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January 1, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Favorite Character

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As you can see, this week's theme allows Lisa and I to share with you our favorite Disney character. Mine has and always will be...

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!

Here are a few of the different roles Mickey plays at the Walt Disney World Resort. See ya, Pal!

Mickey Mouse at the Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida
Mickey Mouse at the Walt Disney World Resort.

From top left: Jedi Mickey at Star Wars Weekends, Hero Mickey at Fantasmic!, Mickey as the Sorcerer's Apprentice and Cowboy Mickey at Mickey's Backyard BBQ.

Lisa will be here on Thursday with her Favorite Character for the Disney Pic of the Week.

January 2, 2013

Officer Peabody, Citizen of Hollywood

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Who are the people in your neighborhood, the people that you meet each day? If you lived in Hollywood, Disney's Hollywood Studios, to be precise, you'd encounter quite a number of colorful characters. Seeing as Hollywood draws in men and women with big dreams of becoming famous stars of the silver screen, the place is crawling with actors. No city is inhabited solely by one type of profession and so it is the duty of Disney's Hollywood Studios Patrol Department to keep peace and order in tinsel town.

Meet Officer Percival Peabody*, a banana-slinging, cautious-minded cop who makes sure foot traffic moves safely along Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd. When off-duty or on-duty but when things look calm, he can be found playing a dating game in hopes of finding himself a single lady.

Here's Officer Peabody setting up a speed trap. These documentary-style images were taken with a Canon EOS 30D and Canon 75-300mm USM lens. Set to Aperture Priority f8, and ISO 400, the camera selected shutter speeds accordingly. Fill flash was used to brighten up shadows and freeze almost-fast moments.

Laying down tape.
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Making the tape stick.
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Not sure that's where the tape goes.
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Optimistic that no one is speeding.
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Sounding the police siren at speeders.
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Pleased with his camouflage.
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Displeased with news that the camouflage doesn't work.
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Kungaloosh! * From Percival's good friend, Emil Bleehall.

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January 3, 2013

A Street Rat Named Aladdin

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Still I think he's rather tasty...

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Disney Pic of the Week - Favorite Character


Happy New Year! May your 3 wishes come true and remember, no wishing for more wishes.

Scott totally ripped off my idea of a collage. You know what they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery.

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January 4, 2013

Great Movie Ride through a Crystal Ball

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Believe it or not, when Disney's Hollywood Studios first opened back in 1989 it was called the Disney-MGM Studios and you could see the replica of the Mann's Chinese Theater as you walked up Hollywood Blvd. I will have to scan in some old 4x6 prints someday to show you this view. By the time the digital camera age came around the view of the Great Movie Ride became history as the large Sorcerer Mickey Hat was built directly in front of it.

Many Disney fan photographers have used various techniques to photgraph the front of the GMR in one image from creating wide panoramics using multiple images, fisheye lenses and even a complete 360 degree interactive view using expensive and specialized equipment and software. Last year, I showed you how I used a crystal ball to make unique photographs of Spaceship Earth and Cinderella Castle. Below, I used the crystal ball again. This time to show you the entire front of the Great Movie Ride.

The front of the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
The front of the Great Movie Ride through a crystal ball.

I would still like the old view back someday. I know a lot of photographers who would agree with me.

I will be using the crystal ball for more Disney photographs this year. Stay tuned!

January 6, 2013

Where in the World #262

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!

Vera Williams, Jim Finley, and Cheri Palmisano, and to everyone who send me such wonderful messages, thank you!

Rob & April Vanderpool, I know you are enjoying Walt Disney World! And so is Maggie Klotz for the first time in over a decade! Enjoy the magic!
From Millan.Net

Jeremy Mccaffrey has the flu this week and couldn't play like he usually does. Get well soon, Jeremy!

My family is having a Disney trip free year too, Jason & Melinda Lenz. Sniffle!
From Millan.Net

Here was the challenge last week:
 Where in the World #261

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

Let me quote from One Man's Dream:
"We know it was really all started by a man, a man with a dream, and a mouse."

The Partners Statue at the end of Main Street, in the center of the hub in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom: it honors the man himself, the one who his brother called the World's Storyteller and how lucky we are to have him: Walter Elias Disney. And his buddy, his partner in magic, the one who Roy O. Disney said was the closest anyone could get to having Walt alive again, the friend Walt always called The Mouse, Oswald's little brother: Mickey Mouse.

I'm so glad so many of you agreed this was a good choice to close 2012 on a magical note.
I'm not going to even to clown around. Let's just enjoy it, the way the movie ends in One Man's Dream (I always choke up):

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

I hope your 2013 sees your dreams coming true, Players.

And Tami H. and John Bickers, you got it right. :)

