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pjstevens 01-13-2010 07:20 PM

Welcome to Disney Alaska! ~ Our first Disney endurance race (race day!)
 
Thought I'd start this before I forget it all. (Maybe I'll finally get around to do Disneyland TR too).

Day one, Thursday, January 7th. Dale (dh) was out delivering papers (at 4am) and his car died! We had to leave for the airport around 7:30 due to the heightened security and now had to deal with a non working vehicle. Thank goodness for a wonderful mechanic, two blocks from our house. Dale had the van towed there and fortunately our DS (Dale-Ross) was able to help him finish up the papers. He got home with just enough time to shower and get the car loaded.

We got on the road shortly after 7:30 when I realize I have NO gas whatsoever. First stop WAWA for gas; then D&D for coffee (and a breakfast sandwich for hubby who never did get to eat). Finally we are on our way to the airport. Thankfully we live so close to Philly that we were there in no time. Our ds, Tyler, had gone up with us, and would take our car home, as he was staying home to help with the 'babies'. We unloaded everything to check in at the curb with Southwest and get in line. Tyler leaves and I realize that I'm holding Dale's laptop (or so I thought). We are in line to check our bags and I don't have dh's laptop, I have a car repair kit (has flairs, fix a flat, jumper cables, etc) in the case! Well, I'm thinking I better just give it away to someone who is dropping off someone at the curb, lol. Dale figured we'll just throw it into one of our checked bags and maybe keep it in our Owners Locker. Good thought (or so we thought).

We get up to the security check point and what do we see???

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Absolutely NO ONE in line at all! So much for allowing hours to get through security! We stood around finishing our coffee before heading in.

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We had an uneventful flight to Orlando and were picking up our car by 2pm and on our way to the Boardwalk Villas.

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Up next, getting a room you absolutely do not want!

dismagiclover 01-14-2010 09:24 AM

I'm in. I was there for Marathon weekend too and Disney Alaska is right! Can't wait to hear about the trip!

liznboys 01-14-2010 10:51 AM

Hi Patricia, I'm in too! I was with Jenny (above) this weekend doing the half. It'll be fun to hear how your weekend went...

pjstevens 01-15-2010 03:45 PM

We arrived at BWV (our first time staying here.) Let me just say, one perk I miss is the valet parking. The lot at the Boardwalk is way far away (if you don’t get a close spot, you may even end up across the street). I was so excited to see that the Christmas decorations were still up! I was really hoping for this, but not counting on it.

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Check in was quick (again, no one in line) and in no time we had our KTTK cards. We had booked a studio preferred view room. Off we went to our room. We were up one floor (kept forgetting the lobby was on floor two, lol) and walked and walked and walked down the hallway until we finally got to our room (and there were still more rooms past ours!)

Very pretty room; lovely view of the pool we would NOT be using this weekend, lol.

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As hubby went down to find out where our Owners Locker was, we looked around. I thought the bed looked awfully low, compared to the ones at AKV. DD (Aubre) says, “Wow’, we have a big shower!” Right then, I knew we were in trouble! A large shower in a studio only means one thing, we were in a handicapped room. Right then, I was NO WAY!!! I WANT, no I NEED a bathtub! I want to be able to soak in a tub after doing the ˝ marathon! I got on the phone right away and said I wanted a new room. (I explained why). It took a little bit, but soon they relocated us to a room (much closer to the elevators than the first room). Got into our new room and WOW!!! This is what I had expected!

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Then we walked out onto our balcony to see what view we had this time and were blown away that we had an ENORMOUS balcony compared to the other room!!!

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And the view was beautiful

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We got settled and decided to head out to pick up our packets for the race and for volunteering for the full and also to grab some lunch and stop at Target. We’ve become pretty familiar with Disney since DD did the College Program in 2007 and really don’t bother with directions (lol). We did a lot of driving in circles at times this trip, lol, but we always got to where we needed to be.

As soon as we got on the road, hubby says do you have our paperwork to pick up the packets, ugh NO, I don’t!! How could I leave without that.

We had a nice lunch at a Chick fil a and then off to Target for some snacks, drinks, etc. It’s easy finding your way back to Disney cause all roads lead Home it seems!

Next up, do we make it back ‘home’?

dismagiclover 01-15-2010 04:11 PM

I'm so happy to see your pictures of BWV. We actually own there, but I've never been there:rotfl: That is where we're planning on staying for the Marathon next year. I hope the decorations are still up for us then. They look lovely. And what an awesome view! That is almost Boardwalk view!

pjstevens 01-15-2010 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by dismagiclover (Post 35022117)
I'm so happy to see your pictures of BWV. We actually own there, but I've never been there:rotfl: That is where we're planning on staying for the Marathon next year. I hope the decorations are still up for us then. They look lovely. And what an awesome view! That is almost Boardwalk view!

