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June 7, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Launch Bay

Deb's Digest Blog

I took this photograph the very first time I visited the Launch Bay. Lucky for me, the procession was just beginning.

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June 6, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Launch Bay

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The building I talked about last week was re-imagined into the Star Wars Launch Bay to promote the universe of Star Wars for past and future movies, animated series and other tie-ins. Inside you will find Star Wars movie models, wardrobe and props on display as well as video games based on the movies and Meet and Greets with famous Star Wars characters.

Star Wars movie models, wardrobe and props on display inside the Launch Bay at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Star Wars movie models, wardrobe and props on display inside the Launch Bay.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125, f/4, ISO 5000, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to with her Star Wars Launch Bay photo.

June 4, 2017

Where in the World #487

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 #486:
Where in the World #486

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

It’s Mickey at the Epcot Character Spot!

M-I-C
See you real soon!
K-E-Y
Why? Because we like you!
M-O-U-S-E!

Or as my license plate frame says:
Where in the World Photo Fun

😊

Evanna Huda was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Evanna and to all our winners this week! Ruben O'meara, Tricia Petty, Phyllis, Deb Ragno, Claire Gregory, Vera And Izzy Williams, Margaret Convery, Melissa Such, Martha & Justin Collins, The Gunnels Gang, Team Hill, Sandie Albrecht, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Linda Scrivano, Joann Albrecht, Linda Hoffman, Paul Dickson, Diane Curfman, Axel Beer, Luis Rodriguez, Christi Ison, Ken Savage, Sands Family, Becky Norman, Josette Gabel, Mickey Eckert, Karen Schlumpf, Robert Wescovich, Kyra, Wendy T Faler, Carolyn Como, Stefan Owens, Chloe Mayhew, Angela S., Bob & Kathy Mckim, Sue And Ed Adams, Jason Steinmetz, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Jpcarnell, Eric Enli, Belicia, Scott C., Jim Thompson, Hobbes And Snorky, Christine Brown, Andreas Beer, Tom Koval, Kris Nixon, The Tisdale Family, Anne Duque, Maureen And Warren Handy, Beth Mcmeekin, Andrew Carrieri, Josh Weiss, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Hillary Waldroop, John Bickers, Linda College, Nan Amor, Bonnie, The Kertes Family, Laurie Walker, Tammy Warmouth, Mark Donahue, Kye Layton, Linda Ranatza, Megan Krainski, Clay Anthony, Chris Kelly, Karen Ramirez, Lyn-marie Johnson, Mary Pauley, Deb Gallo, Eric Berger, Vicki Britt, Theresa Rucando, Matt Petty, Carla C, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Ruth Woodhouse, Al & Kerry Ganter, Mike Amor, John Warner, Jim Finley, Brian Gallant, Dallas Hamilton, Patrick Broaddus, Matthew Frey, Erin Hammer, Jeremy Reichelt, Rebecca Keenan, Scott Sangston, The Patterson Family, Don Purney, Emily Hudson, Ashley Collins, Mark Hardy, Matt Holley, Jacqueline Klafeta, The Miller Family, Jane Johnson, Andy Hickey, Margie Larmon, Stacy Guarracino, Kristan Bertelmann, and Smitty!

Time for the monthly drawing! John Bickers is our May winner! Congratulations! You will get a prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #487 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks BUT! Just identify the character. Don’t try to say where he is (and don’t worry that he’s laying on the floor. You usually see him upright and with his buddies).

Where in the World #487
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 8th, 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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June 2, 2017

Test Track Zoom Zoom at Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Riding Test Track in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Riding Test Track in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1.3s, f/8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

Life for Scott lately has been zooming by so he is taking a break the next two weeks. He will be back soon to share more photography tips for and from Disney.

May 31, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Animation Courtyard

Deb's Digest Blog

Like everything else at the Studios, the Animation Courtyard has undergone a number of changes over the years.

At one time, you could get a glimpse as some very cool autographs and hand prints back in that area.

Jim Korkis wrote the story about these hand prints his blog: The Hidden Hand-prints of The Magic of Animation I was fortunate enough after reading about these to go and take photos of the hand-prints.

Here is one I really like by Ward Kimball:

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Sadly, this area no longer exists today. Does anyone know what happened to these hand prints and autographs?

May 30, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Animation Courtyard

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When Animation Courtyard first opened, it was home to the Art of Animation building which housed a working animation studio. I remember seeing Disney animators working on backgrounds for movies like Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. Others animators would be inking cells for sale in Walt Disney World stores. It was a heady time as Disney Animation was coming out with hit after hit through the 1990's.

Over the years, computer animation technology became the norm and the Art of Anmation building lost its studio as Disney consolidated operations in their California studio. The building has recently been re-purposed but that is a story for next week.

Archway into the Animation Courtyard with the Art of Animation entrance in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Archway into the Animation Courtyard with the Art of Animation entrance from 2011.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/60, f/16, ISO 720, EV +0.3, 82mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her Animation Courtyard photo.

