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May 1, 2014

Checking in at the All-Star Sports Resort

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Checking in at the All-Star Sports Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Checking in at the All-Star Sports Resort.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/25s, f/3.5, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length.

There is nothing like checking in at a Walt Disney World owned resort. You can just feel the magic in the air as you wait your turn with a Resort Cast Member. Kids, both young and old, watch Disney cartoons on a nearby television. Music is being played in the background befitting the resort. The anticipation of starting your Walt Disney World adventure is a relief after the time planning and counting down to the day of arrival.

The All-Star Resort is one of five Value resorts which make it possible for many families to afford a stay on property while visiting the most popular vacation destination in the world and is my Disney Pic of the Week for All-Star Resorts.

May 2, 2014

Be-Booping the 1950's at Pop Century Resort

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

All this talk about the All-Star Resorts, got me to thinking of another Walt Disney World Value resort called the Pop Century Resort. The theme for Pop Century are the Classic years of the last five decades of the 20th Century. Back in 2006, I stayed in the 1950's Buildings which featured larger than life icons from the decade (as seen below).

Pop Century Resort 1950's Classic Year area, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pop Century Resort 1950's Classic Year area.
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Starting at top left and going clock-wise: Giant Bowling Pin Stairwell, Bowling Ball Racks near the pool, 40-foot-tall Tabletop Jukebox and the popular Yo-Yo as another stairwell.

May 4, 2014

Where in the World #330

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!

Now for the toughie Challenge:
Where in the World #329a

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

Except it wasn't so tough for you who follow Jack Spence; I didn't know he had just covered this. :) You guys are so great for supporting all of AllEars! The Pacific Electric building aka the LA Cinema Storage shop in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Hillary Waldroop was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Jennifer Rowell, Eric Berger, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Theresa Rucando, Kristi Strembicki, Paul Dickson, Donna Frank, Debbie Desimone, Kerri Coggins, Koren Family, Maureen Handy, Phyllis, Chris Masse, Dee Dee Kenney, Claire Gregory, Andrew Carrieri, Hunter Armstrong, Bill Mckim, Andrea Kruszewski, Steve & Ruby Jordan, Sandie Albrecht, Deb Ragno, Dave Freemyer, Amber Penske, Team Hill, Judy Simonsen, The Gunnels Family, Tinkerbell Wells, Grumpy's Groupies, Elaine Kleinhenz, Belicia Cullen, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Ken Savage, Chris Yesutis, Nan Amor, Hunter Armstrong, Ashley Collins, Maryann Romagnano, Julie Wickware, Vera And Izzy Williams, Al Ganter & Family, Hobbes And Snorky, The Parker Family, Diane Furtado, Craig, Maggie Klotz, Chris Kelly, Ruben O'meara, Sheryl Hicks, Les Stewart, Tim Johansen, The Long Family, Emily Hudson, Cheryl Chambers, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Sharon Pierce, Annie Snodgrass, Carla C, Mickey Eckert, Julie And Kody Rider, Jeff Blank, Terry Fleming, Kelly Smith, Jennifer Mercier, Ron Harper, Nathan York, Theresa Maradei, Patti Mccaffrey, The Gangi's, Melody Odonnell, Leigh Mertz, Christopher Thacker, Michelle Palazzo, Smitty, Joseph M. Zafia, Tom Higbee, Christina Rotella, Arlene Vicek, Kyle Burdo, Vicki Britt, and Stacy Guarracino. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Now for Challenge #329:
Where in the World #329

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell
The Main Street Train Station, complete with train, at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom. It features the first of Walt's windows!

Hillary Waldroop was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! The Kertes Family, Jennifer Rowell, Virginia Pierce , Kristi Strembicki, Donna Frank, Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Theresa Rucando, Paul Dickson, Eric Berger , Mary Beth Tarbet, Kerri Coggins, Koren Family, Maureen Handy, Mike Haeberle, Kris Nixon , Phyllis, Deborah Wolfe, Chris Masse, Emily Hudson, Dee Dee Kenney, Claire Gregory, Andrew Carrieri, Hunter Armstrong, Bill Mckim, Andrea Kruszewski, The Lenz Family, Chuck Sands, Steve & Ruby Jordan, Dave Freemyer, Sandie Albrecht, Deb Ragno, Amber Penske, Kenny, Team Hill, Judy Simonsen, Doug Olson Familey, The Gunnels Family, Deb Ragno, Tinkerbell Wells, Grumpy's Groupies, Elaine Kleinhenz, Dennis O'reilly, Lorine Landon, Lori Rienhardt, Duskin Henard, Belicia Cullen, Paula Massarelli, Krista Serpi, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Melissa Such, Phil Vickers, Scott Cullen, Sharon Powell, Julie Wickware, Ken Savage, Caeolyn Como, Megan Krainski, Janet T Thorn, Nan Amor, Mike Amopr, Morgan M. , Ashley Collins, K Beasley, Maryann Romagnano, Julie Wickware, Vera And Izzy Williams, Al Ganter & Family, Curtis Bille, Hobbes And Snorky, The Parker Family, Karen Ramirez, Diane Furtado, Wayne Chadourne, Rob Blundin, Kirsten Miller, Craig, Maggie Klotz, The Kahle Family, Jim Thompson, Chris Kelly, Ruben O'meara, Linda Scrivano, Sheryl Hicks, Robert Wescovich, Les Stewart, The Pearsall Family, Tim Johansen, Ed Hogan, Leach Family, Betsy Silvestri , Emily Hudson, Cheryl Chambers, Brian Mcwithey, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Sharon Pierce, Annie Snodgrass, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Kathryn Perkins, Ed Elder, Carla C, Mickey Eckert, Julie And Kody Rider, Julie And Kody Rider, Tommy Montgomery, Jeff Blank, Murr Family, Sarah And Chris, Chris Bauman, Fred Shakeshaft, Diane Ramos, Tricia Noble, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Alison Rosenberger, Matt Holley, Terry Fleming, Kelly Smith, Josh Carney, Rebecca Keenan, Louise Barton, Karrie Duffey, Alan Mize, Sara Holloway, Mary Greger, Scott Sangston, George Mundy Jr, Steve Knapp, Karen Bellamy, Ron Harper, Carri Marotto, Nathan York, Theresa Maradei, Patti Mccaffrey, The Gangi's, Susie Howard, Caroline Burmester, Melody Odonnell, Brian Richmond, Leigh Mertz, Christopher Thacker, Michelle Palazzo, Chris Joyce, Amy Filliben, Robert P. Flaherty, Smitty, Michael Dale Pennington, Heidi Goodhue, The Tisdale Family, Matt Wildey, Russ Morgan, Luis Rodriguez, Haylee Smolek, Joseph M. Zafia, Shirley Garcowski, Tom Higbee, Christina Rotella, Maja Kodani, Mark Franklin, Jeremy Reichelt, Jackie Graebel, Arlene Vicek, Arlene Vicek, Cheryl Costello, Kyle Burdo, Vicki Britt, Heather Pedulla, Shelly Borella, Ken Rhinehart, Stacy Guarracino, Julia Marsh, and Danielle Harsley & Agnes Ciotti. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
It's that time, Players! Time for the monthly drawing and the winner is: Julie Wickware! Congratulations! I will be contacting you about your prize!
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Challenge #330 Where in the world is this?

Here we go to start May!
 Where in the World #330

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 8th, 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!

May 5, 2014

Scenes from a Coronado Springs Hammock

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

On a bright and sunny Florida day, I spent some time walking the grounds at Coronado Springs. Although I had previously stayed at this particular Walt Disney World resort, I didn't have free time to go exploring. So, I made time, eventually, years later.

While wandering around I found myself thrilled at the sight of an unoccupied hammock. Could it be that I finally have an opportunity to relax on a hammock under blue skies? Yes!

When my inner clock told me to get up, I grabbed my camera and started taking photos of my surroundings and of course, myself.

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I take relaxing very seriously.


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I love you, palm tree.


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That's not the building I stayed in.


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Marshy, marshy, marshy.


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Another hammock!!! I'm coming, hammock. Don't move!!!


