The Astro Orbiter is a rocket-spinner attraction at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It opened in 1974 as the StarJets, an attraction similar to the Rocket Jets at Disneyland. In 1994, when the New Tomorrowland opened, it was overhauled and renamed. The attraction is known as a "spinner," in which vehicles are lifted into the air by large arms coming out of a spinning central core. It is located at the top of Rockettower Plaza, where Tomorrowland Transit Authority's station and the Lunching Pad are located as well. This ride is like the Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Fantasyland. You rise several feet in the air in an open rocket ship. Enjoy!!!
Here's another shot of Cinderella's Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom. This is truly one magical place and structure. The amount of detail and the care taken to light the castle makes it the most recognizable landmark on Disney.
When visiting Disney we usually arrive when the parks open in the morning. We visit almost every corner there is to see, grab lunch and head back to the hotel to take a power nap---This is essential to recharge your batteries and head back out to appreciate the night life inside the parks.
Photographing at night is better because there is less guests visiting and walking around and potentially in front of your camera. It is also a great idea to use an extremely wide angle lens to be able to get really close to your subject.
For this shot I used my D700 with a Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 @ 14 mm to get really close and avoid any humans in the frame. It's also important to point out that when using such lens you have to be careful because they produce a lot of distortion. In this case, I like the effect created by the lens.
Rocking Roller Coaster
One of the most interesting places to take photographs of all Disney parks is Epcot. There's just so many interesting sights that it takes you a while to decide what you want to capture.
In my personal experience I just scout the area first and then come back and wait for that specific moment when everything is just perfect and then--- click, click, click!
This one was captured in the French Pavilion in Epcot. Disney Imagineers put a lot of incredible detail in replicating all different aspects of the countries shown in the park. At the distance you can spot the Eiffel Tower.
Paris in Epcot
I've been fortunate enough to have visited Walt Disney World in about five different occasions. Once you have experience in Disney, you know there are some events that are a must to watch. Those shows that if you miss them you feel that you didn't visit the park.
One of those is the fireworks spectacular at Cinderella's Castle. The display is so well planned by Disney Imagineers, that it doesn't matter how many times you've seen it---you want to see it one more time.
You can see why below. Enjoy and let the magic begin!
Sometimes I wish I was here!