Disney Bikes

I wrote before about a pair of bikes I saw in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They were leaning against a building and I took a picture on film. Later I saw what I thought were the same two bikes in a different location and took a digital picture.

I needed to see the film to answer the burning questions. Was I mistaken and they were different bikes? Were they the same bikes and I was mistaken about the different locations? Did I screw up the film shots and end up with an illegible blob of gross on the film?

Let us answer these questions at last!

The digital pic:

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The film pic:

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Yup, different bikes and different locations. I was wrong, as usual.

Florida Recap Post – The Ninth

It’s been a while, but here’s some more Florida! Still waiting for the film to come back. I was hoping I’d have the scans today but maybe tomorrow? We’ll see. These are from our full day at Epcot. Most of which was spent in the World Showcase. There was talk of drinking around the world, but a stomach bug got in the way of that plan.

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I did not ride the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride, but Harry did. A couple of times.
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The monorail goes whoooosh
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England is photogenic
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Does this count as street photography?
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Epcot’s groovy back door, as seen from France.
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Selfie
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This is Morocco, isn’t it?
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Worthy of The ‘Gram
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Fountains
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This random lady gave Jen a pinwheel and it was really cool. I think I will have a picture of it later.
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Japan
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Why does the World Showcase need a US pavilion? It’s literally in the USA.
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Fountains
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Italy
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China
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Love
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Norway, land of gnomes and trolls.
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Mexico
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The pinwheel
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We were going to stay for the fireworks but it was friggin’ cold. Bellana stuck it out, but the rest of us bolted.

Florida Recap Post – The Eighth

On January 9th we started the day at Magic Kingdom, then went back to the hotel to flake out for a while. That was the last recap post. That night we went back to Magic Kingdom for the fireworks show and stayed for an after hours event. The event required a separate ticket and took place after the park closed. That means the joint was virtually empty. We did a ton of rides with little to no wait. It was awesome.

Here are a ton of pointless photos.

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I was really ready for the xmas stuff to go away.
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Fireworks… in manual mode. Like a crazy person
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Hey, bunny
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This is me putting my feet up on the nearly empty People Mover, which we rode I think four times that night.
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Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (my favorite Magic Kingdom Ride not called Splash Mountain) was a walk on. Glorious.
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Harry took this
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Blurry background, babie!
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I really wanted a slow shutter speed shot of the spinning merry go round, but not enough that I would stand there and wait for the ride to start. Sorry.
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He’s especially good at expectorating.
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That’s it. The next post will bring us back to Epcot and I think it’s going to be a long one. Lots of pictures from the last stop at Epcot. After that there will be another day at Hollywood Studios and then I think that’s it.

Florida Recap Post – The Seventh

We went to Magic Kingdom in the morning then we went back to the hotel to rest up then we went back to Magic Kingdom for an after hours event. This post ends at the resting up at the hotel thing. Enjoy.

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Popcorm
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Another day, another gigantic crowd
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Who is the dude on the left and how did he end up in the picture like this?
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Back at the hotel, just before sunset, Harry and I were hanging out on the patio so I took a few film pics. Then I took a bunch of digital pics.
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Next up is Magic Kingdom at night including fireworks.

Florida Recap Post – The Sixth

The last post had our first day at Hollywood Studios. This post will start with that same night and then finish with a character breakfast at The Polynesian the next morning. Enjoy!

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The Chinese Theater
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That’s the main street. What’s the main street called? Is it Main Street or Hollywood Blvd?
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I like searchlights
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I shoulda bought a BB8 balloon
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I forget what the fireworks show at Hollywood Studios is called. Phantasma? Something like that? Unlike the other parks, it takes place in a theater, and that theater was PACKED.
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MICKEY!!!!
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MICKEY!!! We had breakfast at Ohana in the Polynesian. We sort of feel the need to do a character dinner every time we go to Disney World. It’s usually Chef Mickey’s, but (food wise) this was SOOO much better.
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MICKEY!!!
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The camera dropped the ball a little here. I think it was the bright light in the background.
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Much better.
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Harry took this. I put the camera in Auto mode before I handed it to him.
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Meter for the shadows, bro. Actually… in digital aren’t you supposed to meter for the highlights?
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Harry took this.
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Harry took this
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MICKEY!!!
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MICKEY!!!
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MICKEY!!! Harry took this.

There you have it. We met Mickey Mouse in person. He actually hung out with us because he’s sort of our best friend forever now.

The next post will be Magic Kingdom pics during the day, and some flake time around the hotel.

Florida Recap Post – The Fifth

I was going to make this post everything from our first day at Hollywood Studios. Unfortunately there are about 10 million pictures from that day so I am just going with Hollywood Studios before sunset. I don’t know what that means for the next post, but frankly I don’t care right now.

I started with the film camera and switched to digital when we got to Galaxy’s Edge. I swapped back and forth a couple of times, but it was mostly digital from that point on. Here we go… there are going to be a lot of pictures here.

