First off, I don't have pics in this first chapter, but there are over 3000 uploaded and ready to go, so there will be a lot later. Don't worry, I won't post all 3000, maybe 2000. This TR is a little different. Later on my BFF will be joining me in writing this. So, two TR's in one! Links to chapters... The Cast (well part of the cast) Busch Gardens Busch Gardens Part 2 Busch Gardens Part 3 Busch Gardens Part 4 Busch Gardens Completed We finally made it to Universal The BFF and her family are introduced. We finally made it to Universal ch 2Vickie and family land in Orlando! We finally made it to Universal Ch 3We finally made it to Universal Ch 4 Vickie and Family arrive at AK Jambo House The AKV Room Experience The AKV Resort Experience Islands of Adventure Downtown Disney with Vickie and Family Islands of Adventure Ch 2 Islands of Adventures Ch 3 Islands of Adventure Ch 4 Mythos! Islands of Adventure Ch 5 Islands of Adventure Ch 6 Islands of Adventure Ch 7 Islands of Adventure Ch 8 End to a perfect day, Chocolate at AKV! Hard Rock Cafe Last night at Citywalk Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Review MK with Simmerbaggins and Clan MK with Simmerbaggins and Clan ch2 MK with Simmerbaggins and Clan ch3 MK with Simmerbaggins and Clan ch4 MK with Simmerbaggins and Clan ch5 One More Day at Univesal One More Day at Universal Ch 2 One More Day at Universal Ch 4 The Trip to POR and POR Review POR Review Part 2 DTD - Did I really see that? The Meet (Vickie) The Meet (Melissa) Our day at AK (Vickie) Our day at AK (Melissa) Vickie's version of the trail! Melissa's take on the Safari Vickie's take on the Safari FOTLK by Melissa FOTLK by Vickie Flickr and another trail Flickr and another trail (Vickie) 2 Rollercoasters, a dino dig, and we became bugs (Melissa) And Vickie's version with teats! Nemo (Melissa) Nemo (Vickie) Rafikiti's Planet Watch (Melissa) Rafikiti's Planet Watch (Vickie) The end of our AK day (Melissa) Vickie and her family enjoy the AK pool, sort of... Mission:Space and the Lost DS (Melissa) And Vickie's version of M:S Melissa talks them into Beverly! Vickie's take on Beverly and The Land Figment and a trip halfway around the World. So, a year ago the Air Force decided Tampa, FL was where my DH was needed. I couldn't wait, we would be an hour from WDW. We have really enjoyed Florida life and yes, we have AP's for WDW. In fact, until this month we hadn't been to any of the other parks in FL, just WDW. So, back in February this year, my BFF, Vickie (Simmerbaggins here on the Dis) called me. Her family are DVC owners at...AK! They were at the point of lose, use, or sell their points, so they booked a trip and wanted to know if we would come see them. Forget about coming to see them, we were going to go and stay also. I had been wanting all of us to go to WDW together. So, Vickie and her family were arriving July 15th and staying until the 22nd. We booked July 17th-21st at SOG. This led to thinking of my DSD (Stepdaughter) Kara. Our previous week long trips she had joined us at WDW. Being a 16 year old now, we didn't know if she would this time, but we sent her an email and she said..."YES!" Now, if we could just get her mother to let her fly so we wouldn't have to go get her in NC. In May, Kara's Stepdad convinced her Mom how nice it would be to have the house to themselves, you know walk around naked etc. Sorry, TMI. And she could fly if she wanted to. So I started pricing flights and sending dates to Kara to see what worked best for a busy teenager. That's when she came back and said, she had something going on the 18th and needed to be home. Well, her Dad got mad that she knew these dates since February and now was changing her mind. We finally got her set for July 8-17th. And DH was able to work out leave also, which was his main concern and the reason he was mad. He would need almost 2 weeks off. I started thinking that maybe we should add some days to WDW and that way Kara could still be there for part of the trip. At this point I remembered something. I had won a 7 day pass to Universal during the Superbowl we hadn't used yet and had been trying to figure out when to do so. Also, being military DH got a free 7 day pass. There were discounts for the kids also. So I asked DH if we should maybe go to Disneyworld earlier, or go to Universal and then to WDW. He said to ask Kara what she wanted to do and she decided on Universal. Now I was really excited. Universal and WDW. Oh, wait, there is more. We live within 30 minutes of Busch Gardens and military are offered 4 free passes to any Busch park each year and we hadn't used them. So, this TR will include Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, and WDW. I'll start the next chapter with the cast and the pics begin!