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January 1, 2017

Where in the World #466

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 New Year!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Thank you, Players, for all the wonderful notes!

Now for Challenge #465
Where in the World #465

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

The Pluto gingerbread horse with Chip and Dale, part of the carousel at the Beach Club.

Joseph M. Zafia were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Joseph and to all our winners this week! Carol Lyons, Ken Savage, Margaret Convery, Jim And Lorie Sonnen, Christine Brown, Bonnie Jean, Linda Ranatza, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, The Parker Family, Chris Horne, Vera And Izzy Williams, Marsha Waidelich, Janet T Thorn, Sands Family, The Long Family, Team Bonnie Sue, Ben M, Scott Tatelman, Carol Baranowsky, Sandie Albrecht, Herb Miller, Joann Albrecht, Leach Family, Jim Finley, Ruth Woodhouse, Les Whitten, Carolyn Como, Jennifer Hess, Karin Dion, Phil Vickers, Maureen And Warren Handy, Steve Knapp, Pat Schwier, Andrew Carrieri, Susan Higginbotham, Tom Koval, The Kertes Family, Beth Mcmeekin, Diane Curfman, Linda College, Theresa Rucando, Luis Rodriguez, Mickey Eckert, Mark Donahue, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kyra, Arlene Vicek, Stefan Owens, Josh Weiss, Cathy Fleming, Martha & Justin Collins, Tammy Warmouth, Team Hill, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Phyllis, Jan Rosato, Eric Berger, Angela Sandoval, Jodi Cook, Grumpy's Groupies, Linda Wilham, Dallas Hamilton, Ruben O'meara, Hillary Waldroop, Vicki Britt, Eric Enli, Brian Richmond, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Susie Howard, Cheryl Costello, Paul Dickson, Ken Maikowski, Andy Swiatowicz, Lori Rienhardt, Ruth Senecal, Karen Adamakis, Paula Smith, Cathy Connors, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Maureen Tavrell, Linda Hoffman, Kerri Coggins, Melody Odonnell, Carol Gamill, Jamie Steiner, Michelle Palazzo, Scott Sangston, Carri Marotto, Jeremy Reichelt, Kristan Bertelmann, Belicia, Scott Cullen, George Mundy Jr, Tim Johansen, Jared Orth, Judy Simonsen, Sue And Ed Adams, Robert P. Flaherty, The Patterson Family, Jamesd (dzneynut), Sheila Bagg, Jackie Graebel, Barclay Bakkum, Jodie S., Kristi Strembicki, Mark Hardy, Angermaier Family, Theresa Maradei, Shirley Garcowski, Hunter Armstrong, Jill Hauth, Don Purney, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Jim Thompson, Jane Johnson, Marie P, Collette Beuther, Margie Larmon, Darla Beaver, Andy Hickey, Gloria Martin, and Loring Family!

And NOW! The last Where in the World Photo Fun winner for 2016! And the winner is: Linda Hoffman! Congratulations, Deb Wills will be sending you a prize!
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Challenge #466 Where in the world is this?

STILL out of the parks! This is something that isn't around anymore, but it was a big deal for plenty of years, so if you don't recognize the graphic, a search should find it.

Where in the World #466

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 29th, 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!

December 30, 2016

Bringing in the New Year with a BAM at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM holiday show in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Christmas tree projection lingers on the Great Movie Ride as guests turn to leave after a showing of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM holiday show in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/20s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

Happy New Year! May 2017 be all we hope it to be.

Scott will be returning next week for another year of Walt Disney World photography fun, tips and knowledge. In the meantime, if you have any questions, leave them in the Comments and Scott will do his best to answer them in an upcoming blog post.

December 28, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Christmas at Disney

Deb's Digest Blog

Way back in 2001, most folks didn't think twice about the Disney Christmas Special being filmed in advance. Well, may you did, but I don't think I did.

So as I entered the Magic Kingdom on December 2, 2001, Cast Members had roped off an area in front of the castle. Most people just walked on by. I decided to stand on the sidewalk and see what was going on. Lo and behold, WDW was filming part of the Christmas Special.

Here is the one I took of Mary Lou Retton, first US woman to win Gold in an Olympic Game (1984), with Goofy and Minnie.

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December 27, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Christmas at Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I strongly recommend those coming to Walt Disney World for the first time during the holiday season to see a performance of the Candlelight Processional in Epcot. The Candlelight Processional is the telling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator with music sung by a mass choir and performed by a 50-piece live orchestra. The choir is made up of the Voices of Liberty, volunteer Disney Cast Members, who make up the "tree", and high school chorus' from all over the United States.

