Daimee Does Disney!
Day OneIN WHICH DAIMEE FLY TO ORLANDO
(TL;DR - we got on the plane and it took off and landed and then we got some food)
At T-minus-1 I was struggling to finish all of my work and get out of that mind set. After struggling to load money onto the Thomas Cook Cash Passport for the past couple of days, I was freaking the hell out. The only way I could get money onto this POS was to get to the nearest Thomas Cook shop and pay over the counter.
- Hi, I don't drive.
- Hi, nearest shop was 7 miles away.
Best case scenario was leave work on time (rare) OR convince a friend at work to drive me aaaall the way to the Bay at lunch to get me my dollars. Oh, and a Subway :)
So my lovely friend gave me a lift and I bought her lunch and we made it back with time to spare!
And then, very lucky for me, I managed to leave on time and get back to the Bay to load another £250 on just in case!
Followed by a haircut by my favourite hairdresser and talking Disney tips with my other favourite hairdresser, and last minute shopping in Matalan!
The real Day One:
Quick spurt of last minute packing - "is Vaseline a liquid?" "Make sure you put scissors in the case not your hand luggage this time!" "Plugs?!" followed by goodbyes to the old girl Gwyn (cat).
Then we were in the car making our way to the airport!
Straight in, bags checked (no queue!) and through to security where we got stuck behind all the people that had just checked in their cases.
Took about 25 minutes to get through. Both our bags got checked - mine for the Vaseline and Dami's for a swab because he looks like an addict!
That absolutely made my day.
Through security and only two hours to have a look through the terminal. We browsed some books and magazines. My foundation ran out a couple of days earlier so I bought some new foundation and primer ready for the trip. We had a Burger King as there are none within 30 miles of where we live and it's sort of a travelling tradition at this point. Wherever we go, we get a BK.
At this point it was nearly time for boarding nearly an hour earlier than I expected so we hurried to the gate. Loads of people were in a queue but more were sat down so we just got in the queue - we were going to be sat down for 9 hours, not a massive deal to stand for 20 minutes.
It turned out it was for priority boarding but they opened it up to everyone just as we reached the front of the queue.
I think we must have taken off early in the end. The flight was great. I love flying anyway but Damien has never been on a long haul flight so he didn't really know how he was going to take it. We were both exhausted and I thought we were going to sleep but we only had about a 45 minute nap.
We're both not massively tolerant of screaming children (I don't think anyone is truthfully) and luckily we only got a couple of screamers at the beginning from the air pressure. There was the cutest family ever sat next to us. I think the little girl must have been about three/four but she was SO well behaved. No fuss the whole journey. She just put her massive pink headphones on and watched a film. So chill.
Watched a couple of films on the upgraded entertainment. Can't really say much more, just a really relaxed flight.
Landed in Orlando early, but there were two other flights arriving at the same time so we waited about an hour to go through the immigration part. Lucky for us, we won't have to wait so long next time. Both our photo's and fingerprints got taken for the self service machines which was exciting.
Then our bags were directly in front of us on the carousel so we were straight on the monorail over to the main terminal and getting on our transfer.
25 minutes later we were in the hotel room crashing out. We decided to go and get some food around 7:30pm local time after hitting the Walgreen's for some snacks and drinks. I was absolutely exhausted at this point. We were originally planning on hitting the outlets (dependent on sleeping on the plane) and I'm so glad we didn't.
I put on my new jeans from Matalan and took a selfie with my greasy, greasy hair. Ready to go!
We grabbed a fry-up at IHOP which was an I-FLOP. Pancakes were alright but we didn't feel the urge to go back at all during our stay. It was just like a Little Chef rather than the mind blowing experience I had as a kid. It's possible that the flight was still affecting my sinuses but who knows.
And then, we slept. Oh, how we slept. 21 hour day on around 5 hours sleep - I slept like a log!
And now, the boring bit is over because we are finally headed to Disney!
IN WHICH DAIMEE VISIT MAGIC KINGDOM & EPCOT
Wake up at.. 5am! Because it's really 10:30am at home and I can no longer lie in apparently!
Try to go back to sleep but I'm too excited and now Damien is awake.
So, we wait until breakfast starts and go and get some free food. There is literally no one there so we help ourselves to toast and waffles and pancakes and juice and tea (because that is Dami's favourite morning drink). I loved the orange/guava/mango juice
We had a stroll around the hotel which looked alright. Perfect for us because it was cheap-ish. I think we paid £1800 for the hotel and flights which is not that bad. Unfortunately we had to pay a resort fee on top to cover the transfers, wi-fi and not a whole lot else I don't think.
Hindsight is 20/20 so I would definitely book a different hotel next time, and probably wait a bit longer to book the holiday as the price was down to £1400 two months after we booked.
Oh no, I'm back to boring stuff - hang on.
TA - DA!!
And then, delirious but happy, we collapsed into bed ready to hit day three with as much enthusiasm as we had on this day.
IN WHICH DAIMEE GO TO HOGWARTS
Thank you for reading this, I loved reliving this holiday as I miss Orlando every day.
Only 97 weeks until we go back!
I'd love to hear your thoughts - if you've been/if you want to go/if you just want to talk Disney I'm your girl! Leave me a comment below - maybe a link to your Disney holiday posts?
I am devouring everything WDW related since we returned - its all I think about!