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3 Families doin' a Surf & Turf Trip! AKL CL & Dream...Good-Byes

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by hstrickland, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

    Jul 17, 2009
    Let the Magic Begin

    3 Generations
    3 Families
    11 People...

    :dance3:Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! to our 3rd Annual Family Vacation!:dance3:

    We'll be taking you on an adventure to the Animal Kingdom Lodge done Club Level style.


    Then we'll sail the seas on the new and exciting Disney Dream!


    So come on aboard and let the introductions begin.
    (Warning! this report will be PICTURE HEAVY)

    The cast of this 10 day adventure.

    The whole gang!


    Our patriarch & matriarch A.K.A. Pop and MaHopie.these two kids love Disney more than any of us! And they are celebrating 45 years of wedded bliss!:love:


    My family (Disney fanatics, of course)


    Our oldest son...his favorite vacation spot...anywhere Disney!


    The middle child and the Queen of Drama!princess: Her favorite resort...any Deluxe will do!


    The Baby and definitely a third child! He keeps us running!:upsidedow


    And us, your host and hostess of the Trip Report...Disney Dork #1 and #2. And dont let the hubby fool you -he's a closet Disney Fan.


    This year, we decided to allow my sisters family to tag along. Ok..actually it was their idea to take a cruise.


    Heres kiddo #1.her first Disney experience! (Im secretly trying to convert her to Disney Dork status -her parents just dont know it, yet:rolleyes1)


    And #2-his first Disney experience..my Disney conversion tactics arent working as well on him. There's still time, though-he's only 4.


    And last, but not least...the Disney Novices -my sister & brother-n-law. Will a Disney conversion take place?? The jury is still out.


    So here we are...a family of 11 with lots to share-fun, food, adventure, and pictures and more pictures and more pictures.(remember, I warned you...)

    Chapter Links
    (Click on links below to bypass comments)

    Animal Kingdom Lodge

    Club Level Review Part 1
    Club Level Review Part 2
    Mini Review of AKL

    Day 1
    *Check-in at AKL CL
    *TRex Dining Review Part 1
    *TRex Dining Review Part 2
    Club Level Room Review
    Evening at the Lodge

    Day 2
    Early Morning Uzima Pool Part 1
    Early Morning Uzima Pool Part 2
    Kidani Village & Sanaa Part 1
    Kidani Village & Sanaa Part 2
    Cultural Safari

    Day 3
    Blizzard Beach Part 1
    Blizzard Beach Part 2
    Blizzard Beach Part 3
    Rain, Rain Go Away!
    Jiko - The Cooking Place

    Day 4
    Beach & Yacht Club
    Teaser at the Poly & GF
    An Arusha View
    Boma Dining Review

    Disney Dream

    Oceaneer Club Review
    Dream Stateroom Part 1
    Dream Stateroom Part 2

    Day 5
    Headin' To the Coast Part 1
    Headin' To the Coast Part 2
    Time to Set Sail
    Villains Tonight! Show
    Animator's Palate Part 1
    Animator's Palate Part 2

    Day 6
    Cabanas for Breakfast
    Castaway Cay Part 1
    Castaway Cay Part 2
    Couples Spa Villa
    Enchanted Gardens Part 1
    Enchanted Gardens Part 2

    Day 7
    In Port - Nassau - Part 1
    Glass Bottom Boat Tour
    Dream Pictures Part I
    Dream Pictures Part Continued
    Dream Pictures Part II
    Dream Pictures Part II Continued
    Pre-Dinner Fun Part 1
    Pre-Dinner Fun Part 2
    Royal Palace - Dinner - Part 1
    Royal Palace - Dinner - Part 2

    Day 8
    Early Morning Ship Pics Part 1
    Early Morning Ship Pics Part 2
    Morning Ship Tour
    Royal Palace Lunch
    Pirate Night
    Pirates Dinner at Royal Palace Part 1
    Pirates Dinner at Royal Palace Part 2

    Day 9
    Castaway Cay- Part 1
    Castaway Cay -Part 1 Continued
    Castaway Cay - Part 2
    Serenity Bay
    Castaway Cay - Part 3
    Castaway Cay - Part 3 Continued
    Remy - A Dining Experience - Part 1
    Remy - A Dining Experience - Part 2
    Remy - A Dining Experience - Part 3

    Day 10
    The Last Morning!

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  3. DisneyDoc5

    DisneyDoc5 Making memories...

    May 7, 2008
    ah ha!:banana: I'm here Heather!!!!:cool1: So great to see you working on this my friend!!!:thumbsup2
    Hugs - Erin
  4. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

    Sep 24, 2010
    :yay: A new TR from Heather :yay: I think you can totally convert the kiddos :thumbsup2 You look absolutely stunning BTW
  5. Mousemommy1

    Mousemommy1 DIS Veteran

    Dec 6, 2010
    I'm here Heather!!!! I can't wait to read along with your adventure until I start mine in 12 days!!!! :banana:


    Mar 10, 2009
    Well it's about time! We've all been waiting since last summer[​IMG]

    I've got my jungle boots on and a life preserver so I'm ready for more popcorn::

    (BTW, you all look fantastic as always.)
  7. nemofans

    nemofans DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 2007
    We are staying AKL CL in a few months, so I'm interested to read how it went.
    BTW, my DH is a closet Disney fan too. He comments about me being Disney obsessed to people , but then I tell them he was the one who took me on my 1st WDW trip & planned the whole thing w/touring plans & ADRs.
  8. jennyjinx3

    jennyjinx3 DIS Veteran

    Nov 28, 2011
    Can't wait for this one!!:thumbsup2
  9. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

    Jul 17, 2009
    You're first! [​IMG]

    Too bad I can't award you with a prize...all our money was spent last week!

    Thanks Pas! It may be a bit difficult....they're way up north:scared1: in CT...not far from you. Perhaps you can help.

    Hope you've started packing!!!! 12 days will be here before you know it...don't let it sneak up on you;)

    Sorry it's taken a year...we've been a little busy:rolleyes:...and by the way I do appreciate very much you allowing me to steal your idea for my title..."Surf & Turf"....perhaps allowing might not be the right word...taken without consent is more like it:rolleyes1

    :thumbsup2Way to go DH!!!! It's all his fault then...he's the reason for your obession and addiction:laughing: You're going to love AKL CL! It was great!!! More details to come on that;)

    Glad to have you following along:goodvibes
  10. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

    Sep 24, 2010
    I'd be Happy to help...let's recruit Sheila, Dani, Candace, Janet, Sarah....hmmm what other NE DISers...:grouphug:
  11. Minnie&Nana

    Minnie&Nana Dreams do come true!

    Feb 20, 2004
    Did I actually make the first page?! :woohoo:

    So excited to read your TR! I just know it is going to be fabulous!:goodvibes
  12. amandaw

    amandaw DIS Veteran

    Jan 2, 2011
    Signing in!

    So excited to enjoy another one of your TR's. I can't wait to hear what y'all thought of the Dream. And to see all of the beautiful pictures you took. :goodvibes

    Love the introductions.....great pictures! :thumbsup2
  13. 15isto2

    15isto2 DIS Veteran

    May 29, 2009
    Signing up for the ride
  14. wdwtwins

    wdwtwins "All our dreams can come true, if we have the cour

    Sep 24, 2009
    Hi! :wave2: I'll be tagging in! It's looking good so far! :thumbsup2
  15. kleigh1969

    kleigh1969 Mouseketeer

    Jun 5, 2010
    I was just looking around yesterday to see if you had started. Looking forward to my third time reading about one of your trips. It has become a summer tradition!
  16. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

    Jul 17, 2009
    Hi Christine!!:goodvibes Good to 'see' you again!

    Hey there, Amanda!! You found it...you saved me an email;) Hope all is well with your family. I'm sure you're in the middle of planning your trip(s)

    :wave2: the more the merrier!

    Glad to have you tag along...hope you enjoy:)

    Welcome back!! Glad we've become one of your summer traditions:laughing: Hope we don't disappoint!
  17. Sue M

    Sue M DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2009
    :rolleyes1 waiting to hear about AKL CL :goodvibes:listen:
  18. mirage0306

    mirage0306 DIS Veteran

    Apr 22, 2009
    Sounds like a blast. I'm in!
  19. Grumpy's Wife

    Grumpy's Wife Dollar Tree gal here

    Jan 28, 2005
    Hi :wave: I really enjoyed reading your last trip report and I'm sure this one will be great too.
  20. amandaw

    amandaw DIS Veteran

    Jan 2, 2011
    Hi! I was so happy to see you had started your TR. We are doing very well! I can't wait for our trip to get here! :yay:
  21. ProudMommyof2

    ProudMommyof2 DIS Veteran

    Feb 21, 2007
    Signing on! We love AKL and we are planning our 1st cruise ever on the Dream next April!

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