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Old 03-03-2013, 09:20 PM   #1156
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I was just reading through the POR thread (that's where we stay when we can't afford AKL... ) and one of the regular posters over there said AKL is the first resort to have magic band trials, and they're going on right now. Just wondering if anyone at AKL can confirm, and what they've thought of the magic band if they've been able to try it out...
forgot to add - the discussion on the POR board is in post 666 (hope that's not a bad sign for the magic bands! ) if anyone wants to see it.

we'll be at AKL in mid-April and just wondering whether we'll get to try out the bands (though we have APs, which may be a whole other kettle of fish).
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franandaj I've never seen that many different animals at one time on the savannah! Amazing! Do you remember what time of day those were taken?

Kim are you any closer to any PA airports? We use ABE but sadly, after 4/8 there will be no more non-stops to MCO. I think I actually cried real tears when they annouced that! We have Allegiant, and while they flew to MCO they were great, but they're now back to Sanford only. Then Airtran came & went, now Frontier ran its course as well.

PHL has tons of non-stops to MCO, Wilkes Barre used to have a few as well.

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Kim and I both live up north in bergen county. Different towns of course but literally minutes from the GWB. Ideally EWR is the best airport to leave from but is alwayz higher priced. My other sister sometimes flys out of Philly but she usually gets a room the night b4. So obviously this adds to the cost.

My last 3 trips were out of JFK airport but this year we managed to get LGA, which is a tad bit closer.
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franandaj I've never seen that many different animals at one time on the savannah! Amazing! Do you remember what time of day those were taken?
We were in the room between 2:30 and 4:30 that day. We were at Kidani with a Sunset Savannah view. We had a great variety of animals outside our window. The cattle were almost always out there.
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Kim and I both live up north in bergen county. Different towns of course but literally minutes from the GWB. Ideally EWR is the best airport to leave from but is alwayz higher priced. My other sister sometimes flys out of Philly but she usually gets a room the night b4. So obviously this adds to the cost.

My last 3 trips were out of JFK airport but this year we managed to get LGA, which is a tad bit closer.
Marriott gives us a free room every year, so this year I used it to stay the night before. We parked our car at the Marriott, for up to 14 days, it is 30.00 (total!). It was nice, you wake up in the morning, take the shuttle, and you don't have to deal with the whole going to the airport thing...I hate that part for some reason.....The luggage, strollers, car seats, kids, lines, all while DH goes and parks the car...I'm getting stressed just thinking about it!

If I didn't have the free room I would drive that day, which I have done, but then of course there is always the biggest accident you have ever seen on the Turnpike. I weigh the pro's and con's with how much money I save...

I forgot to mention we ate at Jiko while we were there as well...I think that might be my favorite place to eat! We had Boma for dinner one night and we didn't love it. I am surprised because I really thought we would love it. Our server was great, she was suggesting things for us to try, and we tried almost everything. We really love African/Indian food, and I know everyone highly recommends it but it was just ok for us. We didn't do Sanaa and I think next time we go we will do Jiko and Sanaa. I cancelled our Boma breakfast, but maybe we will try that next time as well. Do you all have any input on breakfast over dinner at Boma? The flatbreads at Mara were delicious, btw! Has anyone had the African Stew?
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Oh my goodness, Boma's breakfast is absolutely magnificent! Definitely try it sometime. I have pictures of the entire buffet on a TR if you're interested.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:34 AM   #1162
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franandaj I've never seen that many different animals at one time on the savannah! Amazing! Do you remember what time of day those were taken?

Kim are you any closer to any PA airports? We use ABE but sadly, after 4/8 there will be no more non-stops to MCO. I think I actually cried real tears when they annouced that! We have Allegiant, and while they flew to MCO they were great, but they're now back to Sanford only. Then Airtran came & went, now Frontier ran its course as well.

PHL has tons of non-stops to MCO, Wilkes Barre used to have a few as well.

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TaraPA, I'm in the same boat but with Harrisburg. We took the non-stop Frontier flight to Orlando this past January and it was fabulous. They're still booking through September, but the schedule is changing a lot between now and then. By then, they'll fly to MCO on Mondays and Fridays. Which seems odd to me. You'd think they'd fly at least on the weekends if they continued to fly from Harrisburg. I think I'd rather drive to Philly and have a non-stop flight than deal with a layover and possible missed connection. We could also try Spirit Air out of Atlantic City, but I've heard mixed to bad reviews of that airline.

