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March 1, 2015

Where in the World #371

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

It's March! MARCH! You know the saying: March roars in like a lion.... can we do without that? PLEASE?! Because I'm sick of this, like so many of you said.

Now for Challenge #370:
Where in the World #370

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

It's the Grand Floridian marina! That lovely ship on the right is the Grand 1 yacht. I was very lucky to enjoy a cruise on it, thanks to former teammate Fred Block! Before you ask, yes, we did sing the Gilligan's Island theme song. I bet the cast member skipper never heard that one before: LOL!

You can celebrate something extra special by renting the Grand 1 for yourself. It is an amazing experience.

Michelle Norris was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Michelle and to all our winners this week! The Sands Family, Donna Frank, Kristi Strembicki, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Stefanie Vandiver, Bill Mckim, Linda Ranatza, The Modecki's, Bryant O'meara, Tricia Petty, Mary Beth Tarbet, Eric Berger, Ed Suscreba, Paul Dickson, Diane Tredore, Lee Anastasi, Bruce Jones, Sandie Albrecht, Susan Higginbotham , Maryann Eckenrode, Andy Hickey, The Fosbenders, The Yorks, Tracy Davis, Robert Hildebtandt, The Gunnels Family, Theresa Rucando, Ellen Sullivan, Tommy Montgomery, Jen Tremley, Jennifer Rowell, Dave Freemyer, Matt Wildey , Karen Ramirez, Chris Horne, Janet Spiess, Hunter Armstrong, Amber P, Arlene Vicek, Christa Burns, Kristina Rohrbach, Eric Johnson, Kathy B., Anne Heffentreyer, Les Stewart, Kyra C., Beth Mcmeekin, Lyn Johnson , Christi Ison, Kathy , Brooke And Kennedy, Laurie Walker, Elaine Kleinhenz, Melissa.simecek@gmail.com , Claire Gregory, Mike Mondoux , Liz Moreau, Andrew Carrieri, Russ Morgan, Emily Hudson, Jen Eacret, Olszak Family, Christine Brown, Team Hill, Carol Collins, Ryanne Bigelli, Christina Trigiani, Julie Signor, K Beasley, Melissa Gundrum, Phyllis, Tom Koval, Lori Rienhardt, Robert Wescovich, Susie Howard, Bob Wagner, Aimee, Grumpy's Groupies, Chloe Mayhew, Gina Smith, Leach Family, Richard Beverly, Ellie Argaluza, Kara Jones, Gina Falzone , Jen Cerce, Jenn Sedleski, Linda College, The Rider Family, Kelly Sroka, Linda Scrivano, Vera And Izzy Williams, Diane Curfman, Leslie Schmauder, Judy Simonsen, Dawn Bach, Maryann Romagnano, Carla C, Jeremy Hardy, The Double Family, Ashley Collins, Tim Johansen, Jean L. Pieper, Steve Porter, Margie, Caryn Schill, Kristan Bertelmann, Maureen Handy, The Long Family, Dusty Cheatham, Evald Olson, Jennifer Harmon, Todd & Angela Johns, M'shel Bowen, Susan Doucette, Cathy Derecola, Les Whitten, Jodi Cook, Joe Armeni, Lindsey Nozal, Kim Walker, Jim Curley, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Sharon Pierce, Gloria Martin, Barb Reick, Rebecca Keenan, Michelle Wilinski, John Warner, Wendy Miller, Jessica Gruhlke, Vicki Edwards, Kenny, Carolyn Como, Eric Enli, Doug Olson Familey, Kerri Coggins, Mike Malampy, Luis Rodriguez, Josette Gabel, Team Bonnie Sue, Pam Lorenz, Wayne Chadourne, Vera Dercole, Bob Patterson, Blake Schmidt, Lizzy & Dave Fullerton, Mary Ann Lamay, Chris Bauman, Caroline Burmester, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Kelly Smith, Herb Miller, Karrie Duffey, Alison Rosenberger, Mary Dieuliis, Jennifer Toto, Jeremy Reichelt, Annie Snodgrass, Maureen Tavrell, The Hutchinson Family, Al Sandal, George Mundy Jr, Scott Sangston, Mike Venere, The Patterson Family, Erin Loring, Matthew Jadro, Caitlin Lewis, Karen Bellamy, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Terry Fleming, Smitty, Sharon Gilbert, Jim Finley, Vincent Lieu, Ken Savage, Michael Haeberle, Ken Maikowski, Anastasia Macneil, Amy Guerrini, Lorine Landon, Andrea Kruszewski, Matt Holley, Wayne Witherspoon, Dave Carriere, John Foggo, Matthew Frey, Diana Grady, Andreas Beer, Karen Schlumpf, Brandon Moore, Timothy Gallant, Heidi Goodhue, Sheila Bagg, Ron Harper, Theresa Maradei, Jane Johnson, Dottie Cantos, Jennifer Bogdan, Joseph M. Zafia, Cynthia Hitchcock, Cheryl Costello, Barclay Bakkum, The Barnes Family, Jackie Graebel, Kathryn Hughes, David Ballard, Christopher Thacker, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, Gallagher Family, Stacy Guarracino, Jim Thompson, Walter N. Clark, Thomas Higbee, Chanel Naquin, Carol Ney, Filiater Family, Amanda Linde, Ken Rhinehart, Maja Kodani, David Crook, Deb, Jason Basedow, Patti Mccaffrey, and Jeff Blank!
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Challenge #371 Where in the world is this?

