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tiggrbaby
08-26-2011, 08:35 PM
Sounds like you are on track! Makes it more real, too.

vamassey1
08-26-2011, 11:35 PM
Important "must dos" now checked off.:thumbsup2

nodnol
08-27-2011, 07:43 AM
I still have to update my information on the ESTA system... Maybe I will get it done this weekend. Right now we are busy cleaning our storage room (we now have space for a Cars2 poster. And as summer seems to have definitely ended in Berlin, nothing tempts me to go outside.

What about the new "entrance fee" to the USA? Will I have to pay this upon entering, do you know about that Magdalene?

Flossbolna
08-27-2011, 08:07 AM
I still have to update my information on the ESTA system... Maybe I will get it done this weekend. Right now we are busy cleaning our storage room (we now have space for a Cars2 poster. And as summer seems to have definitely ended in Berlin, nothing tempts me to go outside.

What about the new "entrance fee" to the USA? Will I have to pay this upon entering, do you know about that Magdalene?

It is even colder here in Nuremberg: 13°C!!! :scared1: (that's about 55°F).

Don't worry about the "entrance fee" it is only payable for new ESTA registrations. So you don't have to pay.

nodnol
08-27-2011, 08:13 AM
Thank you, it is really great to have you as my personal travel agent!

podsnel
08-27-2011, 01:12 PM
I am another one of your fall-behind readers, so sorry! Shame on me! Maybe it has something to do with writing 2 TRs at once...:rolleyes: Anyway....

Loved taking a trip to Helsinki with you and your gorgeous photos! :thumbsup2 And I am very excited for you managing to find a whole slew of firsts to try on your next WDW visit- I always am excited to try new experiences there as well, and I am starting to feel like I am running out of them...almost...:goodvibes Good thing they keep imagineering new things! :)

You can't smile on passports? We just renewed ours this year right before our cruise- with big 'ol smiling faces. Well...smiling until we compared our pics from our old passports that were taken 10 years ago...OUCH!! :scared1: We are OLD!!! :rotfl:

englishrose47
08-29-2011, 01:32 AM
Magdalen we have to get our heads together for our Meet in October !! Next week I will start my touring plans for the 5 days we are their based around our ressies !! Our group this year seems a little older so it may be a slower paced trip !!
Next year Carol and I are definately going to Universal , and a seperate trip to Disney, and I may even get to do a cruise and all for FREE. If we do the cruise I too will need a new passport mine expired years ago , but as long as I can dig it out I should have no problems !!

Flossbolna
08-29-2011, 04:28 AM
I'm glad to see you're getting those important things done, like passports and park tickets. :)

Sounds like everything is falling into place!

Sounds like you are on track! Makes it more real, too.

Important "must dos" now checked off.:thumbsup2

Yes, it really makes the trip feel much closer now!!

The funny thing is, as I cross things from the to do list, new things are creeping onto it... Now, I also have to order the MNSSHP tickets - seems like I have to order them in advance to get the DVC discount. And we need to order the Universal tickets through Dreams Unlimited to get the deal on the shuttle...

Katharina and I had a long planning talk yesterday and we came up with a few tweaks for our schedule and rearranged a few ADRs (luckily there was still a lot of availability!). I am starting to get very excited about the trip!! Only 6 more weeks at work! :cool1:

Flossbolna
08-29-2011, 04:34 AM
I am another one of your fall-behind readers, so sorry! Shame on me! Maybe it has something to do with writing 2 TRs at once...:rolleyes: Anyway....

Loved taking a trip to Helsinki with you and your gorgeous photos! :thumbsup2 And I am very excited for you managing to find a whole slew of firsts to try on your next WDW visit- I always am excited to try new experiences there as well, and I am starting to feel like I am running out of them...almost...:goodvibes Good thing they keep imagineering new things! :)

You can't smile on passports? We just renewed ours this year right before our cruise- with big 'ol smiling faces. Well...smiling until we compared our pics from our old passports that were taken 10 years ago...OUCH!! :scared1: We are OLD!!! :rotfl:

Don't worry about falling behind... I am soooo behind on your TR it just isn't funny...

I hope you got through Irene without too much trouble, I guess you must have been affected by it? I was thinking of you this weekend!

Glad you liked Helsinki, it was a very pretty place.

And I know what you mean about running out of new things, I still have some time, but yes, they definitely need to keep refreshing the parks!

Somehow for the digitalized pictures you cannot have your teeth showing... :confused3 And I know what you mean about comparing the 10 year old passport to the new... :sad2:

Flossbolna
08-29-2011, 04:36 AM
Magdalen we have to get our heads together for our Meet in October !! Next week I will start my touring plans for the 5 days we are their based around our ressies !! Our group this year seems a little older so it may be a slower paced trip !!
Next year Carol and I are definately going to Universal , and a seperate trip to Disney, and I may even get to do a cruise and all for FREE. If we do the cruise I too will need a new passport mine expired years ago , but as long as I can dig it out I should have no problems !!

Rosie, welcome back!! I am looking forward to find out what your plans are and I am sure that we will be able to come up with a meet which makes sense for all of us!

How exciting that you are definitely going to Universal and Disney next year. And the cruise would make it even better. So much travelling! But I think it is also a lot of work which you put into those "free trips", so I think it is a very fair deal they are getting from you!!

podsnel
08-29-2011, 10:52 AM
Don't worry about falling behind... I am soooo behind on your TR it just isn't funny...

I hope you got through Irene without too much trouble, I guess you must have been affected by it? I was thinking of you this weekend!

Glad you liked Helsinki, it was a very pretty place.

And I know what you mean about running out of new things, I still have some time, but yes, they definitely need to keep refreshing the parks!

Somehow for the digitalized pictures you cannot have your teeth showing... :confused3 And I know what you mean about comparing the 10 year old passport to the new... :sad2:

We did fine in the hurricane, thanks for thinking of us! It had been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it got here- we were ready for disaster with water, food & candles, but never needed it- the power never quuit, and we had no flooding, just a mess outside from fallen branches. Others in our town were not so lucky, lots of peole are without power for a week and lots of flooded basements. Many streets are still closed today due to downed wires and trees. Really, we are very, very lucky. NYC shut down, that NEVER happens.

We also had an earthquake last week- that never happens either. Crazy, crazy, crazy!!!!

Curiouser&curiouser!
08-29-2011, 11:40 AM
Yippee for all your passports! The trip will be here before you know it!

Captain_Oblivious
08-29-2011, 04:04 PM
Glad all of your paperwork is in order! Seems like we're making it harder and harder to travel anywhere these days. Did you have to provide a vial of blood or promise to hand over your firstborn at customs? :confused3 :rotfl2:

englishrose47
08-29-2011, 07:23 PM
Rosie, welcome back!! I am looking forward to find out what your plans are and I am sure that we will be able to come up with a meet which makes sense for all of us!

How exciting that you are definitely going to Universal and Disney next year. And the cruise would make it even better. So much travelling! But I think it is also a lot of work which you put into those "free trips", so I think it is a very fair deal they are getting from you!!

I am working on the plans this week !! We are really flexible other than on Friday 14th we are doing the Safari Tour from 1 p - 4p !! So other than supper plans we can flex around as we have Hoppers and even better BLUE CARDS , so we don't have to wait in line which is such a blessing as some of them don't so well waiting and some can't be in crowds for to long and can't s go on !!

marvali
08-29-2011, 09:05 PM
I am working on the plans this week !! We are really flexible other than on Friday 14th we are doing the Safari Tour from 1 p - 4p !! So other than supper plans we can flex around as we have Hoppers and even better BLUE CARDS , so we don't have to wait in line which is such a blessing as some of them don't so well waiting and some can't be in crowds for to long and can't s go on !!Must be nice being able to go on a trip when your plans are totally flexible and you can just "go with the flow!" I am waaaayyyyyyyy too OCD to EVER be able to make such a trip!!! :guilty:

Flossbolna
09-01-2011, 03:58 AM
We did fine in the hurricane, thanks for thinking of us! It had been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it got here- we were ready for disaster with water, food & candles, but never needed it- the power never quuit, and we had no flooding, just a mess outside from fallen branches. Others in our town were not so lucky, lots of peole are without power for a week and lots of flooded basements. Many streets are still closed today due to downed wires and trees. Really, we are very, very lucky. NYC shut down, that NEVER happens.

We also had an earthquake last week- that never happens either. Crazy, crazy, crazy!!!!

Yes, it sounds indeed that far too many weired things are happening in your area right now! I hope things quiet down a bit for the rest of the year!! :goodvibes

Yippee for all your passports! The trip will be here before you know it!

:cool1: Yes, Mickey is already approaching the last picture in my countdown!!

Glad all of your paperwork is in order! Seems like we're making it harder and harder to travel anywhere these days. Did you have to provide a vial of blood or promise to hand over your firstborn at customs? :confused3 :rotfl2:

I am quite relieved that the essentials are now all sorted... :thumbsup2 And you are right, travelling is getting harder unfortunately. We aren't at the vial of blood yet, but I think the day when you have your DNA stored in your passport is not too far away... Have you ever seen the movie Gattaca?

Flossbolna
09-01-2011, 04:02 AM
I am working on the plans this week !! We are really flexible other than on Friday 14th we are doing the Safari Tour from 1 p - 4p !! So other than supper plans we can flex around as we have Hoppers and even better BLUE CARDS , so we don't have to wait in line which is such a blessing as some of them don't so well waiting and some can't be in crowds for to long and can't s go on !!

Oh, I would not want to make your whole group hop just because of us!! Friday we will be at DHS when you are at AK, but I will just follow your plans over on your TR and I am sure we will be able to figure something out! :goodvibes

Must be nice being able to go on a trip when your plans are totally flexible and you can just "go with the flow!" I am waaaayyyyyyyy too OCD to EVER be able to make such a trip!!! :guilty:

I can't really do that either. We have at least a certain plan of when we want to be where - however the last three days of the trip are wide open. I think after one week at WDW, we will have seen most of our must dos. So for these days we will just do whatever we will feel like. Did work quite well on our last trip that way. :goodvibes

Flossbolna
09-01-2011, 04:37 AM
As I mentioned before, we will spend one day at Universal. It is a Tuesday which supposedly will bring low crowds. So we are hopeful that we will be able to cover quite a lot. It will also be the least relaxed day of our trip since we will spend the whole day at the two parks...

Reading all the different advice available, I have come up with a plan for that day:

1) Take the Mears shuttle to Universal and arrive before park opening

2) Start at IoA

http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/1101/Harry_Potter_-_07.jpg

Go directly to Wizzarding World of Harry Potter (WWoHP) and ride Forbidden Journey (we have no interest in the show at the Wand Shop)

Maybe get a butterbeer...

3) Hop over to Universal Studios

http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/1243/Mardi-Gras-Universal-Orlando-013.jpg

without any certain order, those are the attractions, we want to see there:

Men in Black (from what I understand it is similar to TSMM)
Jaws (has been described to me as "Jungle Cruise with shark")
E.T. (from what I understand a dark ride)
Mummy (a coaster)
Simpsons (I think it is a simulator ride like Star Tours)

I also am really looking forward to checking out the scenery, I like the Hollywood architecture and from the pictures I have seen, I think some of it looks really interesting.

4) Lunch will be at whatever CS place we come across when we feel hungry

5) Hop back to IoA

http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/1146/port-of-entry-01.JPG

attractions we want to see here:

Cat in the Hat (dark ride)
Spiderman (I think kind of a very advanced dark ride? At least it is considered one of the best themed rides in Orlando)
Hulk (coaster)

and then also the water rides:
Jurassic Park (flume ride)
Popye & Bluto's Blige-Rat Barges (raft ride, I love raft rides and this is supposed to be really good)
Dudley D-Right's Ripsaw Falls

after the water rides we expect to be soaked, so we will bring a change of clothes, planning to store them in a locker at the park entrance. So I think at some point after all the water rides, we will get changed into dry (and most likely also a bit nicer) clothes.

6) end the day at WWoHP

all reports say that WWoHP empties out in the last hours of park operation. So this is when we will do our exploring there and ride the rides:

Forbidden Journey (definitely want to get a second ride!)
Duelling Dragons (inverted coaster)

7) after the park has closed: Dinner at Tchoup Chop at Royal Pacific Resort. The restaurant looks lovely in my opinion:

http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/1071/Royal_Pacific_-_52.jpg

The cuisine is what I think is called Asian fusion - and that is something which is really good for Katharina: not a lot of dairy and tomatos!!

nodnol
09-01-2011, 06:52 AM
Thank you for cheering me (:sick:) up with this update!
Even though there are a lot of things we want to do, I hope we Won't stress ourselves. I think, the most important thing ist WWOHP and getting an impression od the rest of the parks (and of course some rides) to find out whether we like it. If we do, I think we will be back with more time on a future trip!

lovealldisney
09-01-2011, 07:10 AM
Sounds like great plans! Can't wait to read about WWoHP. Thanks for the update. Your trip is getting so close now. How exciting!

Katharina are you sick? If you are I hope you feel better soon....:hug:

nodnol
09-01-2011, 07:16 AM
Katharina are you sick? If you are I hope you feel better soon....:hug:

Thank you! I have a nasty cold and need to get better urgentl, because we have a trip to the mountains planed for the weekend....

lovealldisney
09-01-2011, 07:28 AM
Thank you! I have a nasty cold and need to get better urgentl, because we have a trip to the mountains planed for the weekend....


Well here some extra pixie dust for you pixiedust: Hoping you feel better soon... lots of rest and drink plenty of water... and tell your DH to wait on you hand and foot....;)

Ohh the mountains..... where may I ask are you going????

nodnol
09-01-2011, 07:38 AM
To the Jizera Mountains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jizera_Mountains)in the Czech Republic. I'll be leavin work early today (in about half an hour) to get some rest at home. DH has already agreed to do ALL the shoping and packing for the trip. I don't know hoe this will turn out... I!ll just pack all my medicine, tea and tissues and the rest I won't care about if we don't have it with us :goodvibes

lovealldisney
09-01-2011, 07:51 AM
To the Jizera Mountains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jizera_Mountains)in the Czech Republic. I'll be leavin work early today (in about half an hour) to get some rest at home. DH has already agreed to do ALL the shoping and packing for the trip. I don't know hoe this will turn out... I!ll just pack all my medicine, tea and tissues and the rest I won't care about if we don't have it with us :goodvibes

Have a fabulous time! It looks so pretty! And yes let DH do all the packing etc....

I hope you plan on telling us all about your trip when you return???? With pictures????? :) Please.....

Curiouser&curiouser!
09-01-2011, 10:13 AM
Sounds like a great (busy) day at the Universal parks! I haven't seen Harry Potter yet, but I am dying to go! I will have to live through your report until I get the chance!!

Captain_Oblivious
09-01-2011, 12:00 PM
Sounds like a very full day at Universal! It's changed a great deal since I was there in college. I hope you're able to fit in everything you want to do. I think some of those rides would have me feeling a little :sick:

jenbear123
09-01-2011, 12:30 PM
You've got some great plans for Universal/IoA!!! I have yet to go there but hopefully will make it on my next trip. We have actually planned it in so we'll most likely go! I might just take some of your planning into consideration when we plan our day. I can't wait to see WWoHP!!!!

glennbo123
09-01-2011, 12:41 PM
When the day comes that I finally go to IoA and Universal, I think I'm going to have you and Cynthia plan my park attack! :laughing:

It looks like you have a good plan to me....I'm sure it'll be a full day.

eandesmom
09-01-2011, 12:57 PM
Your plans look great!!!! I look forward to hearing about the restaurant.

I guess you would call ET a dark ride...similar to Peter Pan. Spiderman on the otherhand, while dark, is in a totally different league. I can't wait to see what you guys think of Spidey and the FJ!

brookelizabeth
09-01-2011, 04:03 PM
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

:rotfl: I love it. You go to "Germany" to get things you can't get in Germany! Yet, we Americans have no clue! :rolleyes1 :lmao:

And no...looks like you'll be going to Canada first! But, I did hit China finally!!!



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.

GORGEOUS! I looooooove the architecture!


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.


What the heck is that fee for??? :headache: Regardless, glad you got it done and that you have your tickets--or at least the voucher for them!!



http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/1071/Royal_Pacific_-_52.jpg

The cuisine is what I think is called Asian fusion - and that is something which is really good for Katharina: not a lot of dairy and tomatos!!

Your IOA/US day sounds fantastic. I really look forward to reading all about it! I try to soak as much as I can in about those parks since I know very little about them still.

The restaurant above is beautiful! I hope it serves you two a yummy meal!

jenb1023
09-01-2011, 04:59 PM
Reading all the different advice available, I have come up with a plan for that day:

1) Take the Mears shuttle to Universal and arrive before park opening

2) Start at IoA

Maybe get a butterbeer...

3) Hop over to Universal Studios

without any certain order, those are the attractions, we want to see there:

Men in Black (from what I understand it is similar to TSMM)
Jaws (has been described to me as "Jungle Cruise with shark")
E.T. (from what I understand a dark ride)
Mummy (a coaster)
Simpsons (I think it is a simulator ride like Star Tours)

I also am really looking forward to checking out the scenery, I like the Hollywood architecture and from the pictures I have seen, I think some of it looks really interesting.

4) Lunch will be at whatever CS place we come across when we feel hungry

5) Hop back to IoA

attractions we want to see here:

Cat in the Hat (dark ride)
Spiderman (I think kind of a very advanced dark ride? At least it is considered one of the best themed rides in Orlando)
Hulk (coaster)

and then also the water rides:
Jurassic Park (flume ride)
Popye & Bluto's Blige-Rat Barges (raft ride, I love raft rides and this is supposed to be really good)
Dudley D-Right's Ripsaw Falls

after the water rides we expect to be soaked, so we will bring a change of clothes, planning to store them in a locker at the park entrance. So I think at some point after all the water rides, we will get changed into dry (and most likely also a bit nicer) clothes.

6) end the day at WWoHP

all reports say that WWoHP empties out in the last hours of park operation. So this is when we will do our exploring there and ride the rides:

Forbidden Journey (definitely want to get a second ride!)
Duelling Dragons (inverted coaster)

7) after the park has closed: Dinner at Tchoup Chop at Royal Pacific Resort.

sounds good!

We went to Universal/IOA for a few days in May 2010 so I can offer some advice.

The parks are close together so it is easy to hop back and forth.

WWHOP was not open but your plan of attack there sounds good.

Universal has a front of the line pass which you get for free if you stay on property or pay for if you do not. an option in case it is more crowded then you expect.

Men in Black - we all loved this! It is more a way more advanced Buzz lightyear to me then TSMM
ET - it is a cute dark ride. more enjoyable if you have seen the movie.\
Simpsons - is a very cool simulator. you will get more of the jokes if you are a fan of the show

Cat in the Hat is very cute. Definietely plan time to explore Seuss landing - the theming there is absolutely amazing! Especially if you are familiar with the books.
Spiderman is very cool
Hulk - I will warn you that this ride is very intense. DH rides everything and he swears he blacked out for a second at the start of this ride from the G's or force or something

Water rides
Jurassic park is was more of a cross between Splash/Kali. did not remind me of a traditional flume ride.
Dh and dd rode the other two and loved them but you will get soaked!

We stayed at the Royal Pacific but did not eat at Tchop chop.

Hope that helps!

vamassey1
09-02-2011, 09:49 PM
Wow your Universal day sounds exciting. I can't wait to read about all the fun.

englishrose47
09-03-2011, 02:03 PM
Oh, I would not want to make your whole group hop just because of us!! Friday we will be at DHS when you are at AK, but I will just follow your plans over on your TR and I am sure we will be able to figure something out! :goodvibes



I can't really do that either. We have at least a certain plan of when we want to be where - however the last three days of the trip are wide open. I think after one week at WDW, we will have seen most of our must dos. So for these days we will just do whatever we will feel like. Did work quite well on our last trip that way. :goodvibes

Magdalena we will be at Epcot on Thursday 13th!Have dinner ressies at Teppon Edoat 7:10p so had planned to watch Illuminations after !! So that is definately a doable time !!

englishrose47
09-03-2011, 02:11 PM
Your Universal day looks good !!Carol and I have been promised a Universal Trip next year !! Not sure if it will be Spring or fall !! I am sure we will stay at Royal Pacific !! I too have heard HP is a first thing in the morning !!I am hoping to try it ,if everyone else does ,if not maybe they have a "Baby" swap for Carol and I as I can't leave anyone on their own !!!

I have been checking out the menus and have a basic idea of where to eat !!Bubba Gumps is a definate and so is Finnegans Bar , I want one of those corned beef on pretzel roll sandwiches:cloud9:

PNO4TE
09-04-2011, 04:33 PM
I will have to go back and catch up, but I have missed you! I am so glad you and Katharina are planning another WDW trip. I am very sad to see that I will miss you by a week, though. :(

wendypooh
09-05-2011, 03:16 PM
Hey!!!!!!

Elin is RIGHT, we MISS you over on the Jambo thread!!!!!! I knew we were both planning for Oct. - it stinks we'll miss each other by 3 days!!!!!!!!!!! :sad1:

It sounds like you have a great trip planned for you and Katharina - I only wish we could all be there to help celebrate your birthday!!!! (We're planning a BIG Jamborini meet the week before).

I know you will both have a GREAT time though!!!

Make sure to pop in the Jambo/Sakes Alive thread sometime - we'd all love to see you back!!!!! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
09-05-2011, 03:53 PM
Sounds like a great (busy) day at the Universal parks! I haven't seen Harry Potter yet, but I am dying to go! I will have to live through your report until I get the chance!!

It will be a very full day - and from everything I read, I think Harry Potter definitely is worth the trip, but I am also looking forward to the rest of the parks!

Sounds like a very full day at Universal! It's changed a great deal since I was there in college. I hope you're able to fit in everything you want to do. I think some of those rides would have me feeling a little :sick:

I am sure it has changed quite a bit - was IoA around when you were in college?? And you know - reading your last sentence I was kind of thinking that your kids indeed are related to you... ;):goodvibes

You've got some great plans for Universal/IoA!!! I have yet to go there but hopefully will make it on my next trip. We have actually planned it in so we'll most likely go! I might just take some of your planning into consideration when we plan our day. I can't wait to see WWoHP!!!!

The more I read about Uni/IoA, the more excited I get. Katharina and I were briefly thinking about spending two days there, but decided to keep our trip more relaxed. And if we enjoy it, I am sure my next trip will include some more time there.

Flossbolna
09-05-2011, 04:01 PM
When the day comes that I finally go to IoA and Universal, I think I'm going to have you and Cynthia plan my park attack! :laughing:

It looks like you have a good plan to me....I'm sure it'll be a full day.

I will certainly be very willing to pass on any knowledge I gained during my visit there (which just made me think that maybe I could also pass on the weight I will have gained during my WDW trip - you will easily lose it once you are at WDW.... :rolleyes1). But I think Cynthia will still be much more of an expert than me!! :goodvibes

Your plans look great!!!! I look forward to hearing about the restaurant.

I guess you would call ET a dark ride...similar to Peter Pan. Spiderman on the otherhand, while dark, is in a totally different league. I can't wait to see what you guys think of Spidey and the FJ!

Wow, I am relieved to get your blessing for our plans! So nothing totally missing or wrong there? And yes, ET was described to me to be like Pan, I just thought that this might get some wrong impressions from some people... So I left that comparison out. :goodvibes

And I have heard quite a lot that Spidey and FJ are extremely well done rides - one of the discussion boards with the "serious fans" claims that those two attractions are the most groundbreaking of all themed attractions in Orlando. I try to not let my expectations to get too high!! :eek:

Flossbolna
09-05-2011, 04:08 PM
:rotfl: I love it. You go to "Germany" to get things you can't get in Germany! Yet, we Americans have no clue! :rolleyes1 :lmao:

It actually makes me sad because when I visited Epcot for the first time, I was expecting something very cheesy and full of stereotypes and was extremely impressed how tastefully, historically and culturally correct and classy it was. For me it has lost a lot of this appeal with this one little shop I am sad to say...

And no...looks like you'll be going to Canada first! But, I did hit China finally!!!

Congratulations for getting China!! You have seen France as well, I think? So you are still two films ahead of me. :lmao:


GORGEOUS! I looooooove the architecture!

Glad you enjoyed the pictures! It was really beautiful there! :love:


What the heck is that fee for??? :headache: Regardless, glad you got it done and that you have your tickets--or at least the voucher for them!!

Ah, the fee is actually for the promotion of tourism - who would have thought that! :sad2: Well, $4 if for the process of the application, but $10 goes into a fund which then will be used to promote the US as a tourism destination...


