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Old 08-16-2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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(Aug '11 TR) Park Commando Status in Jeopardy! 10/9 final thoughts and title

Hello! Welcome to my August trip report!

We had a great trip (okay, it's Disney; the bad memories fade quickly!) We are DVC members and did a split stay between Jambo (AKV) and Bay Lake Towers (Contemporary) from Aug 8 to Aug 14.

I am going to do this report a bit differently than past ones. Instead of a day by day account, I am going to do topics. (With the exception of arrival and departure days- which are topics though, aren't they?)

So, quickly, before I get started, let me introduce us:

This is my lovely family at a dinner in OC, MD. My twin nine year old daughters, my wonderful dh, and me, your guide through our August trip.




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Stacey has Disney's Must-Do's. I have My Disney Must-Have's!

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Debby's Disney Must-Have's

Put your thumb up if you turn on the television in your resort room just to hear Stacey's Must-Do's play in the background.


Keep it up if your family questions why you have Stacey on again...

Hearing the Must-Do's is one more reminder that I am in Disney World!

A couple of items really stood out on this trip as Must-Have's for me:

(1) A Brita Bottle: I bought a pack at BJs wholesale club for $24.99 (It came with three bottles and six filters.) Target also had them for sale.



I asked for ice water at counter service restaurants and used water from fountains to fill the two we carried. Much lighter and earth friendly than water bottles.

(2) An identification badge holder: I bought this last year at Staples for $5. This is a picture from last year. My Mickey head was scratched, so I cleaned it off for this trip.



It has three pockets/ pouches. The clear one in front was ideal to hold our AP's and our room keys (for room entry and dining credits). I attached velcro to keep it closed. The pouch behind the clear was where I tucked receipts, and the zipper pouch held my necklace when I forgot to take it off one morning, and cash on other days.

(3) Coleman Ponchos: The rain is wonderfully unpredictable in the summer, and I had dollar store and Coleman ponchos. The dollar store arm length and overall length is short. The Coleman ones were much better. They were $1.47 at Walmart.





Anyone else have some Must-Have's to share?
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Put your thumb up if you turn on the television in your resort room just to hear Stacey's Must-Do's play in the background.


Hearing the Must-Do's is one more reminder that I am in Disney World!


And should I stand on my head if I youtube it at home sometimes just to hear it?

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We've stayed at Pop Century, All Star Sports, All Star Movies, All Star Music, French Quarter, Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Art of Animation, Beach Club, Vero Beach, Kidani Village and Saratoga Springs - many trips, and many wonderful, magical memories made.
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I just came over from the PTR board, and I am joining in for your TR. I love your idea about reporting on topics instead of days - a new and interesting way to do a TR! Looking forward to follow along!
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Arrival Day

But wait--we departed Phila on the same day-- oh well.

We headed out bright and early to my mom's for her to taxi us to the airport. I originally typed a noneventful ride, but it wasn't, we hit a bit of traffic on I-95 which caused a bit of panic. We still made it with plenty of time to check bags, pass security, and eat breakfast. (Oh and dh will certainly want me to add that he got frisked...poor guy, I must not pay him enough attention since he thought that exciting enough to make a status update.)

My girls "attempted" to take a nap on the plane



We landed safely and quickly and headed off to the practice monorail. We headed down to the 1st floor to find that the magical express counter had moved.....

I asked an wonderful employee and he informed me that we were on side A and we needed to go back to side B...duh...how many times have we done this?

So, once we arrived at ME, we promptly got into line for AKL. I was about to head to the restroom when we began boarding and quickly took off for Carribean Beach, POP, and AKL.



I love Disney; my dh smiles so much more, and my kids are so much more loving to each other!



Tink helped us find the way


I hated that I couldn't get in the very front...




Although the ride didn't seem terribly long, I think it was...

We made it to AKL and checked in to find our room ready and a storm brewing. The original plan was to swim, but I wasn't sure if the weather would hold. We decided to get some lunch at Mara



(I am sure I ordered flatbread too)

and then head to Hollywood Studio (which was open until 1 am).



We had some fun at the Studios (more on that when I do an update on Studios...) and we ate dinner (more on that later too). Wow, this might be a bit more complicated than I thought...

Disclaimer: I travelled with my point and shoot and my iphone for the first three days or so. The weather was iffy and I just wasn't committed enough to lug around the Canon. (I went to the park without a bag and felt amazing!!) I did use it the second half of the trip in the parks and I certainly used it at the resorts...

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WooHoo! I didn't get a chance to contact you. We left Sunday. Terrible storms on Sunday night; I hope your flight Saturday was uneventful.

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And should I stand on my head if I youtube it at home sometimes just to hear it?

I love that you always make me laugh out loud.

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Thanks for hopping over. I am not sure on this idea, but I figured I'd give it a go...it will let me reflect on more and offer opinions in a more organized way.
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Oh my friend ... you know me too well....I was completely stressing when I saw your link....and now I feel better....here's my thumbs up

Great start....great pics....the girls get cuter everytime I see a new picture of them!! I'm excited about your new format for your TR!!!

Glad you all made it home safe and sound Can't wait to follow along on another adventure with you all!!
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Hi! Great start! Your kids are just darling! Sounds like an awesome trip, can't wait to hear all about it!!
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