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July 26, 2015

Where in the World #391

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Some players asked about the Hidden Yeti, so here he is. His face is carved into the mountain range. You have to be at the right angle to see him, such as from Flame Tree Barbecue. I find it easier to see him at night. I highlighted his features on the right so you can make them out better.
HIdden Yeti

Now for Challenge #390:
Where in the World #390

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Barrie Brewer

The boat outside the Mexico pavilion along the World Showcase lagoon, specifically the Bonita Verdad.

Here's to you, Karen Ramirez:
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Kristi Strembicki were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Gabriella, Terry And Matthieua, Emma Ramsey, Jeff Schoeling , Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Donna Frank, Andrea Kruszewski, The Kertes Family, Jen Tremley, The Parker Family, Linda Tremley, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Carla C, Sandie Albrecht, Ryan Mccorristin, The Long Family, Team Hill, Sharon Pierce, The Gunnels Gang, Deb Ragno, K Beasley, Andrew Carrieri, Maureen Handy, Matt Wildey, Jim Finley, Kyra C., Karen Schlumpf, Leslie Krysinel, Lori Rienhardt, Phyllis, Alexis , Erin Hammer, Bill Mckim, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Kris Nixon, Smitty, Les Stewart, Tim Johansen, Tricia Noble, Jeremy Reichelt, Carri Marotto, Pat Motin, Christopher Hall, Karrie Duffey, Mary Beth Tarbet, Jamie Poynton, David Tarbet, Gallagher Family, Melissa Rymer, Jackie Purcell, George Mundy Jr, Miguel Gonzalez, Melody Odonnell, The States Family, Claire Gregory , Bonnie Jean, Mark Ledet, Scott Greenbaum, Heidi Goodhue, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Paul Dickson, Hillary Waldroop, Team Bonnie Sue, Patti Mccaffrey, Jess, Kristan Bertelmann, Jeff Blank, Hunter Armstrong, Dave Carriere, Carrie Knepper, Jane Johnson, Kerri Coggins, Ilene, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Don Purney, Vicki Britt, and Karen Ramirez!
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Challenge #391 Where in the world is this?

I made the thumbnail a little less obvious, but you will probably still recognize this right away.

Where in the World #391

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 30th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

July 24, 2015

Documenting Details Around Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have had the pleasure of accompanying Disney Historian Jim Korkis and fellow photographers on tours around Walt Disney World. On each tour, Jim repeated how important it was to photograph and document "everything" in the parks and resorts. Over time, things change, get replaced or plain disappear from guest areas.

With rumors swirling around Disney's Hollywood Studios as attractions are closed without word of what may be coming to replace them, I sought out various details around the park during my last two visits.

Signs in the Streets of America New York area in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Signs in the Streets of America New York area.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 65mm Focal Length.

Streets of America is filled with details movie sets need in a backlot. Authentic locations and details to make people believe they are in New York when it was filmed in Orlando.

Flowers around the mermaid water fountain from the 1984 movie, Splash, at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Flowers around the mermaid water fountain from the 1984 movie, Splash.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/11, ISO 1100, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

This prop always makes me smile remembering this was from Tom Hanks breakout movie, Splash, back in 1984. And, it's right down the street from Pixar Place and Toy Story Midway Mania, something else Tom Hanks had a hand..er, voice, in.

Ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz imprinted in a cement block outside the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz imprinted in a cement block outside the Great Movie Ride.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/5, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 31mm (47mm DX) Focal Length.

I was thrilled to learn Disney and Turner Classic Movies were getting together to give the Great Movie Ride some much needed face lifts. The removal of the Sorcerer's Hat brings back the original appearance of Disney's Hollywood Studios and this should help bring back the luster to the attraction, too.

The sign outside of the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost shop in the Echo Lake area of Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The sign outside of the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost shop.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 160, EV +0.3, 95mm (143mm DX) Focal Length.

You have heard the rumors and I have heard them, the area known as Echo Lake may look a lot different in a few years. Attractions, restaurants and shops could be removed, changed or replaced. For anyone looking to get the iconic Indiana Jones hat, the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost is where you want to go before it gets replaced with something else in the galaxy.

