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February 2, 2014

Where in the World #317

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!

Happy Year of the Horse!
From Millan.Net

Tom Buck, I hear you about the cold! I'm your next door neighbor in NJ. I keep looking with longing the Florida temperature.
From Millan.Net

From last week: Challenge #316:
 Where in the World #316

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

There's my man at the Dinoland photo op in Disney's Animal Kingdom!

Jim and Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and all our winners this week! Carol Gamill, Jennifer Harom, Christopher Thacker, Julie Wickware, Antoinette Leblanc, Kristi Strembicki, Donna Frank, Melissa Such, Ed Suscreba, Hillary Waldroop, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Karen Schlumpf, Kris Nixon, Kenny, Johnnie Davis, Shannon, Rob Hepler, Valerie Longo, Dave Freemyer, Christine Niedzialkoski, Kathy Morris, Danielle Harsley, Kim Skanes, Katie Connolly, Donna Bailey, Zach Murr, Judy Simonsen, Dee Dee Kenney, Phyllis, Stephanie Peterson, Beckie Triggs, Emma Smith, Tim Miller, Laurie Ruggeri, Belicia Cullen, Sharon Pierce, Scott Cullen, Kathy N Brooke, Tammi Trout, Ken Daube, Mary Beth Tarbet, Michelle Darabaris, Colette Stanton, Jodi Lupp, Chris Kelly, Jenny Brennan, Krista Serpi, The Gunnels Family, Daniel Record, Carly &Colin, Elaine Kleinhenz, Les Stewart, Michaela O'brien, Jon Landis, Zandria Michaud, Gemma Cooke, Michael Cooke, The Fosbender's, Deb Ragno, Janet T Thorn, Team Hill, Jennifer Rowell, Josh Weiss, Jessica Curley, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Bryant O'meara, Herb Miller, Andrew Carrieri, Heather Long, Crystal Lemoine, Vera And Izzy Williams, Carol Lyons, Kyla, Erin Hammer, Paul Moore, Jill Helgeson, Chloe C, Chuck Dezutter, Dan Lower, Angela, Laura V., Scott Precise, Tim Keenan, Maggie Klotz, Bob Ruer, Lee Deroia, Timberly Aymond, The Parker Family, Pstti Gumiela, Chuck Sands, Jennifer Nencka, Kelly Sroka, Paul Dickson, Paul Scimeca, Lisa Denny, Gerald Skanes, Claire Gregory, Ashley, Shawn Macphee, Nathaniel Clements, Melody O'donnell, Amy Filliben, Stefanie Vandiver, Jeremy Hardy, Julie And Kody Rider, Stefan Owens, Maryann, Chandler &Courtney, Lisa Zitek, Louise Barton, Pam Vanaustin, Hobbes And Snorky, Jim Finley, Rex Biederman, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Tom Koval, Helen Amer, Gail States, Marguerite Garofalo, Lee Anastasi, Matt Holley, Paul Knott, Rob Blundin, Yvonne Marchione, Diane Furtado, Theresa Lucotti, Maureen Handy, Michael, Michaela &Samantha Frisbee, Cheryl Chambers, Karen Costa, Suzanne Caris, Mike O'brien, The Emich Family, Karen Ramirez, Vicki Britt, Nan Amor, Kara Cummings, Jonathan Thomas, Kristina Snowden, Clay Anthony, Vanessa Gordon, Mickey Eckert, Doug Olson Family, Kerri Coggins, Jeff Blank, Nancy Mills, Bruce Hinterleitner, Olga Vorontsova, Sarah And Chris, Ron Harper, Chloe Mayhew, Wendy Barney, Al Sandal, Kevin Arndt, Stephanie Dollar, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Betsy Silvestri, Rebecca Keenan, Tricia Petty, Wlliam Thomas Elizabeth Ad Vicki Edwards, Maja Kodani, Ashley P., Wayne Witherspoon, Anastasia Macneil, The Orman Girls, Karrie Duffey, Jan Rosato, Nathalie Periard, Mike Amor, Carri Marotto, Karen Bellamy, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Sarah Francis, Dayna Guay, Theresa Maradei, Grumpy's Groupies, Matt Wildey, Heidi Goodhue, Emily Hudson, Karen Davis, Andrew Pettit, Davida, Caitlin Lewis, Smitty, Terry Fleming, Mark Proper, Karen Hotchkiss, Tom Buck, Jennifer Bogdan, Jackie Graebel, Sandy Miller, Jane Johnson, Joseph M. Zafia, Theresa Rucando, Stacey Barboza, Team Meeker, Stacy Guarracino, Walter N. Clark, Kate Fischer, Shannon Wright, Leigh Mertz, Patti Mccaffrey, The Kertes Family, The Patterson Family, George Mundy Jr, Agnes Ciotti, and Annette Ream. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
Which leads nicely to this: it's time for the monthly drawing! The January 2014 winner is: Craig Livingston! Congratulations, Craig! You'll be receiving your prize from Deb Wills soon!
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Challenge #317 Where in the world is this?

