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October 1, 2011

Please Remove Cleats at the ESPN Wide World of Sports

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A sign at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A sign tells athletes to remove their cleats at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/100s, f/5, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 48mm focal length

Here's a sign you would never think to see at Walt Disney World. The ESPN Wide World of Sports complex host hundreds of amateur sporting events every year. When I visited there, the sign was referring to Pop Warner football players to remove their footwear called cleats and is now my Disney Pic of the Week for Signs.

October 2, 2011

Where in the World #197

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

David W, you're first!! YAY!!

Okay, you weren't first to get the right answer, but I mentioned you first in the blog. Does that count for something? :)

Susie Howard, thank you for your note! Wait until you see this week's list of names!

This was Challenge #196:

 Where in the World #196

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2007 Erin Blackwell Kodak Easyshare M753 Zoom Digital Camera, 6mm, 1/40s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 160

Yes, it's the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover in the Magic Kingdom! Last Sunday was my husband's birthday, so I posted a picture of his favorite attraction in all of Walt Disney World. We ride it multiple times each trip, at least once in the day and once at night (the views are so different with night time lighting and then in the daylight that we do both.) My sister Cathi took this photo of, as she called it, "Let's see the happily married couple!". As you can see, Carolyn Como, we are keeping all forward facing tentacles inside the vehicle.

Which reminds me: Paging Mr. Morrow, Mr. Tom Morrow! If you find a hat on this attraction, please give Matt and Danielle Murgia a ring. It belongs to his sister-in-law.

Of course I took all of the attraction's names: WEDWay PeopleMover (For Walter Elias Disney Way - thank you for everything, Walt. Am I right or am I right, Becky Norman and Mackenzie D.?), The Tomorrow Transit Authority, The TTA, The TTA Blue Line, The Tomorrow Transit Authority's PeopleMover, the "Mover People" as Amy's kids tell us, the "blue ride" in the words of Robin Fitts' tweens, and what one site lovingly calls "the couch with a breeze". ;)

Mary Jo Gallion, Mary Greger and Vincent Maltese even commented on my shirt. You guys rock! Seriously, Vincent, you made me wish I had worn something awesome for the picture! Actually, the back of the shirt is pretty cool: it's the logo for the 2007 Epcot's Holidays around the World. (And I got it at the American Pavilion's kiosk since you wondered. LOL!)

If you would like to hear the PeopleMover original spiel with the references I made above, please see our own Jack Spence's blog! And if you like to see more ride vehicle pictures, Claire Gregory reminds us about the page here on AllEars. (We have that? I mean, we have that!)

I thought this was going to be a tough, but thankfully, people like Clint Curfman knew it immediately because the PeopleMover has a lot of fans just like us! (Even if Patti Mccaffrey's 5 year old niece Maddie thinks it needs to be faster. LOL) In fact, we had FOUR HUNDRED AND FORTY-TWO winners! As Ron Stoppable of Disney's Kim Possible says: Booyah!

Are you ready to see who they are? Because I bet this is a record breaker!

