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Alison 17 Apr 14 06:30 PM

Snap-happy pre-trippie (August '15 - yes, really ...)
 
This is a mixture of a pre-trippie, a reminisce and a photography planner! We are hoping to go back to Florida in Aug 15 (well, we will be going as we have booked a cruise!) but that seems such a long way off – so we have started thinking in detail about all sorts of things, as you do; and here seemed a good way to record it all!

Because it seems such a long time away, it has been a good excuse to go through all the photos – and there are a LOT of them. I am being quite self-indulgent and posting lots of my favourites as I remember great things that we did and are looking forward to. So bearing that in mind …

Warning – VERY photo heavy!

So who are we? Alison and Nigel – Disney planning and photography freaks and our teenage son, Stephen (will be 15 when we go) who secretly loves Disney as much as us and isn’t always too cool to admit it!

Here we are back in 2009, waiting to go to Hoop de Doo

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7250/...c345881ec2.jpgUs 2009 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

and this is a more recent shot from our Alaskan cruise in 2013.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7230/...ebc2f277aa.jpgAlaska 13 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Both being teachers, we are limited to school holidays and tend to go mainly in August. Our first family trip was in 2007 and we went back in 2009. In 2011, we took the plunge and added on a 3 day Disney cruise – unfortunately, we were hit by Hurricane Irene and our schedule was totally thrown off. Undeterred, we went straight back on a bargain last-minute double dip deal at Easter 2012 and we were just as hooked on cruising! We squirreled away all our pennies to do an Alaskan cruise last summer and it was absolutely amazing. (Nigel wanted to do the trip report for that one – hence the reason it doesn’t exist yet …)

We really want to go back in 2015 for many reasons – Stephen is a huge Harry Potter fan and wants to see the new part of WWOHP, we wanted to be able to take advantage of our cruise on-board booking discount as they have changed the rules, we haven’t seen the new Fantasyland yet, Nigel is going to be 50 (any excuse!) … basically, we have just talked ourselves into it!

We wanted to do a 4 day cruise so booked that first and need to book everything else around that. We have always stayed off-site in villas before with odd nights in Disney hotels but, this time, are thinking about staying in a hotel for a bit to take advantage of free DDP, if it is offered. We are torn between possibly OKW if they offer the discount but really like the look of POFQ – and if we move to a villa afterwards, we have the advantage of space then. Also considering one night in a Universal hotel for all the normal perks. So much to think about!

We tend to be die-hard rope drop fanatics, returning in the evenings to see the shows. It will be interesting to see how the Fastpass+ system continues to pan out – we are watching that with interest. Also thinking already about possible ADRs!

We do love our photography and tend to carry rather a large amount of kit – we don’t take it all to the park every day, however but it is good to have with us.

This is what we took in 2011 – eek!

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7091/...3af590da6c.jpgKit by limegreenlife, on Flickr

However, a big feature of our holiday is the photography aspect – fortunately, Stephen is very patient and is quite happy to do his own thing or hang around waiting for us.

So down to the details and what we hope to do! There are some things we love doing over and over – isn’t that why we all go back?!

Such as having your photo taken with the cigar-store Indian and seeing how much it has shrunk over the years.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2908/...6586007b09.jpgIndian 2007 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7183/...8de240d861.jpgIndian 2009 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7153/...fd6287869b.jpgIndian 2011 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5206/...4186a43b34.jpgIndian 2012 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Or drinking frozen lemonade.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7160/...a928c0732c.jpgHot! by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/...3c10f13dda.jpgTwo straws by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2855/...168eb7bf73.jpgTriple whammy by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Or meeting as many characters as possible.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7006/...c340940d4c.jpgAladdin by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7078/...1bc8c2aa74.jpgUp by limegreenlife, on Flickr

We won’t do that anymore – Stephen is too old. :(

Unless they are new characters he hasn’t met! :)

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3747/...7d078af893.jpgHoppy Easter! by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3690/...8b3f0af06f.jpgCat in the Hat by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/...a31fd3108d.jpgAll aboard! by limegreenlife, on Flickr

First morning in Magic Kingdom always involves breakfast at Crystal Palace.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3747/...54c12e6867.jpgCrystal Palace 07 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7219/...a4480a6fc5.jpgCrystal Palace 09 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2885/...7f8697d030.jpgCrystal Palace 11 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

