A few pics from our recent visit

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A few pics from our recent visit

Instead of doing a traditional trip report, I thought I'd just share some photos that we took. While they don't qualify as 'artistic', they still might be fun to share, and we hope to get some feedback on them.

Our stay was a split stay between Kidani Village and Saratoga Springs, from Sept. 12-Sept. 16.

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The Main St USA train station decked out for Halloween

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With David Greybeard - the last of the 325 carvings on the Tree of Life, and the only one that depicts a specific animal

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We really enjoyed Animal Kingdom's Picnic in the Park. We took ours to a small seating area in Asia, overlooking the Discovery River, across from Flights of Wonder

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We fell in love with our new 'home'.

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We tried La Cava del Tequila at the Mexico Pavillion. While it was good, it's nothing I'd rush to suggest to others, unless they had an strong interest in trying different tequilas. They do serve food too, and the appetizer we tried was decent.

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Meeting Jiminy Cricket at Rafiki's Planet Watch

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Meeting Remy at Les Chefs de France was fun

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We ate lunch at Paradiso 37 at Pleasure Island. We really enjoyed it here. Service food and atmosphere was excellent. Our server told us that by Jan 1, they will be on the DDP and will probably accept TIW.

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Took a walk through the Treehouse Villas. Love what they've done with the place!

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We only wish our bathroom at home was as nice as the one in the 1br at Kidani Village. laugh

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We stopped by Disney's Beach Club Resort and were sure to stop by and say hi to Art. Art had been away for a while having minor surgery. We were glad to see him healthy and happy as ever.

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Paradiso 37 doesn't take TIW or DDP? I had no idea.

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Great pics pls. keep them coming.

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Those are fantastic pictures! I love the picture with Art! He's such a wonderful cast member.

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the Picnic in the Park! I can't wait to try it. Do you have photos of the food?

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Nice pics! Those are sturdy bags they give you for the picnic, aren't they? I'm so envious you got to see Remy....I'm still kicking myself that I didn't.

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Imagineer:

Did you guys do the balloon ride?

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Annie wrote:
Those are fantastic pictures! I love the picture with Art! He's such a wonderful cast member.

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the Picnic in the Park! I can't wait to try it. Do you have photos of the food?



We do! We made a point to take pics of every meal this time. I'll post them soon.

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Nice pics! Those are sturdy bags they give you for the picnic, aren't they? I'm so envious you got to see Remy....I'm still kicking myself that I didn't.


The bags are nice. We have it home and in the kitchen. We'll use it for lunches and maybe when we shop at one of those "bag your own" low budget grocery stores. silly

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Did you guys do the balloon ride?



We did not. The price is really pretty reasonable. I'd like to do it both by day and by night.

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This will give an idea of how the crowd levels were for most of our trip


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I'd highly recommend Sanaa. Try the Bread Service as an appetizer.


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The Standard View from our villa at Kidani Village was of the bus stops and main entrance. To the other direction, you could see the fitness center and pool area.

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I'm so jealous of the "no crowds!" Also, did you know that someone started a facebook fan page for Art at the Beach Club?? Smile

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I'm so jealous of the "no crowds!" Also, did you know that someone started a facebook fan page for Art at the Beach Club?? Smile

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I'm so jealous of the "no crowds!" Also, did you know that someone started a facebook fan page for Art at the Beach Club?? Smile


I did know! I joined recently, and will be posting that pic!

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This will give an idea of how the crowd levels were for most of our trip


That is just mind-blowing! To get a shot like that on my trip, I would have had to sneak in past security at 5:30 am! laugh

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I can SOMETIMES get that pic if I go in for a Crystal Palace for a breakfast before the park opens. That's it though!

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And that pic was taken shortly after the official opening of the park; not even during AM EMH!

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Seems that you need to go earlier and earlier in Sept. to beat the crowds these days. And now that free dining has been extended through Christmas, the crowds are really "happenin'!" I hope Disney's seeing a boost in revenue.

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bali wrote:
Seems that you need to go earlier and earlier in Sept. to beat the crowds these days. And now that free dining has been extended through Christmas, the crowds are really "happenin'!" I hope Disney's seeing a boost in revenue.


Yup, between free dining and F&W, you really do have to get there right after Labor Day to enjoy low crowds. Septembers now are not like the Septembers of yesteryear.

And don't even get me started on January! yuck

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