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Old 05-26-2011, 11:01 AM   #571
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DAY 3 -- April 27th -- Wednesday continued

Heading off to ride Space with our FPs...

Buddy and I were excited to be assigned to Row 1.



We were all ready to get in the next coaster that came in to the station. Then it happened. The lights came on and the ride was shut down. I texted D and told her the ride was down, but we were planning to wait. It was Row 1, after all. Random waiting-while-Space-was-down pictures:







Looking at my pictures, I see that a total of 7 minutes passed between the time we were assigned to Row 1, and the time we were sitting in Row 1. Not bad at all.



It was kind of weird. The people who were in the coaster that was ready to pull out when the lights came on were shifted across the track and then asked to get out. Then they had us get in and sit and wait for a while. The lights were still on. There was a bit of rushing around by the CMs. More while-we-waited pictures:







I was getting a little nervous. Typically I would not be the one to volunteer to go first to see if the ride was running properly or safely. It appeared that we would be the test run for exactly that. It just seemed like that anyway. Finally the people in the "control center" started their different checks and calling out "clear" for the different areas. (I guess that's what they were doing. Saying specific areas of track were "clear" and ready?)



We were off! It was less than 15 minutes from breakdown time to blastoff time. Such a fun ride! (Once I got over my paranoia that the ride was just broken and here I am on the test run and what if I go flying off the track and...)

When we got off, Buddy couldn't wait to go see the picture. He knew no one would be covering him up this time. He had specific plans for his pose, but I don't think he got the timing quite right because he was disappointed. "But that's not what I did! THIS is what I did!" So he had me take a picture of him doing the REAL pose he had done for the camera on the ride. Combine those arms with his teeth sticking out like a rat and his eyebrows raised.



We met up with D after the ride and headed over to Autopia for one last spin around the track. Note to self: Don't let Buddy scream like crazy this time.

Oh, here's one of those edible plants in Tomorrowland. It looked like little red peppers carved into flowering shapes. Not sure what they really were.



A bunch of Autopia pictures.





Do you ever end up with a few pics on your camera that leave you thinking, "I don't remember taking that." One of those pictures that weren't taken on purpose? Here's one of mine.







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Continuing on with our ride on Autopia...

Crazy little driver!















After Autopia we headed over to BTMRR to use one of those sets of FPs. We passed this along the way. I don't think I've ever taken a picture before.

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You got D in the picture from the railing and I can't believe she didn't notice or did she? Great pictures of the flowers and the chocolate strawberries.

Very interesting to hear that you and Buddy were in row one on SM and all of a sudden the ride breaks down for awhile. Then you have to wait until it gets back up. I always want to ride SM while the lights are on, that would be really neat if you were on the track when the lights were on.

Great photos from Autopia. Looks like you and Buddy got back alive from his driving. Very good update on your TR.
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You got D in the picture from the railing and I can't believe she didn't notice or did she? Great pictures of the flowers and the chocolate strawberries.

Very interesting to hear that you and Buddy were in row one on SM and all of a sudden the ride breaks down for awhile. Then you have to wait until it gets back up. I always want to ride SM while the lights are on, that would be really neat if you were on the track when the lights were on.

Great photos from Autopia. Looks like you and Buddy got back alive from his driving. Very good update on your TR.
I was surprised D didn't notice me peering at her either. I guess she was too busy concentrating on those strawberries.

Riding with Buddy on Autopia is a bit jarring, that's for sure. Lots of fun as well.
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DAY 3 -- April 27th -- Wednesday continued

On our way over to BTMRR, we were distracted by this:



There was a small crowd gathered by the rope. (That entire area in front of the castle was roped off.) I asked a security-looking guy what was going on. He said they were doing some filming for America's Funniest Videos. Well that sounded interesting, so I decided to stick around for a bit to see what I could see. Meanwhile D kept pushing Buddy in the stroller toward BTMRR and I lost track of where they were. Eventually I got a text from her asking what happened to me. I told her what was going on and she came back. (Wonder how that situation would have been handled in pre-cell phone days?)

