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

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  1. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    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.

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

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    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!

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    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:

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    My family (Disney fanatics, of course)

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

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

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

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    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.

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

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    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)

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    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.

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


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    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
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    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
    Cabanas
    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
    Parasailing
    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...

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    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....

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    :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

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

    WDWKOOK NOW WITH LESS TAG!

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    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

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    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

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    Can't wait for this one!!:thumbsup2
     
  9. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    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....

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    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!

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    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

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    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

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    Signing up for the ride
     
  14. wdwtwins

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

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

    kleigh1969 Mouseketeer

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    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...

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    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

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    :rolleyes1 waiting to hear about AKL CL :goodvibes:listen:
     
  18. mirage0306

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    Sounds like a blast. I'm in!
     
  19. Grumpy's Wife

    Grumpy's Wife Dollar Tree gal here

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

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    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

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

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