Thursday, October 23, 2014

DDW Pic 1149. Coronado Springs

Coronado Springs
One of my favorite resorts to stroll around is Coronado Springs. There are many winding paths, and the grounds are beautiful. The buildings are situated around a good size lake, which gives guests so many opportunities for great photos. I took this shot today from the Casitas section of the resort. The bird posing for me was just an added bonus.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DDW Pic 1148. Way Back Wednesday - Epcot Daredevil Circus Spectacular

Way Back Wednesday - Epcot Daredevil Circus Spectacular
Back at the end of 1987 and into 1988, Epcot Center hosted a very interesting show in the center of Future World. It was called the "Daredevil Circus Spectacular" and it featured death defying acts, elephants, and even a live orchestra. It was not something that guests were neccesarily expecting to see while visiting this park, but it was entertaining nonetheless. This picture, from 1988, shows an elephant approaching the main stage, which was set up on the Fountain of Nations. A handful of these giant animals would walk out from backstage between the UK and Canada pavilions, and parade through part of the World Showcase on their way to the show. Can you imagine seeing elephants walk by you as you were strolling through Epcot? It was quite a sight!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DDW Pic 1147. Town Square

Town Square
One of my favorite things to do in the Magic Kingdom is to find a comfortable spot and people watch. A great place to do this is from a rocking chair on the porch of the Town Square Theater. It offers a great vantage point to see the excitement of guests entering the most popular theme park in the world. I took this shot a few days ago, while enjoying the beautiful October weather that Central Florida is known for. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

DDW Pic 1146. Living with the Land

Living with the Land
Today, I had the chance to ride Living with the Land at Epcot for the first time this month. This is one of the few remaining attractions from Epcot's opening back in 1982. As we floated through the greenhouse area, it was fun to see this display set up for the "fall season." It seems that Disney is always doing little things like this to highlight the different times of year.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DDW Pic 1145. Adventureland

Adventureland 
I was standing near the exit of Jungle Cruise yesterday, when I saw this view of Adventureland. I like how the palm trees nicely framed the lamp atop The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. It is always fun for me to see a different perspective of attractions that I've been enjoying for years.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

DDW Pic 1144. Crystal Arts

Crystal Arts
Today, I had a young tour guest who was interested in seeing a "glass blower" in action, so I took him to Crystal Arts on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. This store features handmade crystal and glass item, many of which are made right on location. Here is a master craftsman who was in the process of creating a "glass ball" Christmas ornament. This is a great little spot that many guests don't even realize exists in the most popular theme park on earth.

Friday, October 17, 2014

DDW Pic 1143. Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror
While waiting for my tour guests this morning at Hollywood Studios, I found myself standing near the charter bus drop off area. I noticed the Tower of Terror in the distance, framed by nearby trees and bushes. Although it doesn't look scary on a bright sunny morning, it is still an impressive structure, even from a distance.