I heard low voices in the gathering crowd saying, "That's Tom Bergeron!" He is in the suit in the bottom right corner.







He had his back toward us most of the time, going over some stuff with the crew. At one point he did make his way over to the rope and spoke with some guests. We were right up against the rope. He approached the person that was about 5 people away from us, and then headed down along the rope the opposite direction from where we were standing.



Buddy was getting a bit impatient after sitting there in the stroller for about 20 minutes. He thought he was on his way to BTMRR, so this wasn't very interesting to him.

This CM was holding the balloons, waiting for her cue to give them to the guests that had been selected to casually walk through the castle during the filming of Tom Bergeron's AFV blurb. I know they selected some girls that had been to the Bippity Boppity Boutique or whatever it's called. (I have all boys, so not a big draw for us. ) I don't know how the other guests were chosen. Anyway, we stood at the rope for a total of 30 minutes and saw the filming, but we couldn't hear a single word that was said. Still a pretty cool experience. I'm glad we stopped and checked it out.





I texted my husband and told him to tell the other boys that I saw Tom Bergeron filming a piece for AFV. They were very disappointed that they missed out -- they love that show.





It was 8:15pm by this time. Our final day was winding down. We headed over to BTMRR to finally use the FPs as promised. Bad news...it was down.
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DAY 3 -- April 27th -- Wednesday continued

Once we found out that BTMRR was down -- -- we moved along to use our Indy FPs. We walked on.

At this point we checked the time and then made a plan for what we wanted to do before closing. Buddy's priorities were Matterhorn, Space Mountain, BTMRR and Pirates. D's priorities were IASW, Haunted Mansion, BTMRR, Disneyland Railroad and Pirates. My priorities were Space Mountain, Matterhorn, BTMRR, Haunted Mansion, and Pirates...and maybe another Indy ride since we had 1 more set of FPs, as well as watching the "Remember...Dreams Come True" Fireworks show.

We headed to the Matterhorn first. 10-15 minute wait. I remember trying to really soak up this last ride on the Matterhorn with Buddy, as I knew this would most likely be my last ride ever in the bobsleds as they are now.

We were cutting it really close as far as finishing up before the fireworks started, which was at 9:30. Of course when you walk up 10 minutes before the show starts you are often left with a not-so-good view. That's OK...we had a lot of rides we wanted to do, so staking out a fireworks spot wasn't a priority for us. We ended up behind a light tower with a group of non-stop talkers behind us. ANNOYING. They seemed to be people who had seen the show a million times and weren't all that concerned about actually watching/enjoying it again. They were just there. Taking up space. I had only seen this fireworks show one time and I missed some of my favorite parts due to the inconsiderate people behind us.

I don't know if my camera just doesn't do well in low light, or if it's that I don't know how to use it correctly in low light (because I'm not patient enough to actually sit down and read the whole manual), or if it's a combination of both those things. I think it's probably a combination. Anyway, here are the only 2 pictures I got.





I'm noticing that I have very few pictures left. Sometimes I just need to set the camera aside and enjoy.

After the fireworks we went back over to BTMRR to see if it was up and running again. It was. We used our FPs, but we didn't need them. A train was waiting for us to just hop into when we reached the platform.

At this point I dashed over to Stage Door Cafe and grabbed a Kid's Power Pack for Buddy to snack on as the night wore on. We didn't make an official dinner stop tonight.

From there we headed back over to Space Mountain to use our FPs. I can't remember what D did while Buddy and I rode Space. And lucky us...we got Row 1 once again! Loved it.

Oh, now I remember what D did while we rode Space. She rode the train around and got off at the ToonTown station. The plan was to meet her at IASW after we got off Space Mountain. I'm so glad Buddy still likes IASW and didn't reject it the way he rejected Dumbo.

