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.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

DDW Pic 2209. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
The Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor has been entertaining guests for over 10 years in Tomorrowland. Although, I’ve enjoyed the show many times over the last decade, I have very few pictures from inside the theater. I took this shot from the first row, while watching with some of my tour guests a few days ago.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

DDWPic 2208. Meerkat

Meerkat
Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is one of my favorite areas of Animal Kingdom. I always see something interesting, whenever I am walking thru there. Today, I took this shot of a Meerkat, while giving an Animal Kingdom tour.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

DDW Pic 2207. Donald Duck

Donald Duck
Mickey’s Philharmagic, in Fantasyland, is one of the best 3-D shows on the planet. At the end of the film, Donald Duck gets shot out of a tuba, and crashes thru the back wall of the theater. He ends up falling thru the ceiling of the adjacent gift shop. I took this shot today, while giving a Magic Kingdom tour.

Friday, September 22, 2017

DDW Pic 2206. Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest
The Be Our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom is one of the most popular dining spots at Walt Disney World. The food is good, and the theming is excellent, both inside and out. I took this shot from the entry bridge, while giving a tour today. I then applied the new iPhone “long exposure” effect.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

DDW Pic 2205. The Seas

The Seas
The Seas with Nemo and Friends is a gigantic pavilion located in Epcot’s Future World. It contains the 2nd largest aquarium in the country. I took this shot while cruising by on the monorail.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DDW Pic 2204. Hollywood Studios 

Hollywood Studios
I have so many “attraction” photos at Hollywood Studios, so I’ve recently decided to take more general area shots. While touring a few weeks ago, I took this photo while waiting for my guests to finish lunch at Hollywood & Vine. The blue building is part of that restaurant, and the beige one on the corner is a gift shop called Disney & Co.

DDW Pic 2203. The Contemporary 

The Contemporary
Walt Disney World is one of the most popular spots in the country for conventions and corporate functions. The Contemporary has a very large amount of convention space. I was walking around this resort today when I snapped a shot of the Ballroom of the Americas area.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

DDW Pic 2202. Food and Wine Festival

Food and Wine Festival
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is an annual event with many good photo opportunities. Although a majority of it takes place in World Showcase, there are a handful of kiosks in Future World. This includes "The Art of Pairing" section that features wine, cheese, and chocolate.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

DDW Pic 2201. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
I don't often get the chance to walk thru the standby queue at Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. So, when I rode it recently, I took a few shots. This Les Paul guitar and reel-to-reel tape deck go along with the recording studio theme.

Friday, September 15, 2017

DDW Pic 2200. Dinoland

Dinoland
Dinoland in Animal Kingdom is an area full of hidden details. These small dinosaurs on top of the roof at Restaurantosaurus are a good example of why it is important to look up every once in a while. So many guests walk thru the parks looking at their cell phones, that they miss little displays like this one.

DDW Pic 2199. Epcot

Epcot
I have taken thousands of photos at Epcot over the years, but not to many from this elevated angle. As someone who lives close to this park, I rarely have the need to ride the monorail from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Epcot. However, my family and I decided to do this today, just for fun. I took this shot just as we were passing between thru the area between World Showcase and Future World.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

DDW Pic 2198. The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room
One of the things I enjoy doing at the Disney resorts is looking for quiet spots to sit and relax, or get some work done on my iPad. This common space in the Beach Club Villas is called The Drawing Room. It is a nice place to sit, with comfortable chairs and a couch. I rarely see anyone in this room, as I don't think the average guest knows about it.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DDW Pic 2197. Pirates

Pirates
Pirates of the Caribbean has one of the most detailed queues at Magic Kingdom. There are actually two separate lines for standby and FastPass guests. There are many nooks and crannies in each of these, and it is fun to look for things you may not have spotted in the past. I noticed this staircase on a recent visit. It is in a very dark area, but my flash allowed me to get this shot.

Monday, September 11, 2017

DDW Pic 2196. Barnstormer 

Barnstormer
Whenever my tour guests ride the Barnstormer coaster, I take a picture of them coming thru the billboard. However, this is the first photo I have taken of the backside of the billboard, while actually riding thru myself. I took this shot a few days ago, while enjoying a quiet Magic Kingdom, the day before Hurricane Irma.

DDW Pic 2195. Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion
Most people know that they shouldn't use a flash when they take pictures on a Walt Disney World "dark ride," as it can negatively affect the experience for other guests. However, when an attraction stops in the middle of your ride, I feel that it's ok to snap a quick photo with a flash. This situation happened to me yesterday, while I was enjoying my favorite attraction, the Haunted Mansion. It stopped right in front of a spot that contains a "hidden" Jack Skellington, which can be seen on a book on the floor. The only way to see it is by using a flash, and I finally had the opportunity to grab this shot, due to the ride stoppage.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

DDW Pic 2194. Roy Disney

Roy Disney
The "Sharing the Magic" park bench statue of Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse currently sits in Town Square, not far from the fire station. It was sculpted back in 1999 by Blaine Gibson, who also created the "Partners" statue of Walt and Mickey. I took this shot of Roy today, while enjoying the Magic Kingdom with family and friends.

Friday, September 8, 2017

DDW Pic 2193. Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest
Expedition Everest, at Animal Kingdom, is an attraction where I am discovering new photo angles all the time. Today, just before getting to the bridge between Everest and Finding Nemo, I noticed this view. I always like when there is a "natural" frame around my subject.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

DDW Pic 2192. Bats

Bats
I enjoyed a stroll thru Maharajah Jungle Trek at Animal Kingdom today. I was able to grab a few quick pics of these Malayan Flying Foxes. I like how there are clear openings, and you don't have to look thru sceeens or glass in this area.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

DDW Pic 2191. Food & Wine Festival

Food & Wine Festival
The 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival began last week. This is my favorite time of year at Walt Disney World, and this year's festival has some fun new additions. This Chef Mickey topiary greets guests as they head into World Showcase from Future World.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

DDW Pic 2190. Beach Club Pool

Beach Club Pool
Disney's Beach Club Resort is one of my favorites, for many reasons. It is in a great location, conveniently located close to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. It also has several great pool areas. I took this shot today, just prior to heading over to Epcot for the Food and Wine Festival.

DDW Pic 2189. The Great Movie Ride

The Great Movie Ride
A few weeks ago, The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios closed forever. Although it will certainly be missed, I am looking forward to what is coming next in that very large building. As I was waking thru the Stage 1 Company Store in the Muppets area last week, I had one more reminder of this classic attraction. This small "sign" can be seen in the part of the store near the exit on the Mama Melrose side.

Monday, September 4, 2017

DDW Pic 2188. Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror
Tower of Terror is arguably the best themed attraction at Walt Disney World. With a great backstory and detailed queue, this is definitely a fan favorite. This shot of the exit area is themed to a hotel basement in the 1930s. The door in the center is actually the "chicken out" elevator that allows guests to leave without enduring the intensity of the actual ride.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

DDW Pic 2187. General Store

General Store
Frontierland has some of the best theming in Walt Disney World. This area really conveys the story of the "old west" during the 1800s. The General Store mixes this rustic motif with modern day treats. I grabbed some Reese's Pieces while moseying thru that shop a few days ago.

Friday, September 1, 2017

DDW Pic 2186. Enchanted Tiki Room

Enchanted Tiki Room
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room features a prominent tower in the middle of Adventureland. Although it appears to have a thatched roof, it is actually thinly cut pieces of sheet metal. Since Central Florida has so much lightning, real thatching would create a constant fire hazard. I took this shot a few days ago, standing near the exit of the Swiss Family Treehouse.