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Our journey into the Magic Kingdom continues…

To avoid getting photographically bored (gasp!) when you’ve been fortunate enough to visit this park as often as we have, you learn to notice the details. There isn’t much the Imagineers can get past me these days. ūüėČ

For example, while strolling down the sidewalk on Main Street, USA, I spotted a new addition embedded in the brickwork:

“Portal to Magic” (Portal Icon – Main Street USA, ‘Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom’ Interactive Adventure, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 9.9mm, F/4, 1/400s, ISO 100

At the time, I had no idea what I was photographing was part of the latest interactive adventure called “Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom”. This large bronze medallion tells game-players where magical portals are located within the park. Hmmmm, interesting… we will have to play this the next time we are there.

“La Fountaine de Cindrillon” (Cinderella Statue, Cinderella Fountain, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 17.3mm, F/4.5, 1/400s, ISO 100


 
 
 

Moving onward, we wanted to take a look at the progress being made over in the new expansion area that was formerly known as Toontown.

However, on our way there, Cinderella’s Fountain captured my eye and once again, I got down low and shot upwards so as to isolate the statue’s silhouette against the brilliant blue sky.
 
 
 
 
 
 
For reference, this is what the fountain looks like shot straight on from the front.

Cinderella Fountain

Now, you can’t photograph Cinderella and not think about Prince Charming. ūüôā Good thing his carrousel was close by and looking very colorful, washed in the Florida sunshine:

“Oh, So Charming” (Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 6.6mm, F/4, 1/1000s, ISO 100

Behind the carrousel we could catch glimpses of the construction taking place beyond the familiar Disney wooden barriers. Off in the distance, the new Beast Castle rises out of the rocky hillside:

“Beast Castle” (Beast Castle Under Construction, Fantasyland Expansion, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 69.2mm, F/5, 1/800s, ISO 100)

Many folks wonder why we keep returning to Disney time and time again, but for us, the answer is quite simple: “If they build it, we will come.” ūüôā

“When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer.”

“A Magical Sight” (Cinderella Castle with Candy Cane Holiday Projection, Disney’s Magic Kingdom) Canon SuperShot SX40 HS, 10.4mm, F/4, 1/25s, -1.7EV, ISO 1600

¬†“But I heard him exclaim, ere¬†he drove out of sight –

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

~¬†exerpt, ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’, Clement Clark Moore

 
Much love, good health, happiness, peace and prosperity to you and yours, now, and all through the new year! ūüôā

When I saw this Halloween decoration last week atop a cart in Disney’s Magic Kingdom I thought, ‘Look! It’s a¬†pumpkin snowman – how cute!’¬†(Check out his ‘buttons’… they’re candy corn :-)).

“Pumpkin-man” (White Pumpkin Snowman, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Main Street USA) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 26.9mm, F/4.5, 1/1000s, ISO 100

Little did I know then I was getting a sneak-peek into what was in store for us here on the east coast. Sigh.

Have a happy and safe Halloween, everyone.

Today,¬†folks living in Mexico and some¬†Mexican-Americans here¬†in the United States are celebrating¬†D√≠a¬†de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.¬†The celebration occurs¬†in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) and traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds¬†and¬†the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, as well as¬†visiting graves with these as gifts.

“Death Becomes Him” (Pirate Skeleton, Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/4, 1s, -0.3EV, ISO 640

“Se lo Llevo la Calaca” (Pirate Skeleton, Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/4, 1s, -0.3EV

Due to its occurrence shortly after  Halloween, the Day of the Dead is sometimes thought to be a similar holiday even though the two actually have little in common. While Halloween is thought to be a time when the dead rise up and wreak havoc, the Day of the Dead is a time of celebration, focusing on gatherings to pray for and remember family members and friends who have died.

A common symbol of the holiday is the skull (colloquially called calavera), which celebrants represent in masks, called calacas (colloquial term for “skeleton”), and foods such as sugar or chocolate skulls, which are inscribed with the name of the recipient on the forehead. (Sugar skulls are gifts that can be given to both the living and the dead). Other holiday foods include pan de muerto, a sweet egg bread made in various shapes from plain rounds to skulls and rabbits, often decorated with white frosting to look like twisted bones.

Huh,¬†how perfect then¬†for these two skeleton images I shot inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at¬†Disney’s Magic Kingdom¬†using a slow shutter technique! ūüôā

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