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The Ferrets full trip report (with pictures). Now fully Finished

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I have started a proper trip report here to make it easier for any FB friends to follow along so just hold on tight and i will do my best.
I am sure you all know who we are so i will skip the introductions and head straight into it .

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May 3rd

Today is our first day of travel to get from our small island over to the UK.
We woke up to a foggy morning and after much worrying it cleared in time for our afternoon flight to Gatwick.
Once there we went straight to the line for twilight check in at the Virgin desks and were second in the queue.When our time rolled around and we were called forward we got the seats that we had requested online and made our way over to the Hilton via M & S for a bite for tea.
Whilst we were in the airport Donna spotted Claudia Winkleman ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudia_Winkleman For those who don't know).
Once over at the hotel we settled in for a night of watching the planes come in and some tv as the internet was strictly pay only eek .

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Who Hoo...Here we goooooooooo..... clapping

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May 4th

Our Transatlantic day started early as the previous occupants of the room had set the alarm for 5:30 am mad
Once up and ready we headed straight to security and breezed through in about 5 minutes.Whilst walking through the duty free shop Donna spotted her second celeb of the trip ... Bertie Bassett.From there we headed up to the V-room and got a window seat to watch the flights taking off and enjoy the free breakfast.
We noticed that there was a high proportion of Easyjet flights compared to anything else.
we got the call for our flight and boarded "Pretty Woman".We settled in for an 8hr 29 min flight.We both watched John Wick and then i watched American Sniper with Donna watching Mockingjay part 1 and The Theory of Everything.After that we both watched Russel Brands Messiah Complex.
When lunch was served they had run out of our meal choice by the time they got to us and as we were nice and polite and were not too fussed we ended up with a beef stew and cake combo off the first class menu biggrin
We also were served an afternoon treat of Fab lollies.
Once we had landed and cleared customs and immigration we chose our noble steed for the fortnight and headed off to our resort.We arrived not too much later and with only a little getting lost.We were given a room in Magnolia Terrace with a view of the pool and a short walk to the bus station.
Once we had got in the room and unpacked we headed of to the boat dock and proceeded down to Downtown Disney Springs for tea.EOS beckoned and we obliged with a holiday turkey sandwich and cupcake each.
After a stroll through the shops we cruised back to the hotel to get some much needed sleep as we had been up for around 24 Hrs.

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Ohhh that Magnolia Bend room looks nice! I'm thinking that's where we might be looking to stay. I'll be gaining as much info from you as possible. Smile

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I was only kidding about putting the rush on! Great so far!!!!!!!!! Love the car but mu luggage wouldn't fit in it!

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Hooray! muchlove banana

What a nice surprise waiting for me. Hope you enjoy reliving and sharing the memories! And now, I will just settle in, and wait for more.

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Yayyy!! I am still having problems with my pictures! I'll just look at yours for now! awesome Cool car!!!

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Yeh..Magnolia we stayed at also.. clapping ..Not far from the food court.. awesome

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My parents just went to Hawaii and got the same car but it was red! Dad is determined to buy one. I love how the Virgin planes have names!!!! Can't wait to read more!

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WOW!!! That is some rental car upgrade, Is that a Z06 insignia on the side of that Corvette, I didn't think they would rent anything with that high a horsepower rating. I muchlove it.

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clapping Hooray!! The report has arrived!

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Ahem... waiting Mr Ferret...Come clean about your hire car..I'm Scottish and I tell fibs for a living..lol... cool

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Ow ow! What a gorgeous car! awesome

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Before i go any further i just want to put this song in your head as it was always on the radio and became the tune of our trip banana

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More please! Can't wait need more trip report! yay

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jhugo wrote:
More please! Can't wait need more trip report! yay

