Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Disney World - part 1
Fear not, I have no plans to bore you with endless vacation slides, but over the next few days I thought I'd post some images taken from Disney World mostly featuring more obscure subjects, or favorites taken from unusual vantage points. I took a lot of pictures while I was there and learned two things. First; I was incredibly lucky in my ability to take a vast amount of pictures of the park's architecture and features without any humans obscuring the shot. Looking through the files of photos I took, you'd almost think I had the park to myself. (Of course I also have numerous shots of beaming family members among the Disney World landscape features. Second; It's almost impossible to take a decent shot inside any of the rides. The Prohibition of flash photography while preserving the illusions of say the Pepper's Ghost feature of the Haunted Mansion banquet/ballroom, also means that everything inside the rides is too dark. Even It's a Small World, while being the most amazingly designed ride, which is not at all hampered by the clearly visible drop ceilings and plywood and papier-mache construction of the sets, was virtually impossible to shoot with a digital camera, due to low light levels and the combined motion of the ride boats as well as the figures on display in the ride itself. What I wouldn't give for a walk through of these rides with proper lighting conditions.
From top to bottom:
The "Walter E. Disney" train pulling into the Frontierland station.
Decorative poles inside Adventureland.
Preliminary Alice and Wonderland artwork including some by Mary Blair.
The Map to Tom Sawyer Island.
A mural on the wall inside the Pinocchio Village Haus restaurant.
Harper's Mill and the "Liberty Belle."
A headhunter as seen from the Jungle Cruise.
The Mad Hatter and Alice go for a tea cup ride. This photo was taken from another spinning tea cup.
One of the monorails.
A group of fish makes its way up Main Street during the nightly parade.
Davy Jones projected onto a mist waterfall as one of the new "enhancements" to Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Dumbo statue near the "Partners" statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.
The Fantasia Brooms at Downtown Disney.
Gertie the Dinosaur ice cream stand at Disney Studios.
Sign outside the gym in the Wilderness Lodge Villa.