Feeling Hot Hot Hot! The Rain Curse is Broken! Two Weeks of Fun in the Sun! COMPLETE

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  1. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    Yes, that's right, it is time for another Dreamer Family trip report! This was our fifth trip to WDW and it was a very different trip than in the past. It was much longer, our touring style was very different, and we ventured off property for the first time to visit that "other park", Universal! We stayed at the Coronado Springs Resort from May 11th - May 25th.

    If you have read my previous trip reports you will understand the title that I have chosen for this newest report. If not, here is the back story: Christmas 1997 - cloudy and rainy the whole trip; July 2007 - Sunny half the trip, downpours the other half; August 2008 - Tropical Storm Fay, she hovered over Orlando the whole week we were there; May 2009 - Rained the whole week we were at WDW and then the rain followed us out to sea as we enjoyed a Disney Cruise. Needless to say, we were a bit apprehensive in regards to the weather as we prepared for this latest vacation. Luckily it was HOT and SUNNY the whole 15 days we were there. In fact it was unseasonably hot and we were experiencing July temperatures in May or so all the news stations were reporting.

    For those unfamiliar with my reports here is what you can expect: lots of photos, lots of detail, and lots of laughs. I try my best to write honestly about the trip, I try not to sugar coat things as I want the report to be entertaining but also educational at the same time as I know lots of people find reports very helpful in planning their own vacations. I will try and update twice a week so there will never be any long gaps between updates and I ALWAYS finish my reports so no fear that this will be left abandoned.

    Some highlights/big events of the trip:

    Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival
    Pixar Weekend at Epcot
    Star Wars Weekends
    Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure - This includes the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    Of course there is lots more that will be included but those were the "special events" that occurred on the trip.

    Now to introduce my family and fellow travelers.

    First there is me, Lessa. I am a full-time Nursing student going for my BScN, this is my second degree and it is a lot of work and very time consuming so this vacation was much needed! In addition to being a full-time student, I also work part-time as an emergency operator for the local university. I am the trip planner of the family and I "joke" that I am in charge of the family and all decision making while on vacation. ;)

    Next is Beth (emmaca on the Dis), our lovely mother. She works hard all year for a hospital foundation (fundraising) and she lives for her WDW vacations. I think she has become more of a Disney nut than me! Mom suffers from MS but she does not let that stop her fun!

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    Next, the famous Brothers Grimm, Alek (micky_hater) and Erich(Dead Bones Brook). They were given this nickname by Diser Englishrose because of their posts during my trip reports where they report what "really" happened on our vacations. They are practical jokers and love anything and everything that is ridiculous. They are sure to always provide a laugh, even if it is at the expense of their mother and sister.



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    While I am the primary writer of this trip report you can expect the others to pop in from time to time with their own updates and version of events.

    For ease of reading I will be providing a table of contents in the second post on this thread and I also provide links at the end of each chapter. I love my readers so please post and say hello!


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  2. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    Reserved for Table of Contents

    May 11th

    Checking In
    Erich's First Update
    Lunch at T-Rex
    [POST=41367538]Epic Lego Displays[/post]
    [post=41382211]Settling In[/post]
    [post=41400780]Pool Time![/post]
    [post=41422209]Erich's Second Update - The Postal Strike[/post]
    [post=41426275]A Photo Tour of Coronado Springs[/POST]

    May 12th
    [post=41459430]Hollywood Here We Come![/post]
    [post=41487638]Lunch at 50's Prime Time Cafe[/post]
    [post=41503634]Pole Dancing in Disney, shocking![/post]
    [post=41541595]Tale as Old as Time[/post]
    [post=41571941]A family member becomes injured[/post]
    [post=41598233]A Tale of Young Love[/post]

    May 13th

    [post=41631642]Good Morning! Good Morning![/post]
    [post=41661147]Alek and Erich go courting[/post]
    [post=41691884]Happy Haunts[/post]
    [post=41728226]Lost![/post]
    [post=41730207]Alek's First Update: Erich is Kidnapped![/post]
    [post=41755453]Mickey the Magnificent![/post]
    [post=41791325]Chef Mickey's[/post]

    May 14th

    [post=41816859]Soarin' Parade[/post]
    [post=41837690]Duck Tales[/post]
    [post=41856334]Beaches and Cream[/post]
    [post=41906109]Swords and Dragons:A Duel to the Death[/post]
    [post=41926499]Going Undercover[/post]
    [post=41967724]How to kill time during a rain storm[/post]
    [post="41985632"]La Bella Italia[/post]
    [post=42020516]The update in which Erich destroys the innocence of young children everywhere[/post]
    [post=42048729]Lost cameras and fights = Family Fun![/post]

    May 15th

    [post=42073200]Breaking Tradition[/post]
    [post=42097419]Character Connection[/post]
    [post=42126133]Bambii's Butterfly House[/post]
    [post=42156755]Pixie Hollow[/post]
    [post=42175405]Erich's Third Update[/post]
    [post=42184843]Mexico and Norway[/post]
    [post=42208853]It's A Small Small World![/post]
    [post=42230502]Le Cellier: Authentically Canadian?[/post]
    [post=42255124]Another rat encounter![/post]
    [post=42277876]That is one GIANT bug![/post]
    [post=42331027]Bullseye![/post]
    [post=42431336]Chinese Zodiac[/post]
    [post=42457451]A Family of Fairies[/post]

    May 16th
    [post=42487744]Angry Birds[/post]
    [post=42513144]Poly Love[/post]
    [post=42548130]Princesses on Parade[/post]
    [post=42571881]Big Thunder[/post]
    [post=42589032]Tom Sawyer Island[/post]
    [post=42622316]Tiana and Pedro???[/post]
    [post=42667009]Breaking All The Rules[/post]
    [post=42677514]Super Mario in the Magic Kingdom![/post]
    [post=42702199]Main Street Electrical Parade[/post]
    [post=42730339]Magic, Memories and You and Wishes![/post]

    May 17th
    [post="42745023"]The Adventure Begins![/post]
    [post="42776809"]Ollivander's Wand Shop[/post]
    [post=42820711]The Owl Post Meltdown[/post]
    [post=42858085]Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Don't Forget Your Barf Bag![/post]
    [post=42898429]Flight of the Hippogriff[/post]
    [post=42950126]Butterbeer![/post]
    [post=43012704]The Lost Continent:Mythos[/post]
    [post=43063774]The Lost Continent: Poseidon's Fury[/post]
    [post=43071700]Exploring The Lost Continent[/post]
    [post=43103608]Would you could you with a Fox?[/post]
    [post=43123387]High in the Sky[/post]
    [post=43149609]Incredible and Amazing![/post]
    [post=43170360]Universal's Super Awesome Super Hero costumes[/post]
    [post=43201488]Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges[/post]
    [post=43215257]Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls[/post]
    [post=43231862]Jurassic Park[/post]
    [post=43276350]Dueling Dragons[/post]
    [post=43315182]Shopped Til I Dropped[/post]
    [post=43344862]Green Eggs and Ham?[/post]

    May 18th
    [post=43364744]Shrek 4-D[/post]
    [post=43372630]Scooby Scooby Doo, Where Are You?![/post]
    [post=43401676] The most villainous of them all[/post]
    [post=43426160]Jaws![/post]
    [post=43434124]D'oh![/post]
    [post=43459960]An Early End
    [/post]
    [post=43488815]Hard Rock, Florida Mall, and Relaxation [/post]

    May 19th

    [post=43500699]Shark Reef[/post]
    [post=43508191]The Race of Champions[/post]
    [post=43550836]Can I Help You? I Know First Aid![/post]
    [post=43576466]Losing My Mind[/post]
    [post=43604490]Medieval Times[/post]

    May 20th

    [post=43613228]Enough with the photopass already![/post]
    [post=43644721]The Mighty Dung Beetle[/post]
    [post=43706509]Elephant Love [/post]
    [post=43726417]Rafiki's Planet Watch
    [/post]
    [post=43751838]Conservation Heroes[/post]
    [post=43786051]Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty[/post]
    [post=43831385]I'm melting![/post]

    May 21st
    [post=43848091]A Blast from the Past
    [/post][post=43886200]Where's the Fire?![/post]
    [post="43915517"]Mariachi! [/post]
    [post=43953223]Blue Raspberry heaven![/post]
    [post=43977775]How old are you exactly?[/post]
    [post=43988550]Escaping the heat[/post]

    May 22nd

    [post=44052006]The Rebel Spies[/post]
    [post=44091410]Boba Fett[/post]
    [post=44113620]Ewok Love[/post]
    [post=44169013]Star Wars Awkwardness[/post]
    [post=44244566]Star Wars Parade[/post]
    [post=44260978]Drawing Dopey[/post]

    May 23rd

    [post=44315617]Miss Sickie[/post]
    [post=44394791]Family Photos[/post]

    May 24th

    [post=44452374]I Need Some Meds, Stat![/post]
    [post=44512425]Twitterpated[/post]
    [post=44565329]Farewell Animal Kingdom![/post]
    [post=44615172]Dinner at the Poly[/post]
    [post=44670896]Wishes at The Poly[/post]

    May 25th
    [post=44711582]The Final Morning[/post]

    [POST=44818105]Final Thoughts[/post]


    Bonus Flashback Report: Italy 1999

    [post="41996048"]Verona[/post]
    [post="41996195"]Venice[/post]
    [post="41996316"]Florence[/post]
    [post="41996743"]Assisi/Sorrento/Capri[/post]
    [post="42001039"]Sicily[/post]
    [post="42001143"]Pompeii[/post]
    [post="42001264"]Rome Part 1[/post]
    [post="42001407"]Rome Part 2[/post]


