You’re writing a TR? Really? (Christmas at POR, 2010)
“So… Just what makes you think that you can write a trip report?”
That is what I expect to here from those that know me on and off these boards. Honestly, I don’t have a good answer to that particular question, but I’ve been roaming these boards for a good while, so I thought it was high time that I gave it a try. Will I succeed? Don’t know, but I’m sure that y’all will let me know how I’m doing through your witty commentary or (worse) by the complete lack there of. :rolleyes1
Well enough of that nonsense. It’s time to get started. As I’m new to the art and science of writing up a TR, most of y’all don’t know anything about me (except for the other DisDad’s who may be a long to commandeer this thread shortly), so a little background info may be called for. I’m one of those lucky soles who is not only a Disney-a-holic, but also seceded in marring a Disney freak and the two of us have been instilling this same lunacy into our son for nearly 16 years. We’re all pretty much hopeless. I took my first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1974 (yah… I’m that old), first saw EPCOT in 1983, first took my lovely bride to the “World” in 1993, and have been taking my family back down pretty much yearly since 2000. The trip in question for this little dissertation was our tenth since getting married, ninth since our son was born, second during the winter months, but the first time during Christmas (and that last little bit will play a fairly healthy part in the story I’m about to relate).
Me: http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-music014.gif Rob - 49 years worth of refusing to grow up
DW: :tinker: Tamara - A proper Southern Belle and saint who has
been patiently putting up with me for over twenty years now.
DS: :cool2: Max - Good kid, but one who is almost exactly like
his father (much to his mother's chagrin).
On a side note: In the DisDads club we have a rule that you are required to finish your current TR before you head off on you’re next adventure. As I’m starting this one rather late (say nearly 5 months), and we’re planning on leaving on our next adventure in a little more then a month, My chances of pulling that off are slim. But I’ll give it a shot.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Say it ain’t so…
Chapter 2: A Diabolical Plan
- Part 1: D Day
- Part 2: Rainman…
Chapter 4: Day-1
- Part-1: Rain… Not just rain, but rain rain…
- Part-2: What to do, what to do?
- Part-3: Up the Sassagoula, and into the Acadian
- Part-4: Christmas time at AK
- Part-5: Was that a Jonas?... Do I really care?...
- Part-6: Dinos, and Characters, and Clownfish… Oh my…
- Part-7: Gingerbread… Lots and lots of Gingerbread
- Part-8: Doing the Loop
- Part-9: On the rail again
Chapter 5 – Day 2
- Part-1: …Early to Rise
- Part-2: TSM - Take one… Action!
- Part-3: We been lied to…
- Part-4: TSM - Take two… Slow-mo camera ready… Action!
- Part-5: Catching the limo…
- Part-6: Dinner and a Spectacle
- Part-7: Other Sorts of Spectacles
- Part-8: Let there be Lights
- Part-9: A Partridge and a Yarn Tree
Chapter 6 – Day-3
- Part-1: Reality rears its ugly head
- Part 2: Ain’t it perrty
- Part 3: The House that Jack Rebuilt
- Part 4: Mountains Receding in the Distance
- Part 5: Room at the Inn
- Part 6: The Journey Eastward
- Part 7: Toontown we hardly knew ya’
- Part 8: Light a Candle (I Mean a Castle)
- Part 9: The Eastern Block & the Occidental Meltdown
- Part 10: Two Form the Grill
- Part 11: Posh Tickets and One Big Tree
- Part 12: A “Wish” for a mountain passage
- Part 13: Disney’s Underwear
Chapter 7 – Day-4
- Part 1: From Sorin’ to Savin’
- Part 2: Single Riders and Protean Spills
- Part 3: Backpack?... What backpack?
- Part 4: “What the Beverly…”
- Part 5: Across the Pond
- Part 6: A Joyful Noise
- Part 7: Yah, I know its lame…
- Part 8: Zoom! Zoom?
- Part 9: In a Pickle
- Part 10: Something for Momma
Chapter 8 – Day-5
- Part 1: A Riverside Retrospective
- Part 2: We’ll still be here…
- Part 3: One little Ride
- Part 4: O Canada
- Part 5: Punked (but in a good way)
- Part 6: Now that’s a Snack
- Part 7: Fruit Trees and Field Drums
- Part 8: The Clown and the Witch
- Part 9: Decisions, Decisions…
- Part 10: The Rest of the World
- Part 11: Wrap it up
- Part 12: North
The Day 5 / Part 11 & 12 stuff is NEW!! :woohoo:
And the final official update
Just one more thing…
Here’s a link to the next saga of our continuing adventures with all things Disney
(I hope y’all come on over and join us in this one as well)
Oh yah… Thanks for reading along!!!
Okay, I'm here. I can't wait to hear about Christmas at POR. Let the report begin.popcorn::
Better late than never - I'm looking forward to you TR Rob!
(But keep up with the updating, or fear the pirates!)
I'm here thanks to your post on the DDC thread. I'll be more than happy to provide any abuse or sarcasm you need. :thumbsup2
Looks good so far, I like the table of contents teaser and look forward to learning what they mean. All except for the Jonas one... :lmao::rotfl2:
I'm here and ready for sarcastic comments! Oh, and the TR too, I guess. :rotfl:
I don't think I'd know a Jonas if he punched me in the nose. Then again, if someone punched me in the nose, I'd probably be inclined to return the favor. Then, if 200 twelve year old girls started screaming and punching me, it would probably be a good hint that I just punched a Jonas.
That has nothing to do with your trip report, but it might be useful information in the future.
On with the TR!
Since I'll never be able to go at that time, I love reading Christmastime TRs, count me in!
Like I warned up front, I’m new at this, so y’all will have to let me know
when I’m not following the rules.
And the DisDads are good at it. Welcome aboard sir.
(Good lord, what have I gotten myself into here?)
One of the Masters of TR has consented to review my work.
(Oh this does not bode well for me.)
Another of the board’s Jedi Masters has decided to instruct me in the ways of the TR
(I have much to learn and I suspect y’all will not make this easy on me).
Hopefully I can supply something of use. We’ll see…
Chapter 1: Say it ain’t so…
"We're not going to Disney World in 2010."
At least that was the original plan (but as y’all know, plans change). Anyway… We’ve been to WDW many times before, but it was decided (and agreed upon by all concerned), that this year would be a good time to take a different kind of trip. We’d go to see the Nation’s Capitol instead.
Then we’d go to Disney. :rolleyes1
We just didn’t know it at the time. ;)
As the trek to DC was supposed to be the only trip we took in 2010, and it was a monumental success as well, I’m going to toss in (at no extra charge to yourself) a “micro-mini” Non-Disney TR as an added bonus. We figured that at 15 years, our son was old enough to not only remember what he saw, but had the schooling necessary to understand it and see everything in proper context as well. Besides, neither Tamara nor I had been up there since we were kids, so it was a good time to take on the challenge. The result was a truly fine time had by all and an outing worthy of its own detailed TR. But for now, I’ll just toss out a few of the better pictures.
In all seriousness though, if you ever have the opportunity to go to the Capitol, you need to do it. So, without farther ado…
A Disney Family does DC (a very, very short TR - June 2010)
We started out at Mt Vernon and a short cruise of the Potomac…
Spent a quiet morning at Arlington National Cemetery…
(And I can not stress enough that you need to spend some time here.)
Were given a private tour of the Capitol by an interne for one of our representatives…
Spent time on the National Mall…
Spent a good bit of time in many of the museums…
Toured the Monuments in the evening (highly recommended)…
Encountered most of the major monuments and
walked along a lot of the streets and passages:
Saw things that you don’t really expect…
And had an absolutely fabulous time doing it… That’s all for this little section, but feel free to ask questions about that trip as well. We learned a lot, and really want to go back some time in the near future to take in even more of the city and history.
Subbing! Looks interesting so far. POR really pulled me in though. I'll be staying there next month and cannot get excited over it. Hoping to find out you liked it! :thumbsup2
I'm in!! I am very embarrassed to say that I live 40 miles south of D.C. and have only visited it twice in 9 1/2 years :rolleyes1 (I know....shame on me!)
I came to screeching halt when viewing your pics...was that Dumbo? In one of the museums?!! Can't wait to read more :surfweb:
When are you traveling down to The World?
And… Just to let you know, we did enjoy our stay at POR and will certainly keep it as an option for future trips. I plan to write this TR up at a fairly good clip (if I can keep up the momentum, I’d like to be done before we leave on our trip in June), so I’ll get to the specifics of arriving at and settling in to Port Orleans Riverside by the end of the week.
Feel free to ask specific questions and I’ll be glad to toss back my take on the situation.
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