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Old 01-28-2011, 07:04 AM   #1
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The Smith's take on the Poly July 2010-Finished!3/1/11

Hi everyone! This is my first TR, so please bear with me. I have lots of pics and lots of awesome memories!

Here's the family:
ME- Heidi, a physician coding specialist who works from home
DH- Rod, my wonderful husband of 16 years
DS- Anthony, my son who is 15
DD- Alexandra or Alex who is 13




Our Disney trip July 14- July 19th 2010. Our orginal plans were to head to Key Largo, so Rod and Anthony could scuba down there. Well the oil spill changed our plans, so we ended our trip July 20-July 23rd to a Universal Studos/Harry Potter trip.

Next post: Travel day and MK at night!
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:03 AM   #2
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Arrival day and MK at night!



I am a huge Disney fanatic! I love to plan our trip, almost as much as the trip it self This year I decided to splurge and book my dream resort the Poly. I have always wanted to stay here and when the summer discounts were announced it was a go. I booked a standard view, request of close to the GCH and the pools.

Leaving home:
Our plane leaves the Des Moines airport at 6:50 AM, so we need to be there at 5:30 to check our bags and go thru security.

Rod at 4:00 AM


Alex at 4:00AM


Anthony at 4:00 AM


All happy and ready to go. We arrive at the airport on time and take off on time!! Our connection is in Memphis and Alex is hungry, for what?? A hamburger of all things at 8:30 AM. The lovely lady at the counter service eatery made her a hamburger and fries at 8:30 AM


Our connecting flight is on time and we are off to MCO---




ME here we come.
I have our ME packet and arrive at ME with three other families there. So excited to see the ME holding area




About 15 minutes after checking in with ME and waiting in line. A lovely couple on their honeymoon was behind us, staying at the Honeymoon suite at the WL. She had her wedding veil ears on, it was adorable!
Our bus comes up and here we go


Rod is asleep for the whole bus ride down!


Our ME driver was booking down the roads, no time to stop for great pics! Sorry, some of these are quite blurry






The Poly was the 1st stop A few pics of our way in, again sorry they are blurry:



I used the online check in prior to arriving, so we quickly headed to the online check in area. I was 1st in line! A quick 5 minutes later, we were checked into our room at Niue, room 1705. Ground floor, huge patio, facing the volcano pool. Steps from the GCH and both pools. I was in heaven!
Here is a couple pics of our room and a lovely surpise waiting for us




And Anthony being silly with the pirate hat:

I had ordered a pirate booty surprise from Disney before arrival. It was a lovely, huge cooler filled with different beers around the world, I had them add some Budweiser too. There were all kinds of snacks, pretzels, mustard, chips as well. All and all a lovely basket. We used the cooler all week, as our fridge did not seem to keep items cool.

cont next post....
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:18 AM   #3
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On to MK



So we are all unpacked and decide to head to MK. Rod is still tired, so he heads to the pool.

A few pics of the Poly an our way to the Monorail station: The Poly is beautiful and the flowers and plants are lovely.



We get in line for the monorail



Here it is, about 30 seconds later!


We are on our way. We really liked how easy it was to board the monorail and take a quick trip to MK. The monorail stoped at the GF and then on to MK.
We knew that arriving at MK in the late afternoon, around 2:00 would be crazy crowds. We were right. There were no FP left for the three mountains and wait times were crazy long..75-90min. We decided not to go on any of the bigger rides, and do those tomorrow morning for MEMH.

Off we went to:Pirates! I have not been on this ride since the rehab and was excited to see the changes:













We really enjoyed the new ride and rode it twice!

We walked over to Frontierland to ck out the ride times and the lines were too long! But decided to take a pic at Splash Mountain our favorite!



Next up: more MK
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:33 AM   #4
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More MK

As we leave Frontierland, we head back to Adventureland to try a show, that I have never seen before...Tiki Birds.... I think that the kids will be borred, but they still enjoy a good show.
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I loved the show, but the kids thought it was borring, but were willing to humor me

We decided that it was getting too hot, too crowded and needed a break back at the hotel. On the way we stopped by the castle and looked at the lovely mosiac tile artwork inside




We were on our way back to the Poly. On our way out we encountered the afternoon parade, just not feeling it...so we made our way thru the throng of people back to the monorail. Deciding we need a break, swim and food before more MK


Coming up: Just Alex and I head back to MK
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:47 AM   #5
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Alex and I take on MK

After a good rest, Alex and I decide to go back to MK. Rod and Anthony were too worn out and wanted to stay at the Poly to swim and relax.

Alex and I headed to Fantasy land. I wanted to try Snow White. I have heard mixed reviews about this ride, but as Alex is 13, I knew she would not be scared.






Thoughts on Snow white, ehhh...just ok ride. Glad I went once, can't say I will do it again.

On to PhilharMagic 3D! Alex and my favorite 3D show in all of WDW. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies, especially the Be our Guest seen. Seeing it in 3D is just amazing!!



Next we head to Tomorrowland...on to Stitch. I know this ride is not well liked, but for some reason, we LOVE it. Strange I know!


Alex found this little guy. She is pretty much out of stuffed animal craze, but fell in love with Mickey!


