Some people imagine Disney World with animation. Characters that have made Disney famous dance in the minds of those who try to capture the breadth of this theme park. No doubt everyone has their favorite character or two.
Others zero in on the radiant castle that Tinkerbell flies around as the Disney Marquee. It is certainly stunning in appearance. Walking among its many rooms and photographing its majestic towers is unforgettable.
Colorful buildings of cultural vintage and ethnic flair mark the grounds that envelope us for our dream vacation. Epcot is unforgettable and the geodesic globe stands out as a hallmark feature of the park. Everyone is included in this magical world.
Flowers are stunning. Landscapers must be full-time and constantly planning the next season’s combination of colors, textures, heights and dimensions. Trees, shrubs, lawns and blooms make up this critical piece of the Disney motif.
Nevertheless, do not forget the water. As blue as the canopy of skies overhead, the water ways, lakes, ponds and waterfalls are front and center of Disney World. No matter where we turned or planned our day, water had to be crossed by bridges, boats or overhead trams.
Bodies of water are picturesque. They reflect the beauty of vast blues and sparkling lights. Inside of key exhibits there are massive tanks of water that are the homes of magnificent sea creatures, both large and small.
The reflection off of the surface of these waters adds to the wonder of this magical kingdom. A steady wake from our water taxi makes our hotel begin to shimmer in the morning daylight. When the sun sets, the reflection turns into something spectacular.
Those who plan these water features must have a lot of fun dreaming about what could be done. Ideas must rush from their planning and dreaming sessions like a geyser on overload. Water must be placed in its location first or at least steer the conversation of how these parks are organized, planned and laid out.
Guests are guided along trails that submit to the restrictions of these planned walkways. Bridges are engineered to make the 100,000 walkers connect with the water. They pass over waterways without getting wet or slowing down.
Posing together for unforgettable memories are mighty trees, splendid buildings and resplendent colors. Together they bond together for happy moments for countless people. Yet, the water is almost always there. Add water and there is life, beauty and splendor.
photo credit: brucefong photography