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Flossbolna
06-19-2009, 04:04 PM
Hi everyone! My sister Katharina and I just booked flights for our trip to WDW, so I thought, it is a good time to start the trip report. :rainbow:

The Story behind this Trip (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32347393&postcount=2)
The Cast (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32347447&postcount=3)
Update 6/20: Dates (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32353368&postcount=8)
Update 6/21: Flights (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32365386&postcount=14)
Short Update 6/26: Passporter and Wiki
(http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32435254&postcount=24)Update 6/28: Pondering on Resorts (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32474419&postcount=30)
Update 7/5: more thoughts on resorts and restaurants (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32567638&postcount=43)
Short Update 7/13: Less than 200 days! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32683626&postcount=51)
Update 7/13: Shoes! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32691765&postcount=56)
Update 7/16: Interesting Rumor (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32738848&postcount=69)
Update 7/20: Mini-TR about Köpenick (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32792702&postcount=80)
Update 7/27: Films (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32892470&postcount=94)
Update 8/2 Less than 180 days and 2010 rates (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32987262&postcount=108)
Update 8/17 We have a room!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33197683&postcount=121)
Update 8/18 Underwater Pictures! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33210089&postcount=127)
Update 8/20: Floß (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33241690&postcount=139)
Update 9/9: huge shock and a few bits and pieces (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33510522&postcount=166)
Update 9/11: Restaurants - Magdalene's choices (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33537655&postcount=176)
Update 9/11: Restaurant's - Katharina's choices (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33538716&postcount=177)
Update 9/15: Disney Mail (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33587796&postcount=191)
Update 9/21: Tour and Restaurant Shortlist (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33663080&postcount=204)
Update 9/30: To upgrade or not to upgrade? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33773536&postcount=214)
Update 10/2: January Hours (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33805816&postcount=227)
Update 10/5: The PLAN (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33838446&postcount=235)
Update 10/16: planned ADRs (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33977380&postcount=252)
Update 10/17 Disney History (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33983788&postcount=257)
Update 10/19: Disneyland 1992 Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34008673&postcount=268)
Update 10/25: Small Planning Update (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34074604&postcount=269)
Update 10/26: Disneyland 1992 Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34087885&postcount=283)
Update 10/28: ADR success!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34117461&postcount=297)
nodnol Update 11/1: Surprise at the Baltic Sea (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34164464&postcount=308)
Update 11/5: Disneyland 1992 Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34221434&postcount=320)
Mini Update 11/9: Berlin Wall (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34261614&postcount=329)
The "real" Berlin Wall update (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34269302&postcount=333)
Update 11/13: Back to Trip Planning: To Do List and Camera (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34322414&postcount=349)
nodnol needs some cheering up (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34392077&postcount=359)
nodnol update 11/20: Passport and Springerle (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34410749&postcount=371)
Update 11/27: two months! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34482331&postcount=376)
Update 11/28: Heide-Park Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34495071&postcount=382)
Update 11/28: Heide-Park Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34495095&postcount=383)
Update 11/28: Heide-Park Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34495111&postcount=384)
Update 12/3: Discount Code 2.0 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34545433&postcount=394)
Update 12/4: CS with outdoor seating? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34564391&postcount=403)
Update 12/8: Disneyland 1992 Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34602309&postcount=412)
Update 12/18: Small PTR things and Disneyland 1992 Part 5 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34700192&postcount=424)
nodnol Update 12/29: More Disney stuff from Santa / flossbolna (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34794857&postcount=445)
Update 1/4 DLP 1995 Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34873593&postcount=457)
Update 1/4 DLP 1995 Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34873614&postcount=458)
Update 1/4 Bags, T-Shirts and Shoes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34874480&postcount=461)
Update 1/5 ADR, Photopass, Packing and the Muppets (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34887676&postcount=470)
Update 1/10 SIM Cards (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34949328&postcount=477)
Update 1/15: News about the AKL Pool (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35014517&postcount=489)
Update 1/16: Nuremberg Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35033149&postcount=502)
Update 1/16: Nuremberg Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35033162&postcount=503)
Update 1/18: Single Digit Dancing!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35059731&postcount=520)
Update 1/25: The day after tomorrow! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35158548&postcount=543)
Update 1/26: Everything is packed! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35171069&postcount=557)
We are back! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35344606&postcount=593)
TR has started! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2413852)

Flossbolna
06-19-2009, 04:10 PM
The Story behind this Trip:

Katharina and I have travelled a lot together, starting with a trip to a summer camp when we were kids, youth groups trips to Scotland and then our big trip: six weeks to the USA after my high school graduation, visiting relatives and family friends. :cheer2: On that trip my aunt took us to Disneyland which had been a dream for me ever since I first heard that such a place existed! We spent two days in Disneyland and one day at Universal Studios. We loved Disneyland :love: but did not enjoy Universal. 1992 was the year Disneyland Paris, then EuroDisney, opened and of course after having been in DL, I really wanted to go there next!! ::yes:: This year my sister gave me a number of guide books for EuroDisney which I read again and again! One of those was actually a EuroDisney version of the Unofficial Guide!

We finally made it EuroDisney in 1995. :cool1: And returned in 1997. :cool1: In 1998 I discovered Disney sites on the internet: allears.net (then it was still wdwig) and especially Brian Benett's trip report archive (became later part of mouseplanet.com). At that time they were just text, no pictures!! Katharina and I, along with a friend of Katharina's, started planning a big trip to the USA again for September 1999: three weeks through the Southeast including 5 days at WDW. Well in spring 1999 I had a new boyfriend and we ended up canceling USA :sad2: and boyfriend and I went to Namibia instead while Katharina and her friend went on a holiday to Southern France. Namibia was wonderful, really a trip in a lifetime. However, it still left me feeling rather guilty towards Katharina and I will never ever cancel a trip with her!! :scared:

We returned to Disneyland Paris in 2003 with the friend who was supposed to go to WDW with us and had a lot of fun. And in 2004 I finally got to go to WDW with a friend of mine: two weeks in Florida including five days at WDW, one of those was my birthday!! :goodvibes Since that first trip I was really sad that Katharina was not there with me since she had been my Disney buddy for so long. :sad1: After 2004 I got to see quite a lot of the Disney parks, but only one trip included Katharina, once again Disneyland Paris in 2007.

Life just did not work out in a way that it would have made sense to go on a trip to WDW together, :confused3 even though we continued to travel together all the time, for example hiking with my father along the coast in Cornwall in England.

A week or so ago there suddenly came some unexpected financial luck :yay: and we decided that now it was finally the right time to go to WDW together! So my tentative solo trip in January 2010 became a trip for the two of us!! And went from tentative to definite. :banana::banana:

Flossbolna
06-19-2009, 04:14 PM
The Cast:

First, let me introduce the cast of this pre trip report:

Me – Magdalene – I am 37 at the moment, but will be one year older on our trip. I have actually been to WDW four times and in the last three years seem to have gotten into a yearly habit of going to WDW in the winter. January/February is a great time for travel to WDW: sunny and warm, but not too hot, manageable crowds in WDW :cloud9:, cold , grey and miserable at home. :scared1: Home, by the way, is in Berlin, Germany, and in case you don't realize by my sometimes strange writing, I am German, so English is not my native language. So my view point will sometimes be slightly different since I am from a different cultural background.

This is me on my very first trip on Dumbo (at DLRP in 2007):

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/IMGP0459_2.jpg

My sister Katharina – she is 34 at the moment and will turn 35 during our trip. So we get to celebrate her birthday during our trip! So far she is not on the DIS, but when I asked her wether it would be ok, to do a PTR, her reply was: Oh, then I need to sign up for an account so that I can add comments. So I guess she will appear at some point in person. Katharina lives in Berlin, too.

This is Katharina on that same Dumbo ride on an early morning at DLRP in 2007:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/DSC01925.jpg

and because I really like this picture, this is Katharina with Remy from Ratatouille (also DLRP 2007):

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/DSC02074.jpg

As you might have guessed, Katharina and I are very close and since we both live in the same city, we actually see each other a lot. I think this will come in handy for planning this trip! I will also try to get us take a picture of the two of us together so that you can see what we look like in 2009! :goodvibes

This was longer than I planned, so the plans so far will be the subject of the next update. :thumbsup2

Lady Lallie
06-19-2009, 05:21 PM
I'm joining in! I can't wait to hear more of your planning.

I think it's so great that you and your sister finally get to go to WDW together. :goodvibes

Flossbolna
06-19-2009, 05:35 PM
I'm joining in! I can't wait to hear more of your planning.

I think it's so great that you and your sister finally get to go to WDW together. :goodvibes

Hi LL, welcome to my PTR!! I am so excited to have someone who posts here! :goodvibes I am glad to have you here, I am still following your TR, but did not get round to posting that much recently! :goodvibes

TyRy
06-19-2009, 06:21 PM
Hi Flossbolna,

I don't think I said how much I loved you story of this trip over on the Jambo thread. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures.

Ty

Flossbolna
06-20-2009, 05:38 AM
Hi Flossbolna,

I don't think I said how much I loved you story of this trip over on the Jambo thread. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures.

Ty

Ty, thanks for the nice comment and welcome to my PTR!! :welcome:

Flossbolna
06-20-2009, 05:59 AM
Dates: January 27 to February 5, 2010

We are trying to do this trip with as little vacation days as possible without driving ourselves crazy. Flying 10 hours over the Atlantic ocean really is not the greatest fun in the world. Granted, the seats are better than on the smaller planes and you get a variety of films to watch, but still... So once we are in Orlando we don't want to leave after a few days. The first WDW trips I combined a vacation in Florida with some time at WDW. 2008 was the first only WDW trip and I stayed for 9 nights. This was a very relaxed trip. In 2009 I stayed only for 7 nights and it was definitely too short. So we are going to stay for 9 nights again. :thumbsup2

Next thing was figuring out when? We had a few things we wanted: flying back home on a Friday, which would get us to Berlin on Saturday and give us Sunday to recover from jet lag; and being out of WDW well before presidents' weekend. So mainly, this gave us either 1/20 to 1/29 or 1/27 to 2/5 work with. As I had mentioned, Katharina's birthday is on 2/3, so the question was wether she would want to celebrate it in WDW without her DH. I think she was feeling a bit bad about leaving him behind, but he saw no problem with celebrating the birthday after her return (meaning this in a nice way that she should celebrate in WDW not saying that he did not care about it). So that's how we ended up with our dates! :banana:

So we will be leaving Berlin in winter behind:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/BerlinimWinter.jpg

and get to see Florida in winter:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/FloridaimWinter.jpg

It's not a bad deal, isn't it? :goodvibes

Lady Lallie
06-20-2009, 08:40 AM
Those are great dates, it's going to be such nice weather down there for you two. I think a 9 night trip with the long traveling you have to do is good too. My dream is to do a 10 day trip someday. :cloud9:

2xcited2sleep
06-20-2009, 06:51 PM
Can't wait to hear more about your plans. How fun to share such a special trip with your sister!

I can imagine that your plane ride is not the most fun. I get cranky on my 2.5 hour flight! :scared:

Love the DLRP photos! For some reason the Dumbo ride looks even more fun and the background of the Remy photo is awesome! :worship:

Looking forward to more planning! popcorn::

tiggrbaby
06-20-2009, 06:57 PM
Count me in on your PTR! I am so excited that your plans are definite! You two will have a blast!!!

teruterubouzu
06-20-2009, 07:22 PM
Hi. Great start to your trip report! My sister and I are around the same age as you and your sister. We went to WDW on a short trip last summer and had a great time. It will be fun to read about your planning!

Flossbolna
06-21-2009, 08:09 AM
Those are great dates, it's going to be such nice weather down there for you two. I think a 9 night trip with the long traveling you have to do is good too. My dream is to do a 10 day trip someday. :cloud9:

I am sure you will get to go for a long trip one day! And if you do some fuzzy Disney math, you will realize that it is cheaper to stay longer!! :lmao: At least the per day cost will go down...

Can't wait to hear more about your plans. How fun to share such a special trip with your sister!

I can imagine that your plane ride is not the most fun. I get cranky on my 2.5 hour flight! :scared:

Love the DLRP photos! For some reason the Dumbo ride looks even more fun and the background of the Remy photo is awesome! :worship:

Looking forward to more planning! popcorn::

Welcome to my PTR Christine! I am intending to post some more DLRP pictures as I am planning to get over those long 7 months until my trip by writing about Katharina's and mine past Disney trips! :goodvibes

Count me in on your PTR! I am so excited that your plans are definite! You two will have a blast!!!

Welcome!! Having those flights booked makes it so much more real!!:banana:

Hi. Great start to your trip report! My sister and I are around the same age as you and your sister. We went to WDW on a short trip last summer and had a great time. It will be fun to read about your planning!

Welcome!! I remember reading your trip report and thinking that it reminded me of my sister and me and that I really want to go to Disney with her! :goodvibes Oh, and I love your avatar, it is so cool!! :cool2:

Flossbolna
06-21-2009, 08:37 AM
Flights

Flying transcontinental to Orlando requires a bit more of pre-planning. In the last two years my trips were spontaneous decisions triggered by airline sales. :rolleyes1 So I had really good airfares. This time we really want to fly on a certain day. I am not at all a gambler, so seeing that the normal airfares (without any discount or sale) were still rather reasonable, we decided to get the flights sorted now. :thumbsup2 Of course now I am not allowed to look at flight prices for Orlando until after our trip in case they might go down!! :scared1::scared1:

We are flying with Lufthansa – strangely enough on a United Airlines ticket as it is a code share flight and United was about 100 Euros (about 140 $) cheaper. Who understands airline prices??? :sad2: In order to make this not so heavy with text, here is a picture of a Lufthansa Airbus 340-600, the plane we will fly with:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Lufthansa-Airbus-A340-600.jpg

We leave Berlin (TXL) on 1/28 at 9:25 am and then have a longish layover in Frankfurt (FRA). We opted for the earlier flight to Frankfurt in order to minimize the danger of missing our transcontinental flight. We depart Frankfurt at 2:15 pm and arrive at MCO at 6:50 pm, which for us will be 12:50 am!! Flight time is 10:35 hours. Going back we are leaving MCO on 2/5 at 8:45 pm and will be in Berlin at 2:30 pm (again with layover in FRA).

We wanted to have a direct flight from Europe to MCO as I am always nervous if I have to make a connection at an airport where I have to clear customs. :eek: So we will get through immigration at MCO, which will take some time, pick up our luggage, take it through customs and then take it with us on the ME! Last time it took us about 100 minutes from touchdown to hotel which I think is very good considering that we were in quite a line at immigration! So hopefully we will be in our hotel room by 8:30 pm (that's then 2:30 am for us!!), can get something small too eat (in order to avoid waking up in the middle of the night because our bodys think it's breakfast time) and have an “early night”

Flying back, I really like that we have such a late departure. ME will most likely pick us up at around 5:45 pm, so we have a lot of time on that day for having fun!

When I was booking our flights, I was not able to choose our seats, but in the confirmation I saw that we had been assigned seats 33A and 34A, which seemed very silly. :sad2: These are two window seats in the rows behind each other. We actually would like to seat next to each other ::yes::, especially since the Airbus 340 which we will be on has a 2-4-2 configuration. So I called Lufthansa and changed it to 30H and 30K on the way there and 31A and 31C on the way back. Which are going to be nice seats as you can see here:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Sitzplan2-1.jpg

By the way, the Airbus 340 is really interesting as the restrooms are one level down from where your seats are, you need to go down some stairs!

This is a picture I found of the Airbus 340 cabin:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Lufthansa_A340-600_Economy.jpg

Also Katharina has recently found out that she has problems with milk. It seems to be a food intolerance. Therefore I ordered a lactose free meal for her. Yes, you get food on those long distance flights, even two meals, one hot and one cold. I think they are afraid that people would otherwise get nasty due to hunger! It will be interesting to see what she will get for her special meal! And just because it is much more fun to post pictures, here is my meal from January 2009, I also got a multigrain bread roll with it and it was actually very tasty!

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Flugzeugessen.jpg

Ok, sorry for being so long winded... But I guess I have told you everything that there is to say about our flights! :lmao: Next will be thoughts about where to stay!

brookelizabeth
06-21-2009, 09:21 AM
I'm here!!!

I gotta go back and read....:surfweb:

Lady Lallie
06-21-2009, 09:36 AM
I'm sure long flights like that are not glamorous but seeing as our planes are so teeny and barely serve a snack...the fact that you get a meal and have lots of seats makes it seem glamorous. :lmao:

teruterubouzu
06-21-2009, 10:54 AM
Your flights sound good. Smart move to do a non-stop into the U.S.! I've been on two trips where my luggage didn't make it with me when I cleared customs in a city other than my final destination.

2xcited2sleep
06-21-2009, 02:07 PM
The flight does sound glamourous. But I am nevertheless thankful for my 2.5 hour flight. :thumbsup2

brookelizabeth
06-21-2009, 03:18 PM
I was finally able to read this afternoon with Henry down for a nap. :goodvibes

I'm so excited for your trip!!!! 9 nights. :cloud9:

I love that your sister is coming with, it will be such a great trip! Is C not doing Disney at all this year, or might there be another trip in the makings? ;)

Great idea on the flights too-I can't imagine clearing customs and then having to get on ANOTHER flight. It would make me nervous as well.

I love the DLRP pics! So pretty.

IBelieveInTheMagic
06-21-2009, 04:21 PM
Hi Magdalene! I found your link on Brook's trip repot!! :cool1:

I'm so excited to read about my fellow NUE'er and your travels with your schwester! :) Gosh, did I get that right? :) Funny, like another pp stated, you are almost my age and your sister is almost my sisters age! Another funny coincidence - my sister always said if she had a daughter she would name her Magdalene! She is a huge Sandra fan and I think she got the name from one of her songs. Be nice to the German weather - I do know what you mean though!

That Airbus is freakin' huge!!! Air travel sure has come a long way since I moved back here. At least the last several trip overseas have been on the Airbus versions so we could watch our own movies or watch tv - makes a huge difference flying International!

FRA is a madhouse, eh? :) It's better to have a long layover however, and not risk anything. You definitely made the right choices and everything sounds perfect! I booked our flights for our upcoming September trip about two weeks ago and already, 3 flights have changed. One, pretty dramatically in my opinion. We now get into MCO 2 hours LATER than we planned, but it's still the first flight for their day. What can you do? :confused3

Looking forward to hearing about your plans! :)

Heather

Flossbolna
06-22-2009, 04:06 PM
I'm sure long flights like that are not glamorous but seeing as our planes are so teeny and barely serve a snack...the fact that you get a meal and have lots of seats makes it seem glamorous. :lmao:

It is not glamorous at all! :rotfl: But I understand what you mean, even though I know that it is cattle class, it still has this aura of long distance travel! Just imagine what travel was like when you actually had to take a boat to travel between Europe and America, that were the days of real glamour! :cool1:

Still, those planes are nicer than the normal short distance planes. Also Lufthansa is always very good in keeping their planes nice and updated. And you get alcohol for free on the planes. They offer wine and beer for dinner and even have spirits before and after dinner drinks. I just stay away from them as alcohol really makes jet lag much worse... :confused3

Your flights sound good. Smart move to do a non-stop into the U.S.! I've been on two trips where my luggage didn't make it with me when I cleared customs in a city other than my final destination.

:scared: I never thought about the possibility of luggage problems!! I have had my share of it, but only when arriving at my final destination! Her in Europe you normaly clear customs after your last leg of the journey... What do you do in such cases??

The flight does sound glamourous. But I am nevertheless thankful for my 2.5 hour flight. :thumbsup2

Oh, I would prefer being able to fly to WDW in 2.5 hours, too! :lmao:

I was finally able to read this afternoon with Henry down for a nap. :goodvibes

I'm so excited for your trip!!!! 9 nights. :cloud9:

I love that your sister is coming with, it will be such a great trip! Is C not doing Disney at all this year, or might there be another trip in the makings? ;)

Great idea on the flights too-I can't imagine clearing customs and then having to get on ANOTHER flight. It would make me nervous as well.

I love the DLRP pics! So pretty.

Hi Brook, welcome to my PTR!

While C is a dear friend (she is the one who travelled with me on my previous WDW trips), we actually don't travel that well together, so I had been planning not to ask her anyway for my next trip. But my BFF had been thinking about going to WDW with me, too, so who knows when we will end up going to WDW together. Of course, you will not be surprised to hear that I have future trips planned out... :rolleyes1 There is the idea that I might want to attempt running the half marathon in 2011 and then in November 2011 I will turn 40 and what better place to celebrate :cake: that nasty birthday than at the MK which will share that age with me in 2011! :goodvibes

Hi Magdalene! I found your link on Brook's trip repot!! :cool1:

I'm so excited to read about my fellow NUE'er and your travels with your schwester! :) Gosh, did I get that right? :) Funny, like another pp stated, you are almost my age and your sister is almost my sisters age! Another funny coincidence - my sister always said if she had a daughter she would name her Magdalene! She is a huge Sandra fan and I think she got the name from one of her songs. Be nice to the German weather - I do know what you mean though!

That Airbus is freakin' huge!!! Air travel sure has come a long way since I moved back here. At least the last several trip overseas have been on the Airbus versions so we could watch our own movies or watch tv - makes a huge difference flying International!

FRA is a madhouse, eh? :) It's better to have a long layover however, and not risk anything. You definitely made the right choices and everything sounds perfect! I booked our flights for our upcoming September trip about two weeks ago and already, 3 flights have changed. One, pretty dramatically in my opinion. We now get into MCO 2 hours LATER than we planned, but it's still the first flight for their day. What can you do? :confused3

Looking forward to hearing about your plans! :)

Heather

Hi Heather, great you made it over here! Your German is perfect!! It's great to have so many people our age group reading along.

You are right, Sandra had a song called Maria Magdalena (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m12OA-BUvE). It was a huge hit!!! And it reminded me of the fact that Magdalena is much more common in Germany than Magdalene and I always had to tell everyone "with an 'E' at the not, not an 'A'." It's interesting that your sister wants to use it for her daughter, I never came across my name in an English speaking country, besides if used in a religious context.

Sorry for those flight changes! Fortunately this is something Europeans are not much into! :laughing: But, really, here it seems that once a schedule is set, the airlines keep to it. FRA can be huge and with the additional security checks for flights to the USA connecting through there needs time! Munich is so much nicer! Last time we arrived at one end of the Lufthansa area and had to get all the way over to the other side, it took me 30 min brisk walking!! :scared1: And if there is snow and ice, we still have a chance!

brookelizabeth
06-24-2009, 02:28 PM
Hi Brook, welcome to my PTR!

While C is a dear friend (she is the one who travelled with me on my previous WDW trips), we actually don't travel that well together, so I had been planning not to ask her anyway for my next trip. But my BFF had been thinking about going to WDW with me, too, so who knows when we will end up going to WDW together. Of course, you will not be surprised to hear that I have future trips planned out... :rolleyes1 There is the idea that I might want to attempt running the half marathon in 2011 and then in November 2011 I will turn 40 and what better place to celebrate :cake: that nasty birthday than at the MK which will share that age with me in 2011! :goodvibes


Ah - makes sense about C-one of my BFFs and I are like that. We get along great for a while, but...after time...well.... :goodvibes That is great about a future trip your BFF though! And I like your idea of celebrating your 40th at WDW--and to say you ran the half marathon then too, that is a great accomplishment! :thumbsup2

I like to think that someday I'd be able to run a half marathon. Or even a quarter marathon. Heck, how about an eighth of a maraton....or even 3 blocks? :rolleyes:

Flossbolna
06-25-2009, 03:39 PM
Ah - makes sense about C-one of my BFFs and I are like that. We get along great for a while, but...after time...well.... :goodvibes That is great about a future trip your BFF though! And I like your idea of celebrating your 40th at WDW--and to say you ran the half marathon then too, that is a great accomplishment! :thumbsup2

I like to think that someday I'd be able to run a half marathon. Or even a quarter marathon. Heck, how about an eighth of a maraton....or even 3 blocks? :rolleyes:

Actually running is easier than one would think! If anyone would have told me 15 years ago that I would think about running a half marathon, I would have laughed at them! Even two years ago I would never have believed that I would be running a 10k in August 2009! :goodvibes You just need to start slowly!

Flossbolna
06-25-2009, 04:14 PM
Short Update: Passporter and Wiki

Nothing new really to report, so I thought I'd tell you a bit about our planning process. As most DISers, I really like planning my trip and this love for planning is a family feature. So Katharina is enjoying it as well.

Just after we had decided to go on this trip, I ordered a Passporter travel guide for Katharina at amazon. I really love the internet, 17 years ago when I first started reading English books on a regular basis, I got them from a specialized bookstore in Munich and they were incredibly expensive! Now you just order any book you want at amazon (we have an amazon.de) and you get it for the same price as it would be in the UK or the US. With the exchange rate as it is, English books often are cheaper than German ones.

Katharina is diligently working through the book to get a basis for all the planning discussions we will need to have. I think the Passporter is a really good guide book to get an overview over everything. It is also fun to use and we are planning to use it in the way it is intended and fill in all our data and fill out the pockets in the back and so on. It will be a nice memory of the trip!

Besides that we are using our family wiki as a planning tool. My DBIL (Katharina's DH) got the family wiki set up when we went on a trip to England with our parents in 2008. In order to share all the information for that trip and for anything else that is interesting to know for the family members, he set up the wiki. A wiki is a website that can easily be edited by the users and is generelly used to share knowledge. The most famous application of this principle is of course wikipedia. But even the WDWToday podcast has a wiki: http://www.wdwtoday.com/wiki/index.php5?title=Main_Page

Our wiki includes for example planning for my parents upcoming move from their house to a new appartment, about all family member's vacations and such. My DBIL even regularly puts a new cartoon on the main page. Katharina and I now have the subgroup WDW where we collect all information: flights, links to all important Disney websites for Katharina, a to do list and so on. It really is a work in progress!

We have started to write a pro and con list for a number of resorts we are thinking about. Once we feel like we have it complete, I will post it here and hope that I will get a lot of input!!

And to add something to look at, here is a picture from the family trip to England in 2008. We went hiking along the coast of southern England:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/090626England.jpg

Oh and on a final note: Katharina has joined the DISboards, her screen name is nodnol. I think she has not posted anywhere yet, but I hope you will all meet her here at some point!

teruterubouzu
06-25-2009, 11:27 PM
Welcome, nodnol!

I think the planning is half the fun. The wiki idea is a great one! I've never read the Passporter book. Do you think it's useful even if you already know your way around?

brookelizabeth
06-26-2009, 01:29 AM
I love my Passporter - it was very handy to quickly write down the days events on the schedule pages and made it much easier to write the TR!

That is a great idea about the family wiki! And so handy for planning. :thumbsup2

The picture of the the coast is STUNNING.

Actually running is easier than one would think! If anyone would have told me 15 years ago that I would think about running a half marathon, I would have laughed at them! Even two years ago I would never have believed that I would be running a 10k in August 2009! :goodvibes You just need to start slowly!

The starting part is the problem for me. :rolleyes: :laughing:

Lady Lallie
06-26-2009, 08:36 AM
The wiki is a wonderful idea! I have never bought a passporter....but it seems on the DIS everyone loves them. Maybe I will have to check them out tonight, I am going to the bookstore. :rolleyes1

If U Had Wings
06-26-2009, 12:31 PM
I'm a bit late, but I'm here!

Your plans are sounding wonderful so far! You and your sister are going to have a wonderful time.

I bought a Passporter for the first time last year. I loved it, mostly for the pockets at the back. Every night I'd fill out the envelopes and tuck away all the receipts and little memorabilia items I had picked up over the course of the day. When I eventually get around to scrapbooking the trip It will be much easier since I'll have all my good things tucked away with notes.

Flossbolna
06-28-2009, 05:01 PM
I think the planning is half the fun. The wiki idea is a great one! I've never read the Passporter book. Do you think it's useful even if you already know your way around?

I got my first Passporter before my first trip in 2004 and thought it was a great starting point. I still use it for easy reference sometimes. And I am looking forward to Katharina finishing reading the new one so that I can get to read it, too.

But to be honest, I am not so sure how much it offers for someone who is a regular DISer. :confused3 I still think that it is a lovely book and since it is reasonably priced, it could still be fun to get it. :goodvibes But I don't think it is essential. It offers a few things, others don't, especiall park maps with walking distances in minutes.

I love my Passporter - it was very handy to quickly write down the days events on the schedule pages and made it much easier to write the TR!



Yes, I hope we will use the daily pages for that purpose! On our USA trip in 2004 Katharina and I started a travel journal - it has the flight in it and that's it! :lmao:

The wiki is a wonderful idea! I have never bought a passporter....but it seems on the DIS everyone loves them. Maybe I will have to check them out tonight, I am going to the bookstore. :rolleyes1

They are really fun books, but as I wrote, I am not sure a DISer needs them. For a first timer I think it's the essential guide book!

I'm a bit late, but I'm here!

Your plans are sounding wonderful so far! You and your sister are going to have a wonderful time.

I bought a Passporter for the first time last year. I loved it, mostly for the pockets at the back. Every night I'd fill out the envelopes and tuck away all the receipts and little memorabilia items I had picked up over the course of the day. When I eventually get around to scrapbooking the trip It will be much easier since I'll have all my good things tucked away with notes.