Kris Nixon was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Kris and to all the readers who got the answer right: Kris Nixon, Mark Swayze, Lee Anastasi, The Kahle Family , Tommy Montgomery, Chris Masse, Amy Schweizer, Louise Barton, Frances Phebus, Laurie Walker, Michelle Wilinski, Caryn Schill, Mary Beth Tarbet, Katie Bray, Ed Elder, Jennifer Harmon, Scott Otis, Ethan Johansen, Laurie Nicholson, Larissa Huda, Erica Binder, Maureen Handy, Betsy Silvestri, Ken Maikowski, Julie Wickware (and David), Rob Blundin, Dawn Bach, Elizabeth Benvenuto, Steve And Kala Bieniek, Kye Layton, Steve , Leigh Mertz, Evan Rapone, Michelle Raimist, Bryan Timko, Tiffany Gibb, Mike Haeberle, Bridgette Gallagher, Scott Greenbaum, Caroline Burmester, Theresa Rucando, Stephen Hafke, Paula Massarelli, Kristen Mccoy, Donnie W, Ken Jackson, Jimi Mac, Kellie Harpel, Mary Jo Gallion, Leslie Schmauder, Judy Koslowski, Linda Scrivano, Robin Fitts, Brian Yesutis, Wendy T Faler, Monica Hatch, Lorine Landon, Colin Buchanan, Karen Adamakis, Patty Carty, Erin Dagney, Christine Dagney, Angie Young, Dave Wang, Dana Selph, David, Derek Carty, Marie Seilus, Christine Holzman, Debbie Desimone, Kim Steiner, Sharon Lee, Evelyn Wilson, The Perras Famil, Madison Reynolds, Kenny, Erin Hammer, Mary Virginia Clause, Beth Mcmeekin, Hannah Couture, Stephen Whitlock, Deb Ragno, Steve Cummings, Double Family, Robert Anderson, Carla Nale, Gene Gorter, Krystal Pound, Karen Ramirez, Penny Urell, Nicole Amidon, Jessica Gruhlke, Doug Buchheit, Victor Gonzalez, Matt Holley, Jeff Schoeling , Matthew Herman, Daniel Record, K. Beasley, Kirsty Butler, Jennifer Horst, Mike Hill, Ellie Argaluza, Dale Knight , Craig, Eric Streebel, Amy Martel, Kerry A., Sharon Dale, Vicki Edwards, Barbara Ajak, Frank Damico, Evanna Huda, Jennifer Townsend, Elizabeth Howarth, Emily Dagney, Jim Finley, Mackenzie D., Mike Malampy, Lisa O'meara, Tom Armstrong, Jill Hauth, Luis Rodriguez, Jen Cerce, Melina Anne Hillis, Pollyanna Buff, Diane Curfman, Megan Krainski, V Anessa Gordon, Paul Zaloga, Irene Kleintop, Jennifer Mccurry, Mike M., Will Gates, Mike Haven, Kathryn Perkins, Brian Miller, Mario Grasso, Jamie K, David & Melissa Lizewski, Kelly Mager, Diana Fitzgerald, Tracey Mayfield, Danielle Ciotti, Diane C., Elyssa, Cameron Lange, Evan Gentile, Suzanne Denham, Jennifer Bourg, Susan Higginbotham, Curtis Bille, Linda Johnson, Christopher Barnes, Heather Pedulla, Patti Mccaffrey, Claire Gregory, Allison Burgess, Kelly, Bill Mckim, Stephanie Hardhouse, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Karen Schlumpf, Dan Owens, Millie Tenreiro, Emma Poprock, Lisa Holmes, Jonah Rigby, Vicki Aponte, Amy Filliben, Nancy Skooglund, Melody O'donnell, Heather Hynes, Jennifer Rupert, Melissa Ruggieri, Linda Mac, Elizabeth Macgregor, Kelsi B., Vicki Vaught, Anna Keene, Rick Shea, Paul Dickson, John Hout, Brian Haas, Paul Knott, Tina Mezquita, Terence Bostic, Kevinn Miller, Hailey Gill, Danielle Aston, Audra Miller, Samuel Shotick, Sandy Miller, Maryann Eckenrode, Eva Mayhew, Melea Broekers, Chris Kelly, Daniel Schweizer, Tracy Henkel, Amanda Hammock, Steven Bowling, The Moore Family, Troy Parker, Kerri Coggins, Anastasia Macneil, Bill Gallagher, Diane Furtado, Jonathan Thomas, Michael Gainey, Jonathan Ward, Dan Johnston, Kameo Crea, Sarah Smee, Hayden Pronto-hussey, Lorie Ann Moore, Carrie Henderson, Jodi Cook, Becky Hosinger, Cara Richards, Ron Renz, Matt Martel, Linda College, James Greene, Stephanie Newell, Ken Fischler, Melesia Love, Dallas Hamilton, Dominic P., Sam Fritz, Chris Forner, Alan Mize, Dawn Burns, Melissa Dye, Paul Ignudo Jr, Alan P, Kelly Smith, Kevin Malone, Elizabeth Scarborough, Jennifer Toto, Stacey Hutchinson, Rebecca Keenan, Steve Jordan, Carolyn Como, Kristin Dormuth, Carla C, George Mundy Jr, Scott Lau, Hillary Waldroop, Antoinette Leblanc, Andrea Kruszewski, Jodi Johnson, Jessica, Mark Franklin, Greg Papa, Lauren Sullivan, Kelly Taylor, Carol Bolger, J Brizzle, Tricia Petty, Wade A. Williams, David W, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Jim Riley, Vincent Maltese, Danielle Fitzgeralg, Angie Messer, Leslie Stewart, Amber Slifer, Dennis Blackburn, Mary Greger, Teri Michalski, Carri Marotto, Doug Dipiero, Troy Vandeschraaf, Kevin Weidenweber, Katherine Fallon, Lori Rienhardt, Dwayne Fontenot, Mark Cullison, Donna Wnchester, James Berry, Christopher Hall, Kathy Berry, Katie Bowling, Melanie Dunlap, Wendy Ip, Carolyn Conway, Al Desimone, Lynn Smith, Matthew Jadro, Jared Orth, Sarah Holodick, Herb Miller, Karen Korcheski, Ed Ustanik, Nathalie Periard, Freya Schmidt, Michael Nanney, Mary Dannahey, Regina Allen, Scott Sangston, Becky Norman, Matt Cofone, Jennifer Weeden, Erika Loboda, Ken Rhinehart, Karen Smith, Brent Lollar, Jennifer Tremley, Andrew Pettit, Mike Gillardi, Sammi Jo, Ed Hogan, Brian Kolis, Zachary Falcone, Stephanie Davis, Ashley Hill, Tom Buck, Ryan Mcglashen, Richie Michael, Les Whitten, Steven R. Long, Cathy Skiba, Deb Gallo, Debra Kuklinski, Jennifer Hoffman, Dave Fullerton, Brendan Abel, Susie Howard, Tammy Kennedy, Heidi Goodhue, Lauren Thomas, Jen. P, Matt Degrandis, Tracy Discher, Kim Meyer, Angela Fennell, Nick Bentz, Karen Kenney, Tina Cole, Mary Tackett, Susan Doucette, Susan Doucette, Kerrie Hogan, Ruth Woodhouse, Sandra Shaw, Wendy Kemp, Alison Rosenberger, Timothy Hutchinson, Jennifer Arnett, Christina Cella-bonica, Jullie Pudem, Maja K., Anne-marie Crabtree, Lori Hutchinson, Patty Newton, Karen Robertson, Amy, Melissa Gvist, Matt Carrera, Kelly Scola, Marc Fumo, John Pasqueralli, Mickey Eckert, Scott Junkin, Katie Murphy, Kristen Carde, Donna Brandt, Jamie Poynton, Connie Covatta, Jeannine Reid, Hunter Armstrong, Kristina Schneider, Liz Moreau, Kirk Hardy, Cecilia Bruce, Ronnie Schreyer, Kerry Fox, Margot Garofalo, Laney, Elaine Kleinhenz, Page Stout, Ruth Cookson, Kathy Goodwin , Fernando Miranda, Debbie Poole, Joseph M Zafia, Lisa Jones, Carinne Kight, Roxanne Kliebert, Chip Vermette, Richard Palmer, Kerry Sweeney, Shelly Borella, Kate, Cheri Palmisano, The Hicks Family, Amy Ferguson, Josh Weiss, John Snider, Jennifer Mercier, Michele Delorenzo, Jennifer Cravener, Jon Solomonson, Jim Thompson, Tina Santillo, Duskin Henard, Teresa Cole, Jo Ann Bailey, Kendra S., Christopher Bourassa, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Roye Ann Morris, Tom & Susan Linder, Jen & Ansley, Dee Dee Kenney, Bill Daniel, Kelli Reedy, Walter N. Clark, Nicole Lopresti, Jenn Steele, Jennifer Mills, Julie Wilmot, Mike Venere, Bill Monahan, Kayla , Brittany & Jesse Siminitz, Wendy Mowery, Gary Bracknell, Sherri Pell, Eric , Bart Patterson, Agnes Ciotti, Laura Pranaitis, Jennifer Schwing, Chris Stockton, Kerry Mccaffrey, Sorcerer Jim Ludwig, Clarissa K, Wayne Chadourne, and Melissa Demonbreun. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Which is a great segue (the kind leading to a related item, not the segway you ride in Epcot World Showcase, Backstage Epcot, or Fort Wilderness) to announce:

It's time for our monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Dave Wang! Congratulations, Dave, you are the lucky recipient of some really cool AllEars® swag from Deb Wills!

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Challenge #197: Where in the world is this?

We are going OUTSIDE the parks to start out October. (Can you believe it's October?!)
 Where in the World #197

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 6th, 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
_______________________________________________________________________

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!

October 3, 2011

November Disney Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This is a first - the first time I have featured Downtown Disney on a calendar. La Nouba has performed exclusively for Disney guests since December 1998. This early morning shot of the Cirque du Soleil theater in Downtown Disney's West Side can be seen from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.

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.

November 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


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

November 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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October 4, 2011

Have a Magical Day!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Wishing You a Magical Day
Copyright © 2011 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VR, 1/1000s shutter, f8, ISO 200

I've always liked this sign because its only purpose is to make you feel good. It doesn't give you any information, offers no direction and doesn't identify anything. It's just there to wish you a magical day while you wait for the boat. Ok, well I suppose it is advertising Disney Vacation Club, but I choose to ignore that small fact.

Disney Pic of the Week - Food and the Food & Wine Festival

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Guess what time it is? It's time for the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! This year's festival started this past Friday and will continue through November 13. In honor of this spectacular event, our Pics of the Week will focus on a few of Disney's culinary delights as we bring you "Food and the Food & Wine Festival".

Crab Cake
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 50mm f/1.4, 1/120s shutter, f2.2, ISO 1000

Considering what a foodie I am, it's hard to believe that I've only been to the Food & Wine Festival once. Taking pictures was definitely not my top priority when I was there either! Therefore, my crab cake picture comes from my all-time favorite Disney restaurant, Flying Fish Café on the Boardwalk.

October 5, 2011

Trip Report: Day 2 - Part II Epcot/Downtown

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

For those who need to catch up, the previous blogs in this series are, in order:
Trip Prequel: Decisions, Decisions
Trip Prequel: Research & Practice
Trip Report: Day One - Epcot
Trip Report: Day Two - Part I Animal Kingdom/Epcot

Terri and I made a well-evaluated executive decision to board a Friendship Boat and sail over to Morocco. The humidity was beating us down. Do you know what she asked me? No, you don't unless you were also on the boat and eavesdropping. Shame on you! Terri asked if I could sit on the same bench as her or did I need my own. Smart-aleck! I told you this was going to come back and hit me throughout the trip and we were just on day 2 of 4.

