City, Sand, and Savanna - Link to new trip report

Discussion in 'Disney Trip Reports' started by glennbo123, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. glennbo123

    glennbo123 DIS Veteran

    May 10, 2008
    Hi and welcome to another Glennbo-family trip report!

    For the consideration of others waiting to enter, please move all the way to the end of your row so that there will be room for everyone. Thank you! ;)

    Those of you who have followed my pre-trip report (link) know that this was a multi-faceted, multi-segmented, multi-generational trip. We had a New York City portion (trading-out DVC points), where my wife and daughter celebrated our daughters high school graduation; a Vero Beach portion, which was our first stay at a DVC resort other than our home resort of Animal Kingdom Villas; and then lastly, my parents joined us at Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge. (And for those of you who didnt follow the pre-trip report, don't be satisfied with that short summary go back and read the whole thing. :rolleyes: Not to mention, but I'm about to, the other past-Glennbo trip reports in my signature.)

    So who is this crew anyway? Heres a picture of us at Flying Fish, at the Boardwalk:


    I'm Glenn, and in the picture above, I'm in the second row, far left. My lovely wife Judy is at the far right of that row, and between us (literally) we have 3 kids: Marlene (left-most kid in the picture, but middle-kid in birth order), Lauren (middle kid in the picture, but oldest in age), and James (right-most in the picture, and our youngest). My parents, seated in the front, answer to the endearing terms of Gram and Poppy. As I mentioned in the pre-trip report, they're partly to blame for our love of Disney in general, and Animal Kingdom Lodge in particular, because it was on a trip they took us on in 2001 when we first stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge (now known as Jambo House) and fell in love with the resort. That Christmas 2001 trip was to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, so this trip 10+ years later, was to celebrate their 60th. It was also an important trip in that our oldest child is heading off to college in the fall, so this may be the last time we can all vacation together like this for a long time.

    Judy game

    If you're new to one my trip reports, you may notice some strange goings-on in the comments; people shouting out Judy-sightings. It all started innocently enough in my first trip report at the suggestion of a DISer called Marvali. In one of the first posts, my wife Judy could be seen in a crowd picture and it turned into a game of find Judy. So now people count how many Judy-sightings there are in each chapter/update. The first one with the correct number of sightings in that chapter gets all of the (worthless, yet highly-coveted) points for that round. Ready to play? [​IMG]

    Other Trip Report Titles Considered

    Like some people have Disney vacation traditions, I guess I have a tradition of listing in my Intro-post what other titles were considered for the trip report. The batch this round consisted of:

    Senior trip (a reference to our chronologically-advantaged travelers and our graduate-daughter.)
    Senior classy trip (another spin on the above.)
    I'm almost out of my Rx, so it must be time to go home (and that was me, not the seniors.)
    Disney at 2 speeds: slow and slower (sorry Mom and Dad, but a reference to our park touring speed.)
    Yep, that's right, 60 years (a quote of my Moms after she got used to people doing a double-take after reading her Anniversary button.)

    In the end, I decided to just keep it similar to the pre-trip report but its always fun to think of other options.

    Well it's time to wrap up this Intro post, but if youre reading along, please post and let me know. :wave2: This trip report thing is a lot more fun with readers! And by all means, join in the fun comment on the chapters and give us your Judy-sightings!

    You can work your way through the report by following the links at the end of each chapter. They look like this --> Link to next chapter Or, you can join in the banter in-between the chapters, it's all good!

    I'll post chapter links right here, as they become available:

    Intro Post (that's this one...clicking here will create an internet infinite loop...what fun!)

