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August 1, 2012

What's in Your Stroller? II

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


It's time once again for a new chapter of What's in Your Stroller? Last we left off, a squirrel had opened a bagged loaf of bread at Disney's Animal Kingdom. We journey now to the Disneyland Resort for a glance at Californian strollers, dude. Who knows, one of these baby carriages might belong to a celebrity or better yet, a celebrity's nanny.

Found hanging around Critter Country waiting for the owners to return. What isn't in this stroller is the question.
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I hope these leftovers don't require refrigeration. Cali can reach temperatures of 100 or higher during summer months. Okay, I was there in early March but still, it gets totally hot.
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Just when you think you've seen everything, stroller in a stroller.
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We head back to Florida now for a bonus picture and a lesson. Stormtroopers make for bad babysitters. Uh, where's the girl!?*
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*Thank you to the mom who let me borrow her already vacated stroller.

August 2, 2012

The Avengers Monorail

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Walking under monorails is not for me but I had to grab the shot for our Disney Pic of the Week monorail theme. This portion of the rail is between The Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom, closer to the latter. The working parts (the wheels) are interesting to look at but I kept moving.

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How did I get this effect? I used Adobe PhotoShop CS3 and clicked on Filters then Diffused Glow and slid the varying bars back and forth until I got the look I wanted. Then I went back to the top of the screen and clicked on Image then Adjustments and Hue/Saturation. I fiddled around with the colors then worked on shadows and mid-tones. Pretty cool.


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August 3, 2012

On the Road Again

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Scott behind the wheel of the red Hero car from the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Scott behind the wheel of the red Hero car from the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt.

Scott is on the road this week. No, not in one of the red Hero cars (he wishes!) but driving his daughter through the Mid-West as she relocates to take a new job. He will be back next week with more Disney photography tips and information.

August 5, 2012

Where in the World #241

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!

Gabriella & Matthieu are waving back from Walt Disney World! Enjoy the rest of your trip! Mary Tackett, I think you arrive when they leave! (I think the eggrolls are great; could just be me. Let me know what you think if you try one.) Wait, the Leach Family leaves August 8th?! Am I the only person not going to Disney World this month? (Just kidding, I know I'm not.) Hello to the Leach Family! If you want a treat suggestion too: the Rice Cream at the Norway Bakery. MMMMMM!

Gary Cruise! Wow, so cool to see you here!

Chris Kelly, I didn't see your submission for last week; it may have come in late after I checked on Friday. I will add you to the winners.

Mary Thatcher and Kelly Feeko, thank you SO much for your wonderful notes! Kelly, I'll be in the World in October too! You will have such a great time, taking your 4 year old son on his first trip!

Here was the July 29th Challenge:
 Where in the World #240

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer

Madame Leota, small version and out of her crystal ball, says goodbye to guests in the Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom. Thank you to my friend Barrie Brewer, Where in the World creator, for the picture!

Players, she gives me the heebie jeebies and has since I was a kid (when I kept my eyes closed throughout the ride. Right, Annie Snodgrass?) It's the way she does that "Hurry baaaack..." It GETS to me! Jason And Scott Sangston know what I mean! Then they added her to the Halloween party Wishes (or they did years ago); I was freaked out for a half hour! Stephanie gets it too... wait! Stephanie, you were a cast member at the Haunted Mansion? This is so great that you wrote to us! I don't know how you did, a maid for Madame Leota. Shivers

Anyway, you can guess my reaction to about 100 of you quoting that "Hurry baaaack...." Stop it! Gives me Smiley from millan.net. Where's my Pal Mickey?

Erik Noe, you have a tattoo of the Haunted Mansion wallpaper? THAT's a fan! And Alan Mize, nice hussle there, running out and then back to your reply. ;)

