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March 1, 2010

May Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

As Epcot's Flower and Garden Show gets underway, I thought you might enjoy this Pluto topiary from last year's show. The dates for this year's festival are March 3 - May 16. I'm hoping to be there, are you?


You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

May 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

May 2010 Jewel Case Calendar


And finally, this desktop wallpaper is for your monitor screen.

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March 2, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Water Fountains

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Walt Disney World imagineers use water throughout the resort. While most of the water is used for transportation purposes, water is also used for entertainment in shows like Fantasmic and for decoration like the Imagination fountain in Epcot. If you are designing a themepark about movies, why not use an old movie prop for some water decoration? I found the mermaid water fountain from the 1984 movie, Splash, near the entrance to the Backlot Tour and makes for a good start to Disney Pic of the Week on Water Fountains. Barrie and Lisa will be here Thursday and Saturday to share their favorite water fountains at Disney themeparks.

The water fountain from the movie, Splash, in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The water fountain from the movie, Splash.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length


March 3, 2010

Power Ranger's Fashion

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Although I am aware that Power Rangers are hugely popular and each one wears a different colored outfit...OK that's it, that's all I know. My little brother was too old for the cartoon and action figures when they first premiered. No big loss. I'm still dealing with images of Skeletor, He-Man, Thunder Cats, and GI Joes and their catch phrases some 19 years later.

Something posessed me to go check out these vibrantly attired authority figures who don't know Yogi Bear or Sister Christian. Having noticed them on Streets of America in Disney's Hollywood Studios, I marched myself down there and waited with a crowd for them to show up. I asked a Cast Member from which direction the car would drive in. Puzzled he told me the stage came from behind him with dancers out in front. What? Since when do crime fighters have glam? Turns out the Power Rangers had been relocated over by the misty Coke bottles and Pixar Place. The group I was mixed in with was awaiting High School Musical 3 performers. Moral of the paragraph, read the schedule carefully.

Not knowing anything about what superhero powers the quintet holds, I watched a few kids greet them before I made my move. I quickly learned that Pink, Yellow, Red, Blue, and Green won't talk. Awww c'mon! That totally stunk. No chance to ask Blue if he wants to grab a milk shake later on or Pink for some fashion tips. Befuddled I just started taking potos of each one and luckily they didn't have many fans waiting so they posed for me. Then I thought it'd be more interesting to break one down part by part.


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Red Ranger protects his noggin and identity with this vibrant yet sturdy helmet. Reflective lenses allow him to see out but prevent his enemies from viewing his eyes. The dog symbolizes his commander, Anubis "Doggie" Cruger, maybe. The gray mesh is durable and yet breathes easily.


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Here we see the shoulders and part of the chest. You'll notice the white line adds a streak of slickness and separates the red from the black part of the upper body.


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Gloves are another important part of Red Ranger's ensemble. You don't want to leave fingerprints or get your manicured nails ruined while punching out bad guys. Large silver cuffs layer in that futuristic style from 2005.


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Space Patrol Delta (SPD) belt buckle tells you exactly which squad you're dealing with and yet defines the waist in this otherwise one-piece spandex unitard.


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No couture-inspired superhero is complete without shiny footwear.


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This Texan is suited up and ready to play shortstop.

Power Ranger, SPD facts provided by Wikipedia.

Written while rock screaming along to Adam Lambert's For Your Entertainment CD.

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March 4, 2010

Le Roar

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

There are fountains all over Disney parks. Some aren't as obvious as others and in plain sight and yet there are those you can find everywhere. My intention was to post a photo of the latter but Barrie and Scott figured out I would put up a pic of a drinking fountain or bubbler so that killed my joke. Joke killers!!! Thus, here I am taking the high road (boring). ;-)

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Canon EOS 30D with Canon 75-300mm USM, shutterspeed priority of 1/50, f11, ISO 400

I found zis fountAIN at Belle's Storytime pirformANCE at ze MagIC KingDOM in Walt Dizney WORld.

In an attempt to make it more old-world European, I pulled most of the color and then put back red and yellow. C'est magnificue!

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March 5, 2010

Cloudy Sky

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Cloudy days at Walt Disney World can be a disappointment. I mean, we go there for the Florida sunshine, right? On my last trip, I was lucky enough to get a few cloudy days. Lucky? Yes, lucky. For when the sun is above a large cloud bank overhead, it creates a huge softbox. A softbox is used by photographers to put their flashes in and it spreads out and "softens" the light of the flash. Cloudy days do the same thing. They spread out and soften the bright light from the Sun. Shadows are not as dark and colors brighten. This kind of outdoor light is good for making photos of your family and friends. They won't squint and the dark shadows under their eyes and noses go away.

I do have a caution for you. Like any softbox in a studio. Try and keep it out of your viewfinder as the contrast will cause overexposed areas or blowouts. Aim your camera down or across but not up at the sky. Let me demonstrate with a couple of examples.

The first one is Jessie from Toy Story II in the Magic Kingdom's Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Parade. It was a very cloudy day and the colors in this parade was popping. Jessie glowed in her red hat, hair and green eyes. I zoomed in to remove the sky above..