^^^^^^^^ waiting waiting waiting waiting

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May 5th

Magic Kingdom today.
We got there for the park opening celebration and once we had watched that we headed under the train station and into the park for our first full day Smile .
First up we both got new hats and then grabbed a Starbucks before venturing further into the park. We went straight into the new Fantasyland area and seeing as Storytime with Belle was only a 10 minute wait we went into Maurice's house. This is a fantastic attraction and good fun to watch.
Upon exiting we got on the Little Mermaid ride again with minimal wait time and then went straight through into meeting with Ariel herself. She loved Donna's new tattoo.
Our next stop was Space Mountain.Very Proud of Mrs Ferret for getting on this because after our first trip in 2000 she was put off the ride by her mother in law sounding like she was going to be sick behind her and hadn't ridden it since. We both thoroughly enjoyed this much more peaceful ride (except for whooping and giggling).
Next up was Pirates of the Caribbean followed by dragging our Mortal bones over to The Haunted Mansion.
At this point lunch beckoned so it seemed rude to come all this way without visiting Casey's corner so we obliged.
Once fully fuelled up we headed back to Adventureland for our first FP of the day. Pirates of the Caribbean.
Next up was a FP meeting with Rapunzel and Cinderella.
We wandered over to Liberty square and took up residence in our favourite parade spot and watched Festival of Fantasy. This parade is an awesome replacement for "share a dream" and the Maleficent float is even more amazing up close.
Afterwards we headed over to Tomorrowland for a classic attraction and I do believe that there is "A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow".
Once rotated back to the Magic Kingdom our third FP has rolled up and we headed of for our first ride on Seven Dwarves Mine train. This is a great little attraction and has become one of Donna's favourites.
We used the FP+ kiosks over by Phillarmagic to grab a 4th FP for Big thunder mountain which we used After a showing of Phillharmagic. This is still one of my favourite coasters in Florida and a good time was had by both of us.
To slow things down a bit we headed over to Tomorrowlad transit Authority and took a gentle ride around watching the Tomorrowland dance party from above.
With time spare we hit up the Country bears Jambouree. Whilst not on a lot of peoples lists we really enjoy this attraction and its cheesy atmosphere.
We shopped for a little bit on Main street before grabbing a Coffee and watching the move it shake it parade ? Donna had a moment with Minnie mouse when they both made the heart symbolwith their hands and Minnie blew her a kiss.
Soon enough the time rolled around for our Dessert party reservation.
I am soooo glad we managed to sneak a reservation for this as the viewing is great. The sweets are plentiful and kept coming all evening. You have an allocated seat so there is no panic to get there first thing. When the fireworks were on everyone came forward to the railing to watch it. And Donna spotted her first Baby Disney ducks of the trip. This was a wonderful way to cap off our day at the Magic Kingdom and we headed back to the resort to rest up for more tomorrow.

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May 5th

Magic Kingdom today.
We got there for the park opening celebration and once we had watched that we headed under the train station and into the park for our first full day Smile .
First up we both got new hats and then grabbed a Starbucks before venturing further into the park. We went straight into the new Fantasyland area and seeing as Storytime with Belle was only a 10 minute wait we went into Maurice's house. This is a fantastic attraction and good fun to watch.
Upon exiting we got on the Little Mermaid ride again with minimal wait time and then went straight through into meeting with Ariel herself. She loved Donna's new tattoo.
Our next stop was Space Mountain.Very Proud of Mrs Ferret for getting on this because after our first trip in 2000 she was put off the ride by her mother in law sounding like she was going to be sick behind her and hadn't ridden it since. We both thoroughly enjoyed this much more peaceful ride (except for whooping and giggling).
Next up was Pirates of the Caribbean followed by dragging our Mortal bones over to The Haunted Mansion.
At this point lunch beckoned so it seemed rude to come all this way without visiting Casey's corner so we obliged.
Once fully fuelled up we headed back to Adventureland for our first FP of the day. Pirates of the Caribbean.
Next up was a FP meeting with Rapunzel and Cinderella.
We wandered over to Liberty square and took up residence in our favourite parade spot and watched Festival of Fantasy. This parade is an awesome replacement for "share a dream" and the Maleficent float is even more amazing up close.
Afterwards we headed over to Tomorrowland for a classic attraction and I do believe that there is "A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow".
Once rotated back to the Magic Kingdom our third FP has rolled up and we headed of for our first ride on Seven Dwarves Mine train. This is a great little attraction and has become one of Donna's favourites.
We used the FP+ kiosks over by Phillarmagic to grab a 4th FP for Big thunder mountain which we used After a showing of Phillharmagic. This is still one of my favourite coasters in Florida and a good time was had by both of us.
To slow things down a bit we headed over to Tomorrowlad transit Authority and took a gentle ride around watching the Tomorrowland dance party from above.
With time spare we hit up the Country bears Jambouree. Whilst not on a lot of peoples lists we really enjoy this attraction and its cheesy atmosphere.
We shopped for a little bit on Main street before grabbing a Coffee and watching the move it shake it parade ? Donna had a moment with Minnie mouse when they both made the heart symbolwith their hands and Minnie blew her a kiss.
Soon enough the time rolled around for our Dessert party reservation.
I am soooo glad we managed to sneak a reservation for this as the viewing is great. The sweets are plentiful and kept coming all evening. You have an allocated seat so there is no panic to get there first thing. When the fireworks were on everyone came forward to the railing to watch it. And Donna spotted her first Baby Disney ducks of the trip. This was a wonderful way to cap off our day at the Magic Kingdom and we headed back to the resort to rest up for more tomorrow.

