DCL             Our 2nd Disney Cruise               DCL
Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort July 5-10, 2015
Disney Dream July 10-15, 2015
Disney's Beach Club Resort July 15-18, 2015
As soon as BOGP Cruise 2.0 ended we couldn't wait until the next one. This time a 5-night "Castaway Cay Double-Dip" itinerary was chosen, and we booked in Spring of 2014. We also decided to wrap two resort stays on the front and back end. We chose to stay at Port Orleans Riverside along with our friends the Rahlmann's before the cruise. For this part we would visit all the parks except Epcot, saving that for after the cruise when we would stay at the Beach Club Resort and be able to just walk into Epcot.

Click on any picture to open a slideshow for that day.

Day 1 - Sunday July 5, 2015
We made the mistake of scheduling a 7:00am departure flight on July 5th. Because of the fireworks the night before, and having to get up early, none of us got very much sleep. But the excitement of returning to Disney had us in good spirits. We would relax in the afternoon, then go to dinner at 1900 Park Fair before meeting up with friends at the Magic Kingdom.
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Alex sitting with all our bags while I got the rental car.
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Michelle with her first Mickey Rice Krispy treat before we even got our room.
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Alex chose a different snack.
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Relaxing in our Royal room.
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Royal Room selfie!
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Meeting Cinderella at dinner.
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Her Prince Charming?
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I love the Step Sister character interactions!
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She doesn't like competition.
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Lady Tremaine.
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Michelle styling in the poncho!
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A little rain can't dampen our fun!
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Alex was so excited to be with Hope again!
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I enjoyed learning the secrets to a high score from Ed.
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Only one is concentrating!
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Michelle got total control.
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It's like she knew the camera was there!
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Waiting for the fireworks, a lot of giggling.
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Riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with the Rahlmann's.
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Love our BOGP friends!






Day 2 - Monday July 6, 2015
Day 2 was our Hollywood Studios day. This was our first time seeing it without the big hat. It was a hot day.
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Oak Manor selfie.
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The Sorcerer's Hat is gone but a Frozen stage is up.
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Olaf selfie (from a distance)
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This cast member was from Illinois.
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Fun with Mom
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Fun with Hope

Day 3 - Tuesday July 7, 2015
Day 3 found us back in the Magic Kingdom for the entire day.
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Gargoyle selfie!
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Neither one is happy.
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Lunch at Be Our Guest
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Meeting the Beast
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Two beasts, two princesses
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More fun on the Mine Train
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Macaroon
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Dumbo selfie
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Splash Mountain selfie. You may get wet!
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Yep, we got wet!
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Michelle's standard Splash face.


Day 4 - Wednesday July 8, 2015
Day 4 was to be split between Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney. But when we woke up I was really feeling tired so I skipped Animal Kingdom. I ended up regretting that as Michelle and Alex met up with the Rahlmann's and had a great lunch and enjoyed some rides together.
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The Tree of Life
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Michelle took a great picture of the lion on the safari.
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Reenacting a picture from 2008.
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Expedition Everest with Mom.
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Expedition Everest with Mallory, Paige, and Pam Rahlmann.
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After Kali River Rapids
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Michelle got soaked again.
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Meanwhile, I took some pictures at Riverside.
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Pool time!
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When we got back from Downtown Disney, this guy was hanging out by the Rahlmann's room.
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This freaked Michelle out!


Day 5 - Thursday July 9, 2015
For Day 5 we were back in the Magic Kingdom, our favorite park. This night we met with the BOGP group to see Yeeha Bob.
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Light crowd early in the morning.
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Yet more Mine Train fun!
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Polynesian selfie
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The reason we are here - Dole Whip!
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We made our way over to Whispering Canyon Cafe at The Wilderness Lodge for dinner.
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Having fun at Yeeha Bob.
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Bob is a fantastic entertainer and a great guy!




Day 6 - Friday July 10, 2015
Day 6 was finally embarkation day as we started our cruise adventure!
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Our first glimpse of the Dream on the ride to the port.
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Time to board!
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Welcome Home indeed!
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Hello, Donald!
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Our stateroom.
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Alex getting in a few last phone calls.
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Funnel Vision selfie
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Standing in the shade because the sun was scorching!
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It gets windy up on Deck 12.
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Our muster drill was in the theater. That was SO much better than standing outside in the heat!
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Getting ready for the Sail Away party.
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Alex with Hope and Quinn Mazzilli.
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These two would rarely be apart for the next 5 days.
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Besties!
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Tropical drink selfie!
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Fun with our BOGP family!
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Michelle watching the festivities below on the Funnel Vision screen.
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Our friend and travel agent, Mike Rahlmann.
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Alex and Mallory
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The Sheingold family from Indianapolis photobombed by Mike Bankhead
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Mike Bankhead from North Carolina
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Part of the BOGP crew.
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Cheryl Cordone and Julie Dobrin - sisters having fun
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Florence Porter and Julie Bannwart
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Jay, Melissa, and Joanne Griffith
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Jerry & Joanne Griffith
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BOGP pretty much took over this area.
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Two-for-one special!
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Happy to be sailing again!
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Sunset from our veranda

Day 7 - Saturday July 11, 2015
Day 7 was our first stop at Castaway Cay. For this day we chose to do the Watercraft Ski Adventure.
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Sleepy after a late night in the Vibe teen club
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Ship selfie
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Waiting for our watercraft ski adventure
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Michelle & Alex ready to depart
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Here we go!
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GoPro screenshot
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Michelle & Alex struggling
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They had a rough trip out.
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Sandbar rest point
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Sandbar selfie
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Alex trying to keep her phone dry.
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It felt good to cool off!
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Discussing the return trip
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Beautiful clear water!
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Starfish
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Conch shell
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Jetski selfie
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Jetski selfie
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A favorite picture
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Returning. Alex rode with me on the way back and everybody was happier.





