DisneySuiteFreak's Summer Nightastic Photo Intensive Trip Report; updated 3-17-2010!

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  1. DisneySuiteFreak

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    Okay I am so sorry I didn't get to post more of my T/R! I got busy at work again with payroll and everything. Will definitely have more up probably tomorrow. Sorry! Thanks for bearing with me!
     
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    Sorry this is so tardy! I ended up taking another vacation to DLR a couple of weeks ago and was busy with planning that trip so this T/R got neglected.
    Anyway, when I left off, we were on our way in to DCA to collect DH's giftcard and see DEP. We got in and got his GC no problem. Based on my photos we apparently decided to do Single Rider on Soaring before finding a spot for DEP.
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    DH said, “Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time for Disney's Electrical Parade.” By the time we got off Soaring, it was around 7:50 and IIRC, DEP was supposed to start at 8:45pm ish. (Sorry it's been awhile...) Anyway, we hunt all over for a place to see the DEP...and everywhere was full. The CMs are hurrying everyone along, telling us there is no where we can stand and watch. So we walk, and walk, and walk, further into the park and lo and behold, we found an area near the Golden Dreams theatre in which there was lots of room to stand and watch -- probably because the background left a lot to be desired — it was a construction wall. But at least we got a place to stand and watch the show… :yay: So we got a spot to see the DEP. I haven't seen this show in years! Probably the last time I saw it was way back in 2002 or something like that. So we wait. And we wait. And we wait. And about a half hour after it was supposed to start, some people in our area stood up to leave mentioning that if they didn’t they would miss the DL fireworks. They started playing an announcement that the show was unavoidably delayed but that it would be starting soon. I knew we would miss the fireworks, but by the time they started the announcements, I felt that it would be too late for us to get a decent spot for fireworks and that we ran the risk of not making it to fireworks in which case we would end up missing both. So we stayed put. It finally started…
    Anyway, here's a brief recap of what we saw:
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    And still more DEP photos:

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    Cinderella’s evil Step sisters:
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    And the 7 Dwarfs:
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    Pinocchio!
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    And the Grand Finale, To Honor America:
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    ...Which would’ve been nicer to see if the people sitting way in the front would have waited until the parade was done and passed us before standing up and gathering their things…I guess they thought they would be able to rush off and catch the fireworks show at DL. :lmao: Not!
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    Other than that small bit of rudeness by the people in the front, we enjoyed the DEP and would see it again…as long as it doesn’t conflict with Fireworks, which we prefer.
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    As we walked to the front of DCA, the fireworks at DL started even though the DEP was still going on in DCA. The entire Esplanade was packed with people who just stopped and sat right where they were to watch the fireworks show. There was a long line to go back into DL so we decided to leave for a short bit and hope for some people to exit the park and lessen the amount of people in it. We left for about a half an hour and went back to our conveniently located Fairfield Inn.

    This is getting long, so I will continue tomorrow…I promise! I’ve got to get this one done so I can start the next one!

    Just one teensy weensy, small rant/request if I may...For these types of shows, it would be nice if people who choose to sit in the very front would lower their strollers if no one is in it. The stroller you can see at the bottom of most of my pics, which I don't have time to edit out, had no one in it. If they had folded it up, it would have made for a much nicer viewpoint for the people standing/sitting behind them. Also again, if you are sitting in the front for a parade or show, please be kind and decent enough to wait until the show has finished and passed your area before you stand up and ruin the end for everyone else. Thanks! I'm sure it would be much appreciated by many, not just me...By rushing off like that, you ruin it for the people behind you and it's pointless because you wouldn't have made it to Fireworks anyway.
     
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    After we left DCA, we contemplated going into DL, but hesitated due to the heavy amounts of people still trying to fight their way in even though the Magical Fireworks show was happening. So we went back to the hotel for about a half hour. Then we walked back the DLR and decided to check out Nemo to see how long the lines were. This is one of DH’s favorite attractions. They had apparently closed down the ride for a few minutes, although we don’t know why. As we stood around debating what to do next, they opened the line. It’s amazing how the line went from zero people in it to a 30 minute wait. At any rate, we got in line and waited for only about 15 minutes or so. I like this ride better in the day time.
    Here is some of what we saw; these are straight out of the camera, no post processing (no time!):
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    After Nemo, we went around TL, the Castle and Main Street. DH indulged me as I took a few shots there. Again Straight out of the camera, no Post processing, no time...

