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Old 08-25-2012, 11:56 AM   #1
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"Visiting Home" for the First Time - A PTR ... And Now a TR!!!

Waiting for lunch to digest a bit before tackling the yardwork - so instead of reading other threads, I decided to start a PTR ...


We closed on our AKV 100 pt Dec UY contract August 14, and got all our member info (after a call to Member Admin) August 23 during my lunch break at work ... So after my post-work run (it had a nice calming effect ... ), I sat down in front of the computer and logged on as a DVC Member for the first time!!!


We bought a fully loaded contract resale - with all 2010 and 2011 points banked, so we had 100 pts to use by this Dec ... In prep for this, I had a spreadsheet set up with possible trip dates (so the DD wouldn't miss more than a day of school ...) and flight times/costs ... ...

I'll spare you the gory details, but by minimizing luggage and seat charges, I got a flight on Spirit from Atlantic City to Orlando for the 3 of us for less than $600 round trip for Nov 15-18 (all the other dates were at least $250-$300 more ...).

The question was: would any DVC rooms be available?

The answer: Yes!!


After about 30 minutes checking a whole bunch of possibilities, we were down to three options: 1 - 3 nights in the same 1 BR at SSR, 2 - spend the first night in a Treehouse at SSR, then switch to 1 BR at SSR, or 3 - a couple of different "room switch" possibilities at AKV ...

Points weren't an issue - we had 100 to use or lose (or rent ...)

I was leaning towards the Option #2 - how often would we get a chance to spend a night in a SSR Treehouse?

But the DW thought we should spend our first DVC trip at our home resort, and the DD just wanted to stay at AKV (because it's AKV!!) so we'll be "Visiting Home" for our first trip ... [or as I kid the DW - "We've bought a retirement home in Florida!!" ]

So we decided on Kidani - but now I have a problem, because we're spending our first night in a 2 BR Savannah View ... ... and then moving to a 1 BR Standard ... so the DW and DD may be a bit disappointed after we move ... ... AND -

- we may have to book 2 BR Savannah rooms from here on out ... and that's kinda hard to do with only 100 pts per year ...

As for the Cast Of Characters - see the siggie ...

Time to mow now ...

I'll be back ...
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Off site - 8/76, 10/90, 10/94; POFQ - 5/07; AKL - 12/08; AKL - 9/09; Off site - 6/10; AS Movies - 3/11;
AKV-Kidani - 11/12; AKV-Jambo - 11/13 ; AKV-Jambo - 12/14


Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
Sep 2009 TR continued (but never finished) at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post36403597
March 2011 PTR at http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2643038

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Old 08-25-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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Welcome to DVC!!! We are South Jersey too =) You will love AKV, a great resort.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:08 PM   #3
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Hi there! We just bought DVC ourselves. I am trying to figure things out. I look forward to seeing how your trip goes. We bought 160 at AKV, but our first trip will be to Grand Californian in March.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:32 AM   #4
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A really quick update: one of our Waitlists came through last night ...

Goodbye 2BR Savannah View ...

Hello 1BR Kidani Savannah View for all three nights ...

Now we won't have to change rooms ... will have a Savanah View for all three nights ... ... will have used 99 of the 100 "use or lose" 2010 UY banked points ...

... and the DW won't be "spoiled" by that first night in the 2BR Savannah View - and then "let down" by switching to a 1 BR Standard View ...

Since the DD will want to live in the pool (let's hope for warm mid-November Fla weather!! - I've already done the 70-degree, steam coming off the pool, early December swim-thing with the DD ... ), can anyone suggest a good room location?

Thanks!! ... and here's some PD for you ...
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AKV-Kidani - 11/12; AKV-Jambo - 11/13 ; AKV-Jambo - 12/14


Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
Sep 2009 TR continued (but never finished) at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post36403597
March 2011 PTR at http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2643038
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:23 AM   #5
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A really, really quick update: Our DVC Membership Cards arrived in the mail yesterday!!

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Off site - 8/76, 10/90, 10/94; POFQ - 5/07; AKL - 12/08; AKL - 9/09; Off site - 6/10; AS Movies - 3/11;
AKV-Kidani - 11/12; AKV-Jambo - 11/13 ; AKV-Jambo - 12/14


Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
Sep 2009 TR continued (but never finished) at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post36403597
March 2011 PTR at http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2643038
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:00 PM   #6
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I have a few minutes here (I hope ... ...): the DD is auditioning for a play Tuesday night and the DW needs to take a "head shot" of her ... If this post comes to a screeching halt somewhere mid-sentence, you know there's been "trouble in River City" ... !

