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marvali
12-03-2011, 08:50 AM
Mounds don't...

Because.........

Poolrat
12-03-2011, 06:19 PM
Because.........


Almond Joy's got rich milk chocolate
Coconut and a crunchy nut, too

marvali
12-08-2011, 12:37 PM
Got a text message from Magdalene about an hour ago. Guess what finally showed up in her mail box.......one day shy of five weeks since I sent it!!! :scared1:

Maybe we'll get an update soon with that red-neck photo of our ride on Dinosaur........ :rolleyes1

Captain_Oblivious
12-08-2011, 01:59 PM
Got a text message from Magdalene about an hour ago. Guess what finally showed up in her mail box.......one day shy of five weeks since I sent it!!! :scared1:

Maybe we'll get an update soon with that red-neck photo of our ride on Dinosaur........ :rolleyes1

Next time, don't send it by carrier pigeon! Poor little fella has to be exhausted.

Flossbolna
12-14-2011, 02:55 AM
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 guess a lot of the info about WDW is repeated at so many different places. I am really not sure where I picked up that bit! :goodvibes

I just wish that they would give DHS something similar to the treatment DCA got in Florida, it is the park which needs it most!



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:

Well, we made sure to dry off and change before getting on the bus back home. But, yes, we nearly always had a jacket with us for the bus which would be freezing cold.


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.

I don't really mind theme so much as greenery. I don't need everything to look like a Bavarian ski resort, but trees and other vegitation make a place much more inviting than concrete.


Shark swim = :cold:

Yes, that was another reason why we did not find it that appealing...


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.

one themed waiting area sounds rather bizarre... And your place has a space theme? That sounds interesting!

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.

I don't think that they show the Halloween parade without the party anymore. I know they do it for the Christmas parade. But I never heard this about Halloween. So your plan would only work half. :confused3

Flossbolna
12-14-2011, 08:34 AM
Count me among those who say it's a great picture of you! :goodvibes

Thanks! :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.

Yes, and I would really recommend to take the Poly beach option, the sound should be piped in and I think they will look fantastic from there! You can see all of the perimeter fireworks which in the park are all around you.

And why all the hate for candy corns? If you have an unbalanced table, they're great for holding up the leg. :thumbsup2 :crazy2:

:lmao: Yes, I can see that they would be useful for that! But not in the house which I have to clean... :rolleyes1


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". ;)

And I think the "times 5" brings a lot of great moments with it anyway, even if you have to wait for the Segway tour for a while... :goodvibes

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.

Those easter eggs sound delicious! And I will certainly try to find Mounds in real life now the next time I am in the US, they sound delicious!! popcorn::

I also found out now (thanks to Wikipedia) that our Bounty chocolate bar does not exist in the US - because of Mounds. Bounty is produced by Mars and they look like this:

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There are two smaller bars in the package and the blue is milk chocolate and the red is dark chocolate. None of them has an almond!!

Flossbolna
12-14-2011, 08:42 AM
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...

sometimes you don't....

Almond Joy's got nuts........

Mounds don't...

Because.........

Almond Joy's got rich milk chocolate
Coconut and a crunchy nut, too

Ok, I don't really understand what you are all about, but it seems like you had fun!! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
12-14-2011, 08:57 AM
Got a text message from Magdalene about an hour ago. Guess what finally showed up in her mail box.......one day shy of five weeks since I sent it!!! :scared1:

Maybe we'll get an update soon with that red-neck photo of our ride on Dinosaur........ :rolleyes1

Yes, I was so happy to get it! Including the lovely birthda card!! :banana:

Next time, don't send it by carrier pigeon! Poor little fella has to be exhausted.

Well, my suspicion is that the letter travelled by boat. At least both Marv and I were told by our respective post office that the letter was in Miami in November and then I had a sticker from the customs office at the harbour in Hamburg on it. I just don't understand why. :confused3

marvali
12-14-2011, 08:58 AM
Those are the lines to the commercial jingle for Mounds and Almond Joy.

Looks like if you added two almonds under the milk chocolate of each bar in the blue package you would have the same as an Almond Joy. Red would be the same as a Mounds. Package colors would be essentially the same.

Flossbolna
12-14-2011, 02:51 PM
Those are the lines to the commercial jingle for Mounds and Almond Joy.

Looks like if you added two almonds under the milk chocolate of each bar in the blue package you would have the same as an Almond Joy. Red would be the same as a Mounds. Package colors would be essentially the same.

It's quite funny how those chocolate bars are so similar even if they are from different manufacturers. I did some more research and found out that even other chocolate bars differ between Europe and the US. Your Milky Way for example is more like our Mars bar. While our Milky Way is like something called 3 Musketeers in the US. Very confusing! :rotfl:

Flossbolna
12-14-2011, 03:00 PM
Special Trip Feature #3: A Day at Universal

This is the big one! It was a full and long day and we left Disney for it: It was our day at Universal!

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You can read all about the announcement of this special feature here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41224117&postcount=346) and about our plans for the day here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42467701&postcount=518).

And this part will be in the typical trip report style – with many pictures!!


Let's start with Part 1: How to get there...

Our plan was to make use of the Dreams Unlimited deal for 2-park 1-day tickets including transportation from WDW to Universal and while Harry Potter was the main focus, we wanted to explore the other areas as well and wanted to see the highlights of both parks. And since Katharina's DH is a great Simpsons fan, we obviously had to make sure to see that ride, too!

The trip report really has to start the evening before. Because just before I switched off the lights (Katharina was already asleep), I decided to check what the weather for the next day was supposed to be like and got a huge shock: there was a severe weather warning in place for strong showers/thunderstorms with flooding etc!! I later found out that Disney closed Typhoon Lagoon that day because of that weather forecast! Not a happy thought to go to sleep with, I was really afraid that we would be rather miserable...

Well, the next morning we had the shuttle booked to pick us up at 7:25 am, so when we got up it was still dark outside, but at least not raining, even though it was really humid. We got packed and were out in front of the hotel waiting for our shuttle by 7:10 am. And we did not wait long, at about 7:15 am a van appeared which turned out to be our shuttle. I had read reports that the shuttle in the morning is a real bus collecting people at various resorts, so I was rather pleased that we would not travel all over WDW to collect people. It turned out that we still had to make one stop at Pop Century to get some more guests. On the way there our van driver got into a rant about a jogger which was running along the road in the Epcot resort area. It did look rather dangerous and I really don't see any point to run on a road with traffic there, especially since there are several walkways in that area where you could run.

With our early start we were soon off to Universal and got taken to the “commercial parking lot” which is in the same area as the normal parking for Universal theme park guests. Once we got there the van driver insisted that he had to keep the confirmation that I had printed out. At first I was a bit concerned because how would we get our tickets which we had to collect at Will Call at Universal? But then I reread the paper as I remembered that there was something about machines and there wasn't a bar code or anything similar printed on the voucher which could be scanned. And yes, it said just to have the confirmation number and the credit card. So I gave the paper to the van driver in exchange for our return trip voucher...

By now it was about 8 am and we started to walk towards Islands of Adventure (IoA), the “second park” at the resort and home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWoHP). From the parking there is a long covered walkway towards Citywalk, Universal's version of Downtown Disney. At the beginning of the walkway was the bag check – the only one we had to go through. We really liked the fact that once you are in the theme park area you can hop from one park to the other without going through annoying bag checks!

We found those machines for picking up tickets without any problems and got our tickets printed with the confirmation number. There was even a button to press in case you had forgotten the number, so maybe you really only need the credit card you used to purchase the tickets with?

With our tickets in hand we decided to try whether they would let us into the park. Normally IoA opens at 9am, but WWoHP opens already at 8am for guests of the Universal hotels or guests staying at “good neighbour” hotels on packages booked through Universal. So you either have to show your room key or the ticket which supposedly has a special code (at least this is what I learned from reading the threads on the Universal boards here on the DIS). Since the shuttle/ticket combo we had was actually a “package” sold by Universal Vacations, there is the suspicion that those tickets have the same code as those for the “good neighbour” hotel packages... We did not count on being able to get into the park at 8am, but we certainly wanted to try our luck. So we went to the Team Member (Universal's term for the people called Cast Member at Disney) and Katharina showed her her ticket and she waved us through to the turnstiles!!

And off we go:

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and we will continue in Part 2...

Poolrat
12-14-2011, 04:08 PM
one themed waiting area sounds rather bizarre... And your place has a space theme? That sounds interesting!
Sorry If I am posting in between yours.

The one themed area was a bit bizarre and not very effective either.

The Waterpark icalled Ray's Splash Planet. Ray - who everyone thinks is the owner, we are Park and Rec and do not have a Ray - is actually Recreate All Year, our mascot. He is a Sun - get it "ray" the sun! ?! so I am sure the "space " theme was put around that. Really the only space related things are the "names " of the attractions. Our slide is the Blue comet, etc. That is really the only one that is still used. :confused3



I don't think that they show the Halloween parade without the party anymore. I know they do it for the Christmas parade. But I never heard this about Halloween. So your plan would only work half. :confused3

i have not been back real close to Halloween since '06 so I don't know if they still do it or not.

Ok, I don't really understand what you are all about, but it seems like you had fun!! :thumbsup2

Like Marv Said it was the jingle to the commercial for Mounds and Amond Joy. I thik you can either you tube or google it to see it. It is a catchy little tune.

marvali
12-15-2011, 05:38 AM
Like Marv Said it was the jingle to the commercial for Mounds and Amond Joy. I thik you can either you tube or google it to see it. It is a catchy little tune.Well it is NOW, thank you very much!!! :headache:

As a reward I will only say..............
It's a Small World after all,
It's a Small World after all.......... :rolleyes1

lovealldisney
12-15-2011, 06:23 AM
It's quite funny how those chocolate bars are so similar even if they are from different manufacturers. I did some more research and found out that even other chocolate bars differ between Europe and the US. Your Milky Way for example is more like our Mars bar. While our Milky Way is like something called 3 Musketeers in the US. Very confusing! :rotfl:


Very interesting Magdalene.... so what US chocolate HAVEN'T you eaten??? Oh and guess what??? 2013 I think will be bringing us meaning the kids too back to Germany! Dave wants to come during summer and I want Christmas... That still needs to be worked out. I'll email you more with how this came about lets just say Dave mentioned it before I could say anything...:rotfl:

Ok now I need to go read your update... :goodvibes

lovealldisney
12-15-2011, 06:32 AM
Katharina's DH is a great Simpsons fan

:rotfl: He would get along very well with my son! He loves the Simpsons too...

That picture you posted the weather did look rather daunting! I hope the day wasn't a complete washout for you. Good to know about the shuttle, if we had planned a Disney vacation for next year Universal was on the kids list of things to do. Anxious to hear how you liked it and Harry Potter as I'm a huge fan...

Curiouser&curiouser!
12-15-2011, 08:50 AM
I can't wait to hear more about your Universal experiences. We have been to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, but not in nearly 7 years. I am desperate to see the Harry Potter area!

Captain_Oblivious
12-15-2011, 09:10 AM
And since Katharina's DH is a great Simpsons fan, we obviously had to make sure to see that ride, too!

The Simpsons?

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On the way there our van driver got into a rant about a jogger which was running along the road in the Epcot resort area. It did look rather dangerous and I really don't see any point to run on a road with traffic there, especially since there are several walkways in that area where you could run.

I KNEW running was bad for you. :rolleyes:

So I gave the paper to the van driver in exchange for our return trip voucher...

You had me worried something bad was going to happen here.

We really liked the fact that once you are in the theme park area you can hop from one park to the other without going through annoying bag checks!

That sounds heavenly!

We did not count on being able to get into the park at 8am, but we certainly wanted to try our luck. So we went to the Team Member (Universal's term for the people called Cast Member at Disney) and Katharina showed her her ticket and she waved us through to the turnstiles!!

Good thinking! You are obviously theme park masters! :worship:

jenjolt
12-15-2011, 02:14 PM
OOOH Can't wait to hear your take on WWOHP!! Looking forward to reading more about your trip!!

All7OfUs
12-15-2011, 07:54 PM
Nice intro to you day at Universal!! How awesome that you could get in at 8:00. But that little bit about severe weather does NOT bode well for this day of touring! Hmmm....:confused3:eek:

glennbo123
12-15-2011, 08:13 PM
Oh man, I think I kicked off all of that Mounds/Almond Joy discussion and then missed all the fun. Oh well. Yes, I think I've seen Bounty before and they're basically the same.

Good job on getting into the parks early. Whenever that year rolls around that I get to Universal, I'm going to have to come back to this report and Cynthia's (EandEsmom) for tips and suggestions!

Flossbolna
12-17-2011, 04:37 PM
Very interesting Magdalene.... so what US chocolate HAVEN'T you eaten??? Oh and guess what??? 2013 I think will be bringing us meaning the kids too back to Germany! Dave wants to come during summer and I want Christmas... That still needs to be worked out. I'll email you more with how this came about lets just say Dave mentioned it before I could say anything...:rotfl:

Ok now I need to go read your update... :goodvibes

Wendy, that is wonderful news!! I will be looking forward to meet the whole family in 2013!! :thumbsup2

I know how much you love Christmas time, but really, my recommendation for the best time to visit Germany would be June or July. Just be prepared to live without air condition if it gets hot... But Germany is much prettier when everything is green and the sun is shining.


That picture you posted the weather did look rather daunting! I hope the day wasn't a complete washout for you. Good to know about the shuttle, if we had planned a Disney vacation for next year Universal was on the kids list of things to do. Anxious to hear how you liked it and Harry Potter as I'm a huge fan...

Well, you will have to wait and see about that weather... :rolleyes1

Next update will be the first part of our time at Hogsmead village and Hogwarts!

Flossbolna
12-17-2011, 04:45 PM
I can't wait to hear more about your Universal experiences. We have been to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, but not in nearly 7 years. I am desperate to see the Harry Potter area!

There will be more about Potter very soon! :thumbsup2

I think it is very much worth the trip over there - and not just for Harry Potter!

The Simpsons?

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ucH54X5R1HU/Tmi7JQo9y1I/AAAAAAAADCc/5yrVzMPJRhQ/s425/mr-burns-excellent.jpg

:thumbsup2



I KNEW running was bad for you. :rolleyes:

Well, here it was more the location that was bad, not the activity... ;)


You had me worried something bad was going to happen here.

Than I succeeded to transport exactly the feeling I had there as well!! I already was thinking about whether I would have to find a place there where I could print out the email a second time...


That sounds heavenly!

The no bag check thing really was very wonderful!! Amazing how little things like that can really impress you. :goodvibes


Good thinking! You are obviously theme park masters! :worship:

I think I have spent enough time on the DIS... :rolleyes1

Flossbolna
12-17-2011, 05:01 PM
OOOH Can't wait to hear your take on WWOHP!! Looking forward to reading more about your trip!!

There will be much more about WWoHP and the rest of Universal!

Nice intro to you day at Universal!! How awesome that you could get in at 8:00. But that little bit about severe weather does NOT bode well for this day of touring! Hmmm....:confused3:eek:

Let's see how the weather works out!! :eek:

And getting in at 8:00 am felt really great - and we were very happy that we had dragged ourselves out of bed at such an ungodly hour!!

Oh man, I think I kicked off all of that Mounds/Almond Joy discussion and then missed all the fun. Oh well. Yes, I think I've seen Bounty before and they're basically the same.

Good job on getting into the parks early. Whenever that year rolls around that I get to Universal, I'm going to have to come back to this report and Cynthia's (EandEsmom) for tips and suggestions!

As a veteran European traveller, I am not surprised that you had a Bounty!

So, no Universal visit planned for 2012? Which reminds me, your ticker is nearing the 6 months mark - don't you think that this would be a good time to start your PTR?? And I hope the Vero Beach reservation was acquired at the 7-months mark?

Flossbolna
12-17-2011, 05:09 PM
Part 2: Starting the Day – with a Bonus Hour

We had just entered IoA one hour earlier than the normal public would be allowed to:

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This is the entrance to the entrance area of IoA called Port of Entry.

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Katharina picking up a German guide map which gave us some amusement because of strange choice of words...

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Port of Entry is a beautifully themed area which I loved very much, more pictures will follow later, but I will keep the pictures chronological for this part of the report!

First we had to find the lockers at the entrance since we had brought a bag with clothes to change into for dinner. Since we might get wet during the day (on rides or because of the weather) and the restaurant where we had a reservation for dinner was a bit nicer, we wanted to make sure to be presentable. The locker was easy to get, the screens even offered German as a language option.

IoA has a very different layout from the parks at WDW. It has several themed areas all arranged around one large lake in the middle. WWoHP is about halfway around the lake from the entrance, so we had to walk through lands which weren't open yet.

We passed through Seuss Landing:

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and the Lost Continent:

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to arrive here:

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Hogsmead Village! There was nearly nobody on the street as we headed toward the main attraction: Forbidden Journey, which takes place “inside” Hogwarts Castle at the end of the village:

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the entrance to the Three Broomsticks Pub:

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and off towards Hogwarts:

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Universal is different from Disney with regard what you are allowed to take with you on the rides. On the bigger rides, especially the roller coasters, you can't take any bags. However, they have lockers at every ride with such a restriction which are free for a certain time, at the least long enough for you to go through the line, ride and then come back and collect your stuff without being charged.

Forbidden Journey is not a roller coaster, but you still have to use lockers. I had heard horrible things about the chaos at the FJ lockers, but since it was so uncrowded in the morning (the posted wait time for FJ was 5 minutes) we did not have any problems to find a locker and put our stuff away. The lockers work so that there is a screen and they scan your finger print and then assign a locker in the vicinity. You then put your stuff in and press a button on the locker to lock it. If you want to reclaim your stuff the screen asks you to enter the locker number and then they scan your finger print again. After having used several lockers in a short time after a few rides, the inevitable happened: I forgot my locker number!! But luckily Universal provides a button on the touch screen for just this purpose: and it then takes you directly to the finger print scan which then opens your locker anyway. So I don't know why they make you type in your locker number to begin with???

Enough about lockers, this is not the most interesting part of our day at Universal!! So we soon were off through the queue – which is very long!! Well, I meant to say, there was a lot of space to walk through we never had to stop until we got to the loading platform and were asked “How many in your party?” - yes we walked onto Forbidden Journey. We did walk slowly and did take in the things that entertain you throughout the queue. It is quite amazing. One effect made me truly jump because I had no idea that this would happen. It isn't interactive as the new queues that Disney is adding, but it was truly immersive and entertaining. By far the most impressively designed queue I have ever seen!

But theme parks aren't about the queues, the rides need to deliver as well! I really don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so I won't describe what the ride is like. But I will say that it is like nothing else I ever experienced. The thing that amazed me the most is that you changed between seeing bits of film to moving through real rooms. The atmosphere of the ride is very dark and there happen some scary things. I was screaming quite a lot during that very first ride and even closed my eyes a few times.

Still, I was very impressed. However, part of me was also disappointed. I had seen quite a few reviews which were claiming that this was incredible and absolutely amazing, some from people whose opinions I trust because I feel that we have similar tastes. Still, I was trying to not get my expectations too high, I was afraid to be disappointed in the end. And I think to a certain degree that was exactly what had happened. It is still a theme park attraction and it has certain limitations. Maybe because I was rather busy being scared during that first trip, I did not really get into the mood of the attraction and therefore did pick up on some minor faults more than I would have otherwise...

But it was nevertheless so great that Katharina and I decided to go on it a second time since there still weren't any crowds around... We walked onto the ride again (I think there might have been a line of about 10 people in front of us now...). And wow, the second time around I fell in love with the ride! I was no longer scared and just enjoyed it! It is absolutely fascinating and I wish that we get more attractions with that ride system in the future!! I was really sad when the ride was over...

In Part 3 we will visit more of Hogsmead!

jenjolt
12-17-2011, 05:39 PM
WOW I really really want to go to WWOHP some day!!! Yay for no crowds!! That is just awesome that you were able to walk on twice with no wait!! Will have to remember that if you do that deal your ticket does get you in early!!! NICE!!!

Can't wait for more of your review!

Flossbolna
12-18-2011, 05:57 AM
WOW I really really want to go to WWOHP some day!!! Yay for no crowds!! That is just awesome that you were able to walk on twice with no wait!! Will have to remember that if you do that deal your ticket does get you in early!!! NICE!!!

Can't wait for more of your review!

It was really great to experience WWoHP without crowds. But at some points in the queue I would not have minded if we had to wait for a while. I think there is so much to see, I am sure that we did not take it all in. But I am sure that I will be back and I don't expect to be as lucky again.

I am not sure whether the ticket gets you in early all the time. There is some debate about that on the Universal board here on the DIS. And the official line is that it does not include early entry, but then there is this code on the ticket. And most people seem to be able to get in.

However, if you want to see Universal and can spare the time, I would recommend to rather visit for two days and maybe stay one night at one of the Universal resorts - which gives you early entry as well and front of the line access for most attractions all the time.

marvali
12-18-2011, 07:01 AM
Nice update and interesting perspective of viewing your tour of WWoHP through the eyes of someone stalking Katharina like that. Not that I would ever take similar pictures or anything. :laughing:

Great that you got the early entry and didn't have to fight crowds. A little disappointed it isn't more about the lockers and the line queues though. Those were the two big attractions that had me considering a day or two at US and IOA when we go back. :rolleyes1 J/K.....if I let Jonathan and Andrew read these updates we'll be going for sure since they are such big HP fans.

Can't believe you actually got scared on Forbidden Journey and were screaming and closing your eyes..... :confused3

Poolrat
12-18-2011, 08:13 AM
Great job on WWoHP. I do see that on my radar someday. Early entry seems to be the ticket ( :laughing:) to being able to get through without unbearable crowds.

lovealldisney
12-19-2011, 06:36 AM
On the bigger rides, especially the roller coasters, you can't take any bags. However, they have lockers at every ride with such a restriction which are free for a certain time, at the least long enough for you to go through the line, ride and then come back and collect your stuff without being charged.

I think Disney could take a lesson from this. This is a great idea! :thumbsup2

Hmm... maybe that weather was a good thing considering you were able to get right into Hogsmead without crowds! I hope the weather holds out!

On a side note did you get my thank you email? I know you are busy just checking.

glennbo123
12-19-2011, 08:41 AM
So, no Universal visit planned for 2012?

No, not at the moment, ....however....Marlene and James walked by while I was reading the update you put up yesterday and Marlene said "What's that?" I explained that it was the WWoHP at Universal and that the writer of this particular TR was the same kind lady who sent her a postcard from Disney Paris. (James became confused at that point saying, I thought she was in Germany??? :confused3) Marlene said, "Oh, I like her!", and then after reading, said, "We need to go there!"

Which reminds me, your ticker is nearing the 6 months mark - don't you think that this would be a good time to start your PTR?? And I hope the Vero Beach reservation was acquired at the 7-months mark?

I have the Intro written, so it can begin any time! Keep watching.

Captain_Oblivious
12-19-2011, 02:07 PM
Wow, I've never seen any pictures of WWOHP with such small crowds before. Early admission rules!

Interesting to read your different reactions to the 2 rides on Forbidden Journey. It sounds like it's pretty amazing. I might like it as long as there are no 13-story drops! :rotfl:

Flossbolna
12-20-2011, 06:41 AM
Nice update and interesting perspective of viewing your tour of WWoHP through the eyes of someone stalking Katharina like that. Not that I would ever take similar pictures or anything. :laughing:

Yes, when I posted the update I was quite amused how Katharina so often is in the pictures just ahead of me - maybe I should have started a Katharina-do game for this part of the report! :rotfl:

Great that you got the early entry and didn't have to fight crowds. A little disappointed it isn't more about the lockers and the line queues though. Those were the two big attractions that had me considering a day or two at US and IOA when we go back. :rolleyes1 J/K.....if I let Jonathan and Andrew read these updates we'll be going for sure since they are such big HP fans.

:lmao: Well, I wanted to include a lot of practical information as well, therefore all the locker talk.

I can imagine that Jonathan would love IoA from what kind of attractions he loved at Disney. :goodvibes There is more good stuff elsewhere in the park (we will get to that), not only at HP! :thumbsup2


Can't believe you actually got scared on Forbidden Journey and were screaming and closing your eyes..... :confused3

:rolleyes1

Great job on WWoHP. I do see that on my radar someday. Early entry seems to be the ticket ( :laughing:) to being able to get through without unbearable crowds.

I would really recommend checking out WWoHP as well as the rest of IoA and Universal! We had a great time there. There is another trick for lower crowds at WWoHP: the last hours before closing the crowds disappear as well.

Flossbolna
12-20-2011, 06:57 AM
I think Disney could take a lesson from this. This is a great idea! :thumbsup2

Yes, I like the lockers a lot as well! However, when it is crowded I can see how trying to get a locker might also be a hassle...

Disney actually has lockers at one attraction in Disney California Adventure at the Grizzly River Run ride which is a raft ride like Kali River Rapids (but about 100 times better!!). I thought it was a great idea for a water ride especially.

Hmm... maybe that weather was a good thing considering you were able to get right into Hogsmead without crowds! I hope the weather holds out!

I think we were very lucky with low crowds for the whole day because of the horrible weather forecast...


On a side note did you get my thank you email? I know you are busy just checking.

