Monday, September 22, 2014

DDW Pic 1118. T-Rex

T-Rex
T-Rex is a fun restaurant located at Downtown Disney. With its dinosaur theme, it is a favorite of young boys, including our son. The company that owns T-Rex also owns the Rainforest Cafe, as well as Yak and Yeti at Animal Kingdom. I took this picture on a very sunny day last week.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

DDW Pic 1117. Studio Backlot Tour - Panorama

Studio Backlot Tour - Panorama
When Hollywood Studios opened in 1989, it was a working studio where guests could see actual movie and television productions taking place. One of the premier attractions at that time was the Studio Backlot Tour. Many years ago, Disney decided to stop the "working studio" aspect of this park and focus more on rides and shows. Also, when building the Lights, Motors, Action stunt show in 2005, they took away a large chunk of the Backlot Tour. The popularity of this "tour" has continued to decline and they announced yesterday that it would be closing permanently at the end of this month. I thought it would be appropriate to post a photo of one of the highlights of the Backlot Tour....Catastrophe Canyon. Although this wasn't currently the most popular experience in Hollywood Studios, it will certainly be missed by nostalgic Disney World fans like myself!

DDW Pic 1116. Ursula

Ursula
I'm always looking for opportunities to take quality "low light" pictures inside Disney attractions. The only way to get a decent shot is if the ride vehicle stops for some reason. This is exactly what happened earlier this week, while riding Under the Sea at the Magic Kingdom. I stopped right in front of Ursula, who posed nicely for me.

Friday, September 19, 2014

DDW Pic 1115. Lego Dragon

Lego Dragon
This Lego dragon has been a fixture at Downtown Disney for many years. However, the landscape behind it is changing rapidly. You can see the bridge under construction that will provide an alternate route from one end of the Marketplace to the other. This is part of the new Disney Springs makeover that is taking place.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DDW Pic 1114. Storybook Circus

Storybook Circus
This fairly large area near Pete's Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus was originally used for the "old" FastPass machines. Then, last year, it was updated with brand new FastPass+ kiosks and cast members. It was a great spot to come first thing in the morning to take care of your FastPass needs, since it was one of the least known (and least crowded) of these locations. However, Disney has recently decided to close this FastPass location due to an apparent lack of need. They have piled a whole bunch of "circus like" furniture under the big tent, and now this appears to be a nice spot to get off your feet and relax for a bit.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DDW Pic 1113. Way Back Wednesday - Town Square

Way Back Wednesday – Town Square
This shot of me and my siblings was from our trip in 1983. It is interesting for a couple of reasons. First off, you rarely see any of the "Little Pigs" in the parks anymore. Secondly, you almost never see any characters greeting guests or taking pictures in the middle of a sidewalk nowadays. Most characters have very specific meeting spots with a queue. The new way of doing things is certainly more structured, but sometimes I miss the chance meeting with a character who is just walking through Town Square. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DDW Pic 1112. Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion
As the Haunted Mansion is my favorite attraction, I'm always looking for new or unique photo opportunities. After entering the foyer today, I found myself standing in front of the "aging man" portrait over the fireplace. This painting of the master of the house slowly changes from a young man into a rotting corpse. I was able to snap three shots showing this transformation. In trying to figure out how to post them as one picture, I came across a nice little collage app that did the trick.