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Old 08-05-2012, 07:16 AM   #316
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I love your wanderings around AKL! I have only made it over there once and it was the evening I hit the wall on that trip and as much as I wanted to look around and enjoy, all I could think of was getting back to my resort and crawling into bed. I definitely need a do over!

I don't see the hidden mickey...help!

The science teacher in me needs to let you know those sun rays are called crepuscular rays (and when they are dispersed up from the sun they are anti-crepuscular rays). Now you can really impress someone with your knowledge of meteorlogical terminology!

Darn, I missed a picture I knew! (started a new job last week and spent the week before soaking in the last of my summer vacation) I don't really have a clue about the most recent one but I'll guess the queue of the Liberty Belle.
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I'm also going to say Columbia Harbor House, second floor on a wall.
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:27 PM   #318
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Great update of AKL! I have to stay there sometime. It is so beautiful and looks super relaxing and quiet. May have to try out Sanaa as well!
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Old 08-05-2012, 06:12 PM   #319
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I've read a previous trip report of yours and loved it so I am so happy to see another one in progress!

Congratulations on your beautiful wedding! I'm glad to see you guys did the tea ceremnoy; we did too and alot of the my parents and grandparents generation were so happy that we did, they didn't want to ask for it but it was nice for it to still be acknowledged as a custom to them!

I can't wait to hear more of your trip!
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:10 AM   #320
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I am going to guess: Columbia Harbor House.
You got it! It is Columbia Harbour House! Weak sauce point for you!

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I love your wanderings around AKL! I have only made it over there once and it was the evening I hit the wall on that trip and as much as I wanted to look around and enjoy, all I could think of was getting back to my resort and crawling into bed. I definitely need a do over!

I don't see the hidden mickey...help!

The science teacher in me needs to let you know those sun rays are called crepuscular rays (and when they are dispersed up from the sun they are anti-crepuscular rays). Now you can really impress someone with your knowledge of meteorlogical terminology!

Darn, I missed a picture I knew! (started a new job last week and spent the week before soaking in the last of my summer vacation) I don't really have a clue about the most recent one but I'll guess the queue of the Liberty Belle.
The resort is so large that exploring it is quite a feat!

Haha, thanks for sharing your science knowledge! Crepuscular ... crepuscular ... crepuscular ... crepuscular ... crepuscular ... crepuscular ... okay, hopefully I will remember it next time! I have to read something many times for it to stick for good.

Hopefully, you can play the next 3 rounds of Cropped! I think they're pretty easy in comparison to others I've posted.

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I'm also going to say Columbia Harbor House, second floor on a wall.
Yup, it was Columbia Harbour House!

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Great update of AKL! I have to stay there sometime. It is so beautiful and looks super relaxing and quiet. May have to try out Sanaa as well!
Thanks! Sanaa is definitely worth a visit!

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I've read a previous trip report of yours and loved it so I am so happy to see another one in progress!

Congratulations on your beautiful wedding! I'm glad to see you guys did the tea ceremnoy; we did too and alot of the my parents and grandparents generation were so happy that we did, they didn't want to ask for it but it was nice for it to still be acknowledged as a custom to them!

I can't wait to hear more of your trip!
I'm so glad that you liked my other trip report and super happy that you've joined in for this one!

The tea ceremony took quite a lot of convincing once we were there. I'm glad we did it in the long run although it was kind of strange that it ended up being US trying to get THEM to do it even though it was for them in the first place! Haha.


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Old 08-06-2012, 01:40 AM   #321
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Bread Service and Bus Stops

Before I start recapping what we did on our first full vacation day, I'm going to add a couple of tweets that I posted from the day before.

We canceled bluezoo ADRs because we didn't want to go so far from our resort, and now we see that Lou Mongello was there tonight! Sad.

Sanaa's shrimp in green curry sauce? Greatest thing EVER. That one dish alone is making me rank it higher than Le Cellier!

I think it was important to include that because as you can see, Lou Mongello was at bluezoo! Wait, what?!? We missed LOU MONGELLO?!? I couldn't believe it! But then the thought of not having the opportunity to try that shrimp in green curry sauce kinda evens it out a bit. I mean, nothing will ever beat the private conversation we had with Lou and Jim Korkis, so what can ya do?

When we woke up the next morning, we knew that we would be going to Animal Kingdom. I had actually saved the suggestions for parks from Touring Plans a while ago, but I didn't email them to myself or write them down! Whoops! It didn't matter anyway in the long run because we just went with the flow throughout the week. As we started getting ready for the day, I found out that I had woken Howard up in the middle of the night!

Whoops, sorry Howard. I didn't mean to wake you up because of my habit of talking in my sleep! "Wait, WHAT?"

Haha, I apparently said the "Wait, WHAT?!?" in such a loud and confident manner that it startled him! He knew that I talked in my sleep, but I guess it's totally different hearing it! Don't worry though. I'm not the only one who talks in my sleep ...

We decided to just have donuts for breakfast since we had plans to eat lunch at Flame Tree BBQ when we got to AK. I think I already said it, but I'll say it again. Garden Grocer is definitely the way to go. I know there's another grocery delivery service, but either one you choose is definitely a great way to save money! I personally chose GG because the prices were on the website. I know the other option might have been cheaper, but I didn't really want to find out later on how much we spent. I just wanted to know we had that minimum of $40 and be done with it.



I can't really just have a sugary treat in the morning for breakfast and be full from it. Even cereal doesn't last very long. On work days, I like having something with protein. So it wasn't unusual for me to still be hungry after having a donut! Well, what do you know! We still have Sanaa leftovers in the fridge!



We both finished the rest of the bread service, and I have to say that it was STILL extremely tasty! Those dips were still delicious and even though the bread was cold, it held up well overnight! It just reminded us once again that we would definitely have to go back for another meal during our honeymoon.



Just a few things left to do, and then we'd be ready to go! I don't know what I was doing here as Howard took this mirror picture.



Before we left our room, we found some mail on the floor from Mickey and Minnie! They congratulated us and popped in a card for Photopass. I don't know if there was a deal on it or anything because we didn't even bother with Photopass at all during our honeymoon. In the past, I thought that we might pre-order it, but then it just didn't make sense when you can give the PP CMs your own camera!



We left our room and came upon some workers fixing up the paint in the hallway downstairs. It was interesting to see since I didn't see any issues with the paint that was already there! Guess it wasn't up to Disney's standards.



Oh wait! Now I remember what I was doing in the mirror picture by the sinks! I was trying to touch up my nail polish! It had started to chip, but I didn't have time to redo it before we left, so I just brought the bottle with me. I figured I could just lightly add another layer so that my tips wouldn't show where it was flaking. Apparently, I didn't do a very good job because I got nail polish on my fingers, and I got it all over my other fingers as I tried to rub it off! Haha, it took a while for all of it to come off. I think it took the course of the entire day! Why was my nail polish chipping? It's because I did my nails myself! I wasn't about to pay for a manicure when no one would really be looking at them up close. I had this color for a while, and it worked better than the lighter, glittery pink I had purchased for the wedding. On the morning of the wedding, I had said something about a chip on my thumb, and both the makeup artist and my cousin Nik asked if I had used a top coat. What was my response? What's a top coat? Haha, I mean, I know it's such a silly thing to admit, but I didn't think that doing the other coats were that important! Of course, in the past, my nail colors were always translucent, so you could never tell ...



Anyway, we stood by the Animal Kingdom bus stop that had a good amount of people there so I was glad we didn't just miss one. This is the view to the right. It's the path to the lobby. I appreciated the fact that everything was under a lot of shade.



It's amazing being able to sleep in without rushing to a Disney park since we're on our own schedule!


I read recently that the Imagineers purposely used a lot of foliage to cover the resort so that you can't see it until you're right there. I think that's pretty cool. Really creates a unique environment.



Still waiting for a bus! It really wasn't that long, but I was eager to get started especially since I didn't want to waste precious time on my feet at a bus stop (if you've read past TRs, you might remember I have a condition called orthostatic hypotension and vasovagal syncope, so standing can be an issue at times because it could lead to palpitations and then fainting).



At least we had a lot to look at!



Finally the bus arrived and since we weren't there the earliest, we waited for everyone else to get on first. I was just so excited to be getting on our first Disney bus EVER!!!

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Old 08-06-2012, 05:04 AM   #322
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You can't really appreciate the wonder of AKL until you see it for yourself!
So true. It is a warm and inviting place, and you certainly don't feel like you are anywhere close to a 'theme park' when you are here. I enjoyed being there again through your pictures.
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Here is where I admit that I am a bit of a Disney bus snob. . . with the exception of the internal bus at Ft. Wilderness, I have never been on a Disney bus. I don't have much patience for waiting, so we always try to rent a car and drive ourselves! I hope the Disney buses were good to you!
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:47 AM   #324
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I am all caught up.

