Friday, November 27, 2015

Early mornings

I have been trying to do something new with every trip to Walt Disney World. Now, with the time between trips becoming longer and longer, this is more important to me, and in a way easier. With time, things change. Old things are taken away and replaced with new things. 

Still, when I look for something new I think about backstage tours. They cost a little more, yes. But they are worth it as they are quite informative.

Another benefit of these tours is that they usually require a very early morning arrival at the park you'll be touring. And those early arrivals offer some rather nice photo opportunities. This comes from an early morning just before the "Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour." Wonderful tour! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

"Get you kicks..."

"If you ever plan to motor west,
travel my way, take the highway that is best.
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six."
~ Bobby Troup

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Out of the Way

I have been on Hollywood's Tower of Terror. Twice. The same day. The first year it opened. And with a developing fear of heights, that was enough. Consequently, I don't go up the hill at the end of Sunset Blvd. very often. I did have a prowl around on a recent trip, looking for some interesting out of the way places. This is one. I think.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Little Things

After innumerable holidays in Walt Disney World, searching out and enjoying the little things is what I enjoy now. Yes, I still take photographs of the castle and of Spaceship Earth, but finding those hidden gems of design and decor is what draws me back nowadays.

The Morocco Pavilion is packed with these gems. Over the years, the Morocco Pavilion has grown on me. The depth of the details incorporated into its design and the small vignettes found within its walls are a feast for the senses. This is one my favorite of my favorite vignettes. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Of the many hundred favorite places I have in Walt Disney World, the colonnade beside the Castle Couture shop in Fantasyland is one. I have taken several photos there with the challenge now being to find it empty. There have been times when I have had to wait for guests to finish playing Sorcerers' of the Magic Kingdom to get a photograph. It is worth the wait.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Good morning!

I often dream.

I often dream about the things I would do when the time comes for me to retire.

One dream that I have is to be a Photopass Photographer at Walt Disney World. But it is a specific dream. I would want to work in the Magic Kingdom, along Main Street U.S.A. during the morning and early afternoon shift.

To me, these are the most magical hours in the Magic Kingdom! Families, particularly children seeing Cinderella Castle, some for the very first time. The sense of awe is inspiring.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all go through life with that sense of awe at even the most ordinary and mundane things? If feel the world would be a much better place if we simply tried a little harder to see the magic of each day. It is there you know.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Gate

In a place filled with many wonderful examples of architecture, the Torii Gate in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase is one of my favorites.