Goodbye from Orlando...

Trip Start Jul 26, 2010
Trip End Aug 17, 2010

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hi everyone!
Sooo we have pretty much finished Orlando. We are sitting by the hotel pool and will be taking a taxi in half an hour to the airport for our next flight to Seattle, (and yes, we are leaving plenty of time to get there this time).

I can't remember where we left off, but we arrived in Orlando Airport about 1am and made our way to the shuttle bay for our free transfer to the hotel. At about 2am, I (Neen) realised that we didnt actually have a shuttle to the airport (slight confusion considering the amount of hotels we booked), so we gingerly made our way to the taxi rank.
We got to the hotel and checked into room 101 (conincidence or what, considering that is the road we are mainly driving on down the West Coast). The room was like a fridge. There was a massive air conditioning unit which we were not allowed to turn off, and only had two settings; off or ice box. Outside was absolutely boiling, so the contrast was a bit random.

The next day we made our way to Universal and went into The Islands of Adventure and straight to Harry Potter. We had to actually queue to get in to Hogsmeade (topical reference if anyone knows about Harry Potter). It was just amazing, the castle is huge and the street is just so much like it. The Three Broom Sticks was a restaurant serving traditionally English food (fish and chips, cottage pie, etc) and outside they were serving Butterbeer. I'm sure I have pretty much told everyone by now, but that stuff was gross! The head was like sweet, a bit like cream, and I can only describe the actual drink as off fizzy apple juice. Needless to say, most of it ended up in the bin. They had the Owl Post, Olivanders, the broom stick shop and Honeydukes as shops you could go in to, but again, we had to queue for these. I bought a wand (sad I know), but I fancy myself as a bit of a Snape character, so I bought a replica of his.
Next on the agenda was the castle. At the top of the castle there is a ride, but we just did the tour. There are talking portraits and Dumbledore's Office and a lot of other stuff. As we got to the top, I decided I wanted to go on the ride.
I (Tiff) decided not to go onto the ride, because it was becoming obvious I was having a bad case of sunstroke. Which meant I had to buy a very snazzy Gryfindor hat, but I thought it best to take some time out. As it was getting worse, I did contemplate going back to the hotel, but I decided to stick it out.
The ride was really scarey, it followed Harry on his broom, and there were a lot of twists and turns and practically being upside down; I (Neen) felt very very sick. Massive spiders, dragons, spitting at you, breathing on you...grim!

Having bored you all to death with the story of Harry Potter, that was pretty much most of the day. We did some other rides, ET, Shrek 4D (where they spit water at you in a cinema screen!), but generally had a great time.

We came back to the hotel, had KFC, watcched some American TV (Golden Girls reruns - awesome), and then went to bed. How random is this, KFC give you biscuits with your food and don't do chips. The biscuit is like a scone, totally random!

Today we went back to Universal and went on a massive water ride and got totally drenched...nothing like a water ride in England, this gets you proper drenched, and it is so steep, you really think you are going to come off it.

You may have noticed this blog is getting less and less detailed, that is because it is about to pour down and we are sitting outside, and we have to get a taxi...don't want to be late again!

I don't know when we will be in contact again, its all going to be a bit rushed for the next couple of days, but if we get a chance (and internet) we will do our best.

Ok, there is now rain on the to go...speak soon...

Tiff and Neen
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justin on

KFC always serve biscuits in the South!

Harry Potter sounds great!

Have fun!


amanda on

loving your blog, have a great time girls xx

mum and dad bain on

Had a text at 8.05 am from Nina to say that had just landed in Seattle from Orlando after two flights. They are now 8 hours behind us, instead of 5, so they landed just after midnight, to make their short journey to the hotel. Hopefully their luggage arrived too. Sounds like they were late leaving Seattle and had to run (yes run) to catch the second flight. At one time they were told they would have to spend the night at Orlando Airport but luckily this did not happen. Have a good night's sleep girls; now your 101 road trip really begins! Speak soon.
Love to you both.

Harry on

Glad you had a good time at Harry Potter World. Mummy has promised to take me when I am bigger. Today she bought me a Woody and a Buzz, because I won't stop talking about them. The door bell rang this morning and I thought it was you, I was disappointed as it was only the gas man coming to read the metre...............
Mummy sends her love
Big kisses and cuddles

Ema on

Snape is my all time hero - so definately the best wand to buy......

Dipen on

Loves it! Harry Potter sounds amazing, glad you had a good time.

Scone & Chicken...hmmmm I want to try this!

Bring on the road trip!!

(I love Ema & Harry's posts!!)

mum and dad bain on

Sorry, last comment we left was a big confused - too early in the morining! For "late leaving Seattle" read "late leaving Orlando". Hope Nina and Tiff are less confused than we are! Must be a senior moment.

mick sally on

scones and chicken how daft double daft take care

Dad Bain on

To fill in the gaps. The flight from Atlanta to Orlando that was to take the girls back to Atlanta was an hour late arriving, this meant that they would miss the connection for Seattle at Atlanta. After many text messages and Dad checking on flight tracker, it looked like they could be in luck as there were delays at Atlanta. They left Orlando 70 mins late. I can only say their pilot was a demon flying at 36000 ft at 580 mph. They arrived 10mins early and had to wait to land. The flight to Seattle was delayed a further 20 mins. Girls and luggage were put on plane with minutes to spare. Mum and Dad went to bed happy.

Cher on

Tiff, I was appalled and dismayed to hear about ur sunstroke. I said, If i had been there, I would NOT have allowed that to happen. Hats on at sunrise, and hats off at sunset - no intervals (even in the shade)! factor 50 and a shawl for the queues in the baking sun. I fear you're not protected enough for the heat of california and I worry myself to sleep at night.
Glad you are having an awesome time and made it to Seattle safely (the home of greys anatomy - if u see patrick dempsey, tell him im after him) :-) xxxx

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