Your IOA/US day sounds fantastic. I really look forward to reading all about it! I try to soak as much as I can in about those parks since I know very little about them still.

The restaurant above is beautiful! I hope it serves you two a yummy meal!

I think it will most likely be better to wait for a little while before attempting those parks with Henry, they are rather heavy on height restricted rides and scary stuff... But I will be happy to further the knowledge about those park amongst the DISers. I think they look like high quality themed entertainment and I am very excited about trying them out!

Flossbolna
09-05-2011, 04:18 PM
sounds good!

We went to Universal/IOA for a few days in May 2010 so I can offer some advice.

Great, another expert!! :goodvibes

The parks are close together so it is easy to hop back and forth.

Good, I checked it out on Google maps and it looks close and others have said so, too. So, I am starting to feel more comfortable about this hopping here and there...


Universal has a front of the line pass which you get for free if you stay on property or pay for if you do not. an option in case it is more crowded then you expect.

The Express Pass is in the cheapest bracket on our day there, I think $16. So that supposedly is a good sign that we won't need it. But yes, we are keeping it in the back of our minds that this is an option if we find out that things are much busier than expected. Won't be of help for Forbidden Journey though...

Men in Black - we all loved this! It is more a way more advanced Buzz lightyear to me then TSMM
ET - it is a cute dark ride. more enjoyable if you have seen the movie.\

I am really looking forward to both rides!

Simpsons - is a very cool simulator. you will get more of the jokes if you are a fan of the show

Since Katharina's DH is a huge fan, she is very familiar with the show. And I have watched it semi-regularly for years, so I know the characters pretty well, too. We are indeed looking forward to it!! :thumbsup2

Cat in the Hat is very cute. Definietely plan time to explore Seuss landing - the theming there is absolutely amazing! Especially if you are familiar with the books.

We did not grow up with the books, but now we know at least two. And the whole area does look cute. We really hope that we won't be just running from A to B, we want to explore a bit as well.

Spiderman is very cool

everyone seems to say so! :thumbsup2

Hulk - I will warn you that this ride is very intense. DH rides everything and he swears he blacked out for a second at the start of this ride from the G's or force or something

Oh, don't say anything like that!! I try to convince Katharina that it is a very tame coaster which she will feel very comfortable on!! :rolleyes1

Water rides
Jurassic park is was more of a cross between Splash/Kali. did not remind me of a traditional flume ride.
Dh and dd rode the other two and loved them but you will get soaked!

I actually really enjoy water rides when it is hot and October most likely will be warm enough! So getting soaked will be fun!!:yay:

We stayed at the Royal Pacific but did not eat at Tchop chop.

Hope that helps!

Royal Pacific looks like a very nice hotel, how did you like it? I am thinking of maybe staying at a Universal resort on a future trip...

Flossbolna
09-05-2011, 04:21 PM
Wow your Universal day sounds exciting. I can't wait to read about all the fun.

Just as I can't wait for the fun to happen! :goodvibes

Magdalena we will be at Epcot on Thursday 13th!Have dinner ressies at Teppon Edoat 7:10p so had planned to watch Illuminations after !! So that is definately a doable time !!

Ok, we will have to keep that in mind!! :thumbsup2

Your Universal day looks good !!Carol and I have been promised a Universal Trip next year !! Not sure if it will be Spring or fall !! I am sure we will stay at Royal Pacific !! I too have heard HP is a first thing in the morning !!I am hoping to try it ,if everyone else does ,if not maybe they have a "Baby" swap for Carol and I as I can't leave anyone on their own !!!

I have been checking out the menus and have a basic idea of where to eat !!Bubba Gumps is a definate and so is Finnegans Bar , I want one of those corned beef on pretzel roll sandwiches:cloud9:

I would not want to eat corned beef on pretzel roll... :scared1: But if you like it! :goodvibes:lmao:

I think staying at the Royal Pacific will be great for you - especially since you will get front of the line access! And everything will be so easy to get to for your group.

I am sure Ellen (podsnel) will be able to give you some hints about special needs at Universal, I remember that her family likes to visit those parks as well. :goodvibes

Flossbolna
09-05-2011, 04:25 PM
I will have to go back and catch up, but I have missed you! I am so glad you and Katharina are planning another WDW trip. I am very sad to see that I will miss you by a week, though. :(

Elin, :welcome: great to see you here!!

I realise that I am missing a lot of people who will be around at the beginning of October. :sad2: I would have loved to meet you in person!

Hey!!!!!!

Elin is RIGHT, we MISS you over on the Jambo thread!!!!!! I knew we were both planning for Oct. - it stinks we'll miss each other by 3 days!!!!!!!!!!! :sad1:

It sounds like you have a great trip planned for you and Katharina - I only wish we could all be there to help celebrate your birthday!!!! (We're planning a BIG Jamborini meet the week before).

I know you will both have a GREAT time though!!!

Make sure to pop in the Jambo/Sakes Alive thread sometime - we'd all love to see you back!!!!! :goodvibes

Wendy!! Missing you by three days seems just to be very stupid... :sad2:

Sorry for not being around on the AKL thread, I just wasn't around much on the DIS lately and it is sometimes are very difficult thread to keep up with... But I promise to pop in soon!!

I hope you all will have fun at the Jamborini meet! Sounds like a great occassion!! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
09-05-2011, 04:58 PM
Ok, there really is not much to say, just look at those pictures. And I think you will understand why the Magic Kingdom at the WDW was never able to touch my heart the same way as Disneyland Paris does.

Fantasyland is just breathtakingly beautiful, it is truly a park with a lot of excellent attractions mixed in. There is Peter Pan - which in this version wows me even more, classic rides like Pinocchio's Journey and Snow White's Adventures, a Dumbo with water features around it, Mad Tea Cups with a glass roof that looks like large leafs, a colourful version of the classic Disneyland facade of It's a Small World, a unique attraction: a maze themed to Alice in Wonderland.

So, I hope you enjoy those pictures, you can find them here (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/DLP%202011/Fantasyland/?albumview=slideshow), the password is still Flossbolna.

jenb1023
09-05-2011, 05:11 PM
We really liked the Royal Pacific. The rooms were a good size and nice and the resort was themed very nicely. Only downfall is they just don't have the Disney service in the parks or hotel.

Lovely pictures of Fantasyland! I love the labyrinth!

Poolrat
09-05-2011, 05:11 PM
Thanks for the tour though DLP. Your pictures really show all the similarities and the differences. I like how each park has its own identity yet manage to still hold the Disney magic we all know and love. :goodvibes

Minnie&Nana
09-05-2011, 05:27 PM
:wave: Magdalene & Katharina!

I am sorry I've been quiet for your PTR, but I have been enjoying it very much! Now that my granddaughter is 3 and I care for her all day M-F there is not not usually much DIS time for posting, but I do try to read my favorite PTR's and TR's.:goodvibes

Thank you for the photos of Disneyland Paris! Until I saw your photos, I had little to no interest in visiting - but now it is added to my must visit list! Fantasyland is breathtakingly beautiful! WDW has never been my favorite MK - Disneyland holds that place in my heart, but seeing your photos, Disneyland Paris could easily win me over!

I might just have to see if some Dis friends may be able to visit DLP for a long weekend next year. :thumbsup2

October is such a great time to visit WDW - the 11th might be just a little bit early for the nicest weather, but by mid visit it should be very nice, nearly perfect. Fingers crossed! Late October is one of my favorite times to visit.:)

Off to do some more catching up! Thanks again for the beautiful photos of DLP. (where is the best place to stay without a car?):flower3:

Last November I had a birthday trip without a birthday - sort of - the day we departed was my birthday, but at check-in the CM insisted I wear a birthday pin for the entire 4 days, so hope you will do the same! She said it is not necessary to be there on the birth day, but being the same month and a birthday trip counts.:thumbsup2

tiggrbaby
09-05-2011, 07:15 PM
Lovely pics! I was so intrigued by the Alice in Wonderland attraction. It is not something you see much anymore in the US, but the type of adventure I used to love as a child.

englishrose47
09-05-2011, 07:31 PM
Just as I can't wait for the fun to happen! :goodvibes



Ok, we will have to keep that in mind!! :thumbsup2



I would not want to eat corned beef on pretzel roll... :scared1: But if you like it! :goodvibes:lmao:

I think staying at the Royal Pacific will be great for you - especially since you will get front of the line access! And everything will be so easy to get to for your group.

I am sure Ellen (podsnel) will be able to give you some hints about special needs at Universal, I remember that her family likes to visit those parks as well. :goodvibes

Oh corned beef on a pretzel roll sounds delish to me I love both!!!:cloud9:
I had forgotten that Ellen would be able to help with the Disabilities aspect of that trip !! Thanks for the reminder.

englishrose47
09-05-2011, 07:38 PM
Loved the pix of Fantasyland DSL!!:cloud9::love:
Quick Question did the Toad in the Hole Restaurant serve Toad in the Hole !!???? Does anyone know what it is !!!!???

DisneyBride'03
09-05-2011, 08:53 PM
Elin, :welcome: great to see you here!!

I realise that I am missing a lot of people who will be around at the beginning of October. :sad2: I would have loved to meet you in person!



Wendy!! Missing you by three days seems just to be very stupid... :sad2:

Sorry for not being around on the AKL thread, I just wasn't around much on the DIS lately and it is sometimes are very difficult thread to keep up with... But I promise to pop in soon!!

I hope you all will have fun at the Jamborini meet! Sounds like a great occassion!! :goodvibes

ok, I THIRD what Elin and Wendy said!! We miss you!! We are all looking forward to the Jamborini Meet:thumbsup2:goodvibes

RachelTori
09-05-2011, 09:08 PM
ok, I THIRD what Elin and Wendy said!! We miss you!! We are all looking forward to the Jamborini Meet:thumbsup2:goodvibes

Can I FOURTH Elin, Wendy and Diana? (is that allowed? :laughing:) We miss you. :flower3:

Magdalene: I'm sorry our timing didn't work out this year. :sad1: It was so lovely to meet you & Katharina last year. :goodvibes

glennbo123
09-05-2011, 09:19 PM
Very cool Fantasyland DLP pictures Magdalene! So much different than WDW. Thanks for posting them.

marvali
09-06-2011, 06:52 AM
Loved the pix of Fantasyland DSL!!:cloud9::love:
Quick Question did the Toad in the Hole Restaurant serve Toad in the Hole !!???? Does anyone know what it is !!!!???The meat variety, or egg?


Wow Magdalene, such breathtakingly beautiful pictures! No wonder you enjoy DLP so much. That is what I call a FANTASYland! :goodvibes

Loved all the photos as usual. I really need to make a trip with you sometime......you have an eye for picking out the best views and sites wherever you are! :thumbsup2

Too funny sending Katharina through the short door! And I enjoyed getting to use a tiny little bit of the French I remember from High School.

Two hours for MEMH......that is fantastic! And what an empty park. And I really like the night shot of the Tea Cups, even though that is one ride I just don't do. Messes up my equilibrium for way too much of the rest of the day!

I did notice they don't have a crown on the wall behind the statue of Cinderella at the fountain. I guess that is a MK exclusive.

Captain_Oblivious
09-06-2011, 09:50 AM
I love the DLP Fantasyland pictures! Amazing to see the differences from WDW. The landscaping there looks absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing them!

wendypooh
09-06-2011, 12:06 PM
Elin, :welcome: great to see you here!!

I realise that I am missing a lot of people who will be around at the beginning of October. :sad2: I would have loved to meet you in person!



Wendy!! Missing you by three days seems just to be very stupid... :sad2:

Sorry for not being around on the AKL thread, I just wasn't around much on the DIS lately and it is sometimes are very difficult thread to keep up with... But I promise to pop in soon!!

I hope you all will have fun at the Jamborini meet! Sounds like a great occassion!! :goodvibes

I know, it stinks!!!! I so wish our plans had worked to be the same schedule - this is twice now we'll just barely miss each other!!!! On another note, we've stayed at the Royal Pacific many times, it's lovely, you'll enjoy it!!! :hug:

DisneyBride'03
09-06-2011, 03:38 PM
Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful photos and for your report! Such a delight for us who may never get to EuroDisney...is it still referred as that abroad?? I made friends from England on DCL, and they always called it that!
They did send me a 15 yr anniv magnet:)

Your trip looks like it was Magnifique :)

Flossbolna
09-11-2011, 04:33 PM
Time is flying!!

Have a look at my ticker (and Katharina's): it is exactly one month until we arrive at the Boardwalk - Mickey has already arrived there.

Only 19 days at work for me, 20 for Katharina - I have Monday October 10th off from work already and Monday October 3rd is our national holiday: Reunification Day - on October 3rd 1990 West and East Germany were reunified into one Germany again - they had been seperated ever since WW II (if you want to read more about this, I did a special update about the Berlin Wall in the 2010 PTR to be found here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34269302&postcount=333)).

Katharina and I had a very long talk on the telephone yesterday about all kind of trip planning things.

We have finalised our packing lists - coordinated who is bringing what of things which we can easily share. And we did look at our master plan again.

We made a few dining adjustments, we might drop a few of our ADRs since we rather want more flexibility in our schedule.

So it looks like that we won't make it to breakfast at Kona Cafe, but are thinking about dropping Ohana and instead go to Kona for dinner that evening. We feel that Kona offers a better value for money (the recent menus seem to indicate that Disney has once again made dining more expensive, dinner at Boma is now $39 :scared1:).

Another change is that we will drop the Cape May Cafe breakfast since the characters aren't that important to us - and once again the price is a bit scary: $28.75 per adult... But we found a substitute which we are quite excited to try: Fresh at the Dolphin. The buffet there is $17 per adult (and offers a 20% DVC discount) and offers made-to-order omelettes, fresh roasted ham, different juice mixes, speciality pancakes, waffles and French toast. It all sounds delicious and the reviews are generally positive. Now I just have to figure out whether we need an ADR for there...

Actually I found out that all the Swan/Dolphin eateries (except their signature restaurants) offer a 20% DVC discount. I think we will check out the options there, especially since they seem to have a food court like place which neither BW nor Y&BC have.

I also ordered our MNSSHP party tickets!! Need to pick them up at Will Call as well, so I guess when we get our park tickets, we can also pick those up - and then keep them in the room safe in order to not too lose them.

You see, we are getting organised! And excited!!!!!!

:banana::banana::banana:
:cool1::cool1::cool1:
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
:yay::yay::yay:
:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

Flossbolna
09-11-2011, 04:34 PM
Sorry, did not have the time for replies and new update, but did not want to miss the one month day!!! :goodvibes Replies will come soon!

mom3sonstt
09-11-2011, 06:20 PM
Having never eaten at either the Swan or Dolphin, I am not positive about this, but I think that you can't charge back to your room at those locations. I don't know whether you do that or not, but we hardly ever carry more than $20 in cash with us and use our room key for everything.

Poolrat
09-11-2011, 07:55 PM
I did not know about the DVC perk at the dolphinand swan. I will have to tuck that bit of information away. :cool1:


Congrats on the 1 month mark.

englishrose47
09-11-2011, 08:04 PM
In 2 days I too wil be saying ONE MONTH!!! Dan too!!!

PracPerfPatricia
09-13-2011, 10:03 PM
Hey Magdalene,

So excited for you that your trip is getting so close!...:goodvibes

I am going to DWD and Universal in March so I am really curious to see your thoughts on the rides and restaurants...

I've always wished that they would add an additional restaurant to the German Pavilion...something a little authentic...

If they didn't want to commit to an entire full service restaurant...I think a nice German style coffee house might have been nice...I agree that the new bakery in Germany while perhaps tasty-although I haven't experienced it yet-looks more American than German...

It would have been interested to really have a kind of German coffee house with a turn of the century decor... with authentic German pastry...Cupcakes aren't really German as far as I know...:confused3

hmmm...or am I confused were the coffee houses Austrian or where they German also?

englishrose47
09-13-2011, 10:13 PM
In 2 days I too wil be saying ONE MONTH!!! Dan too!!!

Today is ONE MONTH day for me !!!!!:banana::banana:

All7OfUs
09-15-2011, 10:18 AM
ONE MONTH, (well actually a little less now)!!!!

I think changes are inevitable in every plan as you get closer. What changes I'm seeing look great! Going budget over WAY-over-priced is never a bad thing. The price increase at Boma is outrageous, and I'm so glad I tried it before it went up to $39 a head! WOW! :scared1:

You're right- Kona looks like a way better deal than 'Ohaha. As you know, while I liked it, it wasn't spectacular, and you can probably get most of what's "over there" too.

Anyway, counting down with you!!!

Captain_Oblivious
09-15-2011, 11:13 AM
One month away! Awesome! :woohoo: (can I come?) :rotfl2:

I think you will be very happy with Kona Cafe for dinner. Julie and I really enjoyed it (just be ready for a loud atmosphere, that's all).

jenb1023
09-18-2011, 08:27 AM
Sounds like you are ready to go! It will be here before you know it! :cheer2::woohoo::yay::banana:

eandesmom
09-20-2011, 03:43 PM
Time is flying!!

Have a look at my ticker (and Katharina's): it is exactly one month until we arrive at the Boardwalk - Mickey has already arrived there.

Only 19 days at work for me, 20 for Katharina - I have Monday October 10th off from work already and Monday October 3rd is our national holiday: Reunification Day - on October 3rd 1990 West and East Germany were reunified into one Germany again - they had been seperated ever since WW II (if you want to read more about this, I did a special update about the Berlin Wall in the 2010 PTR to be found here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34269302&postcount=333)).

Katharina and I had a very long talk on the telephone yesterday about all kind of trip planning things.

We have finalised our packing lists - coordinated who is bringing what of things which we can easily share. And we did look at our master plan again.

We made a few dining adjustments, we might drop a few of our ADRs since we rather want more flexibility in our schedule.

So it looks like that we won't make it to breakfast at Kona Cafe, but are thinking about dropping Ohana and instead go to Kona for dinner that evening. We feel that Kona offers a better value for money (the recent menus seem to indicate that Disney has once again made dining more expensive, dinner at Boma is now $39 :scared1:).

Another change is that we will drop the Cape May Cafe breakfast since the characters aren't that important to us - and once again the price is a bit scary: $28.75 per adult... But we found a substitute which we are quite excited to try: Fresh at the Dolphin. The buffet there is $17 per adult (and offers a 20% DVC discount) and offers made-to-order omelettes, fresh roasted ham, different juice mixes, speciality pancakes, waffles and French toast. It all sounds delicious and the reviews are generally positive. Now I just have to figure out whether we need an ADR for there...

Actually I found out that all the Swan/Dolphin eateries (except their signature restaurants) offer a 20% DVC discount. I think we will check out the options there, especially since they seem to have a food court like place which neither BW nor Y&BC have.

I also ordered our MNSSHP party tickets!! Need to pick them up at Will Call as well, so I guess when we get our park tickets, we can also pick those up - and then keep them in the room safe in order to not too lose them.

You see, we are getting organised! And excited!!!!!!

:banana::banana::banana:
:cool1::cool1::cool1:
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
:yay::yay::yay:
:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:



The price for Cape May is scary, I wouldn't do it if not on the dining plan I don't think. Very cool about the DVC discount at the Swolphin locations, I've heard good things about Fresh.

The BC Marketplace isn't a food court but it's not bad for a deluxe CS.

englishrose47
09-20-2011, 09:47 PM
Hoping everything is okay as you haven't been on the boards for a while !!I have been posting my plans and hoping we can set a definate meet!!!!!

Kleese
09-21-2011, 05:20 PM
It's been so long since I've been to the boards that today was my catch up day for your thread. I was so happy to hear about Harry Potter! I can't wait to hear about all of it. It seems that you have left nothing out of your birthday celebration and I'm so happy for the both of us because I know you will tell us all about it :rolleyes1 I am very sad though that I can't seem to pull up your trip pics and will have to try again from another computer:badpc:. I hope that is the trouble because I would hate to miss your wonderful pictures. I love to live through you. I can see so many places that otherwise I would never be able to and for that I am thankful.:cloud9:

Hope all is well over there in Germany :goodvibes it's good to be back on and reading your posts. You don't have much longer now and I'm sure you both can't stop smiling thinking about how much fun your going to have:jumping1:

Flossbolna
09-22-2011, 04:27 AM
Hi everyone!

I meant to update the PTR yesterday evening, but then my phone line died... The phone is working again, but still no internet... :sad2:

There is some exciting planning news to share: longer park hours (Rosie, that will affect you as well, am going to post on your PTR as well!) for October. Especially one day with a 7pm closing at AK. Since sunset is at 7pm while we are there, this is a rare chance: experience AK at twilight! So, we are most likely changing a few things around...

Hopefully the internet will work again during the weekend so I can get the update done then - as well as get some more DLP pictures up for you. We are still missing one land at DLP, the whole of Walt Disney Studios (don't get excited about that, visually it is the only park Disney opened which truly can be called ugly!!), the hotels and the meals! Wow, I really need to start working on that to get it done within the next 19 days!! :banana:

lovealldisney
09-22-2011, 08:26 AM
19 days! :eek: WOW time really has flown by! Can't wait to see the pictures! :)

Flossbolna
09-28-2011, 04:49 PM
Hi everyone, it seems like time is flying and I still have lots of comments from you guys which I never replied to! Sorry!! I try to be better with keeping up here for the last 13 days!! I still want to post the rest of the DLP pictures before the trip and I have a special Germany update which I want to do for you - but I need to get the pictures for that first!!

But, let's start replying!

We really liked the Royal Pacific. The rooms were a good size and nice and the resort was themed very nicely. Only downfall is they just don't have the Disney service in the parks or hotel.

Lovely pictures of Fantasyland! I love the labyrinth!

I recently heard from some people who were very pleased with the service, especially at the Universal hotels. Maybe they are improving? :goodvibes

The labyrinth has always been one of my favourite attractions - well in the sense as the Peoplemover is one of my favourites at MK, not horribly exciting, but a very fun diversion.

Thanks for the tour though DLP. Your pictures really show all the similarities and the differences. I like how each park has its own identity yet manage to still hold the Disney magic we all know and love. :goodvibes

Yes, that is exactly it! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
09-28-2011, 04:59 PM
:wave: Magdalene & Katharina!

I am sorry I've been quiet for your PTR, but I have been enjoying it very much! Now that my granddaughter is 3 and I care for her all day M-F there is not not usually much DIS time for posting, but I do try to read my favorite PTR's and TR's.:goodvibes

Thank you for the photos of Disneyland Paris! Until I saw your photos, I had little to no interest in visiting - but now it is added to my must visit list! Fantasyland is breathtakingly beautiful! WDW has never been my favorite MK - Disneyland holds that place in my heart, but seeing your photos, Disneyland Paris could easily win me over!

I might just have to see if some Dis friends may be able to visit DLP for a long weekend next year. :thumbsup2

October is such a great time to visit WDW - the 11th might be just a little bit early for the nicest weather, but by mid visit it should be very nice, nearly perfect. Fingers crossed! Late October is one of my favorite times to visit.:)

Off to do some more catching up! Thanks again for the beautiful photos of DLP. (where is the best place to stay without a car?):flower3:

Last November I had a birthday trip without a birthday - sort of - the day we departed was my birthday, but at check-in the CM insisted I wear a birthday pin for the entire 4 days, so hope you will do the same! She said it is not necessary to be there on the birth day, but being the same month and a birthday trip counts.:thumbsup2

Christine, it was great to see your long post! I have phases when I am more a reader than a writer here on the DIS as well - and spending time with your granddaughter is the best excuse you can have! :goodvibes

I know a few people who know DL and DLP very well and the way they put it is that they say DL is more charming while DLP is more beautiful. I have only been at DL twice, but it is a very wonderful place and I can see why it is your favourite!

Next year should be an excellent year for a visit to DLP. They have a massive renovation scheme going on at the moment for the 20th anniversary next year when they will have a brand new night time show with fountains and lights installed at the Central Plaza. Sounds wonderful!

I am feeling a bit guilty about "celebrating" my birthday there, but I think it will still be fun, even if it is early! Thanks for the encouragement! :thumbsup2

Lovely pics! I was so intrigued by the Alice in Wonderland attraction. It is not something you see much anymore in the US, but the type of adventure I used to love as a child.

Glad you liked them! I have read comments about how the labyrinth only could work in Europe, but not in the US regularly and am always surprised about that. :confused3

Oh corned beef on a pretzel roll sounds delish to me I love both!!!:cloud9:
I had forgotten that Ellen would be able to help with the Disabilities aspect of that trip !! Thanks for the reminder.