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May 6, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Water Transportation

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of the most interesting forms of transportation at Walt Disney World is the various kinds of water transports used to move guests from place to place. From the large ferries going between the Ticket & Transportion Center (TTC) and the Magic Kingdom to the smaller transports which take guests to the resorts on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. The waters of the resort are always alive with moving boats full of guests either coming or going from themeparks and resorts.

The Friendship Boats are my favorites. Designed to ride over shallow waters and maneuver in tight places, the captains can turn them on a dime it seems to dock along side the different pick up locations. I wonder if they would let me take the helm?

A Friendship boat docks at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Friendship boat docks at Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 18mm focal length.

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

May 8, 2014

Ferry Service to Magic Kingdom

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

You love it because it takes you to Magic Kingdom. You aren't overly thrilled when it takes you back to the Ticket and Transportation Center. It's a complicated relationship.

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Not familiar with this floating mode of transport? When you drive to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, you park in the lot. Then you take a short tram ride to the Ticket and Transportation Center or TTC. From there you either take a monorail or a ferry over to the park. Why is it so convoluted? Because there's a large lake in between the parking facility and Magic Kingdom and the Walt Disney Company doesn't allow swimming in Seven Seas Lagoon, unless you're Donald duck.

Disney Pic of the Week - Water Transportation

RELATED LINKS:
Ferry Boat Transportation
The Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC)

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May 9, 2014

Blue Hour over Expedition EVEREST

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

In reviewing past blogs recently, I did a few on Blue Hour but never really explained it beyond saying it is something that happens after sunset and before complete darkness.

Here are a few facts about Blue Hour:

  • It is not an hour long but more like 15 to 25 minutes.
  • Happens twice a day.  Once before sunrise and after sunset.
  • Best seen 90 degrees from the Sun's location.
  • Occurs no matter the weather.

There is no precise way to predict when Blue Hour starts or ends though roughly 20 to 40 minutes after sunset is a good time to see it. It takes long exposures for a camera's sensor to build up the blue color. Which is why tripods are a good tool to use for capturing Blue Hour.

In the photo below of Expedition Everest, a Blue Hour sky can been seen above the ride. I photographed it from near the Yeti Shrine and the angle to the sunset location was close to 90 degrees. The Sun had set at 5:29 PM with the photo being taken at 6:06 PM.

Blue Hour Sky over Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Blue Hour Sky over Expedition Everest.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 30s, f/16, ISO 400, EV 0, 56mm focal length, tripod.

Apps like LightTrac for iOS and Android devices will tell you when Civil Twilight starts. Though not exact, it's a good indication within a few minutes leeway before and after to plan your photography.

Once your camera starts to pick up the deep blue sky color, look around you to see if you can detect it. What I found was the black night sky I always saw before was now different shades of blue depending on how far before or from the sunrise or sunset time and location I was looking at. If you click on the "blue hour" tag below, you will see my other posts about it.

NOTE: I will be visiting Walt Disney World next week. I will be sending out lots of photos via my Twitter account at Scottwdw where you can follow along. Lots of exciting stuff going on between the new Magic Kingdom parade, Star Wars Weekend events and the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster.

May 11, 2014

Where in the World #331

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!

Does anyone else see the name of this game and think of the "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" theme song? No, just me? Ok.
Carmen Sandiego World

Now for Challenge #330:
Where in the World #330

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

The Beast's Castle in New Fantasyland! Of course it sits atop of the "Be Our Guest" restaurant. I took this one from Belle's Cottage.

We could sing "Be Our Guest" but I still have Carmen Sandiego in my head. Oh what the heck!
Be our guest! Be our guest!
Put our service to the test
Tie your napkin 'round your neck, cherie
And we'll provide the rest
Soup du jour
Hot hors d'oeuvres
Why, we only live to serve
Try the grey stuff
It's delicious!

By the way, the gray stuff really is delicious.

(Where is Carmen Sandiego? Carmen Sandiego, Where on Earth can she be?) I couldn't help it.

