That's the first time we had to wear a poncho in Disney! A Mar./April '11 TR DONE 9/5

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  1. RachelNinja

    RachelNinja Sometimes I'd rather live in VMK than in real life

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    WOW, two hours to see Rapunzel? That's insane! These people just paid for a day at Disney to wait in that line. I mean, I guess if people had annual passes or this was their second time at MK during the trip, but seriously, oy. That's a LONG time!

    Aww, c'mon Sarah. We won't think you look like a dork! It's Buzz Lightyear! Getting to dance with him is the opposite of dorky!

    I love that I actually know where some of your Poly pics were taken since we went to 'Ohana this past trip. Normally I don't have a clue about resort pics!
     
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  3. hollybearsmom

    hollybearsmom Please send my fairy godmother home, pronto!

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    Great update and wonderful pictures of the Poly. Dream vacation includes staying here one day.
     
  4. PirateKate

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    Love the Simba and Naveen Vinylmation. It's nice to get a Vinylmation that you like, but it's also fun to get one that's horrid and trade it for something better.

    The Polynesian resort is so beautiful. Your pictures do it justice. I hope they do build a DVC resort there someday. That would be awesome.

    I agree with Rachel- dancing with Buzz is always cool. Never dorky. :thumbsup2
     
  5. Queenofallthings

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    That Simba was adorable!! I think that's my favorite of them all!

    Great shots around the Poly...it really is such a gorgeous resort isn't it? One of these years I really want to watch Wishes from the beach at the Poly...isn't it funny though, it doesn't matter how many trips we've taken, there are still things we have never done!:thumbsup2
     
  6. sandym718

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    Those Rapunzel lines are insane (as we've discussed, I think!).

    Loved your Polynesian pics, of course!! This trip, for an onsite regular room (non-suite), I believe the Poly was the most expensive. The discount was lower than the GF's so it would have actually been a little bit cheaper for us to stay there, but of course we stuck with the Poly. We just adore it, but it's SUCH a splurge. We cut back on things at home so we can do it!! Plus, the federal gov't helps us with the saving for it - we just use our tax return!!
     
  7. wdwgirl03

    wdwgirl03 <font color=red>I'm just a big Disney Freak! :-)<b

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    haha, that's awesome Goofy played Hangman! Love it. It really is fun to visit the resorts. Hopefully some day I'll be able to make it to all of them. I know my sister has been making a Disney "bucket list" for her CP and I'm pretty sure that was one of her goals.

    We may have had another opportunity to see Rapunzel and Flynn, so stay tuned...popcorn::

    Thanks! I'm kind of addicted to vinylmation even though they're so pointless. But they're so fun. I love Naveen too. He is definitely one of the best princes.

    I hope you get to stay at the Polynesian some day. It is an amazing resort. One thing we always liked about it was how it's so close to the hustle and bustle of the Magic Kingdom but it's so peaceful there. :cloud9:

    I know, right?! It sounds weird because there's so much to do. Maybe it's a sign we go too much. LOL! Nah, never.

    Finally going to update about DAK now. :)

    LOL yeah, he is mean but we still kind of like Lotso. :rolleyes1

    I hope we get to stay at the Poly again some day. It really does spoil you!

    Yeah, the Polynesian is so popular so they probably don't have any need to put DVC there. And now with the new Aulani in Hawaii...but man do I miss staying there. :guilty:

    I was kind of surprised too when he turned out to be so grumpy!

    Welcome!

    It was great to have such low crowds and be able to get so much done. :thumbsup2 I hope the crowds aren't too bad for you guys...not too much longer now!

    I do feel sort of bad for Lotso though...well, maybe not. haha
     
  8. MickeyisBeast

    MickeyisBeast <font color=green>Some people just don't understan

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    I'm in love with your Poly pictures! They all turned out reallly beautiful! Your Buzz picture is so cute, I must meet him one of these days
     
  9. wdwgirl03

    wdwgirl03 <font color=red>I'm just a big Disney Freak! :-)<b

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    Yeah, you should order them! They are both great!

    Aww, glad you enjoyed the update. If we ever get to stay there again it would have to be for a looong time...I don't think one night would be enough! haha

    Aww, I know what you mean. Even I miss being there looking at the pictures. Why can't we just live there? :)

    It's funny how he's so mean in the movie but the one at the parks is nice and happy. LOL.

    You are so lucky...I am envious!

    Geez, that is insane. It's amazing how popular that place is.

    Yes, even though it is spring, some winter-like weather has still been lingering around longer this year. Boo. But it's supposed to be nice this week!

    Chick-Fil-A is so good. Love those nuggets.

    Oh, you have to go see the MK opening show atleast once! As I've said so many times, it is worth it!

    No, we didn't have to go far at all to see the BATB show. It was just downtown and we are only about 15 minutes from there. That's one nice thing about being near Milwaukee. :)

    haha, I have a feeling winning the lottery is the only way I'll ever get to stay at the Polynesian again too.

    We didn't meet him this trip, but we enjoyed meeting Lotso too.

    Oh wow, that's cool you were in a version of BATB. If you ever get the chance to see the Broadway versions of the shows, I'm sure you'd enjoy them if the Japanese version was awesome.

    First, welcome to my TR! Second, I'm so glad it's got you in the Disney spirit. I'm jealous you are going soon! Rope drop is awesome. You won't regret doing it. :thumbsup2

    We are kind of neighbors then! We've been to Great America a few times and it's only about an hour and a half from here.

    We are really lucky we get to go so often. When my sisters and I were younger we only went once every other year. Now that we're in DVC I don't know how we ever survived (or I ever survived, I should say) because now it seems like I can't go more than few months without wanting to go back again. :rolleyes:

    Thanks again for reading!

    I will admit sometimes waking up early is hard but like I've said, it's definitely worth it. I'd rather get up early than wait in long lines.

    Yay, glad you are going to read my dad's TR! :)

    Yeah, it was crazy how popular they were. It was just like Tinkerbell and the fairies.

    haha, maybe I'll post the pic of me with Buzz later. We'll see. :)

    Glad you enjoyed the update!

    I have never done trading but my sister did. When we were at Epcot we saw one of the trading boxes and it had a Hamm in it. She ended up buying one just so she could trade for it. :rotfl:

    If the Poly ever had DVC, I would end up buying (though I'd be in a lot of debt if I did!). Come on Disney, what are you waiting for?!

    I agree and that's one of the reasons why it's so fun going back. There's always something new to try. :thumbsup2

    They sure are insane!

    That's so cool you guys stay there so often. I guess I should be grateful we ever got to stay there since so many people want to.
     
  10. wdwgirl03

    wdwgirl03 <font color=red>I'm just a big Disney Freak! :-)<b

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    Aww, thanks! You lucky girl getting to stay there in July. :)

    I hope you get to meet Buzz!
     
  11. wdwgirl03

    wdwgirl03 <font color=red>I'm just a big Disney Freak! :-)<b

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    Sunday, March 27, 2011 cont'd (part 5)

    After our visit to the Polynesian, it was time for a break so we went back to the MK to get a bus to Old Key West. When we got back to our room, we found a little surprise waiting for us on our dresser:

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    Birthday cards from Mickey! Even though it wasn't our birthdays (well, mine was a couple weeks before and Claire's was a couple weeks after). They came with a special photopass card that was also a 20% off coupon, which I actually just used the other day to order a couple of our pics before they expired.

    Our plan for the rest of the day was to go to the Animal Kingdom and then probably back to the MK for Wishes. Because DAK (ever since our Backstage Safari tour I always have to call it DAK!) was closing at 8, we took a really short break, maybe an hour if that. The Animal Kingdom is a great park to go to in the late afternoon because it closes early. We were hoping to be able to do the three big attractions: the safari, Everest, and Dinosaur.

    It seemed like as soon as we got to the bus stop, the AK bus arrived. That seemed to be the trend pretty much all week (not that I'm complaining or anything)! So before long we arrived at the park.

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    It was sort of funny because it was probably around 4:00 when we got there so most of the people were leaving. I know Claire made some comment about how it seemed like we were the only ones going INTO the park. We made our way through the Oasis and finally spotted the majestic Tree of Life.

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    Here's an interesting one Claire took.
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    We went to check out the attraction board. Along with the three rides I was hoping to be able to see Flights of Wonder but the last show was at 3:15 or something. We'd have to save that for another day. Oh well. But otherwise, wait times were not that bad. The safari was listed at 20 minutes so that was our first stop. I spotted this bird as we were waiting. I'm pretty sure it's an East African Crowned Crane or something like that. I know they have them in the FOW show.

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    We had to wait a little bit but it definitely wasn't twenty minutes. I was curious to see how many animals we'd see since it was later afternoon and sometimes the animals are nowhere to be found. But it was surprisingly a great safari! Warning: picture overload coming up!

