So there’s myself 51, hubby 43, mum n dad and my daughters 13&23.
It’s our 6th time to Orlando .
We travelled up to Gatwick by minibus the day before from not so sunny Devon, checked into the Sofitel and enjoyed a relaxing evening before our travel day.
Up at 8 and all met for breakfast, then it was a very short wander over to Virgin check in which was so quiet. Straight through priority check in and into the No1 Lounge . It’s the first time we have used this particular lounge and it was ok, enjoyed relaxing with a G&T.
As I mentioned our flight was PE with Virgin and our first time flying with them( have only flown business with Delta before) and being on a dream liner .
We were happy with the whole experience, nice spacious seats, food was edible and ok.
Last time on arrival at MCO we were queued up for ages to get through security but this time was an absolute breeze and from stepping off the plane to reaching the car rental was probably just under an hour.
I will quickly explain our car rental situation, you may remember me mentioning it in previous posts. We booked a package through TA of flight and car. Usually the platinum package includes sat nav with other rental companies but not apparently so with Dollar. I had then booked a second vehicle with Discount Florida Car Hire, this was a car with Alamo and Andy at DFCH sent me a sat nav.
Checked in with Dollar(first time with them) chose our minivan.Then daughter and I picked up our Jeep intermediate SUV.
Although I’m good at navigating wherever I go , it’s just from MCO to I4 that I can’t do, so the plan, which I had gone over many times with hubby was that he would have the sat nav and I would follow him. I’m also reminded him( I’m sure at least 50 times 😬) to not forget the tolls . So off we go and then hubby was just gradually disappearing into the distance, got to first toll and what a surprise he doesn’t go through it !! So by the time we had gone through that toll hubby was long gone and me and daughter had to go it alone. Thankfully 😅 we were fine. Stopped off at Papa Johns to order pizzas, then dashed into Publix for essentials ( beer,wine and milk) then we found our way to our villa at Grand Reserve.
After eating and a huge glass of wine ( purely to help me sleep) we hit the sack at 10pm after being up for 18hours. And then ding 5 hours later I’m awake to find daughter and mum are up too.