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Old 11-28-2012, 08:12 AM   #76
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We waited a long time for ME too, but AKL wasn't on our sign, just POP & CBR.

I was waving as you drive on by, panicking, but waving!! LOL


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So the fact that they were on a bus called the Disney Magical Express which has an image of Mickey Mouse on it, the passed through an arch that says Walt Disney World did give these kids an idea of where they were???
Right??
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:15 AM   #77
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Pictures look amazing.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:39 PM   #78
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I thought that was YOUR alias.

So the fact that they were on a bus called the Disney Magical Express which has an image of Mickey Mouse on it, the passed through an arch that says Walt Disney World did give these kids an idea of where they were???

I know...I kind of thought that too. Everything about the whole thing was screaming Disney....including the movie, but they were young and they kept doubting each other.

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We waited a long time for ME too, but AKL wasn't on our sign, just POP & CBR.

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Old 11-29-2012, 07:41 AM   #79
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Now I have to tell you, there was a family in the rows behind us with a couple of kids. After listening to them I realized that the kids had no idea where they were or where they were going.
You could hear them say I think itís Disney, then the other one would doubt it and say no, itís just another hotel, and then one would say I think itís a hotel at Disney, and the other would say there werenít hotels there, only castles. It was so cute. The Mom told me after a bit that they had no idea and just told them they were going on a plane ride. It was so cute to watch them. At Art of Animation they told them they were getting off and that this WAS Disney. They were so excited. That had to be the best kept secret ever.
That's so cute!!!
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That's so cute!!!
It was. I couldn't believe they still didn't know. The Mom just kept laughing because they were still so unsure about things.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:07 AM   #81
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Love the update! The story about the kids totally made me teary!!!
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:31 AM   #82
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Love the update! The story about the kids totally made me teary!!!
It was so cute
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:33 AM   #83
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Yay! You finally made it to Disney property! So crazy you saw your old co-worker on the fake monorail! Did Claire say anything when she saw that you were in the AKL line? I know she had an idea, but this must have confirmed it for her.
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Yay! You finally made it to Disney property! So crazy you saw your old co-worker on the fake monorail! Did Claire say anything when she saw that you were in the AKL line? I know she had an idea, but this must have confirmed it for her.
Oh yeah!! I forgot to mention that. I'll include it in the next update.

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:39 PM   #86
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Loved our stay at AKL in 2010, too bad it was 30 degrees out and we couldn't use the pool
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:06 PM   #87
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I hope you don't mind, but I borrowed some of your pics for the scrapbook I'm making for my kids. I never got a good pic of the welcome to WDW sign and our ME bus said cruise line. I don't want my kids to be confused when they look at the scrapbook since I called it the magical express bus (and they're starting to read). So, thanks!
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:10 PM   #88
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Loved our stay at AKL in 2010, too bad it was 30 degrees out and we couldn't use the pool
Oh yeah..I remember that. We lucked out and had perfect swimming weather. Claire was in the pool a lot.

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I hope you don't mind, but I borrowed some of your pics for the scrapbook I'm making for my kids. I never got a good pic of the welcome to WDW sign and our ME bus said cruise line. I don't want my kids to be confused when they look at the scrapbook since I called it the magical express bus (and they're starting to read). So, thanks!
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Now one thing I forgot to mention. I had not told Claire where we were staying our first night. I am terrible at keeping surprises, plus I wanted her to be in on the planning, so a complete surprise trip was out of the question. Also the whole family knew and she was in on the very first planning meeting with family, so she knew about the trip before my sister even did.
So my one try at a surprise was to not tell her our first nights stay. Well that didn't go real well because I told my Mom one day and Claire was standing right there. Luckily she wasn't paying much attention, but I was pretty sure she had a good idea. She asked for months, trying to trip me up, but I held on. But I knew she heard me say Animal Kingdom. She still wasnt sure and even the name didnt mean a lot to her without a book with pictures.
Once we got off the plane and headed to the bathroom I did tell her then and she was excited. But I could tell she still wasn't sure where this exactly was or what it meant.

The one thing she did know was that it was the last stop and it was taking forever to get there.

Finally we were en route to our destination.



And here we are!!!! It was now around 11:30.











We got off the bus and waited for our carry on.



And then we made our way to the lobby.



We were both wide eyed and excited. Neither of us have ever been here at all, not even for dinner or to tour, so it was so exciting to see a new resort for the first time.

We went inside and got in the online check in line, which consisted of just us.





And checked in.



Our guy was nice, but very slow. He left for a few minutes and came back with a package.







Good thing he was on the ball because I wasnt. I had forgotten about getting this box. Earlier in the week, one of the gals from our cruise group had to cancel suddenly. She said she was sorry and if anyone wanted their Fish Extender gift from her, she would gladly send it. I told her if she wanted to, she could send them all to me at AKL and I would be happy to pass them out for her. I knew she had worked hard on her gifts and I would hate to see them go to waste. The package was waiting for us.

We grabbed that and our packet and were told the room would be ready by 3. They would text me when it was ready. Now I know how many people have been told this only to never get a text, so I knew I would have to check back later. Lets just throw this out now. I stayed in 3 Disney resorts and all said they would text .....I did not receive ONE single text from any of them.

Claire received a princess crown too since I listed we were celebrating her birthday. I have never seen this before, and she seemed a bit unsure about it. LOL



I was disappointed that our room wasn't ready. I was hoping to have a nap before the party this evening, but we still had time.

So with this box (which was not huge, but awkward to carry), and a carry on, plus we each had a back pack on and Claire had another bag she was carrying, we just kind of set out to rearrange our bags and then send some off to luggage services for a while.

We decided to find a bench outside to do our business.



Passing the pool made Claire very excited and she couldnt wait to get in it.



We found a secluded area and opened up the bags and got what we needed for the day packed into one bag and put the rest in the others and headed back to luggage services. I must say in the short time I was carrying that box, I was becoming annoyed with it. It was just hard to carry with all our other stuff, so I was glad to be rid of it for a while.

As we walked back inside I took a couple of quick shots.





And on to the elevator to go up to the lobby again.



I think I heard a choir of angels sing when I dropped off our bags. I felt a little less like a pack mule now.

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Ahhhhhhh, you arrived! And how good you were to keep the secret. I bet Claire was super excited once she found out where she was really going.

I have never seen them hand out crowns, but it is a cute touch!

Glad you were able to get "rid" of your luggage and I really hope that you will get to your room soon!
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