I will never claim to have the photography skills of Tom and Sarah Bricker from the Disney Tourist Blog, but I wanted to share the random cell phone images that I captured during the 40th Anniversary weekend. Here is the first set of images.
Thursday Evening: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
|A dusty tome from our first (of many) trips to the Twilight Zone. I think we rode it 5-6 times.|
|Star Tours: The Adventure Continues was fun. And I was the rebel spy on my very first ride!|
|Yeah, these were adorable.|
Friday: Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
|We visited three parks on Friday. It was morning Extra Magic Hour at Animal Kingdom. We did Everest 5 times before park opening.|
|I assume that Rafiki is checking to see if Simba’s diaper if ready for changing.|
|Obviously, it was too early in the morning to be having this much fun. Anyone guess the character on my shirt? (Back row: hubble and forehead. Front row: Montezuma and Sitsdown.)|
|At the Magic Kingdom in the mid-afternoon. Just an image from a shop.|
|Another detail shot.|
|This pair of fountains was amazing. Loved the tile and the colors.|
|Adventureland is my favorite place in the parks. Beside the Haunted Mansion, that is.|
|We made it to Epcot. Our first stop was the restrooms. Took a moment to snap the ubiquitous Spaceship Earth photo.|
|Wow. Michael Crawford from Progress City, USA was right: school bread from Norway is AMAZING!|
|Just a quick photo. The fall skies in Orlando are breathtaking.|
|TOTORO! Who wouldn’t want a Totoro hand towel?|
|We didn’t do this. If it wasn’t a thrill ride, we kept on walking. I couldn’t help but laugh at the absurdity of this sign.|
|At first, it was just a picture of my beer. Then I noticed the reflection.|
|Hmmm. Not a good composition.|
|A little better. At least you can tell that I was at Epcot.|
|Much better! Wait a minute. Why am I taking photos of my beer when I should be drinking it?|
|I must get a copy of this book!|
|Some Saki at Teppen Edo.|
|I started off with the kid’s chopsticks but quickly realized that I would starve if I didn’t switch to a fork.|
|Mai, our chef. She wasn’t as blurry in real life. That must have been the Saki.|
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5 thoughts on “Some Images and Thoughts from the Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary”
The Epcot beer reflection shots are actually pretty awesome! A great way to stage some interesting pictures.
Also, is that pigeon statue wearing a collar?
Great photos! I loved the detail shots and will echo Shane’s comment about the excellent beer reflection shots. Wish I was there!
A nice variety of photos. I’m guessing that is Totoro on your t-shirt there. After the Haunted mansion, Adventureland is my favorite, too.
Fantastic pictures! I’m going to have to experiment with landscapes reflected in beers. And yay, Totoro!
But I have kind of a downer of a question. Am I horribly mistaken, or was the “party” (or giant unorganized cluster-f-bomb according to another blog) at Magic Kingdom on October 1’st the ONLY thing at all Walt Disney World is doing to celebrate it’s 40’th? Because I am old enough to remember going to the park during the 15’th anniversary celebration year and the way they celebrated that was amazing and kind of insane.
Though to be fair, I am sure most people/entities are more enthusiastic about turning fifteen than they are about turning forty… 🙂
I covered that here:
And yes, that was all they wanted to do for the 40th. From what I understand, Diz did not want to do anything on 10/1 but relented when the fans became incensed.
It was a major disappointment. I was there with my brother and two friends–when we saw the crowd and the 4 hour line to buy stuff, we ditched the ceremony and rode the Enchanted Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise and Pirates!