The SATURDAY SIX Celebrates 10 Years of @bioreconstruct – Amazing Photos of WDW and Universal Orlando

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This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at 10 YEARS OF @bioreconstruct! The theme park Universe loves to celebrate anniversaries. Last year we had the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World and the 30th anniversary of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. Next month we have a big one coming up with the 40th anniversary of EPCOT, but this month we something even more special than all of that… the 10th anniversary of @bioreconstruct on Twitter.

To hear how we got to this point, let’s hear from the main himself:

Way back 2006 I was helping with pandemic planning. Twitter was announced and the team and I figured it was a communication method we needed to reference in the training materials. (BTW nearly everything planned for and seemed far-fetched like closing theme parks came true.)

At the time, I didn’t see a need to join Twitter myself. A few years later I was contributing photos to friends in email. It started to be apparent that it would be faster to share photos in Twitter, and that’s all I’ve been doing since. Sharing photos with the real bloggers.

Aerial photos are just a very expensive hobby. I look at them as a theme park version of Sports Photography. Some idea of what will unfold in front of the lens and the shot will only be available for a split second. There is never a particular plan for flights, but my ‘ Spidey Sense’ tells me there could be something interesting to shoot.” – @bioreconstruct

My first personal interaction with Bio came back in October of 2015 when he posted the following photo on Twitter.

You have to remember at the time, DisTwitter had experienced several stories over the previous year of guests being stuck on monorails for an extraordinary length of time. In their defense, there is no entertainment on a stuck monorail and there is no air conditioning. If you feel “trapped” in a closed space with many people you don’t know, 15 minutes will seem like a hour. It’s interminable. In early October of 2015, some guests were stuck on Monorail Yellow for over 2 and 1/2 hours until Reedy Creek Emergency Services could evacuate them.

Less than a week later, Bio was around when Monorail Yellow was once again stuck on the track. So I took his photo and applied a tagline that the candy bar Snickers had famously used for two decades, and posted it on Twitter.

After posting that photo, Bio followed me on Twitter and reached out to me via a Direct Message. A friendship was started that continues to this day. I personally admire his talent, his dedication, and his overall “love of the game,” so to speak. There’s plenty of good photographers in the theme park universe, but precious few great ones. Bio is one of the great ones and is a first ballot Hall of Famer.

However, the thing I respect possibly the most is Bio’s “man of mystery” persona. Despite everyone knowing who he is because of his incredible photography both on the ground and in the air, no one actually knows who he is. In a world of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Tik Tok, that is incredibly rare. We live in a LOOK AT ME world, but Bio keeps to himself, gives out less-than-zero personal details about his private life, and simply goes about his business producing amazing content on a daily basis. It is an impossible task to go through ten years of Bio’s theme park photos to pick out the “best,” so instead we are going to look at various areas he has covered over the last decade and post some of our favorites…

# 6 – Mother Nature

One of the hardest things to photograph in general is lightning, but somehow Bio is always Johnny-on-the-spot and has his camera ready for when a bolt strikes at Disney or Universal.

7/16/19 – We can not confirm the Rumors and Innuendo that suggest this bolt was sent down by Someone above to destroy Fast & Furious Supercharged.  (photo by @bioreconstruct)
6/30/17  – The last thing Volcano Bay needed was more electricity. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
9/6/22 – Lightning in Universal CityWalk with BONUS mirror image. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
8/7/20 – Universal Studios Florida. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
3/15/21 – Islands of Adventure. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
9/6/20  – This photo looks like He Who Shall Not Be Named casting a spell outside Hogwarts Castle. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
10/14/12 – Taken during Halloween Horror Nights, this lightning strike probably scared more guests that night than most of the haunted houses. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
7/12/16 – Looks like Electro himself attacking from The Hulk Coaster. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
8/2/14 – “Sparks” of Imagination?  (photo by @bioreconstruct)

In this photo below there are spotlights shining on the left during a pre-show announcement for the EPCOT Forever fireworks show. Lightning is forming in the clouds on the right. White dot above the cloud is the planet Venus, which leads us to our next section…

7/18/21  – EPCOT. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

# 5 – Look to the Skies

We’ve done several articles in this Fine Blog Series on the craft of theme park photography. The best photographers can take something we’ve all seen a million times and present it in a way that is unique and eye catching. While most of us park goers aren’t astronomers, I think pretty much everyone would enjoy being able to see other planets from inside the theme parks. The good news is: you can. The bad news is, since most of us aren’t astronomers, we don’t know when or where to look. Thankfully, Bio has us covered.

Many years ago I went to the Smithsonian Planetarium show. This was also the same year that visible planets were in a row. I decided that I needed to learn more about the night sky. The Moon is particularly challenging to include in theme park photos, as it’s very bright and moves rapidly enough to become blurry.” – @bioreconstruct

4/22/21 – VelociCoaster. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
9/17/19 – A guest on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit appears to be holding the moon. Bio’s eye for creative shots like this are second to none in the community. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
4/8/20 – A large moon seen during this morning shot at Universal’s Aventura Hotel. This was taken during the time when both Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World were closed due to the pandemic. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
1/30/18 – Optimus Prime “points” to the Super Moon. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
1/19/18 – IOA Lighthouse shines next to the moon. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
9/12/18 – Here we have the IOA lighthouse shining towards the moon along with planets Jupiter and Venus. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Venus and the Moon above Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Spaceship Earth with the Moon and Venus (bright dot at bottom center). (photo by @bioreconstruct)
12/6/21 – Jurassic World VelociCoaster jumps over the moon and Venus in this 6-second long exposure photo. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
10/10/16 – This morning’s line up was bottom to top, moon, Jupiter, Mars, Venus. 2 stars left of Venus in Leo. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
8/23/14 – Time lapse composite of Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon rising  in morning by Disney’s Contemporary. 1 shot every 5 mins. Note reflections in water (photo by @bioreconstruct)
9/11/14 – 5:45AM by the Walt Disney World Dolphin Only 3 Astronauts aboard International Space Station. 3 others landed in Russia about six hours before. #SpotTheStation  (photo by @bioreconstruct)
11/13/20 – An Atlas 5 launch as seen over Seuss Landing. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
1/21/17 – Time lapse of last night’s Atlas 5 launch seen over Universal. As if as a flare from Sapphire Falls! (photo by @bioreconstruct)

# 4 – Big Picture View

The expression can’t see the forest for the trees is used to describe when a person is too involved with minor details to see the whole situation of a subject. For us theme park fans on the ground, we are enraptured by the incredible theming and design that is in front of us, but it takes someone like Bio thousands of feet up in the air to show us how all the smaller pieces fit together to form the larger puzzle. For me personally, these are my favorite style of photos that Bio takes. I can’t get enough of them!

Disneyland Resort. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
The arrow on the left is pointing to Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom, while the arrow on the right is pointing to Space Mountain. This photo was taken on Oct. 1st, 2021, the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.(photo by @bioreconstruct)
How many Disney things can you see just in this photo? Amazing! (photo by @bioreconstruct)
EPCOT. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Overview of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
This aerial of Sunset Blvd in DHS, one of the most wonderful areas in all of WDW, shows all the backstage elements needed to provide that guest experience. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
All star resorts. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Pop Century and Art of Animation as seen through the clouds. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Caribbean Beach and Riviera Resort. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Coronado Springs and Gran Desitno. Note Tower of Terror in the background. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
This photo from 8/1/20 was taken by Bio looking DOWN at the Goodyear Blimp above Coronado! (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Saratoga Springs. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
The EPCOT resorts. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Magic Kingdom Resorts. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
The Poly. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Wilderness Lodge in the center, the Contemporary on the left, and the area that was cleared at Fort Wilderness for the (now cancelled) DVC Reflections property on the right. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Animal Kingdom Lodge. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Galactic Starcruiser. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
ESPN Wide World of Sports. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
3/20/20 – View of what is likely Walt Disney World’s entire bus fleet. Note the double section buses at left, and the count. These were in Magic Kingdom parking because of #COVID19 closure. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
3/19/20 – Ground level view of bus depot shown above. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Blizzard Beach. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Blizzard Beach. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Islands of Adventure. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Universal Studios Florida. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

One of my all time personal favorite shots from Bio is ths one below that shows Universal Studios Florida. What I love about this photo so much is that it shows how much work Universal has done in maximizing space since they are limited it what they can do compared to Walt Disney World’s “blessing of size.” In the photo below we see both trains of the Hogwarts Express (one going to USF, one going to Islands of Adventure), Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit traveling through multiple “lands” of the park, and soundstages that were used for Halloween Horror Nights 30.

