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dlpSteve
10-14-2007, 01:55 AM
We got back at about midnight on Friday night / Saturday morning - would have been earlier but 10 mins before the train was due to leave DLRP we all had get off, bags and all, because of a 'security risk'. Turns out there was a case left in First Class by someone who put it there and left. Oh well, these things happen, I'd rather they play it safe in this day and age - though try telling that to the one woman who was moaning to the police and Eurostar staff!

I'll write a full trippie when I have more time, but a few things to highlight for now...

- Must have been some kind of Spanish holiday as the park was 70% Spanish guests.

- Parks were very quiet for all 5 days - we walked on to most rides at any time of day.

- I Got a new high score (for me) on Buzz - 664,000

- Good that the HSM show didn't insult anyone's intelligence by trying to say the characters were those from the films but were all new characters.

- I enjoyed Candleabration more than the new parade! No doubt it's even better in the dark.

- Weather was pretty good - though fog was very dense in the mornings - couldn't even see the castle from the entrance to Discoveryland on Friday!

- Toon Town seems very cramped.

- New Hotel Cheyenne map you get given at check-in is much better.

- Entering the park via Salon Mickey never gets old :D

- Only bought 6 pins.

- Alice's Curious Labyrinth seems to have gotten easier!

- I finally got a photo with Stitch, and Sleeping Beauty and Ariel

There's much more to say but that can wait till the trippie - I'll upload the photos as soon as have time. All in all it was a fantastic trip, and Marcus, I finally know what you mean about hotels now - I'll explain later!

TandCmum
10-14-2007, 02:39 AM
welcome back Steve, we were there the exact same days as you and had a great time, and totally agree with you about the spanish holiday makers.

I couldn't help laughing on our first morning when we walked through the gates for our first glimpse of the castle of the holiday only to find we couldn't even see it....lol

giuly09
10-14-2007, 03:57 AM
Welcome back :goodvibes

Cyrano
10-14-2007, 05:04 AM
Welcome home :wave2:

tennisfan
10-14-2007, 05:25 AM
Welcome back, I can't wait to see your photos:goodvibes

lojo
10-14-2007, 06:07 AM
Steve

Just had a wonderful time looking at the photos from your previous trips.

Being quite new to the Disney world, I was wondering about the paving slab with your names on it? Where are they and how did you qualify, etc etc?

Looking forward to your trippie (and pics of course).

Lucy

dee slack
10-14-2007, 08:33 AM
glad you had a great time too!

DH wil be V jealous with your Buzz score! The short lines were great weren't they, looking forward to seeing your Pics!

Cass
10-14-2007, 09:14 AM
welcome back! can't wait to see your pics!

marcus.ka
10-14-2007, 11:31 AM
I'll upload the photos as soon as have time. All in all it was a fantastic trip, and Marcus, I finally know what you mean about hotels now - I'll explain later!

I can't wait to hear more. Finally my persuasion paid off. ;)

jillrobinson
10-14-2007, 03:43 PM
Welcome back Steve :)
I'm intrigued wondering what has happened regarding the hotels.:confused:

the_princess
10-14-2007, 03:51 PM
Welcome back... Looking forward to pics and TR!!!

BRobson
10-14-2007, 03:56 PM
You have us all wondering now Steve :goodvibes Sounds like you had a great time!!

A new high score at Buzz must mean another new T - Shirt then :lmao:

dlpSteve
10-15-2007, 05:33 AM
Lucy - the paving slab is in front of the Mickey face flower display which is in front of the turnstiles of the main park. I think they stopped selling them a while back but I read somewhere that after 10 years they would replace them. If that is true then some are due to be replaced already and ours has 6 years to go :)

A few teaser photos - rest will be online when I get back from WWE shows (it's work!) in Birmingham.

Looking up the pony trail at Hotel Cheyenne:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-cheyenne.jpg

Who stole the Newport Bay Club?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-newport.jpg

We are near the entrance to Discoveryland looking at the Castle!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-castle.jpg

Once Upon A Dream Parade:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-mickmin.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-upside.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-mtn.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-hatter.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-simba.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-peter.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-belle.jpg

Disney Villain's Halloween Showtime:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-minnie.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-stitch.jpg

High School Musical On Tour:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-hsm.jpg

Tower of Terror:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-tot.jpg

Arial and her Prince - her words!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/dlrp/dis-arial.jpg

thelittlemermaid83
10-15-2007, 06:07 AM
wow steve fab photos :) cant wait to see more. btw you have a good camera to get all the close up shots.

MJ_always
10-15-2007, 06:21 AM
Those are lovely pics!! Wow thats a lot of fog LOL. The one with Ariel is so cute. And Stitch!! woooo, he's my fave.

luv
#ashleigh#

poppyolivia
10-15-2007, 06:33 AM
Superb camera...love the Ariel one that is amazing!!

Please let me know what camera you have:) My photos are really rubbish and we are looking for a good one but not for MEGA MEGA money...or can you suggest one for us?

thank you:flower3:

Ware Bears
10-15-2007, 06:54 AM
Welcome back :wave: great photos :thumbsup2 can't wait to see the rest.

