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Old 09-05-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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Sand and Sun ~ Trip Number Ten Was Lots of Fun! Clearwater Beach & YC, August 2013

Hello and welcome to my TR!

Most of you already know me, so I will keep the intros short & sweet (pretty much copied from the PTR, so feel free to skip!). We just got back from our tenth Disney World trip on August 26. Hard to believe we have gone so many times!!

I am the mom, the wife, the Disney lover! I have been married to my DH for 15 years and we have 2 wonderful boys. I work part time at my kids' school as a Teaching Assistant. And I am now also an Authorized Disney Travel Agent! I started doing this in March and it is going well so far and I am loving it! In my spare time I enjoy being with my boys, shopping, photography, and of course everything Disney!

DH has become quite the Disney fan himself! He works a lot of hours as a Quality Assurance Inspector, so he really looks forward to our family vacations to the sunshine state! In his spare time he enjoys spending time with the boys and being outdoors.

DS14 is our oldest. Hard to believe he's a teenager already. Just started High School. He enjoys reading & writing stories, being with his friends, playing video games, skateboarding, archery, and loves roller coasters! He still enjoys Disney very much and I hope that doesn't change anytime soon. DS14 is very out-going and hilarious and is always the star of the show!

DS12 is our little guy. But not so little anymore, just started Middle School. He enjoys being the star of his soccer team, being outside, playing video games, and Legos!! He loves Disney very much and I can always count on him if I want to talk about Disney! DS12 is very laid back and easy-going and doesn't have a care in the world.







Our WDW trip history includes: October 2005, May 2007, May 2008, Jan 2009, Nov 2009, Nov 2010, Aug/Sept 2011, Apr/May 2012, and Dec 2012. We really enjoyed our late Aug/early Sept 2011 trip, in-fact it was probably our best trip ever!! So, we wanted to go during that time frame again. Unfortunately that week would interfere with DS14's Freshmen Academy/Orientation, so we went a week earlier August 17-26.

Since this was our 10th trip we wanted to add a little something to it to really make it different. We had many ideas, Disneyland, Universal, etc., but ended up deciding on the beach! After much research I came to the conclusion that Clearwater Beach would be the place for us. So, this trip includes 2 nights at the beach and 7 nights at Disney!

*I will do all of our dining reviews right here as well! And we were part of the August test run of the Magicbands and Fastpass Plus, so I will explain how that all worked.


I guess that's about it. Come on it and make yourself comfortable and feel free to post anytime. Hope you enjoy!!



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Saturday August 17:
Arrival in Tampa, Clearwater Beach, and the Sandpearl Resort ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...6&postcount=21
Sandpearl Resort Pool & the Beach at Night ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=35
Beach at Night ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=36

Sunday August 18:
Beach in the Morning ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=50
Surf Style Indoor Surfing ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=66
Surf Style Indoor Surfing ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=67
Beach and Pier 60 ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=79
Beach and Pier 60 ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...6&postcount=80

Monday August 19:
Disney World and YC Arrival ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=94
YC Room and View ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...0&postcount=95
Epcot: Soarin, LWTL, and Nemo ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=114
Epcot: SSE & Club Cool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=137
Epcot: Chefs de France Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=138
Epcot: World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=157
Epcot: Mexico, Mission Space, Test Track ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=158
Epcot & YC, IllumiNations from Balcony ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=182

Tuesday August 20:
YC, DHS Opening, and TSM ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=229
DHS: RNRC, TOT, and Toy Story Pizza Planet Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=252
DHS: Meet & Greets and Backlot Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=266
DHS: Lights, Motors, Action Stunt Show ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=267
Il Mulino Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=288
SAB Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=310

Wednesday August 21:
Morning at SAB, BC Marketplace Lunch, Arrival at MK ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=342
MK: BTMRR & Haunted Mansion ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=343
MK: Fantasyland, Philharmagic, Little Mermaid ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=378
Be Our Guest Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=379
Be Our Guest Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=380
MK: Tea Cups, TTA, Buzz ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=392
MK: Castle Pics & POTC ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=393
MK: Aloha Isle, Casey's Corner, Monsters Inc. ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=421
MK: Castle Projection Show and Wishes ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=422

Thursday August 22:
Epcot: Rope Drop, WS, Soarin ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=449
Epcot: Character Spot & Test Track ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=450
Epcot: WS, Mexico, La Cantina de San Angel Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=469
Epcot: WS ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=488
Epcot: WS ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=489
YC Balcony Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=503
DTD: Marketplace & Wolfgang Puck Express ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=504
DTD: World of Disney & Lego Store ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=533
DTD: Lego Store & West Side ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=534
YC, BWI & Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=545
IllumiNations ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=546

Friday August 23:
DTD: Wolfgang Puck Express Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=563
DTD: Shopping ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=564
DTD: Disney Quest ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=593
DTD: Disney Quest ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=594
SAB Pool, BWI Pizza and Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=611
Boardwalk ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=615
Beach Club Beach ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=616

Saturday August 24:
MK: Arrival, Main Street, PP, IASW ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=637
MK: Carousal, LM, Dumbo ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=638
MK: Space Mtn, Main Street, Casey's Corner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=664
MK: Adventureland and Frontierland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=693
MK: Main Street & Shopping ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=694
YC, Quiet Pool, and Cape May ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=706
Cape May Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=707
YC and Quiet Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=726

Sunday August 25:
Epcot, Soarin and Kona Café Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=743
Kona Café Breakfast and Polynesian ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=744
Epcot: Soarin, Test Track, Gran Fiesta Tour, Maelstrom ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=763
Epcot: World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=776
Epcot: World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=777
ESPN Club Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=791
Boardwalk ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=806
BC, YC, IllumiNations ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=807

Monday August 26:
Departure ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=823

Final Thoughts:
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=925


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Sand and Sun! I like it! (Kinda-sorta close to Surf & Turf )

You are on the ball! I didn't get a PM telling me you had started the TR though.

OK, now I'm going back to read!
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When did DS11 become DS12?? And all this time I've been calling him DS11!


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Sand and Sun! I like it! (Kinda-sorta close to Surf & Turf )

You are on the ball! I didn't get a PM telling me you had started the TR though.

OK, now I'm going back to read!
I was going to go with Surf and Turf, but couldn't think of anything to rhyme with it!

Hadn't gotten around to a PM or even posting the link to the PTR yet! You are fast!!


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He is actually still 11, but he will be 12 very soon so I just went with it instead of changing it mid report!
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