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Old 04-15-2013, 11:35 AM   #17
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Wow! A 24 hour drive? And I thought that our 16 hour drive was a lot.

I had to laugh when you said that the family members had sailed on Carnival and were lucky to have made it back. I thought that same exact thing.

Hopefully, the room conditions didn't cause too much trouble. It's not cool to start off a vacation with room issues.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:49 AM   #18
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Great first update! I can't believe you guys drive straight thru 24 hours!!

How nice that it worked out that Dave's sisters could come visit with you guys. I hope the room issues weren't too bad and they were taken care of right away.
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Oh my...I am looking forward to reading...welcome home!!
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:10 PM   #20
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I'm dreading our 16 hour drive. TWENTY FOUR!!!!!

It's disappointing that your room wasn't cleaned well.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:57 PM   #21
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Great update!

Anxious to see "the view". Wow that is too bad about the dirty room!!

Very nice that you got to visit with family!!

LONG drive. I believe it takes about that long for us here in NH to FL if you drive straight through. I wouldn't know as we have always flown & get there in about 3 hours. But I have friends that have never flown & never will & have driven to Florida many many times over the years.

Anxious to read more...
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:08 PM   #22
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Hi,
Joining in. Fellow Minnesotian here. We were there the same week and also at AKV! We did one night at Jambo and the rest of the week at Kidani.
Can't wait to read more!
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:58 PM   #23
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I think because Disney World is clean, safe, and family-friendly, it just rises to the top of the list for us automatically. Then, factor in the variety of rides, shows, and activities for all interests and ages, and that solidifies it for a great choice. When you top it off with a longtime love for Disney things, it pretty much seals the deal.

We are doing our first non-Disney World/still Disney trip this year. We will be at Vero for four days. Then we're going to Disney World to stay at Kidani, but we're not doing any parks. My AP will still be good, but Jill's and the girls' will be expired. We're going to go to Sea World for one day, so it will be interesting to see how much comparing we do to Disney parks while we are there.
I am definitely in for seeing lots of pictures and hearing good stories!
Disney does rise to the top for family vacations! We managed to find something that was not WDW, yet still Disney in the HHI DVC resort! What a great combo!
Vero is on our list too - in fact we own DVC points there (our first contract) and have never stayed there. We did visit once pre-DVC ownership.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:13 PM   #24
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Wow! A 24 hour drive? And I thought that our 16 hour drive was a lot.

I had to laugh when you said that the family members had sailed on Carnival and were lucky to have made it back. I thought that same exact thing.

Hopefully, the room conditions didn't cause too much trouble. It's not cool to start off a vacation with room issues.
Hi Lisa! Yeah, we've made that drive a few (or more) times now. Still don't love it, but if it gets me there more often instead of saving $ to fly, I'll suffer. We also have driven to Virginia (around 21 hours) and the east coast (Albany NY/Phila.) No biggie. We have another big road trip planned for this summer. We have to get to Vancouver for our Alaskan cruise! Yeah, that's going to be fun!

The room wasn't that bad. I rarely notice much in the rooms (maybe I've just been lucky) and mostly don't bother complaining about anything. Maybe I'll need to ask for extra towels or something. This wasn't "bad" just a little less than up to Disney standards.

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Great first update! I can't believe you guys drive straight thru 24 hours!!

How nice that it worked out that Dave's sisters could come visit with you guys. I hope the room issues weren't too bad and they were taken care of right away.
Yeah, luckily my DH can handle that much driving - he prefers driving to flying, so he gets to do the bulk of it.

The room wasn't too bad (not like your BC experience) so it was not a big deal. I think we just put a napkin down on the carpet on the sticky spot.

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I'm dreading our 16 hour drive. TWENTY FOUR!!!!!

It's disappointing that your room wasn't cleaned well.
Yeah, I'd be thrilled with a 16 hour drive! HA! It's hardest on DH, he just doesn't get to sleep much at all. The girls are really pretty good road trippers. Thank whoever invented portable DVD players for the car and ipods, DS games etc.

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Great update!

Anxious to see "the view". Wow that is too bad about the dirty room!!

Very nice that you got to visit with family!!

LONG drive. I believe it takes about that long for us here in NH to FL if you drive straight through. I wouldn't know as we have always flown & get there in about 3 hours. But I have friends that have never flown & never will & have driven to Florida many many times over the years.

