Today was the 24 hour summer kickoff event at the Magic Kingdom. We watched Wishes from my favorite spot near Beast's Castle. This was the first time I had the chance to try out my "long exposure" iPhone app on fireworks. Here is one of the better shots of the night.
The Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland used to be the home of a restaurant with a western style stage show. Now, it is a quick service spot that is open during the busier seasons. However, the stage is still there along with a player piano. I had lunch there a few days ago and took this shot from the balcony.
I stumbled upon a brand new pathway in Asia at Animal Kingdom today. It connects the area in front of Kali River Rapids with Anandupur, where Expedition Everest is located. It is a very convenient "cut-through" that helps guests stay away from the very congested area near Yak and Yeti. It also makes it easy to avoid the dance party that takes place in that area.
Sonny Eclipse is a lounge singing alien who has been entertaining Magic Kingdom guests for years. He's located inside Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, which is one of the largest quick service restaurants in the park. I snapped this shot as I was walking through this morning.
Disney introduced a new dining experience for this year's Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios. They took half of the Backlot Express and turned it into the "Rebel Hangar." It is decorated with all kinds of Star Wars themed props, posters, and figurines. This caged-in storage area has life-size droids. Guests who are eating at this restaurant during the week can enjoy the Star Wars theming without reservations.
Late this afternoon, I was standing near the exit of Thunder Mountain. The Liberty Belle Riverboat was moving into view and I decided to try for a fun photo. I was able to time the nearby geyser just as the Belle was in the frame of my shot. It can be challenging to snap a picture of two different subjects in motion, but I like how this one turned out.
Here is a shot of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train that I took a few days ago. It is of the east side of the attraction, closest to Storybook Circus. The detail that Disney put into the landscaping is pretty amazing. It is difficult to tell what is real and what is man-made.