Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 18 – Yak Attack in the Jungle Trek

Day 5 – 11/8/2014

My fastpass+ time for Dinosaur had arrived, so that’s where I went next. Dinosaur uses the same ride system as Indiana Jones Adventure in Disneyland, which is one of my favorites. Dinosaur does not use the system as well. I’d ride it again, but I don’t think I’d wait a long time for it. I don’t know if that’s how it’s always been, but it was super dark in there and hard to see stuff. The part where the meteor strikes was pitch black with some sound effects and then just surprised at the photo spot. Don’t get me started on their plan to bring a dinosaur back at the exact moment the meteor strikes. You’ve built a time machine, it was all good just a week ago.
DSC05010 – this dinosaur looks like someone just said something offensive to him
– I’m in the back looking confused

I got off the ride like what was that? Originally I had a fastpass+ for Primeval Whirl at 11, but I rode it earlier since there was no wait. I loved it so much I considered waiting around until 11 to ride it again. Luckily I didn’t have to, I was able to move my fastpass+ up to about 5 minutes away. Still couldn’t get a closer time for Everest though. My ride on Primeval Whirl was still fun. I wasn’t alone this time; I was in a vehicle with some other Star Wars fans. Episode VII’s title had just been announced that morning and I was able to break the news to them. We chatted about Star Wars for a bit as the ride was ending.
– I had to take a picture because that was the first time I’ve ever gotten a red card.

While all of this was going on Mom’s was back at AKL enjoying the animals in the Savanna

My Everest fastpass+ wasn’t for a couple hours but I figured I’d go by there since I was headed to Maharajah Jungle Trek. The cast member said single rider was only about 15 minutes so I hopped in line. I rode with a lady who was by herself. She had never ridden it before and she was a little nervous, but was trying to see if her son could handle it. I tried to keep her informed as to what was coming up. She seemed to enjoy it, and I know I definitely loved it. The single rider line was now like 30 minutes. I contemplated riding again, but decided not to. Goodbye for now Expedition Everest, until we meet again.

I made my way to Maharajah Jungle Trek to see the animals. The animals weren’t very active this time and I really didn’t see much. I did go in the bird sanctuary, which we skipped last time. Those birdhouses in there are incredible. Some of those birds, man nature you cray.

Moms went by the Mara to get some lunch. If you’re thinking poor Moms stuck in the room. While she was at the Mara she also purchased a pack of Zebra Domes from their to-go cooler. She bought them for us to share, but apparently I took too long to get back.
– Mom’s lunch

After my somewhat disappoint trek through the jungle, I was passing by a food stand that had an item I was interested in. The Yak Attack. Mango daiquiri, Bacardi light rum, & wildberry flavors make for an awesome drink.
DSC05073 – Yak Attack
– one for the Gram
DSC05075 – Tree of Life

I drank the Yak Attack as I headed to Africa.


Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 15 – We’re Going On A Safari

Day 4 – 11/7/2014

I always come off a ride on Everest with a huge smile on my face. The wait was only about 15 minutes so Moms said I might as well ride it again and get my fill. This time I went in the standby queue to take in all those glorious details. The wait went by quickly and I was on again.

Disco Yeti and all, I still love it. Our next fastpasses were for Kilimanjaro Safari for 3:00, but I was able to move them up with the My Disney Experience App. We started heading to Africa and I was of course distracted by the gibbons (that’s what I remember the lady told me they were) who were playing around. I caught up to Moms and eventually we entered Africa.

We really liked Kilimanjaro Safari on our last trip so we were really looking forward to this. Moms especially as this is one of the few rides she actually does. As we were getting on the ride I popped on my zoom lens which I brought primarily for this. We ended up with a whole row to ourselves which was nice. Most of the animals seemed more active than our last trip. The lion was sleeping closer to the edge and you could see more of her. I’d classify it as a successful safari trip.


DSC04889 – still sleeping, but at least visible
DSC04897 – I just liked this flower I saw after we got off

Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 14 – Umm, There’s A Giraffe, Uh Outside of Our Room

Day 4 – 11/7/2014

Wanting to see if our room was ready, we drove to Animal Kingdom Lodge. That main lobby makes such a great first impression. Wow. We checked in; if you remember I had some problems with my magic band and at Riverside they had deleted one of my accounts and resynced my information to fix it. Apparently deleting that account, deleted me from this hotel reservation. So we spent some time at this concierge desk to get things sorted. It took another hour but the guy at the desk said everything should be fine and would be okay for our next hotel as well. Just give it about 15 minutes for the magic band to sync before I can use it for this room key. I’d have to take another trip to the concierge to get it working properly. Do not have multiple Disney accounts.
DSC04740_HDR – Animal Kingdom Lodge lobby

Our room was quite the trek from the lobby, coupled with the magic band fiasco things were not looking well for a repeat stay here. We got to the room and stepped out on our little balcony to see giraffes and other animals walking around. We had gotten a Savanah view room. The room was really nice, but there were freaking giraffes outside! Any previous issues we had had faded from our minds that quickly.

Moms stayed in the room animal watching while I got my magic band situation sorted. After a brief rest we finally made our way to Animal Kingdom. Fastpass+ allowed me to move around our fastpasses so we hadn’t missed out on anything with the hotel delay. We hurried through the Oasis and headed straight for Asia.

