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July 1, 2012

Where in the World #236

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Belated Happy 16th Birthday to Duskin Henard! His family got him a trip to Walt Disney World for his birthday. Isn't that nice? (Not that I'm jealous or anything. Not me...)

Welcome to new Player, Mathieu! We won over another one to our side!
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Here was last week's Challenge:
 Where in the World #235

And here's the answer:
Once Upon A Toy
Copyright © 2011 Erin Blackwell, Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, f3.2, 1/80sec, 7mm, ISO-80

Laura Tarbet, you're right (be nice to your mom about it). It's the sign for the Once Upon A Toy store in the Disney Marketplace, Downtown Disney.

You all know those little dump trucks: so cute as they move and their wheels form a Hidden Mickey, and as Mary Virginia Clause, Megan Krainski, and Beth Mcmeekin all pointed out, those beeping sounds! I forget about it between trips and always think a forklift is backing up. Then I start thinking, how many forklifts are coming through? :)

And as Clay Anthony said: "my kids favorite place in the 'World'; I have lost weight in this room - from my wallet!"

Heather Hynes, you can build a Mr. Potato Head AND a lightsaber all at once?! Those are some mad skills, girl! ;)

Marcie Soderlund, be careful calling Mr Potato Head your boyfriend. Because his wife is packing those angry eyes, know what I'm saying? :)

Danielle Ciotti Harsley was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Danielle and to all the readers who got the answer right: Evanna Huda, Lorine Landon, Agnes Ciotti, Tricia Petty, Phyllis Masse, Larissa Huda, Stephanie Visco, Emma Poprock, James And Kathy Berry, Hoekzema Family, Paul Dickson, Mike Walter, Stuart Hale, Erin Hammer, Mike and Susan of Team Hill, Kye Layton, Kelly Mager, Scott Greenbaum, Mary Virginia Clause, Anastasia Macneil, Tim Wingfield, Hayden Pronto-hussey, Patrick Broaddus, Tommy Montgomery, Sharon Pierce, Laurie Walker, Laura Tarbet, Mike O'brien, Amanda Campbell, Rebekah Anguish, Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Erica Lacey, Jenifer Moyer, Angie Young, Heather Young, Amy Young, Joanna, The Parker Family, Amanda Perkins, Deb Ragno, Callie Conrad, Kerri Coggins, Kerri Hancock, Jesse Tindall, Patti Miller, Allan Tam, Christine Griffin, Dustin Morehead, Dabney Wamsley, Megan Krainski, Cindy O'dell, Jenny Brennan, Joy Mullins, Melissa Mccracken, Chris Black, Jim Williams, Pam Vanaustin, Erin Mihalik, Courtney Payne, Pam Manseau, Paul B Macintyre, Beth Mcmeekin, Toni Smith, Phil Vickers, Veronica Jo, Jill H, Kenny, Brian Miller, Kelly Montgomery, Maureen Handy, Pollyanna Buff, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Danielle Quatrella, Craig, Sharon Dale, Nicole Moscato, The Strukel Family, Julie Wickware, Todd Ritter, Jason Deptula, Michelle Boykin, Michelle Thompson, Karen Ramirez, Duskin Henard, Josh Weiss, Ellie Argaluza, Kelsi B, Krystal Pound, Claire Gregory, Lori Gault, Stephanie Mcnamee, Jason Hocker, Maryann Eckenrode , Patti Mccaffrey, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Kerry A., Kerry Mccaffrey, Matt Martel, Maggie Klotz, Nick Bentz, Alan Mize, Christopher Barnes, Jamie K, Nicole Ruzinski, Bill Mckim, David Matthew Haney, Paula Massarelli, Kristen Mccoy, Rebecca Keenan, Carolyn Como, Vera Williams, Gerald Buford, Brian Haas, Jennifer Harmon, John Sheridan, Laura V., Clay Anthony, Doug Olson Family, Mckenzie Donald, Michael Gainey, Gareth Molyneux, Timothy Hutchinson, Les Stewart, Bob Patterson, Jared Orth, Melesia Love, Jessica Folan, Jeremy Reichelt, Tom Hermes, Andrew Weed, John Paul, Jack Foley, Billie Jean Albolino, Jim Thompson, Allison Caputa, Kristen Carde, Karen Wojnicki, Marie Seilus, Alison Rosenberger, Stephanie Linares, Dan Owens, Carolyn R. Conway, Hailey Gill, Lily-pierre &Mathieu, Michelle Wilinski, Bob Henriksen, Heather Hynes, Nicole Shuler, Lisa Laskowski, John Ames, Angie Messer, Emily Hudson, Karen Smith, Andrea Kruszewski, Teresa Cole, Hobbes And Snorky, Dan Johnston, Austin Oblenis, Ashley, Dee Dee Kenney, Wayne Chadourne, Matt Degrandis, Jennifer Rupert, Sandie Albrecht, Paul Knott, Michelle Bates, Kathryn Willer, Marcie Soderlund, Lauree Little, Paul Newbiggin, Hillary Waldroop, Joy Ousterout, Elyssa H., Richard And Lisa Palmer, Matthew Jadro, Nancy Ahlsen, Kathryn Pietruszka, Katerina, Clinton Dickinson, Patty Norman, Sheila Saey, Dawn, Rebecca Smith, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Chip Vermette, Dave Carriere, Thomas Higbee, Barclay Bakkum, Les Whitten, Christine Dagney, Erin Dagney, Brian Grabowski, Alan Lichtman, Staci Plunkett, Nancy, Virginia Pierce , Christi Ison, Mary Tackett, Sarah Holodick, Wendy Barney, Ed Elder, and Scott Davis. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #236: Where in the world is this?
We're going back into the parks!

