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Sometimes those car rental lines can be just terrible. I've signed up for all of the rental company's Express-type services so I can bypass those potential long lines. I'm just too impatient!

Beautiful sunset! And that's not fair that they couldn't hand you a balloon! It shouldn't have been only for runners, that's silly. They didn't book any kind of special pricing package for it or anything, trust me I know!
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Love e sunset pictures, but the one that cracked me up is when you're driving through the gates, and the sign with the castle looks like it has a crane in it! Given that there always seems to be a crane by the actual castle these days, I found that so funny!
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The balloons are lovely. We stayed in Old Key West October 2015 and my daughters were given balloons. They chose flower balloons, we came back the next day and found mousekeeping had put them in a vase
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Now that's a good idea. I hadn't thought of that.

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I do trust you on this. I figured I wasn't going to argue, as at the end of the day, the runners were doing much more activity that weekend than we were.
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Love e sunset pictures, but the one that cracked me up is when you're driving through the gates, and the sign with the castle looks like it has a crane in it! Given that there always seems to be a crane by the actual castle these days, I found that so funny!
I hadn't noticed that, but you are so right, I swear that crane is pretty much there most of the year round!
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Glad you had a great flight and Lauren your flight attendant took great care of you! The VAB at KSC really sticks out as it's the largest one story building in the world! I too can't believe how long you taxi at Orlando Airport as it seems to take forever as the terminals are quite a ways from the runways! Glad you made it to OKW. A nice resort, but never stayed there and know it as I've played many rounds of golf beside it on the LBV course.
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Sorry about the balloons being only for the runners--seems like you had certainly come far enough and traveled long enough to get there, you deserved a special treat! Those swans were very clever, imo. Hope your dinner is tasty.
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Glad you had a great flight and Lauren your flight attendant took great care of you! The VAB at KSC really sticks out as it's the largest one story building in the world! I too can't believe how long you taxi at Orlando Airport as it seems to take forever as the terminals are quite a ways from the runways!
And presumably it will get worse when they open the new terminal - I think that's due to start operating in the next year or so from what I've read. I think that's even further away from the runway.

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Friday 24 February – part six: will we get the green Mickey light?

Olivia’s Café were as good as their word, and it wasn’t long before we were in there. We were seated in a booth, and I have to say the noise level in here was just unbelievable. It wasn’t what we needed when we were both tired and starting to get to the point where we were struggling to stay awake. The acoustics obviously aren’t that good at drowning sound out. I think that’s becoming a problem more and more at Disney these days, which I personally think is a shame. I’m not sure it’s not an issue for most people, but it certainly is for us, as we like to sit down and enjoy a conversation over our meal.



Our server was Mark, who was absolutely wonderful. He was very chatty, but not too in your face, if you know what I mean. After discussing various drink options with him, I went for a glass of Conundrum, as I fancied something… yes, I know after all the alcohol I’d already had today!

First up, we had hidden Mickey bread!



We settled on the lump crab cakes served with avocado puree and fresh mango salsa, and this was excellent. Now bear in mind on night one we’re struggling with jetlag, we usually don’t enjoy our dinners, so I did think long and hard before booking this, as I have started to wonder whether eating counter service on our first night is a better plan. Well, based on the appetiser, I would say



For entrée, I had the Mallory Square Cobb salad, which is a variation on the normal Cobb salad. This is made up of Romaine lettuce with layers of chilled shrimp, crab salad, bacon (which I obviously asked to be left off), egg, blue cheese, tomato and avocado with a key-lime mustard vinaigrette. I was amazed at how much came out! I’d deliberately gone for this, as I knew I wanted something a little lighter, and I thought this would fit the bill perfectly. I managed to pretty much eat everything bar the lettuce, but my goodness, by the time I was done, I was completely full. I would never have managed any of the other entrees.



Mark had the island barbecue pork ribs with spicy-chipotle barbecue sauce with French fries and marinated coleslaw… and look at the mountain of stuff that turned up! He didn’t want that much either. Oh well, looks like he was out of luck with that idea!



We both really enjoyed our entrees, although by the time we were done, we were completely beat and just wanted to head to our rooms, so we showed our DVC Membership cards and photo ID, got our 10% discount, and headed out. The meal came to $70 plus tip, which I did think was a little on the pricey side. Don’t get me wrong, the food was good, but I didn’t think Olivia’s was one of the more expensive place on property, and that price tag just didn’t quite feel in keeping for its more relaxed feel, if that makes sense?

Olivia’s Café

Appetiser 9 9
Entre 8½ 8½
Atmosphere 7½ 8
Service 9 8½
Value for money 8 8½

Average score: 8.45

Once we were done, we headed back to the car, and made our way over to building 25. We knew we were on the second floor, which wasn’t great with the luggage, but what could we do? Mark told me to go ahead and check that the MagicBand worked, given the problem we’d had last trip, as he didn’t want to get all the way up there with the cases only to discover that it didn’t. Thankfully we got the Mickey green light, so we were good to go.



When I opened the door, I must admit I was in for a surprise. Don’t get me wrong, the studio is still big, but I’m just sure I remember it being a lot bigger on our previous visit here in 2008? Maybe that’s just my mind playing tricks on me, and I’ve got good memories of the size of it. Anyway, it was still fine, and would suit us well for one night.



We didn’t last too much longer once we were in the room, as we’d had such a long day…

The weather today was dry with temperatures in the low 50s in London, and dry and sunny with temperatures in the low 80s in Orlando.
The best thing today was dinner at Olivia’s Café.
The worst thing today was the wait at immigration and Budget car rental.
Today we tried the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Gatwick
And the result was we really liked it, although it’s nowhere near as good as the one in Heathrow.
The most magical moment today was getting the mushroom risotto from Upper Class.

Next: what are those noises I can hear?
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Glad to hear that green Mickey decided to play nicely with you. That would NOT have been a good way to end what was a long day for you both.
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