We're in a park. Do you know where in Walt Disney World this is?
 Where in the World #317

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 6th, 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!

February 4, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week - Adventureland

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Looking for adventure? Head to Adventureland where skippers with congo boats await to take you for a trip. How about sailing in the company of pirates? Sitting still is good, too. Join the singing birds and flowers in The Enchanted Tiki Room. Wherever your explorations leads, it's sure to be memorable.


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Tikis are in bloom year round at Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland.

Come back on Thursday for Scott's post.


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February 5, 2014

Virtual Disney Pals

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Disclaimer - This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.


"Laughter is America's most important export." - Walt Disney

The famous quote is Enchanted Giselle's signature; it's visible with every post she makes to the Walt-o-graph forum for Disney fans. A member of the website since 2002, Enchanted Giselle boasts over 4,000 posts, averaging 1.2 posts per day. She's been to Walt Disney World 4 times and can't get enough of it. Initially, she joined Walt-o-graph in search of information for her first trip to Lake Buena Vista in 2002, and now shares her knowledge with others.

Walt-o-graph > News from Home > Sneaking Around the Castle

Enchanted Giselle: DH (Darling Husband) is up to something. He's pecking feverishly at the laptop in his man cave. The TV isn't even on and the BU vs BC game is on. Shall I have a look see?

Oswald613: A man's man cave is private. Knock first.

TheFavoriteGranny: Honey, one thing I've learned is that men are terrible at keeping secrets!! They pretend they don't listen or care but when you put a few fellas in the same room...whooo, they go on and on gossiping more than women!!! If you want to know what he's doing, ask him or ask his friends. Lord knows they can't hush up.

EnchantedGiselle: I yelled to him that the game is on. He says he forgot he was supposed to watch it at his brother's. Sure enough, his brother called and told him to get his sorry butt over there. LOL Good thing he's only a 3 minute walk away.

I asked him what all the typing was about and he said he found a bunch of high school classmates online and was trying to catch up with several at once. His 10 year reunion is in November.

Goofy4Clarabelle: Are you going with him? Hopefully you'll have a good time.

TheFavoriteGranny: See, boys gossiping. Worse than women.

EnchantedGiselle: Oh, I don't know yet. I've got lots of time to think about it. He's only friends with 1 guy from school, super sweet guy.

Meanwhile on another thread.

Walt-o-graph > Vacation Planning > HELP!!

Goofy4Clarabelle: I need help to plan a trip to Disney. I don't know what I'm doing or where to find information. Do I need a travel agent? Thanks!

BarryBandleader: Hey, welcome. Do you know when you're going? You don't have to use a travel agent but you might get a better package deal with one. It depends on what you need, you know?

Goofy4Clarabelle: Yes! The second week in January, already bought plane tickets. Just don't know much else. Where to stay? What's popular? Good restaurants? Is parking extra?

BarryBandleader: That's a good time not too hot not too busy. You can stay on Disney's property, they have their own hotels in different price ranges. There are perks if you stay with Disney. Parking is extra but if you're in a Disney hotel, parking's free. Every restaurant is good just whatever you're in the mood for. Lots of burgers, chicken, hot dogs, pizza....ice cream.

