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June 1, 2014

Where in the World #334

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!

Guess who broke her ankle a couple weeks before her Disney trip?
From Millan.Net

Guess who doesn't care because she has a scooter reserved and, more importantly, her Magic Bands came in?
From Millan.Net

So on June 20th, if you see a brunette on a scooter with a big black boot on her left foot, birthday ears on, grinning like a 5 year old on her way to see Mickey Mouse, you'll know it's me!

Sandie Albrecht, we have FastPass+ for the Mine Train on Tuesday and Friday of our trip! We'll see if we can slip another one or two in if possible. :)

Speaking of people leaving for Disney, Kameo Crea and Eric Berger are headed out! Bon Voyage! Have a magical trip!

On the other hand, Mary Beth Tarbet and Gail H just got back and have the my-vacation-is-over blues! Here's the Disney Bear of Comfort:
From Millan.Net

One more thing: a note to our WitW winners of the past few months. As you know, our team has been traveling. We also just ordered new swag which has just came in. So Deb Wills will be getting your prizes out to you next week!

Now for Challenge #333:
Where in the World #333

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

It's the Planet Hollywood building in Downtown Disney!

Lindsay C., you worked there? It's going to be changed to The Observatory for Disney Springs.
Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer!

Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Donna Frank, Bruce Jones, Linda Scrivano, The Reichl Family, Phyllis, Grumpy's Groupies, Leigh Mertz, Ed Suscreba, Bruce Hinterleitner, Linda Ranatza, Hannah M, Daniel Meagher, Carol Ney, Frank And Sharon, Nan Amor, Bill Mckim, Melissa Such, Ed Elder, Mary Beth Tarbet, Tracy Ludwig, Amy R, Tricia Petty , Jodi Robertson, Mj Webb, James Johnson, Tara Weaver, Mike Amor, Haylee Smolek, Paula Massarelli, Karen Adamakis, Thomas Rose-gray, Paula Massarelli, Axel Beer, Josh Weiss, Lindsay Palmer, Laura V., Mike Mondoux, Tommy Montgomery, Scott Merrill, Betsy, Andreas Beer, Lee Deroia , John Bickers , Karen Spreitzer, Christine Kenkelen, Candice Grimes, Ken Daube, Jen Tremley, Reasha Kling, Dave Freemyer, Jeff Schoeling, Jennifer Rowell, Kenny, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Beth S., Chris Horne, Sharon Powell, Tracy Robinson, Sharon Pierce, Scott Cullen, Teala Van De Ven, Eric Johnson, Belicia Cullen, Michelle Darabaris, Kristy Holland, Jen Snook, Phil Vickers, Andrew Carrieri, Dawn Simpson, Team Hill, Christina Trigiani, Emily Hudson, Jason Hocker, Jennifer Harmon, Chad Jeffery, Pat Schwier, Kye Layton, Koren Family, Vera And Izzy Williams, Tinkerbell Wells, Mickey Eckert, Will Gates, Gregory Zalesak, Virginia Pierce, Tami Howerton, Amy Hayes, Emily Cuypers, Amanda Melber, Jennifer Page, Lindsey Nozal, Kerrie Hogan, The Fosbender's, Gordon Cavalero, John Sheridan, Lenz Family, Sandie Albrecht, Paul Knott, Allison Forson, Jonathan Ward, Dawn, Ryan F, Dawn Miller, Patti Gumiela, Suzanne Denham, Amy Filliben, Carolyn Como, Jason Billington, Deb Ragno, Rob Hepler, Karen Ramirez, Holly Mira, Double Family, Pamela Manseau, Mary Ann Lamay, Kara Cummings , Claire Gregory, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Maureen Handy, Susan Rak, Ashley Collins, Sarah Francis, Andrew Eckert, Maryann Eckenrode, Theresa Lucotti, Murr Family, Marc Sledjeski, Rob Blundin, Karen Schlumpf, Kev Marriott , Ken Clark, Chuck Sands, Brendan Abel, David Forister, Rebekah Schultz, Vicki Britt, Carla C, Morgan M., Bill Cudney , Hobbes And Snorky, The Parker Family, Tyler Otts, Debbie Desimone, Long Family, Kerri Coggins, Heather Pedulla, Stefan Owens, Les Whitten, Angela Fennell, The Gunnels Gang, Jamesd (dzneynut), Jeremy Hardy, Tina Santacroce , Herb Miller, Beth Mcmeekin, Andrea Kruszewski, Amy Guerrini, Mike Malampy, Terry Blair, Antoinette Leblanc, Craig Livingston, Susie Howard, Kevin Jones, Tony Lyle, Kerry A, Gail States, Billie Jo, Daniel Record, Kate, Chris Sheppard, Krista Serpi, Jim Thompson, Robert Wescovich, Les Stewart, Maureen Wahtera, Candy Lewis, The Kertes Family, Tom Koval, Janet T Thorn, Megan Krainski, Lynette Michalos, Chris, Gretchen,and Katie Barnes, Andrew Swiatowicz , Kris Nixon, Ken Jackson, Kerry Mccaffrey, Tracey Mayfield, Craig, Eric Berger, Leach Family, Chloe Mayhew, Arlene Vicek, Jack Lynch, Andy Weed, Gina Falzone, Elaine Kleinhenz, Gina Smith, Sara Holloway, Bryant And Ruben O'meara, Shelby Watson, Chris Kelly, Jason Skow, Bethany Cybak, Kevin, Jim Finley, Hillary Waldroop, Matt Wildey, Tjg, Gary Walker, Cheryl Chambers, Maria Boyer, Sarah, Team Bonnie Sue, Jim Nitschke, Luis Rodriguez, Dawn Bach, Kathryn Perkins, Jeff Blank, Jennifer Peterson, Olga Vorontsova, Becky Norman, Maggie Klotz, Julie-anne, Bryan Fencl, Ed Hogan, Jorge Caso, Ruth Senecal, Matthew Jadro, Rebekah Johnson, Doug Olson Family, David Feldman, The Kahle Family, Michelle Boykin, Heather Brennan, Andrew Pettit, Kristen Figuerado, Melanie Beedle, Bob Patterson, Sarah And Chris, Denise C Steil, Lesley Newbiggin, Mike O'brien, Melodye Berry, Roger Vollmer, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Trina Noggle, Jeremy Reichelt, Nathan York , Lauren Thomas, Melody Odonnell, Maryann Romagnano, Megan Hayes, Chris Joyce, Juliet O'hare, Susan Doucette, Lorine Landon, Demetrios Makres, Robert P. Flaherty, Mike Haeberle, Heather Capron-stantial, Paul Dickson, Curtis Bille, Ellie Argaluza, Sandy Reedy, Mary Harpe, Randi Balch, Danielle Harsley, Cindy Pink, Caitlin Lewis, Ryan Fist, Laurie Walker, Lori Rienhardt, Julie Wickware, Diane Furtado, Brenda Strohmeyer, Olszak Family, Michelle Wilinski, Dwayne Fontenot, Karen Costa, Gallaher Family, Chris Thacker, Linda College, Brian Grabowski, Wade A. Williams, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Kevin Parmeland, Tim Johansen, Christopher Hall, Kate Fischer, Chris Bauman, Tricia Noble, Rebecca Keenan, Diane Ramos, Shelly Borella, Dave Carriere, Sara Alaimo, Wayne Witherspoon, Ron Harper, The Hutchinson Family, Amanda Shope, Dana, Scott Sangston, Carri Marotto, Matt Holley, The Holmes Family, Randy Thomas, Erin Hammer, Erin Connell, Jeff Beauchamp, Anastasia Macneil, Tom Swan, Team Meeker, Terry Fleming, Matt Earl, Chris, Kelly Smith, Cathy Connors, Gloria Martin, Russ Morgan, Angel Diven, Darrell Shortt, Kameo Crea, Smitty, Alan Mize, Kim Paulakos, Mike Cerce, Melissa Kirk, Ronald Delorey, Mickey Mouse, Michael Dale Pennington, Shannon Murray, Barb Welshhans, Amanda Garrett, Sheryl Hicks, Patty Carty, Jo Ann Bailey, Joseph M. Zafia, Jennifer Bogdan, Christy Schor, David Ballard, Jackie Graebel, Melissa Littman, Sheila Bagg, Lauren Kemble, Liz Mckinnell, Kyle Burdo, Kalvin, Sherry Trapp, Tom Higbee, Barclay Bakkum, Gail H, Jean Bussell, Shirley Garcowski, Alison Rosenberger, Josh Carney, Brian Koonts, Stacy Guarracino, Dlb, Dayna Guay, Walter N Clark, Margie Larmon, Jackie Klafeta, Victoria Finnegan, Nick Straka, Theresa Rucando, Dee Dee Kenney, Jane Johnson, Lindsay Coram, Timmy Saunders, John Paul Carnell, Ken Rhinehart, Patti Mccaffrey, Karrie Duffey, Jeff Finger, George Mundy Jr, and Sarah Bullock. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Speaking of the drawing, it's time to pick the May winner! And it is: Terry Fleming! Congratulations! You'll be receiving your prize shortly!
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Challenge #334 Where in the world is this?

