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North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World November 14th 2016

We had a long travel day. We left Des Moines at 9:30am and drove to Kansas City. It's about a 3 hour drive. We took a shuttle from the economy lot and flew to Charlotte. We ran across two terminals and caught our next flight to Orlando. There, we got to take a little train to the transportation area of the airport, where we caught the Disney's Magical Express shuttle to our All-Star Movies resort for the night. We got to our resort around 11pm EST. Thanks to Disney World's amazing system, we didn't have to stand in the check-in line (which was long even at 11pm...). We'd gotten a text with our room number, so we walked straight there. Our Magic Bands, which they'd shipped to us, were linked to our room. So, we used ... read more
Entering Andy's Room
Sheriff Woody
The Fantasia Pool

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World July 10th 2016

So this is one of those planned down days where we could go to different places instead of the big parks. We were looking for some relief from the heat and chose a water park. Floating down the rapids was cooling especially getting out of the water. The wave pools however were so hot it was like swimming in soup. No relief at all. The next place we wanted to go to was the everglades. Not a swamp but an extremely large slow moving river. Nope. No escape from the heat here either. We were told that since the water levels were mismanaged in the spring there were very few areas for the gators to get up on the banks to sun themselves. Only saw the 1 gator.... read more
Dolphin dislplay

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World July 8th 2016

Well this certainly going to be an endurance test. Up fairly early and into the oppressive heat. Even the news stations down here and reporting that it's abnormally hot (and humid). That is not going to stop us. Into the Universal Studios today and tomorrow is the Islands of Adventure. Express Pass works like a charm! We met some interesting minions, Shaggy & Scooby, terminator, beetlejuice, optimus, megatron, agent J and was entertained with Fear Factor live. All the time moving from concession to concession trying to keep hydrated. Dinner at Bubba Gumps (we did quite well at the trivia from the server). Day 2 coming up!... read more
Shaggy won't stop talking...

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World July 7th 2016

We flew out late yesterday after being delayed for 45 minutes sitting at the gate. A nice flight except for an under the weather Elijah. A little pale and an upset stomach. The Customs agent was slightly concerned and sent him and Elke to the secondary inspection room. We all had visions of being turned around and sent home. Turns out, the agent didn't want him to pass out and create a lot of paperwork (my words not his). A few warnings of turbulence and into the humidity we go! Collected the rental car and crashed at 2:30 in the morning. Sleep in day! Sort of ... free breakfast ended at 9:00 so we had to get up at 5 to 9:00 to make it. OK so where are we?? Drove around to figure out where ... read more
A gaggle of gators
Even the buzzards are trying to get away from the heat
Gator Wrassler Abby

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World May 14th 2016

Our adventure at Animal Kingdom and a semi-private 3-hour tour, Wild Africa Trek. Best day ever! I was the first one in the park! Mark wrangled another set of tickets to Disney World, and I knew exactly what to plan for our day. I have always wanted to go on the Wild Africa Trek, a 3-hour tour for a group of 12 guests through the back pathways of the savanna. Knowing the afternoon would be too warm, Mark and I signed up for the earliest tour. We checked in with our guides in front of the turnstiles at 7:30 am; there were already 100 guests waiting in line for early magic hours. Once half the group was present, we were escorted into the park, and I was the first one in! Gearing up The tour meeting ... read more
Wild Africa Trek
Wild Africa Trek
Wild Africa Trek

Tuesday was spent at Epcot mainly. I was made an honorary cast member as I had scuba assisted snorkel booked. Not knowing that diving would be on offer, I hadn't brought my dive certificate card. The lady on the phone would not let me book the dive, so I asked the dive team inside the park by the aquarium if I could dive. They told me that I could if they checked my qualifications online. Which they did and I was able to book it at Guest Relations. My friend had the same problem but having been through it once we solved it the same way. Once underwater we were stars. No wonder we were honorary cast members. It was like being on stage. The guests in the park all waved at us and the kids ... read more

On Monday we went to Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. It had a wave pool and water slides and a long lazy river. I went on the slides that weren't too scary. I even bought a bucket and spade ice cream. It's meant for sharing but my friend refused to share stating that beer would not mix with ice cream so I had to throw most of it away. We left around 4pm and I went off to Disney Spring on my own to do some shopping. I was after Jasmine Beckett Griffith T-shirts which I found in the Co-op shop.... read more

I'm sorry I haven't done a blog post the last few days. We have been to Disney Hollywood studios it's full of Star Wars fans (and ordinary Disney fans of course) though I'm not brave enough for the rides. It's a small park so most of the day we are hanging around until our next Fast Pass time. We juggled the times around a bit as I wasn't feeling too great. At one point I had to be wheelchaired to First Aid so I could lie down and get some rest. I was feeling really dizzy and sleepy and nauseous. 30 minutes lying down and a Power Aid drink and I was fit to leave. It was a combination of lack of sleep and the heat. We went back to the hotel to change and had ... read more

Friday we spent the day at Animal Kingdom. We saw the animals in the park and used a fast pass on the ride we wanted to do. The Safari was fun. I'm not into thrill rides so I won't do Everest. Dinner was at a themed diner, 50s drive-in style, where you sit in cars and watch SciFi clips on a movie screen... read more

Saturday was Epcot. We walked around the World Showcase and I spent money in Japan. I bought some cute paper kits and some pocky and a ramune pineapple to drink. I was in my BTSSB dress as I was hoping to meet Alice in England and indeed I did meet her. You get some photo pass pics of her. She called me Alice 2. Then off for some more rides and though I continue to chicken out of thrill rides I surprised myself. I managed a ride called Test Track and not only lived to tell the tale, but loved it. Next, Spaceship Earth and we used our fast pass for the World Showcase fire works. I got a bit tiddlywinks on a Bailey latte. Naughty me!... read more

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