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: Ed Elder, Debbie Desimone, David B, Erin Hammer, Betsy Silvestri, Annie Snodgrass, Emily Jabas, Chris Kelly, Mike O'brien , Amanda Campbell, K. Beasley, Al Desimone, Virginia Pierce, Debbie Desimone, Louise Barton, Sharon Pierce, Chris Masse, Karen Schlumpf, Jen Cerce, John Klein, Kris Nixon, Belicia Cullen, Heather Metzler, Scott Cullen, Kelly Mager, Trina Noggle, Tom Koval, Beth Mcmeekin, Lorine Landon, Suzanne C Denham, The Kahle Family, Christine Dagney, Erin Dagney, Mary Beth Tarbet, Amanda And Karen Kenney, Matt Holley, Mike M., Ashley P., Sarah Knapp, Lindsay Downing, Kathy Jones, Susan Karberg, Maryann Eckenrode, Candice Grimes, Laura V., Steve , Courtney Payne, Pam Lorenz, Kathy Mokychic, Jen Dalton, Gene Chadwick, Wayne Chadourne, Erik Noe, Jennifer Rowell, Sodrosky Family, Joyce Shipman, Erin Loring, Janet Fishman, Dennis Loring, Vicki Harden, Erica Sipich, Tracy Macdaniel, Lisa Kinney, Lucy Greenslade, Sara Colwell, Colette S, Allyson Sodrosky , Larissa Huda, Jay Burkhart, Deb Ragno, Brian Odonnell, Evanna Huda, Marian Sefcik, Megan Krainski, Amber Slifer, Kristi Strembicki, Melissa Thomas, Ken Maikowski, Danielle Moore, Agnes Ciotti, Chris And Alison, Rachel Phillips, Ellen Sullivan, Brie, Tracy, Dana, Vicki William Thomas And Elizabeth Edwards, Kristen , Vera Williams, Maria Smith, Kevin Lusk, Antoinette Leblanc, Lynette Michalos, Pollyanna Buff, Scott Mitchell, Mike Mondoux, Pat Scwier, Ali Yesutis, Ryanne Bigelli, Amanda Deweese, Chris Rowlands, Jack Foley, Jenny Brennan, Nicole R., Angie Young, Cassie Hall, Ed Suscreba, Heather Riley, Erika Loboda, Bill Mckim, Sue Mcdonald, Michelle Cortãcopys , Team Hill, Double Family, Kim Howe, Erika Loboda, Dawn Burns, Mike Haeberle, Hailey Gill, Laura Tarbet, Wesley Lollar, Melissa Mccracken, Dana Cortese, Michelle Boewe, Kellie Harpel, Kenny, Bill Cudney , Chloe Mayhew, Michele Dziczek, Misty Mehelic, Lindsey Nozal, Madi Mertz, Angela, Carrie Mccorkle, Lisa Hayford, Tim Johansen, Katelyn Rapoza, Jill Schwartz, Corinne Gaines, Barbara Ankenbauer, Alan Mize, Robert Bostic, Joseph Zafia, Sarah Francis, Sharon Dale, Jennifer Snook, Tricia Petty, Billie Jean Albolino, Caryn Schill, Jen Tremley, Alicia Stevenson, Kye Layton, Tanya Hinnes, Jim Mcdermott, Mary Tackett, Leach Family, Matthew Brisbin, Alex And Carol Gamill, Chris Kelly, Rebecca Keenan, Laurie Quinn, Margita Stone, The O'meara Family, Jamie K, Eva Mayhew, Maggie Klotz, Teri Carpenter, Tiffany Johnsey, Emily Hudson, Linda Scrivano, Pam Manseau, Christina Trigiani, The Parker Family, Kerri Coggins, Matt And Danielle Murgia, The Malesky Family, Vicki Vaught, Paula Massarelli, Kevin Scott, Pam Vanaustin, Claire Gregory, Michele Sanders, Michelle Wilinski, Linda College, The Moore Family, Susan Higginbotham, Stefanie Vandiver, Magic Kingdom, Christina, Noah Schweizer , Sally Fralix, Sara Holloway, Mary Thatcher, John Kosulandich, Jeremy Hardy, Jennifer A. Mcfarland, Dawn Pilla, Susan Doucette, Pamela O'rourke, Jodi Cook, Kyler Scott, Hobbes And Snorky, Jessica Iglesias, Rob &April Team Vanderpool, Jason Adams, Karen Ramirez, Evald Olson, Regina Allen, Dusty Cheatham, Ann Marie Baldwin, Regina Seaner, Ellie Argaluza, Jerry Weldon, Jenfer Moyer, Mary Beth Ryno, Tom Buck, Mike Malampy, Todd Silvius, Scott Precise, Mackenzie D., Wendy T Faler, Christopher Barnes, Nicole Shuler, Patti Gumiela, Craig, Morgan M., Jennifer Chartier, The Kertes Family, Matt Cofone, Carla C., Tim Hillen, Les Stewart, Amanda Perkins, Jennifer Harmon, Cindy Pink, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Emma Ramsey, Nathalie Periard, Katie Bray, Clay Anthony, Lisa Zitek, Deme Grabert, Madison Hovan, Elyssa H., Joanna M, Steve Bieniek, Jennifer Rupert, Karen Hotchkiss, Trisha Johnson, Nicole Benoit, Kelly Feeko, Josh Weiss, Lynn Lofton, Kathryn Perkins, Walkter N. Clark, Megan, Melanie Dunlap, Maureen Handy, Elizabeth Tembras-gardner, Ruth Senscal, Charis Barron, Tony Karasinski, Patti Mccaffrey, Rob Blundin, Mickey Eckert, Dave Fullerton, Felicia Vollmer, Mario Grasso Iii, Doug Olson Family, Kelsi, Liana Imbrogno, Stu Powley, Will Gates, Tinkerbell Wells, April Haddock, Melesia Love, Cathy Connors, Andrea Kruszewski, Kelly Smith, Gary Cruise, Carolyn Como, Kerrie Hogan, Sandra Edwards, Bonnie Tulenko, Dan Johnston, Caroline Burmester, The Patterson Family, Chris Bauman, Andrew Pettit, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Mike Pennington, Heather Hynes, Thomas Farquharson, Zanauskas Family, Jeremy Reichelt, Cameron Lange, Jim Finley, Jaclyn Kelch, Kate Fischer, Jullie Pudem, Meredith Rule, Karrie Duffey, Nick Bentz, Anastasia Macneil, Shannon Brueggemann, Vanessa Stjohn, Dave Wang, Cathy Mager, Scott Sangston, Carri Marotto, Sharon Lee, William Sharp, Jennifer Mercier, Stephanie Linares, Ken Rhinehart, Carolyn Conway, Sandra Waller, Mark Mackisoc, Patrick Broaddus, Chuck Everson, Alan Lichtman, Kristen Carde, Marilyn Chan, Derek Carty, Carrie Rampy, Barbara, Olivia D., Christine D, Chrissy D, Karen Smith, Stephanie Dollar, Michelle Milenac Mackey, Carol Bolger, Paige, Marybeth Ruta, Christina Pilla, Jimmy Heffner, Natalie Hackney, Pecosace, Matt Ciccone, Sandie Albrecht, Pam Tees, Sarah White, Mike Haven, The Emich Family, Sandy Cleveland, Lori Rienhardt, Mckenna Creese, Hillary Waldroop, Teresa Plunkett, Katerina, Jeff &Cheryl Simmons, Heidi Goodhue, Stephanie Davis, Laura Lyles, Dale Knight, Ashley Hill, David Collins, Chris Bourassa, George Mundy Jr, Al Ganter, Vanessa Gordon, Michelle Roth-smoot, Mark Proper, Josh Carney, Christopher Hall, Jolynn Digiallonardo, Wendy Mowery, Gloria Martin, John Foggo, John Pasqueralli, Olszak Family, Ashley Elizabeth, Joy Ousterout, Duskin Henard, Diane Ramos, Stefan Owens, David Ballard, Patti Deluca, Heather Pedulla, Michelle Mirich, Rebecca Baker, Jon And Jeanne, Cary Burke, Cary Burke, Liz Moreau, Stacy Lee, Alison Rosenberger, Gabriella And Matthieu, Linda Ranatza, Elaine Kleinhenz, Anne Verville, Linda Bray, Felice, Michelle O'connor, Linda Grau, Barclay Bakkum, Eileen Miller, Laura Wyatt, Trish Babler, Paul Amico, Sean Farrell, Shirley Garcowski, Tammy Kallenbach, Allison Dibiase, Elisha Hendricks, Wendy Snelgrove, Clinton Dickinson, Jo Ann Bailey, Margie Larmon, Debbie Cody, Hayley Valk, Joseph Grau, Kenny Hatcher, Diane Curfman, Sharon Leitgeb, Sharon Leitgeb, Amanda Kenney, Robert P. Flaherty, Jane Johnson, Melissa Dye, Therese Scheuring, Tia Biles, Timmy Saunders, Karen Duchnowski, Tom Sinsel, Karen Bellamy, Brian Gallant, Jenn Steele, Melissa Kirk, Theresa Rucando, Stacy Guarracino, Molly, Kate Owens, Sue Bolhouse, Taylor Pocopanni, Cathie Hood, Jorge R. Caso, Kathryn Willer, Alissa, and John Paul. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Guess what? It's time for the monthly drawing! And the winner for July, 2012 is Clinton Dickinson! Congratulations, Clinton! You will get a prize of AllEars swag from Deb Wills herself!

