Oh the places We Go, The People We see

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  1. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I will check that out. I hope to get back again for the halloween party in the next few years. It was a lot of fun. I can see why all the hype!

    Yes, I get tempted too, but I would be sad to see it gone and she likes it long. There will probably be a day when she wants it short.
    Ellens rooms was so awesome. When I win the lotto, I'll bring you along and we can stay in it.

    Yes, it a buffet. It does have some African dishes, but there was enough normal food to keep us happy too. Maybe you get him there and see the grounds and he will want to be staying there! :thumbsup2
     
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    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    We finished up our meal at Boma. We really enjoyed it. The juice is pretty darn good too!
    I paid the bill and we gathered our belongings and headed out. Once again, we no longer had a room, so we had to carry with us what we needed for the day till it was time to leave.

    We made a stop to take a couple of pictures of Claire.

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    And a stop off at the bathroom.

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    MEANWHILE! …………

    My family was preparing to head to the airport. My Mom had arranged for a bus to take 10 of them to the airport in Detroit. That left Katie, Thad and their boys to go up there on their own.

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    Mom said they came across a bad accident on the way up and quickly called Katie to tell her to avoid it.

    They arrived at the airport and settled in till it was time to board the plane. They were flying Delta.

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    Abby is always happy if she has a good snack.

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    Mom said they boarded on time, but Katie and family were practically running to the plane. I guess they had run into the accident after all and were running extremely late. I do think the flight time actually might’ve been changed to a bit later of a time. I had made the arrangements for everyone and I had it all written down in my planner so I knew when to get to the airport to meet them, but they ended up landing about 10 minutes later than I had written down. Mom said it was all “on time” and she wasn’t sure if the time changed or not. LOL

    So Claire and I had just finished a nice brunch.
    We headed outside a bit. I think we checked out the hot tub and took a look at the Flamingoes again.

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    We then decided to go over and look at the Savanna, so back through the resort we went.

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    A few peeks out the windows.

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    A picture of my little sweetheart.

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    We went and admired the animals. There were a ton of giraffes out today.

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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    I think you get free laundry in a DVC room when you are staying at a 1 BR or above. Studios don't get the free laundry. ;)

    That room at AKL is amazing! Love the pool table. :goodvibes

    Is Boma worth going to for breakfast? We had dinner there in Nov and we really enjoyed it.
     
  5. WanderlustNZ

    WanderlustNZ DIS Veteran

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    I read somewhere that there are free laundry rooms for the studios since they don't have their own washer/dryer. I hope this is still the case.

    OP, thanks for your interesting TR. I'm really enjoying all your pictures.
     
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    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    It is free for studios, you just don't have it in your room. You have to go to the laundry room. We used it at the Beach Club later in the trip a couple of times.

    Thanks!
     
  7. jedijill

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

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    The washing machines and dryers are actually free at the DVC resorts. You just push in the coin slots and they start. :) I had to ask my first trip. I think at Jambo House, the front desk might just credit you if you are DVC (its been awhile since I've stayed there) but I know the laundry rooms at Kidani are free.

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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    I guess I am wrong. I swear the info we received at OKW said the laundry rooms were pay. I just threw away all my paperwork from there over the weekend. :mad:

    Oh well, not like it's the first time I've ever been wrong. :lmao::lmao: :lmao::lmao:
     
  9. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    It's great that you saw so many animals that morning.

    We stayed in a studio at OKW over Thanksgiving and the laundry rooms by the pools are all free.

    Corinna
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    Thanks for piling it on.











    j/k ;)
     
  11. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Good to know!

    You threw it away! WHAT. You need to keep that FOREVER!!! :lmao:


    Good to know if I ever stay there!

    You know, if you weren't wearing a Thing 1 and 2 bra and carrying a whip, we could all take you more seriously! :rotfl2: :lmao:
     
  12. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk DIS Veteran

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    Those ears actually do hurt my head. But a truly devoted Disney fan would wear them anyway. ;)

    What am amazing view you had that next morning. Looks like the animals weren't shy at all.

    And that grand villa? :faint: Just amazing.

    Boma looks beautiful. I've never considered it, but might have to after seeing your photos.

    And we'll excuse you if you weren't "on your game". The morning after a late party is always rough.
     
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    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I wax wrong. I bought her the black ones. And her hair kept getting caught in the sparkles.
    Boma was pretty good.
     
  14. Caretames1

    Caretames1 Mom & Crazed Planner

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    We must start playing the lotto!:thumbsup2

    Ok, that just went on my list. Might be a good "first day" place to visit as to not take away from park time.



    Awesome photo!! I mean really striking!:thumbsup2
     
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    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I would love to go again together. It was so fun hanging with you guys!

    I agree. It's a ways to get there, so a good non park day place.

    Thanks!
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    I know. Tell me about it. I save all that stuff until I get yelled at by Melody. :faint:

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    You have me dying over here!!!!! :blush:
     
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    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Claire wasn’t as into the animals today as I was. She wanted to swim. She did however find a hidden Mickey.

