Pinch me, did it REALLY happen????? - All wrapped up, and yes, it DID happen!

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  1. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    I didn’t expect to have another substantial update this soon, but yesterday we had quite a challenge! Something new with American is that they sent us an email last week telling us to choose our entrees for the trip. I had lagged on doing this because Fran wouldn’t sit down and give me an answer. Yesterday I decided that we better make our choices. So we picked our outbound flight choices. I picked the cereal and yogurt Fran picked the quesadilla with eggs, pepper jack, and a corn and black bean salsa.

    Then I clicked over to the return flight and we had the same choices. WTH? We have a 1PM flight, why are they giving us breakfast choices? :confused3

    So I click back to the American Airlines website and now our 1PM flight is departing at 9AM! :scared1:

    We are NOT early risers and getting on a 6AM Magical Express bus is not my idea of the end to an ideal vacation. Luckily it all worked out. I called American Airlines and they were able to get us on the 5PM non-stop to LAX with no additional charges. The funny thing was we had a choice of Filet of Beef or Four Cheese Ravioli. Both of us told the agent we wanted the Ravioli, but when I logged back into the website, she had selected the beef for us! :rotfl2:

    I changed our entrees on the website and then called Member Services to change the plane flight. They also confirmed that I would be able to use DME to get back to the resort when I returned the rental car earlier in the week while we are staying at Kidani. I always like to get multiple opinions on Disney processes since you never know if the CM you are talking to has the right information.

    I figure if two out of three confirm it you’re OK. The one yesterday said they would send me tags for my returning the car trip. We’ll see, but at least we have the airfare sorted out. And that means we get an extra ½ day to have lunch at one of the resorts or something like that.
     
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  3. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    What a nightmare about the schedule change, but I am glad that you got it sorted.

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  4. TruBlu

    TruBlu <font color=green>I was very excited to see how yu

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    That is why we refuse to fly Delta! They did that to us without telling us. I only found out a few days before our trip & didn't have any options to change. We lost our last day in the parks. :sad:

    I'm happy you were able to correct it!!!! :flower:

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  5. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    That really surprises me. Whenever we fly Delta, we get an endless stream of notifications of schedule changes and it is usually only a couple of minutes. The biggest change that we had was less than 30 minutes.

    Corinna
     
  6. TruBlu

    TruBlu <font color=green>I was very excited to see how yu

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    This was probably 4 years ago & we aren't priority members or frequent fliers or anything. It was horrible! They even moved us to one of those little commuters where you have to walk out and up the stairs! I was freaking out!!!! Then they put us on the back row by the bathroom with seats that didn't recline. Worst experience ever!!! :sad:

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  7. rentayenta

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    :scared: Glad you were able to fix that snafu. I agree with you and I am a morning person. Leaving that early is no fun. For me, it makes the night before stressful. Now you can really relax on departure day. :thumbsup2 I haven't flown with American for years but it sounds very similar to something United would do.
     
  8. lisaviolet

    lisaviolet Happy DVC Owner

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    OMG, the bold made me laugh out loud Alison! :rotfl2::rotfl::rotfl2:

    Good to hear you got all of that taken care of - as in noticed the error.

    And isn't Ellen's TR exquisite - it's given me such joy to take in. I was very late finding it :sad2: since I haven't been in the DVC area as much but now that I have.....:love:. I WANT TO GO!

    Also, Alison I've had my TR deleted. It was just becoming depressing for me to try to package it as a fun TR. :lmao: To even look at it. ;)Just letting you know since you kept me company. :love:

    Can't wait for this trip!
     
  9. ACDSNY

    ACDSNY I love my job! I love my job! I love my job!

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    Just what you need more beef!:lmao:
     
  10. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    WOW! Did AA not notify you about the 1 pm flight home? I think some of the Aussies mentioned that they had a similar issue with the 1 pm flight but I was under the impression that they had a notification email sent to them.

    In any case, glad you sorted it out and glad that you have a choice of meals to share.
     
  11. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    I'm in ........ Better late than never :rolleyes1

    We spent a glorious week at RPH a couple of years ago and loved it

    Cant' wait to hear all about your trip :goodvibes
     
  12. dgbg100106

    dgbg100106 Missing the Tag Fiary

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    I meant at Disney.....


