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Old 11-23-2010, 03:44 AM   #196
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Epcot F&W: Update 10 – More Prime Shots @ DTD

The Plan

In the short time that I will NOT not be at WDW, one thing had troubled me.......when did I think I was going to go to DTD?

Well, the answer to date had been.....NOT possible to squeeze it in. Afterall, what with the long flight and potential jetlag; stuffing my face at F&W, going for two MNSSHP AND hitting MK for EMH, I did NOT think that the scheduling a trip to DTD was at all possible.
This thought had made me sad.....until now.

I just saw the update on the DisBoard....looks like DTD common areas will be opened from 8 am till 1 am. I'm hoping and assuming that this means that the shops will be opened from these times? If so, I think I might just about be able to squeeze a visit in.....I just need to work out which night!


The Reality


We’d just finished watching Illuminations and in our initial plans for this night, Firefly and I had determined that we were heading off to MK for EMH after Epcot. We’d both had a very full day and were foot sore.


However, more importantly, DH reminded me that we had promised to bring DS a Build a Dino home. Whilst we both wanted to go to MK, we agreed that we needed to hit DTD as a priority. Particularly when we knew that we were going home empty handed without any Bakugan.


So after letting Firefly know about the change in plans, we headed towards the International Gateway. We figured the best way to get to DTD was on a resort bus and Firefly reminded us that our previous Beach Club home was the closest resort.


*Sigh* I just loved staying at Beach Club in May. The proximity to Epcot and DHS cannot be beaten!





DH and I agreed – we need to come back and stay here again sometime!


We got to the bus stop and were very lucky – a DTD bus got there within 5 minutes and we got to our destination a lot quicker than we had expected.


I sent DH on to the T-Rex as I could not resist the photo opportunities with the prime lens that DTD affords. It’s a sad realization to come to that I would choose to take photographs over shopping!

Someone.Slap.Me.Now!








I found the Halloween display at the Earl of Sandwich end and tried to take a picture of the Mickey balloon.





Unfortunately, I needed to take a couple of steps back in order to get the shot correct....but there was that fountain behind me and I did not feel like getting wet.


But there were other photo opportunities waiting for me.










I also took pictures of some of my favourite eating places at DTD.













It wasn't all about the photography...I did take the opportunity to stop in World of Disney to look for that backscratcher.





It still evaded me and I was getting very worried that it might have been sold out or taken off the shelves!


By this stage, DH had completed his purchase and we arranged to meet…..
For this snack from Goofy’s!





Whilst it was not the Dark Chocolate Sensation nor was it covered with Caramel, it was still yummy!


Well satisfied with our day and night, we headed back to CSR. Another past pumpkin time late night!


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Old 11-23-2010, 03:46 AM   #197
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Epcot F&W: Update 11 – The Conclusion

The Epcot F&W festival was just brilliant! There are so many food options, smells and sweets that it is impossible to taste it all in just one short day.


The new German Kuche Karamel is a MUST-DO for me for all future visits.


I was very glad to have the opportunity to address my mistakes from May and am enjoying the bag, cookbook and park music CD very much.


If you send DH out to get some Dark Chocolate Sensation, make sure you tell him to get one for YOU; not just him.


Sadly, DS did not get any Bakugan from Epcot.



FOOTNOTE: That cookbook I bought has a recipe for the Dark Chocolate Sensation in it. I guess DH will just have to make it for me instead.


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Great night time shots. I can see that I am going to have to learn how to use my speedlite.

I love your F&W reviews. We were there last year (and will be there next year too), and we did not try anything from the stalls. Will make it a priority for next year.

Hehe, I believe I would take photos over shopping too. Can't believe I just wrote that!
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Hmmm....I need to think about that one!
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SLAP SLAP SLAP

That's why I'm doing all my shopping online before I get there...oops did I just make some sort of silly admission there?
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Absolutely gorgeous night pictures!!! Wow they are stunning! Thank you for not shopping and taking pictures instead!!
Hope your son liked the dinosaur and that it more than made up for the Bakugan

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Great night time shots. I can see that I am going to have to learn how to use my speedlite.