    New York City portion
    Start spreadin' the news, I'm leaving today
    Scenes from an Italian restaurant
    Hotel room pictures, Dinner, and our Wicked evening! - part 1
    Hotel room pictures, Dinner, and our Wicked evening! - part 2
    Off-Topic: Longwood Gardens pictures
    Today (or maybe another day) and Rockefeller Center - part 1
    Today (or maybe another day) and Rockefeller Center - part 2
    The Top of the Rock
    Harbor Tour - part 1
    Harbor Tour - part 2
    Tomorrow's another Today
    It's tough to be a bug exhibitor
    Smoothies, the Subway, and SoHo Shopping
    Chinatown Dinner and NYC Wrap-up

    Intermission Part 1 - Longwood Gardens' Lights
    Intermission Part 2 - Springsteen Labor Day Concert

    Vero Beach portion
    Travel Day
    DISmeet - Cheesecake Run
    Vero Beach arrival
    Our suite view
    An embarrassingly short trip
    An early morning photo stroll - part 1
    An early morning photo stroll - part 2
    Fishing FUNdamentals - part 1
    Fishing FUNdamentals - part 2
    Sharktooth necklaces and I find Gram's bathing suit
    Turtle Walk...and walk and walk
    The Lottery
    Let's hit the beach!
    Sonny's BBQ and Turtle Walk part deux
    From Hufflepuff milk to the Vero Beach campfire and everything in between
    The beach at sunrise

    DisneyWorld portion
    Where are Poppy and Gram?!
    Our "first Disney night" Tradition - part 1
    Our "first Disney night" Tradition - part 2
    Debby's a downer at DHS but "we're here to do stuff!"
    Walkie-talkies at the table
    More DHS classic rides and attractions
    A day off, while on vacation
    Pinkie's out, Grand Floridian Tea
    Night photography
    A friend's mini trip report
    Animal Kingdom morning - part 1
    Animal Kingdom morning - part 2
    Animal Kingdom afternoon
    Lounging Tiger, Komodo Dragon - part 1
    Lounging Tiger, Komodo Dragon - part 2
    The Flying Fish - part 1
    The Flying Fish - part 2
    The Flying Fish - part C
    Rain superheroes visit the Magic Kingdom - part 1
    Rain superheroes visit the Magic Kingdom - part 2
    New Fantasyland construction pictures
    Lunch at Pecos Bills, PotC, BTMRR - part 1
    Lunch at Pecos Bills, PotC, BTMRR - part 2
    Isle say Aloha, and the Tiki Tiki Tiki Room
    Finishing up the Magic Kingdom with the younger crowd
    Every Glennbo trip report has to have a Boma chapter, it's a law or something - part 1
    Every Glennbo trip report has to have a Boma chapter, it's a law or something - part 2
    Glennbo redeems himself - part 1
    Glennbo redeems himself - part 2
    Mahtha's Vinyahd
    Reuniting to take on the World! (ahem, Showcase) - part 1
    Reuniting to take on the World! (ahem, Showcase) - part 2
    Oom-pah band on the run
    Proud to be an Amurrican
    Lovey dovey mushy Photopass pictures
    Celebrity sighting - part 1
    Celebrity sighting - part 2
    Celebrity sighting - part 3
    Celebrity sighting - part 4
    Those long-awaited fireworks - part 1
    Those long-awaited fireworks - part 2
    WW - you know what that is
    Forbidden Journey Spoiler Pic
    More of the "park that must not be named" - part 1
    More of the "park that must not be named" - part 2
    Adventures on the rest of the island
    Lead-up to the Luau
    Loo-wow! Or...Hula the dogs out? - Part 1
    Loo-wow! Or...Hula the dogs out? - Part 2
    Loo-wow! Or...Hula the dogs out? - Part 3
    Loo-wow! Or...Hula the dogs out? - Part 4
    Next trip - HHI
    Step outside for another show
    Packing up and hitting the road
    Final wrap-up and Parade 'o pics - Part 1
    Final wrap-up and Parade 'o pics - Part 2
    Final wrap-up and Parade 'o pics - Part 3

    Link to new trip report: "Keepin' it on the downlow(country) at HHI
  2. elphie101

    elphie101 Left my heart in Tomorrowland

    Sep 30, 2008
    Following over from lurking on your PTR! I've always enjoyed your TRs, can't wait for this one!

