Island Hopping: A Highly Inappropriate TR. (Boom.)-- Link to NEW TR! 10/8

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  1. Fantasyland Mom

    Fantasyland Mom DIS Veteran

    Feb 8, 2010

    (I imagine you're all waving your hands around and screaming, "Ahhhhh!" Humor me.)

    We've done it again. We rounded up our three monsters and spent over a week at the Happiest Place on Earth, and we survived to tell the tale!

    That's no small feat, I assure you.

    Who are we, you may ask? (Or not. I don't know you.)

    We're these people.
    Don't we look wonderful? Don't we look excited? Don't we look...ready for breakfast??

    For those who don't know us, I will do what every good and redundant TR writer does and list off tons of useless information about each of us and about our trip in the 5 W format. Here we go!

    What: Trip to Walt Disney World, obviously.

    Where: Caribbean Beach Resort for 6 nights, Polynesian Resort for 3 nights, hence part of our title--Island Hopping--from Caribbean Islands to Polynesian ones. Also, we have an unhealthy (but awesome) obsession with Magnum, P.I., and if you catch that reference then we are instant friends.

    When: September 14-23, 2012

    Why: We can't help ourselves. I'd be willing to wager that you can't either, since you're here reading. And now...


    This is Brandon, my DH. Take a good look, cause you won't see much of him during this TR. He's the man(iac) behind the camera and only rarely makes an appearance in front of it. By day he's a Civil Designer for an engineering company dealing mostly with dams and levees, and by night he's an artist/photographer/philosopher/dad extraordinaire. His love for Disney World nearly equals mine, and he throws himself fully into being as corny as possible on our trips. He's that guy wearing coordinating clothes, a gigantic camera, and the occasional pair of mouse ears. He's wonderful.

    This is me, Jenn, stay-at-home mom, over-planner, Queen of my domain. I'm responsible for the coordinating clothes mentioned above, and darn proud of it! I love making lists, Soarin', monorails, and filling up my resort mug with the citrus-flavored Gold Peak white tea. I am the level-headed one in our group...most of the time...and can usually calm down any child in the middle of a meltdown. I think that must be my superpower.

    This is our beautiful first-born, Julia. She's 6 and in first grade, and she was our first princess! In fact, her love of princesses at the tender age of three is what first led us to WDW. Silly us, we thought it would be a one-time trip! Julia is definitely what you think of when you imagine a gifted child--intelligent, organized, and EXTREMELY bossy! She tends to get a plan in her head and have a big, fussy explosion if things don't go her way. At this tender age, she already thinks her parents are crazy and embarrassing. (We are.) She likes to try things once just to prove she can do it, but after that she has no problem turning down rides she doesn't like. Her favorite rides/shows are Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (duh), Soarin', Star Tours, and Primeval Whirl, and she LOVES having her face painted. She's a great big sister and probably more responsible than the grown-ups.

    Oh, Brynn, sweet Brynn! Our middle child is 4 and one of the most entertaining people on the planet! Her energy, sense of humor, and absolute constant happiness is infectious! Brynn has Aspergers, which is on the high-functioning end of the Autism Spectrum, and she also deals with paroxysmal spells. What this means for her is that she has social difficulties, sensory issues, motor skill problems, processing problems, and muscle weakness. I'll go into more detail about that as issues come up during the trip, but please know that this in no way slows her down! She is the smartest four-year-old I know (she's an avid reader and has a vast array of math skills and scientific knowledge), never stops talking, and loves to tell jokes, which is why she discovered a love of Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor this trip! People with Aspergers tend to develop interests in certain topics that border on obsessions, and thats certainly true of Brynn. Her obsessions are sea creatures (ask her anything about any animal) and...wait for it..."its a small world!" Some people are annoyed by the song. We are all immune at this point. We listen to it on repeat and watch a DVD of the ride on repeat. We have toys, books, stickers. Her room is decorated with a huge, glittery mural of the smiley face/clock/castle thingy. It is pretty much the most awesome obsession EVER. She is one cool kid, for sure.

    And last, but certainly not least, is Sawyer! He's our baby, and he is! I'm not sure what's going on in this picture. He has a whole repertoire of silly faces, and this looks like one. No matter the face, you can't argue that he's a cute kid, and sometimes that's what saves him. Sawyer loves Disney as much as the rest of his crazy-obsessed family. He's a big fan of the characters, the food, the shows, the food, boat rides, and the food. Before the trip, I was worried about how he'd react to a major change in schedule. Stay tuned.

