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December 4, 2015

Christmas Vacation with All Ears

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney Princesses on the Ginger Bread House inside the Grand Flordian Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney Princesses on the Ginger Bread House inside the Grand Floridian Resort.

Scott is vacationing this week at Walt Disney World for the All Ears 20th/30th Event Weekend. Follow him on his Twitter feed @Scottwdw as he photographs all the fun Deb has cooked up and Christmas photos from all the parks.

December 6, 2015

Where in the World #410

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 Hanukkah to everyone celebrating!! Have a wonderful eight nights!
Smiley from Millan.Net Smiley from Millan.Net

Steve Knapp, are you in the World? Are you going to any of the AllEars' 20th Anniversary events? I hope you are having a magical time! Tell Mickey I leave in a week!

Jim & Lorie Sonnen, when do you go? Wow, it's like a Where in the World convention!

The Gunnels Gang, on the other hand, is on their way home. We all know what that's like. Do you need the Disney bear of comfort, Gunnels?

Claire Gregory, you need to give back the bear now. I saw you take it.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #409
Where in the World #409

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

It's Tiana's Showboat Jubilee aboard the Liberty Belle paddle boat in the Magic Kingdom! I loved this show and still miss it!

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Donna Frank, Melissa Such , Suzy Brabant, Sharon Pierce, Team Hill, Kye Layton, Ruben O'meara, Sarah And Chris, Larissa Huda, Evanna Huda, Claire Gregory, The Strukel Family, Kyra, Jeremy Hardy, Deb Ragno, Tim Johansen, Carla C, Luis Rodriguez, Maureen Handy, Hobbes And Snorky, Jamesd (dzneynut), Mickey Eckert, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Phyllis, Paul Dickson, Mark Donahue, Diane Curfman, Liz & Dave Fullerton, Tricia Noble, Elaine Tomko-deluca , Rob Blundin, Nan Amor, Kathryn Hughes, Emily Hudson, Jackie Graebel, The Gunnels Gang, Don Purney, Theresa Rucando, Vera and Izzy Williams!

One more thing before you go! It's time to announce the November winner! And that winner is: Kristi Strembicki! Congratulations, Kristi! I will be contacting you about getting your prize!
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Challenge #410 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks? Maybe, maybe not. :)

Where in the World #410

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 10th, 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!

December 8, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: All Ears 20th Anniversary

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Attended the All Ears Net/Mouse Fan Travel Anniversary Adventure inside the rotunda of the American Adventure at Epcot's World Showcase. Surrounded by lovely holiday garland and wreaths, me and a couple hundred guests enjoyed a buffet and special holiday performance of the Voices of Liberty, an a cappella group, singing Christmas Carols from around the World.

Voices of Liberty perform during the All Ears 20th Anniversary event in the American Adventure at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
All Ears fans and guests enjoy a performance of the Voices of Liberty during the All Ears 20th Anniversary event in the American Adventure.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length bounce flash.

As always, Deb and her crew put on a wonderful event.


December 11, 2015

Celebrating 20 Years of All Ears

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

All Ears founder Deb Wills celebrated her 20th year since launching her website featuring information about Walt Disney World last weekend. I attended two of the anniversary events starting with the Anniversary Adventure held in Epcot on Saturday.

All Ears guests checked in for the event and received their name tags and lanyards to give them access to the American Adventure pavilion later that evening.

All Ears staff members check in guests in front of the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
All Ears staff members Glo (third from left) and Cathy (far right) check in guests in front of the American Adventure pavilion before the Anniversary Adventure on Saturday, December 5, 2015.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.8, ISO 180, EV +0.3, 35mm Focal Length.

First, the group was escorted over to the America Gardens Theatre for a performance of the Candlelight Processional with Whoopi Goldberg as the narrator.

Whoopi Goldberg narrates the Candlelight Processional in the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot's World Showcase on Saturday, December 5, 2015, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Whoopi Goldberg narrates the Candlelight Processional in the America Gardens Theatre on Saturday, December 5, 2015.

After the Candlelight Processional, people attending the event were welcomed by All Ears founder, Deb Wills, and Mouse Fan Travel President, Beci Mahnken, as they entered the American Adventure to enjoy a buffet dinner under the rotunda of the pavilion.

