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keith
15-05-2012, 11:16 AM
Well after what seems like an eternity, here we are at Manchester airport in the escape lounge.

Bit different today since we're traveling on the later flight, vs073 which leaves at 2pm. So the whole day has been very different from the usual 5am up and travel to the airport!

The vs073 flight is using the old trust 747s (more engines can't be bad right?) and we're upstairs in the bubble in 79A&C pretty much our favourite seats.

Although not looking forward to the 9 hour flight, I feel more awake and ready for it than usual given the timings :yes:

The escape lounge is the same as ever, nice and relaxing. They have more food than is available for the early flights, so sandwiches and things like that. We're in courtesy of Barclays premier banking, one of the better benefits! Whether it's REALLY worth the dosh if you don't get it free I dont know :/ at least at this time of day I can have some wine without feeling like it's too early ;-)

We should arrive at MCO about 6pm their time, 11pm UK time and from there, it'll be across to Dollar to pick up our car, hopefully a nice Dodge Charger and then onto publix for provisions. Finally arriving at the wonderful villa around 8:30pm or so I hope. :D

The Chinese restaurant by publix does those little chinese boxes we always see on US programmes :lol: so we may have to stop by for some of that.

Deb
15-05-2012, 11:33 AM
Ah, we have a nice little Dodge Charger :D

We have had some rainy stormy weather these last few days that have changed our plans :( but the local Certified Meteorologist (got to love the fact they don't just have a Weatherman!) says it will start clearing when we leave on Thursday to be a beautiful weekend, so it should all be good for you! Honestly, they should start renting us out to countries who need rain or cold, as we always seem to bring it! :D

keith
15-05-2012, 11:37 AM
I know I'm weird, but I LOVE the storms especially the amazing lightning they have there :D Im usually out trying to get photographs.

robertcraig
15-05-2012, 11:41 AM
Have a nice trip:wave::wave::wave:

Wendy
15-05-2012, 11:43 AM
Have a wonderful time :hug2:

Deb
15-05-2012, 11:46 AM
I know I'm weird, but I LOVE the storms especially the amazing lightning they have there :D Im usually out trying to get photographs.

Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed on last night from our balcony!!! Loved it. But it does rather get in the way of going to water parks, seeing Fantasmic and Wishes!!! :D

Have a great time!!

catrancher
15-05-2012, 12:18 PM
Have an incredible time Keith! :thumbsup:

Tom (:macwave:... oh... and a good steak... or six.)

uscwest
15-05-2012, 01:00 PM
Didn't even realize you were leaving. Have a WONDERFUL trip.

MystikPiglit
15-05-2012, 01:51 PM
Have a great time.:wave:

daveann
15-05-2012, 02:51 PM
have a fantastic time :)

Slowhand
15-05-2012, 03:29 PM
You are obviously airborne by now Keith, but make sure to have a fabulous time. :wave:

Britchick
15-05-2012, 04:26 PM
Have a great trip! looking forward to the copious amounts of live photos!!

Wendy
15-05-2012, 04:33 PM
Have a great trip! looking forward to the copious amounts of live photos!!

:lol: you think :lol: :lol:

Britchick
15-05-2012, 04:40 PM
:lol: you think :lol: :lol:

well hope is what keeps me going...:tongue:

Wendy
15-05-2012, 04:42 PM
well hope is what keeps me going...:tongue:

Oh dear :wink: this is Keith we are talking about :lol:

Britchick
15-05-2012, 04:57 PM
Oh dear :wink: this is Keith we are talking about :lol:

well i have keys now so he better behave :yes: :tongue:

Tink
16-05-2012, 01:13 AM
They've arrived. :yes:

Not sure if Keith got his wish for dramatic storms. Weather forecast was full of warnings for violent thunderstorms and tornados when I received his arrival text.

They didn't hit us, but were covering just east of here to the coast.

So, Keith!!! YOOOOOHOOOOO! Are you both ok?

Deb
16-05-2012, 02:35 AM
Ah, we had huge storms here! Big lightning!! He may well be happy with that! :yes:

Tink
16-05-2012, 09:45 AM
Did you Deb? We saw the continuous reports on the news, but it was just beyond us. We had a few fat drops but that was it. Welcome to Florida weather. One town is getting hammered with violent storms and in the next town over the sun is shining!

Hope you are continuing to have a wonderful time in spite of the storms!

foreverducky
16-05-2012, 10:14 AM
Have a fantastic time! It's Disney, that's the only type of time you can have!



