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Old 05-17-2010, 05:23 PM   #91
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Oooh, cool picture of the one animal with the twisted horns! I don't think we ever saw one of those!

Do you see the hidden Mickey in the giraffe in the rocks? (it's right above your mom's head, actually!).
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Jiko looks AMAZING! I'm hungry just looking at your pics!

Love the picture of you and your mom....you both look so nice!

Naked guy??? Can't wait to hear this one...
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:03 PM   #93
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We will be returning to AKL for our 3rd visit in February. We haven't tried Jiko yet, but it's on my list. I'm so glad that you and your mom had a yummy dinner.

A naked guy? This could be good or very, very bad.
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Wow! You got really good food pictures! I like them better without flash. It could look washed out with the flash.

Love the pic of you and your "momsicles"!
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Great start...you and your Mom are beautiful!!!! So sorry you got off to a rocky start but sounds like it's on the up and up! CSR looks beautiful!! The room was soooooo pretty! Can't wait to hear more!! And so glad to hear that your insurance situation was sooo easy for you!
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First, I'm glad your insurance situation was so easy!!

I'm still bummed we just missed each other at the pool that afternoon but the next day made up for it

I of course had the filet at our Jiko meal and it was SO good!! That sauce was divine, I loved sopping it up with the mac and cheese. I was too full to finish the steak and barely had room to eat dessert but I took your recommendation
That was our first Disney meal so I had still had lots of room (you know how as your trip goes along you really don't even feel like eating but the food is so good that you do??). Also, I hadn't eaten much of my lunch I was so hungry! I ate every bite - can you say oink????

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Your meal at Jiko looks delicious! After a not-so-great start (with the heat and crowds) to your trip, I'm glad you finished that evening on a positive note.

I'm not sure I want to know what that cliffhanger is about!
Once we actually got settled at the pool, the rest of the day was great!

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First of all you and your mom looked fabulous!! Loved that picture of you guys in the mirror!!!

Jiko looks so yummy! I so want to eat there! It is on the ADR list for October, I can't wait~
Thanks - I took that picture like 3 times, I just couldn't get it right - finally I gave up and went with the best of the 3!

You'll love Jiko!

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Oooh, cool picture of the one animal with the twisted horns! I don't think we ever saw one of those!

Do you see the hidden Mickey in the giraffe in the rocks? (it's right above your mom's head, actually!).
I thought that animal was really cool too, not sure I've seen one before either.

I had to go back and look for the Mickey, I never noticed it before, but saw it easily after you mentioned it!

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Jiko looks AMAZING! I'm hungry just looking at your pics!

Love the picture of you and your mom....you both look so nice!

Naked guy??? Can't wait to hear this one...
Jiko was really good!

I'll get to the story about the naked guy soon.....
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I hope so...you have an audience dying to hear this story.
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We will be returning to AKL for our 3rd visit in February. We haven't tried Jiko yet, but it's on my list. I'm so glad that you and your mom had a yummy dinner.

A naked guy? This could be good or very, very bad.
AKL is so pretty - I will stay there one day!

He wasn't bad looking..........

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Wow! You got really good food pictures! I like them better without flash. It could look washed out with the flash.

Love the pic of you and your "momsicles"!
I just set my ISO at 1600 and hoped for the best with the food pictures, most of them throughout the week turned out pretty good.

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NO! I definitely did NOT take a picture

Just remember Shocker, if you go looking for a picture - this is a family board.......

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Great start...you and your Mom are beautiful!!!! So sorry you got off to a rocky start but sounds like it's on the up and up! CSR looks beautiful!! The room was soooooo pretty! Can't wait to hear more!! And so glad to hear that your insurance situation was sooo easy for you!
Thanks Kristen, that's very sweet of you to say!

CSR was nice, since I couldn't stay at a Boardwalk hotel like I wanted to, this was the next best thing. We didn't regret our choice at all!

