Friday, August 29, 2014

DDW Pic 1094. Dinosaur

There are many attractions at Walt Disney World that have pre-shows, which help to set up the ride that you are about to experience. One of my favorites is the short video that plays in advance of Dinosaur at Animal Kingdom. I rarely get a good photo of a video, but I managed to get a decent one of Dr. Seeker before I traveled back in time with my son yesterday.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

DDW Pic 1093. Four Seasons Resort

Four Seasons Resort
The Four Seasons Resort opened earlier this month in the Golden Oak Community at Walt Disney World. I had the chance to tour this luxury five-star hotel today, and was very impressed. The lobby is beautiful and the views are amazing, but the most impressive part of the resort is the sprawling outdoor water recreation area. I took this shot from one of two infinity pools. Although this isn't a Disney owned hotel, I don't think it will be long before it is the most desired spot on property.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DDW Pic 1092. Way Back Wednesday - Fantasyland

Way Back Wednesday - Fantasyland
This week marks the 3 year anniversary of Digital Disney World's "Picture of the Day" segment. Nearly everyday since August 26th, 2011, I have been posting a picture that I've taken at Walt Disney World. I want to thank you all for continuing to enjoy this website. I get so many great comments and feedback and I certainly appreciate the support. I am always looking for new and interesting photo opportunities when I'm in "The World," and I hope to keep posting pictures for years to come.

With this three year milestone, I have decided to add a new segment to Digital Disney World. I recently had the opportunity to make digital copies of several hundred pictures from Disney trips that I took with my family as a child. They are from 5 different vacations from 1977 to 1988. Most of these photos were taken by my parents, and I thought it would be fun to post one every week as part of a new "Way Back Wednesday" (WBW) segment. As I was flipping through the pictures, I noticed many interesting shots that included extinct attractions and shows. Also, Magic Kingdom and Epcot had a much different "look" back then.

I decided to go with a classic Magic Kingdom shot for the first Way Back Wednesday installment. This is from my very first visit to Walt Disney World in 1977. You can see the 5 year old version of me standing with Pluto in Fantasyland. The queue to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is to the left and you can see a pole and wires from the Skyway to Tomorrowland over Pluto's head. Oh, and no comments about my cool 1970's man-purse I was was a satchel!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DDW Pic 1091. MK Boat Dock

MK Boat Dock
Typically, there isn't anything unusual or unique about a boat dock at Walt Disney World. However, you can see that an important part of this one at the Magic Kingdom is missing. While waiting for the boat to Fort Wilderness last week, we realized that we were baking in the hot sun. They are apparently in the process of replacing the canvas roof of the structure. Until it is complete, this is quite a warm spot to wait for a boat!

DDW Pic 1090. Dumbo

A few nights ago, I rode Dumbo with our son. However, for the first time, he was flying solo in his own elephant. I shot this photo while near the top of the ride. A few seconds later, this proud photography blogger turned around to see his 7 year old son taking a similar picture from his Dumbo! The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DDW Pic 1089. Blackbuck

While walking through the Maharajah Jungle Trek a few days ago, I noticed this herd of blackbucks grazing on a hillside. I've seen these animals many times, but didn't know much about them. So, as I always like to learn something new while in a Disney park, I decided to talk to the nearby cast member. It turns out that blackbucks are among the fastest land animals in the world, and can reach speeds of close to 50 mph! This is another reason why I love Animal Kingdom......there is so much to discover on every visit.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

DDW Pic 1088. Captain Cook's

Captain Cook's
Captain Cook's at the Polynesian had been closed for an extensive refurbishment for several months. It recently reopened and I had the chance to visit for some quick pictures tonight. Although the basic floorplan is the same, it seems to have been completely redone. The one major change was the replacement of the Dole Whip machines with "grab and go" coolers. It appears that Disney is preparing for the DVC guests who will be staying at the Polynesian in the future. However, there will be new Dole Whip kiosks installed not far from Captain Cook's.