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Old 02-09-2014, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default Our Trip of Many Firsts - A Trip Report - Jan/Feb 2014

Table of Contents:
Day 1 - Travel / Villas at Grand Floridian / Hollywood Studios (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)
Day 2 - Magic Kingdom (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)
Day 3 - Magic Kingdom (Part 1) (Part 2)
Day 4 - Epcot / Magic Kingdom (Link)
Day 5 - Hollywood Studios / Animal Kingdom Villas / Epcot EMH (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)
Day 6 - Downtown Disney / Animal Kingdom (Part 1) (Part 2)
Day 7 - Epcot / Animal Kingdom / Magic Kingdom EMH (Link)
Day 8 - Hollywood Studios (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)
Day 9 - Magic Kingdom (Part 1) (Part 2)
Day 10 - Hollywood Studios / Travel (Link)


The Basic Plot:
We visited Disney World from Monday 1/27 through Wednesday 2/5 2014 (9 nights). We stayed at the Villas at the Grand Floridian (4 nights) and Animal Kingdom Villas (5 nights), were not on the dining plan (but did purchase Tables in Wonderland), and got Annual Passes (with the plan to use them again next January before the year is up).

We live in Wisconsin, and always have enjoyed going somewhere warm in the winter. We love WDW in January and February for the weather, low crowds, and value prices. Before having kids DW and I traveled to Jamaica a few times, went on a Cruise, and also took a few other winter trips, mostly around the US.

As the title implies, this trip was one of many new firsts for us as a family. Being our first trip as DVC owners we wanted to try some new things, and slow down our pace (a little) to enjoy our first time staying somewhere other than a Value resort. We also had many other firsts you can watch for throughout the report... from the first time Park Hopping, the first time for many of us on some rides (myself included), to the first time one of the kids got sick during a show.


The Cast:
Me: This was my 7th time to WDW (see signature). I have always really enjoyed planning our trips, and this time I also enjoyed the additional research on the DVC resorts and restaurants. One of my goals was to try to spend more time enjoying the atmosphere and trying some new things, rather than just rushing from ride to ride to do as much as we possibly could.

DW: She has been to WDW 8 times including this trip, plus one trip to DL growing up. She still doesn't enjoy the planning part as much as I do, but was happy to help contribute, and was really excited to stay in some new resorts and try some new restaurants. Her twin sister didn't join us this time, but we are already making plans to include her on the 2015 trip.

DS5: This was his 4th trip to WDW. Now in Kindergarten, he has grown up a lot since last year. Unfortunately he still wasn't quite tall enough to be able to do the 44" rides (he must be 43 7/8" inches tall), but he was much more willing to try new things (and do them multiple times) compared to last year. One of his main goals for this trip was to get autographs from characters, which we had never done before.

DS3: This was his 3rd trip to WDW, and his first time actually needing a ticket to enter the parks now that he is no longer considered an infant. He was only tall enough to do one new ride (Barnstormer), but seemed to enjoy things and remember things a lot more than last year. He also recently got glasses, and got lots of "aww, how cute" comments from Cast Members and other guests.


Some Past Trip Photos:

February 2004 trip: (just DW and I)


February 2010 trip: (DS5 was 1 (almost 2) at the time)


January 2012 trip: (DS3 was only 1 at the time)


January 2013 trip:
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:32 PM   #2
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Looking forward to reading your TR!
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:33 PM   #3
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me too! great pics, lovely family
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:47 PM   #4
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In case anyone is wondering, the 5th person in some of the pictures is DWs twin sister. She has come with us on the previous two trips (2012, 2013), but was not along this time. It was much harder to have her join us now that DS3 isn't considered in infant... since it would actually count as 5 people now. She will likely be joining us in 2015.

On past trips she was our photographer, t-shirt designer, and helped watch kids a few times. It was different not having her along, and she was sending us texts while we were gone so I am guessing she was sad to be stuck in Wisconsin this year too. We only took about 700 photos, where she took 3000 on the previous trip. And, in order to get an adult meal just the two of us without her along we had to use the Simba's Cubhouse (Childrens Activity Center), which the boys loved by the way.
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continue please
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Off to a great start, looking forward to much more, especially the pictures.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:44 PM   #7
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Long trip! Can't wait to read more.
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Tagging along.....Looking forward to read about your firsts.
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Sounds great...can't wait for more. Thanks for sharing!
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Great start to a long trip! Beautiful family. Can't wait to hear more!
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