Sunday, April 6, 2014

Walt Disney World Trip Part V: Resorts

Rooms at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter (1)

This is my final of five installments of photos I took on my most recent Walt Disney World trip.  Earlier I posted about a day in Disney's Animal Kingdom, a day at EPCOT, a day at Magic Kingdom, and a day at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Normally when I travel to Disney World I go around to some of the resorts to take photos, but this time I didn't make it to very many.  My resort visits were limited to Port Orleans Riverside (where I was staying), Port Orleans French Quarter, and Saratoga Springs Resort.

Port Orleans Riverside has nice rooms with touches from The Princess and the Frog, which fits in with the Louisiana Bayou theme.  The last time I stayed at Riverside was back in 2000, when it was known as Dixie Landings.  The grounds are gorgeous, and great for photos.  I took a lot with my fisheye.

A Peaceful Morning at Alligator Bayou - Disney's Port Orleans Riverside

The dining hall has a great pasta station, and it's great to have somewhere around the corner to grab a bite to eat that's not as pricy as the regular restaurants.  For the photo above of the outside of the dining hall, I went for an infrared-esque look with my processing.

The last two photos were taken at Boatwright's, which is designed to look like a boat construction warehouse.

The lobby of Port Orleans Riverside is not as grandiose as those of some of the other resorts, but it is still quite nice.

Port Orleans Riverside - Alligator Bayou at Night

As with most places, the grounds of Riverside are even more vibrant when photographed at night.  Most of these night shots are handheld.

Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Dock

Onto the French Quarter (via ferry from Riverside), this resort has a different feel than Riverside, with more of New Orleans-Mardi Gras theme to it.

I think I prefer the ambiance of the Riverside lobby, but the French Quarter lobby gets points for being more fun to photograph.

Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter:  The Fountain

The alligators add some Disney flair to the grounds (not sure if they are from a movie or created specifically for the resort).

Alligators Playing a Tune at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort - The Mayor of Saratoga

Next it's quite a ways east of Louisiana to upstate New York.  The Saratoga Springs resort is interesting to me, being a Saratoga native. The resort doesn't really resemble Saratoga Springs, NY, but there are some nice Saratoga touches, such as paintings of some of our landmarks and well-known buildings, a carousel horse in the lobby, and the mayor (pictured above) who greets guests as they arrive.

Well, that's it for my Disney World posts for awhile.  I hope you've enjoyed this series.  Which set of photos was your favorite?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Walt Disney World Trip Part IV: Disney's Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Blvd and Keystone Clothiers

This is my fourth of five installments of photos I took on my most recent Walt Disney World trip.  Earlier I posted about a day in Disney's Animal Kingdom, a day at EPCOT, and a day at Magic Kingdom.

On the way to the Great Movie Ride, I grabbed a shot of this statue, which may or may not be of Walt Disney.  I can't seem to walk by it without grabbing a shot!

The first ride of the day was the Great Movie Ride.  Personally, I'm not a big fan of the whole storyline with the narrator (if you're not familiar with it, I won't ruin it for you), but I love so many of the movies featured in this ride that I'm willing to overlook that.

Gene Kelly Singin' in the Rain (2)

After the Great Movie Ride, it was time for lunch at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano.  Mama Melrose's is a pretty neat restaurant.  In the lobby area there are photos of all the stars who have been there, and Italian language movie posters and other memorabilia adorn the walls.  The food and the service were great as well.

Inside Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano

After lunch, we went to see Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage.  Unfortunately, arriving 5 minutes to show time doesn't get you very good seats, so I ended up with some pretty mediocre shots.

Near the animation court yard, I happened upon a dancing demonstration with some of the characters.

Chip Groovin' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

I headed over to Streets of America and found a bunch of characters roaming about!

Jessie Greets Guests on the Streets of America

Disney's Hollywood Studios:  Belle Looking Beautiful

Then it was time to head over to the Tower of Terror followed by the Rock n Rollercoaster.  It was fun bringing my fisheye along!

What Great View...Before You Drop!

As evening approached, I took a lot of wide angle shots as I headed out out the park to go to EPCOT for IllumiNations fireworks.  Since there were lots of people walking around, I used slow shutter speeds to blur them out a little bit.

Disney's Hollywood Studios - Disney & Co.

The Fashion Spot

And that's all there is!  Stay tuned for my final installment, Disney Resorts.