Sand and Sun ~ Trip Number Ten Was Lots of Fun! Clearwater Beach & YC, August 2013

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  1. Momof2Disneyboys

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    Hello and welcome to my TR! :yay:

    Most of you already know me, so I will keep the intros short & sweet (pretty much copied from the PTR, so feel free to skip!). We just got back from our tenth Disney World trip on August 26. Hard to believe we have gone so many times!!

    I am the mom, the wife, the Disney lover! I have been married to my DH for 15 years and we have 2 wonderful boys. I work part time at my kids' school as a Teaching Assistant. And I am now also an Authorized Disney Travel Agent! I started doing this in March and it is going well so far and I am loving it! In my spare time I enjoy being with my boys, shopping, photography, and of course everything Disney!

    DH has become quite the Disney fan himself! He works a lot of hours as a Quality Assurance Inspector, so he really looks forward to our family vacations to the sunshine state! In his spare time he enjoys spending time with the boys and being outdoors.

    DS14 is our oldest. Hard to believe he's a teenager already. Just started High School. He enjoys reading & writing stories, being with his friends, playing video games, skateboarding, archery, and loves roller coasters! He still enjoys Disney very much and I hope that doesn't change anytime soon. DS14 is very out-going and hilarious and is always the star of the show!

    DS12 is our little guy. But not so little anymore, just started Middle School. He enjoys being the star of his soccer team, being outside, playing video games, and Legos!! He loves Disney very much and I can always count on him if I want to talk about Disney! DS12 is very laid back and easy-going and doesn't have a care in the world.


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    Our WDW trip history includes: October 2005, May 2007, May 2008, Jan 2009, Nov 2009, Nov 2010, Aug/Sept 2011, Apr/May 2012, and Dec 2012. We really enjoyed our late Aug/early Sept 2011 trip, in-fact it was probably our best trip ever!! So, we wanted to go during that time frame again. Unfortunately that week would interfere with DS14's Freshmen Academy/Orientation, so we went a week earlier August 17-26.

    Since this was our 10th trip we wanted to add a little something to it to really make it different. We had many ideas, Disneyland, Universal, etc., but ended up deciding on the beach! After much research I came to the conclusion that Clearwater Beach would be the place for us. So, this trip includes 2 nights at the beach and 7 nights at Disney!

    *I will do all of our dining reviews right here as well! And we were part of the August test run of the Magicbands and Fastpass Plus, so I will explain how that all worked.


    I guess that's about it. Come on it and make yourself comfortable and feel free to post anytime. Hope you enjoy!! :goodvibes



    Links to updates

    Saturday August 17:
    Arrival in Tampa, Clearwater Beach, and the Sandpearl Resort ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49490596&postcount=21
    Sandpearl Resort Pool & the Beach at Night ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49518965&postcount=35
    Beach at Night ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49518993&postcount=36

    Sunday August 18:
    Beach in the Morning ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49547127&postcount=50
    Surf Style Indoor Surfing ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49564197&postcount=66
    Surf Style Indoor Surfing ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49564223&postcount=67
    Beach and Pier 60 ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49591123&postcount=79
    Beach and Pier 60 ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49591156&postcount=80

    Monday August 19:
    Disney World and YC Arrival ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49607763&postcount=94
    YC Room and View ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49607810&postcount=95
    Epcot: Soarin, LWTL, and Nemo ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49641912&postcount=114
    Epcot: SSE & Club Cool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49670065&postcount=137
    Epcot: Chefs de France Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49670084&postcount=138
    Epcot: World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49714150&postcount=157
    Epcot: Mexico, Mission Space, Test Track ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49714184&postcount=158
    Epcot & YC, IllumiNations from Balcony ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49739765&postcount=182

    Tuesday August 20:
    YC, DHS Opening, and TSM ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49772644&postcount=229
    DHS: RNRC, TOT, and Toy Story Pizza Planet Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49808224&postcount=252
    DHS: Meet & Greets and Backlot Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49850281&postcount=266
    DHS: Lights, Motors, Action Stunt Show ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49850314&postcount=267
    Il Mulino Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49894456&postcount=288
    SAB Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49913547&postcount=310

