Thursday, November 30, 2017

DDW Pic 2366. Rapunzel

The Festival of Fantasy parade features a majority of the Disney princesses, as well as many of the classic characters. One of the best floats is the one based on the movie Tangled, which features Rapunzel. I took this shot while giving a Magic Kingdom tour today.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

DDW Pic 2365. Gaston’s Tavern

Gaston’s Tavern 
Gaston’s Tavern sits at the center of Belle’s village in Fantasyland. It is a very popular spot in the morning, as they serve delicious cinnamon rolls. I was able to snap this shot of the tavern (decorated for Christmas) yesterday, in a brief moment without a crowd of people in the frame.

Monday, November 27, 2017

DDW Pic 2364. Rainforest Cafe

Rainforest Cafe
The Rainforest Cafe in Animal Kingdom has some great landscaping and theming, as you enter from inside the park. There are large animal sculptures as well as several waterfalls. I took this shot while giving an Animal Kingdom tour last week.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

DDW Pic 2363. Dinosaur Gertie 

Dinosaur Gertie
While there are huge Christmas decorations all over the Walt Disney World resort, other holiday touches are more subtle. Dinosaur Gertie at Hollywood Studios received a hat and one ornament. I took this shot while enjoying the park with my son a few days ago.

Friday, November 24, 2017

DDW Pic 2362. Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House
It is that time of year again! The amazing Disney artists, chefs, and craftsmen have created the annual gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian. This annual tradition can be seen in the back left corner of the lobby, and is a “must do” for anyone who visits this resort during the Christmas season.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

DDW Pic 2361. Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is the current castle stage show at Magic Kingdom. It features Mickey and his gang, as well as characters from Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen. As we are now fully into the Christmas season, the stars of the show are wearing festive holiday attire. I took this shot while giving a tour a few days ago.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

DDW Pic 2360. Mickey’s Philharmagic 

Mickey’s Philharmagic
Mickey’s Philharmagic is an often overlooked gem at the Magic Kingdom. It is one of the best 3-D shows on the planet. This Mickey is in the adjacent gift shop, standing on a merchandise display. I used the new iPhone “stage light“ portrait effect in this shot.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

DDW Pic 2359. Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain
Splash Mountain just reopened in Frontierland, after a lengthy refurbishment. They put on a fresh coat of paint, and the colors really stand out. I took this shot while giving a tour today.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

DDW Pic 2358. Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse
Today we say “Happy 89th Birthday” to Mickey Mouse. They handed out special birthday buttons as you entered Magic Kingdom today. I decided to get a little creative as I was walking to the parking lot after giving a tour.

Friday, November 17, 2017

DDW Pic 2357. Christmas Tree - AK

Animal Kingdom - AK
All of the Walt Disney World Christmas trees are now up for the season. The Animal Kingdom one is right outside of the park entrance, and it features animal ornaments. I took this shot while visiting the park yesterday.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

DDW Pic 2356. Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion has always been one of my favorite attractions. Yesterday, I found myself on Tom Sawyer Island, where I had this straight on view of the building. I transformed this picture into a spookier, black and white format using some iPhone effects.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DDW Pic 2355. It’s a Wonderful Shop

It’s a Wonderful Shop
It’s a Wonderful Shop is a Christmas store in Hollywood Studios. Located between Pizzarizzo and Mama Meltose, this spot sells Christmas related gifts all throughout the year. I took this shot while giving a tour last week.

Monday, November 13, 2017

DDW Pic 2354. 50’s Prime Time Cafe

50’s Prime Time Cafe
The 50’s Prime Time Cafe is one of the best themed restaurants in Walt Disney World. When you walk into the lobby area, it feels like you stepped back in time about 60 years. I took this shot last week, while giving a Hollywood Studios tour.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

DDW Pic 2353. Muppet*Vision 3D

Muppet*Vision 3D
Muppet*Vision 3D is a classic attraction at Hollywood Studios. It was the last project that Jim Henson worked on, and the last time he voiced Kermit the Frog. A few days ago I took this shot in the “pre-show” area. This room is filled with jokes and gags, and it is fun to walk around reading the boxes and other displays.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

DDW Pic 2352. Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle
The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot is home to the second largest aquarium in the country. It contains some of the most interesting fish, aquatic mammals, and other sea creatures to be found in Central Florida. I took this shot of a sea turtle while giving a tour yesterday morning.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

DDW Pic 2351. House of Magic

House of Magic
The House of Magic was a shop that was located on Main Street, USA in the early years of the Magic Kingdom. It featured magic tricks and gags of all sorts. Now, that entire side of Main Street is one large gift shop. However, Disney just put up the name again, and even a window display, as a tribute to the original shop.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

DDW Pic 2350. Zanzibar Trading Company

Zanzibar Trading Company
The Zanzibar Trading Company is a shop that sits in the heart of Adventureland. It has an African theme, and sells interesting artifacts and apparel. I took this shot from the exit gate of The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, using the foliage as a natural frame.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

DDW Pic 2349. Christmas Tree - MK

Christmas Tree - MK
The tree is up at Magic Kingdom, and the Christmas season is upon us. As you walk into this park, it is completely decorated and the holiday music is playing. Disney does an amazing job with all of the holidays, but especially Christmas!

Monday, November 6, 2017

DDW Pic 2348. Enchanted Tiki Room

Enchanted Tiki Room
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room is a classic show that has been entertaining guests in Adventureland since Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. The Disneyland version of the attraction featured the very first audio-animatronic figure. I took this shot in the pre-show area yesterday, and added the long-exposure effect.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

DDW Pic 2347. Weinkeller

The Weinkeller is part of the Germany pavilion in Epcot. It is is the group of shops on the left, on the way to the Biergarten restaurant. I took this photo last week, in the bar area where guests can sample wine along with cheese.

Friday, November 3, 2017

DDW Pic 2346. Voyage of the Little Mermaid 

Voyage of the Little Mermaid
The Voyage of the Little Mermaid show at Hollywood Studios has been entertaining guests for more than 25 years. It features a great combination of live singing and puppetry. I took this shot of Ursula, while enjoying the show last week.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

DDW Pic 2345. Grumpy

Grumpy is a very popular dwarf, who can be seen in the Festival of Fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom. I took this closeup shot today, while giving a tour. In most pictures that you find online, Grumpy can be seen wearing a brown hat. I wonder why he decided on purple for the parade!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

DDW Pic 2344. Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise
I had one of the best Jungle Cruise experiences I can remember, while enjoying the attraction with my siblings last week. The skipper was fantastic, and he seemed to improvise quite a bit. I got this shot of Schweitzer Falls, and then added the long exposure effect afterward.

DDW Pic 2343. Everest

There are many excellent angles to photograph Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom. Also, different times of day provide for a variety of lighting. A few mornings ago, I took this shot from the bridge leading to Africa, from Discovery Island.