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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #30 on: April 20, 2019, 03:04:13 PM »
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2019
JANUARY
1 - Silver Dollar City - New Year's Celebration
15 - Sea Life Kansas City

FEBRUARY
23 - Wonders of Wildlife National Museum
23 - Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium

MARCH
2 - St. Louis Zoo
17 - Silver Dollar City’s Spring Ride Days
20 - Rowdy Bear Gravity Coaster
20 - Rowdy Bear Mountain Glider
20 - Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
21 - Dollywood - Festival of Nations
22 - Dollywood
22 - Rocky Top Mountain Coaster
23 - Smoky Mountain National Park
23 - Anakeesta
23 - Rail Runner at Anakeesta

APRIL
6 - Six Flags St. Louis - Spring Break Days
12 - Worlds of Fun Opening Day
19 - Silver Dollar City - Festival of Wonder

MAY
12 - Silver Dollar City - Bluegrass & BBQ

JUNE
24 - Six Flags Great America
25 - Toronto
26 - Canada's Wonderland
27 - Niagara Falls
27 - Darien Lake
28 - Kennywood
29 - Cedar Point

NOVEMBER
24 - Universal Studios Florida
25 - Islands of Adventure
26 - Daytona Beach
27 - Magic Kingdom
28 - Disney's Hollywood Studios
29 - Animal Kingdom

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #31 on: April 23, 2019, 09:16:20 PM »
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2019
JANUARY
1 - Silver Dollar City - New Year's Celebration
15 - Sea Life Kansas City

FEBRUARY
23 - Wonders of Wildlife National Museum
23 - Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium

MARCH
2 - St. Louis Zoo
17 - Silver Dollar City’s Spring Ride Days
20 - Rowdy Bear Gravity Coaster
20 - Rowdy Bear Mountain Glider
20 - Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
21 - Dollywood - Festival of Nations
22 - Dollywood
22 - Rocky Top Mountain Coaster
23 - Smoky Mountain National Park
23 - Anakeesta
23 - Rail Runner at Anakeesta

APRIL
6 - Six Flags St. Louis - Spring Break Days
12 - Worlds of Fun Opening Day
19 - Silver Dollar City - Festival of Wonder

MAY
12 - Silver Dollar City - Bluegrass & BBQ

JUNE
24 - Six Flags Great America
25 - Toronto
26 - Canada's Wonderland
27 - Niagara Falls
27 - Darien Lake
28 - Kennywood
29 - Cedar Point

NOVEMBER
24 - Universal Studios Florida
25 - Islands of Adventure
26 - Daytona Beach
27 - Magic Kingdom
28 - Disney's Hollywood Studios
29 - Animal Kingdom

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #32 on: April 25, 2019, 08:39:01 PM »
Qe are now one month away from Europe 2019. Things have been tweeked, Alton Towers was dropped. It is still Memorial Day Weekend to the weekend after July 4th(a Thurs).

On the Theme Park end

Disneyland

Tibidabo

We have stays booked at:

Port Aventura on opening day of Hotel Colorado Creek. Hope the toilets flush. Room comes with breakfast buffet and Express passes.

Europa Park at the new Kronasar Hotel.

A cottage on a lake at Puy du Fou

A park view room at Hotel Ling Bao at Phantasialand. This was their Sunday One Night Special, two days of tickets for 4, breakfast buffet for all and a single use Express Pass for each person both days in park. We also get 1 hr of ERT after the park closes on Taron and Raik. Sadly it looks highly doubtful FLY will be done by July.

And finally, we have a Tree House room with Breakfast buffet booked at Efteling. Two big bottles of their own Blond Ales are ordered to be waiting on me.

I have about a 5 day gap between Puy Du Fou and Phantasialand. The thought is we would fly to Copenhagen and hit Tivoli and back before Phantasialand. I have found out that Copenhagen is the most expensive place to stay this trip, I can get much more value for my points elsewhere, but Tivoli. The airfare is dog cheap, EasyJet with upgraded seats and two cabin bags for 4 is under $200 and the flight to Brussels is covered under my Excursionist perk via United with  SAS with about 100 bucks in taxes. So, $25 bucks for a nonstop Copenhagen to Brussels. If I can't decide to swallow the hotel prices, we will fill in the gap with more days in France before taking a train to Brussels. I have to poop or get off the park on this, it the only days not booked, stay wise.

