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July 20, 2014

Where in the World #341

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!

Stuart Savage, thank you for such a lovely note!

Also, thank you to everyone who voted for Deb Wills as the Best Theme Park blogger! I'm still disappointed that she got second (she's not, she's thrilled! Such a good heart!); she'll always be the best to us!
From Millan.Net

Last week's challenge: number #340
Where in the World #340

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

It's Figment's Melody Maker! Located in the ImageWorks "What If" Labs in Epcot's Imagination! pavilion.

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Donna Frank, Jennifer Rowell, The Kertes Family, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Eric Berger, Jonathan Thomas, Christi Ison, Theresa Rucando, Mary Beth Tarbet, Deb Ragno, Ellen Campbell, Vera Dercole, Kristi Kelly, Lori Rienhardt, Ellen, Olszak Family, Bryant And Ruben O'meara, Jenny Brennan, Shannon Heffern, Tom Swan, Tom Koval, The Gunnels Family, Virginia Pierce, Christy Dehning, Theresa Fontaine, Team Hill, Bethany Angermaier, Tricia Petty, James Warda, Andrew Carrieri, Pati Nystrom, Kelley Madensky, Erin Hammer, Megan Krainski, David Villarrubia, Vera And Izzy Williams, Phyllis, Pollyanna Buff, Kathie Peluso, Beth Richards, Tim Breaux, Ann Dunnington, Demetrios Makres, Stuart Savage (uk), Margot Garofalo, Christine Dagney, Yvonne Marchione, Mary Dieuliis, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, Carolrn722, Tinkerbell Wells, Mary Ann Lamay, Mike Haeberle, Todd Johns, Kathy Davies, K Beasley, Laura V., Josh Carney, Sharon Pierce, Rosemarie Novelo, Sarah Francis, Angela Fennell, Jennifer Peterson, Candice Grimes, Tonya Gibson , Debbie, Scott Precise, Ralph Chamberlain, Missy Bremer, Kelly Deleon, Tyler Otts, Desiree Fremer, Kenny, Hobbes And Snorky, Arlene Alejandro-mace, Jennifer Harmon, Lee Deroia , James Wiley, Paul Moore, Susie Howard, Maggie Klotz, Eric Johnson, Karen Schlumpf, Linda Scrivano, Mike Mondoux, Stefanie Vest, Ken Daube, Chuck Sands, Louise Moss, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Beth Pleban, Maureen Handy, Christina, The Kahle Family, Nan Amor, Grumpy's Groupies, Maryann Romagnano, Etcoggins, Al Desimone, Deb Desimone, Tim Johansen, Suzanne Renfroe, Team Bonnie Sue, Les Stewart, The Long Family, Wayne Beck, Jennifer And Elizabeth Geno, Michele Zowacki, Lisa Bufo, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Mike Amor, Caroline Steill, Vanessa Gordon, Josette Gabel, Carrie Mckinney, Russ Morgan, Jizelle Pickering, Julia Marsh, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Kevin Parmeland, Kymie Crews, Gail States, Bonnie Tulenko, Tricia Noble, Carla C, Patti Mccaffrey, Rob Blundin, Rebecca Keenan, Gloria Martin, Evald Olson, Dave Carriere, Karrie Duffey, Caroline Burmester, Nicole Benoit, Kelly, Scott Harrington, Angel Diven, Angela Horan, Mike Malampy, Les Whitten, Les Whitten, Vicki Britt, Jen Tremley, Shannon Murray, Hillary Waldroop, Erin, Betsy Silvestri, Walt Sent Us, Emily Hudson, Karen Adamakis, John Bickers, Kristin Dormuth, Brian Grabowski, Amber Slifer, Tom Higbee, Jane Johnson, Sarah Coleman, Kerry Mccaffrey, Olivia D, and Joan Lindley.
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Challenge #341 Where in the world is this?

