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July 2, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Pirates of the Caribbean, the Movie

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Raise your hands if you thought Disney would be successful in making movies based on themepark rides or attractions? I wonder how many of you would have raised your hands before the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Curse of the Black Pearl. Now with four movies in the series with a fifth in the works, it is safe to say this movie ride far surpassed anyone's expectations.

It helps to have a great cast and, none more important, than Johnny Depp as the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow. A character who now has his own show at the Magic Kingdom and audio-animatronics of himself added to the ride in the first ever change to the Pirates of the Caribbean storyline. I even had the good fortune of meeting Captain Jack during a media event back in 2011. He was just as charming in person as in the movies.

Blog photograher and his wife with Captain Jack Sparrow at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Scott and his wife with Captain Jack Sparrow.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/50s, f/5, ISO 1100, EV 0, 32mm focal length, rear-sync flash.

TIP: Look who got in a photo! I handed my camera over to a PhotoPass Photographer. Remember, they will use your camera upon request. Make sure it is all set to go like mine was.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week on Pirates of the Caribbean (Movie).

July 3, 2013

Under the Moon - Revisiting Germany

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


A few years ago, a little fellow named Claus Stoughton borrowed my blog to tell the tale of his neighbors in Dispolok, Germany. It was a great way for you to get to know what goes in in that train town at Epcot's Germany pavilion. Claus asked if he could post a short update and I told him, by all means. It's a real shame it's been such a long time but we'll take what we can get. I hope you enjoy his news. Oh, and if you missed the original blog entry, follow this link

Hello friends. This is Claus Stoughton. I have a quick update for you on the townspeople of Dispolok. My job and view haven't changed. I received a small raise last year so I ran out and bought myself a hand carved wooden giraffe at the African Outpost to ward off ducks. Turns out ducks aren't bother by giraffes. In fact, they used it as a back scratcher. Live and learn. I'm sure you're excited to learn what's new so I'll get started.

Dieter Lange's fame has dwindled so much from his glory days as a child actor that the media has given up on him completely. Now that they're gone, he misses them. Last month he auditioned for a reality show filming in England. He's not sure if he'll be cast but if so, he's hoping to re-connect with Jordy, a French man who was a pint-sized pop star for a summer.

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Speaking of television stars, the Canadians have invaded and are filming all over the area. Franziska and Oliver bought a house right before they got married but now they are expecting triplets and Franziska thinks they need a larger house. Oliver doesn't want to move. They're currently filming an episode of Love It or List It. I already know the outcome, I'll tell you before I wrap this up.

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Mr. Faust has mellowed a little. It's hard to be crazy 100% of the time when you're old and nap twice a day. The animals on his farm ignore him but sometimes the younger horse finds him so funny that he falls down laughing. Honestly, when have you ever seen a horse do that? It must be all the caramel we smell.

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Passenger trains are still and always will be our chosen industry. We hope you have ridden at least one of our trains, they are quite fast, roomy, and clean. The one thing we can't control are ticket prices. There's been some grumbling about a special guest coming to visit in the fall. A fellow named Thomas. I guess he is a distant cousin of Isaak. I don't know what the big fuss is about. They're trains.

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Thank you for reading my little update. I hope you liked it. Oh, before I go, I promised to tell you what Oliver and Franziska decided.

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They're going to list it and buy this Morocco-inspired home. I hope they have belly dancers at the open house. Auf wiedersehen!

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July 4, 2013

The Flying Dutchman

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Scott came up with our theme this week, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Movies. My original theme, Johnny Depp in Various Stages of Sexy, was vetoed. Bugger! Instead of posting a photo I never took of Johnny, here's one I took of Davy Jones' ship, The Flying Dutchman. It was anchored at Disney's Castaway Cay in The Bahamas in 2007. Seriously, where else are you going to store a prop that large!

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According to Encyclopedia Britannica, The Flying Dutchman is an old European legend, a ship cursed to sail forever that brings doom to those who see it, so don't lo....aww man!

Happy Birthday, U.S.A.! Remember, fireworks should only be set off by professionals.

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July 5, 2013

Declaration of Independence in the American Adventure

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Ben Franklin listens to Thomas Jefferson reading from the final draft of the Declaration of Independence in a scene from the American Adventure in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Scott is off this week. Probably recovering from a good old American cookout in celebration of the 4th of July holiday in the United States of America. He wanted to share this scene from Epcot's American Adventure to remind his fellow patriots of the history behind our annual day of celebration and fireworks.

Scott will return in two weeks with more Disney photos to share.

July 7, 2013

Where in the World #287

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!

I can't believe what I forgot this:
From Millan.Net
It's belated, but heartfelt!

Will Gates, have a magical trip! Everyone say Bon Voyage, Players!
From Millan.Net

Christi Ison, I'm torn. Should I tell you to stay on the wagon but miss you? Or be an enabler and have you back? Oh heck with it! Welcome back! From Millan.Net

Here's Challenge #286:
Where in the World #286

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

I call this photo "Crocs"; my husband calls it "The stupidest picture you've ever taken, Erin". :)
It's the Nile Crocodile area on Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney's Animal Kingdom with me in the safari truck. This is important, kids: my foot is inside the jeep, leaning on the side. Listen to your driver and keep arms, feet, and the rest of you in your seat! Right, John Pasqueralli?

