TR - A Gregarious Ghostly Gallivant - Final Thoughts Finally Posted!

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  1. mnmrmustard

    mnmrmustard DIS Veteran

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    Okay, right back to where we left off…

    A very colorful Zebra groovin' next to the Hyenas was next
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    The Three Caballeros
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    Little Ariel
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    ...and of course Flounder
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    Keeping to the nautical theme we found Nemo swimming along after him
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    And then we break the surface in time to catch Stitch hanging ...uhhh, not ten ...hmmm, how many toes does he have anyways?
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    Then we did some crocodile rockin'
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    Followed by some strumming by Jessie
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    And a hearty yee-haw from Woody and Bullseye
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    Then it was the smiling sun letting us know our journey was almost at an end
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    We said our tearful goodbyes to the AC
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    And were enticed to come again soon
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    Outside we met yet another cool zebra
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    We had already hit all of the classics in Fantasyland so we wound our way from there down into Frontierland. I had promised Bean that we would make some time for saying "hi" to the critters.

    We passed a cool harvest wagon.
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    And then went into the petting zoo. Bean said hello to a big sheep relaxing in the shade
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    And then spent some time with the goats
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    I snapped a shot of another overloaded harvest wagon
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    and of the back side of Big Thunder Mountain peeking above the trees
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    We came out of the animal area and who was there but Woody!
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    Now this I really don't understand - there was no line for him. NO LINE. And they still didn't want to say 'hi' to him. Sometimes I just don't understand my kids.

    We walked down towards BTMRR and I caught one of the trains as it was taking it's passengers on their wild ride
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    We got in line and I took a couple of random shots as we waited
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    Bean and I got in the front car, right behind the engine. Looking forward the view was a bit obstructed.
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    But to the sides we had some great views
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    Our ride on the railroad continues in my next installment - y'all have a great day!
     
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  3. kaoden39

    kaoden39 <font color=peach>Prayers and pixie dust from your

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    I love the pictures of Small World, it has been changed since we went last. I have never seen Jafar in the park before, but, I had heard that around Halloween that all the villains are out. I hope, hope, hope that I get to see Maleficent in June. She is my all time favorite character. I love her. She is soooo bad.

    Thank you for all the pictures they made my day and they are building my excitement level. Scotty is working overtime and I am saving like crazy and our Uncle Sam return are taking care of June. I can hardly wait.
     
  4. mnmrmustard

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    IaSW was different from what I remembered in 2005 too. I guess they are always changing/adding little things to it.

    Yes, we saw several villains while we were there and that specific spot is supposed to have a rotating pair throughout the day during the Halloween season.

    You're welcome on the pictures - happy to have given you a smile :) Are you going to be doing a PTR/TR?
     
  5. kaoden39

    kaoden39 <font color=peach>Prayers and pixie dust from your

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    I started one a while back, I wasn't going to but I did anyway. It is http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2372526. I am hoping to see at least a few villains while we are there.
     
  6. Trentmom

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    Awesome pics as usual

    OMG....I need to go to DL just to go on IASW

    Yours is so cool..with all the Disney CHaracters mixed in there. I wish the one in Fla had that :goodvibes
     
  7. mnmrmustard

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    Coolness - subscribed and all caught up :cool1: Yes, hope you get to see some good villains there.

    Thanks Kelly :goodvibes Yeah, there were some very unexpected characters in IaSW for sure - much different than WDW's. Of course it still throws me off that WDW's is all covered and has that feeling that you're going down into a cavern to get on the boats.
     
  8. kaoden39

    kaoden39 <font color=peach>Prayers and pixie dust from your

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    Another couple of thing that I have been told are different at Disneyland are PoTC and the fact that we have the holiday HM.
     
  9. mnmrmustard

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    Yes, I do really love having the two "drops" on PoTC - that really adds something to the ride for me. Make it feel like more of an adventure. And having The ship/pirate theme to DLR's Fantasmic is pretty cool too - although I think the overall show is better at WDW.
     
  10. kaoden39

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    I have heard that Fantasmic is better at WDW. I think maybe the area at Disneyland is too small. If it were bigger it might be better.
     
  11. DizNee Luver

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    I wish the one drop was right when you go thru the fog with Davy Jones's image on it.....that would be trippy!!!!
     
  12. DisneySuiteFreak

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    :scared1: No way! F! at DL blows the WDW version out of the water. Their boats they use in the show look like props, they aren't like the real Mark Twain, they have an outdated Pocahontas scene in the show, etc. I've read several WDW vets mention that it needs to be changed, etc. The one good thing they have over there is the seating. However, to be able to get decent seats you still have to get there early and wait in a loooooong line until they open the place up. So at either park, you have to wait. When we went back in 2001 you could just walk up at your convenience at get a seat. Now they only show F! a couple times a week and it's packed to the gills. People have to line up and stand in a long line to be admitted to the seating area. :scared: I'd much rather stake out my spot and be able to sit there.
     
  13. lovebuzzandwoody

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    WHAT?!?! Didn't want to say hi to Woody?!?!? :faint: *thud*



    Great installment Mike! I am pretty sure I read that the changes to your IASW were made recently. The characters were added in a way to not completely commercialize the ride but sort of blend in to the appropriate country. I think it's nice.
     
  14. mnmrmustard

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    It is just tricky to get a good spot at DLR - the stadium seating at WDW is pretty nice. They are just different, both good, but different.

    That would rock for sure!

    They do need to re-theme the one at WDW, the pocahontas thing just isn't as relavent as it once was. There have been several films since then that would make a great show.

    I KNOW! What's wrong with those kids???