Chris Connors was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Chris and all our winners this week! Robert Hildbebrandt, Cherie Schroeder, Sarah Weiss, Linda Turner, Charis Barron, Kathy Morris, Jay Fuentes, Valerie Alban, Orlaith Ferguson, Liz Moreau, Shannon Wittmaier, Andrew Weed, Jennifer Vega, Carl Kanefsky, Cindy Rey, Kathy Morris, Jeff Brice, Lin Carvell, Deme Grabert, John W. Sharpe, Nancy Miller, Nadine Anderson, Kevin Scott, Janet Fishman, Bob Patterson, Jeff Connors, Roni Dorf-wilcox, Kristen Funk, Sharon Lucia, Ken Rhinehart, Jason Skow, Sherry Tarantino, April Haddock, Dawn Simpson, Amber Penske, Melissa Such, Leslie Pennington, Betty Mercier, Christine Glynn, Lauren Svec, Addison Welp, Amber Cangelosi, Jennifer Rowell, Bridgette Gallagher, Kerri Kobylka, Erin, Krystal Pound, M Goldschmied, Deb Gallo, Jessica Folan, Virginia Pierce, Gregg Eldred, Tinkerbell Wells, James Steele, Linda, Susan Rollins, Hillary Waldroop, David Ross, Kris Nixon, Theresa Rucando, Kathy Miller, Amy Powers, Jen Lombardi, Wayne Chadourne, Cathy Connors, Mark Niebojeski, Tara Noles, Jennifer Snapp, Stefanie Vandiver, Kimberly Pearsall, Vera Williams, Jennifer Snook, Deanna, Karen Wheatley, Sharon Pierce, Eric Enli, Jimmie Jones, Eric Woodfork, Thomas Mangano, Curtis Bille, Fran Achorn, Thomas Mangano, Nicole Klein, Rob & April - Team Vanderpool, Chris Horne, Chris Bauman, Keirsten Sangster, Julia Buchter, Belicia Cullen, Bruce Jones, Michelle Boewe, Scott Cullen, Kelli Gordon, Chris Masse, Jason Hocker, Jeff Blank, Mark Watson, Pam, Marilyn Garfinkel, Amy Schweizer, David Tarbet, Kristin Olmedo, Melesia Love, Jenny Brennan, Maureen Handy, Tim Jeltes, Candice Grimes, Bill Demaio, Tom Koval, Wayne Wyatt, Annette Nuenke, Amy Poole, Jim Finley, Josh Dean, Linda College, Judy, Wendy Hupp, Betsy Silvestri, Pat Cassidy, John Menjes, Jodi Civill, Angie Young, Janet Thorn, Cindy Derosa, Larry Drum, Doug Olson Family, Pollyanna Buff, Greg, Jim Riddle, Matt Holley, Chris & Maranda Nichols, Mark Culwell, Kelly Zanauskas, Brad Kinsey, Carri Marotto, Alan Mize, Cyndi Burns, Deb Falvo, Cindy Hicks, Andrew Carrieri, Jill Haarman, Eric Holmes, The Moore Family, Ed Elder, Emily Hudson, Hobbes And Snorky, Philippe Ouellet, Janna Jewett, The Strukel Family, Karen Schlumpf, Lizanne Fisk, Dee Dee Kenney, Melody O'donnell, Debbie Lanza, Brian Yesutis, Lisa Bohannon, Parker Family, Anastasia Macneil, Antoinette Leblanc, Lisa Bohannon, Mary Beth Tarbet, Katie Bray, Rob Jacob, Jeremy Reichelt, Billie Jean Albolino, Phil Badcock, Evanna Huda, Erin Hammer, Melodye Berry, Chloe Mayhew, Kim Mobley, Alicia, Tami H., Stephanie Linares, Colette S, Ken Maikowski, Demetrios Makres, Claire Gregory, Mary Thatcher, Nicole Shuler, Karen Ramirez, Brian Gallant, Lori Rienhardt, Shelley Diederich, Caren Bauernfeind, Emily Dagney, Chris Dagney, Erin Dagney, Sherry Trapp, Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Scott Greenbaum, Monica Owens, Staci Plunkett, Jim Logue, Patti Mccaffrey, Alison Rosenberger, Jonathan Thomas, Jamie K, Kameo Crea, Emily Watson, Nathalie Periard, Robert Dean Bostic, Bonnie Tulenko, Becky Norman, Clinton Dickinson, Al Desimone, Lisa St. Peter, John Nottell, Team Hill, Jim Dewalt, Rachel Hoover, Wendy Snelgrove, Thomas Farquharson, Bryan Kruse, Brent Baker, Mickey Mouse, Lynette Michalos, Kelly Cummings, Susie Howard, Tracy Discher, Mckenna Creese, K Beasley, Dave Wang, Steve Jordan, Cameron Lange, Pamela Manseau, Emma Ramsey, Christina R, Beth Mcmeekin, Maryann Eckenrode, Trina Noggle, Les Whitten, Kelly Mccleary, Jenny Stoneburner, Josh Weiss, Kristi Strembicki, Meredith Rule, Bob Henriksen, Pam Lorenz, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Sarah Calvario, Candy Dadswell, Joanna, Bill Cudney, Lynne Simpson, Rob Blundin, Sharon Dale, Wendy Mowery, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Maureen Hanlon, Ainsley Poe, Nancy Mclaughlin, Bob, Maggie Klotz, Dawn Bach, Carol Gamill, Cindy Pink, Sara Holloway, Michael Malampy, Andrew Swiatowicz, Sharon Powell, Misty Mehelic, Todd Swavely, Kris Blamphin, Deb Ragno, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Cynthia Hitchcock, Chris Kelly, Rebecca Keenan, Jason & Melinda Lenz, Jimmy Beaupre, Wendy T Faler, Diane Curfman, Craig, Kathryn Willer, Vicki Vaught, Kelsi, Lynn, Jessica Iglesias, Jared Meeker, Carolyn Como, Susan Higginbotham, Carla C, Jonathan Ward, Larry Sprenkle, Jennifer Rupert, George Mundy Jr, Patty Newton, Hayley Valk, Jennifer Mccurry, Karen Kristoff, Kelly, Tricia Petty, Heather Young, Jodi Cook, The O'meara Family, Doug Reichl, Kim Walker, Jack, Bill, and Ryan Foley, Katie Bamford, Ron Harper, Bruce Hinterleitner, Pam Vanaustin, Cary Burke, Brian Richmond, Mike M., Mike Haeberle, Stefan Owens, Al Ganter, Vanessa St.john, Kerry A., Kristen Mccoy, Mike Cerce, Ronald Delorey, Cassnadra Newton, Kerry Mccaffrey, Maryann Romagnano, Mickey Eckert, Jen Tremley, Jennifer Bourg, Megan Krainski, Paul Knott, Evald Olson, Duskin Henard, Heather Pedulla, Nilda Stuff, Karen Smith, Veronica Peterson, Brendan Abel, Chris Connors, C.j. Connors, Debbie Connors, Olszak Family, Double Family, Joseph M. Zafia, Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards, Barclay Bakkum, Melissa Kirk, John Paul, Heidi Goodhue, Vickie Scioneaux, Maryann Daly, Les Stewart, Juli Case, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Kim May, Jo Ann Bailey, Ronnie Schreyer, Margi Larmon, Elaine Kleinhenz, Jackie Graebel, Jennifer Bogdan, Lisa De Paiva, John Bickers, Kye Layton, Jennifer Murchison, Elyssa H., Peggy Saeger, Tara Bradford, Jane Johnson, Walter N. Clark, Lindsay Kasawski, Kathryn Perkins, Vanessa Medlock, Kerr Coggins, Jared Orth, Sandy O'daniel, Felice Ciccione, Jennifer Carson, Andrea Kruszewski, Rita Henderson, Brian Grabowski, Donna Langdon, Chip Vermette, Zachary Ott, Kelly Mager, Eileen Miller, Mark Proper, Andrew Pettit, Jennifer Harmon, Bob Hendrix, Wendy Barney, Ashley P., Patrick Broaddus, Anita Jodouin, Timothy Hutchinson, Emily Harper, Dan Diehm, Deb Wolfe, Annie Snodgrass, Karrie Duffey, Diane Furtado, Gallagher Family, Kara Cummings, Heather Hynes, Jullie Pudem, John Foggo, Diane Ramos, Trish Babler, Gail States, The Patterson Family, Mary Greger, Cheri Palmisano, Angie Messer, Karen Nelson, Leach Family, Gabriella Rizzo, Lisa Zitek, Pecosace, Kirsten Miller, Harry Wilson, Terri Thornton, Derek Carty, Lynn, Diane Tredore, Dan Mangini, Paul Ignudo Jr., Wayne Witherspoon, Jackie Klafeta, Dave Carriere, Stacy Guarracino, Chuck Everson, Christy Schor, Andy Schumacher, Linda Grau, Mitchell Holmes, Shannon Wright, Brian Mcwithey, Wendy Palmquist, Kathie Goldberg, Orange Bird, Anjanette Tournillon, Lorine Landon, Emily Esker, Elizabeth Goodman, Hulse Family, Jeannine, Michael Nanney, Ashley Hill, Steven Dearment, and Shannon Williams. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

