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Love Jambo house! And AKL in general. Still have such good memories of the kids' faces our first stay there, when they realized all they could see from the balcony.
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all caught up! another fun and fantastic WDW trip featuring Cam and Luke is in the works. Everything sounds great! Can't wait to hear the rest of your plans
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Great going with the new MB selections! My MB will only be a year old this Fall, so it still should be in working order.....or at least I think as that is the usual concession with these!

I stayed at the AK once and in a Savanna room, but so long ago back in 2004. It was for ten days. I loved it so much and actually kept the deck doors open, so I could hear the animals at night and early in the morning to enliven my experience there which it did! It was an unbelievable stay for me.

But now, the nightly rates, even with discounts are just ridiculous. My rate back then in a Savanna was $225 per night including all taxes, which was great. Quite different now and as I'm not a DVC member, I won't be staying here any time soon as much as I love the resort! But, I will visit the resort as I often do, usually every other trip for a dinner! One of the very best WDW resorts!
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I love AKL but have only stayed at Jambo House as I really enjoy the lobby there! We chose yellow and green for our magic bands for our May trip also!
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About 6 months before my 50th birthday, Luke asked if I'd rather buy into DVC at AKL or get a new car. I took about 5 seconds to consider the options and then said AKL hands down. We'll get many more years out of those points than a new car. I have never regretted the choice once.
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I am so happy you started your PTR. I also can't wait to read about your DVC stay at Jambo House. This September I booked a DVC rental at Jambo for me and my significant other. Tom has never been to WDW with me. I know crazy right. I need to make a "believer" out of him on this adult only trip so I am planning a LOT of down time at our resort (he will be amazed when he sees AKL) so as to noT overwhelm him! I think I may do a TR about it as well. Keep it coming Cam & Luke!
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I can't believe you are writing your pre-trip report now, it only seems a short time since I finished reading your report from the last trip!

Colour me envious - it is MONTHS until we go again! And we've been all caught up in the CBR fiasco as well, we had picked that resort as we'd never been before, but have now chosen to move to PORFQ as a free upgrade/move, in order to avoid all the building work.

Still, at least I can live vicariously through your trip report! Have a great trip!
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On our first AKL stay, Stefanie kept telling Luke that I was outside flirting with the giraffes.
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Signing in - you've got the perfect combination of Flora & Fauna for your trip. Looking forward to the details. I will add that whatever hotel or resort we stay at, we always request the top floor. It offers the best views, but more importantly, with nobody overhead, there's less chance of hearing footsteps at inopportune times.
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First, there is me, Cam or legally Cornelia, a 58 year old retired English teacher and forever Disney kid. I love spring and fall for the milder temperatures plus I simply am happy when the world is turning green again in spring or turning orange, yellow, and red in fall. Probably explains why we travel to WDW every spring and fall. Duh!
I have suffered with a frozen shoulder since mid to late October. I’ve no idea what happened or what caused it. Initially, I thought it was arthritis taking over yet another joint, but then I lost a lot of range of motion in it. I wised up on Christmas Day when I was in a lot of pain, deciding after the holidays that my doctor and I needed to meet. She ran me through a series of motion tests, ruling out a problem with my rotator cuff. Hallelujah! For the past six weeks, I have been doing occupational therapy with the kindest, gentlest therapist. She is perfect for me. My O/T therapist has also referred me to a physical therapist who has been adjusting my neck to help free up my shoulder. He is also terrific, and he had also read up on how to use dry needling for a frozen shoulder. My neck and shoulder have recently graduated from this treatment, and feel so much better. As of today, I have almost complete range of motion back. Just the least bit of what my therapist describes as extreme motion is locked up still. I’ve been faithfully doing my stretches and exercises since therapy began. Hopefully, in a few weeks, I’ll be released from therapy, but I actually enjoy the exercises so they’ll be staying in my routine. Trust me I’m going to be working daily to keep full range of motion in my shoulders.

I’m not an athletic sort, but I do love to walk. The past couple of weeks with the temperatures in Kentucky hovering around 60 and then the 70s (Friday, 2/24 hit 80), we’ve been out walking a 5K each day. A little freaky walking in short sleeves in February, but also quite cool. Besides walking, I enjoy preserving our trips in scrapbooks and I love to read a lot because I don’t mind that I’m a nerd who often behaves a lot like Hermione Granger.

Disney Favorites:
The Lion King and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
Animal Kingdom (and all the other parks share the number 2 spot)
Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge
Tinker Bell, Woody, Chip and Dale, and of course, Mickey
Kilimanjaro Safaris, Tower of Terror, Soarin’, Toy Story Midway Mania, and Mickey’s Philharmagic
Star Wars
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Second, there is Luke or legally Luther, a retired Information Systems Manager or as Stefanie called him, a ‘puter operator, and a forever Disney kid. He loves trains and Batman and has combined these two loves quite well in a train room. His newest train is a Batman one, and it is very cool. He still loves winter, but then he doesn’t have arthritis. Don’t get me wrong, I love living where I get to experience all four seasons. I just wish winter were only about 8 weeks long and sunny or at least snowy. But here it’s three months of mainly gloomy weather.

Luke is one of the most patient and easy-going folks I know. He loves math, a subject that sent tremors through me when in school, but his love of number pays off in our budget. And that budget allows us two trips to WDW per year without accruing any debt. We’ve done the Dave Ramsey Financial University program, and I get the concepts, but the numbers make me crazy. So I’m thankful he actually enjoys the task. In fact, he told me recently that we will definitely be good with Disney gift cards by the time we leave in May. Hallelujah!

Luke is no more athletic than I am, but he does love walking. Walking together keeps us both accountable because when one of us gets lazy the other can motivate us both to walk. He does find it a little disappointing that I get more steps in a 5K walk than he does. He peruses a number of Disney sites daily for all the newest construction and rumor news. He’s my first source of all things new in Disneyverse.

Disney Favorites:
Nightmare Before Christmas and Cars
No particular park
Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge
Tigger, Goofy, and Buzz Lightyear
Expedition Everest, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Star Wars (Too bad Batman isn’t owned by Disney, too.)
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Yay! So exited to find this and join you for another Disney adventure!

I love Jambo House! Walking into the lobby takes my breath away every time. And there's nothing like seeing giraffes first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. Bliss.

Looking forward to hearing your plans!
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A nice overview of the two of you even though I knew a lot about this already from your various TRs! Glad the Dave Ramsey classes helped with your finances. I listen to his radio program quite often and enjoy it and find it quite informative!

Great to hear that your frozen shoulder seems to be getting better with the therapy!
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I hope your shoulder holds up for the trip!! It sounds like you are getting some great therapy!! I love your descriptions of you two!!
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