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    Prague, Czech Republic Walking Tour – Old Town (4k Ultra HD 60fps)

    October 17, 2019


    In the middle of the square is a Neo-Gothic statue of Charles IV leaning against a sword and holding the deed of foundation of Charles University in Prague. The statue was made in 1848 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Charles University. Church of St Francis was built by the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star in the 17th century. The architecture of this Baroque church with an impressive dome has served as an exemplar for many future architects. Another dominant of the square is the Church of the Holy Saviour which belongs to the large Clementinum complex. The Old Town Bridge Tower is one of the most beautiful Gothic gateways in the world. The tower, along with Charles Bridge, was built by Emperor Charles IV according to designs by Petr Parléř in the mid-14 th century. Prague is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic and the historical capital of Bohemia. Is also home to a number of well-known cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The large New City Hall, with its beautiful facade, sits in the middle of Virgin Mary Square which has deep roots back to Medieval times. Today’s New City Hall was built from 1908-1911 in a classic Art Nouveau-style decorated by dozens of statues. Here you will catch your first glimpse of Prague’s tightly packed colorful buildings. The picture-perfect scene in Little Square is a great preview what you will see later on this Old Town Prague walking tour. Little Square is said to be the oldest inhabited part of Prague with homes going back to the 700s. This building, part of the Old Town Hall complex, is a typical example of Czech Renaissance townhouse architecture. The facade, decorated with sgraffito, depicts scenes drawn from biblical and mythological sources, as well as contemporary Renaissance legends. Franz Kafka and his parents lived here from 1889 to 1896. The astronomical clock was placed at the front side of the tower in 1410. At the southern part of the tower a special stone chamber was built for its mechanical part. The astronomical clock consists of different parts – such as a calendar and an astronomical desk or the mechanism of twelve apostles which sets them in motion. On 21 June 1621, 27 Czech Protestants were executed for their role in the Bohemian Revolt, and as a warning to others. The revolt was predominantly driven by religious differences, although there was discontent over power disparities, as well. It is the most famous Baroque church in Prague and is also one of the most valuable Baroque buildings north of the Alps. The dome has an impressive diameter of 20 m, and the interior height to the top of the lantern is over 49 m, making it the highest interior in Prague. It is also an outstanding example of high Baroque decoration. Concerts are held in the church year-round on the historic organ dating to the 18th century. The large monument in the middle of the Old Town Square in Prague is the statue of the reformer Jan Hus, one of the most important personalities in Czech history. A hundred years before the Protestant Reformation was started by Martin Luther, Jan Hus was burnt as a heretic for reformist ideas. This Rococo building on Old Town Square features rich stucco and sculptural decoration. The Kinský Palace has been witness to many historical events. Today it is the seat of the National Gallery in Prague. One of the most impressive Gothic religious buildings in Prague, Church of Our Lady before Týn was built from the mid-14th to the early 16th centuries. The two dominating towers are 262 feet high (80 meters). One tower, Adam, is larger than the other, Eve, a classic Gothic architecture play on feminine and masculine parts of life. At the end of the 17th century, the interior was reworked in Baroque style. The cathedral serves as an extensive gallery of Gothic, Renaissance and Early Baroque works. The most interesting of which include altar paintings by Karel Škréta and the tomb of the astronomer Tycho Brahe. The organ, dating from 1673, is the oldest in Prague. From the 1000’s through the Middle Ages the hidden Ungelt Courtyard (or Merchant Yard) was the main square for foreign merchants coming to sell goods in Prague. This massive three-aisled basilica with a long, high chancel is the third longest church building in Prague. The church was founded in 1232, and was rebuilt in Baroque style in the 18th century. One of the oldest streets in Prague, Celetna Lane, connects the Old Town Square with the Republic Square. It is lined with picturesque houses, adorned with house symbols. This monumental entrance by which the coronation processions of Czech kings entered the Old Town is one of the most significant monuments of Late Gothic Prague. Completed in 1475, the Powder Tower, which formerly served as a gunpowder store, is still the starting point for the Coronation or Royal Route to Prague Castle. The high point of any shopping trip in the city should be Na Příkopě Street, one of its main commercial streets. This hub of retail delights is right in the center of Prague, connecting Wenceslas Square with the Powder Tower. Spanning the entrance to Nekázanka Street are a twin set of beautiful enclosed bridges which resemble the Bridge of Sighs in Venice Italy. The Estates Theatre in Prague is one of the most beautiful historical theatres in Europe and was opened in 1783. The premiere of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni was given here on October 29, 1787. Havel’s Market is one of the city’s oldest markets dating back to 1232. Over the years, the market has shifted its focus from food products to selling souvenirs, keeping in mind the influx of tourists. Connecting Old Town Square with the Jewish Quarter, Paris Street has high-end shopping that rivals the Champs-Élysées in Paris and 5th Avenue in New York City. This narrow lane is the main artery of Prague’s Jewish Quarter and today is lined with stands selling souvenirs. The surprising Neo-Romanquese Ceremonial Hall (built from 1908-19011) was established by the Burial Society as the Cemetery’s mortuary to prepare the dead for burial. This statue depicts Franz Kafka riding on the shoulders of a headless figure, in reference to the author’s 1912 story “Description of a Struggle”. The Church of the Holy Spirit, built in mid-14th century, is located on the very border of Old Town and former Jewish Quarter. During the reign of Ferdinand I in mid-16th century, Jews had to attend catholic masses served here. The stunning Spanish Synagogue was built in 1868 over the site of the Old School (Alt Schul) Synagogue. Before it was torn down in 1867, the Old Schul had been the oldest synagogue standing in the Prague and marked the true beginning of the Jewish Quarter. The exhibitions held here are focused primarily on local Jewish artists from the late 19th and early 20th century.

