Disneyland; Hong Kong vs Shanghai

If you are heading to the other side of the world, visiting China, and are a major Disney fan, there are two potential parks that you will want to visit.

China’s Disneyland parks. Image from geekdad.com

See this comparison breakdown of the parks.

tl;dr: Hong Kong is the winner.


Are you interested in travelling to China? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Nagoya, Japan

Aichi Perfecture Memorial Park in Nagoya, Japan is going to be the location of a very special project, set to be completed in 2020. Studio Ghibli Park!

This is a concept sketch of what the park might look like. Image from sobadsogood.com

The park already has Sutsuki and Mei’s house, a water park, a swimming pool, a skating rink, a ferris wheel, and lots of green space. The verbal plan seems to be to leave the green space alone as much as possible, but the concept sketch doesn’t look like it agrees with that idea – it looks a lot more like a Disney park. There hasn’t been any more information released since early June 2017, so hopefully they’ll release a tidbit soon.

You can read more here.


Are you interested in travelling to Nagoya, Japan? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Madison, Wisconsin

A small town in Wisconsin has come across my radar, because every Labour Day, they screen the 2001 movie Shrek in James Madison Park. It has become quite the event over the past four years, with 2018 being the fifth year. People dress up as characters from the movies, take part in the costume contest and the onion eating contest, eat yummy Shrek-themed snacks, and watch the first Shrek movie with tons of other fans. They note that bug spray is needed – so don’t forget that!

Here is the link to their website – prepare yourself for a garish lime green monstrosity!

Image from the video on Shrekfest’s main page.

Are you interested in travelling to Madison, Wisconsin? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Northern Ireland

I’ve already written a general post about Ireland here, but I didn’t go into much detail about the Game of Thrones tours that are available.

Tourism Ireland offers several on their page, as does Winterfell Tours. There are tons of tours offered through Viator and Expedia as well.

Banner image from www.ireland.com

While visiting Ireland, you should definitely check out at least one of these tours!


Are you interested in travelling to Northern Ireland? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Chaudière Falls

As part of Canada’s 150th celebrations, Chaudière Falls is going to have a sound and light show honouring the Algonquin people who used to live in Ottawa.

“Mìwàte is a tribute to Indigenous people, created in collaboration with the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation. Representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities were also consulted.”

Artist’s representation of the Chaudière Falls light show. Image from www.ottawa2017.ca

The experience starts just north of the Canadian War Museum, with panels that represent the history of the area. Then, continuing on foot on the new viewing platform, you travel towards the falls.

“The 10- to 15-minute production will repeat in a loop. The entire experience, including viewing the panels and walking to the viewing platform, will take 30 to 40 minutes […].

When & where: Oct. 6 to Nov. 5 at Chaudière Falls, 3 Booth St., just north of the Canadian War Museum

Show times: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Oct. 6 to 22; 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Oct. 23 to Nov. 5”


Are you interested in travelling to Ottawa? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Pumpkinferno

Upper Canada Village holds a special place in my heart, and even more so during the month of October. Why, do you ask? Because it hosts the largest pumpkin attraction ever!

Image from www.uppercanadavillage.com

7000 carved pumpkins line the streets of this Confederation town, and it is absolutely stunning.

Image from www.uppercanadavillage.com

Are you interested in travelling to Upper Canada Village? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Recommendation Wednesday

New York (and I’m not just talking about the city here) has a TON of things to do and see; it’s impossible to do it all. But here is a comprehensive list that will help you narrow it down somewhat.

Best Things to do in New York

This website also has lists for Norway, Germany, Austria, and South Africa, among many others.

These lists are by someone else named Jen (I swear it’s not me!) and she (and her team) review products, for the most part. They also are heavily into health stuff (that I’m not recommending, but will not get into that here).

However, if you know where to look, you’ll find her travel blog and lists of things to do in many locations (it’s really well hidden! Tip: Go to the search and type in the place you want to go). I’m sure she will update this to include more. You can also email her and request that she add somewhere specific!

Image from Jen Reviews
Image from Jen Reviews

Are you interested in travelling? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Niagara Falls

Although not inspired by Mario Kart, those of us who grew up racing in video games can’t help but be reminded of those hours spent in front of a console when we look at Niagara Falls’ new go-kart race track.

Image from www.narcity.com
Image from www.narcity.com

On top of the falls themselves (the Canadian ones are better!), you can visit a new zombie exhibit, a 4D motion theatre, and the recently renovated Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum.


Are you interested in travelling to Niagara Falls? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

The Story Museum

If I hadn’t wanted to visit Oxford, England before, I want to go there even more now!

The museum itself is planning a renovation, which will make it 100% wheelchair accessible by Summer 2019.

Image taken from Atlas Obscura.
Image taken from Atlas Obscura.

Geared towards children and exploration, The Story Museum features the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, the Wardrobe and Beaver’s Den from Narnia, and many other iconic scenes.

They also host events and week long courses for children and adults alike.


Are you interested in travelling to England? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Harry Potter Supperclub

I was recently made aware of a private club in London that was organizing Harry Potter themed dinner events on Fridays and Saturdays in August and September. Apparently they were so popular that they sold out, so the club has added more to fill up the rest of 2017.

Image taken from www.thenudge.com
Image taken from www.thenudge.com

The club’s name is The Library, and they are located at 112 St. Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden in Central London.

You can read more about the event here, including an abbreviated menu.


Are you interested in travelling to England? You can contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca