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AKV CL PTR/TR - taking practically first timers -TR starts on P. 17 (completed)

Discussion in 'DVC Trip Reports' started by Pinkocto, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. Pinkocto

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    Thankfully he calmed himself down within the hour and the rest of the day turned out great. Disney is no place for grouchiness.

    Oh it is, and so delicious. There was a cook grilling a giant pile of onions that you could see behind glass. For such a huge scale place I am constantly amazed how they are able to provide such variety. We did a tour a couple years back and apparently in the beginning everything was prepackaged and was prepared in one of the warehouses. So they've come a long way in the food department.
     
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  3. Pinkocto

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    That totally went over my head :laughing: the problem is when he gets into one of his funks you basically have to ride it out. If you push or even try to talk about it had goes further in the wrong direction.

    The day ended up being very good after he calmed down. The whole thing just came out of the blue and side railed me. I was like 'what just happened...'
     
  4. Pinkocto

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    Have you looked at how much gas will be round trip? For two people it isn't that much more to fly. Three or four in the car you'll get a savings though. For me it would be about $325 for gas round trip and I can usually find flights for $200 pp or less. I almost decided to drive for my next cruise because you also have to pay to get to the port, but it is really nice to just let them take care of everything.
     
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    I know the port at B'More charges $15 a day to park, but if you do a cruise and stay, you can pay like a $90 for a night in the hotel, they will take you and pick you up and then leave your car at the hotel for free. We have done that and lots of people we know do it.
     
  6. Pinkocto

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    Unfortunately the cruises are leaving out of FL. I have yet to look at which lines leave from Baltimore, that would be so convenient.
     
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    We have do that in Fl and Texas, in B'more we dont need to do that, we just taxi over...
     
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    My honda gets good gas mileage and would have to rent a car there. So best case scenario - $400 for flights and $200 for a car rental (less if lucky) plus paying to park at the airport. I still think we will do better with gas and hotels. I should be able to get 900 miles on two tanks of gas. Let's say $275 - 300 for gas and $200 for hotels. I am actually going to try for cheaper hotels. There's no way we can drive straight through. Actually not a huge savings, but it will save my brother some money on train fare.

    You do make a good point. I might be able to use this as a bargaining point with Denny. :rotfl: I like the way you think.

    But then there is a part of me that wants to try driving just to see how bad or not so bad it is. :drive: For research purposes.
     
  10. Pinkocto

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    One must always consider research purposes!

    Your car gets fantastic gas mileage, I'm quite jealous. One of my other problems is I'm limited on vacation time and I don't want to use up one for traveling.
     
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    Continuing on with our MK Day:

    After R had switched out his sandals he was much more comfortable and declared he’d stay with us as long as he could. Bad mood gone, thank goodness! We headed to The Haunted Mansion which was another walk-on. It was magnificent how there were no waits, have I said that too many times? We went through the interactive queue which was a first for us all and I enjoyed it so much I forgot to take a single picture. They all enjoyed the ride which was good. I find it a bit too creepy most of the time, and there’s no way I would go on the HM at night.

    As we were walking to Fantasyland I asked everybody if they’d like to stop now since R’s feet were hurting and head back to the resort. I had a whole other day planned for MK so there really was no need to push it if they didn’t want to. No R said, we have another three more hours before it closes. So it must have been right around 6:00. Well, what is the first thing they see in Fantasyland? If you guess IASW you would be right. Did I want to go on it, no I did not. Just thinking about it gives me the shudders. I don’t think I’ve been on it since 2008 and that was too soon. Well, it was a walk-on and R wanted to rest his feet so that’s where we went. I was shocked at how long it was. It kept going and going and going to yet another scene after scene. Sorry for you guys that like it. I was amazed at how many coins were in the water. I hope they get them every now and then, there must have been a small fortune in there. R wanted to get in the spirit and gave us all quarters to throw in which I thought was cute. I survived without having the song in my head the rest of the day, whew! As we were leaving the clock chimed and opened up which I’ve never seen before. I wish I had gotten out my camera but missed it.

