Just the two of us ~ Gavin & Jodie ~ Orlando 2006

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  1. Jodie

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    I am going to post my 2006 trip report on Secrets, not sure why I haven't done it before, I guess i'm just easily distracted!

    Out of the four trips, three for Gavin, we have made 2006 was the best hands down.

    Where it is currently posted the photo's have dissappeared so may take me a little while to slap some copies in. I shall post all in this thread so's not to clog up the trip reports board.

    Hope you enjoy


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    Part 1 Pre-Trip

    We had decided about a week after returning from a family holiday last August to book for just the two of us to go this year. I was chuffed to bits, I knew Gavin had enjoyed himself but was surprised he was wishing to go again so soon. We quickly agreed that this was the best place for us to get married, no hassle, no fuss, no family. Perfect.

    At the end of August we booked with Travel City Direct. We had just flown with them so we weren’t nervous despite all the TCD bashing that can go on. We did look around on the internet and in the Travel Agents for a deal but nothing came close.

    We opted to stay onsite at Pop Century, again this was after a lot of research but onsite won out as we hadn’t done it before. We upgraded the car to an Intermediate 4 door but a few months ago this was upgraded to an SUV.

    I made 2 ADR’s when my window opened. One for Hollywood & Vine Fantasmic package and one for Concourse Steakhouse.

    Gavin played a bigger part in the planning this year. It was a lot more real now he had been, when I was planning last years trip everything was alien to him so he didn’t contribute much.

    I asked him what was the one thing he would love to do and his request was the Around the World on a Seqway. This couldn’t be booked until 90 days out but I called asap and booked for the 08.30 tour, I think it was $80.00pp non-refundable and payable upfront.

    My wish list consisted of a lot of things but I plumped for Cirque Du Soleil. This was after some encouragement from you lot as Gavin doesn’t ‘do’ circuses so I was taking a risk with the expense and Gavin not enjoying it. I also didn’t tell him until after it had been booked! I have thrown away my receipt for this but am sure it was $70.00pp

    A few months ago I booked a one night stay at the Hard Rock Hotel as a surprise for Gavin, hopefully it was going to be on the same day as we got married and the day after we would also have the advantage of Front of the Line Access at Universal Studio’s. This didn’t remain a surprise for long. In between booking and printing off my confirmation Gavin had checked our emails from work and seen the receipt! He didn’t tell me he knew, he just kept on trying to get me to tell him then one evening it was very obvious he knew so the gig was up!

    After much debate about how & when we were travelling to Manchester Airport I finally won my battle to stay overnight the day before we flew. We choose Bewleys Hotel £69.00 per room/per night and then added 16 days parking. £35.00 for 14 days then £5.00 per day after. They provided a shuttle to the airport and back.


    We are both desperately looking forward to this holiday. It seems an age since we booked and hardly a day has gone by without some planning or research been done.
    We, or rather I have also been paying the price for doing what is best for Gavin and Myself. My mother is beyond unimpressed we are getting married abroad. I don’t feel one smidgen of guilt but the remarks etc when I speak to her are really beginning to annoy me and I cant wait to get it done with so they can stop. There have also been several occasions when she, or one of her allies has mentioned the possibility of her ‘popping across for a couple of days’ this was met with a stare from me as I could trust myself to speak. Please don’t think bad of me because I didn’t want my Mother there. Anyone who has read my DLRP report from September 2006 will understand! Gavin’s parents were the complete opposite, happy as Larry we weren’t expecting them to do anything!

    So, my ticker has gone from 11 months plus to just a few days and we are soon on our way. I plan to give you lot’s of detail as I have a big notebook to fill and also most of the tips I have picked up have been from reading reports. I hope your not too bored, If you are just look at the pictures!
     
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    Part 2 Day -1 Wednesday 27th September

    I was off work today but Gavin wasn’t so he was up at our usual time of 06.10, been a nice kind soul he turned on every upstairs light and just to make sure I was awake he banged around loads then bounced back on the bed to kiss me goodbye!

    I gave up trying to go back to sleep around 07.00 so I got up and vegged on the sofa for 6 hours. Yeap, that’s right, I was going on holiday today but couldn’t do anything else apart from surf as late Monday evening Gavin had decided he needed a spare charger for his PSP. I was going to collect one for him yesterday but I was on a tight schedule and nowhere nearby had one in stock so Gavin ordered it from Amazon and paid for recorded delivery which was guaranteed before 13.00 today.

    Now our postman never appears before 11.00 so I wasn’t surprised it hasn’t arrived first thing but by 13.00 I was bored and had loads to do that I had put off as it would take me upstairs to the back of the house where I wouldn’t be able to hear the door. At 13.25 I couldn’t wait any longer so went upstairs to finish packing, had a shower and washed my hair. When I came back downstairs the card through the door said they had tried to deliver at 12.45! I was fuming! It didn’t bother me so much it was late but I can not stand lying! A quick rethink and Gavin could either do without (his own fault for leaving it to the last minute) or we could call for one at the White Rose Centre in Leeds, time and traffic permitting and our way to Manchester.

    Gavin came home and while I loaded the car he got changed and we were off at 17.00. First stop was to drop Fred & Mary at the Cattery. They had stayed here when we went to DLRP in December and the owner was excited to see them again as they were now fully grown and she thinks they are both wonderfully well behaved and content. But I bet she says that to all the Cat Mums & Dads.

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    Cats in good hands we were off, the last few hours had been rushed and we really didn’t feel in the holiday mood. It didn’t help that we were on the M62, we use this motorway everyday for work so until we were out of West Yorkshire it felt like a normal day.

    Got to Leeds and White Rose Centre at 18.40 and I stayed in the car with the suitcases while Gavin ran in to get his charger. Only took him 20 mins so at 19.00 we were off again, this time for real!

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    Journey took around another 1.5 hours and when we arrived at Bewleys it was windy, raining and cold. Check in was quick and we were in our room by 20.45. Very spacious with a view of the airport but you couldn’t really see anything taking off, just the noise which finally got us excited!

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    Due to the weather we decided to eat at the hotel rather than explore other options at the airport. The atmosphere in the restaurant was relaxed and the waitress superb but the food was on a par with Wetherspoons which wasn’t what you wanted for the price!

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    Chicken Curry - £9.95
    Chicken & Veg - £13.90
    Apple Pie - £2.95
    Brownie - £2.95
    Fosters - £2.65
    Kronenbourg X2 - £5.90

    Total - £38.30 plus tip

    Straight to bed after dinner with two alarms set for 09.00.

