Saturday, October 14, 2017

Where in WDW? Challenge 108

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


This shelf of plates can be seen during a fight scene at the Indiana Jones Stunt Show at Disney's Hollywood Studios ...



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?



As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where in WDW? Challenge 107

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


This can be seen along the Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico at EPCOT  ...



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?




As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.



Saturday, September 30, 2017

Where in WDW? Challenge 106

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


This is the front of the shade on the camera lens on this statue in Disney's Hollywood Studios ...



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?



As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Where in WDW? Challenge 105

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


This will be seen if you look up in Japan in World Showcase in EPCOT ...



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?



As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where in WDW? Challenge 104

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


This can be found atop the Astro Orbiter ...



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?



As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.



Saturday, September 9, 2017

Where in WDW? Challenge 103

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


These items can be found on the wheelhouse(s) of the Richard F. Irvine ferry to the Magic Kingdom (other ferries sport different colors) ...



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?



As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.



Friday, September 1, 2017

Where in WDW? Challenge 102

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


These items can be found above the Jungle Cruise queue ...



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?



As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

First Visit to Pandora

August 1, 2017


This was a day that had been planned when we first came down to Florida and knew we would stay for both my daughter's and my granddaughter's birthdays at the end of July. My daughter, Iris would be taking her daughter, Brooke to the doctor for her checkup and we would then spend the day in Animal Kingdom and see Pandora for the first time.

Originally, Iris would have had to get us into the park, since while my wife and I have annual passes, but this day was still within the blockout dates for the summer. However, days before today, Disney announced an early lifting of those blockout dates, so we could now go early and meet Iris and Brooke in the park once they finished with the doctor.

We left our house for the hour long drive, and arrived at Animal Kingdom in the late morning. We could already tell that this would be a very hot day! Checking the My Disney Experience app (MDX), we discovered that the standby for the new Flights of Passage was already at almost three hours, but Na'vi River ride was at 90 minutes. We briefly considered standing on line, but that would cut it way too close to the time we had been planning on meeting Iris and Brooke, so we decided to simply walk around the new Pandora and see what the Imagineers accomplished.

It was quite an accomplishment during the day, and we had hoped to see it at night with the bioluminescence on display this evening. (I had made the decision - due to the heat - not to bring my camera, so all shots here have been taken with my phone.)






We next decided to have a look inside of Windtraders, the gift shop, and I had planned on checking out the banshees with the goal of "adopting" one. When it first opened, that had been so popular that they had sold out very quickly! Today, there were plenty available.


I "adopted" this fellow, and even bought him a perch!


We passed the Satu'li Canteen where we would be having lunch once Iris arrived - and I have to admit to feeling a bit hungry, so since the heat continued to be oppressive, we decided to head out of Pandora and into the Nomad Lounge to stay cool and get an adult drink and a cheese plate while we waited for Iris.


After being there a while, I received a message from Iris that she was leaving the doctor's office and would be here shortly, so we decided to head towards Africa since she would be arriving as our FastPass+ window for the Safari was just opening. We had been trying to get FastPasses for either of the new Pandora attractions, but demand was still high and we had been unsuccessful in that attempt.

After getting ourselves situated at the bar - which had removed most of the seating to accommodate the new park-to-park shuttle (which has since been discontinued), I get another text from Iris that she is in the parking lot, and was going to check for the new Pandora attractions one last time. Would you believe it? She was able to get FastPasses for Flights of Passage for a time only 90 minutes from then! To be able to, however, she had to cancel our Safari FastPasses ... no big deal. But now, we had to head back to whence we came ... telling Iris we would meet her in front of Nomad Lounge. We arrived and shortly so did Iris and Brooke.

Our first order of business was to place our online order for Satu'li Canteen on MDX and when we arrive, again use the app to let them know we are there. Shortly we are informed that our meals are ready for pickup, which we do and then find a table to have lunch.

