Animal Kingdom Lodge!

<o:p></o:p>A post from Jenny reminded me that I’ve regretted to mention yet another change in our Disney honeymoon plans. We are now staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, compliments of Brian’s best man, who paid for the upgrade as our wedding gift.

What’s more, Brian managed to get us dinner reservations to Sanaa, a new restaurant opening May 1 at the Kidani Village Animal Kingdom Villas, on only the third day it is open, May 3! Here is the menu … it looks yummy and very different from the norm!

This will be what the view from our room looks like…

from allears.net

So excited!!

-K

>Animal Kingdom Lodge!

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A post from Jenny reminded me that I’ve regretted to mention yet another change in our Disney honeymoon plans. We are now staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, compliments of Brian’s best man, who paid for the upgrade as our wedding gift.

What’s more, Brian managed to get us dinner reservations to Sanaa, a new restaurant opening May 1 at the Kidani Village Animal Kingdom Villas, on only the third day it is open, May 3! Here is the menu … it looks yummy and very different from the norm!

This will be what the view from our room looks like…

from allears.net

So excited!!

-K

FINALIZED honeymoon plans!

Wow, so much has changed since yesterday!!

First off, we changed our Disney resort reservations from Port Orleans- Riverside to Caribbean Beach. We are getting a king bed in the newly renovated Martinique section of the Caribbean Beach resort, which is next to the main area that houses the dining hall, main pool, lobby, etc. Caribbean Beach was originally our first choice, but at the time we first booked, they were not able to guarantee a king bed.

The Caribbean Beach resort!

Secondly, ALL of our dining reservations have been made. I’m linking to the menus for each restaurant on allears.net. I’m also including some other small plans we have made.

Monday, April 27 – No park

Breakfast: Olivia’s Cafe at Old Key West – 9 a.m.
Lunch: Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary Resort (quick-serve – no reservations needed)
Afternoon: Mini golf at Fantasia Gardens. We get a free voucher for this with our dining plan.
Dinner: Dinner out with some of Brian’s friends who live in Orlando. This will help save some of our meal credits.

Tuesday, April 28 – Magic Kingdom

Breakfast: Kona Cafe at the Polynesian – 8:55 a.m.
Lunch: Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom – 1 p.m.
Dinner: Citrico’s at the Grand Floridian Resort – 9 p.m. We decided to go to Citrico’s rather than Victoria & Albert’s on the advice of a Disney dining lady. She said Citrico’s is nearly as good, if not better than V&A’s and it is included on the dining plan.

Wednesday, April 29 – Epcot

Breakfast: Spoodles at the Boardwalk – 9 a.m.
Lunch: Tutto Italia at Epcot – 1 p.m.
Dinner: San Angel Inn at Epcot – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 30 – Animal Kingdom then Hollywood Studios

Breakfast: No breakfast – just snacks!
Lunch: Yak and Yeti at Animal Kingdom – 11 a.m.
Dinner: Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios – 4:50 p.m. This is the Fantasmic Dining Experience where we get preferred seating to the Fantasmic show at 9 a.m.

Friday, May 1 – Magic Kindgom

Breakfast: Grand Floridian Cafe at the Grand Floridian – 9:40 a.m.
Lunch: Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom – 1:45 p.m.
Dinner: California Grill at the Contemporary Resort – 7:50 p.m. This is on the top floor of the Contemporary and gives a great view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks at 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 2 – Epcot

Breakfast: Captain’s Grille at the Yacht Club – 9:50 a.m.
Lunch: Rose & Crown at Epcot – 2 p.m.
Dinner: Le Cellier at Epcot – 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, May 3 – no park

Breakfast: Old Port Royale Food Court at Caribbean Beach
Lunch: Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney for the way home! We’re going to buy this on our own. We had Earl of Sandwich for the first time in West Palm Beach recently and it was one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had!

