Our 3rd Annual Holiday Trip to DL in November - November 22nd - 25th, 2013 Post #3416

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  1. mvf-m11c

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    Thank you PiO. I just have been sick these last few days and it still hasn't got any better.

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    Day 2 – January 13, 2013 – Part 10

    Back with more pictures from World of Color and during the Brave segment of the show.
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    After the Brave segment of WoC, now the Spring Sprite from Fantasia 2000 appears
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    Now is the Pocahontas scene which the song during the show was “Just Around the Riverbed”.
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    Pocahontas and John Smith with “Colors of the Wind” playing
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  4. PrincessInOz

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    Hope you feel better Bret.

    I love the WoC shots and am looking forward to more.
     
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    Day 2 – January 13, 2013 – Part 11

    After the Pocahontas scene, we are now seeing Heimlich from A Bug’s Life.
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    The next scene is Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean
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    The pyrotechnics were going on during the PotC scene.
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    I love this during the PotC scene with Jack Sparrow saying “Did everyone see that because I will not be doing that again”. That was during the scene of PotC: On Stranger Tides.
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    Lion King scene
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    During the scene during Mufasa’s death, DD2 was scared and grabbed onto my aunt so tight that she told her that it was not that scary.
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    That’s it for this post and I will have more from World of Color from that night.
     
  6. mvf-m11c

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    Day 2 – January 13, 2013 – Part 12

    We are now during the scene of the death of Mufasa and now the song called “So Cloase” from the movie “Enchanted” is playing.
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    Bambi and Flower scene
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    Dumbo scene
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    Rapunzel and Flynn
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    Lady and the Tramp scene
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    Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen
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    Belle and the Beast scene
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    Snow White and the Prince scene
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    Aurora and Eric scene
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    Back with Tiana and Naveen
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    Cinderella scene where DD2 was so excited to see during the show. Well actually she was excited to see all the princesses during this part of the show.
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    Sebastian
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    Dora and Marlin
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    That’s it for this post and I will have more from World of Color from that night.
     
  7. mvf-m11c

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    Day 2 – January 13, 2013 – Part 13

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    Buzz & Woody
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    Jasmine and Aladdin
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    Genie
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    Can’t forget about that mouse
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    After the show was over, everyone was so amazed by the show. My aunt DBF was so glad that we got to see WoC that night and she was amazed with the fountains projecting on the water. I asked her later on which nighttime show she really like during the trip and she really like RDCT a lot over WoC. She was talking to DD2 if she had a great time watching the show. There were times when DD2 was scared during the show from the PotC scene and the Lion King scene. But she really enjoyed the show for a 2 ½ year old child. My aunt was so amazed with this show and we talked about this show and Illuminations at EPCOT. I asked her which show she liked out of those two and she was also undecided of which show was better. Kay had a fun time watching WoC. As always for me when I watch this show it is so exciting to watch every time I go to the DLR and have to see this show. There were only a few times ever since the show debut that I have never seen it. For only a 30 minute wait at my favorite spot in the blue section right in front of the green fire hydrant was well worth it for the time we waited and the location where they could see the show with no problem. Glad that we didn’t have to come early for a spot in the handicapped section and were able to park the ECV right at that spot.

    When we packed all the stuff in the ECV and stroller, all the guests were leaving the viewing area so the 2nd group for the 9:15pm WoC show can take that spot. While we were about to head on out with the other guests, we were right by “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure” ride and the wait time was short so we head on over to that ride. So we head on over to that ride. We parked the stroller and my aunt rode the ECV towards the loading station.

    The wait time for getting on TLMAUA was only 5 minutes which was a walk-on. We were moved to the back part of the loading area right at the exit area for the handicapped guests. We were loaded in the clamshells and on the ride.

    I will have pictures from TLMAUA ride on the next post.
     
  8. franandaj

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    Wow! Awesome pictures from WoC!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing. I haven't seen the show in a while.
     
  9. PrincessInOz

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    I agree. Great shots of WoC. I always seem to tear up a little when I hear the opening strains of music for that show. I love reliving it through your lens.
     
  10. mvf-m11c

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    Thank you Alison.


    Thank you PiO. I can listen to the end of WoC every time.


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    Day 2 – January 13, 2013 – Part 14

    We left off watching the 8pm World of Color and everyone really enjoyed the show a lot. For only a 30 minute wait at my favorite spot in the blue section went really well for all of us. Now we just left the Paradise Pier viewing area and now are on the Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. After a great show, it was a good idea to go on TLMAUA while the wait time was less than 5 minutes to get on the ride.

