It's that time of year. The lull between the end of the holidays and the big MiceChat Gumball Rally and 3rd Anniversary Mega-Meet Weekend. And it was time to clean off all the pictures from my flash cards and upload them to Flickr. Here's a collection of photos from December and January.
Back in December, I Pricelined a one-night stay at the Anaheim Hilton in order to take the DCA Segway tour the following morning. You see, I'm not a morning person at all, and the 7:15am meeting time for the Segway tour was going to be difficult. The hotel stay made it easier. I was lucky enough to get a Disney view room and managed to get a few decent Believe in Holiday Magic shots.
My big mistake was rushing to get setup and framing the shots just a bit too high. You can see the Castle being cut-off in the bottom of these photos. By the way, many thanks to Sir Clinksalot and everyone who contributed to the Priceline thread in the Travel Planning forum. $48/night (plus taxes and parking) for the Hilton is a great deal!
I posted a review of the Segway tour with some photos in another thread, so I won't say much here, other than to say it was a lot of fun and I highly recommend it!
Continuing with the Fireworks theme, I journeyed into the park this past weekend to catch the return of Remember Dreams Come True. I geeked out and brought my tripod with me. This first batch of photos is from Friday night as seen from the Plaza Pavilion.
The bluish curvy line just above the castle is the flying Tinkerbell.
Ah, I just love RDCT. As you can see, the sightlines from the Plaza Pavilion aren't the greatest. Ideally, I'd love to setup across the way in the Plaza Inn/Tomorrowland side. But I couldn't find a spot that wasn't blocked by trees or where I would be in the way of others. So, I decided I'd come back on Saturday and try from a different spot.
How about the Rivers of America? The Mark Twain functions as a pretty good ground level object (or should I say, river level object) to put the fireworks in perspective.
The Mark Twain, in the calm, post-fireworks.
Watching the fireworks from the Rivers of America was a new experience for me and one that I highly enjoyed. The start of the fireworks was delayed by 10 minutes due to some technical problem. I think they had problems dimming the lights around the Rivers and Frontierland. They announced that the lights would be going out, but they never did. Still, it didn't adversely affect watching the fireworks for me. And I think lots of other people enjoyed it too.
Note: you can click on any photo to go to its respective Flickr set and other pictures. I'll be back later with a variety of other pictures: the return of Parade of Dreams, some Block Party Bash, Finding Nemo, it's a small world holiday, the new Mickey floral lights and more.