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Old 08-01-2008, 09:50 PM   #1
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OKW Trip Report - Back Home (Links Fixed - More pics added-08/18)

We arrived yesterday (7/31) around 8:00PM. We were a little late leaving and then ran into about three different severe rainstorms on the way that slowed our arrival. We had a great experience at check-in. We were supposed to originally arrive today but were able to add another day on the front end of our trip. We couldn't get the same booking for both ressies so we were going to have to move after the first night. However, they were able to work it out for us to start out in our original room so we wouldn't have to change rooms (thanks Mica, you're the best!). We are in Bldg 54 which works great because we wanted to be in one of the higher numbered buildings that had the second door to the bathroom in the one bedroom villa.

We decided to hang around the resort after our long drive and ended up eating at Olivia's. Service was very good, and our meals were wonderful, even though it was getting close to closing time. I had the pork chop with mashed sweet potatoes and spinach with onions. Very good! DS11 and DW shared the shrimp penne pasta. They both said it was wonderful. DS15 had the Key West Steak Salad. He thought it was okay, but probably wouldn't order again. He loved his strawberry smoothie though. DS19 had the prime rib and liked it very much. The Olivia potatoes were also very good.

We headed out early this morning for rope drop at DHS, which was at 8:00AM for MEMH. We got our APs and DDE card and were waiting at the rope when it dropped. We got fast passes for TSM and then rode it before heading off to RnR. We were in line for ToT by 9:00 when the park opened for everyone else. We had lunch at 50s Prime Time. I had the Pot Roast and agree with most reviews I've seen; it was fantastic. DS15 had the chargrilled chicken sandwich, and DW and DS11 each had the stacked ham sandwich and thought they were good. DS19 had the fish sandwich and salad. He said it was good, but he tried my pot roast (his other choice) and wished he had ordered it instead. Sorry no pics so far, but we didn't take the camera out today. We decided to end our day a little early today so we can rest up for tomorrow. We plan to head out early to AK and we have a late ressie at Boma for dinner.

I will try to keep the trip report updated but so far we have had a problem with the High speed internet connection, so doing this dial-up. I will check tomorrow to see if phone charges show up on my bill. If not I will try to update regularly.

OKW is a great resort. We are very pleased with everything so far. It is a large resort that is spread out pretty good, but it still is only about a five minute walk up to HH. We had great bus service today (got lucky each time I guess as we walked up about the time the bus arrived at the resort and at DHS. The park didn't seem all that crowded today, but about the time we got done with lunch it was raining so I don't know if that held the crowds down some. We never waited more than about 30 minutes for anything, but we also made good use of fastpasses. It is very humid right now with all the rain.
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:35 PM   #2
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I'm glad the check in worked out for you. Have a great trip, and I'll keep an eye out for your updates!

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Sounds like things improved after your drive down Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip. We're trying OKW for the first time after Thanksgiving so I'd love to hear all about your experiences there
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Thanks for the report. Looking forward to hearing more.

Glad to hear check in went well and that you are happy with OKW. We love it there.

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Old 08-02-2008, 03:51 AM   #7
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Thanks for sharing. Everything sounds wonderful. Looking forward to reading more of your trip report.

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Sounds like a great trip so far. Can't wait to hear more! Enjoy!
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What did you think of TSM? We did it on our July trip and LOVED it!!
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Old 08-02-2008, 04:43 PM   #11
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Thanks for reading along everyone. Today we decided not to be in such a rush to get to AK. We got up and headed up to the HH to pick up a couple of things before heading to the park. We decided to have breakfast at Olivia's. It was as pleasant of an experience as we had our first night. Jerry did a wonderful job of taking care of us. DS11 had the silver dollar pancakes and I had pancakes with sausage because we figured his wouldn't be that much and he might like a little more, so I was going to share. No need to worry as he had three pancakes almost the size of mine. They were very good, and very hot. The sausage was good too. My other two DSs had the Olivia's breakfast and thought it was very good. I managed to sneak some of their potatoes, which were very good. DW had the ham and cheese omelet and let me try a bite. We both agreed she made a good choice.

Our wait for the bus to AK was only about 5-10 minutes and we were at the park within 30 minutes after a quick stop at BB. We headed into the park and went with the "everyone goes right so go left philosophy. That took us to Camp Minnie Mickey first and DS11 had his autograph book today, so we decided to check out the four characters there. The lines were very short as even at around 10:20 there weren't that many people there yet, at least not in that area of the park. We saw Goofy first so I could get me a picture with the DIS Dad's Club mascot. Next we visited Minnie, then Mickey, and finally got around to Donald. All of the lines were rather short and didn't take long, but as we walked up to where Donald was we saw a most welcome site....The Dream Team! There were three of them there and every few people got Dream Lanyards, including the family in front of us, but we didn't.