Jessie waving during the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jessie waving during the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Parade.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/200s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 165mm focal length

Later in the day, I watched the afternoon Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade, which has tall floats to deal with. I needed to get some princess and prince photos even with the bright cloudy sky. To counter the sky, I tried to eliminate it as best I could with backgrounds and cropping (the photo below has a lot of sky cropped out) in the photos. I used fill flash to help balance the light coming from the sky to photograph the proud Prince Eric with Princess Ariel from The Little Mermaid in one of the tall floats.

Proud Prince Eric with Princess Ariel in the Magic Kingdom's Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Prince Eric with Princess Ariel in the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 1250, EV +0.7, 200mm focal length, fill flash at -1 power

A little fun bonus for you. Can you spot what is wrong with Eric? Leave a comment!

For more information about how to take advantage of a cloudy day for photography, here are a couple of excellent links on the subject:

It's Cloudy - Don't Put that Camera Away

The Softbox in the Sky

March 6, 2010

Coins in the Fountain

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Rats in the Muppet Fountain
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 200

I love the antics of these enterprising little rats in the Muppet Fountain outside of Muppet*Vision 3D in Disney's Hollywood Studios. If they aren't careful, that boat of theirs is going to sink from the weight of all those coins.


March 7, 2010

Where in the World #122

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #121:
 Where in the World #121

And here's the answer:
Liberty Belle
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/2500s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 200

A lot of you recognized the smoke stack of the Liberty Belle from Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom. This old sternwheeler makes its way around the Rivers of America to give guests a taste of what life was like in the days of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. If you time it right you can see Princess Tiana in Tiana's Showboat Jubilee, a stage show that takes place on the Liberty Belle. Nice going everyone!

Douglas Mcknight was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Douglas and all the other readers who got the answer right: Michelle Mcspadden, Bruce Hinterleitner, Theresa Rucando, Belicia Dawson, Jen Cerce, Scott Cullen, Leslie Dameron, Brian Haas, Sharon Lee, Mary Beth Tarbet, Holley Blyler, Stacey Van Dyke, Richard Caprio, Chris Masse, Rick And Michele Shea, Jen Cox, Michelle Raimist, Julie Wickware, Karen Nelson, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Boris Beckert, Sharon Dale, John C. Lacasse, Patty Carty, Maureen Handy, Pam Lorenz, Ellie Argaluza, Jeremy Coto, Robin Fitts, Martha Tischler, Walter Fletcher, Paula Munson, Paul Cooper, Terry, Craig, Sherry Klinefelter, Brenda, Allen Dixon, Gabby Stapp, Mike Malampy, Ryan Benco, John C., Tina Benco , Jennifer Tremley, Tim Jeltes, Steve Bieniek, Sandra Wieand, Jeremy Hardy, Tiffany Gibb, Lee Anastasi, Heather Pedulla, Sarah, Laurie Walker, Tom Koval, Shane Kropp, Ruth Woodhouse, Derek Carty, Sarah Smee, Erica Courville, Carol Baranowsky, Cindy Dore', Hillary Waldroop, Brian Miller, Anjanette Tournillon, Becky Bean, Jen Schultz, James Hoekzema & Family, Debbie Poole, Paul Dickson, Darrell Shortt, Tracey Mayfield, Noreen Rachuba, Shannon Milair, Leigh Mertz, Jennifer Harmon, Laura Lollar, James Dezern, Christopher Bourassa, Phil Vickers, Morag Lemon, Kevin, Ed Suscreba, Cameron Lange, Kirk Kenyon, Steve Pocopanni, Howie T., Bruce Lawson, Elizabeth Scarborough, Wade A. Williams, Jim Tillinghast, Betsy Amber, Mark Cullison, Diane Ramos, Kristen Mccoy, Kelly Zanauskas, Gabriella Rizzo, Bill Mckim, Jim Riley, Jim Thompson, Double Family, Mary Tackett, Jennifer Schwing, Heather, Steve Knapp, Roxanne Kliebert, Jake Christopher, Steve Jordan, Mary Greger, Jami Kliethermes, Jamie Miller, Marjorie Schmitt, Debra Kuklinski, Suzanne, Melissa Dye, Mickey Eckert, Jason Dambrosia, Heidi Goodhue, Luis Rodriguez, Christopher Barnes, Herman Evans, Kerry, Sirianna D'ambrosio, Thomas Auckland, Joseph Zafia, Stacy Lee, Jim Couzzourt, Stephen Champion, Paul Newman, Lisa Cash, Paul Amico, Heather Coursen, Kristin Dormuth, Margot Garofalo, Barclay Bakkum, Linda Diantonio, Marilyn Chan, Rich Deteresa, Melissa Swift, Paula B, Elizabeth Macgregor, Jason Skow, Amy, Patti Purdy, Walter Clark, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Carolyn Roy, Annette Nuenke, Andrea Schnur, Mark Franklin, Colin Buchanan, Gary E Genteman, Denise Cayz , Linda Scrivano, Tom Hermes, Tracy Discher, Barry Bass, Kelly Mager, Linda Mac, Lorri Gumanow, Kirk Hardy, Barbara Cerimele, Jared Orth, Carla C, Lori Pinchot and Jonathan Thomas. Each of you will were entered in the March winners' drawing.

