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  • Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

    Provo
    Tuesday, November 20
    12:30 pm




    I looked up, and there was just one link left in my chain.

    It could only mean one thing - travel day.

    So I closed the door to my apartment room...



    ...slapped on a bumper sticker...



    ...and said good-bye to BYU. 600 miles and 9 1/2 hours later, we were home!


    Anaheim
    Wednesday, November 21
    7:30 am




    The first sign of the holidays at the DLR is, by tradition, the wreaths on the parking structure ticket booths.



    My sisters are wide awake and rarin' to go. The one on the right is MiceChatter Jolly Trolley.



    We were so early, we got to park in the Pinocchio area instead of in the structure itself.



    I thought this was interesting. The tram we walked past on the way to the tram stop had speakers on the corners of each section. None of the other trams we saw had them. I assume they would be used to tell off guests waiting for the trams to stay behind the yellow line, but it's just a guess.



    Work continues on, whatever is going on up there on the side of the structure. It's hard to see but there's a guy on this side of the walls.



    Flying reindeer Dumbos. If you look closely, the pattern of reflected lights and wreaths are exactly the same on all the Dumbos; just the color of hat and cloth have been photoshopped. Interesting that the Disneyland commercial I saw today during the Macy's parade was the same snowman one from last year.





    Good looking bunch, even this early! The others with us are my older brother and a very good friend of his.



    Ah yes, Enchanted premiered that day. I might go see it with Jolly Trolley, but it's not high on my personal list of priorities. Nice to see Princess Giselle before the parade, though.



    The CALIFORNIA letters have been peppermint-ized.



    It's eight o' clock, time to open the gates!



    After a dramatic countdown led by a few security CMs, the first guests of the day rush in.



    Look at 'em go!



    Oooooh!



    Jolly Trolley says: "Gorgeous!"



    It's still CostCo-licious, but I agree.

    We've just arrived, there's so much more to go! Check back for Part II, including Fantasyland, Critter Country and New Orleans, as we continue our spectacular day!



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    Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

    Nice Shots I love christmas time

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    • #3
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      Originally posted by 2DieFR View Post
      HA! That make me wish I put the same thing on my apartment door before I left yesterday. Screw finals, I'm heading to the park and I have no idea when I'll be back. XD

      Very festive Christmas ears, I love those!

      But I don't want to go among MAD people!

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      • #4
        Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

        :lol: I love the start to your report!!! How cool and creative! Like Littlecricket said, who cares about finals! You'll have more next semester anyway!!




        Help me get more security in Pingvinivlle! Click here!


        Originally posted by AGhostFromThePast
        all you need to know about the mommy stick is.. out of all the bad things that could happen to you... it's right between wetting yourself and death.

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        • #5
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          Great update so far! It was good seeing you all yesterday - sorry we had to run off so quick. There's always Saturday!

          Cant wait to see the rest of the photos!

          Photos, news, and commentary every week from Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom!

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          • #6
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            Hey! great so far.... keep the pictures coming! I can't believe you got there at 7:30!

            Thanks so much for the crowding privileges!! It was good to see you... now lay off the Rootbeer!!
            I'm addicted and I don't care!!! :yea:

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            • #7
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              Your sisters are so cute!

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              • #8
                Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

                Originally posted by 2DieFR View Post


                That is interesting. It might be something new they are trying out on just one tram at this point.

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                • #9
                  Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

                  Great start, can't wait for more.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

                    Part II




                    Wow, what a wreath.




                    Where are all the Dumbos?



                    Oh, there they are!



                    So how come they aren't wearing wreaths?



                    And now an important message from your friends at DOSH.



                    Wow, barely 15 minutes in and we're already Honorary Citizens!







                    Here we go!



                    Wheee!





                    Whooo, aaare, yooou?





                    I'm telling you, I never tire of that color accent feature. I like it because it helps me look for interesting patterns and shapes.



                    Alice is fresh from refurb. The storybook on top of the mushroom looked especially fresh.



                    Which way? I guess it doesn't really matter!



                    Help me!



                    I'm a sucker for the lamppost decorations. You'll see a bunch of them in the course of this trip report.



                    On to Haunted Mansion Holiday!



                    Frightfully spirited.









                    You don't get to see the gazebo except during Holiday, so here's a few of the statues.













                    We're building up quite a collection of Fastpasses, too!





                    New Orleans is decorated so snazzy!







                    Now a quick construction interlude.



                    A quick peek through the walls surrounding the Disney Gallery/Dream Suite wheelchair elevator reveals...not much.





