I’m actually running out of time to write all the stuff I want to before I go now, I’m on 25 days and have started making a shopping list of things – mostly food – that I want to bring home…
Todays things I must eat while I’m there though is a bit of a cinnamon fest. I LOVE cinnamon, in my opinion there isn’t enough cinnamon things in the UK and when we do use it there is never enough. There’s 2 things at Disney that are just heaven for a cinnamon addict…. and they’re both HUGE and under $5 what can be better than that…
I defy you to look at that and not have a salivating mouth!! The Cinnamon Roll at Gastons Tavern!! Look at it, warm bread, just the right amount of cinnamon and lovely sweet melting frosting! Big enough for at least 2 – but I won’t be sharing mine. Looks like Gastons has a good few things to be trying!!
and then there’s this….
Look at it, look how perfect it is!! The Croissant-Donut – or cronut if you will – found in Epcot at the Refreshment Port near Canada and you can have it with Ice Cream. Made like a Croissant and fried like a Donut, it’s then tossed in sugar and cinnamon. My mouth is watering just looking at it!!
Photo Credit – DisneyFoodBlog and Droolius
Yes, you read that right Blue Men. What has that got to do with Orlando I hear some of you say.
Well, Universal Studios is the home of one incredibly funny and innovative show ‘Blue Man Group’ and it’s a must see if you’re in Orlando. I’ve seen it before and I’m lucky enough to be watching it again this time round.
It’s a strange thing to try and explain it’s a show, it has music, it has mime, it has a LOT of paint, it has comedy and it has men who are blue from head to toe. I’ve seen it and I’m still not entirely sure what I witnessed, what I do know is I absolutely loved it and laughed. A Lot.
The current show investigates technology and the iPhone in particular. The basic gist is that they’re aliens trying to figure out what we’re all about. The music is original the comedy is just hilarious and its a one of a kind family friendly show.
I tried to find something on YouTube to show you all what it’s about but I couldn’t find anything that did this is the closest I found. All I can say is watch it, you won’t regret it!!
I’ve been a bit lax at this being so distracted by other things but after seeing a post in one of the groups I’m in of a Bloomin Onion (more on that in a future post) I thought I’d add to my ‘Things I must Eat’ posts….
Number 2 is this:
The infamous ‘DOLE WHIP’ after several trips to Disney I still haven’t tried this. A Pineapple flavoured soft frozen dessert served on it’s own or as a float in Pineapple juice. It looks like the perfect thing to refresh and cool you down on a hot Floridian day. You will only find this in the Polynesian Resort or in Magic Kingdom at Aloha Isle in Adventureland.
Number 3 is sort of 2 things really and savoury ones:
HUGE Turkey Leg
Pork Shank at Gastons Tavern
Again something I cannot believe I’ve not got round to trying. Although to be honest it is always hot in Orlando and walking round with a hot turkey leg the size of my arm (yes they are that big) is not really what you want to be doing in that heat!! They aren’t just normal turkey legs they’re marinated and I’ve heard so many people say how incredible they are so its on my list. As is the amazing looking Pork Shank you can get in Gastons Tavern along with the special ‘Lefous Brew’ they serve there in the Gaston Souvenir tankard – gotta love a souvenir tankard I have quite a collection 🙂
There’s some really good videos talking about some of the snacks etc at Disney, to be honest most of them are not brilliant but this one makes me laugh and hungry at the same time…
I’m now at my 37 day mark and to say I’m organised is a bit of an understatement. As you are well aware I’ve booked all my FastPasses, checked in to my hotel and booked an ADR (advanced dining reservation) for those who don’t know. All my reservations/stuff we’re doing have now been put in a spreadsheet – yes I am that organised with it all – and the whole 14 days is pretty much planned out for us.
Is this planning a little TOO much, well for me I don’t think so. Having been to Orlando before I know how much there is to do and it’s impossible to do everything in 14 days, besides the theme parks there’s over 100 other attractions in Orlando and if you wanted to do everything it has to offer you’d need at least 67 full days there! It’s not all about the themeparks you know!!