We have our tentative, draft, work-in-progress plans drawn up (more or less ...):

Thursday Nov 15 - our flight arrives at MCO 8:30 pm, so I figure we'll be at Kidani Village by 10-ish, and in our "home" by 10:30 ... Check out the resort a bit, then early to bed, because early the next morning ...

Friday Nov 16 - we're off to Universal Islands of Adventure, where the DD and DW can get their fill of Hairy Otter and Fiends ...

If any of you have any IoA and HP suggestions, they'd be appreciated - we've never been there ...

Saturday - sleep-in (for us, that's about 7 am ... ) Then it's over to DTD for some shopping and lunch - where we should meet up with the DW's cousin Claire (from Tampa) for lunch. Claire plans to head over to the MK - while we head back to Kidani for some pool time, activities, animals, etc. - with dinner at Sanaa (ADR already made ) Claire may or may not spend the night with us ...

Sunday - maybe a quick a.m. dip in the pool before checking out (leaving our bags with Bell Services ...). Then its over to the MK (which we will not enter ...) to jump on the Monorail for a spin to (and around - but not in ) Epcot ... and then back to tour the "monorail resorts", check out the Christmas decorations (they should be up - right?), and have lunch ...

And then back to Kidani to catch the ME bus to MCO around 6:30, for our 9:30 flight back to NJ ... And hopefully the DD will sleep on the plane (Benadryl?? ) - because she has school Monday morning (but the DW and I won't be going to work ... ) -

But we won't be in WDW, eithor ...

That's the basics, more or less, in theory ...

And no WDW theme parks this very short trip ... although - one could consider AKL/Villas a theme park in themselves ...

Until next time ...
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AKV-Kidani - 11/12; AKV-Jambo - 11/13 ; AKV-Jambo - 12/14


Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
Sep 2009 TR continued (but never finished) at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post36403597
March 2011 PTR at http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2643038
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:35 AM   #7
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I love this plan! What a great way to use those old points from that loaded contract you snagged. We just picked up a 100 pointer ourselves (OKW) but unfortunately it was stripped and we don't get our first points until Aug 2013.
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:45 PM   #8
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26 Days to go ...

And our Magical Express docs just arrived in the mail!

I've been doing a little research on lunch possibilities at the "Monorail Resorts" when we do our Sunday Chritsmas Decoration tour ... but nothing has really WOWed me at this point ...

Anyone out there in DISLand have any recommendations?

We've never been to the Poly, so a place there would be a plus ...
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AKV-Kidani - 11/12; AKV-Jambo - 11/13 ; AKV-Jambo - 12/14


Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
Sep 2009 TR continued (but never finished) at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post36403597
March 2011 PTR at http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2643038
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:57 AM   #9
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15 Days to GO!!

Cleaning up from our Hurricane Sandy "visit" ... fortunately no damage to our house, etc. but lots of leaves, twigs, branchlets, etc ... (i.e. the usuall Fall mess, but concentrated ... )

We must have had a REALLY strong burst of wind directly from the east at some point: a whole bunch of trees (mostly pears) were ripped up or battered on the 2 streets that run perpendicular to our street - but no trees were down on our street ... weird ...

We lost power Monday night at 10 - right after watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I got under the covers in bed, turned on the TV to get the latest weather, and the newscaster said some thing like "There are reports of numerous power oiuages ..." And everything went dark!
Perfect timing ...

The neighborhood kids were going crazy - they actually had to play outside, board games, card games ... it's amazing they "survived"!

Power finally came back last night around 6:30 ... And yes, we were literally ... And five minutes later the DD was upstairs watching TV!!

WDW-trip wise we finally decided on our DTD lunch place: Paradiso 37 ... The DW liked the menu (and so did I ...) - and we get 20% off as DVC Members ...

OK - back to house cleaning: some friends are still without power, so they're coming over for dinner later ...
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AKV-Kidani - 11/12; AKV-Jambo - 11/13 ; AKV-Jambo - 12/14


Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
Sep 2009 TR continued (but never finished) at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post36403597
March 2011 PTR at http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2643038
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:02 PM   #10
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We'll be picking up the DD at her school in about 2 hours and heading down to Atlantic City to catch our flight ... She had two weeks off because of Hurricane Sandy, and now we're pulling her out for another day to go to WDW ... Needless to say, she's happy about that.

I was planning on putting a bit more into this PTR last week: but then we got hit with a snowstorm (8-9 inches of the wet stuff!!), and a couple cars decided to take out the electricty and cable/internet poles feeding our neighborhood ... .... so we didn't have internet for 5 days, and we've been playing catch up ever since ...