    Kehl am Rhein, Sehenswürdigkeiten der Stadt in der Oberrheinischen Tiefebene
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    Kehl am Rhein, Sehenswürdigkeiten der Stadt in der Oberrheinischen Tiefebene

    October 11, 2019


    Amtsgericht Villa Schmidt von 1914 Rheinterrassen von 2003 Skulptur Wasserspiele auf den Rheinterrassen Europabrücke nach Frankreich Beatus-Rhenanus-Brücke bzw. Trambrücke von 2017 Die drei Rheinbrücken nach Frankreich Eisenbahnbrücke Rheinterrassen “Rendezvous am Rhein” von Rainer Gutekunst Garten der zwei Ufer – Deutschland, Frankreich Landesgartenschau 2004 Wasserfall Kunst an der Plakatwand im Garten der zwei Ufer Passerelle des deux Rives Rheinpromenade “Rheinwelle” von Anno Sieberts “Geschichtsband” von Kurt Tassotti Ludwig-Trick-Strasse “Begegnung” von Josef Fromm Rheinpromenade “Grenzrose” von Thomas Rother Passerelle des deux Rives Rheinpromenade Wasserband – Spielbereich Verbindung zwischen Altrhein und Rhein Altrheinarm Rheinschneck Weißtannenturm von 2004 Altrhein Falkenhausenschule Katholische St.-Nepomukkirche von 1914 Rosengarten Pionierdenkmal von 1931 Rosengarten Weinbrennerhaus von 1816 Hauptstrasse Marktplatz Friedenskirche von 1817 Marktplatz Kriegerdenkmal von 1905 mit Mutter Kinzig von 1861 Stadthalle Kehl Montmorency-Platz “Aufbruch” von Werner Ewers Rathaus Eurobrunnen von Friedrich Geiler Hauptstrasse Hanauer Museum Christuskirche von 1824 Rehfusvilla von 1867 Skulptur in der Jahnstrasse

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    Disneyland Resort Mobile App Food How-To

    October 6, 2019


    [background music]>>ANNOUNCER: Introducing a new way to order quick
    service meals using the Disneyland app. Once you’ve downloaded the Disneyland
    app, order directly from your phone from wherever you happen to be at the
    Disneyland Resort. Make sure to link your annual pass to enjoy discounts. Choose a dining location and window of time you’d like to pick up your order. Look over the menu allergy menus are available make your selections items can be customized and added to your order add specialty desserts or beverages that may catch your eye double-check your order to make sure everything is right tap purchase to submit your order once you’re ready to enjoy your meal head to the restaurant during your arrival window tap I’m here, prepare my order. A notification will be sent when your order is ready or you can track it through the app. [music] you

    Secret Places In Famous Locations!
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    Secret Places In Famous Locations!

    August 24, 2019


    From the secret rooms of the world’s train
    stations to the hidden apartments within iconic, international landmarks, today we look at
    Secret Places In Famous Locations. Number 14. Trafalgar Police Station
    In the southeast corner of London’s Trafalgar Square, a seemingly old yet innocuous light
    pole sits comfortably atop a small, enclosed room, fitting in with the historical English
    city. But this fixture is more than just a means
    for illuminating the city streets…the room within is actually London’s smallest police
    station! Built in the 1920s, this room was constructed
    as a watch-post for officers responding to the common protests the city was known for,
    but today it simply serves as storage for street cleaners. Number 13. Radio City Suite
    One of the most famous landmarks and venues in New York City is Manhattan’s own Radio
    City Music Hall. Despite its history as a host for a wide variety
    of award shows, legendary concerts, and even a handful of highly publicized sporting events,
    few realize the mythic music hall also contains an apartment! Well above the audience in the auditorium
    and mezzanines below, this suite was once home to Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel, a popular
    theatre impresario who garnered a highly respected reputation in the industry organizing productions
    within the Radio City Music Hall. The Art Deco architects responsible for the
    building constructed the room just for Rothafel, as a way to show thanks for his incredible
    work. This Roxy Suite is uninhabited now, but can
    be rented out for luxury events. Number 12. Little Compton Street
    Beneath the grates of the Charing Cross Road in London, a remnant from the English city’s
    past gives passersby an insight at a street that used to be. Nestled in the service tunnels that run below
    the busy bookstore shopping hub are signs for the now extinct Little Compton Street. This street used to be a commonly used avenue
    near Trafalgar Square, but in 1896 it was replaced with an office block. Many assume the signs in the tunnels below
    the city hint at a buried street, but this is simply a common misconception. Witnesses are instead looking at the Cambridge
    Circus Utility Tunnels which feature the street signs as a token of remembrance rather than
    ruins. Number 11. Flinders Street Ballroom
    Flinders Street Station is by and large the busiest train station in Australia, serving
    almost a hundred thousand riders a day. The gorgeous gold and brown building is home
    to more than travelers and trains, though, as a sectioned-off space within the station
    was once the talk of the town around Melbourne more than fifty years ago. The Flinders Street Ballroom brought in guests
    from across the land, with public dances filling the room from wall to wall before attendants
    would leave to catch a train home the same night. It wasn’t alone in providing recreation, though,
    with Flinders Station once containing rooms dedicated to libraries, night classes, billiards,
    and exercise. Modern entrance to the ballroom is allowed
    by invitation only, with seldom-occurring lottery drawings granting admittance as well. Number 10. Track 61
    Deep below the world famous Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York sits a secret railway track
    that has been operational for over 90 years! Originally meant to store unused railroad
    cars and operate as a powerhouse for the tracks, the reconstruction of the Waldorf Astoria
    in 1931 made it a convenient passenger station for hotel guests. Use was reserved for elite guests and over
    the years it has served military generals, governors, and famous President Franklin Roosevelt
    as he used the transport to hide his medical condition from the public. Track 61 was confirmed to have been prepared
    for use as recently as the George W. Bush administration, meaning the secret station
    could still apparently be operational today…and potentially in use! Number 9. Lucky 7 Lounge
    With a history of beloved works like the Cars, Incredibles, Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story
    franchises under their belts, one can only imagine the secrets of Pixar Studios and how
    they cultivate creativity. One trick up the animation giant’s sleeve
    has been revealed in recent years, though, and it comes in the form of a hidden nook-turned-lounge. Referred to as the Lucky 7 Lounge, or Love
    Lounge as frequent visitor Steve Jobs once called it, this small room was transformed
    by Animator Andrew Gordon into a funky, throwback speakeasy with a wall signed by celebrities
    like Tim Allen, Michael Eisner, Randy Newman and Roy Disney. The entrance to this secret passage is currently
    said to be stationed behind a sliding bookshelf with a hidden button located somewhere among
    the books. Number 8. Grand Central Tennis Court
    New York’s Grand Central Station hosts nearly 750 thousand passengers a day. But above these commuters, unbeknownst to
    most, is a high-priced tennis court that has served New Yorkers since the 1960s. Established as Vanderbilt Athletic Club, the
    tennis courts were accompanied by a 65-foot indoor ski slope originally. Donald Trump took over the property in 1984,
    though, and made it into an exclusive court for the wealthy, charging 155 dollars an hour
    with no credit cards accepted — a fairly exorbitant amount for the time. The club has since closed and reopened under
    new management, now accepting of players from across the public spectrum. Hourly prices now range from seventy to 275
