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    • Day 189

      USA - Disney World - Magic Kingdom

      March 13, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Il faut bien dire que ce n'est pas facile de garder le sourir vu la situation mondiale. Nous avons zizagué entre typhons, tremblements de terre et incendies géants. Le Coronavirus nous court après depuis dès semaines mais nous avons réussi a tout de même recompenser Vesper pour tous ces mois d'attente et toutes ces visites de temples :)) ! Journée magnifique donc le jour de l'annonce de la fermeture du parc dans les prochains jours.
      Nous en profitons donc à fond et il faut dire que c'est un parc qui s'est bien renouvellé et modernisé et qui reste le très haut de gamme en matière d'enterntainment. On ne peut s'empecher de craquer sur une petit fille qui voit Belle et Ariel "en vrai" 😻.
      Nous finissons donc ce magnifique voyage sur un feu d'artifice à l'image de l'époustouflant spectacle final du "Royaume Magique" !
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    • Day 32

      Disney Day 2 - Magic Kingdom

      June 21, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      This morning I woke up, had to jump on the Disney app to join a 'virtual queue' for the new Tron ride, so there's no actual lines it's all done online now. I also bought Genie+ which allows you to fast pass lines throughout the day, it ended up helping me get on all the big rides I wanted to do very painlessly. I had brekky and good news, I took a spoon from Disney so I used that as both a utensil for eating and creating lunch. I got ready and hopped in an uber to head to Magic Kingdom. My uber driver was lovely and told me all about how her husband was on a ventilator during Covid and survived. I got out and had to catch the monorail to the park. They called my group for the Tron ride so I headed straight there. It was a really cool rollercoaster, where you are seated like you're riding a motorbike. It was super fast, but over super quick. I sat next to a 10 year old boy who was screaming "fuck this shit" at the beginning but ended the ride with a big grin on his face. Next I hit the speedway for a very tame drive around a railed track. I then watched the monsters inc show which was a comedy show using cameras to call out guests and crack jokes, it was actually hilarious. I then went on the carousel of progress which was from the 1960s state fair, it was pretty much talking displays of a family through the ages starting in the 1900s, a good time filler. Next was buzz lightyear ride, where you have to shoot targets and spin around. That was fun. I headed towards the pirates of the Caribbean ride but was blocked by the parade. It was a good chance to see my favourites, the tangled float arrived just as I was walking. I also saw the king and queen of Disney, Mickey and Minnie. I headed off and stopped in the enchanted tiki room which is Tony's favourite attraction. It's just a quick show with birds and other things singing. I then got a dole whip, pineapple and vanilla flavoured soft serve which was so delicious. Finally I headed to pirates of the Caribbean and today I realised there's a shuffle/ waddle that larger men over about 50 do, unsure if it's just a Disney specific shuffle but it was out in full force today. That entertained me while I waited for the ride. Pirates was good, the animatronics are excellent and the story was fun.
      I then walked through a treehouse and waited for my time on the Jungle cruise. That was a ride on a river past animals with a guide cracking a lot of jokes, I appreciated them but not sure everyone else did... I waited for my time on the big thunder mountain railroad however it started to storm so the ride was closed. I walked and rode the carousel instead and got given a bonus fast pass to use wherever. I lined up for the haunted mansion instead and got pelted with rain, it was hilarious watching everyone in their ponchos freak out and I was just standing with no protection. The haunted mansion was good with all the spooky parts then it was on to watch Mickey's symphony which was a 3D movie of different characters singing songs for their movies. I then decided to go and stand in the 145 minute line and wait for the mine train. The line actually ended up moving faster and I got in after about 90 minutes. A bit of a let down, it went for about 45 seconds and was kind of lame.
      Next I went to space mountain and rode the rollercoaster, which was definitely one of my highlights as it was long and thrilling. I caved and rode the "it's a small world" ride, despite my hate of the constant singing on the ride and finally did big thunder railroad which was another top ride for me. I finally got dinner and decided it was time to head to the hotel shuttle bus. Made my way there via monorail and then got to study the human condition some more when it came to getting on the bus. People are so rude and have no courtesy when it comes to that stuff. Finally I got back and went to sleep. Tomorrow is a rest day, thank god!
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    • Day 6

