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All7OfUs
04-28-2011, 11:55 AM
So, as long as I can either keep my head above water or stay under water as long as I can hold my breath, everything is fine.

I think everyone on earth can stay under water just about that long. :lmao:

All7OfUs
04-28-2011, 11:57 AM
I though I was too late for E, as you posted yesterday that participants have to post that day...

I'll explain when I post what happened to that-- let's just say you have another hour or so. ;)

nodnol
04-28-2011, 12:01 PM
I think everyone on earth can stay under water just about that long. :lmao:

:lmao: you're right. I don't know how to explain is, but as I can't exhale under water, I can't hold my breath as long as outsdie of the water, I get panicky.

I'll explain when I post what happened to that-- let's just say you have another hour or so. ;)

:cool1: PM will be on its way shortly...

lovealldisney
04-28-2011, 12:16 PM
I can't remember whether I explained that in our last PTR... As a child I was afraid of water. My parents had to force me to attend swimming lessons, abut I soon learnded to enjoy swimming and being in the water. But swimming in PE at school was horrible, actually everything in the water where I felt forced into something was a nightmare. In the summer I purposely went to other pools as my male classmates so that there would be nobody who would push me under water. But only about two years ago Magdalene and I found out what made me feel uncomfortable in certain water-situations: I can't exhale under water, something weird in my head, I guess. So, as long as I can either keep my head above water or stay under water as long as I can hold my breath, everything is fine.

DH is the same way Katharina! Hates water and swimming while me and the kids are like fish! I think one reason he doesn't like to swim is that he witnessed a good friend that nearly drowned when he was really young. He won't go into water that is over his head. He was very traumatized by the whole ordeal.

Poolrat
04-28-2011, 09:21 PM
When Katharina and I were in the US in 92, we visited some people in Texas who took us to Schlitterbahn, a waterpark in New Braunfels, Texas: http://www.schlitterbahn.com/nb/default.asp I loved it, Katharina isn't as much of a water person as I am. And both of us got one of the worst sunburns ever. Fortunately now you can get SPF 50, so I hope the sunburn won't make a reappearance.

i had a chance to visit Schlitterbahn last Oct when I attended the annual waterpark conference. Nice place.


I hope you enjoy the waterparks! I really like BB and have never been to TL--that's on the Disney bucket list as well. I don't blame you for not waiting to do the extremely high, fast slides at BB. Besides my dislike of big drops, it seemed ridiculous to wait in line for an hour to do a slide that lasts 4 seconds!


Admit it, you're just scared. :laughing:
i won't wait either but I do make it a point to ride it first as close to rope drop as I can get there.


I can't remember whether I explained that in our last PTR... As a child I was afraid of water. My parents had to force me to attend swimming lessons, abut I soon learnded to enjoy swimming and being in the water. But swimming in PE at school was horrible, actually everything in the water where I felt forced into something was a nightmare. In the summer I purposely went to other pools as my male classmates so that there would be nobody who would push me under water. But only about two years ago Magdalene and I found out what made me feel uncomfortable in certain water-situations: I can't exhale under water, something weird in my head, I guess. So, as long as I can either keep my head above water or stay under water as long as I can hold my breath, everything is fine.

Very common actually. You can slowly get over it by slowly exhaling ( blowing bubbles) while in the shower, work up to doing it in the shower with the water running down over your face. That is the "homework" I give all my student with the same face in the water issue- children and adults alike. :teacher:

swwake
04-28-2011, 09:43 PM
Aww we LOVE Schlitterbahn. It's about 45 minutes South of us, so we go about once a year. I will tell you, it ruined Typhoon Lagoon for us though. After Schlitterbahn, nothing else compares.

englishrose47
04-28-2011, 11:53 PM
:lmao: you're right. I don't know how to explain is, but as I can't exhale under water, I can't hold my breath as long as outsdie of the water, I get panicky.



:cool1: PM will be on its way shortly...

Yo don't need to explain to me !!I hate going under water for even a second !!I don't even like my face wet !!:scared1:I totally panic under water !!!:eek:

All7OfUs
04-29-2011, 02:05 AM
Very common actually. You can slowly get over it by slowly exhaling ( blowing bubbles) while in the shower, work up to doing it in the shower with the water running down over your face. That is the "homework" I give all my student with the same face in the water issue- children and adults alike. :teacher:

You know, you could charge her like $30 bucks an hour for stuff like this. ;) Call it therapy or counseling and charge $100!!!

nodnol
04-29-2011, 10:56 AM
Very common actually. You can slowly get over it by slowly exhaling ( blowing bubbles) while in the shower, work up to doing it in the shower with the water running down over your face. That is the "homework" I give all my student with the same face in the water issue- children and adults alike. :teacher:

:thumbsup2 I'll try that!!! so far I only tried to prolong the time under water, because I can exhale for a very short time, but then get stuck. But under the shower might work. And friend of mine, a neuro-psychologist (crazy guy, he actually wrote his thesis about joke reception in the brain...), told me as well that with the right training I should be able to learn it. But he had no hints how to work on it... I personally don't know anyone with the same problem and none of my former PE teachers realized what my problem was. So you must be a real good swimming instructor!!!

Captain_Oblivious
04-29-2011, 01:57 PM
Admit it, you're just scared. :laughing:

No, I'm...cautious. :rolleyes1

Poolrat
04-30-2011, 09:16 PM
You know, you could charge her like $30 bucks an hour for stuff like this. ;) Call it therapy or counseling and charge $100!!!

Swimming lessons for older kids and adults are just that 1/2 lesson and 1/2 therapy session. They are physically capable of the skill but something is preventing them from mastering the skill.

I approach lesson with older kids and adults as a what works for them as opposed to starting at step 1 and going forward as outlined in all our manuals. At the older kid and Adult level they wasnt to learn how to survivie and to get across the water, they really don't care how. So i work with what they are comfortable with, face out, on their back, modified strokes to make it easy and successful. After that is comfortable, then we can get "style points" and learn more strokes and "clean up" what they know.




:thumbsup2 I'll try that!!! so far I only tried to prolong the time under water, because I can exhale for a very short time, but then get stuck. But under the shower might work. And friend of mine, a neuro-psychologist (crazy guy, he actually wrote his thesis about joke reception in the brain...),
:rotfl2::rotfl2: oooohh what would he say about that? :rotfl2:



:
told me as well that with the right training I should be able to learn it. But he had no hints how to work on it... I personally don't know anyone with the same problem and none of my former PE teachers realized what my problem was. So you must be a real good swimming instructor!!!

With young kids ( ages 3-10) we start from the beginning and blowing bubbles is first.
Anyone older has most likely learned to "make it work" but usually start with arm and leg movements and forget the whole breath control issue. With sports on land there is also a right way to breathe but it most likely won't interfere too much with actually being able to participate. In swimming, you don't breathe right and you are going to have a difficult time mastering the arms and legs. When you get panicky, you stiffen up and don't float as well and then you start to be lower in the water and then you panic all over again.

Thanks for the compliment! I feel I am experienced and have learned over the last almost 30 years:scared1: mostly from my students and solving their problems. The breath control issue is what I zone in first becuase it really is popular, you just need to look for it.

Try the shower thing and see if it starts to make you a bit more comfortable letting out your air. You can always step to the side and get more air so you are safe.


No, I'm...cautious. :rolleyes1

Cautious is OK. It should be on the bucket list- just once. :rolleyes1 The waiting and the first 2 seconds are worse than the next 30 seconds.

englishrose47
04-30-2011, 09:26 PM
I am beyond help !!!!!:rotfl2:

Flossbolna
05-01-2011, 09:20 AM
Well then by all means you and Katharina should come to Wisconsin! I'll take you to Wisconsin Dells! ;) Another nice area of Wisconsin you two would probably like is Door County Wisconsin. One of my favorite places in Wisconsin! It reminds me of out East. Then of course there is Iowa! ;)

http://www.doorcounty.com/


http://www.cityofdubuque.org/

http://www.bellevueia.com/ ;)

Enjoy!

Thanks for the links! I am sure I will make it to Wisconsin at some point! :goodvibes

Thanks for posting the DLP pictures! It's fascinating to look at them and compare to WDW here.

I hope you enjoy the waterparks! I really like BB and have never been to TL--that's on the Disney bucket list as well. I don't blame you for not waiting to do the extremely high, fast slides at BB. Besides my dislike of big drops, it seemed ridiculous to wait in line for an hour to do a slide that lasts 4 seconds!

You are welcome, I am planning on getting the next installment up soon!

I did the large slide at TL and it was actually a lot of fun. So it will depend on what the lines are like, I kind of want to try every "ride" that is designed by Disney, but just as you said the wait time/ride time ratio must be sensible.

Flossbolna
05-01-2011, 09:24 AM
drag?????

I wasn't sure whether you might not chicken out of this ride, so I wanted to make clear that there won't be any chickening happening on this ride. All the others are up to you whether you come along or not. :goodvibes


Why not? Is there some hidden nasty secret?

I don't have any special plans for the waterparks, what Magdalene wrote sounds great, so I will just tag along :)

The wave pool has really huge waves. Not the small bobbing ones, but they really crush you down. You end being thrown around in the deep water and in the flat water you end up with bruises from the floor. Can't really see you enjoying this if I didn't like it that much. But you should give it a try, especially if you now start training blowing bubbles under the shower every morning!

Flossbolna
05-01-2011, 09:33 AM
Very common actually. You can slowly get over it by slowly exhaling ( blowing bubbles) while in the shower, work up to doing it in the shower with the water running down over your face. That is the "homework" I give all my student with the same face in the water issue- children and adults alike. :teacher:

Pat, I am very fascinated by what you are writing about how to teach how to swim (also your following post).

I had always been a strong swimmer, learned swimming when I was five, even was in the diving group of the local swim club when I was 8 (but then we moved away and today I am scared to even jump head first from the starting block). But the one thing I never really tackled was swimming front crawl (here in Germany everyone learns breast stroke first). I just was out of breath all the time.

Then a few years ago I signed up for a course on front crawl at the local adult evening education center. And there our teacher had us practising breathing for the first session only, nearly no swimming. It was such a revelation. I never had had Katharina's problem, but neither had I figured out that I had to breath out all the air in my lungs before getting new air in. I am still getting out of breath when I use front crawl, but now it is because of the exercise. I am so much looking forward to my local open air pool with its 50m adult pool being reopened (it is being totally rebuilt at the moment) to practise again, it substitutes for running on very hot days!

Flossbolna
05-01-2011, 09:37 AM
Aww we LOVE Schlitterbahn. It's about 45 minutes South of us, so we go about once a year. I will tell you, it ruined Typhoon Lagoon for us though. After Schlitterbahn, nothing else compares.

I checked out their website and I think it is much bigger now than when we visited in 1992. But it was a fun place and in my memory I would put it about equal with TL and BB. So if they have improved since then, I can understand why you might have been disappointed with TL.

I am beyond help !!!!!:rotfl2:

Don't worry, Rosie, we still love you anyway!! :hug:

notaprincess
05-01-2011, 02:05 PM
Aww, thanks- I'm quite safe here in Jordan the King is rather sensible to the arising issues...I think :cool2:

I love, love love your plans for the water parks and also would not go on Gushmore (once was enough:rolleyes1).
Plus Dinner at Jikos- amazing. I loved it there!

Can't wait to hear more of the other planning

Liebe Gruesse!

Simone

englishrose47
05-01-2011, 02:37 PM
Just checking in Happy May Day!!!

nodnol
05-02-2011, 02:19 AM
someone promised me three updates over the weekend....

englishrose47
05-02-2011, 02:08 PM
someone promised me three updates over the weekend....

Was it anyone I know ???:confused3:rotfl2:

podsnel
05-02-2011, 07:12 PM
Loved all of your pictures!! :lovestruc I haven't been to the waterparks, either!! My kids have been to Blizzard Beach, I stayed behind with Sean. And TL is always closed when we are there in November. I did go to River Country, though, way back when- with Pods when we were dating. :thumbsup2 i hope you have a wonderful time!!:goodvibes

All7OfUs
05-02-2011, 07:53 PM
someone promised me three updates over the weekend....

Well, this is certainly news! :surfweb:popcorn::

Flossbolna
05-04-2011, 04:57 PM
Aww, thanks- I'm quite safe here in Jordan the King is rather sensible to the arising issues...I think :cool2:

I love, love love your plans for the water parks and also would not go on Gushmore (once was enough:rolleyes1).
Plus Dinner at Jikos- amazing. I loved it there!

Can't wait to hear more of the other planning

Liebe Gruesse!

Simone

That sounds good! More planning news will be up shortly! :goodvibes

Just checking in Happy May Day!!!

Thanks Rosie! May 1st is a public holiday, but since it fell on a Sunday this year, we did not get any time off from work... :confused3

someone promised me three updates over the weekend....

Who was that???

Was it anyone I know ???:confused3:rotfl2:

No, I don't think so....

Well, this is certainly news! :surfweb:popcorn::

:rolleyes1

Flossbolna
05-04-2011, 04:58 PM
Loved all of your pictures!! :lovestruc I haven't been to the waterparks, either!! My kids have been to Blizzard Beach, I stayed behind with Sean. And TL is always closed when we are there in November. I did go to River Country, though, way back when- with Pods when we were dating. :thumbsup2 i hope you have a wonderful time!!:goodvibes

River Country looks like a magical place, I would have loved to experience it... I hope you get to go to TL or BB one day, they are both wonderful parks, but I understand that they might not be the right place for Sean.

Flossbolna
05-04-2011, 05:16 PM
Ok, some of you might have already picked up on that one... Even though I really tried not to mention it in our plans. But then, when you think about it, I am sure nobody will be surprised that the next special feature for our trip will be:

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Halloween wasn't celebrated in Germany at all. We have All Saints Day on November 1, which is a catholic holiday when everyone visits the graves of their family. And October 31 is Reformation Day. The day when supposedly Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the curch door in Wittenberg.

A few years ago the German decoration and costume industry decided that they needed to launch new products: Halloween decorations and costumes. Germans normally wear costumes only in January/February for carnival/Mardi Gras. The way they got it started is that they lobbied German TV stations and got written into the storylines for several German soap operas. Now there is soem Halloween stuff going on - mainly parties for kids and even some trick or treating, but nobody really knows what this is and I very much feel that it does not really have a basis in our culture at all. So I am not a fan of Halloween in Germany... BUT the great thing is: it belongs to American culture, so I am really excited about experiencing the "true" stuff!

A little bit about our plans: We were torn between a few dates and finally settled on Sunday, October 16. I did some research here on the DIS and it seems that reports for Sundays are quite favourable. Tuesday might have been even better. But we really like it that the party will be at the half-way point in our trip. By then we should be over the jet-lag enough to be able to party in the evening. But we will still have a nice portion of the trip to look forward to. And also, we have other plans for that Tuesday... The day will a more relaxing day. We will start the morning in Epcot, so even rope drop means that we don't have to get up too early since it is a nice 10 minutes walk to the entrance. The next day will be our Typhoon Lagoon day, so we will be able to relax as well.

I am really excited and what is even better is that party dates are now officially announced! We won't be buying tickets yet, I don't expect that day to sell out now already. But I will be able to get the tickets for us with a discount thanks to being a DVC member, so that's a nice perk!

Sorry that this was a picture-free update, but the next one will be lots of DLP pictures, so I am sure it will make up for the lack in this one!

swwake
05-04-2011, 05:49 PM
You will LOVE MNSSHP! We really enjoyed it last year. Be sure to catch the parade.

lovealldisney
05-05-2011, 07:05 AM
Hi Magdalene!

Yes Halloween is a very American holiday! One of my favorites! Where we live Halloween is rarely celebrated on the 31st (as it should be!) this is because there's school. Most communities have it on a weekend with trick or treating during the day. But the suburb my Mother-in-law lives in they have Halloween on the 31st and night time trick or treating! My kids loved this and still do, I have one girl inparticular that is almost 15 that still goes to grandmas to trick or treat.....:rolleyes1


Even a certain DH dresses up and passes out treats.....;) He makes a great scary clown. :upsidedow

Captain_Oblivious
05-05-2011, 10:48 AM
I think you should dress up as Martin Luther for MNSSHP, and nail a list of demands to the door of the castle. See what happens! popcorn::

englishrose47
05-05-2011, 11:06 AM
You are right Halloween is NOT a European Holiday !! One year shortly after I cane to the States , my mother had 2 little American kids who were renting in the area, knock at her door all dressed up as goblins as she put it !!Having no idea what they were she chased them with a broom:rotfl2:A day or so later she got a letter from me talking about Halloween and Trick or Treating and felt sooo bad !!!:scared1::rotfl2:I can only imagine the tales those kids have told about the WITCH who chased them with a Broom!!~!:lmao::lmao:

Kleese
05-05-2011, 11:55 AM
I was catching up on your thread and then I read this


A few years ago the German decoration and costume industry decided that they needed to launch new products: Halloween decorations and costumes. Germans normally wear costumes only in January/February for carnival/Mardi Gras. The way they got it started is that they lobbied German TV stations and got written into the storylines for several German soap operas. Now there is soem Halloween stuff going on - mainly parties for kids and even some trick or treating, but nobody really knows what this is and I very much feel that it does not really have a basis in our culture at all. So I am not a fan of Halloween in Germany... BUT the great thing is: it belongs to American culture, so I am really excited about experiencing the "true" stuff!



It was a shock to hear that you celebrate Mardi Gras! I'm from New Orleans so it would be quite intresting for me to hear more about that. Do you have parades,throw beads and have kings and queens? Ours last for about three weeks. I just love when you give bits of history and let us know about Germany:jumping1:

lovealldisney
05-05-2011, 12:10 PM
I think you should dress up as Martin Luther for MNSSHP, and nail a list of demands to the door of the castle. See what happens! popcorn::


:rotfl::lmao::rotfl2::laughing:
I think you should to!!


You are right Halloween is NOT a European Holiday !! One year shortly after I cane to the States , my mother had 2 little American kids who were renting in the area, knock at her door all dressed up as goblins as she put it !!Having no idea what they were she chased them with a broom:rotfl2:A day or so later she got a letter from me talking about Halloween and Trick or Treating and felt sooo bad !!!:scared1::rotfl2:I can only imagine the tales those kids have told about the WITCH who chased them with a Broom!!~!:lmao::lmao:


I about fell off my chair with this Rosie!! :rotfl::rotfl2::lmao::laughing::rotfl:

All7OfUs
05-05-2011, 12:17 PM
I think you should dress up as Martin Luther for MNSSHP, and nail a list of demands to the door of the castle. See what happens! popcorn::

:lmao::lmao::lmao: Too funny!! Wouldn't that be hoot!

Ladies! I"m so excited for you to get to do this! Since I was aced out of my party last year, I'll have to experience it through you and all your pictures!! :woohoo::woohoo: Halfway through should be a GREAT time to do it! Will you sort of take it easy in the morning then, and not do a park until the party??

Flossbolna
05-05-2011, 04:18 PM
You will LOVE MNSSHP! We really enjoyed it last year. Be sure to catch the parade.

Thanks! I am really excited about the party. :cool1:

Hi Magdalene!

Yes Halloween is a very American holiday! One of my favorites! Where we live Halloween is rarely celebrated on the 31st (as it should be!) this is because there's school. Most communities have it on a weekend with trick or treating during the day. But the suburb my Mother-in-law lives in they have Halloween on the 31st and night time trick or treating! My kids loved this and still do, I have one girl inparticular that is almost 15 that still goes to grandmas to trick or treat.....:rolleyes1


Even a certain DH dresses up and passes out treats.....;) He makes a great scary clown. :upsidedow

:lmao: I love the thought of your DH as a scary clown! I think trick and treating is a very lovely tradition, and I understand why a 15-year-old still enjoys it! I am getting excited about doing it during the MNSSHP! :goodvibes


I think you should dress up as Martin Luther for MNSSHP, and nail a list of demands to the door of the castle. See what happens! popcorn::

:rotfl:

Hmmm, I have been reading too much about the WDW of yesteryear, so a few things would definitely come to mind about what to demand... I guess I would start with bringing back the Dreamfinder to Journey into Imagination...

Flossbolna
05-05-2011, 04:39 PM
Oh, I just noticed that Mickey's foot is already in the next picture of my ticker!! :banana:

You are right Halloween is NOT a European Holiday !! One year shortly after I cane to the States , my mother had 2 little American kids who were renting in the area, knock at her door all dressed up as goblins as she put it !!Having no idea what they were she chased them with a broom:rotfl2:A day or so later she got a letter from me talking about Halloween and Trick or Treating and felt sooo bad !!!:scared1::rotfl2:I can only imagine the tales those kids have told about the WITCH who chased them with a Broom!!~!:lmao::lmao:

Rosie, what a wonderful story!! :rotfl:


It was a shock to hear that you celebrate Mardi Gras! I'm from New Orleans so it would be quite intresting for me to hear more about that. Do you have parades,throw beads and have kings and queens? Ours last for about three weeks. I just love when you give bits of history and let us know about Germany:jumping1:

Well, it varies regionally and I did not grow up in one of the strongholds of this tradition. But it is celebrated nation wide, just to various degrees. Most famous are the cities along the Rhine and Main river, especially Mainz, Cologne, Düsseldorf. The season starts officially at 11:11 am on November, 11, but only really takes off in January with costume balls and then the highlight is the period from Thursday until Shrove Tuesday. It is called Karneval or Fasching in Germany. The Thursday before the weekend is called "Weiberfasching" which means women's carnival. On that day women are allowed to clip any tie worn by the men with sissors. There are several parades (on various days) in different cities with pretty big floats. But no beads. Instead they throw candy to the watchers. Every city has a prince and a princess, but especially in Cologne it is lead by three people: prince, farmer and virgin. There are all kind of carnival societies which have meetings making fun speeches and giving out medals.

To a large extent carnival is about making fun of the authorities. It was always considered a time where it was ok to make fun of the king without having to fear repercussions. And it gained a lot of strength in the Rhine area when this area was put under Prussian rule after it had been independent before.