I think you will have the greatest fun at Universal. I have done a bit more research about it and am getting very excited about that part of our trip!

Loved the pix of Fantasyland DSL!!:cloud9::love:
Quick Question did the Toad in the Hole Restaurant serve Toad in the Hole !!???? Does anyone know what it is !!!!???

No, there wasn't any toad in the hole being served! :rotfl: And I know what it is: sausages baked in batter (like the yorkshire pudding batter) - do you cook it at home?

Flossbolna
09-28-2011, 05:02 PM
ok, I THIRD what Elin and Wendy said!! We miss you!! We are all looking forward to the Jamborini Meet:thumbsup2:goodvibes

Can I FOURTH Elin, Wendy and Diana? (is that allowed? :laughing:) We miss you. :flower3:

Magdalene: I'm sorry our timing didn't work out this year. :sad1: It was so lovely to meet you & Katharina last year. :goodvibes

I know, it stinks!!!! I so wish our plans had worked to be the same schedule - this is twice now we'll just barely miss each other!!!! On another note, we've stayed at the Royal Pacific many times, it's lovely, you'll enjoy it!!! :hug:

I am so sorry to miss your wonderful meet! And I am feeling very guilty that I still haven't made it back to the AKL thread!! :guilty: I hope I can remedy that soon! In the meantime, I hope all of you have a fantastic trip!! :cool1:

Flossbolna
09-28-2011, 05:11 PM
Very cool Fantasyland DLP pictures Magdalene! So much different than WDW. Thanks for posting them.

I am glad that you enjoyed them! It is very different from the Magic Kingdom, but I really hope that the new Fantasyland will bring some of that level of detail to the MK as well! :goodvibes

The meat variety, or egg?

There is an egg toad in the whole?? I only know the one with sausages...

Wow Magdalene, such breathtakingly beautiful pictures! No wonder you enjoy DLP so much. That is what I call a FANTASYland! :goodvibes

Loved all the photos as usual. I really need to make a trip with you sometime......you have an eye for picking out the best views and sites wherever you are! :thumbsup2

Too funny sending Katharina through the short door! And I enjoyed getting to use a tiny little bit of the French I remember from High School.

Two hours for MEMH......that is fantastic! And what an empty park. And I really like the night shot of the Tea Cups, even though that is one ride I just don't do. Messes up my equilibrium for way too much of the rest of the day!

I did notice they don't have a crown on the wall behind the statue of Cinderella at the fountain. I guess that is a MK exclusive.

First, you are absolutely right about the crown! I was so surprised when I saw that it was missing there...

And yes, DLP went all out with its Fantasyland. I think they just took everything they had learned before to create the most beautiful park of them all at a time when they were still thinking big and taking huge risks. Some people claim that they overspent on the park and that caused the financial troubles. But the reality is more difficult - they overbuilt the hotel capacity and I think they also had not very good consultants about cultural differences between Europeans (and then this is a very varied bunch of people as well!) and Americans. They overestimated spending on merchandise by far because most Europeans don't see shopping as a vacations past-time. :confused3

I love the DLP Fantasyland pictures! Amazing to see the differences from WDW. The landscaping there looks absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing them!

Glad that you enjoyed them!! I really need to upload the next bunch soon! I am sure you will love Discoveryland!

Flossbolna
09-28-2011, 05:18 PM
Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful photos and for your report! Such a delight for us who may never get to EuroDisney...is it still referred as that abroad?? I made friends from England on DCL, and they always called it that!
They did send me a 15 yr anniv magnet:)

Your trip looks like it was Magnifique :)

Glad that everyone is enjoying the pictures!!

I think only very few people still call it EuroDisney - I think it changed its name in 1994?? But I think it might have stuck with some people just for tradition's sake? :goodvibes And people who don't know anything about it might still only know about it from when it was opened, so haven't picked up on the name change...

Having never eaten at either the Swan or Dolphin, I am not positive about this, but I think that you can't charge back to your room at those locations. I don't know whether you do that or not, but we hardly ever carry more than $20 in cash with us and use our room key for everything.

That's a good point!! But I am always carrying some cash because I am horribly afraid that I might end up in a situation where I can't pay because my cards aren't accepted. Happened to me once in Canada when somehow the bank connection between Canada and Europe failed and hence all Canadian ATMs weren't able to recognize my card...

I did not know about the DVC perk at the dolphinand swan. I will have to tuck that bit of information away. :cool1:


Congrats on the 1 month mark.

Yes, make sure to really study the DVC perks, there are some really interesting dining discounts! :thumbsup2

In 2 days I too wil be saying ONE MONTH!!! Dan too!!!

Time is flying!! I think tomorrow you and Dan can say two weeks!! :woohoo:

podsnel
09-28-2011, 07:31 PM
I'm excited for you, I'm excited for Katherina, I'm excited for Rosie! :dance3:

I'm excited for you all to come back and write wonderful TRs to get me excited for my turn in November!:yay:

I'm really interested to hear what you think of the food court over there at the Swalphin- I really have not seen much written about it, and I do seem to spend alot of time over there at that Epcot area....:woohoo:

My friend Evie just got to BWV with her family today- I am thrilled for them, hoping they have an incredible time!:goodvibes

eandesmom
09-28-2011, 07:31 PM
Hi everyone!

I meant to update the PTR yesterday evening, but then my phone line died... The phone is working again, but still no internet... :sad2:

There is some exciting planning news to share: longer park hours (Rosie, that will affect you as well, am going to post on your PTR as well!) for October. Especially one day with a 7pm closing at AK. Since sunset is at 7pm while we are there, this is a rare chance: experience AK at twilight! So, we are most likely changing a few things around...



13 days now!!!

If you can make AK for EMH with sunset at that time, you must ride EE in the dark. It is amazing!!!!

podsnel
09-28-2011, 08:14 PM
13 days now!!!

If you can make AK for EMH with sunset at that time, you must ride EE in the dark. It is amazing!!!!

I AGREE!!!! EE in the dark is a completely different ride- it takes it up about 10 notches! :thumbsup2

englishrose47
09-28-2011, 09:50 PM
We are getting sooo close !!Any word on a Meet yet Magdalena !! I have pretyy much finished up my plans and will just be commenting on the packing and finding out about my "Guys "" !!

I too have never heard of Egg in the Hole !!Scotch Eggs yes !!:confused3But it was Marv so who knows !!!!:rotfl2: Did he say if you need a Wooden Spoon to make it !!!!:lmao:

Kleese
09-29-2011, 01:32 PM
[QUOTE=Flossbolna;42784892]Hi everyone, it seems like time is flying and I still have lots of comments from you guys which I never replied to! Sorry!! I try to be better with keeping up here for the last 13 days!! I still want to post the rest of the DLP pictures before the trip and I have a special Germany update which I want to do for you - but I need to get the pictures for that first!!

:worship: Special Germany update :yay: Hope you have time before your trip as it is coming up very fast.

It was very interesting when you said that Europeans don't really shop on vacation like Americans. I have to say that I do buy a lot of little stuff on vacations that I could live without. At the time you think it's a good idea and then when you get home your like where am I going to put that or I come home with 6 pens that I will use once or twice because I already have a drawer full of regular pens. :confused3 wish I would have kept all the receipts last time i went to Disney to see how much I spent on things that I 've never used.

brookelizabeth
09-29-2011, 09:54 PM
It actually makes me sad because when I visited Epcot for the first time, I was expecting something very cheesy and full of stereotypes and was extremely impressed how tastefully, historically and culturally correct and classy it was. For me it has lost a lot of this appeal with this one little shop I am sad to say...

Congratulations for getting China!! You have seen France as well, I think? So you are still two films ahead of me. :lmao:

Ahhh, that makes sense. When I think about it that way, it is sad. Disney is pretty good at making the fake seem real - very few know the difference.

And yes! I have seen France! I'm two up! :banana: :laughing:

Ok, there really is not much to say, just look at those pictures. And I think you will understand why the Magic Kingdom at the WDW was never able to touch my heart the same way as Disneyland Paris does.

Wow. ::yes:: I completely understand!!! Beautiful!


Your trip is getting SO close. I'm glad I made it back here before you leave! If I don't again (which I hope I do!), I want to wish you a wonderful trip and safe travels! I look forward to hearing all about it on the other side!

Captain_Oblivious
09-30-2011, 09:43 AM
Your ticker says 11 days today....:goodvibes

Flossbolna
10-02-2011, 07:53 AM
Hey Magdalene,

So excited for you that your trip is getting so close!...:goodvibes

I am going to DWD and Universal in March so I am really curious to see your thoughts on the rides and restaurants...

I've always wished that they would add an additional restaurant to the German Pavilion...something a little authentic...

If they didn't want to commit to an entire full service restaurant...I think a nice German style coffee house might have been nice...I agree that the new bakery in Germany while perhaps tasty-although I haven't experienced it yet-looks more American than German...

It would have been interested to really have a kind of German coffee house with a turn of the century decor... with authentic German pastry...Cupcakes aren't really German as far as I know...:confused3

hmmm...or am I confused were the coffee houses Austrian or where they German also?

Hi Patricia, it is so great to see you here again!!

I will certainly report back on Universal. I am so excited about that part of our trip and am really looking forward to it - nearly more than Disney... :rolleyes1 And I just started to re-read my Harry Potter books, figured it would be a good way to prepare! :lmao:

And I fully agree with your thoughts about a German bakery! Yes, cupcakes aren't German, but we have a lot of cakes which are wonderful and a coffee house like you mention would be wonderful (and you gave me an idea for another Germany update there... I just need to get the pictures... :idea:).

Vienna is famous for coffee houses and there is certainly a very strong tradition for this in Austria as well (especially coffee, the Viennese discovered coffee when they were under siege by the Turkish and once the Turkish groups the left, the discovered the left over coffee beans).

Flossbolna
10-02-2011, 09:01 AM
ONE MONTH, (well actually a little less now)!!!!

I think changes are inevitable in every plan as you get closer. What changes I'm seeing look great! Going budget over WAY-over-priced is never a bad thing. The price increase at Boma is outrageous, and I'm so glad I tried it before it went up to $39 a head! WOW! :scared1:

You're right- Kona looks like a way better deal than 'Ohaha. As you know, while I liked it, it wasn't spectacular, and you can probably get most of what's "over there" too.

Anyway, counting down with you!!!

Wow, time is passing so quickly... It is a bit embarrassing how long it took me for these replies...

I must say that I am starting to get a bit annoyed at the Disney dining prices this trip. While I never found food to be cheap there, it starts to become so expensive that I am shying away from paying for it... It seems like they want to increase the DDP price every year and in order to keep it looking like a deal they must increase dining prices as well. I checked my old receipts and in 2009 we payed $28.99 per person at Boma for dinner - now it is $39.40. :scared1:

One month away! Awesome! :woohoo: (can I come?) :rotfl2:

I think you will be very happy with Kona Cafe for dinner. Julie and I really enjoyed it (just be ready for a loud atmosphere, that's all).

We would love to take you (and Julie and the kids) along, that would certainly be a highly entertaining trip!! :thumbsup2

I am looking forward to Kona quite a bit, I have been there before and know what you mean by loud atmosphere. :-)

Sounds like you are ready to go! It will be here before you know it! :cheer2::woohoo::yay::banana:

Yes, time has been flying those last weeks!! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
10-02-2011, 09:20 AM
The price for Cape May is scary, I wouldn't do it if not on the dining plan I don't think. Very cool about the DVC discount at the Swolphin locations, I've heard good things about Fresh.

The BC Marketplace isn't a food court but it's not bad for a deluxe CS.

Yes, it is scary. As I said in the reply to Liesa's post I think Disney is going from expensive, but somehow justifiable, to ridiculous IMHO. And I think it is done to get people to get the DDP which in itself is getting more and more expensive... It's $51.50 next year per adult per night. Up from $46 this year. It includes the refillable mug, but that's a $5.50 price increase... In 2007 when it still included an appetiser for the table service meal and tip it was $39 and then in 2008 when it was the same as it is now it was $38. I really don't like this development... :sad2:

Hoping everything is okay as you haven't been on the boards for a while !!I have been posting my plans and hoping we can set a definate meet!!!!!

Thanks for looking out for me Rosie!! :goodvibes

It's been so long since I've been to the boards that today was my catch up day for your thread. I was so happy to hear about Harry Potter! I can't wait to hear about all of it. It seems that you have left nothing out of your birthday celebration and I'm so happy for the both of us because I know you will tell us all about it :rolleyes1 I am very sad though that I can't seem to pull up your trip pics and will have to try again from another computer:badpc:. I hope that is the trouble because I would hate to miss your wonderful pictures. I love to live through you. I can see so many places that otherwise I would never be able to and for that I am thankful.:cloud9:

Hope all is well over there in Germany :goodvibes it's good to be back on and reading your posts. You don't have much longer now and I'm sure you both can't stop smiling thinking about how much fun your going to have:jumping1:

Hi there! Great to see you again!! We are really excited about Harry Potter, but also the rest of the parks there, they sound very exciting!

The pics you have problem with are those the DLP pictures? You need to enter a password: Flossbolna. Did you manage to see them?

Flossbolna
10-02-2011, 09:24 AM
19 days! :eek: WOW time really has flown by! Can't wait to see the pictures! :)

Yes it is flying faster and faster the closer we get to the trip!! :scared1:

9 days today!!! :banana::banana:

I'm excited for you, I'm excited for Katherina, I'm excited for Rosie! :dance3:

I'm excited for you all to come back and write wonderful TRs to get me excited for my turn in November!:yay:

I'm really interested to hear what you think of the food court over there at the Swalphin- I really have not seen much written about it, and I do seem to spend alot of time over there at that Epcot area....:woohoo:

My friend Evie just got to BWV with her family today- I am thrilled for them, hoping they have an incredible time!:goodvibes


Oh, don't expect a full TR to be finished in time for your November trip!! :scared1: But I am sure we will be back with some impressions!! :thumbsup2

Yes, it seems like people bot staying at the Swolphin don't make much use of it. But we are really looking forward to it, especially with the 20% DVC discount! :thumbsup2

13 days now!!!

If you can make AK for EMH with sunset at that time, you must ride EE in the dark. It is amazing!!!!

9 days today!!! :cool1:

Unfortunately it won't be really dark when AK closes... I am still planning on going to guest services at AK one day to file a complaint that they no longer offer evening EMH at that park. They need to know that people really miss it! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
10-02-2011, 09:34 AM
I too have never heard of Egg in the Hole !!Scotch Eggs yes !!:confused3But it was Marv so who knows !!!!:rotfl2: Did he say if you need a Wooden Spoon to make it !!!!:lmao:

Let's hope that Marv will find the time to tell us about it then!! Sounds a bit strange, but you are right maybe he meant Scotch Eggs... Which remind me of pork pies, one of my favourite British delicacies!!



:worship: Special Germany update :yay: Hope you have time before your trip as it is coming up very fast.

It was very interesting when you said that Europeans don't really shop on vacation like Americans. I have to say that I do buy a lot of little stuff on vacations that I could live without. At the time you think it's a good idea and then when you get home your like where am I going to put that or I come home with 6 pens that I will use once or twice because I already have a drawer full of regular pens. :confused3 wish I would have kept all the receipts last time i went to Disney to see how much I spent on things that I 've never used.

Oh, I really hope i will find the time to do one last special Germany update... I was so stupid, would have had the chance yesterday to get the pictures, but forgot my camera...

I know exactly what you mean and have in recent years started to try to buy less little things on vacation and instead get a few bigger, but useful things. Especially mugs, kitchen accessoirs etc are really nice because they remind you of the trip daily while not adding to the clutter... :goodvibes

Ahhh, that makes sense. When I think about it that way, it is sad. Disney is pretty good at making the fake seem real - very few know the difference.

It really makes me feel even angry towards Disney in a way... And the newest rumour is that they are changing the former sweet shop into a shop selling beer steins and are going to call it "Stein Laden" - which would be absolutely ridiculous as the proper translation for this would be "rock shop". "Stein" in German means "rock" or "stone", while the German word for "beer stein" is "Bierkrug". It is never called anything with "stein"... :sad2:

And yes! I have seen France! I'm two up! :banana: :laughing:

Your trip is getting SO close. I'm glad I made it back here before you leave! If I don't again (which I hope I do!), I want to wish you a wonderful trip and safe travels! I look forward to hearing all about it on the other side!

Thanks for the good wishes!! And I hope that on the other side we will be ahead of you with regard to Epcot films!! :cool2:

Your ticker says 11 days today....:goodvibes

Today it says 9 days!!! :cheer2:

Flossbolna
10-02-2011, 09:42 AM
The title says it all: 9 days until we arrive at WDW!! So here is our single digit dance:

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::b anana::banana::banana:

We have nearly everything planned, not much more today besides some last minute errands like shopping, getting a pedicure, running a 10k (well, maybe not the normal last minute errand, but that is what I am going to do tomorrow... with way too little training because I had a nasty ear infection for most of the summer).

We have arranged a meeting with Rosie for October 13th - watching Illuminations together. I am really looking forward to meet her and her group! I think we might even find a pole for a little dance together. ;)

So now we just have to wait, to finish stuff at work and to pack. The trip will be here sooner than we can imagine, I think... :cheer2:

Flossbolna
10-02-2011, 09:48 AM
Finally we arrive at the last land of Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris: Discoveryland.

Instead of a Tomorrowland, DLP has a Discoveryland. It is focused on the great discoveries of mankind and has taken it's main design from the future as it was envisaged by the people in the 19th century, mainly Jules Verne. In my opinion it makes for the most spectacular of these lands in the parks in the Disney empire...

The main draw there is Space Mountain. While it share the name with its American cousins, it is a totally different ride. It is a launched coaster with multiple inversions. A fantastic experience. It used to be themed according to Jules Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon" (De la Terre a la Lune) and you entered the rocket which would be shoot by cannon to the moon. Now it is called "Mission 2" and the decorations have changed considerably. The best part of the coaster is that it has onboard sound - the first Disney coaster to have it, Rock'n Roller Coaster copied it from Space Mountain.

But you want to see pictures I guess, so here (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/DLP%202011/Discoveryland/?albumview=slideshow) they are. Password is once again Flossbolna (be careful, it is case sensitive).

tiggrbaby
10-02-2011, 10:47 AM
Woo hoo to single digits!

Thanks for sharing the pics; someday I hope to see DLP myself!

marvali
10-02-2011, 05:07 PM
Let's hope that Marv will find the time to tell us about it then!! Sounds a bit strange, but you are right maybe he meant Scotch Eggs... Which remind me of pork pies, one of my favourite British delicacies!!Toad in the Hole (egg style) is the Americanized version.

It is very simple. You cut a circle out of the middle of a slice of bread, place it in a skillet, crack an egg into the middle and fry it in the skillet. I looked up the British version and it looks really good. Would love to try it sometime.

Wow Magdalene, single digits dance going on!!! :banana: Must be great to have a trip so close! I know you and Katharina are getting so excited! :woohoo:

glennbo123
10-02-2011, 07:28 PM
:yay: for single digits! :dance3:

It's neat to see Star Tours with other futuristic rides. It makes sense!

Space Mountain looks cool too.

Toad in the Hole (egg style) is the Americanized version.

We call that "an egg in a nest". I still make them on occasion.

englishrose47
10-02-2011, 10:59 PM
I will have to try Marv's Toad in the hole one day!! Sounds good to me !! As for Pork Pies Hmmmmmm Love them and especially with some pickled onions !!!!

englishrose47
10-04-2011, 11:46 PM
Have to bump this up !!Can't waoit to meet you both on the 13th!!!!

Captain_Oblivious
10-05-2011, 04:24 PM
Very cool Discoveryland pictures! I agree with Glenn--Space Mountain looks really neat. How does the ride compare with WDW or DL?

Flossbolna
10-06-2011, 07:29 AM
Woo hoo to single digits!

Thanks for sharing the pics; someday I hope to see DLP myself!

Time is flying, only 5 days today!!

I hope you will make it to DLP, it is definitely worth a trip for every Disney fan! :thumbsup2

Toad in the Hole (egg style) is the Americanized version.

It is very simple. You cut a circle out of the middle of a slice of bread, place it in a skillet, crack an egg into the middle and fry it in the skillet. I looked up the British version and it looks really good. Would love to try it sometime.

Wow Magdalene, single digits dance going on!!! :banana: Must be great to have a trip so close! I know you and Katharina are getting so excited! :woohoo:

Ok, your toad in the hole version sounds very interesting as well! I might have to try that this weekend...

I am very excited about the upcoming trip and am very sorry for everyone who has to wait much longer until their next trip!!

:yay: for single digits! :dance3:

It's neat to see Star Tours with other futuristic rides. It makes sense!

Space Mountain looks cool too.


At first I was surprised what you meant about Star Tours and other futuristic rides... At DL it is in Tomorrowland as well. :thumbsup2 Even though the "purists" would tell you that it does not belong into a place with "tomorrow" in its name because of: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...." ;) So there is something about the placement in DHS which makes more sense...

Space Mountain looks many times better in person, it does not photograph very well because it is too large. It is very impressive and when a train is launched the canon moves and there is smoke (if the effect works...).

Flossbolna
10-06-2011, 07:37 AM
I will have to try Marv's Toad in the hole one day!! Sounds good to me !! As for Pork Pies Hmmmmmm Love them and especially with some pickled onions !!!!

No pickled onions for me!! :crazy2:

Have to bump this up !!Can't waoit to meet you both on the 13th!!!!

Yes, we are both excited about this as well and I need to reply to your PM!!

Very cool Discoveryland pictures! I agree with Glenn--Space Mountain looks really neat. How does the ride compare with WDW or DL?

Space Mountain at DLP cannot be compared with its counterparts at WDW or DL... It is in a totally different league. If you want to compare it to another Disney coaster it would have to be RnRC - with a launch up a hill and then there are stars around you with onboard audio. I think it has less inversions than RnRC, but unfortunately it has now become very rough, so it throws you around quite a lot.

Flossbolna
10-06-2011, 08:04 AM
The ticker says it is only five days and I thought I would give you a bit of an update about how the last minute planning is going...

First, we have checked in online for our studio at BWV. Worked fine once I did not try to give them my mobile phone number. Their system did not like my format, even though it seemed to realize that I had a foreign number. Well, since we will arrive after check-in time they won't need it to inform us when our room is ready and that was the reason they wanted it for...

Katharina and I have finalised the "travel library". We tried to each bring books the other one might want to read as well so that we can share. Since we intend to spend quite some time at the pool and have a very long flight we wanted to make sure to have enough variety.

We have now definite plans on when we will meet Rosie: Thursday evening at Japan in Epcot to see Illuminations! :banana:

So the weekend will be spent with last preparation things: laundry, some shopping (pharmacy, snacks for the trip) and then start the packing! We also still need to collect all our travel documents: all the confirmation numbers for the tickets we need to pick up (WDW, Universal and MNSSHP), confirmation numbers for ADRs etc. I also need to print out the post about "new things to do" so that we won't forget what we wanted to see during this trip!! And Katharina needs to read menus for the counter service places to find out where they have things she can eat without problem (and which is something else than a plain burger with fries).

Sounds like a busy weekend!! And I will also have a friend come and visit me for part of the weekend... But for me tomorrow is the last day at work, so I also have Monday to get things done.

lovealldisney
10-06-2011, 08:31 AM
WOW time sure has flown by! I'm so excited for you two, I hope you have a fabulous time and enjoy all the fun Halloween fun! I so wish I could be there to visit again with you two. Still working on DW plans (possibly) for next year, but that could all change if DD gets to come Germany to study! ;)

Have a great weekend and I hope you get a chance to relax before the trip.

englishrose47
10-06-2011, 09:48 AM
I am soo excited to finally meet you both !!I have told Dan and if he can he will join us but he has dinner ressies at MK soooo may not be able to !!But again you may run into him as his plans are totally different . Check them out and give him a PM if anything matches your plans !!Dan LOVES Dis Meets too!!!

eandesmom
10-06-2011, 12:02 PM
only 1 more day of work, how lovely!

You seem very ready and organized and how fun that the meet is all worked out.

The earlier posts make me want to cook toad in the hold for the kids this weekend. We always called them popeye's though. I've never made it for them, haven't had it since I was a child.

tiggrbaby
10-07-2011, 06:57 AM
Hooray for only one day of work before vaca!:cool1:

As for books on long trips, before I got my Kindle I used to stock up on paperbacks from yard sales and the library used book sales. I would pack about half as many as the number of days, and anything I managed to finish I would leave (in the library or community room if there was one available). This also guaranteed me room in my luggage for the way home!

