After having a much needed decent nights sleep I was feeling so much better. I couldn’t believe that I had spent my last night feeling so sick, I was more concerned that poor Leanne had to put up with me like that. These things happen I suppose and I wanted to make up for it on our final morning. Breakfast was just what I needed after not being able to eat much the night before. I had hash browns, beans, omlet, mushrooms and a croissant washed down with a glass of orange juice.
After we had finished breakfast we went to have a look at the mini farm that the hotel has on the premises. Being trained in animal management myself I often worry about the conditions in which animals are kept but I could see that they were well cared for with clean, spacious enclosures and plenty of food. There were rabbits, Guinea pigs, a donkey, goats, a Shetland Pony, Alpacas and sheep.
Once we’d said goodbye to the animals (yes, I talk to any kind of animal as if they are human including fish) we had to collect our suitcases and make our way to the park on the shuttle-bus. We had planned to take some last minute photos of the Halloween decorations. We were able to see all the little details that we hadn’t noticed previously as we took our time. They really do go all out for the Halloween season adding ghostly sound effects to accompany the ghouls that were distributed down Main Street.
We queued for Stitch about half an hour in advance of him arriving, there were only a few people in front of us so we weren’t waiting too long once it got started at 10am. Stitch was a real pleasure to watch, his mischievous ways had me laughing at everyone’s meet with him. In fact after that meet I had discovered a new found love for Stitch. We moved directly on to Marie who we waited quite a while for. This didn’t bother us in the slightest as we hadn’t had anything planned for afterwards. Both Stitch and Marie were new meets for me. I love meeting new characters. Marie was just adorable.
We went for a wander through Adventure Land where we discovered King Louie was meeting and the queue was almost non-existant. We grabbed our oportunity as I had never met him before. I was chuffed that in a short space of time I had managed to meet three new characters. The big kid in me was squealing inside with excitement. Oh the little things!
There were only two things left to do. One was lunch and the other was shopping. We stopped off at Market House Deli for food. I hadn’t eaten there before but a couple of days previous I had popped in to get a takeaway hot chocolate and noticed that they did a lovely looking Brioche so I was dying to go back and try it. I also picked up a cute Halloween cupcake which caught my eye while I was queuing to pay. Unfortunately the queue/service was quite slow so by the time I had paid, my Brioche was practically cold. However I still enjoyed it but I think it would have been nicer hot. Some last minute shopping was had before heading to the station to catch the Eurostar. I think I managed to buy a few pins which I normally do on every trip.
This was yet another memorable trip. Halloween season has got to be my favourite so far despite not experiencing Spring properly yet (which I have heard all sorts of good things about).
Today was a lot more chilled out as we didn’t have fancy dresses and a ton of makeup to apply. Our focus was on character meets and whatever rides we could fit in. Extra Magic hours was in the Studio park so the first ride we headed to was Tower of Terror. The last couple of times I had been I’d avoided it. It’s not one of my favourite’s as I’m not that keen on drop rides and it’s something I have to be in the mood for as I suffer from back and neck problems which also bring on migraines. Fortunately I was feeling stronger than I normally would and I didn’t want to miss out on doing it as a big group. I love the theming of TOT but I don’t mind missing out on it occasionally.
The next ride we went on was Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster which is normally my favourite ride but after it left me feeling nausious last time I went on it I was affraid that I may have to find a new favourite ride. Unfortunately I had my worst fear confirmed, it jerked my head so much that I came off feeling a little dizzy. I don’t know if it’s because I’m becoming extra sensitive or they did something to the ride when altering it back in the summer. Either way I was left disappointed.
We strolled over to the the main park once we knew it was open. It was going to be another scortcher of a day and I had chosen to wear black. I was all Halloweened up in my Jack Skellington skirt, ready for my second meet with him. The skirt proved to be a good choice as he loved it. He allowed me to take some Skelfie’s (as he called it) and we all had a group photo. As we were in the area it would have been rude not to drop in on the manor. We then moved directly on to meet Disney royalty Mickey and Minnie in their Halloween costumes. They looked adorable infront of their fun back-drop. We had entertainment in the form of a brass band while we queued which I couldn’t help humming along to.
After we’d said our goodbyes to Mickey and Minnie we went to Frontierland station to catch the train to Fantasy land. This is something I hadn’t done since my first trip to DLP nearly five years ago. I don’t think I had ever realised that you pass over Pirates of the Caribbean and you can see into the cave. It goes to show that there’s always something new to see and experience. We stopped for a waffle before attemping the scrum that was the villains meet at the ‘It’s good to be bad’ show. Our research payed off and we managed to meet the old hag and the Tremains who had me in stitches. They really immersed themselves into their character roles and played them extremely well. They were definitely my favourites from the weekend, I could have stood and watched them for ages.