It was 11:15 when we got off the ride. I was waiting for the clock to make its appearance but it never did.



45 minutes left. Remaining priorities: BTMRR (again...even though we had ridden a bit earlier), Haunted Mansion, Pirates, and Indy if we thought we could squeeze it in. It wasn't looking very likely. We came to BTMRR first. When we got off it was looking like we had enough time to do just 2 more rides, so we scrapped Indy and went to Haunted Mansion.

My attempt to get a pic of the hitchhiking ghosts. I apparently didn't time it very well.





A very dead NOS.



Pirates of the Caribbean. Always last. Gotta end the trip right. When we got in our boat, the CM pointed to this sign:



He said, "You are allowed to hold hands during the ride, but you are not allowed to dance during the ride. Once again folks, feel free to hold hands during the ride but do not dance during the ride."

When our boat was in "zoom 'n' bounce" mode as we neared the dock I quickly checked my phone to see if we could go again. Nope. It was a couple minutes after midnight. It was over. Sigh. That heavy pit in the stomach feeling took over as we made our way toward Main Street.
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He said, "You are allowed to hold hands during the ride, but you are not allowed to dance during the ride. Once again folks, feel free to hold hands during the ride but do not dance during the ride."

When our boat was in "zoom 'n' bounce" mode as we neared the dock I quickly checked my phone to see if we could go again. Nope. It was a couple minutes after midnight. It was over. Sigh. That heavy pit in the stomach feeling took over as we made our way toward Main Street.
Is it just me or does your firework picture look like a picture of Mickey Mouse? White bursts for ears, colors for eveybrows, cheeks, and chin. Perhaps I find hidden Mickeys in every picture. Better not ever do an ink blot test....

Speaking of hidden Mickey's - LOVE the pic in the car at SM. I was reading along and said to myself 'oh no' when you were in the first car and the lights came on. SO glad you were able to ride. I may have to pull a Bret and do a car # quest. I never really noticed how unique they are in every attraction.

ROTFL about the clever interpretation of the arms and legs inside the ride vehicle. SO funny but now that the CM brings it up, they could be dancing. Perhaps the artist has seen my hubby and boys dance??

I'm sad your last ride has been chronicled for your DIS trip report....sigh...when do we get to go back??

Thank you for taking the time to post. I know it's time consuming but I enjoy the heck out of your trip reports!
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DAY 3 -- April 27th -- Wednesday continued

We slowly walked toward Main Street, making our way to Candy Palace to buy our usual fudge. I always get the same fudge when I leave. (Which, by the way, remains unopened in my pantry. I guess it's my crazy way to prolong things.) I also bought one of those s'mores things for me and Buddy to share. And some small Mickey truffles for me to not share.

A bit of Spring in Candy Palace.



I also bought a hot chocolate at Coke Corner. My last official purchase with my AP discount. (My hands were a little full so I didn't quite steady things well enough to get a non-blurry shot. I didn't need a "Hot Chocolate of Death" situation on my hands...shout-out to Sherry. )



So it looks like tonight's dinner for me consisted of hot chocolate, Mickey truffles, and half of one of those s'mores things.

A few parting shots...





Goodbye my friend. See you in 2012.



Ordinarily I would try to linger on Main Street for as long as possible, but I really wanted to catch that last shuttle back to Candy Cane Inn at 12:45am so I wouldn't have to carry Buddy back to the room. I went ahead with Buddy and returned the stroller while D made a few more purchases. She met up with us by the stroller return area and we hurried to the shuttle pick up area. We made it just in time.

The next morning was a little depressing as I was leaving Anaheim with an expired AP. No more thoughts of "Well, it's possible that I'll be back soon..." Even if a trip isn't really in the works, it's still fun to carry a valid AP around. And take it out of your purse once in a while just to look at it...

