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March 1, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Macro

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I do not own a Macro (or Micro in Nikon speak) lens and have never brought one to Walt Disney World. It would be interesting to explore Disney through such a lens. Imagine the detail you could find with one.

Like last week, you can get a Macro like image by cropping which is what I did below with the butterfly I found one day in Epcot's World Showcase. With insects, you have to be patient and wait for them to stop moving long enough to get a good, sharp image.

Butterfly on a flower bush in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Butterfly on a flower bush in Epcot's World Showcase.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length, cropped.

In the past on my personal photography blog, I have explored a few ways to create Macro images: Close Up Photography 101

I rented a true Macro (Micro) lens once, too: Weekend with Macro

Here are more Macro tips: Quick Overview of How to do Macro Photography

Many smartphones and cameras today have Macro capabilities and settings. Check to see if your's does.

Deb will share her peek at a small world tomorrow.

March 2, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Macro er Mulligan

Deb's Digest Blog

Yes, while the official theme of this week's Disney Pic of the Week is Macro; I changed mine to Mulligan. It is a golf term that basically means "I'm taking a do over".

I tried taking numerous photos with my macro setting on the camera and compared the photos to the regular settings and I saw no difference. So, I'm going to keep practicing and sometime in the future I'll return with my "do over" for Macro!

In the mean time, I'll leave you with one of my favorite photos from the month of February. I finally had the chance to meet Rapunzel and we had "The Best Day Ever!"

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March 4, 2016

Port of Call: Castaway Cay

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney Dream cruise ship docked at Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Disney Dream cruise ship docked at Castaway Cay.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/29, ISO 720, EV -0.3, 45mm focal length.

Scott is on vacation this week cruising on the Disney Cruise Line with a stop at Castaway Cay. We are sure there will be many Konk Koolers consumed in his travels. Scott will be back next week and sharing his adventures from the Caribbean.

March 6, 2016

Where in the World #423

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!

Jeff Blank, have a wonderful trip!!

Now for Challenge #422
Where in the World #422

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

Inside the Seven Dwarfs' cottage at the end of the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction.

Jim & Lorie Sonnen were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie Sonnen and to all our winners this week! Ed Elder, Kristi Strembicki, Mary Beth Tarbet, Jennifer Pichert, Kris Nixon, The Modecki's, Ed Suscreba, Donna Frank, The Gunnels Gang, Tim Johansen, Joseph M. Zafia, Les Whitten, Claire Gregory, Eric Berger, Mike Haeberle , Janet Spiess, Sarah And Chris, Stephen Reilly, Crystal King , The Otts Family, Leach Family, Ronnie Alvarado, Kate Nejman, Ken Savage, The Strukel Family, Kerri Coggins, Luis Rodriguez, Patty Carty, James Steele , Eric Johnson, Chris Kelly, Vera And Izzy Williams, The Kertes Family, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Karen Ramirez, Paul Dickson, Linda Lundsten, Ed Krol, Hobbes And Snorky, Gina Falzone , Scott Mcbride, Pam Lorenz, Mary Coleman, Robert Wescovich, Alex Gamill, Hillary Waldroop, Andrew Carrieri, Kenny, Tricia Petty, Diane Curfman, Maureen Handy, Mike Malampy (Malampy Benco Family), Mickey Eckert, Tricia Noble, Jillian Lassiter, Matt Holley, Carri Marotto, Matthew Frey, Evanna Huda, Rob Blundin, Erin Hammer, Chris Bauman, Ken Maikowski, Smitty, Kathryn Hughes, Mark Donahue, Frances Donahue, Nancy Doty, Kyra, Cameron Lange, Chris Bourassa, Mike Rotkiske, Theresa Rucando, Don Purney, Jared Orth, Jane Johnson, Jackie Klafeta, George Mundy Jr, Barclay Bakkum, Emily Hudson, Dave Carriere, Michelle Palazzo, Jeff Blank, and Vicki Britt!

