Hi guys, I think I am recovered enough from jet lag to start my trip report.
It may be long as I do tend to blab a bit, so I will do it in stages.
I woke up at 5am and got eldest daughter aged 19yrs up with me, woke son up aged 14 at 5.45 and the little ones at 6am, Faune 3yrs old did not know we were going and she was so excited when we told her and so surprised, we have lovely footage of her and will try to post it. Taxi picked us up at 6.30am and off to airport, nothing exciting happened, good flight, good films, food pretty awful as usual, not sure why I always get it as I never eat it, I think I am hoping one day to get a nice steak or something, oh well keep dreaming. One small problem, hit some very bad turbulance when coming into land at Sanford and we litterally fell out of the sky twice, it was very scary and the whole plane screamed, twice, within 1 min. but we eventually landed and all was well. My daughter said it was worth than Tower of Terror, so it must of been bad, I have never done Tower of Terror, and defently will not now.
For all those who are interested it was fine taking a 13month old, we had no problems on the plane with her she was very good.
No problems at airport, I did get asked for a letter for two foster daughters at immigration, this is the first time I have ever been asked so very glad I always take one from social services for them.
Walked out into Florida Sun and boy oh boy was it hot, it felt like opening an oven door that never shuts, really really hot and sticky, collected Alamo car, no problems, I dont have a credit card and they took Debit card, despite signs saying otherwise.
Easy drive to hotel and we were thrilled with our suite and the posision of it, we stayed in All Star Music in the Jazz building room 6069, perfect situation. overlooking green trees and a lovely water statue thing. Clean comfortable room.
Unpacked and went to shop,. where we purchased Disney refillable mugs, (bargain or what) only $12.99 each and we must have filled them each about 6 time a day at least, so well worth the money. Went for a swim, wonderful pool, went to Walmart, this was a nightmare to find, so lesson learnt, I will get directions from TA members before going next time.
Bed at about midnight and alarm set for 1st day, Animal Kingdom extra magic hours.
Day 1, up at 4am, Katrina (eldest) up at 3am, thankfully she did not wake me till 4am and the others all woke up by 5am, so showered and dressed and on the disney bus by 7am.
Arrived at AK at 7.30am collected passes, very simple no problems.
We were one of the first in AK and we headed straight for the Safari, after rope drop, which was very cute, the first time we have seen this.
cued for around 15 mins, and saw loads of animals, including lions, so we were very lucky.
By 11am we had completed, safari, Expedition Everest, River rapids twice, Bugs life and walked around the park. Left here by lunch time as we were getting tired due to the heat and jet lag.
Spent the afternoon swimming and we all ended up in bed by 9pm exhausted but very happy after our first day.