I think it is very much a catholic tradition and I guess the French brought it to New Orleans, so that must be the connection to the catholic areas in Germany. :goodvibes


Ladies! I"m so excited for you to get to do this! Since I was aced out of my party last year, I'll have to experience it through you and all your pictures!! :woohoo::woohoo: Halfway through should be a GREAT time to do it! Will you sort of take it easy in the morning then, and not do a park until the party??

I was thinking of you when we started planning this because you were so disappointed that you did not get to go to a party. I am sure that we will have a lot of fun!!

We will spend some time at Epcot in the morning, but otherwise the plan is perhaps DTD or pool time. We will see what we are in a mood for. We don't have any ADR for that day, so we don't have to be anywhere at a certain time.

Poolrat
05-05-2011, 05:54 PM
I am beyond help !!!!!:rotfl2:

I have had only one "lost cause" and that was a little girl who needed to remain 10 feet away from me at all times. :lmao: I could not hold her or get close enough for to see anything i was demonstrating much less have her hear me so i did tell teh parent we may want to wait a while until she gets over that phase. It still bothers me that I could not get her swimming on her own even with her ultra special needs. I can break most tough nuts but she would not come close enough for me to try. :lmao:

Pat, I am very fascinated by what you are writing about how to teach how to swim (also your following post).

I had always been a strong swimmer, learned swimming when I was five, even was in the diving group of the local swim club when I was 8 (but then we moved away and today I am scared to even jump head first from the starting block). But the one thing I never really tackled was swimming front crawl (here in Germany everyone learns breast stroke first). I just was out of breath all the time.
That is so right - we do teach front crawl first and I did know in Germany it was the breaststroke.

Then a few years ago I signed up for a course on front crawl at the local adult evening education center. And there our teacher had us practising breathing for the first session only, nearly no swimming. It was such a revelation. I never had had Katharina's problem, but neither had I figured out that I had to breath out all the air in my lungs before getting new air in. I am still getting out of breath when I use front crawl, but now it is because of the exercise. I am so much looking forward to my local open air pool with its 50m adult pool being reopened (it is being totally rebuilt at the moment) to practise again, it substitutes for running on very hot days!

Breath control is a big issue. You almost need to be as relaxed in the water as you are on land. I used to have a HUGE issue with water going up my nose so I had to learn that at age 10 so I feel since I have had that experience, I can help others who also have the problem a bit better since I really had to "learn" it myself at an older age.

You are right Halloween is NOT a European Holiday !! One year shortly after I cane to the States , my mother had 2 little American kids who were renting in the area, knock at her door all dressed up as goblins as she put it !!Having no idea what they were she chased them with a broom:rotfl2:A day or so later she got a letter from me talking about Halloween and Trick or Treating and felt sooo bad !!!:scared1::rotfl2:I can only imagine the tales those kids have told about the WITCH who chased them with a Broom!!~!:lmao::lmao:

:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: My mother carried a Halloween bag with "Happy Halloween " and a witch on it well past Halloween. She recalls getting some snickers about it. She had no idea it was a Holiday bag, she just liked the artwork.:rotfl2:

jenjolt
05-06-2011, 11:20 AM
You know I might know of someone who is also going to be at the Sunday Oct. 16th MNSSHP...there might have to be a meet involved :rolleyes1

You will love the party!! It is FANTABULOUS!! I always always look forward to it!!!!!

3prettyprincesses
05-07-2011, 06:16 PM
Oh my goodness Magdalene! I thought I'd subscribed to this thread but obviously I didn't. Now I have to catch up...

Wow, the DLP pictures of Main Street are very similar to Orlando, aren't they. What a gorgeous park it must be, I can't wait to see more!

I didn't realize Halloween was unique to America! It makes perfect sense why you and Katharina would want to participate in Mickey's Not So Scary Party. This will be your first time then? You'll love it! There is something very exciting and magical about being in the MK when it's closed off to other guests and decorated for Halloween! I think it's wise too to go on Sunday half way through your trip. It'll be something to look forward to at the beginning and then you'll still have half your trip to enjoy after you've gone.:thumbsup2

englishrose47
05-09-2011, 10:56 AM
Gotta give this a BUMP!!!!

brookelizabeth
05-10-2011, 02:53 PM
I am here and finally caught up!!! :yay: I am so excited for you two!!! I hope you love the Boardwalk. I know you'll enjoy the walk/boat rides to the parks-that is such a nice bonus!

I am LOVING your DLP pictures...they make me want to go even more! I didn't realize it was all connected to Paris via public transit either. I love that! WHEN we go, we'll surely just stay right at DLP and take advantage of all Paris has to offer. Oh, how I can dream...:cloud9:

It's amazing how much Main Street resembles WDW's too. And, I'm sure this was asked-but I skipped the chatter, what does Casey's at DLP sell? Are the beloved corn dog nuggets anywhere in the park?!?! :eek: (;))

eandesmom
05-10-2011, 04:45 PM
I love your special features/trips! I've never been to BB but it's high on the kids list of things to do and I would love love to go to MNSSHP

Flossbolna
05-12-2011, 02:51 AM
That is so right - we do teach front crawl first and I did know in Germany it was the breaststroke.

I just wonder how this works? With breaststroke you have the option of always keeping your head out of water, but with front crawl you need to put it into the water? It seems also more difficult to coordinate to me, but that might just be because I was taught the other way around?

My mother carried a Halloween bag with "Happy Halloween " and a witch on it well past Halloween. She recalls getting some snickers about it. She had no idea it was a Holiday bag, she just liked the artwork.:rotfl2:

Funny story! :lmao:

You know I might know of someone who is also going to be at the Sunday Oct. 16th MNSSHP...there might have to be a meet involved :rolleyes1

You will love the party!! It is FANTABULOUS!! I always always look forward to it!!!!!

Oh, that's an interesting piece of information!! ;) And wonderful news that you get to go again! I am really looking forward to the party - especially to all the candy!

Oh my goodness Magdalene! I thought I'd subscribed to this thread but obviously I didn't. Now I have to catch up...

Wow, the DLP pictures of Main Street are very similar to Orlando, aren't they. What a gorgeous park it must be, I can't wait to see more!

I didn't realize Halloween was unique to America! It makes perfect sense why you and Katharina would want to participate in Mickey's Not So Scary Party. This will be your first time then? You'll love it! There is something very exciting and magical about being in the MK when it's closed off to other guests and decorated for Halloween! I think it's wise too to go on Sunday half way through your trip. It'll be something to look forward to at the beginning and then you'll still have half your trip to enjoy after you've gone.:thumbsup2

I could have sworn that I saw you on this thread already?? But great to have you! :welcome:

DLP Main Street was supposed to be a copy of Orlando, but they managed to get some things done differently. And we haven't even scratched the surface of the prettyness of DLP yet...

We are really looking forward to the Halloween Party! I have been to one Pirate and Princess Party which was fun, but we did not get any candy then... So Halloween is new to us. When we were at DLP in 2007 they had started putting up their Halloween decorations and they were a lot of fun and I am looking forward to seeing the MK's.

Flossbolna
05-12-2011, 02:59 AM
Gotta give this a BUMP!!!!

Thanks!! :goodvibes

I am here and finally caught up!!! :yay: I am so excited for you two!!! I hope you love the Boardwalk. I know you'll enjoy the walk/boat rides to the parks-that is such a nice bonus!

I am LOVING your DLP pictures...they make me want to go even more! I didn't realize it was all connected to Paris via public transit either. I love that! WHEN we go, we'll surely just stay right at DLP and take advantage of all Paris has to offer. Oh, how I can dream...:cloud9:

It's amazing how much Main Street resembles WDW's too. And, I'm sure this was asked-but I skipped the chatter, what does Casey's at DLP sell? Are the beloved corn dog nuggets anywhere in the park?!?! :eek: (;))

Hi Brook, great to see you again! I guess your life is pretty busy now that you are back at a job. :goodvibes

Oh, we are so excited about the Boardwalk, we enjoyed walking to the parks at DLP and talked about how wonderful it will be to just walk to Epcot and DHS!

While there is public transport from DLP to Paris, I would not recommend staying at DLP for visiting Paris. It is still a 40 minute train ride. I guess a bit like staying in a hotel in New Jersey when you want to see the sights in Manhattan. But WHEN you start planning your trip to Paris, I will be happy to help with more detailed suggestions on how to plan such a trip! :goodvibes

Casey's sells normal hot dogs, no corn dog nuggets anywhere in DLP. I think there might be one location selling corn dogs (not nuggets), but I am not sure. When we were there for the first time in 1995 they had really great counter service food which was themed appropriately. There is a Deli on Main Street which had wonderful club sandwiches with pickle spear. Now they sell the French version of the grilled cheese sandwhich: Croque Monsieur. There are still some places which sell "themed" food, but generally the offerings are rather bland.

I love your special features/trips! I've never been to BB but it's high on the kids list of things to do and I would love love to go to MNSSHP

Thanks Cynthia! The waterparks and the party make me really excited about the trip. I think I am starting to get to a point where I have experienced the big rides often enough that I am looking for new things to see and do.

Flossbolna
05-12-2011, 03:02 AM
Have a look at our ticker!! In less than 5 months we will be on our way!

:jumping1:

nodnol
05-12-2011, 04:17 AM
:banana::banana::banana:

Flossbolna
05-12-2011, 04:36 AM
:banana::banana::banana:

Hey, your ticker is at 4 months 30 days as well! What a coincidence!

englishrose47
05-12-2011, 08:29 AM
Have a look at our ticker!! In less than 5 months we will be on our way!

:jumping1:

:banana::banana::banana:

Us too !!In case you haven't seen the joint PTR There is gonna now be 2 Groups going in October !!!! Soooo you can meet 20 of us !!!:rotfl2:

Flossbolna
05-12-2011, 10:36 AM
Us too !!In case you haven't seen the joint PTR There is gonna now be 2 Groups going in October !!!! Soooo you can meet 20 of us !!!:rotfl2:

No, I haven't seen your new PTR yet! Must go and find it. Wow, two groups! :goodvibes

Poolrat
05-12-2011, 10:35 PM
I just wonder how this works? With breaststroke you have the option of always keeping your head out of water, but with front crawl you need to put it into the water? It seems also more difficult to coordinate to me, but that might just be because I was taught the other way around?


The big hurdle is that we do start with the face in the water. we spend so much time on bubbles and floating face down it is sometimes discouraging.

To break it up we also teach backfloating at the same time but that has it own hurdles.

Bubbles, floating, arms and legs and then breathing.

When I teach special needs or Adults as I have said before, I dont follow that path. I figure out what works best for my student.

All7OfUs
05-13-2011, 02:05 PM
T minus 5 months!!! Getting closer!!:banana::banana::banana:

annichan
05-16-2011, 07:43 AM
:lmao:

Btw, there is a Bellevue Castle in Berlin as well, it is the residence of the German president (the head of state, but just in name, the government is lead by the chancellor. The president is more like the Queen in the UK and does have only a very tiny political relevance).


Hey Magdalene, I have finally found my way over here to your PTR and still have about 15 pages to catch up to. Really looking forward to reading about all you have planned (especially since I am seriously thinking about spending my 40th birthday at WDW as well, even though I still have two and a half years to go until then), and also about your visit to DLP.
Until then, however, I shall content myself with picturing our president as the Queen :thumbsup2:lmao:.

marvali
05-16-2011, 08:53 AM
Oh, that's an interesting piece of information!! ;) And wonderful news that you get to go again! I am really looking forward to the party - especially to all the candy!

We are really looking forward to the Halloween Party! I have been to one Pirate and Princess Party which was fun, but we did not get any candy then... So Halloween is new to us. When we were at DLP in 2007 they had started putting up their Halloween decorations and they were a lot of fun and I am looking forward to seeing the MK's.Hey, do I get an invite? Sounds like a really great opportunity for a solo trip, and going when all the fall/halloween decorations are out is on my list of times to visit sometime! As for the candy....... :banana:
Have a look at our ticker!! In less than 5 months we will be on our way!

:jumping1:
:banana::banana::banana:
Hey, your ticker is at 4 months 30 days as well! What a coincidence! :rotfl2: :rotfl2: And :woohoo: on less than five months!!!

Sorry I haven't posted many comments lately, but I have been following along in ninja mode. Just not a lot of time lately for posting, especially when I get behind and there is so much to comment on. Still, I have been loving the TR updates and all the pictures of DLP! It is interesting to see the comparisons and can't wait to see all the pictures to come! :thumbsup2

BTW, I found out recently that the big project that is taking all my time right now the company we are getting the equipment from is in Germany, and the closest big city is Nuremberg! I think I am going to have to find a way to be one of the people who attends a factory acceptance test in Germany for the next system....... :rolleyes1

englishrose47
05-16-2011, 01:43 PM
Marv you do realise , Carol, Moi, Dan and Cathleen will also be there the same time !!!:scared1::rotfl2:

PennyLane1084
05-16-2011, 02:53 PM
Hi Madgelena & Katharina!! :wave2:

I just noticed that your dates are over lapping the dates I'll be in WDW and thought I'd check out your PTR. I love you read TRs from people outside the US. I love seeing the US from a different perspective. I read through your last TR, Katherina's first trip to Disney World and enjoyed it very much, so I was excited to see you started a new PTR.

I will be in The World during the trail end of your trip on the 20, 21, 22 of October. Maybe we'll bump into each other.

Pictures from DLP are lovely. I really like the ones of the hotel. It's so pretty.

Good choices on the ADRs. :thumbsup2 I'm also eating at Kona Cafe for breakfast. It will be my first breakfast at WDW in 12 years. Tonga Toast here I come! :cool1:

Halloween is my favorite holiday, you ladies are going to have a blast at MNSSHP. Bring bags for Trick-or-Treating, I've heard they give out LOTS of candy.

I really want to attend the party but I wrestling with spending the extra money. If I do end up going, I'd be going on a Sunday also.

Can't wait to hear more of your plans.

Flossbolna
05-17-2011, 02:50 AM
The big hurdle is that we do start with the face in the water. we spend so much time on bubbles and floating face down it is sometimes discouraging.

To break it up we also teach backfloating at the same time but that has it own hurdles.

Bubbles, floating, arms and legs and then breathing.

When I teach special needs or Adults as I have said before, I dont follow that path. I figure out what works best for my student.

Interesting, I wonder what the reason for those different approaches are? I think yours makes a lot of sense to me. I know so many people who can "swim", but only with their head above water. It kind of works and it will help them to survive in water, but it isn't real swimming.

T minus 5 months!!! Getting closer!!:banana::banana::banana:

:yay: I am getting pretty excited and already have plenty ideas for future planning updates. I just need to find the time to do them...

Hey Magdalene, I have finally found my way over here to your PTR and still have about 15 pages to catch up to. Really looking forward to reading about all you have planned (especially since I am seriously thinking about spending my 40th birthday at WDW as well, even though I still have two and a half years to go until then), and also about your visit to DLP.
Until then, however, I shall content myself with picturing our president as the Queen :thumbsup2:lmao:.

Hi Annichan, great to have you here! DLP was really great this time and I am already thinking about a return trip... I finally figured out that with an annual pass you can get EMH priviledges there as well, so maybe that might be an option to combine an AP with a cheaper hotel. I find the DLP hotel prices a bit too high.

And about Mr Wulf as Queen: :lmao: But I think Mr Herzog would have made a very dignified King. ;)

Flossbolna
05-17-2011, 03:03 AM
Hey, do I get an invite? Sounds like a really great opportunity for a solo trip, and going when all the fall/halloween decorations are out is on my list of times to visit sometime! As for the candy....... :banana:

Marv you do realise , Carol, Moi, Dan and Cathleen will also be there the same time !!!:scared1::rotfl2:

There are a lot of DISers at WDW in our time frame. Marv, I hope you know that Katharina and I would love to meet you! :goodvibes

The great thing about the candy is not only that it is candy, but it is all "exotic" stuff for us. :thumbsup2

:rotfl2: :rotfl2: And :woohoo: on less than five months!!!

Sorry I haven't posted many comments lately, but I have been following along in ninja mode. Just not a lot of time lately for posting, especially when I get behind and there is so much to comment on. Still, I have been loving the TR updates and all the pictures of DLP! It is interesting to see the comparisons and can't wait to see all the pictures to come! :thumbsup2

BTW, I found out recently that the big project that is taking all my time right now the company we are getting the equipment from is in Germany, and the closest big city is Nuremberg! I think I am going to have to find a way to be one of the people who attends a factory acceptance test in Germany for the next system....... :rolleyes1

Don't worry about ninja DISing... I do it at the moment as well. I hope to get the next set of DLP pictures posted soon.

That's interesting that you are getting equipment from Germany and even from a place near Nuremberg! I have one very big company in mind, but I know that there are plenty of medium sized, privately owned manufacturers in Germany which are highly specialised and are leaders in their field, but nobody knows about them unless they need that product. Those companies are considered the backbone of German's economy, they are called "Mittelstand" and I have recently found out that this term is even used in English to describe those companies since they are typical for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. So chances are that I have never heard of the company you are talking about. :goodvibes And yes, you definitely need to come here for those tests! :thumbsup2

Hi Madgelena & Katharina!! :wave2:

I just noticed that your dates are over lapping the dates I'll be in WDW and thought I'd check out your PTR. I love you read TRs from people outside the US. I love seeing the US from a different perspective. I read through your last TR, Katherina's first trip to Disney World and enjoyed it very much, so I was excited to see you started a new PTR.

I will be in The World during the trail end of your trip on the 20, 21, 22 of October. Maybe we'll bump into each other.

Pictures from DLP are lovely. I really like the ones of the hotel. It's so pretty.

Good choices on the ADRs. :thumbsup2 I'm also eating at Kona Cafe for breakfast. It will be my first breakfast at WDW in 12 years. Tonga Toast here I come! :cool1:

Halloween is my favorite holiday, you ladies are going to have a blast at MNSSHP. Bring bags for Trick-or-Treating, I've heard they give out LOTS of candy.

I really want to attend the party but I wrestling with spending the extra money. If I do end up going, I'd be going on a Sunday also.

Can't wait to hear more of your plans.

:welcome: PennyLane! Thanks for the nice comment about our previous TR. We had a lot of fun writing it, but it is great to know that people enjoy it. :goodvibes

I get the impression that October is a popular months for DISers to travel to WDW. ;) I can absolutely understand that you are hesitating about paying the price for the Halloween party. I think it is very expensive for what it offers. But Halloween for us is that new experience that makes it worth it. I am not sure wether I would want to pay for it every year. I am not so much into meeting the characters nor a fan of parades and shows. So it is mainly just a fun evening at the MK with special atmosphere and candy. I definitely want to experience it once, but might rather allocate that money to another experience in future trips.

marvali
05-17-2011, 07:02 AM
Marv you do realise , Carol, Moi, Dan and Cathleen will also be there the same time !!!:scared1::rotfl2:Well Rosie, going to Disney is never Nirvana.......although some visits have more trials to go through than others!!! :rolleyes1
There are a lot of DISers at WDW in our time frame. Marv, I hope you know that Katharina and I would love to meet you! :goodvibes

The great thing about the candy is not only that it is candy, but it is all "exotic" stuff for us. :thumbsup2It is always a good time to visit Disney, but I think making a trip when so many of my DISfriends (yes, even you Rosie) are there would be a fantastic time!!! :woohoo:
Don't worry about ninja DISing... I do it at the moment as well. I hope to get the next set of DLP pictures posted soon.Looking forward to more, more, more!!!
That's interesting that you are getting equipment from Germany and even from a place near Nuremberg! I have one very big company in mind, but I know that there are plenty of medium sized, privately owned manufacturers in Germany which are highly specialised and are leaders in their field, but nobody knows about them unless they need that product. Those companies are considered the backbone of German's economy, they are called "Mittelstand" and I have recently found out that this term is even used in English to describe those companies since they are typical for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. So chances are that I have never heard of the company you are talking about. :goodvibes And yes, you definitely need to come here for those tests! :thumbsup2 I'm guessing it is probably the one you have in mind, I just don't want to mention them by name here. They are a rather large company so I doubt they are one of the Mittelstand you mention.

Not sure I could work my way into being one of the International travellers, but you never know......and it would be great for multiple reasons for sure!

annichan
05-17-2011, 01:35 PM
I get the impression that October is a popular months for DISers to travel to WDW. ;)

Just wanting to throw in my two cents even though they are pretty much the same that's been said before and thus potentially horribly boring:
We also loved WDW in October! We were there last year from October 23rd to November 3rd, and we thought that was a great time for traveling to WDW: relatively uncrowded parks and restaurants, warm and sunny but not blazingly hot weather, plus the opportunity to attend MNSSHP (and for those that aren't such ninnies as I am, also Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios - arrgh!).

Kleese
05-17-2011, 03:50 PM
A quick :wave2: before I go back to catch up. Hope everyone is doing great and enjoying the warm weather. I wish the Mississippi would go down but other then that it's been great weather with little or no humidity which for us is very rare so we've been out and about soaking it up. Hoping to go to the zoo soon before DH shuts himself inside because of the heat.:beach:

Flossbolna
05-17-2011, 04:38 PM
It is always a good time to visit Disney, but I think making a trip when so many of my DISfriends (yes, even you Rosie) are there would be a fantastic time!!! :woohoo:

indeed!


I'm guessing it is probably the one you have in mind, I just don't want to mention them by name here. They are a rather large company so I doubt they are one of the Mittelstand you mention.

Not sure I could work my way into being one of the International travellers, but you never know......and it would be great for multiple reasons for sure!

Ok, won't say anything anymore, I was so vague because I suspected that you did not want to mention the company's name. But I think we both know what we are talking about... ;) It would be so cool to have the fourth DISer come and meet me in Nuremberg within one year! It was last August that Liesa came and started the game, followed by Wendy and Cynthia.

Just wanting to throw in my two cents even though they are pretty much the same that's been said before and thus potentially horribly boring:
We also loved WDW in October! We were there last year from October 23rd to November 3rd, and we thought that was a great time for traveling to WDW: relatively uncrowded parks and restaurants, warm and sunny but not blazingly hot weather, plus the opportunity to attend MNSSHP (and for those that aren't such ninnies as I am, also Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios - arrgh!).

Thanks! That's very reassuring. I have high hopes. I am just not so sure about wether I will like the Food and Wine Festival. It was going on during my first trip in 2004 and it really took a bit away from the WS experience, I found the booths were cluttering that part of the park a bit. We will see. I guess with Katharina's many food intolerances we won't be making that much use of it for meals anyway, but we have some time planned there for exploring.