                    There was plenty of hammering going on, in between this project and the one next door...



                    ...on the roof of the Riverbelle Terrace.




                    More to come in Part III. Critter Country, characters, parades, and more await!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

                      Awesome trip report!! Excellent pictures!1 Thanks for sharing them with us.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

                        Part III



                        On to Critter Country, which has been festively festooned with country craft.





                        Don't lose your Santa ears!



                        This ride was a complete walk-on, by the way.



                        Sploosh!



                        Take me along alligator. I love the assortment of pipes and valves in the lower left, and the black tank with "Sorter Brake Drop 3" written on it.



                        Puh-leese don't throw me in that briar patch!





                        I never noticed this before, and I'm glad I did because I like it a lot.









                        Back in Fantasyland now, for some character shots.



                        Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum had scarves to play with.





                        I love the Chinese lanterns in this wreath.



                        Here's a nice picture of all of us siblings. My younger brother joined us by then, and I'm the nerd in the Imagineering jacket.



                        Let me say here that I'm having a tough time weeding out photos from the enormous batch I took. I say, the more the merrier, and I hope your scrolling agrees.



                        Ripley's Believe It or Not: A railroad train can chug on through white and gold facades designed by Mary Blair.



                        This bird seemed to be enthralled with the reindeer's nose. It made for an im-peck-able shot.



                        Just because.



                        There was an empty row in our boat directly in front of us, spawning many jokes about which of us was obese.







                        Still more to go. In Part IV we'll visit the Reindeer Round-up for a bit, look at some merchandise, and finally get to some parading!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

                          I also never tire of the color accent feature. These are just a couple shots I really like from my camera. I really want to get more.




                          But I don't want to go among MAD people!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

                            Great pictures! LOVE the color accent, must get that on my new digital camera. Very cute captions and comments as well

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                            • #15
                              Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

                              What a great trip report! It looks like everyone was having a lot of fun. Thanks for posting all these pictures here too. They're terrific!

                              :thumbup:

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                                Part IV



                                GothicManor, this photo is for you.


                                *ahem* Onward!





                                Red or Purple? The world may never know.



                                We rode in the nose cone.



                                Around midday the castle got bombarded with what appeared to be a giant pink mob of Little Miss Beauty Pageant winners.







                                Okay, as promised, let's take a look at the Reindeer Round-up.



                                Santa wasn't fooling around, these really are beautiful animals.



                                We also said hi to the donkey.



                                Lots of yummy treats!



                                It's the reindeer equivalent to stockings.





                                Mrs. Claus was on hand near the entrance, and of course the Jolly Old Elf himself resided in the cabin.



                                We spent a few minutes in the Star Trader. A while back MasterGracey announced that there is NO Nemo (Submarine Voyage) merchandise whatsoever in Tomorrowland, despite the FNSV display on this shop. Well, it isn't much, but we found a few shelves devoted to it.



                                I was very pleased to see that the attraction poster shirt is still available for purchase.



                                I hadn't seen the shot glasses before.









                                Oh by the way, my old highschool girlfriend met up with us. She helped me showcase the Nemo things.





                                ooooOOOOOoooo


                                Well it turns out I'll have to post my parade pictures tomorrow. I have some insanely early-morning Black Friday shopping to do, but I'll be back soon!

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                                • #17
                                  Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

                                  Is the color accent feature something your camera does, or is it in the image program that you use. If it is the program, what program do you use? Thanks for any info you could share on this.
                                  Do you see the excellence of this invention?

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

                                    Originally posted by derrickd View Post
                                    Is the color accent feature something your camera does, or is it in the image program that you use. If it is the program, what program do you use? Thanks for any info you could share on this.
                                    It's a camera feature. It probably wouldn't be hard to find a way to do it in an image program, however. I frown on editing my own personal photos after the fact (Photoshopping, saturation, etc.) because it seems like cheating, but that's just me.

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

                                      Love the photos!

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Pre-Turkey Day Extravaganza: Bands, Parades, Castles and Reindeer, +MORE

                                        Originally posted by 2DieFR View Post



                                        First, let me say I love the photos, and I adore the color accent details! I may have to get that program!
                                        Next I really like the way you marked the "days" with a paper chain. Would you mind if I borrow that idea for the grandkids? They would love to come in and tear off a chain link every day!

                                        Third, and very very interesting, is the face in the tree photo you took. I have taken it and cut out just the section and will insert it here...



                                        If Alice had black hair I would swear she was stuck in the tree? Does anyone else see it? Please tell me I am not losing my mind! Again great photos!!
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