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March 4, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Main Street U.S.A.

Deb's Digest Blog

When I think of Main Street U.S.A. in the springtime, I remember fondly watching Mickey's Main Street Happy Easter Parade. I managed to catch the last showing of this parade in the year 2000. The parade always reminded me of spring with the bright colors, costumes and Easter egg floats.

Since this Pic of the Week is all about Main Street, I give you the logo float from 2000:

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I wasn't able to find any information on this parade other than it ended in April 2000. Please share any info you may have in the comments below. Thanks.

March 3, 2015

Pic of the Week: Main Street USA

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Walking on Main Street USA takes you back in time. The architecture of the buildings, the background music and the smells coming from the Main Street Bakery. For me though it is just a static set until the cast members make it come alive.

The Dapper Dans, a barbershop quartet, sings to guests on Main Street USA and are as colorful as their outfits. Check the daily entertainment schedule as to when they will be performing.

The Dapper Dans singing on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Dapper Dans singing on Main Street USA.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/25os, f/14, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

Deb will be back tomorrow sharing a look at a special Main Street USA parade.


March 1, 2015

Where in the World #371

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 March! MARCH! You know the saying: March roars in like a lion.... can we do without that? PLEASE?! Because I'm sick of this, like so many of you said.

Now for Challenge #370:
Where in the World #370

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

It's the Grand Floridian marina! That lovely ship on the right is the Grand 1 yacht. I was very lucky to enjoy a cruise on it, thanks to former teammate Fred Block! Before you ask, yes, we did sing the Gilligan's Island theme song. I bet the cast member skipper never heard that one before: LOL!

You can celebrate something extra special by renting the Grand 1 for yourself. It is an amazing experience.