I can't imagine how it must look standing at the bottom of Main Street and not being able to see the Castle. :confused:

the_princess
10-15-2007, 07:05 AM
Lovely pics...

ghasfura
10-15-2007, 07:33 AM
excellent piccies.. the Phantom Manor would look great in that sorta weather.. ahh.. pray tell seceret re:Buzz Lightyear and the points..did the ride stop?

maleficent_man
10-15-2007, 07:36 AM
Great pics - thanks for sharing. :wizard:

TotallyAngelic
10-15-2007, 07:47 AM
wow - Steve - I can't believe I missed wishing you a great holiday but it looks like you had one anyway , so thats good!!!! I think we were away at the same time as you, so thats probably the reason why it slipped my ageing mind!

Your close up photos of the parade are stunning - the best I have seen by far - especially the Mickey and Minnie, Belle, and the Pinnochio puppet one!

Those fog photos are very atmospheric and spooky - just the thing for Halloween! Now I'm looking forward to a lot more photos and a trippie!

mollies_mum
10-15-2007, 07:54 AM
Wow, great pics, thanks! It's really nice to get a little sneak preview of the Halloween stuff before we go next week.
I love the pics of the fog, Im hoping it will be a bit foggy next week so we can really get in the swing of spooky halloween, my daughter would love that!
I ber Phantom Manor looked ace!
Thanks again
xxx

marcus.ka
10-15-2007, 08:12 AM
Can you tell me a little bit more about the parade? I have seen that they have added some of the old floats. Are they first or are they after the Once Upon A Dream Parade? Do they have special Halloween music or do they also use the "Just like we dreamed it" theme? :confused3

mikelan6
10-15-2007, 09:43 AM
Very nice! Can't wait to see it all for myself. Thanks.

MazdaUK
10-15-2007, 10:36 AM
Love the photos! Is there somewhere in DRP where you can transfer them to a disc? I always take mine on finest setting, so I only get about 80 on my memory card :headache:

And I love your fleece - did you get it there?

marcus.ka
10-15-2007, 01:20 PM
MazdaUK: I asked that 3 years ago at the resort and it was exorbitant expensive. I was really shocked when they told me the price. I then decided to buy a memory card at the resort which was also very expensive. :scared1:
Why don't you buy yourself a big memory card at home. I just bought myself a new 1GB card for only 12! :thumbsup2

dee slack
10-15-2007, 02:30 PM
Love the photos! Is there somewhere in DRP where you can transfer them to a disc? I always take mine on finest setting, so I only get about 80 on my memory card :headache:


I use SD cards and they seem to be getting cheaper - seen them as cheap as 4.99 for 1gb (plus post) so I agree with pp about getting an additional card at home.

J Marley
10-15-2007, 02:53 PM
Welcome home Steve

Loving the foggy photos and looking forward to more and your trip report

LoobyLoo33
10-15-2007, 03:10 PM
Welcome back steve

Loving the photos, looking forward to more photos and of course your trip report

Lisa

tennisfan
10-15-2007, 03:50 PM
Great photos Steve, I look forward to the rest of them:goodvibes

dlpSteve
10-19-2007, 04:02 AM
Thanks for the comments - I will be putting the whole set online tomorrow.

To answer a couple of questions - my camera is a Panasonic DMC-TZ1. It has a 10x optical zoom which is how I was able to get close-up shots. As some will know on here I have gone thorugh a good few cameras over the years but this one is by far the best. There is a newer version, the TZ3, which is the only non DSLR camera on the market I'd consider as a replacement.

As for the parade - it was the same 15th Anniversary parade that's been running all year. They had a small Halloween parade 20 minutes earlier to get the seasonal theming in but the main parade has no Halloween theming.

One other disappointment - no Thrifts at the Red Garter Saloon :( Don't know if they were on holiday themselves or if they are no more but we were gutted not to see them. I'm thinking they are gone as The Red Garter Saloon now has a big widescreen TV which showed football every night except later on Wednesday night when they attempted to have Karaoke but nobody wanted to sing and the cast members running it didn't sing themselves to get people in the mood. If this is a premanent change to the Red Garter Saloon then it's very much for the worse :(

EDIT: Forgot to add, yes I did the fleece while I was there - it's the most comfortable fleece in the world, ever!

dee slack
10-20-2007, 09:16 AM
To answer a couple of questions - my camera is a Panasonic DMC-TZ1. It has a 10x optical zoom which is how I was able to get close-up shots. As some will know on here I have gone thorugh a good few cameras over the years but this one is by far the best. There is a newer version, the TZ3, which is the only non DSLR camera on the market I'd consider as a replacement.

I just checked out the camera's you've mentioned and notice that the TZ3 now only has a 280mm zoom opposed to the 350mm on the TZ1 :sad2: They've made it 28mm wide angle instead of the previous 35mm. I've got a great digi (non-SLR) that's 420mm but a bit too bulky for the parks, a great digi compact that's 23mm wide which is great but only 5mp which I'm not that happy with for big pics, and then a compact digi that's 7.1mp so better pic's but no wide angle or zoom greater than 114mm.

If only I could design my own - compact, at least 7mp, huge zoom AND really wide angle :cloud9: