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March 7, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Imagination

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I was pleased when Disney decided to bring back my pal, Figment, to the Imagination pavilion. You can see him again inside the pavilion and outside, too.

Imagination pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Imagination pavilion in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 560, EV 0, 26mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Imagination photo on our tour of Epcot's Future World.

March 5, 2017

Where in the World #474

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 #473:
Where in the World #473

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

We are looking at it’s a small world on the left, underneath a full moon, and Peter Pan on the right.

Admit it, Players, at least a little bit of the small world song played in your head! I certainly did, especially after Carol Baranowsky sang it to me. ;)

Michaela Obrien was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Michaela and to all our winners this week! Matt Wildey, Karen O'brien, Michael Obrien, Ken Savage, Theresa Rucando, Gloria Martin, Emily Hudson, Jim Lorie Sonnen, Maryann Eckenrode, Joann Albrecht, Sue and Ed Adams, Eric Berger, Tim Savlick, Nan Amor, Karen O'brien, Michaela Obrien, Michael Obrien, Grumpy's Groupies, Linda College, Bonnie Jean, Phyllis, Claire Gregory, Kris Nixon, Beth Mcmeekin, Team Hill, The Kertes Family, Andy Hickey, Ethan Johansen, Susie Howard, Ashley Collins, Anne Duque, Adolph and Kimberly Timm, Kristan Bertelmann, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Torrey Beasley, Kerri Coggins, Vera and Izzy Williams, Leach Family, Deb Gallo, Margaret Convery, Maryann Romagnano, Deb Ragno, The Parker Family, Tom Koval, Mildred Popp, Mary Beth Tarbet, Janet T Thorn, Ed Suscreba, Ellen Sullivan, Josette Gabel, K Beasley, Linda Hoffman, Angela Sandoval, The Rider Family, Kye Layton, Ruben O'meara, Paul Dickson, Chris Horne, Lori Rienhardt, Karen Schlumpf, The Nufranick Family, Diane Suzmovich, Joyce & Steve, Clay Anthony, Linda Scrivano, Emily Eldridge, Hillary Waldroop, Kyra, Joseph M. Zafia, Hobbes and Snorky, Kyran and Chiara Smith, Team Bonnie Sue, Maureen and Warren Handy, Kristi Strembicki, Mark Donahue, Diane Curfman, Ken Maikowski, Eric Enli, Jamie Steiner, Jim Finley, Vicki Britt, Pat Schwier, Sandie Albrecht, Jim Thompson, Sandie Albreht, The Olszak Family, Robert Wescovich, Andrew Carrieri, Sands Family, Les Whitten, Martha & Justin Collins, Jennifer Hess, Wendy T Faler, Tammy Warmouth, Mike Haeberle, Jodie S., Josh Weiss, Brian Richmond, Kenny, Les Stewart, Kyle Pifer, Luis Rodriguez, The Long Family, Jason Steinmetz, Wayne Chadourne, Bob Patterson, Mike Amor, Joan Tanasiychuk, Dallas Hamilton, Chris Bauman, Rebecca Keenan, Leigh Mertz, Rick Ernst, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Dave Carriere, Kelly Smith, Lisa Pinder, Erin Hammer, Scott Sangston, Jamie Poynton, Matthew Frey, Christi Ison, Kathy, Brooke and Kennedy, Jeremy Reichelt, Shelly Borella, Susan Doucette, George Mundy Jr, Caroline Burmester, Carol Baranowsky, Tracy Discher, Hunter Armstrong, Sheila Bagg, Mis Jamie Marie, Jackie Graebel, Murr Family, Robert P. Flaherty, Barclay Bakkum, Theresa Maradei, David Ballard, Gail Walraed, Sheila and Kelly Barnes, Mark Hardy, Karen Bellamy, Sherri Pell, Sandy Ceplecha, Wendy Bagshawe, Rachel Miller, Don Purney, John Bickers, Jeff Blank, Carla C, Margie Larmon, Belicia, Scott C., Belicia C, and Jane Johnson!

