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December 1, 2013

Where in the World #308

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'm on my way to Walt Disney World! So is Annie Snodgrass!

Annie, I hope we bump into each other! I don't know if your boyfriend will be so keen about it after what I said last week. From Millan.Net

Cindy Pink is going on a Disney cruise soon which rounds out her year of "All Four": Disneyland, Aulani, Walt Disney World, and now Disney Cruise Line. Whoa! What an amazing year, Cindy!

Mary Beth Tarbet, Dave Carriere, and Dave & Sandy Kanigowski, thank you so much for your wonderful notes! I really appreciate them.

From last week: Challenge #307:
 Where in the World #307

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

The Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney's Hollywood Studios, holding the Once Upon a Time store.

The real theater in Hollywood was the first to show Skeleton Dance, showed the early Mickey Mouse cartoons before feature films, then later held the premier of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was one of 13 theaters to be fitted with the full Fantasound equipment for the road show premiere of Fantasia and even gave tours to patrons to show how the ground breaking sound system work. It's no wonder this is just one of the tributes to this wonderful place in Disney's Hollywood Studios!

Kris Nixon was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kris and all our winners this week! Kristi Strembicki, Daniel Record, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Chuck Sands, The Gunnels Family, Phil Vickers, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Mary Beth Tarbet, Ed Elder, Andrew Carrieri, Sharon Pierce, Lori Elias, Paula Massarelli, Scott Greenbaum, Ed Krol, Elaine Kleinhenz, Timberly Aymond, Jenny Brennan, The Kertes Family, Hayley Valk, Tina Santacroce, Zach Szymko, Kara Cummings, Brian Miller, John Mahoney, Colette Stanton , Gina Shaw, Carol Ney, Theresa Lucotti, Tina Powell, Bruce Jones, Theresa Rucando, Joe Calomeni, Kathy Morris, Theresa Rucando, Dave Freemyer, Sandie Albrecht, Melissa Such, Leigh Mertz, Liz Slevin, Paul Dickson, Dawn Bach, Tracey Thomas , Aimee Leblanc, Dawn Zatorski, Paul Scimeca, Mike Walter, Tricia Petty , Kelly Deleon, Dave Cole, Laura V., Rhonda Tomlinson, Jennifer Page, Lee Anastasi, Stuart Hale, Vicki Britt, Russ Buckingham, The Emich Family, Michelle Norris, Paul Knott, The Young Family, England, Deb Ragno, Phyllis, Amanda Campbell, Rob And April - Team Vanderpool, Michael Frisbee, Team Hill, Betsy Silvestri, Gina Smith, Mary Clark, Tommy Montgomery, Maggie Klotz, Cheryl Costello, Rob Blundin, Emily Hudson, Louise Barton, Maureen Handy, Jessica Raposa, Suzanne Sevier, Mickey Eckert, Tim Johansen, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Kerry A., Donna Buechle, Craig, Marie Summers, Ruben O'meara, Jada Smith, Joann Albrecht, Patty Carty, Elizabeth And Dan Johnston, Chris Kelly, Mary Ann Lamay, Eric Enli, James Steele, Michelle Striegel, Leach Family, Hobbes And Snorky, Leach Family, Wayne Beck, Andrea Kruszewski, Pam Vanaustin, Ashley Collins, Leslie Dean, Jonathan Ward, John & Rhonda Nottell, Nicolle Clement, Judy Simonsen, Irene Ng, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Jason L, Vera And Izzy Williams, Michelle Darabaris, Len Darabaris, Bruce Hinterleitner, Heather Pedulla, Linda Ranatza, Pat Schwier, Cindy Pink, Kerry Mccaffrey, Andrew Popek, Amanda Woods, Gerald Skanes, The Pearsall Family, Morgan M, Cassandra Newton, Susan Fuger, Kim Skanes, The Parker Family (actually Nikki), Steve Morin, Tommy And Karlene Farley, Jason Hocker, Katie Bray, Claire Gregory, Jim Finley, Maryann Romagnano, Maranda & Chris Nichols, Kirsten Miller, Jeff Blank, Kerri Coggins, Elizabeth Salcido, Bob Patterson, Shelly Borella, Sarah Thomas, Karrie Duffey, Alison Rosenberger, Kelly Smith, Rebecca Keenan, Annie Snodgrass, Erin Hammer, Sara Holloway, Tricia Noble, Maja K., Barclay Bakkum, Terry Fleming, Matt Holley, Melissa Littman, Anastasia Macneil, Marie Phillips, The Patterson Family, Team Meeker, Rita Garcia, Matthew Jadro, Dave Carriere, Herb Miller, Karen Bellamy, Alan Mize, Kameo Crea, Kay Egan, Wendy Palmquist, Ron Harper, Duskin Henard, Nicole Benoit, Gail States, Chloe Mayhew, Vanessa Gordon, Mike Hulse, Art Hutchinson, Water N. Clark, Jan Rosato , Heidi Goodhue, Evald Olson, Hunter Armstrong, Jenny Stoneburner, Brian Grabowski, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, George Mundy Jr, Nan Amor, Les Stewart, Robert P. Flaherty, Joseph M. Zafia, Logan Gravitt, Mark Proper, Jennifer Mercier, Karen Schlumpf, Cary Burke, Patti Mccaffrey, Smitty, Sophia Clifton, Peggy Saeger, Hillary Waldroop, John Pasqueralli, Dave & Sandy Kanigowski, Jane Johnson, and Beth Olliges. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Hey, kids! Do you know what time it is? Time to announce the November winner. It's Patti Mccaffrey! Patti, you'll be getting a prize from Deb Wills: Congratulations!
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Challenge #308 Where in the world is this?

