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Old 06-11-2014, 02:39 PM   #1
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1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR!

Hello! Welcome to my first trip report in five years. Our trip was May 29-June 5, 2014 and it was our first time to stay at Port Orleans Riverside. We had 7-day park passes with water parks option and deluxe dining.

The cast: myself, DW, DS17, and DD14

The celebration: my wife and I celebrated our 19-year wedding anniversary on this trip



So, without further ado, let's get right to it! Glad to have you along for the ride!
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1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:40 PM   #2
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Table of contents:

Travel Day - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...45&postcount=4

DAY 1 - Friday, May 30, 2014:
Chapter 1 - Arrival - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...1&postcount=11
Chapter 2 - Checking In - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...1&postcount=18
Chapter 3 - A Port Orleans Riverside walkabout, part I - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...0&postcount=20
Chapter 4 - A Port Orleans Riverside walkabout, part II - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=22
Chapter 5 - Lunch at Kona Cafe - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...4&postcount=31
Chapter 6 - Animal Kingdom afternoon - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...4&postcount=55
Chapter 7 - Kilimanjaro Safaris - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...6&postcount=56
Chapter 8 - Expedition Everest and POR - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=58
Chapter 9 - Boat ride to DTD - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=69
Chapter 10 - Dinner at Raglan Road - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...6&postcount=76

DAY 2 - Saturday, May 31, 2014:
Chapter 1 - Rope Drop at Epcot - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=79
Chapter 2 - Epcot morning - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...2&postcount=93
Chapter 3 - World Showcase - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=100
Chapter 4 - Lunch at Tutto Italia - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=108
Chapter 5 - Epcot afternoon - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=127
Chapter 6 - Dinner at 'Ohana - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=133
Chapter 7 - Saturday night at POR - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=145

DAY 3 - Sunday, June 1, 2014:
Chapter 1 - Pool time and POFQ - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=159
Chapter 2 - Arriving at the Magic Kingdom - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=167
Chapter 3 - Main Street USA - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=173
Chapter 4 - Lunch at Tony's and Crystal Palace - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=181
Chapter 5 - MK afternoon part I - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=193
Chapter 6 - MK afternoon part II - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=201
Chapter 7 - Going to dinner at Narcoossee's - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=206
Chapter 8 - Dinner at Narcoossee's - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=207
Chapter 9 - Magic Kingdom Extra Magic Hours - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=222

DAY 4 - Monday, June 2, 2014:
Chapter 1 - Typhoon Lagoon - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=235
Chapter 2 - Lunch at T-Rex - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=244
Chapter 3 - Late afternoon at Hollywood Studios part I - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=263
Chapter 4 - Late afternoon at Hollywood Studios part II - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=265
Chapter 5 - Friendship Boat to Boardwalk - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=291
Chapter 6 - Dinner at Flying Fish - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=303
Chapter 7 - Disney's Hollywood Studios Extra Magic Hours - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=318

Day 5 - Tuesday, June 3, 2014:
Chapter 1 - Breakfast at Boma - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=373
Chapter 2 - Animal Kingdom morning - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=374
Chapter 3 - FOTLK? - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=383
Chapter 4 - FOTLK!!! - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=391
Chapter 5 - More Animal Kingdom fun - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=399
Chapter 6 - Lunch at Yak & Yeti - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=408
Chapter 7 - Afternoon fun at Animal Kingdom - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=420
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1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491

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Old 06-11-2014, 03:23 PM   #3
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I'm here! I can't wait to hear all about your family's Disney adventures!

Surprisingly you will make a cameo in my TR, and you didn't even know it! LOL
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:35 PM   #4
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Travel Day

After months of planning and anticipating our travel day finally arrived on May 29th. We decided to go to Disney World back in October of last year, so we had plenty of time to plan our trip. At the 180 day mark I made our restaurant reservations and tweaked them along the way. At the 60 day mark we made our FP+ selections and ended up not having to tweak them very much at all. We received our MagicBands about 28 days prior to our check-in date. Three days prior to our arrival date, I did the online check-in.



I had to work a half day on our departure date, so DW took our Honda Odyssey through the car wash.







The bags were all packed and ready to go...



But Boo, our 1-year-old kitten, wasn't ready for us to leave! (Don't worry....he and our 8-year-old dog Truman were left in very good hands!)



The family met me at my workplace and we were soon on our way.