On the plus side, I asked my husband if I should look into renting DVC points for next January. He sighed, then said, "You might as well."
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:44 PM   #1163
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tarak - the group of ladies I travel to Disney with flies out of MDT sometimes! Usually the ones from Reading & Schulylkill County. Frontier is leaving ABE as of 4/8....we're taking them next week. For my April trip I had to book USAir with a connection in Charlotte. Blech!

Question for anyone - I know the shop in Kidani sells Entemann's donuts & pastry products, and has a large refridgerator/freezer section ...does the shop at Jambo as well? I can't seem to picture it in the Jambo shop. We're in a 1BR villa next week at Jambo & wanted to get some breakfast items. I was hoping not to have to run over to Kidani.

Another question - does anyone know if the Entemann's products are regular retail (like $4.99-$6.99) or are they marked up? They're BOGO at my store this week - I'm tempted to stock up & take them with me!
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tarak - the group of ladies I travel to Disney with flies out of MDT sometimes! Usually the ones from Reading & Schulylkill County. Frontier is leaving ABE as of 4/8....we're taking them next week. For my April trip I had to book USAir with a connection in Charlotte. Blech!

Question for anyone - I know the shop in Kidani sells Entemann's donuts & pastry products, and has a large refridgerator/freezer section ...does the shop at Jambo as well? I can't seem to picture it in the Jambo shop. We're in a 1BR villa next week at Jambo & wanted to get some breakfast items. I was hoping not to have to run over to Kidani.

Another question - does anyone know if the Entemann's products are regular retail (like $4.99-$6.99) or are they marked up? They're BOGO at my store this week - I'm tempted to stock up & take them with me!
I remember seeing a fridge section and pastry type stuff. It is on the far back wall to the left if you walk in from the lobby. I didn't look extensively at what they had, but I saw someone buying frozen pizza, etc. If they have that they have to have donuts, right? Either way, I would stock up while it is on sale, you know it will not be BOGO anywhere on Disney Property!

We have been home for a week now....I am getting depressed that we are not going back for 2 more years
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cheap direct flights from NJ area

Jetblue flies nonstop to orlando from white plains. obviously not as convenient as newark (i grew up in bergen county and always flew from EWR, too), but probably much less of a pain to get to than LGA, and Jetblue is usually great. just an idea.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:02 PM   #1166
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thanks for the info JillMc40!

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Assuming Frontier goes the way of AirTran at MDT, or the schedule doesn't work for us, we'll probably take an AirTran flig out of BWI. The drive isn't that horrible (although I despise driving on 83S), and the prices are decent.

I'd probably take the BOGO offer, too. This past trip, we used the QS dining plan, and it was almost perfect for us (especially since we could get fruit and carrots for the dessert). But next year, our oldest will be ten. Not sure it's worth the extra $20 per day for her (although the adult meals are usually more to her liking in terms of food offered, she just doesn't eat that much).
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Jetblue flies nonstop to orlando from white plains. obviously not as convenient as newark (i grew up in bergen county and always flew from EWR, too), but probably much less of a pain to get to than LGA, and Jetblue is usually great. just an idea.
Yeah my sis and I have been trying all surrounding airports up here. Its always cheaper flying out of jfk though and lga. She couldn't even get good spirit air fares from AC.
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Yeah my sis and I have been trying all surrounding airports up here. Its always cheaper flying out of jfk though and lga. She couldn't even get good spirit air fares from AC.
got it. that stinks. now that we're four hours closer (DC area), we've been driving because it's do-able in one day. From bergen county, not so much.

good luck finding flights!
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got it. that stinks. now that we're four hours closer (DC area), we've been driving because it's do-able in one day. From bergen county, not so much.

good luck finding flights!
I hear ya. Yeah i did the drive twice when the kids were younger. Also did it without stopover & after working a reg. day too. 18 hrs.

I actually have my flights. Had them since September. Got Delta from lga for $241. Early 7:00 am flight going there and a later 6:55 pm coming home. Its my sister Kimmar who is trying to do a last minute trip in short notice.
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