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October 17, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Pandora Cast Member

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

After you ride a banshee, you might want to own your own. Luckily for you, the Windtraders store has a rookery full of colorful banshees. A Naturalist (aka Disney Cast Member) from Alpha Centauri Expeditions will be happy to assist you find just the right one for you and the banshee.

Cast Member with a Banshee on his shoulder inside Windtraders in Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Naturalist from Alpha Centauri Expeditions with a Banshee on his shoulder inside Windtraders.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 5600, EV 0, 70mm Focal Length.





October 15, 2017

Where in the World #506

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 hope all our Canadian Players had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #505:
Where in the World #505

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

The Sea Serpent in the old 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea! I loved this ride and I had hoped they would do something like Disneyland’s subs when they were updated. Now I don’t even know if the Hidden Nautilus is still in the Magic Kingdom.

The Modeckis were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Modeckis and to all our winners this week! Grumpy's Groupies, Gloria Martin, Eric Berger, Mary Beth Tarbet, Axel Beer, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Al & Kerry Ganter, Phyllis, Ruth Senecal, Ken Savage, Mary Pauley, The Kertes Family, The Nufranick Family, The Murr Family, Joann Albrecht, Diane Curfman, Sands Family, Cathy Fleming, Mike Walter, The Gunnels Gang, Brian Gallant, Josh Weiss, Sandie Albrecht, Scott C., Belicia, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Vera And Izzy Williams, Team Hill, Luis Rodriguez, Ken Maikowski, Susie Howard, Robert Wescovich, Lori Rienhardt, Paul Dickson, Janet T Thorn, Kerri Coggins, Pam Lorenz, Kevin R Buch, Margaret Convery, Dan And Elizabeth, Wendy T Faler, Sue And Ed Adams, Herb Miller, and Stefan Owens!

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Challenge #506 Where in the world is this?

We’re coming back to the present and switching parks!

Where in the World #506

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October 13, 2017

Drums of Pandora in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Over the next four weeks, I will be sharing photography from the new Pandora - The World of Avatar in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Disney Imagineers did an amazing job in a small space (for Walt Disney World that is) and I hope you enjoy seeing and reading about it as much as I did during my visits.

Swotu Wayä Na'vi Drum Ceremony in Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Location of the Swotu Wayä Na'vi or Sacred Place of Song in Pandora.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Swotu Wayä translates as the Sacred Place of Song and is located at the heart of the Mo’ara Valley inside Pandora. Guests, especially children, can enjoy playing the drums anytime during the day and makes for a nice rest area to sit and soak in the sights and sounds of Walt Disney World's newest land. Periodically during the day (hourly the day I was there), a group of drummers lead by a Musicologist who has studied Na’vi musical culture come out to share what he or she has learned. The show is a very fun and energetic which gets the audience involved in clapping, chanting and even getting some to play the drums.

Swotu Wayä Na'vi Drum Ceremony in Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Drummers performing in the Swotu Wayä Na'vi Na'vi Drum Ceremony in Pandora.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

The show I photographed was just as the Sun set with low light. The area does have stage lights but, like everything in Pandora, are colorful and dim. To keep my shutter speed at a fairly quick 1/125th of a second, the ISO climbed to 6400. Even so, you can see blurring of the arms and drumsticks. Not too much to be distracting and I feel it ads to the photos. In post production, I had to raise the exposure some and use a healthy dose of noise reduction in Lightroom CC.

Swotu Wayä Na'vi Drum Ceremony in Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Guests enjoying the Swotu Wayä Na'vi Drum Ceremony in Pandora.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

This show was a pleasant surprise as I had not heard of it until I visited Pandora for the first time. Photographing it was fun and I will do so again when the light is better.





October 10, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Pandora Ride

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Pandora is full of exciting new places and things to photograph. The color palette and lighting is a challenge to photograph as is the dark ride of the Na'vi River Journey. Towards the end of the peaceful and beautiful boat ride, you come upon the Shaman of Songs audio-animatronic.

Shaman of Songs audio-animatronic on the Na'vi River Journey ride in Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Shaman of Songs audio-animatronic on the Na'vi River Journey ride.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/200s, f/4, ISO 128000, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Cropped.





October 8, 2017

Where in the World #505

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!

Now for Challenge #504:
Where in the World #504

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Scott Thomas

The Rose Garden at the Castle. It used to be the boat landing for the Swan Boats!