The window to Eddie Valiant's Private Investigations above the Hollywood & Vine restaurant in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The window to Eddie Valiant's Private Investigations above the Hollywood & Vine restaurant.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/4, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 120mm (180mm DX) Focal Length.

Back in 1989, when Disney's Hollywood Studios opened (then called Disney-MGM Studios), Who Framed Roger Rabbit references where found throughout the park as the movie had been a huge hit the year before. Over the years, many of the references have been moved or disappeared. As of today, you can still spot the office window of Eddie Valiant's Private Investigations above the Hollywood & Vine Restaurant.

Have you photographed something in Disney's Hollywood Studios in the past which is no longer there or moved to a different location in the park or the resort? Share them with us in the Comments below.

July 22, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Lights

Deb's Digest Blog

This week our Disney Pic of the Week is LIGHTS! If you have never taken the time to look at the light fixtures at Walt Disney World, in the parks, the resorts, all over... you are missing a huge part of the themeing.

See if you can guess where this light fixture is located, I'll give you three clues.

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ANSWER: It is found in Trader Sam's Grog Grotto!

July 21, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Lights

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I am confident that when it comes to lights and lighting, Disney uses about any kind of light you could think of and probably a lot we never knew about. From the amazing lights used on Cinderella Castle to create the Ice Castle during the holidays to the lights which illuminate the exit paths if a ride stops and guests have to leave their ride vehicles, there are millions of lights used at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Below is one example of a light we see all the time driving around our cities and towns. A simple traffic light which became the center of attention during the Pixar movie, Cars. By it's only flashing yellow during parts of the movie, the light signified loneliness and isolation. When the light was turned on for full use, the town of Radiator Springs came alive with activity and hope.

Traffic light in the center of Carsland at Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Traffic light in the center of Carsland at Disney's California Adventure.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 400, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to quiz you on a light she found in a new, fun location.


July 19, 2015

Where in the World #390

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

I'm sorry, Players; I made a couple mistakes with last week's challenge including not getting the winners in. You did all get into the monthy drawing and I have you listed below. Ugh, what a way to celebrate the 8th anniversary.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Thank you Jennifer Rowell, Jeff Blank, and Vera And Izzy Williams for the anniversary wishes!

Now for Challenge #389:
Where in the World #389

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Barrie Brewer

The temple you go through as you climb the slope on Expedition Everest. Not only is this photo gorgeous, but it shows the Hidden Yeti which is one of my favorites.

Bryant O'meara, the Yeti was working?! I thought that never happened anymore. Lucky you! Wouldn't it be great if they found a way to always have the Yeti working now without having to do the massive overhaul?

Josette Gabel, it's very likely you saw this photo in a calendar. Barrie Brewer, former AllEars team member, took this picture (I'm using it with her permission) and she used to put out a calendar every year.

Jim Thompson, I always post at least one easy challenge a month as well as at least one difficult one and a couple medium ones. I think that's only fair.

Winners for Challenge #388:
The Sands Family were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Sands and to all our winners this week! Sharon Pierce, Robert Wescovich, Deb Ragno, Kye Layton, Jen Cox, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Vickey, Brian Miller, The Filiater Family, Candice Grimes, Stuart Savage, Ken Savage, Karen Taylor, Nan Amor, Jonathan Thomas, Claire Gregory, Briangallant, Michael Heller, K Beasley , Smitty, Team Bonnie Sue, Luis Rodriguez, Bonnie Jean, Suzanne Sevier, Sidonia Silva-reyes, Garrett Simpson, Annie Snodgrass, Jamie Poynton, Daniel F., Jillian Lassiter, Kathy Love, Rob Blundin, Tim Johansen, Andrew Mulino, Mark Franklin, The States Family, Karen Schlumpf, Stefan Owens, Allison Caputa, Scott Precise , Ryan Foley, Nicole Benoit, Carolyn Duff, Bob Hendrix, Hillary Waldroop, Team Hill, Ed Adams, Charlotte O'hare, Jamesd (dzneynut), Kyra C., George Mundy Jr, and Vicki Britt!