Ed Elder was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ed and to all our winners this week! Kristi Strembicki, Donnafrank, Phil Vickers, Lee Anastasi, Elizabeth And Dan Johnston, Andrew Carrieri, Bill Mckim, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Kenny, Kye Layton, Virginia Pierce, Jennifer Tremley, Colette Stanton, Pat Schwier, Scott Precise, Jenny Brennan, Amber Penske, Carol Lyons, Tina Powell, Lindsay Coram, Judy Simonsen, Sandie Albrecht, Lindsay Palmer, Kris Nixon, Deb Ragno, Sean Mobley, Eric Johnson, Paula Massarelli, Weaselmouse, Lorine Landon, Haylee Smolek, Paul Moore, Duskin Henard, Herb Miller, Theresa Rucando, Annie Snodgrass, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Dee Dee Kenney, Claire Gregory, Carolyn Hashimoto , Patti Gumiela, K Beasley, Jennifer Snook, Betsy Silvestri, Jeremy Hardy, Ken Clark, Tom Koval, John Stella, Katie Bray, Carla C, Craig, Team Hill, Paul Dickson, Gail States, Bryant And Ruben O'meara, Sophia, Christina, Erica, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Chris Kelly, Julie Wickware, Karen Ramirez, Kerri Coggins, Nan Amor, Emily Hudson, Shelby Watson, Carolyn Como, Heather Pedulla, Maryann Romagnano, Theresa Maradei, Sarah And Chris, Brian Grabowski, Michele Mongeon, Dana, Hunter Armstrong, Ron Harper, Schuyler Etheridge, Patrick Broaddus, Chris Bauman, Scott Sangston, Matt Holley, John Sheridan, Lynda Abiuso, Erin Connell, Karen Bellamy, Matthew Jadro, George Mundy Jr, Rebecca Keenan, Vicki Shearman, Jeffrey Beauchamp, Dave Carriere, Kelly Smith, Anastasia Macneil, Randy Thomas, Brian Mcwithey, Mickey Eckert, Murr Family, Rob Blundin, Eric Enli, Lindsey Nozal, Kerry Mccaffrey, Vicki Britt, Melody Odonnell, Reagan, Kerry A., Scott Greenbaum, Maggie Klotz, Les Stewart, Janet T Thorn, Hillary Waldroop, Megan Hayes, Morgan M., David Ballard, Grumpy's Groupies, Melissa Such, and Patti Mccaffrey. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #331 Where in the world is this?

We are going outside the parks for this challenge:
 Where in the World #331

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 15th, 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!

May 13, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week - Downtown Disney Dining

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Hungry? Your taste buds have an abundance of tasty options from more than a dozen table service and quick service restaurants at Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World. Are you at Disneyland? Great! Believe it or not, Downtown Disney at Disneyland has even more dining options than its Floridian sibling when counting all three resorts within walking distance of the parks.

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A side/rear view of House of Blues with Cirque du Soleil's big top tent in the background.

Walk along the water side or take a boat ride for additional views of Downtown Disney and the resorts located along the Sassagoula River.

Scott will post his Downtown Disney Dining photo on Thursday, so come on back.

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May 14, 2014

Zoom In Or Zoom Out

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

When point and shoot cameras went from fixed lenses to zoom lenses, photography for the average family went to a whole new level. Moms quickly learned to narrow in on their kids' beautiful green eyes and dads got better images of their soccer stars kicking the winning goal. It's a basic function of modern-day digital point and shoot cameras but sometimes, when you're rushing around or trying not to hold up the long line of Pluto's fans behind you, photos are taken on the fly. I'm sure that as so long you don't intend on doing a half-day photo shoot with 3 wardrobe changes, everyone around you will understand, because, they too want priceless memories captured.

You know how much I love to run side-by-side pictures by you, so here we go.

Disneyland's it's a small world facade shimmers in glorious daylight. Taken from afar, you can get an overall look at it, including the umbrellas. There's nothing wrong with it, although I would personally get a better angle for my own photo collection.
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Use the zoom lens and not only can you get a closer look at the details but there's personality in that clock that isn't as strong when viewed from far away.
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How does this whole zoom in, zoom out thing work with people? Prince Caspian has an interesting costume and it's great to be able to see it but he looks lost with so much empty space around him. Unless he needs room to sign 8 x10 glossies, it's just wasted space.
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Zoom in for a half-body shot and look at that boy blush. I commented on how well he was working the camera like a professional model. What? No one else was around.
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May 15, 2014

Portobello's in Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria at Downtown Disney Marketplace, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Portobello Country Italian Trattoria at Downtown Disney Marketplace.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 1250, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length.