Deb Wills and Beci Mahnken welcome guests to the rotunda of the American Adventure and the start of the Anniversary Adventure on Saturday, December 5, 2015, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
All Ears founder, Deb Wills (on left), and Mouse Fan Travel President, Beci Mahnken, welcome guests to the rotunda of the American Adventure and the start of the Anniversary Adventure celebrating 20 years of AllEars.net and 10 years of Mouse Fan Travel on Saturday, December 5, 2015.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

Deb kept promising special surprises for the night and one of them came out and took the stage. The a cappella group, Voices of Liberty, entertained us with a set of classic and international Christmas and holiday songs.

Voices of Liberty perform during the All Ears 20th Anniversary event in the American Adventure at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Voices of Liberty perform during the All Ears 20th Anniversary event in the American Adventure.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV 0, 32mm Focal Length.

Another surprise was the arrival of Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck's Uncle, who posed for photos with the guests.

Scrooge McDuck made a special appearance during the All Ears 20th Anniversary event in the American Adventure at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
All Ears founder Deb Wills and All Ears Editor Deb Koma pose for a photo with Donald Duck's Uncle, Scrooge McDuck.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, EV 0, 55mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

With dinner over, we were all escorted behind the Disney Traders shop for an Illuminations Dessert Party. I enjoyed a comfortable seat as I photographed on the rail using a tripod and remote shutter release. This time of year, Disney adds what is called the Holiday tag. If you have never seen it, look for it on youTube. Here is a part of it.

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth Holiday tag fireworks in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth Holiday tag fireworks.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1.6s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length, Tripod.

After Illuminations, the group then went on Soarin' while I took advantage of the time to photograph around World Showcase for future blog posts.

The next day, the All Ears crew convened for a Meet and Greet on the Tomorrowland Terrace in the Magic Kingdom. These are always fun and people can talk with All Ears authors like Hidden Mickey guy, Steve Barrett, founder Deb Wills, editor Deb Koma and others.

Steve Barrett poses for a photo with Deb Wills during a Meet and Greet event on the Tomorrowland Terrace in the Magic Kingdom on Sunday, December 6, 2015, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Steve Barrett, poses for a photo with All Ears founder, Deb Wills, during a Meet and Greet event on the Tomorrowland Terrace in the Magic Kingdom on Sunday, December 6, 2015.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 360, EV 0, 100mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

The highlight of many a Meet and Greet: the group shot.

Fans of All Ears gather during a Meet and Greet event on the Tomorrowland Terrace in the Magic Kingdom on Sunday, December 6, 2015, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Fans of All Ears gather during a Meet and Greet event on the Tomorrowland Terrace in the Magic Kingdom on Sunday, December 6, 2015.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/50s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV 0, 50mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

I now know how to make a group of Disney nuts excited. You just have to promise them a free Disney cruise. Not that they got one. ;-)

Another milestone was reached for All Ears. On to the next one in five years.

December 13, 2015

Where in the World #411

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!

Players, as you read this, I'm headed for Walt Disney World! AND! I'll be there Christmas Day!
I'm going to Disney World Smiley photo going-disney.gif

Grumpy's Groupies, I can't believe it: I arrive as you leave! :(

Marsha Waidelich went to AllEars' 20th Anniversary! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and I'm not jealous at all.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #410
Where in the World #410

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

Every player got this one right! The town of Tumbleweed at Big Thunder Mountain in the Magic Kingdom!

“Hold on to your hats and sunglasses...” Hold on to your pins too. One fell off my husband's hat and fell on the seat; I suddenly felt this pain in my posterior and thought a spring was poking me through the seat. When my husband saw Mickey's face looking out from my tushie, he laughed so hard he couldn't talk! Meanwhile, our friends behind us were thinking, “What are they DOING up there?” It's a whole new meaning to, “Have a Disney day!” :)

Deb Ragno, good for you! I would have been grinning right along with you as you rode this! Because every age is a good age to be a goober!

(Anyone else singing in their head, “Oh I'm a goofy goober yeah!” No, just me? Ok.)

