Thursday, August 27, 2015

DDW Pic 1456. The Imagineers' Secrets of Walt Disney World

The Imagineers' Secrets of Walt Disney World
In yesterday's article, I mentioned that a number of my photos have been included in a new book. This book is called The Imagineers' Secrets of Walt Disney World. Written by Mike Fox, it is full of great details that are often overlooked by park guests. It has been a privilege to provide him with some of the shots he needed to complete this book. In addition, Mike has recently authored a Disneyland version. Prior to the books, he had created several informative and entertaining smartphone apps that are great park companions. I highly encourage you to check out all of Mike's work over at http://www.disney-secrets.com/. The books are available in paperback and for the Amazon Kindle.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DDW Pic 1455. Four Years of Pics

Cinderella Castle
Today marks the four year anniversary of my first "Digital Disney World Pic of the Day." On August 26, 2011, I posted a photo of the Magic Kingdom auto plaza entrance. Since that day, I've added a new picture nearly every day for the last four years. At the time, I was working at a job that I didn't like, and Digital Disney World was a way for me to stay connected to the magic on a daily basis. 

Less than a year after that first picture, I started WDW Guided Tours, and I've been fortunate to create a career doing what I love. The first year of pictures were almost entirely from Disney vacations. However, most of my shots since then were taken while giving tours at the parks. It is fun to look for things to photograph on any given day. Sometimes I have something in mind, and other times I just like how a random shot turns out.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who continues to enjoy my daily pics. The photos have been viewed close to 200,000 times, and I'm grateful that people continue to check them out. Also, I've been lucky enough to have many of my shots published in a new book about Walt Disney World, which I will write more about soon.

As I was waking through the Magic Kingdom today, I was looking for a good photo-op for tonight's anniversary pic. I decided that Cinderella Castle would be the most appropriate shot I could take. It is truly the iconic symbol of Walt Disney World.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

DDW Pic 1454. Space Mountain

Space Mountain
Here is a fun shot I took yesterday while riding the PeopleMover. The lights were on inside of Space Mountain as we rode through. You can even see cast members walking along the tracks overhead. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

DDW Pic 1453. Peter Pan's Flight

Peter Pan's Flight
The relatively new standby queue at Peter Pan's Flight is full of great details. Even though the line is always long, I still like to visit this queue on occasion. Today, I took this shot from "outside" the Darling residence. In sticking with the ride environment, the queue also places guests into a nighttime scene.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

DDW Pic 1452. H. Goff Cartography

H. Goff Cartography
This building, attached to the back of the mountain that houses Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, is the home to a Disney Vacation Club kiosk. It is also the home of several fun, hidden details. If you look closely at the sign, you'll see H. Goff Cartography. It refers to Disney Legend Harper Goff, who was the artist who designed the Nautilus from the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This is significant because this building sits in the former spot of the 20,000 Leagues attraction. Another fun detail is the hidden Mickey above this sign, which is formed by the globe, sun, and moon.

DDW Pic 1451. Tomorrowland Speedway

Tomorrowland Speedway
There are some attractions at the Magic Kingdom that are perfectly set up for taking photos of riders. Tomorrowland Speedway is one of the best. I normally stand on this footbridge to take overhead shots of my tour guests.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

DDW Pic 1450. Port Orleans Riverside

Port Orleans Riverside
Today, I was over at Port Orleans Riverside for a short time. This resort is special to us, as it is where my wife and I stayed on our honeymoon. Back then it was called Dixie Landings. This shot is of the Sassagoula Steamboat Co., which is the building that contains the lobby.