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    Part 3 Day 0 Thursday 28th September

    A great nights sleep overall but neither of us slept much past 07.00 so at 08.00 we put the telly on and made a cup of tea.

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    Our flight wasn’t until 13.30 so there wasn’t a rush but we were ready and waiting for the courtesy bus at 09.15.

    We had to wait around 15 mins as the bus driver was very busy but we made it to T2 in plenty of time and check in was already open with a couple of people already queuing. Took about 15 mins to get our boarding passes and we got a warning about excess baggage as we were jointly 3 kilo’s over our 20 kilos each allowance.

    Went straight through passport control to departures with a minimum sidetracking from a credit card salesman. No thank you. I should mention that a ridiculous amount of people had ignored all the warnings about liquids etc and this really slowed security down so I would leave extra time for this. Then we had breakfast at the food court.

    Sausage & Egg sandwich X2 - £9.96
    Tea X2 - £3.00
    Orange Juice - £3.49
    Milk - £0.69
    Croissant - £1.69
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    Total - £20.62

    All full up we had a little wonder then plonked ourselves down to wait.

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    I got bored after a bit and went to buy a bag from Accessorize that I had spied earlier (£29.78) and got a couple of magazines from WHSmiths. When I got back around 11.30 we had a drink from Starbucks. After my coffee I went to the loo to put on some of those flight socks. I was really hoping they worked as last year my ankles swelled up on the flight and remained uncomfortable all holiday. Also it was a 20 min struggle to get the damn things on!

    When I got back to Gavin the gate we were sat near, Gate 212 was boarding for our flight. We heard many announcements to advertise this over the next 15 mins or so but it never once appeared on the screens.

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    As we were almost at the back we boarded early, about 50 mins before take off so by the time the flight set away 15 mins late because the USA were slow in giving clearance to go we were already feeling claustrophobic.

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    The flight was completely uneventful there was a nice meal 2 hours in, I had Sausage & Mash and Gavin had Cajun Chicken and there was a snack 2 hours before landing of Tea & Scones. During the interim period I listened to my MP3 player and Gavin played his new F1 game on his PSP.

    The only thing worth mentioning is all the crew were very friendly and helpful to everyone and drinks were readily available.

    We landed dead on time at 17.30 and strolled into a packed immigration hall. We were literally our officers last check of the day and as such he was a very cheerful chap who waived us through in no time.

    At baggage claim our cases were just coming out, they could have been circling for the last hour or so while we were still waiting for immigration, who knows but off we were to Dollar.

    Gavin went to collect the SUV at 19.00 in the nice air-conditioned Dollar office while I waited outside in the Orlando humidity.

    Gavin was ages collecting the car so despite separating the crowds at immigration they must have all been herded together again waiting at baggage collection.

    I did two things while waiting for Gavin. The first was receive a phone call from one of Gavin’s friends. Keith was very upset not to be able to see Gavin get married and had threatened on more than one occasion to turn up (I gave him the same stare I gave my Mother) we hoped he was only joking about gate crashing but Gavin had been deliberately vague with all the details when talking to him. I had a nice chat with Keith and he wished us well.

    The second thing I did was build up some hostility towards an SUV I was sat near, this vehicle was in my line of sight and I hated it. It was a horrible colour, horrible shape and I knew Gavin would return with keys for this car. When he did eventually turn up some 60 mins later I grabbed the keys and beep-beep, they worked on the SUV I hated. What did I do, what would any grown woman do? I refused to get in! The endless waiting was really getting to me now and I was in no mood to be messed with. Gavin returned to the Dollar office and the guy who had served him was free so Gavin told him ‘my girlfriend doesn’t like it’ with a sympathetic look he swooped the car in 5 mins flat.

    The white Grand Jeep Cherokee was much better so luggage chucked in the back I drove us out of Sanford at 20.00. We decided to use the I4 as rush hour was well over now and found it easily enough.

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    We were both starving now and I convinced myself Everything Pop would only have leftovers available so once things started to look familiar we glanced around looking for somewhere to eat and settled on Burger King on International Drive at 21.00.

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    Medium Fries
    Large Coke
    Medium Coke

    Total - $12.76 (no individual prices on receipt)

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    Fed and therefore happy we re-joined the I4 for our final leg to Pop Century. Driving onto WDW property was fantastic, for about 3 mins until we realised we had passed signs for every WDW resort expect Pop! We ended up in Epcot’s car park where I nearly ran over a lady in a yellow t-shirt because she believed pedestrians don’t need to look where they are going! We backtracked our steps and once on the I4 again we tried a different WDW exit and after a few tense moments we saw the finishing line.

    Parked up and ran to check-in, to say it was 22.00 check-in/out was still very busy but we only waited around 10 mins before we were seen. I asked if they had any king size rooms available but the CM apologised and said they hadn’t. Never mind. We got our lovely Keys to the Kingdom cards and went off to find our room which was 1451 50’s very close the car park, food court and had a quiet car park view and…… A king size bed!!!!! We are unsure whether the CM had deliberately done this so we would be surprised or (and this is the front runner) we had already been allocated this room but the CM was inexperienced and didn’t know king size rooms by number alone. Either way we were very happy.

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    Unpacked & showered then over to Everything Pop for refillable mugs, $11.99 each plus tax. I have wanted one of these for ages! Gavin got red and I chose orange. A little stroll around the shop then off the queue at check-in as we had a package to collect. I had ordered Gavin a gift basket ages ago and had managed to keep it a secret but as soon as we got the message on the phone saying something was here for us he knew it was for him from me. He was pleased with his Racer Mickey but even more so with the sweets!

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    Back to the room we put the drinks and sweets in the fridge (free with a king size accessible room) arranged a wake-up call for 07.30. Lights out at 00.17

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    Part 4 Day 1 Friday 29th September

    Other than my middle of the night loo trips we slept very well and didn’t wake up until Stitch and Mickey called at 07.30 to wish us a magical day.

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    Up, dressed and out of the door by 08.00 and on our way to Islands of Adventure. After parting with $10.00 for parking we exchanged our vouchers for tickets. I was worried about getting vouchers from Travel City Direct instead of actual tickets as on my first trip this caused me no end of problems getting them replaced but this time it was very easy. Our 7 day Magic your Way tickets were added to our Keys to the Kingdom when we checked in and the CM at IOA was very efficient and dealt with us quickly. We also chatted with her briefly about Halloween and that the US makes a big deal out of it and the UK don’t.

