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Old 05-03-2013, 01:06 PM   #3076
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One and a half day left! Super excited, but nervous because I didn't fax any requests.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:09 PM   #3077
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you have a name doppelganger! hope you guys do not look similar too

hopefully not from the same part of the country also
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:38 PM   #3078
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Thanks so much! I think that those rooms look so nice, they would be a nice "home" for our stay!
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:41 PM   #3079
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37 HOURS !!! hahaha, just can't contain it !

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Old 05-03-2013, 02:43 PM   #3080
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SkywayGuy, LOL too funny!! I admire your willingness to hand over the reigns - as Crush would say, "Let us see what Squirt does flying solo" I guess I may not be so obsessively controlling if this was a repeat trip for everyone, but it's my daughter's 1st (age 10), and my 1st planning/buying. I haven't been to Disney since about 2003 I think (?) and I see a lot has changed, I'm excited to experience it as if it were my 1st all over again. so of course it has to to PERFECT, which can only happen by nonstop planning until we hit WDW soil, after which my family will trample all over my masterpiece Disney Binder/Bible probably right out the gate with a very "SQUIRREL!!" like reaction when they see the first swimming pool. Why do kids not want to do anything but swim when they go on vacation?? Ugh. Note for binder: Try to avoid pool on Day 1, ignorance is bliss If that doesn't work, pull out pre-packed single serve daiquiris (See: Packing List from Hell, page 3) =P

My kids love the pool too, so this is how I deal with that. We always have pool time on day 1. I stopped trying to fight it. I also plan an entire day at the water parks. We have season passes to a water park 15 miles from our front door so I could easily skip them when we are at Disney, but my boys all want their water park day. I do love the theming at BB & TL though. We always take the earliest flight out that we can get (usually checking in to POR by 11:00 or 11:30 am) so on our last trip I let the boys wear their swim suits w/shirts & flip flops on the plane. As soon as we were checked in & had lunch I let them hit the pool for a few hours. It worked out great, when we got back to the room ME had dropped off our luggage We unpacked and went to DTD & MK.

This time I am making them wait just a bit. We are going straight to MK after check in, but I promised them we would get back to the resort in plenty of time for them to swim before going to the room to unpack.

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Old 05-03-2013, 04:50 PM   #3081
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SkywayGuy, LOL too funny!! I admire your willingness to hand over the reigns - as Crush would say, "Let us see what Squirt does flying solo" I guess I may not be so obsessively controlling if this was a repeat trip for everyone, but it's my daughter's 1st (age 10), and my 1st planning/buying. I haven't been to Disney since about 2003 I think (?) and I see a lot has changed, I'm excited to experience it as if it were my 1st all over again. so of course it has to to PERFECT, which can only happen by nonstop planning until we hit WDW soil, after which my family will trample all over my masterpiece Disney Binder/Bible probably right out the gate with a very "SQUIRREL!!" like reaction when they see the first swimming pool. Why do kids not want to do anything but swim when they go on vacation?? Ugh.

Note for binder: Try to avoid pool on Day 1, ignorance is bliss If that doesn't work, pull out pre-packed single serve daiquiris (See: Packing List from Hell, page 3) =P
Perfect age for a first trip! My daughter was the same with the pools at that age. I remember making a promise to her when we stayed at AKL that we'd go back early for the pool. Then we got back too late. So guess who got to get up early to open the pool? But that was fun too as the CM's at AKL did a little rain dance thing with her to open the slide. We had the whole big AKL pool to ourselves. They do love pools. Now she's graduating from college and she loves to sleep. ;-) (good plan packing ready to go daiquiris)
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:04 PM   #3082
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My Mom and I stayed in a Riverview room in Magnolia Bend last year... Room 8418. We were on the 3rd floor. LOVED IT!! The room was gorgeous!! And we spent a lot of time on the benches outside just looking at the river. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again in a heartbeat! I can't speak much of the walk. I am one of the few who don't think there is much of a walk involved in the entire resort! It's such a gorgeous resort that I don't mind the walk. We were also very close to a bus stop and the quiet pool next to us was gorgeous and so quiet compared to the loud main pool! I prefer the theming in the mansions to the aligator bayou rooms since they refurbished. We got quite a few towel animals as it was Mom's bday that week and mousekeeping always did a wonderful job! I'm hoping for a room in a similar location for our trip in a couple weeks... although this time we booked a standard room and not a riverview room. Fingers crossed for pixie dust!
We have booked this room type and have requests in similar to this....hoping we get a room alot like what you describe.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:47 PM   #3083
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LovingDsny, the only issue I have with just giving in on Day 1 to the pool is that there are so many other great activities to do at WDW on non park days that we probably won't ever get to do the rest of the trip, since this is the only non park afternoon & evening we'll have. I don't want to "waste" my time at the pool while we could be at a campfire story, watching an outdoor movie, DisneyQuest, etc. I'd be fine throwing up the white flag if our trip was 14 days long & we had time to soak it all in at leisure, or if I knew we'd be back fairly soon, but we don't...and we will be taking at least a couple trips to the pool midday during the week, it's just chlorine overkill IMO lol.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:07 PM   #3084
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SkywayGuy, thanks! I imagine the Walmart single serve daiquiris will also be well appreciated after a long day in the park & dealing with cranky, hot kids, which I'm preparing myself to happen at about day 3. I can't take full credit though, I stole the idea off of a thread here, I think it was something like "weirdest thing you pack that you can't go without" - its over 300 pages long!! I read all of them & ended up with a full page of random things to take that I would have never thought would be useful before reading that thread lol LOVE DISBoards!!!

The "ritual" at AKL pool sounds adorable, I hope you got some great pics at the time! We definitely won't be opening any pools, but I did notice that there's a daily "pool party" at POR from like 2-3pm??, maybe we can time our rest stops during the week to hit at least one of those.
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Does anyone know if they sell distilled water in the gift shop?
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:27 AM   #3086
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Does anyone know if they sell distilled water in the gift shop?
Good question.. I need it, too... the only time I have been able to get it was when I was staying at concierge level at AKL.

I've just ended up using bottle water. (I need it for my cpap)
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:44 AM   #3087
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Family decided last minute to rent a car so we will be doing some buses and some driving.

Are we better to drive to EPCOT, HS, and AKL and then take the bus to MK?

Can anyone tell me if we drive what times you would recommend leaving the hotel for 9 am (830HS) rope drops.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:32 AM   #3088
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Family decided last minute to rent a car so we will be doing some buses and some driving.

Are we better to drive to EPCOT, HS, and AKL and then take the bus to MK?

Can anyone tell me if we drive what times you would recommend leaving the hotel for 9 am (830HS) rope drops.
We rode the buses, and gave at least an hour for transportation and always made it on time. So, for 9am park opening, we would get to the bus stop no later than 8. I don't know about driving time though.
I would actually take the bus to Epcot and HS, and drive to AK and MK. MK buses were the busiest and the longest waits especially in the evening, and I think HS/Ep were the shorter bus rides. (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) We had expected crowd levels of 5/6 the week we were there, so I'm sure time needs to be adjusted if you will be there at a busier time.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:59 AM   #3089
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What if we have character breakfasts at Epcot and AK for 8 am, what time should we board the busses?
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What if we have character breakfasts at Epcot and AK for 8 am, what time should we board the busses?
We had an 8:20 for Crystal Palace one morning and we left the room at 7. We got there with plenty of time to take pictures and checked in for dining about 10 minutes early. Maybe 6:30/6:45? Not positive what time the buses start running.
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