Time for the monthly drawing and the winner is: Vicki Britt! Congratulations! You will be receiving a prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #423 Where in the world is this?

Let me give a better description this week: these are everywhere in the parks, maybe even in Disney Springs and the resorts. So this is just one of them. You may have never used one, like me, but you've seen them.

So just tell me what it is; you don't need to give a location .

Where in the World #423

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

March 8, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Yesterland Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

First, let me define what "yesterland" photos are to me. It is any Disney photo I took before I purchased my first digital SLR camera in 2005. In other words, I fired up my scanner and went through a bunch of prints I have in photo albums and boxes for this series. Deb and I will be sharing yesterland photos from each of Walt Disney World's parks over the next four weeks.

My first photo is from the 1992 Magic Kingdom parade called the Surprise Celebration Parade which has part of Walt Disney World's 20th anniversary.

King Mickey float in the 1992 Surprise Celebration Parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
King Mickey float in the 1992 Surprise Celebration Parade in the Magic Kingdom.

My thanks go to Jim Korkis' article Walt Disney World Chronicles: The 20th Anniversary for the following information:

Towering 35 to 40 feet, a series of larger-than-life inflated Disney characters would be the centerpiece of a new parade called the "Surprise Celebration Parade". These balloons were cold-air filled, meaning there was no helium used. These huge figures were "borrowed" and refitted from Disneyland's "Party Gras" parade the previous year, which had celebrated Disneyland's 35th birthday.

Actually, once they were placed on the floats, the entire float unit was 55 to 65 feet high and towered above the Magic Kingdom's Main Street USA.

For Walt Disney World, there would be a surprise Grand Marshal each day, selected from the park visitors, leading the procession. The Grand Marshal group rode on the Roger Rabbit float that began the parade. To tie in with the festivities' theme, Roger wore a jester's cap, something he did not wear at Disneyland.

He was followed by Minnie Mouse's float, which was unchanged from its Disneyland appearance. Goofy's was unchanged as well. However, Disneyland's Sorcerer Mickey Mouse was transformed into King Mickey and Donald Duck no longer wore a party hat, but played the drum.

There were floats without balloons, like one featuring a pineapple and King Louie and Baloo the bear from the film "Jungle Book". Chip 'n' Dale rode on palm tree carts.

Deb will be here tomorrow as she visits her Magic Kingdom yesterland.

March 11, 2016

Disney Magic Cruising

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Upon walking on to the Disney Magic, the first ship of the Disney Cruise Line, I immediately compared it to the Disney Dream which I had been on several times. That comparison makes the Disney Magic feel small and is not fair. I found the Disney Magic different and smaller but just as enjoyable to cruise on.

Lobby of the Disney Magic cruise ship, Port Canaveral, Florida
Lobby of the Disney Magic cruise ship.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 2500, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

Each Disney Cruise Line ship has a character statue. For the Disney Magic, Helmsman Mickey Mouse is based on the eight foot tall Man at the Wheel statue at the Fisherman’s Memorial in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Helmsman Mickey statute in the lobby of the Disney Magic cruise ship, Port Canaveral, Florida
Helmsman Mickey statute in the lobby of the Disney Magic cruise ship.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 4500, EV 0, 20mm Focal Length.

Earlier in the day of my cruise, the Disney Cruise Line announced two new ships coming to the fleet. During the Adventure Away party and show, they repeated the announcement with characters, streamers and graphics on the Funnelvision.

Adventure Away party and show on the Disney Magic cruise ship, Port Canaveral, Florida
Adventure Away party and show on the Disney Magic cruise ship.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/160s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

Our three night cruise only had one Port of Call which was Disney Cruise Lines' private island of Castaway Cay. The weather for our stop was warm and partly sunny in the morning. Later more clouds rolled in with a cool breeze. The photo of the moored Disney Magic pretty much shows it. Did not stop me from enjoying doing the morning 5K, Serenity Bay adult beach and Cookies II BBQ.

