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[PRIME] PAX Magical Mystery Tour 2012 Wed 8/29 & Thu 8/30

punziepunzie Registered User regular
edited September 2012 in PAX Prime
2012 Magical Mystery Tour of Seattle!
Twitter: @PAX_MMT

Who: You! And me. And other PAX peeps. AKA your future friends. (Attendees list below.)
What: Visit interesting places in and around Seattle.
Where: Full schedule below.
When: The two days before PAX: Wed 8/29 and Thurs 8/30. Traditionally runs from 9am to 5pm but you don't have to do the whole thing.
Why: See something of Seattle other than the convention center and your hotel. And do it with cool people!
How: Seattle's public transit.

Schedule
Wednesday:
9:00-10:15 Pike Place Market (meet at golden pig: walk straight down Pike St until you run into the fish throwers)
10:15-10:30 travel to Westlake Center
10:30-12:30 Duck Tour $30* (departing Westlake Center @ 11am)
12:30-1:15 lunch time (Westlake Center food court)
1:15-1:45 travel time
1:45-3:30 Theo Chocolate factory tour $6* (2pm tour)
3:30-4:00 travel time
4:00-5:00 Full-Tilt Ice Cream (5453 Leary Ave NW)

Thursday:
8:30-9:30 Pike Place Market (meet at golden pig: walk straight down Pike St until you run into the fish throwers)
9:30-10:00 travel time
10:00-11:30 Pacific Science Center $16-$32*
11:30-1:00 lunch time (Seattle Center House)/explore Seattle Center
1:00-2:00 EMP/Sci-Fi $20
2:00-2:30 travel time
2:30-4:30 Underground Tour $16

*Prepaying
Duck Tour and Theo Chocolate: Everyone who prepaid through the [now defunct] Eventbrite page has their tickets for the Wednesday tours. If you still want to get on the tours, click them in the schedule above to purchase your ticket. If you do not purchase your ticket in advance, there's no guarantee you'll be able to attend. Both tours warn that they sell out in advance.
Pacific Science Center: If you want to see the King Tut exhibit, click Pacific Science Center in the schedule above to purchase your ticket.. Buy a ticket for Thursday, August 30th, at 10:15 or 10:30. If you aren't interested in the King Tut exhibit, you can purchase tickets at the door.

What to Bring
A list of suggestions:
Good Shoes - Something comfortable for walking around all day. Also, if you're going on the Theo chocolate tour, you must be wearing closed-toe shoes.
Weather Appropriate Clothing - The weather can fluctuate. Try to plan accordingly.
Cash Monies - Especially small bills. Small bills are useful for tipping tour guides and waiters, bus fares, paying Solelron for your donut, etc.
Phone - You know, in case you get lost. Or hurt. (Neither is suggested.) Or you miss your best friend and need to hear his voice.
Water and Snacks - Our time is tightly budgeted. While lunch is worked into the schedule everyday, there likely won't be time to stop at convenience stores/coffee shops/what-have-you. If you think you may want a snack or drink, bring it with you.
Bag - Don't expect anyone else to schlep your stuff around for you.
Buttons - Did you make buttons for PAX? This is a good time to get in some early trading of said buttons.
Schedule - It could be handy to have a copy with you.
Pens and Other Small Items - General things that can come in handy: pens, paper clips, bobby pins, floss, duct tape, asprin. Always prepared and all that.
A Good Attitude - We're spending a day or 2 together. Play nice: Don't complain about things I can't fix (the walk/weather/late bus). Don't start fights. Don't feed the animals. Don't be a dick.

Attendees:
Currently interested parties. (45) (If you've paid through Eventbrite, make sure your name is in bold.)
Spoiler:

Voting
...is done. Schedule posted above.

Potential stops:
Here is the current list of places we may visit. Read them over, visit the websites, form an opinion, discuss their merits in this thread. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SUGGEST NEW DESTINATIONS! Voting is done but you can still scan the list if you want.
(Items in bold are places we went last year.)
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  • punziepunzie Registered User regular
    Who has comments or suggestions? I know I learned some things last year:
    - I need to schedule lunch better. More time, better places, etc.
    - Be prepared for a lot of people. I was actually surprised (and therefore thrown off) when 50+ people showed up on Thursday last year. That was silly of me.
    - We put strain on the bus system. I'll try to make that experience better this year.

    What else? I'm not as familiar with Seattle as I am with Boston. Seattle is a different experience with different issues for us to tackle.
    Localites: what suggestions do you have? A must-see spot? Advice for getting around the city?
    Veteran tourists: what did I do right and what needs improvement?
    Anyone else: your thoughts and feelings are also valid. Share them!