Flossbolna
10-07-2011, 02:01 PM
WOW time sure has flown by! I'm so excited for you two, I hope you have a fabulous time and enjoy all the fun Halloween fun! I so wish I could be there to visit again with you two. Still working on DW plans (possibly) for next year, but that could all change if DD gets to come Germany to study! ;)

Have a great weekend and I hope you get a chance to relax before the trip.

Hi Wendy!! We are really looking forward to all parts of the trip! And I am sure that we will manage to see each other again at some point in the future... I still want to see Wisconsin and Iowa! :good vibes


I am soo excited to finally meet you both !!I have told Dan and if he can he will join us but he has dinner ressies at MK soooo may not be able to !!But again you may run into him as his plans are totally different . Check them out and give him a PM if anything matches your plans !!Dan LOVES Dis Meets too!!!

Hi Rosie! I am really not sure how our other days will work, but we will look out for Dan, perhaps we might meet him by chance. :goodvibes

only 1 more day of work, how lovely!

You seem very ready and organized and how fun that the meet is all worked out.

The earlier posts make me want to cook toad in the hold for the kids this weekend. We always called them popeye's though. I've never made it for them, haven't had it since I was a child.

No more days of work as of now!! :banana:

Wow, if you say that I am organised, I most definitely am!! I don't know a more organised person than you I think!! :good vibes

Interesting that you call it popeye's - I would have thought that something with that name would have to include spinach... :confused3

Hooray for only one day of work before vaca!:cool1:

As for books on long trips, before I got my Kindle I used to stock up on paperbacks from yard sales and the library used book sales. I would pack about half as many as the number of days, and anything I managed to finish I would leave (in the library or community room if there was one available). This also guaranteed me room in my luggage for the way home!

Yes, and that one day is over now!!

Katharina's DH has a Kindle and I was looking at it recently with great interest. Especially for trips it is a wonderful thing. But then I just love real pages... Your method with the used paperbacks is a good idea! I am just a bit picky in my reading tastes, so I am not sure whether it would work for me. But I have abandoned books in the past when I finished them on vacation. Some books I don't have to have in my bookcase at home...

Flossbolna
10-07-2011, 02:17 PM
My vacation has started!! :cool1:

At least my time off from work. I did finish everything that I wanted to do this afternoon, even tidied my office, and left an empty desk at work.

To celebrate this you get to see some more DLP pictures: various pictures from our hotel.

There are six Disney owned hotels (and one campground with cabins) at DLP, all of them opened in 1992 and some say that this is one of the reasons why EuroDisney got into financial difficulties in the early years: too many hotel rooms to fill!

You have already seen one hotel, the Disneyland Hotel at the entrance to DLP. To get to the other hotels you need to walk past the train station and then through "Disney Village" the Paris version of Downtown Disney and then you get to a square lake where there are three of the other five hotels located: Hotel New York (themed after New York, what else), Sequoia Lodge (themed after a National Park lodge, but much simpler than the Wilderness Lodge) and finally Newport Bay Club (it is kind of the cousin of the Yacht Club at WDW). A bit further there are the two value hotels: Hotel Cheyenne (which is built like a Western town) and Hotel Santa Fe (with a South West theme).

We stayed at Newport Bay Club. It was a nice hotel, but all the hotels at DLP are really showing their age. They just started a full refurbishment programme and the first to get updated was Sequoia Lodge and the pictures look like they did a very good job. Newport Bay Club did look very tired even though our room was clean, but once the tiles have a certain age, they just don't look nice anymore, however clean they might be....

But we thought the atmosphere was still very nice and we enjoyed staying there a lot, we had tea in the afternoon in the lobby lounge and even went to the pool (but without a camera...).

So, here are the pictures (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/DLP%202011/Hotel%20Newport%20Bayclub/?albumview=slideshow), password as always is Flossbolna! Have fun!!

Poolrat
10-08-2011, 10:26 AM
All caught up and just in time for you to go.

Have a magical trip. I have enjoyed the pictures and got a bit giddy when I say the garbage can in DLP. :laughing: :goodvibes

englishrose47
10-08-2011, 12:09 PM
Great pix of DLR resort!! Only 5 days till we meet!!!:banana:

Flossbolna
10-10-2011, 06:03 PM
Hi everyone!

Katharina was done packing at 9:30pm, it took me until 11:30pm. And she was the one who had to work today... Don't know what went wrong there. :confused3

But now I am done and the only things I still need to do is go to bed, try to sleep somehow and then get up early tomorrow morning and then it is off to the airport!!

We are both checked in for our flights and finally are quite confident that the flight will actually happen. This wasn't so sure since Friday. We had quite a scare Friday evening when we read that the air traffic control union was threatening to go on strike some time this week!! This would have meant that no air plane would be able to fly in the air over Germany. The good thing was that it was expected that it won't happen before Tuesday evening, so our flight would have been able to leave anyway. But now the union has agree to continue negotiating and at least for the immediate future there is no danger of strikes... Will be interesting how the situation will be when we are flying back...

But I am not worrying about this now, but rather look forward to 12 days at the magical place!! :banana:

MRYPPNS
10-10-2011, 06:38 PM
Have a wonderful trip! Can't wait for the report when you get back popcorn::

eandesmom
10-10-2011, 06:41 PM
Thank heavens for no strike! There are worse places to be stranded if it happens while you are on vacation. :rotfl:

Fly safe!!!!!!!!!!!!

tiggrbaby
10-10-2011, 07:08 PM
Have a magical trip! Looking forward to your pics!

englishrose47
10-10-2011, 08:51 PM
I had forgotten almost about the Eorpean tendancy to STRIKE !!:scared1::scared1:Strikes were commom place in England and sometimes the reason was soooooooo stupid !!:sad2:Once it was over who blew the whistle for lunch !!:rolleyes1:sad2::rotfl2:Who cares as long as I get my lunch !!!:lmao::lmao::lmao:

Poolrat
10-10-2011, 09:38 PM
Thank heavens for no strike! There are worse places to be stranded if it happens while you are on vacation. :rotfl:

Fly safe!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was thinking the same thing.:laughing: Safe travels and have a magical trip.

podsnel
10-10-2011, 09:50 PM
Have a wonderful time hearing your first "WELCOME HOME"!!!! Safe travels, have a magical trip!:woohoo::yay::dance3::woohoo::yay:

Flossbolna
10-11-2011, 03:32 AM
Thanks for the good wishes! I am sitting at the airport, watching bags being loaded onto my airplane. Haven't spotted mine yet, but I am sure it is there. :)

Katharina got rebooked onto an earlier flight, but that is now delayed. Fortunately we have a lot of time in Frankfurt!!

The weatherforecast for the next days has improved considerably - from constant rain to sunshine!!

lovealldisney
10-11-2011, 06:45 AM
Have fun the both of you! See you when you get back.

Hope Katharina made it in time! :eek:

Captain_Oblivious
10-11-2011, 11:18 AM
But I am not worrying about this now, but rather look forward to 12 days at the magical place!! :banana:


Have a wonderful vacation! Can't wait to hear all about it!

marvali
10-11-2011, 12:26 PM
Hope you both have a safe trip and this ends up being the best trip you ever had to Disney World!!! :goodvibes Can't wait to hear all about it!!! :banana:

kid-at-heart
10-11-2011, 01:59 PM
I hope you are having a great time. Looking forward to hearing about your trip when you return. :goodvibes

kate

glennbo123
10-11-2011, 07:41 PM
Have a great trip Magdalene and Katharina!

And....."Welcome Home"!!!

Curiouser&curiouser!
10-12-2011, 01:40 PM
Have an amazing trip!

mom3sonstt
10-20-2011, 03:28 PM
Sorry I missed the final countdown for your trip. Hope you are having an amazing time!

Flossbolna
10-23-2011, 12:58 PM
Hi everyone,

Katharina and I are both back in Germany - tired from jet-lag, but happy that we had such a wonderful trip!!

I still have another two days off from work and will try to start telling some stories about our trip. It won't be a full trip report this time - I actually did not take very many pictures at WDW at all, it was very relaxing to just enjoy without a camera lens between me and reality! :good vibes But we have some interesting things we want to mention and then there is of course Universal... :thumbsup2

marvali
10-23-2011, 01:30 PM
So glad you both made it safely back home! Was thinking about you both last night knowing you were on the way home. Can't wait to hear all about the trip! :goodvibes

englishrose47
10-23-2011, 02:10 PM
Hope you had a safe trip home !!You will have to post the only pix we got of our meet due to my batteries dying !!!! And you kept Marv's secret well:rotfl2:

Minnie&Nana
10-23-2011, 02:31 PM
Welcome home! Hope you had safe travels and a wonderful trip.:goodvibes

glennbo123
10-23-2011, 05:04 PM
I'm glad you had a great trip. Can't wait to hear some of those stories.

tiggrbaby
10-23-2011, 05:57 PM
Welcome back! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

Captain_Oblivious
10-24-2011, 08:52 AM
Welcome home! Sorry the trip had to come to an end, but I'm glad you're safe and can't wait to hear about it!

lovealldisney
10-24-2011, 09:20 AM
Welcome home ladies! I'm glad you had a fun trip can't wait to read all about it! ;)

Poolrat
10-24-2011, 10:36 AM
Welcome home. I am sure you have plenty of stories to tell about a certain Dismeet. :rolleyes1

eandesmom
10-24-2011, 04:02 PM
Welcome Home!

englishrose47
10-24-2011, 11:16 PM
Welcome home. I am sure you have plenty of stories to tell about a certain Dismeet. :rolleyes1

You knew to Pat !!!The Plot thickens :rotfl2:

Poolrat
10-25-2011, 09:02 PM
You knew to Pat !!!The Plot thickens :rotfl2:

I only found out when he got home and spilled the beans. Honest. :laughing:

podsnel
10-26-2011, 11:54 AM
welcome home, girls! :goodvibes Hope you loved your first trip home! :lovestruc

brookelizabeth
10-26-2011, 12:01 PM
Welcome home!!! I look forward to hearing about it! :goodvibes Glad to hear you had a wonderful time.

I just looked at your pics of the Newport Bay Club - it really does strongly echo the Yacht Club-even some of the decor is the same/similar.

Flossbolna
11-02-2011, 03:05 PM
Thank you to everyone for the welcome-homes! It took us some time to get rid of the jet-lag and to settle back into our everyday life. But now I have already some updates for the TR written and will start posting momentarily!! :good vibes

I have decided to just continue with the PTR and ask the moderators to move it over to the TR section. So those who have subscribed to it should find it easily, everyone else, be prepared to find it over on the TR board soon!

Flossbolna
11-02-2011, 03:11 PM
Since this trip report is just a continuation of the pre-trip report, we don't need a new introduction of the people involved or the purpose of the trip. You can find all of this here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40380403&postcount=1).

I will also update the original table of contents as we move along which can be found here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40380404&postcount=2).

But I want to say a few things about how this trip report will work. It won't be a chronological review of what we did when. Instead we will just have different topics – and will use the pre-trip-report plans as a kind of guideline about what we will want to talk about. Of course if anyone feels like they want to hear more about specific aspects of the trip, just go ahead and ask and I will try my best to embellish that point! I hope you will all find this still interesting enough to read along!

Unfortunately, I must warn you that there won't be many pictures to see along the way. Some parts will have more pictures than others, but in general I came back with about 1/5 of the pictures I have taken on previous trips. This one was just much more about enjoying being there than about documenting it – and it made for a very pleasant change for me! I guess I felt that by now I have a picture of nearly everything I want to have a picture of at WDW.

So, let's get started in the next post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43131477&postcount=639) with the first “real” update!

Flossbolna
11-02-2011, 03:43 PM
Ok, with the introduction out of the way, let's start with the one topic which I never made into a PTR update – and for good reason! We had two DISmeets planned for our trip, but for one I was sworn to secrecy. So it felt strange to tell you all about one and be silent about the other.

The one which was talked about in the chatter on the PTR and people might have known about was that we were hoping to meet Rosie (englishrose47) who was at WDW as a group leader for a group of special needs adults – one of her famous “free trips”.

The secret DISmeet was that Marvin (Marvali) had been thinking about making use of his annual pass for a weekend trip to WDW while we were there. It was very much uncertain until the last minute whether this would work out and he hoped to surprise Rosie with his presence. So, therefore this meeting was only discussed in PMs and emails between Marv, Katharina and me.

So how did all of this work out?

For whatever reason it turned out that Rosie always planned to be somewhere else than Katharina and I. The only real chance for a meeting was her first evening at WDW, Thursday, when her group had dinner at Teppan Edo. So we decided to meet at Epcot after their dinner to view Illuminations together. We had agreed to meet at the Japan pavilion at 8:30 pm. Katharina and I were unfortunately running late due to extremely crowded monorails (we were arriving from dinner at the California Grill) and were afraid that we had missed Rosie when we arrived in Japan 10 minutes late!! But it turned out that Rosie's group was still finishing dinner.

Unfortunately this meant that we had only very little time to talk, but it was great to meet Rosie in person! She is such a wonderful, cheerful and fun person! And while I had always admired her dedication to her work with developmentally disabled people, it was truly great to meet her group and see her interact with them. Rosie, you once mentioned that you are happy that you found your true vocation in what you do and one could really tell that!!

At first I thought I had forgotten my camera, but then I found it in my bag, so after the fireworks were over and we got to chat for a little bit, we did take one picture of the three of us:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09263-Arbeitskopie2.jpg

Rosie had also a lovely gift for us: a Vera Bradley pocket photo album for each of us.Which was great since we had read so much about those bags here on the DIS!! And we will make sure to fill the albums with pictures from this trip! Thanks again Rosie!!

We knew already that we would be able to spend more time with Marv – and a bonus guest! During the very last week it turned out that he was not going to be travelling solo, but would bring along his 19 year old son Jonathan! It was a great pleasure to meet both of them!! Katharina and I were rather amazed that Jonathan opted to spend so much time with us “old” people, but we truly enjoyed his company!

We met up with Marvin and Jonathan on three mornings and then at Sunday evening during the MNSSHP. We actually covered all four parks together! And had a truly fun meal at 50's Prime Time Cafe on Sunday. Marv and Jonathan made sure that we had fun with our server, even though Marv was way too good at hiding his left over southern greens under the chicken bones, so our server did not see them. But I was really glad that I finally got to experience a server who was playing along instead of being all boring!!!

Marv also brought something for us to WDW, but I feel like I should not yet mention this...

Touring the parks with Marv and Jonathan was a lot of fun, it felt quite different for me to actually tour WDW with a group of people. So far my trips to WDW have always only been with one other person, and even at DLP we had never been more than three. However, the one thing I was a bit sad about in the end is that touring the parks does take away something from conversations you might have with your friends. I felt that we did somehow catch up a little bit on that during our lunch at the PTC, but in the end I feel it would have been nicer to have more time to talk...

I only have one picture of the three of us (well, there is one from MNSSHP, but I am not posting that yet...), but I know that Marv has more, so I hope that they will make it into this TR somehow!!

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09268.jpg

Just as we had experienced with Laura during our last trip, meeting people really adds so much to a trip to WDW! I feel very lucky that we got to meet Rosie, Marv and Jonathan! It truly made me feel much more at home at WDW to have friends to meet there.

Captain_Oblivious
11-02-2011, 04:18 PM
Ok, with the introduction out of the way, let's start with the one topic which I never made into a PTR update – and for good reason! We had two DISmeets planned for our trip, but for one I was sworn to secrecy. So it felt strange to tell you all about one and be silent about the other.

Having secret plans makes things more exciting, though!

[B]Rosie, you once mentioned that you are happy that you found your true vocation in what you do and one could really tell that!!

I'm glad it worked out that you could meet Rosie! You had me worried for a second there.

[B]We met up with Marvin and Jonathan on three mornings and then at Sunday evening during the MNSSHP. We actually covered all four parks together! And had a truly fun meal at 50's Prime Time Cafe on Sunday. Marv and Jonathan made sure that we had fun with our server, even though Marv was way too good at hiding his left over southern greens under the chicken bones, so our server did not see them. But I was really glad that I finally got to experience a server who was playing along instead of being all boring!!!

Somehow, it seems appropriate that Marv would be good at hiding his vegetables. When I was a kid, my favorite trick was to shovel them back into the serving bowl when my parents weren't looking. :rolleyes1

[B]Marv also brought something for us to WDW, but I feel like I should not yet mention this...

:eek:popcorn::

[B]http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09268.jpg

Just as we had experienced with Laura during our last trip, meeting people really adds so much to a trip to WDW! I feel very lucky that we got to meet Rosie, Marv and Jonathan! It truly made me feel much more at home at WDW to have friends to meet there.


:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

I was going to make an It's A Small World joke here, but I don't want to get that song stuck in anybody's head. So I'll just say it's amazing at how the internet has made these kinds of friendships/meetings possible. I'm glad it all worked out so that you could meet in person! It's a special feeling to know you have friends around the world. :goodvibes

annichan
11-02-2011, 04:19 PM
Great to see that you are back, I hope you both have had a great time! I am looking forward to your reports, be it in chronological order or in whichever way you are planning on giving it! :banana:

Flossbolna
11-02-2011, 05:01 PM
Having secret plans makes things more exciting, though!

Yes, it was a lot of fun to have that kind of conspiracy going with Marv about surprising Rosie!! :thumbsup2


I'm glad it worked out that you could meet Rosie! You had me worried for a second there.

I was worried to at some point when we were rushing through Epcot!! But she had promised to stay at Japan during Illuminations, so I figured her group would somehow be a bit more visible than a single person....

But I am so glad that it worked!! :cool1:


Somehow, it seems appropriate that Marv would be good at hiding his vegetables. When I was a kid, my favorite trick was to shovel them back into the serving bowl when my parents weren't looking. :rolleyes1

Well, good that there weren't any bowls around. Marv might have tried that, too. :rolleyes1


I was going to make an It's A Small World joke here, but I don't want to get that song stuck in anybody's head. So I'll just say it's amazing at how the internet has made these kinds of friendships/meetings possible. I'm glad it all worked out so that you could meet in person! It's a special feeling to know you have friends around the world. :goodvibes

Well, you know that if you want to not make an IaSW joke - you should not mention it at all. Now we have the song stuck in our head and did not hear a joke to make up for it.... :headache::rolleyes1:sad2:

:goodvibes

But I agree, making friends is a wonderful thing and the internet truly has provided so many more opportunities for that. And I am very grateful for this! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
11-02-2011, 05:02 PM
Great to see that you are back, I hope you both have had a great time! I am looking forward to your reports, be it in chronological order or in whichever way you are planning on giving it! :banana:

We had a wonderful time! I hope you will enjoy the report, I am having fun writing it and reliving the trip. :goodvibes

lovealldisney
11-03-2011, 07:01 AM
Great start ladies! I'm so glad you have a wonderful time. So nice to meet friends. You both look lovely as usual. Magdalene is your hair shorter? It's really cute. :)

I'm anxious to hear how you liked MNSSHP! I love Holloween! One of my favorite American holiday's.

How did you like the Boardwalk? I'd like to hear your impressions on that.

englishrose47
11-03-2011, 01:58 PM
subbing !!!!!!!!

englishrose47
11-03-2011, 02:08 PM
Oh silly me I thought this was the new TR !!!:rotfl2:It was awesome to meet both of you!! I was sooooo worried I would not find you and kept popping out to check and then I saw you !! The gang all joined us in time for Illumonations !!Thank you for your kind words about my vocation !! I just love working with this population and especially sharing my LOVE of Disney !!It was such a JOY to hear the one lady say to almost everything we did "I Loved IT" She was sooooo special !!:love:
As for Marv and his surprise that was a CLASSIC!!!!:banana::lmao:

Poolrat
11-03-2011, 06:05 PM
So happy to hear you got to meet Rosie and Marv.

I look forward to hearing all abou your trip and the adventures along the way. :goodvibes

glennbo123
11-04-2011, 01:09 PM
I've met both Rosie and Marv in person also (and lived to talk about it ;) ), but I've yet to meet you two....we'll have to remedy that someday Magdalene and Katharina!

That's an interesting idea to not do this TR chronologically. Looking forward to it.

marvali
11-06-2011, 07:46 AM
Magdalene, your trip may have been without a birthday, but your Trip Report shouldn't be!!!


http://www.dazzlejunction.com/greetings/happy-birthday-/pink-birthday-cake.gif (http://www.dazzlejunction.com/)


Alles Gute zum Geburtstag mein Lieber Freund!

englishrose47
11-06-2011, 01:07 PM
Happy Birthday !!!

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd155/fremontcafe/Birthdays/EhuB-Day.jpg

englishrose47
11-06-2011, 01:08 PM
I've met both Rosie and Marv in person also (and lived to talk about it ;) ), but I've yet to meet you two....we'll have to remedy that someday Magdalene and Katharina!

That's an interesting idea to not do this TR chronologically. Looking forward to it.

After our meeting in DC you almost didn't live:scared1::rotfl2:

Flossbolna
11-10-2011, 03:09 PM
Great start ladies! I'm so glad you have a wonderful time. So nice to meet friends. You both look lovely as usual. Magdalene is your hair shorter? It's really cute. :)

I'm anxious to hear how you liked MNSSHP! I love Holloween! One of my favorite American holiday's.

How did you like the Boardwalk? I'd like to hear your impressions on that.

Wendy, thanks for the compliment on my hair! I think it might be shorter, I was at the hairdresser just before the trip. It might also be blonder... :rolleyes1

MNSSHP and Boardwalk will both be covered, but I can tell you that we loved both!! :goodvibes

subbing !!!!!!!!

Welcome again Rosie!!

Oh silly me I thought this was the new TR !!!:rotfl2:It was awesome to meet both of you!! I was sooooo worried I would not find you and kept popping out to check and then I saw you !! The gang all joined us in time for Illumonations !!Thank you for your kind words about my vocation !! I just love working with this population and especially sharing my LOVE of Disney !!It was such a JOY to hear the one lady say to almost everything we did "I Loved IT" She was sooooo special !!:love:
As for Marv and his surprise that was a CLASSIC!!!!:banana::lmao:

:rotfl: I was wondering why you were subbing since you had been around before!!

I was worried that we would have missed you, too! But it all worked out perfectly. :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
11-10-2011, 03:11 PM
So happy to hear you got to meet Rosie and Marv.

I look forward to hearing all abou your trip and the adventures along the way. :goodvibes

Hi Pat! Meeting Rosie and Marv was really great, but from your TR I know how much you enjoy meeting DISers as well! :goodvibes

I've met both Rosie and Marv in person also (and lived to talk about it ;) ), but I've yet to meet you two....we'll have to remedy that someday Magdalene and Katharina!

That's an interesting idea to not do this TR chronologically. Looking forward to it.

Glenn, I forgot, that you have met those individuals as well. I am a little bit sad that I wasn't around when Rosie and Marv met, I am sure they would have made a great pair to hang out with. :thumbsup2

And I definitely hope to meet you and your family one day as well!!

Flossbolna
11-10-2011, 03:13 PM
Magdalene, your trip may have been without a birthday, but your Trip Report shouldn't be!!!


http://www.dazzlejunction.com/greetings/happy-birthday-/pink-birthday-cake.gif (http://www.dazzlejunction.com/)


Alles Gute zum Geburtstag mein Lieber Freund!

Happy Birthday !!!

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd155/fremontcafe/Birthdays/EhuB-Day.jpg

Thanks for the birthday wishes! I had a great birthday weekend with a party with my friends on Saturday and then a relaxing day on Sunday ending with dinner with my parents. Quite perfect all around!!

Flossbolna
11-10-2011, 03:15 PM
Thoughts on the Parks:

I will collect our thoughts for each park separately – in the ranking that Katharina and I agreed on when discussing our experiences over dinner on our last day. We came up with the following:

1: Animal Kingdom
2: Epcot
3: Magic Kingdom
4: Disney Hollywood Studios

It kind of surprised me how easy it was to come up with that ranking and how much we agreed about it. But more about that when we get to the individual parks...

In the PTR we had listed all the new things we wanted to do (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42153132&postcount=469) at the various parks, so we will report back on what we achieved and how we liked it.

And we will start with our number one in the next post already!

Flossbolna
11-10-2011, 03:21 PM
Thoughts on Animal Kingdom:

This was the one park where we claimed that we had nothing new to do – actually we later remembered that there was something we hadn't done: Nemo – the Musical. But since we still had no interest in seeing this show, we still haven't seen it...

