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Old 10-05-2009, 05:31 PM   #76
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Ahh..I love the excitement of checking in and just getting there.

I love walking across that bridge in the AKL lobby. Such a beautiful Resort. Your room was nice too! What a great view!
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:32 PM   #77
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I'm so happy to see all the pictures of your hotel and room. Sadly, we never once made it over to Jambo house to see the lobby I've been curious about the differences in Jambo and Kidani. I love your guys' headboard/wall decor - very romantic Still very intrigued and can't wait for more
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:35 PM   #78
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I love your trip report - you did so good with pictures and details. Great job!!! I hope to be able to remember to grab the camera for all those details. You've inspired me! I'm anxiously awaiting more!!!
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Very nice room! It looks like you guys lucked out with getting the savannah view! I also didn't know you could do online check-in if you rented DVC points. We did for our trip in December and I thought I'd have to wait in the normal line---good to know!

Sooo, I've never been to AKL but we have a dinner ressie for Jiko on our upcoming trip. Does this mean we go in and down two floors to get to the restaurants?? That is a bit confusing if you don't know you enter on floor 3.

Can't wait to hear more!
Thanks! Yeah, we got really lucky--we weren't expecting it! Yeah, someone gave me the link on my PTR to check-in online for DVC. It's not the normal check-in. It worked great! I've heard Jiko is really good. We didn't try it this time though. Yes, you'll enter the lobby which is actually on the 3rd floor. Then go to the elevators (on the right of the lobby, past the first hallway) and go down to the 1st floor. Jiko will be on your right once you get off the elevators. It was pretty confusing our first day...we just pressed a bunch of buttons!


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oooh! Looks like I logged at a perfect time! Just in time for another awesome update! Love all of the pictures. Nothing like a little pixie dust to start off your trip! I think we may have to look into renting DVC points on future trips after reading about your experience. Anxiously awaiting your arrival into a park......
Thanks! I love, love, love pictures. I know--it was awesome to get that awesome view!! You should definitely look into it! It's sooo great. The only downside is you can't take advantage of the specials (like free dining and 4/3 deal). Hopefully I'll post again soon.


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What a gorgeous room! And a nice surprise on that Savannah View!!

That lobby sure does look amazing. I had it as a "maybe" on our resort hopping tour, but I might have to bump it up to the "for sure" list! It looks great in the pictures, I can only imagine how much better it looks in person.

Looking forward (anxiously!) to the next update!!
We LOVED our room! The view was fantastic Oh my gosh--it has to have a MUST!!!!! Honestly, though, we visited a lot of resorts, and AKL was our favorite by far. And they say the Christmas stuff is gorgeous there. I'll try to write it in the next few days!


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What a beautiful view from your balcony! I hope to see some animal pics from there soon! Your room is so pretty and I love all of the Disney details. Can't wait for more!
It was SUCH a great view. Don't worry--animal pics in the next update! We really loved our resort and our room!


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WOW! What a room! I love it.

I also love the carpet from what I saw on the DVD and my brother in law's pics. Everything is so nicely decorated! Can not WAIT to stay at AKL in the future! Kids would love the animals

So happy for you two...what a great trip!
We really loved our room!! Yes--I should have taken a picture of the carpet. It was great too. Everything was awesome! YES--your kiddos would have a blast at AKL! It's so awesome to see all of the animals without leaving your resort. Thanks, Katie! It was an incredible trip
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:00 AM   #80
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AKL is really so gorgeous!! I love it!! Your pictures are awesome!! I love all the animal details and Lion King ones...that's one of the best movies ever!! I'm so excited for more!!
It is SOOO gorgeous! You and Landon would both love it! Yes--the Lion King is awesome. I love that we were staying at "his resort"!


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I'm thoroughly enjoying your trip report.

We loved AKV Kidani! I'm thinking about doing a trip report myself. For me, this was our most satisfying trip to date.

