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Old 02-29-2012, 08:20 PM   #376
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Maelstrom

We finished up at Akershus around 11 – right in time for the opening of World Showcase.
Which meant that Norway’s own attraction – Maelstrom – was now open.
So we headed over there for a walk-on to experience the Spirit of Adventure!
In the loading area is one of my favorite Hidden Mickeys.
Take a look at this pic – doesn’t one of the Vikings look a bit less scary than the others?


The other reason I love this attraction is that we all get to climb aboard – no height restrictions!


It’s a quaint little ride through a time of Vikings and Trolls and Polar Bears (oh my!)
We rather abruptly end up back in the present with oil rigs though.
And then finish off with a nice little Norwegian fishing village.
We stopped a moment and wandered the village.
I love the details here.
And if you take a seat on the bench near the windows of the house, you can hear some women discussing the day’s events in Norwegian.
The doors opened and we headed through the movie (yes, we always skip it) and out the other side.
You end up in a gift shop, of course, so we could start our World Showcase goal for this trip – Hats Around the World.
However, after riding Maelstrom, we were in a Viking sort of mood so we did a bit more than hats…



Next stop was the Stave Church.
I love heading in here for a little bit.
For those who haven’t bothered, it’s a nice little museum with Viking lore and some ancient items.
Here is a model of the ship that used to appear as a play area for the kids.


And here’s the remants of the ship.
Now part of the Norway Kim Possible mission.






And with that, our trek through Scandanavia had come to a close.
It was time to board the Orient Express for our next adventure!
Come along!
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We always take pictures with hats on in front of the troll. Great picture.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:44 AM   #378
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I love the picture with the hats and the shields. So matchy, matchy!

Perhaps I should take another look in the church. I've only been in there once and I remember nada!
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We always take pictures with hats on in front of the troll. Great picture.
It's definitely a fun photo op - especially if you get into character!
Everyone was scrambling all over the tour for the "right" accessories!!

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I love the picture with the hats and the shields. So matchy, matchy!

Perhaps I should take another look in the church. I've only been in there once and I remember nada!
We definitely had alot of fun with that one.
And the Stave Church is really kinda neat.
I have more pictures of it in prior trip reports so I didn't repeat myself this time around.
But X enjoyed checking out the Vikings and their ship.
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Definitely let us know what DCA's version looks like these days.
I heard they cleaned it up and that it's much nicer than Epcot's but since I've never been, I can't confirm.
We are back from another awesome trip to Disneyland!!! We did get to ride Soarin' and I'm proud to say that it sounds like ours is in much better repair than Epcot's. There were no tears in the screen and a couple little lines in the video. I think the only reason why I saw them is cuz I was looking for anything off during the ride. We were in the very front/top row so I don't think if I was looking down (way down since it was near the bottom of where I could see) I probably wouldn't have seen them. Overall my DS and I once again really enjoyed it. He wanted to do it again but unfortunatly we never made it back over there to do it. Oh well there's always next time!!
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We are back from another awesome trip to Disneyland!!! We did get to ride Soarin' and I'm proud to say that it sounds like ours is in much better repair than Epcot's. There were no tears in the screen and a couple little lines in the video. I think the only reason why I saw them is cuz I was looking for anything off during the ride. We were in the very front/top row so I don't think if I was looking down (way down since it was near the bottom of where I could see) I probably wouldn't have seen them. Overall my DS and I once again really enjoyed it. He wanted to do it again but unfortunatly we never made it back over there to do it. Oh well there's always next time!!
Thanks for the report!
We look forward to checking it out when he venture to California for our first trip to Disneyland in November!
But, for now, back to our story!
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Mission in the Orient

Next stop on our World Tour was China.
After a trek through Troll Country, conquering this country should be easy.
But we did have some work to do – we stopped at the Kim Possible station in Norway and were directed to China to help Kim save the world!
But first, some pictures…






It was awesome to find Photopass photographers outside the China gates.
These were some great pics!
And then one of ours.
Before we headed off to help Kim save the world, we had to continue our fun.
DD had the honor or being our Chinese representative.
What a pretty geisha she could be.


We’ve actually done the China Mission but it’s one of our favorites and J hadn’t experienced it.
So we broke up into two groups with J taking DD and me following the boys.
I let them run with the Kimmunicator while I took pictures.
Here’s a good one for the trivia geeks.
Can anyone tell me which of the following two lion statues is the female and which is the male?




Well, the male is the one whose paw is holding a ball.
The female (despite having a mane like a male) is the one holding a lion cub under her paw protecting it.
They both stand guard outside the Temple of Heaven.
Inside you must gather clues for the mission including one from this guy.


We skipped the movie but I love the acoustics in the temple.
If you stand in the circle in the middle of the pre-show area, you can actually hear your own echo!
It’s very cool and only works from that spot.
The view of the ceiling is not bad either.


And, of course, there are the Tomb Soldiers which are really neat.
But we didn’t have time to explore as Kim desperately needed our help!
We headed around the side of the pavilion towards the Kidcot station.


DS was in charge leading the way…


It was time to check our zodiac signs…




It was so cute watching the boys work together.
Of course, you must realize, time was of the essence.
Their goal was not only to help Kim save the world, but to do it before their sister and uncle!


We knew we were in the home stretch when we headed out towards the gardens.
They are rather spectacular with all the little streams and rocks.
So peaceful and quiet.


At last we reached the finale and the discovery of the Jade Monkey!






Just in time too!
J and DD were close on our heels!


It was a fun adventure and we still didn’t get one of the tasks (I’ve heard one involves getting a clue from a fortune cookie which we did not experience).
On the way out however, DS was still honing his detective skills.
What do you guys see on this sculpture?


Well, DS found himself a Hidden Mickey!
Sort of.
It was close enough that we gave him credit.
What do you guys think?


With the world saved and the Hidden Mickeys discovered, we headed off to explore another continent.
Continue the adventure with us!
Jambo!
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Fastpass Key Card

For those more interested in that magical Fastpass Key Card that Mom stumbled into earlier this morning, here's a scan of it:

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Are we on the same updating schedule?

Where is X during the PP pictures? Sleeping, I assume. Again - great pictures and DD's pretty in pink picture is lovely!

China is one of my favorite KP missions. I think the Jade Monkey is pretty cool and I also like the secret drop box back there.

Another great update.
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ps - I knew that about the lions from taking the Segway tour. That was the first country we stopped in.
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Are we on the same updating schedule?

Where is X during the PP pictures? Sleeping, I assume. Again - great pictures and DD's pretty in pink picture is lovely!

China is one of my favorite KP missions. I think the Jade Monkey is pretty cool and I also like the secret drop box back there.

Another great update.
Nah, he wasn't sleeping - X just didn't want to get out of the stroller!

And with the sun in our eyes, it was probably a good thing.
Too bad too as I almost never see Photopass photographers over by China!

And yeah I think we are on the same updating schedule (not to mention posting response schedule as well!!)
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ps - I knew that about the lions from taking the Segway tour. That was the first country we stopped in.
Did they tell you about the echo in the Temple of Heaven as well?
I want to take the Segway Tour at some point. Was it fun/worth it?
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Great photopass pics

I love all the pictures around China and DD makes such a cute geisha

Kim Possible is a lot of fun even if you've played before!
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Did they tell you about the echo in the Temple of Heaven as well?
I want to take the Segway Tour at some point. Was it fun/worth it?
I don't remember hearing about the echo.

The segway tour is great. I definitely think it was worth the money even though it is pricey. We took the 745am tour (because it was the only one available since we booked the day before) and that one was great because the world showcase was completely empty. I would recommend going on the first tour. It's a whole new world showcase when it is devoid of all people.

They stopped in each country and gave us some history tidbits/ fun facts and in each country we did some segway maneuvers. It was cool how they tied it all together. There is also a picture stop near Italy where you can just ride around or take pics, so bring the camera.

The beginning of the tour is all training so you are completely ready to go when you hit the actual concrete.
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Great photopass pics

I love all the pictures around China and DD makes such a cute geisha

Kim Possible is a lot of fun even if you've played before!
We definitely like the KP Mission in China and the kids appreciate it more as they get older and can run it more themselves.
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