Reunite with Hayley!

Trip Start Jul 06, 2011
Trip End Aug 08, 2011

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Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Lake

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Longest birthday ever....

7th July
This morning Hayley had a farewell breakfast at the Polynesian room with all the Disney Characters, so I spent the morning unpacking and checking out the Hotel.  Hayley's friend Michelle drove us to the Post office where we sent two large boxes of clothes, memorabilia etc home to Australia.  We dropped in to Epcot and after farewelling Michelle and her cousin we took the Monorail to the Magic Kingdom.  Hayley had organised me a Happy Birthday button which I had to wear all day and had many staff members wishing me Happy Birthday!  Some loudly!!!  Including my age...  We visited Mickey and Minnie and watched the 3 o'clock princess parade.  Just after the parade an almighty storm broke and it proceeded to rain, rain and rain....  We now own lovely Disney rain ponchos which have been very well used. Hayley showed me around the park and introduced me to all her work mates and friends. I got to enjoy a very large Funnel cake which she has been making for the past 12 months and a lovely latte compliments of the Sleepy Hollow food outlet.  

For dinner we ate at the Liberty Tree Restaurant in Liberty square where we enjoyed a traditional thanksgiving family meal. Because Disney is a no alcohol park, I enjoyed my meal with a glass of Coca Cola. Dessert was brought out with a flaming candle and many waiters and waitresses singing a birthday song quite loudly!  Bit embarrassing....  The highlights of the night were the Magic Memories and You display and Wishes celebrations at Cinderellas Castle which includes fireworks, light display and singing.  Quite a few tears shed with farewells to friends made over the past 12 months.  I left Hayley with her friends for the last night and went home to bed with aching feet and legs.

8th July
This morning Hayley arrived with her packed bag and was very upset at having said goodbye to all her friends.:(  We caught a taxi to Universal Studios and decided to buy the Universal express Plus pass to both Universal parks. The Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.  The pass allows you to jump to the front of the line, sometimes skipping what can be an up to 1 hour wait in line at the popular rides. Well worth the extra $60 to not waste your day waiting in a boring line.  Unfortunately the heavens opened up again after we had visited Hogwarts Castle and we proceeded to get very wet once again.  Since we were already wet we decided to go and do some of the water themed rides and if possible actually got even wetter!

Highlights of the day were of course, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Absolutely enjoyed the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and the Dragon Challenge roller coaster.  The town of Hogsmeade is very authentic and the castle sits above the town with a "magical" presence.  The Hulk roller coaster, The Revenge of the Mummy and the Rip Saw Falls were great and the best roller coaster of them all was the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit!!!  Finished the day sharing a burger, caesar salad and a beer at the Hard Rock Cafe before heading back to our room where Hayley has fallen fast asleep.  Night...

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Swinbournes on

Going for a "Burger a Day"?
Just found your blog, so will keep reading now.
Obviously your IPad is working OK.

jennifergmccoy on

Hi, yes not much choice for lunches. I seem to be eating a lot of hamburgers! Resisting the fries.... Ipad working well but still have to load the photos onto my travelpod through Hayleys computer. I can upload the photos from my camera to my ipad but then you need Adobe flash to upload them to the travelpod which the ipad won't allow, very annoying. Anyway having a wonderful time so far! love Jen...

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