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longing2Batdisney 05-03-2010 04:43 PM

wind blowin',sun shinin',Soarin'on a magical celebration!April/10: Final thoughts!
 
Hello! everyone we just returned from a magical fantastical celebration ... our dates were April 24 -29, 2010! We were celebrating DS17 (Dayne's) high school graduation; his friend, Luke's first visit...and our hopes of having a beautiful magical week of family fun (with no rain---last year we went the month of May that had seen an unusal amount of rain, even by FL's standards)...:

TABLE OF CONTENT:

CAST
HOW THIS TRIP CAME TO BE
the When and Where
DAY 2...ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
our rooms and locations...were our request granted
Day 1 --recap (forgot wanted to share story)
Day 2 Part II
ROPE DROP! MAGIC KINGDOM and the meeting of some special friends
Ashton meeting more friends...
MAGIC KINGDOM--PART II
TOMORROWLAND
TOMORROWLAND PART II
FANTASYLAND PART I
FANTASYLAND PART II
LIBERTY SQUARE
CELEBRATE PARADE: DREAMS COME TRUE
PARADE PART II
PARADE PART III
PARADE PART IV
Dayne's graduation!
ADVENTURELAND! PART 1
ADVENTURELAND --PART II
ADVENTURELAND PART III
Ashton meets Lilo and Stitch & we end our MK day very wet and stormy!
ANIMAL KINGDOM--BREAKFAST W/DONALD & FRIENDS!
Animal Kingdom -- DINOLAND
Animal Kingdom Part III
AK part III cont...
Animal Kingdom IV safari ride
Animal Kingdom cont
finishing the day with a Dance Party
Day 3 : Epcot part I
Epcot Part II
part II continued
parents photos
Under the Sea with Nemo and Friends
Living with the Land
a stroll to World Showcase
searching for a train garden
continuing our stroll through world showcase
meeting up with Jasmine and Aladdin on our stroll
hopping over to DHS! for a fantastic show of Fantasmic!
Mini Trip Report--Ft Walton Beach July 8-12
Ft Walton Beach continued
Four year old celebrations!
Photopass photos
photopass continued
waterpark photopass fun
Day 4--we start our day at Epcot!
our Epcot photos!
Day 4 part II -- return to DHS
Day 4 part III - taking a break at the POP
Day 4 mom and dad's photos
our last night of disney magic!
SPECTRO!!! and a very unmagical exit...
our arrival at the Royal Pacific Resort and Islands of Adventure
photos from our exploration of Suess Landing
we continue our day through IOA/with a sneak peek of the Hogwarts bldg
Ashton meets some friends!
wet fun--continuation of IOA
a Day at Universal STudios
Our final day of FL fun
FINAL THOUGHTS!
Leaving you with a few of my favorites from this year!

longing2Batdisney 05-03-2010 04:46 PM

Our cast
 
OUR CAST:
of course there is your's truly: Connie (41)
http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/s...disneyI272.jpg
DH(44) Danny:
http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/s...sal2010134.jpg
DD(22) Gwendolyn:
http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/s...disneyI136.jpg
DS(17) Dayne
:http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/s...l2010008-1.jpg
DS(3) Ashton:
http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/s...sal2010072.jpg
DDBF (24) Joe (our proud retired Marine):
http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/s...sneyI094-1.jpg
DF (18) Luke
:http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/s...n370/photo.jpg
my parents (Pops & Nana):
http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/s...disneyI165.jpg

longing2Batdisney 05-03-2010 05:21 PM

So, shall we start with a small bit of background...

our family normally tries to take a magical trip to WDW about every 5 years. Well, that is what we try to use as a guideline...

I went to WDW for the first time in 1976, than again in 1985, with my parents, sister and in 1985 Danny came along with us. We went again in 1996 with my parents and our older two children (we stayed at POFQ --our first trip on grounds). Our next visit was in Oct 2001 with (my parents, again) and our neighbors (whom we were homeschooling with at the time)...due to many many reasons our next few trips were cancelled (a baby in 2006 and a hip replacement for Danny in 2006)...so, our return was 2009!

Last year was a wonderful trip; we stayed at the ASSp (for the first time) with just our three children and Joe; but, it our trip was during the horrible monsoon of tropical weather that was sitting off the coast of SC and just sat there churning for two/three weeks...FL was getting an unusal amount of rain during these two weeks. Due to the rain and being there with a two year old; we missed a great deal of what we wanted to see (we normally do the parks commando style...in the past we were always able to do everything in the parks.) We missed soooo much!

I wanted to go back...but for Christmas! Danny agreed only to return this year as long as we went to the beach before our return. We missed the beach last year(Danny suffers from psorasis and a stressful postition-and enjoys his week of nothing at the beach)..... well, our plan was to return the week after Thanksgiving 2010 (low season and cool temps--that was Danny's other request)...

THAN! Danny and I started talking about going in May to meet up with fellow disser's ...I was sooooo excited...we were going back so soon and meeting people that I have come to hold dear to my heart as friends and could not wait to meet face to face...than Dayne said that was the week of his Sr beach trip.