Back to the parks!
 Where in the World #334

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

June 3, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Space Exploration

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Walt Disney, as most Americans did back in the 1950's, had a fascination with space exploration. Disneyland, followed by Walt Disney World, had attractions which took guests to the Moon and later Mars. It was not until 2003 when the ride technology would finally be able to give people a taste of what it would be like to actually leave Earth and venture into Space. Mission: Space in Epcot's Future World opened at that time. It might have been a little too real at first, in fact. Still, it is the closest most people can come to feeling the kind of forces astronauts encounter during spaceflight.

As crew members wait for their launch team designation, relics from the history of Manned space exploration is on display in the queue of Mission: Space. An Apollo era Moon Buggy can be seen overhead.

An Apollo Moon Buggy on display in the queue for Mission: Space in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
An Apollo Moon Buggy on display in the queue for Mission: Space.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/10s, f/3.5, ISO 6400, EV +1.0, 28mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share an out of this world Disney Pic of the Week about Space Exploration.

June 4, 2014

Photobombs from Readers

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

In last week's episode I wrote about photobombing. It wasn't a how to course but rather a recap and look at how something old is new again. New-ish, really. If you missed the blog, read it now so my count goes up and my blog looks popular.

Readers were asked to submit their Disney photobomb shots and a handful came in. People are having a good time with this subject so keep submitting photos and I'll keep posting them to my Light Meter blog. Send your photobomb to lisa.allears@gmail.com

Now what you've all been waiting for, the evidence!


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Bonus photo. It's not a photobomb because you know you're all going to be photographed, the only element of surprise is what pose people will strike. This group of 4 had decided to act sick. Little did they know what the couple in front of them had planned.'
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June 5, 2014

Alien Chipmunks

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Scott selected this week's theme, in case you hadn't already guessed. I struggled to find an image that fit properly and wasn't of the rotating planet in front of Mission: Space. I need those photos for my own Light Meter blog. After searching through pictures of my last few trips, I came across the perfect shot; it combines space exploration and my personal addiction.

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I need photos of characters in every outfit or costume they own. Chip and Dale traveled through space and time, exploring the universe before landing on Earth in search of Halloween candy.

