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  1. hertamaniac

    News Round Up 2019

    I would hope in a future effort in cohesiveness, they would start the updates/upgrades/replacements with their respective lands. If an existing land/theme is present, then I would force inject the IP/characters into those lands and not scatter them across the parks. I've seen CBJ many times...
  2. hertamaniac

    The Country Bears to close?

    Then WDW will continue to open up the disjointed character playbook across the parks. To me, this would be like putting a Na'vi character meet-and-greet in Tomorrowland.
  3. hertamaniac

    The Country Bears to close?

    I think having a Toy Story marionette style show with Woody and Jessie makes sense in TSL, not in MK. I could envision a background show for the upcoming BBQ eatery.
  4. hertamaniac

    The Country Bears to close?

    Makes no sense in Frontierland. I guess this points to nothing is sacred for an attraction.
  5. hertamaniac

    Disney Memoriabilia Estate Sale - Local to WDW

    Exact location/address to be revealed this Wednesday, but they showed the inside of the home on our local TV station this AM. It was a former CM that collected ~$250K of merchandise since the early 1970's (he passed away about 5 years ago). The memoriabilia they showed was staggering in terms...
  6. hertamaniac

    The Wave to turn into Incredibles Steakhouse?

    I agree 100%. I'm going back in a few weeks just to try the Bacon and Eggs appetizer in the lounge.
  7. hertamaniac

    Hey there!!! Where's Pete's Grand Floridian Grand Gripe??!!!

    Open invitation to you. I have decided to open my wallet for a couple of nights at FW cabins during this time of staycation time frame (my elderly mother's birthday). I hope you can make it! I value risk above certanities, but understand. Comfort trumps all, but perhaps Pete and his team can...
  8. hertamaniac

    Hey there!!! Where's Pete's Grand Floridian Grand Gripe??!!!

    Well, based on Pete and his Mom's glowing report (plus yours), we are going to GFC in a couple of weeks for dinner. Thanks.
  9. hertamaniac

    Where has Charles been ?

    "The texture of vulcanized rubber". OK...I better stop now.
  10. hertamaniac

    Hard to believe it is June and the crowds at WDW are this light!

    I was at the contemporary last week for lunch and it was not crowded at all (including the resort monorails). Is this the SWGE effect and/or a cost tipping point that we thought might happen?
  11. hertamaniac

    Where has Charles been ?

    Well, I'm still holding out hope that a Kevin and John dining review at a WDW restaurant is forthcoming. Then I'll forget about everyone else. :)
  12. hertamaniac

    Which water park?

    A new water park just opened at Margaritaville near Disney (Island H20 Live). It is very reasonably priced and looks incredible (I was there about a week ago).
  13. hertamaniac

    Aerial Images of Disney theme parks NEW AERIALS 6/11/19

    I remember when Toy Story Land was about 1.5 months out and those aerials. It was similar to what we're seeing now, but that was for a much smaller scaled land. Based on these latest shots, it appears WDW SWGE will be hard pressed for the opening.
  14. hertamaniac

    Unplugged Chit Chat Thread

    Well stated. The local news has been showing the interim memorial and ceremony that was held there last night. I recall the DU podcast after that tragedy and how much emotion was on the table.
  15. hertamaniac

    SWGE Rise of the resistance

    They claim it will be "later this year". Naturally, even if it hits this mark I am expecting the first couple of months to experience sporadic downtime. So, I think you'll be fine keeping that in mind.
  16. hertamaniac

    Hey there!!! Where's Pete's Grand Floridian Grand Gripe??!!!

    I think I have identified my issue with the comfort level at GF; it's the lobby. I feel it is too bright, too much white (or just an off-white) color. There is no real contrast and it makes me feel like I'm visiting a sanitary hospital. Conversely, Citricos right off the lobby, is wonderfully...
  17. hertamaniac

    Coronado Springs expansion

    I have to say, I drove by the entrance last week and was blown away. The outside, albeit not sure how the theme fits with the rest of the resort, is majestic. So far, I'm a fan.
  18. hertamaniac

    Hi Everyone!

    Welcome and enjoy!
  19. hertamaniac

    Hey there!!! Where's Pete's Grand Floridian Grand Gripe??!!!

    The GF was inspired by Hotel Del Coronado. When I was there a couple of years ago, the feeling was of an ultra Deluxe resort. The beach villas were phenomenal as each had a hot tub looking out to the beach/Pacific. So if I compare the GF (and the associated pricing he paid) to the HDC, to me...
  20. hertamaniac

    Hey there!!! Where's Pete's Grand Floridian Grand Gripe??!!!

    Yep...the couch scenario apparently isn't isolated. I am really curious about the food/service at the Grand Floridian Cafe. We almost went there this week, but opted instead for lunch at The Wave (shameless self-promotion of dining review)...

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