Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Today is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World! I didn’t make my first trip there until the summer of 1973 but I believe I have since made up for any lack of visits in my early years. I would have loved to be in the park today. I can only imagine the festivities that will be occurring. I can also imagine the number of people and that is why I’ll wait for a slightly quieter time to go partake in the celebration. I converted my castle image from the trip in May to my postcard art style. Cinderella Castle dressed up for the party…
WDW in B&W – WBW43
Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World
China Pavilion, Epcot, Walt Disney World
The big draw for me in going to Walt Disney World in the spring is Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival. And part of that festival are the topiaries scattered throughout the park. They are not always situated in the best location for photography but the three pandas in the China Pavilion could not have been more appropriate. I was lucky enough (or maybe I had enough patience) to manage this view without any distracting guests…
WDW in B&W – WBW42
Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
I’m still in the middle of my love/hate relationship with Walt Disney World. The 50th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is October 1st. It is 31 days away! When the other anniversary milestones came I didn’t do anything special (to be fair neither did Disney on a couple of them). But I thought the 50th would be something spectacular and I would be there. I currently have no plans.
What I do have is more images from my trip this past May. As much as I might complain about Disney, and Walt Disney World in particular, I did have a few good times on my trip. Unexpected early entry into the parks was one of those times. The Magic Kingdom was scheduled to open at 8am but as soon as I arrived cast members were letting guests into the park. OK I thought, they probably have a rope at the end of Main Street holding everyone back until the official time. Nope! The park was open to us. While everyone was running off to any open ride, I was running around capturing as many images as I could.
I was on my way to Frontierland for sunrise-like images along the Rivers of America. Passing over the bridge from the hub presented this harsh view of Cinderella Castle which I could not pass up. Upon my first look at this image back in May I didn’t see anything special. I liked the sun flare but there were too many flare spots. Although I love shooting into the sun, there were to many spots to overcome in post-processing. While cruising the trip’s album in Lightroom last night this image jumped out at me. I needed to work on it.
It might be a cheat to convert it to monochrome but it did alleviate my problem with the sun spots. The other great affect of converting this image, it removes the new color scheme Disney used for the anniversary. I mentioned in a post back in May that the new scheme has Cindy looking like her sibling in Disneyland. I’m still undecided about the look for her but this version helps me forget. I think it fits nicely with the other images in my WDW in B&W series.
Beach Club Resort, Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World
Is it nostalgia or pining? Returning to the images I captured at Walt Disney World in May for this morning’s post. The 50th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is right around the corner (October 1st). I guess it is a little of both…
If it was truly nostalgia then this post would be of Cinderella Castle. Maybe that one will be next?
Pining it is. I would love to be in the Magic Kingdom for the anniversary but my love/hate relationship with Walt Disney World is leaning toward the hate side right now. I know, a strong word, but that is how it feels. There are numerous reasons but I will not bore you with those… you’re welcome. Wait, I think it is reminiscing? Yep, that seems to be it.
Right now I can enjoy the early morning view of the Beach Club. This is one of my favorite times of the day. Well before most guests wake. When it is only me running around the lake capturing the views, enjoying the peace and quiet.