We're still in the parks, Players. Do you know who this is?
 Where in the World #308

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 5th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

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

December 3, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Disneyland Hotel

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last time I visited Disneyland back in 1987, the Disneyland Hotel only had one tower and it was across the street and a parking lot from Disneyland. Today, the Disneyland Hotel consists of three towers and is integrated into the Disneyland Resort. You can walk from the hotel through Downtown Disney to the entrances of both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks without leaving the property.

During my visit, I found the stroll through Downtown Disney enjoyable. As well as the nightly stops at the Earl of Sandwich restaurant to refuel after a long day enjoying the parks.

Guests walking from the Disneyland Hotel towards Downtown Disney, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California
Guests walking from the Disneyland Hotel towards Downtown Disney.
Nikon D700/24-85G, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 400, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week about the Disneyland Hotel.

December 4, 2013

My Laugh Affair with Billy Hill and the Hillbillies

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I fell in love with Disneyland during my 4 year residence in Ocean County. Each time I walked through the tunnel I discovered something new and wonderful. At some point, a friend took me to the Golden Horseshoe to see a show starring a magician, Dana Daniels, and his parrot, Luigi. I loved it and saw the two perform their act countless times.

On another occasion, I found myself at the Golden Horseshoe watching Billy Hill and the Hillbillies perform mountain-men versions of well-known songs with some classical high-brow music thrown into the mix. With their fascinating take on it's a small world audio animatronic dolls, I was hooked.

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One day, word came that Disneyland's upper management or "suits" as us locals called them, decided not to renew Daniels' contract. I was not happy with the suits and filed a complaint in City Hall. It didn't matter, they had made up their minds.

Now we've all been given the news that Billy Hill and the Hillbillies will perform their final show on January 6, 2014. Disneyland's suits have once again decided to take away some of my joy. I don't know why; I didn't do anything wrong. In fact, Disneyland should reward me and keep the Hillbilies. In the few years I lived in California, never more than 30 minutes from 1313 S. Harbor Blvd in Anaheim, I calculated that I persuaded no less than 11 people into buying annual passes. All of them became fans of Billy Hill and the Hillbillies. Add to that another 6 (at least) friends and co-workers (with single or multiple day tickets) who I introduced to the boys' comedic bluegrass entertainment. Everyone who went with me loved the show.

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Billy Elvis aka Kirk Wall

When possible, I planned the day so we could have lunch or dinner at the Golden Horseshoe just prior to the show. By arriving early I secured a table in the first row or better yet, the alluring box seats on either side of the stage. Great seats made the experience even more exciting and funnier. Billy Elvis (Kirk Wall) hit on my friend Jen when we sat up front. She got a wink and a god look at his pros-teeth-sis. He flashed those not-so-pearly whites at me during Puddle Prance when I sat in the box seats and nearly blinded him with the camera flash. Heck, Billy Elvis saw me at every show, then again, I always aimed a 75-300mm lens at him and his brothers.

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The Billys take on The Beatles.

The only fiddler I have met is Billy Fiddle (Dennis Fetchet). I overheard people say he was going to come out and meet a group of devoted fans after the show. I hung around and waited for him to finish his visit with them and then moved in for a photo. Score! Sorry, I meant to say, "Whoo whoo!"

If only I had enough smarts to buy the CD they offered up for sale during the beginning of my fandom, I wouldn't have black and blue marks from kicking myself to this very day. *ouch* By my account, there are 4 CDs that have been released over the years; the first 2 are titled Billy and the Hillbillies, the 3rd is The Billys: I Want u 2 Want Me and the 4th is The Billys: Live! I have half the collection. How popular and cherished are the recordings? No one is auctioning off their copies on eBay. That's right, while a slew of Disneyana sells daily on eBay, fingers are gripped around The Billys' audio collection with no release in sight.

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Billy Fiddle aka Dennis Fetchet

If I could swing it, I'd hop a plane to Santa Ana and hunker down at Big Thunder Ranch where the guys currently perform, and watch an entire day's worth of total awesomeness. From what I've read, I'm not the only one with that dream and I applaud those who are able to applaud the guys in person.

Thank you to every Billy who has ever graced the stage in Frontierland for making me laugh, hoot 'n holler, clap, and stomp my feet. You made my grayest days bright and cheery. Oh, and one last note, I'm still missing a rubber band that wrapped around a wad of cash.


