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February 8, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: The Land

Deb's Digest Blog

Like most of Future World, I get lost looking through my photo galleries for each pavilion and start remembering times past and things that would make me smile. I've always loved The Land, there is/was so much do to in one building. One of my favorite "original" attractions is still there, the Living with the Land boat ride. Although I do miss the live Cast Member narrating, change is inevitable and at least the attraction is still there. (Yes, I love Soarin' but I go back to the early days.)

There was one small "attraction" that was very cool back in the 2000s... the Junior Chef Program, presented by Nestle Toll House. A small area in the back of the pavilion was set up as a mini kitchen where a couple times a day junior chefs would make Nestle Toll House cookies.

This photo was taken November 2005. Does anyone have additional information about the Junior Chef Program? How long it was in the Land? Other specifics? Please share them in the comments below.

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February 7, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: The Land

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The old adage when visiting Walt Disney World is to always look up when inside a pavilion, attraction and even shops. In The Land pavilion at Epcot's Future World, the huge atrium has balloons "floating" high above the seating area for the Sunshine Seasons food court. I have taken many photos of them from the walkways but never from directly below them until now.

Season Balloons in The Land pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Season Balloons in The Land pavilion.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/125, f/2.8, ISO 100, EV 0.

Each of the balloons circling the Earth balloon depicts a season.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her The Land photo as we continue our tour of Epcot's Future World.

February 5, 2017

Where in the World #470

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!

Wow! You guys can really yell loud. 

Chris Kelly, actually I’m in the Northeast too. It’s been a mild winter (I still hate it); I wonder if we can get through it staying this way.

Now for Challenge #469:
Where in the World #469

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

The corkboard in the queue for Meeting Magician Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater in the Magic Kingdom!

Vera and Izzy Williams, I love Tony’s porch too. I have a soft spot for Lady and the Tramp.

Mark Hardy, Mary Beth Tarbet: those were great answers!

Margaret Convery was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Margaret and to all our winners this week! Barclay Bakkum, Carolyn Como, Steve Knapp, Kyra, Bryant O'meara, Don Purney, Nan Amor, Maureen And Warren Handy, Paul Dickson, Bruce Hinterlwitner, Eric Enli, Arlene Vicek, Mike Malampy(Malampy Benco Family), Wayne Chadourne, Mike Amor, Theresa Rucando, Kelly Smith, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kristan Bertelmann, Vera And Izzy Williams, Ken Maikowski, Joseph M. Zafia, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Stacy Guarracino, Tammy Warmouth, J. Schall, Jessica Polizzotto , Diane Curfman, Maryann Romagnano, Luis Rodriguez, Gloria Martin , Beth Mcmeekin, Team Hill, Linda Hoffman, Herb Miller, Brian, Rebecca Keenan, Jamie Poynton, Claire Gregory, Karen Schlumpf, Linda Ranatza, Julia Wickware, K Beasley, Deb Ragno, Theresa Maradei, Grumpy's Groupies, Leach Family, Bruce Hinterleitneretc., Kris Nixon, Matt Wildey, Tricia Petty, Wendy T Faler, Stacie Doughty, Sandie Albrecht, Melissa Such , Sharon Powell, Maryann Eckenrode, The Rider Family, Mike Haeberle , Hillary Waldroop, Scott C., Belicia, Chris Kelly, Zoe C., Carla C, Lori Rienhardt, Eric Berger, Donna Frank, Kristi Strembicki, Bob & Kathy Mckim, The Nufranick Family, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, The Kertes Family, John Bickers, Susan Higginbotham, Phyllis, Andrew Carrieri, Mickey Eckert, Sue And Ed Adams, Kerri Coggins, Bonnie Jean, Team Bonnie Sue, Josh Weiss, Maureen Tavrell, Linda Hoffman, Erin Hammer, Linda Hoffman, George Mundy Jr, Mark Donahue, Matt Holley, Jeremy Reichelt, Matthew Frey, The Patterson Family, Scott Sangston, Vicki Britt, Dave Carriere, Tim Johansen, Mark Hardy, Ken Savage, Robert Wescovich, Jane Johnson, Linda Hoffman, Michaela Obrien, Karen O'brien, and Andy Hickey!

