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July 26, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: 1990s

Deb's Digest Blog

Despite ANY fears I may have, I am determined to ride every single ride at Walt Disney World at least once.

The look on my face is sheer terror! I rode Rock 'n' Roller Coaster just twice! Linda, of course, thought it was a BLAST!

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July 25, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: 1990s

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Lobby of the Tower of Terror in the Disney/MGM Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Black and White photo of the Tower of Terror's lobby in the Disney/MGM Studios.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, EV -0.6, 18mm Focal Length.

The old Disney/MGM Studios arrived on May 1st, 1989. My favorite attraction/ride in this park did not arrive until 1994. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was an instant hit with me being a fan of the Rod Serling serial television show from the 1950's and 1960's. I often would convert my color photos for the Tower of Terror to Black and White as most of the shows were filmed in.

Deb will be here tomorrow with a photo from the 1990's at the Studios.





July 23, 2017

Where in the World #494

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 for all the anniversary wishes!

Now for Challenge #493:
Where in the World #493

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

It’s Mickey Mouse himself! Standing above the entrance to Mickey's PhilharMagic, Sorcerer’s hat and baton at the ready!

Adolph and Kimberly Timm were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Adolph and Kimberly and to all our winners this week! Al & Kerry Ganter, Andrew Carrieri, Andy Hickey, Arlene Vicek, Ashley Collins, Axel Beer, Barclay Bakkum, Belicia, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Bob Heaton, Bob Hendrix, Bob Henriksen, Bonnie Jean, Brian Gallant, Brian Mcwithey, Brian Richmond, Bruce Hinterleitner, Cameron Kyle, Carla C, Carol Baranowsky, Caroline Burmester, Carolyn Como, Carri Marotto, Chris Bauman, Chris Kelly, Christy Schor, Colleen Ringer, Dallas Hamilton, Dan In Nh, Dawn Oxendine, Deb Ragno, Diane Curfman, Diane Tredore, Don Purney, Ed Suscreba, Emily Hudson, Eric Berger, Erin Hammer, Evald Olson, George Mundy Jr, Gloria Martin, Grumpy's Groupies, Heather Calvey, Herb Miller, Hillary Waldroop, Hobbes And Snorky, Hunter Armstrong, Jackie Graebel, Jacqueline Klafeta, Jamie Poynton, Jamie Steiner, Jane Johnson, Janet T Thorn, Jeff Blank, Jennifer Hess, Jeremy Reichelt, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Jim Finley, Jim Thompsopn, Jo Ann Bailey, Joann Albrecht, Jodie S., John Casey, Joseph M. Zafia, Josh Weiss, Joy Caldwell, K Beasley, Karen O'brien, Karen Schlumpf, Karrie Rodriguez, Ken Maikowski, Ken Savage, Kerri Coggins, Kris Nixon, Kristan Bertelmann, Kristi Strembicki, Kyra, Laurie Walker, Leigh Mertz, Linda College, Lori Rienhardt, Loring Family, Luis Rodriguez, Malampy(benco Families), Margaret Convery, Margie Larmon, Mark Hardy, Martha & Justin Collins, Mary Beth Tarbet, Maryann Eckenrode, Maryann Romagnano, Matt Holley, Matthew Frey, Maureen And Warren Handy, Maureen37703, Melissa Haeberle, Michael O'brien, Michaela Obrien, Mike & Jackie Mclucas, Patti Mccaffrey, Paul Dickson, Paul Ignudo, Paul Newbiggin, Phyllis, Rebecca Keenan, Renee Hardiman, Robert P. Flaherty, Robert Wescovich, Ronnie Alvarado, Ruben O'meara, Ruth Woodhouse, Sandie Albrecht, Scott C., Scott Sangston, Sharon Powell, Sheila & Kelly Barnes, Sheila Bagg, Sherri Pell, Shirley Garcowski, Smitty, Stacie Huang, Stefan Owens, Steve Knapp, Susan Higginbotham, Susie Howard, Tammy Warmouth, Team Bonnie Sue, Team Hill, The Gunnels Gang, The Kertes Family, The Modecki's, The Parker Family, The Tisdale Family, Theresa Maradei, Theresa Rucando, Tim Johansen, Tom Linder, Tricia Petty, Vera And Izzy Williams, Vicki Britt, and Wendy T Faler!

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Challenge #494 Where in the world is this?

Staying in the parks, maybe even the same one!