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December 5, 2013

Cartoons Before Dinner

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Disneyland Hotel offers multiple dining options, two of which are side by side, Goofy's Kitchen and Steakhouse 55. The Coffee House (everything's to go) is across from Goofy's Kitchen. While you're waiting to be seated (or just need to plop), take a look inside the screening room and you'll find kids and adults watching classic Disney cartoons.

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Disney Pic of the Week - Disneyland Hotel

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December 6, 2013

Starburst photography in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of the first things beginner photographers are told is NOT to photograph towards the Sun. For the most part it is good advice and shooting into the Sun should be avoided. Yet, if done right, putting the Sun or any bright light source like street lights in your compositions can work.

The first thing you need to do is balance out the large light to dark difference. You can do it a couple of ways. Often I will use flash to fill in the shadows. Another way is to use High Dynamic Range (HDR) techniques to capture the large range of light from dark to light using multiple exposures and then blend them into a single image. The latter is the technique I used below of an antique car in Disney's Hollywood Studios. The last tip is to step down your aperture to f/16 or smaller. This will create a starburst effect on bright objects in the frame. In the photo below, the Sun and reflection off the hood are examples of starbursts.

Sun shines on a past star parked off of Sunset Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sun shines on a past star parked off of Sunset Blvd.
Nikon D700/15mm, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, HDR Image.

Wide angle and fisheye lenses are well suited for this kind of photography but any lens stopped down can create starbursts. Bring a little star power to your photography with this technique.

December 8, 2013

Where in the World #309

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!

Hello from Walt Disney World!
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From last week: Challenge #308:
 Where in the World #308

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

It's Terk from Disney's Tarzan in the Jingle Jungle Parade in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Terk is one of my husband's favorite characters, so we always say hi.

Daniel Record was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Daniel and all our winners this week! Mary Beth Tarbet, Wayne Beck, Jennifer Rowell, Bruce Hinterleitner, Linda Scrivano, The Kertes Family, Nan Amor, Tricia Petty, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Kris Nixon, Smitty, Carol Ney, Linda K. Ranatza, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Jodi Cooks, Bryant O'meara, Elaine Kleinhenz, Team Hill, Colette Stanton , Phyllis, The Gunnels Family, Ken Clark, Gina Dounelis, Jacque Singleton, Jeanine B. , Chris Nichols, Tim Johansen, Mike Haven, Jennifer Harmon, Jason L, Rob Hepler, Pat Schwier, Lynette Michalos, Paul Moore, Chloe Mayhew, Caryn Schill, Betsy Silvestri, Kathy Morris, Deb Ragno, Sara Holloway, Kristi Waschitz, Scott Precise, Melissa Thomas, Melissa Such, Lori Rienhardt, Laura V., Ruth Senecal, Judy Simonsen, John &Rhonda Nottell, Brian Miller, Michael Frisbee, Craig, Jim Finley, Diane Batista, Chad Staeckler, Otown Popek, Vicki,elizabeth,thomas And William Edwards, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Sharon Powell, Chris Kelly, Pam Vanaustin, Susan Fuger, Hobbes And Snorky, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Paul Dickson, Team Meeker, Mike Haeberle, Susie Howard, Carolyn Como, Rosmarie , Patti Mccaffrey, Tom Koval, Donna Frank, Kevin Miller, Audra Miller, Maureen Hanlon, Vera And Izzy Williams, Patty Carty, Jennifer Greene, Maureen Handy, Jen Eacret, Paul Knott, The Tisdale Family, Mickey Eckert, Clay Anthony, Kirsten Miller, Doug Olson Family, Kerri Coggins, Rhonda Tomlinson, Demetrios Makres, Luis Rodriguez, Karyn Christenson, Jim Dewalt, The Patterson Family, Duskin Henard, Herb Miller, Vicki Shearman, Kelly Smith, Anastasia Macneil, Kate Fischer, Dayna Guay, Nathaniel Clements, Gail States, Barclay Bakkum, Vicki Britt, Erin Hammer, Karen Aguiar, Robert Wescovich, Michelle Palazzo, The Pearsall Family, Robert Pearsall, Diane Ramos, Steve &Ruby Jordan, Theresa Rucando, Stephanie Newell, Josh Carney, Larry Sprenkle, Sarah Orman, Olivia, Christine, Sophia Clifton, Matt Holley, Jennifer Snook, Ron Harper, Hillary Waldroop, Mark Franklin, Russ Morgan, Rob Blundin, Carrie Kenney, Kristi Strembicki, Dee Dee Kenney, Kerry Mccaffrey, Jackie Graebel, Sandie Albrecht, Claire Gregory, Jane Johnson, Joseph M. Zafia, Diane Curfman, Kyle Burdo, Les Stewart, Tricia Noble, Randy Thomas, Tom Higbee, Peggy Saeger, Morgan M., Amanda Izzo, Jullie Pudem, Mary Ann Eckenrode, Andrea Kruszewski, and Amy Fleming. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #309 Where in the world is this?

We're going to another park, Players. I think this one is a toughie!

 Where in the World #309

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

See you next week, Players!

