Saturday, September 29, 2018

DDW Pic 2529. United Kingdom

United Kingdom
There many great photo opportunities around Epcot’s World Showcase. The best time for non-crowd shots is very early in the day. I took this photo of the United Kingdom prior to World Showcase opening.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

DDW Pic 2528. Rainforest Cafe

Rainforest Cafe
There are two Rainforest Cafés on Disney property, and both are very popular. They are owned by the same company that also owns T-Rex, and Yak and Yeti. I took this shot just outside of the one at Animal Kingdom last week. This frog is their mascot.

Monday, September 10, 2018

DDW Pic 2527. China

China
Epcot has several great "circle-vision 360" films in World Showcase. These pavilions have nine screens that wrap completely around the guests who stand in the middle of the room. It is quite a way to learn about another country. I took this shot while enjoying China with my son last week.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

DDW Pic 2526. All-Star Music Resort

All-Star Music Resort
I spent some time at the All-Star Music Resort this past week. The theming here is a lot of fun. I took this shot of the main pool shortly after it was evacuated for nearby lightning. It has a statue featuring the Three Caballeros.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

DDW Pic 2525. Space Mountain

Space Mountain
Space Mountain is one of the most recognizable buildings in all of Walt Disney World. At the size of a football field and 187 feet tall, it can be seen from a good distance. However, this view from the roof of the nearby Contemporary is one of my favorites.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

DDW Pic 2524. Ostrich

Ostrich
I had the chance to visit Animal Kingdom Lodge today. There is a little area to the left of the lobby called the "Sunset Overlook" room. This Ostrich walked right up to the small balcony just outside of the room.

Friday, August 17, 2018

DDW Pic 2523. Alien Swirling Saucers

Alien Swirling Saucers
The new Toy Story Land includes a family ride called Alien Swirling Saucers. The ride system is similar to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree in California. This whole area of Hollywood Studios looks great at night.

Monday, August 13, 2018

DDW Pic 2522. Jessie

Jessie
The new Toy Story Land has some fun attractions. However, you will also find great character interactions, including many green army men roaming Andy’s backyard. I got this picture of Jessie as she was walking to her greeting spot.

Monday, August 6, 2018

DDW Pic 2521. Mater

Mater
The Cars area at the Art of Animation Resort is one of the best themed spots on Disney property. It makes you feel like you are in a mini version of Radiator Springs. I snapped this shot of Mater while doing some research today.

Friday, August 3, 2018

DDW Pic 2520. Water Buffalo

Water Buffalo
Maharajah Jungle Trek is known for having Sumatran Tigers. However, these Asian Water Buffalo are also a fun part of this walking trail in Animal Kingdom. I saw this trio in the water last week while giving a tour.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

DDW Pic 2519. Polynesian Beach

Polynesian Beach
There are several nice beaches at the Polynesian Village resort. This one is on the side closest to the Grand Floridian. If you look between the palm trees you can see Cinderella Castle and The Contemporary in the distance. I took this shot before giving a Magic Kingdom tour a few days ago.

Friday, July 27, 2018

DDW Pic 2518. UP! A Great Bird Adventure

UP! A Great Bird Adventure
The old Flights of Wonder show at Animal Kingdom was recently re-themed as UP! A Great Bird Adventure. These Russell and Dug statues can be found in front of the theater. They fit in perfectly with other statues that can be found nearby, in the Asia section of the park.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

DDW Pic 2517. Disney Skyliner


Disney Skyliner
One of the major construction projects going on at Walt Disney World is the Disney Skyliner. This gondola style cable car system will provide transportation between several hotels, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. I took this shot of an artist rendering as I was leaving Hollywood Studios today.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

DDW Pic 2516. Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror
Tower of Terror has always been one of my favorite attractions, but not necessarily because of the "thril" aspect. What I love most is the story and the amount of detail that is prevalent throughout the experience. There is so much to look at, especially during the preshow portions. I took this shot of the hotel lobby a few days ago.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

DDW Pic 2515. Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land
I recently had the chance to visit the new Toy Story Land at night. I enjoyed this area even better for several reasons. It wasn’t as hot, it was less crowded, and the lighting was well done. This giant Buzz Lightyear stands toward the back of the land, near Alien Swirling Saucers.

Monday, July 16, 2018

DDW Pic 2514. Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage is a Broadway quality show at Hollywood Studios. It has been entertaining guests for more than 25 years, and it actually opened on the same day as the original movie. I took this shot last week, while doing some research at this park.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

DDW Pic 2513. Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse
This is what you get when you take Mickey Mouse, put Jiminy Cricket’s hat on him, and hang him like a marionette in a dinosaur gift shop in Animal Kingdom. I have no idea what the significance of this is, but there is probably some funny backstory to it. I took this shot in Chester and Hester’s while giving a tour last week.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

DDW Pic 2512. Slinky Dog Dash

Slinky Dog Dash
Opening just over a week ago, the new Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios is a big hit. The premiere attraction is a family style coaster called Slinky Dog Dash. It is a very fun ride that has more of a thrill factor than many anticipated. I took this shot a few days ago, just after riding it.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

DDW Pic 2511. Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest
The queue for Expedition Everest has seen a relatively recent addition. In the area just before the loading platform, you will see some rotating advertisements. Using the RFID technology in the Magic Bands, guests’ names will often appear in the ads. I saw my name pop up on this one last week.