Great to see you here, welcome!! :goodvibes Yes, I am intending to use the pockets. The good thing is that if you don't get around to scrap booking, everything is already stored in a nice and accessible way instead of a box! :lmao:

Flossbolna
06-28-2009, 05:10 PM
As I had told you, we are in the process of finding out where we want to stay... So here are our thoughts:

1. Which category of resorts?

When I was thinking about perhaps going on a solo trip I had thought about renting DVC points. The thing I liked about it that by the going rate of around 10 $ per point, it is actually very affordable. Also, the DVC properties are generally very nice. So of course this was still an option we were considering when we started to plan the trip for the two of us. However, we have ruled this option out by now due to a number of factors: First of all, besides OKW (which I was not interested in at all) all have one queen bed and one sofa bed in the studios. One of us would have to stay on the sofa bed. I have slept on many sofa beds in my life and none was ever really comfortable. Besides that, we really like to have daily housekeeping services. Of course you can do without, but it's just that tiny bit of extra, which makes a vacation special. And finally, it involves a lot of trust – on both sides. Since I am a lawyer and used to work for the prosecution office, I know how things can go wrong. And being from abroad, I don't know wether people would have been happy to rent to me.

Deluxe resorts are of course the ones we would love to stay at – perhaps not the Grand Floridian for me, it just isn't my style at all. Of course they have one huge disadvantage: their price! So, the only ones we are considering are the two cheap ones: Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge.

Moderate resorts: those are still very nice and offer possibilities of relaxation away from the parks. Staying for 9 nights we will use our hotel more than just as a place to sleep. I think we would be crazy if we did commando touring for such a long time. What we don't like about them is their lack of private balconies.

Value resorts: While they look like fun places, the only reasons for me to stay there would be the price or for a short trip where I would spend most time at the parks. Fortunately value season rates make the moderates rather affordable, so we aren't really considering the values.

2. Which specific resorts?

So what are we thinking about the specific hotels? It looks like we have five resorts picked out that appeal to us: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge, Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach and Port Orleans French Quarter.

These are the pros and cons we have so far selected on the different resorts:

Animal Kingdom Lodge:

pros:
extremely beautiful place, I think it's design and theme appeals to both of us the most
has two very good restaurants (Jiko and Boma)
Magdalene likes the counter service place (Mara)
all rooms have balconies
offers interesting activities (culinary tour, cultural safari, night goggles animal viewing)
transportation direct to the parks, only one stop at Kidani on way from parks

cons:
more expensive than moderates
some bus rides can be long (MK: up to 20 min)
you can't walk around the resort a lot outside, no jogging path

Wilderness Lodge:

pros:
close to MK
great theme
two good restaurants
counter service gets good reviews and menu appeals to us
all rooms with balcony or patio
beach
jogging path
close to other resorts (easy access to dining) including boat to Contemporary

cons:
more expensive than moderates
rooms appear to be rather dark
transportation shared with other resorts and therefore might be slower

Coronado Springs:

pros:
looks beautiful
beaches
jogging path
newly renovated rooms
duvets instead of sheets and blankets on beds (I hate it having to deal with sheets and blankets! We don't have that in Germany)
transportation reviews generally positive
Pepper Market sounds good to us

cons:
very large resort
table service restaurant gets not very good reviews
mixed reviews on Pepper Market (even though we think we will like it)
convention center (there will be a conference Feb 2-7, the USPS National Meeting, which might seriously diminish room capacity)
no balconies

Caribbean Beach:

pros:
beautiful landscaping
beaches
possibility to book preferred room and therefor guarantee to be close to food court
rooms recently renovated
rooms larger than at other moderates
jogging path

cons:
very large resort
transportation involves a long bus ride around the whole resort (7 bus stops!)
no balconies
food court generally does not get very good reviews
Katharina does not like look of new rooms

Port Orleans French Quarter:

pros:
everything close together
reviews say it is very quiet
urban atmosphere, unique theming (in a way very “American” to us)
jogging path
boat to DTD

cons:
no quiet pools
shares buses with Riverside
no TS restaurant

In addition to that, there is the question whether I want to try a new resort (I have stayed at AKL, POR and Poly so far) or whether I want to go back to my great love, AKL.

As you can imagine, we are a bit confused... :confused::confused: So please, let us know what you think! :goodvibes We would really appreciate any input on that issue!! The good thing is that we can't really book anything until August. And then if a code comes out we might have to adjust our plans anyway due to availability...

RachelTori
06-28-2009, 05:37 PM
Is a split-stay a possibility? You could spend 4 or 5 nights at a Moderate; then the rest of the trip at AKL or WL? ;)


:flower3:

Flossbolna
06-28-2009, 05:53 PM
Is a split-stay a possibility? You could spend 4 or 5 nights at a Moderate; then the rest of the trip at AKL or WL? ;)


:flower3:

Hi Laura, welcome to my trip report!! We have briefly thought about a split stay, but really rather want to stay put in one place. Especially since it is Katharina's first trip there will be so much that is new and exciting that it would be nice to have one constant place to go back to and feel at home at. :goodvibes

Lady Lallie
06-28-2009, 06:09 PM
Now out of all the resorts you have listed, I have only stayed at one of them but I LOVED IT. Marc & I stayed at Wilderness Lodge and we adored it. It is so close to MK and the other deluxe hotels so you have so many dining options. I know you said you thought the room was on the dark side and I thought that would be a problem but it's not depressing or anything. We enjoyed it. It wasn't too dark for us. I loved being able to take the boat to MK, it was so relaxing after a day at the parks. Plus you can request turn down service there and that always makes you feel more special. ;)

RachelTori
06-28-2009, 06:40 PM
Hi Laura, welcome to my trip report!! We have briefly thought about a split stay, but really rather want to stay put in one place. Especially since it is Katharina's first trip there will be so much that is new and exciting that it would be nice to have one constant place to go back to and feel at home at. :goodvibes

Thanks for the welcome! I subscribed the day you started it, but have been out of town quite a bit lately! :upsidedow

I understand the desire to stay in one place the entire trip. :thumbsup2

With it's recent rehab, I think the nicest of the Moderates is Coronado Springs. I stayed there last October -- after the queen beds had been installed but before the room refurbishment. I have a reservation again this October and I can't wait to get back! The resort is large, but the way it's set up, it doesn't feel overwhelming. The TS restaurant, Maya Grill, is usually very good. I'm not a Pepper Market fan, but there sure is lots of variety there! (I just find it too pricey.) I've stayed there when there were conventions going on and it was never a factor -- in fact, the buses were almost empty because the conventioneers are busy working!

I used to love POFQ for it's small size, but I've stopped staying there -- not sure if it just lost it's appeal or if it's just "tired" looking to me now. :confused3

The grounds of POR are beautiful, but the resort is large. I think if you stayed in one of the mansions or in a bayou room that was close to the lobby, it would be OK.

Caribbean Beach I don't care for at all, but that's based on a 1997 stay & we haven't been back since!! :rolleyes1

I think you know I love AKL, but WL has lots of appeal too. I guess I'd choose WL if I wanted to be closer to the action; AKL if I wanted the peace and serenity I always find there! :cloud9:

I know you and your sister are having fun planning this trip!! :yay::woohoo::yay:

IBelieveInTheMagic
06-28-2009, 06:59 PM
Hi Magdalene! :) I had to laugh at your duvet comment and observation! :rotfl2: We have a duvet/comforter on our bed and luckily my DH loves it! Our winter duvet was of course made in Germany and is flannel and just heavenly. I got our summer one at IKEA not too long ago. I miss IKEA in Fuerth!

Ok, back to your story and your hard decisions...hmm..based on what you mentioned and I've read from some people, I think I would vote for the WL. It seems beautiful and different and I think Brookelizabeth loves it too!

I think a split stay would sort of be nice, but didn't think about the issues with booking ADR's. I book our ADR's this Tuesday for our Sept trip and I've been reading up on the subject with nervous anticipation lately. I've read several people complain about their split stays and how they couldn't book all their ADR's at one time since they were given two different reservation numbers and their 90+10 started on a different day - I think you understand what I'm explaining so...I wouldn't do it based on this reason.

Keep us posted on what you decide!

Heather

teruterubouzu
06-28-2009, 07:20 PM
From your list, I've only stayed at Coronado. I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Before the rehab, the style of the rooms did not appeal to me. The new design felt very fresh and more modern. I didn't find the walk to the main building to be very long at all (I live in the city and do not drive a car, so maybe I'm not your typical person) and the buses were great.

As far as cons, go, I found that I missed being within walking distance of a park (last trip I stayed at Dolphin and walked to EPCOT). And, housekeeping had some issues. The room was tidied, but needed a vacuum and the bathroom floor a really good scrub. I know she sort of cleaned the tub, because when I stepped into it, I got a foot full of cleaning powder!

Those issues aside, I would definitely stay there again.

2xcited2sleep
06-28-2009, 07:59 PM
Oh boy. I'm going to be no help. I'm a deluxe girl all the way so I'd say AKL or WL. But honestly no matter what you pick will be fantastic! You can't really go wrong!

If U Had Wings
06-28-2009, 10:24 PM
Port Orleans French Quarter:

pros:
everything close together
reviews say it is very quiet
urban atmosphere, unique theming (in a way very “American” to us)
jogging path
boat to DTD

cons:
no quiet pools
shares buses with Riverside
no TS restaurant


Just thought I'd had some comments on POFQ, since it's my favorite. It does share buses with POR, but I've never had any problem with them while I was there. Since POFQ is the first bus stop we always had a seat, and many times the buses didn't even stop at POR.

It is wonderfully quiet, and even the pool area never got too loud. If your looking for some quiet moments near the pool, there are some peaceful nooks around where you can be out of the way. The table service is missed, but it's only a nice walk to POR for their restaurant or a nice boat ride over to DTD.

I absolutely love it there.

tiggrbaby
06-29-2009, 11:14 AM
Just thought I'd had some comments on POFQ, since it's my favorite. It does share buses with POR, but I've never had any problem with them while I was there. Since POFQ is the first bus stop we always had a seat, and many times the buses didn't even stop at POR.

It is wonderfully quiet, and even the pool area never got too loud. If your looking for some quiet moments near the pool, there are some peaceful nooks around where you can be out of the way. The table service is missed, but it's only a nice walk to POR for their restaurant or a nice boat ride over to DTD.

I absolutely love it there.

It's been years since we've stayed, but we found this to be true when we were there, too!

KatMark
06-29-2009, 05:11 PM
Out of the resorts you've listed, AKL for a deluxe would be our choice (we plan to stay there next year); we've no desire to stay at the WL--we just don't like the log cabin/woodsy/pine tree theme (and the pool is very small). For a moderate our one and only choice is the Coronado (CSR); we've stayed seven times and were supposed to be there for stay eight in September until we had to cancel; the POFQ would be our second choice if the CSR is not available; we don't care for the CBR at all--the whole theme turns us off--especially the rooms and we don't like the food court at all.

jenjolt
06-29-2009, 06:42 PM
Hi Magdalene!! I'm signing on board to hear all about you and your sisters trip!!

I'm not a flier at all so anyone who has to get on a plane for 10 hours straight gets two thumbs up from me :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

I think you have chosen a great time of year, I went this last January and the weather was great, sunshine all the time, and even better the crowds were managable!

I'm like C I'm not going to be of any help mostly because I can't make any decisions myself LOL...I'm very wishy washy at times LOL!!! So I'm just going to sit back and see what you and your sisster decide~

Flossbolna
07-05-2009, 10:45 AM
Thanks to everyone for all your input! :thumbsup2

Now out of all the resorts you have listed, I have only stayed at one of them but I LOVED IT. Marc & I stayed at Wilderness Lodge and we adored it. It is so close to MK and the other deluxe hotels so you have so many dining options. I know you said you thought the room was on the dark side and I thought that would be a problem but it's not depressing or anything. We enjoyed it. It wasn't too dark for us. I loved being able to take the boat to MK, it was so relaxing after a day at the parks. Plus you can request turn down service there and that always makes you feel more special. ;)

Good to hear that someone was feeling the same about the WL rooms and that it was not a problem! Taking a boat really is wonderful. I enjoyed it a lot when we stayed at the Poly!

Hi Magdalene! :) I had to laugh at your duvet comment and observation! :rotfl2: We have a duvet/comforter on our bed and luckily my DH loves it! Our winter duvet was of course made in Germany and is flannel and just heavenly. I got our summer one at IKEA not too long ago. I miss IKEA in Fuerth!


To be honest, there are always certain things that one does not understand about foreign cultures. The lack of duvets is one thing - as is the English sink which has seperate taps for hot and cold water! :confused3 This is what I am talking about:

http://www.salvo.co.uk/images/userimgs/34663/Sink_44118_1.jpg

You probably have not yet seen the new IKEA in Fürth? They moved to the other side of the street a few years ago and this is now one of the largest IKEAs I know! :goodvibes

From your list, I've only stayed at Coronado. I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Before the rehab, the style of the rooms did not appeal to me. The new design felt very fresh and more modern. I didn't find the walk to the main building to be very long at all (I live in the city and do not drive a car, so maybe I'm not your typical person) and the buses were great.

As far as cons, go, I found that I missed being within walking distance of a park (last trip I stayed at Dolphin and walked to EPCOT). And, housekeeping had some issues. The room was tidied, but needed a vacuum and the bathroom floor a really good scrub. I know she sort of cleaned the tub, because when I stepped into it, I got a foot full of cleaning powder!

Those issues aside, I would definitely stay there again.

Thank you very much for your comment, it was very helpful. Katharina and I live in a city, too. We actually share a car which mainly sits in its garage. Our main methods of transport are foot, bike and public transport. So I guess we would have a very similar perspective on the walking issue. :thumbsup2

Unfortunately those resorts from which you can walk to a park are not really in our price range. But this is one of the things we really enjoy about the layout of DLRP: you can actually easily walk to both parks there from the hotels.

Oh boy. I'm going to be no help. I'm a deluxe girl all the way so I'd say AKL or WL. But honestly no matter what you pick will be fantastic! You can't really go wrong!

I guess I am bit of a deluxe girl myself... :rolleyes1

Just thought I'd had some comments on POFQ, since it's my favorite. It does share buses with POR, but I've never had any problem with them while I was there. Since POFQ is the first bus stop we always had a seat, and many times the buses didn't even stop at POR.

It is wonderfully quiet, and even the pool area never got too loud. If your looking for some quiet moments near the pool, there are some peaceful nooks around where you can be out of the way. The table service is missed, but it's only a nice walk to POR for their restaurant or a nice boat ride over to DTD.

I absolutely love it there.

POFQ really sounds wonderful when you write about it, I know that you find it difficult not to stay there in December! :goodvibes The more we look into it, the more it appeals to us. I am just not so sure about the AC units. I remember when I stayed at Riverside, I found them rather noisy. I really prefer the internal AC system AKL has.

It's been years since we've stayed, but we found this to be true when we were there, too!

POFQ really looks very peaceful!

Out of the resorts you've listed, AKL for a deluxe would be our choice (we plan to stay there next year); we've no desire to stay at the WL--we just don't like the log cabin/woodsy/pine tree theme (and the pool is very small). For a moderate our one and only choice is the Coronado (CSR); we've stayed seven times and were supposed to be there for stay eight in September until we had to cancel; the POFQ would be our second choice if the CSR is not available; we don't care for the CBR at all--the whole theme turns us off--especially the rooms and we don't like the food court at all.

Welcome! I am sorry that you had to cancel your trip! I guess you are right that besides buses, dining, housekeeping and such, it really comes down to which theme you really enjoy!

Hi Magdalene!! I'm signing on board to hear all about you and your sisters trip!!

I'm not a flier at all so anyone who has to get on a plane for 10 hours straight gets two thumbs up from me :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

I think you have chosen a great time of year, I went this last January and the weather was great, sunshine all the time, and even better the crowds were managable!

I'm like C I'm not going to be of any help mostly because I can't make any decisions myself LOL...I'm very wishy washy at times LOL!!! So I'm just going to sit back and see what you and your sisster decide~

Hi Jen, welcome to my PTR! I rather don't want to think about those 10 hours on the plane...

Flossbolna
07-05-2009, 11:11 AM
I am so glad that they changed the ADR window to 90 days! Otherwise we would be making ADRs in 25 days - before we would be able to book a package! :scared1: But it really should only be about a month until 2010 rates come out. I really hope there will be no unpleasant surprise!

On resorts we have boiled our choices down to AKL, POFQ and CSR. We are really leaning towards AKL as this is the one that is most special. Also we really like the food choices there. So unless Disney makes it extremely more expensive in 2010, it looks like we will be staying there - and will be hoping for a nice code to come out in the fall for January!!

We also have started to talk about dining options.

So far Katharina has a list on our wiki with all table service restaurants that she found interesting when reading her passporter - it has 27 restaurants on it! :scared1: Unless we decide to get the Deluxe Dining Plan, I can't see how we would manage all those! :lmao: And no, we are not thinking about any dining plan! I really enjoy having a bit of flexibility with regard to my meals, especially since the jet lag confuses my meal times.

My list has California Grill and Flying Fish on it as well as the request for one nice TS or buffet breakfast. Otherwise there are a few places that I have not eaten at that I might be interested in trying: SciFi Dine In, The Wave and Biergarten. Of course there are many places that I would love to return to, but I really want to let Katharina choose where she wants to eat.

Some of our choices will also be determined by the menus. Not so much for what we like, but whether they look like they have something Katharina can eat. She has recently found out that she has a number of food intolerances (fortunately no allergies!) and should avoid dairy, tomatoes, onions, lemons and red wine. :scared1: I have already studied the DISabilities board and their FAQ. Disney really is extremely accomodating with all dietary needs, so I am sure Katharina will get something to eat, but it would be nice, to actually go somewhere where you can order things off the menu and don't have to hope that the chef will be creative enough to come up with something more interesting than plain meat and potatoes.

We also talked a bit about park touring. We have always been rope drop people and Katharina is even more of an early riser than me. But I have never made it to morning EMH at WDW. We did them on our last trip to DLRP and got to ride Dumbo numerous times! :goodvibes (See picture in first post) So I have been considering them seriously. Also, I heard recently on the WDWToday podcast that while the Unofficial Guide recommends to stay away from them, they do that because they don't trust people to really be there early enough. But that they actually are worth it if you are there for rope drop at 8 am. So it looks like we will try that in January! :yay::yay: Of course now I am waiting impatiently for the park hours to be posted for our trip! January should be up at the beginning of October! :scared1:

wigdoutdismom
07-05-2009, 01:57 PM
Subbing in, can't wait to read all the details!

brookelizabeth
07-05-2009, 04:13 PM
http://www.salvo.co.uk/images/userimgs/34663/Sink_44118_1.jpg


I HATE sinks like that! And most of Disney's are that way. :headache:

I kinda figured you would end up at AKL again! :goodvibes It's always a good choice-you know what to expect, you know you love it, and you will be more at ease in introducing your sister to WDW. I bet you'll get a great code too!

That is so funny about her having 27 places she wants to try! :rotfl: I'm that way too-so many options, I guess we just have to keep going back and back, eh?

I think the morning EMH will be well worth it. I want to think I'll do that in December so we can truly get some park time in before the masses appear, but, we'll see....! :laughing:

Lady Lallie
07-05-2009, 04:24 PM
I am sure a great code will come out for you for AKL. :thumbsup2

Too funny about all the places your sister is interested in, can't wait to see what you narrow it down too. :thumbsup2

2xcited2sleep
07-05-2009, 07:04 PM
Yeah for AKL!! At least she has the restaurants narrowed to 27! ;) There are seriously too many great places to eat -- it is tough to choose! I was very unhappy w/ the change to 90 days at first but now I like it. It's hard enough to decide 3 months in advance... 6 months is a little crazy.

nodnol
07-08-2009, 04:53 PM
We also have started to talk about dining options.

So far Katharina has a list on our wiki with all table service restaurants that she found interesting when reading her passporter - it has 27 restaurants on it! :scared1: Unless we decide to get the Deluxe Dining Plan, I can't see how we would manage all those! :lmao: And no, we are not thinking about any dining plan! I really enjoy having a bit of flexibility with regard to my meals, especially since the jet lag confuses my meal times.


Hello to everyone out there - it's me, the second sister!

I can happily announce that I alreday narrowed them down to 20! And not all of them are table service restaurants... :cool1:

I'm now reading lots and lots of dining reviews and makes notes on my list on the wiki, I hope this won't lead to an even longer list!

IBelieveInTheMagic
07-08-2009, 08:27 PM
Hello to everyone out there - it's me, the second sister!

I can happily announce that I alreday narrowed them down to 20! And not all of them are table service restaurants... :cool1:

I'm now reading lots and lots of dining reviews and makes notes on my list on the wiki, I hope this won't lead to an even longer list!

Nice to meet you!! :thumbsup2 Just 20 choices?!! :rotfl: Seriously, that's pretty good and it's always good to have plans and then a back up! Hopefully your food tolerances won't cause you any issues while you're enjoying the yummy food.

Magadalene - too funny about the sink picture!! Don't even get me started! Sure, tell me about the new, huge IKEA in Fuerth! :lmao: I'll have to check it out the next time I go back over.

Heather

tiggrbaby
07-08-2009, 10:04 PM
Hello to everyone out there - it's me, the second sister!

I can happily announce that I alreday narrowed them down to 20! And not all of them are table service restaurants... :cool1:

I'm now reading lots and lots of dining reviews and makes notes on my list on the wiki, I hope this won't lead to an even longer list!

:welcome: It's so nice that you decided to join all the fun!

Flossbolna
07-13-2009, 03:05 AM
Hi everyone! I guess I am not a very good PTR writer, I really messed up!! :scared1::scared1: I totaly missed the 200 day mark and we are now already down to just another 197 days until we arrive at WDW (at least that's what my WDW countdown widget says)!!!

Also it will most likely be less than a month until the 2010 rates become available and we can book our trip!! :banana::banana: My travel agent already has our details and will email me as soon as the rates will have come out! Of course then the waiting game for the discounts begins. Ideally I would want one of those 40% off PINs, but I have never gotten a PIN - I guess they don't send them out to foreigners... :sad1:

Sorry for this short update, but I promise I will soon post other more interesting things!

Lady Lallie
07-13-2009, 08:21 AM
Hi everyone! I guess I am not a very good PTR writer, I really messed up!! :scared1::scared1: I totaly missed the 200 day mark and we are now already down to just another 197 days until we arrive at WDW (at least that's what my WDW countdown widget says)!!!

Also it will most likely be less than a month until the 2010 rates become available and we can book our trip!! :banana::banana: My travel agent already has our details and will email me as soon as the rates will have come out! Of course then the waiting game for the discounts begins. Ideally I would want one of those 40% off PINs, but I have never gotten a PIN - I guess they don't send them out to foreigners... :sad1:

Sorry for this short update, but I promise I will soon post other more interesting things!


WOO HOO for less than 200 days!! :yay:

I really hope you will be able to score some kind of discount, that just makes a Disney trip even more magical! :laughing:

jenjolt
07-13-2009, 08:28 AM
Congrats on being under 200 days!!!!!

OOH I would love to stay at AKL, I really hope you guys are able to get a code that will work for you!!!!

Hmmmm..27 restaurants...I just adore Disney food! I'm sure whatever your sister decides you will have a great time and a great meal! YUMMY!!!

tiggrbaby
07-13-2009, 02:26 PM
Hi everyone! I guess I am not a very good PTR writer, I really messed up!! :scared1::scared1: I totaly missed the 200 day mark and we are now already down to just another 197 days until we arrive at WDW (at least that's what my WDW countdown widget says)!!!

Also it will most likely be less than a month until the 2010 rates become available and we can book our trip!! :banana::banana: My travel agent already has our details and will email me as soon as the rates will have come out! Of course then the waiting game for the discounts begins. Ideally I would want one of those 40% off PINs, but I have never gotten a PIN - I guess they don't send them out to foreigners... :sad1:

Sorry for this short update, but I promise I will soon post other more interesting things!

Ha, Ha, that's exactly why I don't do PTR/TRs! I can't even keep up with my pics! But I am enjoying yours no matter what day you log in!

pixiedust: for some sort of code/discount. I did not have a PIN, and could not get a AAA discount for our upcoming stay. I am just hoping they open up the VISA discount to everyone and I can apply it! With a discount, my parents would be willing to go to more restaurants.

Flossbolna
07-13-2009, 03:29 PM
WOO HOO for less than 200 days!! :yay:

I really hope you will be able to score some kind of discount, that just makes a Disney trip even more magical! :laughing:

Congrats on being under 200 days!!!!!

OOH I would love to stay at AKL, I really hope you guys are able to get a code that will work for you!!!!

Hmmmm..27 restaurants...I just adore Disney food! I'm sure whatever your sister decides you will have a great time and a great meal! YUMMY!!!

Ha, Ha, that's exactly why I don't do PTR/TRs! I can't even keep up with my pics! But I am enjoying yours no matter what day you log in!

pixiedust: for some sort of code/discount. I did not have a PIN, and could not get a AAA discount for our upcoming stay. I am just hoping they open up the VISA discount to everyone and I can apply it! With a discount, my parents would be willing to go to more restaurants.

Thanks for the nice comments on my non-update!! You really are the sweetest people!! :goodvibes But a real update will be posted shortly!! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
07-13-2009, 04:09 PM
Originally this was planned to be about Sunshine Seasons, but we will come to that on another day! :upsidedow

I have to post about shoes. To be honest those are not solely purchased for WDW, but also for the rest of the summer here in Germany. But they will be used at WDW and they are DIS related. I really owe both pairs to Brookelizabeth PTR!! :thumbsup2

The first pair is the pair of Teva Mush I ordered just after she posted about hers. They really are heavenly!! :cloud9: I had them shipped to my office and they arrived on a really hot day. After showing them to a colleague, she encouraged me to wear them that day at the desk. We are actually dressing very formal at work, so no flip flops, but really nice shoes... But when you are at your desk – who cares? :rolleyes1 Well... Of course I was to lazy to change into my uncomfortable nice shoes when I wanted to go to the bathroom. And just when I opened the door, who was standing there?? The head of my department! :eek: And of course she immediately looked at my feet!! :scared1: I mumbled about feeling a blister developing and therefor not wearing the nice shoes. But she just smiled and said: Well, these are really nice, too! :rolleyes: So here is a picture of the Teva Mush, the design is called Kona Blue:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/TevaMush.jpg

Then Brookelizabeth talked about her Keens. So I went to check out their website and found a pair of canvas sneakers that I really liked! :goodvibes I found out that a German outdoor store chain carries them and while I could have ordered them, I really wanted to try them on in a store. So after work today I traveled to another part of Berlin where they have their store. This is their flagship store and it is actually a dream come true for anyone interested in outdoor clothing and equipment, they even have a pool where you test kayaks!! Getting there was a hassle because the commuter trains here in Berlin have huge problems at the moment... :headache: But I made it there and purchased this:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Keens.jpg

It's the Keen Women Coronado in brindle. They are really comfortable and even have arch support! :love: I hope the colour will stay nice for some time, they had them in white, too, but I found that too risky! They even come with two different pairs of shoelaces: white and brindle, so you can change the look of the shoes! I am really pleased with my purchase!! :goodvibes

While there, I also got a gadget for Katharina and me which will come in handy when touring the parks! :banana: Actually it was LL which inspired me to get these SPORKS (http://lightmyfireusa.com/spork.html)! I got one in blue for me and one in red for Katharina since is the traditional colour distribution between the two of us. I actually also picked up a green one for Katharina's DH and got a yellow one for me as well (no DH or boyfriend at the time who could get that, but who knows, when it will have someone to use it! :blush:).

Due to the train chaos I investigated the bus routes there and figured that I actually could use one to get to a station for my underground line. :thumbsup2 So I even got a nice bus ride through parts of Berlin I haven't seen before. Berlin has double decker buses, and I was even able to sit in the front, so I got a very good view!! ::yes::

It seems like my shoes update has ended in a mini TR about my excursion to buy shoes. But I wanted to end with a tidbit about the word shoe: it is actually the same in German! It is spelled Schuh, but pronounced nearly the same.

Next update might be about Sunshine Seasons, but who knows what other things will happen in the meantime! ;)

tarak
07-13-2009, 04:22 PM
Hi! I followed you over from the AKL thread. I'm enjoying your PTR and envy your travels with your sister. With any luck, mine will be joining me next year when we visit WDW.
My mom is going with me in a few months and she's been asking about shoes. I told her whatever she buys, to make sure she breaks it in before heading to WDW. And I had to LOL at your being caught in the casual shoes at work. I have a pair of sandals that are not as dressy as they should be, but they are adorable and I took a chance and wore them. Sure enough, our second in command, so to speak, caught me out front on my lunch hour.

Flossbolna
07-13-2009, 04:33 PM
Hi! I followed you over from the AKL thread. I'm enjoying your PTR and envy your travels with your sister. With any luck, mine will be joining me next year when we visit WDW.
My mom is going with me in a few months and she's been asking about shoes. I told her whatever she buys, to make sure she breaks it in before heading to WDW. And I had to LOL at your being caught in the casual shoes at work. I have a pair of sandals that are not as dressy as they should be, but they are adorable and I took a chance and wore them. Sure enough, our second in command, so to speak, caught me out front on my lunch hour.