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Alison 17 Apr 14 06:33 PM

We love taking random shots around the parks.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7303/...10a441dde9.jpgRandom by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/...97d86f7a8d.jpgRandom by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7312/...b7d119ac23.jpgRandom by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2848/...caac5b6755.jpgRandom by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7031/...39dff63054.jpgRandom by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3698/...574b6c5269.jpgRandom by limegreenlife, on Flickr

We enjoy spending time in the park once everyone has left – our photography has come on so much in the last few years so really looking forward to improved night photography.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7149/...405662ccf4.jpgEpcot at night by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3829/...61a16c1f3c.jpgJapan by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7085/...3c0a722d00.jpgFountain in France by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7029/...fc3e340e7b.jpgFrance by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3693/...e4bd7693a4.jpgMorocco by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3716/...96e9cc9a6d.jpgMoroccan bazaar by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3681/...42b8140455.jpgChina by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7319/...7db3e35286.jpgItaly by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2834/...4d11162d35.jpgGermany by limegreenlife, on Flickr

No doubt we will encounter tropical rainstorms.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7271/...ebc5859719.jpgRain by limegreenlife, on Flickr

And we will spend ages trying to get decent shots on dark rides – no flash, of course …

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7399/...e466e4106e.jpgPirates of the Caribbean by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7225/...6df15f3517.jpgHitch hiking ghosts by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3665/...950e4a4f33.jpgWinnie the Pooh by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7107/...557135e24b.jpgBuzz by limegreenlife, on Flickr

This is one thing I know we will be really trying to improve – but it’s not easy, as you will know. Need to experiment with different lenses and manual focus a bit more.

Alison 17 Apr 14 06:34 PM

We will eat many Mickey bars and other mouse-shaped food items.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3707/...d3b931e716.jpgMickey food by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7421/...39a15c7f9f.jpgMore Mickey bars by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/...bea35f51a8.jpgMickey ketchup by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3751/...d0bff9595e.jpgAnother Mickey bar by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Meeting Smokey Miller each time has been a real treat – hopefully, we will see him again.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7243/...d33d298864.jpgSmokey Miller 07 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7220/...a4528f0e3e.jpgSmokey Miller 09 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7460/...2b10f7bf82.jpgSmokey Miller 11 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7342/...5ca379c93b.jpgSmokey Miller 12 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

We always end up with one ride that we seem to go on over and over – really cool ones, such as Journey into Imagination (?) or Spaceship Earth (!)

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7343/...26d68ede85.jpgFigment by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7082/...a1866f0a04.jpgSpaceship Earth by limegreenlife, on Flickr

We are definitely rope-drop type of people.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7338/...00f47716cd.jpgEarly by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3743/...48bae452f4.jpgRope drop by limegreenlife, on Flickr

And stand-and-wait-ages-for-the-perfect-photo type of people.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7319/...7281d2fdb1.jpgMonorail by limegreenlife, on Flickr

And take-photos-of-Ariel-at-every-opportunity type of people.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7355/...a75f97f69d.jpgAriel by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7243/...3e5445146e.jpgMore Ariel by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3669/...9a8af2b681.jpgAriel 2007 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7230/...85f263af89.jpgFantasmic Ariel by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3808/...a1b5943ebf.jpgAriel on the Wonder (DCL) by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Balloon photography is essential.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7147/...881317bc0a.jpgBalloons by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3727/...ce867462d2.jpgOne red balloon by limegreenlife, on Flickr

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Alison 17 Apr 14 06:35 PM

Looking back, it is sad in a way to think of things we won’t be able to do again – such as making cookies in The Land.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3738/...a23ba239fa.jpgCookies by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Or discussing Disney video games with Push.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3757/...3cefcd37da.jpgPush! by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Or riding Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7129/...1fdb06f739.jpgFarewell by limegreenlife, on Flickr

But there will still be a few Disney touches to look out for, such as pin trading.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7231/...45385464e9.jpgPins by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Towel animals – and even learning to make them!

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3669/...555756f5f0.jpgTowel animal by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3669/...9bb550c45c.jpgTowel chickens! by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Spotting DiVine at Animal Kingdom.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7018/...a014b2bf9c.jpgDiVine by limegreenlife, on Flickr

And, of course, finding Hidden Mickeys!

