2010 Journal Archive

January, 2010: Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

We have spent the month of January at the Fort Wilderness Campground in Walt Disney World. This is our fourth month here, and our last. We have had a great time, spent many days at the theme parks, and many more days doing other things. All in all, it has been a great place to spend the winter.

Jim has taken some photos of the World Showcase at EPCOT. The World Showcase consists of pavillions that showcase 11 countries from around the world. The pavillions surround a small lake and are designed to look like the traditional architecture of each country. Some are quite ornate and very interesting. Here are a few of Jim's photos:

Spaceship Earth   |   totem pole   |   door frame   |   roof detail   |   roof detail   |   lamp fixture
building interior   |   Torii gate   |   building exterior   |   statue   |   frieze   |   statue   |   statue   |   pagoda

Our favorite experiences have been the smaller, more intimate encounters rather than the theme park rides. One of our most memorable events was "Dining with a Disney Imagineer." We had lunch with an imagineer at the Brown Derby restaurant at the Hollywood Studios theme park. It was a wonderful meal, served over about a two-hour period. We were part of a group of 12 people who asked questions and talked with an imagineer. Our first lunch was with the art director for the Magic Kingdom. Our second lunch was with a lighting designer. In both cases, we had a marvelous time and learned a lot about Walt Disney World. The other people at the lunches were all Disney fans and contributed a great deal to the experience.

So, next month we head south through Florida. We have much to look forward to, and will report on our adventures as we go along.

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