Downtown Disney Marketplace has lots of dining locations to satisfy any hunger. Portobello Country Italian Trattoria is a relaxing place with a warm atmosphere and savory dishes from famous Italy destinations like Milan, Tuscany and Rome.

A tasty Disney Pic of the Week for Downtown Disney Dining.

May 16, 2014

Off to a Galaxy Far, Far Away at Disney's Hollyood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Imperial Storm Trooper patrols the enterance to Disney's Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Imperial Storm Trooper patrols the enterance to Disney's Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 160mm focal length.

Scott is off this week visiting his friends from a Galaxy Far, Far Away during Star Wars Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios. May the Force Be with Him so he can return next week with new photographic adventures to share.

You can follow Scott on his Twitter account at Scottwdw where he will be posting photos and other information during his trip.

May 18, 2014

Where in the World #332

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!

Did all the Moms have a nice Mother's Day?
From Millan.Net

We also had Armed Force's Day
From Millan.Net

and this week is Victoria's Day!
From Millan.Net

And I'm really sorry that I missed Cinco de Mayo!
From Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #331:
Where in the World #331

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

I only know one place where you'll see Mister Toad, the Fab Five, and Benny the Cab all together: the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney!

The Kertes Family was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Kerteses and to all our winners this week! Phyllis, Mike Haeberle, Chris Kelly, Judy Simonsen, Tricia Petty, Sandie Albrecht, Team Hill, Eric Berger, Beth, Melissa Such, Pat Schwier, Paul Moore, Kristi Strembicki, Patti Gumiela, Phil Vickers, Kerri Coggins, Emily Hudson, Maureen Handy, Claire Gregory, Brian Mwithey, Gabriella, Terry and Matthieu, Mickey Eckert, Jonathan Ward, Chris, Gretchen, and Katie Barnes, Nan Amor, Sharon Dale, Rebecca Keenan, Danielle Harsley, Mike Amor, Terry Fleming, Barb Bury, Herb Miller, Gail States, Amanda Campbell, Rob Blundin, Kelly Smith, Vicki Britt, Kerry Mccaffrey, Barclay Bakkum, Patti Mccaffrey, Les Stewart, Matt Holley, Cheryl Costello, and Agnes Ciotti. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #332 Where in the world is this?

We're taking a trip through time into the past: can you guess who these people are and where you used to see them in Walt Disney World?

 Where in the World #332

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 22nd, 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!

May 20, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Asia

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Asia in Disney's Animal Kingdom is full of mysterious places like Expedition: Everest where the Yeti lurks, Maharajah Jungle Trek where tigers and dragons romp and a trip down the Kali River Rapids is anything but dry. It is also a place you can relax and enjoy the sounds of Chakranadi, the sitar and drum players from Anandapur, as they produce their hypnotic sounds outside of the Yak & Yeti restaurant.

The Sitar player in Chakranadi in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Sitar player of Chakranadi.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/400s, f/5.3, ISO 800, EV 0, 210mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share a mysterious Disney Pic of the Week from Asia.

May 22, 2014

Flights of Wonder: Feed the Birds

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Do you want to ride Expedition Everest? Okay, give me your backpack and I'll go watch Flights of Wonder. This show, like other segments of Animal Kingdom's Asia (land) eluded me visit after visit. I took a wrong turn in Dinoland. I wandered around in circles in Africa. How did I ever make it to Nemo? No idea. After finally figuring where the stage was set, it became a regular stop for me. If you love birds like I love birds then you'll enjoy this campy show.

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Not everyone is lucky enough to do this. For starters, you have to be a Cast Member in the show posing as a generic tour guide with ornithophobia (fear of birds). Those are some big shoes to fill.