But otherwise, I think this may have been the park where we spent the most hours during this trip. Quite amazing for a park which some consider a half-day park.

And in the end we did get to do something which was new for Katharina: she saw the lights being turned on when we experienced dusk at the AK on Friday evening. AK looks so lovely when all the lights are on, but unfortunately it isn't open long enough in the evenings most of the year and it does not have evening EMHs. But one day during our trip they extended the hours at the AK until 7pm and that was around the time of sunset.

And we found a new love for an attraction at the Animal Kingdom: Dinosaur!!

Those of you were around for the 2010 TR will remember this picture:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%202/Dinosaur.jpg

It summed up our opinion about this ride very well: way too scary!! Somehow this time we really got into the mood of trying this ride out more often – maybe because we spent so much time in the park? And already after the first ride we both thought that if we could get over being scared all the time, we might actually really enjoy it! And then on the morning we spent with Marv at the AK I managed for the very first time to keep my eyes open during the whole ride. The picture of me was still quite a sight as my face was full of horror! But I had managed to have fun as well. And then after our last ride – on our very last day – I got off the ride and thought: That was great, let's do it again – which we did not do since the line was actually quite long! But it is something to look forward on the next trip!!

Maybe the attraction on which we had the most rides during our trip was Kilimanjaro Safaris – and we had some truly wonderful safaris: we saw the lion walking on his rock, saw giraffes, ankole cattle (the ones with the very large white horns) and even the white rhino so close to the safari truck that it was nearly scary (the rhino encounter was truly scary!!). We had – with one exception - excellent safari guides. The exception was a CM who mistook the safari for the Jungle Cruise and tried to be funny, but did not fully succeed. Luckily the animals were a wonderful distraction. Oh and we went on safaris all times of the day – and everyone had something special to see.

We loved the trails once again and one afternoon we spent quite some time watching the 20 months old gorilla baby playing around in a bush:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09462.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09464.jpg

That day was fantastic for seeing the gorillas, also the others seemed to enjoy presenting themselves for the tourists:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09459.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09470.jpg

I could go on and on – about the baby elephant, the wonderful tea stand where Katharina became a regular since she had a soar throat and needed lots of warm drinks, that we spent quite some time exploring all the fun decorations at the Restaurantosaurus... etc. But I guess you get the picture: we loved our time there!!

Anything not so great? Well, I already mentioned the lack of night opening hours. And then there is unfortunate drift of cooking/frying smells from the Yak & Yeti CS towards the lovely seating area next to the wonderful tea stand. Also, I did not really like some of the additions on the safari for those people on the Wild Africa Trek. The bridges and the little hut are ok, but over the hippo pool there is a metal contraption that people get fixed to and there is the place where they get on their safari vehicle. Both theses places look rather industrial and out of place...

marvali
11-10-2011, 04:47 PM
Nice updates! You might have a few other safari pictures and another Dinosaur ride picture to add to your TR soon......... :rolleyes1 (assuming Katharina will let you post it.....) :rotfl:

I'm sure it would have been fun for us all to hang out together during the trip. I really enjoyed spending so much time in the parks with you and Katharina, but the time at the tea stand seating area when we just sat and talked was definitely one of my favorite parts.

I told Rosie I couldn't believe I didn't give her my cell number after we met so she could call me later when they got back to POP and I could come over and sit and talk for a while in a nice relaxed way. Of course if we had all done that, we might not have gotten any sleep that night. Too much fun and laughs.

It all ended way too soon as it was....... :guilty:

Poolrat
11-10-2011, 06:36 PM
I like how you are reporting this trip. :thumbsup2

AK has so many nooks and crannies to surround you with nature and transport you to Africa and Asia.

Glad you were able to sit and relax with Marv. Sounds like a good time.

lovealldisney
11-11-2011, 07:43 AM
And then on the morning we spent with Marv at the AK I managed for the very first time to keep my eyes open during the whole ride. The picture of me was still quite a sight as my face was full of horror!

I think this is a picture you should post! :rotfl:

Great update! Love all you pictures....:goodvibes

eandesmom
11-11-2011, 02:59 PM
How very wonderful that AK is still number 1. I can imagine some of the trek additions are not pretty while on safari (though hanging over the hippos is really something everyone should get to do at least once!).

That dinosaur picture is a riot. AK is simply beautiful at night. I've been lucky enough to be there 3 times for EMH. They do offer it, but only at certain times of the year.

Flossbolna
11-12-2011, 06:04 AM
Nice updates! You might have a few other safari pictures and another Dinosaur ride picture to add to your TR soon......... :rolleyes1 (assuming Katharina will let you post it.....) :rotfl:

I'm sure it would have been fun for us all to hang out together during the trip. I really enjoyed spending so much time in the parks with you and Katharina, but the time at the tea stand seating area when we just sat and talked was definitely one of my favorite parts.

I told Rosie I couldn't believe I didn't give her my cell number after we met so she could call me later when they got back to POP and I could come over and sit and talk for a while in a nice relaxed way. Of course if we had all done that, we might not have gotten any sleep that night. Too much fun and laughs.

It all ended way too soon as it was....... :guilty:

Oh, I am looking forward to receiving mail from you!! Unfortunately it hasn't arrived yet. I had no idea that you took a picture of that Dinosaur picture. That should be hilarious! :goodvibes

The tea break was definitely a highlight! I think Katharina and I got a tea from there nearly every single time we were at AK!

I like how you are reporting this trip. :thumbsup2

AK has so many nooks and crannies to surround you with nature and transport you to Africa and Asia.

Glad you were able to sit and relax with Marv. Sounds like a good time.

Good to know that people enjoy my different approach to this TR! I think with 12 days and my love for writing rather detailed, I think I would have never been able to finish a TR in the usual style... :goodvibes

I remember that we talked about the change in touring style when you wrote about how it was when you first bought your AP. To a certain extent owning DVC changed my touring as well, it was definitely more relaxed than ever before, but I still would want it to be even more relaxed. I still kind of feel that I need to do every attraction... :confused3 I just need to practice relaxed touring even more on my next trip!! :lmao:

Flossbolna
11-12-2011, 06:09 AM
I think this is a picture you should post! :rotfl:

Great update! Love all you pictures....:goodvibes

I will, once Marv's CD has made the long trip from the USA to Germany!!

Glad that you enjoyed it! The next updates will be rather pictureless, I am afraid. But I have already written quite a bit and once we get to Universal, there will be plenty of pictures!! :thumbsup2

How very wonderful that AK is still number 1. I can imagine some of the trek additions are not pretty while on safari (though hanging over the hippos is really something everyone should get to do at least once!).

That dinosaur picture is a riot. AK is simply beautiful at night. I've been lucky enough to be there 3 times for EMH. They do offer it, but only at certain times of the year.

Cynthia, unfortunately they have cancelled all evening EMH at AK, I am quite sure about that. They have morning EMH twice a week now. I think that started some time last fall or so... However, recently they have extended the regular opening hours, so with early sunsets in Winter, there are some days where it will be open when it is dark outside.

I think one of the reasons why the stopped evening EMH was that there weren't that many attractions open with the animal displays closing at sunset.

Flossbolna
11-12-2011, 06:19 AM
Thoughts on Epcot:

I think I was surprised that this park came out on second place for both of us – especially since I recall very well Katharina's remark after her very first morning at Epcot's Future World in 2010 which was something along the lines of: "Are they serious to present something which looks like bad urban planning from the 80s as a theme park?" I still think that Future World needs a sleeker colour scheme and has to get rid of the tarps over the central plaza. But they have new signs, no longer the old, rather silly looking ones, and this is a step in the right direction.

So why did we like the park so much? I think for me it is the beauty of the World Showcase, the fact that there are a few very good attractions in Future World and this trip certainly also the ease of walking 5 minutes from our hotel. It really felt like this was “our park”.

For Epcot we had a very long list of new things we wanted to do. For easier reference, this is what I wrote in the PTR:


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 Pavilion - 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 – new for Katharina
Karamell 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...

Ok, out of those ten new things we managed to do seven things:

The World Showcase Films

First, we did make a point to see all the films in the World Showcase that we wanted to see: China, Canada and France – and enjoyed them to varying degrees.

First of all, I found out that while simulators don't affect my tendency towards motion sickness, I really had to concentrate during the circlevision films in China and Canada in order not to start to feel queasy!! So this is already a point in favour of France!

Canada:
A beautiful country and the film does show lots of it. I also found Martin Short quite amusing – at least once. I have the feeling that he might start getting on my nerves when I see the film more often. Which is a shame, because I feel that seeing those films definitely added to our World Showcase experience!

China:
This film felt a bit odd. There was so much emphasis on modern China. Which is something China may be proud of. But to me L'Oreal neon advertisment isn't China, but “Everycity” somewhere on this globe... There was some spectacular landscape being shown where one can only be in awe of so much natural beauty. But then the text to the film always felt like the Chinese government's propaganda and that did take away from it to a degree...

France:
This film confused me in the beginning. They just updated it to digital projection, so it is crystal clear and has perfect colours. Looks like a modern film – BUT then you see people dressed very oldfashioned – and somehow the streets in the village look like Europe in the 70s as well. At first I thought this was a period piece: a film shot today to look like it takes place in the past. But after the first confusion I realised it was just the film that they had made for EPCOT Center's opening in 1982, but in contemporary quality. It became absolutely obvious when you see the Eiffel Tower with cars parked underneath it.

The other things that surprised me when I saw this film: I realised how similar Germany and France are! Most of my visits to France have been to the Provence, an area in Southern France, which for some reason isn't really portrayed very much at all in the film. Southern France is rather different from Germany, more Mediterranean, but other areas of France have striking similarities. They showed castles, hills and mountains, fields and markets. And a lot looked very much like home, maybe slightly different.

All in all, I would say France was my favourite of the three films – and I think I will really try to see at least one of those films on future trips. So this covers 2., part of 3. and 6. from the list!!

I very much agree with Magdalene on the films. As I've been only to one of the three countries (in real, not in EPCOT), I can only say something about the french film. I think, besides their emphasis on mountains in the last bit, it portrayed France very well, right to the horrible accent in English.

Innoventions East:

This was just a very short visit there, but we did manage to see Storm Struck. We went there after we had to be evacuated off Ellen's Energy Adventure... But this is a story for when we talk about that attraction.

We got to see the last show of the day for Storm Struck. There you learn about how to make a house more weather proof. The group gets to make decisions on how to build a house which you then see in front of you on some large screens pretending to be the windows of the house you are sitting in, kind of across the street. Then a storm strucks (and it does get windy in your house as well!!) and you see how well you did in designing the house. It is a fun diversion, but for me who did it a second time it was not as cute as the first time around....

But at least we can say we did it and that was 4. from the list above!

Karamell Küche:

We did visit and I think the less I say about it, the better. Otherwise I just get grumpy. If you want to get some true German candy, don't get anything in the case, but on the walls they actually sell some products which are available in Germany. My recommendation would be the Toffifee (or Toffifay in the US), that is very nice!!!!

And let's not mention that the former candy shop is now called “Stein Haus” because they sell beer steins – which does not make any sense at all, since a beer stein isn't called “Stein” in German – that means only rock or stone...

Ok, but we did take care of 10. on the list.

In Part 2 we will continue with the list as well as some general thoughts about Epcot...

eandesmom
11-13-2011, 03:21 PM
Thoughts on Epcot:
So why did we like the park so much? I think for me it is the beauty of the World Showcase, the fact that there are a few very good attractions in Future World and this trip certainly also the ease of walking 5 minutes from our hotel. It really felt like this was “our park”.

I felt the same way on my last 2 trips, really gave me a much deeper appreciation for Epcot and I still feel I've barely scratched the surface with the WS

I very much agree with Magdalene on the films. As I've been only to one of the three countries (in real, not in EPCOT), I can only say something about the french film. I think, besides their emphasis on mountains in the last bit, it portrayed France very well, right to the horrible accent in English.
:rotfl:

I do love this film, so beautiful! Having been to several parts of France I really thought it was well done, at least the parts I had been to so could relate to.

Karamell Küche:

We did visit and I think the less I say about it, the better. Otherwise I just get grumpy. If you want to get some true German candy, don't get anything in the case, but on the walls they actually sell some products which are available in Germany. My recommendation would be the Toffifee (or Toffifay in the US), that is very nice!!!!

And let's not mention that the former candy shop is now called “Stein Haus” because they sell beer steins – which does not make any sense at all, since a beer stein isn't called “Stein” in German – that means only rock or stone...



:rotfl: I had no idea about the Stein, what is it called in Germany?

Flossbolna
11-13-2011, 05:25 PM
I felt the same way on my last 2 trips, really gave me a much deeper appreciation for Epcot and I still feel I've barely scratched the surface with the WS

The WS is just a great place to hang out in. And I am even not very much interested in a lot of the food since there seems no point in eating in any of the European restaurants if I have the real country so close to my home town... :goodvibes


I do love this film, so beautiful! Having been to several parts of France I really thought it was well done, at least the parts I had been to so could relate to.

Yes, it is really beautiful, I am a bit sad that I never made a point of really getting to see it before. Instead I did see the Norwegian film... I hope that Norway does get a new film at some point, theirs is definitely the weakest one.


:rotfl: I had no idea about the Stein, what is it called in Germany?

Bierkrug - Bier meaning beer and Krug meaning jug. Of course the material it is made of is called "Steinzeug" which means stoneware. So calling it "Stein" is like calling a dress "silk".

Flossbolna
11-13-2011, 05:36 PM
Thoughts on Epcot Part 2

So, let's continue with this...

The American Adventure Pavilion

We have to admit that it turned out that we did see the show last year – but forgot about it... But we did see it again and liked it a lot. I sometimes don't really understand the general love for audio-animatronics. For example while I like Pirates of the Caribbean, the figures there don't get me excited. But after seeing the American Adventure this time I realised, that if the audio-animatronics are true performers they are pretty incredible! So 5. should not have been on the list... Sorry!

But I guess you don't mind that we watched “your show” twice...


Ellen's Energy Adventure

We knew that this attraction takes quite some time, so we did really plan for it. We got there one evening at 6:30 pm with the plan to eat dinner afterwards. We had a short wait outside the pavilion and I peeked through the glass doors and saw some cool tiles in the mosaic in there which showed a countdown timer. I thought that looked very cool and was a bit sad that it was so hidden. And I was glad that it said something like 4 minutes... Soon enough we get to enter the building, find some seats on some benches and wait a bit more until a film starts starring Ellen who tells us about her dream... This is amusing enough.

And then we are supposed to walk into Ellen's dream – not without being warned that the next part of the attraction is 37 minutes long and that there will not be any possibility to leave the attraction. However, the warning is delivered by a bored CM mumbling along at a high speed... The doors open and we enter the next theatre, find a seat and the same CM starts telling us: “The attraction will be 37 minutes long and you can't leave, if you don't think you can stay on the attraction that long, you have to leave NOW!” Delivered once again mumbling and speaking very fast. I nearly did not understand what she was saying and I consider myself pretty fluent in English.

Her sentence was then immediately followed by the announcement: “The doors are closing now, remain seated and don't get up!” Shortly thereafter the CM shouts “Remain seated, the doors are closing, remain seated!!!” We see a family in another area of the theatre leaving the theatre very quickly... The attraction starts, but after the first sentence the lights go on – an emergency stop. Everyone needs to be “evacuated” from the theatre and they tell us that since it needs 20 minutes to reset it, there won't be anymore showings for the day...

I really think it was to a large degree the CM's fault that this happened. Her announcement was nearly not understandable and then there was really no time at all after she made it to actually act on it. I am sure what happened was that it took this family a little bit to realise what was being said, they shortly talked about it and when they wanted to do exactly what they were told to do, it was too late. I think if they feel the need to really warn people about it that much, they need to make it in a way which can be understood and then give people the opportunity to act upon it.

Ok, so you might think that this is one of the things we gave up on! But, no, I was determined to see this finally!! So on the next morning, after a first morning ride on Soarin, the second attraction we headed to was Ellen's Energy Adventure. Which btw attracts decent crowds. There never was a line, but both times I would say the theatre was at least 50% full.

And to my surprise I enjoyed the ride much more than I thought I would! I did not find it boring at all and those long 37 minutes (!!!) passed much quicker than expected. It is a fascinating concept for a theme park attraction. And while I think it would be a nice candidate for a quality update, I think it still works pretty well and is much less outdated than some other attractions (like, let's say the Great Movie Ride). I can even see this becoming a once every trip attraction for me!

So number 7. can also be crossed from the list.


The new things which remained new...

By way of elimination it is now obvious that the three things remaining are: Turtle Talk with Crush, Kim Possible and the Cava de Tequila!!

I am not sad about the first two, but about the Cava de Tequila. I think I blame the Food and Wine Festival for that since we did get some drinks in Epcot – but those were from the kiosks. And once again we found us inside the Mexican pavillion at 12:30pm and still wanted to do some more touring that afternoon and were afraid that a drink now would just make us tired, not happy...

But luckily I know that I will be back and then this will definitely a priority!!

Other random comments...

Besides those new attractions, we did also enjoy some of the older ones. Soarin is still a wonderful ride. I tried very hard to spot the Mickey ballon which Marv pointed out to us, but I guess I am just too slow for that.... Unfortunately I had the impression that the Soarin dust problem is getting worse and worse. Every showing of the film had multiple dark spots travelling around in the film. I recently read that it is much better at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim because there they invested in a true “clean room” for the projector.

I also realised how much I enjoy Spaceship Earth. I always liked it, as something which just fits that park so perfectly, but wasn't a huge fan. On our second ride this trip – just after our Energy Adventure – I just was so amazed about how much I enjoy it. While some attractions seem to become a little bit boring if you see them again and again, this is an attraction which keeps fascinating me. There is always something new to discover in the various scenes. It is a great attraction!

But I got really annoyed the second time we rode it by two people in different carts in front of us who took flash pictures all throughout the ride. It definitely took aways some of the experience, because I saw lots of construction behind the scenes. I was glad, when the cart turned over and we went down backwards...

And finally maybe the best thing about Epcot this time was that it was so close to our hotel! I loved being able to walk there within 5 minutes. It made mornings much more relaxed! Even though it also means that you will be behind the crowds at the Soarin FP machines because the walk from the International Gateway to Futureworld is longer than from the main entrance. The International Gateway was also priceless in the evenings. No hassle to get to a bus, we did even hang around in Epcot for a bit after Illuminations and then just strolled back to our resort. That's really wonderful and makes me want to stay in the Epcot resort area on every trip now... But there are so many interesting resorts to try out still...

Next post will be more Epcot: Food and Wine Festival

glennbo123
11-14-2011, 09:11 PM
I still have several of those "yet to do's" on my list. I remember seeing the films in China and Canada years and years (dare I say decades) ago, but right now only the film in France is high on the list of things to do next time. I don't think I've ever seen that one, and I know Marlene will want to see it. I also have never seen American Adventure, so we need to do that one.

Stormstruck...you may remember we saw some of the exhibits, but didn't go through the storm. If we're in the area, we'll do that, but I don't know how much time we'll spend in Innoventions since we spend a fair amount of time in there last year.

I was all set to say that I've never seen Ellen's Energy Adventure, and don't plan to....but you're making me wonder if I should rethink that. I don't know, we'll see how it works out. And yes, from your description it definitely sounds like the cast members contributed to the confusion with that family wanting to leave after the mumbled warning had been given.

englishrose47
11-15-2011, 01:20 AM
I saw the film in France with Jordan and it was definately my fav so far!!The worst being Norway ,where they try to hold you hostage to watch!!:rotfl2:

lovealldisney
11-15-2011, 07:22 AM
Karamell Küche:

We did visit and I think the less I say about it, the better. Otherwise I just get grumpy. If you want to get some true German candy, don't get anything in the case, but on the walls they actually sell some products which are available in Germany. My recommendation would be the Toffifee (or Toffifay in the US), that is very nice!!!!


:lmao: I find this funny to! When in Germany we saw not one candy there with carmel! Lots of chocolate with hazelnuts! YUM! :) Mmmmmm.... Toffifee I just saw this at Aldi the other day! Next time I'll buy some! :goodvibes

But I got really annoyed the second time we rode it by two people in different carts in front of us who took flash pictures all throughout the ride.

I agree Katharina! The most annoying thing in my opinion is the flashes going off when trying to enjoy something.

The other things that surprised me when I saw this film: I realised how similar Germany and France are! Most of my visits to France have been to the Provence, an area in Southern France, which for some reason isn't really portrayed very much at all in the film. Southern France is rather different from Germany, more Mediterranean, but other areas of France have striking similarities. They showed castles, hills and mountains, fields and markets. And a lot looked very much like home, maybe slightly different

Hmmm maybe you should go and explore France a bit more to compare! :rotfl:
I'd be more than happy to come along! ;)

Captain_Oblivious
11-15-2011, 09:05 AM
Hi Magdalene! Just catching up on your TR...and I see I need to wish you a Happy Belated Birthday as well! :goodvibes

Always interesting to see how different people rank the parks. AK grew on me last time I was there. I was discovering the level of detail in the theming more on our last trip.

That picture on Dinosaur is hysterical! :rotfl: Good for you for overcoming your doubts and riding it again!

It sounds like AK lighting up at dusk is a must-see...never experienced that before.

EPCOT is my personal favorite, so I'm glad to see that it rose in your rankings...I've always thought Ellen's Energy Adventure gets a bad rap. It's very long, yes, but it's fairly entertaining and a good chance to cool off and rest. I agree that it's much better than the Great Movie Ride! Seems like the CM needs to be a little more on-the-ball, though.

And it's good to know that the American Adventure is so memorable that you forgot you'd seen it! :lmao::rotfl2:

Hey, it looks like I might get the chance to meet up with Marv next summer. Are there any warnings you need to pass on to me? :rotfl:

Flossbolna
11-15-2011, 03:37 PM
I still have several of those "yet to do's" on my list. I remember seeing the films in China and Canada years and years (dare I say decades) ago, but right now only the film in France is high on the list of things to do next time. I don't think I've ever seen that one, and I know Marlene will want to see it. I also have never seen American Adventure, so we need to do that one.

I am sure that Marlene would love the France film, it is really very good! So I think the rest of your family would not have to suffer too much if you all go there for her.

If you haven't seen China and Canada in ages, then you certainly don't know the current forms... BUT you need to make sure to get to see the American Adventure! It is an excellent attraction. And I think I can be very objective about it since I can't be patriotic about it. ;)

Stormstruck...you may remember we saw some of the exhibits, but didn't go through the storm. If we're in the area, we'll do that, but I don't know how much time we'll spend in Innoventions since we spend a fair amount of time in there last year.

Somehow I still don't really get Innoventions... I'd say see all the films and Ellen's attraction first before you spend more time there!!

I was all set to say that I've never seen Ellen's Energy Adventure, and don't plan to....but you're making me wonder if I should rethink that. I don't know, we'll see how it works out. And yes, from your description it definitely sounds like the cast members contributed to the confusion with that family wanting to leave after the mumbled warning had been given.

:goodvibes Just as you made me think about seeing the Indiana Jones Stunt show... I still haven't seen it though... :rolleyes1 EEA is at least good for a nice cool break and for an engineer (I think you somehow belong into that category, at least in the widest sense???) I think the ride mechanism must be very impressive! So go at least for the nerd factor. To be honest that's what got me there, being a "Disney nerd": One of the last original Epcot attractions, even if it is in an updated form...

I saw the film in France with Jordan and it was definately my fav so far!!The worst being Norway ,where they try to hold you hostage to watch!!:rotfl2:

I agree with you on that! There is actually an online petition in Norway going on at the moment trying to get Disney to make a new film!! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
11-15-2011, 03:59 PM
:lmao: I find this funny to! When in Germany we saw not one candy there with carmel! Lots of chocolate with hazelnuts! YUM! :) Mmmmmm.... Toffifee I just saw this at Aldi the other day! Next time I'll buy some! :goodvibes

Yes, do get some!! And I am so glad that you can confirm my claim that Germany is nearly caramel-free!!


I agree Katharina! The most annoying thing in my opinion is the flashes going off when trying to enjoy something.

It was worst when we turned around at the top and they were flashing in our direction... But I don't get the people trying to take pictures of the fireworks with the flash on either. :confused3


Hmmm maybe you should go and explore France a bit more to compare! :rotfl:
I'd be more than happy to come along! ;)

:lmao: Yes, maybe I should!!!

Hi Magdalene! Just catching up on your TR...and I see I need to wish you a Happy Belated Birthday as well! :goodvibes

Thanks you very much!! :goodvibes

Great to see you here, Mark! I am way behind on your report as well and really ought to comment about what I am reading at the moment. But your TR is so great that I really want to have the time to read it thoroughly. I really love it! :thumbsup2

Always interesting to see how different people rank the parks. AK grew on me last time I was there. I was discovering the level of detail in the theming more on our last trip.

I think for AK one needs to be willing to slow down and then it can capture people with its beauty. I did not like it very much at all on my first visit in 2004.

That picture on Dinosaur is hysterical! :rotfl: Good for you for overcoming your doubts and riding it again!

Yes, and now I can't wait to get to AK again to ride Dinosaur, how strange is that?? I hope Marv's CD arrives soon because that picture should be very funny, too!

It sounds like AK lighting up at dusk is a must-see...never experienced that before.

If you get a chance: AK is sooooo beautiful at night!

EPCOT is my personal favorite, so I'm glad to see that it rose in your rankings...I've always thought Ellen's Energy Adventure gets a bad rap. It's very long, yes, but it's fairly entertaining and a good chance to cool off and rest. I agree that it's much better than the Great Movie Ride! Seems like the CM needs to be a little more on-the-ball, though.

I know quite a few people who love Epcot - but I think many fans love it more for what it once was than what it is now? Did you experience the old EPCOT Center?

And it's good to know that the American Adventure is so memorable that you forgot you'd seen it! :lmao::rotfl2:

:blush:

I have seen it quite a few times now, I think nearly once every trip. So, I think I can be excused... :rolleyes1

Hey, it looks like I might get the chance to meet up with Marv next summer. Are there any warnings you need to pass on to me? :rotfl:

:scared1: Oh, you must be very careful!!

But actually, no warnings at all! Even though others love to spread lies, I will tell you the truth: He is a really nice guy! :goodvibes Just like all the others DISers you have met!!

Flossbolna
11-15-2011, 04:08 PM
And I just realised that I missed my post # 5.000...

Meant to celebrate it... But it feels stupid to do so at 5.008. :confused3

glennbo123
11-15-2011, 04:21 PM
And I just realised that I missed my post # 5.000...

Meant to celebrate it... But it feels stupid to do so at 5.008. :confused3

Happy Five Thousand and Eighth post!!!! Woo hoo!! http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/ae132/LuminaOnasi/Smiley%20Faces%20and%20Icons/yaayplz.gif

Flossbolna
11-15-2011, 04:25 PM
Happy Five Thousand and Eighth post!!!! Woo hoo!! http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/ae132/LuminaOnasi/Smiley%20Faces%20and%20Icons/yaayplz.gif

:rotfl:

Thanks!!

marvali
11-15-2011, 05:35 PM
Hey, it looks like I might get the chance to meet up with Marv next summer. Are there any warnings you need to pass on to me? :rotfl:Hey, I've met and spent time with Glenn at Disney. I thought he was a really nice guy, so that should tell you something about the kind of person I am!!! :) Oops, I hope that doesn't mean the DISMeet is off now..... :eek:

I thought Glenn had a really great family! Does that help any??? :rotfl2:
Yes, and now I can't wait to get to AK again to ride Dinosaur, how strange is that?? I hope Marv's CD arrives soon because that picture should be very funny, too! I can't believe the disk hasn't arrived yet. :confused3 Friday was the earliest they said it might arrive, but I thought sure you would get it by at least yesterday! Can't believe it still isn't there. :sad2: I guess it is taking as long as your card from DLP took to reach me....... :laughing:
But actually, no warnings at all! Even though others love to spread lies, I will tell you the truth: He is a really nice guy! :goodvibes Just like all the others DISers you have met!!Ah, you say that now.........at least until you see some of the pictures I included of you on that disk! :rotfl:
Happy Five Thousand and Eighth post!!!! Woo hoo!! http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/ae132/LuminaOnasi/Smiley%20Faces%20and%20Icons/yaayplz.gif
Huh? :confused: That should be......

Happy Five Thousand and Ninth post!!!

glennbo123
11-15-2011, 06:41 PM
Hey, I've met and spent time with Glenn at Disney. I thought he was a really nice guy, so that should tell you something about the kind of person I am!!! :) Oops, I hope that doesn't mean the DISMeet is off now..... :eek:

You give new meaning to "character witness". :rotfl:

I thought Glenn had a really great family! Does that help any??? :rotfl2:

That is true, the rest of my family is really great! :laughing:

Poolrat
11-15-2011, 07:40 PM
Oh, I am looking forward to receiving mail from you!! Unfortunately it hasn't arrived yet. I had no idea that you took a picture of that Dinosaur picture. That should be hilarious! :goodvibes

The tea break was definitely a highlight! I think Katharina and I got a tea from there nearly every single time we were at AK!



Good to know that people enjoy my different approach to this TR! I think with 12 days and my love for writing rather detailed, I think I would have never been able to finish a TR in the usual style... :goodvibes

I remember that we talked about the change in touring style when you wrote about how it was when you first bought your AP. To a certain extent owning DVC changed my touring as well, it was definitely more relaxed than ever before, but I still would want it to be even more relaxed. I still kind of feel that I need to do every attraction... :confused3 I just need to practice relaxed touring even more on my next trip!! :lmao:


I think that post was # 5,000. party: :woohoo: party: :rotfl2:

I:goodvibes Just as you made me think about seeing the Indiana Jones Stunt show... I still haven't seen it though... :rolleyes1 EEA is at least good for a nice cool break and for an engineer (I think you somehow belong into that category, at least in the widest sense???) I think the ride mechanism must be very impressive! So go at least for the nerd factor. To be honest that's what got me there, being a "Disney nerd": One of the last original Epcot attractions, even if it is in an updated form...



Indiana Jones is one I hadn't seen in a while either but wanted to make sure the weather was cool.

EEA is great for a nap during F&W. :rolleyes1

Captain_Oblivious
11-16-2011, 12:51 PM
Great to see you here, Mark! I am way behind on your report as well and really ought to comment about what I am reading at the moment. But your TR is so great that I really want to have the time to read it thoroughly. I really love it! :thumbsup2

Thank you! Please do comment whenever you can, but I really am glad you're reading and enjoying it!

:scared1: Oh, you must be very careful!!

But actually, no warnings at all! Even though others love to spread lies, I will tell you the truth: He is a really nice guy! :goodvibes Just like all the others DISers you have met!!

Maybe I should wait to see the pictures of you and Marv before I agree to this...

Happy Five Thousand and Eighth post!!!! Woo hoo!! http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/ae132/LuminaOnasi/Smiley%20Faces%20and%20Icons/yaayplz.gif

:woohoo::cool1::banana::yay:

Hey, I've met and spent time with Glenn at Disney. I thought he was a really nice guy, so that should tell you something about the kind of person I am!!! :) Oops, I hope that doesn't mean the DISMeet is off now..... :eek:

Glenn is a nice guy. He even coordinated his shirt with me for our meet!

That is true, the rest of my family is really great! :laughing:

Well, I didn't get to mee them... :rolleyes: :rotfl:

All7OfUs
11-16-2011, 04:58 PM
Very thorough and nice update on EPCOT! I love how you separated it all out and listed what you liked and didn't about each thing you listed! Great job, Ladies!

I am truly sad you didn't make it to La Cava, as that was one of my and LeeAnn's most memorable and wonderful times together on our last trip. Someday, it'd be great to get there and do that with you... :goodvibes

marvali
11-16-2011, 06:32 PM
Glenn is a nice guy. He even coordinated his shirt with me for our meet!Sorry, but I really doubt I will have that same shirt on when we meet....... :lmao:
I am truly sad you didn't make it to La Cava, as that was one of my and LeeAnn's most memorable and wonderful times together on our last trip. Someday, it'd be great to get there and do that with you... :goodvibesHey, what about me? I would love to be in on that Meet too!!! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
11-17-2011, 03:51 AM
Hey, I've met and spent time with Glenn at Disney. I thought he was a really nice guy, so that should tell you something about the kind of person I am!!! :) Oops, I hope that doesn't mean the DISMeet is off now..... :eek:

I thought Glenn had a really great family! Does that help any??? :rotfl2:

Well, I think the Captain thinks at least that Glenn has great fashion sense!! :thumbsup2


I can't believe the disk hasn't arrived yet. :confused3 Friday was the earliest they said it might arrive, but I thought sure you would get it by at least yesterday! Can't believe it still isn't there. :sad2: I guess it is taking as long as your card from DLP took to reach me....... :laughing:


It still hasn't arrived... :sad2: I have noticed that the mail between Germany and the US tends to take an awful long time!! I sometimes wonder whether they don't put it on a boat instead of a plane. And I know that it used to be quicker. I had a few pen-friends in the US as teenager and the letters usually took about 5 days then. But with all my DIS-pals a week seems to have been the shortest amount of time. :confused3

I had been wondering whether it might have been hold up in customs... Did you fill out a customs declaration for it (it's a small green sticker)?

Huh? :confused: That should be......

Happy Five Thousand and Ninth post!!!

Well, now it is 5012 and soon it will be even more... :lmao: But thanks!! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
11-17-2011, 03:56 AM
You give new meaning to "character witness". :rotfl:

Hmm, wouldn't that be Mickey as a witness??? :confused:


That is true, the rest of my family is really great! :laughing:

I really would love to meet the whole Glennbo family one day! :goodvibes

I think that post was # 5,000. party: :woohoo: party: :rotfl2:

Thanks for finding the post to celebrate!! I am feeling like a real DIS veteran now... Next milestone: 10.000 posts! :scared1:


Indiana Jones is one I hadn't seen in a while either but wanted to make sure the weather was cool.

EEA is great for a nap during F&W. :rolleyes1

Yes, I can see that those outdoor theaters are much more enjoyable in cooler weather...

And since we went on EEA in the morning, we were not really in the mood of a nap yet... ;)

Flossbolna
11-17-2011, 04:02 AM
Thank you! Please do comment whenever you can, but I really am glad you're reading and enjoying it!

I have the best intentions to start commenting again soon!! But I truly find it fascinating because it shows an area of the US which a normal European tourist most likely would never see.


Maybe I should wait to see the pictures of you and Marv before I agree to this...

Those pictures appear to be lost in the international mailing system... I am getting a whole new perspective about the term "snail mail".... :headache:


Glenn is a nice guy. He even coordinated his shirt with me for our meet!

Yes, I thought you would approve of his choice of clothing!! :thumbsup2


Well, I didn't get to mee them... :rolleyes: :rotfl:

We knew that you didn't meet Glenn's family, but I had no idea that you didn't mee them either - but I am glad you didn't, it sounds kind of unpleasant... :upsidedow

Flossbolna
11-17-2011, 04:05 AM
Very thorough and nice update on EPCOT! I love how you separated it all out and listed what you liked and didn't about each thing you listed! Great job, Ladies!

I am truly sad you didn't make it to La Cava, as that was one of my and LeeAnn's most memorable and wonderful times together on our last trip. Someday, it'd be great to get there and do that with you... :goodvibes

Liesa, I am glad that you are enjoying our TR format! It is great fun to write it that way. And it is also good that it is quicker to write because I did not take any notes and soon will forget what we did in which order. But I will still remember the highlights. :goodvibes

And I love to hang out at La Cava with you one day!! That's a wonderful idea. :goodvibes I really think it is the fault of the Food & Wine Festival which distracted us... :confused3 I am quite sure that I don't want my next trip to be during that festival... More thoughts on that in the next update.

Flossbolna
11-17-2011, 04:07 AM
Sorry, but I really doubt I will have that same shirt on when we meet....... :lmao:

So you don't wear that type of light blue shirt? Perhaps the Captain can be convinced to coordinate with your style of clothing??? :goodvibes

Hey, what about me? I would love to be in on that Meet too!!! :goodvibes

We will let you know once we have a date and would love to have you there! :thumbsup2

marvali
11-17-2011, 06:43 AM
Hey Magdalene. This mail situation is crazy slow. By the time it arrives I guess I should have sent the disk in a Christmas card instead of a birthday card. :sad2:

Yes I filled out the customs declaration. I still wondered if our wonderful homeland security would have to open it and look at the pictures on the disk and verify I wasn't sending sensitive information or bootleg computer code or something. :headache:

Flossbolna
11-17-2011, 07:53 AM
Hey Magdalene. This mail situation is crazy slow. By the time it arrives I guess I should have sent the disk in a Christmas card instead of a birthday card. :sad2:

Yes I filled out the customs declaration. I still wondered if our wonderful homeland security would have to open it and look at the pictures on the disk and verify I wasn't sending sensitive information or bootleg computer code or something. :headache:

:confused3 I agree, it is strange. But I know that Liesa's price took quite a long time to get to me as well. I think Katharina had it a few days earlier than me. So it seems like it really varies how long it takes. I just hope it did not get lost! :scared1:

Maybe it will be in the mail tonight. :goodvibes

Captain_Oblivious
11-17-2011, 08:17 AM
We knew that you didn't meet Glenn's family, but I had no idea that you didn't mee them either - but I am glad you didn't, it sounds kind of unpleasant... :upsidedow

:badpc:

glennbo123
11-17-2011, 12:36 PM
:badpc:

A reenactment of how your 't' key got broken? ;)

Flossbolna
11-17-2011, 02:02 PM
:badpc:

A reenactment of how your 't' key got broken? ;)

:lmao:

He should be careful, otherwise the "m" key brakes as well and then he is called "ark"...

Flossbolna
11-17-2011, 02:15 PM
Thoughts on the Food & Wine Festival:

This could belong into the Epcot section or in the food section of this TR... But I will keep it with the Epcot updates.

We did eat (and drink) at some of the booths on two days and had fun trying different stuff. Katharina and I shared nearly everything, so we both got to taste it.

Overall however, we both came to the conclusion that we enjoy the World Showcase more without the Festival. The food booths are all very well designed and look cute, but they take up a lot of space. Add to this all the people who want to experience the festival's offerings, even on the evenings when it wasn't crowded at Epcot, there was just not a lot space to move around. We felt that this did distract from the beauty of the real pavilions.

They had a little paper passport for which you could get stamps at every country you bought something from. That was a neat idea and the stamps were nicely designed. But after a while it became a bit bothersome to remember the passport... Maybe I am just not a collector at heart? What I liked however was the fact that they had paper plates designed specifically for this years festival. I don't like the generic “Disney Parks” design they have on the normal plates/napkins/etc. So it was really nice to see something specific for the event here!

So what about the food?? We liked everything we tried with the exception of the Coconut Mojito which just tasted of artificial coconut...

We did try something in Germany in order to find out how authentic the dishes are and picked something which we (especially I) are very familiar with. It was advertised as “Nüernberger Sausage in pretzel roll”.

Well, already the sign lacked some authenticity already... While I very much approved the use of the German letter “Ü” here, they unfortunately added one “E” to many. It should read “Nürnberger” - or if you have a keyboard which does not have the “Ü” you could substitute the “Ü” with “UE”, so “Nuernberger” would also be correct. I told Marv all about this when we got our sausages there together and quite a few people around us seemed to be rather amused by my “lecture”.

The next lack of authenticity is already noticeable from the description, because a sausage would never be sold in a pretzel roll. Pretzel rolls do exist (in our old hometown they were sold under the name of “chestnuts”). But grilled sausages in a roll is a very common street side snack being sold here, and they are always in white crusty rolls (the one in the picture below just stayed in the oven a little bit too long, that's why it appears rather dark). However, if you eat sausages in a restaurant, you might eat a real pretzel with them... So it isn't totally wrong, but neither totally correct. Somehow pretzels in my mind are rather paired with cheese, or a special type of German meatloaf.

So, so far we have certain tiny faults, but nothing major. So let's see how things look like when we finally get our sausage. This is what we got:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09267.jpg

And this is what the real thing looks like:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/IMG_0373.jpg

A better view with the bread roll open:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/IMG_0372.jpg

Yes, I specifically went into the city to obtain these pictures for the purpose of this TR! This is the place where I got it from:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/IMG_0374.jpg

So, what do we see in differences with regard to these two? Well, first obviously the fact that the Epcot version is only one sausage and much longer. Here in Nuremberg only one sausage would be considered crazy, three is the smallest portion you get. In a restaurant you have the choice of 6, 8, 10 or 12 - served on a pewter plate. And they are short: only about three inches long. The next difference which is visible is that the original sausages are much darker: they are grilled over a fire made from beechwood. The smell coming from the chimneys of those sausage restaurants is one of the typical smells of Nuremberg... Of course having an open fire in Epcot might not be really feasible, but they should have let those sausages get a little bit more colour...

What you don't see is the taste. First of all, the original is a very coarse sausage, meaning that meat inside is still in little chunks. The sausage at Epcot was much finer, the consistency more similar to a hot dog. It also did taste differently. The original tastes very distinctly of the herb marjoram, that wasn't so notable in the Epcot sausage.

So, what did we think about the sausage: While it wasn't the true Nürnberger Rostbratwurst, it was a pretty good sausage and it tasted very much like a sausage you might buy as a snack in any other town in Southern Germany. It did remind us of another famous German Bratwurst: the Thüringer Bratwurst (no, it isn't necessary to have a Ü in your name, to have a Bratwurst named after you...), even though Thuringia maybe should not be called “Southern Germany”...

Oh, and finally: the mustard tasted just like typical German mustard. They did get this perfectly right! And while in Nuremberg you might get horseradish with your sausages in a restaurant (I would recommend that, it is very tasty!), if served in a roll, it is always mustard and never ketchup on those sausages!!

However, the real thing is considerably cheaper – my three small sausages in a roll were 2 €, that's about 2.70 $, while the Epcot version was 4.50 $. And I did not get it at the cheapest place in town, but rather at the place which is directly at the main square and which is hopping everyday with locals and tourists!

marvali
11-17-2011, 02:18 PM
Anything good come in the mail today? Or do you only check it as often as you seem to check email??? :rolleyes1
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Flossbolna
11-17-2011, 02:23 PM
Anything good come in the mail today? Or do you only check it as often as you seem to check email??? :rolleyes1
u

Nothing from abroad in the mail today, only a bill... :guilty:

marvali
11-17-2011, 02:38 PM
:mad: That means tomorrow will be two weeks since I mailed it.... :sad2: I was hopeful when I saw your update since the sausage picture looked a lot like mine.

Guess I need to come try the authentic version and give my own critique from an American perspective. :goodvibes

Flossbolna
11-17-2011, 03:05 PM
:mad: That means tomorrow will be two weeks since I mailed it.... :sad2: I was hopeful when I saw your update since the sausage picture looked a lot like mine.

Guess I need to come try the authentic version and give my own critique from an American perspective. :goodvibes

You know, I would have loved to bring you and Rosie some sausages, but you aren't allowed to bring meat products into the US from abroad... :confused3

So, yes, you really have to come and try them here!! Wendy and her husband did just that last year! That's the place where we went to have lunch together. :goodvibes

nodnol
11-17-2011, 03:52 PM
And I'll be having some sausages in about 40 hours!!!

Marv, I just checked the mail I sent you, I got really nervous, but I sent you the right address... I hope it arrives tomorrow so I can see the pictures when visiting Magdalene.

lovealldisney
11-18-2011, 08:45 AM
http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/IMG_0374.jpg


Ok I'm drooling over this picture!!!! How I wish I could be there now! Those were the best sausages (IMHO) we tasted when in Germany! After Dave and I left we both said we could have eaten about 12 of those! :rotfl:And the pretzel's were good too! We so wished we could have spent more time talking with you great conversation! Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Oh and I won't exclude Katharina either because where we went to eat with her and her DH was super delishous as well! I still remember that pizza I had!! Dave and I still talk about that night and what a nice time we had with the two of you!

Ok I have to say ALL the food consumed in Germany was soooooo good! :goodvibes

And here I am with my lovely dear friend right after eating those yummy sausages!!

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-3YV1wshYsjo/TMY5skvD3MI/AAAAAAAABu4/O4cNStjVHR4/s512/P9260052.JPG

And here is my lovely friend Katharina right after eating with her DH and then proceding to get confused on the U-bahn because of construction! :lmao: We did eventually get back to our hotel with the help of a very nice women who stayed with us until our stop! :goodvibes

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Vi91EQSPrhY/TMCcgapaFWI/AAAAAAAABdg/VgUENBFCuZw/s576/P9220193.JPG

Flossbolna
11-18-2011, 09:13 AM
Wendy, I thought that you would love this update! :goodvibes

How funny to see those pictures again! And I must say Nuremberg is much prettier than Berlin... :rolleyes1:lmao: Well, to be fair you picked one of Berlin's ugliest corners for that picture! The U-Bahn station where Katharina lives now is much nicer!!

Do they ever sell Nuremberg sausages at Aldi? You seem to get quite a lot of German food there, so I wondered whether they would have the sausages, too? Not that I expect them to be as good...

Captain_Oblivious
11-18-2011, 09:20 AM
Yes, I specifically went into the city to obtain these pictures for the purpose of this TR! This is the place where I got it from:

I am both impressed and grateful for your intrepid and thorough TR research! :rotfl2:

Sorry it wasn't quite as authentic as Disney would want us to believe. Still, I'm glad it at least didn't taste terrible.

I'm drooling over the pictures of the sandwiches. If I ever get to Germany, I think I need to sample this!

Captain_Oblivious
11-18-2011, 09:21 AM
A reenactment of how your 't' key got broken? ;)

Exac ly.

lovealldisney
11-18-2011, 09:31 AM
Wendy, I thought that you would love this update! :goodvibes

How funny to see those pictures again! And I must say Nuremberg is much prettier than Berlin... :rolleyes1:lmao: Well, to be fair you picked one of Berlin's ugliest corners for that picture! The U-Bahn station where Katharina lives now is much nicer!!

Do they ever sell Nuremberg sausages at Aldi? You seem to get quite a lot of German food there, so I wondered whether they would have the sausages, too? Not that I expect them to be as good...

That picture with Katharina was a last minute thing! We were having such a good time we didn't even think to take pictures earlier!

They do have sausages at Aldi and we've tried them but they don't taste the same. I picked up Lebkuchen the other day and it's ok but not as good as the ones you sent last year! I did find a web site where you can buy German goods! Germandeli.com! I should have you look at it and tell me what is good and what is not so good to eat! I just bought Dave some Mezo mix and Fanta for Christmas! We LOVED this when there!

I think both cities each have different beauty! Thanks again my friend! :goodvibes

rndmr2
11-18-2011, 08:10 PM
I read your 2010 TR and was glad to find this one and got caught up with it today. It is good to see a different style to the trip reporting and I can't wait to hear more about your trip.

We made it a point to see the movies in the countries this year as well, it was great to see them as I hadn't seen the China and Canada ones in years.

eandesmom
11-18-2011, 08:41 PM
In the spirit of your not quite authentic, but delicious nonetheless festival sausage...since I never got around to a TR for my brief trip to Germany, I thought I'd share this.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Travel/2011%20Germany/IMG_7678.jpg

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Travel/2011%20Germany/IMG_7687.jpg

My lunch earlier in the day, before enjoying a lovely dinner with Magdalene!

And yes...I ate all 10 of these beauties! They were quite small actually, more like what we would consider a breakfast link size so you can see where 3 on a roll would be a lovely thing.

There were pretzels served on the table, as a side of bread, however you are charged by the each, if you eat them. Not charged if you don't.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Travel/2011%20Germany/IMG_7675.jpg

Yes, we ate one. Or maybe two!

Mustard on the side

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Travel/2011%20Germany/IMG_7676.jpg

and of course...

Bier

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Travel/2011%20Germany/IMG_7680.jpg

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Travel/2011%20Germany/IMG_7682.jpg

marvali
11-19-2011, 09:45 PM
Marv, I just checked the mail I sent you, I got really nervous, but I sent you the right address... I hope it arrives tomorrow so I can see the pictures when visiting Magdalene.Hope you two are having a great time together!

With the lack of updates you are either very busy together, OR it means my pictures still haven't arrived....... :guilty:

englishrose47
11-19-2011, 11:41 PM
Loved the update and the Food & Wine review !!!I have to agree this was my second time for F&W, both with groups so while I looked we didnt sample as it would be sooo hard to find 1 stand that ahd something for everyone . It does make the World a very busy place !!

Flossbolna
11-20-2011, 12:30 PM
I am both impressed and grateful for your intrepid and thorough TR research! :rotfl2:

Sorry it wasn't quite as authentic as Disney would want us to believe. Still, I'm glad it at least didn't taste terrible.

I'm drooling over the pictures of the sandwiches. If I ever get to Germany, I think I need to sample this!

