Monday, January 30, 2012

Kodak Picture Spot Project - Part 1

If you've ever visited the Disney parks, you have probably stumbled upon the Kodak Picture Spots.  I've seen them around the parks my whole life.  A few years ago I thought it would be fun to go around and take pictures in the picture spots.  Not only taking pictures in the pictures spots, but getting friends to pose the way the people in the pictures posed.  Yup.  This is my kind of fun. 

I've started working on this project and thought I would take my time gathering up pictures.  With Kodak recently filing for bankruptcy, I felt the need to speed up the project before the picture spots are removed.  Here are some of the picture spots that you can find in Epcot:




As you can see, in order for me to recreate the exact picture in the photo spot, I need the person taking the pictures to understand the concept.  I hope these will get better as this project progresses.

If you're going to be in the parks and want to have some fun taking some of these pictures with me, leave a comment and let me know when you'll be here so we can plan to meet up.  I'll be in the parks this week on my days off meeting up with friends who will be participating so let me know if you're around this week.

Also, if you have taken any of these pictures yourself, go ahead and share them on my Facebook page.  If you're willing to share, I'll even include your picture in a future post.

*Special thanks to Shelley, Chris and Laurie for participating in this weeks pictures.

Week in Review

Now that work has slowed down a bit for me, I was able to get myself into the parks and find more time to write about what's going on in the area.  Here's what's going on in case you missed it!

The affection section has some new additions in the Animal Kingdom Updates.

I got to brag about my new high score and test out Posterous to get you some updates from my phone.

One of the many fun things that I saw at Gatorland in Wildlife Wednesday.

I shared how I welcomed in the new year with the excitement that only Disney can provide at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Even though I missed out on meeting Ridley Pearson, I was able to get my copy of Kingdom Keepers autographed when he visited the Writer's Stop.

I gave you a teaser of the exciting blog posts that are coming featuring life outside the theme parks.

Please take time to catch up on anything that you missed.  If you like what you're reading, please be sure to share with your friends and post about this on Twitter and Facebook.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Exploring the Rest of Central Florida

I know that so far, I've focused on Disney and Universal in this blog, but there is so much more to do in central Florida.  I've been busy exploring many of the lesser known attractions and local parks in the past few months.  I am absolutely in love with this area.  I've got tons of pictures and stories of the following attractions in the coming weeks:

  • Showcase of Citrus in Clermont
  • Wekiwa Springs in Apopka
  • Gatorland in Orlando
  • Boggy Creek Airboat Tours in Kissimmee
  • Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando
Those are just a few of the places I've been to and that I'm planning on writing about.  I've also got tons more Disney and Universal information to share with you too.  I'm so excited with everything I've been able to experience that I can barely contain myself.  I hope that you enjoy hearing about everything else there is to do here too!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Author of the Kingdom Keepers series visits Walt Disney World


Today Ridley Pearson visited visited Disney's Hollywood Studios for a book signing. I wasn't able to head over to meet him myself. Thankfully a friend brought my copy of Kingdom Keepers IV - Power Play so that he could sign it. Rumors have it that the fifth book in the series will be out this spring so I am hopeful that he'll return and I can meet him myself. In the meantime, here's my autographed copy of his book!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy New Years from Disney Hollywood Studios

I was able to spend my first New Years Eve in Disney Hollywood Studios.  I had friends attending all three of the parks but I decided to try to avoid the crowds at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot by going to the Studios.  Also, Mulch, Sweat and Shears would be performing several times throughout the night so I definitely wanted to see them as many times as I could.

I didn't get to the park until after 5 and I was surprised to see that there were still a few rows of parking open.  We made our way over to the Comedy Warehouse, but we just missed the beginning of the 5:45 show.  Thankfully, they were having three more shows that night that weren't in the times guide.  Since it was almost time for the lighting of the Osbourne lights, we went over to the Streets of America and caught the last few minutes of Mulch's holiday show before making our way down the street to watch the lighting.

The radio broadcast during the lighting tells the story of the lights and how they ended up at Disney World.  A lucky child got to flip the switch and suddenly the street is filled with lights and music!  I may have teared up. I can't help it!  We stayed there for one song and then headed back to the Comedy Warehouse to get in line for the next show.

Comedy Warehouse was entertaining in a Disney friendly kind of way.  I wish they would make this a permanent attraction.  Or maybe even just add it to the weekend line up.  After the show, we ran into some of my friends and hopped on the Great Movie Ride with a short wait.  We had a new gangster who was one of the best gangsters I've seen in a while.  He even hit on Sigourney Weaver (How you doin'?).

We grabbed a quick dinner at Sunset Ranch Market and then set out to find us some new years hats and noisemakers. We found them near Lights, Motors, Action! and then I hopped in the short line to get pictures with Lightning McQueen and Mater to send to my nephew.

After sending the picture, we headed over to the stage in front of the hat where a friend had staked out a spot right near the stage.  The crowds were starting to build, but there was a path held open right in front of the stage for people to get across the park.  It was great to see some new songs from Mulch and the DJ that they had performing in between Mulch's sets did a great job keeping the crowd pumped up throughout the night.  When the DJ was on stage I just turned around and watched everyone dancing.

In Mulch's last break of the night we made out way back from the stage so that we could have a better view of the fireworks.  We ended up in a log jam just before all the buildings on Hollywood, but it turned out to be the perfect spot for the fireworks since they were going off all around us.

The fireworks were awesome and lasted as long as Wishes or Illuminations.  I wish that fireworks were a regular event in the Studios, but I'll take them whenever I can get them.  Check out my video of the show!

How did you celebrate your New Years Eve? Have you ever been in a park to kick off the New Year?

Wildlife Wednesday - That's the Spot!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My new high score


Just sharing a personal best that I achieved a few weeks ago (and trying out my new posterous app)

Animal Kingdom Updates

Here's some of my latest pictures from Animal Kingdom.  Yesterday was a hot day in the park.  Not quite "Animal Kingdom Hot" but it was definitely a day to keep hydrated!

Patagonian Cavy

Guests are being diverted to another path in the Oasis

Refurbishment on a path in the Oasis

Low crowds in front of Expedition Everest


Mrs. Huxtable

Festival of the Lion King

Expedition Everest

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Their head stays in place when the branch (arm) moves

Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch

New members of the Affection Section family! (The Three Little Pigs)

Puerto Rican Boa

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Week in Review

In case you missed this weeks posts, here is a quick review of what I posted:

Mor Thiam Final Performance at Animal Kingdom

Mor Thiam will be leaving the Animal Kingdom this month. 

Sunrise Over World Showcase Lagoon

Wordless weekend from the Family Fiesta 5K

Animal Kingdom (outdated) Holiday Update

I finally got my last holiday update out for Animal Kingdom. 

Nap Time at Animal Kingdom 

Wildlife Wednesday gives us another cute picture! 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Animal Kingdom (outdated) Holiday Update

Hi everyone!  With the craziness of the last two weeks of December followed by Marathon Weekend, I didn't get to post my last holiday update from Animal Kingdom.  I finally made the time to see Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade so those pictures will be included in this post.  Without further ado...

Crowds in Africa

Long fastpass line for the Safari

Naughty and Nice lists on Santa Goofy's truck

Special dance party behind Yak and Yeti