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

December 10, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week - it's a small world

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Extra special, that's how Disneyland's it's a small world looks and feels, and that's just from afar. Before reaching their boats, visitors enjoy the finely manicured lawn designs, animal topiaries, and a giant smiling clock with toy musicians and dancers that play every fifteen minutes. Wait around and you'll see one of the Disneyland Railroad trains to pass by the façade. If this isn't enough whimsical for you, take a journey inside and delight at hundreds of audio-animatronic dolls singing to you.

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Scott will post his photo on Thursday. Until then, keep singing; you know the song.

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December 11, 2013

Future Disney Vacations

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Tough days at the office and difficult times in personal lives are among the moments that we wish ourselves back at The Happiest Place on Earth or The Most Magical Place on Earth. In between flashbacks we plan actual vacations or at least daydream about the things we yearn to experience for the first time and relive the good times of previous trips.

This year I made two trips to Walt Disney World and decided that would be it for a while. Stop clutching your chest, it's not the end of mankind. I am planning to keep my Disney Fanatic Membership. Next year I would like to revisit Disneyland and check out all of the new additions to California Adventure. I was last there in February 2012 when Cars Land was being built and trolley tracks were just being laid on Buena Vista Street.


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Walls and signs were everywhere. I felt so lost upon entering Disney's California Adventure.


The question is when will I fly out to Anaheim. Right now, I'm not sure but I am toying with the idea of being there for New Year's Eve 2015. The greatest New Year's Eve fun I ever had was ringing in 2003 at Disneyland with a few friends.


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Radiator Springs in Cars Land taunts me. I saw it from a window in Paradise Pier Hotel.


Next year I will be celebrating a numerically significant birthday and can't decide what to do. Should my friends, who are scattered across the United States of America, not be available to gather in one spot, I will have to venture out alone, meet up with someone, or drag a relative along for the ride. I could go on a Disney Cruise for a few days if the price is right. Disneyland Paris is high on my Must See List but I'm not flying to France and running around yelling "Oui!" by myself.

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I want to see the dragon!! Elliott, is that you?


The idea of delving into more history suggests visits to San Francisco, CA and Marceline, MO to see The Walt Disney Family Museum and Walt Disney Hometown Museum, respectfully. My friend Yoli is up for those trips as well. We just haven't decided when to go.

Of course I'm not forgetting about Disneyland Hong Kong and Tokyo Disneyland. Those are pipeline dreams that require quite a lot of savings and strategy. It might also help to learn some Japanese and I don't know any at the moment.

Enough about me. What are your future Disney vacation plans?


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December 12, 2013

It's a Small World Drive By in Disneyland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Elephant and giraffe topiaries watch over It's a Small World boats filled with guests pass by at Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Elephant and giraffe topiaries watch over It's a Small World boats filled with guests pass by.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 45mm focal length.

Elephant and giraffe topiaries watch over It's a Small World boats filled with guests pass by at Disneyland. One of the things much different in Disneyland than Walt Disney World is the many outdoor ride loading and unloading areas.

A photo from the Disneyland train for Disney Pic of the Week about It's a Small World.

December 13, 2013

Main Street Railroad Station White Balance Problem Solved

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

There are many places in Walt Disney World were one will run into challenging light for the Auto White Balance or AWB settings on today's digital cameras. One such place is the Railroad Station on Main Street USA. The lighting is very yellow in color even to the naked eye. This mimicks the lighting found back in the early 1900's which is the era of Main Street USA. While it looks pleasing to our eyes, camera's tend to see more of the yellow cast to the light. The photo below is an example of a photo using AWB of the Main Street Railroad Station office in the Magic Kingdom.

Main Street Railroad Station office behind a Christmas tree in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Railroad Station office behind a Christmas tree decoration.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/5s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 92mm focal length, tripod.

While this color can be removed in post processing, it is much easier to do it with your camera. To do that, I used a Preset White Balance often referred to as a custom white balance. For my Nikon camera, I pressed the White Balance (WB) button and used the rear command dial to move to the PRE icon on the upper LCD screen. I then released, pressed and held the WB button again until the PRE started to blink on the LCD screen. I then filled the viewfinder with a white object (in the case of the Railroad Station, I used the white woodwork next to the office window) and clicked the shutter. I checked the LCD screen and saw a flashing 'GOOD' on the screen indicating I did the PRESET correcly. If it had said, 'No Good', I would have had to try again.

I once again pointed my camera towards the Railroad Station office. This time I included the two Christmas trees on either side of the office's windows.

Main Street Railroad Station office framed by a pair of Christmas trees in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Railroad Station office framed by a pair of Christmas trees.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 4s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, tripod.

The colors are much truer in the PRESET WB photo than the AWB one. Check your camera's manual to see if you can do a custom white balance and how to do it. I must warn you, once you do so, to remember any light change on your subject or if you move to another location will need a new WB setting or a switch back to AWB. Otherwise, you could get some really strange results.

This being within two weeks of Christmas, here are a couple of previous posts about photographing Christmas lights at Walt Disney World and at home:

Photographing Christmas Lights at Disney

Photographing Christmas Lights at Disney II

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

December 15, 2013

Where in the World #310

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!

