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Old 10-15-2012, 03:48 PM   #106
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Chapter 4. Wrong way dummy


we had landed and stopped for a rest room break so me and noelle conversed. while candi changed parker into some shorts for the reminder of the day.


Shortly after we found our way to an empty "fake" monorail to the adults, but still an "awesome" monorail for the kids ride to the main buidling.

parker was jumping with joy at the monorail ride we were about to take.

so being the clever dad I am we went to the very front so the kids would have a good view of what was in front of them.



you would think this was my first time in disney, and i would not make this mistake again...the guy in the red is even a little foreshadowing of where we SHOULD be going.

but nope i said this way family the right is where we need to be. so down the elevator we go.

i get out and see car rental as far as i can see.

back up the elevator, and to the left side we go...but it gave us the opportunity to stop in front of the mickey store sign.


word of advice, go past security and hang a LEFT at the mickey store, this will take you ME and mickey.

a quick trip down the elevators on that side, and we are starting to see mickey heads...so naturally i tell parker, hey buddy those mickey heads on the floor will take us to the mickey bus.

Parker "i know dad"

i love how four year olds already know it all


there were zero people in any of the lines so after the nice CM scanned our tags and told us to have a great trip, we entered line 6 and were on our way to the front of the line.



but did this mean we would have the empty bus in front of us waiting, or a full bus that people already have filled up and emptied our line.


we were lead outside to a bank of busses waiting, not a regular resort, bus but still a cruise line bus...and thankgoodness it wasnt a yellow mears bus.


we entered the bus and it was completely empty, yeah baby front row...parker was pumped, so we claimed our seats in front and began the wait to fill the bus up, maybe 10 minutes we waited till we off.




since we have been married this was the longest we have taken between trips 2 years and a few months, it seemed like forever and we were glad to be just a short bus ride away from our favorite vacation spot.

noelle spent the time waiting to take off, by going through her purse and getting her lotion on and prepping for her big adventure



her big adventure consisted of falling asleep as soon as the bus began to roll



parker was thrilled to watch the welcome video.

and pretty soon we were exiting the freeway and i started to see some familiar sights.

the time of day made for some uncomfortable sitting to get this shot, as i had to sit and slouch down with my mid back pretty much on the bottom coushin of the seat since the sun visor was down so far...but still turned out pretty good. and soon enough we were rolling under this bad boy.



now for the next surprise...just kidding dear we are not staying at AoA but AKL




just seeing if you guys were awake, or skipping through.

actually we stopped here and let one guy off didnt even have a carry on luggage...must not have been many people going to AKL then for its own bus, so they let him hitch a ride with us.

so now back to our regular route, and we are soon heading into our resort.



and the welcome booth


noelle was mildly impressed with the signage



i have a much better picture later in the trip of the resort sign, but this will do for now.



since we are in the front row, we are the first ones off, and maybe 10 other people get off with us...the driver gets our stowed bags and stroller from under the motorcoach and i turn to find the wife and kids at the little welcome stand on the entrancway.

he had given candi anniversary pins for me and here, seeing as it was our anniversary the day before, and part of the reason we choose the dates. 6 years prior we were arriving at CBR for our honeymoon.

he gave noelle a 1st visit pin, and when asked what parker was celebrating we tried to come up with something clever, but we couldn't so he just gave him a pin that said he could celebrate whatever he wanted.

he was a very nice man and a great greeter for the resort.


just past his stand was a few easels set up for kids to do drawings on of characters and enter them into the drawing of the day...we never got around to going back to do this.

his stand also had little paint cans of paint puzzles the ids could help him work on, as well as pick out there very own puzzle to take home with them free of charge...parker passed up his favorit blue color and picked out a red...he would here nothing of us putting the puzzle in our bag or carrying it for him. he didnt put it down or even let us see it until we got to our room...he loved that thing, and was very proud to now own it.



we then headed inside to check in and see the rest of the resort.



well nuts, i didnt mean to not get this chapter through check in, but im at the image limit for now...so will have to do the next update tomorrow of the picture tour to our rooms, but at least you got to see some of the resort.

from time to time this trip, i will have some sound bites, or questions i asked parker during our trip...

"parker, what did you feel when we told you we were going to disney today?"

"happy"

"What did you think about the bus?"

"good"

i didnt say it was prize journalism or in depth conversations, but those were his answers.
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Hello I'm checking in and enjoying your report. Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:37 PM   #109
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Late but I'm here! Congrats on getting the surprise off! Can't believe that Noelle is already a year old!

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Great start.
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:52 PM   #111
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Great pictures! Your kids are adorable
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Great update, Dan. I love the picture when you are "conversing" with Noelle while Candy was getting Parker dressed.

You got a GREAT picture of the entrance to Disney World...and you get a big

Love the sign in front of the new resort.
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The ME conundrum at MCO. Everyone always going the wrong way.