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    I made her stay a little longer though. I just really enjoyed looking at the animals out there. She did too, but she had enough and was worried about how much time she would have for swimming before we had to leave.

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    Finally I relented and we headed back towards the pool area.

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    A door we passed. I loved the theming here.

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    Down the elevator.

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    And we went over to the pool area bathroom to change.

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    We usually used this shower stall for changing. It was bigger than the other 2. It also had a stool in there to set our bags on. I noticed the other 2 didn’t and I don’t think they had hooks either, if I remember right. I thought that was dumb, as the floor was wet and there wasn’t a way to keep your things dry if you showered. The shower had a changing area then stall with curtain, but you really needed a stool to keep things dry. The bigger one also seemed to be dryer since it was bigger.

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    Isn’t this a cute hamper?

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    Back out, we headed towards the hot tub.

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    We spotted a little critter.

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    Claire enjoyed the hot tub for a while.

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    We then headed over to the pool again and I sat in the same spot as the day before and Claire swam and swam and swam. I put the camera away for a bit and tried to facebook with my kindle and phone. I say try, because facebook kept telling me my posts couldn’t be made. I have this issue off and on. It’s so annoying.
    Also the wifi was spotty and every so often I had to relog back in.
    Tim (Dis That’s Nice) was over at the Coronado and he was posting how he still hadn’t made it to a park yet and he was going nuts. His daughter was swimming too. We chatted a bit via facebook, along with a few others, some who were going to be coming to WDW in the next few days as well. I was half tempted to gather up Claire and go over and visit Tim. But I knew the ride over would be long and Claire wouldn’t like getting pulled out of the pool. And Tim and I had planned to meet up later in the trip.

    I had a family sitting in the loungers in front of me and they were so fun to listen to. After talking to them a bit, I found out that some of the members lived not too far from me. Small World!
    After a while we heard a plane and saw some sky writing. It actually took quite a while to get the whole message up and the first word was pretty much faded before the next one even started. In fact for the last one, the plane left and came back.

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    God Loves You. A nice message, but seriously, why do would you have a sky writer do this? The family in front of me was laughing that someone would pay that much money to have that written. And it was kind of funny because the plane left and came back before writing “U”. Like he had to refuel and come back just for that letter. LOL
     
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    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Meanwhile, Claire was having a ball swimming and watching others.

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    The pool games had started and she sat right up there and watched, but she wouldnt join in. I think if she had a friend with her, she would have. I think she was just too shy. She told me she did do a few things, but I dont think she was officially playing.

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    The games were a huge highlight for her though. She would ask me every so often if people ever just come to Disney to just stay at the hotel and swim. I told her that I am sure a few do, but most people who come this far do want to go the parks too. I think she really liked this relaxed resort day approach we had taken.

    While she swam I took a few pictures of the area from my chair.

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    This one came out bad. I was supposed to be focusing on the light. Not sure why I got the background instead.

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    Before too long it was time to get out and get dressed. She wasnt too thrilled about this, but I reminded her we had a bus to catch and we had several more days of fun ahead of us.
    We walked around and took a few more pictures.

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    And then back towards the bathroom to change. I noticed these lockers. Thats a pretty good deal ($1).

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    Claire was pretty hungry after all that swimming so we stopped off and got a light late lunch. It was around 4 now and I knew we wouldnt be eating again till much later after meeting up with the family.

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    I think we also called Skip once again while we were there and updated him and said our hellos.

    Claire didnt finish it all so I asked for a container to carry the rest. It was kind of a pain and I think we ended up throwing most of what was left (the crustable sandwich) away later on.

    We walked around a little bit more.

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    We talked of walking down to Kidani and checking it out, but Claire said it would be too far. Not like she really had a clue.

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    We ended up going in the gift shop and Claire bought some sunglasses. We forgot to bring her a pair (really she doesnt wear them all that often) and just looked around for a while. Sadly the glasses got lost at some point. She wanted them for the cruise, but she left them in the rental van and they were forgotten till we needed them on the ship. We saw them once when we got back and never again. I have no clue where they went, except that maybe they were left in the van somewhere.

    Around 4:30 we went to retrieve our luggage and get a voucher for the Magical Express. First they sent us outside and then inside, then back outside. The girl at the outside desk knew what to do, but I thought it was strange that the guys handling the luggage didnt know I could get a voucher there.

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    It wasnt too long and our bus arrived and Claire and I were the first on again, and we took our favorite first row seat.

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    I took a shot of the seatbelts that are now on the new buses.

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  20. mom2rtk

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    Looks like an awesome laid back resort day.

    Claire needed Kadence there to swim with though!

    We've seen the skywriter at Disney before. They must do that fairly often.
     
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    I love seeing all your pictures of AKL! I think it's my dream resort, along with the Poly.
     

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