Daniel Record was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Daniel and all our winners this week! Bruce Jones, Chris Masse, Chris Connors, Debbie Connors, Cj Connors, Hoekzema Family, Double Family, Mike Rotkiske, Ed Elder, Vicki Edwards, Mary Beth Tarbet, Mike Haeberle, Donna Frank, Kristi Strembicki, Amber P., Missy Tillman, Karen Schlumpf, Chris Horne, Dee Dee Kenney, Melissa Thomas, Joy Ferson, Tracy Ludwig, Heather Devito, Jennifer Rowell, Paul Knott, Lee Anastasi, Lindsey Nozal, Chris Nichols, Amanda Campbell, Deb Ragno, Josh Dean, Brian Miller, The Kertes Family, Dawn Bach, Steve And Ruby Jordan, Rob Blundin, Anne Marie Cronin, Anne Marie Cronin, Tiffany Gibb, Team Hill, Chris Kelly, Colette Stanton, Maryann Moore, Steve Goodman, Mike Walter, Eric Enli, Chuck Sands, Paul Moore, John & Rhonda Nottell, Ken Maikowski, Kathy Huckabee, Kathryn Perkins, Maryann Eckenrode, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Lori Rienhardt, The Parker Family, Pam Vanaustin, Sharon Pierce, Bryan Kruse, Kelly Cummings , James Dezern, Brian Mcwithey, Michael Gainey, Colin Sawyer, Theresa Lennon, Rob Hildebrandt , Kerri Coggins, Pollyanna Buff, Curtis Bille, Tina Powell, Betsy Silvestri, Kenny, Trisha Johnson, Theresa Rucando, Tim Johansen, Mary Ann Lamay, The Malesky Family, Jen Cerce, Jeremy Hardy, Judy Simonsen, Maggie Klotz, Lynette Michalos, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Dewayne Shaw, Susan Doucette, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Cynthia Hitchcock, Alex Gamill, Mike Mondoux, The Foley Family, The Crea Family, Carolyn Como, Brian Beckom, Kaylie Seeley, Hulse Family, Jim Finley, Rebecca Smith, Bob Patterson, Jason Skow, The Patterson Family, Cameron Lange, Vera Williams, Karen Costa, Jen Snook, Tricia Noble, Sara Alaimo, Andrew Pettit, Timothy Hutchinson, Andy Schumacher, Ken Rhinehart, Wayne Witherspoon, Tinkerbell Wells, Barclay Bakkum, Jeremy Reichelt, Kara Morton, Stephanie Dollar, Caitlin Lewis, Diane Ramos, Bonnie, Jennifer Mercier, Mark Proper, Scott Greenbaum, Maryann Romagnano, Steve Narel, Sandie Albrecht, Leach Family, Erin Hammer, Jen Tremley, Josh Carney, Peter Boguszewski, Matt Holley, The Kahle Family, Antoinette Leblanc, Jeff Bush, Ladonna Tisdale, Vicki Yarnell, Cindy Pink, Team Bonnie Sue, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Christopher Hall, Carla C, Nadine Miltier, Zach Szymko, Lizanne Fisk, Mouse Junkie Adam, Stacy Guarracino, John Pasqueralli, Hayley Valk, Vickie Scioneaux, The Powells, Robert P. Flaherty, Fran Rendulic, Robert Wescovich, Russell Hamlin, Michael Gunnels, Meredith Rule, Les Whitten, Joseph M. Zafia, Elaine Kleinhenz, Tom Koval, Anjanette Tournillon, Jane Johnson, Evald Olson, Tricia Petty, Patti Mccaffrey, Paul Ignudo, Jr., and Julia C. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

In fact, time to draw the monthly winner! And that lucky Player is: Dawn Bach! Congratulations! You'll be getting a prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #287 Where in the world is this?

We're in a park with something newer! So if you haven't been to Walt Disney World in the past year, it's time to check around on the AllEars website!

 Where in the World #287

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 11th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

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

July 9, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week - Kidcot

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Kidcot Fun Stops are located in each of Epcot's 11 World Showcase pavilions. Their purpose is to get kids involved in arts and crafts. A Cast Member at each pavilion will stamp whatever the current cutout character on a stick or mask is. If you purchase a World Showcase Passport, the Cast Member will not only stamp it but also write a friendly message.

I can't find my scarce Kidcot photos at the moment so I'm improvising with this awesome photo of my friend Lisa and I coloring at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch. We are easy to amuse.

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Lisa #1 (me) and Lisa #2 (her). Why am I #1? I was hired at our former place of employment first.

Coloring pages and crayons can be found throughout Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Best of all, it's free.


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July 10, 2013

Miniature Jungle Cruise

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

It will come as no surprise to you that I love the puns and corny jokes told by Jungle Cruise skippers. I have sailed passed the backside of water countless times. As such, I've taken the same photos over, and over, and over again. On a fairly recent trip, I decided to play with the miniature effect in my Canon SX30 IS. In April, I introduced the feature to you all. Today, I'm just going to show you a few of my pictures so you can see how it changes perspective.


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July 11, 2013

United Kingdom Kidcot Fun Stop

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

World Showcase Cast member decorates a Duffy cutout for a guest in Epcot's United Kingdom pavilion, Orlando, Florida
World Showcase Cast member decorates a Duffy cutout for a guest in Epcot's United Kingdom pavilion.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 200, EV 0.

Kidcot Fun Stops in Epcot's World Showcase pavilions give young guests an opportunity to meet Cast Members from all over the world in a fun and creative way. In the United Kingdom last year, cast members were decorating the back of Duffy, the Disney bear, cutouts with the Union Jack flag.

My contribution to our Disney Pic of the Week on Kidcots.

July 12, 2013

Live, Laugh and Relax with Mickey Mouse

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

T-Shirt design seen on Castaway Cay, Bahamas

While Scott is NOT in the Caribbean this week, he is Living, Laughing and Relaxing right along with Mickey Mouse and Goofy. Donald Duck, not so much. Scott will be back next week to share more Disney photographic fun and tips.

July 14, 2013

Where in the World #288

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!

Everybody, stop! We missed a birthday! So all together and with great feeling: Happy Belated Birthday, Sara Holloway! I'm glad at least we released the Tangled lanterns for your big day!
From Millan.Net

Thank you, Sophia! I really like my Crocs picture too. :)

Christi Ison, wow!!! Thank you so much for that wonderful note!

Here's Challenge #287:
Where in the World #287

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

All right, before we get to the answer, does anyone have to go potty? OK, then it's a good thing we're here at the Tangled/Rapunzel themed bathrooms in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. Where, as Sarah And Chris said, "Disney proves even the bathroom can be an attraction". Because, like Chloe Mayhew said, the detailing is amazing, you can spend an hour checking it out, and like me, Duskin Henard, and a lot of others, you sit there going, "Really? Just bathrooms?!" They quickly became mine and Dave Carriere's favorite rest area! Plus the outlets for charging phones and tablets hidden in the tree stumps where you sit outside, as Vanessa Gordon pointed out. I think John Bickers had to make use of those while he waited for his teen daughter. Didn't you, John? :)

Or as Melissa Straka's daughter said, "Why does Belle have a new castle and Rapunzel's house is the bathrooms?" Oh snap! Actually, that's a very good point, Miss Straka. :)

OK, Annie Snodgrass put the song in my head. Rapunzel, it's a different one, but I think you'll like it. Players, it's time for a sing along:

All those days watching from the windows
All those years outside looking in
All that time never even knowing
Just how blind I've been
Now I'm here blinking in the starlight
Now I'm here suddenly I see
Standing here it's all so clear
I'm where I'm meant to be
Rapunzel Tangled emoticon

So what you're saying is, Patti Mccaffrey, that I should put Leslie Stewart's name in the winners. ;)

