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    Arrow FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    Aside from the chaos of Fantasyland "blueprints", WOC press releases, and other new and exciting things, I took a trip out to Florida this week. This trip report will actually be in two parts- one this week and one next week.
    Unlike previous trips, this trip to Florida included more than a trip to the place "where dreams come true."

    But this week, we have the Walt Disney World Resort!

    DAY 1

    I arrived to Hollywood Studios around 6pm.


    I didn't have a lot of time to do anything before the first showing of Fantasmic!, so I scurried my way to the back of the park- near MuppetVision.

    Then it was time for the Studio Backlot Tour- I actually decided to watch this time, instead of taking pictures. I'm not a big fan of the pre-recorded spiel but whatever has to be done, I guess.


    Well, I guess I did get one picture...


    Exiting the Backlot Tour... couldn't resist this shot.

    "Oh snap! It's 8:45, I'm going to get stuck in 'Standing Room Only' at Fantasmic!" - Luckily, I was able to find the one chair I needed... behind a pole. So, I got in line for the 10:30 show...


    Yay, for not being behind a pole!



    Time to say goodnight to the Studios...


    DAY 2
    Day 2 brought my favorite park- EPCOT, as well as a behind the scenes tour (Undiscovered Future World).
    I arrived and went to guest relations to check-in and was told I was early. Apparently, early means "Hey, you can walk around and take pictures if you want." So I did.

    For about 15 minutes, I was the only guest in sight.
    Then, it was time for the actual tour...

    First off, let me say this is a GREAT tour. Whether you know Epcot or not, this tour takes you to some great backstage places. Luckily, our tour group was only 3 people strong, so we got to go to an "extra" place...


    Upstairs in the old ImageWorks.

    We actually went and played with some of the old tables back where the games actually are. However, the most interesting thing was on a door...
    I wasn't allowed to take a picture of it, but it was on a door off the main atrium that said, "Projection Test Area" with the WDI logo stamped on it. Our tour guide said that all Imagineering has told Guest Relations is that it will be "amazing" but hasn't actually said what it will be. So I'd keep your eyes fixed on the second level of the Imagination Pavilion in the year to come...

    We had a brief discussion on the Wonders of Life Pavilion where I noticed something that I, later, went back to photograph...

    If you're going to remove something Disney,
    please remove it all the way.
    Bad show, bad show.
    (Where the helix used to be)

    After a great 4 1/2 hours of touring, we ended at the China Pavilion...

    After finishing World Showcase, I headed back to my hotel for a break and to get cleaned up for Reflections of Earth.


    What else are you supposed to do while waiting on your elevator?

    Despite a building storm, IllumiNations went on.

    The park was now technically closed, but I took my precious time to get some of these pics:




    Goodnight EPCOT and Day 2.

    DAY 3
    Day 3 was more of a blink than a day. I got to the Magic Kingdom around 7:30a and had to leave by 3:00p- and still get to Animal Kingdom. So it was a rushed day- but Extra-Magic Hours help a lot!



    Random fact: my love for Disney, sparked from my love of trains...



    Time to head over to DAK!, where I had basically no time at all!






    And in the blink of an eye, it was time to say "goodbye" to
    Walt Disney World and "hello" to Anna Maria Island...


    ...but that's for next week.


    MORE AT THE LINK BELOW!
    Collection: WDW Trip - July 2009
    Last edited by FreakOuter84; 07-21-2009 at 01:35 PM.

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    Re: FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    I love your photos. Your attention to detail is amazing. Thanks!


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    Re: FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    Nice stuff. Thanks for posting.

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    Re: FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    incredible photography
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    I am the author of several Disney books:
    Jason's Disneyland Almanac - a daily history of Disneyland
    Walt Disney World Hidden History - tributes, homages, and ride remnants at WDW
    Your Day at the Magic Kingdom
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    Tokyo Disney Made Easy
    101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland
    Magic Quizdom (The Disneyland Trivia Book)

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    Re: FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    Wow, those shots are amazing!

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    Re: FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    Gorgeous pics! Love your angles.

    I'm excited to see Anna Maria Island, while it's closer to home, I've never been. LOL Maybe your photos will inspire me.

    More please!

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    Re: FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    Those are beautiful! Can I ask what you're shooting with?

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    Re: FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    Thank you all for the wonderful comments, keep 'em coming!

    Quote Originally Posted by MouseketizeMe View Post
    Those are beautiful! Can I ask what you're shooting with?
    Sony Alpha 300 which I absolutely love- I highly recommend it!

    Here's a little HDR for you guys:

    Universe of Energy

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    Re: FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    amazing photos!!!
    I miss Disney World...
    Check out my Disney Cruise Trip Report...lots of photos being added: http://micechat.com/forums/disney-cr...ey-wonder.html

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    Re: FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    Those are some great pictures! They really make me miss Disney World...lol Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    Fantastic pics!

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    What lens did you use for this shot? I'm salivating over here. I *wasn't* in the market for a new dSLR (at least, not yet), but you are tempting me.
    Kevin Yee
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    Jason's Disneyland Almanac - a daily history of Disneyland
    Walt Disney World Hidden History - tributes, homages, and ride remnants at WDW
    Your Day at the Magic Kingdom
    Mouse Trap
    Tokyo Disney Made Easy
    101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland
    Magic Quizdom (The Disneyland Trivia Book)

    “The press [should be] a watchdog. Not an attack dog. Not a lapdog. A watchdog. Now, a watchdog can't be right all the time. He doesn't bark only when he sees or smells something that's dangerous. A good watchdog barks at things that are suspicious.” – Dan Rather

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    Re: FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinYee View Post
    What lens did you use for this shot? I'm salivating over here. I *wasn't* in the market for a new dSLR (at least, not yet), but you are tempting me.

    Sony Alpha - 75-300mm F4.5-5.6

    Thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments, it's so nice to share the Disney magic through photographs!

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    Re: FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    That's just insane to get a Fantasmic shot like that at f-stop 4.5. I can get that kind of light penetration on a 1.2, but its got a fixed focal length and doesn't come close to 300 mm, on that prime anyway.
    Kevin Yee
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    I am the author of several Disney books:
    Jason's Disneyland Almanac - a daily history of Disneyland
    Walt Disney World Hidden History - tributes, homages, and ride remnants at WDW
    Your Day at the Magic Kingdom
    Mouse Trap
    Tokyo Disney Made Easy
    101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland
    Magic Quizdom (The Disneyland Trivia Book)

    “The press [should be] a watchdog. Not an attack dog. Not a lapdog. A watchdog. Now, a watchdog can't be right all the time. He doesn't bark only when he sees or smells something that's dangerous. A good watchdog barks at things that are suspicious.” – Dan Rather

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    Re: FreakOuter's WDW Photo Report [PHOTO HEAVY]

    Amazing photos! Thanks so much for sharing them. The dino picture at DAK was my favorite just because it's so cute.
    -Tim

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