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Challenge #241: Where in the world is this?

Staying in the parks, Players!

 Where in the World #241

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 9th, 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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August 7, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week - Merchandise

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


You can buy anything and everything with a Disney copyright or trademark on it, just ask Buzz Lightyear. Shopping while vacationing at Disneyland and Walt Disney World makes the adventure even more exciting because there's a sense of taking something home from where it was born, so to speak.

I found my entry for Disney Pic of the Week trying to blend in with look-a-likes at Stage 1 Company Store at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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That's Agent P on the left, a secret agent from The O.W.C.A., (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) whose cover is portraying pet platypus Perry to Phineas and Ferb. That's all I know. For more information on Perry, ask an elementary school student. They can also tell you how to work the new Blu-Ray player, your smart phone, and why Thundercats are no longer cool.

Scott will post his merchandise photo on Thursday...of this week.

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August 8, 2012

Black and White Challenge - Entries 2

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Earlier in the year, I posted a blog challenging you all to break out from your regular photography routines. A few people took me up on the test and the first set of entries were posted in April. Since then I've only received images from 1 other reader whose work is showcased today. C'mon, grab your cameras and get out there and try shooting in black and white. You can also shoot in color and then convert your photo(s) to black in white with photo editing software. I dare you. No, I double dare you!

Did you miss the initial post? Have a read thru and then follow directions to submit your photos.

Hillary

This picture is one of my favorite pictures of all time. We had booked a room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for one night in a standard club level room. Magically, we were upgraded to a 1-bedroom suite, and this was the view from our balcony right before we checked out the next morning. It was amazing to watch these majestic giraffes just a short distance away. This picture always takes me away to a peaceful place full of zebra domes.

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I decided to see how this photo would look in black and white. I still prefer the color photo due to bright blue and green, however, I really like the black and white photo because it reminds me of photos taken by African explorers in the late 1800s. It makes me imagine that Kidani Village is the palace of a king from a long lost African empire.

