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Old 12-19-2008, 10:54 PM   #1
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1st Trip Home AKV Adding Pictures page 2

We have enjoyed others trip reports so much that we decided to do one for our first trip home. Reading other TRs has us so excited to go that my husband has already packed. (He never packs until the night before, and somehow always manages to forget his tooth brush or something else) I made a calendar (with my scrapbook cricut machine) that has all of our days and our dining reservations on it.

Well we have gone to WDW twice since Easter of 2007 and have fallen in love. (Not with each other but with disney! We love each other too! ) My husband turned into a child and we wondered why it took us this long to find the place. We will be celebrating our 15th anniversary over the holidays. We had gone to Disneyland when we first started dating but haven't returned since. After going to WDW last Christmas with my father and mother in-law we decided it was crazy to keep paying cash if we were planning on returning. We flew down to Disneyland this past May for the Getaway days Travel Expo and bought 160 points to AKV.

Now to ask all of you experts for help. We are staying in a studio room and I have some questions. Do they provide dish detergent in the studio rooms too? Is it still true that we can do laundry for free on the fifth floor? I am planningg on packing laundry detergent. I remember reading so many things in the past eight months of planning that I have forgotten what I read.

By the way, just in case you are interested it is -28 degrees celsius with the windchill (-18.4F) outside here in Calgary. So looking forward to the nice weather. I wonder what the weather will be for us this year.

Can you walk over to Kidani yet to take a look?

The only problem right now is my daughter seems to have developed a runny nose and some congestion in her throat.
Anyways, any suggestions and help would be appreciated.

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Old 12-20-2008, 04:55 AM   #2
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Hi Lorraine,

Congrats on your trip home! We will be trying AKV in 41 days!!
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:36 PM   #3
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Have a wonderfully warm trip, I figure any temp in Orlando will be warmer for you.

I believe the laundry facilities are free, you'll just need to buy or bring laundry detergent. I've only stayed in a studio once and if my memory is working there was dish soap. Luckily we travel with quite a few family members so we're usually in a 2 bdrm. Gotta have that washer/dryer!

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Old 12-20-2008, 11:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies

It is so different for us this time because it will be the first as DVC members. We now know that we will be returning at least every other year. With the incentive points we are using for this trip we have already started to plan our next trip for the summmer.

Good to know that we don't have to bring dish soap. I actually tried to buy some of the little boxes of laundry detergent but my daughter has eczema and they don't have the non-perfumed kind that she needs. I plan on just bringing a small bottle of her own stuff that I use.

We just purchased tickets for our trip planned in July. We tentatively had booked July 12 to July 24 to celebrate my DD six birthday. The other day Westjet had a seat sale for $209 and we booked it. I'm always so jealous when I hear about others getting such cheap flights from other parts of the US.

I'm going to finish my calendar tonight and hopefully take a picture for others to see. My husband is a visual person and needs to see everything down on paper.

Still a cold -28 out here in the North Pole as I call it. Off to finish my calendar and check to make sure I haven't forgotten anything in my planning. Does anyone have a packing list for going to WDW in the winter? I always think that I am going to forget something.

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Old 12-21-2008, 01:19 AM   #5
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Trip Calendar

I took a couple of pictures of the calendar that my daughter and I made together. It has our reservations listed, EMM and EME park days, and proposed park days.




Can anyone please help me post pictures that are larger? I would love to post some pictures for our trip but they seem so small. I have seen others that have a full screen picture.
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:22 AM   #6
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I didn't do laundry, but peaked into the 5th floor laundry room at AKV earlier this month, and it looked like a nice room. You'll need your room key to enter.
The washers may be the front end loaders, and the special liquid detergent works best in them. I hope someone here has used them and knows for sure.
The studios have the liquid dish soap.
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:23 AM   #7
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Hope you have a great trip!
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Old 12-21-2008, 04:35 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info on the laundry room and the good trip wishes. Where is the laundry room that is on the fifth floor? I had read somewhere tha tis was close to the lobby. Is the door actually labeled laundry facilities?