We're back inside a park: I think this one is really tough, so brace yourselves!
Where in the World #371

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

See you soon, 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!

March 3, 2015

Pic of the Week: Main Street USA

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Walking on Main Street USA takes you back in time. The architecture of the buildings, the background music and the smells coming from the Main Street Bakery. For me though it is just a static set until the cast members make it come alive.

The Dapper Dans, a barbershop quartet, sings to guests on Main Street USA and are as colorful as their outfits. Check the daily entertainment schedule as to when they will be performing.

The Dapper Dans singing on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Dapper Dans singing on Main Street USA.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/25os, f/14, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

Deb will be back tomorrow sharing a look at a special Main Street USA parade.


March 4, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Main Street U.S.A.

Deb's Digest Blog

When I think of Main Street U.S.A. in the springtime, I remember fondly watching Mickey's Main Street Happy Easter Parade. I managed to catch the last showing of this parade in the year 2000. The parade always reminded me of spring with the bright colors, costumes and Easter egg floats.

Since this Pic of the Week is all about Main Street, I give you the logo float from 2000:

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I wasn't able to find any information on this parade other than it ended in April 2000. Please share any info you may have in the comments below. Thanks.

March 6, 2015

Photographs from a Cruise on the Disney Dream

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I live in upstate New York near Lake Ontario and it has been a brutal past six weeks from late January to early March. In fact, not only was February of 2015 the coldest one ever, it was the coldest MONTH ever recorded for my area. So, I hope you will forgive me if I share with you a few photos from my last cruise on the Disney Dream to break up the season and remind me of better things to come as the calendar heads towards Spring.

Here we go, mateys. Our first Port of Call was Nassau where my wife and I choose to tour the Atlantis resort on nearby Paradise Island.

The Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
The Atlantis resort on Paradise Island.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length, HDR image.

See the span between the two buildings? That is the Bridge Suite (aka the Michael Jackson Suite) which costs $25,000 (US) a night with a four night minimum. Anyone ever stay in the Bridge Suite?

I choose to use a High Dynamic Range (HDR) set of five photos which I merged together using Photomatix software. The reason was the sunlight was coming from behind the buildings which created a lot of dark shadows. Using HDR processing, I was able to pull out the details and colors in those shadows.

My next stop of the tour of Atlantis was the Aquarium which holds a large variety of sea creatures and treasures to see, photograph and learn about. The shark tunnel was fun to hang out in to see the reaction of fellow tourists as they watched sharks and rays swim over their heads.

A tourist photographs a shark swimming overhead at the Atlantis resort aquarium on Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
A tourist photographs a shark swimming overhead at the Atlantis resort aquarium.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 500, EV 0, 15mm focal length.