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  • MalgarasMalgaras Registered User regular
    Hmm... PAX East 2012 was my first PAX and I never saw much of anything outside of the hotel and BCEC. Definitely going to have to jump in on this! :-)

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  • RavengerRavenger Trolololo Registered User regular
    Im down for the majority of Thursday, and possibly Wednesday

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  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    Me and LewieP's Daddy are up for this, both days. My only concern is I have ME and can't walk far cos I get tired and it hurts, so we may not do it all. At Prime 08 we went in cars, and East 09 We had a minibus that we all paid for. Does that not happen any more?

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Moderator mod
    Me and LewieP's Daddy are up for this, both days. My only concern is I have ME and can't walk far cos I get tired and it hurts, so we may not do it all. At Prime 08 we went in cars, and East 09 We had a minibus that we all paid for. Does that not happen any more?

    Last year it was primarily using public transit to get around. A couple people had cars, but most of it was getting from place to place with the light rail or the bus.

  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Moderator mod
    I'm getting in to Seattle Wednesday afternoon this year (I think). I am currently unsure as to my schedule, but I'll likely be around for some of the MMT on one of the days ;)

  • MetaverseNomadMetaverseNomad Registered User regular
    - I'll definitely have Thursday off. I might try to get Wednesday too, but I won't know until probably late July.
    - I'm absolutely up for helping out again if you need a guide/planning assistance/logistics/etc!
    - And I REALLY want to go on Ride the Ducks (preferably on Thursday, when I can go!) if we can get an entire boat full of PAXers!
    - If the UW tour ends up getting on the schedule, I'll be happy to give you the official tour ;)
    - Other suggestions: Seattle Waterfront (Curiosity shop and the Waterfront Arcade), Columbia tower (good views from the observation deck), International District, Seattle Pinball Museum

  • IncenjucarIncenjucar QA Tester -> Game Producer Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Me and LewieP's Daddy are up for this, both days. My only concern is I have ME and can't walk far cos I get tired and it hurts, so we may not do it all. At Prime 08 we went in cars, and East 09 We had a minibus that we all paid for. Does that not happen any more?

    Seattle is a very walking-oriented town (you can spot a local by their calves), so buses and feet are the main thing. But like any city you have things like Zip Car or shuttle rentals, and for very small groups you have things like Horse Carriages and Bike Taxis if you can find them.

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  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    Yeah, last time I hired a car for 3 days and we used it for MMT, then I taxied most places after that. This time where we're staying overlooks PAX, so at least I won't have the hike I did then. If I pace myself carefully it will be fine - I just stop at lots of coffee shops :) . I also would like the duck tour.

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  • SolelronSolelron Registered User regular
    Yeah the first year about killed me and wife cause of the walk from the underground tours to lunch..but..that was our fault.

    We are in for this year at the very least meeting everyone for a meal. I know we plan on (finally) getting up in the needle. EMP will depend on the exhibit this year. The Ducks are so worth it esp if you have never done them (I was pleasantly surprised last time around)

    But for you newbs to it. Put your Trust in Punzie! As much as she says she doesn't know Seattle she does an awesome job every year (and she gives good hugs! :)

  • punziepunzie Registered User regular
    I think the MMT has surpassed the point where carpools and bus rentals are really feasible. I may be able to split the group and do a prepay option for a chartered bus and an on-the-fly option who use the public transit. I'll do some research and get back to you guys.

    Of course, anyone who wants to drive themselves is more than welcome to do so. I try to make sure people can easily see where we are/should be at all times, so you'd be able to meet up with us at any and all stops.

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  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    I've driven in lots of places, happily drive through central London regularly, but I found driving in Seattle so stressful - there were lots of roadworks, one way systems that changed direction depending on the time of day, and far too many hills to tackle without gears and a clutch!! I'll be giving a car a miss this time, and stick with taxis and walking.
    Thank you for organising this!

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  • LexiconGrrlLexiconGrrl Registered User regular
    @punzie - for busses, try First Student, the Garfield location for busses. It was the best deal I found when researching the beer tour.

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  • BrennaCeDriaBrennaCeDria Registered User
    edited May 2012
    Brian and I will be doing EMP and the Pacific Science Center on Thursday, and I'm always down for meeting up here and there when possible (last PAX I made it to was 2010 and we were lucky enough to run into part of the MMT at the aquarium that day). One thing that we'll be doing at the PSC for a fact that may have already been mentioned (I haven't gone through the whole thread yet) is the King Tut exhibit, but that has to be planned a bit more in advance than most things cause apparently it's scheduled entry times, but admission to that exhibit also includes general PSC admission.