Disney Pic of the Week - Space Exploration

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June 6, 2014

Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

If you have followed Photographic Innoventions long enough, you would know I am a big fan of Super Zoom Lenses. For a cropped sensor camera, the 18-200mm and 18-300mm are the ranges used. For a full frame sensor camera, the 28-300mm is the range. All are image stabilized (IS for Canon, VR for Nikon and a host of other letters depending on your camera or lens manufacturer) and have variable apertures to keep both the weight and costs down.

Over the last couple of years, I have had a need for another type of zoom lens. This one is not as large a range but has a fixed aperture throughout the zoom range. The Super Zooms start out at f/3.5 at the short end and end up being f/5.6 or f/6.3 at the long end when shooting wide open. For a fixed aperture zoom, it will keep the same wide open aperture from the short to the long end. The Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR lens is one such lens and I used it on my last trip to Walt Disney World.

To give you an idea of the range of this lens, I stood in the middle of Main Street USA and took a short (24mm) and a long (120mm) photo from the exact same position (see below) of Cinderella Castle. I did no cropping or straightening to the photos. Both taken with identical exposures except for the zoom setting.

Cinderella Castle from Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle from Main Street USA using a Nikon 24-120mm VR f/4 Lens.

Unlike the Super Zooms which only go as wide as 28mm (18mm cropped), the extra amount of angle at 24mm gives a real wide angle look. The 120mm is a very workable zoom at a Disney park. The Nikon 24-120 f/4 VR lens worked outstandingly for the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom. At street level I was able to get the large floats in the frame at 24mm and zoom in for the characters on the floats and street.

Festival of Fantasy parade on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Festival of Fantasy parade on Main Street USA using a Nikon 24-120mm VR f/4 Lens.

Image stabilization (IS) or vibration reduction (VR) comes in handy when you are photographing from a moving vehicle or as day fades into night. The VR for the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 lens is excellent. I could hand hold down to 1/15th of a second easily. I could use even slower shutter speeds with the Da Grip Technique. Don't know about Da Grip? Click Here, you will be glad you did.

Friendship boat docking at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Friendship boat docking at Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 360, EV 0, 105mm focal length, polarizer filter.

As a travel lens, I found the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR lens more than capable. The only time I missed my Super Zoom lens was on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom. I still feel you need, at least, a 200mm lens to get good, frame filling results on the safari.

June 8, 2014

Where in the World #335

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!

When we talk next Sunday, Players, I will be in Walt Disney World! Well, depending on what time you're reading it. :)

Thank you for all the good wishes on my broken ankle. I also got tonsillitis this week, but I'm better now and hoping my karma will be better!
From Millan.Net

But don't worry! I'd have a great time at Disney if I had to jump on my husband's back and ride him like Seabiscuit. He'd have some complaints though. :)

Chloe Mayhew left for her Disney trip on Friday and Shelly Borella will be there when I am. Not that we're rubbing it or anything. Shelly, if that large group of yours needs all that time for bathroom breaks, at least use the Tangled restrooms. :)

Patti Mccaffrey, I never heard of that! Ouch, your poor ankle! From Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #334:
Where in the World #334

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

We're looking at the American Adventure pavillion in Epcot's World Showcase as Smitty so aptly said.

Vera And Izzy Williams, do you mean the song "America with your Golden Wings"? My husband loves that song: he once had it on replay for 5 times in a row or more. Sarah And Chris, you've seen people wave their cellphone lights during this song? I never have but I would love to see that!

