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  • Trip report 06-05-14 audio 101 and more.

    So here we go.  So I met up with Carline from ape pen publishing to get footage for a project and then we made our way to the park to have lunch and said our goodbye and I made my way to the esplanade.   So while I was recording audio that day my recorder was going through batteries.  I did 5 AA that day.  Why? Im cheap and buy from the 99c store.  I was able to get away with it with my old iRiver.

    Oh I had a new recorder with me thanks to the donation from Paul Barrie. The Zoom H1  So other then that and it shutting off recording while video taping, its different having the recorder around my neck so I am going to make something like my old setup.  Any ways back to my day.  The park was not crowded like I thought it would be for a Thursday.  So I walked down Buena Vista Street and when your gone from the park for 13 months it all seems new again.  So make a left to goto bugs land and while in bugs land I decide to see its a bug life but it was not showing.  They were showing a preview of Maleficant and yes I know it is out in theaters but I d not have the time to go out to theaters or able to spend when behind in bills. Do my video recording and deal with the recorder eating up batteries and YES I will from now on pay for name brands to make sure it does not happen.

    So I make my way after doing some rides to Disneyland.  If feels so good to be back so I make my way down Main Street USA and go to tomorrow land to check if Captain Eo was still there because I read it was not but it was.  I go in sit down and notice the Eo logo is not on the screen like it was when you enter the building.  Well the video started and I noticed the the floor was not moving like it did.  I think they are starting to scale it down to save on maintenance.  Now if they made it move like it did only until MJ would show the gift it would be fine.  The moving while the final scene was on is and was a but to much.

    So now it was time to remove my AP photo because there was a black dot on my head and the photopass dude did not tell me and took the picture.  So I got a new one.  Later I saw it.  Another bad photo. DOH and I was told you cant upload your own photo anymore.  Ok so I made my way around and got my fast pass for Big Thunder.

    Forward to my window to board I get on and they put me right in the front.  ok I will never do that again because that’s not a smooth part to ride.  I was jolted and I think its worse now. So I got to see the new addition and I like it.  Next time I will be in another area of the train because I could not tell how smooth the new track is.  I then make my way to Haunted Mansion to go on.

    So its getting later in the evening and I was read for dinner and where do I go?  Rain Forrest Cafe.  Yes I used to have a Safari Club card but they changed it to a new system while back.  So since it is my Birthday Month they give you $25 towards your bill.  Sorry for no pictures but I forgot with the days events. GO back in the park and stay till closing and some more video recording.  I then make my way to my car and drive home.

    The next day I dump my audio to the computer to hear what I recorded.  Ok it sounded different and where was lot of noise.  Why?  Because this bone head (me) plugged my binaurel mic in the headphone jack instead of the line in.  It was recording from the built in mics.  IT sounded good but my neck strap made noise and I would bump it with the tripod while walking. I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW.  Brain 101.  So with the suggestion of putting tape over the headphone jack so it does not happen again (thank you paul) I will go back and do it again.  I am recording audio for the next show.

    I am also plotting and scouting what I want to do different this year at Friends Of The Magic event in August 8-10 2014 .  Well with that I say goodbye for now. I have lots to do with the next vidcast as well.

  • Above The Firehouse Podcast Show #51

    Above The Firehouse Podcast Show #51  4/23/2013

    I made my way back to the parks and spend most of my day at DCA. I take trip down Buena Vista Street and catch some shows. I make my way to Blue Sky and take a listen to Radiator Springs history and then go some rides . I also take you on Splash Mountain and we go on it twice.  The two boys got in the log with me and it was just the 3 of us.  So we go on it again.  We listen to Brian Sommer do some funny outtakes on our new blu-ray project coming out.  Hear the versions not heard from the teaser.  We also spend time with your evil queen Jana our sponsor.  Enjoy and listen.  I also talk about the passing of Jim Fanazzo.

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  • Trip Report Disneyland 10-01-10

    Well i woke up at 10 and got ready to go to Disneyland.  Noticed I did not have any blank tapes so I had to go get some at Fry’s.  Well once again they did not have my brand in stock.  I use Sony DVM63 HDV miniDV and once they sold them $24.95 and now they are $34.95   for a 3 pack.  So I had to get Panasonic DVM63 tapes but they only had 2 pack at $19.99 but I needed them but next time I am going to my normal place in Hollywood and save.  Ok that’s done so I am driving to Disneyland and traffic is crappy.  So I made it to Disneyland in an hour.  I was excited to be there and when I pulled in to Mickey and Friends the line were short.  I was thinking the rain storms had something to do with it.  So I get up to and a car away and I notice Disneyland will be closing at 7pm for the halloween party. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr DCA will close at 11p.  Now i prefer to end my day in Disneyland.  I go to DCA first then to Disneyland.  Ok so the lines were short.   I made my way to Space Mountain for the Ghost Galaxy overlay.  20min  so I did that.  Then I noticed Autopia was a walk on so I did a recording of that.  Then I made my way to Matterhorn.  15 and shot a POV from the first car tomorrow land side.  So all the stand by times were short.  Indiana Jones 15min? wow.  So I pop on Alice in wonderland and noticed they added more the to the new rails and cover where you get on the ride.  It was odd.  I’m used to the open space.  So I shot that with the new changes.

    I had to eat and I know the cheapest place to eat is The Hungry Bear so I made my way over and they raised prices 50 cents. haha  Well I love the view of the River there.  Got done and made my way back to go on Haunted Mansion but the line was 30min because of the Nightmare overlay so I passed this trip.  So I made my way back to Fantacyland (I needed the exercise) and did Snow Whites scary adventure to enjoy the new effects..  Ok so I filmed what I could since 7pm was creeping up So I made my way to DCA.  Now the cool thing.  They got ride of that STUPID GLOWFEST.  They are replacing it with ElecTRONica.  Now that’s a smart idea.  I love TRON and I can’t wait and they had a ticker where the sun is or was.  Made my way to Grizzly River Rapids to get a World of Color fast pass.  I got the 11:15p show. oh well   Now  since there is a ton of construction going on there is not that much to do at DCA so I got bored and just sat down and rested.  had a small little nap but woke to a screaming kid.  Now since they also close down most of the ride for World of Color that did not help.  Ok so I finally got to see World of Color.  Its an awesome show but they removed some stuff that was gonna originally in it.  Now people need to chill out about the WOC VS Fantasmic.  Each has it’s own charm.  Ok enough blabbing.  I hope you enjoy the picture gallery from my Blackberry.