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Old 02-05-2013, 06:48 PM   #511
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I saw those ears all over the place. I don't do headbands as they kill my head, but I wish we would've bought those for Claire too now that I keep hearing how hard they are to get. I think they had them on the ship too. We did end up buying silver ones for her. My thinking was she could wear them anytime we went back then. But now I wish I would've splurged and got both.
Those ears actually do hurt my head. But a truly devoted Disney fan would wear them anyway.

What am amazing view you had that next morning. Looks like the animals weren't shy at all.

And that grand villa? Just amazing.

Boma looks beautiful. I've never considered it, but might have to after seeing your photos.

And we'll excuse you if you weren't "on your game". The morning after a late party is always rough.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:58 PM   #512
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Those ears actually do hurt my head. But a truly devoted Disney fan would wear them anyway.

What am amazing view you had that next morning. Looks like the animals weren't shy at all.

And that grand villa? Just amazing.

Boma looks beautiful. I've never considered it, but might have to after seeing your photos.

And we'll excuse you if you weren't "on your game". The morning after a late party is always rough.
I wax wrong. I bought her the black ones. And her hair kept getting caught in the sparkles.
Boma was pretty good.
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We must start playing the lotto!

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Yes, it a buffet. It does have some African dishes, but there was enough normal food to keep us happy too. Maybe you get him there and see the grounds and he will want to be staying there!
Ok, that just went on my list. Might be a good "first day" place to visit as to not take away from park time.

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Awesome photo!! I mean really striking!
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:41 PM   #514
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Ok, that just went on my list. Might be a good "first day" place to visit as to not take away from park time.



Awesome photo!! I mean really striking!
I would love to go again together. It was so fun hanging with you guys!

I agree. It's a ways to get there, so a good non park day place.

Thanks!
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You threw it away! WHAT. You need to keep that FOREVER!!!
I know. Tell me about it. I save all that stuff until I get yelled at by Melody.

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Claire wasnít as into the animals today as I was. She wanted to swim. She did however find a hidden Mickey.



I made her stay a little longer though. I just really enjoyed looking at the animals out there. She did too, but she had enough and was worried about how much time she would have for swimming before we had to leave.





Finally I relented and we headed back towards the pool area.







A door we passed. I loved the theming here.



Down the elevator.



And we went over to the pool area bathroom to change.



We usually used this shower stall for changing. It was bigger than the other 2. It also had a stool in there to set our bags on. I noticed the other 2 didnít and I donít think they had hooks either, if I remember right. I thought that was dumb, as the floor was wet and there wasnít a way to keep your things dry if you showered. The shower had a changing area then stall with curtain, but you really needed a stool to keep things dry. The bigger one also seemed to be dryer since it was bigger.









Isnít this a cute hamper?





Back out, we headed towards the hot tub.



We spotted a little critter.







Claire enjoyed the hot tub for a while.



We then headed over to the pool again and I sat in the same spot as the day before and Claire swam and swam and swam. I put the camera away for a bit and tried to facebook with my kindle and phone. I say try, because facebook kept telling me my posts couldnít be made. I have this issue off and on. Itís so annoying.
Also the wifi was spotty and every so often I had to relog back in.
Tim (Dis Thatís Nice) was over at the Coronado and he was posting how he still hadnít made it to a park yet and he was going nuts. His daughter was swimming too. We chatted a bit via facebook, along with a few others, some who were going to be coming to WDW in the next few days as well. I was half tempted to gather up Claire and go over and visit Tim. But I knew the ride over would be long and Claire wouldnít like getting pulled out of the pool. And Tim and I had planned to meet up later in the trip.

I had a family sitting in the loungers in front of me and they were so fun to listen to. After talking to them a bit, I found out that some of the members lived not too far from me. Small World!
After a while we heard a plane and saw some sky writing. It actually took quite a while to get the whole message up and the first word was pretty much faded before the next one even started. In fact for the last one, the plane left and came back.







God Loves You. A nice message, but seriously, why do would you have a sky writer do this? The family in front of me was laughing that someone would pay that much money to have that written. And it was kind of funny because the plane left and came back before writing ďUĒ. Like he had to refuel and come back just for that letter. LOL
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Meanwhile, Claire was having a ball swimming and watching others.







The pool games had started and she sat right up there and watched, but she wouldnt join in. I think if she had a friend with her, she would have. I think she was just too shy. She told me she did do a few things, but I dont think she was officially playing.



The games were a huge highlight for her though. She would ask me every so often if people ever just come to Disney to just stay at the hotel and swim. I told her that I am sure a few do, but most people who come this far do want to go the parks too. I think she really liked this relaxed resort day approach we had taken.

While she swam I took a few pictures of the area from my chair.





This one came out bad. I was supposed to be focusing on the light. Not sure why I got the background instead.





Before too long it was time to get out and get dressed. She wasnt too thrilled about this, but I reminded her we had a bus to catch and we had several more days of fun ahead of us.
We walked around and took a few more pictures.









And then back towards the bathroom to change. I noticed these lockers. Thats a pretty good deal ($1).



Claire was pretty hungry after all that swimming so we stopped off and got a light late lunch. It was around 4 now and I knew we wouldnt be eating again till much later after meeting up with the family.







I think we also called Skip once again while we were there and updated him and said our hellos.

Claire didnt finish it all so I asked for a container to carry the rest. It was kind of a pain and I think we ended up throwing most of what was left (the crustable sandwich) away later on.

We walked around a little bit more.



We talked of walking down to Kidani and checking it out, but Claire said it would be too far. Not like she really had a clue.



We ended up going in the gift shop and Claire bought some sunglasses. We forgot to bring her a pair (really she doesnt wear them all that often) and just looked around for a while. Sadly the glasses got lost at some point. She wanted them for the cruise, but she left them in the rental van and they were forgotten till we needed them on the ship. We saw them once when we got back and never again. I have no clue where they went, except that maybe they were left in the van somewhere.

Around 4:30 we went to retrieve our luggage and get a voucher for the Magical Express. First they sent us outside and then inside, then back outside. The girl at the outside desk knew what to do, but I thought it was strange that the guys handling the luggage didnt know I could get a voucher there.





It wasnt too long and our bus arrived and Claire and I were the first on again, and we took our favorite first row seat.



I took a shot of the seatbelts that are now on the new buses.

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Looks like an awesome laid back resort day.

Claire needed Kadence there to swim with though!

We've seen the skywriter at Disney before. They must do that fairly often.
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I love seeing all your pictures of AKL! I think it's my dream resort, along with the Poly.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:31 AM   #521
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Looks like an awesome laid back resort day.

Claire needed Kadence there to swim with though!

We've seen the skywriter at Disney before. They must do that fairly often.

Yes, she would've loved that!
I have seen them too and they are always religious.

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It was a great stay, too short, but I am glad we used this resort for our more laid back time. It's not perfect, but it was still nice.
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Nice relaxed day, Jen! MY kinda day indeed.

Yes, and you already know what I want to say about your photos ........
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Nice relaxed day, Jen! MY kinda day indeed.

Yes, and you already know what I want to say about your photos ........
It was. We had a lot of fun and didn't do a lot, but that was OK with us.
Thanks once again!
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Looks like you ended up having quite a full day even if it was still relaxing. That pool really looks tempting. I do have to try it the next time we are staying there.

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Looks like you ended up having quite a full day even if it was still relaxing. That pool really looks tempting. I do have to try it the next time we are staying there.

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We did, but it was really just a great day. Claire is in her glory when she can swim.
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