October 2011 Disney World Trip Report, Pt V

The previous night we had gone to bed at 1:30 am, and it’s really a good thing we didn’t stay up any later. Perhaps it was workout we got from wearing those hot costumes (that likely became heavier as the night wore on, as they soaked up sweat), but we were both fairly tired the next morning.

Still, when it’s time to get up, it’s time to get up. Once I wake up, no matter how tired my body tells me it is, I’m can’t go back to bed. If I do, the result is always just lying there, thinking about random things. So, when I woke up at 7 am the next morning, it was time to start the day.

I began by heading to Old Port Royale, again taking my cameras and refillable mug to start the day with some photography and caffeine.

I made this a much shorter trip than the previous day. I had captured a lot of photos the previous day, and my path was the same, so I didn’t see many new things to capture. I did, however, decide to put my hesitance aside and head over the pool. I am normally reluctant to take photos around pools because there are people in bathing suits walking around, while I have a bunch of camera gear and am fully clothed. I don’t want people thinking I’m the sleazy photog/paparazzi trying to capture photos of scantily-clad individuals. Not sure if this is actually what people think, but it’s always in the back of my head.

Anyway, I wanted to get some cool photos of the canons in the pool. These canons are really close to the edge of the pool. I had very little room to navigate. As I’m bending down to take my shot, a little kid comes running around the site of one of the canons, almost colliding with me. Even though my camera is water sealed, I’m pretty sure it couldn’t handle falling into the pool, so I quickly ended this mission after narrowly averting disaster.

After that, I headed inside and deliberated as to whether I wanted to purchase breakfast. I ultimately decided on just taking pictures of food I saw, which, curiously enough, is not as filling or tasty as actually consuming food.

When I arrived back at our room, I got ready, and we headed to the bus stop. Again, we were spending the morning at Epcot. Since it was Food & Wine Festival, we planned on spending a lot of time there.

After we headed through the turnstiles, I suggested to Sarah that maybe she could get FastPasses for Soarin’ while I took some photos of Spaceship Earth. The sun was still at a decent point in the sky for photos, so I figured I ought to grab a few.

With Sarah busy for at least 10 minutes, I went wild with my cameras. I probably took over 100 photos of Spaceship Earth in that short time, and had a blast in the process. I can only imagine some local watching me snap so many frames, thinking, “silly tourist.”

When Sarah was done getting the FastPasses, she headed towards World Showcase, which was only about 30 minutes from opening. She picked up a Food & Wine gift card while I fiddled with my camera. I had noticed some spots in a couple photos I had taken the previous day, so I took a few photos of the sky. Sure enough, there were tons of little spots. I didn’t have my rocket blower, so I used the camera’s self-clean function.

I later discovered that my D7000 was putting oil on the high-pass filter above the sensor, which could only be removed by a professional. Or, in my case, an idiot with some household items and some swabs from Hong Kong. Yep, I actually cleaned it myself with sensor wet-swabs. These swabs left streaks that I removed with a Q-Tip. Luckily, I removed the oil and didn’t ruin the camera in the process. I was so reluctant to send the camera to Nikon (I’ve heard nothing but bad things about their service) that I actually risked my thousand dollar camera. Well, no one can accuse me of not being a risk-taker, at least!

Once Sarah purchased her gift card, which of course was a must purchase thanks to its fashionable wrist strap, we debated what to do next.

Well, it wasn’t really much of a debate. Like the people we drive past at 6:45 am in the rough parts of ton outside liquor stores, Sarah decided to line up for the Desserts and CHAMPAGNE stand. Lush.

In all fairness, she didn’t actually buy any alcohol, but I thought it was pretty funny to see her standing in line outside of a closed alcohol kiosk. I suppose my sense of humor is a little warped. Again, she purchased the Dessert Trio. This was a really smart move.

As we thought about whether we’d head towards Mexico or Canada, we both realized that we were really hungry. Since it would probably cost $278 for each of us to get a filling meal from the snack kiosks, we decided to instead head to Sunshine Seasons. It pained us to eat “regular” counter service food during Food & Wine Festival, but at least it was from one of our favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World, it wasn’t exactly a brutal blow.

