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Old 01-04-2013, 05:37 PM   #1
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13 glorious days at Christmas - Kidani & Jambo Club Level

We just returned on Jan. 1 from a glorious 13 day Christmas trip to WDW.

Here's our family:


From left: Kaylee (dd16), Amanda (dd20), me (Jodi), David (dh)

Our trip began a day earlier than planned. We are from Appleton, WI and had a blizzard on the day we were supposed to leave (Thurs. Dec. 20). So we quickly made arrangements at work and dd16's school and left 24 hours early, adding 1 more day of magic to our trip.

We drove straight through. Unfortunately, this was one of the toughest drives we've ever had. It normally takes us 24 hours, but this time it took 27+ hours and the last half was in strong winds and heavy rain. Plus, dd20 was sick for more than half the drive too. She is studying abroad in India now (left from Orlando) and had been taking typhoid pills, which made her very sick.

But we did make it! We were going to stay 1 night at the Radisson in Celebration before checking in to Kidani but called and they added on one more night, so we wound up there for 2 nights total.

It was a fine hotel, but we were anxiously awaiting our stay at Kidani.

More to come...Kidani photos, lots of Jambo House club level photos, new Fantasyland, Osborne lights, food porn and much, much more!
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:54 PM   #2
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:33 PM   #3
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After a long & exhausting drive, we were happy to hit the showers and go to bed. I think each one of us was sound asleep within seconds of our heads hitting the pillows.

Friday, Dec. 21 was our Magic Kingdom Day! We had tried to be there at rope drop, but that didn't happen. Instead, we arrived around 9:30am.

We headed to guest services to try to upgrade our DVC AP's into PAP's. The first CM simply said we couldn't do it. I asked if she would please check with a manager and when she came back, she said we were able to upgrade but couldn't get any money back. I was just happy we were able to upgrade them.

Then we headed to Fantasyland. Here are some of our photos:









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Old 01-05-2013, 04:42 PM   #4
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And more Fantasyland photos:

DD20 with an adorable Dumbo. We took this picture for one of her best friends who's favorite character is Dumbo.



A sneak peek at the upcoming Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!



Right now a train to nowhere!





Up next...a delicious lunch at Be Our Guest!
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Following along! We've just booked AKV Club for this coming December. Would you mind posting lots of pics of the Club Lounge food and describing your experience for the Club room during your trip report? Thanks!
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Following along! We've just booked AKV Club for this coming December. Would you mind posting lots of pics of the Club Lounge food and describing your experience for the Club room during your trip report? Thanks!

I was a crazy person with my club level photos!

Stay tuned...I promise to get you VERY excited about your stay. If I could live club level for the rest of my life, I'd feel like I'd died and gone to heaven.

We also did the sunrise safari which was really spectacular! Those photos coming too!!
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:33 PM   #7
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Wow...I'm really jealous....A 13 day trip is Awesome....A 13 day trip during Christmas is Incredible..I'm sure...Can't wait to hear about it...BTW Love the shirts..
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What a wonderful trip you had! The villa at Kidani was beautiful, I love all the amenities.

We are staying Club level in September for the first time which is why I jumped into your TR.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:52 AM   #9
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Thanks for sharing! Wonderful pictures & beautiful family!
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Thanks for sharing! Wonderful pictures & beautiful family!
Thanks for following along!
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What a wonderful trip you had! The villa at Kidani was beautiful, I love all the amenities.

We are staying Club level in September for the first time which is why I jumped into your TR.
I'm glad to help you get excited for your upcoming trip. I'm sure you will have an amazing time!
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I'm so excited to read your trip report! I'll be staying club level at AKL with my DD10, her Best friend 11, and her mom (my good friend) in August.

I cannot wait to experience all the AKL has to offer!
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Can't wait to hear about Sunrise Safari and see some pics!
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Sunday, Dec. 30 was our last full day of this trip and it started off VERY early. We had the Sunrise Safari booked for this morning and we had to meet in the Club lounge at 6:30am.

So that meant with 4 of us and 1 bathroom (and 2 being "teen" girls), we got up at 4:30am to be ready for our 6:30am meeting. YIKES! No sleeping in on the last day of vacation for us...but it was well worth getting up early for!

Everyone gathers in the lounge and then we moved down to the main lobby. Once in the main lobby, we were organized into 2 groups. There were 2 animal specialists from Animal Kingdom park, each leading 1 group.

Unfortunately I believe this was the coldest morning of our whole trip! Our guide said it was 39 degrees outside!!

Because it was so cold that morning, they had provided blankets for us. You could grab them in the lounge and then they collected them at the restaurant after the safari ride. This was very nice! We had brought a blanket of our own too and dressed very warm and even though it was so cold, we were fine with these preparations.

We enjoyed a few more lobby photos since there was almost no one around at this time of morning. As you can see, it was still quite dark outside.





So we loaded onto the buses (in the same area where ME drops off and picks up). It indeed was chilly outside.

The ride over to Animal Kingdom is very quick, obviously. You enter through a back way and get to see lots of behind the scenes things like the buildings where the animals stay at night. Of course, no photos were allowed backstage, but it was cool to see how it all works. When you're on the safari ride, you don't realize that each different animals "barn" is basically right behind where they are located on the savanna.

It was still a little dark when we drove through the backstage area, so it wasn't super easy to see everything.

After we got to our drop off site, we walked a little ways and entered the safari ride and got on 2 different trucks.

Soon we were on our way and got to see the animals.

The advantage to this safari over riding it in the park as a normal park guest is that they stop and really talk in depth about the animals and their environment on the savanna. It makes it so much easier to take photos. Plus you could interact with the guide, ask questions, etc.

Here is our nice & knowledgeable guide for our safari. He kind of sat on the back of the front seat of the safari vehicle, so he was facing all of us and spoke into his microphone so everyone could hear him easily.



In no time, we were off and seeing animals!

Hippos!



So many birds!



Crocodile!









Up next, lots more animals!
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