Over the last few years, I have meet and befriended many fans of Walt Disney World. At times I have asked and received help from this wonderful group of people. Sometimes I help them. It was in this spirit I got an email from a friend who was currently at Walt Disney World the day before I was to leave for Orlando a couple of weeks ago. He had heard about a special event he thought I would be interested in while talking to a Cast Member at the Magic Kingdom. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds, a precision flying team, was going to do a flyover of the Magic Kingdom the next afternoon. While he would be leaving before the event, he knew I would be there.
I quickly sent an email to an Orlando, Florida based photographer who sometimes works for Walt Disney World to confirm the details of the Thunderbird flyover. He had not heard about it but contacted his friends at Disney and got all the details for me. Unfortunately, I would not be able to be in the Magic Kingdom during the flyover as my tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party stated I could not enter the park until after 4pm. The flyover was going to occur during the afternoon party at 3:22pm. Not one to get discouraged, I decided to photograph the flyover from the Ticket and Transportation Center’s Ferryboat Dock which is right across from the Magic Kingdom.
As I was doing this, my AllEars.net team member, Mike Bachand, was video taping the parade, the flyover and did interviews of Air Force personnel being honored during Air Force Week. Mike used some of my photos to get complete coverage of the event. After the Thunderbirds flew over the Magic Kingdom, they continued right over the Seven Seas Lagoon and directly over my location at the Ferryboat Dock.
After the flyover, I took the next ferryboat over to the Magic Kingdom and meet up with my photographer friend, Bob Desmond, and he shared with me this spectacular photo.
Bob was very excited about getting a unique view of this event by including the Halloween decorations and the guests photographing the F-16 jets of the Thunderbirds. Truely a sight rarely seen in person and a challenging photographic opportunity. Thanks to my friends, Bob, Mike and Ray who first told me of the event or I would have been back at my resort room totally oblivious of the Thunderbirds flyover.