Day 1 and so it begins :)

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  1. Deafjeff

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    Hey everyone.

    So we did actually arrive safely. We ended up being delayed a few hours due mainly to the weather and buses, but we eventually checked into the AKL at 9pm local time. Which for us was about 3am home time. Both quite tired and grumpy.

    Room is lovely. Standard view, as no Savannah views available to upgrade to. But as it turns out we are right at the end of the building, and our balcony looks out onto a bit of a pool and also the very end of the Savannah, so we did actually see some animals wandering around this morning.

    So, up early this morning. Breakfast at 7am at Mari. Pleasantly surprised by the breakfast, even if it is quick service. Magic bands working fine so don't have to keep remembering room keys and dining plan information.

    Raced off to typhoon lagoon for a few hours. Always on our first day we go to a water park just to wind down and have a chill out. And then go on some slides and let the adrenalin kick in :)

    Back to the hotel for lunch. Totally forgot that QS lunch includes dessert so felt a bit sick. Especially after a couple of zebra domes!

    Off to Hollywood studios where it's now threatening to rain. Used our first ever fastpass selections. Works very well, short queues and there is something really satisfying watching the spinning light turn bright green when you present your magic band. It's like you've been approved to have your next bit of magic :)

    So, Toy Story Mania, rock n roller coaster, tower of terror and Star Wars all done. First set of vinylmations bought, and a cuppa at the Writers cafe.

    Dinner at Mama Melrose. Stephen's beady eyes immediately fell on the New York strip with macaroni cheese,while I had pasta. Both very nice. Portion sizes very good as well, so much so that Stephen left his dessert. And given that he went to boarding school and is obsessed with his food you'll know that for him to leave food is very rare indeed.

    As we left the restaurant the heavens opened so on came the ponchos. Those nice, flattering, design conscious Disney ponchos. You know the ones we are talking about. You've all got one. Trudged over to Fantasmic and sat in the rain for half hour until they announced that it was cancelled due to the weather. So we trudged back to the buses, with Stephen looking like someone had kicked a puppy, as Fantasmic is one of his favourites.

    Back to the hotel to dry off and another cuppa. Knock on the door and presented with champagne and chocolate, courtesy of the hotel due to our anniversary. Stephen had to provide ID to the poor confused lady from room service, as she wanted to check he's old enough to drink :) we are tempted to steal the champagne glasses as they say 'celebrate today' on the side and have a little picture of the castle on them.

    Bed time now. Very sleepy :)
     
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    Other than the weather, a great start to your holiday! I'll bet you are meant to keep those glasses? You could check, if you are worried about it. :yes:

    You'll enjoy AK regardless of the actual view from your room. You can enjoy the view from the many public viewing areas, which can be nicer because most often, there is a well informed CM at those spots.
     
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    Maybe you're supposed to keep the glasses hehe.
     
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    fab start! and how nice of the hotel! ps the glasses are yours :)
     
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    The glasses are indeed yours to keep (I have a set myself!).

    So glad to hear things are going well! Can't wait to see you two!!!
     
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    Wendy A hui hou kakou Makuakane Staff Member Administrator

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    Brilliant start to your trip. Can we have a photo of the glasses please.

    Oh and you are meant to keep the glasses :D
     
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    And we have decided that our daily pic will be a selfie, well an us-ie in different places, so here it is:

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    Great report so far, shame about the weather. I feel so fashionable when I don one of those ponchos, it's as though I'm on the cat walk. What a fantastic photo of Duffy, love him
     
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    Whoop whoop! You're there! love the glasses and all, fabulous! And Happy Anniversary! Whoop!
     
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    Yay!! Roll on photos!
     
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    Whose arm is that? :eek:
     
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    Great start to the magic. Will you get a second chance at Fantasmic?
     
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    Great start. Yep the glasses ate yours.
     
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    We have fantastic booked again twice more during the trip so hopefully we will be able to see it.
     
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    The boys are safe. IKEA is being evacuated (no further info right now) but I checked with them, and even though the weather remains rainy, they are heading to MK and are not near Millenia Mall.

    Whew. Keeping track of these boys is HARD WORK! :yes: ;)
     
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    Thank you for keeping an eye out for us
     
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    Thank YOU for allowing me to be the overbearing old woman in your lives! :D
     
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    Wendy A hui hou kakou Makuakane Staff Member Administrator

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    How many times do I have to tell you that you are not an overbearing old woman :hug2:

    Do I need to come over there and have a long talk with you :toetap:
     

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