I wanted to do two things with this photo: A person doing something and enough depth of field to show the length of the tunnel. To do both, I put on the Tokina 11-16mm wide angle zoom lens (this lens is available for Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts) and set the aperture to f/11 using Aperture priority mode. My camera was set not to go below 1/125th of a second for its shutter speed. This produced an ISO of 500 which was pretty good for this location. All I had to do was wait for someone to come along. If you have family with you, they could be your models.

After having lunch at Atlantis, we went back to the ship to relax and enjoy the evening cruise to Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line's private island. We disembarked the next morning and were told Captain Jack Sparrow would soon be joining us. Always wanting to meet the scallywag, we waited.

Captain Jack Sparrow on Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Captain Jack Sparrow on Castaway Cay.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/13, ISO 200, EV 0, 38mm focal length, fill flash.

Jack and I had a good conversation about where to find rum on the island and something about wenches...but back to the photo. Notice it was a bright sunny day on Castaway Cay and what do I like to use on such days? Anyone? That is correct! I used Fill Flash to open up the shadows on people's or, in this case, pirate's faces. Gave the Captain a nice sparkle in his mischievous eyes, aye?

Assured by the good Captain I would find rum and food at Serenity Bay, the adults only beach on Castaway Cay, my wife and I took the next tram out.

A couple enjoying Serenity Bay on Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay, Bahamas
A couple enjoying Serenity Bay on Castaway Cay.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/18, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 300mm focal length

Does this scene fit the name Serenity Bay or what? Notice I did not put the people in the center of the frame. I followed the Rule of Thirds to create a more natural and pleasing to the eyes scene.

Earlier that day, I had left my cabin before sunrise to photograph around the Disney Dream and watch as we docked at Castaway Cay. With today's camera and lens technology, I was able to photograph in the low light without a tripod.

The Disney Dream early in the morning sailing Caribbean waters near Castaway Cay, Bahamas
The Disney Dream early in the morning sailing Caribbean waters.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/3.5, ISO 6400, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

This is when proper hand-holding of your camera comes into play to get sharp photos even in low light conditions.

The last night at sea, we enjoyed the talents of Greta Salóme, an Icelandic singer and violinist, performing in the Atrium of the Disney Dream. She played many Disney classics including a version of "Let It Go" from the animated movie, Frozen, which everyone loved.

Greta Salóme performing in the Atrium of the Disney Dream cruise ship
Greta Salóme performing in the Atrium of the Disney Dream.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/4, ISO 1600, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

I encourage you to look up Greta Salóme's music. As you can see, there is a lot one can do and expereience on a Disney Cruise.

I am warmed up now.

March 8, 2015

Where in the World #372

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!

Ugh! The company parking lot wasn't salted and I fell on the ice. I hurt my arm. :( So I bought myself a Sven Tsum Tsum as a Get Well present... OK, you're right! I'd have bought him anyway. :)

Now for Challenge #371:
Where in the World #371

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

It's the Yeti from Expediction Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom!

Carla C asked me how I managed to get this photo. It was actually easy for me, because I got it from my friend and former AllEars photographer, Barrie Brewer. :)

