Saturday, December 20, 2014

DDW Pic 1207. Swan and Dolphin

Swan and Dolphin
Although this post has the title of "Swan and Dolphin," you can't see either of the resorts in this photo. This palm tree sunset shot is right in between the two hotels. I was standing on the bridge to the Boardwalk when I took it on Thanksgiving. The grounds around the Swan and Dolphin are beautiful, and I enjoy taking pictures here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

DDW Pic 1206. Splitsville

Splitsville
On this day in 2012, Splitsville opened its doors in Downtown Disney. This popular spot features luxury bowling, billiards, and food. I took this shot last week from the Characters in Flight balloon. This aerial attraction affords guests spectacular views of the entire Walt Disney World resort.

DDW Pic 1205. Summit Plummet

Summit Plummet
Here is a closeup view of Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach. I took this shot a few weeks ago when we visited a nearly empty park on a 70 degree day. This attraction is the third tallest and fastest freefall water slide in the world. At one time, it held the top spot and was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DDW Pic 1204. Starbucks at Downtown Disney

Starbucks at Downtown Disney
Starbucks is slowly but surely making its way into all of the Walt Disney World parks. It is already open in the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and will be open soon at Hollywood Studios. There are also two locations at Downtown Disney. Last week, I was able to get this aerial shot of this Starbucks in the "West End" section. It is one of the largest Starbucks stores in the country.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DDW Pic 1203. Tree of Life

Tree of Life
Last week, I found myself on the backside of the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom. I was armed with a new iPhone photography app and this waterfall was the perfect spot for me to try it out. It melds together a burst of pictures to give it the illusion of a "long exposure" shot. You can see how the waterfall was smoothed out. My next experiment will certainly be fireworks.

Monday, December 15, 2014

DDW Pic 1202. Paradiso 37 - Panorama

Paradiso 37 - Panorama
On Friday, I had the chance to try Paradiso 37 at Downtown Disney for the first time. Located in the area of the former Pleasure Island, this restaurant features "cuisine from the Americas," with a Latin focus. I enjoyed a seafood dish with selections of salmon, shrimp, and a taco with crispy fish. This spot is surrounded by construction, as Downtown Disney is being transformed into Disney Springs. However, it is still accessible and worth a visit. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DDW Pic 1201. Holidays Around the World

Holidays Around the World
Today, I had the chance to enjoy a handful of acts performing as part of "Holidays Around the World" at Epcot. During this time of year, each country in the World Showcase does a short presentation highlighting the holiday traditions of their nation. I was able to see shows in Mexico, China, Norway, Italy and the Kwanzaa celebration near the American Adventure. I was very impressed with the added entertainment to be found here throughout the Christmas season.