USF. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Universal CityWalk. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Volcano Bay. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Cabana Bay Beach Resort in the bottom right of photo, with Sapphire Falls and Aventura Hotel in the direct middle of photo. (aerial by @bioreocnstruct)
Sapphire Falls Resort with Islands of Adventure in the background. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Loews Royal Pacific Resort. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. Dockside is on the left and Surfside is on the right. Top left dirt is the upcoming site for Universal’s EPIC Universe theme park, but we’ll get to that shortly… (photo by @bioreconstruct)

# 3 – DID YOU KNOW….

Bio is a fascinating person to follow on Twitter because he always delivers the goods. Take this shot of  the Nova Corps. Star Blaster with Mission: Space in the background. Seems like a simple photo to the layperson, but is an almost impossible shot to get as it has to be taken from the monorail and the photographer only has a split second to get an unobtrusive shot as the monorail is breaking on a curve.

8/6/22 (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Harmonious in the foreground and the Enchantment nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Magic Kingdom also making an appearance in the background. It is extremely rare for both shows to be taking place at the exact same time. (aerial by @bioreconstruct)

Bio has had many photos go “viral” over the years but the one which got the most attention across the globe was this aerial of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge featuring the Millennium Falcon.

5/29/19 – Bio’s most shared photo. (aerial by @bioreconstruct)

Speaking of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, as far as I know Bio is the only person to take helicopter tours above both Disneyland and Walt Disney World within weeks of each to show the differences between each land.

Aerial comparison of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. First up, May 7 at Disneyland. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial comparison of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. June 20 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

We also have had many examples over the years of Bio taken an aerial photograph one day, only to show the same area from ground level shortly thereafter. This gives an incredible perspective on construction projects.

12/14/19 Aerial view of demolition of Innoventions West. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
12/18/19. Demolition of Innoventions West  as seen from inside EPCOT. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Our next two photos are a wild comparison. First we have a ground view of the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival floral mural taken on March 7, 2020. Now, its important to remember that the Festival ended abruptly March 15 when Walt Disney World closed due to Covid-19.

3/7/20 – EPCOT flower mural. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Our next photo was taken overhead on May 4th, 2020, and you can see what happened to the flower mural. The yellow area is where Bio took his original photo on the ground.

5/4/20 – EPCOT flower mural. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

Follow Bio long enough and you’ll be sitting for a spell under his learning tree as he delivers some pretty interesting facts about the theme parks we love so much. Our next series of photos is going to show how the Disney Imagineers went to great lengths to provide  painstaking details inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Most of which will never be noticed or understood by the majority of day guests.

Comparing globes at top of Crossroads of the World in Hollywood, CA and in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Comparing globes at top of Crossroads of the World in Hollywood, CA and in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
8/17/19 – Mickey apparently starting on his way to the Runaway Railway in the Chinese Theater. Mickey used to face park entrance. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Chinese theater ornamentation in Hollywood, CA. (photo by @bioreconstuct)
Chinese theater ornamentation in DHS. (photo by @bioreconstuct)
Chinese Theater ornamentation in Hollywood, CA. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Chinese theater ornamentation at DHS. (photo by @bioreconstuct)
Chinese theater ornamentation in Hollywood, CA. (photo by @bioreconstuct)
Chinese theater ornamentation in DHS. (photo by @bioreconstuct)

Many Disney fans love “Hidden Mickeys” and there have been several Hidden Mickeys that can only be appreciated when looking down at them from the sky. In fact, possibly the greatest Hidden Mickey in history was built directly into Disney-MGM Studios (now Hollywood Studios). Guests on the ground saw nothing out of the ordinary, but from above…

Hidden Mickey in Disney-MGM Studios. (screenshot from Adam the Woo’s video on the subject)

Here is the state of the “Hidden Mickey” today…

6/21/20 A nearly straight-down aerial look yesterday at Center Stage and surrounding area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. RIP Hidden Mickey. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
3/27/21 Aerial look at Flamingo island in Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom. There’s a hidden Mickey in the dirt. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
12/7/19 Aerial view of solar Mickey playfully hiding behind some trees. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
6/15/19 – Here we have an even higher up view of the Hidden Mickey solar farm, and a better context of where it sits in relation to EPCOT. Lots of great details in this picture including a monorail on the bottom left. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

Let’s take a look at how Bio’s flights above can show us some clever “tricks of the trade” used by Disney. Us guests on the ground often marvel at the incredible work by Imagineers, but like a good magic act, a lot of what we are seeing is an illusion. Take for example the facade for the Dinosaur attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Guests approaching the building are first going to notice the impressive Aladar figure out front, with the Dino Institute in the back. Looking at the building, we see trees and shrubbery in the near background. This tricks our mind into thinking we’re walking into a building that “can’t” be that big, right?

Entrance to Dinosaur. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Up in the air, we can see that Disney cleverly disguised the massive show building we are about to enter by planting trees on top of the building!

Dinosaur show building. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

Staying in Animal Kingdom, let’s take a quick peek at Pandora: The World of Avatar. Guests walking into the land are always blown away by the magnificent “floating mountains” and the incredible rockwork behind them. But with an aerial view, we can see that this rock work and design is meant to block the view of a show building that makes the one used for Dinosaur look small in comparison!

Pandora: the World of Avatar. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

Anyone familiar with “Hollywood” and the art of movie making knows that when it comes to building a film set, you only spend time on details which will be seen by the camera. The same applies for theme parks if we replace “camera” with “guest.” Take Expedition Everest, one of the most brilliantly themed roller coasters in the world. (At least that’s our opinion. Others consider it a “nondescript coaster themed to India or whatever.”) Every aspect of Everest looks INCREDIBLE to those on the ride or looking at the attraction from inside the park.

Expedition Everest. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

However, this aerial photo from behind Everest shows that the back part of the attraction isn’t themed at all.

Backside of Everest (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

 

A theme park photographer always has to keep their head on a swivel, because you never know what details you may catch with the camera…

7/30/22 – As if the Beast castle is on top of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train hill. Photo taken from Contemporary Resort.  (photo by @bioreconstruct)
6/19/22 – Aerial look at Walt Disney’s plane in storage North of Animal Kingdom. Restored to original livery. It was on display in Disney’s Hollywood Studios where Galaxy’s Edge is now. Walt flew in this plane to plan Walt Disney World. This plane will be in Anaheim next week for D23. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
8/7/22 – Aerial look at Walt Disney’s plane being prepared to be shipped to Anaheim for D23. Tail removed, and it seems like there’s work also at the engines. Shipping crate and trailer at right likely part of the transfer. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Seeing Volcano Bay from International Drive can be jaw dropping, but maybe for some it is too distracting…(photo by @bioreconstruct)
5/11/19 – While taking aerials of Universal Studios Hollwood, a Porsche event was seen in progress where the Back to the Future movies were filmed. Court house at left. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
6/15/16 – Bio’s certificate for being the first guest to experience Tron Lightcycle Power Run in Shanghai Disneyland. We’ll see if he can get a similar certificate here in Florida in 2025… (photo by @bioreconstruct)

They say it’s better to be lucky than good, but the best photographers know that “luck” comes from extreme preparation and knowing when to be at the right place at the right time.

Riders on the  Incredible Hulk Coaster rush by as guests hit the top hat on the VelociCoaster. Seems like a shot you could easily get at any time, right? NAY NAY.  (photo by @bioreconstruct)
5/31/14 – Diagon Alley dragon wing being lowered to dragon’s body within the scaffolding. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
5/31/14 – The Diagon Alley dragon wing is at correct height and needs only to be moved sideways and attached to the body. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
5/29/20 Lighted hearts at hotels in Universal Orlando Resort. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

Bio will often post photos from the parks that he has taken over the last several decades, to give an incredible history lesson for theme park fans. On April 10, 2020 Bio posted the photo below of Universal Studios Florida that was taken in 1992. The picture shows the start of construction for Fievel’s Playland (which will be located behind the fence.) This photo brilliantly shows the contrast in themes you will see at Universal (especially back then) as the Pyscho house/Bates Motel sign is seen in the background. On the right of the photo is the original Hard Rock Cafe, which was actually shaped like a guitar when seen from above.

1992 USF. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Universal has gone all-in on mold-a-matic machines, offering multiple designs throughout the year. Bio is always there to get the new figures once they are released and then updates his Twitter followers with a picture of the complete collection. Below is a photo of the entire collection as of Halloween Horror Nights 2022. This includes the various color variations that some of the machines had (because OF COURSE he tracked that as well!)