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Donna Frank, Linda Scrivano, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Dawn Bach, Mary Beth Tarbet, Stefanie Vandiver, Tom Koval, Ken Jackson, Andrew Carrieri, The Modecki's, Jeff Schoeling, Eric Berger, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Sandie Albrecht, Team Hill, Deborah Wolfe, Karen Schlumpf, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Olszak Family, Jim Finley, Bruce Jones, Claire Gregory, Renee, Pollyanna Buff, The Gunnels Family, Bruce Hinterleitner , Virginia Pierce, Sarah Thomas, Carla Nale, Nan Amor, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, The Rider Family, K Beasley, Christi Ison, Emily Hudson, Robert Wescovich, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Maryann Eckenrode, Paul Knott, Tricia Petty, Tony Lliteras, Kait Marshall, Lyn Johnson, Bryant O'meara, Carol Lyons, Tom Swan, Brenda Atkinson , Ken Savage, Brian Veis, Herb Miller, Melissa Such , Gloria Martin, Brad Stutzman, Jan Abrm, The Yorks, Leslie Schmauder, Jen Tremley, Cameron Cappone, Sharon Gilbert, Christa Burns, Deborah Jezioro, Tammy Cousin, Linda College, Kirstin Rohrbach , The Strukel Family, Todd & Angela Johns, Kristina Rohrbach, Laura Price, Karen Ramirez, Kevin Jones, Lori Rienhardt, Maryann Romagnano, Mary Virginia Clause, Nicole Amidon, The States Family, Mike Malampy, Aimee, Betsy Silvestri, Maureen Handy, The Long Familily, Kris Nixon, Jen Cox, Chris Kelly, Kathy Barr, Andreas Beer, Teala Van De Ven, The Parker Family, Arlene Alejandro-mace, Diane Rhine , Kerry A., Andrew Eckert, Dave Freemyer , Bill Mckim, Jim Thompson, Hobbes And Snorky, Rob Blundin, Arlene Vicek, Scott Precise, Ciarra Bertelmann, Kristan Bertelmann, Mark B, Team Bonnie Sue, Karelyn Vanwynen, Will Belmonte , Lisa Lee, Jan Rosato, Cam Cappone, Ruth Senecal, Jennifer Hess, Kara Jones, Les Whitten, Mark Santora, Brian Yesutis, Lenz Family, Caryn Schill, Vincent Lieu, Grumpy's Groupies, Carla C, Annie Snodgrass, Chris Thomas, Josh Weiss, Timothy Gallant, Paul Dickson, Christina, Bob Wagner, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Laura Krolak, Megan Hayes, Chris Joyce, Wendy Barney, Kyra C., Andrew Swiatowicz , Wayne Chadourne, Shannon Murray, Kevin Parmeland, Kelly Smith, Cameron Lange, Jonathan Urias, Brian Gallant, Alison Rosenberger, Schuyler Etheridge, Heather Hynes, Vicki Edwards, Patrick Broaddus, Tricia Noble, Christopher Hall, Todd Jarvis, The Becker Family, Terry Fleming, Vicki Britt, Matt Petty, Dave Carriere, Erin Loring, Rebecca Keenan, Shelly Borella, Mark Franklin, Mike Cerce, Matthew Frey, Smitty, Jennifer Mercier, Frank & Sharon, Clay Anthony, The Holmes Family, Josh Carney, Erin Hammer, Ron Harper, Theresa Rucando, Mark Cullison, Scott Greenbaum, Patti Mccaffrey, Les Stewart, Justin Collins, Tracey Horan, Kimberly And Adolph Timm, Jeremy Hardy, Sarah And Chris, Matt Holley, Roxanne Kliebert, Allison Caputa, Ashley Farquhar, Kathryn Hughes, Jenn Steele, John Warner, John Foggo, Mary Dieuliis, Heidi Goodhue, Michael Barnes, Vera And Izzy Williams, Kyle Burdo, Andy Hickey, Jairo Caso, Hillary Waldroop, Leigh Mertz, Beth Laporte, Jean Bussell, Frankie Hubbard, Caroline Burmester, John Casey, Victoria Finnegan, Jo Ann Bailey, Karen Taylor, David Ballard, Roye Ann Morris, Kathy, and Brooke And Kennedy!

I didn't announce the monthly winner! The February winner is Vicki Edwards! Congratulations, Vicki! You will be getting a prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #372 Where in the world is this?

Staying in the parks!
Where in the World #372

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 12th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, 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!

March 10, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Fantasyland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

New or Old, Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom is full of Disney's beloved animated fairy tales brought to life for us to enjoy. The expansion of Fantasyland which is now complete brought in a mix of the older and newer Disney classics including a new counter service run by the one guy in town who's got it all down...Gaston's Tavern from Beauty and the Beast. I highly recommend his Warm Cinnamon Roll.

Gaston's Tavern in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Gaston's Tavern in Fantasyland.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/200s, f/8, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 11mm Focal Length.

I used a program from MacPhun called Intensify Pro to add a soft HDR filter to the photo. I guy like Gaston deserved it.

Deb will be here tomorrow with a past Fantasyland favorite.


March 11, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Fantasyland

Deb's Digest Blog

Do you remember where in the Magic Kingdom you could find Ariel before the New Fantasyland opened?