It is about a 9-hour drive from our home to Orlando. We had originally planned to leave a little later in the afternoon and drive to Valdosta, Georgia for the evening, then on to Disney World the next day. At some point we decided it would be best to leave right around lunch time so we could beat rush hour traffic in Atlanta. Since we would be leaving a little earlier, we figured we would just go ahead and drive all the way. We made a reservation for a hotel just outside of Walt Disney World off Hwy 192 called Galleria Palms.

We drove about five hours to Valdosta and stopped at Exit 18 on I-75 for gas and dinner. There is a good country buffet restaurant at that exit called Ole Times Country Buffet. (We decided a buffet would be a good choice because we wouldn't have to wait on an order....just go in and help ourselves!)



Fried catfish, shrimp, smoked sausage and greens



Before long we had finally made it to Florida!





We stopped by the welcome center



It was 10pm as we were getting near Disney World. Looking out of the driver's side window I could see Wishes going on! What a great way to arrive!



By the time we arrived at the hotel, it was raining really hard so I didn't get a picture upon arrival. I did take this picture the following morning.



Everyone was really tired from the trip and ready for bed. I'm the biggest child in our family and it was killing me to know that we were soooo close to Disney World and not actually IN Disney World! Everyone seemed to have a good night's sleep...except me. I was too excited!

Coming up next: Day 1. We check out of Galleria Palms and check in at Port Orleans Riverside. And Deluxe Dining begins with lunch at Kona Cafe!
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1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:37 PM   #5
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I'm here! I can't wait to hear all about your family's Disney adventures!

Surprisingly you will make a cameo in my TR, and you didn't even know it! LOL
Oh wow that is so cool! Glad to have you here for the TR! LOVED your video you posted on YouTube....your kids are adorable!
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1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:57 PM   #6
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I'm here, Alan. I can't wait to read all about it. My only regret is we did not get to meet.

Great start and that food at dinner looks really yummy.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:07 PM   #7
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Locked in! We are staying at POR in July can't wait!
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:12 PM   #8
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I'm in with reading how many photos you took on the trip!
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:25 PM   #9
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I'm here, Alan. I can't wait to read all about it. My only regret is we did not get to meet.

Great start and that food at dinner looks really yummy.
Yeah I hated that we were so close and then didn't get to meet. That Hollywood Studios day was an interesting day as you will read later in the report!

I thought that was a good dinner, but for some reason DW, DS, and DD weren't very hungry and didn't eat much. I think it was because they were loading up on trip treats along the drive!

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Locked in! We are staying at POR in July can't wait!
We've always stayed at Coronado Springs and love it, but we wanted to try something different. We absolutely LOVED POR and now it is our new favorite!

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I'm in with reading how many photos you took on the trip!
A picture is worth a thousand words, so I always enjoy reading trip reports with lots of pics. Welcome to the TR!
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1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:44 PM   #10
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Nice start to your report! We were at POFQ May 29th thru June 6. Can't wait to read your perspective!
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Day 1, chapter 1

After a long drive the day before I thought I would get some rest, but I was too excited to sleep. I woke up really early on Friday, May 30, took a shower, then went to the hotel lobby for the complimentary continental breakfast. About 7:30am DW was up but the kids were both still asleep. I told her I thought I would go ahead and check-in at Port Orleans Riverside so that we could activate our MagicBands and have a full day.

It had rained really hard the night before but this was going to be a beautiful day!







The Galleria Palms worked nicely for just an overnight stay, but I was ready to get on Disney property! I took pictures on my drive in...


















I'm here! Finally!



No disrespect to the previous night's hotel, but this place ROCKS! Port Orleans Riverside is beautiful!



Coming up next, getting checked in...and lots of pictures of Port Orleans Riverside on a beautiful day!
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1200 pics, 1100 miles, 15 deluxe dining meals, 7 days, 6 nights, 1 great time at POR May 29-June 5, 2014 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289594

Past trip reports:
Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491
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Checking in! You made it to DW!! Can't wait to read all about it!
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Following along from Facebook

Great idea to just drive all the way through. Better to get the traveling done in one day if possible and get to Disney bright and early

And your driving ahead to go get checked in would totally be me if my kids were still sleeping. Can't waste that Disney time.
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I've been a long time lurker of your TR's so I was excited that you are doing another one! Great start!

(P.S -- can I just say I can feel your excitement! )
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