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Old 05-26-2009, 03:29 PM   #1
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Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report - 1,500 pictures, dining reviews, and DISmeets!

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!

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

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

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

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

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

Day 6
Chapter 1 - Heading to Chef Mickey's - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1074
Chapter 2 - Breakfast at Chef Mickey's - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1076
Chapter 3 - Fun at Blizzard Beach - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1080
Chapter 4 - More Waterpark Fun - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1090
Chapter 5 - Going to dinner at California Grill - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1132
Chapter 6 - Dinner at California Grill - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1138

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

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

Thanks for reading!

Alan
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Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
First trip report with TONS of pics - May, 2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1841491

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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.
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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
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:16 PM   #6
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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.

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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.
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!

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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
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.

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Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report, May 15-22, 2009 - 1500 pictures, dining reviews and DISmeets! - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2187084
Pre-Trip Report for May, 2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1884986
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[QUOTE=alan_renfroe;31995419]

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!

QUOTE]


Remember the scene where they are lost and he asks for directions and the guy says something like "you don't want to ask me because I'm not even from here"? Well, we got turned around in Mobile, Alabama and after driving around for a half hour, I decided to stop at a gas station and get directions. I told my husband if the person behind the counter says "you don't want to ask me because I'm not even from here", I was gonna scream. You'll never guess what she said. Yep, "I'm not from here". It was too funny!

The only way I can keep from having post vacation blues is to book another WDW trip and posting on the Disboards.
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Yeah--I am so glad you've started the report. Love the family photo. Your son looks so much older this year.
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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.
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