DVC RESALES
DVC RESALES

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Vacation Club > DVC-Mousecellaneous
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-06-2010, 02:45 PM   #1
daisygirl902
DIS Veteran
 
daisygirl902's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 1,961

My way too short solo adventure TR - Funny Airport update...

The Backstory
I'm heading off to the airport at 4 AM AST tomorrow morning for my first ever solo trip to WDW. It's also my first stay since buying DVC. And my first ever attempt at a trip report!! I am hoping to combine all of the elements of trip reports that have loved so far in my time on the Dis...good descriptions and stories, pictures, and FOOD (all in one).

I'm hoping this will be good practice for my epic 16 day Disney wedding trip, for which I want to try to accomplish not only a trip report but a full on "dining report" as well!! Whew - I'm stressed already!

I'll be staying at AKV Jambo in a Savannah Studio. My home resort is BLT but I booked this trip only 18 days ago...so I took what I could get - although to be honest I have been looking for the perfect excuse to stay at AKV!

Who am I?
Why, thanks for asking!

My name is Kelly and I'm 33 years old. I am a fun loving, somewhat crazy Disney lover, and I'm getting married there in September to the best man in the entire world. I'm a bit of a control freak planner, so the fact that I booked this trip only 18 days ago is a stretch for me. I'm a food lover and love the immersive experience that is (in my opinion) very unique to Disney.

I'm heading down to WDW for my wedding planning session, all the way from Nova Scotia! So I'm obviously staying a few extra days...I also did the "give a day get a day" promo, so I have a 1 day park pass.

What's the plan?
Wow, so glad you asked! What a caring and attentive audience you are!

Tomorrow I am expecting to get in around 12:30 and be at Jambo by 1:30 - going to grab a bite to eat (hoping to get there while Saana is still serving lunch) and hang out at the pool for a while till my room is ready, then get checked in and head over to DTD for some chilling out and shopping time (and to eat dinner at EOS!)

Tuesday - Heading to GF (Wedding Pavilion) for my wedding planning session, and then to Boardwalk to do a food tasting...then will probably head back tot he resort for some more pool time. After that it's either back to DTD, Boardwalk, or to another resort for food (or i may just hang out at AKV for the evening).

Wednesday - I think the park I have decided on is MK for the day (I originally said EPCOT but really want to see the Main Street Electrical Parade and new fireworks which start this week). I'm planning to spend all day in the park, eating wherever the need strikes me (although 2 places I really want to try are The Plaza for lunch and Cali Grill for sushi in the evening).

Thursday - back to foggy, rainy, dumb old Nova Scotia (until my wedding trip in just over 3 months )

We'll see as I move thru the week how much this changes. It's only a 3 day trip so it's good TR practice!

Thanks for reading - more tomorrow when I get checked in - LIVE FROM JAMBO!

Last edited by daisygirl902; 06-10-2010 at 10:48 AM.
daisygirl902 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2010, 02:57 PM   #2
cj9200
DIS Dad #412
Double Dog Dare You to post a screaming like a little girl video
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Miami, Fl
Posts: 3,616

Hope you have a great time. Very interested in your take on Jambo AKV.
cj9200 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 06-06-2010, 03:48 PM   #3
VrBchJ
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 847

This sounds as if it will be almost as much for us as it is for you. Enjoy your solo trip and thanks in advance for sharing your adventures with us
VrBchJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2010, 04:48 PM   #4
2BoysMom
Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think
 
2BoysMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: No. Florida
Posts: 729

Cool. I've been following your wedding PTR, and now I have hopped on to here, too. Can't wait!
__________________

PTR & TR-1st trip to Disney, 1st Christmas. Celebrating our new daughter!

Coronado Springs Jan. 2004, Contemporary & POFQ May 2005, POR & Disney cruise Aug. 2005, POFQ Sep. 2006, Ft. Wilderness cabin May 2007, Boardwalk-Christmas Dec 2007, POR March 2008, Ft. Wilderness cabin May 2008, Pop & Coronado Spgs - Halloween Oct. 2008, Offsite-Princess half-marathon March 2009, AsMov spontaneous 1 nighter April 2009, Disney Cruise May/June 2009, Offsite-business trip Jan 2010, Poly-Christmas 2010, Bonnet Creek May 2011, Bonnet Creek - Halloween Oct 2011, Wilderness Lodge 10 yr. Anniversary weekend Jan 2012, POR & Swan /Dolphin Oct 2012.
2BoysMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 01:58 AM   #5
daisygirl902
DIS Veteran
 
daisygirl902's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 1,961

K - so I'd just like to make something very clear...I hate 4 AM A LOT...and every time I decide to book a flight to Orlando I book this same flight.

