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June 26, 2016

Where in the World #439

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!

Thank you SO MUCH for all the birthday wishes! Get in here, group hug!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #438
Where in the World #438

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

Part of The Island Mercantile at Discovery Island in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Ken Savage was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! Evanna Huda, Mary Beth Tarbet, Bonnie Jean, Eric Berger, Margaret Convery, Kristi Strembicki, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Tricia Petty, Claire Gregory, Bruce Hinterleitner, Hobbes And Snorky, Donna Frank, Sands Family, Todd Johns, Julia Wickware, Frances Donahue, Mark Donahue, Team Bonnie Sue, Angela Johns, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Kyra, Beth G, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, The Gunnels Gang , Jim Thompson, Hillary B Waldroop, Rob Blundin, Vicki Britt, Dave Carriere, Jamie Poynton, Kristan Bertelmann, Carla C, Caroline Burmester, and Don Purney!

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Challenge #439 Where in the world is this?

Can you believe it’s the last challenge for June already?! But it is!

So here we go: the ride we’re looking at is new-ish, but its movie came out in 1989. You see that famous red hair in lots of places, but this is a ride, not a meet and greet or parade.
Where in the World #439

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 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!


June 24, 2016

Purple Wishes over Cinderella Castle

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Wishes over Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Purples hues during Wishes over Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 5.4s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, tripod, remote shutter release.

Scott is still on his Stay-cation this week but will be back next week with more on Disney Photography. He hopes you enjoy this purple hued photo of Wishes over Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. After all, it is Fireworks Friday.

June 22, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Full Service Restaurant

Deb's Digest Blog

This month we have focused our Disney Pics of the Week around food. We started with snacks, then quick service and this week it is restaurants. I have numerous favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World, some have been in my top 5 for a very long time.

If you asked me my favorite place to dine over the last few years, I'm certain I would have said the Flying Fish Cafe. In addition to the signature dining experience I was always welcomed like a member of the family.

It is under a major renovation now and will open later this year. It certainly won't look the same, but I hope it still has a familiar "feel".

With the long rehab and closure, transitions occur. Some Cast Members have left Disney to pursue other interests, like Chef Tim Keating. I hear a few Cast Members may retire, and others have found new homes.

At the same time, lots of familiar faces will be at the Fish when it reopens and I look forward to seeing everyone again. Congrats to the new Chef Tim Majoras! I have many fond memories of Chef Tim and look forward to trying his new dishes.

I also look forward to being greeted by the smiles of the welcome team. Having my favorite barkeeps suggest a new wine to try. And of course, having Stig recommend one of his new wine finds that you can't get anywhere else :)

Therefore, my Disney Pic of the Week is the Flying Fish Cafe:

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June 21, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Full Service Restaurant

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As Downtown Disney transitioned to Disney Springs, The Landing area was born with new restaurants and lounges. The Boathouse restaurant is an upscale, waterfront dining experience. Yes, it is expensive but I highly recommend it if you can afford it.

The Boathouse restaurant in The Landing area of Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Boathouse restaurant in The Landing area of Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length

Tomorrow, Deb will share another sit down restaurant.

June 19, 2016

Where in the World #438

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!

It’s been such a sad week in two different ways. My heart goes out to all the victims and their families.

Now for Challenge #437
Where in the World #437

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

My favorite pavilion, as you know, and one of my all time favorite attractions! A lot of you do too and I was so glad to read your notes! I don’t know about you, Players, but I was very pleasantly surprised on how great the restored animatronics look!

We’re talking about the entrance sign for the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros in the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot!

