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Old 05-31-2011, 11:04 PM   #16
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Under your account settings in photobucket go to album settings and then you can go to upload options and choose the size you want all your pictures to upload as, mine is set to 640x480. It saves you the trouble of having to resize them all individually. You will have to resize the ones you already uploaded though.
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yes, I am using photobucket. I changed the size of the two pictures I posted before, but the pictures aren't any smaller
They're smaller now!

I've noticed that if I change the size after I've already posted a pic here, it will take awhile for the change to appear (if that makes sense)
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:38 PM   #18
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Your face doesn't look bad in the picture but the red eyes aren't doing much for you.

I think if I had to wake up at 2am I would not even bother to go to sleep. You shouldn't even be able to set your alarm for that time.
Haha, I think I always have red eyes in pictures. I am seriously not photgenic at all!!! I probably would've felt better had I not fell asleep, but I probably would've drove my DH crazy since he did want to sleep LOL.

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Under your account settings in photobucket go to album settings and then you can go to upload options and choose the size you want all your pictures to upload as, mine is set to 640x480. It saves you the trouble of having to resize them all individually. You will have to resize the ones you already uploaded though.
Thank you SO much! I deleted all the pictures I had uploaded so I didn't have to manually resize almost 80 pictures. Thanks again!

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They're smaller now!

I've noticed that if I change the size after I've already posted a pic here, it will take awhile for the change to appear (if that makes sense)
Yay! I deleted them and then reuploaded them again. If I waited, they probably would've eventually gone smaller without doing that. Oh well. I'm happy all my TR pics won't be so in your face huge now.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:56 PM   #19
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Smooth (Day 1, Part 2)

When we last left off, things were going smoothly. We had a smooth first flight and landed in Dulles at 7:40am. Our next plane started to board at 7:48, only 8 minutes after our flight got into the airport. We were able to quickly figure out where we were going, but unfortunately we had to shuttle to another terminal. By the time we got to the gate, it was time to board already so we got in line. I took some magazines with me so I read them to keep me busy on our 2 hour flight, and DH was happy to do the crossword puzzle in the back of them. Our plane was schedule to land at MCO at 10:28am, but we must’ve landed early because I had texted my mom at 10:22 to tell her we were in Orlando. We made our way to the Disney’s Magical Express Welcome Center. We didn't have to wait at all, and we headed through the queue to the front of the line for a bus. I guess a bus must’ve just left, because we were the only ones in line. Nope, a CM came and told us to go ahead and directed us to a line outside that was loading into a DME bus. Score, we had just made it! Everything had happened so quickly I didn't even have time to stop and take pictures of anything. Wow, we were amazed at how smooth things were going. Yes, already I have used the word smooth three times (now that made four!)By 10:45, our bus had already left the Orlando airport and we were well on our way to the Animal Kingdom Lodge where we had no other plans but to SLEEP! Getting up at 2 am and traveling all day was exhausting. Even though we were sitting towards the back of the bus, before long I was able to take this picture…



We were in Disney World! I was so tired it almost felt like a dream. I woke up in Maryland and already I was in Disney World? How did that happen! Our first stop was at CBR. I was excited because we had never been to the resort before and I wanted to see it. I could tell right away that CBR was very spread out, which I had read. It looked cute though. It only took about 5 minutes to unload and we were on our way again. I wasn’t paying attention when the driver had announced what resorts we were stopping at, I just knew we were last, or at least that is what DH said. A few minutes had passed and I didn’t recognize where we were, so I asked DH. He said we were still making our way out of CBR. Oh yeah, it is really spread out then! So another 3 minutes and we were actually leaving CBR, lol. Our next stop was our old favorite, Pop Century. It was at this point that I had a thought (which happens occasionally LOL) we stopped at a value, moderate, and a deluxe. I apparently thought it was worth writing down, but now it doesn’t seem so significant, I guess AKL, Pop, and CBR are just close I was getting bored, I was so ready to check in at AKL and sleep – DH was very content watching the Disney cartoons that were playing on the screen after the DME video ended. I had my camera out, and it was at this point that I realized that my 8gb SD card that only had 4 pictures on it (I had cleared the card before our trip) was only showing that it would hold 197 pictures. What? That has to be a mistake. Luckily I did bring an empty 1 gb card, but was that going to be enough for all the pictures we would take? Oh no!

