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Disney Anniversary Trip Report- Day 6- Disney Vacation Club and Animal Kingdom

on April 18, 2013

Hi guys, we are moving on to Day 6, our Disney Vacation Club presentation and then off to Animal Kingdom but first breakfast.

Our ride to Saratoga Springs (which is where the presentations are held) would be there at 9:40, so we ran into the Landscape of Flavor (the Art of Animation food court) and grabbed breakfast.

We got a Mickey egg with green chiles and a chicken burger.

Look at the cute egg 🙂

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And a breakfast burger, egg, bacon,and beef patty232323232%7Ffp734;5)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (94234;nu0mrj

They both came with potatoes and a drink.

They were pretty good but we were in a hurry, so we ate quickly and barely tasted breakfast.

We were starting to drag, so even 9 seemed early for us to get up that morning.

The van  got there just as we headed out to meet it, we hopped in and they drove us to the other resort.


We were escorted inside and given name tags and then led into a seating room, with this fire place.  Saratoga Springs has a very Great Gatsby feel which isn’t really me, but this area did have some nice art232323232%7Ffp5439 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2(;;234;nu0mrj

View of seating area as I took pictures of the art232323232%7Ffp54348)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; 99;934;nu0mrj

Hotels with Cinderella’s castle in background232323232%7Ffp54374)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (94334;nu0mrj

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After a few minutes Edwin came and got us and brought us into this room where he did his pitch about the DVC232323232%7Ffp5438;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (94834;nu0mrj

Here is a summation of the info we got regarding this membership

Disney Vacation Club is based on a  points system. As a Member, you receive an allotment of  points annual—based on the amount of points you purchase in the beginning (you can add more at any time, however) —to use toward your vacations at Disney (in the DVC resorts of any of the resorts, it uses the same point system)  and any one of more than 500  destinations  (500 are the Disney approved, we were told there are more like 1500-5000) worldwide when you purchase directly from Disney.

You purchase a specific amount of Vacation Points based on where you want to start, 100 points on average will get you roughly a week at the park in a studio room . The more points, the more days or bigger the accommodations you can enjoy. And each year, you receive a new allotment points. How you use your points is completely up to you, you can go to Germany with the Adventures by Disney and stay in a castle, a Cruise or just hang out at Disney world in a savannah room (some examples of what I would do with them, of course some of these are more expensive and require more than 100 points.)

Like I was day dreaming earlier, you can stay at the  DVC resorts and other Disney destinations, or at hundreds of places offered in the Member  program. Depending on the points and how you use them, you can take one or several vacations each year (off season the points for rooms are less, so you can stretch those points for multiple smaller vacations.)  DVC has a range of rooms ranging from studios (the cheapest) to suites which I think they said could sleep 9-12, wow! Of course the bigger the space the more points are used.

We were also told we could “bank” points for up to three years, so say we wanted to take a cruise that was 300 points but we didn’t want to borrow from our upcoming trips. We bought 100 initially, we could save three years and do the cruise. Or you can borrow from the next two years and not go on vacation with DVC for those years, your call.

We were also shown this awesome model of Hawaii Aulani resort

DisneyResort Model

Plus we got to walk through replicas of the Kidani Village and Aulani rooms, something we may never see first hand

We heard all this info, saw the prices (about $14k for Animal Kingdom Kidani Village for 100 points and a monthly fee of $76 continuing after the $14, ooo is paid off) and the time allotment ( you own this for 42 years, it can be willed or sold as well.) Our heads were spinning, even now we go back and forth on it since we are already going to Disneyland Paris in September, so we know in the long run it might be something to look into.  However,  we know a house is our main goal, so we have put that off.

Also something to know, the DVC does not include the prices of your flights, park tickets or food (although we were told they do give you discounts on a lot of things.) So that is something you need to weigh in on before making a decision on it as well.

After the tour, they gave us fast passes good for 3 rides whenever we wanted to use them and dropped us off in the ice cream parlor (we got rum raisin and butter pecan), to have some Edy’s and do a survey on our experience.

Hubby beat everyone with his survey skills.

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Once we finished our survey and ice cream we took our fast passes and all our new packets of info outside where they had another van waiting to drive us directly to Animal Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom

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Tree of Life232323232%7Ffp54368)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(38;(334;nu0mrj

Our first animals in the park, parrots232323232%7Ffp543 5)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2(;;534;nu0mrj

We stopped and used our photopassanimalking

Then we raced to Africa so we could do the Kilimanjaro Safari232323232%7Ffp73488)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(38;(434;nu0mrj

Neat Ladybug lights232323232%7Ffp543 6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2(;;634;nu0mrj

Everest in the distance232323232%7Ffp7348;)nu=3642)4(3)283)27334(337425 ot1lsi

The standby line was about 30 mins, so hopped in line and I took some artistic shots with my new camera because I kept forgetting it had so many fun settings232323232%7Ffp54349)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (54734;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp734 3)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (95334;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp54392)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (95434;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp7347;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (54834;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp54385)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (95534;nu0mrj

Once we got to the trucks I got this picture and jumped in, got to be on the left side of the bus with a good view232323232%7Ffp5434 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (95634;nu0mrjHere as some of the animals we may see on our trek

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Now onto the safari


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Baby Elephant232323232%7Ffp54433)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (56234;nu0mrj

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White Rhinos
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Ostriches232323232%7Ffp54382)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3924534;nu0mrj