Morocco is a lovely country but since we ate there the day before, we walked right by it. Next on the list was Japan. I knew Yakitori House was closed and the Food & Wine Festival stand carried counter service meals during the rehab. Normally I order the kiddie meal but with the Disney Dining Plan I had to eat like a grown-up. Yeah, that's the only grown-up behavior you'll get out of me, too. I got the teriyaki chicken with vegetables, a drink, and the only dessert they had, a chocolate chip cookie. I was totally looking forward to trying their traditional desserts but with Yakitori House closed, I was out of luck. So much for my pink and purple striped lucky cat figurine that beckons for tea and cake.

Since there wasn't anywhere cool to sit, not that Japan doesn't rock, we entered Fife and Drum Tavern literally following the fifes and drummers. Or is that fifers and drummers? We walked in behind the musicians and plopped down at a table. The air conditioning was fantastic. America really knows how to party. Stuffed and completely disinterested in that "Japanese" chocolate chip cookie, with permission from their moms, I offered it to 2 boys sitting nearby. Terri said the older one was beaming. I had no idea it was a magic cookie!

Our time in Italy proved to be educational and embarassing. I don't recall if this first story happened on day 1 or day 2 although I'm leaning towards day one cuz I think it was dark out.

How to flirt with an Italian: Step 1. Find a cute Italian boy or girl as desired. Step 2. Ask the Cast Member to help you. Step 3. Bring said Cast Member over to the semi-refrigerated case to point out which candy and chocolate he/she likes best. Step 4. Smile the entire time, nod, giggle, and place hand on Italian's shoulder. Step 5. Watch Cast Member walk away, not at all interested in you.

Before you laugh at me, I'm not the one who tried to pick up the guy. Please, he was way too young even for me. That said, it took guts and a flirting technique I lack.

This next episode in Italy was all me. Me, me, me, me, me and I'm an idiot. I have no idea what was wrong with me that day. Maybe my blood sugar dropped dramatically. Perhaps aliens sucked out a portion of my memory. It could have been the heat and sun poisoning. More than likely it was all of these factors that made me ask not one, not two, but three Cast Members when the tall bell tower (replica of St. Mark's Campanile) was added because I swore it wasn't there before. I now lower my head in shame, understand that it was a stupid guest trick, and hold my sign from Bill Engvall.

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Let's move on shall we.

We stopped at Africa, the world's smallest continent, sponsored by Coca-Cola, for Terri to buy jewelry made from park maps. Surprisingly, she didn't buy anything. The beads didn't look anywhere near what she imagined they would. With her brave face on she bought something cool to drink to help keep Africa's economy growing.

Today China was open. Hooray! I burst through the open doors and set out on a quest to find soap. No, I didn't stink, thankyouverymuch. Last year I bought soap made from coal that absorbs toxins from my skin. It also works on your skin but you'll have to buy your own bars. I searched up and down, North, South, East, and West...rat tat tat tat. Nothing. Perplexed, I asked Cast Member Temperance where the soap might be hiding. :sigh: She informed me they stopped carrying it. How will I ever detoxify from all the True Moo I drink and salty Atlantic Ocean fresh air I inhale? Oh the horror.

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I was smart enough to scan the box before I threw it away. Hey, this totally makes up for my insanity in Italy. Yeah, I guess you're right. Darn.

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Raise the roof and have some dim sum.

We visited Norway the night before so we moved on to Mexico. Sailing by the cantina, I cupped my hands together and quietly shouted, Toss me a roll! It's only funny when yelling to patrons at Blue Bayou...I guess. I tried wicked hard to find something to buy in Mexico but came up short yet again. Outside, Pato Donald posed for photos with me. I was wearing my Three Caballeros shirt and got a thumbs up...wait...thumbs up? Wing up? Feather up? Pato Donald gave me his approval y un abrazo. Orale!

Once last round at the shops bordering World Showcase Lagoon for Terri.
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Too pooped to party, we went back to our pirate cove and flopped for a while. No naps just snacks, water, TV, and heavenly cool air.

Downtown Disney was the plan for the night. Our first stop was World of Disney where I checked off a bunch of stuff from my shopping list. I got the Tinker Bell earrings my co-worker wanted for his wife, Mickeyroni & Cheese for my mom to give to someone from work with a kid although this lady is in a different office (I have no clue), snacks for the food pantry, postcards (I never wrote), a CD, bag clips, and a semi-squishy ball.

Dear Disney Records,
I'd love a CD compiled of music heard in the World Showcase pavilions. Reflections from Earth is on enough CDs so feel free to skip that track. The music from Germany's clock tower would make for a cool hidden track.
Melodically,
Lisa

Running late for our YMCA (advanced dining reservation) at Raglan Road, we showed up a bit worn. The staff was friendly and we didn't wait long for a table to open up. Seated inbetween the musicans' stage and dancers' mini stage, I was totally stoked at the good fortune for my very first visit. Let me sum up the night with 1 statement and 1 question. I want to eat there every time I visit Walt Disney World. Chef James, will you marry me?

Next time: Day Three - Magic Kingdom/1900 Park Fare

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October 6, 2011

Moroccan Mimosas at the Food & Wine Festival

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A Moroccan cast member mixes up a mimosa cocktail during the Food and Wine Festival in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Moroccan cast member mixes up a mimosa cocktail during the Food and Wine Festival.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/40s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, rear-sync flash.

While visiting the Morocco pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase last year during the Food & Wine Festival, my wife and daughter enjoyed a Mimosa cocktail. Mimosa is a mix of orange juice and champagne. I was told they were very good and makes from my Disney Pic of the Week about the Food & Wine Festival.

October 7, 2011

The Expedition EVEREST Challenge

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Most people when seeing the sign below just chuckle. They know Expedition EVEREST is a high-speed attraction. How can anyone take pictures while riding it. Right?

Photo memories sigh in the Expedition EVEREST queue in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Remember to capture memories in your ride through the Himalayas.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 2200, EV +0.3, 160mm focal length.

You know us here at Picture This!, we have a bit of an adventuresome spirit. They do take a ride photo for you of which I have a few. I ask you, where's the challenge in that? If you take care to secure your camera, you can successfully take ride photos on Expedition EVEREST.

I do not do this every time I ride (no matter what my family will tell you). I do like to sit back, scream and throw my arms up in delight while enjoying the thrill and awesome details of the experience that is Expedition EVEREST. Especially the big drop. I know I have left my stomach with the Yeti a few times.

Others may opt not to ride and enjoy taking in the beauty of the Disney Imagineer-ed mountain and how it blends in with the Asia section of Disney's Animal Kingdom park.

Expedition EVEREST loams behind the Yeti Shrine in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Expedition EVEREST loams behind the Yeti Shrine.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/16, ISO 900, 72mm focal length, HDR Image.

I used HDR processing to take five images from -2 to +2 to create this image. It was the best way to control the huge range of light from the overcast sky.

October 8, 2011

Sugary Pastel Clouds

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

No longer do you have to hold out until the circus comes to town. Get your moist towelettes ready because Disney Parks sell cotton candy to the Americans or candy floss for the UK residents. You can buy it stuffed in a bag or packed neatly inside a round plastic container. Either way, it melts in your mouth and on your hands. Good times!