    We were in the clamshells riding TLMAUA and I was in one of the clamshells alone while everyone else was in a clamshell with someone. I believe my aunt was with Kay while my aunt DBF was with DD2 in one of them. I used my camera to take pictures during the ride. Some of the pictures that I took that day were really bad and these were not as great as the WDW trip where we got to ride the Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid ride where both names of these rides are different. Here is the link of the pictures from the MK version of the Little Mermaid ride when I rode it back in October of last year before it was open to the public: [post=46949932]Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid pictures[/post] Just like the DCA and MK version which are the same and the only difference between the two is the outside building which the MK is so dramatic with Prince Eric’s castle.

    Here are pictures from TLMAUA that night. I used the 35mm lens for the dark rides since it was perfect for the low light areas of the ride.

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    Ariel and you can see Sebastian in the background
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    The finale of the ride which all the sea creatures along with King Triton
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    When the ride was over, we got out of the clamshells and picked up the ECV at the loading area while it was nice to have the ECV right at the loading area. We were outside and got the stroller. We will get to see what we have done later that night on the next post.
     
  12. ACDSNY

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    Brett, your pics are wonderful.
     
  13. mvf-m11c

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    Thank you Angela.


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    Day 2 – January 13, 2013 – Part 15

    We left went on the Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Paradise Pier after watching the 8pm World of Color show. Everyone had a great time riding the LMAUA ride and it was a good idea to ride it while we watching WoC that night and it was going to be busy when we left PP viewing area. Now we just finished the ride and now back outside of PP.

    We got outside of the LMAUA and now back at PP. When we looked towards Grizzly River Run ride, the 8:45pm Remember Dreams Come True fireworks were running during that time. So we watched RDCT right by the side of the LMAUA. Everyone except for Kay watched RDCT fireworks the other night and everyone knows that watching the fireworks without the music is completely different.
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    We didn’t stay too long and we head on over to our next destination. While we were watching RDCT, we talked about what else to do before we left DCA that night. The park was going to be open for just one more hour at 10pm while Disneyland will close at 11pm. My aunt DBF asked if we can see Turtle Talk with Crush at the Animation Building in Hollywood Land. It was really close to the time when the park closes at 10pm and I just went along with them and we head on over to Hollywood Land to see Turtle Talk with Crush.

    We were walking on over to Hollywood Land going down in that direction it was nice and quiet that night while most of the 2nd group of guests at PP for the 2nd show of WoC. I thought about taking them to Cars Land to see all the neon lights. But we looked at it while walking down on over to Buena Vista Street. They were all amazed by Cars Land at night as when they saw it during the afternoon.
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    We skipped going towards CL while we head on over to Hollywood Land. While we were just about to enter BVS, RDCT was still going on and I can tell that it was about to end. So we waited around BVS to watch the rest of RDCT.
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    After RDCT was over at DL, we now head on over to Hollywood Land it was quiet that night. We walked on over to the Animation Building to see Turtle Talk with Crush. When we entered the building, we had to wait for 10 minutes until the next show started. So we used that time to rest and relax until it was time for the show. It was almost around 9:30pm when the show started which was the last one for the night. So we were fortunate to see the last show that night of Turtle Talk with Crush.
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    The show for Turtle Talk with Crush is now letting people enter the room and we followed them as the last group of the night to watch Turtle Talk with Crush. When we entered the room, there were a few people and not even 1/3 was filled in the room. So it was a semi-private show that night. DD2 was able to talk to Crush that show. She asked him a funny question to Crush which was “Do you live in a zoo?” Crush responded “What is a zoo?” We were all LOL about that question to Crush and DD2 said “That is where you live?” It was a funny question to ask Crush and she was so excited to talk to him that night.

    After the show was over, we picked up the stroller in the Animation Building and head on out. While we were outside, they needed to use the restroom so I waited for them outside and took some random pictures while I was waiting for them.
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    The Mad T Party was going on over on the other side of Hollywood Land
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    After everyone used the restroom, we started to head on out of the park since it was about to close around 10pm and we sued that time to head on over to Disneyland to go on one more ride that night. I had to take them back on It’s a Small World Holiday at night while the lights are amazing to see at night. We got to see it the other during the day and this time we plan on riding it that night.