Goofy4Clarabelle: Thanks!


Come back next week for more of the continuing story.

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February 6, 2014

Tarzan's Treehouse in Disneyland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Broken portrait of Tarzan's human parents found in Adventureland, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Broken portrait of Tarzan's human parents found in Adventureland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 1400, EV 0, 135mm focal length.

Broken glass on a framed portrait remains in a treehouse years after a leopard had attacked Tarzan's parents. The same place where Karla, a gorilla, found him as an infant to be raised by her. The same place Tarzan was shown after he had grown into a man.

This is one of the scenes guests visiting Tarzan's Treehouse in Disneyland's Adventureland come across when climbing up and down through its branches. Other rooms and locations will take you to many of the 1999 movie's famous scenes. You can even trash the camp to music like Terk did.

A memorable scene for the Disney Pic of the Week in Adventureland.

February 7, 2014

Walt Disney World Special Bus Services

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have to hand it to Disney. The worst part of a trip to Walt Disney World for me in the past was having to rent a car with all the added expense and frustrations. Then Disney came up with Disney's Magical Express or DME service and made it free for guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort. For me, I have not rented a car since the DME bus service started. While not all Magical Express buses are the classic blue and tan, this one I photographed as it was bringing and/or picking up guests at Disney's Boardwalk resort was.

Disney's Magical Express Bus near Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Disney's Magical Express Bus pulling up to Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 32mm focal length.

The other transportation service which I have enjoyed using are the Disney Cruise Line (DCL) Buses. While this service is not free, it is extremely convenient. If you use the service from either a resort or the Orlando airport, you never have to handle your luggage once you check it in from your home airport (check with your airline) or resort. Using special tags provided by the Disney Cruise Line, your bags are picked up and transported to the ships at Port Canaveral and show up in your State Room before dinner the first night at sea. You just get on your bus and go.

Disney Cruise Line Bus waiting to take guests to Port Canaveral from Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Disney Cruise Line Bus waiting to take guests to Port Canaveral.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/11, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 45mm focal length.

You may or may not get the classic DCL bus like I photographed above. Still, they are all clean, well maintained and comfortable and make my Walt Disney World or Disney Cruise Line vacation a bit more relaxing.

February 9, 2014

Where in the World #318

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!

Wendy Barney, bon voyage on your Disney vacation! Yes, please tell the Mouse that I said:
From Millan.Net

Rob and April Vanderpool, where have you been?! Did you get depressed and stay away because of Cindy Pink bragging about her Disney Aulani vacation? (I told you this could happen, Cindy!!)

From last week: Challenge #317:
 Where in the World #317

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

Oh yeah, it's the adorable tiger in "it's a small world" in the Magic Kingdom!

Jennifer Rowell, I'm glad your husband was happy with this one. We aim to please here at AllEars! And, Angel Diven, could you bring your husband to the screen? Dave Carriere, Sara Holloway, get your sons too. Are they there? Good.

(OK, Players, all together now. We're taking it from the second verse:)
There is just one moon and one golden sun
And a smile means friendship to everyone.
Though the mountains divide
And the oceans are wide

It's a small small world!
its a small world after all
its a small world after all
its a small world after all
its a small, small world!

Dave Carriere, that's the best parenting ever!

