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Old 09-19-2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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A Dole Whip in my hand & my toes in the sand: CBR/Poly Split Stay – This Is The Life!

Hello and welcome to my TR!

I hope you enjoy taking this little journey with my family and I! Here is the link to the PTR if you want to see how this trip came to be ~ http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2724555

A little bit about us. . . This was our lucky number 7 trip to WDW. We started going in 2005 and fell in love and keep going back!

Most of you know me, so I will try to keep the intros brief!

I am a mom to 2 boys, 12 and 9 (almost 10). I have been married to my DH for 13 ½ years. We live in PA, so we love getting away to the warm sunny state of Florida! I am a former hairstylist, former banker, former stay-at-home mom. I guess I shouldn't really say former stay at home mom, I am still at home quite a bit. I work as a Teaching Assistant for our school district a few days a week. So I'm not at work everyday and I get my summers off! So what do I do in my spare time? Well I love photography (as you will see very soon by the 1400+ pics that are to come in this TR), scrap-booking, shopping, and planning our family vacations!

DH works very hard and a lot of hours as a Quality Assurance Inspector for a large company outside of Pittsburgh. So he enjoys getting away to WDW as much as possible! I think he's to the point where he loves Disney almost as much as I do!! He is a wonderful husband and father and enjoys taking the boys fishing & coaching DS's soccer team. He unfortunately had an unexpected guest join him on this trip – in the PTR we referred to him as Hernia Harry! Yes, about 3 weeks before our vacation he found out he had a hernia. Due to the doctor's schedule and our upcoming vacation there wasn't enough time to operate before we left, so old Harry came with us. He has since had the surgery and is on the mend.

DS12 is our oldest and very responsible young man. He is growing up way too fast and I don't like it! He is the reason we took this summer trip. He was starting Middle School this fall and he is your typical first born child – a worrier & over-achiever. We weren't sure how he would adjust to the change so we didn't want to pull him out of school so early in the year, otherwise this would have been a fall trip. He enjoys video games, reading, being with his friends, playing outside, fishing, riding his 4-wheeler, and Disney! He is very out-going and hilarious and loves to be the center of attention.

DS9 (will be 10 in a few weeks) is our little guy. He is very laid back and easy-going. Doesn't worry about a thing. We always joke that he'll never have an ulcer!! He loves Lego's, playing video games, Pokemon, Star Wars, fishing, playing outside, and playing soccer. He is a huge Disney fan. He might be the only one in the family who loves Disney as much as I do. Him and I could sit and talk Disney for hours! He is a very picky eater, which always makes dining on vacation interesting.


Our trip was August 26 ~ September 4, 2011. We stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort (third time staying there) the first five nights with Free Dining and then moved over to the Polynesian (first time staying there) for the last four nights in the Club Level building.

*CBR Review ~ http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2795237
*Poly Review ~ http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2795310




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Links to updates ~

Day 1 - Friday August 26:
Flight & Arrival ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...6&postcount=24
OPR Food Court Lunch & CBR ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=60
CBR Room & Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...1&postcount=81
Via Napoli Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=97
Epcot World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=123
Epcot Future World ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=147

Day 2 - Saturday August 27:
Magic Kingdom Rope Drop ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=174
MK Fantasyland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=175
MK Tomorrowland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=197
Crystal Palace Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=223
MK Adventureland & Frontierland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=250
MK Main Street Shopping & Parade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=251
CBR & Downtown Disney ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=278
Pollo Campero Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=279
DTD: Lego Store & World of Disney ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=321
DTD: Ghirardelli, Once Upon a Toy, Pin Traders, & Marketplace Finds ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=322
DTD: Goofy's Candy Co, Pleasure Island & West Side ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=351
CBR Gift Shops & Snacks ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=352

Day 3 - Sunday August 28:
CBR Breakfast & Resort Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=388
CBR Main Pool, Lunch & Swimming ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=389
Disney's Hollywood Studios & Star Tours ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=408
DHS: Writer's Stop & Great Movie Ride ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=409
Sci-Fi Dine In Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=427
DHS: RNRC & TOT and CBR Arcade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=441