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    We wandered through the Main Street shops while DH looked for something to spend his Gift Card on. As he shopped I took a few photos of these scenes in the Emporium. They’re pretty cute, and if you don’t look up, you could completely miss them.

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    This one reminded me of my son when he was little and had to go to the Dentist! LOL!
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    I should have done long exposures of these next few shots but if you look at the clock it was already past 1:00am!! Yikes! At this point DH and DS was just about over indulging my photo taking!
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    Okay they indulged me some more...
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    And finally my last shot of the night...One last lingering look at probably one of my favorite signs in the whole world 'cause when you see it you know you're really there (if you're coming from the Harbor side entrance anyway):
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    June 13th Seaworld…Today was a blocked day on our DAPs, so we decided to go to Seaworld…
    We slept in a little later than we should have on this day, considering we had to drive down to San Diego to go to Sea World. We encountered a little bit of traffic at one point on the freeway, so DH got off the freeway and drove along the coastal scenic route. It probably took just as long to drive the scenic areas, but at least it wasn’t boring. We got back on the freeway in due time and the rest of the way was clear.
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    One of the first things we did when we got in the park was to look for someplace for my DH to eat. He loves to eat and he’s lucky he’s one of those naturally thin guys who can stuff his face and never seem to gain weight. He wanted BBQ so we ended up eating here:
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    They had a really good deal going on with the combination plates, so DH and I ordered the combination of smoked brisket, smoked chicken and BBQ ribs.
    DS is picky and only wanted brisket. I thought that was unfortunate because the chicken and BBQ was the best and the brisket was so-so.
    All the meals came with a side of corn, a bun and French fries. That’s a lot of food for about $8.00 a plate.
    DH is a big eater, so he also got the Caesar’s salad, baked beans and Strawberry cheesecake to go along with it. I got a really good, almost to die for chocolate cake. Yum! DS only wanted chocolate pudding. We all thought that for the price we paid, this food blew away any of the CS food in DLR.
    Here’s the food porn:
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    We quickly finished most of our meal (honestly, we couldn’t eat it all, it was way too much food!) and because the Dolphin Discovery show was starting soon and was near the restaurant, we went there first. DS and I brought our desserts along and was allowed to bring it in the stands and finish eating while we waited for the show to start.
    This show was really good. If you ever go to it, DO NOT sit in the first 10-12 rows or so because it’s almost guaranteed you will get wet. The Dolphins do a trick in which they go around the pool making huge waves and splashing it out onto the audience members.
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    These people were soaked!
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    I was really glad we weren’t in those rows and decided right then and there that we would beg, borrow or steal to not have to sit in the lower rows for the remainder of the day!

    They brought up a little girl and her ‘family’ to touch and interact with the wholphin.
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    Then the trainers sent the wholphin on its way with the little girl’s ‘mom’ riding atop the wholphin. (It was actually a trainer, not her mom.) Also, is that a wholphin or is that a whale? Some places have crossbred Dolphins+whales, but I'm not sure about this one...FWIW, I'll call it a wholphin until I hear otherwise. It seemed rather small for a whale.
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    Suddenly the wholphin dove underwater taking the ‘mom’ with it – everyone gasped!
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    and then it reemerged and threw the ‘mom’ up into the air:
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    They announced that it was actually a trainer and all was right in the world again…
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    Dolphins came out and did their tricks:
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    2 be continued...
     
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    Seaworld Continued....
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    After that show was done, we decided to check out Cirque De La Mer. On the way there we passed the Flamingo exhibit:
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    If you’ve ever seen a Cirque Show, then you will know what this show entails… Lots of acrobatics, stunts, some humor, etc… Personally I could take it or leave it. I think I would’ve preferred going on a ride or seeing another attraction, but my DH really wanted to see it, so we indulged him.
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    They brought up a volunteer:
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    These guys came out and did their thing:
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    And then as if that wasn’t enough, the guy on the bottom starts doing squats while the guy on top is still balancing on one hand!
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    Pretty amazing feats of strength and endurance!
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    So it was amazing…but I think with the limited time we had since we were only there for ½ a day, we could’ve skipped this show…

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    Seaworld Continued...
    There was a cool river like display near the touch tank with these mussels that were growing there:
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    There were many fish tanks which we checked out since my DH is really into fish&#8230;
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    It was much easier to get a photo of the starfish after the sun changed angles&#8230;
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    Seaworld is a pretty nicely landscaped park:
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    Then we saw the Sea Lions&#8230;
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    And the Sea Lions Tonite show. This show spoofs the other shows in the park and elsewhere. It was sold out and they were turning people away. We only got in because DH was already in, so they let us in because of that. It was SRO. (Standing room only) It was entertaining.
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    Seaworld Continued....
    We went to Ignite! which we highly recommend! It&#8217;s a late night Dolphin show with Pyrotechnics and a fire dancer. All of these photos are straight out of the camera, no post processing; no time!
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    Thanks for sharing! Loving your trip report.

    Do you mind telling me what camera you use? I have trouble, even with my expensive thing I bought last year, to take decent night photo's without a flash and have them turn out not blurry. I can't seem to hold still good enough and I'm sure not going to use a tripod. :rotfl:
     
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    Hi zeitzuge! I use a Nikon D90. For most of these photos on this trip, I used the Nikon 18-200mmVR lens. The Vibration Reduction feature in the lens helps to prevent some motion blur when hand holding. I find it especially helps at night...Well that, along with a high ISO. All of the Seaworld show photos were taken using the 18-200VR lens. The reach wasn't quite long enough for some of those shots, and the lens isn't a fast enough lens for low light, but it was all I brought with me, and I can't afford the pro lenses, which run about $2k. :scared1: The indoor/dark rides at DL are taken with the D90 and the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens. That lens, along with 3200 ISO helps me to get the low light shots hand held. The D90 has a (relatively) newer processor (it just came out in 2008) that allows much higher ISO than my older DSLR and especially P&S cameras. The sensors on the DSLRs are much larger than the P&S cameras so that's why one can use higher ISO with less digital noise. Shucks, there are some DSLRs now than can get ISOs as high as 25,000+ and they don't look noisy at all! I can't afford any of those though, so the D90 works for me and my budget.
    What kind of camera are you using? I find that even with all the VR and fast lenses, in low light you have to really stop and take a moment to breathe and then take the shot. I take a deep breath and hold it as I click the shutter, and I try to keep my arms steadied against the sides of my torso.
    Thanks for reading the T/R! :goodvibes
     
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    Wonderful TR...thanks for sharing. Your photos are always amazing!!
     
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    Thank you thmar! I'm glad to have you on board.:goodvibes
     
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    This show was quite simply AWESOME! What they do with these killer whales is nothing short of amazing! They use some sort of sign language to communicate with the whales. (I believe they do this with the dolphins too.)
    Shamu Rocks incorporates popular rock songs like We Will Rock You and others to elevate the sense of excitement and touch on all the senses, not just the visual.
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    The whales would often do a trick in which they dive into the pool and slide their way across a stage where they stop just in front of the trainer and pose.
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    Somehow they always knew to go back to the trainer for more instructions, treats, etc. They are very smart!
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    The trainers waved, and the whales waved too!
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    Then they did more tricks independent of each other.
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    Or they were given commands and do what they were told…
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    The whales look so small in the photo above but when they’re next to the trainers you can see how big they really are:
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    A rock guitarist came out and played…
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    The whales started swimming & doing tricks to the music:
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    They did this turning, skidding thing that would send water flying over the edge of the tank!
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    Immediately following the show, the fireworks started. I didn’t have my tripod so I only took a couple and gave up:
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    The fireworks show is nothing like Disney, so I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it. It’s much better to see Shamu Rocks and catch whatever fireworks are overhead than to seek out the fireworks and miss Shamu!
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    Seaworld Continued...

    They had a show with a bunch of performers, drummers, dancers, etc. I thought it was a pretty cool show which showcased their talent. Much less cheesy than HSM, if you know what I mean… I loved the drumline thing…
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    The dancers were cool too! I love that they did modern dance...
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    Seaworld Continued...
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    Look at all those teeth! Scary!
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    Seaworld Continued....
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    They look so pretty with all their gold sparkly stuff in their flesh…It’s interesting to note that they didn’t move around the whole time. They just stayed in one place…which is quite the opposite of when they are feeding…

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    And that’s the end of our day at Seaworld!
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    We all thoroughly enjoyed our day at Seaworld and regretted that we didn’t make it a point to get there earlier so we could experience everything. We do intend to make it a point to go back there one day and take it all in. We were really impressed with how intelligent the mammals were. All we did was see the shows! We didn’t even have time for all the shows and we didn’t get to go on any rides. You could easily spend a whole day at this park and not run out of things to do. I do think it’s better for older people who can comprehend the intelligence of the mammals. I think for really little kids, it could get boring after a while…perhaps… They do have the Sesame Street Lights, Camera, Imagination show which we didn't see because we don't have a little one...

    Next up...Back to park that Walt Built!
     

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