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April 18, 2014

Sunny Lobby of the Tower of Terror

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Normally one thinks of the lobby of the Hollywood Tower Hotel as a gloomy, dusty place. This is not always the case on a sunny day in late October when the Sun's angle at times sends its bright rays through the lobby doors.

Guests throw eerie shadows in the Tower of Terror lobby at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Guests throw eerie shadows in the Tower of Terror lobby.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/100s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0.

Waiting for the doors to the library to open, there are deep shadows being cast to the side of the lobby desk. For this photo, I wish I had time to do a bracket set of photos but I was ushered away by a bellhop.

Dusty trunk and luggage still waiting for bellhops in the lobby of the Tower of Terror in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dusty trunk and luggage still waiting for bellhops in the lobby of the Tower of Terror.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/30s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0.

Do not worry. Once you enter the library and the bellhop closes the door, you will be taken into the dark world of the Tower of Terror. I am sure you will enjoy dropping in.

April 17, 2014

This is what we call...MuppetVision 3-D

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Guests enjoying the Muppet Vision 3-D pre-show in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Guests enjoying the Muppet Vision 3-D pre-show entertainment.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/100s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

For those of us who remember The Muppet Show syndicated television show, watching the pre-show to MuppetVision 3-D in Disney's Hollywood Studios is like going back in time with one twist...each bank of televisions are connected into one scene. The Muppet zaniness which happens as guests wait to enter the theater is exactly like what I used to watch in my college dorm room back in the late 1970's.

A nostalgic trip down memory lane for my Disney Pic of the Week about MuppetVision 3-D.

April 15, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week - Muppet Vision 3D

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Muppet Vision 3D first appeared, and is still playing, at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim. Outside the theatre entrance you'll find Beaker and The Great Gonzo up to their old tricks along with the flying pig ship from The Muppet Show's Pigs in Space skit.

A copy of the film can also be seen in Lake Buena Vista at Disney's Hollywood Studios where the theatre sits across from a Muppet water fountain, complete with Miss Piggy dressed as Lady Liberty.

No matter what coast you're on, Muppet Vision 3D is sure to please. I can't get enough of my favorite comedian, Fozzie Bear.

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At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Professor Honeydew and Beaker are the first ones to greet you.

Scott will post his photo on Thursday. Oh Buuuuuuunny.


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April 13, 2014

Where in the World #327

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!

Guess what? My husband surprised me with a birthday trip to Walt Disney World this June! He worked with John Ames at MEI Travel to set it up and then showed me the trip on My Disney Experience! Afterwards, he said, “I should have waited until the night before to tell you.” I, of course, handled the announcement with grace and elegance.
Squee

Now for Challenge #326:
Where in the World #326

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

“Beautiful sight, isn't it? Something to dream about on the way to Mars.” Because we are looking at Mission:Space in Epcot! I had a fantastic group of people the last time I rode this attraction. When they told us we would be in hypersleep for three months, the woman next to me said, “Thank god, I need a nap!”

Susie Howard, is it wrong that I did this when I read the story about your husband:
From Millan.Net

Bruce Jones were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Bruce and to all our winners this week! 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Flaherty, Lindsay Coram, Joseph M. Zafia, Cheryl Costello, Shirley Garcowski, Grumpy's Groupies, Jackie Graebel, Barclay Bakkum, Tom Higbee, Lynn Torre, Nathan York, Dave Carriere, Robin Meredyk, Stacy Guarracino, Tom Armstrong, Lynne Reiter-truby, Pat Morin, Darrin Diaz, Lori Rienhardt, Karen Ford, Steve Gayman, Kyle Burdo, Melissa Kirk, Patti Mccaffrey, John Teehan, Margie Larmon, Heidi Goodhue, Jennifer Bogdan, Heidi Goodhue, Danielle Harsley, Agnes Ciotti, and Jane Johnson. Each of you are entered in this month's winners’ drawing.
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Challenge #327 Where in the world is this?

Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It's off to another park we go! (But singing this song is not a clue.)
 Where in the World #327

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, April 17th, 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 next week, 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!

April 11, 2014

Down Under Spaceship Earth

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The entrance to Spaceship Earth at night in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The entrance to Spaceship Earth at night.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 10s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -1, 15mm focal length, tripod.

This is a fun and popular composition when photographing around Epcot's Spaceship Earth. Use a wide angle or fisheye lens under Spaceship Earth and place its bottom at the top of the frame. I really like the photos at night when Disney "paints" the reflective triangles with golden and purple colors.