I was surprised that dealing with the insurance company went to easily. Of course, we haven't actually fixed anything yet - it may not be so easy if something runs higher than their estimate.......
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Probably tomorrow..........
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:25 PM   #101
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I have to thank all of you for giving me so many recent hours of such fun reading your trip itineraries. I've enjoyed the pictures and spent time having such good laughs at the witty descriptions of each and every trip.....I had to sign on tonite to tell you all. As this is my maiden post, I will try to learn the tricks of the trade on how to post pictures etc. and make mine eventually as fun to read.
We haven't vacationed in a very long time as one of our daughters is comatosed and cannot travel. It will be 6 years in June that the little angel lapsed into a coma after a 106.8 fever that caused imminent seizures brought upon by encephalitis. Most probably from an insect bite. Source never was fully determined. Our 2 other children have been such troopers to have sacrificed vacations due to our situation. June 28th though, we are GOING TO DISNEY!!!!!! Our little one will be in the capable hands of my parents.....could only leave her with my mom who is also a Registered Nurse as am I.....She requires full time around the clock nursing care. I am a wreck about boarding a plane and leaving her behind, but our 2 other kids really deserve this trip. 4 nights at the Beach club.....10 years ago we stayed at the port orleans, but we decided this trip on a place closer to Epcot. DH insisted on the dining plan....don't know how we'll ever pay off this credit card, but God will provide. It is time for us to make some happy memories. Thank you all again for posting, as I am learning MANY great tips. Happy reading and everyone have a great Spring & Summer!! God bless!!
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Sorry the pool was so crowded-- and GROSS about the nachos. How can they not strain their meat??
Mmmm, I've never had a desire to eat at Jiko, but those filets look delish!! I also love that last picture of you and your mom-- good photo skills, waitress!
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I'm so sorry that the pool was so crowded, that it was hot, and that your CS meal was so bad. Yuck on the grease--I would have been sooo sick to my stomach if I had eaten that! But it sounds like Jiko more than made up for it!! Your food looks AMAZING!!! Great pic of you and your mom!! Naked guy?! YIKES!! Interested to hear that story . . .
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I have to thank all of you for giving me so many recent hours of such fun reading your trip itineraries. I've enjoyed the pictures and spent time having such good laughs at the witty descriptions of each and every trip.....I had to sign on tonite to tell you all. As this is my maiden post, I will try to learn the tricks of the trade on how to post pictures etc. and make mine eventually as fun to read.
We haven't vacationed in a very long time as one of our daughters is comatosed and cannot travel. It will be 6 years in June that the little angel lapsed into a coma after a 106.8 fever that caused imminent seizures brought upon by encephalitis. Most probably from an insect bite. Source never was fully determined. Our 2 other children have been such troopers to have sacrificed vacations due to our situation. June 28th though, we are GOING TO DISNEY!!!!!! Our little one will be in the capable hands of my parents.....could only leave her with my mom who is also a Registered Nurse as am I.....She requires full time around the clock nursing care. I am a wreck about boarding a plane and leaving her behind, but our 2 other kids really deserve this trip. 4 nights at the Beach club.....10 years ago we stayed at the port orleans, but we decided this trip on a place closer to Epcot. DH insisted on the dining plan....don't know how we'll ever pay off this credit card, but God will provide. It is time for us to make some happy memories. Thank you all again for posting, as I am learning MANY great tips. Happy reading and everyone have a great Spring & Summer!! God bless!!
Let me first say that I am so terribly sorry about your daughter. I think the biggest fear all parents have is our child becoming terribly ill, I just can't even put it into words!

You are right though, your other children deserve a fun trip, as do you and your DH. It will help you to relax and recharge, everyone needs and deserves that! And it sounds as though your DD will be in very capable hands with your mother.

I haven't yet stayed at the Beach Club, but it is high on my list of resorts that I want to try, I bet you guys will have a blast at StormAlong Bay! Are you going to do a pre-trip report? If you do, let me know, I'd love to read along with your plans!

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Sorry the pool was so crowded-- and GROSS about the nachos. How can they not strain their meat??
Mmmm, I've never had a desire to eat at Jiko, but those filets look delish!! I also love that last picture of you and your mom-- good photo skills, waitress!
How much does it cost to buy a slotted spoon anyway???

I was nervous before about Jiko, thinking it would be too 'different' for me, but the more reviews I read of it, the more determined I was to give it a try - I'm so glad I did!

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I'm so sorry that the pool was so crowded, that it was hot, and that your CS meal was so bad. Yuck on the grease--I would have been sooo sick to my stomach if I had eaten that! But it sounds like Jiko more than made up for it!! Your food looks AMAZING!!! Great pic of you and your mom!! Naked guy?! YIKES!! Interested to hear that story . . .
I left all of the chips that were soaking in the grease alone and just ate what was on top, but just looking at all of it floating in the bottom of my plate made me a little nauseous. But, yes, Jiko made up for it - it was yummy!

Naked guy story coming up in just a bit...

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Well I just dropped Justin off at the high school for tryouts for the 9th grade summer baseball team (wish him luck!) and Don and Jared have gone to Jared's practice, so I'm sitting here alone in the house - what a perfect time to do an update! I hope to have one up shortly, stay tuned!
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After dinner we wandered outside to check out the overlook areas behind the pool.





We were treated to a few giraffes and lots of flamingos (boy, do they ever stink!)









As we were walking around to another of the overlook areas, I happened to glance to my left, where there were some guest rooms. What did I see but a man standing in his room, curtains open, without a stitch of clothing on! I'm sure my mouth hit the floor, I couldn't believe someone would have room right off the pool and not be smart enough to close his curtains while he was changing. I didn't want to be caught staring, so I quickly looked away (although, the view wasn't terrible ). I told Mom about it once we got a safe distance away, and as we passed by the area again later, she took a peak and said he was now wearing boxers - curtains still open. At first I was giving him the benefit of the doubt, thinking that maybe he had just gotten out of the shower and walked out into the room, not realizing the curtains were open, but since they were still open later and he was still not dressed, I'm thinking that he just didn't care.......

I took a couple more pictures outside





Then we went in and walked around the gift shop for a bit. I didn't want to spend any of my souvie money just yet, so no purchases were made. I did see a super cute key chain, it was 3 Mickey heads that were different animal prints - so cute! I was kicking myself later for not getting it.

After strolling through the gift shop, we made our way to the front of the resort and caught a cab back to CSR. We had a VERY chatty driver. She was on a diet and kept going on and on about how hungry she was, but that she couldn't eat because she had just gotten so fat......seriously, I can still hear her voice, she was so annoying.......

We strolled through the lobby and took a few pictures when we got back and took our time getting back to our room.















It was when we arrived in our room that I realized that I had forgotten to pop into Mara and get some Zebra Domes I was so sad and couldn't believe that I had forgotten to get them. I was just so full from dinner that food was the last thing on my mind!

Anyway, we were beat, it had been a long day and we were ready for bed. And, I must say, the new beds at CSR are super comfortable - I slept great!

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