Tuesday, February 28, 2017

DDW Pic 2001. Carousel of Progress

Carousel of Progress
I sat in the front row of Carousel of Progress today, and was able to get some close ups of the father in each scene. Since several guests decided to break the rules and leave early, we sat through two of the scenes twice. It was the first time I have seen this scenario happen two times during the same show.

Monday, February 27, 2017

DDW Pic 2000. Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse
I thought it would be appropriate to post a shot of something special for my 2000th photo. It doesn't get more special than the "big cheese" himself. I took this shot of Mickey last week at Hollywood Studios. As I hit this milestone, I want to thank all of you who continue to enjoy my daily photos from all around Walt Disney World.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

DDW Pic 1999. Adventureland

Adventureland
Today was one of those "picture perfect" days in Central Florida. There were no clouds in the sky, and the air was dry. I was standing in the Jungle Cruise courtyard when I snapped this shot, looking toward the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

DDW Pic 1998. Seahorse

Seahorse
Today, I gave a tour at Epcot. I like to take my guests to "The Seas" early in the day, when there are very few people there. I took this shot in the tank containing seahorses and starfish.

Friday, February 24, 2017

DDW Pic 1997. First Order

First Order
The March of the First Order is a parade of stormtroopers that takes place many times each day, at Hollywood Studios. Star Wars continues to grow at this park, with the huge new land scheduled to open in just two years. I took this shot while giving a tour a few days ago.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

DDW Pic 1996. Streets of America

Streets of America
This will probably be the last photo I ever post of the Streets of America section of Hollywood Studios. The building on the right of this shot is the last remnant of "New York City" that is still currently standing. This construction zone is where the new "Star Wars land" will open in 2019. Although it was sad to see the Streets of America torn down, I am certainly excited about what is to come.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DDW Pic 1995. Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios
As I was leaving Hollywood Studios yesterday, I took this sunset shot. Tower of Terror is an impressive structure that defines the skyline of this park. I was walking along the sidewalk near the bus stops when I took this shot.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DDW Pic 1994. Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower
he front of Bay Lake Tower is seen by tens of thousands of guests on a daily basis, as the monorails pass right by this resort. However, only those on a watercraft on Bay Lake can see the backside of the hotel. I was on a boat from Magic Kingdom to Fort Wilderness, when I took this shot yesterday.

Monday, February 20, 2017

DDW Pic 1993. Geyser Point

Geyser Point
Wilderness Lodge is undergoing a major refurbishment and expansion. Part of this is the new Geyser Point Bar and Grill. Located right on Bay Lake, this open air eatery is a nice quick service addition to the resort. I had lunch there today, and enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

DDW Pic 1992. Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon
The Komodo Dragon is one of the more dangerous animals that can be seen in Animal Kingdom. It is located in the area just inside of the entrance to Maharajah Jungle Trek. He was in a great spot, sunning himself on a rock, when I took this shot a few days ago.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

DDW Pic 1991. Royal Sommerhus

Royal Sommerhus
Anna and Elsa have recently moved back to Epcot, where they first began greeting guests more than 3 years ago. The Royal Sommerhus was added to the Norway pavilion last year, and is the sisters' "summer home." I took this shot today, while my tour guests were enjoying Frozen Ever After.

Friday, February 17, 2017

DDW Pic 1990. Castle Moat

Castle Moat
It was a beautiful day in the Magic Kingdom. As I was waiting for my tour guests to finish lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table, I was standing next to the castle looking toward the moat. I thought it was a nice spot for a photo.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

DDW Pic 1989. American Crocodile

American Crocodile 
For the most part, Dinoland in Animal Kingdom is home to replica and audio animatronic dinosaurs. However, this very large American Crocodile lives in this area, and is very real. It looks like a modern version of a dinosaur, and the nearby cast member called it a "living fossil" today.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

DDW Pic 1988. Zebra

Zebra
Zebras are native to Africa, so naturally they would be found in that section of Animal Kingdom. They are on Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, in the same area as the meerkats. I took this shot while giving an Animal Kingdom tour this morning.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DDW Pic 1987. Grand Floridian

Grand Floridian
The Grand Floridian is an impressive resort, and I've taken hundreds of photos there over the years. This morning, I walked from the parking lot to the main lobby to meet my tour guests. I was standing near the Beach Pool entrance when I snapped this shot.

