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Old 02-21-2012, 06:20 PM   #76
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I love your pictures from Buzz! I've never noticed the little details that don't have Z's on them either!
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I don't understand why they changed the IASW queue either, it's weird, and I feel totally unnecessary!

I can't believe the pictures you got on that ride! They are so beautiful!

I LOVE Tomorrowland, I can never decide if Tomorrowland or Adventureland is my favorite MK land. I suppose it can be a tie, right? I do like Fantasyland, but it's not very much of a land to me right now, it's more a narrow pathway of rides. I'm hoping once all the construction walls are down I can appreciate it again, I'm starting to forget what the real Fantasyland looks like!

Your Buzz pictures are great too! I've only been on Buzz twice I think, maybe 3 times, and I'm awful at it. Seriously, how do you know where you're shooting? At least TSM makes sense, you can see where your little things are going, but on Buzz? Forget it. I always get the most pitiful score!
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Gah!! You can get beignets in DL?? In the New Orleans Square place I'm assuming? I'm taking my first trip to DLR (since 1997) in a few weeks, and literally feel like I know nothing about it! So excited!!!

Love the pictures of Buzz! They're awesome. I definitely didn't notice the dinosaur's ever before! I guess I've always been too distracted trying to hit the targets!
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I almost forgot - HAPPY FASTNACHT DAY (aka the best day of the entire year for us lucky Pennsylvania Dutch)!!

Even though for the past two years I have been living in a part of the county that has a grand total of TWO donut stores and thus am fasnachtless once again.
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I'm glad you took pictures on this ride (which are again, great) because I don't think I would ever notice the details on it. Um, wind up dinosaur guy? That's awesome! Also, he reminds me of Reptar from the Rugrats.

Look at you and your SUCCESS in getting fastpasses! Hahah, very nice.
I love Reptar! I really want to go back and do a marathon rewatch of Rugrats/Hey Arnold, thanks to the magic of the Internet. I feel like I really missed a lot the first time 'round. I've been trying to convince Bear that one of these two shirts (A and B) are completely necessary for my long-term happiness but it hasn't worked so far.

I KNOW. I literally tripled my fastpass number in under thirty minutes! I give myself an B+ in Tomorrowland touring (given that I egregiously dismissed TTA, CoP, and Monster's Inc as boring rides).

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Your pictures of Buzz are awesome!! You've all but convinced me to take my 50mm. I was just going to bring my Tamron 17-50, but now I'm nervous about how I'll handle dark rides and whatnot without a prime.

I wonder why you kept getting the non-valid Fastpasses? That's so weird. :/ Were you ever able to get a normal one throughout the trip, or was it glitchy the whole time?
YESSS TAKE YOUR PRIME. Just remember to take if off now and then! I can literally count on my fingers the number of times I took my prime off, which didn't always work. Prime shooting is just so much fun! I really want the 35mm or the 30mm for my next trip (and then end up renting a better zoom because there's no way i could afford both. Also I have far fewer opinions on zoom lenses and don't want to just buy one to have one, you know?).

Yeah, it was kind of my fault because I have a very flexible idea of time that Disney doesn't really adhere to. It was worst with Peter Pan! I swear the Fastpass machine clock is off. It seriously took me five tries to get valid ones and I'm not really sure why? But after that first morning we had excellent fastpass luck.
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YESSS TAKE YOUR PRIME. Just remember to take if off now and then! I can literally count on my fingers the number of times I took my prime off, which didn't always work. Prime shooting is just so much fun! I really want the 35mm or the 30mm for my next trip (and then end up renting a better zoom because there's no way i could afford both. Also I have far fewer opinions on zoom lenses and don't want to just buy one to have one, you know?).
I think I will!! My only problem with the prime is that it's a bit tight on my camera, so I usually have to back up a lot to get everything in frame. One of the ~perils of being too poor to afford a full-frame camera, I suppose. :c Did you ever have issues with that?

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I love your pictures from Buzz! I've never noticed the little details that don't have Z's on them either!
Thanks! Iím always SO competitive when playing that I just focus in on what Iím supposed to shooting at (not that that helps anyÖ) and never really enjoy the ride. It was a nice change (plus there was like two other laser dots in addition to mine so I actually saw what I was shooting for once! Amazing! Not that it helped any, but it was a different experience ).

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I don't understand why they changed the IASW queue either, it's weird, and I feel totally unnecessary!

I can't believe the pictures you got on that ride! They are so beautiful!

I LOVE Tomorrowland, I can never decide if Tomorrowland or Adventureland is my favorite MK land. I suppose it can be a tie, right? I do like Fantasyland, but it's not very much of a land to me right now, it's more a narrow pathway of rides. I'm hoping once all the construction walls are down I can appreciate it again, I'm starting to forget what the real Fantasyland looks like!