AKL looks amazing...I've only been there once for dinner at Boma and we had such a great time exploring the resort, although I don't recall seeing the catwalk!

Yay for your first Disney bus! (I just went on my first Disney bus last month).

Looking forward to more, as always!
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:48 PM   #325
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I am totally with you on needing protein for breakfast. I never have cereal anymore. I will either make eggs or we will have the Jimmy Dean Delights breakfast sandwiches. Those do have cheese.
We do have donuts on Saturday morning but lunch is usually earlier too.
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I'm not too girly (and a nail biter) so I've never really gotten into the whole 4 coats of polish thing. My 5 year old DD however, really likes a top coat.

I hope that you enjoyed your first bus ride! What nice manners you have letting everyone else on!
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It must be so weird getting used to sleeping in a bed with someone all the time... especially if they talk! That's hilarious.

Hooray! I love Animal Kingdom. Can't wait to see what you did that day.
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I must seriously be the only person NOT on Twitter. I should join. I'm just so intimidated. It took me forever to join FB and I was so nervous I'd do something wrong, and now that's how I feel about Twitter!

I really want to try Garden Grocer, it's so much more convenient than driving around, looking for grocery stores. I mean, there's a Publix pretty close to Disney, but if I can avoid leaving Disney property as much as possible, that would be fantastic!

Haha, my nail polish always chips too...and I use a top coat! It still chips! I'm just not girl enough to know how to prevent things like that, what can I say?

Yay, your first Disney bus! We went on our first Disney bus last October and we loved it, it's so much fun! I don't think I could ever do a whole trip relying on bus transportation, but it's a nice change when you don't feel like driving!
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I love AKL so much. There's animals outside! How cool. Those two big rooms by the exit are guest rooms - I think they're the presidential suites? Something like that, the really fancy ones that cost five million dollars a night.

Sanaa looks amazing! We've only ever done Boma (yum) but I really want to try some of the fancier restaurants next time. The food looks amazing and they seem a little quieter than some of the other restaurants. Resort dining is the best

I love those Entenmann's donuts - the crumb topped ones are the best! They're very rare here in Colorado for some reason (Coloradans hate donuts, apparently) and I miss them so much.

Yay for Disney buses! Haven't been on one of them for a long time - now we drive to the parks (in Florida) or (in California) they're not necessary! I'm not sure that I really miss them though, haha.
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So true. It is a warm and inviting place, and you certainly don't feel like you are anywhere close to a 'theme park' when you are here. I enjoyed being there again through your pictures.
It really is! I'm glad it was our first resort for our honeymoon. I can't imagine being at any of the other resorts. Maybe for future trips though!

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Here is where I admit that I am a bit of a Disney bus snob. . . with the exception of the internal bus at Ft. Wilderness, I have never been on a Disney bus. I don't have much patience for waiting, so we always try to rent a car and drive ourselves! I hope the Disney buses were good to you!
Haha, I was afraid it would bother me that we had to factor in a "commute" time because we're so used to cars, but I actually enjoyed it a lot more! Having to park and walk and then get in a hot car at the end of the day would have been too much for me. Of course, I say that because we had pretty good luck with buses throughout the whole trip!

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I am all caught up.

AKL looks amazing...I've only been there once for dinner at Boma and we had such a great time exploring the resort, although I don't recall seeing the catwalk!

Yay for your first Disney bus! (I just went on my first Disney bus last month).

Looking forward to more, as always!
I didn't specifically look for the concierge lounge while on the catwalk (I think it's across, one floor up?), but that'd be such an awesome view to have while sitting and eating. I just loved the view from the catwalk and thought about how they should put chairs there, haha.

Disney buses can actually be so much fun!

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We do have donuts on Saturday morning but lunch is usually earlier too.
Cereal is the perfect snack for the afternoon or after dinner, haha. In the morning, I want a good ol' breakfast sandwich! We got the Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches from Garden Grocer for 2 of our days since it's 4 per pack. It was nice having something hearty to start off the day!

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I'm not too girly (and a nail biter) so I've never really gotten into the whole 4 coats of polish thing. My 5 year old DD however, really likes a top coat.

