Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Back to the Blue Bayou

Not having been to the park for quite some time, I had a real hankering for a Blue Bayou lunch. When it comes to atmosphere, this place is hard to beat. I noticed that the partitions in the waiting area had been removed.

The interior is just the same; cozy, intimate, and peaceful.

This time, my hand was steady enough to capture a panoramic view of the entire restaurant:

Love the little gazebo detail on the far left:

We were fortunate enough to get a water-side table, giving us views of the bayou:

and the guests who float gently by in their Pirates of the Caribbean boats:

I'd love to get lanterns like these; have always thought they were so cool:

My pork chop was tasty; very juicy and flavorful…and looked much better than this pitiful photo shows!

Last one for today is another table side shot, showing the gent in the rocking chair. I can hear the banjo strumming now...

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Back to Big Thunder Mountain

Even though I am glad the tradition of "Picture Spots" has remained, it's still a little jarring to see the name Nikon instead of Kodak. The lovely view of Big Thunder Mountain makes for a great photo, regardless of the sponsor!

Tons of props make the line queue a breeze; hard to get bored here if you have any kind of thirst for visual detail.

SO glad that Rainbow Ridge survived the refurb; even though nobody lives here, it's great to see the buildings!

The dinosaur bones also remain; wouldn't it be cool if the Mine Train actually went THROUGH a gigantic dinosaur skeleton?!?

Just another previously unnoticed queue detail.

The first time I rode BTMRR after the refurb, I was placed in the middle of the train, which kind of sucked for photos. This time I requested the front, which also has its pros and cons. No people in front of you, but the cab blocks the center of most photos.

I was hoping to get a decent shot of the bats, but alas, it turned out too dark. I did get a few semi-decent shots of the Rainbow Caverns tribute:

I love the uphill climb of the Mine Train with the overhead spray:

And then the wild ride begins:

a bit blurry, but what can you expect? It's a friggin' roller coaster!

This attraction has some of the best artificial rock work, making for some really great shots against the deep blue sky.

Watch out for the snakes!

My favorite animal on the attraction:

Two more howling coyotes. You don't notice it as you are zipping through, but the photo shows their less-than-hidden base track.

And now it's time for a little fireworks, thus adding to the reason for dynamite being in the goat's mouth:

Uh oh…

Looks like it's gonna' blow!

The smoke and fire are impressive, but I still feel that the ride needs more of a "BOOM"!!

Love this view of Rainbow Ridge from the top:

…as you continue your quick descent back to the loading area.

If only my shutter speed had been set a bit quicker!

And now we can breathe, as the Mine Train slows down, passing by Rainbow Ridge:

Those prices aren't too bad!

Hope you enjoyed your virtual trip on BTMRR!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Back to Buena Vista Street

If you're like me, you can't get enough of the Red Car Trolley that runs up and down Disney California Adventure's Buena Vista Street.

The feeling of movement it adds has made for a huge improvement to the entrance area of DCA. The Hollywood side:

and the Buena Vista Street side (which I never noticed until posting these photos!):

Our trip down the street begins with a stop in the Los Feliz Five and Dime.

Personally, I find the props in the shop much more interesting than the merchandise for sale.

It was too early for Clarabelle's, but the perfect time to snap some photos sans guests.

A panorama shot of the entrance to the Elias & Co. department store:

The terrazzo tile entrance is a very authentic detail. In real cities, many of these remain while the original stores they proclaim have changed.

The Trolley Treats exterior:

Even though the Fiddler Fifer and Practical Cafe is large, the warm interior makes it feel very cozy:

As do the vintage-style posters and photos:

Besides the Trolley, the characters of Buena Vista Street also add to the charm. I was fortunate to get to see Oswald the Rabbit, who recently made his debut in the park:

This particular Officer Blue is my favorite; he looks like he stepped out of the 1920's.

Two of Goofy looking dapper in his Five and Dime outfit:

Last one for today shows Dale, of Chip 'n Dale fame:

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