This is it, Players. It's Friday night and I leave Disney World tomorrow morning. You know how well I'm handling it:
From Millan.Net From Millan.Net From Millan.Net

From last week: Challenge #309:
 Where in the World #309

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

The courtyard of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre housing The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

You players amaze me. I can't believe so many of you knew this!

Jennifer Rowell, you nailed it! See? I knew you could do it. Jeff Blank, wow! What a great answer!

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and all our winners this week! Donna Frank, Paul Dickson, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Kerri Coggins, The Kahle Family, The Gunnels Family, Susan Hammond, Amanda Campbell, Shannon Savoia, Meghan Gleason-vollmer, Jim Vandenberghe , Scott Greenbaum, Zach Szymko, Colette Stanton , Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Tina Santacroce, Rhonda Tomlinson, Rob Jacob, Theresa Lucotti, Paul Scimeca, Andrea Kruszewski, Maryann Eckenrode, Pam Vanaustin, Tim Johansen, Maggie Klotz, Carolyn Como, Lee Deroia, Patti Gumiela, Zachary Falcone, Chuck Sands, Craig, Joy Laughlin, Jeff Blank, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Robert Wescovich, Dallas Hamilton, Jeremy Reichelt, Matt Reed, Janet T Thorn, Anastasia Macneil, Jennifer Rowell, Wade A. Williams, Linda Bowles, Smitty, Emily Hudson, Doug Olson Family, Randy Thomas, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Amy P, Rob Blundin, Marguerite Garofalo, Chris, Gretchen And Katie Barnes, and Nan Amor. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #310 Where in the world is this?

We're going to another park. I think this one is tougher.
 Where in the World #310

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

See you next week, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
_______________________________________________________________________

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!

December 17, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Shopping

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

How did I get to lead off the Disney Pic of the Week about Shopping? Could it be having a wife and two daughters with me on most of my trips to Walt Disney World sort of makes me an expert? Perhaps. I have spent many an hour in the shops at every park and at Downtown Disney.

Particularly, the huge World of Disney store in Downtown Disney which I found myself in not too long ago. As my family was off shopping in one of the eight rooms in the store, I spied some large Disney character figurines. I would have loved to had gotten one but how would I get it home? Never fear, Disney store cast members can have anything shipped directly to your home address.

Home delivery is available from the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
No room in your luggage? No problem at Walt Disney World stores.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/1.8, ISO 800, EV +0.3.

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

December 20, 2013

Snowflakes on Main Street USA

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Snowflakes on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Snowflakes on Main Street USA.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 6s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm focal length, tripod.
Wishing You a Magical & Merry Christmas!

Who says there is never any snow(flakes) on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom? I found some on my last trip. Do you notice anything unusual about this photo or the one below?

Cinderella Castle Dream Lights at the end of Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle Dream Lights at the end of Main Street USA.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 8s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 105mm focal length, tripod.

If you have been to the Magic Kingdom during the Christmas holiday celebration, you should remember there are normally wreaths strung across Main Street USA. However, on the days they film the Christmas Day Parade in early December, those wreaths and the large Christmas tree at the beginning of Main Street USA are taken off stage. Thus, giving a clear view from the Railroad Station to Cinderella Castle.

I will be off next week to spend time with Family and Friends. See you in two weeks as we start another year of Disney Photographic learning and fun!

December 22, 2013

Where in the World #311

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!

Lots to celebrate!

The Winter Solstice:
From Millan.Net From Millan.Net

Christmas:
From Millan.Net From Millan.Net

and Boxing Day!
I don't have any smileys for it. Sorry! Have a wonderful holiday!
From Millan.Net

Whatever you do this week, enjoy and think Disney!

From last week: Challenge #310:
 Where in the World #310

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell
The entrance to Din-O-Rama in Disney's Animal Kingdom!

Jim Finley, my husband calls Primeval Whirl "The Hurl Maker". :) But it's actually one of his favorite rides.