So I guess that's it. I returned to Disneyland after a 13 year drought in November 2009 and cried when I left because I honestly didn't know if/when I'd be returning. It was a horrible feeling. But I did return a mere 5 months after that...and that trip resulted in upgrading to an AP because I was planning on returning with my mom and sisters at Halloweentime 2010...and then my sister D invited me to go along with her in January...and then again in April. Wow. Talk about the Disneyland Snowball Effect.

Thanks for reading along. I'll meet you back here in 2012.
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2012 seems so far away. We'll have to lurk on other trip reports to get our fix. Good thing Bret is there now and Sherry has her holiday trip all planned.

Now if only my winter break plans would ever come together....we don't have DH school schedule for 2011/2012 yet. Don't want to book DVC points and not have the hubby able to join us. I'm worried that Mickey won't be a part of our Christmas Holiday this year (and not just because Santa would have to buy gifts for Grumpy and Donald then) That part does get easier when the kids are of a certain age...

GREAT report!! I'd still carry the AP and pull it out once and a while to remember the magic.

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Is it just me or does your firework picture look like a picture of Mickey Mouse? White bursts for ears, colors for eveybrows, cheeks, and chin. Perhaps I find hidden Mickeys in every picture. Better not ever do an ink blot test....

Speaking of hidden Mickey's - LOVE the pic in the car at SM. I was reading along and said to myself 'oh no' when you were in the first car and the lights came on. SO glad you were able to ride. I may have to pull a Bret and do a car # quest. I never really noticed how unique they are in every attraction.

ROTFL about the clever interpretation of the arms and legs inside the ride vehicle. SO funny but now that the CM brings it up, they could be dancing. Perhaps the artist has seen my hubby and boys dance??

I'm sad your last ride has been chronicled for your DIS trip report....sigh...when do we get to go back??

Thank you for taking the time to post. I know it's time consuming but I enjoy the heck out of your trip reports!
Yeah, it does look like a Mickey. Maybe it was? Buddy sees "Hidden Mickeys" everywhere he looks. We'll be out and about and he'll ask, "Is that a Hidden Mickey?" As if all the stores are purposely placing random Hidden Mickeys here and there.

Bret had a good quest with the vehicles. Good thing he'll be there soon because I will need a DLR pick-me-up now that my TR has come to an end.

I thought that was clever of the Pirates CM as well. We had a good laugh about that one!

Thanks for reading TK. We're going back in 2012. That's all I know at this point. It will be a trip that includes my 2 sisters, 1 brother and his family, and my mom. I wish my dad would go, but if he thought he was too old to go last October, I doubt he'll all of a sudden think he's young enough to go in a year and a half! So we have multiple schedules to work around for the next trip. D is a retail manager so November and December are out for her. I would like to go in October because I think the kids would enjoy Halloweentime. I don't have a problem taking my kids out of school for a week, but I don't know my brother's stance on that. If he doesn't want to pull the kids out then it will be a summer trip. My husband really hates the heat and crowds so I would rather avoid summer. I don't want to turn him off DLR completely and end up in another drought. A family trip drought, that is. No more droughts for me.
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2012 seems so far away. We'll have to lurk on other trip reports to get our fix. Good thing Bret is there now and Sherry has her holiday trip all planned.

Now if only my winter break plans would ever come together....we don't have DH school schedule for 2011/2012 yet. Don't want to book DVC points and not have the hubby able to join us. I'm worried that Mickey won't be a part of our Christmas Holiday this year (and not just because Santa would have to buy gifts for Grumpy and Donald then) That part does get easier when the kids are of a certain age...

GREAT report!! I'd still carry the AP and pull it out once and a while to remember the magic.

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Funny we both mentioned Bret. Oh Bret...we're ready for your TR to begin...

I hope you make it back for the holiday trip. In the meantime we have your cruise TR to look forward to. I've never read one of those before.
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Funny we both mentioned Bret. Oh Bret...we're ready for your TR to begin...

