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

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  1. Pinkocto

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    Sounds like it! Now you've got to get back to Disney :)
     
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  3. Pinkocto

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    No no no, that's absolute craziness. Come to think of it I said the wrong time for Epcot, which was about 15 minutes so DTD is probably less than 25. MK was 18-20 minutes, Epcot 15, HS 12, and AK about 5. I have no complaints about the buses from AKV.
     
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    True...:confused: Not holding my breath:faint:
     
  5. dolphingirl47

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    It is a fun ride and I did not regret standing in line for 45 minutes. I am an absolute scaredy cat when when it comes to rides, but I was able to design a ride that was thrilling for me, but not scary.

    Corinna
     
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    It really does sound like fun!
     
  7. MEK

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    Wow - 21 days to go! :cool1: Woo Hoo!

    The Epcot plans look great!

    We were just in Maryland today, touring the University of Md at College Park. Really liked it. Oh why oh why can't I be a Md resident? :rotfl:
     
  8. Pinkocto

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    I went to Univ of MD a few semesters, it's a lovely campus. I especially fell in love with the gym.

    I'm so ready for this break. I'm really not enjoying work right now, and am so glad this is coming up soon. 12 more shifts until freedom :)
     
  9. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    OK, I was wondering about this one...have any of you done the one at Disney Quest? If so is the one better? I remember making a coaster back about 15 years ago and not really enjoying it, but I might enjoy trying it again..

    Pam, I think you really need to play Epcot by ear....get FPs for Soarin but then whatever you can do while you wait for your FPs (unless you use the ones that you saved). Who knows if your guests will want to wait in queues for WD lines or if they would rather go drink them selves around the world.

    The other ones, let your family decide! Give them some guidelines, but let them pick based on how theri eye candy goes.
     
  10. Pinkocto

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    That sounds like a really good idea. I went back and read the plans and they're mostly for me. But they do need to try Soarin so that would be good. As of now they're uncomfortable making planning decisions on their own, but this might be a good day to let them wander leisurely around on their own. Thanks!

    I don't think I'll pick up any of the special FPs from DVC this trip, unless I start noticing really long lines I don't think they'll be terribly necessary.

    I didn't do the one in Disney Quest so am unsure how they compare. I think the one in Epcot is much newer, so perhaps a smoother experience.
     
  11. Leshaface

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    Was the one in DTD there back in 2008? I remember making our own coasters there when we visited in June 2008 and it was fun. Then we went on the Sum of All Thrills in January 2010 and it was WAY better then the one at DisneyQuest. Maybe they were both different :confused3 Can't really remember.

    I remember writing about SoAT in my TR from 2010 and I remember having to wait for a long time, even though there wasn't many people lined up in front of us. Maybe 3 or 4 couples? I need to go back and take a look...
     
  12. Pinkocto

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    Happy Sunday everybody :)

    I have conquered another week of work and now have only eight shifts to go. :cool1:

    I'm just going to post the schedule again to refresh my memory. R has requested a concrete idea for day 2 so that will be added.

    Day 1: Arrival Day, HS Studios. I'd like lunch at Starring Rolls but we may get something at the Mara depending how hungry everybody is.

    Day 2: this was an R & M choose the park day, and R has chosen AK. He knows we'll be having an intense Day 1, and knowing that AK closes early sounds good to him. He'd also like to go over to CSR to have dinner at the Pepper Market. CSR is where we stayed on his last visit in 98' and we all loved the taco salads at the Pepper Market. Only problem is, when I'm looking at the menus on allears there is no mention of taco salads. I've decided not to tell him, and just see when we get there. There are still tons of options and I know we'll have a good dinner regardless.

    Day 3: R & M choose the park. Since we'll have just gone to AK I'll let them choose if they'd like to go back or if they've seen all they are interested in, let them do anything they'd like.

    Day 4: Have breakfast at Boma and do whatever we want day. I'm thinking pool time, mini golf and/or DTD.

    Day 5: Epcot, tough to pinpoint any eating place. I just like to snack at Epcot, theres so many goodies to choose from.

    Day 6: R & M choose the park

    Day 7: Another breakfast at Boma. MK, have lunch or dinner at Pecos Bills.

    Day 8: Departure Day. Will take it easy and relax. Pick up time for DME will be around 4:15.

    So really only day 2 has changed, but I'm trying to think of delightful CS eating places. EoS and Wolfgang Puck Express are on the list, but I'm not sure how convenient it will be to get to DTD for dinner. I'll let them decide if they'd like to grab a bite wherever we are when they get hungry or if they'd like to go someplace.
     
  13. Pinkocto

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    A little update on next year's vacations. I thought for certain I'd have to wait until December to put in my requests since that's what my boss had told me a few months ago. But on our most recent staff meeting vacations came up and people were grumbling that they weren't able to take off time that they wanted because of scheduling. We're a small unit and only 1-2 people can be out at one time. So that makes it tricky, if you want a time that someone else has already requested you're pretty much out of luck. So people started asking when they could put in their requests and my boss finally relented and said we could do it now. HOORAY!!! I got all mine ready, ok, they were aready written up... and gave them to her the next day. She was a bit surprised how many there were but hopefully everything will work out perfectly. The only two that are concrete are the cruises, the other ones I can still play around with the dates so gave her a second option if the first didn't work.

    I've decided I need at least a five day break every three months and thankfully now have enough points to do it. Hopefully I don't sound too greedy :rotfl:

    So the roster is as follows:

    coming up in 15 days - 7 nights at AKV CL

    December 2012 - 5 nights at OKW

    March 2013 - 7 night cruise on the Fantasy followed by 3 nights AKV CL

    June 2013 - 4 nights AKV Savannah View (will try to switch to BCV at the 7 month mark)

    September 2013 - 7 nights VGC (will have to wait until February to book this)

    October 2013- 5 night cruise on the Magic (cash)

    December 2013 - 4 nights at VWL (will have to wait until May to book this)
     
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    I will keep my fingers crossed for you that you get all the vacation time approved.

    Corinna
     
  15. Pinkocto

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    Thank you! :)
     
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    Nice planning there for vacations... I am jealous!
     
  17. Pinkocto

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    Thank you :) You have some beauties coming up yourself :) I'm quite jealous of your lengthy cruises!

    I ony have 3 weeks of vacation time, so have to be creative with the time. The 4 nighters will not take any time off, just will be a 'long weekend'. I just have to make sure she schedules me appropriately.
     
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    We are doing pretty well vacation wise, I just having to wait so long in between them...

    The longer the better for me, I think I could be one of those that could live on a cruise ship.
     
  19. tiggrbaby

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    Wow! Looks like you have a lot of fun times ahead!
     
  20. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    That was going to be my question for you, it seems like a lot of vacation time, but if you're including some of the vacation days to be your regular days off that makes sense.

    Those are some nice ones. I just have to try and get some nice ones going now, and cross my fingers, I can take the ones already scheduled.
     
  21. Pinkocto

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    Thank you! :)

    I knew you guys would understand :)

    I'm looking forward to trying the other resorts, hopefully I won't miss Jambo House too badly.
     

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