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    Tickets in hand we were at the turnstiles by 08.30 and like last year despite the queue not been very large they let us in 15 mins early at 08.45. Straight to Gavin’s favourite ride, Spiderman. We got a car to ourselves and both promised to keep our eyes open. We screamed like 4 year old girls all the way round, great fun! This was the first time I kept my eye’s open all the way round as I hate the bit where you fall down and I didn’t like it today either. That said it was fantastic as ever and we were both buzzing when we came out.

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    Off to Toon Lagoon and Gavin wanted to go on the Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges first ‘cos he’s scared of the drop on Dudley Do-Rights Rip-Saw Falls but he was out of luck as the Barges were roped off so straight onto Rip-Saw Falls. Again we were on our own. I love this ride and have no problems about been drenched at 09.00! After a through soaking we squelched over to Jurassic Park and onto River Adventure. On the way we stopped to take some photo’s and twice a CM jumped over and offered to take one of us together and Gavin commented that this was another perk of getting here early, the CM’s had more time for everyone.

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    After escaping the dinosaurs we went into the gift shop to look at the picture and both Gavin & I were ducked down, Gavin in fear and I was trying to hold my hat on that I forgot to remove and the American couple in front of us were laughing hysterically at us, they were very embarrassed when they realised we were just behind them but we didn’t mind, it was funny! I tried to take a picture of it but got told off! I don’t mind buying ride photo’s despite the price but this wasn’t really a keeper once the amusement had worn off.

    We went back to Toon Lagoon to see of the Barges were open but they were still closed off. I asked the CM what time they opened if at all and was told 10.00. In hindsight had I asked this the first time we passed I could have saved us the backtrack but never mind.
    Off to Seuss landing we ride the new train ride and Carro-seuss-el.

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    By now we were very hungry and headed to Confisco Grill but it was only 10.30 and they didn’t open for lunch until 11.00 so in the meantime we returned to Seuss landing and bought gifts for our friends kids birthdays. Kimberly & Natalie love The Cat in the Hat so we got them some pyjama’s each. A Thing 1 top for Kim & a Thing 2 top for Nat then matching shorts. $84.99 inc tax for the 2 sets I also got a couple of postcards here. One Cat in The Hat for Kim and Nat and one Spiderman for my pixie dust offer $1.39 inc tax.

    Confisco Grill was open now so we went back for lunch. The food in here was nice but there was too many Nachos to qualify as a starter and my Pizza had too much cheese on it which made it a bit sickly after a while.

    Small Nachos - $6.99
    Buffalo Stingers - $6.79
    Bacon Cheeseburger & Fries - $10.95
    Vegetable Pizza - $8.99
    Cokes X2 - $4.50
    Tax - $2.49

    Total - $40.71 plus tip

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    Despite been starving I didn’t finish either of my courses but Gavin managed everything but a handful of fries.

    After lunch we headed back to Pop for a break. We hadn’t rode the Barges but we will be back!

    On the way out Gavin wanted to get a Cinnabon takeout ‘cos he loved it last year and was an easy target for the cashier who suggested he got a box of 6 for $12.77. Bun’s bought we went back to the car and were in our room resting by 12.30.

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    After an hour or so we headed out to buy our marriage licence. This didn’t need to be bought in advance but we wanted to double check everything as it all just seemed too easy. On the way to the car we popped into to Everything Pop to refill our mugs and then stopped by the concierge to check all our ADR’s and enquire about internet access. We had to amend Gavin’s Keys to the Kingdom card to have charging privileges but that done we were good to go and left Pop at 14.30. We found Osceola Courthouse easily thanks to the instructions given to me by Karentan and arrived in 20 mins. When we got to the Marriage & Passport office there was no queue which was apparently lucky as they had just had a rush on.

    Form filled in, passports & $97.50 handed over we had our licence in 10 mins. We were asked if we wanted to get married today but we declined.

    Straight back to Pop as I didn’t want to carry all our id etc around for long, Gavin locked it back in the safe while I refilled our mugs.

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    We now ventured out to the Wal*Mart we had noticed on the 535 for some snacks and bum bag. For the first time I wasn’t taking a bag to the parks with me and we had struggled to fit everything into the money belt Gavin was wearing so we needed something a bit larger. The bum bag and snacks came to $30.10 in total.

    Shopping done we returned to Pop to write up the two postcards I had bought this morning then bought some stamps and posted them then refilled our mugs at Everything Pop.

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    Around 18.30 we headed out the Passage to India on the 192 but when we needed to decide whether to go left or right we chose the wrong way and ½ an hour later admitted defeat and ‘U’ turned to go in the opposite direction. We ended up eating at Wendy’s, but Gavin didn’t get the receipt, as I was desperate for a pee and this was the first place we came to. We did drive a bit further along to ensure we knew where Passage to India was for next time before heading home.

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    Back at Pop I had a shower. When I had showered yesterday the head was all over the place, I didn’t want to call maintenance and risk our king size room if it wasn’t easily fixable so Gavin had held it up with a bit of bendy wire (no idea where he found it!) but the maid must have noticed because it was fixed now.

    A bit of TV then bed around 22.00 with alarm call set for 08.00

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    Part 5 Day 2 Saturday 30th September

    Alarm call was set for 08.00 but we were both wide awake at 07.00 so at 07.10 we got dressed and strolled over to Everything Pop for breakfast.

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    It was fairly busy but we got our food and paid in about 10 mins.

    Adult breakfast platter - $5.59
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    Half pint of Milk - $1.29
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    Total - $12.96

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    We both enjoyed our breakfast but commented that in high season Everything Pop must be a nightmare, when you tried to get something to eat or pay it didn’t take long but the overall atmosphere was very chaotic and loud.

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    We left Pop for Animal Kingdom at 08.15. AK was loads busier than IOA yesterday, the turnstile queue was 25 deep and about seven across. We were let in at 08.45 but held in the Oasis until Mickey and the gang had opened the park at 09.00.

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    Along with everyone else we went straight to Expedition Everest. Once we arrive I became very confused. We joined a queue that I thought was the standby line, then the lady behind me said it was for the fast pass machines, then someone else said it fast pass return queue (which would have been impossible given that the park had only just opened) realising we didn’t have a clue what we were queuing for we ducked under the rope and had a look around. I turned out to be the standby queue. I sat down on a bench to collect my thoughts while Gavin got in the queue for fast passes.