Disney Magic cruise ship moored at Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Disney Magic cruise ship moored at Castaway Cay.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 500, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

Like the Disney themeparks, Cast Members are one of the big reasons why my family and others give high marks for entertainment and service on Disney cruise ships. Below are a few which made my cruise memorable.

Disney Magic Cast Members
Disney Magic Cast Members.

Going clockwise from top left: Bartenders work to fill guest drink orders behind the Singles bar, server puts on a napkin hat on a guest in Carioca's restaurant, cast member poses with a guest at Serenity Bay BBQ on Castaway Cay and Deputy Leader cast member for the emergency evacuation drill before leaving port.

Other notable activities I enjoyed was Tangled, the Musical stage show, nightly entertainment in Fathoms with host Matt from England, seeing the 3-D version of Zootopia in the Walt Disney Theatre and relaxing on deck with a book and a drink.

March 13, 2016

Where in the World #424

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!

Donna Frank is on a cruise! I know you're having a wonderful time! And thank you to you and your daughter, Kristi for that lovely note!

Some of us are celebrating Saint Patrick's Day this week!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Jeff Blank's back! And he brought something for everyone for Puerto Rico! Whoo hoo!

Now for Challenge #423
Where in the World #423

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

A Pressed Penny Machine! This particular one is at Country Bear Jamboree, in case you're interested. A friend just showed me her collection; I think I missed out on something! :)

