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Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report - 1,500 pictures, dining reviews, and DISmeets!

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  1. alan_renfroe

    alan_renfroe DIS Veteran

    Mar 12, 2008
    Hello, and welcome to the 2nd trip report from Team Renfroe! (Team Renfroe is actually how we refer to our family, the Renfroe family, but in my mind I see us being the team to beat on Family Feud!! Thus, Team Renfroe!) We are very much like the Clark W. Griswold family from the National Lampoon's Vacation movies. So, if I slip up and refer to myself as Clark on occasion, you'll know what I mean!

    First, let me introduce you to the cast:

    Myself - Alan (aka Clark) (I'm the tall, bald one)

    Dear Wife - Elizabeth (aka Ellen) (she's the pretty one...not to be confused with the tall bald guy on the left)

    Dear Son (age 12) - Wil (aka Rusty)

    Dear Daughter (age 9) - Juliana (aka Audrey)


    In this trip report, we have about 1,500 pictures to share, including dining reviews, and a massive DISmeet!

    Chapter 1 - It Begins! - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=31999391&postcount=26
    Chapter 2 - Arriving at Disney! - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32014504&postcount=55
    Chapter 3 - Checking into Coronado Springs - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32016389&postcount=62
    Chapter 4 - Getting settled at Coronado Springs - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32053337&postcount=102
    Chapter 5 - Coronado Springs and Dig Site - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32053734&postcount=104
    Chapter 6 - Loving Life at CSR! - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32062213&postcount=124
    Chapter 7 - Getting ready for dinner - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32091232&postcount=158
    Chapter 8 - A boat ride to the Magic Kingdom - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32104610&postcount=180
    Chapter 9 - A boat ride back to the Wilderness Lodge - part I - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32107012&postcount=186 - part II - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32107069&postcount=187
    Chapter 10 - Dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe & the end of Day 1 - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32122615&postcount=202

    Chapter 1 - Heading to Disney's Hollywood Studios - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32144505&postcount=234
    Chapter 2 - Having fun at Hollywood Studios - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32169183&postcount=250
    Chapter 3 - The girls' morning at DHS - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32220463&postcount=293
    Chapter 4 - Toy Story Mania, Star Tours, and Muppets - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32228620&postcount=301
    Chapter 5 - Lunch at Sci-Fi, part I - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32243453&postcount=316 - part II - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32244297&postcount=317
    Chapter 6 - An afternoon at the CSR Dig Site - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32263105&postcount=342
    Chapter 7 - Back to DHS before dinner - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32274747&postcount=360
    Chapter 8 - Heading to the Boardwalk - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32296213&postcount=383
    Chapter 9 - Enjoying sunset at the Boardwalk - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32299899&postcount=391
    Chapter 10 - Dinner at Flying Fish - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32402288&postcount=447
    Chapter 11 - Desserts at Flying Fish and end of Day 2 - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32403329&postcount=451
    Chapter 12 - DAY 2 PhotoPass pictures - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32435158&postcount=478

    Chapter 1 - Going to Epcot - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32477146&postcount=499
    Chapter 2 - Test Track, Mission Space, and Soarin' - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32479622&postcount=507
    Chapter 3 - Going to lunch at Le Cellier - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32521060&postcount=550
    Chapter 4 - Le Cellier lunch review - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32554231&postcount=585
    Chapter 5 - World Showcase, Part I - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32605559&postcount=616
    Chapter 6 - The DISmeet begins! - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32638307&postcount=632
    Chapter 7 - More scenes from the DISmeet - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32733125&postcount=683
    Chapter 8 - More scenes from the MMM - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32794438&postcount=734
    Chapter 9 - A surprise character! - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32899419&postcount=765
    Chapter 10 - Leaving Epcot for dinner - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32915430&postcount=776
    Chapter 11 - Dinner Review at 'Ohana - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32932652&postcount=789

    Day 4
    Chapter 1 - Going to Animal Kingdom! - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33002304&postcount=833
    Chapter 2 - Are you ready for the Yeti? - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33045404&postcount=851
    Chapter 3 - Making our way to Kilimanjaro - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33045858&postcount=854
    Chapter 4 - Scenes from Kilimanjaro Safaris - Part I - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33046008&postcount=855 - Part II - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33046323&postcount=857
    Chapter 5 - Festival of the Lion King! - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33063824&postcount=867
    Chapter 6 - A Tough Bug & Dinosaur - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33064865&postcount=874
    Chapter 7 - Lunch Review at Yak & Yeti - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33065414&postcount=877
    Chapter 8 - A Wonderful Rainy Afternoon! - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33114111&postcount=908
    Chapter 9 - Going to dinner at Narcoossee's - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33159422&postcount=930
    Chapter 10 - Dinner review at Narcoossee's - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33195318&postcount=940

    Day 5
    Chapter 1 - Going to the Magic Kingdom - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33208671&postcount=951
    Chapter 2 - Breakfast at Crystal Palace - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33208905&postcount=953
    Chapter 3 - Fun at the Magic Kingdom - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33221752&postcount=968
    Chapter 4 - More fun at the Magic Kingdom - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33221926&postcount=970
    Chapter 5 - Heading to The Wave - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33227114&postcount=982
    Chapter 6 - Lunch Review at The Wave - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33254302&postcount=1004
    Chapter 7 - Girls' afternoon at The Grand Floridian - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33254712&postcount=1007
    Chapter 8 - Boys Night Out - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33335488&postcount=1033
    Chapter 9 - Dinner at Tony's Town Square - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33336162&postcount=1036