    While walking on out, the 2nd show of WoC was almost over and it was a good thing that we left before the crowds exited DCA and back towards the esplanade.
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    We walked on out of DCA and back on over to the esplanade to go to DL. Luckily the turnstiles entering DL that night was not that long but when we got close to the turnstiles there were CM’s out at the turnstiles to scan the guest tickets. Even that late at night when the park is about to close they have the CM’s checking the tickets to make sure that it belongs to that person. DL is really taking this so seriously even at night when the park is about to close in an hour.
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    When we entered DL, we walked on over towards FL to go on IASWH. While walking on MS, it was not that crowded that night while most of the guests have left the park or on some rides.
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    Now we were on over towards the Hub and walking towards IASW Plaza
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    While we were in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, I told them that we should get a picture together just like we did earlier at the WoC viewing area before the show started. Everyone was in the picture which was great that we were all in the picture. This is only the 2nd group picture that we had during the whole trip while most of them were a couple or three while I was taking most of the pictures.
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    After getting the picture, we head on through SB Castle and over towards IASW Plaza. While we were walking on down towards IASW Plaza, DD2 wanted to ride King Arthur’s Carousel before we head on over towards IASWH. DD2 is a big fan of carousels back in Sacramento where there is one at the Sacramento City Zoo. So she rode KAC with Kay while the three of us relaxed until they are done.

    When Kay and DD2 finished riding KAC, we head on over towards IASWH to go on the ride that night. While walking down IASW Plaza, all the lights are on just like during the Holiday season.
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    When we got to IASWH, some of them had to use the restroom again so we stopped right by the Fantasyland Theater which is being transformed into the new “Mickey and Magical Map”. I didn’t have to use the restroom so I was taking pictures while talking with Kay about the whole day. It was really nice of Kay to spend her days with us while it was DD2 first trip to DL.
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    That’s it for this post and I will have more form IASWH later that night.
     
  15. PrincessInOz

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    Great pictures Bret! Love the Little Mermaid ones. I hope you're happy with this set?


    Looks like a great day. Thanks for sharing.
     
  16. Sherry E

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    Bret -

    Not only are your fireworks shots getting better and better with each trip, but your exterior IASW Holiday shots are too! The IASWH photos above are so crisp and clear.

    It's only March, and I generally don't start to really get impatient for the holiday season to get here until summer or so, but seeing your IASWH photos makes me anxious for November and December to roll around! Now I want to fast forward to the holidays because I can't wait to see the beautiful IASWH facade lit up in color again.

    Here is a side note that I thought you'd find interesting:

    When looking at the complete list of names of DIS'ers who have replied/posted in my TR thread and how many posts each person has in the thread, I noticed that you are near the top of the list! Not counting myself (because it's my thread, so obviously I would have the most posts), Michele/kaoden39 is at the top with the most replies, and Bumbershoot/Molly is right under her...and then it's you! You have 204 posts in my thread!

    So then I came over to your TR thread - this one - to see who was at the top of your list of DIS'ers who have commented, and TK/tksbaskets is #1 (after you)! TK is leading the pack!:cool1:

    Of course, I noticed that I only had something like 76 posts in your thread, so I have to fix that and start commenting more often! I have to catch up!

    (By the way, in case anyone out there is interested in checking the complete list of everyone who has posted in their threads and how many replies each person gave, you can find it by looking under the "Replies" column on the main page, clicking on the number you see to the right of your thread title - and a menu will pop up with the list! It's kind of fascinating to see who has posted in the threads that have been going on for a long time, and how many replies they made - because a lot of people come and go over time and then disappear forever. I was looking at the lists, saying "I forgot she/he posted! Whatever happened to her/him?" about a lot of people who have disappeared!)
     
  17. mvf-m11c

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    Thank you PiO. When I looked at these pictures and the one's from the WDW trip I thought the MK pictures from the Little Mermaid were a little better than the January trip. What do you think of the pictures from those trips? I was satisfy with them that they didn't turn out as bad as I have thought except for the beginning of the ride.


    Thank you Sherry. The pictures are getting better and better with each trip. I have learned a lot of picture taking these last few years. I have to thank PrincessInOz a lot for helping me with the settings on my DSLR and making them better. I still have a lot to learn of taking pictures and hope that they will be as good in the future. The IASWH photos that night were really good and glad that we rode it that night and got some pictures.

    Just like you Sherry, I want to get to the Holiday season and do all the stuff that I missed during my November trip (food porn at DCA, merchandise, etc.). When you see pictures of IASWH is nice but you know that you must see it in person to experience it's beauty during the Holiday season.