    A few random notes that may not fit in anywhere else in the TR, though that might not stop me anyway:

    The pictures in this intro are not great, and that's on purpose. I tried to pick photos that weren't the most spectacular ones and photos that didn't give away too much right from the start. But what I CAN tell you is that Brandon took over 5,000 pictures on this trip, and they were without a doubt the best photos EVER. I seriously think Disney should use some of them for an ad. Inevitably, someone always ends up asking what kind of camera and lenses he uses, so I have that info for you now, right up front, like a good little TR writer. His camera is a Canon 5d, and the lenses he used this trip were a 50mm/1.4 and a 14mm-L/2.8. I have no idea what that means, other than you are about to see some kick-booty photos!

    Secondly, for those of you who know the saga of our last trip, I will tell you all upfront that there is NO SICKNESS in this trip, except for one really nasty headache. I thought you might read with less trepidation if you knew that this is not a repeat of last year. Sorry for that spoiler, folks, but I assure you that there will be plenty of other surprises along the way.

    And the last bit of business...please, oh please, shout out and let me know if you're along for the ride! Don't be a lurker! (Okay, you can be a lurker if you absolutely have to. I'm often guilty of that, and quiet reading is better than no reading at all.) Join in on the conversation and madness that's sure to ensue!

    And remember, the less you laugh...well...we may not have enough power to open the exit doors...


    I can tell we're off to a great start...

    Links to Updates. You're Welcome.

    Friday, September 14

    Getting There is Half the Battle.

    Saturday, September 15
    Part 1: Good Morning, Good Morning!
    Part 2: Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Pirate's Life for Me! Or a Mermaid's Life. You choose.
    Part 3: Photo Shoots, Fast Coasters, and Freakin' Wet!
    Part 4: A Fantasyland First Morning
    Part 5: First Flatbreads and First Haircuts: An Afternoon of Emotion
    Part 5: Candy Obsession is normal...right?
    Part 6: Just try to get me out of this park!
    Part 7: Chef Mickey's Chaos, And Chef Mickey's Chaos, Continued!
    Part 8: MSEP, and Old People Smell

    Sunday, September 16
    Part 1: A Morning in The Land
    Part 3: Hola, Amigos!
    Part 4: I Know What We're Gonna Do Today--Build the Great Wall!
    Part 5: Around the World and Back Again
    Part 6: Garden Grillin' and Rome Burnin'


    Monday, September 17
    Part 1: Main Street Morning and Crystal Palace
    Part 2: Crystal Palace, continued...Because FOOD!
    Part 3: Fantasy of a Morning. Mahna Mahna!
    Part 4: Splashin' and Suckers
    Part 5: Tomorrow(land)! Tomorrow(land)! We love ya, Tomorrow(land)! CRT, not so much.

    Tuesday, September 18

    Part 1: Playing While We Dine
    Part 2: DHS Day: TSM, VOTLM, MV3D...OK?
    Part 3: Muppet Mania to the Movies
    Part 4: Singin' In the Rain, With No Umbrella

    Wednesday, September 19
    Part 1: Open the door, get on the floor...Everybody do the Dinosaur!
    Part 2: You're an Animal!
    Part 3: The Obsession with Output. Boom, indeed.
    Part 4: Have Animals, Need ARK!
    Part 5: ALOHA-HA-HA-HA!

    Thursday, September 20
    Part 1: Checking into Poly. We belong!
    Part 2: A Morning of Epcot Firsts.
    Part 3: Around the World, Counterclockwise.
    Part 4: Just a bunch of characters!
    Part 5: Sandwiches and Splashing--Who needs face paint?!
    Part 6: An Epcot Evening with Character(s)

    Friday, September 21
    Part 1: A Visit to Scotland, Wonderland, and the Daytona 500
    Part 2: HAIR! Harmony Barber Shop and Our Sparkling Personalities
    Part 3: Candy Bliss. Let's Party!
    Part 4: You Can Dance if You Wanna
    Part 5: From Tomorrow to Yesteryear
    Part 6: It Really is a Small World!
    Part 7: Meeting a Celebrity!! And Resort Room Relaxation.

    Saturday, September 22
    Part 1: Morning=Thumbs Down 'til Characters Cheer You Up!
    Part 2: ALL ABOARD! A Sneak Peek of New Fantasyland.
    Part 3: She's a BEAST!!
    Part 4: What time is the 3:00 parade??
    Part 5: There's a great big beautiful tomorrow...tomorrow...tomorrow...
    Part 6: Arrrrrrrr there any pictures?!

    Sunday, September 23
    Part 1: Downtown Disney (To Keep Us From Getting Down)
    Part 2: This is the end. I've never been good at goodbyes.

    LINK TO NEW TRIP REPORT!! :) Join us!

    Real Life Update: It's Fall, Y'all!!

