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Old 06-30-2010, 12:02 PM   #1
Mrs. Darling: Mom to Wendy, John & Michael
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The Darling Family June 2010 Trip Report: When are the Parents Showing Up?11/5 New TR

everyone to my new trip report. For you old readers its great to have you back! For any new readers out there Im glad you could make it. This trip was a 13 day adventure that included the Auto Train, the Pirate's League, the Albatross Pirate Cruise, a week of the DDP, a Disney Cruise, Universal including Harry Potter, and a day at the beach. Needless to say I have lots to share so jump aboard If you stick around I'll get to explaining the trip report title too.

If youre interested in links to previous trip reports here they are:

The Darling Family June 2009 Beach Club Trip Report: Hugging Ewoks and Finding Peter Pan

Mrs. Darling's 2010 Half Marathon Trip: Yes, it Does Snow at Disney World

And here is the link to the PTR for this trip:

Mrs. Darling's June 2010 Accidental PTR: Pirates and Harry Potter

Now on to the cast:

First we have myself, Mrs. Darling (though my friends all call me Jenny.) We have my wonderful DH who sometimes morphs into Peter Pan at Disney World. DH never made it to Disney World this trip, but apparently Dr. Suess, Superheroes and Harry Potter all bring out Peter Pan as well.

Next we have Wendy Darling. She is my beautiful daughter that is growing up too fast. I see her leaving the Nursery very soon.

Then there is John Darling. John is my tender hearted 8 year old that really gets Disney World. And we can't forget Michael Darling. Michael is a bit moody for a 5 year old. He is fun loving and happy much of the time, but definitely will let us know when hes had enough. There is no one Michael would rather be with than his big brother John. Though he does spend some of that time bugging his kind hearted big brother

There are supporting cast members that will make brief appearances in this trip report. They will be introduced when they make their debuts.

Before I begin Ill give a bit of background on how this trip came to be. (If you read my PTR you can skip this part.) My parents take each of their grandkids on a 10 year old trip and Wendy turned 10 this Spring so it was time for hers. I also have a niece that is 2 weeks younger than Wendy who was going on her 10 year old trip with my parents this summer too. So last summer Wendy and her cousin came up with the brilliant idea to take a Disney Cruise for their 10 year old trip. And my parents went for it! So that meant I had to get Wendy down to Florida for the trip. Now DH (always the sensible one) suggested we put her on a direct flight and be done with it. I on the other hand have very little sense and saw an opportunity for adventure. I concocted the idea of driving her down myself and taking my boys to Disney World while Wendy went on her cruise. DH is a very smart man and knows when he is fighting a losing battle so he agreed. Then he came up with a most fabulous idea. Why didnt he fly down after the cruise and spend a few days with us visiting Universal and the new Harry Potter attraction? I loved this idea and agreed without any hesitation. Then hed drive back with us. So that was the basic plan which we stuck with. I eventually decided I didnt want to drive all the way to Orlando on my own so I came up with the Auto Train. DH suggested we find a beach to stop at on the drive home which led to a couple of nights at Hilton Head (not at the Disney resort though). Thus, my 13 day adventure was born. So let it begin.

Day 1: The Auto Train

Day 2: We Made It!
Epcot: Non-Commando Style
The End of the Day

Day 3: Toy Story Madness
Bye Bye Wendy
All the Grown Ups Have Left the Building
Royalty Among Us
A Little More Magic Kingdom
Ohana Dinner

Day 4: A Main Street Morning
Crystal Palace and the Dumbo Dash
More Magic Kingdom
Where are the Grown Ups when You Need Them?
More Magic Kingdom Non-Commando Style
The Pirate's League
Pirates Wandering the Magic Kingdom
The End of the Parade
Pirates in Epcot
The Day Finally Ends

Day 5: An Ohana Breakfast
Back to Epcot
An Emotional Reunion
A Trip Report Title is Born
Our Epcot Evening Comes to an End

Day 6: Epcot Rope Drop
Lunch and Characters in the World Showcase
A Meet with the Disney Family
A Lovely Boat Ride
Downtown Disney

Day 7: Tusker House Breakfast
Another Rope Drop Victory
Drums and a Bug
Finishing up the Animal Kingdom
A Fun Afternoon at Old Key West
Characters at Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studio Evening

A Cruise Interlude
The Cruise Part II
Day 3 of the Cruise
The Cruise Comes to an End

Day 8: The Boys are off on another Pirate Adventure
Pick a Pearl
Our DVC Home
Our little pirates are back
Beaches 'n Cream and a Hob Nob Run
Hundred Acre Woods Friends and a Pirate Pool
Back to the Magic Kingdom
Disaster Averted and a Yummy Plaza Meal
More Magic Kingdom
Main Street Electrical Parade
Bye Bye Magic Kingdom

Day 9: Downtown Disney
Universal Here We Come
Getting Wet

Day 10: Harry Potter at Last
The Forbidden Journey
Seuss Landing
More Islands of Adventure
We get Wet and Some Seuss Characters
The Day Comes to an End

Day 11: Another Harry Potter Morning
Another Walk Through Hogwarts
Bye Bye Orlando

The Journey Home

Final Thoughts

A Darling Family Halloween Trip to Neverland

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