So my husband seems to be so much more excited for this trip than I have ever seen him before. Here are some of the things that are must do's that we either missed the last two times that we went down or want to do again.

#1 Wake up Tinkerbell
#2 Be the first to ride with Goofy on the brainstormer rollercoaster
#3 Have a cool candy made in Japan by the candy lady
#4 Take a picture with Mulan and Mushu
#5 Take a picture with Lightning McQueen and Mater
#6 Ride Toy Story Mania (As long as the wait isn't too long) (Any tips would be appreciated)
#7 Make a marshmallow treat at Goofy's Candy Company
#8 Eat a Dole Whip
#9 Have a Mickey ice cream (DH and DD favorite) and a Mickey ice cream sandwich (Mine and DS favorite)
#10 Dance at Disney's Playhouse

I think that I could just keep going but I'll stop here. I guess we really just want to do everything together and have fun.

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Old 12-21-2008, 05:04 PM   #9
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The laundry room is labeled as guest laundry...it's very easy to find. If you are on the fifth floor and in the lobby area, go to the back of the lobby (toward the savannah), go to the hallway that's on the right, and it's one of the first rooms on the right.

I was with my DGD in November and for the first time saw Mushu, but he had to leave, so she only had her picture taken with Mulan, but that was a first for her, too! We also had our first trip to Disney's Playhouse at DHS.

Enjoy your trip. I'm as excited about our upcoming NYE trip as I've ever been for any vacation. It's really magic!!!

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Old 12-22-2008, 01:10 AM   #10
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Hi Bobbi,
Thanks for the reply.
Did you enjoy the Disney Playhouse show?

We are going to the MK fireworks on Dec 30 and probably going to avoid it on Dec 31. I'm not sure what the crowds will be like and if the kids will even last.

Have a great trip! I see that you are also counting down with single digits.

We just packed another suitcase tonight and now it is all the little things and of course my own clothes. I always pack mine at the end because I like to check the weather. I always tend to take too much and this time I want to take just enough and do laundry.

Too tired to write today because it is almost one in the morning. The kids did eat their chocolates on their Princess and Lightning McQueen advent calendars. (We cheated and they also ate a few of the New Years count down ones since we will be in DW)

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Looking forward to your TR. We head down for our first stay at AKV from 1/1-1/4.
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:07 PM   #12
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Hey Marvali,
Isn't it exciting to be going at this time of year. I noticed in your sig that you are going again in the summer. We have never gone in the summer but are also planning a trip in July.

Can't wait!
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Old 12-22-2008, 05:09 PM   #13
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Have a great trip...we are staying AKV for two nights in Feb. just did an add on there!
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:17 AM   #14
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Hey Tinerkerbell Crafter,
I sure wish we could do an add-on but not in this economy. We feel so lucky already that we bought back in May when money was at par.

I think that once we arrive at AKV on Christmas day I will make a new thread on the Trip Report thread (that I didn't know even existed, my DH gave me trouble for starting one here)

We are basically totally packed for our trip with six pieces of luggage (three of them are empty though) We always seem to find good deals at the outlets and stock up on the kids clothes.

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Old 12-23-2008, 04:48 AM   #15
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That is awesome!! LOL!! DH always tries to pack a suitcase in a suitcase for that purpose! Besides, this is DVC trip report...thats ok! LOL! BTW, be careful with the laundry soap....in 2005, we were there for two weeks at VWL and I had packed laundry soap because I have sensitive skin and was trying to save money....DH and his friend were picking on me.."doesn't Fl. have soap?" any way, when we got to Orlando, pulled our suitcases off the claim carousel, my DH husband smelled the soap and the bottle had built pressure up and exploded on the inside of the bag. I even had it in a ziploc...thank goodness it was near the end and only a few things caught all of the liquid!!! Can you say hand rinse? LOL!! Make sure it is really sealed and enclosed!! Airplane pressure....I never pack liquid soap...just wait until I am there and go to the store, if need be.
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