Michelle Norris was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Michelle and to all our winners this week! The Sands Family, Donna Frank, Kristi Strembicki, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Stefanie Vandiver, Bill Mckim, Linda Ranatza, The Modecki's, Bryant O'meara, Tricia Petty, Mary Beth Tarbet, Eric Berger, Ed Suscreba, Paul Dickson, Diane Tredore, Lee Anastasi, Bruce Jones, Sandie Albrecht, Susan Higginbotham , Maryann Eckenrode, Andy Hickey, The Fosbenders, The Yorks, Tracy Davis, Robert Hildebtandt, The Gunnels Family, Theresa Rucando, Ellen Sullivan, Tommy Montgomery, Jen Tremley, Jennifer Rowell, Dave Freemyer, Matt Wildey , Karen Ramirez, Chris Horne, Janet Spiess, Hunter Armstrong, Amber P, Arlene Vicek, Christa Burns, Kristina Rohrbach, Eric Johnson, Kathy B., Anne Heffentreyer, Les Stewart, Kyra C., Beth Mcmeekin, Lyn Johnson , Christi Ison, Kathy , Brooke And Kennedy, Laurie Walker, Elaine Kleinhenz, Melissa.simecek@gmail.com , Claire Gregory, Mike Mondoux , Liz Moreau, Andrew Carrieri, Russ Morgan, Emily Hudson, Jen Eacret, Olszak Family, Christine Brown, Team Hill, Carol Collins, Ryanne Bigelli, Christina Trigiani, Julie Signor, K Beasley, Melissa Gundrum, Phyllis, Tom Koval, Lori Rienhardt, Robert Wescovich, Susie Howard, Bob Wagner, Aimee, Grumpy's Groupies, Chloe Mayhew, Gina Smith, Leach Family, Richard Beverly, Ellie Argaluza, Kara Jones, Gina Falzone , Jen Cerce, Jenn Sedleski, Linda College, The Rider Family, Kelly Sroka, Linda Scrivano, Vera And Izzy Williams, Diane Curfman, Leslie Schmauder, Judy Simonsen, Dawn Bach, Maryann Romagnano, Carla C, Jeremy Hardy, The Double Family, Ashley Collins, Tim Johansen, Jean L. Pieper, Steve Porter, Margie, Caryn Schill, Kristan Bertelmann, Maureen Handy, The Long Family, Dusty Cheatham, Evald Olson, Jennifer Harmon, Todd & Angela Johns, M'shel Bowen, Susan Doucette, Cathy Derecola, Les Whitten, Jodi Cook, Joe Armeni, Lindsey Nozal, Kim Walker, Jim Curley, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Sharon Pierce, Gloria Martin, Barb Reick, Rebecca Keenan, Michelle Wilinski, John Warner, Wendy Miller, Jessica Gruhlke, Vicki Edwards, Kenny, Carolyn Como, Eric Enli, Doug Olson Familey, Kerri Coggins, Mike Malampy, Luis Rodriguez, Josette Gabel, Team Bonnie Sue, Pam Lorenz, Wayne Chadourne, Vera Dercole, Bob Patterson, Blake Schmidt, Lizzy & Dave Fullerton, Mary Ann Lamay, Chris Bauman, Caroline Burmester, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Kelly Smith, Herb Miller, Karrie Duffey, Alison Rosenberger, Mary Dieuliis, Jennifer Toto, Jeremy Reichelt, Annie Snodgrass, Maureen Tavrell, The Hutchinson Family, Al Sandal, George Mundy Jr, Scott Sangston, Mike Venere, The Patterson Family, Erin Loring, Matthew Jadro, Caitlin Lewis, Karen Bellamy, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Terry Fleming, Smitty, Sharon Gilbert, Jim Finley, Vincent Lieu, Ken Savage, Michael Haeberle, Ken Maikowski, Anastasia Macneil, Amy Guerrini, Lorine Landon, Andrea Kruszewski, Matt Holley, Wayne Witherspoon, Dave Carriere, John Foggo, Matthew Frey, Diana Grady, Andreas Beer, Karen Schlumpf, Brandon Moore, Timothy Gallant, Heidi Goodhue, Sheila Bagg, Ron Harper, Theresa Maradei, Jane Johnson, Dottie Cantos, Jennifer Bogdan, Joseph M. Zafia, Cynthia Hitchcock, Cheryl Costello, Barclay Bakkum, The Barnes Family, Jackie Graebel, Kathryn Hughes, David Ballard, Christopher Thacker, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, Gallagher Family, Stacy Guarracino, Jim Thompson, Walter N. Clark, Thomas Higbee, Chanel Naquin, Carol Ney, Filiater Family, Amanda Linde, Ken Rhinehart, Maja Kodani, David Crook, Deb, Jason Basedow, Patti Mccaffrey, and Jeff Blank!
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Challenge #371 Where in the world is this?

We're back inside a park: I think this one is really tough, so brace yourselves!
Where in the World #371

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 5th, 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!

February 27, 2015

A Day in the Life at the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

We all have our own perspectives. Each day we spend in our world which might include family, friends, work or play. When visiting Walt Disney World, it seems the rest of the "real world" disappears for a few days. It is tremendously refreshing to me and I am guessing it is to you, too. After returning from a trip to Walt Disney World we bring something back. Souvenirs, clothing, life experiences and, of course, photographs.

Back in the day of film, we would have to wait a few days after returning to get the finished prints back from the lab. Sort through them and visit people or have them stop by to share our vacation photos. Things have certainly changed over the last twenty years. Today, we can share our experiences instantly via our smart phones and using services such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Family and friends see our photos as we experience them. When I sit back and think about it, a person back in the 1980's would look upon what we do today with photographs as magic.

With that in mind, let me share with you the magic of a day in the Magic Kingdom. The day was February 11, 2015. It started out cool which had me in long jeans and a light sweatshirt. Cloudless blue skies with plenty of Florida sunshine promised good times ahead as I walked on Main Street USA towards Cinderella Castle. I heard the familiar sounds of the Main Street Trolley Parade. I had just missed the performance but I saw an opportunity to catch the trolley pulled by a white horse in motion.

Horse drawn trolley goes by on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Horse drawn trolley goes by on Main Street USA.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0, 11mm focal length.

To add drama to our vacation photos, photograph at a low angle which is what I did here.