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Challenge #122: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #122

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 11, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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March 9, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Princesses

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Little girls admire Disney princesses and want to be just like them when they grow up. A good number of them point out they can live without the step-mother from hell, devious witch serpeants, curses, villains, and such. It's the fairy tale love story they want and the various dresses, gowns, and shoes, of course.

Princesses can be found in all Disney parks. For example, Jasmine co-stars in a musical at Disney's California Adventure. Ariel meets with people walkin' around on feet at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

In an effort to capitalize on this youthful wish, Disney has made merchandise featuring Jasmine, Cinderella, Ariel, Pocahontas, Snow White, Belle, Tiana, Mulan, and Aurora aka Briar Rose aka Sleeping Beauty. Child, pick an identity! Princess Telephones, Princess Chairs, Princess Bandages, Princess Cookies, Princess Rugelach, Princess Toothpaste, Princess Cameras, Princess Shirts, Princess Lip Balm, Princess Vegetable Peelers, etc, etc...


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Every so dainty, Snow White looks into the well at the Germany pavilion in Epcot and encourages her little princess-in-training to make a wish.


I threw in 20 bucks and wished for Hercules. The Magic Mirror called me a fool because there's no Greece pavilion.

Princess Shoelaces, Princess Cake, Princess Magnets, Princess Toothpicks, Princess Bowling Balls, Princess Stationery, Princess Socks, Princess Wallpaper, Princess Do-It-Yourself Tax Return, Princess Televisions, Princess Dolls, Princess Coloring Books, Princess Greeting Cards, Princess Puppies, etc...etc...

Come back Thursday & Saturday for Princess Barrie and Prince Scott's photos.

March 10, 2010

Night Light

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Take a small village, add some stores and carts selling handcrafted works of art, a restaurant serving aromatic, flavorful comida, and an adventurous boat ride, put it all together and make it consistently night time and you have Epcot's Mexico pavilion. Set inside an Aztec temple, La Plaza de los Amigos always has perfect weather, festive lights, and bold primary colors.

You could easily take photos with a flash of the piggy banks, crafts, jewelry, sombreros, and all that catches your eye. However if you want to absorb all that you sense and feel, set your camera to the Night Scene mode and use a tripod or find a flat surface.

I didn't carry a tripod with me this day. I simply sought out flat surfaces at variable heights, aimed at what interested me, and gently depressed the shutter button on my Canon Powershot SX100 IS, trying not to move the camera while doing so. How did I do?


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Sure, I got a few funny looks from shoppers but that doesn't phase me. I got the shot I wanted. This small display makes me think of ruggedly handsome, Rumba-dancing, scruffy, Mambo-scented caballeros. Is it getting hot in here?


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Long exposures pick up on all the colors given off by lights. In this case the lights came out green/yellow and so in Photoshop I scaled back the density. While using the Night Scene any moving subjects will cause a blur. Cool, huh?

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Here's an overall look at the plaza. I would prefer a different vantage point with flat surfaces so as to avoid the glob of white lights that look like they're on top of the fountain.

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This is my preference for sombrero photos.

When using camera modes such as Night Scene, the camera will choose all of the settings (ISO aka film speed, shutterspeed, and aperature) for based on the lighting conditions.

Written while singing along with the "Mamma Mia" movie soundtrack.


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March 11, 2010

Princess Aurora

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Sleeping Beauty
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

Sleeping Beauty, otherwise known as Princess Aurora, is my Princess Pic of the Week. Isn't she lovely? On this day I just happened to notice her in the garden area of the France pavilion before any other guests realized she was there. She fit right in with all the beautiful flowers.


March 12, 2010

Zeroing Out

Ever get to the Magic Kingdom and your family rushes up to get their photo taken in front of the Main Street Train Station. You snap a few shots and head into the park. You are half-way down Main Street USA when you take a peek at the photos and they are all overexposed. We have all been there. Photograph something and forget about all the changes made to get the exposure right the last time you used the camera and get bad exposures the next time you use it. So, in an effort to save you future aggravation, I want to tell you about Zeroing Out your camera.

Main pool at the All Star Sports resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Forgetting to change your camera setting can lead to overexposed photos like this.

Zeroing Out is a process of going through the most used settings on a camera and putting them back to the start settings BEFORE using the camera. Some people call this their base settings or starting point. After I zero out my camera, I take a couple of quick snaps and review the photos on the camera's LCD screen before leaving the house or, if at Walt Disney World, before leaving the resort area. If the photos look bad or the photo's Exif data is wrong, I probably forgot to zero out. Kind of a fail-safe procedure. By doing this, I know I am starting at a point I am very familiar with and can easily make changes as needed from there. If I am taking a lot of photos or the light changes dramatically, I might zero out my camera on a few occasions during the shoot or day.

The advantage of Zeroing Out before you start shooting is huge. Much easier to do in the calmness of your home or hotel room than when you notice you have taken ten photos that are over or under exposed and you can not retake them again because the opportunity is gone. Worse, trying to fumble around to find which setting needs to be changed while someone is waiting. Talk about pressure. Imagine if that person is a bride or a Disney character and your daughter with a line of families behind you. Guilty on both accounts. I learned the hard way and still need to remind myself.