      Magic Kingdom

      September 14, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Heute waren wir im Magic Kingdom. Mega einsrücklich wie alles so profesionel abläuft.
      Das Abendessen verbrachten wir in Mickeys Restaurant. Mit besuch von diversen Figuren
      Rund 16000 schritt später freuen wir uns auf unser bett. Morgen gehts dann weiter🥰Read more

    • Day 16

      Disney, the adventure

      November 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Nach einem tollen Tag in der Welt von Universal ging es für uns heute nach Epcot, in einen der vielen verschiedenen Themenparks von Walt Disney World.
      Im Gegensatz zur "normalen" Disney Welt von Walt Disney bestimmen die Themen internationale Kultur und Innovationen die Welt von Epcot.
      Mit über 12,5 Millionen Besuchern jährlich gehört Epcot zu den am meisten besuchten Themenparks der Disney Kette.
      Neben einem interaktiven Raketenstart, einer Teststrecke von Chevrolet und einer Reise durch die Geschichte der Entwicklung des Menschen und seiner Technik, die wir im Future World Bereich des Parks miterleben konnten, besuchten wir im World Showcase Bereich die permanenten Ausstellungen verschiedener Nationen, darunter Frankreich, Marokko, Norwegen, das Vereinigte Königreich, Japan und China und nicht zu vergessen Deutschland.
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    • Day 16

      Ein Genuss für die Sinne

      November 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Neben den normalen Abenteuern Epcots, konnten wir im Park den letzten Tag des Food and Wine Festivals genießen. Über 20 Länder präsentieren sich seit September mit nationalen Speisen und Gerichten, sowie einer Auswahl leckerster Bier-, Wein und Cocktailsorten.
      Auch wir probierten uns durch die Gerichte der afrikanischen, irischen, karibischen, hawaiianischen und der indischen Küche. Und dieses Mal hatten die Amerikaner in der Auswahl der jeweiligen Speisengröße mitgedacht. Kleine Probierportionen ermöglichten den Genuss vieler verschiedener Gerichte.
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    • Day 35

      Disney Day 4 - EPCOT

      June 24, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Today we all woke up and got ready, jumped on the boat and headed to EPCOT. The boat was packed so we had to stand which was good so we could leave first. Epcot is cool as one of its drawcards is having different sections as different countries. We headed to grab coffee, I also grabbed a donut and we walked to the Frozen ride in Norway. The ride was super cute story ride with all the characters, the animatronics were awesome. Next we walked to Imagination Lab which was a ride about senses and imagination, it was cute and Jamie said it was an original ride which made sense.
      We then headed to finding Nemo which was a nice ride through the reef. You ended in the Disney marine conservation centre and we were all so excited to look at manatees. They were being fed lettuce for lunch. We walked through the shark and stingray exhibits as well which was fun. We headed to the food court next where we had our first drink of the day. The other thing with EPCOT is in the different countries they have different versions of alcoholic drinks so people "drink around the world". We went on soarin over the world which was a fun ride taking you over some of the world's wonders.
      Next we went to a ride inside the famous EPCOT ball which was the history through time and you got to make your own future. It was old school as well but very well done. Then we went on Test Track where you design your own car and ride a rollercoaster to "test" your car's capabilities. It was a fun coaster and absolutely hilarious watching our terrible looking car beat everyone else's. After that we went on a ride which Jamie was hesitant about, she was telling me that people complained because they get really sick after going on it. We entered the line and it split into "the intense ride" and the "less intense". The intense one spoke about how motion sick people get and how it spins... So we opted for the less intense. It also talked about confined dark spaces but I was thinking I'll be distracted during the ride so I'll be fine. It was exceptionally tight and confind which I was okay with temporarily. However, the ride was delayed, so we sat in the space for about 5 minutes. That's when the panic started for Jamie and I. I banged on the door but noone came, finally the ride started though and we were both fine. Definitely had a bit of exposure therapy for the old claustrophobia. The kids with us were laughing at how freaked out we were...

      Once we told Jensen of our tale, we walked to grab lunch. I had Poutine and Jamie and I had a honey wine as our second drink. We walked to the British pub as a homage to where we first met and all had a beer. We also took a picture and the worker who took it was from Newcastle in the UK which was a full circle moment! We enjoyed that, then headed to the Ratatouille ride in France. That was a cute ride through the kitchen. Then we headed for Guardians of the galaxy. We'd been lucky to get in the virtual queue but still had to wait a bit for the ride. It was an awesome rollercoaster that played music as you went through. I really enjoyed it, it was one of the top rides of the week. We then headed for Mexico as Jamie wanted us to try an avocado margarita. It was actually delicious and we had the best chips, queso and guacamole as well. We all bought cute little friendship bracelets and put them on as we sailed through a ride in Mexico. It had been the best day all together, we'd picked up where we left off and they are just awesome friends to have.
      We then had alcohol from china, I had a cherry blossom beer which I think was cherry syrup in a pilsner lol. Then we could hear a band playing music, turns out it was Simple Plan!! We were very confused but excited, that show was almost over but there was one later. So we grabbed another drink and had something to eat before hitting the next concert. It was so much fun, we didn't know many of the songs but the vibes were awesome. Next we grabbed some more food and drinks to watch the fireworks. The park closed but we kicked on.
      We went to the dance hall where they were playing various music videos and the dance floor was deadddd. We had another drink and hit the dance floor straight away. We had been drenched from the rain and I was in running shoes with a backpack on but we had the most fun. Slowly it got more full which was hilarious seeing all the different groups of humans on the dance floor. Then we went to karaoke, we didn't perform but sung along with some of the acts. Finally we walked back to the hotel, literally so happy.
      It was one of the best days, where I didn't stop smiling. We crammed so much into the day and had some fun surprises along the way. I'm so glad the girls came!!
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    • Day 20

      Orlando / Walt Disney World

      June 30, 2023 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

      Frühstück gab es im Auto während der 20minütigen Fahrt zum Parkplatz am Magic Kingdom, den wir um kurz nach neun erreichten. Von dort aus konnten wir direkt in einen kleinen Shuttlebus einsteigen und uns dann entscheiden, ob wir mit der Monorail weiterfahren oder mit dem Schiff übersetzen. Wir entschieden uns für die Wasserüberfahrt. Das war bereits das erste Highlight: Das Cinderella-Schloss war schon zu sehen und wir kamen immer näher… Danach mussten wir noch an einen extra Schalter, weil wir die Karten im Voraus mit Paypal bezahlt hatten. Das ging aber schnell und der Vorteil war: wir erhielten tolle Eintrittskarten im Scheckkartenformat - eine tolle Erinnerung.
      Reihum strömten die Menschen durch das Eingangstor in den Park. Viele mit Disney-Shirt oder Mickey Maus-Ohren, manche sogar in Prinzessinnenkleidern. Auch wir passierten den Eingang und befanden uns in einer anderen Welt: Ganze Straßenzüge sind hier aufgebaut und auf der Main-Street eröffnet sich der Blick auf das Schloss. Wir stiegen direkt in den kleinen Doppeldecker-Bus - One Way zum Schloss, denn dahinter befindet sich das Fantasyland - unsere erste Anlaufstelle. Im Durchgang ist die Cinderella-Geschichte als Mosaik erzählt, wunderschön und dann der Blick auf das Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. Das mussten wir gleich mal ausprobieren. Daneben dann auch schon der Eingang zur Princess Fairytail Hall, in der man die Lieblings-Disney-Prinzessinnen treffen kann. Nach kurzem Anstehen waren wir zuerst bei Rapunzel, dann bei Tiana. Noch während der Wartezeit wollte Lea nicht allein auf das Foto mit den Prinzessinnen, doch als es dann soweit war, von Schüchternheit keine Spur mehr. Leas Augen glänzten, es gab sogar jeweils einen great big hug. Die Damen waren aber auch wirklich unglaublich herzig.
      Nach diesen ersten tollen Eindrücken ging es weiter in die Arielle-Bahn (Under the Sea-Journey oft the Little Mermaid). Man taucht in die Wellen ein und zur passenden Filmmusik wird die Geschichte dargestellt. Schön, aber richtig großartig war dann das Treffen mit Arielle in ihrer Grotte, schließlich ist sie eine von Leas Lieblingen (neben Rapunzel). Auch bei Enchanted Tales with Belle ging es magisch zu. Neben den sprechenden und sich bewegenden Kerzenleuchter Lumiere und der Schrankdame aus die Schöne und das Biest gab es auch hier eine Begegnung und ein Foto mit Belle. Ein Highlight jagt hier das nächste und immer gibt es etwas zu entdecken: einen Gaston-Brunnen (auch für den gab es Münzen, dass wir auch ja wiederkommen), die Kutsche von Cinderella und natürlich viele Fahrgeschäfte. Wir stiegen an Board des Piratenschiffes von Peter Pan‘s Flight und flogen durch das nächtliche London und Nimmerland, wo die Geschichte rund um Peter Pan und Kapitän Hook unter uns aufgebaut war. Vor allem It‘s a small world gefiel Lea besonders gut. Eine Bootsfahrt durch einen Kanal, an dessen Seiten tanzende und musizierende Püppchen die verschiedenen Teile der Welt darstellen. Nicht nur süß und originell, sondern auch ein vergnügliches Rätselraten, wer als erster entdeckt, wo wir uns gerade befinden.
      Wir hatten nun die meisten Attraktionen in Fantasyland gesehen und zogen weiter über den Liberty Square am Riverboat vorbei durch eine kleine Westernstadt in Richtung Adventureland. Dort gab es eine kleine Erfrischung durch spuckende Pfahlmenschen und ein leckeres Eis und einen Flug auf Aladdins Zauberteppich (The Magic Carpets of Aladdin). Im Frontierland stellten wir uns in die Schlange zu Tom Sawyers Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, doch kurz bevor wir an der Reihe waren, musste irgendwas gecheckt werden und keiner durfte in die Bahn. Leider, doch dafür erhielten wir auf unsere Karten ein Upgrade für die Lightning Bahn. Das ist der Zugang zu der Express-Reihe, in der man so gut wie gar nicht anstehen muss und an allen anderen mit normalen Karten vorbeiziehen kann (gibt es in fast allen Themenparks für einen ziemlichen Aufpreis). Das wurde natürlich gleich genutzt: In der Bahn von Pirates of the Caribbean (Lea wollte danach direkt eine Piratenschwert) und wir mussten unbedingt noch einmal It‘s a small world fahren. Lea stellte Papa noch an den Pranger, doch langsam merkten wir alle drei, wie wunderbar intensiv und anstrengend der Tag doch war. Es war auch bereits halb neun und wir hatten noch ein Stück Weg vor uns. Es sammelten sich auf der kompletten Länge der Main-Street bereits die Menschenmengen, um das Feuerwerk um zwanzig nach neun über dem Schloss zu bestaunen. Wir wollten dem Trubel um Schiff und Shuttle zuvorkommen und das Feuerwerk aus der Ferne sehen. Nach dem Übersetzen über den Bay Lake konnten wir an der Anlegestelle das pyrotechnische Highlight, das über 20 Minuten dauerte, betrachten. Es war ein unglaubliches Schauspiel. Von so viel Emotionen und Erlebnissen ganz überwältigt musste Lea sogar weinen, weil dieser schöne Tag schon vorbei war.
      Ein wirklich tolles Erlebnis für uns alle.
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    • Day 8

      Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

      September 19, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      For most of this morning and afternoon, I relaxed at the pool. First at the Swan hotel and later at my next hotel, Disney's Polynesian Resort. This is one of the classic deluxe resorts, and widely considered one of the best Disney World hotels. It is also located very close to the main Disney park, Magic Kingdom.

      Speaking of which - after spending time at the hotel, I took the monorail to Magic Kingdom for "Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party"! This is an after-hours event themed on Halloween, with special shows and surprises not part of the usual experience of visiting the park.

      Upon entry, you also get a bag to collect free candy at various spots, in true trick or treat fashion.

      While the capacity for these special events is reduced, compared to a usual evening, it was still very crowded! Some lines were slightly smaller than usual though, so I was able to try 8 different rides.

      They also did a massive fireworks show, including projections on the castle, and a Halloween parade.

      I have been to Disney World a few times now, but there is always something new to experience. The last time I went, everything was Christmas themed, so it was fun to see the Halloween version this time!

      I had dinner at Be Our Guest, a legendary restaurant with a "Beauty and The Beast" theme inside a castle! The beast himself was there to welcome people, and I was lucky to get a picture with him (coincidentally I was wearing a tshirt for the band Beast in Black). Great food and ambiance, and a nice break from the crowds that had seemingly chosen a different dining venue from the many options on site.
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    • Day 2

      Jour 2 magic kingdom

      July 11, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Wow ! Quelle 1ere journée dans les parc !!! Magic kingdom rempli de magie, de princesses et d'émotions fortes dans space Mountain et tron!!! Les filles ont eu des étoiles dans les yeux !! Et que dire des feux d'artifices !!!! Ha oui !!! Camille s'est endormie 2 minutes après être arrivée dans l'auto 😜Read more

    • Day 149


      December 20, 2022 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

      Life 2.0 : "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...."

      It is day 67 of the US Traverse. We have made our way to the most southern point of our trip – Orlando. San Francisco is now more than 5 000 km in the past, and Montreal, our final destination 2 300 km into the future. Major distances by car but minor if you travel with an X Wing Starfighter.

      Today will be spent at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and more importantly the Star Wars Galaxy Edge theme park.

      The Galaxy Edge Park and rides are truly magnificent, both in scale and detail. Old and young can lose themselves in the fantasy world created by George Lucas and the Disney team.

      The little boy in the photo captured my interest. He impatiently waited in his Republic Trooper uniform for his turn with Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter. All dressed up - a true believer.  

      One day when he’s older he might reflect on the stories behind the story and appreciate how George Lucas masterfully orchestrated the age-old tale of democracies being turned into dictatorships and a need from people, under certain conditions, to be freed from freedom.

      Most of us would say more freedom is good. Freedom of expression, freedom from those in power and freedom to do what we want. But history has shown that when people feel powerless and frustrated, the freedom they deeply ache for is a freedom FROM individual responsibility.

      Make it someone else’s problem - Lose awareness of your individual self and become an anonymous member of a unified group. Be relieved from the burdens of will, decisions and being responsible.

      But as Jyn Erso said in Rogue One: “We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope.”

      “You feel empty. You feel alone. Lonely. Almost frightened, but also strong, yes? The name for what you are feeling is freedom. How did you expect it to feel? You are free, and that can be lonely, and empty, and frightening. But it is also powerful.”

      But that is all in the future for our little trooper.

      As for today...

      He can just enjoy the magic that I experienced in 1978 in a cinema when the words scrolled over the screen:

      “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....”
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Bay Lake, باي ليك، فلوريدا, بی لیک, Беј Лејк, 湾湖

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