I have some wiggle room to squeeze in a couple of other parks, I depends on the Wife really. Walibi Holland and Toverland or Moviepark are possibilities.

The Daughter and I are hoping taking a side trip to Holiday Park just for Expedition Ge Gorce during our stay at Europa. Hopefully The Wife and son(neither coaster nuts) will let us do it while they hang at Europa.

Our first time to use teains as travel has us during the Eurostar(London to Paris), the Freccas (Rome to Florence, Florence to Venice), Eurocity (Venice to Munich via Brenner Pass) and Oui TGV (Strasbourg to Nantes). We'll use the local/Regional trains at Cannes to get to Eze, Genoa to visit Cinque Terre, Naples to get to Pompeii  and to get around in Paris/Rome/Barcelona.

On the Culture/History docket
London Tower
Westminster Abbey
British Museum
Camden Market (hotel is very close)
Changing of Guards
Churchill War Rooms.
Sunset Inner Circle tour of Stonehenge/Salisbury /Bath
Cotswolds
Eiffle Tower
Louvre/d'Orsay
Paris Catacombs
Versailles
Gaudi sights in Barcelona
Roman ruins near Tarragona
Pompeii
Vatican
Colossium tour at Night
Accademia, Uffizi, other in Florence
St Marks and Doge Palace Venice
Glockenspiel in Munich, Hofbrau House for bier
Some of those famous Castles, just driving by
D Day sites, Utah and Omaha Beach, Ste.Mere Eglise, point du Hoc, American Cemetary
Bayeux Tapistey
Mont St. Michel.
Anne Frank House
That museum in Amsterdam
Kinderjik Windmills.

6 weeks, we'll either get divorced or start planing our Asia Grand tour for about 3 to 4 years out.

I'll.post a link to my Facebook page and set my updates to public to share the pics.

Thank goodness for the wonder that is Wifi Calling to stay in touch back home for free. We got an unlocked Galaxy S6 we'll get a sim card for Europe to have some data for Google maps and what not.






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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #33 on: April 26, 2019, 04:26:59 PM »
Qe are now one month away from Europe 2019. Things have been tweeked, Alton Towers was dropped. It is still Memorial Day Weekend to the weekend after July 4th(a Thurs).


That sounds like an absolutely incredible trip.  Hope you've got a ton of memory cards for the cameras.

Versailles is stunning- some in good ways, some in bad ways.  I had to keep reminding myself to close my mouth, I was gaping so much.
If you have time, take one of the cruises on the Seine river.  Absolutely gorgeous.  And honestly, doing that and visiting the Arc de Triomphe you'll get just as good a view and a much shorter wait than the tower.

Not sure if you've shopped cell companies yet on that sim card, but Orange was absolute junk for us in France last year.  But I'm not sure what other options there are.

Looking forward to seeing the photos.  it sounds like a tremendous trip.
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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #34 on: April 27, 2019, 06:02:38 PM »
Qe are now one month away from Europe 2019. Things have been tweeked, Alton Towers was dropped. It is still Memorial Day Weekend to the weekend after July 4th(a Thurs).


That sounds like an absolutely incredible trip.  Hope you've got a ton of memory cards for the cameras.

Versailles is stunning- some in good ways, some in bad ways.  I had to keep reminding myself to close my mouth, I was gaping so much.
If you have time, take one of the cruises on the Seine river.  Absolutely gorgeous.  And honestly, doing that and visiting the Arc de Triomphe you'll get just as good a view and a much shorter wait than the tower.

Not sure if you've shopped cell companies yet on that sim card, but Orange was absolute junk for us in France last year.  But I'm not sure what other options there are.

Looking forward to seeing the photos.  it sounds like a tremendous trip.

Noted on Orange.

We got a timed ticket for going up to the tip top on Eiffle. No line waiting.

The Main reason we were going to Versailles on a Sat knowing it is busy is due to the recent Yellow Vest protests on Sat in Paris. We were looking to avoid it. If I don't do Copenhagen, we can hit it in that gap. I want to visit Tivoli, but I'd like to hit up Liseburg and Gronalund among others on a different trip. May save it.