What are these settings I am talking about? That depends, the blog writer says with a broad smile. The ones most of us need to be aware of is Shooting mode (P, S (Tv), A, M), ISO, Exposure mode (matrix, center-weighted, spot, etc.), White Balance, Image Quality, Exposure Compensation (EV), Shutter (Single or Continuous) and Focus Area. You might have more or less settings depending (there's that word again) on your camera and what you consider important. For Point and Shoot cameras, it might be as simple as putting the camera back to full Auto mode from another mode or scene used previously.

Another thing to be aware of is if you use a Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilized) lens. Make sure its settings are where you expect them to be after mounting it on the camera. I set mine to ON and Normal mode.

On a recent thread about this subject of Zeroing Out on a photography board I read, each photographer had different zero out settings. Just as each of you will, too. Doing so will allow you to get better photos from the first click.

Main pool at the All Star Sports resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
After Zeroing Out my camera, I got a much better photo of the All Star Sports Main Pool.


March 13, 2010

Princess Ariel

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Princess Ariel waving to guests during the Make A Dream Come True parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Princess Ariel waving to guests during the Make A Dream Come True Parade.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.3, ISO 450, EV +0.7, 95mm Focal Length, Fill Flash

Many people don't think of Ariel as a Disney Princess but she is and makes for a beautiful Disney Pic of Week on Princesses.


March 14, 2010

Where in the World #123

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #122:
 Where in the World #122

And here's the answer:
Boardwalk in Miniature
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/2s shutter, f/5.6, ISO 200

Oh, so many of you guessed that this was part of the model train display outside of Germany in World Showcase. I'm so sorry. That was a good guess, but this model of a boardwalk amusement park can be found in the lobby of the Boardwalk Inn. That was a hard one, but there were a lot of you who are really paying attention to the Disney detail. Good job!

Theresa Rucando was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Theresa and all the other readers who got the answer right: Millie Tenreiro, Michelle Mcspadden, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Tim Johansen, Kristen Mccoy, Mike Malampy, Frances Phebus, Deb Silhan, Chris Masse, Karen Hotchkiss, Amanda, Craig, Krista Penno, Ed Aleszczyk, Maureen Handy, Julie Wickware, James Steele, Kristin Mazur, Hillary Waldroop, Leslie Dameron, Patty Carty, Pamela Lorenz, Nicole Ruzinski, Chloe, Sammi Jo Albucker, Jilly Red, Sammi Jo Albucker, Jilly Red, Nicole Alley, Tim Wingfield, Chris And Alison, Carrie Henderson, Jason Brooks, Sandra Edwards, Dale Knight, Dallas Hamilton, Scott Lau, Jacquelyn Law, Sherry Klinefelter, Marissa D'ambrosio, Sarah Connors, Shane Stack, Rob Brookhart, Mary Dannahey, Daniel Record, Ed Suscreba, Greg Gallo, Paula B, Margot Garofalo, Kristin Dormuth, Heather Coursen, Peggy Saeger, Sirianna D'ambrosio, Pat Huff, Mark Franklin, Christopher Barnes and Derek Carty. Each of you will were entered in the March winners' drawing.

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Challenge #123: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #123

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 18, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

March 16, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Disney Vacation Club

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Old Key West
Copyright © 2003 Barrie Brewer, Nikon E3100, 1/470 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100

Welcome Home! Our Pic of the Week topic this week is Disney Vacation Club (DVC). Old Key West was the first DVC resort built and the first one where I ever stayed. I remember being SO impressed. I was thrilled that we had become members and so excited to know that for many years to come I was going to be able to stay in such "fancy" places. That was 10 years ago and I still love being a DVC member. It's not for everyone, but for me, it's perfect. There are currently nine DVC resort choices at Walt Disney World. Check back later in the week to see which ones Lisa and Scott will be sharing with you.


March 17, 2010

Cruisin' the Nile

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

As we embark on this journey thru Adventureland please keep lenses inside the boat at all times. At no point will we come to a stop so be ready and get your camera settings dialed in now. On a day like this, try ISO 400 and set the camera to Shutterspeed Priority (TV) of 1/180 or 1/250. Using the Guest next to you to help steady your balance may result in free-form swimming.

Before we get started take a look around and familiarize yourself with your surroundings. There are many signs to guide you through preparations and how to make new friends.
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Here we have a glimpse of how animals have evolved. This family of lions is lecturing a zebra about the dangers of drinking from waterholes on the wrong side of town.
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Don't be a bully or one day you'll become the flagpole.
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Get out your umbrellas! The rainstorms here are insane.
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Babylonia, is that you?
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Welcome to The Pachyderm Day Spa. A one-day pass allows you to make use of all pools, dirt, mud baths, and hiding in the foliage to surprise unsuspecting tourists.
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Watercraft rentals are available from Trader Sam. Watch your head, he's a keen salesman.
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Drafted while listening to Somewhere in Time by Donny Osmond.

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March 18, 2010

Old Key West

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Old Key West DVC resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Old Key West DVC Resort is beautifully landscaped.

A few years ago, generous friends of my family lent us their DVC points. The first couple of days, we enjoyed staying at the first DVC resort, Old Key West and it's beautiful landscaping which makes for my Disney Pic of Week on DVC Resorts.