Day 4 - Monday August 29:
Animal Kingdom EMH (DS12 & I): EE and Dinosaur ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=474
CBR morning (DH & DS10) ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=475
AK: Divine! ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=497
AK, CBR & OPR Food Court Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=517
CBR Jamaica Pool & Shopping at the Contemporary ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=543
Bay Lake Towers & the Polynesian ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=544
Ohana Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=569
Polynesian Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=582
Grand Floridian Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=606
More GF and CBR ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=607

Day 5 - Tuesday August 30:
DHS Rope Drop & TSM ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=622
DHS Streets of America ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=623
DHS Muppet Vision and Starring Rolls Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=658
DHS Star Tours & RNRC ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=679
CBR Laundry & Swimming ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=699
Dinner at Shutter's & Shopping at OPR ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=700
DTD ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=720

Day 6 - Wednesday August 31:
Polynesian Arrival, Check In, and Room ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=732
More Poly Room Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=733
Poly Club Level Lounge ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=763
Our Poly Balcony & View ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=764
Poly Tour & Quiet Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=804
Chef Mickey's Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=819
More Chef Mickey's ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=820
MK: Main Street Halloween ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=841
MK: Jungle Cruise ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=842
MK: POTC & Splash Mtn ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=864
MK: IASW & Monsters Inc ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=865
Main Street & Main Street Confectionery ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=887
Castle Memories Show & Wishes ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=888
Wishes & the Poly ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=889

Day 7 - Thursday September 1:
CL Breakfast & Poly Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=924
More Poly Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=925
CL Snacks, Capt Cooks lunch, Heading to Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=945
Epcot: Living with the Land, Impressions de France, & Soarin ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=983
La Cantina de San Angel Dinner and More Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1002
Epcot, Poly, CL Lounge, & Electric Water Pageant ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1022

Day 8 - Friday September 2:
Poly, DTD, Pin Traders, Lego Store, WOD, Team Mickey ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1065
Earl of Sandwich Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1092
Poly Pics & a DIS Meet! ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1117
Poly Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1178
Poly Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1179
Poly CL Evening Offerings & the Torch Lighting Ceremony ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1201
The Poly Beach ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1219
More Poly Beach, Wishes, & a DIS Meet ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1220

Day 9 - Saturday September 3:
MK: Main Street & Tomorrowland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1245
MK: Tomorrowland & Fantasyland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1274
More MK ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1298
More MK ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1328
Poly Quiet Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1346
Family Photoshoot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1359
Family Photoshoot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1360
CL Lounge, Poly, & MK ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1370
Main Street Electrical Parade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1389
Main Street Electrical Parade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1390

Day 10 - Sunday September 4:
Kona Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1410
Saying Good-bye ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1411

Vacation Video ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1433
Final Thoughts ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1456


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Such handsome young men. Can't wait to read.
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I bet the Poly Club Level was absolutely WONDERFUL!

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I'm here and ready to read all about your trip!
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Okay, whew.
For a second there I didn't know if I was going to be getting online today or not---- internet issues. (I will not admit to borrowing my neighbors wifi....)

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Great start!! I can't wait to read all the details.

Hernia Harry.... Still makes me giggle. Glad he has been evicted and your DH is doing well.


Looking forward to the months ahead reliving the trip with ya!~
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YAY!! I'm glad you're here - especially considering that you are a part of this TR!!
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Like I'd miss this fun time......
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Okay, whew.
For a second there I didn't know if I was going to be getting online today or not---- internet issues. (I will not admit to borrowing my neighbors wifi....)

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Great start!! I can't wait to read all the details.

Hernia Harry.... Still makes me giggle. Glad he has been evicted and your DH is doing well.


Looking forward to the months ahead reliving the trip with ya!~

I can't believe you are still having computer/internet issues!

Oh Hernia Harry. So glad he has left the building.

I'm looking forward to sharing and reliving the trip with everyone. You know what I say -- the trip is not officially over until the TR is done. Then the Disney Depression will set in.

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Like I'd miss this fun time......
Now if you'd just get yours started it would be twice the fun....
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Hooray for starting a TR!!!! Can't wait! Love the sundress in your family pic BTW! SO glad all your pre-trip shopping didn't go to waste!


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