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Old 02-02-2013, 05:04 PM   #76
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Thanks for your great review! We are booked CL in November.

Did you ever notice if there was wine offered in the evenings in the lounge?
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:27 AM   #77
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I've been checking back every couple days to read your review on Sunset Safari, and it looks awesome. Thank you so very much for sharing your pictures & your family!
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:32 PM   #78
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Just read your whole report thus far! We are DVC owners at AKL but have never stayed CL yet--but we are booked for 7 nights CL in June!! All the pics are wonderful! Did you use the IPO or CL CMs other than the mon alcoholic beer request?
Thanks so much for following along!

Seven nights club level will be HEAVEN on EARTH!! You are very lucky!

We used the CL CM's to book a Candlelight Processional package for earlier in our trip (which we later cancelled) and they booked the Sunrise Safari of course. We really didn't use them for anything else.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:34 PM   #79
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Thanks for your great review! We are booked CL in November.

Did you ever notice if there was wine offered in the evenings in the lounge?
You will so enjoy your CL stay in November!

I am very sure they had wine and other alcoholic choices, but I didn't notice. None of us drink alcohol, so I really didn't pay much attention to those offerings. Sorry.
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I've been checking back every couple days to read your review on Sunset Safari, and it looks awesome. Thank you so very much for sharing your pictures & your family!
I'm so glad you're following along. The sunrise safari was our biggest motivation to book CL and it was amazing!
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:51 PM   #81
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So after the lovely sunrise safari and breakfast had ended, we were on our own as regular park guests and hadn't been to AK yet on this trip, so we wandered off for some fun adventures.

First we stopped to do a little shopping. The girls decided to let their inner children out and played puppets.





Then something went wrong - the puppets started to go a little "wild"



They even attached DH (although he seems to be enjoying it )



More shopping fun!












Then we did something we haven't done in years. We took the train out to Rafiki's Planet Watch and wandered around there, including the petting zoo.







Then the girls decided they wanted to ride Everest & Dinosaur. DH and I were in the mood to try something different so we walked the Pangani trail and saw the gorillas. This was very enjoyable! We usually are at WDW in the summer and heat, so walking when it was nice & cool (actually cold) was pleasant.







Don't you love his "blankey"?



After that, we wanted to go catch the Festival of the Lion King, so DH and I walked down that way and the crowds were heavy. About half way down the path that leads to the show, the line was already formed. We got in and then a CM was walking down saying this line was now for the show an hour later because the current show was full. We love the FOTLK show, but were not willing to wait that long for it. So we called the girls and they too were experiencing huge crowds, so we decided to head back to our oasis at AKV.

We stopped in the lounge for some treats and then hit our room for a little nap.

Up Next, we head back to AK for Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:42 PM   #82
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So we headed back to AKV for a little nap and some snacks.

It was rare to see many animals in our little savanna area outside our balcony, but today there were zebras and I even saw a hint of a giraffe amongst the trees.







More of the view from our balcony







So back to Animal Kingdom we went. We had never seen the Christmas parade at AK before and wanted to try it.

We started out by going right in the park when you first enter. We were a little later arriving than we had wanted to be, so there really wasn't a lot of good spots for parade viewing left. So we just kept going and going. Finally, we go left by the bird show and saw a little area across the water from the tree of life that has tables & chairs.

Can you believe there were 4 open chairs in that area still?! Others had used the chairs and lined up along the parade route, so we just set up chairs right behind them and had a wonderful spot to view the parade and got to sit the entire time. LOVED THIS!!!

Soon, the parade began. You can kind of see how people lined up the chairs in this photo.







This particular parade had lots of "regular" guests included. I thought that was neat. Some day, I would LOVE for that to happen to our family!









You would think this was my first Disney parade by the amount of photos I took! The rest will come in the next post.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:56 PM   #83
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So the parade continued on. I'm not usually a big parade fan, only because I hate the way you have to sit on the ground or stand and wait and sometimes fight with other guests about your spot, but this one was a wonderful experience. Here's the rest of the parade photos.



I <3 Minnie. She's my favorite!!



Is she looking right at me!?















I have to wonder how many people's photos these random guests who get chosen to be in the parades wind up in.







The BIG CHEESE is the best ending ever!



Then, we put our chairs back (as did all the other "good" guests in that area and as we had promised a CM who told us to before the parade). We decided to just chill out and wait for the crowds to die down a little before leaving.

So we took a few photos with the tree of life as our background.











We left AK and had our last evening ahead of us. DD20 was leaving for India the next morning, so we decided to let her pick where to eat dinner and what to do the last night.

Up next, her pick of how to spend her last evening in America for awhile.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:07 PM   #84
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On Thursday, December 27 we checked out of Kidani and checked in to Jambo House Club Level!
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That CM said to look for any CM wearing a maroon jacket and said they usually wait outside by the lobby and they'd take us right up.

Well, DH and I took a bus over to Jambo and looked for a CM with a maroon jacket. None to be found. So we went inside and it was BUSY inside! We both got in different lines - he got in line for the concierge and I got in the regular check in line. Apparently, DH did see a CM wearing a maroon jacket walk through the lobby, so he chased her down and sure enough, she was able to take us up to the Club Level lobby. I assume when its not as busy, this is not as frustrating and time consuming. We had envisioned being welcomed as we walked up and escorted immediately to the club level. Oh well!

It was beautiful up in the lounge and we had some snacks to munch on. Once it was our turn, you go sit at the desk and they go over everything with you. Then, we were on our way to our room. We had a studio and it was right there on the 6th floor, left side when facing the savanna, last room. It was a wonderful location and very quiet! We did have a savanna view, but didn't see a lot of animals on that part of the savanna during our stay.

Here is our room and our view!


Jodi!
Thanks for the pictures and bringing back good times. Our family was in the 1 Bedroom (6108) right next to yours from Dec 12-20. You are right! Awesome location! Best time to see the animals was always early-ish in the morning and late afternoon. They put snacks out for the animals to draw them for the Wanyama Safari. It looks like the lounge snacks were the same for you as for us. All of them delicious!
Looking forward to your next installment!
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I am so happy to have found your TR. It brought back great memories of our family's trip to DW during the holidays! We DVC members also and are going to be staying at AKL for the first time this summer. Currently we are wait listed for CL and are praying we can make it happen!! Thanks for all the great info and the pics of your lovely family.

I also wanted to add that I see in your signature that you are booked on the Fantasy for June 2014. We are on the June 28th sailing.

Looking forward to your next update!
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Really enjoyed your report! You have a lovely family! I'm staying at Kidani for the first time in May, and was wondering if it's a pain to get to the pool, having to cross over through the parking lot. Did you find it to be so? I like going to the hot tub in the evening after a long day in the parks, and I may be alone on this upcoming trip, so am a little concerned. Thanks!
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I am so happy to have found your TR. It brought back great memories of our family's trip to DW during the holidays! We DVC members also and are going to be staying at AKL for the first time this summer. Currently we are wait listed for CL and are praying we can make it happen!! Thanks for all the great info and the pics of your lovely family.

I also wanted to add that I see in your signature that you are booked on the Fantasy for June 2014. We are on the June 28th sailing.

Looking forward to your next update!
I'm wishing you pixie dust that your CL wait list comes through!

We are on the June 14th Fantasy for 2014.
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Really enjoyed your report! You have a lovely family! I'm staying at Kidani for the first time in May, and was wondering if it's a pain to get to the pool, having to cross over through the parking lot. Did you find it to be so? I like going to the hot tub in the evening after a long day in the parks, and I may be alone on this upcoming trip, so am a little concerned. Thanks!
We've stayed at Kidani multiple times. It is my favorite of all the resorts.

I don't think its a pain to get to the pool via the parking lot. Actually most of the rooms we've been assigned to overlooked the pool (because we usually book standard view) so often, its just a quite elevator ride down and then a few steps to the pool entrance. In our experiences, there are usually quite a few people around, so it seems pretty safe.
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It has been really fun to re-live our trip with all of you. A HUGE thanks to everyone for following along and for your kind comments!!

Sunday, Dec. 30 was our last full day at Disney. We had so much fun on the safari and then at Animal Kingdom.

In the evening, we did one last Target run. Since DD20 was leaving the next morning from MCO to travel to India for her 4 month study abroad trip, we went to Target I think 5 times during this 13 day trip. We all just kept thinking of "one more thing" she needed.

By the way, for those staying at Kidani or AKV, getting to Target was super easy and it is FAR less crowded and congested than Wal-Mart. You literally take a right out of AKV to Sherberth Rd. and then another right on Irlo Bronson Memorial highway (which has tons of restaurants and shops). Go down a ways and there is a Super Target on the left. My DD20 loves Target.

So after our last Target run, we told DD20 to pick anywhere she'd like to have her last meal in America for a few months.

She picked....Wolfgang Puck Express at DTD! That has always been a favorite of everyone in our family. It was a delicious, although bittersweet meal. Knowing it was our last meal with DD20 for a LONG time made me sad.

Here is what we had for dinner:

Pecan bread to share. This was really good!



DD20's last meal in America - chicken pesto in a pita



Chicken strips & fries



Frozen yogurt with brownie & cookie pieces!