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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #35 on: April 27, 2019, 09:16:11 PM »
Last year, I was chosen to spend a week on property at Mount Vernon, Virginia, (expenses paid) to study Washington at War with crazy-cool access to the property 24 hours a day.

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This year, Fort Ticonderoga is hosting me (and 11 other teachers) for a week.  It will be another intense week of learning from scholars, handling artifacts, participating in historic trades, taking a boat tour of Lake Champlain, rowing the bateau, seeing the muskets and cannon firing at night, and looking down on the entire valley from Mount Defiance.  Our week at Ticonderoga is focused on comparing two world wars:  the French and Indian War and World War I.  I'm excited to see Vermont and Upstate New York for the first time, and not having to pay for any of it.Colonial and Revolutionary history is awesome.

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #36 on: April 27, 2019, 09:54:17 PM »
I just realized I can post in this thread! :D

So, right now, my travel schedule has me in Chicago for Anime Midwest the first weekend of July; Green Bay for Kitsunekon the next weekend; and then Columbia, South Carolina, for Banzaicon the weekend after that.

I have been having SO much fun traveling with my friends, helping them run their manga library. I get to see new cities and states and I get to TRAVEL. I love traveling.

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #37 on: April 27, 2019, 10:23:45 PM »
I just realized I can post in this thread! :D

So, right now, my travel schedule has me in Chicago for Anime Midwest the first weekend of July; Green Bay for Kitsunekon the next weekend; and then Columbia, South Carolina, for Banzaicon the weekend after that.

I have been having SO much fun traveling with my friends, helping them run their manga library. I get to see new cities and states and I get to TRAVEL. I love traveling.

Green Bay has a copy of the woodie grew up on, Zippin Pippin

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #38 on: April 28, 2019, 11:55:25 AM »
Yeah, we rode Zippin Pippin last year, and it was GREAT. One ride at Bay Beach that I highly recommend skipping, though, is the Scat ride... That was beyond vomit-inducing (I didn't, but if I'd had food in my stomach, I probably would have).

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #39 on: May 19, 2019, 12:00:06 PM »
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2019
JANUARY
1 - Silver Dollar City - New Year's Celebration
15 - Sea Life Kansas City

FEBRUARY
23 - Wonders of Wildlife National Museum
23 - Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium

MARCH
2 - St. Louis Zoo
17 - Silver Dollar City’s Spring Ride Days
20 - Rowdy Bear Gravity Coaster
20 - Rowdy Bear Mountain Glider
20 - Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
21 - Dollywood - Festival of Nations
22 - Dollywood
22 - Rocky Top Mountain Coaster
23 - Smoky Mountain National Park
23 - Anakeesta
23 - Rail Runner at Anakeesta

APRIL
6 - Six Flags St. Louis - Spring Break Days
12 - Worlds of Fun Opening Day
19 - Silver Dollar City - Festival of Wonder

MAY
12 - Silver Dollar City - Bluegrass & BBQ

JUNE
24 - Six Flags Great America
25 - Toronto
26 - Canada's Wonderland
27 - Niagara Falls
27 - Darien Lake
28 - Kennywood
29 - Cedar Point

NOVEMBER
24 - Universal Studios Florida
25 - Islands of Adventure
26 - Daytona Beach
27 - Magic Kingdom
28 - Disney's Hollywood Studios
29 - Animal Kingdom

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #40 on: May 19, 2019, 10:49:19 PM »
All things appear a go for Europe. Reports on Disneyland Paris, Port Aventura, Europa Park, Puy du Fou, Tivoli Gardens, Phantasialand and Eftleing will be on the way over the next two months. There may be others like Tibidabo, Holiday Park, Walibi Belgium, Toverland but those are big ifs.

