour of Florida; June 99 - Orlando/Sand Key; May 00 - Orlando/St Pete Beach; May 01 - St Pete Beach; Sept/Oct 01 - (Hong Kong & Philippines); Oct 02 - Orlando/Marco Island/Keys; May 03 - (St Lucia); Oct 03 - Orlando/Marco Island; Dec 04 - Xmas skiing in a winter wonderland; Aug 05 - Ft Myers Beach/Orlando; Easter 06 - Skiing Lake Tahoe/San Fransisco; Easter 07 - Boston/Killington for another American ski adventure Oct 07 - Orlando; Aug 08 - Florida for three weeks; Apr 09 - Katie's 16th birthday treat with mum to NewYorkOct 09 - Miami & Marco Island; June 12 - Celebrate Divorce in Barbados June 13 - Orlando & Barbados with my lovely DD
|09-06-2003, 04:18 AM||#9|
Join Date: Feb 2003
Love your sense of humour, can't wait to go on and read the rest...once I wipe the tears from my face
Disney Daft Mum
'97 Off Site
|09-08-2003, 12:27 PM||#10|
The Tag Fairies visit EVERYWHERE, Alison! Just ask AngelUK :-)
All Aboard! Now Leaving Twoterville!!!
Join Date: Feb 2001
Great start - off for part 2 now.
1979 - Contemporary
1988 - Contemporary
1989 - Offsite
1994 - EuroDisney
1999 - Offsite
2001 - CBR & Polynesian
2003 - Wilderness Lodge & Hard Rock
2004 - Pop, RPH, CSR, PBH, Contemporary
2006 - Disneyland Paris - Newport Bay Club
2007 - POR, HRH, Grand Floridian
2008 - ASSp, BCV, VB, RPR, VWL
|09-25-2003, 06:13 AM||#11|
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: New Forest, Hampshire, UK
I've been recommended to read your trip reports and if Day One is anything to go by it's a good recommendation!
DLC - June '84 & Oct '94
WDW - Oct '89, Mar '99 & Mar '01
DLP - Dec '97
ASMu - Mar '02
Off Site & The Polynesian - May '03
Off Site & The Dolphin - Dec '03
The Dolphin/The Yacht Club & Sam's Wedding - May '04
HRH & Private Villa - Oct '05
Private Villa & Royal Pacific Resort - May '07
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