Tuesday, 29 May 2018

(Han) Solo Trip Day 2

Day 2 - Animal kingdom and Wild Africa Trek

 I was up bright and early for the Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom  I got the first bus to AK at 7am and the queues to get in for Pandora we’re already massive!

With the crowds waiting to get in and gate staff contradicting each other it was a bit confusing on where our group was meant to wait and whether or not we had to join the massive crowd to get in. If your Trek is before park opening you need to wait near the guest relations window and someone will eventually collect you. They were running a bit late today so it caused confusion.
Highly recommend the Wild Africa Trek - lots of fun, the guides could answer any question, and they take loads of photos as you go around in your sexy safety harness

 You get geared up with a mic and water bottle before taking a stroll through the animal areas. In key areas you meet an expert for that animal and you use your harness to attach to safety ropes so you can go down into the enclosures to get a closer look. 

We went into the hippo and crocodile areas to learn more and crossed a rope bridge above the crocodile pit.

 You get a private safari tour which stops in key places and allows you to stand up and use binoculars for a closer look. You also get snacks included overlooking the savannah - a selection of fruit, yoghurt, bread, cheese and meats!

The rain just started as the Trek ended so we all given free ponchos - score!

I didn’t want to get too full as I wanted to walk around all the animal trails to take photos so I used the app to pre-order pulled pork and cheese topped fries from Flame tree bbq (1xsnack credit) and grabbed some fruit later. Lesson learnt today, be very clear when you don’t want to use your snack credits as some servers automatically take them. This happened with the fruit - not a good use of two snack credits! So I waited and asked for a manager to reverse it and they gave me the fruit for free for my wait.
I used a snack credit on a giant Starbucks and added caramel shots (why not, it’s all included) This should have cost $7. You can also get free water and cups to the right hand side of the counter in Starbucks without asking.

I went to Pandora for the first time today - wow! It’s amazing! I had a fp for Flight of passage, it really is like Soarin on steroids but I definitely wouldn’t queue for it! As a single rider they also put you in a separate line to fill up odd numbers in the groups so you get on even quicker!
Other fp today was the Safari for even more animals and Everest!

 The rest of day has been photo walks around the trails and looking around Pandora. I had the cheeseburger pods and a beer which were really nice and more filling than they looked.
As the weather looks a bit unpredictable for the rest of my holiday I decided to go for it and checked the MDE app for any fast passes once I’d used my last one on Everest. MK had buzz light year (which I don’t have a fp for during my stay) so after a few Pandora beers I headed to MK which was open until midnight. Turns out beer dramatically improves my aim on Buzz 
I stayed for the fireworks, I absolutely love all fireworks but Disney are always the most amazing! To avoid the mass exit and to see if the park quietened down I went for a walk around and grabbed a giant ice cream cookie sandwich from Sleepy Hollow and watched the follow up projection show on the castle. 

As it was Saturday night the wait times were still crazy for all the rides, so I got the bus back to AoA. By this time the queues for the buses were all reasonable and I got on the first one that arrived. Someone in the queue mentioned that they also hop on the pop century bus if that looks quieter and they just walk across the bridge to AoA.
I had a lovely lie in this morning. I’m looking forward to days where I don’t get up earlier than I do for work on a normal day!  Today is a bit of a rest day and probably Hollywood studios tonight for Star Wars fireworks - pew pew pew!

Friday, 25 May 2018

Diary of a Solo Traveller in Florida

I have this amazing 'Sister' Joanne.

* shes's one of my Womens Institute Sisters

She just recently set off on a solo trip to Florida! I have loved reading her adventures and I thought you might too...

✨(Han) Solo Trip✨

Day 1 - Magic Kingdom

Arrived safe and sound at Art of Animation  The Virgin flight yesterday flew by with back to back films...immigration not so much. There was a big queue which took about an hour and I got stuck at the desk for ages because my photo off 2 years ago looks nothing like me now. Thanks to Slimming World  

Several credit cards, driving license and managing to work out how much weight I’d lost in lbs I finally convince them I was the same person!

Timed my arrival perfectly for the Magical Express, and Art of Animation (AoA) the first stop.

I opted out of mousekeeping in return for a $90 gift card . As I checked in online I found out my room number on the coach and knew from other blogs that it was the furthest possible building from the food court and transport so I asked if they had anything a bit closer and they did!
I added the QS dining to my room only a few days ago but I’m so glad I did. Now that it includes alcoholic beverages, it’s really good value and you can always take it back to your room and pop it in the fridge for room beers later on if you don’t fancy it now

I booked Be Our Guest (BoG) for 8am thinking I’d wake up ridiculously early but I think I could have managed a lie in. I had a complete carb & sugar overload at BoG!

Banana caramel croissant donut thingy, token bit of fruit and even when you’re own your own you get the full plate of side pastries! Making good use of my dining plan, I refilled my coke before I left and got an extra cup of water.
I used a snack credit to get one of my faves - vanilla and pineapple dole whip float . 

The queue was massive so I ordered on the app and picked up my order 2mins later!
Being a solo traveller definitely has its advantages

✅ You don’t have to share your food

✅ Being able to squeeze into Disney buses with ease. No waiting for the next one

✅ Ride rows/ seats all to yourself. When you’re with someone else, one of you has to sit on the RHS of Splash mountain and take the extra soaking from the waterfall and the splash from other peoples drop
My $90 gift card was burning a hole in my pocket and it’s gone already on a ‘I am Groot’ hat, a haunted mansion print and Cogsworth Christmas ornament to match Lumiere that I got last year. All being delivered to the hotel tomorrow so I didn’t have to lug them about on rides.

MK was pretty quiet in the morning, so I managed Big Thunder Mountain (fp) Splash Mountain (fp) PoTC, and it’s a small world. Space Mountain broke down so I got a free fast pass and used it on Haunted Mansion and went on the people mover to see inside Space Mountain with the lights on! I left MK pretty early to relax by the pool with a book and to give my feet a rest. Over 16,000 steps today!

Tomorrow I’m at Animal Kingdom super early for The Wild Africa trek . It starts at 8am and you have to be there 30m before, so I need to be on the 7am bus 

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

National Sandwich Week

Did you know this week is national sandwich week!

Loving the news of Sandwich week

Oh my, I genuinely can not express my love of a good sandwich. So much so I'd struggle to pick just one favourite! Anything from a Joey Tribiani style feast to a simple cucumber finger sandwich. I will never not be happy with a good home made sarnie!

choosing which num nom flavour would make the best filling

But what better way to celebrate National Sandwich week than to share family Monkeyfeet's top 5  favourite sandwich ideas with you. 

It took a while for us all to decide, the kids took their latest Num Noms collection outside for some filling inspiration, 

But I took to my facebook 'Villager Group'  to see if they could help me choose, and we had lots of suggestions but the most popular  was the one I had already chosen as my desert island sandwich...

Christmas Sandwich (Mammy Monkeyfeet)

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The BLT (Daddy Monkeyfeet)

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Nutella (Peanut)

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PB and J (The Golden Child)

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Crisp Sandwich (Termite)

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So the big question now is... what is your favourite sandwich?