    Our return time was 10.05 so we headed over to Dinosaur and despite the 10 min posted time it was a walk on. It also remained quiet for a while, we had a rover of our own and there was no one in the cars behind us.

    Just like last year Gavin and I were petrified! The photo was hilarious but we didn’t buy it as an almost empty car looks weird.
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    The rapids were another walk on and neither of us got soaked, that privilege went to a young American lad who was thrilled to bits about getting drenched.

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    Our Fastpass return time was here so we headed back to Expedition Everest and got in line. Here we became confused again as when I showed my FastPass the CM said I had to return at 10.10, I was actually shocked, the damn thing said 10.05 not three seconds ago! Turns out Gavin’s was 10.05 and mine was 10.10. We were both let in straight away a little bit freaked by the fact for a split second I thought my FastPass ticket had changed times!

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    As there was no waiting and Gavin had been distracted by the earlier rides he wasn’t anywhere near as nervous as we had both assumed he would be. We both loved our first Expedition Everest experience but I felt a little ill afterwards as I do suffer from motion sickness and I goes backwards for a long time.

    Into the giftshop we bought the picture and I got a Mickey Expedition plush. We had to go to separate cashiers for this as there is a specific photo collection point and as we had both sent to our resort (the best onsite perk) it took a while. Photo $18.06 for a 8x10 and Mickey $11.72.

    Over to Kilimanjaro Safari’s for a FastPass then Standby for It’s Tough to be a Bug! Which was great as usual and I managed to avoid getting stung in the back. This show is more scary after you have already seen it!

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    Onto the Safari and we were very grateful for the FastPass as standby was 30 mins with no a/c!

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    We had a great guide for this and both enjoyed our ride. We managed to get some good photo’s but didn’t see any lions.

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    Lunch was at Tusker House at 12.30, it was busy but we were lucky to get a seat quickly.

    Chicken sandwich - $6.99
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    Vegetable Sandwich - $7.29
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    Cheesecake - $3.59
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    Total - $25.83

    The vegetable sandwich wasn’t that nice, I didn’t like the sauce in it and the Mac ‘n’ Cheese was salty so I had a bit of both and all of the grapes and carrots. Gavin said his was nice.

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    We headed back to Expedition Everest after lunch to try for another FastPass but they were all gone and standby was 50 mins so we looked at Dinosaur but even though it was only 20 mins we decided we weren’t that fussed about anything else as we were a little tired so we headed out of the park.

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    On the way out Gavin spotted a couple getting Photopass pictures done and reminded me I had mentioned we were going to do that so we waited until they were done and had a couple taken in front of the Tree of Life then at the exit we had a few more done.

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    When we got back to Pop at 14.30 we refilled our mugs three times, fully refreshed we went back to our room for a rest and decided where to eat tea later on.

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    After browsing the net and writing up notes we headed out to Downtown Disney for tea and as it was still fairly early I figured a visit to Disney Quest wouldn’t hurt seen as we had five plus options on our Disney tickets and only had plans for two of them.
    We travelled to Downtown Disney on the bus. This would be our first time using this system and it was a very pleasant one.

    The Downtown Disney but pulled up around 16.15, less than 10 mins after we got to the bus top and the driver was a friendly elderly gentleman who chatted to some of the Americans about an American Football game between Florida and Alabama that was on today.

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    Upon arriving at The Market Place we strolled over the Disney Quest on the West Side via Disney Pin Traders where I bought five new pins for $41.27 and had them sent to Pop.

    We had never been to Disney Quest before and will probably never go again. The first arcade game Gavin tried didn’t work then we went on Virtual Jungle Cruise which has the most appalling graphics and then our final stop was Cyber Space Mountain where we designed a very tame roller coaster as I get ill on simulators, It had a thrill rating of one, But when we went to ride it had been lost by the system! We were offered either someone else’s design or a pre-designed ride but we had deliberately made this one easy and didn’t want a different one. Fed up we left after only around 30 mins. It wasn’t just the disappointing attractions why we didn’t like Disney Quest. The whole thing reminded us of an arcade at any random local bowling alley, very grubby and chucked together to drag a few extra $$ out of your pocket.

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    We browsed Virgin Megastore for a while and bought a few cd’s that were on offer. I don’t buy stuff in the US because it’s cheaper as I don’t really think some of the stuff is but if I see something on offer or unavailable in the UK then that’s a different matter altogether! Spent $42.58 on 3 cd’s which with the exchange rate we had gotten worked out at about £7.75 each.

    After this we tried to get into Planet Hollywood for tea but the wait was 40 mins. This wouldn’t have been a problem but for some reason we weren’t allowed to the bar area but would have to hang around at the bottom of the stairs outside so we didn’t bother.

    After a brief discussion we opted for Raglan Road figuring if there was a wait we could at least have a drink at the bar in the meantime. Turns out as we were happy to sit outside there was no wait. Our server Joe was friendly and efficient and the food was fantastic. Not on the cheap side but worth every cent.

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    Granny’s Vegetable soup - $5.50
    Drunk Chicken - $6.95
    Bangers & Mash - $16.95
    Sirloin Steak - $22.95
    Apple & Strawberry Crumble X2 - $15.98
    Tax - $4.44

    Total - $98.77

    Gavin said his Sirloin was better than at least half of the fillets he has ever had.
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    Part 6 Day 3 Sunday 01st October

    Up with the alarm call at 07.00. A lot slower getting ready today, too many creaking bones to go too fast!

    We had breakfast in the room, a cookie and banana that we had gotten from Wal*Mart we were ready to leave at 07.40.

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    After some major wrong turns from Gavin, who took us to Epcot’s restricted parking section earning us a telling off from an attendant who had to jump in a car and drive to us in order to deliver the telling off and also redirect us to the regular parking section, we were at the entrance for 08.10 and we ran through to Guest Relations to ensure we were there the required 15 mins early for our Around the World on a Segway tour.

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    I was looking forward to this but Gavin was really excited. We thought we would be disappointed as last month some Segways were recalled due to a few accidents and malfunctioning problems but apparently Disney only stopped them for a couple of days so luckily our tour was to go ahead.

    There were 10 people in our group and we were all there at 08.20 so the guide took us to Segway Central to begin our training. After 10 mins of instruction we were on a Segway.

    Both Gavin and I were nervous when we first got on but it really is so easy it only took a few moments to get used to it.

    We zig-zagged through some cones and had to duck under a stick to ensure we were ok avoiding any low branches, then after about 30 mins practice we were off Around the World Showcase.

