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Old 11-15-2010, 11:09 PM   #1
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No kids; AKV/BWV split stay; V&A; BM Tour; Lots of pics & video

This will be my second trip report (1st at link below) but my first pre-trip report. I hope all are as kind and forgiving as the first time around.

DW and I have been to WDW a couple of times together and a few times separately before we met. All of our family loves Disney but I am the official "nut" in the family. I love to plan the trips almost as much as the trip itself and the family members are happy to let me do everything. I ask what they want to do and go from there. They just show up and have fun. If I didn't enjoy planning the trips so much I would say there's a slight imbalance in this formula!

Last year at this time we took a leap and purchased a small DVC contract at OKW. From that purchase, we planned our trip this past May for DW and myself, DS1, DD and DDbf staying in a 2br at OKW. There's a disease among DVC owners called "addonitis". It seems that no matter how many points you have, you're always wanting more. I was struck by this dreaded disease and we found another small contract at BWV. From that purchase, we made reservations for this trip 11/28-12/04/10 before we made the May trip! I told you it was a disease! I promise not to succumb again before this trip and since it is less than two weeks away, I might just make it this time!

Here is the makeup of our Disney family.... DH-55, DW-47, DS1-26, DS2-26 and DD-22. DS2 lives in CA and DS1 lives in AL. DD is in her last year of college and will be heading to medical school next fall. DW and I will soon be empty nesters. We are BIG Saints fans (hence the screen name) but that only takes up 10 Sundays a year for home games during the regular NFL season. Grandchildren are not in the near future so Disney trips seemed like a great way for DW and I to spend our time until we can start taking our children's rug rats years from now. This will be our second trip without any kids. The first was in 1985 just before DW had her 1st back surgery. We might not know how to behave without the children but I'm sure we'll manage some how!

Here are DW and I during our May, 2010 trip....


We are trying to stay in as many of the DVC resorts as possible before the disease strikes again in order to experience them all. Therefore, for this trip, we are doing a split stay. From 11/28-12/01 we have a studio at AKV-Kidani and then from 12/01-12/04/10 we will be in a studio at BWV. We are on a waitlist for a 1br at BWV but I doubt it will come through at this late date. Because it is just DW and I this trip, we plan to take it easy, eat, take a tour, eat, visit other resorts, eat, check out all the Christmas decorations and then eat. See the pattern developing here? Here is our schedule so far....

11/28 (Sun) Arrive at AKV mid-afternoon. ADR at Jiko-9:00.
11/29 (Mon) Resort hop during the day. ADR at Victoria & Alberts-8:30.
11/30 (Tue) AK early and then MK after lunch. ADR at Crystal Palace-6:20. Fireworks and then MVMCP.
12/01 (Wed) Move to BWV. EP for the day. ADR at Tutto Italia-5:20. Candlelight Processional at 8:15.
12/02 (Thu) Backstage Magic Tour from 9-4ish. ADR at Flying Fish-8:35. Jelly Rolls after dinner.
12/03 (Fri) No plans for day. ADR at Bistro de Paris-8:30.
12/04 (Sat) Head back to Mississippi.

Did I mention we were going to take it easy this trip?

Those are the plans as of now....always subject to change. I plan on taking tons of pictures and video. We hope to make it to the Osborne Family Light Show as well. I hope to post some while we are at WDW but no promises. I do promise a full TR when we return. No DDP this time either. We will use our TIW card. I'll let you know how that works out too. Ask any questions - before, during or after the trip. I have enjoyed other DISboard member trip reports and learned about a lot of things I never knew existed. I hope in some small way I can give it back with this TR.
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Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
Nov/Dec10-AKV/BWV - Backstage Magic Tour; V&A; Lots of pics and video
May10-OKW - DDP cost analysis; Wishes Dessert Party; Fantasmic

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Old 11-16-2010, 10:00 AM   #2
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Love the SM picture! Sounds like you have a great trip planned. DH and I are empty nesters too, with no grandkids in the near future, so we are enjoying our trips alone for now. We tried to get DD2 to go with us after graduating from college, but she was lucky enough to get a job right away so she had to cancel on us. DH says we'll have to wait for grandkids and share our love for WDW with them.