Does this mean we can all run amok?

Wendy
16-05-2012, 10:29 AM
Does this mean we can all run amok?

:yes: :D

Britchick
16-05-2012, 11:05 AM
Dont we do that normally? LOL:happybounce:

catrancher
16-05-2012, 11:32 AM
One town is getting hammered with violent storms and in the next town over the sun is shining!

Don't you mean one side of the street? :unsure:

Tom (:macwave:... that's the way it used to be anywho...)

Deb
16-05-2012, 11:52 AM
Did you Deb? We saw the continuous reports on the news, but it was just beyond us. We had a few fat drops but that was it. Welcome to Florida weather. One town is getting hammered with violent storms and in the next town over the sun is shining!

Hope you are continuing to have a wonderful time in spite of the storms!

We have had a ton of thunderstorms and rain here Tink. Last night was the 4th night in a row that we have had almost constant rain, and thunder and lightning, as well as two days/evenings last week. Seems like today will be the same so we are looking for another bar to fall into this evening on our last night! We did notice on our way to the Contemporary on a rainy evening last week that the rain literally stopped from one side of the road to the other, the other side wasn't even damp! So strange!

So, all of the things we have missed because of the weather just means we HAVE to come back next year and do them again :D

Wendy
16-05-2012, 12:37 PM
So, all of the things we have missed because of the weather just means we HAVE to come back next year and do them again :D

Now that's what I like to hear :D

keith
16-05-2012, 07:24 PM
Yayaya all good here and happy happy

Which restaurant am I in ? Photo clue below 11458.vB

Wendy
16-05-2012, 07:33 PM
Are you at the Mall :)

keith
16-05-2012, 07:35 PM
Well that just makes it far too easy :) but yeah Florida mall

Wendy
16-05-2012, 07:37 PM
Well that just makes it far too easy :) but yeah Florida mall

:lol: Ruby Tuesday :unsure: I'm trying to think of the restaurants there :lol:

keith
16-05-2012, 07:56 PM
Correct :) :lol: have to make the next one a bit harder

Wendy
16-05-2012, 07:58 PM
Correct :) :lol: have to make the next one a bit harder

:yes: Ruby Tuesdays is the only actual restaurant I have been into at the Florida Mall it's normally 5 guys in the food court :lol: So it was a guess :lol:

keith
16-05-2012, 08:19 PM
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Florida mall

Wendy
16-05-2012, 08:50 PM
Wow it looks quiet in the Mall.

keith
16-05-2012, 09:16 PM
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keith
17-05-2012, 06:13 AM
Just back from a nice evening at the downtown disney cinema watching the avengers. Good fun :)

It's been pouring down all day really with nice storms to watch. I'm happy enough but I think dw is ready for the sun to come out so she can sunbathe.

Tomorrow we have the luau.. I say that with a mischievous giggle because I don't really think it'll happen in this weather. The Luau is the most easily called off show in our Disney experience being cancelled for rain, cold, thunder etc. worse than that though, they often do a reduced show, just over an hour. No money back just less than half the normal show which I think is a complete rip off! So we'll see what happens!

josh.p.
17-05-2012, 07:58 AM
Did you do the dine-in option at AMC?

Tink
17-05-2012, 08:01 AM
Yes, catrancher sometimes it can be one side of the street with rain, and the other with sunshine! I've had it happen at home where it was raining at the front of the house but not at the back!

Deb, I cannot believe your weather! :eek: Shows you that asking me is rubbish. We've not had a bit of rain until yesterday evening and then it was a brief, light sprinkle. I hit a bit on the way home, and could see the dark skies, but that was it.

Keith, you are never eating at Ruby Tuesday! :eek: :lol: I've heard they've improved loads over the past year. How was it?

Find any bargains in the mall?

Wendy
17-05-2012, 08:23 AM
Sounds like a nice quiet first day to me :D Hope it doesn't rain so you can go to the Luau :fingers:

keith
17-05-2012, 11:40 PM
At the Polynesian for the luau

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Tink
18-05-2012, 12:47 AM
Looks like we're going to have a luau! :yes: Beautiful shot, Keith.

keith
18-05-2012, 01:39 AM
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keith
18-05-2012, 01:46 AM
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keith
18-05-2012, 01:48 AM
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keith
18-05-2012, 01:51 AM
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keith
18-05-2012, 01:53 AM
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Tink
18-05-2012, 01:58 AM
IT'S A LUAU!!!! :mental: YAY!!!!

keith
18-05-2012, 02:02 AM
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keith
18-05-2012, 02:03 AM
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keith
18-05-2012, 02:05 AM
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Wendy
18-05-2012, 06:14 AM
Nice photos :D

Britchick
18-05-2012, 06:32 AM
See Wendy, copious amounts of photos! Have faith ;)

Wendy
18-05-2012, 11:53 AM
See Wendy, copious amounts of photos! Have faith ;)

:lol: I'm shocked :lol: I'm thinking the us sim is working well in some areas :unsure:

keith
18-05-2012, 02:22 PM
:lol: I'm shocked :lol: I'm thinking the us sim is working well in some areas :unsure:

yeah it's fine in most places. Worked fine at the polynesian for example although not as fast as the 4G mifi

Slowhand
18-05-2012, 03:08 PM
I notice that you were behind a lens so that it lessened the risk of being dragged onto the stage Keith....nice move. :thumbsup:

keith
18-05-2012, 03:37 PM
I notice that you were behind a lens so that it lessened the risk of being dragged onto the stage Keith....nice move. :thumbsup:

yep ;-) Two hundred great ways to hide from audience participation - By Keith :yes:

In fairness, there's very little chance of being picked on at the luau

Wendy
18-05-2012, 03:41 PM
I can guarantee if and it's a big if I went I would get picked on :lol:

keith
19-05-2012, 12:45 AM
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Celebration

keith
19-05-2012, 01:12 AM
Dinner at the wonderful Columbia at celebration tonight yum
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Slowhand
19-05-2012, 12:25 PM
Dinner at the wonderful Columbia at celebration tonight yum


Nice choice of venue Keith...it`s one of my "must do" restaurants in the Disney area. :thumbsup:

keith
19-05-2012, 01:27 PM
Nice choice of venue Keith...it`s one of my "must do" restaurants in the Disney area. :thumbsup:

Absolutely wonderful as always! I keep saying I'll try something different there but can't resist the "chacho" steak

Wendy
19-05-2012, 02:32 PM
Absolutely wonderful as always! I keep saying I'll try something different there but can't resist the "chacho" steak

You are a man of habit Keith :lol: and I don't mean a monk before Terry says something :lol:

Wendy
19-05-2012, 03:43 PM
Keith, I've got something I need you to do, it's really important :D

Can you please go to Hollywood Studios and have one these for me:


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I then need a full detailed report on what it tasted like :D

keith
19-05-2012, 04:04 PM
Well JUST for you :DDDDD

Wendy
19-05-2012, 04:09 PM
:happydance: :happydance:

Britchick
19-05-2012, 06:26 PM
i am drooling!

keith
19-05-2012, 06:33 PM
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Britchick
19-05-2012, 06:38 PM
now my heart is aching!

Wendy
19-05-2012, 06:45 PM
:D :D :happybounce::happybounce:

keith
20-05-2012, 01:56 AM
California grill great table

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Johnie
20-05-2012, 02:14 AM
Keith, I've got something I need you to do, it's really important :D

Can you please go to Hollywood Studios and have one these for me:


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I then need a full detailed report on what it tasted like :D

That is so cool!!

catrancher
20-05-2012, 11:37 AM
That is so cool!!

It would have to be. Otherwise it would melt. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/75186662/smilies/tracy.gif

Tom (:macwave:... with apologies to Sir Slowhand.)

keith
20-05-2012, 02:34 PM
Lovely meal at the california grill last night. I know the place can be a little inconsistent and is almost certainly overpriced but sitting there next to the window, looking out at the fireworks over the castle, champagne in hand, it was hard to fault the experience.

Food wise, i had the usual filet of beef with bbq sauce lovely as ever and perhaps a larger portion than I've been accustomed to from there. DW had the lamb and there was definitely a lot of that but although nice, it wasn't as nice as the lamb at say charleys or ruths chris (and was more expensive).

All in all a lovely evening

Today is star wars day at Hollywood Studios and then later we're not sure. We have bistro de paris booked at EPCOT in time for the fireworks so that's tempting...

Tink
20-05-2012, 02:58 PM
Awww! Nice to know the Cali Grill was good last night. :yes: I've heard they've taken the lamb off the menu at Jiko! :eek:

Bistro... I hope it's good too. Lovely day up here. Hope it's the same there. :hug2:

keith
20-05-2012, 03:13 PM
Awww! Nice to know the Cali Grill was good last night. :yes: I've heard they've taken the lamb off the menu at Jiko! :eek:

Bistro... I hope it's good too. Lovely day up here. Hope it's the same there. :hug2:

Lovely here so far, hope it lasts!

