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Old 08-04-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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This Trip Report is Useless Without Pictures. Update 8/20: Day 2 in the Magic Kingdom

...which is why I took over a thousand

Hello, DIS!

Welcome to my second trip report! Well, sort of my second. My first one died. But this one I promise to finish. Because I have nothing else going on in my life.

Anyway, welcome! I hope you'll read along, learn a thing or two from our mistakes, ooh and aah at the elements of our trip that went according to plan, marvel at my mediocre photography skills, and maybe even comment if you feel comfortable. The more, the merrier. I took a ton of pictures this time (over 1000) so even if you don't have anything to say, there should be a lot to look at.

Now, let's get started!

The cast:


Me:
Meribeth, certifiably Disney crazy chick. I am the Disney planner in the family and love to help others plan trips, too. In addition to visiting Disney, I like to knit, read, read about Disney, and I'm a huge fan of Breaking Bad (back in ONE WEEK, whoop whoop! can't wait to see what Hank does after he gets out of the bathroom!), Justified, Arrested Development, and LOST.
I'm in very few pics. One reason is I am usually taking them. The other could be that I am watching LOST clips on Youtube.

That's not really a joke.

In this one, I'm on the left.



Favorite park: Epcot (just let me into the World showcase to drink and shop, please)
Favorite ride: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Favorite Character: Eeyore

My DH, Tim. Loves Disney but not quite as much as I do--he puts up with a lot.



Favorite park:
Epcot and Animal Kingdom--toss up
Favorite ride: Splash Mountain
Favorite Character: Goofy

Liam, age 10. Peacemaker, protector of his brother, caring, smart. Still holds our hands in public. Loves video games, nerf wars, characters, and all animals.



He is at a friend's house right now but I'm going to guess for him. I'll sneakily change his answers when he comes back if I guessed wrong.

Favorite park: Epcot
Favorite ride: Test Track
Favorite character: Goofy

Quinn, age 7. Determined, often contrary, defiant, very loving, also very smart. Loves any character in costume. REALLY loves Minecraft. Quinn cannot have food dyes or artificial flavorings/preservatives without behavior difficulties, so going to Disney (or anywhere, really) is pretty hard for him. He either can't have something he wants, or he ends up having it and feeling terrible. It's tough for a little kid, but he generally does great with his dietary restrictions.



Favorite park: Hollywood Studios
Favorite ride: Buzz Lightyear or Toy Story Mania
Favorite character: Mickey

My ILs also joined us on this trip, but their touring style is a lot different from ours (no rope drop, no late nights). They joined us for fireworks and some meals and a few rides, so you will see them in pictures from time to time. I share this so you don't see some crazy old dude posing with my kids and Mickey and think, "uh, hey lady, did you not notice that crazy old dude is in your character photograph?"

The Setting:
Walt Disney World!! (duh) Polynesian CL and Animal Kingdom Lodge CL

Originally, we had planned our split stay to start off at Pop Century and then we were going to move over to AKL. However, two weeks before vacation, my husband learned he had a kidney stone ("learned" is a nice way of saying "we went to the ER because he thought he was dying"). He had a lithotripsy--a nifty procedure to blast the crap out of the stone--two days before our departure date. He was nervous that he'd be in pain during vacation and was wary of being stuck in a value-sized room passing stones and all that fun stuff so he had a suggestion.

Tim: I was thinking that since I might not be feeling so hot at the beginning of the trip, that maybe we should switch to the Poly from Pop Century. It might be nice to have more space. What do you think?
Me: (already on phone with CRO)

So we upgraded to CL garden view. Love that 30% discount. And then it was time to forget everything I had learned about Pop, and start reading up on Poly! We had never stayed there (had eaten at 'Ohana, though), so while I knew some things about it, I did a crash course in Poly knowledge so we'd have a better idea of the resort.


The time:

July 20-28, 2013
AKA "Hotter Than Hades" week

So, that's pretty much the basics. I really hope you enjoy our trip report, or at the very least, get a laugh out of our many misfortunes.

Because there were several.

Here's one to get you started: Crazy stressed lady photobombs our family picture. Hey crazy stressed lady! It's ok! Get a dole whip and relax. You're at Disney!



Happy reading, and hope to see you real soon!
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This trip report is useless without pictures: A July 2013 Poly CL/AKL CL adventure <---- READ ME! IT'LL BE FUN!
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:00 AM   #2
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Ahahahaha CSL (crazy stressed lady) cracks me up! Epic photobomb! She just need a hug from a nice, cold, wet towel, a glass of dole whip and all is well.

Though i'm sorry for your DHs kidney stone situation, so excited you guys upgraded to Poly! Yay!

PS. Fellow Arrested Development fan here. How exciting is it to have them back for one season? Annyeong!
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:49 AM   #3
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Subbing!! We'll be at the Poly CL in just 8 days - so excited

Looking forward to reading about your trip
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:14 AM   #5
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Subbing! Love the light hearted approach to the photo bomber!
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:02 AM   #6
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Following along and feeling your husband's pain... I've had kidney stones twice; lithotripsy once. Both times I thought to myself, "I'm glad this didn't happen while we were at Disney World!"
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:17 PM   #7
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Hello!