Time to announce the January winner! And that player is: Mike Amor! Congratulations, Mike! You’ll be getting an AllEars prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #470 Where in the world is this?

We are outside the parks!

Where in the World #470
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 9th, 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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February 3, 2017

Photographing Disney Statues in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Hub in front of Cinderella Castle was expanded a couple of years ago into the Central Plaza. When that happened the Disney character statuettes which were near the Partners statue moved to the new Main Street Plaza Gardens in front of Casey's Corner and Plaza Restaurant. If you happen to have some free time with your camera on your next visit, you might want to explore the new statuette locations. I did find myself with time on a recent trip and decided to do a little composition practice.

As the time of the day was nearing high noon with harsh shadows being cast down on the character statuettes, I used fill flash to fill in those shadows. I wanted to show a couple of things: how distance effects a set aperture and moving positions for better backgrounds or composition.

I set my camera to Aperture Priority mode and used an aperture of f/11. The camera would then calculate the shutter speed and ISO settings.

First up are those adorable chipmunks, Chip and Dale. My first attempt shows how getting in close focus range effected the background focus. This created a soft focus or bokeh behind the sharply focused chipmunks.

Chip and Dale Chipmunk statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Chip and Dale Chipmunk statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 140, EV +0.3, 100mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

While the background is out of focus it still looks very busy and distracting. To simplify, I moved around the statuette and found the water fountain to be more suitable for a background.

Chip and Dale Chipmunk statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Chip and Dale Chipmunk statuette in front of a water fountain on the Main Street Plaza Gardens.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 125, EV +0.3, 105mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

Is that not better?

I found my favorite flying pachyderm, Dumbo with his buddy, Timothy Q. Mouse, and was happy to see I could still put Cinderella Castle behind them.

Dumbo with Timothy Q. Mouse statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dumbo with Timothy Q. Mouse statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 52mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

I pulled back the zoom so the background would not be as out of focus. I wanted you to know where I took this photo.

I, also, wanted to get a good photo of Timothy Q. Mouse and moved in very close using a zoom lens. What do you think will happen? See below for the answer.

Timothy Q. Mouse on the Dumbo statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Timothy Q. Mouse on the Dumbo statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

If you thought the background would go super-bokeh, you were right. It would take a real Disney park fan to figure out where this was taken.

You can do this type of photographic exercise anywhere. At home using decorative figurines or kids toys or at a local park or plaza with statues. You can even use real people if you like. The more you practice, the more you will find a use for this technique when you are out photographing.

February 1, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Spaceship Earth

Deb's Digest Blog

From aerial photos we turn our attention to Epcot for several weeks. Today, Spaceship Earth!

Spaceship Earth is arguably the most photographed building in all of Epcot, perhaps only 2nd to Cinderella's Castle in all of Walt Disney World. I enjoyed going back through my gallery of photos. From beautiful topiary displays, the magical wands of "2000" and "Epcot", the Lights of Winter Arch, to the Fountain of Nations dancing water... there is much to love. And I haven't even talked about the attraction yet.

Here is one photo that just stood out to me as I looked through all my pictures:

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January 29, 2017

Where in the World #469 Extended

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!

Because of the mix-up with the photos, I'll leave this challenge up another week so everyone has plenty of time to do it. I'm sorry for the mistake.

Now for Challenge #468:
Where in the World #468

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

The Disney Transportation signs so you know when the bus is coming. Some Players said they’ve seen them for a while; others are just seeing them around property. So obviously, this is the standard practice of introducing slowly in phases around the resort.

