Saturday, December 30, 2017

DDW Pic 2387. Swiss Family Treehouse

Swiss Family Treehouse
The Swiss Family Treehouse is an often overlooked attraction at Magic Kingdom. It is a very accurate representation of the structure found in the Swiss Family Robinson movie from 1960. This sign can be found near the top of the tree.

Friday, December 29, 2017

DDW Pic 2386. Seven Seas Lagoon

Seven Seas Lagoon
The man made Seven Seas Lagoon is home to  some beautiful sunrises. One of the best spots to see them is from the lobby balcony at the Grand Floridian resort. I took this shot a few weeks ago.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

DDW Pic 2385. Santa’s Favorite Resort

Santa’s Favorite Resort
During the chilly month of December, Santa likes to escape to Florida, and meet with girls and boys at his “favorite resort.” He sets up on the walkway right between the Swan and Dolphin. I took this shot about a week ago, just prior to when Santa returned to the North Pole for his final Christmas preparations.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

DDW Pic 2384. Boardwalk

The Boardwalk Resort is home to some great Christmas decorations. This huge gingerbread structure is right in the lobby of the hotel. It features the eateries that can be found when heading from the Boardwalk toward Epcot.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

DDW Pic 2383. Santa Claus

Santa Claus
Santa Claus is coming to town tonight. Earlier, he was spotted over at Hollywood Studios. This fire escape is on the outside of the Mama Melrose restaurant, not far from Muppet*Vision 3D.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

DDW Pic 2382. Yacht Club

Yacht Club
The Disney resorts have some of the best Christmas decorations and displays to be found anywhere during the holiday season. Last week, we walked around the Boardwalk resorts, and I was able to get some festive photos. This is the Christmas village and model train display at the Yacht Club Resort.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

DDW Pic 2381. House of Blues

House of Blues
Disney Springs has nearly finished its massive expansion, and there have been many changes. However, House of Blues still remains the anchor at the west end of the complex. I took this shot of the Blues Brothers in the gift shop tonight.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

DDW Pic 2380. Star Tours

Star Tours
Star Tours was recently updated. It currently features characters and scenery from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. The “flight” ends with a landing on a new planet, which will be part of the Star Wars expansion at Hollywood Studios, opening in 2019.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

DDW Pic 2379. Dolphin 

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels are part of the Boardwalk area between Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Although they are on Disney property, they aren’t owned by the Disney company. However, they are impressive resorts with great photo opportunities. I took this shot of the giant Dolphin waterfall a few nights ago.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

DDW Pic 2378. Tree of Life

Tree of Life
The Tree of Life has several waterfalls built into its landscaping. This one is not far from the exit to It’s Tough to be a Bug. I took this shot today, and added the long exposure effect on the iPhone.

Friday, December 15, 2017

DDW Pic 2377. Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle
Although I have taken thousands of pictures of Cinderella Castle over the years, this one is relatively unique. Each night during the Christmas season, the castle is lit up in icicles, formed by 200,000 lights. However, I actually took this shot yesterday morning. Since the park opened so early, it was still a bit dark out, and the lights were still on.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

DDW Pic 2376. Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios
The Christmas decorations around Walt Disney World seem better than ever this year. They moved the Hollywood Studios Christmas tree inside of the park, and it can now be seen at Echo Lake. Around the lake, you can see these Santa and reindeer decorations, which are hanging on light poles.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

DDW Pic 2375. Disney Movie Magic

Disney Movie Magic
Disney Movie Magic is a projection show that debuted earlier this year at Hollywood Studios. It features many different Disney movie clips displayed on the Chinese theater, as well as on large “screens” on both sides. I took this shot of the Tron segment over this past weekend.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

DDW Pic 2374. Mission Space

Mission Space
Mission Space is a pretty thrilling attraction at Epcot, and the only Disney ride with a vomit bag right in the “ride compartment.” It occupies the spot formerly held by Horizons, which was one of my favorite attractions in all of Walt Disney World. Mission Space has one the more unique exteriors to be found on property, and there are some fun photo opportunities. I took this shot today, while my tour guests were enjoying the attraction.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

DDW Pic 2373. Timon

Timon is a popular character who can be seen in the Festival of the Lion King show at Animal Kingdom. He is rarely out meeting with guests. However, a few days ago, I spotted him in the area where Flik is normally stationed, not far from Pizzafari.

Friday, December 8, 2017

DDW Pic 2372. Sunset Seasons Greetings

Sunset Seasons Greetings
Hollywood Studios has added some additional Christmas fun this year. Sunset Seasons Greetings takes place throughout each evening on Sunset Boulevard. There are giant video screens, snow falling, music playing, and amazing projections on Tower of Terror. I took this shot tonight, as the tower was transformed into a giant gingerbread house.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

DDW Pic 2371. Dinoland

This is one of my favorite times of year at Walt Disney World. It is fun to discover all of the Christmas decorations around the property. This giant snowman can be seen in Dinoland, next to the Goofy and Pluto meet-and-greet area.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

DDW Pic 2370. Gorilla 

My favorite animals at Animal Kingdom have always been the gorillas. Because of this, I have taken many pictures of them over the years. Here is a shot that I took today, while this guy was eating some vegetation. It almost looks like he is laughing.

Monday, December 4, 2017

DDW Pic 2369. Fantasyland

There are so many details to be found while walking around Magic Kingdom. Many guests miss out on some of these by not looking up. This porch is one of several decorated spots that can be found above Fantasyland. It is right next to Princess Fairytale Hall.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

DDW Pic 2368. Everest 

Expedition Everest is an impressive structure to photograph, from many different spots in Animal Kingdom. One of my favorite areas to eat lunch in this park is at Flame Tree BBQ. I took this shot from my table along side the river.

Friday, December 1, 2017

DDW Pic 2367. The Emporium

The Emporium
Normally, the window displays on the outside of the Emporium at the Magic Kingdom feature classic animated movies. However, during the Christmas season, the windows have scenes from Mickey’s Christmas Carol. This window can be seen on the southern side of the store, facing the park entrance.