We're staying in the parks again, although not necessarily the same one, for this week's challenge!
 Where in the World #341

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July 18, 2014

Family Photography at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

On all my trips to Walt Disney World, my family is with me. They put up with my constant clicking of my camera shutters, are very patient when I bring the tripod to the parks and very supportive of the results. Below are a few photos I took of the family on our latest trip back in May.

Family photography at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Family photography at Walt Disney World (see text below).

We brought along my Sister-In-Law who had a great time. In the upper left, she is with my eldest daughter with Donald Duck at his Safari Breakfast in Disney's Animal Kingdom's Tusker House restaurant. The upper right has the family group on the staircase to Boma restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Botton right has my youngest daughter's hair blowing in the wind provided by the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride in the Magic Kingdom. The bottom left has my wife with her sister in front of Cinderella Castle at one of the Nikon Picture Spots (yes, looks like all the Picture Spots have been updated with the new sponsor).

The family loves these photo opportunities and Walt Disney World is as photogenic with people as it is without. Hope these will give you a few ideas on photographing your family when visiting Walt Disney World in the future.

July 13, 2014

Where in the World #340

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!

Last week's challenge: number #339
Where in the World #339

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

The Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort! Like Michelle Palazzo, it's my favorite moderate resort. :)

The Gunnels Family: I remember what you do about this place. Thanks for making me feel old!
“Why I remember when this was Port Orleans and the other resort was Dixie Landings!” From Millan.Net

Plenty of you asked for beignets: did you know Disneyland makes Mickey shaped beignets?
Now I'm craving them; thanks, Players. :)