Their eggs232323232%7Ffp73488)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3 45434;nu0mrjOryx

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Sleeping Cheetahs232323232%7Ffp54349)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (56734;nu0mrj

King of the Jungle taking a nap232323232%7Ffp734 2)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3 44 34;nu0mrj

Was a pretty decent safari, we saw most of the animals, glad we got to do it early in the day

From there we headed to Expedition Everest but did the walk through Maharajah Jungle Trek on the way there

Kris jammin out in Africa

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I finally saw Divine!! She is a stilt walker that is sometimes seen around the park and she is covered in foliage and blends in like a chameleon. She was so neat, we were leaving Africa and we saw something moving and then other people began to notice her. She is really pretty, she moved so gracefully and blended in with the surrounding plants

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Us and the Tree of Life232323232%7Ffp54354)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (57434;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp54433)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (98334;nu0mrj

Broken statue in India232323232%7Ffp54373)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (57634;nu0mrj

Really tall Bamboo232323232%7Ffp543(;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (57734;nu0mrj

Maharajah Jungle Trek

First animal we saw was a visitor, this pretty redheaded wood pecker

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Now the residents

Komodo Dragon232323232%7Ffp5439 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (98834;nu0mrjMy favorites the Malayan Flying fox

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The Rodriguez Fruit bat

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After the tigers we turned around and maneuvered our way through the crowded park and got into a supposedly 30 min long wait for Expedition Everest

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Outside first building232323232%7Ffp5436 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (58934;nu0mrj

View of Everest from queue, way more than 30 minutes232323232%7Ffp543; )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (99 34;nu0mrj

Indian temple in queue232323232%7Ffp543(4)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (58 34;nu0mrj

By this time in the day I think the trip was finally beginning to take its toll, as you can see we have been running non-stop and I am sure it didn’t help that there really isn’t much shade in Animal Kingdom and we had been stuck next to some of those high schoolers on spring break for the last 40 mins but we were getting a bit cranky.

The shrieking and screaming teens we had been hearing throughout the line and ride had got on our nerves by then and kinda ruined the ride experience for hubby.everest

I still enjoyed the ride but we decided to turn this all around and grab some lunch so we could go on enjoying our wonderful vacation, one more ride and we would be free of Animal Kingdom.

We went to Flame Tree for lunch and had a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and a chipotle chicken salad for dessert we got key lime and chocolate mousse.

Pulled Pork

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The pulled pork was good but pretty average about the same as the one at T-Rex, the salad was AMAZING however, it had the chipotle chicken and ranch dressing, crispy potato string, different lettuces and beans. It was a really nice and nice sized salad.

The key lime mousse was a bust, we both took one spoonful and did not like it the gel like lime on top was like dish soap and had a very bitter quality to it. The chocolate mousse was good but very simple.

After we cooled down, ate and enjoyed a little quiet, we were feeling a bit better and head off to Dinosaur

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The wait was about 20 minutes and the line is inside, so we were happy  with that. We listened to a little pre ride science stuff from none other than Bill Nye, however the lights for the show weren’t working, so we were standing in the dark. 232323232%7Ffp54357)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3925934;nu0mrj

This ride is very similar to Indiana Jones in Disneyland, big car that moves around crazy, darkness and animatitronics.

You are heading into the past to do research but the guy behind the camera has another plan for you to bring back a dinosaur (the Iguana-don from Dinosaur) but this puts us in close proximity of a meteor shower and we get stalked by some big mean dinosaur.

Our neighbors here were terrified of the big mean dinosaur, lolDinosaur

We enjoyed this ride and felt much more satisfied with our day, we decided to brave the crowded walk ways plus a taped off parade route to go to Kusafiri bakery and get some cupcakes then go to Downtown Disney

The trek was totally worth it! We got a White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake & a Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake


This is what they normally look like but they had run out and the new ones didn’t have their tops yet which was fine since I don’t really like white chocolate anyways

These guys were huge, the elephant had a rich chocolate cake, butter cream with coconut and in the center of that a substance like the toasted coconut icing on a German chocolate cake.

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The Tamarin had a dark chocolate cake, a big fluffy dollop of butter cream and chocolate shavings.

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They were delicious, the elephant was my favorite cupcake of the trip, I love anything reminiscent of German chocolate cake.

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They were so big and the icing was cool and didn’t budge much so again I ended up with icing up my little nose, I need a bigger mouth!

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Feeling like our trip to Animal Kingdom was ending on a much better note, we began to head out, we did some pin trading and took a few more shots, then headed to the buses to go to Downtown Disney.

tree of life

About the Animal Kingdom, this park is very small and was really made for its animals and not so much for their visitors. There are very few walk ways and this results in the park feeling very crowded and claustrophobic. Also there is very little shade, even though there are plants every where.

If you have kids that like animals and shows (I still haven’t got to see Nemo but I was totally ok with that this trip) , this may be a nice park for you but for me, I was happy with half a day at this park.

Tomorrow we will get back to Downtown Disney, enjoy Characters in Flight as well as dinner at the Grand Floridian and finish day 6 off. See you then 🙂


One response to “Disney Anniversary Trip Report- Day 6- Disney Vacation Club and Animal Kingdom

  1. Fay Michael says:

    Enjoyed your blog today especially the photo pass pictures of you, and hubby. Looked like the two of you loved the dinosaur ride. Great pictures of you and hubby enjoying Mickey cupcakes. love you

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