    dollars depending on the day and time you look to reserve, with various deals offering
    greater options to the public at large. Number 7. 103rd Floor Empire State Building
    Tall buildings are common attraction in the world’s metropolises, but few are more famous
    than the Empire State Building. The gorgeous view from the building’s observation
    deck on the 86th floor has been featured in dozens of films and drawn millions of visitors. Further up, the supposed top deck of the skyscraper
    offers an even higher perspective of New York from the safety of a thick-paned window-filled
    room. Yet, above that room is an even taller observation
    deck, sealed off from the public. This mysterious 103rd floor is composed of
    a small balcony and low wall, making it disastrously dangerous without supervision. Celebrities are typically the only visitors
    in modern times, with people like Taylor Swift, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ariana Grande being among
    the few to experience it in recent years. Number 6. Club 33
    If you feel fancy grabbing a FastPass at Disneyland and skipping the lines of other ride-goers,
    imagine how elite it must feel to be a member of the theme park’s exclusive Club 33. Named for the address of 33 Royal Street,
    the location of its of the club’s private restaurant in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square,
    this private club offers members other exclusive amenities located around the park! These include access to Le Salon Nouveau and
    1901, a pair of lounges that are closed to the public within Disneyland and California
    Adventure respectively. These are the only locations in the park that
    serve alcohol, which is a pricey privilege to afford thanks to individual membership
    fees costing an initial 25 thousand dollars, with an additional payment of 10 thousand
    dollars due annually. Club 33 has expanded since its development
    in the late 1960s, now providing separate club memberships at Disney’s theme parks in
    Tokyo, Shanghai, and Walt Disney World in Florida. Number 5. Colosseum Tunnels
    Within the belly of the monument to bloodsport famously known as the Colosseum of Rome, a
    maze of tunnels once housed the various ferocious animals used in ancient combat against gladiators. For centuries these corrals were hidden from
    the public eye, but thanks to a 1.4 million dollar renovation project in 2010, the tunnels
    were finally opened to the public. Now, the world can witness and experience
    the mystifying mechanisms and atmosphere of these underground pens which held animals
    as large as boars, bears, crocodiles and lions. These tunnels also contained a passage for
    gladiators on their way to the arena, where sound from the crowd above would be amplified
    to an unimaginably loud roar. Number 4. Niagara Cave
    Millions visit the cascading waters of Niagara Falls State Park for its uniquely cherished
    and natural beauty. Near the iconic waterfalls is a much darker,
    lesser known monument, though it may be equally historically impactful, depending on if you
    believe the stories surrounding it. Found sunken into the limestone wall of Niagara
    Gorge is a small cove named by Seneca Natives as “The Cave of Evil Spirits”. Legend goes that Canadian explorer Robert
    Cavalier de LaSalle received a foreboding visit from an Evil Spirit that prophesied
    his impending doom. Within the next decade, LaSalle went broke
    and was slain by his own men after venturing west, all events the Spirit had warned would
    pass. Number 3. Mount Rushmore Records Room
    Despite what Disney and Nicolas Cage might have led you to believe, there is no city
    of gold hidden beneath Mount Rushmore. But that doesn’t mean the famed American monument
    isn’t concealing any secrets. Behind the head of Abraham Lincoln is a stone
    room, only big enough to cram a few visitors in at a time. In here, copies of major American historical
    documents like the Bill of Rights, Constitution, and Declaration of Independence remain sealed
    within a teakwood box, stationed under layers of titanium and granite. These records sit here in preservation for
    Americans thousands of years from now and as such this records room is closed to the
    public, who would have a hard enough time accessing the isolated location on foot regardless! Number 2. Eiffel Apartment
    If it wasn’t enough to build one of the greatest, most awe-inspiring constructs in the world,
    architect Gustave Eiffel went the extra mile to solidify himself as the most envy-inspiring
    man in Paris by building himself a home at the top. During his time at the tower, Eiffel would
    receive numerous invaluable offers from Parisians to stay in the private space for even just
    a night. But time and again, he would refuse the offers,
    only hosting guests of high prestige…such as Thomas Edison. This cozy apartment is now host to mannequins
    of Eiffel and Edison and open to the public to view via window, but not enter…most likely
    to the chagrin of Eiffel’s ghost. Number 1. Liberty Torch Room
    Some may be surprised that the famous torch belonging to the Statue of Liberty actually
    contains a viewing balcony, containing one of the most breathtaking views in the city! Initially closed in 1916 due to damage from
    foreign sabotage at a munitions depot in the surrounding bay, the torch has remained sheltered
    from the public, even after renovations to the statue in 1984. Interested parties can still experience the
    view though thanks to modern technology, as the Statue of Liberty offers a live webcam
    stream of the torch’s perspective.

