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Old 07-01-2012, 11:17 AM   #46
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DVC_Dreamer, I am loving your trip report!
Beautiful pictures. Can you elaborate on the kind on camera you have?
Hurray for TR !!!! Thanks for the kudos. So much fun.

My camera is a Sony Cybershot DSC-H55 and it's a couple years old. It's easy to use with many features. As you can tell, I love the panoramic shots. There are many easy settings and manual modes. I took pictures literally and liberally all the time. One handed, on the run, on the rides, you name it and I was shooting. I didn't even bother with my new video camera and did some video with this camera.

I'm glad you'all have liked my pictures. I almost bought a new model but decided this one would do.

When my battery went low, I switched to iPhone. DW was taking pictures with her older Sony Cybershot and you'll see some of those mixed in with mine very soon.

I seriously have this trip documented every step of the way.

Loving it !!! Hope the views surpass last year's TR.
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Thanks for the beautiful pictures of the rooms! They look so much like the VGC layout, only with the modern decor that I'm sure we'll love it.

Also glad that you were able to use all of your fastpasses. We've never tried to do that at Disneyland, always just gotten a bunch in the morning, then used them in the afternoon after naptime. Its going to be an adjustment for us to figure out how to use them when they're eligible. Hoping they'll have the pre-reserved FP system up before our trip ...

Also great that you enjoyed the food. We love food. I read so many negative reviews, and of how the food has gone downhill, but if its still decent, just not as good as it was before (and is higher priced now), I'm sure we'll enjoy it immensely. Especially considering I have no idea what I ate last time I was at Disney World in the early 90's.
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Old 07-01-2012, 02:53 PM   #48
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Don't you just love AKL!!! Your pictures are great and i'm learning to be a little more patient, just don't tell my wife!!
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:08 PM   #49
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Thanks for the beautiful pictures of the rooms! They look so much like the VGC layout, only with the modern decor that I'm sure we'll love it.

Also glad that you were able to use all of your fastpasses. We've never tried to do that at Disneyland, always just gotten a bunch in the morning, then used them in the afternoon after naptime. Its going to be an adjustment for us to figure out how to use them when they're eligible. Hoping they'll have the pre-reserved FP system up before our trip ...

Also great that you enjoyed the food. We love food. I read so many negative reviews, and of how the food has gone downhill, but if its still decent, just not as good as it was before (and is higher priced now), I'm sure we'll enjoy it immensely. Especially considering I have no idea what I ate last time I was at Disney World in the early 90's.
I know when we researched DVC we enjoyed the pictures of the rooms. I'm doing my best to give you a few angles.

We didn't use our fastpasses every time. We made a few people happy when we gave them up and they were still valid. We did make very good use of FP's we used and we didn't wait in many long lines.

I kind of don't know how to answer the question, "Was it crowded?". My answer is that "It depends." It's not as crowded as Christmas but there's a lot of people. I don't like to wait in lines but I can't complain. We didn't wait too much.

When I was in college, many complained about the food. Our food was done by Marriott. I had no complaints and I put on about 30lbs in college.
I've read the negative complaints about the food going down hill. I don't know about that. I really enjoyed our meals. We had sit downs at Sanaa, Kona, Sci-Fi, 1900 Park Fare and Garden Grill. There are higher end restaurants I know but my stomach was very happy all week.
Fresh fruit, veggies, bread, meats and salads were all great. My DD eats vegan and she was delighted with the special treatment by the chefs. I wish I had this kind of variety at home. I need to hit the lottery and get a chef.

The only way to know for sure is to try yourself. Everybody's tastes are different. I've got a good feeling that you'll enjoy.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:16 PM   #50
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Don't you just love AKL!!! Your pictures are great and i'm learning to be a little more patient, just don't tell my wife!!
AKL is amazing.

I share your challenge with patience. I'm already getting impatient for my next trip.

The Villas at Kidani are a short bus ride from the main lodge and Jambo house.
The DVC tour guide told us that the rooms are a bit larger than the converted DVC's at Jambo at the main lodge.

I could be wrong but the vibe at Kidani seemed a bit too quiet for me. I think I might enjoy staying at Jambo better where it's closer to the lodge.
I'd be interested in what other's feel about Kidani vs. Jambo.

All in all, I still like my BLT and it's location. I really like being in the MK region. When they build DVC at Poly, I'm so there.

Hang in there... I'm only half through my trip report with lots more pictures.
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Day 4 continued with BWV check-in and EPCOT evening

To start, a couple bonus shots from my DW's camera that I just downloaded from her memory card.

Here we are waiting for dinner at Sanaa.


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On my walk from the Dolphin, I took a bunch of pictures as I made my way to the room.


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I love the Boardwalk area !!!


