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May 24, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Echo Lake

Deb's Digest Blog

The Imagineers left quite a few nods to the glamour days of Hollywood when they built Disney's MGM Studios and Echo Lake is a place where you can find all kinds of nuances. Think Rocketeer!

There have been a few times, over the years, that Echo Lake was rumored to be demolished, but it's still here in 2017! When I think of that area, I always think of Dino Gertie's and smile.
Come on now, who doesn't smile at the thought of green dinos and ice cream :)

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P.S. Jim Korkis wrote about Echo Lake a few years ago for AllEars. Take a look and see if you can find any of the artifacts still around.

May 23, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Echo Lake

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have been asked so I am sure Disney Hollywood Studio Cast Members get asked all the time why there is a dinosaur along the shore of Echo Lake. Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction stand was part of the park's opening day. The link leads you to a Jim Korkis article about the the history of Gertie and the reason for including it in the park.

Recently, the stand is no longer in operation and may disappear as construction continues for the new Star Wars and Pixar additions.

Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction stand on Echo Lake in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction stand on Echo Lake.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125, f/16, ISO 450, EV 0.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her Echo Lake photo.

May 21, 2017

Where in the World #485

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!

Annie Snodgrass is getting married very soon! Congratulations!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #484:
Where in the World #484

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

We're at the Flights of Wonder show in Disney's Animal Kingdom! I still can’t believe I got picked to do this!

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Challenge #485 Where in the world is this?

We are going to another park for a classic attraction! I can hear its song: “You can--” Oops, did I give too much away?

Where in the World #485
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 25th, by clicking on the blue box below.

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May 19, 2017

Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I enjoyed Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom. It is not a show with a lot of "Wow" factor like a fireworks show. The music, floats and use of projections on water is very soothing. I will say my experience in watching it was not enjoyable.

I saw Rivers of Light in its third week of production. Yet, the Cast Members seating people were not prepared for what happened to my wife and I. We had used a Dining Package at Tusker House so we would not have to fight the crowd to get a good seat. Our server told us to show up about 30 minutes before the show. Turns out that was not a good idea. Even though we had tickets showing we should be seated in the reserved area, the area was already full. Confused, I asked how this could be? Again, the Cast Members did not have an answer. I had to be very firm with them to get into the handicap area so we could watch the show while standing.

The photos are not from a very good viewing location because of this. You can see poles and lights and I did the best I could.

The boats are a challenge as they move slowly but they still move. I decided to use spot metering and a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second for the show and let the ISO climb as needed up to 6400.

Boat float in the Rivers of Light show at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Boat float in the Rivers of Light show at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV +1, 116mm focal length.

The lighted animal floats are much easier to photograph as they are lighted.

Lighted animal floats in the Rivers of Light show at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Lighted animal floats in the Rivers of Light show at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV +1, 116mm focal length.

Towards the end of the show, every float used in the show are in the lagoon. It is a beautiful sight.

Rivers of Light show at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Rivers of Light show at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 6400, EV +1, 28mm focal length.

While my experience was not what I am used to at Walt Disney World, I will go see this show again. Hopefully with a Fast Pass and will show up a lot earlier. I wonder if Disney should look into a full reservation system for shows presented in an auditorium or amphitheater setting.

I did complain to Disney and have talked with a Customer Service Cast Member. I hope my feedback will improve other's experience at Rivers of Light in the future.

May 17, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Sunset Blvd

Deb's Digest Blog


Susnet Blvd did not exist when Disney's MGM Studios opened. It opened several years, 1994 actually, when Beauty and the Beast relocated from the Backlot Theater and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened. Once adorn with old time cars and numerous "streetmosphere", Sunset Blvd draws you in as you focus on the huge icon at the end of the street -- the Tower of Terror! And for those keeping track of such things, Fantasmic opened in October 1998 and Rock n Roller Coaster in 1999.

Often, folks are in such a hurry to get to the end of the boulevard -- that they forget to look around. Where will you find this "Uncle Sam" on Sunset Blvd?

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May 16, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Sunset Blvd.

