A Dole Whip in my hand & my toes in the sand: CBR/Poly Split Stay – This Is The Life!

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  1. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
    Hello and welcome to my TR!

    I hope you enjoy taking this little journey with my family and I! Here is the link to the PTR if you want to see how this trip came to be ~ http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2724555

    A little bit about us. . . This was our lucky number 7 trip to WDW. We started going in 2005 and fell in love and keep going back! :goodvibes

    Most of you know me, so I will try to keep the intros brief!

    I am a mom to 2 boys, 12 and 9 (almost 10). I have been married to my DH for 13 ½ years. We live in PA, so we love getting away to the warm sunny state of Florida! I am a former hairstylist, former banker, former stay-at-home mom. I guess I shouldn't really say former stay at home mom, I am still at home quite a bit. I work as a Teaching Assistant for our school district a few days a week. :teacher: So I'm not at work everyday and I get my summers off! So what do I do in my spare time? Well I love photography (as you will see very soon by the 1400+ pics that are to come in this TR), scrap-booking, shopping, and planning our family vacations!

    DH works very hard and a lot of hours as a Quality Assurance Inspector for a large company outside of Pittsburgh. So he enjoys getting away to WDW as much as possible! I think he's to the point where he loves Disney almost as much as I do!! He is a wonderful husband and father and enjoys taking the boys fishing & coaching DS's soccer team. He unfortunately had an unexpected guest join him on this trip – in the PTR we referred to him as Hernia Harry! :scared1: Yes, about 3 weeks before our vacation he found out he had a hernia. Due to the doctor's schedule and our upcoming vacation there wasn't enough time to operate before we left, so old Harry came with us. He has since had the surgery and is on the mend.

    DS12 is our oldest and very responsible young man. He is growing up way too fast and I don't like it! He is the reason we took this summer trip. He was starting Middle School this fall and he is your typical first born child – a worrier & over-achiever. We weren't sure how he would adjust to the change so we didn't want to pull him out of school so early in the year, otherwise this would have been a fall trip. He enjoys video games, reading, being with his friends, playing outside, fishing, riding his 4-wheeler, and Disney! He is very out-going and hilarious and loves to be the center of attention.

    DS9 (will be 10 in a few weeks) is our little guy. He is very laid back and easy-going. Doesn't worry about a thing. We always joke that he'll never have an ulcer!! He loves Lego's, playing video games, Pokemon, Star Wars, fishing, playing outside, and playing soccer. He is a huge Disney fan. He might be the only one in the family who loves Disney as much as I do. Him and I could sit and talk Disney for hours! He is a very picky eater, which always makes dining on vacation interesting.

    Our trip was August 26 ~ September 4, 2011. We stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort (third time staying there) the first five nights with Free Dining and then moved over to the Polynesian (first time staying there) for the last four nights in the Club Level building. :cloud9:

    *CBR Review ~ http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2795237
    *Poly Review ~ http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2795310


  2. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
    Links to updates ~

    Day 1 - Friday August 26:
    Flight & Arrival ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42684406&postcount=24
    OPR Food Court Lunch & CBR ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42697463&postcount=60
    CBR Room & Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42716731&postcount=81
    Via Napoli Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42731889&postcount=97
    Epcot World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42751135&postcount=123
    Epcot Future World ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42779712&postcount=147

    Day 2 - Saturday August 27:
    Magic Kingdom Rope Drop ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42791230&postcount=174
    MK Fantasyland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42791246&postcount=175
    MK Tomorrowland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42806932&postcount=197
    Crystal Palace Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42822902&postcount=223
    MK Adventureland & Frontierland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42845234&postcount=250
    MK Main Street Shopping & Parade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42845260&postcount=251
    CBR & Downtown Disney ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42865124&postcount=278
    Pollo Campero Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42865224&postcount=279
    DTD: Lego Store & World of Disney ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42892649&postcount=321
    DTD: Ghirardelli, Once Upon a Toy, Pin Traders, & Marketplace Finds ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42892670&postcount=322
    DTD: Goofy's Candy Co, Pleasure Island & West Side ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42910930&postcount=351
    CBR Gift Shops & Snacks ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42910947&postcount=352

    Day 3 - Sunday August 28:
    CBR Breakfast & Resort Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42945687&postcount=388
    CBR Main Pool, Lunch & Swimming ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42945725&postcount=389
    Disney's Hollywood Studios & Star Tours ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42970074&postcount=408
    DHS: Writer's Stop & Great Movie Ride ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42970104&postcount=409
    Sci-Fi Dine In Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42986180&postcount=427
    DHS: RNRC & TOT and CBR Arcade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43003349&postcount=441

    Day 4 - Monday August 29:
    Animal Kingdom EMH (DS12 & I): EE and Dinosaur ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43040418&postcount=474
    CBR morning (DH & DS10) ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43040550&postcount=475
    AK: Divine! ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43066463&postcount=497
    AK, CBR & OPR Food Court Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43092903&postcount=517
    CBR Jamaica Pool & Shopping at the Contemporary ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43120042&postcount=543
    Bay Lake Towers & the Polynesian ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43120081&postcount=544
    Ohana Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43141472&postcount=569
    Polynesian Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43150148&postcount=582
    Grand Floridian Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43183090&postcount=606
    More GF and CBR ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43183104&postcount=607

    Day 5 - Tuesday August 30:
    DHS Rope Drop & TSM ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43204334&postcount=622
    DHS Streets of America ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43204366&postcount=623
    DHS Muppet Vision and Starring Rolls Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43238824&postcount=658
    DHS Star Tours & RNRC ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43250233&postcount=679
    CBR Laundry & Swimming ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43268107&postcount=699
    Dinner at Shutter's & Shopping at OPR ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43268171&postcount=700
    DTD ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43281315&postcount=720

    Day 6 - Wednesday August 31:
    Polynesian Arrival, Check In, and Room ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43304814&postcount=732
    More Poly Room Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43304831&postcount=733
    Poly Club Level Lounge ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43354177&postcount=763
    Our Poly Balcony & View ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43354205&postcount=764
    Poly Tour & Quiet Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43380903&postcount=804
    Chef Mickey's Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43404933&postcount=819
    More Chef Mickey's ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43404977&postcount=820
    MK: Main Street Halloween ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43421323&postcount=841
    MK: Jungle Cruise ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43421344&postcount=842
    MK: POTC & Splash Mtn ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43440630&postcount=864
    MK: IASW & Monsters Inc ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43440646&postcount=865
    Main Street & Main Street Confectionery ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43466262&postcount=887
    Castle Memories Show & Wishes ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43466272&postcount=888
    Wishes & the Poly ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43466296&postcount=889

    Day 7 - Thursday September 1:
    CL Breakfast & Poly Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43497207&postcount=924
    More Poly Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43497230&postcount=925
    CL Snacks, Capt Cooks lunch, Heading to Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43520237&postcount=945
    Epcot: Living with the Land, Impressions de France, & Soarin ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43556807&postcount=983
    La Cantina de San Angel Dinner and More Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43575931&postcount=1002
    Epcot, Poly, CL Lounge, & Electric Water Pageant ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43601887&postcount=1022

    Day 8 - Friday September 2:
    Poly, DTD, Pin Traders, Lego Store, WOD, Team Mickey ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43635618&postcount=1065
    Earl of Sandwich Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43648529&postcount=1092
    Poly Pics & a DIS Meet! ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43677183&postcount=1117
    Poly Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43699350&postcount=1178
    Poly Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43699376&postcount=1179
    Poly CL Evening Offerings & the Torch Lighting Ceremony ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43722459&postcount=1201
    The Poly Beach ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43753656&postcount=1219
    More Poly Beach, Wishes, & a DIS Meet ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43753711&postcount=1220

    Day 9 - Saturday September 3:
    MK: Main Street & Tomorrowland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43777335&postcount=1245
    MK: Tomorrowland & Fantasyland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43802495&postcount=1274
    More MK ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43823762&postcount=1298
    More MK ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43842913&postcount=1328
    Poly Quiet Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43862711&postcount=1346
    Family Photoshoot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43880427&postcount=1359
    Family Photoshoot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43880476&postcount=1360
    CL Lounge, Poly, & MK ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43887165&postcount=1370
    Main Street Electrical Parade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43903672&postcount=1389
    Main Street Electrical Parade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43903755&postcount=1390