I hope you make it back for the holiday trip. In the meantime we have your cruise TR to look forward to. I've never read one of those before.
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Seeing some of the photos you posted on the main board for certain topics took me back. But here I am still 2 weeks older. Darn it.

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Okay, I lost some momentum in commenting but I was still reading along. I have to remember what I was going to say.

Buddy's comments and questions are so amusing - he sounds like a little character!

Those flowers at the Partners statue are my favorites of all the ones you have shown us so far. I LOVE those! Just something about the shape of them and the color scheme is really appealing to me beyond my usual admiration of pretty flowers. They really stand out.

I can't tell what's on that tree in Tomorrowland. It's got to be some sort of fruit, vegetable or herb...but it really just looks like a tree with red flowers!

I was chuckling at your idea to anonymously send photos to your sister! Very stalker-ish!

Those chocolate-covered strawberries look good. I think I actually prefer white chocolate-covered strawberries, and I think they are sold somewhere in the parks but I can't recall where (they are not as common as the regular chocolate ones). My only problem is the price. It's sooo expensive for one strawberry. I'm all for the 'Well, when you're in Disneyland be prepared to splurge and pay for things you wouldn't normally pay that much money for' philosophy - like a pineapple spear or a strawberry - because it's all part of the whole experience, and things do seem to taste better in DLR. But many of the snacks are so costly for their size, and the strawberries are one of them. Considering that you can get berries on sale (a bunch of them in a 16 oz. package) at the grocery store for sometimes as low as $.89, it's hard to justify spending so much on one berry in DLR, even though they are big and dipped in chocolate. I would probably still do it because it's there, but that's a hard price to get past!

Yay for the Springtime Sewing Machine Display!! Despite the glare in the photo (that happens to all of from time to time), it's interesting to see the different color scheme and how it changes through the year. That's definitely one area where they pay attention to detail at DLR - because it would be so easy to just leave a sort of all-purpose color in the window all year, but they definitely change it for the seasons.

Hot Chocolate of Death I think that would be very bad - worse than my Peppermint Cone of Death situation - because you'd risk getting scalding hot liquid all over you. Good thing that didn't happen! I sort of think I may try a peppermint cone of death again in the future - well, I will definitely eat one, but I may try to photograph the cone again in a less wobbly environment! Then again, maybe I will just eat it and call it a day. If they only had benches right outside of Gibson Girl, I could plop right down and take the photo immediately. But on that particular day it was 80 - 90 degrees or whatever and the ice cream would have been soup by the time I found a bench to sit on just to get a photo.

I'm glad to see my "zoom 'n' bounce" has caught on!! I'm affecting the DIS lingo! But that's really what it is! The POTC boats don't leisurely sail on up to the dock. They zoom you ahead and bounce you around for a few seconds.

Now the worst situation is when you stand up after zoomin' 'n' bouncin' and have the dreaded SBS. Remember what that is? Soggy Butt Syndrome! I actually think my friend Shawn might be hesitant to get on POTC again in the future - even though she loves it - because of that last SBS incident we experienced in December. She was not happy - even though I couldn't stop laughing at the whole situation. That was the worst! Of all the times we have gone on POTC, that was the worst in terms of water on the seat when we sit down. It was already there before we sat - and it was like a true, standing puddle of water, not just some drops. I don't know what happened before we got in, but I know the people in the row we got didn't alert us to the fact that it was super wet.

You mentioned your camera and the nighttime shots. I'm sure my camera is not all that much different from yours in overall operations - mine is the 880 model so it's probably more confusing but not any better! I think that most P&S cameras could take better nighttime photos - not as great as the SLR photos, but better - if we all knew exactly how to manipulate the features to get the maximum result. But the manuals that come with these cameras - sometimes there are 3 or 4 books to read just for a tiny P&S - are too daunting and convoluted, so I usually end up just tinkering with things on the buttons and dials on the back of the camera and figuring out the basics myself.

