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Old 05-30-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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Wink Feeling Hot Hot Hot! The Rain Curse is Broken! Two Weeks of Fun in the Sun! COMPLETE

Yes, that's right, it is time for another Dreamer Family trip report! This was our fifth trip to WDW and it was a very different trip than in the past. It was much longer, our touring style was very different, and we ventured off property for the first time to visit that "other park", Universal! We stayed at the Coronado Springs Resort from May 11th - May 25th.

If you have read my previous trip reports you will understand the title that I have chosen for this newest report. If not, here is the back story: Christmas 1997 - cloudy and rainy the whole trip; July 2007 - Sunny half the trip, downpours the other half; August 2008 - Tropical Storm Fay, she hovered over Orlando the whole week we were there; May 2009 - Rained the whole week we were at WDW and then the rain followed us out to sea as we enjoyed a Disney Cruise. Needless to say, we were a bit apprehensive in regards to the weather as we prepared for this latest vacation. Luckily it was HOT and SUNNY the whole 15 days we were there. In fact it was unseasonably hot and we were experiencing July temperatures in May or so all the news stations were reporting.

For those unfamiliar with my reports here is what you can expect: lots of photos, lots of detail, and lots of laughs. I try my best to write honestly about the trip, I try not to sugar coat things as I want the report to be entertaining but also educational at the same time as I know lots of people find reports very helpful in planning their own vacations. I will try and update twice a week so there will never be any long gaps between updates and I ALWAYS finish my reports so no fear that this will be left abandoned.

Some highlights/big events of the trip:

Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival
Pixar Weekend at Epcot
Star Wars Weekends
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure - This includes the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Of course there is lots more that will be included but those were the "special events" that occurred on the trip.

Now to introduce my family and fellow travelers.

First there is me, Lessa. I am a full-time Nursing student going for my BScN, this is my second degree and it is a lot of work and very time consuming so this vacation was much needed! In addition to being a full-time student, I also work part-time as an emergency operator for the local university. I am the trip planner of the family and I "joke" that I am in charge of the family and all decision making while on vacation.

Next is Beth (emmaca on the Dis), our lovely mother. She works hard all year for a hospital foundation (fundraising) and she lives for her WDW vacations. I think she has become more of a Disney nut than me! Mom suffers from MS but she does not let that stop her fun!




Next, the famous Brothers Grimm, Alek (micky_hater) and Erich(Dead Bones Brook). They were given this nickname by Diser Englishrose because of their posts during my trip reports where they report what "really" happened on our vacations. They are practical jokers and love anything and everything that is ridiculous. They are sure to always provide a laugh, even if it is at the expense of their mother and sister.





While I am the primary writer of this trip report you can expect the others to pop in from time to time with their own updates and version of events.

For ease of reading I will be providing a table of contents in the second post on this thread and I also provide links at the end of each chapter. I love my readers so please post and say hello!


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May 11th

Checking In
Erich's First Update
Lunch at T-Rex
Epic Lego Displays
Settling In
Pool Time!
Erich's Second Update - The Postal Strike
A Photo Tour of Coronado Springs

May 12th
Hollywood Here We Come!
Lunch at 50's Prime Time Cafe
Pole Dancing in Disney, shocking!
Tale as Old as Time
A family member becomes injured
A Tale of Young Love

May 13th

Good Morning! Good Morning!
Alek and Erich go courting
Happy Haunts
Lost!
Alek's First Update: Erich is Kidnapped!
Mickey the Magnificent!
Chef Mickey's

May 14th

Soarin' Parade
Duck Tales
Beaches and Cream
Swords and Dragons:A Duel to the Death
Going Undercover
How to kill time during a rain storm
La Bella Italia
The update in which Erich destroys the innocence of young children everywhere
Lost cameras and fights = Family Fun!

May 15th

Breaking Tradition
Character Connection
Bambii's Butterfly House
Pixie Hollow
Erich's Third Update
Mexico and Norway
It's A Small Small World!
Le Cellier: Authentically Canadian?
Another rat encounter!
That is one GIANT bug!
Bullseye!
Chinese Zodiac
A Family of Fairies

May 16th
Angry Birds
Poly Love
Princesses on Parade
Big Thunder
Tom Sawyer Island
Tiana and Pedro???
Breaking All The Rules
Super Mario in the Magic Kingdom!
Main Street Electrical Parade
Magic, Memories and You and Wishes!