Time for the monthly drawing! And the winner for March is:
Kerri Coggins ! Congratulations, Kerri! I will be contacting you about getting your prize!

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Challenge #474 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! Or are we? One thing is for sure: they say March roars in like a lion. This guy knows all about roaring!

Where in the World #474
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 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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March 3, 2017

Mr. Stork Made a Delivery

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Mr Stork

Scott is visiting central Florida this week and getting aquainted with his new grandson. He will be back next week with more photography tips and pics from Walt Disney World.

March 1, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Universe of Energy

Deb's Digest Blog

Here's an interesting photo I found of the outside of the Universe of Energy. At one time, in the early 2000s, the Flower and Garden festival would feature larger than life insects and bugs. From spiders to bees, to lady bugs.. they were great sculptures to see.

Here is one in the water feature out front of the Universe of Energy.

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February 28, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Universe of Energy

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Back when Epcot first opened in 1982, the concept of using solar panels to produce electricity was still a new and expensive proposition. The Universe of Energy's roof is filled with such panels which partially power the huge vehicles filled with guests through the attraction teaching when, where, how and what energy is.

Universe of Energy pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Universe of Energy pavilion in Epcot's Future World in HDR.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/320, f/9, ISO 100, EV 0, Cropped.

Today, Tesla will soon be selling solar roofs which look no different then non-solar ones. "Now, that's progress!", to quote another famous Walt Disney created attraction.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Universe of Energy photo on our tour of Epcot's Future World.

February 26, 2017

Where in the World #473

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 #472:
Where in the World #472

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

The sign for Hollywood Junction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Margaret Convery was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Margaret and to all our winners this week! Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Eric Berger, Hunter Armstrong , Eric Berger, Michael Obrien, Michaela Obrien, Karen O'brien, Herb Miller, Mary Beth Tarbet, Phyllis, Bruce Hinterleitner, Linda College, Michael And Jackie Mclucas , John Bickers , The Parker Family, Claire Gregory, Ed Suscreba, Theresa Rucando, Joann Albrecht, Team Hill, Kristi Strembicki, Kertes Family, Joseph M. Zafia, Grumpy's Groupies, Vera And Izzy Williams, Kenny, The Nufranick Family, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Deb Ragno, Gloria Martin , Kris Nixon , Jim Finley, Sue And Ed Adams, Carol Baranowsky, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Maryann Romagnano, Sands Family, K Beasley, Smitty, Ruben O'meara, Martha & Justin Collins, Linda Hoffman, Kerry A, Julia Wickware, Andreas Beer, Jeremy Hardy, The Rider Family, Angela S., Sharon Powell, Janet T Thorn, Hobbes And Snorky, Paul Dickson, Lori Rienhardt, Diane Curfman, Team Bonnie Sue, Jim Thompson, Vickie Smialkowski , Sandie Albrecht, Chris Kelly, Maureen And Warren Handy, Eric Enli, Jodie S., Vicki Britt, Chris Horne, Mike Haeberle , Mark Hardy, Nan Amor, Pat Schwier, Jodi Cook, Arlene Vicek, Beth Mcmeekin, John Paul Carnell, Andy Hickey, Sharon Gilbert, Stefan Owens, Andrew Carrieri, Robert Wescovich, Theresa Maradei , Hillary Waldroop, Bonnie Jean, Linda Scrivano, Josh Weiss, Mark Donahue , Kyra, Jamie Steiner, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Susie Howard, Karen Ramirez , Ken Maikowski, Kerri Coggins, The Long Family, Laurie Walker, Lynne Simpson, Jeff Blank, Josette Gabel, Luis Rodriguez, Linda Ranatza, Dallas Hamilton, Dee Dee Kenney, Matt Holley, Erin Hammer, The Patterson Family, Rebecca Keenan, Alison Rosenberger, The Gunnels Gang, Belicia C, Scott Cullen, Dave Carriere, Al & Kerry Ganter, Donna Frank, Brian Mcwithey, Dave Freemyer, Brian Gallant, Carla C, George Mundy Jr, Karen Bellamy, Scott Sangston, Tricia Petty, Leigh Mertz, Matt Earl, Ken Savage, Loring Family, Jamie Poynton, John Casey, Sheila Bagg, Tom Higbee Sr, Barclay Bakkum, Don Purney, Jane Johnson, Paula Massarelli, Shirley Garcowski, Cheryl E, Sherri Pell, Melissa Littman, Lisa Pinder, Jeremy Reichelt, John Warner, Susan Doucette, Jackie Graebel, Stacy Guarracino, Tracy Discher, Kristan Bertelmann, Gallagher Family, and Eric Johnson!

