Journey into Imagination Lit Up at Night

There’s been a slowdown in content ’round these parts lately, but trust me, this is really a good thing in the grand scheme of things. Rather than writing new posts that will be posted immediately, I’ve been focusing my limited free time on the EPCOT Center retrospective series (yes, it’s a series now!). I’ve received a far greater response to the EPCOT Center photo search than I ever anticipated, and I really want to thank you all so, so much for that. This response has meant that other things have had to move to the back-burner while I prepare for these posts, but it has been nice change of pace, so I’m not complaining! So if you have photos that you’ve yet to send, please send them!

I hope to get some more trip report installments finished and posted next week, but in lieu of that, I’ll at least have some more photos to share with you all.

As for this photo…what can I say about Journey into Imagination that hasn’t already been said? Journey into Imagination really speaks for the “don’t judge a book by its cover” idiom, but normally that saying has a generally positive connotation (i.e. just because the cover looks poor doesn’t mean the content is). Obviously the saying can cut both ways, but in usage, it rarely does. Except in Journey into Imagination’s case, where the exterior is the pavilion’s saving grace. Although I’m not a fan of either attraction presently in the pavilion, the architecture at Journey into Imagination remains stunning, and the new(ish) lighting in the pyramids at night is gorgeous.

I had another version of this photo with a monorail in the frame, but it blocked out too much of the pyramids and really became the emphasis of the shot. While I hate to leave a bare monorail beam in any of my photos, I think it’s the right decision here.

Technical details: shot with a Nikon D7000 with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Lens. See our guide for more photography equipment recommendations

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Fantasia Topiaries – Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Photo

Fantasia Topiaries - Flower and Garden Festival 2012

While Food & Wine Festival is my favorite event at Epcot thanks to the excellent food to sample, Epcot looks its best during (and right before) Flower & Garden Festival. All of the regular flower beds receive special attention and new flowers, topiaries are placed throughout the park, and various special touches are added. With the exception of the Cars topiaries in World Showcase Japan and the recycling of some topiary designs that are well past retirement age, I thought this year’s Flower & Garden Festival was better than last year’s. This was largely due to this beautiful display at the entrance. It was nice to see a movie with no timely promotional tie-in take center stage, and this set a great tone for guests as they entered Epcot.

Now let’s just hope that next year the dinosaur topiaries that used to surround Universe of Energy find homes in Flower & Garden Festival!

Technical detailsNikon D700 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 Lens. See our Disney Photography Guide for more photography equipment recommendations

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Another Spaceship Earth Night Photo

Spaceship Earth at Night

With each Spaceship Earth photo I post, it becomes more and more difficult to come up with something to say about the shot. I’ve said all of this before, but it bears repeating… Spaceship Earth is my favorite photo-subject at Walt Disney World. It’s an amazing and unique icon. It is the embodiment of what made EPCOT Center a special park, and reminds me of the reasons why I love Epcot. Photographically, I just can’t stop taking photos of it. This is the most “basic” angle of Spaceship Earth, and I’ve taken far more unique and interesting photos of Spaceship Earth, but I still couldn’t help but stop and snap this photo. It has been done before and will be done again, but I can never resist a Spaceship Earth photo. Never.

Technical details: Nikon D700 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 Lens. See our Disney Photography Guide for more photography equipment recommendations.

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“It’s Not Horizons…” Photo

Mission: Space at Night

Mission: Space is not Horizons. For this reason alone, I don’t think it will ever get a fair shake among serious Disney fans. To be sure, I’m not saying that Mission: Space is superior to Horizons. While I have incredibly vivid memories of Journey into Imagination, World of Motion, Body Wars, and other EPCOT Center attractions, I don’t really recall Horizons (likely because my parents didn’t care for it, so we didn’t go on it much when I was a kid). Given my normal preferences, I think it’s safe to assume that I’d prefer the long, story-driven Horizons over Mission: Space, but I still enjoy Mission: Space. Unlike a lot of classic attractions that have been replaced by abominations (I’m looking at you, Journey into Imagiantion), Horizons was replaced by a pretty decent attraction in Mission: Space. Some people will never acknowledge this, though.

While Mission: Space might have cost too much, might not be as ambitious as early plans for a space pavilion, and might already be dated from a tech-perspective, it’s still a pretty good attraction, overall. I think the architecture of the building is really impressive, and it’s certainly fun to photograph. I enjoy the queue a lot, and its details there make the experience really immersive. Similarly, I think the music adds a lot to the experience.

But, at the end of the day, it’s still not Horizons…and that’s all that matters for some.

Technical details: Nikon D700 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 Lens. See our Disney Photography Guide for more photography equipment recommendations.

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The Incrediblesorail – Epcot Monorail Photo

The Incrediblesorail - Epcot Monorail

Today, I’m excited to announce Walt Disney World’s new experimental prototype monorail of tomorrow (or “EPMOT” as Disney has dubbed it) for the Epcot monorail line: the Incrediblesorail! Much like Elastigirl, this monorail is able to stretch its length around the entire center of Epcot, covering the full length of the monorail track within Epcot and “wrapping” both sides of Spaceship Earth as it flanks the track on both sides of geodesic sphere.

In addition to the promotional potential that this first-of-its-kind monorail will offer to the hit Disney-Pixar film, The Incredibles, the Incrediblesorail will also increase capacity on the Epcot monorail line by approximately 19,820%. This great new future-monorail was seized for Walt Disney World by X-S Tech under the direct supervision of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Seems like I’ve been posting a lot of photos from Epcot lately. Check out yesterday’s Journey into Imagination photo if you haven’t already. See our previous “Photos of the Day” by clicking here.

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Technical details: Nikon D7000 and Rokinon 8mm Fisheye Lens.  

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