I love your F&W reviews. We were there last year (and will be there next year too), and we did not try anything from the stalls. Will make it a priority for next year.

Hehe, I believe I would take photos over shopping too. Can't believe I just wrote that!
Thanks. I didn't use a flash with my shots...just used the nifty fifty f/1.8. Most of the shots were at either f/1.8 or f/2.0; ISO at either 1600 or 3200 and at least 1/50 shutter speed.

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Hmmm....I need to think about that one!
Wait till you get your new lenses!!

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SLAP SLAP SLAP

That's why I'm doing all my shopping online before I get there...oops did I just make some sort of silly admission there?
Thanks for waking me up and back to reality! Shop first!! Then take pictures (or is it the other way round??)

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Hope your son liked the dinosaur and that it more than made up for the Bakugan

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Thanks! I was pleased with how my shots turned out.

Yes, DS loved the dinosaur...particularly when we found and bought the Bakugan when we returned!
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DHS: Update 1 – The Plan and the Start of Reality

The Plan

Tue 26th: Go with the Wind day

The only not-plans I have for the day is dinner at Liberty Tree with Firefly and LuvChef Mic and attending MNSSHP again.

Firefly is spending the day as follows:
Tuesday, October 26DHS in the morning
Lunch at Sci-Fi at 1:10
Head to MK whenever I'm done with DHS
Dinner at Liberty Tree with PrincessInOz and LuvChefMic at 5:20
MNSSHP!


I'd like to hang out with her in the morning....but might keep the afternoon free in case I feel like heading to AK, DTD or enjoying the resort a little.
I also purchase a MNSSHP ticket for Tuesday 26th October (for DH) and he's now all set for park entry.

In between all of the above, I'm also hoping to catch up with Manntra!


The reality

After the late’ish night last night at DTD, I was deep in DreamLand when the alarm rudely went off at 6.40 am…..again!

DH planned yet another early start as Conference kick-off was 8 am.

So, with no chance of a sleep-in, I got up, got ready and faced the perplexing conundrum of….

What the heck was I doing today?


And then it hit me….I remembered that today was a day where I didn’t really have any firm plans before leaving Melbourne but after a discussion with Firefly yesterday, I figured we could hang out together at DHS.

I was determined to make another rope drop; this time at DHS. Firefly had mentioned that she would like to make rope drop at this park as well. I think the allure of getting to a certain ride early was a very strong incentive for both of us.

It was still early morning, and I decided on having a take-away Bagel with Cream Cheese and a cup of coffee from Pepper Market. No offence – but, the Bagel and Coffee were not really porn worthy; so I just sat down at Bus Stop 1 and ate it.

I read all about Dis-ers complaining about Disney Transport; and I know it can be hard waiting for a bus when you’re all excited about getting to a park or if you’re in a rush to make ADR’s.

I have no such complaints. The buses are FREE for resort guests and they run to a schedule; same as any public transport system. Yes, I know that the cost of running the buses are absorbed in the prices you pay for staying on-resort. But I have yet to wait for a Disney bus longer than 15 - 20 minutes and I know I wait for public transport much longer back home.

This morning, the Disney Transport system was running my way as well. I knew I couldn’t eat the bagel on the bus; so I figured I would try and scoff some it down whilst waiting for the DHS bus and then wrap it up to finish when I got to the park gates. Turns out I managed to scoff it all down at Bus Stop 1. Three buses came by in the time that I was waiting – 2 for MK and 1 for Epcot. But the bus after that was heading to DHS! It must have been all of a 5-minute wait!

I hadn’t finished my coffee; but I took it on board the bus and held it all the way to the park. I must have got to DHS at about 8.20 am; and there would have been maybe 10 groups of people in front of me. The majority had chosen to stand in two lines and occupy two gates between them.

Me? I took a look at the situation and wandered up to a gate nearer the Stroller and Wheelchair rental side of DHS. I ended up being the second person in line for this gate. And then I settled in with my coffee to wait for entry and rope drop.