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Disney Pic of the Week - Food

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October 9, 2011

Where in the World #198

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Happy Belated 13th Birthday to Toni G, future Imagineer! She also had the PeopleMover answer right, but a glitch sent her answer in late. So congratulations on her birthday and for being part of our winners!

Speaking of Challenge 196, Barrie Brewer who, as you know, is one of the AllEars® photographers and the creator of "Where in the World Photo Fun" (as well as the creator and designer of our trading cards), looked into her records and discovered the numbers of World players has DOUBLED since last year! Thank you so much to everyone: that is great magical news for Barrie and me!

This was Challenge #197:
 Where in the World #197

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2009 Erin Blackwell Canon PowerShot SD890 IS, 7mm, 1/60s shutter, f/3.2, ISO 100

It's a giant Mickey Mouse Rice Krispie treat, the size of a cake, at Goofy's Candy Company in the Disney Marketplace! Becky Norman tells me they have a Minnie Mouse one too! Cool! (And, Becky, thanks for the fantastic note!) In fact, people told me it's a family tradition to get one on their last day as a treat for home.

I took this picture in Goofy's, as I said, but I have found out they have them in a few other locations, so I am putting those in the winners too.

It does look good, doesn't it, Patti McCaffrey? You know, you, your nieces and nephews could get together and have one as a treat!

Danielle Ciotti was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Danielle and to all the readers who got the answer right: Lauren Thomas, Ed Elder, Bill Mckim, Larissa Huda, Kameo Crea, Jessica Gruhlke, Clint Curfman, Kye Layton, Lee Anastasi, Betsy Silvestri, Paula Massarelli, Becky Norman, Karen Adamakis, Double Family, Gabriella Bruxelle, Hillary Waldroop, Mary Beth Tarbet, Sharon Pierce, Brian Miller, Maureen Handy, Sarah Rosser, Sandra Shaw, Kerry A, Julie Wickware, Kris Nixon, Tim Johansen, Sharon Dale, Louise Barton, Jared Orth, Akira Williams, Chris Kelly, Diane C., Susan Thompson, Stacey Htchinson, Claire Gregory, Millie Tenreiro, Erin Dagney, Christopher Barnes, Gretchen Barnes, Madison Reynolds, Walter N. Clark, Elizabeth Macgregor and Son, Heather Pedulla, Jonah Rigby, Jamie K, Anastasia Macneil, Danielle Fitzgerald, Mackenzie D., Steven Bowling, Cara Richards, Matt Cofone, Leslie Stewart, Wade A. Williams, Jennifer Tremley, Kerrie Hogan, Donna Wnchester, Vincent Maltese, Ashley Elizabeth, Melody O'donnell, Pj Popsuj, Melissa Dye, Patti Mccaffrey, Kerry Mccaffrey, Amber Slifer, Theresa Rucando, Freya Schmidt, Chloe Mayhew, Jamie Poynton, Toni G., Zachary Ott, Tom Koval, Mike Hill, Melina Anne Hillis, Danielle Sauthoff, Kelsi B., Melody Salemi, Carrie R., Schuyler Stewart, Hailey Gill, Kristen Carde, Ansley, Matthew Coulson, Ellie Argaluza, Kayla Webb, Colin Buchanan, Nathaniel Clements, Danielle Ciotti, Lauren Thomas, Bill Mckim, Larissa Huda, Kameo Crea, Jessica Gruhlke, Clint Curfman, Kye Layton, Lee Anastasi, and Betsy Silvestri. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #198: Where in the world is this?

We are back in the parks this week. After all, they're celebrating 40 years!

 Where in the World #198

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 13th, 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
_______________________________________________________________________

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!

October 10, 2011

December Disney Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Can you believe this month marks the end of the third year that I've been posting these calendars? I am constantly amazed at how quickly time passes. These cute little carolers are part of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights exhibit at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I'm posting this month's calendar a little early to make up for last month's being a little late. Enjoy - and Happy Holidays!

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 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


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

December 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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October 11, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week: Beauty and the Beast

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

My favorite Disney animated film is Beauty and the Beast. The combination of story, characters, music, songs and some of the best mix of hand drawn and computer assisted animation still has it as the only animated film to be nominated for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscars. It was natural then for Disney to bring the story and characters from Beauty and the Beast to its themeparks.

In Disney's Hollywood Studios, you can watch a 20 minute Broadway-style production of Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage in The Theater of the Stars on Sunset Blvd. several times each day. This production which has added elements from the real Broadway version has been entertaining guests since 1991.

Belle gives the audience a kiss goodbye at the end of the Beauty and the Beast Stage Show in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Belle gives the audience a kiss goodbye at the end of the Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV +0.7, 150mm focal length.

Barrie and Lisa will be here on Thursday and Saturday with their favorite Disney Pic of the Week photos of Beauty and the Beast in the Disney parks.

October 12, 2011

Trip Report: Day 3 - Magic Kingdom

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Driving along in our automobile with my Disney music mix CD playing, we delighted in singing along with attraction songs and soundtracks. My favorite part was when Terri became engrossed in You can fly! You can fly! You can fly! from Peter Pan and let out a Freudian slip. Wendy says: I'll think of a mermaid lagoon. Terri said: I'll think of a pirate lagoon. That stuck for the rest of the day and made me crack up every time I thought of it.

Inside the Magic Kingdom we made part of our way down Main St. via the shops because it was hot and humid. I looked at my new camera which told me the battery was about to give out. The night before it said the battery was 2/3 full so I figured I'd use up the power at Magic Kingdom and recharge it at night. Sometimes you learn the hard way. Without a spare battery, I was left extremely aggravated with myself. Eventually, I forgave myself because it was a brand new camera and now I know that 2/3 power means it's going to wear down fairly soon. Not to fret, I had my professional gear on me as well and used that for the day.

Our focus for the morning was to conquer Fantasyland and so we set out on a cruise highlighted by singing children, those who I interviewed were delighted to see me. We garnered FastPasses for Peter Pan's Flight and re-visited Snow White's Scary Adventure for what may be the last time before the ride is removed. We soared with Dumbo all the while trying to see what progress was going on in the expansion part of Fantasyland and bounced along with Tigger at the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Our FastPasses came with bonuses for Mickey's Philharmagic which we poo-poo'd as unnecessary. Let me tell you, next time I get a surprise FastPass for Mickey's Philharmagic, I'm using it. We waited in a packed queue while the smarter folks strolled right up to the 3D glasses bins.

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Beyond the wooden fence lies the future Fantasyland expansion. I can't wait to ride the bulldozer!

Something I forgot to mention is that I brought along a bag of lollipops, each tagged as a thank you for attending Terri's birthday weekend. We didn't hand out as many as we meant to due to fried brains but I did catch Cast Member Abby off-guard. As we approached Peter Pan's moving sidewalk, I handed her a lollipop as she asked "How many?" To which I responded, "Two by the window, please." I'm so funny. I always make myself crack up.

Yes, as we sailed over Neverland and the pile of pirates Pan conquered, I pointed out "a pirate lagoon" in my finest English accent.

I can't remember what happened in what order anymore so bare with me as I sort out what lands we visited during daylight and after the sun disappeared.