Amanda Campbell was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Amanda and all our winners this week! Erin Hammer, Mary Beth Tarbet, Chuck Sands, Ed Elder, Scott Greenbaum, Clinton Dickinson, Jessica Gardner, Chris Masse, Steve And Ruby Jordan, Sharon Pierce, Melissa Such, Karen Schlumpf, Dulcie Hayes, Jen Arabian, Tricia Petty, Scott Precise, Hayley Lawson, Jennifer Rowell, Louise, Paul Gera, Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Belicia Cullen, Candice Grimes, Dawn Bach, Christina Trigiani, Jim Riddle, Kenny, Cedric Ching, Scott Cullen, Kristi Strembicki, Donna Frank, Christine Mckay, Amy Weber, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, K Beasley, Edwina Borde, Laura V., William Patton, Jen Tremley, Steve Soares, Katie Buck, Meredith Koeval, Sarah Calvario, Tiffany Mink, Melissa Straka , Rachel, Maryann Eckenrode, Kye Layton, The Kertes Family, Tracee Kascak, James Schmidt, Team Hill, Kimberly Brammer, Patti Gumiela, The Omeara Family, Lynette Michalos, Phil Vickers, Scott O'donnell, Susie Howard, Jennc, Shanea Carr, John &Rhonda Nottell, Leigh Mertz, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Pam Vanaustin, Paul Dickson, The Crea Family, Tinkerbell Wells, Brian Miller, Paul Moore, Colette Stanton , Trina Noggle, Lee Anastasi, Megan K, Kristen Mccoy, Sophia, Paul Knott, Betsy Silvestri, Mike Rotkiske, Kathy Morris, Kerri Coggins, Lisa Bohannon, Julie Wickware, Pam Tees, Sara Holloway, Suzanne C. Denham, Sarah And Chris, Kirsten Miller, Kate Nejman, Kelly Cummings , Gail States, Jefrey Hunt, John Edwards, Vicki Yarnell, Sandie Albrecht, Chris Kelly, Stacey Thibodeau , Kathryn Perkins , Caryn Schill, John P, Maggie Klotz, James Steele, Kris Nixon, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Carolyn Como, Cindy Pink, Deb Ragno, Jen E., Kyler And Kevin Scott, Rebecca Keenan, Shannon Stitzel, Mickey Eckert, Emily Hudson, John Bickers, Madeline Davis, Michelle Palazzo, Chloe Mayhew, Laurie Walker, Carol, Randi Balch, Josette Gabel, Vanessa Gordon, Chris Nichols, Cynthia Hitchcock, Nathaniel Clements, Diane Curfman, Morgan M., Jeremy Hardy, Vickie Smialkowski, Heather Hynes, Tammy Kennedy, The Patterson Family, The Foley Family, Melesia Love, Diane Batista, Josh Carney, Melody O'donnell, Craig Lordan, Bonnie Tulenko, Ashley Ryan, Anastasia Macneil, Timothy Hutchinson, Karrie Duffey, Jeremy Reichelt, Mike Gillardi, Kara Morton, Andy Schumacher, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Ashley P. , Carrie Rampy, Chris Bauman, Lori Rienhardt, Barclay Bakkum, Jim Finley, Matt Holley, Melissa Rappley, Stephanie Linares, Doug Reichl, Randy Thomas, Hillary Waldroop, Jeff Finger, Ashley, Alison Rosenberger, Stephanie Dollar, Tim Johansen, Dave Carriere, Amy Martel, The Holmes Family, Tracey Mayfield, Claire Gregory, Duskin Henard, Michelle Norris, Daniel Record, Erin Connell, Kristan Bertelmann, Sanford, Agnes Ciotti, Mike Fisk, Annie Snodgrass, Tricia Noble, Olszak Family, David Ballard, Elaine Kleinhenz, Theresa Rucando, Whitney M, Jim Riley, Shelly Borella, Marie Phillips, Team Bonnie Sue, Kerry A. , Charlotte Pardo, Tom Koval, Sara Alaimo, E, Jackie Graebel, Carrie Kwiat, Virginia Pierce, Les Stewart, Patti Mccaffrey, Christi Ison, Ladonna Tisdale, Kerry Mccaffrey, Hoekzema Family, Rapunzel, Carla Leger, and Cheri Palmisano Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #288 Where in the world is this?

Time to spread out in the parks and figure out where this is!

 Where in the World #288

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 18th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

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

July 16, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Fish

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Fish have been a part of Disney movies and parks from the beginning. No Disney fish have had a bigger impact then the characters from the movie, Finding Nemo. They became so popular, Disney Imagineers made over a whole pavilion in Epcot called The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Inside you will meet Nemo and his friends as you ride a clam-mobile. As you explore the pavilion further, you will find the real inspirations for the movie's characters in living reef displays. That is where I found a Blue Tang. Can you tell me which character this fish reminds you of?

A Blue Tang fish swims in a reef tank inside the Seas with Nemo and Friends in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Blue Tang fish swims in a reef tank inside the Seas with Nemo and Friends.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/4.5, ISO 3200, EV 0, 58mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week on Fish.

July 17, 2013

Escaping the Elements at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Given that we are in the middle of summer and Walt Disney World is teaming with families vacationing before the kids go back to school, I've decided to write 4 separate blogs on where to avoid the heat. Some hideaways can also double in the winter as locations to warm up. I'll be printing this out and handing it to my co-worker who along with his wife and 6 year old son will be braving the heat in a few days. Share this with friends, family, and co-workers and help lessen their chances of getting sun poisoning or worse, heat stroke.

Sunset Blvd
Although Twilight Zone Tower of Terror itself creates screams of panic and twisted happiness, the building and surrounding area offer three spots to sit down and relax. The first looks like it was built out of clay and faces the gift shop/attraction exit. Two curved rows of seating have limited shade.
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The next option is very limited seating but will keep you out of the rain and provides better shade. You can find the bench and I think there's another facing it from the other end, right beside the gift shop's display windows.
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Your absolute best way out of the sun here is to walk from the outside straight through the gift shop. There are multiple benches inside near where they sell photos from the scary ride. It's not only cooling but it's a little bit darker than an average room.


Animation Courtyard
The Magic of Disney Animation is probably the best place to cool off with several seating options. In the Animation Gallery, you'll find a couple of cushioned benches.
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Go into the room with character meet and greets and on the upper level you'll also find multiple benches. Head into another room with art from recent movies where people wait to see Drawn to Animation. You'll discover a room of collapsed teens. Don't worry, there are benches here as well. If you want to watch the show, you'll be treated to theater style seating for about 15 minutes.