Cruise line bus definitely trumps a Mears bus. I can't stand getting a Mears bus.

Kids always get to the point. "good", "fine", "k".
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kudos on planning a surprise. when are you going and where are you staying?
We are going Jan 31 for 10 nights. We are staying at AKL Kidani Village. I am so excited, first time at a deluxe resort. We love Disney so much...my kids are 10 and 7 and ask almost every day if we can go back. I told my daughter (10) that we can go back on her 13th birthday...haha instead of almost 3 months from now. On top of it we will be there for my husbands birthday so I am going to book the terrance dessert firework party when it becomes available for him. He loves watching fireworks and has a big sweet tooth...so excited for this trip.

I don't know how you held it in without telling them is beyond me. I almost slipped once, I was able to recover though. :O

Should we tell them at Christmas or wait until the morning of? I think that if we can hold it in that long we should wait until the morning of????
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Can't wait to see some room pics

Hurry up


Just kidding, maybe


We got the mears bus and it wasn't that bad as it still had the disney videos at least
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I love the cruise busses with the porthole windows.

Hopefully I will remember to go to the correct side tomorrow night when I land...although I think from MY airline...it's right. Almost positive.



I do always double check though

What a fun check in. I love that they gave you pins right there and those easels and paint puzzles are adorable, what lovely little touches.

Pretty darn good sign pic.

Glad to see you ended up at AoA...not AKL.
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Hello I'm checking in and enjoying your report. Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip
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thanks, i see in your signature that you are checking in shortly...what section are you in?

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Loving your updates and AoA photos. Looking forward to reading more !!
thanks hope to have more up soon.

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Late but I'm here! Congrats on getting the surprise off! Can't believe that Noelle is already a year old!

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seems like this last year has gone quickly...but we have done alot of fun stuff with her already.

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thanks alot, and i think this is your first post, so an official to this thread.
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All caught up Dan. Nice job on the surprises. Looking forward to seeing the resort.
thanks glenn, hope to have more up later today.

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Great update, Dan. I love the picture when you are "conversing" with Noelle while Candy was getting Parker dressed.

You got a GREAT picture of the entrance to Disney World...and you get a big

Love the sign in front of the new resort.
she is kind of photogenic.

it was pretty easy to get a good one being in the front seat and all, even with the slouch down method i had to work with.



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The ME conundrum at MCO. Everyone always going the wrong way.

Cruise line bus definitely trumps a Mears bus. I can't stand getting a Mears bus.

Kids always get to the point. "good", "fine", "k".
i think the thing that throws some people is that there are different sides you come in from so one trip you might enter the main terminal from one side, and go one way and another trip go another way.

i think he just wanted meto shut up so he could enjoy the bus ride and the movie.


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We are going Jan 31 for 10 nights. We are staying at AKL Kidani Village. I am so excited, first time at a deluxe resort. We love Disney so much...my kids are 10 and 7 and ask almost every day if we can go back. I told my daughter (10) that we can go back on her 13th birthday...haha instead of almost 3 months from now. On top of it we will be there for my husbands birthday so I am going to book the terrance dessert firework party when it becomes available for him. He loves watching fireworks and has a big sweet tooth...so excited for this trip.

I don't know how you held it in without telling them is beyond me. I almost slipped once, I was able to recover though. :O

Should we tell them at Christmas or wait until the morning of? I think that if we can hold it in that long we should wait until the morning of????
the desert party sounds like alot of fun, i would like to do that when the kids get older.

i almost slipped a few times as well, but was able to recover.

i think it is up to you, if you think you might slight and not be able to hold it in anyway then maybe tell them at christmas, maybe have something wrapped up that they can open...or a few small presents that they open in between others that when they put them all together, they give the clues to the trip, but seperate they have no idea what they mean

or just wait till the morning of.

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Hurry up


Just kidding, maybe


We got the mears bus and it wasn't that bad as it still had the disney videos at least
patience, will you ill get there.

we have also had the mears before and while it still takes you where you need to be, it is also a bonus to get the disney bus.


one trip we had the mears and they didnt have the disney video which was a major bummer.


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I love the cruise busses with the porthole windows.

Hopefully I will remember to go to the correct side tomorrow night when I land...although I think from MY airline...it's right. Almost positive.



I do always double check though

What a fun check in. I love that they gave you pins right there and those easels and paint puzzles are adorable, what lovely little touches.

Pretty darn good sign pic.

Glad to see you ended up at AoA...not AKL.
i think what gets me, is one time we arrived on the opposite side of the terminal and thus went right so it is always in my head to go right.

i guess a good rule is if you enter the main terminal and are in the open area where the hotel is head to the left, if you are on the other side, of the main terminal head to the right.

the little touches were very nice in the hotel and we appreciated them and enjoyed them.

thanks i was pleased with the sign picture this trip.
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