    Thank you and I agree on IaSW - they blended them in very well :-]
     
  15. mnmrmustard

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    Well we got rolling down the tracks and were soon in great danger!

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    The mountain goat seemed oblivious though
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    Oh no, explosives!
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    Most of the rest of the ride was too fast and/or jolting to take pics, but I did get a shot of folds winding their way through the line to take their turns
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    We got off and started heading around the Rivers of America with HM as our destination. On our way we stopped and looked at the petrified tree that Mrs. Disney donated to DLR and took a shot with Bean posed next to it
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    I didn't take any pics of HM since I have already shown it twice in this TR. The line wasn't horrible - probably a 20 minute wait. We came out and Bean wanted to ride Splash Mountain. It was really hot and humid by now so the line was pretty long. I tried to convince her otherwise but she stuck to her guns and we got in line. Kris had no interest in waiting that long so he asked if he could have the camera and walk around a bit. I told him to stay in Critter Country and have a good time.

    So now we embark on Kris's photographic journey through Critter Country! First stop was Pooh for him:
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    A blue elephant bee
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    Where the honey is made
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    Oh no, hold on Roo!
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    Wheeee!
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    Always the neat freak
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    Telling the tale
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    Tigger will save him!
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    What is Rabbit holding?
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    Hunny Time!!!
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    It's a party everybody!
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    Honey overboard
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    It was a Beary Great day!
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    He wandered to the river and caught the Columbia sailing away
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    The male CM at the canoes gives good testament to how hot it was
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    He gave us a call to see what was going on since he hadn't seen us in about 45 minutes. We were trapped in line and hadn't moved for about 15 minutes. We found out later that some idiot had jumped out of his log and tried to have a more direct interaction with the characters on the ride. They had to chase him down and drag him out. Then inspect the area he was in to make sure there was no damage. What a loser.

    So we were stuck and I knew it would be another 20 minutes easy before we came out. He wandered back up into Critter Country and found that Pooh and Tigger were out for a meet and greet
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    And he liked the Piglet banner :-]
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    Next up, we get our nice refreshing soaking ...hehehe
     
  16. DizNee Luver

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    Kris really got some great pics!!! I had never noticed the sign after the Pooh ride!! Now I'll be on the lookout.....last trip was the 3 animal heads in the ride....this trip...the sign!!

    I've only ridden Splash Mtn once & thought about getting off....but not to meet the characters up close....lol I was soaked after the first corner & was freezing......didn't like that there was nothing to brace your feet into & knowing a big drop would be coming...........something about riding in that log that makes me feel unsafe. I did tell the family I would try it one more time this summer when the cool water would be welcomed......we'll see...........
     
  17. lovebuzzandwoody

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    Someone actually got OFF the ride?!?! Crazy!!! One of those times that makes you wonder what they were smokin'! :sad2:

    Kris took some nice shots! I love the ele-bee! :lovestruc
     
  18. Trentmom

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    Kris took some great photos

    I love that Pooh ride goes outside. Wish DW did.

    What a moron, guy who got off the ride. What was he thinking???

    apparently nothing :headache:
     
  19. mnmrmustard

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    After watching the character interactions for a bit Kris managed to wind his way up the exit ramp of Splash. Bean and I had good seats – she had wanted to be up front but the CMs wouldn’t let her. That’s my little daredevil!

    So anyways Kris did a good job of covertly taking pics of us as we came off of the ride :-D
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    Now is when we finally see the mystery of my shirt! Take a look at the graphic on my T-Shirt
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    And then look at Bean's
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    Mine did this weird blurring thing, especially at the border. Nobody else's did it ...but then again I had been tooling around since rope drop on a hot day and Bean and Kris didn't get out there until hours later. Ah well, mine still looks cool and is unique!

    Back to the story! We of course stopped off to check out our pic. I had schooled Bean well on doing "the big lean" so she could be seen behind me - I leaned right and she leaned left :-]
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    Kris took a couple of good close-ups of us
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    We headed back out of Critter Country with the intent to meet up with the family for lunch back at DLH. On our way out we ran into Braer Bear and snapped a pic.
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    We were all too hot to wait in line to get a pic with him. There's always next time, right? We were taking the monorail out so we made our way across the hub and into Tomorrowland. We came through just in time for the Jedi Academy so I stopped to take a few shots.

    A young padowan takes on Vader
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    Vader is not happy
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    He stomps across the stage trying to intimidate the young jedis
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    Then Darth Maul comes striding by
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    He actually came right up into the camera lens but I couldn't focus quick enough to catch him before he moved on :-[ Vader ordered him to attack
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    The jedis were ready for the fight!
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    Maul moved in
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    The female jedi wasn't taking any flack from him though
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    Vader was not amused
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    Great cape swoosh :-D
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    Darth Maul hops back onto the stage
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    The Darth twins make good their escape
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    The storm troopers realize they are being abandoned
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    Oop, time to go!
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  20. mnmrmustard

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    Yup, all kinds of little things to discover, aye? He has a great eye and took some spectacular pics during the trip.

    Yeah, you gotta be ready to get wet - that's for sure! But I've never heard of anyone falling out so I say go for it! Give it anotehr whirl ;) :woohoo:

    Yeah, what an idiot ...and yes, he was probably on something. Yeah, I loved the little ele-bee too :)

    He did indeed! Yes, the ride starts and finishes outside, much like IaSW does down there. I don't think that guy was thinking at all.

    And I am working on comments for your TR ...still catching up. You know me - it isn't a TR reply unless it's multiple paragraphs :lmao:
     
  21. Trentmom

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    Star Wars Show looks like fun

    Awesome shot of Darth Maul :goodvibes
     

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