Mickey Avenue
Walt Disney: One Man's Dream is worth listing because it's not a ride requiring that you leave immediately. After passing by artifacts, and before entering the theater, there's a waiting area with limited places to plop. Watch the movie in a cool dark theater, again, in a real seat and when it's over, ask the Cast Member if you can stay. It's one of the lesser visited attractions and if you put yourself in the back or front, you won't be in the way.


Streets of America
Why would I list an area that's open to direct sun? Should it rain or not be brutally hot, there is shade to be found at what looks like a the entrance to a grand hotel. Long numerous steps and a platform can keep a good crowd dry and cool.
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Veteran Walt Disney World visitors know that Writer's Stop serves as 3 benefits in one. Here you can shop for books, DVDs, and kitchen accessories. It's a coffee and bake shop serving rice cereal treats, large cookies, cupcakes, and more. Best of all, it's another place to get out of the sun or escape the cold. Cushy chairs and high table tops with stools await.

Many people recommend taking in attractions like The Great Movie Ride (18 minutes once seated), Muppet Vision 3D (13 minutes not including pre-show which is standing room only), Voyage of the Little Mermaid (17 minutes), American Idol Experience (at least 20 minutes), or Disney Junior - Live on Stage (24 minutes).

Those are all helpful suggestions but if you don't want to wait for a show to start, head into the following eateries and find a place to sit.

ABC Commissary
Toy Story Pizza Planet
Backlot Express - head upstairs and to the back, away from windows
50's Prime Time Cafe - there's a bar and a waiting area for restaurant guests. Grab a milkshake and a seat.

Don't forget, First Aid is the place to go if you feel sick and/or are showing signs of heat exhaustion. First Aid is located at the front of Disney's Hollywood Studios beside Guest Relations and is staffed by nurses.

Have a great time and be safe. Share this with anyone you know who's heading down to Walt Disney World.

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July 18, 2013

Living with the Land's Aquacell

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Whether you take the relaxing and educational boat ride through Living with the Land or go on a behind the scenes tour, Behind the Seeds, you will be amazed by agriculture. Within the attraction are plants, veggies, fruits, spices, and herbs grown for Epcot restaurants. In addition, they have an aquacell where they raise fish, alligators, and eel.


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Disney Pic of the Week - Fish

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July 19, 2013

Disney Cruise Line: Nassau

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last year on a 4-Night Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Dream, my wife and I took the Nassau Forts and Junkanoo Discovery excursion. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Other passengers did their own thing in Nassau. Some wandered around the shopping and restaurant district near the ship docks. The famous Straw Market is within easy walking distance.

Here are some of the sights I saw when my wife and I walked around after our excursion was completed.

This was not the rum I was looking for.

Pirate mannequin advertising Tortuga Rum Cake in Nassau, Bahamas
Argh..want some Tortuga Rum Cake, matey?
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/5, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Many of the artisans were working on new carvings.

Wood carving kiosks at the Straw Market in Nassau, Bahamas
Wood carving kiosks at the Straw Market.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

Kalik beer, the official beer of the Bahamas. Anyone know why it is named Kalik?

Advertising sign for Kalik beer, the official beer of the Bahamas, on a shop door in Nassau, Bahamas
Advertising sign for Kalik beer, the official beer of the Bahamas, on a shop door.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/5, ISO 200, EV -0, 28mm focal length.

If you need information about Nassau, stop at the visitor desk inside the Nassau Port Terminal building Festival Place. They can set you up with hair braiding to recommending walking tours of the port city.

Visitor desk in the Nassau Port Terminal building Festival Place
Visitor desk in the Nassau Port Terminal building Festival Place.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Back on the Disney Dream, I photographed these two hard to miss icons of Nassau.

Atlantis resort as seen from the Disney Dream in Nassau, Bahamas
Atlantis resort as seen from the Disney Dream in Nassau, Bahamas.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 85mm focal length.

I can not resist something yellow.

Harbor control tower in Nassau, Bahamas
Harbor control tower in Nassau.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 135mm focal length.

Some passengers opted to stay on the ship while docked in Nassau. With so much to do and explore there, I do not think I could do that unless the weather was terrible. But that's just me.

July 21, 2013

Where in the World #289

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!

It's a big day, Players! A Big, big day! Does everyone have everything for the party? Then let's go! Celebrate!

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It's the SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF WHERE IN THE WORLD PHOTO FUN!

Why didn't we celebrate the fifth anniversary, I hear you ask. Because: I didn't think to look up when it started until this year. :) We can call it:
THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of WHERE IN THE WORLD PHOTO FUN TURNING FIVE!

Barrie Brewer began the game with this description:
"The magic is in the details.

A visit to Disney World is like no other experience. From the moment you arrive you are engulfed by the atmosphere. Seems like every step you take provides a new treat for your senses, from the sound of beating drums to the sight of spectacular colors in every direction. There's so much to absorb that your brain focuses on the big picture rather than on the details. And that's the plan - Imagineers don't just create a set for us to look at, they immerse us in the set so that we actually feel something magical. For them it's is all about the detail. It wasn't until I started photographing Disney World that I really began to see the amazing intricacies of their work."

As I searched for the game's history, I discovered Jack Spence very nicely mentioned us on his blog:

"Each Sunday, under the "Picture This" section of the AllEars Blog Central page, Erin Blackwell presents "Where In The World." It's a great game that I play regularly. I can usually guess the location, but Erin is definitely capable of stumping me on occasion. If you haven't played this game, I recommend that you give it a try. "

Several of you were equally nice in commenting how much you liked the game.

Thank you, everyone, for all your support every week. It means so much to me and AllEars!

Here's how we're going to celebrate: TWO challenges, a call for action, and a special drawing!

But before we go any further, let's answer last week's challenge:

Challenge #288:
Where in the World #288

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

Elizabeth Johnston? "What is Ellen's Energy Adventure for $500, Alex?" That's right! The dinosaur section of Ellen's Energy Adventure in Epcot! Or as Karen Schlumpf says, "It's one of those mean ole dinosaurs who are either chewing with their mouth open or who sneeze on you :o)" As as Claire Gregory added: "Okay, everybody put on your widest bell bottoms and sparkliest disco tops, and sing along!! Here we go, see it glow....its the universe of Energy!" Finish it up, Matt Holley and The Hulse Family: "stupid Judy, stupid Energy."

Jeff Blank, the smellitzers and fog in this area was great, wasn't it? Added so much to it.

