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Old 08-19-2012, 07:10 PM   #451
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Mike, we are going for lunch, at 11:45 on Sept 1st. Cannot wait! It's a once in a lifetime experience.
I will for sure take lots of pics...

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Mike, we are going for lunch, at 11:45 on Sept 1st. Cannot wait! It's a once in a lifetime experience.
I will for sure take lots of pics...

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Awesome Lori. Will you be doing a trip report?????
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:09 PM   #453
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Alright I've added more photos. I have to say that I'm not ashamed to add ones that I don't really think would have made the cut to the picture of the day thread. I find that I can take ten or more shots and only feel good about one or two. I really like the shots I took with the 55-250 this time around. If I get to go back to DL or WDW I want to rent something completely different for me. I was really digging the close up shots with the zoom lenses. I wish I had more time to just take a day or two and slow down and just shoot. How cool would it be to live within an hour or so? Would I think the parks are as great as I have them in my mind? I think I would tire of them more quickly.

These next few are of the Big Thunder Mountain area.







I took this shot sitting in Rancho Del Zocalo

Is it me or is everyone smiling here???



Again inside the Rancho Del Zocalo. I didn't get to eat there this go around but I find it amazing beautiful and understated.




Again I was zooming in on everything.



This was taken on top of the double decker bus. I love it up there. I wish it would drive slower down mainstreet. It is a one way ride and it is strictly enforced which I like. I got to ride it twice this time around. It was on my bucket list. I think I got some unique shots. This one is just a straight on of the Emporium.



Yes I did ride alot of the Disney transportation!



Hope you enjoyed this set. I think in the future of this trip report I will give you a little more detail on what was happening with the shot or give a little more insight on what was happening. See you all soon.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:24 PM   #454
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How cool would it be to live within an hour or so? Would I think the parks are as great as I have them in my mind? I think I would tire of them more quickly.
Like you, I would LOVE the opportunity to find out for myself..... *sigh*.


That's an interesting perspective to go round the park with the 55 - 250 mm.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:40 PM   #455
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Alright I've added more photos. I have to say that I'm not ashamed to add ones that I don't really think would have made the cut to the picture of the day thread. I find that I can take ten or more shots and only feel good about one or two....
Mike - What you just added was great! And everything is welcome (or makes the cut) in the Picture of the Day thread.

Besides, what you consider to be your lesser efforts are probably what some other people would consider to be their best efforts!
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Mike your AMAZING! your family is beautiful!!!
seriously fell in love with your report.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:30 PM   #457
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Mike,
I have never done a trip report.... would not know where to start!

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Like you, I would LOVE the opportunity to find out for myself..... *sigh*.


That's an interesting perspective to go round the park with the 55 - 250 mm.
It was a lot of fun.
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Mike - What you just added was great! And everything is welcome (or makes the cut) in the Picture of the Day thread.

Besides, what you consider to be your lesser efforts are probably what some other people would consider to be their best efforts!
Thanks Sherry. Always with the kind comments. When are you planning your Christmas visit?
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Mike your AMAZING! your family is beautiful!!!
seriously fell in love with your report.
Umm are you talking to me? Amazing? No. Seriously thanks for the nice comments. I'm glad your enjoying the report. Thanks for this post. It made me smile from ear to ear today!
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I have never done a trip report.... would not know where to start!

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You should do one. You don't need to know where to start. It would be your thing and you could do anything you wanted. Once you get started its a fun way to remember your vacation. Hopefully you will think about it.
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Mike, I loved the shot of your kids heading into Mad T Party. The shadows against the fog and lighting looked incredible.

I think the Main Street vehicles are hidden gems. We always see them, but often tend to pass them by because it's faster to walk. There's something they add to the charm of Disneyland, but in order to fully appreciate that charm, we actually have to slow down long enough to get onboard.
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Mike, I loved the shot of your kids heading into Mad T Party. The shadows against the fog and lighting looked incredible.

I think the Main Street vehicles are hidden gems. We always see them, but often tend to pass them by because it's faster to walk. There's something they add to the charm of Disneyland, but in order to fully appreciate that charm, we actually have to slow down long enough to get onboard.
Thanks Sleepless Knight. I got lucky with the kids walking into the Mad T Party for sure. My favorite when coming back year after year is seeing some of the same drivers. The older gentleman that drives the smaller fire engine is just so nice and its nice to see him year after year. Does Disneyworld have all of the same transportation? When we went back in 2011 I don't remember seeing quite as many.
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Alright how about a time out? Here's a look back out how it all started out for our family at Disneyland. We had went to WDW for oh so many years (more than a decade) and I personally was getting tired and bored of it. I thought it was the end all be all to vacations. We absolutely loved WDW. So we took a break and went for a longer weekend stay to Disneyland and California. The rest is history as they say. Disneyland has become our home park. Our favorite. My favorite. The Kids favorite. My wife's favorite. We were trick or treating when we came back with the kids that short time after and my wife turned to me and asked how I liked our trip. I told her it was the best. She agreed. We have now been to Disneyland as many times as WDW. Why can't it be more?!?












What a great time of year to go. Remember Dreams Come True, Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion Overlay, and our first time seeing Fantasmic! at DL. We had a blast.

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Hi Mike. After seeing your shot of Mad T Party, I find myself wishing you could have photographed elecTRONica. I attempted (attempt being the key word), but most of my shots are not even close to capturing the whole feel of stepping into the world of TRON.

I believe that the MK technically still has those vehicles, but they're very rarely out anymore because the MK has something like 3 or 4 parade type shows in the daytime and all those castle shows going on during the day to boot.

I think that over the years, the MK has really lost a lot of the little touches that Disneyland, for the most part, manages to preserve. I certainly get the grandeur of Cinderella Castle, but the feeling of being in colonial America is absolutely shattered when I look up and see a very European fairy tale castle spire in the sky.

About the only thing I miss from DCA 1.0 entrance are those letters out front. But I think that what has replaced DCA 1.0 is worth that loss. I'll find out for myself in just a couple of weeks now.
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