    The guide gives you information on the way round, he told us stuff about France, Japan, Morocco, China and Germany. He was going to stop in Italy as well but there was a wedding going on so we rode straight past.

    All in all the tour was about 2 hours 10 mins and was worth every last penny of the $80.00pp .

    Both of us had a blast and Gavin wants to know if I will buy him one for Christmas. At £2000.00 a pop, I don’t think so! We would both do this again in a heartbeat.

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    Tour over we took the guides advice a grabbed a Fast Pass for Soarin’ which had a return time of 12.30. Hungry we headed to the Fountain View for a snack but they weren’t serving their regular menu due to the Food & Wine festival so we had lunch at Electric Umbrella but on the way I bought a few postcards at Mouse gear $5.35.

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    I dragged Gavin into Character Connection after lunch and we had some Photopass pictures done. We were only in here a few minutes, there was hardly anyone about. It’s a great way to do this as there’s a structured queuing system and kids must get excited that they can see several celebrities at once but it is just too formal. When a Character pops out from behind a random wall or appear from a doorway people nearby gasp in delight. Even though this format stops the inevitable mad rush for autographs and pictures it isn’t my favourite way of seeing a character even if it is the least stressful (and as I have moaned in the past saying a more structured viewing area would be better I shouldn’t really complain, but it does remove a little of the magic).

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    By now it was coming up to our fast pass time for Soarin’ so we went to Test Track to get another fast pass stopping for a Toll House Cookie on the way (yummy!) our FP had a return time of 14.40 and it also gave us a surprise fast pass for Mission Space, I assume this attraction isn’t a success if they have to beg people to ride.

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    Over to Soarin’ we had about a 15 min wait but struck gold with middle front row seat’s! Soarin’ was of course excellent, I cant say I noticed the smells last year, they may not have been working when we rode or I was just too distracted by the pictures!

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    We now had 1 hr 40 mins before our Test Track time was here but it went quickly. First we took a look at our Leave a Legacy tile. I had intended on taking our co-ordinates with me but I forgot (the only thing I did forget though so I hadn’t done badly!) so we had to ask for them, I am pretty sure the cm I asked isn’t one of Disney’s employee’s of the month, she was a little bit sulky we had interrupted her day dreaming!

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    then a sit down and a coke at Electric Umbrella, I had some fries as I was feeling a little peckish.

    Fries - $2.39
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    Total - $7.32

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    Refreshed we slowly walked over to Test Track and with only a 5 min wait we were in our car. We love this ride and now you can get your ride photo straight onto your Photopass card which is brilliant. This was the only ride we saw that you could do this at but as Photopass is fairly new I assume if successful more ride photo’s will be added.

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    We strolled to the park exit and were back at Pop by 15.45. We grabbed a refill & picked up our packages before heading back to our room. Gavin looked up the F1 results and Michael Schumacher is ahead in the championship but we were pleased to see Jenson Button had managed fourth place in the last race.

    We also tried to register online for the Photopass pictures but even the ones we had taken yesterday at Animal Kingdom weren’t showing yet.

    Fully rested we left for the Boardwalk at 18.00. It was only a couple of minutes drive so we were there quickly we were directed to a car park somewhere in Greater Manchester so it would have been quicker to get the bus to TTC then the Boardwalk. Seriously it was a hike & a half.

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    we wondered over to Fantasia Gardens $22.90 inc tax for two with no discounts. I am not a massive fan of mini golf but I really enjoyed this, I guess the themeing helps. Gavin won with 51 strokes, I got round in 62. The course was par 53. Gavin got two hole’s in one but the second was heavily aided by me. He hit the ball too hard and it bounced back off of the barrier, landed on my foot and I kicked it in!

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    After Gavin’s victory dance we walked back to the boardwalk and into the queue for ESPN, we were waiting around 35 mins but it went quickly.

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    There was an American football game going on between Seattle and Chicago, I have no idea what was going on but crowd participation appeared to be a must!

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    Fosters X2 - $11.00
    Dingers X2 - $17.98
    Chilli Dog - $9.99
    Roast Beef Sandwich - $11.99
    Tax - $3.46

    Total - $56.61 plus tip

    When our starter arrived we were each given the five biggest pieces of chicken ever. I only ate two and Gavin struggled with four. It wasn’t that we were been naïve to US portion sizes they really were ridiculously large! My Chilli dog was nice but I only managed half of that and some fries.

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    Dinner over we headed back home. In at 21.50 I made some note while Gavin checked our Photopass account and the pictures were up. Yippee!

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    Part 7 Day 4 Monday 02nd October

    Gavin had set an alarm call today for 09.00 as we were going to Typhoon Lagoon and it didn’t open until 10.00 so there was no rush but we were woken up by housekeeping at 08.40 so decided to get up and have some breakfast before we left.

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    Cappuccino - $3.19
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    Total - $16.04

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    Set off for Typhoon Lagoon at 09.40 and were at the entrance at 09.55.

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    Once inside we had a Photopass picture taken. At the water parks the photographers give you a different photo pass card, It is around ¼ of the size of the other credit card sized one’s and has a wrist band so you can wear it on the slides.

    I needed to buy some shorts to wear in the water and found some red ones at Singapore Sals and $34.08 later I was ready for action. Gavin can’t swim and hates getting wet so he was on photo taking/towel carrying duty today.

    First up was Keelhaul Falls, I had two goes on this then onto Mayday Falls for one ride. I would have gone on more as there was no queue but the trek up took forever!

    Humunga Kowabunga was next, when I got to the top I had seconds thoughts but figured riding was the quickest way down. I was glad of the shorts as they preserved my dignity after the wedgy obtained from this slide!

    Storm Slides next, I rode two out of the three but by now my legs were aching from walking up 100’s of stairs and I couldn’t face another hike to go on the third slide.

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    All of these slides done we headed home. We were only at Typhoon Lagoon for about an hour but everything was a walk on, in July or August you would struggle to ride six times in a full day! If Gavin didn’t hate this so much I would relax for while reading then after lunch go for another slide run but he had been very patient so off we went.

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    Back at Pop I put some washing on, I certainly hadn’t intended on doing any washing but some of the clothes we needed to wear again were a bit grubby.
    Sat by the Hippy Dippy pool drinking refills until the washing was done then back to our room where I updated my notes and Gavin played on his PSP.

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    Hungry, about 13.00 we headed to Everything Pop for lunch.

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    As we had a free afternoon we decided to go to Seaworld. This wasn’t in our original plans as it isn’t a priority for us so this afternoon would be our only visit.

