Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DDW Pic 1823. Electric Umbrella

Electric Umbrella
The Electric Umbrella is the large, quick service restaurant in the center of Epcot's Future World. At first glance, there is nothing that stands out on this sign. However, if you zoom in and look closely, you will see a very small hidden Mickey near the top. I took this shot yesterday, while giving an Epcot tour.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

DDW Pic 1822. Hall of Flags

Hall of Flags
The American Adventure in Epcot is one Walt Disney World's best "productions." It is more than just a show. There are interesting things to look at in the pre-show area, including these flags. They are flags found throughout the history of America. They can be seen while riding the escalator up to the theater.

Monday, August 29, 2016

DDW Pic 1821. Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth will always be one of my favorite attractions. It is a classic in every sense of the word, and still brings me back to the great Walt Disney World vacations of my youth. There are several fun hidden Mickey's in this attraction, and you can see one of these in this photo. There are three white paint circles on the table of this Renaissance painter scene.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

DDW Pic 1820. Contemporary

Contemporary
A few days ago, we took a boat from the Polynesian Village Resort to the Magic Kingdom. It was a beautiful day, so I took the shot of the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower.  You can also see the Magic Kingdom ferry boat on the left of this picture. The boat trips can sometimes take longer than the monorail, but they provide for great photo opportunities.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

DDW Pic 1819. Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle
I have taken hundreds of pictures of Cinderella Castle over the years, but most of them are in daylight. Tonight, however, I was able to get this shot on the pathway from Liberty Square to the area behind the castle. They certainly use very blue lighting this time of night.

Friday, August 26, 2016

DDW Pic 1818. Wilson's Cave Inn

Wilson's Cave Inn
There  are many fun things to explore when on Tom Sawyer's Island, but there are a few things that can only be seen when riding the Liberty Belle river boat.  One of those things is Wilson's Cave Inn. This "alcove" appears to be a hideout for river pirates.  I took this shot yesterday while riding the boat.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

DDW Pic 1817. Steam Train

Steam Train
I spent some time riding the Walt Disney World Railroad tonight with our son. This is a favorite attraction in our family, and we ride whenever possible. I took this shot at sunset, shortly after riding the train pulled by the Roger Broggie steam engine.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DDW Pic 1816. Liberty Belle

Liberty Belle
I always look for nice shots of the classic Liberty Belle riverboat. There are many good locations around the Rivers of America for photographs. I took this one a few days ago, while walking by the Tom Sawyer Island dock.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

DDW Pic 1815. Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a classic "dark ride"  in every sense of the term. Unfortunately, because of the low light levels and movement of the ride vehicles, it is often difficult to get good photos. However, when my honey pot stopped briefly a few days ago, I was able to snap a clear picture of the birthday scene.

Monday, August 22, 2016

DDW Pic 1814. Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios
I took this non-descript shot a few days ago at Hollywood Studios. To most people, it is just the back of the Keystone Clothiers building on Hollywood Boulevard. However, the Office Space for Rent sign, as well as the Holly-Vermont reference on the door, have great significance. It refers to the start of the Walt Disney Company, in 1923. Walt and Roy rented a room in the back of this real estate office, and the rest is history.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

DDW Pic 1813. Emporium

Emporium
While looking at some of the details in the Emporium windows on Main Street today, I came across this beauty. It is located across from Center Street, under a sign labeled "Collectibles." I like the nod to the Steinway piano company, as well as the hidden Mickey music stand.

DDW Pic 1812. Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain
I don't often get photos while riding Splash Mountain, due to the high risk of getting my phone wet. However, I was able to snap this shot near the end of the ride today. After the big drop, things remain relatively dry, and my fear of water damage is lessened.

Friday, August 19, 2016

DDW Pic 1811. Polynesian Beach

Polynesian Beach
I had the chance to take a few pics at the Polynesian Village Resort this morning. I was on the beach, looking toward the boat dock. You can see that the new fence is complete, which will keep guests from entering the water.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

DDW Pic 1810. Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce
Like many small towns, the Town Square area of Magic Kingdom has its own Chamber of Commerce. This building is used for merchandise package pick-up. Guests can buy something in one of the shops around the park, and it will be delivered to this spot, which is right near the exit. I took this shot last week, shortly after a train pulled into the Main Street Station.

DDW Pic 1809. The Great Movie Ride

The Great Movie Ride
The only attraction at Hollywood Studios still left from opening day in 1989 is The Great Movie Ride. This classic attraction has had some updates to the narration and the movie mantage at the end of the ride. However, most of the physical scenes have remained unchanged. One of my favorites is the gangster scene. A little detail that most guests miss is the license plate number on the car. It references the date of the St. Valentines Day Masacre. I took this shot this afternoon.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

DDW Pic 1808. Japan

Japan
I enjoy visiting the Japan pavilion at Epcot, whenever I get the chance. There is good food, interesting exhibits, and a large store. There is also a Koi pond with a fun hidden Mickey, that you can see in this shot.

Monday, August 15, 2016

DDW Pic 1807. Soarin'

Soarin'
Today, I had the chance to snap a few pics while riding Soarin. There are some hidden Mickey's in this new version, including this one formed by Spaceship Earth and fireworks. I like how the final destination in this attraction is now Epcot.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

DDW Pic 1806. Space Mountain

Space Mountain
The actual Space Mountain "ride" only lasts about 2 1/2 minutes. However, there is much more to this experience than just the ride itself. The walk through the entrance tunnel really sets up the attraction with music, 3D images, and even video games in the queue. Then, after the ride, there is the long moving ramp that takes you to the giant gift shop. Along that ramp, you will see several displays from across the universe. This shot shows a module being used to explore some space caverns. 

DDW Pic 1805. Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid
Disney  doesn't often build "new" dark rides, but the relatively recent addition of Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, is the exception. This attraction opened in 2012, and has the feel of some of the classics. I took this shot of Ariel a few days ago, while riding by in my giant clamshell.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

DDW Pic 1804. Peter Pan's Flight

Peter Pan's Flight
Peter Pan's Flight is one of  my favorite attractions. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to take good pictures in this classic dark ride, due to the low light levels. However, yesterday I was able to take a pretty decent one near the end of the ride.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

DDW Pic 1803. Center Street

Center Street
One of my favorite spots in the Magic Kingdom is Center Street. It is so close to the crowded area of Main Street, USA, but is a quiet spot to take a break. Today was a beautiful day in Central Florida, and it made for some nice photo opportunities. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DDW Pic 1802. Frontierland

Frontierland
This is a fun sign that can be found near the Disney Vacation Club kiosk in Frontierland. This area is themed to a stagecoach depot, and the sign fits right in. Most guests don't stop to read it, but those who do can have a chuckle. You will notice that the words start out large, and they are describing the positive aspects of this particular stagecoach line. However, as the letters get smaller, the information gets a little more ominous. The tiniest print ends with the words "unexpected fatality."

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

DDW Pic 1801. Fireworks

Fireworks
As summer is coming to a close, I am looking back at fun photos I have taken over the past few months. I took many at the 4th of July Fireworks displays at both Magic Kingdom and in my town of Celebration. This is one of my favorites from the view I had at The Contemporary Resort.

Monday, August 8, 2016

DDW Pic 1800. Main Street Station

Main Street Station
One of the busiest areas of the park, with the most overlooked details, is the Main Street Railroad Station. From the architecture, to the paintings, to the sounds, this building takes you back to the late 19th century. I took this shot thru the window of the 2nd floor ticket booth. You can see conductor and engineer hats, oil cans, and even encyclopedias from the late 1800s.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

DDW Pic 1799. Tiffins

Tiffins
Here is an exterior shot of the new Tiffins restaurant at Animal Kingdom. Right now, it is tucked back behind Pizzafari in a quiet area of Discovery Island. However, once the new Avatar area opens next year, this will be a very busy pathway, without a doubt. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

DDW Pic 1798. The Land

The Land
Although you can only see part of The Land in this shot, it is a huge pavilion at Epcot. At over 6 acres in size, it is actually larger than all of Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom. I timed this shot as the monorail was passing by. Although much has changed in this park since it opened in 1982, this view is similar to what you would have seen 34 years ago.

Friday, August 5, 2016

DDW Pic 1797. Royal Sommerhus

Royal Sommerhus
Recently, the Anna and Elsa meet-and-greet moved from Magic Kingdom to Epcot. The Royal Sommerhus was built adjacent to the Norway pavilion, and is supposed to be the sisters' "summer home." I took this picture just inside the entrance of the queue. As always, Disney did a great job on the theming of this new area.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

DDW Pic 1796. Saloon

Saloon
Even though there is no actual alcohol served in Frontierland, I love the authenticity of this picture. Pecos Bill's is a quick service restaurant on the inside. However, the exterior has that "saloon" look. If you look closely, you can even see liquor bottles on the table.

DDW Pic 1795. Frozen Ever After

Frozen Ever After
Like most newer attractions, the Frozen Ever After queue is very well themed, and full of details. The first section highlights Kristoff's ice business. This sign can be found in that area.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

DDW Pic 1794. Restaurantosaurus

Restaurantosaurus
Restaurantosaurus is a quick service spot in Dinoland USA at Animal Kingdom. As the story goes, professors and grad students, from the nearby Dino Institute, turned this old lodge into a makeshift dormitory. They needed a place to eat so they added this cafeteria, which was also open to the public. Apparently, some students would take a break in these chairs, found on the roof near the entrance to the restaurant. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

DDW Pic 1793. Mickey's Dressing Room

Mickey's Dressing Room
One of the greatest character greetings to come along in quite a while has been the "talking" Mickey. He can be seen each day in his dressing room in Town Square Theater. This shelf, on the wall across from where he stands, has some fun hidden meaning that most guests totally overlook. The objects actually represent the four theme parks of Walt Disney World. On the far right, you have the Sorcerer Mickey hat, which relates to Hollywood Studios. Next, there is a box with leaves and a bird, which corresponds nicely to Animal Kingdom. The crystal ball shares the same shape as Spaceship Earth at Epcot. Finally, all of the books have to do with magic, of course giving a nod to the Magic Kingdom.

DDW Pic 1792. Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean
Many Disney attractions exit through a gift shop, which is typically themed to that attraction. Pirates of the Caribbean falls into this category. Most of this shop is indoors, but there is this little "courtyard" that has no roof. I took this shot early in the day, before the large crowds arrived.