The website’s new camera arrived today (yesterday). The Canon 5D Mark III. I don’t know how to use it and the website’s images are only 650 pixels wide, so I doubt there will be any appreciable improvement in the picture quality. But I feel like a total baller carrying it around and that’s really what this sort of thing is about. I wonder what I’m overcompensating for though.
Can’t beat a half-megapixel camera phone picture of your new $4,300 camera, right?
See? They look the same. Such is life. The mushrooms are growing in nicely as is the rest of the Flower and Garden Festival vegetation around Epcot. We saw some of these topiaries installed as early as late February because they take a bit of time for everything to grow.
This is what the same area looked like on the first day of the Festival.
The flowers do look like flowers now, so that’s a bit of an improvement I think. Full resolution: http://www5.picturepush.com/photo/a/7897233/img/7897233.jpg might take a while to load.
This is what the flowers looked like on the old camera via the Canon Rebel XTi. You can sort of tell that they’re supposed to be flowers because they seem to be planted in dirt and have color, but half the time you have to take my word for it. Not that I would lead you astray and tell you that pictures of flowers aren’t pictures of flowers or something.
It’s about 7:15pm, so it’s a little late for Spaceship Earth to have a line this long. You’re still looking at just a five to ten minute wait.
Hope you didn’t come hungry.
Hope you didn’t want to ride anything. A lot of the Future World attractions close at 7pm, including Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Captain, EO, Journey into Imagination with Figment, The Circle of Life, and Living with the Land. We have 70+ minute waits at the two headliners on a non-recommended Tuesday with a morning Extra Magic Hour attached from 8am – 9am.
As the daily crowd calendar analysis would lead you to believe, it’s not the Extra Magic Hour in and of itself that causes crowds to be heavier. The morning Extra Magic Hour is almost always your single best hour in the theme parks because so few people actually arrive in time to take advantage of it. The problem is the number of Disney resort guests that visit the Extra Magic Hours Park because they feel like it’s Disney’s way of telling them where they belong each day. It’s seemingly ridiculous, but it’s the way a lot of the 75,000+ Disney resort guests think. Most of them won’t arrive until 10am, but they cause the Extra Magic Hours theme park to be busier from 11am onward than other recommended days during the week.
Have we seen this shirt before amongst the other Monorail merchandise? Not this exact one it looks like. I really like it with Mickey peering out past Spaceship Earth. What a creep.
Really like this one too. I don’t think the merchandise whiners have a case these days as far as quality merchandise is concerned. Most everything that comes out is excellent.
Disney is really going to town with this surf’s up bro stuff:
A lot of that isn’t so “in your face” with the branding either, right?
As promised, a proper picture of the 1 Cup of Magic coffee cup.
Another look at the entirety of this wave of kitchen merch:
Unfortunately I have to keep some amount of street credibility, so I can’t stock my kitchen full of Mickey stuff. Just the plates…and the towels…and the coasters…and the tongs…and the cups. And the other towels.
Ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh baby wait times board learned a new trick!
I love him. Maybe more than I’ve loved any man.
What could get this many teenage girls (and one bro) this excited? A Justin Bieber sighting?
Actually it’s mama duck with little ducklings walking around like they own the place. Can I see your tickets, please?
Mickey is making quick work of his garden. Are any of these drug crops?
World Showcase was busy with the elevated crowd level, time of day, and not-recommended-status. Not Saturday during the Food and Wine Festival crazy, but busier than most nights we’ve seen over the past year. Now that I can take half decent night shots, we might see ourselves out here after 6pm (bed time) more often.
A ton of prime IllumiNations viewing areas were closed to regular guests, including the base of World Showcase here. Reserved for Festival Disney participants in this case.
A lot of people up here through Mexico. Not so many that you would have much trouble moving around from Pavilion to Pavilion though.
Looking across the water at Japan in the twilight, something that wasn’t possible with the old hardware.
I should probably start running all of these images through Adobe Lightroom, shoot in RAW mode, etc. Need to read the manuals.
In just two clicks you can go from the original above to this in Lightroom. It’s not just a night and day change, but you should certainly be able to see a difference. Just look at the trees on the right. Or really anything else. The walkway down through Mexico was lined with people waiting for IllumiNations.
La Cantina de San Angel is probably one of the worst places to be around 8pm. We’ve got squatters at virtually every table waiting for IllumiNations to begin. Maybe the portions seem larger if you’re standing up in the corner.
With about 80 minutes to go until IllumiNations begins, the rails along most of World Showcase are already filling in. We have people seated all along here between Mexico and Norway.
Another shot right out of the camera across the way at Germany. Looks like we caught a pterodactyl or something at the top too.
A little brighter, also right out of camera. It’s getting to be decently dark here around 7:45pm.
The Haiti section doesn’t seem to be too popular with guests, which is a real shame.
I was hoping we would see more of these sorts of pop up kiosks and exhibits at future Festivals. While Haiti is a nice choice with the recent humanitarian efforts, it probably isn’t the best choice for pushing booze. There were a dozen or more people at the usual beer/drink kiosks in France, Germany, etc. and only one person here. The placement of the kiosk in this fenced area probably isn’t all that inviting either.
Germany as the clock strikes 8pm. It should be illegal for Karamell Kuche to smell this good at dusk.
Crowded up here in the United States Pavilion.
Most of Italy was also reserved for a party of one variety or another. It would be fun if you were part of one of these groups, but it makes seeing IllumiNations that much more of a hassle if you’re not.
Sometimes quick and easy with a guaranteed table inside trumps interesting, quality food. And I was hungry. So Liberty Tree Inn in the United States Pavilion it is. Full menu and more pictures here: https://www.easywdw.com/menus-and-seating/liberty-inn-american-adventure-pavilion-minor-quick-service/.
After a successful Onion Straw Cheddar Burger a couple of days ago at Rosie’s All American Cafe, we’ll give the 1/3lb Angus Smokehouse Burger a shot. Topped with Pulled Pork, Fried Onion Rings, and American Cheese, it’s a little on the outrageous side.
Sorry, I don’t know how to make Disney food look good yet.
I don’t think this one is kosher, but it isn’t quite Passover yet, so maybe we’re okay? The burger was very oddly good. I liked the flavor of the barbecued pork with the cheddar cheese and the various textures didn’t seem to clash the way one might expect. The limp onion rings may be more gimmick than anything else, but you’ve also got a fourth dimension to the flavor. And everyone knows the fourth dimension of flavor is key. Otherwise, the hamburger and bun are about what you can expect from a Disney Burger. It was a perfectly decent meal and you can’t beat the plentiful, indoor seating. It does get loud in there though. There are certainly more interesting options in the World Showcase, but I like Liberty Tree Inn a lot more with the relatively new menu additions:
The Grilled Chicken Flatbread is a nice healthier-seeming option.
And the Southwest Black Bean Burger is also a nice, much healthier option. Those Bean Burgers are packed with protein too.
It’s virtually pitch black back here in the back of the United States Pavilion.
Buildings actually look inhabitable now. This is something I might be interested in visiting. No editing.
Mo’Rockin performing in the Morocco Pavilion is always a hoot and a holler.
Looks okay this small, but grainy with the high ISO.
Also with the ISO too high at 25,600. This was shot with one hand while I was on the phone at 8:40pm. It’s busy all throughout the UK here.
My personal favorite viewing location for IllumiNations. The Monorail platform.
Now that I have most of the hardware and software required to take photographs worthy of your consumption, I just need to download or purchase the skill and knowledge.