I hope that you enjoyed your first bus ride! What nice manners you have letting everyone else on!
Haha, I'm not very girly either, but when I forgot to put on my plain ol' translucent pink polish on my toes for our April trip, I ended up buying a purple and a green. And by green, I mean GREEN. I painted my toes and got used to having color there (not my hands though; I only did those for the wedding, otherwise I only do my toes). I think it'd be fun to have painted toenails for the summer! So I thought about maybe branching out into my nails, but I'd need top coat to seal it all in after all that hard work! Haha, how cute that your DD likes it though!

I'm used to waiting at bus stops in NYC. Even when there are a lot of people, MOST of the time, people wait for their turn based on the order they arrived. Of course, there are the ones who just push on the bus. The niceness is usually on the express buses.

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It must be so weird getting used to sleeping in a bed with someone all the time... especially if they talk! That's hilarious.

Hooray! I love Animal Kingdom. Can't wait to see what you did that day.
Haha, it really is! I mean, I've slept in the same bed with my family members when vacationing or my cousins when we share a bed at a church retreat, but that would be like, a week at the most. It's been almost 3 months of sleeping in the same bed with someone, and we're getting used to quirks! Howard likes rolling off his pillow and rolling onto mine! That's cuz I have a lower pillow though. It's just so odd!

I can't wait to go to AK in a cooler month! I love it, but I know I'd enjoy it more NOT in May!

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I must seriously be the only person NOT on Twitter. I should join. I'm just so intimidated. It took me forever to join FB and I was so nervous I'd do something wrong, and now that's how I feel about Twitter!

I really want to try Garden Grocer, it's so much more convenient than driving around, looking for grocery stores. I mean, there's a Publix pretty close to Disney, but if I can avoid leaving Disney property as much as possible, that would be fantastic!

Haha, my nail polish always chips too...and I use a top coat! It still chips! I'm just not girl enough to know how to prevent things like that, what can I say?

Yay, your first Disney bus! We went on our first Disney bus last October and we loved it, it's so much fun! I don't think I could ever do a whole trip relying on bus transportation, but it's a nice change when you don't feel like driving!
Twitter is fun! I like it on the days when I feel like updating a lot but don't want to bother people on Facebook with my constant updates. That's why it worked for the honeymoon because I didn't want to flood people's feeds. Twitter is basically just status updates.

Garden Grocer was great! If we had a car, we would've gone to the store to save the money, BUT it would've meant spending a LOT more time shopping since we'd probably be debating what drinks to get whereas with GG, we had it all decided ahead of time based on the limited things that GG had available. It worked out really well for us! And they delivered it to our room, so we didn't have to carry the heavy drinks upstairs!

Haha, you and I are a like in that regard! I am not the kind of girl that really knows anything about doing nails and applying makeup. That's why the makeup artist for the wedding was probably like, appalled at me when she saw what my cousins could do! I know how to trim my nails ... when they get too long and break. That's about it!

It'd be nice to have the option of bus AND car! We would've been able to do more with a car like heading to DTD and even getting to bluezoo on our first night. But it worked out for us to have JUST the buses since it was hot and we could get into AC right away.

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I love AKL so much. There's animals outside! How cool. Those two big rooms by the exit are guest rooms - I think they're the presidential suites? Something like that, the really fancy ones that cost five million dollars a night.

Sanaa looks amazing! We've only ever done Boma (yum) but I really want to try some of the fancier restaurants next time. The food looks amazing and they seem a little quieter than some of the other restaurants. Resort dining is the best

I love those Entenmann's donuts - the crumb topped ones are the best! They're very rare here in Colorado for some reason (Coloradans hate donuts, apparently) and I miss them so much.

Yay for Disney buses! Haven't been on one of them for a long time - now we drive to the parks (in Florida) or (in California) they're not necessary! I'm not sure that I really miss them though, haha.
Oh wow. I can't imagine what it'd be like to stay in such a fancy room! Haha, if the regular rooms already cost an arm and a leg, those rooms are going to cost a couple more organs!

Sanaa and Boma had different feels just cuz one was a sit down and one was a buffet. I loved them both and so did Howard! I really did like the quieter atmosphere. I don't think I can deal with something like Chef Mickey's, at least not on our honeymoon.

Now every time I see the donuts at the store, I want them because it reminds me of the honeymoon! I can't believe you don't have access to these donuts more often! How sad!

It's really an experience that I wanted to have at least ONCE in my lifetime, and I'm glad to have done it! During a colder month, it'll be nice to have a car though. It won't be hot having to get in!
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