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Halloween, Hawaii and holiday celebrations - the Hawaii section THIS SECTION COMPLETED 1/13

Welcome aboard to the Hawaii section of this trip report!

If you want to read all about our plans, then the pre-trip report is the place to start. There's also a trip report of our time enjoying Halloween at Walt Disney World, which leads directly into this....
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For those joining afresh, you join us at the start of the day, having spent the night at the Hyatt at Orlando International Airport....

Monday 4 November – part one: now where are my Texan cows?

By the time the alarm went off at 4:15am, I think it’s fair to say we’d both had a pretty poor night’s sleep. I don’t think that was really down to the Hyatt, as the bed was comfortable enough – I think it had more to do with us being paranoid about sleeping through the alarm, or it not going off (last time we stayed here, we didn’t get the wake-up call we asked for, and it was pure luck we’d set our cell phones too! )

We got going very slowly, and I have to say I really wasn’t feeling at all well. We’d asked for help with our luggage, a service the Hyatt offers that we’d used last time, and the guy was promptly there at 4:45am, and down we headed. It was quite a walk to the American Airlines check-in, so we were glad to have him, and not have to negotiate our way across the carpeted terminal (very nice, but not practical for suitcases… ) with our cases.

We used the self service check-in, with a helpful employee doing it all for us, although the machine ran out of paper halfway through doing our boarding passes, so we had to go to see someone else, but he quickly got it all sorted out.

Then it was through security, where we just walked up to the TSA agent, had our passports swiped through, then we only had one person in front of us at the actual security check. I think the whole thing start to finish took no more than five minutes.

We took the monorail over to the terminal, found our gate, and settled down, and honestly it was about 5:05am when we took our seats. That’s right, from leaving our room, it had taken just 20 minutes to get here. As Mark said, we could’ve had more time in bed, but you just know if we had, then it would’ve taken us a lot longer to get here.

I have to say here that the whole airport was really hot, and that wasn’t helping me. I just felt awful, exceptionally tired, and at points I really felt like I could just pass out at any moment, but once Mark got me some water, I did start to feel a bit better thankfully. As the time passed by, I cooled down considerably, and was starting to feel human by the time it got to boarding.

We were one of the last groups to board, and by the time we got on, there wasn’t much space left for luggage, but thankfully the space underneath the seats was massive, so my hand luggage went in there, and we found enough space for Mark’s to go in the overhead compartment.

I went to take some photos when we took off, but got a bit of a shock when the camera told me that it didn’t have a memory stick in it. It seems I’d managed to leave it in the computer when I downloaded my photos last night. Oh well, no photos then, as the laptop was buried under the seat in front, and I wasn’t going to try and get to it during takeoff. In fairness, we were soon in the clouds, so there wasn’t that much to see.

I can’t honestly tell you much about the two and a half hour flight, as we both spent the vast majority of it sleeping, as we were both still shattered. We did manage to eat breakfast, and for me, that was a major victory, as earlier the prospect of food was just appalling to me, sharing a cinnamon roll and a chocolate muffin. As Mark said, once we’d had that, and a cup of tea, we both started to feel human again.

We touched down on time in Dallas Fort Worth, and by now I had loaded the memory stick into my camera, so I got plenty of photos as we came down.



My goodness, this place just seems to sprawl for miles, certainly as far as the eye can see anyway. Still no Texan cow sightings – good grief, this is twice in Texas in two trips, and no bovine buddies to greet me? What is the world coming to?

It was really interesting to come into this airport, as it’s one of the main hubs of American Airlines, so of course their planes were everywhere. It seems to be a fairly modern airport – well that’s certainly the impression I got when we got off the plane, and into the terminal building…



This was one of the first signs we saw in the terminal building!



We followed the signs to the Skylink train, which does appear to be a more modern addition to the airport, and very convenient it is too. It literally runs every minute, so when one arrived, I took the opportunity to get some photos, and we just got the next one. I really liked the Skylink station, although it could’ve done with being fully enclosed, as when the Skylink pulled in, you could feel how cold it was outside – and it was in the high 50s, which was a heck of a shock to our systems after the Florida weather.



Next: this isn’t anything like Virgin Atlantic…
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Woohoo I'm so excited for this part of the TR! One of my old Y&B friends works at Aulani now so I can't wait to hear about it from a guest perspective Welcome to DFW The American Terminals are far nicer than the other ones at our airport lol... Hopefully you didn't end up switching to a yucky one for the second leg!
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They were pretty neat - and we were flying American the whole way, so we were Ok with the terminals. Whereabouts in Texas are you?
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I had so much trouble posting on the old one I gave up. Just wanted to say it's such a bummer to hear about Mama Melrose's. DHS was the only park I'd ever encountered rude CM's at the restaurants - same situation as yours but at H&V.

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They were pretty neat - and we were flying American the whole way, so we were Ok with the terminals. Whereabouts in Texas are you?
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And I live in Dallas, on the north side so DFW is about 30 minutes from me and DAL is about 15, but I prefer American so that's where I tend to end up!
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Sorry about that. I really was thinking of starting a new thread with the final day, and in truth, I should've done, as posting replies to it was an absolute nightmare. I just thought it would be very weird to have seven updates on Halloween, then be jumping forward almost two weeks...

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Sadly it's not a park noted for its dining options...

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It doesn't ring a bell with me, but you never know, I took so many photos that if she ever emerged from the back office, she might be in one!

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Wow, now that's what I call a convenient location.
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I've been waiting for this part of the trip! Bring on the pictures!!!!!!
Coming up in due course, but if you want a sneak pic, I have been uploading some to the PassPorter photo archive. I'm still busy uploading, but you will find some there.
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