And now, a first-time proper trip report from me. It feels like it's been months since I've been. In fact it's been three WEEKS. Maybe this is a Good Thing™ rather than time fizzling into nothingness.
Here's some to start with. The rest I'll do late Monday night. I also write about trips in my static-blog and have my ride-every-ride list to update (link in sig), so a bunch of post-visit stuff to do.
I wanted to give Parking Lot X a shot but wasn't entirely sure which one it was. I ended up in what I've heard described as even better: Parking Lot Y! Well, the one that starts with T; not esxactly "secret". (My only map of the resort is a satellite image I compiled from Google Maps. After checking the resort map posted at DLR itself, I now know where X is. It's off the page on my image.) This was considerably more pleasant than the Mickey and Friends Parking Garbage and I'll try this way (X or Y) from now on.
My attempt at getting there at opening didn't quite hit the mark (again), but was better than on past visits: 9:30.
A dark and somber morningA mystical aura of light and mists of fairy-sparkle traced its way through the land high up within the Kingdom of the Mouse, lending an air of enchantment to the morning.
It didn't cut down on the busy-ness factor though. It was cold enough that I was able to bring my coat, which in turn allows me to do things like bring by CD player which I like having now and then. It cleared up a fair bit before long and got warmer later on.
In Fantasyland, I had my obligatory cup of tea; first of several this day.
Pinocchio's Daring Journey
I rode this for the first time. Very cool I think, especially the carnival scene.
I made another attempt at riding Casey Jr. Circus Train. I was a bit apprehensive after the last attempt ended in a most unmagical way. But this time, success.
Matterhorn was 101 on and off in the morning, so I didn't spend too much time for now.
I wanted to go over to DCA for a bit, and got caught up along the way. Beginning by the castle and all the way to Town Square, we all got to hop and skip behind the marching band as they made their way down Main Street. We got to see Mickey clown around and faux-conduct, and a young guest tried her hand at conducting too. Oh, and some great tunes the whole time.
DCA. I'd only been here a grand total of two hours, half of it in line for Soarin'. I had a bit more time today.
Where I learn to take pictures from the Sun Wheel.
I very much like the new TSMM building, being attracted to radial/circular symmetry of this kind.
Close-up of the finial.
Copycats-R-Us. If the Sun Wheel and Cali Screamin are going to change motifs, then this is a limited-time offer.
The finial again. This angle shows the squiggliness.
Back to DL Park.
Nice vantage points of the Main Street area can be had from the upper deck of the omnibus.
Point-n-shoots (in this case a Canon 570) aren't really suited for this sort of thing because their relatively tiny lenses add a lot of depth-of-field even with open aperture.
To be continued: plenty more to come.