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.”
One of my favorite photos of the Undead Ballroom Dancers from the Haunted Mansion Sequence of the Boo To You Halloween Parade at Walt Disney World. The cast members who make up this group really play up their characters, making them a lot of fun to photograph.
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.
In honor of Walt Disney World’s Wishes fireworks which ran its final show last night, I thought I’d share one of my favorite photos of the show. The impressive amount of pyrotechnics, launched from the castle, the adjacent building roofs and the main launch site behind the Magic Kingdom made this show a favorite of mine. While the show was impressive from inside the park, watching it from across the lagoon really showed the scale of the show.
As a follow up to my previous post about the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit, I thought I’d share another from that trip. The main reason for that particular visit to the Cape was to tour the Vehicle Assembly Building. While the building isn’t fancy architecture, as an architect I still appreciate the technical challenges of creating the largest single story building in the world. Topping out at 525ft 10in, the VAB encloses 129,428,000 cubic feet of space.
Photographing the VAB was a challenge because of the size of the building. To best show it’s vastness, I chose a wide angle lens and placed my camera on a table top tripod on the floor.
Spacex’s successful launch of a reused vehicle reminded me that I haven’t shared my shots from my last visit to Kennedy Space Center. The photo above is from the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit. Seeing the shuttles in person is impressive but especially so at the Atlantis exhibit because of the way it is displayed. Instead of parking the shuttle on the ground, it is mounted at an angle at the 2nd floor level of the exhibit giving visitors the opportunity to see it at eye level and also from below. Next time you’re in Florida, stop by and check it out.