My picture threads consist of images I have taken that focus on the architecture, landscape architecture, planning, design, and theming of the facilities highlighted. They may also contain short descriptions and commentary, but will not focus on construction progress or special events or memorabilia or food selections or my traveling companions. Hopefully these threads are a good introduction for those who have not seen these places yet. All killer, no filler!
Disney's Blizzard Beach photographed in November 2008:
Conceived as a freak snowy storm that has brought an arctic landscape to subtropical Florida, this superbly themed water park features a fun hybrid of winter sports details overlaid on a beachy scene of waves and slides.
This is the gift shop at the entrance.
This is the main cafe, also near the entrance.
Various cleverly themed shacks dot the landscape in the park.
Cross Country Creek:
This gently flowing flume circles most of the park and has numerous entry and exit points. It also enters a long cave beneath Mt. Gushmore.
Ski Patrol Training Camp:
The designated pre-teen play area.
The designated children's area.
The largest sandy beach area at the park lines this lagoon that has a rocky backdrop from which series of waves emerge.
Downhill Double Dipper:
One of the most inspired scenic features of the park takes riders to the top of Mt. Gushmore where several of the waterslides begin.
The iconic snowy and rocky peak in the center of the park is crowned by a simulated ski jump.
Summit Plummet and Slush Gusher:
These two adjacent slides originate at the top of Mt. Gushmore and are intense plunges down to the bottom.