Hurricane Sandy didn't take down any of our trees, but the nor'easter brought down some big branches - so I'm gonna be cutting (more) wood when we get back from WDW ...

I have my "touring plan" for Islands of Adventure (more or less): Harry Potter and go from there ...

The weather looks to be OK - low-mid 70's, but I don't think the DW and I will be doing any swimming. Now, the DD ...

That's it for now - stay tuned, this PTR will soon be a TR!!
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Off site - 8/76, 10/90, 10/94; POFQ - 5/07; AKL - 12/08; AKL - 9/09; Off site - 6/10; AS Movies - 3/11;
AKV-Kidani - 11/12; AKV-Jambo - 11/13 ; AKV-Jambo - 12/14


Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
Sep 2009 TR continued (but never finished) at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post36403597
March 2011 PTR at http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2643038
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:16 PM   #11
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Sorry to hear about your storm damage but glad your family is safe. Really enjoying the PTR, we are 30 days from our next visit so I know how hard the wait is! Can't wait to read more!
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:44 PM   #12
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We're back ... ...

So it's time to start turning this PTR into a TR ... (unfortunately, the DW just came home - and I still have to load pictures - so I'll have to keep it short and quick for now ...)

Here are the "Top Ten" highlights to whet your whistles:

(1) Hearing "Welcome Home!" when checking into AKV-Kidani as DVC members for the first time ...

(2) Walking into our 1BR Savanna View Villa "Home" - we are now beyond spoiled!!

(3) Opening the curtains Friday morning and seeing all the critters right outside our room.

(4) Being chosen as the "Family of the Day" and opening Islands of Adventure!!!

(5) Not tossing my cookies on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ...

(6) Opening the curtains Saturday morning and seeing all the critters right outside our room.

(7) Listening to the DD singing here head off as she enjoyed the whirlpool tub way too much ...

(8) Opening the curtains Sunday morning and seeing all the critters right outside our room.

(9) Brunch at Boma Sunday morning (my favorite restuarant ...)

(10) Touring the WDW resorts via car, monorail and boat (but no bus!) Sunday ...

More to come this weekend ...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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AKV-Kidani - 11/12; AKV-Jambo - 11/13 ; AKV-Jambo - 12/14


Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
Sep 2009 TR continued (but never finished) at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post36403597
March 2011 PTR at http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2643038
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:01 PM   #13
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Glad to hear you had a good time! We will be hearing "Welcome Home" for the first time in 60 days! We bought 120 points at AKV in May and I have been dying to get there! We have yet to stay at AKV, but have visited several times and love the area.

Did you enjoy the resort? Was it good swimming weather? I am wondering how the weather will be for swimming in late January.

I'm thinking ---->
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:35 AM   #14
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Did you enjoy the resort? Was it good swimming weather? I am wondering how the weather will be for swimming in late January.

I'm thinking ---->
No - we didn't enjoy the resort - we LOVED AKV-Kidani!!! ...

We only had one time available for swimming - Saturday afternoon - and the clouds rolled in ... However, the pool is heated and my daughter (and a bunch of other kids) have thick blood, so the cooler weather did not slow her down a bit. The DW went for a quick dip, then disappeared into a hot tub ... I kept my clothes on and took some pictures ...

Temps were in the low/mid 70's, which felt much warmer (and "swimming weather") when the sun was out, but much cooler when there were clouds. My guess is that you'll be sticking to the hot tub in January - or doing what my wife did ... a quick dip and then into the hot tub ...
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AKV-Kidani - 11/12; AKV-Jambo - 11/13 ; AKV-Jambo - 12/14


Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
Sep 2009 TR continued (but never finished) at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post36403597
March 2011 PTR at http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2643038
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No - we didn't enjoy the resort - we LOVED AKV-Kidani!!! ...

We only had one time available for swimming - Saturday afternoon - and the clouds rolled in ... However, the pool is heated and my daughter (and a bunch of other kids) have thick blood, so the cooler weather did not slow her down a bit. The DW went for a quick dip, then disappeared into a hot tub ... I kept my clothes on and took some pictures ...

Temps were in the low/mid 70's, which felt much warmer (and "swimming weather") when the sun was out, but much cooler when there were clouds. My guess is that you'll be sticking to the hot tub in January - or doing what my wife did ... a quick dip and then into the hot tub ...
That's just fine with me! I'm more of a hot tub girl anyway

And it's good to hear that you LOVED it!!! It seems like you had a car from your OP. That is the ONLY thing that I am nervous about, the distance from everything by bus.
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