Monday, February 29, 2016

DDW Pic 1642. Skipper Canteen

Skipper Canteen
I finally had the chance to eat at the new Skipper Canteen restaurant in the Magic Kingdom today. I loved the theming and the food was good. The "skipper" hosts and servers tell similar corny jokes to those heard on The Jungle Cruise, which makes for a fun environment.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

DDW Pic 1641. Small World

Small World
"It's a small world" is the most popular theme park attraction in history. Today, while waiting for my tour guests, I was in a great spot at the right time for a picture of the "cuckoo clock" in action. It comes to life every 15 minutes, as the doors open and the current time is displayed.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

DDW Pic 1640. Concretosaurus

This unique "Concretosaurus" in Animal Kingdom can be found at the entrance to Dinoland, on the Asia side. Many guests walk under this large, prehistoric creature everyday. I took this picture yesterday, while touring Animal Kingdom.

Friday, February 26, 2016

DDW Pic 1639. Hippo

Pangani Forest Trail is known for being the spot to see gorillas at Animal Kingdom. However, there are many interesting animals to see in that part of the park. This hippo was right near the viewing glass today, providing for a great photo opportunity.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

DDW Pic 1638. Universe of Energy

Universe of Energy
The Universe of Energy is one of the original attractions at Epcot. It is unique in many ways, including the fact that the huge moving theater cars are partially powered by a roof full of solar panels. I took this shot while giving a tour yesterday. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

DDW Pic 1637. Journey Into Imagination

Journey Into Imagination
The Journey Into Imagination pavilion is one of the more striking architectural structures at Walt Disney World. The glass pyramids have been a part of Epcot since its opening in 1982. I took this shot today from the exit ramp of The Land pavilion. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DDW Pic 1636. Emporium

The Emporium is the large gift shop at the Magic Kingdom. Although it is one large shop, the exterior has the look of several smaller ones. This spot is located right next to the Harmony Barber Shop, where I got my hair cut this morning. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

DDW Pic 1635. Donald Duck

Donald Duck
Donald Duck is certainly one of the most popular Disney characters, and he can be found all around Walt Disney World. This is the Festival of Fantasy version. I took this shot while enjoying this Magic Kingdom parade a few days ago.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

DDW Pic 1634. Tomorrowland Terrace

Tomorrowland Terrace 
This empty dining area is far from an exciting photograph. However, the Tomorrowland Terrace seating area is a great place to take a break from the crowds. This restaurant is only open during the busiest times of the year, and it is empty much of the time. It also serves as a good place to eat food that you may have grabbed on Main Street from spots like Starbucks or Casey's.

DDW Pic 1633. Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth
This is where guests exit Spaceship Earth. The normally crowded area, known as Project Tomorrow, houses some interactive exhibits. I took this shot a few mornings ago, prior to the first guests exiting the ride.

Friday, February 19, 2016

DDW Pic 1632. Hollywood & Vine

Hollywood & Vine
Hollywood & Vine is a popular character buffet at Hollywood Studios. If you look closely, you will see the number 1928 near the top of the building, which must be a reference to Mickey Mouse's birthday. I took this shot while my tour guests were eating lunch there today.

DDW Pic 1631. Italy

St. Mark's Campanile is the icon of the Italy pavilion at Epcot. This tower stands at 83 feet tall. I took this shot yesterday, just after dropping off my tour guests at Via Napoli for dinner.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

DDW Pic 1630. Magic Kingdom Fire Engine

Magic Kingdom Fire Engine
The Magic Kingdom fire engine has been part of Main Street, USA for a very long time. It is fun to see Chief Smokey Miller driving it on a daily basis. Yesterday, he had the local news reporter, Scoop Sanderson, along for the ride. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

DDW Pic 1629. Tomorrowland

I took this shot today, from one of the new walkways near The Plaza restaurant. You can see the entrance to Tomorrowland in the distance, as well as the Tomorrowland Terrace on the right side. It was another picture perfect day in the Magic Kingdom.