It wasn’t long before the others had to leave so we had a wander around taking photos with the pumpkin people. Myself and Leanne were staying an extra night which gave us much needed time to fit in more characters that I hadn’t met. Before most of the girls left us we went to meet Daisy in her Halloween costume. Everyone was reluctant to leave as we were all having such a good time together.
We had a little bit of time left with Louise before she had to make her way home so we went to find Captain Hook as Leanne was Disneybounding as Peter Pan. Hook wasn’t impressed with my skirt as it wasn’t his face I had on it. How very self centered! We then went on Pirates of the Caribbean for the fourth or fifth time this trip. It’s one of our main go to rides.
After Louise left I was starting to feel very ill. A migrain had taken hold and I couldn’t shake it. This made for a very bad evening. I couldn’t eat half of the food I had ordered at Rain Forrest Cafe which left me sad as I actually liked it. I had been there twice before and hated the food so I didn’t know if I wanted to go in on this occasion but as it was so busy else-where this was pretty much our only option. Afterwards we got the bus back to the hotel and had an early night so that we could get up early the next day.
My friends and I had had this trip booked for months. It was Dapper day weekend so planning had been slightly more intense. On the morning of Friday the 14th of October I made my way to meet Leanne at Ebbsfleet to catch the Eurostar. I normally set off from London St Pancras so I was interested to see what this station was like. Distance was roughly the same and check in was so much more relaxed and not as busy as it normally is at St Pancras. I grabbed a hot chocolate and a cookie once we had reached departures and we just chilled out until our train was called. Thankfully there were no delays and it felt like we reached our destination in no time at all due to our excitement being a distraction.
We arrived at about 3pm and went straight to left luggage to put our bags in and meet Louise who had travelled my mega bus and had already spent a good 8 hours in the park. I hadn’t been to DLP in the Halloween season before but I had experienced it at WDW last year so I was intrigued to see how it differed. I was completely blown away by the decorations and my voice became annoyingly high-pitched and squeaky while I took in the sights for the first time. After I had composed myself we had a wander around until we found our first character meet which was Goofy in his Halloween gear. I love meeting the characters in different outfits and I knew this trip would be full of them. Goofy was a complete gent despite teasing us with sweets.
After travelling, we were quite hungry so we decided to try somewhere that we hadn’t eaten before. I had heard that Au Chalet de la Marionette Restaurant did a nice veggie bagel burger which I’d found out to be true after tasting it. This is a counter service restaurant, reasonably priced and nicely themed (Pinocchio) set in Fantasy Land. It’s one that I would definitely recommend. If you like apple Strudel this is the place to be. After refuelling we were ready to meet Ariel at the Princess Pavillion who remembered us from meeting her twice on our last trip in our disneybound outfits. She was totally adorable.On our list of must see characters was Jack Skellington so we headed of to his designated spot near Phantom Manor. It was my first encounter with him and I found him to be a real charmer. As we were in the area it would be rude not to ride Phantom Manor which was rapidly becoming one of my favourite attractions at DLP.
Time was getting on and we had met up with Rachelle and Stephanie who were joining us for the weekend. There was a big group of us this time. The weather had been turning really miserable so we decided to hit the shops in Main Street to escape it and meet Sarah-Louise. I’d made a mental note of all things that I wanted to buy before leaving on Monday just to make sure I’d have enough money for the rest of the weekend.Despite the weather, we managed to stick around for Dreams before collecting our suitcases and making the conveniently short bus journey to the Kyriad hotel. Another first for me as I hadn’t stayed at this hotel before. I had only heard good things from my friends who had stayed there several times before which suited their budget trips perfectly.
Check-in was painless considering that Jess who had originally booked it hadn’t arrived yet (we had two rooms between us). It had been amusingly decorated to fit in with Disney’s Halloween season. It was nice to see that they had gone to some effort even if it did look like they had raided a pound shop. The room was clean but very basic and the bed (the most important feature in my opinion) was very comfortable.
When Jess and Amy had eventually arrived it was time for me to crash (the next day was going to be busy so I needed all the sleep I could get) but some of the girls hadn’t eaten so the Kyriad staff gave them a number to order pizza which they found very helpful as they didn’t fancy anything from the vending machine. Everyone went to sleep happy.