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DW and DD were already at the room when DS and I joined them at BWV.


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Getting acquainted with our new digs.


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Living room and kitchen area.


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Second bedroom


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Master bathroom


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Master bedroom


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The view from my bedroom is of the quiet pool.


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We call up bell services and they bring our bags from BLT straight away. Again, super service. After unpacking, I've got a second wind. I'm not hungry. I actually skip dinner that night since we had a late lunch. We head over to EPCOT for the night.
I'm so excited to catch some tunes with the Billy Joel tribute band, "Big Shot".

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DW snapped a couple cool early evening shots of EPCOT. These are from her camera.


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Her camera is not as great in low light as mine but these shots are pretty cool.

We stay late enough to enjoy Illuminations. By the end of Illuminations, my feet hurt and I'm tired. It's been a long, fun day. We walk back to our new room at BWV. Nice.
We really had an easy transfer to our new room. Tired now, time for night, nights....

I hear some commotion in other rooms about sleeping arrangements. DW "fixes" it with some stern words. Yo, kids, don't forget who's paying the bill !
They patch it up in morning....

Day 5 is Hollywood Studio's ... get ready for some Tower of Terror.
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Thanks for taking the time to do your TR!! Lovin' it

But, now I may have to change my plans...LOL. We are going in May/June 2013 and I had decided on a OKW/BCV split stay. Now I may change it to BLT/BCV. Your pics and review of BLT are great and making me rethink it all.
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AKL is amazing.

I share your challenge with patience. I'm already getting impatient for my next trip.

The Villas at Kidani are a short bus ride from the main lodge and Jambo house.
The DVC tour guide told us that the rooms are a bit larger than the converted DVC's at Jambo at the main lodge.

I could be wrong but the vibe at Kidani seemed a bit too quiet for me. I think I might enjoy staying at Jambo better where it's closer to the lodge.
I'd be interested in what other's feel about Kidani vs. Jambo.

All in all, I still like my BLT and it's location. I really like being in the MK region. When they build DVC at Poly, I'm so there.

Hang in there... I'm only half through my trip report with lots more pictures.
We have reservations at AKV the first week in May. We were thinking of doing a split stay and trying to get a few nights at BCV. Now I'm thinking BLT with its easy convenience to MK. What do you think my chances are for getting a 1 BR the first week of May??
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:09 PM   #54
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Thanks for taking the time to do your TR!! Lovin' it

But, now I may have to change my plans...LOL. We are going in May/June 2013 and I had decided on a OKW/BCV split stay. Now I may change it to BLT/BCV. Your pics and review of BLT are great and making me rethink it all.
Everyone has they're own likes and dislikes. My opinions are heavy on location. I really like "hanging" close to parks. Others like the big themed/quiet resorts. DW would argue that BLT has a cool, contemporary theme.

I think a BLT/BCV would be an awesome combo.
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:12 PM   #55
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Go for it !

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We have reservations at AKV the first week in May. We were thinking of doing a split stay and trying to get a few nights at BCV. Now I'm thinking BLT with its easy convenience to MK. What do you think my chances are for getting a 1 BR the first week of May??
If you love the MK resort area like me, go for it ! Do your kids love MK? Go for it.

I would like to do a trip and split AKV and BLT. I would do more days at BLT because of location and easy access to the other parks. That's me.

I can't guess on availability but I would think first week of May is a possibility compared to other busier times of year.

Good Luck!
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Day 5 - HS and escape from heat

I spent some time walking around the resort and getting familiar with my surroundings. I was surprised to find that there are no self-serve drink stations for our purchased cups. You can get them filled at the bars, bakery and sweet shop. Coffee, at the resort bar area, is self serve. I did remember my own coffee and filters. During the trip, I make my own and use my mug at the drink station. I'm not sure about half and half at resort so I buy a pint at the store and a large danish for the crew.

We get up a bit late this 5th morning. It's past 8am and we don't bother the group too much to get rolling. We learn that my DS's friend is hurting but trying to be nice. DW gets to the bottom of it to find that she has serious pain in her knees. Come to find out, she has a painful knee condition. We ask her if she'd consider a wheelchair for today's park trip.

We get to HS at 10am.


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I'm so glad she's more comfortable in a wheelchair. Her inflammation gets a chance to heal and she can have fun too without the pain.


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DD makes a run for FP's to Toy Story while we get in line for TOT.


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DS's girlfriend is afraid of these dropping rides and has an exhilarating experience. She's glad to conquer TOT for first time.

The line is too long for RR so we go for a milkshake. At least DW calls it a milkshake. I guess you have to wait for it to melt in the hot FL sun. Speaking of heat, we get reports from back home in CT that they're having a serious heat wave at almost 100 degrees. I remember saying, "We escaped a NE heat wave by going to FL in the summer?". Weird. Our weather for this trip was great.


