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Old 07-03-2012, 04:12 PM   #16
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waiting to hear about AKL CL
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Sounds like a blast. I'm in!
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:25 PM   #18
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Hi I really enjoyed reading your last trip report and I'm sure this one will be great too.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:01 PM   #19
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Hey there, Amanda!! You found it...you saved me an email Hope all is well with your family. I'm sure you're in the middle of planning your trip(s)
Hi! I was so happy to see you had started your TR. We are doing very well! I can't wait for our trip to get here!
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:30 PM   #20
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Signing on! We love AKL and we are planning our 1st cruise ever on the Dream next April!
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:40 AM   #21
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:03 AM   #22
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You're killin' me! You'll get a little info in the next installment, and by the first of next week you'll have it all...plenty of pictures and details....I promise!



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Sounds like a blast. I'm in!
It was a blast for sure!!! Glad to have you!



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Hi I really enjoyed reading your last trip report and I'm sure this one will be great too.
back! Good to 'see' you again! I'm hoping this TR will be up to par...I'm in grad school and having to split my time It might take me a little longer to get installments done...we'll see.




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Are y'all running one of the Disney races??




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Signing on! We love AKL and we are planning our 1st cruise ever on the Dream next April!
The Dream is awesome!!!! Y'all have so much to look forward to. Are you doing the 3, 4, or 5 night? Our friends did the 3 night Dream this past April during our Spring Break, and they are planning on doing it again next April...you may see them
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:31 AM   #23
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Found It! :-D

Can't wait to hear all about your trip! Your family is gorgeous. Is that you and dh on the ship balcony? You guys look stunning!
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OOooh, signin' up!


(Thanks for posting that link over in the thread, my sigs don't work either!)
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:30 AM   #25
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Great start-- LOVE the pictures so far Can't wait to read the rest.....
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So excited to follow along on another trip with you and your fun family! AKL club level and the Dream sound like a good combo to me!! And happy 45th to your folks!
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:04 PM   #27
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Happy 4th of July to everyone!!!

Just got back from a small get together at the river...now back to the DisBoards



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Can't wait to hear all about your trip! Your family is gorgeous. Is that you and dh on the ship balcony? You guys look stunning!
Yay! You found me over here! Thanks for the nice comments, and yes that's the hubby and me on our balcony getting ready for dinner at Remy.



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Hi there You must be using an iPad, too. Why don't the signatures show up on those things? Do all the smilies and all pictures appear? Can you tell I'm iPad illiterate



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So excited to follow along on another trip with you and your fun family! AKL club level and the Dream sound like a good combo to me!! And happy 45th to your folks!
back, Christine!! Hope all is well in CT (you are in CT, right?) That's nice of you to wish my parents a Happy Anniversary!


Hopefully I'll have another installment done by tonight...
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:51 PM   #28
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Checking in at AKL

Day 1
Checking In



Some of you already know that we’re early risers (or at least I am). I wanted to make sure we were on the road by 7am, but we didn’t leave until 7:30ish…already behind schedule! Dad’s making the picture…do you notice who is missing??? Poor Bill…he couldn’t get off work, bless his heart. Of course he’s probably thinking… “3 days without screaming kids!!”






We stopped for breakfast…and made it quick! Hit the road once again….headed to the World! Ignore the speed on the GPS….I’m quite sure it’s inaccurate.






Finally…Disney World is in our sights! The weather isn’t looking good, but any rainy day at the World is better than a sunny day at home.





And what true Disney Fan doesn’t get the obligatory shot of the infamous marker?? There’s just something about driving under “Walt Disney World” that makes the trip come alive! To this day, I still get excited when I see it!






Now we’re really close because we all spot….(can you hear the loud screams of excited children....and perhaps an adult or two?!)




When we drove into the Animal Kingdom Lodge area, we immediately felt like we were in another country….it soooooo did not look like Florida! The architecture and foliage were perfectly laid out to resemble Africa.





We pulled up to the guard shack and were instantly greeted with “Welcome Home!” When we gave the security guard our names, he immediately called the lodge and stated that he had 2 parties of Club Level guest that would be arriving within minutes. He kindly told us to drive up to the Lodge and a Concierge Cast Member would be greeting us and taking us directly to the lounge for check-in.









He was correct! Before I could even open the door of the van, there was someone there waiting. They loaded our luggage onto a cart and swept it away. The very friendly cast member then told us a little about the Lodge, and we followed her into the resort.



Beautiful fresh flowers welcomed us in…the arrangements throughout the resort were just stunning.






Our Concierge hostess spoke a bit more about the lodge while we stood inside, then she took us to the elevator to go check-in on the 6th floor.

Sorry this isn’t a better picture…we were in a hurry. But, you can see our hostess over to the side kindly escorting us the entire way. I’m sure I’ll say this time and time again, but every cast member we met at AKL were extremely friendly!! We are still talking about the hospitality shown throughout our stay…probably some of the best we’ve encountered at WDW….seriously.





Would you believe that I didn’t get any pictures while checking in….or should I say, MOM didn’t get any pictures while dad and I were checking in. Of course she was running after 3 very excited children...so I’ll let her off the hook. I believe she was prying their little hands off the chocolate chip cookies while we chatted with concierge staff.

Dad did manage to get this shot from the 6th floor…basically this is the view from the lounge. The lobby area is quite impressive.





They told us that we would be staying on the 4th floor on the ….





This is an old aerial view…(notice that the Villas aren’t over to the left of the picture)…but will give you a visual of where our room was located. We had a great view of the Savannah (more on that later...with lots of pictures)





Our rooms were not ready, but no big deal. We kinda expected that since it was noon when we checked in. We had lunch ressies at TRex so it worked out perfectly. The concierge staff said they would text me with the room number when the room was ready.


We looked around briefly, but then decided to go ahead and drive over to DTD and eat lunch.




Up next ….lunch at TRex with a dining review!
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An early riser?? You???? LOL.

Wow! It was like the red carpet was laid out for you, how nice!!! Can't wait to see pics of your room!!

And, no....I have not started packing yet...we just got back from MD yesterday and are packing up for a weekend wedding that we leave for tomorrow...and then on Sunday...when we are back...I will start packing for Disney
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Great check-in, great so far!!! I love the feeling that you are far far away that you get from AKL Can't wait to see the pics from your balcony
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