 Where in the World #236

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 5th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.
See you next week, Players!
Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

July 3, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week - Water Fountains

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney Imagineers use water fountains to enhance the beauty of the parks all over the world. Some are very large like the Fountain in Epcot and some are small like the one kids play in at Downtown Disney. So, I was not surprised to see a water fountain on the Disney Dream cruise ship inside the Enchanted Garden restaurant.

Water fountain in the Enchanted Garden restaurant on the Disney Dream cruise ship.
Water fountain in the Enchanted Garden restaurant on the Disney Dream cruise ship.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/4.5, ISO 1600, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday with her Disney Pic of Week on Water Fountains.

July 4, 2012

Dealing with Dietary Restrictions at Disneyland

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Last week I relayed information about dining out at Walt Disney World when you have dietary restrictions and food allergies. Today, we'll look at how the Disneyland Resort handles the same situation.

First, for those unfamiliar with Disneyland and California Adventure, these parks are smaller than their siblings in Florida. Meaning there are fewer places to eat and kitchens are rarely shared. In addition, calling to make a dining reservation is simpler. Call 714-781-DINE (3463) and the Cast Member will take all of your info. Advise the Cast Member of food allergies, special diets, and dietary restrictions. There's no lengthy reservation number to worry about forgetting to take with you, your name is enough. Should you forget your name, the First Aid station is on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland and in the Pacific Wharf section of California Adventure.

When you check in at the restaurant, remind the host/hostess that you'll need to see a manager of chef. You'll be asked to advise your server who will then act accordingly. In some cases, depending on the menu and your allergies, it might not be necessary to seek out a chef but have the server act as your liaison.

An advantage that the Disneyland Resort has over Walt Disney World is because they deal with fewer Guests and special requests, it is easier to contact the restaurant itself in advance. I have personally spoken to chefs and managers days before my arrival so they know what they'll need ahead of time. In one instance it meant not marinating a piece of salmon. In other instances it meant grabbing food from another kitchen that's not connected. To locate a restaurant's phone number, try calling Guest Relations 714-781-7290 or dining reservations 714-781-DINE (3463).

The almighty book of ingredients (Can I get an Amen?!) does not exist at Disneyland. Why? I'm glad you asked. The Disneyland Resort relies on various vendors for food supplies and it changes somewhat often. Suppose they need to order chicken strips and vendor A can't fill the order. Disney will then contact vendor B. Vendor A's chicken strips could be marinated with spices while vendor B's chicken is plain. See the problem? What happens at counter service eateries in my experience, is the manager will literally cut the label off the box of chicken (or other food) and bring it to you. Now you know exactly what you're getting.

Something else to note is to never assume something is safe. Pasta is cooked with black pepper (or white pepper) at Red Rockett's Pizza Port. That never would have crossed my mind but in talking to a chef there, I learned the easy way. They accommodate me every time by cooking my pasta separately.

During my last visit, my friend Yoli and I had brunch at Goofy's Kitchen. The chef walked me through the buffet pointing out what was and wasn't safe. Then he asked what did I want that wasn't pre-made. He made me a pizza with my selection of ingredients, American cheese, black olives, mushrooms, and zucchini, hold the sauce. Other food came my way and as usual, the chef made too much for one person in one sitting. Did you know that if your food is not from a physical buffet, you can take your leftovers?

Always allow for more time to eat since your meal will be made under supervision and separately from menu items.

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Remember, you can bring your own food into the parks but Disney cannot heat or refrigerate (certain exceptions apply, call Guest Services) it for you.

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July 5, 2012

Fairy Fountain

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Rarely do I ever set foot in Innoventions East or West at Walt Disney World's Epcot. Take me to Disneyland and it's another story. Sitting in Tomorrowland, this multi-floor facility showcases technology in the home, games, quizzes, and has some great spots to relax and unwind.

Drenched in purple and green colored gels, this fairy sits quietly, enjoying the sound of running water through the tiered fountain.

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I hope you like my entry for Disney Pic of the Week - Fountains

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July 6, 2012

Patriotism at the American Adventure

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Member of the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps saluting the American flag in front of the American Adventure in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Member of the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps saluting the American flag in front of the American Adventure.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/13, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

When it comes to American Patriotism, the Walt Disney Company is a master at bringing on such feelings for the citizens of the United States. Performances of the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps occur several times a day in front of the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.

July 8, 2012

Where in the World #237

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

We celebrated two holidays in the past week, Players! Canada Day and American Independence Day!
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I hope you had a great holiday!

Players, I missed two winners last week: John Paul Carnell and Pecosace. I put your name in for the monthly drawing and I am very sorry this happened. Unfortunately, I do make the mistake once in awhile - rarely, thank goodness! - or entries come in after the deadline. If it does happen, please just let me know! I will always correct the error and apologize.

Mike Haeberle asked about the Monthly Calendar pages that used to be posted on the photo blog. Those were done by Barrie Brewer who, sadly for us-fortunately for her, got a job requiring more time. (Barrie, if you read this: smooches!)
Fortunately for her fans, she does still post the calendar pages on her photography site.

Bob Henriksen, could you ask your granddaughter to come to the screen? Hi! I'm so glad you like playing our game and that you are such a big help to your grandfather! Smiley from millan.net

Here was last week's Challenge:
 Where in the World #236

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell, Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, f13, 1/160sec, 18mm, ISO-80

It's the sign outside Pinocchio Village Haus! I did my best to say the Haus with an Arnold Schwarzenegger accent just for you, Jenn Steele. Hope you liked it. ;)

One of the best parts of this quick service restaurant is the windows looking down into "it's a small world". But as Laurie Walker, Mickey Eckert, Agnes Ciotti, Kyler Scott pointed out, if you sit by the windows, you have to wave to the people going by in the Small World boats. It's part of the Disney spirit!

And, Agnes Ciotti, thanks for putting the Small World song in my head. Players, if I'm hearing this over and over, then we all are:

it's a world of laughter, a world or tears
it's a world of hopes, its a world of fear
theres so much that we share
that its time we're aware
its a small world after all!