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and all our winners this week! The Kahle Family, Linda Scrivano, Phil Vickers, Russ Morgan, Bruce Jones, Michelle Norris, Phyllis, The Gunnels Family, Virginia Pierce, Dee Dee Kenney, The Kertes Family, Linda K Ranatza, Carol Ney, Donna Frank, Mary Beth Tarbet, Tricia Petty , Sharon Pierce, Andrew Carrieri, Kris Nixon, The Youngs, England, Betsy Silvestri, Kerri Coggins, Kenny, Clare S, Megan K, Dennis Parker, Melissa Rymer, Heather Keenan, John Mahoney, Kelly Deleon, Deanna, Zach Szymko, Ed Suscreba, Jennifer Rowell, Scott Greenbaum, Melissa Moody , Barbie Tupua, Jenny Brennan, Sheree Montgonery, Jon Landis, Joseph Johnson, Amber Penske, Debbie Marielle, Dayshel Harwood, Jennifer Nencka, Matt Wildey, Gina Shaw, Mary Ann Lamay, Dave Freemyer, Jack Lynch, Jennifer Page, The Tisdale Family, Jennifer Chartier, Lisa Manrodt, Lee Anastasi, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Valerie Nance, Paul Dickson, Tinkerbell Wells, Kristi Strembicki, Maryann Eckenrode, Agnes Ciotti, Team Hill, Olszak Family, Deb Ragno, Melissa Mueller, John Bickers, Pam Vanaustin, Elaine Kleinhenz, Carolyn Como, Don Collignon, Robin Robinson , Chuck Sands, Jason Hocker, Judy Simonsen, Colette Stanton , Perlonia, Erin Hammer, Cathy Derecola, Belicia Cullen, Craig Livingston, Scott Cullen, Double Family, Joann Albrecht, Sheryl Hicks, Gallagher Family, Deb Audette, Linda Bowles, Amanda Campbell, Chris Horne, Emily Hudson, Colleen Leclair, Pollyanna Buff, Bill Mckim, Michael Scholz, Hallie Gleave, Maureen Handy, Melissa Such, Carrie Mccammon, Kara Cummings, Laurie Walker, Kerry A, Ryan Mccorristin, Janet T Thorn, Teala Van De Ven, Bruce Nash, Craig, Patti Gumiela, Bill Schmid, Heather Long, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, K Beasley, Karen Hotchkiss, Ruben O'meara, Trina Noggle, Louise Barton, Ed Hogan, Brian Mickle, Herb Miller, Carly &Colin, Jonathan Thomas, Jonathan Thomas, Lauren Thomas, The Parker Family ( I Love You Nikki), Amy Filliben, Sonya Shirley, Tom Koval, Ashley Collins, Craig Mitchell, Mickey Eckert, The Pearsall Family, Mark Benton, Les Whitten, Diane Furtado, James Steele, Mike Berry, Duskin Henard, Zachary Falcone, Andy Hickey, Team Meeker, Paul Scimeca, Darlene Haven, Drew Popek, Mike Haven, Karen Schlumpf, Lons, Wendy Beaudoin, Rosanna Bowser, Angela Curley, Blake Schmidt, Sarah Smee, Charles Alexander, Leach Family, Jennifer Gray, Jason Stelle, Laura V., Heather Stevens, Patty Carty, Susie Howard, David Lizewski, Larry Sprenkle, Rhonda Tomlinson, Bruce Hinterleitner, Jim Finley, Mike Hulse, Jim Nitschke, Heather Sabatino, Ashley P. , Tinker Fairy, Tim Johansen, Eric Enli, Chloe Mayhew, Sara Holloway, Morgan Williams, Josh Weiss, Jeremy Hardy, Karen Costa, Kelly Reynolds, Jeff Blank, Hunter Armstrong, Hillary Waldroop, Olga Vorontsova, Carrie Henderson, Morag Lemon, Matt Reed, Linda College, Kris, Chris Bauman, Tricia Noble, Paul Ignudo, Andrew Pettit, Wayne Witherspoon, Brenda H, Rebecca Keenan, Anastasia Macneil, Jennifer Harmon, Melody Odonnell, Alison Rosenberger, Heather Hynes, Karrie Duffey, Kelly Smith, Gail States, Antoinette Leblanc, Nathaniel Clements, Terry Fleming, Janice Enli, Kara Morton, Andrew Dimaggio, Tony Lliteras, Annie Snodgrass, Vicki Britt, Barbara Remele, Rob Blundin, Robert Wescovich, Shelly Borella, Kev Marriott , Maja K., Kate Kozlowski, Theresa Rucando, Dave Kanigowski, Maggie Klotz, Sandy Kanigowski, Kathryn Hughes, Jeremy Reichelt, Jeff Finger, Sarah Calvario, Ken Clark, Michael Dale Pennington, Cheryl Chambers, Jenn Steele, Kerry Finnamore, Hobbes And Snorky, Kimberly Sancranti, Brian Mcwithey, John P, The Patterson Family, Alex A, John Pasqueralli, Erin Connell, Matt Petty, Kerry Mccaffrey, Pj, Vera And Izzy Williams, Heidi Goodhue, Kelsi, Wayne Beck, Claire Gregory, Vicki Edwards, Kerrie Hogan, Jennifer Shaw, Fred Shakeshaft , Randy Thomas, Nicole Benoit, Leigh Mertz, Carolyn Duff, Ron Harper, Jullie Pudem, Patti Mccaffrey, Carri Marotto, Olivia, Paul Newbiggin, Les Stewart, Nan Amor, David Ballard, Walter N. Clark, Sherry Trapp, Ashley Hill, Jackie Graebel, Joseph M. Zafia, Doug Olson Family, Josh Carney, Jennifer A. Mcfarland, Carla C, Robert P. Flaherty, Cheryl Costello, Jean Bussell, Barclay Bakkum, Tom Higbee, Matt Holley, Alan Mize, Dave Carriere, Grasso Family, The Campbell Family, Chris, Gretchen, and Katie Barnes, Jane Johnson, Wayne Chadourne, Nathan York, Mark Franklin, and Carol Gamill. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #311 Where in the world is this?

Different park!