Sorry, I have been meaning to send you a nice, long reply instead of a short note... That's why it took me so long to respond... :guilty:

No, not at the moment, ....however....Marlene and James walked by while I was reading the update you put up yesterday and Marlene said "What's that?" I explained that it was the WWoHP at Universal and that the writer of this particular TR was the same kind lady who sent her a postcard from Disney Paris. (James became confused at that point saying, I thought she was in Germany??? :confused3) Marlene said, "Oh, I like her!", and then after reading, said, "We need to go there!"

:goodvibes And I am sorry if reading my trip report becomes a dangerous thing which might cost you a lot of money!! :scared1: But we really loved our time at IoA and Universal and I can really recommend visiting it! :thumbsup2


I have the Intro written, so it can begin any time! Keep watching.

:sail: Ok, I will be on the lookout for it then!!!

Flossbolna
12-20-2011, 07:01 AM
Wow, I've never seen any pictures of WWOHP with such small crowds before. Early admission rules!

Interesting to read your different reactions to the 2 rides on Forbidden Journey. It sounds like it's pretty amazing. I might like it as long as there are no 13-story drops! :rotfl:

I really could not believe how lucky we were with the very low crowds!! :thumbsup2 Early admission is wonderful, but at the end of the day WWoHP was nearly as empty again, that's another great time for a visit.

Forbidden Journey is definitely the most technological advanced attraction I have ever been on. But it is also extremely well themed. There aren't any 13-story drops, so you will be fine!! :thumbsup2 There are some other attractions at IoA which you might not want to go on though...

Flossbolna
12-21-2011, 01:30 PM
Part 3: An early Morning in Hogsmead

After two rides we decided that it was time to check out the other offerings of Hogsmead and browse the shops. It was still fairly empty:

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We had to laugh about the following sign:

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It is the Hogsmead restrooms, haunted of course and with themed stall doors (plastic made ot look like wooden planks). The reason why we had to laugh goes back to the many hiking trips Katharina and I have been on with our father to England. On one of the first trips we were very confused why the hiking map now and then had a mark on it which read "PC" - we did not think it was likely that this was a public computer terminal in some remote village along the coast of Cornwall. Some investigation cleared this up: PC on British maps stands for "Public Conveniences". Which we thought was a very neat term for restrooms (we think "restroom" is a funny term, too, who in their right mind goes there for a rest??). So seeing that sign at Hogsmead was just perfect!!

Overall I must say that I have visited many different English small towns and villages and Hogsmead definitely comes very close to the atmosphere there – but a bit more fantastic and "Northern". You really see how much thought and love for detail went into the whole design process for everything there.

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All the shops are highly detailed and sell all kind of Harry Potter themed merchandise. From robes and wands to Quidditch t-shirts. And then there are Honeydukes – the sweets shop – and Zonkos – the toy shop. Both are amazing, everything has special packaging and creates a very foreign atmosphere inside. Here are pictures of some of the sweets:

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Those Peppermint Toads are delicious, I brought some back for my colleagues and they loved them.

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These are "Exploding Bonbons" - all the Team Members in the shop were very excited about them because they were selling them the first time that day. I got a packet for myself and they are very peculiar! They are made from white chocolate which is filled with candy that indeed explodes in your mouth – and has an orange and pineapple flavour. They are great fun and something very special!! I love it that they not only package normal candy in pretty bags, but actually develop their own special products.

And the following pictures are from Zonko:

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Then we decided to try out the Dragon Challenge coaster. This is actually a set of two inverted coasters (meaning that the rail is above your head and your feet are dangling down, like on a chair lift). They were at IoA before Harry Potter and were called “Duelling Dragons” and just got rethemed. Or let's say the queue got rethemed since the coaster itself is just a steel coaster going over some bare land. The coasters used to be “duelling” meaning that they were launched so that they would meet on the track and nearly collide. However, that function was recently disabled because there were incidents where they had the suspicion that people from one train were throwing things at the other train – very dangerous!!

Here the lockers are inside the Hogsmead station building:

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And then you walk to the Dragon Challenge which is one of the challenges during the triwizard tournament which takes place in the book “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. The queue is very nice as well. And once again there was no wait at all. We took the red dragon for our first ride. And after the lift hill I got a real shock: it felt like I was going to fall straight down. But this lasted only for a short moment and then it was a very fun ride! Great coaster!

After all this excitement we felt that we needed a break and headed here:

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Well, not exactly to the Three Broomsticks, but rather next door to the Hogs Head for some frozen Butterbeer.

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I love the fact that even the plastic cups are Harry Potter cups – no “Disney Parks” like on all the plastic bags/cups/plates etc. at WDW now.

But back to the Butterbeer – it is really sad to have to write about it now without knowing when I will be able to get my next Butterbeer! It is incredibly good. I was very sceptical whether I would like it, but I fell in love with it. Mhhh... Butterbeer!!

Poolrat
12-21-2011, 06:36 PM
I have the Intro written, so it can begin any time! Keep watching.

:sail: Ok, I will be on the lookout for it then!!!

I will keep an :sail: out too. :)

eandesmom
12-22-2011, 01:29 AM
ahh...frozen butterbeer! It is incredibly delicious I agree. I am SO glad to hear that you had a great experience with the DU ticket/transportation package as I've recommended it to my best friend who is feeling quite overwhelmed with it all.

I was a bit worried after your FJ ride #1 review but feel much better now. I love the idea of exploding bon bons, how very very fun!

lovealldisney
12-22-2011, 05:48 AM
Love this update! Thanks Magdalene! That Butterbeer looks really yummy... Is it like a butterscotch type of flavor? It looks like it would be.

Oh and it's not 2013 when we'll be back in Germany it's 2014! Oh well I guess this gives me extra time to save. I know our DD will be able to go not sure about DS as I hope he will be done with school and gainfully employed by then :)
Now the fun of planning starts! I may call apon you for your help once again. No wait I most likely WILL :rotfl: ask you a million questions! Of course Berlin and Nuremburg on the list of places to go. And I hope to have a longer visit next time we meet it just wasn't enough time last time around. ;)

I hope you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas and Many Blessing in the coming New Year. :hug: Say HI to Katharina for me if you see her will you?

glennbo123
12-22-2011, 08:10 AM
I will keep an :sail: out too. :)

Sorry guys, some things have happened recently and I will probably be waiting a little bit longer.

Captain_Oblivious
12-22-2011, 08:10 AM
Some investigation cleared this up: PC on British maps stands for "Public Conveniences". Which we thought was a very neat term for restrooms (we think "restroom" is a funny term, too, who in their right mind goes there for a rest??).

I can only imagine what you think of American slang terms for this place, such as "can", "john", etc. :rotfl2:

Overall I must say that I have visited many different English small towns and villages and Hogsmead definitely comes very close to the atmosphere there – but a bit more fantastic and "Northern". You really see how much thought and love for detail went into the whole design process for everything there.

I am very impressed with the theming there.

These are "Exploding Bonbons" - all the Team Members in the shop were very excited about them because they were selling them the first time that day. I got a packet for myself and they are very peculiar!

I was hoping they actually exploded like a firecracker, but I'm glad you enjoyed them anyway. :rotfl:

And after the lift hill I got a real shock: it felt like I was going to fall straight down.

Yeah, I think I'll be skipping that one. :scared1:

But back to the Butterbeer – it is really sad to have to write about it now without knowing when I will be able to get my next Butterbeer! It is incredibly good. I was very sceptical whether I would like it, but I fell in love with it. Mhhh... Butterbeer!!

Sounds delicious! :thumbsup2

Curiouser&curiouser!
12-22-2011, 08:34 AM
No matter how many pictures I see of Hogsmeade, I am still blown away by the detail.



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It is the Hogsmead restrooms, haunted of course and with themed stall doors (plastic made ot look like wooden planks). The reason why we had to laugh goes back to the many hiking trips Katharina and I have been on with our father to England. On one of the first trips we were very confused why the hiking map now and then had a mark on it which read "PC" - we did not think it was likely that this was a public computer terminal in some remote village along the coast of Cornwall. Some investigation cleared this up: PC on British maps stands for "Public Conveniences". Which we thought was a very neat term for restrooms (we think "restroom" is a funny term, too, who in their right mind goes there for a rest??). So seeing that sign at Hogsmead was just perfect!!




You may have mentioned it in the past but I don't remember and now I have to know: What do they label Restrooms in Germany?

Poolrat
12-22-2011, 09:55 AM
Sorry guys, some things have happened recently and I will probably be waiting a little bit longer.

Oh No - Hoping this is not impacting the trip itself.

Captain_Oblivious
12-22-2011, 10:47 AM
Sorry guys, some things have happened recently and I will probably be waiting a little bit longer.

Oh No - Hoping this is not impacting the trip itself.

Agreed--is everything ok? :confused3

nodnol
12-22-2011, 10:53 AM
Hello everyone!
I'm so sorry for being absent a lot this autumn and winter, but life and especially work has been very crazy.... Although we are already in Hogsmead, there are some things from earlier I want to comment on


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...
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As Currywurst is usually only sold from booths and you have to eat them outside, it is not really a great food for rainy and cold weather, so sorry guys, no pictures. BUT I have another interesting German sausage fact for you. I was just last weekend in Hannover and visited a christmas market with a friend, from Southern Germany. We bought a Bratwurst and when I saw her bewilderment of how the sausage was served, I thought this might be an interesting fact: In Northern Germany sausages aren't served in the roll but on a paper plate with a brad roll on the side (or on the top, as the plate is very small). These are special paper plates on one side on small strip is perforated and you can tear it of and use it to hold the sausage. Here is a picture (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31UECk4vXhL._SL500_AA300_.jpg) of an empty plate, the weather was just too bad to take pictures.


: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:


You forgot to add that I said it meant really wet....


Oh and it's not 2013 when we'll be back in Germany it's 2014! Oh well I guess this gives me extra time to save. I know our DD will be able to go not sure about DS as I hope he will be done with school and gainfully employed by then :)
Now the fun of planning starts! I may call apon you for your help once again. No wait I most likely WILL :rotfl: ask you a million questions! Of course Berlin and Nuremburg on the list of places to go. And I hope to have a longer visit next time we meet it just wasn't enough time last time around. ;)


Hi Wendy, great news! I hope we will still be in Berlin then in 2014 ;) I'm looking forward to see you again! Pleas ask, if you have any questions!

Sorry guys, some things have happened recently and I will probably be waiting a little bit longer.

I'm really looking forward to your PTR, I hope nothing bad has happened and you are all well!


You may have mentioned it in the past but I don't remember and now I have to know: What do they label Restrooms in Germany?
The signs usually say "Toiletten" or "WC".

Flossbolna
12-24-2011, 06:01 AM
Dear Readers!

A Merry Christmas - or in German: Fröhliche Weihnachten - to all of you!

Christmas starts today in Germany - in the evening we will light up the Christmas tree and exchange presents. But until then I still have plenty of things to do - including decorating the tree! I hope to find some time in the next days for replies and a new update. Until then I hope all of you will have wonderful holidays!

Magdalene

nodnol
12-24-2011, 06:08 AM
Fröhliche Weihnachten from me as well! I wish you all a wonderful Christmas!
Katharina

englishrose47
12-24-2011, 11:48 PM
To all my Dis Friends

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Minnie&Nana
12-25-2011, 05:36 AM
Fröhliche Weihnachten, Magdalene and Katharina!

marvali
12-25-2011, 04:10 PM
Fröhliche Weihnachten to my two favorite German sisters and their family!!!

Poolrat
12-25-2011, 04:47 PM
:santa: Fröhliche Weihnachten Magdalene and Katharina :santa:

tiggrbaby
12-25-2011, 07:51 PM
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englishrose47
12-26-2011, 02:55 PM
Loved the Universal Update !! Yes PC is surely English !! But they were also at some point called WC( water closets ):rotfl2: A truly authentic one would have had a slot on the door for a penny !!Hence the term "Spend a Penney":rotfl2:

Minnie&Nana
12-26-2011, 05:30 PM
Loved the Universal Update !! Yes PC is surely English !! But they were also at some point called WC( water closets ):rotfl2: A truly authentic one would have had a slot on the door for a penny !!Hence the term "Spend a Penney":rotfl2:

Rosie, I remember visiting the UK when it was called a water closet!

Flossbolna
12-29-2011, 02:47 PM
Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful time over Christmas! And I want to wish you all the best for 2012!!

But I don't want to leave the old year without getting this TR up to date again. So after the replies, there will be another update.

ahh...frozen butterbeer! It is incredibly delicious I agree. I am SO glad to hear that you had a great experience with the DU ticket/transportation package as I've recommended it to my best friend who is feeling quite overwhelmed with it all.

I was a bit worried after your FJ ride #1 review but feel much better now. I love the idea of exploding bon bons, how very very fun!

The package was really a great deal, she should just make sure to print out the confirmation twice because one has to be given to the shuttle person! :thumbsup2

Those bon bons were a great piece of merchandise! I still have some because I only treat myself to one for a special occasion. :goodvibes

Love this update! Thanks Magdalene! That Butterbeer looks really yummy... Is it like a butterscotch type of flavor? It looks like it would be.



Since I am not sure what butterscotch tastes like, I can't say. An American friend told me before the trip that it tastes like cream soda with a little bit of pumpkin in it. But I also have no idea what cream soda tastes like, so I have no idea whether I would agree with that description. I can only say that it is sweet and delicious... :confused3:goodvibes

Flossbolna
12-29-2011, 03:04 PM
I can only imagine what you think of American slang terms for this place, such as "can", "john", etc. :rotfl2:

Oh, I knew "john" and the British like to call it "loo" which seems similar to the German "Klo". We have lots of terms for it as well, sometimes it can be called the "quiet little place".

I am very impressed with the theming there.

The theming is wonderful, I could have spent much more time there taking pictures. The insides of the shops is amazing!

I was hoping they actually exploded like a firecracker, but I'm glad you enjoyed them anyway. :rotfl:

Not a firecracker, but still pretty fun to eat! :lmao:

Yeah, I think I'll be skipping that one. :scared1:

Well, at least it is not a free-floating boat, but a train on a track!

Sounds delicious! :thumbsup2

Butterbeer is wonderful... Rereading my last update made me think that I should start planning a trip to Orlando mainly to go to Universal for the butterbeer.

No matter how many pictures I see of Hogsmeade, I am still blown away by the detail.

It did blow me away in person still after having seen many pictures. I am so excited about the extension they are about to start building!


You may have mentioned it in the past but I don't remember and now I have to know: What do they label Restrooms in Germany?

Katharina answered that for you - and she was quite right, her German is really good! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
12-29-2011, 03:20 PM
Hello everyone!
I'm so sorry for being absent a lot this autumn and winter, but life and especially work has been very crazy.... Although we are already in Hogsmead, there are some things from earlier I want to comment on


Hi stranger! Great to see you posting again!!! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
12-29-2011, 03:24 PM
To all my Dis Friends

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Fröhliche Weihnachten, Magdalene and Katharina!

Fröhliche Weihnachten to my two favorite German sisters and their family!!!

:santa: Fröhliche Weihnachten Magdalene and Katharina :santa:

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Thank you all for the Christmas wished! I did see your greetings on Christmas Day and was very touched that my DISfriends were thinking of me!

Flossbolna
12-29-2011, 03:30 PM
Loved the Universal Update !! Yes PC is surely English !! But they were also at some point called WC( water closets ):rotfl2: A truly authentic one would have had a slot on the door for a penny !!Hence the term "Spend a Penney":rotfl2:

WC is still used in Germany! It stands for Wasser Closett - so the same as in English. That's where the most commonly used term for that place comes from: "Klo" - and toilet paper is "Klopapier" - my mother however when writing the shopping list always wrote "Clopapier" which used to amuse Katharina and me as kids - that she would use the posh spelling with a "C" for the rather ordinary product. :rotfl:

Rosie, I remember visiting the UK when it was called a water closet!

When I was in England for the very first time in the summer of 83, we came across a restaurant where it was called "cloakroom" - which we looked up in the dictionary and it told us that this was a place where you would place your coats - so we were really surprised when after we enquired about the toilet we were actually shown to that door... After opening the door, things became evident, it was indeed the restroom.

Flossbolna
12-29-2011, 03:40 PM
Part 4: On to other Islands and Adventures

By now the crowds started to arrive at WWoHP, the wait time for FJ was up to 15 minutes now... And we decided to head somewhere else and left Hogsmead at around 9:45 am:

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We had heard that Spiderman was a must do and that it was attracting rather long lines as well, so we wanted to make sure to get that done in the morning hours as well. So we continued to walk around the lake of IoA, passed through the Jurassic Park area and then found ourselves in Toon Lagoon. This is a funny looking place, very cheerful:

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And then we arrived at Marvel Super Hero Island. It is quite funny that Disney ended up buying Marvel and now their largest competitor in Orlando has a land themed after Disney's intellectual property. I am not a comic book fan and so I did not expect very much of this land. I think visually it is the least pleasing of the IoA lands, but neither do I think that it is ugly. BUT it has one problem: they play a lot of very loud music here. In general I found Universal and IoA more "noisy" - the background music is not so much in the background as perhaps trying to be a soundtrack to your adventure?

So, this is a view down Marvel Super Hero Island's main walkway:

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You can see some of the Hulk coaster in the background.

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Walking towards there we had seen numerous groups of people which seemed to consist of several special needs children with parents and possibly siblings. Each group was wearing matching t-shirts, each group with a different design, but all of them had the name “dreamflight” on them in some way or another. I actually looked it up afterwards and that is what I found:

"Once a year, 192 deserving children from all over the UK, accompanied by a team of medical carers, board a chartered Boeing 747 and head to Florida to spend 10 magical days of fun and excitement. Many children could not undertake such a trip without the support of the army of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and non-medical volunteers who care for the children 24 hours a day."

I think we met them on their IoA day. :)

And we met a group of them when we went on Spiderman. It seemed like it was taking ages to load the ride, but then we realized it was because one of those groups was getting on the ride via the Express Pass line (the Universal version of Fastpass, but only available to Universal's hotel guests and people who pay for it). Still the wait was not long at all!

The deal with Spiderman is that you are supposed to go out and hunt for a new story in the city with a newly designed vehicle. You actually walk through the newspaper office in the line:

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The ride itself reminded us of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey because it was a similar combination of moving through rooms combined with screens. And the end result is extremely impressive!! We both really loved that ride and knew that we wanted to ride it again in the afternoon. I knew that it was considered an excellent theme park attraction, but did not expect it to be that good. It definitely exceeded my expectation and even came close to beating FJ as best attraction at Universal.

I also knew that I wanted to ride the Hulk. But Katharina saw it and decided that she rather let me experiment it with it on my own... And considering that it was supposed to have severe rain at some point during the day, I thought it would be better to get that ride in as soon as possible. A coaster in the rain is unpleasant!

The wait time was 10 minutes, but in reality I just walked onto the ride – the first row would have been quite a wait though. I was really a bit nervous, this coaster does look very impressive!! And then it has an interesting launch which did take me by surprise... But in the end I enjoyed it a lot! Great coaster (even though, I would recommend to try to get one of the rows towards the front, those seem to be less rough).

When I got off, I at first had trouble finding Katharina since she had tried to escape the loud music in that area, but we quickly reconnected and I told her that it was not bad at all and that she should come along for a ride in the afternoon.

But now it was time for another break. I had read that there was one of those places called "Cinnabon" which people mention now and then in their TR at IoA – in the Port of Entry area. And we had talked about getting a coffee there. So since we had to pass through there on our way over to Universal Studios, this was the perfect opportunity for a coffee break with one of their baked goodies. It was extremely delicious!!

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There was also a Universal character hanging out in that area and interacting with the people sitting there. It was quite fun to watch, no lines for a greeting and this character seemed to love to sneak up on people:

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The next update will take us over to Universal Studios.

glennbo123
12-29-2011, 04:21 PM
I don't think I'd like the loud music in some of those IoA areas either. They must be trying to generate excitement, I guess.

Okay, so whenever we get to Universal, we need to try Spiderman in addition to Forbidden Journey. Got it!

I see Katharina heading to Cinnabon.

All7OfUs
12-29-2011, 05:23 PM
Well, I did manage to get on here today and catch up a bit! Yay me! So glad you liked the ride- I know when you don't know what to expect and it ends up being great is such a treat! I thought you'd enjoy Cinnabon! Yummy, calorie-laden goodness.

Hope you and your whole family had a most wonderful, Peace-filled Christmas, Katharina and Magdalene!!

eandesmom
12-30-2011, 02:56 PM
Wonderful update! I'm so glad Spidey didn't disappoint, it is one of our all time favorites anywhere. I love love love the hulk too (and it is actually VERY fun in a light mist) but agree, front is best. I hadn't thought about it but would agree, overall IOA and Universal area bit louder in some respects.

You had a Woody Woodpecker sighting! He has the BEST laugh. My nephew laughs just like him, cracks me up every time. Cinnabon. YUM! I used to work for the company that started Cinnabon, they sold it off a long time ago but I remember when it first came out (originated here in Seattle) and...YUM!

Tink2Day
12-30-2011, 04:13 PM
Coming out of lurkdom to tell you what a wonderful trip report you've written!

Love all of your pictures, especially those from WWoHP. I also love Butterbeer but prefer the non-frozen variety which I have almost perfected here at home. It was relatively empty when we were there Nov 2010 too and it was amazing.

So sorry you didn't get to take your time in the Hogwart's queue, it's as much a part of that ride as the actual flying broomstick part. Too bad no one told you that you could do just the castle tour be in a separate line, take all the time you wanted as well as take your camera in and take some more of your wonderful photos!
Happy belated Birthday and Christmas! A prosperous New Year and a return to WDW in the future.

Captain_Oblivious
01-02-2012, 09:05 AM
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Magdalene!

All caught up on your TR. Sounds like you planned your IoA day perfectly to catch the big rides. Spider-man sounds very fun. And I can't blame Katharina for letting you test Hulk out for her! :rotfl:

We love Cinnabon here...just don't ask to see the nutritional information!:scared1: (or lack thereof)

Flossbolna
01-03-2012, 02:29 AM
I don't think I'd like the loud music in some of those IoA areas either. They must be trying to generate excitement, I guess.

Okay, so whenever we get to Universal, we need to try Spiderman in addition to Forbidden Journey. Got it!

I see Katharina heading to Cinnabon.

I think you are right, it is all about the excitement. Maybe it would be different if it were more crowded, I think crowds would absorb some of the music as well. And it was more or less empty when we were there.

And yes, you MUST ride Spiderman!! I know some people who claim that Disney hasn't done a really innovative ride in ages and they cite Spiderman as an example as what can be done. And it is really great - makes me wish that Disney would build something like that!! The only Disney ride which it can be compared to is Indiana Jones at Disneyland.

Well, I did manage to get on here today and catch up a bit! Yay me! So glad you liked the ride- I know when you don't know what to expect and it ends up being great is such a treat! I thought you'd enjoy Cinnabon! Yummy, calorie-laden goodness.

Hope you and your whole family had a most wonderful, Peace-filled Christmas, Katharina and Magdalene!!

Hi Liesa! Great to see you catch up! The one thing that made our day there so special was exactly that: to explore something new where every ride is a new discovery! I would love to be able to do that with a Disney park again! I guess I need to travel to Tokyo for that...

Flossbolna
01-04-2012, 11:43 AM
Wonderful update! I'm so glad Spidey didn't disappoint, it is one of our all time favorites anywhere. I love love love the hulk too (and it is actually VERY fun in a light mist) but agree, front is best. I hadn't thought about it but would agree, overall IOA and Universal area bit louder in some respects.

You had a Woody Woodpecker sighting! He has the BEST laugh. My nephew laughs just like him, cracks me up every time. Cinnabon. YUM! I used to work for the company that started Cinnabon, they sold it off a long time ago but I remember when it first came out (originated here in Seattle) and...YUM!

I can very well understand that Spiderman is an overall favourite. I think it and FJ definitely have a place in my all time top ten attractions in theme parks! :thumbsup2

I have no idea who Woody Woodpecker is, but he was fun to watch!

You seem to have worked for a lot of interesting food/beverage companies. ;) I think your next job needs to be with a brewery to equal out all that sweet stuff... :lmao:

Coming out of lurkdom to tell you what a wonderful trip report you've written!

Love all of your pictures, especially those from WWoHP. I also love Butterbeer but prefer the non-frozen variety which I have almost perfected here at home. It was relatively empty when we were there Nov 2010 too and it was amazing.

So sorry you didn't get to take your time in the Hogwart's queue, it's as much a part of that ride as the actual flying broomstick part. Too bad no one told you that you could do just the castle tour be in a separate line, take all the time you wanted as well as take your camera in and take some more of your wonderful photos!
Happy belated Birthday and Christmas! A prosperous New Year and a return to WDW in the future.

Hi Tink2Day and :welcome: to my trip report! I love comments, so thank you very much for coming out of lurkdom!!

I think next time I need to try the non-frozen Butterbeer. Maybe I like it even better... How do you make it? I must confess, that the foam on top was nearly the best part...

Oh, we did take out time in the line, so it wasn't as if we did miss to much. I knew about the castle tour and I think we should have done that later in the day, but never thought about it. Still, leaves me something to look forward to for the next trip! :thumbsup2

Thanks for all the good wishes, I hope you will have a magical 2012 as well!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Magdalene!

All caught up on your TR. Sounds like you planned your IoA day perfectly to catch the big rides. Spider-man sounds very fun. And I can't blame Katharina for letting you test Hulk out for her! :rotfl:

We love Cinnabon here...just don't ask to see the nutritional information!:scared1: (or lack thereof)

Thank you Mark, I hope your Christmas was wonderful as well!