Everybody! (I'm feeling it now!)

it's a small world after all
it's a small world after all
it's a small world after all
it's a small, small world!

Now everyone wave at the boats! Smiley from millan.net

Dave Carriere, you said the chocolate cake is probably bigger than your head. So.... are you saying you need someone to help you with it? 'Cause.... I'd be willing to help. In the name of team spirit, of course.

Look, Les Stewart, you made it! ;) And here's to the team effort of The Hanna Family! Special mention to Mary Tackett's 15 year old son's stomach who told his mom in no uncertain terms where the answer was for this week! And to Patrick Broaddus' wife who lists this as one of her favorite place to eat, so he KNOWS this sign well!

Also, we get to share the special memory of the Hoekzema Family's one son who celebrated using a spoon on his own for the first time with a chocolate gelato here at Pinocchio Village Haus!

Ed Elder was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ed and to all the readers who got the answer right: Hayley Valk, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Diane Tredore, Staci Plunkett , Teresa Plunkett, Betsy Silvestri, Mike O'brien , Mackenzie D., Kelly Mager, Maryann Eckenrode, Mary Beth Tarbet, Evanna Huda, Larissa Huda, Leigh Mertz, Maureen Handy, Dee Dee Kenney, Deb Ragno, Anastasia Macneil, Kristie Bazile, Jody Severson, Dawn Burns, Marian Leafblad, Trina Noggle, Jennifer Rowell, Zachary Feller, Lee Anastasi, Belicia Cullen, Anne Marie Cronin, Scott Cullen, Megan Mullaney, Kye Layton, Sam Magri, Terri Vicknair, Laura V., Jason Hocker, Kathy Rubin, Ron Hunt, Karla Mcginnis, Shannon Milair, Jenny Brennan, Matt Holley, Chris Masse, Angela Krosick, Vera Williams, Karen Nevill, Laurie Walker, Louise Barton, Tom Koval, Rebecca Keenan, Cindy Nagel, Dave Wang, Ann Davidson, Annemarie, Bonnie Bradford, Jen Tremley, Diane Ramos, Tara Weaver, Angie Young, Mary Brennan, Lorine Landon, Ruth Woodhouse, Team Hill, Jennifer A Walker, Theresa Lucotti, Danielle, Kevin Miller, Ken Maikowski, Sharon Pierce, Jodi Cook, Bill Cudney, Debra Kuklinski, Kelsi B, Pasquale Crea, Curtis Bille, Paul Knott, Patty Carty, Heather Young, Susie Howard, Leigh Robillard, K. Beasley , Alan Mize, Craig, Pollyanna Buff, Misty Mehelic, Kerri Coggins, Keith Brown, Scott Precise, Sharon Lucia, The Malesky Family, Amy, Julie Wickware, Pam Vanaustin, Mickey Eckert, Lindsey Nozal, Michael Joel Gainey, Karen Smith, Kelly Reynolds, Amanda Perkins, Annie Snodgrass, Brian Miller, Lori Rienhardt, Vicki Edwards, Linda Scrivano, Luis Rodriguez, Paulnewman, Karen Ramirez, Sharon Dale, Jim Van, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Richard Memmory, John Ames, Amy Young, The Strukel Family, Angela And David Blevins, Nicole Shuler, Sara Findlay, Megan Krainski, Jeremy Hardy, Hobbes And Snorky, Richard And Lisa Palmer, Maggie Klotz, Janet Thorn, Nicole Perrone, Jamie K, Vanessa Stjohn, Kathryn Pietruszka, Carolyn Hashimoto, Pecosace, Tom Hermes, Doug Olson Family, The Hanna Family, Rebekah Schultz, Mary Tackett, Christopher Barnes, Bruce Hinterleitner, Erin Loring, Tha Parker Family, Jen Cerce, Griffin Harpel, Claire Gregory, Kelly Zanauskas, Allyson &Ben Sodrosky, Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, Ron Harper, Emily Hudson, Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Jolynn Digiallonardo, Katie Bray, Kathryn Perkins, Walter N. Clark, Carolyn Como, Paul Dickson, Agnes Ciotti, Jonathan Ward, Tommy Montgomery, Tracy Muphy, Gabriella And Matthieu, Derek Carty, Kristyn Scibienski, Dan Owens, Lisa Zitek, Cathy Connors, Dave Kanigowski, Jonah Rigby, Sandy Kanigowski, Michelle Boewe, Virginia Pierce , Diane Batista, Tom Buck, Claudia Callinan, Mary Kay Samluk, Mary Kay Samluk, Jennifer Harmon, Michelle Biel, Mary Kay Samluk, Elyssa H., Jack Foley, Heather Hynes, Monica Owens , Shelly Borella, Jeremy Reichelt, Tricia Petty, Stuart Hale, Patrick Broaddus, Kristen Mccoy, Karrie Duffey, Bob Henriksen, The O'meara Family, Dave Carriere, Trish Babler, Andrea Kruszewski, Tinkerbell Wells, Becky Norman, Jamie Poynton, The Kertes Family, Matthew Jadro, Daniel P Diehm, Kelly Smith, Karen Bellamy, Sue Vanvleet, Hillary Waldroop, Jeff Finger, Jim Thompson, Nancy Johansen, Theresa Rucando, Wendy T Faler, Andrew Drummond, Paul Pearsall, Debbie Cody, Cathy Mager, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Kerry Mccaffrey, Brian Mcwithey, Lily-pierre &Mathieu, Kerry A., Christine D, Olivia D., Les Whitten, Kyler Scott, Heidi Goodhue, Mike Mondoux, Carol Gamill, Hoekzema Family, Ashley Pizzino, Nicole Ruzinski, The Moore Family, Gerald Buford, Phil Vickers, Anne Hainsworth, Erin Connell, Nathalie Periard, Hunter Armstrong, Jill Hauth, James And Kathy Berry, Kat Curtis, Paul Newbiggin, Kristi Strembicki, Kelly Glover, Bill Shultz, Margie Larmon, M'shel Bowen, David Ballard, Dustin Morehead, Linda Mac, Stefan Owens, Rose Hippel, Jackie Graebel, Katie Wood, Bob Burge , Al Ganter, Chad Bell, Erica Lacey, Kenny, Russ Morgan, Jane Johnson, Susan Higginbotham, Josh Weiss, Cary Burke, Steve Knapp, Julie Duffy, George Mundy Jr, Ed Suscreba, Josh Carney, Jenn Steele, Tom Higbee, Amy Schweizer, Anjanette Tournillon, Evald Olson, Dawn Pilla, Diane Curfman, Joann Albrecht, and Les Stewart. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for! The monthly winner for June is Mackenzie D.! Mackenzie, you have AllEars swag that will be sent to you from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #237: Where in the world is this?