 Where in the World #311
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 26th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

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

December 24, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week - Christmas

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


I hope you've enjoyed our photos this year. Join us again in 2014 for more Disney Pic of the Week themes. Let us know if you have any ideas for us.

Be well.

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Winter Summerland Miniature Golf, where it's always Christmas.


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December 25, 2013

Photo Album - Princess Tiana & Prince Naveen

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Travel back in time to October, 2009 at one of the Children's Hospital of Orange County's Walk in the Park at Disneyland. Along the route, fundraisers could stop and take photos of many beloved characters. Cast Members wanted people to keep moving so you could not obtain autographs or pose with characters until the park officially opened.

In Frontierland, Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog posed with the Mark Twain Riverboat behind them. Crowds gathered all around to see the attractive couple so I just positioned myself and waited for the pair to fit into the frame, cropping out children's heads in front of me.

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Okay, not too bad. This should be easy.


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I spoke too soon.


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Well, that would have been a good shot.


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I'll take what I can get. It's time to move on.


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December 26, 2013

Art of Animation Resort Christmas Greeting

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney's Art of Animation Resort lobby Christmas tree, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney's Art of Animation Resort Christmas tree with Guido drawing.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 900, EV 0, 36mm focal length.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Christmas tree is white with colorful bulbs intermixed with artist drawings of some of the characters found at the resort. Meet Guido. Luigi's sidekick at Casa Della Tires in the Pixar movie, Cars.

A bright and cheerful Disney Pic of the Week celebrating Christmas.

December 27, 2013

Wishing You a Happy New Year

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Christmas Wishes over Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Christmas Wishes over Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 11s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, tripod.

Ending the year with a bang! Christmas Wishes over Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Happy New Year!

December 29, 2013

Where in the World #312

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 it. This week is the end of 2013 and begins 2014.

From Millan.Net

And we've already started Kwanzaa!
From Millan.Net

Chris Kelly, welcome back! I thought you were going to Disney this week. How are you doing with post-magic blues?

From last week: Challenge #311:
 Where in the World #311

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

It's Rover in the final scene for Carousel of Progress in the Magic Kingdom! Remember when he used to have different names in different scenes like Sport and Queenie? I took his picture in each scene this last trip. :)

Josh Weiss, Chloe Mayhew, and Annie Snodgrass did it; they put the song in my head. From Millan.Net So everyone together! Jennifer Rowell, are you ready? Cheryl Costello, make sure your husband can hear us!

Carol Gamill, you start us off:

There's a great big beautiful tomorrow.
Shining at the end of everyday.
There's a great big beautiful tomorrow.
Just a dream away!