In Ariel's Grotto, of course. Located next to Pinocchio's Village Haus, this meet and greet area opened in October 1996. This photo is from 2001.

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Ariel's Grotto closed in April 2010 to make way for the new Fantasyland Expansion of Ariel's new home :) to the right of Under the Sea - the Journey of the Little Mermaid!


March 13, 2015

Super Zoom Lens at the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have seen a few discussions about what lenses to bring to Walt Disney World lately. I have for years touted the advantages to using Super Zoom lenses at the parks specifically and for travel photography in general. For cropped sensor cameras, they run in the ranges of 18-200mm and even 18-300mm. For full framed sensors, I have only seen Nikon's 28-300mm lens which I used in both the photos for this article. All lenses of this type have image stabilization technology from reliable brands Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma, Tamron and Tokina.

They come in very handy when photographing stage shows and parades like the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom. As the Tangled float approached me, I zoomed out and captured the entire float.

Tangled float in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tangled float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/400s, f/10, ISO 200, EV 0, 58mm Focal Length.

As the float got closer, I zoomed in to photograph the details of the float including Rapunzel who was not looking too impressed by Flynn Rider's antics at all.

Rapunzel on the Tangled float in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Rapunzel on the Tangled float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/400s, f/10, ISO 200, EV 0, 170mm Focal Length.

I removed a lot of background clutter by zooming in and captured a nice story telling photo and Rapunzel's expression is wonderful, too. Some people do not like the super zooms but I find them perfect for Disney parks and allows me to carry one lens when visiting.

March 15, 2015

Where in the World #373

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!

OK, you know that with the name Erin, I have to say
Smiley from Millan.Net

Guess what I missed? February 13th was my fourth anniversary with Where in the World! FOURTH! Can you believe it? You have always been nice to me, Players. Thank you so much!

Now for Challenge #372:
Where in the World #372

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

One of the brilliant members of the Main Street Philharmonic! This is one of those photos that makes me go--
Smiley from Millan.Net
--because I managed to get it!

Not to mention, here's someone who loves making magic!

Tommy Montgomery was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Tommy and to all our winners this week! Kristi Strembicki, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Les Whitten, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Team Hill, Mary Beth Tarbet, Linda Scrivano, Roxanne Kliebert, Linda College, The Gunnels Family, Dawn Bach, Sandie Albrecht, Christopherhall , Chris, Gretchen,and Katie Barnes, Deb Ragno, Tricia Petty, Kyra C., Phyllis, Elaine Kleinhenz, Lori Rienhardt, Tim Johansen, Sharon Pierce, Ken Savage, Claire Gregory, Chris Kelly, Megan K, Karen Schlumpf, Liz Moreau , Ruben O'meara, Lauren Exley, Dyan Lally, Mary Virginia Clause, Jennifer Rowell, Pat Schwier, Michael Haeberle, Jim Finley, Melissa Such , Kristina Rohrbach, Morag Lemon, Morag Lemon, Jennifer Harmon, Mary Dieuliis, Kathy, Brooke and Kennedy, Jen Cerce, Susie Howard, Mary Ann Lamay, Gina Smith, Cynthia Hitchcock, Rob Blundin, Beth Paczkowski, The Rider Family, Caryn Schill, Janet Spiess, Becky Norman, Gloria Martin, Jen Tremley, Pollyanna Buff, Gina Falzone, Kris Nixon, Lee Anastasi, Jim Thompson, Sands Family, Brenda Atkinson , The Fosbenders, Krista Serpi, Arlene Vicek, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, Virginia Pierce, Eric Berger, Andreas Beer, Hobbes And Snorky, Maryann Eckenrode, Evald Olson, Maureen Handy, Jeremy Hardy, Theresa Rucando, Smitty, The States Family, Olszak Family, Grumpy's Groupies, Steve Knapp, Timothy Gallant, Larry Sprenkle, Kenny, Karen Ramirez, Ruth Woodhouse, Mike Mondoux, Eric Johnson, Tracey Horan, Erin Hammer, Bob Ruer, Paul Dickson, Bill Mckim, Kirstin Rohrbach, Vincent Lieu, Carolyn Como, Dee Dee, Les Stewart, Vicki S, Mike Malampy, Vera And Izzy Williams, Mickey Eckert, Jim Logue, Tammy Cousin, Josette Gabel, Jeff Blank, Rick R., Leslie Schmauder, Wayne Chadourne, Bob Patterson, Al Sandal, Matt Holley, Tiffany Gibb, Chris Bauman, Duskin Henard, Sarah And Chris, Dave Carriere, Matt Wildey, Jeremy Reichelt, Terry Fleming, Patrick Broaddus, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu , Karen Bellamy, Ron Harper, Carla C, John Casey, Kelly Smith, Arlene Alejandro-mace, Annie Snodgrass, Mike Cerce, Scott Sangston, Walter Zornes, Ryan Cousin, Anastasia Macneil, Team Bonnie Sue, Erica Linnemann, Eric Enli, Hillary Waldroop, Vicki Britt, George Mundy Jr, Sharon Gilbert, Donald Purney, Donald Purney, Emily Hudson, Joseph M. Zafia, Janet T Thorn, Michelle, Thomas Higbee, Barclay Bakkum, Patti Mccaffrey, Jackie Graebel, Kay Moss, Caroline Burmester, John Warner, Susan Higginbotham, Nathan, Vicki Edwards, Dave Freemyer, Antoinette Leblanc, Heidi Goodhue, Margie Larmon, Mike Kaczanowski, Erin Loring, Peggy Saeger, Jane Johnson, Andrew Carrieri, The Modecki's, Diane Aromando, and Trish Roam!
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Challenge #373 Where in the world is this?