    Wednesday August 21:
    Morning at SAB, BC Marketplace Lunch, Arrival at MK ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49943650&postcount=342
    MK: BTMRR & Haunted Mansion ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49943694&postcount=343
    MK: Fantasyland, Philharmagic, Little Mermaid ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49975519&postcount=378
    Be Our Guest Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49975544&postcount=379
    Be Our Guest Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49975585&postcount=380
    MK: Tea Cups, TTA, Buzz ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50029900&postcount=392
    MK: Castle Pics & POTC ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50029950&postcount=393
    MK: Aloha Isle, Casey's Corner, Monsters Inc. ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50076614&postcount=421
    MK: Castle Projection Show and Wishes ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50076636&postcount=422

    Thursday August 22:
    Epcot: Rope Drop, WS, Soarin ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50119496&postcount=449
    Epcot: Character Spot & Test Track ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50119532&postcount=450
    Epcot: WS, Mexico, La Cantina de San Angel Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50152555&postcount=469
    Epcot: WS ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50192457&postcount=488
    Epcot: WS ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50192511&postcount=489
    YC Balcony Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50205843&postcount=503
    DTD: Marketplace & Wolfgang Puck Express ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50205861&postcount=504
    DTD: World of Disney & Lego Store ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50239140&postcount=533
    DTD: Lego Store & West Side ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50239180&postcount=534
    YC, BWI & Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50252510&postcount=545
    IllumiNations ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50252534&postcount=546

    Friday August 23:
    DTD: Wolfgang Puck Express Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50280610&postcount=563
    DTD: Shopping ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50280643&postcount=564
    DTD: Disney Quest ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50297996&postcount=593
    DTD: Disney Quest ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50298031&postcount=594
    SAB Pool, BWI Pizza and Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50315005&postcount=611
    Boardwalk ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50319375&postcount=615
    Beach Club Beach ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50319399&postcount=616

    Saturday August 24:
    MK: Arrival, Main Street, PP, IASW ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50339373&postcount=637
    MK: Carousal, LM, Dumbo ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50339398&postcount=638
    MK: Space Mtn, Main Street, Casey's Corner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50375414&postcount=664
    MK: Adventureland and Frontierland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50410279&postcount=693
    MK: Main Street & Shopping ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50410303&postcount=694
    YC, Quiet Pool, and Cape May ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50445578&postcount=706
    Cape May Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50445606&postcount=707
    YC and Quiet Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50481888&postcount=726

    Sunday August 25:
    Epcot, Soarin and Kona Café Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50495161&postcount=743
    Kona Café Breakfast and Polynesian ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50495195&postcount=744
    Epcot: Soarin, Test Track, Gran Fiesta Tour, Maelstrom ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50507582&postcount=763
    Epcot: World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50516202&postcount=776
    Epcot: World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50516219&postcount=777
    ESPN Club Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50529512&postcount=791
    Boardwalk ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50538961&postcount=806
    BC, YC, IllumiNations ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50539006&postcount=807

    Monday August 26:
    Departure ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50548268&postcount=823

    Final Thoughts:
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50621112&postcount=925

     
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    Sand and Sun! I like it! (Kinda-sorta close to Surf & Turf ;))

    You are on the ball! I didn't get a PM telling me you had started the TR though. :rotfl2:

    OK, now I'm going back to read! popcorn::
     
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    When did DS11 become DS12?? And all this time I've been calling him DS11! :laughing:


    OK, back to reading........
     
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    YAY!! First here, even while on vacation! :cool1:

    I was going to go with Surf and Turf, but couldn't think of anything to rhyme with it! :rotfl:

    Hadn't gotten around to a PM or even posting the link to the PTR yet! You are fast!! :cheer2:


    He is actually still 11, but he will be 12 very soon so I just went with it instead of changing it mid report!
     
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    Ok I made it!! Looking forward to reading. :)

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    I'm here for all of the Sand and Sun fun!
     
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    Nothing rhymes with turf?? What's wrong with smurf??????

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    Can't wait to hear what you guys thought if the beach. We lived there for four years and loved it. It's the place we wanna retire.
     
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    Welcome! :goodvibes


    Glad you're here! :)

    Yay! :cool1:


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    Woohoo!! :yay:


    Thanks for joining Heather! :teeth:

    Welcome! :cool1:

    Welcome! :)

    Funny, one day we were walking down the strip with all the shops and DS14 said - I bet it would be really cool to live here!! :yay:
     
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    I'm here and can't wait to read all about your trip!
     
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    Can't wait to read more about your trip. :)
     
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    wow...2 pages already! You are drawing a crowd girl!!
     
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    Welcome! :cool1:

    YAY!! :goodvibes

    :welcome: Hope you enjoy!

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    Glad you're here Shawna!! :)
     

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