And nothing would ever get me to attend Halloween Horror Nights - that would be torture for me!! :scared1::scared1::scared1:

A quick :wave2: before I go back to catch up. Hope everyone is doing great and enjoying the warm weather. I wish the Mississippi would go down but other then that it's been great weather with little or no humidity which for us is very rare so we've been out and about soaking it up. Hoping to go to the zoo soon before DH shuts himself inside because of the heat.:beach:

Hi there! I had heard about the Mississippi, I hope it hasn't affected you? Spring here has been fantastic, so sunny and warm and the weekend is supposed to be really warm. I hope you get to go to the zoo! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
05-17-2011, 05:02 PM
Let's walk inside the shops now! And not only inside the shops - DLP has a very special feature on its Main Street: the arcades. Those are covered walkways along the back of the shops on Main street. At WDW there are backstage areas, but at DLP you can enter a shop from Main Street walk straight through it and then exit into the arcade. The arcades are not only extremely practical, they offer a dry walk way during the rain, the diminish congestion on Main Street and they can be used during the parade. They start at Town Square and continue all the way to the Central Plaza, there is one on each side. Looking towards the castle from Town Square the one on your left side is Liberty Arcade and the one on the right side is Discovery Arcade.

Both are much more than just covered walkways, they are heavily themed and decorated like old fashioned shopping arcades would have been, you can still see wonderful examples in many European cities, I would assume they als existed in the US?

Liberty Arcade is about the Statue of Liberty - a gift from the French people to the American people (well, the Americans still had to finance the base for the statue). About midway down the arcade there is a small room with a display commemorating the dedication cerenomy, you can listen to the speeches and hear people cheering. There are several showcases whith exhibits about the history of the Statue of Liberty.

Discovery Arcade is themed to Victorian inventors. It works perfectly with Discoveryland - which is the land it leads towards to. Discoveryland replaces Tomorrowland and is not about the tomorrow we imagine today, but about the tomorrow that was imagined in the past and specifically by Jules Verne. There are showcases about actual inventions made around 1900 and a lot of interesting posters.

The shops of Main Street were extremely heavily themed. However, when DLP opened, the Europeans did not buy as much merchandise as Disney had expected they would. Some people said that people did not buy anything because they were too distracted by all the theming. So a lot disappeared, but you can still notice some of it in the shops and I include some pictures about that as well.

And finally there are pictures of Salon Mickey. This is a private lounge which you can enter from outside the turnstiles. You need to be a member of the Shareholders' Club. DLP is not owned by the Walt Disney Company, but by a company called Euro Disney SCA - a French public traded share company (actually a limited partnership if anyone out there is interested in company law). The Walt Disney Company owns a large amount of shares (not all) and then there are numerous normal shareholders - like you and me, or as I should say as you and Katharina. Since she is the one who actually bought some Euro Disney SCA shares so that she could become a member of the Shareholders' Club. As a member she was allowed to take up to three guests with her into Salon Mickey. It is a wonderful treat! And they take your park tickets, swipe them and then you get to enter Main Street through your private entrance!

Ok, enough text, you want to see pictures? They can be found here (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/DLP%202011/Main%20Street%20Indoor/?albumview=slideshow) - as always the password is Flossbolna.

marvali
05-17-2011, 05:25 PM
Wow, some really cool pics!!! Love the idea of the arcade and touring it looks really interesting. Quite the concept of the "future" for some of the cities. The Statue of Liberty section would be really interesting I think.

DS14 leaves this evening on his school class trip to New York City and Philadelphia, so he should be seeing the Statue of Liberty up close and personal for the first time. The buses will be driving through all night (with a few rest stops along the way) and arrive around lunchtime tomorrow. He is very excited about the trip and I was hoping to go with him as one of the chaperones but work interferes this time.

Salon Mickey looks really nice too, and the free snacks and hot drinks is a pretty good benefit. That croissant (I assume it is) in the picture looks really good! I love almond croissants and had one often on some of my business trips to Boston years ago.

glennbo123
05-17-2011, 05:31 PM
Great update as usual Magdalene....very informative.

In those pictures of what they thought cities would look like in the future, they really thought that blimps would be widely used, didn't they.

marvali
05-17-2011, 05:38 PM
Great update as usual Magdalene....very informative.

In those pictures of what they thought cities would look like in the future, they really thought that blimps would be widely used, didn't they.
I noticed the same thing about the blimps! I guess it would be really hard to imagine some of the methods of travel we have today.

Just imagine if you could go back in time to that era with your laptop or cell phone to show them........ :scared1:

glennbo123
05-17-2011, 05:41 PM
Just imagine if you could go back in time to that era with your laptop or cell phone to show them........ :scared1:

Sorcerer! :wizard: Burn him!

3prettyprincesses
05-17-2011, 05:49 PM
Wow, wow, wow! Lovely pictures Magdalene! I am really enjoying this tour through DLP. It's simply gorgeous and the theming is amazing! Oh, I really want to visit now. Is it just me or does DLP look more charming than Orlando??:eek:

So the arcades line the backsides of Main Street then? Genius idea, so clever. I'm really fond of excellently themed areas so these look incredible. There's such a Victorian feel to them, isn't there? The Salon looks so inviting, I'd love to be a shareholder just so that I could go inside.

marvali
05-17-2011, 05:50 PM
Sorcerer! :wizard: Burn him!

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

tiggrbaby
05-17-2011, 05:55 PM
Those shops are amazing! I like the idea of the arcades.

Poolrat
05-17-2011, 07:21 PM
Interesting, I wonder what the reason for those different approaches are? I think yours makes a lot of sense to me. I know so many people who can "swim", but only with their head above water. It kind of works and it will help them to survive in water, but it isn't real swimming.

I never really found out why it is done that way. The only reason i can come up with is breaststroke is more for leisure swimming where Front crawl is for distance and competition.

There are a lot of DISers at WDW in our time frame. Marv, I hope you know that Katharina and I would love to meet you! :goodvibes

I get the impression that October is a popular months for DISers to travel to WDW. ;) I can absolutely understand that you are hesitating about paying the price for the Halloween party. I think it is very expensive for what it offers. But Halloween for us is that new experience that makes it worth it. I am not sure wether I would want to pay for it every year. I am not so much into meeting the characters nor a fan of parades and shows. So it is mainly just a fun evening at the MK with special atmosphere and candy. I definitely want to experience it once, but might rather allocate that money to another experience in future trips.

I am think Oct is busy for Disers too. I have a theroy when I get that part in my TR. ;)

eandesmom
05-17-2011, 07:27 PM
lovely lovely pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Flossbolna
05-18-2011, 02:44 AM
Wow, some really cool pics!!! Love the idea of the arcade and touring it looks really interesting. Quite the concept of the "future" for some of the cities. The Statue of Liberty section would be really interesting I think.

DS14 leaves this evening on his school class trip to New York City and Philadelphia, so he should be seeing the Statue of Liberty up close and personal for the first time. The buses will be driving through all night (with a few rest stops along the way) and arrive around lunchtime tomorrow. He is very excited about the trip and I was hoping to go with him as one of the chaperones but work interferes this time.

Salon Mickey looks really nice too, and the free snacks and hot drinks is a pretty good benefit. That croissant (I assume it is) in the picture looks really good! I love almond croissants and had one often on some of my business trips to Boston years ago.

I hope Drew has a wonderful trip! I was very impressed with the Statue of Liberty when I visited New York. But I don't envy him being on a bus all night. :eek:

Hmm, I don't think it is a croissant as in France those are always plain and in the crescent moon shape. This one was a pastry made from the same dough but filled with ground hazelnuts mixed with sugar. It was absolutely delicious. :cloud9: There will be some more food updates, we had some pretty tasty meals there...

Great update as usual Magdalene....very informative.

In those pictures of what they thought cities would look like in the future, they really thought that blimps would be widely used, didn't they.

I noticed the same thing about the blimps! I guess it would be really hard to imagine some of the methods of travel we have today.

Just imagine if you could go back in time to that era with your laptop or cell phone to show them........ :scared1:

Ok, I had to look up "blimps" and found out that most likely those aren't blimps, but airships (according to Wikipedia blimps are non-rigid, but those would have been rigid airships), in German they are called "Zeppelin". And arund 1900 they had their golden age, so this is very appropriate for that time period. :goodvibes BUT, I have to point out: these poster were designed by imagineers in the late 1980s when they built DLP. So it is a 1980s view of what the 1900s view of the 2000s would have been. :confused::lmao:

And the aspect of someone of that time being confused about today was actually the theme of the DLP attraction called Le Visionarium (known to WDW guests as the Timekeeper). More info about that on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Timekeeper) and video of the attraction can be found here (http://www.martinsvids.net/?p=234).

And just another random fact about airships: Ther was a concept to revive airships to use them to transport very large objects, the airship was supposed to be called Cargo Lifter and they built a very large building to construct them inside. The whole project went bust and now this building has Germany's largest indoor water park inside called Tropical Islands, it is outside Berlin.

Flossbolna
05-18-2011, 02:51 AM
Sorcerer! :wizard: Burn him!

:rotfl:

Wow, wow, wow! Lovely pictures Magdalene! I am really enjoying this tour through DLP. It's simply gorgeous and the theming is amazing! Oh, I really want to visit now. Is it just me or does DLP look more charming than Orlando??:eek:

So the arcades line the backsides of Main Street then? Genius idea, so clever. I'm really fond of excellently themed areas so these look incredible. There's such a Victorian feel to them, isn't there? The Salon looks so inviting, I'd love to be a shareholder just so that I could go inside.

Well, wait until you see the Fantasyland pictures. DLP is the most charming of all Magic Kingdom type parks in the world. People generally say that there are three parks which offer the highest level of theming Disney has to offer: AK, DLP and Tokyo Sea - each in its own different way.

The arcades are fantastic, they are practical and they are beautiful. I really miss them every time I am at WDW. Adding arcades was first proposed for DL as a crowd control measure, but they were never built there. But the idea was incorporated when DLP was planned. As far as I know, Disney still has the idea of adding arcades to the other Main Streets as well, but this would be a huge project.

If you love excellently themed areas, you would be in heaven at DLP. My pictures only are glimpses really. I think the main difference between Orlando and Paris Main Street is really to which detail the Victorian decor has been taken. It looks like the real thing in Paris.

Those shops are amazing! I like the idea of the arcades.

The shops are really wonderful, I should have taken more pictures... :goodvibes

Flossbolna
05-18-2011, 02:53 AM
I am think Oct is busy for Disers too. I have a theroy when I get that part in my TR. ;)

Ok! I am looking forward to that theory!

lovely lovely pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, it is very easy to take nice pictures of something so beautiful! :goodvibes

annichan
05-18-2011, 05:37 AM
And finally there are pictures of Salon Mickey. This is a private lounge which you can enter from outside the turnstiles. You need to be a member of the Shareholders' Club. DLP is not owned by the Walt Disney Company, but by a company called Euro Disney SCA - a French public traded share company (actually a limited partnership if anyone out there is interested in company law). The Walt Disney Company owns a large amount of shares (not all) and then there are numerous normal shareholders - like you and me, or as I should say as you and Katharina. Since she is the one who actually bought some Euro Disney SCA shares so that she could become a member of the Shareholders' Club. As a member she was allowed to take up to three guests with her into Salon Mickey. It is a wonderful treat! And they take your park tickets, swipe them and then you get to enter Main Street through your private entrance!


Yay, you're writing about something that is currently much on my mind:
I bought me some Disney SCA shares last week and have already received my confirmation e-mail for the Shareholders Club, now all I'm still waiting for is the club card.
So in September, we'll check out Salon Mickey ourselves! :cheer2:

jenjolt
05-18-2011, 09:50 AM
What wonderful pics!! I love the idea of Salon Mickey, sort of like the private entrance to World Showcase/EPCOT but much cooler!!!! Loved all the details, it is so gorgeous!!!

lovealldisney
05-18-2011, 10:24 AM
Ok how did I miss this update??? :confused3 Loved all your pictures Magalene! Especially the Salon Mickey ones! Love the Victorian theme just beautiful! :goodvibes

glennbo123
05-18-2011, 11:43 AM
So it is a 1980s view of what the 1900s view of the 2000s would have been. :confused::lmao:

Let's go back.....to the future!

manntra
05-18-2011, 12:12 PM
Beautiful pictures!! :goodvibes Love the idea of the arcade :thumbsup2:thumbsup2 Very excited to see the Fantasyland pictures now!! The detail in what you have shared has been beautiful!!
October 16 will indeed be a very popular Diser MNSSHP ;) As with the entire week it seems!! :goodvibes

Tracy

PennyLane1084
05-18-2011, 12:56 PM
Thanks for sharing those pictures Magdelena! The arcades at DLP are absolutely gorgeous! It does seem very convenient like you said.

Curiouser&curiouser!
05-18-2011, 01:38 PM
I have always wanted to go to DLP, but your pictures are making it an obsession! It is just so beautiful!

Flossbolna
05-18-2011, 03:15 PM
Hi everyone! I am very excited since I am posting from my new IMac which arrived today! It is pure pleasure, my old one is 5 and a half year old and was getting so slow. The new keyboard is great to type on, the screen feels like double as large as the old one (and I even got the smaller screen...). :cloud9:

Once I have managed to get all my pictures over on the new one, I hope that getting more DLP picture uploaded to photobucket will go nearly automatically! :thumbsup2

englishrose47
05-18-2011, 08:10 PM
Hi Magdalene !! Too tired to be witty or chat much, but I am following along as I nod off !!:rotfl2:

Poolrat
05-18-2011, 09:46 PM
Let's go back.....to the future!

"Back to the Future" :rotfl2:

All7OfUs
05-18-2011, 10:57 PM
It was last August that Liesa came and started the game, followed by Wendy and Cynthia.




And I can assure you that you will find a clean bathroom, plenty of food and best of all the BEST of conversation and company!! It would be WELL worth the time and money to make the trip, Marv!

All7OfUs
05-18-2011, 11:04 PM
HI Magdalene! I feel like I'm running all over the DIS apologizing for being so absent lately. I see I've missed some fun chatter AND an important update. I haven't looked at the pictures yet, but will in a bit; the descriptions already have me quite intrigued!

pooh'smate
05-19-2011, 09:14 AM
I love all your pictures of DLP. Salon Mickey sounds really neat and I like the idea of the arcade.

englishrose47
05-19-2011, 09:33 AM
I am so sorry Magdalene I read your update and DUH didn't spot the link to the pix !!:rotfl2:I was wondering what everyone was talking about :lmao:Now I can say the pix were great!!:banana:

lovealldisney
05-19-2011, 09:43 AM
And I can assure you that you will find a clean bathroom, plenty of food and best of all the BEST of conversation and company!! It would be WELL worth the time and money to make the trip, Marv!

I couldn't agree more Liesa! Two very lovely ladies indeed. :goodvibes

marvali
05-19-2011, 09:48 AM
And I can assure you that you will find a clean bathroom, plenty of food and best of all the BEST of conversation and company!! It would be WELL worth the time and money to make the trip, Marv!Well, knowing your propensity for restroom evaluations I will take it that the facilities will be more than adequate for a man, at least as compared to those in airports and Disney parks/resorts...... :laughing:

Captain_Oblivious
05-19-2011, 11:03 AM
Wow, great pictures! I think the arcade areas are fascinating. (Maybe because I went to the Statue of Liberty recently?) Seems like a great place to wander and get caught up in the themes and details. Now I'm starting to wish they were present at WDW. :laughing:

glennbo123
05-19-2011, 12:32 PM
"Back to the Future" :rotfl2:

+1 :thumbsup2

englishrose47
05-22-2011, 01:38 PM
Have to give this a BUMP!!!

Flossbolna
05-24-2011, 08:24 AM
Just an aside: am I going crazy or did the DIS have a software update? It kind of looks sleaker than what I am used to. Or am I imagining things???

Yay, you're writing about something that is currently much on my mind:
I bought me some Disney SCA shares last week and have already received my confirmation e-mail for the Shareholders Club, now all I'm still waiting for is the club card.
So in September, we'll check out Salon Mickey ourselves! :cheer2:

The shareholder's club is really great! I think Katharina got hers pretty soon after signing up and the card does look very nice! Much nicer than my DVC membership card which required a way bigger investment! :lmao:

What we did and what worked pretty well: get to the park at 8 am for EMH and then on to Salon Mickey around 9-9:30am for a coffee break. The only problem is that you have to leave the park again to get into Salon Mickey and we had to exit to the other side from Salon Mickey and then walk around all the turnstiles back towards Salon Mickey. In hindsight we thought we should have just told the CM at the turnstiles that we want to get to Salon Mickey and they might have let us exit there?

What wonderful pics!! I love the idea of Salon Mickey, sort of like the private entrance to World Showcase/EPCOT but much cooler!!!! Loved all the details, it is so gorgeous!!!

Thanks Jen! Salon Mickey is very special, it is a truly private entrance. I remember reading about all the lounges attractions with sponsors used to have at WDW and thought that those were very cool as well. But since most sponsorship deals have gone away, this has ended, too. I know that Siemens still has one at Spaceship Earth.

Ok how did I miss this update??? :confused3 Loved all your pictures Magalene! Especially the Salon Mickey ones! Love the Victorian theme just beautiful! :goodvibes

Hi Wendy, I guess it must have been my fault for updating so seldom that people are no longer expecting an update... :rolleyes1

These are the pictures that I knew you would love! :goodvibes There will be a bit more Victorian theme to see in the restaurant updates, we had a meal on Main Street...

Flossbolna
05-24-2011, 08:30 AM
Beautiful pictures!! :goodvibes Love the idea of the arcade :thumbsup2:thumbsup2 Very excited to see the Fantasyland pictures now!! The detail in what you have shared has been beautiful!!
October 16 will indeed be a very popular Diser MNSSHP ;) As with the entire week it seems!! :goodvibes

Tracy

Hi Tracy, I hope to get more pictures into photobucket soon, but I think I will do the lands clockwise - and that does not mean I will be starting with Adventureland... ;) But Fantasyland is still a few updates away.

Interesting about the October 16 party! I hope that does not mean it will be so crowded. :scared1: I am very curious about Pat's theory about October and DISers...

Thanks for sharing those pictures Magdelena! The arcades at DLP are absolutely gorgeous! It does seem very convenient like you said.

I am glad that you enjoyed them! :goodvibes The arcades are so great, I know that I will truly miss them at WDW once again with the fresh memory from DLP. I kind of had gotten used to the WDW Main Street during my last trips...

I have always wanted to go to DLP, but your pictures are making it an obsession! It is just so beautiful!

I am glad that you are enjoying it! I hope you will be able to travel there once and experience it! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
05-24-2011, 08:32 AM
And I can assure you that you will find a clean bathroom, plenty of food and best of all the BEST of conversation and company!! It would be WELL worth the time and money to make the trip, Marv!

I couldn't agree more Liesa! Two very lovely ladies indeed. :goodvibes

Thanks for the high recommendations as hosts! :goodvibes

Well, knowing your propensity for restroom evaluations I will take it that the facilities will be more than adequate for a man, at least as compared to those in airports and Disney parks/resorts...... :laughing:

:rotfl:

So, when is that trip going to happen?? ;)

Flossbolna
05-24-2011, 08:37 AM
Hi Magdalene !! Too tired to be witty or chat much, but I am following along as I nod off !!:rotfl2:

I think this is the explanation for the following post:

I am so sorry Magdalene I read your update and DUH didn't spot the link to the pix !!:rotfl2:I was wondering what everyone was talking about :lmao:Now I can say the pix were great!!:banana:

:rotfl: I am really glad that you found the link and enjoyed the pictures!

HI Magdalene! I feel like I'm running all over the DIS apologizing for being so absent lately. I see I've missed some fun chatter AND an important update. I haven't looked at the pictures yet, but will in a bit; the descriptions already have me quite intrigued!

Don't worry, I am doing the same at the moment... Can't keep up with chatter somehow. :eek: The great thing is, though, the update does not go anywhere and I love to read your comments, even if they would be weeks after the update was written. :goodvibes

I love all your pictures of DLP. Salon Mickey sounds really neat and I like the idea of the arcade.

Thanks! It's great to know that people enjoy what I am posting! :thumbsup2

Wow, great pictures! I think the arcade areas are fascinating. (Maybe because I went to the Statue of Liberty recently?) Seems like a great place to wander and get caught up in the themes and details. Now I'm starting to wish they were present at WDW. :laughing:

I was thinking of you when taking the Liberty Arcade pictures, I think I had read already the first installment of your trip report. Which reminds me that I need to see if there are any new updates about the New Hampshire report.

I wish for those Arcades all the time at WDW when I am on Main Street during parade time. They would even be fantastic after the fireworks!

Flossbolna
05-24-2011, 08:55 AM
No, there won't be 40 special features to celebrate my birthday, but three is always a good number, so here is the last one - and I think it is also the best. Even though that might be a bit strange for a WDW trip... It is also the most time consuming and the most expensive one...

I am really excited about this one because it is something new which I get to experience for the first time together with Katharina. And it is something which connects to something else which I have enjoyed since the late 90s.

Can anyone figure it out from these clues??











I was thinking of making it a contest, but I am too excited about this feature, so I really want to write about it and not make you wait any longer! :goodvibes We will spend one day of our trip at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The big motivation is of course the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I started to read those books when only the first two had come out, so I am an old fan of the books. Used to be less of a fan of the films, but kind of got used to them. I still think that they focus too much on the big events and lose lots of the charm along the way. But from everything I have read and seen about WWOHP it looks like there is plenty of charm! So I am looking forward to that. The other big thing we want to make sure to see there is the Simpsons Ride - Katharina's DH is a huge fan and perhaps lots of great tales about the Simpsons Ride can convince him to take a trip to Florida. ;) But Katharina and I really want to see the ride ourselves as well! Besides that we are still in the early planning stages of what to see...

We already have the logistics figured out a bit. We will make use of a deal which is offered by Dreams Unlimited (the travel agent which sponsors the DIS). It's a one day two park ticket which includes round trip transportation via shuttle from a WDW resort to Universal and back. It is only a few dollars more expensive than the same ticket without transportation. And since the Simpsons Ride is in Universal Studios while WWOHP is at Islands of Adventure, we would need that type of ticket anyway. The shuttle does get ok reviews here on the DIS. Our plan is to arrive very early for rope drop at Islands of Adventure, head over to WWOHP and then afterwards use the rest of the day for further exploration of those two parks. We are aware that this will be quite a lot of running around and we will certainly miss a few things, but it should give us a good overview of what it is like and maybe a future trip will have us return for a longer period of time... I have heard rumors that WWHOP Part 2 will break ground this year, so there might be even more of an incentive to return. We will end the evening with a meal at City Walk, Universal's version of Downtown Disney, either at Jimmy Buffett or at Bubba Gump. Both places sound pretty exotic to us!

The day we scheduled for this is Tuesday, October 18, one week after our arrival day. Supposedly mid week is less crowded there and this will give us one full week at WDW before venturing over to "the Dark Side". ;) So, that's the reason why we can't go to the MNSSHP that day, but it looks like the DISers prefer the Sunday party anyway.

Any tips and recommendations would be extremely welcomed from those who have been to Universal! We are still trying to find out which rides have to go on our must see list etc.

kid-at-heart
05-24-2011, 05:45 PM
My tip, do not buy a chocolate frog until late in the day. We went last Nov and bought our daughter Sarah a choc frog very early during the day, by the time we opened it back at the resort, it was melted and did not resemble a frog at all. :sad2: She still enjoyed eating it.

Poolrat
05-24-2011, 08:19 PM
Just an aside: am I going crazy or did the DIS have a software update? It kind of looks sleaker than what I am used to. Or am I imagining things???




I agree I think we have a new "look". Now all the issues here on the Dis I have been having of late make sense.

Interesting about the October 16 party! I hope that does not mean it will be so crowded. :scared1: I am very curious about Pat's theory about October and DISers...


I think I will spill the beans here since really I won't get to it on my TR until the Oct trip and well that could be a while. :rolleyes:

When I went in July and even Sept. I noticed I could avoid any crowds (Sept. was pretty empty but still ) by using my good Dis sense. Certain section of a park or the park even may be crowded but I would always the go to low crowd predictor park or work counterclockwise so to speak and really be fine. Also I noticed and enjoyed the gasps, oohs and ahhhs at all the attractions that accompany first time or those who are not in the world often.

All that changed in Oct. Even though it was pretty low crowd wise it seemed like I was always in the middle of them. I noticed less oohs and ahhhs and more people were in my out of the way favorite places.

How could that be?
After having the pleasure of attending a few events with others from the Be our guest podcast ( courtesy of Maroo) and other groups of Disney fans I realized that many people were there for the race, the start of Food and Wine and of course they were experienced and were doing the same thing I was at the same time. :lmao: No wonder I felt it was crowded. Every time I zigged to get away from the crowds, everyone else did too.

So there is my theory! If you feel like you are bumping into crowds, just act like a tourist and you will probably avoid them. :laughing:

englishrose47
05-24-2011, 08:54 PM
Hi Magdalene !!the 18th is the day we go home !!So your Universal day will not affect out Meet!!!:banana: Carol has been saying she wants to do Universal soooo I asked People and Places and as we are such GREAT Escorts we will get a Universal trip next year sooo I will be asking you for tips !!:banana::cloud9:

glennbo123
05-24-2011, 09:46 PM
Hi Magdalene, I haven't made it to those parks yet either, but want to someday....so I don't have any advice for you, but will follow what you do with interest. That ticket w/ transportation sounds interesting. Do they have one that would just be Islands of Adventure + transportation to/from Disney resorts?

My tip, do not buy a chocolate frog until late in the day. We went last Nov and bought our daughter Sarah a choc frog very early during the day, by the time we opened it back at the resort, it was melted and did not resemble a frog at all. :sad2: She still enjoyed eating it.

That sounds like some good advice, right there. ::yes::

jenbear123
05-24-2011, 10:27 PM
How exciting to go to Universal! Ever since WWOHP opened, I've been eager to go there. I haven't been since I was the size of a lima bean so my memory is a bit foggy. I'm sure I'd appreciate it a lot more now that I'm older. I can't wait for you to check it out. Make sure you try some Butter beer for me :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
05-25-2011, 02:42 AM
My tip, do not buy a chocolate frog until late in the day. We went last Nov and bought our daughter Sarah a choc frog very early during the day, by the time we opened it back at the resort, it was melted and did not resemble a frog at all. :sad2: She still enjoyed eating it.

That sounds like a very good tip! :lmao: I have read that actually all the Harry Potter merchandise is also available at the big shop at the entrance to IoA. So I was planning on picking things up there at the end of the day... However, I will make sure to have a look inside the sweet shop, it looks great. But Katharina and I have already decided not to wait for the wand shop show.

I agree I think we have a new "look". Now all the issues here on the Dis I have been having of late make sense.

Thanks! The changes are rather subtle, so I was afraid that I was imagining things.



I think I will spill the beans here since really I won't get to it on my TR until the Oct trip and well that could be a while. :rolleyes:

When I went in July and even Sept. I noticed I could avoid any crowds (Sept. was pretty empty but still ) by using my good Dis sense. Certain section of a park or the park even may be crowded but I would always the go to low crowd predictor park or work counterclockwise so to speak and really be fine. Also I noticed and enjoyed the gasps, oohs and ahhhs at all the attractions that accompany first time or those who are not in the world often.

All that changed in Oct. Even though it was pretty low crowd wise it seemed like I was always in the middle of them. I noticed less oohs and ahhhs and more people were in my out of the way favorite places.

How could that be?
After having the pleasure of attending a few events with others from the Be our guest podcast ( courtesy of Maroo) and other groups of Disney fans I realized that many people were there for the race, the start of Food and Wine and of course they were experienced and were doing the same thing I was at the same time. :lmao: No wonder I felt it was crowded. Every time I zigged to get away from the crowds, everyone else did too.

So there is my theory! If you feel like you are bumping into crowds, just act like a tourist and you will probably avoid them. :laughing:

That's interesting! However, you were there the first weekend of October, weren't you? I think that might even be more crowded with DISers than our time frame. But I had been wondering about the same issue as well and will keep your advice in mind: If the TTA has a long line at 5 pm, go to ride Space Mountain with no wait at all. :rotfl:

Hi Magdalene !!the 18th is the day we go home !!So your Universal day will not affect out Meet!!!:banana: Carol has been saying she wants to do Universal soooo I asked People and Places and as we are such GREAT Escorts we will get a Universal trip next year sooo I will be asking you for tips !!:banana::cloud9:

Wow, a Universal trip as escort sounds exciting! The DIS Universal section is really pretty helpful, I have been lurking there for quite some time now.

Do you have a plan about which day at which park for your October trip already? We should check if we are at the same place on any day for that meet! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
05-25-2011, 02:52 AM
Hi Magdalene, I haven't made it to those parks yet either, but want to someday....so I don't have any advice for you, but will follow what you do with interest. That ticket w/ transportation sounds interesting. Do they have one that would just be Islands of Adventure + transportation to/from Disney resorts?


I am really quite excited about Universal and have read quite a bit about it since we decided to go there. The more I read, the better it sounds. They are also at the moment really expanding their offerings. They just announced a new mini-golf course, a rehab for the Spiderman ride and a new attraction themed to Dispicable Me. There are strong rumors that Harry Potter Part 2 has been greenlit and will start being built this summer with an official announcement next year (most likely around the time frame of the opening of the New Fantasyland at WDW ;)) and there is a rumor about a new water park. They really try to be much more a real resort to compete with WDW. I think if we like it in October my next trip to Florida might include a few nights at Universal.

The ticket with transportation is only available for the two-parks-ticket. I think if you are a family of five, the most economic way to get there would still be to rent a car. Supposedly driving there is pretty straight forward. The Mears shuttle which is included in the deal I mentioned is about $ 30 (or a bit more) per person per round-trip.

How exciting to go to Universal! Ever since WWOHP opened, I've been eager to go there. I haven't been since I was the size of a lima bean so my memory is a bit foggy. I'm sure I'd appreciate it a lot more now that I'm older. I can't wait for you to check it out. Make sure you try some Butter beer for me :thumbsup2

Oh, the butterbear is definitely a must do for us!

I think Universal is really more geared towards a slightly older audience than MK's Fantasyland. Possibly that is why it appeals to me so much at the moment? ;)

nodnol
05-25-2011, 04:35 AM
and a new attraction themed to Dispicable Me.

I didn't know that!!! This might convince Remy even better than a Simpsons ride...

Flossbolna
05-25-2011, 05:02 AM
I didn't know that!!! This might convince Remy even better than a Simpsons ride...

It was just announced on May 19, here (http://www.wdwinfo.com/news/universal/Despicable_Me_ride_coming_to_Universal_Orlando.htm )is the report about it.

All7OfUs
05-25-2011, 01:59 PM
OH wow! That IS an exciting Special Feature update! That is fantastic you get to enjoy one of your other shared loves! maybe someday I'll get over there and check it all out too. Meantime, I can't offer any advice, but will have to just be a watcher of how things unfold. I know your stories and pictures are going to be the BOMB!!!

PennyLane1084
05-25-2011, 03:03 PM
Magdelena, your plan for Island or Adventure and Universal Studios sounds great! :thumbsup2 It got me thinking and I'm planning my trip around a bit to focus more on IoA and Universal towards the end of my trip.

I'm also a BIG fan of Harry Potter and WWoHP looks AMAZING!!! I'm sure you will enjoy it! The Simpsons Ride looks really fun too!! I've been excited about that ride ever since it opened. I highly recommend the Spiderman Ride at Marvel Island in IoA. It's really really fun!!

jenjolt
05-25-2011, 03:21 PM
WOW a day trip to Universal!! What fun!!! I really really want to go to WHOP so I will have to live through your pics and TR until I can get over there!!!

Captain_Oblivious
05-25-2011, 04:09 PM
Cool! I haven't seen the new WWoHP, but it does sound like a cool place. I'll be interested to see what you think of it. popcorn::

Poolrat
05-25-2011, 09:29 PM
That's interesting! However, you were there the first weekend of October, weren't you? I think that might even be more crowded with DISers than our time frame.
I have been slowly creeping back from the end of Oct to the beginning of October. The first week for sure was full of Disrs and other people in the "know". Towards the middle and end of Oct. it was a bit slower. For EPCOT as I probably have mentioned before Monday - Thursday is much slower than Fri- Sun.


But I had been wondering about the same issue as well and will keep your advice in mind: If the TTA has a long line at 5 pm, go to ride Space Mountain with no wait at all. :rotfl:


EXACTLY!!!! :rotfl2: Seriously, I was finding weird stuff like that.

Flossbolna
05-26-2011, 04:04 AM
OH wow! That IS an exciting Special Feature update! That is fantastic you get to enjoy one of your other shared loves! maybe someday I'll get over there and check it all out too. Meantime, I can't offer any advice, but will have to just be a watcher of how things unfold. I know your stories and pictures are going to be the BOMB!!!

Thanks for sharing my excitement!

Magdelena, your plan for Island or Adventure and Universal Studios sounds great! :thumbsup2 It got me thinking and I'm planning my trip around a bit to focus more on IoA and Universal towards the end of my trip.

I'm also a BIG fan of Harry Potter and WWoHP looks AMAZING!!! I'm sure you will enjoy it! The Simpsons Ride looks really fun too!! I've been excited about that ride ever since it opened. I highly recommend the Spiderman Ride at Marvel Island in IoA. It's really really fun!!

So you are spending a few days there? I had been thinking about doing that as well, but we are really happy to just be at WDW and not move around for that trip. But I think my next Florida vacation will be different... I have heard about the Spiderman ride, it sounds great and a friend mentioned the Men In Black ride the other day. I am sure we will find plenty to entertain us! :banana:

WOW a day trip to Universal!! What fun!!! I really really want to go to WHOP so I will have to live through your pics and TR until I can get over there!!!

Oh, I hope you will be make it over there sooner than later! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
05-26-2011, 04:16 AM
Cool! I haven't seen the new WWoHP, but it does sound like a cool place. I'll be interested to see what you think of it. popcorn::

I am sure that I will report back about it! :goodvibes

I have been slowly creeping back from the end of Oct to the beginning of October. The first week for sure was full of Disrs and other people in the "know". Towards the middle and end of Oct. it was a bit slower. For EPCOT as I probably have mentioned before Monday - Thursday is much slower than Fri- Sun.

EXACTLY!!!! :rotfl2: Seriously, I was finding weird stuff like that.

I imagine early December to be similar! But it sounds like our trip might not be affected too much since we are there later in the months. But I will keep your advise in mind. :thumbsup2

3prettyprincesses
05-27-2011, 02:47 PM
I was thinking of making it a contest, but I am too excited about this feature, so I really want to write about it and not make you wait any longer! :goodvibes We will spend one day of our trip at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The big motivation is of course the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I started to read those books when only the first two had come out, so I am an old fan of the books. Used to be less of a fan of the films, but kind of got used to them. I still think that they focus too much on the big events and lose lots of the charm along the way. But from everything I have read and seen about WWOHP it looks like there is plenty of charm! So I am looking forward to that. The other big thing we want to make sure to see there is the Simpsons Ride - Katharina's DH is a huge fan and perhaps lots of great tales about the Simpsons Ride can convince him to take a trip to Florida. ;) But Katharina and I really want to see the ride ourselves as well! Besides that we are still in the early planning stages of what to see...

We already have the logistics figured out a bit. We will make use of a deal which is offered by Dreams Unlimited (the travel agent which sponsors the DIS). It's a one day two park ticket which includes round trip transportation via shuttle from a WDW resort to Universal and back. It is only a few dollars more expensive than the same ticket without transportation. And since the Simpsons Ride is in Universal Studios while WWOHP is at Islands of Adventure, we would need that type of ticket anyway. The shuttle does get ok reviews here on the DIS. Our plan is to arrive very early for rope drop at Islands of Adventure, head over to WWOHP and then afterwards use the rest of the day for further exploration of those two parks. We are aware that this will be quite a lot of running around and we will certainly miss a few things, but it should give us a good overview of what it is like and maybe a future trip will have us return for a longer period of time... I have heard rumors that WWHOP Part 2 will break ground this year, so there might be even more of an incentive to return. We will end the evening with a meal at City Walk, Universal's version of Downtown Disney, either at Jimmy Buffett or at Bubba Gump. Both places sound pretty exotic to us!

The day we scheduled for this is Tuesday, October 18, one week after our arrival day. Supposedly mid week is less crowded there and this will give us one full week at WDW before venturing over to "the Dark Side". ;) So, that's the reason why we can't go to the MNSSHP that day, but it looks like the DISers prefer the Sunday party anyway.

Any tips and recommendations would be extremely welcomed from those who have been to Universal! We are still trying to find out which rides have to go on our must see list etc.

Magdalene, what a perfect plan! We're actually planning to do something quite similar when we return to Disney. My daughters and I are huge Harry Potter fans!

I agree with your assessment of the movies. I think it was too difficult to fit all the detail of the books into each one. Though I think the first movie was the closest to the actual book. Have you seen Deathly Hallows yet?? Excellent! I'm eagerly awaiting part two this summer and have read that they really tried to keep it closely tied to book seven. We'll see!

I've been lurking over on the Universal boards lately and they seem to advise hitting The Forbidden Journey first and then Ollivander's Wand Shop. Apparently these two attractions build up lines very quickly! Will you be getting a butterbeer??

We've eaten at Bubba Gump up here by where we live and we were very pleased with our meal. It helped that my DH and I love the movie Forrest Gump too!:goodvibes

You and Katharina must be getting very excited as your plans take more shape! I honestly think planning just contributes to the overall fun and satisfaction of a Disney trip.:thumbsup2

Flossbolna
05-29-2011, 04:37 PM
Magdalene, what a perfect plan! We're actually planning to do something quite similar when we return to Disney. My daughters and I are huge Harry Potter fans!

I agree with your assessment of the movies. I think it was too difficult to fit all the detail of the books into each one. Though I think the first movie was the closest to the actual book. Have you seen Deathly Hallows yet?? Excellent! I'm eagerly awaiting part two this summer and have read that they really tried to keep it closely tied to book seven. We'll see!

I've been lurking over on the Universal boards lately and they seem to advise hitting The Forbidden Journey first and then Ollivander's Wand Shop. Apparently these two attractions build up lines very quickly! Will you be getting a butterbeer??

We've eaten at Bubba Gump up here by where we live and we were very pleased with our meal. It helped that my DH and I love the movie Forrest Gump too!:goodvibes

You and Katharina must be getting very excited as your plans take more shape! I honestly think planning just contributes to the overall fun and satisfaction of a Disney trip.:thumbsup2

Yes, I think everyone who read the Harry Potter books and enjoyed them would love to be able to enter Harry's world! :goodvibes

I have seen all the movies and I agree with you Deathly Hallows Part 1 was much more true to the book. I think it is because they were able to spread out more, but it was also necessary because the story is so dense in that book that you can't really cut anything from it. I understand why they had to shorten things for the previous films, otherwise they would go on for ever. But as you said they lost a lot of the little things along the way, the stuff which made the books so loveable. All the little jokes and word-plays. I would not be surprised if we will one day see a Harry Potter TV-series. I think a longer format would do the books way more justice. It's like the famous BBC mini-series of Pride and Prejudice which is way better than the film with Keira Knightly.

I have been lurking on the Universal board as well. :goodvibes There is some really good advise out there. Katharina and I have already decided to skip Olivanders. While it sounds like a cute show, we rather want to explore the other areas of the two parks as well, so we need to be economical with our time. Since neither of us has any chance to be picked, there is no need to try to be matched with our wand... ;) So far my plan is to get on Forbidden Journey first through the normal line to experience it together and then decide if we want to go again wether we take the single rider line.

Planning really is a lot of fun. We just talked today about how we need to think about packing lists and what kind of summer stuff we need in October in Florida since we would need to buy a lot of that now before it disappears and we can only find warm sweaters and wooly hats in the shops before our trip!! We did identify the need of sandals to bring with us (can't walk in flip flops, need something that keeps the shoe attached to the heel!) and also discussed the issue of fanny packs - mainly with a view to avoid the lockers at Universal... :yay:

Flossbolna
05-29-2011, 04:57 PM
Yesterday evening was a big festival in Nuremberg's old city center. It is called Blaue Nacht in German - which translates into Blue Night. This is the official description:

Blue Night – every year in May, museums, churches and other cultural institutions open their doors – until the early morning hours. Art and light installations, music and performances in Nuremberg's inner city streets invite people to stroll about, look, listen and be amazed. About 120,000 visitors are expected every year.

Blue as a colour is viewed differently in German from English - first of all, "I am blue" does not mean "I am sad" in German, but rather: "I am drunk". But besides that, it is also the colour of freedom and romantic, so not connected with sadness at all.

I took a few pictures to give you an impression, unfortunately my camera battery did not load and therefore they are only taken with my phone. It all starts with the street lights in the city being changed over to blue lights:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR%202011/IMG_0249.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR%202011/IMG_0266.jpg

But also a lot of buildings are illuminated with blue lights:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR%202011/IMG_0258.jpg

On this church facade there were also some lasers doing things:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR%202011/IMG_0256.jpg

And then on the main market square there was a big event: a water installation. There were projections on a water screen and then water fountains playing along to music. It all reminded me very much of a Disney night time show - be it Illuminations, Fantasmic or World of Color:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR%202011/IMG_0261.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR%202011/IMG_0265.jpg

I found the following video on youtube which shows a part of the show:

http://youtu.be/cPP_UgOCGLY

One warning: this is an artistic show and it shows some not so good sides of life as well. It it isn't really horrible, but I thought I rather warn you since I have the feeling that American sensibilities are different from Europeans in this regard. It isn't an all happy entertainment show. :goodvibes

Poolrat
05-29-2011, 09:56 PM
Very, Very interesting stuff. It is always great to hear about German cultural events. Thank you for sharing with us. I enjoyed the video too!

jenbear123
05-29-2011, 10:25 PM
Love the music in the video! That show reminds me of... well in fact seems quite similar to an art festival we have here called "Nuit Blanche" or "White Night". It begins at sundown and runs all through the night. There are tons of art exhibits placed throughout the city and it's transformed into something almost unfamiliar. Something might be projected onto our city hall or you could give consent to participate in a zombie movie where they actually make you look like a zombie or take part in a sound experiment where sounds are projected all around you. It's really quite a neat show to see. You can see more info on their website: Nuit Blanche (http://2010.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/home.shtml)

ETA: And the 2001: A Space Odyssey reference is awesome!

englishrose47
05-30-2011, 12:41 AM
Thanks again for the German Life update !I love it !!

Flossbolna
05-30-2011, 06:34 AM
Very, Very interesting stuff. It is always great to hear about German cultural events. Thank you for sharing with us. I enjoyed the video too!

Good to hear that you enjoyed it. :goodvibes

Love the music in the video! That show reminds me of... well in fact seems quite similar to an art festival we have here called "Nuit Blanche" or "White Night". It begins at sundown and runs all through the night. There are tons of art exhibits placed throughout the city and it's transformed into something almost unfamiliar. Something might be projected onto our city hall or you could give consent to participate in a zombie movie where they actually make you look like a zombie or take part in a sound experiment where sounds are projected all around you. It's really quite a neat show to see. You can see more info on their website: Nuit Blanche (http://2010.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/home.shtml)

ETA: And the 2001: A Space Odyssey reference is awesome!

I just had a look at the website and it does look very similar! But I think Toronto's event is a bit bigger than ours... There are lots of art projects like the ones you described going on here. I went to an organ concert in one of the churches which music written especially for the night - inspired by a painting called "the blue horseman" (Der Blaue Reiter) by a painter called Franz Marc. The night also always has a theme besides blue, this year it was "foreign worlds", in years before it had been water or air - always stuff that somehow relates to the colour blue.

Nuit Blance looks great, I need to keep that in mind if I ever plan a trip to Toronto to see wether I can make it there around that time. :thumbsup2

Thanks again for the German Life update !I love it !!

