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Flossbolna
03-19-2011, 06:29 AM
Hi and :welcome: to our trip report!

This thread was started as our pre-trip report, but I have decided to just keep it going as the trip report. You can jump directly to the beginning of the trip report by using this link (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43131184#post43131184).

All updates for the TR can also be found via the table of contents which is in the next post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40380404&postcount=2).

But you can also start with reading the introduction to the pre-trip report which follows now and which will tell you who is writing this trip report!! :goodvibes

We are two sisters from Germany who are planning a trip to WDW together for October 2011. Let's start with some introductions and the story of the trip (and hence the title of this PTR).

Introductions:

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%208/Image0438.jpg

Flossbolna: Magdalene in real life, 39 years old, the bigger Disney fan of the two of us. I am the one with the blue t-shirt in the pictures. I have been to WDW for the first time in 2004 and then annually since 2007. Last fall I realized that I really like those annual trips and that it would make sense for me to actually become a member of the Disney Vacation Club. Since November 2010 I am now the proud owner of DVC points at the Boardwalk Villas.

nodnol: Katharina in real life, 36 years old, and the one who is very happy to be taken along. I have been to WDW only once in 2010. This was a trip where I didn’t really know what to expect and therefore didn’t always know what I wanted. I’m looking forward to some visit my favorite places again as well as experiencing new things.

Katharina and I share quite a lot of „Disney history“. Our first visit to a Disney park was in 1992: two days at Disneyland when we visited our aunt in California. Since then we have been to Disneyland Paris a few times together. And I was very excited when I could take Katharina along to WDW for her first trip there in January 2010. The trip was so great that we really hoped to get the opportunity for another sisters' trip! And here we are planning it...

As you can see above, we will both be contributing to this PTR, Magdalene writes in Royal Blue and Katharina in Dark Red.

In case your are interested to read about our previous trip, the pre-trip report can be found here and the trip-report is here.

The Story of the Trip:

A few years ago I realized that the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971 just a few weeks before I was born. I really liked that bit of trivia. And I had the idea that it would be a lot of fun to celebrate my 40th birthday together with the Magic Kingdom. What other place could make you feel so young when you are starting to belong to the „old people“? So for a few years I have been telling everyone that I will spend November 6, 2011 at Walt Disney World.

Then, after our trip in January 2010, Katharina and I thought it would be wonderful if she could be there to celebrate with me and we thought that Katharina might join me for part of the trip (not spending all her vacation days on me, but keeping enough for a nice vacation with her DH, we call him Remy on the Disboards) in November 2011. And then it turned out that while Katharina would be able to afford to come along (with a little help from our parents), her work suddenly had two huge projects in the first two weeks of November which would make it very difficult to take time off around my birthday. But October would work for her.

It really wasn't much of a question: Birthdays can be celebrated a month early and a trip with my sister is so many times better than a trip without her, that we changed our dates to October 11-22, 2011. It will still be my 40th birthday present to myself and I intend to celebrate my birthday, but there won't be any actual birthday during our trip... Oh, and we miss the real WDW birthday as well, which is October 1. But I am sure we will make up for that anyway!!

What to expect from this TR?

We had a lot of fun with our PTR for the last trip and are looking forward to share all kind of planning issues with you – from air travel, ADRs, bags and shoes to possible special excursions.

But we will also add a few bonus updates into the mix... Those will most likely start with some reports about our trip to Disneyland Paris. We are leaving tomorrow! :banana: But we will also include some bits and pieces about life in Germany since those seemed to find some interest in the previous reports.

Flossbolna
03-19-2011, 06:30 AM
Table of Contents for the Trip Report:

Trip Report Introduction (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43131184&postcount=638)
Meets (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43131477&postcount=639)
Introduction to Thoughts on the Parks (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43206884&postcount=655)
Thoughts on Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43206951&postcount=656)
Thoughts on Epcot Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43220451&postcount=663)
Thoughts on Epcot Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43233204&postcount=666)
Thoughts on Epcot Food & Wine Festival (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43271883&postcount=692)
Thoughts on the Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43296280&postcount=712)
Thoughts on Disney Hollywood Studios (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43339252&postcount=719)
Trip Special Feature #1: Water Parks (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43363680&postcount=726)
Trip Special Feature #2: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43372206&postcount=736)
Trip Special Feature #3: Universal Studios:
Part 1: How to get there... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43469094&postcount=761)
Part 2: Starting the Day with a Bonus Hour (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43488355&postcount=774)
Part 3: An early Morning in Hogsmead (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43514145&postcount=785)
Part 4: On to other Islands and Adventures (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43568555&postcount=809)
Part 5: Two Parks in one Day?! Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43626074#post43626074) Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43626162&postcount=820)
Part 6: More of the Studios (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43568555&postcount=809)
Part 7: Back to the Islands and the Adventures (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43824950&postcount=846)
Part 8: Lunch a mythical one? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43949340&postcount=856)
Part 9: Do we want to get wet? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43980743&postcount=871)
Part 10: Another Butter Beer? Of course! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44006864&postcount=882)
Part 11: And the Rain finally finds us (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45140419&postcount=918)
Part 12: Royal Pacific Resort and Tchoup Chop (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45161238&postcount=931)
Part 13: Final Thoughts about Universal (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45207311&postcount=951)
Thoughts on the Boardwalk (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46373080&postcount=981)
Thoughts on Dining Signature Restaurants Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47058204&postcount=1009)
Thoughts on Dining Signature Restaurants Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47087646&postcount=1018)
Thoughts on Dining Table Service Restaurants Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47173075&postcount=1027)
Thoughts on Dining Table Service Restaurants Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=47357897#post47357897)
Conclusions and Outlook (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47522798&postcount=1048)

Table of Contents for the Pre-Trip Report:

Update 3/28: Where to Stay? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40504292&postcount=64)
Update 3/31: How to Get There? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40541431&postcount=85)
Update 4/9: Where to Eat? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40665740&postcount=160)
Update 4/14: Successful ADR Day!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40726463&postcount=174)
Update 4/27: Trip Special Feature #1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40902575&postcount=237)
Update 5/4: Trip Special Feature #2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40990311&postcount=275)
Update 5/24: Trip Special Feature #3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41224117&postcount=346)
Update 7/11: 3 Months! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41804818&postcount=403)
Update 7/27: Shoes and Books (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42007821&postcount=445)
Update 8/7: New Things at WDW (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42153132&postcount=469)
Update 8/26: All Kind of "Passports" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42400460&postcount=498)
Update 9/1: Plans for Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42467701&postcount=518)
Update 9/11: One Month! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42593778&postcount=557)
Update 9/22: Interim Update (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42715080&postcount=570)
Update 10/2: Single Digit Dancing! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42820488&postcount=589)
Update 10/6: 5 Days!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42862455&postcount=599)
Update 10/10: Everything is Packed (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42905669&postcount=608)



Bonus Updates:

Disneyland Paris Picture Trip Report:
Part 1: Arriving at Disneyland Paris (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40612186&postcount=137)
Part 2: Main Street I (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40869312&postcount=215)
Part 3: Main Street II (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41146074&postcount=310)
Part 4: DLP Frontierland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42007617&postcount=443)
Part 5: DLP Adventureland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42071172&postcount=460)
Part 6: DLP Fantasyland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42521044&postcount=543)
Part 7: DLP Discoveryland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42820535&postcount=590)
Part 7: Hotel Newport Bay Club (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42876734&postcount=605)

Others:
History Field Trip (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40804488&postcount=197)
Nuremberg's Blue Night (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41287953&postcount=365)
Berlin Soap Box Derby (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41616286&postcount=396)
Coburg (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41805249&postcount=406)
An Evening in Paris (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41963775&postcount=431)
Britanny (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41963925&postcount=432)
Helsinki (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42211944&postcount=477)
Mini-TR: Paris (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46159167&postcount=961)
Katharina's Birthday Tea (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47522738&postcount=1047)

Flo's Mum
03-19-2011, 06:38 AM
Hi, I turn 40 just before you and had played with the idea of having my birthday at WDW butcould not wait and went in Feb instead. I will have to satisfy myself by following you!Have a great time in Paris!!

tiggrbaby
03-19-2011, 07:02 AM
Hooray! Another PTR!

My first trip to Disney was in August 1972, so I am a bit older than you, but I can totally agree that the magic is fab!

Sorry to hear that your trip was moved back to October as I just booked two nights postcruise in November, but it doesn't matter when you go, you'll be at Disney!

Magical and safe travels to DLP; looking forward to the TR!

jedijill
03-19-2011, 08:22 AM
Guten Morgen!

Can't wait for another trip report!

Jill inCO

Poolrat
03-19-2011, 08:34 AM
Along for the ride.

Safe travels to DLP and I will "see you" when you get back. :goodvibes

jenjolt
03-19-2011, 08:59 AM
I'm in!!! WOOT WOOT...love October Trips!! I celebrate my bday on October 2nd and actually I am a day younger than EPCOT, so I'm hoping to celebrate my 30th bday with EPCOT in 2012 along with my 10th wedding anniversary!!

I can't wait to hear all about your wonderful plans!!!

glennbo123
03-19-2011, 09:11 AM
:cool1: Count me in!

John's Mom
03-19-2011, 09:23 AM
I'm joining in! Love all your trip reports--Disney and great history lessons. :goodvibes

Kathy

manntra
03-19-2011, 10:53 AM
I'm here too!!! :goodvibes
I can't wait to meet you in October!!! :hug: I almost forgot to tell you that I called Member Services and was able to change to Beach Club. :woohoo: It is for the first 5 days and I am waitlisted for the other two :thumbsup2
I will be able to wave to you from across the lake!! :goodvibes

I celebrated my 40th:faint: birthday last October and my birthday was in September...wonderful way to celebrate!! :yay:

Have a fabulous time at DLP tomorrow!!! Can't wait to hear all about that trip too!!!! :)

Tracy

englishrose47
03-19-2011, 11:08 AM
Subbing wil go back and read

englishrose47
03-19-2011, 11:12 AM
Magdalene !!If all goes as planned I will in Disney with consumers October 13th thru 19th!!!Do I smell a Meet!!!!!:confused3:banana::cloud9:

eandesmom
03-19-2011, 11:25 AM
I'm here!

jenbear123
03-19-2011, 11:27 AM
I'm in :banana:

All7OfUs
03-19-2011, 12:13 PM
Wonderful introduction! I still reall like your balloon picture! :goodvibes

swwake
03-19-2011, 01:24 PM
Joining in!!

Flossbolna
03-19-2011, 02:01 PM
Hi, I turn 40 just before you and had played with the idea of having my birthday at WDW butcould not wait and went in Feb instead. I will have to satisfy myself by following you!Have a great time in Paris!!

Hi and :welcome: I was so tempted to go in January/February again this year since I love that time of the year at WDW. But I did withstand temptation. :goodvibes I hope you had a wonderful trip!

Hooray! Another PTR!

My first trip to Disney was in August 1972, so I am a bit older than you, but I can totally agree that the magic is fab!

Sorry to hear that your trip was moved back to October as I just booked two nights postcruise in November, but it doesn't matter when you go, you'll be at Disney!

Magical and safe travels to DLP; looking forward to the TR!

Great to have you along! :goodvibes Wow, I am sure the parks were pretty different in 1972! I love seeing old park pictures on other threads, it looks much more relaxed than today...

Sorry that we will miss you... I hope you will have a wonderful cruise!

Guten Morgen!

Can't wait for another trip report!

Jill inCO

Hi Jill! The trip report will have to wait for a while... I hope it won't take over a year again to write the next one... :scared1::goodvibes

Flossbolna
03-19-2011, 02:03 PM
Along for the ride.

Safe travels to DLP and I will "see you" when you get back. :goodvibes

Hi Pat! Great to see you over here! :thumbsup2

I'm in!!! WOOT WOOT...love October Trips!! I celebrate my bday on October 2nd and actually I am a day younger than EPCOT, so I'm hoping to celebrate my 30th bday with EPCOT in 2012 along with my 10th wedding anniversary!!

I can't wait to hear all about your wonderful plans!!!

Hi Jen! How fun that you nearly share your birthday with Epcot! And that sounds like quite some trip you have planned for 2012!! :goodvibes

:cool1: Count me in!

:welcome:

Flossbolna
03-19-2011, 02:11 PM
I'm joining in! Love all your trip reports--Disney and great history lessons. :goodvibes

Kathy

Hi Kathy, great to have you along! I guess I won't be able to write a report without some history involved... ;)

I'm here too!!! :goodvibes
I can't wait to meet you in October!!! :hug: I almost forgot to tell you that I called Member Services and was able to change to Beach Club. :woohoo: It is for the first 5 days and I am waitlisted for the other two :thumbsup2
I will be able to wave to you from across the lake!! :goodvibes

I celebrated my 40th:faint: birthday last October and my birthday was in September...wonderful way to celebrate!! :yay:

Have a fabulous time at DLP tomorrow!!! Can't wait to hear all about that trip too!!!! :)

Tracy

Hi Tracy!! I am glad that you can recommend celebrating a 40th birthday at WDW! :thumbsup2

Great news about the Beach Club! I hope the waitlist will come through for you. Ours did work out quite well. We now have all nights in one room (more on that in a seperate update). :goodvibes

Katharina and I are very much looking forward to meeting you!

Magdalene !!If all goes as planned I will in Disney with consumers October 13th thru 19th!!!Do I smell a Meet!!!!!:confused3:banana::cloud9:

:woohoo:

I can't believe it!! :banana: This is a wonderful side effect of moving our trip to October. Looks like there will be quite a few DISers at WDW at that time. We would love to meet you if this can be incorporated into your schedule with your guys. :goodvibes

Flossbolna
03-19-2011, 02:16 PM
I'm here!

Hi Cynthia!! I am glad you found us! :goodvibes

I'm in :banana:

Jen! Great to have you! :thumbsup2

Wonderful introduction! I still reall like your balloon picture! :goodvibes

Thanks Liesa! We picked the picture because it was everyone's favourite on the TR. :goodvibes

Great to have you along and you just made it on page 1! I am very happy that I waited with replies for a bit... ;)

Joining in!!

:welcome: and great to see you on the DIS again! I hope everything is ok?

All7OfUs
03-19-2011, 03:57 PM
Thanks Liesa! We picked the picture because it was everyone's favourite on the TR. :goodvibes


Well, since I got so scorched for hogging up someone's pg. 1 a couple months ago (hahaha, including my own) I hope I'm ok taking up a spot on pg. 2. :lmao:

I knew you had chosen that for the many comments we gave on it. It's perfect!

I imagine, you're getting ready to get on a plane right about now- or are you going by train?? Have a super magical, fantabulous time! Say bon jour to Mickey for us!

Flossbolna
03-19-2011, 04:02 PM
Well, since I got so scorched for hogging up someone's pg. 1 a couple months ago (hahaha, including my own) I hope I'm ok taking up a spot on pg. 2. :lmao:

I knew you had chosen that for the many comments we gave on it. It's perfect!

I imagine, you're getting ready to get on a plane right about now- or are you going by train?? Have a super magical, fantabulous time! Say bon jour to Mickey for us!

I thought it was quite ironic that you managed to slide in with the last post on page one. :goodvibes The funny thing is, that while I love being on the first page when I reply to threads, I realized that for me as "post host" it really does not matter on which people subscribe. It is wonderful to have new readers, wether it is on the first page or on page 99. :thumbsup2

I am just about to do the last bit of packing, flights leave tomorrow morning. We are already checked in, have a lunch reservation for tomorrow and are very excited. Weather forecast is beautiful: 50 degrees and sunshine... :cloud9:

athenna
03-19-2011, 07:15 PM
I'm in!:goodvibes I'll be there in Oct, too:cool1: I will be turning 40 less than 2 months after WDW does, so this is kinda my birthday trip without a birthday, too, lol.

englishrose47
03-19-2011, 07:21 PM
Hi Kathy, great to have you along! I guess I won't be able to write a report without some history involved... ;)



Hi Tracy!! I am glad that you can recommend celebrating a 40th birthday at WDW! :thumbsup2

Great news about the Beach Club! I hope the waitlist will come through for you. Ours did work out quite well. We now have all nights in one room (more on that in a seperate update). :goodvibes

Katharina and I are very much looking forward to meeting you!



:woohoo:

I can't believe it!! :banana: This is a wonderful side effect of moving our trip to October. Looks like there will be quite a few DISers at WDW at that time. We would love to meet you if this can be incorporated into your schedule with your guys. :goodvibes

I am sure it can !!! I think they would LOVE to meet someone from Germany but not as much as I will!!!:banana::banana:

kid-at-heart
03-19-2011, 07:23 PM
Geezzze you guys move quick. Already on page two. Well by golly, page two is better than not at all. Looking forward to another pretrip report with bonuses. :cool1:

swwake
03-19-2011, 07:56 PM
:welcome: and great to see you on the DIS again! I hope everything is ok?Everything is great! We have just been busy, mostly with the new puppy. Send me a PM and I will tell you my FB name if you're on Facebook and you can see pics of Sandy. We have also planned a Disney trip for December (see new PTR in my siggy) and we've been off-again, on-again on the Germany trip this year. Just last week we got an offer for a package again and now we're back to thinking about it for July.

Looking forward to your PTR!!

lovealldisney
03-20-2011, 01:33 PM
Hi Magdalene and Katharina!

So glad you started your PTR!! Looking forward to it! I'm here and on the mend I did end up with pneumonia been home all week recovering. I'm feeling better now and can't wait to join you two on your new adventures! Looking forward to the DLP trip and of course your Germany tales as well! :)

podsnel
03-20-2011, 07:32 PM
I'm here too!! Hope you are having a wonderful time in DLP today!! :goodvibes

All7OfUs
03-20-2011, 08:43 PM
it really does not matter on which people subscribe. It is wonderful to have new readers, wether it is on the first page or on page 99. :thumbsup2



I know exactly what you mean about readers- come late, early, whenever!! They are always welcome and much enjoyed! New perspectives, funny stories and adventures, and more chatter- I love it all!!

marvali
03-20-2011, 08:58 PM
I'm here!

mom3sonstt
03-20-2011, 09:36 PM
I'm here, caught up, and ready for the fun!

englishrose47
03-20-2011, 11:49 PM
Evening Magdalene !! I am just home from work!!!

Millie12591
03-21-2011, 12:26 AM
Here!! I can't wait to see how your trip shapes up!! :goodvibes

By the way....I love that picture of you two with the balloons. Soo cute!!

Hope your having a great time. Can't wait to hear back about it!!

Curiouser&curiouser!
03-21-2011, 10:13 AM
Joining in from the other thread! Have fun in Paris!!!

Captain_Oblivious
03-21-2011, 10:39 AM
Man, 3rd page already! You obviously have a lot of devoted fans!

I hope you are having a wonderful time at DLP...can't wait to hear about it!

Kleese
03-21-2011, 12:13 PM
:wave: I'm here and I can't wait to hear about DLP and your next trip :yay:!!

Kleese
03-21-2011, 02:49 PM
I decided to go back and read your older reviews since I just started following your last trip report I've missed out on a lot. I've only read your first trip report but I found it very fun and full of the details that you are known for. I really enjoyed reading about how you came up with your screen name and I found this quite intresting..
Final thoughts:

On our second visit to WDW Carola and I agreed that we had a lot of really great food.

Caution, this is going to be a bit of long and winded back story, so preoceed to the next paragraph for the real final thoughts!

I love to eat well when on vacation and was always a bit apprehensive of food at WDW. After my first trip to a Disney park, Disneyland during a stay with my aunt in California, in 1992 I really wanted to go and see Disneyland Paris that had opened that year, but really did not have the money for it as I was just starting university. However, my sister one year got me as a christmas present a huge guide book for Disneyland Paris (then still called EuroDisney), it was the Unofficial Guide for Disneyland Paris (I think there was only ever one edition published) in a German translation. In the chapter on food it starts as follows: During the ten years that we have been reporting on Disney's American parks, we did not have many good things to say about the quality of the food offered there. Of course there are exceptions, but in general Disney's restaurants have to make an immense effort to reach at least the level of quality offered by McDonald's (my translation back into English from German). They then go on to say how great the food at DLP is. I finally got to go to DLP in 1995, 1997 and 2003 and never had great food there. The food was not bad, but I never found anything really good (besides my love for Cowboy Cookout Barbeque). So I was really afraid before our trip in 2004 that the food would be really bad! That was before I had discovered the disboards and dining reviews and such, so I only went with what I could get from reading guide books. Wow, was I relieved after our first meal at Boma during that trip: the restaurant was really as great as it had sounded before!


:confused: So knowing both parks better today then a couple of years ago how do they compare? I can't believe they said the food was worse then McDonald's :sad2:

Hope your having a great time!!!!:goodvibes

Tiggerrn2
03-21-2011, 09:10 PM
Joining in and hoping to be in WDW during this same time period. A friend is turning 40, I'll be turning 45 and a third friend just turned 40. We are hoping to have another mom's only trip the 17th -22nd. October is a lovely time at WDW. The Food and Wine festival is awesome and the Halloween/Fall decorations are lovely. Weather is just beautiful, too. I have spent 3 trips to Disney in October. We have experienced record high temps in the 90s, but our last mom's only trip in Oct 2009 was cooler- 70s during the day and much cooler in the evenings. But much less humidity. Hoping and praying for some nice discounts to come out this summer for this time period.

Flo's Mum
03-22-2011, 11:59 AM
I decided to go back and read your older reviews since I just started following your last trip report I've missed out on a lot. I've only read your first trip report but I found it very fun and full of the details that you are known for. I really enjoyed reading about how you came up with your screen name and I found this quite intresting..



:confused: So knowing both parks better today then a couple of years ago how do they compare? I can't believe they said the food was worse then McDonald's :sad2:

Hope your having a great time!!!!:goodvibes
Hi, just gonna throw my 2 cents in about food in DLP.Really not great the last time I was there. QS burgers and pizzas overpriced and under taste. QS in WDW is far superior IMHO

vamassey1
03-22-2011, 01:34 PM
I'm late and on page three but I'm here!

I can't wait to read all the details and learn more about Germany from the sisters.

Flossbolna
03-24-2011, 05:23 AM
Hi everyone! We are back from a wonderful trip! I would love go straight back for another three days... :cloud9:

I will be back shortly for replies to all your posts and will give you some highlights of the trip. There were some truly magical moments!

tiggrbaby
03-24-2011, 05:38 AM
Welcome back! Can't wait for the details!:goodvibes

lovealldisney
03-24-2011, 05:49 AM
Glad to have you back!! Can't wait to read all about it!! :)

marvali
03-24-2011, 06:08 AM
Welcome Back Magdalene and Katharina! So glad you had such a Magical time! Can't wait to hear all about it!!!

jenbear123
03-24-2011, 07:46 AM
Back already??? That was fast! :rotfl: I can't wait to hear all about it

addictedtothemouse
03-24-2011, 09:21 AM
I just popped over from reading your TR, I loved it. I really enjoy hearing your perspective on things. I also loved the history lessons. :)

I'm going on a trip with my mom in Sept/Oct, we will celebrate her birthday then and then in December we will celebrate my 40th at Disney. :woohoo:

Flo's Mum
03-24-2011, 12:01 PM
Welcome home. Really looking forward to hearing about your trip to DLP.

dekkerdisneydreamer
03-24-2011, 03:49 PM
Hello ladies!

I'm in for the planning fun! I also can't wait to see how your DLP trip went!

Flossbolna
03-25-2011, 06:18 AM
I'm in!:goodvibes I'll be there in Oct, too:cool1: I will be turning 40 less than 2 months after WDW does, so this is kinda my birthday trip without a birthday, too, lol.

How funny how many of my readers seem to share the same birthyear as me! :goodvibes A trip to WDW is the beat way to celebrate a birthday! :thumbsup2

I hope that trip to WDW will be a bit less stressful than your last one!

I am sure it can !!! I think they would LOVE to meet someone from Germany but not as much as I will!!!:banana::banana:

Great, we will need to talk about plans at some point in the future! I hope we will be "Germanic" enough to impress you and the guys. ;)

Flossbolna
03-25-2011, 06:25 AM
Geezzze you guys move quick. Already on page two. Well by golly, page two is better than not at all. Looking forward to another pretrip report with bonuses. :cool1:

I am quite surprised as well! When I started my first PTR I was a bit anxious wether I would find anyone willing to read it. But it looks like this won't be an issue this time. :goodvibes Great to have you here!

Everything is great! We have just been busy, mostly with the new puppy. Send me a PM and I will tell you my FB name if you're on Facebook and you can see pics of Sandy. We have also planned a Disney trip for December (see new PTR in my siggy) and we've been off-again, on-again on the Germany trip this year. Just last week we got an offer for a package again and now we're back to thinking about it for July.

Looking forward to your PTR!!

I will have to check out your new PTR! And that reminds me that I need to work on my signature and bring that up to date...

Well, if you end up going to Germany, you know that I will be happy to answer any questions! :thumbsup2

Hi Magdalene and Katharina!

So glad you started your PTR!! Looking forward to it! I'm here and on the mend I did end up with pneumonia been home all week recovering. I'm feeling better now and can't wait to join you two on your new adventures! Looking forward to the DLP trip and of course your Germany tales as well! :)

Hi Wendy and welcome! I hope that I will get around to start telling some tales soon! Hope you are still improving from your illness! :hug:

Flossbolna
03-25-2011, 06:27 AM
I'm here too!! Hope you are having a wonderful time in DLP today!! :goodvibes

Hi Ellen! Good to see you here! We had such a great time, thanks! :goodvibes

I know exactly what you mean about readers- come late, early, whenever!! They are always welcome and much enjoyed! New perspectives, funny stories and adventures, and more chatter- I love it all!!

:thumbsup2

I'm here!

Welcome to our thread Marvin!! :banana:

Flossbolna
03-25-2011, 06:31 AM
I'm here, caught up, and ready for the fun!

Welcome Tanya! I just noticed your new signature line, I really like it! :goodvibes

Here!! I can't wait to see how your trip shapes up!! :goodvibes

By the way....I love that picture of you two with the balloons. Soo cute!!

Hope your having a great time. Can't wait to hear back about it!!

Hi Camille, great to have you here! The balloon picture was a favourite on the TR and Katharina and I like it, too. I think it captures the reason for going to WDW for my 40th: what other place can you still be a child at that much? :thumbsup2

Joining in from the other thread! Have fun in Paris!!!

:welcome:

Man, 3rd page already! You obviously have a lot of devoted fans!

I hope you are having a wonderful time at DLP...can't wait to hear about it!

DLP was fantastic, but it will take me some time sort through the more than 600 pictures I took...

Yes, I am quite amazed how popular I have become - I am just glad that my thread isn't moving at the same speed as Liesa's. That would be scary!!

Flossbolna
03-25-2011, 06:55 AM
:wave: I'm here and I can't wait to hear about DLP and your next trip :yay:!!

Hi Kleese, great to have you along!

I decided to go back and read your older reviews since I just started following your last trip report I've missed out on a lot. I've only read your first trip report but I found it very fun and full of the details that you are known for. I really enjoyed reading about how you came up with your screen name and I found this quite intresting..

:confused: So knowing both parks better today then a couple of years ago how do they compare? I can't believe they said the food was worse then McDonald's :sad2:

Hope your having a great time!!!!:goodvibes

It's great to hear that someone goes back and reads the old stuff! :goodvibes Thank you!

The book I was referring to was published in 1993 and talked about how bad the food at DL and WDW was then. I remember that in 1992 Katharina and I were not impressed at all with the fast food sold at DL. And I have been reading WDW online discussions for a very long time and it seems that counter service food only improved at WDW after 2000. I think places like the renovated Sunshine Seasons which opened in 2005 and Flame Tree BBQ which opened in 1998 were examples of improving variety and quality in WDW food.

In 2009 WDW was offering a lot of manages money if they would leave the company voluntarily before they then started to lay off many people on the manager level. One person who took the money before he possibly could have been laid off was the guy responsible for all food services. The story about it was in the Orlando Sentinel here (http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2009-02-27/business/dizbuyout27_1_hannig-restaurants-at-disney-disney-world).

I have no idea who is in charge now, so who knows which direction WDW will go in the future...

Hi, just gonna throw my 2 cents in about food in DLP.Really not great the last time I was there. QS burgers and pizzas overpriced and under taste. QS in WDW is far superior IMHO

The quote Kleese had from above was about WDW food being so bad and DLP food being supposedly so good. But things have changed since 1993 quite a lot. I can tell you, QS did not impress us this time in DLP either...

Interestingly, the guy I mentioned above, started his career at DLP before going to WDW. So maybe the food was really great when the parks opened but due to underperforming from the beginning they just had to up their profit margin on the food. I think now people just expect food to be bad at DLP. :confused3 We had some very nice TS meals however. :goodvibes

Flossbolna
03-25-2011, 06:59 AM
I'm late and on page three but I'm here!

I can't wait to read all the details and learn more about Germany from the sisters.

Hi and welcome!! Great to have you along! Your TR is one that I always intend to read, but never find the time to start reading it... I really hope that writing the PTR will be less time consuming than the TR so I will have more time to spend on other people's threads. :goodvibes

Welcome back! Can't wait for the details!:goodvibes

Glad to have you back!! Can't wait to read all about it!! :)

Welcome Back Magdalene and Katharina! So glad you had such a Magical time! Can't wait to hear all about it!!!

Back already??? That was fast! :rotfl: I can't wait to hear all about it

Welcome home. Really looking forward to hearing about your trip to DLP.

Thanks for all the welcome backs! It will take me some time to sort through all the pictures... I guess you will get a PTR update before DLP updates will start.... You still need to know about all our plans for WDW! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
03-25-2011, 07:01 AM
I just popped over from reading your TR, I loved it. I really enjoy hearing your perspective on things. I also loved the history lessons. :)

I'm going on a trip with my mom in Sept/Oct, we will celebrate her birthday then and then in December we will celebrate my 40th at Disney. :woohoo:

Hi and :welcome: Thanks for the nice comments about the TR! :goodvibes

Celebrating a 40th birthday at WDW is such a great concept, isn't it? :banana:

Hello ladies!

I'm in for the planning fun! I also can't wait to see how your DLP trip went!

:welcome: great to have you along!

eandesmom
03-25-2011, 03:07 PM
welcome back form your trip, I can't wait to read about it!

All7OfUs
03-25-2011, 06:46 PM
Welcome back, Ladies!! I can't wait to read all about your adventures and hear your stories! I KNOW you brought back lots of pictures for us, right??

3prettyprincesses
03-25-2011, 09:05 PM
Ok, I could've sworn I joined your PTR but apparently I didn't.:confused3 I know I meant to when I saw your final thoughts on your TR though, does that count Magdalene?;) Oh and hi Katharina!:goodvibes

Welcome back ladies from DLP!!:goodvibes I hope it was a wonderful trip and can't wait to hear all about it. I loved that timed video clip you posted of it over on your TR!

nodnol
03-27-2011, 12:01 PM
Hello and welcome to all readers! I can't believe my first appearance on our PTR is on page four.... But work (again) has been very busy before the trip to Paris and after the trip and on friday I developed a nasty sore throat. I feel better today so I finally caught up with the Disboards.

I'm looking forward to share our impressions from DLP and plans for WDW with all of you!

Flossbolna
03-28-2011, 06:33 AM
welcome back form your trip, I can't wait to read about it!

Welcome back, Ladies!! I can't wait to read all about your adventures and hear your stories! I KNOW you brought back lots of pictures for us, right??

Cynthia and Liesa, thanks for the welcome backs! I downloaded all the pics from my two cards onto the computer yesterday and now have over 700 pictures to play with!! :scared1:

Ok, I could've sworn I joined your PTR but apparently I didn't.:confused3 I know I meant to when I saw your final thoughts on your TR though, does that count Magdalene?;) Oh and hi Katharina!:goodvibes

Welcome back ladies from DLP!!:goodvibes I hope it was a wonderful trip and can't wait to hear all about it. I loved that timed video clip you posted of it over on your TR!

I could have sworn that you already joined as well! :goodvibes Anyway, I am glad that you did, love to have you along! :thumbsup2

The trip was really great and I have plenty of pictures to show you all how beautiful the park is! :cloud9:

englishrose47
03-28-2011, 07:39 AM
Good Morning !!I too am waiting for the pix of DLP!!!

Kleese
03-28-2011, 10:18 AM
Hi Kleese, great to have you along!



It's great to hear that someone goes back and reads the old stuff! :goodvibes Thank you!

The book I was referring to was published in 1993 and talked about how bad the food at DL and WDW was then. I remember that in 1992 Katharina and I were not impressed at all with the fast food sold at DL. And I have been reading WDW online discussions for a very long time and it seems that counter service food only improved at WDW after 2000. I think places like the renovated Sunshine Seasons which opened in 2005 and Flame Tree BBQ which opened in 1998 were examples of improving variety and quality in WDW food.

In 2009 WDW was offering a lot of manages money if they would leave the company voluntarily before they then started to lay off many people on the manager level. One person who took the money before he possibly could have been laid off was the guy responsible for all food services. The story about it was in the Orlando Sentinel here (http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2009-02-27/business/dizbuyout27_1_hannig-restaurants-at-disney-disney-world).

I have no idea who is in charge now, so who knows which direction WDW will go in the future...



The quote Kleese had from above was about WDW food being so bad and DLP food being supposedly so good. But things have changed since 1993 quite a lot. I can tell you, QS did not impress us this time in DLP either...

Interestingly, the guy I mentioned above, started his career at DLP before going to WDW. So maybe the food was really great when the parks opened but due to underperforming from the beginning they just had to up their profit margin on the food. I think now people just expect food to be bad at DLP. :confused3 We had some very nice TS meals however. :goodvibes

You have such great information! My first trip to DW was in 2009 and I've only been two times in total so I've missed a lot and still have so much to discover! I'm always in awe about your knowledge of what's going on :disrocks: By the way :welcome:BACK! Very excited to hear you had such a great trip and you took so many pictures :cloud9:

Flossbolna
03-28-2011, 05:13 PM
You have such great information! My first trip to DW was in 2009 and I've only been two times in total so I've missed a lot and still have so much to discover! I'm always in awe about your knowledge of what's going on :disrocks: By the way :welcome:BACK! Very excited to hear you had such a great trip and you took so many pictures :cloud9:

You have lots of time to catch up since you are nearly ten years younger than me! ;)

But I know what you mean! There are so many attractions which I have never seen and where I am a latecomer. But it really does not matter, the good thing is that there will something to enjox in the future! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
03-28-2011, 05:33 PM
Ok, let's start with some basic information about our upcoming WDW trip. So far you only know the dates and no other details! :scared1:

You would think the resort choice was obvious: I just had become a DVC owner at the Boardwalk Villas last year, so of course my first choice would be my home resort?

Well, I had a perfect reservation for November 2011, but then all this changing dates of the trips started. DVC owners can book the resort they own at 11 months in advance and other DVC resorts 7 months in advance. By the time we realized we might want to change our dates I realized that the 7 months window for October was going to start very soon. That was a dangerous thing! BWV is a very popular resort in October because you can walk to Epcot for the Food & Wine Festival.

So I immediately tried to get an additional reservation for October while still keeping the one for November (fortunately I had enough points to do that) and was kind of lucky. We got one room type for a few nights, then one night without a room and then a different room type for other nights. All not very pleasant. But I knew that there is something in DVC called waitlist and I just hoped that other people would change their plans as well and in the end it would all work out. Another alternative was to perhaps do a split stay with another resort. Animal Kingdom Lodge, Bay Lake Tower and Villas at the Wilderness Lodge were strong contenders. But in the end the waitlist worked perfectly and we decided that we wanted to stay put in one place. We will be staying 11 nights in a garden view/pool view studio. I have requested a "Village Green view" which means a view of the lawn between the boardwalk at the lake and lobby building. If we get this it will be nearly as good as a Boardwalk view, which would have been my first choice (and which I had booked for November).

By now it has been settled that the trip will happen in October, so I cancelled the November reservation (will have lots of points to bank from 2011 use year into 2012 - must do that before March 2012!).

We are really looking forward to staying at the Boardwalk. We did explore it a bit before our dinner at Flying Fish and just loved the atmosphere. My highlights about the Boardwalk are:


the whimsical lobby with so many things to explore
Bellevue Lounge: I am sure we will make a point of visiting that beautiful space
Flying Fish: I am even tempted to eat there twice during our trip, it is my favourite restaurant on property
walking to Epcot and DHS


And to keep you entertained, here are some impressions from our the visit last year which caused me to spend an awful lot of money on DVC... ;)

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%204/DSC06456.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%204/DSC06460.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%204/DSC06461.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%204/DSC06466.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%204/DSC06471.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%204/DSC06472.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%204/DSC06473.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%204/DSC06474.jpg

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%204/DSC06499.jpg

tiggrbaby
03-28-2011, 06:18 PM
Oh, you will love the Boardwalk! Our only time staying a full week was in a 2BR villa, and we just loved the ability to walk to the two parks, and the crazy clown slide!

glennbo123
03-28-2011, 07:24 PM
I'm glad that your waitlist came through and you can stay at your home resort for the whole trip. Being your home resort, you should get to stay there on your first DVC trip!

I love that big chair. :laughing:

eandesmom
03-28-2011, 08:25 PM
:goodvibes for staying at the Boardwalk! It looks so lovely (besides the creepy clown). You will adore the location. I am a little confused though, do you still have 2 sets of dates booked?

englishrose47
03-28-2011, 08:42 PM
Oh it was a big chair I thought I was gonna meet liitle people in October:rotfl2:

lovealldisney
03-29-2011, 06:06 AM
Bellevue Lounge: I am sure we will make a point of visiting that beautiful space

Hmmmm.... Bellevue I can think of another Bellevue that is equally beautiful. :goodvibes

I love the picture of Katharina on the sofa!! That's so cute, you should make that an annual picture!

dekkerdisneydreamer
03-29-2011, 09:13 AM
Who wouldn't love staying at BWV during Food & Wine? Good choice, I must say! There is also so many things to do around the Boardwalk, you'll never be without activity.

I love all the pictures, brings back memories of your TR. Also, I think that the picture of Katharina on the huge couch is my favorite. It makes her look so tiny!

Flossbolna
03-29-2011, 10:11 AM
Oh, you will love the Boardwalk! Our only time staying a full week was in a 2BR villa, and we just loved the ability to walk to the two parks, and the crazy clown slide!

Oh, I forgot the slide! I love slides, but never tried the AKL one, but liked the one at the Poly. The Clown slide looks like a fun slide, I will make sure to use it! As well as the lovely pool bar which looks like a carroussel! :goodvibes

I'm glad that your waitlist came through and you can stay at your home resort for the whole trip. Being your home resort, you should get to stay there on your first DVC trip!

I love that big chair. :laughing:

The chair was another favourite on the TR and when I added the link I was feeling a bit naughty - I am sure that it isn't one of Katharina's favourites, but I think it is cute! :lovestruc

BWV being my home resort was another very important to stay there, as you say, it just feels right for my first DVC trip! And it is the one resort that I always dreamed about and never stayed at (I have been so lucky to be able to stay at my to other dream resorts: AKL and the Poly).

:goodvibes for staying at the Boardwalk! It looks so lovely (besides the creepy clown). You will adore the location. I am a little confused though, do you still have 2 sets of dates booked?

The clown does not creep me out that much... I remember when we planned the 2010 trip Katharina had strong objections towards POFQ because of the alligators there. She did not like them!

Flossbolna
03-29-2011, 10:19 AM
Oh it was a big chair I thought I was gonna meet liitle people in October:rotfl2:

:lmao:

One must do for the trip will be to get a picture of me on that chair as well! :thumbsup2

Hmmmm.... Bellevue I can think of another Bellevue that is equally beautiful. :goodvibes

I love the picture of Katharina on the sofa!! That's so cute, you should make that an annual picture!

You are right!! :goodvibes And it actually means beautiful view, so anything with that name should be...

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

Who wouldn't love staying at BWV during Food & Wine? Good choice, I must say! There is also so many things to do around the Boardwalk, you'll never be without activity.

I love all the pictures, brings back memories of your TR. Also, I think that the picture of Katharina on the huge couch is my favorite. It makes her look so tiny!

I really hope that we will find the time to really experience the Boardwalk. I am really afraid of putting too much into the trip. But I think we did quite well in this regard at DLP, so I am optimistic!

Kleese
03-29-2011, 02:46 PM
We are really looking forward to staying at the Boardwalk. We did
explore it a bit before our dinner at Flying Fish and just loved the
atmosphere. My highlights about the Boardwalk are:


the whimsical lobby with so many things to explore

Bellevue Lounge: I am sure we will make a point
of visiting that beautiful space
Flying Fish: I am even tempted to eat there twice
during our trip, it is my favourite restaurant on property
walking to Epcot and DHS


And to keep you entertained, here are some impressions from our the
visit last year which caused me to spend an awful lot of money on DVC... ;)



I'm so excited but so jealous :teeth:! You have to get pics of you on the waterslide so I can pretend it's me :rotfl: Maybe one day here's hoping but until then:surfweb: I'll be happy to live through you popcorn::

How's the weather by you? I see you have a spring smiley in your sig. Did you already do your marathon yet?

kid-at-heart
03-29-2011, 04:06 PM
BWV - awesome! What style room, studio, 1-bd, standard, preferred, boardwalk? Inquiring minds want to know. :dance3:

All7OfUs
03-29-2011, 04:10 PM
I see you have a long and detailed update there, but I am sitting here waiting for class to start and sadly will have to read it later tonight. Can't wait though!

By the way!! THANKS for the lovely postcard I got in the mail today! WHAT FUN to get something from such a beautiful looking castle! Loved it!

podsnel
03-29-2011, 05:25 PM
I really am so glad that worked out for you and you were able to keep your BWV reservation.... I can't wait to stay there, either, this May! :banana: Although I have stayed there once before- but that was only for one night, and after a cruise....so, not the happiest stay. :rotfl: I'm looking forward to really enjoying the BW for many years to come! :thumbsup2

All7OfUs
03-29-2011, 11:39 PM
Ok, I'm back after reading it all. Like Cynthia, I'm confuzled... do you still technically have a split stay? In the end, it probably doesn't matter, except, if so, would you have to change rooms possibly??

I do love the Boardwalk area. Maybe not quite as much as the Poly or even AKL, but very close. I"m sure if i ever did do the walk to EPCOT"s backdoor, I'd love it even more.

I'd say all your reasons are very lovely ones. I'm so glad you ended up choosing this resort for your maiden voyage.

Captain_Oblivious
03-30-2011, 02:49 PM
Welcome back ladies! Been away for a few days, just catching up. I'm glad things are working out for a stay at the Boardwalk!

Flossbolna
03-30-2011, 03:31 PM
I'm so excited but so jealous :teeth:! You have to get pics of you on the waterslide so I can pretend it's me :rotfl: Maybe one day here's hoping but until then:surfweb: I'll be happy to live through you popcorn::

How's the weather by you? I see you have a spring smiley in your sig. Did you already do your marathon yet?

:lmao: Do we look alike?? I am not sure I want to get my camera on that slide though... ;) But I am planning on taking lots of pictures!

The weather here has been very nice and sunny the last days. And for the next week we are even supposed to get temperature in the 70s!! Not common for this time of the year...

The marathon was not a marathon, but a 5k! :rolleyes1 I did ok, I was training to get a time under 30 minutes, but did not make it, I got in at 31:47... But at least I went out and did it!! I am thinking about training for a 10k in June now again. I reall need to get in shape for that, June will be around soon!! :scared1:

BWV - awesome! What style room, studio, 1-bd, standard, preferred, boardwalk? Inquiring minds want to know. :dance3:

Sorry, I still haven't gotten used to different types of rooms being available: we got a studio. I briefly thought about a one bedroom, but since that would not give us a second bed and would still mean that Katharina has to sleep on a pull out couch, I did not see the real benefit of it.

I see you have a long and detailed update there, but I am sitting here waiting for class to start and sadly will have to read it later tonight. Can't wait though!

By the way!! THANKS for the lovely postcard I got in the mail today! WHAT FUN to get something from such a beautiful looking castle! Loved it!

I somehow missed your post, I am glad that you got it! The castle is beautiful, isn't it? I really love it! :cloud9:

Flossbolna
03-30-2011, 03:44 PM
I really am so glad that worked out for you and you were able to keep your BWV reservation.... I can't wait to stay there, either, this May! :banana: Although I have stayed there once before- but that was only for one night, and after a cruise....so, not the happiest stay. :rotfl: I'm looking forward to really enjoying the BW for many years to come! :thumbsup2

You mentioned this before that your experience with the BW wasn't that great. But since we are neighbours there now, I hope you and I will both have many happy stays there! So the Moms trip this year will be to the BW? Is Cammie coming along for that trip as well? Her TRs were some of the first I ever got involved in here on the DIS, I think she isn't around that much anymore, is she? Say hi to her from a secret fan! I hope she and her daughters are doing well!

And I am looking forward to all the BW pictures you will bring back in May!!! :banana:

Ok, I'm back after reading it all. Like Cynthia, I'm confuzled... do you still technically have a split stay? In the end, it probably doesn't matter, except, if so, would you have to change rooms possibly??

I do love the Boardwalk area. Maybe not quite as much as the Poly or even AKL, but very close. I"m sure if i ever did do the walk to EPCOT"s backdoor, I'd love it even more.

I'd say all your reasons are very lovely ones. I'm so glad you ended up choosing this resort for your maiden voyage.

Sorry for all the confusion! I need to edit that post!!

I cancelled the November reservation once our plans were definite for October. And thanks to the waitlist we now can stay in one room for the whole stay. :goodvibes

It's funny how a lot of people seem to like this combination of resorts: AKL, Poly, BWV :thumbsup2 You have great taste, Liesa. :woohoo:

Welcome back ladies! Been away for a few days, just catching up. I'm glad things are working out for a stay at the Boardwalk!

Hi Captain, I had been wondering this morning what might have happened to you... We already seem to have lost Marvin to his work load and computer trouble... Good to see you back! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
03-30-2011, 04:13 PM
I was so excited to tell you all about the Boardwalk that I forgot to tell about half the important facts. I have edited the post above, but for those who already have read it, here are some clarifications/additions:

We will be staying 11 nights in a garden view/pool view studio, no moving around at all. I have requested a "Village Green view" which means a view of the lawn between the boardwalk at the lake and lobby building. If we get this it will be nearly as good as a Boardwalk view, which would have been my first choice (and which I had booked for November).

By now it has been settled that the trip will happen in October, so I cancelled the November reservation (will have lots of points to bank from 2011 use year into 2012 - must do that before March 2012!).

Sorry for all the confusion!! :goodvibes

sue_88
03-30-2011, 05:26 PM
I'm looking forward to reading your reports and hopeing that neither of you get upset and throw a tantrum. :)

Flossbolna
03-31-2011, 07:44 AM
I'm looking forward to reading your reports and hopeing that neither of you get upset and throw a tantrum. :)

:welcome:

We hope that we will be able to refrain from tantrums this time as well. We are already discussing plans and are trying to make them a lit more relaxing than the last trip! :goodvibes

lovealldisney
03-31-2011, 08:22 AM
Hi Magdalene,

Just remember that October can be still quite hot in Florida, so taking afternoon breaks to nap or swim is a good idea. ;)

Flossbolna
03-31-2011, 08:58 AM
Ok, this is a very theoretical question. There really only is one way that is practical to get from Germany to WDW: by airplane. Of course I am dreaming of one day taking a transatlantic cruise on a Disney Cruise Line Ship to travel to WDW, but the dates did not fit this time...

If you want just the end result, I could nearly just copy the PTR post about our flights from the 2010 trip, but as you know me, I love to tell the long story... So here it is (in abridged form):

In 2010 we flew with Lufthansa, the German airline, from Berlin to Frankfurt and then from Frankfurt to Orlando. We really liked that.

When we started looking at flights we were rather shocked how expensive Lufthansa was for October. :eek: We did not like that and started looking around. Air France was going to start direct flights from Paris to Orlando as well, so we considered that as an option.

We really rather wanted to connect in Europe, not in the US. The reason for this is: if you are connecting in Europe, your luggage will always be checked through to your final destination. However if you arrive in the US and connect onto a domestic flight, you have to go through immigration, collect your luggage and then go through customs at your first point of entry into the US. After customs you can then give away your luggage again for it to be transported on your domestic flight. The whole immigration/customs process can be rather lengthy. I am someone who always worries when you have to make a connection that you might miss it and knowing that I might have to wait in endless lines when I have to make a connection is not good...

So we had two options: expensive Lufthansa or slightly less expensive (but no way cheap) Air France:


Lufthansa uses a plane which has 2-4-2 seat configuration, Air France one which had 3-4-3 seat configuration, so we would not be able to have one row just with the two of us.
Air France makes us connect in Charles-de-Gaulle Airport which is huge and very complicated and which has a bit of a reputation of losing luggage. Lufthansa makes us connect in Frankfurt which is pretty large as well, but not as complicated as CDG.
Lufthansa has in-seat entertainment, Air France only has large screens with the same entertainment for everyone.
Air France serves champagne in economy, Lufthansa doesn't. But then we follow the rule on how to avoid jet-lag: don't drink alcohol or caffein on the day of your flight.
Lufthansa personel speaks German, Air France personel speaks French, a foreign language we both aren't good at.

We really preferred Lufthansa, but did not think it was worth the price difference. However, then we realized that there might be a tiny chance that Katharina would have to reschedule the October trip (there will be a change in management at her workplace) and the Air France ticket was non-refundable and non-rebookable. She would lose all the money payed for it. So she really needed to get a refundable ticket (or at least one where she could change the dates on). And me, too. I would not want to have to go on my own in October. And the more flexible Air France ticket then wasn't that far away from the price of the Lufthansa ticket!! :banana:

So now we are booked on LH 464 leaving Frankfurt on October 11 at 2:05 pm, arriving at MCO at 6:05 pm after 10 hours!! We will return on October 22 on LH 465 leaving MCO at 8:30 pm, arriving in Frankfurt at 11:25am the next day, that flight is about 1 hour shorter than the way there.

We will try to keep ourselves entertained during the flight with hopefully a better movie selection than on the last flight on our personal TVs:

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

And will be fed two meals - a lunch about 1-2 hours after departure

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%201/DSC06059.jpg

and then a warm snack (usually a pasta dish) about 1.5 hours before arrival

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%201/DSC06075.jpg

Last time Katharina had ordered a lactose free meal (all kind of special dietary needs meals are available for pre-order). But these contained quite a lot of tomato. And the foods which are the biggest trouble for her are dairy and tomato. So those meals weren't really good for her either. So this time she will just have the normal meal and we will see what she can eat and she will bring some cookies and fruit for the flight as well.

When we booked the flight I was amazed how many seats were already booked on the plane and we did get ok seats, but not great ones. Then, a few days after we had booked we got an email from Lufthansa with another confirmation. We were at first confused, but then figured out that the flight times had become 10 minutes shorter. I was surprised, but then had an idea: perhaps that meant that they changed the type of plane they had planned on using :idea:. And checked wether we still had our seats assigned. When I did this I discovered that indeed this was now a larger plane and a row of seats had opened up which was not available before. These seats were much better and I immediately changed our reservation! :thumbsup2

We will now have the same plane as last time: An Airbus 340-600:

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

And we will be in 30H and 30K on both ways, way to the front of the economy cabin. This makes a huge difference in getting off the plane and being towards the front of the lines at immigration!! :woohoo:

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

As you can see, the A340 is quite interesting: the bathrooms are downstairs...

I wrote about the long flight first because it is more exciting. But in order to prevent confusion: Katharina's ticket actually has her flying from Berlin to Frankfurt in the morning of our departure day and I will be flying from Nuremberg to Frankfurt. Our flights arrive in Frankfurt within 5 minutes of each other, so we will meat up there and then will try to find some lunch. On the way back we will split up and continue on our respective connecting flights to Berlin or Nuremberg.
P.S.: Sorry for the recycling of plane pictures from 2009!!

Flossbolna
03-31-2011, 09:04 AM
Hi Magdalene,

Just remember that October can be still quite hot in Florida, so taking afternoon breaks to nap or swim is a good idea. ;)

Thanks for the advice!! Did you ever go in October? We are a bit scared about the heat and we will definitely build in breaks in our plan! As well as two visits to the water parks!! :beach:

lovealldisney
03-31-2011, 09:33 AM
Thanks for the advice!! Did you ever go in October? We are a bit scared about the heat and we will definitely build in breaks in our plan! As well as two visits to the water parks!! :beach:

Yes I've been in October when the weather was still in the 90's! But that was a while ago. I would do some research on the weather during that time and plan accordingly. At least you will have nicer weather than last time. That's a good thing.

I love the flight update! And I love the airplane pictures! When you go in October can I request from you pictures of the airport? :laughing: It's weird but I love reading about the whole journey to whatever destination your going to. :upsidedow And I love airport pictures.

I think you made the right choice on taking Lufthansa again, my motto when in doubt go with your gut feeling. To me I think it's worth the extra price. :)

Curiouser&curiouser!
03-31-2011, 09:48 AM
Those are some LONG flights! I am dying to travel internationally, but I just don't know if I could handle that long for traveling. I am just not a good traveler.

We are planning a trip out to visit some family in the midwest. I think we are going to drive out (plane ticket prices are not pretty!) and it would be 13.5 hours. I am NOT looking forward to it!!

Captain_Oblivious
03-31-2011, 09:55 AM
Hi Captain, I had been wondering this morning what might have happened to you... We already seem to have lost Marvin to his work load and computer trouble... Good to see you back! :thumbsup2

Thanks! I took a long weekend to visit my brother, his wife and my brand-new nephew up in New Hampshire. We had a great time exploring New England...once I get the pictures uploaded online, I'll probably do another TR on the Disdads.com page, if you're interested. :surfweb:

And the more flexible Air France ticket then wasn't that far away from the price of the Lufthansa ticket!! :banana:

:woohoo::cool1: Nice work! I've heard good things about Lufthansa, and I'm glad you got your preference!

And :worship::worship::worship: for the plane photos and seat diagrams. I thought I was an obsessive planner! :rotfl2:

Flossbolna
03-31-2011, 10:00 AM
Yes I've been in October when the weather was still in the 90's! But that was a while ago. I would do some research on the weather during that time and plan accordingly. At least you will have nicer weather than last time. That's a good thing.

We already looked at some historical weather data and realized that it will be hot. But just as you said, we are really looking forward to it being warmer than last time!! And we hope it won't be as hot as July!! :scared1:

So far we have a few EMH mornings and I think those will work well in warmer weather. But it will be strange that due to it still being daylight saving time while we are there, sunrise will be slightly later than in January, and sunset will be much later than in January. It will make for a differnt touring feeling to have daylight until 7:30pm! :thumbsup2

I love the flight update! And I love the airplane pictures! When you go in October can I request from you pictures of the airport? :laughing: It's weird but I love reading about the whole journey to whatever destination your going to. :upsidedow And I love airport pictures.

I think you made the right choice on taking Lufthansa again, my motto when in doubt go with your gut feeling. To me I think it's worth the extra price. :)

Ok, I will try to take lots of airport pictures! :goodvibes I guess you must have loved Liesas TR then, she must have had the longest trip to WDW ever! ;) And I think you are right, we are really excited about our flights and that just adds to a general excitement about the trip. That's much nicer than questioning oneself all the time whether it was the right decision. :woohoo:

Those are some LONG flights! I am dying to travel internationally, but I just don't know if I could handle that long for traveling. I am just not a good traveler.

We are planning a trip out to visit some family in the midwest. I think we are going to drive out (plane ticket prices are not pretty!) and it would be 13.5 hours. I am NOT looking forward to it!!

The flights are a bit tiresome. Especially you have so little private space. They do keep you busy with food and entertainment, but the best thing is to bring an interesting book. On the trip back it is a red-eye flight and I am pretty good at sleeping on the plane. Sleeping from the US to Europe also helps you adjust to the new time zone, but going from Europe to the US I find that trying to keep awake will help you adjust much better.

13.5 hours in the car is very long, but at least you can stop along the way! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
03-31-2011, 10:13 AM
Thanks! I took a long weekend to visit my brother, his wife and my brand-new nephew up in New Hampshire. We had a great time exploring New England...once I get the pictures uploaded online, I'll probably do another TR on the Disdads.com page, if you're interested. :surfweb:

A ninja post!! I would love to read about your New England trip! I was there in 2008 and loved that region. :goodvibes But your trip reports are a great read, wherever you go! :thumbsup2

Did I ever mention that I read the other updates on your Statue of Liberty TR and really enjoyed them? When we were there in 2008 we were not able to go all the way up, only on to the plattform level. But we had to book ticket for that in advance and there was so much security to jsut go there... We also loved the Ellis Island museum. There is kind of the opposite of this in Hamburg where many ships with emmigrants departed from: Ballin Stadt (http://www.ballinstadt.net/BallinStadt_emigration_museum_Hamburg/english_BallinStadt_das_Auswanderermuseum_Hamburg_ besonderes_Ausflugsziel_Ausflugsort_Erlebnisort_Fr eizeit_leisureworkgroup_Geschaeftsfuehrer_Jens_Nit schke_Berater_Museen_Fachmann_Entwicklung_Konzepti on_Design_Erlebniswelt_Erlebnismuseum.html)


:woohoo::cool1: Nice work! I've heard good things about Lufthansa, and I'm glad you got your preference!

And :worship::worship::worship: for the plane photos and seat diagrams. I thought I was an obsessive planner! :rotfl2:

In Germany Lufthansa has a very good reputation and I like flying with them. But some of that might also be that people prefer their national airline. So I am not really sure how good they are in international comparison. I think some of the Asian airlines are much better, but there isn't a chance to fly with them to Orlando, so it really does not matter.

And the plane and seating chart: they were already on photobucket from my last PTR, so pretty easy to get... :thumbsup2

Corrine 1973
03-31-2011, 11:02 AM
Just got caught up reading your PTR and I can't wait to read morepopcorn::

When we were looking at the Pictures of the plane, my son Liam asked me if that was the plane we were going to be on when we went to WDW. I had to laugh and tell him no, our plane would not be as big. Plus only having a 2 1/2 hour flight we would not get any food on our flight, just a drink. That's OK, I would much rather bring something to snack on anyway.:lmao:

One of these days I would love to be able to visit Germany and all those castles (maybe see if I can find any relatives. Great Grandma from there) Some day I hope.:woohoo:

glennbo123
03-31-2011, 11:19 AM
Lufthansa personel speaks German, Air France personel speaks French, a foreign language we both aren't good at.



This made me think of a quote by Steve Martin: "Boy, those French! They have a different word for everything!"

Good catch on checking whether you had a different plane and snagging better seats. :thumbsup2

Corrine 1973
03-31-2011, 12:01 PM
Forgot to say that we are also going on a Birthday trip with out a birtday at the end of May. Taking my son for his birthday which will actually be the week previous.:rotfl2: Hey may even throw in my birthday as well though it isn't until August.:lmao:

Captain_Oblivious
03-31-2011, 12:10 PM
A ninja post!! I would love to read about your New England trip! I was there in 2008 and loved that region. :goodvibes But your trip reports are a great read, wherever you go! :thumbsup2

Flattery will get you everywhere! But seriously, thank you. Where did you go in 2008?

Did I ever mention that I read the other updates on your Statue of Liberty TR and really enjoyed them? When we were there in 2008 we were not able to go all the way up, only on to the plattform level. But we had to book ticket for that in advance and there was so much security to jsut go there... We also loved the Ellis Island museum. There is kind of the opposite of this in Hamburg where many ships with emmigrants departed from: Ballin Stadt (http://www.ballinstadt.net/BallinStadt_emigration_museum_Hamburg/english_BallinStadt_das_Auswanderermuseum_Hamburg_ besonderes_Ausflugsziel_Ausflugsort_Erlebnisort_Fr eizeit_leisureworkgroup_Geschaeftsfuehrer_Jens_Nit schke_Berater_Museen_Fachmann_Entwicklung_Konzepti on_Design_Erlebniswelt_Erlebnismuseum.html)

Yes, you did mention that, and once again--thanks so much for reading! It's music to my ears (eyes?) to see that you enjoyed them. Maybe someday you can come back and climb to the crown! Although as you saw...there's really not much to see up there.

That museum in Hamburg looks very interesting. Having seen Ellis Island now, it would be interesting to see what it was like on the other side. I wonder if Hamburg is the port my mother was looking for when she couldn't find her ancestors!

In Germany Lufthansa has a very good reputation and I like flying with them. But some of that might also be that people prefer their national airline. So I am not really sure how good they are in international comparison. I think some of the Asian airlines are much better, but there isn't a chance to fly with them to Orlando, so it really does not matter.

And the plane and seating chart: they were already on photobucket from my last PTR, so pretty easy to get... :thumbsup2

Still...even having them available is impressive! :thumbsup2

vamassey1
03-31-2011, 12:45 PM
A Belated Welcome Home!

I've enjoyed getting back up to speed on the planning of your October trip. I'm so glad the flights are now squared away and your seats are better.:thumbsup2

I'm really looking forward to your October trip.

Flossbolna
03-31-2011, 02:34 PM
I am quite excited!! It looks like Katharina and I have just finished our PLAN of attack for our trip including all the ADRs we want to get!! I have been wrecking my brain for some time on how to get everything into a plan which still allows relaxation as well as getting everything done we want to do... I really like what we came up with! :thumbsup2

Things will start to be revealed soon (I know all of you wonder when I will stop writing about that boring WDW stuff and get to the juicy DLP stuff... :rotfl:), our ADR day is only 2 weeks away, so there will be some reporting about restaurants soon! :banana:

Just got caught up reading your PTR and I can't wait to read morepopcorn::

When we were looking at the Pictures of the plane, my son Liam asked me if that was the plane we were going to be on when we went to WDW. I had to laugh and tell him no, our plane would not be as big. Plus only having a 2 1/2 hour flight we would not get any food on our flight, just a drink. That's OK, I would much rather bring something to snack on anyway.:lmao:

One of these days I would love to be able to visit Germany and all those castles (maybe see if I can find any relatives. Great Grandma from there) Some day I hope.:woohoo:

Hi and :welcome: Those large planes are quiet impressive, aren't they? Especially at the airport when they are parked next to a 737. :thumbsup2 We migh bring some snacks for the flight as well, the problem is just that we would have to make sure to eat it during the flight or have to throw it into the trash since you are not allowed to import food stuff the US (luckily cookies and candy are exempt, so I can still bring/send those as gifts).

Germany is a wonderful country and I am sure you would find it much easier to travel in Europe than most people think it is. One of my DISfriends, lovealldisney, just travelled across Germany with her DH last summer and they had a brilliant time. I am sure she would agree that it was very doable. Of course the flights are expensive...

Forgot to say that we are also going on a Birthday trip with out a birtday at the end of May. Taking my son for his birthday which will actually be the week previous.:rotfl2: Hey may even throw in my birthday as well though it isn't until August.:lmao:

:thumbsup2 I think it is very common to celebrate a non-birthday at WDW! On the teacups ride you should actually celebrate your unbirthday anyway!! :lmao:

This made me think of a quote by Steve Martin: "Boy, those French! They have a different word for everything!"


:laughing:

Ok, I will let Mark find the movie this quote is from... And btw, the quarter pounder is called a Hamburger Royal in Germany as well! ;)

And just to add another "history" lesson (even though this is linguistics I think?): He is pretty wrong, English adopted so many French words through the Norman invasion in 1066. They are just pronounced differently. :lmao: Think beef - boeuf, pork - porc, liberty - liberté, arrive - arriver. But I am sure you know that anyway. :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
03-31-2011, 02:43 PM
Flattery will get you everywhere! But seriously, thank you. Where did you go in 2008?

We started in NYC (that's the same trip I was at the Statue of Liberty) and then drove along the coast, stopped in New Haven and Newport and then spent a few days on Cape Cod, then up towards NH where we stayed in North Conway for a few days (just before the start of the fall season, but the leaves were already really pretty!) and then ended in Boston and flew home from there. We did a lot of the driving along small country roads and stopped in all kind of small towns. Once we came across a parade which was great to watch! :goodvibes


Yes, you did mention that, and once again--thanks so much for reading! It's music to my ears (eyes?) to see that you enjoyed them. Maybe someday you can come back and climb to the crown! Although as you saw...there's really not much to see up there.

I am quite certain that a trip to NYC will happen within the next five years, but I am not sure I want to dedicate another full day for this excursion. But then, there was lots which we did not explore in depth at the Ellis Island museum, so a return trip might be worth it...

That museum in Hamburg looks very interesting. Having seen Ellis Island now, it would be interesting to see what it was like on the other side. I wonder if Hamburg is the port my mother was looking for when she couldn't find her ancestors!


I have been meaning to visit it for quite some time. Perhaps I should make a weekend trip to Hamburg this summer, it is an interesting city! :thumbsup2

Hamburg was one of the large emmigration ports, but Bremerhaven was as well. And I think there were others as well. I read that her ancestors were from Frankfurt - and there are two Frankfurts in Germany even, one at the river Main and the other at the river Oder. From what I gathered, she really has very little information to start from...

A Belated Welcome Home!

I've enjoyed getting back up to speed on the planning of your October trip. I'm so glad the flights are now squared away and your seats are better.:thumbsup2

I'm really looking forward to your October trip.

Thanks! I am getting very excited about the October trip as well. Booking the flights is always a big thing since they are actually the biggest chunk of money (since I now can stay at the resort "for free" - not considering the DVC purchase price ;) ).

Tiggerrn2
03-31-2011, 04:32 PM
Thanks for the advice!! Did you ever go in October? We are a bit scared about the heat and we will definitely build in breaks in our plan! As well as two visits to the water parks!! :beach:

Magdelene, we have done a few trips during Oct. In 2004, we were there the very end of Oct and into Nov. They were experiencing record heat then and it was in the 90s every day. My children were 4 and 6 then. All they really wanted to do was stay at the pool.
In 2006 we went the 2nd week of Oct due accompanying DD ballet group. Weather was not quite as hot, but still plenty warm for swimming daily.
In 2009, I went with girlfriends the 3rd week of Oct. and it was much cooler that trip. We needed jackets or sweatshirts in the mornings and evenings and it was comfortable with capris/short sleeves during the day.
So the best advice I can give you is to be sure to pack a few bits of clothes for cooler temps, but it should be mostly 80s.

Flossbolna
03-31-2011, 04:54 PM
Magdelene, we have done a few trips during Oct. In 2004, we were there the very end of Oct and into Nov. They were experiencing record heat then and it was in the 90s every day. My children were 4 and 6 then. All they really wanted to do was stay at the pool.
In 2006 we went the 2nd week of Oct due accompanying DD ballet group. Weather was not quite as hot, but still plenty warm for swimming daily.
In 2009, I went with girlfriends the 3rd week of Oct. and it was much cooler that trip. We needed jackets or sweatshirts in the mornings and evenings and it was comfortable with capris/short sleeves during the day.
So the best advice I can give you is to be sure to pack a few bits of clothes for cooler temps, but it should be mostly 80s.

Wow, we might have been at WDW at the same time in 2004!! That was my first trip to Florida with a friend. We started in Jacksonville (wanted to get the rental car in Florida to avoid one-way-rental-fees), drove to Savannah, Georgia, then down to Orlando (visited Blue Springs State Park along the way which was a wonderful place!), spent 5 days at WDW (Nov. 2-7, 2004), then on to Naples, a brief visit to the Everglades, on to the Keys and then ended in Miami. I remember this trip to have been very hot and humid. I was afraid that earlier in October would be even hotter, but I am reliefed to hear that this was record heat!!

Thank you very much for your detailed advice, that was very helpful! I think we will make sure to pack a few jackets/cardigans anyway, especially for bringing along for meals at the TS restaurants. I always get cold in airconditioned rooms after some time...

Poolrat
03-31-2011, 06:06 PM
In 2006 we went the 2nd week of Oct due accompanying DD ballet group. Weather was not quite as hot, but still plenty warm for swimming daily.
In 2009, I went with girlfriends the 3rd week of Oct. and it was much cooler that trip. We needed jackets or sweatshirts in the mornings and evenings and it was comfortable with capris/short sleeves during the day.
So the best advice I can give you is to be sure to pack a few bits of clothes for cooler temps, but it should be mostly 80s.


I too have been in Oct. My favorite time of year.

As a kid I remember it being nice and warm but other than that, not much help.

I was also there in 2006 and it was warm but not real hot, 2009 there was a cold snap and one morning it was 43 degrees which is pretty cold for Oct.

2010 it was HOT. So just watch the weather and plan accordingly. :laughing:

Also it will be hurricane season so that adds an element of surprise to the equation. :eek:

Poolrat
03-31-2011, 06:29 PM
In 2006 we went the 2nd week of Oct due accompanying DD ballet group. Weather was not quite as hot, but still plenty warm for swimming daily.
In 2009, I went with girlfriends the 3rd week of Oct. and it was much cooler that trip. We needed jackets or sweatshirts in the mornings and evenings and it was comfortable with capris/short sleeves during the day.
So the best advice I can give you is to be sure to pack a few bits of clothes for cooler temps, but it should be mostly 80s.


I too have been in Oct. My favorite time of year.

As a kid I remember it being nice and warm but other than that, not much help.

I was also there in 2006 and it was warm but not real hot, 2009 there was a cold snap and one morning it was 43 degrees which is pretty cold for Oct.

2010 it was HOT. So just watch the weather and plan accordingly. :laughing:

Also it will be hurricane season so that adds an element of surprise to the equation. :eek:

englishrose47
03-31-2011, 08:32 PM
Thanks for the advice!! Did you ever go in October? We are a bit scared about the heat and we will definitely build in breaks in our plan! As well as two visits to the water parks!! :beach:

Carol and I were there last October and I found the weather to be perfect !! The humidity was okay and the temperature in the 80's but not unbearable at all !!I much preferred this time to February which I found to cool !!

nodnol
04-01-2011, 12:55 AM
Also it will be hurricane season so that adds an element of surprise to the equation. :eek:

Oh no! :scared1: I never thought of that! Magdalene, why didn't you tell me? Or were you afraid I wouldn't come on the trip with you? I'm very much afraid of all weather conditions that we don't have here in Central Europe...

All7OfUs
04-01-2011, 02:01 AM
DLP, DLP, DLP...

j/k ;)

great, and thorough update on your travel. Awesome savvy traveler move there getting better seats when you saw the aircraft change! Suh-weet! :thumbsup2

Still loving me some Lufthansa food. Best in the industry. They also serve a nice breakfast.

That's pretty amazing that your flights arrive within 5 minutes of one another! WOW! That's danged convenient! :yay:

Flossbolna
04-01-2011, 03:11 AM
I too have been in Oct. My favorite time of year.

As a kid I remember it being nice and warm but other than that, not much help.

I was also there in 2006 and it was warm but not real hot, 2009 there was a cold snap and one morning it was 43 degrees which is pretty cold for Oct.

2010 it was HOT. So just watch the weather and plan accordingly. :laughing:

Also it will be hurricane season so that adds an element of surprise to the equation. :eek:

Ok, I would like to get the 2006 weather please!! :goodvibes

Thanks for your input, that's why a PTR makes so much sense, you actually get lots of good advice from other posters! :thumbsup2

I just hope the hurricanes stay where they belong: out on the open sea!!

Carol and I were there last October and I found the weather to be perfect !! The humidity was okay and the temperature in the 80's but not unbearable at all !!I much preferred this time to February which I found to cool !!

I think weather can never be planned, but we will hope for weather just like you had it! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
04-01-2011, 03:23 AM
Oh no! :scared1: I never thought of that! Magdalene, why didn't you tell me? Or were you afraid I wouldn't come on the trip with you? I'm very much afraid of all weather conditions that we don't have here in Central Europe...

I must confess: I forgot about October being more in the hurrican season than November when we changed our dates... :blush:

DLP, DLP, DLP...

j/k ;)

great, and thorough update on your travel. Awesome savvy traveler move there getting better seats when you saw the aircraft change! Suh-weet! :thumbsup2

Still loving me some Lufthansa food. Best in the industry. They also serve a nice breakfast.

That's pretty amazing that your flights arrive within 5 minutes of one another! WOW! That's danged convenient! :yay:

I hope to get started with DLP during the weekend... I think what I will do is put pics together into albums thematically and then post a short intro here with a link to the slideshow. You really don't need to know how FP works at DLP and what we did in which order. I guess this way it becomes more of a picture book of or DLP trip. :goodvibes

I agree, Lufthansa manages to server some really tasty stuff even in economy. I would love to fly business or first class with them, just imagine how good that food would be... :cloud9:

lovealldisney
04-01-2011, 06:10 AM
Oh no! :scared1: I never thought of that! Magdalene, why didn't you tell me? Or were you afraid I wouldn't come on the trip with you? I'm very much afraid of all weather conditions that we don't have here in Central Europe...


I wouldn't worry Katharina I'm sure all will be fine. :)

Glad your plan of attack is done can't wait to hear about it and of course your DLP trip. ;)

Flossbolna
04-01-2011, 06:40 AM
I finally got around to make a new ticker for our trip! We liked the style of the DLP one so much that we kept it - just got different pictures from previous trips. A big thanks to Brook who provided the wonderful Boardwalk picture!! :flower3:

And I am very pround that this is not only a custom ticker, but I also finally mastered the art to make it a direct link to this PTR!! :cheer2:

Flossbolna
04-01-2011, 06:42 AM
I wouldn't worry Katharina I'm sure all will be fine. :)

Glad your plan of attack is done can't wait to hear about it and of course your DLP trip. ;)

I already called her this morning to tell her the same thing. :goodvibes

I hope to get a DLP post up this weekend!

manntra
04-01-2011, 06:44 AM
Happy you have your flights booked :goodvibes I have yet to do that but have been looking at options :thumbsup2
I have been the last two Octobers and it has been hot....90's in 2009 and 80's and 90's last year but not unbearable at all like in the summer! Never had any hurricane problems so hopefully no worries about that :goodvibes I still have some ADR's to work out...I know where I want to eat and another diser and I have even been toying with the idea of eating at V&A :scared1:
Can't wait to hear about your DLP trip:yay:

Tracy

nodnol
04-01-2011, 08:29 AM
I wouldn't worry Katharina I'm sure all will be fine. :)


Thank you. I guess I was a little bit surprised, but not really frightened. But wanted to add a little drama to our PTR...

I finally got around to make a new ticker for our trip!


Thank you!!!

marvali
04-01-2011, 08:41 AM
Love the new ticker ladies!!!

How exciting we get to start following along on the new plans so quickly! I used to live on the coast of North Carolina and it seems that September was the most abundant time for hurricanes. October seems to make for a busy Atlantic at times, but so many of those storms seem to turn and head north earlier or actually make a U-turn while still well out to sea!


Thank you. I guess I was a little bit surprised, but not really frightened. But wanted to add a little drama to our PTR...
Ah, the Queen of Suspense!!! Nice job Katharina!

Tiggerrn2
04-01-2011, 09:34 AM
If you girls haven't thought about attending one of the party nights yet, I highly recommend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. The parade and fireworks are so completely different, and just the party atmosphere is so much fun. I have gone 3 times-kids dressed up the 2 times they were with. One year we dressed as a family as the Peter Pan crew. We had fun that year, but I found I preferred to just wear a Halloween shirt.:laughing: Pick a Tues or Thurs evening to do it, because the Sun or Friday ones are much busier with locals.
That is why I love October--Halloween party and Food/Wine Festival. And the weather is wonderful, too.

kid-at-heart
04-01-2011, 11:25 AM
October is my favorite time of the year to attend Disney World, providing the "free dining" program is not occurring. :sad2:

The weather is great (most of the time) and the crowds are light in comparison to most months. You can swim most days without being too hot or too cold. Halloween decorations are out which adds to the festival atmosphere. True it is hurricane season but it is rare that inland Florida has any real issues with hurricanes.

Kate

Poolrat
04-02-2011, 04:21 PM
Oh no! :scared1: I never thought of that! Magdalene, why didn't you tell me? Or were you afraid I wouldn't come on the trip with you? I'm very much afraid of all weather conditions that we don't have here in Central Europe...

I wouldn't worry Katharina I'm sure all will be fine. :)

Glad your plan of attack is done can't wait to hear about it and of course your DLP trip. ;)

I already called her this morning to tell her the same thing. :goodvibes

I hope to get a DLP post up this weekend!

Thank you. I guess I was a little bit surprised, but not really frightened. But wanted to add a little drama to our PTR...



Thank you!!!

Love the new ticker ladies!!!

How exciting we get to start following along on the new plans so quickly! I used to live on the coast of North Carolina and it seems that September was the most abundant time for hurricanes. October seems to make for a busy Atlantic at times, but so many of those storms seem to turn and head north earlier or actually make a U-turn while still well out to sea!


Sorry I did not mean to post that and run. :flower3:

Like everyone said you should be fine but I did want to "put it out there" just in case you didn't know. I am going the beginning of Oct and out of all my October trips I have never been interrupted by a hurricane.

If sever weather does come, being on Disney property is probably the best case scenario. I hear they take good care of the guests and make sure you are safe and have entertainment even if you can't get to a park.

3prettyprincesses
04-02-2011, 04:41 PM
Ooooh, love your new ticker Magdalene.:thumbsup2 And you're only two weeks from ADR's? Lucky!!:goodvibes

As far as Oct. weather goes, we've only been once which was in 2010, the last week of October. It was fairly humid but sunny and gorgeous every single day! Come on, there's no way you're going to get stuck with another deluge like you did last January!:laughing:

Plus, all of the MK was decorated for Halloween! It was so pretty, the fall colors look so lovely there. Are you planning to do the MNSSHP then? We absolutely loved it. Being there after hours when the park is closed to regular guests made us feel like vips!

Waiting patiently (or at least trying to appear so) for the DLP report.;) I hope it was a wonderful trip for you and Katharina.:goodvibes

englishrose47
04-02-2011, 09:14 PM
Love your Ticker !!I have tried many times and can't get the hang of it !!!:lmao:

Flossbolna
04-04-2011, 07:37 AM
Happy you have your flights booked :goodvibes I have yet to do that but have been looking at options :thumbsup2
I have been the last two Octobers and it has been hot....90's in 2009 and 80's and 90's last year but not unbearable at all like in the summer! Never had any hurricane problems so hopefully no worries about that :goodvibes I still have some ADR's to work out...I know where I want to eat and another diser and I have even been toying with the idea of eating at V&A :scared1:
Can't wait to hear about your DLP trip:yay:

Tracy

Thanks for the reassurance about October weather! :thumbsup2 I think we aren't too worried about it. I just would hate it to have really cold weather (frost at night) again, but I hope that this won't happen in October! :scared1:

Wow, V&A! I am kind of intrigued by that place, but I am not sure that I want to spend that much money on a meal... But I have read many wonderful reviews! I am sure you will love it if you decide to go. :goodvibes

Love the new ticker ladies!!!

Thanks!

How exciting we get to start following along on the new plans so quickly! I used to live on the coast of North Carolina and it seems that September was the most abundant time for hurricanes. October seems to make for a busy Atlantic at times, but so many of those storms seem to turn and head north earlier or actually make a U-turn while still well out to sea!

That's interesting! I hope your theory will work for us. :thumbsup2 When I was in New England in early October 2008 we got some nasty weather thanks to a system which came up that way. Not pleasant, but still something we could live with. But this fits into your theory I would guess.

Ah, the Queen of Suspense!!! Nice job Katharina![/QUOTE]

I never realized that she liked to do that until we started to write our reports... Funny how you can learn something new about someone you have known for so long through posting a trip report! :goodvibes

If you girls haven't thought about attending one of the party nights yet, I highly recommend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. The parade and fireworks are so completely different, and just the party atmosphere is so much fun. I have gone 3 times-kids dressed up the 2 times they were with. One year we dressed as a family as the Peter Pan crew. We had fun that year, but I found I preferred to just wear a Halloween shirt.:laughing: Pick a Tues or Thurs evening to do it, because the Sun or Friday ones are much busier with locals.
That is why I love October--Halloween party and Food/Wine Festival. And the weather is wonderful, too.

Thanks for the information! :goodvibes

(Psst.... this is a topic for another future update....)

Flossbolna
04-04-2011, 07:47 AM
October is my favorite time of the year to attend Disney World, providing the "free dining" program is not occurring. :sad2:

The weather is great (most of the time) and the crowds are light in comparison to most months. You can swim most days without being too hot or too cold. Halloween decorations are out which adds to the festival atmosphere. True it is hurricane season but it is rare that inland Florida has any real issues with hurricanes.

Kate

Kate, thanks for another good October weather review!! I have heard from quite a few people who love that season at WDW. :goodvibes I am especially looking forward to swimming weather! :woohoo:

And so far it looks like no additional free dining for October I think. Which works great for me, even though I am sorry for those who are still hoping for a good discount to come around. That's why I love my DVC points, no more of that waiting game wether Disney will release some discounts at some point.

Sorry I did not mean to post that and run. :flower3:

Like everyone said you should be fine but I did want to "put it out there" just in case you didn't know. I am going the beginning of Oct and out of all my October trips I have never been interrupted by a hurricane.

If sever weather does come, being on Disney property is probably the best case scenario. I hear they take good care of the guests and make sure you are safe and have entertainment even if you can't get to a park.

Don't worry, I always took it just as an informative post not meant to scare us! And it is always best to know about things that might be a problem.

I remember reports of when the last big hurricane hit WDW and how good they were in taking care of people. Also, I heard that the WDW resorts are really safe to be in case of a hurricane. I think the biggest issue for us might be that our flight could be cancelled/delayed do to planes not being able to land at MCO. So for this reason it is good that we booked with the airline where we can communicate in our own language and which has their main hub here in Germany. I am sure in case of a cancellation they would be able to get us to the US somehow and then send us on with a domestic flight through one of their Star Alliance partners. :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
04-04-2011, 08:21 AM
Ooooh, love your new ticker Magdalene.:thumbsup2 And you're only two weeks from ADR's? Lucky!!:goodvibes

Thanks!! It's only ten days to ADR-Day today!! :cool1: April 14 is the day!!

I still need to figure out a few things (when does the online booking open, how do I get the +10 window with my DVC reservation), might have to include that into the next update...

As far as Oct. weather goes, we've only been once which was in 2010, the last week of October. It was fairly humid but sunny and gorgeous every single day! Come on, there's no way you're going to get stuck with another deluge like you did last January!:laughing:

I think we might be in for some heavy rain, BUT I am sure it won't be cold rain!! :cool1: And I am very confident that it won't as freezing as in January 2010.

Plus, all of the MK was decorated for Halloween! It was so pretty, the fall colors look so lovely there. Are you planning to do the MNSSHP then? We absolutely loved it. Being there after hours when the park is closed to regular guests made us feel like vips!

I am really looking forward to the decorations! We were in DLP in October 2007 and thought the decorations there were a lot of fun. :thumbsup2

(and don't tell anyone yet: there will be more about MNSSHP in an upcoming update...)

Waiting patiently (or at least trying to appear so) for the DLP report.;) I hope it was a wonderful trip for you and Katharina.:goodvibes

It was really great! I meant to get started on that report yesterday, but then some nasty virus decided to make feel lousy - so nothing got done...

Love your Ticker !!I have tried many times and can't get the hang of it !!!:lmao:

Thanks Rosie! I find it rather challanging to get my signature formatted in the way I want it as well... The more things you put into it, the more complicated it gets. :confused3

englishrose47
04-04-2011, 08:26 AM
Thanks Rosie! I find it rather challanging to get my signature formatted in the way I want it as well... The more things you put into it, the more complicated it gets. :confused3

And for the Technically Challenged it is a Nightmare :rotfl2:

Flossbolna
04-04-2011, 08:27 AM
And for the Technically Challenged it is a Nightmare :rotfl2:

Hey, but you are supposedly a Computor Whiz!! :lmao:

I still owe you an email with the spring decorations!! I meant to send that ages ago... Sorry! :goodvibes

englishrose47
04-04-2011, 12:44 PM
Hey, but you are supposedly a Computor Whiz!! :lmao:

I still owe you an email with the spring decorations!! I meant to send that ages ago... Sorry! :goodvibes

Yes the Tag Computor Whiz was given to me by my proof of my lack of computor skills, which have improvd slightly :rotfl2:I look forward to the email!!:banana:

brookelizabeth
04-04-2011, 10:08 PM
I just finished reading your TR and now am finally caught up here too!

From your TR:
http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/2010%20Day%209/DSC06915.jpg

I am sure that the combination of turkey leg and popcorn is very historically authentic.


This made me laugh out loud!!! :rotfl2: Quite authentic. :lmao:

Something really beautiful to get you all in the mood for Katharina's and mine trip to Disneyland Paris:

A Magical Day at Disneyland Paris (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/03/take-a-tilt-shift-trip-to-disneyland-paris/)

It's one of the tilt-shift videos they have been doing of some of the parks. And this one is truly beautiful! :goodvibes

LOVED THIS! Thank you for sharing it! The post card you sent has been laying on a shelf, waiting to be hung on the refrigerator with all our other Disney postcards, but I had run out of tape. Tonight I was finally able to hang it and Henry was once again memorized by it. :goodvibes Thinking about going there, along with this video, makes me REALLY want to go someday! I haven't done much research on it, nor have I read any reports about it (hint, hint! ;)). I need to find out more, it looks like an incredible place!

I finally got around to make a new ticker for our trip! We liked the style of the DLP one so much that we kept it - just got different pictures from previous trips. A big thanks to Brook who provided the wonderful Boardwalk picture!! :flower3:

And I am very pround that this is not only a custom ticker, but I also finally mastered the art to make it a direct link to this PTR!! :cheer2:


Love the ticker!!!! I'm excited about your trip and can't wait to read all the plans.

All7OfUs
04-04-2011, 11:32 PM
Getting caught up after a rather exciting and fun-filled weekend. I do have to say, WOW! Lovely ticker!! I definitely need a tutorial for that when the time comes. :yes:

marvali
04-05-2011, 07:06 AM
The marathon was not a marathon, but a 5k! :rolleyes1 I did ok, I was training to get a time under 30 minutes, but did not make it, I got in at 31:47... But at least I went out and did it!! I am thinking about training for a 10k in June now again. I reall need to get in shape for that, June will be around soon!! :scared1:Went back to get caught up a little. Congrats on the 5k! I know it wasn't quite your goal, but still a very respectable finish! :thumbsup2 Good luck training for the 10k!
Sorry, I still haven't gotten used to different types of rooms being available: we got a studio. I briefly thought about a one bedroom, but since that would not give us a second bed and would still mean that Katharina has to sleep on a pull out couch, I did not see the real benefit of it.The biggest benefits of the 1-bedroom is the full kitchen (which might not be a biggie for you ladies since you really enjoy your dining out). We tend to cut down on the snacks in the parks (quick breakfast of toast, cereal, fruit, etc. and sandwiches and things like that when we take that afternoon break). The really huge thing is the washer/dryer in the room. Cuts down on how much we have to pack and bring with us on our trips, and we can throw a load in the washer before we leave for the park and not have to worry about sitting with it until it is done, or at night while we sleep.
Hi Captain, I had been wondering this morning what might have happened to you... We already seem to have lost Marvin to his work load and computer trouble... Good to see you back! :thumbsup2Not totally lost! I still check in, even when I don't have time to respond and only get to lurk!

And thanks again to you ladies for my mail!! It was super de duper fantastic!!! :banana: :hug: :flower3:

englishrose47
04-05-2011, 07:52 AM
I see we lured Marv out of Lurkdom:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

marvali
04-05-2011, 08:23 AM
I see we lured Marv out of Lurkdom:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:A virtual GARDEN of Venus Fly Traps!!! :rotfl:

englishrose47
04-05-2011, 08:34 AM
A virtual GARDEN of Venus Fly Traps!!! :rotfl:

:lmao::lmao::lmao:

Flossbolna
04-05-2011, 09:14 AM
Yes the Tag Computor Whiz was given to me by my proof of my lack of computor skills, which have improvd slightly :rotfl2:I look forward to the email!!:banana:

That makes a lot of sense then!! :rotfl:

I just finished reading your TR and now am finally caught up here too!

From your TR:


This made me laugh out loud!!! :rotfl2: Quite authentic. :lmao:

Did you read the comments about it? I think it was Marvin who actually pointed out how truly American turkey and corn are so it is authentic! :lmao:



LOVED THIS! Thank you for sharing it! The post card you sent has been laying on a shelf, waiting to be hung on the refrigerator with all our other Disney postcards, but I had run out of tape. Tonight I was finally able to hang it and Henry was once again memorized by it. :goodvibes Thinking about going there, along with this video, makes me REALLY want to go someday! I haven't done much research on it, nor have I read any reports about it (hint, hint! ;)). I need to find out more, it looks like an incredible place!

So, did Henry recognize it as a Disney castle? Is he confused why Mickey's House looks so different in Paris? :goodvibes

I think DLP is generally acknowledged as the prettiest of all Magic Kingdom type parks. The one where they did everything right and because Eisner wanted to impress Europeans they had the budget to do everything the right way: real stones, no fiberglass.

But then, if you make it to Europe (and you know I think it is much easier than a lot of American people seem to think), wouldn't you rather want to see the real stuff?? I have been wanting to go to Japan for such a long time (nearly started to plan for a trip in late March 2011, but am quite glad that I didn't) and the one thing I have always been wondering was wether I would want to take some of my time there to spend at Tokyo Disney Resort? :confused3 Most likely I would, but it is a tough decision I think...


Love the ticker!!!! I'm excited about your trip and can't wait to read all the plans.

Thanks! I am pretty excited about sharing our plans as well... Next update will be ADRs, only 9 days until we get to make them!! :banana:

Getting caught up after a rather exciting and fun-filled weekend. I do have to say, WOW! Lovely ticker!! I definitely need a tutorial for that when the time comes. :yes:

Thanks!! I am pretty happy with the ticker myself. It is pretty easy to make, there is a function on photobucket which lets you make collages. But then I did not like the font types that were available for the text on photobucket, so I looked around and found picnik which had more fonts available. The great thing is that picnik lets you access your photobucket pictures, modify them and then safe them back onto photobucket. :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
04-05-2011, 09:20 AM
Went back to get caught up a little. Congrats on the 5k! I know it wasn't quite your goal, but still a very respectable finish! :thumbsup2 Good luck training for the 10k!

Thanks! I hope to start training for the 10k soon, but at the moment I am battling a nasty cough which made me feel really lousy all Sunday. But I really want to take out my new running shoes which I finally got last week!!

The biggest benefits of the 1-bedroom is the full kitchen (which might not be a biggie for you ladies since you really enjoy your dining out). We tend to cut down on the snacks in the parks (quick breakfast of toast, cereal, fruit, etc. and sandwiches and things like that when we take that afternoon break). The really huge thing is the washer/dryer in the room. Cuts down on how much we have to pack and bring with us on our trips, and we can throw a load in the washer before we leave for the park and not have to worry about sitting with it until it is done, or at night while we sleep.

I can see the value of a kitchen and think that maybe in the future I might want one as well if trips become a bit more relaxed. But as you said, we both enjoy eating out and if you don't have to pay for a whole family, it is easier affordable. And the washer/dryer would be appreciated as well. I am kind of planning to make use of the free laundry room for DVC studio guests, will be easier if you don't have to get coins etc. But then I have heard that the BWV room gets rather congested at times. We will see how that works out. :confused3

Not totally lost! I still check in, even when I don't have time to respond and only get to lurk!

I have had times when I was lurking as well... :rolleyes1

And thanks again to you ladies for my mail!! It was super de duper fantastic!!! :banana: :hug: :flower3:

You are welcome! :goodvibes

I see we lured Marv out of Lurkdom:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

A virtual GARDEN of Venus Fly Traps!!! :rotfl:

:lmao::lmao::lmao:

:confused:

marvali
04-05-2011, 09:27 AM
:confused:This is a carryover from Rosie's PTR! You'll have to head over and go back a couple of pages and then it will all make sense to you (or maybe not)! :laughing:

Edited:
(It was actually a conversation between your post on page 49 and your subsequent post on page 50.)

mom3sonstt
04-05-2011, 11:26 AM
I can see the value of a kitchen and think that maybe in the future I might want one as well if trips become a bit more relaxed. But as you said, we both enjoy eating out and if you don't have to pay for a whole family, it is easier affordable. And the washer/dryer would be appreciated as well. I am kind of planning to make use of the free laundry room for DVC studio guests, will be easier if you don't have to get coins etc. But then I have heard that the BWV room gets rather congested at times. We will see how that works out. :confused3

:

Danny & I stayed in a boardwalk studio a couple years ago. The DVc member laundry room had 2 hi efficiency washers and 3 dryers. At the time we had never used a hi efficiency washer before and couldn't believe how long it took to wash. It was pouring that evening and another family came in and threw some socks and jackets in one of the dryers. I spent a couple hours down there reading a paperback and watching Hannah Montana. The next year we got a 1br.....there were no studios available....but bit was handier having the washer in the room.

Flossbolna
04-05-2011, 03:14 PM
This is a carryover from Rosie's PTR! You'll have to head over and go back a couple of pages and then it will all make sense to you (or maybe not)! :laughing:

Edited:
(It was actually a conversation between your post on page 49 and your subsequent post on page 50.)

Oh, thanks for the info! Will check it out! :goodvibes

Danny & I stayed in a boardwalk studio a couple years ago. The DVc member laundry room had 2 hi efficiency washers and 3 dryers. At the time we had never used a hi efficiency washer before and couldn't believe how long it took to wash. It was pouring that evening and another family came in and threw some socks and jackets in one of the dryers. I spent a couple hours down there reading a paperback and watching Hannah Montana. The next year we got a 1br.....there were no studios available....but bit was handier having the washer in the room.

Ok, I had to look it up what a hi efficiency washer is: It is a normal German washing machine!!! :banana::banana: I always hated those things that I encountered in my English university dorm and in hotels in the US!! This is the type of washing machine I grew up with and am comfortable with. So this is very good news to me!! But I understand that it might cause a problem if it takes hours to wash things... Mine here at home (a Siemens model, but it does not look like Space Ship Earth. ;)) has several programms, but the shortest normal one takes about 50 minutes, I have a 15 minutes programm, but it does not really do something for me... Now I am thinking that I should have asked Brook about a picture of the washer... :sad2:

marvali
04-05-2011, 03:23 PM
Oh, thanks for the info! Will check it out! :goodvibes



Ok, I had to look it up what a hi efficiency washer is: It is a normal German washing machine!!! :banana::banana: I always hated those things that I encountered in my English university dorm and in hotels in the US!! This is the type of washing machine I grew up with and am comfortable with. So this is very good news to me!! But I understand that it might cause a problem if it takes hours to wash things... Mine here at home (a Siemens model, but it does not look like Space Ship Earth. ;)) has several programms, but the shortest normal one takes about 50 minutes, I have a 15 minutes programm, but it does not really do something for me... Now I am thinking that I should have asked Brook about a picture of the washer... :sad2:Since we stayed in a studio at Kidani on our last trip, we got a chance to use the Laundry Room for the first time. I don't know about BWV, but at Kidani (if I remember correctly) they had one of the High Efficiency type washers, and the rest (3 maybe) were top loaders.

Flossbolna
04-05-2011, 03:32 PM
Here it is - the first DLP update! However, I won't take you to a park yet...

As mentioned before, I am planning to sort my pictures by theme and put them into seperate albums on Photobucket. I will then post a few introductory remarks to the album here and add a link to the slideshow of my pictures. I will add titles to some pictures if necessary. I hope you will enjoy this! Feel free to ask any questions, I will try my best to answer them. :goodvibes

The first album is about arriving at Disneyland Paris. But let's begin with some basic facts about the whole resort. Disneyland Paris started its life in 1992 as EuroDisney Resort, after a few name changes (it was called Disneyland Resort Paris for some time, that's why you sometimes see DLRP as an abbreviation), the whole resort is now just called Disneyland Paris.

It consists of two theme parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios, a shopping/entertainment/restaurant complex called Disney Village and several hotels in different price categories: one right at the entrance to Disneyland Park, three around a lake and two a bit further off. It is connected to Paris via railway, commuter trains as well as high-speed trains stop there.

The great thing is that all the elements mentioned above are within walking distance from each other and there are really nice walkways. From our hotel to the entrance of Disneyland Park it was about 15 minutes around the lake, through Disney Village. You don't encounter any traffic along the way at all. I think it was all planned at the same time as the Epcot resorts and it is a similar concept.

The first bunch of pictures will show you what you see when you walk towards Disneyland Park, it starts with me and Katharina in front of the baggage check point. Then you don't see anything of the park, you just see the Disneyland Hotel. You have to pass underneath the hotel where the ticket windows are located to get to the turnstiles and then into the park. The reason for this design is that the imagineers wanted to have the ticket window area and the turnstiles covered due to the weather in Paris which sometimes isn't so nice. The way to "pay" for the roof was the idea to add a hotel under that roof as well.

The Disneyland Hotel is the flagship hotel and very elegant. It reminds me of the Grand Floridian, but is a bit less airy and light. We did some exploring inside and I added pictures from the lobby to this album as well.

So, now click on this link (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/DLP 2011/?albumview=slideshow) and enter the password Flossbolna (case sensitive!!) to see the pictures!

Flossbolna
04-05-2011, 03:34 PM
Since we stayed in a studio at Kidani on our last trip, we got a chance to use the Laundry Room for the first time. I don't know about BWV, but at Kidani (if I remember correctly) they had one of the High Efficiency type washers, and the rest (3 maybe) were top loaders.

Thanks for the info! I have read a few complaints about the BWV laundry room, supposedly the Inn guests like to use it as well, since it is free and they would have to pay in their non-DVC room. So it appears to be very busy...

jenjolt
04-05-2011, 03:53 PM
Great Update!! Love the slideshow concept!! VERY COOL!!! I so want to visit DLP someday!!

Poolrat
04-05-2011, 05:47 PM
Nice Slideshow. Looks like great weather!

How cool that the ticket window in under the hotel.

Flossbolna
04-06-2011, 03:05 AM
Great Update!! Love the slideshow concept!! VERY COOL!!! I so want to visit DLP someday!!

Thanks! I hope you will make it there one day!! :goodvibes

Nice Slideshow. Looks like great weather!

How cool that the ticket window in under the hotel.

We had wonderful weather, a lot of those pictures are from Sunday which had some cloud, other days were just sunshine all the time. :cloud9:

DLH really works as kind of a curtain - you can't see the park when you approach it.

lovealldisney
04-06-2011, 05:39 AM
Lovely pictures Magdalene! Hmmmm..... you know I'm planning another Europe trip and plan on going to Paris this time. I never thought about going to DLP at all now my mind is thinking otherwise with just the few pictures you posted so far..... Then again as I'm reading about Paris there is so much to see! I guess it will depend on how much time we allow for Paris. I'm thinking at least 4 night DH is already balking at that idea! :sad2: I think once there he'll change his mind. Then again if Disney friends (cough Magdalene, Katharina)would want to join us in Paris I think he would really change his mind.... just saying...:rolleyes1

tiggrbaby
04-06-2011, 07:15 AM
Lovely pics! I just love the colors of the hotel; so magical. And the Mickey Mouse clock is so cute!

3prettyprincesses
04-06-2011, 10:34 AM
Wow Magdalene! Your slideshow pics are gorgeous! I loved them. You and Katharina look lovely:goodvibes.

What a beautiful hotel! I can certainly see why it's considered the flagship resort. It does remind me of the Grand Floridian as you said, particularly the lobby. Is that a giant Mickey clock on the front of the hotel building? And what is that interesting sculpture pic? The ticket booth is under the hotel? Wow. Oooh, I can't wait to see what else you have in store for us!

Thank you for the background information too. I had no idea that EuroDisney is DLP! I'd heard that term (EuroDisney) many times but didn't realize where it actually was.

englishrose47
04-06-2011, 10:08 PM
Loved the slide show !!

All7OfUs
04-06-2011, 11:08 PM
I think the hotel is very fairyland like- romanic for sure!! I love how it is the entrance to the park and like you say, "curtains" it! The lobby is really beautiful from the bit I see. :cloud9:

Flossbolna
04-07-2011, 03:31 AM
Lovely pictures Magdalene! Hmmmm..... you know I'm planning another Europe trip and plan on going to Paris this time. I never thought about going to DLP at all now my mind is thinking otherwise with just the few pictures you posted so far..... Then again as I'm reading about Paris there is so much to see! I guess it will depend on how much time we allow for Paris. I'm thinking at least 4 night DH is already balking at that idea! :sad2: I think once there he'll change his mind. Then again if Disney friends (cough Magdalene, Katharina)would want to join us in Paris I think he would really change his mind.... just saying...:rolleyes1

I know what you mean, I am not sure either what I should recommend to people who are in Europe/France/Paris only for a short period of time about wether it is worth it to visit DLP. It is a beautiful park and if one is a true Disney fan I think one ought to take the opportunity... 4 nights for Paris is definitely not too long! Katharina knows more about Paris than I do, but I am sure she would agree!

And I definitely hope to meet up with you and Dave somehow on your next trip to Europe!! :goodvibes

Lovely pics! I just love the colors of the hotel; so magical. And the Mickey Mouse clock is so cute!

Thanks! The hotel is very pink, but you will see that there is more pink to come! ;)

Wow Magdalene! Your slideshow pics are gorgeous! I loved them. You and Katharina look lovely:goodvibes.

What a beautiful hotel! I can certainly see why it's considered the flagship resort. It does remind me of the Grand Floridian as you said, particularly the lobby. Is that a giant Mickey clock on the front of the hotel building? And what is that interesting sculpture pic? The ticket booth is under the hotel? Wow. Oooh, I can't wait to see what else you have in store for us!

Thank you for the background information too. I had no idea that EuroDisney is DLP! I'd heard that term (EuroDisney) many times but didn't realize where it actually was.

Thanks!

It is indeed a giant Mickey clock (should have gotten a close up of the clock...

The sculpture is some kind of Sorcerer Mickey hand - I think there is a tiny castle on one side as well.

Yes, all the ticket windows and turnstiles are underneath the hotel. There is one picture where you can see the entrance to this area quite well it says "Disneyland Park" on an arch. You enter there and then there are all the lines for the ticket windows and at the end there are the turnstiles.

I am glad I could clear up some of the name confusion! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
04-07-2011, 03:38 AM
Loved the slide show !!

Thanks Rosie! I hope to have the next installment ready soon!

I think the hotel is very fairyland like- romanic for sure!! I love how it is the entrance to the park and like you say, "curtains" it! The lobby is really beautiful from the bit I see. :cloud9:

I think it is more fairytale like than the GF. It tries less to emulate a real old fashioned hotel but just is a place out of a storybook. I would love to stay there one day, but the price is just unjustifiable.

I have planned for a long time that if I ever win in the lottery any substantial amount, I will use it for a trip for me and Katharina and her DH to stay at the Disneyland Hotel! :goodvibes

Kleese
04-07-2011, 11:19 AM
Loved your pictures and can't wait to see more. I really liked the Mickey clock it's adorable and the Disneyland hotel seems very pink but very regal and fine. Very dreamy:lovestruc Have you ever had tea there?

lovealldisney
04-07-2011, 11:30 AM
I have planned for a long time that if I ever win in the lottery any substantial amount, I will use it for a trip for me and Katharina and her DH to stay at the Disneyland Hotel!

Oh and don't forget a trip to Wisconsin. ;) :rotfl:

mom3sonstt
04-07-2011, 02:59 PM
Oh, thanks for the info! Will check it out! :goodvibes



Ok, I had to look it up what a hi efficiency washer is: It is a normal German washing machine!!! :banana::banana: I always hated those things that I encountered in my English university dorm and in hotels in the US!! This is the type of washing machine I grew up with and am comfortable with. So this is very good news to me!! But I understand that it might cause a problem if it takes hours to wash things... Mine here at home (a Siemens model, but it does not look like Space Ship Earth. ;)) has several programms, but the shortest normal one takes about 50 minutes, I have a 15 minutes programm, but it does not really do something for me... Now I am thinking that I should have asked Brook about a picture of the washer... :sad2:

I was used to our old "tub fills with water, swishes around, and drains in about 15-20 minutes". So when we watched this washer squirt just a little bit of water in at a time, and the timer said 45 minutes, then it would add more minutes, well, we just weren't used to it. In fact we thought something was broken about it. :confused3. Now we have one here at home.

eandesmom
04-07-2011, 04:30 PM
Fun update, love the pictures. I'd love to visit there someday but know I'd have a really hard time getting Jeff to agree to go to Disney, while in Paris. It'll be hard enough to get him to Paris as it is. Pretty hotel!

vamassey1
04-07-2011, 07:47 PM
Wow it's so pretty! I would love to see this in person someday, but I would have to win the lottery. :lmao:

Thanks so much for sharing and explaining it too.

Captain_Oblivious
04-08-2011, 01:32 PM
:woohoo::banana::cool1: DLP Pictures!! I've been waitng for these!

Like the others, I think the concept of entering under the hotel is pretty cool. I've never been as big of a fan of the overly formal, stuffy hotels, but this feels like it fits in this location. Thanks for posting, and I can't wait for more!

Flossbolna
04-09-2011, 09:01 AM
Loved your pictures and can't wait to see more. I really liked the Mickey clock it's adorable and the Disneyland hotel seems very pink but very regal and fine. Very dreamy:lovestruc Have you ever had tea there?

It is very pretty, isn't it... They don't do a high tea there (at least I never heard about it), but they used to have the most beautiful open lounge/bar area with windows looking out over Main Street. We actually had plans to stop there for a break. But now this area has been swallowed by one of the restaurants - which are incredibly pricey.

Oh and don't forget a trip to Wisconsin. ;) :rotfl:

I have heard that they have good cheese there - and some pretty friendly people. :goodvibes

Flossbolna
04-09-2011, 09:40 AM
I was used to our old "tub fills with water, swishes around, and drains in about 15-20 minutes". So when we watched this washer squirt just a little bit of water in at a time, and the timer said 45 minutes, then it would add more minutes, well, we just weren't used to it. In fact we thought something was broken about it. :confused3. Now we have one here at home.

I can understand how confusing it must be! I was really afraid of using the tub style washer when I first saw them because I thought the thing in the middle would for sure damage all my clothes. :goodvibes

Fun update, love the pictures. I'd love to visit there someday but know I'd have a really hard time getting Jeff to agree to go to Disney, while in Paris. It'll be hard enough to get him to Paris as it is. Pretty hotel!

I do understand, I mentioned it in another reply already. Paris is a whole destination in itself and I think if you don't come to Europe on a regular basis, it makes more sense to see the "truly" European stuff and not cut your time for Paris short to spend it at DLP.... :goodvibes

Wow it's so pretty! I would love to see this in person someday, but I would have to win the lottery. :lmao:

Thanks so much for sharing and explaining it too.

Thanks! Winning in the lottery would be great for many things, wouldn't it?? :lmao:

:woohoo::banana::cool1: DLP Pictures!! I've been waitng for these!

Like the others, I think the concept of entering under the hotel is pretty cool. I've never been as big of a fan of the overly formal, stuffy hotels, but this feels like it fits in this location. Thanks for posting, and I can't wait for more!

I think the hotl works very well as an overture to Main Street (which you will see next!) because it is all the same Victorian architecture.

podsnel
04-09-2011, 09:42 AM
It really does look so pretty- I will get there one day, but I have no idea when! :goodvibes Thanks for doing such a great job explaining the layout to us!!:goodvibes

englishrose47
04-09-2011, 10:41 AM
Hi Magdalene !!Just poppin' in to say Hello!! The weather here today is Springlike !!Oh wait a minute it is Spring:rotfl2:Judy and Kyle are out cleaning up the back yard which is a HUGE Task after winter and 2 :scared1:DOGS!!:rotfl2::rotfl2: I have to work today (does that sound familiar):rotfl2:

Flossbolna
04-09-2011, 11:53 AM
It really does look so pretty- I will get there one day, but I have no idea when! :goodvibes Thanks for doing such a great job explaining the layout to us!!:goodvibes

I am glad you enjoyed it!! :goodvibes

Hi Magdalene !!Just poppin' in to say Hello!! The weather here today is Springlike !!Oh wait a minute it is Spring:rotfl2:Judy and Kyle are out cleaning up the back yard which is a HUGE Task after winter and 2 :scared1:DOGS!!:rotfl2::rotfl2: I have to work today (does that sound familiar):rotfl2:

Hi Rosie!! Weather here has been spectacular, we even had summer temperatures. And days and days of sunshine. :goodvibes I am glad that you got some of that as well. :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
04-09-2011, 12:09 PM
We are going to arrive at Walt Disney World in 6 months and two days. Anyone familiar with the planning of trips to WDW will know immediately which milestone we will reach very soon: ADR day!! We will be able to make dining reservations 180 days in advance for the first 10 days of our trip on April 14th!

So I guess it is time to talk about restaurants. Katharina and I started out with a list of restaurants where we would like to eat at. We had about 25 restaurants on that first list. That would mean nearly 2.5 table service meals par day. We did not want to spend the money and time on so much dining. So when I was in Berlin in March we sat down and started to eliminate restaurants from that list.

There are two motivations behind which restaurants we chose (besides appeal of food and atmosphere): We want to have experiences which are truly American or at least special to WDW – something which we can't get at home and there isn't much Berlin does not offer! And also, we looked at the menus to find out how good this place would be for Katharina since she has multiple food intolerances (mainly cow's milk, tomato and raw onion). We had mixed experiences with how the restaurants handled that on the last trip, some were wonderful, other were rather uninspired, so we tried to pick places that had dishes on the menu which Katharina most likely would be able to and like to eat.

We had quite a few “must dos” which did not give us that much room to add other places. These were:

“Must eat at restaurants” for both of us:
Flying Fish
California Grill
Kona Cafe

“Must eat at restaurants” for Katharina:
50's Prime Time Cafe
Teppan Edo
Jiko
'Ohana

"Must eat at restaurants” for Magdalene:
Hollywood Brown Derby

On the “would like to eat at restaurants” list were a lot more, but since we already had so many must dos between the two of us, we really tried to limit them and did rank them in the following order:
Olivia's
Cape May Café (Breakfast)
Artist Point
La Hacienda
Liberty Tree Tavern (Lunch)
Yachtsman Steakhouse
Only the first three found a place on our ADR schedule.

We used the park hours and predicted crowd levels from touringplans.com to try to come up with a park schedule around which we then built our dining plans. And as an end result, these are the ADRs which I will try to get during my lunch break at 12 pm my time (i.e. 6 am EST) on the online system:

Wednesday, October 12:

Jiko Dinner
This was the most important must eat at place for Katharina. They treated her so wonderful on our last trip, they even had a special menu for dairy free meals. I love Jiko as well and am happy to eat there. Jiko was also the last dinner on our previous trip, so it will be nice to start at the place where we ended our trip last time. We want an early dinner for two reasons: Due to jet lag we still will be a bit on European time which is 6 hours ahead. And also do we have some plans for the evening after dinner.

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/WDW%20Food%202008/Jiko/DSC02841.jpg

Thursday, October 13:

Kona Cafe Breakfast
I think this is a great restaurant and would love to have either lunch or dinner there as well, but not enough time. The plan for the first morning of our trip is do MK morning EMH and then take the boat to the Poly for a late breakfast. If we miss breakfast, we might just do an early lunch. It will also give Katharina the opportunity to visit the Poly for the first time.

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/WDW%20Food%202009/DSC04706.jpg

California Grill Dinner
After having done the fireworks dinner at CG last trip, we wanted to do the sunset dinner this time. Sunset is at 7pm, so we should experience it towards the end of our meal and enjoy the bright dining room during daylight. I rather prefer CG when it is light outside. CG opens at 5:30 pm, but the bar opens already at 5pm. So we might check in early and enjoy a drink before dinner.

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/WDW%20Food%202009/DSC04903.jpg

Friday, October 14:

50's Prime Time Cafe Lunch
This will be new for Katharina. I did not have good luck with servers here in the past, I felt that being a foreigner they did not play it up at all. But I am looking forward to a peanut butter and jelly milk shake very much!!

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/WDW%20Restaurants/DSC00744.jpg

Saturday, October 15:

Artist Point Dinner
Even though we felt that the restaurant had a bit of a strange flair on our last trip because it was so empty, we still really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere which reflects a truly American experience – so much that some readers of the TR commented that it does not appeal to them because it is so familiar. So just the right place for us!

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/WDW%20Food%202008/Artist%20Point/DSC02688.jpg

Sunday, October 16:

no ADRs!

Monday, October 17:

Olivia's Cafe
We are planning to either have breakfast or lunch there on this day. I will most likely not make an ADR yet, I am pretty sure that this is a place which is in no danger of becoming unavailable very soon. This would be a new restaurant for both of us. I know that it is rather off the beaten path, but the Key West theme is something American. And the menu sounds really interesting, especially for lunch! It would also let me have a look at another DVC resort which I have never visited so far.

Teppan Edo Dinner
I have eaten there once before, Katharina hasn't. It is one of the few places which offer something which we can get at home as well, but I think it is a wonderful experience at WDW. And it is also a place which is really good for Katharina's food issues: everything is dairy free!

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/WDW%20Food%202008/Teppan%20Edo/DSC02591.jpg

Tuesday, October 18:

no ADRS!

Wednesday, October 19

Hollywood Brown Derby
Another place that is new for both of us. When we debated about lunch or dinner, Katharina thought that lunch would fit the theme better: Wasn't that the era of large corporate lunches? I am really excited because it is a place that I wanted to try for quite some time and never was able to fit it in.

Thursday, October 20

'Ohana Dinner
I was there on my birthday in 2004 and never managed to return after that. It is also new for Katharina. This is another place which should be good for her dietary restrictions: she does not have any problems with meat. But I think she will need to learn how to devein those shrimps before we visit. This will be a tough ADR to get. I checked for the dates which just opened for booking and times were really limited. We want to go out to the Poly beach after dinner to watch the Halloween Party fireworks over the MK afterwards, so our timing is quite important (factoring in quite some wait time as well, which seems to be usual at 'Ohana).

Friday, October 21

Flying Fish Dinner
Ok, I won't be able to make this ADR on April 14 since this is outside our 180+10 days window. We loved the Flying Fish last time, it was our overall favourite meal. So it would have been a definite regardless of where we were staying. But since we are staying at the Boardwalk it became even more important. This will be the last dinner of our trip. I love to end the trip with a dinner at the resort I am staying at and this is just perfect. I hope we will be able to take our time enjoying the meal and then possibly end with a drink in the Bellevue Lounge.

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/magdalenesch/WDW%20Food%202010/DSC06479.jpg

Saturday, October 22 (departure day)

Cape May Cafe Breakfast
Another tradition for me is a breakfast ADR on the day I leave WDW. We thought about Crystal Palace, but then really liked the look of Cape May and that we can walk to the Beach Club from the Boardwalk is an added bonus! Katharina also fell in love with the characters wearing bathing suits which she saw on Brook's TR! Brook really was the inspiration for this decision for both of us, it will be a new experience for us.

So, this is 11 ADRs for 11 nights, 5 restaurants are signature restaurants, 4 restaurants (all of them signatures) are repeat visits from our last trip, so 7 restaurants will be new for Katharina, while for me only 3 will be new restaurants. We will have 6 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and Olivia's which is still undecided. I think this is a pretty good mix!

mom3sonstt
04-09-2011, 12:51 PM
Your ADRs look interesting. I've only eaten at 3 of them....well 4, but we ate at cape may for supper, not breakfast so I didn't count it. We love prime time and have gone there several times, kona we tried for breakfast for the first time last trip, we used to eat at olivia's at least once a trip when we stayed at old key west all the time.

You have eaten at jiko before....does it have like a bar area that you can just get an appetizer or something?

All7OfUs
04-09-2011, 12:54 PM
WHOA! Mega-update is right!! I won't comment on every one of them, but here are the ones that I do have something that struck me on:

Jiko- is a lovely,lovely place! I love how you will start here, as it seems to say, "let's pick up where we left off last time." Cool how that worked out!

Kona- I"ve heard great things about the lunch and dinner menus too, so if you don't get a breakfast timeslot, you should be good at a later time as well for something yummy! I am excited for Katharina getting to see the Poly for the first time!!:banana:

I had never even considered Olivia's!! I intentionally also made a bunch of ADR's specifically for the purpose of seeing new resorts that I otherwise would never get to. There are still MANY on that list!

HBD- Yes, I think there were many business lunches going on in that era, but more often those kinds of establishments, I think, were used as afterhours enterainment kinds of places. The rich and famous would go there to dine and dance, and there would often be a band playing for that. I still think that would be an AMAZING addition to HBD (a band playing 40s big band style) later at night where you could go for an after park hours drink.

FF- that is definitely one that I consistently see super reviews on. At the time of planning our trip, it wasn't on my list, but certainly is now!! A MUST do for next time, and i can't wait to see your review on this one!

I think you have a super- well thought out mix of places- both repeats and new, dinners, lunches and breakfasts. Great line up, Ladies! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
04-09-2011, 01:22 PM
Your ADRs look interesting. I've only eaten at 3 of them....well 4, but we ate at cape may for supper, not breakfast so I didn't count it. We love prime time and have gone there several times, kona we tried for breakfast for the first time last trip, we used to eat at olivia's at least once a trip when we stayed at old key west all the time.

You have eaten at jiko before....does it have like a bar area that you can just get an appetizer or something?

Olivia's looks really nice! I am excited about this. It was actually Katharina's suggestion and after I had looked at the menu, I was all for it. It reminds me of quite a few local casual restaurants that I have been at when travelling to other parts of the US. I love to ask at the hotel reception for advise on where to eat and try to avoid chains. It does not have to be something special, I rather would go to a place where the locals love to go for a meal with the family.

Jiko has a bar where you can order food and there is also a counter at the open kitchen area where they prepare the appetizers where you can sit. But I really think it is ok to go for a solo meal at any of the WDW restaurants. And if you are just ordering an appetizer that is fine as well. I know that other DISers do that! In this picture http://allears.net/acc/akl_jiko8.jpg you can see the counter where you can sit and watch the chefs while you eat. I think that would be a fun experience!

WHOA! Mega-update is right!! I won't comment on every one of them, but here are the ones that I do have something that struck me on:

Jiko- is a lovely,lovely place! I love how you will start here, as it seems to say, "let's pick up where we left off last time." Cool how that worked out!

I just hope that I won't be so sad that I am not staying at AKL. I know that I will miss staying there even though I am excited about the Boardwalk. They have changed the menu quite a bit recently and I read a review from someone who was from South Africa (or had lived there for quite some time) and he was full of praise that they have introduced some very authentic dishes. So I am looking forward to new experiences!

Kona- I"ve heard great things about the lunch and dinner menus too, so if you don't get a breakfast timeslot, you should be good at a later time as well for something yummy! I am excited for Katharina getting to see the Poly for the first time!!:banana:

Visiting the Poly will be such a treat! And we will be there twice for a meal since we have 'Ohana as well!

I had never even considered Olivia's!! I intentionally also made a bunch of ADR's specifically for the purpose of seeing new resorts that I otherwise would never get to. There are still MANY on that list!

I think that is the great thing about dining at the resort restaurants, you get a break and see something new and can explore! I was really surprised by the menu of Olivia's. It seems to have a much greater variety than the normal non-signature resort restaurants. And some of those dishes are very ethnic for us!

HBD- Yes, I think there were many business lunches going on in that era, but more often those kinds of establishments, I think, were used as afterhours enterainment kinds of places. The rich and famous would go there to dine and dance, and there would often be a band playing for that. I still think that would be an AMAZING addition to HBD (a band playing 40s big band style) later at night where you could go for an after park hours drink.

That would be truly wonderful!! I think this is what Atlantic Dance Hall was meant to be at the Boardwalk, but it seems to never be open.

And for our purposes it works great as a lunch and we wanted to have some unscheduled evenings. :goodvibes

FF- that is definitely one that I consistently see super reviews on. At the time of planning our trip, it wasn't on my list, but certainly is now!! A MUST do for next time, and i can't wait to see your review on this one!

I will have such a hard time not to get the steak again at FF - I guess I won't be able to order anything else despite best intentions. I was even tempted to have two dinners there, but could not really onvince Katharina of that plan. :rotfl:

I think you have a super- well thought out mix of places- both repeats and new, dinners, lunches and breakfasts. Great line up, Ladies! :thumbsup2

Thanks! We are really excited about it as well!

jenbear123
04-09-2011, 03:59 PM
I finally found time to catch up on updates AND reply and what perfect timing too. I love talking about ADRs and Disney restaurants. :goodvibes

You have definitely put in lots of work to eliminate restaurants you don't really need to go to. It's so hard to choose with so many amazing choices on offer! One thing I noticed is no interest in Le Cellier. It's not that because I'm Canadian I'm suggesting this place but I'm just curious. Have you eaten there before? Since they have just switched over to Signature dining, I was wondering your thoughts on it.

I hope you like Kona Cafe for breakfast. If you're in the mood for something sweet, try the Tonga Toast ;)

Flossbolna
04-09-2011, 05:13 PM
I finally found time to catch up on updates AND reply and what perfect timing too. I love talking about ADRs and Disney restaurants. :goodvibes

You have definitely put in lots of work to eliminate restaurants you don't really need to go to. It's so hard to choose with so many amazing choices on offer! One thing I noticed is no interest in Le Cellier. It's not that because I'm Canadian I'm suggesting this place but I'm just curious. Have you eaten there before? Since they have just switched over to Signature dining, I was wondering your thoughts on it.

I hope you like Kona Cafe for breakfast. If you're in the mood for something sweet, try the Tonga Toast ;)

We had Le Cellier on that list and we did not eliminate it because it is Canadian!! :goodvibes

If Bubba would have gotten the job, we would have actually kept it on the list. I have eaten at Le Cellier twice and have mixed feelings about it. The first time I had the famous steak with the risotto. It was good. But while the food seemed to be more fine dining, the place was crowded, loud and dark. I know that this can be said for many restaurants at WDW. But while outside was the loveliest sunshine, I was sitting in a basement. :confused3 The second time I had the burger and this had been the best burger I ever had until very recently (you will get to see a picture of it soon in one of the DLP updates). For me that burger fitted the theme of the restaurant much better. And on that second visit I had a wonderful server - I think I mentioned her before, she was very excited that we were from Germany because she was from Kitchener and told us about the Octoberfest there, which is the reason for the pretzel bread being served there.

I had a look at the new signature menu and it just does not appeal to me very much. I think we will get to eat a few steaks at the restaurants we have picked already, so we don't need a steakhouse (as you see, Yachtsman did not make it either for a similar reason). I think it was also an issue of lots of dishes obviously not being dairy free, so not so good for Katharina. So we would have preferred lunch. But we also tried to keep our Epcot lunches free from ADRs because we rather wanted to hit the Food & Wine festival booths during lunch than for dinner to avoid crowds.

And then in the end we thought that while it was a maybe for us, so many other people are wildly excited about eating there, so why take their chance for an ADR from them. :goodvibes

I had breakfast at Kona before, I think we even went twice in 2009. I am in love with the Macadamia Nut pancakes. And I am sure Katharina will love the breakfast potatos they serve - most likely the only thing she can eat! :scared1: Oh, yes and the meat and the eggs, so not too bad actually.

glennbo123
04-09-2011, 05:26 PM
Popping in to say that I looked at your pictures a day or two ago, but didn't really have time to post. DLP looks beautiful.

Your ADR list looks great! Lots of really good places on there.

I just noticed Liesa's recommendation of a '40's band at the Hollywood Brown Derby. I think that's a fantastic idea! I wonder if it may be too costly? If they already fill it, they may not feel the need for the extra expense. But that would be so cool.

Poolrat
04-09-2011, 06:14 PM
What a wonderful array of resturants. Some I have eaten at and some are still on the list.

Make sure you save room for Food and Wine!!!! :goodvibes

All7OfUs
04-10-2011, 01:10 AM
I just hope that I won't be so sad that I am not staying at AKL. I know that I will miss staying there even though I am excited about the Boardwalk. They have changed the menu quite a bit recently and I read a review from someone who was from South Africa (or had lived there for quite some time) and he was full of praise that they have introduced some very authentic dishes. So I am looking forward to new experiences!


I am all for having authentic dishes at the restaurants who are aiming for that sort of thing. I know everyone doesn't like "authentic" foods, but if they are going to tout themselves as "African" then they really ought to have at least a few dishes that are truly African- spices and all!

I dont' think you'll miss it once you get settled there and begin to discover all the neat things Boardwalk has. It should have enough to entertain you and keep you from yearning for AKL.


Visiting the Poly will be such a treat! And we will be there twice for a meal since we have 'Ohana as well!

I think I'm more excited that you've built in watching fireworks from there beach into your plan!




I think that is the great thing about dining at the resort restaurants, you get a break and see something new and can explore! I was really surprised by the menu of Olivia's. It seems to have a much greater variety than the normal non-signature resort restaurants. And some of those dishes are very ethnic for us!


For me, if I hadn't have built those meals into our schedule, we'd have never left the parks- so in a way, it was forcing me to break away and see them. I am SO glad I did, and will always do that from now on!



That would be truly wonderful!! I think this is what Atlantic Dance Hall was meant to be at the Boardwalk, but it seems to never be open.

I think you're right. I don't know about in Germany, but here in the US, Ballroom dancing has seen a big upswing in popularity again. Bek's class was FULL of young guys and gals learning to swing, foxtrot, waltz, etc.... and they all had a great time. I think a band playing those tunes would really add a cool addition- they could play that awesome song from the end of Nemo- Somewhere, Beyond the Sea.



And for our purposes it works great as a lunch and we wanted to have some unscheduled evenings. :goodvibes


I don't blame you for that at all- dinners do tend to take up the whole timeslot from 7 on.





I will have such a hard time not to get the steak again at FF - I guess I won't be able to order anything else despite best intentions. I was even tempted to have two dinners there, but could not really onvince Katharina of that plan. :rotfl:


Then steak you shall have! There's NOTHING wrong with getting something you've looked forward to all year long, is there?? :confused3

nodnol
04-11-2011, 02:49 AM
Reading Magdalene's update I realized that having picked the restaurants some weeks ago, I'm still very happy with our choice :thumbsup2

I espeicially look forward to re-visit some of my favourits from last year, but also to give some a second chance to enchant me, like California Grill. I liked the food, I liked the restaurant, but somehow it wasn't really the experience I wanted it to be. I think this was because I was in a cultural shock of being at WDW for the first time. This year will be different, but I still think it is good that we picked a kind of comforting restaurant at a very well known location for us for the first evening (or do you count it as second evening?).

6 months :banana::banana::banana:

Flossbolna
04-11-2011, 02:54 AM
6 months :banana::banana::banana:

Yes!! 6 months!! :rainbow:

lovealldisney
04-11-2011, 07:47 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lovealldisney
Oh and don't forget a trip to Wisconsin.

I have heard that they have good cheese there

We do have some yummy cheese here....

- and some pretty friendly people.

Awww... shucks :flower3:


Nice update and I love all your restuarant choices! Poor Katharina with her food intolerances! I hope it all works out well for her. Remember if you don't like something send it back. You're paying a lot of money for those meals and you should get something you like.

John's Mom
04-11-2011, 07:50 AM
Yes!! 6 months!! :rainbow:

:dance3::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::yay:

Great restaurant choices! :goodvibes Sometimes you have to give a restaurant a second try.

Captain_Oblivious
04-11-2011, 10:38 AM
Looks like you'll be eating very well! I don't have much experience at most of the places you listed--I tend toward the "comfort food" places rather than fine dining experiences. But I do know that we loved both the Kona Cafe and 50's PT for dinner. Of the "want to try" places you listed, the only one I've tried is Liberty Tree Tavern, which I liked quite a bit as well.

Or, you can cancel all of your ADR's and just gorge yourself on Dole Whips all week. I don't see anything wrong with this choice, either.

Flossbolna
04-14-2011, 07:20 AM
:banana::banana::banana:

I just finished making all our ADRs with the online system!! I am very happy!! Of course there was some drama involved at first. The system did not want to recognize my DVC reservation number, I had first to retrieve this reservation. But then, due to the fact that not all nights were available when we first booked it and we had to go through a waitlist, my reservation was split into three parts. And for whatever reason, the WDW reservation system thought that the leading segment was the one starting on October 14, so I would not have access to the 180+10 today... I was resigned to just call member services tonight - to be honest, I am sure we would have gotten everything then as well. But I did some more clicking, chose "update my reservation" and then tried again with the dining system and - voilá - there it was!! I could make my reservations!! :banana::banana:

We got nearly everything for the times we wanted (a few are 5 or ten minutes off), only 'Ohana is for later than what I wanted. I think we will still be able to get out to the beach by 9:30 pm for the party fireworks. Otherwise we will just watch them from inside. Since it is an all you can eat, there is always the tip I learned about buffets: ask your server early on for the check, so you are free to leave when you feel like it and don't have to sit around waiting for it. :)

Afterwards I wanted to see the list of my reservations and had another brief annoyance... To retrieve the dining reservations, I needed my phone number. Of course I had entered my German mobile number including the country code for Germany starting with +49... But then the system does not recognize the + sign and the number was too long. Took me a bit until I realized that in the confirmations it actually listed the the part they took from my phone number, it was the last 10 digits and that's why it looked so different that I did not immediately recognize the phone number. What a strange system!

But now the ADRs are made!! I am very excited. I still need to add the Celebration to them (my birthday :goodvibes) and then we will need to go through the process of contacting Disney Special Diets for Katharina's food intolerances. More on that topic in a future update!!

jenbear123
04-14-2011, 10:54 AM
:banana: Woohoo! So happy for you that you got most of the ADRs you wanted. I agree the reservation system can have some kinks in it sometimes, especially for linking reservations and such.

notaprincess
04-15-2011, 02:15 AM
Hi Flossbolna,

your PTR makes me wanna go tomorow:cool1:

nice to see more German Disney fans...

I'm turning 40 next year, which is a year to late for the 40th anniversary celebration:(
But got the idea of doing my birthday, together with a cruise Disney-style as well.

I did my 30th in WDW as well and my parents came along too!

Viel Spass beim planen...
und warten.

tiggrbaby
04-15-2011, 05:58 AM
Congrats on the successful ADRs!:cool1:

marvali
04-15-2011, 06:25 AM
Nice job on the ADRs!!! :woohoo: There is a mixture of ones I have done before, and those I haven't. We ate at Olivia's three times on our previous trip when we stayed at OKW and enjoyed it very much every time. We did dinner twice and breakfast once.

There is a link to my OKW trip report in my siggie, but you might struggle to get through it since I wasn't so well versed in adding Chapter links, :rolleyes1 (it is only about 4 pages long though, so......) I did it pretty much live while we were there and I talked about our meals, but no formal dining reviews or anything. But I'm pretty sure I told what we had and how everyone liked it, so maybe it will help a little.

vamassey1
04-15-2011, 08:19 AM
Congrats on successful ADR scheduling! You've picked some great meal, many I have never tried so I'm really looking forward to your reviews. I hope they all do great with the allergy issues.

3prettyprincesses
04-15-2011, 09:54 PM
Great news on your ADR's!:thumbsup2 It's ridiculous how excited I get over my ADR day, like it's Christmas morning or something!:laughing:

Glad you were able to get everything you wanted and within the time frame you were looking for. What a special treat...going to Disney over your birthday AND it's Disney's 40th anniversay.:woohoo:

englishrose47
04-16-2011, 09:00 AM
Congrats on making your ressies !!I am waiting a while for mine as I don't book the trip the TA does and it prolly wont be booked yet, but if I wait till 185 days out I should be able to make them all !!At least I hope so !! Carol and I have agreed on the restaurants and she doesn't care what days I pick or times !!:rotfl2:

Poolrat
04-16-2011, 04:05 PM
Glad you got all your ARD's.:banana:


For Ohana's you might want to get there a bit early and then let them know you are trying to catch the fireworks on the beach. Since it is buffet but it served, they bring it to your table so you may want them to pace the meal a bit to get you done by 9:20 or so.

I have 2 great meals and 1 really slow meal there. I remember almost running to get to the beach because I left plenty of time ( like 2 hours ) and the pacing was so slow we almost did not see fireworks.

tiggrbaby
04-16-2011, 05:57 PM
We have watched the fireworks from 'Ohana's twice. Neither time were we next to a window, but we could see well enough, and the sound was broadcast over the speakers.

Flossbolna
04-18-2011, 08:56 AM
Popping in to say that I looked at your pictures a day or two ago, but didn't really have time to post. DLP looks beautiful.

Your ADR list looks great! Lots of really good places on there.

I just noticed Liesa's recommendation of a '40's band at the Hollywood Brown Derby. I think that's a fantastic idea! I wonder if it may be too costly? If they already fill it, they may not feel the need for the extra expense. But that would be so cool.

Thanks Glenn. Need to get organized with the next buch of pictures.

I love the HBD idea as well. And I think Disney should not only do things which are necessary to fill some place, I love it that they also provide "unnecessary" entertainment - like Devine at AK or Streetmosphere at DHS. Without it it wouldn't be the special place that it is. But I know what you mean... :goodvibes

What a wonderful array of resturants. Some I have eaten at and some are still on the list.

Make sure you save room for Food and Wine!!!! :goodvibes

We are very excited about all the places... Will see about Food and Wine. Katharina's food intolerances will be a bit hindering for that and then there are quite a few countries that we will feel comfortable to skip because they are too close to home (Germany, Poland etc.). But I hope for some interesting booths as well. :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
04-18-2011, 09:18 AM
I am all for having authentic dishes at the restaurants who are aiming for that sort of thing. I know everyone doesn't like "authentic" foods, but if they are going to tout themselves as "African" then they really ought to have at least a few dishes that are truly African- spices and all!

I agree and it looks like Jiko is moving into that direction again after some years where it seemed to lose a bit of its focus.

I dont' think you'll miss it once you get settled there and begin to discover all the neat things Boardwalk has. It should have enough to entertain you and keep you from yearning for AKL.

Thanks! I think being able to walk to two parks will be a great bonus! And the fact that it is something new and exciting! :thumbsup2

I think I'm more excited that you've built in watching fireworks from there beach into your plan!

That is one thing which I did not get done when I actually stayed at the Poly. The temptation to hop on that boat and actually be in the MK for the fireworks was just too big! But since it will be a party night at the MK, it would cost quite a lot of money to see Hallowishes from inside the park, so the beach will be a great substitute. I also think that I will like it much better than the view from the CG or Narcoossee's since it will be centered around the castle. I have quite high expectations!

For me, if I hadn't have built those meals into our schedule, we'd have never left the parks- so in a way, it was forcing me to break away and see them. I am SO glad I did, and will always do that from now on!

Yes, that was my experience as well. It really helps me to slow down. But I feel like this next trip will be much more relaxed than previous trips. I used to be one to go on rides over and over again, but Katharina isn't so much into that (unless it is Big Thunder Mountain in Paris - the best roller coaster Disney ever built! :thumbsup2). So I think this will really help to just enjoy my sourroundings much more and relax, watch people etc.

I think you're right. I don't know about in Germany, but here in the US, Ballroom dancing has seen a big upswing in popularity again. Bek's class was FULL of young guys and gals learning to swing, foxtrot, waltz, etc.... and they all had a great time. I think a band playing those tunes would really add a cool addition- they could play that awesome song from the end of Nemo- Somewhere, Beyond the Sea.

That's interesting. I don't think ballroom dancing here in Germany has a big revival, but then I don't know any 17 year olds... But ballroom dancing here is actually a bit different from US ballroom. There are different dances and especially swing isn't included...

Oh and you mention a song by one of my favourite artists: Somewhere, Beyond the Sea - it is sung by Robbie Williams, an English singer (formerly a member of the boy group Take That) who apparently is basically unknown in the US? Here in Europe he is one of the biggest stars of the last decade. He has a wonderful album - Swing When You Are Winning - which has some old classics as well as some new songs (and one is even a duett with Nicole Kidman). :cloud9:

Then steak you shall have! There's NOTHING wrong with getting something you've looked forward to all year long, is there?? :confused3

You are right!! But I also love trying new things. :confused3

I espeicially look forward to re-visit some of my favourits from last year, but also to give some a second chance to enchant me, like California Grill. I liked the food, I liked the restaurant, but somehow it wasn't really the experience I wanted it to be. I think this was because I was in a cultural shock of being at WDW for the first time. This year will be different, but I still think it is good that we picked a kind of comforting restaurant at a very well known location for us for the first evening (or do you count it as second evening?).


I know what you mean about a second chance... I really hope that Artist Point will be able to wow us! And I am sure you will like CG much better when we are there for the sunset.

And I think Jiko counts as our first evening. Who knows when we will arrive at BWV and I always think that arrival day is only a blur anyway. Which will not prevent me from dragging you into Epcot for Illumination if we have the time for that!! :lmao:

Nice update and I love all your restuarant choices! Poor Katharina with her food intolerances! I hope it all works out well for her. Remember if you don't like something send it back. You're paying a lot of money for those meals and you should get something you like.

Thanks for reminding us to just ask for what we need! :goodvibes But I think we will be allright. So far everything was rather tasty (only this one very unfortunate salad experience at La Cantina in 2008 was really dreadfull...). But I hope Katharina will be a bit more couragous with the chefs when they aren't really making an effort to find somthing which will work for her. And I am determined to ask for the bread - wether Katharina can eat it nor not!! :lmao:

Flossbolna
04-18-2011, 09:23 AM
:dance3::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::yay:

Great restaurant choices! :goodvibes Sometimes you have to give a restaurant a second try.

Thanks!! And I agree - you can't judge a restaurant after only one meal. So the ones which appeal in theory get a second time! :thumbsup2

Looks like you'll be eating very well! I don't have much experience at most of the places you listed--I tend toward the "comfort food" places rather than fine dining experiences. But I do know that we loved both the Kona Cafe and 50's PT for dinner. Of the "want to try" places you listed, the only one I've tried is Liberty Tree Tavern, which I liked quite a bit as well.

Or, you can cancel all of your ADR's and just gorge yourself on Dole Whips all week. I don't see anything wrong with this choice, either.

I can totally understand that people have different tastes! And I think we do have some comfort food places as well. I think Olivia's falls into that category as well, just has a strange location for most travellers. But I don't think eating only Dole Whips for 11 days will make us happy travellers, so I will not follow your suggestion!! :rotfl:

:banana: Woohoo! So happy for you that you got most of the ADRs you wanted. I agree the reservation system can have some kinks in it sometimes, especially for linking reservations and such.

The strange thing is that I haven't been able to open up the +10 days window again after that first success. I still need to make the breakfast ADR for our very last day. But I am not worried since we will be very flexible about time on that one.

englishrose47
04-18-2011, 09:55 AM
Good Morning !! Checking in to see how the plans are shaping !!Don't forget Carol & I will be there with our group of "People "!!!:thumbsup2:banana:

Flossbolna
04-19-2011, 06:37 AM
Hi Flossbolna,

your PTR makes me wanna go tomorow:cool1:

nice to see more German Disney fans...

I'm turning 40 next year, which is a year to late for the 40th anniversary celebration:(
But got the idea of doing my birthday, together with a cruise Disney-style as well.

I did my 30th in WDW as well and my parents came along too!

Viel Spass beim planen...
und warten.

Hallo und Willkommen notaprincess!

Are you from Germany as well? It seems like celebrating the 40th birthday at WDW appears to be quite common here on the boards... But I think it is a wonderful idea and combining it with a cruise sounds pretty good to me. :thumbsup2 I originally had thought about including a cruise in my birthday trip as well, but then I ended up spending quite a bit of money on buying DVC points so the cruise will have to wait. I would love to do one of the transatlantic cruises!

Congrats on the successful ADRs!:cool1:

Thanks! :goodvibes

Nice job on the ADRs!!! :woohoo: There is a mixture of ones I have done before, and those I haven't. We ate at Olivia's three times on our previous trip when we stayed at OKW and enjoyed it very much every time. We did dinner twice and breakfast once.

There is a link to my OKW trip report in my siggie, but you might struggle to get through it since I wasn't so well versed in adding Chapter links, :rolleyes1 (it is only about 4 pages long though, so......) I did it pretty much live while we were there and I talked about our meals, but no formal dining reviews or anything. But I'm pretty sure I told what we had and how everyone liked it, so maybe it will help a little.

I am really getting quite excited about Olivias. The more I read about it, the more I think I am really going to enjoy it. I know that you loved OKW and I think I read your report many months ago, but will go back and check what you wrote about the restaurant. Thanks for reminding me of that source! :thumbsup2

So would you say that we should go for breakfast or for lunch (assuming that dinner and lunch menu are somewhat similar)? I think lunch might be more interesting since breakfast is just normal breakfast fare?

Flossbolna
04-19-2011, 06:42 AM
Congrats on successful ADR scheduling! You've picked some great meal, many I have never tried so I'm really looking forward to your reviews. I hope they all do great with the allergy issues.

Thanks! I am really looking forward to all our meals as well. And I think since we now know how things work with the special diets, Katharina might be a bit more at ease during those discussions with the chefs.

Great news on your ADR's!:thumbsup2 It's ridiculous how excited I get over my ADR day, like it's Christmas morning or something!:laughing:

Glad you were able to get everything you wanted and within the time frame you were looking for. What a special treat...going to Disney over your birthday AND it's Disney's 40th anniversay.:woohoo:

I know what you mean about getting excited about ADR day! :lmao: However, I must say that I love the online system, it makes the whole process so much easier!

Congrats on making your ressies !!I am waiting a while for mine as I don't book the trip the TA does and it prolly wont be booked yet, but if I wait till 185 days out I should be able to make them all !!At least I hope so !! Carol and I have agreed on the restaurants and she doesn't care what days I pick or times !!:rotfl2:

I think you don't need to worry about the ADRs. There isn't any free dining in October. So I guess things will be rather relaxed at most restaurants. The only place which seems to nearly fill up at 180 days is 'Ohana (well, of the restaurants on my list, we don't have any real character meals).

Flossbolna
04-19-2011, 06:47 AM
Glad you got all your ARD's.:banana:


For Ohana's you might want to get there a bit early and then let them know you are trying to catch the fireworks on the beach. Since it is buffet but it served, they bring it to your table so you may want them to pace the meal a bit to get you done by 9:20 or so.

I have 2 great meals and 1 really slow meal there. I remember almost running to get to the beach because I left plenty of time ( like 2 hours ) and the pacing was so slow we almost did not see fireworks.

Thanks for the 'Ohana tip! This was kind of what I figured... I have read reports about horrible waits at 'Ohana and I am prepared that things might not work out. But I am determined to not let anything spoil my mood and just take things as they happen. :goodvibes

We have watched the fireworks from 'Ohana's twice. Neither time were we next to a window, but we could see well enough, and the sound was broadcast over the speakers.

Thanks for that info! I was wondering whether it was visible from inside. So this is good to know that if things don't work out, we still will have some fireworks experience! :thumbsup2

Good Morning !! Checking in to see how the plans are shaping !!Don't forget Carol & I will be there with our group of "People "!!!:thumbsup2:banana:

I won't forget that!! We will need to see how our plans work together! :thumbsup2

3prettyprincesses
04-19-2011, 09:30 AM
I know what you mean about getting excited about ADR day! :lmao: However, I must say that I love the online system, it makes the whole process so much easier!

It's true!:laughing: And I agree with you about the ease of the online ADR system. I love it. It's so much more efficient than having to call.:goodvibes Plus you get those nifty confirmation emails too.

I'm sure Katharina will do great this trip too since she's already had experience with the chefs:thumbsup2. I feel much more confident myself now that I've had one trip with my food allergies. Just remind them that there isn't any dairy in eggs.:laughing:

notaprincess
04-19-2011, 02:41 PM
[QUOTE=Flossbolna;40786334]Hallo und Willkommen notaprincess!

Are you from Germany as well? It seems like celebrating the 40th birthday at WDW appears to be quite common here on the boards... But I think it is a wonderful idea and combining it with a cruise sounds pretty good to me. :thumbsup2 I originally had thought about including a cruise in my birthday trip as well, but then I ended up spending quite a bit of money on buying DVC points so the cruise will have to wait. I would love to do one of the transatlantic cruises!


Hallo, ja ich bin auch aus Deutschland! But living in the Middle East currently. I do love the idea of DVC, but as I'm not sure about job security, I'm a bit hesitant taking that step. I guess one can always rent points...

Like you said, the option of cruising will be around for a bit. A transatlantic cruise is on my bucket list too. Did it once, but as employee for a smaller cruise line.

have the most magical trip with your sister!:cheer2:

LG Simone

dekkerdisneydreamer
04-19-2011, 03:35 PM
Ladies I am truly sorry for being missing. We got back from our WDW trip on April 8th and I just had so much to catch up on! I am caught up now and think that your ADR's look fantastic! DH and I ate at 'Ohana this last trip and we really enjoyed it!! We had a fantastic view of the Grand Floridian and castle. Heaven!:cloud9: The food was very much to DH's liking, anything meat!! :lmao: One day I will convince him to go to a signature restaurant on Disney property.

I love the pictures so far from Disneyland Paris! I can't wait to see the rest of them!

Oh, and by the way, I will be there the same time as you two. October 16-21!

Poolrat
04-19-2011, 06:27 PM
That is one thing which I did not get done when I actually stayed at the Poly. The temptation to hop on that boat and actually be in the MK for the fireworks was just too big! But since it will be a party night at the MK, it would cost quite a lot of money to see Hallowishes from inside the park, so the beach will be a great substitute. I also think that I will like it much better than the view from the CG or Narcoossee's since it will be centered around the castle. I have quite high expectations!



It is a great view, almost better than being inside the park. You get the music piped in on the beach, scoot toward the speakers to really hear it well. I grab a drink to go from the Tamu bar and grab a lounge chair or the swing and relax and enjoy. I think you will be pleased even with your high expectations. :laughing:

All7OfUs
04-19-2011, 08:09 PM
WOOT!!! All the ADRs you wanted! Cool Beans!! I just love your lineup!

englishrose47
04-20-2011, 08:19 AM
Good Morning !! I really impressed myself as I could translate the piece of German !!I guess my High School German has stuck a little !!:lmao:So I should have started this with "Guten Tag":rotfl2:

nodnol
04-20-2011, 10:32 AM
I thought I might show you some pictures of what we did last weekend!
We met up with our parents at a tiny village in the forest. We met in this tiny village, because there is one of the best restaurants in Bavaria, at least that's what we think.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_qf8PT6ZBGrQ/Ta50D-TR9lI/AAAAAAAAANc/49KCr58DdiA/s800/IMGP2270.jpg
Before our parents moved to Nuremberg they lived not really close but closer to the restaurant, and we would go there for special events and celebrations for something like twenty years. Ee all miss the food and thought it would be nice to have a family weekend in one of their holiday flats with some hiking and good food.

But I don’t want to tell you about the food but about our hikes. The weather was very nice and the landscape and scenery felt like home. Our dad picked some really nice tracks and I think we all enjoyed it very much. I brought back some pictures, because the hikes were also kind of historical.
On Friday we actually took more just a short walk and crossed the boarder to the Czech Republic:

From the German side
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_qf8PT6ZBGrQ/Ta50DwHKVsI/AAAAAAAAANY/6-7XzRFUVZM/s800/IMGP2271.jpg

From the Czech side
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_qf8PT6ZBGrQ/Ta50C-7BOyI/AAAAAAAAANQ/uRx53850KdQ/s800/IMGP2272.jpg

I get always a little teary eyed crossing on one of these boarder points for walkers without any boarder control. I remember what it was like there before 1990: we would have been shot! And then I would remember even more backwards to the time when there was a boarder but without a checkpoint and when there would have been quite a lot of traffic to the village on the other side and further on. Now there is just nature on the other side for some kilometers, as the communist regime in Czechoslovakia destroyed all the villages along very large strips of the boarder in order to have an unpopulated security strip. At moments like this I am very grateful for the time we live in, we have different problems now, also very very big problems, but it still seems like a miracle to me that the Iron curtain fell.

On Saturday we went on a much longer hike and one part took as along the boarder again, we walked on a very very old way, called pig beater way, and suddenly realized that we were “nowhere”, as the Czech boarder posts were on our left side and the Bavarian ones on our right side. You can see it maybe on the picture, a white pole on the right and a tiny white stone on the left.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_qf8PT6ZBGrQ/Ta50DN1jsxI/AAAAAAAAANU/8kC69At4q6c/s800/IMGP2277.jpg

tiggrbaby
04-20-2011, 10:44 AM
Wow, Katharina, those are amazing trails! It really does make you appreciate what we have! Thanks for sharing!

kid-at-heart
04-20-2011, 10:58 AM
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I remember watching the news when the Iron Curtain fell. I was in college, sitting alone in my apartment watching the excitement occur and I cried like a baby - from happiness. I was surprised at the impact it had on me.

So, was the food as good as you remembered?

jenbear123
04-20-2011, 05:37 PM
Going back to such a historical spot like this makes me feel eerie. Even when I went to the Titanic exhibit in Vegas and seeing those artifacts gives me the shivers. I am very thankful things are the way they are right now even though there are still problems that should be resolved. C'est la vie :rolleyes:

jenjolt
04-20-2011, 06:46 PM
What gorgeous pictures!! Thank you for sharing them!!! What a beautiful memory you shared, thank you!!!!

Someday I hope to go to Europe, what a beautiful place!

Poolrat
04-20-2011, 09:01 PM
I thought a little about I Love Lucy and when she was in Europe crossing the border. :laughing: That always facinates me that just a gate and a few steps and you are in a different counrty.

The middle of nowhere on that trail was interesting too. :lmao:

nodnol
04-21-2011, 03:55 AM
Wow, Katharina, those are amazing trails! It really does make you appreciate what we have! Thanks for sharing!

You are very welcome!

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I remember watching the news when the Iron Curtain fell. I was in college, sitting alone in my apartment watching the excitement occur and I cried like a baby - from happiness. I was surprised at the impact it had on me.

So, was the food as good as you remembered?

It was! We were actually very happy to stay over two nights and have two meals there, so we could choose more than one starter and main course.

Going back to such a historical spot like this makes me feel eerie. Even when I went to the Titanic exhibit in Vegas and seeing those artifacts gives me the shivers. I am very thankful things are the way they are right now even though there are still problems that should be resolved. C'est la vie :rolleyes:

I know exactly what you mean, it is even worse when the events were not happy ones...

What gorgeous pictures!! Thank you for sharing them!!! What a beautiful memory you shared, thank you!!!!

Someday I hope to go to Europe, what a beautiful place!

It sure is, but this area is actually not very touristy at all, which makes it only better.

I thought a little about I Love Lucy and when she was in Europe crossign the border. :laughing: That always facinates me that just a gate and a few steps and you are in a different counrty.

The middle of nowhere on that trail was interesting too. :lmao:

Well sometimes it is not only a little step here either, it is only easy once you are inside Europe, or more precise inside the European Union.

lovealldisney
04-21-2011, 05:34 AM
WOW Katharina thanks for the pictures! You know I love pictures :rolleyes1 I love learning about history. Thanks for sharing. And it's nice to see you posting. Now maybe Magdalene can add some of hers as well??? Just saying.....:rolleyes:

Flossbolna
04-21-2011, 06:16 AM
Katharina, thanks for the wonderful update! :goodvibes Your text really reminded me of the many changes this area has been through in the last 100 years. One tends to only think of the last change from iron curtain to open border, but there is so much more to it in this region! Thanks for the expert's view on it.

Captain_Oblivious
04-21-2011, 10:04 AM
I get always a little teary eyed crossing on one of these boarder points for walkers without any boarder control. I remember what it was like there before 1990: we would have been shot! And then I would remember even more backwards to the time when there was a boarder but without a checkpoint and when there would have been quite a lot of traffic to the village on the other side and further on. Now there is just nature on the other side for some kilometers, as the communist regime in Czechoslovakia destroyed all the villages along very large strips of the boarder in order to have an unpopulated security strip. At moments like this I am very grateful for the time we live in, we have different problems now, also very very big problems, but it still seems like a miracle to me that the Iron curtain fell.

Wow...that concept is so foreign to me, it's hard to imagine what it was like in the days of the Cold War. Thank you so much for sharing this little trip!

By the way, what was it like in Nowhere? Did you start to turn into a ghost? :rotfl:

IBelieveInTheMagic
04-22-2011, 08:37 AM
Hi! :cheer2: Better late than never! I was excited to see your PTR link in Brook's TR! :)

I'm glad you have the resort lined up and now the airline and ADR's!! YAHOO!!! It's cool you and Katharina can meet up perfectly before heading over to MCO! I love the Airbus'!

It's so stinkin' exciting getting the ADR's you want, isn't it? :banana: Sorry to hear you had little bit of technical drama but glad it all worked out. Very nice choices.

Don't worry too terribly much about the hurricane season. They are so unpredictable ahead of time and I know you guys will monitor the situation. This past weekend we had major storms come through our state and 24 people were killed and there were over 62 tornadoes - you just never know! :scared1:

Speaking of, for my birthday recently my sister ordered me some goodies from a German speciality store online and guess what they just got in stock? NUERNBERG BRATWURST!! It was authentic and so awesome! She also ordered me some Mezzo Mix, gummies, and a few other treats! :love:

Heather

glennbo123
04-22-2011, 09:39 AM
That is really amazing Katharina! It's incredible to think about the changes that have occurred at the exact spots where you walked, just over a few decades. It looks like a beautiful area.

Don't think I'm stalking you, but I was interested enough to google the restaurant name that appears in the picture and find out a little more about the area since I don't know the geography well enough. It looks like you were about halfway between Nuremberg and Prague.

All7OfUs
04-22-2011, 01:31 PM
Wonderful pictures and update, Katharina!! Truly a lovely place you got to visit again. I can really sense your sense of nostalgia in going back. The stories that must have come out of the people must be incredible- full of heartache, and eventual joy! AMazing times we live in, and have seen.

Thanks for your insights!

tiggrbaby
04-24-2011, 06:20 AM
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marvali
04-24-2011, 01:55 PM
Happy Easter to Magdalene and Katharina!!!!

podsnel
04-24-2011, 09:18 PM
I always love it when you both share your life in Germany with us- thank-you so much, Katherina!!!:goodvibes Fascinating!!!

englishrose47
04-24-2011, 09:23 PM
I always love it when you both share your life in Germany with us- thank-you so much, Katherina!!!:goodvibes Fascinating!!!

I totally agree !!! We have no idea what it was like and I soooo appreciate all the insights !!:cloud9:

All7OfUs
04-24-2011, 09:46 PM
Just came by to wish you a very happy Easter, Ladies!!!! Hope your day was wonderful!

Flossbolna
04-25-2011, 12:24 PM
Hi everyone! I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter! Mine is just about to end, Easter Monday is a public holiday here as well, so I am just enjoying the last few hours of my wonderful 4-day weekend (Good Friday was a public holiday as well).

But the purpose of this post is actually to give you some more pictures to look at. We have now entered Disneyland Park and are on Main Street. This first Main Street installment will have all outdoor pictures (taking over several days), in the next installment we will move into shops and other spaces.

You will notice that a lot of the buildings are very similar to WDW, that was the model that they followed. However there are a few buildings that are unique like the car dealer. Also DLP had the original Casey's (not selling corn dogs though), the one at WDW is a copy. Another difference is that there isn't a flag pole, but a gazebo. The design is less "patriotic" and more about "Americana" since obviously that was more relevant for an European audience. Originally Main Street in Paris was planned not to be Victorian, but set in the 20s as this was a period which was considered to matter more for the Europeans. After all Victorian is still mainly a copy of old world design elements, while in the 20s America moved on to its own style. If anyone is interested what could have been, the Disney and More blog has a wonderful article about it here (http://disneyandmore.blogspot.com/2011/03/disneyland-paris-that-never-was-main.html). I think I would have loved this idea! Even though I know at least one reader of this PTR is pretty happy that it did end up with the Victorian design. :goodvibes

So, once again the pictures are in a slideshow to be viewed here (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac166/magdaleneTR/DLP 2011/Main Street Outdoor/?albumview=slideshow) and the password is still Flossbolna (case sensitiv!). Enjoy! And of course I will be happy to answer any questions!

dekkerdisneydreamer
04-25-2011, 12:37 PM
Wonderful pictures! Is it me, or do the buildings appear to be much taller on main street in DLP than in WDW?:confused3 Especially the picture of the gentlemen standing against one of the columns? They look extremely tall.

Pretty cool about the car dealer actually selling cars on main street.:thumbsup2

lovealldisney
04-25-2011, 01:04 PM
I think I would have loved this idea! Even though I know at least one reader of this PTR is pretty happy that it did end up with the Victorian design.


I wonder who that could be? :confused3:rolleyes1

I hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday and enjoyed your time off!

I loved all the photos! But I have a question. There are two building that are flying the American flag on top. Why is that? Shouldn't they be flying the French flag since DLP is in France?

PS: on a side note DD is going mad with planning YFU stuff! She has been reading up on it alot and well something must have clicked because she's been like a mad women brainstorming! Thought you'd like to know. ;)

Flossbolna
04-25-2011, 01:43 PM
It's true!:laughing: And I agree with you about the ease of the online ADR system. I love it. It's so much more efficient than having to call.:goodvibes Plus you get those nifty confirmation emails too.

I'm sure Katharina will do great this trip too since she's already had experience with the chefs:thumbsup2. I feel much more confident myself now that I've had one trip with my food allergies. Just remind them that there isn't any dairy in eggs.:laughing:

Ah yes, the dairy-egg confusion at the Gardenview Tea Room! :rotfl:

I like the emails, but I have these strange memories that last year I was able to get all my reservations mailed to me in one email, but this time I only get single emails.


Hallo, ja ich bin auch aus Deutschland! But living in the Middle East currently. I do love the idea of DVC, but as I'm not sure about job security, I'm a bit hesitant taking that step. I guess one can always rent points...

Like you said, the option of cruising will be around for a bit. A transatlantic cruise is on my bucket list too. Did it once, but as employee for a smaller cruise line.

have the most magical trip with your sister!:cheer2:

LG Simone

Hallo Simone! Middle East sounds interesting, but at the moment like a place that might easily be way too interesting. I hope you are safe!

I know what you mean about DVC, it is a long term commitment to pay the annual dues and as Europeans we also have to be aware of the currency exchange rate risk. I am lucky that my job is very secure (I am a civil servant) and I only have a very small contract, so the dues aren't too bad every year.

Ladies I am truly sorry for being missing. We got back from our WDW trip on April 8th and I just had so much to catch up on! I am caught up now and think that your ADR's look fantastic! DH and I ate at 'Ohana this last trip and we really enjoyed it!! We had a fantastic view of the Grand Floridian and castle. Heaven!:cloud9: The food was very much to DH's liking, anything meat!! :lmao: One day I will convince him to go to a signature restaurant on Disney property.

I love the pictures so far from Disneyland Paris! I can't wait to see the rest of them!

Oh, and by the way, I will be there the same time as you two. October 16-21!

Don't worry, I am playing catch up at other people's reports all the time as well! :goodvibes 'Ohana should be a great meal, especially because it looks like Katharina might be able to eat all the food there - just not the dessert. Perhaps they can get her some pineapple with caramel dipping sauce. That's what was served in 2004. :goodvibes

Looks like there is quite a bunch of DISers there at the same time! I guess from your ticker that you are staying at AKV? Wonderful place!! :cloud9: If you are up for it, we should check wether we are going to be at the same places at the same time to meet up. :goodvibes

Flossbolna
04-25-2011, 01:45 PM
It is a great view, almost better than being inside the park. You get the music piped in on the beach, scoot toward the speakers to really hear it well. I grab a drink to go from the Tamu bar and grab a lounge chair or the swing and relax and enjoy. I think you will be pleased even with your high expectations. :laughing:

Sounds wonderful! I am very much looking forward to this! :thumbsup2

WOOT!!! All the ADRs you wanted! Cool Beans!! I just love your lineup!

I am very pleased with our ADRs as well - and looking forward to all of them. :banana:

Good Morning !! I really impressed myself as I could translate the piece of German !!I guess my High School German has stuck a little !!:lmao:So I should have started this with "Guten Tag":rotfl2:

Guten Tag Rosie! I am impressed with you as well! :yay:

Flossbolna
04-25-2011, 01:49 PM
Hi everyone, I will let Katharina answer all the posts regarding her update, but since Wendy asked:

WOW Katharina thanks for the pictures! You know I love pictures :rolleyes1 I love learning about history. Thanks for sharing. And it's nice to see you posting. Now maybe Magdalene can add some of hers as well??? Just saying.....:rolleyes:

I did not take my camera... But I did make sure that a lot of food pictures were taken with my father's camera. Supposedly they turned out very well and I just need to get over to their place with my USB-stick to get them... My father took also a few pictures from the walk, so I will post some more soon (I hope!).

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Thank you! I hope you had a great Easter weekend as well. :goodvibes

Happy Easter to Magdalene and Katharina!!!!

Thanks Marvin!! I hope you had a happy Easter with your family, too! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
04-25-2011, 01:59 PM
Just came by to wish you a very happy Easter, Ladies!!!! Hope your day was wonderful!

Liesa, thank you! I hope your weekend was wonderful as well. :goodvibes

Wonderful pictures! Is it me, or do the buildings appear to be much taller on main street in DLP than in WDW?:confused3 Especially the picture of the gentlemen standing against one of the columns? They look extremely tall.

Pretty cool about the car dealer actually selling cars on main street.:thumbsup2

Thanks! I think the buildings are the same scale as in WDW, at least that's what I read recently. But it did feel more spacious to me as well. I think part of it might be that the castle (called Sleeping Beauty's Castle, or in French: Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant) is smaller than at WDW? It's only 167 ft (80 m) high as compared to Cinderella's Castle in WDW

I wonder who that could be? :confused3:rolleyes1

:lmao:

I hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday and enjoyed your time off!

Thanks! I hope you had a wonderful Easter as well. :goodvibes

I loved all the photos! But I have a question. There are two building that are flying the American flag on top. Why is that? Shouldn't they be flying the French flag since DLP is in France?

It is still Main Street, U.S.A. It is still themed after a country town in the Midwest of the USA around 1900. You would not find a street like that in Europe. The two "European Lands" are Fantasyland and Discoveryland.

PS: on a side note DD is going mad with planning YFU stuff! She has been reading up on it alot and well something must have clicked because she's been like a mad women brainstorming! Thought you'd like to know. ;)

Sounds great!! She is welcome to email me if she has any questions! :goodvibes

englishrose47
04-25-2011, 02:24 PM
Awesome pix of MainStreet DLP It is very much like Orlando Main Street !!I think I spied a few differences though !!! I was surprised that the signs were in English not French !!!!

dekkerdisneydreamer
04-25-2011, 03:46 PM
Looks like there is quite a bunch of DISers there at the same time! I guess from your ticker that you are staying at AKV? Wonderful place!! :cloud9: If you are up for it, we should check wether we are going to be at the same places at the same time to meet up. :goodvibes

I am so excited I cannot wait for AKV!! We have a savannah view at Kidani. :hyper: I know there are so many DISers that have stayed there before, I have gathered some really great information about the resort.

I will PM you our tentative itinerary for now and we can see if we match up anywhere.:goodvibes

Flossbolna
04-25-2011, 04:03 PM
Awesome pix of MainStreet DLP It is very much like Orlando Main Street !!I think I spied a few differences though !!! I was surprised that the signs were in English not French !!!!

Thanks! DLP is quite interesting, it is very much a bilingual park. Most signs and also menus are in English and French and it depends on where you are which language is more prevalent. For example Main Street and Frontierland are "American" so English is the language that is used for signs (even though if you only spoke French you would still be able to find your way around). Fantasyland is in many areas more French as well as Adventureland. Also nearly all CMs speak both languages - in the past we had problems a few times, but this time with our very limited French we did quite well communicating with all CMs. It is a very international atmosphere! :goodvibes

I am so excited I cannot wait for AKV!! We have a savannah view at Kidani. :hyper: I know there are so many DISers that have stayed there before, I have gathered some really great information about the resort.

I will PM you our tentative itinerary for now and we can see if we match up anywhere.:goodvibes

AKV is definitely a resort where you ought to spend time to experience it! They offer so many special activities like the Cultural Safari, the Culinary Tour etc. It is quite a distance from the MK, but I think this adds just to the vibe, it feels like a true Lodge in the nature!

Looking forward to your PM! I am planning to post a bit more about our park plans soon. :goodvibes

pooh'smate
04-25-2011, 04:40 PM
Just wanted to let you know I am following along. I love your reports and though I don't always comment I am reading along.

tiggrbaby
04-25-2011, 06:30 PM
Lovely pics!

Poolrat
04-25-2011, 07:10 PM
The pictures are wonderful. What a great look down Main street. It is sort of comforting that it is "Main street". Gives me a sense of familiarity for the park in general. Familiar yet different all at the same time.
Looking forward to the next batch.

lovealldisney
04-26-2011, 06:17 AM
It is still Main Street, U.S.A. It is still themed after a country town in the Midwest of the USA around 1900. You would not find a street like that in Europe. The two "European Lands" are Fantasyland and Discoveryland.

Did you ever have one of those DUH momments! I just did!:rotfl:


Sounds great!! She is welcome to email me if she has any
questions! :goodvibes

I will let her know she can email you, she has made a binder will all info she has collected and a notebook for notes. She came up with a list of questions and is planning on calling YFU this week since the kids are off of school. :)

nodnol
04-26-2011, 10:13 AM
By the way, what was it like in Nowhere? Did you start to turn into a ghost? :rotfl:
:teleport:

Don't think I'm stalking you, but I was interested enough to google the restaurant name that appears in the picture and find out a little more about the area since I don't know the geography well enough. It looks like you were about halfway between Nuremberg and Prague.

That's correct. It is a very rural area, as it was "the end of the world" for 40 years. A lot of young people left to study or find better jobs, so it was kind of forgotten. Not many Germans could place it, if you asked them where the Oberpfalz (that's what the region is called) is.

Wonderful pictures and update, Katharina!! Truly a lovely place you got to visit again. I can really sense your sense of nostalgia in going back. The stories that must have come out of the people must be incredible- full of heartache, and eventual joy! AMazing times we live in, and have seen.

Thanks for your insights!

You are very welcome!

I always love it when you both share your life in Germany with us- thank-you so much, Katherina!!!:goodvibes Fascinating!!!

I totally agree !!! We have no idea what it was like and I soooo appreciate all the insights !!:cloud9:

I'm glad you all enjoyed it, so I guess I should take my camera on more trips....

manntra
04-26-2011, 02:16 PM
Beautiful pictures! It all looks so foreign yet familiar if that makes sense :confused3
Great ADR's....we have some similar....Cali being one. The hours are out but I think that they might be adding some MNSSHP dates so we shall see about them.
I am so excited for our trip this Saturday. The weather looks beautiful and it will be so much fun to meet new disfriends and see old ones again! :grouphug: The only thing I am sad about is the space shuttle going up on Friday...just one little day before I arrive :rolleyes:
Katherina, thank you for sharing your weekend trip/hike with us. I always look forward to your "history lessons" and all of the extras that you both share with us :goodvibes

Tracy

Flossbolna
04-26-2011, 05:04 PM
Just wanted to let you know I am following along. I love your reports and though I don't always comment I am reading along.

Thanks! It is always great to read that people appreciate what I am writign, but I understand that not everyone can comment all the time! :goodvibes

Lovely pics!

Thanks!

The pictures are wonderful. What a great look down Main street. It is sort of comforting that it is "Main street". Gives me a sense of familiarity for the park in general. Familiar yet different all at the same time.
Looking forward to the next batch.

I know what you mean, however Katharina and I were so shocked when we saw it for the first time in 1995 because it looks so different from DL's Main Street which was the one that was familiar to us at that time.

Did you ever have one of those DUH momments! I just did!

I will let her know she can email you, she has made a binder will all info she has collected and a notebook for notes. She came up with a list of questions and is planning on calling YFU this week since the kids are off of school. :)

Don't worry about the DUH moment! I think it was actually not stupid at all to expect a lot of signs in French! :goodvibes

Great to hear that she is so motivated!:thumbsup2

Beautiful pictures! It all looks so foreign yet familiar if that makes sense :confused3
Great ADR's....we have some similar....Cali being one. The hours are out but I think that they might be adding some MNSSHP dates so we shall see about them.
I am so excited for our trip this Saturday. The weather looks beautiful and it will be so much fun to meet new disfriends and see old ones again! :grouphug: The only thing I am sad about is the space shuttle going up on Friday...just one little day before I arrive :rolleyes:
Katherina, thank you for sharing your weekend trip/hike with us. I always look forward to your "history lessons" and all of the extras that you both share with us :goodvibes

Tracy

You think that they will add additional MNSSHP nights? So far I had assumed that they had all those 7pm closings at the MK down as party nights and have been planning according to that... Need to check park times! :scared1:

Have a wonderful trip! Spring at WDW sounds like a wonderful time!

All7OfUs
04-27-2011, 02:41 PM
Loved the pictures, Magdalene!! A couple of things struck me as I watched the slideshow:

The entire Main Street area seems so much bigger in general- both wider and taller. Like someone else mentioned the picture of the man against the columns makes it look really so much larger!

The second thing was that it was odd to see people dressed so warmly! Certainly adds a new view to things. I am so used to seeing tanks and shorts and flip flops that it would take some getting used to seeing MS with coats and boots.

I"m curious what was the Lilly's place? Did you go in??

Flossbolna
04-27-2011, 03:00 PM
Loved the pictures, Magdalene!! A couple of things struck me as I watched the slideshow:

The entire Main Street area seems so much bigger in general- both wider and taller. Like someone else mentioned the picture of the man against the columns makes it look really so much larger!

The second thing was that it was odd to see people dressed so warmly! Certainly adds a new view to things. I am so used to seeing tanks and shorts and flip flops that it would take some getting used to seeing MS with coats and boots.

I"m curious what was the Lilly's place? Did you go in??

Thanks, I am glad that you enjoyed them! I think you would love DLP a lot, it is a large park like the MK, but still has a lot of the charm of Disneyland. In a way, this is the park where all the experience they had until then came together to create a master piece - which unfortunately was not based on a sound economic base and hence now suffers from a very large debt load and therefore lacks money to maintain everything the way it should be...

I did some searching for a picture of WDW's Main Street:

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and compare this one from DLP:

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They look pretty much the same size to me... I think it is an illusion because you see the smaller castle at the end of the street and think that therefore Main Street must be larger...

But it did feel very spacious to me as well. :)

I know what you mean about people in winter clothes, but it was actually warmer on most days than on our days at the MK in 2010... :goodvibes

I have pictures from inside Lilly's! It is a shop. The shops at DLP were wonderfully themed when it opened and had specific merchandise for the different shops. Now it is all very much like at MK: just one big space. But there are still lots of pretty things along the top of the walls etc.

But the next update will about the WDW trip again...

marvali
04-27-2011, 03:19 PM
Just wanted to say HI! :wave2: I will have to check out the links to your last update when I get home later.....

glennbo123
04-27-2011, 03:40 PM
Great pictures Magdalene. Everything seems familiar, but...a little different.

MRYPPNS
04-27-2011, 04:02 PM
I'm late but I just found the link to your report.... I can't wait to read along!

Flossbolna
04-27-2011, 04:14 PM
I think it is time to talk a bit more about our plans for WDW! :banana: Did anyone notice that Mickey in our ticker is nearly already all his way through the first picture? Time is running away and I am sure before we know it, is summer and then autumn and time for our trip!!

This update will be the first of a series called "Trip Special Features". So far we have covered the basics of the trip: where will we sleep, what will we eat. I guess everyone assumes already correctly that we will visit the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. But is there anything else that will happen during our trip? Of course! We have 11 days at WDW and that is plenty of time to add something a bit out of the ordinary, something that is new (at least for one of us, but some will be new to both of us).

The first special feature I want to write about is something that I was very sad that we missed on our last trip - because of the weather: the waterparks! We have plans to visit both of them during our WDW vacation and only severe thunderstorms or really freezing temperatures are going to keep me away from the waterparks!! This is actually a very good side effect of having to reschedule the trip to October: both parks are going to be open, in November one would have been already down for refurbishment!

Plans for Blizzard Beach:

I am very excited about this park! I haven't been there since 2007. We are planning on going there on our first full day at WDW. Might sound like an odd choice?? Not for us! :goodvibes The plan for our first 24 hours at WDW is as follows: we will arrive around 8pm at the BWV, drop luggage in the room, head out for a little walk and possibly a snack (depending on time this might lead us into Epcot which actually has evening EMH that night. Considering that we will still be on German time which is 6 hours ahead, I don't think we will make it longer than until 10pm! Which will give us plenty of sleep for an early start the next day (we do hope that we won't get up and have a shower in the middle of the night again... in case you weren't along for the TR, the story can be found here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36293835&postcount=194)). So, still being more on German time, getting up early won't be too bad for us and we will head out to the AK for morning EMH! Run around there, get a very early lunch at Flame Tree Barbecue and then get on a bus from AK to Blizzard Beach where we then spend the rest of the day. The great thing about going to the water park on the first day is that it is a place where you can also relax and don't have to tire yourself out from running from one ride to the next. When BB closes it is back to the BW for a shower and then off again to AKL for dinner at Jiko. Sounds like the perfect first 24 hours to me!!

I am planning of taking lots of pictures of BB, I don't have a single one. I loved the whimsical theming there and am very excited about exploring the park. I remember that I loved all the slides - did not do the two really fast ones though and won't be bothered waiting in a long line for them this time either. But I am very much looking forward to be able to drag Katharina along for the Teamboat Springs family raft ride and the other tube rides where there are two in a tube!! Of course there will be some hanging out in the lazy river as well. :cloud9:

Plans for Typhoon Lagoon:

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For some reason which will be revealed at a later point, there is one morning where we most likely don't want to have to rush to a dropping rope... Since the water parks open at 10 am, this is a good choice for a day when we might want to sleep in and some relaxing about two thirds into the trip will give us some necessary rest. If we still are awake way too early, we might head to Olivia's for breakfast before Typhoon Lagoon. Otherwise we will eat a late lunch at Olivia's after TL.

I am looking forward to the Crush 'n Gusher with Katharina and some other slides. I did not like the wave pool here and can't see Katharina falling in love with this. I think I might do the Shark Reef even though it is cold, but it is pretty cool as well. I think there is less for me that I "must" do at TL, so it will be a much more relaxing vist... :beach:


So, that's it for Trip Special Feature #1!

Flossbolna
04-27-2011, 04:25 PM
Just wanted to say HI! :wave2: I will have to check out the links to your last update when I get home later.....

Hi Marv, great to see a bit more of you around again! :goodvibes And now there is even another update to read as well!

Great pictures Magdalene. Everything seems familiar, but...a little different.

By now I seem to know WDW and DLP well enough to not get confused, but the first few times when I went from one to the other, I was just so disorientated because you would turn a corner and then be somewhere totally unexpected! :rotfl: But actually, as soon as we leave Main Street, it will be much less familiar!

I'm late but I just found the link to your report.... I can't wait to read along!

:welcome: You really aren't too late, there isn't that much to catch up. I am glad that you found me!

All7OfUs
04-27-2011, 06:22 PM
I wish I could get really excited about water parks too, but unless it's just roasting hot outside, I can't see myself enjoying it very much. Between that and the price to add it, I can't justify adding that option on.

Ah well... you've certainly put some thought into what sounds fun to you, and for than I"m excited!! ENjoy!!!

THanks for the comparison pix. I can now see there really isn't that much difference. So I have no idea what gave me that impression. :confused3 Just for some reason looked bigger/more spacious. I wonder if indeed, the streets ARE wider?

WHat a shame that the merchandise has gone to generic junk. Very sad, indeed!

tiggrbaby
04-27-2011, 08:06 PM
I LOVE the water parks! I can never decide if I like the racing slides and group tube at BB or the wave pool and slush gusher at TL better! I am a Jersey girl, so I love body surfing in the waves, but I know it's tough for people who aren't used to the ocean. The shark tank is fun, but the water is cooold!

englishrose47
04-27-2011, 08:35 PM
Love your first 24hour plans !!!!

glennbo123
04-27-2011, 09:48 PM
:yay: for the waterparks! Sounds like a fun time.

Make sure you check out the theming at the Crush 'n Gusher. As you go through the line, it's so amazing to see all of the things that have been blown around by the storm that is part of the ride's backstory.

lovealldisney
04-28-2011, 06:09 AM
Love that your going to the water parks! So much fun! We plan on taking our kids to Wisconsin Dells this summer. It' known as the water park capitol in the world. :) Here are some links the first one is about Wisconsin Dells and the next two are the water parks we are trying to decide on.

http://www.wisdells.com/

http://www.noahsarkwaterpark.com/

http://www.mtolympuspark.com/



Now if I can convince my DH to go back to Disney we still have non expiring water park tickets I'd like to use up. We have several days worth!

Flossbolna
04-28-2011, 06:26 AM
I wish I could get really excited about water parks too, but unless it's just roasting hot outside, I can't see myself enjoying it very much. Between that and the price to add it, I can't justify adding that option on.

I know what you mean. I just love the water, as a kid I could spend hours in a pool or lake (never went to the beach very much, too far from us and not our family's vacation style). But the waterparks are pricey and I will do an update about our ticket choices at one point where the decision to go to those two waterparks will be one deciding factor.

Ah well... you've certainly put some thought into what sounds fun to you, and for than I"m excited!! ENjoy!!!

Thanks! That's really it, isn't it: try to figure out what appeals to you and then do that! :goodvibes

THanks for the comparison pix. I can now see there really isn't that much difference. So I have no idea what gave me that impression. :confused3 Just for some reason looked bigger/more spacious. I wonder if indeed, the streets ARE wider?

I don't think the streets are wider either. One optical effect might be that the sidewalks are grey in DLP, not red like in the MK. Also, perhaps you still think about the DL Main Street since that is the one you grew up with? And DL definitely is much smaller. Possibly also if you are looking for differences, you might end up seeing something which you don't think about when you are at WDW? :goodvibes

But then, as I said before: it did look more spacious to me as well when we were there! :confused3

WHat a shame that the merchandise has gone to generic junk. Very sad, indeed!

There still is some nice merchandise to be had and a lot of "Disneyland Paris exclusive". I did take quite a few pictures of the offerings which will be featured in a later update, as well as our loot!

I LOVE the water parks! I can never decide if I like the racing slides and group tube at BB or the wave pool and slush gusher at TL better! I am a Jersey girl, so I love body surfing in the waves, but I know it's tough for people who aren't used to the ocean. The shark tank is fun, but the water is cooold!

I think I have exactly the same problem as you! And I am really looking forward to that family raft ride! I am a very good swimmer and just never was able to figure out how to do that body surfing. I really tried hard, but always ended up being crushed by the wave. I think it might also be that the pool was pretty crowded, I might have been able to get the groove, if I had not been so afraid of accently bumping into someone.

Love your first 24hour plans !!!!

I love the plan as well! I think it has the right balance of activity and relaxation to get us into a vacation mood and to overcome the jet lag! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
04-28-2011, 06:37 AM
:yay: for the waterparks! Sounds like a fun time.

Make sure you check out the theming at the Crush 'n Gusher. As you go through the line, it's so amazing to see all of the things that have been blown around by the storm that is part of the ride's backstory.

I am really excited! :banana: And I will look out for the theming. I remember that I thought it was quite fun because of that old fruit canning plant theme. Will look out for the storm debris lying around! :thumbsup2

Love that your going to the water parks! So much fun! We plan on taking our kids to Wisconsin Dells this summer. It' known as the water park capitol in the world. :) Here are some links the first one is about Wisconsin Dells and the next two are the water parks we are trying to decide on.

http://www.wisdells.com/

http://www.noahsarkwaterpark.com/

http://www.mtolympuspark.com/



Now if I can convince my DH to go back to Disney we still have non expiring water park tickets I'd like to use up. We have several days worth!

Several days on non expiring water park tickets sound great and a good reason to return to WDW!

I just had a look at these waterparks, they sound like fun places! Waterparks are not common at all in Germany, I guess summers are too short. There are a few indoor pools which have added quite a lot of slides, but only very few are as elaborate as waterparks.

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

lovealldisney
04-28-2011, 08:04 AM
Well then by all means you and Katharina should come to Wisconsin! I'll take you to Wisconsin Dells! ;) Another nice area of Wisconsin you two would probably like is Door County Wisconsin. One of my favorite places in Wisconsin! It reminds me of out East. Then of course there is Iowa! ;)

http://www.doorcounty.com/


http://www.cityofdubuque.org/

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

Enjoy!

Captain_Oblivious
04-28-2011, 10:34 AM
Thanks for posting the DLP pictures! It's fascinating to look at them and compare to WDW here.

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

nodnol
04-28-2011, 10:49 AM
I think it is time to talk a bit more about our plans for WDW! :banana: Did anyone notice that Mickey in our ticker is nearly already all his way through the first picture? Time is running away and I am sure before we know it, is summer and then autumn and time for our trip!!
:banana:

But I am very much looking forward to be able to drag Katharina along for the Teamboat Springs family raft ride and the other tube rides where there are two in a tube!!
drag?????

I did not like the wave pool here and can't see Katharina falling in love with this. I think I might do the Shark Reef even though it is cold, but it is pretty cool as well. I think there is less for me that I "must" do at TL, so it will be a much more relaxing vist... :beach:

Why not? Is there some hidden nasty secret?

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

When Katharina and I were in the US in 92, we visited some people in Texas who took us to Schlitterbahn, a waterpark in New Braunfels, Texas: http://www.schlitterbahn.com/nb/default.asp I loved it, Katharina isn't as much of a water person as I am.

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

All7OfUs
04-28-2011, 10:50 AM
Guten Evening!

Hey, I have a PM ready to go for you, but you need to clear out the PM box.

I'll try in a little bit.

L

OH! And Katharina!! I am going to post the next letter in about an hour, but I dont' think you have a guess in for Letter E, do you??

nodnol
04-28-2011, 10:55 AM
OH! And Katharina!! I am going to post the next letter in about an hour, but I dont' think you have a guess in for Letter E, do you??

I though I was too late for E, as you posted yesterday that participants have to post that day...