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Old 05-08-2009, 09:32 AM   #46
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Thanks for the fresh update! I'm glad you had a good day despite the heat. That is nice you got in at Teppan Edo - I'm assuming without an ADR? That's great for you!! Continue to have a wonderful vacation.
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Old 05-08-2009, 10:04 AM   #47
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Diane,

Thanks for letting me live vicariously though your trip report. Would you please post a picture of your new capris. I want to make a pair before we go in Sept.

I don't think you are boring at all, it sounds wonderful. I am trying to wonder what 94 feels like??
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Old 05-08-2009, 03:01 PM   #48
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Diane, you killing me. Only 5 more days.
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Old 05-08-2009, 04:55 PM   #49
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Sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Also, thank you for your Buzz tips! I am always looking for improvement and bragging rights over my nieces/nephews!!
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Day 4:
Today we went to Animal Kingdom. We are really getting lazy in our old age! In the past we would be up and out before 8, but even with just the two of us, we aren’t making it out of the villa before 9, and it’s usually 9:15.

Dick doesn’t do roller coasters, so when it’s just the two of us, I don’t subject him to sitting on the sidelines waiting for me to ride them. That means we don’t have to get to the heavy duty rides early when it’s just the two of us. We started out by going to the first Finding Nemo the Musical performance of the day. This show is so fantastic, and I could see it every day and not get tired of it. In the past we felt that way about the Hunchback show that used to be at the Studios. Anyway, the theater wasn’t full, and we had great seats.

After Nemo it was time for a Safari, and the heat already at that time of the morning was getting oppressive. We didn’t see many of the bigger animals, and most of them were hanging in the shadows.

After The safari it was noon, so we hit our favorite Flame Tree BBQ for a quick lunch. While there, a friend from home called, and it turned out they were also in the park and standing in line at Flame Tree. We met up with them and after a nice lunch and chat we all 4 headed for the Flights of Wonder show. They also accompanied us through the Asia Trek, and by the time we finished that, it was time to head back to OKW to cool off, pick up a few groceries and get ready for our dinner at Jiko.

On the way to our dinner reservation, we decided to take a quick look at Kidani. The inside is much like Jambo, but I have to say the outside is a bit underwhelming. I was expecting it to have the “WOW” factor that the main lodge does, but it really looks a bit like a Holiday Inn from the parking lot side. Of course, it will look a lot better when the vegetation grows in a bit. The Library is wonderful, and I really liked the fire pit area, but the lobby was a disappointment.

Dinner at Jiko was wonderful food as always, but the dining plan is really starting to annoy me. When it first opened, Jiko was a wonderful “date” type special evening. Now it’s full of screaming little kids who don’t want to be there. I don’t mean that to sound anti child in a place like Disney that is made for Children, but people need to think a bit about where they take toddlers. I suppose this was particularly noticeable to us since we had a shrieker right behind us. It was so loud we couldn’t even carry on a conversation. Now there were plenty of well behaved children there too, and it’s a great way to introduce children to fine dining, but it really isn’t a place for the under 3 set. Okay…off the soap box.
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:25 PM   #51
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Enjoying your report. I don't think your days are boring. My DH says that he would love those kind of days at WDW.
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Old 05-09-2009, 12:07 AM   #52
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Hi Diane, thanks for the dose of Disney. We got some needed rain finally back here tonight. Was wondering if you have gone in May before-is it always that hot already? Our kids are getting older so we are starting to think about off peak times to visit.
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:58 AM   #53
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Hi Diane, thanks for the dose of Disney. We got some needed rain finally back here tonight. Was wondering if you have gone in May before-is it always that hot already? Our kids are getting older so we are starting to think about off peak times to visit.
Yes, we did Flower and Garden in May a couple years ago, and it was mostly in the 80's. I'm told this heat is unusualy for this early.
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We have new neighbors next door in the studio portion of what would be this two bedroom lock off. I wouldn't have noticed, but they moved in last evening while we were sitting here waiting to leave for our dinner reservations. We were both typing away on our computers when we heard someone open the connecting door on the studio side of the unit. Then they started to turn the knob on our side, and the door actually started to open! It startled me, and I quickly jumped up and pushed it shut and locked it. I thought perhaps it was kids, but this morning while I was sitting here posting , I looked up and an old man was leaning over the railing of the balcony next door looking in our living room window at me.

