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Old 11-29-2012, 09:33 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Looks like you had a lovely PPer meet, and I'm sure Laurie was just as sweet in person and she is on here. I actually saw the photo she took of that pineapple over on her TR...to funny. Once again, your photos are beautiful, and it almost makes me ashamed to say it, but I didn't a chance to practice with mine as much as I would have liked. The whole chore of changing lenses was too much while trying to tour Disney with a toddler.
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Awesome photos of Main St!
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You got some great pictures of the parade and Main Street!
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So glad you got to meet up with Laurie - and I hope we can work something out so that we can get together in a couple of weeks' time!
Got your schedule - something should work out!

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Great pictures from the start of your trip!
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Great photos! I enjoyed our meeting so much, Sharon. I'm glad we both overcame our inclinations and decided to get together. You beat me to posting your updates!
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Glad you were able to meet up with Laurie. Love the monorail shot. I can't wait to see the FLE for myself!
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Looks like you had a lovely PPer meet, and I'm sure Laurie was just as sweet in person and she is on here. I actually saw the photo she took of that pineapple over on her TR...to funny. Once again, your photos are beautiful, and it almost makes me ashamed to say it, but I didn't a chance to practice with mine as much as I would have liked. The whole chore of changing lenses was too much while trying to tour Disney with a toddler.
Don't beat yourself up - it's hard to change lenses without a toddler. And, too much concentration on photography takes away from the vacation with family fun.

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You got some great pictures of the parade and Main Street!
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:40 PM   #35 (permalink)
 
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Ready for another update - cause here comes one. I have to warn folks - this TR is photo heavy. That was my main reason for going on this trip, and I may have shot til I dropped.

Real Life Update: Went to Hollywood Studios for a short time this morning, left about 11am and drove home. Made it home safe and sound at 2:00pm. Very tired - doing this trip with only one day's rest from the drive home from Maine was not ideal. But, glad I went.


Day 1, Part 2

Spoiler Alert: While I don't show a step by step walk through of the Fantasy Land Expansion, you may want to skip this post and the next if you don't want to get any sneak previews. My feelings won't be hurt

After lunch, I walked over to - you guessed it - the new Fantasy Land Expansion. This area was not too crowded, except for the line at Be Our Guest.

Before entering the actual new part, there were a couple of the new Royal Performers dancing around in the old Fantasy Land area and entertaining guests. She seemed to know what she was doing - he was a tad unsure of himself, never seeming to look up during any part of their dance





I didn't even inquire how long to lunch at Be Our Guest, since I want to save that for our future trip where we have dinner reservations. Oh, and I'd just had corn dog nuggets














Before getting to BOG, I walked by the entrance to Storytime with Belle. There was only a 20 minute wait, but I didn't want to go through this one without the grand kids. When I walked by later, it was even less crowded - this is a photo of the que:






If you continue walking past the Belle attraction, you come to Gaston's Tavern. While it looked busy from the outside, there was almost no one in line or dining. Most people were popping in and having a look, then coming back out.














Picture taking at Gaston's Fountain is going to be a popular activity. Next to the Tavern is Belle's Gift shop (with restrooms in between). Can't think why I didn't take a photo of that. I continued on to the Under the Sea ride.























The CM was studying while he waited for someone to enter the line




In the next post, we'll take a ride Under the Sea on our very own pink clam shell.
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Love your shots of Fantasy Land, especially the ones of the exterior of the Mermaid ride. Your arm muscles are getting a workout with all that photography with the heavy camera!
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I HATED to do it but I skipped by the photos. I'm trying to be surprised for my trip. I will have your photos to look forward to when I return
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Oh wow, the new Fantasyland is just spectacular - I am so excited to see this for myself real soon!
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Love your shots of Fantasy Land, especially the ones of the exterior of the Mermaid ride. Your arm muscles are getting a workout with all that photography with the heavy camera!
Fortunately, I didn't use the large lens much the first day.

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I HATED to do it but I skipped by the photos. I'm trying to be surprised for my trip. I will have your photos to look forward to when I return
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Spoiler Alert - This post contains pics of the Under the Sea ride in the new Fantasy Land. My understanding is that the ride is similar to the one in Disney Land. Please feel free to skip if you don't want to see it before you visit. From the next post on, this TR will be Fantasy Land Expansion - free










Day 1, Part 3 Under the Sea with Ariel and Friends


This ride was a walk on when I was there around 2:30 pm. The que is cute, and there are some interactive parts as well. In the future, I'd like to go back and take some better photos of the waterfalls and pools.





Keeping abreast in the que


























































These next four photos were taken in the evening, before the Parade, but I will include them here just to get all the New Fantasy Land pics out of the way.














This Happy CM asked to pose for me, when he saw me taking photos. I didn't think to ask him if was related to Gaston

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Oh, how beautiful! I guess the interior of the ride does look similar to the one at DL, but the exterior of the ride building and the queue are MUCH better!
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