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Old 11-27-2013, 06:17 PM   #1
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Talking It's gonna take a lot to take me away from this view! 7/10 - Finished!

It's gonna take a lot to take me away from this view!

Sing it with me!

"There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do



I bless the rains down in Africa



Gonna take some time to do the things we never have"




It's the tale of 7 wonderful nights at Animal Kingdom Lodge.



A tale of two, celebrating an anniversary.



An early Christmas story filled with surprises.



It happened November 11-18 and the details will come. For now I invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair as the Trip Report board proudly presents;

"It's gonna take a lot to take me away from this view"

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Old 11-27-2013, 06:18 PM   #2
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Chapters

Chapter 1: Travel, Arrival, Surprise!
Chapter 2: Discovery.
Chapter 3: Busy morning at Epcot (part 1)
-- (part 2)
-- (part 3)
Chapter 4: "Just Keep Swimming"
[Non-Chapter] Merry Christmas!
Chapter 5: "Slow and Lazy Epcot Wandering"
[Non-Chapter] "The Ticker Story"
Chapter 6: "The Pizza Ruiner"
-- (part 2)
Chapter 7: "The Case of the Disappearing Contact Lens"
Chapter 8: "No Ordinary Toast" (part 1)
-- (part 2)
Chapter 9: "No Waits, No Worries" (part 1)
-- (part 2)
Chapter 10: "Ma Chere Mademoiselle, " (part 1)
-- (part 2)
Chapter 11: "A Castle of a Different Colour" (part 1)
-- (part 2)
Chapter 12: "Same Table, Different Time" (part 1)
-- (part 2)
NEW PTR LINK!
Chapter 13: "Photographer's Day Off" (part 1)
-- (part 2)
Chapter 14: "Photographer's Day Off (part 3)
Chapter 15: "Photographer's Day Off (part 4) [Finishing up AK]
Chapter 16: "My Only Wish This Year" (part 1)
-- (part 2)
-- (part 3)
-- (part 4)
Chapter 17: "A Change of Plans"
Chapter 18: "A Change of ATTITUDE!" (part 1)
-- (part 2)
Chapter 19: "A Change of SCENERY!" (part 1 - off topic)
-- (part 2)
-- (part 3)
Chapter 20: "A Change of SEASONS!" (part 1)
-- (part 2)
-- (part 3)
Chapter 21: "Taking It Easy" (part 1)
-- (part 2)
-- (part 3)
Chapter 22: "Fire and Ice" (part 1)
-- (part 2)
Chapter 23: "Sweet and Sparkly" (part 1)
-- (part 2)
-- (part 3)
Chapter 24: "The Throw Away Day" (part 1)
-- (part 2)
Chapter 25: "Looking Forward to Going Home"
Animal Kingdom Lodge: Full Review (part 1)
-- (part 2)
Finale: The review (part 1)
The review (part 2)


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Old 11-27-2013, 06:26 PM   #3
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:38 PM   #4
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You started!!!

I love the photos you posted in your intro. Gorgeous!

Can't wait to read the report.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:05 PM   #5
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Gotta love any TR with lyrics by Toto.

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Old 11-27-2013, 07:15 PM   #6
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Let me just settle in for a second... Ok, this seat looks comfy!!

Wendy!!!!!! Had to jump on and get my spot in line. I'm so glad you started.

I could not be more excited since, you know, I was waving to you both as you flew past on your route to "The World"!!!!!
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:09 PM   #7
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Old 11-29-2013, 01:55 PM   #8
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:36 PM   #9
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I've never stayed at AKL so excited to read this.
and I hope I do some justice to AKL, this was my first stay there!

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Never saw a better TR intro than that! I'm in!
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:57 AM   #14
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Let's get it started, shall we?

Yes indeed. Let's start the story! Get the boring stuff out of the way.

I am Wendy.



I am married to Johnny.



More information is available here. We have furkids who you can read about here. (I recommend that. I'll be talking about them a lot. ) If you want to read the whole back story in the PTR, that's found here.



Alternate titles for this TR included "The trip that almost killed me -- but was still worth it!" and "Sufferin' Safari" among other similar titles. You see, on my last day there I came down with a horrible flu? Cold? Something awful that I'm still battling. I've had antibiotics and my left ear has been plugged for two full weeks. I realized though that those titles only describe the last day and the post-trip so I scrapped them. That's also why the TR took me so long to start!



We live far from Disney so travel days are long and incredibly boring. I won't go into detail. You wouldn't like it.



Also I have hardly any pictures from the journey.

Monday, November 11

It all started early Monday morning.



[Facebook: Check in]



"On our way! — with Johnny at JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. "


Leg one: Sydney - Halifax -- no issues. Smooth flight.

Leg two: Halifax - Toronto -- very rough, very motion sick. Ick.

In Toronto:

[Text: To Mom]

"Check it, iPads at every table at our gate:



They're for a restaurant next to us and fairly restricted, just a few games, but still fun."


Leg three: Toronto - Orlando -- Good flight. Watched "Now You See Me" - good movie!

Found DME no problem, didn't get lost.

Were put in an empty line and got very excited when we saw this:



Straight onto a nearly full bus and left within 2 minutes. Now that's what I call service!

While watching the new DME video, there was a little girl at the back of our bus who excitedly yelled "Mickey!!" every time Mickey was on the video. It was so adorable!

Art of Animation was our first stop. We got a little wistful thinking of last year.

Pop Century was next. We got a little wistful thinking of each year before that.

It was roughly 8:00 when we arrived at Jambo House. There was no line to check in at online check in (which of course I had completed) so we went right up. We were going smoothly through the process, the CM was excited to see our red and green Magic Bands! Then she said "So I have two adults in a savannah view room..."

And time stopped.



Johnny looked at me, fit to burst.





"Shut up, shut up, shut up!" I said to him "Do not jinx it!"

You see, we didn't book a savannah view room. We booked a pool view room. We went along with her. We took our Magic Bands and set off to find our room.

We found it.



[Facebook: Check in]



"Oh baby, we got upgraded. Savannah view!!! — with Johnny at Animal Kingdom Lodge. "


We went out to look but it was too dark to see what animals we might be seeing. I FaceTime'd my mother to show her our room. We then set out for The Mara! We got good and lost until we figured out that you have to go outside to get there. We got our refill mugs (green for Johnny, purple for me) Johnny was hungry so he got a pepperoni flatbread. I shared a few bites. When I remembered that good Diser's take photos of their food before eating, it was much too late.



Hey, I tried! Take my word for it, it was really good. Then onto a Dis ledgend I had yet to ever try:

[Instagram]



"Finally tried #ZebraDomes for the first time. I understand the hype now! #AnimalKingdomLodge #WaltDisneyWorld #TheMara"


Wow... those things are incredible!

We got back to our room and our luggage was already there. Score! We both showered (ouch! Too much water pressure for me!) and we were going to watch Star Trek on Netflix on my iPad since we've been sort of on a roll lately, but we found Star Trek: First Contact on TV! While Johnny got that set up, I dug through the suitcase for my tripod and set about seeing just what I could see with a camera and a long shutter...



At that moment I decided this was going to be our best trip ever.
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