Jennifer Rowell was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Evanna and to all our winners this week! Jennifer RowellThe Kertes Family, Claire Gregory, Kerry A, Evanna Huda, Phyllis, The Gunnels Gang , Martha Collins, Bob, Bruce Hinterleitner, Mary Beth Tarbet, Antoinette Leblanc, Russ Morgan, Jim Misstishin, Matt Wildey, Jim Logue, Linda College, Daniel, Ed Adams, Margaret Convery, Brenda Mclean, Joyce & Steve, Ryan Mccorristin, Julia Wickware, Luis Rodriguez , Julie Signor, Ken Maikowski, Sharon Powell, Team Hill, Joseph M. Zafia, Marguerite Garofalo, Arlene Vicek, Maryann Eckenrode, Kenny, Sandie Albrecht, Melissa Such, Chris Horne , Todd Johns, Renee Hardiman, Tim Starnes, Christi Ison, Brian, Emily Hudson , Staci Baustad, Carla C, Ruben O'meara, Tammy Warmouth , Axel Beer, Angela Johns, K Beasley, Angela Johns, Deb Ragno, Smitty, Laurie Walker, Les Whitten , Mark Donahue, Carol Baranowsky, Tianna Hudspeth , Herb Miller, Kara D & Jay R, Claribel, Belicia, Lori Rienhardt, Scott C., Tricia Petty, The Parker Family, Karen Ramirez, Ken Savage, Gloria Martin , Lee Anastasi, Blake Schmidt, Grumpy's Groupies, Leach Family, Beth Mcmeekin, Josette Gabel, Mike Haeberle Jr, Janet T Thorn, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Ronnie Alvarado, Tom Koval, Hobbes And Snorky, Linda Lundsten, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Sands Family, Larry Sprenkle, Jason Hocker, Andreas Beer, Linda Ranatza, Donna Frank, Kristi Strembicki, Paul Newman, Robert Hildebrandt, Sarah And Chris, Theresa Rucando, Maureen And Warren Handy, Ashley Collins, Mary Tougas, Vera And Izzy Williams, Kerri Coggins, Bonnie Jean, Andrew Carrieri, Michaela O'brien, Mike O'brien, Karen O'brien, Tim Johansen, Nancy Johansen, Olszak Family, Vickie Barca, Jan Rosato, Maryann Romagnano, Kyra, Erin Loring, Team Bonnie Sue, Kris Nixon, Lynne Simpson, Theresa Maradei, Heidi Burke, Paula Massarelli, Vanessa Stjohn, Paul Dickson, Karen Taylor, Jeff Blank, Shannon, Mickey Eckert, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Brian Gallant, Emma Ramsey, The Holmes Family, Robert Wescovich, Wendy T Faler, Karen Costa, Matt Holley, Chris Bauman, Zachary Ott, Patrick Broaddus, Josh Weiss, Erin Hammer, George Mundy Jr, Rob Blundin, Caroline Burmester, Jeremy Reichelt, Scott Greenbaum, Carol Ney, Scott Sangston, Hillary Waldroop, Jason Steinmetz, Vicki Britt, Andrea Kruszewski, Rebecca Keenan, Jim Thompson, Matthew Frey, Cheryl E, Dave Carriere, Tammi Guy, Diana Grady, Carri Marotto, Tricia Noble, Jamie Poynton, Jim Finley, The Harper Gang, Tracy Discher, Wendy Barney, Kristan Bertelmann, Wendy Barney, Cathy Connors, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Mark Hardy, Seth Kunis, Glenn Meyer, Elaine Kleinhenz, Robert P. Flaherty, Sheila Bagg, Lori Ann Milito, Terri Thornton, Frances Donahue , Don Purney, Jo Ann Bailey, Barclay Bakkum, Cindy Vaught, Chris Kelly, Nicole Benoit, Melody Odonnell, Jackie Graebel, Alison Rosenberger, Stacy Guarracino, Wayne Witherspoon, Matt Earl, Meredith Anzur, Reilly, Gallagher Family, and Linda Hoffman!

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Challenge #438 Where in the world is this?

I don’t think it’s a toughie; I hope not! I don't want to mess up Father's Day for all the dads! :-)

And btw, it’s my birthday on Monday. :-)

Where in the World #438

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 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!


