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Old 10-11-2018, 05:22 AM   #16
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Great first day! Those chairs are creepy, but I bet if they removed them, everyone would have a fit.
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Great start! I agree, those chairs are creepy. But the pool slide is even creepier.
You took the words out of my mouth! I still question why Disney put that in there, given how many people seem to have clown phobias. I'm not one, but I do find the slide creepy all the same...
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You took the words out of my mouth! I still question why Disney put that in there, given how many people seem to have clown phobias. I'm not one, but I do find the slide creepy all the same...
Me too! I think, first off, he just has a creepy expression, and then, people slide out of his mouth...yeah, weird.

The chairs remind me of a horror movie I saw once, but I can't think of what movie it was. I keep expecting them to move or talk...
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What a great first day, except for the crazy long wait for your luggage! Iíve never been to Ample Hills Creamery, but your ice creams looked delicious!


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Nice start to your trip and all went well with the flight and arrival by DME. Too bad you weren't the first stop! Wish you had a better room and view as usually not good to be on the first floor at any resort!
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Great first day! Those chairs are creepy, but I bet if they removed them, everyone would have a fit.
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Nice start to your trip and all went well with the flight and arrival by DME. Too bad you weren't the first stop! Wish you had a better room and view as usually not good to be on the first floor at any resort!
I know, I always hope to be the first DME stop!

The first floor view was not the greatest. :
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We were up at 6:15 today, though I was awake at 5:15. We showered and had breakfast in the room. We left at 7:30, then went back when I remembered my camera battery was low, then Jeff went back again for his sunglasses.
What I didnít remember was my neck cooing towel and my mister fan.

We went through the IG, and headed for the pin station to check in for the Destinations Discovered Tour.



We got water bottles, name tags, and headsets and ordered our lunch. Our guide was Robert, and he was excellent! There were 19 people on our tour and Robert said that was about the max; usually they have 10 or 11.

We waited in the Electric Umbrella seating and at 8:15 Robert came over and started talkingÖbut he had forgotten to hand out the ear pieces for our headsets, so no one could hear him! Once he took care of that, we were good to go!



He started by giving a little history of Walt Disney and the Disney Parks, then we walked past the fountain and stopped at the mark that is the dead center of the Florida property. Cool!

Then we proceeded to the entrance to WS and stood in the spot that was first proposed for the American pavilion. Robert took some time here to look at the various pavilions from this vantage point and talk a bit about their design.











And then we headed toward Mexico. On the way he pointed out the Tower of Terror behind Morocco and how they adapted it so it would blend in.



When we got to Mexico Robert told us that they incorporated 4 different Mexican cultures into the pyramid: Maya, Inca, Olmec and Aztec. And of course there were quite a few additional details, but itís so hard to remember all that was said!

I have a new zoom lens for my camera and I enjoyed finding interesting things to zoom in on.







We went into the Mexican pavilion, where we stopped for a bit to talk, and then went through a CM door for our first visit backstage. Itís just amazing to see all the clutter back there Ė dumpsters, construction vehicles, large warehouses Ė one he said contained much of the Christmas decorations.
Of course no pictures backstage, and I it really was a struggle not to touch my camera!

We came out in Norway and took a bathroom break.
this is a good time to point out that Robert was very good about stopping for bathroom breaks and seeking out some shade when possible, which was a blessing in the heat.

Then we toured Norway and I finally got to see the grass roofs that Iíd never noticed before!















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Oh I can't wait to hear what you thought of this tour - I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

You'd never noticed the grass roofs in Norway before... I just take them for granted now.
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You'd never noticed the grass roofs in Norway before... I just take them for granted now.
Oh, yes! It was very enjoyable!

As for the grass roofs, I donít know how I missed them!
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The tour sounds fantastic! Love all your photos especially with your new zoom lens.
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The tour is off to a good start so far! Lot of good info and details. Looking forward to the rest!
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The tour sounds fantastic! Love all your photos especially with your new zoom lens.
It's funny, I was enjoying that lens so much, but once we looked at all the photos, I realized I didn't take too many wide angle shots. Oops.

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