Hi liners I am lucky enough to be in the world for 2 weeks and my first week has just ended so I thought I'd start my trip report!
A 4am start for DH and I today as we are finally of to WDW after a year of planning! We leave the house 5 minutes ahead of schedule but then stop within 10 minutes to get dissel and coffee! After that we're off and made it to Gatwick in record time 2hours and 39 minutes according to the sat nav! Dropped the car off with meet and great and off to find the BA check in. We had checked in online so only needed to do a bag drop so after 10 minutes we were done and at fast track security, another 5 minutes and we're in departures! Stopped for breakfast so I didn't have a hangry DH, he had the American in honour of the trip! A browse through duty free and then off to the lounge. The BA lounge is closed so we were sharing the No 1 lounge, had a couple of drinks and booked a holiday to Bali for next September then off to the gate! It was chaos here as they were checking your passports before you could enter the gate, by the time we got through half the plane had boarded. But hey ho we got on board, found our seats and had a glass of champagne. This was the first time we had flown BA and I though the food and service were really good, had lunch after take off then I reclined my seat to a bed and slept for 6 hours! I woke up in time for afternoon tea then it was time to land. As we exited the plane I took on board liner wisdom and walked with purpose to immigration, we were in the first ten people to be off the plane but the Virgin plane landed before us so we literally crawled through immigration, it took over an hour. Our cases were there unsurprisingly when we got through!!! Then more queuing to clear through for the monorail to the DME terminal, then another queue at DME, by the time we boarded the bus it had been 1.5 hours. DH and I were both thirsty and a little grumpy by this time and it is the longest line we have encountered so far this holiday! First drop off was CSR then yeah AKL Jambo Lodge!!! DH went to the desk whilst I collected our cases, I arrived in the lobby and looked up at the tree and knew I was home!! TP room request worked great and we got our exact room 4212 (Savannah view but no Savannah price). We dropped our bags off and went and bought refillable mugs and I had 4 drinks, DH had 3 then we went to unpack! We were pretty tired but went for a drink in Victoria Falls lounge, yummy habernero margarita then dinner from Mara, great and huge Cobb salad. Then it was time for bed at it was 9am we had been up 24 hours and were planning on RD the next day at MK.
After a good nights sleep we were up at 630 and in Mara by 7! In the past we have tended to have fruit for breakfast but by mid morning we are peckish again, so decided to have a proper breakfast. I had the Bobitite platter and DH had the bounty platter, both were good and filling and after water and coffee we were at the bus stop by 8. Literally a bus pulled up as we walked to the bus stop so we were off to MK!! I went through bag check and DH was free to walk straight through, he was then randomly selected for an extra security check which is now the joke of the holiday as it is a recurring theme!!! We waited for the welcome show and then we were in 10 minutes early which was great for us but not so great for those who had paid for the extra magic in Fantsayland. This was our first time following a TP due to the CL level. It worked great, but I was worried as it has us doing JC first then PoTC and BTMRR when we normally start in Tomorrowland. By lunchtime we were bang on track but the queue at CHH was out the door and after looking again at the menu DH didn't really like the look of it so we tried Pecos Bill as I had read great liner love for it. Glad we did as both DH and I had the spicy beef salad and it was delicious and really filling. We carried on following our TP but then sadly people over was down. It was 230 and we had planned to leave after FOF which I had never seen but DH's feet were killing him and so we decided to call it a day and head back to AKL. After a rest and a beer st the pool bar we headed to Disney Springs early evening, wow it has changed beyond recognition since we were last here in 2014, I was so disorientated in the dark and it is huge! We found our way around and decided to try D Luxe for Dinner as I had read good things about it and DH loves a burger! After a bit of a queue we ordered and found a seat outside and then our food was brought to us. The burgers are huge and after two bites I ate mine without the bun. DH loved his cheeseburger and said it was one of the best! We had then headed back to the hotel as we were really tired. A great first day, over 20k steps and DH had seriously sore feet. He was very seriously ill two years ago and unfortunately he had a severe drug reaction during his treatment which resulted in him losing his skin held to toe. Luckily his skin has healed but he still struggles at times with his feet as a result.