Your Buzz pictures are great too! I've only been on Buzz twice I think, maybe 3 times, and I'm awful at it. Seriously, how do you know where you're shooting? At least TSM makes sense, you can see where your little things are going, but on Buzz? Forget it. I always get the most pitiful score!
I really like the architecture in Adventureland but Iíve always found less to do there. I like Pirates and Jungle Cruise, but not as much as Buzz or Space Mountain. But I think part of that is because Adventureland is usually the stop right before lunch/leaving so I rush through it. Next time I will definitely spend more time in Adventureland!

Iím not super excited for the Fantasyland expansion (I really dislike virtual queues or whatever they call Dumbo's new line) but I really want to see the new castles (also less congestion in old Fantasyland = more rides on small world for me. Hurrah!)! The Little Mermaid one looks adorable.

Thanks! Iíve read a lot of comments that being behind a camera makes you miss a lot of the ~experience~ but I found the opposite. I definitely noticed a lot more when I was trying to take pictures!

I donít knooow. And then people figure out the special targets somehow? Bear always manages to hit several of them and he doesnít even read about them on the Internet!! How. But I do like Buzzís set up better than TSMM just because Iím not a big virtual/screen/techie things fan. I feel like, that since you can't rely on TSMM-esque videos to make the ride interesting Imagineers have to be more creative about the backgrounds. Idk if that makes sense, especially since Iím not a TSMM expert!

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Gah!! You can get beignets in DL?? In the New Orleans Square place I'm assuming? I'm taking my first trip to DLR (since 1997) in a few weeks, and literally feel like I know nothing about it! So excited!!!

Love the pictures of Buzz! They're awesome. I definitely didn't notice the dinosaur's ever before! I guess I've always been too distracted trying to hit the targets!
YES. There's some at a cart, I think, and then also in Cafe Orleans (I believe?). At Christmas (I think?) they have gingerbread ones! Lucky you for getting to go so soon Ė I canít wait to finish up my masterís program. I never thought Iíd say it, but Iím getting really tired of being in school! I just want to be able to take vacations.

Thanks! I think itís awesome how much random stuff is hidden in Buzz. It is really hard to resist the blasters, though.
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I think I will!! My only problem with the prime is that it's a bit tight on my camera, so I usually have to back up a lot to get everything in frame. One of the ~perils of being too poor to afford a full-frame camera, I suppose. :c Did you ever have issues with that?

YESSS I love the look of the Sigma 30mm. From what I've seen, it has the ability to take AMAZING photos. Not too expensive, either! (...in photography standards, of course.)
Yeah, especially with the parade/fireworks/MMY at MK at night. I was switching back and forth with cameras because my battery was dying but it was really frustrating with the t2i. Part of it was inexperience and not having a tripod along, so I think next time it will be go MUCH more smoothly now that I know what to expect. The only other place I really used the zoom over a prime was Animal Kingdom.

I told my boyfriend that for my birthday I just wanted some money to put towards the Sigma 30mm. He was all 'Oh no, I'll just get it for you' which is super sweet, but totally not realistic (and I don't have $500 to put towards a birthday gift for him ). I don't think he quite realized the price point for lenses!
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I have to apologize for being a bit MIA lately; I have a pretty big presentation to give to my masterís committee next week and panicking about that has taken up all my time. Well, except for the 128723 (approximately) times I watched the new Brave clip. And all of the Scrubs episodes weíve been marathoning. Or the time Iíve put in to trying to restore my iPhone after it got scrubbed during an update. There was also a good few hours on Words with Friends somewhere in the mix as well.

ANYWAY, since Iíve been panicking about the ~quality of my research~, I have become simply unable to throw out any photo I took whatsoever (they are all precious to me!!!). I know my updates are usually showcase a small snippet of my day but Iím pretty sure this is a new record for me: twenty pictures describing my walk through Cinderellaís Castle. You have been warned.

I rarely go around the sides of Cinderellaís Castle when Iím in MK. If I have to, Iíll cut through either Adventureland or Tomorrowland. There really is no substitute to the walk through the Castle, even now that theyíve taken out the gift shop.


Apparently Iím one of very few people who make this a priority because most of the guests around me were unaware that it was a usable path (I eavesdrop a lot). Or that it was free to use? People are weird.


But itís good for me, leaving one of my favorite spots practically empty any time itís accessible. I love the quiet and the dark here; I find it very peaceful and a nice retreat from the tumult of the park proper.


I hope that this is actually a lioness and itís really Cinderellaís symbol. Like, after joining the castle she became took over pretty much everything: PR, educational outreach, and an elite group of female spies. And then everyone realized how boring the Prince was and unanimously decided to redo everything in her colors. And then she was super nice about it and the Prince decided he didn't really care and went along with everything. Then there was cake and tea for everyone!


Architectural continuity is seriously one of my favorite things. They look the same! Like they could have come from the same place, where subjects enjoy emulating their royal family!


Bushes! Fun fact: this is as close as Iíve ever been to the Rose Garden (?), Swan Boat Landing, etc., etc. I really donít go down here very much. Or even over by Rapunzel's meet'n'greet spot (which is super adorable).


This is, no lie, one of my very favorite pictures from this trip. I love this mural. I have many, many edits of this picture tucked away, from whenever Iím bored or having photo-editing-block. I mean, how perfect a mosaic is it? Too perfect. thatís right.


Thereís just so much detail in it and Ė given that Iím not a mosaic maker Ė Iím sure it had to have taken ages. This was originally one of my outtakes but I think some judicious cropping makes it into an okay picture. I really would like to know who made the executive decision on the Fairy Godmotherís design, though.


See? Not very reminiscent of the Disney movie Fairy Godmother. I like both interpretations; this seems more traditionally Fairy-ish while the movie one focuses on the godmother aspect. I do like the mosaic Fairy Godmotherís fashion sense Ė that hat is freaking amazing and I want one just like it.


My very favorite part of the mural is the dapple grey with the pink-y/purple-y blanket. I just love his expression, being all sassy and knowing he is totally better looking than Prince Charmingís horse. Because he is.


When I finally came out of the Castle (really, I used to spend more time in there, back in the days of the Castle shop), I had the pleasant surprise of walking straight into the Cinderella fountain. I always forget the exact placement of this fountain. I want it to be on the other side of Fantasyland for some reason. Or on the side of the Castle? Iím not sure why!


The Tremaines were out as well (there was one lady who was VERY excited by this that I cropped out). Their set was almost up so I had to be satisified with creeping around, trying to optimize the number of pictures featuring them but no park guests.


This was about as close as I got, minus the lady who kept swinging her hand into my shot. I donít know why! She had a very aggressive walking style and thus I will forever have a disembodied hand floating in the foreground. We could have had it all.


My fountain! I always forget that I really like Cinderella until I come face-to-face with themed art. Or various novel rewrites (my favorite has to be the Mercedes Lackey one, but itís a LONG list). Even though I canít remember its location, Iím pretty sure it loves me too.


See? Itís so nicely photogenic with really lovely details at practically every angle. And itís not crowded back here, giving me plenty of time to figure out exactly what I want to shoot (not that I took the time wisely, since another guest was soon to come out)Ö


Fairy Godmother! Slightly more popular than the Tremaines, there was a whole bunch of little girls dressed as Cinderella waiting for her. It is really hard to photograph characters without anyone else in the shot. I like watching them interact with children but I donít want children in my picture! And it seems weird to stand in line just to ask to take their picture.


I loitered by the gift shop windows, oohing and aahing over the pretty dresses displayed. Is this even a real shop behind the fountain? I figured it had to be, given that pretty much every piece of available space is a dump shop for something. I don't go into that many gift shops (we were never a souvenir family so it's habit to skip them) so I can't recognize the (very well done) windows. Even when they turn out a bit coloring-book-y.


I finally managed to sneak a few shots of Fairy Godmother (children not included) and took one final Castle picture. It was time to actually head into Fantasyland proper once more.
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I love all of your castle detail shots!!! It looks like it was an absolutely gorgeous day!

Good luck on your presentation!!!
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Thanks! It did clear up for a little bit there and it was so nice! Nice and warm too.

Funny story about the presentation: you know how when you're a kid and there's a big test the next day and you spend the whole night before wishing and hoping for a huge snowstorm or a stomachache/ear infection? And then the next day it's 75 and sunny or your mom says you're just fine, go to school? Well, I've finally beaten the odds! My lower wisdom teeth got infected so I'm getting them removed when I should be giving my presentation. It's a tough call if it's worth going through seven days of pain, thirteen hundred dollars, major oral surgery, and taking five million medications for a delay (and an excuse to subsist on pudding cups for a week), but my fingers are crossed!
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Oh my goodness, your pictures are so gorgeous! ALL OF THEM.
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Yay, i'm all caught up now! First of all, I am in LOVE with all your pictures. It's nice to see some different angles! Beautiful!!!!!

Your Salem idea is awesome! I always wished the Haunted Mansion area were bigger, like as if you were arriving to someones multi-acre estate. It would be cool if the build up to actually get in the mansion were longer and creepier.

I am a huge fan of Small World as well. I know a lot of people are annoyed by the song, but I don't mind it. It reminds me of being a child and coming to Disney. Anything classic that Walt had his actual hands in is A+ in my book. And I was confused with the new queue as well!

"Fantasyland is a very close second but there are just so many strollers." LMAO.

I don't remember ever noticing the pterodactyl on Buzz before. I find them to be funny creatures in general but SPACE pterodactyls? Forget it.

Again, your pictures are stunning... I love all the different angles you see on the sides/behind the castle. That is one of the most beautiful areas.
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Iím finally in that sweet spot of Ďnot asleepí, Ďnot in painí, and Ďnot loopy on pain meds (I think)í, so Iím going to try and catch up on some stuff. Iíve been being lazy and reading back entries of preppy style blogs (itís the loafers. I just canít resist a good pair of loafers) and rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender with Bear (thereís nothing like well plotted parallel narratives to make a girl feel better. Especially the run between the finale of Season 1 and maybe episode 10 of season 2). I wish I was one of those people who could just get up and do everything normally even though theyíre sick but Iím totally not! I get really short-tempered and prone to taking naps in the middle of the day. Silly wisdom teeth! Iím glad theyíre coming out tomorrow.

By the time I had left Cinderellaís Fountain, I was starting to get bored. I only had one FastPass mission left (Peter Pan) and then I was stuck until Bear got back. In theory, a solo photography-centered trip is a good ideaÖ but not riding on rides is terrible. Especially when pretty much every ride is a walk-on.

The crowds in Fantasyland were starting to pick up; I was still outside the time limit for the next set of Fastpasses and there wasnít really much to do besides dodging other people with cameras and taking crooked pictures. Even the Philharmagic (Small World?) gift shop wasnít really doing it for me (given my otherwise pro-gift shop attitude, I can understand everyoneís surprise ).


I was tempted to give up the Peter Pan fastpasses just to be able to go do something, but this sassy GQ of a crocodile convinced me to wait it out (truly the best character in that whole story. TEAM CROCODILE).


The front of Peter Pan is really one of my favorite ride fronts (queue not included). Itís just so innocent and fun. Itís certainly not the most technical or difficult or extravagant, but it fits the ride perfectly. The whole idea of Fantasyland of a marketplace, just with different rides to explore instead of shops, really works for me. I like the consistency.


Even with the weird perspective making the children as large as Big Ben, itís adorable. Look how happy they are! Iím slightly biased because the ĎYou Can Fly!í scene is my favorite out of the entire movie so course any reconstruction will be very dear to me, but Iím pretty sure everyone can agree on their innate adorableness, right?


And itís certainly the front that fits best thematically with the ride (you arenít fooling anyone Mickey, PhilharMagic is about Donald!!). I couldnít care less about the miniatures (okay, lie) in Peter Panís Flight, but the flying pirate ship really completes it.


Even after thoroughly documenting the exterior of Peter Panís Flight (seriously, I have more) there was still a few more minutes left (by Disneyís clock; my collection of ĎThis is Not a FastPassí fastpasses was steadily increasing thanks to my clock) to take a crooked picture of Pinocchioís Village Haus. I think I wanted to eat there? Most of my decisions in life can be traced back to food (or itís a small world, both of which are applicable) so itís a pretty safe bet.

No, we never returned here, probably because of the lack of Figaro fries.


Look at all those people! For the most part, this is a good representation of the average crowd level (minus things like the Christmas party and that one awful day in MGM). It was wonderful. Both really empty and really packed parks scare me (for opposite reasons), so our week was a nice balance between the extremes.


I love those guys with the maps; so intent on navigating the twists and turns of Fantasyland (isnít everything pretty much on a single path here?). And the little girl with the awesome pink pants.


I finally grabbed the actual fastpasses for Peter Pan (and PhilharMagic; I still have those, I think) and headed back out into Fantasyland. What to do next? We typically donít do Jungle Cruise FastPasses and Bear loves Haunted Mansion, so there would be no sneaky extra rides on that.


(This bird was not helpful in any way, shape or form in making my decision, I just thought he (she?) was cute.) After learning (thanks to a very vociferous gentlemanís conversation with a cast member) that the Castle was closed for a show, I headed off towards Liberty Square. I had a vague idea of checking out the Christmas store before heading up to Guest Services to pick up our party tickets.


The Christmas store was nicer than I had anticipated, not very crowded with lots of cast members. Cast Members who werenít very eager to talk to you, thank goodness.


It was a nice ten-minute break, plenty to make up for the fact that no one wanted to go in the DTD Christmas store with me the night before.


I couldnít exactly remember what the schedule was for Castle events, but took my chances and headed off to the Liberty Square bridge. I was in luck Ė everything had finished up a few minutes prior and the crowds were already gone. Even the bridge was fairly empty. So (of course), I took more Castle pictures. Why waste a perfectly good view?
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Your updates make me never want to take pictures in the parks again. They're just so good.

I LOVE Peter Pan's Flight. I love "You Can Fly"!!! I mean, who doesn't, if you don't like that song or that scene, there's something wrong with you!

I love the Christmas shop, I could spend hours in there, I love Disney Christmas ornaments more than like, anything.
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