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April 22, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Tree Of Life

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Whether it is your first time visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom or your fiftyish, seeing the Tree Of Life as you come out onto the bridge to cross over to Discovery Island is an amazing experience. I like it as one of the few places in Walt Disney World where you can frame an attraction and wonder where on Earth it is.

The Tree Of Life in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Tree Of Life in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, HDR Image.

Here are a few facts from the AllEars.net page about the Tree of Life:

  • Branches span 165 feet across
  • There are over 100,000 leaves on the tree
  • The trunk is 50 feet wide
  • 20 artists carved into the trunk, branches and roots over 320 animals
  • Thousands worked on the construction of the Tree of Life which took 18 months to build

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her view of the Disney Pic of the Week on the Tree Of Life.

April 20, 2014

Where in the World #328

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, Agnes, from me, your fellow Players, and especially your daughter Danielle! I'm sorry we're late, but I hope the 16th was very special. All together now! And as we sing, we're including both Agnes and Danielle whose birthday is this week:
From Millan.Net

By the way, Danielle's husband surprised her with a Disney birthday trip!

Let's hear it for Mary Beth Tarbet's daughter who answered for her mother last week while she was sick with the flu! That's a good daughter!

The Gunnels Family: I think Disney withdrawal has been classified as a real syndrome. Check with your doctor, but I bet you can get a prescription saying you have to go back. :)

Now for Challenge #327:
Where in the World #327

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

Players , you did so well with this! I can't say it any better than you, so let's have Steve And Ruby Jordan give the answer: “Baaaaaaaaaaa. That would be a sound made by none other than the beautiful Kibibi (which means princess), leading the Giraffe section at the Festival of the Lion King at Animal Kingdom.”

The show will open in its new home this summer!

Thank you to Barrie Brewer for the amazing photo!

Kristi Strembicji were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Ed Elder, Ed Suscreba, Donna Frank, Rob Blundin, Eric Berger, The Parker Family, Christi Ison, Deborah Wolfe, Daniel Record, Ken Jackson, Becky Norman, Hillary Waldroop, Vera And Izzy Williams, Alex Gamill, Tricia Petty, Phil Vickers, Mildred Popp, Phyllis, Bruce Jones, Mike O'brien, Melissa Such, Elaine Kleinhenz, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, The Kertes Family , Long Family, Janet T Thorn, Theresa Rucando, Linda Ranatza, Steve And Ruby Jordan, Carol Ney, Trina Noggle, The Murr Family, Jen Tremley, Sandie Albrecht, Bill Mckim, Kye Layton, Colette Stanton , Nicole Amidon, Stephanie Mcnamee , Betsy Silvestri, Sharon Pierce, The Gunnels Family, Team Hill, Patty Carty, Katie Bray, Tinkerbell Wells, Louise Barton, Mike Haeberle, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Nan Amor, Dave Freemyer, Mary Beth Tarbet, Robert Wescovich, Deb Ragno, Jan Rosato, Chloe Mayhew, Mike Malampy, The Tisdale Family , Ken Savage, Maureen Handy, Pam Vanaustin, Kenmaikowski, Emily Hudson, Jen Eacret , Gail States, Kerri Coggins, Jeremy Hardy, Ruben O'meara, Bruce Hinterleitner, Antoinette Leblanc, Carolyn Como, Debbie Desimone, Virginia Pierce, Tina Horlick, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Amy Schweizer, Cheryl Chambers, Al Desimone, Reichl Family, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Mike Amor, Melody Odonnell, Kathryn Perkins , Maryann Eckenrode, Dwayne Fontenot, Les Stewart, Brian Mcwithey, Jackie Purcell, Kellie Roche, Leach Family, Danielle Harsley, Kerry A., Karen Ramirez, Claire Gregory, Cheryl Costello, Kirsten Miller, Laura Labadie, Lauren Thomas, Shelby Watson, Team Bonnie Sue, Eric Enli, Duskin Henard, Cathy Connors, Paula Massarelli, Dallas Hamilton, Sarah And Chris, Melodye Berry, Josh Carney, Randy Thomas, Clay Anthony, Gallagher Family, Nigel Mcquire (wales Uk), Lexxie Biel, Fran Rendulic, Jullie Pudem, Carri Marotto, Andy Schumacher, Vicki Britt, Dave Carriere, Dan D, Jenn Steele, Smitty, Patti Mccaffrey, Shelly Borella, Renee Hardiman, Lisa Z., Doug Olson Family, Angel Diven, Hobbes And Snorky, Amy Miller, Julia Wickware, Vicki Yarnell, Noah And Daniel Schweizer, Heather Pedulla, Evald Olson, Jim Finley, Theresa Maradei, Jodi Cook, Alan Mize, Matt Holley, The Hutchinson Family, Amber Slifer, Carla C, Grumpy's Groupies, Alison Rosenberger, Dee Dee Kenney, Kristin Dormuth, George Mundy Jr, Maja Kodani, Mark Franklin, Nathan York, Maryann Romagnano, Pollyanna Buff, Arlene Vicek, Jo Ann Bailey, Jackie Graebel, Joseph M. Zafia, Brian Grabowski, Ron Harper, and Tom Higbee. Each of you are entered in this month's winners’ drawing.
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Challenge #328 Where in the world is this?

Time to park hop!
 Where in the World #328

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 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! Jennifer Rowell, Kristi Strembicki, Donna Frank, Beth Mcmeekin, Jim And Lorie Sonnen, Rob Blundin, The Koren Family, Ed Elder, Team Hill, Linda Scrivano, Kerri Coggins, The Kertes Family, Tricia Petty , Nan Amor, Claire Gregory, The Kertes Family, Tom Hermes, Phyllis, Jennifer Harmon, The Kahle Family, Jen Cerce, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Kerry A., Mary Beth Tarbet, Dee Dee Kenney, Christina, Chris Kelly, Ed Suscreba, Karen Schlumpf, Melissa Such, Erin Connell, Robert Vadovic , Phil Vickers, Tina Kahl, Reasha Kling, Linda Ranatza, Judy Simonsen, Darlene Haven, Carol Ney, Jenny Brennan, Brenda Harrington , Deb Ragno, Andy Hickey, Sheryl Hicks, Mike Haven, Michelle Darabaris, Jon, Todd George Blosser, Rick Rollins, Nicolle Clement, Torrey Beasley, Robin Fitts, The Parker Family, Trish Roam, The Pearsall Family, Jennifer Jacobs, Claudette Laferriere, Kerry Hill, Mary Virginia Clause, Tom Donnelly, Kimyartta Mckines, Theresa Lucotti, Eric Johnson, Belicia Cullen, Kristina Rohrbach, Jack Lynch, Tim Johansen, Tim Thompson, Scott Cullen, Dennis O'reilly, Michele Smith, Trish Roam, Stuart Savage, Paul Knott, Morag Lemon, Taylor K, Matt Wildey, Bill Schmid, Angela Jones, Erin Peterson, Nicole Garon, The Gunnels Family, Ellen Sullivan, Sharon Pierce, Laura V., Megan Krainski, Jim Finley, Wendy Hupp, Karey Brown, Carol Lyons, Maggie Klotz, Cindy Pink, Jim Nitschke, Jodi Lupp, Jackie Cannata, Jodi Lupp, Kathy N Brooke, Donna Begley, Mike M., Amber Penske, Vicki Britt, Steve And Ruby Jordan, The Fosbender's, Tommy Montgomery, Sarah Orman, Pam Vanaustin, Kevin Wagner, Paul Dickson, The Emich Family, Evald Olson, Crystal King, Susie Howard, Brendan Abel, Kaja Durkis, Leigh Mertz, Bruce Hinterleitner, Robin Robinson , Katie Bray, Heather Long, Carla C, Tammy Kallenbach, Ken Jackson, Gina Smith, Richard Beverly, Julia Wickware, Michele Zowacki, Bill Mckim, Ken Maikowski, Rebekah Johnson, Weaselmouse, Maggie Biederman, Paula Massarelli, Kathy Wilkerson, Michelle Gurn, Olszak Family, Carol Collins, Duskin Henard, Katina Dehart, Robert Wescovich, Robert Wescovich, Les Whitten, Jeremy Hardy, Dan Cozby, John Stella, Jen Tremley, Dave Freemyer, Jim Martin, Tinkerbell Wells, Mary Dieuliis, Debbie Desimone, Mandie Hubbard, Al Desimone, Skip Broome, Stefan Owens, Antoinette Leblanc, Lauriebeth, Liam And Fiona Odonnel, Rita Henderson, Vera And Izzy Williams, Kenny, Peg R, Hunter Armstrong, Lana Hauth, Lana Hauth, Craig, Tom Koval, Hobbes And Snorky, Mike Malampy, Tammy Rice, Patty Carty, Daniel Record, Karen Costa, Virginia Pierce, Melissa Rymer, Pecosace, Christopher Thacker, Betsy Silvestri, Krista Serpi, Ken Clark, Laua Spangler, Derek Carty, Heather Pedulla, Patti Gumiela, Irene Ng, Eleanor Taberski, Eleanor Taberski, Juliet O'hare, Bruce Nash, Matt Petty, Heather Capraun, A. Beaulieu, Brian Mcwithey, Eric Berger, Kathryn Perkins , Jamesd (dzneynut), Arlene Vicek, Andrew Swiatowicz , Jackie Purcell, Kris Nixon, Chuck Sands, Colette Stanton , Joe Armeni, Anna Otts, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Josh Weiss, Lee Anastasi, Mary Ann Eckenrode, Leach Family, Chris Nichols, Diane Furtado, Wayne Chadourne, Ian Falk, Kameo Crea, John Menjes, Kelly Sroka, Doug Jacobs, Dawn Miller, Craig Livingston, Frank Abbamonte, Michael Pyle, Jonathan Thomas, Vicki Christensen, Anjanette Tournillon, Carolyn Como, Teri Jo Fuson, Maryann Romagnano, John Bickers, Terri , Theresa Maradei, Russ Morgan, Jeff Blank, Kevin Jones, Karen Ramirez, Terry Blair, Herb Miller, Les Stewart, Kelly Smith, Dallas Hamilton, Christian Langtry, John Dupre, Sarah And Chris, Mark Proper, Morgan M., Melody Odonnell, Christopher Hall, Kate Fischer, Matt Holley, Jeremy Reichelt, Chris Bauman, Richard Smith, Holmes Family, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Carri Marotto, Eric Raygor, Scott Sangston, Gail States, Karrie Duffey, Shelly Borella, Davida, Jeff Richardson, George Mundy Jr, Terry Fleming, Rebecca Keenan, Andy Schumacher, Michelle Palazzo, Matthew Jadro, Anastasia Macneil, Amber Slifer, Smitty, Nathan Gray, Matt Earl, Fred Shakeshaft, Herb Reeves, Jeff Finger, Tim English, Jan Rosato, Hannah Crowley, Alison Rosenberger, Cathy Connors, John Snider, Kim Paulakos, Jennifer Chartier, Team Meeker, Jeff Stetson, Lauren Pinder, Sean Diven, Darlene Collins, Matt Ciccone, Dayna Guay, Mike Haeberle, Steve Mills, Ron Harper, Theresa Rucando, Mickey Eckert, Kirsten Miller, Bryant And Ruben O'meara, Jorge Caso, Josh Carney, Karla Callen, Team Bonnie Sue, Luis Rodriguez, Franki Larocca, Brian Grabowski, Emily Hudson, Bobbie Mills, Lorine Landon, Jim Thompson, Hillary Waldroop, Liz Weiter, Scott Greenbaum, Mark Franklin, Annie Snodgrass, Tracy Discher, John Pasqueralli, Jo Ann Bailey, John Foggo, Michael And Kelly Barnes, Jennifer Fasy, April Stinson, Caitlin Lewis, Gallagher Family, Robert P. 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.

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