I was disappointed we didn't run into each other. Maybe next time

By the way, I grew up in OK and my family still lives there. Glad you like it. I keep trying to talk my DH into moving back there.
Thanks so much! I just couldn't be happier with AKL. We loved the atmosphere! YES!!! Do a TR--and let me know what the link is! I really don't know how we're going to top this trip... I know! Me too! I ran into 3 DISers, but there were so many more I wanted to run into! I'm glad yall had such a great trip though. Oh, wow! Where is your family from? (If you don't want to tell the city, just what part) I love it here. It's so friendly and laid-back. Granted, I would like to move back to the OKC area. The small town thing isn't really my favorite.


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OOOOOH those pics are making me a little sad that we aren't staying at AKL again. We stayed for for our last two family trips and it's just GORGEOUS!!!

So they changed your room after you checked in online??? I haven't done the whole "check in online" thing yet...do you see an actual room assignment or just a building? Sorry for the questions- just getting excited for our trip!
Oh my goodness, isn't it just incredible?! I would love to try other resorts, but I don't know how they'll compare to AKL. Where are you all staying this trip? I guess they changed it! It said Pool View online, and when we got there, they told us we had Savanna View! No, you just see what kind of view it is. Since we got the value studio, we knew it would be between a pool and savanna view. I'm SOOO glad we got SV. When is your trip?


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I'm so excited for you What a great view!
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How awesome of a view to you have!!! Can't wait to read more!!!

OT when did they change the magical express busses? I thought they had the round windows and said magical express?
We loved our view! They still had the old busses, but they had some new ones too. I guess we just happened to get the Lights, Motors, Action one!
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:04 AM   #81
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Ahh..I love the excitement of checking in and just getting there.

I love walking across that bridge in the AKL lobby. Such a beautiful Resort. Your room was nice too! What a great view!
Isn't it the greatest?! You just feel like you're going to explode! That bridge is so awesome...we only walked across it a few times though, since our room was on the other side of the lobby. Thanks--we loved our view!!


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I'm so happy to see all the pictures of your hotel and room. Sadly, we never once made it over to Jambo house to see the lobby I've been curious about the differences in Jambo and Kidani. I love your guys' headboard/wall decor - very romantic Still very intrigued and can't wait for more
You have to visit Jambo house next time. We were really surprised when we visited Kidani--they're very different! I'll post more about that later, though. Isn't the decor great?! We loved it!!


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I love your trip report - you did so good with pictures and details. Great job!!! I hope to be able to remember to grab the camera for all those details. You've inspired me! I'm anxiously awaiting more!!!
Thanks so much! It's been fun writing it so far! Yes--you'll be happy you took tons of pics! I'll hopefully write more in the next few days!
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Thanks so much! I just couldn't be happier with AKL. We loved the atmosphere! YES!!! Do a TR--and let me know what the link is! I really don't know how we're going to top this trip... I know! Me too! I ran into 3 DISers, but there were so many more I wanted to run into! I'm glad yall had such a great trip though. Oh, wow! Where is your family from? (If you don't want to tell the city, just what part) I love it here. It's so friendly and laid-back. Granted, I would like to move back to the OKC area. The small town thing isn't really my favorite.
I have family all over OK. I grew up in Harrah (very small town) then OKC. Now my parents live in Norman, my sister and her family in Del City and a brother in Del City. My dad, brother and brother-in-law teach and coach at a Christian school in Del City. My other brother just started as youth pastor at a church near Tulsa. My grandparents (well my grandpa) live in a small town in the panhandle called Beaver.

We live in the Kansas City area and I must say I love it here. I would just like to live closer to all my family.
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:33 AM   #83
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OH MY GOSH!! Check out the awesome luck you two had! Awesome view AND your room was ready right away! So incredibly beautiful...I hope you two saw lots of animals. I would totally sip my coffee in the morning on that balcony (love the details on the chair too!) and unwind. The lobby, yes...beautiful, you should see it in december with the GIGANTIC Christmas tree! Oooh, can't wait to read about your 1st day in the parks!!
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Just joined in! Your room looks awesome! I can't wait to read more!
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Wow! AKL looks absolutely beautiful! I've never seen a DME bus like that!! Can't wait to read more.
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OH MY GOSH!! Check out the awesome luck you two had! Awesome view AND your room was ready right away! So incredibly beautiful...I hope you two saw lots of animals. I would totally sip my coffee in the morning on that balcony (love the details on the chair too!) and unwind. The lobby, yes...beautiful, you should see it in december with the GIGANTIC Christmas tree! Oooh, can't wait to read about your 1st day in the parks!!
I KNOW! Wasn't it incredible luck?! We did see a lot. Yeah, that's what we thought too...you'll have to see how the morning balcony worked out! Oh my goodness, I would LOVE to see it in December! I bet it's just incredible. I'll hopefully update again soon!


