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Old 06-07-2018, 09:04 AM   #31
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POTS sounds like a perfect anniversary gift to each other!
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Sounds perfect Tara!
OKW is so pretty! And the bonus is that it's a low point resort, so it's really a winner on all fronts!
The only downside is, except for DS, you have to take a bus everywhere. But it seems to be centrally located, so not too far from any of the parks.
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OKW is so pretty! And the bonus is that it's a low point resort, so it's really a winner on all fronts!
The only downside is, except for DS, you have to take a bus everywhere. But it seems to be centrally located, so not too far from any of the parks.
Thanks, Donna!! We actually love to try out new resorts so we are looking forward to it!! We are used to taking the busses as we don't rent a car and have stayed at AKL many times. I can't imagine that this would be much different.
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We like OKW because of the space but the biggest draw is it gives us the opportunity to extend the days. Can’t really more than one trip a year as we live on the West Coast and flights are expensive.
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I'm so glad you're talking about your favourite subject again. I love the way you're already putting those points of yours to good use... now how long will be before you need to buy more?
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Oh I get that! We can only visit my son in Spokane once a year for the same reason! I am excited to try OKW out!!

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We will be in WDW for our 35 th anniversary also in 2020. We’re using our points this year to do Aulani
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We just sent our paperwork in! POTS sounds like a great treat for your anniversary
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CAnt' wait to hear about the trip. I'm interested in the POTS too, but I have to wait for a trip that's just the two of us and it's offered!
It is !! Oh my gosh, that party is like going to Cinderella's Ball!!!

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Thanks, Dave!! You'd better believe I am on the lookout for that as I am now a proud member of all three of those!!

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That's AWESOME!!! We were in Hawaii for our 30th Anniversary. There is nothing like it and we hope to go back!!

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My DVC sister!!!! If PFTS is anything like last year, it surely will be!!
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My DVC sister!!!! If PFTS is anything like last year, it surely will be!!
I suddenly realized after posting that the information for special events at the F&WF might be available and lo and behold it was. I was a bit panicked because I know they sell out fast but I was glad to see the booking dates start June 14th so we have a couple of days to decide.
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