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  • tsrblketsrblke Registered User regular
    Brian and I will be doing EMP and the Pacific Science Center on Thursday, and I'm always down for meeting up here and there when possible (last PAX I made it to was 2010 and we were lucky enough to run into part of the MMT at the aquarium that day). One thing that we'll be doing at the PSC for a fact that may have already been mentioned (I haven't gone through the whole thread yet) is the King Tut exhibit, but that has to be planned a bit more in advance than most things cause apparently it's scheduled entry times, but admission to that exhibit also includes general PSC admission.

    Is that the same King Tut exhibit that passed through Chicago in February? The wife and I missed it there (it was already sold out when we went to the Field Museum) and so a second bite at the apple may be worth it!

  • BrennaCeDriaBrennaCeDria Registered User
    tsrblke wrote: »
    Brian and I will be doing EMP and the Pacific Science Center on Thursday, and I'm always down for meeting up here and there when possible (last PAX I made it to was 2010 and we were lucky enough to run into part of the MMT at the aquarium that day). One thing that we'll be doing at the PSC for a fact that may have already been mentioned (I haven't gone through the whole thread yet) is the King Tut exhibit, but that has to be planned a bit more in advance than most things cause apparently it's scheduled entry times, but admission to that exhibit also includes general PSC admission.

    Is that the same King Tut exhibit that passed through Chicago in February? The wife and I missed it there (it was already sold out when we went to the Field Museum) and so a second bite at the apple may be worth it!

    I assume so, yes. It doesn't have the sarcophagus, but it should have pretty much everything else. The main info page is here and considering it's the special exhibit AND general admission, I'd say the $28 is more than worth it. (Brian and I did the main exhibits at the PSC when we were there in 2010 and while a lot of the areas were kind of more kid-friendly, sometimes that's worth it in itself. ^_^)

  • peetsnackpeetsnack Registered User regular
    I wont know until july if i will be able to go, but I do know that I will want to.

    There is one thing I dont like about the MMT. It is too far away. There needs to be a third MMT in addition to MMT Prime and MMT East. Mebbe one near my hometown? That would be super great. :D

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  • FenrisfangFenrisfang Registered User regular
    Hubby and I are coming in on the train first thing Thursday morning...might have to see if we can meet up with the tour for at least part of the day!

  • MasterHeliosMasterHelios Registered User regular
    I probably won't be able to make it to PAX this year sadly (missed the registration), so I don't think I can be in on it this time.
    I could still do the buttons for it, though, if you'd like, since people seemed to enjoy those.

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  • peetsnackpeetsnack Registered User regular
    I probably won't be able to make it to PAX this year sadly (missed the registration), so I don't think I can be in on it this time.
    I could still do the buttons for it, though, if you'd like, since people seemed to enjoy those.

    that sucks that you didnt get in. now i am really regretting not getting 5 badges. :(

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  • RandomAtomRandomAtom Registered User regular
    Strong maybe, I want to take part but I need to look at how much else I'm doing.

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  • Jenny_SpaghettiJenny_Spaghetti Moving shit with the power of Zen. Registered User regular
    Maetrix and I are heading down Wednesday morning again this year. I would extraspecially like to do one of the cruisy options and the aquarium. Please don't schedule them on Wednesday morning this year or I may have to cry.

    P.S. Mobility issue peeps: I am gimpy and cab just about everywhere. Feel free to hitch a ride. :)

  • marmaduketwistmarmaduketwist London, UKRegistered User regular
    I really enjoyed the PAX East MMT this year, so I will probably attend on Thursday. As much as I'd like to attend both days, I'm probably going to be far too tired on Wednesday.

  • DeciusDecius Registered User regular
    I'll be in on this, though I might duck out for a few of the places since this'll be year 3.

    I mean unless the cool people come.

    Then I'll stick around.

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  • Baka AlBaka Al Registered User regular
    Well, I had a blast with last years MMT, so I'm definitely down for the Wednesday, and most likely most of Thursday too.

    Oh, if we're looking at using buses again, might it be an idea for people to look at grabbing one of the travel cards the travel authority dies? I think they're Orca cards (although I'm probably mistaken)
    Because as 'fun' as it was to get a Bus driver almost cursing 40 odd people on the Thursday morning, I don't think it's wise or fair to make a habit of it on the tour

  • DashDDashD Dread Pirate Chef Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Something that isn't on your list (and isn't on anyone's radar yet) is the new ferris wheel they are building on Pier 57. It's still in construction stages, but supposed to be running by July 4th, so unless they fall way behind it should be open during the MMT.