The Boardwalk was beautiful, but if we have anything like this years temps, I would not stay there. I'll explain more later on.

Our home is AKV and we will most likely stay there next year. The only time we used the marathon transportation was the day of the race, other than that we drove everywhere.

liznboys 01-18-2010 08:26 PM

Great pictures!

I have to admit, when I first saw that they still had Christmas decorations up in WDW I was kinda like, huh?? (My first sight of them was the wreaths on the MK gates you drive though.) I guess I had really come out of the Christmas mode (and I adore it). But it was cool, just had to pretend like it really was still Christmas time. Next year I'll keep myself in the mode until after marathon weekend! But then watch, next year they'll take it all down that first week of January!

mymainmouse 02-03-2010 09:50 PM

I am so glad I found your trip report. :goodvibes I haven't read one of yours in awhile. It's hard to imagine being cold at WDW. We are always there in September and there isn't anything cold about that.
Great pictures! Can't wait for the rest of the report!:goodvibes

pjstevens 02-13-2010 04:33 PM

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Originally Posted by mymainmouse (Post 35290906)
I am so glad I found your trip report. :goodvibes I haven't read one of yours in awhile. It's hard to imagine being cold at WDW. We are always there in September and there isn't anything cold about that.
Great pictures! Can't wait for the rest of the report!:goodvibes

Wow Kelly, how in the world did you find me. I once again have slacked off on my TR. I am working on it now and determined to get this done and maybe, just maybe do one for our first visit to Disneyland.

pjstevens 02-13-2010 05:07 PM

Where oh where did I leave off. I cannot believe, once again, I started a TR and have not completed it yet. For some reason it takes me a while to get going. So without further delay, I will finally continue . . .

As I left off so long ago, we hit Target, our favorite store, both here at home and at Disney for some snacks and drinks. Both Aubre and I have iPhone’s with map programs. Honestly, I couldn’t use my map program to save my life, yet I’ve used it in the middle of a mountain in Maryland and found my way. Go figure. Well, needless to say, as I mentioned, all roads do lead ‘home’ at Disney. We made our way back to the Boardwalk with our many bags of snacks and drinks from Target. Dale dropped us at the door, thankfully. We had a ton of bags. Then he went to park. Valet parking now costs for DVC members. This is the one perk that I really am disappointed they took of the DVC list. It took Dale forever to get a spot and get back to our room. Honestly, there are not enough parking spaces, especially when so many come to the Boardwalk for dinner.

It was getting dark so we decided to head over to Wide World of Sports and pick up our race packets. It was already dark out so I have NO photos of this and am bummed as this was our first time over to the WWS. I had printed all our info offline and for some reason Dale was not in our number group. Aubre and I were just a few numbers apart, but Dale was like 5000 away from us. So we go into our designated lines and got our bibs and race packet. Then Aubre went over to get her new assignment since she had run the Philly ˝ and had an official time to use. She was moved to corral C, but honestly would have been in A or B with her time (she was just over 2 hours in the Philly ˝). I then decide we would try to get Dale moved. I had my copies of the paper work we sent in. When someone entered Dale into the computer they inadvertently put his time at 1:45 instead of 2:45. Since his time was not verified he was automatically put into the last corral. Since I was in F, I didn’t want to move back to G, so thankfully they moved him up (with our proof). BUT, the only higher corral they had to assign people to was C. So he could have been up with Aubre, but thankfully, he decided to stay with me.

We then went over to the expo to check out all the vendors. I was determined to get an “I DID IT” shirt for the Donald. I had read they are hard to get after the event, so I was more determined I was going to do this and not get swept once I bought my shirt. Aubre got a tiny waist pouch for her gel packs and ‘stuff’. Could not believe that tiny little pouch could hold so much stuff. We walked around and did pick up some gel blocks.

We decided we were getting pretty hungry now and had wanted to eat at ESPN as there was some ‘game’ on. By the time we got back to the BWV and down to ESPN it was so packed and the line was out the door and around the front. We’ve never seen the line like that. Of course there were no spots at the bar either. After a few minutes we decided that we weren’t going to eat there. So we walk down the boardwalk trying to decide what and where to eat. Well it looks like it is a pizza night. We ordered a pizza from the shop and head over to the bakery and get a desert and Dale got his refillable mug. It was really cool out and there is nowhere warm to really wait for the pizza. Fortunately it did not take too long and we took the pizza and went back to our room to enjoy the pizza. Watched the game on TV and called it a night shortly there after.

Up next (and not to long from now) Day Two! Hey! Where did those decorations go?

pjstevens 02-13-2010 08:36 PM

Before starting on the next day, I should tell you that the pizza from the Boardwalk was actually very good. Pricey, but good for a quick meal.