Bruce Jones was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Bruce and to all our winners this week! Phyllis, Emily Hudson , Theresa Rucando, Sands Family, Linda Ranatza, The Kertes Family, Carol Ney, Pat Morin, Ken Savage, Sandie Albrecht, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Kristi Strembicki, Sharon Pierce, Tammy Warmouth , Mildred Popp, Ken Maikowski, Eric Berger, Elaine Kleinhenz, The Modecki's, Suzanne Denham, John Bickers, Sharon Powell, Claire Gregory, The Parker Family, Ken Jackson, Team Hill, Ashley Collins, Bob Patterson, Russ Morgan, The Rider Family, Christi Ison, Tina Gerbig, Kerry A., Jim Finley, Phil Vickers, Andreas Beer, Axel Beer, Andreas Beer, Angela Johns, Todd Johns, Kris Nixon, K Beasley, Todd Johns, Janet Spiess, Nan Amor, Kelly And Kim Sroka, Deb Gallo, Jack Lynch, Sarah And Chris, Maryann Eckenrode, Julie Whitsit, Melissa Such , Jim Thompson, Karen Dennison, Lee Anastasi, Pat Schwier, Matt Petty, Kimberly Langh, Melissa Rymer, Andrew Carrieri, Marsha Waidelich, Vera And Izzy Williams, Ellen Sullivan, Carla C, Julie Krebs, Chris L, Lyn Johnson, The Filiater Family, The Long Family, Kara Jones, Deb Ragno, Bethany Angermaier, Robert Wescovich, Adam, Andy Hickey, Lori Rienhardt, Jennifer Rowell, Bonnie Jean, Dianne Mcginty, Linda College, Evald Olson, Otts Family , Colleen Hildreth, Janet H., Paula Massarelli, Maureen Handy, Mark Donahue, Herb Miller, Ed Adams, Dave Freemyer , Grumpy's Groupies, Grumpy's Groupies, L Dean, Margaret Convery, Andrew Eckert, Les Stewart, Joann Scheerer, The Fosbenders, Burns Family, Jessica Polizzotto, Donna Frank, Team Bonnie Sue, Karen Schlumpf, Jim Logue, Jamesd (dzneynut), Mickey Eckert, Jeremy Hardy, Pollyanna Buff, Ed Suscreba, Jodi Cook, Ruth Senecal, The Tisdale Family, Jason Hocker, Laurie , Ruben O'meara, Steve Porter, Lynn Lofton, Arlene Vicek, Vincent Lieu, Stefan Owens, Lorine Landon, Janet T Thorn, Leach Family, Gloria Martin, Bill Mckim, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Luis Rodriguez, Ron Monaghan, Hunter Armstrong, Chloe Mayhew, Steve Knapp, Mike Mondoux , Josh Weiss, Kathy,brooke And Kennedy, Kyra, Paul Dickson, Martha Collins, Terry Fleming, Erin Hammer, Doug Olson Family, Teresa Funderburk, Tim Johansen, Carol Domangue , Jeff Blank, Brian Mcwithey, Melissa Littman, Theresa Maradei, Gabriella & Matthieu, Rob Hepler, Karen Ramirez, Joseph M. Zafia, Blake Schmidt, The Reichl Family, Wayne Chadourne, Andrew Pettit, Les Whitten, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Matt Holley, Chris Bauman, Nancy Crossman, Jillian Lassiter, Patrick Broaddus, Melody Odonnell, Maureen Tavrell, Chasady M, Marilyn Garfinkel, Mark Hardy, Wendy Barney, Jeremy Reichelt, Barbara Remele, Scott Greenbaum, Karrie Dufey, Kelly Smith, Matthew Frey, Cathy Connors, Colleen Hart, Caroline Burmester, Cheryl, Vicki Britt, Erin Loring, Matthew Jadro, The Holmes Family, Kathryn Hughes, John Pasqueralli, Bob Henriksen, The Patterson Family, Wendy T Faler, Rob Blundin, Paul Ignudo, Ed Hogan, Mike O'brien , Tommy Montgomery, Cheryl Costello, Diane Curfman, Pam Lorenz, Tim Thompson , Josette Gabel, Brenda Atkinson , Ronald Delorey, Hillary Waldroop, The DiEuliis family , David Crook, Matt Earl, Jamie Poynton, Smitty, Annie Snodgrass, Bob Hendrix, Jo Ann Bailey, Judy Simonsen, Don Purney, Barclay Bakkum, Robert P. Flaherty, Dee Dee Kenney, Sheila Bagg, David Ballard, Liz Moreau, Jackie Graebel , Gallagher Family, Jodi Shelton, Trish Babler, Rebecca Keenan, Mark Proper, Jane Johnson, Chris Kelly, Carol Baranowsky, John Foggo, John Warner, Stephanie B, Bill Cudney , Maryann Romagnano, Chuck Everson, George Mundy Jr, Margie Larmon, Michael Haeberle, Karen Bellamy, Belicia Cullen, Scott C., Scott Sangston, and Kim King!
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Challenge #411 Where in the world is this?