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Challenge #473 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! Can you tell what classic attraction is in the moonlight?

Where in the World #473
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 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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February 24, 2017

Shopping Around Epcot's World Showcase

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Shopping in Epcot's World Showcase pavilions can be a lot of fun and very expensive. I prefer to "shop by camera" and to record items I find during my visits as the merchandise changes over time.

For instance, upon leaving the Frozen Ever After ride and entering Puffin's Roost shop in Epcot's World Showcase Norway pavilion, you come upon a wall display of framed prints and gifts for sale from the animated movie, Frozen. Something you would have not seen before the movie was released back in 2013.

Framed prints and gifts for sale in The Puffin's Roost inside the Norway pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Framed prints and gifts for sale in The Puffin's Roost.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 1100, EV +0.3.

Then, there are the timeless items for sale which have been in the shops since Epcot opened. Coo Coo Clocks inside the Der Bucherwurm store in the Germany pavilion have been ticking and coo coo-ing every time I have visited since 1983.

Coo Coo Clock for sale inside Der Bucherwurm store in the Germany pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Coo Coo Clock for sale inside the Der Bucherwurm store.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/40s, f/3.8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 32mm Focal Length.

What I enjoy seeing is how pop culture comes and goes throughout World Showcase. No where does it show more than the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan pavilion where last year the Pokemon Go phenomenon was in full swing.

Pokemon plush toys for sale inside the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pokemon plush toys for sale inside the Mitsukoshi Department Store.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 1250, EV 0, 32mm Focal Length.

France is the home to many Disney classics including Beauty and the Beast. In the Galerie Des Halles shop you find all manner of souvenirs from Eiffel Tower replicas to shirts from the movie.

Shirt for sale found in Galerie Des Halles shop in the France pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Shirt for sale found in the Galerie Des Halles shop.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 1400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

And I did not spend a dime. Well, not exactly, I bought the shirt as a gift for my daughter. Happy shopping!

February 22, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Mission Space

Deb's Digest Blog

I'm the first to admit I am not a fan. I wanted to be! I always dreamed of going into space as a kid growing up with Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. I will say Mission Space allowed me to experience a rocket launch but that's about it. The rest is a blur.

Here's a nod to the past:

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Oh and if you want to check out my report "To Boldly Go Where I Will Never Go Again", here you are!

February 21, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Mission: SPACE

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

With clouds above, I used a set of 5 photographs from -2EV to +2EV to create a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image of Mission: SPACE in Epcot's Future World.

Mission: SPACE pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mission: SPACE pavilion in Epcot's Future World in HDR.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/16, ISO 220, EV 0, 19mm Focal Length, HDR Image.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Mission: SPACE photo on our tour of Epcot's Future World.

February 19, 2017

Where in the World #472

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 #471:
Where in the World #471

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

The fountain at Epcot’s Morocco pavilion.

Beth Mcmeekin, I can picture your son’s photo, especially that gap-tooth smile!

Jeff Blank, I forgot about the Mosaic by Number! Good times!

Matt Holley and Claire Gregory, now I'm hungry!

John Bickers, I’m jealous. I badly want to get to Spain.