Justin Clavet was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Justin and all our winners this week! Amy Weber, Candice Grimes, Jodi Civill, Tammy Wright, Kate Nejman, Dawn Davis, Mary Ann Lamay, Leah Bailly, Jennifer Rowell, Andrew Carrieri, Maureen Handy, Sally Fralix, Jim, Melissa Such, Deme Grabert, Kim Miller, Kathy Morris, Allison Forson, Paul Knott, Laura V., Susan Burks, Trisha Johnson, Darlene Haven , Bill Cudney , Betsy Silvestri, Agnes Ciotti, Karen Ramirez, Chris Masse, Dave Wang, Jennifer Rowell , Leigh Mertz, Dawn Bach, Mary Beth Tarbet, Heather Arnold , Bruce Jones, Tricia Petty, Jason and Melinda Lenz, Patti Mccaffrey, Tom Koval, Christie Haskin , Luke Acquaro, Tracy Ludwig, Clare S, Ed Elder, Thetesa Rucando, Keith Rogers, Julie Canaday, Kathy Opitz, Denise Cayz, Kathy Wicks, Sharon Pierce, Janet Stavrides, Jill Sisk, Kathy Davies, Tinkerbell Wells, Fran Rendulic, Chris Matejka, Dave Freemyer, Vanessa Stjohn, Scott Cullen, Virginia Pierce, Sam Rossman, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Kristi Strembicki, Belicia Cullen, Lisa Eyer, Kelley Madensky, Chris Nichols, Angela Fennell, Robert Hildebrandt , Ed Suscreba, Craig Grillo, Jennifer Page, Jenny Brennan , Karen Schlumpf, Axel Beer, Monica Hatch, Deb Ragno, Team Hill, Lindsay Coram, Kris Nixon, Kertes Family , The Strukel Famil, Tim Mcnulty, Mitzi Idziorek, Josh Weiss, Kim Shilkuski , Vera Dercole, Erika Murphy, Sharon Lucia, Chris Kelly, Leach Family, Pamela Gerdes, Ken Jackson, Mary Thatcher, Kye Layton, Kisha Garcia, Paul Gera, Deedee Kenney, Jacquelyn Law, Donna Frank, Justin Foss, Ashley P. , Erin Hammer, Karen Tuso, The Kahle Family, Tom Buck, Yvonne Marchione, Lynette Michalos, Jeff Schoeling, Olszak Family, Maggie Klotz, Steve And Ruby Jordan, Kenny, Scott Greenbaum, Lori Jordan, Jason Hocker, Julie Wickware, Karen Adamakis, Wendy T Faler, Janet Fishman, Noah Schweizer (9 Yrs Old), Wade, Duskin Henard, Janet Thorn, Daniel Schweizer (13 Yrs Old), Christopher Treece, Al Ganter, Sandie Albrecht, Kirsten Miller, Antoinette Leblanc, Emily Hudson, Pollyanna Buff, Bob Patterson, The Parker Family, Double Family, Sarah And Chris, Stephanie Henry, Tracey Mayfield, The Malesky Family, Laura Zale, Anjanette Tournillon, Kerri Coggins, Josh Carney, Jonathan Thomas, Lauren Thomas, Cynthia Hitchcock, Christina Rotella, Curtis Bille, Staci Plunkett , Pat Schwier, Jeremy Hardy, Paige, Theresa Fontaine, Lynn, Ronald Delorey, Morgan M., Irene Ng, Kaylie Seeley, Hobbes And Snorky, Bruce Hinterleitner, Liz Moreau, Tammy Kennedy, Trina Noggle, John Bickers, Tim Johansen, Stefan Owens, Linda Ranatza, Crol Ney, Evald Olson, Stefan Owens, Maryann Eckenrode, John P, Jeff And Cheryl Simmons, Brenda.r., Clay Anthony, Stacy, Shannon Stitzel, Hillary Waldroop, Rob Blundin, Kerry A., Larry Sprenkle, Claire Gregory, Annie Snodgrass, Ellie Argaluza, Kelly Cummings , Steve Morin, Jim Riddle, Eneli, Billie Jean Albolino, Emily Dagney, Christine Dagney, Carolyn Como, Kay Eidt, Anna Keene, The O'meara Family, Mike Malampy, Herb Miller, Sarah Calvario, Roxanne Kliebert, Kerry Mccaffrey, Gail States, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Ron Harper, Daniel Record, Jenn Crosby, Josette Gabel, Jenny Brams, Jeff Blank, Olivia, Nigel Mcquire (wales Uk), Craig, Cameron Lange, Les Stewart, Russ Morgan, Erika Loboda, Jodi Cook, Heather Hynes, The Patterson Family, Karen Costa, Melodi Clark, Mark Franklin, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Tricia Noble, Charles Everson, The Foley Family, Nathaniel Clements, Kate Fischer, Eva Mayhew, Dee Riccio, Shelly Borella, Jeff Stetson, Alison Rosenberger, Matt Holley, Ken Rhinehart, Andrew Pettit, Jim Finley, Michelle Boykin, Anastasia Macneil, Terry Fleming, Chris Bauman, Andrea Kruszewski, Maryann Romagnano, Matt Petty, Terry Blair, Stephanie Dollar, Carla C, Rebecca Keenan, Stephanie Linares, Dale Knight, Matt Ciccone, Suzanne Denham, Nancy Johansen, Ainsley Poe, Karen Smith, Diane Ramos, Anita Jodouin, Kristan Bertelmann, Mickey Eckert, Elizabeth Johnston, Stephanie Davis, The Hulse Family, Vera Williams, Nancy Cole, Amy Scott, Carolyn Duff, Melesia Love, Timothy Hutchinson, Melissa Littman, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Payton Dross, Robert P Flaherty, Melissa Rappley, Michael Gunnels, Chris Connors, Michael Pennington, Rob And April - Team Vanderpool, Carrie Kwiat, Kathryn Perkins, Peter Boguszewski, Team Bonnie Sue, Christina Meyer, Paul Dickson, Heidi Goodhue, Linda Scrivano, Elaine Kleinhenz, Jen Cerce, Steven Pluff, Sharon Leitgeb, Jane Johnson, Jared Orth, Joseph M. Zafia, Rachel Taylor, Kate Flanagan, Amanda Campbell, Terri Thornton, Shirley Garcowski, Allison Dibiase, Christian Lewis, Barclay Bakkum, David Ballard, Carrie Rampy, Craig Lordan, Mike Venere, Brendan Abel, Edward Haja, Angela Johnson, Team Meeker, George Mundy Jr, Madeline Davis, Emily Harper, Stacy Vasilak, Gloria Martin, Carri Marotto, Peggy Saeger, Marie Seilus, Marie Phillips, Jen Tremley, Caroline Burmester, Dave Carriere, Kathryn Hughes, Robert Wescovich, Barbara Ingrm, Tom Higbee, Ashley Collins, Sonnen's, Paul Scimeca, Gallagher Family, Vicki And William Edwards, Mike Haeberle, Theresa Rucando, Vickie Scioneaux, and Lori Rienhardt. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #289 Where in the world is this?