We were so lucky with our day there and had some very good advice about how to tackle those two parks. But I am sure that in the future I want more time for these two parks. :thumbsup2

Poolrat
01-04-2012, 12:36 PM
ALl caught up.

I agree that Spiderman is a great ride. We went ages ago, and that ride was the highlight. Our trip eneded up being the midst of a hurricane. :eek:

Cinnabon is yummy and I hope to get to IoA soon.

Flossbolna
01-04-2012, 12:59 PM
ALl caught up.

I agree that Spiderman is a great ride. We went ages ago, and that ride was the highlight. Our trip eneded up being the midst of a hurricane. :eek:

Cinnabon is yummy and I hope to get to IoA soon.

IoA in the midst of a hurricane sounds a bit frightening... I think you really need to a redo then, and hope that you get to go there soon as well!

Cinnabon is indeed very yummy. Unfortunately I was not very much into taking food porn that trip. I would love to have a picture of what we got there... I only remember that it was warm, sticky and delicious... :cloud9:

Flossbolna
01-04-2012, 01:03 PM
Part 5: Two Parks in one Day?!

And then it was time to head over to the second park – it was 11am by now and we had a lunch reservation for 2pm back at Mythos in IoA. So not so much time for Universal Studios.

Luckily it is just a very easy walk from one park to the other, with no bag check between. So, soon we were at the other entrance:

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It is an interesting entrance because you immediately fall into the park, there isn't really any entrance area. I think that gives it a much more realistic feel, like it were a true studio compound.

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And at first corner we met these lovely – albeit rather yellow – people:

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We then entered New York city:

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I am not sure whether all those things in that bus stop are always there or whether this was some decorations for Halloween Horror Nights. HHN is Universal's Halloween event and from all I have heard about it, it is truly scary. But very creative, they change the theme every year, which I think is very impressive! More strange “decorations”:

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On with New York City:

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And this was our first destination in the park:

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The Mummy. I knew that this was going to be a roller coaster in the dark. I expected something like Rock 'n Roller Coaster. I did not see the movie it is themed after. Actually, I think I have seen very few of the movies which have rides at Universal. But this really did not matter at all. Like you can enjoy Splash Mountain without having seen Song in the South (even though I recently watched it – and can't recommend it at all!). Back to the Mummy: It started with a nicely themed queue walking through the inner corridors of a pyramid (at least that was my interpretation) and then you board the train. And then strange things happen. I was so amazed. This was so different from what I expected! I really don't want to spoil it, but in the end I think this ride gets the #3 spot for me after Forbidden Journey and Spiderman. And I must say that when we got back and rode RnRC again, it really paled in comparison.

continued in the next post... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43626162&postcount=820)

Flossbolna
01-04-2012, 01:09 PM
We continued on our way and saw the Blues Brothers:

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Next we came to the “San Francisco” area where you have views across the lake to the “World Expo” - as you can see because there are a lot of different flags. And Katharina was excited that one of them was the Czech flag!

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The San Francisco area kind of morphs into Amity:

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Amity is the town where the events in the film “Jaws” take place... So this is why they have this beauty on display:

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And you can go on a scenic boat ride there... Just be warned, it's a place where sharks were around in the past... “Jaws” the attraction has been described to me as kind of like the Jungle Cruise. Well, in a way it is, but kind of mixed with Catastrophe Canyon of the Backlot Tour at DHS...

Katharina and I thought the queue was quite funny. Even though it was just simple switchbacks through a shed, there were TV screens overhead playing “local TV” - news, commercials etc. from Amity. A lot of that was quite funny! The ride itself was surprisingly entertaining. I really liked that attraction a lot as well. It helped that we had a good boat captain as they deliver a spiel and just as with the Jungle Cruise I am sure that there are differences in quality.

I think this and the Mummy were the longest lines we had to wait in all day – about 15 minutes. I think Universal Studios felt more crowded than IoA that day. But then we missed the busiest part of the day at WWoHP.

While we were in line for Jaws it started to rain and we were wondering whether this was the start of the downpour which was forecast. But by the time we got off Jaws it had stopped raining. Perfect timing!

However, Amity and Jaws are history by now. The whole area is undergoing change - and the very strong rumours indicate that we will see Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter universe appear in this area, with a coaster themed after the Wizarding bank Gringotts. And with a train connecting "London" in Universal Studios with "Hogsmead" over in IoA. There still is no official announcement, but since the rumour surfaced in October there have been quite a lot of insiders more or less confirming that those are the plans.

More Studios in the next update!

lovealldisney
01-04-2012, 01:34 PM
Hi Magdalene!
Ok I swear I commented on your last update but don't see it?? I wrote about Cinnabonn! I must have closed out of the thread before I hit submit.... errr......

Any way I LOVE the theming of Universal! Very cool! :thumbsup2 I love old buildings very neat how they replecated them. Are there shops in most of them? I really like at DS the area of New York but always thought it would be nice if some of the store fronts would actually have stores in them. It seems to me like that area is so bare you know?

Captain_Oblivious
01-04-2012, 01:58 PM
Luckily it is just a very easy walk from one park to the other, with no bag check between. So, soon we were at the other entrance:

Just pausing to once again ponder a world without bag checks. Ahhh....:goodvibes

And at first corner we met these lovely – albeit rather yellow – people:

Back to the Mummy: It started with a nicely themed queue walking through the inner corridors of a pyramid (at least that was my interpretation) and then you board the train. And then strange things happen. I was so amazed. This was so different from what I expected! I really don't want to spoil it, but in the end I think this ride gets the #3 spot for me after Forbidden Journey and Spiderman. And I must say that when we got back and rode RnRC again, it really paled in comparison.

Wow! Come on, you can spoil it just a little...right?

The ride itself was surprisingly entertaining. I really liked that attraction a lot as well. It helped that we had a good boat captain as they deliver a spiel and just as with the Jungle Cruise I am sure that there are differences in quality.

I was in Universal way back in my college days and remember enjoying this ride. Shame to see it go...did they still have the part where the shark swims under your boat and it rises up out of the water a bit? That cracked me up.

But by the time we got off Jaws it had stopped raining. Perfect timing!

Man, you girls are good!

tiggrbaby
01-04-2012, 04:02 PM
Glad you had an opportunity to experience Jaws. It's been a long time since I've been to Universal, so I really enjoying your descriptions!

eandesmom
01-04-2012, 09:32 PM
Ah, the mummy! I admit, I never thought to compare it to RnRC. I do like that mummy quite a bit though and am really glad you enjoyed it. I am very jealous of your visit with Jaws. It was closed due to weather when we were there and if it's going away..we'll never get to ride it. Sadness! However your rumors (which I'd not heard, not being up on all things universal at the moment) do lessen my disappointment. A Gringotts coaster, now THAT would be cool. I'm going to need to get up to speed! Fun and productive quick visit to Universal before lunch, looking forward to seeing what you thought of Mythos.

englishrose47
01-04-2012, 10:59 PM
Great Update of Universal !!! Can't wait to see it this year !!!

Flossbolna
01-05-2012, 03:44 AM
Hi Magdalene!
Ok I swear I commented on your last update but don't see it?? I wrote about Cinnabonn! I must have closed out of the thread before I hit submit.... errr......

Any way I LOVE the theming of Universal! Very cool! :thumbsup2 I love old buildings very neat how they replecated them. Are there shops in most of them? I really like at DS the area of New York but always thought it would be nice if some of the store fronts would actually have stores in them. It seems to me like that area is so bare you know?

Oh, I would love to know what you had to say about Cinnabon!! :goodvibes Sorry that you lost what you wrote...

Yes, the theming is really very cool! I don't know why, but I expected it too look cheaper. But instead I think the New York area really is much better than the comparable area at DHS. I am not sure whether there are any stores. I know that there was one at the exit of the Mummy where you could buy all kind of Egyptian jewelry and stuff like that. And then there were restaurants in those buildings. All in all, it looked much more like a lived in street than at DHS.

The thing is, I think for a studio, DHS's boring look is quite authentic. When I was in LA I did a tour at the Warner Brother Studios which was excellent and there the city streets do look very bare - because they are just facades which get "dressed up" for whatever film they are making. So a bakery could be a dry cleaner in the next film etc... And they are just fronts.

However, for a theme park, more depth to the buildings certainly works much better.

Just pausing to once again ponder a world without bag checks. Ahhh....:goodvibes

:goodvibes Yes, isn't it sad that this is worth mentioning!! Considering that we grew up in a world where people would have laughed about a suggestion of bag checks at theme parks...

Wow! Come on, you can spoil it just a little...right?

I really don't want to! I think I loved it so much because I was so surprised! And, to be honest, I would be afraid of getting the details mixed up by now and telling you something which is not correct. One quick ride a few months ago is not enough to remember lots of details...

I was in Universal way back in my college days and remember enjoying this ride. Shame to see it go...did they still have the part where the shark swims under your boat and it rises up out of the water a bit? That cracked me up.

I am not sure whether the shark did rise the boat... But I remember that at one point I was quite shocked by the shark's appearance.

It really is a great ride and I am sad that it is going away. But there is promise of really cool new things happening, so I guess I am ok with it.

Man, you girls are good!

Yes, we did quite well that day to avoid the rain - at least until park close...

Flossbolna
01-05-2012, 03:51 AM
Glad you had an opportunity to experience Jaws. It's been a long time since I've been to Universal, so I really enjoying your descriptions!

I am glad that you are enjoying our day at Universal! I can really recommend to revisit it! :goodvibes

Ah, the mummy! I admit, I never thought to compare it to RnRC. I do like that mummy quite a bit though and am really glad you enjoyed it. I am very jealous of your visit with Jaws. It was closed due to weather when we were there and if it's going away..we'll never get to ride it. Sadness! However your rumors (which I'd not heard, not being up on all things universal at the moment) do lessen my disappointment. A Gringotts coaster, now THAT would be cool. I'm going to need to get up to speed! Fun and productive quick visit to Universal before lunch, looking forward to seeing what you thought of Mythos.

I think the comparison with RnRC comes from it being an indoor coaster without being so apparent about being a coaster.

What a shame that you did not get to see Jaws, it was really quite a good attraction. I think what impressed me about it is that it was one of the original attractions and it did hold up so well and still was so enjoyable.

Those Harry Potter expansion rumours are quite exciting! The latest rumour about that Gringotts attraction is that it is a coaster combined with elements of Spiderman. Sounds very intriguing. And the good thing is that it supposedly has a very ambitious time frame. If I remember correctly, it is supposed to open in 2015...

Great Update of Universal !!! Can't wait to see it this year !!!

Thanks Rosie! I really hope that you will have a fantastic trip there this year!!

lovealldisney
01-05-2012, 07:02 AM
Oh, I would love to know what you had to say about Cinnabon!! Sorry that you lost what you wrote...

We have a Cinnabon at our local mall and everytime we go DD asks to get one :rotfl: We almost always end up sharing one because they are so huge. Although I would not have any problem eating one by myself...:rolleyes1 just saying...

You can buy Mini Bons but to me that's not enough :rotfl: The cinnamon sticks they have are really good and they come with the frosting to dip them in... YUM! But I prefer the HUGH Cinnabon myself.

Flossbolna
01-05-2012, 08:22 AM
We have a Cinnabon at our local mall and everytime we go DD asks to get one :rotfl: We almost always end up sharing one because they are so huge. Although I would not have any problem eating one by myself...:rolleyes1 just saying...

You can buy Mini Bons but to me that's not enough :rotfl: The cinnamon sticks they have are really good and they come with the frosting to dip them in... YUM! But I prefer the HUGH Cinnabon myself.

Ok, now I am getting hungry!!! :rotfl:

Katharina and I shared one as well, and I think that was just the right amount for us. They are very sweet!!

Which btw reminds me - I had an interesting experience yesterday with your Christmas candy. I had a KitKat bar at work yesterday and yesterday evening I looked at the bowl where I keep your candy (it is slowly getting less... :rolleyes1) and saw a tiny KitKat bar in there as well. And when I tried that, it seemed much sweeter than the one I had earlier in the day (which was made in Germany). Now I am wondering whether American candy is indeed sweeter than German candy??? Need to experiment more with all the delicious stuff you sent me!! :goodvibes

lovealldisney
01-05-2012, 09:00 AM
Ok, now I am getting hungry!!! :rotfl:

Katharina and I shared one as well, and I think that was just the right amount for us. They are very sweet!!

Which btw reminds me - I had an interesting experience yesterday with your Christmas candy. I had a KitKat bar at work yesterday and yesterday evening I looked at the bowl where I keep your candy (it is slowly getting less... :rolleyes1) and saw a tiny KitKat bar in there as well. And when I tried that, it seemed much sweeter than the one I had earlier in the day (which was made in Germany). Now I am wondering whether American candy is indeed sweeter than German candy??? Need to experiment more with all the delicious stuff you sent me!! :goodvibes


Thats funny you said that about the candy, I noticed that too! Also Dave and I really noticed that soda here and soda in Germany is really different too. The soda here in the US is MUCH sweeter that in Germany. We prefer Germany soda to the US....:rotfl: It must have something to do with what they use to sweeten the product. ALOT of high fructose corn syrup is used here in products.. Not sure if that is allowed to be used in Germany.

I did manage to find Mexo Mix on line and ordered it for everyone for Christmas. I ordered Fanta as well much better than the US Fanta. ;) A little pricey but worth seeing everyones reaction! DD has yet to drink any of her's she prefers to sip mine...:rolleyes:

Any time you want more US candy or there is something you want to try not available in Germany just ask and I'll send... :)

Take care.

glennbo123
01-05-2012, 07:52 PM
Nice update Magdalene!

These pictures of Universal make me think of DHS, with the cityscape and store fronts and everything.

I'm really curious about those weird decorations piled up at that bus stop....strange.

Too bad you didn't do a "find Katharina" game for these updates, I noticed the back of her head in a couple of your pictures.

nodnol
01-06-2012, 02:33 AM
I'm really curious about those weird decorations piled up at that bus stop....strange.

They were really well done, I was quite impressed.

Too bad you didn't do a "find Katharina" game for these updates, I noticed the back of her head in a couple of your pictures.

I felt quite tempted to post a number of sightings as well. I didn't notice it when Magdalene showed me the pictures for the first time, only on the ones from WWOHP. My DH takes a lot of pitctures, as he has much longer legs than me and walks faster, I'm used to not hang around while he takes pictures but to slowly walk ahaed. So I guess I did this with Magdalene as well...

Flossbolna
01-06-2012, 11:33 AM
Thats funny you said that about the candy, I noticed that too! Also Dave and I really noticed that soda here and soda in Germany is really different too. The soda here in the US is MUCH sweeter that in Germany. We prefer Germany soda to the US....:rotfl: It must have something to do with what they use to sweeten the product. ALOT of high fructose corn syrup is used here in products.. Not sure if that is allowed to be used in Germany.

I did manage to find Mexo Mix on line and ordered it for everyone for Christmas. I ordered Fanta as well much better than the US Fanta. ;) A little pricey but worth seeing everyones reaction! DD has yet to drink any of her's she prefers to sip mine...:rolleyes:

Any time you want more US candy or there is something you want to try not available in Germany just ask and I'll send... :)

Take care.

Here we mainly use sugar - since corn isn't commonly grown in the EU, there is no need to subsidise the corn farmers... Not that we don't have ridiculous farm subsidies here of our own. I still remember the "milk lakes" and "butter mountains" of the late 80s.

But I wonder whether the difference in soda might not also be due to the fact that we mainly drink our soda without ice (just cold from the fridge). If something is not as ice cold, it tastes of more, so it does not need as much sugar and the taste also won't be diluted by the melting ice.

Your DD is pretty smart, just sipping your German soda!! :lmao:

And thanks for the offer for the US candy!! At the moment I still have plenty (as well as my own German Christmas candy). I must say my favourite are so far these little bell shaped chocolates. :cloud9:

Flossbolna
01-06-2012, 11:40 AM
Nice update Magdalene!

These pictures of Universal make me think of DHS, with the cityscape and store fronts and everything.

Thanks, it is similar to DHS - not a surprise. DHS was originally built as the "answer" to Universal coming to Orlando. However, Eisner demanded that it's be fast tracked and they managed to open before Universal Studios Orlando did. But that explains a little bit that DHS sometimes appears a bit thrown together - because it really was.

We did not really explore that much over there, but that is something which I truly hope to get done next time I am in Orlando.

I'm really curious about those weird decorations piled up at that bus stop....strange.

I hope Cynthia will be able to shed some light on this - or someone else who knows Universal!!

Too bad you didn't do a "find Katharina" game for these updates, I noticed the back of her head in a couple of your pictures.


I felt quite tempted to post a number of sightings as well. I didn't notice it when Magdalene showed me the pictures for the first time, only on the ones from WWOHP. My DH takes a lot of pitctures, as he has much longer legs than me and walks faster, I'm used to not hang around while he takes pictures but to slowly walk ahaed. So I guess I did this with Magdalene as well...

Yes, I really could have done a contest here.... I had not noticed Katharina in this update yet. Need to go back and look at the pictures. I remember how surprised I was to see Katharina so often when I posted the first Harry Potter update.

They were really well done, I was quite impressed.

Yes, I think you actually alerted me to them because I would have just walked past them... :rolleyes1 :goodvibes

Flossbolna
01-06-2012, 11:46 AM
Part 6: More of the Studios

We continued on to the “World Expo” area. The first ride there was “Men in Black”.

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09371.jpg

Here we chose to get into the Single Rider Line. Universal offers this at a lot of attractions and here it was great. We walked right up to loading platform and were put onto the same ride vehicle as a party of two. I don't know whether the Team Member did mistake us for the Express Line... This ride is simlar to Buzz Light Year, but you don't shoot Emperor Zurg's “Z”s, but aliens. To be honest, I did not figure out this ride and since I had no idea what I was supposed to do (even when I thought I had managed to hit an alien, I did not get points, while I got points when I had no idea what they were for). So, this really wasn't that enjoyable for me. I think this type of ride just isn't really my thing. But the ride itself looks very cool!

Next attraction and just a short hop away was the Simpson's ride:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09370.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09373.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09377.jpg

This is a simulator ride, like Star Tours, but the simulator is open on the top and you are looking out to a big screen. It has a rather strange set up since there are several lines leading to different areas and the team members seem to send people in the different lines to distribute them evenly. There are lots of fun things to see in line:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09378.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09379.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09380.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09381.jpg

As a DVC owner I especially liked this:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09382.jpg

The ride is fun – you visit Krustyland with the Simpsons. Things go wrong... But I can understand if people think this is too much for them. I think for me it was definitely just what I still could tolerate before I would start to suffer from motion sickness. Definitely an attraction which I could not ride more often than once a day. But I really liked it!

From the Simpsons you have a nice view back across the lake:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09376.jpg

Next stop was the Kwik-E-Mart, the Simpsons souvenir shop:

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http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09388.jpg

The nice thing about shops at Universal is that they all sell the merchandise appropriate for their area. Only in the entrance area shops can you get stuff from all over the park (including Simpsons merchandise at IoA for example). But otherwise, Seuss merchandise was in Seuss Landing, Harry Potter in WWoHP, Egyptian themed stuff at the Mummy etc. It made shopping really interesting!!

The last attraction we wanted to do at Universal Studios was E.T. This is is an area called “Woody Wookpecker’s Kid Zone” It is a dead end and seemed rather congested to us, so we mainly just tried to find the ride as soon as possible. E.T. is a film I have seen, but never really liked that much. I just don't see the cute factor in E.T. I guess that may be the reason why the ride did not really speak to me. It is a very nicely done dark ride with rather elaborate scenery (think more Peter Pan than Snow White) and you are flying around on a bicycle. That is all very neat and I am glad that I did it once, but it is nothing that I would wait in a long line for...

After that we arrived in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios:

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http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09391.jpg

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http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09398.jpg

It all looks much more realistic than at DHS. But I really liked it and would have loved to have more time to explore a bit instead of just rush through. But we knew that we would have to leave some things for a future trip.

In the next update it is finally time for lunch!

englishrose47
01-06-2012, 01:35 PM
Great Universal Update !!! Samantha is going to Europe this Summer as a Student Ambassador and one of the Countries is Germany!!! We will find out more later this month !!!!

eandesmom
01-06-2012, 03:15 PM
Fun update. I prefer MIB to Buzz but that may well be to being surrounded by boys who loved shooting at aliens. We went on it at least twice possibly 3 times. ET is cute but I think it's in a horrible location and sadly, a bit dated. I do like the movie so it makes me smile to go on it but not something I want to wait all that long for either. I'm not sure there is all that much to explore in the Hollywood area, I think most of the buildings are backs or parts of other rides but it is such a pretty pretty park of the park!

2015 for Gringotts huh, I'll have to file that away for reference! I can only imagine how cool a ride based on it would be.

We received some KitKat's from my brother for the kids (and Milka and Kinder) for the holidays...if it isn't all gone (I think it is) I might pick up a US kit kat and compare! I bet I'd like the German version better.

lovealldisney
01-09-2012, 06:26 AM
http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09393.jpg


Magdalene I'm so glad you took this picture! We still have drive in diners like this here in Milwaukee. One is called Leon's and was the inspirational diner for Arnold's for the TV show Happy Days.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/54/Leon%27s_Frozen_Custard.jpg/800px-Leon%27s_Frozen_Custard.jpg


It's still around! But it's way on the other side of town and believe it or not I've never been!

A couple of other drive in's we have are Kitt's and Kops. Kopps has fabulos burgers! There custard is to die for! My favorite flavor is butter pecan... YUM! So if you're ever in Milwaukee we'll take a venture to these classic American sites. :goodvibes

http://www.kopps.com/

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/images/20110505-kopps-exterior.jpg


http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/archstories/images/kitts_800.jpg

And a couple more really good places to get a burger here are Solly's, and Sobelman's (my personal favorite!)

http://www.milwaukeesbestburgers.com/


Here's a video from the travel channel regarding Solly's

http://www.travelchannel.com/video/wisconsins-buttery-burger-11816

Are you hungry yet? :rotfl:

englishrose47
01-09-2012, 07:28 AM
Just catching up on the chats !!!!

Captain_Oblivious
01-09-2012, 09:16 AM
This ride is simlar to Buzz Light Year, but you don't shoot Emperor Zurg's “Z”s, but aliens. To be honest, I did not figure out this ride and since I had no idea what I was supposed to do (even when I thought I had managed to hit an alien, I did not get points, while I got points when I had no idea what they were for). So, this really wasn't that enjoyable for me. I think this type of ride just isn't really my thing. But the ride itself looks very cool!

Looks like fun, but if it's not your thing, no sense wasting time with it. Maybe it helps to have enjoyed the MIB movies? :confused3

This is a simulator ride, like Star Tours, but the simulator is open on the top and you are looking out to a big screen.

If I remember, the Simpsons ride used to be the Back to the Future ride--same thing with a motion simulator open at the top. It was a lot of fun!

The nice thing about shops at Universal is that they all sell the merchandise appropriate for their area.

Very cute that the Simpsons shop was the Kwik-E-Mart.

E.T. is a film I have seen, but never really liked that much. I just don't see the cute factor in E.T. I guess that may be the reason why the ride did not really speak to me. It is a very nicely done dark ride with rather elaborate scenery (think more Peter Pan than Snow White) and you are flying around on a bicycle. That is all very neat and I am glad that I did it once, but it is nothing that I would wait in a long line for...

I love the movie, but I still remember the ride as being "meh".

In the next update it is finally time for lunch!

All that before lunch? Nice work! :thumbsup2

Poolrat
01-09-2012, 06:12 PM
If I remember, the Simpsons ride used to be the Back to the Future ride--same thing with a motion simulator open at the top. It was a lot of fun!


I seem to remember the same thing. Sadly the last time I was there was when it was the Back to the Future ride.

It is great seeing the area again. I liked MIB but it has been so long I can't really remember it except that it was like Buzz.

Yes ET was cute but also way on the other side and hard to get to unless you had little ones. There were some effects that I didn't realize until I read more about it after the fact. Like that he says your name. At first I didn't get the whole fact that they give you a card and ask your name only to take it up a couple of minutes later. :confused3


Where are we eating lunch?? :laughing: Oh Wait, I rememebr Mythos right? What are we having? :)

mom3sonstt
01-15-2012, 11:44 PM
Enjoying following along on your trip!

We have never been to Universal....I keep thinking "some day", but I can't see hubby ever leaving Disney property to go over there. He is less enthused with thrill rides, especially any spinny rides or simulators, than he used to be. So i guess I need to enjoy it through your report!

I have to say, although you didn't "get" what was going on - I got a chuckle out of the Mounds/Almond Joy jingle "game". My son had to stick his head in my room to see what I was laughing about. He doesn't remember the commercial, so he just rolled his eyes at me. I get that a lot:rolleyes:

Isn't the Halloween parade itself almost worth the price of the ticket. It's my favorite! I went to the Halloween party this year too, there was lightning "in the area" so some of the outdoor rides were shut down. I wound up going to 2 trick or treat spots, went to watch the Villain Party....that got cancelled, then stuck around for the parade....which started late :sad2: After that, I was so sore from standing for so long, I grabbed something at the bakery to have for breakfast the next morning, saw Mickey & Minnie, then went back to the room. But at least I saw the parade. :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
01-23-2012, 02:26 PM
Great Universal Update !!! Samantha is going to Europe this Summer as a Student Ambassador and one of the Countries is Germany!!! We will find out more later this month !!!!

