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Old 07-14-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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I Paid Someone $5 for a Catchy Trip Report Title, and This is All I Got-Updated 12/29

(Index at bottom of post)

Welcome to my first trip report, I hope you enjoy it! Let me lay some of the groundwork. We’re a family of 5 , and this is our 3rd trip to Disneyworld together. This will be our first trip as DVC members, though.

Both my wife and I have been to the Magic Kingdom on short trips during our childhoods, and we visited Epcot once upon a time, before we had any kids. Our previous “bigger” trips occurred in 2001, when my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by treating all of their kids’ families to a week at Animal Kingdom Lodge with them. And then in 2005 my wife earned a few days (which we stretched into a week) at Port Orleans Riverside as a sales incentive through a direct-selling business she participates in.

In early 2008 I got curious about the vacation club and looked online and lo and behold discovered they were building a new resort as part of Animal Kingdom Lodge. We loved it there in 2001, and it is home to one of our favorite restaurants, Boma. So, with that newfound info., we almost had to buy in. And by June, we had. But, since we had emptied the vacation coffers with a cruise earlier that spring, not to mention the DVC down payment, we planned our first trip for late June and into the July 4th weekend of 2009.

The cast of characters. Here’s a picture of us at the spring game of the Penn State football team back in late April. Left to right it’s DD15 (Lauren), DW (I’m not that foolish that I’d post her age!) (Judy), me – early 40’s (Glenn), DS9 (James), and DD12 (Marlene).

Hopefully this picture will suffice for the pre-amble. You’ll see enough of us as we go through the report, or at least my wife and kids (my peeps!) – I’m behind the camera a lot.

Our plan is to arrive on 6/27, spend one night at Port Orleans Riverside, then move to Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge through 7/5.

For you dining review lovers out there, (although we won’t be doing the dining plan, so not a huge amount of restaurants to visit) we have ADRs for:

50’s Primetime
Kona Café
and Whispering Canyon Cafe (although I end up cancelling this one – sorry!)

And one last subject for this introductory post – the trip report title. Boy, they’re hard to think up and decide upon. Some of the others I considered were:

“Livin’ the Suite Life at Kidani”
“Kinda Commando, Kinda Crazy, Lotsa Kidani”
“The ‘Hold up, Dad’s taking another picture’ Trip Report”
“It’s a Good Thing I had an 8 Gig Memory Card”
“Stop Yer Snorin’ and Let’s Get to Soarin’”
“We Almost Made Rope Drop”
“The Fastpass Volunteer Gains No Weight”
“The Trip Planner Somehow Always Gets His Way”
“Our Fun-Filled and Exhausting Disney Trip, Even If the Title’s Not That Original”

I didn’t want to settle on a title before the trip, in hopes that some event or theme would stand out. I don’t know that any one thing did, it was a fantastic trip from start to finish. So, in the end I shamelessly went with something that I hoped would pull you readers in. And here you are!

Day 1 coming soon.


Day 1 – Part 1: Let the adventure begin
Day 1 – Part 2: Will we catch a fish?
Day 1 – Part 3: Downtown Disney and POR’s River Roost Lounge
Day 2 – Part 1: An AP panic attack
Day 2 – Part 1: An AP panic attack (continuation)
Day 2 – Part 2: A sudden case of cheese allergy
Day 2 – Part 3: Kidani suite pictures
Day 2 – Part 4: Dinner at Sanaa
Day 3 – Part 1: Stop yer snorin’ and let’s get to Soarin’
Day 3 – Part 2: Lunch at Biergarten
Day 3 – Part 3: Club Cool’s Beverly and wrap up the day
Day 4 – Part 1: Visitors and Disney Hollywood Studios
Day 4 – Part 1: Visitors and Disney Hollywood Studios (continuation)
Day 4 – Part 2: Lunch at 50’s Prime Time
Day 4 – Part 3: Stunt show, rides, and a run-in
Day 4 – Part 4: Boma-centric
Day 4 – Part 5: An SSR sneak peek
Non-trip Detour: Introducing the Hound
Day 5 – Part 1: Lots of resort pics on a non-park day
Day 5 – Part 2: More of my walking tour
Day 5 – Part 3: Fun at the pool
Photopass Catch-Up
Day 5 – Part 4: Excuse me, what is a zero-gravity pool?
Day 5 – Part 4: Excuse me, what is a zero-gravity pool? (continuation)
Day 6 – Part 1: Yeti bribery
Day 6 – Part 1: Yeti bribery (continuation)
Day 6 – Part 2: Two sets of fastpasses in a span of about 10 minutes
Day 6 – Part 2: Two sets of fastpasses in a span of about 10 minutes (continuation)
Day 6 – Part 3: Another spin of Kali River Roulette, and will James conquer Everest?
Day 6 – Part 4: A walk on a trail near the Tree of Life
Day 6 – Part 5: Date night!
Day 7 – Part 1: The beginning of the end
Day 7 – Part 2: A misty Minnie moment
Day 7 – Part 3: A Final Test
Day 7 – Part 4: Dinner at ‘Ohana
Day 7 – Part 4: Dinner at ‘Ohana (continuation)
Day 7 – Part 5: Fireworks and Spectromagic
Day 8 – Part 1: July 4th at the Studios
Day 8 – Part 2: More July 4 at the Studios
Day 8 – Part 3: July 4th at Animal Kingdom
Day 8 – Part 4: Last night choices -- night swimming or night-vision goggles
Greatest Hits – Vol. 1
Greatest Hits – Vol. 2
Greatest Hits – Photopass
Greatest Hits – Food Porn
Greatest Hits – Outtakes
Day 9 - All good things must come to an end

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