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Old 02-23-2014, 09:50 AM   #1
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Don't Fear the Rain, We Have the "Ducky of Death!"-Jan '14 **Bonus TR DCA 9/1 x2

Hello, welcome, and thank you for checking in on what will be my 4th WDW trip report! I can’t wait to share with you all of the stories from our trip that began in the middle of the last week of January and had us returning home on Super Bowl Sunday. Yes, my Disney addiction has now grown to the point where it dwarfs the Super Bowl in importance as we were flying home during the game. Turned out that I really didn’t miss much. Through my TR I hope to relive our magical trip with my old and new DIS friends. The trip was filled with fun, magic, pirates, princesses, and a certain rubber ducky that joined us halfway through the trip. There’s also a subplot of my journey in attempting to convert a non-Disney believer in our group.

Introducing, the Ducky of Death!


Which gives me the perfect segway to introduce my fellow companions on this trip: DW who may not be as big of a Disney fan as I am but still enjoys our trips, DD7 who is slowly becoming an aficionado of Disney World, DS4 who recently discovered the awesomeness of the Star Wars universe, and myself who according to DD am ALWAYS planning out next trip. We also had my younger brother (DB) who is the non-believer after their last and only trip two years ago that led to lots of heat, crowds, and feet pain, his wife and my sister-in-law (DSIL) who was happy to let me take the reins on all aspects of the planning, and my nephew (DN4) who is the same age as DS and LOVED his first visit to Disney.

We had been trying to convince my brother’s family to join us for a trip to Disney for the past couple of years. As I mentioned, their first visit in May of 2012 was less than of an ideal experience. While DN had lots of fun, my brother felt that it was too much work and energy to call it a “vacation” as he put it. Too much walking, too much heat, too many people, and too many minutes spent in line. Of course you know that I had a rebuttal for each of those points but instead of arguing the details with him I just simply said “Why don’t you come with us next January and leave the planning completely up to me? I think I can give you a completely different experience.” So they agreed and we were excited. The kids were excited to have their cousin join us. Since I was their travel agent for this visit, all they had to remember was bring their Magic Bands with them from home and follow us around the rest of the way. We picked the Animal Kingdom Lodge for our visit. It was our first stay at this intricately gorgeous resort.

As my DIS friends know from my past TRs, photography has become a very serious hobby in the past two years. I picked up my first DSLR in April of 2012 after returning from a wonderful trip at Disney and wishing I had some better pictures to remember it by. Since then photography snowballed into an obsession that is now equal to my Disney addiction. I was able to fully immerse myself in photographing Disney World during my October 2013 trip when I traveled by myself to attend a conference. If you would like to take a look through the TR here’s the link: Discovering A Whole New World of Disney

Not surprisingly, I came back home with far fewer pictures this time around. Chasing after three young children in Disney is a full time job as parents on DIS can attest and it’s challenging to point the camera at a photogenic Disney scene while a 4 year old is tugging on your arms. On top of that, the weather didn’t do any favors as the rain forced me to tuck the camera away more than I wanted to. Nonetheless, I had a wonderful time enjoying Disney with my family! Plus the pictures I was able to get at AKL alone made up for the lack of photos in the park.

This TR is going to follow the model of my last one as I ditch the chronological order and jump around in time. So sit back, relax, and hope you enjoy this edition!



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All We Want Is To Spend Halloween with Mickey! October 2014 PTR with MiniTRs to Disney Cali Adventure, Oahu, San Diego, and Vegas
Don't Fear the Rain, We have the Ducky of Death! - Jan '14 Trip Report
Discovering A Whole New World of Disney - An October Photo Safari 2013: Trip Report /PTR
A Winter Escape to the Enchanted Forest - January 2013 Trip Report/PTR
A Solo Trip to Disneyland 28 years in the Making! A Trip Report for October 16 and 17th, 2012
Our First Magical Poly Vacation! April 14-21, 2012 - Trip Report/ Live Report/ PTR


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Old 02-23-2014, 09:50 AM   #2
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Table of Contents

If I Could Talk to the Animals...... (touring AKL)
Going With the Flow (Finding Nemo Musical) Part I and Part II
Mulanapalooza (Characterpalooza at DHS)
Bubbles, Paper Doubloons, and Fire (Disney Jr Live and Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular)
You Can Be Who You Want To Be - A Princess and Pirate Adventure Part I and Part II
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head Part I and Part II
So That's What a Hippo Looks Like Out of Water
Hopping Through Enchanted Tales (ETwB and BOG)
Speed Walking Through the World (Showcase)
The Dark Rides Part I and Part II
Birds of a Feather Part I and Part II
Enter the Ducky of Death (Pirates and Pals Fireworks Cruise)
Tale As Old As Time (DHS Beauty and the Beast show)
Dining with Princesses and Friends Part I and Part II
Roughing It in Adventureland (Jungle Cruise and the Treehouse)
Thrill Seekers
Farewell to Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade
Fish, Turtle, and Pigs (Epcot World Showcase)
The Small Joys of Animal Kingdom


DC Interludes

Cherry Blossom Festival: Part I, Part II (Peak Bloom)

A NYC Interlude

Vancouver Mini TR: Part I and Part II

Bonus TRs

Disney California Adventure Part I, Part II, Part III
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Discovering A Whole New World of Disney - An October Photo Safari 2013: Trip Report /PTR
A Winter Escape to the Enchanted Forest - January 2013 Trip Report/PTR
A Solo Trip to Disneyland 28 years in the Making! A Trip Report for October 16 and 17th, 2012
Our First Magical Poly Vacation! April 14-21, 2012 - Trip Report/ Live Report/ PTR


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Old 02-23-2014, 10:01 AM   #3
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Ok... Signing on to the Dis just for your new TR
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:03 AM   #4
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Looking forward to it.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:18 AM   #6
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:20 AM   #7
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Looking forward to your newest TR and you certainly picked a great photo to start with!

Glad that you were able to convert your brother and his family. I had a similar experience with my brother and his family in summer of 2012. I reserved a treehouse and invited them all to come along. After much, and I mean MUCH, consternation they FINALLY agreed to go (my brother was the naysayer) and they ended up having a great time - and in June, no less. Of course, some of that may had to do with my brother's new found love for Stacy!

Anyho - can't wait to see your pics of AKL! Bring it!
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I'm in!!! Can't wait to see more and see if you successfully converted your brother!!!
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All set and comfy to follow along again with your wonderful stories and photos Dave!!!!!
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Subbing in. Can't wait to hear another amazing trip.
I did want to share my hubby's duck with you. He took it out of a pack of ducks I bought for grandson and claimed it as his duck. Poor kids never had a chance. lol
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Subbed in...enjoyed the last TR and looking forward to this one as well. I'm not near the photog you are but enjoy taking pics just the same and enjoy your pics very much.
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