Shout out to Rosemarie Novelo: your story made me laugh!
From Millan.Net

The Kertes Family was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Kerteses and to all our winners this week! Diane Tredore, Kristi Strembicki, Dee Dee Kenney, Donna Frank, Jim And Lorie Sonnen, Nan Amor, Bruce Jones, Ed Suscreba, Mary Beth Tarbet, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Laurie Walker, Kenny, Jorge Caso, Phyllis, The Gunnels Gang, Betsy Silvestri, Melissa Such, Andrea Kruszewski, Daniel Record, Steve And Ruby Jordan, Courtney, Sharon Pierce, Craig Mitchell, Donald Leblanc, Janet T Thorn, Patti Odom, Robin Robinson , Kristi Paraday, Theresa Rucando, Kye Layton, Andrew Carrieri, Allison Caputa, Heather Keenan, Mary Ann Lamay, Kathleen Glovna, Jennifer Page, Ashley R. , Rosemarie Novelo, Kara Cummings , Sandie Albrecht, Cecilia Cocucci, Bridget, Michelle Boykin, Marguerite Garofalo, Vera And Izzy Williams, Rick Lahmann, Beth Sazama, Tricia Petty, The Parker Family, Mike Mondoux, Patty Carty, Mike Walter, Mike Amor, Chris Horne, Craig, Patti Gumiela, Eric Enli , Lenz Family, Wayne Beck, Jennifer Rowell, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Mike O'brien, Terri Vicknair, Maureen Wahtera, Tara Weaver, Eric Johnson, Jd Conti, Josette Gabel, Christine Brown, James Johnson, John Bickers, Tim Johansen, Deb Cumpstone, Lee Deroia, Mary Harpe, Pollyanna Buff, Bryan Fencl, Deb Ragno, Stefanie Vest, Lorine Landon, Pat Schwier, Melissa Gundrum, Laura V., Brian Mickle, Scott Greenbaum, Bruce Hinterleitner, The Long Family, Derek Carty, Brian Miller, Ryan Mccorristin, Jason Hocker, Emily Hudson, Carla C, Linda Scrivano, Maria Boyer, Lauren Kemble , Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Cathy Derecola, Sheryl Hicks, Heather Sabatino, Katie Bray, Lisa Pinder, Jon Landis, Amy Guerrini, K Beasley, Paul Dickson, Dennis O'reilly, Team Hill, Paul Scimeca, The Pearsall Family, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Gallagher Family, Cindy Pink, Trish Roam, Chris Kelly, Trish Roam, Cathy Connors, Ellen Sullivan, David Forister, Robert Wescovich, Robert Wescovich, Jim Finley, Maureen Handy, Julie Harris, John Stella, Herb Miller, Candice Grimes, Lisa , Amanda Campbell, Leach Family, Bill Schmid, Kerri Coggins, Kathryn Perkins, Bill Bingham, Chloe Mayhew, Dave Freemyer, Hobbes And Snorky, Dan Mangini, Louise Barton, Jeremy Hardy, The Kahle Family, Tom Koval, Judy Simonsen, Caroline Elliott, Bill Mckim, Lynette Michalos, Stan Kolis, Karen Ramirez, Cindy Tanner, Hilary Metzger, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Paul Newbiggin, Elaine Kleinhenz, Kris Nixon, Rob Blundin, Cynthia Hitchcock, Tyler Otts, Vicki Shearman, Claire Gregory, Sandy Reedy, Rob Hepler, Fran Rendulic, Diane Furtado, Virginia Pierce, The Emich Family, Haylee Smolek, Gerald Skanes, Larry Spernkle, Melanie Dalton, Bruce Nash, Grumpy's Groupies, Liz And Dave Fullerton, Mickey Eckert, Kirsten Miller, Grumpy's Groupies, Dawn Bach, Josh Willner, Maggie Klotz, Carolyn Como, Heather Pedulla, Demetrios Makres, Brenda Strohmeyer, Kerry A., Luis Rodriguez, Les Stewart, Bethany Angermaier, Chris Joyce, Doug Olson Family, Koren Family, Team Bonnie Sue, Cheryl Chambers, Morag Lemon, Terry Blair, Palicia Tipton, Wayne Chadourne, Al Sandal, Susie Howard, Sarah And Chris, Kevin Parmeland, Linda College, Shannon Murray, Amy Mccullough, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Jennifer Harmon, Lauren Thomas, Christopher Hall, Josh Carney, Wendy Barney, The Olszak Family, Sara Alaimo, Clay Anthony, Terry Fleming, Karrie Duffey, Shelly Borella, The Patterson Family, Jim Thompson, Maryann Romagnano, Courtney Moran, Darrell Shortt, Scott Sangston, Diana Grady, James Dezern, Hunter Armstrong, Caroline Burmester, Anastasia Macneil, Karen Bellamy, Team Meeker, Matt Holley, Kim Paulakos, Dave Carriere, Mike Cerce, Patti Mccaffrey, Gail States, Wade A. Williams, Christina Trigiani, Smitty, Mark Proper, The Hutchinson Family, Linda Bowles, Tyler Haeberle, Cathy Fleming, Gina Falzone, Andy Hickey, Shari Prater, Jonathan Ward, Tracy Discher, Jeff Blank, Julia, Leigh Mertz, Brian Grabowski, George Mundy Jr, Murr Family, Ron Harper, Josh Weiss, Joseph M. Zafia, David Ballard, Jennifer Bogdan, Heidi Goodhue, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Randi Balch , Jane Johnson, Timmy Saunders, Kyle Burdo, Barclay Bakkum, Shirley Garcowski, Kim Watson, Stephanie Dollar, Tom Higbee, Chris Bauman, Jeremy Reichelt, Amy Schweizer, Nicole Benoit, Vicki Britt, Jackie Klafeta, Terry Fleming, Jackie Graebel, Les Whitten, Fred Shakeshaft, Jo Ann Bailey, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, and Tom Buck. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #335 Where in the world is this?

Staying in the parks.
 Where in the World #335

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

June 10, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week - Flowers

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Tiptoe through the tulips and Tinker Bell will trip your toes. She's feisty and she doesn't appreciate people stomping around the garden. That's why Disney plants flowers away from Guests' reach. Okay, maybe they don't. Just don't sit on them.

Flowers add gorgeous color and delightful scents to Earth. Not, not Spaceship Earth, I mean the planet we live on. As Disney Parks are on Earth, flowers can be found there as well. I'm not really going anywhere with this. Oh look! Pretty!

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Marigolds bloomed at Disneyland in Halloween-like colors. Smart flowers!

Scott will be here on Thursday with his flowery photo.

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June 11, 2014

More Photobombs from Readers

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Did you miss last week's blog? What about the one from two weeks ago? In the words of Mabel from Pirates of Penzance, "For shame, for shame, for shaaaaame." The last one was with a little more vibrato. Here are the links you need to catch up and pass the exam.

Photobombs from Readers

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Thanks to everyone who sent in photos. I'm sure you made a lot of people laugh. Laughter is important!

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The fella knows the people posing.

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June 12, 2014

Flowers and Trolls in Norway

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A Troll topiary pops up out of a field of flowers in Epcot's Norway pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Troll topiary pops up out of a field of wildflowers.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 2200, EV -0.3, 24mm focal length.

Appropiately, a troll pops up among beautiful wildflowers in Epcot's Norway pavilion during the Flower and Garden Festival. A bright and beautiful Disney Pic of the Week about Flowers.

June 13, 2014

Photographing Star Wars Weekends Fireworks

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Star Wars Weekends for 2014 ended each day with the Symphony in the Stars fireworks show. The show is done totally with music from the Star Wars movie saga. The fireworks used are the most advanced I have ever seen at a Disney themepark. Bursts would change colors in different directions and from the inside-out, shapes of galaxies and ringed planets with lots of ground rockets. All this takes place behind the main stage in front of the Sorcerer Mickey Hat. For safety reasons, Pixar Place and Toy Story Midway Mania are closed before the performance.

