Sunday, 20 September 2009

Our 2007 Vacation.

Our 2007 Vacation to Disney World was our very First Vacation, we had never been away from home before. We really never thought about going on holiday, we were to busy starting our family and setting up home to think about going on holiday.

We were very nervous in the whole travelling thing, taking 3 young children to the other side of the world really scared us! We booked 1 night in All Star Music, and 15 nights in All Star Movies. I don't know why we booked in at two resorts but thats what we did. We were under the guidance of Gemma's sister who goes to Disney about twice a year but that was our biggest mistake! I won't go into the bad advice she gave too much but lets say what she told us wasn't always accurate!

We left the UK on the 21st September but travelled up to Gatwick Airport the night before catching the last train. We arrived at the airport at 1am and had to wait around until 11am when we were due to take off. It was a long night but the kids were great and when we look back it just added to the whole experience and did it the same way the following year.

Gemma had flown before so it doesn't bother her and the kids love it, I just hate it! However the journey is easier on the way to Florida as we are going to the 'Happiest place on Earth' so it makes it all worth while.

When we Landed and got off the plane the heat just hits you and we were stupidly wearing Jeans which didn't help. So with not having any sleep for the past 30 plus hours and sweating our Butts off we try to find our way out of the Airport. We find ourselves having to follow the crowds as the info we were given before we left was wrong! No one mentioned we had to get on the Monorail like train that takes you to the main airport so we were panicking but it turned out ok and we managed to get to the Magical Express to take us to the Resort.
We arrived at All Star Music and checked in. We were so tired we really can't remember alot about the checkin. We went to the Food Court and got some dinner and then crashed out!

We slept for about 12 hours, nothing would of woke us, we were out for the count!

The next day we checked out of All Star Music and then walked across the street to All Star Movies. We stayed at the LoveBug building top floor. The kids thought it was great because Herbie was right outside our room and in front of him was a water fountain thing. They loved this and got wet everytime we walked past it. We found ASMovies to be great. The kids loved the pool and the Food court. Our room was great to. It faced Herbie and when you woke up in the morning you could see everyone going to get there breakfast and all the Cast members going about there jobs.

(Picture on the Left shows our room, top floor by the heart)
On our first full day at WDW we were off to The Magic Kingdom.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Riverside Accommodation — Alligator Bayou
Alligator Bayou (“cajun country”) resembles the small cottages or villages found in the rural bayou regions of Southern Louisiana, featuring rustic, weathered-wood buildings (or Lodges) with quaint tin or tiled roofs landscaped with pines and iris. The double beds located in each room were hand-carved from hickory by a North Carolina woodworker hired by Disney specifically for the resort project.
Sixteen two-story Lodges, each containing 64 rooms, provide a total of 1,024 rooms in this section of the resort. Due to their smaller size, there are no elevators in any of the Alligator Bayou Lodges so if you experience any difficulties with stairs you should request a room on the ground floor.

If you look closely, there are three styles of architecture in the Alligator Bayou Lodges. Apparently, as legend has it, when the settlers first moved out from the town of Port Orleans, their earliest constructions were the four comfortable and opulent mansion buildings. However, the further upstream along the Sassagoula River they got, the harder it became to transport the necessary building supplies and so the constructions became smaller and more rudimentary. That’s why the closest group of buildings to the mansions (Lodges 34-39) have brick-built columns and neatly tiled roofs, while another group (Lodges 14-18) have much plainer wooden columns, and the final section (Lodges 24-28) features plain wood columns and simple sheet-metal roofing.
Oh, and that ’gator infested swampland along the Bayou was so prone to flooding during heavy rains that the ingenious settlers built their lodgings upraised about a foot-and-a-half above ground level, which is why the Alligator Bayou Lodges we see today are still upraised — even though the ’gators have (mostly) gone...

Wednesday, 2 September 2009


Welcome to my Disney Blog. I have started this Blog because the Family and I are Disney Mad and we want to share the build up to our next trip to Disney.
I am going to be posting pictures of our vacations from the past couple of years and will be looking forward to the plans we make for our 2010 trip. We are also hoping for tips on the parks, resorts, dining, photo opportunities, quite spots or anything else that will make this Holiday even more special for us.
This will be our third trip to Disney but is our first trip with just our family.
We have been together for 10 years and until 2007 we had never had a Vacation anywhere, we hadn't even considered one. Now we have been to Florida and to WDW its all we think about and every spare penny we have gets saved for it. We have even sold our car so we can save that much quicker!

As we are new to blogging I am hoping it won't take to long to get the hang of it but only time will tell on that. So please stay tuned so we can share it all with you.
Have a Magical Day


The Countdown is on!!

It is now official, we are all booked up. We are leaving on 7th October 2010 at about 7-30pm. We will be flying out on the 8th. We haven't booked our flights yet but it shouldn't be a problem nearer the time.

We check into All Star Music on the 8th for 4 days of just chilling out around the pool and abit of shopping and maybe a trip to Sea World before we move to Port Orleans Riverside on the 12th. There we are booked in for 21 nights :)
We are also on the DDP so we hard at work researching restaurants and menus which is great fun.
We are also going to be there for Halloween so we will be doing MNSSHP on Halloween night which should be great. We have been there twice when MNSSHP has been on but haven't done it yet. The kids are going to made up as Pirates at Disney's Pirates League. We have already bought there pirate outfits, we are now looking for ours!!
As you can imagine we are all very excited about this trip. We are working hard to make it perfect for the kids. We are researching everything we can think of to fit in as much as possible.
Any help or advice would be great so if you can help please get in touch.
Only 396 days to go!!

Have a Magical Day.


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