What do you think? Look familiar?

 Where in the World #237

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 12th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

July 10, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week - World Showcase at Night

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Today (and Thursday), we take a brief moment to stop and look around Epcot's World Showcase after the sun goes down. While I prefer seeing foreign (and domesticated) countries during the day, there is a soothing calmness at night. People are tired, quieter, and in fewer numbers, especially during Extra Magic Hours and after Illuminations.

My image of choice comes from Karamell-Küche aka the Werther's shop. It was a late September night and as my friend Terri and I walked slowly with tired achy feet, came across a miracle. The store was empty, free of tourists, an oasis, even. Breathe in the deliciousness of silky smooth caramel and not other shoppers.

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July 11, 2012

Photography Tips from it's a small world Cast

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


In another exclusive conversation with the Cast Members of it's a small world, they wanted to jump into my photography blog and offer their own advice. Based on the millions upon millions of both happy singers and grumpy eye rollers who point camera lenses at them, they have incomprehensible experience on how best to record your memories at their infamous attraction.

Hello. I am Zahra and I wish to help you with an easy lesson. It can be difficult to take a sharp photo from a boat when using a point and shoot camera. They must focus first and then the flash goes off. This takes a few seconds and you will have passed by my friends by then. If this happens to you, use a computer software program to crop photos. This is a picture of me (far right) and my friends. You cannot see them well and the people in the back have lost their heads. I can barely look.

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Make the picture better by cropping out those you cannot see well. Your friends will think you are amazing with a lovely photo of just me. Please remember, you can use this technique on any photo but don't risk removing your mother-in-law or you'll move into your car.

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Buenos dias. My name is Niña Luna and these are my brothers, Fernando and Nefty. Buying a new camera is exciting, almost as exciting as going on a Disney vacation. Make time to use it before leaving home and test out the various functions. Higher-end cameras let you change the flash output. What we see and what a camera's lens sees are different. If you don't get a good sense of how powerful the flash is, you can blow out all of the highlights and sometimes mid-tones, too. And yes, the opposite holds true if you reduce the flash's output and your picture will be too dark. I hope you enjoyed my tip and I'll see you soon. Hasta luego.

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Stitch take picture! Stitch take picture on surfboard! Give Stitch camera. Please. Give Stitch camera now! Okay, you want to play tough? Stitch tell you something nice. Time picture for action. Press shutter button just before all surfboard in view. Then take more picture when flash recharge. Too slow? Buy D-SLR. Now give Stitch camera. Hey. Where you going? Bye bye.

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Welcome to Africa. I am Omar, the handsome drummer. Joining me are Rashid and Khalil, the horn players. My humble elephant, Barbarella, moves in time to our music. How you frame your subjects largely changes a picture's impact. I suggest that you take strong hold of your camera, zoom in on a level, hold down the shutter button so it keeps focusing, and then with quick reflexes, push it down without moving the camera. Think quick if you're sailing thru it's a small world and use a film speed of at least 400. The colors in here are bright but there's no sunlight. Thank you for coming. Goodbye my friends.

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July 12, 2012

Blue Hour in Epcot's Morocco

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Koutoubia Minaret at night in Epcot's Morocco in the World Showcase,Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Koutoubia Minaret at night in Epcot's Morocco in the World Showcase.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/25s, f/3.5, ISO 6400, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Blue hour is a special time for photographers. While the human eye can not detect it easily, a long exposure will build up the deep blue sky color. I like to put lighted buildings or areas with blue hour as I like the yellow lights against the blue. Such was a night in Epcot's Morocco pavilion with the Koutoubia Minaret, prayer tower, in golden light against the twilight sky. Hope you enjoyed my Disney Pic of the Week on World Showcase at Night.

July 13, 2012

Tiki Gods in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A few weeks ago I reviewed the ebook, 10 Must Take Photos for the Magic Kingdom. At the time I mentioned I would be using the book on my next trip. The one photo which intrigued me the most was found on page 19, the Tiki Gods. The monolithic Tikis are found in Adventureland in an area well traveled by guests. The Tiki Gods drum out an infectious beat while spraying water periodically. The book suggested using a wide angle lens to be able to get all them in the frame and take their photo at night.

The day I planned to photograph the Tiki Gods the Magic Kingdom had Extra Magic Hours at night. As the clock on the Pirates of the Caribbean went past midnight, I set up my tripod before the wooden Polynesian deities with an ultra wide angle lens on my camera. This allowed me to get in close enough for people to walk behind me and still be out of reach of the Tiki's water streams.

Tiki Gods at night in Magic Kingdom's Adventureland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Tiki Gods at night in Adventureland.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 10s, f/8, ISO 800, EV 0, 14mm focal length.

To make sure I got all the Tiki Gods in focus, I set the aperture to f/8. Using Aperture Priority mode gave a 10 second shutter speed at an ISO of 800. The results look very HDR-ish with the lighting bringing out the texture in the Tiki God's wooden surfaces. They did give me pause as they stared me down between takes.

