Friday, January 24, 2014

Disney World 2014 *pic heavy*

Had a great trip to Disney. It was kind of weird going when there weren't any Christmas decorations up, but from what my Dad had heard, they had cut down on them this past year.  It was quite busy in the parks - the marathon had occurred on Sunday (the day we arrived), there were several Brazilian tour groups there, and it was especially crazy on Friday as it was a holiday weekend.

We stayed at concierge level at the Grand Floridian, the Victorian style resort.  We always had a quick bite to eat there in the mornings before heading off to whichever park we were going to that day and usually got back in time for afternoon tea (always had fresh scones during that time and my mom and sisters were very disappointed that trifle wasn't served everyday).

Probably the greatest annoyance of the trip was the new Fastpass+ system they've implemented.  Instead of just getting any number of  FastPasses for the day, you are now only allowed three passes per day and only for one park.  Even after using the passes for that park, you can't go to another and get more passes.  Unless you choose your passes before your trip, it's a great possibility that you won't get them or at least have really awful return times (for example, you might choose your passes at 9 o'clock, but depending on the demand for a ride, you could have a return time of 3 o'clock).  This new system really hinders the park hopper option, almost forcing you to stay in one park if you want to utilize all your passes. I think Disney really needs to work this out or they will get serious backlash for this.
My MagicBand - room key, ticket to the parks, access to FastPass
The castle after the fireworks - had a great view of Wishes at the dessert party

View from Narcoossee's
Used the fireworks setting on my PowerShot S110 - not sure if I used it correctly, but I really like this shot
Another shot on auto setting

The view of the Floridian while walking over to the Polynesian

I was very lazy taking pictures - only really started the last couple of days when I could carry it around in the pocket of my hoodie.  I tried to record both Wishes and Illuminations (the firework shows at Magic Kingdom and Epcot respectively).  I didn't get the beginning of Wishes and my memory ran out right before the big finish for Illuminations (I was so angry).  But I'm very pleased with this camera (got it as a Christmas present).

I hope everyone has a good weekend - my birthday is tomorrow and I'm going out with friends to celebrate. It's been a while since I've done something 'big' on my birthday so I'm excited. Later!


  1. I've never tried Disney's fast pass, but I already don't like how you have to buy super expensive park hopper tickets just to get to go to all the worlds...I don't get why it's not inclusive for all worlds. The day is only so long anyway! Have you ever been to Universal? I had the express pass there and it was such a godsend! No lines at all, and I had a friend who worked in the park who got to go in the express pass line with me because they believed our story that he was my brother and our parents had his ticket >....> LOOOL.

    1. I think the park hopper is worth it. Usually, we never spend a lot of time of the Studios or Animal Kingdom, so we can then go to another park on the days we visit those parks. Also, it's great if you spend time at one park during the day, but plan on going to another one due to dinner reservations.

      I've never been to Universal but really want to go during their Halloween Horror Nights.

  2. I love Disneyland! It's my favourite place in the world! :D

    1. My parents are already planning a trip to Disneyland for just the two of them. They plan on staying at the Grand Californian.