DAY 19 - SUNDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2012
Participants: Tam, Kev, India, Georgia and Sharon (Deb, Matt, Mark and Mandy - briefly)
Our last day,
always a bitter/sweet experience. At least we have the late
Virgin flight and so will be spending some time in the Animal
Kingdom before heading to the airport.
We pack and then leave the Boardwalk to drive to the Animal Kingdom and are entering at 10.20am.
This was being built over the 3 days we were at the Boardwalk. The smell was lovely.
More Christmas decorations.
We walk to
Expedition Everest to get Fastpasses (for the girls) and meet
Our first ride of the day is Kilimanjaro Safaris. Its quite cool and overcast this morning and so there are lots of animals out.
Its now approaching lunchtime, so we stop at one of the food carts in Asia and get boneless wings and summer rolls. I cant say that I am over impressed with the boneless wings; I think I prefer the normal variety, especially if served at Hooters. Talking of which, the concept cant have gone down too well in the UK as the Hooters restaurants in Bristol and Cardiff have recently closed down. We Brits have so much left to learn.
India, Georgia and Sharon ride Expedition Everest and then we all go to see Its Tough to be a Bug. The consensus is that we should try Dinosaur next, but there is a 40 minute wait and a change of plan gets us into Festival of the Lion King just as its about to start. Well, it gets 4 of us in. India wants to finish her frozen banana first and plans to join us inside. She just about makes it before they shut the doors, but is sat in a different part of the theatre.
Its now time for Sharon to leave us as she has a flight to Texas to catch. We all hug and say our farewells. Its been lovely to see her again and the ladies have spent an awfully large amount of time gossiping and catching up on news, as ladies are wont to do.
It is nearly
time for us to start our journey to the airport, but theres
just time for the girls to have a quick look in the shops before
stopping off to say farewell to Ethel the anteater on the way
out. We all love this creature and shes fascinating to
watch. Even more fascinating today as shes roaming around
quite actively and comes right down to the front of her enclosure
by the little pond. At this point she decides its time to
how to put this delicately?
.. make room for a
little more food in her belly. Im not sure what anteaters
eat (other than ants, obviously), but I dont want any of it
if this evidence is anything to go by.
While we are watching a bird in a tree above India also decides its time for a toilet break and the result ends all over Indias shoulder and arm. Between Ethel and the bird it is obvious that the Animal Kingdom is telling us its time to be going in a none too subtle way.
Ethel just before the 'incident'.
The next part
of the day doesnt go quite as planned. We stop briefly at
Downtown Disney, but I get grumpy in the shops. Partly because we
are going home and partly because, well, its shopping.
We then try to eat at the Orlando Ale House by the Crossroads, but its Sunday afternoon and the place is packed, so we decide to go to the Alehouse by the airport. This is unsuccessful as we cant find the flippin place. When I get back I look on Google to find we were only about 50 yards from it. Never mind, we make the best of a bad job and drop into an Olive Garden instead. Tam and I havent eaten in one of these for more than 20 years, ever since we devoured a whole bowl of the free salad they give you along with breadsticks before our main meal. After a huge entrée we left feeling sick. Lesson learned (it only took 20+ years), we take it easy on the salad and enjoy our entrées more.
On to the airport where we drop off the car and check in swiftly. Its become a tradition to enjoy a last drink or two at the bar at the Hyatt hotel in the airport, so we go there and meet up with Deb, Matt, Mark and Mandy who are on the same flight as us. A margarita and cosmopolitan later its time to clamber aboard the plane for the flight home. Weve all got seats in the bubble of the 747. This is a first for us and Im impressed. The reduced number of people makes it feel more comfortable, especially as there are no children.
thats another holiday done and dusted. We had a wonderful
time. It was great to spend some time with the girls. As they get
older it is less and less likely that we will holiday together,
although never say never. I dont think Ill ever
forget their faces when we told them we were going on a Disney
Meeting up with friends at various points also added to the fun, especially Sharon, who we havent seen for a number of years.
Most unusually for us there are no plans in place for our next holiday. It will probably just be Tam and I and we are just going to see what we fancy during the year. Mind you, we already have quite a lot of music events lined up including Green Day in London, Bruce Springsteen in London and Cardiff, Counting Crows in Bristol, Frank Turner in Bristol, New Years Eve in Bristol with Bellowhead and Brass Roots as well as Glastonbury Festival. There will almost certainly be a few more festivals as well, so it promises to be a busy year.
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