May 17th
The Adventure Begins!
Ollivander's Wand Shop
The Owl Post Meltdown
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Don't Forget Your Barf Bag!
Flight of the Hippogriff
Butterbeer!
The Lost Continent:Mythos
The Lost Continent: Poseidon's Fury
Exploring The Lost Continent
Would you could you with a Fox?
High in the Sky
Incredible and Amazing!
Universal's Super Awesome Super Hero costumes
Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls
Jurassic Park
Dueling Dragons
Shopped Til I Dropped
Green Eggs and Ham?

May 18th
Shrek 4-D
Scooby Scooby Doo, Where Are You?!
The most villainous of them all
Jaws!
D'oh!
An Early End

Hard Rock, Florida Mall, and Relaxation

May 19th

Shark Reef
The Race of Champions
Can I Help You? I Know First Aid!
Losing My Mind
Medieval Times

May 20th

Enough with the photopass already!
The Mighty Dung Beetle
Elephant Love
Rafiki's Planet Watch

Conservation Heroes
Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty
I'm melting!

May 21st
A Blast from the Past
Where's the Fire?!
Mariachi!
Blue Raspberry heaven!
How old are you exactly?
Escaping the heat

May 22nd

The Rebel Spies
Boba Fett
Ewok Love
Star Wars Awkwardness
Star Wars Parade
Drawing Dopey

May 23rd

Miss Sickie
Family Photos

May 24th

I Need Some Meds, Stat!
Twitterpated
Farewell Animal Kingdom!
Dinner at the Poly
Wishes at The Poly

May 25th
The Final Morning

Final Thoughts


Bonus Flashback Report: Italy 1999

Verona
Venice
Florence
Assisi/Sorrento/Capri
Sicily
Pompeii
Rome Part 1
Rome Part 2


The Crazy Stepmother Chronicles: August 2011 Edition
Day One: Arrival and BX Dog Park
Day Two: Pinnacle Lake Hike Part One
Day Two: Pinnacle Lake Hike Part Two
Day Two: Pinnacle Lake Hike Part Three
Day Three: Monashee Lake/Sunny Peak Hike
Day Four: Wine Tasting Part One
Day Four: Wine Tasting Part Two
Day Five: Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
Day Six: Glacier National Park: Balu Pass Hike Part One
Day Six: Glacier National Park: Balu Pass Hike Part Two
Day Six: Glacier National Park Part Three
Day Six: Glacier National Park Part Four
Day Seven: Banff National Park: Moraine Lake Part One
Day Seven: Banff National Park: Moraine Lake Part Two
Day Seven: Banff National Park: Moraine Lake Part Three
Day Seven: Banff National Park: Consolation Lakes Hike Part Four
Day Seven: Banff National Park: Consolation Lakes Hike Part Five
Day Seven: Banff National Park: Lake Louise:Fairview Lookout Part Six
Day Seven: Banff National Park: Lake Louise:Fairview Lookout Part Seven
Day Eight: Banff National Park: Plain of the Six Glaciers Hike Part One
Day Eight: Banff National Park: Plain of the Six Glaciers Hike Part Two
Day Eight: Banff National Park: Plain of the Six Glaciers Hike Part Three
Day Eight: Banff National Park: Plain of the Six Glaciers Hike Part Four
Day Eight:Banff National Park: Lake Agnes Hike Part Five
Day Eight:Banff National Park: Lake Agnes Hike Part Six
Day Nine: Banff National Park: Valley of the Ten Peaks Hike Part One
Day Nine: Banff National Park: Valley of the Ten Peaks Hike Part Two
Day Nine: Banff National Park: Valley of the Ten Peaks Hike Part Three
Day Ten:Banff National Park: Bow River Trail and Conclusion

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Old 05-30-2011, 04:32 PM   #3
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Hi, Lessa!
It WAS hot, hot, hot! We had pool time almost daily to get through each day! Luckily my kids are fish and were more than happy with that decision.

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Lessa the Pix of the Bros with the car and running over is it Erich or Alex has always been a Bros pix favorite of mine !!Had we met I intented to either run them over or haver they run me overI thought that safer than letting them push me in a wheelchair
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It sure was! I felt like we were melting half the trip!

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It WAS hot, hot, hot! We had pool time almost daily to get through each day! Luckily my kids are fish and were more than happy with that decision.

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Hi there!

I'm a new reader, but I'm happy to join the crew! I have two crazy brothers also, and it is always an adventure when we head to WDW. I'm sure you feel the same!

We were also there at the same time as you, so I'm interested to see your perspective on the crowds and weather!
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