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Old 01-12-2010, 09:29 PM   #151
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Animal Kingdom Waves Good-Bye

So I headed out of the park and noticed Flik was heading through a CM-only entrance.
I quickly asked the handler when he would be back and was told 15 minutes.
Well, I was in no hurry and I’ve never seen Flik so I wandered around the Entrance Plaza.
First, I came across a Photopass photographer about to leave.
I sweet-talked her into one more person before she left and she obliged.
But she made me do some silly poses (which I think were actually a lot of fun).
So here I am acting like an animal!




Then I wandered over to a shady area, grabbed a bench, and called home.
I had a nice little chat with the kids and told them everything I’ve already done today (and it was only around 12:00 or so).
They were excited to hear about Dinosaur! and Dinoland and were jealous of all the characters I’ve already met.
When I hung up, I chatted with some cast members who wandered by and just relaxed.
I don’t think I’ve ever just “hung out” like this before so it was kinda neat.
Then the CM entrance opened and I couldn't believe it!
I expected Flik but instead came a parade of characters.
Unfortunately there were no Photopass photographers.
So I begged the handlers to take shots.
Each character set up in their own little section and had their own little line.
But no one was there – lines maxed out at maybe 2-3 people per character.
And some had nobody waiting at all (these were primarly the chars that weren’t recognized).
And, now, for your pleasure – the Animal Kingdom Entrance Parade…

First up was Flik! I was excited about this one as he looked really cool


Then I hopped over to Rafiki! Who needs to go to Rafiki’s Planet Watch when you can catch him here!
He was in character being very playful and trying to steal people waiting in line for other chars.
It was fun to watch him hopping around and sniffing the guests.
And, of course, he kept “mooning” people.


Next up – another character I’ve never seen before – Pocahontas’ raccoon friend Meeko!


Back to the Lion King, Timon was next!
Now I’ve taken pics with Timon before but I couldn’t resist doing so again - especially with no line.
He was playing back and forth with Rafiki and it was fun to watch.


Then it was on to Song of the South.
This was interesting as I’ve never seen the movie nor have I rode Splash Mountain.
I’ve seen the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da clip and know the characters, but that’s about it.
So, now I got to meet both Brer Bear (boy is he tall!!!)




And Brer Rabbit




And that concludes the parade.
Six characters – absolutely no lines.
You can’t ask for a better send off than that.
So I headed to the buses for another first – bus transport from one park directly to another park.
On the way I snapped this photo – it just seemed really neat.


So, it was not even 1:00 and AK is already in the books.
I have enough time for one more park – who’s up for a whirlwind tour of the Studios?
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:34 AM   #152
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What an awesome group of characters you ran into! We've never gotten pictures with Flik or Brer Rabbit and I haven't seen Brer Bear since I was a kid. (I have seen Song of the South. When I was a kid we had a nearby drive-in and one summer the 2nd movie was always Song of the South. Wow, I feel old )

The "animal" pic is fun and you look like you were having a great time!

and P.S.-I'm not the one who gets creeped out by the Bugs. (that would be the Princess lol)
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:34 AM   #153
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Very cool that you got to meet some of the less known characters! Can't wait to see what happens at DHS!
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Nice update I really enjoyed how the Photopass photographer had you pose , and it seems like you had a blast doing it also ! Awesome character pic's we also came upon this opportunity when we were there in May and met most of the same characters you did w/ really short lines , it was a really big treat to meet characters you don't see often & with such short lines ! Can't wait to see your tour of the Studios
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Beautiful scenery pictures! Love the character parade as you were leaving, especially since no one else was around to make the lines long!
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But first, we have to admire the intricacies of the Tree.

Cool little ankylosaurus
What are the two birds directly above the ankylosaurus?

Great pics. Looking forward to actually putting my camera to some good use.
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Read your update the other day and then American Idol came on and I forgot to comment. Anyway - great character interaction and perfect timing - love it! You had such a great time at AK. Makes me want to be there right now!
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:31 AM   #158
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Hey Mike,

I'm diggin' your AK day!! Only 1:00 and you've met a slew of characters, hung out just for the fun of it, wow, you sure know how to solo tour!
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What an awesome group of characters you ran into! We've never gotten pictures with Flik or Brer Rabbit and I haven't seen Brer Bear since I was a kid. (I have seen Song of the South. When I was a kid we had a nearby drive-in and one summer the 2nd movie was always Song of the South. Wow, I feel old )

The "animal" pic is fun and you look like you were having a great time!

and P.S.-I'm not the one who gets creeped out by the Bugs. (that would be the Princess lol)
Yeah, it was a blast catching that whole gang of chars.
And you gotta have fun with the Photopass photographers - we're in Disney after all!

