Monday, November 14, 2016

{Disney} Steps, Photography, Favorites, Etc.


If you're wondering just how much walking you'll do during a Disney vacation, I'm here to share my steps.  I saved a screenshot of my Fitbit app each night of our vacation to record my steps and mileage.  Of course, no two Disney vacations are the same but this should give you an idea of what to expect, especially if used in conjunction with my trip report.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom (Day 2)

Animal Kingdom

Hollywood Studios



As I've mentioned, we brought along a stroller for Anna but we didn't request to use the stroller as a wheelchair.  Having that as an option would have allowed us to bring the stroller in lines, the same as someone using a wheelchair, and it has been extremely helpful in the past.  However, this time around, due to how we utilized FastPasses and lower crowds when we visited, we really didn't wait in any long lines and we never felt the need to have the stroller with us at all times.

I do wish that we'd brought the jogging stroller but we survived with the Britax and the Britax survived holding two 9 year olds.  (Allie ended up with a blister on her heel one day so the ride back to the hotel consisted of Anna perched on Allie's lap.)  The original plan was to bring the jogging stroller, which won't collapse unless the front wheel is removed.  That plan also included us driving to Florida.  We went back and forth on whether or not we would be able to bring the jogging stroller on the plane.  It was too big for Rich to check in and I didn't want to deal with attempting to gate check it.  It doesn't stay folded on its own and there was the question as to what I would do with the front wheel.  I also had to carry on a hefty supply of cath kits and other items I didn't want in our suitcases.  We made it work with the Britax.


For this trip, I brought two lenses (Sigma 50mm ART and Nikon 14-24mm) and my Speedlight.  I didn't even use the Speedlight so that could have stayed at home.  Those two lenses are so completely awesome but they are big and heavy.  I noticed the weight difference this time as did Rich, who graciously offered to carry my backpack for me when it wasn't shoved in the basket under the stroller.  I was happy with the output from those lenses and never wished that I had different lenses, except for the weight issue.  Internet searchers land here quite often after looking for "best lens for Disney photography."  I still stand by my belief that there is no magical "best" lens.  I would recommend that you have one with a wide angle, most especially if you plan to photograph character meetings.


I thought this would be fun so I polled the girls on their favorites shortly after we returned from our vacation.

"I don't like Mount Everest.  My head hurts when I ride it.  I like scary rides like Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Splash Mountain.  I'm not a big fan of Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan.  They are too babyish."

Loved = Splash Mountain, Festival of the Lion King, Soarin' and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Not a huge fan of = The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Flights of Wonder, meeting Olaf (because he was too quick and he didn't sign his name), Frozen Ever After (too short and she didn't like that Anna and Elsa were singing Olaf's song)

Loved = Splash Mountain, Frozen Ever After, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Not a huge fan of = Country Bear Jamboree, Festival of the Lion King

Loved = Pirates of the Caribbean, Mount Everest, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular

Not a huge fan of = Tea Cups, Flights of Wonder (she says she's not a bird person), Living with the Land, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Her commentary on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster =  "Way too intense with old granny music. I wanted to cover my ears."


Teej said...

I have a Fitbit, and I am always trying to figure out how it calculates things. I think it is interesting that on MKDay2, you have more steps and active minutes but it showed less calories burned. I wonder why? Things like that bug me.

It also drives me nuts that my Fitbit accurately classifies me going on a walk as "walk," but when I run (and I am running about a 10-minute mile), it classifies it as "elliptical." WHY, Fitbit, WHY??? I am RUNNING!!!!! (I do go in and reclassify it as "run," but I want my Fitbit to correctly acknowledge my exercise to begin

Sarah said...

I know, sometimes my Fitbit doesn't make sense to me. I'm sure it has some crazy calculator taking into account when I was active, etc.

Christi said...

Sarah, do you use the Black Rapid strap with your dSLR? I really love mine and it made taking the "big camera" to Disney a lot easier. My camera is crop sensor and a lot of time my 50mm is just too close. I am eyeing the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens - it's so little!
I am kicking myself for not getting my DH's Fitbit screenshots back when we went. That would be a really great thing to have in the album. Oh well. The album's done now. Next time! LOL