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  • Menolly07Menolly07 Registered User regular
    I'm not 100% sure that I'm going to do the MMT. I know I definitely want to do the Japanese Gardens, Zoo and Aquarium. The zoo seems like an all day thing though.

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  • miklepandamiklepanda Registered User
    Hi, I totally want to go both days. It's the whole reason i'm going Tuesday instead of say... Thursday.

  • LexiconGrrlLexiconGrrl Registered User regular
    Menolly07 wrote: »
    I'm not 100% sure that I'm going to do the MMT. I know I definitely want to do the Japanese Gardens, Zoo and Aquarium. The zoo seems like an all day thing though.

    The zoo isn't that big really. You can see everyting in 2-3 hours unless you want to have long conversations with all the animals. Of course, that's mostly because they shut down the best exhibit they ever had due to budget cuts: the Nocturnal House is no longer there :(. So now there's significantly less awesome to spend time on.

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  • Menolly07Menolly07 Registered User regular
    I am a long conversations with the animals type for sure. I'm also hoping to wrangle a car rental for a day and drive out to the Point Defiance Zoo. It's an hour each way. I'm juggling that back and forth with the Woodland Park Zoo. Long drive vs still young Clouded Leopards...

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  • GamingGoddessGamingGoddess Registered User regular
    My boyfriend and I might be interested! I went last year with my now ex boyfriend, but we both had a great time

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  • punziepunzie Registered User regular
    Solelron wrote: »
    Yeah the first year about killed me and wife cause of the walk from the underground tours to lunch..but..that was our fault.

    No, that was a crazy walk. I try to keep our walks to under 5 minutes. (and thanks for the props :) )
    I probably won't be able to make it to PAX this year sadly (missed the registration), so I don't think I can be in on it this time.
    I could still do the buttons for it, though, if you'd like, since people seemed to enjoy those.

    That's sad. You were a great help the past couple MMTs.
    Decius wrote: »
    I'll be in on this, though I might duck out for a few of the places since this'll be year 3.

    I mean unless the cool people come.

    Then I'll stick around.

    I feel as though you're implying I'm NOT one of the cool people. But I know that can't be right... Must be a translation issue.
    Menolly07 wrote: »
    The zoo seems like an all day thing though.

    People were unimpressed with the Woodland Park Zoo when they went in 2010. I skipped the MMT that day, so I don't have firsthand info for you. If we do do a bubs rental (I'm checking it out now), longer distance things like that become more feasible.

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  • punziepunzie Registered User regular
    edited June 2012
    Updated the location info in the OP. If you see anything that's wrong, doesn't make sense, has a messed up link, etc, let me know.
    I also added a couple new spots. New spots include:
    Beohms Candies, Theo Chocolates, and and the Chocolate Indulgence Tour
    Pier 57 Ferris Wheel
    Port Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
    Safeco Field
    Asian Art Museum

    More to come.

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  • SerenitySerenity Registered User regular
    Swate! I am totally in again this year! (although not so sure I would be into repeat stuff)

    Thanks again Punzie for organizing this, you always do a great job.

    Not sure where planning is at but:
    - suggestion if we're taking public bus: see about getting a group pass so we're not holding up the bus for 10 minutes again (though it was kind of 'entertaining', it wasn't very fair to make everyone on the bus wait for us to all pay)
    - +1 for including the Aquarium

  • LexiconGrrlLexiconGrrl Registered User regular
    Punzie - have you thought about adding Full Tilt Ice Cream? It's an ice cream and pinball parlor with a few locations. Definitely a 'locals' kind of thing.

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  • nowaymartinnowaymartin Registered User
    Yup, totally going! count me in!

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  • SaldekSaldek Registered User regular
    So, I was thinking that http://www.graylineseattle.com/double-decker-hop-on-hop-off might be a possible solution to some of the transportation issues. The bus stops at or near quite a few of the major attractions in downtown from Pioneer Square to the Space Needle. Plus it's narrated between stops, so a little more fun than the city bus. A lot of the tourist places will have a discount combo ticket for the bus+their attraction.

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  • miklepandamiklepanda Registered User
    Any idea what to visit on Portland? i'm going there the weekend before PAX

  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Moderator mod
    miklepanda wrote: »
    Any idea what to visit on Portland? i'm going there the weekend before PAX

    That's a little off-topic for this thread (and probably this forum). People sometimes make "I'm visiting X, what should I see" threads in H/A though http://forums.penny-arcade.com/categories/help-advice-forum with good responses.

  • CreamsteakCreamsteak Registered User regular
    I'm going to be in town all day Thursday, so there's a pretty good chance I'm going to join the MMT.

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