My party had a FastPass+ to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad next and after getting off, we decided to take a short trip on the Walt Disney World Railroad to relax after being on the wildest ride in the wilderness!. We got on at the Frontierland station and got off at Fantasyland. Most people go directly into Fantasyland from the station but there is a quiet little path which goes over to Tomorrowland. I always stop on the path and wait for a train to go by. The engineers love to put on a show for anyone with a camera.

WDW Railroad train putting on a show in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
WDW Railroad train putting on a show.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 100, EV 0, 11mm focal length.

This location is really the only good place to get a photo of the trains.

Doubling back to Fantasyland, I enjoyed a performance of the Main Street Philharmonic, a 12-piece brass and percussion ensemble, right outside the Dumbo entrance.

Main Street Philharmonic performing in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Philharmonic performing in Fantasyland.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/640s, f/6.3, ISO 100, EV 0, 92mm focal length.

Don't you love their uniforms?

After a late lunch it was time to head back down Main Street USA and find a spot for the Festival of Fantasy Parade which we all know starts at 3 o'clock. I photographed from the Main Street Train Station and got my spot about 90 minutes before the start of the parade. Remember the parade starts in Frontierland and takes about 20 to 25 minutes before the first float comes around Town Square. For this parade, I wanted to get close ups of the characters on top of the floats.

Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Festival of Fantasy parade (see text for caption).

From top left: Maleficent Dragon from Sleeping Beauty; Ariel from The Little Mermaid; Princess Merida from Brave and Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

After the parade, I took a leisurely walk back up Main Street USA, getting an ice cream at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor along the way and watched a Dream Along with Mickey show on the Cinderella Castle stage.

Dream Along with Mickey stage show in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dream Along with Mickey stage show in front of Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO 100, EV 0, 110mm focal length.

The challenge I find with Mickey and the gang in this show are the moving eyelids. I take more photos of this show to make sure I get photos like this with all their eyes open.

With plans for dinner in Epcot later that night, it was time to end the day at the Magic Kingdom. Hope you enjoyed it and maybe you picked up a tip or two along the way.

February 25, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Finding Nemo the Musical

Deb's Digest Blog

Finding Nemo: The Musical, is one of my favorite shows at Walt Disney World. I love the music, the puppertry, the costumes, the songs.... all of it. It was hard to find just one photo for this Disney Pic of the Week, but I managed.....

Here are Nemo, Dory, Gil, Peach in one of the aquarium scenes:

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February 24, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Finding Nemo - The Musical

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It was just last June when Finding Nemo - The Musical was featured as the Picture This! Disney Pic of the Week. It is such a fun show, we are going it again. That okay with you, Dude?

Dory sings to Marlin in Finding Nemo - The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dory sings to Marlin in Finding Nemo - The Musical.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/4, ISO 2500, EV -1.0, 120mm focal length, cropped.

Here is my other photo from the show: Finding Nemo Singing in Disney's Animal Kingdom.


February 22, 2015

Where in the World #370

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 of us are dealing with a lot of cold and snow. Be safe and stay warm!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #369:
Where in the World #369

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Barrie Brewer
Mmmm, popcorn! This particular popcorn cart is located on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom!

I don't buy the popcorn regularly, but I do when they have a great holder like the Mickey Snowman and Dumbo. :)