    Train Mountain – The World’s Longest Miniature Railroad Layout
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    Train Mountain – The World’s Longest Miniature Railroad Layout

    August 13, 2019


    In July, during my summer vacation,
    I visited train Mountain… The longest miniature railroad in the world… With over 23 miles of mainline track
    on a huge 2,200 acre property. Train Mountain sits at an elevation of about 4,300 feet
    in a forest in Southern Oregon. Not too far away from Crater Lake National Park. It is world-famous to people
    involved in the hobby of live steam trains. Several times a year, they have a big train meet
    where people bring their model trains to Train Mountain. And it’s not uncommon to have
    hundreds of trains here all at the same time. Every three years,
    they have the most gigantic train meet of all…
    called The Triennial. And the most recent one
    was just a week or two before I visited. They had over 900 model train enthusiasts registered and over 380 trains at The Triennial. But on the day that I visited Train Mountain,
    things were quite a bit more quiet than that! I met up with Tom Watson
    who was super-friendly and welcoming… And he spent several hours
    showing us around train Mountain. We started with a little tour
    of some of the property on a golf cart. And it’s too bad
    that a video doesn’t capture the smells… Because the air was so clean
    and the trees filled the air with a fantastic pine scent. I was surprised to see that
    part of the Train Mountain property
    runs right alongside busy Highway 97… One of the main north-south routes through Oregon. I’ve driven right by here
    about ten different times over the years
    and I never knew it was here until now. After our golf cart tour,
    Tom showed us the big metal fabrication shop
    where they do a lot of repair work on their trains. There were a lot of great looking trains in there… And every possible piece of equipment
    you’d need to build one or work on one. And then we headed over to a little
    train storage shed where Tom stores his train. And he had it set up
    with the seating cars in front of the locomotive… So I could shoot some good video
    of the big layout at Train Mountain
    with an unobstructed view. He took us for an amazing ride through the property… A ride that lasted about two hours… And we didn’t even cover
    the entire main line of the layout,
    only a portion during that time. Many of the locomotives that run at
    Train Mountain are live steam. Many others are battery-powered…
    using equipment not unlike
    what’s in a motorized wheelchair. And many others, like Tom’s,
    use a gasoline-powered motor not that different
    from what you’d find on a lawnmower. And you can hear that lawnmower-like sound
    of Tom’s locomotive in the background right now. One of the most beautiful parts
    of Train Mountain is where the layout
    goes through a big grove of Aspen trees. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed
    riding through this part of the forest… Smelling all the great smells
    and just enjoying the great views. Tom told me that it’s even more beautiful
    around the beginning of October
    when the Aspen trees get their fall colors. Things went smoothly
    during almost all of our two-hour ride, but… Our train did actually derail at one point! See that pine cone lying in that switch up ahead? I think that’s actually what did it. It was really interesting to see the gadget
    that Tom used to get the wheels of the locomotive
    back to being properly aligned on the rails. See that green piece of metal
    that Tom put on the tracks just in front of the train? All he had to do was run the train through that…
    and it perfectly lined up all the wheels with the tracks. And that got us back in business. It was a lot of fun riding with Tom
    on his train at Train Mountain. And if you’re passing through the Klamath Falls area… They welcome you to stop by,
    take a self-guided tour of some of the
    cool train equipment that they have… And if they have some trains running that day,
    you’ll quite possibly get to go along for a ride! And if you have small kids with you,
    there is a little place right next door to Train Mountain… That is better suited for train rides for children. It’s called the Klamath and Western Railroad. And they offer train rides
    on about a mile and a half of track, but… It’s only open on Saturdays,
    and only during the summer. (Sound of train horn) (Sound of train horn) (Sound of train horn) One other really cool thing about Train Mountain… Is that they’ve got a big G-scale garden railway layout… On a four acre section of Train Mountain
    officially known as Midway Circle… But everyone just calls it G-Ville. Since I run G-scale model trains at my house
    I was really fascinated to get a look around
    G-Ville at Train Mountain. It’s a gigantic G scale layout
    in a beautiful setting among the trees. The G-scale trains don’t run on the layout very often… So, there was no activity on it
    the day that we visited… But at certain times of the year,
    G-scale people are encouraged to bring
    their trains here and run them on the layout. And I’m seriously thinking about
    bringing some of mine up here sometime! If you’ve enjoyed getting a look at Train Mountain… Hit the thumbs-up button
    so YouTube will know that this is a good video… That they should recommend to other model train fans. If you share a link to this video on Facebook…
    that is the ultimate compliment. And leave a comment to let me know
    whether you’d like me to share more videos
    of these kind of big trains… Or whether I should just
    get back to showing you G-scale trains. I’m Jim Zim.
    Thanks for watching! Subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss the
    other model train videos coming in the weeks ahead!