Ken Maikowski was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! Vera And Izzy Eilliams, Scott Greenbaum, Margaret Convery, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Joseph M. Zafia, Matthew Frey, Carson Olesch, Tricia Petty, Jamie Steiner, Lyn Johnson, Matt Wildey, Theresa Rucando, Karen Bellamy, Marsha Waidelich, Jason Steinmetz, Ken Savage, Carol Baranowsky, Sandie Albrecht, Andy Hickey, Dave Carriere, Jeremy Reichelt, Smitty, Joann Albrecht, Vicki Britt, Nan Amor, Liz Moreau, Herb Miller, Tommy Montgomery, Wendy T Faler, Wayne Chadourne, Kris Nixon, Tracy Discher, Gallagher Family, Linda College, The Nufranick Family, Christine Brown, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Mary Beth Tarbet, Deb Ragno, Steve Knapp, Anne Duque, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Maryann Romagnano, Brian Richmond, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Hillary Waldroop, Lisa Pinder, Mike Amor, Martha & Justin Collins, Beth Mcmeekin, Chris Horne, Kyra, Andreas Beer, Eric Enli, Hobbes And Snorky, Les Whitten, Bruce Hinterleitner, The Patterson Family, Cheryl Costello, The Kertes Family, Jim Finley, Deb Gallo, Andrew Carrieri, Team Hill, John Paul Carnell, Bonnie Jean, Team Bonnie Sue, Mark Donahue, Dave Freemyer, Ed And Sue Adams, Brian Tucker, Phyllis, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), The Long Family, Carolyn Como, Hunter Armstrong, Tammy Warmouth, Brian Mcwithey, Diane Curfman, The Fosbender Family, Chris Kelly, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Leach Family, Josette Gabel, Linda Hoffman, Claire Gregory, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Blake Schmidt, Bob Patterson, Stefanie Vandiver, Linda Wilham, Maureen, Paul Ignudo, The Parker Family, George Mundy Jr, Tim Johansen, Maureen And Warren Handy, Erin Hammer, Scott Sangston, Mark Hardy, Jamie Poynton, Janet T Thorn, Larry Davison, Duskin Henard, Will Gates, Ruben O'meara, Judy Simonsen, Barclay Bakkum, Robert P. Flaherty, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Paul Dickson, Jane Johnson, Don Purney, Jackie Graebel, Gloria Martin, Robert Wescovich, Sherry Trapp, Cathy Connors, Mike Haeberle, Susan Doucette, Ben M, John Bickers, Karen Schlumpf, Jodie S., Theresa Maradei, Jackie Klafeta, The Modecki's, Josh Weiss, Karen Adamakis, Jeff Blank, Kerri Coggins, Grumpy's Groupies, Rebecca Keenan, Lori Rienhardt, Mickey Eckert, and Susan Higginbotham!
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Challenge #469 Where in the world is this?

REMEMBER: Because of the mix-up with the photos, I'll leave this challenge up another week so everyone has plenty of time to do it. I'm sorry for the mistake.

Let’s go back into a park!

Where in the World #469
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 2nd, 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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January 27, 2017

More Walt Disney World Aerial Photography

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

If you have been following the Disney Pic of the Week blog posts recently, you have seen Deb and mine's attempt at aerial photography at Walt Disney World. When the subject of aerial photos first came up, Deb and I found we only shared three locations. I wanted to share a couple more with you today.

The trick is to find a high vantage point in the parks. Mostly those are found on attractions. Expedition: EVEREST certainly meets the height requirement. It also has a long, slow ascent early on which has a great view of Disney's Animal Kingdom.

View from Expedition: EVEREST in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
View of Disney's Animal Kingdom from Expedition: EVEREST.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 450, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

We all know the Tree of Life is big. This photo shows how much bigger it is compared to the surrounding buildings and trees. This was taken back in 2010. Once Pandora, the World of AVATAR opens, I will re-take this photo. I did not want the huge construction cranes in a photo which were there on my last few trips.

Another attraction to get aerial photos from at Walt Disney World is the one I took during a ride on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Disney's Hollywood Studios. This is from 2009 when the Earful Tower was still there.

Riding the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
View of Disney's Hollywood Studios from the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm (27mm DX) Focal Length.

This is one of those rides you have to secure your camera and be ready to take the picture as soon as the doors open at the top of the shaft.

While these are not true aerial photos, you can get high enough at Walt Disney World to get unique photos from up high.

January 25, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Disney Springs Aerial

Deb's Digest Blog

I was fortunate to ride the Characters in Flight balloon this past November. Here's the view from high above....

Off in the distance on the left is the Tower of Terror, the Swan and Dolphin and then Spaceship Earth.

Closer you can see the West End of Disney Springs including Spiltsville, Curl, Disney Quest, Cirque du Soleil, House of Blues and the back of Wolfgang Pucks.

To the far right is the parking lot you'd want to use when seeing Cirque du Soleil.

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January 24, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Disney Springs Aerial

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I visited Disney Springs twice last year and both times the weather grounded the Characters in Flight balloon ride. I wanted to get an updated aerial view since the transformation from Downtown Disney for this week's aerial topic. Unable to do so I went back and found this aerial taken back in 2011 when it was still called Downtown Disney.

Aerial view of Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
erial view of Downtown Disney now known as Disney Springs.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

I still hope to get Disney Spring aerials sometime this year. Stay tuned!

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Disney Springs aerial photo.

January 22, 2017

Where in the World #469

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!

Because of the mix-up with the photos, I'll leave this challenge up another week so everyone has plenty of time to do it. I'm sorry for the mistake.

Now for Challenge #468:
Where in the World #468

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

The Disney Transportation signs so you know when the bus is coming. Some Players said they’ve seen them for a while; others are just seeing them around property. So obviously, this is the standard practice of introducing slowly in phases around the resort.

Ken Maikowski was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! Vera And Izzy Eilliams, Scott Greenbaum, Margaret Convery, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Joseph M. Zafia, Matthew Frey, Carson Olesch, Tricia Petty, Jamie Steiner, Lyn Johnson, Matt Wildey, Theresa Rucando, Karen Bellamy, Marsha Waidelich, Jason Steinmetz, Ken Savage, Carol Baranowsky, Sandie Albrecht, Andy Hickey, Dave Carriere, Jeremy Reichelt, Smitty, Joann Albrecht, Vicki Britt, Nan Amor, Liz Moreau, Herb Miller, Tommy Montgomery, Wendy T Faler, Wayne Chadourne, Kris Nixon, Tracy Discher, Gallagher Family, Linda College, The Nufranick Family, Christine Brown, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Mary Beth Tarbet, Deb Ragno, Steve Knapp, Anne Duque, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Maryann Romagnano, Brian Richmond, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Hillary Waldroop, Lisa Pinder, Mike Amor, Martha & Justin Collins, Beth Mcmeekin, Chris Horne, Kyra, Andreas Beer, Eric Enli, Hobbes And Snorky, Les Whitten, Bruce Hinterleitner, The Patterson Family, Cheryl Costello, The Kertes Family, Jim Finley, Deb Gallo, Andrew Carrieri, Team Hill, John Paul Carnell, Bonnie Jean, Team Bonnie Sue, Mark Donahue, Dave Freemyer, Ed And Sue Adams, Brian Tucker, Phyllis, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), The Long Family, Carolyn Como, Hunter Armstrong, Tammy Warmouth, Brian Mcwithey, Diane Curfman, The Fosbender Family, Chris Kelly, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Leach Family, Josette Gabel, Linda Hoffman, Claire Gregory, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Blake Schmidt, Bob Patterson, Stefanie Vandiver, Linda Wilham, Maureen, Paul Ignudo, The Parker Family, George Mundy Jr, Tim Johansen, Maureen And Warren Handy, Erin Hammer, Scott Sangston, Mark Hardy, Jamie Poynton, Janet T Thorn, Larry Davison, Duskin Henard, Will Gates, Ruben O'meara, Judy Simonsen, Barclay Bakkum, Robert P. Flaherty, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Paul Dickson, Jane Johnson, Don Purney, Jackie Graebel, Gloria Martin, Robert Wescovich, Sherry Trapp, Cathy Connors, Mike Haeberle, Susan Doucette, Ben M, John Bickers, Karen Schlumpf, Jodie S., Theresa Maradei, Jackie Klafeta, The Modecki's, Josh Weiss, Karen Adamakis, Jeff Blank, Kerri Coggins, Grumpy's Groupies, Rebecca Keenan, Lori Rienhardt, Mickey Eckert, and Susan Higginbotham!
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Challenge #469 Where in the world is this?

REMEMBER:Because of the mix-up with the photos, I'll leave this challenge up another week so everyone has plenty of time to do it. I'm sorry for the mistake.

Let’s go back into a park!

Where in the World #469
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 2nd, 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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