Wow, that sounds like quite some adventure! Just get in touch if Samantha has any questions about Germany, Katharina and I will certainly try our best to help! :goodvibes

Fun update. I prefer MIB to Buzz but that may well be to being surrounded by boys who loved shooting at aliens. We went on it at least twice possibly 3 times. ET is cute but I think it's in a horrible location and sadly, a bit dated. I do like the movie so it makes me smile to go on it but not something I want to wait all that long for either. I'm not sure there is all that much to explore in the Hollywood area, I think most of the buildings are backs or parts of other rides but it is such a pretty pretty park of the park!

I think MiB might be something which I would appreciate more if I got to ride it a few more times.

The area where ET is is really very strange and I would have thought that this needed an update much more than Amity. But I guess it would have been the wrong side of the park.

I at least want to look at the windows in the Hollywood area. There was stuff in the windows, but we really just rushed through...

2015 for Gringotts huh, I'll have to file that away for reference! I can only imagine how cool a ride based on it would be.

Still a little bit away... I read somewhere that people were expecting an announcement in January, but so far nothing has happened. But they started working in Amity early this month.

We received some KitKat's from my brother for the kids (and Milka and Kinder) for the holidays...if it isn't all gone (I think it is) I might pick up a US kit kat and compare! I bet I'd like the German version better.

So, did you get to make that test?

Flossbolna
01-23-2012, 02:33 PM
Magdalene I'm so glad you took this picture! We still have drive in diners like this here in Milwaukee. One is called Leon's and was the inspirational diner for Arnold's for the TV show Happy Days.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/54/Leon%27s_Frozen_Custard.jpg/800px-Leon%27s_Frozen_Custard.jpg


It's still around! But it's way on the other side of town and believe it or not I've never been!

A couple of other drive in's we have are Kitt's and Kops. Kopps has fabulos burgers! There custard is to die for! My favorite flavor is butter pecan... YUM! So if you're ever in Milwaukee we'll take a venture to these classic American sites. :goodvibes

http://www.kopps.com/

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/images/20110505-kopps-exterior.jpg


http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/archstories/images/kitts_800.jpg

And a couple more really good places to get a burger here are Solly's, and Sobelman's (my personal favorite!)

http://www.milwaukeesbestburgers.com/


Here's a video from the travel channel regarding Solly's

http://www.travelchannel.com/video/wisconsins-buttery-burger-11816

Are you hungry yet? :rotfl:

Wendy, thanks for this!! I guess I will need to do some serious diner sightseeing when I am in Wisconsin!! :goodvibes Sightseeing reminds me that I have an email to reply to... :rolleyes1 I hope I will get that done soon! :goodvibes

Looks like fun, but if it's not your thing, no sense wasting time with it. Maybe it helps to have enjoyed the MIB movies? :confused3

I have enjoyed the MiB films, but it is a long time since I saw them. I kind of want to like this ride, maybe it was just that I am to stupid to figure it out on myself??


If I remember, the Simpsons ride used to be the Back to the Future ride--same thing with a motion simulator open at the top. It was a lot of fun!

I would have loved to see the Back to the Future ride, I loved those films as a teenager.


Very cute that the Simpsons shop was the Kwik-E-Mart.

Yes, It was really well done!


I love the movie, but I still remember the ride as being "meh".

I guess it more aimed at young girls... ;)


All that before lunch? Nice work! :thumbsup2

Yes, we were really very efficient!! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
01-23-2012, 02:42 PM
I seem to remember the same thing. Sadly the last time I was there was when it was the Back to the Future ride.

You really ought to go there again! We had lots of fun that day!! :thumbsup2

It is great seeing the area again. I liked MIB but it has been so long I can't really remember it except that it was like Buzz.

I was expecting a lot! A friend of mine here in Germany keeps telling me about how this is the best ride she has ever been on. So I really want to like it...

Yes ET was cute but also way on the other side and hard to get to unless you had little ones. There were some effects that I didn't realize until I read more about it after the fact. Like that he says your name. At first I didn't get the whole fact that they give you a card and ask your name only to take it up a couple of minutes later. :confused3

We didn't hear our names either, even though I knew that this was coming. And I was smart enough to tell them that my name was "Maggie" instead of telling them Magdalene which I am sure would have led to a lot of confusion... BUT just to be clear: Maggie is not at all an acceptable version of my name in any other circumstance!!!!

Where are we eating lunch?? :laughing: Oh Wait, I rememebr Mythos right? What are we having? :)

I just realised that the next update is still not about lunch... But Mythos is right!

Enjoying following along on your trip!

We have never been to Universal....I keep thinking "some day", but I can't see hubby ever leaving Disney property to go over there. He is less enthused with thrill rides, especially any spinny rides or simulators, than he used to be. So i guess I need to enjoy it through your report!

Oh, there is a lot to explore at Universal besides the thrill rides!! You really should try to see it one day. Maybe one of the sons could take you over there? Has your DH seen the Potter movies? Maybe that could convince him?

I have to say, although you didn't "get" what was going on - I got a chuckle out of the Mounds/Almond Joy jingle "game". My son had to stick his head in my room to see what I was laughing about. He doesn't remember the commercial, so he just rolled his eyes at me. I get that a lot:rolleyes:

:rotfl: I thought it was so funny how everyone kept going and I was just thinking: now they are all gone mad.... :eek::lmao:

Isn't the Halloween parade itself almost worth the price of the ticket. It's my favorite! I went to the Halloween party this year too, there was lightning "in the area" so some of the outdoor rides were shut down. I wound up going to 2 trick or treat spots, went to watch the Villain Party....that got cancelled, then stuck around for the parade....which started late :sad2: After that, I was so sore from standing for so long, I grabbed something at the bakery to have for breakfast the next morning, saw Mickey & Minnie, then went back to the room. But at least I saw the parade. :thumbsup2

Sorry that you had such an abbreviated party experience!! The parade was truly wonderful, but what a shame that you missed the fireworks!

Flossbolna
01-23-2012, 02:46 PM
Part 7: Back to the Islands and the Adventures

And then it was time to leave the Studios again to head back over to IoA. That's a picture from the walkway – where you don't have to go through bag check! I think I mentioned that before, but it was really great!

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09401.jpg

Once we arrived at IoA I had to take a few more pictures of the really beautiful Port of Entry area. We noted a few interesting decorations, like the “Open Arms Hotel”:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09402.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09403.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09404.jpg

I think I will need to make sure to explore there a bit more next time...

We still had some time until our reservation at Mythos for lunch and therefore briefly looked into the Christmas Store which is in that area. Katharina was hoping to find a Simpsons Christmas ornament for Remy, her DH – the great Simpsons fan. I found some really cute looking Dr Seuss ornaments with the Grinch which I was very tempted to buy. But we decided that we would just return on our way out and did not want to carry breakable Christmas ornaments around with us...

So off we went towards the Lost Continent area and towards lunch, taking a few pictures along the way:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09405.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09406.jpg

And the arriving at the Lost Continent. This is also a very pretty area, but we did not experience any attractions there. But it does look very nice!

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09407.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09408.jpg

And great dust bins:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09409.jpg

And I will leave you here, I promise the next update will truly be about lunch finally (it seems like you all are only in this for the food....)

eandesmom
01-23-2012, 03:07 PM
The area where ET is is really very strange and I would have thought that this needed an update much more than Amity. But I guess it would have been the wrong side of the park.

I agree about the updating, it's got some major flow issues back there I think but I guess it wouldn't work for a park to park connection.

So, did you get to make that test?

Sadly no, the chocolate vultures inhaled everything before I could try!


And no...it's not all about the food (although we do like food!)

:rotfl:

marvali
01-23-2012, 04:06 PM
She's Alive!!!!! :goodvibes

..my name was "Maggie" instead of telling them Magdalene which I am sure would have led to a lot of confusion... BUT just to be clear: Maggie is not at all an acceptable version of my name in any other circumstance!!!! Oh, really.... :rolleyes1

BTW, you have more than just Wendy's email......... :guilty:

glennbo123
01-23-2012, 06:08 PM
http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09403.jpg

Film? What's that? :laughing:

Poolrat
01-23-2012, 08:28 PM
We didn't hear our names either, even though I knew that this was coming. And I was smart enough to tell them that my name was "Maggie" instead of telling them Magdalene which I am sure would have led to a lot of confusion... BUT just to be clear: Maggie is not at all an acceptable version of my name in any other circumstance!!!!



Well Ok then Ma..... Nah I can't do it. :goodvibes


Part 7: Back to the Islands and the Adventures
And great dust bins:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09409.jpg

And I will leave you here, I promise the next update will truly be about lunch finally (it seems like you all are only in this for the food....)


:cool1: No we are in it for the dust bins too. :goodvibes

Film? What's that? :laughing:

:rotfl2:

Captain_Oblivious
01-25-2012, 10:27 AM
And then it was time to leave the Studios again to head back over to IoA. That's a picture from the walkway – where you don't have to go through bag check! I think I mentioned that before, but it was really great!

I believe you mentioned that this was a nice benefit...:rolleyes1 :rotfl:

But we decided that we would just return on our way out and did not want to carry breakable Christmas ornaments around with us...

Good call. The Hulk isn't kind to breakable things.

And the arriving at the Lost Continent. This is also a very pretty area, but we did not experience any attractions there. But it does look very nice!

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09407.jpg

What's with the carving of the guy vomiting on the ride? :rotfl2:

marvali
02-03-2012, 07:04 AM
Happy Birthday Katharina!! Hope you have a Magical Day!!! :cake: party:

Flossbolna
02-06-2012, 02:02 PM
I agree about the updating, it's got some major flow issues back there I think but I guess it wouldn't work for a park to park connection.

No, the Universal kiddie area is the furthest away from IoA. And I think they like to have Harry Potter in the back of both parks. Certainly helps at least some for crowd control!


Sadly no, the chocolate vultures inhaled everything before I could try!


Sorry that you live with chocolate vultures!! Talking about chocolate - I think I never told you that the coffee chocolate you brought me was indeed rather delicious! :thumbsup2

She's Alive!!!!! :goodvibes

:guilty: Yes, and I think I have once again given cause for the same exclamation once again. I have no idea where time has flown recently...

Oh, really.... :rolleyes1



Don't you dare!!!!! :mad:

Flossbolna
02-06-2012, 02:06 PM
Film? What's that? :laughing:

Ah, you see this all part of the period theming!! ;):rotfl:

Well Ok then Ma..... Nah I can't do it. :goodvibes


just a warning what might happe if you did: :furious:


:cool1: No we are in it for the dust bins too. :goodvibes


Yes! The dust bin picture was actually taken with you in mind!! Katharina and I talked about your love for dustbins and that you would love the IoA ones!!! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
02-06-2012, 02:12 PM
Good call. The Hulk isn't kind to breakable things.

Oh, no, certainly not!! That's why they make you use lockers before you are allowed to go and meet the Hulk!! :goodvibes


What's with the carving of the guy vomiting on the ride? :rotfl2:

:rotfl:

But seriously, I think the guy vomiting is still nicer to look at than this Brussels landmark:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/64/Bruxelles_Manneken_Pis.jpg/397px-Bruxelles_Manneken_Pis.jpg

I only posted the link because some people might think this a bit too obvious, so click on it at your own risk! But I can assure you that here in Europe we consider it art...

Happy Birthday Katharina!! Hope you have a Magical Day!!! :cake: party:

I think she had a very nice day and managed to escape the bitter frost we are experiencing here at the moment! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
02-06-2012, 02:15 PM
Part 8: Lunch – a mythical one?

They seemed to be very busy in the restaurant and we had to wait for about 10 minutes for our table. The we were lead to our table which was really nice. The restaurant does look very spectacular inside:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09410.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09411.jpg

This is one of the very few places where I took pictures of the food. Katharina had some fish tacos because the dish she originally wanted was out:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09412.jpg

She wasn't too fond of them, but said that this was more her personal taste than that they were generally bad.

I opted for a spinach salad with blueberries and blue cheese with beef:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09413.jpg

The beef was excellent, it tasted like two small filets. I was very impressed that I got such nice meat with my salad. The salad itself was lacking dressing for my taste. But then I am someone who likes rather more than less dressing on my salad. I never understood how people could eat a salad without any dressing – I feel I could then eat grass.

Overall it was an ok meal, not extraordinary, but decent quality and it was not expensive at all. Katharina's fish tacos were $12.50 and my salad was $11.25. Unfortunately our server was rather slow and while we often enjoy leisurely meals this time we didn't, I think also because at some point we were just getting rather cold from sitting inside the air-conditioned room. However, it gave us the chance for a nice break. If you compare table service and counter service prices at Universal, table service isn't that much more expensive and I am glad that we had planned for that lunch. However, I think next time I might want to try a different place (even though the menus are slightly similar at all the table service restaurants).

Next: More about IoA

-Hope-
02-06-2012, 04:46 PM
I've been lurking and thoroughly enjoying your TR but haven't commented up to this point. I just had to say thanks for this review of Mythos! I'm on the fence about taking the time for a TS meal in the parks or saving our touring time and having a nice meal at Citywalk. Mythos is the reason I keep coming back to park dining because it just looks so cool. Your review has me leaning toward Citywalk though which actually makes so much more sense overall. :thumbsup2

glennbo123
02-06-2012, 05:22 PM
But seriously, I think the guy vomiting is still nicer to look at than this Brussels landmark:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/64/Bruxelles_Manneken_Pis.jpg/397px-Bruxelles_Manneken_Pis.jpg

I only posted the link because some people might think this a bit too obvious, so click on it at your own risk! But I can assure you that here in Europe we consider it art...

I've seen that. My Belgian brother (exchange student) made sure we saw it when we visited him way back in 1980.

I think she had a very nice day and managed to escape the bitter frost we are experiencing here at the moment! :goodvibes

I think you got our winter weather and we got yours this year. Some kind of weird mix-up.

Thanks for the review of Mythos!

eandesmom
02-06-2012, 06:10 PM
My overall impression of Mythos was about the same. I'm glad we did it and nothing was bad, but not extraordinary either. I also had the fish tacos.

jenbear123
02-06-2012, 06:33 PM
Nice review of Mythos. Although, I expected more from them based on their website and what I've read about them. The theming looks spectacular though.

Poolrat
02-06-2012, 08:50 PM
But seriously, I think the guy vomiting is still nicer to look at than this Brussels landmark:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/64/Bruxelles_Manneken_Pis.jpg/397px-Bruxelles_Manneken_Pis.jpg

I only posted the link because some people might think this a bit too obvious, so click on it at your own risk! But I can assure you that here in Europe we consider it art...

:lmao: I love the expression on the little guys face.



I think she had a very nice day and managed to escape the bitter frost we are experiencing here at the moment! :goodvibes

What crazy weather we are all having.

party::bday:party: Katharina. Hope you had a wonderfu lday and you all are staying warm. :cold:

Flossbolna
02-07-2012, 02:55 AM
I've been lurking and thoroughly enjoying your TR but haven't commented up to this point. I just had to say thanks for this review of Mythos! I'm on the fence about taking the time for a TS meal in the parks or saving our touring time and having a nice meal at Citywalk. Mythos is the reason I keep coming back to park dining because it just looks so cool. Your review has me leaning toward Citywalk though which actually makes so much more sense overall. :thumbsup2

First of all: :welcome: It is always great to hear from lurkers!! :goodvibes

The one thing which we really liked about Mythos was just the fact that getting a table service meal meant a real brake in the day. And I think we definitely needed that.

Also, over on the Universal board there is a thread with the restaurant menus. The one thing that I kept noticing was how the TS restaurants were only a little bit more expensive than CS.

We first had intended to have dinner somewhere at City Walk as well, but then changed dinner to Tchoup Chop (review will be coming!!). And that was just wonderful! I would highly recommend eating there.

I've seen that. My Belgian brother (exchange student) made sure we saw it when we visited him way back in 1980.

Yes, I thought you might be familiar with this Belgian landmark. It is very famous!!


I think you got our winter weather and we got yours this year. Some kind of weird mix-up.

We do get cold spells, just not normally not as cold. I would say the temperatures we have at the moment are about 15 degrees (Fahrenheit) colder than what we usually have. Yesterday morning it was -4°F at 9 am when I walked to work.

Actually, here in Germany it is still ok, further East it is even colder. And the current temperatures are still something our houses are built for. Southern Europe is much worse off...


Thanks for the review of Mythos!

You are welcome! Might actually make a nice lunch spot for your group as well. As I said above, TS at Universal is not much more than CS.

Flossbolna
02-07-2012, 03:00 AM
My overall impression of Mythos was about the same. I'm glad we did it and nothing was bad, but not extraordinary either. I also had the fish tacos.

However, I must say that I would still put it on par with our dining experience at the 50's Prime Time, just cheaper. Overall, I am glad that we did it because it was a nice break. Maybe it would have been better to eat lunch a bit earlier over at the Studios...

Nice review of Mythos. Although, I expected more from them based on their website and what I've read about them. The theming looks spectacular though.

The theming is spectacular. I did not want to say that Mythos was bad. I think it is made up to sound like a signature restaurant, but that I found it wasn't. But as a casual dining restaurants, it was pleasant enough. And to be honest, most in theme park restaurants don't impress me.

lovealldisney
02-07-2012, 05:47 AM
But seriously, I think the guy vomiting is still nicer to look at than this Brussels landmark:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/64/Bruxelles_Manneken_Pis.jpg/397px-Bruxelles_Manneken_Pis.jpg

I only posted the link because some people might think this a bit too obvious, so click on it at your own risk! But I can assure you that here in Europe we consider it art...



I think she had a very nice day and managed to escape the bitter frost we are experiencing here at the moment! :goodvibes

This is the little guy that they dress up to right? He's sent outfits from all over the world.... :rotfl: We are considering Brussels as an entry point on our trip. I may have to inquire of other things to see there...

And it's really weird you are having such cold weather. Like Glenn said you're having our weather and we are having yours! Crazy! It's been so nice we've been able to even grill out we made pork chops last night and steak over the weekend. :rotfl:I have to admit though that it has been rather nice... considering the horrible winters we have had here in Wisconsin the last 3 years.

Part 8: Lunch – a mythical one?

They seemed to be very busy in the restaurant and we had to wait for about 10 minutes for our table. The we were lead to our table which was really nice. The restaurant does look very spectacular inside:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09410.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09411.jpg

This is one of the very few places where I took pictures of the food. Katharina had some fish tacos because the dish she originally wanted was out:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09412.jpg

She wasn't too fond of them, but said that this was more her personal taste than that they were generally bad.

I opted for a spinach salad with blueberries and blue cheese with beef:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09413.jpg

The beef was excellent, it tasted like two small filets. I was very impressed that I got such nice meat with my salad. The salad itself was lacking dressing for my taste. But then I am someone who likes rather more than less dressing on my salad. I never understood how people could eat a salad without any dressing – I feel I could then eat grass.

Overall it was an ok meal, not extraordinary, but decent quality and it was not expensive at all. Katharina's fish tacos were $12.50 and my salad was $11.25. Unfortunately our server was rather slow and while we often enjoy leisurely meals this time we didn't, I think also because at some point we were just getting rather cold from sitting inside the air-conditioned room. However, it gave us the chance for a nice break. If you compare table service and counter service prices at Universal, table service isn't that much more expensive and I am glad that we had planned for that lunch. However, I think next time I might want to try a different place (even though the menus are slightly similar at all the table service restaurants).

Next: More about IoA


I do like the theming of this restaurant... your salad looks delish I like more dressing as well on my salads.. I have to admit that fish tacos is something I wouldn't have ordered. Nice review thanks for sharing. :goodvibes

tiggrbaby
02-07-2012, 05:55 AM
But seriously, I think the guy vomiting is still nicer to look at than this Brussels landmark:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/64/Bruxelles_Manneken_Pis.jpg/397px-Bruxelles_Manneken_Pis.jpg

I only posted the link because some people might think this a bit too obvious, so click on it at your own risk! But I can assure you that here in Europe we consider it art...


This made me remember another Belgian landmark: the giant troll who guarded one of the cities.:scared1:

Flossbolna
02-07-2012, 07:23 AM
This is the little guy that they dress up to right? He's sent outfits from all over the world.... :rotfl: We are considering Brussels as an entry point on our trip. I may have to inquire of other things to see there...

Brussels is quite beautiful - at least in parts. There is a fantastic old market square and a lot of the inner city is very pretty. And they do have shops selling the most delicious chocolates on every corner (they are not cheap but so so good!). Brussels is also known for delicious food and beer.

The European quarter is rather odd, they just tore down the old city and built all these modern buildings in that area and feels rather dead in a way. So I would keep away from there.

And it's really weird you are having such cold weather. Like Glenn said you're having our weather and we are having yours! Crazy! It's been so nice we've been able to even grill out we made pork chops last night and steak over the weekend. :rotfl:I have to admit though that it has been rather nice... considering the horrible winters we have had here in Wisconsin the last 3 years

The weather is caused by a very strong high pressure area sitting over Siberia which now connected with another high pressure are above the Azores (some islands in the Atlantic, south-west of Portugal) which means a draft of cold air from Siberia can funnel through all of Europe. We do get this type of weather situation regularly in the summer and then it is very welcome because it means that the hot air from Russia (which does get hot in summer) can come to us. It blocks out all the wet warm (in summer cold) air from the Atlantic, therefore it is incredibly dry and mostly very sunny.

I do like the theming of this restaurant... your salad looks delish I like more dressing as well on my salads.. I have to admit that fish tacos is something I wouldn't have ordered. Nice review thanks for sharing. :goodvibes

Maybe I should just have asked for more dressing - I guess that would have made me happier... Also I was so excited about blueberries in my salad, but they did not add as much flavour as I had expected them to... :confused3

This made me remember another Belgian landmark: the giant troll who guarded one of the cities.:scared1:

Oh, didn't Glenn include this in his PTR???

lovealldisney
02-07-2012, 07:55 AM
Maybe I should just have asked for more dressing - I guess that would have made me happier... Also I was so excited about blueberries in my salad, but they did not add as much flavour as I had expected them to...

I always ask for more dressing on the side when ordering a salad... My favorite salad to make at home is tossed mixed greens with strawberries, blueberries, mandrin oranges, chopped pecans, red onion, and grilled chicken, topped with either a light poppy seed, or raspberry vinigrete dressing (I find these at Aldi ;)). YUM!

I'm hungry for lunch now... and it's only breakfast! :lmao:

I will for sure check out Brussels... My wheels are turning....

Flossbolna
02-09-2012, 03:17 AM
:lmao: I love the expression on the little guys face.


Sorry, I somehow missed your comment!! I think it is quite a fun fountain actually! :goodvibes

I always ask for more dressing on the side when ordering a salad... My favorite salad to make at home is tossed mixed greens with strawberries, blueberries, mandrin oranges, chopped pecans, red onion, and grilled chicken, topped with either a light poppy seed, or raspberry vinigrete dressing (I find these at Aldi ;)). YUM!

I'm hungry for lunch now... and it's only breakfast! :lmao:

I will for sure check out Brussels... My wheels are turning....


That's a good tip about ordering extra dressing. Maybe I will do that in the future!! Your favourite salad sounds delicious (well minus the red onions) but I can't imagine that Aldi here sells poppy seed dressing! Far too exotic!!

I am afraid that by the time you finally go on your trip you will have enough knowledge to fill ten trips to Europe! :goodvibes

lovealldisney
02-09-2012, 05:59 AM
I am afraid that by the time you finally go on your trip you will have enough knowledge to fill ten trips to Europe!

Well then I guess I'll have to come back at least 10 times! :rotfl: I really am a super over planner. I need to have all the info and steps planned before leaving home.

Well if you don't get poppy seed dressing I'll have to send you some from Aldi.. :rotfl:

Flossbolna
02-09-2012, 01:32 PM
Well then I guess I'll have to come back at least 10 times! :rotfl: I really am a super over planner. I need to have all the info and steps planned before leaving home.

Well if you don't get poppy seed dressing I'll have to send you some from Aldi.. :rotfl:

That's a great idea to come back to Europe ten times!! :thumbsup2

And I would be afraid of what would happen to the poppy seed dressing in the mail... But I might have a different (and more easy to mail) request. Will let you know via email! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
02-09-2012, 01:37 PM
Part 9: Do we want to get wet?

Our plan was now to see experience some more attractions at IoA and then end the day at WWoHP. I also had convinced Katharina to try a ride on the Hulk with me – of which we had a great view across the lake from where we were:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09415.jpg

Since we were already next to WWoHP now, we decided to take the long way around the lake to get there. So from Lost Continent we walked back to Seuss Landing and explored there for a bit.

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We had planned to see the Cat in the Hat – a dark ride. But unfortunately that was closed that day. I spent quite some time in the shops there. And ended up getting a very cute Cat in the Hat t-shirt which has quickly become one of my favourite t-shirts. We also some Dr Seuss characters around:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09417.jpg

We also saw the Cat – and I wanted to get my picture taken with him. So Katharina did just that. But the Cat kept purring into my ear while Katharina took our picture so I had to laugh so much about it that I look like I am in real pain on these pictures. So you won't get to see them – Sorry!

From there we moved through Port of Entry again to end up in Marvel Super Hero Island:

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Our first destination was the Hulk. Katharina survived it!

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http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09425.jpg

As you can see, the sky is still threatening dark. We really expected the down pour to start any minute...

We continued along the water and enjoyed the views across the lake:

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The views are something which makes this park so different. Most of the Disney parks are much more about keeping you within your themed environment and eliminate views of things which aren't appropriate to the theming around you. I think Epcot World Showcase is the only place with views, but then it is all thematically connected. Here you can see all different type of areas.

We also went on a second ride on Superman. That ride really is fantastic!

We then continued on to Toon Lagoon. I had originally planned that we go on all the water rides. We had a change of clothes with us and it was reasonably warm. However, after getting slightly wet on Splash Mountain Katharina decided that she does not enjoy getting wet on theme park attractions. So she really wasn't wanting to get on those. Especially when we saw that the people getting off were indeed soaked. And considering that there was no sun out and that it was incredibly humid I was quite afraid that there was no chance of drying once we were wet. The air did not feel like it could take any more humidity.... So I had to admit that she was right and chickened out of the water rides as well... Another thing for the next trip! But we did take some pictures in that area:

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We browsed through the stores here, they had some really cute merchandise there as well. As I said before, every area has the merchandise which fits to the franchise it is themed after. But since most places are about well know characters that is also easy to do.

Our next stop was then Jurassic Park.

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09433.jpg

Here we decided to be brave and go on the water ride – and to use each one of the many rain ponchos I had brought for the trip (we had packed several for that day).

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I felt that this ride was very short. I kind of liked the start, but then “things went wrong” - but somehow I feel that it lacked something which really was building the tension. Somehow there wasn't really that much to this ride. So, while I thought some of it was rather cool, it definitely was one of the weaker experiences to me.

Next: More Butterbeer??

glennbo123
02-09-2012, 03:37 PM
Our plan was now to see experience some more attractions at IoA and then end the day at WWoHP. I also had convinced Katharina to try a ride on the Hulk with me

Lauren loves rollercoasters so I'm sure we'll be going on this. Are the spiderman and superman coasters at IoA also, or the other park?


http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09425.jpg

As you can see, the sky is still threatening dark. We really expected the down pour to start any minute...

I love this picture! I'm sure the guy is taking a picture of something off in the distance, but it looks like he's shooting right up that other guys' nose!


The views are something which makes this park so different. Most of the Disney parks are much more about keeping you within your themed environment and eliminate views of things which aren't appropriate to the theming around you. I think Epcot World Showcase is the only place with views, but then it is all thematically connected. Here you can see all different type of areas.

Interesting observation. I'll have to keep my eye out for that.


http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09430.jpg

Whoa, look at that plate of burgers. No wonder Europeans think American portion sizes are too big. ;)


Looking forward to more Potter!

nodnol
02-10-2012, 03:28 AM
Happy Birthday Katharina!! Hope you have a Magical Day!!! :cake: party:

Thank you! I did habe a great day.
As Magdalene mentioned we escaped the winter again and spend the day a Tropical Islands (http://www.tropical-islands.de/), I felt really warm afterwards... for about an hour :lmao:

Part 8: Lunch – a mythical one?

This is one of the very few places where I took pictures of the food. Katharina had some fish tacos because the dish she originally wanted was out:

She wasn't too fond of them, but said that this was more her personal taste than that they were generally bad.


I wanted to have some fish dish originally, so I ended up with the fish tacos and I guess I was just very disappointed I didn't get the original one.


party::bday:party: Katharina. Hope you had a wonderfu lday and you all are staying warm. :cold:

Thank you!

lovealldisney
02-10-2012, 05:46 AM
But I might have a different (and more easy to mail) request. Will let you know via email!

I anxiously await your email... :) I wonder what it will be about???


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Ummmm I don't think so. I used to love coasters and as I've gotten older I've become more and more frightened of them, I don't think I could do this one a little to big for me....:eek:


http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09430.jpg

Oh you could do some fun photo's with this! Love it!

The water rides looked like so much fun! I agree I would have been reluctant to ride with it being so humid. I hate that damp moist feeling...

Great update! Someday we'll get there. I hope..

eandesmom
02-10-2012, 01:08 PM
I'm glad you both survived the Hulk, we love that coaster. You do get SOAKED on some of those rides so probably the right call, you wouldn't have dried out (as Evan and Eric can attest).

There is some great merch at the park, I do love the themed stuff and Seuss had tons of wonderful things!

Captain_Oblivious
02-10-2012, 02:49 PM
Our plan was now to see experience some more attractions at IoA and then end the day at WWoHP. I also had convinced Katharina to try a ride on the Hulk with me – of which we had a great view across the lake from where we were:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09415.jpg

Yeah, you two go ahead. Have fun. :rotfl:

And ended up getting a very cute Cat in the Hat t-shirt which has quickly become one of my favourite t-shirts.

But not a hat? :confused3

But the Cat kept purring into my ear while Katharina took our picture so I had to laugh so much about it that I look like I am in real pain on these pictures. So you won't get to see them – Sorry!

:sad1:


So I had to admit that she was right and chickened out of the water rides as well...

:sad1::sad1:

Here we decided to be brave and go on the water ride – and to use each one of the many rain ponchos I had brought for the trip (we had packed several for that day).

Sounds like you could have done the water rides...:rolleyes1

I felt that this ride was very short. I kind of liked the start, but then “things went wrong” - but somehow I feel that it lacked something which really was building the tension. Somehow there wasn't really that much to this ride. So, while I thought some of it was rather cool, it definitely was one of the weaker experiences to me.

Sorry it wasn't more fun. I like the idea of more WWOHP!

I love this picture! I'm sure the guy is taking a picture of something off in the distance, but it looks like he's shooting right up that other guys' nose!

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

My_Pal_Pluto
02-11-2012, 08:50 AM
Hi Magdalene & Katharina ... LOVE the TR, I'm just getting caught up and immediately went to two of your posts:

1st, thank you thank you thank you for the review you gave of MNSSHP ... we'll be at Disney from Oct 20 to 27 of this year and that is one thing I'm really wrestling over. I know they'd enjoy (at age 10) running to the different candy stations ... they would want to skip and character lines (just not their thing to wait in line for the characters) ... they'd enjoy the Halloween theming ... the Hallowishes fireworks - based on your description - would be their favorite part of it. As for the parade, that's the "x-factor" - my kids do enjoy a good parade, but on previous Disney trips, they've always chosen "ride more rides" over sitting down to watch a parade.

So a question posed to you (and anyone else who might want to weigh in) ... does it seem like the extra cost would be worth if for me, Jamie, and the triplets to attend MNSSHP?

The second "chapter" I read in your TR was the last one reviewing your time at IoA. I have to admit, I have NEVER considered leaving Disney property casting back across all of my trips to WDW ... but between your pictures and reading Glennbo's plans, my mind is being tugged ... do we decrease our Disney park days by 1 and make the sojourn?

Oh ... I'm "in" for your TR ... not sure how much more is left to add, but Catching Up will sure be a blast!!:thumbsup2

Flossbolna
02-12-2012, 10:41 AM
Lauren loves rollercoasters so I'm sure we'll be going on this. Are the spiderman and superman coasters at IoA also, or the other park?

If you go on the Hulk: try to get one of the rows towards the front. It can be a it rough and in my experience coasters are always smoother towards the front. I would have loved to get into the first row, but there is a separate line for that and we did not want to wait - especially since all other rows were a walk on.

Spiderman is not a coaster, but more a dark ride like maybe Dinosaur.

And there isn't anything with Superman...

The other coasters at Uni are:

at IoA: Dragon Challenge which is in WWoHP - that's actually two coasters. And then Flight of the Hippogriff which we did not go on, it is a kiddie coaster.

at Studios: Mummy and Rip Ride Rockit. The later one appears to have a lot of technical difficulties. Mummy is a great coaster, but I think the ones at IoA are great in itself and should be enough for one park day!

I love this picture! I'm sure the guy is taking a picture of something off in the distance, but it looks like he's shooting right up that other guys' nose!

Yes, I thought about adding a comment when posting it, but then did not have any ideas about what to say. But I think it is a very funny pictures!! :goodvibes

Interesting observation. I'll have to keep my eye out for that.

Very often you can walk towards the water front, but that is not the main walkway. We did that a few times and it was fun to see across the lagoon.

I really like it because it feels like a unique concept. I think that's what I like about IoA, it does not feel at all like a clone of Disney, but a theme park with its own creative concept. And therefore it offers something which Disney does not have.

Whoa, look at that plate of burgers. No wonder Europeans think American portion sizes are too big. ;)

:rotfl:

There were quite a few funny props around!

Looking forward to more Potter!

Will follow shortly!


Ummmm I don't think so. I used to love coasters and as I've gotten older I've become more and more frightened of them, I don't think I could do this one a little to big for me....:eek:

I am sorry about that. For me it is just the opposite, I used to be frightened of coasters, but the older I got and the more I had been on them, the less frightened I am.

However, I think the Hulk looks scarier than it is.


Oh you could do some fun photo's with this! Love it!

Yes! At first I was a bit annoyed that this woman was sitting there, kind of "destroying" my picture. But now I think, she actually adds something to it.

The water rides looked like so much fun! I agree I would have been reluctant to ride with it being so humid. I hate that damp moist feeling...

Great update! Someday we'll get there. I hope..

I am certain that we would have spent the rest of the day being soaking wet. My plan is that on my next trip I will stay a few nights at one of the Universal resorts, so I can get on the water rides just before I head back to the hotel for a swim or so...

I am glad you liked the update! And Universal isn't going anywhere, so I am sure that at some point in the future you will get there! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
02-12-2012, 10:45 AM
I'm glad you both survived the Hulk, we love that coaster. You do get SOAKED on some of those rides so probably the right call, you wouldn't have dried out (as Evan and Eric can attest).

There is some great merch at the park, I do love the themed stuff and Seuss had tons of wonderful things!

The Hulk was great! I think it is one of my overall favourite coasters now - but actually I loved all the coasters at Universal.

And yes, I am sure that the only way to do those water rides is staying at the hotel and being able to return there for a shower immediately after getting soaked on them!

Seuss was really great, there was lots of wonderful stuff there. I got a very cute cup for my friend's son and they had lots of other cute kids stuff there, too.

Flossbolna
02-12-2012, 10:52 AM
Yeah, you two go ahead. Have fun. :rotfl:


You probably won't believe it if I tell you that the Hulk looks worse than it is... ;)


But not a hat? :confused3


No, I am not a cat, so I don't need a hat! :goodvibes


Sounds like you could have done the water rides...:rolleyes1


You did not see the level of wetness the people coming off those rides had!!! Jurassic Park is more a ride which sprinkles water on you compared to those rides which soak you.


Sorry it wasn't more fun. I like the idea of more WWOHP!


More WWoHP coming up shortly!! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
02-12-2012, 11:07 AM
Hi Magdalene & Katharina ... LOVE the TR, I'm just getting caught up and immediately went to two of your posts:

Hi and :welcome: to our TR! It is always great to see new readers posting!! :goodvibes

1st, thank you thank you thank you for the review you gave of MNSSHP ... we'll be at Disney from Oct 20 to 27 of this year and that is one thing I'm really wrestling over. I know they'd enjoy (at age 10) running to the different candy stations ... they would want to skip and character lines (just not their thing to wait in line for the characters) ... they'd enjoy the Halloween theming ... the Hallowishes fireworks - based on your description - would be their favorite part of it. As for the parade, that's the "x-factor" - my kids do enjoy a good parade, but on previous Disney trips, they've always chosen "ride more rides" over sitting down to watch a parade.

So a question posed to you (and anyone else who might want to weigh in) ... does it seem like the extra cost would be worth if for me, Jamie, and the triplets to attend MNSSHP?

Well, for a family of five, the MNSSHP is quite an investment. For me the parade was a lot of fun and had I not enjoyed it, I think the party would not have been worth the money for me.

If you are going with kids, I think you also have to take into account whether you are a family of early risers or whether you like to sleep in.

While the lines for attractions were not too bad, neither were they so short that we could walk on everything. Actually the party felt rather crowded. If you are good at getting to the parks for opening anyway, I feel that the "emptier" MK during the party would add that much. And I also felt that just heading in there for two or three hours and leaving at 10pm would give you very little time to really enjoy it.

And since you will be there towards the end of October, the parties are likely going to be more crowded than the ones they have in September.

To be honest, unless you think your kids will be fine to stay up until 12 am in a rather crowded park, I would rather not spend so much money on party tickets.

Maybe get dinner at the Polynesian one evening when there is a party and go down to the beach to watch the fireworks from there?


The second "chapter" I read in your TR was the last one reviewing your time at IoA. I have to admit, I have NEVER considered leaving Disney property casting back across all of my trips to WDW ... but between your pictures and reading Glennbo's plans, my mind is being tugged ... do we decrease our Disney park days by 1 and make the sojourn?

Oh ... I'm "in" for your TR ... not sure how much more is left to add, but Catching Up will sure be a blast!!:thumbsup2

I am really glad to hear that my TR gets people to see that Universal is indeed a really interesting place to visit! It took me quite a few years to finally get there and it was definitely Harry Potter which was the big reason to try it out.

But I was very impressed (final thoughts on Universal will come in a future update) with both parks and would really encourage everyone to try it out. I am not sure how adventurous your kids are, a lot of the rides at IoA are more on the scary side and I know that at 10 I would not have enjoyed a lot of the rides. But then I also hated E.T. because that was a scary movie for me... :goodvibes

You might want to check out Cynthia's (eandesmom) TR, they went to Universal and here Es were around that age then I think. It's this one: Dr Jones and the Spitting Camel (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37987931#post37987931)

Flossbolna
02-12-2012, 11:11 AM
Part 10: Another Butter Beer? Of course!

And this then brings us back to Hogmeads and Hogwarts... When we arrived there was a show going performed by students visiting for the Triwizard-Torunament:

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Unfortunately we only saw the end of it, but it looked quite interesting and I like it that they have some entertainment there! Like the conductor standing next to the engine of the Hogwarts Express – whose job it seems to be to get his picture taken with tourists and to speak with an English accent as Katharina pointed out...

We still had plenty of time until park closing, it was 4:30 now, so we still had 2.5 hours! We decided that we could use a break and some refreshments. If you are in Hogsmead there really is only one refreshment you can get: Butter Beer! I was briefly tempted to try the regular one, but since the frozen one had been so delicious I did not really want to experiment. However, just to let you now about the crowd levels: One trick to get Butter Beer quicker is to order it inside the Hogs Head because the carts outside have insanely long lines. That is what we did this morning. So once we had decided to get our Butter Beer I was about to head into the pub, but Katharina then pointed out that there was no one in line at the Butter Beer cart right next to us. Yes, it was more or less empty there!!

We once again sat on the terrace behind the Hogs Head and while we were sitting there a lady came to our table which was next to a wall and said that she was wondering whether the box on the wall there was a plug because her mobile was nearly out of power. Of course we had no idea either, but it was and she started to charge her mobile there.

While we were sitting there and enjoyed our Butter Beer it once again started to drizzle, so we moved inside:

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And these are the Three Broomsticks the restaurant is named after:

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Our next stop was to try the other side of the Dragon Challenge Coaster – we went with the blue dragon this time. And I think I liked the blue side better than the red one. But both are really fun coasters.

And then it was time to start shopping, trying to figure out what souvenirs we wanted to bring home. Also a great opportunity to take more pictures. Like those bins:

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Katharina thought about buying this frisbee for her DH:

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And then it was time for a final ride on Forbidden Journey:

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We once again just walked onto the ride... And then walked back in again. I feel like we had a very special experience because I am sure very few people ever experienced as much time in such an uncrowded WWoHP as we did that day. It was really just perfect! And it still hadn't started to rain...

We finalised our shopping – I ended up buying quite a few souvenirs. Another t-shirt, a lanyard which looks like the Gryffindor school tie which I use at work now for my office keys. We both got some candy. The peppermint toads I got for my colleagues were a huge success, I can really recommend them, they are delicious!

Next: Rain!!!

marvali
02-12-2012, 04:27 PM
Your Universal updates are getting the boys really excited for a visit! :banana:

Thanks a whole lot! :confused3 :rotfl:

Poolrat
02-12-2012, 04:45 PM
You had a great experience. Low crowds in the AM and then going back later in the afternoon for another low crowd time.

I may have to add some Universal/ IoA time soon. :scratchin:

lovealldisney
02-13-2012, 06:30 AM
LOVE the pictures of Honey Dukes! I think I would spend a fortune there! Nice update and I was thinking you would eventually get rain :sad1:

Got your email and will reply post haste ;)

marvali
02-13-2012, 06:51 AM
Okay, now that I've finally finished my New Years TR I guess I should get on to my other two trips last year. I don't want you finishing this one before I can post about at least some of the common parts of our trip! :guilty: I already let jenbear get ahead of me on hers.......... :lmao:

Captain_Oblivious
02-13-2012, 11:51 AM
So once we had decided to get our Butter Beer I was about to head into the pub, but Katharina then pointed out that there was no one in line at the Butter Beer cart right next to us. Yes, it was more or less empty there!!

Better safe than sorry. Still, given the stories I've heard about the crowds, it's amazing you had such a great experience!

We once again just walked onto the ride... And then walked back in again. I feel like we had a very special experience because I am sure very few people ever experienced as much time in such an uncrowded WWoHP as we did that day. It was really just perfect!

Again, this is unheard of!

And I admit it: the puking guy in the window made me laugh. :rotfl:

eandesmom
02-13-2012, 12:29 PM
Fun update! How magical really, with the low crowds, just wonderful that you were able to go back and experience so much.

There are other refreshments though...pumpkin juice...hog's head red and a slew of other things on tap, beer wise. Interesting tidbit. Apparently when the Hogs Head opened, they had a full bar. People apparently imbibed too much or overstayed their welcome so they got rid of all the bar stools (looks like they've since come back in your picture but there were none there when we went) and changed it to beer (and I assume wine) only as the alchoholic offerings.

brookelizabeth
02-13-2012, 10:22 PM
I am still here and reading along! I had slowly caught up over the past few weeks, reading when I could. :goodvibes Loving your Universal/IoA report! I really want to try this park sometime soon, I know Henry would adore the Dr. Suess area.

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:laughing: This isn't all that uncommon of a sight here in Queens! It usually isn't that much stuff, but I can think of 3 locations, right off the top of my head, that I walk past often with stuff chained to a pole. A grocery cart in one of them, and a stroller in another! The other one is just a bunch of junk. It's a homeless persons' stuff, and they want to keep what they do have as safe as they can. Kinda sad... but interesting that Universal has it as part of their theming! I do wonder if that is there all year long...:confused3

My_Pal_Pluto
02-14-2012, 01:40 PM
Just got a chance to read about "more Butterbeer" ... I'm envious of those reallllllyyy minimal crowds during your visit ... had to be a blast!!

Hi and :welcome: to our TR! It is always great to see new readers posting!! :goodvibes

Happy to be reading along ... I love the great photos!!
To be honest, unless you think your kids will be fine to stay up until 12 am in a rather crowded park, I would rather not spend so much money on party tickets.

Maybe get dinner at the Polynesian one evening when there is a party and go down to the beach to watch the fireworks from there?

I Really appreciated your input on this ... I'm going to have a solid sit-down with them and run down a "pros/cons" kind of thing!!
I am not sure how adventurous your kids are, a lot of the rides at IoA are more on the scary side and I know that at 10 I would not have enjoyed a lot of the rides. But then I also hated E.T. because that was a scary movie for me... :goodvibes

ET definitely had it's intense moments ... but hey, it helped me LOVE Reese's Pieces so all "intensity" was forgiven!!

Thanks for the great thought on IoA. It would definitely be a "conflicted" trip - both of my boys would be absolutely gung-ho to get on every ride ... so would I ... so would Jamie ... but my daughter would be a "no" to a LOT of them. So we'd definitely end up with some "juggling" on our hands. I'm going to check-out Cynthia's experience ... thanks for the referral.

glennbo123
02-14-2012, 07:51 PM
Wow, looks like a lot of fun! I can't wait to visit!

Thanks for all of your pictures and posts.

nodnol
02-23-2012, 03:42 PM
Hi there, I just wanted to remind a certain someone that there still is a TR to write :)
And I wanted to share with you that I had to mark today in our calendar (we do that when one of us does or says something very much contrary to what he or she did or said before). When I told my DH tonight about a close friend who is planning a trip to Paris and DLP, he said in a kind of jealous voice "Oh, I want to go to Eurodisneyland too" THAT was the first time ever he said he would really want to go to a Disney park :banana::banana::banana: Okay, a bad day at work might have helped the wish to just be somewhere else...

lovealldisney
02-24-2012, 06:13 AM
"Oh, I want to go to Eurodisneyland too" THAT was the first time ever he said he would really want to go to a Disney park


:thumbsup2


Ummm yeah Katharina is right we are all waiting ...... No pressure or anything.....:rolleyes1

tiggrbaby
02-24-2012, 04:37 PM
When I told my DH tonight about a close friend who is planning a trip to Paris and DLP, he said in a kind of jealous voice "Oh, I want to go to Eurodisneyland too" THAT was the first time ever he said he would really want to go to a Disney park :banana::banana::banana: Okay, a bad day at work might have helped the wish to just be somewhere else...

RUN with it!!!! book now before he changes his mind!

brookelizabeth
02-24-2012, 04:56 PM
Hi there, I just wanted to remind a certain someone that there still is a TR to write :)
And I wanted to share with you that I had to mark today in our calendar (we do that when one of us does or says something very much contrary to what he or she did or said before). When I told my DH tonight about a close friend who is planning a trip to Paris and DLP, he said in a kind of jealous voice "Oh, I want to go to Eurodisneyland too" THAT was the first time ever he said he would really want to go to a Disney park :banana::banana::banana: Okay, a bad day at work might have helped the wish to just be somewhere else...

So what are your dates and which hotel are you staying in? :goodvibes

nodnol
02-26-2012, 04:35 AM
RUN with it!!!! book now before he changes his mind!

So what are your dates and which hotel are you staying in? :goodvibes

:lmao: Well, we already have a plan - but very much in the future. We plan to go to France 2013 in the summer, to Normandy and Bretagne with a stop at DLP.

englishrose47
02-26-2012, 10:03 PM
:lmao: Well, we already have a plan - but very much in the future. We plan to go to France 2013 in the summer, to Normandy and Bretagne with a stop at DLP.

Of Course you have a plan Katarina , you are a Disser :rotfl2::rotfl2:

aadaneboy
02-27-2012, 12:20 AM
Just joined your TR.....haven't started reading yet, but was curious-and this may be totally CRAZY--but you look very familiar...did we go to school in Danmark together back in 89-90?

if so, please PM me!!!



Todd

nodnol
02-27-2012, 02:51 AM
Just joined your TR.....haven't started reading yet, but was curious-and this may be totally CRAZY--but you look very familiar...did we go to school in Danmark together back in 89-90?

if so, please PM me!!!



Todd

Hi Todd!

aadaneboy
02-27-2012, 03:11 AM
Hi Todd!

Hi Katharina! It truly is a small world if we can be reconnected after 20 years on the Disboards! And it was you, not Magdalene, that I recognized right away! (well hoped it was you! :yay:)


Todd

nodnol
02-27-2012, 05:49 AM
Hi Katharina! It truly is a small world if we can be reconnected after 20 years on the Disboards! And it was you, not Magdalene, that I recognized right away! (well hoped it was you! :yay:)


I guess I should have a look at our pictures from that trip to the US, I can't imagine I still look like I did then :)

marvali
02-27-2012, 06:06 AM
Hi there, I just wanted to remind a certain someone that there still is a TR to write :)
And I wanted to share with you that I had to mark today in our calendar (we do that when one of us does or says something very much contrary to what he or she did or said before). When I told my DH tonight about a close friend who is planning a trip to Paris and DLP, he said in a kind of jealous voice "Oh, I want to go to Eurodisneyland too" THAT was the first time ever he said he would really want to go to a Disney park :banana::banana::banana: Okay, a bad day at work might have helped the wish to just be somewhere else...Hi ladies! You both have been very quiet lately on email and the DIS, so you must both still be very busy!

Katharina, such great news on the DLP trip and hubby! I know you are excited that he is finally coming around! :goodvibes

lovealldisney
03-13-2012, 08:52 AM
Hello??? Anyone there???? Hope everything is alright??? We miss you ......:guilty:

brookelizabeth
04-19-2012, 08:33 PM
:lmao: Well, we already have a plan - but very much in the future. We plan to go to France 2013 in the summer, to Normandy and Bretagne with a stop at DLP.

Sounds LOVELY! We hope to be there, and in Germany eating brats and pretzels with you and Magdalene, in 2014. It will be a multi-country trip hopefully!

I hope you are both doing well! :goodvibes

Poolrat
04-28-2012, 09:02 AM
Hope all is good but just busy..... :goodvibes

englishrose47
04-28-2012, 09:34 AM
Hope all is good but just busy..... :goodvibes

Me too!!!

Flossbolna
04-29-2012, 09:58 AM
Hi everyone, I am just busy - and mainly with good stuff. Like right now I am packing because I am going away on vacation!! :woohoo:

englishrose47
04-29-2012, 11:45 AM
Hi everyone, I am just busy - and mainly with good stuff. Like right now I am packing because I am going away on vacation!! :woohoo:

Glad you are okay !!Enjoy your vacation Details PLEEEEESE!!!

NoOrdinaryPrincess
04-29-2012, 11:48 AM
I just read your entire TR. Joining in, can't wait for more!

tiggrbaby
04-29-2012, 04:47 PM
Hi everyone, I am just busy - and mainly with good stuff. Like right now I am packing because I am going away on vacation!! :woohoo:
Have safe and magical travels!

glennbo123
04-29-2012, 06:54 PM
Hi everyone, I am just busy - and mainly with good stuff. Like right now I am packing because I am going away on vacation!! :woohoo:

Have a great time Magdalene! Check back in here when you can. :)

brookelizabeth
04-30-2012, 07:45 AM
Hi everyone, I am just busy - and mainly with good stuff. Like right now I am packing because I am going away on vacation!! :woohoo:

Have a fantastic time!!!

Flossbolna
06-10-2012, 01:00 PM
Ok, it has been ages, but I think I should not just leave this sitting here... There are still a few things that I want to talk about and I certainly want to finish the report about our day at Universal! But, first replies:

Your Universal updates are getting the boys really excited for a visit! :banana:

Thanks a whole lot! :confused3 :rotfl:

So, are you going to Universal?? I know that we talked about and I am afraid that I forgot. I know Glenn and family are going.

Also, I just noticed your ticker says 0 days until your trip - are you at WDW now??? :confused:

You had a great experience. Low crowds in the AM and then going back later in the afternoon for another low crowd time.

I may have to add some Universal/ IoA time soon. :scratchin:

I think you would love Universal/IoA. I have heard wonderful things about the nighttime show they added at Universal for the summer, so that would be an additional incentive to go there. Also, I think you like your thrills and those parks certainly deliver on them...

LOVE the pictures of Honey Dukes! I think I would spend a fortune there! Nice update and I was thinking you would eventually get rain :sad1:

Got your email and will reply post haste ;)

Yes, it was really difficult not to spend too much at Honey Dukes, there were so many cute things. But then I did not want too much candy which I would end up eating... And knowing that you have to transport it all back to another continent is also a good way to not go crazy...

But I think in the end both Katharina and I spent more money at Universal on souvenirs in that one day than we did at WDW during the rest of the trip.

Flossbolna
06-10-2012, 01:18 PM
Okay, now that I've finally finished my New Years TR I guess I should get on to my other two trips last year. I don't want you finishing this one before I can post about at least some of the common parts of our trip! :guilty: I already let jenbear get ahead of me on hers.......... :lmao:

Hmmm, I was going to say at the rate of my speed over the last months, you are not in danger of me finishing before you. But then you weren't the fastest writer either... :rolleyes1;)

Better safe than sorry. Still, given the stories I've heard about the crowds, it's amazing you had such a great experience!

And I admit it: the puking guy in the window made me laugh. :rotfl:

It seems that crowds really vary at Universal. I have read the board for Universal here on the DIS quite a lot before the trip and it seems that in the off season you can get days nearly as empty as ours regularly during the week. Also Sundays are supposed to be pretty good. And the common tip is to do WWoHP last as everyone goes there first when they arrive and it then empties out towards the evening.

The puking guy was hilarious! :lmao:

Fun update! How magical really, with the low crowds, just wonderful that you were able to go back and experience so much.

There are other refreshments though...pumpkin juice...hog's head red and a slew of other things on tap, beer wise. Interesting tidbit. Apparently when the Hogs Head opened, they had a full bar. People apparently imbibed too much or overstayed their welcome so they got rid of all the bar stools (looks like they've since come back in your picture but there were none there when we went) and changed it to beer (and I assume wine) only as the alchoholic offerings.

We truly had a fantastic time at WWoHP due to the non existing crowds!

Interesting what you say about the Hogs Head. Maybe the other drinks will return at some point, like the bar stools did? I think there is a great opportunity for fun creations of mixed drinks! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
06-10-2012, 01:25 PM
I am still here and reading along! I had slowly caught up over the past few weeks, reading when I could. :goodvibes Loving your Universal/IoA report! I really want to try this park sometime soon, I know Henry would adore the Dr. Suess area.

Hope you get to go there soon! I am sure that Henry would love Dr Seuss. There is also a ride in the Jurassic Park section that is only for kids which sounds very cute. You actually need to bring a kid along to be allowed to go on it as an adult.


:laughing: This isn't all that uncommon of a sight here in Queens! It usually isn't that much stuff, but I can think of 3 locations, right off the top of my head, that I walk past often with stuff chained to a pole. A grocery cart in one of them, and a stroller in another! The other one is just a bunch of junk. It's a homeless persons' stuff, and they want to keep what they do have as safe as they can. Kinda sad... but interesting that Universal has it as part of their theming! I do wonder if that is there all year long...:confused3

I still don't know whether it is for Halloween Horror Nights or permanent... Thanks for the explanation that it is actually not totally out of the extraordinary. :thumbsup2


Thanks for the great thought on IoA. It would definitely be a "conflicted" trip - both of my boys would be absolutely gung-ho to get on every ride ... so would I ... so would Jamie ... but my daughter would be a "no" to a LOT of them. So we'd definitely end up with some "juggling" on our hands. I'm going to check-out Cynthia's experience ... thanks for the referral.

Glad that you are enjoying the pictures! So, have you made up your mind whether to take the family there or not? I guess it can always wait a few years. The older the kids get, the more likely they will enjoy all the thrill rides.

Wow, looks like a lot of fun! I can't wait to visit!

Thanks for all of your pictures and posts.

Yes it is lots of fun - and now your trip is just around the corner!! I am really looking forward to hearing your thoughts about it! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
06-10-2012, 01:31 PM
Hello??? Anyone there???? Hope everything is alright??? We miss you ......:guilty:

I am here!!! :yay:

Sounds LOVELY! We hope to be there, and in Germany eating brats and pretzels with you and Magdalene, in 2014. It will be a multi-country trip hopefully!

I hope you are both doing well! :goodvibes

I am really looking forward to your trip to Europe!! I just had two friends from the US visiting here and it is always great to be able to help people visiting Germany! Be sure to get in touch once you start planning, I can certainly help with coming up with an itinerary that makes sense (as in seeing interesting stuff without tiring yourself out).

I just read your entire TR. Joining in, can't wait for more!

:welcome: Great to have your here. Unfortunately you signed up when things were very slow, but I hope to get the speed up now again! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
06-10-2012, 01:35 PM
Glad you are okay !!Enjoy your vacation Details PLEEEEESE!!!

Have safe and magical travels!

Have a great time Magdalene! Check back in here when you can. :)

Have a fantastic time!!!

Thanks for the good wishes! The trip was great. Getting back into normal life was a bit hard, especially since I started with a stomach bug... :sick:

But now summer has started (even though the weather is a mixed bag here) and I think before the trip is one year ago, I really should get this TR here finished!

Flossbolna
06-10-2012, 01:38 PM
The last update ended with us spending the time before park closing enjoying a deserted WWoHP...

And then when we left it started to sprinkle again and then it changed over into rain. It still wasn't 7pm, but we decided that we still wanted to have another look at the Christmas shop so, headed back to the Port of Entry in the rain...

There I got a huge shock because the one ornament I had really liked had sold out. But luckily, I found another very cute one. It was really cute on my tree last Christmas!

And then it was time to leave the park. However, that still wasn't the end of our Universal day. We still had a dinner planned at Tchoup Chop at the Royal Pacific Resort – one of Universal's resorts themed of South Pacific Islands.

But first we had to get there. We had retrieved our bags with our change of clothes from the lockers at the entrance and by now it was park closing, so a lot of people were coming out of the park, but it was also raining very heavily. I knew that we could walk and we had seen the start of the foot path this morning. It was also rather warm still. But it was definitely pretty wet. We also knew that we could take a boat (with a roof) to take us to RPR and we kind of knew where the boat would leave from. We kind of guessed that quite a few people would want to get on the boat... So – we decided to brave it and walk through the rain. We knew that we would get into our nicer (and dry) clothes at RPR anyway before dinner. So we took our umbrellas and walked along a very lovely path. At one point we met a very lonely guard (the bag check point for those coming from RPR) and he told us that it wasn't very far to the hotel. And it really wasn't. It would have been a beautiful walk if it hadn't been so wet. But even in the rain it wasn't too bad.

We did feel a bit awkward to walk into the lobby dripping wet, but immediately disappeared into the ladies room and when we reappeared we did look much more appropriate for the lovely hotel!

Up Next: Dinner at Tchoup Chop

lovealldisney
06-11-2012, 06:25 AM
Hi Magdalene!

Glad to see you posting again... :) Bummer about the rain it's no fun when you're on vacation. Looking forward to your restuarant review.

nodnol
06-12-2012, 02:24 AM
I'm so glad you decided to finish the report. It is now so lang ago, I have the feeling I don't remember very much and I'm quite anxious to read the report and what YOU remember!

nodnol
06-12-2012, 02:25 AM
And you have to update your signature....

lovealldisney
06-12-2012, 06:06 AM
And you have to update your signature....

Oh another trip planned??? Hi Katharina.... :wave2:

eandesmom
06-12-2012, 09:23 AM
So we took our umbrellas and walked along a very lovely path. At one point we met a very lonely guard (the bag check point for those coming from RPR) and he told us that it wasn't very far to the hotel. And it really wasn't. It would have been a beautiful walk if it hadn't been so wet. But even in the rain it wasn't too bad.

We did feel a bit awkward to walk into the lobby dripping wet, but immediately disappeared into the ladies room and when we reappeared we did look much more appropriate for the lovely hotel!

Up Next: Dinner at Tchoup Chop

At least you had dry clothes! We had a similar walk ourselves to go eat at Jakes and poured into the RPH soaked. Cleaned up in the restrooms as best we could and...oh well! Next time it happened we did take one of those pedicabs, it was worth it.

It is a pretty walk though.

So glad you are finishing this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And that you found an alternate ornament that worked.

glennbo123
06-12-2012, 11:47 AM
It's great to see you on the DIS again Magdalene (and Katharina).

Sometimes getting caught in a rainstorm can make for a memorable vacation moment.

Yes, is there a new trip announcement coming up?

Flossbolna
06-12-2012, 01:22 PM
Hi Magdalene!

Glad to see you posting again... :) Bummer about the rain it's no fun when you're on vacation. Looking forward to your restuarant review.

It was a very memorable moment!

And the restaurant review is coming in a moment! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
06-12-2012, 01:24 PM
I'm so glad you decided to finish the report. It is now so lang ago, I have the feeling I don't remember very much and I'm quite anxious to read the report and what YOU remember!

:lmao:

Well, fortunately most of this has already been written long time ago - I just never got around to post it... :confused3 But we will see what I remember about the rest of the topics I wanted to cover! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
06-12-2012, 01:28 PM
And you have to update your signature....

Oh another trip planned??? Hi Katharina.... :wave2:

It's great to see you on the DIS again Magdalene (and Katharina).

Sometimes getting caught in a rainstorm can make for a memorable vacation moment.

Yes, is there a new trip announcement coming up?

Katharina, you made those people all excited about nothing!!!

It is a past trip - and I have added it to my signature: look for the 2012...

I have tentative plans for my next Disney trip - for late spring 2013. My plans for Disneyland this fall seem not to become reality as a big work projects will need lots of attention in the fall. But, to make up for it, my plans for spring 2013 might include a cruise. :boat:

Flossbolna
06-12-2012, 01:30 PM
At least you had dry clothes! We had a similar walk ourselves to go eat at Jakes and poured into the RPH soaked. Cleaned up in the restrooms as best we could and...oh well! Next time it happened we did take one of those pedicabs, it was worth it.

It is a pretty walk though.

So glad you are finishing this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And that you found an alternate ornament that worked.

It is a very pretty walk. Made me want to stay at one of the Universal resorts next time. We did not see any pedicab around - I remember reading about them on your TR and if I had seen them, I would have suggested to take it.

I should get a picture of the ornament...

Captain_Oblivious
06-12-2012, 01:32 PM
Hey, look! Magdalene and Katharina are back! Drinks all around! :drinking1

Sorry you missed out on your Christmas ornament. And some more pictures of you looking like a drowned rat would have been helpful. :rotfl2:

Ooh, a possible cruise! Is that your first?

Great to see you here again!

Flossbolna
06-12-2012, 02:07 PM
Hey, look! Magdalene and Katharina are back! Drinks all around! :drinking1

Sorry you missed out on your Christmas ornament. And some more pictures of you looking like a drowned rat would have been helpful. :rotfl2:

Ooh, a possible cruise! Is that your first?

Great to see you here again!

I haven't really been away, just not posting much... :rolleyes1

I am now very happy with the alternative ornament I got, I really need to get it out to take a picture for this TR! And no way would we have wanted pictures of us all wet!!!! :scared1:

The cruise would be my first! Ever! Not only on Disney. The longest I have been on a ship was when we took the ferry from Hamburg, Germany to Harwich, UK - a route which no longer is serviced. We departed in the late afternoon and arrived late morning. So I did get to sleep on the ship! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
06-12-2012, 02:11 PM
RPR has a similar theme as the Polynesian and it is very nicely themed. But it is a bit more formal, I would say more “colonial” also. I really liked the look of it. There are several seating areas in the lobby and it had a welcoming feel for me.

We were very early for our reservation and were also meeting some friends of mine whom I got to know through another discussion board for dinner. So we sat in the lobby for a bit to wait for them. While we were sitting there a manager came to talk to us and asked us whether we were enjoying our stay at the hotel. We told him that we were there just for dinner and talked a bit with him about the hotel. He was really very nice and definitely very proud of his hotel.

Then it was time for dinner and our friends showed up. Since they had a car, they offered to take us back to the Boardwalk after the meal and one of them was so nice to take our huge shopping bags filled with Universal merchandise as well as our wet clothes out to their car! Very convenient!!

One thing that was a bit strange about the layout of the hotel was that in order to get to Tchoup Chop we had to go down some stairs and somehow to me it felt like we were going down into the basement. We had to exit the building there and then walk alongside the pool to get to Tchoup Chop. I was wondering why they were hiding the restaurant away. But then you go downstairs from the lobby for Boma and Jiko as AKL as well. And I was thinking that in daylight I might be less confused about the layout...

We had an excellent meal at Tchoup Chop, which has a wonderful atmosphere. Sorry, I did not take any pictures during dinner, it just did not seem to fit. Also it is rather dark inside and any picture would have required flash. But here is one I borrowed from the DIS to show how beautiful it is:

http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/1071/Royal_Pacific_-_56.jpg

I was very impressed that our server asked when he brought the “bread” basket – which was filled with prawn crackers - whether anyone at the table was allergic to shellfish. I hadn't seen the basket and said yes and then realised that he was about to disappear with the basket. I did not want Katharina and the others to miss out on the crackers because of me and immediately told him that I would have no trouble with the basket standing on the table, I just would not eat them. And he said that he would bring an alternative for me. And he did, it was freshly fried wan tan dough platters (that's the best I can explain it) with a different dipping sauce than what came with the prawn crackers. I thought that this was really excellent!

Katharina and I shared an appetizer: Mongolian Glazed Slow Roasted Pork Belly in Chinese Style Steamed Buns with Spicy Napa Slaw. This was very delicious! Rather sweet and we were a bit surprised that the meat was not inside the buns, but it was more served like rolled up in pancakes, but a slice of bun instead of a pancake. The friends shared the baby iceberg wedge salad which they had on a previous visit. They loved it again.

I then had Ginger Brined Pork Tenderloin with Savory Sesame French Toast and Mandarin Chili Glaze. Once again, slightly sweet tasting (especially the french toast). I was at first not so sure what to expect of the french toast, but it was extremely delicious and went very well with the pork. I love the pork tenderloin at California Grill, but this was at least equally good, even though totally different.

Katharina had something with sweet potatoes, but I am not sure what it was. It might have been Pan Roasted Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with a Sweet Potato Gratin, Summer Stone Fruit Chutney and Umeboshi Plum Glaze. ETA: Katharina says she had a lamb dish, not the duck. This has also been confirmed by one of the friends. But I am sure that the side was sweet potatoes!

One of the friends had the same pork dish as I and the other a chicken dish. Once again they ordered exactly the same as on their previous visit as they liked it so much then. And it did not disappoint them this time either!

I forgot to mention that at the beginning of the meal one of our servers had asked whether we are celebrating anything. I am not sure whether it was a standard question or whether it was due to the fact that I was carrying a gift bag which the friends had given to me (which had a lovely WDW mug in it in a design that fits very well with a Minnie mug that I bought on a previous visit). I was about to say no when one of the friends (who knew that the trip was originally a birthday trip - see title of the TR) was quicker and announced that we were celebrating my birthday. I had forgotten all about it until at the end of the meal I was suddenly presented with a birthday dessert: a scoop of mago sorbet which was absolutely delicious and was just the right thing to end the delicious meal!

One of the friends ordered dessert as well and while I have no idea anymore what it was, I was told that it was great.

All in all it was an excellent meal with wonderful company and a great way to end our day at Universal.

Foodwise it certainly was in the top three restaurants of this trip, the other two being California Grill and Flying Fish. But if you take value for money into account, it is the clear winner. Our appetizer was $9 and my pork was $24.50. The pork at California Grill is $37. So I really can recommend Tchoup Chop as a signature dining experience for prices as you would pay at a casual restaurant at WDW.

And maybe the best thing was that we had our own private transportation back to the Boardwalk thanks to our friends and did not have to worry about booking the shuttle return time and walk from the hotel all the way through Universal Citywalk to the parking garage.

nodnol
06-12-2012, 02:58 PM
But here is one I borrowed from the DIS to show how beautiful it is:

http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/1071/Royal_Pacific_-_56.jpg


It doesn't feel like a swimming pool inside, even if it looks like one on this picture.

Katharina had something with sweet potatoes, but I am not sure what it was. It might have been Pan Roasted Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with a Sweet Potato Gratin, Summer Stone Fruit Chutney and Umeboshi Plum Glaze.


All I remember is that I had lamb and that it was very good.

nodnol
06-12-2012, 02:59 PM
Katharina, you made those people all excited about nothing!!!


Sorry, it didn't cross my mind that people could read it like this...

Flossbolna
06-12-2012, 03:02 PM
Sorry, it didn't cross my mind that people could read it like this...

Well, there are some tentative plans that I did talk about... So I hope they were not all disappointed :goodvibes

nodnol
06-12-2012, 03:50 PM
Well, maybe I can keep them entertained with my travel plans for the summer?

Let me tell you that I am very very excited for my summer vacation! :banana::banana::banana:

It will be the first time that I'll be traveling to the US with my DH and the first time for 20 years that he'll meet his host family where he stayed as an exchange student. And that's the reason why we'll fly to Louisville, KY and rent a car and explore Kentucky - but only for 5 days. Then we'll head further West (by plane) to Las Vegas and go on our first road trip outside of Europe: we'll see Valley of Fire, Hoover Damm (don't ask me why, DH picked it), Monument Valley, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Wendover, Ut (again, DH's pick), Great Basin NP, ghost towns and fly back to Germany from San Francisco after visiting with my aunt who lives in California.

This of course is only a very short version of our plans and there is still a lot of things to do and plan, but I just wanted to share my excitement! I'm counting the days and wish nearly every morning that I could stay at home a prepare for the trip instead of going to work...

Oh, and any tips of who to cope with change from 89% humidity in KY to nearly zero in NV?

eandesmom
06-12-2012, 04:52 PM
What a great restaurant update! Now I want to eat there on our next Universal trip. Not that I know when that is but that restaurant is now officially on my list! Great description of RPH. I actually prefer the decor to the Poly and I think you hit the nail on the head with the "formal"a dn "colonial" comments.

Well, maybe I can keep them entertained with my travel plans for the summer?

Let me tell you that I am very very excited for my summer vacation! :banana::banana::banana:

It will be the first time that I'll be traveling to the US with my DH and the first time for 20 years that he'll meet his host family where he stayed as an exchange student. And that's the reason why we'll fly to Louisville, KY and rent a car and explore Kentucky - but only for 5 days. Then we'll head further West (by plane) to Las Vegas and go on our first road trip outside of Europe: we'll see Valley of Fire, Hoover Damm (don't ask me why, DH picked it), Monument Valley, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Wendover, Ut (again, DH's pick), Great Basin NP, ghost towns and fly back to Germany from San Francisco after visiting with my aunt who lives in California.

This of course is only a very short version of our plans and there is still a lot of things to do and plan, but I just wanted to share my excitement! I'm counting the days and wish nearly every morning that I could stay at home a prepare for the trip instead of going to work...

Oh, and any tips of who to cope with change from 89% humidity in KY to nearly zero in NV?

I am tired just reading all that. That is a very busy trip full of some beautiful places. As for NV just watch your feet! That lack of humidity makes it super easy for me to get blisters. And of course, drink lots and lots of water.

Flossbolna
06-13-2012, 06:20 AM
All I remember is that I had lamb and that it was very good.

Yes, on of the friends mentioned after reading the update that you had lamb as well. I edited the update to correct that.

The friends also said that I left out that one of them had dessert which was delicious. And that reminded me that I indeed did get a special dessert as well! I need to add that to the post above...

Flossbolna
06-13-2012, 06:28 AM
The friends also said that I left out that one of them had dessert which was delicious. And that reminded me that I indeed did get a special dessert as well! I need to add that to the post above...

Ok, for everyone that already read the update: I just added two paragraphs and in order to save you to have to go back, here they are:

I forgot to mention that at the beginning of the meal one of our servers had asked whether we are celebrating anything. I am not sure whether it was a standard question or whether it was due to the fact that I was carrying a gift bag which the friends had given to me (which had a lovely WDW mug in it in a design that fits very well with a Minnie mug that I bought on a previous visit). I was about to say no when one of the friends (who knew that the trip was originally a birthday trip - see title of the TR) was quicker and announced that we were celebrating my birthday. I had forgotten all about it until at the end of the meal I was suddenly presented with a birthday dessert: a scoop of mago sorbet which was absolutely delicious and was just the right thing to end the delicious meal!

One of the friends ordered dessert as well and while I have no idea anymore what it was, I was told that it was great.

Flossbolna
06-13-2012, 06:32 AM
What a great restaurant update! Now I want to eat there on our next Universal trip. Not that I know when that is but that restaurant is now officially on my list! Great description of RPH. I actually prefer the decor to the Poly and I think you hit the nail on the head with the "formal"a dn "colonial" comments.


I really loved the whole evening there! And I think you would really like Tchoup Chop. I will talk about it in another update, but I can tell you, that RPH is definitely on my list of possibilities for my next trip (if I include Universal, am also seriously thinking about doing Discovery Cove, Sea World and Aquatica next trip and I don't want to overdo it with all kind of different parks either...).

lovealldisney
06-13-2012, 07:52 AM
Well, maybe I can keep them entertained with my travel plans for the summer?

Let me tell you that I am very very excited for my summer vacation! :banana::banana::banana:

It will be the first time that I'll be traveling to the US with my DH and the first time for 20 years that he'll meet his host family where he stayed as an exchange student. And that's the reason why we'll fly to Louisville, KY and rent a car and explore Kentucky - but only for 5 days. Then we'll head further West (by plane) to Las Vegas and go on our first road trip outside of Europe: we'll see Valley of Fire, Hoover Damm (don't ask me why, DH picked it), Monument Valley, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Wendover, Ut (again, DH's pick), Great Basin NP, ghost towns and fly back to Germany from San Francisco after visiting with my aunt who lives in California.

This of course is only a very short version of our plans and there is still a lot of things to do and plan, but I just wanted to share my excitement! I'm counting the days and wish nearly every morning that I could stay at home a prepare for the trip instead of going to work...

Oh, and any tips of who to cope with change from 89% humidity in KY to nearly zero in NV?


So excited for you two!! I hope you have an amazing time... Maybe you'll do a TR when you get back???? :)

Magadalene,

Loved the review sound delishous...

I have tentative plans for my next Disney trip - for late spring 2013. My plans for Disneyland this fall seem not to become reality as a big work projects will need lots of attention in the fall. But, to make up for it, my plans for spring 2013 might include a cruise.

Bummer about DL lets hope your plans for 2013 work out :thumbsup2 A cruise sounds really nice. I could never get DH on a cruise he HATES water (well he does bath LOL..:lmao:) but hates swimming etc..

I unfortunatly have to wait for vacation until 2014... but oh what a vacation that will be...:hyper: I am planning for 3 weeks hopefully things will work out as planned...

Flossbolna
06-13-2012, 02:18 PM
Bummer about DL lets hope your plans for 2013 work out :thumbsup2 A cruise sounds really nice. I could never get DH on a cruise he HATES water (well he does bath LOL..:lmao:) but hates swimming etc..

I unfortunatly have to wait for vacation until 2014... but oh what a vacation that will be...:hyper: I am planning for 3 weeks hopefully things will work out as planned...

Oh, I really am a fish and love being in the water! There is something about a cruise that freaks me out a little - that you can't get off that ship whenever you want etc. But then, on a plane it is even worse and I have survived 12 hour plane trips - so a few days on sea should not be such a problem!! :lmao:

Three weeks sound great for your plans! I am really looking forward to talking to you about all kind of plans once the trip comes closer. I think Brook is planning her trip to Europe for 2014 as well.

nodnol
06-13-2012, 02:42 PM
I am tired just reading all that. That is a very busy trip full of some beautiful places. As for NV just watch your feet! That lack of humidity makes it super easy for me to get blisters. And of course, drink lots and lots of water.

Yes, I guess we'll be tired, too. But we have been waiting for this trip for such a long time. And believe me the list of places I had to take off the itinerary is very long...

Yes, on of the friends mentioned after reading the update that you had lamb as well. I edited the update to correct that.