Suzanne Gray was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Suzanne and all our winners this week! Kris Nixon, Colette Stanton , Jen Eacret , Yedliw, Jim Riddle, Lauren Black, Jill Vieck, Michelle Gurn, Fred Shakeshaft, Vanessa Stjohn, Linda Bowles, Josh Weiss, Shawn Dilts, Teala Van De Ven, Heather Long, Jennifer Ingle, Jim And Lorie Sonnen, Kristi Strembicki, Harvey Householder, Bruce Jones, Colleen Leclair, Mary Ann Lamay, Renata Aragao, Bethany Angermaier, Vincent Pullo, Nishelle, Annie Snodgrass, Sharon Pierce, Phyllis, Shawn Atkins, Brian Stansbury, Linda Ranatza, Laurie Johnson, Mary Beth Tarbet, Donna, Carol Ney, Bill Mckim, Mike Walter, Donald Leblanc, Jenny Brennan, Nicole Methven, Melissa Rookard, Michelle Norris, Suzanne Baker, Kelly Deleon, Laura V., Cindy Pink, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Ed Elder, Vera Dercole, Emma Johansen, Kerri Coggins, Rebecca Smith, Agnes Ciotti, Andrew Carrieri, Michael And Michaela Frisbee, Rex Biederman, Maggie Biederman, Trina Noggle, Jonathan Ward, Demetrios Makres, Barbara Ajak , Ellen Sullivan, Claire Gregory, Rita Garcia, Antoinette Leblanc, Carla Nale, The Gunnels Family, Dave Wang, Paul Dickson, Jennifer Rowell, Carrie Mcdaniel, The Kertes Family, Ruth Senecal, Jacquelyn Law, Mike Malampy, Elizabeth Hillery, Pollyanna Buff, Jennifer Snook, Crystal King, Double Family, Michelle Darabaris, Les Stewart, Kara Cummings , Evelyn Fayard, Judy Simonsen, Bob Patterson, Belicia Cullen, Joy Laughlin, Scott Cullen, Riley Carroll, Zach Szymko, Tem Hill, Chris Nichols, Liz Moreau, Elaine Kleinhenz, Diane Furtado, Julia Wickware, Dawn Miller, Jamie Robertson , Megan K, Brittany Jaynes, Olszak Family, Bill Cudney , Lee Anastasi, Michelle Rosner, Craig Livingston, Wendy Beaudoin, John Mahoney, Pat Schwier, Linda Scrivano, Michele Smith, Ken Maikowski, Carolyn Como, Chuck Sands, Stefan Owens, Doug Olson Family, Hunter Armstrong, Mary Ann Eckenrode, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Pam Vanaustin, Chris Thomas, Leach Family, Angela Mansell, Robin Robinson , The Kahle Family, Tricia Petty, Michelle Striegel , Rhonda Tomlinson, Patti Gumiela, Dave Freemyer, Emily Hudson, Scott Greenbaum, Maggie Klotz, Paul Knott, Robert Wescovich, Abigail, Johnathan, And Michael Hulse, Lorine Landon, Kathleen Glovna, Brian Miller, Patty Norman, K Beasley , Christie Chojnacki, Matt Petty, Julie And Kody Rider, Jackie Purcell, Melissa Such, Paul Moore, Chloe Mayhew, Maureen Handy, Annette Stephen, Cheryl Costello, Jodi Gorfinkel, Ashley Collins, Craig, Hallie Gleave, Jeremy Hardy, Karen Schlumpf, Bill Schmid, Carrie Kwiat, Jason &Melinda Lenz, Dwayne Fontenot, Rob Hepler, Nicole Benoit, Erin Hammer, Deb Ragno, Katia , Jodi Cook, Patti Mccaffrey, Hobbes And Snorky, Laurie Walker, Derek Carty, Theresa Rucando, Taylor K, Carol Gamill, Betsy Silvestri, Chad Citro, Helen Smith, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Matt Holley, The Parker Family, Roxanne, Kevin Miller, Sarah Calvario, Audra Miller, Jim Vandenberghe , Christina R., Eric Enli , Bruce Nash, Temple Klevesahl, Karen Ramirez, Larry Sprenkle, Jerry Ladwig, Elizabeth And Vicki Edwards, Lauren Thomas, Melissa Littman, Ruben O'meara, Michelle Palazzo, Dean Poppe, Josette Gabel, Patty Carty, Nathaniel Clements, Larry Drum, John Bickers, Carol Hoffman, Russ Morgan, John P, Melanie Dalton, Nigel Mcquire (wales Uk), Joe Bateman, Christina , Jennifer Shaw, Vera And Izzy Williams, Amy Hayes, Robert Wescovich, Linda College, Diane Ramos, Janet T Thorn, Tricia Noble, Tom Donnelly, Jeremy Reichelt, Ina Edwards, Wayne Witherspoon, Dayna Guay, Elizabeth Scarborough, Melesia Love, Alison Rosenberger, Randy Thomas, Terry Fleming, The Patterson Family, Carla C, Alan Mize, Marie Seilus, Josh Carney, Anastasia Macneil, Melanie Dunlap, Lori Rienhardt, Diane Curfman, Steve Knapp, Jen Arabian, George Mundy Jr, Mark Franklin, Mike Cerce, Ken Rhinehart, Jenn Durham, Andrew Swiatowicz, The Hutchinson Family, Ashley Martz, Rob Blundin, Kylene Hershberger, Heidi Goodhue, Janna Jewett , Kris Curcio, Abigail Grasso, Caryn Schill, Spmorin@comcast.net, Tom Koval, Beth Josuweit, Kevin Geiger, Dawn Bach, Nan Amor, Kim Wolfe, Linda Lee, Walter N. Clark, Joseph M. Zafia, Jackie Graebel, Team Meeker, Smitty, Grumpy's Groupies, Ruth Cookson, Karla Garard, Murr Family, Chris Kelly, Sarah, Ainsley Poe, Gallagher Family, Duskin Henard, Rob And April - Team Vanderpool, Tom Higbee, Susan Higginbotham, Ashley P. , Ronald Delorey, Alex Gamill, Vicki Britt, Vicki Finnegan, Nathan York, Kerry Mccaffrey, Jullie Pudem, and Jane Johnson. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #312 Where in the world is this?

Maybe this is a good way to end one year and start another:
 Where in the World #312

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

See you next week, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
_______________________________________________________________________

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!

December 31, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: 2013 Review

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Another year is about to close. At this time, Lisa and I would like to share with you our highlights from this year's Disney vacations. Today, I am going to share with you two photographs from my trip to Disney's California Adventure and Disneyland. I will share my Walt Disney World ones on Friday.

Many people told me Carsland would blow me away and they were right. It was like being on the movie set during the day. When night came, Radiator Springs' neon lights transported me from the movie set into the actual movie. If the Cozy Cone had rooms instead of a series of snack cones, I would have wanted to stay in one.

Cozy Cone Motel neon sign at Carsland in California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Neon Sign for the Cozy Cone Motel.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 2s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 14mm focal length, tripod.

Disneyland was nostalgic for me. Many of the attractions I remember seeing on TV with Walt Disney introducing them and explaining how he expected me..I mean, Disneyland guests to experience them. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was one such attraction and is located on Main Street USA. The show is amazing in its details of how the 16th President of the United States looked, moved and sounded.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln on Main Street USA in Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln on Main Street USA.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/5, ISO 6400, EV 0, 36mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week with her 2013 Review containing highlights and maybe even some lowlights, too.

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