July 15, 2012

Where in the World #238

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Patti Mccaffrey, you know I love you more than my luggage. (Hopefully you know this movie quote.) So I'm sorry about last week's mistake and you're in the winners list!

Maryann Eckenrode, I always say: age is just a number. And mine is unlisted. :-)

Willaim And Vicki Edwards, your son is awesome. A person with the courage of his convictions. Awesome!

You hear that, Melinda Lenz? Courage, Conviction! Because you are a beautiful snowflake! (Although, I second guess myself all the time too. :)

So, Daniel Schweizer, you and your brother take pictures with your phones and do your own Where in the World? (Or did I read that wrong and Daniel is your dad?) Either way, that is fantastic! Maybe when I retire and you grow up, you can take over the game here at AllEars!

Here was last week's Challenge:
 Where in the World #237

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © 2011 Erin Blackwell, Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, f/5, 1/100sec, 11mm, ISO-200

It's the waterwheel at the Morocco pavilion in Epcot. That's right, Epcot. Not the OTHER Morocco pavilion; the one in Epcot. I was waiting for the Friendship boat and noticed what a nice view it was!

So uncross those fingers, Susan & Mike Hill. You got it right! :)

Mary Beth Tarbet wants to point out she was in Epcot last week. Good for you, Mary Beth! (braggart. I mean, what? I didn't say that! ;) )

Alan Mize said: "I never really thought about how many water wheels there are on WDW property until now." Right?! I didn't think about it either until I saw all the ones in Player answers. I forgot about the one at Port Orleans! Waterwheels: as much a part of Disney parks as Hidden Mickeys. Well, maybe not that much, but they're in a lot of places!

Kenny was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kenny and to all the readers who got the answer right: Staci Plunkett, Mary Beth Tarbet, Chris Masse, Maureen Handy, Tinkerbell Wells, The Strukel Family, Christine Griffin, Lee Anastasi, Katelyn Rapoza, Laura V., Lynette Michalos, Maria Smith, Evanna Huda, Larissa Huda, Emily Hudson, The Parkers, Emily Jabas, Team Hill, John Ames, Hannah Couture, Carolyn Como, Nora Martinez, Leigh Mertz, Julie Wickware, Maggie Klotz, Karen Ramirez, Sharon Dale, Kerri Coggins, Derek Carty, Sharon Pierce, Deb Ragno, Anastasia Macneil, Kevin Welch, John Klein, Jeremy Hardy, Hobbes And Snorky, Chris Yesutis, Christopher Barnes, Patty Carty, Bruce Hinterleitner, James And Kathy Berry, Craig, Pam Vanaustin, Betsy Dross, Mickey Eckert, Beth Mcmeekin, The Moore Family, Angie Young, Hillary Waldroop, Daniel Schweizer, Kristen Mccoy, Cameron Lange, Monica Owens, Kelly Feeko, Les Stewart, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Jen Tremley, Kerry Mccaffrey, Ashley P., Kevin Miller, Audra Miller, Paul Knott, Luis Rodriguez, Alan Mize, Karen Smith, Kristi Strembicki, Stefan Owens, Patti Mccaffrey, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Evald Olson, Tom Buck, Matt Holley, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Cathy Mager, Doug Olson Familiy, Ray Horwath, The Patterson Family, Stacy Guarracino, and Dan Owens. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for! The monthly winner for June is Mackenzie D.! Mackenzie, you have AllEars swag that will be sent to you from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #237: Where in the world is this?

We are leaving the parks, Players! And headed for... HMMM, where?
 Where in the World #238

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 19th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

July 17, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week: Disney Maps

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When planning my very first trip to Walt Disney World back in 1983. Websites like this was still more than a decade in the future. I had to rely on a book called Birnbaum's Walt Disney World which showed detailed maps of both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The only two parks at the time. I spent hours with that book to make sure I got the most out of my vacation (which doubled as my honeymoon).

Today, you can find maps of any Disney themepark in the world online. Click this link for maps of Walt Disney World here on AllEars.net. When you enter any Disney park there are maps and entertainment guides readily available and in many languages. Shops and carts will have them, too. One of those things we take for granted by must cost Disney plenty to keep updated and fresh.

If you could not see, all these maps are of no use to you. In each Walt Disney World park there are braille maps for the blind and visually impaired. This one is located at the International Gateway entrance to World Showcase in Epcot.

Braille map of Epcot at the International Gateway entrance to World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Braille map of Epcot at the International Gateway entrance to World Showcase.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 1100, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday with her Disney Pic of the Week photo about Maps in the Disney parks.

July 18, 2012

Remember to Change Camera Setting

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Having used film cameras my entire life, I was perfectly happy with what I had and the knowledge of how my equipment would perform. I used the proper film speed for where and what I was doing. For my SLRs, I had my flash and battery booster to make it recharge quicker. I love it all.

I've begrudgingly adjusted to digital photography. I know the advantage of endlessly changing film speeds and the incredible amount of control I have over a point and shoot camera.

What happens every once in a great while is I'll temporarily forget my previous settings as I move onto to something new. Let me share a fairly recent example.

I was at Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel taking photos of the check-in desk and signs. In an effort to avoid glare from various shiny surfaces, I set the white balance to Fluorescent, to work with the lighting. Before we were called in to be seated, I dashed outside and took a shot of the sign.

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I looked at it on my LCD screen and saw that is was yellow. After letting out some unspellable sound, I set the white balance for Day Light and re-shot the sign..

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Whew! That's much better.

As you move from one lighting condition to another, stop and ask yourself, Do I need to change anything (ISO, f-stop, shutterspeed, pre-set modes)?

Granted, those of you who only use Auto don't have to worry about changing settings.

Learn more about white balance from my previous blog.


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July 20, 2012

Disney Panoramic Views

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Back in October of 2009, I wrote a post called Pano-Magic about how to best take a set of photos to create a panoramic image. This post will show you some common mistakes made when taking photos for and creating the panoramics in post-processing. Due to the locations, all of the photos were taken hand-held.

If you recall when I reviewed the Nassau Forts and Junkanoo Discovery Tour, the one thing I wished I had was more time at Fort Fincastle. The panoramic you see below is the result of being rushed. I took these four photos quickly and, as I was reviewing them, was told we were moving on. I knew they would not create the panoramic image I had in mind. The wide angle shot in the review link is much better. Next time I did a panoramic set of photos, I made sure I had more time.

Panoramic view from the top of Fort Fincastle on Nassau in the Bahamas.
Panoramic view from the top of Fort Fincastle on Nassau in the Bahamas.
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This panoramic of Castaway Cay was planned. I knew about the Lookout Tower from my first visit to Castaway Cay. I had visions of a beautiful Caribbean blue sky with sunshine gleaming off the Disney Dream on the horizon. That vision was dashed with the weather but I still wanted the panoramic. I did a couple of things wrong here. First, I did not set my camera to full manual so that the exposure would be the same in each of the photos. As you can see, the photo used for the Disney Dream is a bit underexposed in comparison to the other four photos. Second, you can see a duplicate clearing on the left side. The panoramic stitching software I used did not properly line up the edges. I should have fixed that before saving the panoramic. Also, should have read my Pano-Magic post first, eh?

Panoramic view from the top of Lookout Tower on Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.
Panoramic view from the top of Lookout Tower on Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.
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The last one I want to show you I am very proud of. During the Streets of America photowalk, the group got a backstage tour of the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show. The panoramic image of the garage took four photos and I was so very careful to overlap them enough so the panoramic stitching software could do its magic. This time I made sure my camera was in manual mode to keep the exposure the same. I was told by the stunt drivers giving the tour, they can strip down and totally rebuild any of the vehicles used during the shows.

Panoramic view of the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show garage in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Panoramic view of the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show Garage.
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Many photo editing programs today can perform the stitching needed to create panoramic images. Check to see if yours does. If not, there are many quality stand alone programs suited to the task. Of course, the better you plan and produce the photos for the panoramic, the better your results will be. Right, Scott?

July 22, 2012

Where in the World #239

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Melinda Lenz, I love it! Courage! Conviction! YEAH! (Jason was close, but wrong, but hey, Walt Disney was SO wrong about Circus World in Disneyland, and we STILL love him!) Up top, sister! Smiley from millan.net

P.j. Popsuj, thank you for your WONDERFUL note!

Gallagher Family, you are ALWAYS on board! *fist bump*

Annie Snodgrass, I'm glad you enjoyed the Steel Magnolias quote. Because, "The only thing I have ever said to you, ever, is that I want you to be happy." :)

Rob And April Vanderpool! Heck yeah, missed you!

Here was the July 15th Challenge:
 Where in the World #238

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © 2011 Erin Blackwell

Let's get to the answer right now, because Bonnie Tulenko has her fingers crossed this week, and she could cramp up. Plus Lauree Little has promised to wait for the answer and we don't want to push the edge of her patience!

It's the 57 Chevy Golf cart at the Pop Century Resort. I so love this thing! We typically stay at Fort Wilderness, home of decorated golf carts, and if I had this one, I'd decorate it for Christmas with a Christmas tree strapped to the roof and other things to make it look like a family coming home with their tree!

I thought this would be a bit of a toughie; silly me! I forgot how many people have been to Pop Century or seen pictures of it. Claire Gregory, you were so right. ;)

James and Kathy Berry, your aunt had a 50s Chevy?! Do you still have it? Let's go cruisin'! I'll pay for the gas!

I bet those golf cart seats get hot in the Florida sunshine, Karen Smith! Like those older cars our parents or some relative had with the vinyl seats and no air conditioning, and as kids, we'd lose a few layers off the back of our thighs, remember? And they'd say to us that we had the open window, like all that hot air from the outside was a big help. -big grin! (That doesn't mean I don't want to still go cruisin', James and Kathy. I'll sit on a towel, don't care. Classic car, baby!)