However, as we headed down the exit one of them awarded us with Dream Fastpasses!!!! It was so nice to go around the park taking our time and doing things as we got to them. DW and I even relented and used our fastpass for Primeval Whirl since the DSs didn't want to let us off the hook on that one. ITTBAB was wonderful even having seen it before. It is one of my favorite 3D shows, right after Mickey's Philharmagic. EE and Dinosaur were great as usual, and we left KRR until last in case we got real wet and sure enough I was on the side that went down the hill backwards for the first time....and got absolutely soaked. It was a fun ride back in the AC on the bus.....brrrrr.

We are relaxing for a while and then heading out to our ADR at Boma for a late dinner. I took some pics today already and plan to take the camera with us to dinner so I can take some more of our AKV home, and hopefully the new construction at Kidani. Will try to update later.

For the person who asked about TSM, we thought it was pretty good but not sure it is worth all the trouble that is involved with the popularity right now. I'm sure when we head back to DHS we will fastpass it and ride again as it is a good addition. I think that there was just so much hype about it and with the popularity it is hard to live up to it all. Or maybe it is just we need to do it more so we score a little higher....
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Old 08-04-2008, 01:37 PM   #13
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Well we had our first trying experience with buses, but I think it was mostly of our own doing. We didnít have to wait long at the South Point bus stop for a bus but the first one to come along was to DTD and I figured we should be able to go there and catch another bus to AKL for our ADR. We got to DTD and it just happened that a bus to AKL was around from where we got dropped off. We hurried and managed to catch it, so all was going well. The only problem is the bus from DTD has a few stops on the way. It stopped again at DTD on the West side (I think; the side with Planet Hollywood, DQ, etc.) When we got there, they were changing drivers (seemed to be a common place for it since many other drivers were walking around the area and seemed to be looking for the bus they were going to drive. Then our new bus driver had a hard time getting the rear doors to close. We finally got underway and had a stop at TL.

AKL isnít a short ride and Iím not sure the bus driver had done it many times since he slowed down to see if he should turn in a couple of times at maintenance/service entries before finally getting there. Itís a good thing we gave ourselves lots of time because we were an hour from when we first left until we finally arrived.

It was well worth the wait. We checked in and were actually seated about 5 minutes before our 8:30 ADR. Our Dinner at Boma was fantastic and our server Dilly was wonderful. (Side note: I took lots of pictures of this meal, and now have lots of pictures of our trip but posting will have to wait until we get back home since I forgot to grab the download cable for the camera from the desk where I normally use it.)

I told the DSs on the way that they needed to take this opportunity to be adventurous and try some new things first before resorting to the old standbys. I waited to take pictures while DW and DSs went to explore the buffet. DS11 was the first to return and he chose to stay with the safe itemsÖ.mac and cheese and pasta with sauce and meatballs (he did finally go back and be a little more adventurous and found some other items he liked as well). Everyone else came back with plates with a variety of foods on them. I finally got my turn and since the main line where the meats were was so long I started with the other sections. I tried small samples of a lot of items including couscous (Moroccan or something in the name), coconut rice, pap, a pasta salad (heavy yellow sauce that I figured was honey mustard in nature), fresh fruit that looked too good to pass up, and a few other things. Pap tasted a little like sweet potato but was a little bland I thought. Still, I expected from other reviews I had read it would remind me of poi (which I think is like eating paste) but it was okay. Everything I tried was good except I didnít care for the couscous (just donít like the texture of it but the flavor was okay).

Then I braved the long line for the meat. This is where you find mealie bread, bobotie, potatoes with afritude, and fire roasted meats. This night they had prime rib, barbecue ribs, seasoned whole chicken, and nut crusted salmon (plus a few other things I had no room to add to my plate). It was all wonderful. Mealie bread tastes like slightly sweet cornbread to me, and bobotie is some type of ground meat with breading on top. DS15 in particular asked me if I tried it and the salmon, so I know he liked both of those. Everyone seemed to enjoy everything except DS19 who Iím not sure knows what any of it tasted like since he was more interested in enjoying the scenery that kept passing by our table.

We finally made the trip to the desert bar and I got a little of most everything there. DSs seemed to like the pineapple upside down cheesecake and DS11 highly recommends the chocolate chip cookies. There were a few items that they say contain alcohol but donít remember any type of strong alcohol taste. I think the pineapple item the DSs enjoyed was about the only think I didnít try (only because my plate was full and I knew they had already tried them and liked). I liked the strawberry tartlets, but DS15 didn't like the texture of the shells. DW liked the zebra domes. I would recommend everything. They were all very good.

