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WE’RRRRRE BBAAAAAAAACCKK! Saratoga Springs

In Christmas, Food on December 8, 2014 at 6:25 am

December 7, 2015

Greetings from Disney World,

Wonderful & Magical to be back.  We were having withdrawal symptoms.  The last time we were here was February.

Jennifer & Nick are joining us this trip.  We all arrived without any events around 11:30 a.m.  The pilot was kind enough to shave off 30 minutes!  Somehow or other, we missed getting a reservation for the Magical Express which leaves from the airport to the WDW Resorts.  But in excellent fashion, WDW told us that was not a problem  and we handed over our luggage claim tags.  When we arrived at Saratoga Springs, it was prior to our 4 pm checkin time.  Talk about It’s A Small World..  our WDW Hostess checking us in, Darci,  was from Starksboro, Vermont.  Now you may say… “So?”  she graduated from the same high school as Roger!!  a few years after, but they could reminisce former teachers and other fond memories. Population of Starksboro is 1,777 since Darci left!!   Thank You, Darci.

Darci -- from Vermont!!!

Darci — from Vermont!!!

We headed to DownTown Disney for the afternoon.  These are some of the flower beds we passed along the way.  The pansy’s were quite fragrant.

Mass plantings of Pansy's

Mass plantings of Pansy’s

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There are a lot of changes in the DownTown area and it is still a work in progress.  We had a 5 pm reservation at the House of Blues, but were able to get in at 4:30.  We were all starved.  Everything was delicious from the Yuenling Beer (which is excellent but not sold in NH!!), appetizers, and dinner.  We headed back to Saratoga Springs.  Nick had received a text our room was ready & sure enough, it unlocked, we walked in, and there were our 7 bags which made it safely from NH!!

Monday —  Animal Kingdom.  Tonight is Hoop De Do Musical Revue.

Have a wonderful day…

Brenda & Roger

Celebrating Oktoberfest at Walt Disney World

In Food on October 13, 2010 at 10:25 am

Oktoberfest’s origins date back to October 12, 1810.

Five days after their wedding, Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and his Princess Bride Theres of Saxe-Hildburghausen celebrated publicly with a great horse race. The celebration was so much fun, it was repeated the next year, then lengthened to many days, and has continued annually–with a few exceptions due to war and epidemics–right to the present day.

 

Thank Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig) for Oktoberfest

 

 

Ludwig's (Donald's uncle?) Princess Bride was Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen

 

As pointed out in a previous entry, every day is Oktoberfest at Epcot’s Biergarten Restaurant.

 

Willkommen to Eternal Oktoberbest! Biergarten Restaurant, WDW Epcot World Showcase

 

And yes, they serve beer there!

 

Nick Samples Biergarten's offerings

 

Plus, they entertain:

 

Oompah Band at Biergarten

 

Some of the Oompah Band’s music is ancient and traditional:

 

Oompah Band plays traditional Bavarian horns

 

Here’s a “taste” of Oktoberfest entertainment:

Biergarten’s Oompah Band

The Oompah Band shares details about Oktoberfest: such as the ceremonial “tapping of the first keg” by the Mayor of Munich–an element since 1950. Wikipedia describes the now traditional festival opening:

“A twelve gun salute and the tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at 12:00 by the incumbent Mayor of Munich with the cry “O’ zapft is!” (“It’s tapped!” in the Austro-Bavarian language) opens the Oktoberfest. The Mayor then gives the first beer to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria.”

And, of course, the Oompah Band teaches everyone the Okto-beer salute:

Ticky-Tocky, Ticky-Tocky, Ticky-Tocky: Hoy! Hoy! Hoy!

Followed by the quaffing of the brew.

Here are some Oktober-facts borrowed from Sean Aiken’s book, The One-Week Job Project:

  • Beer is the third most popular beverage worldwide after tea and water.
  • Approximately 1.85 million gallons of beer are consumed at Munich’s Oktoberfest.

Oh, and there is even more beer served during Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival!

So, if you love beer, be sure and visit The Biergarten at WDW’s Epcot World Showcase. Bring your ID, and come thirsty! Ich werde Ihnen Geld geben – You will be rewarded!

Until then, Auf Wiedersehen!

 

Rebecca, Brandon, Brenda & Roger at Biergarten's Oktoberfest

Danke- Thanks for celebrating WDW Oktoberfest!

 

Today’s Not-So-Hidden-Mickey:

 

Mickey Mouse Icon in Epcot

 

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