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

After walking down Sunset Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios with all its shops full of Hollywood tie-ins and California styled counter service eateries, everyone is confronted by the tall Hollywood Tower Hotel where screams can be heard which thrills many but scares off a few. I often wish Disney could have somehow figured out a way create this area in Black and White.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Tower at the end of Sunset Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Twilight Zone Tower of Tower at the end of Sunset Blvd.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/320, f/9, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length.

I converted this photo to Black and White as I always find it fitting to cast the The Twilight Zone Tower of Tower that way as a nod to the old TV show.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her Sunset Blvd. photo.

May 14, 2017

Where in the World #484

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 Mother’s Day!
Smiley from Millan.Net

We are also celebrating Armed Forces Day this week in the US. Thank you to all who serve!

Now for Challenge #483:
Where in the World #483

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

It’s the menu sign for the Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom.

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Challenge #484 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! This is obviously an owl; he’s in flight – that’s why his wings look like that. Yep, in flight and headed straight towards me.

That’s a hint.

Where in the World #484
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 18th, by clicking on the blue box below.

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May 12, 2017

Observing the Extraordinary at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.Photographer Elliott Erwitt

While we can all agree Walt Disney World is not an "ordinary place", it is a great place to find something interesting if you are observant. It is hard not to be distracted while visiting the resort. There are so many things to see and do and so many people doing them. You are traveling with other people and there are reservations and Fast Pass times to adhere to.

But...if a few times during your stay you can take a step back and look around. Allow yourself to observe where you are and let the creative part of you out. You will be surprised what you may capture in front of you.

The Discovery Island Carnivale in Disney's Animal Kingdom perform a very energentic act which gets guests involved and dancing. I so enjoy others enjoying themselves and capturing their exuberance in the moment.

Discovery Island Carnivale performing and getting guests to dance with them in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Discovery Island Carnivale performing and getting guests to dance with them..
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5, ISO 140, EV +0.3, 72mm focal length.

It can be something so simple and ordinary as a daughter helping her mother with menu choices at Homecoming: Florida Kitchen restaurant in Disney Springs.

Daughter helping her mother with menu choices at Homecoming restaurant in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Daughter helping her mother with menu choices at Homecoming restaurant.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 2000, EV +0.3, 27mm focal length.

Let your knowledge of your camera, lens, exposure, composition guide your creative side to look and see. Walt Disney said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” In our case, put the books down, get away from the computer and go out and shoot. Learn from mistakes and never stop observing the life around us.

Walt Disney statue in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Walt Disney statue in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/9, ISO 100, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

A good exercise in observing is finding a place to sit down or lean against an object. Do as Obi Wan Kenobi would do and let yourself go and stretch out with your mind to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. You can do this anywhere even in a busy Disney themepark.

May 10, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Hollywood Blvd

Deb's Digest Blog

I'm a tad embarrassed to admit this to you, but Disney's Hollywood Studios is probably the park I have photographed the least. That face became abundantly clear when I realized I have very few older photos of good ole' "MGM".

However, I DO have a press kit from WALT Disney Imagineering dated 1989, that has some interesting photographs.

Here is one of Hollywood Blvd with the following caption: "THE EXCITEMENT OF HOLLYWOOD is captured for vacationers visiting the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park. Aerial view shows Hollywood Boulvard from Crossorads of the World (foreground) to the Chinese Theater, plus back-lot and soundstages where guests get to peek at actual motion picture and television production. The new Walt Disney World theme park features attractions, shows, street entertainment, shops and restaurants celebrating Tinseltown and the making of movies and TV shows."

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May 9, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Hollywood Blvd.

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Things change at Walt Disney World over time. Right now a lot of things are changing at Disney's Hollywood Studios. A few years ago a big change occurred all over Walt Disney World when Kodak, a long time sponsor, was replaced by Nikon. This changed all the Picture Spots and the photography store on Hollywood Blvd. Of course, in keeping with the art deco architecture of the era.

The Nikon Photography Store on Hollywood Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Nikon Photography Store on Hollywood Blvd.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/400, f/10, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her Hollywood Blvd. photo.

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