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July 1, 2011

Lost in Disney's Hollywood Studios on Route 66

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Guests stop to ponder a map of Disney's Hollywood Studios on Route 66, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Guests looking lost on Route 66 in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/80s, f/14, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm focal length.

I throughly enjoyed the Disney/Pixar movie, Cars 2, this week and it reminded me of this photo I took in Disney's Hollywood Studios on Sunset Blvd. of some guests checking out their park maps. Almost looks like they are lost on Old Route 66 doesn't it? When I am touring the parks I am always on the lookout for strong human element photos that tell a story.

July 2, 2011

Disney in Tuscany

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This doesn't look like a Disney bus"

Adventure's by Disney Bus in Tuscany
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/250s shutter, f8, ISO 400

But it is!
Adventures by Disney Bus
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/60s shutter, f8, ISO 400

This bus took my group all around the Italian countryside, up and down steep hills on narrow winding roads. Sometimes it definitely felt like a thrill ride. The driver was amazing. I remember one particular time when we literally inched our way along the edge of a hill so steep that we couldn't see the ground we were driving on out the side windows of the bus. The views were spectacular, as long as you didn't look down!

July 3, 2011

Where in the World #184

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

What? No notes for me this week? :)

This was Challenge #183:
 Where in the World #183

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Canon SD890 IS, 7mm, 1/8s shutter, f/3.2, 80 ISO

This is the USS Miss Daisy, Donald Duck's boat in Magic Kingdom's now gone Mickey's Toontown Fair. I will miss Toontown. No more Mickey house.... sigh.

Lee Anastasi was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Lee and all other readers who got the answer right: Janet Fosbender, Jeremy Reichelt, Phil Vickers, Ken Maikowski, Anne Hainsworth, Chris Forner, Ken Jackson, Tim Johansen, Nicole Duddy, Kim Barley, Dana, Jennifer Harmon, Karen Schlumpf, Tiffany Gibb, Cathy Herb, Russ Morgan, Tom Hermes, Bob Destephano, Lily-pierre Couet, Kristen Carde, Jennifer Tremley, Jodi Cook, Rob Blundin, Karrie Duffey, Christopher Hall, Stefanie Vandiver, Karen Hotchkiss, Diane Curfman, Louise Barton, Linda Scrivano, Danny And Analisa, Jullie Pudem, Terry Garvey, Scott Lau, Sandra Edwards, Alison Rosenberger, Norma Mullen, Nick Bentz, John Hout, Jonathan Thomas, Dee Dee Kenney, Michelle Sunde, Danielle Ciotti, Robert Anderson, Robert Anderson, Robert Anderson, Robert Anderson, Tracy Discher, Jim Riley, Dale Knight, Brett Baker, Jean B, Andrea Walters, Ashley Baker, Vicki Edwards And Kids, Sarah Holodick, Dan Owens, Andrea Kruszewski, Matthew Herman, Maja Kodani, Spencer Hart, James, Mike Cerce, Kameo Crea, Bruce Arnold, Jonathan Ward, Lee Anastasi, Lee Anastasi, Janet Fosbender, Jeremy Reichelt, Phil Vickers, Ken Maikowski, Anne Hainsworth, Chris Forner, Ken Jackson, Tim Johansen, Nicole Duddy, Kim Barley, Dana, Jennifer Harmon, Karen Schlumpf, Tiffany Gibb, Cathy Herb, Russ Morgan, Tom Hermes, Bob Destephano, Lily-pierre Couet, Kristen Carde, Jennifer Tremley, Jodi Cook, Rob Blundin, Karrie Duffey, Christopher Hall, Stefanie Vandiver, Karen Hotchkiss, Diane Curfman, Louise Barton, Linda Scrivano, Danny And Analisa, Jullie Pudem, Terry Garvey, Scott Lau, Sandra Edwards, Alison Rosenberger, Norma Mullen, Nick Bentz, John Hout, Jonathan Thomas, Dee Dee Kenney, Michelle Sunde, Danielle Ciotti, Robert Anderson, Robert Anderson, Robert Anderson, Robert Anderson, Tracy Discher, Jim Riley, Dale Knight, Brett Baker, Jean B, Andrea Walters, Ashley Baker, Vicki Edwards And Kids, Sarah Holodick, Dan Owens, Andrea Kruszewski, Matthew Herman, Maja Kodani, Spencer Hart, James, Mike Cerce, Kameo Crea, Bruce Arnold, Jonathan Ward, Dana L., Peggy Saeger, C Jayne, Deb Vacek, Elizabeth Meeks, Lori Rienhardt, Alicia Littleton, Derek Carty, Spring Smith, Blake Schmidt, Austin Oblenis, Laura Tarbet, Reagan Herman, Troy Vandeschraaf, Bill Gallagher, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Antoinette Leblanc, Jill Messner, Sara Roswell, Wendy Faler, Kris Nixon, Josh Weiss, Brian Yesutis, Deb Gallo, Chris And Alison, Chris Kelly, Sara Trower, Katerina Purdy, Pollyanna Buff, Leigh Ann Harbort, Jamie K, Abigail Grasso, Steven Bowling, Maureen Hanlon, Jamie Poynton, Maryann Eckenrode, Jim Thompson, Heidi Goodhue, Diane Furtado, Kyler S., Shaun Leake, Ellie Argaluza, Matt Degrandis, Luis Rodriguez, The Hicks Family, Cathy Schill, Ansley, Anastasia Macneil, Michelle Thompson, Chuck Sands, Nikki Brooks, Jen Cerce, Angela Fennell, Kelly Mager, Clay Anthony, Stephanie Canales, Elaine Johnson, Carri Marotto, Michael Pyle, Walter N. Clark, Darlene Harmon, Daniel Record, Megan K, Jeff Blank, James Dezern, Jason Skow, Erin Loring, Ken Fischler, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Kelly Holmes, Dan Johnston, Mackenzie D, Melissa Duhamel, Leslie Stewart, Patti Mccaffrey, Kathryn Perkins, Lynn Smith, Jennifer Bourg, Amanda Wright, Paul Amico, John Sheridan, Scott Sangston, Kelly Zanauskas, Shane Stack, John Foggo, Mickey Eckert, Jenny Leek, Jon Cohen , Christopher Barnes, Patti Deluca, Brian Grabowski, Margot Garofalo, Greg Papa, Angela B, Bill Mckim, Laney, Roye Ann Morris, Stacy Lee, Elaine Kleinhenz, Vicki Yarnell, Vickie Scioneaux, Robert P. Flaherty, Tom &Susan Linder, Heather Pedulla, Sharon Dale, Joseph M Zafia, Barbara Canady, Donna Hood, Kelly Simms, Jessica Schneider, Keith Chnupa, Melody O'donnell, Barclay Bakkum, Schuyler Stewart, Tracy Bradfute, Kate Fanning, Thomas Higbee, John Pasqueralli, Iris, Tyra.trueblood, Matt Holley, April Ramey, Darrell Shortt, Drew Stock, Mia W., Jeffrey Beauchamp, Heidi Summers, John Leach, Edward Haja, Ashley Hill, Patty Newton, Jessica Abner, Martha C. Johnson, Emily Harper, Wendy Snelgrove, Richard Palmer, Chris Stockton, Paul Popsuj, Heather Hynes, Eileen Miller, Cindy Check, Tim, Mike Hill, John P, and Cary Burke. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Sharon Pierce! Congratulations, Sharon, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars® swag!
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Challenge #184: Where in the world is this?