I got a text from Firefly around 8.30 am asking if I had gotten up. After a couple more text exchanges, we worked out that she would get on a bus ASAP and head on down to try make opening.

To my surprise, I got another text from Firefly around 8.50 am saying that she had arrived at the park and wondered where I was. So, I told her to head on down my way. I know we probably P**S (self-edited) off a number of people behind me when she moved down and joined me at second in line....

Okay, maybe it was QUITE a number of people.

And if there are any of you out there reading this, the meeting up of members of the same party is a legitimate exercise at Disney or any theme park if both parties are willing cohorts in the practice. Particularly when Party A (me) got there early enough to mark the spot in the line for Party B (Firefly). Go check out any parade or fireworks marking territory before the event starts, if you want to test this out. I’m sure you all rather that the screaming child or the child waving the light chaser in your face get moved to a more suitable occupation, rather than staying in that spot doing damage to at least 2 of your 5 senses; and then come back tired at a time closer to the parade or firework commencement.


The CM started to let us in shortly after this. Firefly and I tried to run….well…..walk as quickly as possible to the rope. We'd had a long day walking around Epcot the day before and I know my feet were in no mood to be pounding the pavement.

I know everyone was heading in the same direction as us; but somehow, we managed to get a spot on the left hand side of Hollywood Boulevard, in the shadow of this building.





And in plain sight of this.





Our spot was here:





Yup! It didn’t matter how footsore we both were…we still managed to beat the crowd to front of the line.


I know that mini Pooh and mini Eeyore enjoyed their spot!





I took the opportunity to grab a shot of the DHS icon; no bodies around.





Before long, CM were starting to get antsy..





And we were told to WALK, not run, and follow anyone wearing this uniform.





Then it was time for the rope drop ceremony.





I love how the different Disney parks have rope drop ceremonies that match the park theme. These guys were cute, but corny. And despite having got my caffeine hit this morning, Firefly got the 3.142 joke quicker than me….It really was as easy as PI(E) for her!


So, when the rope dropped, we WALKED, not ran, with everyone to get a fastpass for TSM!



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Arghhh!!! You can't stop there...I want to read more. TSM!!!! Oh and by the way, I really liked your pumpkin photos. I was so busy slapping you I forgot to comment yesterday!
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I have never ever made rope drop, in all my Disney trips. We are not morning people, but I have shown the kids some clips on you tube and they are keen, so fingers crossed.

I got some really cool pumpkin shots from a pumpkin patch outside a church in Celebration. Such a cute village.

Princess, I don't know how you managed to keep going with all the early mornings.
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Jade thanks for reminder on student/teacher prices. DH very flippantly mentioned "Oh, I'm staff at Macquarie University and I've got their staff photo ID card..." So we got ourselves some software here. THANK YOU!
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Thats great! Now you can teach me how to use it.....
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Arghhh!!! You can't stop there...I want to read more. TSM!!!! Oh and by the way, I really liked your pumpkin photos. I was so busy slapping you I forgot to comment yesterday!
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I got some really cool pumpkin shots from a pumpkin patch outside a church in Celebration. Such a cute village.

Princess, I don't know how you managed to keep going with all the early mornings.
You should post some of your pictures on the Aussie boards....or here!

I don't know how I managed to keep going with all those early mornings either!

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I'm curious! Which software did you get?
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You should post some of your pictures on the Aussie boards....or here!

I'm curious! Which software did you get?
I am too technically challenged to post photos! But, I will make an effort to learn for out next trip.

Not sure what Shussh brought, but I have both Lightroom and Photoshop. I brought both as the student discount was too good to pass up (got to be one advantage of being a uni student). My goal over summer is to learn how to use them.
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I am fine with one person saving a spot in a line (or for a parade) for one (or even two or three) other people. My problems would be more the person that thinks that one person can save a spot for their party of 12. But, what you did is totally legitamate.

I'm guessing this whole trip report ends with: "and I slept the entire 24-hour flight back home".
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