Thanks Rosie, I am glad that you enjoy it. :goodvibes

marvali
05-30-2011, 07:39 AM
Like others have said, I always enjoy the cultural updates you share with us! :goodvibes It is always interesting to see and hear about traditions and customs in other countries. :thumbsup2

glennbo123
05-30-2011, 08:25 AM
Thanks for sharing this Magdalene!

englishrose47
05-30-2011, 02:39 PM
Like others have said, I always enjoy the cultural updates you share with us! :goodvibes It is always interesting to see and hear about traditions and customs in other countries. :thumbsup2

You mean like "Wooden Spoon Award "!!!!:rotfl2::rotfl2:

eandesmom
05-31-2011, 01:44 AM
I was thinking of making it a contest, but I am too excited about this feature, so I really want to write about it and not make you wait any longer! :goodvibes We will spend one day of our trip at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The big motivation is of course the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I started to read those books when only the first two had come out, so I am an old fan of the books. Used to be less of a fan of the films, but kind of got used to them. I still think that they focus too much on the big events and lose lots of the charm along the way. But from everything I have read and seen about WWOHP it looks like there is plenty of charm! So I am looking forward to that. The other big thing we want to make sure to see there is the Simpsons Ride - Katharina's DH is a huge fan and perhaps lots of great tales about the Simpsons Ride can convince him to take a trip to Florida. ;) But Katharina and I really want to see the ride ourselves as well! Besides that we are still in the early planning stages of what to see...

We already have the logistics figured out a bit. We will make use of a deal which is offered by Dreams Unlimited (the travel agent which sponsors the DIS). It's a one day two park ticket which includes round trip transportation via shuttle from a WDW resort to Universal and back. It is only a few dollars more expensive than the same ticket without transportation. And since the Simpsons Ride is in Universal Studios while WWOHP is at Islands of Adventure, we would need that type of ticket anyway. The shuttle does get ok reviews here on the DIS. Our plan is to arrive very early for rope drop at Islands of Adventure, head over to WWOHP and then afterwards use the rest of the day for further exploration of those two parks. We are aware that this will be quite a lot of running around and we will certainly miss a few things, but it should give us a good overview of what it is like and maybe a future trip will have us return for a longer period of time... I have heard rumors that WWHOP Part 2 will break ground this year, so there might be even more of an incentive to return. We will end the evening with a meal at City Walk, Universal's version of Downtown Disney, either at Jimmy Buffett or at Bubba Gump. Both places sound pretty exotic to us!

The day we scheduled for this is Tuesday, October 18, one week after our arrival day. Supposedly mid week is less crowded there and this will give us one full week at WDW before venturing over to "the Dark Side". ;) So, that's the reason why we can't go to the MNSSHP that day, but it looks like the DISers prefer the Sunday party anyway. .

Well, as you know very shortly we will be getting to the actual TR part that covers both IOA and US (as well as Jimmy Buffets) which may have far more than anyone wants to hear :rotfl: but what I will say is mid day should definitely be better, I've heard good things about the DU shuttle plan and you should be able to see a fair amount at both if you plan things right.

Oh and I vote for Margaritaville. Hands down.

:rotfl:

Loved the blue night update!

lovealldisney
05-31-2011, 07:31 AM
Thank you Magdalene for the pictures! Love learning about all these neat festivals Germany has! :thumbsup2

tiggrbaby
05-31-2011, 08:29 PM
Enjoyed the Blue Night link! I think they did a very nice job of matching the music to the video clips.

RachelTori
06-06-2011, 07:19 AM
Hi Magdalene and Katharina! :wave:

I'm so excited for you (yes, you will love Universal! ;))!!

The one thing that makes me sad is that I will miss you by a couple days this time. :sad1: My trip is from 9/29-10/9.

Happy planning and I'll be reading along! :goodvibes

Captain_Oblivious
06-06-2011, 12:28 PM
Thanks for sharing the pictures of Blue Night. I know I repeat this, but I love the glimpses of German culture that you give us! :goodvibes

marvali
06-10-2011, 07:17 AM
You mean like "Wooden Spoon Award "!!!!:rotfl2::rotfl2:No, like the "British" tradition of lap dancing piglets!!! :lmao:

Well Magdalene, I made it over and got all caught up! Hmmm, you HAVE been busy and away a lot lately haven't you young lady!!!! :sad2: You and Katharina have GOT to find some DIS time so you can keep us culturally updated, and get those trip plans out there for us to enjoy! :woohoo:

I'm still hoping for a chance to take a quick solo trip while you are at Disney so we can do a DISmeet. It would be a great honor to actually meet you two! :worship:

podsnel
06-10-2011, 08:08 AM
Hello girls!! :goodvibes Sorry I have been missing- I am here and catching up, enjoying all your beautiful photos from DLP. :worship: I have a picture I took for you last month-

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/podsnel/DISmoms%203%202011/IMG_1535.jpg

Lies! All Lies!! :rotfl: You may like this one more-

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/podsnel/DISmoms%203%202011/IMG_1490.jpg

:lovestruc TTYS!!

Ellen

podsnel
06-10-2011, 08:42 AM
Gorgeous photos and an education as always- love the beautiful shops in DLP- and learning about the Statue of liberty (which I have PROMISED myself we will be visiting this summer- it is only about 1/2 an hour away from my home and I STILL haven't been!!!:guilty: Shame on me!!!). The Blue Night looks amazing- I would really love to visit your city someday, it does look so lovely! :goodvibes

mom3sonstt
06-10-2011, 01:36 PM
I just wanted to chime in and say that I also enjoy all that you share with us about your area and celebrations.

My dad's family has a strong German ancestry so we have always felt a kinship with things with a German influence. My uncle was stationed in Germany when he was in the Army during the Vietnam war. My brother was also stationed in Germany in the mid-80s. He was in or near a town called Hanau. He loved it over there and wanted to extend his tour, but being a habitual procrastinator, did not get the request for an extension filed in time and was sent back to the States.

On my mom's side, her ancestry is rather muddled, but with the name of Armstrong she identifies more with the Scottish. Her younger sister, however, met a man online that was an American civilian worker in Germany at one of the military bases. She eventually moved there to be with and marry him. They lived over there a couple years before he retired and they moved back here. She also loved it there.

My husband, about 10 years ago, zipped through briefly. He was on a business trip around the area but had no time to really see anything. They would meet with their suppliers during the day, have a meal, drive to the next destination in time to go to bed and get up and do it again. His only comment was that the meals "over there" - so I guess Europe in general since he wasn't in the same place twice - seemed to take "forever". But that could also be because they had no down-time and knew they had a long drive ahead of them each night.

vamassey1
06-10-2011, 04:35 PM
Once again caught up.

Wonderful pictures from DLP. Everything looks so perfect.

I love Harry Potter too! I just reread the last book so I'll be ready for the movie next month. After so many books it 's so hard to come back to the real world. What will we do once the last movie is over with? I'm so happy you two will get a chance to experience the World of Harry Potter.

Thanks again for sharing so more of Germany. I know I enjoy the information so much.

englishrose47
06-10-2011, 08:33 PM
Just popping in to say Hi!!!!

jenb1023
06-13-2011, 02:10 PM
Hi Ladies! Getting all caught up after my short DIS hiatus!

Love all of the info about Germany and really love the DLP photos! It is amazing how much is similar and how much is different.

We enjoyed MNSSHP - especially the decorations and the parade. The trick or treating was okay. The best of all of the parties was pirate and princess. :sad1:

We went to the Dark Side last year (May 2010). It was just before WWoHP opened so I can't give any advice there. Here is my brief two cents. . . IOA is much better themed than Universal. I found it very difficult to get help/information there so try to learn as much as you can before you go. Seuss Landing is amazing even if you just do a quick walk through. My DD loved Men in Black and we all enjoyed simpsons. Be careful of some of the more intense rides - my DH (who rides everything) said the Hulk was too intense even for him. We had a great meal at Mythos if you are looking for a TS meal. Circus McGurkus was good for a CS meal. Hope that helps!

englishrose47
06-13-2011, 02:51 PM
Hi Ladies! Getting all caught up after my short DIS hiatus!

Love all of the info about Germany and really love the DLP photos! It is amazing how much is similar and how much is different.

We enjoyed MNSSHP - especially the decorations and the parade. The trick or treating was okay. The best of all of the parties was pirate and princess. :sad1:

We went to the Dark Side last year (May 2010). It was just before WWoHP opened so I can't give any advice there. Here is my brief two cents. . . IOA is much better themed than Universal. I found it very difficult to get help/information there so try to learn as much as you can before you go. Seuss Landing is amazing even if you just do a quick walk through. My DD loved Men in Black and we all enjoyed simpsons. Be careful of some of the more intense rides - my DH (who rides everything) said the Hulk was too intense even for him. We had a great meal at Mythos if you are looking for a TS meal. Circus McGurkus was good for a CS meal. Hope that helps!

I am planning a trip to the Dark Side next year with People and Places and Mythos was one I was looking at for a meal in the parks !!Glad to hear you liked it !!What did you have???

jenb1023
06-14-2011, 09:07 AM
I am planning a trip to the Dark Side next year with People and Places and Mythos was one I was looking at for a meal in the parks !!Glad to hear you liked it !!What did you have???

I know we had the tempura sushi appetizer. I had a chicken sandwich. DH can't remember if he had steak or fish. But we liked the food and the theming. My picky DD ate off of the kids menu and liked whatever she had. Sorry I am not more help - I am a bad DISer and never take food porn pics and don't write it down either!

englishrose47
06-14-2011, 09:16 AM
I know we had the tempura sushi appetizer. I had a chicken sandwich. DH can't remember if he had steak or fish. But we liked the food and the theming. My picky DD ate off of the kids menu and liked whatever she had. Sorry I am not more help - I am a bad DISer and never take food porn pics and don't write it down either!

Thanks !! I wish they had a more updated menu and prices !!!

PennyLane1084
06-14-2011, 10:17 AM
Just dropping by to say hi! :wave2:

SnoopyDancer
06-14-2011, 11:29 AM
I'm just dropping by to tell you how much I enjoyed your other trip report. I found it pretty late, but liked the extra touches you included about your adventures in Germany. I bet you can't wait until your October trip. :goodvibes

manntra
06-14-2011, 12:18 PM
Thanks for sharing your German culture once again:thumbsup2 Love hearing everything you have to share :goodvibes

Hmmmm a day spent at the dark side.....I may have to investigate into this :rolleyes1 It sounds like so much to do in one day but it CAN be done:laughing: I know my niece would love to go and of course I want to also ....I can't justify staying at Universal (where you get the coveted front of line and early entry) when I can stay at DVC for "free." ;) so this may just work for us.

Off to check this out :wizard:

Tracy

Flossbolna
06-19-2011, 04:29 PM
Like others have said, I always enjoy the cultural updates you share with us! :goodvibes It is always interesting to see and hear about traditions and customs in other countries. :thumbsup2

Thanks Marv! I really appreciate how much you and the others enjoy all the German stuff! :goodvibes

Thanks for sharing this Magdalene!

I am glad you liked it! :thumbsup2

You mean like "Wooden Spoon Award "!!!!:rotfl2::rotfl2:

:rotfl:

Flossbolna
06-19-2011, 04:37 PM
Well, as you know very shortly we will be getting to the actual TR part that covers both IOA and US (as well as Jimmy Buffets) which may have far more than anyone wants to hear :rotfl: but what I will say is mid day should definitely be better, I've heard good things about the DU shuttle plan and you should be able to see a fair amount at both if you plan things right.

Oh and I vote for Margaritaville. Hands down.

:rotfl:

Loved the blue night update!

I am really enjoying your Universal report so far. It made me even more excited about our day there. And thanks for the vote for Margaritaville. I am more leaning towards it anyway since I have been to Bubba Gump in San Francisco (or was it in Monterey???) and New York and I am not a fan of shrimps... But it is such a fun concept!!

Thank you Magdalene for the pictures! Love learning about all these neat festivals Germany has! :thumbsup2

Wendy, thanks! I always enjoy posting stuff like this because I know how much you (and some others) like it! :goodvibes

Enjoyed the Blue Night link! I think they did a very nice job of matching the music to the video clips.

Thanks! I think it was a very well done show. I think the matching music with pictures is what reminded me of Disney.:thumbsup2

Flossbolna
06-19-2011, 04:45 PM
Hi Magdalene and Katharina! :wave:

I'm so excited for you (yes, you will love Universal! ;))!!

The one thing that makes me sad is that I will miss you by a couple days this time. :sad1: My trip is from 9/29-10/9.

Happy planning and I'll be reading along! :goodvibes

Hi Laura! That is really sad that we will miss you, Katharina and I really enjoyed meeting you last year! I am getting more and more excited about Universal the more I read about it. It looks like a really pretty place. I can absolutely see it becoming a regular side trip on my Orlando vacations in the future.

Thanks for sharing the pictures of Blue Night. I know I repeat this, but I love the glimpses of German culture that you give us! :goodvibes

Thanks Mark! I am glad that you enjoy it! And for some reason, I just remembered how your kids loved the old German money in the Ellis Island museum which said "one million mark" or whatever it was. I thought that was very funny!! Especially because Mark is a common first name here as well and I never thought about it that this was also the name of our money - of course it is now replaced by the Euro.

No, like the "British" tradition of lap dancing piglets!!! :lmao:

Well Magdalene, I made it over and got all caught up! Hmmm, you HAVE been busy and away a lot lately haven't you young lady!!!! :sad2: You and Katharina have GOT to find some DIS time so you can keep us culturally updated, and get those trip plans out there for us to enjoy! :woohoo:

I'm still hoping for a chance to take a quick solo trip while you are at Disney so we can do a DISmeet. It would be a great honor to actually meet you two! :worship:

Good to know that you have caught up! Sorry for being so lazy here on the DIS recently. I need to find some interesting stuff for a new update... I have a few ideas for trip related ones, but not so much for German culture ones... Will see what I can figure out!

As I already said on your TR: Katharina and I would be very excited if we got the chance to meet you!! :banana:

Flossbolna
06-19-2011, 04:47 PM
Hello girls!! :goodvibes Sorry I have been missing- I am here and catching up, enjoying all your beautiful photos from DLP. :worship: I have a picture I took for you last month-

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/podsnel/DISmoms%203%202011/IMG_1535.jpg

Lies! All Lies!! :rotfl: You may like this one more-

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/podsnel/DISmoms%203%202011/IMG_1490.jpg

:lovestruc TTYS!!

Ellen

Thanks Ellen!! I got such a great laugh from your pickles tree picture and your comment about it!! :lmao: Oh, and I can't wait until we will stay at the Boardwalk! I need to get started on your TR form there!!

Gorgeous photos and an education as always- love the beautiful shops in DLP- and learning about the Statue of liberty (which I have PROMISED myself we will be visiting this summer- it is only about 1/2 an hour away from my home and I STILL haven't been!!!:guilty: Shame on me!!!). The Blue Night looks amazing- I would really love to visit your city someday, it does look so lovely! :goodvibes

Thanks for the nice comments! You really ought to visit the Statue of Liberty, I have been there and there is an Atlantic Ocean between me and the statue!! ;)

brookelizabeth
06-23-2011, 02:44 PM
Yep, pages behind. :rolleyes:


While there is public transport from DLP to Paris, I would not recommend staying at DLP for visiting Paris. It is still a 40 minute train ride. I guess a bit like staying in a hotel in New Jersey when you want to see the sights in Manhattan. But WHEN you start planning your trip to Paris, I will be happy to help with more detailed suggestions on how to plan such a trip! :goodvibes

Casey's sells normal hot dogs, no corn dog nuggets anywhere in DLP. I think there might be one location selling corn dogs (not nuggets), but I am not sure. When we were there for the first time in 1995 they had really great counter service food which was themed appropriately. There is a Deli on Main Street which had wonderful club sandwiches with pickle spear. Now they sell the French version of the grilled cheese sandwhich: Croque Monsieur. There are still some places which sell "themed" food, but generally the offerings are rather bland.


Ah...that makes sense! So perhaps a few days at DLP, then we'd move hotels. :goodvibes I look forward to planning that trip-I really should just set a date instead of saying "someday", then we'd be motivated to save and work toward it!

That is a shame about the themed food disappearing!


The shops of Main Street were extremely heavily themed. However, when DLP opened, the Europeans did not buy as much merchandise as Disney had expected they would. Some people said that people did not buy anything because they were too distracted by all the theming. So a lot disappeared, but you can still notice some of it in the shops and I include some pictures about that as well.


I'm really enjoying all your DLP pictures - and your upcoming plans! I remember reading about this on "the other board" and that is why all gift shops are mostly only themed at 3/4 of the way up the wall and higher. I never noticed this at WDW until after I read that thread! I imagine all the Disney parks are like this now too.

The arcades look beautiful! What a clever design. I have been in a couple of similar buildings here in America - one that stands out to me is near my Mom's home in Minnesota, it connects two buildings and then has shops within the arcade itself, along with a glass ceiling. It's almost like being outside-but not quite...which is good for Minnesotans in those cold winters!

I wish I could add hints about Universal for you, but I'm sure you've got plenty from other readers! We plan to adventure that way eventually as well - maybe in a couple years.

nodnol
06-26-2011, 06:59 AM
It is summer in Germany now, although today is really cold, and this means for me personally less stress at work – hopefully, and for you a livelier PTR – again hopefully. As I didn't discuss a PTR update with Magdalene and she has all our pictures from Paris, I though I give you an insight in the life in the part of Berlin I live in this weekend. There is a lot going on!

1.There is a photography exhibition, actually there are 40 exhibitions: It is a big project whre about 40 photographers, well known ones as well as young artists present their work in about 40 locations in our area: in galleries, cafes, shops, restaurants, etc. We have seen only three so far, but luckily it runs for two more weeks.

2.We have a fair on our main street with three stages, live music, lots of food stalls and so on. We were there yesterday and had some Bratwurst and I tried Churros for the first time (as this part of Berlin is the “multicultural” one there are lots of offerings from all around the world, even from Africa and Caucasia.

3.Today is the 52th Berlin soap box derby, the only one in Germany with three lines, as I learned today. So I hope there is someone among you who is a soap box racing fan and who appreciates all the pictures we took! I had never been to a soap box race before, so this was very interesting for me, for example the lift the have for the cars....
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4.And now we will check out a game fair, the have a big American school bus painted in red with the logo of Settlers of Catan in front, so we hope this will be interesting!

And I hope we will be back to regular broadcasting soon!
Have a great Sunday!

jenb1023
06-26-2011, 02:17 PM
I've never been to a soap box derby either. Looks like fun! So did you like the churro? I think they are good but are certainly not a favorite dessert of mine. I love taking photos so the photography exhibition sounds very interesting. Of course, these days all of my photos are of my DD or WDW - LOL!

Flossbolna
06-26-2011, 04:11 PM
Katharina, what a lovely surprise to see the pictures from the soap box derby!! :goodvibes

nodnol
06-27-2011, 03:03 AM
I've never been to a soap box derby either. Looks like fun! So did you like the churro? I think they are good but are certainly not a favorite dessert of mine. I love taking photos so the photography exhibition sounds very interesting. Of course, these days all of my photos are of my DD or WDW - LOL!

The churro was good, but I would agree, not a must have. At least it was really fresh made!

Katharina, what a lovely surprise to see the pictures from the soap box derby!! :goodvibes

:) It was fun, I only regretted that I didn't take some cofee with me in my refillable mug.

lovealldisney
06-27-2011, 08:12 AM
Thanks Katharina for the pictures! Love seeing thoses especially from Germany! Looks like Berlin is busy, wish I could be there.....sigh......

PennyLane1084
06-27-2011, 10:15 AM
Great pictures Katharina! The soap box derby looks like so much fun. And I bet the photo exhibition was pretty neat too. I'd love to see Berlin one day.

Lady Lallie
07-04-2011, 06:53 PM
Just wanted to let you know that I'm here and catching up on your wonderful plans, you trip sounds like it is going to be so much fun. :goodvibes

Flossbolna
07-11-2011, 03:56 PM
Hi everyone!! Sorry for the long absence, but I am back now with an important announcement: Look at our ticker - only 3 months from today and we will arrive at the Boardwalk! :banana::banana::banana:

Katharina is off on vacation at the moment in Northern France, but I have some new pictures to post - and hope to get into more of a mood of updating this in the next weeks! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
07-11-2011, 04:03 PM
I just wanted to chime in and say that I also enjoy all that you share with us about your area and celebrations.

My dad's family has a strong German ancestry so we have always felt a kinship with things with a German influence. My uncle was stationed in Germany when he was in the Army during the Vietnam war. My brother was also stationed in Germany in the mid-80s. He was in or near a town called Hanau. He loved it over there and wanted to extend his tour, but being a habitual procrastinator, did not get the request for an extension filed in time and was sent back to the States.

On my mom's side, her ancestry is rather muddled, but with the name of Armstrong she identifies more with the Scottish. Her younger sister, however, met a man online that was an American civilian worker in Germany at one of the military bases. She eventually moved there to be with and marry him. They lived over there a couple years before he retired and they moved back here. She also loved it there.

My husband, about 10 years ago, zipped through briefly. He was on a business trip around the area but had no time to really see anything. They would meet with their suppliers during the day, have a meal, drive to the next destination in time to go to bed and get up and do it again. His only comment was that the meals "over there" - so I guess Europe in general since he wasn't in the same place twice - seemed to take "forever". But that could also be because they had no down-time and knew they had a long drive ahead of them each night.

Thanks for your lovely comments! I find it always interesting how many people in America have connections with Germany - either through ancestry or because of their military service. :goodvibes

Once again caught up.

Wonderful pictures from DLP. Everything looks so perfect.

I love Harry Potter too! I just reread the last book so I'll be ready for the movie next month. After so many books it 's so hard to come back to the real world. What will we do once the last movie is over with? I'm so happy you two will get a chance to experience the World of Harry Potter.

Thanks again for sharing so more of Germany. I know I enjoy the information so much.

Glad you are enjoying the PTR! I propably should have reread the Harry Potter books as well, now I am going to be confused when I watch the movie... :scared1: ;)

Hi Ladies! Getting all caught up after my short DIS hiatus!

Love all of the info about Germany and really love the DLP photos! It is amazing how much is similar and how much is different.