Candlelight Processional takes place in the America Gardens Theatre across from the American Adventure in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Candlelight Processional being performed at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/400s, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Christmas at Disney photo.

December 25, 2016

Where in the World #465

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 Hanukkah!
Smiley from Millan.Net Smiley from Millan.Net

And Merry Christmas!
Smiley from Millan.Net Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #464
Where in the World #464

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

The Amphicar Launch at Disney Springs!

Ken Savage were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! The Kertes Family, Michael O'brien, Margaret Convery, Michaela O'brien, Eric Berger, Karen O'brien, Julia And Carol Wickware, Sandie Albrecht, Maryann Eckenrode, Linda College, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Theresa Rucando, Carol Gamill, Tricia Petty, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Phyllis, Starr Cookson, Matt Wildey, Vanessa Stjohn, Evanna Huda, Joyce Shipman, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Brenda Mclean, Michael Dedmon, Carson Olesch, Curtis Cary, The Parker Family, Paul Dickson, Josh Weiss, Joann Albrecht, Joe Pfrangle, Ronald Delorey, Tommy Montgomery, Karin Dion, Team Hill, The Fosbender Family, Sands Family, Ruth Woodhouse, Grumpy's Groupies, Duskin Henard, Carla C, Jodi Cook, Phil Vickers, Hunter Armstrong, Jill Hauth, Eric Enli, Adam Lucas, Josette Gabel, Angela Sandoval, Al & Kerry Ganter, Andy Hickey, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Hillary Waldroop, Bruce Hinterleitner, Sarah And Chris, Anne Duque, John Stella, Loring Family, Tim Johansen, Janet H., Donna Frank, Kristi Strembicki, Jason Steinmetz, Linda Ranatza, Kris Nixon, Team Bonnie Sue, Andreas Beer, Axel Beer, Deb Ragno, Pat Schwier, Janet T Thorn, Christine Brown, Chloe Mayhew, Melissa Haeberle, Vicki Britt, Steve Knapp, Belicia, Scott C., Beth Mcmeekin, Vera And Izzy Williams, Gloria Martin, K Beasley, Linda Scrivano, Chris Horne, Tammy Warmouth, Karen Schlumpf, Stefan Owens, Leach Family, Lori Rienhardt, Jim Thompson, Bonnie Jean, Ruben Omeara, Carolyn Como, Smitty, Maryann Romagnano, Beth Paczkowski, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Pam Lorenz, Judy Simonsen, Brian Richmond, Jennifer Hess, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Blake Schmidt, Bob Patterson, Maureen And Warren Handy, Jan Rosato, Tom Koval, Mark Donahue, Melissa Such, Carol Baranowsky, Jim Looney, Les Whitten, Arlene Vicek, Cathy Fleming, Cynthia Hitchcock, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Gina Falzone, Mary Bet Tarbet, Karen Costa, Karen Taylor, Alexis Cavileer, Martha & Justin Collins, Kristan Bertelmann, Ashley Collins, Laurie Walker, Mike Strait, Luis Rodriguez, The Long Family, Scott Greenbaum, Jim Finley, Jeff Blank, Joseph M. Zafia, Andrew Carrieri, Renee Hardiman, Rebecca A, The Otts Family, Jeremy Hardy, Melissa Littman, Andrea Flanders, Matthew Grace, Wayne Chadourne, Robert Wescovich, Matt Holley, Mark Hardy, Sara Alaimo, The Holmes Family, Cathy Connors, Herb Miller, Alison Rosenberger, The Hutchinson Family, Karrie Rodriguez, Matthew Frey, Les Stewart, Rob Blundin, Carri Marotto, Rebecca Keenan, Jamie Steiner, Jeremy Reichelt, Erin Hammer, Elaine Prosecky, Scott Sangston, The Patterson Family, George Mundy Jr, Chris K, Jamie Poynton, Kelly Smith, Kyra, John Paul Carnell, Diane Curfman, Tracy Discher, Toni, Jessica Polizzotto, Jason Skow, Barry Sklenar, Davida, Margie Larmon, Bob Hendrix, Sue And Ed Adams, Mickey Eckert, Barclay Bakkum, Theresa Maradei, Sheila Bagg, Jo Ann Bailey, Robert P. Flaherty, Barb Welshhans, Amanda Garrett, Bobby Welshhans, Cheryl Costello, Sherry Trapp, Jackie Klafeta, Chuck Everson, Christy A Schor, Thomas Higbee Sr, Don Purney, Dave Carriere, Shirley Garcowski, Susan Doucette, Jeff Finger, Stacy Guarracino, Carol Carpenter, Jane Johnson, and Will Gates!