Universal mold-a-matic figures. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

For me personally, another series of pics from Bio that really stood out was when he photographed the theme park world during the pandemic shutdown of 2020. We collected many of them in THIS ARTICLE, but it is still eery to see places that are normally packed with people just completely empty.

I-4 as seen in March 2020.
Endless Summer in March 2020.
Empty Magic Kingdom in March 2020.
Empty parking lot at Animal Kingdom in March 2020.

Again, to see more photos from this “Can You Believe This Actually Happened?!” moment of time, CLICK HERE.

# 2 – runDisney

Over the years, runDisney has become a HUGE part of the Walt Disney World experience. Runners are insatiable for it, with many events selling out immediately. The rest of us know to avoid those weekends because everywhere is going to be packed. Bio has been covering runDisney events from Day One, and his Twitter feed over the years have given an amazing look at the overall experience.

A Wine & Dine race in 2013 passes by the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights in DHS. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Running through an empty Cinderella Castle. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Not too often you can see the Magic Kingdom this empty in front of Cinderella Castle. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Because runDisney events often have runners going through backstage areas at Walt Disney World, we get views of places we almost NEVER get to see anywhere else….

Rare look BEHIND Soarin’ Around the World.  (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Running UNDER Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
The ultra rare look at Disney fireworks as seen in the morning. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Snow White photo-op during a runDisney event. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Pocahontas photo-op during a runDisney event. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
The Maleficent float from Festival of Fantasy, as seen during a runDisney race. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Oswald photo-op at a runDisney event. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
The Cadaver Dans perform at a runDisney event. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Here is the part which is NEXT LEVEL BONKERS. After completing a runDisney race and providing us many pictures on the ground, Bio has even charted a flight later that morning TO GET PHOTOS OF THE SAME RACE FROM THE SKY. We do not deserve this man.

Here are the runDisney marathon runners backstage at DHS, ascending a hill in-between Tower of Terror and the drained Fantasmic theater. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

If you like runDisney medals, well we know a guy…

2009 runDisney medals. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
2012 runDisney medals. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
2014 runDisney medals. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
1/9/22 – Medals of the  2022 runDisney WDW Marathon weekend. Pluto 5K, Oswald 10K, Donald half marathon, Mickey full marathon, Goofy half-full combo, Dopey medal for finishing all 4. In addition, the Mickey, Goofy, and Dopey have additional ribbons for Perfect completion of all prior years each event. How many people could possibly have this photo?! (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Now I don’t really have much interest in participating in a runDisney event, but I love SEEING stuff from a runDisney event. Especially the stuff that is talked about by runners but barely ever photographed, such as the amount of port-a-pottys used for each race…

A fleet of Minnie Vans and port-a-pottys outside EPCOT. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Many runners “carb up” on bananas pre-race, so naturally there would be a place to dispose of their banana peels. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
The infamous “balloon ladies” at the far right of this photo. If a runner falls behind the pace of the balloon ladies, they are removed from the course. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
The balloon ladies. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

# 1 – Epic Universe (first theme park from ground up)

One of my favorite things on Disney+ so far was The Imagineering Story, because it gave us a behind the scenes look at the creation of several theme parks. Until now, we have only seen the creation of theme parks through the view of Disney and Universal. We see what they want us to see because they are the only ones who had access. Thanks to @bioreconstruct, and technology coming a LONG way over the last 50 years, we finally are getting the first ever look at the creation of a theme park from the ground up.

It all started back in 2018, when Bio took the first charted flight over an expansion area that Universal owned. At this point in time, nothing had been announced but work was being done on something

6/16/18 – Intersection seen is at Destination Pwy. June 16 2018 (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

Since that time, with monthly flights over the area (if not more), we slowly are seeing an actual theme park come into shape.

Center of photo is about the exact center of EPIC Universe. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
When this picture was taken the name of the park was still not announced and was rumored to be Fantastic Worlds. The photo above shows a steady parade of trucks still delivering dirt to the Universal expansion site. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at the first two structures built for EPIC Universe. Large building in front is a chilled water plant for air conditioning. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Bio’s awesome photography in the air has allowed others – including Tommy Hawkins and the Permit Princess Alicia Stella – to make informed speculation on what is coming over the next few years. Our excitement level was already high seeing Bio’s photos of the area, but it goes to a few pitch knowing what we could be looking at…

EPIC Universe. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct, overlay by Tommy Hawkins)
6/24/22 – The rumored track layout for the EPIC Universe hub dueling coaster. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct overlay by Tommy Hawkins)
Another look at the rumored track layout for the EPIC Universe hub dueling coaster. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct overlay by Tommy Hawkins)
Donkey Kong Mine Cart Coaster. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct overlay by Tommy Hawkins)
8/19/22 – Aerial look at the circle of track for load/unload in Yoshi’s Adventure. In Super Nintendo World at Epic Universe. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

An Epic Universe quiz from August 5, 2022. Can you identify the construction projects at the arrows in this aerial photo?

