Il tempo a Venezia: nuvoloso e ombroso.
The best pyramid in the World.
Don’t try this at home.
Panchito: «¡Donald, dónde estás?»
Aboard the search serape.
A Donald le gustan los sombreros.
La búsqueda continúa.
Fiesta, pero ¿Cuándo?
¿Tiene caramelos en el trasero?
Este no es el pato que están buscando.
Nos despedimos de México.
One day there may be a Disney Skyliner station at Epcot’s International Gateway.
A beautiful day. Dare we say that fall has begun in Central Florida?
If you lived in Adventureland, you’d be home now.
In the words of Franz Robinson…
The organ in the parlor is stuck on the Swisskapolka.
But there is a fine view of Space Mountain from here.
Perhaps more congruently, from mom and pop’s bedroom,
…the view is more of a Tiki thing.
Three crows, two hammocks. Two slept while the third kept watch, of course.
Watch over Splash Mountain, that is.
The library, which every treehouse has these days.
The organ survived the wreck intact but not, alas, the dishes…
After ascending to the top and descending back down to the bottom, have a seat and a grape.
Faces of Adventureland.
Leave us take a boat over to Bay Lake
where wilderness welcomes us.
From there, leave us hit the trail.
At the end of which are flowers.
In a window of Wilderness Mercantile, Donald says it with flowers.
Once inside the lobby, therapy is available.
Lunch at Roaring Fork. Wilderness Salad, of course.
Then on to the obligatory lobby photos.
Ancestor of Sam Eagle.
Leave us now take a bus to Disney Springs, to tour the recently reimagined
which is pretty much the same as the earlier World of Disney minus the charm and whimsy of the décor.
Although there is some covetable merchandise.
Leave us now take a bus to Disney’s Grandiose Floridian Resort and Spa, where a reservation is rarely necessary at the Café.
Negroni + Appetizer A (Shrimp Cocktail) + Appetizer B (Mushroom Soup) = Dinner.
Leave us now take the boat from the Grand Floridian back to the Magic Kingdom (with a stop at the Polynesian). On the way, this cycle’s final waxing gibbous shines on the Contemporary.
The clogging of Main Street USA as seen from the railroad station.
I have been pretty peripatetic today, so after some wandering around and a grand circle tour of Tomorrowland on the PeopleMover, (you know the drill)
[…] take the ferry back to the Transportation and Ticket Center where the automobile awaits the drive home. During the voyage, a look back at where we have been.
“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.”
Shade is good.
Morning of the iguana.
Ducks of the Oasis
Hard to believe that it’s been twenty years already…
A marsupial moment.
“My bill has a yellow saddle.”
Quill you have a drink with me?
Click here for galloping galápagos.
More river padding.
A bird and a bug. On the Tree of Life.
Vermilingua, a profile.
Click here for Tree of Life and falling water.
A bridge to Africa.
Trying to cut back on the fire-breathing thing.
“I’m the Tree Monitor. I’ll need to see your tree pass.”
Click here if you want to monitor him.
“Where is my cylinder?”
“On Friday we wear stripes.”
Rock that crown, Victoria.
The resort has recently undergone a major overhaul. The restaurant has been open just about a week.
Crab Cake. With Watercress Salad and Herb Mayonnaise.
Jerk Chicken Salad. With Black Beans and Rice and Marinated Vegetable Ribbons.
The view of what will eventually be Disney’s Riviera Resort is currently quite unlovely.
Here’s what will eventually be the Disney Skyliner Station.
Take aim, fire at will, down a gondola and win a prize!
The official flag of the resort, naturally.
In case of actual Skyliner opening, just peel for directions.
and I say to myself, “it’s a wonderful time not to be in the standby queue for Splash Mountain.”
Given the opportunity, I will never not photograph Beacon Joe.
Click here for teepees.
When your trunk runs into your peanuts.
Don’t even try to get in there and drive that locomotive yourself.
I’ll be in my trailer.
It has its devotees, obviously, but the Tomorrowland Speedway remains firmly in place as my least favorite Walt Disney World distraction. Of course, all those people in line for it are people who are not in line in front of me at an attraction I like, so… speed on, people! (While the speeding is good)
Another in the Articles-of-Clothing-That-Should-Be-Available-in-Adult-Sizes-But-Aren’t series:
Why is there a bust of Maurice Chevalier on display in the Emporium?
Click here to take the monorail out of here.
Thank goodness I am not too late to see some Halloween shop window décor.
Tilted, ergo artistic.
Tomorrowland by day:
Tomorrowland After Hours:
Currently Tomorrowland is all about the Incredibles.
Some Happily Ever After viewed from off to the (west) side:
Not gonna stand in one spot for an hour or more in order to get the full frontal symmetrical view.
Shall I whirl ’til I hurl? (Note that the fellow in the green T-shirt and his daughter rode once while I was watching from the sidelines and again when I took my place in a tea cup. And he was making sure they had a very swirling good time.)
As I pause in the almost non-existent queue for the Haunted Mansion, I gaze out on the river where the Liberty Belle is not currently plying the waters because said river has been drained.
They put up dams in order to drain the river in sections. Running through the middle there is the I-beam that “steers” the paddle steamer. This refurbishment project has been going on since January and no completion date has been announced. The Liberty Square Riverboat is one of my favorites and I hope I live long enough to experience it once again…
Later, I have a boat all to myself as I set off to discover that the world is still small after all. No-one will judge you if you decide to join me on the happiest cruise that ever sailed. Or if you decide not to either.
All photos taken on Peter Pan’s Flight tonight are a blur. But I do talk to the Croc as I exit.
But you never smile at a crocodile.
I like the back of Cinderella Castle as much as the front.
Last look at the front thereof before exiting the park.
This took place several minutes past the official end of After Hours at midnight. The monorail had already turned back into a pumpkin. Fortunately, the Richard Irvine ferry boat back to the Transportation and Ticket Center had not.
Behold Disney’s Bay Lake Tower and Contemporary Resort beneath a waning gibbous as seen from the upper deck.
P.S.: On this date in 1946, Dumb Bell of the Yukon was released!