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Old 05-17-2009, 12:57 PM   #1
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1st Trip to WDW and AKL...w/a few pot holes in the road Day 4 Update

So I am officially back and ready to begin our post trip report. Thanks to everyone who followed along in my pre-trip. What a trip we had. We learned so much...like I am staying on the monorail next time and never flying again. Anyway I am uploading my 300 plus photos and 200 photopass photos and then I will begin with 1 day at a time. Stay tuned for Berte Family's 1st Ever Walt Disney World Vacation!!!

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Me (Amber) 33 Stay at home mom and huge lover of anything Disney. I grew up in California and had annual passes to Disneyland.

DH (Jason) 32 Welder, Farmer, Construction Worker, not a Disney lover. He likes vacations where you do nothing. Loves anything Hawkeyes or sports related.

DD (Jenny) 4 Our princess or diva in training. She cried the night we left Walt Disney World and wants to go back already. Jenny can talk to anyone or anything and will. She has the most random conversations with people and objects.

DS (Austin) 1 My little bugsy. Austin was an angel during our trip. He just smiled, slept and checked out the princesses. He is going to be such a flirt.

We stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge from May 9-16 in a Savannah Room and did the Disney Dining Plan.

May 9 Flight
May 10 MGK Crystal Palace & 1900 Park Fare
May 11 Epcot Tutto Italia & DTD Earls Sandwich
May 12 Epcot Biergarten
May 13 AK Flame Tree BBQ
May 14 DHS Ohana
May 15 MGK BBB & CRT
May 16 Flight
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Old 05-17-2009, 01:17 PM   #2
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subscribing...hope ya'll had a grand time...sorry to hear you were in a nightmare...hope to read your report before I leave in 4 days...

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Old 05-17-2009, 01:52 PM   #3
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Oops 538 photos on my camera that Jason broke...want to hear how. Keep reading???
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:41 PM   #4
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Welcome home! You sure started your report quickly.
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:12 PM   #6
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Sounds like an interesting trip.
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:05 PM   #7
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1st timers worst nightmare... that makes me nervous!
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So excited to hear all about it!
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:00 PM   #9
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Hello! Signing on for what looks to be a great report!!

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Old 05-17-2009, 05:13 PM   #10
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Sorry about your nightmare. Looking forward to hearing about it.
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I'm here, can't wait to get started!

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Old 05-17-2009, 07:41 PM   #12
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Welcome back. I look forward to hearing the details.
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:48 PM   #13
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Anxiously awaiting your TR!!
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Thanks everyone for joining in...

We left on Saturday May 9 from Minneapolis airport. Jenny and I waiting for our flight. It was a balmy 60 degrees, when we touched down the weather in Orlando was nearing 90. What a shock to our system. Although I must say the skies were beautiful!!! This was Austins 1st airplane ride and Jennys second. They both did great. The flight was nice and smooth. A warning...I hate flying more than anything.

So we got off the flight and once I realized we needed to ride the monorail over to the other side for Disney Magical Express we did fine. I was so excited to see this sign:The bus ride over was great. We stop first at the Coronado. We were the 1st in our line...what a difference from what we saw on the way home. I feel bad for anyone standing in that line.

We got to the resort around 6:30. We had done the online check in ahead of time. Not the right choice. There was only one person in front of us and it took forever to check in. When we got the map we headed to our room and opened the door. What did we see but a parking lot. Ugh! We had paid for the Savannah view. So I headed back down to the front desk. The young lady that helped me said oh sorry we are sold out. I told her that I had paid for a Savannah view and either I wanted that or the price difference for a parking view. Seriously...not even the pool view. She decided to move us to the back corner of a long very long hallway. We arrived finally and headed down to the Mara to get some supper. I must admit now I did a horrible job taking food photos. I was so busy trying to get the kids fed that I wouldn't think about it until we were done. So after that we decided to go to bed. It was almost 9 by then and we had been on the road since 6 am. Plus we had Crystal Palace ressies at 8 am the next morning. Stay tuned for our 1st day at the parks.

Oh by the way the gift basket we had ordered for the kiddies with the autograph books, etc. Jenny loved it. Austin just wanted to eat everything inside.
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Ooh! Great start!! I'm looking forward to reading more! I'm so glad we got to meet at AK, we should have planned that one out a little better though! At least we got to ride EE together! Weeeeeeeee! I think I took about 1000 pics between our 2 cameras and our camera phones! That doesn't even include our 150+ photopass pics! Holy Moly!
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