May 28, 2017

Where in the World #486

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 Memorial Day to the US Players!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #485:
Where in the World #485

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

The mural in the queue area for Peter Pan’s Flight in the Magic Kingdom!

Evanna Huda was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Evanna and to all our winners this week! The Kertes Family, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, The Tisdale Family , Lori Rienhardt, Clare S, Eric Berger, Deb Gallo, Melissa Such, Sue And Ed Adams, Joann Albrecht, Marsha Waidelich , Chris Kelly, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Tom Koval, Emily Hudson, Paul Dickson, Julie Signor, The Modecki's, Nan Amor, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Phyllis, The Parker Family, Linda Hoffman, Bonnie Jean, Al & amp;Kerry Ganter, Ken Savage, Suzanne Denham, Team Hill, Claire Gregory, Ken Maikowski, Tammy Warmouth, Joseph M. Zafia, Martha & Justin Collins, Smitty, Theresa Rucando, Vera And Izzy Williams, Gloria Martin , Scott Greenbaum, Sands Family, John Bickers, Michaela O'brien, Mike O'brien , Karen O'brien , Margaret Convery, Duskin Henard, Brian Gallant, Karen Ramirez, Andrew Carrieri, Kye Layton, Linda College, Eric Enli , Rod Truesdell, Diane Curfman, Luis Rodriguez, Jennifer Hess, Angela S., Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Tricia Petty, Joyce & Steve, K Beasley, Pam Lorenz, Jason Steinmetz, Hillary Waldroop, Grumpy's Groupies, Karen Schlumpf, Andy Hickey, Janet T Thorn, Deb Ragno, Herb Miller, Mary Pauley, Andreas Beer, Beth Mcmeekin, Robert Wescovich, Sandie Albrecht, Jim Thompson, Hobbes And Snorky, Angela Johns, Todd Johns, Anne Duque, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Megan Krainski, Kristan Bertelmann, Lenz Family, Belicia, Scott C., Susie Howard, Susie Howard, Ashley Collins, Laurie Walker, Jodi Cook, Mark Donahue , Maureen And Warren Handy, Brian Mcwithey, Ed Suscreba, Jessica Gruhlke, Maryann Romagnano, Ronnie Alvarado, Mike Amor, Stefan Owens, Vicki Britt, Mary Tougas, Jennifer Rowell, Linda Lundsten, Team Bonnie Sue, Kyra, Kerri Coggins, Jamie Steiner, Theresa Maradei , Karen Taylor, Jeff Blank, Wayne Chadourne, Vickie Woods, Matt Wildey, Cameron Lange, Carla C, Rebecca Keenan, Matt Holley, Jeremy Reichelt, Mark Hardy, The Gunnels Gang, Patrick Broaddus, Carri Marotto, Dallas Hamilton, Melody Odonnell, Jamie Poynton, Scott Sangston, Gallagher Family, Matthew Frey, Matt Cofone, Christy Schor, Jackie Graebel , Robert P. Flaherty, Kristi Strembicki, Barclay Bakkum, Jane Johnson, Jim Finley, Davida, Bob Henriksen, Carly Frost, Maryann Daly, Don Purney, Shirley Garcowski, Ruben O'meara, Judy Simonsen, The Patterson Family, and Margie Larmon!
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Challenge #486 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks again! Now who could that be?! And where?

I never noticed that Max, Goofy’s son, and Robin Hood are in that car!

Where in the World #486
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 28th, 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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May 26, 2017

Visiting Morocco in Epcot's World Showcase

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Kingdom of Morocco plaque at the Morocco pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Kingdom of Morocco plaque at the Morocco pavilion.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/6.3, ISO 100, EV 0, 40mm focal length.

Morocco in Epcot's World Showcase does not have a ride or a CircleVision movie. What it does have is beautiful architecture to explore, interesting shops to browse, enticing foods to try and a feeling of peacefulness. The pavilion is easy to spot from anywhere as you walk around World Showcase as the Koutoubia Minaret or Prayer Tower stands tall.

Morocco pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Morocco pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 640, EV +0.3, 82mm focal length.

The pavilion hosts three eateries, Tangierine Cafe, Restaurant Marrakesh and, the newest addition, Spice Road Table featuring views of the World Showcase Lagoon. I have enjoyed dining at Restaurant Marrakesh on a few occasions and I highly recommend it.

Restaurant Marrakesh dining area inside Morocco in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Restaurant Marrakesh dining area inside the Morocco pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/20s, f/8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 28mm focal length, bounce flash.

With the addition of the Spice Road Table, the stage was moved to a new location. Here you can hear Moroccan music and dance performed. Including belly dancing where members of the audience are asked to try it out at times.

Koutoubia Minaret or Prayer Tower at the Morocco pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
New stage location in the Morocco pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/200, f/7.1, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 44mm focal length.

The wonders of Epcot's World Showcase is more in exploring each country's pavilions. Trying out each one's customs and foods and in talking with the visiting Cast Member ambassadors.

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.

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