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Old 06-20-2012, 02:29 PM   #196
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Great pictures! Both you and Zach!

I have eaten at Flame Tree but never Yak & Yeti. What does Tim like to eat there? I've always wanted to try it!

I love Dinosaur. It has to be my favorite ride ever in AK. Kali is fun too and we also always save it for the end of the day.
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:24 PM   #197
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It's so great that you and Heidi live close enough to see one another. I need a DISer close to me .

Looks like you had a great AK day. I just love seeing Zach's pictures, it is so great to see what he thinks is worthy of photographing. It is good you had both cameras with you.

I can't wait to see your Hoop pictures, Bill and I had a fun time when we went. I am really loving your trip report .
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:21 AM   #198
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You and Zach got some really great safari pictures!

Love the view from EE but I'm always too afraid to pull out my camera. I'll have to make a point next time!!

Can't wait to hear what you thought about the HDDR!!
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:47 AM   #199
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You got some great pics of the tigers.
We love Flame Tree too
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Great safari pictures by both you and Zach.

Flame Tree was our favorite QS too, can't wait to read about your Hoop review
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:04 AM   #201
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Great AK day ! It's my favorite park.

My son, Jayden loves the giraffes and we always seem to have a ton of giraffe pics.

Looking forward to your next update !
I love seeing the giraffes too! HDDR update coming up today!

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Very often, you can only see sleeping tigers on the trail. I'm glad you got to see some action.
I guess we got lucky! I think we were seeing the same tiger, just from different sides of his area.

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Great pictures! Both you and Zach!

I have eaten at Flame Tree but never Yak & Yeti. What does Tim like to eat there? I've always wanted to try it!

I love Dinosaur. It has to be my favorite ride ever in AK. Kali is fun too and we also always save it for the end of the day.
Tim gets the Sweet & Sour chicken. He also likes the pork egg rolls. It's not my thing though... so I stick with Flame Tree. But it's nice that we work it out so he can have something a little different & we can all still eat together.

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It's so great that you and Heidi live close enough to see one another. I need a DISer close to me .

Looks like you had a great AK day. I just love seeing Zach's pictures, it is so great to see what he thinks is worthy of photographing. It is good you had both cameras with you.

I can't wait to see your Hoop pictures, Bill and I had a fun time when we went. I am really loving your trip report .
Heidi & I are actually getting together for a little Disney time tomorrow! We're going to see Brave & check out the new Disney outlet that just opened in southern NH.

I love seeing Zach's pictures! I hope he continues to enjoy photography on our future trips.

HDDR coming up today!

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You and Zach got some really great safari pictures!

Love the view from EE but I'm always too afraid to pull out my camera. I'll have to make a point next time!!

Can't wait to hear what you thought about the HDDR!!
It's funny you say that because the kids were freaked out that I had my camera out on EE. I just wrapped the strap around my wrist & turned the camera off after the dead end.

We really enjoyed HDDR - update coming up soon.

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You got some great pics of the tigers.
We love Flame Tree too
I was glad to see the tigers because we didn't have such good luck seeing the baby gorilla last fall. We'll have to try that one again next time.

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Great safari pictures by both you and Zach.

Flame Tree was our favorite QS too, can't wait to read about your Hoop review
The safari is a must-do, at least once on each trip.

And flame tree is a must-eat!
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:35 AM   #202
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Swim Time

We were back at Vistana at 2pm. I changed my memory card and we headed to the pool for about an hour. This was the view from the back side of our villa:








Tim looked like he needed to drink the rum & coke that was in my new Disney mug:


Zach decided to check out the playground first.








Then it was sliding time:
















Tim & I just watched the boys swim. It was only in the low 70s and breezy. Lying in the sun felt nice! The view from our chairs:












Zach convinced Alex to check out the playground on our way out. Alex had been at environmental camp with his 5th grade class a couple weeks before our trip. The boys thought this looked like a mini ropes course. They had to take off their swim shirts because it was too cold to keep them on.




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Old 06-23-2012, 11:57 AM   #203
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The end of Swim Time & off to HDDR!

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This is the path from the parking lot side of our building toward the pool:


When we got back upstairs, we dressed for dinner and left around 3:45. We weren’t sure how easy or difficult it would be to get to Pioneer Hall for Hoop Dee Doo. We had to drive to Fort Wilderness, park and take a bus down into the campground. It was actually pretty cool to drive through there and see the campground. And it was pretty quick & easy. We arrived at Pioneer Hall at 4:20.




We hung out on a bench for a little while.






OK, well most of us hung out on a bench while Zach ran around and climbed on things.








Eventually I realized I needed to check us in so I went over and took care of that, then they sent us for our picture… which we ended up buying:


Then we lined up behind some other people at the bottom of the stairs to Pioneer Hall. A CM checked our tickets and sent the people in front of us over to the other side, so now we were at the front of the line. We hung out for a bit longer, chatted with the people behind us who happened to be from two towns over from us! At one point, a CM came over to the boys and told them he needed some help. He wanted one of them to ring the dinner bell!!! I was really happy that Zach wanted to do it & Alex was OK with that! A few minutes later, the CM came back out and got Zach to open the doors.








I also took a video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vil6pwxCoYg (21)

We were then escorted to our awesome front & center seats! We were actually in the second row (the first row seats are right up against the stage), right in the middle! I had made the ADR on the very first morning that I possibly could and despite wanting to change it several times, I resisted the urge knowing that seats are assigned based on when you make the ADR.








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Old 06-23-2012, 12:12 PM   #205
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More HDDR

Continued...







The boys in the parade:















Then it was time to go! We made our way back to the buses & rode back to our car. We spotted this along the way.


So what did we think of the show? You may remember me saying that I had been there as a kid & Tim & I had gone during our 1997 trip, before kids. Based on these experiences, I had high expectations. I thought the kids would really like the show. Well, luckily, I was right! We all had a great time! The kids were singing the songs for weeks to come. The food was a great fit for us too! There was something for everyone… even Alex liked the chicken & bread. It was expensive, so we won’t go back any time soon, but I’m sure we’ll want to see the show again in a few years. In my opinion, the category 1 seats, were well worth the price. We had a great view and felt like we were right in the middle of the action! We had a great time & I'm so glad we finally did it!

Up next: Calling it a night? Or finding something else to do?
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:28 PM   #206
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Your boys did look like they had a good time!
We haven't been to HDDR since our honeymoon. Something to think about for next time.
That pirate ship at the pool looked so cute. Did the boys like playing there? They have something similiar to that at Bonnet Creek.
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I think I am all caught up!

Disinfect and THEN take pictures! A good DISer takes pictures first and THEN disinfects!

Beautiful room and resort. The pool area also looks lovely. Looks like a fab resort with lots of room.

Love Zach's AK pictures. Nice safari pics in general. Love the HDDR pictures too! What a great show. Sounds like everyone had a blast.

Congrats to both boys for having such successful ends to the school year. I'm sure you are all excited for summer!
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I am very behind on your report, but trying to catch up.

Wow, the Vistana Villas room is GINORMOUS!!! What great spaces. And I love the views, overlooking the pool and the fountain area.

Where exactly is the resort located?

It sounds like things have been very busy with the end of school and baseball and swimming activities. Happy Summer to your family!
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:07 PM   #210
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I think I'm a couple of updates behind (don't remember if I commented on the morning at AK and yours and Zach's pictures -- great job!).

The kids look like they were having a blast at the pool with the slide and in the playground.

HDDR looks like a lot of fun. I'm not sure why we've never done it...even when the kids were little.

Sounds like a great day all around.
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