Florida 2015: 30 Days To Go

2 August 2015

It's definitely a case of long time, no update. The last time that I posted about our impending Florida holiday was a whopping 140 days ago, so the planning has moved forward quite a lot since then!

I've managed to tick most of the items off my 'Still To Do' list from my last post, so here's the updated round up. 

What's Done So Far:
  • Booked the holiday.
  • Paid our full balance. This was done back in May, so now we're definitely going.
  • Personalised our magic bands. I've chosen yellow and Phillippa's gone for pink. 
  • Checked in to our Disney hotel. Our room request has been made, fingers crossed.
  • Progressed with my holiday diet. I'm around five stone down now!
  • Almost finished the holiday shopping. I just need a couple of last minute bits (swimwear etc).
  • Booked and paid for the airport hotel/parking/security fast track. We'll be driving up to Manchester the day before we fly and spending the evening at the Radisson Blu at the airport. I really hope that this helps with my pre-flight anxiety.
  • Booked our ADR's. And changed them. Again. And Again.
  • Selected seats for our flight. This was free of charge at our 60 day window.
  • Booked our FP+. This was done at 5am (zzz) on our 60 day mark, and I managed to get everything that I wanted, including the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Anna & Elsa.
  • Purchased Memory Maker. So now we can have nice photographs taken around the Disney parks.
  • Updated our ESTA's. We're definitely allowed in the country!
  • Purchased travel insurance. This was ridiculously expensive because of my pre-existing medical condition, but it's a relief to have it all sorted just in case.

What's Still Left To Do:
  • Finish off the holiday shopping. I'm sure this won't be too much of a challenge...
  • Book an ADR for House of Blues. These still aren't available, but I'm checking back regularly.
  • Online check in for our flight.
  • Get some more dollars. I've got some cash already and some more currency loaded on to a FairFx card, but I'd like to top this up a little more to give me maximum shopping potential.
  • Print off and organise all of our documents. I've started to do this, but I'm holding off from printing final copies in case there are any last minute changes.

The final thing left for me to do is relax and enjoy the holiday! Planning an Orlando holiday has been a total labour of love - which I never imagined when I first contemplated booking one - but I'm sure that it'll be worth all of the planning.


  1. Ahhh you'll be there in no time! Seriously so excited for you and to read all about it when you get back. Strange that you can't book an ADR for House of Blues, I think we booked ours 2-3 months out last year? xx

  2. I'm in the same stage as you at the moment, where all the big tasks are done but it feels like there are fifty tiny things to do. x


  3. It's madness the advance planning need for a trip to Disney now. I'm off in January and already we've had to book, and got one of the last 2 places, for my niece to go to the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique!

    Can't wait to hear more about your travels.

    Victoria x

  4. Ps I look forward to hearing if you think the memory maker is cost effective.

    Victoria x


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