You may never have rode this attraction, but we all walk by it sooner or later. You can't miss it. Note: you are looking at the back of the ride vehicle.

Where in the World #411

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 17th, 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!

December 15, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Holiday Lights

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Frozen Holiday Wish returned to the Magic Kingdom for the 2015 holiday season. During the show, Queen Elsa uses her power and two hundred thousand LED lights to transform Cinderella Castle into a frozen palace. In my mind, this is the greatest Disney holiday light display.

Cinderella Castle as an ice palace in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle transformed into an ice palace in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/20s, f/8, ISO 800, EV -0.67, 28mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to show us a holiday light display from the past.


December 16, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Holiday Lights

Deb's Digest Blog

When I think of holiday lights at Walt Disney World, I can't help but remember the amazing Lights of Winter arch in Epcot. I was memorized by the synchronization of the lights, the fountains and the music. This may have been my first digital camera, not sure.

This photo was taken in 2001. Enjoy

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If anyone has photos or video they would like to share, please leave me a note in the comments below.

December 18, 2015

Goodbye to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

After a 20 year run, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios will go dark for the last time after the 2015 holiday season. Jennings Osborne, a Little Rock, Arkansas, businessman, began putting up lights at his residence in 1986, at the request of his young daughter. Each year, Jennings would add more lights and displays. By 1993, the display had grown so large and popular, Osborne's neighbors filed suit to shut it down because the traffic congestion was a concern if emergency vehicles were ever needed in the neighborhood.

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the Streets of America in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights takes its final bow at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2015.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/50s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV 0, 135mm focal length.

The legal issues came to the attention of Walt Disney World officials who offered to move the lights to its Residential Street in what was then called Disney-MGM Studios. Jennings was a fan of the park and agreed. In 1995, the Osborne Lights came to Walt Disney World.

Over the years, Disney slowly shutdown the Residential Street and moved the lights to the Streets of America. Imagineers swapped out the lights with LED technology and relays so the lights could "dance" to favorite Christmas songs and music.

The Spectacle of Lights includes (more or less): 5 million lights, 32 miles of extension cables, 66 snow machines using 100 gallons of snow fluid a night and 43 Hidden Mickeys.

Knowing this was going to be my last time seeing the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights earlier this month, I wanted to photograph not only the wide views of the display but the many details found along the streets and alleys of the Streets of America.

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights details on the Streets of America in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Details.

Starting from the top left and going clockwise, Fire Hydrant leaking water, Phone Booth or a Tardis for Dr. Who fans with a snowman wearing a bluetooth, Stitch on a tire swing and the table outside Tony's restaurant setup for Lady and the Tramp's date.

The view down San Francisco Street is just as impressive as the view down New York Street. The overhead canopy of lights flashes and changes colors to the music during one of the many "shows".

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on San Francisco Street in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on San Francisco Street.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/5, ISO 3200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

I was not the only one photographing or videoing the lights, smartphone and tablets (which did not exist 20 years ago) were held high anytime a musical show would start. In between, people were taking photos of everything or getting in a PhotoPass line to get themselves, families and large groups one last photo of the largest Christmas light display started by an individual.