Sarah had some sort of weird goat curry and rice. It didn’t really make sense to me, as I have been attempting to have her try Tangierine Cafe for a while, and she has always resisted. Yet, she ordered the very cuisine they serve there at Sunshine Seasons! I opted for the more delicious choice, the chicken. Part of me still wonders if I should have gotten the Turkey and Monterey Jack Cheese sandwich.

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15 Responses to “October 2011 Disney World Trip Report, Pt V”

  1. CJ Balogh says:

    “Really, though, the one thing that stinks about traveling by ourselves is that no one is around to take photos for us. Although it is nice to be by ourselves sometimes.”

    We feel the same way. We almost always go by ourselves and have few photos of us together. But when we travel with others we often feel slowed down and find ourselves splitting up to get things done!

  2. Ju-osh says:

    I’m leaving for WDW in 2 days, and I’ve gotta say, your trip reports have been doing SO MUCH to add fuel to my already out of control eagerness and expectations. Thanks so much for taking the time to put together such fun, informative and gorgeously photographed posts.

    Oh, and if you’ve noticed your site’s hits having quadrupled in the past couple of weeks, it was probably me and my gal checking and re-checking to see if you’ve posted anything new!

  3. Gunner's Mate says:

    Another excellent trip report in the overall body of your blog canon. It made me feel as if I were there, readying the cannon to shoot!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I’m betting that you thought this line up as soon as you saw the cannon shot, and would’ve used it regardless of how much this entry in the trip report sucked. For what it’s worth, I think this is one of the weaker posts in the October trip report!

  4. Samuel L. C. says:

    “There is nothing lower than the human race . . . except the French.” Mark Twain

  5. Lindsay says:

    Impressions de France is my favorite film/show/sit down attraction in all the parks! I love the music & always get a kick out of the “secret vagabond” line. Truly a Walt Disney World classic. Glad it caught you by surprise : )

  6. Gordon says:

    Interesting to hear your approach to taking shots. I always like to split from my family when the chance presents itself, normally when they ride Splash, so I can go spend time getting images at my leisure.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I like rides way too much to do this. It sounds like a good compromise, but I wouldn’t trade a few photos for a ride on Splash Mountain–even if I had already ridden it 10 times that trip. It’s easy-enough to snap a few photos on the go, so I don’t see the need to forgo actual experiences for them.

      I can understand others’ desire to focus more on photos, though. The great things about Disney is that we all enjoy it in different ways and for different reasons!

      • Gordon says:

        Splash is the only ride I tend to do that on, I like it well enough but I seem fated to be the one member of the family who gets soaked entirely on it so most times I will ride it once during our trips to MK then toddle off and let them have their fun as they do their repeat rides. Sometimes I lie about taking pics though and do solo rides on POTC instead

  7. weepstah says:


    The whole bit on the temples in/out/around the Mexico pavilion makes me think about the last section of the Three Caballeros. Talk about tripping around Mexico. Have I mentioned I love the surreal Disney films?

    As for Impressions de France, Buddy Baker was a genius. 30 something years later, and I still can’t get “If You Had Wings” out of my head.


  8. BreaPhotog says:

    Beautiful photography as usual Tom. And even if you think this trip report is not your best it was still entertaining. By the way… Have you ever posted a picture of your wife NOT being gorgeous? Just wondering.

  9. John B says:

    I also love Impressions de France. It’s the best show in WS, imo. The fact that it has actual seating is a big plus. Wish they sold the soundtrack, THAT I would buy.

    Not sure if you’re going to discuss this in a future post or not, but: what did you think of Caribbean Beach? You seem to normally stay Value and sing their praises, so I’m interested in your opinion of Mod vs. Value.

  10. Leah B. says:

    Seeing all these pictures of F&W make me even more excited! We will be there on Sunday :D I haven’t yet experienced France – I’m going to be sure to drag my husband on that this trip!

    Also, what other groups or blog communities do you suggest? We’re headed down there for Christmas as well…

  11. Tank says:

    I’m going to start using “Grand Fail”.

  12. Laura says:

    I just want to stop in and say that I am loving your trip reports (I am kind of reading them from 2011 forward). I wished I had been there last year to meet you and your wife as I also listen to and am a part of Be Our Guest Podcast and probably would have been at that meet if we had gone then. Love all your photos! My husband is a videographer who dabbles in photography some and he also loves your photos. Can’t wait to read and see more!!

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