I am well aware that I have probably planned FAR too much but I know some of the things that are really unmissable so you have to make sure you cater for that sort of thing. Disney, Magic Kingdom especially has some ridiculous wait times for rides so if you don’t want to spend most of your day queuing for rides – or to meet Frozen characters if you have girls – then it is wise to book some fastpasses and plan a little for those days. The rest of the day leave to chance. Planning and booking those rides that your kids just HAVE to do is also a great way to avoid disappointment and tantrums!!
You can do Disney without planning but be prepared for LONG queues and stress.
Universal Studios as well needs a bit of planning. We all know that the busiest part of those parks are the Harry Potter parts so unless you want to be queuing for ages for those it’s good to plan to do them first or last thing. Universal offer an express pass that will allow you front of line access to each ride once during the day which is a really good way to avoid planning. However it doesn’t include the Harry Potter rides. You can buy express passes before you leave the UK for a much cheaper price than on the gate, £50 for 1 park and £57 for both for one day. You can get them from the UK Universal Bookings Site Universal UK Bookings
If you want to go to Discovery Cove, particularly over the Summer months then that again needs some planning. Discovery Cove gets booked up from 6 months in advance. Working for a travel company and having calls over the last few weeks from customers who are wanting to book every day I’m experiencing first hand the disappointment from people who just cannot get a booking after leaving it so late.
There is no real need to book every day down to the minute but it is an idea to pre book a few things that you really want to do and then do the rest when you get there. Orlando is a place that you really need to research before you go there are so many amazing forums and websites with info and people who will give you honest opinions on what to do and not to do. A good one for planning advice is the Facebook group‘It’s Orlando Time’ loads of people who love Orlando helping you make your trip as magical as it can be. A little bit of research will really help your trip run smoothly.
7 weeks to go now, thats only 49 days and being as we’re in the middle of a mini heatwave making it feel a bit like I am in Orlando anyway I am even more excited about it if that’s at all possible!!
The fitness regime has started. Lets see if I can tone myself up and lose a few pounds in 7 weeks. I’ve joined a really lovely gym at the Solent Hotel, who more than cater for us people with disabilities. The majority of the classes are accessible and it’s a really comfortable place to be. They have a lot of Personal Trainers and fitness experts who are able to discuss your needs and come up with a programme that is not only helping you achieve your goal, whether it be just general fitness or like me trying to shed a bit of a cake shelf before a holiday but also catered to what you can do. I’m starting aquafit next week. I’ve always wanted to have a go at that I will no doubt look a bit mental but it’s all in an effort to get in that bikini!! Everyone there is really welcoming from the staff to the other members so it’s a really lovely place to be. Decent sized pool and jacuzzi and it’s not too busy either. They actually have a really cool offer on at the moment for a 4 week trial for £55 well worth it if you’re looking for somewhere to go over the summer and a good taster to what it’s like. Solent Hotel and Spa
Also yesterday we were lucky enough at Voice FM to have the opportunity to have a chat with Universal Studios Creative & Entertainment Director Michael Aiello about Halloween Horror Nights and what’s coming up at Universal Studios, including King Kong and Volcano Bay. If you want to find out what he had to say tune in to the Breakfast Show next Wednesday 8th July 7-10am on Southamptons Voice FM. We tried to get some exclusives out of him but did we succeed….
I’m now in charge of the whole families bookings of Fast Passes and checking us into our hotel. I had a few issues with the booking numbers being wrong, best thing to do is call Disney if you have any issues they connected all mine up to my Disney account while I was on the phone. You need 2 references for MDE, your hotel booking ref and your ticket numbers. If you have booked a package with both it will know and you only need the one. I was really impressed with the Disney call centre they did exactly what I needed and really really quickly. If you have any questions they are happy to help – and I love that they always say ‘have a magical day’ set me up for the day that did 🙂