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Re: Robb & Elissa's European Adventures 2017!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:03 am
by 805Andrew
Wow, this cruise looks great. I never thought about doing a river cruise, but I may have to now. Looks like there are plenty of things to see and do along the Danube River to peak my interest. Thanks for bringing us along virtually.

Re: Robb & Elissa's European Adventures 2017!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:25 am
by rollin_n_coastin
It's so much fun following along with this awesome trip. I've never seen Europe like this. That cabbage for sure got what was coming to it. In the words of Newman, "vile weed"!

Re: Robb & Elissa's European Adventures 2017!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:17 pm
by robbalvey
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Another thing that's been interesting about this River Cruise is all the locks the ship goes through during the journey!

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Today is the final day of the river cruise. We are in Budapest visiting the "Great Market Hall!" Let's go see what's inside..

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If you want any kinds of meat or spices, this market is the place to be!

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Chocolate cake, anyone?

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Kristen wants ALL this pasta!!!

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Found these two guys together in the Great Market. Seems legit!

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They appear to really REALLY like the Rubik's Cube here! Gee, I wonder why?

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We found out the name of the final Star Wars movie!

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Just in case you forgot what city you are in!

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Welcome to Budapest... here's a funky building! Have a nice day!"

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Awesome looking bridge in Budapest crossing the Danube River!

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The classic Scenic Railway in Budapest still standing. It hasn't operated since 2015 but we've heard Budapest Zoo may reopen it. Any news?

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Our next adventure? Making Hungarian Goulash!

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While the adults make Goulash, the kids play in the playground!

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Elissa says "forget the Goulash, I'll just eat this bowl of garlic!"

Zip lines are awesome!


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Time for an equestrian show!

How many of you can ride horses standing up?


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We got in our Hungarian barnyard animals credit of the trip!

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...and then shortly after we ate some barnyard animals! Damn they were good!!!

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Here's another look at the 1926 Scenic Railway in Budapest. It closed in 2015 but hopefully Budapest Zoo will reopen it again soon!

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Budapest Cathedral credit! CHECK!!!

Because when I think "Budapest" I think "Conveyer Belt Sushi!" (Honestly it looks great!)


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Yay! Hungarian Starbucks! My trip here is complete!

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And Elissa got another McDonalds country credit in Hungary! Here's some of the interesting items on their menu!

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Budapest is a cool looking city! We just don't have anything that looks like this or has this sort of history in the US!

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On our final night we are going to do a tour of Budapest to see the sunset and the buildings all lit up!

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Sailing on a sunset river cruise in Budapest, Hungary! Watch the replay of our livestream below...



But the REAL highlight of the night was the "Budapest Illuminations Cruise!"
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This was AMAZING! Check out the replay of our livestream:



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An Adventures By Disney tradition is a slide show of all the photos the Adventure Guides have taken on the final night of the trip!

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After the slide show all adventurers are given their final Adventures By Disney pin, and it's the saddest pin of the trip. "Farewell."

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While she looks happy here, Kristen was in tears at the end of the night as she didn't want to leave. It was sad, yes, but that's also a sign of a GREAT vacation!

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Wrapping up this Adventures By Disney vacation with the complete set of pins! We had such a great time! Looking forward to our next AbD trip!

For more information about Adventures by Disney, please visit their website: https://www.adventuresbydisney.com/

Oh yes, be sure to POST YOUR COMMENTS!!!
(we took the time to write the report, the least you could do is say something nice about it!) :p

Re: Robb & Elissa's European Adventures 2017!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:51 pm
by DirkFunk
Always heard good things about river cruises and it doesn't surprise me that Disney and their partner in AMA were able to do a great job here as well. BTW: Do people still go crazy for pins? Flip them (RARE~!) on EBay and pay for the trip.

Re: Robb & Elissa's European Adventures 2017!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:05 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Budapest has some amazing architecture. I can't wait to finally see some of Europe this fall.

Re: Robb & Elissa's European Adventures 2017!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:47 am
by cfc
Looks like a great finish to the cruise.

One of my former coworkers rode that coaster in Budapest. He was there working on a project near the park. He found it a bit "unnerving" because there were no restraints and the train used a brakeman.

Re: Robb & Elissa's European Adventures 2017!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:20 am
by sfriday1998
That looks amazing! I am jealous

Re: Robb & Elissa's European Adventures 2017!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:59 am
by robbalvey
DirkFunk wrote:BTW: Do people still go crazy for pins? Flip them (RARE~!) on EBay and pay for the trip.

I think maybe not as much as they used to, but we still see "pin traders" all the time at Epcot doing their thing! I did find out that these pins are exclusive to these Danube river cruises, and some of them, like the Welcome and the Farewell pins may even be a little rarer as they change depending on the direction of the cruise. So for example, the Germany "Welcome" pin will become a German "Farewell" pin next cruise. It's interesting to say the least.

Re: Robb & Elissa's European Adventures 2017!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:35 am
by cruisedude4
Great report! I went through Budapest in 2014 and rode the scenic coaster then, had no idea it was closed! Was my first coaster with a real person braking.

Also, can confirm people still flip out over pins. In college, I'd head to Disneyland to their special events and buy one or two LE pins to hawk on eBay. Felt kinda slimy doing it but it paid for beer!

Re: Robb & Elissa's European Adventures 2017!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:42 am
by robbalvey
cruisedude4 wrote:Great report! I went through Budapest in 2014 and rode the scenic coaster then, had no idea it was closed! Was my first coaster with a real person braking.

Yep! You caught it on one of its last years. Not sure if it operated in 2015 or not. I have heard it will be part of the zoo's expansion that they recently got funding for to re-open in 2019. We'll see...