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Test – Jul 2017

July 5, 2017

Owing to my inability to get a PPTP VPN client working on the MacBook, this is a temporary web site for our holiday which will be updated daily.

When we get back to the UK the proper site will get published.

Until then – this’ll have to do.

Sorry folks!

PS Testing update from iPad – seems to be ok! Awesome!


Chip & Dale and a Connundrum…… day 20

August 31, 2008

I did some packing whilst Natty slept, before going down to breakfast at Cape May. Whilst we waited, we chatted with Art (the greeter at Beach Club). What a gentleman. The buzzer soon went off and we joined Goofy, Chip, Dale and Minnie for some scrumptious breakfast.

Natty and I dug into a heap of fruit before both enjoying Mickey Waffles. The character interaction was fantastic! Goofy and Chip both declared that they loved Natty, and she lapped it up! After breakfast we finished our shopping at Downtown Disney then walked through the International Gateway into World Showcase. We’d eaten a quick lunch in the solarium which we’d brought back from Wolfgang Puck, so we popped into France for dessert……more cakes! I might also have had a glass of champagne……  😉 Natty wanted to complete another mask, and as it was a good excuse for her to practice her ‘hellos’ in all the languages as well as do some pin trading, we We went anticlockwise from France…..Morocco, Japan, USA, Italy, Germany, China, Norway and Mexico (where I did turn down a margarita!). Natty completed another set of hidden Mickey pins on the way.

We went into Mousegear to find a t-shirt that I’d been looking for, and happily found it. We needed some rehydration and aircon, so we picked up some water and rode Spaceship Earth. We then completed the ‘world’ via Canada and the UK where we bumped into Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore. We all had some great character interaction, and the photopass photographer had some fun too. It was time to head back and get gussied up now, we had reservations at the California Grill with Andrea and Frank.

Once at the Contemporary, we checked in, took the private lift upto the top floor where the restaurant is, then went outside onto the viewing platform to have a chat and watch the sun set to the west of the Magic Kingdom. Wow, does the sun set quickly here – it literally drops out of the sky!! Soon, we were seated at a lovely table and think we frustrated the server as we were talking so much we didn’t decide what we wanted to order!!

Finally we ordered. Andrea and I shared a bottle of the nicest wine I have had in a long time ~ Connundrum, which is a Californian wine. Frank continued in his cosmopolitan vein and orderded some red wine (and he’ll definitely be drinking espresso later). We shared some very nice appetizers, flatbread and some lobster and crab cakes. The entrees were Fillet Mignon (me ~ thanks Mike for the recommendation), Halibut (Will) , Salmon (Frank) and some fish that I can’t remember for Andrea. I make it sound so simple and boring but my-oh-my was it fancy! Our server came over and took dessert orders and suggested we go out and see Wishes from the observation gallery, then come back and he’d serve dessert. Good idea! We did our usual dessert sharing which were all wonderful…..

Wishes was fabulous again, and it was so nice experiencing it with the Hendry-Blums. We got dance interpretations from them both, and Natty joined in. After Wished ended, Frank disappeared with Natty. He had taken her around to the other viewing gallery to catch the Electrical Water Pageant on Bay Lake. Thanks Frank. We finally came back and ate our desserts, polished off the wine and let Frank drink espresso.

It was getting late, so we went down in the lift and to collect our cars. Frank had taken deliver of his brand new Honda CRV, so let Will have a drive around the car park. I have never been so nervous. It was dark and it was Franks new car which only had 93 miles on the clock!!!! Luckily, there were no incidents and we drove to our car and headed back to the resort. What a fabulous night!

Good night!

There be Pirates!! ……. day 19

August 31, 2008

It was an earlier start today, as Natasha was off on the Albatross Cruise (aka Pirate adventure) from the Yacht and Beach Club marina. We headed down for her 0930 start and she was met by some CM’s dressed as pirates. She donned her bandana and life jacket then climbed aboard the boat with some other kids. They sailed off to find the first part of their treasure map and clues… and we heard lots of ‘arghs’ as they headed out onto the lake.

Will and I strolled around the Boardwalk and sat outside the bakery and ate breakfast. As we ate, we saw the pirates come ashore and head off into the Boardwalk on their search for treasures. Then Will went off in the car to Nike (he needed new running shoes) and I had some time ALONE!!!!!!!!!! It had to be the weirdest feeling.

At the allotted time, I went over to collect Natty from her cruise. She’d had a ball! She climbed off the boat with pirate goodies in hand and a huge smile. As Will wasn’t back, we popped to the room and changed into our swimwear and then off we went to the quiet pool. Will joined us a little while later, adn we enjoyed some down time. It was HOT again. Afterwards we ate lunch in the solarium before a trip over to Hollywood Studios.

We had missed the fastpasses but decided that we’d wait in or one and only long line of the entire trip ~ Toy Story Mania. The wait was so worth it, even the line was entertaining! The ride is awesome. It’s a fairground carnival type ride, where you don 3D  glasses and fire various ‘weapons’ at targets as you spin around the ride. What amazing fun.

Natty and Will then watched the High School Musical 2 show whilst I popped down to Guest Services to change some dining reservations. I managed to get Cape May breakfast reservations for tomorrow, our last full day 😦

In the evening we went off to finish our shopping, ate dinner at Wolfgang Puck Express (which is the best counter service meal in the whole of WDW) and planned to shop some more. However, Natty was getting very tired, so we headed home.

