Saturday, April 21, 2018

DDW Pic 2477. Rivers of Light

Rivers of Light
The Rivers of Light has quickly become one of my favorite nighttime shows at Walt Disney World. The theme is great, and the soundtrack is phenomenal. I took this shot of the floating tiger a few days ago, while watching the show with family.

Friday, April 20, 2018

DDW Pic 2476. Casitas

Casitas
Coronado Springs is a very large resort, with several uniquely themed areas. I had family staying here last week. This shot was taken in the Casitas section, which isn’t far from the front of the resort.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

DDW Pic 2475. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
One of the best nighttime shows currently running at Walt Disney World is Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. It is a great combination of fireworks and huge projections, and it takes place nightly at Hollywood Studios. I took this shot of these giant towers of fire a few days ago, while enjoying the show with family.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

DDW Pic 2474. Flower and Garden Festival 

Flower and Garden Festival
I was at the Flower and Garden Festival a few days ago, when I took this shot. I thought it captured the spirit of Epcot, during this time of year. The monorail lined up nicely behind this large flower display.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

DDW Pic 2473. Meerkat

Meerkat
The Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is known primarily for its amazing gorillas. However, there are some other interesting animals to be found here. The meerkats are cute little guys that are fun to watch. I took this shot today, while giving an Animal Kingdom tour.

Monday, April 16, 2018

DDW Pic 2472. Frozen Ever After

Frozen Ever After
One of my favorite discoveries is when I find a tribute to an extinct attraction hidden in a new one. I noticed such a reference while riding Frozen Ever After a few days ago. The “Maelstrom” was the ride that was replaced by Frozen in the Norway pavilion.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

DDW Pic 2471. Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo - The Musical is one if the best shows on Disney property. The combination of talented, live singers and puppeteers make this a “must do” when spending a full day at Animal Kingdom. I took this shot of the fish tank scene, while enjoying the production with family today.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

DDW Pic 2470. Dolphins

Dolphins
The dolphins recently returned to The Seas pavilion at Epcot. While touring with family today, it was fun to see all four of them together at one time. This is the first time I was able to get the whole group in one shot.

Friday, April 13, 2018

DDW Pic 2469. Coronado Springs

Coronado Springs
Coronado Springs is one of my favorite Disney resorts. It is a huge property, with multiple pools, several good restaurants, and fun theming. I spent yesterday afternoon with family at the Dig Site pool complex, which features this impressive pyramid structure.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

DDW Pic 2468. Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris
Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom is known for its amazing animals and impressive landscapes. The African theming carries over to the exit area of the attraction, as well. This Harambe Wildlife Reserve vehicle can be seen near Warden Post No. 4, just as guests are walking off the ride.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

DDW Pic 2467. Safari Mickey

Safari Mickey
Guests can meet Mickey Mouse in every Disney park, and he can also be seen in multiple shows and parades around property. The safari version of Mickey is one of my favorites, as he embodies the theming of Animal Kingdom. I took this shot while giving a tour a few days ago.

Monday, April 9, 2018

DDW Pic 2466. Bambi

Bambi
There are so many good topiaries at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival this year. Bambi is located in the area of World Showcase near the transition from Future World. I took this shot using the portrait feature on the iPhone.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

DDW Pic 2465. BB-8

BB-8
Although the Easter season is over, I wanted to post one more shot from the Easter Egg displays at the Grand Floridian. BB-8 is nearly the shape of an egg anyway, so this creation made sense. However, it may be the only Star Wars droid made primarily of chocolate.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

DDW Pic 2464. Governor Ratcliffe

Governor Ratcliffe
There are many common characters, such as Mickey and Minnie, that can be found throughout the Disney parks. However, there are some who are seen much less frequently. Governor John Ratcliffe from Pocahontas is one such character. I took this shot just inside the entrance of Animal Kingdom yesterday.

Friday, April 6, 2018

DDW Pic 2463. Nomad Lounge

Nomad Lounge
The relatively new Tiffins restaurant at Animal Kingdom has a nice spot to take a break from the hustle and bustle of this park. Known as the Nomad Lounge, it includes a fairly large, indoor seating area, as well as a porch overlooking the river. I took this shot from the bridge to Pandora yesterday, as my tour guests were enjoying lunch at Tiffins.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

DDW Pic 2462. Pandora

Pandora
I normally don’t post simple crowd photos, but the Avatar phenomenon at Animal Kingdom is something to see. I took this shot this morning, right near the entrance to the Pandora area. We were standing in this spot a full half hour before "official" park opening time, and within five minutes, there were several thousand people behind us. The popularity of the Flight of Passage attraction cannot be overstated, with normal wait times still averaging close to three hours.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

DDW Pic 2461. Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom
It has been a while since I was stopped in a perfect spot for this shot. A few days ago, I found myself in a center lane at the Magic Kingdom auto plaza. I was just enough cars back to get the whole sign in the picture, without the cars in front of me entering the frame.