    Disney SEA Expanded Universe
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    Disney SEA Expanded Universe

    August 11, 2019


    We’ve talked about the confirmed ties that
    attractions and restaurants of Disney Parks around the world have to the Society of Explorers
    and Adventurers, now its time to talk about the “Expanded Universe”
    To be sure, the “sightings” we’ll talk about on this video are unconfirmed, But, a few
    very intriguing educated guesses reside here, perhaps finding S.E.A. connections in corners
    you might not expect… So to finish off our list, here are some “could-be”
    connections that Imagineers have teased merely as ways to keep fans engaged, interested,
    and exploring. Raging Spirits
    Location: Tokyo DisneySea SEA Connection: Unconfirmed The Raging Spirits roller coaster at Tokyo
    DisneySea is a wonder to look at. (At this point, we can agree that everything at DisneySea
    is a wonder, right?) The temple – meant to look like an ancient Peruvian altar – is
    rich with detail and stunning architecture that looks fittingly ancient. But how does
    Raging Spirits fit into the continuity of S.E.A.?
    Simple. Remember those murals in Harrison Hightower’s hotel lobby, depicting his dastardly
    thievery from ancient cultures? One of those paintings shows Hightower making off with
    a giant stone serpent head. It should look familiar. As the painting clearly shows, Mr.
    Hightower got to the Raging Spirits site long before we did, making off with one of the
    temple’s magnificent stone serpent heads. It’s a tangential connection, but for Disney
    fans, it’s a gasp-worthy moment to see the two attractions theoretically connect, even
    if by a single story thread. Now that’s Disney detail. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    Location: Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World SEA Connection: Unconfirmed When Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the
    Magic Kingdom re-opened after an extensive refurbishment in Spring 2013, it brought with
    it an interactive queue where guests waiting in line could feel like they were part of
    the old mining operation. There were opportunities to explode dynamite (with real repercussions
    outside on the mountain), listen to miners down in the caverns below, and tour the Mining
    Office. The thing that was most striking for Disney
    fanatics, though, was the hinting of a new back-story. A portrait of a miserly looking
    man named Barnabas T. Bullion adored the new queue, and it seemed certain that this man
    (who was indicated as President and Founder of the Big Thunder Mining Company) could have
    a connection to S.E.A. Sure, it’s not official, but we can find his name on one of the oars
    that adorn the Tropical Hideaway where we find plaques honoring famous adventurers and
    members of S.E.A.! The Haunted Mansion
    Location: Disneyland and Magic Kingdom SEA Connection: Unconfirmed The Haunted Mansion was not developed overnight.
    As a matter of fact, Walt’s untimely death left the project in limbo. Without his final
    seal of approval, his Imagineers weren’t sure what exactly the Haunted Mansion’s stately
    white plantation house should have inside… a sincerely scary haunt? A somber, grim, and
    unsettling walkthrough? A musical, whimsical, silly ride? While the Mansion that eventually
    opened in 1969 had a little of everything, one thing it intentionally lacked was a story.
    There’s really no through plot or overarching tale; rather, the Mansion is full of vignettes
    and special effects that are haunting in their simplicity.