And now: the last monthly drawing for 2012! The winner is: Stephanie Dollar! Congratulations, Stephanie! You will be receiving your prize from Deb Wills soon!
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Challenge #262: Where in the world is this?
This is a little harder, but when you see the full picture, I'm hoping you'll agree it's a good one to start 2013.

We are still in the parks.
 Where in the World #262

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 10th, 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!

January 8, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week - Flowers

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Good morning. It's a beautiful day in a sunny state where flowers bloom all year long and the essence of love fills the air. Buenos dias. Es un hermoso dia en un estado soleado donde las flores florecen todo el ano y la escencia del amor llena el aire.

Step inside a wondrous land with Scott and I as this week we bring you bouquets of roses, lilacs, hydrangeas, carnations, and/or orchids. Scott will adorn you with flowers on Thursday.

My floral themed photo comes to you from Disneyland and if you look carefully, you'll see part of Sleeping Beauty Castle reflected in the pond. I call this image, Once Upon a Dream.

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You can fine me and my photos on Facebook and my Twitter handle is lisano1.

January 9, 2013

Plan to Save Money

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Repeat Disney Parks vacationers know to look for package deals and resort discounts when booking trips. We use experience when making decisions on packing, transportation, and entertainment for ourselves and kids while en route. Overall, we've got mad skills and that's why others ask us for advice.

As I create my upcoming epic adventure with my friend, I find myself going the extra mile to save us both money. I have no idea what Yoli's budget is, only that she wants an inexpensive hotel room and to go grocery shopping. My recommendation to her was to set aside $30 per day for food. Some days, she'll spend far less and others she might go over but it's a safe amount to not magically starve.

I'd like to share with you how I have and am still pinching pennies before we leave for Florida.

If you book your trip at least 3 months out, start searching for free product samples. On average it takes 4-8 weeks to receive freebies in the mail. Travel size items such as deodorant, laundry detergent, sunscreen, and heel balm take just a few clicks to obtain. Ask your dentist if she/he has trial size toothpaste.

Need something to read on the plane, train, or in the car? Magazines both well-known and not-so-much offer free editions and/or complimentary subscriptions. You can also download free e-books.

My advice when ordering freebies is to make sure that when you supply your personal info that you're on the company's website or their Facebook page. Beware of third parties who first ask for an e-mail address or require you to take a survey. Never pay for shipping. If you're looking for a specific brand name item, visit their website and check for samples or coupons. Plenty of time before you leave? Write to the company and ask for a free trail size item and/or coupons.

Free Samples

Woman Freebies

That Freebie Site

Sample Stuff

E-books

Gutenberg

Barnes and Noble

Amazon

Should you rent a car, going to the market can save you bundles of cash. Every Disney resort room now has a mini fridge. By picking up a loaf of bread, deli meat, cheese, whole fruit, granola bars, etc... you can pack lunch. We're going to Target for groceries so when promos popped up in my Facebook news feed, I grabbed them. With coupon in hand, by spending $50 on items I need at home anyway, I earned a $10 gift card. I took advantage of this offer the second time it came up, too, so I now have $20 worth of gift cards to spend on food. Additionally, I have been cutting coupons for a few items thus making my savings go even further.

For those days when you're not in a park, try a restaurant off-property. My mom loves Sweet Tomatoes, a healthy all-you-can-eat buffet that issues coupons weekly via their newsletter.

Check Restaurant.com for gift certificates sold at below face value. Read each restaurant's restrictions. Create an account and receive even greater savings by e-mail. In the past I have purchased certificates for Crossroads at House of Blues in Downtown Disney, Todd English's Blue Zoo at the Dolphin Resort, and Garden Grove at the Swan Resort.

Save on dining, recreational activities, spas, and shopping via Groupon. Search the Orlando, FL area for current deals.

When renting a car, be sure to look up discount codes from Mousesavers.com and check each rental agencies deals for AAA members, government employees, and public percentages off. I usually start my search at Kayak to see what the current prices are for many agencies at once. Then I start with codes and coupons and book the best deal I can find without putting down a credit card. Just a few days before my vacation, I try bidding on Priceline and see if I can get a better deal. Be sure that all of your info is correct because if your bid is accepted, getting a refund or changing the reservation is tedious and not likely.

I'm certain most of you have great tips for saving money and I welcome your suggestion. These are just a few of mine based on my up-coming journey. Oh and if you get addicted to signing up for freebies, you're on your own.

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January 10, 2013

Epcot Flowers

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Hanging flowers in front of the Italy pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Hanging flowers in front of Epcot's Italy pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, polarizer filter.

It was a beautiful Autumn day in Epcot's World Showcase when I took this photo featuring these beautiful flowers in hanging pots in front of the Italy pavilion. I used a small aperture of f/16 to get everything in focus from the lamppost to the Friendship boat and Norway and China's pavilions in the background. I used a polarizing filter to deepen the colors of the water and sky.

A very colorful Disney Pic of the Week on Flowers.

January 11, 2013

Photographing Disney's Polynesian Resort Lobby

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have yet to stay at Disney's Polynesian Resort. I have found many reasons to visit as the lobby is one of the best places to hang out while waiting for a dining reservation at either 'Ohana or Kona Cafe restaurants. In the case of the next two photos, I was enjoying the tropical atmosphere while my wife and daughter shopped.

Working a subject like the Polynesian Resort's lobby is instructional and fun. The lobby is colorful with waterfalls and flowing water. Wide walkways on the first and second floors give you lots of room to use a tripod if you have one. When I took these photos, my tripod was back in my room. Instead, I used my favorite hand holding technique called Da Grip which I learned from National Geographic photographer Joe McNally.

The first photo of the Polynesian Resort lobby is a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image. I took this standing up and moved in as close as I could. Zoomed in to 48mm to create a composition using vegetation as a frame, a waterfall as the main subject and elements of the resort's lobby in the background. You can see the upstairs walkway and the sign for the BouTIKI gift shop.

Disney's Polynesian Resort beautifully landscaped lobby captured in HDR, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Disney's Polynesian Resort's beautifully landscaped lobby captured in HDR.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/8, ISO 720, EV -0.3, 48mm focal length, hand-held, HDR Image.

In the second photo, I kneeled down to be level with the waterfall and made this pleasing composition with the Rule of Thirds in mind. Using Da Grip, I was able to photograph it hand-held at 1/8th of a second shutter speed giving the water motion a soft look.

Disney's Polynesian Resort lobby waterfall, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Disney's Polynesian Resort lobby waterfall.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/8s, f/4.2, ISO 560, EV -0.3, 48mm focal length.

Fast forward a year and as I was waiting for my family's breakfast reservation at Kona Cafe for a helping of Tonga Toast, I photographed a Christmas decorated Polynesian Resort lobby with lots of poinsettia plants added to the waterfalls. In this case, I was above the waterfalls on the second floor walkway and used a wider field of view. The slow shutter speed of 1/15th of a second (hand held again) gave the flowing water a nice softness.

Disney's Polynesian Resort lobby waterfalls at Christmas, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Disney's Polynesian Resort lobby waterfalls at Christmas.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/15s, f/8, ISO 3200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

You can do this with any photography subject including people. Walk around the subject or subjects and view it from all sides and angles especially low and high. You will be amazed at the number of different photographs you can create this way.

January 13, 2013

Where in the World #263

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 the The Kertes Family on a special Disney birthday trip! And hello to Patti and Kerry McCaffrey who are in Walt Disney World now.

I wish I was in Disney, too, Patti Gumiela and Karen Smith!

Jill Hauth and Hunter Armstrong knows what we mean as Jill and the Armstrong family are going through the post-Disney vacation blues. From Millan.Net

Here was the challenge last week:
 Where in the World #262

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

It's the seating at The Sunset Ranch Market at Disney's Hollywood Studios where you will find Rosie's All American Cafe, Fairfax Fare, Toluca Legs Turkey Company, and Catalina Eddie's. It's inspired by L.A.'s Farmer's Market and right by Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Beauty and the Beast. You can read all about its history in Jack Spence's blog (thanks to the Hoekzema Family for the reference)!

And! The site of quite a few meet and greets for the AllEars Team, like in this 2010 picture, marking the start of 2013!

