This day should be packing, checking out of the hotel, feeling like you’ve forgotten something and heading for the airport.

Well we did our packing 2 days before, because we knew the night before we would be to tired. So it was just a case of putting in the last bits like clothes we’d worn, make up, brushes, toiletries etc. Then do a scan of the place to make sure we have everything, and leave a final tip for housekeeping (we put all the drinks and stuff we had left that hadn’t been opened in a pile on the dining room table along with a cash tip).

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Better late than never with a blog post? Due to it being at the end of the holiday this post comes a couple of days late. Currently I don’t know what day or time my body clock is on, but I do know this was an amazing and super fun day!!

The only park we didn’t make it to on day 13 was Epcot, but we also didn’t actually plan to go to so many parks. It just sort of happened, but it was a great way to bring this holiday to a close.

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This was supposed to be a relaxing day where we did nothing. Also our bodies are starting to get tired now, and our feet are getting achy from all this constant walking and running around. Nevertheless we booked a couple of fast passes for Magic Kingdom just in case.

We got up, but we woke up later than normal, as we needed this lie-in! We got ready as usual and went to Magic Kingdom for the final time. Since we had fast passes booked we went for those rides, but started towards the end of our first fast pass.

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There is no day 10 due to the fact we barley did anything. We had a leisurely day to have a break from running around the parks, had a nice bbq lunch at the hotel (a blog about the hotel will come soon), and a little bit of shopping. Plans changed and we ended up going to Hollywood Studios, but we only did 3 rides and came home again. Which due to a 15 minute drive and not paying to park it was worth it.

However today we went back again to Universal Studios. There was nothing new, no new rides, and no new rides to go on etc. Plus we’ve talked about the rides on our previous posts this holiday about Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure.

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 A full 12 hours we spent at Epcot today, and that was a push! 12 hours is slightly overkill for a park the size of Epcot, when you don’t have children. It is only a small park compared to others and after about 8 hours we were trying to find things to do whist waiting for the next fast pass (which was probably our 3rd time on the same ride anyway).

 

Regardless of this, the park is very very educational and actually a nice fun trip. It’s educational for all ages not just for children but I learnt new things today too. Continue reading

A day away from the parks means a day at the beach. Clearwater Beach to be exact, we already knew we were going here as we had planned it. Clearwater is 2 hours away from where we are staying but we have heard good things, which was why we decided to go.

A 2-hour drive requires a good breakfast! So we went to Denny’s. Not sure what to expect it was filled with locals and tourists all wanting breakfast of course. We had a look through the menu and decided on pecan pancakes. Denny’s was nice, but due to the amount of customers the service was a little slow, but this didn’t bother us.

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The park opening time was 9am, so we decided to be there for about 8:30 because there’s a decent walk from the car park to the actual park. However we also needed to nip to a USPS along the way to send some postcards home. So the plan was to wake up at 6:30, be ready by 8 and leave, since Universal is only 20 minutes away.

What actually happened was we woke up at 6:30, jumped out of bed, and got ready so fast that we made it to USPS before 8am. This then meant we were at Universal around 8:20! The park didn’t open till 9, but you can go in and wait inside the grounds. You’re able to get early entry to the park but since we have not yet had to stand in big queues anyway we didn’t think it was worth it.

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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.

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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).

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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!

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