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Old 10-26-2012, 05:34 AM   #16
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:13 AM   #17
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Sounds like a great trip! What a great deal you got at Saratoga...to stay dvc is a dream of mine....one day
We were very lucky with the RCI points trade in at Saratoga...when I first was looking boardwalk was available..I wanted to book but didnt get ok from hubby yet..2 hours later gone however Saragtoga was great and I loved having a kitchen with a seperate bedroom..made the week so much better for our family..also the balcony every morning was wonderful too..thks for reading


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What the heck is a super fast pass? A DVC fast pass?
Its actually a Guest Assistance Card...I guess our fairy godfather had an uncle who was very high up in Disney and he gets this card..At first I didnt want to write that we were given one of these..felt bad......however I really think that this was like winning the lottery in a way..not having to wait made this a once of a lifetime trip for us..that will probably never happen again...

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..thanks for joining in...we were very lucky to have this! Trip of a lifetime!!!
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:36 AM   #18
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Day 3..part 2..when I left off we were just leaving Honey I shrunk the kids...off topic a little..I have to say writing this is great for the vacation after blues..

We were going to go watch the lights motors action show however it was still early and show didnt start for another hour so we kept walking and ran into Phineous and ferb!!! DD loves these guys so we all took turns in line while everyone used the bathrooms. They were so great (like most characters were) and they had a cute little show in between character change over that kids in line could participate in...





We were all getting a little tired so there was one more stop I wanted before we left which was the Animation studio..Again if it wasnt for the DIS we probably wouldnt have done this..what a great experience..

First we needed to eat lunch..our daily CS meal was over off sunset blvd..sorry no pics..I think I was to quessy or hot not sure ..DS and DH had burgers, DD had adult chicken fingers (again DH ordered and she wasnt with him so he was given and adult instead of child meal) and I had the pulled pork sandwich from smoked turkey legs place...so good!!! the ribs looked really good too..again another think about the dining plan..seems we wasted dessert everytime..felt bad but we are just not big dessert people..by end of week I had to throw out about 5 carrot cakes from our fridge...

Back to Animation studio..we went into building and still had about 30 min before show started so DD got in line to meet the Incredibles...





We are a big halloween family and I really wanted to be incredibles this year and thought for sure we would find outfits..however no luck..no adult costumes in disney world...Im sure if we ventured out of the world we would have found them but we didnt ..I have perfect shape for mrs incredible lol and DH feels he has same shape as Mr incredible

We went into animation studio and loved it..everyone got involved and we drew MICKEY!!! How fun for our first time,,,no pics sorry
This is definelty something we would do again, very neat how picture comes together..animator was very knowladgable as well on his disney stuff!!

By this time it was time to go, but we knew we would be back later in the week..of course to ride Toy story again and do things we hadnt done yet..

next up..pool time, typhoon lagoon and diner at SANNAA at animal kingdom lodge
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:37 AM   #19
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Interesting. I was not aware that a GAC enabled fast pass access with the exception of some very rare circumstances (Make a Wish being one of them). What did the GAC say?
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:17 AM   #20
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Interesting. I was not aware that a GAC enabled fast pass access with the exception of some very rare circumstances (Make a Wish being one of them). What did the GAC say?
Not Really sure what it said DH was in charge of it..All I know is that we were very fortunate and enjoyed it
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:43 PM   #21
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Day 3 afternoon and diner at SANAA

When we got back to our room, DS wanted to stay back for awhile and nap so DD, DH and I went to have some pool time. We went to quiet pool this time. While we were in the pool I asked if everyone wanted to head to Typhoon Lagoon because none of us had been there and we still had not used any of that part of our ticket. So we venture back to room and told DS and was excited so we piled into the car and drove over there. Before we left I went to grab underwater camera and realized the battery was dead ..So unfortunetly no pics from Typhoon Lagoon.
I think it was about 230 when we got here so place wasnt that busy yet. We found some nice loungers in the shade and made our way on a few slides. We rode a few then made our way into wave pool. Family was really excited about this because this was what this park was known for..big giant waves. Well it didnt disappoint thats for sure..lots fun. We then wandered around making sure to hit every slide...We had planed to come back the next morning before our blizzard beach day but after riding all slides realized we werent big fans and liked the slides at blizzard beach better. The only thing we didnt get to do was the snorkling with the sharks Oh well next time...
By now the park was almost closed and we needed to head back and get ready for our ADR at SANNAA!!! I was so excited for this meal as I had read so much about it on the DIS!!!
We dressed up a bit and drove to the animal kingdom lodge. I had never been here...wow what a beautiful place...definetly one of the places on our list know to stay.


After looking around I went over and was given our beeper, and was told I could go outside and look at animals..Wow this place was so great and the 2 CM from South Africa were so good at telling us different things about animals.

When our beeber went of we were brought in and they gave us the window table I had asked for . I loved how the animals came so close to window so great!


We ordered our food...so good!!
pic of my egyptian wine flight



This was the best meal we had the whole trip!! I would recommend this to anyone and cant wait to go back..best part was yet to come...
dessert..The Chai tea cream in the middle was heavenly!!!