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August 9, 2012

Star Wars Weekend Merchandise

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Yoda plush toys in Darth's Mall at Disney's Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekend, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Yoda plush toys in Darth's Mall during Star Wars Weekend.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 12500, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

During Star Wars Weekends this year, Darth's Mall could be found in behind the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and was filled with every imaginable Star Wars and Disney tie-in merchandise. I found this bin of Mickey Mouse earred Yoda plush toys to be a perfect Disney Pic of the Week on Merchandise.


August 10, 2012

Prime Epcot

Prime Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When I am in a photography funk and want to challenge myself, I take my favorite zoom lens off my camera and put on my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. What I call the Nifty-Fifty. I did this for a day at Epcot and came away with some of the best photos I have taken there.

Prime lenses are fixed focal length, tend to be sharper than zoom lenses and have a larger aperture range. The aperture range allows for extreme selective focus by using it wide open like on this lovely flower I found near Spaceship Earth.

Blue flower near Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Blue flower near Spaceship Earth.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/640s, f/1.8, ISO 200, EV +0.3.

Without the ability to zoom in with the lens, I had to "zoom" with my feet. During a performance of the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps in front of the American Adventure, I walked up and photographed the Fife player from three feet away. I did this quickly as I knew others were photographing the performance with their zoom lenses.

Fife player in front of the American Adventure in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Fife player in front of the American Adventure.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/250s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.3.

Another place I had to move in close was at Germany's Karamell-Küche shop where I found these scrumptious chocolate covered strawberries with Werther's Original Caramel wrapped around them.

Chocolate Strawberries in Germany's Karamell-Küche shop in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Chocolate Strawberries in Germany's Karamell-Küche shop.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/2.8, ISO 200, EV +0.3.

Prime lenses are your best bet when it comes to dark rides like the Gran Fiesta Tour inside Epcot's Mexico pavilion. Here I photographed Donald Duck photographing me during the relaxing boat ride.

Donald Duck is one of the Three Caballeros of the Gran Fiesta Tour in Epcot's Mexico pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Donald Duck is one of the stars of the Gran Fiesta Tour.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 640, EV +0.3.

I switched to Shutter Priority mode while watching the Matsuriza, the Taiko Drummers, in Japan to show the motion of the entertainer's arms and drum sticks. I could not get as close as I did for the Fife player so I used leading lines to draw viewers to the drum and drummers.

Taiko Drummers performing at Japan in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Taiko Drummers performing at Japan.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/20s, f/14, ISO 200, EV +0.3.

As you can see, prime lenses will challenge you and make you think before pressing the shutter. If you have used a prime lens at a Disney themepark, let me know your thoughts.

August 12, 2012

Where in the World #242

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!

Chris Masse, how are you holding up? I know waiting to see this week's answer is driving you crazy... you ok? Just a couple shout outs and we'll get to the answer. Be brave, little soldier.

Time to gather around, Players, and wish Sarah Francis Bon Voyage as she heads for Walt Disney World! Bye, Sarah! Have a great time! We'll miss you!
Smiley from millan.net

Claire Gregory, thanks for the pixie dust! Can always use pixie dust.

Here was the August 5th Challenge:
 Where in the World #241

And here's the answer:

Here we go, Chris! Way to be strong!

Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © 2011 Erin Blackwell, Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, f2.7, 1/20 sec, ISO-800, 0 step, 4mm

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E! And he's posed to conduct the orchestra at the Fantasy Faire gift shop outside of Philharmagic attraction in the Magic Kingdom!

Beth Mcmeekin, I know you've only seen it during EMH, so let me help you picture it during the day: it looks like this, but it's daylight outside. Probably more people too. Does that help? :)
Tom Buck, your story of the multi-part harmony sing-a-long is great! I'd be worried too at first, but I'm glad it turned out to be a wonderful time!

All right, everyone, Clinton Dickinson loves to hear the Mickey Mouse Club March, so all together:
Who's the leader of the club
That's made for you and me
M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!
Hey! there, Hi! there, Ho! there
You're as welcome as can be
M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

Mickey Mouse!
Mickey Mouse!
Forever let us hold our banner
High! High! High! High!

It does put a bounce in your step!

