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Old 10-25-2010, 10:55 PM   #76
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I'm now thinking of changing my plan since I am going by myself to DL on Nov. 18 - 20, 2010. So here is my new plan when I go to DL.

Wednesday
Instead of going first thing in the morning to DL straight from Sacramento, I was planning on staying at my grandmothers house at Livingston on Wednesday night and leave first thing in the morning so I will be able to spend some extra time at DL on Thursday.

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I was planning to leave my grandmothers house at 7am on Thursday and get to DL around noon to 1pm.

Than when I get to Anaheim, I could use that time to park the car at BW Stovalls and go to the park and take on the challenge by skiingfast which ask me to take all the photos ride vehicles at the DLR. Almost 2/3 of the rides vehicles at the DLR are visible if you do not ride on the rides. Also I was planning on taking pictures of the Holiday decorations, merchandise, and food around the resort. I will go around in a circle counter clockwise and take pictures of the different ride vehicles that are visible when not riding on them. I will start from Adventureland than to NOS, next is Critter Country, than go towards Frontierland, on the way is Fantasyland than Toon Town and go back to FL and head on over to Tomorrowland.

Than when it get to 4pm I will head on back to the BW Stovalls and check-in my room and rest up a little before I head back on over to DL with my camera equipment. I will head on back to DL for the 5:30 parade, my spot was to be right next to the hub so when the "A Christmas Fantasy" parade is over I will head on in front of SB castle for the fireworks. My main goal will be to get a front row spot for "Believe...In Holiday Magic" fireworks at 7:45.


Dining

Eat at RSV for dinner and get Steak Gumbo around 5pm.


I will plan Friday on my Solo Trip later.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:45 PM   #77
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The plan is simple, get on the rides that are inside the buildings and take photo of the ride vehicles. I get to DL when it opens at 8am and the first thing to do is get a FP for SM, than head on over to Adventureland and get on Indy. Than after Indy, get on POTC. Go around DL and take photos of the Christmas decorations until I go back to SM and use the FP.

When I finish SM, I head on over to DCA and get FP for Soarin @ 9:30am, than get inline right by Paradise Bay and get on TSMM. Than after that take photos of all the rides around Paradise Bay and head on over to Hollywood Land and get on Monster Inc ride. Than when it will be time to head on over to Soarin and use the FP. Than I should be able to take all the photos of all ride vehicles at DCA. When I am DCA, I will order the WoC picnic for the 2nd Show. I was not planning on seeing WoC that week, but after WoC added Tron in the show it is worth now seeing. I am planning to get a Blue FP so I could try the best viewing area right next to the VIP section.

Head back on over to DL and go to Tomorrowland and get on EO. Than after that just do my usual take photos around the park and get on rides that I always go on. Go on the Monorail and the DLRR. Head on over to TT and have lunch.

When it gets to 1:30pm, get a spot for "A Christmas Fantasy" parade and wait until it starts at 2:30pm. After the parade, head back to the hotel and rest up. Upload all the pics that I have taken during the first part of the day and go back to the park. Than I'll bring all my camera equipment like my tripod and camcorder and get ready to tape during the night.

It will be around 5:00pm when I get back to DL and first thing to do is go and get dinner at DCA Pacific Wharf for Clam chowder bowl. Than after that, I head back over to DL and get a spot in front of SB castle for "Believe...In Holiday Magic" fireworks. Get a spot around 6:30 to 7pm for a spot in front of SB castle.

After the fireworks, head on over to DCA and get in line for the 2nd show of WoC. After WoC the 2nd show of WoC is over I will go see Electronica that Funball and skiingfast said that I should do when I get there on Friday night. I am very looking forward to seeing Electronica at night and from what I have read so far on the DL thread, it is something to check out.

Later during the night, I will head on back over to DL and take photos of the Christmas lights around DL park.


I will post the Saturday later and I hope to get some more tips of what I should do that day.
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:33 PM   #78
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Here are some old photos from the Holiday season in 2008.

DTD at night with Christmas lights


DCA main entrance with the candy cane decorations


Fireworks outside right next to BWPPI where my DA and I were staying


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Old 10-31-2010, 02:45 PM   #79
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Is it sad to think it may be the last chance to see the cany cane letters? And even worse to think since they left them WoC colored for Halloween that they may not change them for Christmas either?
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:42 AM   #80
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Hey Matt, from the report on the disneylandnews.com DL will have the CALIFORNIA Candy Cane letters at the front entrance. Like what Sherry said on the Christmas thread, this could be the last chance to see the sign with the Candy Cane on it.

I was planning to see ElecTRONica on Friday night after "Believe...In Holiday Magic" at DL, but now that has change since with the addition of TRONcore to the WoC show. I was thinking of doing Believe first at DL, than I will go to the 10:30 show of WoC by getting the picnic on the day of the show. I know if I do that, I will lose the opportunity to see ElecTRONica that Friday night since the park will close at 10pm. I also want to see ElecTRONica that night. I was thinking of just seeing Believe on Thursday and get a FP for the 9:00pm WoC show and after WoC, go over to Hollywood Land see ElecTRONica after WoC. My original plan was not seeing WoC since I have seen it four times this year and seeing Believe twice. But after with the addition to WoC, that has all changed and I want to see WoC on Friday.

