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Old 05-13-2010, 08:47 PM   #1
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Flowers, Segways & DIS Meets, Oh My! - Updated 10/26, Final Thoughts-FINALLY!

Hi there, and welcome to my trip report! I just recently returned from a 7 night stay at Coronado Springs Resort, and while my trip didn't go exactly as planned, I still had a great time and have lots to share. If you want more particulars about the planning stages of the trip, a link to my PTR is in my siggy.

I guess before I go any further I should introduce myself to those of you I may not have had the pleasure of meeting yet. My name in Michelle, I'm 40 years old, about to turn 41 - yikes! I'm a SAHM to two boys. I mostly spend my time chauffeuring them to sporting practices and attending their games. This is a picture of me, taken this trip.



I love WDW, all things Disney actually, but unfortunately I am married to someone who does not. My DH, Don, has said that he is done with Disney trips for at least the next few years (yes, I said YEARS!). Here's Don, my Disney Grump



Our oldest DS, Justin, is 14 and will be starting high school in the fall - I'm really not sure how that happened, seems like I just dropped him off for his first day of kindergarten! Here I am with Justin a few weeks ago after his school awards assembly.



Our youngest, Jared, is 9. He is a mess, totally all boy and all daredevil - he's making me old before my time!



My boys did not accompany me on this trip, however. It was a mother/daughter trip. My mom had never been to WDW and since my newly acquired AP was burning a hole in my pocket, I took some time to convince her that she needed to go. A picture of Mom, also taken during the trip



We chose the first week of May first and foremost to be able to experience the Flower & Garden Festival, but also because I had read numerous times what a great time of year it was to go, temperature and crowd wise. Well, apparently EVERYONE read the same thing, because the crowd was anything but low, and we experienced plenty of summertime temps with highs in the 90s most days and plenty of humidity too - it was HOT! These two things combined to make the trip a little different than what I had envisioned, it was good, just not exactly what I was hoping for for what will probably be my last trip for a good long while.

Anyway, I've got plenty of fun stuff to share so I hope you'll stick around!


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Links to my updates:

Day 1, We're in WDW!
Day 1, Would you like a little grease with those chips?
Day 1, OMG - that guy was naked!
Proud Mama Moment
Day 2, Our search for the baby gorilla
Day 2, Did that tree just move?
Day 2, We go on an expedition & get lost on safari!
Day 2, Can you please get your emergency out of my way...
Day 3, The Soarin' Stampede
Day 3, Hey that's not me!
Day 3, Our adventure in Disney transporation
Day 4, We finally make it to the Magic Kingdom!
The Zoo & Baseball
Day 4, Anchors Aweigh!
Day 4, Dessert anyone???
Our new family member
Day 5, Meeting Elton
Day 5, Cinco de Mayo margaritas with DIS friends!
St Louis Trip
Day 5, Cirque & Shopping
Day 6, Toy Story Madness???
Day 6, Shows & sweaty feet
Day 6, F&G topiaries and Coral Reef
Day 7, Garden Town
Day 7, A little World Showcase time
Day 7, An afternoon of doing nothing & a great last meal
Day 8, Saying Goodbye
Final thoughts - finally!
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:56 PM   #2
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Am I first? YAY!

Now, I've gotta go back and actually read---I was too excited when I saw no one had replied yet, and that I had the chance to be first !
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A 16th Birthday/New Years Celebration(with 75000 of our closest friends) Dec. 2009 TR-http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34927152


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Old 05-13-2010, 09:01 PM   #3
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Ok, I went back to actually read what you had written!

I can't wait to hear how you liked CSR. The pics of the new rooms make it look really pretty.

Your mom is so pretty, and she looks so young!

You always have such good TRs, and great pictures. I'll be waiting for more!
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Disney Dining, DIS Meets, and WAIT-Why is that lady holding onto my husband?May,2010 TR http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...45&postcount=1
DON'T CRY OR WE'LL RIDE DINOSAUR AGAIN! March, 2010 TRhttp://www.disboards.com/showthread....6#post35995716
A 16th Birthday/New Years Celebration(with 75000 of our closest friends) Dec. 2009 TR-http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34927152


All Star Sports 2001 Coronado Springs 2003 Wilderness Lodge 2005 Polynesian 2007 POR- 2007 POR 2008 Polynesian 2009 Yacht Club 2009 POR 2010 Beach Club 2010 Polynesian 2012 POP 2013
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:07 PM   #4
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Great start Michelle! Great pictures of you and your mom. Can't wait to see more of your wonderful pictures and hear all about the trip.
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:08 PM   #5
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Hi I'm joining in! I was probably there the same time as you, I just got back on Tuesday! I agree, it was HOT, which was not what I expected, and CROWDED, which again, I did not expect! Can't wait to read more! I just started a trip report of my own...and then deleted it because I didn't like how it was coming out! Hopefully I'll start again tomorrow!
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:14 PM   #6
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I'm here Michelle and can't wait to read your trip report.
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:16 PM   #7
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Subbing. Can't wait to see hear how it went with your mom. I have thought about taking my mom sometime.
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Hi Michelle
I am here
can't wait for the trip report to begin
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:21 PM   #9
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I don't think any of us got what we were expecting! But I'm glad you and your mom ended up having a mostly good time. I am excited to read about it and especially to hear more about that Segway tour!!!
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:38 PM   #10
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Hey Michelle!
Just saw you started a TR! Can't wait to read it!!!!
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:39 PM   #11
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Your mom looks plenty happy. I bet she had a great trip just spending time with her little girl. It was pretty hot, wasn't it? We didn't do much in the parks, and it was nice to let the girls cool off in the pool when we got back to AKL.

I think I may have beat one of our common DIS meeters to your report. Let's see how long it takes for her (yeah, you, Kschafer) to recuperate and show back up around the boards.

What kind of award is Justin holding? (Sorry, it's the mom in me. Totally non-DIS related.)
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YAY for first page!!!

I am sure the weather and crowds caught you off guard, but I am sure you bounced back okay. Can't wait to hear all about it and SEE all about it!
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WOOT!! I'm here!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!!!
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