Sunday, November 19, 2017

DDW Pic 2359. Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain
Splash Mountain just reopened in Frontierland, after a lengthy refurbishment. They put on a fresh coat of paint, and the colors really stand out. I took this shot while giving a tour today.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

DDW Pic 2358. Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse
Today we say “Happy 89th Birthday” to Mickey Mouse. They handed out special birthday buttons as you entered Magic Kingdom today. I decided to get a little creative as I was walking to the parking lot after giving a tour.

Friday, November 17, 2017

DDW Pic 2357. Christmas Tree - AK

Animal Kingdom - AK
All of the Walt Disney World Christmas trees are now up for the season. The Animal Kingdom one is right outside of the park entrance, and it features animal ornaments. I took this shot while visiting the park yesterday.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

DDW Pic 2356. Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion has always been one of my favorite attractions. Yesterday, I found myself on Tom Sawyer Island, where I had this straight on view of the building. I transformed this picture into a spookier, black and white format using some iPhone effects.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DDW Pic 2355. It’s a Wonderful Shop

It’s a Wonderful Shop
It’s a Wonderful Shop is a Christmas store in Hollywood Studios. Located between Pizzarizzo and Mama Meltose, this spot sells Christmas related gifts all throughout the year. I took this shot while giving a tour last week.

Monday, November 13, 2017

DDW Pic 2354. 50’s Prime Time Cafe

50’s Prime Time Cafe
The 50’s Prime Time Cafe is one of the best themed restaurants in Walt Disney World. When you walk into the lobby area, it feels like you stepped back in time about 60 years. I took this shot last week, while giving a Hollywood Studios tour.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

DDW Pic 2353. 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, and the last time he voiced Kermit the Frog. A few days ago I took this shot in the “pre-show” area. This room is filled with jokes and gags, and it is fun to walk around reading the boxes and other displays.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

DDW Pic 2352. Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle
The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot is home to the second largest aquarium in the country. It contains some of the most interesting fish, aquatic mammals, and other sea creatures to be found in Central Florida. I took this shot of a sea turtle while giving a tour yesterday morning.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

DDW Pic 2351. House of Magic

House of Magic
The House of Magic was a shop that was located on Main Street, USA in the early years of the Magic Kingdom. It featured magic tricks and gags of all sorts. Now, that entire side of Main Street is one large gift shop. However, Disney just put up the name again, and even a window display, as a tribute to the original shop.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

DDW Pic 2350. Zanzibar Trading Company

Zanzibar Trading Company
The Zanzibar Trading Company is a shop that sits in the heart of Adventureland. It has an African theme, and sells interesting artifacts and apparel. I took this shot from the exit gate of The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, using the foliage as a natural frame.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

DDW Pic 2349. Christmas Tree - MK

Christmas Tree - MK
The tree is up at Magic Kingdom, and the Christmas season is upon us. As you walk into this park, it is completely decorated and the holiday music is playing. Disney does an amazing job with all of the holidays, but especially Christmas!

Monday, November 6, 2017

DDW Pic 2348. Enchanted Tiki Room

Enchanted Tiki Room
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room is a classic show that has been entertaining guests in Adventureland since Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. The Disneyland version of the attraction featured the very first audio-animatronic figure. I took this shot in the pre-show area yesterday, and added the long-exposure effect.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

DDW Pic 2347. Weinkeller

Weinkeller
The Weinkeller is part of the Germany pavilion in Epcot. It is is the group of shops on the left, on the way to the Biergarten restaurant. I took this photo last week, in the bar area where guests can sample wine along with cheese.

Friday, November 3, 2017

DDW Pic 2346. Voyage of the Little Mermaid 

Voyage of the Little Mermaid
The Voyage of the Little Mermaid show at Hollywood Studios has been entertaining guests for more than 25 years. It features a great combination of live singing and puppetry. I took this shot of Ursula, while enjoying the show last week.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

DDW Pic 2345. Grumpy

Grumpy
Grumpy is a very popular dwarf, who can be seen in the Festival of Fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom. I took this closeup shot today, while giving a tour. In most pictures that you find online, Grumpy can be seen wearing a brown hat. I wonder why he decided on purple for the parade!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

DDW Pic 2344. Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise
I had one of the best Jungle Cruise experiences I can remember, while enjoying the attraction with my siblings last week. The skipper was fantastic, and he seemed to improvise quite a bit. I got this shot of Schweitzer Falls, and then added the long exposure effect afterward.