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DS loves Stitch and we catch a quick picture with the little rascal. He burps on us. <kidding> Chili dog I think...


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We make our way to the car stunt show.


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On our way over to Star Tours, we begin to get a little rain.


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I ride Star Tours but I have to close my eyes half way through due to motion sickness. The kids love it. I enjoy but only to a point.

Sci-Fi for early dinner. I love this place. Can you tell?


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Sorry, I was hungry and started eating before I took my meal picture. This pastrami rueben was awesome. Tender and tasty.


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DD had the chef come out and he was so nice explaining the veggie burger and adding a portebello mushroom. Sweet potato fries are yummy too. We've begun making these at home too.


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The theme of this restaurant in the drive-in with old Sci-Fi movies is great.


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Kids, "Don't play with your food."


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We use our Toy Story FP's finally. This is one ride where wheelchair is not an advantage. There's only one vehicle and you have to wait for it with all others.

Fun ride and DD beats my score.


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We get rained on without poncho's or umbrellas and make it to Muppets. After Muppets, we do RR and TOT. I love how fast RR takes off. It's amazing .


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We ride boat back to Boardwalk.


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Some resort pictures from bar, lobby and gift shop.
This is where I get my coffee most mornings.


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Lobby at BWV.


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The vibe and decor at this resort reminds me of the Beach Club. It takes me a couple days to settle in and know where to go for stuff. We chill this 5th night. The family got me a card and Amazon gift card. I buy some new music on my iPad. Early night so we can do some commando MK on our 6th day...
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Everyone has they're own likes and dislikes. My opinions are heavy on location. I really like "hanging" close to parks. Others like the big themed/quiet resorts. DW would argue that BLT has a cool, contemporary theme.

I think a BLT/BCV would be an awesome combo.
With you there--that is why I know own BLT and BWV--I love being so close to it all.

We have done the BLT/BCV split and liked that as well...can't wait to here the rest of the trip...like I said earlier, making me get really excited for my upcoming trip!!
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Day 6 - Good park hopper day

Day 6 was a good day to park hop. We'd been to MK and EPCOT earlier in our trip and now it was time to fill in for places we missed.

For my trip report, I take notes each night. That's how I can come home and report back a daily record. I left my notebook at work yesterday. I'll post heavy on the pictures and fill in any commentary later from my notes.

The pictures tell the story and I took over 200 on this 6th day.

Here's a bunch from the Boardwalk area. This area is so gorgeous and I took a bunch of shots. These are from early morning.


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Yacht & Beach Club


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Dolphin in the distance.


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Boardwalk Villas


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Boardwalk entrance to BWV


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Stairs and sign on way to lobby of BWV


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We got out of bed and on the bus early enough to make MK by 8:30 am. DS says to me, "Why are they letting everyone into the park already?" I respond that those people either have breakfast reservations or tours. Our bad. To our surprise, MK had extra magic hour and opened at 8am. No problem, except we missed opening show. It's a good thing I did the video earlier in week. Still, the park is not crowded yet and we can ride lots of FantasyLand before the big crowds come.


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Looking back at Main Street from Castle


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Too cute kids on the tea cups


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Goofy and Goofier


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While sitting down to a cool, frozen Coke, we notice Trash, the talking trash can. It was cute watching him goof on the kids.


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I catch the real Goofy on his way to give autographs.


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The family is ready for lunch and decides on Pinnochio Haus. I'm somehow reminded that I really want to try the waffle sandwich. DD and I go and find the quick service spot in Liberty Square that has the waffle sandwich. We grab my sandwich and meet the crew at Pinnochio Haus for lunch.


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I enjoy my sandwich with some vinaigrette dressing.


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DW and I decide to do something "provocative" on the Splash picture. DD decides to block our efforts.


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I did a bunch of goofy poses this day. Oh, who am I kidding. I'm goofy all the time.


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I get several comments on my tshirt during this day from people that live in my area back home. This young lady grew up in our hometown and noticed us. We get a picture with her.


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We spent half day in MK and half in EPCOT. Stay tuned for second half of this day as I'll report on that soon...
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Ooh that waffle sandwich looks good. Pinnochio Haus, you say? I need to start compiling a list of yummy counter service places, all the food you ate looks awesome!
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Ooh that waffle sandwich looks good. Pinnochio Haus, you say? I need to start compiling a list of yummy counter service places, all the food you ate looks awesome!
I picked up the waffle sandwich on the way to Pinnochio Haus. There's a quick service in Liberty Square that has the fresh waffle sandwich and treats.
I use allears.net for looking up menus. I used it from my iPhone while in the parks.
Enjoy!
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