"IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES, IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES..." Never has a quote from a Charles Dickens novel that I cannot stand (seriously, that book is AWFUL) been more appropriate. Our trip started off as a MAGICAL celebration of my 21st birthday, but itll wind up going down in the history books as The Trip in Which We Lost Our Dog. Our beloved furry member of the family, Riley, became ill and passed away rather suddenly on July 6th, smack dab in the middle of our time at WDW (and the day after my birthday). It was absolutely heartbreaking, and, as Im sure anyone who has lost a pet knows, his death left a void that not even a big, heaping pile of Disney magic could fill. However, even though our trip ended with a whole lotta sadness, it did have its moments. We were having quite an enjoyable time up until that point. The food was delish (FREE DINING!!! WOOOO!!!), our resort - Coronado Springs - was beautiful, the weather was gorgeous (for the most part, but well get to that later), the Disney Voice Guy was wishing me 'Happy Birthday', and my use of Stacey quotes was reaching a new high. Because of that, Ive decided that I might as well try to salvage the good memories and write a trip report. Plus, I took a gajillion photos and I have a strong need to share them with people who will reply with something other than Oh, thats nice. Why more people dont get more excited about photos of giant, well-dressed rodents is beyond me. Anyway, lets get started! INTRODUCTIONS: Me (Kara) Im a newly-minted 21 year old who pretty much lives and breathes Disney. I always have and I always will. Theres just nothing better than that feeling of pure joy and happiness that Disney can arouse. I just finished up my first ever trip report from last July (you can find the link in my signature if youd like to read it) and, frankly, Im starting to think that trip report writing is my true calling in life. I mean, why bother with classes and homework when I could just have people pay me to tag along on their vacation, take thorough notes, and write an awesome trip report when we get back. Screw college! Heres a rather festive photo of me doing what I do best: eating. Mom and Dad My wonderful, fabulous, Disney-loving parents who work super hard to feed my addiction (while also silently wishing I fell head over heels in love with something a little cheaper, Im sure). Of course, they dont march about the parks in the insane Florida heat just for me. They cherish our WDW vacations just as much as I do. Im sure you can figure out who is who Katie My 19 year old thrill-seeking, good-time-having sister who I simply adore. Seriously, shes the best. Sure, she tends to complain a lot when were not doing something (shes all about action and gets bored easily), but I couldnt have asked for a better little sis. The young lad (not the dino) in the photo with my sis is Wade Katies boyfriend. This was his first trip to WDW with us (though he had been once before as a kid) and we were all quite excited to have some fresh meat to drag around the parks. Plus, it was extremely nice to have another guy around to help carry all of the luggage. THINGS TO NOTE: We stayed at Coronado Springs July 3rd 8th. Thanks to free dining (well, free quick service dining that we paid to upgrade) we were on the dining plan for the first time ever. It was quite an experience. Ill be reviewing table service meals at T-Rex, Crystal Palace, Les Chefs de France, Cape May Café, Boma, and 1900 Park Fare along with a bunch of counter service meals and snacks. We hit all 4 parks (and Downtown Disney) and were lucky enough to experience the 4th of July festivities at both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. So, thats that. Before I cut this off and rush to start a Table of Contents, Id just like to thank you all in advance for joining me on what is, Im sure, going to be a sometimes wild, sometimes hysterical, sometimes ugly tear-inducing look back at our six days in WDW. I mean, the spectrum of emotions I experienced over the course of those six days is INSANE. Im quite certain psychologists wouldve loved to have me hooked up to a bunch of those brain wave scanning machines because I dealt with A LOT. Im just glad I have a place to come back to and share all those emotions with people who get it. Not everyone does, but you guys do, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for listening.