I do not know about you, this photo makes me feel the weight of the geosphere above it. The next time you find yourself underneath Spaceship Earth, remember this fact: it weighs 15,520,000 Pounds (7,040,000 Kilograms) or 7,760 Tons.

April 10, 2014

Beverly Strikes Again at Epcot's Club Cool

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I had to do it, it's the kind of friendship Yoli and I have. Plus, how many people are initiated on their first trip to Walt Disney World? She should have thanked me.

If you're unfamiliar with what just transpired, Coca-Cola offers free samples of some of their sodas from around the world. It's an international beverage extravaganza and most drinks taste fruity but there's one that shocks the taste buds and it's name is Beverly.

Disney Pic of the Week - Club Cool

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April 9, 2014

Tips for New Camera Owners

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


I'm going to quickly give you a rundown on everything you need to know. Ready?

1. Read the manual

2. Charge your lithium-ion battery. If the camera takes AA, get yourself rechargeables.

3. Keep your camera safe and protected in a padded or hard shell camera bag.

4. All digital point and shoots have some delay. Newer cameras have faster processors. One way to help speed things up is to use a faster memory card.

5. Cameras do not like liquids or sand.

6. Read the maunal. It's worth being repeated.

7. That built-in flash only goes 8-10 feet.

8. If you use any night mode, you'll need a tripod.

9. Cameras have a tendency to get drunk on New Year's Eve, fall down, and require a trip to the repair center. Don't let your camera drink.

10. Do not wipe the LCD screen with your clothes. Use a microfiber cloth.

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April 8, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Club Cool

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Club Cool in Epcot's Future World is famous... or infamous, depending on your taste buds. Sponsored by Coca Cola, you can sample for free sodas or pops or soda pops (depending on where you live) from all over the world. Like foods, people's tastes in sodas from other countries can be very different. Just ask anyone who has tried Beverly from Italy during their tastings at Club Cool.

Inside Club Cool in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Inside Club Cool in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 1100, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length.

Which soda/pop/soda pop is your favorite at Club Cool?

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her experiences with the Disney Pic of the Week about Club Cool.

April 6, 2014

Where in the World #326

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!

Jennifer R. and Kristi S: you worked in Tomorrowland?!
From Millan.Net

Josh Carney, have a magical trip! Thank you so much for offering to pick up something! I love Oswald, so anything with him would be great.
Disney Oswald

Christi Ison, thank you for your lovely note! Guess what? I had a typing class too! My high school insisted everyone take it because we'd need it one way or the other. They proved all the nay sayers wrong!

Now for Challenge #325:
Where in the World #325

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

The entrance to Tomorrowland from the Magic Kingdom hub! Yes, this was easy but look at my pretty picture! I took this from the PeopleMover, Players! You can click on it for a larger size if you want.

Wow, Karen Schlumpf, Lynette Michalos, Timmy Saunders, Jim Thompson, and Cheryl Costello! You nailed it! Brian Mcwithey, thank you for the PeopleMover quote! I've been trying to get that – “Calling Tom Morrow, calling Tom Morrow. Your party from Saturn has arrived. Please give them a ring.” – as clean as possible for my husband's ring tone. But I always get too much track noise. Sigh.

Thank you to everyone for their compliments on the photo. :)

Curtis Bille, you have a gift for Disney comedy, my friend! ;)

Deb Ragno, Team Hill says the technical name for this is “the entrance archway thingamagig”. Maureen Handy says it's also known as “the deelymabobber thingamajig”. So you can stop searching now. :)