Jennifer Rowell were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jennifer and to all our winners this week! Grumpy's Groupies, The Modecki's, Mike Walter, Ed Suscreba, Ken Maikowski, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Michael O'brien, The Kertes Family, Karen O'brien, Michaela Obrien, Herb Miller, Claire Gregory, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Eric Berger, Luis Rodriguez, Mary Beth Tarbet, Maureen And Warren Handy, Joann Albrecht, Beth Mcmeekin, Phyllis, Al & Kerry Ganter, Sandie Albrecht, Joseph M. Zafia, Jeremy Hardy, Mickey Eckert, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Pat Schwier, The Nufranick Family, Diane Curfman, Team Hill, Jim Finley, Bonnie Jean, Emily Hudson, Megan Krainski, Linda College, Tricia Petty, Deb Ragno, John Stella, Patricia Morin, Martha & Justin Collins, Andy Hickey, The Tisdale Family, Loring Family, Sue And Ed Adams, Smitty, Janet T Thorn, Evald Olson, Tom Koval, Jim Thompson, Steve Smith, Paul Dickson, Sands Family, Mary Pauley, Lori Rienhardt, Elizabeth And Dan Johnston, Andrew Carrieri, Belicia, Scott C., Eric Enli, Steve Knapp, Chris Kelly, Gloria Martin, Maryann Romagnano, Ruben O'meara, Kyra, Colleen Ringer, Kris Nixon, Carla C, Karen Schlumpf, Jeff Blank, Vera And Izzy Williams, Linda Ranatza, Wayne Chadourne, Chloe Mayhew, Robert Wescovich, Jeremy Reichelt, Matt Holley, Rebecca Keenan, Shelly Borella, Matthew Frey, Scott Greenbaum, Scott Sangston, Karrie Rodriguez, Josette Gabel, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Carri Marotto, Mark Hardy, Roye Ann Morris, Barbara, The Gunnels Gang, Theresa Maradei, Vicki Britt, Ashley Collins, Chris Bauman, Maureen Tavrell, Karen Bellamy, Jpc, Ken Savage, Scott Inman, George Mundy Jr, Jamie Poynton, Ron Weigand, Julie Weigand, Roland Baeslach, Sheila Bagg, Sharon Leitgeb, Susan Higginbotham, Don Purney, Carly Frost, Linda Hoffman, Janice Woods, Bob Henriksen, Sandy Ceplecha, Tim Johansen, Thomas R Higbee, Sr, Wendy T Faler, Jane Johnson, Jodie S., Jamie Steiner, Rachel Hoover, and Mis Jamie Marie!

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Challenge #505 Where in the world is this?

OK, we are traveling back in time for this one! It was a classic attraction that’s been gone a long time.

Where in the World #505

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October 6, 2017

Reflections of Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Epcot turned 35 this week. I first visited EPCOT Center on October 3, 1983. It was more open then. Nothing in front of Spaceship Earth except a water fountain. No advanced dining reservations back then. You had to either go to the restaurant's podium early in the morning or use a video kiosk where a Cast Member would take your reservations "face to face". I rode Horizons that day only two days after its official opening.

Years later Disney renamed the park just Epcot. I finally got a digital SLR camera in 2006 just over 10 years ago. Let us return to that time now.

EPCOT in 2006, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
EPCOT in 2006.

From Left and Clockwise: Spaceship Earth had Mickey Mouse's wand with the word Epcot, Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps performed in front of the American Adventure, Off Kilter was on the Canada pavilion's stage and the Lights of Winter tunnel lead you from Future World to World Showcase during the holidays.

Except for Spaceship Earth, the other three can no longer be enjoyed at Epcot. Though Mickey's wand is gone, thankfully.

Fast forward to today...

EPCOT in 2017, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
EPCOT in 2017.

From Left and Clockwise: Disney is celebrating Epcot35 in the Odyssey Restaurant, Monorail moves over Flower and Garden Festival decorations, Spaceship Earth still is the icon of Epcot and Mission: Space has replaced Horizons.

I have watched Epcot change over the last 34 years. Have I always agreed with the changes? No, but change Epcot and Walt Disney World will always do, must and will.





October 3, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Epcot 35th Anniversary

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Epcot35 Legacy Showplace is found inside the Odyssey Restaurant as Disney celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the park. The Legacy Showplace has photos, artwork and information of past, present and future pavilions in Future World and World Showcase. The exhibit is not large and can be toured in less than an hour. I highly recommend it.

Photos in the Epcot35 Legacy Showplace at the Odyssey Restaurant in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Photos in the Epcot35 Legacy Showplace at the Odyssey Restaurant.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 1400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

The framed photos show the World of Motion (left) which was the original pavilion which was later replaced by Test Track (right) in 1999.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Epcot 35th Anniversary tomorrow.





October 1, 2017

Where in the World #504

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!

Happy Birthday to John Blackwell!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Jim Finley and The Patterson Family, I hope you’re having a wonderful trip!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Today (the 1st) is International Coffee Day! Oh yeah!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #503:
Where in the World #503

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

The old Odyssey building in Epcot. I actually saw the inside when Deb Wills had a 15th anniversary event there. I keep thinking Disney will do something with it again.

Vera And Izzy Williams, I know what you mean. I’m getting that way about a lot of things.

