Return of the Porg - A June 2018 TR *updated 3/6 - Chipmunk Dance party!*

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  1. Lesley Wake

    Lesley Wake May the force be with you!

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    How nice of him! Such a fun experience!

    Adorable!
     
  2. Rista1313

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    Well it turns out in August I figured out WHY I wasn't tolerating the heat at all. Seems the blood pressure medication I was on made me sensitive to the sun.... yeah NOT GOOD.. I was over heating at 70 degrees. So we've changed my meds and while I still overheat, it's not nearly as bad as it was!
     
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  4. paradesintherain

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    Oh man, doner kebab owns my soul entirely. I've thought about it daily. It needs to become a thing in America.

    I'm so glad you told me about it! Seriously so much fun. I am ruled by my stomach too, as you can tell by all the food pictures shared.

    It's so eclectic! I loved it a lot


    Just had to!! Had the most wonderful time. Someday I'll get back to the regular TR... and start my August TR.

    Oh really? That's kind of a weird spot to film but it did have really interesting shadows.

    It was so yummy and adorable! Germany still had cigarette vending machines, it was a trip!

    I agree!

    We did! I actually brought a bottle back home with me!

    That's so funny! Water was definitely a struggle in Germany, and they love their sparkling water!

    Oh no! I had pizza a couple times but I just stuck with cheese because I was sure I could not figure out what pepperoni was

    Truly! So grateful to have had that experience

    I know! I was smitten

    Oh yikes! I'm glad you figured out the issue. I didn't even realize blood pressure medications could cause that issue!
     
  5. paradesintherain

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    Mini TR part 3: Castle Harburg



    After Nordlingen we continued down the road to our destination which was a medieval castle in Harburg, Germany! I found this on hotels.com and knew I had to make it happen because how often do you get to stay in a castle?

    No key cards here!
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    The room we got was HUGE and only $90. The decor is a little dated, but it was very clean and comfortable and we were in a castle!
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    The next morning this was the view out our window.
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    After a great complimentary breakfast we took a tour of the castle.
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    Views from the castle
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    One of the castle rooms with a beautifully painted ceiling.
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    Carving in the ball room
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    The views of the town from the castle were stunning.
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    Then we had to have a photo shoot, obviously.
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    Another very Snow White well. I think it was the deepest in Germany at one point.
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    And here's a departing shot of Schloss Harburg.
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    Up next: more castles!
     
  6. missangelalexis

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    Staying in a castle must have been amazing!! The photos are so pretty!
     
  7. mojo1117

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    We hope all is well with you as we truly enjoy your trip reports and you haven't added/completed this one in almost a month. The 'suspense factor' wanes over time!
     
  8. paradesintherain

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    Day 6 - June 26th - Solo at Epcot, part 2!





    Ummm, hi there everyone, I've returned. Apparently a trip to Germany really threw me off my Disney game, but I am determined to get this TR finished (and there's another trip to report on in August...). And feel free to give me a gentle reminder to finish any TRs I had been reading!


    So when I left off (a long, long, long time ago... and maybe in a galaxy far, far away) I had just eaten lunch by myself and Sunshine Seasons (RIP to my favorite fish tacos which still haven't shown back up on the menu). Past me must have imagined this is how my day would go because after I was finished eating it was time for a FP at Living with the Land, which was boasting a 65 minute wait at that time.
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    I know I'm not alone in taking a million pictures on this ride, even though I've already taken a million pictures of everything on the ride. It's just so pretty!

    I did notice a quote in the queue that felt really relevant and resonant.
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    And maybe a new #WallofDisney ?
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    And here's some plants. Can't you just smell it?
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    My kind of pepper!
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    Hidden Mickey!
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    Ok I took a lot more pictures in the greenhouses (Why, Kara, why?) but I'll spare you all. Here's The Land, though!
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    After The Land I thought passing some time in The Seas would be fun.
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    But you know what's not fun? A 65 minute wait for The Seas. I know I could have gone in the back entrance, but my interest evaporated so instead I wandered in the direction of Test Track, my next FP. Character Spot had a 40 minute wait listed, and I thought "why not?! It's air-conditioned!". It was a good decision because the wait ended up being more like 10 minutes and I had some great interactions.


    Mickey really loved my Minnie ears.
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    The hug pictures are so cuuuute, really glad I did this meet.
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    Unfortunately PhotoPass was distracted talking to the last family, so they missed the hello hugs with Goofy. One of my biggest pet peeves! I think Goofy really liked my ears too.
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    Minnie was next, and of course she was enamored with my ears! Less thrilled with these pictures, mostly because of the lighting, but what can ya do?
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    Including this because it's always good to laugh at yourself! PhotoPass really caught my good side!
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    Up next: Test Track and some World Showcase!
     
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  9. pepperandchips

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    Yay! I sort of fell off the Dis wagon myself. It’s nice coming back and catching up. I loved reading all about your Germany trip and seeing your gorgeous photos!

    Looks like you had a great time at Epcot so far that day - Living with the Land has such a special place in my heart. I can almost smell it now looking at your photos! 65 minutes for Nemo?!:faint: Good call passing that one by for the chance to meet Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy! What is up with Minnie’s lighting? Usually the character meets have those lovely flattering lights!
     
  10. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    I love those ears! So pretty!

    That is insane! I have never seen that ride with a line, ever.
     
  11. paradesintherain

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    I usually go in phases with the Dis! Have you updated your TR recently? I briefly looked for it. Thank you! I have some more pictures to share, but I figured I should get back in the Disney story-telling mode.

    Living with the Land is the best. Wish I was on it right now. And I know!! Minnie's lighting was the worst, but Mickey and Goofy had great lighting. Could have been the flash on the camera not set up right?


    Thank you! I must have got them in 2017, if I remember correctly, so everyone wanted to know where they were from.

    It was really hard to believe! And it's an Omnimover so it seems like it should never be that long!
     
  12. paradesintherain

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    Day 6 - June 26th - Detour at Boardwalk







    After getting in some good hugs with Mickey and the gang I continued on to Test Track for my next FP at 1:15. I made a really pretty car that probably performed terribly.
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    I meant to act like I was losing my ears for the picture, but I forgot where the picture point was so I just look blinded, which is accurate.
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    Once done with Test Track it was time to abandon Future World. I wasn't sure if I wanted to start exploring World Showcase, or get ice cream at Boardwalk so I started at the Canada side of World Showcase. Most of the time I start in Mexico so that was a new and thrilling experience.
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    Looks like rain! #spoileralert
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    I tried to focus some more attention on pavilions I neglect, but there's only so much that can be done in Canada!
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    World Showcase was pretty hot, so after Canada I decided to bail in favor of some ice cream. It looks like I opted to walk, rather than take a Friendship boat.
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    And then I arrived at my glorious destination: Ample Hills Creamery!
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    I thought this sundae wall was adorable.
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    I got myself a scoop of the butter cake, and half baked (too lazy to look up their real names). It was delicious as always, but so rich and I sadly did not finish it.
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    When I had eaten all the ice cream I could I noticed that the sky was looking darker, so I caught a Friendship boat back to Epcot. I figured I'd have a better chance of finding cover there.
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    Goodbye, Boardwalk! Boats are maybe the best transportation method. So relaxing.
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    In Epcot things didn't look quite as ominous, so I felt ok continuing (quickly) around the World. Next on the tour was France!
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    Up next: maybe I get caught in the rain, maybe I don't!
     
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  13. disneyAndi14

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    *double post* ???
     
  14. suse66

    suse66 Mickey Bars should be a daily food group!

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    Yikes! 65 min for LWtL????

    Oh my goodness, Epcot was busy today!Your M&G pics are super cute!

    As a Canadian, I am embarrassed by the Canadian pavilion....they could do so much more with it!

    The ice cream there is SO yummy but SO rich!
     
  15. pepperandchips

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    :rolleyes1 uhhh.... nope! I had a really horrible few months in the fall/early winter and just didn't feel up to it. I'm back around more now but I decided to start writing about my Christmas trip to Aulani https://www.disboards.com/threads/m...rn-to-aulani-and-first-visit-to-maui.3729422/
    Woo hoo! It's the little things :laughing:
    Oh my nom. Yes, so good! And of course all your photos of the boardwalk and the friendship boats are just lovely. I forget sometimes how much I love the little things at Disney.

    Maybe a parade of your own in the rain!!!:rotfl:
     
  16. iHEARTflorida

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    Loving the trip report.

    Your photos are great, love the sunset photos - what kind of camera do you use?

    I was curious about the $8 cookies from Polite Pig, I'd forgotten they'd sold Gideon Cookies - I'd been to the physical location - those cookies are great.

    I think HS Starbucks is my favourite too, then MK but its always soo busy.

    Yeah, the only way from Contemp to MK is via foot

    The California Grill brunch looks great, I'm tempted to do it - I was thinking of doing Afternoon Tea again at the Grand Flo


    Sidenote; the fish shop didn't use cod, it was Pangasius, then they switched to tilapia.

    The full service restaurant serves cod and continues to serve cod, as well as the pub.
     
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  17. missangelalexis

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    Cute pics with Mickey & Minnie! It's always funny finding the unflattering PP pics in your account :rotfl:

    Nice idea stopping over for some ice cream before heading back to WS!
     
  18. paradesintherain

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    I don't think it double posted and now your response is lost! :sad:
    Though I'm just glad you stuck around! I've been absent for so long! Currently working on catching up with your TR!


    I know!!! Absolutely crazy!

    It definitely was! It's hard to tell because Epcot absorbs crowds pretty well, but man were the lines long.

    It is pretty! But Canada is so vast, it could definitely have a lot more going on!

    The yummiest! Reminds me of Ben & Jerrys, I can't eat much of it in one sitting either.

    Oh no! I hope things are starting to get better for you!

    I just caught up on your Hawaii TR, can't wait to read more!


    Gotta keep things fresh and exciting :rotfl2:

    Ample Hills is the best! Definitely gonna have to make some time for it on the Dismeet. And Disney has the loveliest landscaping. Like the walk from POFQ to POR is so peaceful and beautiful.

    All for me!

    Thank you! I use my iPhone X and I think a Canon sx730.

    I'd LOOOOVE to go to the physical location of Gideon Cookies... but who wants to really leave the Disney bubble? haha

    I think I might like Animal Kingdom Starbucks second most... mostly because MK really is always so incredibly busy.

    I learned that the hard way :rotfl:

    My dad enjoyed the brunch so much he actually booked it for our next trip. Pretty much the best endorsement a restaurant could get! Afternoon Tea is fantastic as well.


    Oh! I didn't actually know that! I just read a thread about the change and people were very heated about it. I know my brother is disappointed with the change.

    Thanks! It was a great meet! And PP really excels at getting horrendous pics (along with the good ones).

    Always have to make time for Ample Hills :love:
     
  19. paradesintherain

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    Day 6 - June 26th - And the rain, rain, rain came down, down down!





    So I was making a fast-paced stroll around World Showcase because it looked very much like rain. Here's a drive-by of Morocco.
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    The Guardians Live show was going on, so I stopped for the last song. Not sure what general consensus is on this show, but I thought it was really fun and energetic.
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    Immediately after the show ended it started raining. I stopped at the DVC booth thing in America and put on my poncho. It wasn't raining very hard at this point so I was thinking I could make it to China or maybe Mexico (ambitious). In retrospect I should have just stopped in Germany.
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    With very little warning it started absolutely downpouring! I did make it under an umbrella in the barren wasteland before African Outpost. AKA pretty much the WORST place to get stuck in World Showcase.
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    This is my drowned rat, unimpressed look.
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    The rain was coming down so hard that the umbrella really wasn't much use so I made a dash to the little soap hut, where the CMs were trying to protect the register from the rain.

    Unfortunately for me, they had to close up their hut completely because the rain was now coming down sideways, so I had to sprint to the African Outpost store. The floor of the store was completely flooded, but they didn't close, thankfully. In addition to the rain there was also INSANE thunder and lightning.
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    There were a few brave souls walking/running through the rain. But honestly I was more afraid of the lightning. Seemed best to be sheltered.
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    It's a bit hard to see, but here's an idea of how flooded the store was. All those yellow leaves from the trees were blocking the drains.
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    After what seemed like forever the rain began to slow. And more importantly the lightning let up! I covered myself the best I could and backtracked to Germany. If I was going to be caught in a storm I wanted libations!


    I got myself a well-deserved beer, which really hit the spot.
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    Pretty sure I downed the beer in about 2 seconds, and then I got a cheese plate and a Riesling - when in Germany! The cheeses were nothing spectacular, but they were also only $5 so it felt like a bargain.
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    Cheers, Germany!
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    Riesling in hand, I continued around the World Showcase, waving hello to my shelter from the storm.
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    I stopped in China briefly. It was looking so beautiful after the storm!
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    There was lots of Shanghai Disneyland Grand Opening and First Year anniversary merch in the pavilion. Not sure why anyone would want that unless they had actually been there for those events, though.
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    Up next: I meet some sisters and finish the World Showcase!
     
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  20. disneyAndi14

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    I swear it showed 2 posts oh well, I did say Hey, I remember you, haha!

    We liked the Guardians of Galaxy show, ours got rained out before it ended!

    It is so surprising how the rain turns into sheets so quickly, yikes!

    Love all the rain and post rain pictures!
     
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    Ugh I'm sorry you got stuck in such bad rain! But everything looked so pretty when it cleared up! You definitely earned that beer and wine :)
     

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