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Remember the two brothers, in Germany, who had a wonderful model railway that was something to see? This is an update for their German Wonderland.

A short review, it was started by two brothers as a place to show their hobby. It began to grow by leaps & bounds. Soon they were joined by other 'Model Railroad Clubs' and other craftsmen. Some were electricians, model makers, carpenters, computer programmers. Their wives would stop by to see what they were doing and usually bring them a lunch.

One thing led to another. Three of the ladies had worked at a bakery, several visitors would ask if they had a snack bar. The idea was planted; some of the carpenters came and built a nice restaurant area for the bakery and a kitchen, too. If the fresh coffee smell didn't get you, then the bakery definitely would.
Over 400,000 man hours were spent making this dream come true.

This was about 5 years ago. One of the breweries came and furnished all of the tables and chairs, serving counter and, etc. Their latest finished area is the airport.
Planes look like they are flying and landing.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ACkmg3Y64_s?rel=0
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This is how Knott's Berry Farm got started.
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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On Dec 22, 2015, Magic from A to Z wrote:
Remember the two brothers, in Germany, who had a wonderful model railway that was something to see? This is an update for their German Wonderland.

A short review, it was started by two brothers as a place to show their hobby. It began to grow by leaps & bounds. Soon they were joined by other 'Model Railroad Clubs' and other craftsmen. Some were electricians, model makers, carpenters, computer programmers. Their wives would stop by to see what they were doing and usually bring them a lunch.

One thing led to another. Three of the ladies had worked at a bakery, several visitors would ask if they had a snack bar. The idea was planted; some of the carpenters came and built a nice restaurant area for the bakery and a kitchen, too. If the fresh coffee smell didn't get you, then the bakery definitely would.
Over 400,000 man hours were spent making this dream come true.

This was about 5 years ago. One of the breweries came and furnished all of the tables and chairs, serving counter and, etc. Their latest finished area is the airport.
Planes look like they are flying and landing.


Almost none of this is true.

The brothers are businessmen, not hobbiests. It was and remains a commercial enterprise. The whole backstory of the "hobby that grew with lots of help" is complete BS. No carpenters just showed up. (The building it resides in was built in 1927, and is a historic landmark.) The snack bar wasn't requested by visitors. No model railroad clubs were involved. No wives stopped by to see what the boys were up to. It was all planned and built professionally. It opened in 2001--not five years ago.

It amazes me that the real story--that two men with a superb business idea succeeded in producing a top-notch tourist attraction--isn't satisfying enough. Would we also prefer that Disneyland was just some kind of local flea market that just grew and grew? Are we so afraid of capitalism that we need fuzzy-wuzzy backstories to replace stories of entrepreneurial initiative? Knott's Berry Farm is a wonderful story of a place that grew. Miniatur Wunderland is not.

We've also talked about it before:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=32

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=32
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On Dec 22, 2015, Magic from A to Z wrote:
Remember the two brothers, in Germany, who had a wonderful model railway that was something to see? This is an update for their German Wonderland.

A short review, it was started by two brothers as a place to show their hobby. It began to grow by leaps & bounds. Soon they were joined by other 'Model Railroad Clubs' and other craftsmen. Some were electricians, model makers, carpenters, computer programmers. Their wives would stop by to see what they were doing and usually bring them a lunch.

One thing led to another. Three of the ladies had worked at a bakery, several visitors would ask if they had a snack bar. The idea was planted; some of the carpenters came and built a nice restaurant area for the bakery and a kitchen, too. If the fresh coffee smell didn't get you, then the bakery definitely would.
Over 400,000 man hours were spent making this dream come true.

This was about 5 years ago. One of the breweries came and furnished all of the tables and chairs, serving counter and, etc. Their latest finished area is the airport.
Planes look like they are flying and landing.


Almost none of this is true.

The brothers are businessmen, not hobbiests. It was and remains a commercial enterprise. The whole backstory of the "hobby that grew with lots of help" is complete BS. No carpenters just showed up. (The building it resides in was built in 1927, and is a historic landmark.) The snack bar wasn't requested by visitors. No model railroad clubs were involved. No wives stopped by to see what the boys were up to. It was all planned and built professionally. It opened in 2001--not five years ago.

It amazes me that the real story--that two men with a superb business idea succeeded in producing a top-notch tourist attraction--isn't satisfying enough. Would we also prefer that Disneyland was just some kind of local flea market that just grew and grew? Are we so afraid of capitalism that we need fuzzy-wuzzy backstories to replace stories of entrepreneurial initiative? Knott's Berry Farm is a wonderful story of a place that grew. Miniatur Wunderland is not.

We've also talked about it before:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=32

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=32


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So what! It's still fun to look at. Smile
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

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It's rather spectacular, actually. Don't miss any chance to see it in person.

Still, as to the "So What!"--I'm interested in Urban-Legend-style made-up stories. Snopes calls them "glurges". The OP was obviously a glurge, so I tried to find it's source. I find the exact text posted over and over again, no where with an attribution of who wrote it. Maybe someone with Balducci's search-engine skills could do better.

The point is that the place is way cool and worth a visit, but the glurge version is unnecessary and...well...strange or even offensive. Why should we say "so what" when someone fails to give credit where credit is do? The OP is a complete cut-and-paste job done without any credit whatsoever to the source. The text itself is a complete fabrication that denies credit to the two men and their professional team who have spent over 15 years, 500,000 work-hours, and 8,000,000 Euros (he airport alone represents 150,000 work-hours and 3.5 million Euros) in creating the #1 tourist attraction in the second-largest city in Germany. It is a note-worthy--even heart-warming--success of entrepeneurial vision and professionalism, and the glurge has wives and bakers and carpenters pitching in on something that "began to grow by leaps and bounds". I don't want to spoil y'alls party; but maybe y'all want to spoil mine. Smile
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Stoneunhinged, the Grinch who stole Christmas! So Dr. Seuss based his story on you. Smile
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It's rather spectacular, actually. Don't miss any chance to see it in person.

Still, as to the "So What!"--I'm interested in Urban-Legend-style made-up stories. Snopes calls them "glurges". The OP was obviously a glurge, so I tried to find it's source. I find the exact text posted over and over again, no where with an attribution of who wrote it. Maybe someone with Balducci's search-engine skills could do better.

The point is that the place is way cool and worth a visit, but the glurge version is unnecessary and...well...strange or even offensive. Why should we say "so what" when someone fails to give credit where credit is do? The OP is a complete cut-and-paste job done without any credit whatsoever to the source. The text itself is a complete fabrication that denies credit to the two men and their professional team who have spent over 15 years, 500,000 work-hours, and 8,000,000 Euros (he airport alone represents 150,000 work-hours and 3.5 million Euros) in creating the #1 tourist attraction in the second-largest city in Germany. It is a note-worthy--even heart-warming--success of entrepeneurial vision and professionalism, and the glurge has wives and bakers and carpenters pitching in on something that "began to grow by leaps and bounds". I don't want to spoil y'alls party; but maybe y'all want to spoil mine. Smile

Party on stoneunhinged, don't let me spoil your fun, but I still say for my party, "So what!" Smile
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

My neighbor rang my doorbell at 2:30 a.m. this morning, can you believe that, 2:30 a.m.!? Lucky for him I was still up playing my drums.
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Merry Christmas, Bob!
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So what? Miles will tell you So What?

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Merry Christmas, Bob!


Back at ya Stone! Smile
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

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