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Old 10-19-2009, 07:11 AM   #76
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Oh yeah.. the drive to Florida.. not so great!!! As Bryan can tell you... it is a lonely, lonely ride that can take it out of you.. but what gets you through it.. is what's waiting for you!!!! Nice pics.. I can totally relate!!! Thanks for the update.. FINALLY!!!
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A look back, YAY. Best trip ever huh-no presure for this one...
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:52 PM   #78
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Oh yeah.. the drive to Florida.. not so great!!! As Bryan can tell you... it is a lonely, lonely ride that can take it out of you.. but what gets you through it.. is what's waiting for you!!!! Nice pics.. I can totally relate!!! Thanks for the update.. FINALLY!!!
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A look back, YAY. Best trip ever huh-no presure for this one...
Actually, we look at it thinking that they can only get bettere from here.
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:21 PM   #79
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Hi Megan!! I found your PTR from Leanne and Mary's PTRs!! My family will also be in WDW the same week as yours! We will be staying at the Poly again and I will be starting a PTR just as soon as I finish my TR!! We seem to have a lot in common. I am a former teacher, I am 30, and my oldest daughter is in Kindergarten this year!! I also have Le Cellier on our list for this trip!! (as well as O'hana--YUM!!) Not sure if we'll do Chef Mickey's again this trip or not. I'm looking forward to planning along with you!! Looking forward to May 2010!!
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:27 PM   #80
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Bryan drove and drove and drove. Our plan was that he would drive until we stopped for breakfast, and I would drive the remainder of the trip afterwards. We made record time to Tallahassee. You never realize how fast you get somewhere when there is no one else on the road. We stopped at the Cracker Barrel in Tallahassee around 7:45.

I pass that Cracker Barrel several times a week! You were right around the corner from me!
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:56 AM   #81
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Every trip.. is the best one ever....especially the next one!!!
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:04 AM   #82
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Oooh, fun, a look back at your last trip! Can't wait to hear more.
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Hi Megan!! I found your PTR from Leanne and Mary's PTRs!! My family will also be in WDW the same week as yours! We will be staying at the Poly again and I will be starting a PTR just as soon as I finish my TR!! We seem to have a lot in common. I am a former teacher, I am 30, and my oldest daughter is in Kindergarten this year!! I also have Le Cellier on our list for this trip!! (as well as O'hana--YUM!!) Not sure if we'll do Chef Mickey's again this trip or not. I'm looking forward to planning along with you!! Looking forward to May 2010!!
Thanks for joining us! I look forward to sharing my plans with you. There is going to be a party at the Poly. I am 30 as well. We all have somuch in common.

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I pass that Cracker Barrel several times a week! You were right around the corner from me!
I'll be sure to wave at you from now on when we pass that Cracker Barrel.

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Every trip.. is the best one ever....especially the next one!!!
That's true, but you gotta admit. This past trip was absolutely awesome!

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Oooh, fun, a look back at your last trip! Can't wait to hear more.
I hope you enjoy it just as much as we did. Next update is coming up.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:53 PM   #84
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A look back at our last trip - Day 1 Check in

So, when I left off, we were just passing under the sign we all love to see.

So we are finally there. It is time for us to check in to Kidani Village for the first time.

The guard at the guard shack was very inviting. She welcomed us home right away. As we get through the gate, we drive by Jambo House.



The boys were familiar with the original AKL, but they knew we were staying at the new AKL. They were just anxious to check out their new digs. Finally, the new sign…



I can only imagine how the whole resort will look as soon as the vegetation grows in.

We park and walk up to Port Cochere and into the lobby, and we all just feel at home. We love the feel of AKL, but Kidani just feels warm and cozy. I immediately went to check in, and Bryan brought the boys to do a little bit of exploring on the lobby level.









All Bryan wanted to do was go upstairs and go to sleep. Unfortunately, the CM said our room was not yet ready. The good news – my requests had been granted!

Up next, what do we do in the meantime?
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So, there is nothing on tv tonight, so I have been doing some DIS time. I just got the email from AllEars and got really upset to hear that all the Photopass photographers are no longer at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. With that and the lack of getting able to pre-purchase the CD now at $100 price, we might be skipping the Photopass this year (Sorry Randy and Alisa). I am kinda upset that they will not be sending the pre-purchase email to DVC members since we do not book through Disney Destinations. So now it looks like we are in the market for a water-proof camera. Anyone has any suggestions?

Also, I am sitting over here with everything crossed. We have a new superintendant in my school district. When he took over, he proposed that all schools that make their target score for the year would result in each teacher at that school receiving a $3000 bonus. Well, the scores came in last week, and my school along with 11 other schools (including Coach81's school) made their target score and more. The school board is meeting tonight to vote on that proposal. If they vote yes, I will get my bonus with next month's paycheck just in time for Christmas. I should know sometime tonight whether I get it or not. Fingers, toes, hair, eyes, everything is crossed that we do.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:08 PM   #86
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Wow Megan! Kidani Village looks really nice. Can't wait to see the next installment and pics of your room.
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Must have posted at the same time. Hope you get your bonus. That would be fantastic! We'll keep our fingers and toes crossed for you too.
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Wow Megan! Kidani Village looks really nice. Can't wait to see the next installment and pics of your room.
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Must have posted at the same time. Hope you get your bonus. That would be fantastic! We'll keep our fingers and toes crossed for you too.
It is very nice. We absolutely love that resort. Still waiting to find out my fate.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:41 PM   #89
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You all are young-30 was YEARS ago! Nothing on tonight-not a Biggest Loser fan I guess.. Thar is really to bad about the photopass. We did a share last year and got some good pics but not $100 worth...
I am crossing my fingers and toes for your bonus-one for the coach too. Now if you will cross your finger s that I get a pin code.
Can't wait to see the rest of Kidani-though I know it is going to make me want to stay there!
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TH E BOARD APPROVED MY BONUS!!!! COACH & I HAVE MORE MONEY FOR THE MOUSE!
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