The next attraction that we wanted to try, that have not got to in the past is the Monter's Inc laughing floor. I did not have any expectations of this show, just wanted to see what it was all about. Alex and I really liked it and will try it again next year!


Up next: Buzz! Buzz is one of our favorites, so we braved the 45min line.




After Buzz we were done, exhausted, hot and ready to head back to the Poly

Up Next:
EMH MK, poor sick girl and Anthony and I take on MK in the AM
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Morning EMH at MK and Alex gets sick

7/15/10
After arriving back at the Poly last night, Alex told me that she was not feeling well. I figured, the long day and heat had gotten to her. She seemed to sleep well, but woke up stating that her stomach hurt but wanted to try to go to MK.

We all got up, had a little bit of fruit for breakfast and headed out to MK on the monorail. It was Morning Early Entry, so we wanted to be there in plenty of time for that. We arrived at 7:45, down the Monorail ramp we go and Alex throws up, right at the entrance in front of everyone. Now she is embarassed and really ill. My lovely husband says that he will take her back to the Poly to rest while Anthony and I tour MK. So off they go, back to the Poly. Anthony and I decide to hit some of the big rides, get fast passes for her if she feels up to it later and then ck on her.

First up Space Mountain. Anthony gets in the regular line, while I grab some fast passes for later. The line, flies by.... We ride it 3 times in a row with no waiting.



We head to Fantasyland to ride Peter Pan, as I knew the line would be too big later in the day.



I took a pic of IMWA, as I knew that I would not be able to get Anthony to go on that one again!


By this time it was 9:00 AM and Frontierland was opening. We position our selves for the rope drop and head over to our favorite Splash Mountain.


Next up, Big Thunder Mountain



UP Next: Many, Many Brazilian tour groups!
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:17 AM   #7
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July 15th PM at DHS

Well, Alex is still not feeling well and is not up to going anywhere. Rod and Alex stay in the room for some movie watching and relaxing, while Anthony and I decide to go to DHS.

A quick walk to the bus area at the Poly and we are at DHS 15 min later.


We know that it will be crowded and we are right. More Brazilian tour groups are here and no FP available at ToT and RnRC or TS!


The wait for RcRC is 90minutes, so we decide to skip riding it and take a couple pics:







It is getting dark now, so we head over to ToT! Our favorite DHS ride! The line time is posted 75min, but we thought as long as we are here and all the rides have long lines, lets just do it. The que is lined with misting machines that help keep down the heat, we appreciate it! As we made our way around the seemingly never ending que line, we met some really nice people. It made the time seem to go faster!



A couple of inside pics:




After our ride, we decided to go and get something to eat. We found Pizza Planet. I didn't take any pics, but Anthony's pizza was really good and my salad hit the spot.

After some much needed food, we were ready to head out of there





Back to the Poly and hit the sack, next up we finally tour as a family
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:37 AM   #8
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Finally the whole family at AK

Yeah, Alex is feeling better! We are off to AK this AM, ready for rope drop! Ak is our families favorite park and were really excited to have everyone be together.

As we were prepared for the July heat, we still could not get over how hot and humid it was even at 8:15 AM, already sweating! I needed to wipe the humidity from the camera lens on this one:


Love the detailing at AK:


Rod and Anthony waiting for the lines to open up:


Here we go, its time to open and a cute little truck comes up with characters. A nice little show to start the AM:



Rope dropped and off we go to EE! We love EE, our favorite ride by far at AK. Had to ride it 1st thing and get FP for later. The crowd was huge!




I think EE has a wonderful que lines and so much to look at and take pics of:






We are almost ready to board!



We rode x3 and then finally had our fill! On to the rest of Asia:


My favorite pic!


Bats!


Lizard-monitor I think?


My favorite fountain:


AK continued.....
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After EE, we decided to head to the Safari. We missed the Safari last time and really wanted to see it.

On the way we check out some of the Tree of Life:




Stoping to play the drums in Africa:


On to the Safari, we had a great driver and front row seats!










We stop to check out a cute shop and Alex finds her hat of the vacation:


Next up: It's Tough to be a Bug! We love 3D movies and this is our second favorite. I love the que thru the tree and the awesome effects of the seats!!
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It's Tough to be a Bug at AK

Here we are going to Bugs life, as I call this movie.









My favorite!


Alex with her hat and bug glasses!


Inside the theater:




Now that we are done with the movie, we are hungry!! I had made reservations for the Rainforest Cafe,per my sister's recomendation. We had a lovely lunch, no pics though of the food. I had a lobster mac and cheese, heavenly!!
Here we are at lunch: horrible pic of me and goofy pic of Anthony and Rod




Lovely pic of all of us, our awesome server took!


I can't remember the name of Alex's desert, but something about a lava flow. It was huge! A chocolate lava cake with a sparkler on it. She was so happy!

Up next Dinoland!
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Dinoland!

Off we go to Dinoland, happy, bellies full and ready for the heat!