Good night!

Safaris and Wishes… 18

August 31, 2008

After a nice sleep in, it was off to Animal Kingdom this morning. The clock was ticking down on our stay and we were filling in with some of the things we’d missed and visiting our favourites again. Fay was a distant memory and the day was HOT! The sky was blus with those lovely white fluffy clouds, just like Andy’s wallpaper in Toy Story….

We parked up at AK, took the tram to the park and headed through the Oasis and over to Africa. Will popped over to collect fastpasses for the safari whilst I took Natty into the shade to apply more sunspray. It’s been so much easier since Frank introduced us to Coppertone spray….no rubbing and more importantly moaning with the gloopiness of factor 50 or 30!

Our fastpasses were for about 80 minutes later, so we jumped on the little steam train to Conservation Station. It’s a very nice detour. There is lovely aircon and some interesting things to see. Natty had a good chat with one of the veterinarians, who rewarded her interest with a giraffe temporary tattoo. It was the second of the day, as we’d bumped into Matt (who had earlier guided her on the animal tracking session) and after completing a task, she gave him one of her little thank you cards. He gave her a dinosaur temporary tattoo!

Any hoo, after handling some animal poo and meeting Jiminy Cricket, we headed outside so that Natty could brush the goats. Will lifted Natty into the spray fan mist, something he’d done when she was only 13 months old and every year ever since… won’t be long before he can’t do that anymore! So, goats brushed and more animal encounters (she held a snake and saw a beautiful owl) we collected cold drinks and took the train back to Africa for our safari.

The safari guide was fantastic and we saw loads of animals again. I had said I would just ride this time but temptation was too great and as soon as the animals got close I had to start snapping…..oops! After the safari, Natty was desperate to head over to Dinoland so she could ride Primeval Whirl, so that’s just what we did….via shops, snacks and pin trading. After we’d been spun into a whirl, we let Natty have a go on one of the fairground type games ~ the Mammoth Races. She won the race and we left Animal Kingdom with yet another cuddly toy – this time a large red and yellow frog!

On the journey out, we realised that we’d not eaten at Beaches and Cream. We needed to pop back to the resort for more trading pins (which I’d ordered online as shed traded all the others), so we ate lunch at Beaches and Cream. Yummy! It was cool and quiet, no queue! Will and I had the lovely roast beef sub au jus and we shared an ice cream sundae. Natty had a hotdog and a cute Mickey Sundae.

Having sent Will to collect the car, we drove over to Magic Kingdom. Once there, I popped over to grab fastpasses to Splash Mountain whilst Will and Natty held a spot for the parade. They have started entertaining the kids by sending Cast Members on to Main Street with various toys to play with. When I returned to Main Street, she was happily playing with a beachball with some other kids, whilst Will sat and held our spot. She was having a great time, ending up with seriously pink cheeks! The parade was wonderful. They’ve been very creative with the floats of the Dreams Come True parade, as the parade route had been altered and shortened. Well done Disney, very nice.

Parade over, we walked to Frontierland and collected fastpasses to Big Thunder before riding Splash. Natty was still unsure about the ride despite having ridden it every year since she was 4, and we tried to establish why she was still so troubled by it. Was it the big drop (she loved Big Thunder, Space Mountain and Everest) or was it getting wet (she loves the water slides)? She thought it might be the getting wet when you are wearing clothes, so we put on her rain cape. She made Will sit in the front and we sat behind. He was thrilled that he weighed down the front, so allowing an even bigger splash! Great!

Natty squealed and LOVED the ride. I suspect that this year she had begun to enjoy all the thrill rides, so even with a wet bottom, she wanted to ride again….We then meandered over to Big Thunder and we rode in the dark. As we were about to board, Natty announced that she’d be riding alone, and that Daddy and Mummy would ride together!!!! She’s feeling the need for speed…….

Late dinner at Cosmic Rays, a few photos and a bit of shopping later. we stood together in the middle of Main Street waiting for Wishes. This is one of my most precious parts of every trip. My little family, standing together, hugging, whilst we watched the beautiful fireworks. I always end up in tears and the words mean so much, combined with the tremendous spectacular above the castle. I’ll say good night with the words to the end of Wishes…

BLUE FAIRY-Remember, we must always believe in our wishes, for they are the magic in the world.
Now, let’s all put our hearts together, and make a wish come true.

Star light, star bright,
first star I see tonight.
I wish I may, I wish I might,
have the wish, I wish tonight.
We’ll make a wish, and do as dreamers do,
and all our wishes,
will come true.

JIMINY – You see, its just like I told ya.
Wishes can come true, if you believe in them with all your heart.
And the best part is, you’ll never run out of wishes.
They’re shining deep down inside of you.
‘Cause that my friends is where the magic lives

Wishes! Dream a dream (fate is kind)
Wishes! Set it free (she brings to those who love)
Wishes! Trust your heart (the sweet fulfilment of)
Just Believe (their secret longing)
Just Believe (just believe)

Like a bolt out of the blue,
fate steps in and sees you through.
When you wish upon a star, your dreams…come…true

Make a wish, and do as dreamers do (just do as dreamers do)

Make a wish!
(Wishes!) Dream a dream!
(Wishes!) Cross your heart!
And your wish…will…come…true!

JIMINY – Ha-ha, see what a little wishing can do?