First, our Special Challenge:
AllEars Where in the World Special Challenge

This was the very FIRST Challenge posted six years ago! Can you guess where this is in the parks without looking up the answer in the photo blog?

Remember, you don't have to know both challenges to send in an answer. If you don't know this one but you know the next, just say so in your answer.

Now for our regular weekly challenge and the rest of our celebration:

The highest number of answers we've ever had was 555! I want to see you beat that, Players! I'm calling for everyone to show Barrie Brewer and Deb Wills how glad we are that they started this game as part of AllEars. BLOW THE DOORS OFF THIS GAME! As Eva Mayhew will tell you, I will happily enter 700 winner names if that's how many we have! And to help make this happen, I made this challenge Player friendly!

We are outside the parks! Do you know what this 'iconic' Walt Disney World thing is? There's more than one, but you only have to give me the general name. For example: if I posted something of a Disney bus, just say "A Disney bus", you don't have to give the bus number. :)

 Where in the World #289

Somebody answer for The O'meara Family; because they are going to DISNEY! Whoo hoo! Have a great time! From Millan.Net

And now to sweeten our celebration: we are having a special SIXTH ANNIVERSARY DRAWING! I will randomly draw a winner just like I do for the monthly ones. That means you get a chance to win TWICE this month! And you are still eligible for the monthly drawing even if you win the Sixth Anniversary special!

Let the challenges begin!

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 25th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

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

July 23, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week - Insects

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Insects? Ech. I'm itchy just thinking of the topic. Thanks, Scott. I'm not sure what he had in mind. Love bugs don't wear mouse ear hats. Couldn't we have just gone with It's Tough to be a Bug the movie? Well, I'm doing it anyway.

I discovered this sneaker on a child size mannequin at Rainforest Cafe in a nearby mall. I've been waiting to use this photo in some capacity. Finally, it's time has come.

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Squirm back on Thursday for Scott's insect-ridden image.

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July 24, 2013

Escaping the Elements at Epcot

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Boston is finally getting a break from a long streak of 90-100 degree weather. The haze was so bad on Saturday that I could see it at every turn. I spent as much of the day indoors as possible. Now consider dealing with those temperatures along with humidity and the likelihood of haze while crisscrossing Epcot. It doesn't take long for the heat to affect visitors.

Last week I posted a list of locations at Disney's Hollywood Studios where you can beat the heat or at least find some shade. Epcot takes center stage this time around. Share the blog with anyone you know headed to Walt Disney World.

Epcot is big and the walking distance from one part of Future World to another can feel like forever when temperatures soar higher than Soarin' over California. Even going from one country to another in World Showcase can be a drag but the worst walk of all is from Future World to World Showcase. Let's take a look at spots to cool off.

Future World

Don't want to attempt launching into orbit? Fear not! Non-astronauts can enjoy the earthly air conditioning inside the building housing Mission: Space. Walk into the gift shop and on your right, you'll see Guests coming towards you who just landed. Head down that hall and you'll find free video games and a play area for young kids. Hunker down on one of half a dozen or so benches.

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Universe of Energy is a 45 minute show/slow-moving ride in the dark. It's the best attraction in any park to cool down. It's possible to get 40 winks depending upon your napping skills.

Innoventions East has a few places to get off your feet.

Across the way, The Land building which houses Soarin', Sunshine Seasons food court, Living with the Land, and Circle of Life has plenty of seating on both levels. Upstairs, people take to benches lining walls as they wait for the next showing of Circle of Life, an animated movie. Downstairs are booths and tables and chairs at the food court. If those are full, head towards the restrooms or Soarin's FastPass machines. Additional benches can be found in both areas.

Innoventions West has places to sit and relax. The new IBM theater itself can fit a decent size group of visitors.

Located in the large building that holds Club Cool (no seats), Character Spot, and Fountainview Cafe are cushioned benches. I usually enter the building from the back, coming from Journey into Imagination or Captain EO.

World Showcase

Canada - The only place to sit that's temperature controlled is the waiting area to see the film, O Canada! You have to remain standing while watching the show.

United Kingdom - You'll find tables and chairs under umbrellas facing World Showcase Lagoon but they're rarely empty. Step into The Toy Soldier shoppe for a slight chance to sit in one of these 2 comfy chairs.

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France - A beautiful country with limited indoor seating. Cafe tables can be found at Boulangerie Paitisserie les Halles and there are two iron benches in the waiting area for Impressions de France.

Morocco - Tangierine Cafe has some seating inside the open air cafe. Lesser known locations to sit down are inside the Gallery of Arts and History and the waiting area of Restaurant Marrakesh. If the dining establishments are busy, you should look elsewhere for somewhere to sit unless you're eating there.

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Japan - Small tables under umbrellas are located beside Yakitori House. More seating can be found indoors and again, if the restaurant is busy, please leave seats to those dining. Shaded benches can be found alongside Mitsukoshi Department Store.

American Adventure - Plenty of tables and chairs are available at Liberty Inn, the counter service eatery. Small benches are available inside the rotunda and if you want to take in a show, The American Adventure attraction runs 30 minutes. Keep in mind you'll have to wait for the next show to begin and take a long escalator up. If you need to sit sooner, try Liberty Inn.

Italy - Here you'll find minimally shaded benches. You might be able to sit for a moment at Tutto Italia if the waiting area isn't crowded.

Germany - Very limited cafe tables are available adjacent to Sommerfest, in an open air setting. Two or three high table tops and stools can be found at Süssigkeiten, the wine store.

China - Step inside the Chinese Hall of Prayer and you'll discover rows upon rows of benches. The building is temperature controlled. Get off your feet and try something to eat at Lotus Blossom Cafe.

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Norway - Attached to Kringla Bakeri og Kafe is another open air seating setup. After riding Maelstrom you may sit and watch a short movie about Norway. You could probably just go straight to the theater from the outside but I've yet to see anyone try it.

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Mexico - One of the funniest things I ever heard at Epcot was "Let's go to Mexico, they have air." The tourist meant air conditioning but my cousin Matt and I used that line throughout our vacation every time we stepped indoors. Once inside the Aztec Temple, head down into the marketplace. You can sit on the edge of the fountain or inside La Cava del Tequila and order tapas. Random places to sit are throughout the pavilion.


Don't forget, First Aid is the place to go if you feel sick and/or are showing signs of heat exhaustion. First Aid is located at the Odyssey Center (side closest to Mexico) beside restrooms and the Baby Care Center and is staffed by nurses.