    I have been following and writing posts on your thread for years and they have all been great. I can't believe I did 204 posts on your thread.

    TK has the most posts on my thread and I haven't seen her post lately during these last two trip reports. When I look at all my posts, I have over 1,300 posts which is almost half of the thread.

    I do appreciate you following along my trip reports Sherry and this thread might be only up for maybe one more year with all these trip reports since I am about 1,000 more posts left until this thread is closed.


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  18. mvf-m11c

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    Day 2 – January 13, 2013 – Part 16

    We left off going back to Disneyland that night after being at Disney California Adventure for most of the night of seeing World of Color and going on the Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure and watching Turtle Talk with Crush. Now we made our way back to DL that night to go on one more ride until the park closes at 11pm.

    While everyone is using the restroom right by the Fantasyland Theater, Kay and I were talking about the whole trip where we are all having a great time. We talked about each other and it was a nice conversation to have where I have talked to her before on the phone and never met in person. I was getting some pictures of It’s a Small World Holiday while we were waiting for the others.

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    After we all met up, we head on over to IASWH and ride it that night. I haven’t rode IASWH at night in a long time since the wait time can be upwards to 20+ minutes. It is the best time to ride IASWH at night when the lights are on at night.

    We parked the ECV and stroller on the side and luckily there wasn’t anyone in the queue while it was a walk-on at that time. We were all excited to see the wait time short that night. But before we went on the ride, Kay, my aunt and her DBF wanted to get a picture of the three of them together in front of IASWH. When I took the picture of them, it was kind of off and I had to take a couple of times until I just told them that we should go on the ride. When I looked at the settings later, it was completely off so this was the best picture I got of them that night.
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    A couple of picture while we were in the queue waiting for the boat and IASWH looks so great at night with the lights on during mid January after the Holiday season.
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    We board our boat and now on the ride. Here are pictures from IASWH that night. My aunt, Kay and DD2 were up front while my aunt DBF and I were behind them. Kay has rode IASWH before and she was glad to ride it with DD2.
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    Since most of the pictures are the same from the first day, I will be showing a few pictures from this ride. When I looked at the pictures during the ride, they were a little bright and blurry from Saturday’s pictures. I knew that these pictures were not as good as the last one’s.
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    We were back at the loading dock and exited the boat. It was around 10:40pm when we got off IASWH and it was time to head on out of the park and rest up that night. But before we left the park, we had to stop somewhere before we left. I will tell you on the next update so stay tuned for the next update that night.
     
  19. franandaj

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    Your WoC pictures are awesome. I can't believe how many different scenes that you capture!
     
  20. PrincessInOz

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    Bret - I love to see your pictures and I think that your dark ride and night time photography on this trip is excellent. I love the ones you took of IaSM.

    I'm touched that you're thanking me and if I've helped provide you pointers, remember that you are ultimately the photographer. :hug:
    And if I've helped....I'm glad. I consider it my way of paying it forward. I have to thank the photographers on the DisPhotoboard for helping me with my photography when I first picked up a camera. It would be remiss of me not to do the same.
     
  21. Sherry E

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    Bret -

    I'm not even sure if this thread has a full year left before hitting Page 250. You take a lot of photos. You post a lot of photos in this thread. Plus, you go to DLR quite often throughout the year. And then you have to account for any sudden waves of activity - you know, where lurkers or other people suddenly come out of the woodwork and start posting a lot. The pages may be used up faster than you think.

    You would take good photos even with a point & shoot, Bret, because you're a good photographer! Remember, the equipment you use to take photos is just equipment, and it's just a part of the whole package. Sure, your DSLR and using the proper settings make the night shots come out more crisp and clear and they look amazing! But, for the most part, to start out with you have to have a good eye or vision for what would make an interesting photo, and then everything else follows.

    Just the other day I reposted/shared a photo that deejdigsdis took in the Picture of the Day thread (and you should post more photos in the POTD thread, by the way) and I told everyone that I didn't want her photo to get overlooked because it is fantastic. She took that photo with a simple, basic point and shoot, and yet the photo tells a story, evokes emotion, sets a mood, etc. Deej has had some good photo ideas. I've had some halfway decent photo ideas here and there, every now and then (if I do say so myself!). And I've seen some awesome point and shoot photos taken by others on the board, just as I've seen awesome DSLR photos taken by others on the board.

    So, the bottom line is, if the eye and vision for photo ideas is there to begin with, the type of equipment or settings you use will just help you execute that vision better.:goodvibes
     

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