Don't Fear the Rain, We Have the "Ducky of Death!"-Jan '14 **Bonus TR DCA 9/1 x2

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  1. DaveinFallsChurch

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    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!
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    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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  3. DaveinFallsChurch

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    Ok... Signing on to the Dis just for your new TR ;)
     
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    I'm in...looking forward to it!!
     
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    Yay!! Following along again! :goodvibes
     
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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! :banana:
     
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    jkclark68 Earning My Ears

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    I'm in!!! Can't wait to see more and see if you successfully converted your brother!!! :cool1:
     
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    All set and comfy to follow along again with your wonderful stories and photos Dave!!!!!
     
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    Following along! :)
     
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    Subbing! Can't wait to hear about it.
     
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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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    I'm in. Love, love your photos.:thumbsup2
     
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    Subbing in; can't wait to hear more about it!
     
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    I'm here! thanks for the heads up on fb :thumbsup2
     
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    I'm in! I loved seeing some of the teaser photos of your beautiful family on this trip on FB. Thanks for the heads up!
     

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