Chris Masse was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Chris and to all the readers who got the answer right: Sharon Pierce, Larissa Huda, The Strukel Family, Kenny, Chris Kelly, Sandra Shaw, Belicia Cullen, Carol & Alex Gamill, Staci Plunkett, Mary Beth Tarbet, Teresa Plunkett, Dale Knight, Tinkerbell Wells, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Debbie Desimone, Anjanette Tournillon, Scott Cullen, Al Desimone, Evanna Huda, Maureen Handy, Gabriella &Matthieu, Doug Olson Family, Will Gates, Laurie Walker, Emily Hudson, Ashley Hoffman, Leigh Mertz, Sherrie Morse, Robby Bennett, Theresa Rucando, Heather Metzler, Candice Grimes, The Whipple Family, Jennifer Snook, The Parkers, Claire Gregory, Chris Black, Suanne Denham, Blythe Pritchett, Julie Wickware, Janet Fosbender, Anne, Ken Jackson, Mailin Pares, Jenny Brennan, Kathy Jones, Dana Cortese, Craig, Kye Layton, Tom Biglin , Virginia Pierce, Melea Broekers, Maureen Leininger, Mary Thatcher, Bruce Hinterleitner, Megan K, Scott Mitchell, Emily Jabas, Vera Williams, Clare S, Denise Cayz , Ann Marie Baldwin, Bill Mckim, Lainie Marsh, Jessi Harp, Brenda, Scott Greenbaum, Tommy Montgomery, Paul Dickson, Ali Yesutis, Mike Osmond, John Ames, Shelley Diederich, Mike And Julie Phillips, Ed Hogan, Ed Suscreba, Gary Cruise, Christopher Barnes, Laura V., Wendy Ip, Sherry Klinefelter, Karen Mitchell, Duskin Henard, The O'meara Family, Team Hill, Chad Bell, Ashley P., Anne Heffentreyer, Theresa Lucotti, Kathy Opitz, Jeffrey Dunne, Deb Ragno, Tere G, The Malesky Family, Ronald Delorey, Dawn Burns, Betsy Silvestri, Marian Leafblad, Nick Straka, Kelley Bessette, Lauren Mullins, Regina Allen, Josh Weiss, Double Family, Jim Van, Kristi Strembicki, David B, Nancy Johansen, Allie Reckendorf, Marie Rogowski, Maggie Klotz, Kerri Coggins, The Moore Family, Jeremy Hardy, Tracy Discher, Hobbes And Snorky, Mackenzie D., Gloria Kimmel , Hannah Couture, Kelly Feeko, Susie, Nick Bentz, Alan Mize, Amy Weber, Brendan Abel, Karen Johnson , Karen Schlumpf, Dan Mangini, Doug Reichl, Callie C., Curtis Bille, Patty Carty, Hannah M, Mary Greger, Tim Jeltes, Rich Hall, Dana Hinterleitner, Deb Vacek, Laurie Pasnick, Vicki Vaught, Annie Snodgrass, Rebecca Keenan, Roxanne Kliebert, Gloria Martin, Tom Buck, Robert Anderson, Shaun Leake, Pam Vanaustin, Carrie, Kris Nixon, Travis Grim, Patti Mccaffrey, Carolyn Como, Mickey Eckert, Trish Babler, Jonathan Thomas, Angie Young, Kristyn Scibienski, Olivia D., Christine D., Matt And Danielle Murgia, Melesia Love, Bonnie Tulenko, Alison Rosenberger, Carla C, Elyssa H., Bruce Jones, Tricia Petty, Susan Doucette, Sandieaabrecht, Randy Krugman, Teresa Cole, Karrie Duffey, Sara Holloway, David And Melissa Lizewski, Karen Smith, Morgan M., Mona Hornbuckle, Stuart Hale, Patrick Broaddus, Froneberger Family, Carolyn R. Conway, Erin Hammer, Chuck Everson, Diane Ramos, Cathy Connors, Kathy Curtis, Marc Fumo, Les Stewart, John Sheridan, Debbie Cody, Meredith Rule, Jennifer Mercier, Rebecca Dehaan, Kris Blamphin, John Pasqueralli, Jonathan Ward, Andrea Kruszewski, Bambi, Jennifer Rupert, Margie Larmon, The Patterson Family, Jen Tremley, Brian Grabowski, Kerry A., Dee Dee Kenney, Kim Morris, Paul Knott, Wendy T Faler, Dustin Morehead, Rebecca Baker, Katrina Wannerkatrinacolo, Kathryn Willer, Amber Nash, Matt Holley, Cheryl Costello, Cathy Mager, Diane Batista, Kristen Figuerado, Leigh Robillard, John Klein, Elaine Spring, James And Kathy Berry, Kathy Rosenwinkel, Sarah Haas, Tara Weaver, Jullie Pudem, Mark Proper, Mike Pennington, Marsha Morgan, Karen Hotchkiss, Sharon Dale, Jeff Reynolds, Liz Moreau, Janet Medlin, Larry Brooks, Evald Olson, Kristy Holland, Lauree Little, Stacey Williams , Linda Mac, Chip Vermette, Linda Ranatza, Tom Higbee, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Nancy, Dan Owens, P.j. Popsuj, Stacy Guarracino, Hillary Waldroop, Amanda Kenney, Brian Richmond, Gallagher Family, Vicki Edwards, Audra Miller, Kevin Miller, Roye Ann Morris, Agnes Ciotti, Daniel Record, Jane Johnson, Jake Christopher, Monica Owens, Nicole Shuler, Jason Skow, Jaclyn Kelch, Stefan Owens, Rob And April - Team Vanderpool, and Linda Scrivano. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for! The monthly winner for June is Mackenzie D.! Mackenzie, you have AllEars swag that will be sent to you from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #239: Where in the world is this?

Back into the parks, Players!

 Where in the World #239

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 26th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

July 24, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week - Italy

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Italy brings to mind the aroma of hearty, rich red sauce, the vision of gondolas floating between homes, and the sound of accordions playing. When you can't make it all the way to Europe, head to Epcot's World Showcase and sample a bite size of what Italy has to offer. There's plenty of food to devour, stores to temp your wallet, and entertainment to keep you clapping.

Join Scott and I as we spotlight Italy as our Disney Pic of the Week. His blog will be up on Thursday.

Enjoy a performance by The Ziti Sisters everyday at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 o'clock between shops. Audience members play an important role in their funny storytelling. Bring your camera!

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July 25, 2012

Outdoor Portrait Lighting Jedi Style

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Making girls soon on the mean Streets of America was Anakin Skywalker, of Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The brooding soon-to-turn bad guy, stood out in the hot sun (ours not his), greeting fans, posing for photos, and signing autographs. Let's find out if he used Jedi mind tricks on me.

My Canon PowerShot SX30 IS was set to Portrait. The sun was up (as opposed to down, in the middle of the day) and off to my right.

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Oy! Or whatever might say Yoda. The lighting is bad. I'm going to pop up the flash to even out the lighting.

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Shazbot! Using a mode like Portrait that makes all photo-taking decisions won't fire the flash in daylight. However, this looks much better than before because he moved over.

That's it! I'm going to Program.

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Yeah, baby. That's much better.

Let's try a little fill-flash. It didn't make a big impact but it did lighten his skin tone a little.

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When taking people pictures under natural lighting conditions, be very careful to avoid uneven lighting. Dark shadows and blown highlights both lose details. Shadows around the eyes make folks look like raccoons, hence the term raccoon eyes.

On my next Disney trip I aim to show you advanced lighting techniques. Sit tight, it's not until 2013.