A guest uses a tablet to record the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A guest uses a tablet to record the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/5, ISO 3200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

As excited as I am for all the new things coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios, I will miss the Osborne Lights. Who knows, maybe they will reappear someday.

Here is an early photographic gift for you. This link will take you to a post with more links to more posts with even more links on how to photograph Christmas lights outside and inside to bring even more joy to your holiday photography this season. Enjoy!

Christmas Light Photography

December 20, 2015

Where in the World #412

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!

To all who celebrate, Merry Christmas with a Florida touch:
Smiley from Millan.Net

And have a wonderful Boxing Day in the UK!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Christi Ison, you sang it with me! I knew I wasn't alone! We're all Goofy Goobers, Yeah!

Now for Challenge #411
Where in the World #411

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

Tomorrowland Speedway! We're looking at the back of the car and a friend of mine is looking back at us.


Bruce Jones was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Bruce and to all our winners this week! Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Andy Hickey, The Fosbenders, Kristi Strembicki, Margaret Convery, Nan Amor, Ken Maikowski, Eric Berger, The Kertes Family, Vincent Lieu, The Modecki's, Kerry A., Ed Suscreba, Jim Finley, Susie Howard, Elaine Kleinhenz, Herb Miller, Karen Schlumpf, Josh Weiss, Sandie Albrecht, Andrew Carrieri, K Beasley, Dee Dee Kenney, Team Hill, Sharon Pierce, Jennifer Bowling, Ellen Sullivan, Adam Lucas, Laura V., Bienchenbibi, Dave Freemyer , Andreas Beer, Steve Porter, Jack Lynch, Tommy Montgomery, Carol, Hunter Armstrong, James Stemmer, Axel Beer, Paula Massarelli, Marcelo Fonseca, Leach Family, Vanessa Stjohn, Brian Miller, Jessica Abner , The Tisdale Family, Andrew Eckert, Lee Anastasi, Chris Horne, Russell Bennett, Marsha Waidelich, The Rider Family, Tammy Warmouth , Emily Hudson , Erin Dunford, Chris Lucca, Kathy Jenkins , Phil Vickers, Gina Falzone , Janet H., Belicia Cullen, The Reichl Family, Scott C. , Mark Deroia, Deb Ragno, Ken Savage, Sarah And Chris, Jean Debenedetto, Andy Glantzman , Otts Family, Tricia Petty , Maryann Eckenrode, Clifford Wright, Tia P Turner, Lori Rienhardt, Mark Burden, Gloria Martin, Carla C, Robert Wescovich, Chasady Mirkes, Jennifer Rowell, Katina, Katina Dehart, Heather Bachelor, Liz Moreau , Luis Rodriguez, Ruth Senecal, Ronnie Alvarado, Jamie Fahey, Theresa Rucando, Mark Donahue, Jerry Werner, Phyllis, Cathy Connors, Karen Adamakis, Melissa Such , Deb Gallo, Russ Morgan, The Burns Family, Mickey Eckert, Kara Jones, Joseph M. Zafia, Suzanne Denham, The Gunnels Gang, Pat Schwier, Maureen Handy, Matt Wildey , Meghan Gleason-vollmer, Eric Johnson, Pauline Curry, Chuck Everson, Brenda Atkinson , Sharon Justus, Doug Olson Family, Jeff Watson, Kyra, Linda College, Crystal Tremblay, Jane Johnson, Jason Hocker, Les Stewart, Ruben O'meara, Hobbes And Snorky, Cindy O'dell, Tom Koval, Chloe Mayhew, Ken Daube, Todd Johns, Sara Herington, Kris Nixon, Gary Drake, Tammy Lambin , Jim Thompson, Claire Gregory, The States Family, Ashley Collins, Dennis O'reilly, Bill Mckim, Team Bonnie Sue, Donna Frank, Tim Johansen, Bonnie Jean, Stefan Owens, John Bickers , Elaine Tomko-deluca , Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Corey Marino, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Lyn Johnson , Erin Hammer, Lorie Miller, Roxanne, Amy Guerrini, Bob Hendrix, Larry Sprenkle, Evald Olson, Liz & Dave Fullerton, L Dean, Krista Serpi, The Filiater Family, Melissa Littman, Patti Mccaffrey, Sara Parker, Martha Collins, Linda Scrivano, Christi Ison, Gabriella & Matthieu, Linda Lundsten, Double Family, Elon Kaplan, Shannon Murray, Kelly Lowe, Jeff Blank, Tara, Megan Krainski, Tj, Bethany Angermaier, Jason Skow, Diane Curfman, Josette Gabel, Rick R., Mike Karns, Morag Lemon, Janet T Thorn, Rob Blundin, Matt Holley, Amanda Campbell, Patrick Broaddus, Melody Odonnell, Matthew Frey, Paul Ignudo, Christopher Hall, Caroline Burmester, Terry Fleming, Karrie Duffey, Andrew Pettit, Jeremy Reichelt, Lenz Family, Mark Hardy, Les Whitten, Ronald Delorey, Diane Furtado, Vicki Britt, Rebecca Keenan, Becky Norman, Christopher Thacker, Wendy T Faler, Michael Dale Pennington, The Patterson Family, John Pasqueralli, Scott Greenbaum, Ron Nufranick, Wendy Barney, Dave Carriere, Cynthia Hitchcock, Gina Lawton, Jason, Paul Dickson, Angela Johns, Janet Peirano, Steve Knapp, Brian Yesutis, Jessica Polizzotto , Pam Lorenz, Theresa Maradei, Bob Patterson, Mary Beth Tarbet, Jillian Lassiter, Mark Proper, Ruth Woodhouse, Scott Sangston, Renee Hardiman, Smitty, Mike Cerce, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Tom Higbee. Sr, Jackie Graebel, Barclay Bakkum, Sheila Bagg, Frances Donahue, The Holmes Family, Jean Bussell, Brian Gallant, Christy Schor, Don Purney, Hillary Waldroop, Matt Earl, Brian Richmond, Deborah Sims, Jackie Klafeta, Lisa Cash, Jo Ann Bailey, Barbara Ingram, April Haddock, Carri Marotto, Jamie Poynton, George Mundy Jr, Annie Snodgrass, John Foggo, Gallagher Family, and Mike Gillardi!
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Challenge #412 Where in the world is this?