Michaela O'brien was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Michaela and to all our winners this week! Mike O'brien, Daniel Record, Kristi Strembicki, Tricia Petty , Mary Beth Tarbet, Chuck Sands, Ed Elder, Christi Ison, Dee Dee Kenney, Bill Mckim, Virginia Pierce, Paula Massarelli, Nan Amor, The Parker Family, Betsy Silvestri, Diane Tredore, Sharon Pierce, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Linda Ranatza, The Kertes Family, Carol Ney, Barbara Ajak , Linda Scrivano, Leigh Mertz, Erin, Brian Miller, Bruce Jones, Phil Vickers, Pollyanna Buff, Stephanie Peterson, Craig, Dwayne Fontenot, Janine, Kylie Durr, Jason Hocker, Kerri Coggins, Jenny Brennan, Jen Tremley, Pat Schwier, Beth Pleban, Laura Lagerstedt, Theresa Rucando, Mike Schmidling, Emily Hudson, Lisa, Sarah Francis, Ken Maikowski, Mike Haeberle, Ed Suscreba, Diane Marsden, Eric Johnson, Lisa Collymore, Michelle Darabaris, Dave Freemyer, Michelle Darabaris, Melissa Such, Kye Layton, Jennifer Rowell, Leslie Schmauder, Kristaserpi, Kellie Conway, Nick Ruber, Hillary Waldroop, Mike Mondoux, Wendy Barney, Fiona Knight, Valerie Nance, Brian Newell, Roberta Thomas, Jamesd (dzneynut), Jeffrey Howell, Tommy Montgomery, Brittany Chichester , The Gunnels Family, Ryan Mccorristin, Tyler Otts, Laura V., Sarah Orman, Gina Smith, Phyllis, Ken Clark, Shannon Savoia, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, The Emich Family, Heather Sabatino, Tracey Horan, Tom Koval, Kara Morton, Cathy Derecola, Deb Ragno, Kim Miller, Jodi Cook, Judy Simonsen, Caroline Steill, The Long Family, Stefanie Vest, Lorine Landon, Belicia Cullen, Karen Schlumpf, Darcie , Agnes Ciotti And Danielle Harsley, Sherry Debray, Christine Dagney, Scott Cullen, Joe Kmiech, Amy P, Maryann Eckenrode, Tim Johansen, Josette Gabel, Lee Deroia , Jim Thompson, Lisa Bohannonl, Marsha Waidelich, Lee Anastasi, Paul Knott, Carla C, Patti Gumiela, Hobbes And Snorky, Sandie Albrecht, Vera And Izzy Williams, Shari Sand, John Mahoney, Carol Collins, Dusty Cheatham, Karen Bortz, Matt Wildey, Jeremy Hardy, Suzanne Renfroe, Donna Frank, Sherry Tarantino, Nancy Ahlsen, Susie Howard, Kris Nixon, Herb Miller, Maureen Handy, Samantha Palmieri, Grumpy's Groupies, Lori Rienhardt, Robert Davis, Lisa Bufo, David Leonhardt, Scott Mcbride, Leigh Robillard, Carolyn Como, Wendy Markwood, Andrea Kruszewski, Rob Blundin, Chris, Gail States, Bruce Hinterleitner, Dawn Bach, Madison Hovan, Stefan Owens, Kirsten Miller, Matt Cofone, Debbie Desimone, Heather Pedulla, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Mary A., John Bickers , Demetrios Makres, Steve Morin, Michele Zowacki, Stacey Guman, Team Bonnie Sue, Antoinette Leblanc, Tiffany Gibb, Karen Costa, Les Stewart, Mike Malampy, Russ Morgan, Maggie Klotz, Stephanie Newell, Chloe Mayhew, Matt Weier, Kimberly O'reilly, Vincent Maltese, Meg Brancato, Marjie Phillips, Chris Bauman, Darci Collins, Maureen Tavrell, Elaine Kleinhenz, Jeremy Reichelt, Al Sandal, John Wolff, Matt Holley, Lisa Zitek, Terry Fleming, Elizabeth Scarborough, Anastasia Macneil, Monica Owens, Alexander Wells, A. Beaulieu, Sara Alaimo, Juliet O'hare, Emmalee Poprock, The Patterson Family, Kirk Hardy, Les Whitten, Ron Harper, Mike Cerce, Deborah Wolfe, Dave Carriere, Josh Carney, Smitty, Desiree Fremer, Stephanie Dollar, Patrick Broaddus, Alex A, Brenda Hawk, Scott Greenbaum, Scott Harrington, Julie Ob, Rebekah Schultz, Ashley Collins, Cheryl Chambers, John Foggo, Rob Hepler, Heidi Goodhue, Mickey Eckert, Cynthia Hitchcock, Tom Hermes, Shelby Watson , Claire Gregory, Jennifer Peterson, Randy Thomas, Fran Rendulic, Brad Mossbarger, Betsy Dross, Rebecca Keenan, Christopher Hall, Annie Snodgrass, Kevin Morgan, Vicki Britt, Robbyn Anglin, Jennifer Mercier, Michelle Palazzo, Elizabeth Cordes, Julia Marsh, Suzanne Denham, Arlene Vicek, Jennifer Bogdan, Jackie Graebel, Jane Johnson, Kim Howe, Karen Ramirez, Meredith Rule, Eileen Miller, Shirley Garcowski, John Dupre, Paul Dickson, The Foley Family, Teri Michalski, Amber Slifer, Carrie R, Stacy Guarracino, Tricia Noble, Melissa G, Kevin Ennis, Patti Mccaffrey, Olszak Family, Andy Hickey, Diane Furtado, Nathan York, Kyle Burdo, Deb Horvath, Carey Smith, Jeff Blank, Caroline Burmester, Kendra Hettel, and Marissa D'ambrosio.
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Challenge #340 Where in the world is this?

We are in a park!
 Where in the World #340

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July 11, 2014

Riding Tomorrowland's Astro Orbiter in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have been visiting Walt Disney World since 1983. In all that time, I have never ridden one of the iconic rides in the Magic Kingdom. This has always been my view of it...

The Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Long exposure photo of the Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 6s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 55mm focal length, tripod.