Winners for Challenge #389:
Bonnie Jean were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Sands and to all our winners this week! Team Bonnie Sue, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Sharon Gilbert, Carol Baranowsky, John Bickers, Rob Blundin, Karen Ramirez, Vicki Edwards, Nan Amor, Vicki Edwards, Ken Jobin, Jennifer Hess, James Steele, Sandie Albrecht, Deborah Wolfe, Gloria Martin, Phil Vickers, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Gina Smith, Todd Johns, Angela Johns, Karen Taylor, Jessica Mccubbin, Ashley Collins, Mary Beth Tarbet, Sands Family, Chloe Mayhew, Phyllis, Linda Scrivano, The Filiater Family, Candice Grimes, K Beasley, Dennis O'reilly, Kyra C., Jennifer Pichert, Jim Finley, Andy Hickey, Joseph Slowik, Karen Schlumpf, Caitlin Lewis, Les Whitten, Trina Noggle, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Hunter Armstrong, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Josh Weiss, Ed Suscreba, Tricia Petty, Steve Morin, Jennifer Rowell, Marie Alessi, The Parker Family, Vicki Britt, Zach Szymko, The Parker Family, Tim Johansen, Brenda Atkinson, Mike Mondoux , Erin Loring, The Double Family, Vanessa Stjohn, Paul Dickson, Christina Trigiani, Justin Collins, Susan Higginbotham, Pollyanna Buff, Arlene Vicek, Emmy, Maryann Romagnano, Jonathan Thomas, Bryant O'meara, Jeff Blank, Jon Hendricks , Christi Ison, Timothy Gallant, Josette Gabel, Cynthia Linares, Kerri Coggins, Tommy Montgomery, Ldp, Jason Skow, Ken Savage, Larry Drum , Wayne Chadourne, Claire Gregory , Al Sandal, Jacy Golden, Brian Gallant, The Holmes Family, Hobbes And Snorky, Maureen Handy, Melodi Clark, Emma Ramsey, Chuck Everson, Timmy Keenan, Becky Hosinger, Herb Miller, George Mundy Jr, Devin, Matt Wildey, Patrick Broaddus, Linda College, Sonya A., Daniel Record, Jeremy Reichelt, Brian Yesutis, The Gunnels Gang, Cathy Fleming, Terry Fleming, Lori Rienhardt, Jamie Poynton, Eric Berger, The Hutchinson Family, Scott Sangston, Pat Morin, Christopher Hall, Andrew Pettit, Lizanne Fisk, Matt Holley, Maryann Eckenrode, Brian Grabowski, Matthew Jadro, Gallagher Family, Karen Spreitzer, Karen Bellamy, Jim Thompson, Vera And Izzy Williams, Mark Proper, Melody Odonnell, Kris Nixon, Grumpy's Groupies, Renee Hardiman, Luis Rodriguez, Kristi Strembicki, Donna Frank, Team Hill, Theresa Maradei, Jodi Cook, Frank & Sharon Ri, Annie Snodgrass, Melissa Such, Nicole Benoit, Hillary Waldroop, Jim Logue, Andrew Carrieri, Michael U, John Warner, Scott Greenbaum, Mickey Eckert, Smitty, John Casey, Tricia Noble, Deb Ragno, Ed Adams, Brendan Abel, Doug Zimmerman, Robert P. Flaherty, Jane Johnson, Shirley Garcowski, Carla C, Jean Bussell, Robert Wescovich, Rebecca Keenan, Don Purney, Mike Cerce, Jackiej, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieua, Mike Haeberle, Russ Morgan, Theresa Rucando, Adolph And Kimberlytimm, Christine Dagney, Ron Harper, Elaine Kleinhenz, Dayna Guay, Margie Larmon, Kristan Bertelmann, Christopher Thacker, and Megan Krainski
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Challenge #390 Where in the world is this?

This one is pretty easy too. We are moving to another park for it.

Where in the World #390

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 23rd, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

July 17, 2015

Monorail Resorts at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Time to take a spin on the Resort Monorail this week. The monorail stops at the Contemporary, Polynesian Village and Grand Floridian resorts.

Contemporary Resort on the Seven Seas Lagoon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Contemporary Resort on the Seven Seas Lagoon.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/14, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 58mm Focal Length, Polarizer filter.

Okay, so this photo was taken from a Motor Cruiser on the Seven Seas Lagoon, it is still a photo of the Contemporary. Here I used a Circular Polarizing Filter (CPF) to cut through the haze and enhance the clouds and colors of the scene. A CPF is something a good travel photographer should have in his/her bag of tricks.