DDW Pic 2343. Everest

Everest 
There are many excellent angles to photograph Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom. Also, different times of day provide for a variety of lighting. A few mornings ago, I took this shot from the bridge leading to Africa, from Discovery Island.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

DDW Pic 2342. Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge
The Wilderness Lodge is one of my favorite Disney resorts, based on its theming. It takes you out of Central Florida and puts you into America’s Great Northwest. I noticed this bison topiary the other day, which is in the area of the new Geyser Point restaurant.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

DDW Pic 2341. Rivers of Light

Rivers of Light
The Rivers of Light show has quickly become one of the favorite nighttime shows at Walt Disney World. Most performances fill up quickly, and there is rarely an empty seat available at showtime. I took this shot at the later show, a few nights ago.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

DDW Pic 2340. Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain
I have taken hundreds of exterior photos of Thunder Mountain over the years. However, I don’t have many from “inside” the attraction. This canary fits with the mining theme, and can be found in the area where riders exit the trains from the right hand track.

Friday, October 27, 2017

DDW Pic 2339. Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest is nearly five years old, and is still one of the most popular restaurants on Disney property. This spot offers French inspired cuisine, with surroundings that make you feeel like you stepped inside the Beauty and the Beast movie. I took this shot in the ballroom, after enjoying breakfast there yesterday morning.

DDS Pic 2338. Zebras

Zebras
Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom has always been a favorite of mine. One of the best things about this attraction is how close you get to some of the animals. I took this shot of the zebras yesterday, while enjoying the attraction with my siblings.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

DDW Pic 2337. Space Mountain

Space Mountain
The Astro Orbiter is the focal point of Tomorrowland, sitting high atop Rocket Tower Plaza. In addition to being a fun ride, it offers some great views of Magic Kingdom. I took this shot of Space Mountain yesterday, from this elevated “perch.”

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

DDW Pic 2336. Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight
Peter Pan’s Flight is one of those classic “dark rides” where if is difficult to take photos, due to the low light levels. However, our pirate ship stopped for a few moments this morning. This gave me the chance to take this clear shot of Tick Tock Croc this morning.

Monday, October 23, 2017

DDW Pic 2335. Frozen Sing-Along

Frozen Sing-Along
The Frozen Sing-Along Celebration is a popular show at Hollywood Studios. The story of Frozen is told thru video clips and music. Elsa is a big of the finale, as she makes it snow in the theater.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

DDW Pic 2334. Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land
The next major addition coming to Hollywood Studios is Toy Story Land. It is scheduled to open next year. There is a model on display in the “Walt Disney Presents” attraction, that gives a good overview of what to expect in the new area.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

DDW Pic 2233. Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue
Hollywood Studios is in the middle of two major construction projects, including Toy Story Land and Star Wars. However, they just completed a smaller upgrade to the area that was part of the Streets of America. They left a small number of building facades standing, and now call that area Grand Avenue. It will eventually connect to the entrance to the new Star Wars area.

Friday, October 20, 2017

DDW Pic 2232. Everest


Everest
Expedition Everest has a theme that revolves around the legend of the yeti. There are many artifacts located around the attraction related to that story. I took a shot of this yeti statue while my tour guests were enjoying the coaster.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DDW Pic 2231. Groot

Groot
The Guardians of the Galaxy movies have been big hits for the Disney company. Guests can now meet both Star-Lord and “baby Groot” at Hollywood Studios. I took this shot inside Walt Disney Presents, while giving a tour today.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

DDW Pic 2230. Karamell Küche

Karamell Küche
One of my favorite snacks at Walt Disney World can be found in the German pavilion at Epcot. The caramel popcorn from Karamell Küche is delicious. I took this shot last week, while enjoying the Food and Wine Festival.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DDW Pic 2229. Soarin’

Soarin’
Soarin’ has been one of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World, since it opened in 2005. Usually, the “standby” line is very long, and it is rare to see this queue area empty. However, I took this shot on a quiet morning in September, when there was very little wait.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

DDW Pic 2228. Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge
Disney recently completed the expansion of the Wilderness Lodge Villas. Along with the new cabins and quick service restaurant, the DVC section of this resort has a great new pool. I took this shot a few weeks ago, while exploring the new area.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

DDW Pic 2227. Pandora

Pandora
The photo opportunities around Pandora at Animal Kingdom are plentiful. There are many areas with cascading waterfalls, that are perfect for “long exposure” shots. I took this one yesterday, while enjoying Pandora with family.