This could be a little tougher.

 Where in the World #184

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 7th, 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.

See you next week, Worlders!

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!

July 5, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Ice Cream

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Whether you want yours in a cup or in a cone
Plopped on pie a la mode
Squished between two cookies
Shared with your favorite Wookiee
You can eat it in the shade
Wash it down with lemonade
Be polite and use a spoon
Before it melts lick it soon
Ice cream, ice cream all around
Happy faces can be found


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Get yours in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Our Disney Pic of the Week is sure to make your day. Follow the ice cream truck for more yummy photos from Scott and Barrie on Thursday & Saturday.

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July 6, 2011

Submissions - Show Us Your Photos

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Last week I asked our readers to submit photos showcasing what they've learned from the Picture This! blogs. Take a look at what we received.

Tina Santacroce:
I took it outside the Magic Kingdom (Walt Disney World) where the personalized bricks are. My husband and I have a brick there from when we were just married before we had kids (the two in the picture). We were checking out the condition of the brick (not so good 20 some-dd years later) when I noticed our shadows and remembered from someone's blog that shadows and light make interesting pictures. I thought this picture of our shadows came out kinda cute and made for a different type of family shot.

I have a point a shoot Fujifilm Finepix F70 EXR.

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Diane Tredore:
Taken with a Sony Cybershot.

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Clair Gregory:
I took this photo at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I remembered the ideas for framing photos, so I took this shot, and I like it. I have a lovely pink Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T10, which was most likely set to Auto.

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Diane:
I remembered your blog about turning your flash off, so you don't have the flash
glare in the glass. This was taken at Epcot in the Nemo Living Seas with a Fujifilm F650http://www.dpreview.com/news/0602/06021402fujif650.asp, set to "S" with flash off. I thought it was so cool how you could see the jellyfish & his reflection in the glass and angled so you couldn't see me!

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July 8, 2011

Zooming In and Out at Bay Lake Tower

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It is a something you have heard before: There are two photos for each scene. This normally refers to the orientation of the camera in either Landscape (horizontal) or Portrait (vertical). There is another method to getting two photos from most scenes as it does not always work depending on your distance to what you are photographing.

When most people purchase a digital SLR camera, they also get a kit lens or two. The most popular are 18-55mm and/or 55mm-200mm zoom lenses. Many know I like my super zoom lenses in the 18-200mm range for DX (cropped) cameras and 28-300mm for FX (full frame) cameras. Many Point and Shoot cameras also have a zoom range from short to long. Which ever zoom range you have, do not forget to use the power they give you.