While I was only able to photograph Symphony in the Stars once. I have enlisted four other talented Disney fan photographers to show you five locations both inside and outside of Disney's Hollywood Studies to photograph these fireworks from.


From Inside Disney's Hollywood Studies:

I photographed from The Feel the Force Premium Package viewing area. I setup towards the front and just to the left of the stage looking up Hollywood Blvd. It is very close to the stage and the Sorcerer Mickey Hat and I used the Sigma 15mm fisheye lens to cover as much of the sky as I could. The viewing area has a few palm trees and the lens shows you the number of people in front of the stage during the show.

Symphony in the Stars fireworks show in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Symphony in the Stars fireworks show.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1.3s, f/8, ISO 400, EV 0, tripod.

I think if I was to do it again, I would have found a position as far away or to the back of the viewing area and as close to the rope edge on Hollywood Blvd.

Jeff Krause (SpreadTheMagic on flickr) set up near the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. From there you can see the Keystone Clothiers store and the Sorcerer Mickey Hat. The view is cluttered with the tall palm trees and the store itself but you can see more of the high bursts in the sky.

Symphony in the Stars fireworks show in Disney's Hollywood Studios by Jeff Krause, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Symphony in the Stars fireworks show by Jeff Krause from Hollywood and Sunset Blvd.
Canon EOS 5D Mk3/16-35IS, 15s, f/9, ISO 800, EV 0, 16mm focal length, tripod.

As you can see, there are a lot of people who attend Star Wars Weekends days. Be prepared.

Matthew Cooper (TheTimeTheSpace on flickr) set up in the Echo Lake area and used Min & Bill's Dockside Diner and the lake as a foreground subject. If you get to this area early (and I recommend you do), you can set up your tripod (not yourself) on the inside of the fence surrounding Echo Lake. People won't be able to accidentally hit your tripod legs during a long exposure with the setup.

Symphony in the Stars fireworks show in Disney's Hollywood Studios by Matthew Cooper, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Symphony in the Stars fireworks show by Matthew Cooper.
Nikon D800/24-70mm, 15s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm focal length, tripod.

I really like this location. If I had not decided to do the special viewing package, I had planned on shooting from here.


From Outside Disney's Hollywood Studies:

Dave Kliment (ExploringWDW on flickr) photographed from what I am seeing on flickr and elsewhere as a very popular location. The Sorcerer Mickey and enchanted broomstick topiaries are out in front of the park's entrance.

Symphony in the Stars fireworks show in Disney's Hollywood Studios by Dave Kliment, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Symphony in the Stars fireworks show by Dave Kliment.
Nikon D300/10-24mm, 22s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 19mm flocal length, tripod.

Here you can see how high the bursts go in the sky and how wide the ground rockets shoot up. You do loose the Sorcerer Mickey Hat entirely and most of the buildings on Hollywood Blvd. Due to the long exposures necessary for Fireworks photography, the neon lighting gets overexposed but it does not distract from the fireworks.

From the walkway to the Epcot resorts, Dennis Dunkman (ddindy on flickr) photographed at the point of the path which looks directly down Hollywood Blvd. From this location you can really see the scope of the Symphony in the Stars fireworks show.

Symphony in the Stars fireworks show in Disney's Hollywood Studios by Dennis Dunkman, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Symphony in the Stars fireworks show by Dennis Dunkman.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 15.2s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 56mm flocal length, tripod.

Each photographer was using Bulb Mode to open and close their camera's shutter while using a tripod to keep it steady. For more on how to photograph firework shows at Walt Disney World, click on the links below:

Photographing Fireworks at Walt Disney World - Part 1

Photographing Fireworks at Walt Disney World - Part 2

June 14, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Hall of Presidents

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The latest version of the Hall of Presidents located in Liberty Square is my favorite. The story and the fact every President on stage moves and acknowledges when they are introduced is very impressive to my tech and patriotic sides. For those who might think this is a waste of time or a nice air conditioned place to take a short nap, here are the Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Hall of Presidents.

In previous posts, I shared with you the lobby where you wait before entering the theater and the photo of all the Presidents on stage using a wide-angle lens. Today, I show you the Hall of President's exterior from the point of view of the replica Liberty Bell displayed across the street.

Hall of Presidents behind the Liberty Bell in Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Hall of Presidents behind the Liberty Bell in Libery Square.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 320, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her patriotic colors for the Disney Pic of the Week on the Hall of Presidents.

June 16, 2014

Where in the World #336

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!

Come on, Claire Gregory! So I'm having a streak of bad luck lately; what could be the worst thing if you flew on the same plane as me?
Snakes on a Plane

Oh.

Marsha Waidelich is also headed for Walt Disney World. With a high school marching band. Um... good luck, Marsha!

Jeff Blank, the Mouse says Hi back!

Now for Challenge #335:
Where in the World #335

And here's the answer:
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The sails in Epcot's Future World right in front of the fountain and by the pin central station.

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Challenge #336 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks, Players

 Where in the World #336

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June 18, 2014

Why I Love and Miss Disneyland

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I fell head over heels in love with Disneyland in 1998. Earlier in life I had been there with family while vacationing in California. But it was while I spent part of the summer in various counties that the house of mouse called my name.

Unable to afford an annual pass or even a park ticket at times, I found myself spending time at the Disneyland Hotel and glimpsing at characters inside Goofy's Kitchen. Wandering Downtown Disney was fun, and I could watch the monorail pass along the beam above. It was better than nothing.

