Who: GusMan & Mrs. GusMan - DVC members
Co-Staring - GoofyGirl (16), GusJr. (6)
Dates: March 25 - April 3, 2011
Travel Method: Personal Vehicle - The Wagon King Family Truckster - Mk II.
Resort: Disneys Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House
Experience: Uber-Experienced. This was be our 4th trip to AKV.
After our mega-long summer trip of 2010, we decided that we were going to try to do two smaller trips in 2011. So the Mrs. called up DVC Member Services and got things set up for a value studio room at AKV - which happened to be located at Jambo House. We have been at JH a couple other times and this was going to give us a good comparison with our 2010 Kidani stay. AKV was not really our first choice, to be honest, but it was the best choice for saving some DVC points in the process as our ultimate plan was to stay at BLT in October. (More on that later.) Regardless, we were looking forward to AKV and it also happens to be GusJr's favorite resort.
We knew that in order to do two trips, we were going to have to drive down for at least one of them. Not a problem - been there, done that. I made arrangements for some stays using Hilton points to save on costs. We were going to make a stop in Franklin, KY on the way down and then finish the trip on the second day. Because we were going to get in a little later, I also got a room at the Hilton @ Downtown Disney for free as well. On the return trip, we planned on staying just south of Atlanta as well. About $300 worth of hotel stays for free - not bad in anyone's book.
The Mrs. booked a couple ADR's in the process, including Chef Mickey's, Ohana, and the Garden Grill. The Garden Grill would be a new one for us, and we were looking forward to something different. Chef Mickey's is a trip fave for us, and it was a while since we been to Ohana. Additionally, we were planning on enjoying Wishes from the Poly's beach.
Checked Touringplans.com and all seemed like the crowds were going to be reasonable for that time. It looked like everything was falling into place.
As a part of our travel budget, I put in funds to maintain the truck so we can have a safe trip. Over the Winter months, I was able to take care of a few things, doing much of the work myself. Downfall is that now I think I need a heated garage if I am going to do something like this again.
So... How did the few weeks go approaching our departure date? Stay tuned for part 2.