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Phil Vickers, Andrea Kruszewski, Donna Frank, Mildred Popp, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Virginia Pierce, Kerri Coggins, Bruce Jones, The Kertes Family, Team Hill, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Melissa Such, Ed Suscreba, Tinkerbell Wells, Lisa Lee, Masloski Family, Gina Smith, Leslie Schmauder , Patti Gumiela, Deborah Ragno, Kyra C., Steve Porter, Kathy B., Chris Horne, The Long Family, John Bickers, Jennifer Harmon, Ed Elder, Jeffrey Howell , Krista Serpi, Kristi Jack, Betsy, Andreas Beer , Mary Ann Lamay, Cindy Pink, Jason Hocker, Vanessa Stjohn, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kristina Rohrbach, Vera Dercole, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Ellen Sullivan, Carol Lyons, Liz Moreau, Starr Cookson, Theresa Rucando, Candice Grimes, Andy Hickey, Pat Morin, Daniel Record, Kyle Powell, Elaine Kleinhenz, Susan Doucette, Pat Schwier, Ken Maikowski, Dawn Bach, Susan Higginbotham, Ken Jobin, The Sanders Family, Mike Mondoux , Richard Beverly, Jennifer Walker, Paul Dickson, Emily Hudson, Robert Hildebrandt , Robert Hildebrandt , Erin Loring, Diane Dukes, Curtis Bille, Weaselomouse, The Otts Family, Cheryl Gattuso, Sharon Powell, Melissa Schaffer , Olszak Family, Debra Lang, Christine Brown, Mary Dieuliis, Judith Mack, Marguerite Garofalo, Hunter Armstrong, The Yorks, Vera And Izzy Williams, Sandie Albrecht, Vincent Lieu, Linda Scrivano, Rob Blundin, Ed Adams, Matt Wildey , Dee Dee Kenney, Nan Amor, Stefanie Vandiver, Evanna Huda, Kim Pidermann, Matt Petty, Andrew Carrieri, Rob Hepler, Arlene Vicek, Ruth Senecal, Ruben O'meara, Carolyn Como, Adriane Arnold, Cathy Connors, Sharynne Smith, Allison Peters, Rebecca Smith, Leeanne Switzer, Gundoggie@sbcglobal.net, Melissa Gundrum, Eric Johnson, Fiona Knight, Lori Rienhardt, Ed Hogan, Karen Adamakis, Pollyanna Buff, Bruce Hinterleitner, Bruce Hinterleitner, Claire Gregory, Gloria Martin, Maryann Eckenrode, Lorine Landon, Doug Zimmerman, Tami , Sarah Orman, Deb Gallo, Evelyn Cahoon, Tricia Petty, Judy Simonsen, Aimee, Melissa Rymer, Andrew Eckert, Joann Albrecht , Anne Heffentreyer, Bob Patterson, Kristyn Scibienski, Steve Knapp, The Rider Family, Sarah Thomas , Eric Berger, Adam Lucas, Chris Kelly, Maryann Romagnano, Duskin Henard, Sandy Vicoli, The Parker Family, Hobbes And Snorky, Lindsay Coram, Carla C, Jen Cerce, Lisa Bohannon , Julia Wickware, K Beasley, Maureen Handy, Kara Jones, The States Family, Stefan Owens, Eric Enli, Dusty Cheatham, Mark Hundt, Mandy Clarke, Lee Anastasi, Evald Olson, Brian Mcwithey, Janet T Thorn, Karen Schlumpf, Chris Watson, Kathryn Hughes, Kris Nixon, Larry Sprenkle, Karen Taylor, Cynthia Hitchcock, Theresa Maradei, Kay Moss, Angel, Paul Knott, Robert Wescovich, Susie Howard, Kelly Labrecque, Sandy Weiss, Sands Family, Tim Johansen, The Tisdale Family, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Josh Weiss, Mickey Eckert, Pam Lorenz, Pam Lorenz, Lauren Thomas, Mike Malampy, Jim Finley, Deborah Wolfe, Anastasia Macneil, Bill Mckim, Dave Freemyer, Karen Ramirez, Demetrios Makres, Phyllis, Becky Norman, Kye Layton, James Price, Jeff Blank, Shannon Derkachenko, Debbie Hewitt , Jackie Sharkey, Wayne Chadourne, Linda College, Blake Schmidt, Kelly Smith, Murr Family, The Double Family, Christopher Thacker, Chris Bauman, Andrew Pettit, Linda Wilham, Matt Holley, Les Whitten, Patrick Broaddus, Mike M., Margie Larmon, Jeremy Reichelt, Christopher Hall, Maureen Tavarell, Karrie Duffey, Alison Rosenberger, Kathy Deboer, The Fosbender's, Karen Spreitzer, Stephanie Linares, Tracy Discher, Al Sandal, Doug Olson Family, Kristan Bertelmann, Diane Curfman, Megan Krainski, Team Meeker, Karen Aguiar, Vicki Edwards, Vicki Britt, Matthew Jadro, Ron Harper, Erin Hammer, The Patterson Family, Matthew Frey, Karen Bellamy, Timothy Gallant, Grumpy"s Groupies, Terry Fleming, Mark Proper, Teri Michalski, Amy Knox, Michael Haeberle, Rebecca Keenan, Scott Greenbaum, Leach Family, Gina Falzone, Kirk Hardy, Heidi Goodhue, Karen Costa, Amy Guerrini, Jessica Gruhlke, Kameo Crea, Todd & Angela Johns, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Jason Skow, Luis Rodriguez, Jodi Cook, Tricia Noble, George Mundy Jr, Julia Marsh, Hillary Waldroop, Dave Carriere, Paul Moore, Smitty, Wendy Barney, Scott Sangston, Mike Venere, Diane Ramos, Jennifer Rowell, Filiater Family, Lisa Pinder, Ashley Collins, Harrison Grasso, Karen Ford, Jo Ann Bailey, Sheila & Kelly Barnes, David Ballard, Jane Johnson, Kyle Burdo , Sheila Bagg, Joseph M. Zafia, Team Bonnie Sue, Jennifer Bogdan, Kathryn Broyles, Barb Welshhans, Amanda Garrett, Cheryl Costello, Barclay Bakkum, Tom Higbee, Robin Meredyk, Jean Bussell, Mark Franklin, Jackie Graebel, Matt Earl, Les Stewart, Beth Josuweit, Maryann Daly, Schuyler Etheridge, Eileen Miller, Darrell Shortt, Caitlin Lewis, Caroline Burmester, Stacy Guarracino, Patti Mccaffrey, Kim Walker, and Jeremy Hardy!
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Challenge #370 Where in the world is this?