1 Wall in Classic Monster land
2 Footers of high-speed dueling roller coaster
3 Concrete pour at How To Train Your Dragon coaster
4 Attraction at park center
5 Fountain basin.
As of this writing (September 3rd, 2022) we have a photo from Bio taken YESTERDAY showing the current state of the EPIC Universe parking lot. THE LINES ARE ALREADY PAINTED!!!  (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
9/2/22 – EPIC Universe. Yellow arrow pointing to Universal Studios Florida. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

Be absolutely sure to follow @bioreconstruct for his aerial coverage of EPIC Universe, and don’t forget to follow Tommy Hawkins and Alicia Stella for even deeper dives into what Bio is showing us.

Mega thanks to Scott Walker for his pitch perfect b10reconstruct logo as well as this brilliant use of The Simpsons.

HONORABLE MENTION – Animals

One of the most amazing stories since this blog series was created was the battle back and forth between Universal Orlando and an Osprey. This struggle for supremacy, taking place on the highest point of the VelociCoaster track, was covered in depth in 202o’s Theme Park Turkey of the Year Awards. This “fight” between bird and man actually went into 2021, and it wasn’t until the VelociCoaster opened that Universal could finally be declared the winner (the Osprey was given several other options nearby from Universal in which to build its nest.)

Osprey sitting on VelociCoaster track. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

While many remember Bio’s hilarious coverage of the Osprey at Universal, he has been photographing all manner of birds, fish, and other animals in the theme park world over the years.

Eagle on Walt Disney World Swan. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
An anhinga on the EPCOT moveable bridge. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A Calico Heron. Really: a juvenile Little Blue Heron gaining blue feathers. Seen here wading in Seven Seas Lagoon. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A Tricolored Heron on one of the floating gardens in EPCOT. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Duck surveillance in EPCOT. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
The Islands of Adventure duck family out for a walk before bedtime. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Mama duck and auntie jump into the Magic Kingdom parking canal. Ducklings hesitate.
Mama looks back: “Are you kids chicken?” (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A turtle swims among fish in Islands of Adventure.
Florida Softshell Turtle and a fish seen in shadow of a monorail beam in EPCOT. Clouds in sky at right. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Disneyland is known for their feral cats, but this cutie was pictured in the Tomorrowland in Florida. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Four raccoons spotted in Magic Kingdom parking. Likely are cousins of Meeko. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

So there you have it: TEN YEARS OF @bioreconstruct! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out the THEME PARK ENJOYMENT INDEX, giving a monthly recap of all the theme park news you need to know (and a lot more you don’t need to know, but we’re gonna tell you anyway). You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).

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SATURDAY SIX: Tribute to Josh easyWDW

Special Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, Digital Maestro Scott Walker, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of the world famous Disney Cruise Line Blog, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, artist @SonderQuest, the mighty maven of merchandise Hedgehog’s Corner, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and “the Dadalorian” Nick, hot shot Michael Carelli, charter member of the Universal Four @Nitro230, the permit princess Alicia Stella, master cartographer Tommy Hawkins, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Absolutely no help was added by SeaWorld Influencer @SuperWeenieHtJr. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.

Thanks for those 10 years Bio, and here’s looking forward to the next 10! ~ Derek

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3 thoughts on “The SATURDAY SIX Celebrates 10 Years of @bioreconstruct – Amazing Photos of WDW and Universal Orlando

  • September 3, 2022 at 1:05 pm
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    Nice collection of some of his photos. I wish you had included links to the original posts though so we could click through to see larger versions.

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  • September 3, 2022 at 3:48 pm
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    The “Duck Surveillance” photo is a true all-timer. You can’t look at it without smiling.

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  • September 6, 2022 at 10:20 am
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    Great comic about Sea World. Their new coaster is going in!

    Bio Does great work for sure.

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