    Day 10 - Sunday September 4:
    Kona Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43912729&postcount=1410
    Saying Good-bye ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43912829&postcount=1411

    Vacation Video ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43920025&postcount=1433
    Final Thoughts ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43945948&postcount=1456

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  4. ChattaAlley

    ChattaAlley DIS Veteran

    Mar 2, 2011
    Such handsome young men. Can't wait to read.
  5. lauren_elizabeth

    lauren_elizabeth Disney World Lover

    Feb 1, 2006
    I bet the Poly Club Level was absolutely WONDERFUL! :love:

    Looking forward to hearing about the trip!
  6. JoBird

    JoBird <font color=7570ff>Proud Charter Member of the Tag

    Aug 26, 2005
    I'm here! I'm here!


    Back to read......popcorn:: Can't wait!!!
  7. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2006
    I'm here and ready to read all about your trip!
  8. JoBird

    JoBird <font color=7570ff>Proud Charter Member of the Tag

    Aug 26, 2005
    Okay, whew.
    For a second there I didn't know if I was going to be getting online today or not---- internet issues.:headache: (I will not admit to borrowing my neighbors wifi....:rolleyes1)

    Great start!! I can't wait to read all the details.

    Hernia Harry....:lmao: Still makes me giggle. Glad he has been evicted and your DH is doing well.

    Looking forward to the months ahead reliving the trip with ya!~:thumbsup2
  9. sjs314

    sjs314 "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and

    Feb 11, 2010
    Great Intro and love the family pic on the balcony!
  10. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007

    Thank you! :) Hope you enjoy.


    The Poly was phenomenal! :lovestruc

    YAY!! I'm glad you're here - especially considering that you are a part of this TR!! :cool1:
  11. Disney Mommy 3

    Disney Mommy 3 DIS Veteran

    Oct 18, 2006
    I'm Here!!!!!
  12. JoBird

    JoBird <font color=7570ff>Proud Charter Member of the Tag

    Aug 26, 2005
    Like I'd miss this fun time......:lmao:
  13. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
    Welcome Lisa! :goodvibes

    I can't believe you are still having computer/internet issues! :headache:

    Oh Hernia Harry. :scared1: So glad he has left the building. :rotfl:

    I'm looking forward to sharing and reliving the trip with everyone. You know what I say -- the trip is not officially over until the TR is done. :laughing: Then the Disney Depression will set in. :sad2:

    Thanks Sheila! Glad you are here! :cool1:
  14. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
    Welcome Shawna! :goodvibes
    Now if you'd just get yours started it would be twice the fun....:rolleyes1:thumbsup2
  15. JoBird

    JoBird <font color=7570ff>Proud Charter Member of the Tag

    Aug 26, 2005
    But if I don't do a TR then my trip won't ever REALLY be over.

  16. Monny2AE

    Monny2AE DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2008
    Hooray for starting a TR!!!! Can't wait! Love the sundress in your family pic BTW! SO glad all your pre-trip shopping didn't go to waste! ;)

    And Jo- "borrowing" your neighbors wifi...now that's a dedicated TR follower! :laughing:
  17. lala3291

    lala3291 DIS Veteran

    Jun 22, 2007
    I'm here! Cannot wait to read all about your trip! :goodvibes
  18. fromscratchmom

    fromscratchmom DIS Veteran

    Oct 3, 2006
    signing on ... appreciate your reviews!
  19. Mndisneygirl

    Mndisneygirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 15, 2008
    Seriously? An hour in and PAGE 2?????

    Man, I have got to stop working.

    I can't wait to hear all about it Shelly!

    Cute picture of the four of you (or should I say 5, including Hernia Harry?)

    Jo - I like your logic, but I still want a TR from you!
  20. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007

    True. :lmao:
    Welcome Kim! :)

    Nope, all my shopping didn't go to waste!! I changed clothes a couple of times a day just to be able to use them all! :rotfl:

    YAY! I'm glad you're here Lauren! :goodvibes
  21. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
    Welcome! :goodvibes Hope you enjoy!
    Welcome Sheree! :)

    DH had Harry all tucked away for the family photos! :rotfl:

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