We are outside the parks, but just about everybody has been in this area, even if you're a resort guest. Hint: it's a sign.

Where in the World #412

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 24th, 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
_______________________________________________________________________

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

December 22, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Christmas

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Main Street Trolley Show in the Magic Kingdom takes on holiday theme around Christmas time (which for Disney starts after Halloween and goes through December). The show features Christmas songs and dance routines. The performers have on holiday colors and festive smiles. They still go Clang-Clang down Main Street USA but not until the very end.

Holiday version of the Main Street Trolley Show in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Holiday version of the Main Street Trolley Show.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/10, ISO 100, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Deb will be here tomorrow for her Disney Christmas photo.

December 23, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Christmas

Deb's Digest Blog

I went back into my archives for this 1972 Christmas Parade photo from the Magic Kingdom:

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Merry Christmas to all !

December 25, 2015

Disney Christmas Wish 2015

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the Streets of America in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Merry Christmas from the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/4.5, ISO 3200, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 27, 2015

Where in the World #413

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 New Year, everyone!
Smiley from Millan.Net

I missed wishing our Canadian Players a Happy Boxing Day!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Grumpy's Groupies, I added you to the winners list for last week. Sorry about that!

I usually make up the weekly challenge on Fridays, but I forgot to do it on Christmas. So! Here I am, in the car on the way home from our Disney vacation and creating this week's challenge. LOL

Now for Challenge #412
Where in the World #412

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

It's a monorail sign at the Ticket and Transportation Center! With the well loved saying, “Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas!”

Smitty, another sign lover! I'm just like you!