We went back, enjoyed our last night in our wonderful club level room and went to bed early.

DD20 had to be at the airport by 9am, so we were up early, enjoyed a quick breakfast in the lounge (so technically, that was her last meal in America) and we all left to take DD20 to MCO.

It was real tough saying good-bye to her! I cannot lie, there were plenty of tears. We literally watched her weave through the long lines at security while we cried and she cried until she was out of sight.

She is our world traveler though and loves adventure! Without parents along, in her short 20 years, she has traveled to Costa Rica & Spain (both school trips), spent the summer in Malawi, Africa (with Teen Missions) and now is living in Chennai, India for 4 months through her school's study abroad program. So we are used to her being gone, but this one is the longest time away, so it was extra hard.

However, she has been in India now for a little over 5 weeks and is LOVING it! She has made amazing friends, seen true poverty and opulent wealth, is doing an internship at a school for special needs kids and is trying new foods, new methods of transportation and really getting to immerse herself in a new culture.

We actually "talk" more now than when she was in college 1 state away. She is so good about skyping, emailing and chatting on facebook.

After we saw DD20 off at the airport, the 3 of us headed back to Jambo House and loaded up our van and headed off for our 24 hour drive home.

The drive home was much easier than the drive down and DD16 even took a turn driving in fog, in the middle of the night for about 3 hours through Illinois! It was very good driving experience for her!

We were somewhere in Kentucky when the clock struck midnight and we saw some distant fireworks and said "Happy New Year" to each other.

We arrived home safe & sound in WI about noon on New Year's Day.

Once again, thank you all so much for following along! May all your Disney trips be as magical as this one was for our family!!!
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It has been really fun to re-live our trip with all of you. A HUGE thanks to everyone for following along and for your kind comments!!

Sunday, Dec. 30 was our last full day at Disney. We had so much fun on the safari and then at Animal Kingdom.

In the evening, we did one last Target run. Since DD20 was leaving the next morning from MCO to travel to India for her 4 month study abroad trip, we went to Target I think 5 times during this 13 day trip. We all just kept thinking of "one more thing" she needed.

By the way, for those staying at Kidani or AKV, getting to Target was super easy and it is FAR less crowded and congested than Wal-Mart. You literally take a right out of AKV to Sherberth Rd. and then another right on Irlo Bronson Memorial highway (which has tons of restaurants and shops). Go down a ways and there is a Super Target on the left. My DD20 loves Target.

So after our last Target run, we told DD20 to pick anywhere she'd like to have her last meal in America for a few months.

She picked....Wolfgang Puck Express at DTD! That has always been a favorite of everyone in our family. It was a delicious, although bittersweet meal. Knowing it was our last meal with DD20 for a LONG time made me sad.

Here is what we had for dinner:

Pecan bread to share. This was really good!

DD20's last meal in America - chicken pesto in a pita

Chicken strips & fries

Frozen yogurt with brownie & cookie pieces!

We went back, enjoyed our last night in our wonderful club level room and went to bed early.

DD20 had to be at the airport by 9am, so we were up early, enjoyed a quick breakfast in the lounge (so technically, that was her last meal in America) and we all left to take DD20 to MCO.

It was real tough saying good-bye to her! I cannot lie, there were plenty of tears. We literally watched her weave through the long lines at security while we cried and she cried until she was out of sight.

She is our world traveler though and loves adventure! Without parents along, in her short 20 years, she has traveled to Costa Rica & Spain (both school trips), spent the summer in Malawi, Africa (with Teen Missions) and now is living in Chennai, India for 4 months through her school's study abroad program. So we are used to her being gone, but this one is the longest time away, so it was extra hard.

However, she has been in India now for a little over 5 weeks and is LOVING it! She has made amazing friends, seen true poverty and opulent wealth, is doing an internship at a school for special needs kids and is trying new foods, new methods of transportation and really getting to immerse herself in a new culture.

We actually "talk" more now than when she was in college 1 state away. She is so good about skyping, emailing and chatting on facebook.

After we saw DD20 off at the airport, the 3 of us headed back to Jambo House and loaded up our van and headed off for our 24 hour drive home.

The drive home was much easier than the drive down and DD16 even took a turn driving in fog, in the middle of the night for about 3 hours through Illinois! It was very good driving experience for her!

We were somewhere in Kentucky when the clock struck midnight and we saw some distant fireworks and said "Happy New Year" to each other.

We arrived home safe & sound in WI about noon on New Year's Day.

Once again, thank you all so much for following along! May all your Disney trips be as magical as this one was for our family!!!
I had an enjoyable time reading about your trip. How is your daughter doing so far in India? I would be worried sick with her being so far away.
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