We enjoyed MNSSHP - especially the decorations and the parade. The trick or treating was okay. The best of all of the parties was pirate and princess. :sad1:

We went to the Dark Side last year (May 2010). It was just before WWoHP opened so I can't give any advice there. Here is my brief two cents. . . IOA is much better themed than Universal. I found it very difficult to get help/information there so try to learn as much as you can before you go. Seuss Landing is amazing even if you just do a quick walk through. My DD loved Men in Black and we all enjoyed simpsons. Be careful of some of the more intense rides - my DH (who rides everything) said the Hulk was too intense even for him. We had a great meal at Mythos if you are looking for a TS meal. Circus McGurkus was good for a CS meal. Hope that helps!

Thanks for all the info! Katharina and I really looking forward to this. We have decided to not spend any park time on a TS meal, so thanks for the recommendation of Circus McGurkus! :thumbsup2

Just dropping by to say hi! :wave2:

Hi!! :goodvibes

I'm just dropping by to tell you how much I enjoyed your other trip report. I found it pretty late, but liked the extra touches you included about your adventures in Germany. I bet you can't wait until your October trip. :goodvibes

:welcome: Thanks for the nice comments about the TR! I can't wait for October to come either... :rolleyes1

Thanks for sharing your German culture once again:thumbsup2 Love hearing everything you have to share :goodvibes

Hmmmm a day spent at the dark side.....I may have to investigate into this :rolleyes1 It sounds like so much to do in one day but it CAN be done:laughing: I know my niece would love to go and of course I want to also ....I can't justify staying at Universal (where you get the coveted front of line and early entry) when I can stay at DVC for "free." ;) so this may just work for us.

Off to check this out :wizard:

Tracy

Hi Tracy, sounds like a great plan for your niece. And after having read and investigated those two parks, Katharina and I are really very excited about that side trip - we admitted the other day that we are so tempted to make this into a two day side trip, but then we are afraid that that would make our WDW part more hectic. And that is something we want to avoid at all cost!!

Flossbolna
07-11-2011, 04:12 PM
Yep, pages behind. :rolleyes:



Ah...that makes sense! So perhaps a few days at DLP, then we'd move hotels. :goodvibes I look forward to planning that trip-I really should just set a date instead of saying "someday", then we'd be motivated to save and work toward it!

That is a shame about the themed food disappearing!



I'm really enjoying all your DLP pictures - and your upcoming plans! I remember reading about this on "the other board" and that is why all gift shops are mostly only themed at 3/4 of the way up the wall and higher. I never noticed this at WDW until after I read that thread! I imagine all the Disney parks are like this now too.

The arcades look beautiful! What a clever design. I have been in a couple of similar buildings here in America - one that stands out to me is near my Mom's home in Minnesota, it connects two buildings and then has shops within the arcade itself, along with a glass ceiling. It's almost like being outside-but not quite...which is good for Minnesotans in those cold winters!

I wish I could add hints about Universal for you, but I'm sure you've got plenty from other readers! We plan to adventure that way eventually as well - maybe in a couple years.

Hi Brook, I am sure you will get to plan that trip Paris one day!! :thumbsup2

Thanks for the story about Minnesota - it is great to hear that there are some real American towns which still have the feel of Main Street. I think I have mentioned that quite a few times (mainly to Wendy), but I would love to one day make a trip with just visiting places like this. :goodvibes

Just wanted to let you know that I'm here and catching up on your wonderful plans, you trip sounds like it is going to be so much fun. :goodvibes

Hi Leslie! Great to see you back on the boards and doing well! Katharina and I were just talking about what had happened to you a few weeks ago! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
07-11-2011, 04:27 PM
Two weeks ago my work had their annual summer day out - and we went on an excursion to a town north of Nuremberg called Coburg.

There even is a Disney connection between Coburg and Walt Disney World. The most famous son of Coburg would be Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a prince born into the family of the local rulers (at that time Germany did not have one central state, but was split up in a lot of different little kingdoms and principalities). He went on to marry his cousin, Queen Victoria. So he is the Albert in the restaurant at the Grand Floridian called Victoria and Albert's.

Let's start with a few pictures around town:

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This is the castle the princes of Coburg used inside the town - Queen Victoria was a regular visitor here, as well as in the summer castle, just outside town:

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In the afternoon we went hiking, so I have a few pictures of the countryside, villages and old castle ruins which we saw:

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At the end of the walk we had taken a wrong turn and ended up with having to cross the building site for the new railway from Nuremberg to Berlin:

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And one fun picture - we were rather surprised to see the symbol for Nuremberg's ice hockey team so prominently on the coach we were travelling on. It turned out that it was one of their official coaches which they use for matches etc.

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tiggrbaby
07-11-2011, 05:49 PM
Welcome back! I love your little photo tours; your country is quite beautiful!

PennyLane1084
07-11-2011, 05:53 PM
Very Nice Magdelena!! What a lovely town, so pretty!!

WooHoo for 3 months. :woohoo:

jenb1023
07-11-2011, 06:53 PM
Great photos! The history of Europe and the age of the buildings, etc. always amazes me! Looks like a lovely day!

:cool1::yay::cheer2: woo-hoo for three months!

Poolrat
07-11-2011, 07:24 PM
Thanks for the trip through Coburg. It looks lovely.



oh and :woohoo::yay::banana: for 3 months!!!

glennbo123
07-11-2011, 09:09 PM
Oh man, I love those European towns. I'd love to visit.

That was a neat tie-in to Disney and Victoria & Alberts. :thumbsup2

Lady Lallie
07-11-2011, 09:20 PM
Hi Leslie! Great to see you back on the boards and doing well! Katharina and I were just talking about what had happened to you a few weeks ago! :goodvibes

I took a self-imposed DIS hiatus. I knew I couldn't plan anymore trips for 2011 and so I just needed to take a break and focus on things that were not Disney related but I'm back and planning a trip for my husband & I in January which I'm very excited about.

Your pictures are so beautiful, I really need to do some more traveling around the world to se all of these gorgeous sights!

lovealldisney
07-12-2011, 06:51 AM
Thank you Magdalene for the lovely pictures! :cloud9: Just beautiful.... I love the Disney link as well very cool. And yeah :woohoo: for 3 months!

englishrose47
07-12-2011, 09:14 AM
Great pix of Coburg !!As I am reading the update I seemed to have a:idea: go off !!!Of course Prince Albert !! Queen Victoria passed a law that still stands . No King can ever rule as Albert, she never wanted anyone to be higher than her beloved Albert!!!

Captain_Oblivious
07-12-2011, 11:48 AM
At the end of the walk we had taken a wrong turn and ended up with having to cross the building site for the new railway from Nuremberg to Berlin:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Coburg/IMG_0318.jpg

:woohoo: Nerdy engineering stuff! :banana:

The town of Coburg looks beautiful. Reminds me a lot of Fantasyland. Do you think the people there would mind if I explored every building on my own, like I do at Disney? :rotfl:

Flossbolna
07-13-2011, 02:48 AM
Welcome back! I love your little photo tours; your country is quite beautiful!

Thanks! :goodvibes

Very Nice Magdelena!! What a lovely town, so pretty!!

WooHoo for 3 months. :woohoo:

I was surprised how pretty the town was myself! :thumbsup2

Great photos! The history of Europe and the age of the buildings, etc. always amazes me! Looks like a lovely day!

:cool1::yay::cheer2: woo-hoo for three months!

It was a great day. :goodvibes

Thanks for the trip through Coburg. It looks lovely.

oh and :woohoo::yay::banana: for 3 months!!!

:cool1: for three months! Coburg was a very pleasent surprise.

Flossbolna
07-13-2011, 02:55 AM
Oh man, I love those European towns. I'd love to visit.

That was a neat tie-in to Disney and Victoria & Alberts. :thumbsup2

There are plenty of beautiful towns in that area - Bamberg is close by and a world heritage site.

I took a self-imposed DIS hiatus. I knew I couldn't plan anymore trips for 2011 and so I just needed to take a break and focus on things that were not Disney related but I'm back and planning a trip for my husband & I in January which I'm very excited about.

Your pictures are so beautiful, I really need to do some more traveling around the world to se all of these gorgeous sights!

I had a look at your PTR. looks like you did well with focusing on non-Disney issues! :thumbsup2

I always hope that my Germany updates do inspire people do consider travelling abroad. If I can travel to the US easily, it shouldn't be so much more difficult for you to come to Europe! :goodvibes

Thank you Magdalene for the lovely pictures! :cloud9: Just beautiful.... I love the Disney link as well very cool. And yeah :woohoo: for 3 months!

The Disney link is cute, isn't it? :goodvibes I thought you would enjoy them - you loved Würzburg as well, didn't you. Similar building style.

Great pix of Coburg !!As I am reading the update I seemed to have a:idea: go off !!!Of course Prince Albert !! Queen Victoria passed a law that still stands . No King can ever rule as Albert, she never wanted anyone to be higher than her beloved Albert!!!

How funny about Albert - but then who would want to be called Albert anyway? ;)

:woohoo: Nerdy engineering stuff! :banana:

The town of Coburg looks beautiful. Reminds me a lot of Fantasyland. Do you think the people there would mind if I explored every building on my own, like I do at Disney? :rotfl:

:lmao: Well, one of the buildings was the city hall, so it is a public building which you could explore.

If you want to know more about the nerdy engineering stuff (it shows that I am the daughter of a civil engineer, that's why I take pictures like that), here is the info on that new railway: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg%E2%80%93Erfurt_high-speed_railway

It is supposed to reduce the travel time by train betwen Munich and Berlin to 4 hours, it's 6 hours at the moment, but was 8 hours in 1992.

lovealldisney
07-13-2011, 06:37 AM
There are plenty of beautiful towns in that area - Bamberg is close by and a world heritage site.

Bamburg was on our list of cities/towns to see.. next time!


I always hope that my Germany updates do inspire people do consider travelling abroad. If I can travel to the US easily, it shouldn't be so much more difficult for you to come to Europe! :goodvibes

I hope people do get inspired to travel to Germany too Magdalene! It's a beautiful country with equally beautiful friendly people. :flower3:


The Disney link is cute, isn't it? :goodvibes I thought you would enjoy them - you loved Würzburg as well, didn't you. Similar building style.

Yes we love Wurzburg! Well we loved everything...:love:


If you want to know more about the nerdy engineering stuff (it shows that I am the daughter of a civil engineer, that's why I take pictures like that), here is the info on that new railway: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg%E2%80%93Erfurt_high-speed_railway

It is supposed to reduce the travel time by train betwen Munich and Berlin to 4 hours, it's 6 hours at the moment, but was 8 hours in 1992.


WOW 4 hours to Munich from Berlin that is fantastic it would make travel so much easier. When DH and I were planning our Germany trip we made a rule about train travel no more that 4-5 hours to a new destination by train. We didn't want to waste a whole day on a train. We even loved traveling by train! Something we don't have here in the midwest. And I hope Katharina will post pictures from her trip to Northern France! That would be lovely too...:goodvibes

mom3sonstt
07-13-2011, 12:28 PM
We even loved traveling by train! Something we don't have here in the midwest. And I hope Katharina will post pictures from her trip to Northern France! That would be lovely too...:goodvibes

That's funny that you say that - I think it goes to show how big our Midwest area is. I live about 20 minutes from Galesburg, IL and you can't get through town without waiting on trains. Granted, most of them are freight trains, but there is an Amtrak station in town also. I have only taken one trip on it - went to Chicago once for a business meeting. But my husband used to take it a few times a year when he had a supplier he had to visit in Kansas City. It's not always very convenient. My son goes to school in Carbondale and there is an Amtrak station near campus, but for him to get home using it he would have to go from Carbonale (southern Illinois) to Chicago (northern Illinois) to Galesburg (Central Illinois) :confused3 Needless to say, he has never done that.

lovealldisney
07-13-2011, 02:44 PM
That's funny that you say that - I think it goes to show how big our Midwest area is. I live about 20 minutes from Galesburg, IL and you can't get through town without waiting on trains. Granted, most of them are freight trains, but there is an Amtrak station in town also. I have only taken one trip on it - went to Chicago once for a business meeting. But my husband used to take it a few times a year when he had a supplier he had to visit in Kansas City. It's not always very convenient. My son goes to school in Carbondale and there is an Amtrak station near campus, but for him to get home using it he would have to go from Carbonale (southern Illinois) to Chicago (northern Illinois) to Galesburg (Central Illinois) :confused3 Needless to say, he has never done that.

Oh we have trains here and an Amtrak station in town. I was referring to the high speed rail in Europe or even their local Regional trains. You could travel all of Germany without need of a car. We have nothing of that here in the mid-west.

mom3sonstt
07-13-2011, 06:47 PM
Oh we have trains here and an Amtrak station in town. I was referring to the high speed rail in Europe or even their local Regional trains. You could travel all of Germany without need of a car. We have nothing of that here in the mid-west.

Ahhhh...I get it :thumbsup2

brookelizabeth
07-13-2011, 10:20 PM
Magdalene - I am here! I have been reading, and I thought I have posted, but the DIS takes me back to page 9! I am a bit behind, but not THAT behind! :laughing:

Well, I found out I was CORRECT! I had posted just back on page 27 and only have missed your Coburg update - which I highly enjoyed! What a beautiful town. And how very cool about the tie in with Victoria & Alberts!

You mentioned previously, I believe on my TR perhaps, that you thought Americans made a much bigger deal out of the "hassle" of traveling abroad than what it is. (you worded it more nicely I believe though! :laughing:) That really spoke to me. You are right! I spoke to Joe about 2 weeks ago that we should stop saying "someday" and just set a time frame. If we have to move it, we have to move it.

2012 - DCL, booked
2013 - Disneyland
2014 - PARIS! Henry will be 7 (or almost 7), plenty old enough to enjoy it and understand it a bit, and not unbearable (I hope!) on a plane. This trip might turn into a bit more than just Paris as well - as long as we are in Europe...

So there you have it. Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
07-19-2011, 02:51 AM
WOW 4 hours to Munich from Berlin that is fantastic it would make travel so much easier. When DH and I were planning our Germany trip we made a rule about train travel no more that 4-5 hours to a new destination by train. We didn't want to waste a whole day on a train. We even loved traveling by train! Something we don't have here in the midwest. And I hope Katharina will post pictures from her trip to Northern France! That would be lovely too...:goodvibes

Train journeys of more than 5 hours are getting tedious, so I think that was a good decision!

Katharina will be back soon and I am sure that she will have some lovely pictures for you! :goodvibes

Magdalene - I am here! I have been reading, and I thought I have posted, but the DIS takes me back to page 9! I am a bit behind, but not THAT behind! :laughing:

Well, I found out I was CORRECT! I had posted just back on page 27 and only have missed your Coburg update - which I highly enjoyed! What a beautiful town. And how very cool about the tie in with Victoria & Alberts!

You mentioned previously, I believe on my TR perhaps, that you thought Americans made a much bigger deal out of the "hassle" of traveling abroad than what it is. (you worded it more nicely I believe though! :laughing:) That really spoke to me. You are right! I spoke to Joe about 2 weeks ago that we should stop saying "someday" and just set a time frame. If we have to move it, we have to move it.

2012 - DCL, booked
2013 - Disneyland
2014 - PARIS! Henry will be 7 (or almost 7), plenty old enough to enjoy it and understand it a bit, and not unbearable (I hope!) on a plane. This trip might turn into a bit more than just Paris as well - as long as we are in Europe...

So there you have it. Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement! :thumbsup2

Brook, that is fantastic news!! I think every Disney fan ought to see the original park, I am sure that you will just love Disneyland! Are you planning on seeing other sights in Southern California as well? My absolutely favourite thing there (besides DL) was the Warner Brothers studio tour.

And 2014 Paris is a great plan! I think 7 is the age when my parents started to take Katharina and me for city breaks and we had always fun on these holidays. So I am sure that Henry will be fine. I think that kids actually do much better on these long flights than adults: they have more space in those airplane seats and they tend to just sleep.

And it will give you plenty of time to research - you could even sign up for a French language class or get some computer language course to pick up a few phrases. Being able to speak a few simple sentences is something which makes travelling abroad so much easier! :goodvibes I really need to get started to learn some basic Japanese...

And perhaps we can even have a DISmeet somewhere in Europe! :thumbsup2 If I don't make it tó NYC before then... :rolleyes1

marvali
07-19-2011, 07:23 AM
Hi everyone!! Sorry for the long absence, but I am back now with an important announcement: Look at our ticker - only 3 months from today and we will arrive at the Boardwalk! :banana::banana::banana:

Katharina is off on vacation at the moment in Northern France, but I have some new pictures to post - and hope to get into more of a mood of updating this in the next weeks! :goodvibesCongrats on 3 months!!!

Oh sure, sneak in that Coburg update while I'm away with scouts at camp! Once again a splendid update and beautiful pictures! I always love seeing all the architecture and hearing about your homeland! What a great story about Victoria and Albert! Maybe one day.......

Oh, and I read Katharina's update about the soap box derby when she posted it, but I never got to comment! That is so cool. I heard about the soap box derby when I was younger and always thought it would be so much fun to participate.

nodnol
07-22-2011, 05:52 AM
Hello everyone, I'm back from Brittany! We had a wonderful vacation, with a short stop in Paris as well. I'll post some pictures over the weekend, I hope...

tiggrbaby
07-22-2011, 08:02 AM
Hello everyone, I'm back from Brittany! We had a wonderful vacation, with a short stop in Paris as well. I'll post some pictures over the weekend, I hope...

Welcome back! Can't wait to see your pics!

kid-at-heart
07-22-2011, 08:54 AM
Welcome back! I hope you had a great trip. Looking forward to seeing the photos.

jenjolt
07-22-2011, 08:58 AM
Welcome Home!! I really can't wait to see your pictures!!!!

marvali
07-22-2011, 09:26 AM
Hello everyone, I'm back from Brittany! We had a wonderful vacation, with a short stop in Paris as well. I'll post some pictures over the weekend, I hope...Welcome Home Katharina!!! I'm sure you had a wonderful time! Can't wait to see the pictures. :yay:

nodnol
07-24-2011, 10:42 AM
Welcome back! Can't wait to see your pics!

Welcome back! I hope you had a great trip. Looking forward to seeing the photos.

Welcome Home!! I really can't wait to see your pictures!!!!

Welcome Home Katharina!!! I'm sure you had a wonderful time! Can't wait to see the pictures. :yay:

Pictures are coming up, I had to transfer them from my DHs PC to mine, as he took all the pictures this time.

The trip was really wonderful, but the pictures are mostly from the first few days, then it started raining quite a bit. But we were walking everyday and were well equipped so we never got really really wet. And of course we had luggage transport, so we knew that at the and of the day, we would have a warm place with a shower and dry clothes. And of course great food. We had lots of fresh seafood. The area is famous for oysters and scallops. We somehow didn't manage to try the oysters, but had scallops several times and also crawfish - but sorry, no food pictures....

nodnol
07-24-2011, 11:02 AM
We travelled by train and spent one evening and night in Paris. We spent our honeymoon in Paris, so it is always nice to be back

We arrived after about 9 hours on the train, checked in at the hotel and put on some summer clothes (I have to wear winter clothes in German highspeed trains because of the air conditioning) and started walking:

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Original metre

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Montparnasse tower from the ground

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View from the top

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Gare Montparnasse, from where we left the next morning to Brittany

nodnol
07-24-2011, 11:17 AM
We started walking the next morning in bright sunshine, we walked along the coast and estuaries in Finistere:

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public convenience in Pont Aven (Gaugin lived here, in the town, not the restroom)

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Brittany is the county of hydrangeas, they were everywhere, not only in gardens, and in many different colors. These were on the edge of a small forest

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Blind arms of the estuaries are used a ship cemetaries

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The dictionary has four English words for this, I hope I picked the right one: old burial mound. The Latin word is tumulus.

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One night we stayed at the harbour hotel in tiny Port du Pouldu, this was the view from one window, out to the sea.

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View from the other window onto the harbour

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An old king's way from the 18th century

We will be definitely back, this time with a car to explore more of the region, and maybe make a stop at DLP on the way, DH finally agreed that maybe, he should check out a Disneypark!

tiggrbaby
07-24-2011, 06:30 PM
Lovely pics! So you traveled by foot from hotel to hotel and they moved you luggage? What a great idea!

kid-at-heart
07-24-2011, 07:22 PM
Beautiful photos. It looks like you had a relaxing style of vacation, my favorite kind. :goodvibes

glennbo123
07-24-2011, 07:37 PM
Beautiful pictures Katharina. Thanks for sharing!

Poolrat
07-24-2011, 07:52 PM
It is always lovely to see Europe even if it only in pictures.


Sounds like you had a lovely time. Thanks for sharing.

lovealldisney
07-25-2011, 08:16 AM
Thank you Katharina for sharing your pictures! I loved them :love: So I am assuming you walked from hotel to hotel and they transported your luggage for you? How wonderful!

nodnol
07-25-2011, 09:49 AM
Lovely pics! So you traveled by foot from hotel to hotel and they moved you luggage? What a great idea!

Yes, carrying all your things with you all the time isn't really a lot of fun. And I'm too old and too lazy to do that :)

Beautiful photos. It looks like you had a relaxing style of vacation, my favorite kind. :goodvibes

Well, it depends, my colleague, who had booked a similar vacation in Italy did onyl three of their six walking tours, she said it was too exhausting, we had between 10 and 26 kilometers per day.

Beautiful pictures Katharina. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you!

It is always lovely to see Europe even if it only in pictures.


Sounds like you had a lovely time. Thanks for sharing.

You're welcome!


Thank you Katharina for sharing your pictures! I loved them :love: So I am assuming you walked from hotel to hotel and they transported your luggage for you? How wonderful!

The first few days I was a little nervous and afraid, they might forget about our luggage, but most of the time it was already in our room, when we arrived.

marvali
07-25-2011, 10:02 AM
Wow Katharina, that looks like a very fun and enjoyable trip! :goodvibes And some really great pictures!

lovealldisney
07-25-2011, 10:41 AM
So how many miles did you walk in a day? Were you able to stop and visit things on the way to your next location? This sounds really fun and something I think I would enjoy.

nodnol
07-26-2011, 04:50 AM
Wow Katharina, that looks like a very fun and enjoyable trip! :goodvibes And some really great pictures!