Welcome to my PTR!! I think shoes really are important for a WDW vacation and you are right, they need to be broken in! Actually, I do a lot of walking in my daily life (I often walk to work which is 30 min brisk walking!) and go on hiking trips. But what I find tiring is the slow walking and standing. Having good supporting shoes are really important for standing in my opinion. So the teva mushs are more for going to the pool (and on Kali River Rapids) than for the parks. But what I liked about them is that they have some arch support! :thumbsup2

I hope you have wonderful trip in September and will be looking forward to a report on AKL on that other thread! :goodvibes

IBelieveInTheMagic
07-13-2009, 07:52 PM
Love the new shows and I especially love how excited you are about them. I wish I could do shoes like Teva's, but I can't do anything in between my toes :confused3

Sounds like it was a big adventure just to get the shoes but definitely sounds worthwhile!

Happy shoe wearing!! :cheer2:

Heather

tarak
07-13-2009, 09:01 PM
Welcome to my PTR!! I think shoes really are important for a WDW vacation and you are right, they need to be broken in! Actually, I do a lot of walking in my daily life (I often walk to work which is 30 min brisk walking!) and go on hiking trips. But what I find tiring is the slow walking and standing. Having good supporting shoes are really important for standing in my opinion. So the teva mushs are more for going to the pool (and on Kali River Rapids) than for the parks. But what I liked about them is that they have some arch support! :thumbsup2

I hope you have wonderful trip in September and will be looking forward to a report on AKL on that other thread! :goodvibes
I've been neglecting my other trip report - it's like it's too soon and I don't have enough time for it. Which makes no sense, but there you have it. :) I have wanted to stay at AKL ever since I knew such a place existed. My husband is pretty much a monorail resort kind of guy, so being there with just the girls and my mom is a perfect excuse to try it out.
And I agree that standing still is harder than walking.

jenjolt
07-13-2009, 09:29 PM
SHOES!! YAY for buying shoes!! I just bought a pair of tennis shoes that I'm breaking in but I'm not liking them very much so I might return them and get a pair of New Balances!!

Love the sandals I have heard amazing things about the Teva Mush flipflops!! I'm still looking for a good pair of sandals...hopefully will find them soon!!

Congrats though finding shoes is half the battle and you have won YAY!

If U Had Wings
07-13-2009, 11:27 PM
Love your new shoes! I'm so glad you were able to find some new comfy shoes.

The store sounds really neat. I love that you can actually test out the kayaks. Very neat!

brookelizabeth
07-14-2009, 06:32 AM
Those Keens sneakers are so cute! I haven't ever seen those! I wonder if they have them at our outdoors store...hmmm....:rolleyes1

I can't believe your store has a pool to test kayaks! :eek: That is really cool though, I bet it's a lot of fun just wandering around in there.

Glad the return trip home was easier than the trip getting to the store-I know public transit can be convenient, but sometimes....:headache: :goodvibes

I really hope you are able to get a code, I thought I have read things about Disney giving discounts to UK tourists - so I don't know why they wouldn't extend that beyond just the UK? :confused:

Lady Lallie
07-14-2009, 10:28 AM
I love the Keens! They are super cute! You have put thoughts of more shoe shopping in my head! :rolleyes1

Flossbolna
07-14-2009, 04:51 PM
Love the new shows and I especially love how excited you are about them. I wish I could do shoes like Teva's, but I can't do anything in between my toes :confused3


At the store they actually had Tevas that were very much like the Mushs, same bottom but more sandal like, not flip flop. It was called Kena. I was very tempted to get that as well!!

I've been neglecting my other trip report - it's like it's too soon and I don't have enough time for it. Which makes no sense, but there you have it. :) I have wanted to stay at AKL ever since I knew such a place existed. My husband is pretty much a monorail resort kind of guy, so being there with just the girls and my mom is a perfect excuse to try it out.
And I agree that standing still is harder than walking.

AKL is absolutely amazing. :love: I can understand the appeal of the monorail, but personally I preferred the busses for everyday transportation. The boat from Poly and GF to the MK however is the best mode of transportation WDW has to offer!! And arriving at Epcot by monorail is very special, too!

SHOES!! YAY for buying shoes!! I just bought a pair of tennis shoes that I'm breaking in but I'm not liking them very much so I might return them and get a pair of New Balances!!

Love the sandals I have heard amazing things about the Teva Mush flipflops!! I'm still looking for a good pair of sandals...hopefully will find them soon!!

Congrats though finding shoes is half the battle and you have won YAY!

Finding shoes can be difficult, hope you are successful! You will need them much sooner than me! :rotfl:

Love your new shoes! I'm so glad you were able to find some new comfy shoes.

The store sounds really neat. I love that you can actually test out the kayaks. Very neat!

The store is great, it really is a bit of a destination! :goodvibes

Those Keens sneakers are so cute! I haven't ever seen those! I wonder if they have them at our outdoors store...hmmm....:rolleyes1

I can't believe your store has a pool to test kayaks! :eek: That is really cool though, I bet it's a lot of fun just wandering around in there.

Glad the return trip home was easier than the trip getting to the store-I know public transit can be convenient, but sometimes....:headache: :goodvibes

I really hope you are able to get a code, I thought I have read things about Disney giving discounts to UK tourists - so I don't know why they wouldn't extend that beyond just the UK? :confused:

The store is very cool! Also the gadgets they have there are so fun to look at. They have freeze dried meals, different cooking pots, mosquito nets and so on. You really could buy everything for an expedition to the Himalayas! :thumbsup2

General public codes are no problem, I can book those. Actually every trip so far we had a code, so I am counting on getting at least something. :goodvibes But those special pins that are sent out to people I have never received. Disney is really strange in its marketing. The UK website actually has quite different prices from the US website and different deals. And I think you can only book on the UK website if you are from the UK. But I can book on the US website... But I can't order a planning DVD! Those are only available for residents of the US, Canada and the UK. I really don't understand that. Postage within Europe is not expensive, so why they don't let me order the DVD via the UK website I don't get. But it seems like Disney for some reason has no desire to tap into the huge German tourism market. Germans have by law at least 20 working days of vacation, but most actually have more, e.g. I have 29. Germans love to travel and spend a lot of their annual income on travelling. So whereever you go on holiday you are bound to meet lots of Germans. But not at WDW. Disney does not market its parks in Germany. Not even DLP!!!

Sorry for going off on that... :rolleyes1

I love the Keens! They are super cute! You have put thoughts of more shoe shopping in my head! :rolleyes1

Sorry for that, but isn't that how these PTR work... :lmao: I can report that I wore the Keens today for my trip to work and they were great! They actually are rather wide in the front of the shoe which I found very comfortable as I have a wide foot. And the arch support was very noticeable when walking and felt good! I am planning on walking to work tomorrow (about 30 min) in them and will report back!

DWGal210
07-14-2009, 05:18 PM
Hi I am here! :cool1:

Great updates so far! It sounds like you and your sister are going to have a wonderful time! :woohoo:

And nice shoes - great!! They are super cute. That's on my list of things to purchase as well - the list is getting larger every day! :rotfl:

mickeysmyboy
07-14-2009, 08:02 PM
Joining in!! It sounds like you and your sister are going to have a great trip!

I hope a great discount comes our for you! We got realllllly lucky with the 4 and 3 deal last Jan! It worked out so well for us we were able to extend our stay! I bet good things will come out for this coming Jan too!

All this talk about the Tevas in making me really, really want to check them out! I'm trying to be good and stay away but I don't know how long that will continue!!

Flossbolna
07-16-2009, 03:44 PM
Hi I am here! :cool1:

Great updates so far! It sounds like you and your sister are going to have a wonderful time! :woohoo:

And nice shoes - great!! They are super cute. That's on my list of things to purchase as well - the list is getting larger every day! :rotfl:

Just read about your swim suit purchase, sounds like you were able to make the list shorter already!! :goodvibes

Joining in!! It sounds like you and your sister are going to have a great trip!

I hope a great discount comes our for you! We got realllllly lucky with the 4 and 3 deal last Jan! It worked out so well for us we were able to extend our stay! I bet good things will come out for this coming Jan too!

All this talk about the Tevas in making me really, really want to check them out! I'm trying to be good and stay away but I don't know how long that will continue!!

Welcome! I am quite confident that some sort of code will become available, it has always in the past three years, but the 4+3 was really fantastic. We will see what Disney will feel they need to do to get people coming... :confused3

Flossbolna
07-16-2009, 03:51 PM
Once again events prevented the Sunshine Season update (I should stop telling you about that, because you all will expect something spectacular about Sunshine Season... :scared:)

Ok, let's start at the beginning (as K will tell you, that's something I am known for, and she does not mean that in a good way...:duck:):

I am a curious person and one of the things that I find very entertaining are rumors about Disney parks. :listen: Thanks to a recommendation by the Unofficial Guide I a lurker on wdwmagic as their news and rumor forum is always very much in the know. It is a fun forum, filled with Disney geeks, or perhaps better nerds. It's not the pixie dust community you have here, but more nerdy for lack of better words. :crazy:

Two days ago a thread was started about a MK Fantasyland refurbishment which would alter the whole land. :faint: The rumor was more or less confirmed by a few of the regulars who in the past have proven to have pretty good sources within Disney. Interestingly this was supposedly ordered by “corporate” which seems to mean Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, himself. While the people in charge of WDW did not want the project. This already sounded very intriguing.

Then, today at work I needed a break and checked wether there were any new developments on that rumor. Actually someone had just posted a blueprint of the planned refurbishment. :banana: Just after I had looked at it in detail I realized that the post which had the picture in it had disappeared. :scared1: The owner of the site said that he had to take it down. So everyone over there is now convinced that this was a real Disney plan! :scared1: Fortunately I printed it off to show it to Katharina, so I still have it.

If you look at a map of the MK, this would totally change the whole right hand side of Fantasyland (but all rides that are there now will remain) and Toontown. Toontown will disappear (only the Barnstormer remains, which is odd as it does no longer have a land), the train station will be renamed “Fantasyland”. The new area will also incorporate the old 20000 leagues under the sea area and even some area that is backstage right now. Dumbo will be moved to next to the train station and there will be two Dumbo rides next to each other, which also will have an interactive queue area. There is the Little Mermaid ride which is already being built in Disney's California Adventure. There will be new restaurant called “Be Our Guest”, so it will be Beauty and the Beast themed. There are a number of meet and great areas as well as something called “Aurora attraction” and “Cinderella attraction” which look not like rides, but perhaps walk-throughs with meet and greets and the end, as well as an extended Pixies Hollow It looks like there will be lots of interesting landscaping, the rumored name of this project is Enchanted Forest. The whole purpose of this refurbishment is to make Fantasyland prettier. And in my opinion that's needed very much! Especially compared to DLP, WDW's Fantasyland looks like a poor excuse! :rolleyes:

And to make my point, just look at these pictures :snooty: (even though they were taken on rather grey mornings):

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/FantasylandDLP1.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/FantasylandDLP2.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/FantasylandDLP3.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/FantasylandDLP4.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/FantasylandDLP5.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/FantasylandDLP6.jpg

Ok, so why am I posting this in my PTR?? Thinking about when will they actually work on that... :idea: Ok, I assume they would like to get started as soon as possible as it would be great to have the new Fantasyland in place for WDW's 40th birthday in 2011. So they need to get started asap. But Space Mountain is down at the moment, so they can't do anything until that is available again, because otherwise they would cut too much into the parks capacity. But then closing a chunk of Fantasyland and Toontown down for the extremely crowded holiday season does not make sense. So my guess is that they will do as much preparation work behind the scenes as they can do and then the walls will go up in early January!! So the big question will be: do we get to see Toontown and will I finally get a ride on the Barnstormer??? :confused:

If U Had Wings
07-16-2009, 04:00 PM
That is interesting. It seems like an odd thing to be doing though when the economy is such a mess, and they are already cutting back on so many things around the parks.

I hate the thought of so much being shut down though. I would think that a total refurb. would be a very lengthy renovation.

Flossbolna
07-16-2009, 04:07 PM
That is interesting. It seems like an odd thing to be doing though when the economy is such a mess, and they are already cutting back on so many things around the parks.

I hate the thought of so much being shut down though. I would think that a total refurb. would be a very lengthy renovation.

Actually the people on that board have been talking about that now is the very best time to actually pour a lot of money into the parks for various reasons: 1) to be prepared with a great looking product when the economy is better, 2) make use of cheap prices for building works right now, 3) make use of the fact that Disney is actually doing well under the current economic climate and finally 4) Harry Potter at Universal Studios might make WDW look stale to the casual customer.

Also wanted to say that I got some non-sulfate shampoo and some non-silicone conditioner today, we will see how that works. I haven't got around to read much on the page you send me the link for, but I thought that's a starting point!

2xcited2sleep
07-18-2009, 12:54 PM
Very interesting rumor. And wow are your DLP Fantasyland pics pretty even on a grey day. I guess it will be interesting to see. I'm intrigued by a new restaurant - MK so needs a good table service restaurant. A bit distraught at moving Dumbo and apparently duplicating him? But overall I've been pleased with the changes they've made. So guess we'll wait and see. I'll definitely make it a point to explore Toon Town in Sept just in case!!

Lady Lallie
07-18-2009, 02:03 PM
That is a fascinating rumor! I read what you posted a few days ago and I have been mulling it over and I think it would be great if they freshened up Fantasyland a bit. I'm all for change...in a good way. MK really does need another TS establishment!

Flossbolna
07-18-2009, 02:18 PM
Very interesting rumor. And wow are your DLP Fantasyland pics pretty even on a grey day. I guess it will be interesting to see. I'm intrigued by a new restaurant - MK so needs a good table service restaurant. A bit distraught at moving Dumbo and apparently duplicating him? But overall I've been pleased with the changes they've made. So guess we'll wait and see. I'll definitely make it a point to explore Toon Town in Sept just in case!!

DLP is really such a pretty park - and while I don't want to bash the French, it does lack the American charm of DL and WDW. From a European perspective, Americans always appear much more positive, friendly and customer service oriented. And that's the side of the Disney experience I really miss at DLP.

By the way, it was designed to look great even on rainy days. I think Paris has more days with an overcast sky than sunny days. That's why they went for rather dark, strong colours and the pink castle. :goodvibes

That is a fascinating rumor! I read what you posted a few days ago and I have been mulling it over and I think it would be great if they freshened up Fantasyland a bit. I'm all for change...in a good way. MK really does need another TS establishment!

Yes, I think the addition of another TS would be great. Supposedly there even is an empty restaurant in Adventureland that is unused. I never understood why they would not open that up again! :confused3

By the way, the plans for that new restaurant sound really interesting. It might have elements of a dinner show with audioanimatronics of the beast's servants that were turned into household items if I understand correctly. That's what the Tiki Room was originally planned to be in DL: a dinner show with audioanimatronic birds.

Lady Lallie
07-18-2009, 05:12 PM
I have always loved the fact that the Tiki Birds were supposed to be in a restaurant. It would be GREAT for there to be audio animatronics at the Beast's restaurant. :cloud9:

brookelizabeth
07-19-2009, 04:18 PM
That is so strange about WDW not advertising to the German market! Very, very strange... If you would like a planning DVD, just let me know-I'll order one and can mail it to you! :goodvibes

The rumor for Fantasyland is really interesting! I read just a tidbit on it in my RSS reader from Touringplans.com but didn't look into it. It certainly is a wise time for Disney to build being that labor and materials can be had very cheaply due to the economy. DLRP's Fantasyland is beautiful! I would love to see something like that!

In whatever happens, I do hope you somehow get to ride Barnstormer!!!

PracPerfPatricia
07-19-2009, 11:34 PM
Flossbolna-

I followed you over here from Brook's thread-I too went and bought some Keens on her recommendation and hooked DH up with some too...:goodvibes

You are very lucky to have a sister...I was almost 5 when my brother was born and my mother tells the story that when she went to the hospital before he was born that I told her to only bring the baby home if it was girl...:confused3...I can't believe I said that-horrid-but I did always want a sister...fortunately I am happy with my brother now and my own daughter was thrilled when her brother was born...she is obviously a much more gracious child than I was...

The AKL and the WL are both stunning hotels...the lobbies are amazing...both they and the Grand Californian were all designed by the same architect and when you look at them-you can tell...

I think the Fantasyland at WDW could use a little refurb but I hope for you it doesn't happen during your trip...I personally like the one at DL in Ca. very much...-I like the Alice ride there, the Matterhorn and now they have the Nemo subs...:thumbsup2...Disney must be in a refurbish mode because they are also doing a whole overhaul to their California Adventure Park-which from everything I read about what they are doing-will be amazing when done...

I was curious about your feelings about DLParis-I've heard some people feel it to be the prettiest park...We may have have an opportunity to visit Paris next Spring for a week and I was already thinking about a least doing a daytrip from Paris or whether I should try to add a couple of days...:rolleyes: I'm not sure if DH would go for more than a daytrip since we'll have been in WDW this summer *next month- and I think his philosophy is that Disney is an American thing culturally and while in Paris we should concentrate on French things...maybe he's right-but its tough knowing its so close...

Anyway good luck with your planning...it is one of the best parts of the trip...:surfweb:

mickeysmyboy
07-20-2009, 07:10 AM
That is a very, very interesting rumor! It sounds like it would be wonderful if they did it!

You DLP pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!! Holy cow! So pretty! I'd love to visit there someday!

Flossbolna
07-20-2009, 03:20 PM
I have always loved the fact that the Tiki Birds were supposed to be in a restaurant. It would be GREAT for there to be audio animatronics at the Beast's restaurant. :cloud9:

I think if this restaurant would be themed that way it will be by far the mots difficult ADR to get, especially if you can also dine with Belle there!

That is so strange about WDW not advertising to the German market! Very, very strange... If you would like a planning DVD, just let me know-I'll order one and can mail it to you! :goodvibes

The rumor for Fantasyland is really interesting! I read just a tidbit on it in my RSS reader from Touringplans.com but didn't look into it. It certainly is a wise time for Disney to build being that labor and materials can be had very cheaply due to the economy. DLRP's Fantasyland is beautiful! I would love to see something like that!

In whatever happens, I do hope you somehow get to ride Barnstormer!!!

Oh, I really hope we will make it on the Barnstormer. So far I never yould be bothered to wait for it, but Katharina and I share a love for kiddie coasters as those got me riding roller coasters when I was 15 for the first time in my life! :goodvibes

Thanks you very much for your nice offer to send the DVD! I will send you a PM!

Flossbolna-

I followed you over here from Brook's thread-I too went and bought some Keens on her recommendation and hooked DH up with some too...:goodvibes

You are very lucky to have a sister...I was almost 5 when my brother was born and my mother tells the story that when she went to the hospital before he was born that I told her to only bring the baby home if it was girl...:confused3...I can't believe I said that-horrid-but I did always want a sister...fortunately I am happy with my brother now and my own daughter was thrilled when her brother was born...she is obviously a much more gracious child than I was...

The AKL and the WL are both stunning hotels...the lobbies are amazing...both they and the Grand Californian were all designed by the same architect and when you look at them-you can tell...

I think the Fantasyland at WDW could use a little refurb but I hope for you it doesn't happen during your trip...I personally like the one at DL in Ca. very much...-I like the Alice ride there, the Matterhorn and now they have the Nemo subs...:thumbsup2...Disney must be in a refurbish mode because they are also doing a whole overhaul to their California Adventure Park-which from everything I read about what they are doing-will be amazing when done...

I was curious about your feelings about DLParis-I've heard some people feel it to be the prettiest park...We may have have an opportunity to visit Paris next Spring for a week and I was already thinking about a least doing a daytrip from Paris or whether I should try to add a couple of days...:rolleyes: I'm not sure if DH would go for more than a daytrip since we'll have been in WDW this summer *next month- and I think his philosophy is that Disney is an American thing culturally and while in Paris we should concentrate on French things...maybe he's right-but its tough knowing its so close...

Anyway good luck with your planning...it is one of the best parts of the trip...:surfweb:

Welcome to my PTR!! :goodvibes What a sweet story about you not wanting a brother! But I think kids just have strange ideas. I was rather dissappointed that my little sister was not someone I could play with immediately but a rather useless baby. She is lucky that she grew up and became more usefull to me! :lmao:

I really love DL. I have only been there twice, but I think it really is a very beutiful park. And the Matterhorn was our favourite ride when Katharina and I were there in 1992. We admired the cast member uniforms which were lederhosen made from velvet! They looked so cheesy!!

If you are in Paris for only a week, I think your DH really has a point when he wants to stay immersed in French culture. There is so much to see in Paris! DLP really is very beutiful and great to look at, but as I said before, it lacks a bit of that magic. If you want to go, I would suggest to really concetrate on experiencing the eleborate theming and those rides that are better there (BTM, Peter Pan, Space Mountain and PoC come into mind first). It can easily be done as a daytrip from Paris as the commuter train only takes 30 mins or so. But it would be a very exhausting day and it would make your other days more intense as well because you would want to see all the other sights as well. I think there is much to be said for having more time for browsing french shops and drinking coffee or a glass of wine in a café (just be prepared for it being extremely pricey!!). I guess it really is a tough decision to make!!

That is a very, very interesting rumor! It sounds like it would be wonderful if they did it!

You DLP pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!! Holy cow! So pretty! I'd love to visit there someday!

I really hope they will do something to Fantasyland, to me it always seems so unfinished and small.

Flossbolna
07-20-2009, 03:22 PM
Last Saturday two friends and I went to the outskirts of Berlin, to Köpenick. This used to be a town of its own until it became part of Berlin in 1920. It even has a small palace which belonged (as a hunting “hut”) to the Hohenzollern, the family that were the kings of Prussia and later the emperors of Germany:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Koepenick9.jpg

Köpenick's old part is on an island and still has a very quaint feel to it.

But that was not the reason we went there. One of my friends had seen a report on local TV about a café there which specialized in old-fashioned cakes. And to go with the old-fashioned cakes, the owner had made the whole place old-fashioned looking, too.

I was really impressed with the level of detail she used to decorate the place. I felt reminded so much of the Main Street Bakery and that's why I am posting this mini-TR here. I am sure you all will appreciate it!

So this is what the main room loked like, even the waitresses had those white caps!

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Koepenick3.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Koepenick2.jpg

And this is the cake display:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Koepenick1.jpg

As you can see these were not plain cakes, but rather fancy ones!

Every table had an individual sugar container:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Koepenick4.jpg

And these were our choices: I had a piece of “Frankfurter Kranz” I guess you might translate that into “Frankfurt Wreath”. It is vanilla cake layered with butter cream and with butter cream icing covered with brittle. I actually ordered only half a piece of it, so that's why it looks so small!

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Koepenick8.jpg

Friend 1 had two half pieces, a blueberry cheese cake and the “house cake”. I only remember that it was covered in marzipan which I don't like, but friend 1 really liked both cakes.

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Koepenick7.jpg

Friend 2 chose something which has an extremely politically incorrect name. It is called “Mohr im Hemd” (meaning a black person in a shirt) and it is a small chocolate bundt cake with ice cream and vanilla sauce. Friend 2 said that is was very good!

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Koepenick6.jpg

Hope you enjoyed that! The rest of my weekend by the way was spent reading Harry Potter 6 so that I will understand what's going on on Wednesday!

TyRy
07-20-2009, 06:33 PM
Wow - what a fantastic and yummy looking place...an excellent find!

And I must say DLRP Fantasyland is so pretty - the MK could use just a bit of that here.

PracPerfPatricia
07-20-2009, 09:07 PM
WOW-Super Wow...Those pictures are so lovely-I looked at them three times...I wish I was there right now...:cloud9:...

I love the facade of that palace...and that cafe has so much charm...and those desserts look amazing... I think that you are being generous w/ the comparison to Main Street Bakery-the things in there look good-but not as good as those cakes in that cafe...

I'll bet the coffee was good there too...

tiggrbaby
07-20-2009, 10:02 PM
Thanks for your mini TR to Köpenick! The pics are lovely. It is so interesting that they had half pieces; what a great idea! I would always order two half pieces so I could try more!

If U Had Wings
07-20-2009, 11:42 PM
The bakery looks absolutely charming, and the cakes delicious!

I want to try one of those white cakes in the jars!

mickeysmyboy
07-21-2009, 07:43 AM
What a great place!!! All of those cakes look soooo good! I got hungry just looking at them!

RachelTori
07-21-2009, 11:42 AM
What a beautiful place! :goodvibes

And the desserts, even beauti-fuller!! :love:

:cloud9:

brookelizabeth
07-21-2009, 11:10 PM
I got your PM, I'm just slow at replying - I'll probably reply tomorrow morning when I have a bit of energy...right now I'm barely awake! :laughing:

That little bakery is so cute!! I love the sugar bowl.

I think your cake sounds DELISH...yummmm!

How was the coffee there? Nothing beats coffee with dessert. :rolleyes:

eandesmom
07-23-2009, 02:48 PM
Hi! I just found your PTR.

It caught my eye for 2 reasons, 1, a "sister" trip and 2, my brother lives in Bad Windsheim, Ickelheim, so your Nuremburg note in your location caught my eye!

How lovely to plan a trip with your sister. As a sister myself, there is nothing better than a "sista" trip as we call it. We are still hoping, someday, to do one to WDW.

I :love: Teva Mush (have a pair)

and :love: Keens! (have 2. should have 3 but one is mia:confused:)

I have not seen the canvas tennis shoe version before though, those are absolutely adorable!

Bring layers, at that time of year you can have swings from 50-80F! We did.

Loving the report so far. When we visit my brother, likely 2011, I hope to hit DLRP (though am keeping that idea from DH for now lol)

Lady Lallie
07-23-2009, 03:35 PM
Oh my. Those cakes look so yummy. I am super hungry now! :cloud9:

IBelieveInTheMagic
07-23-2009, 07:45 PM
Oh my goodness - you do know you are torturing me now, right? :rotfl2::rotfl2: A German bakery??? YUM!! I love the quaintness of it all and what a neat find!

Heather

2xcited2sleep
07-27-2009, 08:05 AM
Wow. Look at those cakes! Drool.......... :upsidedow

Thanks for posting. Looks like it was a fun day!!

Flossbolna
07-27-2009, 09:43 AM
Wow - what a fantastic and yummy looking place...an excellent find!

And I must say DLRP Fantasyland is so pretty - the MK could use just a bit of that here.

DLRP is very beautiful indeed! They really tried very hard there to built something that can compete with the real life quaintness of Europe :goodvibes

WOW-Super Wow...Those pictures are so lovely-I looked at them three times...I wish I was there right now...:cloud9:...

I love the facade of that palace...and that cafe has so much charm...and those desserts look amazing... I think that you are being generous w/ the comparison to Main Street Bakery-the things in there look good-but not as good as those cakes in that cafe...

I'll bet the coffee was good there too...

It was a beautiful place! The sad thing however was that Köpenick used to be part of East Germany and even twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall (that was in November 1989) there were still streets that looked very run down and poor. We still have a far way to go until we reach equal standards of living in the former east and west.

The coffee was wonderful!! :goodvibes They had gourmet coffee and I had some from a place in Guatemala. :thumbsup2

Thanks for your mini TR to Köpenick! The pics are lovely. It is so interesting that they had half pieces; what a great idea! I would always order two half pieces so I could try more!

I thought the half pieces were such a good idea!

The bakery looks absolutely charming, and the cakes delicious!

I want to try one of those white cakes in the jars!

They look great, don't they? Actually they are just plain meringues. :goodvibes

What a great place!!! All of those cakes look soooo good! I got hungry just looking at them!

It was really difficult to make up my mind on what to order...

What a beautiful place! :goodvibes

And the desserts, even beauti-fuller!! :love:

:cloud9:

I was so impressed with the level of detail they went into to decorate the place! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
07-27-2009, 09:54 AM
That little bakery is so cute!! I love the sugar bowl.

I think your cake sounds DELISH...yummmm!

How was the coffee there? Nothing beats coffee with dessert. :rolleyes:

The sugar bowl was really cute and the amazing thing was: every table had an individual one and all were beautiful!

Hi! I just found your PTR.

It caught my eye for 2 reasons, 1, a "sister" trip and 2, my brother lives in Bad Windsheim, Ickelheim, so your Nuremburg note in your location caught my eye!

How lovely to plan a trip with your sister. As a sister myself, there is nothing better than a "sista" trip as we call it. We are still hoping, someday, to do one to WDW.

I :love: Teva Mush (have a pair)

and :love: Keens! (have 2. should have 3 but one is mia:confused:)

I have not seen the canvas tennis shoe version before though, those are absolutely adorable!

Bring layers, at that time of year you can have swings from 50-80F! We did.

Loving the report so far. When we visit my brother, likely 2011, I hope to hit DLRP (though am keeping that idea from DH for now lol)

Bad Windsheim is really just around the corner of Nuremberg! Visting him should be an interesting trip, there is a lot to see in Bavaria!