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    Arrived around 14.00 and went directly to Journey to Atlantis, we hadn’t ridden this last year as the wait time was 90 mins which is way over my max wait time for a ride. This year it was a walk on. So we did, twice!

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    After our soaking we went through the Penguin Encounter then walked over to Wild Artic. Lastly we went to the Anheuser-Busch hospitality centre. Gavin was so chuffed with his free beer he bought a Budweiser hat! $21.29.

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    With very tired legs we headed back to Pop at 16.30 with a quick stop for petrol (around £20 to fill her up!) and got home around 17.00.

    I spent a while looking at our Photopass pictures online, they weren’t all on yet it seems there is about a 36 hour delay. Online you can make enhancements such as signatures and logo’s but these are only for the online pictures and if you have any individual prints made but you cannot get them on the cd anymore. When you look at the buy cd option it tells you this many times and you have to tick a box to say you understand!

    At 19.00 we headed back out and went to Passage to India on the 192. We ate here three times last year and we were both looking forward to tonight. Sadly it failed to live up to our expectiations. I forgot to keep the receipt but it was around $65.00 not including tip for Chicken Tikka Massala , Vegetable Mahkri, Onion Bhaji, Poppodoms, Garlic Naan and two soft drinks. I wont put the pictures up as you may never eat curry again. We shouldn’t have stayed, as soon as we walked in we were unimpressed and both ate hardly anything once our food arrived as it looked and smelt disgusting. We could have complained but we really didn’t want to stay any longer than necessary waiting for our food to be replaced.

    A little downhearted we drove home and had a couple of drinks at Petals $28.76 for a Mango Margarita and a draft Budweiser X2. Before we went to bed I spent a few dollars on souvenirs, a couple of Pins, a new Lanyard and a Pop Century mug $30.84. Bed around 22.30.

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    Part 8 Day 5 Tuesday 03rd October

    Busch Gardens was the plan for today and we had another small lie in as it didn’t open until 10.00.

    After only one very minor wrong turn we were at the gates at 10.15 ($9.00 parking) and straight into the queue for Gwazi. It was advertised at 5 mins but was actually 45 mins as there was only one train running.

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    We were very hungry when we got off as we had skipped breakfast so off to Zagora Café at 11.15 for an early lunch.

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    Total - $26.47

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    After lunch we strolled through the Edge of Africa attraction and took some photo’s of the very obliging animals.

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    We went on the train ride next. Gavin had just gotten a drink ($2.99 large) which you aren’t allowed to take onboard so I made him bin it. I said the wait for the next train was 40 mins, Gavin claimed 4 mins but I wasn’t going to risk it so he could finish his drink. In the end I was right so *raspberry* to Gavin. You see loads of animals on the train ride so it is well worth doing. We were lucky enough to see a six week old un-named Hippo, Busch Gardens are running a competition to name her.

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    Time to get wet now so after we had shared Gavin’s replacement drink ($2.99 large)

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    We went on Congo River Rapids twice. We got soaked the first time so why not ride again? Then I spent $2.00 shooting water at people just starting their ride on the rapids. Great fun. We wondered over to Stanley Falls next but the wait time was 30 mins so I looked at the queue for Tankanikya Tidal Wave and it was a walk on so no contest. Again we rode twice.

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    Home around 16.00 while Gavin refilled our mugs I bought a Mickey T-Shirt $25.56 then back to the room. While I updated my notes Gavin emailed the Photopass link to our friends and parents then called Dan who was checking on our house before playing his PSP.

    We had decided earlier to go to Chilis for tea and set off for the one on International Drive at 18.00. There is probably several closer to us but we didn’t know for sure so decided to go to the one we knew. Thankfully unlike last nights Indian Chilis was just as good as we remembered.

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    Downtown Disney was up next. We wanted to see Talladega Nights but it didn’t start for 70 mins so we wondered over to the Market Place and paid a visit to Goofy’s Candy Co where we both ordered a make you own treat.

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    We both had our treats dipped in Milk Chocolate and Peanuts then I had a Milk chocolate drizzle but Gavin added White Chocolate and Caramel drizzle.

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    After a brief look in World of Disney we headed back to AMC and bought our tickets $9.55 each.

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    We sat down just as the trailers were starting but Gavin decided he wanted a drink so headed back to the concession stand. He was gone so long I assumed something was wrong and went looking for him. Turns out that despite the queue been only three people deep when he joined it really did take five staff members twenty minutes to serve them coke and popcorn. This isn’t where his refreshment problems ended. Gavin had only been charged for two out of his three items so the cashier called the manager to help him charge Gavin for the third. The Manager then gave Gavin back the money he had already paid and left. Gavin waited for the cashier to charge him correctly but he called next so we headed back to watch what was left of the film with our free snacks. Talladega Nights was very funny! Will Ferrell is hilarious and the seats in the theatre are amazingly comfy.

    Back home around 00.00 we were too late for a refill so Gavin paid $2.50 for a drink from the vending machine and we had a few bites of our Goofy’s treats. They were nice but very sickly. Bed at 00.15 with alarm set for 07.15.

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    Part 9 Day 6 Wednesday 04th October

    Woken up by the Stitch Mickey combo at 07.15 and at Everything Pop by 07.30.

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    Today was Magic Kingdom day and I was in commando mode to ensure we were there for rope drop.

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    We were there but there was nothing to see. No characters were out anywhere, I had believed that the train came into Main Street station with them and they opened the park but all that happened was some terrible recording that was set of accidentally several times prior to 09.00 announced the park was open then we were allowed in. We had a few Photopass pictures taken at different locations in front of the Castle then as Adventureland and Frontierland weren’t open until 10.00 (why, oh why do they do this?) we, along with those who didn’t have small children headed to Tommorrowland.

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    Buzz Lightyear first. Gavin scored very badly at 2800 but I fared better with 24600. I would have done even better had the gun been detachable!

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    Onto Space Mountain next. Major wuss Gavin decided this was his maximum limit for a roller coaster wereas I just giggled all the way round at how pathetic this version was compared to DLRP. Gavin has been on the DLRP Space Mountain once (and has yet to forgive me for talking him into it) and he wonders what the Americans think of that version having been raised on this baby ride.

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    After lunch we headed to Adventureland, spotted Captain Jack outside Pirates of the Caribbean but we didn’t stop to see the show, there was already a crowd built up so couldn’t see much and the walk on for Pirates was too good to ignore. The additions after the re-furb are superb but it could have done with one bigger drop at the end.

