Monday 27 August : DisneyQuest and travel home
We had a sleep in and woke up, not unexpectedly given the forecasts, to a very wet and rainy Orlando.
Our original plan was to drop our bags at the Virgin check in at Downtown Disney and then go to DisneyQuest when it opened at 11.30. However, because of the wet weather Virgin DD check-in was not open. DisneyQuest had also opened early at 11.00am because of the wet weather and when we arrived it was very busy.
The Q for the Pirates ride, one of my favourites, was about 60 minutes so we decided to give it a miss. We went on Design your own Rollarcoaster ride, again long Q’s. Our coaster was level 4 out of 5, this made me a bit apprehensive that we may have been over ambitious for so early in the day. However, although it span round 4 times it was not too bad.
Had a few goes on the old space invaders machine, bought back some very happy memories from 30 years ago, when this game was more or less the height of technology.
The girls were trying to get on the Disnay animation tables/class, but it was very busy. Also they seemed to be having problems with the “make your own record recording studio”. At least I assume it was the studio that was broken, rather just my voice that stopped it from playing back!
Went to try and get some lunch on the top floor, but it was just chaotic, so we decided to cut our losses and head over to Earl of Sandwich for Lunch.
Overall it was our least successful visit to DisneyQuest. Unlike most of the Disney parks, they seemed short of staff and did not seem to be coping very well when it was at full capacity.
We left DisneyQuest about 2.00pm by which time fortunately it had stopped raining.
Earl of Sandwich also very busy but we managed to get a table. Sandwiches were good quality.
Had a straight forward drive to airport, dropped car off, did bag drop and security all relatively OK.
In terms of the logistics of the Virgin flight, it was a 747 with the old entertainment system. It seemed more cramped than when we had flown out on the new airbus. It left more or less on time at 7.10pm and arrived in Manchester slightly ahead of schedule at about 8.00am. So overall flight time was just under 8 hours. My food was good, but as is generally the case no one else in the family enjoyed their food.
Now at home, thinking about next year!!
Overall a fantastic holiday.