    Of course the next stop was Peter Pan but with a 20 minute wait we decided to just get FPs. Yes, we were definitely getting spoiled by the low waits. For some reason mom’s AP wouldn’t give us a FP so I tried to get the attention of the CM on duty but she was completely distracted by some boys that she was chatting with. She abandoned her post and try as I might could not get her attention, so went to another CM that was working on the ride and asked for her help. She was very nice but visibly irritated with the other CM who was being negligent. You might think I’m being a bit harsh, but we had places to go and rides to see and she was holding us up. We had about an hour before the window opened so headed off for some more rides. We tried to get Pooh FPs since I didn’t know about only having one FP at a time rule. I think I read about it but completely forgot that was the case. Oh well. They saw the Carousel and just had to ride it so of course we did. Next up was Philarmagic which was a ten minute wait only because we had just missed the show. It was even better than I remembered. R & M loved it. For some reason mom can never remember what it is and I have to drag her in. She always enjoys it though…

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    Our Peter Pan window just opened so we headed back over there and walked on thanks to our FPs. Life was good let me tell you. This was M’s first time on Peter Pan, and she loved it. We all did for that matter. Our next stop was Dumbo which R really wanted to do. He claims he was never allowed to do it as a kid, the lines were always too long. I tried to get pictures over the construction but couldn’t get a good angle.

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    The new circus area was super cute.

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    So with the new Dumbo you have the option of waiting inside and enjoying the indoor play area or just waiting in line. It was a walk on or I would have gone in and gotten more pictures. Apparently they will give you a beeper while you play and alert you when it’s time to ride. I’ll be curious how well that works when there are big crowds.

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    I stopped for too long and got separated from everybody. I was able to catch up with mom but R & M had gone to the other Dumbo. Let me just say they did a beautiful job. I kept trying to capture all the details but with going in circles and also trying to catch glimpses of the new Fantasyland that was still behind walls these are not the best pictures, but hopefully you get the idea.

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    I just loved the CMs uniforms.

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    The other one across the way. I kept trying to get a picture of R & M.

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    There they are! I didn’t know I got this picture until just now.

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    When the ride stopped they said whoever wanted to go again just had to stay in their elephants. How could we pass that up?

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    I had a devil of a time trying to get my elephant to go up and down, apparently you have to hold it for a few seconds before it will react. I kept thinking the poor little guy was broken.
     
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    Another update! :yay:
     
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    Since we were right next to it and there was no line we headed to the new Barnstormer. Yes yes, I know this is a 'kid's rollercoaster'. I wanted to try everything that was new.

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    this CM seems not to be in the best of moods.

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    I had row three all to myself.

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    Thank goodness because those seats are tiny!

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    Here comes our plane

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    It was a cute little ride. Short, but cute.
     
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    I can't believe how much you were able to accomplish in such a short amount of time! Beautiful pics, of course!
     
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    I thought even the new bathroom was cute.

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    They also have this new water play area, Casey Jr. Splash N' Soak Station.

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    from the other side

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    Mom really wanted to ride the train but since Pooh was so close I thought we should do that first and then grab a train ride. Pooh was a ten minute wait and everybody loved it. R & M even played in the interactive queue before the ride.

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    I kept trying and trying to get a close up of this but the angle was never right. R pointed it out to me in the Pooh queue and I was finally able to get a semi good one. Not as clear as I'd like, it was getting dark out.

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    It was really amazing. We were able to do everything we wanted that day. It was just perfect.

    Thank you :)
     
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    Whoop a new update... You guys saw a lot and went on a lot of rides, I would have never thought you would have had the place to yourself that much! You had a great crowd for this visit.

    Love all the pictures!
     
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    I just couldn't believe the lack of people, it was so fabulous. Would definitely go back in September because it was so perfect. I was so glad they were able to see it like that and not have to wait in tons of lines. It was a great trip for them.
     
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    August and Sept are rough for me, mainly the heat.... Even this last year in May, I was so hot, I was miserable, but I did get to know LaCava very well...
     
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    Love the new updates!

    Maybe i'm just crazy, but didn't Dumbo used to have two rows per elephant?:confused3 Did they change them over or has it always been one row? We had planned on Calvin's first 'official' ride to be Dumbo and we would sit behind my mom while she took pics, but guess she'll have to sit in the elephant in front of us. Do you think me, DH and Calvin will be allowed to sit in one elephant? Oh my gosh, love the queue area! What a brilliant idea!

    I can't remember if they had the interactive queue set up in 2010 for Winnie the Pooh so that's something we'll have to check out as well.
     

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