As an example, I zoomed in on a monorail as it passed the Bay Lake Tower DVC Resort outside of the Magic Kingdom as the Sun was close to setting.

Monorail Green passes in front of Bay Lake Tower DVC Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Close up of Monorail Green passing in front of Bay Lake Tower DVC Resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 150mm focal length.

I remembered to quickly zoom all the way out to get a wide angle view of the scene as the monorail continued to pass by the resort.

Monorail Green passing in front of Bay Lake Tower DVC Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Wide view of Monorail Green passing in front of Bay Lake Tower DVC Resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Same scene, two different perspectives without having to move your feet. It is not being lazy, it is being smart to use your equipment to its fullest.

July 9, 2011

Ice Cream Cone Tables at Beaches and Cream

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Beaches and Cream Tables
Copyright © 20011 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/13s shutter, f11, ISO 200

Ok, I know this is a bit a of a stretch but here goes" My Pic of the Week for ice cream is a picture of the tables outside of Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club Resort. The tables are actually ice cream cones!

Kitchen Sink Ice Cream Sundae

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Kitchen Sink ice cream sundae being delivered at the Beaches and Cream restaurant, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Kitchen Sink ice cream sundae being delivered at the Beaches and Cream restaurant.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4.8, ISO 1000, EV -0.3, 55mm Focal Length.

The Kitchen Sink dessert being announced at Beaches & Cream restaurant in the Beach Club resort at Walt Disney World.

The Kitchen Sink is served in a large sink-like bowl and consists of the following ingredients:

2 scoops each: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry

1 scoop each: Mint Chocolate Chip, Mocha

Angel Food Cake, Bundt Cake, Brownies, Oreos, Milky Way Candy bar pieces

Peanut Butter, Hot Fudge, Strawberry Sauce, Butterscotch, Caramel

Bananas, Cherries, Sprinkles and a whole can of whipped cream.

I think this fits the Disney Pic of Week for Ice Cream. Bon appetit!

July 10, 2011

Where in the World #185

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Sigh... Again, no notes for me this week. ;)

This was Challenge #184:
 Where in the World #184

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Canon SD890 IS, 7mm, 1/80s shutter, f/9, 80 ISO

It's the "Travel the World" agency window, the faux store window on Streets of America in Disney's Hollywood Studios! As you can see, it's also for the Disney Vacation Club.

Linda Mac was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Linda and all other readers who got the answer right: Tiago De Oliveira, Kye Layton, Evanna Huda, Kelley H, Sharon Dale, Maryann Eckenrode, Maria Madsen, Bonnie Jenkins, Nicole Duddy, Tom Koval, Adam Mcfarland, Mackenzie D., Jeannine, Sally Daugherty, Jennifer Bourg, Larissa Huda, Sharon Pierce, Kate Bowling, Jeanette Luce, Jennifer Rupert, Brittany & Jesse Siminitz, Paul Dickson, Ashley Maheu, Brianne, Jennifer Tremley, Emma Poprock, Stephanie Thomas, Deanna Kyre, The Hicks Family , Nick Bentz, Kristen Carde, Stella Meyer, Jen Norris, Vicki Edwards, Tricia Petty, Jen Cerce, Holly Anderson, Veronica Monteiro, Millie Tenreiro, Ken Taylor, Bev Carson, Stephanie Visco, Sherri Pell, Nancy Ahlsen, Caroline Burmester, Hilary Scuffell, Tracy Bradfute, Patti Mccaffrey, David, and Krista Penno. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #185: Where in the world is this?

A couple people mentioned that the contest was too easy for awhile. I do balance out easier entries with medium to difficult. So for those who asked for it, here's a toughie!

 Where in the World #185

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 11th, 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.

See you next week, Worlders!

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!

July 11, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Toys

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Boardwalk Toys
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/13s shutter, f4.8, ISO 800

Hanging out at the carnival games on the Boardwalk, a wall full of monsters wait for their turn to go home with a lucky game player. Until then, these plush toys call the Boardwalk Inn home. Our theme for this week's Pic of the Week is toys. Get ready to play - Scott and Lisa will be here later in the week to share their toys with you!

July 13, 2011

Disney with Caption Bubbles

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Sometimes one takes photos for no apparent reason and then makes use of them later for no apparent reason. These are such photographs.


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July 14, 2011

Monorail Playset in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Monorail Playset running in Epcot's Test Track Specialty Shop, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Monorail Playsets in Epcot's Test Track Specialty Shop.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/30s, f/2.8, ISO 2000, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length.

I know Buzz Lightyear is a cool toy but who does not want a Disney Monorail Playset running around in their home? I have seen them set up under Christmas trees and, with accessaries, as part of miniature Disney parks in people's homes. I found this one running in Epcot's Test Track Specialty Shop as I was exiting the ride.

Monorails are cool and make for my Disney Pic of Week on Toys.

July 15, 2011

Deep Colored Partners Statue in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

How does a landscape photographer get those deep colors in their photos? Is it all done in photo software? There was no such thing as photo software a couple of decades ago. So, while today's digital photographers may use software to deepen or saturate colors, it is easier to do so right in the camera. Take this photo I took of the Partners statue in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom.