So, we were back to NOv. But, we realized that Dayne's spring break fell late this year and with a little research we learned that it too was suppose to be a low season...

Danny agreed! :mickeyjum and I was off to planning our trip in three months. To top it off Gwendolyn and Joe decided to join us again so we were able to take advantage of the Military Salute again this year (that was a great relief--I didn't think we would be able to go with all the expense of Dayne's sr year coming up and a Disney trip.) But, things started to fall into place...
Dayne invited his friend, and my parents decided to join us the week before we left...

so, now that you have a basic background of how we ended up on this trip...stay tuned and travel along as we Soar high through the magic of Disney!
(how Soarin' came about--we were unable to ride last year and it was the main attractions Danny and I wanted to see last year...it was one of the main reason I was able to talk Danny into a trip so soon!)

mickeystoontown 05-03-2010 05:27 PM

I'm here! I'm here! Now I'm going back to read.

mickeystoontown 05-03-2010 05:33 PM

Sure hope you get your photobucket issues worked out soon so we can see more pics.

MickeyisBeast 05-03-2010 05:42 PM

Here! Can't wait to hear all about your trip Connie!
Now, to go back and read what you've got so far...
___
Our lab loves Camp Bow Wow! Infact, he's there right now. How's 'Buddy' like it?

longing2Batdisney 05-03-2010 05:43 PM

When: Saturday April 24 - 29, 2010
Place: POP Century Resort--(three rooms) Walt Disney World
http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/s...disneyI012.jpg
When: Thursday April 29- May 1, 2010
Place: Royal Pacific Resort @ Universal Studios (two rooms)
http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/s...sal2010202.jpg

we decided to start our trip on Friday when Dayne and Gwendolyn returned from school! Dayne had to drop off our black lab, "Buddy", off at Camp Bow Bow. Our other two dogs and parrot had been brough to Danny's mom the day before.
we hit the road around 12:30 and we drove through to Tallahassee for our first night (it was 6:30 est)...Danny wanted to continue through to Lake City; but, my dad was ready to stop...so, we stayed at a Best Western and had a yummy dinner at Cracker Barrel. I did not take pix of the food that night...or most of the trip sorry...my parents thought I was crazy and I just didn't want to go there with them (alot of things I would have done w/o them were not done). But, I had a new dish called "Shrimp low boil" it was so good...it had boiled shrimp, potatoes, corn, and andouille sausage in a garlic butter herb sauce...it was sooooo good!

MK2010 05-03-2010 06:44 PM

I'm reading along!

BippityBoo 05-03-2010 06:50 PM

Here!!!:cool1:

disney<333 05-03-2010 06:51 PM

Joining in, Connie! Great intro and pictures. Can't wait to hear all about your fun. Mitch and I decided to take a last minute couples trip. We were there Tuesday to Sunday (yesterday.) Finally a trip for both of us with out any rain!:goodvibes

Brave teacher 05-03-2010 07:34 PM

Found you! Keep it coming girl! BTW, that meal at CB sounds fantastic!

jenseib 05-03-2010 08:19 PM

I'm here too!

aprilisis 05-04-2010 07:54 AM

I'm subscribed! I can't wait to hear more! :yay:

longing2Batdisney 05-04-2010 11:42 AM

Finally, finished adding the pictures I wanted to add go check it out!
Quote:

Originally Posted by mickeystoontown (Post 36513165)
I'm here! I'm here! Now I'm going back to read.

Welcome over! Lisa

Quote:

Originally Posted by MickeyisBeast (Post 36513344)
Here! Can't wait to hear all about your trip Connie!
Now, to go back and read what you've got so far...
___
Our lab loves Camp Bow Wow! Infact, he's there right now. How's 'Buddy' like it?

hey! Sara--Buddy loves it there...he gets all excited when Dayne takes him to work with him!!

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Originally Posted by MK2010 (Post 36514093)
I'm reading along!

:welcome: to our travel fun!
Quote:

Originally Posted by BippityBoo (Post 36514168)
Here!!!:cool1:

Hey! Katie!!!! happy to have you here

Quote:

Originally Posted by disney<333 (Post 36514185)
Joining in, Connie! Great intro and pictures. Can't wait to hear all about your fun. Mitch and I decided to take a last minute couples trip. We were there Tuesday to Sunday (yesterday.) Finally a trip for both of us with out any rain!:goodvibes

Hey Barbara!couple only!:yay: that sounds like a lot of fun...I'm going to have to pop over to hear all about it. I would never be able to talk Danny into that...

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brave teacher (Post 36514699)
Found you! Keep it coming girl! BTW, that meal at CB sounds fantastic!

Hello! Megan it was so good I had it on the ride home, too!
Quote:

Originally Posted by jenseib (Post 36515292)
I'm here too!

Hey! Jen welcome over...
Quote:

Originally Posted by aprilisis (Post 36519332)
I'm subscribed! I can't wait to hear more! :yay:

Hey April!

So, hold on, keep you hands and legs in the vehicle...
and HERE WE GO!!!!

deedeew80 05-04-2010 12:46 PM

I'm in! Can't wait to read all about it!! :cool1:


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