We are outside the parks this week
Where in the World #373
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 19th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, 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!

March 17, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Tomorrowland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Predicting the future is tough enough but when attractions are built showing the near future, time tends to catch up and even pass those attractions. Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress premiered during the 1964 World Fair, traveled back to Disneyland and then moved to its current location at the Magic Kingdom in 1975.

The first sections of the show usually do not need updating as their time is in the past. The last section is supposed to show modern day living and has been updated a few times over the show's run. The latest change has started to look dated to me. Even Grandma's Virtual Reality gaming device seem a bit "old".

Grandma playing a game in Tomorrowland's Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Grandma playing a game in Tomorrowland's Carousel of Progress.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV -0.3, 116mm focal length.

I would really like to see this updated using the turn of the 21st Century decades like the 1964 original did for the first decades of the 20th century. No matter what the future holds in store for the Carousel of Progress, I know it will always be a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.


March 18, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Tomorrowland

Deb's Digest Blog

This week's Pic of the Week is the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland! I couldn't find a photo I really liked so instead of one of my own... let's revisit the Tomorrowland of 1987! It is quite different from today!

Click on the image for a higher resolution photo~

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Hope you enjoyed this "blast from the past!"


March 22, 2015

Where in the World #374

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!

Spring began! I don't know about where you live, but Spring started here with a snowstorm. Oh the irony!

Mary Beth Tarbet, Susie Howard, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, and Claire Gregory. thanks for the wonderful note! And Team Hill, thanks for the Erin Go Bragh!

Barrie, I so miss you too! I hope we meet up again soon.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #373:
Where in the World #373

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

The T-REX Restaurant in the Disney Marketplace at Downtown Disney!

Noelle Gregory, good for you for helping your mom with the answer!