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #41 on: May 20, 2019, 03:11:44 PM »
Family Vacation this year was a hard choice.  When/Where/Who/How was all up for debate.  Due to putting it off so long.....kinda went with the boring choice (compared to cruises and foreign adventures)

Ended up getting air/car deal for early July to Orlando for an 8 day getaway.  The plan is to hit a couple of parks for a couple days (probably SeaWorld/Busch or Universal) either at the start or end....then relax on a beach the rest of the week.  I've been looking at cocoa beach rentals (kids want to do surf lessons) on like VRBO.   Anyone have a money saving tips or advices on where to book or other non-disney/tourist trap things to do?  I'm trying to book a charter boat for fishing/dolphin watching already.  I figured this group could give me some ideas.  This area is so popular it makes planning actually harder.

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #42 on: May 23, 2019, 08:36:39 PM »
Just got back a couple of hours ago from our 4 day trip to check out the Ark Encounter/ Creation Museum (pretty cool- happy we were sent comp tickets for being pastors a while back), the St. Louis Zoo (really fantastic zoo!  And gotta love that it's free) and Six Flags St. Louis (It's SFStL, what da ya want?)  Videos will be coming in the next couple of weeks on the channel for all of them.  Neat trip and happy we got to go.  We'd really like to go back and visit the zoo again- it was probably the highlight of the trip for us.
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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #43 on: May 25, 2019, 10:27:19 PM »
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2019
JANUARY
1 - Silver Dollar City - New Year's Celebration
15 - Sea Life Kansas City

FEBRUARY
23 - Wonders of Wildlife National Museum
23 - Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium

MARCH
2 - St. Louis Zoo
17 - Silver Dollar City’s Spring Ride Days
20 - Rowdy Bear Gravity Coaster
20 - Rowdy Bear Mountain Glider
20 - Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
21 - Dollywood - Festival of Nations
22 - Dollywood
22 - Rocky Top Mountain Coaster
23 - Smoky Mountain National Park
23 - Anakeesta
23 - Rail Runner at Anakeesta

APRIL
6 - Six Flags St. Louis - Spring Break Days
12 - Worlds of Fun Opening Day
19 - Silver Dollar City - Festival of Wonder

MAY
12 - Silver Dollar City - Bluegrass & BBQ
26 - Oceans of Fun
27 - Hurricane Harbor St. Louis

JUNE
9 - Silver Dollar City - Star-Spangled Summer
24 - Six Flags Great America
25 - Toronto
26 - Canada's Wonderland
27 - Niagara Falls
27 - Six Flags Darien Lake
28 - Kennywood
29 - Kings Dominion
30 - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
31 - Carowinds


NOVEMBER
27 - Magic Kingdom
28 - Animal Kingdom
29 - Universal Studios Florida
30 - Islands of Adventure

RIPLEY'S AQAURIUM OF THE SMOKIES

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Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« Reply #44 on: June 01, 2019, 06:55:04 PM »
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2019
JANUARY
1 - Silver Dollar City - New Year's Celebration
15 - Sea Life Kansas City

FEBRUARY
23 - Wonders of Wildlife National Museum
23 - Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium

MARCH
2 - St. Louis Zoo
17 - Silver Dollar City’s Spring Ride Days
20 - Rowdy Bear Gravity Coaster
20 - Rowdy Bear Mountain Glider
20 - Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
21 - Dollywood - Festival of Nations
21 - The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
22 - Dollywood
22 - Rocky Top Mountain Coaster
23 - Smoky Mountain National Park
23 - Anakeesta
23 - Rail Runner at Anakeesta
23 - Dueling Zipline at Anakeesta

APRIL
6 - Six Flags St. Louis - Spring Break Days
12 - Worlds of Fun Opening Day
19 - Silver Dollar City - Festival of Wonder

MAY
12 - Silver Dollar City - Bluegrass & BBQ
26 - Oceans of Fun
27 - Hurricane Harbor St. Louis

JUNE
9 - Silver Dollar City - Star-Spangled Summer
24 - Six Flags Great America
25 - Canada's Wonderland
26 - Canada's Wonderland
27 - Niagara Falls
27 - Seabreeze Park
28 - Six Flags Darien Lake
29 - Six Flags New England
30 - Kennywood

JULY
1 - Cedar Point
2 - Kings Island
19 - Adventureland

NOVEMBER
27 - Magic Kingdom
28 - Animal Kingdom
29 - Universal Studios Florida
30 - Islands of Adventure

OCEANS of FUN


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