As we bid a fond farewell to summer for another year, it has at least served its purpose and allowed us another American Adventure. Clearly, being a grown man, with a job that almost matters, bills to pay and real life day-to-day issues I have this week done absolutely none of the following –
- Researched if it’s better to stay on site at Universal or to buy the Front of Line passes instead.
- Checked hotel prices for our on site stay.
- Spent a not inconsiderable amount of time working out our departure date, based on pesky work schedules, flight prices, the ability to do MNSSHP again and my inability to wait longer than I absolutely need to.
- Looked at several menus for restaurants we may eat in eighteen months from now.
- Browsed some villa websites.
Nope, I didn’t do any of those things as that would have just been silly.
If I had been that silly I would have discovered that Universal wanted £1500 for Front of Line passes for two days for our party. That is of course is in addition to our tickets to get into the park. This, Universal, is madness. An on site stay for the same number of folks in two rooms, (suck it up Emily, you’re sharing with Mum & Dad), was about £500. I guess the method in their madness is that they want you to stay on site as they hope you’ll spend more than the difference when you do.
So, on site it is. I would suspect, had I researched prices, I would have decided that it will be the Royal Pacific again. We love the Hard Rock, but it’s about £300 more and as we’ll probably only be there for one night it seems silly. However, when we come to book at a time more sensible, we shall see what deals are around. I mean, what idiot would be looking so far away from their travel dates?
As if he somehow knew what was being planned, Freddie recently took part in a photo shoot, and naturally it had a strong Disney theme. Indulge me sharing a handful of them here….
He’ll thank his Mum no doubt for that Mickey costume when these are shared at his 21st!
Again, if I were an idiot, I might have had an extended conversation with Emily about how tall Freddie might be when we go and which rides that might mean he can go on. Thankfully, I am not that stupid.
Sticking to my declaration last week that I won’t over plan this trip will be a test of my resolve, mainly as it is a long way off and but also because I am a sad act.
I mean, how silly would it be for me to ask both my readers to send me their suggestions for any nice 4 bed villas they know of in developments around Sunset Lakes, Emerald Island, Lindfields and Formosa Gardens. If I had given it any thought at all, I would know that we only want to be staying in that area. Don’t be suggesting me stuff ten miles down the 27 that claims to be “15 minutes from Disney”, this isn’t my first rodeo.
Thankfully, such silliness has not taken place, and I am proud to see nobody else in our travelling party has indulged in any such nonsense. I mean, had I been an obsessed over excited idiot, I might have sent my daughter a text just to tell her that Caseys’s now do a foot long Corn Dog only to have her tell me that my other daughter had already messaged her the day before to tell her the exact same thing. They make me proud every day.
Till the next time…..
7 thoughts on “Sense and Sensibility”
Gorgeous photos of Freddie, such a cutie!
Brilliant photos!!! Have you looked into terra verde resort? Built by the same company as emerald island, and literally a stone’s throw from celebration. We’ve stayed there several times at various villas and the location is brilliant. Several routes into Disney, springs is only 15mins away, animal kingdom about the same. Really recommend- it also has a a lovely resort pool and tiki bar which we found brilliant when my daughter was younger for relaxing. A lovely lake to walk around and most houses have their own pool as well. I promise I don’t own!! Lol , just a repeat customer.
Thanks for the tip. That sounds worthy of a bit of research 👍😁
Oh, and if you were as stupid as me, you would have pencilled in a villa for 2021… yup, over 2 years away 😂
Love this blog puts a smile on my face every week, lovely photos, happy planning
Great photos of Freddie. Is Highlands Reserve too far down the 27 for you? We have stayed in a fab 4 bed on that estate and are in fact returning this year.
We have done Highlands too and others nearby. That’s about as far down the 27 as we’d go but yes it is lovely. It will go on the list I am absolutely not making. 😁