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Momof2Disneyboys 05-15-2012 09:58 AM

Trip #8; But Was It Great? A WDW MAYcation with a side of LegoLand & Celebration, FL!
 
Hello and welcome to my TR!

Most of you already know me so I will skip the big long intros. But for those of you who don't know me: My name is Shelly and we are a family of 4 from PA, near Pittsburgh. Today is DH & my 14th anniversary! :lovestruc We have 2 boys 10 and 13. We started going to WDW in 2005 when the boys were 4 & 6 and we have since then taken 8 trips! We just love it and can't get enough! I wish I could say that each and every trip was perfect, but that's just not the case. Some have been wonderful and some have just been okay. Unfortunately the trip we just returned from falls into the 'okay' category. For several reasons: late flight down on arrival day, big crowds on some days, extremely HOT, DS & I getting sick, and lots of issues at our resort. BUT, we did still manage to have a ton of fun and had lots of great meals. And you know I took pictures of it all the good, the bad, and the ugly. So lots to come!! ::yes::


Here is the link to my PTR: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2900982


Like I said, this was our 8th trip to Walt Disney World. We were there April 28 May 6. We stayed at the Beach Club for the very first time.

I will be sharing about our resort experience, fun in the parks, many dining experiences, a new experience for us at DTD, and about our very first off-site side trip!

DS13 just turned 13 three weeks before our trip, so since the trip fell right between that and our anniversary we celebrated them both at WDW! :cool1:

I look forward to sharing our WDW journey with all of my DIS friends and hope to make some new friends along the way too. I hope you all enjoy!

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/...6/218b67c7.jpg



Momof2Disneyboys 05-15-2012 09:59 AM

Day1 ~ Saturday April 28:
Flight, Arrival & Checking In ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=33
BC Room & View ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=57
Epcot & Nemo ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=81
Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=82


Day 2 ~ Sunday April 29:
Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=103
Epcot & Soarin ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=104
Kona Cafe & the Poly ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=120
Epcot: F&GF, Soarin & Living with the Land ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=144
Epcot: F&GF, Mexico, Gran Fiesta Tour, & Donald ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=145
Epcot: Maelstrom & World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=166
Epcot: World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=168
Beach Club Room & View ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=182
Storm-Along-Bay Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=183
BC Room Issues & 'Guest Experience Services' Follow-Up ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=184
Walk to the Garden Grove (Swan) ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=201
Garden Grove Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=202
Garden Grove Dinner & DS13's Birthday Celebration ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=203
Swan, Dolphin & Boardwalk ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=241
Boardwalk & Beach Club ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=242


**December 2012 Trip Booked** http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=227


Day 3 ~ Monday April 30:
Dolphin & Car Rental, We're Going to LegoLand! ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=259
Arrival at LegoLand ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=260
LegoLand: Entrance & Lego Kingdom ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=293
LegoLand: Lego Kingdom ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=294
LegoLand: Lego City ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=311
LegoLand: Pizza & Pasta Buffet Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=330
LegoLand: MiniLand USA ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=347
LegoLand: MiniLand USA ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=348
LegoLand: MiniLand USA ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=349
LegoLand: MiniLand USA ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=350
Cypress Gardens ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=376
Cypress Gardens ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=377
Pirate's Cove Live Water Ski Show ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=399
LegoLand Shopping and Apple Fries ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=400
Celebration, Florida ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=429
Celebration, Florida ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=430
Celebration, Florida ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=431
Beaches & Cream Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=457
Swimming & IllumiNations ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=468


Day 4 ~ Tuesday May 1:
Arrival at Disney's Hollywood Studios & Donald Duck ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=493
DHS: TSM, RNRC, & Star Tours ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=494
DHS: TSM, GMR, TOT, & Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=506
DHS: Streets of America ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=526
DHS: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=527
DHS: Star Tours & Shopping ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=553
Big River Grille Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=591
Boardwalk & Beach Club ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=592


Day 5 ~ Wednesday May 2:
Beach Club Marketplace Lunch & Quiet Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=619
Magic Kingdom: Main Street & POTC ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=647
Magic Kingdom: POTC & Haunted Mansion ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=648
Magic Kingdom: Fantasyland & IASW and Construction ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=689
Magic Kingdom: Barnstormer & Train Station and Construction ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=690
Magic Kingdom Character Meet & Greets ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=706
Tony's Town Square Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=707
Magic Kingdom: Parade & Buzzlightyear ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=728
Magic Kingdom: CoP, Space Mtn, TTA, Monsters Inc ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=729
Magic Kingdom: Castle Pics, Casey's, Aloha Isle, Aladdin, POTC ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=750
Wishes ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=751


Day 6 ~ Thursday May 3:
Epcot: Rope Drop, UK, Canada, Soarin, Spaceship Earth ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=774
Epcot: Mission Space, Mexico, Gran Fiesta Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=775
Epcot: Norway, Maelstrom, China, Germany, America, Liberty Inn Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=819
Epcot: F&GF Pics and Japan ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=835
Epcot: Morocco, France, Back to the BC ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=836
Anniversary Dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=859
YC Lobby, B&C Dessert, and Back to Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=891
IllumiNations ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=893
More Epcot and Back to the BC ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=894


