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Old 09-21-2010, 05:10 PM   #1
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Our DVC Vacation: SSR, Member Cruise 2010, & AKV - SSMC Day 1 completed


Welcome to another trip report! I hesitated about doing another trip report because they are bittersweet. Trip reports mean that the vacation is over but, in writing one, I can relive my vacation over with all of you.

The Details
Where: Saratoga Springs, DVC Member Cruise 2010, Kidani Village

When: September 10, 2010 – September 21, 2010

The immediate cast of characters:

DH - He puts up with my love of Disney - dare I say obsession.


DS (3) - Loves Mickey & Goofy! It won't be long before he will be planning his own Disney vacation.


Me - I enjoy planning our Disney vacations. I am always thinking about and planning our next trip. I have two Disney trips is the cue and looking to add some more.


Us three:


My parents & DH's mother & brother also joined us for the trip.

My parents & me:


DMIL & DBIL:



A Little Background Info
We became DVC Members in Feb. 2008. We have stayed at AKV - Jambo House in Feb. 2009 & BCV & AKV - Kidani in September 2009 and we sailed on the S.S. member cruise in 2009. We had such a good time on last year's member cruise we decided to try to get on this year's cruise. On call-in day I was up bright and early. Phone lines opened at 9 a.m. I got through almost immediately but I got disconnected. Eventually, DH helped me by dialing in on his cell phone. So, here we were with two cell phones and our house phone trying to get through. Eventually, we did get through around 1:00 p.m. The categories I wanted (oceanview room with the big porthole) were all gone. So, we had to "settle" for 3 verandah staterooms. We were confirmed for three staterooms - 7016, 7018, & 7516.

Now, I had to decided where we would stay before the cruise. I knew that I wanted to stay some place we had not stayed before. The first place that came to my mind was SSR. I called MS to ask about availability and to my surprise a two bedroom was available. That reservation was eventually changed to a grand villa at SSR and then back to a two bedroom and a studio.

After the cruise, I knew that we would be staying at our home resort - AKV. I reserved a grand villa at Kidani and later added on a two bedroom and a studio for the additional family members that would be joining us after the cruise.

For those who read my previous trip reports, you know that my first DVC vacation was with the extended family in Feb. 2009. Then, in Sept. 2009, we took a DVC vacation with just the three of us (DH, DS, & I). This trip was definitely a combination of our first two trips. Some plans were broken (even though I did not make too many plans) & we did experience some firsts (first stay at SSR). Overall, it was a WONDERful trip. Stay tuned for more details.

Up next: Arrival day at SSR.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:22 PM   #2
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:52 PM   #3
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Looking forward to reading about your trip!!
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:57 PM   #4
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Wow! How exciting! Can't wait to hear more!! We're just headed to SSR in 17 days, so I'm looking forward to what you have to say.
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It sounds like a great time with family. I can't wait to read more.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:13 PM   #6
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Sounds like a wonderful trip!!
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Old 09-25-2010, 07:55 PM   #7
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Arrival Day at Saratoga Springs!

September 8, 2010
Vacation time is almost here! I just have to finish up at work and then I can go home. The day seemed to go by pretty fast which was a good thing. The only thing that I needed to do when I got home was to wait for my parents to arrive at my house and then load up the van. I was already packed and the bags were ready to go.

My parents finally arrived and brought dinner with them. We ate our food and began loading up the van which was a painless process (unlike our family trip last year). We definitely had a lot less stuff. Now, that the van was packed we were all set for our 6:00 a.m. departure (or so I hope).

September 9, 2010
5:00 a.m. and I am up and ready to go. The only thing that I have to do is pack the cooler with the soda, juice, and water. Oh! I also need to wake up DH. DS was already up. He woke up to go to the bathroom and his Pop Pop turned on the light to make sure he was wide awake. DH finally got out of the bed and now everyone was up. By 6:30 a.m. we were in the and on the road.

The plan was for the drivers to switch every 4 hours. However, that did not happen. DS recently became potty trained and for some reason needed to stop every 2-3 hours and Pop Pop drove the majority of time. Even with all of the potty breaks we still made good time. We reached Jacksonville/Orange Park, FL close to 8:00 p.m.

The plan was for my parents & my family to stay in a local hotel but my friend wanted us to stay at her house. My parents decided to stay at the hotel and we stayed at our friend's house. DS had a really good time playing with his God-sister.

September 10, 2010 - Arrival Day at SSR!
We left Orange Park, FL around 10:00 a.m. We were on our way.