Thanks for the nice comment on my shoes. My DBIL (even though I am not so sure about the D at the moment due to the following comment) said yesterday that they remind him of Samson! :scared1: Samson is the main character in the German version of Sesame Street:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/79/Samson_Sesamstra%C3%9Fe.png

Actually I think there is some truth in it, those Keens are rather wide shoes! :lmao:

Oh my. Those cakes look so yummy. I am super hungry now! :cloud9:

They tasted as good as they looked!

Oh my goodness - you do know you are torturing me now, right? :rotfl2::rotfl2: A German bakery??? YUM!! I love the quaintness of it all and what a neat find!

Heather

Sorry!! :goodvibes I think bakeries is really something we are pretty good at here in Germany! For some strange reason however, at the moment American baked goods are becoming very popular. While I love muffins, I am a bit sad if they make tradition German cakes disappear.

Wow. Look at those cakes! Drool.......... :upsidedow

Thanks for posting. Looks like it was a fun day!!

We had a lot of fun! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
07-27-2009, 10:16 AM
Today it is exactly 6 months until we arrive at WDW (don't know why the ticker says differently :confused3)!!

In order to be fully prepared I put together a list of films we might want to see before our trip! Some of those we might have seen already, but I tried to put together a comprehensive list as we might want to refresh our memory on the one or the other film. K and I are both customers of a local video store which has an incredible library of films. They started out with VHS tapes in original languages (mainly English) as nearly every film in Germany is dubbed into German. Of course today with DVDs you normally have different languages available, so it is no longer difficult to get to see the original. However, they kept their concept of a film library and you can get nearly everything that exists on DVD. So the list in our wiki only has those films that are available there. The ones that I did not find there were Beauty and the Beast and Swiss Family Robinson, but otherwise that's what we can see before our trip:

Magic Kingdom
- Cinderella
- Snow White
- Sleping Beauty
- Alice in Wonderland
- Peter Pan
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Aladdin
- The Little Mermaid
- Dumbo
- Pete's Dragon
- The Sword in the Stone
- Lilo & Stitch
- Monsters, Inc.

Disney's Holywood Studios
- Donald Short Films
- Mickey Mouse Short Films
- Pluto Short Films
- Silly Symphonies
- Mary Poppins
- Toy Story
- Toy Story 2
- The Incredibles
- WALL-E
- Cars
- Ratatouille
- The Wizard of Oz
- Indiana Jones 1-3
- Singin' in the Rain
- Star Wars Episode IV, VI
- Twilight Zone
- High School Musical 1-3

Epcot
- Three Caballeros
- Finding Nemo
- Apollo 13

Animal Kingdom
- The Jungle Book
- A Bug's Life
- Lion King
- The Living Desert (that one is only available on VHS tape)

Miscellaneous
- Aristocats
- Bambi
- The Rescuers
- Bolt
- 101 Dalmatians
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Mulan
- Pocahontas
- The Lady and The Tramp
- Enchanted

Any other recommendations???

tiggrbaby
07-27-2009, 01:23 PM
Today it is exactly 6 months until we arrive at WDW (don't know why the ticker says differently :confused3)!!

In order to be fully prepared I put together a list of films we might want to see before our trip! Some of those we might have seen already, but I tried to put together a comprehensive list as we might want to refresh our memory on the one or the other film. K and I are both customers of a local video store which has an incredible library of films. They started out with VHS tapes in original languages (mainly English) as nearly every film in Germany is dubbed into German. Of course today with DVDs you normally have different languages available, so it is no longer difficult to get to see the original. However, they kept their concept of a film library and you can get nearly everything that exists on DVD. So the list in our wiki only has those films that are available there. The ones that I did not find there were Beauty and the Beast and Swiss Family Robinson, but otherwise that's what we can see before our trip:

Magic Kingdom
- Cinderella
- Snow White
- Sleping Beauty
- Alice in Wonderland
- Peter Pan
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Aladdin
- The Little Mermaid
- Dumbo
- Pete's Dragon
- The Sword in the Stone
- Lilo & Stitch
- Monsters, Inc.

Disney's Holywood Studios
- Donald Short Films
- Mickey Mouse Short Films
- Pluto Short Films
- Silly Symphonies
- Mary Poppins
- Toy Story
- Toy Story 2
- The Incredibles
- WALL-E
- Cars
- Ratatouille
- The Wizard of Oz
- Indiana Jones 1-3
- Singin' in the Rain
- Star Wars Episode IV, VI
- Twilight Zone
- High School Musical 1-3

Epcot
- Three Caballeros
- Finding Nemo
- Apollo 13

Animal Kingdom
- The Jungle Book
- A Bug's Life
- Lion King
- The Living Desert (that one is only available on VHS tape)

Miscellaneous
- Aristocats
- Bambi
- The Rescuers
- Bolt
- 101 Dalmatians
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Mulan
- Pocahontas
- The Lady and The Tramp
- Enchanted

Any other recommendations???

What a fab, fun idea!!!

TyRy
07-27-2009, 06:31 PM
Wow - what a list! I don't know if I've seen that many movies in the past two years. ;)

IBelieveInTheMagic
07-27-2009, 07:35 PM
That is quite a list! :) It would easily take me longer than 6 mos to even put a dent in it! Did you have Tinkerbell in the list? I can't remember - I love Tink and I think the movie is so well done. The new one comes out in a few mos so I actually can't wait!! :banana:

Gute Abend! :)

Heather

jenjolt
07-27-2009, 08:25 PM
Wow...what a great movie list...it reminded me of some of my old favorites and ones I'll have to pull them out and watch them LOL!!!

If U Had Wings
07-27-2009, 10:53 PM
That's a great list! I'm going to have to catch a few of those myself. I'm very excited. I've never seen Swiss Family Robinson, and just realized last night that it's going to be playing on Turner Classic movies Friday night. I made sure to set my DVR already.

mickeysmyboy
07-28-2009, 05:49 AM
Great list! May I also suggest Fantasia!? Maybe harf to find but if you can find it definitely take a look!

PracPerfPatricia
07-28-2009, 01:07 PM
Wow-that's a pretty thorough list...you'll have a good time making your way through those-I really love the classic stuff-the Silly Symphonies, Fantasia, Snow White-gorgeous animation-so pretty...Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Alice...

Nightmare before Christmas comes to mind-while not classical Disney-you see a lot of Nightmare merchandise in the Studios and I think he (Jack) is out for the Halloween Party...

Its all very creatively done...

Have a fun Film Fest....popcorn::

tarak
07-28-2009, 03:06 PM
Flossbolna, I would be so excited if they re-did Fantasyland. I used to love the submarine ride at Disneyland, so if they resurrected it somehow, that would be wonderful (I think they converted it into a Finding Nemo ride at Disneyland). I like the Barnstormer, but I think it's only about 30 seconds long. My older daughter, who loves roller coasters, could only say "that's it?" when it was over. She's iffy on whether she wants to tackle Space Mountain, so I'm not too upset that it will be closed when we get there in a few months.
And that's sweet that you wanted to play with your sister. My younger daughter keeps wanting to take home a different baby because her brother is too old now (he's not even 2, but I guess she's a fan of the very little :)).
I had to add this tidbit - my husband just sent me this link and it looks like the rumors may very well be true!
WDW Fantasyland refurb (http://www.attractionsmagazine.com/blog/2009/07/23/new-construction-may-add-truth-to-leaked-fantasyland-refurbishment-plans/)

brookelizabeth
07-28-2009, 09:50 PM
Wow! That is a big list! Do you think you'll be able to tackle a good number of them?

I would also suggest Pinocchio...but that's the only one I can think of that isn't already on your list! :goodvibes

2xcited2sleep
07-29-2009, 08:00 AM
LOVE your movie list! I am proud of myself b/c I have actually seen ~15 of those movies. I've been thinking I need to catch up too so your list will be a perfect tutor for me! :goodvibes

Lady Lallie
07-29-2009, 08:04 AM
I love your movie list. How sad that you can't get Swiss Family Robinson. That is one of my favorites!!

Flossbolna
08-02-2009, 01:55 PM
What a fab, fun idea!!!

We somehow have to stay excited about our trip!! It's still so far away! :goodvibes

Wow - what a list! I don't know if I've seen that many movies in the past two years. ;)

Both of us actually see a lot of movies. One of the advantages of living in a big city is that there is plenty of choice. Also none of us has TV at home, so we rent a lot of DVDs (including TV stuff).

That is quite a list! :) It would easily take me longer than 6 mos to even put a dent in it! Did you have Tinkerbell in the list? I can't remember - I love Tink and I think the movie is so well done. The new one comes out in a few mos so I actually can't wait!! :banana:

Gute Abend! :)

Heather

Thanks for the tip! Unfortunately this is not available at our video store. If I come across it at a sale, I might be tempted to pick it up! :goodvibes

That's a great list! I'm going to have to catch a few of those myself. I'm very excited. I've never seen Swiss Family Robinson, and just realized last night that it's going to be playing on Turner Classic movies Friday night. I made sure to set my DVR already.

I hope you managed to catch it! I have strange memories of that film. I remember it being on TV quite often when I was a child, but I never watched it from the beginning to the end and for some reason I never liked it at all. However, I thought it would have been interesting to see it as an adult!

Great list! May I also suggest Fantasia!? Maybe harf to find but if you can find it definitely take a look!

Actually, our video store has it on VHS, so I will add it to our list. Tanks for the tip! :thumbsup2

Wow-that's a pretty thorough list...you'll have a good time making your way through those-I really love the classic stuff-the Silly Symphonies, Fantasia, Snow White-gorgeous animation-so pretty...Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Alice...

Nightmare before Christmas comes to mind-while not classical Disney-you see a lot of Nightmare merchandise in the Studios and I think he (Jack) is out for the Halloween Party...

Its all very creatively done...

Have a fun Film Fest....popcorn::

I did see a number of the classics before my last trip and really enjoyed it. I really liked Peter Pan which I had not seen before! Nightmare before Christmas is a really good film. I saw it in 3D a couple of years ago in the cinema, I think it was a re-release. I actually like a lot of the Tim Burton films! But I will add it to our list for Katharina.

Did you ever see the Nightmare before Christmas overlay for the HM in Disneyland? I saw that in 2005 and thought it was fantastic! :worship:

Flossbolna, I would be so excited if they re-did Fantasyland. I used to love the submarine ride at Disneyland, so if they resurrected it somehow, that would be wonderful (I think they converted it into a Finding Nemo ride at Disneyland). I like the Barnstormer, but I think it's only about 30 seconds long. My older daughter, who loves roller coasters, could only say "that's it?" when it was over. She's iffy on whether she wants to tackle Space Mountain, so I'm not too upset that it will be closed when we get there in a few months.
And that's sweet that you wanted to play with your sister. My younger daughter keeps wanting to take home a different baby because her brother is too old now (he's not even 2, but I guess she's a fan of the very little :)).
I had to add this tidbit - my husband just sent me this link and it looks like the rumors may very well be true!
WDW Fantasyland refurb (http://www.attractionsmagazine.com/blog/2009/07/23/new-construction-may-add-truth-to-leaked-fantasyland-refurbishment-plans/)

Thanks for the link! It really looks like there will be some good things coming to Fantasyland. :woohoo:

Flossbolna
08-02-2009, 02:13 PM
Wow! That is a big list! Do you think you'll be able to tackle a good number of them?

I would also suggest Pinocchio...but that's the only one I can think of that isn't already on your list! :goodvibes

I hope we will be able to see quite a few! I have added Pinocchio, but I must say that that is one I never was very fond of as a child. But perhaps it would be worth to see it again with adult eyes!

LOVE your movie list! I am proud of myself b/c I have actually seen ~15 of those movies. I've been thinking I need to catch up too so your list will be a perfect tutor for me! :goodvibes

I just counted - and if you take all the movies on my list, I have seen 41 of them at one point in my life. I think I don't have so much catching up to do. But this includes films like Pete's Dragon which I loved as a child and which I have not seen for at least 20 years or so. I guess it will be fun to watch it again! :goodvibes

I love your movie list. How sad that you can't get Swiss Family Robinson. That is one of my favorites!!

I really would have loved to see that one. As I wrote before, I never enjoyed it as a child and thought it would have been so interesting to see it again and figure out why I disliked it!

Flossbolna
08-02-2009, 02:31 PM
I just came back from a wonderful day at a lake with Katharina and my DBIL. We had lots of fun in the water and it was a wonderful summer day! It felt like a mini vacation! :cloud9: We had a waterprrof disposable camera and were trying to create underwater shots. I am looking forward to see how that worked out!

Of course I managed once again to miss one of those milestones counting down to our trip! We are already at 177 days. I must say that I am a huge fan of the shift to 90 days for ADRs. This means that we still have nearly three months to plan our days! It is fun to prepare those decisions, reading reviews of the restaurants and such. Katharina even has started to read trip reports to get a feel of how other people structure their days! I guess she is lurking on a number of our dear readers' reports! :goodvibes

And once we have settled on the ADRs it will be end of October. Which means that Christmas season will soon start with other excitement going on and once the holidays are over, it is less than a month until we arrive at WDW! :woohoo: So we will never have a long period of time where everything is settled and we have no more planning to do! That would be horrible!! :scared1::rotfl2:

Also, I just checked and the new room rates for 2010 are out! It looks like for value season the moderates stayed the same, but now are 10 $ more expensive on weekend nights. That would be a 20 $ increases for us. AKL pool view room went up 5 $ per night (no weekend night surcharge here...), so this would be a 45 $ increase for us. Of course I would have preferred the room rates to stay where they are, but this increase will be bearable for us!! Of course we still will be hoping for a discount!!

So I count on getting an email from my travel agent soon! I wrote her a while back and she promised to send me pricing when the new rates came out. So we are all set to book!! And it looks very much like it will be AKL!! :banana:

Now I just hope that the exchange rate stays the way it is right now: We get 1,42 $ for 1 Euro. That's not the best it has been, but better than the 1,37 it was a few months ago. So the big question is: Do we pay a big chunk of the resort price now, or do we wait? We have the money in our savings acount where we get interest (not much, but something). I guess if I really want to make an informed decision I need to do some math...

PracPerfPatricia
08-03-2009, 05:16 PM
It sounds like the room rates didn't go up too much which is great...I so hope you get to stay at AKL and know you love it...:love: and I have to say I agree with you...:lmao:obviously...

I feel your pain on the exchange rate-we are hoping to going to Paris for a week in the spring...and actually we hope the Euro goes down...(sorry...;) It actually isn't as bad for us as it was for a while-although the pound is even better-actually London is a relatively good travel buy now (better for Americans then it's been in years...it's kind of a shame that it is always going to be better for one side than they other...although we should all hope the economy of all the industrial powers strengthen up...:confused3

It is really hard to know when to lock in your rate...it's a bit of a gamble really...

Under 180 days starts to make it feel more and more real...:goodvibes


(Lucky you to see the overlay of Nightmare Before Christmas on the HM-I'd love to see that...I so want to go to the parks for a Halloween time...

I love NBC-I think it is a perfect mix of lite horror mixed with comedy-a little noir but not too much-its just a really enjoyable film but I like most of Tim Burton's stuff-I thought Corpse Bride was good and am really looking forward to see what he's going to do with Alice in Wonderland-and its a Disney film like Nightmare... (opens in March...:thumbsup2)

jenjolt
08-03-2009, 06:02 PM
YAY for 2010 rates!! I'm glad it wasn't too much of an increase for you guys!!!! I'm sure it will be a day of celebration when you finally pay off your package!!!

Can't wait to see your underwater pictures from your vacation, sounds like a great time!

brookelizabeth
08-05-2009, 07:29 AM
Yesterday we got your planning DVD in the mail....:goodvibes I have to get to Target to get a shipping envelope and I'll try to get it out this Saturday when I can make it to the post office. I'll send you a PM when I get that far.

I was relieved to see just the small increase on both the tickets and the hotels. I was hoping they wouldn't increase them BOTH, but....

Sounds like you had a wonderfully relaxing day at the lake! Are you going to share your underwater pictures?

mickeysmyboy
08-05-2009, 09:07 AM
I'm glad the price increases wheren't to bad!! $45 really very little in comparison to the whole chunk of change for the trip!

Sound like you had fun at the lake! I'd love to see the underwater pictures!

I have to agree about 90 days! I have more then 2 months until adr time! I think it October 11th for me (Have to double check that!) I have some idea now of where we want to go but I know I have lots of time to get everything set! Once my kiddos go back to school in Sept I'll have myself some disney days and actually sit with my laptop and plan, plan, plan!! :banana:

If U Had Wings
08-05-2009, 09:15 AM
I was plugging in some days for next year and noticed the surcharges for the weekends too. I was thinking it was just because I was looking at dates during the Food & Wine Fest, but it seems like it's just how Disney is going to be pricing things now. I find it a bit annoying.

I'm glad though that your rates didn't go up too much though. I'll be hoping you get a good discount!

2xcited2sleep
08-05-2009, 07:24 PM
Isn't 2010 planning fun? I am also very pleased with the change to 90 days for ADRs. Makes planning a bit more civilized!

Glad you had fun at the lake. Hope you can share some of your underwater photography! :)

tarak
08-08-2009, 12:16 AM
flossbolna - I had no idea you could get underwater disposable cameras. I'll have to get a few for my kids. We'll be staying at AKL and I was thinking they'd love to take pictures in the pool. Or at least I would :).

PracPerfPatricia
08-15-2009, 08:49 AM
Knock, knock. Is Floss home? Is she okay? Can she come out to play?

Flossbolna
08-17-2009, 06:52 AM
Knock, knock. Is Floss home? Is she okay? Can she come out to play?

Hi! :goodvibes I was "home" - visiting my parents and then my flat in Nuremberg, so not much computer time at my parents' and no internet (:scared1:) in Nuremberg... But now I am back in Berlin and have a second week off from work, so I am planning on doing lots of updating this week!! :thumbsup2

Lady Lallie
08-17-2009, 08:45 AM
Hi! :goodvibes I was "home" - visiting my parents and then my flat in Nuremberg, so not much computer time at my parents' and no internet (:scared1:) in Nuremberg... But now I am back in Berlin and have a second week off from work, so I am planning on doing lots of updating this week!! :thumbsup2

Yay for lots of updates! :banana:

Flossbolna
08-17-2009, 10:04 AM
Yay for lots of updates! :banana:

At the moment I am busy trying to read all my subscriptions... Catching up with the DIS after a vacation is worse than catching up at work!!! :lmao: Update will come at some point tonight (which for you will be 6 hours earlier in the day).

Flossbolna
08-17-2009, 03:38 PM
Sorry that I have been away for so long. I am on vacation at the moment and spend last week visiting my parents. They are moving in September to an appartment in Nuremberg, the city where I normally live. So this was the last time I got to stay in the house where I grew up. :sad1: Actually we moved there when I was 15, so I only lived there for a few years, but still it has been home for me for over 20 years now... Then I was at my own appartment in Nuremberg for some time. Since my job sent me to Berlin for a limited time, they pay the rent for my appartment in Berlin and I could keep the one in Nuremberg. I usually go there about once a month to meet up with friends and so. Now I will be able to meet up with my parents, too. :banana: Their new appartment is 8 min walk from my door to their door! Now I am back in Berlin, but still off from work. :cloud9:

It sounds like the room rates didn't go up too much which is great...I so hope you get to stay at AKL and know you love it...:love: and I have to say I agree with you...:lmao:obviously...

I feel your pain on the exchange rate-we are hoping to going to Paris for a week in the spring...and actually we hope the Euro goes down...(sorry...;) It actually isn't as bad for us as it was for a while-although the pound is even better-actually London is a relatively good travel buy now (better for Americans then it's been in years...it's kind of a shame that it is always going to be better for one side than they other...although we should all hope the economy of all the industrial powers strengthen up...:confused3

It is really hard to know when to lock in your rate...it's a bit of a gamble really...

Under 180 days starts to make it feel more and more real...:goodvibes


(Lucky you to see the overlay of Nightmare Before Christmas on the HM-I'd love to see that...I so want to go to the parks for a Halloween time...

I love NBC-I think it is a perfect mix of lite horror mixed with comedy-a little noir but not too much-its just a really enjoyable film but I like most of Tim Burton's stuff-I thought Corpse Bride was good and am really looking forward to see what he's going to do with Alice in Wonderland-and its a Disney film like Nightmare... (opens in March...:thumbsup2)

I guess we should make a deal that the Euro needs to stay strong at the moment but go into rapid decline in February 2010 :) Unless you plan to prepay lots of things! A week in Paris sounds wonderful. I actually never managed to see Paris properly. I know more of the Disneyland next to it... :rolleyes1

I like a lot of Tim Burton stuff, too. Corpse Bride was wonderful and I adored Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! I am really looking forward to Alice in Wonderland. We are lucky, it is scheduled for March 2010 for Germany as well. Sometimes movies start here months later than in the US.

YAY for 2010 rates!! I'm glad it wasn't too much of an increase for you guys!!!! I'm sure it will be a day of celebration when you finally pay off your package!!!

Can't wait to see your underwater pictures from your vacation, sounds like a great time!

Underwater pictures turned out great, will be coming up some time this week! :thumbsup2

Yesterday we got your planning DVD in the mail....:goodvibes I have to get to Target to get a shipping envelope and I'll try to get it out this Saturday when I can make it to the post office. I'll send you a PM when I get that far.

I was relieved to see just the small increase on both the tickets and the hotels. I was hoping they wouldn't increase them BOTH, but....

Sounds like you had a wonderfully relaxing day at the lake! Are you going to share your underwater pictures?

Underwater pictures are coming! Thanks for your efforts with the DVD! I awaiting it anxiously. :woohoo: But I will need to wait for Katharina and her DH to return from their vacation until we get to see it! :goodvibes

I'm glad the price increases wheren't to bad!! $45 really very little in comparison to the whole chunk of change for the trip!

Sound like you had fun at the lake! I'd love to see the underwater pictures!

I have to agree about 90 days! I have more then 2 months until adr time! I think it October 11th for me (Have to double check that!) I have some idea now of where we want to go but I know I have lots of time to get everything set! Once my kiddos go back to school in Sept I'll have myself some disney days and actually sit with my laptop and plan, plan, plan!! :banana:

It would have been nice to have $ 45 more, but I guess that's ok...

On the 90 days... well you will read about it in my next update! :rolleyes:

I was plugging in some days for next year and noticed the surcharges for the weekends too. I was thinking it was just because I was looking at dates during the Food & Wine Fest, but it seems like it's just how Disney is going to be pricing things now. I find it a bit annoying.

I'm glad though that your rates didn't go up too much though. I'll be hoping you get a good discount!

Disney really seems to try to get a more demand driven price structure. As a single adult who can travel whenever they want, this really works out ok for me, but what I don't like is that they just take their old prices and then add a surcharge. I think the reason is that they need to show an increase in profit every year for the stock market to be happy with them. And that's their way to do it. :confused3 I think a long time planning would be better than a short term profit. When will people stop paying those prices? The DDP is already not a good deal for me anymore. And I would never consider it with its new "holiday price" of 46.99 $! :scared1:

Isn't 2010 planning fun? I am also very pleased with the change to 90 days for ADRs. Makes planning a bit more civilized!

Glad you had fun at the lake. Hope you can share some of your underwater photography! :)

2010 planning is great!! It looks like we were in the minority on the 90 days. See my new update on ADRs...

flossbolna - I had no idea you could get underwater disposable cameras. I'll have to get a few for my kids. We'll be staying at AKL and I was thinking they'd love to take pictures in the pool. Or at least I would :).

You definitely should get those! I actually learned about them on the internet! When I researched that first trip that never was in 99 I read about them on the Blizzard Beach FAQ at allears.net (then wdwig.com). I remember how impressed I was by that invention! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
08-17-2009, 03:48 PM
As said before this should be the first in a row of updates, but first I want to start with the proper PTR stuff, there are a number of things t mention:

First:

We have an official reservation!!! :banana::banana: We will be staying in a pool view room at AKL! :cool1: We booked a package with 9 days MYW tickets with park hopping, but no water park option. If we go to a water park (more on that below), we would get an extra ticket, that's cheaper. Now we just sit here and hope for a nice code to come out. Actually the 4+3 deal would not work for us so great... It would be 6+3 for us... Still better than nothing, though.

I am so happy that we will stay at AKL again, I just feel at home at that place. :love: And it was the hotel that Katharina thought was the most interesting to her as well (she has good taste! :lmao:). So we decided to go with that. I really missed being close to AK when we stayed at the Poly, it is such a beatiful park and I am sure Katharina will like it, too. So we are planning on spending quite a lot of time there. I guess we will spend the least amount of time at MK since this is the park concept that Katharina knows best. So AKL's location actually works for us. :thumbsup2

I booked again through the travel agent I have used before. She has been great for past trips, even when I sometimes get impatient and would like a reply the minute I send an email :rolleyes1. I was thinking about booking myself, especially since online ADRs now make it much easier to make those (but maybe not for us, see below). Before I really did not want to call a call center in the US for those. I did it for a few reservations last time, but found it very tedious. Also there often is a language problem. While I have no problem with British English (I went to university for a year in London and used to have an English boyfriend), there are American accents that I don't understand at all. Very annoying if you have to ask after every second sentence for it to be repeated... Makes me feel very stupid. But then my TA has been great to get discounts for us as well. And considering that 7 am (when those phone lines open for booking discounts) is 1pm for me and I am at work at that time, it still will be a service that can be useful! I got the booking confirmation from her last week and it looks great. Since we knew our flight details, Magical Express is already set up for us as well.

Oh and I decided to pay off about half of our undiscounted package and hope that I won't have to send too much money to Disney anymore because we will get a fabulous discount... :rolleyes:

Second:

ADRs! We still haven't decided where we want to eat. We have a few thoughts, but I think Katharina should post about her ideas for her birthday herself (you will need to wait for that, she is on a hiking trip in England at the moment).

BUT: 180days ADRs are coming back. :sad2: All unofficial websites seem to post that now that 180days ADRs will be available again starting 10/27. Our 90 day window would have started 10/29. So we will fall in this mad rush on 10/27 when not only everyone whose vacation starts at 1/25 will call, but additional 90 days worth of people. I can only imagine what a chaos this will be!! I am actually quite glad that I have a TA who will take care of our ADRs, even though I am aware that she most likely will have a lot of clients who need to be booked on that day. But then I think that we will not have lots of difficult ADRs: no character meals (perhaps Tusker House breakfast), no Le Cellier, no Ohana... Last time we booked all our ADRs at 50 days or so and had no problem, gut everything within 20 min of what we wanted.

Third:

Water Parks: If the weather cooperates we are set on visiting a water park! I know from experience that Florida can be chilly during that time frame, and we don't need really hot days for swimming, but something around the mid 70s would be great! And now I have found out that it looks like we will be having fun at Typhoon Lagoon!! :beach: TL is closed for refurbishment in November, so it looks like Blizzard Beach will then be closed after Christmas. I am fine with that and Katharina was actually leaning more towards TL anyway. I have been to both once and thought BB had the better slides, it seemed like there was more to do. But TL is fine as well. It also means that we don't have to bother with any bus stopping at BB along the way.

So, those are the trip related updates. Next will be underwater pictures from the lake and a walking tour through Nuremberg. There might also be the one or other surprise update thrown in there... Also I really need to update my dining review...

tiggrbaby
08-17-2009, 08:12 PM
Hooray for the booking! :banana: AKL is such a beautiful resort, you will have a wonderful stay! And TL is fun for the wave pool and Slusher Gusher. If you can stand the cold water, it is fun to snorkel over the sharks!

TyRy
08-17-2009, 08:54 PM
:woohoo:YAY:woohoo: so glad you are now "officially" booked! And what a wonderful place ;) Even though we haven't stayed SV yet, I have no problem already declaring that pool view is my favorite view. If they had had it available with the discount for our upcoming trip, I would not have even considered SV.

Here's wishing you luck with your ADR's and that you have no problems getting everything you want. pixiedust: I can't wait to hear what you decide.

If U Had Wings
08-18-2009, 09:59 AM
Congratulations on booking your resort. When I book a room, the trip always feels "real" to me. I love the AKL. It's going to be a wonderful place for you and your sister for the week.

That's great that you won't have to worry about making your ADRs. Belive me, it's not just you with the accents. I had to call for prices once, and couldn't understand anything the cast member was saying to me.

mickeysmyboy
08-18-2009, 11:38 AM
:cool1: Yippee for booking AKL!!! It's so beautiful! I can't wait to go back there in Jan!!

Flossbolna
08-18-2009, 01:36 PM
Hooray for the booking! :banana: AKL is such a beautiful resort, you will have a wonderful stay! And TL is fun for the wave pool and Slusher Gusher. If you can stand the cold water, it is fun to snorkel over the sharks!

Crush n Gusher is a lot of fun!! I really loved that slide and that's the reason why I am really looking forward to TL. Just make sure that the tube you get is properly inflated. We ended up with one that was a little bit flat and therefore experienced a few bumps... The wave pool I was not so happy with, those big wave seemed rather violent to me, I never managed to ride them... I guess I will get an opportunity to try that again!

:woohoo:YAY:woohoo: so glad you are now "officially" booked! And what a wonderful place ;) Even though we haven't stayed SV yet, I have no problem already declaring that pool view is my favorite view. If they had had it available with the discount for our upcoming trip, I would not have even considered SV.