Which plan should I choose or should I do another plan instead? I'm just going crazy and need some help.
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:36 PM   #81
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I'm sure you got the PM about this and will see there is some flexibility on seeing the different parts of ElecTRONica. Did it clear anything up?
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Thx for the info Matt on ElecTRONica nightly schedule. This will make it easy for me to do my solo trip. Now I am now setting up two plans on my trip on Friday. It only depends on how well I videotape "Believe...In Holiday Magic" fireworks on Thursday. If everything goes well I will go with Plan A, but if it doesn't turn out well with so much background noise I will have to go with Plan B. I'm hoping to go with Plan A instead of Plan B since I can get a lot done with the first plan.

Plan A
If I videotape Believe great on Thursday night, here is the plan for Friday nighttime.

After I take a break back at my room, I will head on back to DCA and get ready for the opening of ElecTRONica at Sunshine Plaza around 5:45pm. Than I would spend the first two hours of the day in Sunshine Plaza and Hollywood Land to take photos and videotape ElecTRONica during the first part of the night.

Than I will use my FP for the Blue section and get in line for the 2nd show of WoC. I was planning on getting in the line around 8-8:30. When it is time to go to Paradise Bay viewing area, I will try the best spot for the blue section right next to the VIP section from the map made by Disneyland 1951. I wanted to try that spot for awhile since I have watch it from the 2nd level tier of the blue FP and the center area of the dining package.

After the 10:30 show, I will head on back over to DL and take pictures of the castle and other parts of the park at night.


Plan B
If I wasn't satisfy with my videotaping on Believe on Thursday night, here is the other plan for that night.

After I take a break back at my room, I will head on back to DCA and get ready for the opening of ElecTRONica at Sunshine Plaza around 5:45pm. Than I would spend the time to see the first performance of the night. I will possibly stay in DCA for just a half an hour to an hour and I will head on over back to DL and get ready for Believe.

I will try to get the curb side area right in front of SB castle like I did on Thursday. But that will take awhile to sit around the Hub and wait until the fireworks starts at 8:40pm.

After the fireworks, I will head on back over to DCA and get in line for the 2nd show of WoC at 10:30pm. If I get the blue FP as planned with the picnic, I will try that spot in the blue section right next to the VIP area.

After the 10:30 show, I will head on back over to DL and take pictures of the castle and other parts of the park at night.


I want to use Plan A, but if it doesn't go well on Thursday I will have to go with Plan B. But in the end, I might just go with Plan A. I just need more advice of which plan I should go with?
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I have decided to go with Plan A since I barely have time at DL during my solo trip. It would be great to see ElecTRONica during Friday night and see WoC later during the day. It will be a fun trip not only doing skiingfast challenge of taking pictures of the ride vehicles and seeing the Holiday season at DL.

Now is time to post more pics during the Holiday season.

Here are some pics of IASWH












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Wow! Your camera takes amazing shots...
What kind of slr do you have?
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What kind of slr do you have?
I use a Nikon D60 DSLR camera.
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So Friday WoC first or second show? Even if you get a poor video of Believe on Thursday would it be worth missing WoC and Electronica to get a second chance to film Believe, even though the second time you could end up next to a screemer or talker?
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So Friday WoC first or second show? Even if you get a poor video of Believe on Thursday would it be worth missing WoC and Electronica to get a second chance to film Believe, even though the second time you could end up next to a screemer or talker?
I have chosen the first WoC show since I just bought the picnic online with the AP discount at $12.99 for the first show at 9pm. It will be nice to do the picnic package since I have done it in August. It does save me time in the FP line at GRR.

I was planning to be in front of SB castle 2 hours prior to the fireworks. So I would get a prime spot no matter what the case is. There are guests who would wait 3 hours for the fireworks but that is for the benches and guests get a curb side area right around 2-3 hours prior to the fireworks. I don't care for a bench seat like those other guests who are waiting for the fireworks (no offense to the people who wait that long on the benches, since I don't like the view from that spot). If I do that I have to be in front of other guests during the show. I just get a curb side area right by the hub so I get another half feet above the guests that are in front of me so I can videotape the fireworks. It is painful to wait that long by yourself but it does seem worth it to me since I like to do nighttime activities.

I have got a lot of talkers and screamers in the past when I videotape the fireworks. I had a loud talking family right next to me when I videotape Wishes at WDW and RDCT on my trip in March. So it does make me mad when other people talk during the fireworks, but they do have the right to talk. It is rude if they do that when I and other guests around the park videotape any events.

Thx for the help.
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Sounds like you have a good plan. Enjoy the decorations on SB castle while you wait.
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Sounds like you have a good plan. Enjoy the decorations on SB castle while you wait.
I am also looking forward to Wintertime Enchantment Holiday Lighting on SB castle since I seen it a couple of times last year during my Holiday trip. This year I will be videotaping the 5 min lighting show while I am waiting for Believe.
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Here is my Plan for Saturday on the last day of my trip.

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Get up early in the morning on Saturday and get to the park entrance at 7am in the morning so I could eat at the Plaza Inn for breakfast. I am doing this breakfast so my dad's colleague's daughters will get autographs in their books. I am doing this solo since it does feel weird to me, but with the confidence from Goofy_Mom, Sherry, and the other DISers who gave me confidence to do this for the girls. I wanted to eat at the Plaza Inn for breakfast since I was a little kid.

After what I have read on a thread that you can go on the rides after you finished your breakfast before the park opens at its schedule time. It would be nice to do that, but someone needs to clarify that you can do that or not. After that, I will just go around the park and take more pics of the food porn and merchandise.

Around 10 am I will head on back over to BW Stovalls and pack everything and head on back to Sacramento.
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