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The entrance to Galaxy’s Edge is on the lower left corner of the picture
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Light posts… always
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In the tunnel to Star Wars Land
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Gonk
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I think that after this masterpiece I started using Auto mode again.
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Beep boop beep
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Kylo Ren was probably in there eating breakfast
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The Falcon! Chewie… we’re home
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My ride.
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Chewie!!!
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The Last Jedi herself.
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Best picture of the day, so far
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First Order Stormtroopers. Don’t worry if they are aiming at you. Worry if they are aiming at the guy next to you. Am I right?
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Next stop is Toy Story Land
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None of us rode Slinky Dog this time. I have never ridden it at all because I am old and roller coaster mess with my head now. We did see these lights lit up on our second visit to Hollywood Studios, but I think I had the camera in my backpack on that occasion.
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Toy Story Mania is the best ride in Disney World that doesn’t have Star Wars or Splash in it’s name.
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We returned to Galaxy’s Edge to ride Rise of the Resistance which is the best ride on Earth or any other planet.
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I took a lot more pictures the second time we rode Rise but that comes a few days later.
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We did not see Muppet Vision on this trip and that is a major over sight. Next time.
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The sun is starting to set
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And that’s where we’ll leave it for now. The next post will be after the sun went down, and our breakfast with Mickey the next morning. Also, maybe some more Magic Kingdom as well. We’ll see.

Florida Recap Post – The Fourth

This one is going to WAY over do it. You’ve been warned.

Our first visit to Magic Kingdom was first thing in the morning and we were shocked at how packed it was. We stayed for a couple of hours and then went back to the hotel for a while. My picture taking plan was to start with film and switch to digital when I burned through one roll. As it turns out, we weren’t in the park long enough for me to take 36 pictures on film so I don’t have any digital pics from that morning.

When we went back after dark though… I really went nuts. My YouTube schooling has taught me to keep the ISO setting as low as I can when using manual mode. I was struggling a little at night so I said screw it and set the ISO to auto, and then eventually just switched to auto mode and WOW can this new camera handle lights at night. It was crazy, so I went crazy with it. I took soooo many pictures. Here are mountains of them.

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Welcome to Magic Kingdom
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It was January 7th and the christmas decorations were still up. That was disappointing. Worse, they were still playing christmas music.
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Light posts are always prime targets.
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Another example of an utterly mobbed theme park.
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I think this is my favorite picture from the trip. I haven’t seen any of the film yet, but I can’t see anything I took topping this one.
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Blurry background, babie! WOOHOO!!
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We rode Pirates and got wet and it was under 60 degrees out so it was not the most comfortable experience.
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Shooting through windows sort of became a thing on this trip. There are a lot like this from both Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.
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Clocks. Always.
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There was another night visit to Magic Kingdom and there will be a ton from that visit. Next up though will be Hollywood Studios. We got there early and stayed until they closed so there will be a ton of pics, including a bunch at night. I think. I might do something else instead, but that’s what I’m thinking right now.

Florida Recap Post – The Third

This installment of the Florida Recap Post series isn’t terribly exciting. It’s just a few spots around The Riviera hotel, the Skyliner, The Caribbean Beach resort, and the Art of Animation resort. In short, it started with us just hanging around, and turned into us riding the Skyliner and just getting off at random spots.

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I just liked the light here by the bus stop
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Our room was on the right but on the back side of the building
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Inside our room
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Fountains near the Skyliner entrance
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The skyliner is pretty groovy
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Selfie
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The Skyliner runs direct from the Riviera to Epcot, but to go to Hollywood Studios you have to change cars at Caribbean Beach
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I think this is at the Caribbean Beach but I’m not sure
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A turtle at Art of Animation
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Art of Animation has an arcade. Maybe next time we’ll stay here.
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Mine?
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Dude
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A fountain at the front entrance of The Riviera
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We were waiting for a ride to Magic Kingdom. That will be the next post.

Florida Recap Post – The Second

Here is the second in an open ended series of Disney trip recaps. This one will cover our one stop at Animal Kingdom where we discovered that our least favorite park can be pretty fantastic when the temperatures outside are in the 70’s instead of the high 90’s. It made a huge difference.

I took a lot of pictures that day so… here’s a shit load of them. There is little actual significance to any of these.

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The park was insanely mobbed that day. I tried to shoot over people’s heads when I could, but it wasn’t always possible.
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Almost all of my safari pics were garbage. It was the only time on the entire trip that I wish I had a zoom lens. I actually had a zoom on my film camera, so maybe there might be one or two from there that are okay, but I doubt it.
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Mount Everest looks exactly like this.
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We need to go back at night so we can see all of these lights when they are lit.
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As shitty pics of the tree of life go, this is one.
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Oh my god does the f2, 40mm prime lens do the portrait thing well!
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MICKEY!!!
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I think I posted this already, and I think I said the same thing in the caption, but there is a film shot of two bikes that I am sure was in a different location, but I am also equally sure that it’s the exact same two bikes. We’ll see when the film comes back.
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The next post is either going to be from the resort, as well as a brief little resort hopping jaunt that Jen and I went on, or it will be Magic Kingdom at night… or both.