- Dec 27, 2013
Okay, Friends!! Off to another workday. More replies another time; meanwhile, I trust you are well and finding peace in this strange and weird world we live in.
And the next!!!
mmmm…. chocolate...I'd love some right now!
It's not so much the "stuff" as the time.I know.... you have a lot of other stuff to keep you busy.
We can't all be perfect in everything. I am excellent at eating... drawing not so much.
Me too.It's enough time to see a good portion. But like many places in Europe there's always more. I honestly don't think I'd ever tire of it
I just barely touched Italy. Just Venice and really, due to my back giving out, only one day.But you HAVE been. Read that TR, ya know.
Sure hope it works out for you.I am checking a lot to see what the statuses are. We'll see...
Ugh. That uncertainty would not be pleasant.I think it's still in process. I'm not hopeful. My air ticket on Norwegian Air that was booked by RCL is also in jeopardy, so I'm getting another ticket TO Rome as a backup. If Norwegian cancels I can use it for getting there next May for the cruise.
Well.... I did.That was pretty much it. I mean once you start, and you're down to that last one, you just CAN'T give up!!
I doubt it. "Our parks are open, it's not our fault you can't get here."I think it'd be fair and reasonable for them to start doling out AP refunds for the foreign customers. Goes for both companies.
We'll see I guess. I know in South America right now, there are indeed hospitals that are being overwhelmed... and that at hospitals that had already doubled their capacity! But they are still in 1st wave.I think the quarantines will be short-lived once we see that there won't be any surges that overwhelm any medical systems that are mitigated to the hilt now- which was the intent, lest I need to remind again.
They can and they do!! I didn't see many doing it on their own, but the adults who were with the kiddos were really getting into it and having fun too. It was super fun to see them encouraging the learning and helping the kids with their badges.I never considered that adults could participate in Wilderness Explorers, but of course Disney would allow them to play, too. It looks very educational and a good way to spend the day in AK.
Your trip to Italy sounds wonderful. Did you find that they were offering lower prices than normal for hotels and airfare?
I knew that you had to pay for the Remy hunt in WS, but I didn't know you got a drink glass as a prize. That makes it worth it.
Thanks!! I was happy to have you along.I really enjoyed coming along on your jaunt through WS!! Ariana (@Pluto0809 ) and I did the hunt for Spike the Bee during Flower and Garden on our Epic trip. He was near a patch of a specific kind of flower in each garden that we had to sticker into place on the map. I agree, it's a fun little adventure, and the prize is worthwhile! (We also snacked and drank our way around.....genius marketing....while doing our search.) Our prize was a set of patches. I believe Minnie gardening was one of the options, but I remember we both went with the Figment set.
Some of them are SO HARD!! I honestly think I poured maybe 4 total hours maybe more? into finding all of those over several trips. UGH!! I wish it came with a prize for photographic evidence or something. Although people would just cheat. They'd have to look at time stamps. LOL!I enjoy your scavenger hunts. We have tried to find all the Pascals and have come up short!
We have also started the WE and have never completed it, we are quitters
I have always wanted to try the WS hunt during the festivals but have yet to do one. I will one of these trips!
I hope the Italy trip happens, it sounds wonderful! I have been twice and hope to go back again someday.
Hopefully soon you will be opening up. Seems with so very few cases you could start at least traveling around to some degree, no? I don't know to what extent your lockdowns are, but I don't think I've heard of a single circumstance that Canada's medical system has been overwhelmed. And that was the point. ??Yeah... I hope that works out for you, but as of right now, I'm not making any plans at all. Actually, I got a call this morning from my supervisor asking if I wanted any summer leave (I'm at the top of the seniority list, so he had to call me in order to move on) and I told him no. What's the point? Where am I supposed to go?
That's Disney in a nutshell. There just isn't time for everything. Which is why I love it so much!It depends. Short little games are fine, but the longer ones? I just don't usually have the time for them.
If a game is going to take a few hours and I only have a few hours... to do everything else... something has to give.
You should go back and find them all!I spotted a few of them.
Yeah, that's not bad. Fun plus a "free" gift at the end.
Plus... not everyone will complete it. I can see parents giving in and doing it for their kids who quit after finding 2-3. Plus I also see people not returning for their cup.
Well, my thoughts are that a lot of folks get the map and set off with great intentions. But poop out after a bit. I think very few really complete it in one day and claim the prize. I'd guess most park visitors have one day unless an AP holder or local. Those folks, and again this is gereralizing, come back over the course of the Festival or over more than one day and do it more leisurely. It does take a bit of time and can get tidious. For myself, it was really kind of a push to go all the way back to FW to find the last couple I'd missed and then ALLLL the way back to WS to get the cup. Most I think wouldn't do that after all day. Then agian, maybe everyone else strategizes better.Is this not the norm? Do people normally do it over a few days? I really don't have any idea.
Exactly this!! I'm in the stage where I just want to call my mom to complain about my kids and get a virtual hug.At a certain age, you have to keep them from wandering off. Then you can't lose them if you wanted to. Then you have to insist they stay with you. Then they leave you. Then you can't get rid of them again.
Circle of parenting life.
Yes!! And they are SO good. The Refreshement Port has them year-round in varying iterations. They mix up the toppings and the names of them but are generally really tasty!Wow that looks good. Bloody Mary, I presume?
Only if there's a good reason. Like dinner in Mexico or the need for a marg at the end of the day. (or if I am in the mood. )Unless you go the other way. Deny it if you dare.
and now I'm looking foward to eating (lots of) gelato.mmmm…. sorbet. Love sorbet.
I think I chose it because of it simply being Figment. I have a nostalgic connection and he seems to embody EPCOT more than any of the others.I think I'd pick that one too. Not positive, since I can only see one side of the cups, but... probably.
And I love that you're here!! It's always so great to have a new reader!! And I"m so glad you're enjoying it so far. And welcome back to TR reading too. You're very welcome! I've developed a ton of them over the years, even a drinking around the world from A-Z. You need a longer trip for that one though.Made it through your entire trip report so far! Am really enjoying it! We haven’t been to Disney in a couple years, but i used to read trip reports all the time! Now we are planning our next trip, fingers crossed, sobI am back! Thanks for scavenger hunt ideas! I love to do those especially when there is a prize! We did Easter eggs last time we went to Disney!
Party pooper.*--with the cost of admission.
I totally thought of him and your family as I made my rounds. I can really see you doing this!I would expect Drew to be up for this, given his Junior Ranger experience.
So I've seen! Maybe someday, I can take my grandkiddies on trips and collect those badges around the country!That's pretty much exactly what we do with our national park passport!
I will probably do a mini- PTR on it as there's much to share. HUGE development in fact happened 3 days ago. And you know me.... I like to get the TR off the ground with a PTR just to lay the groundwork so I can jump right in. I'm only 3 1/2 months out now, so I'm starting to get that itch. I doubt I'll have much traffic on it, and that's okay.I hope you get to pull off this trip! It sounds amazing.
Me too!!! EEK!! That's one I'm going to watch VERY closely. I know that day-of/walk-in car rental will give your wallet a black eye.Hope you get to pull it off. Bankruptcy doesn't necessarily mean closing down...
I am seeing more and more folks just doing what they want now. Airlines are flying and no ones' going to police anyone really into not just going.I was kind of jealous that you were able to leave your home (and state!).
I can see that. I usually focus on it more after my first dip into the park and have done all the rides once.I enjoy them and enjoy watching the kids complete the tasks. I doubt I'd spend the whole day on it, though. My "gotta get on rides!" meter would be filling up fast.
The scene is worth watching but you'd need some context.I bet the train wreck was awesome, like in The Fugitive.
That was a tough one!And I couldn't see this without zooming in.
The other horrible one is going from Africa to Asia and back to hit up one ride. Or make a show. So. Long!Done that one many times. My feet never hurt more than when I'm at Disney.
sigh... a 2-week trip would be amazing!!It's not so much the "stuff" as the time.
My Disney trips typically are only for a few days.
Maybe next time, I'll just say "Heck with it" and book two weeks.
Then I can take the time to do the things like what you describe.
You NEED a re-do!! I sincerely, and I really mean this, hope you get to go back someday and do all that you wanted to and more.I just barely touched Italy. Just Venice and really, due to my back giving out, only one day.
I ended up booking on Alitalia as a backup. I will wait for Norwegian Air to cancel so I can get an extra 20% added to the ticket value and use it for travel NEXT Sept for the cruise. Which also has some changes to it.Ugh. That uncertainty would not be pleasant.
Understandable when HM is right around the corner.Well.... I did.
I would for SURE!! Otherwise, it's like theft.I doubt it. "Our parks are open, it's not our fault you can't get here."
I might call Disney and see what they can do if that happens.
And by now, it's probably already starting to wane. I haven't looked all week, but if it follows the rest of the hotspots patterns, after a couple of weeks, it declines. The good news is that with a first wave of a lot, by nature of epidemiology, the 2nd wave and on should be a LOT less. Hopefully, their percentages of those who succomb to it are in the ballparks of .03-.07% that everywhere else has seen. (the 1% + numbers have been drastically adjusted).We'll see I guess. I know in South America right now, there are indeed hospitals that are being overwhelmed... and that at hospitals that had already doubled their capacity! But they are still in 1st wave.
Thanks, Vanessa! Some of them were hard! I cheated a bit on the Norway one and had to ask a CM.I enjoyed your Remy hunt. I really had to look hard to find him. I hope they do something like that again this year.
Italy is coming along and there is sa major announcement with that. I may do a whole post on that coming up.
Monday, actually. But still a long way to go.Hopefully soon you will be opening up.
We can travel wherever we want... within the country. But... there are too many things closed to make it worthwhile right now.Seems with so very few cases you could start at least traveling around to some degree, no? I don't know to what extent your lockdowns are, but I don't think I've heard of a single circumstance that Canada's medical system has been overwhelmed. And that was the point. ??
I just might do that.You should go back and find them all!
I can see that.Well, my thoughts are that a lot of folks get the map and set off with great intentions. But poop out after a bit.
Yeah, that makes sense.I think very few really complete it in one day and claim the prize. I'd guess most park visitors have one day unless an AP holder or local.
You were driven!For myself, it was really kind of a push to go all the way back to FW to find the last couple I'd missed and then ALLLL the way back to WS to get the cup
And you got an actual one just a week or two ago.Exactly this!! I'm in the stage where I just want to call my mom to complain about my kids and get a virtual hug.
Must remember this.Yes!! And they are SO good. The Refreshement Port has them year-round in varying iterations. They mix up the toppings and the names of them but are generally really tasty!
Only if there's a good reason. Like dinner in Mexico or the need for a marg at the end of the day. (or if I am in the mood. )
oooohhhh… gelato....and now I'm looking foward to eating (lots of) gelato.
Not really nostalgia for me, but he does represent Epcot more than the others.I think I chose it because of it simply being Figment. I have a nostalgic connection and he seems to embody EPCOT more than any of the others.
At this point... a one day trip would be amazing.sigh... a 2-week trip would be amazing!!
I'd really love to do that some day. No plans, but... you never know.You NEED a re-do!! I sincerely, and I really mean this, hope you get to go back someday and do all that you wanted to and more.
That sounds like a good thing?I ended up booking on Alitalia as a backup. I will wait for Norwegian Air to cancel so I can get an extra 20% added to the ticket value and use it for travel NEXT Sept for the cruise. Which also has some changes to it.
Dunno. I'll try, but...I would for SURE!! Otherwise, it's like theft.
Not yet, still on the upswing there.And by now, it's probably already starting to wane.
There sure is, but with so few cases (NONE if I'm reading the article right that I saw) I sure hope it's sooner than later.Monday, actually. But still a long way to go.
I guess that'd be true. Do you have a mandated quarantine if you do?We can travel wherever we want... within the country. But... there are too many things closed to make it worthwhile right now.
It's a fault.You were driven!
I sure did!And you got an actual one just a week or two ago.
Not really nostalgia for me, but he does represent Epcot more than the others.
Ture.At this point... a one day trip would be amazing.
I sure hope you do!! Especially getting to Murano as I know you enjoy glass.I'd really love to do that some day. No plans, but... you never know.
I sure hope so. I'm banking on Alitalia seeing LAX to FCO as a major backbone route and won't cancel it.That sounds like a good thing?
Really? This headline seems encouraging though??Not yet, still on the upswing there.
This is such a cute souvenier. I love things that are special and that not everyone can just pick up on a shop.And in honor of my grand achievement, I’m having a nice big cup of ice water with a slice of lemon in it right now for posterity. Here’s to you Remy… thanks for the memories!
I agree, I like the ones that are a bit rarer, or more importantly don't scream DISNEY! I like the more subtle hattips that remind without being overt.Excited about your PTR, gonna check it out in a sec!!
This is such a cute souvenier. I love things that are special and that not everyone can just pick up on a shop.
Yes, I have a few there.I don't see any in the Community Boards either, but I swear I've read TRs of other trips on there?
I think... here? The mods will move it to a better spot if need be.Who knows where the best place to start that TR is? HELP!
Saw that. But haven't read it yet. Need to read this update first.(P)TR posted.
Yup. No new cases for a while. We're down to 9-10 active cases with (I think) zero in hospital.There sure is, but with so few cases (NONE if I'm reading the article right that I saw) I sure hope it's sooner than later.
Well... yes and no.I guess that'd be true. Do you have a mandated quarantine if you do?
It's a fault.
I do! Surprised you remembered that.I sure hope you do!! Especially getting to Murano as I know you enjoy glass.
Um... that comment was about South America. Cases are rising there (or were as of yesterday, I didn't check today.)Really? This headline seems encouraging though??
No new cases of coronavirus in Manitoba on Friday, hospital wait times at historic lows
Not necessarily, if the burgers are good. Unfortunately, I've seldom encountered (if ever?) a good burger at Disney.Eager to bust out of the burger blues of theme park vacations?
Disney Parks in fact, have become quite a food Mecca in the last decade
I'd have to agree with that.EPCOT’s WS has perhaps the best concentration of the finest array of out-of-the-box options anywhere.
And even food from the rest of the alphabet!From sushi to Schoolbread, and strudel to souvlaki, you’ve got it.
Ah! I've wanted to go there for many years. Probably about... 13 years now.
Nice.I requested a waterside table
I know I did at first, but was convinced otherwise later.I think a lot of people are hesitant to try it thinking it will be too spicy or weird.
even if you have an ADR you may very well still wait a good long time for a table.
While it was very beautiful with the unobstructed view of the lagoon, it was also freezing!!!
It didn't take long for my "kids" to start acting like immature barbarians. Here they are spitting spitwads at each other
Your daughter looks completely thrilled at being a target.
Pretty. I appreciate you including that hidden Mickey, too.The outdoor patio is quite lovely with wrought iron chairs, jewel-toned fixtures, and geometric tilework accents.
That's a rarity, I'd think.There's really not much they don’t like, and all would say they prefer “foreign dishes” over “boring American-ized” food any day of the week.
So... fish basted in a mushroom tomato sauce is not gonna happen.One kid doesn’t like raw tomato, one hates fish, and another despises mushrooms
I think I tried them? Maybe? I don't remember for sure now.My beloved Hummus Fries
Good to know. Although I would probably have stuck with just small plates. That's what I have written down in my Disney wish list. It's one of the first things I'd put on it.Was the lamb worth $36.00? Sadly, no. I could have gotten much better food in general at Mr. Paul for nearly the same price.
I was glad we tried the Spice Road Table and would go back again for sure, but this time for just small plates
Nice shot of the "kids".
Of all of those... I've only been to Akershus, Biergarten, Teppan Edo and Via Napoli.Which was your favorite and which was your least favorite and why?
Rose and Crown
Chefs de France
This alone is making me hungry and longing for Epcot time...the schoolbread is the absolute best...hmmm maybe with all this time on my hands I could actually try to make it lol...I'm not sure I could replicate that custard/creamy goodness that is on the inside...From sushi to Schoolbread, and strudel to souvlaki, you’ve got it. At any given time of the year, one can choose from Signature sit-down meals of exquisite quality to grab-and-go pick-me-ups.
I actually have a fairly varied taste for ethnic food, but during a theme park visit I had never thought to try this place...but that Brie...looks AMAZING...I would go for that I think...
Of all of these actually the only ones I have tried is Via Napoli, which we loved, and Rose and Crown, which I also loved, especially for the view at night. We had La Hacienda on the agenda for our March trip...and I was looking forward to it, but...we all know what happened there....sigh...9 Dragons
Rose and Crown
Chefs de France