Well, I quite enjoyed the research! ;)

And those Disney sausages were at least a million time more authentic than the Karamell Küche shop... :sad2:

If you ever come to Germany, I will happily point you to the best place to get the sausage in a roll! :thumbsup2

That picture with Katharina was a last minute thing! We were having such a good time we didn't even think to take pictures earlier!

They do have sausages at Aldi and we've tried them but they don't taste the same. I picked up Lebkuchen the other day and it's ok but not as good as the ones you sent last year! I did find a web site where you can buy German goods! Germandeli.com! I should have you look at it and tell me what is good and what is not so good to eat! I just bought Dave some Mezo mix and Fanta for Christmas! We LOVED this when there!

I think both cities each have different beauty! Thanks again my friend! :goodvibes

Yes, I thought that the picture was a last minute thing just before you left via U-Bahn. :goodvibes And in general, there is lots of beauty in Berlin, I was just kidding. But to be fair, the places that are ugly in Nuremberg are in general still prettier than Berlin's nasty corners, but then Berlin is about seven times as large as Nuremberg...

The thing with the sausages is that they are never as good when you buy them packaged than the real think fresh from the butcher's. And then the beechwood grill really adds a lot of flavour, too. It is a taste which I can't even recreate at home...

For the Lebkuchen: if they have different types then look at the ingredients, you want to get those which have the most nuts in them and the least flour. The ones I sent you were without any flour, so the tastiest version available.

Flossbolna
11-20-2011, 12:39 PM
I read your 2010 TR and was glad to find this one and got caught up with it today. It is good to see a different style to the trip reporting and I can't wait to hear more about your trip.

We made it a point to see the movies in the countries this year as well, it was great to see them as I hadn't seen the China and Canada ones in years.

Hi and :welcome: to our TR!! I love it when new readers say hello!! And I am glad that you enjoy the different style of reporting!

I hope to get a new update up later today. :goodvibes

I am so glad that I finally got to do a number of things which I never took the time to try like those films and am really looking forward, to repeat visits!

In the spirit of your not quite authentic, but delicious nonetheless festival sausage...since I never got around to a TR for my brief trip to Germany, I thought I'd share this.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Travel/2011%20Germany/IMG_7687.jpg

My lunch earlier in the day, before enjoying a lovely dinner with Magdalene!

And yes...I ate all 10 of these beauties! They were quite small actually, more like what we would consider a breakfast link size so you can see where 3 on a roll would be a lovely thing.

Wonderful! I meant to write something about how they usually would be served on pewter plates - and yes, if you get 10 or 12 they are served on a heart shaped plate. I think it its very cute.

However, next time you are here, try the Bratwursthäusle or the Goldenes Posthorn (same proprietor) as the sausages there are better than at the Bratwurströslein where you went!


There were pretzels served on the table, as a side of bread, however you are charged by the each, if you eat them. Not charged if you don't.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Travel/2011%20Germany/IMG_7675.jpg

Yes, we ate one. Or maybe two!


Yes, that's the typical system in those traditional restaurants.

Bread on the table is generally not usual in German restaurants, you would get bread served as a side to a soup (sometimes) or a salad. Only more high-end places would serve a breadbasket with butter or similar for the whole table. But it definitely has become more common over the last 20 years.

Flossbolna
11-20-2011, 12:42 PM
Hope you two are having a great time together!

With the lack of updates you are either very busy together, OR it means my pictures still haven't arrived....... :guilty:

We had a wonderful time together!!

But unfortunately still no CD in may mail... :sad::sad::sad:

glennbo123
11-20-2011, 02:41 PM
Magdalene, I loved this chapter! I'm glad you're giving us the scoop on how authentic (or not) the food is in the World Showcase.


We did try something in Germany in order to find out how authentic the dishes are and picked something which we (especially I) are very familiar with. It was advertised as “Nüernberger Sausage in pretzel roll”.

Well, already the sign lacked some authenticity already... While I very much approved the use of the German letter “Ü” here, they unfortunately added one “E” to many. It should read “Nürnberger” - or if you have a keyboard which does not have the “Ü” you could substitute the “Ü” with “UE”, so “Nuernberger” would also be correct. I told Marv all about this when we got our sausages there together and quite a few people around us seemed to be rather amused by my “lecture”.

:rotfl2: I know I'd be the same way as you if I went to a foreign country and saw something like that!

This is what we got:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09267.jpg

And this is what the real thing looks like:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/IMG_0373.jpg

A better view with the bread roll open:

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The real one looks incredible! The Epcot version looks...well, odd. I'm sure people eat that and wonder "what are the Germans thinking, having the sausage stick way out from each end of the roll?" :confused3

But I am salivating over the pictures of the real one!

Yes, I specifically went into the city to obtain these pictures for the purpose of this TR!

:worship: But I have a feeling if I lived there it wouldn't take much arm twisting to get me to go get one of those sandwiches.

I'm glad Epcot got the mustard exactly right! That's important too!


Exac ly.

:rotfl2:

Flossbolna
11-20-2011, 04:47 PM
Magdalene, I loved this chapter! I'm glad you're giving us the scoop on how authentic (or not) the food is in the World Showcase.

I was hoping that my TR regulars would enjoy that update!! :goodvibes Good to know that I succeeded to entertain.


:rotfl2: I know I'd be the same way as you if I went to a foreign country and saw something like that!

Well, it was just so odd... And I often cringe at the incorrect use of English here in Germany as well.


The real one looks incredible! The Epcot version looks...well, odd. I'm sure people eat that and wonder "what are the Germans thinking, having the sausage stick way out from each end of the roll?" :confused3

But I am salivating over the pictures of the real one!

The real ones are as delicious as they look! But I need to tell you that only Nuremberg is smart enough to make the sausages so short that they fit with the length of the bread roll. The "sausage sticking out at both sides"-design is in fact the much more common one!! Don't ask me what the Germans were thinking, maybe that you get to eat the ends without any bread being involved? As a kid I would always eat the ends sticking out first and then the bread with the sausage inside. Perhaps we need to send Katharina out to buy some Bratwurst as sold in Berlin - even though the typical sausage is something called "Currywurst" - curry sausage. Maybe you can convince her to do a bonus update about that. I think her DH could be convinced to take her out to a place called "Curry 36" for dinner one day...


:worship: But I have a feeling if I lived there it wouldn't take much arm twisting to get me to go get one of those sandwiches.


:rolleyes1
if you don't tell it anyone: I was really looking forward to that assignment I had set for myself.

Flossbolna
11-20-2011, 04:58 PM
Thoughts on the Magic Kingdom:

This park managed to come in third place even though I sometimes was tempted in the past to claim that it is my least favourite park at WDW. Not that I don't like that style of park, after all it is the original model of a Disney park with Disneyland as the original. But comparing it to the masterpiece of Disneyland Paris and the charm of the original Disneyland, the MK just isn't a huge priority for me when at WDW.

But when Katharina and I started talking about what we wanted to make sure that we won't miss in each park – I think sometime on board of that plane somewhere over the Atlantic – we realised that the list of attractions we wanted to do at the MK was much longer than at any other park. And we did have quite a few “firsts” to cover there as well.

Let's look at the list of new things to do:


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 (rumoured 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


You ought to be impressed: We managed to do all these things!!

Let's start with Splash Mountain: I promised Katharina that we won't get seriously wet and it was a warm day. So, she trustingly gets into the log, is (hopefully) very impressed with the lap bar and off we go. The we go around the bend where we see the logs falling down and what happens? There suddenly is this huge spray of water coming our way, hitting all of Katharina's right hand side, while I am quite protected because someone is sitting next to me... Katharina wasn't pleased... But I think the rest of the ride did cheer her up a little bit because she agreed to try it for a second time (of course insisting that I would take the “dangerous” right hand seat and with the added protection of a rain-poncho)!

I love Splash Mountain and was really glad that we got to experience it on this trip, but I noticed that it has some serious maintenance issues. While there weren't any headless chickens (I had read reports online about those...), the water effects weren't working and some of the animatronics weren't moving their mouths as they should. I always wonder whether it really makes such a huge difference whether everything is working, but when I told Katharina about the missing water effects, she said that this made sense that they should be there because it was boring in that scene. So I guess one can notice things not working even without knowing what the real thing should look like...

Tom Sawyer Island was the surprise hit for me at the MK. I truly enjoyed exploring that place!! We got over there just after it opened at 10am and Katharina tried her best to find a white paint brush. The CMs hide several white paint brushes (like the one Tom Sawyer used to paint Aunt Polly's fence) on the island and if you find it, you will be rewarded with fastpasses. When we got to the island we saw one family waiting for the raft who already had found a brush... We weren't so lucky! But I think we checked out every corner of the island. It has a wonderful atmosphere, it feels like a place in the real wilderness. We sat on the deck looking over to Liberty Square in some rocking chairs and watched the Liberty Bell getting ready for the day. So relaxing! The caves were great fun since they are really dark and very narrow. They had a true feeling of adventure to them! And we even saw some spectacular wildlife:

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A caterpillar the size of one of my fingers. Later in the week we saw a huge butterfly at the Animal Kingdom and wondered whether this might have been a brother of our caterpillar...

You can also get some interesting views of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from the island:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09259.jpg

The Tiki Room was something which we finally managed on our very last visit to the MK. Well, I am glad that it is no longer under New Management, because after having seen this once, I had no desire to ever return. The new old Tiki Room is at least charming in an old-fashioned way. So while not a real priority, I might actually see it again at some point.

And we did walk through the castle one evening! So that completes the new things, at least those that were on our list.

We did two other “new things”:

The first is that we rode Space Mountain for the first time with “Starry-O-Phonic Sound” - that's the new off-board sound effects that you can hear around your rocket. I had read about it, but forgotten it again and therefore was quite surprised during our first ride during that trip. It was quite a fun addition!

And then we did something which at least for Katharina was most likely a first and last ride on this attraction – not because she hated it so much, but because it will close sometime next year: Snow White's Scary Adventure. I think none of us was too scared but neither were we too impressed. There is a version of this in Paris as well and we tend to avoid those dark rides there as well. I think I will like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train they are planning for the new Fantasyland much more. But I would prefer it if they used the space of the current ride for a new ride instead of for the Princess Meet & Greet they are planning to put in there.

Other thoughts and observations:

We spent two evenings at the MK, which isn't easy to do during October because there are so many party nights. One evening was during MNSSHP, which will be a separate update, and then we also spent a very late Saturday evening at the MK, when it was open until 12am! The MK was really crowded that evening, but we managed to see Wishes from my favourite spot: the end of Main Street. However, getting away from there was rather a hassle. I was shocked to see that they even had a sign that you could also exit the park by going backstage behind Main Street from the side where the Ice Cream Parlour is. I guess Paris is really lucky to have those arcades!

One thing that I would have loved to do more, would have been taking in more of the entertainment. We saw a band coming on stage in Liberty Square:

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Things like that really add to the atmosphere of the MK and I would have loved to experience more of this. But we did slow down in other regards: Our time on Tom Sawyer Island, having one of those gigantic and extremely delicious cinnamon rolls from the Main Street Bakery sitting down by the water on the hub.

And one attraction sadly has become a bit of a disappointment: Philharmagic. I used to think that this was such a cute film. However, I guess having seen so many movies in the cineman in 3D in the recent year, I got really spoiled. The film does look so dated and the 3D pales in comparison to the quality you see in the cinema. It actually was the only one of the 3D films in the parks that we saw and I think this type of attraction might have reached its end as a viable theme park attraction. Especially if you think that there is 3D TV becoming available now...

Overall, however, we really enjoyed our time at the MK during this trip, but the construction walls in Fantasyland did kill what little atmosphere there used to be in Fantasyland. But I really hope that the new part will make it a much prettier place once it is finished.

So why does the MK only get third place behind the other two parks? I think because it has less repeatability. The attractions that are there are mostly shorter and not so immersive. At AK the Safari and the trails are something that you can look at again and again because they will never be the same. At Epcot it is similar with attractions like Spaceship Earth. Also I find both more interesting environments to explore, all the detail in the WS – of which we actually missed a lot this trip. And that is exactly what I enjoyed so much about Tom Sawyer's Island.

glennbo123
11-20-2011, 06:17 PM
I did some Google searching and I think your caterpillar is a Citheronia regalis. Type it into the Google Image search.

I had trouble with the 3D in Philharmagic last time, like figuring out exactly how to focus. I wasn't sure if it was from trying to put the 3D glasses over my glasses, or what exactly.

MK isn't our favorite park either, but I do have a number of things I want to see next time and the new (old) Tiki Room is one of them.

Poolrat
11-20-2011, 07:16 PM
I agree with your thoughts on MK. As an adult, MK is very tame attraction wise. While the attractions are not as exciting the park more than makes up for it with atmosphere.

Happy to hear you were able to cross all those things off your list.

The New fantasyland will having you going back to experience all the new stuff.

eandesmom
11-22-2011, 10:37 PM
what a lovely update! I'm so glad you enjoyed TSI, it has always been a highlight for me, a surprising true escape which can be especially lovely if the park is crowded. There are definitely some parts to MK that could use an update more than others, I couldn't agree more about Philarmagic.

Captain_Oblivious
11-23-2011, 09:51 AM
You ought to be impressed: We managed to do all these things!!

Nice work! :thumbsup2

Let's start with Splash Mountain: I promised Katharina that we won't get seriously wet and it was a warm day.

Let's file this under "Famous Last Words".

Tom Sawyer Island was the surprise hit for me at the MK. I truly enjoyed exploring that place!!

:woohoo::banana:

So glad you liked it! I really love that island. It still feels like a secret hideaway in the middle of the park.


You can also get some interesting views of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from the island:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09259.jpg

Great shot! We got the exact same picture:

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I think I will like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train they are planning for the new Fantasyland much more.

Can't wait to see what that ride is like.

I guess Paris is really lucky to have those arcades!

::yes::

But we did slow down in other regards: Our time on Tom Sawyer Island, having one of those gigantic and extremely delicious cinnamon rolls from the Main Street Bakery sitting down by the water on the hub.

These are a few of my favorite things... :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
11-26-2011, 01:02 PM
I did some Google searching and I think your caterpillar is a Citheronia regalis. Type it into the Google Image search.

I had trouble with the 3D in Philharmagic last time, like figuring out exactly how to focus. I wasn't sure if it was from trying to put the 3D glasses over my glasses, or what exactly.

MK isn't our favorite park either, but I do have a number of things I want to see next time and the new (old) Tiki Room is one of them.

Thanks for the research! I love it that the caterpillar is named "hickory horned devil" - a very fitting name. Supposedly it is harmless, just tries to look very dangerous! :lmao:

I don't think it is your glasses which are the issue, but truly the Philharmagic film. :confused3

The Tiki Room is really quite quaint, but don't expect too much of it! :rolleyes1 I think the MK will be much nicer again in 2014 when there aren't any huge building projects ongoing anymore. I think it is great what they are doing in Fantasyland and I would love to see more new attractions being planned. But at the moment the current still operating Fantasyland isn't that pretty... When you go this summer, you should at least be able to ride Dumbo at its new location, as well as the Barnstormer.

I agree with your thoughts on MK. As an adult, MK is very tame attraction wise. While the attractions are not as exciting the park more than makes up for it with atmosphere.

Happy to hear you were able to cross all those things off your list.

The New fantasyland will having you going back to experience all the new stuff.

Yes, the new Fantasyland will be a huge draw for me to spend time there. It looks already very promising and I have been quite excited about it from the beginning. And I am glad that they got rid of those many princess greetings and put in a coaster instead! :thumbsup2

what a lovely update! I'm so glad you enjoyed TSI, it has always been a highlight for me, a surprising true escape which can be especially lovely if the park is crowded. There are definitely some parts to MK that could use an update more than others, I couldn't agree more about Philarmagic.

Thanks Cynthia! I think I will try to escape to TSI much more regularly now, it is a nice place! :thumbsup2

It's a shame about Philharmagic, this is one of the newest additions to the MK. I know that some "serious fans" discuss that film based attractions aren't as high quality as those which are with animatronics and real sets. I always thought that this line of thought was a bit presumptuous, but after this trip I can at least see the point in that line of thought. I still don't agree with it about every attraction, there is still the question of how it is executed. Forbidden Journey and Spiderman both use film, but I think they are fantastic. And Philharmagic to me is still more enjoyable than Snow White...

Flossbolna
11-26-2011, 01:10 PM
Nice work! :thumbsup2

Yes, we were very proud how successful we were at the MK! :lmao:

Let's file this under "Famous Last Words".

:rolleyes1 No, she did forgive me - even though this wasn't the first time I had been the cause for her getting wetter than expected. When we were in the US in 1992 we went to an animal park which had an orca show. There was a sign that the first five rows will get wet. Well, my English was good then, but not as good as it is now. And I told Katharina that "wet" would mean "moist" not "soaking wet" (two different words for this and depending on how you use wet it can really be translated with the one word or the other)... Well, we ended up being soaked from head to toe! :scared1:

:woohoo::banana:

So glad you liked it! I really love that island. It still feels like a secret hideaway in the middle of the park.

Exactly! I think it will become a regular place to visit for me... Maybe bring a drink and a snack and just sit on one of those chairs. It's a shame that they closed the food selling place there.

Great shot! We got the exact same picture:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-sBa__-D_tws/TKjfOLkUyqI/AAAAAAAABCI/pZv2etU2cTo/s720/IMG_3943.JPG

Yours is pretty good, too! It is a great view!

Can't wait to see what that ride is like.

I have heard rather conflicting things. Some say it is going to be nothing better than the Barnstormer and others say it is going to be more like a mild BTMRR. I guess the truth is somewhere in between.

These are a few of my favorite things... :thumbsup2

Yes, slowing down is really great! I hope to become better at that in the future since I really enjoy it! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
11-26-2011, 01:19 PM
Thoughts on Disney Hollywood Studios

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This is the park formerly known as the Disney MGM Studios. Even I got to know it under that name and I have already nearly forgotten it... But while the name has changed, I am unfortunately finally at the point where I think that this park does need some change. Somehow I did not find very much to do there this time. It still has some of my favourite attractions, but as I said in the previous update about the MK, it also lacks the immersive environment. At lot of it is just facade. Very pretty facade, I love the look of the old Hollywood, but lets be honest, behind those beautiful fronts there just are shops selling the same things as Mousegears at Epcot or the Emporium in the MK.

I am really rather sad that I came to the conclusion that this is finally my least favourite park at WDW. In 2004 this was my overall favourite park of them all. The only park where I refused to leave the park for a midday break during our 5 day trip because I just wanted to soak up the atmosphere. I spent an afternoon watching streemosphere and was just happy. Maybe I have now already soaked up everything there is? I was also a bit disappointed at the streetmosphere this time. All the shows we encountered were not just the Citizens of Hollywood doing their thing – and interacting with the people now and then, no they put on contests where guests could get really involved and win FPs and so. I loved it before when the Citizens were very oblivious to the fact that this was a theme park and not the real Hollywood. Now it seems like they are so obviously just a show. But I still got a fun picture:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09241.jpg

However, even a fourth place at WDW makes it a pretty great park overall!!

We had quite a few new things planned for DHS as well:


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...


Of course we did get to ride on Star Tours II!! I was very impressed with this update. The queue looks wonderful again and there are a few fun things to watch while you wait! The new films have crystal clear quality and the 3D here is up to modern standards, not at all the disappointment I had at Philharmagic. The trick of this attraction is that you get a random flight combined out of several different elements. This is exciting because you get to experience something different everytime – well, unless you ride with us! Of the four trips Katharina and I went on together with Star Tours, we ended up visiting the same planet three times!!! So while all this randomness makes you really excited beforehand, it also does make for quite some disappointment if it does not work for you. I guess the next time we are there we will never visited that planet ever again because statistically we have used up way to many visits there already. ;-) But I think overall we really loved the new ride! It was so great to see this attraction restored to its former glory, it was one of the attractions which on our very first DL visit in 1992 impressed us so much!

We did try to get into the Animation Academy, but were told that it would be a 45 minute wait since the next group was already full... Maybe bad timing? I am not sure, but at least we did not want to wait for that long, so we gave up.

And I am very ashamed to report that we actually did not make any effort to get on Voyage of the Little Mermaid...

We visited One Man's Dream - I wasn't really sure what was new and what wasn't, but we did spend quite a bit time in there with Marv and Jonathan - I think Marv and I are better fans since it took us longer to get through the exhibition...

We did enjoy some of the old favourites like Tower of Terror:

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and Rock 'n Roller Coaster and we did get one ride on TSMM. But otherwise we found that we did not feel very much like repeating any of the other attractions...

But one thing which we definitely enjoyed: The ability to walk there. We timed it and it took us about 10 minutes from our room door to the bag check. However, we never walked in the bright sunshine, only during the slightly cooler mornings (still it was usually already quite warm then) and then when it was rather clouded. At 2 pm on a hot and sunny day you might want to wait for a boat... We did take the boat back to the Boardwalk once, but got off at the Swan. The boat captain even advised doing that since it takes quite some time for the boat to go from the Swan to the Boardwalk since it is stopping at the Beach Club in between.

Kleese
11-29-2011, 10:55 AM
Sending warm wishes to you and your family for this Christmas Season:santa:. Please say it isn't so that your thread seems to be coming to an end. What is next on the horizon of adventures for the wonderful Magdalene and Katharina we have grown to love? Lovely pictures of Christmas trees and celebrations I hope :flower3:

glennbo123
11-29-2011, 12:52 PM
Yes, I agree that it'd be nice if there were a little bit more behind all of those facades. It seems like DHS should/could be a bigger park.

We had some great streetmosphere interaction last time, I hope they aren't meddling with that too much.

Captain_Oblivious
11-29-2011, 01:08 PM
It still has some of my favourite attractions, but as I said in the previous update about the MK, it also lacks the immersive environment. At lot of it is just facade. Very pretty facade, I love the look of the old Hollywood, but lets be honest, behind those beautiful fronts there just are shops selling the same things as Mousegears at Epcot or the Emporium in the MK.

I agree, and I think that's why HS doesn't quite grab me either. The theming just doesn't feel as immersive there. And I do wish the stuff in the shops was more varied as well, but that's a problem across WDW.

However, even a fourth place at WDW makes it a pretty great park overall!!

::yes::

Of course we did get to ride on Star Tours II!! I was very impressed with this update. The queue looks wonderful again and there are a few fun things to watch while you wait! The new films have crystal clear quality and the 3D here is up to modern standards, not at all the disappointment I had at Philharmagic. The trick of this attraction is that you get a random flight combined out of several different elements. This is exciting because you get to experience something different everytime – well, unless you ride with us!

:eek: I guess we'll chalk that up to bad luck! I'm glad the ride is fun, though. I can't wait to try it out!

And I am very ashamed to report that we actually did not make any effort to get on Voyage of the Little Mermaid...

Don't be ashamed. I don't think you missed much. :rolleyes1

But one thing which we definitely enjoyed: The ability to walk there.

:thumbsup2

Flossbolna
11-29-2011, 03:58 PM
Sending warm wishes to you and your family for this Christmas Season:santa:. Please say it isn't so that your thread seems to be coming to an end. What is next on the horizon of adventures for the wonderful Magdalene and Katharina we have grown to love? Lovely pictures of Christmas trees and celebrations I hope :flower3:

Hi there and thanks for the greetings! There is still plenty to report from this trip, don't worry! I have already written a very detailed report about our day at Universal and there will plenty more things to write about! :thumbsup2

I was wondering about doing another "bonus update" about life in Germany, but it seems that I covered Christmas quite well in the previous reports... Maybe I will venture out to another city and there Christmas market one of the next weekends...

Yes, I agree that it'd be nice if there were a little bit more behind all of those facades. It seems like DHS should/could be a bigger park.

We had some great streetmosphere interaction last time, I hope they aren't meddling with that too much.

I am really sad that I seem to have lost my love for that park to a certain degree... For me DHS has become much more of a half day park now... :confused3

I am not really sure what was going on with streetmosphere... I hope that we just got them at odd shows.

Flossbolna
11-29-2011, 04:14 PM
I agree, and I think that's why HS doesn't quite grab me either. The theming just doesn't feel as immersive there. And I do wish the stuff in the shops was more varied as well, but that's a problem across WDW.

Yes, seeing the same merchandise everywhere gets boring at some point...

And I think we have very similar tastes in theme parks - well, besides the fact that you aren't so keen on Splash Mountain if I remember correctly? :goodvibes

:eek: I guess we'll chalk that up to bad luck! I'm glad the ride is fun, though. I can't wait to try it out!

