Oh the places We Go, The People We see

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  1. Caretames1

    Caretames1 Mom & Crazed Planner

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    Hey Mom! Look at me! Take a picture! No, while I'm standing n my head! Watch, your not looking! Mom!


    Anything like that?:rotfl2: Kadence is the same way. I have 6923 pictures of her doing cartwheels during cheer this year.

    She thinks AKL is cool, and is in jealous that the animals were so close to your rooms. She also likes Claire's cover up dress. :thumbsup2


    The grounds are just so nice. It would be a nice place to relax.
     
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  3. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    yep! And we had to do some of those while she was standing on her head in the pool too! :rotfl2:

    We got that cover up last spring with the trip in mind. Then we almost never wore it all summer, as BIL lives across the street with a pool and she rarely wears a cover up over. So then I thought it was a waste, but she did wear it a lot on the trip.
     
  4. Sam33

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    I'm here! AKL is beautiful. We ALMOST decided to stay there this time but decided to save money. We liked where we stayed but I HAVE to get to AKL sometime!
     
  5. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Welcome! It was all about saving money and luckily I was able to afford it for one night with a great deal. Normally we wouldn't be able to afford it for sure!
     
  6. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Claire and I kept on with our exploring.

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    We found the sign for Simbas kids club and went in search of it.

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    It appeared to be down a hallway and we gave up fast.

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    We then went in search of more animals. I believe these shots were taken through a window.

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    Then we found a porch overlook and we were trying to figure out how to get to it.

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    And another shot through the window, but this was kind of neat looking.

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    Heres a porch!

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    Getting artsy!

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    Hidden giraffe.

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    While we stood there, I just took several pictures.

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    And we kept moving too.

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    We spotted a few birds.

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    Another try at an artsy type shot.

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  7. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I still had rules to follow as we walked around. One being these little tunnel type areas through the rocks. I was NOT allowed to go through till Claire did. Since I was kind of wandering and taking pictures, I broke this rule a few times .....and of course was scolded for doing so!

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    We have found more animals!

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    Exploring some more.

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    Arent these so cute.

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    They had these little metal art type animals hidden in the rocks.

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    We headed inside now to explore the lobby.

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    Its really so pretty and I can see the resemblance of Wilderness Lodge.

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  8. KatMark

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    Jen, I am all caught up.

    LOVE Cheesecake Factory for the food and Mark loves it for the food and the cheesecake. ;)

    I thoroughly enjoyed your's and Claire's exploring of the AKL. I do love that resort and your exploring now has me confused about where I want to stay in August. It's just so stunning.
     
  9. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    I love all the photos. I had to laugh when I read your comment that you can see the resemblance to Wilderness Lodge. My reaction when I entered Grand Californian and Wilderness Lodge for the first time was that this reminds me of Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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  10. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I love it all there.
    Cheesecake is so yummy and I love their big pieces.
    I really enjoyed AKL. Now my cousin went after our cruise and wasn't so happy with it. A couple of little things that added up.

    Thanks.
    I would love to see Grand Californian.
     
  11. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I was starting to get a bit antsy that our room was still not ready. It was just after 2 now and I knew our chance at getting a nap was fading away faster and faster.

    We decided to head into the gift shop. This place is amazing!

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    This shop is definitely different than other resorts gift shops.

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    After our quick browse through the store we headed outside to see the front of the resort.

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  12. dizneeat

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    Jen, you are killing me with all those pics of WDW and the AKL. ;)

    Love the pics of the gift shop and outside, they bring back some very happy memories. Thank you! :goodvibes
     
  13. Caretames1

    Caretames1 Mom & Crazed Planner

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    Part of the "rules" are follow the leader and the Kid is always the leader!:lmao:

    I will agree the the gift shop looks nothing like any of the others I've been in. The colors in there are just beautiful.

    A long night is ahead! Please say you got a nap!
     
  14. Daddy_of_Princesses

    Daddy_of_Princesses The downside of being better than everyone else is

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    Love all the pics, reminds me of our trip in 2010. The gift shop at AKL is one of the best I've seen. The Polynesian has a pretty nice gift shop too.
     
  15. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Thanks! :) We enjoyed looking around here since it was so different.

    Yes, she can be quite bossy at times.
    They do have a really unique gift shop. I wish I was loaded with money so I could justify buying some of the unusual items.
    It was a long night ...but we did pretty good I think! ;)

    You need to go back again. I remembered that you guys enjoyed it there too.
    Yes the Poly has some neat shops in there too. We have browsed those a few times as well.
     
  16. Daddy_of_Princesses

    Daddy_of_Princesses The downside of being better than everyone else is

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    We are probably going again in October. Thinking of Port Orleans Riverside. They have those nicely themed Princess rooms, and the grounds look very nice. Thinking of a Saturday - Sunday trip, 6 days in the parks, with the other days spent on the resort relaxing. I think the 8 days of non-stop parks was more than my wife could handle.
     
  17. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    That sounds great! I would love to check out those rooms in person too. They look so neat.
    Even though this trip was long, we actually still needed more days. LOL . We needed to add a few more down days, as we really enjoyed them, but just not enough time to have down time and do all we wanted to do. It was crazy busy at the parks though too.
     
  18. francis6306

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    Okay, caught up over here as well!

    As soon as I saw the pictures of AKL, I thought "That looks JUST like WL!" I love it! I really want to stay there one day… heck… who am I kidding? I want to stay EVERYWHERE!!!!!! :lmao:
     
  19. MEK

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    Bummer that it was taking so long for your room to be ready, but at least it gave you time for a comprehensive photo tour. You really captured the spirit of the resort and the gift shop pictures are great!
     
  20. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Yay! I think I am almost caught up now after my trip with all TR's. LOL.
    This resort is very pretty. I loved the look.
    I want to try just about all of them too. I know Claire's first choice would be AKL again though. I really want to go to WL and Boardwalk on my to do next list. But that could be a while yet.

    Bummer that it is taking me forever to update too. :lmao:
    We did enjoy our time, and any other day, we would've been OK, but we really needed to take a nap. We did not get one and did OK, but it would've worked out better if we got one as our next day was kind of early for those who were extra tired. :crazy2:
     
  21. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!

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