1st ride to do--- Dinosaur!! Rod, Alex and I love this ride...Anthony not so much. He has really never liked dark rides and this one has dark and things that jump at him. But he is a trooper and will go on it again with us




That thingy in Alex's hand is the sparkler from her desrert. She thought it was so cool, she hung on to it for a while






Dinosaur done, what next? We decided to ck out Primeval Whirl. I hate this ride and was happy to see 60min wait, so the kids let me take a couple pics and not ride it!



The crowds and heat were getting to us, so off we go back to the Poly for some much needed rest!

Up next: Alex and I head to DTD!
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Epcot, here we come

Well, today is our EPCOT day. Love that the location of the Poly lets you walk to the TTC and then take the EPCOT monorail.
The walk from the Niue building to the TTC was about 6 minutes, not too bad in the AM when the temps were down.
We have never been to the TTC, so we were not sure what to expect. I found it easy to navigate and found the EPCOT monorail easily.

Big lines for rope drop, but we wanted to see Soarin, which we missed last time. A lovely lady sat with us while we waited to be let in the main gates. She was an EPCOT expert, us not so much. We did not spend much time in Future world last time, I was not exactly sure where Soarin was! She saw us looking out our map, trying to figure out and offered to help us get there. What a nice lady!


Not another picture Mom!


Our plan ready, we followed the massive crowd to the FP machine for Soarin. The FP machine next to us had a lady entering in 100 tickets for FP's for a tour group. Disney did not have a dedicated FP machine for tour groups which was a shame as people behind her had quite a wait. I let a family that was right behind her a head of me. They were so grateful!



Soarin FP in hand we head of to TT. We love TT and couldn't wait for the ride!





On to Mission Space. I did not let my kids ride the Orange side last time, I am terrified of this ride. I am clausterphobic and can't handle spinny things! Well this year, Alex tried the Orange and Anthony tried the Green. They both loved this sides!




Love the hat!


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Dive Quest- surprise for Rod and Anthony

Before we headed back to the Poly for a break, our FP was ready for Soarin'. What an awesome ride! We were front row, the highest glider!


After Soarin, off to The Seas and Nemo ride. This ride was ok, but the kids did not like it. I loved the attention to detail outisde the building and got these cute pics!




During the ride, these pics did not come out too well:






As I stated before, we were to go scuba diving in Key West at the end of our WDW trip. Anthony has never dove in the open ocean, so he was bummed to say the least, when the oil spill ended his chance of diving. Well, Alex and I decided to suprise them by booking the Dive Quest tour as soon as we could. We did not tell Rod and Anthony that they would be diving until we got back to our room for a well needed break.

Here we are relaxing, eating and feeding the cute ducks that would come to our porch ever day.




After a good nap and swim, we were off to the TTC headed back to EPCOT for Dive Quest:



Dive Quest was at 5:30, so we checked into Customer Service area 30min prior to their Dive time. Alex and I do not dive, she was too young at the time Anthony was certified and I can not equalize my ears! We waited with 8other divers, 10 total for the dive master to come and get them. The dive master checked everyone's certifcation and took the divers away! We could not come with them backstage which is a bummer, but I understood. From the boys report, they got to go back state through EPCOT to The Seas Aquarium, watched a video, got dressed in their gear and got ready to dive. Took about an hour to get the pre-dive stuff done.

Alex and I took off for MS again, while we waited. She went on the Orange side x3 and then we both went on TT again.

An hour later, we headed to The Seas to watch our boys dive. The dive took 45 minutes. Here are some pics of the boys hamming it up and really enjoying them selves!







Up Next: Alex and explore The Seas
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Exploring The Seas and DHS

The entire Dive Quest process took about 3 1/2 hrs, so Alex and I had time to explore after the boys were done diving. She had fun posing and playing the games around Bruce:




After Dive Quest was done, the boys came out with a DVD and a nice backpack type bag. It was so worth it and they loved it! We will go again for sure, and Alex will be certified next time!

We headed for World Showcase after Dive Quest just as Illuminations was starting. Perfect timing! My battery died in my camera, so no pics. We had an ok spot by the Canada Pavilion and watched the show! Love the show and had a great time.

We were off to the Poly, hit the Monorail and then a long walk from the TTC back to the room. Why does the walk seem so much longer, at night when you are tired!



July 18th- DHS AM Toy Story Mania here we come

We hit the bus for rope drop, as we knew that we needed to be there 1st thing to get a FP for TSM.


Alex not liking the Mom kiss!


Cute pic on our way to Toy Story:


We got our FP, following the mob of people! Thank goodness there was a dedicated FP machine for tour groups only. This made things much easier for all of the families out there!

We decided to ride TSM after of FP were obtained











Awesome ride!!! I forgot to take a pic of our score, but Rod won easily!

Up next: Back lot tour
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After TSM, we wanted to try The Backlot Tour. We have never been on to this attraction before, so why not try it. We did not care much for the pre-show. I really enjoyed the tram and the prop-shop.






It's about lunch time and our reservations for Sci-Fi. We love Sci-Fi, our favorite place to eat at WDW! Love the theme, rollerskates, B-movies and eating in a car!




After lunch we were done with DHS, very crowded and so hot!
Here are some cute pics of the bus back to the Poly, very empty bus!


Rod sleeping!



Up next, back to EPCOT!
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