Rides, Slides, Eats & Meets Oct DISmeet Trip. 5/6-Ch 14 Closing Thoughts

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  1. blessedmom4

    blessedmom4 WE BELIEVE IN MIRACLES! ~~Nearly twice as many chi

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    Hi Tammie. I haven't see you in forever! I see you have a Disney trip in the not too distant horizon! Is there a PTR I missed? popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

    Okay you caught me, proud mama here! What gave it away? The crazy screaming...or the fact I posted the link here? :lmao:

    Lisa's singing thrills me, especially when I remember her fatigue issues and the fact that she uses a Bi-pap machine at night due to lung and vocal cord issues...yes, just a little proud...:lmao::rotfl2::lmao: Plus, Marv hadn't seen it and I didn't want to deprive him. :rotfl: I am thoughtful like that...:rotfl2:

     
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  3. marvali

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    Chapter 4 – AK Morning - Opening



    Before I get started on our second day I wanted to go back and post a few pictures I took of the items Magdalene and Katharina brought me from Germany.

    Elisen Lebkuchen (gingerbread)
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    This was so delicious! I guess my only experience with "gingerbread" was the Pepperidge Farms gingerbread men and ginger snaps, which are both thin and hard and crunchy…….and not actually gingerbread. These are soft and chewy and a little bit nutty and even though I am normally a fan of chocolate, I think I enjoyed the "plain" gingerbread the most! Oh, and did I mention they were both delicious.......???

    Next was the cloth shopping bag that shows scenes from Magdalene's home town of Nürnberg, with the Nürnberg Castle in the background! Maybe one day I can see what it looks like in person as it appears to be a lovely city, and so rich in history!

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    The final item as I said before was a desk calendar titled Deutschland 2012. It was a combination calendar (one week per sheet) and post cards depicting famous or scenic sites around Germany. Below the dates each sheet is perforated so you can remove the top portion with the dates and the remaining picture section is a postcard. So cool, even though I can't imagine ever mailing any of them away.........unless of course I were to mail them to myself!

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    Again I want to thank Magdalene and Katharina for bringing me such special gifts all the way from their homeland of Germany!!!

    (Now, back to the trip report)

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    Jonathan and I were headed here for the first part of our day.

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    We had planned to make rope drop again, but did we actually make it??? Well yes we did even though we weren't quite as close to the front of the line as we were at Epcot. AK seemed to be a much more popular place this day!

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    I didn't know if Magdalene and Katharina had made it yet, but with all the people I didn't spot them anywhere. We had plans to meet inside the park, but first they let us through the turnstiles so we could enjoy something that seems to be slowly disappearing at the Disney parks.............the pre-opening show!

    Heading our way……………

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    Hi everybody!!!

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    Everyone smile for the camera……………………

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    Following the pre-opening we were meeting Magdalene and Katharina here…………………

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    I had told Jonathan that he didn’t have to stick around with the “older” crowd today because there is just so little for a ride junkie to do at Animal Kingdom, and I wasn’t sure what the rest of us would end up doing while we were there. Jonathan headed off to get his ride on while I waited for Magdalene and Katharina to arrive. I don't have any evidence of riding EE more than once, so I don't know if Jonathan and I grabbed FPs when we first arrived or not. Typically we don't worry too much about FPs for Everest because of the single rider line. Of course this was one day I wanted to at least ride standby so we could all ride together.

    Katharina and Magdalene arrived and we joined the standby line. There wasn't much wait time yet as evidenced by the 5 minutes on the sign so we didn't slow down much in the queue, although I think we spent what time we could looking at the different items they put there for your enjoyment without getting run over by those behind us. Those footprints and damaged camping gear have to be real right, so that Yeti just might be out there waiting for our expedition.............???

    We were assigned our boarding location. Katharina and Magdalene would be sitting right in front of me. Before we left the station they both looked back at me so I could get a picture............in case we needed video evidence later to identify their bodies should the Yeti appear. I really like this picture of the two of them!

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    We were on the move and the excitement was already beginning to build.

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    Hmmm, looks like something has been leaving prints up here before we came along.

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    I'm not sure what happened with the tracks in front of us, but it doesn't look like it has dampened Katharina and Magdalene's spirits so far.

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    Not sure, but is that the Yeti casting his shadow from somewhere above us???

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    Wow, that was a close call but we managed to arrive back safely from our expedition. Now it was time for our redneck ride photo. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a good picture of Katharina and Magdalene, which was much more entertaining than mine if I remember. Normally I would be riding with my hands up, or making gestures at the camera knowing where they take the ride pics, but when I am holding my camera and trying to get ride photos you can bet I am not going to let myself get tossed around too much and accidently whack the camera against something and damage it. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it................lol.

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    After our expedition and near disaster with our narrow escape of the Yeti, the three of us headed here next.

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    We had to travel a famous highway to reach our final destination.

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    Of course after a brush with the Yeti, the natural inclination is to take things a little calmer so a relaxing ride on Dinosaur is in order. I guess the good thing about this ride is I can never get any good pictures while I am on it, so I just stow the camera and enjoy the scenery. Of course there is always the chance to get that final redneck ride photo once again when you get done with your journey.

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    I think Magdalene told me that was the first time she had kept her eyes open during the "exciting" part of the ride, although I'm not sure she was so glad she did. As for Katharina, I'm thinking maybe she was inadvertently left behind when our Time Rover teleported back to the Cretaceous period.........

    Another near disaster averted we exited out through the dump shop. Thankfully so far the crowds that were waiting with us at park opening had spread out around the park. It was still fairly quiet at least in DinoLand.

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    I was hoping that wouldn't be a sign of what was to come as we headed off for our next expedition through the wilds on our African safari....................




    Coming up Chapter 5 – AK Morning Continues - Kilimanjaro Safari
     
  4. glennbo123

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    That's a great picture of Magdalene and Katharina as you left the station on EE.

    It took me several seconds to find Katharina in that Dinosaur picture! :rotfl2: At first I was thinking, "Oh, I guess Katharina didn't ride Dinosaur with them". :laughing:
     
  5. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Zero Judys.

    Hey, I figured I could at least beat you on this thread.
     
  6. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Marv, thanks for this wonderful update! Just in time before I leave for my vacation! I was hoping to be able to catch AK morning before I won't have much computer access.

    Katharina actually spotted you and Jonathan standing very close to the rope. We were behind you to your right (Asia side of the park) and decided that it would not be worth it to try to get through the dense mass of people. And I think we literally were only a few minutes later than you at EE.

    The Dinosaur picture is so hilarious!! I am a little sad that I did not buy it, it would have been such a great souvenir! And that trip was really a changing moment for me as I really started to appreciate the ride and not be continuously scared.

    You are counting the wrong person: 4 Katharinas would be the correct answer!
     
  7. FauntleroyFAN07

    FauntleroyFAN07 Commander of Donalds Crew Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy

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    eat at boma all you want, never been and have no desire to go there.:confused3

    we are thinking possibly next summer taking another trip back.
     
  8. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    What lovely gifts from Magdelene and Katharina.

    Good job on the rope drop and I am sorry they don't do a show either at the entrance or by the tree.

    EE in the morning is great!!!! Love the picture of the girls- great job!!

    The Dinosaur picture is priceless!!!!

    Waiting for the safari!!! How many animal butts did you get? :lmao:
     
  9. nodnol

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    Great update Marv, it's so nice to read about the trip from another perspective!

    Oh, and the gingerbread - there are many different kinds of gingerbred in Germany and even more in other European countries and I think most of them are hard. But I'm glad you liked the ones from Nuremberg, they are my favorite :goodvibes

    Why would you buy a picture where I'm scarcely visible?

    I think one can appreciate the ride and still be very very scared, that's the fun of it, isn't it? :)
     
  10. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Looks like very cool stuff! Maybe we need to schedule a big DISboard trip to Germany to see the place in person!:thumbsup2

    Pretty sad, huh? Hopefully they'll reconsider dropping these.

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    Good one! :thumbsup2

    Probably a deer.

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    Got a good laugh out of this one. Sorry, Katharina.:rolleyes1
     
  11. marvali

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    Yeah, you nor Rosie either one......... :rolleyes1 :worried:

    Even Security can't put an end to your antics!!! :sad2: Slow them down for a few minutes maybe, but not end them........ :rotfl:

    May 18th, huh??? :scratchin
     
  12. marvali

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    Judy? Proud?? Naaaahhhhhhhhh...........!!! :lmao:

    I saw the link in your thread. Been really busy and hectic the past few days! Sorry I haven't had a chance to check it out yet, :blush: but I will make sure I do really soon! I know she did a great job, even before I listen!!! :thumbsup2
     
  13. marvali

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    Thanks! I really like how that picture turned out!

    Yea, it took a few seconds for me to find her too..........and I knew she was in the picture!!! :rotfl:

    The sad part.........you beat Glenn too!!! :confused3 He missed a great chance to get on the board............ :rotfl2:

    +1 :thumbsup2

    BTW, if I don't get the chance before you leave........I hope you have a wonderful trip!!! :goodvibes

    Oh don't worry, like I said Boma would be second........after O'Hana!!! :cloud9:
     
  14. marvali

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    Yes, that was so sweet of the both of them!

    EE is great any time of the day.............or night!!! :cheer2:

    I thought everyone would like that ride photo........... :rotfl:

    Animal Butts??? I don't take any butt pictures.......... :rolleyes1

    I remember you saying that you had really enjoyed it when we were laughing about the picture that day! Seems like you were looking forward to riding it again also. I think the different reactions are what makes the ride...........and the ride photos...........so great!!! :goodvibes

    Oh, she was very good natured about it, even when we were laughing about it when it popped up on the screen......... :) I probably wouldn't have posted it otherwise! :angel:






    Never mind.........yes I would've!!! :joker:
     
  15. KatMark

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    Catching up, friend.

    Great picture of Magdalene and Katharina.

    I love Dinosaur, but unfortunately, Mark won't ride it anymore so I haven't done it in two years.

    EE you can keep...but glad you enjoyed your journey on it.

    Those lines waiting to get into the park weren't bad at all.

    Can't wait to hear what else you did at AK.
     
  16. englishrose47

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    My goodness I missed a Marv update !!! I would be with Katarina on EE but not on Dinasaur I love it !!!Marv you look like you are holding on for dear life on EE!!!:rotfl2:

    We really need to have a HUGE Dis meet somewhere ??? I loved the one in DC !!Glenn even still talks to me after that one !!!:rotfl2::rotfl2: Of course the perfect place would be Disney!!!!
     
  17. MAGICFOR2

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    You should be proud! I'm happy you could help Marv out like that! :lmao:

    I haven't been keeping up too well - going through some difficult times - but I have much to be thankful for.

    Yes! We are going soon - No, I'm not doing a PTR - I am just not in to the planning like I usually am - the kids are telling me we are not doing commando this time! :rotfl2: At this point, I feel like I won't do a TR, but then how will I show off my beautiful grandchildren otherwise? :goodvibes

    Still thinking of you often, and praying for all of you!
     
  18. marvali

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    Sorry I haven't had a chance to post much lately! It has been crazy at work with a huge audit going on, and this past weekend I had on call duty and my pager seemed to go off constantly, night and day. With very little sleep on top of a huge computer audit, it is hard to get motivated to sit in front of a computer at home and try to post an update, much less get caught up on all the threads I am woefully behind on! Not much longer I hope......... :confused3

    Thanks Kathy! Next update will be really "wild!" :rolleyes1

    Slacker!!! :stir:

    Not my normal pose on EE, but when I am trying to hold my camera and take pics, I am a little more sensitive to beating the camera up. That ride can really bounce you around if you let it. :eek:

    No place better!!! Sounds like a plan. :woohoo:

    Hope you are having a great cruise Rosie! You should be back soon I think...... :confused:

    Thanks for stopping by Tammie! I totally understand the busy schedules and "going through difficult times." I think there is a little of that going on for a lot of people right now!

    Hope everything is all better for you soon!!! :goodvibes
     
  19. englishrose47

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    I know what you mean about work !!:scared1:I posted about my NIGHTMARE welcome Home day!!:rotfl2:I haven't had time to be on the Dis much !!I am going to print up the pix for the cruise memory books tomorrow and Carole is giving me a cd of her pix so I can then start my Cruise TR!!!
     
  20. Minnie&Nana

    Minnie&Nana Dreams do come true!

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    Stopping by to say hello :wave: Have lots of catching up to do - lucky I enjoy reading. :thumbsup2

    Happy May!! :goodvibes
    (May 13 and a high of 65 in central NC? Hope this means a summer free of 100 degree days!!)
     
  21. englishrose47

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    It is very cool here too!!! I went from high 80's to about 45 in a day!!!Brrrrr
     

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