Saturday, January 31, 2015

DDW Pic 1249. The Seas

The Seas
While visiting Epcot today, my son and I decided to visit The Seas with Nemo and Friends. We were in the second level viewing area of the aquarium when divers began feeding the sea life. There are several rays that live here, but one of them is huge. This black blotched ray was led right up to the glass by a diver, providing an amazing opportunity to snap this shot of her underside. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

DDW Pic 1248. Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest
Last Saturday was "picture perfect" at Animal Kingdom. It was in the 60s and breezy, so the visibility was excellent. I took this shot from the bridge to Africa, looking down the Discovery River. The tallest structure at Walt Disney World was looking majestic that day.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DDW Pic 1247. Native American Village

Native American Village
The Walt Disney World Railroad is used by many Magic Kingdom guests to get from one spot to another. However, this ride around the perimeter of the park is really an attraction unto itself. The narration is fun and there are some great views along the way. The best stretch for "scenery"can be found along the route from Frontierland to Storybook Circus. There are many animatronic animals from deer to alligators, as well as a Native American village. This a photo of the village on the left of the train that I shot yesterday. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DDW Pic 1246. Test Track

Test Track
Today, I decided to try something I've never done before. For my birthday, I thought it would be fun to ride all of the thrill rides from all four parks in one day. I started with Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and ended with Mission Space, 7 hours later. I also enjoyed Soarin and Test Track over at Epcot. Here is today's view on Test Track shortly after hitting the outdoor section of the ride.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DDW Pic 1245. Muppet*Vision 3D

Muppet*Vision 3D
Muppet*Vision 3D is a classic attraction at Hollywood Studios. It was the last project that Jim Henson worked on, as well as the last time he voiced Kermit the Frog. The whole area around the attraction is very well themed to everything Muppets, and there are funny signs and gags to be found everywhere. This sign would simply read "Cast Members Only" in any other area, but it has a little more "flavor" on this door!

Monday, January 26, 2015

DDW Pic 1244. Tree of Life

Tree of Life
A few days ago, I found myself waiting for my tour guests near the exit of It's Tough to be a Bug at Animal Kingdom. The sun was on the other side of the Tree of Life, making for some fun photo opportunities. It created a silhouette look in the trunk, but gently illuminated the leaves from behind. There were many guests taking photos of the tree that day. As I've said in the past, this park is one of my favorite spots to take pictures.

DDW Pic 1243. Kingdom Sunset

Kingdom Sunset
Early this evening, I rode the PeopleMover with my family. This has always been one of my favorite attractions, but the views were particularly beautiful as the sun was setting at the Magic Kingdom tonight. I snapped this shot of Cinderella Castle and the Rose Garden just before entering the indoor section containing the model of Progress City.