Jim and Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and all our winners this week! Kris Nixon, Karen Adamakis, Donna Fr5ank, Mark, Zach Murr, Hillary Waldroop, Bruce Jones, Jim and Lorie Sonnen, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, The Kahle Family , Carla Nale, The Kertes Family, Theresa Rucando, Stu Horowitz, Vanessa Stjohn, Sharon Pierce, Laura W, Rubem O'meara, Amber P, Catherine Wilson, Kevin Flynn, Emily Hudson, Stefanie Hendley, Dave Freemyer, Terri Rimorin, Adam , Melissa Such, Desiree Denker, Kristin Archibald, Heather Lester, Erick Jauregui, Valerie Nance, Dulcie Hayes, Jim Dickey, Jim Dickey, Sue, Michele Smith, Tricia Petty , Dave Cole, Sabrina Allen, Lynette Michalos, Hazel, The Kertes Family, Darlene Mann , Olszak Family, Mike Haven, Ashley P. , Laura V., Kim Kroll, Lauren Ricciardi, Gina Shaw, Paula Barnes, Daniel Meagher, Pat Schwier, Bill Mckim, Vilma, Kara Cummings, Amy Ehrlich, Karen Schlumpf, Michele Bitner, Amiee Augustine, Jaclynne, Colette Stanton, Jen Butler, Kathy Morris, Amanda, Vincent Acosta , Nicolle Clement, Melanie Kolacy, Sherry Everett, Amanda 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, Morgan M., Lynissa Newsome, Nicole Amidon, Stephanie Henry, Hobbes and Snorky, Helen Amer, Donna Currier, Chuck Sands, Quincy Delcolletti , Marshall Stevens, Robert Wescovich, Theresa Maradei, Jim Nitschke, The Parker Family, Glenn Chenier, Karen Costa, Michelle B. , Mary Wells, Gerald Skanes, Mary Lamothe, Mike Malampy, Bethany Angermaier, Karen Blunk, Bruce Nash, Paul Knott, Kerri Coggins, Tracey Mayfield, Diane Curfman, andy Hickey, Cheryl Chambers, Vera and Izzy Williams, Ruth Senecal, Ron Harper, Matthew Jadro, Linda Scrivano, Karen Hotchkiss, Linda Lundsten, andrew Swiatowicz, Sheryl Hicks, Mickey Eckert, Trishqa Johnson, Teala Van De Ven, Sandie Albrecht, Heather Pedulla, Tom Hermes, Mary Thatcher, Shelby Watson, Rob Hepler, Melissa Littman, Tim Johansen, Mike M., Josh Weiss, Hayley Valk, L Dean, Ken Savage, Russ Morgan, Wayne Chadourne, Cameron Lange, Jennifer Shaw, Susan Doucette, Linda College, Jodi Cook, Cathy Connors, Robert Hildebrandt, Kirk Hardy, andrew Pettit, Les Whitten, George Mundy Jr, Mike Gillardi, Mike Amor, Brenda H, Bonnie Tulenko, Jeremy Reichelt, Gail States, Christopher Hall, Davida, Patrick Broaddus, Gallagher Family, Tricia Noble, Rebecca Keenan, Chris Bauman, Chuck Everson, Elizabeth Scarborough, Sara Holloway, Karrie Duffey, Doug Reichl, Dena Lumpkin, Ken Jackson, John Pasqueralli, Kara Morton, Dayna Guay, Josh Carney, Schuyler Etheridge, Sonya, Sara Alaimo, andy Schumacher, Anastasia Macneil, Amy Filliben, Jan Rosato, Maja Kodani, Ryan Mcmahon, Team Meeker, Karen Bellamy, Billie Jean Albolino, Michelle Wilinski, Michelle Palazzo, Erika Loboda, Nathalie Periard, Michelle Kuijer, Erica Sipich, Melodi Clark, Terry Fleming, Kathryn Hughes, Mike T., Amber Slifer, Kevin Parmeland, The Patterson Family, Stephanie, Jillian D., Bonnie, Jacquelyn Law, Jenn Steele, Matt Holley, Rachel Hoover, Kameo Crea, Tyler Otts, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Lisa Dunn, Pam Lorenz, Scott Sangston, Michael Haeberle, Vicki Shearman, Vicki Edwards, Marty 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Zandria Michaud, Dwayne Fontenot, Rob and April - Team Vanderpool, Vicki Britt, Debbie Hicks, Liz Weiter, Stacy Guarracino, Lynn Torre, and Kaitlyn Rezek.
Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #318 Where in the world is this?

I just heard a certain song (no, not "Small World" from above), so I HAD to use this attraction for the contest this week!
 Where in the World #318

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 13th, 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!

February 11, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Test Track

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Walt Disney pioneered the use of sponsored attractions in his theme parks. When Epcot was built, sponsorship was taken to a new level. The latest version of Test Track is innovative, educational and fun. It is also the coolest showroom for Chevrolet automobile models in the world. This coming from a Ford guy.

