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WDW 2016 – day 2 – Epcot

Another day of ponchos and rain covers, the rain seemed a little worse today and we even had to buy C replacement shoe’s when her’s got too wet to wear.

We had fastpasses prebooked for Turtle talk with crush, Test track, and the character spot meet and greet, but because of the weather we couldn’t do test track :( Our fastpass was converted to a choice of experiences fastpass that could be used again a few different experiences at EPCOT.

We went into the lands and seas as they are both undercover and indoor experiences which are great for rainy days.
In the Land we went on living wit htthe land which is a boat ride where you learn about how Disney research about growing food.
In the seas there is turtle talk with crush, and interactive show that C loved and the finding nemo ride, there is also various marine life to look at and learn about.

 We did get to meet lots of characters and get C’s scrapbook signed by…

Micky Mouse

Minnie Mouse

Tigger and Winnie the pooh

Jasmine and Aladdin
Chip and Dale

We walked around half of the world showcase and got C’s book stamped in the countries from Canada to America. ( I’ll tell you more about her book in a separate post)
We also picked up a Duffy colour in at the kidicot station in Canada, C loved colouring him in while mum and dad did the O’Canada 360º film.

We ate in the Coral reef restaurant in the seas in the evening, booked in for  and it was lovely!
Both mum and I had cocktails, mine was called Magical star cocktail, it came with a colour change cube. It was mango and passion fruit liqueur, coconut rum and pineapple juice, but I asked for Orange instead as I am allergic to pineapple.

For food I had new York strip steak, cheesy mash and green beans, It was amazing and the steak was cooked perfectly.


For dessert I had the baileys and jack Daniel’s mousse, which contains alcohol, I promise I’m not an alcoholic but when your on holiday and don’t have to drive then its the perfect time to let your hair down a little I think.
Sorry for the picture I forgot to take a picture as I was so quick to start eating it.


After another busy day someone was very tired and was fast asleep within minutes of getting into her buggy. We then went to get the bus back and could hear the 9pm fireworks starting as we boarded the bus to Port Orleans Riverside.

3 days and counting! – WDW 2016

Only 3 more sleeps and we are getting very excited, but still have too much to do!

The house needs a good clean, and although I have piles of clothes ready to go into cases as Tom is in the middle of flooring the loft I haven’t been able to reach the cases to get  them out yet.

It’s Saturday night, C is in bed sleeping, Tom is in his friends ( even though he was ment to be helping me get the cases out!) and my parents are in Wales celebrating my nan’s 80th birthday, I should be doing something productive to get us ready to fly out but I cant seem to get the energy or motivation to do it, I’m blaming two training sessions in 2 days for the lack of energy.
Maybe a cup of coffee will give the the energy to do it.


I have sorted out some more of the scrapbook for our upcoming trip, I’ll take it with us as it doubles as an autograph book.
I’ve decorated the outside,

marked out sections

Washi tape is great for page tabs to mark where sections begin
and added some things to certain pages, princess stickers, world showcase land stickers, etc.


I hope that I manage to finish this scrapbook as I was rubbish at it last time and didn’t complete it. So watch this space!

Have you ever made a scrapbook for a Disney holiday?

2 weeks and counting! – WDW 2016

Well I didn’t manage much of a countdown with everything that happened in 2015 so I can’t believe that its already down to just 2 weeks!

I hoping to do a lot better at documenting our holiday on the blog than I managed last time but since Florida is such a full on holiday we don’t usually have a spare second to do anything other than sleep, shop, go to the parks, eat, have fun, smile, and enjoy our family time.
I will make a conscience effort to try and update as often as possible so that our family at home can see how much C is enjoying herself.

The check lists so far :-

Passports – had these already so just had to get them out the draw
ESTA’s – again already valid from our last trip to the US.
Park Tickets ( Universal and Disney) – Disney were included with the Hotel but got our universal tickets via Attraction tickets direct and they arrived really quickly.
Hire Car– In with the virgin package, but I’m not driving this time.
Consent letter – yes I actually need C’s dad’s permission to take her out of  the country, well US immigrations at least need to see that he has agree’d to it.
Fast passes – Being able to book fast passes for rides 60 days in advance is a god send meaning I have bagged an Anna and Else meet and greet slot for C. Fast passes also mean that we can do the bigger rides that C cant do or those that will have long queues ( not that the queues are that long in January) without too much waiting for the impatient toddler and grandparents ( I’ll see if they read these and if I get away with that lol ;P )
Advanced dining reservations – or ARD’s to those in the know. We have prebooked meals in some of the Disney  restaurants and I cant wait to go to them.

To do

Buy a buggy bag – we have a car seat bag but really we need a buggy bag as well for when it is put into the hold. I’ve been looking at this one on amazon.
Photocopy C’s birth certificate. – again for immigration in the US to prove that I am C’s mother as we have different surnames.
 Cases – We need to get them out of the loft and decide which are best to take.
Sort the house – My best friend is coming to stay here and look after Freddie while we are  on holiday so we need to make sure that the place is habitable for her.
Sort clothes – I still need to decide what to pack ( and buy some new things to take) but C’s clothes have been ready for a while.
My hand luggage – I really need to decide what to take to keep me entertained :p
C’s hand luggage – As well as the usual colouring books and never seen before trinkets to entertain C. I was hoping to take her new Vtech Innotab that I bought for Christmas as in flight entertainment for her.  There is a problem with the learning lodge system (that I discuss in this post) which means that it is still not working and there is no date as to when it will be I’m not sure what I will do to keep her entertained on our 9 hour flight.

Any suggestions for flight entertainment for a nearly 3 year old? 

24 week countdown! – WDW 2016

24 weeks and counting 😀

One of the men from our work is going in just 6 weeks time so we are both enjoying our countdowns ( although I get told not to mention mine as he will have been by then) and discussing Florida at every chance we get.
I have booked my shifts off work, so just waiting for them to be confirmed.
It still seems such a long way off but I know that it will be here before we know it.

I have also been practicing “princess” hairstyles for C when we are away.
At least one day while we are there I am going to make her look like a princess, I would love to book her in to the bibbidi bobbidi boutique to be made into a princess but they have to be above the age of 3 and she will be about 3 weeks shy when we come home :( I personally think that she would be fine and love the experience but I don’t want to risk getting her hopes up just to be turned away on the day as she is “too young”.
So I have decided that I will do it myself, do her hair, put on a little make-up ( eye shadow and lip gloss ) some fairy dust (glitter) and dress her up in a princess dress.

Here is my 1st attempt at a bun in her hair, its still a little short but we have 6 months for it to grow lol