As for Bugs, just have the Princess pretend her Prince Caspian is close by to save her...

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Very cool that you got to meet some of the less known characters! Can't wait to see what happens at DHS!
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Nice update I really enjoyed how the Photopass photographer had you pose , and it seems like you had a blast doing it also ! Awesome character pic's we also came upon this opportunity when we were there in May and met most of the same characters you did w/ really short lines , it was a really big treat to meet characters you don't see often & with such short lines ! Can't wait to see your tour of the Studios
The Studios tour was probably the 2nd most hectic part of my trip.
I booked around that place and it was a blast knowing I could go at my pace.

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Beautiful scenery pictures! Love the character parade as you were leaving, especially since no one else was around to make the lines long!
It was good - you'll definitely enjoy Yak & Yeti

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What are the two birds directly above the ankylosaurus?

Great pics. Looking forward to actually putting my camera to some good use.
I believe it's a pelican and probably an eagle or something.
But I defer to Ms. Wildlife Biology herself.
Mom should be catching up on the TR and hopefully will weigh in for you.

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Read your update the other day and then American Idol came on and I forgot to comment. Anyway - great character interaction and perfect timing - love it! You had such a great time at AK. Makes me want to be there right now!
Yeah, AK was fun at my pace with no real hurry to get anywhere.
I skipped some stuff but since I was just there, it was no real loss.
This trip was to hit the stuff I don't get to do with the kids and that was accomplished!

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I'm diggin' your AK day!! Only 1:00 and you've met a slew of characters, hung out just for the fun of it, wow, you sure know how to solo tour!
And we're just getting started!
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:24 PM   #160
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Lights! Camera! Action!

There was barely a wait when I arrived at the bus stop.
I quickly boarded and the basically empty bus made its way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Some background on my touring plan for DHS:
Since I’m not a thrill ride guy, I don’t go down Sunset Blvd for anything other than Fantasmic!
In addition, I avoid the horribly shortened Backlot Tour (I can still remember the original 4-hr tour)
as well as Lights! Motor! Action! which I’ve never seen (nor have any desire to).
So, DHS easily becomes a ˝ day park full of shows, character meets, and a couple of rides.
But first, I had to go find my friends in beige.
We started with the standard shot:


Next, the photographer tried to get me to hold Mickey’s hat.
I don’t think this one worked so well…


And then I asked for a Magic shot of Stitch which I’ve never had before.
I really like this one – it’s very random but a lot of fun:


And to top it all off, a big “Ta Da!” to get us moving!


Then I was off.
It was late in the afternoon already (about 1:30) and I had lots to do.
But first I noticed this guy off to the side.
Looks like my movie is about to start.
Roll em!


As I headed up the street, I was greeted at the Sorcerer’s Hat by High School Musical 3: Right Here, Right Now!


Veering right, I headed towards the Animation Courtyard and past Voyage of the Little Mermaid.


Then I noticed these guys who I don’t recall seeing before.
I guess we’re usually just in too much of a hurry to notice them…


Can you guess where I was going by now?
Welcome to Pixar Place


I didn’t expect to have any success but I was in luck.
Fastpasses were not sold out yet (it was about 1:30) so I was able to grab one for Toy Story Midway Mania for 8:30.
Woo-hoo!!!
As you can see from the pic below, the Stand-By was 80 minutes – I still can’t believe people wait that long when they can simply come back with Fastpass later.


Now I could slow down and enjoy the rest of the day.
So I wandered over to the Toy Story merchandise area and noticed this huge cookie jar.


The line for the new Buzz & Woody Meet & Greet was closed and they said they’d be back around 2:30.
So I figured this was a perfect opportunity to explore Narnia.
Step through your wardrobes and join me!
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Nice Photopass shots , the magic shots are soo much fun ! Great pictures of the Studios so far , can't wait to see your Narnia pictures ( just watched the movie for the first time this year & have never toured it at DHS)
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Those TSM wait times are the worst! So glad you were able to score a FP!
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80 minute standby.....No way! My DS stood in a 90 minute line the first year TSM opened. It was exactly 90 minutes from start to exit. But kids, they pass the time by text messaging everyone they know. Not me!

Great pictures. You have some pics of things I've never noticed there. Love that statue!
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Oh Narnia! We loved meeting Prince Caspian and exploring that attraction last time. I'll have you do your report first and then be back on to post our picture from that meet and greet. PC stayed in perfect character the whole time. My 11 yr old DD was all too happy to hook on to his arm for a picture. Daddy was a bit anxious about that!
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80 minutes- no way Jose! FPs are the only way to go!

My kids are actually watching Prince Caspian right now- perfect timing to ask you how it was. But I suppose that's getting ahead of the game
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