Take this photo of a yellow and black Chey Camaro display themed to a city street in the post queue area of Test Track. I used a fisheye lens and got permission from the Cast Member to get in real close. I used an old landscape trick to start low and slowly move to a higher position over the subject to include the background. Works best with wide angle lenses.

Yellow Chevrolet Camaro inside Test Track at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Yellow Chevrolet Camaro inside Test Track.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 1250, EV 0.

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

February 12, 2014

Virtual Disney Pals, Part 2

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Disclaimer - This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Did you miss the first installment? You can read it here.


Six weeks have since passed and Goofy4Clarabelle has booked a Magic Your Way Package for 5 nights/6 days and is renting a car. The newbie learned a good lesson, before booking your vacation, check to see if there are any events going on. The marathon overlaps the first 2 days of his vacation so he's spending that time in Orlando.

Walt-o-graph > Vacation Planning > HELP!!

Goofy4Clarabelle: Hey guys!! I just want to say thanks for all your help. Now that the hotel and tickets are set, I gotta figure out where to eat. What's a nice romantic restaurant for a young couple? I want to surprise my wife with lots of detailed planning. What else could we do that's romantic?

Oswald613: My daughter and son-in-law eat at the castle all the time. It's not cheap but she likes being a castle. That should get you some points.

TinkerTink: Take your wifey on a carriage ride at Fort Wilderness. It's soooooooo romantic cuddling up under a blanket.

Goofy4Clarabelle: Those are good ideas. Thanks!!! I'll look it up. What else?

EnchantedGiselle: You could watch the sun rise from the Polynesian beach or another resort beach. That won't cost you a penny.

Oswald613: I like your idea, Giselle. I may have to steal it.

EnchantedGiselle: It's not a romantic notion but she might like a behind-the-scenes tour. I have always wanted to try one. Go where all the action takes place that you never see and learn about how things are made, where the secret tunnels are.

Goofy4Clarabelle: Oh!! That's an awesome idea!!! Definitely checking that one out.

At this point, EnchantedGiselle starts putting facts together in her head. Her husband is still acting weird and this new member is planning a secret or semi-secret vacation for him and his wife. She and her husband are a young couple and he's never planned their vacation before not to mention the fact that he says "awesome" just like her husband and to top it off, she has a collection of cow memorabilia, including Clarabelle. Eureka! Goofy4Clarabelle IS her husband. She squeals in delight and calls her best friend, Lily.

Giselle: Lilllllyyyy.

Lily: Whaaatyyyy?

Giselle: Remember how I told you I thought Louie was acting shady?

Lily: Yep. What'd you catch him doin'?

Giselle: He's posting on my Disney fan forum. He's planning a trip for us to Disney!

Lily: Uh. He is? How do you know?

Giselle: Please! He's using the name Goofy4Clarabelle. Helloooo. I collect cows. He's goofy for me. He's asking about romantic stuff to do at Disney with his "young wife."

Lily: Huh. That's weird. Doesn't he know you use that all the time?

Giselle: he thinks he's slick but I caught onto him. I'm going to Disney! I'm going to Disney!
Let's go shopping.

Lily: When?

Giselle: I'll pick you up in 30.

Lily: Hmm, alright. See ya then.

Giselle: Bye bye.


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February 13, 2014

Test Track Sans Driver

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

The craziest rides I've ever taken were in the back seats of New York taxis. When I realized my super charged Test Track vehicle was being handled by a young driver, so little that he couldn't see over the dash, I almost worried.


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Disney Pic of the Week - Test Track

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February 14, 2014

Photographing the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at Night

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Photographing in the Magic Kingdom at night is a lot of fun. Especially, late at night as the crowd thins out and photographers can set up their tripods almost anywhere. Which is exactly what I did in Fantasyland to photograph the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. Did you know the carousel has 2,325 lights on it?

In my first photo, you might even be able to count some of them as the ride was stopped as guests exited and the next ones found one of the uniquely carved and decorated horses to ride. I used a long exposure of six seconds to get all the detail I could.

The Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
The Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in Fantasyland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 6s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, tripod.

The really fun part (at least for this photographer) is when the carousel starts to move again. Without having to change a thing on my camera, I took another six second exposure.

The Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in motion in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
The Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in motion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 6s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, tripod.

Now, you can see all the lights but you would be hard pressed to count any of them.

Click here for more information about using a tripod at night in Walt Disney World

February 16, 2014

Where in the World #319

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 forgot to wish you guys "Happy Valentine's Day"! And I got you a box of chocolates and everything. Oh well...
From Millan.Net

You know what else I forgot? February 13th marked our third anniversary, Players! You and I have been together in this game for three years and you haven't gotten sick of me yet! (Barrie started the game 6 ½ years ago!) Amazing, isn't it? :)

Cindy Pink, sorry to hear coming back from your trip has been so tough. Here's a dolphin to bring back good memories:
From Millan.Net

On the other hand, the Eckerts are headed for Walt Disney World this week. Have a magical time!

From last week: Challenge #318:
Where in the World #318

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

The fountain outside of Muppet*Vision 3D featuring Miss Piggy as Ms. Liberty in Disney's Hollywood Studios! I came across the song "I'm Gonna Always Love You" with the Muppet Babies and I had to do something from this attraction. ("Going to climb the Matterhorn...")

Everyone got this right!

The Murr Family were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to all the Murrs and to all our winners this week! 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Challenge #319 Where in the world is this?

Heading into a different park! Does anyone need to stop somewhere before we leave the Studios?
 Where in the World #319

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February 18, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week - Streets of America

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

This week's theme is approved by Sam the Eagle.

Here, at Disney's Hollywood Studios, tourists may stroll freely up and down streets modeled after famous cities in America. Only a few vehicles are permitted and you'll hear them coming from the loud music they play. Adults and children from all over the world pose for vacation photos in front of fake brownstones and store fronts. This is America, welcome, and be sure to visit our many gift shops.

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While touring Streets of America, my friend Yoli found a window display that had her thinking, Just where are we going next?

Circle 'round on Thursday for Scott's photo.

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February 19, 2014

Virtual Disney Pals, Part 3

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Disclaimer - This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Howdy. If you're just joining us, you can catch up by reading the first installment followed by the second installment, then come back here.

Nearly three months have gone by and things aren't going the way Enchanted Giselle had hoped. While trying to assist Goofy4Clarabelle with vacation planning, he suddenly announced his trip was cancelled. His only explanation was that work was to blame. Completely disappointed by the news that "her Disney vacation" was cancelled, Enchanted Giselle put on a brave face and pretended she didn't know all of her husband's plans were all for not.

Walt-o-graph > Private Messages > Inbox

To: Goofy4Clarabelle

From: BarryBandleader

Hey man, sorry your trip was cancelled. You put a lot of work into it. Hope you can go later in the year.

From: Goofy4Clarabelle

To: BarryBandleader

Yeah but it's not! Can you keep a secret? That girl, EnchantedGiselle thinks I'm her husband planning a secret vacation. Apparently she told her friend that he was me, asking all kinds of questions and that she loves cows so I must be her husband. LMAO So, her friend told Giselle's husband and he set up an account and has been going back and forth with me for a while. He asked me to say the trip was cancelled. He's got a plan but said he'll tell me when he's ready. But check this out, just for helping him, he paid for us to see a dinner show. Nice guy. OK, don't tell anyone.


Louie's in his man cave typing away while the TV flickers with a behind-the-scenes show about Disney's Animal Kingdom. His right eyebrow raises and a devilish grim takes over his mouth.

Louie: Hey babe! Can you come here, please?

Giselle: Yeah?

Louie: (pointing at the TV) We should go back. It's been a few years.

Giselle: Yeah, well, one of these days. I know you're pretty busy at work and you're up for a promotion.

She cuddles up beside him on the sofa.

Louie: True but I still have vacation time to use, well not this year but next year. Think Disney thoughts. We'll figure out something. I know you love Mickey more than me, that's OK.

