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Old 09-15-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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If we can DREAM it, we can do it! ..... another 30 day vacation Update 02/07

Gosh, what a swell vacation we had!
Yip, thats what it was, a swell month long vacation. It started out with a trip to the Florida Keys, then spending a few nights at the Atrium Club at the Contemporary Resort, followed by a few nights at Old Key West. By then we were nearly half way into our vacation, but we still had a back to back cruise on the Disney DREAM to look forward to and a few more nights at Old Key West.

Highlights of the trip?
Meeting a lot of DISboard friends
Being as lazy as can be at Key West



Never wanting to leave the Atrium Club Level room overlooking the MK



Being at HOME at Old Key West
Sailing through Hurricane Isaac on the Disney DREAM and not missing any of the three Castaway Cay days




Enjoying more time at relatively empty parks and
Finding those Cast Members who make your trip so extra special
Being able to peek BEHIND the construction walls of the Fantasyland Expansion





and coming home with a WHOLE NEW set of reservations for 2013.

But wait &&
I guess I need to introduce us.



Well, there is Tom, my dear brother, who works for the Austrian Postal Services and loves everything Disney.
Then there is me, Karin. During the day I try to teach my students some English, German and a few other fun subjects and once school work is done, I try to research and plan our vacations.

We are Austrians and live here as well and for the past few years we have taken two US Disney vacations a year. A one week long trip during half term in February and another four week long trip during August and September. This summer was no exception.

Florida Keys, WDW, Disney DREAM, WDW, August/September 2012

Day 1, August 11:
Lets get this show on the road .... or in the air - Part 1
Lets get this show on the road .... or in the air - Part 2
Lets get this show on the road .... or in the air - Part 3

Day 2, August 12:
Aren't you Karin from the DISboards? - Part 1
Aren't you Karin from the DISboards? - Part 2
Aren't you Karin from the DISboards? - Part 3

Day 3, August 13:
A Key West DISmeet - Part 1
A Key West DISmeet - Part 2
A Key West DISmeet - Part 3

Day 4, August 14:
A Trolley tour and a dinner at the beach - Part 1
A Trolley tour and a dinner at the beach - Part 2
A Trolley tour and a dinner at the beach - Part 3
A Trolley tour and a dinner at the beach - Part 4

Day 5, August 15:
A lovely view, a wedding and a guest in the tree - Part 1
A lovely view, a wedding and a guest in the tree - Part 2
A lovely view, a wedding and a guest in the tree - Part 3
A lovely view, a wedding and a guest in the tree - Part 4

Day 6, August 16:
Goodbye Key West! Hello Fort Lauderdale! - Part 1
Goodbye Key West! Hello Fort Lauderdale! - Part 2
Goodbye Key West! Hello Fort Lauderdale! - Part 3
Goodbye Key West! Hello Fort Lauderdale! - Part 4

Day 7, August 17:
Are you kidding me? - Part 1
Are you kidding me? - Part 2
Are you kidding me? - Part 3
Are you kidding me? - Part 4

Day 8, August 18:
Spending time with friends - Part 1
Spending time with friends - Part 2
Spending time with friends - Part 3
Spending time with friends - Part 4

Day 9, August 19:
Goodbye Contemporary and Welcome Home to Old Key West - Part 1
Goodbye Contemporary and Welcome Home to Old Key West - Part 2
Goodbye Contemporary and Welcome Home to Old Key West - Part 3
Goodbye Contemporary and Welcome Home to Old Key West - Part 4
Goodbye Contemporary and Welcome Home to Old Key West - Part 5

Day 10, August 20:
Fun at the Studios and a change of plans - Part 1
Fun at the Studios and a change of plans - Part 2
Fun at the Studios and a change of plans - Part 3

Day 11, August 21:
A fun day and extra magic at night - Part 1
A fun day and extra magic at night - Part 2
A fun day and extra magic at night - Part 3

Day 12, August 22:
A DVC meet, a DISmeet and fireworks from Bay Lake Tower - Part 1
A DVC meet, a DISmeet and fireworks from Bay Lake Tower - Part 2

Day 13, August 23:
Food overload and a sad goodbye to friends - Part 1
Food overload and a sad goodbye to friends - Part 2
Food overload and a sad goodbye to friends - Part 3

Day 14, August 24:
It's the DREAM - Part 1
It's the DREAM - Part 2
It's the DREAM - Part 3

Day 15, August 25:
Castaway Cay Day 1 - Part 1
Castaway Cay Day 1 - Part 2
Castaway Cay Day 1 - Part 3
Castaway Cay Day 1 - Part 4

Day 16, August 26:
Food, food and even more food ..... - Part 1
Food, food and even more food ..... - Part 2
Food, food and even more food ..... - Part 3

Day 17, August 27:
A little bit of shopping, a French dinner and no fireworks ... - Part 1
A little bit of shopping, a French dinner and no fireworks ... - Part 2
A little bit of shopping, a French dinner and no fireworks ... - Part 3
A little bit of shopping, a French dinner and no fireworks ... - Part 4
A little bit of shopping, a French dinner and no fireworks ... - Part 5

Day 18, August 28:
Another day in paradise - Part 1
Another day in paradise - Part 2
Another day in paradise - Part 3
Another day in paradise - Part 4
Another day in paradise - Part 5