Then in 1999 I moved to Orange County and the need to be a part of The Happiest Place on Earth was unstoppable. Once I got an annual pass into my hot little hands, Disneyland became my go to destination. In time, I convinced friends to buy annual passes. My hangout, my playground, and my home away from home turned my frowns upside down. How could it not when Captain Hook walked up to me and squeezed my cheeks or all the times Pluto high-fived me when he walked around without a leash.

After four years (and six apartments), I left California and returned to the motherland, Massachusetts. Many trips to see my friends and beloved theme parks have taken place since 2003 but no matter how many times I visit, the time in between sometimes feels like forever.

Parade of the Stars was awesome and not just because I was in it twice. No, it's because my husband in waiting, Tarzan, made a rear appearance. Countless women met up with my gentle savage and that Jane chick in front of Tarzan's Treehouse. I never found him there. I keep going back because I know that one day he'll show up, on time, and without Princess Parasol.
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Honey, I'm home. Aghhh agghhh aaaagggghhhhh.

Everyone knows that the really cool castles have a drawbridge and Sleeping Beauty Castle is wicked cool. Not only does it have a drawbridge and a moat, but you can also walk through it and learn all about Aurora/Briar Rose/Sleeping Beauty. Wait, I wonder which name she signed on the deed. What if it's really Aurora Castle or Briar Rose Castle? I'll have to ask her next time I see her.
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Can't see the drawbridge? Talk to Maleficent.

When Disney's California Adventure opened, I was there. I saw them build it with my own two eyes! When Drew Carey made a crack about feeling like he was actually in California, I was there and I laughed. Ha! Ha! Take that, Eisner.

Cast Members can make or break your day. In order to enhance my days, I looked for Maynard. Sometimes he played Tiki Boy at The Enchanted Tiki Room. Other times he stared eerily at those brave enough to enter the Haunted Mansion. Wherever he was, he made lasting impressions.
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Community still matters to Disneyland suits. Local performers and school programs entertain guests on various stages. Cover bands get people rockin' 'n rollin' while swing bands play for cool kats who jitterbug. I once saw Mickey Mouse and Pluto play air guitar with Sandbox.
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Kids sing and adults listen. A great combination, super sized.

One of my all-time favorite things to do in the park was to find Mad Hatter and Alice and hang out within earshot. Together they are pure comic genius. I still await the day I get to ride Storybrook Land Canal Boats with them. Until then, I watch other peoples' videos on YouTube.
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Mad Hatter asked me to "friend" him. It blew my mind.

At Disneyland, celebrities don't just walk away and head off backstage. When they reach the entrance/exit between realities, they turn around and wave goodbye. Only at Disneyland can you enjoy a heartfelt, "See ya real soon!".
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Next on Cops, an ex-conmunk, an ex-chipmunkcon, a bad guy serves time but only after blowing kisses to his admirers.

After a long day of playing hide and seek, spinning through the Pirates of the Caribbean bottleneck, feeding kitties, waving at camcorders, cleaning fries off the floor of The Golden Horseshoe, reminding Jasmine that I don't want her in my photo but that she can take a photo of me and Aladdin, and sipping a mint julep, I can konk out at my friend's place. Sometimes I have to wait for him to come home but that's okay because it's better than going home.
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Disneyland, I miss you but I miss Disneyland with my friends even more.
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June 19, 2014

President Lincoln vs President Nixon

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Hold your horses, this isn't a political battle. I'm just posting two photos from Hall of Presidents that were taken using the same low light from the same seat and tweaked completely differently in PhotoShop. Why? It's fun and I wanted to make each image look like it may have come from the period of time when they each served office.

These audio animatronic figures sure do act life-like at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. I swear I saw Washington adjust his knickers.

Here are my Disney Pic(s) of the Week - Hall of Presidents

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Converted to black and white and softened. There's still some grain to the image so he doesn't look like a magazine cover model.


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Posterized for that groovy feeling, blue filter to help cut down on tungsten lighting, and contrast change for additional drama.

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June 20, 2014

Photographing Festival of Fantasy Parade - Part 1

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When photographs of Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom first started to appear, I knew I would be photographing it from a couple of different locations. Each float in the parade is tall. In fact, they are the tallest floats I have ever seen come down Main Street USA. The floats are accompanied by dancers and characters which proceed them. Thus, you have interesting subjects up high and below.

Next week I will show you the Street level photos. For this week, I photographed from the Main Street USA Train Station Platform above the parade route. Plan on getting to the platform, at least, an hour before the parade to find a position. I suggest favoring the side towards Town Square Theater for a clear view of the floats as they come around the square. All the photos below were taken from that vantage point.

The first float features a few Disney Princesses and their Princes. The Princess Garden float has Belle in her summer evening dress with the Beast in front. Cinderella and Prince Charming revolve around to greet guests on both sides of the parade route. Tiana and Prince Naveen from the Princess and the Frog and Princess Anna and Queen Elsa from Frozen share another turntable. Music from all four movies is played when this float goes by. Notice how long this float is.

The Princess Garden float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Princess Garden float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/160s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 65mm focal length.

The Princess Garden float is more of your traditional sized float. Not as tall as the rest of the parade's floats. Photographing the characters meant looking down which is not always a very flattering angle but worked quite well from this location.

Princess Anna and Queen Elsa on the Princess Garden float in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Princess Anna and Queen Elsa on the Princess Garden float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 105mm focal length.

The Peter Pan float has got to be the tallest of the Festival of Fantasy floats. It is not as long as the Princess Garden float so I could rotate my camera for a portrait orientation to better get the entire float in the frame.

Peter Pan float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Peter Pan float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 50mm focal length.

Here is the other reason for photographing the Festival of Fantasy parade from the train station platform. You are level with the characters who are at the top of the floats. Peter Pan and Wendy were about level with my camera lens. I did not have to zoom too much either as the floats come very close to the train platform which allowed me to include Cinderella Castle in the background.

