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Old 08-17-2011, 05:13 PM   #76
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Congrats on the new job! Your trip should be extra magical now!
& You're so lucky you only have 3 more days. Today, I'm doing the double digit dance, but the single digit one wins by a landslide.
Thanks! The double digit dance is still good - it goes by so fast! You will get your cheesecake in no time
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:46 AM   #77
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2 Days!!

We leave in 2 Days!



I am just finishing up some last minute stuff today and tomorrow, and then we leave on Sunday!

I put my magical express tag on my luggage And I am working on getting all of my laundry done so that I can pack the rest of my clothes.

Tomorrow we (the women and Matt lol) are all going to the Salon to get our hair cut before we leave. I always feel so relaxed at the salon, so it will be a great start to my vacation!

2 days! Can you tell I'm excited?

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Old 08-19-2011, 07:48 PM   #78
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I just finished putting together my brag books, activity books, and KTTW card holders. I made a little package for everyone that has one of each of these things in it, as well as a pen - but no fun Disney pens unfortunately lol

I have kept these as a surprise - I know that it is nothing big, but I think that they will appreciate it anyway. I wrapped everything in a little package for everyone. This blue wrapping paper is the only thing I had in my house that wasn't Christmas lol And I very quickly cut out a Mickey silhouette with my cricut and put each person's first initial on it, so that we know whose is whose. Here are a couple of pictures.

This picture is what I put in each one.


This is them all wrapped up.


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Old 08-20-2011, 09:59 AM   #79
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Great job on all those goodies, hopefully they will be much appreciated! Have a blast, can't wait to start reading the TR!!!
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:57 PM   #80
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Great job on all those goodies, hopefully they will be much appreciated! Have a blast, can't wait to start reading the TR!!!
Thanks! I am sure that they will be appreciated. I will definitely be doing a TR so it is good to know that I have a reader!
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Just a quick update to say that we are leaving tomorrow!! I hope that everyone is well while I'm gone and those who are at Disney have a wonderful time there

I doubt I will update again before we leave. I was busy all day today and still have a few things to do tomorrow! We got our hair done at the salon this morning - it was very relaxing. Then I took Matt to the arena for hockey practice. While we were at hockey, mom and grandma made some food, and then we had a family dinner. Phew! Busy day!

Tomorrow I still have to finish packing my clothes, but other than that, I am ready to go! We are leaving around 3:30 to go to the airport hotel for the night because our flight leaves super early Monday morning.

So I hope everyone is well, and I will be back soon to start my TR!
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Sorry I missed posting before you left, but I hope you are having a fabulous time. I can't wait to hear about your trip when you return!
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:20 AM   #83
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We're home!

We had a great trip, and I really loved AKL!

I am going to start uploading my pictures, and then I will get started with the TR.

I will also get myself caught up on everyone's PTRs and TRs soon! I hope all is well with everyone!
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Old 09-03-2011, 05:10 PM   #84
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Alright, it is time to get this TR started! I am going to start in the same way I did my wedding TR, because I like the quick concise summary of reviews. I have written some quick reviews of some of the services that we used on our trip. I enjoy reading them and find them helpful so hopefully you will enjoy mine! If there is anything I forgot to review, just let me know and I will add it in!

AKL – We loved AKL! I think that the only downfall for us was the fact that it is a lot further away from things than the Deluxes that are on the Monorail loop. Magic Kingdom is my favourite park, so I love being able to get there so quickly, but our bus ride from AKL was only 10-15 minutes, so it was bearable. The resort was beautiful, and everything was very clean. The staff were all excellent – front desk was always eager to help, CM’s always said “hello” or “welcome home” or asked us how our day was. There were also CM’s down by the fire pit area that overlooks the Savannah – they were so helpful with information about the animals, they offered to take pictures for people, and they were all very friendly. Our Villa was spacious and clean. We had room for everyone, and housekeeping was great. Matt decided that this is his new favourite resort!

ME – We had a good experience with ME, going in both directions. The drivers were friendly and arrived on time, and got us to the airport on time (and we had a super early flight!) The driver who drove us to the airport on our way home was excellent – he had a great personality, was very friendly (especially for before 5 in the morning lol) and he spoke to us on the way to the airport and gave us a bunch of information. Overall, we had a great experience with ME.

Bus Transportation – We found the buses to be good on this trip. We never had to wait long for a bus – the only time we waited for 15 minutes was when we were silly and left MK right after Wishes. The buses weren’t typically full, so there were usually seats for everyone – even with stops at both Kidani and Jambo. Some bus rides were long from AKL, but most weren’t. We had good drivers, and a couple of exceptional drivers. One even gave us some WDW Bus Trivia information!

Dining – We didn’t do the DDP this trip because we stayed in a villa, and figured we would experiment with making our own meals. This worked well for us, but I definitely wouldn’t try it without being in a villa, or if you don’t like cooking! We typically would have a quick breakfast (fruit and yogurt or something) and then go to a park. We went back to the villa late in the afternoon – which happened to coincide with the rain! – and then cook dinner before going back out. This worked really well for us! We were back at AKL when it decided to rain, and when it was the hottest part of the day. We could eat, have a swim, and regroup before doing more park stuff. We have been to WDW enough times now that we don’t feel that we need to go commando and be at the park from Rope Drop to closing every day – which I also think is part of the reason why it worked for us. I don’t know if this is something we would do every trip – why should I cook and do dishes on vacation? Lol – but it saved us money, and we would probably do it again.

The meals that we did eat in Disney restaurants were great! I am not a “foodie” by any means, and I have a fairly plain palate, so it doesn’t take a whole lot to impress me lol but I always like Disney food. We ate at Liberty Tree Tavern, ‘Ohana, Pizzafari, and T-Rex. We had good service, and good food at every one of these places.