The Haunted Mansion's new interactive line is worth checking out. I had a good time touching things, reading, and taking photos. While seeking out a place for lunch we stopped at the Columbia Harbor House. The colonial gentleman out front overheard us and offered to get us samples of the lobster salad if Terri would fill in for him and ring the bell. Deal! Terri loved the lobster salad but ordered a fish platter and I got the shrimp basket. When I picked up our food the Cast Member, whose name shall be withheld to protect her or him, gave me an extra mini chocolate cake for some unknown reason. She also gave the people ahead of me a free lobster roll. Neither of us had coupons either. Score! I mean she or he. Yeah.

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Dare the new interactive queue at Haunted Mansion if you dare. Muah ha baw whoo hi-ya!

Tomorrowland was busy so we opted for relaxing rides on Tomorrowland Transit Authority and Carrousel of Progress. All of the lights were on inside Space Mountain. The track still scares me so I won't be attempting it anytime soon.

As all of our shopping expeditions had been a complete bust so far, I had no hope for finding anything at the Polynesian or Grand Floridian. Still, we wanted to visit both resorts before our early bird dinner at 1900 Park Fare. Neither of us needed anything at the Contemporary Resort so we permanecimos sentados. No reason to get out at the Ticket and Transportation Center either. At the Poly, as it is affectionately called, I lucked out and found some H2O products on sale. I have been longing for the body butter and foot lotion since using both during my Disney Cruise in 2007. They had one out of two which was better than zero. At the Grand Floridian we stopped to smell the soaps at Basin White but didn't buy any. Heck, I still have 3 bars from a previous trip. They're so pretty I just want to look at them and sniff 'em. Perhaps there's a self-help program I should enroll in.

What can I say about dinner at 1900 Park Fare other than wow! This was my 2nd time dining here, the first was breakfast with Barrie, at the very same table, in 2008 or 2009. Ask Barrie. The server, let's call this Cast Member...Peggy, knew her job extremely well with an added flair of New York diner personality. If that makes any sense at all. The chef took excellent care of me and gave me way too much food.

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This is my 2nd meal that was served on sticks. At least he didn't attempt shish kabobing the ziti. They work better being strung together.

If you haven't been for dinner, your dining experience is enhanced by appearances from Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella. They dance, they chat, they pose for photos, and on a good night, the sisters will freak out a little boy who high tails it out the door because he doesn't want to date let alone dance with either of them. It was a very entertaining evening despite Drizella and Anastasia's antics which lead me to suggest to their mother it was time she called Super Nanny. Lady Tremaine agreed.

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That poor kid got a restraining order against Anastasia (left) and Drizella (right) who are desperately seeking out princes of their own. "There aren't any princes left in this kingdom. As soon as one comes along, some girl snaps him right up," Anastasia told me.

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A rare look at Prince Charming mid-blink. I thought Snow White had Prince Charming. Who owns Prince Philip, Aurora/Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose? That chick has an identity crisis.

The skies grew darker and we kept up the battle to conquer Magic Kingdom in one shot. The Jungle Cruise was a quick wait, Pirates of the Caribbean was not. Terri and I are both Disneyland nuts and so we crossed our fingers and hoped the tiki gods had genuinely restored the Tiki Room to our approval. Did you hear a loud sigh about a month ago? That was us, relieved that the show of shows is back to its glorious splendor. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad? We rode it twice, almost in a row. We had to get back in line and the same mom and son were one seat ahead of us again.

I started wearing down after Frontierland and barely made it into Liberty Square. In fact, I was so "done" that I sent Terri off to play while I waited for the next Hall of Presidents show to begin and then sat through it. It really isn't a bad show but they could use more padded benches with cushy backs in the lobby.

Eventually I dragged myself out of the park, meeting up with Terri who was in better shape than me. We aimed for the monorail however, it had closed earlier. Here's the deal, they tell you the monorail will stop running one hour after the park closes. It was Extra Magic Hours and the park was open until 1am for resort guests yet they shut down the operation at 10pm, one hour after "closing" to non-resort guests. Picture an angry mob, hot, sweaty, and tired waiting from the Polynesian/Grand Floridian boat dock aaalllllllll the way back to where the display for Mickey's-Not-So-Scary Halloween sits. I believe we got on the 4th or 5th boat and waited an hour or longer to board and then we sat there for another 10 minutes before sailing away. EPIC FAIL.

Plopping onto my pirate ship bed was long overdue.

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October 13, 2011

Storytime with Belle

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Avid reader and occasional flatware chorus line-participant, Belle, used to tell stories at the Magic Kingdom. Nowadays she is busy telling Prince Adam how she forsees her new digs and restaurant opening in late 2012 in Fantasyland.

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Uh oh! I hope she's not a bridezilla. Check out the attitude and body language.

Disney Pic of the Week - Beauty and the Beast

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October 14, 2011

Spending Halloween at the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have been waiting a whole year to share more of my photos from my October trip last year. By the time I got back, Halloween was over though I did show you the HalloWishes fireworks show and how to photograph it. Next Friday, I will again be going to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Along with HalloWishes, I will be watching the "Boo-To-You" parade.

Before the parade last year, I enjoyed the dead-pan funny jokes and songs of the Cadaver Dans. You might recognize them.

The Cadaver Dans singing before the
The Cadaver Dans entertaining guests at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 1600, EV +0.7, rear-sync flash.

During the party, the Haunted Mansion gets additional and spookier lighting, sound and atmospheric effects. Haunted Mansion cast members are even more in character on these special nights with additional makeup. There are entertaining ghosts outside in the mansion's courtyard who are curious about the living souls walking past the graveyard. I think I will stop and see if a ghost can be photographed.

The Haunted Mansion during a Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
The extra spooky Haunted Mansion during a Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/4.8, ISO 2200, EV 0, 65mm focal length.

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October 16, 2011

Where in the World #199

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

On Sunday, when this gets posted to AllEars.net, I will be performing the wedding for my friends, Ed and Barbara Elder, and then wishing them Bon Voyage on their honeymoon in Walt Disney World. Congratulations, Barb and Ed! May all your dreams come true!

Speaking of trips, a very soon-to-be Bon Voyage to Pam Tees and her family, including her 15 month old twins! You're right before me. And when we go to December to Remember in 47 days, I'll be sharing it with my 18 month old nephew on his first trip to a Disney park! I can't wait to see his face light up when he sees his hero "Mi'Mouse"!

Thank you to Kameo Crea and Heather Young for saying how much you like "Where in the World Photo Fun". Thank you, thank you!

And now on to Challenge #198:
 Where in the World #198

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Kodak Easyshare M753 Zoom Digital Camera, 6mm, 1/64s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 800

It's Pooh and Tigger in "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" in the Magic Kingdom.
I actually still have my very first Winnie the Pooh plush. Silly old bear! :)

By the way, kudos to you, Caryn Schill! I always said Woozle would be a great dog name, and here you named your dog Woozles! Rockin' good name!

However, for Steve Jordan, Woozles weren't cute dogs. They and their buddies, the Heffalumps, surrounded his keyboard and kept him from being first this week! GASP!