Michelle Norris were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Michelle and to all our winners this week! Kristi Strembicki, Eric Berger, Tricia Petty , Donna Frank, Virginia Pierce, The Kertes Family, Elaine Kleinhenz, Craig, Sandie Albrecht, Jennifer Rowell, Mary Beth Tarbet, Scott Greenbaum, Susie Howard, Sharon Pierce, Dee Dee Kenney, Betsy Silvestri, Judy Simonsen, Theresa Ruando, Andrea Kruszewski, Nan Amor, Ed Suscreba, Laura Labadie, Kevin Koszola , Kristina Rohrbach, Mike Pinkosky, Reynic Compton, Hillary Waldroop, Sarah Francis, Jen Cerce, Joyce Thiam , Rebecca Yaccarino, Dawn Pitnerdavis, Rachel Johnson, Vera And Izzy Williams, The Fosbender's, Linda Scrivano, Jayson Novak, Tinkerbell Wells, Jen Tremley, Paul Knott, Patty Norman, Eric Johnson, Crystal King, Jodi Cook, Team Hill, Mike Malampy, Rob Hepler, Bill Mckim, Duskin Henard, Chris Kelly, Amiee Augustine, Matt Holley, Emily Hudson, Dawn Miller, Robin Robinson, Mike Haeberle, Kathy N Brooke, Ken Daube, The Tisdale Family, Kevin Miller, Audra Miller, Melanie Dalton, Curtis Bille, Bruce Hinterleitner, Kye Layton, Jodi Lupp, Pat Schwier, Deb Ragno, Kris Nixon, Jim Finley, Kirsten Miller, Karen Schlumpf, Belicia Cullen, Zoe Cullen, Jennifer Page, Scott Cullen, Melissa Such, Kelly Sroka, Carolyn Como, Mary Ann Eckenrode, Amanda Campbell, Mike Haven, Lindsay Coram, Rebekah Johnson, Amy Pultrone, Janet T Thorn, Lorine Landon, Phyllis, Bobbie Mills, Vicki Britt, Donna Begley, Jeremy Hardy, K Beasley, Jim Logue, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Bob Ruer, Cheryl Costello, Patti Gumiela, The Parker Family, Paul Moore, Dennis O'reilly, Michele Smith, Morgan M., Megan Krainski, Pam Vanaustin, Ed Hogan, Kim Hamilton, Carla Coulter, Chris Nichols, Shari Prater, Charles S Alexander , Erin Connell, Maureen Handy, Dave Freemyer, Kerry A., Charlene Stauch, Jennifer Harmon, Carla C, Nicolle Clement, Patty Carty, Bonnie Cummings, Juliet O'hare, Mike Mondoux, Vickie Scioneaux, Jamie Tauer, Jenny Stoneburner, Mickey Eckert, Pecosace, Rob Blundin, Meghan Gleason-vollmer, Les Stewart, Claire Gregory , Jim Nitschke, Roxanne Kliebert, Michael Amor, Chloe Mayhew, Christopher Thacker, Christi Ison, Diane Furtado, Josh Weiss, Gerald Skanes, Paul Dickson, Lynette Michalos, Daniel Record, Michele Zowacki, The Kahle Family, Melody Odonnell, Team Bonnie Sue, Kerri Coggins, Tyler Otts, Wayne Chadourne, Sara Holloway, Sarah And Chris, Brian Gallant, Shannon Murray, Kevin Parmeland, Christopher Hall, Kate Fischer, Ron Harper, Will, Holmes Family, Tracy Kuhnemann, Schuyler Etheridge, Gail States, Patrick Broaddus, Terry Fleming, Debra Moscara, Maryann Romagnano, Karen Costa, Eric Enli, John Snider, Desiree Fremer, Smitty, Dave Carriere, Brian Mcwithey, Jan Rosato, Grumpy's Groupies, Kelly Smith, Heidi Goodhue, Jim Thompson, Mike O'brien, John Sheridan, Timmy Saunders, Theresa Maradei, Luis Rodriguez, Jeff Blank, Chris Bauman, Amber Slifer, Karen Bellamy, Michelle Palazzo, Patti Mccaffrey, Steve Knapp, George Mundly Jr, Team Meeker, Linda Palencar, Jane Johnson, Barclay Bakkum, Wayne Witherspoon, Josh Carney, Olszak Family, Thomas Higbee, Victoria Finnegan, Jennifer Townsend, Joann Albrecht, Gallagher Family, Shirley Garcowski, Margie Larmon, Ken Rhinehart, Stacy Guarracino, and Annie Snodgrass Each of you are entered in this month's winners’ drawing.

In fact, it's time for the monthly drawing! And the winner is:
Vickie Scioneaux! Congratulations, Vickie! You'll be getting a prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #326 Where in the world is this?

Different park, Players!
 Where in the World #326

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, April 10th, 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 next week, 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!

April 4, 2014

Wishes over New Fantasyland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Wishes fireworks go off over New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Wishes fireworks go off over New Fantasyland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 5.9s, f/16, ISO 400, EV 0, 28mm focal length, tripod.

The opening of the New Fantasyland expanision in the Fall of 2013 added new locations to photograph Wishes, the nightly fireworks show, from in the Magic Kingdom. A new favorite composition of Disney photographers is placing the Ariel statue near the entrance to The Little Mermaid -- Ariel's Undersea Adventure at the bottom of the frame as fireworks burst overhead. The statue is lighted and works very well.

For more ideas, search flickr to see all the interesting locations our fellow Disney fan photographers have found throughout the Magic Kingdom to photography Wishes from.

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