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Old 06-20-2014, 08:17 PM   #1
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Arrow 3 Generations Wandering the Wilderness from "Cabin" Camping to Club Level-FW & WL

Let the Magic Begin!

**Welcome to our 5th Annual Family Vacation**

3 Generations – 7 People
June 3- June 14






We’re a little crazy…







and sometimes goofy…







But always love being together wherever our adventures take us!






We’ll be taking you on a 4 day “cabin” camping adventure at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds followed by 8 days at the Wilderness Lodge done Club Level style! 12 days of Disney just ain't enough, folks!




BE WARNED! This trip report will be picture heavy!! Only 3200 shots captured while at the World…..(dad and I have a serious problem - I'm aware )




Before we can continue, I must make our introductions.


I’m Heather, you’re hostess with the mostess, the one who adores all things Disney, and this is the hubby Bill – otherwise known on the Dis as WishIwasfishin (every now and then he sneaks in a post or two). And while he pretends to play it cool at Disney, he secretly loves it! …most of the time.






We’ve been blessed with 3 wonderful children that love Disney almost as much as me (brainwashing takes time, ya know) If we don’t do at least one Disney trip per year, they believe we haven’t had a vacation.


Stephen

He’s our resident pin trader, and happy about being a Disney “adult”….no more kid’s meals!






Faith

Her favorite resort - “the one with the pretty red roof”- but any Deluxe will do!





Jesse

A.K.A. “The Wanderer” – He has the unfortunate habit of wandering off all by his lonesome - doesn’t bother him at all. Over the years we have grown accustomed to this type of behavior and rarely panic…we just look for the nearest TV or arcade. That’s where he’s usually found.





And remember - I said crazy and goofy






And last but not least… Pop and MaHopie (my parents, Steve & Hope). These two kids love Disney more than me…seriously. In fact, they took a solo trip to Disneyland! (wasn’t very nice of them NOT to invite us )





They helped instill my love for Disney at a young age…



And yes, that’s mom, my sister and me at the Magic Kingdom….many moons ago….when the characters roamed freely about the parks.


…and now we’re continuing the tradition with our children. Bill thanks them immensely







More family “stuff” I must share - A brief blast from the past … with trip report links, of course.



2010 (my very first Trip Report)

Polynesian Club Level…

TR Link








2011

Fort Wilderness Resort and the Contemporary

TR Link







2012

Animal Kingdom Club Level and a family cruise on the Dream!

TR Link








2013

A Birthday Surprise for Faith at Port Orleans Riverside
(unfortunately, Pop and MaHopie couldn’t make this trip…)

TR Link









We hope y’all will sit back, relax, and enjoy our journey through the most magical place on earth! And now without further ado, let our 2014 trip report commence!




Chapter Links

Day 1
Heading to the Fort! Part 1
Heading to the Fort! Part 2
Fort Wilderness Cabin Review Part 1
Fort Wilderness Cabin Review Part 2
Trail's End Dinner
Chip n' Dale Campfire Sing-a-long Part 1
Chip n' Dale Campfire Sing-a-long Part 2

Day 2
Early Morning at the Fort - Part 1
Early Morning at the Fort - Part 2
Relaxing at the pool???
House of Blues - Part 1
House of Blues - Part 2

Day 3
Early Morning Pics and a River Country Rant - Part 1
Early Morning Pics and a River Country Rant - Part 2
Tour of the Monorail Resorts w/ Poly Construction Pics - Part 1
Tour of the Monorail Resorts w/ Poly Construction Pics - Part 2

Day 4
Last Day at the Meadow Swimmin' Pool - Part 1
Last Day at the Meadow Swimmin' Pool - Part 2

"Intermission" - July the 4th Pics

Tri Circle D Ranch - Part 1
Tri Circle D Ranch - Part 2
Caribbean Beach Resort Sneak Peek - Part 1
Caribbean Beach Resort Sneak Peek - Part 2

Day 5
Sayin' Good-bye to the Fort...Hello Wilderness Lodge!!!
A WL & EP Afternoon - Part 1
A WL & EP Afternoon - Part 2
Dinner at Hacienda Plus More - Part 1
Dinner at Hacienda Plus More - Part 2


WL CL Room Review - Part 1
WL CL Room Review - Part 2

Club Level
The Old Faithful Club Review - Part 1
The Old Faithful Club Review - Part 2
The Old Faithful Club Review - Part 3


Day 6
Early Morning Pics - Part 1
Early Morning Pics - Part 2
Magic Kingdom Fun - Part 1
Magic Kingdom Fun - Part 2
Dinner at Ohana - Part 1
Dinner at Ohana - Part 2


Day 7
EP & Le Cellier for Lunch - Part 1
EP & Le Cellier for Lunch - Part 2


Day 8
Animal Kingdom - Yak & Yeti - Part 1
Animal Kingdom - Yak & Yeti - Part 2
Animal Kingdom - Yak & Yeti - Part 3


Day 9
Early Morning Pictures...Again!
Typhoon Lagoon - Part 1
Typhoon Lagoon - Part 2
Typhoon Lagoon - Part 3
Dinner at Artist Point - Part 1
Dinner at Artist Point - Part 2



Mini Mini Trip & Dis Meet Combined - August 2014 TR
Pop Century - Part 1
Pop Century - Part 2
Magic Kingdom - Part 1
Magic Kingdom - Part 2
Hollywood Studios - Part 1
Hollywood Studios - Part 2


Day 10
Mad Dash for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - Part 1
Mad Dash for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - Part 2
Magic Kingdom Morning - Part 1
Magic Kingdom Morning - Part 2
Animal Kingdom Afternoon - Part 1
Animal Kingdom Afternoon - Part 2


Wilderness Lodge Construction Alert October 2014 - Part 1
Wilderness Lodge Construction Alert October 2014 - Part 2


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Old 06-20-2014, 08:56 PM   #2
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Heather!!! I'm so excited for your new TR!!!

I will never forget that you are the person who first convinced me to do a TR of my own.

Can't wait to hear about your looooooooong WDW stay!
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:28 PM   #3
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I am here Heather! Excited to read this and look at you rockin the long hair!
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What a great intro! Looking forward to the report.
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Old 06-21-2014, 12:50 AM   #5
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Found your trip report!!! YAY!
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:36 AM   #6
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to all of you!!!


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Heather!!! I'm so excited for your new TR!!!
You win! How funny that you found me...I didn't even have to email you Wouldn't be the same without you following along




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I will never forget that you are the person who first convinced me to do a TR of my own.
And now you're the TR Queen with a Disney trip like every other month Glad I could twist your arm




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I am here Heather! Excited to read this and look at you rockin the long hair!
Howdy, Jen! Glad you're here!! Thanks for the compliment...not sure I would call it "rockin"... I'll call it easy....throw it up, and go!

I forgot y'all were going to the Lodge. You'll have to bear with me through the FW pics until I get to the WL Have y'all been over to FW, yet? If not, make time to go over and look around. Great place for kids!!



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What a great intro! Looking forward to the report.
Love the name "Stew_Mouse"!! Cute! Definitely original. Thanks for joining in



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Found your trip report!!! YAY!
Hiya Happy to have ya! There'll be lots of pics, for sure. You wanted pictures, right??... of the WL??...
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:06 AM   #7
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Yay!!! I'm thrilled the party has started!!! Going back to the first post
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Your kids are getting too big Adorable as ever!!
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:43 AM   #9
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I'm looking forward to your trip report. One of the best things about staying at the WL is having FW right next door. We love going over there. And your trip report covers both those places.
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Howdy Y'all!!! I'm getting so good at that phrase!

Super excited to SEE all the pictures and hear more details!

So grateful you are a TR writer! And a great one at that! Looking forward to an update later today!

Lots of pixie dust to you from MI!
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hiya Happy to have ya! There'll be lots of pics, for sure. You wanted pictures, right??... Of the wl??...

yes!!!
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Subbing in. Truly appreciated your live updates on the WL pool situation while you were there (we decided to stay put). Can't wait to hear more.
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Heather, I was hoping you had been on a trip! Can't wait to hear the stories.
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:35 AM   #14
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Howdy Y'all!!! I'm getting so good at that phrase!
Why yes you are!! I need to learn how to say "you guys". Sounds weird with a Southern Drawl, though


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Super excited to SEE all the pictures and hear more details!

So grateful you are a TR writer! And a great one at that! Looking forward to an update later today!

Lots of pixie dust to you from MI!
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Another one is on its way! Glad you're here, friend




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You're very welcome. And you'll be totally happy with the WL. The Cast Members are truly outstanding and so friendly. The entire Lodge gives visitors a very "at home" feel.



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Hi there!!! We have some stories for ya
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Found you!

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