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Old 09-16-2009, 12:33 AM   #196
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You watched? You WATCHED? I can only remember that we agreed on opening it and checking the country code... But well, I guess it would have been really hard to stop watching once the dvd is running
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:52 AM   #197
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Oh goodness! Now you have me all in a tizzy as to what the 27th could mean. Jen is going to be in Disney too so I will have to make all my decisions on my own. That is scary.
Possibly nothing will happen on the 27th... I remember that at the beginning of August the DIS Unplugged podcast had talked about some new deal being released and there was a thread of people being glued to their computer for the whole day waiting for this deal and then nothing happened... But I am getting nervous, too!!

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YAY for Disney Mail!! I hope you have fun watching the DVD!!!!

I also can't be of much help to you I have never been to any of your +++ or ++ but I hope you get everything you want to get!!!

Ummm something big on 9/27...yup I'll be at Disney...but I'll just Leslie know to call me we can discuss whatever we need over the phone while I'm walking down Main Street LOL!
That sounds liek a lot of fun: planning your next trip while alking down Main Street. I am a little bit envious!

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Yeah for Disney Mail!!! How very thoughtfut of Brook to send it to you too! The DIS Family is surely nice, I tell ya!

Hmm..I'm starting to read more stuff about 9/27 so I wonder what it is? This is the day before we leave for our trip so if I have to make a major important decision (trip next year?) I surely won't have a lot of time!!

Have fun in NUE and I hope your parents move goes well! Lots of memories, I'm sure!

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The DIS is really a very friendly and helpful community! I am trying not to get too excited about 9/27, possibly it is just a new deal for the end of this year and nothing for 2010 yet!

I am thinking of taking a few more pictures of Nuremberg in order to do the promised update on Nuremberg after that weekend...

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Yippee for mickey mail!! I love the planning DVD!! Enjoy!!!

Ok, now I have to go over to the rumor board! If they open up the 180 days on the 27th I need to get in gear and figure out our January ADR's!!
It's so nice to get that planning DVD. I really like the design with the balloons, too. I wonder what next year's theme will be...

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You watched? You WATCHED? I can only remember that we agreed on opening it and checking the country code... But well, I guess it would have been really hard to stop watching once the dvd is running
Well, it played automatically and I could not get it to stop....
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:46 AM   #198
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:46 PM   #199
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Magdalene,

Computer problems have kept me off the DISboards most of this year. Just started posting a short while ago. Of course, I've been reading your PTR.

You and Katharina made an excellent choice for your resort.

Good luck with selecting just the right restaurants. My DH and I ate at Narcoossee's for the first time last December. I enjoyed it so much (the food and atmosphere) that I made ADRs for my DD and I for this December.


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Flossbolna - I hope the 27th brings a great deal for your trip!
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:01 PM   #201
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You watched? You WATCHED? I can only remember that we agreed on opening it and checking the country code... But well, I guess it would have been really hard to stop watching once the dvd is running
Floss- you watched the video without your sister?...I am shocked at such outrageous behaviour...well I guess if you couldn't get it to stop-your eyes couldn't help seeing...


I have no idea what is happening on the 27th but whatever it is I hope it means something good for everyone going...
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:29 AM   #202
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I think it is wonderful that you are hosting an exchange student! Katharina and I both work as volunteers for an exchange organization here in Germany and we had several exchange students in our family! Katharina was an exchange student in Czechoslovakia and I was an exchange student in Denmark - many years ago! We found exchange to be an exciting experience! You are really offering him a very special experience with Christmas in WDW! I hope you have a fantastic time there! Are you planning on doing a PTR for that trip??
Yes, a pre-trip will be started just as soon as I wrap up the trip report that seems so be dragging on and on right now!
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:44 PM   #203
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Magdalene,

Computer problems have kept me off the DISboards most of this year. Just started posting a short while ago. Of course, I've been reading your PTR.

You and Katharina made an excellent choice for your resort.

Good luck with selecting just the right restaurants. My DH and I ate at Narcoossee's for the first time last December. I enjoyed it so much (the food and atmosphere) that I made ADRs for my DD and I for this December.


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Kathy, welcome to my PTR!! I knew you would approve our choice of resort! I am so excited to stay at AKL again! I think one thing I really enjoy is the secluded feel: a world on its own!!

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Flossbolna - I hope the 27th brings a great deal for your trip!
We will see, Katharina and I will be off to Nuremberg on Wednesday for my parents' moving house. We will see when we can get online to check...

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Floss- you watched the video without your sister?...I am shocked at such outrageous behaviour...well I guess if you couldn't get it to stop-your eyes couldn't help seeing...


I have no idea what is happening on the 27th but whatever it is I hope it means something good for everyone going...
I am feeling sooo bad now, I guess I could have covered my eyes???

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Yes, a pre-trip will be started just as soon as I wrap up the trip report that seems so be dragging on and on right now!
I am looking forward to that! I started reading your TR, but was so much behind, that I felt I would never catch up... But I really enjoyed that start of it and it is on my list of DIS things to read on a rainy day!!
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Old 09-21-2009, 03:05 PM   #204
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Tour and Restaurant Shortlist

Ok, we have one planning decision that is newsworthy!! We had always planned on doing one guided tour while at WDW. I did the Keys to the Kingdom Tour in 2008 and loved it! We had a few tours on our shortlist: Keys to the Kingdom (would have been a repeat for me and thatÄs why Katharina vetoed it), Dolphins in Depth (very pricey, but I love dolphins), Segways around the World (more about Segways than WDW and we can do Segway tours here in Berlin as well), Backstage Safari at AK (very animal focused) and Wild by Design at AK (background stories on the design of the park ).

And the winner is: Wild by Design!! I am very excited about that as I love AK, it is such a pretty park. For me it is the park that carries its theme best and hearing about details will be just the thing for me! I loved the "Imagineering Field Guide to Animal Kingdom" book and I expect the tour be like that but with actually being in the park. Katharina's main motivation was to experience a tour that really focusses on the park, not some other event. So, I think it will be a great experience. Now we just need to work it into our schedule.

Speaking of schedule, we have started to make a plan on what to do every day and became very confused. At least we seem to have a shortlist of restaurants, those are:

Kona Cafe (lunch on our first day after MK morning EMH, then walk over to the TTC and take the monorail to Epcot to get an overview of the park for K, that's the only pretty definite bit of plan we have so far)
Sci-Fi Dine-In (lunch)
California Grill
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Artist Point
Boma
Tusker House (breakfast definitely and possibly also lunch)
Narcoossee's
Jiko

As you see, we mainly have selected restaurants at resort hotels and most of then in the MK area!! I think this time I won't plan our meals around the parks so much. We will have quite a lot of time for the parks and will just enjoy the evenings with nice meals, wherever they are. The good thing is that this actually makes us much more flexible. I think, we won't have so many set parks, but just a schedule with choices for each day and will see where we want to go. On my recent trips I found out that somehow parks are more appealing in one trip than they were on others. 2007 my favourite park was DHS, 2008 it was AK and 2009 it was the MK.

Katharina and I will go to Nuremberg on Wednesday. As I wrote before, our parents are moving from the small town they used to live in to Nuremberg and we are both helping them getting unpacked in their new appartment. We will go by train, it's 4:20h on a very nice and modern high speed train. So we will have lots of time to talk Disney and get done some planning. So hopefully we can present you some real plans next week! And I will also pack the DVD, so K can watch it, too. And I am going to rent a DVD with Donald shorts to take with us!! As you see, lots of Disney planning going on!
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There is not a bad restaurant in that bunch......they are all good in different ways...I think you will be pleased...

Wild By Design should be a fabulous tour.......I'm with you on the Animal Kingdom-I just think it is such an interesting park-very well designed (The Magic Kingdom is my sentimental favorite but the AK is my favorite for the uniqueness of it, the design elements...)...I can't wait to hear what you learn on your tour...

I'm glad K is going to get to see the planning video...

(Does the DVD show some of the old Donald cartoons from the '30s and '40s-those are some of the best...-I love Donald-he's got so much personality...

Good luck with your parents in Nuremberg...
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Your restaurant choices sound fabulous! It will be very nice for both of you to take things slow; you will have so much more time to enjoy AKL!
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I think your plans sound great. I'm hoping to just enjoy the resort more than the parks, to be honest. Although I'm really looking forward to AK - we didn't go at all the last time. The first time around, the kids were cranky and didn't want to walk at all and I was 4 months pregnant and... cranky, too, if I'm honest.
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Great plans!! All of those are great restaurants! You'll definitely be eating well on your trip!!

I think the Wild By Design tour sounds wonderful! DH and I did Keys to the Kingdom in March and loved it!!! On our trip in March of 08 DH and I were supposed to do it together for his birthday BUT my boys both got sick and I ended up sending FIL in my place! I was worried about DH not enjoying it the second time around but he said it was still great and he learned a whole bunch more stuff!
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Yum! Such tasty choices in dinning! Some we've been to and some not. Can't wait to hear all of your reviews. I think your tour sounds awesome!
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There is not a bad restaurant in that bunch......they are all good in different ways...I think you will be pleased...

Wild By Design should be a fabulous tour.......I'm with you on the Animal Kingdom-I just think it is such an interesting park-very well designed (The Magic Kingdom is my sentimental favorite but the AK is my favorite for the uniqueness of it, the design elements...)...I can't wait to hear what you learn on your tour...

I'm glad K is going to get to see the planning video...

(Does the DVD show some of the old Donald cartoons from the '30s and '40s-those are some of the best...-I love Donald-he's got so much personality...

Good luck with your parents in Nuremberg...
We have a lot of signature retaurants in our list, but on recent trips I really found those much better. And we are still lucky with the way the exchange rate is at the moment. That makes it much more affordable for us. It can go into free fall on February 6

The DVD has 5:40h Donald from the 30s and 40s.

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Your restaurant choices sound fabulous! It will be very nice for both of you to take things slow; you will have so much more time to enjoy AKL!
We really need to built in some time to enjoy our resort!! I want to do the cultural safari one night, I love hearing about Africa! And I would love to the culinary tour as well.

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I think your plans sound great. I'm hoping to just enjoy the resort more than the parks, to be honest. Although I'm really looking forward to AK - we didn't go at all the last time. The first time around, the kids were cranky and didn't want to walk at all and I was 4 months pregnant and... cranky, too, if I'm honest.
I can understand that AK is a park that makes people cranky. It feels rather crowded very easily. I think part of it is due to it having so much dense greenery around you, so there aren't a lot of long sightlines. Might be a good question to ask on the Wild on Design tour!

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Great plans!! All of those are great restaurants! You'll definitely be eating well on your trip!!

I think the Wild By Design tour sounds wonderful! DH and I did Keys to the Kingdom in March and loved it!!! On our trip in March of 08 DH and I were supposed to do it together for his birthday BUT my boys both got sick and I ended up sending FIL in my place! I was worried about DH not enjoying it the second time around but he said it was still great and he learned a whole bunch more stuff!
We are very excited about our restaurants! However, we are planning to split a lot of our meals, so that we can actually manage to enjoy them.

I kept telling Katharina that I was sure that I would enjoy KTTK a second time, but she insisted that we pick something new for me.

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Yum! Such tasty choices in dinning! Some we've been to and some not. Can't wait to hear all of your reviews. I think your tour sounds awesome!
I am looking forward to the tour a lot - as well as to the meals. I really hope to make good use of that journal in order to write down notes. So far I have done all reviews from memory and sometimes really felt I could write more if I had notes...

Katharina and I saw UP yesterday at the cinema and loved it. It just was released here in Germany last Thursday. It really is annoying having to wait so long for movies we want to see until they finally are released here in Germany... But the wait was well worth it! What a loveable film! Now we just have to decide wether we want to see it again and this time in 3D. We had the choice to either see it in its original language in 2D or dubbed into German in 3D.

We are both off to Nuremberg tonight...
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