Friday, October 13, 2017

DDW Pic 2226. Living with the Land

Living with the Land
Living with the Land has been entertaining and educating Epcot guests for 35 years. It has changed a bit since it opened in 1982 as “Listen to the Land,” but it is still similar to the original. I took this picture of a fall scene in the greenhouse, while riding today.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

DDW Pic 2225. Pet Cemetery

Pet Cemetery
Just after exiting the Haunted Mansion, guests walk past the pet cemetery. Historically, this area was shaded and fairly dark. However, the recent hurricane knocked over a tree or two, and the pet cemetery is now open and bright.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DDW Pic 2224. Heritage House

Heritage House
The Heritage House is a building in Liberty Square that has been used for many different things, over the years. It is now being used as a ticket sales spot. I stopped in for a quick photo today, while giving a Magic Kingdom tour.

Monday, October 9, 2017

DDW Pic 2223. Canada

Canada
One of my favorite areas of World Showcase is the back of the Canada pavilion. I love the theming and the feeling of being transported way up north. I took this waterfall shot a few days ago, while giving an Epcot tour.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

DDW Pic 2222. Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion
Since the Haunted Mansion is so dark inside, it is tough to take pictures while riding. However, a few days ago, my doom buggy stopped in this spot, and I was finally able to get a photo of the grandfather clock. When you see it in person, you will notice that the hands on this creepy timepiece actually move backwards.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

DDW Pic 2221. American Adventure

American Adventure
The American Adventure at Epcot has been the anchor of World Showcase for 35 years. I have seen the show dozens of times, since it opened in 1982. However, I noticed something interesting while walking down the ramp toward the exit yesterday. Some of the lyrics from the attraction’s theme song, Golden Dream, can be seen on the ceiling beams.

Friday, October 6, 2017

DDW Pic 2220. Festival Center

Festival Center
The old Wonders of Life pavilion still gets a lot of use during the different Epcot festivals. Right now, it is used for wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, and merchandise sales for the Food and Wine Festival. I took this panorama while giving a tour today.

DDW Pic 2219. Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth
Epcot just celebrated its 35th anniversary. As part of the Food and Wine Festival, Disney created a tribute to the history of Epcot in the craft beer pavilion. Along with early photographs of the park, a video highlighting its creation, and special merchandise, this model of Spaceship Earth can be found here.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

DDW Pic 2218. “it’s a small world”

“It’s a small world”
When you think of classic attractions at Walt Disney World, one of the first to come to mind is “it’s a small world.” The original ride debuted at the 1964 World’s Fair, over 50 years ago. I took this shot in the Middle East area today, while enjoying the happiest cruise that ever set sail.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

DDW Pic 2217. Illuminations

Illuminations
Illuminations is one of the best fireworks displays on the planet, and it happens every single night. However, a few nights ago, it got even better. They added a special “tag” at the end, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the opening of Epcot. I took this shot near near the end of the regular part of the show, and added the long exposure effect.

DDW Pic 2216. LeFou’s Brew

LeFou’s Brew
LeFou’s Brew is a delicious frozen apple juice drink with a hint of toasted marshmallow, and topped with a passion fruit-mango foam. It can be found at Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland. I indulged in this refreshing beverage last week, while waiting for my guests who were enjoying Enchanted Tales with Belle.

Monday, October 2, 2017

DDW Pic 2215. Epcot 35

Epcot 35
Today, we say happy 35th birthday to Epcot. Epcot Center, as it was known then, opened on October 1, 1982. Disney did several things to celebrate the occasion, including a special ceremony, amazing fireworks tag at the end of Illuminations, and commemorative park maps and buttons.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

DDW Pic 2214. Viking 

Viking
Earlier this year, Epcot added Vikings to the Norway pavilion. Like the “streetmosphere” characters in Hollywood Studios, these guys interact with guests throughout this area. I took this Viking shot while searching for hidden Remys around World Showcase the other day.

DDW Pic 2213. Tree of Life Garden

Tree of Life Garden
The Tree of Life is the icon and center of Animal Kingdom. This “Garden Area” actually leads to a lightly traveled trail that takes guests past the kangaroo exhibit. These animals are very fun to watch, but there are no signs or markings indicating they are there. I took this shot while giving a tour a few days ago.

Friday, September 29, 2017

DDW Pic 2212. Remy

Remy
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak is a fun game that has been a part of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival for the past several years. The object is to find Remy, with a different ingredient, at each of the pavilions in World Showcase. This year, there are a few that also show up in Future World. I took this shot of Remy today, on rocks behind the koi pond in Japan.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

DDW Pic 2211. Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain
I have taken hundreds of photos of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad over the years, and many from this exact spot. However, this one is different. Disney recently added these new light posts, and this one created a nice frame around my shot of the mountain.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

DDW Pic 2210. Cascade Cabins

Cascade Cabins
The Cascade Cabins are new accommodations at the Wilderness Lodge Villas. These vacation homes sit right on Bay Lake, and have a rustic feel. I took this shot today while enjoying some time at Wilderness Lodge.