Garden Grocer – This was our first experience with Garden Grocer, and everything went very smoothly! We waited a little bit too late to order, so we ended up booking a later delivery time than we would have liked, but they ended up delivering it early for us. I got a text message saying that everything was at the bell desk at AKL, the number of bags, and that we could pick it up whenever we wanted. When we got to bell services, I gave them the name it was under, and they promptly brought everything out for us. We didn’t have that many bags, and our room was close, so we took them up ourselves. When we got to the room, we noticed that we had something that we didn’t order, and a couple of things that we did order weren’t there. We went over the invoice, and it had everything down properly, so we went back down to bell services. There must have been some small mix-up with a bag, but they got us the right bag, and everything worked out well. I would order from Garden Grocer again in the future.

Merchandise - I know that people have said that it has gone downhill lately, but I still managed to spend money! Their selection of Dooney & Bourke purses was awful - they had hardly anything in stock - so that was disappointing. There was a fair bit of 40th Anniversary merchandise. I bought some of that - note pads, mug, t-shirt, puzzle of the park map. I really thought that there would have been more, and some things I really didn't care for (a couple of the bags, shirts). But overall, I thought they did a pretty good job. There were some things that I've seen on my last few trips, but there were also new things. I am really not that hard to please and I just love WDW and Disney in general, so I was happy!

And those are my reviews!

I tend to wear rose coloured glasses when it comes to Disney lol But isn't the point of vacationing to enjoy yourself?


Up Next… getting to the airport for our ridiculously early flight!
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YAY glad you had an awesome trip, can't wait to hear more about it! My kids were so taken with Animal Kingdom this year and animals that I really think we need to consider Animal Kingdom Lodge next trip.
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YAY glad you had an awesome trip, can't wait to hear more about it! My kids were so taken with Animal Kingdom this year and animals that I really think we need to consider Animal Kingdom Lodge next trip.
Thanks! I would definitely recommend staying there, your kids will love it! My little brother told me that it is his new favourite resort - but didn't want to break the news to mom because her favourite is Polynesian lol I will keep my eyes open for an AKL PTR/TR from you in the future
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I am so glad you enjoyed AKV. It is wonderful, and although not as close to MK as the monorail, I am glad that the buses were fast for you too!

(We always hear people complain about the distance, but we think the bus service is much better than the monorail resorts bus service is much worse to AK and HS.)
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I am so glad you enjoyed AKV. It is wonderful, and although not as close to MK as the monorail, I am glad that the buses were fast for you too!

(We always hear people complain about the distance, but we think the bus service is much better than the monorail resorts bus service is much worse to AK and HS.)
I take it you also had good bus service! Good to hear. I really didn't think that the distance was as bad as I have heard from others. And I have been lucky in the past with Monorail resorts, but I agree that there can be times when bus service to certain parks is slower.
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Day 1 - Sunday, August 21st, 2011

I got picked up from my house at about 3:30 in the afternoon. We drove straight from my house to the border. We were quite lined up, but it didn't end up taking too long to get through customs. There was a Cracker Barrel near by where we ate for dinner. We don't have these where we live, so we always make a point to eat there when we travel to the states. After dinner, we went to the motel where we would be spending the night. It was directly across from the airport, and had shuttle service to the airport. We planned it this way so that we wouldn't have to leave a car at the airport (someone drove us across the border). It was pretty rainy out, and we saw a rainbow from our room! I thought that this was a good sign for the start of our trip.



This is when I gave everyone their gifts that I made. They went over really well! They were all really surprised and really liked the gifts. I was so glad that my efforts paid off!

The night was spent around the hotel. We played cards



They had a little fitness area in the hotel, so I went on the treadmill for a bit, and then we went into the hot tub. When we came back to the room, Pirates of the Caribbean was on TV! Another good sign for our vacation. We watched some of that as we "tried" to get some sleep. We tried to go to bed early because we would be leaving so early in the morning, but it didn't work out so well. My grandma and I don't sleep well at night, and we shared a bed in the room, so we ended up doing a lot of late night giggling! Jim, having never traveled with us before, felt the need to get a wake-up call (for 3:30 in the morning ) but we told him that we would be awake and didn't need a wake-up call…


Up Next…who was right? Did we need the wake-up call?

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Day 2 - Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Today was the day we were flying to WDW!! Like we predicted, we did not need an alarm or wake-up call! Grandma and I were up first, before 3:30 Everyone got dressed/ready, got our luggage, and headed downstairs. The hotel had a continental breakfast for us before the shuttle picked us up to go to the airport. It was a really short ride to the airport, and we spoke to some really nice people.

Us at the airport in our matching shirts


Our flight was on time, and we boarded the plane before we knew it. Matt didn't want his picture taken this morning.


We arrived in Orlando at about 8:30am, earlier than we thought! We got on the "practice monorail" to head towards ME.



I was super excited to see this sign


We boarded our bus and were on our way


Not quite sure what is going on with our faces in this picture lol

Our ME bus stopped first at CBR and then Pop Century before going to AKL. We pulled up and this was our first glimpse of AKL


The ME dropped us off at Jambo house, where we checked in and got our KTTW cards. I had done the online check-in, around 10 days before our trip, so our room was ready for us when we got there - even though it was really early in the morning!

It is such a lovely resort! Some pictures of Jambo House.






We decided to walk over to Kidani Village. The weather was beautiful, and it gave us a chance to see some of the resort grounds. I had heard some bad things about the walking distances at AKL, but we found this walk to be quite enjoyable. It takes maybe 5 minutes to walk from Jambo to Kidani. They did run a shuttle between the two, which we also took on occasion (for the experience) but we liked the walk.

Up Next… more of day 2

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