She squishes his face.

Giselle: Never! Donald on the other hand...

Louie: Heeeyyy. Are you still going out with Lily tomorrow?

Giselle: Mhmm. She's picking me up at 9 and we're going out for breakfast, then for manis and pedis, then to pick out a wedding present for Pete and Jane.

Louie: OK, well you'll be gone all day! Can we have dinner together at least?

Giselle: If you're a good boy.

Louie: Or a good duck. Quack quack.


Next week, the saga comes to a close. Stay tuned.

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February 20, 2014

New York City inside Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas


People walk towards the facades of New York City Skyscrapers on the Streets of America.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm focal length.

Of course, this is not New York City. Really, blue sky and sunny and were are all the yellow taxis?

The Streets of America in Disney's Hollwood Studios has an illusion of a street in New York City complete with stores, signs, subway entrance and a view of the Empire State Building. They are all facades or the front exterior side of buildings. The facades people walk next to are more complete with sidewalks, fences, stairs, doorways and windows with merchandise on display. Behind those exteriors are empty shells. The skyscrapers are even less than that being not much more than cutouts. This is how Hollywood saves money as such "sets" can be used over and over without having to travel to New York City. Hey, change a few signs, storefronts and, bang, you have Chicago or Paris.

Hollywood magic trick for the Disney Pic of the Week about the Streets of America.

February 21, 2014

Sunny Day at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Walking back from breakfast to my room at the Dolphin Resort last Fall, I stopped and watched the comings and goings of the Friendship boats. It was a typical beautiful day in central Florida filled with warm sunshine and blue skies. Something living in the northeastern United States, as I do, is still months away. I know I am a bit weary of this year's winter and wanted to remind myself it will get better or, at least, get me to start planning my next trip to Walt Disney World.

An early morning departure for guests on a Friendship boat leaving the dock of the Swan and Dolphin Resort complex at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A Friendship boat leaving the dock of the Swan and Dolphin Resort complex.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 450, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

Remember, to get sharp focus from the front to back in your photographs, use a small aperture like I did here. f/16 or f/22 is usually good enough. If you have Scenes to choose from on your camera, select the Landscape scene to get this kind of result.

February 23, 2014

Where in the World #320

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 for the anniversary wishes. :)

Tom Buck, thank you for sending warmer weather from Walt Disney World! Mike Venere and I are not like Queen Elsa; we can't say "The cold never bothered me anyway."
From Millan.Net

From last week: Challenge #319:
Where in the World #319

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

It's the Barnstormer in the Magic Kingdom! I love this ride and always have! Previously, The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm and now it's The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini. Anyone who has ridden it knows one very important thing: brace yourself for the brakes at the end. ;)

This is a lot of people's first rollercoaster, grownups and kids, while in the Fishman Family, it's a great place to petrify a kid. Awesome. :) My big brother did that to me with the Haunted Mansion. I go in but I still hide behind my husband until we're reach Madame Liotta. ;)

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Challenge #320 Where in the world is this?
We got Josh Carney's Carrot Cake Cookie (my husband get's one every trip) and Claire Gregory's cupcake before we left the Studios last week. I'm going to the eggroll cart before we leave Magic Kingdom for this week's challenge. Anybody else want something?

 Where in the World #320

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February 25, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail is not just about the popular Gorillas. There are animals to discover from the small naked mole rats to the birdlife in the aviary portion of the trail. Here you will find a variety of African species including the long legged and toed African Jacana. The legs and toes allow the African Jacana to walk on floating vegetation in search of insects and small invertebrates.

An African Jacana on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
An African Jacana on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 150mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her discovery on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail for the Disney Pic of the Week.

February 26, 2014

Virtual Disney Pals - Finale

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Disclaimer - This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Welcome back to my short story. The final chapter awaits you but if you've missed the previous installments use these links to read up.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

The next morning, Giselle dashes off with her best friend Lily for a girl's day. Louie begins sorting through the hamper and puts together a few loads of laundry. While the clothes are being cleaned, he takes out his laptop and signs into Walt-o-graph.