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July 26, 2012

Italian Volcano Ovens in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Chefs work to feed the three wood fired ovens at Via Napoli in Epcot's Italy pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Chefs work to feed the three wood fired ovens at Via Napoli.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 400, EV +0.6

Napoli restaurant has become my favorite restaurant in Epcot's World Showcase. On my last trip I got in low at the large communal table leading up to the open air kitchen featuring the three wood fired ovens named Stromboli, Vesuvius and Etna after the three active volcanoes in Italy. Fitting for my Disney Pic of the Week on Italy.


July 27, 2012

Spaceship Earth Triptych

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A triptych is a work of art which is divided into three sections. I took a photo of Spaceship Earth looking right up one of the pylons. I decided to use FX Photo Studio to make a few special effect versions of the Spaceship Earth photo and create a triptych from them.

A triptych of Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A triptych of Spaceship Earth.

In this case I used the same photo of Spaceship Earth. I could have used three different photos of the same subject or of different subjects if they worked together. For me, it means the three subjects should relate together in some way.

July 29, 2012

Where in the World #240

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Bon Voyage to Gabriella & Matthieu! They will be in Walt Disney World as we all read this, so let's wave to them! Enjoy your trip, Gabriella & Matthieu! Tell everybody we said hello!
Then Mary Tackett leaves soon after they come back. Could you bring me back an eggroll, Mary? From the eggroll cart in Adventureland. My favorite!

Here was the July 22nd Challenge:
 Where in the World #239

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell, Canon PowerShot SD890 IS, f/3.2, 1/60sec, 7mm, ISO-250

Emily Hudson said: On the back of license plate # KOD 1817 Kilimanjaro Safaris vehicle - specific enough?

Smiley from millan.net
Whoa...

Do it again! What's inside the cooler?!

Until we find that out, that is a Kilimanjaro Safari vehicle in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
I do want to say something about the picture, though. I forgot how many places have piled camping equipment in Animal Kingdom. I should have edited the photo to give more of the background surrounding the items; the way I did it was making this close to guessing where the patch of grass was. (Remember that?) So I'm opening up the answer pool to take that into account.

Chris Masse was the first to send in the correct answer! Two weeks in a row! Congratulations to Chris and to all the readers who got the answer right: The Cummings Family, Bill Cudney, Katelyn Rapoza, Jennifer Rowell, Rachel Johnson, Jenny Brennan, The Strukel Family, Teresa Plunkett, Karen Klein, Steve Bieniek, Chris Horne, Mike M., Mary Thatcher, The Leach Family, Mike Walter, Marcie Soderlund, Erin Hammer, Jay Burkhart, Dana, Will Gates, Kim Williams, Kenny, Deb Ragno, Erin Loring, Hannah M, Matt Cofone, Marian Leafblad, Kris Nixon, Deme Grabert, Dana Cortese, Gabriella & Matthieu, Becky A, Kevin Arndt, Louise Barton, Erin Macdonald-behrend, Ken Maikowski, Jenny Stoneburner, Bruce Hinterleitner, Brenda Mcguire, Maureen Handy, Scott Greenbaum, Bob Patterson, Sara Holloway, Phill Connelly, Morgan M., Lee A, Deborah Boucher, Carolyn Como, Amanda Perkins, Jeremy Hardy, Emma, Heidi Burke, Katie Helton, Susan Tadlock, Kelly Dagney, Clay Anthony, Scott Mitchell, Bob A, The Parker Family, Hemphill Family, Mike Malampy, Mary Tackett, Eli Young, Wendy Snelgrove, Jennifer Rupert, Chloe Mayhew, Christopher Barnes, The Moore Family, Emily Hudson, Carla Nale, Pam Vanaustin, Christine Beal, Bill Mckim, Tom Buck, Veronica Monteiro, Daniel Schweizer, Julie And Kody Rider, Nick Bentz, Scott Cullen, Steve Smith, Wayne Chadourne, Matt Holley, Melesia Love, Walt, Andrea Kruszewski, Jeremy Reichelt, Jack Foley, Elizabeth Scarborough, Josh Carney, Eva Mayhew, Cameron Lange, Belicia Cullen, Nancy Daniele, Wendy T Faler, Dave Carriere, Linda College, Stephanie Linares, Scott Sangston, Alan Mize, Michele Delorenzo, Annie Snodgrass, Jason Skow, Bruce Jones, Mickey Eckert, Emma Poprock, John Ames, Jennifer Hoffman, Heidi Goodhue, Crissy Stout, Mark Proper, Walter N. Clark, Linda Grau, Hillary Waldroop, Megan, Betsy Dross, Claire Gregory, Dee Riccio, Joy Ousterout, Brian Mcwithey, Amy W, Karen Smith, Alissa, Karen Dresser-smith, Hobbes And Snorky, John Foggo, Kerry Mccaffrey, Olivia D., Christine D., Connie Mcneillie, Darrell Shortt, Shirley Garcowski, Jared Orth, Les Stewart, Patti Mccaffrey, Cathy Mager, M. Bafuma, Sherri Pell, Sandra Smith, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Evald Olson, Nancy, Dave Kanigowski, Dee Dee Kenney, Eileen Miller, Jennifer Bogdan, Margie Larmon, Stacy Guarracino, George Mundy Jr, Lisa And Richard Palmer, and Noah Schweizer. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #240: Where in the world is this?

We're stay in the parks, Players. In fact, I hope you got park hoppers!

 Where in the World #240

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 2nd, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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July 31, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week: Monorails at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Monorails are a favorite subject on the Picture This! blog and are my favorite "ride" at Walt Disney World. I have been known to plan my day to take advantage of the long monorail line between Epcot and the Magic Kingdom or around the Seven Seas Lagoon. How about you?

Monorail Lime passing Spaceship Earth on approach to the Epcot station, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Monorail Lime passing Spaceship Earth on approach to the Epcot station.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 300mm Focal Length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday with her Disney Pic of Week on Monorails.

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