    Oh and............2 Judys?
  3. Avatar


    to hide this advert.
  4. jecskc

    jecskc DIS Veteran

    Apr 22, 2010
    I'm in !!! Can't wait to read about and see how much the kids have grown.
  5. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

    Jan 6, 2008
    2 Judys and well I am second again.... or maybe third :rotfl2:

    Bridesmaid :bride: to guessing but third to post... SIGH...:p
  6. Stringbean&Wingnut

    Stringbean&Wingnut DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2010
    I'm here!!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!!! :goodvibes
  7. marvali

    marvali DIS Veteran

    Aug 8, 2007
    :cool1: Page One!!!!!
  8. sara mom

    sara mom Mouseketeer

    Oct 24, 2011
    Can't wait to read this one! Love your past TR's. :thumbsup2
  9. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Jan 5, 2009
  10. chloe770

    chloe770 <marquee><font color=green>Isn't it just more fun

    May 9, 2008
    I've tried in the past to keep up on your TR's and I'm going to try again. Looking forward to the fun!
  11. norybell

    norybell DIS Veteran

    Feb 10, 2009
    I'm in! (And could I possibly even have made it to the first page of a glennbo TR???)
  12. addictedtothemouse

    addictedtothemouse DIS Veteran

    Jul 10, 2008
    I'm here! Right from the beginning, I'm so proud of myself. :blush: Of course I won't stay caught up, :surfweb: or probably post much :confused3 but I will read...and enjoy. :thumbsup2
  13. jecskc

    jecskc DIS Veteran

    Apr 22, 2010
    Whoa !!! Look how tall Marlene got !!
  14. tinacaplan

    tinacaplan DIS Veteran

    Jun 7, 2009
  15. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

    Jul 19, 2008
    Loved your last TR! I solemnly swear that I will try to keep up with this one!
  16. onelilspark

    onelilspark DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2008
  17. jenbear123

    jenbear123 Disney Fanatic

    Feb 21, 2009
    I'm here and will follow along as best I can in between my crazy life!
  18. shannon47142

    shannon47142 DIS Veteran

    Jun 20, 2007
    I found your pre-trip report too late to join in, but Im here for the actual trip from the start!:)
  19. glennbo123

    glennbo123 DIS Veteran

    May 10, 2008
    We're on page 2, time for replies!

    :welcome: Jenn!

    Wow, from lurker to first poster and first Judy-sighting winner! :cheer: That was quite a feat.

    Thanks for reading and joining-in the fun.

    Hi Susan! :welcome: I believe I have a comment from you a little further along regardin kid-growth, so I'll reply to it there. ;)

    We wouldn't know what to do if you weren't coming in second or third. :laughing: Or, if you weren't subscribed so :welcome: Pat!

    Yay! :welcome: Sara!

    You did it. And you got a mention in the Intro. It doesn't get much better than that. :rolleyes:

    :welcome: Marv!

    Hello and thanks for the compliment! :welcome:
  20. glennbo123

    glennbo123 DIS Veteran

    May 10, 2008
    Hi Cynthia! :welcome: Great to have you aboard.

    :welcome: Chloe. You can do it! Check the thread first thing in the morning, over lunch, and again in the evening. (Or whenever ;))

    Question: the location under your avatar says "small wonder"....are you a Delawarean?

    You made it Nory, good work! :welcome: How's everything going?

    :welcome: addicted! Reading and enjoying is good enough for me...we'll take it!

    Yes, she's outgrown her sister, which Lauren is none-too-happy about. Poppy was calling her "Stretch" and I commented that her legs look like a Barbie doll's -- long and skinny. And she was the pudgy baby of the 3 of them.

    Great! :welcome: Tina.

    Thank you Dee! :welcome: Since you're solemnly swearing, I will confess that I lurked some on your Universal report, so I'd know what I was getting myself into for our one-day excursion to Islands of Adventure. It was a very informative report, so thanks!

    Yay, Kelly's here! :welcome:
  21. glennbo123

    glennbo123 DIS Veteran

    May 10, 2008
    :welcome: Jen! Glad you're here. One of these days you're going to have to fill us in on what's going on in your crazy life. :goodvibes I see your link says you'll be visiting AKL in a few months. :cool1:

    :welcome: Shannon! If the PTR helped direct you here for the start, then it was worth it...I'm glad you're here.

Share This Page