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    Caught the Ferry back to TTC and back at Pop for 16.30. Went straight to the food court for refills and snacks.

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    We had a 20.00 adr at Concourse Steakhouse and decided to go on the bus. We left Pop around 18.40 after buying stamps and posting our postcards.

    The bus to Magic Kingdom was available immediately and the monorail was quick aswell so we were at the Contempary for 19.30. We browsed to gift shops for a while and Gavin couldn’t resist some Jelly beans ($7.94) then we checked on for our adr at 19.45.

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    We were given a pager and told it would be around 20.20 when our table would be ready so we went to Outer Rim for a drink but just as we were about to order our pager went off. Assuming it was an error I left Gavin and went to check but it wasn’t an error our table was ready about 45 seconds after we were told 35 mins.

    Budweiser Lite X4 - $20.00
    Honey Wings - $7.99
    Onion Rings - $4.99
    NY Strip - $22.99
    Filet - $26.99
    Cheesecake - $5.49
    Key Lime Tart - $4.99
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    Total - $99.52 plus tip

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    This was a very nice meal but I am unsure whether it justifies it’s $100 price tag, The meal we had at Raglan Road was about the same price with much nicer food, But we both left happy and full.

    Very bad timing here as we were back on the Monorail just as Wishes ended, We got to see the finale from a distance which was nice but it also meant everyone was leaving the park and getting on the bus.

    It wasn’t too bad. We sat down on a bench near our stop and waited for the crowds to disperse, this took around 30 mins but ensured we had a seat on the bus. We arrived home at 22.20.

    Gavin uploaded some more of our photo’s onto the laptop and after updating my notes I packed us an overnight bag as tomorrow we are spending the day & night at the Hard Rock Hotel. Oh yes, were getting married aswell.

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    Part 10 Day 7 Thursday 05th October

    Woken up the alarm at 07.30 we dressed quickly and were out by 07.55.

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    With one wrong turn, I hadn’t thought to take directions as we had already been there, we were at the Courthouse at 08.50. There was another couple in front of us and one already been married so after checking in and paying $30.00 we had to wait around 25 mins.

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    At 09.30 it was time for us and at 09.37 we were done! Gavin said that for a split second before I said ‘I will’ he wondered if I was having second thoughts as I hesitated. I was about to marry my best friend, why would I have second thoughts?, In reality I was quietly clearing my throat so the words came out nice and clear!

    The clerk took a couple of photo’s during and after the ceremony but the ones during didn’t come out too good.

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    Onto the Hard Rock Hotel now. When we got there at 10.30 our room was ready which was a big bonus but the key card printing system was down so a Bellperson took us up and let us in. The room was fantastic but at $405.00 for the night it should have been! It was a King Size deluxe room (newly refurbed) but for anyone wondering the King Size bed at Pop was bigger.

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    The mini-bar was well stocked and at first glance appeared not too expensive, Gavin even had two bottles of water during the night. But when you read the small print, you had to pay tax (we were expecting that) and an 18% service charge for getting the stuff out of the fridge yourself! I complained about that in my email response too their questionnaire.

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    About 30 mins later we had a call to say the Key system was working and we could collect ours anytime. We went down to collect it straight away then relaxed by the pool with a drink and had some lunch.

    Cokes X2 - $4.52
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    Chicken Strips & Fries - $12.95
    Pizza - $11.95
    Fries - $4.95
    Tax - $3.33
    Auto 18% Service - $7.81
    Total - $54.51

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    Around 14.00 we headed back up for a rest. Played around on the internet for a while then emailed our parents to tell them we were married (it wasn’t a surprise for them, they knew we were getting married today!) and listened to the Chris Moyles Show on listen again. During our rest I headed downstairs and picked us up a Starbucks each and myself a Hard Rock Hotel T-Shirt (lost receipts).
     
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    For tea we headed out at 19.00 to the Hard Rock Café via the water taxi’s and were seated immediately.

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    Chicken Strips - $9.00
    Chicken and Mac ‘n’ Cheese - $15.00
    Chicken Fajitas - $15.00
    Cokes X2 - $5.38
    Apple Cobbler - $6.00
    Tax - $3.67

    Total - $60.05 plus tip.

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    They brought Gavin out the wrong starter but he got to keep the Onion Rings for free so he was happy.

    Stuffed we strolled back to the water taxi’s via the Universal shop were Gavin bought his second souvenir a Universal Studio’s Florida T-Shirt and I got a bright red Thing 1 T-Shirt $42.50.

    Water Taxi came straight away and we were back in our King Size Deluxe, Very expensive room by 22.00.

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    Part 11 Day 8 Friday 06th October

    Alarm was set for 10.00, no rush to get up as we had Front of the Line access today.

    Express checked out of the Hard Rock Hotel , left our overnight bags at luggage storage then onto the Kitchen for Breakfast. At $33.97 for two this isn’t the cheapest buffet in town but it was very nice.

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    Travelled to Universal Studio’s via the Water Taxi again. It is a nice way to get around but not the quickest.

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    Through the turnstiles at 11.40 and flashed our Front of the Line cards to get into Shrek 4-D. We just missed been let into this showing so had to wait 10 mins but better than the 30 mins advertised.

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    Onto Men in Black now. We hadn’t done this before as last year when we returned for our Universal Express time of 19.00 it had shut! We bought the photo on this one ($23.38 inc frame) and unlike Buzz Lightyear this photo has your score on it, I now have proof that I am better than Gavin!! The two teenage lads in our car wiped the floor with all of us but Gavin wasn’t all bad, he beat the really old guy.

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    ET was another first for us but we certainly weren’t missing much. Gavin believes the reason ET doesn’t say anyone’s name right is because the people inputting your name don’t put them in right, for Gavin he pressed exactly two keys on his keyboard before scanning the passport.

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    After a brief stop for a rest and a Sprite (large $3.19) we went to Terminater2-3D, The next show was at 14.00 which was half an hour away so we amused ourselves in the gift shops. Terminator2-3D is a brilliant show, see it!

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    We had another pit stop at Starbucks but Gavin’s Muffin was stale and he didn’t like his Frappuccino as it was coffee based not cream based as the Caramel ones over here are so he went and got a slice of pizza and a coke (no receipt)

    Strawberry Frappuccino - $4.25
    Caramel Frappuccino - $4.25
    Lemon Pound Cake - $1.95
    Blueberry Muffin - $2.25
    Tax - $0.83

    Total - $13.53

    Jaws would be our last ride of the day, flashed our passes for the last time to jump ahead of a 30 min queue. Only Shrek and Jaws had longish queues, everywhere else was 5-10 mins.