Partners statue in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Partners statue in front of Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/160s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 15mm focal length.

The trick is to slightly underexpose the photo. There are a couple of ways to do it. First way is to switch to manual mode and underexpose by 1/3 to 1/2 stop using either the aperture or shutter speed. The other way is to use the exposure compensation (EV) button and set it to -0.3 or -0.5. Such a setting will deepen the colors for you.

July 16, 2011

Buzz Lightyear Spins Infinitely

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

If a copyright or trademark symbol along with a manufacturer's name is on your body somewhere, you are a toy. You were molded, stuffed, carved, shaped, sewn or otherwise and intended to be played with by babies, toddlers, kids, teens, or even adults. Being a toy is great! They create long-lasting vivid memories, smiles, and laughter. Every parent has a toy. It's true. My mom tells me all the time, I'm her toy. Wait. The only mark I have are actually a whole bunch of freckles. Ugh! While I go speak to her, check out this Buzz Lightyear spinning toy sold at the Disney on Ice presents Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3 traveling show.

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Maaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Disney Pic of the Week - Toys

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July 17, 2011

Where in the World #186

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Hi, Mary Tackett! Thanks for the hello and I'll save you the Monday morning research time. ;)

And to Diane Ramos: yes, I'm still having lots of fun here in "Where in the World" and I'm so glad you are too!

This was Challenge #184:
 Where in the World #185

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2006 Erin Blackwell, 6mm, 1/340s shutter, f/3.2, 400 ISO

The foot of the AT-AT walker at Star Tours, Disney's Hollywood Studios. Oh no, who is that poor soul about to be crushed? LOL! [Right before this was taken, a group of guests thought I was mannequin prop for the ride. ;) ]

Bill Mckim was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Bill and all other readers who got the answer right: Linda Scrivano, Reagan Herman, David Tarbet, Lee Anastasi, Kye Layton, Jonathan Thomas, Mike Malampy, Jeff Carson, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Scott Otis, Matt Holley, Chris Kelly, Bridgette Gallagher, Sharon Pierce, Bruce Hinterleitner, Robin Fitts, Curtis Bille, John Dupre, Craig, Colin Buchanan, Maryann Eckenrode , Bryan Timko, Lauren Thomas, James "Jim" Derek Carty, Amanda Wright, Kelly Mager, Brian Yesutis, Angela B, Vicki Edwards And William, Tom Koval, Tina Santacroce, Dale Knight, Sharon Dale, Charles Wright, Jennifer Horst, Brian Miller, Evanna Huda, Mike Hill, Pam Tees, Christopher Barnes, Christie Condit, Nathan Cripe, Austin Oblenis, Lori Rienhardt, Kathryn Perkins, Matt Degrandis, Shawn Lehnert, Jennifer Williams, Kyler S., Jenn Steele, Beth Mcmeekin, Debra Kuklinski, Diane Ramos, Joshua Swainston, Kelly Zanauskas, L C Harris, Danielle Ciotti, Jennifer Townsend, Greg Papa , Patty Newton, Jennifer Gerard, Shaun Leake, Jackie Purcell, Elaine Johnson, Cara Richards, Jaime Thomson, Brian Gallant, Ken Fischler, Brian Grabowski, Paul Ignudo Jr., Christopher Hall, Steve Jordan, Louise Barton, Elizabeth Scarborough, Jeremy Reichelt, Mary Tackett, Karen Kenney, Chris Bauman, Nick Bentz, Wayne Witherspoon, Kristen Carde, Victor Gonzalez, Wayne Chadourne, John Snider, Timothy M Monica, Dave Cole, J Brizzle, Kathryn Hughes, Matthew Jadro, Lisa Z, Leslie Stewart, Darrell Shortt, Tim Johansen, The Moore Family, Scott Sangston, Jennifer Schwing, Mike Cerce, Mackenzie D., Dave Carriere, Patti Mccaffrey, Phil Thach, Adam Mcfarland, Kerry Mccaffrey, Caroline Burmester, Mike Haeberle, Cristen , Shannon, Cristen , Jennifer Rupert, Ashley Hill, Tracy, Katie Bray, Jen Cerce, Heidi Goodhue, Paul Dickson, Megan K, Kerry Fox, Mike Kaczanowski, Gareth Richards, Carrie Henderson, Tom Buck, Kate L. , Jennifer Mercier, Tyra Trueblood, Tyra Trueblood, Caitlin Rush, Tim Rachuba, Karen Schlumpf, Christina Bonica, Amy Wolter, Kevin Miller, Tracy Bradfute, Troy Vandeschraaf, Paula Chapman, Moore Family, Joseph M Zafia, Joanne, Luis Rodriguez, Jeff Blank, Jeffrey Dunne, Jared Orth, Felice, Joey Price, Carol J, Nathalie Doiron, Steve Booze, Amy Miller, Miranda W, Melissa Dye, Jennifer Franck, Sherri Pell, Freya Schmidt, Brian Skinner, Jullie Pudem, Chris Stockton, Ashley P., Jonah Rigby, Walter N. Clark, and Ken Thompson. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #186: Where in the world is this?