Jennifer Rowell was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jennifer and to all the readers who got the answer right: Diane Tredore, Ed Elder, Deb Ragno, Evanna Huda, Sharon Pierce, Larissa Huda, Brenda, Chris Masse, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kristi Strembicki, Matt Holley, Tim Johansen, Annie Snodgrass, Lee A, Billie Jean Albolino, Linda College, Beth Mcmeekin, Clinton Dickinson, Rob And April - Team Vanderpool, Courtney Payne, Lily-pierre &Mathieu, Carolyn Como, Megan Krainski, Dawn Burns, Bill Mckim, Paul Knott, Ashley P., Jen Tremley, Mitchell Holmes, Olivia D, Christine D, Angie Young, Team Hill, Sarah Francis, Debbie Desimone, Kerri Coggins, Antoinette Leblanc, Claire Gregory, Morgan M. , The Moore Family, Pam Vanaustin, Sharon Dale, Maureen Handy, Vera Williams, Al Desimone, Erin Loring, Louise Barton, Hobbes And Snorky, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, The Malesky Family, Heather Metzler, Emily Hudson, Madison Hovan, Jamie K, Caitlin Prozonic, Gerald Buford, Chris Kelly, Mary, Mickey Eckert, Debbie Poole, Jennifer Mercier, Kris Nixon, Elyssa H., Tricia Petty, Anastasia Macneil, Shelly Borella, Sandie Albrecht, Angie Messer, Patrick Broaddus, Alan Mize, Jenny Brennan, Cathy Mager, Marie Prego, Russ Morgan, Taylor Pocopanni, Patti Mccaffrey, Kelsi, James And Kathy Berry, Kerry Mccaffrey, Kristyn Scibienski, Evald Olson, Walter N. Clark, James Petrin, Les Stewart, Tinkerbell Wells, Kim Steiner, David Ballard, Susan Doucette, Liz Moreau, Rebecca Baker, Tom Buck, Pecosace, Shirley Garcowski, Shirley Garcowski, Caroline Burmester, Linda Ranatza, Kelly Smith, Sandra Ednie, Agnes Ciotti, Karen Smith, George Mundy Jr, Vicki, Elizabeth, William, And Thomas Edwards, and Margie Larmon. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #242: Where in the world is this?

Still in the parks, Players!

 Where in the World #242

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 16th, 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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August 14, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week - Restaurants

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


"180 days," a number and a noun that drives seasoned Walt Disney World vacationers into a salivating frenzy. For it is at the 180 day mark prior to the moment their feet touch magical soil that advanced dining reservations can be booked. Such concise detail goes into strategizing a trip to Mickey Mouse's own vacation destination (he lives at Disneyland) that even members of the military would take notice. Menus are read over and over once decisions are made regarding which park to visit on which day. Then with a phone call or clickety click of a keyboard, meal times and locations are solidified and an adult lets out a huge sigh and crosses another item off his/her To Do List.

This week Scott and I take aim at restaurants. My photo of choice comes to you from Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Relive or experience for the first time what it felt like at a drive-in movie theater. Every car has a great view of the science fiction clips playing on a large screen and stars twinkle in the midnight blue sky.

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Taken with a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and a mini tripod.

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August 15, 2012

Come to American Adventure, We Have Candy

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Standing near the register in Heritage Manor Gifts, the shop at American Adventure in Epcot, I found myself shaking my head in disbelief over the gunfight between young brothers running amuck. I personally am not a fan of toy weapons. Then I noticed that a lot of the historical merchandise was gone. If memory serves me right, there are now T-shirts from various athletic teams. Sure, it's difficult to say what should be for sale since you're actually in the United States and there's a part of me that questions what exactly represents us as a country.

Allow me toss out some ideas in case anyone from merchandising sees this. Let's start with toys, perhaps packaged jump ropes with instructions on how to jump double dutch, space shuttles, Sam the Eagle plush, Disney sports balls, Betsy Ross, Amelia Earhart, and Michelle Obama dolls, etc... Adults might enjoy cook books, puzzles depicting historical events, books by Mark Twain or other famous writers, and anything a teacher can use in class. It's possible some of these items are in the store now, things change.

In the meantime, enjoy a sugar high. Coke sold separately.
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August 16, 2012

Cape May Buffet Plate

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Snow Crab Legs and Steamed Clams from the Cape May Buffet at the Beach Club, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A plate of Snow Crab Legs and Steamed Clams from the Cape May Buffet.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 2000, EV 0, 44mm focal length.

The Cape May Buffet in the Beach Club Resort features seafood, meats, salads, New England Clam Chowder, kid's favorites and fabulous desserts. It is all you can eat and what you are seeing here just one of the plates from my last trip to the buffet.

A very yummy Disney Pic of the Week about Restaurants.


August 17, 2012

An African Day in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I spent a most of a day in Disney's Animal Kingdom Africa on my last trip. Thought I would share a few photos with you. Notice the camera data which will tell you how I was able to photograph them. Ask any questions in the comments.

First stop was the Kilimanjaro Safari. The attraction has a new story focusing on wildlife conservation and photography. The jeeps stop more often than before for more photo opportunities of the animals. As I have mentioned here before. Do not forget to photograph the wildlife spotting guide above your driver's head so you can identify the animals when you get back home.

Wildlife spotting guide on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Wildlife spotting guide on the Kilimanjaro Safari jeep.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 2200, EV +0.3, 300mm focal length.

Remember the Wild Africa Trek tour I took last year? Below is one of the trucks used on the savannah leg of the tour. You can see how close they get to the animals. They were stopped there for a long time, too.

A Common Eland lying down near a Wild Africa Trek truck in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Common Eland lying down near a Wild Africa Trek truck.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 300mm focal length.

As I mentioned above, the Kilimanjaro Safari jeeps make more stops with the new story. This Reticulated Giraffe was forging for food about 20 feet from where we stopped along with two others. The driver allowed plenty of time for everyone get photos before moving on to the elephants.