Lobby of the Polynesian Village Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Lobby of the Polynesian Village Resort.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 2800, EV +0.3, 11mm Focal Length.

Our next stop is the newly named and refurbished Polynesian Village Resort lobby. The lobby seems more functional and inviting now. Still has lots of color and Polynesian tales. This is an example of looking down and finding a new perspective.

Chandelier in the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Chandelier in the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/8, ISO 720, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

The last stop is the beautiful and elegant Grand Floridian Resort. The grand lobby atrium is gorgeous as you enter from the Monorail station. From the floor below, be sure to look up at the chandeliers and patterns of the floors which surround them.

Hope you have enjoyed the ride and remember: Please stand clear of the doors...Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas.

July 15, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Benches

Deb's Digest Blog

The Disney parks go all out when it comes to themeing and that includes details like the trashcans, light fixtures, concrete color, and background music.

Benches also are a huge part of the story in the parks. Imagine my surprise when I entered Tokyo Disneyland and found this familiar Roy and Minnie Bench!

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And just for comparison, here is the one found in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World...

Minnie Mouse shares a park bench with Roy Disney in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.


July 14, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Benches

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Next to trashcans, benches are very plentiful at Walt Disney World. This is a good thing as anyone who has spent a day walking around a Disney park will testify. Park of the "magic" of Disney is that you will rarely find a bench which is wet. This is because cast members will dry off benches in the morning or after a rain.

Cast Members drying off benches in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cast Members drying off benches in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/14, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 18mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to show us a famous Disney bench which traveled overseas.


July 12, 2015

Where in the World #389

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

We are celebrating our 8th anniversary for Where in the World Photo Fun! The first post was on July 16, 2007. Happy Anniversary, Players, and thank you for making this possible. We wouldn't be here if you weren't.
Smiley from Millan.Net

We also celebrate Bastille Day
Smiley from Millan.Net

… and Eid ul fitr plus the end of Ramadan
Smiley from Millan.Net

Congratulations to Mike Venere for becoming a DVC Member!
Smiley from Millan.Net
Big week!

Now for Challenge #388:
Where in the World #388

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

The Frontierland Shootin' Arcade at The Magic Kingdom. I haven't played this in years. Time to revisit it on my next trip.

The Gunnels Gang brought up this also looks like the desert scene in the Land. Then they did this deliberately – that's right, deliberately! – said let's sing the song. Now, you KNOW I have to sing it and I'm taking you guys with me. (Seriously though, good one, Gang!)

Just make believe you're a tiny little seed,
a tiny little seed that's reaching up to meet your need.
With the right amount of faith and the right amount of earth
you'll grow to see the sunshine on your day of birth.

Let's listen to the land we all love.
Nature's plan will shine above.
Listen to the land, listen to the land.

I remember when AllEars used to host MouseFest with other sites; someone set up a meet where a big group of us went on Listen to the Land and sang the song together. Good times!

Then Tricia Noble had to add, "Time to be turning around..." You people love to get me going, don't you? :)

The Sands Family were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Sands and to all our winners this week! !
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Challenge #389 Where in the world is this?

And we're switching parks!

Where in the World #389

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 16th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

July 10, 2015

Photographing Where the People Are at the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

These days it is hard to find any of the Walt Disney World parks and resorts not crowded. As photographers we have to deal with those other tourists the best we can. Outside of Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland, I realized I would not get this composition people-free until closing time.

People walking past the entrance to Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
People walking past the entrance to Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid in Fantasyland.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 400, EV 0, 78mm Focal Length

Instead, I changed my position to line up Ariel in the foreground and the Beast's Castle in the background while shooting above the crowd. I used a small aperture of f/16 to keep everything in focus. I further cropped the final image you see below in post.

Ariel outside the Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid ride in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Ariel outside the Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid ride in Fantasyland.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 450, EV 0, 82mm Focal Length, cropped

As you can see, it changes the whole outlook of the photo. This was what I had in mind when I took the first photo until I reviewed it on my camera's LCD screen. Another advantage digital technology has brought to photography.

For more tips on how to photograph at Walt Disney World when it gets crowded, read my articles on How to Photograph at a Busy Disney Park.

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