Monday, February 13, 2017

DDW Pic 1986. Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins has been greeting guests in the gazebo in Liberty Square lately. This spot was previously occupied by Tiana, who recently moved to Princess Fairytale Hall. There was a nice short line to meet Mary, when I brought my tour guests there.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

DDW Pic 1985. Louis

Louis 
Louis, the trumpet playing alligator, is a beloved character from The Princess and the Frog. He is also one of the stars of the newest castle show at Magic Kingdom. I took this shot while giving a tour at the end of January.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

DDW Pic 1984. Rivers of Light

Rivers of Light
Tonight, Animal Kingdom guests were treated to a preview of Rivers of Light, a new nighttime show officially debuting next week. It is a visually beautiful production, with an amazing soundtrack. It is a very unique show with water, laser, and fire effects that come together in a grand way with an animal theme.

Friday, February 10, 2017

DDW Pic 1983. Owl

Owl
The Flights of Wonder show has been entertaining and educating Animal Kingdom guests for many years. Prior to the show, a handler typically comes out in front of the theater entrance with a "special guest" bird. I took this shot of Tuesday the Owl while giving a tour last week.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

DDW Pic 1982. All-Star Movies

All-Star Movies
The All-Star resort is a large complex containing more than 5,500 guest rooms. It is divided up by three different themes: Sports, Music, and Movies. I was at All-Star Movies, when I took this picture in the 101 Dalmations section of the resort.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

DDW Pic 1981. Planet Hollywood

Planet Hollywood
Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs has been under refurbishment for a while, and recently re-opened. I had a chance to check it out last week. It has an "observatory" theme now, with giant new video screens high on the dome. It is more modern looking, but didn't have as much movie memorabilia as the original version.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

DDW Pic 1980. Olaf

Olaf
Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire is still fairly new at the Magic Kingdom, but it is already a big hit. This castle show features many classic characters, as well as the stars from Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen. I was right near the stage with some tour guests when I snapped this shot of Olaf last week.

Monday, February 6, 2017

DDW Pic 1979. Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest
I have taken many photos of Expedition Everest. However, I'm always looking for new photo angles for shots of Disney's iconic attractions. I found one last week, in the new "Rivers of Light" theater, that is now open during the day.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

DDW Pic 1978. Epcot

Epcot
The only park that the monorail travels thru is Epcot. Guests get a preview of Future World before arriving at the Epcot station. I took this shot a few days ago, from the area in front of Test Track.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

DDW Pic 1977. Pirates

Pirates
Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most "classic" attractions at Magic Kingdom. The whole area is incredibly well themed. This pirate skull can be found amongst some vegetation to the left of the entrance.

Friday, February 3, 2017

DDW Pic 1976. Figment Topiary

Figment Topiary
Figment has been the character that people have associated with Epcot since opening day in 1982. He continues to entertain guests who ride Journey Into Imagination. Recently, as part of the Epcot Festival of the Arts, this Figment topiary has appeared behind Spaceship Earth.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

DDW Pic 1975. Pirates League

Pirates League
A good chunk of Adventureland is dedicated to Pirates of the Caribbean. Of course there is the classic attraction, but there is also a show, a scavenger hunt, a restaurant, and a great "makeover" salon called Pirates League. The details throughout this location are plentiful. I took this shot of an upper shelf on Monday, while two of my tour guests were getting makeovers.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DDW Pic 1974. Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom
Last year, Disney built a large, outdoor theater for a new nighttime show called Rivers of Light. There has been a delay in the opening of that show, but the seating area is now open during the day, for guests to sit and take a break. I took this shot from the theater while giving an Animal Kingdom tour yesterday.