Looking forward to hearing about the Backstage Magic Tour.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:51 PM   #3
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Love the SM picture! Sounds like you have a great trip planned. DH and I are empty nesters too, with no grandkids in the near future, so we are enjoying our trips alone for now. We tried to get DD2 to go with us after graduating from college, but she was lucky enough to get a job right away so she had to cancel on us. DH says we'll have to wait for grandkids and share our love for WDW with them.

Looking forward to hearing about the Backstage Magic Tour.
Thx Teri. We are not allowed to take any pictures during the tour but I plan on keeping notes about what we experience. I am really looking forward to it.
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The "Don't mess with the CMs/take less photos TR" Jun14 @ BWV
Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
Nov/Dec10-AKV/BWV - Backstage Magic Tour; V&A; Lots of pics and video
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:47 PM   #4
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12/01 (Wed) Move to BWV. EP for the day. ADR at Tutto Italia-5:20. Candlelight Processional at 8:15.
12/02 (Thu) Backstage Magic Tour from 9-4ish. ADR at Flying Fish-8:35. Jelly Rolls after dinner.

Great...Weather Channel forecast is 50-60% chance of rain on Wed (12/01) and Thurs (12/02). Do they cancel the Candlelight Processional due to rain? Do they continue the Backstage Magic Tour in inclimate weather? Stay tuned and we shall see. We leave in 5 days!!
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The "Don't mess with the CMs/take less photos TR" Jun14 @ BWV
Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
Nov/Dec10-AKV/BWV - Backstage Magic Tour; V&A; Lots of pics and video
May10-OKW - DDP cost analysis; Wishes Dessert Party; Fantasmic

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Old 12-12-2010, 02:31 PM   #5
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Back from the trip. WHEW!! For a trip that was supposed to be relaxing and easy going, DW and I sure were spent! Speaking of spent, spent too much on food! We both gained at least 5 lbs apiece! As usual though, it was a great experience. A few trials and tribulations here and there but what vacation doesn't have them? Now for the TR...
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The "Don't mess with the CMs/take less photos TR" Jun14 @ BWV
Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
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It's Sunday, 11/28/10 and we head out just before 7:00 for our 9.5-10 hour drive to WDW. Since it was just the two of us this trip, we debated whether or not to fly. I have been checking flights and fares for several weeks hoping for a last minute deal but none emerged. Besides, with all the horror stories in the news regarding airports, pat downs and scans, it's fine that we are driving. DW has had back surgery 3 times and has a rod in her back. I can only imagine what TSA would do to her when a scan would show something that looks like a gun barrel along her torso!! It would take only one inappropriate "pat down" and I'd be in jail and we'd never make it to WDW!

The drive is uneventful until we get about 15 miles from the I-10 & I-75 intersection just outside of Lake City, FL. It's between 2 & 3 in the afternoon and should take at most 2.5 hours from this point. Traffic starts to get heavy and by the time we get to I-75, it is bumper to bumper! I didn't know this many people from south FL went north for the Thanksgiving holidays!! What should have taken us 2.5 hours to get to AKV, takes us 4.5 hours!! Before we make the turn onto FL's turnpike, we come to a complete stop at least 2 dozen times on the Interstate. There weren't any accidents; it was just VERY heavy traffic.

We finally arrive at AKV about 7:00. We have done the online check-in thing so we weren't worried about our ressie but DW called anyhow just to let them know we would be later than we estimated on our arrival time. I don't know about you but it is difficult to get directions to the WDW resorts from MapQuest or through a GPS device (we have a Garmin Nuvi). If you try to put the AKV address in MapQuest (3701 Osceola Pkwy), it will not recognize that address. The same thing goes for a GPS. We were told by a CM that the address is on private property and not documented like public roads. Therefore, we looked at the coordinates when we stopped at the security check-in post so others can use this instead. The coordinates for AKV are N 28 21.108; W 81 35.985. Just put those in your GPS and it should get you close enough to follow the signs anyway.
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The "Don't mess with the CMs/take less photos TR" Jun14 @ BWV
Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
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We had requested an upper floor room close to the lobby and were not disappointed. We were in room


As you can see by this map of Kidani Village, we were near the lobby.


