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Experience the Sights and Sound of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, No Passport Needed

Wildlife photography has always been a passion of mine. I was recently walking through Harambe Village early one morning after photographing gorillas inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom, when I was struck by the vast array of handmade items from Africa: hand-carved wood masks and animals, intricate beaded creations, beautiful woven baskets and so much more. Africa is one of the most fascinating and diverse countries I know of, and I stopped to capture some of the intriguing details, all the while being quietly transported to yet another paradise.

I hope these snapshots capture some of the beauty and history of this amazing place. I also included a gorilla photo from that morning.

 

Guests are Seeing Stripes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom — Zebras Out on New Kilimanjaro Safaris Savanna

The Disney Parks Blog has been following our progress as a new animal habitat was added to the end of the Kilimanjaro Safaris
 as a home for a herd of plains zebras. I am pleased to share a photo from the zebras’ first day out (yesterday, October 23) taken by Disney photographer Gene Duncan.
Guests are having lots of fun snapping their own photos of the zebras

Guests are having lots of fun snapping their own photos of the zebras, which in the wild live in eastern and southern Africa. And our animal care team is continuing to keep a close eye on the various members of the herd as they acclimate to their new habitat. The team reports that they are doing great.

Fireworks Over Rancho del Zocalo at Disneyland Park

Here are some photos from earlier this year at Rancho del Zocalo in Disneyland park. No, it’s not just about the food, but rather seeing fireworks from unusual places – for instance, behind the neon sign of Flo’s V8 Café as shown in my last post from Cars Land.

In this close-up, the horse appears to have been spooked by the fireworks. However, I can assure you that no animals were harmed in the making of this photo.

Where’s your favorite unusual place to see the fireworks at Disneyland park?

 

 

New Signature Images Released of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

We sure have a treat today for those of you who just can’t get enough of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. New signature images have just been released that I think sure put the “fantasy” into New Fantasyland.

view of New Fantasyland in detail from the very top turret of Cinderella’s Castle

This first signature image shows a view of New Fantasyland in detail from the very top turret of Cinderella’s Castle. The landscape stretches from Maurice’s Cottage on the left, all the way to the colorful Storybook Circus on the right.

 Belle enjoying a book right outside Maurice’s Cottage

Another photo depicts Belle enjoying a book right outside Maurice’s Cottage, with Beast’s Castle high up on the mountains in the background.

Ariel gazes at Prince Eric’s Castle while the tide rushes in

Here, Ariel gazes at Prince Eric’s Castle while the tide rushes in. Can’t you just hear her singing “Part of Your World?”

Which pic do you like best?

Just a reminder – these two areas of New Fantasyland will open in a preview phase for all Magic Kingdom Park guests November 19, with a grand opening December 6.

Celebrity Sighting! Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Visit Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt went for a race on Radiator Springs Racers at Cars Land recently. Looking closely at this photo, can you guess what other Disney California Adventure park attraction they “dropped in” on?

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt

Elle Macpherson Visits Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Orlando Resort

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Elle Macpherson at UORDuring her visit to Universal Orlando Resort, Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson and her son Cy, age 8, encountered mysterious Egyptian guards at the entrance to the award-winning Revenge of the Mummy attraction. Elle has been in the United States shooting and executive producing her upcoming, all-new NBC show, “Fashion Star.” Universal Orlando hosted the star of “Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model” and her family on August 24, 2011 while they enjoyed a vacation in Orlando. Photo Universal Orlando

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