    Day 6
    Chapter 1 - Heading to Chef Mickey's - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33429970&postcount=1074
    Chapter 2 - Breakfast at Chef Mickey's - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33431362&postcount=1076
    Chapter 3 - Fun at Blizzard Beach - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33434336&postcount=1080
    Chapter 4 - More Waterpark Fun - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33445821&postcount=1090
    Chapter 5 - Going to dinner at California Grill - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33932765&postcount=1132
    Chapter 6 - Dinner at California Grill - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33934020&postcount=1138

    Day 7
    Chapter 1 - Enjoying a morning at Coronado Springs - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34033500&postcount=1161
    Chapter 2 - Fun at Epcot - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34102751&postcount=1176
    Chapter 3 - Lunch at Coral Reef - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34146914&postcount=1188
    Chapter 4 - Afternoon at Epcot - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34221716&postcount=1201
    Chapter 5 - Going to the Yachtsman - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34293234&postcount=1211
    Chapter 6 - Dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34293982&postcount=1212

    Day 8
    Chapter 1 - Breakfast at Maya Grill - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34381692&postcount=1234
    Chapter 2 - Star Wars Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios! (Coming up next)

    Thanks for reading!

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  3. NMW

    NMW DIS Veteran

    Aug 8, 2004
    subscribing. we were down from 5/16-5/23
  4. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2006
    Hi Griswolds! I always say that we are the Griswolds too. We have driven to WDW 13 times (811 miles one way) and every time, there are lots of references to Rusty, Audrey, Ellen and Clark. Just gotta love those classic movies.

    I often say trip reports and pictures are what keep me sane until our next WDW vacation. So, thanks for your contribution to my sanity.:rotfl:
  5. IlovemythreeC's

    IlovemythreeC's Mouseketeer

    Apr 4, 2007

    We are so excited to begin your new TR. My son and I enjoyed your TR so much last summer ~ we are so thrilled to read all about your adventures.

    You have a BEAUTIFUL family:)

    Looking so forward to your report:goodvibes
  6. binkytell

    binkytell DIS Veteran

    Jun 30, 2008
    joining in if i may, looking forward to it:thumbsup2
  7. alan_renfroe

    alan_renfroe DIS Veteran

    Mar 12, 2008
    Cool! Did it rain on you the entire time? I think we were extremely lucky...the weather really didn't interfere with our plans very much at all.

    Gotta love the Griswolds! Clark just wants everyone to be happy, right? Well, that's me! Unfortunately, everything doesn't always go quite as it is planned now does it? :)

    The only thing that keeps me from having the post-vacation blues is knowing that I will have fun doing this trip report! Thanks for reading!

    Awww...thanks very much! We had such a great time putting that trip report together last year that we KNEW we were going to do another one this year! That's why we took soooo many pictures! Welcome aboard, and I hope you will enjoy the ride.

    Please, join in! Glad to have you along!
  8. TigerKat

    TigerKat DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2006
    I'm here!!!!!!!:wave2:
  9. shannon47142

    shannon47142 DIS Veteran

    Jun 20, 2007
    I'm here for another exciting trip report read!!!:cool1:
  10. disneyhockeymad

    disneyhockeymad <font color=magenta>˚o˚ ˚o˚ <font color=blue>Shari

    Oct 4, 2007
    yay I'm onboard :)
  11. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2006
  12. inkedupmomma

    inkedupmomma If you live to be a 100, I hope to live to be 100

    May 5, 2008
    subbed! great start!
  13. Bibbidi

    Bibbidi DIS Veteran

    Jul 28, 2005
    Yeah--I am so glad you've started the report. Love the family photo. Your son looks so much older this year.
  14. MaryAz

    MaryAz DIS Veteran

    Mar 9, 2008
    I'm in-great to meet you!
  15. CRdisMom

    CRdisMom DIS Veteran

    Feb 12, 2008
    I'm here too! Can't wait to hear about your adventures.
  16. NMW

    NMW DIS Veteran

    Aug 8, 2004
    Although the rain was horrible, it did not really effect our park touring plans. It did however, effect our night time plans. For example, we cancelled our California Grill reservations on Wed and dined at the Yachtsman at our hotel. This was our 2nd meal there on the trip. We also cancelled our Rose and Crown dinner for the Cape May Cafe in the BC. We did this because we were staying at the YC and therefore we could walk without getting rained on again. All in all we had a great time but felt dissapointed that there was simply so much rain. On a scale of 1-10 we would rate our trip an 8, but it would be a 10 without the rain.
  17. englishrose47

    englishrose47 DIS Veteran

    Jan 31, 2007
    Subbing and reading
  18. serene56

    serene56 DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2004
    Wow- Has a whole year passed since you got back last time?

    oh mi gawd--

    I loved your trip report last time-- cant wait to hear about this one
  19. Luis Rodriguez

    Luis Rodriguez I'd rather be at Disney

    Sep 29, 1999
    Hi Alan,


    Wonderful photo at your first post. Said it before, say it now; You have a beautiful family!


  20. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

    Mar 25, 2007
    I'm here! Let the partay begin!!!!!
  21. LuckyDuck

    LuckyDuck Earning My Ears

    May 9, 2009
    I can't wait to read all about your Disney adventure this year!

    Your last TR was the very first one I read when I first started lurking on the Dis boards, and one of the best I've ever come across. So excited for another! :cheer2:

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