Reticulated Giraffe on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Reticulated Giraffe on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 640, EV +0.3, 300mm focal length.

After getting off the Kilimanjaro Safari, I took a stroll through the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail to visit with more of Africa's animals and birds. The Okapi is an amazing animal which looks like a cross between a zebra and an antelope. In reality, it is more closely related to the giraffes as the educational blackboard shows next to the Okapi's pen on the Pangani Trail.

Educational blackboard on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Blackboard explaining how the Giraffe and Okapi are related on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/4.2, ISO 720, EV +0.3, 48mm focal length.

The Aviary on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail has a healthy population of the Africa Golden Weaver bird. Guests enjoy watching them build and climb into their nests from below. Again, do not forget to take photos of the large bird spotting guides you find when you enter the aviary.

Africa Golden Weaver birds at their nests on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Africa Golden Weaver birds at their nests on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 720, EV +0.3, 300mm focal length.

There was a lot of activity in the gorilla enclave. The baby gorilla was playing on one side and a couple of bachelor gorillas were out on the other side. One of the bachelor troop was drinking from a little waterfall. Once he had his fill, he sat down and gave me this look.

Bachelor Gorilla on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Bachelor Gorilla on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 160, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

As many times as I have done both the Kilimanjaro Safari and Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, I have never come away without learning something new, seeing something new and photographing something new. Walt Disney once said, "I have a great love of animals and laughter." I think he would enjoy Animal Kingdom very much for both.

August 19, 2012

Where in the World #243

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!

Jeremy Mccaffrey, your Aunt Patti feels bad she got your answer in too late for last week's challenge, especially when you answered it perfectly. So, on her behalf, you are getting a special honorable mention to start off all the Players this week! And if she wins the monthly drawing, she has to share the prize with you. She promised. Right, Patti?

Since I have Team Mccafrey's attention, you guys can help start the wave to Mike Venere who is in Walt Disney World as we speak! Hope you're enjoying your trip, Mike! Let's put you in the mood for the World Showcase and wave hello in.... Japanese. Love that pavilion!
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Here was the August 12th Challenge:
 Where in the World #242

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Barrie Brewer

It's Karen Schlumpf's personal friend - she always stops to see him when she is in the House of Mouse: the rabbit carving on the Tree of Life in the Discovery Island section of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Specifically, you'll find him on the trail around the exit of Tough to Be A Bug.

(Did I ever tell you, Players, that I met Dave Foley with his daughter IN the attraction? Nothing like watching Flik in the movie while he's sitting next to you!)

We're not sure who that critter is kissing the rabbit on the nose. I like her jacket though. And her Pal Mickey.

Kris Nixon was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kris and to all the readers who got the answer right: Ed Elder, Christine Dagney, Erin Dagney, Jennifer Rowell, Linda Scrivano, Chris Kelly, Mary Beth Tarbet, Larissa Huda, Evanna Huda, Team Hill, Kenny, Scott Mitchell, Dolly Rettig, Wendy Snelgrove, Wendy T Faler, Chris Connors, Debbie Connors, Gabriella &Matthieu, James And Kathy Berry, Karen Schlumpf, Mike O'brien, Daniel Meagher, Louise Barton, Kristi Strembicki, Ruth Senecal, Michelle Boewe, Nathalie Periard, Mike Venere, Jenny Stoneburner, Ed Suscreba, Kyle Parker, Morgan M., Madison Hovan, The Kertes Family, Jessica Iglesias, Walter N. Clark, Lily-pierre &Mathieu, Tinkerbell Wells, Vera Williams, Kelly Smith, Alan Mize, Kate Fischer, Nancy, Matt Holley, Kelly Feeko, Dan Owens, Karen Smith, Sandie Albrecht, Heidi Goodhue, Danielle Ciotti, Cynthia Hitchcock, Lori Rienhardt, Liz Moreau, Kari Clark, Daniel Record, Evald Olson, Agnes Ciotti, Christopher Barnes, Holly Jaen, Alex Romanauskas, and Victoria Finnegan. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #243: Where in the world is this?

I'll be honest. This is a tough one. It's a tough one if you've never noticed this "Overlooked" or "Hidden" detail in Walt Disney World. Of course, if you've looked for it, you'll recognize it right away.

Since this is tougher, I'll give you a second hint (and let me know if you needed this hint or if you recognized this anyway. I'm just curious). You're looking at two parks right now:
 Where in the World #243

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 23rd, by clicking on the blue box below.
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See you next week, Players!

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August 21, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week: Rain

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

During the months of May and June this year, Walt Disney World had many days of rain. Not the usual afternoon thunderstorm but full days of rainy weather. I had first hand experience during my trip last May when I photographed a couple of my fellow guests walking past the Yellow Cab on Sunset Blvd. I wrote a series of blogs with suggestions on photographing in the rain which you can access via his article: Photographing in the Rain at Epcot.

Guests clad in rain gear walking past the Yellow Cab in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Guests clad in rain gear walking past the Yellow Cab on Sunset Blvd.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 220, EV +0.6, 116mm Focal Length.