    Right away we saw an okapi.
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    And this guy.
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    The rhino.
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    When we got to the crocodiles I noticed the rope bridge that was added for the new Wild Africa Trek tour. Kinda scary walking over the crocs but I bet it's really cool too! I'd love to do that tour one day.
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    And then we got to the best part of the safari...the savanna! Not that I don't love all the animals but I always look forward to this part because you can see some of my favorites!
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    The Thomsons gazelles are so cute.
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    Love the giraffes!
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    I could watch them all day. They are just so graceful. Amazing!
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    We also saw another one of my favorites, the elephant!
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    I don't know why, but this picture is weird to me. It's like the elephant is saying "what'chu looking at?" Must be the way his (or her) head is turned. haha
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    An ankole cattle. I don't think I'll ever forget the names of these guys after staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
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    So as you can see, there were quite a few animals out. We were soon approaching the lion rock. Now, we've taken so many safaris over the years and you pretty much expect to see nothing when you get there. The lions always seem to be sleeping or hiding somewhere. Well. Not today. Today, we were in for a treat. First of all, I started freaking out because you could KIND OF see the male lion. LOL.
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    Shocker! But that was only part of it. I have to say, my heart is kind of racing right now as I try to type this up. I'm just not exactly sure how to put into words what we saw next. As the male lion was lounging in the grass, the female decide to grace us with her presence RIGHT OUT ON THE ROCK!!!!!!! There she was, laying majestically, watching over everything. Luckily for me, I was on the left side of the vehicle so I was hoping to be able to get a decent picture as we rounded the bend. I think I managed to do alright. :)

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    I mean seriously, HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!?! Sorry for all the capital letters but it was just amazing. Everyone knows how rare it is to see the lions and a lot of people in our truck were just in awe that she was out. It made my day...so exciting. I could not wait to tell Dad about that one. And that picture has to be one of my favorites of the whole trip. I was just in shock. But boy, what a great way to end the safari!

    I'll leave you with one more picture of the lioness that Claire took...gorgeous!
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    up next: More Animal Kingdom fun!!!
     
  12. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    You are so lucky to have seen the lions! You are right, it is very rare that they are so visible, great picture!
     
  13. Vwdiva93

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    Oh my god that picture of the lioness is amazing!!! Those lions are always asleep whenever we go. Maybe the trick is to go later in the afternoon?! lol who knows, I am so jealous though! And I had no idea that the photopass from the birthday card was a coupon as well. I got one of the cards too and we were going to order a few pictures before they expired in a few days. So thanks for writing that, otherwise I never would have known!:thumbsup2
     
  14. Queenofallthings

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    Those are amazing shots that you were able to capture on KS....the lions are so rare to see .... amazing pics!!
     
  15. dawnbu40

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    Great update! I love the pictures of the lioness :thumbsup2
     
  16. TinkerbellLuvr7

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    GREAT PICS OF THE LIONS!!!!

    I love the birthday card too :) Funny how they changed them a little bit in the week or so that you went after me!

    I loved going to AK late afternoon too! After the parade the crowds just leave, it's crazy!
     
  17. jwwi

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    Two updates, how fun. I know I would never wait 2 hours to meet a character, but I would feel awful telling my child that the wait was too long. Crazy how long some people will wait though. I love all the Poly pictures, have never stayed but would sure love to someday.
    The pictures from your safari are pretty amazing. I am guessing that you used your zoom feature, but still, how beautiful was that photo? I don't think I have ever gone to AK that late in the day, but if most people were leaving it was probably a pretty good plan.
    It was great to see you the other night:), my somewhat planned, random Sarah sighting.....:rolleyes1 I really love all the new products that are in the store, and the cookies were so good, did you try one? I was with my DS, who is my favorite Disney companion. We started going on sister trips about 17 years ago, and we always have so much fun. I have never traded vinylmations, yours are so cute. But in November we did trade pins, and I picked up some very cute vinylmation ones.
     
  18. Cat0727

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    Aww the gazelles are cute. I like the zoomed in picture of the gazelle sitting by herself.

    Wow! That's the best picture of a female lion in KS I've ever seen! Lucky :thumbsup2 The lioness looks so regal. It makes me wonder if the late afternoon ride is the best to see the animals up and about?
     
  19. hollybearsmom

    hollybearsmom Please send my fairy godmother home, pronto!

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    The safari is my absolute favorite thing to do. I love the lioness shot, it is amazing she was out front there for you all!
    I wondered about AK for a half day with lines and early closing, glad you found it bearable.
     
  20. PrincessCaitlin

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    Amazing pic of the lioness! I would be super excited too :goodvibes
     
  21. OhMari

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    Great pictures.
    The CM driving the trucks always say grab another fast pass for the Safari ride. Because no two rides are ever the same.
     

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