Here's wishing you luck with your ADR's and that you have no problems getting everything you want. pixiedust: I can't wait to hear what you decide.

Yes, AKL is wonderful, I agree! I just wonder wether I will ever manage to make it into that Jambo Wildbunch Gang... :rolleyes1

I really like pool view because you are guaranteed a room that is close to the pool and therefore to Mara. :goodvibes I am afraid that discount availability for pool view is always not so good at AKL. For our 2008 trip we had decided to change to standard view to take advantage of a discount because pool view was not available. But our TA managed to get a CM who got us the discounted room nevertheless. :thumbsup2 IF nothing becomes available, I might be tempted to change to a discounted savanna view, just for having stayed there once...

Congratulations on booking your resort. When I book a room, the trip always feels "real" to me. I love the AKL. It's going to be a wonderful place for you and your sister for the week.

That's great that you won't have to worry about making your ADRs. Belive me, it's not just you with the accents. I had to call for prices once, and couldn't understand anything the cast member was saying to me.

We have flights and resort and tickets booked now. So this trip really is taking shape!! But knowing for sure that we will stay at AKL (I know I could still change this around a million times if I would want to...) makes it so much more liek a real trip. I also feel much more comfortable to start planning out park days and such.

:cool1: Yippee for booking AKL!!! It's so beautiful! I can't wait to go back there in Jan!!

I am really excited about staying at AKL again. :banana: Katharina at first seemed not interested in it, but then it turned out that she thought that I would prefer to stay at a new place and AKL would have been her no. 1 choice. So it seems only natural to stay there. Last January when I stayed at the Poly I was really aching that one evening we ate at Boma because I didn't want to leave... :sad1:

Flossbolna
08-18-2009, 01:37 PM
As promised before here are some of the pictures we took at the Stechlin lake in Brandenburg a few weeks ago. It was a disposable camera which had a 800 ISO film and was best by May 09. So this might explain the colours a bit. Also, you can't really look through the view-finder underwater, but there was a plastic frame which you could use instead. It was still difficult to aim at the object. Also Katharina can't open her eyes under water, so the pictures of me were taken just swimming towards her while she was standing with head above water. Still I am rather impressed that the pictures are all ok. The lake was really clear for lake water, but still not as clear as a pool, so they look a bit murky. I must say it was really strange to take pictures and not see the result immediately...

First a few shots of the beach seen from the lake:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Stechlin/imm014_N14.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Stechlin/imm018_N18.jpg

The next pictures were taken at a fish farm that's about half a mile from the beach. It is family owned and they sell all kind of smoked fish, mainly eel, trout and something called Maräne, my dictionary calls it whitfish, but I am not sure about that. It is supposedly a fish that need very clean water. You can either get a proper meal consisting of a whole smoked fish with fried potatoes or potato salad as a side dish, or you could get the smoked fish filet on a bread roll. We opted for the bread rolls, much easier!!

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http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Stechlin/imm022_N22.jpg

The next pictures are of us (Katharina, her DH and me) swimming over water:

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http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Stechlin/imm025_N25.jpg

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http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Stechlin/imm005_N5.jpg

And now to the ones you all have been waiting for!!

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Stechlin/imm001_N1.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Stechlin/imm002_N2.jpg

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http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Stechlin/imm024_N24.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Stechlin/imm023_N23.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Stechlin/imm004_N4.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Stechlin/imm000_N0.jpg

We had lots of fun! Hope you enjoyed the picture report as well!

tarak
08-18-2009, 03:10 PM
I love the underwater shots. I have contacts and can't swim with my eyes open underwater either. Every once in a while I forget and lose a contact. :)

jenjolt
08-18-2009, 03:35 PM
YAY congrats on booking your package!! AKL is such a gorgeous resort I would love to be able to stay there sometime!! You are right you guys are going to love it and have a great trip!!! Good luck with all the ADRs I'm glad I will be able to make mine for January before the mad rush but I have no doubt you will be happy with what you get!!

Can't wait to hear about what you sister wants to do on her birthday!!!

tiggrbaby
08-18-2009, 05:04 PM
Wow! That water was very clear for a lake!

Flossbolna
08-18-2009, 05:21 PM
I love the underwater shots. I have contacts and can't swim with my eyes open underwater either. Every once in a while I forget and lose a contact. :)

I wear contacts, too. Actually I have rigid contact lenses and they are quite expensive, so never wear them in water. But I got disposable ones just for the purpose of swimming as well as the goggles. And with that combination I can see underwater! :thumbsup2 It is wonderful, especially since I am pretty blind without a lense in front of my eyes... :confused3

YAY congrats on booking your package!! AKL is such a gorgeous resort I would love to be able to stay there sometime!! You are right you guys are going to love it and have a great trip!!! Good luck with all the ADRs I'm glad I will be able to make mine for January before the mad rush but I have no doubt you will be happy with what you get!!

Can't wait to hear about what you sister wants to do on her birthday!!!

I hope I can get Katharina to post a bit more... She is always very busy, but she is actually the writer of the two of us! She has a degree in journalism. :rolleyes1

Wow! That water was very clear for a lake!

yes, I really liked that. But it also meant that you could see the fish swimming around you! :scared1:

IBelieveInTheMagic
08-18-2009, 07:48 PM
Yeah, you booked your room!! :cool1: It seems your heart was leading you back to AKL so you should be happy!

I hear ya on the ADR situation! My 90 days was happening right around when they went online and there were a bunch of kinks. I hope it won't be too "crowded" at the time you or your TA are booking them. Just remember, a lot of people don't know about them moving back to 180 days so I think you'll be okay, I really do! :)

Loved the water pictures and how fun! I'm not good in lakes and fish swimming around me!! YIKES :rotfl2:

Oh gosh, tease me with the Nuernberg pictures!! I know I have plenty (and in my brain) but I can't wait to see them! :banana: I'm wanting to go to Mueller's like something fierce and grab me a real Nuernberger brat wurst out front! By the way, I read last week that at the Food & Wine Festival in Epcot at the Munich station they will have the famous Nuernberger brat wurst so we'll see! :worship:

Heather

If U Had Wings
08-19-2009, 10:44 AM
The underwater shots are great. Looks like you had a great time.

Lady Lallie
08-19-2009, 11:15 AM
I think going with the TA is a good idea for the ADRs, one less thing you have to worry about.

Underwater cameras are so much fun! Marc and I had one in Bermuda when we went to the Beach. So much fun. In fact my favorite Bermuda picture is of the beach taken from the water. :thumbsup2

TyRy
08-20-2009, 07:41 AM
Yes, AKL is wonderful, I agree! I just wonder wether I will ever manage to make it into that Jambo Wildbunch Gang... :rolleyes1

Perhaps on the Jambo thread we need to start campaigning for it, I think that worked last time :rotfl2: Otherwise we'll just have to say that we are going back to the AKL naked compared to our friends...we have no tag! :rotfl:

And the water pictures were so fun!

mickeysmyboy
08-20-2009, 08:07 AM
I love the underwater shots! So cool!!! I saw a commercial for an actual waterproof digital camera the other day. It's a fuji camera and I saw it at Target yesterday for $200. I really considering it for a birthday present for myself or something! I'd love to be able to take underwater pictures and pictures on splash mountain etc without worrying about the camera!

brookelizabeth
08-20-2009, 10:23 AM
I was a few updates behind because we were away too! :yay: for booking! A pool room at AKL sounds wonderful!!!!!! Sounds like you made a really good move going with the TA again-I hope s/he works out well and provides good service. Speaking of TA's, I haven't heard from mine in a LONG time, I kinda forgot about her! :scared: :rotfl: All well!

I love the underwater pictures! They are so fun! I have to pick up a few more things for the trip from the store, if I remember, I just might pick up one of these!

I kinda laughed at not understanding some American accents....there are some I don't understand either! ;)

Flossbolna
08-20-2009, 05:37 PM
Yeah, you booked your room!! :cool1: It seems your heart was leading you back to AKL so you should be happy!

I hear ya on the ADR situation! My 90 days was happening right around when they went online and there were a bunch of kinks. I hope it won't be too "crowded" at the time you or your TA are booking them. Just remember, a lot of people don't know about them moving back to 180 days so I think you'll be okay, I really do! :)

Loved the water pictures and how fun! I'm not good in lakes and fish swimming around me!! YIKES :rotfl2:

Oh gosh, tease me with the Nuernberg pictures!! I know I have plenty (and in my brain) but I can't wait to see them! :banana: I'm wanting to go to Mueller's like something fierce and grab me a real Nuernberger brat wurst out front! By the way, I read last week that at the Food & Wine Festival in Epcot at the Munich station they will have the famous Nuernberger brat wurst so we'll see! :worship:

Heather

Sorry, Nuremberg will have to wait, was too busy today!! :eek: I saw that about the Nürnberger Bratwürste! I wonder wether they are the real ones... In all of the European Union this is protected regional name, which is similar to a trademark. It says that you only may call it a Nürnberger if it was produced in Nuremberg! Same goes for Serano ham, Parma ham, Permeggiano cheese and so on... Actually, I took pictures of my favourite bratwurst location! :banana:

I can understand your pain about being at the 90 days mark at the beginning of online ADR. Feels so unfair!! :lmao:

The underwater shots are great. Looks like you had a great time.

It was a wonderful day! :goodvibes

I think going with the TA is a good idea for the ADRs, one less thing you have to worry about.

Underwater cameras are so much fun! Marc and I had one in Bermuda when we went to the Beach. So much fun. In fact my favorite Bermuda picture is of the beach taken from the water. :thumbsup2

Yes, I am really pleased with having a TA! Bermuda beach pictures sound wonderful!! For me Bermuda sounds like an extremely exotic place, but for you it is nearly round the corner, isn't it?? :goodvibes

Perhaps on the Jambo thread we need to start campaigning for it, I think that worked last time :rotfl2: Otherwise we'll just have to say that we are going back to the AKL naked compared to our friends...we have no tag! :rotfl:

And the water pictures were so fun!

Yes, we really need to do something about it!! You are off really soon! Perhaps you could threaten not to post a single picture of AKL on the thread, but then who knows how you get the tag fairy to notice you??? I always thought that Kimmar had a good connection to the tag fairy... Perhaps we need to start a petition on the Community Board and ask all the Jambo thread people to write for us??? I really really would love to have that tag!!!

I love the underwater shots! So cool!!! I saw a commercial for an actual waterproof digital camera the other day. It's a fuji camera and I saw it at Target yesterday for $200. I really considering it for a birthday present for myself or something! I'd love to be able to take underwater pictures and pictures on splash mountain etc without worrying about the camera!

digital waterproof sounds great, but we reall liked the fact not taking our real camera to the beach. Therefore we did not have to worry about it lying around... But you gave me an idea about disposable cameras and the water rides, thanks!!! :thumbsup2

I was a few updates behind because we were away too! :yay: for booking! A pool room at AKL sounds wonderful!!!!!! Sounds like you made a really good move going with the TA again-I hope s/he works out well and provides good service. Speaking of TA's, I haven't heard from mine in a LONG time, I kinda forgot about her! :scared: :rotfl: All well!

I love the underwater pictures! They are so fun! I have to pick up a few more things for the trip from the store, if I remember, I just might pick up one of these!

I kinda laughed at not understanding some American accents....there are some I don't understand either! ;)

Funny that you forgot about your TA!! :rotfl: Yes, I am very happy about booking with my TA again, she was very prompt with her emails and gave me great information. So I am sure everything will work out! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
08-20-2009, 05:53 PM
I will be away for the weekend. My mother and I will travel to Copenhagen! :cool1: I am really looking forward to this trip. I was an exchange student for one year in Denmark in 1989/1990 (20 years ago! :scared1:) and have been back to Denmark not often enough really! So it will be fun to be there once again and Copenhagen is a lovely city. I will try to do a mini-TR about it, should be good training for January. Katharina and her DH are hiking in England at the moment with my father, so we have our parents covered! :lmao: I hope she will post a few pictures when she is back, too!

But I wanted to give you a small update at least until I am back to the DIS: I will show you Floss - as in Flossbolna! Floss (or rather spelled correctly if using strange German letters: Floß) is the small town where my parents live. Soon they will move from Floss to Nuremberg where they own an appartment and our old house will be sold. Therefore last week I was there for the very last time.

This is my parents' house:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Floss1.jpg

And this is our dining room. We have spent lots of family time sitting around that large table!

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Floss2.jpg

We used that occassion to eat our favourite restaurant. It is a gourmet restaurant in an old mill in a tiny village in the woods close to the border to the Czech Republic (in German we would say: where fox and hare say good night to each other). It has been the place where my family eats for every celebration and they also catered Katharina's wedding. Luckily, they have to holiday appartments that can be rented and they are only about 1.5 hours drive from Nuremberg, so I think we will still get to go there. We had an excellent meal and I absolutely forgot that I had taken my camera with me for some food porn until it was time for dessert. I had baked figs with almond zabaglione:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Weiherblasch.jpg

It was wonderful!!! :cloud9:

tiggrbaby
08-20-2009, 06:42 PM
I love the underwater shots! So cool!!! I saw a commercial for an actual waterproof digital camera the other day. It's a fuji camera and I saw it at Target yesterday for $200. I really considering it for a birthday present for myself or something! I'd love to be able to take underwater pictures and pictures on splash mountain etc without worrying about the camera!

We were given an Olympus underwater camera as a gift before we went on a cruise. I love it! I use it when I want a smaller camera, and it has been fabulous for water shots. I would probably suggest a floating strap if you are going to be in the ocean.

I will be away for the weekend. My mother and I will travel to Copenhagen! :cool1: I am really looking forward to this trip. I was an exchange student for one year in Denmark in 1989/1990 (20 years ago! :scared1:) and have been back to Denmark not often enough really! So it will be fun to be there once again and Copenhagen is a lovely city. I will try to do a mini-TR about it, should be good training for January. Katharina and her DH are hiking in England at the moment with my father, so we have our parents covered! :lmao: I hope she will post a few pictures when she is back, too!

But I wanted to give you a small update at least until I am back to the DIS: I will show you Floss - as in Flossbolna! Floss (or rather spelled correctly if using strange German letters: Floß) is the small town where my parents live. Soon they will move from Floss to Nuremberg where they own an appartment and our old house will be sold. Therefore last week I was there for the very last time.

This is my parents' house:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Floss1.jpg

And this is our dining room. We have spent lots of family time sitting around that large table!

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Floss2.jpg

We used that occassion to eat our favourite restaurant. It is a gourmet restaurant in an old mill in a tiny village in the woods close to the border to the Czech Republic (in German we would say: where fox and hare say good night to each other). It has been the place where my family eats for every celebration and they also catered Katharina's wedding. Luckily, they have to holiday appartments that can be rented and they are only about 1.5 hours drive from Nuremberg, so I think we will still get to go there. We had an excellent meal and I absolutely forgot that I had taken my camera with me for some food porn until it was time for dessert. I had baked figs with almond zabaglione:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/Weiherblasch.jpg

It was wonderful!!! :cloud9:

What a beautiful home and such lovely memories! It is nice that you had the opportunity to go back to that restaurant.

Perhaps on the Jambo thread we need to start campaigning for it, I think that worked last time :rotfl2: Otherwise we'll just have to say that we are going back to the AKL naked compared to our friends...we have no tag! :rotfl:

And the water pictures were so fun!

ITA!! Bring on the tags!

If U Had Wings
08-21-2009, 09:37 AM
The house is lovely. I love the ivy on it. Have a wonderful weekend!

tarak
08-21-2009, 03:46 PM
What a lovely home!
I think the ability to travel from one country to another so readily is one of the things I envy the most about Europeans. We have our regional differences here in the US, but it's just not the same.

brookelizabeth
08-23-2009, 10:56 PM
I hope you had a great weekend!

I had no idea your DISname was from a town - it's really cool to learn, and to see the home you grew up in. It's a beautiful home, I love the ivy along the side.

Flossbolna
08-24-2009, 05:39 PM
What a beautiful home and such lovely memories! It is nice that you had the opportunity to go back to that restaurant.

ITA!! Bring on the tags!

It was really a lovely visit! And I guess we need to create a team to go for those tags!! :thumbsup2

The house is lovely. I love the ivy on it. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks, Copenhagen was great!! :goodvibes

What a lovely home!
I think the ability to travel from one country to another so readily is one of the things I envy the most about Europeans. We have our regional differences here in the US, but it's just not the same.

I think I know what you mean. I always hope that we Europeans have the chance to learn that other cultures can be just different, not better or worse than our own, because we have the abilitity to be exposed to them so much more easily. It always amazes me how distinct the differences are between seemingly similar countries in Europe. But then I am often very disillusioned if I experience German tourists behaving badly :sad2:

I hope you had a great weekend!

I had no idea your DISname was from a town - it's really cool to learn, and to see the home you grew up in. It's a beautiful home, I love the ivy along the side.

My weekend was fantastic, more on that later... My DISname is Floss for the town where my parents live and Bolna for the dog we used to have as kids. Actually Bolna is Mongolian for "good" or "well". My family loves a children's book about two boys travelling through Mongolia in the 30s and there they have a dog which is called the Mongolian word for dog. At first we wanted to call our dog that name, but it did not fit well for a female dog. So we picked the other word that was mentioned in the book all the time: Bolna. :goodvibes

mickeysmyboy
08-24-2009, 06:35 PM
What a lovely home! I hope their new home brings lots of happy memories too!

Hope you had a great trip to Copenhagen!

tarak
08-24-2009, 09:30 PM
I think I know what you mean. I always hope that we Europeans have the chance to learn that other cultures can be just different, not better or worse than our own, because we have the abilitity to be exposed to them so much more easily. It always amazes me how distinct the differences are between seemingly similar countries in Europe.
That's exactly what I meant, but you put it much more eloquently. :)
And I love how you came up with your forum name. Mine is my first name and last initial. Because I'm unoriginal that way. :)

PracPerfPatricia
08-25-2009, 11:37 PM
Wow-you have been busy posting haven't you...:lmao:

Congrats on your reservations...I know that you'll both love the AKL-well you already know you will and your sister will love it as well...it seems to have a good following amongst the Europeans who visit-I heard English, French, Spanish, Italian and i believe German being spoken while we were there.

Think about a lunch or dinner at Sanaa while your there-it was one of my favorite meals the whole time we were there...it is a pain for you that you fall right between when they switch the ADR window...:sad2:-but I think the TA and the time you are going are both in your favor...

Your parent's home is charming...bittersweet to say goodbuy to that...:hug:

I'm glad you had some vacation time-I love the underwater photos-I need one of those cameras-how fun!:)

Copenhagen...Lucky you...I hope you're planning to write a TR about that...:rolleyes1

Flossbolna
08-27-2009, 07:52 AM
What a lovely home! I hope their new home brings lots of happy memories too!

Hope you had a great trip to Copenhagen!

Thanks for the nice comment! Both my parents are really looking forward to living in a city again and their new appartment is just 10 min walk from my appartment in Nuremberg! :goodvibes

That's exactly what I meant, but you put it much more eloquently. :)
And I love how you came up with your forum name. Mine is my first name and last initial. Because I'm unoriginal that way. :)

I guess me being eloquent on that matter comes from being involved as a volunteer with a youth exchange organization! :goodvibes In case you really want to get a glimpse into other cultures, I can really recommend hosting an exchange student! Katharina and I both went abroad during school, I went to Denmark, Katharina to Czechoslovakia and our family has hosted several exchange students (from Finland, Poland, Russia and Sweden). I think it is a wonderful way to learn about other countries.

And I don't think your screen nme is unoriginal, it sounds very exotic! :thumbsup2 And Tara is a beautiful name! :goodvibes

Wow-you have been busy posting haven't you...:lmao:

Congrats on your reservations...I know that you'll both love the AKL-well you already know you will and your sister will love it as well...it seems to have a good following amongst the Europeans who visit-I heard English, French, Spanish, Italian and i believe German being spoken while we were there.

Think about a lunch or dinner at Sanaa while your there-it was one of my favorite meals the whole time we were there...it is a pain for you that you fall right between when they switch the ADR window...:sad2:-but I think the TA and the time you are going are both in your favor...

Your parent's home is charming...bittersweet to say goodbuy to that...:hug:

I'm glad you had some vacation time-I love the underwater photos-I need one of those cameras-how fun!:)

Copenhagen...Lucky you...I hope you're planning to write a TR about that...:rolleyes1

AKL will be woderful!! I think why it appeals to Europeans is the fact that it is a real hotel. We aren't used to outdoor corridors in Europe like the values and moderates have them. Therefore the deluxe resorts have a strong appeal. :goodvibes

Thanks for the nice comments on my parents' house and the underwater pictures. I am still very pleased how good they came out!

Copenhagen was wonderful! :cloud9:

I have been back from Copenhagen for a few days. I took over 350 pictures and intend to do a TR - there are a few things I can report about that are at least in some relation to Disney... But I still have the walk around Nuremberg as well. So what do you want to read about first???

PracPerfPatricia
08-27-2009, 01:48 PM
Personally, I vote for Nuremberg first...I don't know as much about Germany as I'd like and then Copenhagen...

You know talk about everything...like you're our own travel show host...location, culture, people, sights, architecture...pretty much everything plus photos of course please...:goodvibes

tarak
08-27-2009, 04:25 PM
I guess me being eloquent on that matter comes from being involved as a volunteer with a youth exchange organization! :goodvibes In case you really want to get a glimpse into other cultures, I can really recommend hosting an exchange student! Katharina and I both went abroad during school, I went to Denmark, Katharina to Czechoslovakia and our family has hosted several exchange students (from Finland, Poland, Russia and Sweden). I think it is a wonderful way to learn about other countries.

And I don't think your screen nme is unoriginal, it sounds very exotic! :thumbsup2 And Tara is a beautiful name! :goodvibes


I would love to host an exchange student - I always wanted to growing up but my parents weren't excited about the idea.

Thank you for the compliment re: my name. I always thought it was a strange name growing up because it wasn't common where I lived. Now I like it. My daughters both have unusual names - my older daughter has a Greek name (Amara) and the younger one has an Irish name (Teagan). I hope they don't go through a "why did I get a weird name" phase.

I know frighteningly little about other countries, so wherever you want to start is fine with me!

TyRy
08-28-2009, 05:56 PM
Personally, I vote for Nuremberg first...I don't know as much about Germany as I'd like and then Copenhagen...

You know talk about everything...like you're our own travel show host...location, culture, people, sights, architecture...pretty much everything plus photos of course please...:goodvibes

And here I was thinking just the opposite! :rotfl: Flossbolna, maybe you should flip a coin :confused3

PracPerfPatricia
08-28-2009, 06:02 PM
LOL:lmao:I'm good whatever she decides...:goodvibes...I'm interested in all of it so wherever she starts...its all good...;)

TyRy
08-30-2009, 06:00 PM
LOL:lmao:I'm good whatever she decides...:goodvibes...I'm interested in all of it so wherever she starts...its all good...;)

I totally agree. I'm not sure when we'll ever get to Europe so I absolutely love hearing all these stories!

thewesterberg
09-01-2009, 03:49 AM
I just realized tonight that I had never made it over to your PTR - what poor manners I have! It's been fun reading about your plans and seeing/reading about Germany! Very cool! Look forward to reading about your adventures!!

PracPerfPatricia
09-03-2009, 12:48 PM
Ok, Fb- anytime you're ready now...;) :surfweb:...

Flossbolna
09-03-2009, 02:48 PM
Personally, I vote for Nuremberg first...I don't know as much about Germany as I'd like and then Copenhagen...

You know talk about everything...like you're our own travel show host...location, culture, people, sights, architecture...pretty much everything plus photos of course please...:goodvibes

LOL:lmao:I'm good whatever she decides...:goodvibes...I'm interested in all of it so wherever she starts...its all good...;)

Ok, Fb- anytime you're ready now...;) :surfweb:...

Patricia, thanks for the input and for nagging me to get on with the PTR... :lmao: :rolleyes: No, I really enjoy having such dedicated readers!! :goodvibes I will try to put up something tonight... I am very entertained by your TR and reading is so much easier than writing... :rolleyes1

I would love to host an exchange student - I always wanted to growing up but my parents weren't excited about the idea.

Thank you for the compliment re: my name. I always thought it was a strange name growing up because it wasn't common where I lived. Now I like it. My daughters both have unusual names - my older daughter has a Greek name (Amara) and the younger one has an Irish name (Teagan). I hope they don't go through a "why did I get a weird name" phase.

I know frighteningly little about other countries, so wherever you want to start is fine with me!

Tara, I will send you a PM about hosting exchange students. As I said, my family really enjoyed it!

I love your daughters' names. My name is pretty unusual as well - or at least it used to be when I was a kid. But it was my grandmother's name and I always was proud of it! At 16 I even successfully made all my friends stop using my nick name at that time (a German version of Maggie) and got them to use my full name. Since then I really have a thing about calling people by their real, very often very beautiful names, not any "cute" abreviations. :goodvibes

And here I was thinking just the opposite! :rotfl: Flossbolna, maybe you should flip a coin :confused3

Ok, I think I will figure out what is easier to get up quickly...

I totally agree. I'm not sure when we'll ever get to Europe so I absolutely love hearing all these stories!

I guess your problem with Europe is the flight there. Otherwise I can only encourage everyone to travel to Europe, it is not so much more difficult to travel than anywhere else. :thumbsup2

I just realized tonight that I had never made it over to your PTR - what poor manners I have! It's been fun reading about your plans and seeing/reading about Germany! Very cool! Look forward to reading about your adventures!!

Hi and welcome! :welcome: I hope to get more updates coming up soon, so things will get more exciting again! :rolleyes1

nodnol
09-03-2009, 04:28 PM
Hello everyone!

I'm back in Berlin as well an Magdalene keeps on telling me that I have to post more comments so that I then can post pictures of my trip to England. So...

Even though I haven't posted anything, I can assure you, that I think about our trip every single day!!!!
For instance: I named my new MacBook ORLANDO, and of course I only got it to be better eqiped for planning and writing our PTR ;)

I also took Magdalene and Mike, my husband, on a specially pre-trip, we will tell you about later (you can add Heidepark to Nuremberg and Copenhagen on the list of places you will see pictures of and read about, I hope Magdalene doesn't mind I mentioned it :guilty:)

And.... I justed talked to Magdalene on the phone, and she alreday forgot that she promised an instalment tonight :mad: So you can thank ME for reminding her.

nodnol
09-03-2009, 04:38 PM
forgot to introduce my avatar: it is my DH's oldest friend.... Have to ask him, how old this Mickey really is.
He obviously went through good AND hard times with him and therefore I have banned Mickey from the sofa, but today he was allowed to sit there for a photo session - and doesn't he look happy?

Flossbolna
09-03-2009, 06:12 PM
forgot to introduce my avatar: it is my DH's oldest friend.... Have to ask him, how old this Mickey really is.
He obviously went through good AND hard times with him and therefore I have banned Mickey from the sofa, but today he was allowed to sit there for a photo session - and doesn't he look happy?

Love the picture of Mike's Mickey, very cute!! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
09-03-2009, 06:27 PM
I was really planning on getting started writing about Nuremberg... But now it is already so late that I will just give you a teaser:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/DSC05529.jpg

This is St Lorenz (Lawrence to you and the German is actually pronounced more or less the same as the English name). One of the two main churches of Nuremberg. Nuremberg was a free city, which means that is was like a kind of republic, governed only by the city council. It used to be a rich city which did a lot of trade and was famous for its toy and clock makers. It's best times were from 1300-1600. St Lawrence was the church the city built to impress from 1200-1400. It is actually a protestant church as the Nuremberg city council decided to become Lutheran in 1525 and therefore everyone had to follow.

The church was heavily damaged during WW II as was most of the old city center. But it was rebuilt after the war and actually has a number of interesting pieces of art (which were kept safe in the dungeons of the Nurembeg castle during WW II). Southern German Lutherans never destroyed all the pictures of the saints as they did in Northern Germany. It is an impressive piece of architecture and it is really in the center of the city. The picture was taken from the main shopping street.

tarak
09-03-2009, 09:55 PM
I love the mickey avatar!
Beautiful picture, Flossbolna. I spent about a month in Italy when I was in law school and one of the things I loved about Europe was touring/looking at the older architecture. What passes for old in the US doesn't really come close, does it. :) And I grew up in California, where it's "old" if it was built in the 1800's.

PNO4TE
09-04-2009, 04:22 PM
Magdalene - I cannot believe I missed your PTR! :flower3:

I just spent the better part of an hour catching up though! Your plans sound wonderful, and your sister (and her avatar) are adorable. Neither of you look as old as you are. :goodvibes

PracPerfPatricia
09-04-2009, 08:05 PM
I love Mike's Mickey too-so cute...(it looks like it had a lot of love like my DH's winnie the pooh...:goodvibes

I love the mickey avatar!
Beautiful picture, Flossbolna. I spent about a month in Italy when I was in law school and one of the things I loved about Europe was touring/looking at the older architecture. What passes for old in the US doesn't really come close, does it. :) And I grew up in California, where it's "old" if it was built in the 1800's.

This is so true ::yes::...it must crack Europeans up when we talk about our old Colonial buildings in Boston and Philadelphia that are from the 1700s when that is somewhat "modern" history for them...after the Enlightment...

I love the older architecture too...:goodvibes...which is part of the reason I was pushing for the trip update...:blush:...sorry...:rolleyes1...


I do love the picture/update though...;)

If U Had Wings
09-04-2009, 11:14 PM
Love the picture. Can't wait to hear about your trip!

Flossbolna
09-09-2009, 05:13 PM
I love the mickey avatar!
Beautiful picture, Flossbolna. I spent about a month in Italy when I was in law school and one of the things I loved about Europe was touring/looking at the older architecture. What passes for old in the US doesn't really come close, does it. :) And I grew up in California, where it's "old" if it was built in the 1800's.

I know what you are talking about. But in a certain way I appreciate the modern cities in the US. I think it's part of: if something is different from what you are used to, it's more interesting. :goodvibes

Magdalene - I cannot believe I missed your PTR! :flower3:

I just spent the better part of an hour catching up though! Your plans sound wonderful, and your sister (and her avatar) are adorable. Neither of you look as old as you are. :goodvibes

Hi Elin, wonderful to have you here!! :welcome: And thanks for the compliments!! :goodvibes

I love Mike's Mickey too-so cute...(it looks like it had a lot of love like my DH's winnie the pooh...:goodvibes

This is so true ::yes::...it must crack Europeans up when we talk about our old Colonial buildings in Boston and Philadelphia that are from the 1700s when that is somewhat "modern" history for them...after the Enlightment...

I love the older architecture too...:goodvibes...which is part of the reason I was pushing for the trip update...:blush:...sorry...:rolleyes1...


I do love the picture/update though...;)

Your husbands Winnie sounds lovely!! Mike's Mickey really is something special, I have never heard of anyone of my generation having a Disney plush before. :confused3 I wonder wether Katharina and Mike would be able to sell it for lots of money to some collector... :rolleyes1

Old architecture will be coming soon, I promise, but now I have a trip related mini update first!

Love the picture. Can't wait to hear about your trip!

I hope to get to that soon! More pictures to come, they are already on photobucket!:thumbsup2

Flossbolna
09-09-2009, 05:17 PM
This morning when I got on the DISboards I had a PM from Brookelizabeth telling me that she had sent off the planning DVD she had ordered for me (:cool1: Yeah!!) and alerting me to the fact that she could not post on this PTR! :scared1::eek: It turned out that my PTR was moved to the completed TR board. :eek: I sent a PM to OhMari the moderator of the TR boards about it, but was really worried. I was afraid that I had violated some boards rules – I know they are rather strict about things here, which in a certain way makes this in general a rather friendly and safe place, but I was afraid that I was on the edge of being thrown off the boards... It turned out to be a mistake and the PTR is fully functional again!! :banana:

I have a few minor updates and let's start with the not so good news. :sad2:

It looks like an act of the US Congress is going to make our trip more expensive... It's the Travel Promotion Act 2009. In short: In order to promote tourism from outside the US to come they have huge advertising campaigns. This is financed by charging international visitors an entrance fee to the USA of 10 $ (or maybe 20 $ as an amendment seems to suggest). Since political debate is one of those things frowned upon at the DIS (and I understand why), I will just quote European Commission’s ambassador to Washington, John Bruton: “Only in 'Alice in Wonderland' could a penalty be seen as promoting the activity on which it is imposed.” Well, supposedly this fee will be charged when you register for ESTA, the online registration system, every visitor from a country which does not require a visa to travel to the US, has to register with before traveling to the US.

Let's talk about nicer things!! I have a journal for taking notes during our trip!! :thumbsup2 Katharina got me a blank book from England:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/DSC05927.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/DSC05924.jpg

It looks like lot's of spines of Penguin paperbacks. Penguin is a UK paperback brand, or better it is THE brand. I think they invented them. Their trademark is a penguin and they used to sell them colour coded: orange for fiction, green for crime, pink for non-fiction etc. I love to browse second hand book stores when I am in the UK for old orange penguins and have collected a nice shelf. So this journal was really a lovely present! They are really marketing their design now and at home in Nuremberg I even have two mugs from them! One is Pride and Predjudice (and therefore orange) and the other one is The Big Sleep (and green)...

And finally it looks like Katharina and I will have a mini DISmeet! :banana: RachelTori, whom I know from the AKL Jambo thread, will be at AKL at around the same time as we will be there. She is actually the first ever person from the DIS I met in person. :yay: When I was at WDW in 2008 we were there at the same time, too. I had posted a picture of myself on the Jambo thread and said we might see each other at AKL. Well, we bumped into each other one morning in front of the Muppets in DHS by chance. It was great to see her, and I hope we will manage a bit longer meet than the three minutes we talked last time!! :woohoo:

PracPerfPatricia
09-09-2009, 10:16 PM
I am so sorry to hear about that absolutely ridiculous surcharge on tourists entering the US...how insane it that...? uhhh so stupid and frustrating...

I WAS so excited to see your Penguin Journal...I love that design...I have some of their paperbacks from trips to England...I didn't realize that they come in different colors based on genre...cool...:thumbsup2

Hmmm...a Penguin Pride and Prejudice mug...I'm going to have to go online to BN UK and see if they have those...:idea:...

Lucky you-possible mini dis meet...:woohoo:

Lady Lallie
09-09-2009, 10:26 PM
That surcharge is absolutely ridiculous! :headache:

I love your journal, so sweet!

jenjolt
09-09-2009, 10:34 PM
I have to echo everyone else's sentiments when I say its absolutely ridiculous to charge someone to come visit the United States...ughh I'm sorry!

I love your journal, I'm a huge penguin fan so I just love it!!!! Great choice!

nodnol
09-10-2009, 02:33 AM
Although I was quite surprised to read about the Travel Promotion Act some days ago in the German Newspapers and I'm not too happy about it, my mother taught me to always look for the bright side (I was a very pessimistic child...): We don't have to pay and queue for visas. I very well remember long queues early in the morning outside the American embassy in Prague. In winter it was freezing and still dark :scared1:
I just I hope they won't increase the amount till january!!!

And :yay: I'll even have a DISmeet!

Flossbolna
09-10-2009, 04:30 AM
I am so sorry to hear about that absolutely ridiculous surcharge on tourists entering the US...how insane it that...? uhhh so stupid and frustrating...

I WAS so excited to see your Penguin Journal...I love that design...I have some of their paperbacks from trips to England...I didn't realize that they come in different colors based on genre...cool...:thumbsup2

Hmmm...a Penguin Pride and Prejudice mug...I'm going to have to go online to BN UK and see if they have those...:idea:...

Lucky you-possible mini dis meet...:woohoo:

We will able to afford the 10 $, but I think it just does not send a very welcoming signal...

I think it's funny how some of those old designs proof to be so good that thay become classics and now can sell all kind of merchandise! :goodvibes This is the company that makes those mugs: http://www.artmeetsmatter.com/penguin-classics.php

That surcharge is absolutely ridiculous! :headache:

I love your journal, so sweet!

The journal also has the perfact size, it was a wonderful gift!

I have to echo everyone else's sentiments when I say its absolutely ridiculous to charge someone to come visit the United States...ughh I'm sorry!

I love your journal, I'm a huge penguin fan so I just love it!!!! Great choice!

It's good to hear that you guys would rather not charge me for entering your country! :goodvibes

Although I was quite surprised to read about the Travel Promotion Act some days ago in the German Newspapers and I'm not too happy about it, my mother taught me to always look for the bright side (I was a very pessimistic child...): We don't have to pay and queue for visas. I very well remember long queues early in the morning outside the American embassy in Prague. In winter it was freezing and still dark :scared1:
I just I hope they won't increase the amount till january!!!

And :yay: I'll even have a DISmeet!

Love your new ticker! Goes very well with your avatar. :thumbsup2

Were you really so pessimistic? I don't remember that! :goodvibes

I agree with you that it is better than having to apply for a visa. I think we Europeans are just very spoiled regarding the ability to travel. Considering that travel into Eastern Europe 20 years ago was nearly not possible and now we have no borders anymore within most of continental Europe, that's a great acchievement. And while I understand the need for security (especially after the tragic events of 9/11), it is sad that this causes borders to grow bigger again. And this charge goes into that direction, too.

mickeysmyboy
09-10-2009, 04:40 AM
I'm so happy things got straightened out with your PTR! I probably would have thought the same thing, "what did I do wrong?!" Glad your up and running again!!

I'm so, so sorry about the fee to enter the US! That really is the ridiculous! How can they charge a fee because they wanted to promote international tourism?! :headache: Stupid!

Very, very neat journal!! I have a few penguin paper backs around here!! No you have to document every single moment of the trip!!

RachelTori
09-10-2009, 06:44 AM
And finally it looks like Katharina and I will have a mini DISmeet! :banana: RachelTori, whom I know from the AKL Jambo thread, will be at AKL at around the same time as we will be there. She is actually the first ever person from the DIS I met in person. :yay: When I was at WDW in 2008 we were there at the same time, too. I had posted a picture of myself on the Jambo thread and said we might see each other at AKL. Well, we bumped into each other one morning in front of the Muppets in DHS by chance. It was great to see her, and I hope we will manage a bit longer meet than the three minutes we talked last time!! :woohoo: [/B]

:yay: I'm looking forward to it!! :goodvibes The first time was more like a DISpass-by!! :laughing: As we say in the south (although I'm not a true southerner and I really don't talk like this!) - "let's pull up a chair and set a spell!" ;)

Oh, and I love the journal too! :thumbsup2

If U Had Wings
09-10-2009, 02:29 PM
The fee is just a bit crazy. It just makes no sense.

I love how your new journal looks like a published book on the spine. Very cute!

Flossbolna
09-11-2009, 03:15 PM
I'm so happy things got straightened out with your PTR! I probably would have thought the same thing, "what did I do wrong?!" Glad your up and running again!!

I'm so, so sorry about the fee to enter the US! That really is the ridiculous! How can they charge a fee because they wanted to promote international tourism?! :headache: Stupid!

Very, very neat journal!! I have a few penguin paper backs around here!! No you have to document every single moment of the trip!!

We will hopefully be good in documenting our trip! Last time we traveled to the US together in 92 we started a journal and never got further than the train journey to the airport :lmao: I still have that journal, we used it to keep all our scrapbooking supplies. Which reminds me that I intended to borrow my DBIL'S scanner and the scrapbook to give you a tour of our previous Disney trips...

I was thinking that we should use the time in lines and on the bus to jot down notes! :thumbsup2

:yay: I'm looking forward to it!! :goodvibes The first time was more like a DISpass-by!! :laughing: As we say in the south (although I'm not a true southerner and I really don't talk like this!) - "let's pull up a chair and set a spell!" ;)

Oh, and I love the journal too! :thumbsup2

Laura, it really was a pass-by. :goodvibes Do you remember wether you went on ToT that very morning. I was in an elevator with just one other lady and always thought that might have been you... I would have loved to meet a real southerner, the South is really a region of the US where I have never been (only a short two day trip from Florida to Savannah which was wonderful!) and always has intrigued me. :goodvibes My mother got me to read the books she loved by an American author called Gwen Bristow and I loved those as a teenager, too. They were historic novels before that genre became so overflooded like it is now and I felt like I learned a lot about American history by reading them.

The fee is just a bit crazy. It just makes no sense.

I love how your new journal looks like a published book on the spine. Very cute!

Yes, that's a nice feature! I am intending to keep it with my other penguins. Need to take a picture of that shelf next time I am in Nuremberg!

Flossbolna
09-11-2009, 03:33 PM
Ok, ADR time is coming closer... (well, it's still 45 days... :rolleyes:) I am a bit nervous about that with our stupid 27 October where we will try to get ADRs at the same time as everyone and their friends (I think that's the way you say it)... :scared1:

Ok, one thing I am watching at the moment are those reports about online ADRs becoming available at 3 am Eastern time. That is a very relaxed 9 am for me. :goodvibes I checked the previous two days and everytime it rolled over at 3/9 am. So perhaps that's a good alternative for us. :idea: I guess a lot of DISers know, but that's only a small part of all the people making ADRs. I was fully expecting the system to crash at 6 am, but 3 am it might still be operational. But then I have to worry wether the window will open for me as I booked through a travel agent... :confused: I will monitor the situation and talks to my TA about it. I guess the agency she belongs to will have a strategy on how to do it. I also hope that Disney will be coming up with a solution. Perhaps they extend the window in phases??? Perhaps I ought to send the an email letting them know that they their customers are concerned... :rolleyes:

But enough about that, you want to know about plans, not only about worries...

Katharina and I have a list of restaurants popcorn::popcorn:: in our wiki and finally got around to rate those. We have a rating system from - to +++. We are using that on attractions and activities as well. They are defined as follows:

- = I would not do that under any circumstances (I think the only thing that got that rating was the Bibity Bobitiy Boutique from Katharina)
0 = I am not interested, but I can endure it
+ = if we have the time, we can do that
++ = sounds interesting, I would like to do that
+++ = sounds exciting, is a must do

Using that rating, these are the restaurants that made it into my + and ++ and +++ categories (since these are already more restaurants than necessary, I don't bother with the other categories), the ones that are new for me are in Italics:

+++
Boma dinner
Narcoossee's
California Grill

++
SciFi Diner
Tusker House breakfast and lunch/dinner
Jiko
Flying Fish
Garden View Lounge
Artist Point
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Boma breakfast

+
Biergarten
Teppan Edo
Liberty Tree Tavern
Plaza Restaurant
50s Prime Time Cafe
Boatwright's
Kona Cafe
Wave

As you see, there are too many restaurants for our nine days... Also, they look a bit negative with so many +-ratings. But this is due to the fact that I just can't decide. I guess I have eaten at most places that I was really interested in, so revisiting a few places is nice, but not necessary. And I am happy to follow Katharina's choices, since it's her first time (and I have already talked her out of the ones I don't want to go to...).

Also we have a few special issues to consider with our restaurant choices:

1) we want to eat at places that are special to us - so Whispering Canyon might serve mediocre barbecue in the eyes of those who can get barbecue on a daily basis. But for us it is something unusual or as I said before "ethnic". :clown: (tried to find an exotic smiley...:confused3)

2) Katharina has several food intolerances, the biggest ones being lactose (i.e. dairy), tomatoes and lemon. :eek:

Katharina already has started her ratings as well, but I let her post those herself. I hope she will find the time sometime next week!

Any input on our list would be very welcome!!

nodnol
09-11-2009, 04:53 PM
Actually I should be preparing for a workshop tomorrow, but I thought - what the heck (hope that's not british english...) - you all can't reall comment on our list, as long as it's only Flossbolna's list...

So, here's my list - not astonishing, there are lots more of +++ I've never been to WDW, so it nearly all sounds exciting to me :goodvibes

+++
Artist Point
Boma dinner
California Grill
Flying Fish
Garden View Lounge
Narcoossee's
Tusker House Restaurant
Whispering Canyon Cafe

++
Boatwright's Dining Hall
Boma breakfast
Jiko
SciFi Diner
Teppan Edo
50s Prime Time Cafe

+
Biergarten
Kona Cafe
Liberty Tree Tavern
Plaza Restaurant
Wave

I already changed my mind of some of those in the last weeks... so let's see, what your input will change!!!

Flossbolna
09-11-2009, 05:12 PM
Nodnol, thanks for posting the list! :goodvibes I see that there are some changes from the last wiki list... ;)

IBelieveInTheMagic
09-11-2009, 06:06 PM
Glad you got your trip report straightened out! YIKES! Sorry about the fees and hope you'll be able to come up with the little bit extra! :goodvibes

YUM! Good food choices! I'll be honest, there are quite a few I haven't tried from your list, but I think you should try Sci-Fi Dine In because it's such a fun and unique experience. We're trying The Plaza Restaurant for the first time in a few weeks (before MNSSHP) and I hear nothing but wonderful things about it. I know it's very small so I hear reservations book fairly quickly. Keep us posted!!

Have a great weekend!

Heather

RachelTori
09-11-2009, 06:39 PM
Laura, it really was a pass-by. :goodvibes Do you remember wether you went on ToT that very morning. I was in an elevator with just one other lady and always thought that might have been you... I would have loved to meet a real southerner, the South is really a region of the US where I have never been (only a short two day trip from Florida to Savannah which was wonderful!) and always has intrigued me. :goodvibes My mother got me to read the books she loved by an American author called Gwen Bristow and I loved those as a teenager, too. They were historic novels before that genre became so overflooded like it is now and I felt like I learned a lot about American history by reading them.

Was that me? Well, that depends. Was the woman VERY nice? Yes, then it was me!! But if she wasn't nice, then.....um, no, not me!!! :rotfl:

Another thing that might tarnish my image, I'm definitely not a real southerner............... I'm a native NYer!!! Actually, the Yankees outnumber the true southerners in metro Atlanta! :rolleyes1



Great restaurant choices, ladies! :thumbsup2 Did you notice though, Katharina has a lot more +++'s than you! ;)

PracPerfPatricia
09-11-2009, 06:43 PM
....am a bit nervous about that with our stupid 27 October where we will try to get ADRs at the same time as everyone and their friends (I think that's the way you say it)...

that's how you say it...bravo-I have a friend who grow up in France and Morocco-so her first language is French and even though her first language is French-her English is perfect but she does have trouble sometimes with the "slang" too...(I only wish my French was 1/3 as good as her English...:confused3)

I am not interested, but I can endure it I love this-it is soo polite yet to the point...:lmao: I will be using it the next time I get a chance...:lmao:

I will give you my thoughts and opinions (since you asked) I like really good food/wine but am not a food snob, and I understand about wanting to eat "American" food or something exotic because its different to you...(reminds me of the time Eric and I took a trip to Italy-Venice, Tuscany, Florence-and when we were telling one of our friends about where ate they said "but that's all Italian food..."...:confused3...um yes of course...I didn't travel to Italy to eat American food or Chinese food...:confused3

Flossbolna's list

+++
Boma- dinner-good buffet (I like this one-don't normally like buffets-but well done food & really represents AKL)

Narcoossee's -Good quality "American" style seafood-basic but upscale...very pretty setting outside the GF in its own building...

California Grill-Love this...American Food-Regional-California Wine Country...upscale, great wine list & by glass, nice place to celebrate...if you time it right-you can see the fireworks...:thumbsup2

++
SciFi Diner-this is a lot of fun-unique-Pretend American drive in from the 50s-lots of silly film clips-fun...I'd stick with burgers and fries and a milkshake for Floss, maybe a cherry coke for Nodnol...
Tusker House breakfast and lunch/dinner-This is good-Boma's food is better but in the morning they have the characters-very cute...if you book a 8:00 breakfast you'll be in the park before the 9 rope drop...:rolleyes1

Jiko-excellent, upscale but relaxed...very representational of AK

Flying Fish-I love this-upscale but whimsical decor...If I were going for fish I'd choose this over Narcoose's-but again that's my opinion...


Garden View Lounge-lovely tea lounge, very pretty, good tea

Artist Point-this is also upscale but feels the most casual to me of all the SD-like it-it represents cuisine from the Pacific Northwest-lots of Salmon (I prefer the Cal Grill and if you want something inside the Wilderness Lodge go to:

Whispering Canyon Cafe-yes you can find better BBQ-but if you want that American chuck wagon/cowboy/bbq feel this is a fun place to go...

Boma breakfast-:thumbsup2

+
Biergarten-Sadly I've never tried this-I need too-but can't you get this at home?

Teppan Edo-Again I haven't tried it...:confused3

Liberty Tree Tavern-Nice lunch menu, great "Colonial Decor"-I don't think dinner is as good...it used to be a lot of fun when there were characters-no more...dinner is a kind of "Thanksgiving Menu" but very starchy...lots of potatoes, mac & cheese-its ok...if they still had the characters it would up my dinner rating...as it is...I think its a great choice for lunch in MK

Plaza Restaurant-I love this-mostly sandwiches, salads & ice cream-you can see the Castle from some seats...it's supposed to be an American Art Noveau Ice Cream parlor...


50s Prime Time Cafe-hmm...a lot of people like this...I'm not as big a fan...I don't enjoy "Mom" correctly my table manners-the Food was ok...I don't know how this translate culturally-you may think its fun or just odd...I think Sci Fi is a more unique experience...

Boatwright's-haven't been here...

Kona Cafe-Nice menu/selections...fun to go to Poly...

Wave-thought the food was very good...kind of an urban East Coast decor/vibe-since I live between NY and Washington...I'd probably not go back because I'd rather get something I can't easily get at home...



Nodnol's list-

what the heck-perfect American slang...:goodvibes

You can talk to any of the chef's about your allergies-they are really good about that...

(Hmmm...I'l double check but I think I did these all above...)


+++
Artist Point
Boma dinner
California Grill
Flying Fish
Garden View Lounge
Narcoossee's
Tusker House Restaurant
Whispering Canyon Cafe

++
Boatwright's Dining Hall
Boma breakfast
Jiko
SciFi Diner
Teppan Edo
50s Prime Time Cafe

+
Biergarten
Kona Cafe
Liberty Tree Tavern
Plaza Restaurant
Wave

Yep-I did them all above in Flossbolna's list...Again neither of you has selected anything bad-its just preference and personal opinion...

If you have any more ?s please feel free to ask...:yay: for making ADRS-it'll be here sooner than you know...

wigdoutdismom
09-12-2009, 02:45 AM
We have an exchange student from Germany living with us until May. We are hoping to take him to Biergarten on Christmas Eve before the Candlelight Processional. I hope it will give him a taste of home...

Flossbolna
09-12-2009, 07:26 AM
YUM! Good food choices! I'll be honest, there are quite a few I haven't tried from your list, but I think you should try Sci-Fi Dine In because it's such a fun and unique experience. We're trying The Plaza Restaurant for the first time in a few weeks (before MNSSHP) and I hear nothing but wonderful things about it. I know it's very small so I hear reservations book fairly quickly. Keep us posted!!


Sci-Fi is definitely on the list, I think it is a very high ++, I always thought about going there, but never made it, so I guess this trip we really need to make it there. :thumbsup2

Was that me? Well, that depends. Was the woman VERY nice? Yes, then it was me!! But if she wasn't nice, then.....um, no, not me!!! :rotfl:

Another thing that might tarnish my image, I'm definitely not a real southerner............... I'm a native NYer!!! Actually, the Yankees outnumber the true southerners in metro Atlanta! :rolleyes1

Great restaurant choices, ladies! :thumbsup2 Did you notice though, Katharina has a lot more +++'s than you! ;)

Of course that woman was very nice! :lmao: To be honest, I mainly remember that I took the other line than everyone else and nearly ended up in an elevator on my own. I would have been scared to death! :scared1: So, I was so relieved that someone came to join me!

NY is a wonderful city! It's funny how many Yankees relocated to Altlanta...


I am not interested, but I can endure it I love this-it is soo polite yet to the point...:lmao: I will be using it the next time I get a chance...:lmao:

Actually, that is a literal translation form a German figure of speech, so actually not very good English, but I am glad you liked it! :thumbsup2

I will give you my thoughts and opinions (since you asked) I like really good food/wine but am not a food snob, and I understand about wanting to eat "American" food or something exotic because its different to you...(reminds me of the time Eric and I took a trip to Italy-Venice, Tuscany, Florence-and when we were telling one of our friends about where ate they said "but that's all Italian food..."...:confused3...um yes of course...I didn't travel to Italy to eat American food or Chinese food...:confused3

:rotfl: Yes, that's my point!!! I think our view on food is very similar. Our family enjoys eating a lot (which you can tell if you see my family, even though I am doing very well with Weight Watchers at the moment, I lost over 20 pounds since February :cool1:), but we aprreciate good quality. My parents are in their way even a bit snobbish, but not in the high cuisine way, my father for example loves pasta with garlic and olive oil - but buys hand-crafted pasta and expensive olive oil for it. :goodvibes

Ok, I will add comments in blue again to your great comments, thanks for all the effort!

Flossbolna's list

+++
Boma- dinner-good buffet (I like this one-don't normally like buffets-but well done food & really represents AKL)K and I aren't buffet persons either - but I agree that Boma is something special. In a certain way I think it has a true concept to the buffet, the dishes go very well with each other and they are something truely unique.

Narcoossee's -Good quality "American" style seafood-basic but upscale...very pretty setting outside the GF in its own building...I think what appeals to us the most, is the setting. While I am not a fan of the GF, I think Narcoosee's looks very relaxed. Also the food sounds really nice, I investigated the non-seafood dishes and they sound very good to me!

California Grill-Love this...American Food-Regional-California Wine Country...upscale, great wine list & by glass, nice place to celebrate...if you time it right-you can see the fireworks...:thumbsup2I did the fireworks experience twice there and really enjoyed it. But last time we were there for the sunset and that was wonderful, too. I loved the view before it was dark! For me it is the restaurant that has the most special atmosphere of all WDW restaurants. We had a great waiter there in 2008 named Gary and I am planning on requesting him again. He was serving in the Wine Room and I would love to be seated there again.

++
SciFi Diner-this is a lot of fun-unique-Pretend American drive in from the 50s-lots of silly film clips-fun...I'd stick with burgers and fries and a milkshake for Floss, maybe a cherry coke for Nodnol...
:thumbsup2 that's our plan! Besides the cherry coke for K, I doubt she would enjoy that, might be a bit too ethnic for us! :goodvibes I read a review where someon got a dairy free milk shake made with "rice dream" an ice cream made with rice milk...

Tusker House breakfast and lunch/dinner-This is good-Boma's food is better but in the morning they have the characters-very cute...if you book a 8:00 breakfast you'll be in the park before the 9 rope drop...:rolleyes1 That seems to be the trend: resort restaurants are better than in park restaurants. K has picked that as her charcter breakfast and I really would love to go there, too! But our plan is AK EMH and then a late breakfast there!

Jiko-excellent, upscale but relaxed...very representational of AK Unfortunately, Jiko seems to get very mixed reviews recently...

Flying Fish-I love this-upscale but whimsical decor...If I were going for fish I'd choose this over Narcoose's-but again that's my opinion...
I had the most wonderful steak there last January and would love to go there again... But Narcoossee's has the appeal of being new...

Garden View Lounge-lovely tea lounge, very pretty, good tea I think that's one of the few that are already set in stone: We will go there on K's birthday :cake:

Artist Point-this is also upscale but feels the most casual to me of all the SD-like it-it represents cuisine from the Pacific Northwest-lots of Salmon (I prefer the Cal Grill and if you want something inside the Wilderness Lodge go to: I have been there once and loved it much more than I expected. I was so dissappointed when they removed the bufallo steak from the menu as that was fantastic. But it is back and I think that alone justifies th trip to the WL!

Whispering Canyon Cafe-yes you can find better BBQ-but if you want that American chuck wagon/cowboy/bbq feel this is a fun place to go... I am glad that it get's your approval! And I love the bottomless milkshakes there!!! :love:

Boma breakfast-:thumbsup2

+
Biergarten-Sadly I've never tried this-I need too-but can't you get this at home? the appeal of Biergarten is that I would love to find out how authentic it is. I think the food sounds very good and looks good, too. And I find the atmosphere very charming. But as you say: it isn't anything new to us and since the list is long enough already, I guess this will get thrown out quickly...

Liberty Tree Tavern-Nice lunch menu, great "Colonial Decor"-I don't think dinner is as good...it used to be a lot of fun when there were characters-no more...dinner is a kind of "Thanksgiving Menu" but very starchy...lots of potatoes, mac & cheese-its ok...if they still had the characters it would up my dinner rating...as it is...I think its a great choice for lunch in MK I agree with your assessment, dinner never had any appeal to me either. Lunch was ok, but I don't have to rush back...

Plaza Restaurant-I love this-mostly sandwiches, salads & ice cream-you can see the Castle from some seats...it's supposed to be an American Art Noveau Ice Cream parlor...


50s Prime Time Cafe-hmm...a lot of people like this...I'm not as big a fan...I don't enjoy "Mom" correctly my table manners-the Food was ok...I don't know how this translate culturally-you may think its fun or just odd...I think Sci Fi is a more unique experience... I love the 50'S decor The 50's are really an era where I think that cultural differences between Europe and the USA were much greater. While in the US this was a time of wide spread prosperity, Europe was still recovering from the results of WW II. Of course the Marshall Plan helped a lot and Germany's economic boom started, but e.g. TVs were not at all wide spread in German households in the 50s. The first TV channel did not start until 1952. Courtesy of Wikipedia: TV consumers in 1952 in the USA: 15 million, in Germany: 300 :scared1: But I am not a fan of the food that is served there and K is not a fan of being a center of attention....

Boatwright's-haven't been here... They have some southern menu choices that sound intersting to us and it would make a nice outing exploring POFQ and POR and then take the boat to DTD after dinner...

Kona Cafe-Nice menu/selections...fun to go to Poly... Kona Cafe is a good standard if we need something to fill in... And the Poly is beatiful, I would love to show it to K!

Wave-thought the food was very good...kind of an urban East Coast decor/vibe-since I live between NY and Washington...I'd probably not go back because I'd rather get something I can't easily get at home... I love their focus on good quality ingredients, lots of local produce, sustainable fish and organic foods. But I hate that it has no windows! And it appears a bit boring. We thought that we might stop for a drink after dinner at CG, though. Their bar looks very cool!



You can talk to any of the chef's about your allergies-they are really good about that...