I hope you think it is a good choice for the first one of the year, Cheri Palmisano!

Susan and Mike of Team Hill was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Susan and Mike and all our winners this week! Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Paul Scimeca, Diane Curfman, Karen Gates, Mary Beth Tarbet, Mario De Lepper , Andrea Fifield, Jennifer Shoulders, Denise Stevenson, Stephen Heywood, Sheila Lees, Christine Homer, Andy Schumacher, The Kertes Family, Tara Druckenmiller, Cindy Derosa, Tina G., Brandi Benedict, Lori Juliff, Colette S, Donna Quinno, Shannon Wright, The O'meara Family, Julie Westberg, Bill Mckim, Julie Westberg, Megan Krainski, Karen Doshier, Michaela O'brien , Denise Sawicki, Shannon Savoia, Kenny, Tim Johansen, Mike O'brien, Roger Vollmer, Karen Ramirez, Monette Gardner, Larry , Gay Lynn Brown, Robert Hildebrandt, Brenda Mcguire, Pollyanna Buff, Andrew Swiatowicz , Kevin Carter, Diane Morris, Jonathan Thomas, Paul Knott, Kelly Cummings, Chris Masse, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Phyllis Masse, Keitjh, Chloe Simmons, Beth Mcmeekin, Patti Gumiela, Craig, Deme Grabert, Ed Hogan, Paul Moore, John Nottell, Ladonna Tisdale, Weaselmouse, Andrea Kruszewski, Rob Blundin, Krysten Toth, Lindsey S., Chris Kelly, Scott Precise, Brian Miller, The Malesky Family, Sharon Pierce, Pam Vanaustin, Kara Cummings, Vera Williams, Jennifer Smith, Hobbes And Snorky, Anjanette Tournillon, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Kris Nixon, Les Stewart, Tom Koval, Karen Schlumpf, Linda Scrivano, Doug Reichl, Jennifer Rupert, Julie And Kody Rider, Hoekzema Family, Chris &Maranda Nichols, Diane Furtado, Mare Aehlich, Jeff Blank, Bob Patterson, Kathy Morris, Brian Grabowski, Jason Skow, Dallas Hamilton, Bonnie Tulenko, John Dupre, Jeff Beauchamp, Alison Rosenberger, Bob Henriksen, Karrie Duffey, Jeremy Reichelt, Marguerite Garofalo, Zachary Ott, Melody O'donnell, Chloe Mayhew, Shelly Borella, Heather Hynes, Janet Thorn, Patrick Broaddus, Josh Carney, Terry Fleming, Tricia Noble, Hillary Waldroop, Kameo Crea, Jullie Pudem, Hannah M, Stephanie Linares, Karen Smith, Carri Marotto, Hunter Armstrong, Tom Armstrong, Jill Hauth, Lana Hauth, Victoria Finnegan, Stephanie Dollar, Jennifer Suhr, Derek Carty, Heidi Goodhue, Vanessa Gordon, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Morgan M., Morag Lemon, Tom Buck, Carla Leger, Cathy Mager, Cheri Palmisano, Wendy Hupp, Jolynn Digiallonardo, John Pasqueralli, Palmer Family , Jeff Powell, Kirsten L Rodriguez, Patti Deluca, Emily Hudson, Elaine Kleinhenz, Chuck Sands, Jennifer Bogdan, Paul Ignudo Jr, Monica Owens, Caroline Burmester, Cindy Pennau, Jon Solomonson, Noreen Rachuba, Jim Kovacs, Mark Russell, Paul Dickson, Joanne Labbe, Chris Hills, Marie Seilus, Patti Mccaffrey, Kerry Mccaffrey, Jane Johnson, Agnes Ciotti , Danielle Ciotti Harsley, and Vicki Edwards. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #263: Where in the world is this?

We're in a different park!

 Where in the World #263

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 17th, 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!

January 15, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Illuminations

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The current Illuminations fireworks show, Reflections of Earth, is a fabulous show right in the heart of Epcot's World Showcase Lagoon. I believe it it the closest guests get to a Disney fireworks show at Walt Disney World.

I recently shared with you photography tips and a new favorite location for Illuminations. For this Disney Pic of the Week on Illuminations, I have a unique photo I took when I was with a group of photographers. I had come late to the meeting location and got in behind a few of them. Not getting the best view, I decided to include one of the camera's photographing the show. I set my focus for the show to get nice fireworks streams. Hope you like it.

Illuminations camera at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida
Illuminations camera at Epcot's World Showcase.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 17.3s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, 3-stop ND filter.

Lisa will be here on Thursday with her Illuminations photo.

January 16, 2013

Metering Modes with Fairy, Silver Mist

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Let's get technical, technical. I wanna get technical. Let's get into intermediate photography skill level in regards to metering. Don't you walk away when I am talking to you. You can do this. It's a good lesson that will broaden your knowledge, starting with an explanation of metering.

Your digital camera's metering system reads the amount of light in the photo you want to take. It then determines what the proper exposure (aperture, shutter speed) is based on the amount and variations of light it reads in the entire scene. Generally, when using a shooting mode like auto, the camera's metering system does a decent job.

When you learn to use the three metering modes, you'll find you want to use them in certain situations. The pictures you take are less likely to be washed out. It's time to go over sample shots. Hooray! Oh, and yes, I know the tips of Silver Mist's wings are cut off. I don't like using the LCD screen on my camera but it was an extremely hot and humid day when I took these and well...the viewfinder would have looked like it went for a swim had I used it. Moving on...

