After gallons of hot liquids and neti-potting and round-the-clock humidifiers, though, I'm mostly human again. (Head colds when you can't take decongestants are EXTRA fun, lemme tell ya.)
So let's pick up where I left off with Disney's new Festival of Fantasy parade!
After the Tangled float come two more spectacular costumes: the Lion Fish and Shelly:
I should note this parade moves FAST, so you're definitely going to miss stuff as it zips by. I've seen it twice now, and could barely take the camera away from my face either time - and even then, I still missed a few shots I wanted!
Check out that headdress! She even has orange feathers on her eyelashes!
Shelly is another of my favorites, so in trying to photograph her I've now completely missed the two Pink Coral Dancers - twice! Here's a quick side shot of one as she strode past me, though:
And here's the shot that made me miss the two Corals:
These are all a precursor to Ariel's Under-The-Sea float, of course:
I like that so many characters are up high, allowing even shorties like me to see them through a crowd, but the blinding midday sun can also be a challenge. (Make sure you use spot metering for photos, or you could end up with dark silhouettes against the bright sky!)
The operators wear funky holographic track suits and sunglasses, and spin the seahorses by hand.
Next, Newsies-inspired Lost Boys segue into Neverland:
I like the look; definitely a fun new take for the Boys.
The Neverland float is another whopper. In the front you can see Skull Rock:
The ship is balanced on a shimmery sequined rainbow, with Captain Hook swinging on an anchor underneath.
I missed Hook this time, so here's a shot from a different day on Main Street:
Tinkerbell sits at the other end of the rainbow in a garden of oversized flowers:
(Psst. Hey, parade guy. DOWN IN FRONT.)
I think Tink was upset that her wand wasn't working here:
So if you do opt for the Flag Pole area, I'd say forget side shots and just keep your camera pointed down towards the castle like this.
The Brave dancers start off the segment with some line dancing:
And they're followed closely by Merida's giant bagpipe float:
The bagpipe has a large crown platform for Merida, and is decorated with shields, tassels, and even a round target (with an arrow in the bull's eye) on the opposite side.
Near the top are the infamous plate of cakes from the movie, and if you squint you can see Merida's baby bear brothers peeking out from the pipes:
This is the most static float of all. I can't remember if the bears move or not - I'll have to watch for that next time! - but if they do, they're the only animated element onboard. Not complaining, of course; I mean, look at this thing. o.0
K, that does it for this round! Coming up, the fire-breathing Maleficent I know you've all been waiting for, plus the parade finale! In fact, here's another teaser, which is one of my favorite shots of anything ever:
This = insta Jen happiness.
This = insta Jen happiness.
Click here for Part 3!