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Challenge #465 Where in the world is this?

We are STILL outside the parks! But we have moved on from Disney Springs to see the decorations at the different resorts. So where is this particular one?

Where in the World #465

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 29th, 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!

December 23, 2016

Christmas Wish 2016

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Cinderella Castle decorated for the holidays in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle transformed by Queen Elsa into an Ice Castle.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV -1.0, 16mm Focal Length.

Just because I cannot see it, doesn't mean I can't believe it!

-- Jack Skellington, The Nightmare Before Christmas

Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas.

Scott will be taking next week off to spend with friends and family for the holidays and will be returning again for another year of Walt Disney World photography fun, tips and knowledge.

December 21, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Favorite Holiday Entertainment

Deb's Digest Blog

Without a doubt, my favorite Holiday Entertainment at Walt Disney World is the beautiful Candlelight Processional at Epcot. It is almost impossible to experience this show and not come out feeling a little lighter, a little brighter, and a little warm and fuzzy inside.

I have been fortunate to see many narrators over the years including Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, Eartha Kitt, Marlee Matlin, Neil Patrick Harris, Blair Underwood, and others.

By far my favorite narrator has been Jodi Benson.

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Here's Jodi's opening and closing remarks from the 2014 Candlelight:

December 20, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Favorite Holiday Entertainment

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When I was at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party earlier this month, I enjoyed a new a cappella group for the first time. Voiceplay performed on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland and sang traditional and non-tradtional Christmas songs. To hear them perform a mashup of several Christmas favorites was both funny and totally awesome.

Voiceplay performing on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Voiceplay performing on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 2500, EV -1.0, 28mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Favorite Holiday Entertainment.

December 18, 2016

Where in the World #464

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!

Arlene Vicek, you were just there? I was just there! We could have looked at decorations together! I swear someone else said they just got back too. And John Bickers is headed down now because his very smart daughter pointed out it was a great idea!

Vicki Britt, get in that car and drive! Mickey and Santa are waiting!

Thanks for your notes, Claire Gregory and Chris Kelly, on my computer. Fingers crossed.

Now for Challenge #463:
Where in the World #463

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

As Maureen and Warren Handy so eloquently put it, it's the big honkin' Mickey Christmas wreath that used to hang on the Contemporary resort! And, of course, the beloved monorail. :)

Tricia Petty was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Tricia and to all our winners this week! Brian Gallant, Emily Hudson, Ken Savage, Scott Greenbaum, Sands Family, Brian Richmond, The Kertes Family, Linda Ranatza, Russ Morgan, Joseph M. Zafia, Marsha Waidelich, Ken Maikowski, Vicki Britt, Jennifer Hess, Eric Berger, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Jennifer Rowell, Deb Gallo, Kerri Coggins, Al & Kerry Ganter, Theresa Rucando, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Chris Horne, Josh Weiss, Michael Obrien, Sandra Albrecht, Michaela Obrien, Karen O'brien, Karen D, Claire Gregory, Leach Family, Mike Haeberle, Christine Brown, Vera And Izzy Williams, Team Hill, Julia And Carol Wickware, Phil Vickers, Paul Dickson, Grumpy's Groupies, Matt Wildey, Joyce & Steve, Jack Meindl, Linda Hoffman, Eric Enli, Evanna Huda, Maryann Eckenrode, Angela Sandoval, Ed Elder, Phyllis, Hunter Armstrong, Karin Dion, Jill Hauth, Linda Hoffman, Jan Rosato, Karen Schlumpf, Jim Finley, Bonnie Jean, Andy Hickey, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Tammy Warmouth, Gloria Martin, Duskin Henard, Chris Kelly, Andrea Flanders, The Parker Family, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Sarah And Chris, Becky Norman, Sue And Ed Adams, Kris Nixon, Steve Porter, K Beasley, Smitty, Joann Albrecht, Carla C, Deb Ragno, Jennifer Pichert, Chuck Everson, John Warner, Team Bonnie Sue, Maureen And Warren Handy, Andreas Beer, Megan Krainski, Linda Scrivano, Susan Higginbotham, Axel Beer, Pam Lorenz, Beth Mcmeekin, Diane Tredore, Diane Curfman, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Janet T Thorn, The Nufranick Family, The Reichl Family, Kyra, Chloe Mayhew, Ruben O'meara, Sharon Powell, Robert Hildebrandt, Mary Beth Tarbet, Mark Donahue, Hobbes And Snorky, Cynthia Hitchcock, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Tom Koval, Pat Morin, Linda College, Pat Schwier, Cathy Fleming, Karen Taylor, Carolyn Como, Martha & Justin Collins, Will Gates, Jodi Cook, Melissa Littman, Arlene Vicek, Jim Thompson, Roxanne Kliebert, Karen Ramirez, Amy Filliben, Les Whitten, Mickey Eckert, Suzanne Denham, Matthew Grace, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Jessica Gruhlke, The Long Family, Andrew Carrieri, Loring Family, Brian Mcwithey, Steve Knapp, Tim Johansen, Doug Olson Family, Kye Layton, Jessica Polizzotto, Jeff Blank, Michelle Palazzo, Josette Gabel, Theresa Maradei, Jeremy Hardy, The Fosbender Family, Lizzy & Dave Fullerton, Martin Greene, Bob Patterson, Wendy T Faler, Susan Doucette, Mike Cerce, Emily Eldridge, Andrew Swiatowicz, Les Stewart, Joyce Tofflemire, Chris Bauman, Mark Hardy, Karen Costa, Carol Baranowsky, Matt Holley, Matthew Frey, Rebecca Keenan, Kelly Smith, Melody Odonnell, Lori Rienhardt, Patrick Broaddus, The Hutchinson Family, Alison Rosenberger, Carolyn Duff, Herb Miller, Maureen Tavrell, The Patterson Family, Karrie Rodriguez, Scott Sangston, Bob Hendrix, Jamie Steiner, Tracy Discher, Barry Sklenar, Wayne Chadourne, Jamie Poynton, Chris K, Rob Blundin, Jacki Mabey, Renee Hardiman, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Jeremy Reichelt, John Paul Carnell, Eric Atkinson, Sara Alaimo, Ronald Delorey, Mark Benton, Carri Marotto, Dee Dee Kenney, Luis Rodriguez, Ashley Collins, Jamesd (dzneynut), Nadine Miltier, Cathy Connors, John Bickers, Jay Tillis, Dave Carriere, George Mundy Jr, Lisa Pinder, Jolynn Digiallonardo, Karen Ford, Tom Higbee, Peggy Saegwr, Jodi H, Sheila Bagg, Barclay Bakkum, Bruce Hinterleitner, Jo Ann Bailey, Don Purney, Jackie Graebel, Nan Amor, Emma Ramsey, Ben M, Kim Wolfe, Sherry Trapp, Joanne Archer, Joanna Conklin, Margie Larmon, Robert P.flaherty, Jane Johnson, Hillary Waldroop, Gallagher Family, Tommy Montgomery, Stacy Guarracino, Beth Josuweit, Matt Earl, and Shannon Murray!

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Challenge #464 Where in the world is this?

We are still staying out of the parks. This is relatively new - a little over a year and a half. I hope I made the thumbnail so you can search for it if you haven't seen it/them for yourself.

Where in the World #464
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 22nd, 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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December 16, 2016

Holiday Wishes from Main Street USA

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Before the Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, I photographed Holiday Wishes from the same location. I used the Bulb Technique described in this post: Photographing Fireworks.

This is a test shot to line up Cinderella Castle down Main Street USA.

Cinderella Castle at the end of Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle at the end of Main Street USA in Ice Lights.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 30s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length, Tripod.

By the time, Holiday Wishes commenced, Main Street USA filled in with party goers.

Holiday Wishes over Cinderella Castle during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Holiday Wishes over Cinderella Castle during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 16s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod.

One of my favorite moments of Holiday Wishes is when they make a Christmas tree over Cinderella Castle and O Christmas Tree is played.

Holiday Wishes over Cinderella Castle during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
O Christmas Tree sequence of Holiday Wishes during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 14s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod, Cropped.

This location for Holiday Wishes was not my favorite. Though I did enjoy not being elbow to elbow with my fellow Disney fans for the long exposures needed for fireworks.

Holiday Wishes over Cinderella Castle during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Holiday Wishes "snow" artifacts during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 28s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod.

Oh, one last little issue to look out for...."snow" falling on Main Street USA may cause artifacts in your photos.

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