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Old 05-27-2010, 03:57 PM   #1
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Smile Our First DVC / May 2010 Trip!!

Welcome to my TR for May 16 - 22, 2010

The Fam - DH, Me and DS (10)
The Place - Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House

** Please note this is a work in progress............... I will add pics soon!!!

We've been planning this trip for over 2 1/2 years, DH is a nuclear engineer and has been in school to get his license - so, for 16 months - while he was "studying" - I was planning this trip!!! We were SO glad when he was done - and for Christmas, he surprised me with DVC at AKL. WHOOOP WHOOOP - He def. deserved it - it was a LONG, Hard, Stressful time for us - (it's NOT an easy class) and when it was over, we needed a vacation!!!

So, with my NEW DVC status - I booked a 1 BR - Sav. View at AKL - Jambo House. We applied to do a GAD volunteer opportunity and started saving for "souvies". We did the project linus blankets - which were SO much fun - so we got our GAD vouchers (which we applied to our AP's).

On Sat. May 15th, we packed up the car and headed to Florida.......... it was a pretty uneventful drive - just a long 12 hours. We got to our relatives house and went to dinner - then had only 1 more sleep until we finally got to see our Villa!!!!

On Sun. we got up early and headed to the lodge............ when we pulled up, it was amazing, being back at AKL - ahhhhh, if you've ever been there, then you know what I mean. The belle hop was was welcoming us back home and unloading the car............ we walked into the lobby and I was so amazingly happy............ the gorgeous lobby, the fantastic smells, the atmosphere........... I was HOME and it was breathtaking!!!

So, we got in line to check in and it went very quickly - there were TONS of people checking out, which we thought was a "good" sign.......... anyway, we got checked in, our room wasn't ready, so, they held our luggage for us. We decided to head to DTD to let DS go to the Lego Store............ the bus to DTD was empty - we were the only ones on............. so, again, we were thinking this was a good sign. DTD however, was packed!!! I've never seen so many people there.......... we made our way to the Lego store and DS has to see EVERY single thing in there, at least 20 times over............ yep, we were there for a loooooooooooooooooong time!!! LOL He decided on several things, which we had sent to the lodge. As our room wasn't ready, we couldn't give them a room number, so they called and viola - got a room number......... he told us what it was, but, told us NOT to tell.............. LOL So, finally, we headed over to the T-Rex Cafe, it was packed and we couldn't get in for lunch any time soon, so, we decided to just head back to the lodge - we ate lunch at Mara and then as we were finishing up, got a text that our room was ready - YAY!!!!

I was dying to see our Villa!!! WOW - I was VERY impressed, it was beautiful. It was amazing to finally see it!!! We were in room 5453 on the Uzima Savanna. ( I didn't care for our view.......... but, it was a beautiful room.) The kitchen was very nice and fully stocked with everything, the living room was spacious and very nicely decorated, the art on the walls was beautiful and I loved the table, the way it was carved. The bedroom with the king bed was very nice and the bathroom was also very big - I especially liked how deep the tub was - and the washer and dryer were great! We were extremely well supplied, I thought we'd need to buy more towels or soap or things, but we didn't need too at all. And on day 4 our mousekeeper came and did replenish everything again. It was very nice. I loved loved loved the Villa...... it was amazing. We had a huge very long balcony - 4 chairs and 2 tables - it was nice, but our view was VERY lacking - we saw very few animals all week and basically it was only 1 giraffe and only some of the time, we did have one day when we saw 4 at once. I just didn't like that Savanna. Otherwise, the room was perfect. DS said the sleeper sofa was comfy!!

So, we start to unpack a little bit............ and then there was a knock at the door????? Hummmmm - DH went to the door and it was a lovely castmember who had a HUGE HUGE gift basket for DS - HOLY COW - it was amazing, FULL of Star Wars stuff.............. it was from (Peggy) Feralpeg............. she so graciously and kindly sprinkled him with pixie dust!!! It was an INCREDIBLE basket and SO sweet of her to do. (I had talked with her 2 days before we were to leave on a thread about the love bugs and mentioned that I wished she was still doing her baskets - to which she let me know that she WAS doing them again (WHO KNEW???) - but, with such short notice, I didn't have time to order anything - so, she incredibly decided to surprise us with an amazing gift - I cannot Thank her enough for her generous heart - and I will say this, if anyone needs a basket or gift - Please consider using her - she is an amazing, beautiful, warm hearted, lovely lady!!!) DS was shocked, he couldn't believe this gift - it was stuffed full of star wars goodies, a jedi mickey, darth, r2d2 spinner and other things..... it was great! He had NO clue it was Star Wars Weekend the following weekend and I had asked a DISigner friend DOM to create an invite for him - so, we gave that to him and he was just blown away!!!! It was the BEST!!! I loved how surprised and happy he was!!! ( Thank You so much Peggy and Dom).

Pic of DS at the Lego Store - DTD


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I am anxiously awaiting more as we are leaving in 9 days for kidani village --we will be there for 10 days..and we have a star wars weekend in there too!!

(and how do I get in touch with Peggy for baskets )??
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Great start! Can't wait for your pics!
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Love the start. Can't wait to see pics of AKL.
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I am anxiously awaiting more as we are leaving in 9 days for kidani village --we will be there for 10 days..and we have a star wars weekend in there too!!

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Love the start. Can't wait to see pics of AKL.
WOW - I have followers.............. WHOO HOO!!!

Here is a link to Peggys site - http://www.pixiedustoccasions.com
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Here are Pics of our Villa - Room #5453

Kitchen


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Washer/Dryer


Looking into the bathroom from the bedroom
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