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Wow! AKL looks absolutely beautiful! I've never seen a DME bus like that!! Can't wait to read more.
It was SOOO great! We loved it. Yeah, I'd never seen one like that either. But that's what we got!
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WOW Staci!! What a great trip report so far!! You guys just look like you were having a blast!! I have to say I love the look of AKL!!! I would love to eventually buy DVC and this last trip really settled it for me that is the way to go!! I'm not sure what resort I want to buy in but I definitely need to check out AKL a little bit more!!!!! Love your pictures of the room!! I'm glad you were able to get such a great deal!!!

Savannah view...score for you guys!! I'm so excited I can't wait to hear about your two's adventures when you actually get into the parks!!!
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What a beautiful room, I had no idea they were so nice
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WOW Staci!! What a great trip report so far!! You guys just look like you were having a blast!! I have to say I love the look of AKL!!! I would love to eventually buy DVC and this last trip really settled it for me that is the way to go!! I'm not sure what resort I want to buy in but I definitely need to check out AKL a little bit more!!!!! Love your pictures of the room!! I'm glad you were able to get such a great deal!!!

Savannah view...score for you guys!! I'm so excited I can't wait to hear about your two's adventures when you actually get into the parks!!!
Thanks Jen! Oh my goodness, we had such a great time! You really need to go visit there. I was our favorite of all the places we visited by far. It's just so different--you can't experience that outside Disney World! Congrats on deciding to buy DVC!!! That is incredible! I'm sure you'll take full advantage of it living that close! I'm soooo thankful for the great deal we got! I'm about to post about our fun time exploring right now, and then hopefully we'll get into the parks before too long!


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Thank you! Yes, it was a really, really nice room. I don't know what a regular room looked like, but this was a studio...
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Day 1: Exploring Animal Kingdom Lodge

Last time, I had just finished showing you all our incredible room and the view from our balcony.


Aaahh. Love it.



After we relaxed in our room for .78 seconds, we realized we were too excited and we wanted to explore the resort and grab some lunch.


Since we were on the 5th floor, we had a really good view of the lobby:







YAY! We love our resort!!




This little sitting area is at the opposite hall’s entrance




Oh, my. I could look at these light fixtures all day! Be honest, do you think they’d be too much for my house?






We went on a little walk across the bridge (there’s a bridge on the 5th floor that goes across the lobby)




And took some pictures of the huge window







We hopped on the elevator and headed down to the 1st floor to find some food to fill our hungry belly. When we got to the 1st floor, we saw Boma to our left and Jiko to our right. But where was the Mara? We finally asked someone and they told us it was outside and to the left.


On our way we had to stop and take a couple of pictures







We found the Mara without a problem and chose our meals. I love how they have the pictures of all of the meals featured on the screens so you can actually see what you’re ordering. Our initial plan was to split a meal here, but we were both really hungry. We decided we could either pay OOP sometime later for a meal or split one that night at DTD.


I ended up getting the Turkey Ciabatta with fries, a Water, and Apples and Caramel for dessert.




Michael got the Chicken Pita with fries, a Root Beer, and Cheesecake for dessert.




YUM! We both loved our meals! I decided to save some of my apples and caramel for later since I was stuffed.


Oh, and before I forget, we saw “the airport family” at lunch! It seems like we weren’t the only ones who were hungry after our plane ride from Dallas.


These murals lined all of the Mara’s walls. I wish I would have gotten a shot of the huge “tree” in the middle of the room. We really liked the murals, though.





Continued

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