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3761/...ffddb49a5d.jpgHidden Mickeys by limegreenlife, on Flickr

On the cruise, Stephen will no doubt make full use of the soft-serve ice cream machine.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5240/...31e7e38011.jpgself serve by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2869/...6d9a45fbd2.jpgMore self serve by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7351/...910b536ecb.jpgSelf serve - at a glacier?! by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7379/...44a0b66e0e.jpgCanadian self serve by limegreenlife, on Flickr

While we will make equally good use of the odd cocktail or two!

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7387/...e00dd8222e.jpgDrink of the Day by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2913/...daf6d78c73.jpgBeer! by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2928/...5e1a1bcee8.jpgCocktail by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3694/...14003950bb.jpgMore cocktails by limegreenlife, on Flickr

No doubt we will be seeing the night time shows again and, of course, attempting the ever-tricky firework photography.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7257/...be3d2901be.jpgHidden Mickey? by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3790/...db2276ef67.jpgWishes by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3678/...2429949164.jpgFantasmic by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7367/...de15ec3f78.jpgIlluminations by limegreenlife, on Flickr

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Alison 17 Apr 14 06:37 PM

And so, the big questions for this trip!

Will we ever manage to get a decent shot on Peter Pan? (Remember, folks – no flash!)

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7304/...4a5a452e3e.jpgPeter Pan by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Will Pluto remember the special moment we shared in Alaska?

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7241/...51b47e4677.jpgAdmiring the view by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Will Nigel meet his namesake again?

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3759/...f2b2b1da9b.jpgNigel x 2 by limegreenlife, on Flickr

How many hours will we spend in here?

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3830/...c41b4fb1aa.jpgArt of Disney by limegreenlife, on Flickr

How many ‘arty’ shots will we take on the teacups?

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7370/...b1fa85e62b.jpgSpinning teacups by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7227/...cc1cd2c763.jpgMore teacups by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7232/...cb6c1c05bf.jpgTea party by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Will we manage to see both sunrises and sunsets?

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2899/...2138dbc79c.jpgSunrise by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2850/...0c0b568b1f.jpgEpcot sunset by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Will we make it here or will a hurricane get in our way again?

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7041/...275794c4b7.jpgMount Rustmore, Castaway Cay by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Will Stephen eat his own body weight in orange chicken?

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7434/...37c1acf070.jpgOrange chicken by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Does Nigel actually have more than one eye?

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7095/...6262c042ba.jpgCamera by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Which character will we draw in the animation class?

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7443/...73dc346a93.jpgAnimation class by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Will we catch Madame Leota with her eyes open?

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2895/...5024f0931c.jpgMadame Leota by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Will I go on either of these rides or will I just ‘hold the bags – it’s easier’ again?

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7252/...5501dc2441.jpgDouble whammy by limegreenlife, on Flickr

How many times will we see our favourite show?

https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6146/...419a84a28b.jpgEs-ka-pay by limegreenlife, on Flickr

https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6065/...6532d11cfd.jpgWe'll fill this tank with poop! by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Will we actually make it any further than the entrance of Hall of Presidents?

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3786/...ff978d9624.jpgHall of Presidents by limegreenlife, on Flickr

Do we need yet another photo of this statue?

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3745/...676d1ae2ed.jpgFountain by limegreenlife, on Flickr

So, thanks all who’ve stuck with us – remember, this is only the beginning! Plenty more to come, especially when Free Dining is announced next week! (Fingers crossed, pretty please!)

Until then, we wish you a very happy Easter – hope you have a great time!

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7449/...c3f5d905ff.jpgscrub up by limegreenlife, on Flickr

JoJo88 17 Apr 14 07:02 PM

Great pre-trippy and absolutely stunning photographs. My favourite photo is probably the monorail at Epcot, but they are all beautiful.

Happy planning!

Jedi Princess 17 Apr 14 07:08 PM

Your pictures are great. Looking forward to your updates. 😃

LadyDebs86 18 Apr 14 09:43 AM

Your night time pics of World Showcase are absolute stunning!

Crazy4Disney 18 Apr 14 09:51 AM

Your photos are amazing! We are also going August 2015 eeek :)

rens 18 Apr 14 09:57 AM

Your pictures are amazing, especially the early morning MK pics and the firework shots :)


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