...to the first photo taken with Evaluative as the metering mode. Your camera secretly divides the image into many fragments from which layers of light are measured. It then mathematically decides how to balance the image. Often times it is the most precise way of taking into account varying light sources, heat, and brightness.

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Center Metering does exactly what it sounds like, the camera takes lighting information based on light from the center of the image and the immediate surrounding area. For this photo, that means looking at Silver Mist's blue dress, the palms behind her, and most likely her face and legs.

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Lastly, we have Spot Metering. Whatever focal point you select is where the camera will read light. I chose her right wing (our left) and as you can tell, it looks much better than in the other two photos. The exposure is just right, it's not washed out and it's not too dark...no, these wings are juuuust right. This third image is the best overall exposure with awesome contrast that never loses detail.

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I specialize in concerts and 99% of the time, I use spot metering to read the light on a singer or musician's face where lighting is hopefully the brightest.


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January 17, 2013

Preparing for Illuminations

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


People love watching Epcot's fireworks, laser show, worldly images, flaming spectacular every single night at 9 PM EST. To get ready for the show, crew members prep the centerpiece globe as well as barges from where the fireworks shoot out on World Showcase Lagoon. The show can be seen from any country pavilion in World Showcase. Where's your favorite place to watch Illuminations?

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Disney Pic of the Week - Illuminations

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January 18, 2013

LIberty Bell at Night in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A replica of the famous Liberty Bell was specially cast from the original mold for Walt Disney World and placed in Liberty Square in 1989. Surrounding the Liberty Bell are the flags of the original thirteen colonies. For more fascinating information, visit Jack Spence's Liberty Square Odds & Ends article

Liberty Bell location in the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Liberty Bell location in Liberty Square.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 8s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length, tripod.

During the day, it is hard to get photos of the Liberty Bell unless you get in close and low like Barrie (remember her?) did here: National Treasure: Liberty Bell.

Using a wide angle lens and tripod during Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom one night, I was able to photograph the Liberty Bell from various angles.

Liberty Bell informational plaque in the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Liberty Bell informational plaque.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 10s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length, tripod.

The wide angle lens allowed me to include the beautiful Hall of Presidents attraction in the background. The small aperture of f/16 created the starlight effects in the lights.

Liberty Bell and the Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Liberty Bell and the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 15s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length, tripod.

The Liberty Bell is a rather large and easy to find Liberty Square detail. Do you know of other details found in this Magic Kingdom Land?

January 20, 2013

Where in the World #264

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!

Patty Carty, enjoy your first trip with just you and your husband in over 26 years! Yeah, you'll miss your family, but you'll love experiencing a 'new' type of trip. Go to the beach and watch the fireworks. Enjoy alone time in the Rose Garden. Be kids yourselves again. Snuggle in dark rides. That does not include, repeat, does NOT include Space Mountain even though I tease my husband that we can . You cannot snuggle on Space Mountain; it creates safety issues.

Big day for Chris Kelly! His wife surprised him with a Disney World vacation! They leave in two weeks! From Millan.Net More news on Chris later on!

I've had people ask where I get my little smileys; thankfully someone asked again because I forgot to answer before. Most of them come from Millan net while others are from Deviantart. You wouldn't believe how many I have!

Players, it's time to help one of our own. Annie Snodgrass is trying to convince her boyfriend to go to Disney. Anyone want to shout out suggestions?

Reagan is not only having post-vacation blues, so are Patti and Kerry McCaffrey (although Patti is bragging about her tan). Maybe a little song will pick you up.
From Millan.Net
(Now that's stuck in my head.)

Here was the challenge last week:
 Where in the World #263

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

This was one I thought would be tougher, I'm wrong again! That will show me for just cutting through here to bypass the traffic on Main Street! Actually, my friend Kim Russell is a big fan of this place, but we always ate outside.

We're inside Casey's Corner in the Magic Kingdom! Answering this question made 75% of you hungry, so hot dog sales must be up everywhere! :)

Sean F, that was one thorough answer!

Deb Ragno, that sounds like my husband! I'm in MouseGears, he's watching the fountain show. I'm in World of Disney, he tells me "I'll be outside." LOL!

Agnes Ciotti, are they really good for watching the parade? Didn't think of that.

Karen Smith, the notorious Main Street bird gang asked me to send you this message (besides sorry we stole your french fries):
From Millan.Net

