Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Trip Reports > Completed Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





 
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 05-30-2008, 03:10 PM   #1
alan_renfroe
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Jacksonville, AL
Posts: 2,024

Team Renfroe trip report with TONS of pics & reviews

Hello! and welcome to our first-ever trip report! Since the DISboards were so helpful to our family in planning our first trip to WDW, we wanted to make sure to give back by sharing our trip with other readers. Hope you enjoy!

First, let's meet the cast:

That's me, the tall bald one (I'm Alan, but you can call me Clark for the purpose of this review)
DW (We'll call her Ellen)
DS11 (We'll call him Rusty)
DD8 (and we'll call her Audrey)



We booked our trip in early February for late May, 2008 and we were in agony waiting until that great day came! Fortunately, we found the DISboards and felt like we did our proper homework.

Since we live in North Alabama, it was more practical to drive than fly. Also, it's funny how it worked out, but I was able to get 4 tickets to see my FAVORITE band of all time, The Eagles, in Atlanta, Georgia on the night before our expected arrival at Disney World!

Table of contents:
Day 1 - Departure - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...29&postcount=3

Day 2 - Breakfast - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...99&postcount=5
Day 2 - En route - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...14&postcount=7
Day 2 - Getting there is half the fun! - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...95&postcount=8
Day 2 - Coronado Springs Resort - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...1&postcount=15
Day 2 - Ready for dinner at California Grill - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...6&postcount=16
Day 2 - View from California Grill - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=18
Day 2 - Dinner at California Grill & Review - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...1&postcount=22
Day 2 - Desserts at California Grill - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...4&postcount=25
Day 2 - End of Day 2 - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=33

Day 3 - Headed to the Magic Kingdom - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...4&postcount=34
Day 3 - Rope Drop at Magic Kingdom & Space Mountain - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...4&postcount=35
Day 3 - Buzz Lightyear & Splash Mountain - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...8&postcount=66
Day 3 - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad & Pirates of the Caribbean - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...4&postcount=67
Day 3 - Headed to Liberty Tree Tavern for lunch - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...4&postcount=72
Day 3 - Liberty Tree Tavern lunch review - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...2&postcount=73
Day 3 - Liberty Tree Tavern desserts - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=80
Day 3 - After lunch - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=81
Day 3 - Mid Afternoon at the pool - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...1&postcount=97
Day 3 - Cinderella's Royal Table, Part I - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=102
Day 3 - Cinderella's Royal Table, Part II - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=105
Day 3 - Cinderella's Royal Table, Part III - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=106
Day 3 - The Boys are back at Magic Kingdom - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=129
Day 3 - Dinner at Tony's Town Square - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=130
Day 3 - Tony's Town Square review - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=132
Day 3 - End of Day 3/wrap-up - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=144

Day 4 - Up early & ready for Epcot! - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=152
Day 4 - Arrival at Epcot - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=153
Day 4 - Epcot - Future World and Canada - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=166
Day 4 - Le Cellier lunch review - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=181
Day 4 - After lunch - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=191
Day 4 - An afternoon at Coronado Springs I - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=194
Day 4 - An afternoon at Coronado Springs II - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=200
Day 4 - Heading to Narcoossee's for dinner - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=211
Day 4 - Arrival at Narcoossee's - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=213
Day 4 - Narcoossee's dinner review - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=226
Day 4 - End of Day 4 - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=230

Day 5 - Going to Boma for breakfast - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=236
Day 5 - Boma breakfast review - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=244
Day 5 - Going to Typhoon Lagoon - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=251
Day 5 - Typhoon Lagoon, part II - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=253
Day 5 - Lunch at Pepper Market - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=277
Day 5 - DS & I at Disney's Hollywood Studios - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=281
Day 5 - Spirit of Aloha...almost - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=288
Day 5 - Hollywood & Vine, and Fantasmic! - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=295

Day 6 - Animal Kingdom, part I - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=309
Day 6 - Animal Kingdom, part II - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=318
Day 6 - Animal Kingdom, part III - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=320
Day 6 - Animal Kingdom, part IV - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=323
Day 6 - Animal Kingdom, part V - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=334
Day 6 - Animal Kingdom, part VI - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=336
Day 6 - Yak & Yeti lunch review - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=369
Day 6 - After Lunch - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=385
Day 6 - Yachtsman Steakhouse dinner review - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=397
Day 6 - End of the day - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=408

Day 7 - Breakfast at 'Ohana - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=419
Day 7 - Epcot Future World - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=441
Day 7 - World Showcase, part I - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=457
Day 7 - Japan Pavilion and lunch at Teppan Edo - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=463
Day 7 - A quick visit to Blizzard Beach - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=475
Day 7 - Going to dinner at Tutto Italia - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=499
Day 7 - Tutto Italia dinner review - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=501
Day 7 - World Showcase, part II and end of the day - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=513

