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Old 09-21-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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17 Disney Days! Too much? 5 kids! Too many?!


Hello and welcome to the fastest 17 day trip report you have ever seen!

I promise lots of pictures, a moderate amount of detail, and to respond if you ask questions or leave comments. Please do! I also promise to complete the report!

Itinerary:
We stayed at POP Century 3 nights, Bay Lake Tower 7 nights, and cruised the Eastern Caribbean on the Disney Fantasy for 7 nights


A brief intro to our family...

Mom (Kyrie) and Dad (Marc): Had our first trip to Disney World together 20 years ago, honeymooned in Disneyland 18 years ago, but have become much bigger Disney fans in the last 10 years! DVC members, we've had APs to either WDW or DL for the past three years and hope to continue that trend!


Jacob (8): First trip at 5 months old. Hollywood Studios is his favorite park because he loves Rock n Rollercoaster (his favorite) and Toy Story Mania. There is nothing that Jacob won't ride!

Max (7): First trip at 1 year old. Formerly afraid of dark rides, Max has expanded his horizons on this trip making it a lot easier on us...being able to ride Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion as a family instead of in shifts!


Ella (4): First trip at 7 months old. Braver than her height allows her to be. A fan of Tower of Tower since she was three. Magic Kingdom is her favorite park because there are so many rides.


Zoe (2): First trip at 1 year old. Is a little worried about being scared on rides, but hasn't skipped any yet. Loves everything Disney especially Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins. We found out on this trip exactly what the 'terrible two's" really means!


Zach (3 months old): His first trip!

Pre-Trip Projects (T-Shirts, Fish Extender, FE Gifts, Activity Books)
Day 1 Off to a screaming start
Day 1 Food: Everything POP
Day 2: MagicBands, Animal Kingdom, and POP Century Pool
Day 2 Food: Everything POP, Yak & Yeti, Everything POP
Day 3: Magic Kingdom, the Pool, and Dinner at Art of Animation
Day 3 Food: Everything POP, Plaza Restaurant, Landscape of Flavors
Day 4: EPCOT and moving to Bay Lake Tower
Day 4 Food: Everything POP, EPCOT snack, Biergarten, Contempo Cafe
More pictures of our BLT 2 bedroom villa
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:37 PM   #2
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Marc and I kept a blog while we were traveling, so this trip report is actually already complete, however I plan to add some extras for those of you who have some patience to follow along day by day. There will be food porn for sure, which is sorely lacking from the blog. And also more details and opinions.

Before I give you the link to the blog for Day 1, let me show you some of the prep we did for the trip.

Making homemade matching t-shirts has become a fun tradition. Even though we were extremely busy just before this trip (with a newborn and all), I want to do this as often as we can while the kids are still game! I made eight different designs of shirts, at least 36 shirts in total. (I lost count.)



We also made fish extender gifts for our cruise. Don't know what that means? There are more details in the blog. Basically it's a gift exchange for people on the Disney cruise who sign up. We made 50 Disney music CDs with a custom cover to hand out to the participants.


We didn't make our fish extender ourselves. We ordered it off of Etsy. It was too cute not to include here though! This is what we hung up outside of our cabin for people to deliver our gifts.


We made some more custom magnets for our cruise cabin door to add to the collection we've used in the past.


I also made activity books for the kids to keep them busy and happy during sit down meals. They also served as journals for trip memories, and autograph books. Each kids was tailored to their interests and age. This is before they were bound:


And finally, a very exciting part of our trip was getting to plan fast passes since we got to try out MagicBands! We were so excited to receive them in the mail. You'll see how they worked and how we liked them in the blog.
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:05 PM   #3
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Okay, here is the link to Day 1.

Now you could just continue to read on since all the days are already posted to the blog, or you could read one day at a time as I post them.

The reason to hang back with me, is I will add extra info and pictures. I will provide dining reviews and pictures for each day too. I don't have time to do it tonight for day 1, but I wanted to give you a day to read before this gets buried on the second page! See you tomorrow with more!
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:06 AM   #4
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I just read the whole blog which was absolutely delightful! (Zoe meltdowns and all!) I am going on the Fantasy in 9 weeks and loved seeing it through your family's eyes! You have a beautiful family, Kyrie and Chris! Enjoy every moment with them! Zoe and Zach remind me of little Kewpie dolls! lol
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I just read the whole blog which was absolutely delightful! (Zoe meltdowns and all!) I am going on the Fantasy in 9 weeks and loved seeing it through your family's eyes! You have a beautiful family, Kyrie and Chris! Enjoy every moment with them! Zoe and Zach remind me of little Kewpie dolls! lol
I went and read it too. So much to comment on but don't want to give too much away. I can't wait to see the additional pictures. You have such an adorable family.
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Joining in on this report! Cant wait to read it...Im trying to hold back from reading past the first installment....ugghhhh!
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Joining along...

Great TR! Wow five kids I don't know how you do it.
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Great TR! Wow five kids I don't know how you do it.
Alright! Welcome! Thanks for joining in!
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:01 PM   #9
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Landscapes of Flavor

We decided to walk across Hourglass Lake to Art of Animation Resort. We wanted a new selection of food and also wanted to see the resort. We will be staying there a few nights when we go back in November.

There a few pictures of the scenery in our blog.

Here is the inside of the cafeteria:


It is set up almost exactly like Everything POP and the other large food courts/ cafeterias/ quick service at the value resorts. There are many stations serving different food. You order and pick up your food from each station and then pay for it at a central check out.

So again, for the seven of us including a baby and rambunctious toddler, we had the same problem of it taking a long time to go through this process and not having enough hands to carry food even if we did try to get it all at once.


The food choices are unique here. And the ice cream counter is actually a gelato counter here.

This time, Marc got the kids their food first while I waited at a table with Zach and Zoe.

Max had mini corndogs and fries. He apparently liked the presentation.


Jacob had a grilled cheese sandwich which I just noticed is in the shape of a goldfish. He says he loved it. I've never heard him say that about grilled cheese before!


Ella had the kids' cheese pizza. And Zoe just shared with everybody.


Then he went to get my meal and by the time he came back, the kids were finished eating.
I had a meatball sandwich with Ceasar salad. They would not let us substitute the salad for anything else. I had had enough salad today since my lunch was a salad, but that's okay, the sandwich was filling enough and the few bites of the salad I had was good.


We ate in shifts tonight. I was finished by the time he brought his food back. Oh well. It was relatively peaceful. Marc claims his meal here was his favorite of the whole trip!
He thinks his entrée was called Buttered Chicken, but the closest thing I could find on online menus was this:
Tandori Boneless Chicken Thigh - with Naan bread and 2 sides
Side Items: Roasted Cauliflower with Tomatoes, Acorn Squash, Spinach and Paneer cheese, Basmati rice, multigrain rice, pickled vegetables or slow-cooked lentils


Don't forget dessert!

The boys picked a muffin and a cookie

The rest of us shared the next two desserts...
A brownie that probably had a special name but I don't remember it. This looked like it would be too sweet for me, but it was really good and the consistency of the brownie was almost like it was undercooked, but it tasted so good that way!


Mini cupcakes: red velvet, carrot, vanilla, chocolate
These weren't as moist as the full size cupcakes we've had from other places around WDW.


I didn't prefer this restaurant over Everything POP, but Marc did. He is really looking forward to eating there again when we stay there in November. To be fair, I didn't really get to see much of the menu so my viewpoint is limited. I did like that they had real utensils instead of eating with plastic ones.
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And Day 4 brings a change of hotels and more fun!
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