It’s always a game-day decision whether I’ll bring my DSLR camera with me to Walt Disney World. On one hand, it’s never a bad idea to capture gorgeous, high quality memories while on vacation with the family – especially when one is surrounded by the magic, colour and splendour of Disney. However, it can be cumbersome to tote a larger camera around, especially while juggling a double stroller, a packed tote bag, and a handful of Disney-centric food (insert churro, Dole Whip, or barbecued turkey leg here).
Nevertheless, after finding so many stolen moments during our Mayan Riviera vacation last year, I decided I once again wanted to capture the memories that are often relegated to “B roll”; the moments when the boys don’t know I’m about to take a photo; the opportunities to capture a sweet smile or a friendly snicker; the landscapes I want to preserve in my mind for years to come.
So, beyond fabulous vacation photos, the ability to enlarge memories and take crisp scenic shots – why else should you release your inner shutterbug? It’s simple! The Nikon 3300 makes it fun and easy to preserve those moments in the lifelike beauty they deserve: stunning 24.2-megapixel photos and 1080p Full HD videos with tack-sharp details, vibrant colors and softly blurred backgrounds.
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Today, I’d love to share with you the stolen moments from our recent vacation at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Stolen MOMent #845: This View. How often do you consider the potential view when booking a hotel room? For years, I reasoned that we were in our room to sleep, and therefore, a balcony view was an unnecessary upgrade that I could live without. Until I had a family, of course. Then I realized the importance of slowing down, and how a few moments simply sitting in quiet and enjoying the scenery goes a long way to rejuvenate the body and mind. And now, I insist on stunning views when I travel – like this lagoon view at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
It was a sunny day (no vacay rain, thank goodness!) so I chose to shoot in Landscape mode with no flash. I’m particularly impressed by the amount of detail captured on the boardwalk across the lagoon – it was a good kilometre away!
Stolen MOMent #851: That View. Did you know that the shared pool at Disney’s Yacht and Beach clubs is classified as a water park? Make a splash at Stormalong Bay, a 3-acre water wonderland! Climb the mast of a life-size shipwreck to breeze down one of the highest hotel waterslides at Walt Disney World Resort. Catch currents in the lazy circular river, relax in one of 3 whirlpool spas and soak up the sun on the elevated tanning deck. Children can enjoy the gently sloping, beach entry and have a blast in the kiddie pool—complete with a miniature waterslide.The above photo was taken in Aperture-Priority mode, followed by some In-Camera Image Editing including colour balance and straighten.
Stolen MOMent #851: Palm Trees. There was an old meme that said, “When a child hands you a toy phone, you answer it.” Similarly, for Canadians – no matter where you are in the world, when you see palm trees, you take a picture. God knows when you’ll see them again.
Stolen MOMent #856: Twilight. Ten minutes on my balcony with my stunning view is all I needed to recharge; after a day of water fun, Magic Kingdom rides and the best 30-minute power nap I’ve ever had, it was time for the welcome ceremony at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.
Stolen MOMent #901: EPCOT in a Maxi Dress. What should you do in between a welcome dinner and a fireworks spectacular? Hit the park for a few rides, of course! Riding the Chevy Test Track in my conference garb was a hoot! It’s not often you see an on-ride photo with hair, makeup and wardrobe on point. However, being decked out makes for gorgeous family photos – especially at night.
The lovely Disney Photopass photographer took this picture in Automatic mode with flash. Don’t forget to hand your phone or camera over to Photopass photographers! They’re always willing to snap a pic with your camera if you ask nicely.
Stolen MOMent #906: The Lobster, Shrimp and Scallop Roll. Seafood on Parker House Bread with Citrus Mayonnaise. Find it at Hurricane Hanna’s Grill by the pool at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Do I really need to say more?
Stolen MOMent #911: Adventureland. One of our favourite sections of Magic Kingdom; it’s part jungle, part tropical island and even has a desert oasis thrown in for good measure. Adventureland provides a 1950s view of exotic adventure, capitalizing on the post-war Tiki craze. It’s home to Indiana Jones Adventure, the Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room and Tarzan’s Treehouse, among other attractions and restaurants.
Stolen MOMent #915: Too Much Sass. Every little boy reaches a point where he simply does NOT want mom’s camera in his face – even if mom has a super-awesome Nikon D3300. I’m thinking of adding a watercolour effect to this picture so I can immortalize the attitude.
Stolen MOMent #917: All Hail the Churro. I was turned on to the mighty churro during my first visit to Walt Disney World in 2012. Then, I sampled the cinnamon sugar-encrusted goodness and was hooked. Now, I limit myself to one churro per day when I visit the parks, because trust me, I can eat more than one. These Mexican fritters are the way to my heart – obviously, my husband knows this.
Stolen MOMent #936: The Ride Called Nope. I was challenged on Twitter. I was chastised at the park. I was bribed, heckled and eventually released from the expectation that I would ride Splash Mountain. You see, I just can’t deal with drops. Especially super speed water drops. It’s like voluntarily barreling to your own death. Nope.
Of course, I was happy to capture someone else’s attempt at bravery. Shot in Sports mode from a FAR distance (translation: not on the ride). My husband is convinced that next time will be time I ride Splash Mountain. I suppose I just need the right motivation – care to ante up a designer handbag in exchange, dear husband? I could be convinced, you know.
Stolen MOMent #941: Mini Me. I’m not often treated to photographs with my Mini Me, partly because we can never nail him down long enough to pose for the camera. On this day, however, we were lucky. He’s the spitting image of my father! Every little thing from his large, expressive eyes to his slight grumpiness and dimpled cheeks.
Stolen MOMent #952: The Seven Dwarfs’ Cottage. Trust me: Disney does not do things half-assed. The Seven Dwarf’s Cottage is replicated from the film to exacting detail by Walt Disney Imagineers. Forget Cinderella’s castle; THIS is where I’d want to spend a night. Intricate details can be seen in and around the Cottage, including owls carved into the ends of the beams and stairs, and handmade musical instruments played by the Dwarfs (including Grumpy’s pipe organ).
Can I also just say, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train may be my favourite Walt Disney Ride ever! It’s not a roller coaster; it’s a full story coaster and I absolutely love everything about it, from the smooth on-ride experience to the jewel-laden mine. Worth a visit to Magic Kingdom for this attraction alone – just be sure to schedule a Fast Pass+, as wait times for stand-by can be 120 minutes or more!
Stolen MOMent #967: Disney Wasted. Definition: A consequence of having so much fun at Disney, you pass right out. Expect a photo to be taken by smug parents who are used to staying up past 10:00pm. I think I’ll frame this one!
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