The holiday finale shown at the end of IllumiNations during the Christmas season has always been a favorite of mine. The photo above shows all 228 seconds of the finale.
“During this glorious time of year there is one message that rings out around the world in every language. Peace on earth. Good will to men is a wish to hold in our hearts throughout each passing year. A gift of immeasurable value. A treasure being handed down with care, from generation to generation. And so our holiday wish is that everyone, everywhere share in the spirit of the season. Peace on earth, good will to men.”
While not a typical trip report, I thought I would take the opportunity to share some of my favorite photos from the recently closed Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World. The Great Movie Ride opened with Disney-MGM Studios on May 1, 1989 and was an incredibly detailed attraction that took you into the movies.
As the name suggested, each attraction scene featured animatronics of movie stars in their most famous roles. The Imagineers went to great lengths to make sure every detail was perfect from filling the scenes with props to dressing the animatronics in clothes actually worn by the star(s) represented in the scene. Photographically, I think the level of detail is what made The Great Movie Ride so much fun to shoot.
With the recent closing of the Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I thought I’d share one of my favorite photos of the ride. The cowboy scene was always impressive with the explosion and actual fire in the bank.
The Great Movie Ride was the last opening day attraction from the former Disney’s MGM studios which opened in 1989 and is one of my top 5 favorite Disney attractions.
I’ll do a longer “trip report” post with more favorite images on Tuesday.
Since the Main Street Electrical Parade ended it’s run at Walt Disney World last weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to share one of my favorite photos of the parade. A couple of years ago, I rented a fisheye lens to capture the parade as it moved through Town Square and all the way up to the Hub in the Magic Kingdom. After talking about photography for a few minutes, a kind family offered to trade spots with me so I could have the center spot on the upper level of the train station. Sometimes it helps to be lucky.