Going outside the parks!
Where in the World #370

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 26th, 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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February 20, 2015

New Views of the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As reported by Deb Wills on the AllEars.net Twitter account last week, a few of the walls came down at Disney's Animal Kingdom as people enter the park from the Oasis. A new open area with a spectacular view of the Tree of Life was revealed. The lower viewing area has been replaced with this area featuring new carvings on roots from the tree.

New view of the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
New view of the Tree of Life.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 450, EV 0, 11mm Focal Length.

Here are new carvings of a deer and an African elephant which are on the right side.

New Tree of Life carvings of a deer and African elephant at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
New Tree of Life carvings of a deer and African elephant.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 1800, EV +0.3, 11mm Focal Length.

On the left side, is a carving of a Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep. This carving is proving to be very popular with guests.

New Tree of Life carvings of a Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
New Tree of Life carvings of a Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 1100, EV +0.3, 11mm Focal Length.

The new viewing area is beautiful but the opening to the tree between the new carvings is about 20 feet wide. That is not a lot of room for guests, especially big groups, to gather to get photographs. One must be patient to get the photos I have taken here and even more patient to get your party set up for a photo as guests will come in and out of your frame.

The day I was there no Disney PhotoPass photographers were working the area. I would imagine that will not always be the case.

February 18, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage

Deb's Digest Blog

Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage is one of my favorite shows at Disney's Hollywood Studios. However, it wasn't until I went to look for this week's Photo of the Week, that I realized I have not seen the show in quite some time.

I have ALWAYS loved Lumiere and so my pic this week is of him on stage, from 2002!

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Who is your favorite character from Beauty and the Beast?

February 17, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Beauty and the Beast, Live On Stage is presented several times a day in the 1,500-seat Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Like the movie, this live stage show mini-version is still my favorite at Walt Disney World.

Belle with the magic rose in Beauty and the Beast, Live On Stage in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Belle with the magic rose in Beauty and the Beast, Live On Stage.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/5.6, ISO 1800, EV +0.3, 300mm focal length.

I have a tough photographic history with this show. I talk about my battle with White Balance and how I solved it here: The Red Beast. For those wondering, yes, I used an Expodisc to set my white balance for the photo above.


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