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Old 03-07-2011, 01:49 PM   #31
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Yay another cam and fam ptr/tr report. Very excited about the trivia, may need to look into that book.
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Wow, June is only 90 days away.........so excited for you and the whole Matthews clan. Sounds great so far and I loved the little known lamp factoid. Looking forward to reading more of those along with more plans.
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:47 PM   #33
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Now I will have to find that book as it is one I have not read! I can't believe June is only 90 days away, but happy for you to be going so soon.
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Yay another trip pre trip report to read! Can't wait to hear all the funny things Stefanie comes up with for this trip!!
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WooHoo!! I'm so excited to see you've started your PTR!! Can't wait to read all about your plans
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Yay! Now I believe spring is actually on the way!

Looking forward to hearing about all your plans & all the bits of trivia, too!
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So Happy for you! We're staying AKVC right before you! It is truly a wonderful place to stay and our favorite as well! Can't wait to read all about it! Where is the "quilt" with your family's name on it? I don't think we've ever seen it!
The quilt is in the sitting room just off the lobby of Kidani Village, hanging on the back wall. I almost cried the first time I saw it. Luke doesn't think it is our name because it's just too obvious that it is on there.

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Yay! You started your trip report! We love AKL too. I think our best trip so far was when we stayed there over Halloween. I can't wait to hear your plans to see where/if we overlap! I'd love to see y'all again!!
I'm hoping we do overlap and can finally meet!

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Cam, I can't wait to hear about your DVC concierge experience, as we want to book that in a couple of years for my belated 50th birthday celebration. (Born in Feb, celebrating in June!). We are going to do the Sunset Safari at that time. We did the Sunrise Safari in 2007 and absolutely LOVED it! I am sure that you and your family will too.
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Sounds great. I love the trivia but I have to admit I've never noticed!!
I hadn't noticed either and that is part of the reason I had to get this book to find all those little hidden treasures that I've been overlooking.

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Whoo hoo!! Club level & Sunrise Safari! SCORE!

Sue Veness' book is a favorite of mine, dog-eared and highlighted, I've read it so many times and I always find something new each trip to the World.
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Looking forward to hearing about all your plans & all the bits of trivia, too!

And I am so ready for spring this year!
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Well the start of a Cam PTR is my sign that Spring is right around the corner I am so excited to start hearing about all your plans. How cool that you were able to book the Sunrise Safari. I really want to do that on our "first trip home" (in 2012). Can't wait to hear more.
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Safari Planning

The Sunrise Safari is one of the big highlights of this trip for us. Remember I had called club level concierge immediately after Luke had a confirmation number for our reservation. I was told that a note had been made in the computer and our reservations would be made automatically on the December 9. Now I have always made all our ADRs and tour reservations myself, so giving up control was making me a little anxious. I called back a few days before the ninth just to be sure the note was still in the computer. The very kind CM confirmed that yes it was! Then on December 9th the following arrived in my inbox:

Dumela! Matthews Safari,

The Sunrise Safari is all set and booked for your trip. The sunrise

Safari is booked for 6/9 at 7am. The booking number is #84036.

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We’re going on a safari and having breakfast at Tusker House. I can only imagine how I’ll react if I get any special close up time with the giraffes. And then who knows the lions might not have gone back to sleep yet.




To add to our excitement, Ann (Luvsun) and I began shooting PMs back and forth as she and her niece Carly were going to be at WDW at the same time and were even staying at AKLV. Within no time, they were booked in a club level studio, too, and she had concierge reserving the Sunrise Safari for them as well. So not only are we going on a safari, but we’ll also have great friends along for the experience.


Stefanie has met quite a few PassPorters with me over the past 6 or 7 years, but we haven’t met Ann yet though we already feel very close to her. Stefanie for some reason had trouble remembering Ann’s name until I reminded her that Ann was my middle name. Until I came up with that solution, Stefanie had been calling her by a rather lengthy moniker, “the PassPorter who sent me the princess ornaments.”


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As you approach Cinderella Castle, notice the three-circle design of the stone fence running along the walkway toward the entry to the castle, which at the right time of day, casts Mickey’s silhouette. Even more interesting is the fact the central rose had to be added after the fence was built because young guests kept sticking their heads through the openings and getting stuck! You can still see the original design if you look at the front of Cinderella Castle, to either side of the clock.


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Ohhh...it's that time of the year again!!! The Cam Family PTR!!! You have no idea how much I look forward to this.

And the Safari...I can't wait to hear Stephanie's reaction.
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Just got caught up! So excited to read a Cam and Fam PTR - can't wait for more !
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I noticed you changed your sig pic before I saw the started ptr...it all makes sense now! Yay!
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Love this TR, and love your new sig pic! Can't wait to keep following along!
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YAY the Matthews trip report has begun!!!!! I am definitely going to have to buy that book.
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