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Cool details! I love the grass roofs, but I never noticed Remy up there before! What's he doing in Norway?
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Cool details! I love the grass roofs, but I never noticed Remy up there before! What's he doing in Norway?
It was a scavenger hunt during F&W. We didn’t do it, but I think you had to find all the hidden Remys around WS and note where they were, and what ratatouille ingredient he had next to him. When you turned in the card you got your choice of a lenticular cup.
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Great start to the tour, seems like you have a great guide.
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Great start to the tour, seems like you have a great guide.
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Oh yes, it was!
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Then we headed to China. Robert talked outside for a few minutes and then, thankfully we headed inside and the AC.









Robert talked about the artwork of the dome inside the pavilion where the dragon and the phoenix are prevalent.



We went through the new Shanghai Disney exhibit and then outside again.





Then, continuing around WS and after crossing the drawbridge, we entered the backstage area for the second time. This time it was to see the Illuminations barges all lined up in the canal. He told us Illuminations cost $30,000 to put on every night! Another interesting fact is that there is only one of each of the barges, so if something goes down, they have to do without that particular piece until it can be repaired.

We came back out on stage, and moved along past the African Outpost to Germany where he told us the story of St. George slaying the dragon.
We really loved that, in addition to info about Disney, we learned about various types of architecture, different time periods that are represented, and some of that country’s legends. Hence the story of St. George.











We stopped for a bit to look at the train.






And then Italy. Another thing about this tour….It was so nice to be able to take photos with no one in them!





I like this photo so much, that it is currently the desktop photo on my computer.









It was in Italy when he showed us a special VIP viewing spot for Illuminations and told us that he’d put our name on the list for that evening, if we wanted to come back.

Then we moved on to the American pavilion. We found out this building is done in reverse forced perspective, because it has to house a 5 story movie theater, but buildings in that time period were not more than 3 stories tall.



Then on to Japan, where Robert talked for a bit about the Japanese arch or Torii. Then we walked back to the exhibit, and I realized we’d never been in there before! The exhibit is currently “Kawaii: Japan’s cute culture.” All the cute clothes, home décor and accessories are not for kids, but for adults. It was very interesting and there was a lot to see in this little room.
















Then we moved to Morocco, again to an exhibit that we’d never seen before.















By this time I was really wilting from the heat, and the walking. Luckily, France was next and we found a spot in the shade next to the fountain where we could sit….and when we got home, I realized I didn’t take any photos!

We went backstage in France so we could see the “base” of the Eiffel Tower, which is non-existent.
From there we could see construction for the new gondolas and I realized that the track will be going right over all these backstage areas.

Then we made our way to UK and lunch! We used the restrooms and waited a bit for word that they were ready for us. Robert said the staff is used to 10-12 people and get a little flustered when there are 20. They came out to call us, one table at a time. Jeff and I ended up being in the last group which was with Robert and one other participant. It felt so good to be sitting AND in the AC! Lunch was delicious and we had some great conversations with Robert! For the meal Jeff had a Scotch egg, shepherd’s pie and sticky toffee pudding. I had a salad, chicken masala curry and fruit. Guess I didn’t get photos of all of it.










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This tour looks wonderful!! I am pretty sure that Muffin would go for this so I am putting it on the list for next year!!

Isn't it cool to discover new things every time you go to WDW?! Robert sounds like a wonderful, informative tour guide!!
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As I read the bit about IllumiNations and the barges, I thought "well they won't have to worry about that from next summer..."

I'm glad this tour was slightly different to ours - we didn't go into the exhibit in Japan, so you have that one over us.
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This tour looks wonderful!! I am pretty sure that Muffin would go for this so I am putting it on the list for next year!!

Isn't it cool to discover new things every time you go to WDW?! Robert sounds like a wonderful, informative tour guide!!
It is fun to always be discovering new things! Yes, he was a wonderful guide!
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As I read the bit about IllumiNations and the barges, I thought "well they won't have to worry about that from next summer..."
I know it's sad that Illuminations is not going to be around much longer.

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Interesting that they change it up like that. Maybe different guides showcase different things.
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That tour sounds so interesting. Maybe I can talk my daughter into taking it with me next time I'm down there.
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what an interesting tour! I will have to add it to our TO DO list!
Your photos are wonderful! I'm sorry it was so miserably hot though!
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Looks like a great tour with so much information and facts you probably never knew! Seems worth doing from yours and Cheryl's experiences. I hope to do this on my next trip. It may have been better if you had a smaller group, but otherwise all was good!
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Wow! This tour sounds amazing! Definitely something I'd like to do. You got some incredible photos around WS.
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