So that’s the schedule! As you can see we are really all about the food. I’m really glad we have 2 days apiece in Magic Kingdom and Epcot, because I know all the table services will take up more time.

Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios have just a few attractions we’re interested in. If we get bored at Magic Kingdom or Epcot on Friday and Saturday, we may go back to HS or AK, but I doubt it. We are really all about Epcot and Magic Kingdom, and there’s still a few attractions at each that I’ve never done before, so we want to be sure to cover all of them.

We are both so amped for this trip it’s not even funny! I don’t see how we’re going to have time for anything we’re put on our registry, like a couple’s massage, boating, a carriage ride, and private golf lessons. But there’s no guarantee we’ll have enough funds put in our registry to pay for any of that. We’ll just have to see how it goes!

-K

>FINALIZED honeymoon plans!

>Wow, so much has changed since yesterday!!

First off, we changed our Disney resort reservations from Port Orleans- Riverside to Caribbean Beach. We are getting a king bed in the newly renovated Martinique section of the Caribbean Beach resort, which is next to the main area that houses the dining hall, main pool, lobby, etc. Caribbean Beach was originally our first choice, but at the time we first booked, they were not able to guarantee a king bed.

The Caribbean Beach resort!

Secondly, ALL of our dining reservations have been made. I’m linking to the menus for each restaurant on allears.net. I’m also including some other small plans we have made.

Monday, April 27 – No park

Breakfast: Olivia’s Cafe at Old Key West – 9 a.m.
Lunch: Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary Resort (quick-serve – no reservations needed)
Afternoon: Mini golf at Fantasia Gardens. We get a free voucher for this with our dining plan.
Dinner: Dinner out with some of Brian’s friends who live in Orlando. This will help save some of our meal credits.

Tuesday, April 28 – Magic Kingdom

Breakfast: Kona Cafe at the Polynesian – 8:55 a.m.
Lunch: Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom – 1 p.m.
Dinner: Citrico’s at the Grand Floridian Resort – 9 p.m. We decided to go to Citrico’s rather than Victoria & Albert’s on the advice of a Disney dining lady. She said Citrico’s is nearly as good, if not better than V&A’s and it is included on the dining plan.

Wednesday, April 29 – Epcot

Breakfast: Spoodles at the Boardwalk – 9 a.m.
Lunch: Tutto Italia at Epcot – 1 p.m.
Dinner: San Angel Inn at Epcot – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 30 – Animal Kingdom then Hollywood Studios

Breakfast: No breakfast – just snacks!
Lunch: Yak and Yeti at Animal Kingdom – 11 a.m.
Dinner: Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios – 4:50 p.m. This is the Fantasmic Dining Experience where we get preferred seating to the Fantasmic show at 9 a.m.

Friday, May 1 – Magic Kindgom

Breakfast: Grand Floridian Cafe at the Grand Floridian – 9:40 a.m.
Lunch: Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom – 1:45 p.m.
Dinner: California Grill at the Contemporary Resort – 7:50 p.m. This is on the top floor of the Contemporary and gives a great view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks at 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 2 – Epcot

Breakfast: Captain’s Grille at the Yacht Club – 9:50 a.m.
Lunch: Rose & Crown at Epcot – 2 p.m.
Dinner: Le Cellier at Epcot – 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, May 3 – no park

Breakfast: Old Port Royale Food Court at Caribbean Beach
Lunch: Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney for the way home! We’re going to buy this on our own. We had Earl of Sandwich for the first time in West Palm Beach recently and it was one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had!

So that’s the schedule! As you can see we are really all about the food. I’m really glad we have 2 days apiece in Magic Kingdom and Epcot, because I know all the table services will take up more time.

Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios have just a few attractions we’re interested in. If we get bored at Magic Kingdom or Epcot on Friday and Saturday, we may go back to HS or AK, but I doubt it. We are really all about Epcot and Magic Kingdom, and there’s still a few attractions at each that I’ve never done before, so we want to be sure to cover all of them.

