It’s Just a Fantasy
Some of my friends recently took a road trip to West Virginia to photograph mountains and waterfalls. I found this one in Orlando about 45 minutes from my house. It’s just a fantasy. It’s not the real thing, but sometimes a fantasy is all you need. (Yes, I listen to Billy Joel).
This is another scene from the new Fantasyland area that I saw during the annual passholder preview last weekend at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Believe it or not, I walked right past this waterfall in broad daylight and never noticed it. That’s what happens when you’re intent on a subject. You can miss something better right along your path. As I mentioned yesterday, the “Be Our Guest” restaurant that I planned to shoot was a big letdown for me. This scene was right outside on the left, though.
The castle at the top apparently belongs to some beast. It seems like one hell of an eyesore to me. I could also do without that blue light on part of the waterfall. Some Disney Imagineer probably figured that’s what makes it magical, so what do I know? I’m actually quite impressed that Walt Disney World built a scene like this one just as part of the atmosphere. As far as I can tell, you aren’t meant to interact with any part of it, including the castle at the top. It’s just for looking-at. That’s why it’s just a fantasy.
To get this shot, I had to hang my tripod over the wall of the bridge leading up to the restaurant. Anytime I setup my tripod at Disney along an area where people walk (which is anywhere), others come along behind me and try to get the same shot with their mobile phone. Since it was dark, they were trying to get that shot using flash. That amuses me. Those little bursts of flash probably travel about ten feet. They look at the results with some confusion and try again. A few of them probably got a nice shot of the back of my head, but not the waterfall. Sometimes you don’t need more light. You just need a tripod for a long exposure.