Today’s photo was taken at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim this year. On display was this huge AT-AT model and throughout the show you could usually find cosplayers around to get some photos. Near the end of the first day this area wasn’t crowded and I got this photo of a Snowtrooper with minimal crowds.
Sony NEX-5N w/SEL35mm, 1/60, f/2.5, ISO 160
Day 3 – 11/6/2014
With our bellies full we headed to the main point of interest. Diagon Alley. Along the way we passed through the streets of San Francisco before getting to London. If only actual trips to London were that quick and easy.
– all that money they spent and they couldn’t even finish building this wall, and people complain about Disney
Diagon Alley is seriously impressive. From the moment you walk in you are stunned by the incredible level of detail. Moms is not a Harry Potter fan, and she said this beats anything Disney’s done. I don’t know that I can disagree. Once you throw in the interactive wand areas, it’s easy to get lost looking at everything. After that amazing first impression, we made our way to Knockturn Alley, where we perused through Borgin & Burkes briefly.
Our dabbling into the darker aspects of magic satisfied we made our way out of Knockturn Alley and headed to the bank. I was hoping to speak to a goblin about diversifying my bonds. The wait was about 45 minutes, so I got in line while Moms waited for me.
I waited in line for quite a while and right before the pre-show area the employee told me I couldn’t take my backpack or camera bag on the ride. Umm, how come they didn’t tell me when I entered? How come I just spend 40 minutes waiting before finding this information out? He told me to leave & just return through the single rider line to that point. In case you’re wondering why I hadn’t just used the single rider line at first, I like to take the normal queue the first time to see everything. I went back out, gave Moms my stuff, and went back in. The ride itself was very good, I just didn’t immediately feel like I needed to jump in line and ride it again like I have with some other rides.
Moms kept herself busy while waiting for me on the ride
– big ups to Moms for this amazing shot, seriously jealous of what she was able to capture
Today’s photo was taken at this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction. Most of the cars are covered, but some get exposed as they are moved around. Came across this BMW Isetta and snapped this shot. I really liked the feel when I pushed the extremes when editing.
Sony NEX-5N w/ SEL35MM, 1/60, f/2.2, ISO 2000.
Day 3 – 11/6/2015
I am a Harry Potter fan and had been regretting not visiting Hogsmeade on our previous WDW trip. With the opening of Diagon Alley I couldn’t resist anymore. I had bought us each a 1-day park-hopper (or whatever Universal calls it), but no express pass. We put the address in the GPS and made our way across the Florida wilderness to this strange & mysterious land.
We opted for the Express Parking and after parking we hopped on the first moving sidewalk. Took another moving sidewalk to the bag check area, before taking two more to get to Citywalk. I’m glad we didn’t have to walk all that way, because I would’ve been exhausted already. We made our way through Citywalk and entered Universal Studios Orlando.
– passed this minigolf course on one of the moving sidewalks
– like far-out man!
Our first stop of the day – Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem! We both love the Minions and this was high on the list of rides to try. The wait was about 40 minutes, so not too bad. I didn’t do much research on the rides of USO, because I wanted to stay spoiler-free. We don’t really do roller coasters & I knew a lot of their stuff was screen based, but I didn’t know much beyond that. Now Moms doesn’t handle simulator rides that well. I don’t know why I thought she could handle it. I saw the stationary seats and I don’t know why I didn’t tell her to move down there. I felt really bad because I know she loves Minions, but she had her eyes closed the entire time. It’s in a similar vein to Star Tours and I really liked it. I wish we could’ve ridden it again so Moms could sit stationary and enjoy the film. Maybe next time.
Not having had breakfast, it was definitely time to get some grub. The nearest place was the Monster’s Café. The restaurant is themed to the Universal Monsters, like Dracula, Frankenstein, etc. It has this mad scientist vibe going on which was pretty cool.
We both ordered the half-chicken with potatoes and some green stuff that I hear San Francisco is using to ruin pizzas with. We were hungry, so we pretty much scarfed it down, but the chicken was not that great. I liked the potatoes, but didn’t touch the green stuff.
Up next, we were wowed!