    Oh I have spent many a night in a hotel room, travel for business is no longer fun... I fly out Sunday for St louis. I will be gone all week. :(
     
  13. Pinkocto

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    So they didn't tell you about the flight change :scared1: I'm glad you noticed!
     
  14. athenna

    athenna DIS Veteran<br><br><font color ="blue">I've been w

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    I'm here, better late than never!
    Glad you're finally going:cool1:
     
  15. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Yeah, it seems that they did this to me on a previous trip that I didn't take too....

    I'm sure glad that I caught it. Leaving Disney at 6AM would be no fun!

    It is possible that they sent Fran an email when they changed it....she is the primary on this account since it is her flyer miles that we use. That's a BIG change though.

    We are in the front row, which is not as bad, but close. I've now made my decision as to which purse to bring on the plane. I wasn't sure and was going to ask you all, but now I'm sure. I'm putting the little one in a larger bag so that I only have two carry ons. I'll have to leave my big daily purse at home and switch out all the important stuff prior to leaving so I can have the smaller one in my seat with me. I won't have any "under the seat in front of me" storage. :sad2:

    It's stressful enough just trying to get our luggage all packed up and ready to go. Trying to do it at 5AM is just nuts! We have our nice dinner for the night before we leave and I don't want that to be ruined.

    I'm sorry your trip was such a nightmare. I'm going to miss seeing your pictures, you have such a unique perspective on things. I'm actually starting to get excited. We have 10 days until we go! Two weeks from today, we'll be taking the night vision safari!

    I know! :lmao: We'll be eating beef at least every other day on this trip, the last thing I will want is airplane beef. :crazy2:

    I think we had this same discussion for the trip I was going to take last May. You mentioned that you have used that same flight too. Like I said, maybe Fran got the email and missed it, but she said that she sends everything she gets to me and that she got nothing. :confused3

    I'm glad that you made it over here! I can't wait to start living my trip!

    :flower3: We have hardly stayed in any hotel rooms since buying DVC, so each time I do, it's a shock. Normally I try to book places that have a microwave and fridge so it's like a studio still. I hope you have a fun time in St. Louis (though I know it's hard when you are working all day). Good luck and stay sane!

    I know. Really, I would have been freaking out if I hadn't caught it before we left!

    Hey, I'm glad you made it over here Jen! Your trip is coming up soon too!
     
  16. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Our next resort will be Kidani Village. I can’t wait to get back here. We stayed in January 2010 and sort of enjoyed every minute. Well I pretty much did, Fran was in severe pain, and on our last day one of the tenant’s bathrooms burst into a huge water explosion much like World of Color that cost us over $15K beyond the amount that insurance covered. It was sort of a nightmare that began on our last day of the vacay. It was so much fun finding a company to come in and begin drying out the carpets from 3,000 miles away! NOT. I hope that this time, we can just enjoy our stay at Kidani. We have a one bedroom Villa reserved. The last time we had a two bedroom, but I believe that the only difference will be the lack of a second bedroom, so here are some pics from the last time I was there.

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    I hope that our view is as good. I think I better give MS a call and put in a request for a low floor. I forgot about that. Otherwise, I don’t think we really care where we are.



    Since everyone is so on about the Prime Rib, here are some photos of the Prime Rib that I made for Christmas Dinner and the method I plan to use to prepare it in our villa.

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    I will probably just make baked potatoes instead of the roasted reds, and will not be making the mushrooms to accompany on this trip (although on the trip with my Mom & Dad, we did prepare the mushrooms).

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    Here is a previous Christmas Prime Rib

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    I don’t have any shots of Previously made Beef Stroganoff, but I could probably post another 10-20 pictures of Prime Ribs, but I think you all get the idea! :rotfl2:
     
  17. TruBlu

    TruBlu <font color=green>I was very excited to see how yu

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    Now I'm starving, and I have no beef in the house. :sad:
     
  18. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Thankfully, I had some breakfast before I wandered in here. But no meat was served with my breakfast!!!!


    That room looks great at AKV. Someday.....I'd like to stay there.
     
  19. TruBlu

    TruBlu <font color=green>I was very excited to see how yu

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    Me too! That shower looks heavenly. :cloud9:
     
  20. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    :thumbsup2 Yes. But I'm not sharing the shower with any of the animals!
     
  21. TruBlu

    TruBlu <font color=green>I was very excited to see how yu

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    I'd have to share with my children. They qualify as animals. :lmao:

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