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Old 07-14-2011, 02:12 PM   #1
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I Knew There Was A Reason Why I've Always Hated My Birthday - COMPLETE

"IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES, IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES..."

Never has a quote from a Charles Dickens novel that I cannot stand (seriously, that book is AWFUL) been more appropriate. Our trip started off as a MAGICAL celebration of my 21st birthday, but it’ll wind up going down in the history books as ‘The Trip in Which We Lost Our Dog.’ Our beloved furry member of the family, Riley, became ill and passed away rather suddenly on July 6th, smack dab in the middle of our time at WDW (and the day after my birthday). It was absolutely heartbreaking, and, as I’m sure anyone who has lost a pet knows, his death left a void that not even a big, heaping pile of Disney magic could fill.

However, even though our trip ended with a whole lotta sadness, it did have its moments. We were having quite an enjoyable time up until that point. The food was delish (FREE DINING!!! WOOOO!!!), our resort - Coronado Springs - was beautiful, the weather was gorgeous (for the most part, but we’ll get to that later), the Disney Voice Guy was wishing me 'Happy Birthday', and my use of Stacey quotes was reaching a new high. Because of that, I’ve decided that I might as well try to salvage the good memories and write a trip report. Plus, I took a gajillion photos and I have a strong need to share them with people who will reply with something other than “Oh, that’s nice.” Why more people don’t get more excited about photos of giant, well-dressed rodents is beyond me.

Anyway, let’s get started!

INTRODUCTIONS:

Me (Kara) – I’m a newly-minted 21 year old who pretty much lives and breathes Disney. I always have and I always will. There’s just nothing better than that feeling of pure joy and happiness that Disney can arouse. I just finished up my first ever trip report from last July (you can find the link in my signature if you’d like to read it) and, frankly, I’m starting to think that trip report writing is my true calling in life. I mean, why bother with classes and homework when I could just have people pay me to tag along on their vacation, take thorough notes, and write an awesome trip report when we get back. Screw college!

Here’s a rather festive photo of me doing what I do best: eating.


Mom and Dad – My wonderful, fabulous, Disney-loving parents who work super hard to feed my addiction (while also silently wishing I fell head over heels in love with something a little cheaper, I’m sure). Of course, they don’t march about the parks in the insane Florida heat just for me. They cherish our WDW vacations just as much as I do.


I’m sure you can figure out who is who

Katie – My 19 year old thrill-seeking, good-time-having sister who I simply adore. Seriously, she’s the best. Sure, she tends to complain a lot when we’re not doing something (she’s all about action and gets bored easily), but I couldn’t have asked for a better little sis.

The young lad (not the dino) in the photo with my sis is Wade – Katie’s boyfriend. This was his first trip to WDW with us (though he had been once before as a kid) and we were all quite excited to have some fresh meat to drag around the parks. Plus, it was extremely nice to have another guy around to help carry all of the luggage.

THINGS TO NOTE:
We stayed at Coronado Springs July 3rd – 8th. Thanks to free dining (well, free quick service dining that we paid to upgrade) we were on the dining plan for the first time ever. It was quite an experience. I’ll be reviewing table service meals at T-Rex, Crystal Palace, Les Chefs de France, Cape May Café, Boma, and 1900 Park Fare along with a bunch of counter service meals and snacks. We hit all 4 parks (and Downtown Disney) and were lucky enough to experience the 4th of July festivities at both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

So, that’s that. Before I cut this off and rush to start a Table of Contents, I’d just like to thank you all in advance for joining me on what is, I’m sure, going to be a sometimes wild, sometimes hysterical, sometimes ugly tear-inducing look back at our six days in WDW. I mean, the spectrum of emotions I experienced over the course of those six days is INSANE. I’m quite certain psychologists would’ve loved to have me hooked up to a bunch of those brain wave scanning machines because I dealt with A LOT. I’m just glad I have a place to come back to and share all those emotions with people who “get” it. Not everyone does, but you guys do, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for “listening.”

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Old 07-14-2011, 02:13 PM   #2
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

JULY 1ST & 2ND
PART ONE: "ON THE ROAD AGAIN," "LIFE IS A HIGHWAY," AND THE MILLION OTHER SONGS ABOUT DRIVING
PART TWO: DOWNTOWN DISNEY
PART THREE: DINING WITH THE DINOS

JULY 3RD
PART ONE: CHECKING IN AT CORONADO SPRINGS 1
PART ONE: CHECKING IN AT CORONADO SPRINGS 2
PART TWO: TRAINS AND TRAINS AND BOATS AND BOATS
PART THREE: THE UPDATE THAT ISN'T WORTH NEARLY THE AMOUNT OF TIME I SPENT WRITING IT
PART FOUR: CRYSTAL PALACE
PART FIVE: EVIL EMPERORS, STOMACH PAINS, AND STUFF EXPLODING IN THE SKY

JULY 4TH
PART ONE: IN WHICH A BUS ALMOST MAKES ME CRY - ALSO FISH
PART TWO: EVERYBODY WANTS TO MEET A CAT
PART THREE: "WHO'S GOT TWO THUMBS, SPEAKS LIMITED FRENCH, AND HASN'T CRIED ONCE TODAY? THIS MOI!"
PART FOUR: "JUST IN CASE I'M NOT ENOUGH OF A FREAK ALREADY, LET'S ADD A TIARA!"