I have not fully explored the different 'scene modes' on the camera to get the best sunsets and night shots and SNOW! Sometimes a sunset photo may look better using the simple 'turn off the flash' routine and nothing more (I've tried that). Sometimes it may look better actually leaving the flash ON (tried that too). And then sometimes it's beneficial to go into the Scene modes and play around. Who has time for all that? And who has the patience for all that in the middle of DLR?

Also, you have much more patience than I do because you will actually edit lots of photos in Picasa. If I am doing a TR, I rarely bother editing any of the photos because it slows me down from getting the TR done. So most of the photos I showed from the December Peppermint Cone of Death TR are the original images, as they were shot. BUT, when I re-post some photos in other threads (Halloween & Christmas) on the DIS at a later time, I sometimes (not always) edit the images in Photobucket at that point to make them a bit clearer (using the Auto Correct). So a photo of a tree may look darker in my TR, and then that same photo may look brighter and clearer in another thread down the road.

I think all the Quest ideas are fun. I hope we all never stop doing Quests or coming up with new ideas of ones we want to pursue. First of all, it's always interesting to come up with Quests in the first place. But it's also a new way to 'see' DLR that maybe has not been seen before. We all see the same common sights in DLR when we go - and frankly, anyone can get Castle photos from different angles, even though some may be better than others. Doing the Quests allows us to actually notice things we have not necessarily paid much attention to in the past, share them with other people, and really appreciate the detail and creativity that Disney puts into their themes. It's a way to show folks that there is more to DLR than just Mickey Mouse and overpriced strawberries!!
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Seeing some of the photos you posted on the main board for certain topics took me back. But here I am still 2 weeks older. Darn it.

2012 will come quickly don't worry.
Thanks. I figure if I can make it through a 13 year drought, then I can certainly handle a year and a half.

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Okay, I lost some momentum in commenting but I was still reading along. I have to remember what I was going to say.

Buddy's comments and questions are so amusing - he sounds like a little character!

Those flowers at the Partners statue are my favorites of all the ones you have shown us so far. I LOVE those! Just something about the shape of them and the color scheme is really appealing to me beyond my usual admiration of pretty flowers. They really stand out.

They were so pretty. Pictures just don't do them justice. A hundred times better in real life. They are my favorite flowers that I've seen by the Partners statue, I think. And I LOVED the pink tulips that were there in March (that I saw in pictures).

I can't tell what's on that tree in Tomorrowland. It's got to be some sort of fruit, vegetable or herb...but it really just looks like a tree with red flowers!

It really looked like red pepper skin that had been carved by a person that was into food presentation, with a flower coming out of the skin. Very interesting!

I was chuckling at your idea to anonymously send photos to your sister! Very stalker-ish!

Those chocolate-covered strawberries look good. I think I actually prefer white chocolate-covered strawberries, and I think they are sold somewhere in the parks but I can't recall where (they are not as common as the regular chocolate ones). My only problem is the price. It's sooo expensive for one strawberry. I'm all for the 'Well, when you're in Disneyland be prepared to splurge and pay for things you wouldn't normally pay that much money for' philosophy - like a pineapple spear or a strawberry - because it's all part of the whole experience, and things do seem to taste better in DLR. But many of the snacks are so costly for their size, and the strawberries are one of them. Considering that you can get berries on sale (a bunch of them in a 16 oz. package) at the grocery store for sometimes as low as $.89, it's hard to justify spending so much on one berry in DLR, even though they are big and dipped in chocolate. I would probably still do it because it's there, but that's a hard price to get past!

I totally agree. I can get past a lot of the high prices at Disneyland, but the strawberries...they are priced above and beyond "normal" high prices. D was very generous to share them.

Yay for the Springtime Sewing Machine Display!! Despite the glare in the photo (that happens to all of from time to time), it's interesting to see the different color scheme and how it changes through the year. That's definitely one area where they pay attention to detail at DLR - because it would be so easy to just leave a sort of all-purpose color in the window all year, but they definitely change it for the seasons.