Finally we pulled up to the AKL! There were 2 stops at AKL and honestly until about our 2nd day in Disney I didn’t know that we were staying at Jambo House. As much reading as I do on the Dis, you think I would’ve known before we got there that we were staying at Jambo LOL. As we were walking into the lobby, a CM waved and said “Welcome Home” and I panicked. I thought that we got off at the wrong AKL stop and that this was the AKV/DVC part of AKL. Oh no! The line was long for checking it, and I was afraid when we finally got up to the CM she would tell us that we were at the wrong place (spoiler alert : we were at the right place) I sent DH off with the camera to take some pictures while I waited to check in.












By the time he walked around the lobby & outside to take pictures, I still wasn’t even to the front of the line yet. I was so tired, what was taking so long? Maybe I should’ve done online check in! I had been requesting a king room since February, and I had read somewhere on the Dis that if you had a specific request, it was best not to check in online to make sure you got what you wanted. Well, it was finally our turn – I had waited over 30 minutes to check in. The CM told us our room wasn’t ready yet. I asked if it was a king – she informed me it was 2 queens & bunk beds. -I’ve only been requesting it nonstop for the past 3 months. I didn’t come on vacation to sleep in a queen bed and be close enough to my DH that he could breathe on me, LOL. I really wanted a king!- She kept checking but she couldn’t get any kings to pop up. Ugh. We never had this problem before. It took about 5 minutes, but she finally found one that she said would be ready soon, and it was a parking lot view. I wasn’t expecting a spectacular view since we were just booked standard so it sounded good to me, especially the being ready soon part. She didn’t tell us our room number or anything. We were super tired, but in the past by the time we got done eating lunch our room was ready so we decided to eat some lunch. I gave her my cell phone number so we could be texted when it was ready. She didn’t repeat it back to me or anything so I was nervous she got it wrong. She then gave us directions on how to get to the Mara, and we were on our way. AKL was a lot more confusing to get around than WL, that’s for sure. We took the elevator to the first floor, but all we found was Jiko and Boma. Finally a CM that was right outside Boma directed us to the Mara. We had to walk outside and past the pool to get to Mara, which I thought was weird.

We got in line to order our food. While we waited for it to be made, we grabbed our drinks & desserts. Oh how I love the DDP and being forced to eat dessert with every meal! We grabbed two bottles of water, and two orders of Zebra domes. Side note – I am allergic to chocolate, and Disney is about the only place that I eat any chocolate, so I also took a lot of medicine to keep me from getting sick! I hadn’t planned on eating the zebra domes since they contain alcohol but once they were right in front of me I changed my mind. I sent DH to grab us a table since it was busy, and I waited for my buzzer to go off to grab our food. I used our KTTW cards to pay. The CM was really nice, but accidentally charged me for 8 CS meals, so it took a while for her to fix her mistake. Then it was finally time to eat our yummy food!





DH had the African stew, and I had the chicken flat bread. DH loved the African stew. The chicken flat bread was really good, but the chicken was spicier then I would have liked. I kept checking my cell phone, but no text yet. Then I realized I didn’t have service in the Mara. Oh bother. We each only ate 2 zebra domes, which were super good btw, and put the rest into one of our carryons. We decided we could pop them in the fridge when we got to our room and have the rest later. We decided to head out of the Mara so I could find cell phone service so I could see if I missed the text that our room was ready. Since everything had gone so smooth so far, I was just convinced that our room would be ready now!

Up next: What would happen by 6pm that would have me crying and both of us wishing we never had came to Disney? Stay tuned to find out!
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:26 AM   #20
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Allergic to chocolate! Poor girl!

I hope that you didn't have to wait too long for your room since you were so tired.
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:09 AM   #21
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Hi, I just stumble across your trip report, and we were in Disney World around the same time I'm enjoying the report so far. I hope whatever happened next wasn't bad enough to ruin the whole trip!
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:17 AM   #22
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Yay for arriving at AKL! I had a hard time finding Mara when we visited AKL last year too. Once I found it I don't why I couldn't last year. It is much harder to get around AKL than WL. Once we were at AKL, WL seemed so small and compact. Our walk to the room took forever!

Your food looks good. I'm not very adverturous and stuck to a cesear sald, but your flatbread looks good. I wasn't a big zebra dome fan. I thought they were okay, but with so many other yummy dessert around they ended up in the trash.

I hope your room was ready soon. Nothing is more annoying than being exhausted with no room.
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Hello! Just came across your trip report and I wanted to join in. I am staying in POP for the first time in August, but I am debiting staying at AKL........any suggestions? I can't wait to hear more.