We've crossed paths in other threads. Great to be able to put a face to a name.

Your family is adorable!

Can't wait to read about and see pics of your trip! Especially those Poly CL ones!
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:17 PM   #8
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Hey, friends! So happy to see you all! I am hoping to actually get the first installment of this thing up soon, but we went and adopted another dog this weekend (that makes three ) so it's been a little busier around here than usual. So hold tight!

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Ahahahaha CSL (crazy stressed lady) cracks me up! Epic photobomb! She just need a hug from a nice, cold, wet towel, a glass of dole whip and all is well.

Though i'm sorry for your DHs kidney stone situation, so excited you guys upgraded to Poly! Yay!

PS. Fellow Arrested Development fan here. How exciting is it to have them back for one season? Annyeong!
Welcome!!!

Yes! Motherboy! There's a movie coming out at some point--I'm interested to see it, since i wasn't really happy with how they ended season 4. I also wanted more Buster. I loooooove Buster. And Tobias. And all of them, really.

Yeah, I think that lady would have been a lot happier with a frogg togg around her neck, a dole whip in one hand and a $15.96 Official Disney Mister in the other. Poor thing.

I was SO excited for the upgrade. I was actually really excited to stay at Pop, too, but Poly's been on my list for a while so I was super glad to get to stay there, too.

Thanks for joining in!

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Subbing!! We'll be at the Poly CL in just 8 days - so excited

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Thank you for stopping by!

Have you stayed Poly CL before? I think you will love it. We really, really enjoyed ourselves (as you will soon hopefully see). Just a gorgeous resort, great lounge, beautiful redone rooms. Nice CMs, too. Really a great experience.

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Subbing! Love the light hearted approach to the photo bomber!
Yeah, I've found that's about the only way to get through some moments of our trip Gotta keep perspective, KWIM?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Following along and feeling your husband's pain... I've had kidney stones twice; lithotripsy once. Both times I thought to myself, "I'm glad this didn't happen while we were at Disney World!"
Oh, you poor thing!!! I had heard kidney stone pain was nearly unbearable, but had no first hand experience with it (I did have my gallbladder out years ago due to terrible attacks, but that was all I could liken it to). Then I saw my poor husband. OMG. He is so stoic about pain--almost never acts like something really hurts. But it was clear he was not doing well, so the ER was the only thing that made sense.

I hope you are free from kidney stones in the future. :
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We've crossed paths in other threads. Great to be able to put a face to a name.

Your family is adorable!

Can't wait to read about and see pics of your trip! Especially those Poly CL ones!
Hi there! Welcome!!

Thank you so much!

Oh, if you hang out here, you will see pics. Many, many pics. My family was irritated with me by the end of the second day for taking SO MANY PICS.
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Have you stayed Poly CL before? I think you will love it. We really, really enjoyed ourselves (as you will soon hopefully see). Just a gorgeous resort, great lounge, beautiful redone rooms. Nice CMs, too. Really a great experience.
Yes, we've stayed Poly CL before - once with the whole family in 2010, then just my middle son and I in 2011. The kids are so excited to go back - it is definitely our favorite resort in the World.
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Yes, we've stayed Poly CL before - once with the whole family in 2010, then just my middle son and I in 2011. The kids are so excited to go back - it is definitely our favorite resort in the World.
Hey look--the info is in your signature!



Sometimes I question my intelligence. Glad you love it, too!
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Joining in on the fun. Can't wait to hear about your thoughts on Poly... we are booked at CR in December, but I can save a good amount of money if I move to the Poly, just need to convince the rest of the family.

Can't wait for all the pics.
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Joining in to follow along with your review!! We were actually there for some of those very hot days ourselves as we did a whirlwind trip from July 25th-29th staying at AKL.....may have seen you there??
Looking forward to seeing all your pics!!
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Looking fwd to it!!
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Hey look--the info is in your signature!



Sometimes I question my intelligence. Glad you love it, too!
Ha ha - yeah, I do that all the time too

Really having a hard time getting any work done today - visions of Cinderella's castle in my head
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Joining in on the fun. Can't wait to hear about your thoughts on Poly... we are booked at CR in December, but I can save a good amount of money if I move to the Poly, just need to convince the rest of the family.

Can't wait for all the pics.
Ooh, you better warn your family now that you'll be at the Poly in Dec after you see my fifty zillion awesome Poly pics

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Joining in to follow along with your review!! We were actually there for some of those very hot days ourselves as we did a whirlwind trip from July 25th-29th staying at AKL.....may have seen you there??
Looking forward to seeing all your pics!!
We were at AKL the 23rd to the 28th! Maybe we crossed paths!!!

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Ha ha - yeah, I do that all the time too

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You're almost there!!
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