So who was first?
Heather Young was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Heather and to all the readers who got the answer right: Larissa Huda, Pollyanna Buff, Kathy Berry, James Berry, Mary Beth Tarbet, Al Desimone, Curtis Bille, Chris Masse, Emma Poprock, Mary Virginia Clause, Sharon Dale, Scott Otis, Don Whiteman, Madison Reynolds, Jeff Reynolds, Angela Fennell, Jennifer Tremley, The Kahle Family, Evan Rapone, Kye Layton, Brian Gallant, Belicia Cullen, Shannon Milair, Scott Cullen, Maureen Handy, Kimberly Kusser, John Leach, Linda College, Kathryn Perkins , Ros, K.l. Beasley, David W, Louise Barton, Agnes Ciotti, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Erin Dagney, Christine Dagney, Vicki Aponte, Michelle Thompson, Dave Wang, Rob Blundin, Tiffany Gibb, Karen Nelson, Maryann Eckenrode, Dylan Weidner, David, The O'meara Family, Claire Gregory, Freya Schmidt, Linda Scrivano, Bob Hendrix, James Steele, Lori Rienhardt, Nicole Duddy, Danielle Sauthoff, Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards, Caryn Schill, Lori Netti, Jennifer Chartier, Nicole Amidon, Sharon Pierce, Kristen Mccoy, Kerri Coggins, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Elizabeth Scarborough, Chris Schill, Ed Ustanik, Pam Tees, Kim Meyer, Russ Morgan, Kerry A., Brian Yesutis, Herb Miller, Laurie Walker, Al Ganter, Derek Carty, Kris Nixon, Julie Wickware, Cindy Dore', Beth Mcmeekin, Dee Dee Kenney, Clint Curfman, Colin Buchanan, Antoinette Leblanc, Michelle Raimist, Steven Bowling, Susie Howard, Heather Pedulla, Christopher Barnes, Dave Cole, Cathy Skiba , Jim Riley, Ellie Argaluza, Ronnie Schreyer, Brian Haas, Jamie K , Melina Anne Hillis, Jodi Cook, Magic Kingdom, Amanda Perkins, Wendy T Faler, Jeannine, Zachary Ott, Jennifer Mccurry, Paul Dickson, Millie Tenreiro, Clay Anthony, Destiny Balsewicz, Ken Fischler, Clare C., Robin Fitts, Mackenzie D., Jeremy Hardy, Brian Sheets, Wade A. Williams, Jaime Thomson, Karen Davis, Hillary Waldroop, Heather Hynes, Dan Johnston, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Virginia Pierce, Dave Carriere, Kelly Montgomery, James Greene, Christy Smith, Mark Cullison, Carla C, Michelle Roth-smoot, Kristin Dormuth, Brian Miller, Wayne Chadourne, Christopher Hall, Bart Patterson, Jared Orth, Anastasia Macneil, Karen Robertson, Rebecca Keenan, Jerry Weldon, Lisa Holmes, Mike Timmer, Kameo Crea, Karrie Duffey, Cameron Lange, Ashley Wilson, Darren Fuller, Denise Cayz , Chloe Mayhew, Lisa Laskowski, Steve Jordan, Stephen Whitlock, Scott Sangston, Eric Streebel, Chris Kelly, Elyssa H, Annette Nuenke, Kelly Mager, Tim Johansen, Mike Haeberle, Vicki Yarnell, Cathy Schill, Kerry Fox, Kelsi B., Patti Mccaffrey, Heidi Goodhue, Megan Turcotte, Tom Buck, Tracey Mayfield, Renee Lunsford, Kerry Mccaffrey, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Theresa Rucando, Robert Mccoy, Melissa Dye, Trina, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Kathryn Hughes, Becky Hosinger, Caroline Burmester, John And Tracey Roerty, George Mundy Jr, Tom & Susan Linder, Richard And Lisa Palmer, Margot Garofalo, Kevin Miller, Audra Miller, Jessica Gruhlke, Debbie Poole, Linda Mac, Tom Higbee, Sherri Pell, Emily Harper, Nathaniel Clements, Mickey Eckert, Gary Bracknell, Mike Cerce, Michelle Palazzo, Emily Robinson, Jamie Poynton, Mike Hill, Vickie Scioneaux, Jonah Rigby, Hailey Gill, Barclay Bakkum, Roye Ann Morris, Barbara Sims, Jenn Steele, Patty Carty, Katie Morel, and Jeremy Mccaffrey. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #199: Where in the world is this?

Staying in the parks. I'd say this is a tough one, but I never know with you guys. I say it's tough and I get 500 correct answers. ;) So you be the judge:
 Where in the World #199

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 20th, 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!

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October 18, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Toontown

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Barrie, Scott, and I are taking aim at Toontown this week. Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom tore down Mickey's Toontown Fair earlier this year and is currently expanding Fantasyland. Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland is thriving with characters, counter service dining, attractions, and lots of hands-on props.

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From the fire station window, a serious Dalmatian keeps an eye out on Guests.

Don't change that dial, more cartoonish fun is on Thursday and Friday.


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October 19, 2011

Trip Report: Last Day - Hollywood Studios

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


For some strange reason, packing to leave Walt Disney World just doesn't have that feeling of anticipation, excitement, and boost of adrenaline like you get when packing to go to Walt Disney World. Surely there was or is a scientific study on the matter. I willingly volunteer as a participant for such a noble cause. Until the call comes in, allow me to recap the last :sigh: day :sigh: of our Labor Day weekend :sigh: vacation.

I got my tushy up early in order to throw all my dirty clothes into my suitcase and meticulously pack the presents I bought while making sure neither my suitcase or carry-on were too heavy. Whatever food we didn't finish or couldn't inhale before flying was left behind for the housekeeper. I hope she enjoyed the cheese, grapes, bagels, cream cheese, rotisserie chicken, seafood medley, water, cereal, potatoes au gratin, and antacids. Also, and I type this while giggling, that she wholeheartedly enjoyed the tip envelopes I left each day. Two of them were cutesy and one had some art depicting select heroic figures in carefully lit uniforms.

The car was packed and off we went, leaving behind our free upgrade to a Pirates of the Caribbean room and into Old Port Royale. Technically we drove into the parking lot. I can't afford to convert the gift shop and food court into a drive-thru. Terri picked up a package she had had delivered to the resort. We pounded down some breakfast. By the way, you can pay for your food at any register. I tried to take photos of the pool but my lens fogged up repeatedly, and I found an AllEars fan working the Disney Vacation Club booth.

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Shiver me timbers, the fog has rolled in.

The last :sigh: park for our last day of :sigh: vacation was Disney's Hollywood Studios. It was the one place Terri and I had separate agendas that slowly became the same. First matter of business was to obtain Toy Story Mania FastPasses. Done. Next...get out of the heat! One Man's Dream was the perfect choice. I desperately want to see the Disney Studios in Burbank and not just through the metal gate with Mickey heads atop posts. Been there, done that, got the photos.

The Great Movie Ride had one of the shortest lines I've ever seen. We practically walked on. If I could change one script at Studios as I nicknamed it, it would be The Great Movie Ride. I'm thirty-something and haven't seen a Busby Berkeley movie and I'm supposed to believe the 20-something year old Cast Members love them? Not! The only Cast Member whose word I'll take is the older fellow who is totally awesome and I rarely ever see. Horror is my favorite movie genre. Really? Dang, you guys must spend the entire day at work talking zombies and killer tomatoes but I digress.

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Line!

I think our next stop was Muppets 3D. I love The Muppets. Fozzie Bear is my favorite comedian. I wish he would perform in one of our local clubs or elementary schools. Quiz time! Do you know what the interior of Stage 1 Company Store is modeled after? The answer is at the end of this blog. DO NOT SCROLL DOWN! You can wait.

Lunch time approached and our tummies made me check-in early at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano. I have a request. Could "Peggy" from 1900 Park Fare please retrain "Kelly" at Mama Melrose's? If it wasn't for the chef taking my order personally, I would have been very worried that my dietary restrictions and allergies wouldn't have been taken seriously. I also think she forced Terri into ordering double the portions she wanted.