So we awake Friday morning with a few plans. We wanted to resort hop to see the decorations that were still up. I love the Christmas decorations and in our one Christmas trip we saw so few of the resorts.

So after a quick breakfast in our villa we were off. We decided we’d take whatever bus came first to which park and then whichever resort bus to that resort. We head down to the lobby and WHAT??!!! WHERE DID ALL THE DECORATIONS GO?!? I could not be believe they took them ALL down. They were all gone in a matter of a few hours! We watched the show that tells you how the put all those decorations up, but darn, they sure took them down fast. Oh well. We decide we’ll take out daughter to see our ‘home’ Animal Kingdom Kidani Village.

There were two busses sitting when we got down to the stop, one for Magic Kingdom and one for Animal Kingdom. Of course we took the AK bus since we were headed to AKV. Once at AK, we hopped the resort bus. Got off at Kidani and were walking towards the front when what do I see??? DECORATIONS! I was so excited that they were still up.

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I was so happy. We were ‘home’! Time to show our daughter all around. We stayed here in May a week after it opened. It was our first time as DVC members and we were in love! We walked outside to see the animals.

These two were running around quickly. It was great to see them in action since it was cooler out.

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Playing follow the leader, lol…

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We then walked all through Kidani, down to the very end to look out at the Savanna. This section was not open when we were here in May. It was nice to see this smaller Savanna, but not sure I’d want a room this far away from the ‘center’. There were some smaller animals there.

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Well time to head out since we wanted to see if the Grand Floridian was still decorated. As we are leaving the lobby we met a young gal from Johannesburg who was going home soon. Her year here was almost up and she couldn’t say enough good about it. We had mentioned to her that Aubre had done the College Program and how highly we recommend it. She took a photo of the three of us (one of the few from the weekend).

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We mentioned we wanted to head to the GF to see the decorations and she mentioned that they were already down! WHAT?? I was bummed, but glad we got to see AKV still decorated.

We took a walk down to the pool to show Aubre that area. Poor lifeguards were still on duty even though no one at all was even near the pool.

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We then took the bus over to Jambo House. As we entered the massive lobby we see the beautiful tree there.

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We stopped by Mara for a quick lunch. After lunch we head back to the BWV to get ready for the WISH meet at POP.

mymainmouse 02-13-2010 09:49 PM

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Originally Posted by pjstevens (Post 35418530)
Wow Kelly, how in the world did you find me. I once again have slacked off on my TR. I am working on it now and determined to get this done and maybe, just maybe do one for our first visit to Disneyland.

Patty,
I was going through my old subscriptions and I still had your Vow Renewal trip report in it and I wondered if you had been back to WDW. I saw a link for this report and followed it. I am anxious to hear about your trip to Disneyland as well so no more slacking!:) :laughing:(This from the woman who has only ever done 1 trip report!:laughing:)
The Christmas decorations are beautiful! I just love how the trees and other decorations are themed for the different parks and resorts.
Take Care!
Kelly

pjstevens 02-13-2010 09:55 PM

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Originally Posted by mymainmouse (Post 35421493)
Patty,
I was going through my old subscriptions and I still had your Vow Renewal trip report in it and I wondered if you had been back to WDW. I saw a link for this report and followed it. I am anxious to hear about your trip to Disneyland as well so no more slacking!:) :laughing:(This from the woman who has only ever done 1 trip report!:laughing:)

Take Care!
Kelly

I really do have good intentions Kelly, but life just gets in the way. I really want to write about our DL trip. We had an amazing time and almost booked to go back this September for the 1/2 marathon there, but decided we need to remodel our kitchen instead. I hate having to make 'grown up' decisions, lol. I promise, more to come.

dismagiclover 02-14-2010 07:48 AM

I'm glad you got to see the AKV & AKL decorations:goodvibes Your timing must have been just right because you got to see the BWV decorations too. Sorry about the GF decorations though. Just gives you an excuse to go back;) I'm excited to hear about the POP meet. We missed it because of plane delays (we were still at the Expo at 4:00):sad2:

pjstevens 02-14-2010 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by dismagiclover (Post 35423639)
I'm glad you got to see the AKV & AKL decorations:goodvibes Your timing must have been just right because you got to see the BWV decorations too. Sorry about the GF decorations though. Just gives you an excuse to go back;) I'm excited to hear about the POP meet. We missed it because of plane delays (we were still at the Expo at 4:00):sad2:

Jenny, we are planning a short trip in December (this was already in the works before marathon weekend). I just want to see all those beautiful decorations. I wish we had gotten to the Expo when it was day light then we could of enjoyed the area a little better and gotten some photos. I'm catching up on your TR now.


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