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Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Badlydrawnkel, Jul 26, 2013.

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    Ok so my other half and myself are what you call "theme park geeks" (well more so me..he just puts up with it!). Two years ago he surprised me with a trip to Disneyland Paris!

    So last year his family decide to take us all to Florida.....all expenses paid! So that is His mom, dad, brother, brother's girlfriend, brother's 3year old (our nephew) and me and the other half!

    It feels like a 100 years ago when he first booked it, but now it is just flying by! Some friends of ours are also theme park geeks and they have been five times (every year they say they are going to have a break....but never do!) they have kindly drew us up an itinerary to follow as below.

    17th August -travel up to Manchester and fly!

    6pm ish - arrive in Orlando, grab our hired minivan and get to the villa! Then go shopping for supplies!

    18th August - animal kingdom

    19th - universal/I.O.A

    20th- Blizzard Beach/Epcot

    21st -magic kingdom

    22nd - Aquatica/Seaworld

    23rd -wet n wild/universal/IOA

    24th - Busch gardens

    25th -Hollywood studios

    26th - typhoon Lagoon and free afternoon

    27th -magic kingdom

    28th - universal/IOA

    29th - free (beach/shopping)

    30th -Epcot/magic kingdom

    31st -gator land then fly home!

    We have plans to go to red lobster and Bubba Gump (loveeeee it!). And his brother is proposing to his go over there! (She doesn't know...he's booked into a Disney restaurant ;-) )

    Me and the other half will definitely be returning before we have even gone! But this is very much a family holiday and a holiday of a lifetime!

    Will keep you all posted! Can't wait it use the photopass+!
     
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    Sounds like a blast!
     
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    Wow! Fantastic trip planned. We never spend that much time on a vacation. It must be wonderful to feel that you are not rushed in any park. Let us know how the last minute stuff is going. There is a lot of very wise members here that would be happy to offer any help to any questions you may have. Congratulations and a soon Bon voyage!
     
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    :D Thank you for sharing with us :hug2:

    It sounds like you have a fun packed time ahead of you, you will love every minute, just make sure you make use of the Fastpasses, it will save you lining up for ages to get on a ride.

    Universal have a pass, sorry I can't remember what it is called, but most people I know that have bought them - yes they are free at Disney, but you have to pay for them at Universal :rolleyes2: - say that they aren't worth their money.

    Oh how romantic, a proposal :) which restaurant is he going to and has he told them that it is a special occasion because he is going to propose. It's always worth letting them know if it is something special.

    You will have some brilliant photos from the photopass +
     
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    Yes I'm going to look into the universal pass.

    Victoria and Albert's he has chosen. Yes he has informed them! :)

    Will definitely be using fastpasses as much as possible! Thanks for the lovely comments Wendy :)

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    Wow, they are going to have a wonderful time and V & A, what a really romantic place to propose :yes:
     
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    18 more days!

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    :mental: :mental: :mental:
     
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    When do u go? :)

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    We've got 30 days to go, we leave on the 30th August :D and I am so far behind with my planning it is crazy. We don't plan very much, but I still haven't decided what night to go to MNSSHP :lol:
     
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    Have you been before? How do you plan? Have you made a pretrip report? X

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    Yes, we've been before and I think because of that we tend not to make plans anymore. I haven't got a pre-trip report as I've got hardly anything written down :lol: I will try and get something together though :)
     
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    Make sure you do.....so I can get some tips! ;-)

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    Ok so tomorrow we fly! I am staying at my partner's house with his folks tonight. We are having pizza to get us in the mood for USA! Whilst I am writing this I am sipping my second vodka and diet coke!

    We will leave the house tomorrow morning around 8:30am to pick up my partner'£ brother, his girlfriend and their 3year old son/our nephew. Then we will be off to Manchester Airport!

    We fly at 14:45 and I will try and update where possible!

    Remember the brother is proposing to his girlfriend during this visit.. will keep you all informed!

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    Have a fab time!
     
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    Have a wonderful time :hug2: pop on if you get the chance, we love live trippies :D

    Looking forward to hearing all about the proposal :D

    Two weeks today I'll be following you and I'll have just landed at MCO - tell Minnie I'm on my way :D
     
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    All checked in. Had to have my bag swabbed but thats about it. Just enjoyed breakfast and a glass of prosecco!

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    How exciting!!!! It's always lovely to hear about a newbie's trip! :D And he has picked the perfect place for a proposal with V&A!

    A girl after my own heart...start with a glass of fizz!! :yes:
     
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    Finally getting ready to sleep...what a day!

    After a good flight we were held on the run way for 45minutes due to the ramp not being released due to the weather.

    We then had a very long wait for passport control. I got a very stern officer who was shocked that i was travelling on my own (due to customs declaration one per household). i then said i was travelling with other people but i wasnt related to them which puzzled him more. i then explained it was my boyfriends family to which Dean turned around to see why i was mentioning this. he was very rude to Dean asking him to turn around and mind his inspection. he then continued to ask about my occupation, and other details!

    Then eventually got cases (my new.case very scratched!) and car. got lost on the way because the satnav was in simulation mode.

    So now just about to sleep ready for Animal Kingdom tomorrow!
     
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    Oh no, not a good start but everything will get better from here. Hope you managed to get some sleep.

    Have a great day at Animal Kingdom :)
     

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