I can never write about Flights of Wonder without mentioning that Disney needs to stop picking on Jungle Island (Miami, FL) and Pinky, the bike-riding cockatoo. I'm pretty sure birds in the wild don't fly up to strangers holding dollars bills palm-side up and bring them back to another human.


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Riding the Liberty Belle Riverboat in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Need a ride the whole family can enjoy in the Magic Kingdom? One which is in a boat on water perhaps? No, not that one! I am talking about the Liberty Belle Riverboat in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom. When operating, the Liberty Belle takes guests on a 17 minute journey down the Rivers of America and around Frontierland's Tom Sawyer Island.

Liberty Belle Riverboat cruising the Rivers of America in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Liberty Belle Riverboat cruising the Rivers of America.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 900, EV 0, 86mm focal length, polarizer filter.

The Liberty Belle leaves the Liberty Boat Landing at the top and bottom of the each hour. Once underway, guests are treated to a slow cruise with views of Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and other interesting sights along the river.

Splash Mountain photographed from the Liberty Belle Riverboat in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Splash Mountain from the Liberty Belle Riverboat.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 800, EV 0, 78mm focal length, polarizer filter.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad photographed from the Liberty Belle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from the Liberty Belle Riverboat.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 720, EV 0, 38mm focal length, polarizer filter.

As you round the bend from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, you will see Alligator Swamp, Elk, Moose, an Indian village and people roaming around Tom Sawyer Island.

Alligator Swamp photographed from the Liberty Belle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Alligator Swamp on the Rivers of America.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 48mm focal length, polarizer filter.

As you come to end of your Riverboat journey, you will pass the Haunted Mansion and return back to Liberty Boat Landing to continue your magical day in the Magic Kingdom well rested.

Approaching Liberty Boat Landing on the Liberty Belle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Approaching Liberty Boat Landing on the Liberty Belle.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 560, EV 0, 24mm focal length, polarizer filter.

The Liberty Belle captain will blow her horn as she approaches Liberty Boat Landing. If you wait for the Liberty Belle between the Landing and the Haunted Mansion entrance, you can get photos of the steam from the horn and engines with a natural looking background (see photo at start of article).

May 25, 2014

Where in the World #333

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 Memorial Day to all celebrating it!
From Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #332:
Where in the World #332

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

I gave a hint with this one: this wonderful place is no longer open in Walt Disney World. And it is (Nan Amor, go thank your parents): The Adventurers Club at Pleasure Island. In this picture is Samantha Sterling, Annelle the French Maid, and Pamelia Perkins, club president.

Let's sing the Club's All Purpose Theme Song. Colonel? Colonel? Free drinks, Colonel!
Marching along we're adventurers
(Colonel: Singing the song)
Singing the song of adventurers
(Colonel: Up or down)
Up or down
(Colonel: North, south, east, or west,)
North, south, east, or west,
An Adventurer's life is best.
KUNGALOOSH!!

Eric Berger was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Eric and to all our winners this week! Patti Gumiela, Eric Berger, Phil Vickers, Claire Gregory, The Gunnels Family, Team Hill, Sandie Albrecht, Lauren Kemble, Maureen Handy, Rob Blundin, Cindy Pink, Dave Cole, Bret Rhodes , Bryan Fencl, Mike Haeberle, Michelle Roth-smoot, Terry Fleming, Kristi Strembicki, Jenn Steele, Debra Marrocco, Nan Amor, Jane Johnson, Matt Holley, and Kevin Arndt. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #333 Where in the world is this?

Back to present day! We are outside the parks!

 Where in the World #333
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 29th, 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!

May 27, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week - Star Wars

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Star Wars, just like Disney, has legions of fans and the two worlds often join forces in the endless search for more money. If you're a Star Wars fan then you already know about Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios, an annual event every spring. Disney fans know that rumors are spreading like wildfire about Disneyland's Tomorrowland receiving a Star Wars makeover. For the record, I'm not cool with that. Build a new land like they did with Cars Land or create an extension of Tomorrowland. Who needs Harbor Blvd. and a dozen or so hotels and restaurants? Just send Darth Vader over to Best Western and Mimi's Cafe and word will spread quickly.