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August 22, 2012

Wide Angle Lens Love

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


I'm a Canon girl. I bought my first Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera when I was 16 years old at Levine's in Boston, MA. I remember the day rather well (a miracle for me). My heart was set on the Canon Rebel S because (remember I was 16) it was endorsed by Andre Agassi and he was hot. That's right, a celebrity endorsement worked on me. While I might have made my buying decision for questionable reasons, the fact is that camera was the love of my life for a few years until I got the twins, Canon EOS A2. Yeah, I've got two of those. Later, I got my hands on a Canon EOS 30D, my first and so far, only DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera. I also have 2 digital Canon point and shoot cameras. All of my lenses and flashes are by Canon as well. Heck, I even have a Canon camera backpack. You get idea.

One of my lenses is a 17-40mm f4L USM (ultra sonic motor). It is designed for both film and digital cameras in Canon's EOS line. When mounted on a film camera, it is an ultra-wide angle with a short zoom. If used on a digital EOS that is not full frame (7 Canon pro bodies are full frame), it shoots like a 27mm-64mm lens due to the 1.6:1 conversion ratio for the Canon EOS 30D body.

A wide-angle is anything with a focal length of 35mm or wider, 28mm or 24mm. An ultra wide-angle lens would be 20mm, 18mm, and 17mm.

Now that we've covered some technical data, let's see what this baby can do for you.

It's great for large scenes and landscapes.
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f13, 1/320, ISO 250 at 20mm
Dumbo has cloned himself and relocated to the new Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom in Florida.

Use it to fill the frame with a room or big subject matter within a very short proximity.
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f4, 1/60, ISO 250, with flash at 17mm
This was Mickey Mouse's bedroom. His country house was torn down when Mickey's Toontown Fair was foreclosed last year at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Zoom in on a close range subject for sharp details.
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f8, 1/200, ISO 250 at 40mm
You can visit Neptune at the Italy pavilion at Epcot.




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August 23, 2012

Rainstorm Dining at Epcot

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Dude! You have no idea how long it took me to find this series of photos. Why? I forgot to name the folder they're in on my external hard drive. Let that be a lesson to us all. Okay, moving on. A few years back on back-to-back trips to Walt Disney World, I eluded one major down pour by a few seconds. I was at Epcot, heading into the Japan pavilion when things started looking gray. No sooner had I landed a seat inside Yakitori House that the skies opened up. People flooded inside taking shelter. I can't even remember if I grabbed lunch or dinner but I'm sure I ate something as it is my favorite counter service spot in World Showcase. Anyhoo, a few families didn't seem bothered by the weather and ate outdoors underneath the umbrellas.

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Disney Pic of the Week - Rain


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August 24, 2012

Wilderness Lodge in HDR

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I never seem to be at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort in the morning when the Sun direction would light up the side of the lodge which faces Bay Lake. In the late afternoon, the Sun direction makes it hard to photograph. The range of light is too large. Our eyes can handle it but our cameras are not as good. This is when I turn to the process called High Dynamic Range (HDR). I set my camera to take a series of five photos 1 stop apart going from +2 stops, +1 stop, 0, -1 stop, -2 stops.

HDR Images of Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
HDR Images of Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

I imported all five photos into Photomatix Pro 4 and created the final HDR image by blending all the photos together to capture the full range of light. Now the image looks like what my eyes were seeing. Below is the full image which was cropped in the collage.

Final HDR Image of Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Final HDR Image of Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

You may see some photographers who only do HDR images. I use it when I feel it will capture the image I see. No right or wrong to either approach.

August 26, 2012

Where in the World #244

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!

Smiley from millan.net STOP the presses, Players! Carolyn Conway is getting married this weekend! Her fiancee proposed in Walt Disney World while watching the water electrical pageant on the balcony at the Grand Floridian! WOW!

Here was the August 19th Challenge:
 Where in the World #243

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

Soooo... I honestly thought this would stump everyone. I full expected to get 3 answers this week, but I got a little more than that.

560.

LOL!

Ken Maikowski and Lee Anastasi, you did a great job of explaining this: Walking towards Mexico and looking across the World Showcase lagoon, you see the Minaret in Morrocco in Epcot and the back side of the Hollywood Hotel in Disney's Hollywood Studios (Tower of Terror). Curtis Bille, could you finish about the Imagineers? Imagineers realized you would be able to see the back of the Tower, so they painted it and worked the facade so it would like part of Morocco.

I meet a lot of people who have no idea about this, but obviously those people aren't Where in the World Players. :-) In fact, Noah and Daniel Schweizer, part of the AllEars next generation pointed out all of you would figure this out. Thumbs up, guys! Not to mention, Deb Ragno's mother-in-law who lived in Morocco let her know, and I'm not arguing with that kind of knowledge!

