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    Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain


    Last spring I shot a lot of night pictures on the Mark Twain so I thought I'd put them together into a single voyage. You can't do this while Fantasmic! is running so not everyone gets a chance to go on a night cruise. These pictures are from various positions on the Mark Twain so we'll jump around quite a bit on the ship while we take a loop around the island.

    You can click on any of these pictures to see a much larger version. There are more pictures available in this gallery. For the techheads among you, most of these were shot with a Canon 40D and a Sigma 30mm F/1.4 lens.








    Our captain is giving us a few words before we board. I can't remember everything he said but it definitely included "no gambling". Too bad. I was planning a Texas hold'em game.


    Let's board quickly and take a look around before it fills up with people.

















    Wow. Somebody's camera has got one heck of a big flash unit.



    Ah. I guess that last picture was a form of flash photography. But I didn't make the flash so I'm not in trouble or anything. Oh wait. That's only in rides. Nevermind.

    They schedule the Mark Twain so you can watch the fireworks from the ship. The trip starts as soon as the fireworks finish. It's an unusual view and worth doing if you're looking for a change of pace in your fireworks viewing.




    Oooooh.



    Aaaaah.



    Before we go let's take a look at some of the unusual views you can get from the top deck.









    Well, it looks like we're ready to cast off.



    Okay, we're finally underway.



    You know, there's quite a few people out here. Just because Fantasmic! isn't running doesn't mean it's deserted at night.



    Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.





    Have I mentioned that there's lots of people out here? Hey guys! Fantasmic's not playing tonight!



    Oboy! Interesting things coming up.



    Oh bugger! I forgot to bring my death certificate.















    I know the Hungry Bear isn't very picturesque but I have fond memories of cheeseburgers veggie burgers onion rings I've had there.



    Plus they sometimes wave as we pass. Hi right back!



    There's lots of people waving at us tonight. Hi right back!







    Looks like we're close to the end of our trip.





    I wonder if the younger folks realize that this used to be an operating train? The mine train was one of my favorite rides.







    Well. We're back. I hope everyone enjoyed the trip.





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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    Wow cool pics dude.

    I have a question, you obviously rode this when F! wasnt playing, so is this common? On nights there is no F! and the park stays open past sunset do they usually have the Mark Twain open?

    For the record I rode it LOTS of times at night....at TDL of course.

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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    Quote Originally Posted by WorldDisney View Post
    I have a question, you obviously rode this when F! wasnt playing, so is this common? On nights there is no F! and the park stays open past sunset do they usually have the Mark Twain open?
    I think pretty much any time F! isn't running and the park is open late enough the Mark Twain is running. At least it has been when I've been there.

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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    Awesome!

    Are there any attractions at any Disney park that aren't better at night?

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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    Quote Originally Posted by Macro View Post
    I think pretty much any time F! isn't running and the park is open late enough the Mark Twain is running. At least it has been when I've been there.
    Thats the case. The Mark Twain is open longer whenever Fantasmic! is dark.

    When Daylight Savings Time ends and it gets darker quicker, its still possible to experience a night cruise even if Fantasmic! is playing since it gets darker around 5.



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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    Macro, awesome pictures! I will think of this thread as "Exhibit A" as to why F! needs to be retired.

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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    Wonderful pics....There is nothing better than DL at night...Thanks for posting them..

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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    Fantastic photos indeed, and a night cruise on the Twain is still one of my favorite things (right up there with the Haunted Mansion), when you can do it.

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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    Great pictures!
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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    Gorgeous pics. When you show us so many wonderful WoC fountain shots, it's easy to forget your awesome photography of everything else. Every single one of your photos is incredible. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    Wonderful pictures! There's nothing in Disneyland that compares to a night cruise on the Mark Twain. Thanks for posting!

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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    Awesome pics and thanks for sharing!

    For a second there I thought that this was going to be a personals add because of the title, lol!

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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    I love these pictures!
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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    One word. Wonderful!

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    Re: Let's take a night cruise on the Mark Twain

    it's so beautiful at night. love.<3


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