Expedition Everest is one of my favorite Disney rides. I’d have to say it’s in my top 5 at least. That was the first fastpass we had. Once again Moms waited while I rode.


I really love this ride.

Random Photo for 09/30/2012

It’s been a minute since I’ve updated this I know.  I have plenty of pictures in my library I can post, but haven’t felt too compelled to go out and shoot lately.  So when my dad asked if I wanted to go deep sea fishing in San Diego on Thursday, I figured it would be fun and provide some good photo opportunities.

This was a photo I took when we were coming back in as the sun was setting one of the many pelicans that were following the boat flew by as I went to capture the setting sun.  It’s not perfectly in focus, but I like how it turned out.


365 Project for 2011 – week of 8/22

I’m trying something new here.  Recently, I’ve been posting about a week’s worth of photos at a time and I like the way I work when I do that.  I just open up a blank document and write out all the descriptions for that week’s photos, then I can upload them all at the same time.  I just feel like I’m more descriptive this way, but maybe I’m not.  This week I’m going to try and do things differently and put all of this last week’s photos in one post.  Let me know what you think about this different format.

This week’s theme is one I’ve done, but I’m revisiting my 50mm f/1.7 lens.  I tend to grab it and shoot it wide open and it’s not that sharp there, so I’ve recently been thinking of using it stopped down some more and trying to find out just how sharp it can be.  So this week I put that lens on and didn’t take it off.

Here in downtown Chandler, they recently built a new fancy City Hall building, it was actually the subject of my first photo in this project, and I decided to walk around it some in the daytime to get some shots.

Apparently, there is a musuem inside of it (it was closed when I went there) but the sign for the gallery really caught my eye.  I’d actually seen this sign the other day, which was part of the impetus for why I wanted to shoot in this area today.  When I first saw this sign, I knew I wanted to photograph it and this is actually how I pictured it in my mind.

Today I visited a friend who lives out far from the civilized world, he doesn’t even have a Target within a couple mile radius (whereas I have something like 10 in a 5-mile radius), but before stopping at his place I traveled the opposite directions towards some mountains.  I’m not sure which ones since they aren’t part of the Superstition Mountains, but they are kind of in that area.
Using the 50 I shot this pano which consisted of 11 shots, but I didn’t really like how it turned out so I cropped out some of the right side to about 6 shots worth.  I do like how it ended up.


By the time I left my friend’s house from yesterday it was past midnight and since he leaves so far away from anything worthwhile, you can actually see stars from his place.  So as we were talking I put the camera on my mini tripod and pointed it upwards.  I was in Aperture priority mode and it gave me a 25 second shutter speed.  I’m not sure if the blurring stars is from them moving through the sky in that time, or from me having to put a finger on the tripod to keep it still.  Other night shots I’ve done with clouds show them moving in less time than that so that could be what’s going on.  Next time I’ll try in manual mode with a shorter shutter to see it that helps.  Blur aside, it’s exactly what I was trying to shoot for, the bright light of the stars in a sea of black.


When I went to check the mail this afternoon I noticed these flowers blooming on my neighbor’s cactus and there were some bees buzzing around trying to pollinate.  I grabbed my camera and by the time I went back outside the bees were gone, but decided I’d shoot the flowers anyways since they were so colorful.  I really can’t wait until I get a macro lens so I can get some really close-up shots for these types of images.


Tonight I hopped on my bike with my camera and tripod and went out to find something interesting in the neighborhood.  I only got about two doors down the street before I ran into some friends and we ended up talking about video games and how Nintendo needs to make a Pokemon MMO for consoles.  The entire time we were talking this locust was buzzing around on the side of the house and since it was now a couple hours later I didn’t feel like riding anywhere and figured I’d try and get a shot of the bug before it left.  I was only able to get the one attempt before it flew away (I guess I got too close).  Nothing spectacular, but I think it turned out okay.


I was driving around visiting some retail establishments and I noticed a mountain I hadn’t paid attention to before.  Found out it was the Buttes, which I’ve been to, but since I was driving on a street I’m not normally on I saw it from a new angle.  I went to this mountain, which is next to Tempe Diablo Stadium (which is where the Angels play Spring Training baseball), and since the stadium parking lot was open and it was empty I went in to shoot that.  The 50mm being a short telephoto lens on my camera meant I had to step way back or shoot a panorama to get the entire front of the building in one.  I noticed these posts at the entrance which were topped by stone baseballs with the Angels logo carved in them.  I liked how this shot turned out with just the ball and the blue sky behind it.


I started this week shooting in downtown Chandler’s new City hall and thought I’d go back there tonight to come full circle with it.  One of the reasons I wanted to go at night was for a fountain that’s lit up at night and thought it would have good colors to shoot, but when I got there, the water was off.  I walked around and shot this photo of the city hall sign (which was one of my contenders from the first day of this week).  I really like the colors at night.  The back of the sign has red lights which is the red you’re seeing on the stone and there are these blue tiles above which you can see in parts of the stone and sign.

365 Photo Challenge for 2011 – April 1st

This was actually the last photo I took for today.  I walked around the Valle Luna in Chandler by the lake that’s there with the intention of capturing the fountain and there was all these ducks nearby.  I cropped out the duck in the background to remove his distracting elements, but his reflection in the water is fantastic.