Hello everyone I was going to wait until we got back home to write my trip report but as I am such a big kid I can't sleep and im desperately waiting to get Dd (5years) & Dw up ( but at 5 o'clock in the morning im not sure they would appreciate it lol).
My build up to our stay had been pretty smooth as i had visited this forum many times reading brilliant advice & trip reports & asking questions as I went so we were fairly well prepared as we had pre-booked our restaurants & Buffalo Bills show etc.Cant thank everyone enough for there advice.
It was all going brilliantly until Saturday morning when my Dd came down with a bug from school! Oh no major panic of sicky child before going on holiday, luckily she is a little trooper & managed to keep happy & bright & fingers crossed now seems ok if a little tired. SO on with my report.
Started off very early at 5 in the morning i set my alarm with some lovely Hakuna Mata music (or so i thought my Dw is not a morning person & didn't really appreciate Pumbas tones that early in the morning lol). Our next mission was to wake Dw who still had no idea we were going!! We crept slowly into her room and gently woke her & presented her with a surprise letter from Mickey (one that we had made off of the computer), as soon as she saw the Disney logo she had the biggest smile her eyes nearly popped out of her head! With massive hugs it was time to get going.
We made it to our local train station with a good 20minutes to spare with thanks my mother in law. So we decided to grab a cup of coffee and wait for our 10 past six train to Kings Cross, one slight problem as at five past six my Dw wanted to go to the loo before we got on, which by accident meant we missed our train! Luckily there was a lovely conductor who saw our panic & re arranged our journey (also i had left over an hour & half to get checked in at the Eurostar just in case)and after a swap of trains & lots of micky taking between myself & Dw as i had managed to not pack my Dd her activity bag my Dw had lovingly made we were at Kings Cross.
For anyone travelling from Kings Cross & are a bit panicked by the mass of London commuters suddenly everywhere we found it easiest to head to the far right barriers/ticket turnstile as soon as you get off the train as that's where the conductors are, & double turnstiles too. Then keep right & first exit right to St Pancras international across the road just mind the mad taxi drivers!!
With plenty of time to spare we had an easy check in through customs found a nice seat & waited for our train to be called. I must say how easy St Pancras was to get through with plenty of staff if you need help. Ten oclock came and it was time to board with a increasingly excited Dd again nice and easy with staff pointing the way to our carriage. Bags stowed we sat at our table which was lovely to have as it gave plenty of room for us and would recommend anyone with children to get a table section if you can.
After an hour or so a very nice Disney CM came to find us to sort our hotel forms,park tickets & express pick up.This was a brilliant idea as last time we came everything was done at Disney Express counter which was a bit of a mad panic free for all, i believe we had this option as we booked straight Disney and its worth doing if your like me & my Dw rather over organised & like everything in place so we know what's happening. The trip went so fast and it seemed only minutes went by when the conductor announced "in just a few minutes the Disney magic will begin" again my Dd face lit up. The conductor announced " if you look to your right you can now see the castle" my dds face was glued to the window pointing! Very sweet,the conductor then announced " oh and there's the space ship thing, not really sure what is though!" was very funny.
A jump off the train straight up the stairs to the top floor for the express service where i bags were have to admit grabbed off us and semi thrown into the Sequoia lodge luggage rack but it was quick lol. Then back down the stairs to the village (we did notice the village sign is now down not sure if that is a new redesigned one going back or not). Anyway my dd was off like a shot skipping & dancing was lovely to see after a poorly weekend. Our main plan for the day was a relaxed wander around the main park see a few shops in main st & pop back to hotel for luggage pick up. We had a look around main Street & wandered to the castle my Dd skipping all the way where we saw Goofey signing autograph's outside the castle, we popped in a few shops grabbed a autograph book and started to wander back to the hotel where we saw Minnie in main street! We were very surprised that characters were out as last time we came there so few out & about.
Back at the Sequoia lodge hotel we had an easy check in & managed to grab the earliest breakfasts we could all around 7/7.30 as we knew how busy it could get. We had phoned the week before our trip to upgrade to Golden forest room but they were all sold out so would highly recommend doing that as early as possible. A quick nip to baggage pick up then concierge to confirm our restaurant bookings which took a few minutes as the lady who i booked with got my name horribly wrong but the brilliant Cm on the desk found them and printed receipt to hand to the restaurant staff very usefull indeed!
A quick pop to our room to freshen up and back to the park for our tea slot at Plaza Gardens which again was lovely due to the help full Cms, the food selection was great with plenty of variety for all including pastas, salads, cold meats etc shouldn't be a problem feeding anyone off the buffett there.
After tea our dd was starting to flag so we called an early night to get some sleep ready for day Two!!