JULY 5TH
PART ONE: D-I-N-O-S-A-U-R A DINOSAUR
PART TWO: HE KINDA LOOKS LIKE MY UNCLE PHIL
PART THREE: SAFAAAAAAAARI 1
PART THREE: SAFAAAAAAAARI 2
PART FOUR: FINISHING UP AT AK 1
PART FOUR: FINISHING UP AT AK 2
PART FIVE: MIGHT SOUND CRAZY BUT IT AIN'T NO LIE
PART SIX: A BRIEF BUT NECESSARY UPDATE

JULY 6TH
PART ONE: YOU'RE CLEAR TO BREAK PLATES! SIR, YES, SIR!
PART TWO: SWEEEEEEEEEET EMOOOOOOOOTIOOOOOON
PART THREE: THE MILKMAN, THE PAPER BOY, EVENING TV 1
PART THREE: THE MILKMAN, THE PAPER BOY, EVENING TV 2
PART FOUR: IN WHICH I BUST OUT MY ACTING SKILLS (OR LACK THEREOF)
PART FIVE: IF NAUTICAL NONSENSE BE SOMETHING YOU WISH

JULY 7TH
PART ONE: RUSTLIN' UP SOME GRUB AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM
PART TWO: I BLESS THE RAINS DOWN IN AAAAAAFRICAAAAAAA
PART THREE: OUR LAST NIGHT

JULY 8TH
PART ONE: 1900 PARK FARE
PART TWO: THE END

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Old 07-14-2011, 02:43 PM   #3
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I'm here! I've had some of the world's worst birthdays...I've pretty much given up on them now. My 21st was no where quite as bad as that, but it was on Mardi Gras (which sounds fun, right?!) and the entire town was dead since we had to go out early in the night since I had mid-terms the next day along with a meeting with someone from our sorority's National Office since I held an official position within it. FUN...

And on my 13th, our car was stolen out of the Philadelphia parking garage and totaled. It was 18 days old.
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:54 PM   #4
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I am going for my bday in sept and going to several of the same places for dinner. Looking forward to reading your tr!!
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:56 PM   #5
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I'm here Kara! I guarantee you I will cry at some point during this TR, as I am already tearing up at the intro....

BTW, that is a cupcake from Starring Rolls in your intro, isn't it?! I've never had one but I've been eying them for a while now and they are on my must-do list next trip!
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Old 07-14-2011, 03:30 PM   #6
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Old 07-14-2011, 03:44 PM   #7
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Okay I've DE-LURKED just for you Kara I'm along for the ride. Now going back to read
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:16 PM   #8
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:17 PM   #9
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First, let me say how sorry I am to hear about Riley. It's never easy losing a pet. I lost my "Gracie" last year and it was more like losing a member of my family.
Second, you're back in the world! A belated Happy Birthday to you. That huge muffin/cup cake you are eating in the first picture looks absolutely delicious. Is it red velvet?
I'm looking forward to hearing all about this year's trip.
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I'm here!! Again, I'm so sorry about your dog but I'm excited to read about your trip!
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:01 PM   #12
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I'm here, of course! I can't wait to read all about this trip as well! I hope it's not too sad.. but I may shed a tear Wow, these trip reports are just like novels.

And I agree about writing TRs being a calling in life... seriously I'd rather do that than go to college. Why can't we just get paid for material like this!?

I'm excited for your food reviews... that Red Velvet cupcake looks fantastic! (i've never had one before! that needs to change!)

Can't wait for the trip to begin!
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I'm in!

So sorry about your dog. I totally know how that feels. I've grown up with pets (aka dogs) my whole life and when my first dog died it was awful. I wasn't in the most magical place on Earth when it happened, I wish I was, but I want to see how it helped in certain ways. I may shed a tear then :'(

Moving away from the sad stuff, I can't wait to read about the celebratory aspects of this TR, since it was your birthday and I'm (hopefully) going for my 16th next spring I'm hoping this will help in some way, especially with all those ADRs and being there 4th of July weekend

Can't wait to read all about your trip!
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I'm here! I spent hours last night reading your last TR so im excited about this one. Im soo sorry to hear about your dog I can't wait to read some more
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I'm in! I read you're last TR and loved it, but I never got a chance to comment. I'm so sorry about you're dog. I've never had a pet outside of a tank or cage, but I understand the sadness. You're birthday is right before mine . Cause mine was on Sunday (the 10th). Anyways, I'm looking forward to more!
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