Wendy and Peter Pan wave from the deck of the Jolly Roger in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Wendy and Peter Pan wave from the deck of the Jolly Roger in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 38mm focal length.

For me, the highlight of the Festival of Fantasy parade is the steampunk inspired Maleficent Dragon of the Sleeping Beauty float. This float measures 53 feet (16m) in length and 26 feet (8m) tall when the dragon is breathing fire.

Sleeping Beauty float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sleeping Beauty float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 50mm focal length.

It is silly to think of how excited I was to get face to face with such a beast. I could feel the heat from the dragon's breath I was so close as it passed by the train station platform.

Maleficent Dragon breathing fire in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Maleficent Dragon breathing fire in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/500s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 82mm focal length.

Mickey's Airship float caps off the Festival of Fantasy parade. Bright colors with both Mickey and Minnie Mouse waving to everyone from the gondola of the lighter-than-air craft weighed down by the dancing, pink hippos from Fantasia.

Mickey's Airship in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey's Airship in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/400s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 65mm focal length.

I really enjoyed photographing the Festival of Fantasy parade from the Main Street USA Train Station platform. I still itched to get down to street level for all the dancers. I satisfied the itch later in the trip which I will share with you next week.

June 22, 2014

Where in the World #337

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!

So here it is. My last night in Walt Disney World. No, it's okay... I'm fine.
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Last week's challenge: number #336
Where in the World #336

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

The bat area along the Maharaja Jungle Trek of Disney's Animal Kingdom!

Good Batman jokes, Chris Kelly and Team Hill!
Batman

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Challenge #337 Where in the world is this?

We're in a park, Players, and I don't want this to be to tough, so it's in the FIRST park that they built in Walt Disney World.

 Where in the World #337

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June 26, 2014

Finding Nemo singing in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Crush sings to Marlin in the Disney's Animal Kingdom production of Finding Nemo: The Musical, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Crush sings to Marlin in Finding Nemo: The Musical.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/4, ISO 2000, EV -0.7, 82mm focal length, cropped.

The animated movie has been re-imagined as a musical and performed daily inside the Theater in the Wild at DinoLand U.S.A as Finding Nemo: The Musical. Using puppets to portray the characters, it takes many performers to bring to life such characters as Crush the Sea Turtle (seen above) and Bruce the Great White Shark. The lighting and staging are first rate and the musical score and songs will have you humming the rest of your day at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

A simply awesome Disney Pic of the Week for Finding Nemo. Right, Dude?

June 27, 2014

Photographing Festival of Fantasy Parade - Part 2

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last week, I photographed Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom from the Main Street USA Train Station platform. I ended the article by saying how I itched to get down to street level. Today, I get to share with you why.

TIP: I photographed from the left side of Main Street USA as you look from the Magic Kingdom entrance towards Cinderella Castle. This is the side of the street which is shaded at the time of the parade. Meaning the Sun will be behind you and front lighting the people and floats in the parade. My exact location was on the corner outside the Emporium. Be prepared to find a location on the shaded side about 60 to 90 minutes before the parade starts. Keep in mind, the parade starts in Frontierland and takes about 30 minutes to get to the end of Main Street USA.

The costumes worn by the dancers and entertainers before each float are very colorful and the choreography fitting each float's theme. The first dancers in the parade proceed The Princess Garden float in their ball gowns and princely garb. The entertainers keep smiling through the heat of an Orlando afternoon.

Dancing couple preceeding the Princess Garden float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dancing couple preceeding the Princess Garden float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/16, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 35mm focal length.

With The Princess Garden float being the shortest in the parade, the princesses and princes are at a good angle. The problem, the royals are on turnstiles which may not turn fast enough to see all of the characters as the float passes by. The photo of Tiana and Prince Naveen below was just as they came around and had started greeting guests on my side of the street. Elsa and Anna (which I got a photo of last week) never made it around for me to photograph.

Tiana and Prince Naveen on the Princess Garden float in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tiana and Prince Naveen on the Princess Garden float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/14, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 85mm focal length.

By far the most outlandish costumes of the Festival of Fantasy parade were on the dancers before The Little Mermaid float. The dancer in the shell below did manage to shine through with that huge smile and sparkling eyes.

Colorful dancer preceding The Little Mermaid float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Colorful dancer preceding The Little Mermaid float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/20, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 75mm focal length.

The Little Mermaid float presents a photography challenge. Ariel is very high above you when shooting at street level and Flounder "swims" over her head. Shooting up at Ariel, be patient for her to be looking in the camera's direction and Flounder is in good position.

Ariel and Flounder on The Little Mermaid float in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Ariel and Flounder on The Little Mermaid float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/16, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 66mm focal length.

The Peter Pan float is the tallest but hanging below the rainbow is the Jolly Roger's anchor with Captain Hook hanging on in spit of Peter Pan and Wendy high above him on the deck of his ship.

Captain Hook below the Peter Pan float in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Captain Hook below the Peter Pan float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/16, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 38mm focal length.

I felt Prince Phillip was walking very confidently, maybe even a bit cocky, in front of the Sleeping Beauty float. I think I would have been more leery.

Prince Phillip walks confidently before the Sleeping Beauty float in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Prince Phillip walks confidently before the Sleeping Beauty float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/11, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 100mm focal length.

I mean right behind him was Maleficent in Dragon form. Another way to get the tall floats to fit in your camera's frame is to use a wide angle lens and photograph them before they get to your location. Oh, and wait for Maleficent to stretch her neck and head upwards as that is when she breaths fire.

Maleficent Dragon breathing fire on Main Street USA in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Maleficent Dragon breathing fire on Main Street USA in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/16, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 24mm focal length.

