Monday, September 29, 2014

DDW Pic 1125. Mexico

As I was walking through Epcot last night, I spotted this view of the Mexican pavilion and liked the angle and the lighting. I took this shot only minutes before Illuminations was scheduled to begin. The control booth for the nightly spectacular is located near the top of this building. At the time I snapped this photo, the final Frozen fireworks show was occurring across the World Showcase Lagoon at Hollywood Studios.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

DDW Pic 1124. The Walter E. Disney

The Walter E. Disney
The Walt Disney World Railroad is going down for maintenance for the next six weeks. We had to ride it one last time before it closed today. We exited the train at Storybook Circus, and quickly walked to this spot to grab one final shot of the Walter E. Disney. Our son is already counting the days until his favorite attraction is running again!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

DDW Pic 1123. Studio Backlot Tour

Studio Backlot Tour
Last week I posted a panorama from the Studio Backlot Tour at Hollywood Studios. Today was the final day this attraction was in operation, and we had the opportunity to ride it one last time this afternoon. I thought it would be appropriate to post one more picture from the ride that I've enjoyed for 25 years. It will be missed, but I'm looking forward to what is coming next. 

DDW Pic 1122. Stitch

Whenever Disney is doing a refurbishment or adding something new, they do a nice job of "decorating" the construction walls. This Stitch poster can be found on the bridge between the hub and Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. Of course, the little alien decided to alter his photo with a little graffiti! I took this shot last week while doing some tour research.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

DDW Pic 1121. Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe

Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe
Liberty Square has many great little hidden details that make this area of the Magic Kingdom very interesting. This sign is hanging on the outside of Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe. Ichabod Crane was the lead character in the Washington Irving short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This ties in with the snack stand across the way, which is called Sleepy Hollow Refreshments. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DDW Pic 1120. Way Back Wednesday - Star Jets

Way Back Wednesday - Star Jets
Many years before Astro Orbiter was the "weenie" that drew guests into Tomorrowland, the attraction atop Rocket Tower Plaza was called Star Jets. It was essentially the same ride, but it had an entirely different look, which matched the area's "white" motif of the 70s and 80s. In 1994, Tomorrowland was re-imagined to have a "Buck Rogers" look at the future, and the Star Jets became the much more colorful Astro Orbiter. This shot was from our family vacation in 1984.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DDW Pic 1119. Big Thunder Mountain - Panorama

Big Thunder Mountain - Panorama
Today marks the 34th anniversary of the first ride on Big Thunder Mountain at the Magic Kingdom. Although the official opening wouldn't take place until November, this iconic attraction "soft opened" on September 23rd, 1980. This is certainly one of my family's all-time favorite rides, and we continue to enjoy it on a regular basis. I took this panorama from the Liberty Belle Riverboat as I cruised up the Rivers of America.