I don't know about the Bistro, the last experience was nothing special at all but so many people rate it highly I feel I should give it another try! plus, not seen my favourite EPCOT illuminations yet this trip

Slowhand
20-05-2012, 04:53 PM
Sadly we won`t be able to go to the Bistro when we come over as they tell me that it will be closed for refurbishment. :sorry:

So, did you manage to get a Charger Keith?

keith
20-05-2012, 04:55 PM
Sadly we won`t be able to go to the Bistro when we come over as they tell me that it will be closed for refurbishment. :sorry:

So, did you manage to get a Charger Keith?

Nope :( they didn't seem to have any this time, grabbed an impala instead as we know they're ok. tbh it's fine, just not as good looking as the charger IMHO

keith
20-05-2012, 04:56 PM
Any recommendations for the Bistro??

Slowhand
20-05-2012, 05:03 PM
Any recommendations for the Bistro??
TBH Keith, I really can`t remember what I ordered the last time we were there.

Suffice to say the I [being a carnivore], and my DW [only eating fish or chicken], have never been disappointed with the menu on offer.

It would be good if you could blag a window seat for the fireworks. The view is not really spectacular, although we have been there on occasions when they have allowed folks out to view Illuminations and then return to finish their meal after the fireworks had finished which was a nice touch.

keith
20-05-2012, 05:54 PM
R2d2
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keith
20-05-2012, 06:24 PM
Scifi diner
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Britchick
20-05-2012, 06:51 PM
R2d2
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i think you should bring us all back one as a gift!!! :unsure::tongue:

keith
20-05-2012, 06:55 PM
:p they're very popular hard to spot anyone without one !

Dawn
20-05-2012, 07:12 PM
What are they? :unsure:

Wendy
20-05-2012, 08:02 PM
What are they? :unsure:

Have a look here (http://wdisneysecrets.com/forums/showthread.php?22427-Galactic-Food-Fun-at-Star-Wars-Weekends-at-Disney-s-Hollywood-Studios&p=280029#post280029) Dawn

uscwest
20-05-2012, 09:10 PM
It is really tough to recommend something at Bistro Keith, as the menu has been different each time we have been there. However, I can say that I had a veal chop there one time that was marvelous.

Deafjeff
21-05-2012, 06:19 AM
I love this thread! Will have to do something similar!!!

Give Mickey my love!


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Britchick
21-05-2012, 06:33 AM
I love this thread! Will have to do something similar!!!

Give Mickey my love!


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I'm counting on it! :happybounce:

keith
21-05-2012, 07:00 PM
Where are we ? It's a restaurant

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Deb
21-05-2012, 07:50 PM
Are you in Marrakesh perhaps? :unsure:

keith
21-05-2012, 08:38 PM
Nope it's not on Disney it's at the mall :)

robertcraig
21-05-2012, 08:52 PM
Absolutely wonderful as always! I keep saying I'll try something different there but can't resist the "chacho" steak

What is CHACHO STEAK

Wendy
21-05-2012, 10:18 PM
I'd recognise those pillars anywhere :D you are at one of my must go places :D the Cheesecake Factory. I am sooooooo jealous :lol:

keith
22-05-2012, 01:55 AM
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Dawn
22-05-2012, 07:07 AM
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Well now you are just being mean. :mental:

Deafjeff
22-05-2012, 07:19 AM
Oh how wonderful! :-)


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Wendy
22-05-2012, 08:53 AM
:sigh: Roll on September :D

Thank you :hug2:

Sam
22-05-2012, 10:33 AM
Thank you for this thread Keith, I love it, it's keeping me going.

And the photo's well, what can I say.

Hope you're having a fab time.

keith
22-05-2012, 02:24 PM
Having a great time thanks :D

The photos are just shaky iphone photos but at least they're live and fun :)

Slowhand
22-05-2012, 02:41 PM
What is CHACHO STEAK
It`s one of the house specialities Robert...and it`s to die for. :thumbsup:
Like Keith, that is my preferred choice each time we go there.

keith
22-05-2012, 02:44 PM
from the menu:
"In memory of the spirit of our great uncle Evelio "Chacho" Hernandez,
youngest son of the founder. This is our best selling center-cut Filet
Mignon, served with a rich sauce of bourbon, shallots and mushrooms.
Flambe?ed tableside with a shot of our very own smooth tasting
small-batch, aged in oak 121 proof bourbon, called “Chacho.” Served
with roasted potatoes and vegetables. Here’s to you, Chacho! "

Wendy
22-05-2012, 02:55 PM
The photos are just shaky iphone photos but at least they're live and fun :)

Why are they shaky :unsure: have you been drinking :taunt:

Deafjeff
22-05-2012, 03:09 PM
:sigh: Roll on September :D

Thank you :hug2:

Snap! Roll on September!!