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May 5th

Magic Kingdom today.
We got there for the park opening celebration and once we had watched that we headed under the train station and into the park for our first full day Smile .
First up we both got new hats and then grabbed a Starbucks before venturing further into the park. We went straight into the new Fantasyland area and seeing as Storytime with Belle was only a 10 minute wait we went into Maurice's house. This is a fantastic attraction and good fun to watch.
Upon exiting we got on the Little Mermaid ride again with minimal wait time and then went straight through into meeting with Ariel herself. She loved Donna's new tattoo.
Our next stop was Space Mountain.Very Proud of Mrs Ferret for getting on this because after our first trip in 2000 she was put off the ride by her mother in law sounding like she was going to be sick behind her and hadn't ridden it since. We both thoroughly enjoyed this much more peaceful ride (except for whooping and giggling).
Next up was Pirates of the Caribbean followed by dragging our Mortal bones over to The Haunted Mansion.
At this point lunch beckoned so it seemed rude to come all this way without visiting Casey's corner so we obliged.
Once fully fuelled up we headed back to Adventureland for our first FP of the day. Pirates of the Caribbean.
Next up was a FP meeting with Rapunzel and Cinderella.
We wandered over to Liberty square and took up residence in our favourite parade spot and watched Festival of Fantasy. This parade is an awesome replacement for "share a dream" and the Maleficent float is even more amazing up close.
Afterwards we headed over to Tomorrowland for a classic attraction and I do believe that there is "A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow".
Once rotated back to the Magic Kingdom our third FP has rolled up and we headed of for our first ride on Seven Dwarves Mine train. This is a great little attraction and has become one of Donna's favourites.
We used the FP+ kiosks over by Phillarmagic to grab a 4th FP for Big thunder mountain which we used After a showing of Phillharmagic. This is still one of my favourite coasters in Florida and a good time was had by both of us.
To slow things down a bit we headed over to Tomorrowlad transit Authority and took a gentle ride around watching the Tomorrowland dance party from above.
With time spare we hit up the Country bears Jambouree. Whilst not on a lot of peoples lists we really enjoy this attraction and its cheesy atmosphere.
We shopped for a little bit on Main street before grabbing a Coffee and watching the move it shake it parade ? Donna had a moment with Minnie mouse when they both made the heart symbolwith their hands and Minnie blew her a kiss.
Soon enough the time rolled around for our Dessert party reservation.
I am soooo glad we managed to sneak a reservation for this as the viewing is great. The sweets are plentiful and kept coming all evening. You have an allocated seat so there is no panic to get there first thing. When the fireworks were on everyone came forward to the railing to watch it. And Donna spotted her first Baby Disney ducks of the trip. This was a wonderful way to cap off our day at the Magic Kingdom and we headed back to the resort to rest up for more tomorrow.

Most excellent! Let the good times roll!

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This really was the best flight over we've had. I'm a nervous flyer but it was really good. The seats we had were great and we were practically the first ones off the plane. As we disembarked we over heard a member of ground crew mention another flight was right behind us which put an extra sense of urgency to our already swift power walk to immigration.

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Our mouse keeping envelopes were hand drawn by our very talented tattoo artist, Frankie Allez. Thank you so much Mrs A xx

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May 6th

Animal Kingdom

Todays adventures saw us stop first thing for breakfast at Pizzafari. We both got the bounty platter with coffee which was very nice Including Donna's first try of french toast ( except the coffee Sad )
We wandered around to Everest and went through the standby line for our first ride of the day.
Next in our sights was Dinosaur which was our first FP we had a vehicle with two "younger Explorers" who didn't take too well to the dark. Once we had come out of the exit we headed straight back in as there was only a 10 minute wait on the standby side of the ride.
After another successful time travel mission we headed on over to Africa and a three week safari around the plains. What at first appeared to be an abandoned Savannah turned into a good ride with a lot of animals hiding in the shade a little further on.
We checked the times and took a stroll over to Nemo the Musical which we thoroughly enjoyed.
We then browsed for a while just enjoying the park before heading back to the Riverside.
We jumped into the trusty steed and went off down to Wallmart (don't judge y'all) to get some supplies etc. When we returned we took a nice gentle stroll down to French quarter and back for the evening before stopping at the foodcourt for an evening meal.

