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18th December 2016 (Day 1)-Travelling to Orlando

Just 24 hours after Rosemary found out she was heading to Disney World for Christmas we were packing the car and ready to head to Gatwick.  Long queues at check-in because the day before there had been a lot of flights cancelled because of fog.  It was still really foggy and we weren’t sure of what would happen to out flight at this time.  Finally, after about an hour, we were checked in, bags dropped and heading to security.

We got some breakfast at Garfunkels (which was OK) and while we were there the gate came up and looked like our flight was one of the few leaving on time.  So after a little bit of shopping we headed to the gate.

Gatwick
Gatwick

We were relatively late in arriving there and went straight through and onto the plane.  Always worry that all the overhead bins will be taken when it’s like this but in luck and plenty of space.

Ready for Take Off
Ready for Take Off

Our experienced trans-Atlantic traveler quickly settled down in her seat with headphones on and the movies playing before take-off.

Take-Off
Take-Off

Smooth flight and arrived pretty much on time.

Clouds over Florida
Clouds over Florida

Immigration was SOOOO slow and finally got through and collected our bags. Then  had to join another REALLY long queue just to hand in the slip that says we don’t have any vegetables. So very slow!  But finally, after getting the monorail and going down 2 flights of stairs we were finally able to pick up our hire car.  And no queue at Hertz!

Car was a Kia Soul which had a really small boot and we could only get one suitcase in.  Also a lurid green, which was the same as our last hire car.

Hire Car
Hire Car
A very green car
Our previous very green car

We drove the Hampton Inn we were staying at (the South Lake Buena Vista one and not the same one we stayed at last time, you can read my TripAdviser review by clicking here). Checked in fine and quickly in our room.  We’d booked a suite which didn’t have separate rooms but did have a lot more floor space.

Big Room
Big Room
Big Room
Big Room

We popped out to Perkin’s on SR535 (at the Crossroads area) for something to eat as we thought it would be quick and decent.  Unfortunately the service was massively slow and food took forever to arrive, and when it did one of the dishes was stone cold. We were so tired by this point we didn’t make a fuss but eat and left.

Back at the hotel it was time to collapse.

Time to sleep
Time to sleep

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