Capturing Disney in Pictures: 4th Day of Christmas viewing Castle Dreamlights

Castle Dreamlights at the Magic Kingdom

 Every photo has a story.One of the newest traditions at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World  is not the lighting of the Main Street Christmas tree, but the lighting of  "Castle Dreamlights," the light display covering Cinderella Castle.  The numbers are nearly as high as the park attendance.  Disney lighting designers use 200,000 sparkling LED lights, 500 strobes, 15 miles of cable, and 32,000 square feet of fishing net to create Castle Dreamlights. Back in 2007, Walt Disney … [Read more...]

Capturing Disney in Pictures: 3rd Day of Christmas at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian

  Every photo has a story.With theme park crowds at some of their highest levels during the Christmas Season, you may need a break from the long lines.  Hop a monorail and head over to the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa for some holiday shopping in a fabulous resort themed in the style of America's palace hotels.  As you walk into the lobby from the monorail platform, you'll feel as if you have entered an archetectural era of days gone by.  Inspired by the Brown Palace … [Read more...]

Disney Hodgepodge: Five More Random Disney Things I Learned


Fresh off last week’s list of five Disney things I learned on our recent trip is another installment.Beware of Hidden Fees. This first one isn’t good news, my Disney friends. I was initially charged a $20 processing fee for two cases of water I had shipped to my resort from Costco.Three months earlier, I ordered a case of water from Staples and shipped it to a different resort and there were no processing charges. The difference, it turns out, is whether the resort has a business … [Read more...]

Capturing Disney in Pictures: 2nd Day of Christmas at Downtown Disney

Holiday decorated topiary at Downtown Disney

Every photo has a story.When you need a break from the Walt Disney World theme park holiday crowds, or you would just like to do some Christmas shopping, look no further than Downtown Disney. There’s no better shopping spot for the ultimate Disney fan.  With fabulous stores like Once Upon a Toy, World of Disney, and Disney’s Days of Christmas, the Downtown Disney area offers up a holiday feast for the eyes, ears, and wallet.Picture this…there are 365 days a year when Florida residents … [Read more...]

Capturing Disney in Pictures: 1st Day of Christmas at Epcot

Pluto topiary at Epcot Center

 Every photo has a story.The holiday season is a beautiful time to pay a visit to Epcot.  This topiary, one of the many artistic floral decorations on display,  provides an excellent photo opportunity.  You'll find a wide variety of photographic possibilities throughout Walt Disney World before the New Year arrives.Picture this...eleven countries will be decorated for Holidays Around the World at Epcot Showcase.  As you make your way from country to country, you may see some … [Read more...]