Monday, November 30, 2015

DDW Pic 1551. Flik

Flik is now greeting guests near Pizzafari in Animal Kingdom. He seems to be there on a regular basis now. I took this shot today while checking out some of the new and refurbished spots at this park.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

DDW Pic 1550. Chef Mickey's

Chef Mickey's
Last week, we left a packed Magic Kingdom to enjoy lunch at the Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary Resort. Adjacent to that restaurant is Chef Mickey's. I took this shot of Mickey, Minnie, and Donald from a distance.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

DDW Pic 1549. Star Wars Monorail

Star Wars Monorail
The new Star Wars movie is coming out in less than a month, and Disney has decided to use monorail black to advertise it. Last week, it received a "Force Awakens" window treatment. They have decorated monorails in the past to promote such movies as Tron Legacy, Avengers, and Monsters University. Although everyone on the planet knows that Star Wars will be out soon, it is still fun to see Disney use the monorail as an advertising tool.

Friday, November 27, 2015

DDW Pic 1548. Liberty Square

Liberty Square
This window is on the outside of The Hall of Presidents building near Liberty Square Market. The doll in the window would have been significant during Colonial times. It was to alert firefighters that a child lived in that home. I took this shot a few days ago, while enjoying the nice weather at the Magic Kingdom.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

DDW Pic 1547. Frontierland

This sign hangs on a wall in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom. It is a good example of the fun details to be found throughout the park. Most guests pass by these types of signs workout taking time to read them. Sometimes, it is worth pausing to enjoy these overlooked gems. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

DDW Pic 1546. Contemporary Gingerbread

Contemporary Gingerbread
This year's gingerbread display at The Contemporary features Frozen. You can see Kristoff, Anna, and Elsa in front. Disney used over 500 pounds of flour and 400 pounds of chocolate in this creation. I took this shot a few days ago, after lunch at the Contempo Cafe.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DDW Pic 1545. Bay Lake

Bay Lake
This area of Bay Lake is where it connects to Seven Seas Lagoon. That boat is headed towards Wilderness Lodge. I took this shot yesterday from the resort monorail.

Monday, November 23, 2015

DDW Pic 1544. Pirates

Pirates of the Caribbean recently underwent a 4 month refurbishment. Disney spruced up some of the scenes and redressed several of the pirates in new clothes. I took this shot of the drunk pirate with the pigs while riding today. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

DDW Pic 1543. Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth is one of the most photographed structures in the world. I have taken hundreds of photos of the big "golf ball" over the years. This is my most recent shot, which I took while walking out of Epcot tonight. 

DDW Pic 1542. Under the Sea

Under the Sea
The Under the Sea attraction has one of the best themed queues in all of Walt Disney World. It is also home to one of the most unique hidden Mickeys, which appears once a year on Mickey Mouse's birthday. It is created by the sun shining through a rock outline at noon on November 18th. I took this shot at the entrance of the attraction.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

DDW Pic 1541. Skipper Canteen

Skipper Canteen
In about a month, a new restaurant is opening in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom. It will be based on the Jungle Cruise and is called the Skipper Canteen. I took this shot from up in the Swiss Family Treehouse.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DDW Pic 1540. Colortopia

This past week, a new exhibit opened at Innoventions in Epcot. It is called Colortopia and it's sponsored by the Glidden paint company. It is comprised of three sections that highlight how color affects our lives. Guests move through each area in order, and they have the chance to "virtually" paint on walls at the end. I took this shot yesterday during a brief visit to Epcot. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

DDW Pic 1539. Dapper Dans

Dapper Dans
The Dapper Dans is a barbershop quartet that has been entertaining guests at the Magic Kingdom for many years. This time of year, they are dressed in their Christmas attire. I took this shot this afternoon, while watching this group entertain guests in Town Square.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DDW Pic 1538. Green Army Men

Green Army Men
The Green Army Men are a fun part of the Toy Story universe. You can take a picture with one at Hollywood Studios in Pixar Place. You can also see them on the roof across from Toy Story Mania. I took this shot last week while waiting for my guests to come off the attraction. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

DDW Pic 1537. Planet Hollywood

Planet Hollywood
The Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs is the largest in the country, and it is a fun place to visit. The food is good and there are hundreds of interesting movie props to look at. I took this shot from the top floor a few nights ago, after enjoying dinner with my family.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

DDW Pic 1536. Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse
It's always fun to get a close-up shot of one of the classic characters. A few days ago, I had just enough time to take out my phone and snap this shot of Minnie as she walked by. She was headed to her meet and greet area at Hollywood Studios.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

DDW Pic 1535. Osborne Lights

Osborne Lights
This is the last year for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Although it is disappointing that this event won't be returning next year, the reason behind the change promises an exciting improvement to Hollywood Studios. That area of the park is being turned into "Star Wars Land." However, I highly recommend enjoying the lights during this last season, before they are permanently removed. I took this shot tonight. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

DDW Pic 1534. Hollywood Studios Christmas Tree

Hollywood Studios Christmas Tree
The second Walt Disney World park Christmas tree has gone up. It is located outside of the enterance to Hollywood Studios. I took this shot this morning, prior to giving a tour.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

DDW Pic 1533. Riverboat Landing

Riverboat Landing
One of the oldest attractions in Walt Disney World is the Liberty Square Riverboat in the Magic Kingdom. A steam powered ship has been taking guests on a 17 minute cruise on the Rivers of America for more than 40 years. I took this shot at the "dock" today while waiting for my tour guests. I like the detail of a sailing ship weather vane.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

DDW Pic 1532. Gorilla

In sticking with yesterday's animal theme, I took a gorilla photo this morning. This is in the area near the exit of Kilimanjaro Safaris. You can often find male silverbacks here if you know where to look. This guy was sitting below the fence line, and I had to hold the camera high to get this angle. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

DDW Pic 1531. Giraffes

Animal Kingdom is my favorite park for many reasons. This is primarily because every visit to this park is unique. Kilimanjaro is probably the best example of this, as you never know which animals you may see and where they may be roaming. I took this shot of the giraffes last week. If you look closely, you can see a "baby" in the photo. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

DDW Pic 1530. Mexico

Mexico is a very popular spot in Epcot. It has three good restaurants, a tequila bar, and the only current "ride" in World Showcase. I took this shot tonight as we were enjoying the Food and Wine Festival.

DDW Pic 1529. Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris
This "warden post" is located in the exit area of Kilimanjaro Safaris. This is where I wait for my tour guests to exit the attraction. I have seen this Swahili writing on the building for years, and I finally decided to look up its meaning. According to Google Translate, it means "no permission to pass this massive reservoir alone."

Sunday, November 8, 2015

DDW Pic 1528. Tatooine Traders

Tatooine Traders
The Tatooine Traders gift shop at Star Tours in Hollywood Studios has always been the spot for Star Wars items. However, since the new movie is coming out next month, there is Star Wars merchandise being sold all throughout Walt Disney World. Here is a shot of Tatooine Traders that I took a few weeks ago.

Friday, November 6, 2015

DDW Pic 1527. Toy Soldier

Toy Soldier
It is early November, so the Magic Kingdom has been totally transformed from Halloween into Christmas. It always amazes me how quickly this change takes place. I took this shot of a toy soldier in Town Square a few days ago. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

DDW Pic 1526. Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones
While at Hollywood Studios today, I noticed that a cloud was creating a nice background for the Indiana Jones sign. I was standing in front of the Hyperion Theater when I took this shot. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

DDW Pic 1525. Festival Center

Festival Center
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival takes place mostly around World Showcase. However, the Festival Center is in Future World East at the old Wonders of Life Pavilion. This is where you can find wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and shopping opportunities. This spot is also used during the Flower and Garden Festival.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DDW Pic 1524. Italy


I took this shot today, while my tour guests were enjoying lunch at Tutto Italia at Epcot. I was standing in "St. Mark's Square" at the time. I like this view, as it captures the authenticity of the Italy pavilion mixed with the futuristic Spaceship Earth in the background.

Monday, November 2, 2015

DDW Pic 1523. Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King
There are many great shows all around Walt Disney World, but one of the best is Festival of the Lion King at Animal Kingdom. It combines great costumes, huge characters, and amazingly talented performers who entertain thousands of guests every day. I took this shot during the finale on Saturday. 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

DDW Pic 1522. Yak & Yeti

Yak & Yeti
There are three very good table-service restaurants at Animal Kingdom. Our favorite is Yak & Yeti, which has the best Chinese food we've had in Central Florida. I took this shot after enjoying lunch there with family yesterday. 

DDW Pic 1521. Swan and Dolphin

Swan and Dolphin
I took this shot from the top of Expedition Everest today. The predominant buildings in this photo are the Swan and Dolphin resorts. However, you can also see Spaceship Earth at Epcot, as well as the Coronado Springs resort in the foreground.