On my last trip, I was bound and determined to rectify such an oversight. The Astro Orbiter has a very different queue. You line up in an outdoor queue below the PeopleMover platform. As you get close to the elevators, you are given a pilots card or a riders card and you are then placed in a holding area. The people in the holding area will take the next elevator up to the Astro Orbiter platform. Upon reaching the loading platform, you will have unique views of the Magic Kingdom.

Getting to Tomorrowland's Astro Orbiter in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Getting to Tomorrowland's Astro Orbiter.

The main fascination for riding the Astro Orbiter on this trip was to do some slow shutter speeds while piloting one of the rocket ships. It is not that easy but I managed to get this one out of all the photos I took which came out.

Riding the Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Long exposure photo of the Astro Orbiter from the Pilot Seat.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/10s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

Remember, motion photography is a high risk, high reward kind of photography. I felt very rewarded with the last photo. Until next time Space Rangers...To Infinity and Beyond!

July 6, 2014

Where in the World #339

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!

Steve And Ruby Jordan are down in Walt Disney World!! Have a magical trip!

This week had 2 big holidays! Happy Canada Day and Happy Independence Day!
From Millan.Net From Millan.Net

Thank you to Judy Simonsen, Jennifer Rowell, Sandie Albrecht, Susie Howard, Claire Gregory, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti for your wonderful notes! I'm glad you like the picture. :)

Patrick Broaddus, I can't believe we just missed each other! That would have been fun!

Some Players asked about my ECV: it ZOOMED! I had to turn down the speed control when I had foot traffic around me out of fear of bumping into them. I even buzzed around Star Tours so fast that I got a reputation with the cast members: “So you're the Hell's Angel that's blasting around here!” Sigh. I miss you, Apple Scooter #76.

Sandie Albrecht, yes Pal Mickey still works! And I still get people who want to know where to get one. His outfit was a big hit with guests and Cast Members, especially those working in Exhibition Hall. One cast member called him the "best Mickey ever". His biker outfit was popular in Downtown Disney too. (Yes, he had to have a biker outfit! He was riding on a scooter!)

Last week's challenge: number #338
Where in the World #338

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

“Sharing the Magic”: the statue of Roy O. Disney and Minnie Mouse! My husband had a lot to discuss with Roy. ;)

Let's take a moment to thank Roy's memory. Just as we wouldn't have anything we love about Disney without Walt, we'd have none of without Roy O. Disney. He was the one who made Walt's dreams come true. Thank you, Roy.

