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Old 12-24-2015, 10:20 AM   #31
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Sorry you couldn't get the extra night at BWI. But sounds like you've got some nice dining picked out.
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Which parks to visit is another situation that has been through a few evolutions.

With my original plan we were going to do the Disney parks at Disneyland and at WDW only do waterparks and Universal. Before we cancelled VCG rory was already saying the only thing he really wanted to do was Test Track and i was wishing we could do the 7 Dwarves Mine Train but i didn't want to buy just a couple of days tickets at WDW and also pay for DL tickets. When we changed VGC to BWV the argument fell away and we could buy MYW tickets. We bought 8 days waterpark and more.

While at BWV my plan is to do 1 morning at HS, 1 morning at Epcot, 1 afternoon at EPCOT and an evening to view illuminations.
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Old 12-27-2015, 11:28 AM   #33
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It sounds like your plans are really falling into place! I'm so glad that you got the approval from your boss. It certainly was a roller coaster ride for you on that one.
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Sorry you weren't able to book another night at the resort. Other than that the plans are looking good.
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When we leave the BWV we will check in to AKV. I have booked a 1 bedroom Savannah View at Kidani Village. We love Kidani. with the exception of Jiko, I'm not a massive fan of the Jambo restaurants so Kidani suits us fine and we always have a car so it is easy to go out for dinner.

The night we check in is Easter Sunday so we have booked a dinner. I normally only book 1 ADR per day and we have Beaches and Cream for lunch but with it being Easter Sunday I'm not sure Walmart or Publix will be open to buy groceries we have decided to book a second ADR for this day so we get fed even if all shops are closed. I decided to book Il Mulano at the Swan for Easter Sunday dinner. The only other ADRs we have booked for Kidani is Jiko for our final evening and t-Rex lunch for check out day. I think we might eat in the room some nights while here and sit on the balcony and enjoy the Savannah. Kidani is a resort we like spending a lot of time at the resort. Also the majority of the remaining restaurants we really want to visit are in the Magic Kingdom area which we can do while staying there.
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I think you'll like Il Mulino - we can chat about our dinner there when we see you on Friday. How cool is it to say that?
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I think you'll like Il Mulino - we can chat about our dinner there when we see you on Friday. How cool is it to say that?
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Sounds like a good idea to book an ADR for Easter as I'm not sure what stores might be open.
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Hardly anything closes for Easter Sunday anymore, so you can pretty much plan on doing things as usual.
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