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Old 05-21-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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Next trip I'm booking a resort w/out a pool! *Pg 25 Final DxDP numbers & last update!

Welcome aboard the motorcoah...er, I mean my TR! You're on your way to a magical journey, where children test your patience and not everything goes as planned, but the magic never stops! We hope you'll share some laughs along the way. So sit back, relax and let my family do the driving!

My son couldn't stop quoting the motorcoach recordings, so I thought it only appropriate to start my TR that way!

Now, let's get this TR started!

TR updates:

The who, when, and where for those of you just joining
We're here and staying CL...lead me to the drinks!
It's a 'really lame, outdated ride' world: Part 1
It's a 'really lame, outdated ride' world: Part 2
Not a trip update, but still Disney related!
A Fantasmic night--or was it???
Fuzzy Disney math--DxDP Redux, Days 1 & 2
ToT, TSM and Beauty and the Beast, or BUST!
Hoop Dee Doo or Hoop Dee Don't?!?!
Day 3 Fuzzy Disney Math
Dumbo or Die!
What's a girl gotta do to see some pirates around here???
You Mickey-me Crazy!
What it's like to dine at Jiko with no kids and a FABULOUS waitress named Stephanie...
Day 4 Fuzzy Disney Math
It's my trip and we'll tour how I want to! Part 1
It's my trip and we'll tour how I want to! Part 2
It's my trip and we'll tour how I want to! Part 3
Day 5 Fuzzy Disney Math
Finally a day with no pool--could it be true?!? Part 1
Opps...Jamaica not Disney
Finally a day with no pool--could it be true?!? Part 2
Exactly how does one eat a work of art???
Day 6 Fuzzy Disney Math
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates ride for me?!?
You almost missed the ME for WHAT?!?
The actual trip has ended so why won't the trip home?!?
Day 7 Fuzzy Disney Math
Fuzzy Disney Math that doesn't seem so fuzzy anymore (aka Final DxDP numbers!!)

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Old 05-21-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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For those of you just joining...this update is for you!

For those of you following me over from my PTR...thank you! And feel free to skip this update as it may be a bit redundant.

This trip was my family and I's 4th trip to the world. We went from May 2-8. This time, it was just the 4 of us:



DH and I

Here were are at MK on on our very first trip:

This trip we stayed at AKL, Jambo house and we had Deluxe Dining. In fact, this is the only resort we've ever stayed at! I know, some people think this is crazy but it works for us for a few reasons:

1) my kids love the animals and DH and I love the deluxe accommodations

2) it just feels like home; I think this is because it will forever remind me of our first family trip--I almost can't stand the idea of going to Disney and NOT going to AKL.

3) We loved how this resort doesn't ever seem to be too crowded and how the busses aren't shared with another resort (just with Kidani now).

4) Frankly, I tend to be a creature of habit...sad, but true!

Although, just because we have always stayed at AKL, doesn't mean that our trips are always the same. Each trip we have stayed in a different type of room. This trip we tried out Club Level!!

I actually learned a lot about planning and touring on this trip--more than I thought I would. Since it was our 4th trip, I assumed I was pretty much an expert at planning a trip for my family...

Boy was I wrong!!

How does a trip work with deluxe dining AND club level? Is club level all it's cracked up to be? Just why am I against pools? Did I see any crazy giraffe races out on the savanna?? These questions and many more will be answered during this adventure of a TR!!

Up next: Is Club Level check-in really better?

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Old 05-21-2011, 05:16 PM   #3
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I seriously hate photobucket right now. Sorry about the gi-normous picture sizes. I have tried and tried to resize them and make them smaller, but it never changes the size! I think it's because I originally uploaded them too big. GGGRRRR!
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Joining in!!! Sounds like a fun trip!!

It's ok about the pics...I did the same thing on my TR! All of my pics are like IN YOUR FACE!
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I'm in can't wait to hear all about your trip!
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Woohooo Can't wait to read all about this magical trip.
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I'm in. We've toyed with the idea of staying at AKL or AKV, so I can't wait to hear more about the resort. We really fell in love with WL and this year we are staying at BCV to try something new and I'm a little nervous.
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Great start! I'm in! AKL is definitely one of the top resorts on my list of "to-do's", so I'm excited to hear your take on it!!!

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I'm here! Can't wait to hear all about the giraffe races!
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Joining in! Can't wait to hear about your adventure!
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Yay, you started! Can't wait to hear all about it! And, I'm done housesitting so I can actually read and reply normally!
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Joining in on the fun! I can't wait to hear about AKL. I'd really like to try that resort, but my DH has given me a firm "NO" on it. So, I'll live vicariously through you for now....
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Followed over, can't wait to hear about the trip. I'd love to try AKL someday, it just seems so far out, but looks beautiful and peaceful, maybe that makes up for it.
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