Who does that kind of stuff on vacation??? Things don't bother me much, but I have to admit I'm a bit wierded out by that. The door thing alone woujld have been forgotten by me, and I didn't think it important enough to mention here when I was posting last night, but combined with what happened this morning just makes me a bit uncomfortable.
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:47 AM   #55
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Ok - I would have been freaked out totally and I think it should be mentioned to someone. I agree the door thing would not have bothered me - as Diane said I would have assumed kids - but the peeping -NO!!!!

And as a parent of a 2 and 5 year old - we CAREFULLY consider all our dining locations - even at Disney. Because it is not only unpleasant for other guests, it is also for us and our girls. Nothing says I won't try that again like being forced to sit at a resturaunt when you are exhausted and over stimulated!!! That being said I am guilty of cancelling ressies late if our girls are just not in a good mood.

I am LOVING your TR and look forward to your updates!!!
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We have new neighbors next door in the studio portion of what would be this two bedroom lock off. I wouldn't have noticed, but they moved in last evening while we were sitting here waiting to leave for our dinner reservations. We were both typing away on our computers when we heard someone open the connecting door on the studio side of the unit. Then they started to turn the knob on our side, and the door actually started to open! It startled me, and I quickly jumped up and pushed it shut and locked it. I thought perhaps it was kids, but this morning while I was sitting here posting , I looked up and an old man was leaning over the railing of the balcony next door looking in our living room window at me.

Who does that kind of stuff on vacation??? Things don't bother me much, but I have to admit I'm a bit wierded out by that. The door thing alone woujld have been forgotten by me, and I didn't think it important enough to mention here when I was posting last night, but combined with what happened this morning just makes me a bit uncomfortable.

What is up with that? I wonder if they are just curious as to what your unit looks like. Both the door handle and the looking over the balcony thing would really bother me. Then everytime I walked into the living room I would constantly be worried that someone was trying to watch me through all of those gorgeous windows and blinds. And I like to leave them open during the day to let in all of the Florida sun. Sorry you have to deal with that! How long are you staying? Maybe they will only be there for a couple of days....wishful thinking....
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Now that is just creepy!
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We have new neighbors next door in the studio portion of what would be this two bedroom lock off. I wouldn't have noticed, but they moved in last evening while we were sitting here waiting to leave for our dinner reservations. We were both typing away on our computers when we heard someone open the connecting door on the studio side of the unit. Then they started to turn the knob on our side, and the door actually started to open! It startled me, and I quickly jumped up and pushed it shut and locked it. I thought perhaps it was kids, but this morning while I was sitting here posting , I looked up and an old man was leaning over the railing of the balcony next door looking in our living room window at me.

Who does that kind of stuff on vacation??? Things don't bother me much, but I have to admit I'm a bit wierded out by that. The door thing alone woujld have been forgotten by me, and I didn't think it important enough to mention here when I was posting last night, but combined with what happened this morning just makes me a bit uncomfortable.

Wow!! Note to self-next time we're in a lock-off, make sure the door is LOCKED!

We, too, have been many times (close to 10) in May, and never encountered such hot weather. The other night, when I hitched a ride on a golf cart from a CM, he told me that it's about 10 degrees warmer than normal this week. Is it time to go back yet? Diane, the Mud Slides at Gurgling Suitcase are delicious (at least the ones with ice cream).
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[QUOTE=dianeschlicht;31701848]Day 2:
We took advantage of the low crowds and did a couple of games of Buzz Lightyear just walking right on. The first game we got “stuck” with our car in the volcano room and discovered a “trick”. If you hit the target at the top of the volcano, it is worth 100,000 points!
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I mentioned this to my kids and they both said "Dah, we knew that already". Well, hello, pass this kind of info along please!!!
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Buzz Lightyear tip: In the first room, just before you enter the Volcano room. Look up. There is a target on the ceiling worth 100,000 points. I usually try to hit it two or three times before I start aiming at the volcano. Also, don't forget about the back of the robot's hand. That is also 100,000 points.

And don't forget about the lowest target under Zurg the first time you see him.

When you are in the tunnel room, aim at the spaceship that is darting around. You can get points there, too.

I'm loving your trip report, Diane. It sounds kind of like us.
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