June 17, 2016

Riding Down Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Guests riding Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Guests riding Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/15s, f/22, ISO 100, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

While Scott wishes he was riding Expedition EVEREST in Disney's Animal Kingdom today, he is doing a Stay-cation this week and next. He did want to point out this is another motion photo using a slow shutter speed and a steady hand. Scott used Macphun's Intenify CK's Soft HDR filter to pull out the details in the scene.

June 15, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Quick Service

Deb's Digest Blog

It's hard for me to pick just one Quick Service restaurant to highlight. Like Scott said yesterday, my favorite in the Magic Kingdom is Columbia Harbor House!

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So instead of what my favorite is, I want to share a few pictures of the one I think has the best themeing - the Backlot Express - a warehouse of good eating! This is one of the more interesting dining locations in all the parks. You can site inside and be protected from the weather or you can sit in covered areas outside, or even totally outside.

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The props include everything from a paint department, an automotive department, movie set backdrops, and props from all walks of life and cultures. Star Wars weekend fans will also remember that this became a great hangout in the evenings with themed food and beverages!

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Scott and I will be back next week where the topic is Restaurants!

June 14, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Quick Service

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Have I ever mentioned the Columbia Harbour House is my favorite quick service restaurant at Walt Disney World? No? Well, it is. Below is one of the signs outside the restaurant which is very ornate like many signs back in the late 1700's.

Columbia Harbour House counter service restaurant in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
One of the signs outside the Columbia Harbour House counter service restaurant.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length

Tomorrow, Deb will share another quick service restaurant.

June 12, 2016

Where in the World #437

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!

Grumpy's Groupies, you’re all set! It could have got it late, but I put you in with the winners so you’re also there for the drawing.

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

We’re at the Hippo exhibit at Disney’s Animal Kingdom where you can see them underwater. The very colorful human being on the left who is utterly failing at blending in is my husband. Some people always have to get into the act. :)

Evanna Huda was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Evanna and to all our winners this week! Hillary Waldroop, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Emma Ramsey, Troy A Parker, Kris Nixon, Beth Mcmeekin, Josh Weiss, Smitty, Maryann Romagnano, Gloria Martin , Sarah And Chris, Ben M, Meredith Anzur, Phyllis, Wendy T Faler, Tim Johansen, Joseph M. Zafia, Hobbes And Snorky, Andrew Carrieri, Mark Donahue, Jason Steinmetz, Claire Gregory, Frances Donahue, The Gunnels Gang , Eric Enli, Paul Newman, Maryann Eckenrode, Caroline Burmester, The Holmes Family, Mark Hardy, Mike Haeberle, Mike Malampy (Malampy Benco Family), Liz Moreau, Brian Mcwithey, Cheryl E, John Warner, and Don Purney!

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Challenge #437 Where in the world is this?

Enough toughies for a while! We are jumping parks and taking a walk! If anyone’s hungry or needs to pick up souvenirs, we’ll have plenty of opportunities for both.

Where in the World #437

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 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!


June 10, 2016

Nikon Picture Spots at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Looking for a great place for a picture perfect photo at Walt Disney World? Using all the techniques I have outlined the last few weeks, Disney and Nikon have teamed up to take the guess work out of a good photo location.

Look for Nikon Picture Spots throughout the parks. They were chosen to provide good places to take a photo of the scene and, especially, for taking photos of you, your family, friends and maybe a random fellow guest and their family (I get asked a lot to do this at the parks). For us old-timers, they were known for years as Kodak Picture Spots but Nikon took over sponsorship a few years ago.

Nikon Picture Spot for Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Nikon Picture Spot for Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/18, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 24mm Focal Length.

What is interesting at this Nikon Picture Spot in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingodom is the changes that have taken place since the original photo was taken. It has changed even more since I took this photo back in 2014 with the new Hub design.

I will be taking an early summer break the next two weeks. Look for a couple of fun photos as I recharge my photographic batteries.

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