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Old 04-16-2012, 07:22 PM   #16
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I am in as well !!!

Ready to live it again !!
We had a great time... My only regret is I didn't see enough of my kid.. she rather be in the OL .
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:37 PM   #17
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I am in as well !!!

Ready to live it again !!
We had a great time... My only regret is I didn't see enough of my kid.. she rather be in the OL .
Hey Janet !! Thanks for stopping by !! Our kids loved the clubs, too. We had to MAKE them come eat with us and do things with us. But, it was really nice when we just got some time alone - which NEVER happens here at home.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:39 PM   #18
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:42 PM   #19
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Day 1 - Part One


Friday - April 6, 2012

Day 1 – Part One

Our plan was to leave super early Friday morning. We had considered staying at WDW Thursday night, but we saved 50 DVC points by leaving early Friday. We also considered staying at Pop Century Thursday night to save points, but it was $200 a night because it was peak season. So we just decided to leave early Friday and save the money.

DH works nights so it was nothing to him to drive that early. He went to bed early Thursday night so he would have some sleep. We had the car all packed before he went to bed, so by the time we got up, we would be ready. He woke us up about 3:00 AM and we were on the road by 3:30 AM.
DH likes driving at night because there is less traffic, so he focused on driving while we napped in the car. About 6:30 AM or so, we were all awake and I started taking photos.

DH was happy to have gotten so far in so little time.



DS was ready for some Disney.



DD …. not so much



There …. That is better !!



We stopped somewhere outside of Jacksonville to have breakfast. It was Denny’s and not very good. It was OK, I guess.

After a while, we started seeing signs. So close !!!





And finally ….. “The Sign” The one we all can’t wait to see





Sign for Animal Kingdom Lodge



And we are here !!



DH made it in 6.5 hours. This is a trip that normally takes us 7 to 8 hours. So he was very pleased. We drove to Kidani and parked the car in short term parking.









We entered the amazing lobby





I checked in and they told us our room would be ready with-in the hour. We had planned to go to Animal Kingdom for our park on this day, but when they told us that our room would be ready soon, we decided to hang out there and explore so we could get all of our stuff in the room instead of dragging it with us to the park. So they said they would text when our room was ready. We got our mugs at the gift shop since we were on the dining plan and went out to the observation deck to check and see if any animals were out.













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Old 04-16-2012, 08:30 PM   #20
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Woo hoo, getting their earlier than expected is always a good thing!
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:52 PM   #22
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Off to a great start....can't wait to hear the rest!

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I'm joining in too!! So excited to read about your trip...especially the cruise. I haven't done a cruise yet (need to convince the hubby to say ok)
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:52 PM   #25
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I'm still jealous of the weather you had at WDW. Grrrr. Oh well even a blazing hot trip to WDW is better than no trip at all. At least it wasn't humid.

I can't get over how different your DS looks w/out his glasses. Not that you didn't see it before, you can really see the resemblence in the two kids now.

I'm busy at work creating another convert, and am going to send her a link to your TR from last June. She and family are going the same week.

Can't wait to read more.

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Old 04-16-2012, 11:45 PM   #26
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heyyyy....can't wait to read the TR...
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:03 AM   #27
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Another soon-to-be first timer here. Looking forward to your thoughts.
this was our first cruise ever. We love, love, LOVED it !! It was great going in with no expectations or anything to compare it to. Although, everyone told us, to never go with one of the other cruise lines because it wouldn't compare.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:07 AM   #28
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I'm still jealous of the weather you had at WDW. Grrrr. Oh well even a blazing hot trip to WDW is better than no trip at all. At least it wasn't humid.

I can't get over how different your DS looks w/out his glasses. Not that you didn't see it before, you can really see the resemblence in the two kids now.

I'm busy at work creating another convert, and am going to send her a link to your TR from last June. She and family are going the same week.

Can't wait to read more.
The weather on our trip was UN-believable. It is hotter here than it was there.

Our June trip was good one. One of our favorites.

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Old 04-17-2012, 06:12 AM   #29
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Hey Y'all !!

I will post an update later. But here's a little video clip for you that explains the name of the trip report.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNj1XTnXc_M

The kids watched this movie in the car on the way to WDW and we all laughed out loud at this clip. The weather on our trip was so amazing and beautiful that it was a topic of conversation a good bit. Every time the subject came up and was discussed, one of the kids would say ... "Pudge controls the weather".

Pudge was good to us on our trip for sure
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:21 AM   #30
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Ahhh I missed that you started this yesterday!!! (Literally, I was scrolling through, saw this, thought "oh, what a cute title!" - and never noticed that it was your TR!!!!)

Anyways...I'm here!

Great start! I'm so glad you guys had such a wonderful trip! Can't wait to hear more about it!
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