The hidden treasures of the Mayan-ruin themed Dig Site pool at the Coronado Springs Resort really come alive at night when the place seems all but deserted. When the family has gone to sleep and no one seems to be at the resorts, I find some of the most interesting sights. This really gives me the time to see what beauty the resort of my choice has to offer in way of photography. I happened to be walking around the resort with a little extra energy and found that when the water is turned off and no one was around, this place really caught my eyes. What seems to be just a pool with lighting for the people using it, turned out to be one of the best images from my trip. Resorts can often be one of the most over looked places for photography on property. I highly encourage everyone who comes to Walt Disney World to take the time to really explore and enjoy everything your resort has to offer.
Nighttime at the Wilderness Lodge brings great opportunities for great photography and a great place to walk around. The Silver Creek Falls just by the main pool has one of the most unforgettable sights at this resort. The flowing water and the lights from all of the on-looking rooms make this area of the resort so beautiful you’ll need to slow down just to see everything. The Wilderness Lodge has some of the best décor and back-story, which makes it a great stop for any Disney fan. Every time I make a stop at the Wilderness Lodge I make it a point to swing by the Carolwood Pacific room in the DVC area of the resort to see this remarkable room. This room pays tribute to Walt’s love of trains and has some unbelievable memorabilia that will show you just how much Walt Disney appreciated trains. Next time you are at the Wilderness Lodge take some time just to explore. There is no telling what you might find.
A structure right out of 1939, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror stands at the end of Sunset Boulevard. This attraction seems to have the perfect angle and look for those great vacation photos. This structure seems to be one of those got to have photos that you end up taking every time you go to the Hollywood Studios. I really like adding a black and white touch to this attraction to give it that old-time feel. As you approach the Tower of Terror you get the feeling something might not be right. Then you hear the screams of the people falling and you decide to head to the queue line. Even though this ride might give you a slight sinking feeling in you stomach, I always find myself returning for the magical scare that only Disney can give me.
I want to continue with an ongoing theme I’ve had lately with images from around World Showcase. It seems that night or day there is always a wonderful area that catches your attention, and one such place is the fountains just in the French pavilion. Just after the sun goes down, you will find that the way Disney has lit this pavilion gives this area a whole new look at night. The shimmer of the light coming from the fountain and the soft yellow light of Les Chefs de France really helps set the mood for a relaxing evening. This World Showcase country has a lot to offer from its signature dining to the upscale shopping. I personally enjoy finding a quiet corner, having a seat, and enjoying the beautiful scenery. The image you see here is from one of those evenings I spent just taking my time and looking for something special.
I find looking at a distance you can find some of the most enjoyable views at Walt Disney World. One of my favorite things to do is to walk around Epcot in the evening and catch some of the wonderful sights that were created. In this case, we have a creation by nature and a creation by the Imagineers. The warm glow of the sunset off of the things it touches gives me a peace that was intentional for the World Showcase. This is one of the very reasons why I am so attracted to Epcot around this time of day. It seems like no matter where you look in Epcot, around sundown you will find these peaceful sights. If the warm Florida sun catches it you will most likely get a wonderful result. I encourage you to slow down and take a look at all of the colors nature shows you at this time of day.
Just around the corner from the Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café you will find this great fountain. This picturesque dining area has great things to photograph and is a great area to grab a bite to eat. If you decide not to eat or to take a few photographs then you might just find this a relaxing place to rest your feet. I seem to always find myself interested in this fountain and the wonderful flowers that fall on it from the tree above. Next time you are in the area of the Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café, pick up some of the great egg rolls and have a seat next to this fantastic fountain.
The 2011 International Flower & Garden Festival has recently started, and I wanted to take the time to share on images from the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden. This wonderful garden located near Innovention East is a great place for the kids to play and a great place for amazing floral designs. All throughout the garden you will find these fantastic topiaries from Tinker Bell and Pixie Hollow. With some of the most beautiful flowers and landscaping at this year’s Flower & Garden Festival, you can really take in some of the greatest man-made wonders of nature. Well, I guess you can say nature made it, but man designed it.
Recently, I was asked by the Innermouse crew to find some romantic places in Walt Disney World, and one of the first places that came to mind was the San Angel Inn. So I packed up my tripod and made my way to Epcot in hopes of capturing some memories. It was a quiet afternoon so it seemed that I had the place to myself. I love this pavilion because of the marketplace and the romantic late evening atmosphere. It’s a place where I could spend hours just sitting and enjoying all of its beauty. Looking at this image you can almost hear the sounds of the water fountain and dishes clinking from the nearby San Angel Inn restaurant. A beautiful candle lit restaurant, this place has a front row view of the Mayan ruins and a steaming volcano. With great food and atmosphere you can’t go wrong eating at the San Angel Inn. It seems that every time I take a look at this photo and close my eyes, I get transported back to this wonderful pavilion.
The Hall of Champions is one of the shops that can be found on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom. Not only does this shop have some of the coolest merchandise in the Magic Kingdom, but its sign is one to behold. Often overlooked these signs can make for great pictures and give you a window back to Disney no matter where you might be at the time.
One wonderful winter afternoon I had a chance to walk around the Polynesian resort right at sunset. I find that some of the most wonderful colors appear at this time of the day–not to mention the beaches of the Polynesian have some of the most wonderful views in all of Walt Disney World. From these beaches you can get a panoramic view of everything the Seven Seas Lagoon has to offer, including a view of the Contemporary, like the one above. With the sun going over the horizon and the light reflecting off of the water it gives the Contemporary this great golden glow. There was something about how peaceful and quiet it was at the time that made this image so simplistic. As much as we hurry around the parks or resorts, let this be a reminder to slow down and take the time to see all of the natural beauty Disney World has to offer.
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This famous line floods my mind with memories of Walt Disney World. The Monorail is second only to Cinderella Castle at epitomizing what Walt Disney World means to me! Just like Disney, there is a story line behind everything and I have a story behind my love of the Walt Disney World Monorails. One of my first Disney memories as a kid was riding the Monorail in complete awe at this marvelous form of transportation and when it actually drove right through a hotel (the Contemporary Resort) I was literally breathless! To this day this is still a vivid memory for me.
Wow! If you still want more meet pics even after seeing all the fine ones from Jeff C. and Marc L., now Dennis D. NDI#133 has provided another great online gallery for us. Thanks Dennis! We appreciate it.
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The following gallery was provided to us by Jeff C. NDD#109. Thanks for making these available to us Jeff, we really appreciate it. These pics are from the December 5, 2010 meet in the Sunset Lounge at Jambo House at Animal Kingdom Lodge.