Watercraft Ski Adventure YouTube

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Hanging out on the beach.
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I'm not sure who I was waving to.
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The obligatory footie!
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Pam & Mallory Rahlmann with Pam Forrester
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The view from back on our veranda
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Another watercraft adventure heading out.
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Alex at dinner
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Tonight's towel animal
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A beautiful sunset in the Caribbean
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Being interviewed on the Red Carpet!
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They didn't realize this was being broadcast in the theater.
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Quinn showing off his dance moves.
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Hope showing off her fashion twirl.
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Alex's turn to do the fashion walk.
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Posing for the paparazzi
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Red carpet selfie!
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Posing for Michelle
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Enjoying beverages in the adult-only area of the ship

Day 8 - Sunday July 12, 2015
The next day was our stop in Nassau, Bahamas. I chose to stay on the ship, the girls went shopping with Leslie and Hope Mazzilli - BOGP friends we met on the previous cruise.
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The result of another late night!
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Taking pictures as we arrive in Nassau.
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One of my favorites
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Oasis of the Seas is huge!
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While the girls went ashore to shop, I attended the live recording of the podcast.
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Mike, Rikki, and Pam
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Mike's reaction to having to choose between cruising and running.
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I then walked around on Deck 11 to take pictures.
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Lee Ann & Mike Bankhead
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Atlantis
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Tonight's towel animal was a sea turtle.
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Another gorgeous sunset
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Day 9 - Monday July 13, 2015
Day 9 was our second stop at Castaway Cay. This "double-dip" is, in my opinion, the best itinerary. The best days on these shorter cruises are always the Castaway Cay day, and we got to enjoy two of them! For this day, we chose to do the Stingray Adventure.
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Michelle's Mickey waffle breakfast
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Waiting to begin our stingray adventure
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Late nights and early mornings don't make for a happy teenager!
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I was really looking forward to this!
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Showing us how to feed the stingrays
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It was neat experience!
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Feeding it from his mouth!
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After feeding, we could snorkel in the area. I was the only one who wanted to!
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This was as far as Michelle wanted to be with the stingrays swimming around!
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GoPro screenshot





Castaway Cay Stingray Adventure YouTube

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More fun in the sun
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My version of a footie.
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Margaret, Tucker, and Thomas Olander - new friends we met on this cruise
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Hanging out at the Magic For Less smoothie gathering
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The BOGP group photo
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Pirate Night dinner
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Alex & Hope - BFF's
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Alex showing off her kid's meal
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I had to get the glow mug!
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Towel monkey



BOGP Fun at Castaway Cay YouTube


Pirate Night fireworks YouTube

Day 10 - Tuesday July 14, 2015
Day 10 was our At Sea day. Michelle and I had brunch at Palo, one of the signature restaurants on the ship. The rich food and the motion of the ship left me feeling slightly ill, so I chose to spend the next couple hours relaxing in our stateroom and on the veranda. Michelle enjoyed a Mixology class with our BOGP friends.
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Our door magnets
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One of our fish extender gifts was this whiteboard people could leave messages on.
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Watching ships pass by from the veranda. We were close to Freeport, Bahamas.
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The Olanders relaxing on deck
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Aquaduck
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Enjoying the quiet on Deck 4
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Leslie & Ed Mazzilli
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Posing with friends after enjoying cocktails together in the Skyline Lounge
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The GPS track of our voyage





Disney Dream Cruise 2015 YouTube


Disney Dream 2015 Timelapse YouTube

Day 11 - Wednesday July 15, 2015
Our cruise has come to an end. We skipped breakfast on the ship, choosing to debark early and grab breakfast at McDonald's instead. From there we drove back to Walt Disney World and checked into the Beach Club Resort to finish our extended trip. We spent this evening in Epcot.
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Walking around the Beach Club Resort while we waited for our room to be ready.
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Beach Club selfie
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Our room
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We loved this lamp.
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France Pavilion in Epcot
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Rain selfie
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Watching Illuminations from the United Kingdom Pavillion

Day 12 - Thursday July 16, 2015
We had originally planned to start the day at Hollywood Studios, but since we had pretty much done everything there before the cruise we decided this day we would spend some time at the great pool at our resort. Since we couldn't stay away completely, this evening we went back to the Magic Kingdom.
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Beaches & Cream lunch
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The No Way Jose
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Riding Dumbo
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Elephant ears!
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We wanted to point out Michelle's Splash Mountain face, but she fooled us this time!
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Alex having fun in the Winnie The Pooh queue
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Wishes from New Fantasyland

Day 13 - Friday July 17, 2015
For our last day in the parks we chose to spend it in Epcot. But because of the heat, I chose to relax at the resort during the day. Michelle and Alex spent all day traversing the park, then I joined them in the evening. Despite a steady rain, we had a blast!
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Mother-daughter time
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Mickey pretzel!
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Michelle's favorite attraction
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Meanwhile, I took pictures around the resort.
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One of the turtles in the water out front of the Beach Club.
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A gator also in that area.
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Housekeeping posed Stitch
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Coral Reef Restaurant selfie
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Fun on Test Track
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Not letting a little rain stop us!
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Day 14 - Saturday July 18, 2015
Time to come home. But first, we needed our traditional departure day breakfast at 'Ohana.
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Stitch and Mickey waffles
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We had time to kill, so let's take another selfie!
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Airport selfie!

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