Walt-o-graph > Private Messages > Inbox

To: Goofy4Clarabelle

From: KingLouie:

Thanks again for your help. Giselle still hasn't caught on. Whenever you want, go ahead and let people know your trip is "back on". I doubt she'll see the post today, she's running around with a friend. When we get back I'm sure she'll post an entire book complete with a zillion photos. Ha ha.


Giselle: We should have girly days more often.

Lily: For sure. I was thinking of getting a new bathing suit. Where did you get the brown one?

Giselle: Oh I love that one! It's from the boutique on Wallaby Way.

Lily: Ohhh, yeah. I forgot.


Giselle is called over to the nail manicurist's station. Lily takes out her cell phone and sends a text. The brown suit.


Louie's finished with the laundry, packed 2 suitcases, 2 carry-on bags, checked in for their flights, and printed all hotel and car rental information. All he needs now is his wife.


Giselle: I should call Louie and check in on him.

Lily: Why?

Giselle: He's been doing who knows what all day long. Besides, we haven't talked about dinner yet.

Lily: Eh. I'm sure he's fine. I have to make a quick stop if you don't mind.

Giselle: Okay. For what?

Lily: Um. Buddy forgot his house key! What a lunkhead. And I have class tonight so I won't be home to let him in.

Giselle: (laughing) Men.


Lily gets text. Ready and waiting.


The girls arrive at the airport where Buddy is a skycap.


Lily: Can you go in and give him the key?

Giselle: Sure.


Giselle enters the airport and heads over to Buddy and hands him the house key. As she turns around to leave she just about walks into Louie, her husband.

Giselle: What are you doing?

Louie: Making you very happy. Now hand your license over to Louie. C'mon we have a plane to catch.

Giselle: What? What are you talking about? And my license is in the car with Lily.

Lily hands Giselle's handbag to her.

Giselle: Waaaait. What's going on?

Louie: C'mon, c'mon. Trust me.

Giselle gives Lily the evil eye and heads off to security. It's not until they reach the gate that she finds out what Louie is up to. Yes, he was on Walt-o-graph but he's not Goofy4Clarabelle. He's TheFavoriteGranny and he's been spying on his wife's posts for over a year and having a really fun time doing it.

All the while Louie is telling her about his plan, Giselle's mind keeps venturing off to visions of Cinderella Castle and riding the Tomorowland Transit Authority. She's in her own world.

They board the plane, settle in and Louie smiles. She still hasn't caught on. The captain comes over the speaker.

Captain: Welcome aboard flight 717 with non-stop service to Santa Ana. Our flying time is 5 hours and 20 minutes.

Giselle's eyes open wide. Louie busts out laughing. She looks at him.

Louie and Giselle: We're going to Disneyland!


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February 27, 2014

Is it Real or a Pangani Forest Exploration Trail Prop?

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

We've come to expect well-detailed attractions, resorts, restaurants, and even restrooms from Disney. Let's face it, we're spoiled and we have high expectations. But every once in a while, don't you just stop and look at something and ask yourself, is it real or a prop? Well, I do that too, more often than you would think. On my most recent visit to Animal Kingdom, I finally took a photo of the bookcase inside the research building along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.

In preparation for this week's blog, I began researching those bottles of water sitting on the shelves. As it turns out, they are real. Bottled by Nairobi Mineral Water in Mombasa, they are a licensed product. I personally wouldn't drink them, the park's been open for nearly 16 years.

lkb-PanganiTrail-Bookcase.jpg

What will catch your attention next time?

Disney Pic of the Week - Pangani Forest Exploration Trail


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February 28, 2014

Guest Powered Transportation in Disneyland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Guests paddling a Davy Crockett Explorer Canoe on the Rivers of America at Disneyland in Anaheim, California
Guests paddling a Davy Crockett Explorer Canoe at Disneyland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 50mm focal length.

Here is a scene you will not see in Walt Disney World, the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes are found in Disneyland on the Rivers of America where guests provide the power to take a tour around Tom Sawyer Island and back to Frontierland. Everyone was having a good time and some even waved to me.

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