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July 25, 2013

Bug Eyed at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Kid looking through a bug eyed mask in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A young guest finding out what a bug sees.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length.

Child looks through a bug eyed mask at Disney's Animal Kingdom can see how an insect sees through their compound eyes. This mask can be found by following the path pointed out by the MEET THE REAL STARS OF THE SHOW sign after exiting the It's Tough to be a Bug show on Discovery Island. A real eye opener for our Disney Pic of the Week for Insects.


July 26, 2013

Photographing Patterns at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Patterns can be boring to look at for most people. Not to us photographers. Patterns are facinating to photograph. They are all around us once we train our brains to see them. Lots of times, we will ignore patterns and fail to see their photographic potential.

Take for instance when we browse the shops at Walt Disney World. Do you notice the photographic opportunities of the displays? Look below at the display of Disney character coffee cups. Do you see the patterns?

Disney character coffee cups on display in Beverly Sunset shop at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney character coffee cups pattern.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/3.8, ISO 1800, EV +0.3, 32mm focal length.

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July 28, 2013

Where in the World #290

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!

Thank you, Players, for all the wonderful anniversary messages! I appreciate it so much!
From Millan.Net

Let's answer those challenges.

Special challenge:
Where in the World Photo Fun

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

I was very impressed with how many people got this, especially when a lot of the answers started with "I have no idea, but could it be...":

Let's get the answer from Barrie herself in the WitW second post:

"If you guessed Asia in the Animal Kingdom you're right! This string of lights crosses the path on the way past the restrooms disguised as a mountain trading post. That's Expedition Everest in the background.

Quick Tip: Head to Asia in the afternoon to get good photos of Expedition Everest. Later in the day the sun will be at your back, shining brightly on the mountain."

Sharon Pierce was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Justin and all our winners this week! Phyllis, Bill Mckim, Karen Schlumpf, Pam Vanaustin, Mary Beth Tarbet, Cathy, Colette Stanton , Steve And Ruby Jordan, Demetrios Makres, Larissa Huda, Evanna Huda, Ken Maikowski, Jen Tremley, Lee Anastasi, Team Hill, Team Hill, Chris Connors, Candice Grimes, Patti Gumiela, Donna Frank, John P, Andrew Carrieri, David Tarbet, Lynette Michalos, Deb Ragno, Daniel Record, Deb Ragno, Christina And Natalie Rotella, Jim Logue, Elizabeth And Vicki Edwards, Josette Gabel, Tricia Petty, Amy Martel, Carolyn Como, Mike Cerce, Evald Olson, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Nathaniel Clements, Ladonna Tisdale, The Scimeca Family, Jeremy Hardy, Virginia Pierce, Heather Young, Mary Ann Eckenrode, Jim Riley, Jeff Blank, John Menjes, Kerri Coggins, Jason Skow, Catherine Connors, Amanda Campbell, Rob And April -team Vanderpool, Robert Wescovich, Tricia Noble, Tiffany Gibb, Vera Williams, Lily-pierre Couet, Josh Weiss, Michelle Boykin, Mickey Eckert, Barclay Bakkum, The Patterson Family, Shelly Borella, John Pasqueralli, Josh Carney, Team Bonnie Sue, Stephanie Dollar, Judy Simonsen, Kristan Bertelmann, Tom Hermes, Anna Keene, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Ashley P. , Karen Smith, Dave Carriere, Debbie Poole, Maryann Romagnano, George Mundy Jr, Heather Calvey, Vicki Britt, Wendy Mowery, Emily Harper, Jane Johnson, Hillary Waldroop, Timothy Hutchinson, and Tom Higbee. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Now to announce the winner of our special Sixth Anniversary drawing! The winner is...

[can you feel the excitement in the air? From Millan.Net]

"Andrew Carrieri! Congratulations, Andrew! You will be receiving a prize shortly!

(Don't you love getting stuff in the mail? I'm always like:
From Millan.Net
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Challenge #289:
 Where in the World #289

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

Purple Street Signs!! These are one of things that tell me I'm at Disney and when we leave & I see a green sign, I get like this: From Millan.Net

We didn't break the 555 record, and we all know why. It's because my friend Ed Elder didn't play. Tsk tsk, Ed. From Millan.Net Just kidding.

Thank you to everyone who did answer! Quite a lot of you did while on vacation, even on cruise ships! I appreciate you doing that!