Eric Berger was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Tommy and to all our winners this week! Jennifer Rowell, Kristi Strembicki, Olszak Family, Phyllis, Ed Suscreba, The Kertes Family, Gloria Martin, Mary Beth Tarbet, Stefan Owens, Sandie Albrecht, Kris Nixon, Andrew Carrieri, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, Theresa Rucando, Kyra C., Linda Ranatza, Nan Amor, Jennifer Harmon, Ruben O'meara, The Rider Family, Carla C, Smitty, Carla C, Phil Vickers, Karen Schlumpf, Timothy Gallant, Karen Spreitzer, Herb Miller, Christi Ison, Melissa Such , Deb Ragno, Bob Patterson, Sharon Pierce, Tim Johansen, Bill Mckim, Steve Porter, Leslie Schmauder, Virginia Pierce, Maryann Eckenrode, Patti Mccaffrey, Jen Tremley, Lisa Lee, Kevin Jones , Ellen Sullivan, Lori Rienhardt, Elaine Kleinhenz, Jim Finley, Mary Dieuliis, Vanessa Stjohn, Liz Moreau , Tricia Petty, Christina Trigiani, K Beasley, Chris Kelly, Jim Nitschke, The Reichl Family, Hillary Waldroop, Brenda Atkinson, Carolyn Como, Mike O'brien, Angel, Team Hill, Cindy Blagg, Pat Schwier, Roxanne Kliebert, Jason Hocker, Dee Dee Kenney, Kenny, Stefanie Vandiver, Judy Simonsen, The Parker Family, Ed Adams, Deborah Wolfe, Krista Serpi, Eric Johnson, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, The Gunnels Gang, Les Whitten , Bruce Hinterleitner, Susie Howard, Andrew Eckert, Daniel Record, Mike Malampy, The Tisdale Family, Dawn Simpson, Maryann Romagnano, Maggie Biederman, Ronald Delorey, Linda College, Dave Freemyer, Jim Thompson, Richard Beverly, Susan Doucette, Susan Doucette, Hobbes And Snorky, Alan Waterbury, Alan Waterbury, Kristina Rohrbach, The Double Family, John Bickers, Evald Olson, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Anne Marie, Barrie, Maureen Handy, Les Stewart, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Grumpy's Groupies, Eric Enli, Mickey Eckert, Scott Greenbaum, Arlene Vicek, Maylee, Maylee Rudy, Bonnie, Ruth Senecal, Jairo Caso, Bob Wagner, The Long Family, Otts Family, Larry Sprenkle, Paul Dickson, Claire Gregory, Leach Family, Carol Ney, Emily Hudson, Shannon Murray, Kaitlyn Cordato And John Casey, John Warner, Team Bonnie Sue, Doug Olson Family, Jessica Gruhlke, Vera And Izzy Williams, Liz &Dave Fullerton, Amanda Campbell, Jeremy Hardy, Bruce Nash, Ed Elder, Matt Holley, Tricia Noble, Heather, Karen Costa, Jeremy Reichelt, Karrie Duffey, Melody Odonnell, Art Hutchinson, The Holmes Family, George Mundy Jr, Matthew Frey, Mark Proper, Beth Paczkowski, Pollyanna Buff, Vicki Britt, V Shearman, Matthew Jadro, Ron Harper, Kelly Smith, Sara Holloway, Ashley Deitchler, Darrell Shortt, Rene Hardiman, Tammy Cowley, Jayna Cowley, Michael Haeberle, Andreas Beer, Sands Family, Suzanne Denham, Lee Anastasi, The Filiater Family , Murr Family, Anastasia Macneil, Jason Skow, Cathy Connors, Paul Ignudo, Ken Savage, Mark Franklin, Rebecca Keenan, Rob Blundin, Schuyler Etheridge, Matt Earl, Ken Rhinehart, Jo Ann Bailey, Peggy Saeger, Kimberly And Adolph Timm, Jim Kovacs, Jackie Graebel, Christopher Thacker, Joseph M. Zafia, Thomas R. Higbee, Barclay Bakkum, Jean Bussell, John Paul Carnell, Caroline Burmester, Robert Wescovich, Heidi Goodhue, Jane Johnson, Sarah And Chris, Lynn Lofton, Shirley Garcowski, Wendy T Faler, Gallagher Family, Mike Cerce, Stacy Guarracino, Melodye Bostick, The Timekeeper , Erin Loring, Kerry A., and Wendy Barney!
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Challenge #374 Where in the world is this?

Going back inside a park!
Where in the World #374

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Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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March 24, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Adventureland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Have you ever noticed the attractions in Adventureland have elements of water as part of the story? Waterfall in the pre-show of the Enchanted Tiki Room and boats in Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise. While guests ride in the boats, it is what they experience...a trip into the time of pirates and a trip past an ancient idol on the Mekong river in Cambodia in Southeast Asia.

