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Old 06-16-2009, 09:03 PM   #1
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Divas, Zebra Domes, and Pixie Dust! A Week in an African Paradise! New TR Link Pg.145

Welcome, everyone, to Charleston Princess's second annual June trip report!!! I can't wait to share the details of this trip with all of you!

You know how oftentimes people in the "real world" say, "You're going to Walt Disney World again?" Well, I suddenly realized tonight as I was sitting down to start this trip report that every single trip we have taken to WDW is completely different and has a unique feel to it. For the past three years, we have gone to Disney World the same week in June, but each trip has been so full of new experiences that it doesn't even begin to feel like the same old thing.

This trip was interesting to say the least. We had a lot of fun, but there was a lot of drama -- which should make for a gripping narrative if nothing else.

For past planning and trip report madness, here are links:

June 2009 PTR: Got Pixie Dust?
June 2008 PTR/TR: The Pursuit of Disney Magic: June 7-14, 2008

WHO ARE WE?

Me -- I am 34 (quickly approaching 35). I teach middle school language arts in a little town north of Atlanta. I grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and my parents started taking me to WDW when I was just nine months old. I must say that sometimes when we drive under that WDW sign, it feels like I am returning home.



Charles -- My husband who is 39. You won't see much of him this trip. None of us did. Here's a picture from June, 2008. He hasn't changed.



Chelsea -- My eleven-year-old daughter. She will be in the 7th grade this next school year and seems to change almost daily. In the past year, she has left behind so many of her childhood interests and embraced new ones -- Twilight and text messaging to name a couple of them. Being back at WDW, though, seems to bring out the child in her again, and she still wants to wear Mickey ears and buy Minnie plushes.

Connor -- My nine-year-old son. He will be in the fourth grade this year, and I often find myself having conversations with him that include references to ninja jijitsu, video games, and the inevitable, unanswerable questions like, "What would happen if monkeys tried to take over the world?"



WHEN DID WE GO?

Saturday, June 6, 2009 to Saturday, June 13, 2009

WHERE DID WE STAY?

My heart's desire of Walt Disney World resorts!

Our very own African paradise!

ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE!



I hope everyone enjoys the ride!

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Table of Contents

June 6, Day One, Part One: Road Trip Diva and His Traveling Entourage Hit the Interstate!
June 6, Day One, Part Two: Pixie Dust So Soon?
June 6, Day One, Part Three: Ears Trump Sabers!
June 6, Day One, Part Four: A Magical Magic Kingdom Evening!
June 7, Day Two, Part One: There's Donald, but Where are my Children?
June 7, Day Two, Part Two: Staying on the Well-Traveled Paths!
June 7, Day Two, Part Three: Departing from Harambe!
June 7, Day Two, Part Four: Our Hitchhiking Friend!
June 8, Day Three, Part One: Missions, Connor Impossible, and a Lunchtime Diva!
Happy Birthday to Chelsea and Disneyland!
June 8, Day Three, Part Two: More Connor Impossible and a Dragon!
June 8, Day Three, Part Three: Chickens, a Goat, and a DIS Meet!
June 9, Day Four, Part One: Chocolate Bars on Hollywood and Sunset!
June 9, Day Four, Part Two: Muppets, a Rebel Blaster, and Bo!
June 9, Day Four, Part Three: Mickey Heads, Flatbreads, and Zebra Domes!
June 9, Day Four, Part Four: What Do You Mean You Aren't Coming to Dinner?
June 10, Day Five, Part One: In Which I Make an Enormous Blunder!
June 10, Day Five, Part Two: In Which We Improvise Our Own Fairy!
June 10, Day Five, Part Three: A Great, Big, Hot Tomorrowland!
June 11, Day Six, Part One: It's Tough to be Chelsea and Connor!
June 11, Day Six, Part Two: Heat That Can Make You See Things!
June 11, Day SIx, Part Three: Making New Friends!
June 11, Day Six, Part Four: A Mail Eating Hippo, Boma, and Another New Friend!
June 12, Day Seven, Part One: Soarin' in a Snit!
June 12, Day Seven, Part Two: Mission, Mission, Mission, Hat!
June 12, Day Seven, Part Three: A Most Accomplished Sitar Player!
June 12, Day Seven, Part Four: Enough is Enough!
June 12, Day Seven, Part Five: The Ruler of Teppan Edo
June 13, Day Eight: Going Home, Souvenirs, and Final Thoughts!

Pixie Dustin' the Food and Wine Festival!

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Old 06-16-2009, 09:15 PM   #3
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Yay!!!!! Am I first?? Cant wait for more, I cant wait to see your AKL room wonder if it was close to ours?
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wow....i made the first page. that's really cool considering my track record of keeping up with TRs as of late. i can't wait to read about your african paradise, pixie-dust-filled trip! oh, and zebra domes..... did you make yourself sick off them? i probably would've!
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:26 PM   #7
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So excited to hear all about it!

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1/2 an hour and 1/2 a page already!!!
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Did I make page 1?????

ETA: I did, I did! Now gotta read! LOL
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Yay!!!

I'm so happy that you started.

Sounds VERY interesting already...

I can't wait to hear about your AKL adventures!

And, of course, I can't wait to hear about the drama!!!
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I'm in and looking forward to hearing about the adventures of this trip!
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I am soooo excited that you started, Jackie! I can't wait to read.

ETA: I am unreasonably excited about making the first page.
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I can't wait to read your new TR, fun and drama.
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You won't see much of him this trip. None of us did.
Uh-oh....is that foreshadowing, or did I miss something along the way on why Charles wasn't around...

And I have to say, you look ADORABLE sitting in that rocking chair with your AKL themed Mickey head shirt and matching Vera!!!!!

Chelsea has grown up so much!
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Woo Hoo! So glad I didn't have to wait til the AM and I am on the 1st page!---THANK YOU--THANK YOU. i can sleep now
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