Our Second Visit to Walt Disney World
May 8-14, 2011
Click on any picture to open a slideshow for that day.

Day 1 - Sunday May 8, 2011
For our second trip to Walt Disney World, we chose to stay at Disney's Polynesian Resort. We were stepping up to the Deluxe category as we really liked the look and feel of this resort when we visited in 2011. We flew out on the first available flight on Mother's Day. After arrival, we had lunch and then headed to Disney's Hollywood Studios to start the fun.

Video taken on the airplane.
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Standing in line for the Disney Magical Express bus.

We have arrived!
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Excited to be staying at the Polynesian!
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The view from our room balcony. This is actually a Garden View room, but had a good view of the Lagoon.
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Somebody moved the ears!
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Dole Whip!
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Back at DHS.
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She's a star!
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I love this Muppets fountain!
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Toy Story Midway Mania
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Lunch at 50's Prime Time Cafe.
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Michelle on Tower of Terror.
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Photo op!
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Nighttime at DHS.


Day 2 - Monday May 9, 2011
Day 2 started off with breakfast at 'Ohana in the Polynesian. It was so nice to be able to leave our room and just walk to the Great Ceremonial House. Our plan was to spend the entire day and night at the Magic Kingdom.
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Who gave Dad the maraca so early in the morning?
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My birthday muffin.
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Clowning around with Stitch.
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Fireworks had just gone off in front of the castle.
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Alex didn't want to "act Goofy" like we were told!
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Nice shot of the castle.
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Riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover.

We ride the People Mover.
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Stuck on Pirates of the Caribbean!
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Boats stacked up. We sat here for 20 minutes.
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Trying to get Alex to stand where the spitting camels are!
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We threatened to install one of these at home!
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Tony's Town Square restaurant Lady and The Tramp statue.
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The view from the monorail platform.
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"Really? You're taking my picture here??"
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Pool time at the Polynesian!
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Alex at the Polynesian pool.
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Alex having fun at the Magic Kingdom.
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The castle from our table at the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party.
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Michelle's plate. Unfortunately, Alex wasn't feeling well and we had to leave so she didn't get to eat these!

Day 3 - Tuesday May 10, 2011
Having learned our lesson on the first trip, we planned Day 3 as a slower, more relaxed day. We went to Downtown Disney to shop, planned some pool time midday, and attended the Spirit of Aloha Luau dinner at the Polynesian.
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Flowers at Downtown Disney.
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Stitch spits!
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Alex got a Stitch tattoo.
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Legos!
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Michelle got her Dooney & Bourke purse.
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Acting Goofy! (not a stretch!)
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Lunch at T-Rex.
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The Ice Cave.
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Our room at the Poly. Second floor, second-to-last room.
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The Volcano pool slide.
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Before dinner at the Spirit of Aloha Luau.
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The view from our table.
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The volcano dessert.
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Alex doing a traditional hula dance.
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The fire dancer.

Alex at the Luau.

Myself at the Luau.

Luau dancers

The fire dancer at the Luau.

Day 4 - Wednesday May 11, 2011
Back at it in earnest, the plan today was to visit Animal Kingdom. But after our pre-opening breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom, the light crowd allowed us to ride attractions with little to no wait times. So we changed our plans and stayed at the Magic Kingdom. After a late lunch, I returned to the resort for a nap while the girls shopped on Main Street. We had a late dinner at Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary Resort. Alex and I wrapped up our day with a late night swim at the quiet pool.
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A nearly empty Main Street.

Entering the Magic Kingdom before opening lets us enjoy it without a crowd!
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Cute!
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The "Partners" statue.
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Eating at Cinderella's Royal Table in the castle.
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Jacque and Gus Gus up high.
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The PhotoPass photographer took a bunch of pictures of Alex with the Sword in the Stone.
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The back of the castle was being worked on behind the scrim.
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The Jungle Cruise!
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The Jungle Cruise!
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Michelle usually looks like this in ride photos.
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I bought a hat. Before I finished paying for it, Alex took it for herself. I had to buy another. LOL
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The buildings on Main Street, U.S.A.
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The Dapper Dans performing.
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The Dapper Dans perform on Main Street.
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Lunch at Tony's Town Square since we liked it so much earlier in the week! This was dessert, the drawing is chocolate.

Cinderella in the afternoon parade.
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Alex watching the parade.
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The girls wanted to shop, I wanted to nap. So I took the boat back to the Poly.
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Towel animal Mousekeeping left in our room.
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We had time to kill before dinner, so we went to the Grand Floridian. Alex almost fell asleep in this hammock!
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My Toy Story shirt.
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My birthday cupcake.
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Our anniversary cupcakes and buttons.
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I love this painting.
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Alex under water.

Nighttime pool fun!

Day 5 - Thursday May 12, 2011
Day 5 for me started very early as I did the BASS Nitro Fishing Experience - a 4 hour fishing excursion on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. Luckily, I woke up on my own as my phone alarm didn't go off since it was still on Central time. I had a great morning fishing and seeing the various sites around the lake. The girls slept in a bit and then spent some time at Animal Kingdom. We rejoined in the late afternoon and spent the rest of the day at the Magic Kingdom.
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The Nitro Z8 bass boat I would soon be on!
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The only picture-worthy fish I caught.
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My guide Carrie.
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The Polynesian from the Seven Seas Lagoon.
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The old River Country water park. When Disney closed it they just left everything in place.

Fishing and sightseeing on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon
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While I was fishing the girls went to Animal Kingdom.
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Animals they saw on Kilamanjaro Safari.
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Three years later she was a lot taller but still wanted to touch the water!
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A nice evening at the Magic Kingdom.
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Alex hula hoops at Magic Kingdom
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Screen capture from the Wishes fireworks show.
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That's a sideways frown face representing Maleficient.

The Wishes fireworks at Magic Kingdom
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Alex really really wanted this huge Stitch stuffed animal!

Day 6 - Friday May 13, 2011
Day 6 started with a late breakfast at the Grand Floridian Resort and then we went to Epcot. It was a hot day and we ran out of steam around dinner time. We dodged some late afternoon rain and went back to the Polynesian where we enjoyed a room service dinner and watched the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the Poly beach.
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Alex gets schooled by Mary Poppins
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Alex doesn't look like she's having fun!
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Lightning McQueen
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Mater
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Alex trying out the drums.
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Alex wanted to touch the dancing fountains, but then would shrink away.
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Cute topiary.
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The Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps
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They were celebrating Pixar's 25th Anniversary, so there was a building with character meet & greets. When Boo came out everyone said, "Awww!"
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Day 7 - Saturday May 14, 2011
Our last day. We ate breakfast at 'Ohana again, finished packing, and then caught the bus back to the airport and reality.
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Posing in the Polynesian lobby.
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The floor in the Polynesian lobby.
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This frog was outside the door.
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Interesting view of the clouds from 38,000 feet!
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Thunderstorm in the distance.

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