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

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

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

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

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 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 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."

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

DDW Pic 2479. DiVine

DiVine is an Animal Kingdom treasure, who has been captivating guests for years. She is a green, plant/woman hybrid who can often be found among the foliage in the Oasis area of the park. I took this shot while giving a tour last week.

DDW Pic 2478. UP! A Great Bird Adventure

UP! A Great Bird Adventure
Animal Kingdom turned 20 yesterday, and a new bird show debuted. UP! A Great Bird Adventure took the place of the old Flights of Wonder show. This new version stars Dug and Russell from the movie, UP. I took this shot of the recently refurbished theater, while waiting for the show to start.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.