    In 2006, an ethereal, spooky bride who had long inhabited the Attic scene was replaced
    with a more overtly murderous mistress whose husbands just can’t seem to keep their heads
    on. Throughout the attic, portraits of the so-called Constance with a handful of different
    men appear, with the grooms’ heads fading away as if by magic.But one particular portrait
    is of great interest for fans: a painting of the bride smiling while gripping a rose
    with a mustachioed would-be husband in a gilded frame marked: “Constance & George, 1877.”
    If you believe the legend of the newly-contrived backstory, this final husband was the reclusive
    owner of the Mansion, bequeathing it to Constance in his quickly-enacted will.
    Interestingly, it would seem that the infamous Stretching Room also includes George, though
    only as a tombstone with an ax in his head and a woman smiling stop, holding a rose…
    What’s this got to do at all with S.E.A., you’re doubtlessly wondering. Perhaps it would
    help to know Constance’s final husband’s full name: George Hightower. Yes, it’s supposed
    that George’s brother, Harrison, was the millionaire magnate and hotelier in New York City who
    would follow his brother into the afterlife 22 years later in a most unusual elevator
    accident… Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar & Grog Grotto
    Location: Disneyland Hotel (Disneyland) and Polynesian Village Resort (Walt Disney World)
    SEA Connection: Probable, but not direct Located in a tribal hut outside the Disneyland
    Hotel in California, Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is certainly a possible U.S. S.E.A.
    outpost. The small bar serves drinks based on Polynesian landmarks and adventures. Order
    the right one and the bar will come alive in response. Krakatau Punch? Watch as the
    volcanoes outside erupt, the building rumbles, and the bar’s lights turn red.
    The walls of the bar are completely covered in maps, newspaper articles, and relics from
    adventurers. While the Bar gives the impression of a S.E.A. storyline, that’s not confirmed.
    What we do know is that Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar takes place in the same continuity
    as Disneyland’s Adventureland (newspaper articles announce the discovery of the Temple
    of the Forbidden Eye by Indiana Jones, for example). And if you believe that Adventureland
    takes place in the S.E.A. universe by way of the Tropical Hideaway, then Trader Sam’s
    does, too, even if indirectly. And with this, we finish our video series
    about the Society of Adventurers and Explorers! Even if Disney’s theme parks in the United
    States and France have yet to receive a ride directly and overtly connected to the Society
    of Explorers and Adventurers, don’t lose hope. As the portrait hanging in Mystic Manor
    shows, there are plenty of adventurers out there, and plenty of stories to be told…
    You may recognize Hightower, Mystic, and Oceaneer among S.E.A.’s ranks, but just think of the
    stories you could tell using the characters pictured above that we haven’t met yet!
    In the meantime, may we live by the hope of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers:
    to set forth on voyages of great discovery, returning to share tales of distant shores,
    astounding adventures, and amazing scientific achievements.
    We would like to thank Brian Krosnick from Theme Park Tourist one more time for this
    awesome article and story! Please go check out the original article, it’s great!! Be
    sure to comment your favorite S.E.A. ride or restaurant! The best comments will be featured
    in our next video!