Chris Kelly was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Chris and all our winners this week! Emily Hudson, Chris Masse, Steve Jordan, Cynthia Hitchcock, Mike Walter, Jessica Iglesias, Michael Rotkiske, Scott Greenbaum, Vera Williams, Sharon Pierce, James Schmidt, Kris Nixon, Michelle Youngerman, Ruth Senecal, Jenny Brennan, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Reynic Copton, Dave Wang, Brian Gallant, Dawn Bach, Mary Beth Tarbet, Patti Gumiela, Larissa Huda, Jaime Freemyer, Theresa Rucando, David Freemyer, Andrew Carrieri, Diane Curfman, Mary Ellen Hurley, James Steele, Candice Grimes, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Scott Mitchell, Brian Miller, Kerry A., Kim Howe, Christin Langtry, Amgela Jones, Chris Rowlands, Nancy Johansen, Laura V., Jonathan Ward, Hayley Valk, Tommy Montgomery, Misty Mehelic, Dee Dee Kenney, Nathan York, Pasquale Crea, Pam Vanaustin, Palmer Family , Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Amy Schweizer, Paul Dickson, Claire Gregory, Team Hill, Lisa Bohannon , Addison Welp, Angie Young, John Nottell, Hunter Armstrong, Maureen but REALLY Warren Handy ;), Evanna Huda, Kathy Jones, Christina Rotella, John Menjes, Dawn Hartson, Larry Martinez, Erin Hammer, Sean F, Jared Orth, Lee Anastasi, Leach Family, Cathy Connors, Olszak Family, Janet Thorn, Kenny, Paul Moore, Curtis Bille, Scott Precise, Jodi Cook, Rob & April Team Vanderpool, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Deb Ragno, Hoekzema Family, Jody Church, Andy Hickey, Betsy Silvestri, Linda Scimeca, Carla C, Melissa Roberts, Jim Thompson, Mike Mondoux, Wendy T Faler, Derek Carty, Cindy Pink, Dawn Simpson, Liz Moreau, Andrea Kruszewski, Tina Santacroce , Meredith Rule, Ashley P., Mackenzie D., Les Stewart, Annie Snodgrass, Madison Hovan, Tricia Petty, Vanessa Gordon, Kelsi, Tanya Hinnes, Jeff Blank, Dallas Hamilton, Tara Weaver, Jim Finley, Wayne Chadourne, Hillary Waldroop, Tricia Noble, Al Sandal, Jeremy Reichelt, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Schuyler Stewart, Maryann Romagnano, Patrick Broaddus, Ed Mazzilli, Candy Sandal, Bob Henriksen, Johnpasqueralli, Kristi Strembicki, Steve Knapp, Jenn Steele, Karen Smith, Jim Riley, Pecosace, Patty Carty, Reagan, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Heidi Goodhue, Jason Skow, Julie Wickware, Chris & Maranda Nichols, Bryan Fencl, Agnes Ciotti, Randi Balch, The Patterson Family, Jackie Damon, Monica Owens, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Josh Carney, Stephanie Linares, The Kertes Family, Dave Crow, Carla Leger, Cheri Palmisano, Larry Sprenkle, Nathalie Periard, Molly Carstenbrock, Patti Deluca, Luis Rodriguez, Jackie Graebel, Jane Johnson, Walter Clark, Joseph M. Zafia, Ron Harper, Teri Michalski, Matt Holley, Emily Harper, George Mundy Jr, Brian Nale, Fred Shakeshaft, Eileen Miller, Stefan Owens, Stefan Owens, Katie Owens, Lauren Pinder, Kerry Mccaffrey, Patti Mccaffrey, Kristen Mccoy, and Emily Watson. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #264: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #264

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 24th, 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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January 22, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week - Musical Performances

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Did midnight sadness creep through your window? Head to Disneyland and surround yourself with melodies that will have you dancing like no one is watching. As if you stepped into a movie where people suddenly break into song with rehearsed choreography, bands and singers alike enter from all directions. You simply can't be blue under Disney skies.

We're highlighting such happy moments, musical performances, from Disney theme parks.

New Orleans Square in celebration of Mardi Gras put on a big show on a tiny stage featuring the stars of The Princess and the Frog. Princess Tiana entertains us by Rivers of America.

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Grapevine your way back on Thursday for Scott's photo.

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January 23, 2013

Newbie and the Geek Take Walt Disney World - Ready

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


My crazy (in a good way) friend Yoli and I are about to embark on my longest Walt Disney World vacation and her first. The next blog entry will be an actual trip report. If you haven't yet read up on the planning to get us to this point, follow these links to my prequel.

First entry, second blog, third chapter

Two months feels about right. Yes, for the past two months I have had one Disney park map or another posted on my wall at work. Turning to Fran who sits 2 seats down from me, I'd say where I felt like going (in the park's map pinned at the time) and ask what she wanted to do. You can envision it.

Me: Franny, I'm going on a safari.

Fran: I'll join you but I want to stop and get something to eat first.

Me: OK, what are you in the mood for?

Fran: Ice cream but not from a cart. I want the homemade ice cream cookie sandwich.

Me: Franny, we're not going to the Magic Kingdom today.

Fran: (rolling her eyes) Fine. I'll take an ice cream sandwich from the cart.

The woman who sits between us sometimes laughs, occasionally tries to join in but more often than not has no idea what we're talking about. We have other Disney fanatics at work, too. All last week Howie asked me how many days until my trip and every day I told him to go away because he has a cold. I told everyone who is/was sick to get the heck away from me. I've been taking echinacea pills three times a day to try and ward off their cooties. They all know of my upcoming voyage or at least they should.

Disney gift cards have showered upon me. A friend from CA mailed one to me as a sort of thank you/thinking of you present. My brother and sister-in-law left one for me as a Hanukkah gift when I stayed at their pad in NYC. The other day my mom said, "I have something for you but you can only use it for food. You have enough things." and handed me a gift card. Fair enough. Last weekend my friend and her family also bestowed upon me a belated Hanukkah gift in the form of a Disney gift card. My pal since middle school, Joe, rebelled and presented me with a gift certificate to Planet Hollywood located in Downtown Disney. Duuuude! I'm hardly going to have to fork out money for anything because on top of all that, I have a nice chunk of change to cash in from Disney VISA.

Having forced Yoli to read more menus, I created more dining reservations. Even so, there aren't many selected. Personally, I like to eat around World Showcase. Here and there we'll pack lunches and always carry snacks and water. With all of my dietary restrictions, deciding where to eat will most likely fall on my shoulders. Any chance they now let adults pass as 9 year olds? She doesn't eat much. Vamos a ver. We will see.