For now, Star Wars and Disney fans are happy with Star Tours, Jedi Training Academy (the kids are happy, the adults are jealous) and heaps of souvenirs. Don't get greedy like this guy.

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Star Wars and Disney super geek fan Scott will post his admiration on Thursday.


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May 29, 2014

Disney Photobomb

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Photobombing has swept the nation, no, the world as a whole, and the funniest thing is, it's nothing new. Now it just has a name. If you're unfamiliar with the term, allow me to explain. You know how wen you're taking a photo of your kids and your husband leaps into the frame at the last second? That's photobombing. When you're riding in the caboose of Casey Jr at Disneyland and you notice the people sitting back-to-back with you are being photographed and you quickly turn around and smile knowing you are perfectly positioned between the guys, that's photobombing. Not that I have ever done that. :cough:

So there you have it. It's new old news and everyone needs a good chuckle to pictures are popping up all over the internet.

I want to see your photos of someone, human, animal, talking trash can, etc... sabotaging your shot. Send them to lisa.allears@gmail.com

Fowl play.
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Donald Duck doesn't look amused with the nose-to-nose action between Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse.

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Jedi Master in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Jedi Master of the Jedi Training Academy at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jedi Master of the Jedi Training Academy.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 220, EV 0, 135mm focal length.

A Jedi Master leads a group of young ones in the ways of the Force next to the Star Tours attraction in Disney's Hollywood Studies. Each day, children of guests can take part in the Jedi Training Academy. It is a fun show for both children and adults.

You, too, can learn the ways of the Force via this Disney Pic of the Week on Star Wars.

May 30, 2014

Star Wars Weekends Legends of the Force Motorcade

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Star Wars Weekends for 2014 started off with a big opening ceremony featuring those lovable Imperial Stormtroopers making fun of all the people being held back by a teeny, tiny, little rope. From there it just got bigger and better. A lot of people were entertained all day with Star Wars Character Meet and Greets, roving characters on Mickey Avenue, lots of behind the scenes shows in the Premier Theater and, new for 2014, Star Wars character meals: Jedi Mickey's Star Wars™ Dine at Hollywood and Vine and Star Wars™ Dine-In Galactic Breakfast (click the links for more information).

The 2014 Official Star Wars Weekends poster was hanging on each side of the Main Stage in front of the Sorcerer Mickey Hat. You could find the poster on calenders, t-shirts, pins, hats, coffee mugs and just about anything else inside Darth's Mall merchandise shop.

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Star Wars Weekends official poster titled "Join the Rebellion" hanging on the Main Stage.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 120mm focal length.

Each Star Wars Weekend day begins with the Legends of the Force Motorcade. Jedi Mickey Mouse leads it off followed by the 501st Legion Florida Garrison and the Rebel Legion. Organizations which promote Star Wars, use of costumes and contributing to their local communities.

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Jedi Mickey Mouse, Imperial Stormtroopers and Rebels parade in the Legends of the Force Motorcade.

After the Legions pass, Star Wars celebrities from both the animated series and live action movies go by in convertibles waving to one and all. For the first weekend this year, Ashley Eckstein (Voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Ahmed Best (Voiced and played Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars I-III), Vanessa Marshall (Voice of Hera Syndulla from Star Wars Rebels) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from all the Star Wars movies) came down Hollywood Blvd.

Celebrities in the Legends of the Force Motorcade in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
From Top Left: Ashley Eckstein (Clone Wars), Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks), Vanessa Marshall (Star Wars Rebels) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) ride in the Legends of the Force Motorcade

Star Wars Weekends have grown in the last two years since my last time visiting a Galaxy Far, Far Away. It helps there are now new movies for fans to look forward to. The success of The Clone Wars on the Disney cable networks have helped to foster a whole new generation of Star Wars fans. This fall, Disney XD will be premiering a new animated series called Star Wars Rebels picking up where Revenge of the Sith, the third prequel movie, left off. I can only see Star Wars Weekends becoming even more popular.

The use of the FastPass+ system helped greatly in obtaining excellent seats for the popular Behind the Scene shows at the Premier Theater. Plan ahead and show up about 45 minutes before the show.

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