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Some nice pricing on the flights! Although, not the ideal ones for you it seems the plans will work out well for you. Nice going to spend the night before your trip to relax at a hotel and enjoy a good meal together for Luke's birthday! I hope you have a good restaurant nearby your hotel in mind to make it special for Luke!
We used to visit Nashville all the time when my sister and brother-in-law lived there, so he knows of several options he might consider for dinner. I'm letting him choose since it is his birthday.
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Great start! I like the idea that you're going to pre-start your vacation celebrating Luke's birthday in Nashville!
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Nice start. And while the flights arenít ideal times, at least it gives you extra Disney time. Is there a hotel right at the airport?
There are several hotels very close to the airport, and a couple are near our usual parking service that we've used before. We both really like one more than the others, but we haven't booked it yet. We used to make early flights down when Stefanie was with us because she needed park time on our first day to feel that she was at Disney, so for her we've done this before.
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It's always nice when the timing AND pricing work out in your favor, but many times you have to choose one or the other. I'm glad it worked out to stay over in Nashville the night before your trip. And of course you can't argue with extra park time on arrival and departure days!
We will typically opt for the best pricing over the best times as it goes easier on the budget. The extra park time has me very excited.
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The flight down shouldn't be a problem since we'll spend the night near the airport. I'm still hoping the flight home doesn't get delayed, but one way or the other, we'll have a nice chunk of park time.
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Great start! I love fall too. I think the fact that my birthday is in October has a lot to do with it. You'll be at WDW on my birthday on the 18th. Have a yummy treat for me! Actually, I was due on Luke's birthday, which is also my Grandpa's birthday. But I was 10 days overdue. My poor mom!
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Sorry that your flight times are so early, but at least you get extra park time. We are used to the early flights as for us to get to WDW we have to travel most of the day. We either have to go early and arrive late afternoon or go mid day and arrive late at night. I would rather get up early and then get a decent night sleep before our first park day than arrive in the middle of the night. Looking forward to hearing about Luke's birthday celebration and all of your other plans for this adventure.
I think I would be the same as a good night's sleep before your first day in the parks is so important.
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I'm very thankful that this trip has been easy on the planning as we haven't had much time this summer to do anything else on it.
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NEXT: Resort

With DVC we can book our home resort at the 11-month mark, but we decided to wait until the 7-month mark in hopes of getting Wilderness Lodge/Copper Creek. But when Luke logged in that day, our only option if we wanted to stay in the same resort the entire trip was a studio at our home resort of Animal Kingdom Lodge/Kidani Village. There wasnít more than one day in a row at Copper Creek, and we donít like the hassle of switching resorts. Luke asked me what I wanted to do, and then grinned because he knows I donít mind staying at Kidani, even if we did just stay there in May. We both love this resort and staying here will allow us to unpack and settle in for the next ten days.

Of course, we paid the extra points to get a savanna view room. We noted in May that animal activity seems to be more prevalent in the afternoons and evenings. This may encourage us to take afternoon breaks back at the resort to enjoy our balcony view and rest awhile.

Animal Kingdom Lodge always seems to give us ideas about the dťcor and design of our own home. When we got back home in May, we began planning a major remodel of our master bathroom and laundry room, along with continuing the wood flooring into our front entry halls and painting almost every room. We moved into our house 17 years ago this December and for the past 14 or 15 years weíve wanted to redo the master bathroom, but it took a while to have the money saved up for everything we wanted to do. Our plan from the beginning was to take out the small fiberglass shower unit, making that area into a closet and then to remove the jetted tub and replace it with a much larger shower. But we didnít know if that could be done. We also knew we wanted to model our master bathroom design along the lines of Animal Kingdom Lodge.

We thought we had a guy who was going to do the work for us, but after waiting a long seven weeks, we learned that he had injured his back and wouldnít be able to do the work. He did give us the name of some great guys though who were willing to take on the job. They came by a couple of days after we called and worked up what all was to be done by them (the painting would all be done by Luke). They then left to determine an estimate, including the supplies we had already picked out at a local tile store. About a week later they were back with the estimate and it fit our budget, and they scheduled to return on Monday to begin the work.

Our home was a work zone the last two weeks of August and to a lesser degree still is as we are no where done with all the painting. But weíre not in a rush. The shower door is still not in as it had to be custom ordered. Weíre hoping it will arrive and be installed next week as promised. But I wanted you all to see a bit of the work weíve had done that reflects our Animal Kingdom Lodge design. Luke found some animal tiles online that we both really liked. In fact, the company has made tiles for Animal Kingdom. We showed the guys the tiles when they first came by, but it wasnít until they had them placed, grouted, and then cleaned off that they agreed with us that they were perfect with the other tile elements we had selected. They turned out exactly has we had hoped. Now just a few photos.

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Shower completed except for the glass barn door.


Close up of shower floor.


The special order tiles.










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Love the new bath as I'm sure you're at the AKL/KV! Love the color of the tiles and especially those custom animal tiles on the walls of the shower and shelves!
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I love your new bathroom! The tile is awesome.
Thanks! The company where we got the specialty tiles was great to work with. The tiles were shown in several different finished, but we didn't see the animal tiles in the oatmeal finish which is what we wanted. Luke sent an email and they responded quickly that they could do the ones we wanted in that finish. So nice!
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Love the new bath as I'm sure you're at the AKL/KV! Love the color of the tiles and especially those custom animal tiles on the walls of the shower and shelves!
Thanks! We felt like our color palette for the bathroom was very much in line with bathrooms at AKL.
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