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Old 07-30-2012, 08:40 PM   #31
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I'm here! Looking forward to reading your plans. It's good that you can take Jared out of school for a few days for a trip with his mom and grandmother.

Loved the Beach Club when we stayed there back in 2010! I have a feeling you're going to love it too!
I hope Jared's teachers don't get upset with me. It's just for 3 days since they are out for 2 over Labor Day anyway. School will have only been in session for a couple of weeks, I'm sure he won't miss too much.

I remember reading your report when you stayed at the BC! And now you've got me wanting to stay at the Poly

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I woud love to stay at BC, such a lovely resort. My DH finally admits he likes it at Disney, but likes it better when we have children with us!

We will be at WDW the day after you leave, we arrive Sept.10! Too bad, it would have been fun to meet!
Hi Doris!

Bummer we are just missing each other
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:01 AM   #33
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Michelle, I am here! I haven't been dising a lot lately....been very busy! Can't wait to read along. I would love to stay at the Beach Club.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:58 AM   #34
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Michelle, I am here! I haven't been dising a lot lately....been very busy! Can't wait to read along. I would love to stay at the Beach Club.
Hi Erika!! I understand completely, sometimes life gets in the way of DISing, I hate it when that happens!
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:04 AM   #35
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Day 1, Saturday, September 1st

Our flight departs at 6:55am, which means a 4am wake up call for me. Normally this would be a big deal, but not when I'm headed to WDW. I'm always too excited to sleep anyway! We are flying Southwest, using Don's miles - yay, free flights!! Sometimes I feel kind of bad stealing miles that he travels so much for, but not bad enough to stop doing it.

We have a layover in Dallas and then a stop someplace else (not even sure where) so we won't land until 1pm. I'm hoping for quick ME service



that will get us here in a hurry



Still going back and forth on whether or not I want to do online check in. I did it 3 trips ago and had to wait for quite awhile because there were several other people in front of me that had also done online check in. Both stays last year I did NOT do it and I walked straight up to the counter and checked in, soooooo

Anyway, as soon as we are checked in we are going to drop our carry-ons and head here



I'm taking a tip from Sarah (wdwgirl03) who has said many times that Animal Kingdom clears out after the parade. I hope that holds true for us!

Tops on Jared's list, and mine, is a ride (or two, or three...) on Everest. Mom will probably ride it once, but no more than that.



Gotta ride the safari too, hoping it's not too hot and we actually get to see some animals



If time permits maybe we will catch my favorite show in all of WDW



We have a 5:45 ADR at Yak & Yeti



I can't wait for those pineapple & cream cheese wontons - Oh.So.Good!!



After dinner the park will be closed so we will head back to the resort to unpack, swim, maybe watch the movie on the beach, no real plans.

Of course, who knows, maybe I won't be able to stand it and I'll have to pop into Epcot for a Grey Goose Slushie



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Old 07-31-2012, 09:10 AM   #36
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Sounds like a fabulous 1st day I am looking forward to trying a Grey Goose slushie for the first time in August
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Sounds like a great first day!

For some reason, I really like starting my trip at AK. I actually really like the afternoon parade. It's one of my favs!

Yeah for EE followed by Y&Y. Have you tried the fried green beans? Heaven on a plate!
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Great first day plans, Michelle. I love the idea of checking ini and then heading to the AK. I've heard that the park empties out after the parade. We loved Yak & Yeti when we were there in 2008 (I still haven't been able to get it back on our schedule.

I have a feeling you'll stay at the pool so that Jared has some pool time; you can always get a cocktail at the pool.
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Great day one plans. I think for most of us DISers that we have trouble sleeping the night before we leave for Disney!

I think going over to AK is a great idea. I noticed during our past trip how much the park clears out after 4 or so. I think that's a great strategy. Also, try to go to the last safari. We did, and we saw so many animals up in the cooler evening.

Those pineapple/cream cheese wontons look yummy-licious!
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Ooo, those wontons look delicious! Great first day plans.
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Love your first day plans!
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:27 AM   #42
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Day 1 sounds great and hurrah for free flights! Isn't it so cool to be able to pop into Epcot for a slushie and fireworks!?! No bus, monorail, boat needed! Soooo easy peasy. I'm warning you...you may get attached to that entrance! And it is even better on the way out when most are heading to the buses after Illuminations.
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Great plans! The park sure does clear out. We went one year in the afternoon when we first arrived and it was dead (and this was spring break week!). We did one of the last safaris and saw many animals. In fact, I would say that it was our best one until this summer...in the rain...who knew?? They told us at the rope that the animals love the rain and they were right as it was hands down the absolute best safari we've ever had. So, go, even if it rains!!
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What a nice first day! I'm with you - I will get up early without complaint if I'm heading to WDW! Free flights? Yup, that's a good thing!

We will be hitting AK on our first day this next trip too. I think it does empty out more after the parade. All those people who say it's a 1/2 day park can't do much else after that I guess.
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