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catrancher
22-05-2012, 03:11 PM
from the menu:
"In memory of the spirit of our great uncle Evelio "Chacho" Hernandez,
youngest son of the founder. This is our best selling center-cut Filet
Mignon, served with a rich sauce of bourbon, shallots and mushrooms.
Flambéed tableside with a shot of our very own smooth tasting
small-batch, aged in oak 121 proof bourbon, called “Chacho.” Served
with roasted potatoes and vegetables. Here’s to you, Chacho! "

I'll take two please! :dine:

Tom (:macwave:... and all I got was this piece of shoe leather from Longhorn. :sigh:)

keith
23-05-2012, 10:53 PM
Off to Berns steakhouse Tampa tonight yum

keith
23-05-2012, 11:25 PM
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uscwest
24-05-2012, 01:33 PM
from the menu:
"In memory of the spirit of our great uncle Evelio "Chacho" Hernandez,
youngest son of the founder. This is our best selling center-cut Filet
Mignon, served with a rich sauce of bourbon, shallots and mushrooms.
Flambe?ed tableside with a shot of our very own smooth tasting
small-batch, aged in oak 121 proof bourbon, called “Chacho.” Served
with roasted potatoes and vegetables. Here’s to you, Chacho! "

Sounds fantastic

catrancher
24-05-2012, 01:49 PM
What! No pictures of the Harry Waugh desert room? Heresy I tell you! :shocked:

Tom (:macwave:... still, as me dear old Dad once said, "what a place for sophisticated drunks!" :unsure:)

keith
11-06-2012, 08:28 PM
What! No pictures of the Harry Waugh desert room? Heresy I tell you! :shocked:

Tom (:macwave:... still, as me dear old Dad once said, "what a place for sophisticated drunks!" :unsure:)

oooo I DO have some on my camera somewhere..... but just to round off...

We came home on an old, tired poor 747 sniff sniff but in premium economy. I do like the 747s and I think once upgraded inside by the end of the year, they'll be great again!

The premium economy new meal service was pretty good in fairness! smoked salmon was nice etc and the service from the staff was excellent.

Pictures below.... note the lovely salt and pepper shakes in the form of little planes with "pinched from virgin atlantic" on the bottom ..... So it said, so shall it be done :yes: WINK 11709.vB11710.vB

Slowhand
12-06-2012, 03:26 PM
Oddly enough I always intend to obey orders and pinch a pair of those condiment shakers, but so far I`ve chickened out before they were whisked away.
Maybe on our next trip I`ll have some liquid courage beforehand and then blame it on the booze if the flight attendant queries me. :lol:

keith
12-06-2012, 03:50 PM
Oddly enough I always intend to obey orders and pinch a pair of those condiment shakers, but so far I`ve chickened out before they were whisked away.
Maybe on our next trip I`ll have some liquid courage beforehand and then blame it on the booze if the flight attendant queries me. :lol:

Thats EXACTLY what I did :lol:

DW disowned me for pinching them and I started feeling guilty, so when they came round to collect the empties, I said.. I wouldnt normally pinch things but these are so cute and Ive probably had too much brandy.

She laughed and said that's what theyre there for, do you want another couple?

so... I feel partially free of guilt in pinching them :)

Wendy
12-06-2012, 05:06 PM
Oddly enough I always intend to obey orders and pinch a pair of those condiment shakers, but so far I`ve chickened out before they were whisked away.
Maybe on our next trip I`ll have some liquid courage beforehand and then blame it on the booze if the flight attendant queries me. :lol:

You won't get them anymore Terry, you will have a cocktail shaker instead. I guess you could always ask if they could grab you some from PE :lol:


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Slowhand
13-06-2012, 04:16 PM
You won't get them anymore Terry, you will have a cocktail shaker instead.

Are they small enough to be pinchable? :lol:

Wendy
13-06-2012, 04:20 PM
Are they small enough to be pinchable? :lol:

I have no idea, you'll know before me :D