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Ed Suscreba, Linda Ranatza, Tim Johansen, Donna Frank, Carol Ney, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Nan Amor, Chris Kelly, Mike Amor, Andrea Kruszewski, Mary Beth Tarbet, Tricia Petty , Diane Tredore, Phyllis, Carla C, Tinkerbell Wells, Christi Ison, The Gunnels Family, Theresa Rucando, Nancy Ahlsen, Judy Simonsen, Lyn Johnson, Jeanell Todd, Belicia Cullen, Candice Grimes, Kim Howe, Lynette Michalos, Scott Cullen, Jamesd (dzneynut), Ed Hogan, Emily Hudson, Robin Mcconnell, Mike Schmidling, Teresa Frangakis, Wendy Barney, Julia Wickware, Paul Dickson, Pablo Moreno, Tom Neary, Dan Edwards, Vanessa Gordon, Holly Liska, Kathleen Glovna, Jennifer Rowell, Scott Precise, Christen Johnson, Sharon Pierce, The Long Familt, Mike O'brien, Kye Layton, Jean Myers, Rob Hepler, Anne Mcatee, Erin Ryder, Steve And Ruby Jordan, The Kertes Family, Diane Dukes, Caryn Schill, Sarah Orman, Les Stewart, Vera And Izzy Williams, Melissa Such, Annette Nuenke, Dave Freemyer, Michelle Darabaris, Chris, Gretchen, and Katie Barnes, Karen Ramirez, Dena Derr, Grumpy's Groupies, Deb Ragno, Claire Gregory, Shane Cash, Lori Rienhardt, Sandie Albrecht, Ellen Sullivan, Kathy Davies, Betsy Silvestri, Pat Schwier, Olszak Family, Rebekah Schultz, Virginia Pierce, Eric Johnson, Tina Powell, Fred Shakeshaft, Jennifer Walker, Herb Miller, Elaine Kleinhenz, Laurie Ruggeri, Scott Greenbaum, The Parker Family, Ed Lijght, Diane Curfman, Patty Carty, Janet T Thorn, Sheryl Hicks, Barbara Ajak , K Beasley, Bill Mckim, Lee Anastasi, The Emich Family, Kirsten Miller, Christina Prignano, Lisa Bohannon, Tyler Otts, Maryann Romagnano, Maggie Klotz, Mike Haeberle, Haylee Smolek, The Fosbender's, Rosemarie Novelo, Team Hill, Kathy Morris, Bob Hendrix, Leach Family, Kenny, Hobbes And Snorky, Lynne Schneider , Deborah Wolfe, Lynne Schneider, Megan Krainski, Tom Koval, Karen Spreitzer, Les Whitten , Cassy Dickerson, Erin Hammer, Susie Howard, Laura Herzog, Angela Curley, Linda College, Rob Blundin, Pollyanna Buff, Maureen Handy, Bruce Hinterleitner, Gail States, Evald Olson, Kathleen Tyrrell, Ellie Argaluza, Jeff Wetmore, The Kahle Family , Eric Enli, Michele Mongeon, Karen Schlumpf, Suzanne Renfroe, Stefanie Vest, Demetrios Makres, Josh Weiss, Bryant And Ruben O'meara, Stefan Owens, Sharon Powell, Jen Tremley, Chris Joyce, Kris Nixon, Madison Hovan, Kerri Coggins, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Chloe Mayhew, Larry Sprenkle, Jim Finley, Luis Rodriguez, Russ Morgan, Dennis Carter, Dwayne Fontenot, Desiree Fremer, Joseph A Brown, Murr Family, Chris England, Heather Sabatino, Double Family, Josette Gabel, Team Bonnie Sue, Jeremy Hardy, Gary Drake, Jeff Blank, Jason Hocker, Dusty Cheatham, Terry Blair, Amy Santapau, Brian Grabowski, Kim Watson, Michele Johnson, Chris Bauman, Christopher Hall, Tricia Noble, Jeremy Reichelt, Caroline Burmester, Beth Josuweit, Davida, The Hutchinson Family, Erin Connell, Patrick Broaddus, Dee Dee Kenney, Monica Owens, Alan Mize, Rebecca Keenan, Wayne Witherspoon, Melody Odonnell, Matt Holley, Terry Fleming, Daniel Record, Carri Marotto, Dick Smith, Kim Paulakos, Anastasia Macneil, Team Meeker, The Patterson Family, Jim Thompson, Woodlandrealmprincess@hotmail.com, Tim L, Gloria Martin, Craig, Ron Harper, Jan Rosato, Arlene Vicek, Kameo Crea, Chuck Sands, Lorine Landon, John Bickers , Marcia Mardirosian, Harrison Grasso, Sara Holloway, Andrew Pettit, Melissa Littman, John Paul Carnell, Josh Carney, Dave Carriere, Karen Bellamy, George Mundy Jr, Joseph M. Zafia, Heidi Goodhue, Theresa Maradei, Mickey Eckert, Jackie Graebel, Jane Johnson, Liz Moreau, Susan Higginbotham, Maryann Daly, Wendy Duff, Gallagher Family, Lynn Lofton, Jodi Cook, Vicki Britt, Barclay Bakkum, Randy Thomas, Mike M., Kyle Burdo, Darrell Shortt, Amy Fleming, Jo Ann Bailey, Debra Buckhannon, Jackie Klafeta, Carolyn Como, Tom Swan, Margie Larmon, Smitty, Jim Webber, Mike Cerce, Skip Caraway, Judy Bradshaw, Stacy Guarracino, Sarah And Chris, Lorraine Soper, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, and Maryann Eckenrode.