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    This is definitely better after the refurb. Universal done we headed back to the Hard Rock Hotel to collect our bags and car via the Garden walkway.

    We enjoyed our stay here but even a standard room is pricey. I wouldn’t have done it if it weren’t special occasion. Even the lure of Front f the Line access doesn’t appeal. Even though we skipped lines at the rides at midday the park was busy and very hot. We would have usually been done and gone by now. Also as we had been using Fastpass with some skill at Disney Front of the Line access felt normal not ‘I’ve paid a flaming fortune for this key and I will enjoy using it’

    Two observations about Universal Studios. It is looking very old and tired. Despite refurbed rides and a state of the art coaster it looks grubby. Also wherever we turned there we reps trying to sell us a timeshare. At Disney the DVC programme is advertised heavily and the booths/reps noticeable but they wait for you to approach them. At Universal we were pestered many times to ’just have a chat with us‘, at one stage we ’u’ turned and went to our destination an alternative way to avoid them. This sort of thing is guest harassment. Since returned home I have thought strongly about not returning to Universal for some time because of these issues, primarily the timeshare one. Islands of Adventure is not included in these comments.

    Back at Pop at 16.30 and Gavin refilled our mugs (yeah! Free drinks again) while I unpacked our overnight bags.

    Gavin went online and emailed some of the pictures the clerk had taken yesterday when we got married to our parents.

    We had tea at Chilis on International Drive again tonight.

    Shanghai Wings X2 - $13.98
    Chicken Fajitas X2 - $21.29
    Coke - $2.09
    Tea - $2.09
    Tax - $2.57

    Total $42.02 plus tip

    The Shanghai wings are gorgeous but you get too many for a starter and I would have felt ill if I had eaten them all as they are a bit sweet. The a/c in here is ridiculous, always on -10. I wish I had taken a jumper with me!

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    absolutly fantastic lovved your reports its taken me ages to plough through it but wow what good trippee :)
     
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    Part 12 Day 9 Saturday 07th October

    Up with the sun again at 07.30. After another yummy breakfast at Pop we headed out to Epcot.

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    Cinnamon Roll - $2.59
    Sausage & Egg Croissant - $5.79
    Side of Breakfast Potatoes - $1.99
    Milk - $1.29
    Tax - $0.94

    Total - $15.39

    We were at Epcot for rope drop, another disappointment as all that happens here is the cm’s count from 10 to 1 then remove the rope.

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    Went straight to Soarin’ for a Fastpass along with 97% of the early risers. Seriously had you not wanted to go to Soarin’ you would do yourself an injury going against the crowd.

    Fastpasses obtained for 09.45 we went to Test Track and walked on twice.

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    Before we used our Fastpasses for Soarin’ we got another for 10.40 which by the time we had ridden the first time was only half an hour away so we had a snack at Sunshine Seasons while waiting.

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    Blueberry Muffin - $1.79
    Strawberry Shortcake - $3.49
    Milk X2 - $2.58
    Hot Chocolate - $1.89
    Tax - $0.64

    Total - $10.39

    On the way to our second Fastpass ride we got another one. This time with a return of 13.15.

    During the couple of hours between Soarin’ rides we toured the World Showcase stopping to watch O’Canada (18 mins I will never get back)

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    and buying a certificate from the UK with our surname details on $28.76 unframed.

    When we got to Mexico I got a Fiesta Margarita. The Mango one I had at Pop was delicious but this one wasn’t. I binned it and Gavin was appalled I could throw away $8.26 worth of alcohol! Part of the reason I didn’t like it is because it melted straight away and as the cup had been overfilled I felt forced into drinking it quickly so it didn’t drip all over me. It was easier to bin than make a mess of my clothes and myself sick.

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    Had lunch at the Electric Umbrella at 13.00

    Chicken Strip & Fries - $6.69
    Double Cheeseburger & Fries - $6.89
    Coke - $2.09
    Water - $2.00
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    Total - $18.69

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    After lunch we had our third ride on Soarin’ which, as I am sure you can tell is our favourite attraction.

    After riding I bought a Soarin’ pin from a cart at the bottom of the escalators $9.53 and convinced Gavin to get a T-Shirt which was sky blue with the logo on the front $21.25.

    Before heading out we had a couple more Photopass pictures done then we did a loop on the monorail before driving home.

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    After grabbing a refill we were updating notes and browsing the internet at 15.30. Gavin spent most of the afternoon sleeping while I filled up a suitcase with laundry and souvenirs to save time later.

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    At 17.30 we ventured out to Downtown Disney . We wanted to see Employee of the Month and picked up tickets for the 22.05 showing $9.55 each.

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    We spent a while browsing the shops. I bought another Mickey T-Shirt in World of Disney along with a couple of other things but I cant decipher the receipt, I would guess one of the items is a photo frame. The total for World of Disney was $64.86. We got six more cd’s from Virgin Megastore they were mostly on sale $88.36 for them all. We popped into Disney Tails and bought a couple of cat toys for Fred and Mary $12.78 and also a few magnets from Magnetron for my Mum and Gavin found one for his Mum ‘They haven’t left the nest until they move their stuff out of the Garage’ We, and Gavin’s Sister store tons of stuff in his parents Garage. They have two! $13.83 for all the magnets.

    We were going to eat at the Rainforest Café but they had a two hour waiting list so we went back to Raglan Road and waited around five minutes for a table inside. We both ate exactly the same but skipped dessert.

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    Bangers & Mash - $16.95
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    Total - $62.25 plus tip.

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    We enjoyed our meal as much as last time but we realised we had chosen the same again as there wasn’t really anything else on the menu that we liked. Nothing else really appealed.

    We whiled away the final hour before our film sitting across from Saratoga Springs watching the lake and enjoying the view. Once our dinner had settled we got an ice-cream( Gavin misplaced the receipt, I really shouldn’t let him have them). I got Mint Choc Chip which was yummy but Gavin didn’t like his Vanilla so we swooped halfway through. I became unpopular when I dropped the camera while eating my ice-cream but after a quick inspection it was working fine with a minor scratch.



    We went into the theatre about 20 mins before the film started and got a drink together before sitting down, didn’t want Gavin going missing again. Employee of the Month was very funny, apparently it has been getting bad reviews so obviously my sense of humour isn’t very sophisticated.

    Home at 00.10 and straight to bed.

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