3 Families doin' a Surf & Turf Trip! AKL CL & Dream...Good-Byes

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by hstrickland, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. StitchIsOurHero

    StitchIsOurHero <font color=red>I was smart enough to marry a DH w

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    The lake pic is terrific!!! Looks so peaceful!

    I love the cultural safari update! That looks so cool!
     
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  3. DisneyDoc5

    DisneyDoc5 Making memories...

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    ready for the next installment....popcorn::
     
  4. amandaw

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    Beautiful picture!

    Glad y'all had a nice weekend! :goodvibes
     
  5. jennyjinx3

    jennyjinx3 DIS Veteran

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    What an absolutely beautiful spot! So nice you had a computer free weekend with your family. DH would like one of those too!!! :goodvibes:rolleyes1
     
  6. jedijill

    jedijill <font color=red>Chiefs fan living in Bronco countr

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    Joining in! Love, love, love AKL. I have to stay CL some of these days...I just never plan ahead far enough. ;)

    Jill in CO
     
  7. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    :hug: Our kiddos grow up too fast :hug:

    My crystal ball says you may not be doing a split stay....but heather's is clearer than mine...:scratchin

    No laptop.....sounds like a perfect family getaway. Peace & Quiet...

    no camera :faint:
     
  8. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    Faith has always been somewhat of a doll person...Barbies, Polly Pockets, but not baby dolls. I'm thinking since Sophia isn't the typical "baby doll", it works for Faith. She's more like a friend, if that makes any sense. Maybe you could take Willow to one of the AG stores and see how she reacts. Do y'all have one close by??



    My heavens!!!! Look at her!! She almost looks like a doll herself. And now she's all grown up. Kind of bittersweet when you realize your baby is no longer a baby. Save the AG doll....you can give it to your first granddaughter.



    We have finally learned to take advantage of the deluxe resorts, and it is a completely different trip when the parks aren't incorporated.
     
  9. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    When your little one is older, yall can try it out....definitely worth doing:thumbsup2




    You're funny! It will be up tonight for sure...Bill is out of town, so I can work on it without feeling guilty;)



    Very nice to do NOTHING!!!! Now I'm super behind on all the threads:upsidedow


    My husband would, too! If he could hide his cell phone, that would help!



    So glad to have you follow along!:goodvibes



    Can you believe that?! What was I thinking??? :confused3
     
  10. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    Day 3
    Blizzard Beach Part 1





    One of the best reasons to book an AKL savannah view&#8230;&#8230;


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    It&#8217;s hard to capture the beauty of the savannah in a picture&#8230;is just doesn&#8217;t do it justice. Sipping coffee on the balcony and watching the sun rise is priceless.


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    And surprisingly enough, I was like the ONLY person on the balcony (that I could see)&#8230;.I found that odd&#8230;.people just don&#8217;t know what they are missing! Maybe I&#8217;m the odd one?????:rolleyes1

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    It was very cool to watch the CMs distribute the animals&#8217; food to the different locations. Many of the feeders were camouflaged making it appear that the animals were eating the trees or eating the vegetation on the ground.


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    By this time, the kids were awake and ready for Blizzard Beach&#8230;..but not before taking a sneak peek of the animals. FYI&#8230;..don&#8217;t forget your binoculars!!!!


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    The kids were completely enthralled each morning. This view was well worth the extra money spent... IMO.....maybe not Bill's :laughing:


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    After a peaceful breakfast in the lounge, we headed outside towards the bus area. Being early is top priority!!! ;)


    And why did I get a picture of the signage, you ask??? &#8230;.because I always find it amazing at how Disney blends a simple sign into the landscape. Disney details are impeccable!!


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    There were lots of people gathered for the buses&#8230;.I was so hoping we wouldn&#8217;t be waiting forever since we shared a bus with DHS people. I know this will come as a surprise to you, but I rarely sit at these bus stops&#8230;..what if I wasn&#8217;t ready to jump on the bus when it stopped??? :confused3


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    In no time, we were on the bus&#8230;..first stop&#8230;..Blizzard Beach!! Very short trip, by the way&#8230;maybe 5 minutes max.


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    Do you notice anything odd about this picture????? There aren&#8217;t ANY PEOPLE! Where are they??? I&#8217;m thinking the weather kept them away&#8230;which was fine with me.


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    Stephen was steady chatting away about Summit Plummet!! We had been hearing about this for months!!!! Needless to say, Faith was done with it&#8230;. And I was still uncertain that Stephen would actually go through with it. I was anticipating the 'Walk of Shame' for my first born&#8230;.


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    We bought tickets at the park....very quick&#8230;no lines!!! So far, so good!!


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    The theming is really cool (no pun intended) but almost strange, too. It was just kinda weird to be in a bathing suit and see snow, sleds, and winter wonderland settings&#8230;.weird in a good way, though.

