January 2013

Discussion in 'Countdowns and Live Reports' started by letthewookiewin, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. buzznina

    buzznina DIS Veteran

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    We brought them, DD used them to help her see all the animals that were on an animal list that we got when we checked in.
     
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  3. buzznina

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    Sometimes, first thing in the morning our area would be pretty empty and then some mornings there were animals to watch. It seemed like the CM's would fill the animal feeding areas at different times of the day, I think to make sure the animals went into or by most of the areas. In the picture, the group of trees in the center had a feeding container for the giraffe's and a group of 4 or 5 would come along to eat. In the evening a little group of Elands that would lay in the brush in front of our balcony. Our DD was able to cross off a good dozen different type of animals from her list:)
     
  4. mickeyplanner

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    How much time did you spend at the resort itself to see the animals on the list? We orginally were going to spend at whole day there and skip the parks. But now we were rethinking our plans and wanting to get one day out of MK and the new fantasyland. What would you recommend?
     
  5. buzznina

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    That trip we were there for 8 nights, so we had plenty of park time and then had 2 non-park days to relax and enjoy the resort. On our trip in January we will be doing 2 days at MK, so our DD's can enjoy the new Fantasyland. I really would not spend a whole day if all you want to do is see a lot of the animals. I do not know what your schedule is but, you could always do rope drop at MK and then head back to AKL around 2. If you get there when the park opens you can really accomplish a lot because it will be less crowded. Just an idea:)
     
  6. KuyaJeff

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    Oh no, how could I not have seen this? I'm barely reading it now. :headache:There is some valuable in your post!

    I really do agree that Sanaa is definitely worth checking out, but have replaced our Kona Cafe ADR from Friday to fit that in. I can then move the Hotel break to a later time to either be before or afterthe Sanaa ADR. With everything close to each other...I think it's pretty doable. :goodvibes

    I agree that Chef Mickey ADR is in a very awkward spot, I've realized that before and fully realize it now. It ended up being more of a "must do" from my traveling companion than a logical transition. You probably are right that we might not make it back to HS after. But we always have the option to just hop on the monorail to Magic Kingdom or even Epcot which could then lead to an easy transition back to the hotel break. I might as well switch that now. :thumbsup2 The main goal for that day is to take advantage of the AM EMH for Hollywood Studios. So two hours(8:00AM-10:00AM)in HS for the morning seems decent to start off the day. ...at least I hope it is.

    Here's the latest iteration fo the spreadsheet... I'm starting to think I should break down the hours to half hours. :sad2:

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  7. loveshak22

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    I've heard Kona is good so I hate for you to miss it based on my suggestion! But I have heard Sanaa is yummy and it seems to fit nicely in your plan for the day! I'd give you a report when we get back in January but you'll actually be there a week before us so that wouldn't help. I'll wait to see your post-report though.

    Breaking the spreadsheet into 30 minute blocks - that's some skillful planning :rotfl:

    I understand about CM and sometimes we have to plan around what we just have to do...that's what makes life soooo hard at WDW (said with sarcasm) :rotfl: Although looking at the EMH for that day it actually makes sense to start at HS and then end up there and then either back to hotel or MK!

    I think the plans look great! Lots of good time at the parks, the resort, and good eatin'!
     
  8. mickeyplanner

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    WE will only be staying at AKV for two nights as a split stay with BLT for a total of 6 nights/7days. Sounds like we should be good with two afternoons for animal viewing. Did your kids take part in the resort arts and crafts activities?
     
  9. buzznina

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    They did the ceramic activity, you buy a piece($3-$5) paint it and they will tell you to pick it up later after they put it in their kiln. Both our DD's really like rubbing. AKL has two or three 4' brass circle imbedded in their lobby floor with african symbols, plants and animals engraved on it. You just ask a CM for some paper and crayons and then lay the paper over a part of the circle and lightly rub the crayon over the paper and whatever you put the paper on will start showing up on the paper as a picture. Hint; take the paper off the crayon and rub using it on it's side. We had all 4 of us sitting in the middle of the lobby floor doing this:laughing: It makes a very unique souvenir:)
    I would also highly recommend doing the night vision, it is also free. Google aklresort and they have a copy of the animal list that the resort gives out and a lot of good info. Have a great time. Only 32 days before we will be back at the world:banana:
     
  10. Echo queen

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    30 days out and my Mickey Mail is here:dance3:
     
  11. Penguin312

    Penguin312 Earning My Ears

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    What all is included in the Mickey Mail? This is our first trip and I've been impatiently watching the mail box.
     
  12. Echo queen

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    Luggage tage
    ME yellow tags
    The booklet with all details of your package, like ME ticket, all vouchers that are included in your package.pirate:
    I will start packing my stuff bag today.
     
  13. kdog_1981

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    DW called Disney since they forgot my ME ticket. Lady told my wife... "Don't worry you got plenty of time." Um yea? Busy time of the year!
     
  14. Echo queen

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    I have always gotten my Mickey mail and ME information at or before the 30 day mark. :thumbsup2. Possibly you will have a Mickey mail Mondaypixiedust:
     
  15. kdog_1981

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    We got the mail but my name was forgotten in ME tickets. Traveling with 5.
     
  16. mom of lil princess

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    Not only was I able to book CRT this morning I was also able to move around biergarten and akershus so we didn't have 2 princess meals the same day...I am so excited I was able to do all this with only 36 days left:). I am so excited
     
  17. Penguin312

    Penguin312 Earning My Ears

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    We received our Magical Express packet with the yellow tags but that was all. Will there be another letter sent? I also found it strange that it didn't have our flight info printed in the booklet even though we booked them through Disney. Guess I'll need to call tomorrow and make sure it is added.
     
  18. loveshak22

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    We're not using ME...will we get anything or just get everything at check-in?
     
  19. DaveinFallsChurch

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    If I'm mistaken, hope someone can correct me, but as best as I can remember, the Magical Express tickets are a separate thing from what most folks refer to as "Mickey Mail". Mickey Mail consists of a booklet that includes your a reservation summary sheet that includes the names of the guests included in the package along with the lodging ressie and park pass information. It will also include air travel summary and car rental vouchers as well as some other coupons and vouchers that's included as your Magic Your Way Package. Finally, the mailing will also include some Disney themed luggage tags to help you label your luggage BUT is different and separate from your Magical Express Tickets.

    My understanding is that the Magical Express tickets arrive first. Then the Mickey Mail and in some cases, the Mickey Mail may not arrive until 2-3 weeks prior to your arrival date. Also, if you did not book a vacation package (such as those who book room-only ressies), you will not receive the Mickey Mail.

    Hope this helps!!
     
  20. Caseystigger

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    So excited to be going back! My sister and I are having a girls only weekend Jan 18-21st. We're staying at POR Royal Guest Room River View! SO EXCITED!!
     
  21. loveshak22

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    It does help - thanks!!

    I've always used ME in the past so we'd get the yellow baggage tags plus the Disney luggage tags and the packet of info. I just didn't know if you weren't doing ME if you'd get any of that.

    We are at 57 days and counting!!!
     

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