Room 7809 is on the 4th floor...go figure. It has a parking lot view which was fine for us. We did not plan on spending much time in the room so a Savanna view was not that important. Parking is underneath the resort which is nice.
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The "Don't mess with the CMs/take less photos TR" Jun14 @ BWV
Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
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We had a studio room. Here are some of the accommodations....




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Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
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Did you notice this on the bed?



How about this in the bathroom on the shelf?



You've gotta love those little Disney touches.
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The "Don't mess with the CMs/take less photos TR" Jun14 @ BWV
Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
Nov/Dec10-AKV/BWV - Backstage Magic Tour; V&A; Lots of pics and video
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The tile in the shower keeps with the AKV theme....
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The "Don't mess with the CMs/take less photos TR" Jun14 @ BWV
Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
Nov/Dec10-AKV/BWV - Backstage Magic Tour; V&A; Lots of pics and video
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We had originally planned on arriving about 5:00 and make our way to HS to see the Osborne light show before returning to our dinner reservations at Jiko's at 9:00. The heavy traffic took care of those plans. No problems. One of the things we wanted to do this trip is see the Christmas decorations at various resorts so we walked around AKV. Here is the lobby tree at Kidani Village....
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Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
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We made our way over to Jambo House. Here is their tree in the lobby....
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Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
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The lobby at Jambo House is huge.
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Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
Nov/Dec10-AKV/BWV - Backstage Magic Tour; V&A; Lots of pics and video
May10-OKW - DDP cost analysis; Wishes Dessert Party; Fantasmic
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We walked around a little more and then made our way to Jiko's for dinner. This was our first time to Jiko's or to AKV for that matter. We weren't sure what to expect but due to the many raves from fellow DISboard members, we had to try it. Besides, DW and I are pretty adventurous when it comes to food and like to try new dishes. We were seated and our CM was Ron from Pakistan. Here is the menu from Jiko's....
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Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
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Being from south Mississippi, we do not have much exposure to this kind of epicurean fare. Now if you want to talk about fried catfish, collard greens, crawfish or venison stew, we can dance! But when country comes to town, we have found that asking the waiter for their recommendation works well, especially at WDW. The CM's are very knowledgeable of their menu and Ron did not disappoint. For appetizers, DW had the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and I had the Barbecue Chicken Flatbread. Hey, I'm from the South, don't give me a choice of BBQ and expect me to pick something else!!

The flatbread was excellent. The apple-jicama slaw with the cheeses were a great compliment to the tangy african bbq sauce. The butternut squash soup was very thick like a bisque or chowder and the toasted almonds with coconut blended exquisitely with the mild butternut squash. We could have made a meal of this alone!

For our entrees, DW had the Grilled Marinated Lamb Loin and I had the Braised Beef Short Ribs. (Ribs? C'mon...I had enough adventure earlier today on the Interstate!) DW's lamb was probably the best lamb she/we have ever had. We don't have it often but this was fantastic. The meat was cooked to perfection and the spiced swiss chard/apple cider reduction gave it a flavor that melted in your mouth. My ribs were so tender and lean that a knife was not necessary. It came with a Truffled Potato Puree. That's a fancy way of saying mashed potatoes blended with mushrooms! It doesn't matter what you call it, it was great! The cabernet-tamarind sauce on the ribs with the potatoes, pearl onions and soft baby carrots matched up very well. OMG we were stuffed! WDW restaurants never scrimp on portions so we could have left sated at this point but why not go all the way with dessert? It is a vacation after all.
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DVC - May2010 - OKW | Nov-Dec2010 - AKV/BWV | May2012 - BLT/VWL | Sep2012 - Aulani (30th anniversary) | Dec2012 - Aulani (DD honeymoon) | Oct2013 - BCV | Jun2014 - BWV | Oct2014 - DCL/BCV | Aug2015 - DCL Alaska | Dec2015 - BWV

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