I won't say this is a toughie, because a big group of you guys knew last week's. So, I'll just say:

Here it is!

 Where in the World #186

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 21st, 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.

See you next week, Worlders!

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!

July 18, 2011

September 2011 Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This one's for you Kelly! We're going to the Magic Kingdom this month. Here's the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover from below at night.

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.

September 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


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

September 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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1024 x 768
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July 19, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week: Counter Service Restaurants

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

There are nearly a hundred counter service restaurants in the Walt Disney World Resort. They offer everything from complete meals to a quick snack. Over the last few years, Disney has added many new offerings at these restaurants to better service their guests. People have their favorites at the parks and resorts. Some of mine are the Columbia Harbour House at the Magic Kingdom, Pizzafari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Yorkshire County Fish Shop in Epcot and the Backlot Express (pictured below) at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Do you have a favorite counter service restaurant?

Backlot Express counter service restaurant in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Backlot Express counter service restaurant in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D700/18-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 32mm Focal Length.

Barrie and Lisa will be here on Thursday and Saturday to share their favorite Disney Pic of Week for Counter Service Restaurants.

July 20, 2011

Riding Attractions When They Break Down

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


A few months ago, I was at Sea World San Antonio with my friend and her family. Her husband, three year old daughter, and I climbed into a swinging fish with bench seating. It moved like it was modeled after a skateboarder on a half pipe. Well, a few seconds into the ride, we stopped short. I turned around to see a somewhat panicking young employee. She did the right thing and phoned for help and came over and told us to sit tight. But in that moment I announced something to the effect of, "This is Lila's first broken ride! Hooray!" You gotta start sometime.

During a trip to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom with my parents and brother in the 80's we filled a car on the PeopleMover. This is one of my mom's favorite attractions. Just before our car was pulled into the building that now houses Stitch's Great (meh) Escape, the ride stopped. Okay, no big deal. One thinks they must have stopped to let someone on who is in a wheelchair or having trouble with the moving sidewalk. As it turned out, that wasn't why we stopped. The PeopleMover broke down. Eventually, a Cast Member came over and helped us and others out of our cars and walked us along the track and into the building. There's a staircase once inside and we took that down to street level. It was quite an adventure, walking high above Tomorrowland. I'm not even sure there were railings on both sides of the track back then. I remember joking that we should buy T-shirts that said, I survived the PeopleMover.

I've asked folks to submit their memories of being stuck and or walked off an attraction. Feel free to write in about your own experience using the Comment form below.

Rita Joy Egan of New York - It was 1974 and my parents and I were on it's a small world. The boats stopped, but the figurines kept moving and the music kept going and going. My mother said it felt like a half an hour! Whenever the ride gets a bit backed up, I have flashbacks to that day when both my parents desperately needed a drink coming off that ride.


Lisa Lasater of California - The Sailing Ship Columbia broke down at the dock on Tuesday, July 8th, when we were on the Mark Twain Riverboat. We sat in one spot for at least 20 mins. When we finally got to the dock, they handed out re-admittance passes good for any ride except Star Tours. It was nice that they just automatically did that instead of waiting for complaints.


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Cindy Hershey of Kentucky - In October 2010, we were on Splash Mountain and it stopped. Unfortnately it stopped right after the curve following the big drop. We had two nice showers courtesy of the splash from the next two boats that came down the drop.

We were also on Peter Pan during the same trip and it stopped as we were "flying" over the town. I whipped the camera out and took a few photos in the dark. It's interesting to see the ride from the camera's point of view.

Kelsi Bruno from Nebraska - The last time we visited Walt Disney World and rode Splash Mountain, it stopped just as we got to the big drop. We sat there for over half an hour listening to Brer Rabbit saying "Please don't throw me in that briar patch!" We did get to see the back of Splash Mountain were given FastPasses. We went again that evening and got to see the lights as we (finally!) went over the edge.

Jennifer Charier from Kentucky - I remember when I was younger and rode the old version of Imagination (Journey into Imagination). The ride broke down about half way through. It was a long ride as it was, but we ended up having to walk through the rest of the ride. It was pretty interesting. I wish they would have kept that version of Imagination with the Dream Maker.

Lori Jacobs Netti of Indiana - New Year's Eve a few years ago, I got stuck on Pirates of the Caribbean by the donkey and the singing pirates. I had "A Pirate's Life for Me" stuck in my head for a loooooong time!

Sarah A. Inkin of New York - I was in Epcot in December of 2006 when all of Future World was shut down due to power issues. We were evacuated from Ellen's Energy Adventure. When things came back up, I was lucky enough to be the first one on Mission Space.

Back to me! My cousin Matthew and I found ourselves stopped on Splash Mountain as well. Just like Cindy Hershey, our log halted after making the "u-turn" following the long descent. As boat after boat came down the chute, a tidal wave of water crashed into us. I was wearing a poncho but Matt was too cool. :insert evil laugh here:


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July 21, 2011

Tomorrowland Terrace

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Disneyland hosts some pretty rad cover bands at night and you can watch them play while chowing down on burgers, chicken sandwiches, and salads at the Tomorrowland Terrace. During the day, kick back and enjoy lunch while Darth Vader tries to turn young padawans to the dark side at the Jedi Training Academy.


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Disney Pic of the Week - Counter Service
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July 22, 2011

Trim Around the Edges at the Barber Shop in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

In the past I have talked about watching your backgrounds. This week is about looking at the edges of the frame that you see looking through your viewfinder.

Before and after comparison of the Main Street USA Barber Shop, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Before and after comparison of the Main Street USA Barber Shop.

The photo on the left has two distractions along the edges. Arrows #1 are pointing out shadows on the right side and Arrow #2 shows a partial door on the left which I find distracting. The best way to "fix" this photo is before the shutter is pressed by moving in closer. In this case, I cropped them out using photo editing software producing the photo on the right. That photo features the real subjects; the barber's pole and entrance to the barber shop.

Become aware of the edges and you will be happier with your photos.

July 23, 2011

Pizzafari's Beautiful Murals

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Pizzafari
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/30s shutter, f3.5, ISO 1600

My Pic of the Week for counter service is Pizzafari. I love all the beautiful murals in this building. The Chicken Ceasar Salad's not bad either!

July 24, 2011

Where in the World #187

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Hello to Amanda Wright! And you're welcome to Chris Kelly!

This was Challenge #186:
 Where in the World #186

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2006 Erin Blackwell Canon SD890 IS, 19mm, 1/125s shutter, f/3.4, 800 ISO

The Elephant Safari Company sign in the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise queue! Not only can you see the rare and unusual on their tours, but notice they have daily Tiger Sighting! :)

Louise Barton was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Louise and the other readers who got the answer right: Nick Bentz and Sharon Dale. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #187: Where in the world is this?

Let's stay in the parks for another week:
 Where in the World #187

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 28th, 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.

See you next week, Worlders!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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July 26, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - A Day in the Life of AllEars.Net

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


There's a series of photo books called, A Day in the Life, of which I own the California and Hollywood editions. A group of photographers set out for a 24 hour period photographing people of all types and ages. Some were photo shoots set up by appointment while others were by chance. This series inspires me as a photojournalist every so often to go out for a day and record history, monumental or otherwise.

While this week's theme wasn't shot by Barrie, Scott, and I on the same day. The idea is to share with you a glimpse into what we here at AllEars.Net do "behind the scenes."

Cathy Bock runs the Rate & Review portion of the website. Laura Gilbreath handles 99% of everything regarding Disneyland. These two ladies work hard to keep their respective sections of AllEars.Net up-to-date. When the time came for us (plus Deb Wills) to meet up at Disneyland, our sillier sides came out to play.

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Cathy may never ride with a California driver (Laura) again!

Have you visited Walt Disney World or Disneyland recently? Submit a review of the resort, a restaurant, dining plan, behind-the-scenes tour or other popular topic by clicking on the link above. Do you live in CA and frequent Disneyland? Drop Laura a message if you're interested in helping her.

Yep, I'm on Facebook.


July 27, 2011

Tarzan the Stage Musical Comeback

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton



An interesting thing happened after watching Tarzan The Stage Musical based on the Disney film, this past Saturday. Five of the actors came back out on stage for a question and answer session with audience members who stayed. It seems that during the show's 13-day run at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA, several folks from Disney Theatrical Productions visited. From what I learned, Disney hasn't given up on Tarzan completely and is considering making the show available and re-staged for local theater, school performances, and quite possibly returning to a touring production which was previously scrapped in 2009.

While I never saw the Broadway staging and can't compare that against what I saw on Saturday, I can go over what worked and what could use some pixie dust.

The particular theatre used is small with a circular stage, the center of which can drop or rise. The intimate setting was great for seeing facial expressions on the actors but it would, and probably did, play much grander on an average stage, facing one direction. While seeing Tarzan swing in from between seating sections or climbing a rope ladder in front of the first row puts you right in the action, it would have been more dramatic if he had swung in from a greater distance. I'm not complaining, if he was directly beside or in front of me, doing what he does quite well, I might not have even thought of such a suggestion.

One major change from the Disney animated feature to the stage is that Terk went from female to male. Terk also doesn't start off young like Tarzan. I wasn't sure this twist would work but it did, and fantastically, as played by Christopher Messina. Tarzan and Terk's relationship was brotherly. Messina was energetic, comical, and athletic with a great voice that showcased a toned down rocker scream. Keep an eye out for this adorable creature as he's sure to play Broadway soon. It's surprising he hasn't already, he's just that good.

Broadway alum Robyn Payne and Todd Alan Johnson portrayed Kala and Kerchak, respectively. Each actor did an outstanding job in his and her roles. Payne delivered a beautiful solo of Phil Collins' You'll be in My Heart but it was the duet version with Brian Justin Crum as Tarzan that truly tugged on heart strings.