Monday, April 2, 2018

DDW Pic 2460. Nine Dragons

Nine Dragons
There are many great restaurants to be found in the World Showcase area of Epcot. One of our favorites is Nine Dragons, which is part of the China pavilion. I took this shot right near closing time, when I dined there with family last week. You can see that the restaurant empties out quickly, as most guests rush outside to catch Illuminations.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

DDW Pic 2459. Walt Disney World Railroad

Walt Disney World Railroad
The Walt Disney Workd Railroad consists of four trains. However, I had not been able to get a photo with more than one engine.....until now. A few days ago, I was waiting for my guests to arrive at Fantasyland Station, when I noticed the Roy O.Disney engine. It was waiting on the side track that comes from the maintenance facility. Then, moments later, the Roger Broggie came along, on the main track. This allowed me to grab a photo of both engines in the same shot.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

DDW Pic 2458. Easter Egg

Easter Egg
On this Easter Eve, it seems appropriate to post a picture of an Easter Egg. For the past 22 years, the Grand Floridian has been displaying hollow, chocolate eggs around the lobby during this time of year. They each weigh 9 to 12 pounds and stand between 16 to 20 inches tall. There seems to be more each year, and many of them are true works of art. This classic egg has the Grand Floridian insignia in it.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

DDW Pic 2457. Pirates

Pirates
Pirates of the Caribbean recently reopened after a refurbishment of the "auction" scene. Instead of auctioning off brides, they are now selling food and other goods. I took this shot of the updated redhead last week, while enjoying the attraction with family.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

DDW Pic 2456. American Adventure


American Adventure
The American Adventure at Epcot was recently updated. The movie montage had some changes, and there was a new orchestration of the “Golden Dream” soundtrack. I had the chance to experience the updates last week, when I took this shot of Mark Twain and Ben Franklin.

Monday, March 26, 2018

DDW Pic 2455. Main Street, USA

Main Street, USA
The Main Street, USA area of Magic Kingdom is full of great details that highlight the early 1900s in middle America. This hitching post can be found near the Main Street Confectionery. I took this shot while visiting with family last week.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

DDW Pic 2454. Carousel of Progress

Carousel of Progress
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is one of the most iconic Disney attractions ever created. It is the only attraction at Magic Kingdom that Walt Disney, himself, physically worked on. I sat in the front row a few days ago, and was able to get these “close up” shots of the dad in each scene.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

DDW Pic 2453. Giraffe

Giraffe
The giraffes are a prominent part of Kilimanjaro Safaris. Guests can usually see a handful of them while riding thru the savanna. I took this shot of a giraffe sitting down, while enjoying the attraction with family today.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DDW Pic 2452. Woody

Woody
There are so many good topiaries at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival. Woody can be found in the America area of World Showcase. His co-star, Buzz Lightyear, is in Future World, near the Mission Space attraction.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

DDW Pic 2451. Goofy

Goofy
There are many opportunities to see Goofy around Magic Kingdom. You can meet him in Storybook Circus and watch him in the afternoon parade. In addition, he has a prominent spot in the Move It, Shake It, Dance & Play It Street Party. I took this shot of him during that “party“ a few days ago.

Monday, March 19, 2018

DDW Pic 2450. Tortuga Tavern

Tortuga Tavern
Tortuga Tavern is an Adventureland quick-service restaurant that is open seasonally. Even when they aren’t serving food, there are some nice seating areas where guests can sit and take a break. Most of the dining areas are relatively open to the outside, but this room, with the Blackbeard mural, is climate controlled. It is a nice spot to warm up on a cold morning.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

DDW Pic 2449. Chinese Theater

Chinese Theater
The Chinese Theater at Hollywood Studios is undergoing a major transformation on the inside, as a brand new attraction is being created. However, the outside of the building is not changing. One of the windows still contains this memorabilia from the world premiere of Mary Poppins.

Friday, March 16, 2018

DDW Pic 2448. Lappet-faced Vulture

Lappet-faced Vulture
There are two lappet-faced vultures that can be seen at Animal Kingdom. These large birds are located in the same area as the kangaroos. I took this shot yesterday, from near the base of the Tree of Life.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

DDW Pic 2447. Morocco

Morocco
Morocco is one of my favorite pavilions for relaxing at Epcot. There are several “out of the way” spots to take a break. I was sitting at one such spot when I took this shot a few days ago.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

DDW Pic 2446. Tigger



Tigger
There are so many fun topiaries at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. Tigger can be found near the United Kingdom pavilion. I took this shot today, while giving an Epcot tour.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

DDW Pic 2445. Roy O. Disney


Roy O. Disney
Built in 1916, the Roy O. Disney is the oldest of the Magic Kingdom steam engines. I took this shot today, just after it pulled out of Fantasyland Station. This is one if the few areas of the park where a full view of the train is possible.

Monday, March 12, 2018

DDW Pic 2444. The Pirates League

The Pirates League
The Pirates League is an experience at Magic Kingdom where guests can get “made up” like a pirate. It is a popular activity, especially with young boys. This mannequin stands outside of the salon, as an example of what can be done.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

DDW Pic 2443. Maleficent

Maleficent
The Festival of Fantasy Parade includes some great floats and so many classic Disney characters. My favorite is definitely Maleficent. This large dragon has quiet a presence with its large moving parts and fire breathing head.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

DDW Pic 2442. Gorilla Falls

Gorilla Falls

The Gorilla Falls area of Animal Kingdom is one of my favorite spots at Walt Disney World. This waterfall can actually be seen right near the exit of Kilimanjaro Safaris. There are four, male, silverback gorillas that live here, and you can see one of them sleeping here.

Friday, March 9, 2018

DDW Pic 2441. Fantasyland

Fantasyland
This is normally one of the busiest areas of the busiest theme park in the world. However, if you get here before the park officially opens, you can get this “empty” shot. I took this photo while waiting for my tour guests to finish up breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

DDW Pic 2440. Expedition Everest


Expedition Everest
I have posted many photos of Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom. However, the majority of them were during the day. Last week, I took this shot at dusk, shortly before the Rivers of Light show began.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

DDW Pic 2439. United Kingdom

United Kingdom
The United Kingdom at Epcot features a “Hyde Park” area toward the back of the pavilion. This is where guests can see the band, British Revolution, perform each day. I took this shot while giving a tour last week.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

DDW Pic 2438. Winnie the Pooh


Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh is a very popular character at Magic Kingdom, with an attraction, a meet-and-greet location, and even a character dining spot. While giving a tour over the weekend, I spotted him coming out of a backstage area in Fantasyland. He was on his way to his meet-and-greet spot with Tigger.

Monday, March 5, 2018

DDW Pic 2437. Adventureland 

Adventureland
Adventureland is full of interesting details. This  animal is an Asian Water Buffalo when viewed from Adventureland. However, it can also be seen from Frontierland. From that area, this same animal is considered a Texas Longhorn Steer.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

DDW Pic 2436. Future World

Future World
The Imagination pavilion, with its glass pyramids, has been an Epcot icon since the park opened. While giving a tour yesterday, I saw this shot coming into view. The monorail passing through this area is quintessential Future World.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

DDW Pic 2435. Anna


Anna
With the Flower and Garden Festival in full swing, it is fun to roam around Epcot to photograph this year’s topiaries. Of course Anna and Elsa are located in the Norway area. I took this shot of Anna while giving a tour today.

Friday, March 2, 2018

DDW Pic 2434. Columbia Harbour House

Columbia Harbour House
There are so many easily overlooked details in the restaurants at Walt Disney World. The Columbia Harbour House at Magic Kingdom is full of pictures, signs, and objects from colonial times. I took this shot today, near an exit door on the Hall of Presidents side of the building.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

DDW Pic 2433. Grand 1 Yacht

Grand 1 Yacht
Walt Disney World has several specialty cruises. The Grand 1 Yacht is a 52 foot Sea Ray that can be rented from the Grand Floridian Resort. A nighttime cruise gives guests a unique view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks. I took this shot today from the MK ferry boat.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

DDW Pic 2432. Flower and Garden Festival

Flower and Garden Festival
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival started today. This year, the festival lasts a full three months, ending on May 28th. I took this shot yesterday, on the bridge leading from the center of Future World to the area near Test Track.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

DDW Pic 2431. Norway 


Norway
This waterfall can be found near the entrance to Frozen Ever After in the Norway pavilion. In the old Maelstrom ride, the Viking boats could be seen in an opening above the water. I took this shot while giving an Epcot tour today.

Monday, February 26, 2018

DDW Pic 2430. Everest


Everest
I have posted many photos of Expedition Everest from different vantage points, but not too many “on ride” shots. This is the view from the large lift hill near the beginning of the ride. I took this shot while riding with my son yesterday.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

DDW Pic 2429. World Showcase

World Showcase
It was a beautiful day at Epcot yesterday. I took a leisurely stroll around World Showcase Lagoon, while my tour guests were having lunch at the Rose & Crown Dining Room. I took this photo from between Japan and America, and you can see the United Kingdom, Canada, and Imagination in the shot.

Friday, February 23, 2018

DDW Pic 2428. Sumatran Tiger Cubs

Sumatran Tiger Cubs
Last year, two Sumatran tiger cubs were born at Animal Kingdom. They spent quite a bit of time “backstage” bonding with their mother. They first were visable to the public just a few months ago. Yesterday was the first time I saw them wide awake and running around their habitat in Maharajah Jungle Trek.