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November 1, 2010

December Disney Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Toy soldiers in Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom. Happy Holidays everyone!

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.

December 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


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

December 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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November 2, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Balloons

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Isn't it funny how the simplest thing can just mean the world to a child? No matter how much technology seems to change what kinds of toys our little ones are attracted to, balloons never seem to lose their charm - especially a balloon from Walt Disney World. Those are extra special for sure! This week Scott, Lisa and I have some balloon pictures to share with you for our Disney Pic of the Week.

Balloons
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200 VR, 1/500s shutter, f11, ISO 200

Mickey and Minnie are the stars of the show on these balloons in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

November 3, 2010

Lucky Shot

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Frustration is the word that describes how I feel towards point and shoot cameras when I'm trying to shoot movement. It's not fair of me either because it's not exactly their job. My SLRs know that's what they excel at and that I love them. Don't fret, my point and shoots know I love them too, but for different reasons. Viejos amigos, no te preocupes.

When photographing Dream Along with Mickey, the stage show in front of Cinderella Castle, my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS was set to Program, ISO 400, Vivid, and Continuous AF (autofocus). Yes, there's still quite a lag time and I use rechargeable AA batteries and a fairly fast SD card.

I normally jump or cringe when I hear loud noises like fireworks and confetti canons. That's one reason why I've dubbed this image a lucky shot. Maleficent sets off bursts of green fire because, well, she's evil and she's green. Shooting through flames (gas, I'm guessing) causes a rippled, painting effect on the subject. It's wicked cool.

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You never know what you might get so keep those cameras up and ready.


November 4, 2010

Main Street USA Balloons

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Balloons reflect Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Balloons reflect Main Street USA where they are sold by the hundreds.
Nikon D7o0/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 2500, EV +0.3, 100mm focal length

As Barrie mentioned, balloons, especially those found at Walt Disney World, are special. As I walked around the Magic Kingdom this week (boy, that's neat to say!), I saw the buildings of Main Street USA reflected back on the surface of these popular Mickey Mouse balloons as the Sun was setting. Making for a sunny Disney Pic of the Week about Balloons.

November 5, 2010

Photographing Fireworks - Part 1

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

How to take amazing fireworks photos at Disney | AllEars.net | AllEars.net
How to take amazing fireworks photos at Disney | AllEars.net | AllEars.net
How to take amazing fireworks photos at Disney | AllEars.net | AllEars.net

Before I left for Walt Disney World a couple of weeks ago, I asked if there was anything you would like me to cover. I got an inquiry about how to photograph the firework shows at the Magic Kingdom. As luck would have it, I saw two different ones: HalloWishes (which I'll cover this week) and Wishes (I will talk about next week).

First, Barrie wrote an excellent fireworks blog featuring IllumiNations and you should read it now or after this blog. At the time, she was using a Point and Shoot camera. Since I use a digital SLR camera, my approach is a bit different. Both ways give excellent results.

Some things are needed for either approach: a tripod and a way to remotely trip the shutter. That can be done by using your camera's built in timer (set it for 2 seconds), a remote or cable shutter release. Using any of those methods will reduce the amount of camera shake to almost nil when used with a tripod to get the sharpest images possible.

Next, I set my camera's ISO to its lowest setting. As I use a Nikon, I set it to ISO 200 (see your camera's manual for its lowest setting). This will give the cleanest images with little to no digital noise. Make sure Auto ISO is turned OFF if your camera has it.

Next, I put the camera in manual mode by selecting the M exposure setting. I like to shoot fireworks with a foreground subject like Cinderella Castle at an aperture of f/16. This ensures I get the castle, crowd in front of the castle and the fireworks in focus. Since the castle is well lighted, I use auto focus to set the focus right on the castle and then put the lens on its manual focus setting. As long as I do not touch the lens' focus ring, the focus will stay put. Lastly, I set the shutter speed to Bulb as I want to control when the shutter opens and closes using a cable shutter release.

I am sure you are asking yourself how do I know when to open and close the shutter. For a town or city fireworks display, I would use this method to open the shutter at the sound of a rocket launch and hold it open for two, three or more explosions before closing the shutter. For shows at a Disney park, it takes a little more effort as they are longer, have a lot more explosions in the air at one time, are choreographed to music and launched from a distance by air cannons. In the last couple of years, I have used youTube to help me learn when best to open and close the shutter for these shows. AllEars.net has its own youTube channel with all the firework shows including HalloWishes. By watching the HalloWishes video a few times, I had a good idea when to take the photos.

Not that I was perfect. In the photo below, I left the shutter open a bit too long and got the streamers. Though not bad, I really wanted only the colorful fireworks without those streamers.

When using Bulb, you get some strange looking shutter speeds like this one at 7.3 seconds.

HalloWishes fireworks show during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
HalloWishes fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom at 7.3 seconds.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 7.3s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length

In this next one, I did want the streamers off to the side with a batch of explosions directly over Cinderella Castle.

HalloWishes fireworks show during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
HalloWishes fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom at 5.5 seconds.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 5.5s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length

The last one is the first part of the finale of HalloWishes. Disney likes to use very bright explosions during finales. I knew they were coming so I closed the shutter before they happened. The ones which had already gone off were bright enough to illuminate the crowd which adds to the photo.

HalloWishes fireworks show during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
HalloWishes finale with the onlooking guests at the Magic Kingdom at 6.5 seconds.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 6.5s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length

Next week I will show you how to extend the shutter time even longer to capture more firework bursts and turn a mild mannered ride into a run-a-way!

If you have any questions or comments, please, hit the Comment link below. Do not forget to put the word "blog" (without quotes) where indicated. Thanks!

November 6, 2010

Kinda Eary

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Balloons have a certain power about them. They can stop a child from crying, bend and twist into the shape of poodles, and take you high into the sky where all of your worries vanish with the possible exception of where to land. Latex in pastels, jewel tones, polka dots, bold primary colors or with special messages written upon them brighten up special occasions and dreary hospital rooms. They are magical. It's hard to consider the fact that something so happy and fun can ever have an off-day.


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Mickey's still smiling for you even if he is feeling, well, a bit deflated.


November 7, 2010

Where in the World #151

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #150:
 Where in the World #150

And here's the answer:
Imagination Pavilion Fountain
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/2s shutter, f/5, ISO 200

Oh geez, I feel terrible. I thought this one was going to be easy! I know you are all kicking yourselves now that you see the full image. This fountain is in Epcot, outside of the Imagination Pavilion in Futureworld.

Kristen Mcciy was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Kristen and Matt Holley, the only other reader who got the answer right! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #151: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #151

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

November 8, 2010

2011 Disney Calendar to Benefit Deb's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

2011 Focus on Disney World Calendar

Normally I would be posting the January calendar today. But instead of giving you a freebie, I want to encourage you all to buy this new 2011 Focus on Disney World Calendar. I am on Team AllEars and I made this calendar as my fundraiser. I'm donating the proceeds to Deb's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer fund, so the more I sell the better. I raised $1531.00 with my 2010 calendar. I'm sure I can top that this year with your help.

Buy them for all your friends and family (they make great holiday gifts), tell everyone you know to buy one (they'll listen to you), shout it from the rooftops (be careful though - don't fall)! Seriously, I'd love for you to pass the word wherever you can - forums, blogs, facebook, twitter, emails, etc. The Disney Community is huge and if everyone bought just one, we'd raise thousands! You can also help by rating and reviewing the calendar - calendars with good ratings get seen by more people.

If you order them soon you can even save some money and still help out a great cause. Use coupon code PHOTOGIFT355 at checkout and receive 30% off your calendar order. Maximum savings with this promotion is $50 - so why not buy 10 calendars to get the most savings! You can only use the code once per account, and you cannot use this coupon in combination with other coupon codes. This great offer ends on November 30, 2010 at 11:59 PM so try not to procrastinate.

Oh, and don't worry, I'll still post the free calendars each month. Come back next Monday for January's calendar and wallpaper.

November 9, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Walt Disney World has a good mix of rides and attractions. If you like thrill rides, you have Splash Mountain, Expedition Everest and others. Another thing Disney Imagineers do is make their thrill rides fun with their immersive story telling and innovations. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster in Disney's Hollywood Studios is no different as it uses a launch mechanism which take guests from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds and features 5 speakers per car (120 per stretched limo ride vehicle) playing classic Aerosmith songs re-mixed especially for the attraction.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16, 1/100s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length

Look for more thrills on Thursday and Saturday with Barrie and Lisa's Disney Pic of the Week on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.

November 10, 2010

Shopping for a Cause

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Before any rooster cocka doodle doo'd and after waking up thinking that I was sweating out a fever (I went to bed with wet hair), Disney fans made their way over to World of Disney to stake their place in line for major deals. I feared angry mobs of mothers pushing and shoving their way to grab the last Mickey Mouse whatever and lots of attitude in the parking lot while seeking out limited spaces. Luckily, I was wrong about everything.

The event itself, The Benefit Sale, is a fundraiser for the United Way and its local community agencies. By purchasing a voucher and wristband for $5.00, you were given access to all sales and specials going on at Downtown Disney's Marketplace and West Side on Saturday, November 6th from 5:30am until 9:30am.

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One of several check-in locations available at 4:00am.

Arriving at 4:40am, I found absolutely no traffic en route, and a fabulous parking spot. So far, so good. It was freezing cold to me so I stayed in my car for a few more minutes before braving the temps and crowds. As I approached the entry way and was heading for one of the green check-in tents, volunteers offered to help me get settled. A few women from the United Way had a system; one took my voucher, one put on my wristband and the other gave me a map and list of what bargains were to be had and where. Geez, this was much easier than I thought it would be.

Since it was still a good 40 minutes before anything could be rung up, I sought out shelter in the ladies restroom. Like so many others, I do my best thinking in the bathroom. With my newly acquired map and list, I determined what locations were most important to me and began planning my strategy.

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Tren-D had a decent crowd waiting to jump on Dooney & Bourke handbags at 40% off.

My main targets were the tent full of various doorbusters in West Side, Once Upon a Toy, Disney's Pin Traders, and of course, World of Disney. As I made my way through the Maketplace, I saw people already lined up at Tren-D and World of Disney. Surprisingly, no one was waiting at Pin Traders and only 2 shoppers patiently waited outside Disney's Days of Christmas. There weren't any retailers participating in Pleasure Island so it was a vast wasteland with a beverage stand operating and pop/rock music blaring. As I came down the ramp into West Side I could see people bundled up outside of D-Street and the tent I was searching for off to the left, near the AMC theatres.

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Trying to keep warm, a Disney discount diver patiently waits for World of Disney to open.

Holy cow! Everyone else had the same idea and there they stood, in the dark, along the side and back of the movie theater. I took my position around 5:20am under a lit covered portion of the building. At 5:30am or perhaps even a few minutes prior, the tent was officially open for business.

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The guys in front of me reading over the list of doorbusters. They were so sleepy that they were actually standing in the wrong line.

They did an excellent job setting everything up and it was a very practical design having us zig zag past merchandise and ultimately winding up at one of four registers. The only thing missing was lighting outside the tent where most of the goods were laid out. Thankfully I had a small flashlight with me and could brighten up what was inside boxes and bins. It took one and half hours for me to get through the line and complete my purchase.

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Meet Bob, the barker. From a good 50 feet away I heard but didn't see him shouting, "Programs! Get your programs here! Peanuts! Popcorn!". I don't know how he was so completely awake that early in the morning. He had us laughing though.

Would you like to know what I bought? I can't tell you. My friends might be reading this and then they'll know what presents they're getting so instead here are some highlights from this particular location: Princess Aurora doll with horse $8.00, Disney Cruise Line wheeled carry-on bag and tote $5.00, Hanes printed T-shirts $5.00, Belle, Snow White, and Alice figurines $3-5.00, The Princess and the Frog sticker/coloring books $1.00, and kids' Cars baseball hats $3.00.

Meanwhile, my friend Carol Cruise arrived about 5:25am and parking lot 1 was full so she drove over to lot 2 and found a spot. She says, "I couldn't decide where to go first, D-Street or Disney's Pin Traders. I decided on Pin Traders but when I got there it wasn't open yet so I kept on walking and ended up at the Art of Disney store. I wanted everything!! I had my arms full then started to gain my sanity and put a few things back, I ended up buying two Jim Shore figurines. From there I went back to the Pin Traders, bought several $1 pins and a $5 Disney Cruise Line suitcase. The suitcase came in handy; I put all my purchases in it and was able to pull it around. I decided to go back to the car and drop some stuff off before doing more shopping. Me and another fellow wandered the parking lot looking for our cars, it was still dark and I couldn't find it. Eventually I did find it, unloaded my bags and went back to a few other stores. I tired out about 8:30am, bought a breakfast sandwich from Earl of Sandwich and went back to Fort Wilderness. I had a blast!"

With my purchases stuffed into my backpack, I ducked into D-Street to find only a few folks inside. They had T-shirts on sale and solid yellow and pink Vinylmations at 70% off. Nothing interested me so I left, zipped thru Pleasure Island (raised my fist and frowned at the closed Adventurer's Club) and headed into World of Disney. It was busy but not any worse than your average weekend.

A good selection of pins along with carrying cases and packaged sets of pages were marked down by 25%. I bought 3 packs of insert pages for myself for Hanukkah. Oy! I just ruined my surprise. I also picked up a Mickey Mouse Red Sox pin and a Captain EO pin. Hee. Hee. Whoo! Other deals in the store included $5 beach towels, $5 canvas backpacks, 50% off select princess dolls, and 75% off merchandise dated 2010. No, snacks with 2010 expiration dates didn't count, I looked.

Without too much time left to shop because I had to catch a flight home, I darted into Disney's Pin Traders (Muppet Star Wars pins*), Lefty's (nuthin'), The Art of Disney (nada), Pooh Corner (baby clothing), Goofy's Candy Co. (red licorice for $1.00), and finally Once Upon a Toy (game).

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Character hands at Once Upon a Toy. Guess they don't sell very well.

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Boxes of various plush found in a few shops.

While I was waiting to be rung up at my last stop, Once Upon a Toy, I kept telling myself, go take photos of Mickey and Minnie before they go on break. Did I listen to myself? Nooooo. They left to have some cheese and wouldn't be back for 10 minutes. Those were 10 extra minutes I didn't have to spare so I left, found my rental car, tossed in the bags and went back to my room to pack my purchases before flying home.

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I'd venture to guess the average shopper left with 3 bags full of goodies. Hey! The sun came out. When did that happen?

I'll tell ya, if Disney and the United Way do this again and my vacation overlaps, I'll go back. I saved a great deal of money on presents for my friends and also bought a few nice things to donate. Everyone's a winner!