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    We rented a large locker&#8230;I think it was around $15. It was plenty of space for my camera, a couple of towels and mom&#8217;s bag. They do rent towels, too, but I don&#8217;t know how much they were.


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    I noticed that lots of people were taking in coolers, bags and towels. Since I was a complete newbie at Blizzard Beach, I wasn&#8217;t aware that you could leave &#8220;stuff&#8221; by chairs. Not to say that it&#8217;s completely safe, but LOTS of people did this.


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    And this is what a newbie I was&#8230;.I didn&#8217;t even realize that the waterparks had rope drop!! Not sure what I was expecting&#8230;.



    And here we go again with this attraction!!! You have no idea just how many times we heard the words &#8220;SUMMIT PLUMMET&#8221;. Excitement was the understatement for Stephen.


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    We all agreed that we would go straight to this slide and let Stephen make an attempt&#8230;.it gets super crowded later in the day, so don&#8217;t wait if this is something you want to try.


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    While we were waiting, the crowd started to thicken, but nothing unbearable at all. We got to BB around 8:35am (opened at 9), but I wish we had gotten there just a little bit earlier since it was our first visit.


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    Also, we learned that before rope drop, CMs will choose 1 person to be the first down Summit Plummet &#8230;.this officially opens the park and then the crowd goes wild!!!!


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    Up next&#8230;.continuation of Blizzard Beach Part 2





     
  11. 2xcited2sleep

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    Those sunrise pictures are GORGEOUS! Wow! How silly no one else was out there experiencing it! Totally agree that the animal view is worth it. In fact you are doing quite a good job "selling" AKL. :laughing:

    I've never been to the water parks so I wouldn't have known about rope drop or protocol either. :confused3 I do know that summit plummet is more than I care to take on... wondering if Stephen decided to conquer it or not.

    Either way, am sure you guys had a great day!!
     
  12. rustytss

    rustytss Old School Disney

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    That is it? After all Stephen's talk about Summit Plummet and you are going to make me wait to see a picture of his going down it?:confused:
     
  13. ProudMommyof2

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    Can't wait to hear how Stephen did? No one in my family did Summit Plummit but I have done the similar slide at Atlantis and it was pretty intense.

    I hope you got their specialty doughnuts at some point- yum!
     
  14. RGirl

    RGirl Change Is Good

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    Gah! Cliffhanger!

    Loved the AKL pics. Also, it is really fun to see BB too!

    Interesting - Willow does like Barbies, the princess "Barbies," etc., so maybe I should look into this Sophia-type doll. :confused3

    :rotfl2: Definitely no AG store near here - we have to travel an hour away just to get to Target!!! :scared1: Have I ever mentioned how much I miss living in a real city? :faint: :laughing:

    I am secretly hoping that Willow will get into AG (despite the cost) because I want to plan a trip to Chicago and the AG store. pixiedust:
     
  15. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    Summit Plummet wasn't for me either....I never could muster up the courage to attempt the plunge. The more I watched people zoom down and slowly stand up, the more I realized it was a no-go for this mom!



    ....until tomorrow :teeth:



    :rotfl: What do you think???!!!
     
  16. jennyjinx3

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  17. OThopeful35

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    Great to see pics of BB...there isn't a whole lot of pics BB. I cannot wait to read more. We plan on going on our next trip and it's great to know what to expect.
     
  18. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    The closest AG store to us is Atlanta which is 4 hours away, and it's not a huge store. Faith looked at all the dolls then decided she wanted the 'look-alike' doll. Maybe you can slowly introduce Willow to AG. She would love dressing up the doll in Disney Princess clothes;) I will admit, it is lots of fun despite the cost :laughing: I'm already thinking about outfits I can buy the doll for Christmas....maybe one of the Princess dresses:scratchin


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    Thanks for joining in!! You won't regret having a day at BB:thumbsup2 Our kids thoroughly enjoyed that day for sure....I would certainly go back in a heart beat.
     
  19. disney777

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    How was the wifi at AKL? I found it adequate at POFQ, but it would fall off after about an hour or so. Sometimes I could get back on, other times I gave up.

    I'll be spending a couple days at BB! Love floating around the water parks.
     
  20. Sue M

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    Yes, curious about the wifi too. It was good at WL last Jan.

    No, Summit Plummet isn't for me either :scared1: My more adventurous daughter who was a teen at the time did it.

    Loved the family raft ride at BB, and the tube slides. I can float along the lazy river all day, and the pool.
     
  21. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

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    I can't wait to find out if Stephen braved Summit Plummet! We've never done the water parks at Disney, but they really look like fun. Maybe when DD is older we'll take the time.

    Roni- we've tentatively planned to do AG in February. February isn't the ideal, time to visis Chicago but....;) Seriously though, I hope you do it, the AG store on Michigan Ave is amazing!
     

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