Claire Gregory got a Cliff Claven reference in her answer. That is so awesome, Claire! Smiley from millan.net

Kenny was the first to send in the correct answer! 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Challenge #244: Where in the world is this?
In case this one is tough, here's a hint: it's somewhere in Walt Disney World. :)

 Where in the World #244

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 30th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

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August 28, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week: Flower and Garden Festival

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Epcot has wonderful landscaping most of the year but, during the Flower and Garden Festival, Walt Disney World's gardeners and topiary specialists go all out to produce color and shapes using the vast cast of characters from Disney's movies and shorts. Including Captain Hook who has not learned to leave Peter Pan alone.

Peter Pan and Captain Hook topiaries in Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Peter Pan and Captain Hook topiaries on display during the Flower and Garden Festival.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/80s, f/22, ISO 200, EV -0.3.

Lisa will be here on Thursday with her Disney Pic of Week about the Flower and Garden Festival.

August 29, 2012

Epcot Artists and Artisans

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


My favorite Walt Disney World park is Epcot with World Showcase ranking above Future World. I look for something new to experience with each visit. One overall aspect of World Showcase that can easily be missed are the artisans and artists. You are welcome to photograph these fine folks as they work but take into consideration that you don't want to distract them. This is after all, their livelihood.

Here are some simple tips for getting great photos.

1. Some people work at their craft indoors to avoid outdoor elements like wind. Ask if he/she minds if you use a flash to take a picture. In this case, the woman told me not to use a flash. Thankfully there was a good amount of window light in Germany.
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Canon PowerShot SX100 IS f4.3, 1/80, ISO 200, Macro


2. Pencil and charcoal sketch artists in France sit outdoors under umbrellas to help shade their work space. It is easy to photograph them from a short distance of 4 to 8 feet away and use fill flash to compensate for shadows. Cameras record shady areas with blue tint. A flash will eliminate the hue.
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Canon PowerShot SX100 IS f4, 1/500, ISO 400, Program


3. While many of the people you'll encounter work at a slow to moderate pace, Myuki in Japan is super fast. You'll want to make sure your camera settings can keep up with her as she creates colorful animals out of soft rice candy before it hardens. Set your camera to Action or Shutterspeed Priority at 1/125 or quicker and keep your finger on the shutter release button so the camera constantly refocuses.
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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS, f4.5, 1/400, ISO 400, flash, Shutterspeed Priority


4. Try photographing from a different angle. Now, I don't mean you should climb walls and dangle from a wire but if the opportunity presents itself and you ask nicely, you might just get a super cool shot. In this case, I was part of the medium for this henna tatooo artist in Morocco.
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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS, f4, 1/60, ISO 400, flash, Program

More creative minds can be found in these pavilions:

Mexico - Hand-carved wooden animals & fantasy creatures. Watch as they are painted in fine detail.

China - You might luck out and see someone purchase (or buy it yourself) an item that is personalized.

African Outpost - Watch as a gentleman hand carves wildlife from wood.

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August 30, 2012

A Topiary Salute to Woody

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


It's extraordinary what Disney horticulturists do with plants, flowers, and metal. Every year Epcot boasts an explosion of talent all over the park in the form of character topiaries during the Flower and Garden Festival. While some character topiaries add to the location they're in, others fit into the lay of the land perfectly.

I came across Woody, the cowboy from the Disney/Pixar trilogy, Toy Story, at American Adventure. It was the ideal location for him and as you can see, he tips his hat to the good ole US of A.

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Disney Pic of the Week - Epcot Flower and Garden Festival


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August 31, 2012

Signs of the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I was looking for signs I had photographed in the Magic Kingdom using a metadata search of my Disney photo library. From the photos displayed in the search I selected these to share with you.

My favorite counter service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom is found in Liberty Square. Columbia Harbour House has a varied menu and the most relaxing dining area in the park. If it is open, try the upstairs dining area for interesting views of Frontierland, Liberty Square and Fantasyland.

Sign in the Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Sign in the Columbia Harbour House Restaurant.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 70mm focal length.

Looking for extra cash to pay for your Walt Disney World vacation? Then keep your eye out for these men on the Wanted Posters hanging in the Frontierland Train Station.

Wanted signs at the Frontierland Train Station in the Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida.
Wanted signs at the Frontierland Train Station.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 6400, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

There are many unique clocks in the Magic Kingdom. None more unique than the clock on the Video Arcade building next to Space Mountain in Tomorrowland.

Video Arcade sign and clock next to Tomorrowland's Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida.
Video Arcade sign and clock next to Tomorrowland's Space Mountain.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 210mm focal length.

Many a guest who got blisters on their feet or parents with babies needing changing were relieved to find this sign pointing their way to the First Aid and Baby Care Center in the Magic Kingdom. They will take good care of you there.

First Aid and Baby Care sign near the Crystal Palace restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida.
First Aid and Baby Care sign near the Crystal Palace restaurant.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/11, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 180mm focal length.

The new Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game is headquartered in the Fire House on Main Street USA. I may have to give this game a try on my next trip.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom sign at the entrance to the Fire House on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom sign at the entrance to the Fire House on Main Street USA.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 2000, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

I try to document objects such as signs, carts, statues and attractions at Walt Disney World during my visits as you never know when a future refurbishment might remove or replace them. Have you found any unique signs at Walt Disney World?

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