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Andrea Goss has a lovely singing voice and did a great British accent in a naive version of the botanist, Jane, who falls for Tarzan. Jay Russell gave Professor Porter, Jane's father, some depth albeit in a role with too few lines for such a talented actor. The only speaking role that I couldn't connect with was Mr. Clayton, the antagonist as played by Eric Collins. He lacked that Disney villain essence we're all familiar with.

The star of the show, Brian Justin Crum was Tarzan in every sense of the character. He was strong, funny, tender, protective, aggressive, passionate and carried himself as an ape man both while standing and low to the ground. Crum sang Different, Strangers like Me, For the First Time, Who Better than Me?, Everything that I Am, and Sure as Sun Turns to Moon with just the right expression for each number. For me the most memorable were Different and Strangers like Me. Too bad they didn't record a cast album.

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Where some improvements could be made to the show based only on the North Shore Music Theatre production would be the costumes for the animal characters. I had no idea it was supposed to be a jaguar who killed Tarzan's parents and stole the baby gorilla from Kala's arms until later in the show when the scene was mentioned. Except for the tail...it could have been a gorilla. Speaking of gorillas, their costumes weren't very defined either. I would actually describe them as wearing torn mesh brown sweaters and stretch pants. Lead gorillas (Kala, Terk, and Kerchak) were better but still have a way to go. The "yarn" danging off of what looked like bodysuits fell flat.

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Everything else except for the hanging ropes that blocked the audience's view, and the awkward moments of dancers prancing on and off stage with fruit vines and other props, worked. The live orchestra sparkled and additional singers built up the vocal power from off stage.

I see no reason not to bring Tarzan the Stage Musical back into theaters as a touring show. If that happens, grab Messina to play Terk and Crum as Tarzan and sign me up as their fan.

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July 28, 2011

Smile Deb!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Smile!
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/320s shutter, f9, ISO 200

My Pic of the Week for "A Day in the Life" was taken in Disney's Animal Kingdom. I'm taking a picture of Lisa, taking a picture of Deb to use in her blog. If only Scott had been there, you would have seen me in the shot too!

July 29, 2011

A Day in the Life of a Disney Photographer

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A Day in the Life is our Disney Pic of the Week theme for this week. This is an added bonus post I thought you would all be interested in reading.

In 1978, Bob Desmond was walking up Main Street USA for the first time on his honeymoon. By the time he got to the Partners statue, he had told his new bride he would someday work for Disney as an advertising photographer. At the time, they were living in Massachusetts. Bob made good on his prediction by 1987 and for the next 6 and a half years worked in Walt Disney World's Marketing department. During a managerial reorganization in 1994, when all departments at Disney were told to cut staffing, Bob had the lowest seniority and was let go. As tough as that was, it gave Bob time to pursue another love of his, the making of hand crafted guitars. His former managers did not forget Bob either and he has worked with Disney as a freelance photographer ever since.

After meeting Bob last Fall, I have enjoyed hearing about his adventures and seeing his work from both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. He has been doing most of Disney's character photos over the last 18 months. These are the photos you see in brochures, press releases, websites and signage around the parks. From Aladdin to Tigger (I do not think he has done Ursula yet but give him time), he has been doing what most of us would call a dream job.

Disney photographer, Bob Desmond, working in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney photographer, Bob Desmond, working in Epcot's World Showcase.

As you might imagine, it is not all supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Most of the photo shoots with the characters are done inside the parks. This means getting up very early in the morning before sunrise, setting up lighting, reflectors and other props as needed before the characters arrive so as to maximize everyone's time. Often the shoot calls for multiple locations which means having to work fast in a short amount of time as Bob and his crew need to be done before the parks open to the guests. Add the heat and humidity of an Orlando summer and one's energy can get sapped pretty fast.

Bob is an extraordinary person and photographer who delivers the photos requested by Disney in the best quality he can produce. His 20 plus years of working in the Disney parks is a tremendous asset which is why Disney seeks out his talent again and again. He often suggests ideas during the shoots to give Disney even more options and us, the guests, even more photographic reasons to return to the parks.

Disney photographer, Bob Desmond, and friends in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney photographer, Bob Desmond, and friends in the Magic Kingdom.

While it is hard work and has its ups and downs like any job, Bob has always told me how lucky he feels to be able to work within the parks and enjoys bringing out the best in the Disney brand with his photographs. In a recent email to me, he shared these thoughts, "I'm still working and shooting for the company that I love. It was intended by God for me to be there. I really feel that way. I have no other explanation for my good fortune."

I hope you enjoyed this special Disney Pic of the Week bonus feature. If you happen to see Bob walking around Walt Disney World, say "hi" and shake his hand for sharing with us some of the magic of Disney as seen through his photographic eye.

July 30, 2011

A Cold Day in Barrie's Life

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Picture This! Photoblogger Barrie at the ICE show in the Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, Florida
Picture This! Photoblogger Barrie at the ICE show in the Gaylord Palms Resort.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length, flash.

I do not know about you but when I go to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Flordia, in December, I am hoping for warm weather. I certainly want to get away from the cold, snow and ice of upstate New York where I live. So, I found it ironic a few years ago when Deb Wills, founder of AllEars.net, invited us to see the show ICE at the Gayloard Plams resort. We had to put on heavy parkas as it was below freezing in the display rooms. Intrepid photobloggers as Barrie, Lisa and I are, we took our cameras in and photographed the colorful ice sculptures braving the cold man-made elements.

Above is Barrie zeroing on a detail shot of one of the ice sculptures for my Disney Pic of Week on A Day in the Life.

July 31, 2011

Where in the World #188

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Lee Anastasi, I'm so glad you enjoy Where in the World so much! And you're welcome to Chris Kelly! And thank you, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, for your note! I love doing this each week.

Mike Venere, you're back!

This was Challenge #187:
 Where in the World #187

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2006 Erin Blackwell Finepix S5200, 12mm, 1/210s shutter, f/3.2, 800 ISO

Pluto is happily sitting while Mickey and Goofy fish in Camp Minnie Mickey in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Donald is on the other side (although not in the picture) and you pass Daisy hiking with Huey, Dewey and Louie before you reach this scene as you head for the Character Greeting Trails and the Lion King show.

Angela Fennell was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Louise and to all the readers who got the answer right: Amy Schweizer, Katie Bray, Mary Beth Tarbet, Linda Mac, Ed Suscreba, Rob Blundin, Christopher Barnes, Theresa Rucando, Lee Anastasi, Larissa Huda, Diana Fitzgerald, Dale Knight , Kye Layton, Jonathan Thomas, Scott Cullen, Dee Dee Kenney, Belicia Cullen, Scott Otis, Steven Bowling, Carol Gamill, Caryn Schill, Evanna Huda, Paul Cooper, Annette Nuenke, Kendra Kleintop, Erin Dagney, Christine Dagney, Ed Aleszczyk, Sharon Dale, Linda Kasych, Josh Weiss, Heather Young, Darrell Shortt, Kelly Mager, Michael Gainey, Heather Hynes, Kris Nixon, Todd Ritter, Karen Ramirez , Double Family, Deb Ragno, Colin Buchanan, Emma Poprock, Brian Haas, Danny And Analisa, Lisa Jones, Mike Haeberle , Sherry Klinefelter, Maryann Eckenrode, Glenn Meyer, Paul Dickson, Matt Holley, Bailey Constantine, Marie Phillips, Susan Higginbotham, Jarett Rutsky, Jeannine Reid, Sharon Pierce, Angela Blevins, Wendy Snelgrove, Debra Kuklinski, Tina Santacroce, Austin O'blenis, Vicki Edwards And Kids, Patti Mccaffrey, Carolyn, Stephanie Thomas, Heather Metzler, Stephanie Newell, Jeremy Coto, Betsy Silvestri, Brian Miller, Peggy Saeger, Kimberly Kusser, Gretchen Barnes, Mackenzie D., Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Antoinette Leblanc, Chris Masse, Bill Mckim, Holly Anderson, Charles Wright, Bryan Timko, Jennifer Tremley, Julie Wickware, Stephanie Visco, Merrily Westlake, Diane Curfman, Bob Patterson, Wade A. Williams, Tiffany, Jeremy Reichelt, Brittany & Jesse Siminitz, Kerrie Hogan, Ian Falk, Carol Baranowsky, Alison Rosenberger, Jared Orth, Tiffany W., Joe Cotroneo, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Tim Johansen, Karen Schlumpf, Daniel Record, Nathan Firth, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Melissa Duhamel , Peter Ciarcia, Chris Larys, Jullie Pudem, Scott Sangston, Gail States, Melody O'donnell, Diane Batista, Joanna, Ken Maikowski, Matt Cofone, Nicole Benoit, Heidi Goodhue, Deb Gallo, Barbara Sims, Melissa Dye, Kerry A., Jonah Rigby, Tom &Susan Linder, Luis Rodriguez, Shaun Leake, Marcy Sanborn, Kathryn Hughes, Karen Kenney, Kerry Mccaffrey, Victor Gonzalez, Dana L., Andrew Schumacher, Lauren Thomas, Vickie Scioneaux, Jamie K, Mike Kaczanowski, Nicole Lopresti, Robert P. Flaherty, Debbie Poole, Agnes Ciotti, Chip Vermette, Agnes Ciotti, Leslie Stewart, Robbyn Anglin, Pat Siebert , James Dezern, Sherri Pell, Linda Scrivano, Kathy Curtis, Melissa Bentz, Danielle Murgia, Julie Fahrner, Hoekzema Family, Barclay Bakkum, John Pasqueralli, James Hickey, Chris Stockton, Patti Deluca, Michael Bodkin, Lori Rienhardt, and Brian Skinner. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Shawn Lehnert! Congratulations, Shawn, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars® swag!
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Challenge #188: Where in the world is this?

We're leaving the parks this week!

 Where in the World #188

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on
Thursday, August 4th, 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.

See you next week, Worlders!

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!

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