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May 7, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Jiminy Cricket

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have always found certain characters are easier to find if you check in with a park's Guest Services. I did that when my children were little as they usually wanted to see a special character or two on our trips. That was before I found who has a handy Character Meet and Greet FAQ to answer all your questions about characters at Walt Disney World including the likest places to find them.

Besides parades, I had never seen Jiminy Cricket at a Meet and Greet until I traveled out to Rafiki's Planet Watch with my niece's young sons. There we found Jiminy in his snazzy suite and cane as well as Pocahontas and Rafiki. It is usually not too busy there with short or non-existent lines to meet them.

Jiminy Cricket greets young guests at Rafiki's Planet Watch in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jiminy Cricket greets young guests at Rafiki's Planet Watch.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/80s, f/4.2, ISO 200, EV 0, 32mm (48mm DX crop) focal length, bounce flash.

I took this photo back in 2009. I recently found out Jiminy Cricket had taken a short vacation from Rafiki's Planet Watch but he has returned.

December 14, 2007

Photographic Innoventions: Hats Off to More Disney Props

Last month I did an entry on Props at Walt Disney World and asked people to send in their favorites. By far the most popular ones where all the different and fun hats you find in shops throughout the resort. As an example, my daughter is trying on a very patriotic hat in The Chapeau, a hat shop on Magic Kingdom's Main Street. This shop can monogram almost any hat and, of course, Mickey Ears for you while you wait. Hats found in World Showcase are a big hit with our Photo Blog readers from French Berets, Sombreros in Mexico, Coolie hats in China to Homburg style hats in Germany. The little outdoor shop at Rafiki's Planet Watch in Disney's Animal Kingdom has all kinds of safari hats. My daughter just had to model one for me.

Safari hat. © Scott Thomas Photography 2007
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4.5, 200 ISO, -0.3 EV, 40mm focal length

Other popular suggestions for props was RC Car from Toy Story at the All Star Movies resort, the larger than life Troll in Norway's Puffin's Roost shop, a Cinderella statue at the Marketplace in Downtown Disney similar to Buzz Lightyear I mentioned in the first Disney Prop entry and the Mickey sculpture at the Contemporary resort with Mickey ears perfect to sit kids in.

Would like to continue this topic so if you have a favorite Walt Disney World prop, I'd like to hear about it! Just leave a Comment using the link below.

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