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Old 03-31-2010, 02:00 PM   #1
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First Ever TR, Anniversary and F&WF, October 2010

I have been active on the forum now for about a month and have meet some really great people on here.

This is my first ever trip report and I am looking forward to working on it. I am a little late in starting this but better late than never right?

We went to WDW last year for our anniversary, Late September and Early October, and had no idea it was also the International Food and Wine Festival.

I had read here on the boards a little about the event and how much fun everyone was having planning for their trips.

We stayed at Jambo House in AKV, Concierge Level. We had the best time and really enjoyed ourselves. We even had dinner to celebrate our anniversary at Victoria and Albert’s.

So we decided that we had so much fun and the Wine and Food Festival that we would go again this year. We also planned to take a 7 day cruise out of Ft Lauderdale after wards.

We have booked AKV Jambo House for October 12-17th We have CL for every night except the 14th, we are wait listed for that night.

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Old 04-06-2010, 10:11 AM   #2
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So we convinced DH's sister and her husband to go with us on the cruise, and they decided to come to the food and wine festival for two days also. This is their first time to AKL and to F&WF.

We talked about it so much that they gave in and are now coming with us.

We also convinced my Aunt and Uncle to go with us on the cruise, have not got them to the F&WF just yet but i am trying.
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:06 AM   #3
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182 days today until our trip begins... it seems that I might not get my missing day at AKL CL. In our 7th month window I called to get 5 days at AKL CL. Oct 12-17, 2010. For some reason the 14th was all booked so I was only able to get Oct 12th and 13th and CL and then the 14th - 17th at a standard room. They asked me to call back on the 14th to see if anything had changed and maybe the rooms had opened up. I went on a waitlist for the 14th -17th at CL. On the 14th I called back and no luck the rooms were all booked at CL. So again on the 15th I call back and am able to CL for the 15th thru the 17th of October.

So right now I have a reservation for AKL Jambo House CL for Oct 12th and 13th. A reservation for a standard room at AKL Jambo house for the 14th and wait listed for the CL on the 14th and finally another reservation for the AKL Jambo House CL October 15th - 17th.

Has anyone ever had a split reservation like this?
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Old 04-16-2010, 05:31 PM   #4
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Hi! I just realized by the talk about Kim's possible PTR that you have one going, so I hopped over here!

Cruise and AKV sounds great!! I hope your waitlist will come through, that would be really annoying if you had to move out of your accomodations for one night...

Where are your DH's sister and BIL staying?
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:43 AM   #5
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Flossbolna, thanks for stopping by, I am really not very good at this. I have never written one before and can't seem to stay on top of it.

I really hope that the waitlist comes through also. I can't imagine having to change rooms twice, being in three differnt rooms in the same place, but at least I am there at AKL and will enjoy myself no matter what.

My DH's sister and BIL will be coming in for the last two night only. The will be staying with us, We got the one bedroom so they get the pull out couch. I am sure they will have a great time. They were only coming for the cruise portion to being with but I finally talked her into coming for the food and wine festival.

So to get them there I had to let them stay with us. Since it is really just DH and I for the first three days I am sure we will be ok with it.

DH's sister and BIL have been to WDW before but never on property. Hoping they have a great time, because I know that we will have a wonderful time.

Thanks again for stopping by the trip report.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:07 AM   #6
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Getting links to work

Thanks Flossbolna for all the help in getting the links to work....
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:25 AM   #7
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Tag Changed ....

Well over night I noticed that my tag changed from Mouseketeer to DIS Veteran. How did that happen? But I am excited.

Maybe one of these day I will get something from the Tag Fairy
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Well my DH just surprised me with a trip to NYC on Dec 6th, for 3 days....
He even got DVC tickets to see the Lion King on Broadway.


I am so excited. I have been to NYC before but always as a day trip, never to spend the night and never in Winter.

This is going to be amazing, to see Rockefeller Center dressed up for Christmas and the Tree all light up. T see the amazing windows all decked out for the holidays.

This is going to be wonderful!

Oh and did I mention that the tickets for Lion King are 3rd row center........

ok ok I have to calm down.
That is AWESOME! You will have such a great time
I took my daughter to NYC for the second time earlier this summer and it was incredible. I'm jealous! What a great hubby

Your daughter is gorgeous. How funny that she's 17 and only now interested in driving! I guess it's different when you live in the city

Too cute about your husband and his competitive putt putt

How are your AKL plans coming along?

