Saturday, November 1, 2014

DDW Pic 1157. HalloWishes

Halloween is such a fun time at Walt Disney World and we love to spend it at Fort Wilderness with friends. They have great decorations, amazingly decorated golf carts, and a fantastic view of HalloWishes, the special Magic Kingdom fireworks show. We stood on the beach near the marina, and we were able to enjoy the display from there. This shot is from the finale, which included the "perimeter" fireworks that only come out during special events.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

DDW Pic 1156. Streets of America

Streets of America
Today, while waiting for my guests at Star Tours in Hollywood Studios, I found myself standing at the side of the New York City "buildings." You can see just how flat theses structures really are. When standing at the far end of the street, they appear to be the real deal, especially in photos. Disney utilizes this forced perspective technique to show how movie and TV scenes are filmed without the need to physically be in a particular location. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DDW Pic 1155. Way Back Wednesday - All-Star Sports - Aerial

Way Back Wednesday - All-Star Sports - Aerial
Today's edition of "Way Back Wednesday" features an aerial photo I took back in 2008. I spent about 10 minutes flying around Walt Disney World with my student, trying to get as many shots as I could. This one is of Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, which doesn't seem quite as big from this angle. It took us about a minute to fly from the area of the Magic Kingdom to the All-Star resorts. This mode of travel sure beats taking the bus!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

DDW Pic 1154. Grand Floridian - Panorama

Grand Floridian - Panorama
As I was waiting for the Magic Kingdom ferry boat to take me back to the TTC tonight, I noticed this pretty sunset view of the Grand Floridian. Disney's flagship resort looks great from this angle. This time of year is great for outdoor photography in Florida, as there is very little humidity in the air.

DDW Pic 1153. Monorail

It has been a while since I've posted a monorail photo. Today, after getting a haircut at the Magic Kingdom, I found myself on a fairly quiet platform as my favorite form of transportation was arriving. Although I have many shots like this on file, I just couldn't resist snapping another one!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

DDW Pic 1152. Mission Space

Mission Space
Mission Space has been thrilling Epcot guests for more than a decade. When it first opened, there was only one version, which simulated space shuttle g-forces by spinning guests at a high rate of speed. This became the first (and only) attraction with motion sickness bags available to guests. A few years after opening, Disney made the wise decision to offer a "less intense" version, which is virtually the same ride without the spinning. I took this shot last week from inside the cockpit, as my son and his friend were preparing for launch.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

DDW Pic 1151. Muppets

In continuing with yesterday's idea of well themed gift shops, I found myself in the Stage 1 Company Store at Hollywood Studios today. This Muppets focused store is located just outside of the exit of Muppet*Vision 3D. It is one of my favorite gift shops in all of Walt Disney World because of the amazing amount of detail that can be found here. This shelf contains the whole "Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem" band in doll form. I have so much fun discovering displays like this!