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A Spaceship Earth Full of Food & Wine

A Spaceship Earth Full of Food & Wine

The past few years we’ve made certain to plan our yearly Disney trip around the Food & Wine Festival. It’s one of our favorite times to go to the parks and as we usually go towards the end of October / early November the weather is usually pretty nice along with lighter crowds. Plus there’s always a cool feature in the planter in front of Spaceship Earth which helps freshen up this shot a bit. Unfortunately we’ve missed the Flower & Garden Festival for a few years running but it looks like we’re gonna make it back for a quick trip this year!

Rain Washed Germany Pavilion

Rain Washed Germany Pavilion

This shot is another shot from my night shooting puddles all over Epcot. While not immediately evident in this shot as the water didn’t really puddle on the cobblestone here I do like the droplets on the tables and edges of the fountain. It gives a nice sheen to the whole image that you don’t get when it’s dry.

The Unobstructed Great Movie Ride

The Unobstructed Great Movie Ride

Though Hollywood Studios is seriously lacking now there is a lot to look forward to in the future. For me the removal of the hat was the first step towards the revitalization of the park. It’s just a wonderful feeling to have this unobstructed view back and I was absolutely thrilled to be able to get a shot like this after waiting and hoping for years it would happen.

AT-AT star tours

Star Tours: AT-AT & the Forest Moon of Endor

I’ve been a huge Star Wars fan for a long time now. So of course I’m super stoked for the new Star Wars land coming to Hollywood Studios. While Star Tours is a fine ride there’s really not a lot from a photography stand point. I am really looking forward to being able to photograph an entire Star Wars land. I just hope they get the site lines right so it can be truly immersive. Something about a big balloon with Kermit on it in the background of Tatooine Traders kills the immersion.

Day Fades on the Rivers of America

Day Fades on the Rivers of America

What had been a really good sunset had basically already faded behind me at this point so I turned my direction from Splash Mountain towards the Rivers of America. What I really like about this shot is you get some of the elements that come with night time such as the reflected lights in the water. The clouds help add a moodiness to the image as well that helps it feel more unique than a regular day or night shot. The only thing I might have done differently is taken a few steps to the right so the full Harper’s Mill text was shown but ultimately I don’t think it really matters. I just like to be hyper critical of my shots sometimes (most the time).

The Sun Sets on Be Our Guest

The Sun Sets on Be Our Guest

Sunset in the parks is the most exciting time of the day for me. I anticipate how it will turn out all day. Sometimes it’s a dud but when you see the sky catch on fire like in this photo it really gets me pumped for shooting as I rush around the park like a madman trying to capture as many different shots as possible with the awesome light. If its a dud I’ll likely snap a few shots from wherever I am and move on with enjoying attractions. This particular evening however was definitely one for shooting. Normally I would have been shooting the Castle around this time but due to construction I opted to try out this spot at Be Our Guest. Of course I’m really glad I did.

Mission to Spaaaaaaaace - Mission Space

Mission to Spaaaaaaaace

As I mentioned previously I really spent a lot of time during an EMH one night to get a bunch of pics of Mission Space. I felt it was the one area of Epcot where I really was lacking photos but I’m pretty pleased with what I have of it now. Even though this shot doesn’t include the moon like some of my others I think it’s actually my favorite. I really love the energy of the shot.