Janet Spiess was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Janet and to all our winners this week! Laura V., Sands Family, The Tisdale Family , Carla C, Bruce Jones, Jennifer Rowell, Mike Mondoux, Linda Ranatza, Ken Savage, Carol Ney, Kristi Strembicki, Melissa Such , The Fosbenders, Brian Grim, Gina Falzone , Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Sharon Pierce, The Long Family, The Kertes Family, Maryann Eckenrode, Mary Beth Tarbet, The Parker Family, Kevin Mclaughlin, Kerry A., Pat Schwier, Eric Berger, Herb Miller, Jennifer Pichert , Chad Coppess, Otts Family, Cheryl Costello, Karen Schlumpf, Eric Johnson, Sandie Albrecht, Lee Anastasi, Andrew Carrieri, Leach Family, Colette Stanton , Carol Jones, Ed Suscreba, Team Hill, Kris Nixon, Elaine Kleinhenz, The Gunnels Gang, K Beasley, Joe Calomeni, Deb Ragno, Wendy Barney, Tricia Petty, Tammy Warmouth, Bill Mckim, Mark Donahue, Sarah And Chris, Ken Maikowski, Janet H., Lori Rienhardt, Claire Gregory, Margaret Convery, Ruben O'meara, Maureen Handy, Vera And Izzy Williams, Bonne Jean , Andy Hickey, Kevin Williams, Joann Albrecht, Jason Hocker, Kyra, John Warner, Sara Parker, Melissa Rookard, Evald Olson, Emily Hudson, Mickey Eckert, Makayla Daube, U Mark Nicholson , Michaela O'brien , Les Stewart, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Ashley Collins, Team Bonnie Sue, Nan Amor, Janet T Thorn, Mike O'brien, Stefan Owens, Larry Sprenkle, Carolyn Como, Melody Odonnell, Belicia, Scott C., Paul Dickson, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Frances Donahue, Chad Citro, Cindy O'dell, Paula Massarelli, Theresa Maradei, Kathy Davies, Phyllis, The Filiater Family, Luis Rodriguez, Gloria Martin, Bethany Angermaier, Dawn, Jeff Blank, Linda Lundsten, Liz & Dave Fullerton, Jim Finley, Jillian Lassiter, Tricia Noble, Matt Holley, Vicki Britt, Linda Scrivano, Matthew Frey, Theresa Rucando, Karrie Duffey, Mark Hardy, Jeremy Reichelt, Charleen Still, Wendy T Faler, Rebecca Keenan, Smitty, Tim Johansen, Linda Dixon, Scott Sangston, Dale, Kelly Smith, Hobbes And Snorky, Pollyanna Buff, Grumpy's Groupies, Martha Collins, Joseph M. Zafia, George Mundy Jr, Andreas Beer, Deborah Wolfe, Rob Blundin, Don Purney, Jodie S., Barclay Bakkum, Jim Thompson, Heidi Goodhue, Arlene Vicek, Arlene Vicek, Amanda Campbell, Liz Moreau , Mary And Damian Dieuliis, William Allhusen, Patrick Broaddus, Lisa Cash, Caroline Burmester, Matt Earl, Margie Larmon, Jane Johnson, Gabriella & Matthieu, Les Whitten, Gallagher Family, Nathan, and Jessica Polizzotto!
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Challenge #413 Where in the world is this?

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Where in the World #413

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December 29, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Goodbye to 2015

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As the Norway pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase prepares for Frozen Ever After, we bid goodbye to the Maelstrom boat ride through Norway's lore, wildlife and off shore oil platforms. Before boarding the longboats, the queue was overlooked by huge murals giving a preview of the ride's scenes.

Mural in the queue to ride the Maelstrom in Epcot's Norway pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mural in the queue to ride the Maelstrom.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/20s, f/2.2, ISO 1600, EV +1.0.

Deb will be here tomorrow to give her Goodbye to 2015.


December 30, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Goodbye to 2015

Deb's Digest Blog

I've been thinking about this one for a while. I toyed with doing a collage of all the things that we said goodbye to, in 2015.

But as I look at Walt Disney World in a broader sense I've decided that my 2015 Goodbye is to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Its a far cry from the DISNEY MGM Studios that opened and in 2016.....

...the park will embark on major change the likes of which we can only imagine right now. What will remain? What will be re-themed? What will be new? What will disappear?

preview-disney-mgm-studios.jpg

What will you miss most from the Disney MGM Studios and Disney's Hollywood Studios and why ??? Leave a comment for me below.

Did you visit this Preview Center? I'd love to see photos of everything including the model.

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