We still had some time until our FastPass return time, so we again took a quick look around Windtraders for Iris, who purchased a bubble wand for Brooke - who loves bubbles!!! That would (hopefully) keep her busy while we made use of the child swap later on Flights of Passage.

When our return time arrived, I stayed out with Brooke - who was having a blast with her bubbles - while Sandy and Iris rode. Then when they were done, it was my turn. I had heard all sorts of stories about how the leg restraints might be an issue for people with larger calves, but as my turn came to climb aboard, I had no issues whatsoever, and proceeded to enjoy the ride. It's a combination 3D movie/motion simulator but the effect is amazing - you can even feel the banshee you are riding upon breathing!

Because of the child swap, we did miss our FastPass for the Festival of the Lion King, so instead we decided to check out the standby line for the Safari, and since it was only 10 minutes, we got on line. It turned out to be a bit more than that, but still, a reasonable wait.

Once we got off the Safari, we had hoped to take the train back to Rafiki's Planet Watch and Conservation Station but it was already too late and the train was no longer running. We had also planned on staying until dark to see Pandora in all of its bioluminescent glory, but the heat was simply too much and we decided to call it a day. We headed to our respective cars (which were not parked far from each other as it turned out) and head home.

Still more to see and do - but that will happen when I return for the Florida portion of my snowbird existence.


Where in WDW? Challenge 101

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this - the first ever Where in WDW? challenge ...



This is (was) atop the Chinese Theater which housed the Great Movie Ride. (I had not yet taken to adding reveal photos to the answers yet for Where in WDW? Challenge 1)




Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?



As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.



Friday, August 18, 2017

Where in WDW? Challenge 100!!!!

Welcome to Where in WDW? Challenge 100!!! We made it!! On April 8th, 2012 the first Where in WDW was posted! Though many things have happened in those 5 years, here we are at the ONE HUNDREDTH challenge. They started to be called "challenges" with the 5th entry, but it wasn't until the 3rd entry that "reveal shots" were included the next week for the first time. They wouldn't become a regular feature until the 27th challenge. Yet - here we are ... number 100!!

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


This is the Rose & Crown Pub in World Showcase at EPCOT ...



After last week's challenge was issued, RADP's own Jenny Drake and her friend Cathy Ward were in EPCOT to listen to British Revolution when they spotted this ...


Good work Jenny and Cathy!!!

As most of you know, I have been taking Disney photos for many years. To celebrate the 100th challenge, I thought I might share with you the only remaining photos from my very first trip to any Disney park ... Disneyland in July, 1968. Of all the photos I took that day, only these remain.







This week we go back to the very first challenge. This was the photo for which I first asked, Where in WDW? would you see this?



As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Where in WDW? Challenge 99

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


This is at the preshow for the iconic Tiki Room ...



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?



As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.



Sunday, August 6, 2017

Where in WDW? Challenge 98

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


This can be seen on the Project Tomorrow sign at the entrance on each side of Spaceship Earth ...



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?



As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Where in WDW? Challenge 97

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


This window can be seen in the Magic Kingdom on the second floor of Columbia Harbour House ...



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?



As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Disney Fantasy - Days 9 & 10

July 6, 2017


Today is another - and our last - sea day on this cruise. Room service breakfast once again starts the day, which also will include an early trip to the Rainforest Room before it gets too crowded.

A lot happening today but the thing I am looking forward to is the third session by Jason Hudak - an editor for Pixar. Today his talk takes us on a tour of Pixar's campus and building in Emoryville, CA. As before, it was a very enjoyable session, even if I didn't win any of the prizes he brought with him to pass out.

Later in the day, we took Brooke to the dance party in the atrium where she got to dance with all of her favorite characters.