We are both so amped for this trip it’s not even funny! I don’t see how we’re going to have time for anything we’re put on our registry, like a couple’s massage, boating, a carriage ride, and private golf lessons. But there’s no guarantee we’ll have enough funds put in our registry to pay for any of that. We’ll just have to see how it goes!

-K

Disney honeymoon plans and meal reservations!

I am so excited because starting tomorrow, we will be able to make all of our meal reservations at Disney World for our honeymoon!!

I don’t have the exact schedule of where we are eating each day with me, but we are doing pretty much every meal as table service , because we can! We have the Deluxe Dining Plan which takes care of 3 table services and 2 snacks per day, along with some other goodies and a refillable mug that can be used at any soda fountain in the resorts.

We are checking in Monday and won’t be going to any parks that day since we’ll be driving overnight and probably be pretty exhausted! We also have a voucher for free mini golf so we’ll probably do that Monday afternoon. And if we end up getting the couple’s massage that is on our registry, I would like to get that Monday too.

Magic Kingdom and Epcot are our favorite parks so we’ll be spending the majority of our time there.

Tuesday: Magic Kingdom
Wednesday: Epcot
Thursday: Animal Kingdom/ Hollywood Studios
Friday: Magic Kingdom
Saturday: Epcot

So far we have made 2 meal reservations that were able to be made before the 90-day mark:

1. Tuesday: dinner reservations at Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian, which is not a part of the dining plan. because it is so pricey. We have it on our registry though, so maybe someone will contribute toward our meal!

2. Friday: lunch reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table at MK. I hear this is a great meal!

The rest will be made tomorrow. Brian will be on the phone with them at 8 a.m., wish us luck that the scheduling works out for us!

-K

>Disney honeymoon plans and meal reservations!

>I am so excited because starting tomorrow, we will be able to make all of our meal reservations at Disney World for our honeymoon!!

I don’t have the exact schedule of where we are eating each day with me, but we are doing pretty much every meal as table service , because we can! We have the Deluxe Dining Plan which takes care of 3 table services and 2 snacks per day, along with some other goodies and a refillable mug that can be used at any soda fountain in the resorts.

We are checking in Monday and won’t be going to any parks that day since we’ll be driving overnight and probably be pretty exhausted! We also have a voucher for free mini golf so we’ll probably do that Monday afternoon. And if we end up getting the couple’s massage that is on our registry, I would like to get that Monday too.

Magic Kingdom and Epcot are our favorite parks so we’ll be spending the majority of our time there.

Tuesday: Magic Kingdom
Wednesday: Epcot
Thursday: Animal Kingdom/ Hollywood Studios
Friday: Magic Kingdom
Saturday: Epcot

So far we have made 2 meal reservations that were able to be made before the 90-day mark:

1. Tuesday: dinner reservations at Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian, which is not a part of the dining plan. because it is so pricey. We have it on our registry though, so maybe someone will contribute toward our meal!

2. Friday: lunch reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table at MK. I hear this is a great meal!

The rest will be made tomorrow. Brian will be on the phone with them at 8 a.m., wish us luck that the scheduling works out for us!

-K

Hair & makeup, honeymoon registry

Our florist that we have decided on (All Island Flowers in Orange Beach, Ala.) recommended a hairdresser to my mom. His name is Bryan Kersey at The Platinum Door in Orange Beach — boo, no Web site! He does a free trial run if you book him for the wedding, so my mom went ahead and booked him.

The florist also recommended Top Nails at The Wharf, so I think we’re going to plan the morning/afternoon of the wedding around being at The Wharf. I found a restaurant called Ginny Lane Bar & Grill that does champagne brunch on the weekends from 10-2 (with complimentary mimosas — orange, cranberry or pineapple!). Their menu looks super yummy and the entrees are very reasonably priced.

So, my mom and I just decided that we will have our mom & bridesmaid brunch there, since a lot of the girls aren’t getting into town until Friday night. Then we will all get our nails done at Top Nails, then get our hair & makeup done at The Platinum Door, which is very close to The Wharf.