Where in the World #494
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 27th, 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!

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July 21, 2017

Look Up with a Twist at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last week I talked about Looking Down at Walt Disney World. This week we are Looking Up....from Our Phones. Believe me, I appreciate the modern day Smart Phone as much as the next person. Especially in a long queue line for a popular ride or attraction at a Disney park. However, you could end up missing the great details Disney Imagineers design into the parks. This little detail gave me a big smile as I waited for the doors to open on the Festival of the Lion King in Disney's Animal Kingdom. I might have missed it if I did not put my phone in my pocket and take the time to look around. I pointed it out to my family who enjoyed it to upon looking up from their phones.

Sign in the queue for the Festival of the Lion King show at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sign in the queue for the Festival of the Lion King show.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 320, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

Disney restaurants are a treasure trove of details from counter service to sit-down restaurants. One the newest restaurants is found in Magic Kingdom's Adventureland and is full of wonderful details from Disney lore. The Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen has details and surprises in every room and in every direction. As I waited for my meal, I walked around the room instead of thumbing through my phone and found this interesting wall decoration. Anyone know what S.E.A. is and what it represents?

Crest of S.E.A hanging inside the Skipper Canteen restaurant in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Crest of S.E.A hanging inside the Skipper Canteen restaurant.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 6400, EV 0, 70mm Focal Length.


Let us not forget the resorts. Themeing details are found through all of them. On my last stay at Disney's Port Orleans - French Quarter Resort, I found this beautiful glass etching after eating some beignets (not to be missed if your are staying there).

Glass etching of a musician with a trumpet at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Glass etching of a musician with a trumpet at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 1100, EV 0, 30mm Focal Length.

Do remember to look up from your phones while you are visiting the Walt Disney World resort. You never know what you may see and not know what you may have missed.






July 19, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: 1980s

Deb's Digest Blog

The 1980s... sadly I never stepped foot in the Magic Kingdom or Epcot during the 80s. So, once again I have to go elsewhere for a photo.

Did you know Epcot once had real elephants in Future World? It did, in a special event called the Daredevil Circus Spectacular.

Here is a photo a friend of mine recently found of said spectacular...

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If you are sitting there scratching your head about this, here's a link to a Jim Korkis article you'll find informative.


July 18, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: 1980s

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Mural seen in the queue as guests wait to ride the Maelstrom in Epcot's Norway pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mural seen in the queue as guests wait to ride the Maelstrom in Norway.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/20s, f/2.5, ISO 1600, EV +1.

While I visited Walt Disney World many time during the 1980's, I did not get a digital SLR camera until 2005. For my 1980's photo, I found something I photographed in 2009 which was there back in the 1980's. The Maelstrom ride in Epcot's Norway pavilion opened in 1988. It was the first dark and thrill type ride in Epcot and was very popular. Only thing that could possibilty replace it would have been a maga-hit like Frozen which it did in 2014.

Deb will be here tomorrow with a real photo from the 1980's and it's huge!





July 16, 2017

Where in the World #493

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!

This is it, Players! Where in the World Photo Fun is 10 years old!
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I’m blown away. Some of you have been here since Day 1 and I thank you and everyone else for supporting us! We wouldn’t be here without you!

Mickey Eckert is in Walt Disney World this week. Have a great trip!

Now for Challenge #492:
Where in the World #492

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

The old Pleasure Island sign featuring Jessica Rabbit! I loved this so much – both PI and Roger Rabbit -- I even bought the embroidered shirt and the pin!

Those were great days. My husband and I were on the Island every night, going to the Adventurers Club and the Comedy Warehouse.

Mary Beth Tarbet was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Mary Beth and to all our winners this week! Lyn-marie Johnson, Eric Berger, Hillary Waldroop, Theresa Maradei, Linda Scrivano, Evanna Huda, Phyllis, Jennifer Rowell, Grumpy's Groupies, Brian Gallant, The Parker Family, Cathy Fleming, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Joann Albrecht, Chris Kelly, Claire Gregory, Margaret Convery, Jamie Steiner, Tammy Warmouth, Maryann Romagnano, Ken Savage, Sands Family, The Gunnels Gang, Bruce Hinterleitner, Martha & Justin Collins, Christine Brown, Hunter Armstrong, Joseph M. Zafia, Team Hill, Susie Howard, Linda College, Renee Hardiman, Gloria Martin, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Brian Mcwithey, Linda Ranatza, Paul Newbiggin, Deb Ragno, Belicia, Scott C., Beth Mcmeekin, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Maryann Eckenrode, Diane Curfman, Lori Rienhardt, Pat Schwier, Ruth Woodhouse, Vera And Izzy Williams, Mike Walter, Wendy T Faler, Luis Rodriguez, Smitty, Team Bonnie Sue, Janet T Thorn, Carol Baranowsky, Nan Amor, Matt Petty, Mary Pauley, Ashley Collins, Karen Ramirez, Axel Beer, Caroline Burmester, Emily Hudson, Andreas Beer, Les Whitten, Hobbes And Snorky, Kyra, Jim Thompson, Maureen And Warren Handy, Bonnie Jean, Sue And Ed Adams, Jason Steinmetz, The Long Family, Susan Higginbotham, Jeremy Hardy, Robert Robinson, Kerri Coggins, Jim Finley, Linda Lundsten, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Mark Donahue, Andrew Carrieri, Ken Daube, Arlene Vicek, Susan Doucette, Mickey Eckert, Melissa Haeberle, Phil Vickers, Brian Richmond, Kristi Marie Strembicki, Kristan Bertelmann, Jennifer Hess, Steve Knapp, Kris Nixon, Ed Suscreba, Christi Ison, Karen Adamakis, Tricia Petty, Kate Nejman, Doug Olson Family, Jeff Blank, Herb Miller, Pam Lorenz, Jodi Cook, Cameron Lange, Leigh Mertz, Melissa Littman, Mark Hardy, Matt Holley, Jeremy Reichelt, Paul Ignudo, Karrie Rodriguez, Chris Bauman, Paul Dickson, The Modecki's, Davida, Gallagher Family, Mike Amor, Karen Aguiar, Vicki Britt, Scott Sangston, Jamie Poynton, Tim Johansen, Sara Alaimo, Colleen Ringer, The Kertes Family, Malampy(benco Families), Stacie Huang, Dallas Hamilton, Sandra Edwards, Jamesd (dzneynut), George Mundy Jr, Marie P, John Warner, Elizabeth Scarborough, Sheila Bagg, Liz Moreau, Barclay Bakkum, Karen Ford, Jo Ann Bailey, Don Purney, Dna, Sheila And Kelly Barnes, Carla C, Rebecca Keenan, Nathan Y, Jane Johnson, and Jackie Klafeta!

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Challenge #493 Where in the world is this?

Going back into the parks! Whose hand is that high up in the sky?

Where in the World #493
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 20th, 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!





July 14, 2017

Looking Down at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

If you are a Walt Disney World veteran, you know when walking around the resort to look up and down and all around as Imagineers have placed details in all directions. This week I want to point out a couple of details you would miss if you did not look down.

In Norway, you no doubt have seen the Stave Church in Epcot's Norway pavilion. Did you notice the information sign nearby entitled From Ships to Staves? You would see if you looked down if you were walking towards the public rest rooms in the pavilion or headed towards Mexico.

Sign near the Stave Church in Epcot's Norway pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sign near the Stave Church in Epcot's Norway pavilion.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 100, EV -0.3, 16mm Focal Length, Cropped.

If you have or will be staying in the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, keep an eye out as you walk around at the street signs. Yes, you can see them on poles but also on the sidewalks. Rue means Street in French.

Sidewalk street sign for Rue D'Baga at Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sidewalk street sign for Rue D'Baga at Port Orleans French Quarter Resort.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/4.5, ISO 100, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

Do remember to look down at Walt Disney World. You never know what you may see.





July 12, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: 1970s

Deb's Digest Blog

1970s... when it all came to be in Florida. I actually did visit a few times in the early 70s. Sadly cameras, film and developing were very expensive then, especially for someone in college.

The following is an official Disney photograph of Roy O. Disney and some friends.

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If you have any photos from the 70s you would like to share with me for my archive, please let me know in a comment (I won't publish it). Thanks


July 11, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: 1970s

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Liberty Square dedication plaque in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Liberty Square dedication plaque in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

I did not visit Walt Disney World until 1983. For my 1970's photo, I found something I photographed in 2010 which was there back in the 1970's. The Liberty Square dedication plaque (not sure about dedication but that is what I am calling it.) is found as you enter Liberty Square from the Hub.

Deb will be here tomorrow with a real photo from the 1970's.





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