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Thanks! The view - ah, the view! Coming up!
The room, well I guess it's good that I'm not so fussy, but it really wasn't terrible. Not like some stories I've heard before.
It's always nice to see DH's sisters. They are super nice and they're all shorter than me, so I feel tall (I'm not).
NH to FL would be a long haul too. You'd at least be in the same time zone! We lose an hour.


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Joining in. Fellow Minnesotian here. We were there the same week and also at AKV! We did one night at Jambo and the rest of the week at Kidani.
Can't wait to read more!
Yay a Minnesotan!! Someone who can appreciate my whining about the weather here! HA! What part of the state are you in? We are in the Twin Cities (east side).
I wonder if we crossed paths? We did visit the Kidani pool one day. You'll have to check as we go along and see if you were in any of the same places! I'd like to stay at Kidani on our next trip to AKV, but also want to hit up some of the other DVC resorts - Boardwalk, Wilderness...
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I am in Coon Rapids. So excited that most of the snow melted today! Hoping we can finally start spring!
The most memorable part of my family during that trip was we dressed as Ghostbusters for MNSSHP and the patches on the back said "Minneapolis".
I love Kidani! Highly recommend staying there.
We have only stayed at AKV and SSR. We typically go during October and it seems all the other resorts are totally booked by the 7 month mark. Looking forward to hearing about Old Key West!
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The most memorable part of my family during that trip was we dressed as Ghostbusters for MNSSHP and the patches on the back said "Minneapolis".
I love Kidani! Highly recommend staying there.
We have only stayed at AKV and SSR. We typically go during October and it seems all the other resorts are totally booked by the 7 month mark. Looking forward to hearing about Old Key West!
Hey neighbor! That sun sure made a difference in my mood today! Too bad it won't last! What night did you go to MNSSHP? Maybe it was the same as us! I don't remember seeing ghostbusters, but you never know!
OKW is pretty cool. I took lots of pictures! I bet all the MK and Epcot area resorts book up early in October b/c of F&W and MNSSHP.
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All I can say right now is I can't wait to stay at AKL again. I just love it there and your pictures make me so excited!

Let the trip begin!
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Well, okay then, let's gooooooo!
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Where did I leave off? Oh yes, we’d settled in to AKV for the night.
So here is a picture of the bathroom floor - I KNOW you wanted to see the mess!

See, it wasn't THAT bad.

The next day was Sunday, October 14. The plan for the day was to spend some quality time at Animal Kingdom. We’d neglected it in past trips – some trips we just didn’t have a lot of days or we’d only spent a half-day there. We were even contemplating tackling Everest this time! None of us had ever ridden it before.

When we got up we took a look outside on our lovely balcony. Did you want to see our view? Yeah, I thought so!
Looking off to the right - someone was up up and away early!


Ankole Cattle







Looking back to the right toward the lobby


some hazy morning sun sort of messed up the picture!





We saw so many animals! The CM was out setting out some food and he was so close and just started chatting with those of us out on our balconies. It was really cool! We learned that giraffes have purple tongues - know why? It’s a natural sunscreen! And we learned that their tongues are as many inches long as the giraffe is feet tall! He also told us the names of some of the animals. How they keep track is beyond me – but they do! Of course I don’t remember any of them. Sarah decided that giraffes should be called “gylas” and zebras should be “zeebies”. Okaaaay… Anyway, we saw a lot of them!!

After I took about 100 pictures, and we got ready to go, we got some breakfast from The Mara. My notes say we brought it to the room, but I don’t know what we had or who went and got it! I know it was good! We have had really good food from The Mara.
This trip we decided NOT to do the DDP. We like sharing meals and often will get three meals for the four of us. I like to order appetizers too. We did not make a lot of ADRs this trip either, knowing we had a villa and were going to venture off site (!) once too!

So, tummies satisfied, we made our way to the bus stop and waited 15 minutes for a bus to take us on a 5 minute ride to AK!



Stopped for a photopass picture at the entrance and then headed to Kilimanjaro Safari. I have to go find the photopass pics and get them uploaded to Photobucket, so I guess you don't get to see that one yet!

There was about a 30- minute wait but the fast pass return time was in about 40 minutes, so we got FPs and went to explore the Pangani Trail while waiting. It was better than standing in line that whole time!

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