Monday, July 2, 2018

DDW Pic 2510. Goofy

Goofy
The Walt Disney World custodians have the ability to take a course on drawing characters on the ground with water and a "broom." I have seen many Mickey‘s and Minnie’s over the years. This Goofy was drawn by a talented custodian in Tomorrowland last week.

Friday, June 29, 2018

DDW Pic 2509. Pluto

Pluto
There have been many characters who have greeted guests in the center of Town Square over the years. Pluto has certainly been one of the most frequent visitors. I took this shot a few days ago, while giving a Magic kingdom tour.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

DDW Pic 2508. Elastigirl

Elastigirl
As part of Disney’s "Incredible Summer," guests are able to interact with some of the characters from the recent movie. They come and go throughout the afternoon, and are part of the dance party in Tomorrowland. I took this shot of Elastigirl while giving a Magic Kingdom tour yesterday.

Monday, June 25, 2018

DDW Pic 2507. Tusker House

Tusker House
The Tusker House at Animal Kingdom is known as a popular dining location where guests can meet Mickey and friends. This restaurant has so many great African inspired details. The Jorodi Masks and Beads spot can be seen on the second floor to the left, just after entering the building. It is a fun tribute to the lead designer of Animal Kingdom, Joe Rohde.

Friday, June 22, 2018

DDW Pic 2506. Frontierland

Frontierland
Frontierland is very well themed to the old West. If you look at the street address numbers atop the buildings, they correspond roughly to the years being depicted in this area of the Magic Kingdom. I took this shot while giving a tour yesterday.

Monday, June 18, 2018

DDW Pic 2505. Space Mountain

Space Mountain
They are doing some work on the exit of Space Mountain. So, guests are currently exiting through a back door and walking along the outer edge of the building, in a backstage area. This picture falls under the category of "rarely seen by guests."

Friday, June 15, 2018

DDW Pic 2504. Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror
Tower of Terror is one of my favorite attractions, primarily because of the story and details. This little table can be found in the library part of the pre-show. I took this shot while giving a Hollywood Studios tour today.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

DDW Pic 2503. Lagoona Gator

Lagoona Gator
Lagoona Gator is the mascot at Typhoon Lagoon. His statue can be seen right after entering the park, near the old fashioned "beach patrol" car. I took this shot when visiting with friends and family last week.

Monday, June 11, 2018

DDW Pic 2502. Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty
The Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom has featured a fire breathing Maleficent dragon, since it debuted in 2014. Unfortunately, the head of the dragon was damaged when it caught fire about a month ago. However, a float with Aurora and Prince Philip has now taken the place of the dragon. So, after 4 years, Sleeping Beauty has finally made her way into this parade.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

DDW Pic 2501. Pandora Utility Suit

Pandora Utility Suit
The new Avatar area of Animal Kingdom is already the most popular area in recent theme park history. Flight of Passage is considered to be the best attraction ever created, by most who ride it. However, Disney continues to add even more to Pandora. Recently, the Pandora Utility Suit made its debut.

Monday, June 4, 2018

DDW Pic 2500. Diaper Dash

Diaper Dash
The "Incredible Tomorrowland Expo" is in full swing at Magic Kingdom. This summer celebration is helping to promote the upcoming Incredibles 2 movie. One of the more unique events is the daily Diaper Dash, where babies crawl in a 20 foot race across a padded mat. I took this shot today, while giving a Magic Kingdom tour.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

DDW Pic 2499. Galápagos Tortoise

Galápagos Tortoise
Animal Kingdom has so many interesting species for guests to observe throughout the park. However, the Galápagos Tortoise is most likely the longest living animal to be found there. They currently have six that can be seen near the back of the Tree of Life. Although the ones at Animal Kingdom are still young, the Galápagos Tortoise has been known to live in excess of 150 years.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

DDW Pic 2498. Dash Pizza

Dash Pizza
One of my favorite spots to take a break in the Magic Kingdom is the Tomorrowland Terrace. It has a huge seating area and "outdoor" air conditioning. As part of the Incredible Summer celebration, they are serving Dash Pizza at this location. I took this shot while giving a tour today.