Before Mickey's Airship float caps off the Festival of Fantasy parade, the long Finale float comes by lead off with Pinocchio riding on top of a toy Monstro whale. Again, a wide angle lens comes in handy here.

Pinocchio sits on a toy Monstro whale in the finale float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pinocchio sits on a toy Monstro whale in the finale float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/18, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 24mm focal length.

The Festival of Fantasy parade has so much more to see and photograph then what I have shown in the last two articles. It will take more than one viewing to see it all and from different locations along its route. There is a FastPass+ viewing location in the Hub, too.

June 29, 2014

Where in the World #338

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!

Sandie Albrecht, thanks for asking! But I'm not one of the bloggers here so I don't have one for the trip. :) I will say I saw a whole new side because I traveled with a ECV scooter and couldn't walk.

Last week's challenge: number #337
Where in the World #337

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
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It's me in front of City Hall in the Magic Kingdom with a message for all of you! (You can also see my Pal Mickey, Glow with the Show ears, and my new Sven. Because Disney stuff is cool.) If you want to see it larger, you can click on the image above.

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Andrew Carrieri, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, The Gunnels Family, Ed Suscreba, Virginia Pierce, Ed Elder, Mike Amor, Melissa Such, Mary Beth Tarbet, Ashley Cohen, Sandie Albrecht, Dianne Mcginty, Nan Amor, Rob Blundin, Scott, Axel Beer, Jennifer Rowell, Lee Anastasi, Patricia J. Carty, Bill Mckim, Michele Johnson, Lyn Johnson, Jennifer Bliss , Judy Simonsen, The Emich Family, Deb Ragno, Christina Trigiani, Paul Knott, Andrea Kruszewski, Tricia Petty, Jen Tremley, Lynette Michalos, Eric Johnson, Robert Hildebrandt, Maryann Eckenrode, Kenny, Donna Begley, Mary Ann Lamay, Todd Johns, Pollyanna Buff, Rosemarie Novelo, Ed Hogan, Phyllis, Melissa Gundrum, Matt Wildey, Murr Family, Chris Kelly, Chloe Mayhew, Ellen Sullivan, Karen Schlumpf, Grumpy's Groupies, Donna Frank, Ed Adams, Christi Ison, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Christine Dagney, Caroline Steill, Carol Gamill, Kathryn Perkins, Mary Dieuliis, The Kahle Family , Jim Dewalt, Kirsten Miller, Tyler Otts, Scott Precise, The Long Family, Pam Lorenz, Karen Ramirez, Pam Lorenz, Brian Mcwithey, Ken Maikowski, K Beasley, Janet Carvalho, Kris Nixon, Megan Krainski, Pam Marsingill, Bill Cudney , Team Bonnie Sue, Janet T Thorn, Dan Angermaier, Double Family, Emily Hudson, Bryant And Ruben O'meara, Desiree Fremer, Desiree Fremer, Desiree Fremer, Hobbes And Snorky, Taylor K, Lori Rienhardt, Mickey Eckert, Robert Wescovich, Kerri Coggins, Maureen Handy, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Leach Family, Antoinette Leblanc, Jim Finley, Donna Currier, Bruce Hinterleitner, Chris Spark, Melanie Kolacy, Daniel Record, Gail States, Jen Cerce, Kim Howe, Claire Gregory, Barbara Remele, Linda Scrivano, Les Stewart, Penny, Jim Curley, Jim Curley, Vera And Izzy Williams, Elaine Kleinhenz, Evald Olson, Mike Haeberle, Scott Merrill, Jen Eacret , Tim Johansen, Russ Morgan, Heather Sabatino, Laurie Walker, Stefanie Vest, Chris Joyce, Wendy Cohen, Sara Holloway, Luis Rodriguez, Jeff Blank, Rob Hepler, Bruce Lawson, Cheryl Chambers, Eric Enli, Tom, Natasha Gareau , Linda College, Carri Marotto, Bethany Boucher, Carla C, Karen Spreitzer, Caroline Burmester, Tricia Noble, Tom Hermes, Michelle Darabaris, Karrie Duffey, Wayne Witherspoon, Herb Miller, The Parker Family, Kate Fischer, Lisa Zitek, Dave Carriere, Diane Ramos, Maryann Romagnano, Jeremy Reichelt, Erin Hammer, Theresa Rucando, Anastasia Macneil, Terry Blair, Diana Grady, Alan Mize, Betsy Silvestri, Chad Adams, Fran Rendulic, Matt Holley, Cathy Fleming, Deborah Wolfe, Amy P, Mike Venere, Ron Harper, Chuck Sands, Arlene Vicek, Gina Smith, Brian Grabowski, Kevin Parmeland, Tom Swan, Nathan York, Tommy Montgomery, Terry Fleming, Robert P. Flaherty, Scott Cullen, Michelle , Craig, Julia Marsh, Joseph M. Zafia, Joseph M. Zafia, Sheila Bagg, Haylee Smolek, Kyle Burdo, Linda Grau, Kerrie Hogan, Barclay Bakkum, Les Whitten, Mark Proper, Dennis Blackburn, Smitty, Frank &Sharon, Hillary Waldroop, Erin Loring, Tonya Neill, Gabriella Rizzo, Ann Dunnington, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, Susan Higginbotham, Christy Schor, Cheryl Costello, Leigh Mertz, Team Hill, Theresa Maradei, Vicki Britt, Heidi Goodhue, Fred Shakeshaft, Carrie R, Margie Larmon, Ronald Delorey, Stacy Guarracino, Jane Johnson, and Darrell Shortt. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #338 Where in the world is this?

Still in the parks! (Yes, I know it's easy. No, it's not a trick. :) )
 Where in the World #338

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 3rd, 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!

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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!

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