The are reading this :scared1:
I think we remember it because a rabbit was mentioned because of the lamb.

nodnol
06-13-2012, 02:43 PM
So excited for you two!! I hope you have an amazing time... Maybe you'll do a TR when you get back???? :)


I'm not so sure about a report, but we'll definitely have lots of pictures...

Captain_Oblivious
06-13-2012, 02:46 PM
Sounds like a great meal with great service! And good work by your friends...

Happy Un-birthday! :thumbsup2:rotfl2:

Flossbolna
06-13-2012, 02:55 PM
The are reading this :scared1:
I think we remember it because a rabbit was mentioned because of the lamb.

Ah - this explains it why you all remember it. The rabbit story wasn't new for me, so not so memorable...

Yes, I sent them the link. They supposedly liked what I wrote, but complained about the lack of food pictures. :goodvibes

Flossbolna
06-13-2012, 02:57 PM
Sounds like a great meal with great service! And good work by your friends...

Happy Un-birthday! :thumbsup2:rotfl2:

Thanks! I really like Un-birthdays, they come around so regularly! ;)

The meal was all around perfect - definitely one of the best meals that trip.

lovealldisney
06-14-2012, 06:07 AM
I'm not so sure about a report, but we'll definitely have lots of pictures...


I'll take pictures! Love pictures as you well know. :goodvibes I hope you will post some????

lovealldisney
06-14-2012, 06:17 AM
Oh, I really am a fish and love being in the water! There is something about a cruise that freaks me out a little - that you can't get off that ship whenever you want etc. But then, on a plane it is even worse and I have survived 12 hour plane trips - so a few days on sea should not be such a problem!! :lmao:

Three weeks sound great for your plans! I am really looking forward to talking to you about all kind of plans once the trip comes closer. I think Brook is planning her trip to Europe for 2014 as well.

I love swimming too. My parents had a pool growing up so we were the "IT" house of the neighborhood! I swam everyday in summer.... When I think about my hair it must have been a dried out horrible mess from all the chlorine! :lmao:

Is Brook planning her trip over summer? Maybe a DIS meet is in order...We're shooting for July it's a good time for me to go it's right after fiscal year end at work so things are pretty slow. The problem is DH hoping he can get off that length of time, I don't see it being a problem with how long he's been at his job. But because its summer that's is the cities busiest time... kids out of school getting into mischeif...etc...


I think I would be a little freaked to on a ship.. but not for long I think there are plenty of things do to that would distract you.

podsnel
06-14-2012, 07:50 AM
Tchoup Chop looked amazing! I need to go there sometime when it's just Pods & Me. :goodvibes

Flossbolna
06-17-2012, 11:30 AM
Tchoup Chop looked amazing! I need to go there sometime when it's just Pods & Me. :goodvibes

I think you would really love it! It truly was a wonderful place! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
06-17-2012, 11:39 AM
So, what was my general impression with Universal and will I return?

Yes, I definitely plan to return and I hope that I will be able to arrange it so that I get to stay one of the Universal resorts for my time at Universal. And I definitely want to spend more than one day there.

It wasn't a cheap day out of our trip, but I feel that it was definitely worth it. It is possible to get an idea what those parks are about within one day, especially since park hopping is so easy as the parks are so close to each other. We were lucky because it was so uncrowded, but even with more crowds I feel we would have been able to at least see the highlights. Really heavy summer crowds might be more of an issue though. Overall, I feel like the money was very well spent and it was a wonderful special feature for our Disney trip. If you wonder whether it would be worth it, my recommendation would be to try it!

There was a lot that I really enjoyed at Universal. Some fantastic attractions which really surprised me with how much I liked them despite not being interested in the movies they are about – Spiderman, The Mummy, Jaws. The whole of Wizarding Word of Harry Potter is just incredible and I am really looking forward to the expansions they are already planning for it.

The parks had much more detail than I expected and showed a lot of great theming – at least in many areas. There were also areas which looked a bit tacky and cheap.

One thing I did not like at all was how many stands there were with “carnival type games” where you could win prices. It did fit in in Amity which had a “4th of July fair” theme. So they did fit in there – like they fit in in Dinorama at the AK (even though I am not a huge fan of them there either)

Another thing that I did not enjoy was the noise level. There is a lot of music playing everywhere and often it is rather loud. Like around the Hulk.

I did not find any difference between Universal's Team Members and Disney's Cast Members. I didn't have any bad experiences this past trip at either place and most people we encountered at Universal were extremely nice and friendly. It was wonderful to see how excited the Team Members at Honeydukes were about their new products. The short talk with the manager at the Royal Pacific Resort did impress me and the service at dinner was excellent, at lunch not so much. I often have read comments how exemplary Disney's service levels are – on my one day I could not see that Universal was any less good at service than Disney.

One strange thing however was how the Team Members at the end of every ride encouraged you to clap before you got off the ride. The first few rides I thought that this was fun, but after a while it did get a bit tired and felt a bit forced...

In the end I left being extremely impressed and wanting to return. But somehow it still isn't the resort which makes me want to travel across the Atlantic. Walt Disney World has a stronger appeal to me, maybe because it offers more themes which I can love. As I said, Marvel Super Heroes or films like The Mummy aren't really my cup of tea, so I feel less inclined to travel to a theme park for them, even though they have fantastic attractions. But I think WWoHP has been a fantastic addition and if Universal is continuing to move more into that direction, it will only appeal more to me in the future. I also think that WDW feels more like a destination in itself with more parks and more hotels. But I did really enjoy the very compact layout of Universal (did I mention that you can park hop without having to go through bag check again... Yes, I thought I might have done so before...).

But Universal in combination with WDW definitely makes me want to come back to Orlando more than WDW would on its own at the moment. It was the first time I ventured out of the Disney bubble in Orlando (I have visited other parts of Florida though on previous trips) and I think I will continue to add other adventures to my WDW vacations. Sea World is opening new additions this year and next year, I have never been to the Kennedy Space Center etc. There is lots to do besides Disney and I am really looking forward to explore it!

eandesmom
06-17-2012, 02:28 PM
I think it's wonderful you want to maybe have a night or 2 at a US resort, it really does add to the experience. Great summary!!!!

tiggrbaby
06-17-2012, 03:29 PM
Lovely report!
Thanks for sharing!

jenb1023
06-19-2012, 01:39 PM
Great wrap-up report on Universal!

We stayed at Royal Pacific for two nights in 2011 and thought it was very nice! We did not have as many nice things to say about the cast members and customer service - the service wasn't bad but there seemed to be a lack of people when you needed help and if you found someone to ask a question they often didn't know the answer. However, the theming in IOA was much better than I expected!

brookelizabeth
06-26-2012, 03:07 PM
I have tentative plans for my next Disney trip - for late spring 2013. My plans for Disneyland this fall seem not to become reality as a big work projects will need lots of attention in the fall. But, to make up for it, my plans for spring 2013 might include a cruise. :boat:

:banana: Sounds very exciting!!!

I knew you were in Disneyland right? My brain is MUSH this past month with being so busy between going on our cruise (amazing!) and now moving, I have to write down everything it seems-my brain is on overload! Are you going to share any highlights? :goodvibes

Well, maybe I can keep them entertained with my travel plans for the summer?

Let me tell you that I am very very excited for my summer vacation! :banana::banana::banana:

It will be the first time that I'll be traveling to the US with my DH and the first time for 20 years that he'll meet his host family where he stayed as an exchange student. And that's the reason why we'll fly to Louisville, KY and rent a car and explore Kentucky - but only for 5 days. Then we'll head further West (by plane) to Las Vegas and go on our first road trip outside of Europe: we'll see Valley of Fire, Hoover Damm (don't ask me why, DH picked it), Monument Valley, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Wendover, Ut (again, DH's pick), Great Basin NP, ghost towns and fly back to Germany from San Francisco after visiting with my aunt who lives in California.

This of course is only a very short version of our plans and there is still a lot of things to do and plan, but I just wanted to share my excitement! I'm counting the days and wish nearly every morning that I could stay at home a prepare for the trip instead of going to work...

Oh, and any tips of who to cope with change from 89% humidity in KY to nearly zero in NV?

Wow! What a trip!!! That will be exhausting, but a ton of fun!


Is Brook planning her trip over summer? Maybe a DIS meet is in order...We're shooting for July it's a good time for me to go it's right after fiscal year end at work so things are pretty slow. The problem is DH hoping he can get off that length of time, I don't see it being a problem with how long he's been at his job. But because its summer that's is the cities busiest time... kids out of school getting into mischeif...etc...

:yay: We haven't figured out ANY details yet, but I would think summer would be likely so we can have a more lengthy trip and I won't be worried about taking Henry out of school for so long. Another option might be over Easter since we get a long break here for that. I suppose I should start figuring this out, shouldn't I?! :laughing:

...and I think I will continue to add other adventures to my WDW vacations. Sea World is opening new additions this year and next year, I have never been to the Kennedy Space Center etc. There is lots to do besides Disney and I am really looking forward to explore it!

I look forward to going along on the journey with you through your TRs! I want to venture out on either our October or February trip as well, but I just don't know if it will happen. Sea World is high on my list because I know Henry would love it. Another thing I need to look into!

Kleese
07-23-2012, 03:33 PM
It's been so long I have no idea where I'm at :confused3 I guess I will have to start from the beginning,lol. I hope you both are doing great and exploring new places while the weather is nice and sunny :beach: I hope your still posting mini reports on your excursions about town!:moped: I love those the most I think ;) Anyway just popped into say hi before I start reading again :wave2: !

PracPerfPatricia
08-26-2012, 10:10 PM
Wow...A New (for me at least...:) Flossbolna trip report!

I have to go back now and read all 64 pages...unless I cheat and use the links...(which I think I may be doing...:rolleyes1

Looking forward to reading... Hope it was an awesome trip!

Flossbolna
09-14-2012, 02:13 PM
I think it's wonderful you want to maybe have a night or 2 at a US resort, it really does add to the experience. Great summary!!!!

Thanks! I am quite determined that at least one trip in the next two years will include some time at Universal. Part of me thinks it would be nice to mix it up with the Disney Parks, but then I just like it so much to be able to walk to my theme park of choice that I don't think I want to do the parking/driving thing at Universal where you can have the parks in walkable distance.

Lovely report!
Thanks for sharing!

You're welcome, I am glad that you enjoyed it!

Great wrap-up report on Universal!

We stayed at Royal Pacific for two nights in 2011 and thought it was very nice! We did not have as many nice things to say about the cast members and customer service - the service wasn't bad but there seemed to be a lack of people when you needed help and if you found someone to ask a question they often didn't know the answer. However, the theming in IOA was much better than I expected!

I was surprised by the level of theming at IoA as well, I even liked US a lot - and one of the areas that I found rather tacky (around Jaws) is gone now and from what you hear on the rumour mill, will be replaced by something exquisite!

Flossbolna
09-14-2012, 02:24 PM
:banana: Sounds very exciting!!!

I knew you were in Disneyland right? My brain is MUSH this past month with being so busy between going on our cruise (amazing!) and now moving, I have to write down everything it seems-my brain is on overload! Are you going to share any highlights? :goodvibes

I am glad that you enjoyed your cruise! And I hope your move went well - moving is always stressful.


Wow! What a trip!!! That will be exhausting, but a ton of fun!

It sounds like Katharina had a truly amazing trip! I still haven't seen the pictures as I am waiting until I visit them to see them on their tv in full quality, but everything they have told me sounds fantastic. Now I have to figure out how to get there - and go to WDW and DL - and DLP and hopefully Japan as well, soon! Why are there so many more travel destinations that are appealing than I have money and time for??? :headache:

:yay: We haven't figured out ANY details yet, but I would think summer would be likely so we can have a more lengthy trip and I won't be worried about taking Henry out of school for so long. Another option might be over Easter since we get a long break here for that. I suppose I should start figuring this out, shouldn't I?! :laughing:

I would very much suggest the summer instead of Easter as it still can be very cold around Easter - depending on where you are in Germany, you can still have snow - for example people go on skiing vacations in the Alps over Easter. In the summer you just have to be prepared for much less air conditioning than you are used to in the US. Since we don't need for most of the year, it isn't that common, even though more and more places add it. However, I don't know anyone who has air-conditioning in their private home here in Germany. I always have the impression that summer vacation starts much earlier in the US than in Germany - so if you are looking at the summer, I would suggest early summer as it is generally not so hot then - but you never know. You don't want two weeks of rain either and that can happen during the summer, too. No good weather guarantee here!

I look forward to going along on the journey with you through your TRs! I want to venture out on either our October or February trip as well, but I just don't know if it will happen. Sea World is high on my list because I know Henry would love it. Another thing I need to look into!

Yes, i really got an appetite for seeing more of Central Florida when I am there. I have friends here in Germany who spent a week in Orlando before moving on to Miami a few years ago and what they did actually sounds rather good to me: They did some shopping/pool time/exploring during the day and then returned to WDW for the evening for the fireworks (they fell in love with illuminations).

Flossbolna
09-14-2012, 02:30 PM
It's been so long I have no idea where I'm at :confused3 I guess I will have to start from the beginning,lol. I hope you both are doing great and exploring new places while the weather is nice and sunny :beach: I hope your still posting mini reports on your excursions about town!:moped: I love those the most I think ;) Anyway just popped into say hi before I start reading again :wave2: !

Well, it takes me ages to get this thing done it seems!!! But I will try to wrap up the lose ends and make into some kind of package now - will be difficult without notes and very few pictures!

Wow...A New (for me at least...:) Flossbolna trip report!

I have to go back now and read all 64 pages...unless I cheat and use the links...(which I think I may be doing...:rolleyes1

Looking forward to reading... Hope it was an awesome trip!

Hope you found something worthwhile reading and I don't mind at all if you take the links - that's what they are for!! As your see, it is a very untraditional TR!

Flossbolna
09-14-2012, 03:22 PM
Hi everyone – work has been absolutely crazy over the summer (and it won’t get any better soon, but maybe I am adjusting to it now). But I really want to finish this TR in some way at least.

In the meantime, I have put together a little update for you that is far away from Orlando. I was in Paris in August for a few days and thought I would show you some of the highlights! This first update will be Paris, the city, the next update will be a few pictures form Disneyland Paris (you did not think that I would travel to Paris and not spend some time there as well? ;-)).

Oh – and in case you wondered about the new avatar: It is from the Walt Disney Studios Paris, not because I am such a great fan of that park (it has quite some flaws!!) but because I think it makes a very nice avatar!

I had a few days in Paris and walked around a lot – I just enjoyed all the different neighbourhoods and did not concentrate so much on the big sites as I had seen those on previous trips, so this is just a rather random collection of things I found interesting:

Let’s start at the Centre Pompidou – which houses the museum of modern art as well as a large library:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09678.jpg

The museum is open until 9pm which was great for me as I spent the evening there and watched the sunset, you have a wonderful view from there. The first picture has the Eiffel Tower on the left edge.

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09697.jpg

And this is Sacre Coeur, a church on the top of Montmartre (I went there on another day):

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09710.jpg

This is kind of the contrast – the Louvre which houses all the old masters:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09656.jpg

Since I am more into modern art than old masters, I did not go in there, but I managed to get into the glass pyramide which you can see through the arch on the previous photo which also functions as the main entrance to the museum:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09667.jpg

Another interesting museum which I visited was the Musee d’Orsay which used to be a railway station and now houses lots of statues as well as paintings my the impressionists:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09739.jpg

My hotel was between the Gare de Lyon which is a very impressive railway station:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09715.jpg

and the Place de la Bastille – which now is home to this memorial:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09623.jpg

but also is the site of the Bastille, a prison, which was famously stormed during the French revolution on July 14, 1789 – stilled celebrated today as the French National Day.

One thing I fell in love with in Paris were the parks – this here is the Jardin de Luxembourg:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09795.jpg

And this is the Tuilleries:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09650.jpg

Do you see the green chairs? They are made of metal and are scattered around the parks so people can sit and relax. It was so inviting and I spent quite some time there reading and soaking up the atmosphere!

On one side of the Tuilleries was the closest I got to the Eiffel Tower on this trip:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09643.jpg

One of my walks (I had downloaded some apps with audio tours on my Iphone and those were really great for a solo traveller!) I walked around Montmartre which was very charming:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC00073.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC00069.jpg

There was an interesting market street:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC00064.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC00065.jpg

And that’s a good moment to include two other food pictures – from other places:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09812.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC00062.jpg

From the quaint streets I continued on to Sacre Coeur and suddenly met the masses of tourists I had so far avoided mainly. Since tourists are not so interesting, I only show you a close up of the church, it is quite impressive!

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC00094.jpg

Let’s continue with a few more scenes from different streets:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09770.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09820.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09801.jpg

This was a pretty door:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09761.jpg

And just around the corner was some street art:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC09769.jpg

This impressive building is the city hall:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC00107-Arbeitskopie2.jpg

And let’s end with one site which is also the site of a Disney film – Notre Dame:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/Paris%20August%202012/DSC00113.jpg

I hope you enjoyed the brief walk through Paris – as promised Disneyland Paris will follow shortly and then we will continue with the proper TR! I just felt that you needed some more pictures to make up for the long delay!

jedijill
09-14-2012, 03:42 PM
Oh, you just brought back some wonderful memories of Paris. I love it there...I could go for a fresh croissant right now!

Jill in CO

tiggrbaby
09-14-2012, 05:57 PM
Hello! Glad to know that you have been fine but busy. Thanks for the Paris pics; we spent four days there in 2000 and there are so many things I would like to see again.

podsnel
09-14-2012, 09:12 PM
Bonjour! :goodvibes Yea...that's kind of all I've got. Guess I'd better drill tyler (who is in his 4th year of Francaise- oui? :)) before I ever go- which I am planning to within..mmmm.....the next 4 years. Nothing like planning ahead. :thumbsup2

I MISS you girls! :hug::hug: So happy to see such a beautiful post from you- Such gorgeous photos, I wish i could step into them! :love:

Arrivaderci- oops- see? ya can't take me anywhere! :rotfl:

Ellen:goodvibes

englishrose47
09-14-2012, 09:52 PM
Great to have you around again Magdalena !!The tour of Paris is awesome I agree the parks are so peaceful looking !! I leaver for Universal next Thursday and in 27 days will be in Disney!!

nodnol
09-15-2012, 05:41 AM
what a nice surprise!
Did you try one of the little green balls at the patisserie? They look very interesting!

englishrose47
09-15-2012, 07:14 AM
what a nice surprise!
Did you try one of the little green balls at the patisserie? They look very interesting!

Good Morning Katarina So nice to see you again too !!!:)

glennbo123
09-15-2012, 07:59 AM
It's great to see you back on this thread Magdalene!

I had noticed your new avatar. It's really good -- you're right, perfect for an avatar.

Thanks for the pictures of Paris. They make me want to visit. I'll have to show them to Marlene.

nodnol
09-15-2012, 10:47 AM
Good Morning Katarina So nice to see you again too !!!:)

:wave2: Hi Rosie! Work is incredibly stressful for over half a year now, so I am even lurkier now than before :)

Flossbolna
09-15-2012, 03:37 PM
Oh, you just brought back some wonderful memories of Paris. I love it there...I could go for a fresh croissant right now!

Jill in CO

Oh - I could have a fresh French croissant anytime - they are just so much better there than here. I have no idea why.... I am glad that you enjoyed the pictures!

Hello! Glad to know that you have been fine but busy. Thanks for the Paris pics; we spent four days there in 2000 and there are so many things I would like to see again.

Isn't it a shame that there are far too many interesting places in the world - so difficult to decided whether to see the ones again which you have seen and loved or see new ones! :scared:

Flossbolna
09-15-2012, 03:44 PM
Bonjour! :goodvibes Yea...that's kind of all I've got. Guess I'd better drill tyler (who is in his 4th year of Francaise- oui? :)) before I ever go- which I am planning to within..mmmm.....the next 4 years. Nothing like planning ahead. :thumbsup2

I MISS you girls! :hug::hug: So happy to see such a beautiful post from you- Such gorgeous photos, I wish i could step into them! :love:

Arrivaderci- oops- see? ya can't take me anywhere! :rotfl:

Ellen:goodvibes

Hi Ellen! I think you really ought to make Tyler your personal translator! To be honest, my French is very limited and I had no trouble at all to find my way around Paris. Most people who work where there are tourists speak at least a little English.

And I guess you need to go to Italy as well! ;)

Great to have you around again Magdalena !!The tour of Paris is awesome I agree the parks are so peaceful looking !! I leaver for Universal next Thursday and in 27 days will be in Disney!!

Hi Rosie! Oh, I hope you will have a great time at Universal! Have lots of fun! And you really should go on Forbidden Journey even if you don't go on coasters!!!! It is such a great ride!

Flossbolna
09-15-2012, 03:51 PM
what a nice surprise!

:cool2:

Did you try one of the little green balls at the patisserie? They look very interesting!

unfortunately not - somehow I was never hungry when I was close to a patisserie. I did not buy one single treat... But I guess that's because I got a few creme brûlée for dessert after my meals... :cloud9:

It's great to see you back on this thread Magdalene!

Thanks! It feels great to be back!!

I had noticed your new avatar. It's really good -- you're right, perfect for an avatar.

And thanks again! I was always looking for something that fits as an avatar and this is Disney - but a bit obscure, so I like it. Not everyone can use the husband's old childhood Mickey like Katharina did. I have always been envious of her avatar.

Thanks for the pictures of Paris. They make me want to visit. I'll have to show them to Marlene.

I am sure your family would love Paris. I was thinking of you and Marlene when I was posting and was wondering whether you would show the pictures to her - her love for France might end up being expensive for your family at some point. ;) I guess she would rather want to chose Paris than New York City for her high school graduation trip... :rolleyes1

englishrose47
09-15-2012, 04:03 PM
:wave2: Hi Rosie! Work is incredibly stressful for over half a year now, so I am even lurkier now than before :)

Still good to see you:hug:






Hi Rosie! Oh, I hope you will have a great time at Universal! Have lots of fun! And you really should go on Forbidden Journey even if you don't go on coasters!!!! It is such a great ride!

I will try to get up the will power to ride !!!:scared1::worship::rotfl2:

Poolrat
09-16-2012, 12:46 PM
Glda to see you back. I understand the work being really busy reason. Somehow I have also not had time to keep up to to date. Work being most of the reason :(

Love the new avatar.

Thask for all the pictures of Paris. A beatuiful city.

Captain_Oblivious
09-17-2012, 08:30 AM
I love it when you post pictures of Europe! It makes me want to visit so badly.

The churches/cathedrals look amazing. It's always fascinating to me to see buildings everywhere that are older than pretty much everything in America.

The Musee d'Orsay looks beautiful. I love the fact that it's an old train station--you can definitely see that from the shape of the building.

Are those chocolate croissants I spy in the left of the pastry picture? :goodvibes

lovealldisney
09-17-2012, 01:18 PM
Magdalene,

Thank you thank you for posting those pictures!!! :hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug: Paris is my DREAM city to go to..... well you know that already. They are ALL FANTASTIC! Loved the garden pictures and the food I'm drooling looking at them! Thank you again :)

PracPerfPatricia
09-18-2012, 09:37 AM
Hi Magdalene,

What a lovely surprise! I am home with a stomach bug and it is so nice to see something so cheering...:goodvibes

I love seeing your photos of Paris...so lovely...

I think that Pompidou is really interesting architectually - I remember reading that Parisians thought it awful at first -it is now one of their most visited sites....I love the Nicki St Phalle fountain in front/off to side...

(David likes modern art and ancient art but not as much in between ... the rest of the family has eclectic tastes...- I love the Orsay because I love Fauvism and the early modern but especially because I love the reuse of the train station into an art museum!!!)

The Luxembourg Gardens are so pretty, how nice it must be to live near enough to walk through them every day :goodvibes... I feel like there are all of these little parks all through the city-some are almost pocket size with just several benches-like little suprises/green spaces...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Paris%202010/100_1582.jpg

(This was a little park somewhere on the left bank...)


The Patisseries in Paris amaze me too... the care taken in arranging everything so perfectly... (Portion sizes are definitely a bit smaller than in the patisserie in Epcot...;)

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Paris%202010/100_1583.jpg

(Since we stayed in an apartment in 2010, Eric would go out and get some things to go with our fruit and yogurt...:goodvibes)

That's one of the things I love so much about Paris-the small details and care put into everyday life...

(I just wanted to share this one--since you said you didn't get too close to the Eiffel Tour... This was right in the middle of it...)

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Paris%202010/100_1782.jpg


It's like a big erector set...:)



I would love to see your DLP photos...:cloud9:

Flossbolna
09-30-2012, 12:49 PM
Glda to see you back. I understand the work being really busy reason. Somehow I have also not had time to keep up to to date. Work being most of the reason :(

Love the new avatar.

Thask for all the pictures of Paris. A beatuiful city.

Life would be much better if we were independently rich and would not have to work... At least there would be more time for the DIS!! :idea:

Thanks for the comment about the avatar. It appears to be quite popular! I thought it was getting a bit embarrassing that I still had the generic one...

I love it when you post pictures of Europe! It makes me want to visit so badly.

The churches/cathedrals look amazing. It's always fascinating to me to see buildings everywhere that are older than pretty much everything in America.

The Musee d'Orsay looks beautiful. I love the fact that it's an old train station--you can definitely see that from the shape of the building.

Are those chocolate croissants I spy in the left of the pastry picture? :goodvibes

I am sure you will be able to make it over here at some point! However, don't be deceived into thinking that everything in Europe is older as a lot of what makes up the larger cities was indeed built in the 19th century. At that time a lot of the old medieval cities were being torn down as unfashionable, but also because a lot of these houses were infested with vermin and diseases. That's why Nuremberg used to be an exception. It was so poor from mid 17th century until late 19th century that nobody could afford to build new stuff. And when the city became rich again, there was already a sense of keeping historic buildings for their historic value. It was one of the very few larger medieval cities that had kept a lot of its integrity. However, 90% of the old medieval city were destroyed during an air raid in February 1945. It truly is a shame what a devastation in history and culture (besides all the other atrocities) Nazi Germany caused all over Europe...

Ok - that became a bit heavy... So let's talk about chocolate croissants: Yes! Those are "pain au chocolate" - chocolate bread. A very plain name for something very delicious! There is something about French pastry from France that is unbeatable. I have had many delicious croissants outside of France, but there they always taste even better!

Flossbolna
09-30-2012, 01:11 PM
Magdalene,

Thank you thank you for posting those pictures!!! :hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug: Paris is my DREAM city to go to..... well you know that already. They are ALL FANTASTIC! Loved the garden pictures and the food I'm drooling looking at them! Thank you again :)

Glad you enjoyed the pictures!! I am sure you will make it to Paris at some point. One thing I found out btw is that August is really vacation months at Paris. Which means that a few shops are closed etc. But it also means that hotels are considerably cheaper! My hotel would have been 30% more in September.

Hi Magdalene,

What a lovely surprise! I am home with a stomach bug and it is so nice to see something so cheering...:goodvibes

I love seeing your photos of Paris...so lovely...

I have no idea how I missed your post! I just read it now for the first time! I am glad that I could cheer you up when you were feeling low!

I think that Pompidou is really interesting architectually - I remember reading that Parisians thought it awful at first -it is now one of their most visited sites....I love the Nicki St Phalle fountain in front/off to side...

(David likes modern art and ancient art but not as much in between ... the rest of the family has eclectic tastes...- I love the Orsay because I love Fauvism and the early modern but especially because I love the reuse of the train station into an art museum!!!)

I remember all the media attention the Centre Pompidou got when it was first opened. It is certainly a peculiar style of architecture. I think the French have an interesting courage for building exceptional buildings. I remember that we noticed that first on our trip to Southern France when I was 14 - there was strange art along the motorway and the rest stop areas where never boring... Sometimes it works out - other times not so much, like the older terminals at CDG which are some of the strangest airport terminals I have ever been to...

I guess I have an eclectic taste in art as well. :goodvibes I am good with a lot of modern art, but can't stand surrealism. Also, some of the real modern stuff I find highly interesting, but then one of Germany's best known modern artists, Beuys, I have no interest in whatsoever...

The Luxembourg Gardens are so pretty, how nice it must be to live near enough to walk through them every day :goodvibes... I feel like there are all of these little parks all through the city-some are almost pocket size with just several benches-like little suprises/green spaces...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Paris%202010/100_1582.jpg

(This was a little park somewhere on the left bank...)

Yes, I really liked all those small green oasis as well! Which was something that surprised me in New York as well - there was more green than I ever had expected...


The Patisseries in Paris amaze me too... the care taken in arranging everything so perfectly... (Portion sizes are definitely a bit smaller than in the patisserie in Epcot...;)

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Paris%202010/100_1583.jpg

(Since we stayed in an apartment in 2010, Eric would go out and get some things to go with our fruit and yogurt...:goodvibes)

That's one of the things I love so much about Paris-the small details and care put into everyday life...

I guess the French portion sizes are more conducive for the Parisian women to stay slim... ;)

Actually, that is one of my personal pet peeves about WDW: most snacks have ridiculous portions - at least to me. For example the almond pretzel at the bakery in Norway has caught my eye ever since my first trip. However, it looks like it could substitute a whole meal to me! Same with ice cream portions...

(I just wanted to share this one--since you said you didn't get too close to the Eiffel Tour... This was right in the middle of it...)

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Paris%202010/100_1782.jpg


It's like a big erector set...:)

Lovely picture!

I am sure that I will manage to get on that tower at some point! This year the lift is under renovation, so only one was operating and that caused a 2-3 hour wait and the tickets on the internet which you could pre-book were sold out for the next 3 or 4 months...

I guess an erector set is a toy? Here in Germany the equivalent is the Märklin Baukasten:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/85/Märklin_neu.jpg/626px-Märklin_neu.jpg

I would love to see your DLP photos...:cloud9:

I was hoping to get the DLP pics up sooner - even started sorting them, but just did not have enough time yet. But I hope you won't have to wait much longer!

englishrose47
09-30-2012, 04:52 PM
Looking forward to seeing them !!I agree if only I was independently wealthy:goodvibes:littleangel:

Flossbolna
10-07-2012, 09:49 AM
Thoughts on the Boardwalk

So, let's continue with some real TR stuff. We stayed at the Boardwalk, and so I thought it made sense to include some report about our experience there.

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09477.jpg

Room:

We had a studio which was perfectly ok. It was in good shape. We really liked the kitchenette. Not that we used it much, mainly the toaster for bagels (and some very expensive bread we bought at the Boardwalk store) and the microwave for warming up cinnamon rolls from the Boardwalk Bakery. But it was great to have a sink to properly wash the refillable mugs and to have a proper place to store food.

Katharina got to sleep on the sofa bed (there must be some advantage to being the DVC owner, so I got the real bed). I think she found it comfortable enough.

The room's location was partly great and partly horrible. We were on the second floor (this the same floor as the lobby) overlooking the “Village Green” which is the lawn between the boardwalk and the hotel lobby, just above the Wyland Gallery. The good thing was that we were close to nearly everywhere. The bad thing was that our room was hidden behind some archways. Therefore it was rather dark. When we were sitting on the balcony, we could still look out and being behind the arch gave us even some privacy, so it did not feel like everyone walking towards the lobby would stare at us... After we got to the room I even asked about changing it, but they said that nothing was available. We could have moved the next day, but would have had to pay a cleaning fee and we did not really want to unpack. But I think in a future stay I would do that. It wasn't really bad, it's just not something I want to have again, even though the location was absolutely perfect and we did love that.

Housekeeping:

I was really afraid that I would hate not having daily housekeeping. For me this is one of the luxuries of travel and I love getting my bathroom cleaned every day. However, it turned out that I did not mind it as much. I still would prefer if they came for a full clean every three or four days and I actually think I might splurge for that on future trips. We got a full clean on our fourth day and that was perfect, but then only trash and towel service after that.

However, the cleaning itself was efficient – and they left us plenty of towels!

Pool:

On one of the very first days we once checked out the quiet pool at the Boardwalk Villas. And somehow we thought it had a strange atmosphere – too quiet maybe? So we ended up only going to the main pool with the scary clown!

We loved that slide and went on it quite often – unless the line of kids was too long. We did feel a bit strange being the only grown ups among 15 kids or so...

I was a bit afraid that the pool party would really be annoying, but it was not at all. It was not loud at all, so it just added some party music.

A few days it was rather chilly and we only went down to the pool to lie in the sun and read. That was really nice at well and we never found the pool to be very crowded.

Overall I am really surprised how much I liked the pool. It was never a feature of the Boardwalk that attracted me the most, but then during the very chilly German winter this year I would daydream about it...

Food and Drink options:

I feel that the Boardwalk is very different from all other WDW resorts in that regard.

First, we did miss having a counter service restaurant. I liked the convenience of those at the other resorts I stayed at.

Because of the lack of CS restaurant the refillable mugs can be refilled at odd places. And you never refill them yourself. You just show them your mug and then you get a paper cup with the drink of your choice. We did refill the mugs at the Boardwalk Bakery, at Seashore Sweets (the candy store), at Bellevue Lounge (the bar) and at the pool bar. Mostly it is basic soft drinks, coffee and tea. But the variety of soft drinks is smaller than at the self service stations at the other resorts., but at the pool bar you can also get ginger ale for your refillable mug for free.

We did take our mugs with us twice when we went for a walk around the lake and got drinks at the Beach Club. I like the citrus ice tea they have from the self serve machines and was really happy that I could get some there!

We did get a sandwich at the Boardwalk Bakery on our last day and it was actually very delicious, but that was the only time we bought food there. It just wasn't that convenient for us.

We did get breakfast pastries from the Belle Vue Lounge a few mornings, but at one point got very tired of them. We would have loved to have a CS for breakfast like at the AKL.

What I liked were the many dining possibilities within walking distance. No bus transfers involved, just really easy to get to. And two of my favourite discoveries were actually breakfast at Fresh in the Dolphin and dinner at the Fountain at the Dolphin (more about dining experiences in a later update!).

Location:

I never thought I would become such a fan of the Boardwalk location!

I think we once took the boat back home from Epcot on a chilly evening, mainly because the boat was just about to finish taking guests on board when we passed it, so no wait at all for us. And once we took it back from DHS. Otherwise we walked to and from Epcot and DHS every single time. However, this might be a particular preference of Katharina and me since we both walk a lot in our daily life. Also, since we never do full days in the parks, we aren't on our feet for hours and hours.

I also liked the atmosphere of being in a resort area. As I said, we did venture to the Beach Club twice. Once just for a walk in the evening (I think it was the evening we arrived and we felt after 10 hours sitting on a plane we needed to stretch our legs) and then one afternoon we wanted to sit at the beach and read. I love AKL because it makes you feel so secluded and you can truly believe that you are in Africa. I always thought that at the Epcot resort area the proximity of the other resorts might take away some of the theme. But that really wasn't the case for me, it is just so beautiful there in general.

Merchandise:

I really wanted to get a Boardwalk fridge magnet. I had seen some very pretty ones years ago and nearly bought one then, but did not because it felt wrong to buy a magnet from a resort where I did not stay at. But when we got to the Boardwalk there was not one single piece of resort specific merchandise, just some boring DVC stuff. However, a few days before the end of our trip, this display appeared magically in the small shop just off the lobby:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC09476.jpg

And I got my magnet!! It is rather cute:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2011/DSC00123.jpg

tiggrbaby
10-07-2012, 10:45 AM
We stayed at BWV in 03 and I loved the clown slide, too! Our room was right by the quiet pool, but we never used it.

Flossbolna
10-08-2012, 06:33 AM
We stayed at BWV in 03 and I loved the clown slide, too! Our room was right by the quiet pool, but we never used it.

I think a view of the quiet pool would be a very nice view! Good to hear that the clown slide gets the approval from others as well! :goodvibes

lovealldisney
10-08-2012, 06:37 AM
Hi Magdalene,

Good to see you posting again! :thumbsup2 Nice review you mean you didn't take turns with you sisiter on the sleeping arrangements?? What would your mother say about this??? :rotfl::lmao::rotfl2: You should always share with your sister.... :rotfl2::rotfl2: Then again your mother wasn't there... she'll never know... :lmao::rotfl::rotfl2:

Wendy

Flossbolna
10-08-2012, 06:56 AM
Hi Magdalene,

Good to see you posting again! :thumbsup2 Nice review you mean you didn't take turns with you sisiter on the sleeping arrangements?? What would your mother say about this??? :rotfl::lmao::rotfl2: You should always share with your sister.... :rotfl2::rotfl2: Then again your mother wasn't there... she'll never know... :lmao::rotfl::rotfl2:

Wendy

Hey, I already shared the room with my sister!!!

And then, I am sure she preferred to not have to sleep in the real bed as the telephone was on the nightstand next to the bed and ever since our trip to Greece Katharina hates sleeping next to the telephone in a hotel.

We were on our way to a Greek island and spent one night in a hotel in Piraeus to take the ferry to the island the next morning. The hotel was rather peculiar - for example Katharina was served a slice of "steamed toast" for breakfast in the morning. But the story with the telephone was that we had trouble sleeping at night as there were some people partying on our floor and they were very loud. At some point we had finally fallen asleep when the phone started to ring in the middle of the night and it was on Katharina's side of the bed. So she picked it up and I could here her sleepily saying again and again "But we didn't do anything". Afterwards she told me that it was the night concierge of the hotel saying that we should be quiet as other guests had complained about the noise we were making! Since then, I always have to take the telephone side of a bed...

lovealldisney
10-08-2012, 07:20 AM
I'm glad you liked the whole clown side of the hotel. My sister would have never stayed here, she is deathly afraid of clowns... I don't know why.:confused3

Hmmm this has me thinking Halloween is right around the corner we may have a clown costume in our decorations.... muhhahhahahhahahh :rotfl::lmao::rotfl2: she would kill me if I showed up at her door with that on.. Actually it's Dave's costume he enjoys scaring the trick or treaters (the older ones only!) It's quite the scary clown...

PracPerfPatricia
10-08-2012, 12:20 PM
I guess an erector set is a toy? Here in Germany the equivalent is the Märklin Baukasten:

Yes it is very similar... I'm sure it was inspired by those in fact... many American toys have some kind of earlier German inspiration... especially the building toys, stuffed animals and dolls... hmmm actually all of them...:scratchin


Hmmm... I think that the whole Boardwalk location is hard to beat... access to Epcot and the Studios... and the wealth of dining choices... I do think having a well appointed quick service on site... like Mara at the AKL is a nice feature but it seems that every locations has its pluses and minuses and Disney probably does that to make all the locations appealing to different people...

I liked that Boardwalk merchandise.

I am really looking forward to staying at the Beach Club in 2 months... I have never stayed there but did stay at the Boardwalk about 10 years ago... since then it's been the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian... and the AKL (which I do truly love also.)

That clown pool seems to have a lot of controversy surrounding it...:lmao: Clowns seem to have a deep psychological impact on people one way or another...

Flossbolna
10-08-2012, 02:04 PM
I'm glad you liked the whole clown side of the hotel. My sister would have never stayed here, she is deathly afraid of clowns... I don't know why.:confused3

Hmmm this has me thinking Halloween is right around the corner we may have a clown costume in our decorations.... muhhahhahahhahahh :rotfl::lmao::rotfl2: she would kill me if I showed up at her door with that on.. Actually it's Dave's costume he enjoys scaring the trick or treaters (the older ones only!) It's quite the scary clown...

And there you were trying to tell me how to treat a sister in a previous post - I would never do anything like that to my sister!!! But then she is not afraid of clowns - only of bedside telephones...

I guess an erector set is a toy? Here in Germany the equivalent is the Märklin Baukasten:

Yes it is very similar... I'm sure it was inspired by those in fact... many American toys have some kind of earlier German inspiration... especially the building toys, stuffed animals and dolls... hmmm actually all of them...:scratchin

Germany - and especially my home town of Nuremberg has a lot of toy industry. Nuremberg hosts the world largest toy fair (a true business event, only open to buyers) every February. I once got a ticket for it through work and it was amazing. From the huge halls filled with tiny stalls with Chinese manufacturers who are selling cheap sand toys and such to the massive exhibition spaces of the big companies which often were closed in by walls and you could only enter by personal invitation as they were showing the new stuff for the next Christmas season there already.

Hmmm... I think that the whole Boardwalk location is hard to beat... access to Epcot and the Studios... and the wealth of dining choices... I do think having a well appointed quick service on site... like Mara at the AKL is a nice feature but it seems that every locations has its pluses and minuses and Disney probably does that to make all the locations appealing to different people...

I liked that Boardwalk merchandise.

Yes, I think that is especially true for the Deluxe resorts and the DVC resorts. All of them have a special perk associated with them. I guess it is then just a question of personal taste and priorities!

I am really looking forward to staying at the Beach Club in 2 months... I have never stayed there but did stay at the Boardwalk about 10 years ago... since then it's been the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian... and the AKL (which I do truly love also.)

I am sure that you will love your stay there! I am not a huge fan of the decor at the Beach Club, so I guess I will defer staying there until they will have updated the units there. I am sure they will do that at one point, like they did with OKW. Even the Boardwalk has gotten a new design rather recently and I like it better than the old rooms. But the location is nearly equally good as the Boardwalk - closer to Epcot, but further away from DHS. And then of course that pool!! I really want to try that one day!!!

That clown pool seems to have a lot of controversy surrounding it...:lmao: Clowns seem to have a deep psychological impact on people one way or another...

It is really strange how debated that clown is here in the DIS! :lmao:

Captain_Oblivious
10-08-2012, 03:00 PM
Katharina got to sleep on the sofa bed (there must be some advantage to being the DVC owner, so I got the real bed). I think she found it comfortable enough.

:rotfl2: Way to pull rank there.

So we ended up only going to the main pool with the scary clown!

:eek: I have to admit, that clown gives me the creeps.

And good for you for using the slide. Why would you want to act like an adult at Disney World?:confused3

You just show them your mug and then you get a paper cup with the drink of your choice.

That does sound odd.

I never thought I would become such a fan of the Boardwalk location!

I can see where being able to walk to Epcot and DHS would be really great!

I love AKL because it makes you feel so secluded and you can truly believe that you are in Africa. I always thought that at the Epcot resort area the proximity of the other resorts might take away some of the theme. But that really wasn't the case for me, it is just so beautiful there in general.

That's what I love about AKL and WL too. I don't get blown away by the theme at YC, BC, and Boardwalk. But then again, I grew up on the East Coast in America, so the theme doesn't feel very exotic to me.

But when we got to the Boardwalk there was not one single piece of resort specific merchandise, just some boring DVC stuff.

:(

However, a few days before the end of our trip, this display appeared magically in the small shop just off the lobby:

:woohoo::cool1:

Poolrat
10-08-2012, 04:02 PM
Love the wrap up. Yes I need to go back to the Boardwalk. I have stayed there once before when the kids were much younger and the lack of a CS was an issue for us. Of course I was not on the DIS and did not know what I know now so it was a struggle.

I love that Boardwalk shirt and may need to walk over from the BC next wek to snatch it up. :rotfl2:


Oh the phone thing in Greece would have had me :furious: You don't wake me up.... for ANY reason except fire. :lmao:

englishrose47
10-08-2012, 04:26 PM
Great report of the Boardwalk!! I have only stared long;y at it !! We did take a pix and suggested that out next FREE Trip we stay there, but that didn't happen!!:rotfl2:

lovealldisney
10-09-2012, 05:41 AM
Germany - and especially my home town of Nuremberg has a lot of toy industry. Nuremberg hosts the world largest toy fair (a true business event, only open to buyers) every February. I once got a ticket for it through work and it was amazing. From the huge halls filled with tiny stalls with Chinese manufacturers who are selling cheap sand toys and such to the massive exhibition spaces of the big companies which often were closed in by walls and you could only enter by personal invitation as they were showing the new stuff for the next Christmas season there already

That's sounds really cool! Remind me next time in Nuremburg buy toys! LOL! I really want a wood carved nativity! I'm kicking myself for not buying one when I was there!

Flossbolna
10-10-2012, 02:57 PM
:rotfl2: Way to pull rank there.

I could have also used that I am older, but once you near the 4 as the first of the two numbers making up your age, you don't want to be reminded of your age anymore... Was much better when I was 14 and Katharina was only 11!!

:eek: I have to admit, that clown gives me the creeps.

And good for you for using the slide. Why would you want to act like an adult at Disney World?:confused3

Yes, that's what we thought as well!!

That does sound odd.

The refillable mug issue at the BW is one of those things... There is a thread on the DVC boards where people post one thing they like and one thing they dislike about their home resort. I think nearly everyone of the BWV owners dislike the refillable mug issue. But it does come in handy if you want to take your drink with you: show them the mugs, get the cups filled with the drink of your choice, quickly dump the mugs in your room and get rid of the disposable cup whenever the drink is finished.

I can see where being able to walk to Epcot and DHS would be really great!

Yes and that is most likely the best liked feature of the BWV! :goodvibes It becomes rather addictive!!

That's what I love about AKL and WL too. I don't get blown away by the theme at YC, BC, and Boardwalk. But then again, I grew up on the East Coast in America, so the theme doesn't feel very exotic to me.


I have a fried from Southern Florida who thinks Old Key West is the most boring resort as it just looks like home to him. I find it charming. But I can't imagine ever staying at the "Disney's Alpine Village Resort" if they ever built one like that... Luckily there is more than one resort for everyone to chose form!:thumbsup2

Flossbolna
10-10-2012, 03:04 PM
Love the wrap up. Yes I need to go back to the Boardwalk. I have stayed there once before when the kids were much younger and the lack of a CS was an issue for us. Of course I was not on the DIS and did not know what I know now so it was a struggle.

I love that Boardwalk shirt and may need to walk over from the BC next wek to snatch it up. :rotfl2:

Oh the phone thing in Greece would have had me :furious: You don't wake me up.... for ANY reason except fire. :lmao:

It's not yet the wrap up! I still have something about dining written (just waiting for approval from my baby sister)!! I also have more DLP pictures (still need to upload them to Photobucket) and then a proper conclusion and an outlook!

That Greece story turned out to be one of those fun stories that we still love about today, but it was unpleasant when it happened. But this was the most fun family we ever had. It started with my father shocking the security person at the airport with having some really old apples (all wrinkly) in his high end aluminium camera bag - which resulted in her not searching the bag properly and missing the knife he had packed in there to cut the apple with - and it was not a normal kitchen knife!! :scared1:

Great report of the Boardwalk!! I have only stared long;y at it !! We did take a pix and suggested that out next FREE Trip we stay there, but that didn't happen!!:rotfl2:

Sorry that your free trip did not take you to the Boardwalk! Maybe you should go for a meal there one day? The Boardwalk Bakery has some very decadent treats!

Flossbolna
10-10-2012, 03:07 PM
That's sounds really cool! Remind me next time in Nuremburg buy toys! LOL! I really want a wood carved nativity! I'm kicking myself for not buying one when I was there!

I am sure you will get your carved nativity when you are in Germany the next time! And as to the toys - I think you can get more or less the same here as in every other city in Germany. But I can certainly take you to a nice toy shop! Oh, and there is a toy museum.

PracPerfPatricia
10-13-2012, 09:21 PM
And there you were trying to tell me how to treat a sister in a previous post - I would never do anything like that to my sister!!! But then she is not afraid of clowns - only of bedside telephones...



Germany - and especially my home town of Nuremberg has a lot of toy industry. Nuremberg hosts the world largest toy fair (a true business event, only open to buyers) every February. I once got a ticket for it through work and it was amazing. From the huge halls filled with tiny stalls with Chinese manufacturers who are selling cheap sand toys and such to the massive exhibition spaces of the big companies which often were closed in by walls and you could only enter by personal invitation as they were showing the new stuff for the next Christmas season there already.


Wow... I'll bet the toy fair is amazinglll I'd love to see the toys made in Germany but I'm sure many of them are very expensive because of the quality of the workmanship... I think it is sad to see toys that are supposed to be German... actually copies made in China...like a cuckoo clock that was made in China... :confused3 Some German Toymakers came to America. There was a company outside of Philadelphia, the Schoenhut Toy Company that was founded by a German family and made German style toys but with American themes... in the beginning of the 20th century ...like they made a Teddy Roosevelt Safari Set...Actually Pennsylvania was settled by many Germans earlier in the 1700s so they are many older businesses and traditions that come from Germany in the area... sometimes you hear the term Pennsylvania Dutch because the early English speaking settlers translated the word Deutsch as Dutch and thought the settlers were Dutch not German...


Yes, I think that is especially true for the Deluxe resorts and the DVC resorts. All of them have a special perk associated with them. I guess it is then just a question of personal taste and priorities!



I am sure that you will love your stay there! I am not a huge fan of the decor at the Beach Club, so I guess I will defer staying there until they will have updated the units there. I am sure they will do that at one point, like they did with OKW. Even the Boardwalk has gotten a new design rather recently and I like it better than the old rooms. But the location is nearly equally good as the Boardwalk - closer to Epcot, but further away from DHS. And then of course that pool!! I really want to try that one day!!!

I think that a few of the resorts could benefit from a little freshen up... but I am so excited about the location and the pool (hopefully it will be warm enough to enjoy it...



It is really strange how debated that clown is here in the DIS! :lmao:

Yes there doesn't seem to be much in between feeling about the clown... people like it or are terrified of it...:goodvibes

Poolrat
10-26-2012, 11:48 AM
It's not yet the wrap up! I still have something about dining written (just waiting for approval from my baby sister)!! I also have more DLP pictures (still need to upload them to Photobucket) and then a proper conclusion and an outlook!

That Greece story turned out to be one of those fun stories that we still love about today, but it was unpleasant when it happened. But this was the most fun family we ever had. It started with my father shocking the security person at the airport with having some really old apples (all wrinkly) in his high end aluminium camera bag - which resulted in her not searching the bag properly and missing the knife he had packed in there to cut the apple with - and it was not a normal kitchen knife!! :scared1:


Great more to come!!!!! I did indeed snatch that shirt up on my last trip.:cool1:

The apple story :scared: :scared: Oh My!!!! :lmao:

marvali
11-06-2012, 05:36 AM
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag Magdalene!

Ich hoffe, Sie haben ein ganz besonderer Tag mein Freund!

party: :bday: :cake: party:

lovealldisney
11-06-2012, 06:12 AM
Happy Birthday Magdalene!!! Have a fantastic day! :cake::cake::cake::cake::cake: pixiedust:pixiedust:pixiedust:pixiedust:pixiedust: :wave2:

Poolrat
11-06-2012, 07:01 AM
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag Magdalene!

Ich hoffe, Sie haben ein ganz besonderer Tag mein Freund!

party: :bday: :cake: party:

What he said......I think :)

Party: :bday: party:
Hope your day is wonderful!