*I got Miss Piggy and Kermit. I'm looking for Fozzie Bear and Gonzo. Does anyone want to trade?

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November 11, 2010

Livin' on the Edge

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


As is with any great attraction, when you exit, you find yourself in a gift shop. Some thrill rides, such as Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will grab a snapshot of you and your mates during a drop or launch and post it on monitors for everyone to enjoy. These photos are available for purchase, of course. I know, I have a few.


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Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, Manually set to ISO 400, f3.5, 1/60


Aerosmith keeps on rockin' while you look for your mug after the craziest limo ride ever.

November 12, 2010

Photographing Fireworks - Part 2

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last week I talked about how I photograph fireworks at Walt Disney World. This week I will use the same technique of a tripod, cable shutter release and setting the shutter speed to Bulb in Manual exposure mode. This allows me to control how long the shutter will be open. So, what's different? I am adding a new piece of equipment called a Neutral Density filter to the front of the lens.

Neutral Density filters allow less light to enter the lens. Think of them as sunglasses for your camera. I know what you are thinking, Scott has finally lost his mind. For years, I have been telling you to get as much light as possible through the lens to get the best exposures. However, landscape photographers for years have used neutral density filters to INCREASE the shutter times when they want to photograph moving objects in their landscapes like waterfalls. Long shutter speeds for waterfalls create the silky look of water flowing over time.

The same idea works for fireworks. A neutral density filter extends the amount of time the shutter can be open without getting completely blown out explosions and rocket trails. These filters are referred to as ND and come in different strengths. I purchased a kit of three ND filters (see link below): ND2 or 0.3 (1 f-stop), ND4 or 0.6 (2 f-stops) and ND8 or 0.9 (3 f-stops). As you can see, the higher the ND number, the more light it blocks in f-stops.

What it means to us is, if you leave a camera's aperture and ISO the same, the stronger the ND filter, the longer the shutter speed. I do not want to get bogged down in photographic math but here's an example: If I set my camera to an aperture of f/8 and ISO 200 on a bright sunny day, I get a shutter speed of 1/200th of a second. If I put an ND2 filter on the lens, the light will be cut in half or 1 full f-stop for a shutter speed of 1/100th of a second. ND4 filter makes it to 1/50th of a second and the ND8 filter brings it all the way down to 1/25th of a second. If you are photographing a moving subject, the difference between 1/200 and 1/25 is huge! More on this later.

Back to our fireworks, using the Blub method and no ND filter last week, I could not go much longer than a few seconds without getting blown out (all white) fireworks explosions and trails. In fact, I did get some which I discarded. In the photos below, I used the strongest ND filter I had, the ND8 (3 f-stops). I could now hold the shutter open for 10, 20, 30, 60 seconds or maybe longer. I have seen some photos on flickr go over 120 seconds (2 minutes) for IllumiNations in Epcot and still look very colorful.

In the Magic Kingdom, I set up for Wishes which is very different from IllumiNations. I tried some really long exposures at first which went in between the scenes of the show. They did not look to good. Running out of time, I decided to open the shutter at the beginning of a scene and close it at the end. Remember my tip on using youTube last week to learn when a scene starts and ends. Once I did that, the long exposures worked much better. The fireworks looked great just as the show Imagineers wanted them to.

The first scene I want to show you is Fantasia featuring the part where Mickey Mouse is the Sorcerer's Apprentice and gets in over his head. The reds of the fireworks with the blue Cinderella Castle conjures up the scene very well.

The Fantasia scene of Wishes fireworks show in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Fantasia scene of Wishes fireworks show.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 28.7s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 52mm focal length, tripod, ND8 filter

The next scene is when the Villains take over the show. Lots of strange and bright colors and villainous lighting on the castle.

The Villains scene of Wishes fireworks show in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Villains scene of Wishes fireworks show.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 66.9s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 52mm focal length, tripod, ND8 filter

This is the first 12 seconds of the Wishes grand finale. I like this as there is neutral lighting on the castle as the fireworks frame it.

Twelve seconds of the Finale of Wishes fireworks show in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Twelve seconds of the Finale of Wishes fireworks show.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 12s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 52mm focal length, tripod ND8 filter

Getting back to the math part. Instead of using a waterfall to demonstrate the use of a neutral density filter during the day, I used the ever popular Dumbo, the Flying Elephant, ride in Fantasyland. Without an ND filter, the slowest shutter speed I could get was 1/15th of a second at an aperture of f/25 and ISO of 200. As you can see, the Dumbos are blurred but you can still see what they are.

Dumbo ride in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dumbo ride without a Neutral Density filter.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/15s, f/25, ISO 200, EV +0.6, 38mm focal length

I put on the ND8 filter and the shutter speed drops to a little less than 1/2 of a second. Quite the dramatic change.

Dumbo ride in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dumbo ride with a Neutral Density filter.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 0.63s, f/25, ISO 200, EV +0.6, 38mm focal length, tripod ND8 filter

If you are interested in using these filters for your photography, I highly recommend the Dolica CF-NDK77 77mm 0.3, 0.6, 0.9ND Neutral Density Filter Kit. The filters are thin and can be stacked. Dolica has other filter sizes but I would look at getting step up rings so you don't have to buy multiple filters for different sized lenses.

November 14, 2010

Where in the World #152

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #151:
 Where in the World #151

And here's the answer:
Kali River Rapids Queue
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/13s shutter, f/5, ISO 200

This sculpture can be found in the queue for Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom. As long as you were in the neighborhood - in Asia, that is - I included you in this week's winners' list.

Kris Nixon was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Kris and all the other readers who got the answer right: Dale Knight, Larissa Huda, David Tarbet, Kelsi, Daniel Record, Katie Bray, Tim Johansen, Heidi Summers, Tracy Discher, John Hout, Mike Haven, Betsy Silvestri, Hillary Waldroop, Lisa Palmer, Tracey Mayfield, Louise Barton, Clarissa K, Anne Hainsworth, Nicole Duddy, Kim Degroat, Mike Thomson, Jason Brooks, Sammi Jo Albucker, Marissa "briar Rose" D'ambrosio, Sarah Holodick, James Greene, Matt Holley, Jeremy Reichelt, Sharon Dale, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Steven Bowling, Lily-pierre Couet, Karyn Christenson, Noreen Rachuba, Timmy Saunders, Evanna Huda, Suzanne, Rob Blundin, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Lisa Cash, Thomas Auckland, Brenda Mcguire, Kristin Dormuth, Jamie Poynton, Vicki, Elizabeth And William Edwards and Diane Arsenault! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #152: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #152

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

November 15, 2010

January Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This is an old photo that you may have already seen. Hopefully it is one that you like. I thought it would be nice to start out the year with a picture of Cinderella Castle and this is one of my favorites. Happy New Year!

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.

January 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


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

January 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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November 16, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Celebrities

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Lights! Camera! Action! Strike up the band! Celebrities can be found in Disney parks as visitors, performers, event attendees, and working their day jobs. Disneyland hosted the premier of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" with stars Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom walking the red carpet. Disney's Hollywood Studios, back when it was Disney-MGM Studios, held Star Today, a motorcade/handprint ceremony or other event featuring a celebrity. Epcot hosts a great number of singers and bands for the Eat to the Beat and Flower Power concert series. Don't forget Star Wars Weekends and ABC Super Soap Weekends are/were also opportunities to meet your faves.


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Left to right: Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris, and Shawn Stockman


Boyz II Men performed during Epcot's Eat to the Beat concert series on November 1-3 of this year. They cooly performed their R&B ballads to screaming female fans whose volume went from 5 to 10 when the guys each came out with long stem red roses to hand to the ladies.

Strut on back on Thursday and Saturday to find out who Barrie and Scott have seen in the parks.

November 17, 2010

UK: A Jolly Good Time

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


All right? Welcome to the United Kingdom or UK for short. It is comprised of England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Her Majesty (HM) Queen Elizabeth II, a lovely dear, is head of state. Currency is represented by this symbol, £, the pound sterling. Generally speaking, $1.75 equals £1.00. A good value for them when they visit the United States and bad deal for us when we go there. My dad's best friend's wife always buys or has my dad buy her reading glasses and ship them overseas along with other things. I can't recall the last time my dad brought me home something from London but that's probably because I once asked for a music cassette that was available here for less money. Hey, I didn't know at the time. Sheesh!

Join me on a quick jaunt through the UK pavillion in Epcot. We'll stop and take some photographs along the way. No, we can't visit the KIDCOT station. Yes, you may visit the loo before we begin. We'll meet you by the red telephone box.

Alright, here we are inside the The Crown & Crest shoppe. You'll notice this large crest on the wall here. :pointing up:

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My Canon PowerShot SX100 IS is dialed to Auto and I've turned the flash on to help brighten it up a bit. England is known for having drab weather, you know. There's so much to look at. A nice boy, a Cast Member, is here to answer your questions. He's very friendly and will help you take the quiz if you're interested. Did you know Las Vegas' favorite curly-haired heartthrob, Tom Jones, is from Wales? I did. Brilliant.

There's lots of cool merchandise featuring the British flag like T-shirts, pins, and this totally rad handbag!

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Ouch! It is too rich for my blood. Moving onto The Toy Soldier or Pooh Location or whatever they call it now. I think I'll rename it, Available at Home. This shop has very few toys and books these days and a lot of The Beatles, The Who, and Rolling Stones paraphanelia. The best part of the shop?

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I've named him Laszlo Dominic. Not only can he sing but he's also a drummer. Go see for yourselves. Anyway, for this closeup shot of Laz, I set my camera to Face Priority so it knew what or who to focus on.

Come, let's cross the street. Look both ways. You never know when a group of actors might appear and put a spin on some olde tales. Rubbish! Rubbish! Here, we find ourselves surrounded by bottles of cologne and perfume along with scented soaps. In the next room, plaid scarves and sweaters. Inbetwixt the two stores, we are, and what a lovely place it is to keep our cameras ready and set again to Face Priority.

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Keep practicing your photography skills. One must try over and over again in order to achieve greatness. Oh, hi. And we're walking into a room full of teas and chocolate bars that my grocery store now carries. Funny, isn't it? Oh, maybe it's because they're from England and I live in New England. Nah, that's not it. Nevermind. Let's get some fresh air.

What a nice garden. Little girl, are you lost?

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She looks as though she's talking to someone but I don't see any other people. Do you? I hope she's alright. Well, here, let's set our cameras to landscape so the greenery really pops. Yes, even with this girl in the photo. Look, the setting made her blue dress brighter and washed out some of her apron but you know what, I rather like it. The photo, that is. The dress and apron look isn't my style.

Well, our visit has come to an end. As we climb the hill and head out into the world, let's look back one more time at the UK in Landscape Mode.

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Best of British!

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November 18, 2010

Sheena Easton

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Sheena Easton
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200 VR, 1/60s shutter, f5.6, ISO 1600

Sheena Easton performs during one of the Eat to the Beat concerts at Epcot.

November 19, 2010

No Tripod? No Problem.

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

What if you do not have or want a tripod with you when vacationing at Walt Disney World and you still want to steady your camera? Do a search for camera bean bags or pods like the one pictured here. This model goes by the name of Cam Pod and is a specially designed bean bag. As you can see, it can be folded so an SLR camera with a lens sits comfortably on top of it. This does a couple of things, it raises up the lens angle and keeps your camera off dirty surfaces.

A Cam Pod bean bag sitting on a Disney Quadpod or garbage can, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Cam Pod bean bag sitting on a Disney Quadpod or garbage can.

The Cam Pod is placed on a natural helper, the Disney Quadpod which most people call a garbage can. I lined up my shot, set the aperture to f/22 for maximum depth of field and set the camera to use its timer delay to keep camera shake down to a minimum. Pressed the shutter and stood back as the camera took this photo of the Alligator Bayou section of the Port Orleans - Riverside Resort.

Port Orleans Riverside Resort's Alligator Bayou section, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Port Orleans - Riverside Resort's Alligator Bayou section.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/20s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, Cam Pod

If you are a Do-It-Yourself kind of person, you can make your own camera bean bag. Other people have filled up plastic freezer sized bags with everything from sand to popcorn for their camera pod.

November 20, 2010

Tony Dorsett, NFL Running Back

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

NFL Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett during ESPN: The Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
NFL Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett during ESPN: The Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length

I attended ESPN: The Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios back in 2009. After taking a motorcade down Hollywood Blvd., famous sports figures took to the stage in front of the Sorcerer's Hat to take questions from the guests. National Football League Hall of Fame running back, Tony Dorsett of the Dallas Cowboys, is seen here answering one of the questions and makes for my Disney Pic of the Week about Celebrities at Walt Disney World.

November 21, 2010

Where in the World #153

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #152:
 Where in the World #152

And here's the answer:
Peter Pan
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/1000s shutter, f/5.3, ISO 200

Peter Pan waves to the crowd from a float in the Disney Dreams Come True Parade at the Magic Kingdom.

Linda Mac was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Linda and all the other readers who got the answer right: Sandra Shaw, Double Family, Sharon Pierce, Kye Layton, Katerina Purdy, Annette Nuenke, Ken Fischler, Lee, Emily Currier, Judy Koslowski, Karen Nelson, Elaine Johnson, Kelly Mager, Diane Curfman, Caryn Schill, Sharon Dale, Mary Beth Tarbet, Maryann Eckenrode, Robin Fitts, Dave Wang, Katie Bray, Patty Cartry, Deb Ragno, Craig, Michelle Thompson, Chloe Albucker, Derek Carty, Lilli Blake, Bryan Timko, Tracey Mayfield, Michelle Raimist, Nicole Amidon, Chloe, Hillary Waldroop, Matt Holley, Sarah Aebersold, Stacey Van Dyke, Seth Walker, Linda Scrivano, Laurie Walker, Bill Mckim, Hannah M., Lisa Laskowski, Russ Morgan, Chris Connors, Tiago De Oliveira, Kirk Hardy, Jennifer Harmon, Mickey Eckert, Wendy Snelgrove, Elizabeth Macgregor, Irene Kleintop, Jennifer Mccurry, Kelsi B., Clarissa K, Drew Deapo, Clay Anthony, Kameo Crea, Tom Hermes, Brian Miller, Debra Kuklinski, Jennifer T, Christopher Hall, Wayne Witherspoon, Tim Johansen, Diane Ramos, Karrie Duffey, Suzanne, Steve Pocopanni, Erica Sipich, Terry Fleming, David W, Rob Blundin, Sarah Holodick, Mike Gillardi, Jim Finley, Paul Ignudo, Jr, Erika, Mary Tackett, Chris Kelly, Karen Dresser-smith, Alan Mize, Erin H, Josh, Kevin Miller, Roxanne Kliebert, Diane Furtado, Ed Suscreba, Heidi F Goodhue, Kandise Belisle, Tammy Kallenbach, Melody O'donnell, Maureen Hanlon, Christine Dagney, Samantha French, Jim Thompson, Caitlin, Dave Carriere, John Foggo, Matt Cofone, Christopher Barnes, Robert P. Flaherty, Joseph M Zafia, John Leach, Allison Dibiase, Roye Ann Morris, Andrew & Debby Webber, Thomas Auckland, Heather Pedulla, James T. Hickey, Chris Hills, Timmy Saunders, Vicki Edwards and Stacy Lee! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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


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Challenge #153: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #153

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

November 23, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Mickey Ears

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

What can I say about Mickey Ears that you don't already know? Nothing. Even if you've never been to a Disney park, or seen a Disney movie, or played a Disney game, or sang a Disney song, in fact, even if you've never heard of Walt Disney - you already know what Mickey Ears are. I'd be willing to bet, if you're reading this blog, you have at least one pair yourself. Our Disney Pics of the Week this week are showcasing Mickey Ears. Here are a few to get us started. Later in the week Scott and Lisa will show you some more.

I met Caitlin at an AllEars® meet in Epcot last spring. She agreed to model her very special Princess Mickey Ears for this blog. I'm sure she must have thought I'd forgotten all about her by now, but I knew we had this topic coming up and I've been saving her picture all this time. Hi Caitlin!

Caitlin
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200 VR, 1/200s shutter, f8, ISO 400

These are my friends Cathy and John. Don't they look adorable in their scratch and sniff Mickey Ears? It just goes to show that Mickey Ears are not just for kids. Of course, maybe they should be" I'm just sayin'. Love you two!

Cathy and John
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200 VR, 1/640s shutter, f3.8, ISO 200


November 24, 2010

A Photographer's Wish List

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


This is by no stretch of the imagination, all my parents' fault. You see, as I was growing up (numerically), every year, a few weeks before Hanukkah, they (Mom) would tell me to write up a list of what presents I wanted and to stick it to the fridge (with a magnet). Oh, how awesome it felt to decide for my grandparents, aunt and uncles, and even some cousins, what they should buy me. I felt a sense of power. No longer would I be handed pink fleece sweatshirt and skirt sets with bright green frogs sewn on (sorry, Grandma) or shirts with puffy paint or floral designs admired by senior citizens (that's you, Ma). No, from now on I would control what (wicked awesome) presents were coming to me. Well, that's what I thought would happen, anyway. Although I will give high praise for my mom's surprise 1986 gifts of Menudo puffy stickers and their album, Can't Get Enough, along with THE catalog from Menuditis. It changed my life and my parents' (thinning) wallets forever.

Here I am, some...years later, still writing my Hanukkah list and hoping (begging) for the best. I can't complain because the truth is I already got 2 new pairs of shoes from my mom which I picked out, of course. I've alerted my dad that I need new sweatpants for the gym. He bought them for me today, matter of fact. Yeah, I picked them out, paid for them, and will be getting cash back from my father (ATM). At least they don't buy me underwear.

Drumroll please. :drumroll: Thanks. You're welcome. My 2010 Hanukkah Wish List. Mom, Dad, if you're reading this...don't worry, I'll print it out and put a copy on your refrigerators.

1. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

2. Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM

3. Canon EOS 5D Mark II

4. Canon PowerShot G12

5. Mamiya 645 AF or Mamiya 645 AFD III

6. Tamrac Big Wheels Rolling StrongBox™ - LP2

7. A B&W darkroom with all the necessary equipment and chemistry

8. A color wet lab with all the necessary equipment and chemistry

See, I'm easy to please and these are all very practical items to better my photography. Now I will (im)patiently wait for my wishes to be fulfilled. I think I just heard my brother laugh at me.



November 25, 2010

Big Ears

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Earful Tower at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Earful Tower at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 112mm focal length

For my Disney Pic of the Week on Mouse Ears I choose the ones with a hat size of 342-3/8 which can be seen during the Backlot Tour on the Earful Tower at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

November 26, 2010

Grab the Light

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have harped on always being ready and alert when you are touring the Walt Disney World resort. Here's another example. After leaving the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, I was headed over to see the finale show of the American Idol Experience. I looked around and noticed a very interesting sky. Storm clouds to the east with a low Sun to the west. Knowing such weather conditions brings about great lighting, I looked around the park both high and low as I walked. I saw the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in the distance being hit with golden sunshine.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in golden sunshine at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in golden sunshine.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length

I got two more photos before the Sun got covered up by a bank of clouds leaving the Tower in some not so golden light.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror under clouds at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror under clouds.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length

When you see something you want to photograph and the light is just right. Stop for a minute and do so. You many never get the chance again. Then apologize to your family and continue on your way.

November 27, 2010

Oh, Kermie!

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Mouse Ears have taken on a whole new life. There are so many options including the option to create your own by choosing the headpiece and then ears separately. One has to wonder if Disney fans are collecting them and if they're as popular as pins, figurines, Vinylmation, and other less expensive options. I personally have 3 sets of ears. One I got as a 6 year old at a Disney on Ice Show. I think that's where it's from, it could be from Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Another I got at Disneyland with my nickname sewn in, and a third with my real name, which I think is also from Disneyland. They are the basic ears although the kid sized one is bright pink.

I found these little green beauties in the Stage 1 Company Store and also in AFI Showcase Shop. Both locations are at Disney's Hollywood Studios. They'd be cool without the ears, too, I think.

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Self-portrait.

Disney Pic of the Week - Mouse Ears.


November 28, 2010

Where in the World #154

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #153:
 Where in the World #153

And here's the answer:
Dolphin Resort
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/640s shutter, f/4.5, ISO 400


This is the Dolphin Resort as seen from across Crescent Lake. Wow, there sure were a lot of correct answers this week - 423! A few of you were asking for an easy one so I guess this was it. One or two of you said this was the Swan, but I know you meant to say Dolphin so you got it right too. You can thank me by buying a calendar - I'm kidding - well, sort of.


Speaking of calendars, has everyone ordered theirs? If not, here's another discount code for 40% off. With this code you get a nice Walt Disney World calendar and contribute to a great cause - Deb Will's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer - for only $10.05. Code: CALENDARVIP305


Lee Anastasi was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Linda and all the other readers who got the answer right: The Kahle Family , Linda Mac, Judy Koslowski, Sharon Pierce, Chris Connors, Julia Woods, Christine & melissa, Mary Beth Tarbet, Elaine Johnson, Kelly Mager, Pollyanna Buff, Theresa Rucando, Caryn Schill, Paula Munson, Candace Dymond, Seth Walker, Craig Livingston, Robert, Paula Massarelli, Jen Snapp, Brendan Abel, Jennifer S., Jeff Carson, Chris And Alison, Colin Buchanan, Monica Hatch, Larissa Huda, Boris Beckert, Sandi B, Sandra Shaw, Hoekzema Family, Hoekzema Family, Timmy Saunders, Kye Layton, Kristen Mccoy, Amy, Maureen Handy, Karen Hotchkiss, Patrick Albrecht, Double Family, Holly Anderson, Mary Virginia Clause, Tom Armstrong, Emma Poprock, Robin Fitts, Carol Gamill, Misty Mehelic, Chris Masse, Jeremy Coto, Jonathan Ward, Courtney Fortenberry, Karen Nelson, Chloe Albucker, Lilli Blake, Sammi Jo , Keith, Diane Ramos, Christine Dagney, Bryan Timko, Annette Nuenke, Phil Vickers, John Dupre, Megan, Julie Ellis, Gabriella Rizzo, Chris B, Jennifer Bourg, Paul Dickson, Katie Bray, Sue Thompson, Angie Young, Stephen Hafke, Jorge R. Caso, Erika Loboda, Paul Knott, Jacquelyn Law, Allison Caputa, Michelle Raimist, John Agnew, Cindy Duprey, Kristen Baustert, Kelly Seymore, Ed Suscreba, Kris Nixon, Kathryn Perkins, K.l. 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Flaherty, Carrie Kenney, Lisa Jones, Nancy Stephens, Linda College, Chip Vermette, Stephanie Canales, Barclay Bakkum, Allison Dibiase, Hillary Waldroop, Nicole Shuler, Shirley Garcowski, Bill Macbride, Derek Carty, Dan Owens, Nicole Ruzinski, Michelle Wilinski, Thomas Higbee, Walter N. Clark, Valerie, Ken Lohrman, Bethany Mattiuz-king, Al Ganter, Perry Peltier, Brenda Strohmeyer, Kelly Zanauskas, Scott, Mukta, Debbie Bolen, Nicole Alley, Roye Ann Morris, Corrie, Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Debbie Boivin, Sheila Saey, Robin Mcconnell, Tery Voss, Betsey Whitehead, Katerina Purdy and Dave Wang! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #154: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #154

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 2, 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!

November 30, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Downtown Disney, Disney's entertainment and shopping district at Walt Disney World, has gone through numerous changes since I first started going to Walt Disney World back in 1983. Disney will again be changing Downtown Disney with the announcement of a new Waterfront District called Hyperion Wharf by 2013 just last week.

My family has enjoyed Downtown Disney for it's many shops, restaurants and unique entertainment venues. You can easily spend a day or an evening there without the need of using up a park admission and still have access to Disney's transportation system of buses and watercraft from the resorts.

While visiting Downtown Disney last month, my family got some chocolate treats from the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop. I am not a big chocolate fan but I was of the beautiful blue sky above the Ghirardelli sign.

Sign above Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop in Downtown Disney's Marketplace, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sign above Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop in Downtown Disney.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 78mm Focal Length

Look for more interesting photos on Thursday and Saturday with Barrie and Lisa's Disney Pic of the Week on Downtown Disney.

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