  2. Stringbean&Wingnut

    Stringbean&Wingnut DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2010
    I'm here!!! (And yes, I did respond appropriately to your "HELLO, HUMANS!!") :thumbsup2

    Can't wait to hear all about your trip! YAY for no sickness this time around!! :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:
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  4. Queenofallthings

    Queenofallthings DIS Veteran

    Apr 13, 2008
    Yay...I'm here...going back to read now!!!
  5. inkedupmomma

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

    May 5, 2008
    Subbed and going back to read! Woot!!!! Hope it was a swell time ;)
  6. danimaroo

    danimaroo DIS Veteran

    Sep 21, 2011

    Ahem... Sorry, but I've just been waiting for this thread to show up, ahhh!

    I need to go back and read, but I just wanted you to know that I'm obviously here and super excited for your TR. :hyper:
  7. LifeIsDis

    LifeIsDis "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

    May 22, 2012
    I am here and so excited for this TR!

    I cannot WAIT to see the pictures Brandon took. I LOVE photography so I am so excited to the pictures!
  8. disneygirl520

    disneygirl520 Adventure is out there!

    Jul 26, 2009
    I'm here!! I will try my best not to be's a bad habit ;)
  9. SoNotAPrincess

    SoNotAPrincess Disney Diva

    Jan 16, 2006
    Subbing in for your island hopping adventures...yippeeee!
  10. ronnmel

    ronnmel DIS Veteran

    Apr 5, 2010
    I'm here, and I'll do my best not to fall months behind this time!
  11. Backstage_Gal

    Backstage_Gal <font color=darkorchid>Let me rephrase the dog ste

    Apr 8, 2005
    Sounds like a great TR, I'll try not to be a lurker
  12. KTgE

    KTgE Mouseketeer

    Jan 28, 2012
    Me, me, me...I'm here! :wave2:I wouldn't miss it. I was happy to see this pop up in my feed tonight. And LOVE the family shot. Can't wait to read more.
  13. Dancegrl624

    Dancegrl624 DIS Veteran

    Sep 13, 2008
    Totally here! Now I feel the pressure to start my TR. AHHHH! I was seriously on the hunt to find you guys while we were there. Just ask my family. Anyways...I responded correctly to "Hello humans". It's one of our favorites and sadly, we didn't get to as many shows as we would have liked.

    Can't wait to read about your trip!
  14. GrimGrinningStitch

    GrimGrinningStitch A Swinging Wake

    Aug 12, 2012
    YAAAAAY! Obviously I'm 200% on board! That's right, a full 100% MORE than the normal 100%.

    Seriously, I can't wait to read this TR.
  15. starann

    starann In having children, I have lost my mind, but found

    Jun 4, 2008

    Joining in for the ride! I take it that Sawyer is feeling better so youhave some time to work on this?
  16. marDgreen88

    marDgreen88 DIS Veteran

    Sep 3, 2011
    Ugh, I guess I'll join in too. ;) YAY!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad you finally started! :hyper:

    Oh and by the way, I totally do the same thing in my intro posts! I don't like giving away too much either! Great minds, I tell ya.
  17. __disneygirl

    __disneygirl well, all that's left now is the happy ending.

    Aug 4, 2005
    Sounds like a great start, I'm in! :cheer2:
  18. Nermel9

    Nermel9 DIS Veteran

    Mar 18, 2009
    Joining in! :wave2: Sounds like a fun trip, but not only that, my name is Jen and my DH is Brandon, so I feel like I have to read! :rotfl:
  19. inkedupmomma

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

    May 5, 2008
    Ok, finally got a chance to go back and read! Great start, I'm lured in! I had to please the lurkers to come out too! We're so funny, why wouldn't people want to read ;)
  20. dara00

    dara00 DIS Veteran

    May 31, 2009
    I'm here!
  21. Fantasyland Mom

    Fantasyland Mom DIS Veteran

    Feb 8, 2010
    FIRST, FIRST, FIRST :cool1:!! Man, you're super-fast! I barely had time to post and you've already joined. That is superb. I am so glad you're here:goodvibes.

    Queen (and, yes, that's what I'll always call you!)! My day is brightened just by knowing you're here:flower3:.

    Oh, Jenn, it totally was a swell time! Happy to see you!

    Dani, you made my day; now I feel really important! I like that. Keep it up:thumbsup2.

    HI!!! I promise you won't be disappointed. I have only seen the first couple of days of photos, and already I am blown away.

    I'm a professional lurker. Don't feel bad. But I'm glad you're already out of lurk-dom this early! That's a start, right!?!:lmao:

    :cheer2:YAY! Glad you're joining us!


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