It's great cause I'm there by lunchtime, but MAN it's brutal! I think I broke records for how many times I lurched awake during the "night" thinking I had slept through my flight only to discover I had been asleep for all of 7 minutes. It was basically as if I set my alarm for 10 PM and pushed snooze all night!

OK enough ranting, thanks for tuning in...next time you hear from me it will be LIVE FROM JAMBO!!!
daisygirl902 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 06:13 AM   #6
bobbiwoz
I'm happy to dance with you
I have 2 opinions
We had tried usual things to keep them away, including something like coyote urine, it is sold in hardware stores by us
 
bobbiwoz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Washington Township OH and Cape May NJ
Posts: 58,140

Have a great trip! Looking forward to reading more.

Bobbi
__________________
bobbiwoz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 03:33 PM   #7
daisygirl902
DIS Veteran
 
daisygirl902's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 1,961

LIVE from JAMBOOOOO!

YAY - I made it and am here! Ok I have to start this by saying I do not regret my DVC membership for a second...I am SO glad I made the purchase at the ripe young age of 33....cause if I get to enjoy accomodations like THIS for the next 50 years I am a lucky woman! For those of you who don't know this - you are reading a chronicle of my first DVC trip ever!!

So the flight was fairly uneventful...I got to the airport at 4:40 AM and had to wait till 5 AM for Tim Horton's to open to get my fix (for those of you not aware of Tim Horton's it's the Canadian stand-by for coffee....I'm quite sure it's laced with something cause it is totally addictive...I can drink 4 or 5 cups of "regular coffee" at home, but my day hasn't started till I have my Tim's).

I got picked not once but twice to be searched by the airport security staff - I guess I looked suspicious with my mickey mouse earrings travelling to the Happiest place on Earth by myself! I am good natured about it though, it's their job, and did I mention I was on my way to the happiest place on earth???

We landed in Orlando to rain - like the torrential downpour type...but by the time I boarded Magical Express I could see little patches of blue sky so I knew I'd see the sun at some point. I was the last stop on the driver's route, but again I'm pretty easygoing so I chatted him up lke crazy and had a good time.

OK so we pull in to AKV....my jaw drops....it's kind of like coming around the corner into a whole new world - a new fantastic point of view...no where to tell us no or where to go.....

Sorry I break into song sometimes....

Where was I?

OK so I get off the bus, speechless (for those of you who know me you are thinking "Yeah right" but it's true). I have seen many pictures of Jambo, but nothing prepared me for walking into the lobby....holy cow it's HUGE! And beautiful. 2 cast members said "Welcome Home" simultaneously as if they had been rehearsing for my arrival - I almost burst into tears of joy.

So they I get to the Online Check in desk...for those of you who say it's not worth it to do online check in, I beg to differ. My room keys and welcome package were ready, AND my room was ready too! Man I felt like I was on top of the world at this point - I was expecting to have to wait around for at least 2 hours (it was 2 PM). So I meander my way to my room - for those people who complain about the sheer size of Jambo, I'd say it definitely doesn't feel as vastly big and spread out as the value resorts, and there I'm lugging my luggage through the sun, not in the AC - so I was happy today. The hallways are pretty dark, but again I am not complaining, I find it quite charming!

So I open my room (5th floor Savannah view, right next to the elevator) and again , my jaw drops...this is a common theme today. Again I saw pictures prior to coming here....and again nothing prepared my for it! I thought I would be feeling a little bit guilty for giving up on POP Century....NOPE! Once I saw simba etched into the stone by the sink, I pretty much forgot POP existed!

I'll post pictures later....here's the funny part. For those who know me (a very small percentage I know) I really am OCD about taking food pics. Like really...no one is allowed to touch their food till I take pics. I was hoping to chronicle my journey in pictures, including food pics...to share with you all....but I was REALLY REALLY hungry by the time I got checked in...called and found out I had 40 minutes to get to Sanaa before they stop serving lunch.

So I truck it over to Jambo and realize I forgot my camera....UGH what a horrible start to this trip report! I got up close and personal with pretty much my favorite animals EVER (giraffes) - while waiting to get seated, and had an AMAZING meal...none of which I have any physical proof of (except an extremely full tummy). But here is how it went down....the waiter comes over (bearing a very strong likeness to Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite fame) and says "Would you like a Mango Lassi to start? - I pretty much did a backflip at this wonderous suggestion....(so I agreed in case you're wondering what that meant). What an amazing concoction! It was frosty but not too much so, sweet and tangy - YUM! It was like mango mixed with sweetened condensed milk then put in a slushie machine...deeelish. I then tried the Lamb Kefta for appetizer - which were spiced lamb meatballs with tamarind sauce with dried papayas mixed in. The most interesting thing about this dish was the flavor of fresh mint throughout....yum! Then I tried the Tandoori Chicken - which was also amazing. It was served on a delicious piece of pita/naan bread, on a bed of frilly lettuce, tomatoes, and fresh mint, and topped off with a yummy yogurt sauce. YUM - loved it!