Bruce Jones were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Bruce and to all our winners this week! Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Joe Pfrangle, The Modecki's, Hunter Armstrong, Joann Albrecht, Grumpy's Groupies, Gloria Martin, Sandie Albrecht, Phil Vickers, Carol Baranowsky, Ken Maikowski, Emily Hudson, Vera And Izzy Williams, Claire Gregory, The Kertes Family, Eric Berger, Theresa Rucando, Phyllis, Karen Adamakis, Laura Walker, Luis Rodriguez, Carol Lyons, Michael O'brien, Maureen And Warren Handy, Karen O'brien, Michaela Obrien, Kerry A., Tammy Warmouth, Janet Spiess, Kris Nixon, The Rider Family, Marsha Waidelich, Josh Weiss, Wendy T Faler, Deb Gallo, Dee Dee Kenney, Patricia Morin, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Team Hill, Herb Miller, Martha & Justin Collins, Vicki Britt, Lori Rienhardt, Joseph M. Zafia, The Nufranick Family, Anjanette Tournillon, Beth Mcmeekin, Emily Eldridge, Melissa Haeberle, Jim Finley, Alexis Cavileer, Kenneth Jackson, Paul Dickson, Melanie Emmons, Ruben O'meara, Ed Suscreba, Mary Beth Tarbet, Scott Tatelman, Sharon Powell, Deb Ragno, Mike Walter, Linda College, Sands Family, Mark Donahue, Bill Mckim, Joyce Shipman, Stacie Huang, K Beasley, Anne Duque, Steve Knapp, Nan Amor, Andy Hickey, Janet T Thorn, The Tisdale Family, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Team Bonnie Sue, Linda Hoffman, Bonnie Jean, Linda Wilham, Jpc, Jason Steinmetz, Andrew Carrieri, Eric Enli, Robert Wescovich, Evald Olson, Colleen Ringer, Hobbes And Snorky, Sue And Ed Adams, Liz Moreau, Smitty, Carla C, Julia And Carol Wickware, J. Schall, Joanne Erikson, Al & Kerry Ganter, Arlene Vicek, Scott C., Belicia, Jim Thompson, Matt Wildey, Mary Tougas, The Parker Family, Chuck Everson, Mary Pauley, Kyra, Beth Paczkowski, Brian Mcwithey, Jennifer Rowell, Chris Kelly, Mickey Eckert, David Mickley, Pat Schwier, Jeff Blank, Theresa Maradei, Victoria Finnegan, Melissa Littman, Wayne Chadourne, Bob Patterson, Michael Amor, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Joyce Tofflemire, Jeremy Reichelt, Tom Koval, Matt Cofone, Matthew Frey, Erin Hammer, Karrie Rodriguez, Carri Marotto, Patti Mccaffrey, Josette Gabel, Monica, Karen Aguiar, Paul Ignudo, Karen Bellamy, Scott Sangston, Stefanie Vandiver, Scott Inmans, Matt Holley, Bob Henriksen, Brian Haas, The Patterson Family, Tim Johansen, Elaine Prosecky, Tricia Petty, Jamie Poynton, Hillary Waldroop, Nadine B Miltier, Scott Greenbaum, Chris Bauman, Bill Martin, Leigh Mertz, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Ron Weigand, Julie Weigand, Renee Hardiman, George Mundy Jr, Barclay Bakkum, Sheila Bagg, Jackie Graebel, Tina Santosuosso, Don Purney, Jo Ann Bailey, Diane Curfman, Cheryl Costello, Shelly Borella, Richard C. Williams, Tom Higbee Sr, Mark Hardy, Jacqueline Klafeta, The Gunnels Gang, Robert P. Flaherty, Dan And Elizabeth, Jodi Cook, Rebecca Keenan, Gallagher Family, Sherri Pell, Margie Larmon, Stacy Guarracino, Davida, Sandy Ceplecha, and Jane Johnson!

Can you believe it’s time for the monthly drawing already?! Wow! And the September winner is Melissa Haeberle! Congratulations! Deb Wills will send you a prize!
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Challenge #504 Where in the world is this?


Where in the World #504

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 5th, by clicking on the blue box below.

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See you soon, Players!

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September 29, 2017

Child View of Enchanted Tales with Belle Queue

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As adults, we often forget how a child sees Walt Disney World.

While I was waiting in the Stand By queue for the Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom and took the photo you see below. I remembered a long ago request from a blog reader to show a child's view of the parks.

Guest in the Stand By Queue for Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Adult Guest View of the Stand By Queue for Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/40s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

There were a few children in the room and I got down as low as they were. The next photo of the same scene shows how they would see the book on Maurice's desk. A few off the children were French-Canadian and could read the French text. I was told the book was opened to the story of Sleeping Beauty.

Book on Maurice's Desk in the Queue for the Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Book on Maurice's Desk in the Queue for Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/25s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 21mm Focal Length.

The next photo is a real eye opener for me. Looking up from behind the bin holding plans of Maurice's inventions, the painting of a young Belle with her mother was nicely framed between them.

Child view in the Queue for the Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Child view in the Queue for the Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/20s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

The older I get, the harder it is getting low angle photos. Still, it is worth a few cracking knees for unique results like these.





September 27, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Souvenier - If Money was no Object

Deb's Digest Blog

This one came to me rather quickly, so I had to go with it. If money (and space which means more money) were no object I would want the entire Dream Machine with Dreamfinder and Figment in motion!

dreamfinder.jpg

Well actually if money were NO object at all, I'd like a recreation of the entire original ride in my backyard so when I wanted to smile, I would go learn about Imagination :)

What is your dream souvenir if money was no object???!!!

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