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August 2, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: 2000s

Deb's Digest Blog

Here's a great throwback to the 2000s, paper fastpass! Boy do I miss them! Really enjoyed making magic for folks by giving them away if I wasn't going to use them.

Mission: Space FastPass

August 1, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: 2000s

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Picture This! Photoblogger Scott on the Wild Africa Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Picture This! Photoblogger Scott on the Wild Africa Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Copyright Disney 2011. Used by permission.

I am cheating a bit here as the Wild Africa Trek started in 2010 and I did not do it until early 2011 but...Disney's Animal Kingdom is our 2000s decade park so I am going with it. Back in old 2011, you recieved a CD in the mail from Disney with photos taken from the Trek. I am assuming today you get them posted online.

To read about my adventure, here are the links:

Photographing on the Wild Africa Trek, Part I

Photographing on the Wild Africa Trek, Part II


Deb will be here tomorrow with a photo from the 2000's at the Animal Kingdom and I bet she gets the decade right.





July 30, 2017

Where in the World #495

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 #494:
Where in the World #494

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

It’s the pre-show for Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room in the Magic Kingdom! Specifically it’s the toucans, Clyde and Claude. I still adore this attraction!

Thanks to Jim Finley, Patti Mccaffrey, Sherri Pell, and Joseph M. Zafia for putting the song in my head. So, everybody sing!
Choir emoji
In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room
In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room
All the birds sing words and the flowers croon
In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room!

Grumpy's Groupies were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Grumpy's Groupies and to all our winners this week! Michaela O'brien, Mike O'brien, Karen O'brien, The Kertes Family, Emily Hudson, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Jennifer Rowell, Ryan Mccorristin, Ed Suscreba, Mary Beth Tarbet, Eric Berger, Carol Lyons, Bob Henriksen, Ken Savage, Maureen And Warren Handy, Mike Amor, Martha & Justin Collins, Kevin Miller, Tom Koval, Sue And Ed Adams, Paul Dickson, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Janet T. Thorn, Tricia Petty, The Tisdale Family, Al & Kerry Ganter, Arlene Vicek, Team Hill, Joann Albrecht, Karen Adamakis, Patricia Harper, S Halliday, Dee Dee Kenney, Theresa Rucando, Kris Nixon, Sandie Albrecht, Renee Hardiman, Loring Family, Claire Gregory, Susie Howard, Phyllis, Linda College, Ronnie Alvarado, Margaret Convery, Gloria Martin, Antoinette Leblanc, The Modecki's, Stacie Huang, Suzanne Denham, Hunter Armstrong, Maryann Eckenrode, Deb Ragno, Robert Wescovich, Kathy Love, Team Bonnie Sue, Brian Gallant, Kenny, Smitty, Christi Ison, Wendy T Faler, Karen Ramirez, Blake Schmidt, Chloe Mayhew, Nan Amor, K Beasley, Heather Pedulla, Pat Schwier, Herb Miller, Bruce Hinterleitner, Mark Donahue, Jim Finley, Mark Hardy, Belicia, Scott C., Joyce & Steve, Anne Duque, Cheryl Braud, Steve Knapp, Kyra, Jason Steinmetz, Bob Patterson, Linda Wilham, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Ruben O'meara, Andrew Carrieri, Susan Higginbotham, Hobbes And Snorky, The Gunnels Gang, Linda Hoffman, Caroline Burmester, Michael Webb, Stefan Owens, Julia And Carol Wickware, Laurie Walker, Josette Gabel, Jim Thompson, Tammy Warmouth, Karen Schlumpf, Maryann Romagnano, Carolyn Como, Brian Mcwithey, Melissa Haeberle, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Bonnie Jean, Vera And Izzy Williams, Jeremy Hardy, Malampy(benco Families), Leach Family, Luis Rodriguez, The Parker Family, Erin Hammer, Jan Rosato, Beverly Sobolewski, Kim Meyer, Ruth Senecal, Matt Wildey, Angela S., Jodie S., Scott Greenbaum, Emily Eldridge, Megan Krainski, Jeff Blank, Joseph M. Zafia, Linda Ranatza, Jodi Cook, Vicki Britt, Cameron Lange, Dallas Hamilton, Mike Cerce, Ashley Collins, George Mundy Jr, Jeremy Reichelt, Maureen Tavrell, Paul Ignudo, Matt Holley, Josh Weiss, Rebecca Keenan, Brian Richmond, Karrie Rodriguez, Tiffany Gibb, Jpc, Matthew Frey, Patti Mccaffrey, Theresa Maradei, Chuck Everson, Scott Sangston, Carri Marotto, Nanette Kent, Diana, Matt Earl, Terry W, The Long Family, Shelly Borella, Jamie Poynton, Carol Baranowsky, Robertw. Goodman, Matt N Kristin Cofone, Linda Grau, Jennifer Hess, Chris Bauman, Nicole Benoit, John Warner, Jackie Graebel, Jo Ann Bailey, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Don Purney, Barclay Bakkum, Stacey Clements, Ken Maikowski, Maryann Daly, Les Whitten, Sherry Trapp, Jamie Steiner, Sandy Ceplecha, Eileen Miller, Mickey Eckert, Hillary Waldroop, Margie Larmon, Christy Schor, Tim Johansen, The Patterson Family, Sherri Pell, and Jacqueline Klafeta!

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Challenge #495 Where in the world is this?

Going outside the parks for something different and maybe tougher, so be careful of ending up in the gutter.

Where in the World #495
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 3rd, 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!

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July 28, 2017

Sharing Details from Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

For the last two weeks I have urged you to look around and enjoy the details found at Walt Disney World. Today I want to just share of few of my favorites from my last visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

As you walk into MuppetVision 3-D, you will see a series of fictitious movie posters starring the Muppet characters. In this one, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem will be starring in a remake of Disney's High School Musical.

Poster for High School Mayhem in the queue for MuppetVision 3-D at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Poster for High School Mayhem in the queue for MuppetVision 3-D.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 1000, EV +0.3, 66mm Focal Length.

After taking in the Muppets, I popped over to enjoy a pizza in PizzeRizzo. If you go there, make sure to walk upstairs and check out the Deluxe Supreme Banquet Hall. When I was there they were getting ready for a wedding reception.

Schedule for Rizzo's Deluxe Supreme Banquet Hall upstairs at Pizzerizzo at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Schedule for Rizzo's Deluxe Supreme Banquet Hall upstairs at Pizzerizzo restaurant.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 30mm Focal Length.

Lastly, as I was strolling down Hollywood Blvd., I spotted a fellow guest wearing a very interesting and amusing t-shirt. Nice to know our princesses are safe.

Father of daughters walking in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Father of daughter(s) walking around Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/160s, f/4, ISO 100, EV 0, 120mm Focal Length.

I do love to find fun details at Walt Disney World. I find new ones on every trip.






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!

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!

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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!





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