We have checked out the DISabilities board here and they have loads of info on dietary requests. It really is wonderful how accomodating Disney is in that regard! It seems that you can call a number and they will then email you forms that you can fill out with what you can and can't eat and list all your ADRs and then they will notify the restaurants in advance. Selecting our restaurants we already made sure that K found something on the menu which she would like to eat and which sounded like it could easily be modified, i.e. substitute mashed potatoes with roasted potatoes...

We have an exchange student from Germany living with us until May. We are hoping to take him to Biergarten on Christmas Eve before the Candlelight Processional. I hope it will give him a taste of home...

I think it is wonderful that you are hosting an exchange student! Katharina and I both work as volunteers for an exchange organization here in Germany and we had several exchange students in our family! Katharina was an exchange student in Czechoslovakia and I was an exchange student in Denmark - many years ago! We found exchange to be an exciting experience! You are really offering him a very special experience with Christmas in WDW! I hope you have a fantastic time there! Are you planning on doing a PTR for that trip?? :goodvibes

PracPerfPatricia
09-12-2009, 11:56 AM
Just thought of three things...

Narcoossees -is a pretty restaurant and you are right -it does feel more relaxed than the rest of the GF-you really couldn't find a lovelier setting...

Biergarten...the one reason I would selfishly want you to go here is to find out from someone who is actually German how "authentic" this actually is...but I can understand you not wanting to spend a precious ADR on it...

The Wave-the Wave has been garnering good reviews and I really had not complaints about their food...IMHO-I don't think they emphasize their supposed interest in fresh, organic, local ingredients as much as they could (I actually read more about it on line-than anything I heard or saw when we were there)...and I do agree their decor was a little blah...

(I was actually really disappointed in those parts...I'm a big fan of Alice Waters and the whole local food/organic movement...Disney due to the amount of people that come + read about them...could really have an impact on that if they chose...) Do you have the Slow Food Movement in Germany (I believe it started in Italy?)-I love that your Dad buys handcrafted pasta and good olive oil...Good Food doesn't have to be "fancy food"-it just had to be well made of good ingredients...)

tiggrbaby
09-12-2009, 12:12 PM
Glad to hear you're doing the GV tea; my sister and I did it in '06 and it was a lovely experience! Definitely go to WCC and SFDI! They are both worth it for the atmosphere.

mickeysmyboy
09-12-2009, 05:46 PM
I'm going to give you my opinion of the places on the lis we've been! Perhaps it may help you a little! We definitely aren't foodies but enjoy a good meal! I will tell you that 3 of the best meals I've had in my life I had at WDW!!



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Artist Point - DH and I ate hear in March on our anniversary trip! It was good! The setting is beautiful, the service was excellent. They serve a lot more "game" type meats, venison, buffalo, which is interesting! DH had Buffalo and absolutely loved it!! He said it was like a really lean piece of roast beef! I believe (but could be wrong) that I had pork chops which were very good but they came with purple potato puree which was absolutely yummy!!! I was a little taken back by the color but YUMMY!! We would likely eat here again!

Boma dinner We ate there in 2005, so kind of a long time ago! But it was very good and different from most of the other WDW buffets that serve the same food over and over again!

California Grill This was an absolutely excellent meal for me!! Dh and I both had the Hearts of Romaine appeitizer which was very good! For dinner I ordered Filet of Beef which came with mashed potatoes and brocollini. Sooooo, sooo good!! All of it was delicious!! Not one complaint about it at all! The meat was perfectly cooked and so tender. The mashed potatoes were yummy and the brocollini was to die for, I was actually tempted to ask for more of the brocolini!! Yummy, yummy and more yummy! DH had the Stripped Bass for his dinner, he was a little disappointed by it because he thought it was frozen, not fresh. Where we live we get fresh, wonderful fish in abundance and DH just won't tolerate less! The setting is unmatched and if you can get a seating during Wishes then OMG!! :cloud9:

Flying Fish
Garden View Lounge

Narcoossee's My favorite meal of all time was at Narcoossee's in March!! Your right, the setting is a little more relaxed then the rest of GF (we stay at GF in 08) It's a beautiful spot!! The service is OUTSTANDING!! DH and both got the crabcakes for an appeitizer, yummy!!!! They were overly fried and weren't fishy! They were soft, yet crunchy on the outside. The sauce that accompanies them is wonderful!! It doesn't over power the cakes but adds a great little extra flavor! We both had lobster for dinner which was the brst lobster I've ever had!! Like I said before we live in a area where we have an abundance kof fresh seafood and we love lobster. This was to die for!! They steam it in a kind of steam closet which I thought was very neat! It was soooo tender, juicy and flavorful!!

Tusker House Restaurant

Whispering Canyon Cafe I know WCC gets kinda a bad rap but I don't have any issues with it!! A wise Diser (PracPerfPatricia) once said something to the effect of "some restaurants are more about the experience..." This is one of those places! It's just a lot of fun!! It may not be the best meal ever or the best meal on property but it's good and FUN!! Just make sure they don't seat you in the little room in the back were they seem to seat all the people who are grown ups only!

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Boatwright's Dining Hall
Boma breakfast
Jiko
SciFi Diner
Teppan Edo
50s Prime Time Cafe A lot of fun!! Another place that's a great experience!!

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Biergarten My FIL LOVES Biergarten! LOL!! But for him I think it maybe about the beer and the music! It wasn't my favorite meal ever but the kiddos loved to dance and had a great time!! I'd be interested on your take on it ;)

Kona CafeWe've had breakfast and lunch at Kona! You can't beat breakfast at Kona!! YUMMY!!! Lunch was good too but not as good as breakfast ;)

Liberty Tree Tavern We ate here on Halloween 06. It was OK but not great! Back then they still had characters and they dressed in halloween costumes, so it was cool experience. Not sure I'd eat here again with out characters!
Plaza Restaurant
Wave



Phew!! Hope that helped!!!

2xcited2sleep
09-12-2009, 06:15 PM
I have only been to one restaurant on your combined +++ list. That's California Grill. I ate there back in 06- timed perfectly for Wishes- at a table by the window. And I adored absolutely everything about it. The food was amazing, service great, wine yummy. I can't wait to eat there again in just a few weeks!

I can't wait to hear which of your other +++ and ++ choices you get. You are right about there being way more choices and "wants" than available meals. But it is always good to have a reason to go back!

Hope that the timing of getting your reservations works for you! A relaxing 9am would be lovely!

Lady Lallie
09-12-2009, 06:23 PM
I've only been to two of your places.

Kona Cafe -- Marc & I both LOVED our dinners here. We had one of the best waitresses and it was such great food. So good that I'm planning on eating there for lunch solo in January. It's seriously yummy!

Liberty Tree Tavern -- I am a sucker for LTT. I just love the colonial feel. I went last year when there were still characters BUT I would eat there without them. Dinner was so yummy, just very basic American food but really yummy!

If U Had Wings
09-13-2009, 10:35 AM
It seems like you have some wonderful choices for your ADRs. It's going to be hard narrowing down your list!


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Boma dinner
Narcoossee's
California Grill

I've never eaten at Narcoosee's, but I love Boma and California Grill. Boma is always my must do restaurant now on my trips. I love getting the chance to try things I normally wouldn't, and the atmosphere is just wonderful.

I loved California Grill my last trip. We got really lucky and somehow were given the best seat in the house, a corner table with a perfect few of the castle and the fireworks. It was the perfect end to our trip, and the filet was to delicious.


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SciFi Diner
Tusker House breakfast and lunch/dinner
Jiko
Flying Fish
Garden View Lounge
Artist Point
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Boma breakfast

I can't believe that I haven't done any of your ++ restaurants. :scared1: SciFi and Garden View are both on my list for my December trip so I'll have to let you know how it goes.


+
Biergarten
Teppan Edo
Liberty Tree Tavern
Plaza Restaurant
50s Prime Time Cafe
Boatwright's
Kona Cafe
Wave

I've eaten at Biergarten and The Plaza and really liked both of them. The Plaza has fairly standard sandwiches and treats, but I love the turn of the century decor and it's a nice simpler choice for a sit down restaurant at the MK. I've had to miss it my last few trips, but this time I made my ADR for the first day so I won't miss it.

Biergarten is fun, and after the San Angel Inn restaurant, it's probably the restaurant with the most ambiance at Epcot. I can be a bit of a picky eater, and I can always find something I like there.

Nearly forgot, I've also eaten at 50's too. Love it there, but like a previous poster I might be afraid that some of the charm may be lost for you due to cultural differences. I've always had a lot of fun there. Again, it's one I had a hard time eliminating from my schedule this trip.

Flossbolna
09-15-2009, 03:20 PM
Just thought of three things...

Narcoossees -is a pretty restaurant and you are right -it does feel more relaxed than the rest of the GF-you really couldn't find a lovelier setting...

Biergarten...the one reason I would selfishly want you to go here is to find out from someone who is actually German how "authentic" this actually is...but I can understand you not wanting to spend a precious ADR on it...

The Wave-the Wave has been garnering good reviews and I really had not complaints about their food...IMHO-I don't think they emphasize their supposed interest in fresh, organic, local ingredients as much as they could (I actually read more about it on line-than anything I heard or saw when we were there)...and I do agree their decor was a little blah...

(I was actually really disappointed in those parts...I'm a big fan of Alice Waters and the whole local food/organic movement...Disney due to the amount of people that come + read about them...could really have an impact on that if they chose...) Do you have the Slow Food Movement in Germany (I believe it started in Italy?)-I love that your Dad buys handcrafted pasta and good olive oil...Good Food doesn't have to be "fancy food"-it just had to be well made of good ingredients...)

Thanks for the comments. It doesn't look like we will make it to Biergarten this time. :confused3 But I am sure I will end up eating there one day! :thumbsup2 The Wave will not make it on the list either from what it looks like at the moment...

We have the slow food movement here in Germany, but it is not extremely prominent. But Germany has a very long tradition of an ecological movement. The German green party has been represented in our parliament since the early 80's and has been in a coalition (as the minor part) to form our government from 1998 to 2005. So you see, environmental awareness in general is rather strong in Germany. And this applies to food as well.

I'm going to give you my opinion of the places on the lis we've been! Perhaps it may help you a little! We definitely aren't foodies but enjoy a good meal! I will tell you that 3 of the best meals I've had in my life I had at WDW!!

Phew!! Hope that helped!!!

ok, I don't know how to quote in the quote... But thank you very much for the comments!!

It seems like you really enjoyed the signature meals, you write about them with so much enthusiasm!! :goodvibes The ones I have visited so far have never dissappointed and I love it how they all offer a special atmosphere combined with wonderful food! :thumbsup2

And thank you very much for your opinion on WCC! I am a bit scared about that one as so many people see to find the food "inedible". I am always amazed by these reviews and wonder wether it really was so bad that you would not eat anything of the meal?? To be honest, that happened about five times in my lifetime so far (once a "boiled" steak in South Africa :scared1:). I am not expecting gourmet food, but a fun place with avarage food, which will be special to us as foreigners! :goodvibes

I have only been to one restaurant on your combined +++ list. That's California Grill. I ate there back in 06- timed perfectly for Wishes- at a table by the window. And I adored absolutely everything about it. The food was amazing, service great, wine yummy. I can't wait to eat there again in just a few weeks!

I can't wait to hear which of your other +++ and ++ choices you get. You are right about there being way more choices and "wants" than available meals. But it is always good to have a reason to go back!

Hope that the timing of getting your reservations works for you! A relaxing 9am would be lovely!

I had to laugh at the title of your post!! :rotfl: Isn't that the beauty of WDW that it offers so much that two Disney fans can end up with totally opposite choices for restaurants? :cool1: I guess part of it might be because what is exotic to me might be boring standard fare to you and the other way around: Katharina's point of view on the Rose and Crown was that she had original English pub food for 10 days this summer - why eat it again at WDW? :goodvibes

I've only been to two of your places.

Kona Cafe -- Marc & I both LOVED our dinners here. We had one of the best waitresses and it was such great food. So good that I'm planning on eating there for lunch solo in January. It's seriously yummy!

Liberty Tree Tavern -- I am a sucker for LTT. I just love the colonial feel. I went last year when there were still characters BUT I would eat there without them. Dinner was so yummy, just very basic American food but really yummy!

Kona Cafe really is a gem, I had many good experiences there. And it looks like it may make it on our final list!! LTT with characters would really have been fun, without them I am not so sure the food appeals enough to me at dinner time, but lunch was very nice there!

It seems like you have some wonderful choices for your ADRs. It's going to be hard narrowing down your list!

I've never eaten at Narcoosee's, but I love Boma and California Grill. Boma is always my must do restaurant now on my trips. I love getting the chance to try things I normally wouldn't, and the atmosphere is just wonderful.

I loved California Grill my last trip. We got really lucky and somehow were given the best seat in the house, a corner table with a perfect few of the castle and the fireworks. It was the perfect end to our trip, and the filet was to delicious.

I can't believe that I haven't done any of your ++ restaurants. :scared1: SciFi and Garden View are both on my list for my December trip so I'll have to let you know how it goes.

I've eaten at Biergarten and The Plaza and really liked both of them. The Plaza has fairly standard sandwiches and treats, but I love the turn of the century decor and it's a nice simpler choice for a sit down restaurant at the MK. I've had to miss it my last few trips, but this time I made my ADR for the first day so I won't miss it.

Biergarten is fun, and after the San Angel Inn restaurant, it's probably the restaurant with the most ambiance at Epcot. I can be a bit of a picky eater, and I can always find something I like there.

Nearly forgot, I've also eaten at 50's too. Love it there, but like a previous poster I might be afraid that some of the charm may be lost for you due to cultural differences. I've always had a lot of fun there. Again, it's one I had a hard time eliminating from my schedule this trip.

It's great to hear so much postive feedback on CG! Thanks for all the comments. Biergarten really looks lovely, a bit cheesy for me, but not too much. San Angel Inn could tempt me, too, but it regularly gets so bad reviews that I don't dare to eat there. And Mexican isn't really the best chice for someone who can't eat cheese and tomatoes... :eek:

And I will be looking forward to hear your opinion on the tea at Garden View and SciFi!! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
09-15-2009, 03:31 PM
Well, to be honest - it's only secondhand Disney mail... But that does not mean that it is any less appreciated!! :goodvibes When I complained about Disney not sending planning DVDs to Germany, Brookelizabeth kindly offered to order one for me and then send it on to me. When I got home from work today I had a largish envelope in my mail box with a green custom declaration sticker on it: my version of Disney mail. Thank you very much Brook!! :banana:

And even if all of you already know what a planning DVD looks like, I am excited that I got it and therefore - here are the pictures:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/DSC05932.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR/DSC05937.jpg

And the best thing is: the DVD appears to be without country code (Europe normally needs country code 2, while the US has country code 1), so I could watch it without problems. Got me all excited about our trip now!!

Also, there seems to be a rumor here on the DIS rumor board that something big is coming out on 9/27. A CM posted that all call center CM are requested to work on that day - he or she thought that might mean the start of the 180 days window, but possibly it is a new promotion since the ongoing free dining promotion is going to end on 9/26. Katharina and I will be in Nuremberg on that day, helping my parents with their move, so I am really glad that I have a travel agent in case they already start the promotions for 2010 on that day!! :thumbsup2 And we will have to try to come up with a first set of ADRs before then, too, I guess. :scared1:

Lady Lallie
09-15-2009, 06:18 PM
Oh goodness! Now you have me all in a tizzy as to what the 27th could mean. :scared1: Jen is going to be in Disney too so I will have to make all my decisions on my own. That is scary. :rotfl2:

jenjolt
09-15-2009, 07:38 PM
YAY for Disney Mail!! I hope you have fun watching the DVD!!!!

I also can't be of much help to you I have never been to any of your +++ or ++ but I hope you get everything you want to get!!!

Ummm something big on 9/27...yup I'll be at Disney...but I'll just Leslie know to call me we can discuss whatever we need over the phone while I'm walking down Main Street LOL!

IBelieveInTheMagic
09-15-2009, 09:09 PM
Yeah for Disney Mail!!! :banana::banana::banana: How very thoughtfut of Brook to send it to you too! The DIS Family is surely nice, I tell ya! :)

Hmm..I'm starting to read more stuff about 9/27 so I wonder what it is? This is the day before we leave for our trip so if I have to make a major important decision (trip next year?) I surely won't have a lot of time!! :rotfl2:

Have fun in NUE and I hope your parents move goes well! Lots of memories, I'm sure! :lovestruc

Heather

mickeysmyboy
09-15-2009, 09:57 PM
Yippee for mickey mail!! I love the planning DVD!! Enjoy!!!

Ok, now I have to go over to the rumor board! If they open up the 180 days on the 27th I need to get in gear and figure out our January ADR's!! :scared1:

nodnol
09-16-2009, 01:33 AM
You watched? You WATCHED? I can only remember that we agreed on opening it and checking the country code... But well, I guess it would have been really hard to stop watching once the dvd is running ;)

Flossbolna
09-16-2009, 03:52 AM
Oh goodness! Now you have me all in a tizzy as to what the 27th could mean. :scared1: Jen is going to be in Disney too so I will have to make all my decisions on my own. That is scary. :rotfl2:

Possibly nothing will happen on the 27th... :lmao: I remember that at the beginning of August the DIS Unplugged podcast had talked about some new deal being released and there was a thread of people being glued to their computer for the whole day waiting for this deal and then nothing happened... :goodvibes But I am getting nervous, too!! :eek:

YAY for Disney Mail!! I hope you have fun watching the DVD!!!!

I also can't be of much help to you I have never been to any of your +++ or ++ but I hope you get everything you want to get!!!

Ummm something big on 9/27...yup I'll be at Disney...but I'll just Leslie know to call me we can discuss whatever we need over the phone while I'm walking down Main Street LOL!

That sounds liek a lot of fun: planning your next trip while alking down Main Street. I am a little bit envious! ;)

Yeah for Disney Mail!!! :banana::banana::banana: How very thoughtfut of Brook to send it to you too! The DIS Family is surely nice, I tell ya! :)

Hmm..I'm starting to read more stuff about 9/27 so I wonder what it is? This is the day before we leave for our trip so if I have to make a major important decision (trip next year?) I surely won't have a lot of time!! :rotfl2:

Have fun in NUE and I hope your parents move goes well! Lots of memories, I'm sure! :lovestruc

Heather

The DIS is really a very friendly and helpful community! :thumbsup2 I am trying not to get too excited about 9/27, possibly it is just a new deal for the end of this year and nothing for 2010 yet! :confused3

I am thinking of taking a few more pictures of Nuremberg in order to do the promised update on Nuremberg after that weekend...

Yippee for mickey mail!! I love the planning DVD!! Enjoy!!!

Ok, now I have to go over to the rumor board! If they open up the 180 days on the 27th I need to get in gear and figure out our January ADR's!! :scared1:

It's so nice to get that planning DVD. I really like the design with the balloons, too. I wonder what next year's theme will be... :confused:

You watched? You WATCHED? I can only remember that we agreed on opening it and checking the country code... But well, I guess it would have been really hard to stop watching once the dvd is running ;)

:rolleyes1 Well, it played automatically and I could not get it to stop.... :rolleyes1

PNO4TE
09-16-2009, 08:46 AM
You watched? You WATCHED? I can only remember that we agreed on opening it and checking the country code... But well, I guess it would have been really hard to stop watching once the dvd is running ;)

:rolleyes1 Well, it played automatically and I could not get it to stop.... :rolleyes1

:rotfl2::rotfl::rotfl2:

John's Mom
09-16-2009, 06:46 PM
Magdalene,

Computer problems have kept me off the DISboards most of this year.:sad1: Just started posting a short while ago. Of course, I've been reading your PTR.

You and Katharina made an excellent choice for your resort. ;)

Good luck with selecting just the right restaurants.:goodvibes My DH and I ate at Narcoossee's for the first time last December. I enjoyed it so much (the food and atmosphere) that I made ADRs for my DD and I for this December.


Kathy

tarak
09-17-2009, 09:54 AM
Flossbolna - I hope the 27th brings a great deal for your trip!

PracPerfPatricia
09-17-2009, 03:01 PM
You watched? You WATCHED? I can only remember that we agreed on opening it and checking the country code... But well, I guess it would have been really hard to stop watching once the dvd is running ;)

Floss- you watched the video without your sister?...I am shocked at such outrageous behaviour...well I guess if you couldn't get it to stop-your eyes couldn't help seeing...;)


I have no idea what is happening on the 27th but whatever it is I hope it means something good for everyone going...:thumbsup2

wigdoutdismom
09-20-2009, 01:29 AM
I think it is wonderful that you are hosting an exchange student! Katharina and I both work as volunteers for an exchange organization here in Germany and we had several exchange students in our family! Katharina was an exchange student in Czechoslovakia and I was an exchange student in Denmark - many years ago! We found exchange to be an exciting experience! You are really offering him a very special experience with Christmas in WDW! I hope you have a fantastic time there! Are you planning on doing a PTR for that trip?? :goodvibes

Yes, a pre-trip will be started just as soon as I wrap up the trip report that seems so be dragging on and on right now!:goodvibes

Flossbolna
09-21-2009, 03:44 PM
Magdalene,

Computer problems have kept me off the DISboards most of this year.:sad1: Just started posting a short while ago. Of course, I've been reading your PTR.

You and Katharina made an excellent choice for your resort. ;)

Good luck with selecting just the right restaurants.:goodvibes My DH and I ate at Narcoossee's for the first time last December. I enjoyed it so much (the food and atmosphere) that I made ADRs for my DD and I for this December.


Kathy

Kathy, welcome to my PTR!! :goodvibes I knew you would approve our choice of resort! I am so excited to stay at AKL again! I think one thing I really enjoy is the secluded feel: a world on its own!! :love:

Flossbolna - I hope the 27th brings a great deal for your trip!

We will see, Katharina and I will be off to Nuremberg on Wednesday for my parents' moving house. We will see when we can get online to check... :confused3

Floss- you watched the video without your sister?...I am shocked at such outrageous behaviour...well I guess if you couldn't get it to stop-your eyes couldn't help seeing...;)


I have no idea what is happening on the 27th but whatever it is I hope it means something good for everyone going...:thumbsup2

I am feeling sooo bad now, I guess I could have covered my eyes??? ;)

Yes, a pre-trip will be started just as soon as I wrap up the trip report that seems so be dragging on and on right now!:goodvibes

I am looking forward to that! I started reading your TR, but was so much behind, that I felt I would never catch up... But I really enjoyed that start of it and it is on my list of DIS things to read on a rainy day!! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
09-21-2009, 04:05 PM
Ok, we have one planning decision that is newsworthy!! We had always planned on doing one guided tour while at WDW. I did the Keys to the Kingdom Tour in 2008 and loved it! We had a few tours on our shortlist: Keys to the Kingdom (would have been a repeat for me and thatÄs why Katharina vetoed it:sad2:), Dolphins in Depth (very pricey, but I love dolphins:lovestruc), Segways around the World (more about Segways than WDW and we can do Segway tours here in Berlin as well), Backstage Safari at AK (very animal focused:dogdance:) and Wild by Design at AK (background stories on the design of the park :wizard:).

And the winner is: Wild by Design!! :banana::banana: I am very excited about that as I love AK, it is such a pretty park. :cloud9: For me it is the park that carries its theme best and hearing about details will be just the thing for me! I loved the "Imagineering Field Guide to Animal Kingdom" book and I expect the tour be like that but with actually being in the park. Katharina's main motivation was to experience a tour that really focusses on the park, not some other event. So, I think it will be a great experience. Now we just need to work it into our schedule. :confused:

Speaking of schedule, we have started to make a plan on what to do every day and became very confused. :confused3 At least we seem to have a shortlist of restaurants, those are:

Kona Cafe (lunch on our first day after MK morning EMH, then walk over to the TTC and take the monorail to Epcot to get an overview of the park for K, that's the only pretty definite bit of plan we have so far)
Sci-Fi Dine-In (lunch)
California Grill
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Artist Point
Boma
Tusker House (breakfast definitely and possibly also lunch)
Narcoossee's
Jiko

As you see, we mainly have selected restaurants at resort hotels and most of then in the MK area!! :eek: I think this time I won't plan our meals around the parks so much. We will have quite a lot of time for the parks and will just enjoy the evenings with nice meals, wherever they are. :goodvibes The good thing is that this actually makes us much more flexible. I think, we won't have so many set parks, but just a schedule with choices for each day and will see where we want to go. On my recent trips I found out that somehow parks are more appealing in one trip than they were on others. 2007 my favourite park was DHS, 2008 it was AK and 2009 it was the MK.

Katharina and I will go to Nuremberg on Wednesday. As I wrote before, our parents are moving from the small town they used to live in to Nuremberg and we are both helping them getting unpacked in their new appartment. We will go by train, it's 4:20h on a very nice and modern high speed train. So we will have lots of time to talk Disney and get done some planning. So hopefully we can present you some real plans next week! And I will also pack the DVD, so K can watch it, too. And I am going to rent a DVD with Donald shorts to take with us!! As you see, lots of Disney planning going on!

PracPerfPatricia
09-21-2009, 05:56 PM
There is not a bad restaurant in that bunch...:goodvibes...they are all good in different ways...I think you will be pleased...:thumbsup2

Wild By Design should be a fabulous tour....:yay:...I'm with you on the Animal Kingdom-I just think it is such an interesting park-very well designed (The Magic Kingdom is my sentimental favorite but the AK is my favorite for the uniqueness of it, the design elements...)...I can't wait to hear what you learn on your tour...:goodvibes

I'm glad K is going to get to see the planning video...:lmao:

(Does the DVD show some of the old Donald cartoons from the '30s and '40s-those are some of the best...:goodvibes-I love Donald-he's got so much personality...:thumbsup2

Good luck with your parents in Nuremberg...

tiggrbaby
09-21-2009, 06:07 PM
Your restaurant choices sound fabulous! It will be very nice for both of you to take things slow; you will have so much more time to enjoy AKL!

tarak
09-22-2009, 08:49 PM
I think your plans sound great. I'm hoping to just enjoy the resort more than the parks, to be honest. Although I'm really looking forward to AK - we didn't go at all the last time. The first time around, the kids were cranky and didn't want to walk at all and I was 4 months pregnant and... cranky, too, if I'm honest. :goodvibes

mickeysmyboy
09-22-2009, 09:15 PM
Great plans!! All of those are great restaurants! You'll definitely be eating well on your trip!!

I think the Wild By Design tour sounds wonderful! DH and I did Keys to the Kingdom in March and loved it!!! On our trip in March of 08 DH and I were supposed to do it together for his birthday BUT my boys both got sick and I ended up sending FIL in my place! I was worried about DH not enjoying it the second time around but he said it was still great and he learned a whole bunch more stuff!

wigdoutdismom
09-22-2009, 09:20 PM
Yum! Such tasty choices in dinning! Some we've been to and some not. Can't wait to hear all of your reviews. I think your tour sounds awesome!

Flossbolna
09-23-2009, 05:45 AM
There is not a bad restaurant in that bunch...:goodvibes...they are all good in different ways...I think you will be pleased...:thumbsup2

Wild By Design should be a fabulous tour....:yay:...I'm with you on the Animal Kingdom-I just think it is such an interesting park-very well designed (The Magic Kingdom is my sentimental favorite but the AK is my favorite for the uniqueness of it, the design elements...)...I can't wait to hear what you learn on your tour...:goodvibes

I'm glad K is going to get to see the planning video...:lmao:

(Does the DVD show some of the old Donald cartoons from the '30s and '40s-those are some of the best...:goodvibes-I love Donald-he's got so much personality...:thumbsup2

Good luck with your parents in Nuremberg...

We have a lot of signature retaurants in our list, but on recent trips I really found those much better. And we are still lucky with the way the exchange rate is at the moment. That makes it much more affordable for us. It can go into free fall on February 6 :goodvibes

The DVD has 5:40h Donald from the 30s and 40s. :thumbsup2

Your restaurant choices sound fabulous! It will be very nice for both of you to take things slow; you will have so much more time to enjoy AKL!

We really need to built in some time to enjoy our resort!! I want to do the cultural safari one night, I love hearing about Africa! And I would love to the culinary tour as well.

I think your plans sound great. I'm hoping to just enjoy the resort more than the parks, to be honest. Although I'm really looking forward to AK - we didn't go at all the last time. The first time around, the kids were cranky and didn't want to walk at all and I was 4 months pregnant and... cranky, too, if I'm honest. :goodvibes

I can understand that AK is a park that makes people cranky. It feels rather crowded very easily. I think part of it is due to it having so much dense greenery around you, so there aren't a lot of long sightlines. Might be a good question to ask on the Wild on Design tour!

Great plans!! All of those are great restaurants! You'll definitely be eating well on your trip!!

I think the Wild By Design tour sounds wonderful! DH and I did Keys to the Kingdom in March and loved it!!! On our trip in March of 08 DH and I were supposed to do it together for his birthday BUT my boys both got sick and I ended up sending FIL in my place! I was worried about DH not enjoying it the second time around but he said it was still great and he learned a whole bunch more stuff!

We are very excited about our restaurants! However, we are planning to split a lot of our meals, so that we can actually manage to enjoy them.

I kept telling Katharina that I was sure that I would enjoy KTTK a second time, but she insisted that we pick something new for me. :goodvibes

Yum! Such tasty choices in dinning! Some we've been to and some not. Can't wait to hear all of your reviews. I think your tour sounds awesome!

I am looking forward to the tour a lot - as well as to the meals. I really hope to make good use of that journal in order to write down notes. So far I have done all reviews from memory and sometimes really felt I could write more if I had notes... :goodvibes

Katharina and I saw UP yesterday at the cinema and loved it. It just was released here in Germany last Thursday. :scared1: It really is annoying having to wait so long for movies we want to see until they finally are released here in Germany... :headache: But the wait was well worth it! What a loveable film! :cloud9: Now we just have to decide wether we want to see it again and this time in 3D. We had the choice to either see it in its original language in 2D or dubbed into German in 3D. :eek:

We are both off to Nuremberg tonight...

tarak
09-24-2009, 09:42 AM
Good luck in Nuremburg! I haven't seen Up yet. My MIL took the girls to see it and they really enjoyed it, but I just never got around to it. I think I assume that we'll buy it on DVD and I'll end up seeing it 20 times, so I might as well save the money I'd spend going to the theatre. :)

DWGal210
09-29-2009, 04:54 PM
Hey there! Sorry I have been MIA from your PTR - I got a new position at work and we just had our largest fundraiser of the year on Sunday. But now I am well-rested and ready to jump back into the planning again! :thumbsup2

Sounds like you have some great plans! Take care!

- Katie

Flossbolna
09-30-2009, 08:07 AM
Good luck in Nuremburg! I haven't seen Up yet. My MIL took the girls to see it and they really enjoyed it, but I just never got around to it. I think I assume that we'll buy it on DVD and I'll end up seeing it 20 times, so I might as well save the money I'd spend going to the theatre. :)

There really are a few scenes that are worth it to be seen on the big screen. Wonderful animation! I am still tempted to go and see it again in 3D...:upsidedow

Hey there! Sorry I have been MIA from your PTR - I got a new position at work and we just had our largest fundraiser of the year on Sunday. But now I am well-rested and ready to jump back into the planning again! :thumbsup2

Sounds like you have some great plans! Take care!

- Katie

Hi Katie, great to see you here again! Congratulations on the new job! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
09-30-2009, 08:14 AM
I guess you only are a real DISer if you are hit with resortitis at one time during your planning... :rolleyes1

So, here it is for us. The new "buy 4 get 3 free" deal is officially anounced. I just played with the numbers on the website a bit. I am still counting on my TA getting it applied to our AKL pool view room reservation (haven't heard from her yet, but I guess she is busy rebooking everyone before she sends out emails :scared1:). It looks like we are going to save about 850 $. However, if we would upgrade to savanna view, we would still safe 450 $.

And I checked prices for the other deluxes and besides the GF, we could stay at all the others for about the same or less as we are paying now for AKL...

So, do we want to upgrade??? Katharina and I just emailed and we really rather want to stay at AKL, but do we want to get a savanna view room?

Are we going to spend much time on the balcony? Might we end up with a room at the end of Kudu trail - far away from everything at AKL, while pool view secures us proximity to pool and Mara? Shouldn't we use the 400 $ for something else - like all those signature dinners we have planned. You see, we are confused... :confused::confused: Any advice???

Lady Lallie
09-30-2009, 08:23 AM
Welcome to my World of Confusion.

Honestly...I wouldn't upgrade. I would rather be closer to the pool and such. Save that money for something fun or your dinners! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
09-30-2009, 08:38 AM
Welcome to my World of Confusion.

Honestly...I wouldn't upgrade. I would rather be closer to the pool and such. Save that money for something fun or your dinners! :thumbsup2

Hi LL, I have been reading about your confusion on your PTR. And did not really know what I should say you - but I was thinking along the line of your advice to me: keep it simple and just enjoy the additional spending money! :laughing: And still when it comes to my own trip, it is much more difficult to decide... :goodvibes

Lady Lallie
09-30-2009, 08:47 AM
Hi LL, I have been reading about your confusion on your PTR. And did not really know what I should say you - but I was thinking along the line of your advice to me: keep it simple and just enjoy the additional spending money! :laughing: And still when it comes to my own trip, it is much more difficult to decide... :goodvibes

:laughing: I was thinking the same thing when I was writing out my advice to you. Why can't I just do that for my own trip!? :rotfl2:

Flossbolna
09-30-2009, 10:26 AM
Just got the email from my TA: we got the discount!!! :banana::banana::banana:

Lady Lallie
09-30-2009, 10:36 AM
Just got the email from my TA: we got the discount!!! :banana::banana::banana:

WOO HOO!! :banana: :woohoo: :banana:

PracPerfPatricia
09-30-2009, 10:48 AM
Hey Floss,

Congrats on the discount!...:woohoo:

YOU know how much I love the AKL...(a LOT)...and I am very seldom the voice of reason...:confused3-I am very good at enabling...

so hear goes...

We always book the pool view...I think that it is simply lovely-green and lush and pretty conveniently located...and much easier on the pocketbook...;)

We were upgraded on our last trip to savanna and concierge lounge...Was it awesome? it was a lovely surprise and I can't deny that it was fun being able to see the animals outside the balcony and having access to the CL...however...

The Lodge is lovely and there are many comfy places to look out at the animals and sit and relax...

(The CL was fun too-and we wound up getting breakfast there often and a lot of coffee and iced tea...having said that...unless you plan on eating a lot and having either lunch or dinner from the offerings...I wouldn't book it or pay for it-just way too much food for us...)

Would I book savanna under normal circumstances? No-I don't think so-I don't think I could justify the $$$.

Now you do have a chance of booking at a much cheaper rate than usual-Is is really important/special to you to have a savanna view? (Is it a travel dream/on your wish list?) Then this might be a great time for you to book it-it is a good offer...

If it truly isn't...then I say no...$850-buys a lot of lovely meals...The Lodge and its offerings are identical once you leave your room...:goodvibes...

Having just had a savanna view...and enjoyed it...personally I'd take the $850...

Good luck...

Ummm...I'm not sure how helpful this was...but I hope it helps a bit...

Flossbolna
09-30-2009, 11:39 AM
Ummm...I'm not sure how helpful this was...but I hope it helps a bit...

It was very helpful, thanks!! I am normally a pool view person, too. View is not that important to me and I really love exploring the lodge, so having to go out to see animals is actually a plus. I think Katharina is thinking along the same lines. And I am sure she will be wowed by the lodge anyway. But so many people love their savanna view that I feel I might miss out on something. With the discount it would not hurt so much to upgrade, so I thought it might be my chance. So knowing that someone with similar priorities was not converted by a stay in a savanna CL room, is extremely helpful!!! :thumbsup2

PNO4TE
09-30-2009, 12:56 PM
Just got the email from my TA: we got the discount!!! :banana::banana::banana:

:yay: :dance3: :yay:

thewesterberg
09-30-2009, 01:01 PM
YAY for getting your discount!! That's just awesome!!

As for what room to get... our first stay at AKV we had a pool view. We were hardly there (plus it was so darn hot out in August that sitting out there wasn't all that pleasant!) that we barely spent any time out there.

On my trip last week, we ended up with a savanna view with both rooms - our first was a AKV Value Studio over on the Ostrich Trail. The night we got in we saw a couple of zebras in the dark, otherwise, we didn't see much for animals. We barely spent any time out there because we weren't in the room much and there were no animals to look at.

On our 4th night we moved to a regular room and were way, way out at the end of the Zebra trail. Our room was situation so we could see both animals from the Arusha and Uzima savannas. We saw lots of the giraffes, Tommy's, and other animals - it was pretty cool! It was a long walk down there, but it didn't seem all that bad. We had a resort day and after spending time by the pool, we sat out on the balcony, enjoying the animals, a book, and some lunch. We also went out in the mornings to eat our breakfast because there was something to look at.

For us, we enjoyed whatever we had and if there was stuff to look at, that's when we found ourselves out there. But we didn't feel like we were missing anything by not having anything to look at - we just went elsewhere to enjoy the views!!

Don't know if that helps at all! I just started rambling... post-trip excitement, reliving it and all! :)

John's Mom
09-30-2009, 01:14 PM
Just got the email from my TA: we got the discount!!! :banana::banana::banana:

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

I'm sorry that I can't offer you advice on an AKL room upgrade. We always have a savanna view room, but that is our preference.

I'm sure that whatever you decide will be the best choice for you and your sister. :goodvibes

tiggrbaby
09-30-2009, 08:02 PM
Just got the email from my TA: we got the discount!!! :banana::banana::banana:


Congrats!!!

Flossbolna
10-02-2009, 04:13 PM
YAY for getting your discount!! That's just awesome!!

As for what room to get... our first stay at AKV we had a pool view. We were hardly there (plus it was so darn hot out in August that sitting out there wasn't all that pleasant!) that we barely spent any time out there.

On my trip last week, we ended up with a savanna view with both rooms - our first was a AKV Value Studio over on the Ostrich Trail. The night we got in we saw a couple of zebras in the dark, otherwise, we didn't see much for animals. We barely spent any time out there because we weren't in the room much and there were no animals to look at.

On our 4th night we moved to a regular room and were way, way out at the end of the Zebra trail. Our room was situation so we could see both animals from the Arusha and Uzima savannas. We saw lots of the giraffes, Tommy's, and other animals - it was pretty cool! It was a long walk down there, but it didn't seem all that bad. We had a resort day and after spending time by the pool, we sat out on the balcony, enjoying the animals, a book, and some lunch. We also went out in the mornings to eat our breakfast because there was something to look at.

For us, we enjoyed whatever we had and if there was stuff to look at, that's when we found ourselves out there. But we didn't feel like we were missing anything by not having anything to look at - we just went elsewhere to enjoy the views!!

Don't know if that helps at all! I just started rambling... post-trip excitement, reliving it and all! :)

Thank you very much for your input! It was very helpful. :thumbsup2 And welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful trip!! :cloud9:

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

I'm sorry that I can't offer you advice on an AKL room upgrade. We always have a savanna view room, but that is our preference.

I'm sure that whatever you decide will be the best choice for you and your sister. :goodvibes

The good thing is: for me the room view really isn't what will make the trip, so I guess you are right, we will be happy with every decision we make! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
10-02-2009, 04:25 PM
January hours became available yesterday - mainly they are just what I expected. So far I have been planning with last years hours and they are more or less the same, they only changed the Spectromagic dates and the Fantasmic dates compared to last year.

So I can start to plan a bit more on our schedule. Of course the February hours still aren't out. I have some hope that they might come out before 10/27 (the big ADR day!! :scared1:), but not very much. So I guess this will be all the information we have before have to make ADRs.

To be honest, I am absolutely confused. :sad2: Katharina and I had decided to do morning EMHs on this trip, so this gave us a bit of structure for our plan. But I just never liked that plan, it just seemed so confusing, especially with all the park hopping involved. Morning EMH parks tend to get very crowded, so we had planned to hop away from them. Now I have taken the plan and tried to eliminate all morning EMHs, it looks much calmer. But when we are there the parks really aren't open that long, so additional park time sounds great. And our jet lag really helps us getting up early!! Now I am absolutely confused as to what to do and Katharina is away until Sunday. I guess we need to sit down and look at the two alternatives and try to come up with a decision... :confused::confused:

However, we have made a decision regarding our reservation: We are staying put in ou pool view room. No fancy update for us! :banana: And we are very happy with that decision. The amount we save will be about the amount of our dining budget, so in a certain way we ended up with free dining!! :goodvibes I actually checked the numbers today, if we would add the DDP (still no intention of doing so), we would still save 100 $ as compared to our original price!! :eek:

Flossbolna
10-03-2009, 02:43 PM
Deevy See, the "mascot" of DVC travelled to "Africa" (aka Kidani Village):

http://deevypacksherbags.com/

Highly amusing!

Also, Disney Parks started a blog which has some really neat content. Check out the post by the Wild World of Sports!!

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/

Lady Lallie
10-03-2009, 04:43 PM
I'm totally lost on my itinerary too! The hours don't seem bad but I just don't know what I want to do. I think I am feeling tons of pressure since I know my ADR day is next Sunday. :headache:

Did you check out the video of the day in Magic Kingdom? I love it. I've already watched it twice!

mickeysmyboy
10-03-2009, 06:40 PM
I totally understand how planning can get totally confusing and overwhelming! Look at it this way, at least you know to plan. Imagine all the people who go into a WDW vacation totally blind with nothing more then a room and ticket! :eek::scared1:

We saw that Deevy See, and Deevy herself in person, video when we went the the DVC event in August/ IT was very funny and so was she in person!

lovesdumbo
10-03-2009, 11:12 PM
Just found your PTR from your dining review-really enjoying it!!!

Looks like I'll just miss you at AKL. We leave on 1/27. Your plans sound great. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful trip. Sounds like you'll be very happy in a pool view room.

Wrexie
10-04-2009, 07:03 AM
I haven't read all of the thread yet, but just wanted to say it sounds like a great trip and it's nice that you and your sister will be able to travel together!

My sister isn't the Disney type, but we do get the chance to travel together sometimes. My husband is from Switzerland and I was born in Germany-- my parents were U.S. citizens but Dad was stationed in Aschaffenberg for a bit. Several years ago, we took a trip to Switzerland to visit my husband's family and to Germany to see where I was a baby, and my sister and her boyfriend came with us. It was fabulous! I've never been to Berlin but I love the parts of Germany I have seen.

I will also be in WDW in January and am in the planning stages.

PracPerfPatricia
10-04-2009, 01:54 PM
Deevy See, the "mascot" of DVC travelled to "Africa" (aka Kidani Village):

http://deevypacksherbags.com/

Highly amusing!

Also, Disney Parks started a blog which has some really neat content. Check out the post by the Wild World of Sports!!

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/


Deevy See-That was very funny...I'm impressed that Disney has such an off beat sense of humor...:lmao:

Congrats for making up your mind about your room-one less thing to worry about...:thumbsup2

Flossbolna
10-05-2009, 05:18 PM
I totally understand how planning can get totally confusing and overwhelming! Look at it this way, at least you know to plan. Imagine all the people who go into a WDW vacation totally blind with nothing more then a room and ticket! :eek::scared1:

We saw that Deevy See, and Deevy herself in person, video when we went the the DVC event in August/ IT was very funny and so was she in person!

I sometimes think that those people are happier than us planners in the time before their trip, but most likely not during it... :goodvibes But then friends of mine spent a week in Orlando last year and their planning was the "cheat sheet" I wrote them with some basic information. And they loved the parks. They did get on all the rides they wanted to thanks to fastpass and thy just loved to spend time in the parks and watch the fireworks every night. :confused3

I remembered that someone had reported meeting Deevy. I think she is such a great character!! :thumbsup2

Just found your PTR from your dining review-really enjoying it!!!

Looks like I'll just miss you at AKL. We leave on 1/27. Your plans sound great. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful trip. Sounds like you'll be very happy in a pool view room.

Welcome!! And thanks for the nice comment. What a shame that we miss you, I hope you will have a great stay at AKL! :goodvibes

I haven't read all of the thread yet, but just wanted to say it sounds like a great trip and it's nice that you and your sister will be able to travel together!

My sister isn't the Disney type, but we do get the chance to travel together sometimes. My husband is from Switzerland and I was born in Germany-- my parents were U.S. citizens but Dad was stationed in Aschaffenberg for a bit. Several years ago, we took a trip to Switzerland to visit my husband's family and to Germany to see where I was a baby, and my sister and her boyfriend came with us. It was fabulous! I've never been to Berlin but I love the parts of Germany I have seen.

I will also be in WDW in January and am in the planning stages.

Welcome to my trip report! How funny that you were born in Gemany. Aschaffenburg is actually quite close to where my sister and I grew up, at least, it both is in Bavaria. Did you by any chance see Nuremberg. That's my second home town and my parents just moved there recently. Sounds like you had a great trip!

Deevy See-That was very funny...I'm impressed that Disney has such an off beat sense of humor...:lmao:

Congrats for making up your mind about your room-one less thing to worry about...:thumbsup2

Deevy See reminds me a lot of the DHS streetmosphere characters which I enjoy a lot. I am determined to spend some time watching their skits on this trip. Did not get around to do that so much last time. And the friend I traveled with never really enjoyed it. Hopefully Katharina will have fun with me. :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
10-05-2009, 05:30 PM
I am really excited, I have a great update to post. Katharina and I finally have some idea of a plan that makes sense and does not have me all confused... :banana::banana:

We agreed that not doing EMH will be the way to go. :thumbsup2 We are still planning to do rope drop, so not much sleeping in for us. But considering the advantage of jet lag :hourglass (at least in that direction), getting up at 6 am will still mean 12 pm for us!

We are still lacking February hours:rolleyes2, so things might change there and on the last days we just have indicated the “good parks” according to touringplans.com and Tourguide Mike. We will be flexible then with regard to what we want to see.

So, flossbolna and nodnol proudly present “The Plan”:

Wednesday, 1/27
depart TXL (Berlin) at 9:15 am CET which is 3:15 am EST, all following times are EST
arrive at MCO at 6:45 pm
get our fingerprints and picture taken by the friendly guys from Immigration (actually at MCO I have only had great experiences with really friendly immigration officers :thumbsup2)
hop on ME and hopefully make it to AKL by 8:30 pm
explore the hotel for a bit (maybe jump into the spa :cloud9:) and get our refillable mugs and a snack at Mara and then have an early night .

Thursday, 1/28
small early breakfast from Mara to be eaten on our balcony (will be the same on all other days unless otherwise specified)
9:00 am rope drop (RD) at AK - off to EE, get Safari FP just before:
10:30 am Donald's Safari Breakfast at Tusker House (will work as a kind of brunch)
spend the day at AK, possibly with a midday break at AKL
no real lunch needed, might get a snack at some point (they sell corn dogs at AK...)
evening at DTD: we need to stack up on snacks from Goofy's Candy Company (nodnol's request)
if we travel there directly from AK we would have to go to a resort first, so we are thinking about catching a bus to POFQ and take the boat from there...
dinner at Wolfgang Puck's Express

Friday, 1/29
8:30 Wild by Design Tour at AK (3 hours, includes continental breakfast)
early midday break at AKL
afternoon at DS until about 6:30 pm
dinner: 7:30 pm at California Grill (Wishes at 8pm)
commute back home via Epcot (first glimpse of Epcot for nodnol from monorail), with the option of a brief visit for evening EMH (most likely not as we will be too tired)

Saturday, 1/30
9:00 am RD at Epcot (Soarin' here we come!!! :woohoo:)
all day at Epcot with afternoon break back at AKL
dinner: 6 pm at Flying Fish
9pm Illuminations

Sunday, 1/31
9:00 am RD at AK (or possibly Epcot, still can't do DHS or MK, DHS has Fantasmic, MK Spectro and is crowded on Sundays and has evening EMH :headache:)
this would be a great day to go to Typhoon Lagoon (can also be incorporated on Saturday, Monday or Tuesday, will depend on the weather :confused:)
back to AKL for break (if Typhoon Lagoon, might stop briefly at DTD if we need to stock up on snacks...)
dinner: 5 pm at Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge
8 pm Wishes
EMH at the MK

Monday, 2/1 (here things are still not very clear... :sad2:)
9:00 am RD at MK (still not ideal, it is a Spectro day, but we can't spend the whole trip at AK and Epcot)
lunch: 12:30 pm at Kona
break back at AKL (possibly travel from Poly to AKL via monorail to Epcot - I just love that ride, best way to arrive at any park! :thumbsup2)
afternoon at Epcot
dinner: 7:00 pm Boma
evening at AKL

Tuesday, 2/2 (our mother's birthday :cake:)
9:00 am RD at DHS (TSM stampede!! :scared1:)
lunch: 11:30 am Sci-Fi Dine-In
midday break at AKL
afternoon back at DHS
dinner: 7:30 pm Artist Point (will need to take cab back to AKL, can't see us commuting through DTD)

Wednesday, 2/3 (the big day: nodnol turns 35 on that day!!! :bday:)
RD at either Epcot, DHS or MK
lunch: 2pm Gardenview Tea Room :coffee: (no tea cups in the smileys...)
possibly a short visit to AK EMH (5-8 pm) before:
dinner: 7:30 pm Narcoossee's (Wishes at 8 pm)

Thursday, 2/4 (our last full day)
RD at either Epcot or AK
dinner: 7:30 pm Jiko
evening: packing :sad:

Friday, 2/5 (we are leaving today...)
no real plans, we can go to AK or MK.
We will most likely not make it to RD on that day, maybe we will schedule a Boma breakfast reservation...
ME will pick us up around 4:45 pm for our
flight departing MCO at 8:45 pm

Saturday, 2/6
arriving at TXL (Berlin) on 2/6 at 3:10 pm CET or 9:10 am EST :crazy2:

Sunday 2/7
try to recover from post-Disney-depression, check DISboards and hopefully adjust somewhat to CET...

A few things are still unclear: I would really like to try the Winter-Summerland minigolf. But with Bilzzard Beach being closed, I am not really sure how we would get there and I have no idea when to put it into the plan. Also, I am not so happy about our MK days. And I would love to eat breakfast at Boma once during the trip and don't know wether the last morning is the best day to do that.

I guess, once the February hours are available and TGM has put together his recommendations for real (at the moment I am using last years), I will have a clearer picture. But at least we now have a plan for ADRs.

So, what do you think? Is it reasonable? Can it be managed? Do we have too many meals planned? Any recommendations??

Lady Lallie
10-05-2009, 07:21 PM
I think your plans look fabulous!! It's so hard to find that niche where you are happy with your plans.

Don't drive yourself crazy about the Non-Spectro, Fantasmic days. You are still going during slow season so crowds shouldn't be super bad. :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
10-06-2009, 06:12 AM
I think your plans look fabulous!! It's so hard to find that niche where you are happy with your plans.

Don't drive yourself crazy about the Non-Spectro, Fantasmic days. You are still going during slow season so crowds shouldn't be super bad. :thumbsup2

Yes, I have been following along your problems and felt like we really are in the same boat!

Unfortunately last year we had a really bad experience on a Fantasmic day at DHS!! But you are right, I have been to the MK on Spectro days in that time frame and while it is not magically empty, it was very manageable! :goodvibes


Unfortunately not PTR related, but I had to share this: I got my first ever PIN Code!!!! I always thought they would not mail it to foreigners, but I got one!!! :banana::banana::banana: But it isn't for our travel time, it's for 4/11 to 6/3 and includes free dining (and park tickets?) for kids and an offer for adults (seems like they pay the kids price for dining and park tickets)??? Actually I like the deal we have much better, but I am so happy that I am in their PIN mailing list... :cool1: Of course a 40% off PIN for January would have made my day!! :cloud9:

tiggrbaby
10-06-2009, 06:48 AM
Yes, I have been following along your problems and felt like we really are in the same boat!

Unfortunately last year we had a really bad experience on a Fantasmic day at DHS!! But you are right, I have been to the MK on Spectro days in that time frame and while it is not magically empty, it was very manageable! :goodvibes


Unfortunately not PTR related, but I had to share this: I got my first ever PIN Code!!!! I always thought they would not mail it to foreigners, but I got one!!! :banana::banana::banana: But it isn't for our travel time, it's for 4/11 to 6/3 and includes free dining (and park tickets?) for kids and an offer for adults (seems like they pay the kids price for dining and park tickets)??? Actually I like the deal we have much better, but I am so happy that I am in their PIN mailing list... :cool1: Of course a 40% off PIN for January would have made my day!! :cloud9:

Wow, I would love a pin like that! Actually, I guess I would like any pin! :rotfl:

PNO4TE
10-06-2009, 10:38 AM
I got a pin code too... as I sit here at WDW! :rotfl:

If U Had Wings
10-06-2009, 01:14 PM
I think your plans look wonderful! You have a bit of everything and it looks like the two of you are going to have a great time.

Fantasmic was playing havoc with my plans too. The only two days that they are running it are my non-park days. :confused: I was all set to revamp the schedule, but in the end I decieded to just skip it. I hate to think of how crazy it will make DHS that day. I'm going to really miss it, but am happy with the plans I made instead.

mickeysmyboy
10-07-2009, 01:57 PM
Floss, I think your plan looks great! You ladies are going to have such a fabulous time!!!

Don't stress to much about the hours not being out yet! I'm willing to bet that anyday now their going to release the hours through April! Did you notice that when January hours can out last week MK was missing for the first day or so?! Soooo annoying!!! Don't they know we have plans to make!!??

brookelizabeth
10-08-2009, 01:45 AM
I'm finally checking in again...sorry I've been away for nearly a month! I can't believe that much time has already flown by.

I'm really enjoying all your PTR updates-and am happy to read that you were able to get something somewhat solid down for plans! They really look great! Lots of AK time. :thumbsup2 And that tour just sounds awesome!!!

I hope you are able to work MK on a day without Spectro in there...otherwise, just go in knowing the crowds might be a bit nutty and go with the flow as much as you can. The knowing before hand what to expect always helps me just relax and enjoy what we are able to do!

Glad you enjoyed the DVD too!!!! :goodvibes Isn't Mickey Mail the best?? :yay:

PracPerfPatricia
10-09-2009, 02:55 PM
I think your plans look really good-and you have some really lovely meals planned...:thumbsup2

Btw-I use TourGuide Mike too-and he usually doesn't recomment the EMH park as long as you get to rope drop at the park you are going too ...(I'd be more likely to do an EMH at night...because that is something you can't normally do-like ride EE at night if AK stays open...

Definitely take the taxi...there are some connections that are just too difficult...(especially after a great meal and some wine...;)

Sounds good:thumbsup2

nodnol
10-13-2009, 04:11 PM
Hello everyone,
Flossbolna is on a business trip and I actually promised to post lots of new things... well, I didn't get around to get it all done and unfortunately I couldn't convince DH to go on a short trip to Disneyland Paris for our anniversary :sad2: maybe next year...
But – I finally got my picture taken and can apply for a new passport. I even got an appointment for friday morning – so no queuing!
I'm actually very happy to have accomplished this task and as I have a fixed date at the registration office I would need a really good excuse to postpone it :thumbsup2
I already had nightmares of haven to cancel the trip because of me being to lazy to apply for the passport in time... :scared1:

PNO4TE
10-13-2009, 10:26 PM
Hello everyone,
Flossbolna is on a business trip and I actually promised to post lots of new things... well, I didn't get around to get it all done and unfortunately I couldn't convince DH to go on a short trip to Disneyland Paris for our anniversary :sad2: maybe next year...
But – I finally got my picture taken and can apply for a new passport. I even got an appointment for friday morning – so no queuing!
I'm actually very happy to have accomplished this task and as I have a fixed date at the registration office I would need a really good excuse to postpone it :thumbsup2
I already had nightmares of haven to cancel the trip because of me being to lazy to apply for the passport in time... :scared1:

:yay: Your sister will be so happy with you!! ;)

brookelizabeth
10-13-2009, 11:22 PM
Glad to hear you are on top of it all for the Passport! Those appointments and all the paperwork can be a pain, but it's all worth it. :goodvibes

Flossbolna
10-15-2009, 05:45 PM
Hello everyone,
Flossbolna is on a business trip and I actually promised to post lots of new things... well, I didn't get around to get it all done and unfortunately I couldn't convince DH to go on a short trip to Disneyland Paris for our anniversary :sad2: maybe next year...
But – I finally got my picture taken and can apply for a new passport. I even got an appointment for friday morning – so no queuing!
I'm actually very happy to have accomplished this task and as I have a fixed date at the registration office I would need a really good excuse to postpone it :thumbsup2


Thanks for keeping everyone entertained here!! :thumbsup2

I did not know that those DLP plans you talked were meant for this upcoming weekend :goodvibes Good luck for next year!!

Yeah for getting that picture!!! :banana: Good luck with the appointment tomorrow morning! I am looking forward to a full report on how this fingerprinting works...

I already had nightmares of haven to cancel the trip because of me being to lazy to apply for the passport in time... :scared1:

:scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1::scar ed1::scared1::scared1: ok, I had not thought about that possibility yet - of course now I am worrying about that they will take ages to make your passport!!!


I just got back from my business trip and will hopefully have more time for replies and updates soon! :thumbsup2 (and also start posting on my subscribed threads as well)

nodnol
10-16-2009, 04:08 AM
:scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1::scar ed1::scared1::scared1: ok, I had not thought about that possibility yet - of course now I am worrying about that they will take ages to make your passport!!!


No worry: passport will be ready in three weeks! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
10-16-2009, 06:35 AM
No worry: passport will be ready in three weeks! :thumbsup2

:jumping1: Wonderful!

RachelTori
10-16-2009, 07:39 AM
I'm getting caught up on your wonderful plans! :thumbsup2

I've not done the Wild by Design tour yet, but I've heard it's wonderful! :goodvibes

Also, even though Blizzard Beach will be closed, the buses still go there! We always wondered WHY we were going in to a closed park to drop off/pick up...... finally figured that out!! :rotfl: So if mini golf is on your itinerary, you'll be able to get there! ;)

I'm still planning to arrive at AKL on Feb 2nd so I'm hoping a mini-meet is in the cards for us! :goodvibes