DS's dessert was very yummy too.
After diner we wandered around the lodge a bit..DD played drums with the great CM's from South Africa and one of them told everyone about his life there


We went to check out pool, so nice and tropical..kids said this was there #2 fav resort, #1 being the Poly.
We were all a little full and tired so we headed back to SSR to rest up for our none parks day ....
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:27 PM   #22
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Day 4..Blizzard beach Day

Our Day started off good, nice coffee on veranda and thoughts of maybe leaving the Disney Bubble...My DS wanted to go shopping at Outlet Mall and since this was our none park day we decided to do this before we hit the water park..So DS and I get in car and I noticed that it didnt open until 10am and it was only 845am ..So back up to the room for us and change plans a little..I suggested we resort hop a little.
For this trip I almost booked Old Key west so we wanted to see it, also Key West is DH and I fav city to visit.
Loved the vibe here!! Music was great and so laid bk feeling



We wandered over to the pool


We looked at the menu in the restaurant as well, looks really yummy, I would defiently stay at this resort. Then we wandered around the store, nice merchandise with and island flare..
Of course family pin traded
Up Next Blizzard Beach
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:09 AM   #23
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Blizzard Beach!!
This was our favourite waterpark. We had been here last time we came but DD was way to young to remember so we were all pretty excited. Of Course weather was great so that was perfect


We werent there right at rope drop but pretty close...We found a great spot that had shade and sun and plopped our stuff down...Of course boys went right to summit plummit...There was no way I was doing this one ..way to steep for me...I will post some videos after this installement.

While DH and DS did that DD and I went over to the kids area and she had a great time on the iceburgs and the zip line..theming here of course was disney perfect!!!



After we played here awhile DH and DS came back to get us so we could ride the big raft ride (cant remember names..no map )..You take the ski lift up to the top of the mountain..awesome!!
Here are a few pics from watercamera on the raft



Then it was time for the wave pool..Although waves werent as big as Typhoon Lagoon we still had a blast..found 4 tubes and we floated around for awhile...

After fun in wave pool kids and DH wanted to go ride so more slides..while I sat this out and went in search of this...

Ahhh..I am on vacation after all and it was hot!!!
Everyone was hungry so we went in search for some lunch..Lunch was just ok...regular CS food..I think we were all really too hot to eat..wandered around for awhile



I think we did a few more slides and made our way out...We really enjoyed our selves here and I would definetly recommend checking it out...
Since we still had 3 fun visits on our tickets and it was early in the day we decided to check out the mini golf next to blizzard beach but first I will post some fun videos
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Here is a video of DD on the zip line

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Old 11-01-2012, 06:58 AM   #25
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Here is a video of DH on summit plummit..its fast

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Here is one more of DH and I on the slide beside summit plummit...very fast slide..I was scared was going to fly off because you cant see with the water spray

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Day 4 Part 3..Winter Summerland minature golf

This was a great afternoon and an experience I would highly recommend..while still in Disney you get a little bit of a different feel. We all had a ball.

This is a christmas themed minature golf course that you chose either 18 holes on the winter side or 18 on the summer..because it was so stinkin hot we decided to play the winter side...


While we were getting our clubs...by the way we had now used 3 of our fun visits on our tickets..My DS spotted the covetted pin...No dancing on the ride...As everyones eyes lit up DS raced back to the car to grab DDs pins so they could trade..woo hoo everyone happy...
Moving on we had a real fun time with this.. a great mini golf course by the imaginears..I dont think anyone would expect anything else. It was not busy at all either so we could take our time






Of course DH won but I wasnt far behind..We are avid golfers..my DH more than me but it was a running joke with us that this was the only golfing we were able to do in florida..it was hard staying at a resort with a golf course in your backyard..however we just didnt have time..even 10 days is not eneough time to do everything..which means we must come back. I figured when kids are grown it will be good excuse to get DH to come to Disney with me
The CM also let us walk through the summer part of the course as it wasnt busy..also very well done.
Thats how we felt about our great afternoon playing minigolf at Disney...
up next Kona cafe for diner
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:27 AM   #28
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Love your TR! and the pics of Winter Summerland!! After all of our trips we haven't done that yet!! We did the Fantasia gardens golf, but I love the theme of Winter Summerland!! Maybe next time
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Love your TR! and the pics of Winter Summerland!! After all of our trips we haven't done that yet!! We did the Fantasia gardens golf, but I love the theme of Winter Summerland!! Maybe next time
Thanks for reading We did really like it..we were going to try the fantasia gardens but ran out of time..next time too
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Day 4 part 4

After leaving the mini put we headed back to Saratoga for some rest. This was much needed as we were all feeling the effects of the trip now. Watched a bit of Stacey on the TV while DS did some homework. Our ADR for Kona was at 530pm and we decided to drive as the bus was way to slow to get us over the the poly.
We actually got turned around in the Magic Kingdom parking lot and missed entrance to poly and had to go out and back in..DH doesnt watch signs and drives me crazy
We went into the poly and walked around for a bit..family loved it here, we were here so much this week we felt like we were staying here ..I wish

I was very excited to eat here as I had read so much about it on the DIS...layout of the restaurant is weird a little..kind of like you are eating in the hotel lobby...We didnt have to wait long and were given a nice table against the wall. We ordered our drinks...Since DH and I ordered of alcohol menu Ive learned to let DD order my fun smoothie drink as she was the the kids plan and they just had small drinks...
I ordered a lovely glass of sangria


DH had a lapu lapu (not sure if thats right) I love when he gets these drinks.so cute..and DS with his mango smoothie

DD and I with our drinks, she had a strawberry smoothie

I had read on the dining board about the yummy bread and we definetly devoured this before I was able to take a picture...yummmmmy!!! Our server was going to bring another but I knew we wouldnt eat our diner so we didnt. We then ordered the pot stickers for an app..these were good as well.
Here is a pic of DD meal..She had the kids shrimp combo with salad and fruit salad


cont... next post
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