Is your cruise before, after or in the middle of your AKL/AKV stay?
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:35 AM   #9
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That is AWESOME! You will have such a great time
I took my daughter to NYC for the second time earlier this summer and it was incredible. I'm jealous! What a great hubby
He is pretty awesome... Took me long enough to find him so he is going no where! He spoils me and I love it.

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Your daughter is gorgeous. How funny that she's 17 and only now interested in driving! I guess it's different when you live in the city
There is so much public transportation around here you can get almost anywhere and never drive. Which can be good or bad. but I love it b/c I hate the traffic.

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I learned back when we were dating to never play a game with him. We can't even play cards or bingo, he hates to lose and I love to bet him! So it makes for a dangerous combo. He is even worse at bowling!

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How are your AKL plans coming along?
With the back to school plans and senior pictures and oldest son graduating college, I have no had much time to work on the AKL plans. I am hoping that the seminar and demo schedule for food and wine festival comes out soon so I can make those plans. We both want to do a couple of things but the world will not stop if we don't get them.


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Is your cruise before, after or in the middle of your AKL/AKV stay?
The cruise is after WDW, I was hoping that we could have arranged it to be after the cruise but our schedule was already getting things to do in it, so many people plan far in advance that we had to go to WDW first. We are renting a car there on property and driving down to Ft Lauderdale and boarding the cruise then flying back from Ft Lauderdale.

Only 50 days left until I am back at AKL.......
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:15 AM   #10
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Morning everyone,

Well today is a good day on my countdown clock, only 49 days left for me before vacation time starts!!!!!!

David and I went to the Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival this past Saturday at the National Harbour and it was amazing. We had more fun than we should have, but I was the DD for the days events, which was a big change for us....:D So I thought David was so funny! The chilled Tequila Bar is what really got him. Here is the link to the Festival http://mdcrabfest.com/

I forgot my camera so the only pictures I have are from his phone... Which aren't very good, but better than nothing.









Only 49 days until the Food and Wine Festival, Mickey here I come!
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My DH and I just had dinner at a seafood restaurant in Northern Maryland. It takes too long to eat crabs that way. I had two delicious, fried crab cakes (blue claw).

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Hi Brandi - I'm checking in to read about your wonderful trip.. and LOVE that you have tons of pics added!!!!
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:51 AM   #13
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Oh yay, you're posting! I was hoping I'd get to see some of your pictures before we leave....tonight!

Looks like you had a great time - I'm looking forward to our first AKL CL experience!
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Brandi - everything looks great!!!!!! Can't wait for more!!
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Great start! You shouldn't worry about posting too many pictures! The more, the better!

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Hi Brandi - I'm checking in to read about your wonderful trip.. and LOVE that you have tons of pics added!!!!
Thanks Everyone.... it is hard finding the right photos to go with everything....

Hopefully Day 2 will be up today, but I do have to do some work in there somewhere

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Hopping in. We're staying at the AKL in three weeks, so I'm more than happy to read AKL reviews and see photos to get us in the mood.
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Day 2 Part 1

Day two of vacation October 13- Wednesday
Start of day two..
We were up by 8:00am and having breakfast by 9:00am.










We made it to the festival center by 11:30am, but went to Test Track and picked up our fast passes for 1:15pm


then we picked up our tickets for our 1PM seminar.

We headed out to the festival, our first stop was Brazil


and we had the Grilled Pork Skewer with Farola, which was very tender and cooked perfect, it was like grilled pork with bread crumbs on it.



We also had the Shrimp Stew with Coconut and lime, David kept telling me that it tasted like Shrimp with Lobster Sauce. The Sauce was very good and the Shrimp were cooked perfectly.



To drink we had Lablon Frozen Caipirinha it was like a lemon lime slushy with rum in it. Very refreshing and tasted wonderful.





Next stop… Argentina,


we ordered Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree, David said that it was a wonderfully tender beef with a very rich potato taste and The chimichurri was very good and tasty.


We also had the Roasted Corn and Cheese Empanada, David said it was good but very plain.



We headed back to the festival headquarters for our seminar. Our seminar was on the Publix Cooking School and they were serving a cold salad with Poblano peppers and roasted corn and shrimp served with Pinot Grigio.






After our seminar we headed back to the F&W festival.
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