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Old 12-03-2012, 01:17 AM   #691
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Night time at DCA




It was completely dark when we emerged from the Gallery and with a couple more Must-Do’s to complete, we headed on back to the other park.


In retrospect, we didn’t really plan our in-and-out of park hopping well, did we?


Anyways….

I did stop to take one very rushed shot of the Carthay Circle at night…..





Even at this time of night, the PP Photographer was still out and about near the Storyteller’s statue. I snuck one in betwen groups.





We headed on over to our destination.





The night neon lights in Carsland is amazing.









I think this was the only time during the day where I wished I had more time and my tripod with me.

But as there were quite a few people around, it was probably best that I didn’t have a trip hazard with me. With luck, the crowds might die down by October next year.





I used to work in the Petroleum industry; so this amused me mightily. Afterall, it really is an organic product; so there is no false advertising here.





And the orange colours around the Cozy Cone area were lovely, even at night. The hues of the flowers and the orange cone lights were just delightful!





The Leaning Tyres of Luigi was another display that amused me. I looked hard at this picture to see if there was a hidden mickey….couldn’t find one!





Even more spectacular than the neon lights are those craggy voluptuous buttes all around Carsland.






And thanks to I’mMickey passing on a tip to KCMike who passed on the tip to me…I was cheek by jowl with a trashcan. Literally! Without a tripod, the trashcan was conveniently located for some long exposure shots.









Thanks Mikes!



We headed out the Pacific Wharf exit side.










I still had two Must-Do’s to complete!





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Old 12-03-2012, 02:09 AM   #692
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I love DLR/CA at night. Your wonderful photos are making me want to be there right now :-)
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:36 AM   #693
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Such a quick day - I could hardly believe it when you said the sun was setting already!

Love your night pics of Radiator Springs, and you got some awesome pics of the Paris castle model!
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:13 AM   #694
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Oh PIO, you're making me so envious. I really want to go right now. You're right, the neon signs are awesome! And the scenery so spectacular at night. I had not seen night time photos before so thank you for sharing!
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:30 PM   #695
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I also love being able to walk between the parks- its heaven. Your night shots are amazing. I have got to get my butt there!
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:29 AM   #696
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Very nice pictures from CL at night PiO. Glad that you and Alison had a great time.
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I love DLR/CA at night. Your wonderful photos are making me want to be there right now :-)
I want to be there right now too.


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Such a quick day - I could hardly believe it when you said the sun was setting already!

Love your night pics of Radiator Springs, and you got some awesome pics of the Paris castle model!
Thank you. It was a quick day!



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Oh PIO, you're making me so envious. I really want to go right now. You're right, the neon signs are awesome! And the scenery so spectacular at night. I had not seen night time photos before so thank you for sharing!
There are some very good TRs here with even better night shots.

(But thanks!)



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I also love being able to walk between the parks- its heaven. Your night shots are amazing. I have got to get my butt there!
Thanks!

If you do get your butt to the buttes, I hope the rest of your body goes along too.




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Very nice pictures from CL at night PiO. Glad that you and Alison had a great time.
Thanks Bret.
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A little Danish culture – Must Do #4



The night was fast coming to an end and there were still a couple of things that I needed to do.


We headed towards my Must Do #4 – another one of those newly opened things that I hadn’t yet experiences.

As we walked in, I was handed one of these.





And it took us slightly more time than it has taken you to read this to get here. Only just.





Disney duty done, we clam-bered on board one of these.






Johnathan Livingstone Seagull and I have been having 5 minute interludes in Melbourne. For those of you that haven’t seen these….

He and I shared a Bird in Flight moment in 2011….










And we followed up with a Bird in Bath fling in 2012.









So, I thought that I might have developed a special affinity with seagulls; but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t convince Skuttle to do anything! He just sat around with that instrument of his.






We headed in the Down Under (the sea) direction.





The Little Mermaid is a tale written by that most famous Danish author and fairy tale writer…..Hans Christian Andersen. Like with all other fairy tales, Disney has taken them and put their own mark on the stories. I love the story….I just don’t remember Flounder nor Sebastian in my childhood version.





The new attraction was filled with animatronics animation.









I’m sticking my neck out here….






…and may get flamed for this view….







…but this is not a very exciting attraction, is it?

Don’t get me wrong, the details are lovely and what you would expect to see from Disney. But almost everything seems so….static.





I know, I know. It is meant to be the best of the AA that Disney has ever done. Maybe it was the hype…I just expected more.

So….call me an Urusla…





….but I wasn’t entirely enchanted by this ride.





If I have offended any of you, I apologise. I’m only writing from what I know and felt; and I wish I had felt differently…but I didn’t.

So was there a happy ending for me?









Perhaps even a start of a spark?





I guess you could say that. This was the closest I was getting to any fireworks shooting this trip.





And Skuttle? Maybe there might be another Jonathan Livingstone Seagull waiting in San Francisco for me.








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Old 12-08-2012, 05:06 AM   #699
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Have just thoroughly caught up PIO.

I have to say Aladdin was a trip highlight for us when we went to DL in 09. The genie is absolutely hilarious and I love how many of the jokes are current to what is happening in the world.

I think you have definitely put your camera to good use during the show, stunning captures.

I think you totally should have bought that mug, silly woman. It's adorable.

The lights at night at Carsland look spectacular. I mean really really amazing. And the desert mountain thingies (for want of a better word ) look so real and wonderful. You have really done an amazing job of capturing the feel of the place at night.

Thanks for all of the imagery, I'm loving it.
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Exceedingly late catching up but not too late..wonderful pics and story as always. I always think you must be a great person to have as a friend-you'd always be laughing when with you but you are so caring too.

On Ariel we also were underwhelmed- the displays were colourful and detailed but yes felt too static-like we were slowly just riding past dioramas-it didn't have the "pizzaz" most of Disney has though I can't quite put my finger on the difference to say, the older dark rides. The scenes all seemed very plastic models or something and I think the ride could date or look tatty quickly if its not refreshed frequently. I can't wait to get to Carsland one day-they have done such a good job with the theming day and night. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:59 AM   #701
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Oooo, I love waking up to an update. I wholeheartedly agree with you, I found The Little Mermaid ride to be underwhelming. Maybe it was just too hyped up. I think the animatronics in POTC are much better.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:28 PM   #702
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All caught up again.

I absolutely LOVE that castle mug! I will be seeking one of those out next time I go!

Loved the Carsland shots! I really can not wait to get there (whenever that may be, one day). That seagull shot is amazing! Such an awesome photo!
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I completely forgot we rode that ride! Shows you what an impression it leaves! Although I am looking forward to seeing the queue for the WDW version. Your pictures were great though!
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Somewhat lurking on this report. Loving it though! So much fun. Great use of the trash can. I'm Mikey was smart to do that.
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Wow, I'm sorry everyone was so disappointed with the Little Mermaid ride. I liked it. I like the music and everything was colorful. But, true, you don't get anything special like flying in Peter Pan or the wild ride effect with the Toad.

There was never a line. I went on it like 5 times! I hope they like it better in DW since they made such a long interactive queue like you are going to be in line for this ride a long time. No queue. No line in Disneyland.
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