It was a great trip and it is not so nice being back at work. Althoug I can!t complain, at least it is quiet here, so I have time to read the Dis and plan our trip...

So how many miles did you walk in a day? Were you able to stop and visit things on the way to your next location? This sounds really fun and something I think I would enjoy.

We walked between 6 and 17 miles per day, so there was always time to do some sightseeing as well.

jenb1023
07-26-2011, 11:22 AM
Great photos and it looks like a lovely trip! I am always amazed at how old buildings and other things from centuries ago are around every corner in Europe. Woo-hoo for your DH being willing to go to a Disney park!

Flossbolna
07-27-2011, 04:00 PM
Sorry everyone that it has been so long between updates. I have already put quite a few pictures up on photobucket from DLP, so I really hope to continue with those in the near future.

Today we are looking at Frontierland. This is the first land when you go clockwise from Main Street - it is in the location where Adventureland would be at the MK. It is a very large land as you will see in the pictures. The reason for its very prominent position is supposedly that Europeans really like the Wild West theme (they do!) and so this would appeal to them very much.

I think it is a very beautiful land, and we were lucky to see it with pink flowers on a lot of trees which added to the atmosphere.

One big difference to the MK is that Big Thunder Mountain (without Railroad in its's name) is located on an island in the "Rivers of the Far West" - it replaces Tom Sawyer Island. It is a fantastic coaster, faster than the one in the MK and in order for the train to get to the island (the station where you get on board is on the river bank) it has to go through very dark tunnels. This certainly adds to the thrill!

The second big difference is that there is no Haunted Mansion at DLP. Well, at least it isn't called that, it is called Phantom Manor and is located in Frontierland. It has a western theme all over it. I think the approach is incredibly well themed and from the porch you have a fantastic view towards Big Thunder Mountain.

I hope you will enjoy the pictures, they can be found here (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/DLP%202011/DLP%20Frontierland/?albumview=slideshow), the password is again "Flossbolna".

kid-at-heart
07-27-2011, 04:09 PM
Thank you! Your photos are great. The cowboy lunch looks very tasty. How did it taste? Yummy???

Flossbolna
07-27-2011, 04:14 PM
And in addition to the DLP update, I also have a tiny PTR update. Katharina and I are still discussing all kind of details - just spent 20 minutes talking about the Food & Wine Festival booth offerings which were released today - so much we want to eat and drink there!! :goodvibes

And both of us are already thinking about what to pack - since any summery items which we might need ought to be purchased now since the summer sales have started and soon we will only be able to buy wooly jumpers and other autumn clothing like that which we hopefully won't need in October in Orlando!

My big project was to find some new light sneakers and get new flip flops. And i finally located a pair of sneakers that fits and does not make my not so small feet look like they belong to a giant!

So this is the result:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR%202011/DSC09070.jpg

And then I realised that Katharina and I have no idea what this Dr. Seuss is about. And since this is one of the areas which a lot of people consider a highlight of Universal's Islands of Adventure, I decided that we would need to do some reading with regard to that. I ordered two books from Amazon and am rather proud that I can tell you that I have already finished reading both of them!! :lmao: Those were my choice:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR%202011/DSC09061.jpg

They are now waiting for Katharina to pick them up when she comes to visit me in August.

Next week I have one week off from work and will be in Helsinki in Finland for a few days for a city break. I am really looking forward to the architecture and the design there as well as taking a boat trip out to some islands. At the moment the weather there is much warmer than here in Bavaria, despite it being nearly at the North Pole (well not really, but is is far in the north!). I guess next week when I am there, things will be the other way around... :confused3 But I am still very much looking forward to exploring a new city and not working for a whole week! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
07-27-2011, 04:16 PM
Thank you! Your photos are great. The cowboy lunch looks very tasty. How did it taste? Yummy???

You are welcome!

The lunch was pretty good, but not excellent. I think the sausage was a bit strange, but the ribs were good. And I loved the corn bread, the others not so much. But that was ok for me. :rolleyes1

It has always been our favourite place for lunch since our first trip, because it is so American food. Something we don't get here very much.

glennbo123
07-27-2011, 05:06 PM
Very cool pictures Magdalene. I didn't realize that the "frontier" theme would be so popular in Europe. It's neat to see the Haunted Mansion made-up with the western theme.

PracPerfPatricia
07-27-2011, 09:18 PM
Floss,

I am enjoying this PTR...I have been off the boards for a bit and have quite a bit of catching up to do...:surfweb:

As always I love your photos and stories...

Dr Seuss is (was) a kind of whimsical children's author...there is a definite nonsensical tone to his books...as well as him illustrations...I am interested to see what you think of them...

I have missed some of your other trip reports...will have to go back and catch up....

I am so glad that you will be able to celebrate your birthday at WDW...:goodvibes

englishrose47
07-27-2011, 09:35 PM
Wonderful pictures of MK DL !!!I really liked the BigThunder on the Island ,not that I'd ride it but it's neat!!!

As for Dr Suess .. I do not like them Sam Iam I do not like green eggs and ham!!!:rotfl2:

eandesmom
07-27-2011, 10:10 PM
Odd to think of Helsinki as being warmer! I understand you had some nasty hail not all that long ago (my brother was making reference to Donner and Blitzen lol).

Wonderful updates. Coburg is just charming and oh, Paris! I've not been to Brittany but truly enjoyed the pictures. Frontierland seems incredibly well themed, just beautiful and somehow so peaceful looking at the same time.

Exotic food...cornbread. Huh.

You will love the Teva's, they are a great park shoe and just good all around flip flop.

Flossbolna
07-28-2011, 03:00 AM
Very cool pictures Magdalene. I didn't realize that the "frontier" theme would be so popular in Europe. It's neat to see the Haunted Mansion made-up with the western theme.

Yes, it is pretty popular. There are the called "Spaghetti Westerns" - films made in Europe and very popular (it is even its own genre with a Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti_western) and then in Germany there are the stories written by Karl May a popular author from the 19th century.

Floss,

I am enjoying this PTR...I have been off the boards for a bit and have quite a bit of catching up to do...:surfweb:

As always I love your photos and stories...

Dr Seuss is (was) a kind of whimsical children's author...there is a definite nonsensical tone to his books...as well as him illustrations...I am interested to see what you think of them...

I have missed some of your other trip reports...will have to go back and catch up....

I am so glad that you will be able to celebrate your birthday at WDW...:goodvibes

Patricia, great to see you back on the DIS! Katharina and I were thinking of you when we were at DLP! :goodvibes

The two books are very cute. I loved the language and read them out loud to me - just so much fun!

Flossbolna
07-28-2011, 03:03 AM
Wonderful pictures of MK DL !!!I really liked the BigThunder on the Island ,not that I'd ride it but it's neat!!!

As for Dr Suess .. I do not like them Sam Iam I do not like green eggs and ham!!!:rotfl2:

Big Thunder looks great! And watching the trains go around on it adds a lot to the atmosphere.

And yes! I do not like them here or there, I do not like them anywhere! :goodvibes

Odd to think of Helsinki as being warmer! I understand you had some nasty hail not all that long ago (my brother was making reference to Donner and Blitzen lol).

Wonderful updates. Coburg is just charming and oh, Paris! I've not been to Brittany but truly enjoyed the pictures. Frontierland seems incredibly well themed, just beautiful and somehow so peaceful looking at the same time.

Exotic food...cornbread. Huh.

You will love the Teva's, they are a great park shoe and just good all around flip flop.


Hy Cynthia, I need to go back to your TR... sorry for being so absent! I am glad that you enjoyed our updates. :goodvibes

The Tevas are replacing my old ones. After two years they still look good, but they have become rather flat not so cushioned anymore, so I wanted a new pair and I really like the colours in the new ones, they work very well with a lot of my clothes.:thumbsup2

nodnol
07-28-2011, 06:18 AM
:banana::banana::banana: pictures :banana::banana::banana:


And in addition to the DLP update, I also have a tiny PTR update. Katharina and I are still discussing all kind of details - just spent 20 minutes talking about the Food & Wine Festival booth offerings which were released today - so much we want to eat and drink there!! :goodvibes

We then had a look at our big planning sheet to find our how we would be actually in Epcot for lunch / dinner / snack time. Seems we already took that into account when planning our days...

And both of us are already thinking about what to pack - since any summery items which we might need ought to be purchased now since the summer sales have started and soon we will only be able to buy wooly jumpers and other autumn clothing like that which we hopefully won't need in October in Orlando!

I actually decided that I won't buy anything new, I will have to manage with what I got. But I think I'll be alright and I rather have more spending money than another pair of shoes :) So I hope all my shoes and favourite summer clothes survive the next months, hehe.

My big project was to find some new light sneakers and get new flip flops. And i finally located a pair of sneakers that fits and does not make my not so small feet look like they belong to a giant!

So this is the result:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR%202011/DSC09070.jpg


Aren't those the same flip flops as the old ones?
I must be the only person left who doesn't like flip flops....

And then I realised that Katharina and I have no idea what this Dr. Seuss is about. And since this is one of the areas which a lot of people consider a highlight of Universal's Islands of Adventure, I decided that we would need to do some reading with regard to that. I ordered two books from Amazon and am rather proud that I can tell you that I have already finished reading both of them!! :lmao: Those were my choice:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR%202011/DSC09061.jpg

They are now waiting for Katharina to pick them up when she comes to visit me in August.


:yay:

Lady Lallie
07-28-2011, 06:20 AM
I really like both pairs of your shoes, both of them are very cute.

Enjoy your break from work. :goodvibes

lovealldisney
07-28-2011, 07:01 AM
Adventureland would be at the MK. It is a very large land as you will see in the pictures. The reason for its very prominent position is supposedly that Europeans really like the Wild West theme (they do!) and so this would appeal to them very much.

I find this very interesting. When I went with my sister to Russia when she adopted all the host family could talk about is there visit to the US and seeing the southwest. Personally it really doesn't interest me (shame on me) I'm sure we'll visit someday but I'm not in any rush. I would rather come to Europe for all the great architechture, art and muesums! ;)

I love your shoe choice! I love wearing flip flops but I have more of a flat foot so I most likely wouldn't wear them in the park. Let us know how they work out. :)


http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR%202011/DSC09061.jpg

This is so funny I thought everyone knew of Dr. Suess. You chose the right ones to read they are the more well know ones of his. My DS loved Dr. Suess as a little boy. His favorite is Fox in Sox! What a tongue twister! Of coures we had to read this every night before bed.

Here is is.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51X3F7GQGXL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg (found on the Web)

And here is someone reading it on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3LXSnCROtI :rotfl:


Oh and have FUN on your trip to Finland.... and all I can say is please post pictures when you get back!!! PLEASE........;)

jenb1023
07-28-2011, 08:57 AM
Great photos! I also did not realize that Western things were popular in Eurpore. It is really interesting to see the similarities and differences in the parks. The lunch and surprise character appearances look like fun!

My DH loves his Teva flip flops!

Seuss Landing is so well-themed. Being familiar with the books will definitely help with your appreciation of the details in the area. I just assumed he was a popular children's author everywhere.

Have a wonderful vacation in Finland! Hope the weather is great!

Curiouser&curiouser!
07-28-2011, 09:35 AM
Wow! I didn't realize that the Western theme was so popular! The Phantom Manor looks cool! Is the inside of the ride more similar to WDW's Haunted Mansion, or is the storyline different?!

Corn bread is exotic food?!?! Wow! Next time I eat it, I will have to make sure not to take it for granted!

Nice shoe selections for WDW. We have to do the same thing up here in the Northeast. Back to school is already starting, so all the warm weather/summery clothes go on clearance!

Poolrat
07-28-2011, 07:17 PM
Count me in on loving all the DLP pictures. BTM sounds great being on an island and having a tunnel.

Too funny about Dr. Suess. My son's favorite was Go Dog Go.
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brookelizabeth
07-31-2011, 04:29 PM
Brook, that is fantastic news!! I think every Disney fan ought to see the original park, I am sure that you will just love Disneyland! Are you planning on seeing other sights in Southern California as well? My absolutely favourite thing there (besides DL) was the Warner Brothers studio tour.

And 2014 Paris is a great plan! I think 7 is the age when my parents started to take Katharina and me for city breaks and we had always fun on these holidays. So I am sure that Henry will be fine. I think that kids actually do much better on these long flights than adults: they have more space in those airplane seats and they tend to just sleep.

And it will give you plenty of time to research - you could even sign up for a French language class or get some computer language course to pick up a few phrases. Being able to speak a few simple sentences is something which makes travelling abroad so much easier! :goodvibes I really need to get started to learn some basic Japanese...

And perhaps we can even have a DISmeet somewhere in Europe! :thumbsup2 If I don't make it tó NYC before then... :rolleyes1

Yes, we definitely will have to have a meet, either here or there-or maybe BOTH! :goodvibes If I have it my way, we'll becoming to Germany as well. I cannot even imagine traveling to Europe and NOT going! I'll make the budget work to allow for it. :laughing:


Wonderful pictures Katharina of Paris and Brittany. And good news on your DH possibly checking out a Disney park! :thumbsup2

And, as always, loved all the pictures from DLP. How very cool that Big Thunder Mountain is on an island!!!


http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/PTR%202011/DSC09061.jpg


Henry just recently got into Dr. Suess...those books are tongue twisters! Green Eggs and Ham is his favorite so far.

Flossbolna
08-01-2011, 04:46 PM
Hi everyone, thanks for the book recommendations! I will do proper replies once I am back form Helsinki - my flight leaves tomorrow morning. I am all packed and wanted to leave you at least with something nice while I am gone: more pictures from DLP!

Now we are entering Adventureland. It is very different because it does not have a Jungle Cruise. But it makes up for it with lots of beautiful theming. In the middle of it is Adventure Isle, similar to Tom Sawyer Island at the MK, but accessible via bridge, no raft necessary. It features a very impressive Skull Rock. Other attractions are the Indiana Jones roller coaster - a very simple coaster with one loop. It was rather built in a bit of a hurry because when DLP opened the guests missed coasters and Space Mountain would not open until 3 years later. And then there is also Pirates of the Caribbean - in my opinion the very best version of this ride. Unfortunately it was closed for refurbishment while we were there, so there aren't even pictures of the very impressive fort where you enter the queue for this.

You will also see quite a few pictures of a restaurant called "Pizza Outpost" - this was original the "Explorer's Club" a table service restaurant very much like the Adventurer's Club at Pleasure Island at WDW which is closed now as well. However, it did not survive the crisis of the first years of DLP and now is a boring counter service restaurant. But very lavishly themed inside.

You will also notice that there are rather different exotic themes used here, more Africa and Arabia, no tikis. But have a look yourself here (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/DLP%202011/Adventureland/?albumview=slideshow).

tiggrbaby
08-01-2011, 07:27 PM
Wonderful pics, as usual! Have a lovely holiday!

Poolrat
08-01-2011, 08:04 PM
That Skull rock looks scary. Wonderful pictures. It is great to be able to see DLP.

Enjoy your trip.

englishrose47
08-01-2011, 08:15 PM
Katharina I too hate flip flops with the toe thingie I can't stand it between my toes !!!!:rotfl2:If I ever get any free time between now and the 18th I need to check what shoes I will wear and take with me , I will take what is comfy even if they are old and worn , comfort comes first !!!:banana:

lovealldisney
08-02-2011, 07:22 AM
Thanks for sharing Magdalene very nice pictures! Have a great trip! Can't wait to hear all about it! :goodvibes

jenb1023
08-02-2011, 10:13 AM
Have a great trip!

Love the new photos from DLP! Skull Rock is scary cool. I love that there is a restaurant named Hakuna Matata! The Arabic theming is very interesting and gives it a different feel than WDW's Adventureland.

brookelizabeth
08-06-2011, 10:02 PM
You will also see quite a few pictures of a restaurant called "Pizza Outpost" - this was original the "Explorer's Club" a table service restaurant very much like the Adventurer's Club at Pleasure Island at WDW which is closed now as well. However, it did not survive the crisis of the first years of DLP and now is a boring counter service restaurant. But very lavishly themed inside.


Very interesting! I believe I remember reading something about this-but didn't exactly understand the history. Thank you! :thumbsup2 Too bad it didn't survive the first years.

Skull rock and Captain Hook's ship are VERY cool. Wow!

Flossbolna
08-07-2011, 09:27 AM
I really like both pairs of your shoes, both of them are very cute.

Enjoy your break from work. :goodvibes

Thanks! I think it was Brook who originally got me to buy my first pair of Teva Mushs. :goodvibes

I find this very interesting. When I went with my sister to Russia when she adopted all the host family could talk about is there visit to the US and seeing the southwest. Personally it really doesn't interest me (shame on me) I'm sure we'll visit someday but I'm not in any rush. I would rather come to Europe for all the great architechture, art and muesums! ;)

I love your shoe choice! I love wearing flip flops but I have more of a flat foot so I most likely wouldn't wear them in the park. Let us know how they work out. :)

This is so funny I thought everyone knew of Dr. Suess. You chose the right ones to read they are the more well know ones of his. My DS loved Dr. Suess as a little boy. His favorite is Fox in Sox! What a tongue twister! Of coures we had to read this every night before bed.

Here is is.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51X3F7GQGXL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg (found on the Web)

And here is someone reading it on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3LXSnCROtI :rotfl:

Oh and have FUN on your trip to Finland.... and all I can say is please post pictures when you get back!!! PLEASE........;)

I think most of us love to explore something which is really different from what we see in our daily lives when on vacation - so while for you that might be a medieval town, for people like me who live in them it might be the spectacular scenery of the southwest! :goodvibes

I don't think I will wear the flip flops to the park, they really aren't that great to walk in a lot in my opinion. But I will use them when we go to the pool etc...

Thanks for the youtube link, I still need to check that out. I love reading green eggs and ham out loud to myself... :lmao:

Pictures from Helsinki will (hopefully) come very soon to a PTR near you!

Great photos! I also did not realize that Western things were popular in Eurpore. It is really interesting to see the similarities and differences in the parks. The lunch and surprise character appearances look like fun!

My DH loves his Teva flip flops!

Seuss Landing is so well-themed. Being familiar with the books will definitely help with your appreciation of the details in the area. I just assumed he was a popular children's author everywhere.

Have a wonderful vacation in Finland! Hope the weather is great!

I think Seuss' books only work so well in the original language. I can however see them very well to be used for teaching English to elementary school kids, but when I was young English lessons only started when we were 10, now they start much younger. So perhaps the younger generations might know those books...

Flossbolna
08-07-2011, 09:32 AM
Wow! I didn't realize that the Western theme was so popular! The Phantom Manor looks cool! Is the inside of the ride more similar to WDW's Haunted Mansion, or is the storyline different?!

Corn bread is exotic food?!?! Wow! Next time I eat it, I will have to make sure not to take it for granted!

Nice shoe selections for WDW. We have to do the same thing up here in the Northeast. Back to school is already starting, so all the warm weather/summery clothes go on clearance!

Phantom Manor has a different storyline. The graveyard scene at the end for example is instead a Western ghost town - with real ghosts in it.

Yes, corn isn't a real staple here in Germany. It's a bit different in Southern Europe, for example Italian cuisine uses corn - think polenta.

Count me in on loving all the DLP pictures. BTM sounds great being on an island and having a tunnel.

Too funny about Dr. Suess. My son's favorite was Go Dog Go.
http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee404/patdaly725/51khd1UFvvL__BO2204203200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-clickTopRight35-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg

Another recommendation, thanks!

BTM is so great at DLP, I think it may very well be one of my overall top three favourite rides in the Disney universe!

Yes, we definitely will have to have a meet, either here or there-or maybe BOTH! :goodvibes If I have it my way, we'll becoming to Germany as well. I cannot even imagine traveling to Europe and NOT going! I'll make the budget work to allow for it. :laughing:


Wonderful pictures Katharina of Paris and Brittany. And good news on your DH possibly checking out a Disney park! :thumbsup2

And, as always, loved all the pictures from DLP. How very cool that Big Thunder Mountain is on an island!!!

Henry just recently got into Dr. Suess...those books are tongue twisters! Green Eggs and Ham is his favorite so far.

Henry has great taste, I love Green Eggs and Ham as well!

And we will stay in touch about 2014 - whether it is France or Germany! And even if you don't make it to Germany then, you might get into a habit of visiting Europe regularly... :goodvibes

Flossbolna
08-07-2011, 12:59 PM
Once again it is time for a real pre-trip update!!

Katharina and I have started to work on a list of things we want to experience at WDW. It is separated into parks - quite a logical way to do it, isn't it? ;) And then into two categories: new stuff and things we know already.

When you have several trips to WDW behind you, it becomes more and more difficult to find new stuff. But then, there are several things which I have been meaning to catch for quite some time and never managed to see... Of course Katharina has seen even less of WDW than me... Well, I think we managed to cover most of the real highlights on our last trip, but still.

This update will cover the "new things" we want to see at WDW in October, so let's get started:

Magic Kingdom:


Splash Mountain - new for Katharina - this was under refurb during our last trip and she has only ever experienced the one at DL in 1992, where both of us were frightened to death by the big drop!
Tom Sawyer Island - new for both of us - maybe we will even find a paint brush?
Tiki Room - new for everyone - since this is under refurbishment at the moment and will open with a new show (rumored to be more or less the original from 1971) on August 15, this will be new for both of us.
walk through Cinderella's Castle - new for Katharina, somehow we did not manage to walk through the castle once on our last trip


Epcot:


Tequila Bar in Mexico - both of us - we really need to make sure to get a drink here!!
Film in Canada - both of us - I have been wanting to see this film for years and never make time for it!!
China - both of us - not only the film and the exhibition there, but I have also read that the shop has gotten a refurbishment, so we are looking forward to seeing this as well!
Innovention East, especially StormStruck - new for Katharina - I thought it was a cute little show and Katharina wants to see it...
The American Adventure Pavillion - new for Katharina - we did not have the time on our last trip and we want to make sure to take in the exhibition there as well
Film in France - both of us - another one of the Epcot films I still haven't seen
Energy Pavilion - both of us
Kim Possible - new for Katharina - I think we will try to catch one or two games while we are in Epcot...
Turtle Talk with Crush (K)
Karmell Küche - both of us - I really don't like the idea of this shop because nearly everything being sold there is stuff which you would not be able to buy in Germany, but I really need to check it out in person...


Animal Kingdom:

We could not find anything new to do there at all, we were really thorough with our touring there! :goodvibes But that does not mean that we won't spend much time there, I think it is still our favourite park, so we are really looking forward to experience old favourites there again!

Disney Hollywood Studios:


Star Tours II - new for both of us - since this opened this May, of course it will be new for us! I am very much looking forward to an update on one of my oldtime favourites
Animation Academy - both of us - I hope we will find the time to try drawing a character
Voyage of the Little Mermaid - both of us - not sure we will really make it there since we aren't that big on shows, so other things will be more important...
Walt Disney's One Man Dream - kind of new for both of us - as far as I know they have changed the exhibition quite a bit since our last visit, so it will be interesting to see how much is new...


As you see, most of the new stuff is at Epcot. I think it is very good that we will be so close to that park on this trip and I am really looking forward to spending a lot of time there - not only for the new things, but they might be conveniently be combined with a snack or a drink here and there.... :rolleyes1

glennbo123
08-07-2011, 02:08 PM
Great list Magdalene. I have a few of those on my "must do" items for our next trip also. But you reminded me that I need to add the American Adventure pavilion at Epcot to mine. We've seen Voices of Liberty, but have never made it further inside to the show.

Millie12591
08-09-2011, 01:01 PM
I'm signing in. :goodvibes I'm so bad about getting to people's reports. :guilty: But I usually make it at some point or another. :goodvibes I'm horrible about posting, so don't take it as a sign I'm not interested, please? :flower3:

Now I have some reading to do. :)

brookelizabeth
08-09-2011, 11:46 PM
Great list! I have had the Canada film on my list for many trips as well - I hope to make it this time.

It's too bad Karmell Küche is not authentic...it's SO yummy!

englishrose47
08-10-2011, 12:25 AM
Love the idea of a list !!!I had made notes for Judy and the kids for new things !!I had forgotten it till you posted yours !!!

Captain_Oblivious
08-10-2011, 09:30 AM
Magic Kingdom:


Splash Mountain - new for Katharina - this was under refurb during our last trip and she has only ever experienced the one at DL in 1992, where both of us were frightened to death by the big drop!
Tom Sawyer Island - new for both of us - maybe we will even find a paint brush?
Tiki Room - new for everyone - since this is under refurbishment at the moment and will open with a new show (rumored to be more or less the original from 1971) on August 15, this will be new for both of us.
walk through Cinderella's Castle - new for Katharina, somehow we did not manage to walk through the castle once on our last trip


I can't imagine anyone being frightened by a big drop! Seriously? :rolleyes1 :rotfl:

I think you'll love Tom Sawyer's Island just for its lack of "busy-ness". Go when you need a break from running for FastPasses.

Energy Pavilion - both of us
Kim Possible - new for Katharina - I think we will try to catch one or two games while we are in Epcot...

Go to the Energy Pavilion when you need a break from the heat...45 minutes in air conditioning! And you know I love the spy missions.




Star Tours II - new for both of us - since this opened this May, of course it will be new for us! I am very much looking forward to an update on one of my oldtime favourites


Can't wait for the report on Star Tours II! popcorn::

Flossbolna
08-11-2011, 04:28 PM
Great list Magdalene. I have a few of those on my "must do" items for our next trip also. But you reminded me that I need to add the American Adventure pavilion at Epcot to mine. We've seen Voices of Liberty, but have never made it further inside to the show.

You have not seen the American Adventure!! :scared1: I am shocked!!! :rotfl:

Isn't it funny how we go so often but end up seeing the same stuff again and again. I am really looking forward to new things this trip!! :goodvibes

And congratulations on the new ticker!! Very extravagant!! I hope you will enjoy Vero Beach, it looks like a wonderful place and I am sure that I will make it there one day as well.

I'm signing in. :goodvibes I'm so bad about getting to people's reports. :guilty: But I usually make it at some point or another. :goodvibes I'm horrible about posting, so don't take it as a sign I'm not interested, please? :flower3:

Now I have some reading to do. :)

:welcome: Camille, great to have you along!! I am not good at following others' reports at the moment either, but I am very happy that you chose to pop in here! :goodvibes

Great list! I have had the Canada film on my list for many trips as well - I hope to make it this time.

It's too bad Karmell Küche is not authentic...it's SO yummy!

I guess I will need to buy stuff from that unauthentic shop... They sell exactly the kind of candy which I love buying in the US because I can't get it at home. :rolleyes1

Hope you make it Canada before me! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
08-11-2011, 04:54 PM
Love the idea of a list !!!I had made notes for Judy and the kids for new things !!I had forgotten it till you posted yours !!!

I am glad that I reminded you of something for your own trip! :thumbsup2

I can't imagine anyone being frightened by a big drop! Seriously? :rolleyes1 :rotfl:

I think you'll love Tom Sawyer's Island just for its lack of "busy-ness". Go when you need a break from running for FastPasses.

well, some people have overcome their fear by now... :goodvibes

And we are looking forward to TSI. I hope it will be a great place to get away from the masses (of course I really hope that October won't be too terribly busy anyway...).

Go to the Energy Pavilion when you need a break from the heat...45 minutes in air conditioning! And you know I love the spy missions.

Yes, I heard that the Energy Pavillion is also a good place to rest your eyes for a while... But I really hope to keep awake!!


Can't wait for the report on Star Tours II! popcorn::

I am looking forward to it! I wonder how it will work out with the different destinations... And I will report back!

Flossbolna
08-11-2011, 04:59 PM
Hi everyone!

In two months from now Katharina and I will be somewhere in the air just off the American East Coast - most likely somewhere around NYC, so we might be waving to Brook and family. :goodvibes And will be landing in Orlando soon! :banana::banana::banana:

In order to celebrate this important milestone in our countdown, I have prepared a small slide show with pictures from my recent trip to Helsinki. I hope you will enjoy the pictures (I added descriptions to explain what you are seeing). They are here (http://s137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Helsinki%202011/?albumview=slideshow) and the password is Helsinki.

jenbear123
08-11-2011, 05:06 PM
TWO MONTHS!!!!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

Wow, beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

glennbo123
08-11-2011, 05:39 PM
You have not seen the American Adventure!! :scared1: I am shocked!!! :rotfl:

I don't have to see it 'cause I'm living it baybee! :banana: :laughing:

And congratulations on the new ticker!! Very extravagant!! I hope you will enjoy Vero Beach, it looks like a wonderful place and I am sure that I will make it there one day as well.

Well, I haven't actually booked that one yet, because I have to wait until the 7-month window....but that's the plan, and I'm fairly confident that I won't have any trouble getting it.

In order to celebrate this important milestone in our countdown, I have prepared a small slide show with pictures from my recent trip to Helsinki.

I'm so glad you added the "sinki" to it! Without it, it wouldn't be quite so nice.

The pictures are great! Gets me singing a Monty Python tune -- "Finland, Finland, Finland. Finland has it all!" Thanks for sharing your trip to Helsinki and back. :laughing:

nodnol
08-12-2011, 06:38 AM
:banana::banana::banana: 2 months
I'm so glad you enjoyed Helsinki as much as I did!

Info for our readers: I'm heading to Nuremberg tonight for a long weekend with Magdelene and our parents. There will be definitely some plannung and stuff for some new trip related updates.

lovealldisney
08-12-2011, 07:31 AM
Yeah for two months! :banana: You two must be getting excited!

WOW Magdalene thank you so much for the Helsinki pictures! I loved them they were so beautiful....:love:

I so can't wait to come back to Europe there is so much beauty...

Have a great time visiting with Katharina and tell her I say hi, :wave2: ;)

I owe you two a nice long email so much going on right now with kids and life in general... It's been a little crazy.

Have a great weekend....

Captain_Oblivious
08-12-2011, 09:09 AM
Hi everyone!

In two months from now Katharina and I will be somewhere in the air just off the American East Coast - most likely somewhere around NYC, so we might be waving to Brook and family. :goodvibes And will be landing in Orlando soon! :banana::banana::banana:

In order to celebrate this important milestone in our countdown, I have prepared a small slide show with pictures from my recent trip to Helsinki. I hope you will enjoy the pictures (I added descriptions to explain what you are seeing). They are here (http://s137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/Helsinki%202011/?albumview=slideshow) and the password is Helsinki.

Great pictures! The churches looked beautiful, the fortress was interesting, and the train station looked like a very cool building!

I don't have to see it 'cause I'm living it baybee! :banana: :laughing:

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

I'll be looking foward to your impressions of the Vero Beach Resort! popcorn::

englishrose47
08-12-2011, 03:36 PM
Loved the pix of Helsinki !!I was intrigued by the storage house up on a pole !!!

glennbo123
08-12-2011, 08:37 PM
I'll be looking foward to your impressions of the Vero Beach Resort! popcorn::

I'm sorry, I don't do impressions...my training is in psychiatry. ;)

englishrose47
08-12-2011, 08:54 PM
I'm sorry, I don't do impressions...my training is in psychiatry. ;)

Some people would say you are full of ****! Others would think you were a psychiatrist!!!:rotfl2::rotfl2:

glennbo123
08-12-2011, 10:29 PM
Some people would say you are full of ****! Others would think you were a psychiatrist!!!:rotfl2::rotfl2:

:rotfl2: :teeth:

Poolrat
08-13-2011, 08:58 AM
Magic Kingdom:


Tiki Room - new for everyone - since this is under refurbishment at the moment and will open with a new show (rumored to be more or less the original from 1971) on August 15, this will be new for both of us.


I am looking forward to this as well.

Epcot:


Tequila Bar in Mexico - both of us - we really need to make sure to get a drink here!!
Film in Canada - both of us - I have been wanting to see this film for years and never make time for it!!
China - both of us - not only the film and the exhibition there, but I have also read that the shop has gotten a refurbishment, so we are looking forward to seeing this as well!
Innovention East, especially StormStruck - new for Katharina - I thought it was a cute little show and Katharina wants to see it...
The American Adventure Pavillion - new for Katharina - we did not have the time on our last trip and we want to make sure to take in the exhibition there as well
Film in France - both of us - another one of the Epcot films I still haven't seen
Energy Pavilion - both of us
Kim Possible - new for Katharina - I think we will try to catch one or two games while we are in Epcot...
Turtle Talk with Crush (K)
Karmell Küche - both of us - I really don't like the idea of this shop because nearly everything being sold there is stuff which you would not be able to buy in Germany, but I really need to check it out in person...


Hopefully you will get to cross off many if not all of those things in EPCOT.

Ellen is cute but great for a little "down time";)



Animal Kingdom:

We could not find anything new to do there at all, we were really thorough with our touring there! :goodvibes But that does not mean that we won't spend much time there, I think it is still our favourite park, so we are really looking forward to experience old favourites there again!


I think AK is a little different every time I go. Maybe try for the AM at Conservation station to see any vet procedures if any of that interests you and Katharina.


Disney Hollywood Studios:


Star Tours II - new for both of us - since this opened this May, of course it will be new for us! I am very much looking forward to an update on one of my oldtime favourites
Walt Disney's One Man Dream - kind of new for both of us - as far as I know they have changed the exhibition quite a bit since our last visit, so it will be interesting to see how much is new...



I am looking forward to these 2 new refurbs too. :goodvibes

vamassey1
08-14-2011, 09:48 PM
I was pretty far behind, but really enjoyed catching back up.

First off I absolutely enjoyed all the different photo you both have posted. So many pretty places.

You trip is getting so much closer. I hope you had a great family visit and did lots of trip planning.

mom3sonstt
08-17-2011, 03:57 PM
I knocked a couple "new" things off my list this trip. Mostly restaurants we had never eaten at before. But a couple other things too.... If I ever get caught up I will get back to going on my report

jenb1023
08-17-2011, 07:39 PM
Great Helsinki photos! What a scenic city and country!

As for your new things list, :thumbsup2! We tried to do a lot of new things on our last trip too. We found a paintbrush! I was going to post a photo but photobucket is being annoying!

marvali
08-17-2011, 07:44 PM
Finally all caught up! Love the additional pictures from DLP! It is always interesting to see the differences, and similarities, at the different parks. Looks like a really great place to visit one day! :goodvibes

As usual your pictures from Helsinki are fantastic as all of your "travel" pictures always are! Some fantastic choices of scenery and architecture! Very interesting! Enjoyed them very much! :thumbsup2

Your trip will be here soon. I know you and Katharina are getting so excited. Interesting list of "must do" items. I hope you get them all done. Can't wait to hear all about the trip.........

eandesmom
08-22-2011, 01:03 PM
Magic Kingdom:


Splash Mountain - new for Katharina - this was under refurb during our last trip and she has only ever experienced the one at DL in 1992, where both of us were frightened to death by the big drop!
Tom Sawyer Island - new for both of us - maybe we will even find a paint brush?
Tiki Room - new for everyone - since this is under refurbishment at the moment and will open with a new show (rumored to be more or less the original from 1971) on August 15, this will be new for both of us.
walk through Cinderella's Castle - new for Katharina, somehow we did not manage to walk through the castle once on our last trip


Epcot:


Tequila Bar in Mexico - both of us - we really need to make sure to get a drink here!!
Film in Canada - both of us - I have been wanting to see this film for years and never make time for it!!
China - both of us - not only the film and the exhibition there, but I have also read that the shop has gotten a refurbishment, so we are looking forward to seeing this as well!
Innovention East, especially StormStruck - new for Katharina - I thought it was a cute little show and Katharina wants to see it...
The American Adventure Pavillion - new for Katharina - we did not have the time on our last trip and we want to make sure to take in the exhibition there as well
Film in France - both of us - another one of the Epcot films I still haven't seen
Energy Pavilion - both of us
Kim Possible - new for Katharina - I think we will try to catch one or two games while we are in Epcot...
Turtle Talk with Crush (K)
Karmell Küche - both of us - I really don't like the idea of this shop because nearly everything being sold there is stuff which you would not be able to buy in Germany, but I really need to check it out in person...


Animal Kingdom:

We could not find anything new to do there at all, we were really thorough with our touring there! :goodvibes But that does not mean that we won't spend much time there, I think it is still our favourite park, so we are really looking forward to experience old favourites there again!

Disney Hollywood Studios:


Star Tours II - new for both of us - since this opened this May, of course it will be new for us! I am very much looking forward to an update on one of my oldtime favourites
Animation Academy - both of us - I hope we will find the time to try drawing a character
Voyage of the Little Mermaid - both of us - not sure we will really make it there since we aren't that big on shows, so other things will be more important...
Walt Disney's One Man Dream - kind of new for both of us - as far as I know they have changed the exhibition quite a bit since our last visit, so it will be interesting to see how much is new...





I love your list!!!!!!!!!!!!! And agree about the karamel kluche though I did enjoy watching them drizzle it on the cookies! Love the fact that you can't think of anything new at AK but it's still your fav.

Flossbolna
08-25-2011, 03:28 AM
TWO MONTHS!!!!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

Wow, beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks, I am glad everyone enjoyed the pictures! :goodvibes

I don't have to see it 'cause I'm living it baybee! :banana: :laughing:

Well, of course that is something I just can't do - due to geography! :rotfl:

Well, I haven't actually booked that one yet, because I have to wait until the 7-month window....but that's the plan, and I'm fairly confident that I won't have any trouble getting it.

Sounds like a great plan! I hope you let us know when you start your PTR!! There will be a PTR, I hope?

I'm so glad you added the "sinki" to it! Without it, it wouldn't be quite so nice.

:lmao:

The pictures are great! Gets me singing a Monty Python tune -- "Finland, Finland, Finland. Finland has it all!" Thanks for sharing your trip to Helsinki and back. :laughing:

I am glad you enjoyed the pictures!

Flossbolna
08-26-2011, 03:07 PM
Yeah for two months! :banana: You two must be getting excited!

WOW Magdalene thank you so much for the Helsinki pictures! I loved them they were so beautiful....:love:

I so can't wait to come back to Europe there is so much beauty...

Have a great time visiting with Katharina and tell her I say hi, :wave2: ;)

I owe you two a nice long email so much going on right now with kids and life in general... It's been a little crazy.

Have a great weekend....

Time is really flying, soon Mickey will enter the final panel on our ticker!! :cool1:

Helsinki was a very pretty place - and the sunshine helped a lot!

Great pictures! The churches looked beautiful, the fortress was interesting, and the train station looked like a very cool building!


I am sure one could have found a lot of obscure places as well - and unfortunately I had forgotten to bring my camera when I visited the place which most likely was most interesting from an engineer's point of view: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temppeliaukio_Church

Loved the pix of Helsinki !!I was intrigued by the storage house up on a pole !!!

Yes, I thought that was pretty interesting, too. At first I thought it was a bird house...

Flossbolna
08-26-2011, 03:11 PM
I am looking forward to this as well.

Ideally, I wish they would have brought us a brilliant and new Tiki Room. But I really did not like the Under New Management version, so I think this will be better.

Hopefully you will get to cross off many if not all of those things in EPCOT.

Ellen is cute but great for a little "down time";)

Yes, we have the best intentions for Epcot! And Ellen is already earmarked for when we feel hot and tired... ;)

I think AK is a little different every time I go. Maybe try for the AM at Conservation station to see any vet procedures if any of that interests you and Katharina.

I tend to rush between Asia and Africa too much at the AK, but I think Katharina will slow me down and we will just do whatever we are in the mood for!

I am looking forward to these 2 new refurbs too. :goodvibes

:banana:

Flossbolna
08-26-2011, 03:16 PM
I was pretty far behind, but really enjoyed catching back up.

First off I absolutely enjoyed all the different photo you both have posted. So many pretty places.

You trip is getting so much closer. I hope you had a great family visit and did lots of trip planning.

I know what it feels like to be behind on threads...

Yes, somehow this PTR has turned more into a travel report about where Katharina and I go besides WDW. I just talked to Katharina today that this time round we are feeling like there is less planning to report...

I knocked a couple "new" things off my list this trip. Mostly restaurants we had never eaten at before. But a couple other things too.... If I ever get caught up I will get back to going on my report

I am amazed that an oldtimer like you can still knock of new things. But trying new restaurants is always great! :thumbsup2

Great Helsinki photos! What a scenic city and country!

As for your new things list, :thumbsup2! We tried to do a lot of new things on our last trip too. We found a paintbrush! I was going to post a photo but photobucket is being annoying!

Glad you liked the pictures!

Wow, a paintbrush!! :banana: I am kind of thinking that Katharina and I might to try TSI in the morning to have a chance at finding a paint brush - or I should better say to give Katharina the chance to find one, I never would see it... I can tell you, it was not fun to go on an easter egg hunt together with her.... :sad2:

Flossbolna
08-26-2011, 03:20 PM
Finally all caught up! Love the additional pictures from DLP! It is always interesting to see the differences, and similarities, at the different parks. Looks like a really great place to visit one day! :goodvibes

As usual your pictures from Helsinki are fantastic as all of your "travel" pictures always are! Some fantastic choices of scenery and architecture! Very interesting! Enjoyed them very much! :thumbsup2

Your trip will be here soon. I know you and Katharina are getting so excited. Interesting list of "must do" items. I hope you get them all done. Can't wait to hear all about the trip.........

I really should try to get some more DLP pictures uploaded on photbucket this weekend... It is such a pretty place! And I am glad that you enjoyed the Helsinki pictures as well!

Yes, the trip is approaching extremely fast! Only another 6 weeks at work for me!! :banana:

And we do have some traditional "must dos" as well, the repeat ones. Perhaps I should post that list as well, but it seems so "normal"... :confused3



I love your list!!!!!!!!!!!!! And agree about the karamel kluche though I did enjoy watching them drizzle it on the cookies! Love the fact that you can't think of anything new at AK but it's still your fav.

I am definitely going to buy the caramel corn they sell there, it sounds delicious. I just wish they would have built such a candy store in the American pavilion where it belongs!!

Flossbolna
08-26-2011, 03:39 PM
Our trip preparations are coming along and one important step was to acquire some very useful travel documents.

The first one was a real new passport for me. I had to get a go to the city's office, get my fingerprints scanned and had to provide an ugly picture (well, you aren't allowed any real smile, so everyone looks like a criminal on them). 4 weeks later I was able to pick up my brand new passport, so now I will be able to actually go on that trip! Katharina was very relieved when I told her that I had it, she was afraid that I would miss the deadline to apply for one!!! :scared1:

With the new passport I could also register for ESTA - which is some online process by the US government which you have to go through in order to get cleared for actually travelling to the US. Without this the airlines have to pay a fine if they let you on the air plane to the US. It still isn't the decision to actually let me enter the country, this will be decided by the immigration officer in Orlando. But everything went fine (including the payment of the $14 fee for it), so I have that cleared out of the way as well. Katharina can still use the ESTA registration from our last trip.

And the other "passports" we got are our tickets for WDW! :woohoo: All in all, we are at WDW for 11 days - one day longer than the longest duration for the tickets Disney sellls. Or better: Disney USA sells. There are different tickets available for the UK market, and Disney UK sells 14 day and even 21 day tickets, all of them include hoppers and water parks. And thanks to the UK and Germany both being in the European Union we were able to book our park tickets through Disney UK!

I was all excited that they would mail those tickets to me!! BUT: instead I got a confirmation with a bar code and a message that I can pick the tickets up at guest relations at the park entrance. :sad2: So no interesting picture of UK tickets - sorry! Since we now have three days too many on our tickets, we are thinking that if our plane arrives early enough and ME goes smoothly, we might be able to even nip into Epcot for a snack and Illuminations on our arrival day. I even verified over on the Theme Park board the opening hours for the ticket booth at the International Gateway and it is even open until one hour after park close, so I think Katharina and I will take a stroll over there anyway and pick up the tickets. Will be nice to stretch the legs after such a long flight!!

glennbo123
08-26-2011, 06:26 PM
I'm glad to see you're getting those important things done, like passports and park tickets. :)

jenb1023
08-26-2011, 08:04 PM
Sounds like everything is falling into place!