Day 8 - Disney's Hollywood Studios, part I - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=536
Day 8 - Disney's Hollywood Studios, part II - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=546
Day 8 - Disney's Hollywood Studios, part III - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=556
Day 8 - 50s Prime Time Cafe lunch review - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=557
Day 8 - After Lunch & Downtown Disney - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=578
Day 8 - Kona Cafe dinner review - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=597
Day 8 - All good things must come to an end! (aka the time of our lives!) - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=620

Final Thoughts - List of some favorites - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=662

Grading the restaurants - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=35

Last edited by alan_renfroe; 07-29-2008 at 10:44 PM.
alan_renfroe is offline  
Old 05-30-2008, 03:31 PM   #2
alan_renfroe
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Jacksonville, AL
Posts: 2,024

In this trip report, we will be reviewing all of the restaurants we ate at while at Disney. We were on the Deluxe Dining Plan, and I swear I will never be hungry again!

Our reservations included:
California Grill
Liberty Tree Tavern
Cinderella's Royal Table
Tony's Town Square
Le Cellier
Narcoossee's
Boma
Pepper Market
Spirit of Aloha
Yak & Yeti
Yachtsman Steakhouse
Ohana
Teppan Edo
Tutto Italia
50s Prime Time Cafe
Kona Cafe

We took LOTS of pictures....so stay tuned!
alan_renfroe is offline  
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 05-30-2008, 03:36 PM   #3
alan_renfroe
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Jacksonville, AL
Posts: 2,024

Day 1

Day 1 was part travel/part entertainment. We didn't leave until afternoon, so that we could drive to Alpharetta, Georgia to see THE EAGLES in concert at the new Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.





Both my DS11 and DD8 have enjoyed listening to the Eagles' latest album, "Long Road Out Of Eden," and I have introduced them to some of the classics as well. Our tickets were lawn seats and I thought that would be a wonderful way to start our vacation! The concert was Friday, May 16th.

To our surprise, it was really COLD that evening! We had to bundle up!



The show was wonderful! The Eagles actually sound better live than on their records. I've seen a lot of concerts, but this was the best musicianship I've ever seen! DW, DS11, and I all decided to spend some of our souvenir money on concert t-shirts!



Following the show, we were caught in downtown Atlanta traffic for an hour and a half. Because of the heavy traffic, we made it as far as Macon and had to get a room for the night. It was about 1:00am when we checked in. (I took this picture the next morning.)

alan_renfroe is offline  
Old 05-30-2008, 03:45 PM   #4
irky416
DIS Veteran
 
irky416's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 1,347

I'm in!

I love your kids poses in front of the car. I never would have been that cooperative for a picture when I was younger!
irky416 is offline  
Old 05-30-2008, 03:51 PM   #5
alan_renfroe
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Jacksonville, AL
Posts: 2,024

DAY 2 - Arrival Day!

We were all too excited to sleep, so we were up and checked out of the motel in Macon, GA by 7am.



We got our day started by having a big breakfast at Cracker Barrel.















__________________
Alan Renfroe

1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491

Last edited by alan_renfroe; 05-30-2008 at 04:53 PM.
alan_renfroe is offline  
Old 05-30-2008, 03:53 PM   #6
alan_renfroe
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Jacksonville, AL
Posts: 2,024

Quote:
Originally Posted by irky416 View Post
I'm in!

I love your kids poses in front of the car. I never would have been that cooperative for a picture when I was younger!
Thanks very much. Stay tuned! These two kids LOVE the camera!
__________________
Alan Renfroe

1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491
alan_renfroe is offline  
Old 05-30-2008, 04:03 PM   #7
alan_renfroe
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Jacksonville, AL
Posts: 2,024

Day 2 (cont.)

After filling up with gas, we headed south on I-75.

We arrive at the Florida state line a little after 10am.





Getting closer.....



Could it be? We've made it! The Griswolds...er, Renfroes have made it!



__________________
Alan Renfroe

1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491

Last edited by alan_renfroe; 05-30-2008 at 04:53 PM.
alan_renfroe is offline  
Old 05-30-2008, 04:17 PM   #8
alan_renfroe
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Jacksonville, AL
Posts: 2,024

Day 2 - Getting there is half the fun, you know that!

After months and months of planning and anticipating, we finally made it to the Coronado Springs Resort - our home for the next 7 days.





We were starving for lunch, but decided to go ahead and register first.