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Today I learned where they film the American Idol Experience fans.

We split up after lunch. I wanted to try the new Star Tours but the line was outside and the humidity was too much for me. I walked around, hit a few shops in search of a gold Minnie Mouse charm my mom wanted to give her best friend. I couldn't fine one the entire trip. Seems that I'm very bad at locating jewelry because I tried here and there during the course of the trip. Thankfully, my mommy did not ground me when I got home but she did take away my TV privileges for a day. Too bad she can't work the remote without me. Yeaaah. I won!

Terri was taking drawing lessons in the Animation building. I can't even draw a straight line with a ruler so it was best for her to have some fun while I continued milling around. I caught part of a streetmosphere act and later caught most of another act featuring Melvin Macheezmo and my favorite cop, Officer Percival Peabody in a psuedo Dating Game episode. It was a riot.

By the mid-afternoon I was too far gone to take any more photos. The sun poisoning never fully went away and my eyes stung off and on. I probably shot less photos on this trip than on any other. Perhaps I'll have to take a make up trip. Do you suppose the crowds will be low December 23rd - 26th? I made a funny.

I had just sat down for another viewing of One Man's Dream when Terri called to say she finished drawing. We used our FastPasses for Toy Story Mania. My aim still stinks. Terri's stunk as well. We pretty much called it a day at this point even though we still had time before rushing to the airport. Sad as it was, our timing was top notch. A split second after we got in the car, the skies opened up and a huge downpour descended.

There were still Disney Dining Plan credits to spend so we decided to visit Pop Century and make use of their food court. Everything was packaged to go so we could eat at the airport or during our flights. I seem to recall having a salad, a side of watermon chunks, and a Vitamin Water to make up for the one Terri stole from me back in the room. Yeah, it was actually a funny story. One of my bottles was sitting on the night stand yet I didn't recall putting it there. I made some comment about it and Terri said she'd been drinking it not even realizing she hadn't bought any Vitamin Waters. Her reaction was hilarious and I got to poke fun at her about it for days. Between that and the pirate lagoon, the laughs just kept on coming.

Sure as we'd arrived, it was time to head home. No problems returning the car or checking in but security was kind of slow because they were looking for a suspect. How do I know? I saw the sheet TSA staffers were passing around.

Come back next Wed for a recap of how we spent our Disney Dining Plan credits and other fun facts.

The answer to the question, Do you know what the interior of Stage 1 Company Store is modeled after? is The Happiness Hotel. See for yourselves.


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October 21, 2011

Photographing Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Pixelmania photographers at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Disney fans photographing around the Tree of Life.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/20s, f/5.3, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 95mm focal length.

Scott is at Walt Disney World this week and hanging out with a fun bunch of people who love to photograph Disney parks as much as he does. You can follow Scott's adventures from his Twitter account, @Scottwdw.

Scott will return next week with some Disney Halloween fun to share with all of us.

October 22, 2011

Ping Pong, Anyone?

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Mickey's Gameroom
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/4s shutter, f3.5, ISO 200

I'm really going to miss Mickey's Toontown Fair at the Magic Kingdom. I thought it was such a fun, creative area. I loved visiting Mickey and Minnie's houses. I mean seriously, weren't they just the coolest thing? Just look at the room above. Can't you just see Mickey and Goofy playing ping pong with Donald crabbing on the side about the game being rigged? And check out that trophy wall. Mickey is quite the athlete!

Hey, want to join in on the fun and share your Toontown pictures too? We'd love to see them. Head on over to Google+ and post your photo(s), adding the hashtag of #disneypics-toontown. Then share it publicly so we can all see it. Search for #disneypics-toontown in Google+ to see everyone's pictures.


Now Approaching Toontown

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last time stopping at Toontown station in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Last time stopping at Toontown station.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 300mm focal length

On my last trip to Walt Disney World back in January of this year, I rode the WDW Railroad and got off at Toontown Station for the last time. I took this picture as the train was pulling in. Soon after I left, Disney began the Fantasyland expansion and the Magic Kingdom's Toontown became no more. A fitting goodbye for my Disney Pic of the Week on Toontown.

If you are on Google+ and want to join in on the fun of our Toontown theme, post a photo and use the hashtag of #disneypics-toontown and share it publicly so we can all see it.

October 23, 2011

Where in the World #200

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Be careful! I have a bad cold and you don't want to catch my cooties while you read this. :)

Patti Mccaffrey, this is such a magic coincidence! My nickname is Kerry (don't try to figure out how you get Kerry from Erin, because you don't. Long story. ;) ) and here you have a sister named that. Wait, she's a World player. Hi, Kerry! Have a great trip in January and remember that Katie, Cassie, Bailey, Jeremy and Maddie will be hoping you bring them back something. ;)

And now on to Challenge #199:
 Where in the World #199

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Canon PowerShot SD890 IS, 7mm, 1/13s shutter, f/3.2, ISO 3200

It's the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater in Disney Hollywood Studios! I loved when they used to call out to what was going on the screen. : )

Cara Richards was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Cara and to all the readers who got the answer right: Jeffrey Dunne, Rob Blundin, Tina Santacroce, Brian Sheets, Paul Dickson, Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Clay Anthony, Carri Marotto, Denise Cayz , Kellie Harpel, Zachary Ott, Matt Degrandis, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Josh Weiss, Patti Deluca, John Foggo, Michelle Katz, Pam Tees, and Mike Hill. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #200: Where in the world is this?

LOOK! This is the 200th Where in the World challenge! TWO HUNDRED! Everybody celebrate! Smiley from millan.net

Now last week was a tough one for all the players who love them! What about this one? We're outside the parks this week: who is this guy and where do you find him?

 Where in the World #200

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 27th, 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!

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October 25, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Train Stations

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Train Stations is our theme this week. One of America's greatest railfans, Walt Disney had a deep love for trains. He was such a fan of trains that he built his own miniature railroad at his California home and named it the Carolwood Pacific Railroad. If you're a fan too, be sure to check out the Carolwood Pacific Railroad Room at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

Train Station
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 3s shutter, f8, ISO 100

The Main Street, USA train station in the Magic Kingdom is reminiscent of a bygone era. Here old steamer trunks and a shoeshine stand flank the grand staircase leading to the upper deck. If you stare at it long enough you can almost see a bustling station filled with people traveling the country.

Do you want to join in on the fun and share your Train Station pictures too? We'd love to see them. Head on over to Google+ and post your photo(s), adding the hashtag of #disneypics-trainstation. Then share it publicly so we can all see it. Check out #disneypics-trainstation to see everyone's pictures.


October 26, 2011

Pop Music for Halloween

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Last week I promised an overall review of my Labor Day weekend visit to Walt Disney World. That's going to be a little late as both my friend Terri and I aren't up to par for different reasons. In the meantime, enjoy a little Halloween treat.

Walking into work, one will find very large and many cotton cobwebs adorned with plastic spiders along with various ghostly decor. Skeletons of varying size adorn walls and cubicle entrances. String upon string of orange and purple lights dangle over 5' 8" walls. My area? You know I put up cutesy Disney Halloween cardboard cutouts featuring the Fab 5 and Pooh and friends. I got each package at Walgreens for $1.99.

