This post is going to be a little different, instead of saying wen went on this and thought it was good or bad or alright, I’m going to talk on a whole about the day as we did so much.
Animal Kingdom is great, before coming here I hadn’t really heard much if anything about it so I was unsure what to expect. However walking in through a rainforest on the hottest day it has been was very true to form. The whole park is themed so well and all of the décor is amazing! I personally couldn’t get over just how fantastic Pandora world really was; I could’ve sat watching the views and walking around all day.
This is going to be a long one, we spent nearly 15 hours at Magic Kingdom! The park opened at 8 am, however we had breakfast reservations anyway at 8am, and did not close until midnight! That is a very long day for anyone. At least we did enough steps and we reached our Apple Watch goals for exercise for the day (and then some).
I’m not going to talk about everything that we did, however I will leave a list at the end in case anyone wants to ask any questions, as we can only answer about things that we have done.
I don’t know if it was excitement or what, but I got up dressed and ready within half an hour. This was a very big day, first ever time at Magic Kingdom and with breakfast as well! After a little unplanned detour (we got lost), we finally made it to Magic Kingdom and were in such a rush to get through the park that we missed most of the photo opportunities.
Our second full day in Orlando! Still can’t believe that we are here, it’s amazing and I keep thinking how wonderful it is to be here. So we decided to go to Universal Studios. Where we are staying is situated really nicely between Disney and Universal so all the parks are around 15-20 minute drives away.
Universal Studios opened at 9am, so we decided to get there for opening. Once parked you go over a couple of travelators, you then go through an airport style security check (which is good and very very quick). From here you walk through City Walk, which is restaurants and shops, and a cinema. Before arriving at the entrance to the park you pass the big Universal globe where everyone stops for photos (this can be done later so we just rushed passed everyone).
How exciting is this?! We are actually here in America, after a 9 hour flight. Our first official night was spent unpacking and shopping at Walmart for a few bits for our apartment for breakfast and snacks. That went really well and we were amazed and just kept on adding to the trolly because all the ‘American’ sweets were really cheap (of course, we are in America after all).
So our first proper full day started with a 5:30am wake up – even though we planned to have a lie in – we both just woke up and sat there wide awake questioning whether to get up or not.
I’m not going to kid anyone, I started packing about a month ago! Why not? All the clothes I want for Orlando aren’t going to be worn in the Winter in the UK; shorts, t-shirts, sandals etc. But packing over a month in advance does also mean re-packing a few times (maybe 4 or 5 times for me). However it also means you’ll know what things you have forgotten by the third re-pack as well as things you need to go out and buy such as suncream, shaving gel, etc.
You’ll never be finished packing until the morning you leave for the plane but you can be as close as possible!
Due to our trip to America being very close, we remembered that we need to book our airport parking.
Now this is more difficult than you may first think! First of all have a look on places such as Quidco* for any cash-back opportunities. To be honest I started this with the attitude of “it’s just parking I can pick anywhere”… Honestly don’t look at it like that because your car is valuable and to be leaving it in a random location for 2 weeks is bigger risk than you think. So you need to be sure you’re happy with the car park you pick, and that you’re happy with the company you leave your (probably) 2nd most expensive purchase with.
You need to consider if your car is likely to get damaged, if you’re happy with the location you’re leaving it and if it will be safe. As well as considerations such as where you’re parking in relation to the airport, will you need to get a transfer bus, will you need to walk a lot? We explore all of this within this blog post!
It’ll be both of our first time in America ever. Therefore there is a nice list of places that we want to go to while we are there. Some of them are Florida related others just simply ‘American’, mainly food places. It’s more of a food list than anything else, nevertheless they are all places we want to go.
Recently we decided to plan out our 2 weeks there and realised there might be a chance we don’t get to go to all of these places. Especially as we are doing Disney and Universal as well which will take up a lot of our time out there.
So we decided a month or so ago that we wanted to buy new suitcases. This is because neither of us has bought a suitcase for years and ours are super heavy compared to the new light weight ones. I personally also wanted ones that matched, because I knew I wanted a cabin case as well as a suitcase and they should be the same design for me. So we had to consider, the sizes, weight, design and where we were getting them from.
This holiday has come with a decent amount of planning involved, and somethings – such as booking restaurants – are time sensitive. So we decided to find an app to use that can help us remember when things need to be done etc, but one that we can both us and can both link to. Freedcamp allows us to do this, so if I set up a task but we both have to get it done then I can send it to Martin and he can accept the task, also when it is complete then we will both see that.
Booking the plane seats, is it really necessary? It’s extra money and there’s a lot to consider, especially with it being an 11 hour flight. You want to be comfortable, know that you can stand up when your legs are getting cramped, watch a film (of your own choice if you decide to take a laptop or tablet). Or do you really care, and just want to pick your seats when you check in for your flight, which can be done up to a month before you fly (at least with Virgin Atlantic). It all depends on how fussy you are really, and who you’re flying with – whether its friends and family or if you’re flying alone.
After booking the holiday there is an option on the Virgin page of our booked holiday that says ‘Book Plane Seats’, once selecting that you see your different options. In a previous post ’11 Hour Flight’ we talked about the costs to Economy, Premium Economy and First Class and the prices and differences that they have.