Pictures #3--An evening at Epcot with more DIS'ers

Dan Murphy

We are family.
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Apr 20, 2000
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<p><b>After leaving the Magic Kingdom, we hopped the Epcot Monorail, planning on
meeting a group of DIS'ers over at the International Gateway.  A quick ride
over and we were there.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5321.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>As we walked through the entrance, the always beautiful at night Spaceship
Earth was aglow.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5323.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>I always enjoy stopping by to check on our family's two Leave a Legacy
plaques on the monoliths.  Seems to give me a sense of being part of the
World.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5324.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>After passing the Innoventions Fountain, the Lights of Winter synchronized
canopy of lights greet us, always a great December treat.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5326.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>It is stunningly beautiful.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5327.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>The light display of winter dandelions is Disney magic.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5328.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>The ever-present sidewalk fountains, still making a pretty display, though
no children tonight romping in their shorts.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5329.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>Overall, Disney!!!</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5330.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>We stopped for a moment to listen to Santa Claus storyteller in Canada as
we wound our way to International Gateway.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5332.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>We met up with the next group of DIS'ers at International Gateway and then
made our way over to the Liberty Inn at the American Adventure for a bite to
eat.  Left to right, helenabear (Elaine), DixieDreamer (Laura), catsrule
(Mary Jo), MJ's DH, Perry (partially visible in green jacket) and NancyIL
(Nancy).  Everyone was hungry and really enjoyed the meal.  It was so
nice seeing MJ, Perry and Nancy again, and meeting Laura for the first
time.  We were hoping to see Swankybeth (Beth) a CPCM DIS'er, but she was
off and we did not get to meet her.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5334.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>Mary Jo and Perry, but no Simba.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5335.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>Laura has that look, after a brief period with me like, 'Another
picture???'</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5336.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>After dinner, we went out to watch the Tapestry of Dreams parade. With
this one, I tried to get a number of the CM's facial expressions and used my
flash for a number of them.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5340.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5341.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>The ToD CM's are so very expressive!!!!!  I love it!!</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5342.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>They are constantly interacting with the guests along the parade
route.  As said before, they try to seek out the children, elderly and
handicapped.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5343.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5344.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>The Sprites are always so 'dainty' and animated.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5345.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5346.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5347.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5348.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5352.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>Do you think this little girl will remember this night???</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5354.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>I know one photographer who remembers many of these parades.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5355.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>A drummer from one of the time/drum wagons smiles down from above.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5356.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>I had posted on an earlier thread about this CM, he really gets into his
act.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5357.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>Here he is again, dancing around the refreshment stand.  He is
great!!!</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5358.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5359.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>A joy to watch!!!!</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5361.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5362.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5363.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>A Reversed Marionette plays with a child next to us.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5364.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5366.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>And finally, a beaming Cosmo goes by and the parade is over.  One of
the best Disney has to offer.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5367.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>A glance back at the American Adventure.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5374.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>We headed off for a partial walk around World Showcase.  We headed
off toward the France direction, over the International Showcase bridge and made
our way to Future World.  Here, the huge Epcot Christmas tree in Showcase
Plaza.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5375.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>Perry offered to take a picture of the DIS'ers in the group, from left,
myself, Mary Jo, Laura (caught with a blink), Elaine, and
Nancy.   </b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5376.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>As we headed up into Future World, I had to grab a few more pictures.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5379.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5380.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>After we sent a few pictures via email/IBM, this CM was waiting to tidy
the place up before closing.  She does not get her picture taken too often
so I asked her to smile for us and a picture.  She was surprised, and
happy.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5381.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>Just a practice shot......</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5382.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>To catch Nancy in an exit shot and </b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5383.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>Mary Jo also.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5384.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>We headed over to Spaceship Earth for one of the last trips through for
the night.  I tried to take some natural light pictures, so very tough they
are with the low light levels and moving ride vehicle.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5385.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5386.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5388.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5390.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>On our way back out of the park, we stopped for about 20 minutes in front
of stage where Off Kilter plays during the day to watch Illuminations.  A
picture of part of our group, soaking in the spectacle.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5392.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5394.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>And with the finale, as always, a blinding light, brighter than
daylight!!!!</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5395.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>We all headed back to the Swan/Dolphin, via the Boardwalk.  The
Dolphin was shrouded in a very pretty fog cloud, the Yacht Club on the very far
right.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5396.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>I took several pictures of the same scene, trying different camera
settings.  Here is another, very close to the first, though slightly
different.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5397.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>And another, with more of the Boardwalk in view.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5398.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>And here, half of the Boardwalk is visible, the fogged Swan in the
background.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5403.jpg" width="337" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>Now, over at the Dolphin for a late night walk around the Christmas tree
and its trappings.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5407.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>Nancy, Laura and Elaine I think, taking it all in.</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5408.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>Festive, isn't it???</b></p>
<p><b><img src="http://dmurphydis.com/WDWDec2002/Dec1/Epcot/DSCN5409.jpg" width="600" height="450"></b></p>
<p><b>To end the evening, we headed over to the Dolphin Fountain for a late
snack.  Some of us were good, some were 'bad'.  I was 'bad' and
someone took a sneaky picture of proof.</b></p>
<p><b>Tomorrow, a morning resort tour.</b></p>
<div align="left"><table border="1" width="60%"><tr><td width="20%"><font face="verdana,arial,helvetica" size="1"><a href="http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?threadid=302927"><b>#1--Arrive
at WDW and an evening at Epcot</b></a></font></td><td width="20%"><font face="verdana,arial,helvetica" size="1"><a href="http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?threadid=307459"><b>#2--A
Day at Magic Kingdom with some DIS'ers</b></a></font></td>
<td width="20%"><b> <font face="verdana,arial,helvetica" size="1"><a href="http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?threadid=308343">#3--An
evening at Epcot with more DIS'ers</a></font></b></td><td width="20%"><b><font face="verdana,arial,helvetica" size="1"><a href="http://disboards.com/showthread.php?threadid=310322">#4--A
day in the sunshine for a holiday resort tour</a></font></b><b> </b></td>
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Beautiful as always Dan!! :) That first shot of Spaceship Earth is gorgeous!
 
As always, wonderful pictures Dan!! You really brought some big smiles to my face remembering that night... first time for ToD & IllumiNations for me and I was able to spend it with some wonderful people. Thanks for the memories and the pictures :)
 
Who thinks we should somehow convince Lady M. that she and Dan need to retire to WDW so Dan can become a WDW Photographer?

These pictures are amazing, Dan! I especially loved the ones of the Boardwalk at night. Just breathtaking.

I'm so glad you go on long trips, cuz' that means we get tons of installments! Thanks, Dan, looking forward to the next round. :)
 
Thanks for the great pictures. EPCOT is my favorite!!
 
As always, Dan, wonderful photos, especially of the ToD parade. Always one of my favorites. Thanks for posting. :)
 
Wasn't that a FUN evening?! :) I enjoyed myself immensely. What a treat to arrive at WDW and almost immediately meet up with some great DISers to start my stay off "just right"!

Thanks for the great photos Dan and for reminding me of all the fun.
 
Thank you so much! I always enjoy your pictures!
 
Thanks Dan. I so enjoyed these photos and also the music. Is it Disney music? Please let me know what it is because I would love to get a CD of it. It is so very peaceful and relaxing. Thanks.
 
Beautiful! :) I sent you a PM asking what kind of camera you have. Great night shots!

Our digital is acting up. Looking for a replacement. Our digital has always taken excellent night shots compared to our 35mm & I want to find one just as good.
 
















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