My only regrets about this trip is that we didn't get there sooner. Since we bought in at AKV I wanted to explore more and possibly get some pictures of the construction at Kidani. As it was, I was only able to get a couple of pictures at the pool while we waited to be seated, and by the time we were finished it was too dark.
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We decided to slow down a little and spend some time by the pool and do a park later on for our Sunday. They did a pool party in the afternoon at OKW and DS11 participated quite a bit. We got cleaned up and decided to head to MK even though it is supposed to be a heavy crowd day of the week. It was starting to get cloudy so I was hoping many people would leave. Somehow I missed the fact that MK also had EEMH so we were looking at a double whammy.

As a side note, we had a new issue with the buses. I told everyone we would take the first bus that came for either MK or Epcot (since we could catch the monorail from there to MK). A MK bus came about 5 minutes after we got to the bus stop and we headed out. When we got to HH there were two ladies in the motorized scooters who needed to be boarded. Most of us were up towards the front of the bus but DS15 sat alone beside the back door where the ramp is. They moved some people and let the ladies ride onto the bus. The first lady did an expert job of parking. When the second lady rode up on the bus she was trying to back up her scooter and get it into place. When she went to make her final maneuver she was looking back but hit forward....and crashed right into DS15. He got a small rub on his knee but he is okay. She was very apologetic.

DS11 didn't get to see Spectromagic or Wishes last year because the night we had planned to see it we stood in pouring rain and they finally cancelled it. As late as we were heading into the park we wanted to maybe catch HM real quick and then just camp out for a good viewing spot. We walked in the park and it didn't appear that crowded, and a lot of people seemed to be leaving about the time we arrived. We headed left and decided to ride PotC since wait time was about 10 minutes. We went in the left line but many before us had chosen the same thing so we had a little longer wait. Turned out there was almost nobody in the right line but oh well.

We left PotC and headed to HM since it was closed last year when we were here. The line was pretty long down the sidewalk so we decided to wait and go find our spot for Spectromagic and Wishes. We got some food from Casey's and struck up conversation with the people sitting around us. The parade and fireworks were spectacular as usual. I got a lot of pics so will post when I get home.

A lot of people left after Spectromagic and when the fireworks finished we headed against the crowd towards Liberty Square to try and beat the crowd to HM. We made it fairly quickly and were one of the first few in line at the closed outer doors. We had about a five minute wait and we headed in and enjoyed the ride. DS11 enjoyed it for the first time. After that we knew we only had a few minutes left before the park closed at 11. We headed to BTMRR and the sign said 60 minute wait in standby, but the people we could see were moving along really well so we decided to go for it. We didn't stop walking until we got almost to where you board the ride. We got right on in just a few minutes. That is the first time we have ridden at night and we all thought it made the ride even better. When we came out of the exit and went back past the entrance they had changed the sign to 10 minute wait.

We had a few minutes before closing......could we possibly squeeze Splash Mountain in also??? We headed over and the wait was longer but we figured since they weren't holding the line we would be okay. We were getting pretty close when 11 rolled around and I innocently asked the CM we were beside at the time "what time does the park close?" He looked at me and gave me my first clue that we had goofed......."2:00 am for resort guests! We were excited to hear this and went out after the ride to get our armbands. We went through Fantasyland and rode PPF (still a popular ride with 20 minute wait), did Philharmagic with about a 5 minute wait and headed for Tomorrowland. DSs saw the tea cups and since there was basically no line they decided to ride.

We then headed to Space Mountain and it had a 60 minute wait. The line was all he way to the entrance and probably took every bit of the 60 minutes. There was probably a couple hundred people who passed us in the fastpass line, but since we weren't aware of being able to stay late there weren't any left to get. After we finally rode we hit Buzz Lightyear and then decided to head home.

We made a quick stop at Main Street Bakery and got some cinnamon rolls. I guess DSs impressed the CM serving us so she granted them a wish and handed them a large chocolate chip cookie for free.

It was a late night so we decided to sleep in and start slowly today. We are getting ready to head out to Epcot soon so more later.
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Sounds like you're having a great time!

My DS11 had a great time at the Sunday pool party at SSR when we were there in June. He even won the hula hoop contest I'm guessing that the party at OKW is similar, contests, games, singing?

I love dinner at Boma I'm hungry now after reading your report

Can't wait to hear more! Enjoy your day at Epcot
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