While my decorations might be fewer in number and not so scary (curtsy), I have one other trick up my sleeve...my MP3 player. Come Halloween, my cute little pink Archos 104 will fill the air...up to 3 feet from my desk...with a concoction of dare I say...pop tunes and soundtracks that work for my favorite holiday.

I will share my complete list even those non-Disney songs in case you too want to be totally awesome and party at your own desk. Also, these songs are kid-safe and can be played around the little Tinker Bells and Tow Maters in search of candy.

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In no particular order other than the order I am typing them in right now as I type this.

The Munsters theme song
The Addams Family theme song
Addams Family Groove - MC Hammer (balloon pants optional)
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves - Cher
Oogie Boogie's Song - Nightmare Before Christmas
This is Halloween - Nightmare Before Christmas
Gremlins main theme - Gremlins
Grim Grinning Ghosts - let me think, maybe one of those rides at Disneyland or Magic Kingdom in Florida
Prince Ali (reprise by Jafar) - Aladdin, my boyfriend
Dreamweaver - Peter Frampton
Maneater - Hall & Oates
Thriller - Michael Jackson
To the Moon and Back - Savage Garden
Pirates of the Caribbean tunnel music (with 2 real drops) - Disneyland soundtrack
Great Pumpkin Waltz - It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Beetlejuice theme - Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice
Shake, Shake Senora - Beetlejuice
Black Cat - Janet Jackson
Be Prepared - The Lion King
Black Magic Woman - Santana
Hazard - Richard Marx
The Simpsons Halloween Special (Treehouse of Terror) - Songs in the Key of Springfield
Shake Your Bones - Disney's Halloween Songs & Sounds
Haunted House - Elvira cuz it's not Halloween without the queen of cheese
Heffalumps & Woozles - Winnie the Pooh
Ghostbusters - ditto
She Wolf - Shakira
Do You Believe in Magic? - Shaun Cassidy What? He's cute!
Thieves in the Temple - Prince
Boo to You - Magic Kingdom Event Party Music
Men in Black - Men in Black or on Will Smith's compilation
Hungry like the Wolf - Duran Duran
Jaws theme - Finding Nemo just kidding
Prologue- Little Shop of Horrors
Witch Doctor - Alvin and the Chipmunks
Les Poissons - The Little Mermaid (that is one sick song)
Cruella De Villa - 101 Dalmations
Time Warp - Glee cast cuz Glee makes scary things tolerable and I'm a wuss
Laundry Day - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along
Spiderwebs - No Doubt
Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell (Did we ever find out if that's Michael Jackson singing the main line?)
Maxwell's Silver Hammer - Steve Martin via Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club soundtrack
Star Trek main theme
The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Picket & The Cript Kickers
Davy Jones (song not the person) - Pirate's of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Coconut - Practical Magic soundtrack
Feed My Frankenstein - Alice Cooper I heard this for the 1st time a week ago...cornyyyyy.
The Nights the Lights Went Out in Georgia - Vicki Lawrence (surprisingly good choice, huh?)
I Put a Spell on You - Hocus Pocus
Nightmare on My Street - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith pre-movies)
Star Wars theme by John Williams - shout out to the former Boston Pops Orchestra conductor

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Have a safe and fun Halloween. Save me some Twix bars and Twizzlers!!


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October 27, 2011

Halloween Main Street Station in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Magic Kingdom's Main Street Train Station decorated for Halloween, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Station decorated for Halloween.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 35mm focal length

The Main Street Station of the Walt Disney World Railroad gets into the Halloween spirit and is my Disney Pic of the Week on Train Stations.

October 28, 2011

Haunted Mansion Interactive Queue

A Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is not complete until you visit the Haunted Mansion. For the party, the Haunted Mansion gets spooky lighting and atmospheric effects (ie., fog) and a ghost greets guests on the lawn as they make their way to the mansion's library entrance.

Ghost in front of the Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Ghost in front of the Haunted Mansion during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 5600, EV +0.6.

Since my last visit, a new interactive graveyard queue has been added. You can play musical instruments and an organ which has a surprise or two if you play it.

Graveyard queue at the Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Organ in the graveyard queue at the Haunted Mansion.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

Even Master Gracey has a more prominent location so guests may pay their respects.

Master Gracey's tomb at the Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Master Gracey's tomb in the graveyard queue at the Haunted Mansion.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

I heard there is a mystery to be solved as you follow the clues through the graveyard. Puzzles to be deciphered. Anyone know of this? What role does Uncle Jacob play with all the cash I am trying to borrow? Did he not know he could not take it with him?

Scottwdw visiting the Haunted Mansion queue in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Scottwdw visiting Uncle Jacob in the Haunted Mansion graveyard.

The Haunted Mansion interactive queue is a lot of fun to explore whether you are trying to solve the mystery, photographing all the new and old elements up close or playing along as you walk through.


October 29, 2011

Dawn Breaks at Disneyland

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton



It's rare for visitors to catch a glimpse of Disneyland before it opens, when the skies are a muted combination of purples, blues, and grays. It's a peaceful time with glowing lights and dew on the maticulously manicured gardens.

My photo was taken inside the front entrance during one of the annual CHOC Walk in the Park fundraisers. The event takes place before the parks open to the public. It is truly a sensational experience.

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Disney Pic of the Week - Train Stations


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October 30, 2011

Where in the World #201

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Thank you to everyone like Steve Jordan and Lily-pierre Couet who congratulated us on our milestone of 200 challenges! I looked it up: Barrie posted the first Where in the World on July 16, 2007. (I have no idea what that picture is. Do any of you?) So we didn't know it, but we reached our 4th anniversary this summer! Thank you so much to all of you who play Where in the World Photo Fun! It's because of you that we've had 200 posts and over 4 years!

Here was our landmark 200th Challenge:

 Where in the World #200

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2006 Erin Blackwell FinePix S5200, 25mm, 1/125s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 800

Say Hi to the Genie from his mural inside Disney's Days Of Christmas in the Disney Marketplace. Like Steve Jordan and his daughter, my husband and I are big Genie fans! I will admit that unlike Patti Mccaffrey, I had to look up that he is the 9th day: "On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Nine Genies flying". He's in the section where they have the Christmas Village houses and trains, near the personalization desk.

Craig was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Craig and to all the readers who got the answer right: Jodi Cook, Jen Cerce, Virginia Pierce, Lauren Thomas, Mike Haeberle, Sharon Pierce, Emily Dagney, Christine Dagney, Karen Schlumpf, Erin Dagney, Betsy Silvestri, Bruce Jones, Kelly Mager, Pam Tees, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Linda Scrivano, Theresa Rucando, Dawn Burns, Larissa Huda, The Kahle Family, Hillary Waldroop, Jason Wright, Zachary Ott, Pj Popsuj, Jacki Honig, Evanna Huda, Steve Jordan, Kerry Mccaffrey, Vicki And Elizabeth, William ,thomas Edwards, Patti Mccaffrey, Jamie K, Elizabeth Scarborough, Heather Hynes, Lily-pierre Couet, Carri Marotto, Amber Slifer, Leslie Stewart, Dan Owens, Jeff Finger, Carol J, Cara Richards, Caroline Burmester, Sharon Dale, Katie Bowling, Matt Degrandis, Lorraine Burmester, Jennifer Mercier, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Mackenzie D., and Mike Hill. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #201: Where in the world is this?

Get your tickets out because we're going back into the parks!

 Where in the World #201

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 3rd, 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!

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