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I love the pics of AKL! I think that's where my Fiance and I are going to stay for our honeymoon, so I always get excited when I read reports of people who have stayed there. Can't wait for the next installment!
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Great pics of AKL! I've seen a bit of the resort just from being there for Boma. I have a feeling when my mom sees AKL in September she is going to fall in love with the place!
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I'm joining in too!! We were there at the same time too, wonder if we crossed paths!!?? I'm eager to see when your room was ready, and what made you cry!!
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Allergic to chocolate? Poor poor thing!

I hope everything goes well for you with getting your room at AKL. I can't wait to hear what happens.
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Fantastic update! The photos of the AKL lobby and lodge are great!

Thanks for the food porn photos- they are my favorite!

Glad you were persistent about having the king bed!

Oh no, on crying in the MK! What happened!?!

Lost wallet? Injury? Missing/Broken Camera? Allergic Reaction?

I'm going with allergic reaction.
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Good report so far! We are also from MD so i laughed when your DH said he wantd to watch the Os vs NYY. I hope the Os won!!
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Allergic to chocolate! Poor girl!

I hope that you didn't have to wait too long for your room since you were so tired.
It's not so bad, I just save eating chocolate for emergency situations - like in Disney World

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Hi, I just stumble across your trip report, and we were in Disney World around the same time I'm enjoying the report so far. I hope whatever happened next wasn't bad enough to ruin the whole trip!
Welcome, thanks for reading! I hope you had a good trip!

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Yay for arriving at AKL! I had a hard time finding Mara when we visited AKL last year too. Once I found it I don't why I couldn't last year. It is much harder to get around AKL than WL. Once we were at AKL, WL seemed so small and compact. Our walk to the room took forever!

Your food looks good. I'm not very adverturous and stuck to a cesear sald, but your flatbread looks good. I wasn't a big zebra dome fan. I thought they were okay, but with so many other yummy dessert around they ended up in the trash.

I hope your room was ready soon. Nothing is more annoying than being exhausted with no room.
AKL is much harder to get around than WL - WL is simple and smaller, or so it seems. The flatbread was really good, but if I knew the chicken was spicy I would've done something like a salad too. DH is much more adventurous than me in his food choices, so he loved Mara and Boma. I think the zebra domes would've been so much better without the chocolate liquor.

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Hello! Just came across your trip report and I wanted to join in. I am staying in POP for the first time in August, but I am debiting staying at AKL........any suggestions? I can't wait to hear more.

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Hi Vivian, thanks for reading my TR! Oh goodness, that is a tough one. After our 7 nights at AKL my DH & I said we actually were ready to stay at a value again. But, I think that is because we don't spend enough time in the room to make it worth paying for a deluxe. Do you spend more time in the room, or at the parks? I would take that into consideration. AKL was gorgeous, and the animals were really cool. We really like the food court at Pop, so many options!

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I love the pics of AKL! I think that's where my Fiance and I are going to stay for our honeymoon, so I always get excited when I read reports of people who have stayed there. Can't wait for the next installment!
Ooh AKL would be perfect for a honeymoon, I hope you have a great time!

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Great pics of AKL! I've seen a bit of the resort just from being there for Boma. I have a feeling when my mom sees AKL in September she is going to fall in love with the place!
I can definitely see how people easily fall in love with the AKL, it's gorgeous!

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I'm joining in too!! We were there at the same time too, wonder if we crossed paths!!?? I'm eager to see when your room was ready, and what made you cry!!
Ooh I wonder if we did cross paths, that would be cool! Welcome, and thanks for reading my TR!

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Allergic to chocolate? Poor poor thing!

I hope everything goes well for you with getting your room at AKL. I can't wait to hear what happens.
LOL everyone tells me that about being allergic to chocolate. Usually all the meds I have to take to eat it aren't worth it, so I just eat chocolate in Disney!

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Fantastic update! The photos of the AKL lobby and lodge are great!

Thanks for the food porn photos- they are my favorite!

Glad you were persistent about having the king bed!

Oh no, on crying in the MK! What happened!?!

Lost wallet? Injury? Missing/Broken Camera? Allergic Reaction?

I'm going with allergic reaction.
Thanks! The AKL was definitely impressive!!

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Good report so far! We are also from MD so i laughed when your DH said he wantd to watch the Os vs NYY. I hope the Os won!!
Haha, I honestly don't remember who won but my guess was probably the Yankess. It's rough being loyal to the O's sometimes - I'm ready for them to have a winning season!
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