Monday, May 28, 2018

DDW Pic 2497. Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge
This window display can be found in Wilderness Lodge. It is in the area leading from the main building to the "Villas." Donald and Daisy are dressed appropriately for the theme of this resort.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

DDW Pic 2496. Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight
Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the most "classic" attractions at any Disney park. It has remained virtually unchanged in 46 years, and has always been one of my favorites. This sign houses a partial hidden Mickey in the clouds, just under Peter’s feet.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

DDW Pic 2495. Pandora

Pandora
Once considered predominently a "daytime" park, it can now be argued that Animal Kingdom has the most scenic spots at Walt Disney World at night. One of these areas is the Valley of Mo’ara, which can be found in Pandora - The World of Avatar. I took this shot tonight, from the outdoor queue of Flight of Passage.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

DDW Pic 2494. Boardwalk Inn

Boardwalk Inn
I spent some time at the Boardwalk Resort today, and took a walk thru the area of the cottage suites. These are unique accommodations in that each has their own little yard. I like how they use birdhouses to post the room numbers.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

DDW Pic 2493. Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs
Located adjacent to Disney Springs, Saratoga Springs is one the largest of the Disney resorts. Themed to the upstate New York horse racing town, this hotel is also the home to the Disney Vacation Club preview center. I took this shot of the racehorse statue while visiting friends yesterday.

Friday, May 18, 2018

DDW Pic 2492. Frontierland

Frontierland
While walking thru Frontierland the other day, I saw this view of the Rivers of America. I like the way the Tom Sawyer Island raft sail helped to outline Thunder Mountain in the distance. This raft was parked, but you can see two other full rafts in this shot.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

DDW Pic 2491. Chef Mickey’s 

Chef Mickey’s
Some of the most popular Disney restaurants aren’t actually in the theme parks. Chef Mickey’s can be found at The Contemporary, not far from Magic Kingdom. I took this shot of the restaurant entrance yesterday, while visiting this resort.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

DDW Pic 2490. The Boneyard

The Boneyard
The Boneyard is a fun playground in the Dinoland area of Animal Kingdom. It is themed to a "dig site," where kids can dig up the bones of a mammoth. There are some great props in this area, including this boom box that resembles one that I owned in the 80s.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

DDW Pic 2489. Tomorrowland Terrace

Tomorrowland Terrace
Tomorrowland Terrace is a quick service restaurant at Magic Kingdom that is only open during the busiest times of year. However, this large seating area is almost always open. Although it is open to the outside, it does have air conditioning. It is a great place to take a break on a hot Florida day.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

DDW Pic 2488. Main Street Railroad Station


Main Street Railroad Station
The Walt Disney World Railroad has three stations at Magic Kingdom. They are all themed very well, but the most authentic is the Main Street Railroad Station. It is filled with antiques, like this old-time football arcade game, from the early 1900s.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

DDW Pic 2487. Lion

Lion
One of my favorite parts of Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom is the lion area. Disney did a great job of creating a natural habitat, without putting an obvious barrier between these African beasts and the guests. Although they sleep for most of the day, it is common to see them walking around on a nighttime safari.

Monday, May 7, 2018

DDW Pic 2486. Rey

Rey
Hollywood Studios has a big focus on Star Wars, especially with the new Galaxy’s Edge area opening next year. There is currently a show at the center of the park called Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away. I took this shot of Rey, near the backside of the stage. Disney did a great job of casting, as this girl looks a lot like the "real" Rey, Daisy Ridley.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

DDW Pic 2485. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios takes place almost entirely in the dark, which makes it hard to take any photos. However, a few days ago, the coaster I was riding stopped just short of the exit area. This gave me a chance to take out my phone and grab this shot.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

DDW Pic 2484. Hall of Presidents


Hall of Presidents 
The Hall of Presidents is a great attraction for many reasons. The new show is very well done, and the music is phenomenal. However, one of the best things about this spot is the lobby. It is a great place to get out of the summer heat, and take a break from a busy day at the Magic Kingdom.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

DDW Pic 2483. Mickey

Mickey 
Mickey can be found in every Disney park, but this is probably the most unique one. The right ear of this “stationary” version of the mouse is actually a lightening rod. He can be seen near the entrance to Hollywood Studios.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

DDW Pic 2482. Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain
Although I have posted more photos of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad than any other attraction, this vista caught my eye a few days ago. I was standing near the boardwalk along the Rivers of America in Frontierland when I took this shot. I like how the mountain was framed by the trees and fence.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

DDW Pic 2481. Pirates

Pirates
Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most classic of Disney attractions. Even before you enter the building, you are immersed in the theme. This lookout "pirate" can be seen from a distance, when walking from the area of the Jungle Cruise. I took this shot while giving a Magic Kingdom tour a few days ago.

Friday, April 27, 2018

DDW Pic 2480. Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear
There are so many topiaries around Epcot for the Flower and Garden Festival, and most can be found in the World Showcase area.. However, I think that the best "placed " one is right in front of Mission Space. Buzz Lightyear is certainly the best representative for a pavilion that takes you "to infinity and beyond."