Monday, February 15, 2016

DDW Pic 1628. Epcot

The Epcot entrance is a great place to be for pics early in the morning. The sun angle is usually good for a shot of Spaceship Earth. Also, it shines on the monorail as it approaches the station, as you can see from this photo that I took yesterday.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

DDW Pic 1627. Stormtrooper

Star Wars seems to be more and more prevelent at Hollywood Studios. Kylo Ren is now greeting guests and stormtroopers are "patrolling" the area around the Launch Bay. I took this shot today, while giving a tour of that park.

DDW Pic 1626. Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain
I have said many times that Big Thunder Mountain is one of my favorite places for photography. There are many amazing views all around the attraction, but my favorite is probably this angle. Taking this shot through the rocks gives the impression that I'm almost standing on the tracks.

Friday, February 12, 2016

DDW Pic 1625. Maharajah Jungle Trek

Maharajah Jungle Trek
The bat enclosure is one of the highlights of the Maharajah Jungle Trek at Animal Kingdom. Yesterday, I saw these doors to the backstage area open for the first time. Apparently, when the temperatures are cold, they leave the doors open to allow the bats to head to the inside area to keep warm.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

DDW Pic 1624. Siamang Gibbon

Siamang Gibbon
Some of the most fun I have at Animal Kingdom is watching the gibbons "hang around." Asia is home to two Siamang Gibbon sisters. I spotted this one holding a rope with her hands and a tree branch with her feet. She obviously has no fear of heights as she was probably about 50 feet above the ground.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DDW Pic 1623. City Hall

City Hall
I took this shot today, just before the Festival of Fantasy Parade started. It was another beautiful day for pictures, with cool air and blue skies. I noticed the "castle" flag blowing straight out and thought it would be a good time to snap this photo.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DDW Pic 1622. Africa

Animal Kingdom has some of the best theming in Walt Disney World. This "doorway" can be found across from the Lion King theater in Africa. It leads to a beach area that seems to be off limits due to crocodile issues. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

DDW Pic 1621. Magic Kingdom Entrance

Magic Kingdom Entrance
Every morning, there is an "opening show" at Magic Kingdom that most guests don't see. Typically, there are less than a few thousand guests that arrive at the park before opening. Those that do are treated to a fun display of characters, music, and even a few fireworks, which you can see in this shot from this morning. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

DDW Pic 1620. Epcot

Friday was a picture perfect day in Central Florida, with low humidity and cool temps. Although I have hundreds of Spaceship Earth photos, I haven't taken one from this angle in a while. I was standing in the spot where Future World meets World Showcase.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

DDW Pic 1619. Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain
Like most "dark rides," it is difficult to get a good picture due to the light levels and motion inside of Splash Mountain. However, while visiting today, the ride temporarily stopped and the lights came on. This gave me the chance to grab this shot of the closed mine.

Friday, February 5, 2016

DDW Pic 1618. United Kingdom

United Kingdom
The United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot is a fun place to visit. As you can see from this shot, there are some nice, waterfront spots to enjoy a bite to eat ot to just take a break. I took this photo today while enjoying some beautiful weather.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DDW Pic 1617. The Land

The Land
The Land pavilion at Epcot is relatively quiet of late. Soarin' is down for a major refurbishment until summer, which is keeping many guests from visiting. However, the Sunshine Seasons Food Court is still open, which is a great quick service dining spot. The balloons overhead represent the four seasons. I took this shot while giving a tour today.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DDW Pic 1616. Adventureland

This Tiki statue sits atop the roof of Aloha Isle in Adventureland. I was standing near the exit of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room when I snapped this shot. I like the silhouette effect that was created by the background sky.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

DDW Pic 1615. Affection Section

Affection Section
The Affection Section is a "petting yard" located in Animal Kingdom. Guests take the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch to partake in this experience. I took this shot of a goat today, while giving a tour.

Monday, February 1, 2016

DDW Pic 1614. Coronado Springs

Coronado Springs
I spent some time at one of my favorite resorts today, Coronado Springs. There are many great photo spots on this property. I took this shot in the Casitas section of the resort.