Time for our monthly drawing! And the winner is: Kirsten Miller! Congratulations! You will be getting a prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #339 Where in the world is this?

We have left the parks!
 Where in the World #339

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July 4, 2014

Flag Bearer outside the American Adventure

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps member carries the Spirit of '76 flag in front of the American Adventure in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps member carries the Spirit of '76 flag in front of the American Adventure.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/250s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.3.

Today, the United States of America is celebrating its 238th year since America declared its independence from England. Each day in front of the American Adventure in Epcot's World Showcase the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps perform fifteen minute shows of patriotic songs and songs of the colonial era throughout the day.

TIP: After the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps finishes, the Voices of Liberty, an a cappella group, will then be performing in the rotunda of the American Adventure pavilion.

For my fellow Americans, have a safe and fun holiday weekend.

July 1, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Flower and Garden Festival

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Each year the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival transforms the park into a display of natural colors and shapes of favorite Disney characters using over 100 topiaries to decorate both Future World and World Showcase. This year, Disney brought in a couple of new celebrities who were promoting their new movie.

Kermit the Frog serenades the love of his life, Miss Piggy, surrounded by posters from their lastet movie, Muppets Most Wanted. The topiaires can be seen between Germany and Italy around Epcot's World Showcase.

Kermit the Frog serenades Miss Piggy between Germany and Italy in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy topiaries during the 2014 Flower and Garden Festival.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 1000, EV 0, 40mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her whimsical view for the Disney Pic of the Week on the Flower and Garden Festival.

June 29, 2014

Where in the World #338

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!

Sandie Albrecht, thanks for asking! But I'm not one of the bloggers here so I don't have one for the trip. :) I will say I saw a whole new side because I traveled with a ECV scooter and couldn't walk.

Last week's challenge: number #337
Where in the World #337

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

It's me in front of City Hall in the Magic Kingdom with a message for all of you! (You can also see my Pal Mickey, Glow with the Show ears, and my new Sven. Because Disney stuff is cool.) If you want to see it larger, you can click on the image above.