I’m just so excited and relieved to get a lot of these smaller details taken care of!

-K

>Hair & makeup, honeymoon registry

>Our florist that we have decided on (All Island Flowers in Orange Beach, Ala.) recommended a hairdresser to my mom. His name is Bryan Kersey at The Platinum Door in Orange Beach — boo, no Web site! He does a free trial run if you book him for the wedding, so my mom went ahead and booked him.

The florist also recommended Top Nails at The Wharf, so I think we’re going to plan the morning/afternoon of the wedding around being at The Wharf. I found a restaurant called Ginny Lane Bar & Grill that does champagne brunch on the weekends from 10-2 (with complimentary mimosas — orange, cranberry or pineapple!). Their menu looks super yummy and the entrees are very reasonably priced.

So, my mom and I just decided that we will have our mom & bridesmaid brunch there, since a lot of the girls aren’t getting into town until Friday night. Then we will all get our nails done at Top Nails, then get our hair & makeup done at The Platinum Door, which is very close to The Wharf.

I’m just so excited and relieved to get a lot of these smaller details taken care of!

-K

Our Disney Honeymoon!

Brian put down the deposit on our Disney World honeymoon this weekend. We have a FREE dining plan and we got an upgrade to Park Hopper for very cheap.

We are staying at the Port Orleans Riverside resort. It is a moderate Disney resort near Epcot and Downtown Disney. It has about a bazillion pools. I think the photo to the left is the main resort pool.

We are going to start a Disney Honeymoon registry and put a few things on it like dinner at Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian resort, which isn’t included on the Disney Dining Plan because it’s super $$$. I also want to add a massage at the Grand Floridian, the Mickey & Minnie wedding ears, and a Disney PhotoPass CD. We may also register for golf lessons, mini golf, and/or a fishing excursion.

I am just so excited about going to Disney for the honeymoon. I used to think that things like a Disney wedding or honeymoon were redneck or cheesy, but Brian has really taught me to embrace what it is I really love and just do what it is I want to do, regardless of what the Joneses think.

It looks like we can take a boat from Port Orleans – Riverside over to Downtown Disney, as evidenced by the photo to the right.

We will arrive at Disney in the a.m. on April 27, and we plan to hang out at Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM) while they get our hotel room ready. We definitely plan to spend full days at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, our two favorite parks. I’d also like to spend a full day in Animal Kingdom as we were only there for a half-day in 2006.

So excited and am really looking forward to it!

-K

>Our Disney Honeymoon!

>
Brian put down the deposit on our Disney World honeymoon this weekend. We have a FREE dining plan and we got an upgrade to Park Hopper for very cheap.

We are staying at the Port Orleans Riverside resort. It is a moderate Disney resort near Epcot and Downtown Disney. It has about a bazillion pools. I think the photo to the left is the main resort pool.

We are going to start a Disney Honeymoon registry and put a few things on it like dinner at Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian resort, which isn’t included on the Disney Dining Plan because it’s super $$$. I also want to add a massage at the Grand Floridian, the Mickey & Minnie wedding ears, and a Disney PhotoPass CD. We may also register for golf lessons, mini golf, and/or a fishing excursion.

I am just so excited about going to Disney for the honeymoon. I used to think that things like a Disney wedding or honeymoon were redneck or cheesy, but Brian has really taught me to embrace what it is I really love and just do what it is I want to do, regardless of what the Joneses think.


It looks like we can take a boat from Port Orleans – Riverside over to Downtown Disney, as evidenced by the photo to the right.

We will arrive at Disney in the a.m. on April 27, and we plan to hang out at Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM) while they get our hotel room ready. We definitely plan to spend full days at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, our two favorite parks. I’d also like to spend a full day in Animal Kingdom as we were only there for a half-day in 2006.

So excited and am really looking forward to it!

-K