well, well. Here we go again. Less than 10 months after our last
visit we are girding our loins (and a fine set of loins I have
too) for another trip to Florida.
Without any more preamble let's get straight in with the who's and where's and why's.
Firstly (and quite rightly so) there's me: Kev. A fertile and quite lovely 42 years of age. In many countries of the world I would be deified. Or is that certified, I'm never quite sure which the doctor said it was.
Now some of you may have read previous trip reports of mine and so will find my constant self praise to be a little boring but this is my trip report and it makes me happy, so you will have to live with it. I can assure you that the truth is much less wholesome and appetising than my happy little fantasy world.
Tammy, my wife of 14 years and not much longer if she doesn't submit to my every request for regular trips to WDW. To be serious for a moment, we are one very lucky couple. These days it seems like nearly everyone we know has either split up or divorced. Perhaps we are the strange ones as I cannot possibly envisage a time when we will not be together. Sloppy I know, but just add 'romantic' to my ever growing list of qualities.
India, 9 until November. Bright, energetic and happy. Most of the time. Historically she is better behaved than her younger sister but recently has taken to sulking more often when she can't get her own way. Here was I hoping that her happy demeanour would rub off on her sister and it turns out the other way round. Sigh, life is just not fair sometimes. Don't worry a week or two in the dungeon with the rats will soon put her right.
You may get the impression that I don't cherish my children but nothing could be further from the truth. I love my little ratbags with the same intensity of feeling that I get from being in WDW and we all know that no man could give more than this.
Georgia, 6 at the moment but will have her 7th birthday while we are in Florida. Georgia's temperament has improved over the last couple of years. I suppose that there is a sort of equalisation process going on with my two children. My main fear is when they are both teenagers and I am going to be stuck in the house with three moaning, whining women. Can I come and live at your house then please?
Georgia really is a pretty little thing except that she has just lost a front tooth and now does a passable impression of Goofy. Not that this worried her in the least, just another opportunity for the tooth fairy to deliver her financial payload. Mercenary little madam.
This will be the first trip that we have planned where we have not had to consider what to do with poor old Duke the dog as he died a couple of weeks before our last holiday. His ashes are buried in the back garden and he is doing an excellent job of fertilising a flower planted in his honour. Ironic really when you consider that he spent half his life attempting to kill all the plants with his never ending water supply.
When I go I have asked Tammy to scatter my ashes over the heaving bosom of a well endowed topless model. Tam does not seem too keen on this for some reason, come to think of it, I don't suppose the topless model would appreciate it much either. Hang on a minute, WDW should be in there somewhere as well.......... got it.... I will have my ashes scattered over the heaving bosom of a well endowed topless model while she is drinking a large beer and watching Reflections of Earth from next to the boat dock in front of Italy. Now if I could just find way to watch while all this happened...........
Right, now the introductions are out of the way, I will get down to the business at hand. Some of you may have been wondering about why this is going to be a semi-Disney trip. Well, maybe a more accurate description would be a semi-WDW trip report. We are going to make use of our newly acquired DVC membership for the first time and so will be splitting our time between WDW and Vero Beach. The plans are roughly as follows:
Thursday 12th October fly into MCO using a Delta flight via Cincinnati. (Thank goodness for spell checker because I never would have spelt that right otherwise). This is obviously not an ideal way to travel with children as it adds a considerable time to your journey, but beggers can't be choosers and all the direct flights were booked by the time our plans were finalised. My strategy is to look disgusted if my children start to play up on the flights and hope that Tam takes all the blame from the other passengers. Failing that I will just lock myself in the loo for 8 hours.
Upon arrival we will travel to the Delta Orlando Resort on International Drive for the night. As we are not landing until 7:00 pm it is not worth using up our DVC points when we will probably crash out as soon as we arrive.
Friday 13th October book into the Boardwalk Villas for 3 nights in a standard view studio. Now this is the part that I am REALLY looking forward to. One of the main reasons that we bought into the DVC is that we would be highly unlikely to pay the fantastic prices to stay anywhere like this for a single trip. I looked on the DVC site the other day and the rate for a room the same as ours would be £230 a night including taxes! Makes me think we got a positive bargain! Pamper me, cosset me, wrap me up and smother me in luxury, I deserve it.
We intend to take the first day slowly and relax around the pools in both the Boardwalk and Yacht and Beach Club. In the evening we are hoping to meet up with Trish and Kev who we met when they organised a RADP meet on New Year's Eve last year. If you think that I am lucky, they have just moved to Florida and so will have access to WDW on a regular basis. The latest thoughts are to meet in Beaches 'n Cream for a burger and huge dessert.
The next day will be spent at Universal and Islands of Adventure as we have one day left of a multi-day passport. The main aim will be to ride Men in Black as it was not open last time we went. Spiderman is also a must do for Georgia as she missed out on this last time.
Our last day at the Boardwalk will be spent in MGM Studios, primarily to ride Rock 'n Roller Coaster and to see Fantasmic!
Monday 16th sees us move on to Disney's Vero Beach Resort, staying in an Inn Room for 7 nights. Now here is where we take a real departure from all of our previous holidays to Orlando as we will not be rushing about the theme parks but setting a much more leisurely pace. Relaxation, good food, swimming, bike riding, walking and sight seeing will be the order of the day. Everything that I have read about this resort has been very positive so I am hoping for a great time.
Georgia will have her 7th birthday while we are here, so I will be interested to see if the CM's will do anything out of the ordinary for her. I do not think that it is fair to expect anything, but it will be nice if it does. George has been asking everyone for money for her birthday so will be looking to do some hefty shopping.
Monday 23rd, back to the Boardwalk Villas in a preferred view room for 4 nights. Tammy fully expects to drop into the Belz mall on our way back from Vero Beach for a spot of retail therapy. I am hoping for an act of God to destroy it before we arrive, but will probably have to grit my teeth like a good husband and spend a few precious vacation hours doing something that I could do any day of the week at home. Bitter? Me? How could you think such a thing?
Two of the last three days will be spent in Epcot for the Food and Wine Festival. this will also give us another opportunity to sample the wonderful Tapestry of Nations and Reflections of Earth. The girls are more excited about this than anything else. To tell the truth so are Tammy and I.
Now the more observant of you may have noticed that only 3 WDW days are included in this itinerary. This may seem a little sad at first glance but the more I visit the more I enjoy just BEING there. We no longer have to rush around and try to do everything, taking our time, relaxing and just soaking up the atmosphere of being in the World are what it's all about for us. I will be interested to see how I feel about Vero Beach as it will undoubtedly have the Disney stamp of quality, but will it have the magic for me? We shall see.
Well, that's about it for now. I can't help but think that I am missing something out. I've got this nagging feeling that something very important has been omitted. Hang about while I get a drink and think about it. That's it! BEER!!!! I'm sure that those of you that have read my trip reports before are well aware of my well earned reputation as a clean living, fine, upstanding young (?) man. However, purely in the interests of you, my friend, I will endeavour to sample the beer products throughout the World and beyond, with no feeling for my personal well being or ability to walk in a straight line. My report will be full (as will be my stomach) and as complete as I can possibly make it. What a saint I am.
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