    The Crazy Stepmother Chronicles: August 2011 Edition
    [post=42440663]Day One: Arrival and BX Dog Park[/post]
    [post=42475864]Day Two: Pinnacle Lake Hike Part One[/post]
    [post=42475877]Day Two: Pinnacle Lake Hike Part Two[/post]
    [post=42475935]Day Two: Pinnacle Lake Hike Part Three[/post]
    [post=42501899]Day Three: Monashee Lake/Sunny Peak Hike[/post]
    [post=42528955]Day Four: Wine Tasting Part One[/post]
    [post=42529030]Day Four: Wine Tasting Part Two[/post]
    [post=42562736]Day Five: Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park[/post]
    [post=42582370]Day Six: Glacier National Park: Balu Pass Hike Part One[/post]
    [post=42582396]Day Six: Glacier National Park: Balu Pass Hike Part Two[/post]
    [post=42608082]Day Six: Glacier National Park Part Three[/post]
    [post=42608122]Day Six: Glacier National Park Part Four[/post]
    [post=42647552]Day Seven: Banff National Park: Moraine Lake Part One[/post]
    [post=42647620]Day Seven: Banff National Park: Moraine Lake Part Two[/post]
    [post=42647658]Day Seven: Banff National Park: Moraine Lake Part Three[/post]
    [post=42685706]Day Seven: Banff National Park: Consolation Lakes Hike Part Four[/post]
    [post=42685752]Day Seven: Banff National Park: Consolation Lakes Hike Part Five[/post]
    [post=42717963]Day Seven: Banff National Park: Lake Louise:Fairview Lookout Part Six[/post]
    [post=42718002]Day Seven: Banff National Park: Lake Louise:Fairview Lookout Part Seven[/post]
    [post=42736681]Day Eight: Banff National Park: Plain of the Six Glaciers Hike Part One[/post]
    [post=42736683]Day Eight: Banff National Park: Plain of the Six Glaciers Hike Part Two[/post]
    [post=42736684]Day Eight: Banff National Park: Plain of the Six Glaciers Hike Part Three[/post]
    [post=42765060]Day Eight: Banff National Park: Plain of the Six Glaciers Hike Part Four[/post]
    [post=42806645]Day Eight:Banff National Park: Lake Agnes Hike Part Five[/post]
    [post=42849149]Day Eight:Banff National Park: Lake Agnes Hike Part Six[/post]
    [post=42887593]Day Nine: Banff National Park: Valley of the Ten Peaks Hike Part One[/post]
    [post=42936471]Day Nine: Banff National Park: Valley of the Ten Peaks Hike Part Two[/post]
    [post=43000907]Day Nine: Banff National Park: Valley of the Ten Peaks Hike Part Three[/post]
    [post=43059060]Day Ten:Banff National Park: Bow River Trail and Conclusion[/post]
     
  3. All7OfUs

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    Great to be here! Feelin' hot, hot, hot already!!
     
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  5. Native NYer

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    Joining in! Can't wait to read more. :goodvibes
     
  6. mrsksomeday

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    Can't wait to read your report!!
     
  7. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    Hurray, my first readers! Welcome!
     
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    Can't Wait to hear all about your adventures. It was so hot!
     
  9. HomeschoolMama

    HomeschoolMama I raise kids... What's your super power?

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    Hi, Lessa! :goodvibes
    It WAS hot, hot, hot! We had pool time almost daily to get through each day! Luckily my kids are fish and were more than happy with that decision.

    Can't wait to read. :surfweb:
     
  10. pooh'smate

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  11. englishrose47

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    I'm here Pimping works !!!!:lmao:
     
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  13. KatMark

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    I've seen you on several TR's I follow so hope you don't mind if I follow along.
     
  14. englishrose47

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    Lessa the Pix of the Bros with the car and running over is it Erich or Alex has always been a Bros pix favorite of mine !!Had we met I intented to either run them over or haver they run me over:rotfl2:I thought that safer than letting them push me in a wheelchair:scared1::rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:
     
  15. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    It sure was! I felt like we were melting half the trip! :laughing:

    We put in lots of pool time as well. It was so nice to take a pool break on those hot afternoons.

    Welcome, thanks for coming over!

    Rosie's here! You were talked about a lot on the trip, don't tell anybody but I think you are Mom's favourite Diser. ;)

    Wow, that's a stumper. ;) Happy you came over to read!
    Of course not! All your info on the CSR thread helped make our resort stay extra magical!

    :lmao: If that is a favourite then you should enjoy a picture coming up from the first day. ;)
     
  16. CandleontheWater

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    Hi there!

    I'm a new reader, but I'm happy to join the crew! I have two crazy brothers also, and it is always an adventure when we head to WDW. I'm sure you feel the same!

    We were also there at the same time as you, so I'm interested to see your perspective on the crowds and weather!
     
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  18. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    Welcome! I actually have your TR bookmarked to read as I saw we were there the same time, just haven't gotten to it yet, I plan to do lots of Dissing the next few days. :thumbsup2
     
  19. nessz79

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    Another new reader joining in! I have 2 little boys that I can imagine growing up to be like your brothers! Looking forward to it :).
     
  20. jedijill

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    I'm in!

    It was crazy hot that week!

    Jill in CO
     
  21. Minnie&Nana

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    :wave2: Saw your link on Rosie's summer PTR and this looks like it is going to be terrific!
     

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