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Thanks for the trip report. I love to read about everyone's adventures.

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May 7th

EPCOT

We decided on a bit of a later start today as the heat was unseasonally high and our FP selections were not until later in the day. Donna found the coffee machine in the room worked well and the Joffereys supplied had a good taste.
Upon arriving at the bus stop the Avengers themed bus turned up promptly and whisked us away to the park.
After a quick photo stop at the entrance we went straight on over to the left hoping to hit up Test Track. As we got closer we saw this wasn't going to be an option as the wait time was 95 minutes.
We window shopped in Mousegear on the way over to world showcase. Stopping for another photo opportunity in front of the fountains and golfball. Hanging a right at the start of this half of the park we stopped at the refreshment outpost to share a Cronut. We both agreed it was very nice indeed. Meandering through the worlds we found ourselves in Morroco and decided to stop in and meet with it's most famous resident,would be rude not to.
However Abu had gotten into trouble with Aladdin and they had had to stay at the palace so we "made do" with Jasmine Wink.
She loved Donna's tattoo of her and asked for a picture with just the two of them.
Next up was Japan and a stroll through the always interesting and often weird department store before crossing the border back into 'Merica. Here we stopped and listened to the American Sound Machine ( an acapella fivesome).They were very good and make a nice addition to this land.
Next to be visited was the temporary stand "the smokehouse" for a Pigglicous Maple bacon cupcake and iced lemonade. Both were very nice indeed.
We strolled around the next few lands for a while and bought some treats for back home in Caramel Kuche before stopping off in Norway.
Here we got the fabled School bread and iced french vanilla latte and had them in the bakery's nice and shaded seating area whilst mourning the loss of Malestrom Sad :-(
Next was a short stroll through the butterfly garden and over to the imagination pavillion. After a ride on Journey to imagination we watched the sneak peek of Tomorrowland (it looks very good).
Whilst over this side of the park and in no rush we went Soarin on standby.
Our timeslot was here for the character spot so off we went to meet Mickey Minnie and Goofy.
Dinner was at Sunshine seasons and we both had the sweet and sour chicken with Jasmine rice and shared a NY cheesecake and strawberry shortcake.To burn off this we went for a trip to the eac and visited with Nemo and friends.
Next we did some shopping at Mousegear and art of Disney before doing our spaceship earth FP.
We headed back to the resort and hopped on a boat to DTD and watched Home at the AMC before a late night sailing back.

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May 8th

Episode 1 The Day Begins

Today we headed on over to Hollywood Studios for an important date with a few certain people.
To start the day off we went straight to the great movie ride and got the gangster show (We haven't had the full cowboy scene for years).
Next up was a trip through space on Startours followed by a quick turn round for a FP trip on Startours. Both times we had the wookie planet the same but everything else was different.
Next was muppetvision 3D.I don't care what the haters say I hope this doesn't go away with the redevelopments going on at this park.
We spent a while browsing around and went through "one man's Dream" including the show section.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid was next up on standby and then over to watch Beauty and the Beast with FP. This gives you seating closer to the stage.
We had a small lunch over at the backlot express and window shopped the nearby area before our next FP came available. This was for Muppetvision and I would have to say unless it was uber busy I wouldn't bother with a FP for this attraction as it was never needed.The cast members manning the FP line were pleased to see us though and welcomed us by name. yay
We went from here to the art of animation courtyard to meet with Sophia the First.
Up next is our big date over at Hollywood and Vine.

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May 8th
Episode 2 The Diner Beckons.