Chris Masse was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Justin and all our winners this week! Phyllis, Rob Jacob, Brad Nolan, Erin Hammer, Sharon Pierce, Roger Vollmer, Karen Schlumpf, Pam Vanaustin, Tommy Montgomery, Mary Ann Lamay, Mary Beth Tarbet, The Kahle Family, Colette Stanton , Steve And Ruby Jordan, Demetrios Makres, Larissa Huda, Evanna Huda, Brian Odonnell, Jen Tremley, Lee Anastasi, Joanne Surprenant, Team Hill, Dawn Davis, Angela Fennell, Chris Connors, Candice Grimes, Patti Gumiela, Kristi Strembicki, Donna Frank, Fishman Family, Kenny, Dave Wang, Chris Nichols, Schweizer Family, Angie Blair, Liz Moreau, John P, Andrew Carrieri, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Rob Blundin, Kerri Kobylka, Jim Riddle, Leach Family, Emily Hudson, David Tarbet, Chris Hanna, Sandie Albreht, Tinkerbell Wells, Mike Haeberle, Lynette Michalos, Lynette Michalos, Deb Ragno, Daniel Record, Deb Ragno, Christina And Natalie Rotella, Jim Logue, Jim Dewalt, Elizabeth And Vicki Edwards, Cheryl Chambers, Bill Cudney , Michael O'brien, Belicia Cullen, K Beasley, Scott Cullen, Betsy Silvestri, Chuck Sands, Marsha Waidelich, Patty Carty, Laurie Walker, Stefanie Vandiver, Josette Gabel, The Malesky Family, Tricia Petty, Amy Martel, Tim Johansen, Carolyn Como, Maureen Handy, Mike Cerce, Evald Olson, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Nathaniel Clements, Hobbes And Snorky, Bruce Hinterleitner, Kris Nixon , Michael Gunnels, Ladonna Tisdale, The Scimeca Family, Morgan M., The Omeara Family, Jeremy Hardy, Kerry A., Paul Knott, Virginia Pierce, Louise, Heather Young, Nathalie Periard, Jonathan Thomas, Antoinette Leblanc, Ainsley Poe, Mary Ann Eckenrode, Larry Sprenkle, Jared Orth, Cynthia Hitchcock, Cris Sefransky, Jim Riley, John Bickers, Tracy Discher, Russ Morgan, Diane Curfman, Jeff Blank, John Menjes, Kerri Coggins, Kristyn Scibienski, Robert Hildebrandt, Diane C., Chloe Mayhew, Jason Skow, Catherine Connors, Jodi Cook, Amanda Campbell, Rob And April -team Vanderpool, Robert Wescovich, Tricia Noble, Karen Costa, Tiffany Gibb, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Matt Holley, Janet T Thorn, Kate Fischer, Sara Alaimo, Vera Williams, Gallagher Family, Lily-pierre Couet, Josh Weiss, Craig Lordan, Katie, Chris Bauman, Jim Finley, Theresa Maradei, Michelle Boykin, Amber Slifer, Karen Bellamy, Steve Knapp, Mickey Eckert, Barclay Bakkum, Karrie Duffey, The Patterson Family, Mike M., Shelly Borella, Andy Schumacher, John Pasqueralli, Carri Marotto, Josh Carney, Carla C, Alison Rosenberger, Matt Ciccone, Diane Ramos, Caroline Burmester, Cheri Palmisano, Team Bonnie Sue, Terry Fleming, Stephanie Dollar, Lori Rienhardt, Melodye Berry, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Judy Simonsen, Sophia, Kristan Bertelmann, Derek Carty, Les Stewart, Jenn Crosby, Sarah Williams, Diane Batista, Tom Hermes, Patrick Broaddus, Anna Keene, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Ashley P. , Lindsey Nozal, Karen Smith, Dave Carriere, Curtis Bille, Kaylie Seeley, Theresa Rucando, Angel Diven, Melissa Rappley, Wendy Palmquist, Jeff Stetson, Debbie Poole, Karen Ford, Heidi Goodhue, Joseph M. Zafia, Maryann Romagnano, George Mundy Jr, Carla Nale, Shirley Garcowski, Heather Calvey, Ken Rhinehart, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Stacy Guarracino, Vicki Britt, Matthew Earl, Brian Richmond, Wendy Mowery, Claire Gregory, Emily Harper, Kristen Mccoy, Elaine Kleinhenz, Joseph M. Zafia, Jane Johnson, Cassandra Newton, Caitlin Lewis, Hillary Waldroop, Angela Johnson, Christi Ison, Carol J, Clare S, Jeff Finger, Timothy Hutchinson, Patti Mccaffrey, Tom Higbee, and Mark Franklin. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #290 Where in the world is this?

Back on track for our usual fun. We are in a park!
Where in the World Photo Fun

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 1st, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

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

July 30, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Waterfalls

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney Imagineers and architects used waterfalls everywhere in Walt Disney World. Some are very big and incorporated into major attractions like Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom and the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot's Future World. While other waterfalls are smaller and not as noticeable like this one in Disney's Animal Kingdom on Discovery Island.

A waterfall at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A waterfall at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 200, +0.3 EV, 70mm Focal Length

Come back on Thursday when Lisa shares her Disney Pic of the Week for Waterfalls.

July 31, 2013

Escaping the Elements at Magic Kingdom

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Today's the last day of July. Just one more month before the kids go back to school. Ooh, I think they just booed me. Sorry little dudes and dudettes. At least you get scheduled breaks, when you grow up, you only get a couple of weeks of vacation. Don't grow up.

Here it is, the 3rd of a 4 part series on escaping the brutal summer heat and tropical downpours at The Most Magical Place on Earth. Magic Kingdom is the focus this week. Most of the attractions, including the queues, and shows are held indoors with central air. Finding places to sit and relax without waiting for entertainment seems to be a little more difficult to find at Magic Kingdom but I've put on my thinking cap and compiled a list. While I don't recommend taking up tables in busy counter service restaurants, if your body tells you to sit and get out of the sun, go for it. Please share the blog with anyone you know headed to Walt Disney World.

Town Square and Main Street, U.S.A.

City Hall - Inside, you'll find multiple benches against the walls. Guests speak to Cast Members about dining reservations, celebration buttons, and customer service. Just tell them you have to rest.

Walt Disney World Railroad - Upstairs by the platform is a covered deck overlooking Town Square. Benches can be found inside the train station along with antique penny arcade machines.
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Town Square Theater - Benches and rocking chairs welcome folks on the front porch. Should the wind blow the rain, just step inside the building, although the only seats are for waiting to dine at Tony's Town Square Restaurant.

Casey's Corner - Located at the other end of the street is quick service hot dog "stand". Outdoor tables are covered by large umbrellas but inside and around the corner are some stadium-like limited seating. It's temperature controlled and you can watch old Goofy cartoons.

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland Terrace - They're only open for breakfast and have lots of tables and chairs protected from the elements. No central air here, just ceiling fans.

Carousel of Progress - If you can wait 5-10 minutes for the next show to begin, step on up. The show has theater seating and is kept at a comfortable temperature to maintain all of the animatronics. The show lasts 20 minutes.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover - Want to feel a breeze? It might be hot. Take the inclined moving sidewalk up and plunk down in an open air car and speed above Tomorrowland. Tired? Ask the Cast Member if you can go around again upon your return.

New Fantasyland

Gaston's Tavern - Limited indoor seating with additional cafe tables outdoors.

Fantasyland

As there really aren't any shaded or temperature controlled places to sit and relax, Pinocchio Village Haus is your best bet.

Liberty Square

Hall of Presidents - Prior to the 20 minute presentation in a theater, Guests can sit down on padded benches inside a room lined with presidential portraits.

Sleepy Hollow - Pushed back behind Heritage House and the quick service eatery are picnic tables protected from direct sun.

Frontierland

Frontier Trading Post - Should you be lucky enough, grab one of 2 rocking chairs inside the gift shop.

Country Bear Jamboree - Whether you're waiting for the next show to begin or just want to get off your feet, head inside. Multiple benches are available. Show seating consists of long rows of benches.

Between Frontierland and Adventureland is a fully covered walkway with restrooms on one side and a gift shop on the other. Benches line the wall. It's surprisingly dark and cooler than expected.

Adventureland

Pirates Bazaar - Beside the gift shop is a path leading to restrooms. There's a bench or 2 here.

Sunshine Tree Terrace - A small area with tables and chairs will keep you shaded and dry however, it is still quite hot in this spot. Further down in Agrabah Bazaar are built-in seats that look to be cool but they act almost like saunas.

Don't forget, First Aid is the place to go if you feel sick and/or are showing signs of heat exhaustion. First Aid is located between Casey's Corner and Crystal Palace, heading towards Adventureland, and is staffed by nurses.

If you missed the earlier entries you can read about my tips for beating the heat at Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.


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