Due to my addiction to making this trip as wicked awesome as possible, I found myself buying toys and other Disney-themed items for my amiga. Holding onto them until we arrive in Orlando proved impossible and so Yoli received a Disneyfied Christmas stocking from me. Contents of her purple Tinker Bell stocking were a Cars toothbrush, Tinker Bell and fairy friends toothpaste, Toy Story Band Aids, a Kermit the Frog Pez, maps of Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure, a Newbie and the Geek luggage tag, a kit with stickers, coloring book & crayons, a Jasmin eraser, 2 Mickey and pals hand warmers, and some gum and microwave popcorn.

As I'm writing this, I'm waiting for her to let me know she's home so we can talk about our aventura. My packing began the other day after I realized it was time for a new suitcase. My goal is to finish packing sooner rather than later since we have snow in the forecast. Let me rephrase that, sometimes we lose power from heavy snowstorms so I hope to finish packing shortly.

Alright I'm off the phone. It's a good thing too because she forgot where we're staying. Newbie. She's cramming knowledge into her head as I type. Those recently aired old Disney behind-the-scenes style shows have been viewed. Now she knows all about and wants to ride Test Track pre-rehab and Rock 'n' Rollercoaster (I'll hold her bag). Yoli would also like to check out Coronado Springs Resort to compare to another place she's been. After she gets through the Walt Disney World planning DVD, the list will probably grow and that's exactly why I sent it to her so she can get an idea of what there is to see and do. Oh yeah, we might have to visit Disney Quest so she can design and ride her own roller coaster.

Well kids, I hope you've enjoyed my pre-trip report. If you see me in the parks, say hello. I should have some AllEars.Net trading cards with me.

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Yoli and I at Disneyland teaching Eeyore some classic Menudo dance moves

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January 24, 2013

United Kingdom Guitar Solo in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

British Revolution band performer playing at the United Kingdom's pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
British Revolution band performer doing a guitar solo in the United Kingdom pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/5.6, ISO 500, EV 0, 250mm focal length.

The British Revolution play throughout the day in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase. They bring all the energy of British Rock from The Beatles to The Who. Most sets feature a crowd pleasing guitar solo and makes for my Disney Pic of the Week on Musical Performances.

January 25, 2013

Details of the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When I was working on last week's article about the Liberty Bell in the Magic Kingdom, I got to thinking about the backstage tour I took a few years ago. The Keys to the Magic tour guide pointed out a couple of historic details Disney Imagineers had added to Liberty Square.

The first one is the rifle in the window. The guide said the musket told others the man of the house was home from the war in Revolutionary times. I found another explanation which said men would place thier rifle in the window to indicate they were home and ready to answer the call to arms. Thus the term Minutemen as they could be ready in minutes.

Rifle in a window of a building in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Rifle in a window of a building in Liberty Square.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 40mm focal length.

Below you see a plaque with four arms clasped at the wrist. The plaque was a fire marker of the Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss of Fire. Benjamin Franklin was one of its founders. These fire markers were required for policy holders to affix them to the front of their houses, much like those home security companies do with decals today.

Four hands fire mark on a building in the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Four hands fire mark on a building in Liberty Square.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 130mm focal length.

Disney is known for its attention to details and the Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom is no exception.

January 27, 2013

Where in the World #265

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!

Matthieu, I hear you are the best in your family for knowing what the pictures are in Walt Disney World! Good for you!

To the Hoekzema Family, I'm always craving something from Disney. ;)

John Bickers, thank you for your wonderful note!

Chris Kelly is headed for Disney: have a great time, Chris!! Wave goodbye, Players! excited That was some good waving.

Here was the challenge last week:
 Where in the World #264

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

I honestly didn't know I sent you to another hot dog place! I just like the look of Dino Diner and how it fits in with the DinoLand backstory. :)

Mickey Eckert's daughter was a cast member there. Please tell her thank you for making magic!

Rob And April of Team Vanderpool was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Rob And April and all our winners this week! Craig, Chris Masse, Paul Dickson, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, The Hoekzema Family, Nathalie Periard, Kris Nixon, The Parker Family , Chris & Maranda Nichols, Kenny, Emily Hudson, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Mickey Eckert, Chris Kelly, Russell Hamlin, Vera Williams, Betsy Silvestri, Tracy Discher, Pam Vanaustin, Cathy Mager, Evald Olson, Agnes Ciotti, and Danielle Ciotti Harsley. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #265: Where in the world is this?

We're still in the parks, and I promise you, this is not a hot dog place!
 Where in the World #265

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 31st, 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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January 29, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Cinderella

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Even though Snow White was a princess, it was not until 1950 when Disney released the animated feature Cinderella when the true love affair with Disney Princesses began. Cinderella permeates throughout Disney properties from Walt Disney World's Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom to this beautiful tile mural on the Disney Dream cruise ship. The mural depicts the scene where the glass slipper is placed on Cinderella's foot and is a very popular photo spot.

Cinderella mural on the Disney Dream cruise ship
Cinderella mural on the Disney Dream cruise ship.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 6400, EV +1.0, 28mm focal length.

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

January 30, 2013

Dude, Where's My Blog?

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


No Light Meter blog this week, folks. I'm presently playing tour guide to one of my very best friends, the infamous, Yoli. If you see someone wearing a shirt or hat with the artwork below, it's one of us. Come up and say hello. I'll return with new entries starting February 13, 2013.

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January 31, 2013

Cinderella Castle Door to Freedom

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Enter the walkway to Cinderella Castle and you'll find yourself looking at murals telling Cinderella's story. Gemstone colors reflect light off the walls and an enormous drape closes off the path during shows on the castle stage. When the curtain is drawn and sunlight angles inward, a mystery stands by quietly.

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Where does the door lead? In an unexplored world, one that exists only in your creative mind, anything is possible.

Disney Pic of the Week - Cinderella

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