An ancient idol on the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
An ancient idol on the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise in Adventureland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 900, EV 0, 150mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with another Adventureland attraction featuring water.


March 25, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Adventureland

Deb's Digest Blog

There are many great things I love about Adventureland. It happens to be raining today as I write this, so I'm looking for bright colors! I think the most colorful attraction in Adventureland is the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. I love the various design elements and so for my Pic of the Week, I offer this collage... oh and beware of the spitting camel!

Aladin-m.jpg

March 27, 2015

Disney Social Media Cover Photos

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I am still an old photographer when it comes to the new age of Social Media. I often forget when I am photographing at Walt Disney World or some other fun destination to take pictures with the various cover images in mind. On my last trip, I made it a point to find locations or subjects suitable for the Social Media world.

As an example, when I was on Disney's Kilimanjaro Safari and the driver stopped for a few minutes near a few browsing Reticulated Giraffes, I took the opportunity to compose a photo so I could crop it later for either my FaceBook, Twitter or Google+ profile profile pages. Here is the resulting crop.

Reticulated Giraffe photographed on Disney's Kilimanjaro Safari in the Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Reticulated Giraffe photographed on Disney's Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/500s, f/4, ISO 160, EV +0.3, 120mm focal length, cropped.

These Social Media services sometimes change the sizes for their cover images so I will not give it out here. Check their support pages to verify current image sizes. If you go to my FaceBook page today, this is how it looks or looked with the giraffe:

FaceBook cover photo.
The author's FaceBook page is it appeared with the Giraffe from Disney's Animal Kingdom

FaceBook's cover photo is a good size. My personal blog is a bit harder. The header photo is 940 pixels wide by 198 pixels tall. A tricky size to work with. I used a wide angle lens around the parks and kept interesting subjects along the bottom third of the photos. I looked for subjects which would cover the entire length of the image in the viewfinder. This view of the Rivers of America from the Frontierland boardwalk did just that. Pictured is Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island with the Haunted Mansion and Liberty Belle riverboat in Liberty Square.

View of Tom Sawyer Island and Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
View of Tom Sawyer Island and Liberty Square.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 11mm focal length, cropped.

While I am late to the party, I keep Social Media sites in mind when traveling with my camera.

March 29, 2015

Where in the World #375

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!

The Gunnels Gang: thank you for the great note!

By the way, Players: you have some wonderful usernames! LOL

Now for Challenge #374:
Where in the World #374

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

It's a Hidden Mickey in the display racks at MouseGears! See how I clever I was, putting Mickey's face where it would be inside the Hidden Mickey? Not clever? Okay, I can roll with that.

This was much tougher than I thought it would be. I always feel guilty for the tough ones. :)
Christi Ison, aren't you glad you went for it? Yeah, you are!

Mary Beth Tarbet, I adore MouseGears too! I have to be dragged out! It's one of my top five of Walt Disney World shops!

Carol Ney was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Carol and to all our winners this week! Linda Ranatza, Team Hill, Daniel Record, Christi Ison, Emily Hudson, The Gunnels Gang , Cheryl Costello, Grumpy's Groupies, Pat Schwier, Anne Marie Cronin , The Tisdale Family, Kristina Rohrbach, Nan Amor, Mrsha Morris, Tinkerbell Wells, Tricia Petty, The Tisdale Family, Phyllis, Claire Gregory, Paul Knott, Ruben O'meara, Bill Mckim, Chris Kelly, Evald Olson, Paul Dickson, Carla C, Scott Greenbaum, Maureen Handy, The States Family, The Kertes Family, Ciarra Bertelmann, Kristan Bertelmann, Mickey Eckert, Nate The Great, Jim Finley, Rick R., Bob Patterson, Matt Holley, Jeremy Reichelt, Jennifer Harmon, Josh Carney, Herb Miller, Heidi Goodhue, Doug Olson Family, Ed Elder, Mary Beth Tarbet, George Mundy Jr, Mark Proper, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Jackie Graebel, Lisa Pinder, and Vicki Britt!
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Challenge #375 Where in the world is this?

Now we're in a different park! This should be much easier.
Where in the World #375

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

See you soon, 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!

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