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02/20/16 at 03:17am in Aquitaine (France)
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I'm here to point out that the circle planter is not the original location. The original location was in the central town square area. The circle planter previously housed a tree.

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02/22/16 at 10:18am in Aquitaine (France) (Latest Edit: 02/22/16 at 12:22pm by BGW Family.)
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As seen from our family's wayback machine -

Aquitane Square
(Archangel) Saint Michael Slaying the Demon

Wisdom from a mug ~ In the time before airlines & electricity, the countries of medieval Europe developed distinctive styles architecture suited to their regions. Traditions & culture grew separately as well. The diverse heritage of many Americans is celebrated here in Busch Gardens at Williamsburg.
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02/22/16 at 07:09pm in Aquitaine (France)
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I don't know if this is a popular opinion or not, but out of the original park hamlets, Aquitaine seems like the least thought out to me. When I look at old concept imagery and the models made at the the time, it seems like the whole area had major down-scaling.

One, which I can no longer find, depicts the Three Musketeers Theatre as having a castle wall surrounding the entire theater. Other than that, everything else was exact. Another photo of a model shows the theater having a grand plaza with a fountain located by the restrooms. In comparison, all other models look almost exact.

To me, the entrance always looked unfinished up until recent renovations. The rest looks like a narrow movie set. I don't know if they still plan on moving the tower where Griffon Gifts is currently located. If they do, they need to add something elegant to tie it all together.

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02/23/16 at 08:19am in Aquitaine (France)
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Back in the early days the 3M theater had wooden grandstands for seating with a fabric shade structure/cloth over it. Behind the grandstand were a grove of pines and a petting zoo.
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02/23/16 at 12:20pm in Aquitaine (France)
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I wasn't even considering the petting zoo, but you're probably right. Maybe that's what they were trying to portray, but the area just looked like a blank space courtyard. Perhaps they didn't know exactly what they wanted to do with that area yet. I guess it's a possibility.

Either way, with that area, the hamlet would look less like a misshapen H form. It might look more like a hamlet that was always meant to be there.

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09/04/16 at 12:25am in Aquitaine (France)
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Love the statue.


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09/04/16 at 12:56am in Aquitaine (France) (Latest Edit: 09/04/16 at 12:57am by CastleOSullivan.)
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It really is a beautiful piece. Each hamlet should have something like it as an anchor. I wonder who the park commissioned to sculpt it, and if any other scenic pieces were done by the same people.

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07/02/17 at 07:17pm in Aquitaine (France) (Latest Edit: 07/02/17 at 07:21pm by Nicole.)
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We heard the Invaders, the new "house band" in Aquitaine, today.  Zachary will post a picture of the performance later.  For now, here is the stage, while they were setting up.

Today they were scheduled to perform 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, and 9:00.

I hope they figure out the sound levels quickly; we could barely hear the vocals at the 4:30 show.


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