Day 7 ~ Friday May 4:
Downtown Disney: Pin Traders, Once Upon a Toy & World of Disney ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=910
Downtown Disney: T-Rex Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=911
Characters in Flight Hot Air Balloon ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=945
Characters in Flight Hot Air Balloon ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=946
DTD Shopping ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=966
DTD Shopping ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=967
BC SAB Pool, BW Pizza, Boardwalk, BC Beach ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=994


Day 8 ~ Saturday May 5:
Magic Kingdom Opening Show ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1010
MK: Philharmagic, Meet&Greet, Jungle Cruise, POTC, Casey's Corner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1039
MK: Pecos Bill, TTA, Castle Pics, Main Street ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1041
Polynesian Resort & Dole Whips ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1078
Polynesian Resort ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1079
ESPN Club Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1096
Boardwalk & Beach Club Quiet Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1130


Day 9 ~ Sunday May 6:
Beach Club, ME Pick UP & Orlando Airport ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1195


Souvenirs ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1236
Final Thoughts ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1253
Dining Wrap Up ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1271



mickeystoontown 05-15-2012 10:51 AM

Joining in for the fun!

EastYorkDisneyFan 05-15-2012 10:57 AM

I'm joining on the fun too.

Mndisneygirl 05-15-2012 11:00 AM

I wouldn't miss this one!! I'm here!!popcorn::

And Happy Anniversary!!! (we just had our 15th on Thursday!)

Lil'Mermaid75 05-15-2012 11:41 AM

Yeah!! Ready for another Shelly TR!!!

And HAPPY, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Momof2Disneyboys 05-15-2012 11:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mickeystoontown (Post 44891314)
Joining in for the fun!

:welcome: Lisa! You are first!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by EastYorkDisneyFan (Post 44891369)
I'm joining on the fun too.

Welcome, hope you enjoy! :goodvibes

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mndisneygirl (Post 44891398)
I wouldn't miss this one!! I'm here!!popcorn::

And Happy Anniversary!!! (we just had our 15th on Thursday!)

Glad you are here Sheree! :)

Thanks and Happy Anniversary to you too! :love:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lil'Mermaid75 (Post 44891820)
Yeah!! Ready for another Shelly TR!!!

And HAPPY, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Welcome!! :cool1: Glad you're here and thank you! :goodvibes

justakrazymom 05-15-2012 11:58 AM

I'm in!!

T*Bird 05-15-2012 12:10 PM

Well, I made the first page! :banana: That's not usually the case for me. But I'd better not write too much, or I may be bumped down. :eek:

I can't wait to hear all about your trip. I trust it gets better after the resort problems. From the sound of things, you had some good dining experiences. That's always nice! I'm disappointed that the overall trip was just OK. I had predicted it would be at the top of your trip list. But come to think of it, I am usually wrong on any predictions. :rolleyes: So next time, if I tell you your trip will suck, you are in for a fabulous time. :laughing:

That is a great family photo at DHS! :thumbsup2 One of your best yet!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!

Moodyzblu 05-15-2012 12:13 PM

I'm in !! Been looking forward to this one. :banana:

JayhawkFans 05-15-2012 12:16 PM

Happy Anniversary! Looking forward to reading your trip report.

RinkyTinkyTinky 05-15-2012 12:17 PM

I'm in! :)

Momof2Disneyboys 05-15-2012 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by justakrazymom (Post 44891986)
I'm in!!

Welcome! :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by T*Bird (Post 44892086)
Well, I made the first page! :banana: That's not usually the case for me. But I'd better not write too much, or I may be bumped down. :eek:

I can't wait to hear all about your trip. I trust it gets better after the resort problems. From the sound of things, you had some good dining experiences. That's always nice! I'm disappointed that the overall trip was just OK. I had predicted it would be at the top of your trip list. But come to think of it, I am usually wrong on any predictions. :rolleyes: So next time, if I tell you your trip will suck, you are in for a fabulous time. :laughing:

That is a great family photo at DHS! :thumbsup2 One of your best yet!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!

YAY you made the first page!! :cool1:

The trip does get better. It just never really got off to a great start and then all the resort issues just made for it being 'just okay'. Nothing terrible, just not our best trip ever by any means. So yes, maybe you should tell me our next trip will suck! :rotfl:

I was so glad to find that family pic when I was going through all the pics when we got home. I knew throughout the trip I kept thinking that we weren't getting many pics of all of us together.

Thank you! :goodvibes


Quote:

Originally Posted by Moodyzblu (Post 44892120)
I'm in !! Been looking forward to this one. :banana:

Welcome, so glad you're here!! :yay:

Quote:

Originally Posted by JayhawkFans (Post 44892144)
Happy Anniversary! Looking forward to reading your trip report.

Thank you! :goodvibes Hope you enjoy!

Quote:

Originally Posted by RinkyTinkyTinky (Post 44892158)
I'm in! :)

Welcome Rinky!! :cool1:

Lovemy3babes 05-15-2012 12:30 PM

Oh yeah, I'm in Shelly! :cool1:

Lots of May anniversaries! Our 13th was last Tuesday. :lovestruc

lala3291 05-15-2012 12:33 PM

I'm here!! Now off to read the beginning! Looking forward to the TR!


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