Before dinner, we are in the Walt Disney Theater when the "big surprise" announcement that we were promised on the first day is made. Although many of us onboard (myself included) had a pretty good idea what it would be, it was now made official! Spiderman: Homecoming, which premieres in theaters tomorrow, will also premiere on board the Fantasy. It's not unusual for Disney movies to premiere on DCL cruises, because, as we were told on our first DCL cruise, "we own the movies!" However, this is a bit different, since although Disney does own Marvel, it does not own Marvel Studios which produces the Marvel movies. Nor is Disney even the distributor. (Sony is the current distributor.) However, a deal has been made and at midnight tonight, Spiderman will be shown aboard ship! I plan on attending. On our first cruise in 2004, I attended the midnight premiere of King Arthur ... 2 hours which I will never get back! (It was awful!)

When we return to our staterooms, there is a package for Brooke from the nursery containing pieces of her artwork from the week and some gifts. Iris brought her the rock candy - though she still hadn't quite figured it out yet.



Dinner tonight is once again in Animator's Palate and tonight is the night that we get to be animators. When we arrive at our table, there is a sheet at each of our places which has an area for us to draw a figure with the supplied markers. They get collected, and towards the end of the meal, they appear with Mickey and the gang on the screens in the restaurant - and they are animated ... moving and dancing along with the music!


During dinner, however, it becomes very obvious that I will not make it to a midnight showing of Spiderman, so it will have to wait until tomorrow.

After dinner, Iris, Brooke and I are having a look though the gift shops when Captain Mickey appears. Of course, Brooke needs  to go and say Hello to him.


Tomorrow we arrive at Castaway Cay ... our final day of the cruise.



July 7, 2017


Today we arrive at Disney's private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay ... formerly known as Gorda Cay, it used to be home to pirates and drug smugglers until the government of the Bahamas confiscated it and eventually leased it to Disney.

Sandy and I get an early start, while Jason, Iris and Brooke sleep in a bit. We have breakfast this morning at Cabanas before we head off the ship.




Bypassing the family beach, we take the tram to Serenity Bay - the adult only beach. We use the old landing strip that the previous owners built for themselves.


Along the way we pass people on the last leg of the Castaway 5K, which I had hoped to do until I broke my ankle. I have to admit to feeling a bit sad that I wasn't able to do it today.


Although it is still early, so many have gotten here before us that we have to walk quite a way down to find unoccupied lounges. We claim two of them and then into the water!!












Before you know it lunch time came around. Serenity Bay also has it's own place to eat. At the family beach you have cookies - at Serenity Bay you have Cookies Too!


Of course, where there is food ... there are seagulls ...





Now, having had our share of the beach (and the heat) and having had lunch, we start back to the ship.




Along the way we pass the Bahamian post office on the island. (I love the "AIR MAIL" mailbox!)



Back on the ship we head straight to the Rainforest Room which quite predictably is empty and we have no problem getting into a hot tub or claiming a lounge. A few people show up while we are there, but as always on Castaway Cay day - it is never crowded.

After the Rainforest Room and a quick shower, we arrive at the Buena Vista Theater to see Spiderman.

Sadly, tomorrow morning we have to leave the ship, and our luggage must be placed outside the room before dinner. Since we have the second seating, our breakfast tomorrow morning will be at 8:30 rather than 6:45 as the first seating passengers. It will be in the last restaurant we eat dinner in which for us will be Enchanted Garden.

Iris and I go to Shutters to check out all of our photos and decide which package we will get. As we get into the elevator, a couple was telling us about how they opened their door and security guards with a dog was at their door. When we return to our room we see them still standing down the hall from us at a room not far from ours. Tomorrow, someone will be escorted off the ship in handcuffs and it will wreak havoc with the debarkation process, something which had always been quick and easy. Tomorrow it was not to be however, and it took almost a full hour to leave the ship. Law enforcement was everywhere when we finally left the ship!

Packing went well and our luggage was outside of our room well before we left for dinner. We said goodbye to our serving crew and let them know that they had served us extremely well all through the cruise.

After dinner, Iris, Jason, Brooke and I went to Shutters to order our photo package which we would have to pick up in the morning before breakfast.

Then off to sleep for the last time on board. Tomorrow morning we leave the Fantasy and head home, another cruise in the memory banks.