    10 Top Tourist Attractions in Thailand
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    10 Top Tourist Attractions in Thailand

    August 9, 2019


    10 Top Tourist Attractions in Thailand. Thailand is the most popular tourist destination
    in Southeast Asia, and for a reason. You can find almost anything here: crystal
    blue beaches, thick jungle, great food, cheap beach front bungalows and some of the best
    luxury hotels in the world. There is something for every interest and
    every budget. As the only Southeast Asian country never
    to be colonized, it is also studded with incredible cultural and historical sites, including ruins
    that stretch back hundreds of years. And despite the heavy flow of tourism, Thailand
    retains its quintessential identity with its own unique culture and history and a carefree
    people famed for their smiles. The only trouble with planning a trip to Thailand
    is narrowing things down to a few sights. It helps to start with the most popular tourist
    attractions in Thailand, which include. 10: Similan Islands. Made up of nine primary islands and two far-flung
    ones, the Similan Islands archipelago is one of the most popular diving destinations in
    the country. Situated off the coast of the Phang Nga Province
    in southern Thailand, the waters surrounding the islands boast gorgeous coral reefs and
    underwater rock formations that take on many unique shapes. Experienced divers particularly enjoy hot
    spots like East of Eden and Elephant Head Rock. 9: Full Moon Party at Haad Rin. The infamous Full Moon Party is an all-night
    beach party that takes place in Haad Rin on the island of Koh Phangan. It has grown from an improvised wooden disco
    for about 20-30 people in 1985 to a major event that draws a crowd of about 20,000-30,000
    every single month. If you’re not on Ko Pha Ngan during the
    full moon, don’t worry: there are other parties to be had, including Half Moon, Black
    Moon and Shiva Moon party. 8: Thai-Burma Railway (Death Railway). The two-hour train journey along the notorious
    Thailand–Burma Death Railway from Kanchanaburi, via the Bridge over the River Kwai, to Nam
    Tok is one of Thailand’s most scenic and most popular train rides. Though the views are lovely, it’s the history
    that makes the ride so special. During WWII, the Japanese built the railroad
    to connect Yangon, the then-capital of Burma, with Bangkok, enlisting POWs and Asian laborers
    in a horrifying and deadly race to the finish. Today, only a portion of the original rail
    line is in operation. 7: Ayutthaya Historical Park. Also known as Ayutthaya Historical Park, this
    popular tourist attraction contains the ruins of the second capital of Siam, which was founded
    around 1350. By 1700 Ayutthaya had become one of the largest
    cities in the world with a total of 1 million inhabitants. In 1767 the city was destroyed by the Burmese
    army, resulting in the collapse of the kingdom. Fortunately, renovations that began in the
    late 1960s restored the once-vibrant city to much of its former glory, allowing visitors
    to experience the eclectic array of architectural styles that can be found amid its grid-like
    patterns of moats, roads and canals. 6: Mu Ko Chang National Park. Located in the Trat Province of eastern Thailand,
    this exquisite national park is made up of more than 50 islands. Without a doubt, Ko Chang is the most notable
    of the bunch and is famous for its steep peaks, lush jungles and relaxed atmosphere. White Sand Beach is where people from around
    the world congregate to have a great time. The islands also feature white sand beaches,
    premium snorkeling and diving sites and many waterfalls. From fishing to dining to kayaking, there’s
    something for everyone here in Kog Chang. Though still far quieter than islands like
    Phuket or Ko Samui, it’s probably better to go now than later. 5: Northern Hill Tribes. Northern Thailand is home to several interesting
    and colorful ethnic minorities, known as the hill tribes. Most of the hill tribes have migrated into
    the region during the past 100 years from the Asian interior and have largely preserved
    their traditional ways. It is possible to go on a trekking tour and
    visit one of the numerous villages where they are happy to receive tourists. Since most are rural and poor, any economically
    uplifting opportunities are welcomed. 4: Railay. Also known as Rai Leh, this popular rock-climbing
    destination is located in the Krabi Province on the coast of the Andaman Sea. Accessible only by boat, Railay boasts a variety
    of exciting attractions. Its more than 700 bolted rock-climbing routes
    are a major draw. However, there are also several stunning beaches,
    and visitors can also explore a series of caves. Accommodation on Railay ranges from inexpensive
    bungalows popular with backpackers and climbers, to the renowned jet-set resort of Rayavadee. 3: Grand Palace. As the official residence of the kings of
    Siam — and, later, Thailand — since 1782, the Grand Palace is perhaps the most famous
    attraction in the bustling city of Bangkok. Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River,
    the walled-in complex contains a compelling series of pavilions, halls, wats and other
    buildings interspersed with vast lawns, lavish gardens and stately courtyards. Of the many sights here, Wat Phra Kaew, or
    the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is probably the most memorable. 2: Phang Nga Bay. Located just over 95 km (60 miles) from the
    island of Phuket, Phang Nga Bay is one of the top tourist attractions in Thailand and
    one of most scenic areas in the country. It consists of beautiful caves, aquatic grottoes
    and limestone islands. The most famous island in the bay is a sea
    stack called Ko Ping Kan (more commonly known as James Bond Island) which was featured in
    the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”. A popular way of visiting Phang Nga Bay is
    by sea kayak as they are the only way to get inside the grottoes and sea caves. 1: Ko Phi Phi. Phi Phi is a beautiful archipelago located
    in the Krabi Province not too far from Phuket. Ko Phi Phi Don is the only island in the group
    with permanent inhabitants while the smaller Ko Phi Phi Leh is famous as the filming location
    for the 2000 movie “The Beach”. Travelers go here enjoy the beaches and to
    participate in a variety of water recreation activities, such as snorkeling, scuba diving
    and kayaking. As a result of the masses of tourists, Ko
    Phi Phi is becoming less and less attractive but for now it is still a very beautiful place
    to visit.