After finally getting something besides gummy candies in my belly (which are my airplane trusty standby food) I feel much better! I came back over to Jambo, picked up my empty owners locker, and got all unpacked! And now this...whew I'm long winded when I am in a hotel room by myself!!!

Now time to maybe upload a few pics (don't get excited there is a good chance that won't happen till later tonight), go for a swim (that is happening next I do believe), and head to downtown Disney for a while...till I work up enough appetite for a good old sub from Earl of Sandwich!! MMMMMMMMMMM

Thanks for reading!

I love my DVC membership...

Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase...hakuna matata ain't no passing craze....

Last edited by daisygirl902; 06-29-2010 at 11:10 AM.
daisygirl902 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 03:43 PM   #8
daisygirl902
DIS Veteran
 
daisygirl902's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 1,961

AND to top off all this amazingness I just looked up and saw a GIRAFFE right outside my room basically! How freaking cool is this place?

k - I'm done now...I promise....for a while anyways.
daisygirl902 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 05:00 PM   #9
disney1474
DIS Veteran
 
disney1474's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 600

We love AKV and are happy it's our home resort
Don't forget to go down and try out those night vision goggles. To see the animals at night is really cool. Have a great trip and I can't wait for more pictures
__________________


DVC MEMBERS AT AKV SINCE MAY 2007
disney1474 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 05:20 PM   #10
daisygirl902
DIS Veteran
 
daisygirl902's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 1,961

Night Vision Goggles!! Holy I would have totally forgotten - thanks!

Well I went swimming, and sat on my patio making friends with my new pet giraffe...now time to get some pictures up here then off to DTD for a while.

This is me at 4:53 AM waiting for coffee...not too happy.


Now I'm happy - I am on the Magical Express Bus!!


Room Shots!!







Last edited by daisygirl902; 06-07-2010 at 09:01 PM.
daisygirl902 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 05:20 PM   #11
lilpooh108
DIS Veteran
 
lilpooh108's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Depends on the moment
Posts: 4,247

How fun! Have a great time planning your wedding down there! My brother and sis in law were married at DLR and they had such a great time meeting all the wedding planners and planning their magical disney wedding...look forward to reading more of your TR and seeing some pics!
lilpooh108 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 05:28 PM   #12
daisygirl902
DIS Veteran
 
daisygirl902's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 1,961

More Room Pics - sorry I got a bit camera happy....did I mention this is my first time here? and that I love it? While those photos were processing I went out on my patio again and there are some new friends that have joined me....3 zebras!! YAY!





This is my favorite thing in the room so far!




Savannah View - this is before all the animals came out....sorry! But you get the gist I'm sure - you are intelligent adults...just insert a giraffe and a couple of zebras! And some Warthogs!







Now off to enjoy a bit more Disney Magic!

Last edited by daisygirl902; 06-08-2010 at 04:21 PM.
daisygirl902 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 05:35 PM   #13
DizGirl20
DIS Veteran
 
DizGirl20's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,437

Quote:
Originally Posted by daisygirl902 View Post
K - so I'd just like to make something very clear...I hate 4 AM A LOT...and every time I decide to book a flight to Orlando I book this same flight.

It's great cause I'm there by lunchtime, but MAN it's brutal! I think I broke records for how many times I lurched awake during the "night" thinking I had slept through my flight only to discover I had been asleep for all of 7 minutes. It was basically as if I set my alarm for 10 PM and pushed snooze all night!

OK enough ranting, thanks for tuning in...next time you hear from me it will be LIVE FROM JAMBO!!!
OMG I do the SAME thing... or used to do the same thing until I decided we can take a later flight.

Lovin' your TR! Have a nice dinner at EOS!
__________________
DizGirl20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 05:42 PM   #14
Boardwalk_bride
Married in WDW :)
 
Boardwalk_bride's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 2,030

Wohhoo! I'm glad you made it to WDW safely! I love AKV....I need to go back, now! I hope you have an amazing time at your planning session tomorrow! I cannot wait to hear all about it!
__________________
Boardwalk_bride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 05:47 PM   #15
athenna
DIS Veteran

I've been waiting a long time for a new, really, cool tag..., but I was hit by a drive by tagging instead!
 
athenna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: On board w/Captain Turner
Posts: 5,463

Great report! I am so enjoying it!
Funny, I bought a small add on @ AKLV (75pts) specifically for my solo trips, but then I got engaged in January and havent taken a solo trip there yet
__________________

I got engaged 1/24/10 in Epcot
athenna is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

DVC-Resales.com | 1-800-550-6493 (Contact The Timeshare Store) | DVC Resale Listings

facebooktwittergoogle plus youtube itunesDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:44 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.