March 19, 2010

My flickr Project Part I

I had read a few articles on how flickr, the popular Internet photo sharing community website, was being used by people to become better photographers. Besides the obvious inspirational elements of seeing great photos, I wondered if I could go a step farther and replicate the photos I admired from other flickr photographers who were also big Disney fans.

About three weeks before my Walt Disney World trip last December, I contacted three flickr members who have posted outstanding photography from their trips to Disney theme parks. I asked a question or two, got their permission to use their photos and told them what I was doing. They were all very encouraging, too.

My idea was to take information on the flickr page of the photos I wanted to replicate and see if it could be done. Such information is controlled by the photographer so not all photos on flickr may have everything I found. I started with first trying to locate where the photo was taken. Not just what it was but from which direction and time of day. Next, I looked up the Exif data of each photo which gives the camera model used, focal length of the lens, exposure (shutter speed), aperture, ISO, exposure bias (EV), and whether flash was used or not. Did I write all this down for each photo? Yes, I did. I also used flickr's iPhone app to check the photos when I was at a photo location.

Sounds easy, right? Well, as it turned out, not so for the following reasons. The Florida weather in December was a bit on the cool, wet and very cloudy side during the times I allocated for doing this project. The Christmas parade was being filmed for later broadcast on Christmas day and guess what Disney did? They removed the Partners statue from its location in front of Cinderella Castle which scratched one photo right off my list. Angle of the Sun is much different in December than when a few of the daytime photos I had selected. Made a difference as you will see.

All problems aside, I found this project to be a worthwhile, if not humbling, experience. I hope you will see, even though my results might be quite different than what I was trying to replicate, it is easy to do and a neat way to learn.

The first flickr photographer is Joe Penniston, Express Monorail is his flickr id. Joe's Disney photos are exceptional. Appropriately enough, I chose a photo of a Disney Monorail in Epcot from Joe's flickr photostream as my first flickr project photo. Here is Yellow Streak:

Yellow Streak by Express Monorail. © Joe Penniston
Yellow Streak by Express Monorail. © Joe Penniston. All Rights Reserved.
Nikon D300, 1/3s, f/22, ISO 200, EV -0.5, 48mm focal length

On the flickr page, Joe added a link to a map which showed the exact location he photographed Monorail Yellow. That made it easy for me to get within a foot of where he set up his tripod. How did I know he used a tripod? The shutter speed for this photos is one third of a second. Very hard to hand hold at such a shutter speed. Here comes the humbling part. Notice the beautiful blue sky Joe had to work with? I had a flat gray overcast one. I added a split 2-stop Neutral Density filter to cut down the light coming from the sky. Beyond that I only had to adjust my zoom lens to get the same field of view he got and wait for Monorail Yellow. Alas, Yellow was not running on this day.

Blue Streak by Scottwdw. © Scott Thomas
Blue Streak by Scottwdw. © Scott Thomas. All Rights Reserved.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/3s, f/25, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 48mm focal length

There is no doubt Joe's photo is way better than mine. The blue sky and lighting on the monorail and Spaceship Earth gave his much better contrast and color. However, in getting what I was looking for, which was the blur of the monorail, I did all right. Next time I hope to have better weather and I have ideas of other locations I would like to see a moving monorail. I won't have to guess as to the shutter speed to use either.

The next photo is entitled A Salute To All Nations But Mostly America and is the Miss Piggy water fountain in front of Muppet*Vision 3-D. This is where the Sun angle in December came in to play. Joe took his in mid-June around 12:30pm. I took mine at 12:30pm but on November 30th. Joe's light was coming more from above while I got backlighting. Turns out I liked the backlighting. Joe showed me a good composition and I took what was there and made a different photo. Here are both photos:

A Salute To All Nations But Mostly America by Express Monorail. © Joe Penniston
A Salute To All Nations But Mostly America. © Joe Penniston. All Rights Reserved.
Nikon D40, 1/800s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV -0.6, 90mm focal length
Miss Piggy Water Fountain by Scottwdw. © Scott Thomas
Miss Piggy Water Fountain by Scottwdw. © Scott Thomas. All Rights Reserved.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/800s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 95mm focal length

As you can see, the subject of Joe's photo is definitely the divine Miss Piggy while mine is the backlighted water which is falling around her.

The last photo I tried and failed to duplicate is Joe's magnificent photo of the Dumbo ride. I had a cloudless sky which I think was my main problem. Mine looked flat. Anyway, I won't even bother to show you what I got. I do want to show you what can be done and I issue a challenge to those of you traveling to Disney to try your hand at replicating this one.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant by Express Monorail. © Joe Penniston
Dumbo the Flying Elephant. © Joe Penniston. All Rights Reserved.
Nikon D300, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.6, 18mm focal length

I would like to thank Joe Penniston for allowing me to use his photos here and to try my hand at duplicating them. As you have seen, it is impossible to do so but you do learn a lot as you try. Next week, I will show you a master at getting Disney character portraits in a busy theme park.

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March 20, 2010

Welcome Home!

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Do you own DVC? I do. I buy them in packs of 6 from Panasonic for my Canon ZR100 camcorder. Each Digital Video Cassette records for 60 minutes. :looks at the Disney Pic of the Week schedule again: Do you own DVC? I don't, but I've taken a few tours of model units at the Contemporary's Bay Lake Tower and Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge. I've also visited a friend staying at Old Key West and crashed at Saratoga Springs thanks to Barrie.


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Allegedly, this is what the inside of a room looks like at BLT. It's a model version and not the final design cuz there's not a pita in sight.


Looking for me? I can be located on facebook as Lisa K Berton.

March 21, 2010

Where in the World # 124

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #122:
 Where in the World #123

And here's the answer:
Norway Architecture
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/1000s shutter, f/8, ISO 400

You'll find this decoration on one of the buildings in the Norway pavilion in Epcot. I don't know the significance of it but I thought it was interesting. If anyone does know, (Jack?), I'd love to hear it. This turned out to be a tough one, and not by design. There were many guesses but only two correct answers this week.

Jesse Kline was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Jesse and Kelley H. They were the only two readers who got the answer right this week. Both of you will be entered in the March winners' drawing.

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Challenge #124: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #124

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 25, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

March 23, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Splash Mountain

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A calm Splash Mountain just after sunset in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A calm Splash Mountain just after sunset.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/4s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length

Splash Mountain usually has lots of activity from water splashing guests and riders to screams as people slide down the 52 1/2 foot drop. I noticed a quiet time between guest drops just after sunset and thought it would make an excellent Disney Pic of Week for Splash Mountain.

Look for Barrie's and Lisa's screams...er, photos on Thursday and Saturday.

March 24, 2010

Go Greener

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Kermit the Frog said, "It's not easy being green." How you interpret his statement can be far and wide from what someone else ascertains. If you ask me, which no one did but it's my blog so I'll do what I want, Kermit is referring to the lack of proper exposure of his green skin. In an effort to help educate moms, dad, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, cousins, and cousinettes I'm going to demonstrate a super easy way to enhance greens.

I call it, Mr. Foliage Scene Mode. foligae-icon.jpg Generally this setting is represented by a leafy icon as shown between the previous sentence and this one which I'm typing right now.

Lettuce look at some samples that have not been altered.

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This photo was taken using Auto Mode with a Canon PowerShot SX100 IS.


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I changed my setting to implement the Foliage Scene option for the above shot.


Moving right along I grabbed another picture of the China pavilion at Epcot once again setting the dial to Auto.
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The same scenery but with the camera set to the Foliage Scene mode.
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Did you notice that not only did the Foliage setting make the greens brighter and bolder but it also accentuated the reds and yellows? There's more contrast in the pictures taken with the Foliage setting as well. Just look at those gorgeous gray rocks with white highlights!


Written while listening to myself laugh at my own jokes. I made myself snort.

March 25, 2010

La Montaña de Pasión

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

When I traveled to the Magic Kingdom en el Enero with my list de las fotos that I needed for upcoming Disney Pic of the Week blogs, Splash Mountain was cerrado. This meant I couldn't get the new shots I wanted and I had ideas, ideas that are awaiting my next trip. I dug through my stock pile and found a shot I took while aboard the Liberty Square Riverboat. It's not exciting so I decided to make it artsy by using Photoshop and this is the result.


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When the image is full size it looks wicked awesome! I'm just sayin'.

March 26, 2010

My Flickr Project Part II

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last week I showed you how I used flickr, the popular Internet photo sharing community website, to try and recreate photos of a Disney flickr photographer. This week, I will introduce you to a flickr photographer who specializes in one kind of Disney theme park photography: Disney characters. Specifically, face characters like princesses, princes, and faeries.

Ron Vertrees, known on flickr and to the Disneyland characters as Disney-Grandpa, has a flickr photostream full of some of the best characters photos I have ever seen. Ron was nice enough to allow me to use a couple of his photos here. I didn't do as well with the princesses as Disney-Grandpa does.

Let's start with Snow White. I asked Ron after I got back for his tips on how he got such great character photos. One of the tips he gave was to use continuous or burst mode as the characters are often in motion or they change facial expressions a lot depending on their interaction with guests and other characters. This is what I didn't do for my photo of Snow White during the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade. Got a good pose but her eyes are closed.

Snow White blowing a kiss during the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Snow White blowing a kiss during the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 800, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length

Another of Disney-Grandpa's secrets is to not wait in line but to stand near the characters helper while waiting for a time when the character is free for photos. Remember, he is taking photos at Disneyland where he lives and is often there when it is not too busy. Walt Disney World is much different. For popular characters, I would recommend you do wait in line. The characters are more than happy to pose for you even if you don't have a son or daughter with you. Here is Disney-Grandpa's Snow White.

Snow White by Disney Grandpa. © Ron Vertrees. All Rights Reserved, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Snow White by Disney Grandpa in Disneyland.
Nikon D40/55-200VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 1600, EV 0, 55mm focal length

You will notice Disney-Grandpa uses a Nikon D40 which is not an expensive camera as digital SLRs go. The lens is of good quality and very affordable. He uses Aperture priority mode and keeps the aperture as wide open (setting the f/stop as small as the lens will go) to keep backgrounds out of focus. If you have a fast lens like a 50mm f/1.8 or f/2.8 zoom, I suggest using a smaller aperture of f/4 or f/5.6 so as not to get too much out of focus like ears and hair.

Next up is Cinderella. I only saw her during a parade as well and, like my photo of Prince Eric and Princess Ariel, I had to shoot up into an overcast sky. I still like how it came out though I would have liked it more if she had looked in my direction. I'll ask her next time.

Cinderella waving to guests during the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella waving to guests during the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length

Here is Disney Grandpa's Cinderella. A very lovely and expressive portrait. Notice the use of backlighting which allows Cinderella to have her beautiful eyes open. Most characters are found in shaded areas just for this reason.

Cinderella by Disney Grandpa. © Ron Vertrees. All Rights Reserved, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Cinderella by Disney Grandpa in Disneyland.
Nikon D40/55-200VR, 1/500s, f/8, ISO 800, EV 0, 150mm focal length

I really needed to find out when and where the characters would be to get better photos like this one of Cinderella. You can find out by checking with Guest Relations at each park, on the park schedules or ask any Cast Member for assistance where your favorite characters will be. Though I did not have much luck with Cinderella, I did with her step-family one morning. I took Ron's advice and hung out with the Cast Member who assists the characters and guests. I was able to get some very good candid photos including this one of Drizella, one of Cinderella's step-sisters.

Drizella, one of Cinderella's step sisters, in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Drizella, one of Cinderella's step sisters.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/40s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length

I encourage you to visit Disney-Grandpa's flickr photostream. If you love face characters, his photos will make you smile.

I have one more flickr post to go next week. Thank you for all the comments last week.

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March 27, 2010

Splash Mountain, This Way

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Splash Mountain
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 1/25 sec, f/8, ISO 400

This is one of just a few Splash Mountain pictures I have. There are some attractions that I just don't make it to very often and Splash Mountain is one of them. I love this attraction, but I tend to avoid rides that will get me or my camera wet. Before I know it, years will have passed since I visited the briar patch. Next visit, I'm changing all that!


March 28, 2010

Where in the World #125

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #124:
 Where in the World #124

And here's the answer:
Mary Blair mural at the Contemporary
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/40s shutter, f/5.6, ISO 1600

Disney legend and artist Mary Blair designed this 90 foot tall mural at the Contemporary Resort. It consists of nearly 18,000 hand-painted tiles, and is said to be the largest mural in the world. Over the years, Blair contributed to the design of many exhibits, attractions, and murals at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, including It's a Small World and this beautiful mural in the Grand Canyon Concourse at the Contemporary.

Craig was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Craig and all the other readers who got the answer right: Sharon Pierce, Chris Masse, Karen Hotchkiss, Julie Wickware, Sharon Dale, Pollyanna Buff, Hoekzema Family, Patty Carty, K.l. Beasley, Lee Anastasi, Jessica Deans, Gloria Martin, Holley Blyler, Todd, Kellie Harpel, Amanda S, Linda College, Rochelle, Karen S, Rebecca Lollar, Bill D, Colin Buchanan, Cameron Lange, Cindy Harrison, Lisa Murphy, Bill Macbride, Jennifer Schwing, Michael Haven, Sherry Trapp, Elaine Leviner, Margot Garofalo, Jaclyn Kelch, Tim Rachuba, Jennifer Mercier, Tammy, Noreen Rachuba, Heidi F Goodhue, Diane Furtado, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Eva, Rob Blundin, Gregg Mcglasson, Amy Perras, Bob Burge Jr, Dana Hall, Heather Coursen, Lori Rienhardt, Janet Theriault, Mike Bidwell, Karen Nelson, Elex Sy, Theresa Rucando, Emily Robinson and Trish Bachand. Each of you were entered in the March winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Lisa Murphy! Congratulations Lisa, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

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Challenge #125: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #125

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, April 1, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Note on last week's photo: The interesting symbol on the side of the tower over Akershus is King Christian IV's royal monogram. Akershus was a typical medieval castle until the late 16th century, when the king of Denmark-Norway, King Christian IV, decided to rebuild and modernize the castle. It served as his royal residence when he visited Norway. Thanks to Lee for digging up this information for us!

March 29, 2010

June Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

For a city slicker, there's no better place to be in June than sitting on the stoop with an ice cold beverage. This San Francisco street scene can be found in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

June 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

June 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

And finally, this desktop wallpaper is for your monitor screen.

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March 30, 2010

Archery Experience Review

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Normally when I use the word "shoot" in my blogs I'm speaking about photography but this time I'm talking about archery. Stand back kids because I've got a bow and a handful of arrows and I know how to use them (again).

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground offers archery lessons every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to everyone 6 years old and older. You don't need to have previous experience playing Robin Hood or taken home any trophies from camp as a young teenager like I did. All you need to have is $25.00 (plus tax) and a desire to learn.

If you're unfamiliar with this resort as I am, the first thing you need to know is after you park at Fort Wilderness' parking lot, hop on an internal route bus. You can either take the Yellow or the Orange route. They'll drop you off on opposite sides of the Bike Barn but the walk is about the same distance and you'll need to cross a small bridge.

