On this April 22, 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened at the Walt Disney World Resort. Not coincidentally, it was Earth Day! Today it is one of the largest animal theme parks in the world. Home to more than 2,000 animals across 300 species, the park reflects Walt Disney’s dedication to conservation and is committed to animal care, education and research. The six lands include Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and DinoLand, U.S.A. areas. The photo above is the thrilling Expedition Everest attraction, where you can careen through the Himalayan mountains on a speeding train while avoiding the clutches of the mythic Abominable Snowman.
This isn’t my fanciest photo, but I just love this art style around Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I took this photo when the sun was hitting it just perfectly and giving me the bluest sky for the background. Whenever I take photos of signs I try to step as far back as I can and zoom in on the sign. This gives a much better perspective than standing close and pointing your camera up to the sign.
I used an ISO of 100 with an aperture of 5.6 and a shutter speed of 1/800 for this.
Feel free to write or comment if you want any more details about the photos, such as settings I used, etc.
Ready to vacation at Walt Disney World? Book now and you can save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights June 12 -August 25, 2016 when you book by June 10, 2016.
March 14 – June 10, 2016
June 12 – August 25, 2016
Plus, you can receive an exclusive “Awaken Summer” graphic MagicBand when you upgrade to a room and Theme Park package with a minimum 2-day Magic Your Way Ticket.**
This summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, the magic of nature will come to life during Rivers of Light and other incredible nighttime experiences. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Force will be unleashed with the all-new Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple and Star Wars Launch Bay. At Epcot, Frozen is arriving with new immersive journeys on Frozen Ever After and the Royal Sommerhus. At Disney Springs, the new eclectic mix of boutiques, eateries and entertainment is expanding all throughout the summer. With even more new and exciting experiences coming to Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, this unforgettable summer has something for everyone!
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*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, Disney’s Port Orleans-French Quarter. 30% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts.
** Option to choose a unique ‘Awaken Summer’ MagicBand with the purchase of a room and minimum 2-day ticket package; If Guest does not customize band, they will default to the unique band
The long awaited purple MagicBand is now available as one of the eight colors to choose from when booking a Walt Disney World Resort reservation. In addition, if you choose a purple MagicBand when traveling on a Walt Disney Travel Company package, you will also receive a purple luggage tag!
Other current colors include red, gray, yellow, green, blue, pink, and orange and correspond with the luggage tags shown. Which one is YOUR favorite?
Did you know a Magic Your Way Package including a Disney Dining Plan can save you time, money and hassles during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation? Scroll down and have Ludwig Von Drake explain.
For even more information and details about the Dining Plan, click here.
You can enjoy a FREE meal per person, per night at quick-service locations when you book a non-discounted 4-night/5-day Walt Disney World resort room and ticket package at a Disney Value Resort hotel for arrivals most nights May 29 – June 30, 2016 and July 5 – August 13, 2016.
Redeeming the quick-service meal is convenient and flexible. Each member of your party is entitled to one meal per night of your stay. Choose from breakfast, lunch or dinner at a wide array of Quick-Service locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort. Click here for more details.
Contact me for a free, no obligation quote for your Walt Disney World vacation.
Now-Feb. 29, 2016
May 29 – Jun. 30, 2016 and Jul. 5-Aug. 13, 2016
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 nights (and minimum 2-day Magic Your Way Base Ticket)
*Disney Quick-Service meals are not sold separately, are non-refundable and non-transferable and have no cash value. Theme park admission is required for some
dining locations. Operating hours, menus, Characters, entertainment, participating locations, components and terms are subject to change without notice.
Disney Quick-Service meal entitlements are based on the length of your package stay at your Disney Resort hotel. The owners of the Walt Disney World Resort shall
not be responsible for the non-utilization of package components due to refurbishing, capacity, inclement weather or any circumstances beyond their control.
Book now and save up to 25%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights April 14 – June 11, 2016 when you book by March 31, 2016. Ask me about other great rates for stays most nights February 22 – April 13, 2016.
Plus, you can receive 1 more ticket day FREE when you upgrade to a room and ticket package with a minimum 4-day Magic Your Way Ticket.
This makes it a perfect time to discover all-new Star Wars adventures at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March 2 – May 30, 2016), and the new nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and so much more.
* The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 25% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package.
Disney’s Memory Maker service is a great way to purchase all the PhotoPass pictures taken on your vacation by Disney’s PhotoPass photographers and selected attractions, as I’ve mentioned in my previous Disney Vacation Tips #7 and #14. I’m happy to announce that the price for this service has been reduced!
The pre-arrival, advance-purchase Memory Maker, which does not include photos taken within three days of purchase, is being lowered from $169 to $149. In addition, the price of the standard Memory Maker, which can be used immediately upon purchase, will change from $199 to $169.
I know my readers are never disappointed about price reductions! 🙂 For more details about Memory Maker, read my Disney Vacation Tips #7 and Disney Vacation Tips #14. Please contact me with any questions. I’m always happy to help you.
Set sail for the perfect balance of high-seas adventure and theme park magic—all in one Disney vacation!
With close proximity to Walt Disney World Resort, it’s easy to combine the best of Disney by land and sea if you’re departing from or arriving in Port Canaveral, Florida on a Disney cruise. From relaxing adult time to unforgettable family activities, our itineraries offer something for everyone! Choose from a variety of departure days to set sail on a tropical voyage aboard the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy or Disney Magic.
Next, extend your vacation by visiting Walt Disney World Resort—experience your favorite attractions, entertainment and non-stop fun at the parks you love! Convenient transfers can be arranged to take you to and from Port Canaveral, Walt Disney World Resort and Orlando International Airport. With a big blue ocean to explore and four amazing theme parks, your enchanted vacation awaits!
Example of a 7 night Land and Sea vacation for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children):
Sail on a 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
Stay 4 nights at a Walt Disney World Resort
Includes 5, 1 day-1 park tickets for everyone
TOTAL: approximately $4300
Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort and enjoy special benefits designed to make your vacation as convenient as it is magical! Watch the video to see what Walt Disney World can offer you!
For this weeks Disney Vacation Tip, I thought I’d post this really entertaining Disney vacation video that lets you know about all kinds of perks for staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, many of which I’ve posted in previous tips.
You’ll hear about Extra Magic Hours, Magic Bands, FastPass+ for attractions to meet and greets, access to FastPass service up to 60 days before you check in, and all the free transporation including Disney’s Magical Express, a free motorcoach for you to start and end your magical Disney stay.
Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to know more about any of these perks, or if I can help you plan your unforgettable Disney vacation!
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