Discussion in 'Disney Trip Reports' started by MEK, Dec 17, 2012.
I will give you a welcome too!!!
I'm tagging along here and glad to be a part of the party.
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Zoe was so upset by it. Poor girl
Great update, Cynthia! I love how you came up with the costumes! It isn't as easy as one might think to theme costumes. We never did succeed.
GoofyFan! Thanks for joining in! Glad to have you along for the fun!
Poor thing! I remember being that age and the same thing would have frustrated me!
She did a good job, didn't she?
What? You wouldn't wear a costume????? I don't believe it! We seriously had a blast. It was a really fun party!
I worked on this update last night, but I was so tired I never posted. I saved it for this morning. I also want to apologize straight up for not finishing writing about the party in this update. I guess I just took too many pictures. Shocking, I know.
So may I present....There's That Hat Again.......
In my last updates we had arrived at the party and enjoyed a prime viewing spot for an awesome parade.
But now it was time to move into the hub. Surprisingly the hub wasn't super crowded, so we found a nice spot to watch the Castle show.
For some reason I was more interested in seeing the castle than I was of seeing the performers
Ah - there they are
I'm sorry I don't have any great pictures of the castle show, but I think I probably didn't have my distance lens on.
I can't help taking pictures of these carts. I think they are so cool
We had a little time before the fireworks began and we all realized we were pretty hungry. I think the last time we really ate a meal was our late breakfast, so we set off in search of something quick to eat.
We ended up here
We were actually hoping there was a sandwich or something similar on the menu. The closest thing was a fruit and nutella waffle. I definitely wasn't feeling that, so I just got some water. We decided to watch the fireworks and then find some grub.
Back to the hub we went. Shockingly, there was still ample room for us to watch Hallowishes
Now here's where I am going to warn you that I went a little crazy with the photos. I still have 270 photos left from these evening. Clearly I will not subject you to that many, so I'll try to pick out my favs.
You are going to notice a dark area in front of the castle in a lot of these photos. I obviously got behind someone in a witch's hat and the freaking hat showed up in so many of my photos during editing that if I could have virtually reached in there and pulled that hat off that girl's head, I would have. After a couple hundred pictures, I was definitely choosing a different f adjective for that hat.
You can see it off to the left.
I kept trying to shoot up and over people which explains why it looks like some of my pictures are cropped so closely
Just think this looks kind-of cool
And here you can see the pumpkins on the castle
There's that hat again
And if this next picture doesn't make you want to grab that hat and throw it on the ground, I don't know which will
I love the colors in this picture, but I really hate that hat!
Did I post a blue castle yet
.and there's the hat
Now that's a pretty castle, complete with hat
Have we seen a green castle yet? Well, here ya go!
It's cool that the castle colors cycle through a certain sequence
And that, my friends, is a wrap
Hey look - and I thought the parade was over
Wait - I think he has a trick or treat bag with him
Continued in Next Post........
Awesome, although those shoes look a tad uncomfortable
Where to Next? Did you even need to ask?
In addition to the fabulous decorations, the awesome parade, the spectacular fireworks, here is another one of my party favorites
With a flash.
We obviously went through the interactive queue
Time to go inside
I think at this point we set off to find food. Something with protein. We agreed on Pecos Bill. I ended up with the taco salad. Here's my twist on the taco salad - I added mushrooms and fried onions. I was starving so this really hit the spot.
After eating we decided to head over to Fantasyland to see if there was anything opened for preview.
We were hoping to get a peek in her, but it wasn't opened.
I had originally planned on finishing up the party with this update, but I still have quite a few pictures left on the next attraction we visited. I think I leave that as a surprise.
Next Update - Will Mary Ellen survive the end of the party or crash n burn?
It looks like you ladies were having an awesome time at the party!
Despite the witch's hat your fireworks pics are great! I love HalloWishes!
Great pics of the HM too
I hope you survive the rest of the party
Dawn - I miss you! Have you guess update your TR recently? Did I miss an update?
We had an awesome time at the party and we had a great spot for Hallowishes. Definitely the best view I have had of Hallowishes to date. The first year we tried to watch them from the side of the castle and saw nothing.
I love, love, love how they decorate the HM during the party. I wish they would do that all year round.
Let's just say I hope no one posts any pictures of me taking a little siesta.
Nice spot you guys scored for watching the show and fireworks!
This photo was my favourite at first:
... because it's a really awesome capture of that firework! Also the castle in mostly silhouette and the little sparks from the firework, the whole thing is really awesome.
But then I saw this one:
And immediately had a new favourite. WOW. This picture perfectly sums up fireworks at MK. I can't quite put my finger on why, but it's something to do with the incredible colour and the partially lit up faces of so many people staring at the castle, and the wider angle showing some of the MK decorations... fantastic shot. Almost photojournalistic.
I like this one a lot, too! I really like how that one burst turned out. I can definitely see how a tripod could have helped me replicate that.
There was so much light when I took this one. It was really cool to get that somewhat surreal effect. It really was a great night for fireworks!
Now really caught up! THANK YOU for the links, they really helped this girl that is 2 months behind on the DIS.
LOVING your report! That pillow was perfect for Tracy. I'm still bummed Henry and Joe didn't make it to the meet too, I really wanted them to come but knew it would be melt-down central with Henry because he was dead-set on seeing the Lion King film in The Land and we would have missed the entire meet to do both. I guess we just have to do another BIG meet!
Your fireworks pictures are amazing! Even with the hat. I totally understand though, we've been in similar situations. If it was Mickey Ears it would be perfect though. Maybe edit it to add ears.
Those KISS costumes are awesome! Wow! I love that they have trick-or-treat bags too. Hilarious!
I can see how that hat would be a nuissance,the thing that bothers me about it is this.....If I was in a place knowing full well that there were people all around wanting to take pictures I would've removed it out of courtesy to others.It's not like its a wig or something thats worked into her hair do.People just don't think sometimes or they don't care,and it's common sense.i woulda been calling it f adjectives too lol
Great pics of the castle and Hallowishes. Too bad about that pesky hat!
Those guys in the KISS costumes are too funny. I can remember being terrified of them when I was a kid!
Great Updates Mary Ellen!!I think the Hat adds a little Halloweenish touch to your pix !!I love watching the Castle change colors at night ,it;s just sooo magical!!!!!The Taco Salad looked good !!!
I'm so glad the links helped. I know they always help me when I have to catch up!
Wasn't that pillow awesome. We were seriously so lucky to find that when we did. It was just meant to be.
I remember you said that and as a mother of two boys, I can totally relate to that age. Sometimes its just better to go with the path of least resistance. We are just so thrilled that you and so many other DISers were able to be there.
I knew we were in a good photo spot with lots of good light. The funny thing about that hat was I really didn't notice it that much when I was taking the pictures, but during editing I was like WTH?
I definitely did a double take when I saw them. For a split second I really thought they were part of the parade and then I realized they were KISS.
That funny thing about the hat was it really wasn't bothering me while I was taking the pictures. I knew there was someone in front of me with a hat, but I really thought I was keeping it out of the pics. When I went to edit I couldn't believe how many pictures had that hat.
Thanks! That hat - OY! I didn't realize how bad it was until I took the pictures. I guess I thought I was shooting over it, but apparently I wasn't.
I think those guys really meant to go to the party at Universal Studios but they took a wrong turn.
Thanks Rosie - I'm glad you like the hat incorporated into the pics. That castle was really amazing that night. The colors and the fireworks together were so amazing. And - yes - that taco salad was yummy. It really hit the spot!
Even with that hat, all your firework pictures are great. I love the castle colors during Hallowishes, and your photos brought me back to the MNSSHP I attended.
I can understand how the hat was driving you nuts. It never went away! I had that happen once with a dad and a kid on his shoulders. He placed his tot there last minute, too late for me to move, so I have a bunch of photos of their backs. You'd think the "witch" would've thought to take off her hat, but alas...
That does stink that someone kept their hat on during the show - they probably didn't even think that it was affecting your viewing of HalloWishes! Good job avoiding it for the most part though!!
Your taco salad looks really good - we're trying to decide what to have for lunch here...after shoveling out our cars from the snow, I've already declared that I want to move somewhere tropical...why not Disney...and then I can have a taco salad! Problems solved!!
Thanks! I was so happy we found such a great vantage point at the last minute like that. It was near perfect except for the.......HAT!
I can't believe it wasn't driving me nuts at the time, but when I went to edit I literally had to stop once and walk away because it was driving me THAT crazy! I never would have expected her to take that stupid hat off, but then again I never expected it to turn up in 80% of my pictures!
I'm sure they didn't. It honestly looked very benign at the time, but when it kept showing up in all my pictures I was like . I actually left out a lot of pictures with the HAT!
Ugh - did you get a lot of snow. We got absolutely nothing. I really shouldn't complain - I rather have nothing than 24 inches. But I was kind-of hoping for a little snow. Just for variety.
I agree - tropical is definitely in my retirement plan. I don't think old people should have to live in the cold. EVER!
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