Opening Next Season

Asia, Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Only 130 days to go. Yes, you guessed it, or was that a heavy sigh I just heard? Believe it or not but it will be just about 11 months between trips to Disney for me by the time I get back. It was not for lack of trying though. The trip in October was cancelled due to scheduled training for work (which was eventually rescheduled) and the trip in December, although technically not to Disney (I would have found a way), was side railed for me by work once again.

All my plans are in motion. I have the hotel stays booked. Yes, plural. I am using the last of this year’s DVC points for three nights at the Beach Club and the first four nights I am staying for the first time at Port Orleans Riverside. Initially wanted the French Quarter but who am I to argue with discounted rooms.

The timing in May could not be any better. I will be able to catch the last weekend of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and the first weekend of Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekend. I pulled this same double dip in 2012 and was lucky enough to pull it off again. I had mentioned this trip to one of my Disney photography friends and she is coming down at the same time. There are already five of us working on meeting up for some photography fun and I have a feeling the group will grow before May.

As it is never too late to start thinking about what images and/or scenes you want to capture while in the parks I was reviewing some of my old images. I came across this view from my trip in March 2014 which I had flagged in Lightroom. Tonight was a good night to process it.

You come upon this scene as you walk past the temple shrine on your way to Expedition Everest. To me it highlights the amount of detail the Imagineers work into the parks to complete the atmosphere. The average park guest probably does not even realize what they hurry past on their way to the roller coaster. It is these types of details that I love to find and capture with my camera.

Opening Next Season Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/200s, 28mm, f/8, ISO 400

Opening Next Season
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/200s, 28mm, f/8, ISO 400

2 responses to “Opening Next Season

  1. How great to have a group of photographers that you get to meet up with who share your interest. I think it would be cool to have a tour with people who know how to spot all these great details. My younger daughter is going on a behind the scenes Disney field trip at the end of this month, doing a Disney YES program with the technology department of her high school. Wish I was going along as a chaperone!

    • Thanks Karma! It is a totally different experience but so much fun. In 2013 I did my first photography meet up at Disney and I had a great time. I’m looking forward even more now to May. Your daughter should have a great time. I’ve done a behind the scene tour and it was fantastic! You need to find out who the chaperones are and bribe them for a spot! Lol

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