But, of course we had to stop for a potty break. Soon, however, we were seeing signs to let us know we were in the happiest place on earth.





Up Next: Our first day at Saratoga Springs...
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:04 PM   #8
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Wow.... are you in a touring van? I wish our minivan looked as comfortable as your car!
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:26 PM   #9
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Wow.... are you in a touring van? I wish our minivan looked as comfortable as your car!
I must say, my dad's van is quite comfortable. There was plenty of room for everyone to stretch out. DS loves riding in Pop Pop's van.
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:41 PM   #10
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We Arrive at Saratoga Springs

As I left off the last time, we were so excited about finally arriving at WDW! I was amazed about how beautiful the grounds of Saratoga Springs were. I did not realize that it encompassed a golf course. Anyway, we made our way to the Carriage House to check-in to our two-bedroom villa. Of course, we had to take pictures.







Check-in was a breeze since I did online check in. There was no wait! I just walked up, the CM welcomed me home, and gave me my folder with our room keys, hotel information, and DVC related materials. Plus, she told me that our room was ready! She also made sure that DH's mother & brother's room was near ours. What great service! Before we went back to the van, my mother and I took the time to explore the Carriage House & take pictures.











After a little exploring, DM & I made our way back to the van and headed over to Room 8335 which was located in the Grandstand section of the resort.
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Room 8335

I have to mention again that the grounds of Saratoga Springs were beautiful. My DM kept commenting on how green and beautiful the grass was. And, can I just say the room was beautiful too. As the saying goes, "A picture is worth 1000 words" so here are a few pictures so I will not have to come up with thousands of words.




DS loves elevators, so I had to take a picture of the elevator doors.


The light fixture outside of our room.


Welcome home.


As soon as we entered the room, this is what we saw:


When we turned right we entered the little hallway to the second bedroom






The kitchen and living room is to the left of the entrance.






Can you find the hidden Mickey?
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I'm loving your TR!! Great photos too -- seeing all of your great pics of SSR is getting me soooo excited for our trip there later this week!
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I'm loving your TR!! Great photos too -- seeing all of your great pics of SSR is getting me soooo excited for our trip there later this week!
You are going to love the resort. I wish I had more time to explore it. Have a great trip!
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What a beautiful morning!

DS was up bright and early. The weather was beautiful! Perfect for swimming! Once I gave DS some breakfast & we aroused DH from Slumber Land, we headed out to the pool. Before the pool, DH stopped by DBIL & DMIL's room to see if they wanted to go. They would meet us out by the pool and so would my parents.











We had a blast in the pool! We had the pool to ourselves during most of our time in it. DS loves the water.







While we were in the pool, we noticed a skywriter. He was writing this:




While we were outsied, I was hoping this little stand would open up. But, it never did.



I was getting hungry & thirsty. With the smell of BBQ wafting through the air (someone was barbecuing on the grills by the pool), we decided to go inside. My parents never did make it out. In fact, they were about to come outside when we were headed inside. We were out there for almost two hours at the least. They said they were relaxing and enjoying their coffee and breakfast.
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Off to House of Blues

After returning to the room we showered, changed into our clothes and had a snack. I wanted to DS to take a nap but he would not fall asleep. He rested on the couch with his Granny for a little while.



Then I took him into the Master bedroom where he finally fell asleep. I knew he was tired after spending a couple of hours in the pool. While DS was sleeping I rested too. DH & his brother decided to see how long the walk was to the Carriage House (where check-in and the restaurants are). They said the walk was not long at all. I also decided to chage our ADR at the House of Blues. We originally had an ADR at the House of Blues for 4:15 p.m. which I changed to 5:00 p.m. since DS fell asleep late. Plus, I needed to get my Disney Rewards card. I ordered it before we left home but it did not arrive in time. So, I needed to stop at Guest Relations in DTD before heading to our ADR.

We decided that we would take the ferry which we saw the day before while we were dining at the Turf Club. So, we headed out to catch the bus. The bus ride over really made me wish that I had more time to explore the resort. Once we got off the bus I had to take this picture.


GORGEOUS!

We then walked to the Carriage House to catch the ferry. When we arrived, a ferry was pulling up.


We hopped on and got situated. We had the ferry to ourselves.



During our ride, I snapped some pictures along the way. It was such a scenic view.






After a few short minutes, we were at DTD. The ferry dropped us off at Pleasure Island. We could either catch another ferry to the West Side where Guest Relations and House of Blues were or we could walk. We decided to walk. It was hot out so it was a leisurely walk. We also stopped in some stores along the way.
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