The ride is really great! I wasn't so sure about it since I had read quite a few reviews which weren't impressed, but I find it very enjoyable.

I just wonder what the probabilities for going to the same place over and over again are - I rather would prefer that very unlikely things happen to me when I buy a lottery ticket... :headache:


Don't be ashamed. I don't think you missed much. :rolleyes1


I am relieved to hear that!! :lmao:

Flossbolna
11-29-2011, 04:23 PM
Dear Readers!

I know that you are out there, I can see that this thread is viewed not by only three, four, five people. And I would love to hear from you! Don't be shy, leave a comment, this is much more fun for me when I get to talk to you! :goodvibes So stop lurking!! :wave2:

And there is still plenty more to come: some "Special Features" - we will start with the first one right after this announcement, resorts, food and other stuff.

Flossbolna
11-29-2011, 04:26 PM
Special Feature #1:

The pre-trip-report had details about three special features that we planned for the trip – and the first one was: visiting both water parks! More about our plans can be found here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40902575&postcount=237).

I am really happy that we made it to both water parks! Since Katharina arrived at WDW with a cold, she did not feel up to water parks during the first days. But we managed to adjust our plans and still got to go.

I truly enjoyed both parks. We did not stay a full day at any of them, I think more like about 4 hours and that was nearly the perfect time frame. We had some time to do the slides we wanted to do, eat some lunch, take the lazy river, read our books, nap and swim a bit. We might have stayed a bit longer, but both days we had plans for the rest of the day. But even though I might have wanted to go on the one or the other slide once again, I was perfectly fine to move on to do something else.

I really can't say which water park I prefer, both have some elements which I truly enjoyed.

I like the slides in general at BB better, I loved the family raft ride, but also the others were interesting enough. However, Crush n' Gusher at TL is really great, too! That's a not to miss water slide for me!

I don't like the massive waves at TL, therefore we never made it into the big pool there. But we did enjoy to float around in BB's wave pool for some time.

We found that BB has less space where you can get chairs. We really had some trouble finding a spot there at first. Later we saw some very empty areas way towards the back of the park, but those did not look very nice either...

The lazy rivers were great fun, too! However, I seem to be lazier in the river than Katharina, she always kept floating away from me, while I seemed to get stuck and did move only at the pace of a snail... We quickly figured out that we could prevent floating away from each other if I kept my feet hooked under her tube and then we had a lot of fun floating around, giggling like teenage girls every time one of us got hit by one of the water features. Wonderful memories!

We also thought that the chair lift at BB was very funny! I was actually a bit worried how getting off would work since all my chair lift experiences are with skis under my feet and then you just glide away easily. But fortunately the lift is really slow, so getting out is not difficult at all. Actually the whole BB was very funny for us because it plays with that Alpine ski resort theme – and I have spent many winter vacations at places just like that in real life. They even have some real alpine music in between the beach music, with real German texts!!

We had lunch at both parks and both time the food was pretty tasty. But we did stick with the classic options: burgers at Blizzard Beach and a tuna sandwich at Typhoon Lagoon. Actually, the fries at BB were much better than the ones we had sometime later at Pecos Bill's at the MK.

All in all, I am really happy that we made it to the water parks. I really want to make sure that I get to go there again on my next trip!!

Poolrat
11-29-2011, 10:13 PM
Checking in to find not one but two updates to read. :goodvibes

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with DHS. I do love TSM, ToT and RnR. I loved the new Star Tours too but I am afraid to say, I had a similar trip where I ended up at the same place a few times. :confused3


My hate comes in when touring mostly. I think DHS has too many dead ends. Well really, Sunset Blvd. I feel like when I want to go down Sunset Blvd. I feel so far away from everything else and have to trek to go onto the next thing.



Ahhh the Waterparks. I can't spend the whole day there either. :lmao: I like the slides and the theming but dragging the tubes up to the top of the hills takes some of the magic away for me.


Thansk for sharing.

glennbo123
11-29-2011, 10:16 PM
I haven't visited Blizzard Beach yet, but enjoyed our day at Typhoon Lagoon. I agree that Crush 'n Gusher is a "do not miss" ride at that park. I thought the theming was top notch on that ride.

marvali
11-30-2011, 06:38 AM
I am so irate that your mail hasn't arrived yet! :mad: I can't do it before Friday but I plan to be at the Post Office then with all of my receipts and ask them what the heck is going on! It isn't the lost DVD with the pictures that bothers me as much as the Birthday Card with your birthday wishes for such a special occasion. I can replace the DVD, or as you suggested just post the pictures on Photobucket and give you access. Still, the whole thing drives me nuts since this Friday will be four weeks since I mailed it. :headache:

lovealldisney
11-30-2011, 06:49 AM
I was wondering about doing another "bonus update" about life in Germany, but it seems that I covered Christmas quite well in the previous reports... Maybe I will venture out to another city and there Christmas market one of the next weekends...


This would be very very very nice.....;) I would love to hear about Christmas again...... Just saying.. :)


Glad you liked the water parks! I have to say I prefer TL over BB. Sounds like you had a lovely time.

Flossbolna
11-30-2011, 10:00 AM
Checking in to find not one but two updates to read. :goodvibes

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with DHS. I do love TSM, ToT and RnR. I loved the new Star Tours too but I am afraid to say, I had a similar trip where I ended up at the same place a few times. :confused3


My hate comes in when touring mostly. I think DHS has too many dead ends. Well really, Sunset Blvd. I feel like when I want to go down Sunset Blvd. I feel so far away from everything else and have to trek to go onto the next thing.

Isn't it sad how many people feel like that: a park with a few really great attractions, but somehow it does not really work as a park. I very much understand your issue with the dead end. I often was annoyed about having to walk all the way back to ToT only to figure out that the wait is really long because they only have one elevator operating...

I think a lot of its issues are from how it was built. From what I have heard it was built very quickly as a response to Universal building in Orlando as well and they wanted to open MGM Studios before they opened Universal. And a huge part of the park was only accesible via the Studio Tour, you were never supposed to wander around the Streets of America as you are now. Now the park is burdened with a less than perfect concept and I think maybe it really needs a totally new master plan... :confused3


Ahhh the Waterparks. I can't spend the whole day there either. :lmao: I like the slides and the theming but dragging the tubes up to the top of the hills takes some of the magic away for me.


Thansk for sharing.

I thought oyu would like the water park update!! :lmao: I wish we had more opportunities to spend time there... This is one of the things that make me want to rent a car next time I am there, just throw the bathing suit in the trunk and then I can head directly from a park to a water park.

Dragging the tubes up the hills is not fun, that's why Katharina and I did opt out of the family raft ride at TL, much nicer at BB, where they have a lift for the huge rafts! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
11-30-2011, 10:06 AM
I haven't visited Blizzard Beach yet, but enjoyed our day at Typhoon Lagoon. I agree that Crush 'n Gusher is a "do not miss" ride at that park. I thought the theming was top notch on that ride.

Being back home in cold, grey Germany in November I could daydream about the water parks all day right now!! They are both fantastic. And if you enjoyed Crush 'n Gusher, I am sure you would love BB, there are lots of great slides there and the theming is more whimsical. Maybe something for the next trip? Which you must be planning right now - so where is your pre-trip-report?? You know that we are all waiting impatiently for it! :goodvibes

I am so irate that your mail hasn't arrived yet! :mad: I can't do it before Friday but I plan to be at the Post Office then with all of my receipts and ask them what the heck is going on! It isn't the lost DVD with the pictures that bothers me as much as the Birthday Card with your birthday wishes for such a special occasion. I can replace the DVD, or as you suggested just post the pictures on Photobucket and give you access. Still, the whole thing drives me nuts since this Friday will be four weeks since I mailed it. :headache:

Marv, I am so sorry that you being so nice to send me birthday card and the photos results in you being in a bad mood!! :guilty: I can't imagine why it takes so long, I really am afraid that it got lost somewhere. Every evening I hope to find it in my mailbox and yesterday I was really excited because there was a larger envelope which looked like it might be it, but it was something else again...

And even if it never arrives, I really appreciate that you sent it!! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
11-30-2011, 10:09 AM
This would be very very very nice.....;) I would love to hear about Christmas again...... Just saying.. :)

Hmmm, I just had an idea what I might post about... But you will have to wait until next Tuesday! :santa:


Glad you liked the water parks! I have to say I prefer TL over BB. Sounds like you had a lovely time.

It was truly wonderful! And you are in good company: Katharina said that she prefers TL as well, while I really can't make up my mind which I like better...

Captain_Oblivious
11-30-2011, 01:59 PM
I'm the opposite of Glenn--I've been to Blizzard Beach, but never TL. Hope to get there on the next trip.

That being said, it sounds like you really enjoyed your time there. We were looking at other water parks (non-Disney) when we were doing trip research and were struck by how much Disney theming makes a difference! At the "other" parks it was just concrete, stairs, scaffolds, and waterslides.

So I guess Crush 'n Gusher is the can't-miss attraction at TL. Did you try the shark swim?

Flossbolna
11-30-2011, 04:27 PM
I'm the opposite of Glenn--I've been to Blizzard Beach, but never TL. Hope to get there on the next trip.

That being said, it sounds like you really enjoyed your time there. We were looking at other water parks (non-Disney) when we were doing trip research and were struck by how much Disney theming makes a difference! At the "other" parks it was just concrete, stairs, scaffolds, and waterslides.

So I guess Crush 'n Gusher is the can't-miss attraction at TL. Did you try the shark swim?

As I said before, I love both water parks. So if you have never been to TL, I can definitely recommend a visit! :thumbsup2 Do you go on water slides?? I mean, they include a drop into water... :rolleyes1 ;)

I have looked at pictures of Aquatica in Orlando (it belongs to Seaworld) and it looks like a very nice water park as well. Not as themed, but definitely not in the concrete, stairs and scaffolds category! I am very tempted to try it out when I am in Orlando the next time.

And the first ever water park Katharina and I went to was in 1992 in New Braunfels, Texas. I think Disney might have copied a bit of their theme when building BB since this is supposed to look like an Alpine village. I remember it looking a bit strange and definitely not as pretty as Disney, but it was not too bad either...

We did not do the shark swim. Katharina wasn't interested - she has never tried to snorkel and felt like it isn't something that she could easily just do since she has huge troubles to exhale when her head is under water. I have done it on a previous visit and wasn't impressed. I am pretty certain that I would love snorkelling, but there it was just swim through, don't stop and neither could you deviate from the set route. I did not feel like I got to really see anything.

Flossbolna
11-30-2011, 04:35 PM
Special Feature #2: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Ever since we knew that the trip would be in October,we were certain that we wanted to experience the party. Halloween is not a holiday celebrated in Germany and we thought it would be really funny to explore this. You can read our plans here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40990311&postcount=275).

Originally we had no plans to get any costumes for the party, but then on our first morning at the MK I saw this lovely Mickey Ears hat:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09262.jpg

And wanted to get it... And convinced Katharina that those Mickey Ears would make perfect costumes for the Halloween party!! I got mine embroidered with my name on them, Katharina declined that... But at least we are able to keep our hats apart now.

Since we now had our hats, we decided that we needed to wear clothes that matched the hat and since none of us has any orange, we decided to go with black and this is us as we arrived at the MK for the party :

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09276.jpg

Yes, and we did something which I promised Katharina that we would never do: We wear matching outfits!!!! But I guess for Halloween dressing up is kind of mandatory, so it does not really count!

We also got another picture with Marv during the party :

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09277.jpg

We were really impressed by the many elaborate costumes we saw during the party, especially some which looked far too warm for that day!! But it was fun to watch people and see how many Fred Flintstones we did see – or to discuss with Marv and Jonathan whether we all saw the same blinky Tinkerbell or whether there were several of them around.

We did some trick and treating and figured out that there is a lot of American candy that we had never tried before. We have m&ms in Germany as well and the same counts for the mini Snicker bars we got. But neither of us ever had a Tootsie Roll before – they seem to come in many different shapes and even tastes! And while Milky Ways taste the same, they have a much nicer wrapper in Germany! Katharina also got to try candy corn for the first time. When she saw it in a shop for the first time, she thought it did look very unappetising, more like a rotten tooth than a kernel of corn... So that is our name for candy corn now... And, no, getting a taste of it has not improved our opinion...

We met Marv and Jonathan just before the fireworks which we watched together from the end of Main Street. Beautiful, fantastic show!! It is by far my most favourite Disney fireworks show now. It is a lot of fun, has lots of colour and just great to watch.

I am not sure whether what we did after the fireworks, but I think I convinced the others that we ought to find a place from where to see the second parade. Even though I am not a parade person, I wanted to make sure to see this – and wanted to see the Headless Horseman who rides before the parade. Unfortunately I made the mistake of thinking that the parade would start 15 minutes earlier than it really did... That's why we found such a great spot in Frontierland so easily. I felt a bit sorry for my blunder, but we really had a perfect first row spot to see everything and were strategically placed to get away immediately after the end of the parade to get on the Haunted Mansion.

The parade was truly wonderful. This is a parade which I would make sure to watch when I get the opportunity again. It was so much fun. I really loved the atmosphere of it, the music, the costumes. Great entertainment!!

We did get to ride quite a few rides during the party, most with not so long lines. And we did enjoy the added spookiness of the Haunted Mansion CMs as well as the projections of a big spider onto Space Mountain.

But what we did not enjoy was the rather hectic and crowded atmosphere of people running from A to B. While the lines at attractions were rather short mostly and the lines for the candy were only long during the first hour of the parade, it just felt that lots of people were out on the walkways. Maybe the fact that the former Toontown is closed now added to that feeling. Strangely, it was not at all crowded on Main Street during Hallowishes.

Also, we did not see any of the shows, dance parties nor did we queue for any of the character meet and greets – the lines for those were exceptionally long!!

So, in the end, what did we think of it? It was really fun to celebrate Halloween that way and the fireworks and the parade were outstanding. But that was all. So in the end the question is really: is it worth $ 56.40 per person (that is including taxes but with a pre-purchase and DVC discount)? Most likely not – at least not for a repeat visit very soon. I am really glad that we did it and don't regret that we spent the money on it. But I think I will be content with watching Hallowishes from the Poly beach if I am back at WDW during October in the next few years...

lovealldisney
12-01-2011, 07:24 AM
http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09262.jpg

Love it! You look adorable! I really do like your hair this length. :)

To funny about the candy corn! Rotten teeth.....:lmao: My sister and I had a favorite candy growing up they were called candy rasins well they didn't look like rasins at all more like boogers.....:rolleyes: So that is what we call them... unfortunatly the company that made them is no longer around :guilty: so no more boogers for us....:rotfl:

What was your impression on tooties rolls? Dave loves the flavored fruit ones I like the chocolate ones... Did you have any tooties pops in your Halloween bag? Glad you like the party, and I agree I don't know if I would spend that much to attend. When I can have a Halloween party of my own :laughing: and you and Katharina are more than welcome to attend for free...:goodvibes

Great update! Thanks for sharing....

Flossbolna
12-01-2011, 07:42 AM
Love it! You look adorable! I really do like your hair this length. :)

Thanks! This picture was originally only taken because there wasn't any mirror around and I wanted to see what I looked like with the Mickey Ears in the shop. So I asked Katharina to take the picture... In the end I think it is one of the nicest pictures of me in recent years. :goodvibes

And when I posted it yesterday I was thinking that I need to get a hair dresser appointment soon because it looks much better when it is short as in that picture! :thumbsup2

To funny about the candy corn! Rotten teeth.....:lmao: My sister and I had a favorite candy growing up they were called candy rasins well they didn't look like rasins at all more like boogers.....:rolleyes: So that is what we call them... unfortunatly the company that made them is no longer around :guilty: so no more boogers for us....:rotfl:

I always love it when you have your own secret names for things to share with someone else. Your candy raisin name is pretty funny, too! What a shame that they aren't around any longer.

What was your impression on tooties rolls? Dave loves the flavored fruit ones I like the chocolate ones... Did you have any tooties pops in your Halloween bag? Glad you like the party, and I agree I don't know if I would spend that much to attend. When I can have a Halloween party of my own :laughing: and you and Katharina are more than welcome to attend for free...:goodvibes

Great update! Thanks for sharing....

The tootsie rolls were ok, I like chewy candy. But I wasn't that impressed either. I prefer my German Maoam! Even though it never is chocolate flavoured...

Thanks for the invitation to your Halloween party!! :goodvibes Will there be fireworks and a parade as well? ;)

glennbo123
12-01-2011, 01:34 PM
I've never been there for MNSSHP but I'd like to see the parade, however I doubt that it's worth the money just for that.

I'm not a big fan of tootsie rolls or candy corn. Reese's peanut butter cups and Mounds are a different story. :love:

I agree, that's a really good picture of you in the pumpkin-ears hat! :thumbsup2

rndmr2
12-01-2011, 03:55 PM
Glad you had a good time at the Halloween party, I would love to go if only for that parade and to see all of the costumes, but DH is not a huge fan of Halloween so it would take some convincing to get him to go with me. I love those pumpkin Mickey ears! I Love tootsie rolls and candy corn but with the candy corn I can only eat so much of it.

Poolrat
12-01-2011, 08:39 PM
Isn't it sad how many people feel like that: a park with a few really great attractions, but somehow it does not really work as a park. I very much understand your issue with the dead end. I often was annoyed about having to walk all the way back to ToT only to figure out that the wait is really long because they only have one elevator operating...

I think a lot of its issues are from how it was built. From what I have heard it was built very quickly as a response to Universal building in Orlando as well and they wanted to open MGM Studios before they opened Universal. And a huge part of the park was only accesible via the Studio Tour, you were never supposed to wander around the Streets of America as you are now. Now the park is burdened with a less than perfect concept and I think maybe it really needs a totally new master plan... :confused3

I think we read the same book.:laughing: I read about the layout being very much like US because Disney basically stole it to get a park like US open.
I think before Pixar Place, you would get stuck by Little Mermaid and then again down by Muppets and the streets of America.

It seems like they should be able to open up some sort of path between where the bathrooms are at RnR and the back of the fook kiosks but I think that area is involved in Food prep :confused3


I thought oyu would like the water park update!! :lmao: I wish we had more opportunities to spend time there... This is one of the things that make me want to rent a car next time I am there, just throw the bathing suit in the trunk and then I can head directly from a park to a water park.

Dragging the tubes up the hills is not fun, that's why Katharina and I did opt out of the family raft ride at TL, much nicer at BB, where they have a lift for the huge rafts! :thumbsup2

Driving might make it more reasonable to get over there more. :idea:
The worst is going back all wet on the air conditioned bus :cold:

I'm the opposite of Glenn--I've been to Blizzard Beach, but never TL. Hope to get there on the next trip.

That being said, it sounds like you really enjoyed your time there. We were looking at other water parks (non-Disney) when we were doing trip research and were struck by how much Disney theming makes a difference! At the "other" parks it was just concrete, stairs, scaffolds, and waterslides.

So I guess Crush 'n Gusher is the can't-miss attraction at TL. Did you try the shark swim?

Slowly waterparks are themeing more but for most of them it is a poor attempt and it looks cheesy. They spend so much money on getting the actual attraction they leave nothing to look at whie you wait.

Shark swim = :cold:

As I said before, I love both water parks. So if you have never been to TL, I can definitely recommend a visit! :thumbsup2 Do you go on water slides?? I mean, they include a drop into water... :rolleyes1 ;)

Good one :lmao:


And the first ever water park Katharina and I went to was in 1992 in New Braunfels, Texas. I think Disney might have copied a bit of their theme when building BB since this is supposed to look like an Alpine village. I remember it looking a bit strange and definitely not as pretty as Disney, but it was not too bad either...

The Schitterbaun. In reality it should not take much to theme a place in an acceptable manner. Disney spares no expense but we have a waterpark near us ( outdoor) that has 1 "themed" waiting area. It is cheesy and totally lost on anyone walking in.

Even our place has only bright colors ( for a space theme?) and really no other themeing.

Love your thoughts on the MNSSHP. I believe if you go to MK the week of Halloween the parade is during regular nights. At least it was in 2006. A CM in the candy store made a point of telling us the Halloween parade was happening and even with the warning I had no idea ( PreDIS) how special it was.


So fireworks from the Poly and maybe the parade close to Halloween. Save the money. However with a group I imagine teh party would be a hoot. I was alone the time I went and while I had a good time and did most of the specil things I might go back if I knew I would be part of a group going. I think that might be the deciding factor for me.

Flossbolna
12-02-2011, 10:08 AM
I've never been there for MNSSHP but I'd like to see the parade, however I doubt that it's worth the money just for that.

I'm not a big fan of tootsie rolls or candy corn. Reese's peanut butter cups and Mounds are a different story. :love:

I agree, that's a really good picture of you in the pumpkin-ears hat! :thumbsup2

Thanks for the pumpkin compliment! :goodvibes

I think if you have never been to MNSSHP it is worth it to pay for the ticket at least once - however, thinking of your family of five, that is a lot of money if you have to get five tickets!

I know Reese's peanut butter cups and love them, too. They aren't regularly available here, but many food stores have corners with exotic products and they usually have stuff from the USA as well, very often those are on offer. I had no idea what Mounds were - a search came up with these: http://www.hersheys.com/almondjoy-mounds/products/mounds.aspx?ICID=AMJ0002 Is that what you are talking about? I have never had them. They do look like they are similar to Bounty?

Glad you had a good time at the Halloween party, I would love to go if only for that parade and to see all of the costumes, but DH is not a huge fan of Halloween so it would take some convincing to get him to go with me. I love those pumpkin Mickey ears! I Love tootsie rolls and candy corn but with the candy corn I can only eat so much of it.

As I said, it is definitely worth a visit if you have never been. I am not sure what your DH does not like about Halloween, but perhaps you can convince him with the argument that most attractions have very short lines during the party?

I often think that people like candy not only for the taste but also for the childhood memories connected with them. :goodvibes

Captain_Oblivious
12-02-2011, 02:49 PM
Count me among those who say it's a great picture of you! :goodvibes

I've never seen the Halloween party either, so it's interesting to read about it. Seems like everyone raves about the Hallowishes fireworks show--I guess I'll have to try that sometime.

And why all the hate for candy corns? If you have an unbalanced table, they're great for holding up the leg. :thumbsup2 :crazy2:

marvali
12-02-2011, 04:28 PM
I just sent you an email about the card and pictures I sent you.

glennbo123
12-02-2011, 07:03 PM
I think if you have never been to MNSSHP it is worth it to pay for the ticket at least once - however, thinking of your family of five, that is a lot of money if you have to get five tickets!

It's terrible to have to consider everything "times 5", but that's the reality and I signed up for it. Someday we'll do some of the tours, like the Segway tour, etc., but they'll have to wait until they're "times 2". ;)

I know Reese's peanut butter cups and love them, too. They aren't regularly available here, but many food stores have corners with exotic products and they usually have stuff from the USA as well, very often those are on offer. I had no idea what Mounds were - a search came up with these: http://www.hersheys.com/almondjoy-mounds/products/mounds.aspx?ICID=AMJ0002 Is that what you are talking about? I have never had them. They do look like they are similar to Bounty?

Sometimes we'll run across a local candymaker that makes peanut butter eggs around Easter time, and they're actually even better than Reese's, but Reese's are pretty good. Yes, you found the right Mounds. You've gotta like coconut to like them, 'cause that's all they are....coconut and chocolate. Almond Joy are the same, but with an almond stuck in. I like them better without the almond.

marvali
12-02-2011, 07:54 PM
Sometimes we'll run across a local candymaker that makes peanut butter eggs around Easter time, and they're actually even better than Reese's, but Reese's are pretty good. Yes, you found the right Mounds. You've gotta like coconut to like them, 'cause that's all they are....coconut and chocolate. Almond Joy are the same, but with an almond stuck in. I like them better without the almond.
Love both Almond Joy AND Mounds. The other difference is Almond Joy is Milk Chocolate and Mounds is Dark Chocolate.

tiggrbaby
12-02-2011, 10:00 PM
Love both Almond Joy AND Mounds. The other difference is Almond Joy is Milk Chocolate and Mounds is Dark Chocolate.
Sometimes you feel like a nut...

Poolrat
12-02-2011, 11:54 PM
Sometimes you feel like a nut...

sometimes you don't....

marvali
12-03-2011, 07:52 AM
sometimes you don't....

Almond Joy's got nuts........

tiggrbaby
12-03-2011, 08:00 AM
Almond Joy's got nuts........

Mounds don't...