For those of you who couldn’t attend our second Mice Chat Photo Meet, here is how our day went along with a few highlights.
We began the day meeting in front of the Train Station at 10:00 am. We checked out the daily schedule and concluded that we should start with a trip to New Orleans Square and a photo attack on Princess Tiana’s Mardi Gras Celebration.
On our way down Main St. I couldn’t resist snapping a shot of the beautiful tulips near the flag pole. What can I say, I love tulips.
We staked out the stairs right in front of the stage and waited for the Princess to arrive. While waiting some of us had a close encounter with Pluto.
Mickey & Minnie made their royal appearance.
Princess Tiana made her entrance with style and put on her show.
However, I didn’t watch much of Tiana because I was too distracted by her two littlest/biggest fans.
From there we took a Cruise through the Jungle swarming a boat with 14 photographers.
After our little boat ride, we headed to the Golden Horseshoe Saloon to catch the Billy Hill show. Unfortunately, the floor tables were all filled so we took to the balconies. Not the greatest location for taking pictures but we made the best of it and had a great time.
After Billy Hill we had a nice lunch at Rancho Del Zocalo where Gregg (Corsair 13) shared his extensive knowledge of cameras with those who needed some help.
From there we decided to partake of the Coronation Ceremony at Princess Fantasy Faire.
Then came our second boat ride, this one through Storybook Land where we gained a few new photo geeks making us split up onto two boats. The best part was when our boats passed each other and being the photo geeks we are, meant we just had to take each others picture.
Next we paid a visit to the Jedi Training Academy for an encounter with the Dark Side.
After that, we met up with the Official Disney Photographer Bob Desmond and his associate Jeff Nickel. Bob was very generous with his time and knowledge making all of us feel special. They also used their Disney clout to reserve us the entire front row for the Aladdin Musical Spectacular. Having 20 photographers lined up right in front of the stage was a blast. Even the row behind us would laugh when you would hear all those shutters clicking like crazy.
It was getting late so Bob & Jeff had to take their leave along with a bunch of others leaving 6 of us to ride Toy Story Mania, grab some dinner at Red Rockets and then photograph the Magic, Memories & You show.
Since it was now 10:00 pm and I had a 90 minute drive ahead of me, Diane and I headed home, completely exhausted and thoroughly pleased.
I hope all the photographers who were there that day can post their thoughts and photos on this thread as well. Hopefully we can learn even more from it.
(Save your favorite photo or the one you think is your best for the Photo Meet Photo Contest that will start next week. We will all post our best shot and let the Mice Chat readers vote to see who reins Photo King. The winner will receive a $25.00 Amazon Gift card supplied by me.)