Next, you'll check-in at the Bike Barn, sign a release form in case of injury, and pay for your lesson. Afterwards you'll be directed around the back and over to where your archery lesson will take place.

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There are 2 Cast Members who will teach you everything from how to hold your bow and shoot to safety precautions. The 2 guys I met had a great sense of humor. I'm left-handed and so was one of the guys which made learning even easier.

Little compound bows are available for kids and big ones for adults. Bright, vibrant colors make them fun. Arrows have rounded tips, making them safe for everybody except Inspector Clouseau. Equipment use is included in the cost.

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This was my bow, designed specifically for left-handed folks.

During your lesson one of the instructors will use a drum to indicate what your next move is.

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Most of the 90 minute class is spent shooting arrows. For every turn you'll shoot 5 arrows, wait for your fellow archers to finish and when it's safe you'll be directed to retrieve them.

Starting out relatively close to the padded bullseye allows you to work on your aim and power. So many attempts later, you'll move back making it a bit more of a challenge. After shooting from that location, you'll move even further away from the target making it even harder. I missed the target twice from that position. The non-pointed arrows just bounced off a heavy sheet that's hung up behind the targets. Mine frightened off men in tights who were making shadow puppets.

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It's great fun for the whole family. My class included a boy who was 7 or 8 and a 15 year old who'd taken the course before. Your friends can cheer for you from a bench positioned at a safe distance away from archers. Observing is free and hopefully painless.

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The proper pose for someone right-handed.

Are you ready to give archery a try? Instructions can be booked up to 90 days in advance. Walk-ups are welcome if space permits. 10 students is the maximum per class. Call 407/939-7529 to reserve space. Credit card information is due at the time of booking. Remember, it's only available on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and takes place from 2:45pm-4:15pm.

I strongly suggest giving yourself 45 minutes from the time you park until the class begins. It's very easy to have to wait in line at the Bike Barn as people are borrowing and returning athletic equipment all day.

There's a restroom at the pool which is a quick walk from the Bike Barn.

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Tadaaaaaaaa!


Disney Pic of the Week - Merchandise Displays

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Shopping, it's a popular past time of people all over this great world of ours. In hopes of fulfilling Guests' buying desires, the folks at Disney have produced a plethora of collectibles, plush, clothing, pins, stationery, and so forth for you to buy and take home. Perhaps even buy a gift for me or someone you know. My credit card-bearing friends and I have zoomed in to bring you Disney Pic of the Week - Merchandise Displays.


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Yoli (part of my CA posse) demonstrates her game show model talents in Disney's Grand Californian gift shop, Acorn Gifts. Oooh ahhh. I like that pink jacket in the back.

Come back on Thursday and Saturday to see Scott's and Barrie's goods.

March 31, 2010

Under the Moon

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


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Guten Tag! My name is Claus Stoughton and this is the story of my beloved village, Dispolok in Germany. We're best known for constructing passenger trains.

From where I sit, I can see everything that happens in town. I enjoy sitting up here, it's quieter, the air is fresh, and my job as a lookout pays very well. You never know when Stromboli might break out again. What did you think was behind Italy?! That new pizzeria they're building is just to feed Stromboli.


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Every night, after the vacationers leave and the mood changes while Cast Members clean up, build, and touch up Epcot, we awake. Our lives are just like yours except that our day is your night and when the first glimpse of dawn appears, we're frozen in place. Someone told me it's as though we live our lives similiar to the 1987 documentary, "Mannequin." I've never seen it.

These photos you see here were taken during daylight hours by a Guest. There's a story to go with each one. This is a day in the life of Dispolok.

Mornings begin with commuters riding the train to work. Most people had yesterday off because of school vacation. The Werners are going to visit their children David and Kurt who design and build surfboards and wetsuits. You'd be surprised how many they sell, especially to those toy soldiers in the Muppets 3D movie. Gregor is heading into the countryside to consult with a farmer about potentially distributing his dairy products. Not the farmer's dairy products...his cows'. Then again, he does have to create the dairy products so I guess...ah, nevermind.

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The paparazzi shows up every few months to seek out Dieter Lange, an actor who was a huge success as a child. He just wants to be left alone to live a normal life with his wife Regina, his former junior high school Italian teacher. Oh, they've both had spouses and families before they married each other. Nothing happened back in the day, as they say...so they say.

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I see Ruprecht didn't finish his route, yet again. He needs to quit monkeying around. Don't get me wrong, he's a very cordial guy but you're lucky if you get your mail every day.

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Franziska and Oliver after a beautiful ceremony. Those kids are crazy in love with each other. I never gave online dating services any respect but it obviously works for some. I wonder if he'll be able to move his arms tonight.

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Amélie and Didier is a statue dedicated to children who must look after each other while the parents work back in France because the pay is so much better. The residents in this house had to leave their children to fend for themselves for six long months and put up the statue before they left. Everyone's fine and turned out alright.

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Unfortunately the same can't be said for Mr. Faust, our local lunatic. He's always shouting, waving his fists in the air, and cursing at squirrels. Perhaps he's just lonely. The magic obviously has no affect on him.

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Next time you're walking by Germany, come by and visit us. We can't chat but it's the thought that counts.

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