Ken Savage was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! Ken Maikowski, Luis Rodriguez, Jim And Lorie Sonnen, The Nufranick Family, Carol Baranowsky, Linda Hoffman, Theresa Rucando, Bruce Jones, Joseph M. Zafia, Linda Ranatza, Mary Beth Tarbet, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Team Hill, The Reichl, Kris Nixon, Lori Rienhardt, Bruce Hinterleitner, Mike Amor, Christine Brown, Sue And Ed Adams, Jennifer Hess, Sharynne Smith, Claire Gregory, Margaret Convery, Tammy Warmouth, Smitty, Loring Family, Bob Patterson, John Bickers, Leach Family, Phyllis, The Savlick Family, Josh, Tricia Petty, Nan Amor, Diane Curfman, Arlene Vicek, Karen Adamakis, The Kertes Family, Gloria Martin, Jim Finley, Duskin Henard, Vicki Britt, The Modecki's, The Rider Family, Vickie Smialkowski, Megan Krainski, Scott C., John Stella, Belicia, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Hunter Armstrong, Diane Tredore, Emily Eldridge, Linda College, Julie Signor, Andrea Flanders, Jan Rosato, Mike Walter, Veronica Alvarado, Kevin Miller, K Beasley, Lindsay Arlene Clayton, Pam Lorenz, Bonnie Jean, Vera And Izzy Williams, Karen Ramirez, Phil Badcock, The Tisdale Family, Paula Massarelli, Jodi Cook, Janet T Thorn, Wendy T Faler, Cheryl E, Olszak Family, Mark Donahue, Hobbes And Snorky, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Sandie Albrecht, Vickie Barca, Brian Mcwithey, Kristan Bertelmann, Jeremy A Hardy, Stefan Owens, Joann Albrecht, Eric Enli, Paul Hitopoulos, Paul Dickson, Robert Wescovich, Axel Beer, Chris Horne, Danielle Maiorino, Andreas Beer, Cathy Fleming, Kyra, Kerri Coggins, Janet Chocky, Martha & Justin Collins, Ruben O'meara, Jen Snook, Jim Thompson, The Parker Family, Beth Mcmeekin, Maureen And Warren Handy, Ruth Senecal, John Warner, Carolyn Como, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Eric Berger, Sands Family, Maryann Romagnano, Joyce & Steve, Ashley Collins, Lisa Pinder, Paula Smith, Andrew Carrieri, Team Bonnie Sue, Mike Haeberle, Carla C, The Long Family, Emily Hudson, Jeff Blank, Emma Ramsey, Dallas Hamilton, Blake Schmidt, Les Stewart, Dee Dee Kenney, George Mundy Jr, Deb Ragno, Leigh Mertz, Jason Steinmetz, Matt Holley, Kelly Smith, Deb Gallo, Mickey Eckert, Melody Odonnell, Paul Ignudo, Erin Hammer, Jeremy Reichelt, Chuck Everson, Scott Greenbaum, John Paul Carnell, The Patterson Family, Jamie Poynton, Colleen, Matt Earl, Alison Rosenberger, Herb Miller, Mike Cerce, Davida, The Gunnels Gang, Tim Johansen, Karen Bellamy, Matthew Frey, Maureen Tavrell, Mark Hardy, Sharon Gilbert, Dave Carriere, Kristi Strembicki, Theresa Maradei, Laura Walker, The Fosbender Family, Wayne Chadourne, Jay Tillis, Joyanne Johnston, Pensacola Glenn, Teri Michalski, Tracy Discher, Jamie Steiner, Barclay Bakkum, Karen Ford, Hillary Waldroop, Cory Stearns, Sherry Trapp, Ruth Woodhouse, Shirley Garcowski, Sherri Pell, Shelly Borella, Rebecca Keenan, Scott Sangston, Christy A Schor, Susan Doucette, Elaine Prosecky, Stacy Guarracino, Donna Frank, David Ballard, Don Purney, Marie Tennant, Diane, Jackie Klafeta, Will Krebs, Jennifer' Pichert, Thomas Higbee Sr, Kathryn Hughes, Liz Weiter, Jane Johnson, Jodie S., Gallagher Family, and Chris Kelly!

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Challenge #472 Where in the world is this?

We’re switching parks and looking at a sign!

Where in the World #472
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 23rd, 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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