Because we knew we would be having a HUGE dinner at California Grill, we went for some fast food.






COMING UP....we finally get checked into the room, and later - dinner at California Grill.
__________________
Alan Renfroe

1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491

Last edited by alan_renfroe; 06-19-2008 at 11:38 PM.
alan_renfroe is offline  
Old 05-30-2008, 04:37 PM   #9
seacrestpromo
Dole Whips are comfort food.
 
seacrestpromo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 4,245

Hey AR! Great TR so far! Awesome Pics! Another terrific Mayer family!

BTW...I am listening to "life in the fast lane" while reading your TR!

Seacrest
__________________

My other car is a Monorail!

Check out our Disneyland internet radio show, The Disgeek Podcast! DisGeek.com!
seacrestpromo is offline  
Old 05-30-2008, 04:38 PM   #10
NewCrew42
One Day I'll be a Galactic Hero!
 
NewCrew42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 3,860

Lovin' it!

DH and I saw the Eagles a couple of years ago. Hands down the best concert we have ever been to. I would love to see them again!

The NewCrews love some BK and CB. You guys are our kind of people!

Can't wait to read and see more!
__________________
me dh ds19 dd16

POFQ - June 2014, POFQ - June 2013, POFQ - July 2010, Pop Century - March 2009, Pop Century - April 2008, Pop Century - May 2007, Contemporary - May 2006, Grand Floridian - May 2005, Contemporary - May 2004, Contemporary - May 2003, Off-site - June 1992
NewCrew42 is offline  
Old 05-30-2008, 04:57 PM   #11
alan_renfroe
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Jacksonville, AL
Posts: 2,024

Quote:
Originally Posted by seacrestpromo View Post
Hey AR! Great TR so far! Awesome Pics! Another terrific Mayer family!

BTW...I am listening to "life in the fast lane" while reading your TR!

Seacrest
Rock on! Us MAYers have to stick together!
__________________
Alan Renfroe

1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491
alan_renfroe is offline  
Old 05-30-2008, 05:00 PM   #12
JoBird
Proud Charter Member of the Tagless Clique
I almost got a tag about clean butter but then the tag fairy saw I don't like tags
 
JoBird's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Right here, of course
Posts: 7,784



WOO Freakin' HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO Gators, come on Gators, Let's Get up and GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Sorry- I just had to - thanks for the shout out to Gainesville.

Great start, btw- beautiful MAYer family, too.

Jo
__________________
JoBird is offline  
Old 05-30-2008, 05:01 PM   #13
alan_renfroe
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Jacksonville, AL
Posts: 2,024

Quote:
Originally Posted by NewCrew42 View Post
Lovin' it!

DH and I saw the Eagles a couple of years ago. Hands down the best concert we have ever been to. I would love to see them again!

The NewCrews love some BK and CB. You guys are our kind of people!

Can't wait to read and see more!
Hahaha!! I spared everyone the Subway pictures prior to the Eagles concert!

The concert was absolutely incredible. We did end up leaving before it was over though....it was really cold and the atmosphere surrounding us was not condusive to kids, if you get my drift. They can handle PG13, but it was moving into R territory. It was still an AWESOME experience!
__________________
Alan Renfroe

1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491
alan_renfroe is offline  
Old 05-30-2008, 05:03 PM   #14
alan_renfroe
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Jacksonville, AL
Posts: 2,024

WOO Freakin' HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO Gators, come on Gators, Let's Get up and GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Sorry- I just had to - thanks for the shout out to Gainesville.

Great start, btw- beautiful MAYer family, too.

Jo[/QUOTE]

Thanks, Jo. You'll have to forgive my son's Auburn cap! We are actually Jacksonville State University people! GO GAMECOCKS!
__________________
Alan Renfroe

1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491
alan_renfroe is offline  
Old 05-30-2008, 05:18 PM   #15
alan_renfroe
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Jacksonville, AL
Posts: 2,024

Honey, come on in here...we're gonna do day 2!

Okay....so we get lunch behind us and head back towards Coronado Springs to check into our room. On the way, DS11 informs us that he has left his cap at the BK. Now we've got to turn around and go get it....but there's absolutely NO WHERE to turn around! Going back to get that cap took about 30 minutes! Anyway, no worries.....we get back to the BK and his cap was right where he left it.

Finally, we get to our room at the Coronado Springs Resort.





The view from our front door:



Team Renfroe vacations usually have a routine. I bring in the bags and DW puts things away. To get out of her way, I took the kids to the dig site pool.
I took these pics on the way:
















Next up, dinner at California Grill.
__________________
Alan Renfroe

1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491
alan_renfroe is offline  
 



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:41 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: