Tuesday, July 31, 2018

DDW Pic 2519. Polynesian Beach

Polynesian Beach
There are several nice beaches at the Polynesian Village resort. This one is on the side closest to the Grand Floridian. If you look between the palm trees you can see Cinderella Castle and The Contemporary in the distance. I took this shot before giving a Magic Kingdom tour a few days ago.

Friday, July 27, 2018

DDW Pic 2518. UP! A Great Bird Adventure

UP! A Great Bird Adventure
The old Flights of Wonder show at Animal Kingdom was recently re-themed as UP! A Great Bird Adventure. These Russell and Dug statues can be found in front of the theater. They fit in perfectly with other statues that can be found nearby, in the Asia section of the park.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

DDW Pic 2517. Disney Skyliner

Disney Skyliner
One of the major construction projects going on at Walt Disney World is the Disney Skyliner. This gondola style cable car system will provide transportation between several hotels, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. I took this shot of an artist rendering as I was leaving Hollywood Studios today.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

DDW Pic 2516. Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror
Tower of Terror has always been one of my favorite attractions, but not necessarily because of the "thril" aspect. What I love most is the story and the amount of detail that is prevalent throughout the experience. There is so much to look at, especially during the preshow portions. I took this shot of the hotel lobby a few days ago.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

DDW Pic 2515. Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land
I recently had the chance to visit the new Toy Story Land at night. I enjoyed this area even better for several reasons. It wasn’t as hot, it was less crowded, and the lighting was well done. This giant Buzz Lightyear stands toward the back of the land, near Alien Swirling Saucers.

Monday, July 16, 2018

DDW Pic 2514. Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage is a Broadway quality show at Hollywood Studios. It has been entertaining guests for more than 25 years, and it actually opened on the same day as the original movie. I took this shot last week, while doing some research at this park.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

DDW Pic 2513. Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse
This is what you get when you take Mickey Mouse, put Jiminy Cricket’s hat on him, and hang him like a marionette in a dinosaur gift shop in Animal Kingdom. I have no idea what the significance of this is, but there is probably some funny backstory to it. I took this shot in Chester and Hester’s while giving a tour last week.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

DDW Pic 2512. Slinky Dog Dash

Slinky Dog Dash
Opening just over a week ago, the new Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios is a big hit. The premiere attraction is a family style coaster called Slinky Dog Dash. It is a very fun ride that has more of a thrill factor than many anticipated. I took this shot a few days ago, just after riding it.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

DDW Pic 2511. Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest
The queue for Expedition Everest has seen a relatively recent addition. In the area just before the loading platform, you will see some rotating advertisements. Using the RFID technology in the Magic Bands, guests’ names will often appear in the ads. I saw my name pop up on this one last week.

Monday, July 2, 2018

DDW Pic 2510. Goofy

The Walt Disney World custodians have the ability to take a course on drawing characters on the ground with water and a "broom." I have seen many Mickey‘s and Minnie’s over the years. This Goofy was drawn by a talented custodian in Tomorrowland last week.