DAY 23 & SUMMARY
WEDS 19th JAN 2000
What can I
write about today? We are going home.
Up at 8:15, shower and pack. By some amazing miracle we
manage to get everything inside the suitcases, although
we do need the assistance of Tammy to sit on them while I
do them up. Hand luggage is also bulging at the seams.
Our Tiffany Towncar driver, Darcy, is 10 minutes early.
Tammy and I are in the shop. Incredible, we have been
here 3 weeks and there is still last minute shopping
The drive to the airport is swift and smooth. I can
thoroughly recommend Tiffany Towncar, they have been on
time courteous and friendly throughout.
As we pull away from Dixie Landings Grandma looks at me
and says 'I've made a wish. I hope that I will be able to
come back again just once more.'
I think perhaps we will manage that, don't you?
The flight home is fine, if long, as we have to go via
On arrival in Gatwick we leave Grandma and the girls with
the luggage while Tammy and I get a taxi to her
Godmother's house to pick up the car.
It is hard not to draw comparisons between our two recent
taxi rides. Darcy was pleasant and talkative whereas this
driver remains silent apart from the occasional moan
about the 'bloody traffic'. As we drive straight past the
road to Tammy's Godmother's I tell the driver he has
missed the turning. 'Oh, I thought you were going to tell
me where it was.' he says, not having once told us that
he did not know the way. Tammy and I look at each other
and shake our heads sadly. We're home.
OK. A few random thoughts on our holiday.
Wonderful. We were just so lucky. We had no rain to speak
of and only two cool days in the entire three weeks. If
you could guarantee this weather every year I'm sure it
would become much busier. The sun shone, the sky was blue
most of the time and it was perfect for park touring.
As soon as the New Year celebrations were over the crowds
disappeared. The last weekend of our holiday there were
more people as it was Martin Luther King Day but , apart
from that, the queues were minimal. It is lovely
strolling around uncrowded parks and being able to walk
on to whatever you choose.
New Year's Eve:
I couldn't begin to explain what a good day and night we
had. Everything just seemed so right. Yes, it was packed
but that just added to the atmosphere and the sense of
fun and enjoyment. I don't think that I will ever forget
the fireworks and the entertainment.
I would definitely like to return at this time of the
year to enjoy it all over again.
I know that I have already mentioned this but, with all
the bad things that you read about the buses, I feel it
needs saying again. I experienced no deterioration in the
quality of the service. Sure, if you expect to stroll up
to a bus stop and clamber aboard immediately, you are
going to be disappointed. You are on vacation, settle
back, relax, enjoy the scenery, a bus is on its way. Let
Disney take the strain.
As you may have gathered while reading the trip report,
there were one or two people that really got on my t.....
er .. I mean, annoyed me intensely on this holiday. I
don't think there was any one group or nationality that
stood out. Ignorant people are ignorant people wherever
they are from and I am an Equal Opportunities Moaner.
It is easy to get carried away complaining as we tend to
remember the 1% of people who annoy us rather than the
99% who were wonderful. I will try to forget the lousy,
no good, scum of the earth, flea ridden, pestilent
excuses for human beings that have no right to roam upon
this fair planet, I have their names and will be starting
a vicious campaign to ........
Oops! Like I said I will try to forget the rude people
and remember the many kind and generous individuals we
met, especially some of the fantastic CM's.
It is a little unfair to compare the All Star Movies to
Dixie Landings. The old adage about getting what you pay
for holds true here. The All Stars are perfectly fine, I
have stayed there 3 times, you just get a little more
luxury at the moderates.
Dixie Landings is relaxing and pretty. Sprawling it may
be, but very well designed. I would be hard pushed to
choose between here and Port Orleans, I think Dixie might
just come out on top.
As usual we had some very good meals. Tammy and I both
agree that we enjoyed the California Grill the most. I
found it to be a pleasant mix of sophistication,
relaxation and excellent food. And the views!
A close second would be the Yachtsman's Steakhouse.
Smaller and more intimate, this is probably a better
choice for a couple out for a romantic evening.
Obviously these were also the two most expensive meals
that we had. For slightly cheaper but pleasant food we
all enjoyed 'Ohana and Le Cellier. Fun food is also to be
had at Beaches and Cream.
I just asked Tammy what she enjoyed eating on holiday and
she said 'everything'. Well thank you for that well
thought out critical appraisal of our dining experiences
We all agree on Islands of Adventure. This is not because
we think that it is better than any Disney park but
purely because it was completely new to us. There is a
certain thrill to enjoying a new attraction for the first
time and a whole park full of new attractions is
A close second would be Epcot.
Again unanimously, Spiderman. (Except for Georgia who did
not ride it). Fun, thrilling and totally original.
Georgia's favourite was Big Thunder Mountain.
While Spidey was our favourite ride, the best overall
experience of the holiday was Reflections of Earth. I
really hope that this lasts beyond the Millennium
Celebrations. This could run for the next 5 years and I
would be happy.
Not that I like to recall the whole unpleasant
experience. We did seem to get a bit extravagant on this
holiday. Jeans, CD's, trainers, shirts, watches, clothes
for the girls, books, posters, pens and Meg. All right, I
admit I did not bring back Meg but that was not for the
want of trying.
General holiday thoughts:
What can I say? A fantastic holiday. Was 3 weeks too
long? NO WAY! We still did not do everything, although we
did do all of the things on our 'must do' list.
Highlights? Too numerous to mention, just a great time
Finally I would like to thank everyone who has taken the
time to e-mail or post comments about my trip report. I
know I have not been able to respond to all of you
individually but I appreciate it very much.
Tammy will now have me all to herself again in the
evenings, a mixed blessing if ever there was one.
Now, I know I said 'finally' but I was just messing
about. The very best news of all (for me at least) is yet
to come. You remember that Disney Vacation Club
presentation we went on? Well, we got back home,
discussed it at length, I locked Tammy in the cupboard
under the stairs for a week and a half until she agreed
to sign and ...... WE'RE MEMBERS!!!!!
* loud celebration music * * Kevin does a jig of joy *
I still can't quite believe it. We have smashed the piggy
bank, sold a child, searched down the back of the sofa
and spent every last penny we have in the world.
Tammy is still saying things like 'This doesn't mean
we're going to WDW every other year' but she can't
We are looking upon it as a long term investment,
hopefully we will be able to enjoy the Florida sunshine
for many years to come as well as being able to swap out
to some of the finest resorts around the world.
Subject to being able to book it all, a tentative plan is
in place for the end of October. We are hoping to fly
into Orlando, spend a few days at the Boardwalk Villas
(our home resort) and then a week or so at Disney's Vero
Beach Resort. It will be a sort of Non-Disney Disney
holiday and I will, of course, keep you all informed of
Well this really is the end this time. Thanks for reading
all my ramblings, I hope you managed to enjoy at least a
small part of it all.
Until we meet again.
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