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      It's nice to read your trip report Vikki. I agree it's a shame about Manchester not having Twilight check-in & I can't understand why as the flight prices are usually not too different. The photo's of the children are really lovely & don't they look happy.

      Katie :)

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      Great start - cute kids.
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      Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay you've started!!!
      Its a good job you didnt tell Ben the night before, he would never have slept - or anthony! Well done for keeping the maps safe for that long too, i wouldve lost them!
      I cant believe how big Ben and Logan are, theyve both shot up - looks like a long and happy wdw friendship they are going to have, i cant imagine itll be the last time they meet up thats for sure!
      Oooh, that person on the flight sounds a bit scarey, what was he shouting and swearing about? Wouldve frightened me to death i think!

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      Ah, that makes sense. Didn't realise the seat belt sign coincided with the loony man...

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      Tuesday 16th August:

      After all getting to sleep fairly quickly, Ava decided that 1am would be a good time to wake up This made sense as it was 6am her time, which was milk o’clock for her. We fortunately managed to convince her to go back to sleep However, all of us, apart from Ava were awake and raring to go at 4.30am! We opened the curtains and told him it was still night time, so after him bouncing around a bit, he fell back asleep. No such luck for me though I went round to the food court as it opened at 7am and picked up some cereal and milk, not too expensive either which I was pleased about

      While we were waiting for Ben to wake up I had a good look outside and realised what a good position we were actually in. We were on the third floor and on the corner of the building. We were the furthest building along in Congress Park, which was just what I wanted as we were right next to the path to Downtown Disney.











      …………………and it has to be done



      After a bit of breakfast and getting ourselves suncreamed up we headed off to the Magic Kingdom. We were hoping to get there for Extra Magic Hour but wasn’t quite early enough. Also all the monorails seemed to have stopped working, so it took us quite a while to get there. Then I was very happy indeed…….I heard the Spanish on the monorail for the first time. I love that little soundbite! And yes, I do have the t-shirt that has it written on

      We went straight round to meet Mickey as we promised Ben it would be the first thing we tried to do. We thought we’d have to get a fast pass for it and come back later, but the wait time was only five minutes, result! We guessed a lot of people bypassed it first thing in the morning so they could get to the rides. In fact, we never waited more than five minutes here, and we did visit Mickey there several times We found it a much better location than Toontown.

      As we went in, Ava spotted Mickey, and the flapping began! It’s what she does when she gets excited, her arms flap and she just looks so funny! Ben got a wee bit too! We let Ben go first and he almost knocked Mickey over with the speed in which he ran in for a cuddle. It was so sweet, Ben just would not let go. Then I took Ava in….slowly, to see what she’d make of it all. Flap, flap, flap! She thought it was brilliant! The Minnie walked in too and she went into flapping overdrive. I think we took a video of it, but I’m not sure as we hardly used it on this trip. First character interaction done…..success!



      The whole thing obviously was a bit too much for her as she thought this was a good time for a sleep. I let Ben choose what he wanted to do, so it was ‘those big rockets’.



      After a quick drink of water I took Ben on the People Mover. This was closed on our last trip, and I love it, so I was so pleased to ride it again. We’d noticed recently that Ben has got a bit unsure of anything dark so I did warn him that some of it would be a bit dark. As usual, loved the ride. I was a little disappointed that you can’t see quite so much inside Space Mountain as you used to though.



      Ava had woken up by the time we got off, so we went on Buzz. Ava thought this was hilarious and was flapping about all over the place. Ben seemed to remember it from last time and was intent on defeating the evil Emperor Zurg! He did pretty well, but got very annoyed when I kept spinning the car round, apparently he lost concentration when I did that



      We sauntered round to the baby care centre to feed Ava next. I remembered from last time the changing facilities were good, but had never used the nursing room before. It was lovely. I’m going to do a blog on taking a baby so have photos of all the baby care centres which I’ll include on there. It was a lovely relaxing room with rocking chairs and nice soft lighting. It never got particularly busy and on this occasion I got chatting to another mum who was telling me about the facilities at the other baby care centres, something we used an awful lot on this trip

      Off to Anthony’s favourite counter service place for lunch, Columbia Harbour House. We had the hummus sandwich, the fish and chips combo, a yoghurt, apple pie, orange juice and a coke. Sorry…..no pic This was plenty to share between all four of us believe it or not! As usual it was yummy. The sandwich was particularly good, but then I’m a big hummus fan

      We walked back through the shops and bought Ben a pack of cars……of Cars He played with these constantly throughout the trip, so were a really good buy We happened to catch the celebration parade too which was a bonus. I love the music to that, don’t suppose anyone has a link where I can hear it?



      Back on the monorail and back to the car. I should probably explain the Chevvy game here In the UK we have a Chevvy, in fact it’s our second. They’re not a particularly popular car here and you don’t see many of them. When we got our first Chevvy in 2007 we started playing the Chevvy game, where we basically shout ‘Chevvy’ whenever we see one. Daft, I know! In March we got a new Chevvy, a Spark, and the game changed slightly. It was one point for any Chevvy, three for a Chevvy Spark, and five for a blue Chevvy Spark, like we have. Ben is well aware of this game, but of course, unlike the UK, America has many, many more Chevvys, so the points went up quite dramatically! Suffice to say we never got any three or five pointers, but I did kind of keep track. Yes, very silly, I know

      So anyway, after getting back to the car we went off to Pulix for some essentials…..erm, Bud and crisps To be honest we also got sensible things like nappies as well

      After getting back to the room, we decided to chill out for a bit as we had a big evening ahead!



      Next time, a very special lady’s birthday!

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      Love that Ava flaps when she's excited!
      Great start to the holiday, cant wait for the next ones!

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      It's so cute, sometimes we think she'll actually take off

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      Ok I want to go back now just to see Ava flap again!!!!

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      Loving the report. Ava is so sweet. I love it when little ones get excited
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