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  • #21
    Re: First time at WDW - have a couple of questions for y'all

    The closest Barnes & Noble I know of are on Sand Lake rd in the Dr Phillips area or there is one on Orange Blossom Trail near the Florida Mall

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    • #22
      Re: First time at WDW - have a couple of questions for y'all

      Once my daughter called from WDW, she said,Mom, it is so cold tat you need gloves and a hat. I arrived 3 days later and it was 83 degrees. Watch the weather channel and pack as indicated. Anything is better than 90 degrees with horrible humidity of the summer months. Have a great time.

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      • #23
        Re: First time at WDW - have a couple of questions for y'all

        Originally posted by PSUMark View Post
        IMHO this isn't true regarding Animal Kingdom Lodge. While it's out of the way, it's still a beautiful resort and pretty well maintained. Since a rental car isn't in the picture, staying on property is really their only option, and I think Animal Kingdom Lodge will be a great experience.
        The Animal Kingdom Lodge is a nice resort. But like you made the points about DTD being a better fit for them, I think a lot of those points also make the Wilderness Lodge a better fit.

        Hear me out. I think one of things that the Animal Lodge really has going for it is the ability to ride an early morning Safari at Animal Kingdom. This is a huge plus that I hope the OP takes the opportunity to enjoy. There are also a lot of cool activities happening at the Animal Kingdom Lodge as well. These are all great pluses.

        On the other hand, the Animal Kingdom Lodge is a pretty far bus ride to all but Animal Kingdom. The restaurants are less kid friendly than those at the Wilderness Lodge. And the Savannah could be far better for what it costs.

        The reason why I suggested the Wilderness Lodge was because it's close to Magic Kingdom. The restaurants are more kid friendly. And it looked far better maintained than Animal Kingdom Lodge when I visited last year.

        The reason why I suggested the Swan/Dolphin was because the Disney Resort beds are pretty hard. But that hotel is still closer to the action Animal Kingdom Lodge, which is the biggest reason to avoid it.

        As for rain, I agree that it rains far less in December than the rest of the year, but that's no reason to not carry an umbrella that weights less than a pound.

        Nevertheless, unless they are going during the Christmas week, they'll get better around with a rental car than depending upon the bus system, especially since Animal Kingdom Lodge is so far away from everything.

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        • #24
          Re: First time at WDW - have a couple of questions for y'all

          Originally posted by HiddenMickeyBook View Post
          Does anyone know where the closest Barnes & Noble bookstore is to the resort? We are considering doing a book signing while we are there, but not sure of the logistics. Any help with this info would be an added bonus! We would love to open up the Florida area.
          Please, please, please let me know! I'll get down to whereever and get an autograph!

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          • #25
            Re: First time at WDW - have a couple of questions for y'all

            Originally posted by HiddenMickeyBook View Post
            Hi,there! We usually go to DL for our vacations, but in January, we will be flying with 1 of our grands to WDW. I haven't been there since 1983 (I heard it has changed some) and my hubby and 10-yr old grand have never been.

            Is Mid-January a good time to visit? I know it will still be warm. What about average temp then?


            We are staying 10 days at the Animal Kingdom Lodge with a savannah view. Does anyone know approx. the hours for the Parks in mid-January? Are all the outdoor shows like Illumination still running then? Are the busses and shuttles pretty good? I think we will be pretty far away from the Monorail station there.

            Thanks to all for any suggestions and help. Hubby will be in mobility scooter -- probably set on Bunny mode, so we will be hopping to keep up with him!
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            • #26
              Re: First time at WDW - have a couple of questions for y'all

              Originally posted by thedude76 View Post
              Florida gets a lot of rain.
              In the summer. Late May-mid September is VERY wet. The rest of the tear though is quite lovely. It's just that rainy summer season that's annoying. And the time of year the OP is planning on going (Jan/Feb), it's usually cloudless or nearly cloudless blue sky most days. But like I mentioned, it can can be anywhere from temps in the 80s to as cold as temps in the 30s or 40s (and if it's windy, the wind chill makes it feel like it's freezing).

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              • #27
                Re: First time at WDW - have a couple of questions for y'all

                Originally posted by thedude76 View Post
                On the other hand, the Animal Kingdom Lodge is a pretty far bus ride to all but Animal Kingdom.
                Sorry, but I have a hard time with statements like this. Yes, within the borders of the World, AKL is the furthest away from the MK. But it's the difference between maybe a 10 minute bus ride from Rivereside and a 20 minute ride from AKL. We're just not talking a huge difference here. And I'd bet that the bus from AKL takes about the same amount of time to get to the MK that a boat from Wilderness Lodge takes to get to the MK. WDW is a big ol' spread out property. But it's not dozens of miles between locations, and anywhere is accessible to anywhere else within minutes.

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                • #28
                  Re: First time at WDW - have a couple of questions for y'all

                  Thanks again for all your suggestions! I'll probably have more questions as the time gets closer.

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                  • #29
                    Re: First time at WDW - have a couple of questions for y'all

                    I have been in late Jan early feb. Being from California I found the weather to be great. I brought one sweatshirt with me and it was fine. I would suggest getting a car though. it made my life a lot better. I tried the buses and transportation and just felt like I was wasting time waiting for them. It is nice to take the transportation from place to place once you hit your destination but the buses from the hotels is where i felt the pain. When I had a car i was able to do whatever I wanted. I honestly felt like I gained a couple hours a day being able to drive around. If you stay on the wdw property you get to park for free in the parks anyways. Also being that you are staying in AKL that is the furthest away from all of the parks and DTD besides Animal Kingdom itself. if you have the budget I would get a rental car.
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