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Andrew Carrieri, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, The Gunnels Family, Ed Suscreba, Virginia Pierce, Ed Elder, Mike Amor, Melissa Such, Mary Beth Tarbet, Ashley Cohen, Sandie Albrecht, Dianne Mcginty, Nan Amor, Rob Blundin, Scott, Axel Beer, Jennifer Rowell, Lee Anastasi, Patricia J. Carty, Bill Mckim, Michele Johnson, Lyn Johnson, Jennifer Bliss , Judy Simonsen, The Emich Family, Deb Ragno, Christina Trigiani, Paul Knott, Andrea Kruszewski, Tricia Petty, Jen Tremley, Lynette Michalos, Eric Johnson, Robert Hildebrandt, Maryann Eckenrode, Kenny, Donna Begley, Mary Ann Lamay, Todd Johns, Pollyanna Buff, Rosemarie Novelo, Ed Hogan, Phyllis, Melissa Gundrum, Matt Wildey, Murr Family, Chris Kelly, Chloe Mayhew, Ellen Sullivan, Karen Schlumpf, Grumpy's Groupies, Donna Frank, Ed Adams, Christi Ison, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Christine Dagney, Caroline Steill, Carol Gamill, Kathryn Perkins, Mary Dieuliis, The Kahle Family , Jim Dewalt, Kirsten Miller, Tyler Otts, Scott Precise, The Long Family, Pam Lorenz, Karen Ramirez, Pam Lorenz, Brian Mcwithey, Ken Maikowski, K Beasley, Janet Carvalho, Kris Nixon, Megan Krainski, Pam Marsingill, Bill Cudney , Team Bonnie Sue, Janet T Thorn, Dan Angermaier, Double Family, Emily Hudson, Bryant And Ruben O'meara, Desiree Fremer, Desiree Fremer, Desiree Fremer, Hobbes And Snorky, Taylor K, Lori Rienhardt, Mickey Eckert, Robert Wescovich, Kerri Coggins, Maureen Handy, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Leach Family, Antoinette Leblanc, Jim Finley, Donna Currier, Bruce Hinterleitner, Chris Spark, Melanie Kolacy, Daniel Record, Gail States, Jen Cerce, Kim Howe, Claire Gregory, Barbara Remele, Linda Scrivano, Les Stewart, Penny, Jim Curley, Jim Curley, Vera And Izzy Williams, Elaine Kleinhenz, Evald Olson, Mike Haeberle, Scott Merrill, Jen Eacret , Tim Johansen, Russ Morgan, Heather Sabatino, Laurie Walker, Stefanie Vest, Chris Joyce, Wendy Cohen, Sara Holloway, Luis Rodriguez, Jeff Blank, Rob Hepler, Bruce Lawson, Cheryl Chambers, Eric Enli, Tom, Natasha Gareau , Linda College, Carri Marotto, Bethany Boucher, Carla C, Karen Spreitzer, Caroline Burmester, Tricia Noble, Tom Hermes, Michelle Darabaris, Karrie Duffey, Wayne Witherspoon, Herb Miller, The Parker Family, Kate Fischer, Lisa Zitek, Dave Carriere, Diane Ramos, Maryann Romagnano, Jeremy Reichelt, Erin Hammer, Theresa Rucando, Anastasia Macneil, Terry Blair, Diana Grady, Alan Mize, Betsy Silvestri, Chad Adams, Fran Rendulic, Matt Holley, Cathy Fleming, Deborah Wolfe, Amy P, Mike Venere, Ron Harper, Chuck Sands, Arlene Vicek, Gina Smith, Brian Grabowski, Kevin Parmeland, Tom Swan, Nathan York, Tommy Montgomery, Terry Fleming, Robert P. Flaherty, Scott Cullen, Michelle , Craig, Julia Marsh, Joseph M. Zafia, Joseph M. Zafia, Sheila Bagg, Haylee Smolek, Kyle Burdo, Linda Grau, Kerrie Hogan, Barclay Bakkum, Les Whitten, Mark Proper, Dennis Blackburn, Smitty, Frank & Sharon, Hillary Waldroop, Erin Loring, Tonya Neill, Gabriella Rizzo, Ann Dunnington, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, Susan Higginbotham, Christy Schor, Cheryl Costello, Leigh Mertz, Team Hill, Theresa Maradei, Vicki Britt, Heidi Goodhue, Fred Shakeshaft, Carrie R, Margie Larmon, Ronald Delorey, Stacy Guarracino, Jane Johnson, and Darrell Shortt. Each of you are entered in this month's winners’ drawing.
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Challenge #338 Where in the world is this?

Still in the parks! (Yes, I know it's easy. No, it's not a trick. :) )
 Where in the World #338

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 3rd, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

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June 27, 2014

Photographing Festival of Fantasy Parade - Part 2

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last week, I photographed Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom from the Main Street USA Train Station platform. I ended the article by saying how I itched to get down to street level. Today, I get to share with you why.

TIP: I photographed from the left side of Main Street USA as you look from the Magic Kingdom entrance towards Cinderella Castle. This is the side of the street which is shaded at the time of the parade. Meaning the Sun will be behind you and front lighting the people and floats in the parade. My exact location was on the corner outside the Emporium. Be prepared to find a location on the shaded side about 60 to 90 minutes before the parade starts. Keep in mind, the parade starts in Frontierland and takes about 30 minutes to get to the end of Main Street USA.