Hot Chocolate of Death I think that would be very bad - worse than my Peppermint Cone of Death situation - because you'd risk getting scalding hot liquid all over you. Good thing that didn't happen! I sort of think I may try a peppermint cone of death again in the future - well, I will definitely eat one, but I may try to photograph the cone again in a less wobbly environment! Then again, maybe I will just eat it and call it a day. If they only had benches right outside of Gibson Girl, I could plop right down and take the photo immediately. But on that particular day it was 80 - 90 degrees or whatever and the ice cream would have been soup by the time I found a bench to sit on just to get a photo.

I'm glad to see my "zoom 'n' bounce" has caught on!! I'm affecting the DIS lingo! But that's really what it is! The POTC boats don't leisurely sail on up to the dock. They zoom you ahead and bounce you around for a few seconds.

Now the worst situation is when you stand up after zoomin' 'n' bouncin' and have the dreaded SBS. Remember what that is? Soggy Butt Syndrome! I actually think my friend Shawn might be hesitant to get on POTC again in the future - even though she loves it - because of that last SBS incident we experienced in December. She was not happy - even though I couldn't stop laughing at the whole situation. That was the worst! Of all the times we have gone on POTC, that was the worst in terms of water on the seat when we sit down. It was already there before we sat - and it was like a true, standing puddle of water, not just some drops. I don't know what happened before we got in, but I know the people in the row we got didn't alert us to the fact that it was super wet.

I definitely remember SBS! I thought of Shawn a few times as I stepped into the boat, before I sat down. I've seen a few drips on the seat but that's it. There's definitely more potential to get wet on POTC these days, compared to decades past.

You mentioned your camera and the nighttime shots. I'm sure my camera is not all that much different from yours in overall operations - mine is the 880 model so it's probably more confusing but not any better! I think that most P&S cameras could take better nighttime photos - not as great as the SLR photos, but better - if we all knew exactly how to manipulate the features to get the maximum result. But the manuals that come with these cameras - sometimes there are 3 or 4 books to read just for a tiny P&S - are too daunting and convoluted, so I usually end up just tinkering with things on the buttons and dials on the back of the camera and figuring out the basics myself.

I have not fully explored the different 'scene modes' on the camera to get the best sunsets and night shots and SNOW! Sometimes a sunset photo may look better using the simple 'turn off the flash' routine and nothing more (I've tried that). Sometimes it may look better actually leaving the flash ON (tried that too). And then sometimes it's beneficial to go into the Scene modes and play around. Who has time for all that? And who has the patience for all that in the middle of DLR?

I keep saying one of these days I will actually read the manual and figure out how to work the camera, but that is yet to happen.

Also, you have much more patience than I do because you will actually edit lots of photos in Picasa. If I am doing a TR, I rarely bother editing any of the photos because it slows me down from getting the TR done. So most of the photos I showed from the December Peppermint Cone of Death TR are the original images, as they were shot. BUT, when I re-post some photos in other threads (Halloween & Christmas) on the DIS at a later time, I sometimes (not always) edit the images in Photobucket at that point to make them a bit clearer (using the Auto Correct). So a photo of a tree may look darker in my TR, and then that same photo may look brighter and clearer in another thread down the road.

I think all the Quest ideas are fun. I hope we all never stop doing Quests or coming up with new ideas of ones we want to pursue. First of all, it's always interesting to come up with Quests in the first place. But it's also a new way to 'see' DLR that maybe has not been seen before. We all see the same common sights in DLR when we go - and frankly, anyone can get Castle photos from different angles, even though some may be better than others. Doing the Quests allows us to actually notice things we have not necessarily paid much attention to in the past, share them with other people, and really appreciate the detail and creativity that Disney puts into their themes. It's a way to show folks that there is more to DLR than just Mickey Mouse and overpriced strawberries!!
Have you given any thought to your next Quest?
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