It was now time for our Star wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine.This was a late 40th birthday present from my amazing better half
We got to the booth outside and were given a buzzer which sounded roughly 5 mins after we had been given it and upon returning to the entrance we were ushered inside. First up was a photo with the main mouse himself .. Jedi Mickey.After this we were given a card with all the signatures on and a placemat each that could be rolled into a lightsaber (red or blue depending on preference).A lady then escorted us to our seating and explained how everything works etc.We quickly set of to the buffet and helped ourselves to what appealed. The food was pretty good and there was quite a large selection and a lot had been renamed with starwars themed titles. We met in no particular order Chip and Dale (individually) in their Ewok attire,Princess lea Minnie Mouse,Darth Goofy and a rather short to be a stormtrooper Donald. The characters were a lot of fun and it was also fun to watch them interact their way around the room. There was also a good selection of themed desserts and some impressive display cakes.
We witnessed an amusing exchange between Mickey and Minnie near the entrance when one of the greeters asked Mickey when he was going to put a ring on Minnie's finger ,after which she "stormed off" in a huff.
After we had had our fill and met with everyone we headed back outside and back over to the art of animation area where Donna found a stuffed Flounder she had been looking for.Once more on the Great Movie ride and Star tours saw us at the trolley cart Starbucks location.I think Mandy may have been the greeter on the stairs but wasn't sure so I kept quiet (apologies if it was you).
We sat behind the store in the sheltered area to partake of our drinks and wait for our evenings plans ...

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Episode 3 It all goes Wrong

Our server had told us to arrive at the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater for about 25 to nine to get seated. We showed up at 25 past 8 and showing the card given were directed to the Mickey section. Once here we were told by the cast member at the top to sit anywhere in the section. We walked up and down the stairs and .. no space .. everyone was packed in already. When approached the fellow at the top he directed us over to the Scar section. Arriving here we got the same instructions from the cast member so we went down and up the stairs again to find the whole section packed. The cast member at the top just directed us to the next row along and didn't seem too bothered. By this time both myself and Donna were getting annoyed and frustrated and we just headed off to the far left section that was empty to get a seat.
As we were going down the stairs to this final section a female cast member (we think her name was Hannah) noticed Donna was in tears and did try to help offering to seat us in the VIP section (just above where our "reserved" seats had been) but we were both too upset at this point and politely declined. She said if we changed our minds to go back and let her know and she would re-seat us but the VIP area looked as crowded by this time and we never did.
As for the show I don't really remember a whole lot as I was hot tired and upset.But the seating on the side didn't give that great a view and we could see fireworks from somewhere else going off to our left. When it finished we just hightailed it out as we wanted to get back to our room.
When we finally made it back there I went over to the main lobby and concierge to talk to someone about what had happened.
The lady there was very sympathetic and said she was going to pass the complaint up to her manager and see where it went. She also gave us two (each) complimentary FP for either 7 dwarves or Big Thunder for the 13th.

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I'm sorry to hear about your non-pixie-dusted Fantasmic experience. The more fast pass and dining options they add to the evening shows, the less CM's seem to have the ability to handle the crowd. I think at all parks they really need to get a better handle on this.

It looks like they made some changes to the desserts from last year at Hollywood & Vine. Very cool. I'm glad to hear that they kept the light saber placemats. We had a blast with those! If I recall correctly, you're not usually a fan of Hollywood & Vine. SW character dinner was my only experience there. Food-wise, was the quality and selection different from their typical fare for SW character dining?

Awesome Maleficent shot from the parade!

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Trip Reports:
December 2013: 10th Anniversary, 1st DVC Stay | April 2014: Birthday on the Boardwalk | May 2014: Star Wars Weekend, Navigating WDW with a wheelchair | August 2014: Villains Unleashed | September/October 2014: MNSSHP, F&W, Tower of Terror 10-miler | March/April 2015: Disneyland and California Coastal Cruise | November 2015: Wine & Dine Half, Food & Wine, 1st Disney Cruise | February 2016: Presidential Classic Gymnastics Meet | March 2016: "Work" Trip, Tours, F&G Festival | April 2016: Conference at Disneyland | Fall 2016: Festive Fall Fun | January 2017: Festival of the Arts | May 2017: AbD Backstage Magic | July 2017: AbD San Francisco | Sorry I had to give up doing trip reports. Too many time commitments right now.

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Loving the TR so far! Sorry to hear about your non magical Fantasmic experience sad

That guy in front of you on Expedition Everest looks like he's about to loose his lunch!

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Hey, apart from the boob at Fantasmic, loving your report ( you should write for the tabloids ) and your photos are superb..This made my Sunday.. awesome

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So sorry to hear about the Fantasmic problem, everything else seems magical!

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August 2016 here we come!