The costumes worn by the dancers and entertainers before each float are very colorful and the choreography fitting each float's theme. The first dancers in the parade proceed The Princess Garden float in their ball gowns and princely garb. The entertainers keep smiling through the heat of an Orlando afternoon.

Dancing couple preceeding the Princess Garden float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dancing couple preceeding the Princess Garden float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/16, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 35mm focal length.

With The Princess Garden float being the shortest in the parade, the princesses and princes are at a good angle. The problem, the royals are on turnstiles which may not turn fast enough to see all of the characters as the float passes by. The photo of Tiana and Prince Naveen below was just as they came around and had started greeting guests on my side of the street. Elsa and Anna (which I got a photo of last week) never made it around for me to photograph.

Tiana and Prince Naveen on the Princess Garden float in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tiana and Prince Naveen on the Princess Garden float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/14, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 85mm focal length.

By far the most outlandish costumes of the Festival of Fantasy parade were on the dancers before The Little Mermaid float. The dancer in the shell below did manage to shine through with that huge smile and sparkling eyes.

Colorful dancer preceding The Little Mermaid float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Colorful dancer preceding The Little Mermaid float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/20, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 75mm focal length.

The Little Mermaid float presents a photography challenge. Ariel is very high above you when shooting at street level and Flounder "swims" over her head. Shooting up at Ariel, be patient for her to be looking in the camera's direction and Flounder is in good position.

Ariel and Flounder on The Little Mermaid float in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Ariel and Flounder on The Little Mermaid float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/16, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 66mm focal length.

The Peter Pan float is the tallest but hanging below the rainbow is the Jolly Roger's anchor with Captain Hook hanging on in spit of Peter Pan and Wendy high above him on the deck of his ship.

Captain Hook below the Peter Pan float in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Captain Hook below the Peter Pan float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/16, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 38mm focal length.

I felt Prince Phillip was walking very confidently, maybe even a bit cocky, in front of the Sleeping Beauty float. I think I would have been more leery.

Prince Phillip walks confidently before the Sleeping Beauty float in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Prince Phillip walks confidently before the Sleeping Beauty float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/11, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 100mm focal length.

I mean right behind him was Maleficent in Dragon form. Another way to get the tall floats to fit in your camera's frame is to use a wide angle lens and photograph them before they get to your location. Oh, and wait for Maleficent to stretch her neck and head upwards as that is when she breaths fire.

Maleficent Dragon breathing fire on Main Street USA in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Maleficent Dragon breathing fire on Main Street USA in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/16, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 24mm focal length.

Before Mickey’s Airship float caps off the Festival of Fantasy parade, the long Finale float comes by lead off with Pinocchio riding on top of a toy Monstro whale. Again, a wide angle lens comes in handy here.

Pinocchio sits on a toy Monstro whale in the finale float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pinocchio sits on a toy Monstro whale in the finale float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/18, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 24mm focal length.

The Festival of Fantasy parade has so much more to see and photograph then what I have shown in the last two articles. It will take more than one viewing to see it all and from different locations along its route. There is a FastPass+ viewing location in the Hub, too.

June 26, 2014

Finding Nemo singing in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Crush sings to Marlin in the Disney's Animal Kingdom production of Finding Nemo: The Musical, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Crush sings to Marlin in Finding Nemo: The Musical.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/4, ISO 2000, EV -0.7, 82mm focal length, cropped.

The animated movie has been re-imagined as a musical and performed daily inside the Theater in the Wild at DinoLand U.S.A as Finding Nemo: The Musical. Using puppets to portray the characters, it takes many performers to bring to life such characters as Crush the Sea Turtle (seen above) and Bruce the Great White Shark. The lighting and staging are first rate and the musical score and songs will have you humming the rest of your day at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

A simply awesome Disney Pic of the Week for Finding Nemo. Right, Dude?

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