Day 19, August 29:
See ya real soon! - Part 1
See ya real soon! - Part 2
See ya real soon! - Part 3

Day 20, August 30:
Nassau revisited &&&& AGAIN!!! - Part 1
Nassau revisited &&&& AGAIN!!! - Part 2

Day 21, August 31:
Concierge Level thieves - Part 1
Concierge Level thieves - Part 2
Concierge Level thieves - Part 3

Day 22, September 1:
Castaway Cay take 3 - Part 1
Castaway Cay take 3 - Part 2

Day 23, September 2:
From the DIS welcome center to Mickeys World - Part 1
From the DIS welcome center to Mickeys World - Part 2

Day 24, September 3:
A lazy shopping day - Part 1

Day 25, September 4:
A look behind the scenes - Part 1
A look behind the scenes - Part 2
A look behind the scenes - Part 3
A look behind the scenes - Part 4
A look behind the scenes - Part 5

Day 26, September 5:
Lets be lazy today - Part 1

Day 27, September 6:
You've got a friend in me - Part 1
You've got a friend in me - Part 2
You've got a friend in me - Part 3
You've got a friend in me - Part 4

Day 28, September 7:
Goodbye and thank you very much! - Part 1
Goodbye and thank you very much! - Part 2
Goodbye and thank you very much! - Part 3

Day 29, September 8:
It’s time to go home - Part 1
It’s time to go home - Part 2

Day 30, September 9:
Last leg of the trip

Extra trip reports:
Italy, September 2012

Day 1, September 21
Is that a water view? - Part 1
Is that a water view? - Part 2

Day 2, September 22
Shop till you drop! - Part 1
Shop till you drop! - Part 2
Shop till you drop! - Part 3
Shop till you drop! - Part 4

Day 3, September 23
Well be back soon! - Part 1
Well be back soon! - Part 2

Italy, October 2012
Day 1, October 26
Here we go again ... - Part 1
Here we go again ... - Part 2

Day 2, October 27
Is there a Disney Store in Venice? - Part 1
Is there a Disney Store in Venice? - Part 2
Is there a Disney Store in Venice? - Part 3
Is there a Disney Store in Venice? - Part 4
Is there a Disney Store in Venice? - Part 5
Is there a Disney Store in Venice? - Part 6

Day 3, October 28
Is that SNOW?????????? - Part 1

Disneyland Paris, November 2012

Day 1, November 16
A late, but great start ... Part 1
A late, but great start ... Part 2

Day 2, November 17
Plans? What plans? - Part 1
Plans? What plans? - Part 2
Plans? What plans? - Part 3
Plans? What plans? - Part 4
Plans? What plans? - Part 5
Plans? What plans? - Part 6
Plans? What plans? - Part 7
Plans? What plans? - Part 8
Plans? What plans? - Part 9
Plans? What plans? - Part 10
Plans? What plans? - Part 11
Plans? What plans? - Part 12

Day 3, November 18

Making the most of the day ..... - Part 1
Making the most of the day ..... - Part 2
Making the most of the day ..... - Part 3
Making the most of the day ..... - Part 4
Making the most of the day ..... - Part 5
Making the most of the day ..... - Part 6
Making the most of the day ..... - Part 7
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:28 PM   #2
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:31 PM   #3
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I'm here too and so looking forward to hearing all about your trip!! So good to have you back! Love the the photos....Key West and especially that view looks like a bit of heaven on earth. I can see why your balcony on Atrium Club floor would keep you right there for hours!

No doubt, another very special trip...it is always such fun to be armchair travellers with you two!
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:53 PM   #5
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Page 1 I hope !!!!
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:56 PM   #7
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Okay sounds like you are off to a great start !!! Can't wait to hear all about it !!!
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:40 PM   #8
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:59 PM   #9
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Another great trip report to read...can't wait!!!
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:29 PM   #11
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Woohoo!

I am so happy to see this report started.

I just got home after a very short (5 day) DW trip and on the sad flight home I consoled myself with the thoughts of reading one of your epic reports.

Thank you!

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Welcome, Jill!
I am so happy to have you along for another loooooooong trip!


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I'm here too and so looking forward to hearing all about your trip!! So good to have you back! Love the the photos....Key West and especially that view looks like a bit of heaven on earth. I can see why your balcony on Atrium Club floor would keep you right there for hours!

No doubt, another very special trip...it is always such fun to be armchair travellers with you two!
Welcome, Christine!
This trip went by FAR too fast and it was absolutely wonderful! So many fun things happened. We were pretty lucky.
Key West was AWESOME!!!!!! Very laid back, the perfect start to a perfect vacation.

You will love the pics from the Contemporary. We are SO hooked now and are actually trying to find ways to fit it in again next year.


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I'm here!!!! I didn't realize your b2b was during Isaac. Yikes!!!!!

Sounds like another magical trip, I can't wait to read about it!!!
Welcome Cynthia!
I am so happy you joined! You did WAY better than I did on your trip report. But then I was on vacation at that time.

Yes, the first part of our back to backs was during Isaac. Lots to tell about it.

We had a LOT of fun and cannot wait to go back. SOON!! Actually we will be on our way there in exactly 5 months time. Can't wait!


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