Bruce Hinterleitner were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Bruce and to all our winners this week! Ed Hogan, Carol Ney, Mike O'brien , Donna Frank, Emily Hudson , Linda Scrivano, Michaela O'brien , Melissa Such , Gloria Martin , Donna Frank, Tricia Petty, Jan Rosato, Mary Beth Tarbet, Wendy T Faler, Jennifer Pichert , Phyllis, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, The Modecki's, Linda Ranatza, Linda College, Mike Walter, Team Hill, Olszak Family, Suzanne Denham, Kertes Family, Hunter Armstrong, The Yorks, Kristi Strembicki, Luis Rodriguez, Eric Berger, Lori Rienhardt, The Parker Family, Kris Nixon, The Gunnels Gang, Bob Patterson, Wayne Chadourne, Tammy Warmouth , Karen Adamakis, Mildred Popp, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Judy Simonsen, Sharon Powell, Theresa Rucando, Emma Ramsey, Vicki Britt, Sandie Albrecht, Karen Taylor, Vera And Izzy Williams, Chris Kelly, Sharon, Doug Reichl, Andy Hickey, Paul Dickson, Double Family, Ken Maikowski, Belicia, Claire Gregory, Scott C., Patty Carty, Carla C, Barbara Ajak, Christi Ison, Deb Ragno, Stephen Martin, Cheryl Costello, Joe Calomeni, Jim Finley, Jason Skow, Carol Gamill, Brendan Abel, Janet Spiess, Paula Massarelli, Tina G., Debra Lang, Andreas Beer, Carol Lyons, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Kathy Witt, Susan Higginbotham, Margaret Convery, Brittany Jaynes, James Mika, Meghan Enos, Desiree James, Christine Brown, Tina Gottron, Vanessa Stjohn, Mary Coleman, K Beasley, Andrew Eckert, Joyce Shipman, Arlene Vicek, Jessica Smith, Stacie Doughty , Kye Layton, Jennifer Rowell, Sarah And Chris, Mary Diehl, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Scott Tatelman, Dee Dee Kenney, Christina Trigiani, Julie Signor, Bud Luskus, The Fosbenders, Dick Smith, Vickie Smialkowski, Carolyn Pryor, Erin Loring, Carolyn Pryor, Chris Horne, Eric Johnson, Ron Nufranick, Rachel Melendez , Pamela Smith, Frank Souder, Breanna Kivett , Mike Haeberle, Mark Donahue, Ken Savage, Jodi Cook, Matt Petty, Renee Hardiman, Leach Family, Sharon Grimm, Barbara Spear, Ruth Woodhouse, Dennis O'reilly, Michelle Hunter , Ruben O'meara, Hobbes And Snorky, Ken Brownell, Robert Wescovich, Mike Mondoux, Janet H., Team Bonnie Sue, Evald Olson, Patricia Harper , Sara Parker, Steve Knapp, Gregory Zalesak, Ron Jay, Carol Jones, Dave Freemyer , Tim Johansen, Karen Bracegirdle, Lindi Dage, Carol Baranowsky, Theresa Rosenberg, Deb Gallo, Tom Koval, Sarah Thomas , Martha Collins, Matt Wildey , Kate Nejman, Krista Serpi, Kerri Coggins, Janet T. Thorn, Kyra, Mark Hardy, Susan Doucette, Susie Howard, Kyran Smith, Tracy Discher, The Tisdale Family , Linda Lundsten, Mary Tougas, Duskin Henard, Wendy Bedard, Kara D & Jay R, The Harper Family, Cori Wright, Cori Wright, Stefan Owens, Stefanie Vandiver, Brenda, Bonnie Jean, Todd Johns, Angela Johns , Patty Norman, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Brian Mcwithey, John Bickers, The Otts Family, The Long Family, Hillary Waldroop, Ann Muckle, Kenny, France's Donahue, James Steele, Melissa Littman, Mike Amor, Larry Sprenkle, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Maureen Handy, Emily Drummond , Herb Miller, Kelley, Josh Weiss, Hoekzema Family, Jim, Ken Jobin, Bob Hendrix, Stemmer Family, Keith Loving, Grumpy's Groupies, Ruth Senecal, Wendy Barney, Karen Nablo, Tami H., Justin Hooper, Jessica Gruhlke, Carolyn Como, Karen Costa, Pam Lorenz, Nancy Doty, Ben M, Josette Gabel, Colleen Ringer, Jeremy Hardy, Tommy Montgomery, Bill, Kameo Crea, Joseph M. Zafia, Michelle Wolfson, Eric Enli, Robert Hildebrandt, Blake Schmidt, Shannon Lamott , Janet Peirano, Cameron Lange, Smitty, Jillian Lassiter, Dennis Loring, Kalah Gonzalez , Alison Rosenberger, Nancy Crossman, Karen Aguiar, Karrie Duffey, Mel Odonnell, Carri Marotto, Matthew Frey, Jacki Mabey, Caroline Burmester, Jeremy Reichelt, Chris Bauman, Kelly Smith, Jamie Poynton, Carol Sheaff, Matt Holley, Mark Proper, Tammy Cousin, Barbara, Erin Hammer, Rob Blundin, Matt Earl, Kathryn Hughes, Scott Sangston, Jamie, Glenn Meyer, Andrew Pettit, Paul Ignudo, Will Gates, Patti Mccaffrey, Laura Kavulich, Jim Thompson, Jolynn Digiallonardo, Cheryl Edwards, Jason Hocker, Ashley Collins, Diane Curfman, Cynthia Hitchcock, Jim Mis, Jodie S., Karen Kennedy, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Mickey Eckert, Maryann Romagnano, Jennifer Kirk, Charlene Labrano, Patrick Broaddus, Dave Carriere, Curtis Bille, Bobbie , Danielle Williamson, Mike Gillardi, Pollyanna , Kathy, Brooke and Kennedy, Annie Snodgrass, Les Whitten, April Haddock, Andrew Carrieri, Theresa Maradei, Sheila Bagg, Barb Welshhans, Amanda Garrett, Bobby Welshhans, Kim Wolfe, Jared Orth, Kyle Burdo, Sue Rumsey, Caitlin Lewis, Sharon Leitgeb, Tom Higbee, Maryann Daly, Jamesd (dzneynut), Sherry Trapp, Christy Schor, Jean Bussell, Shirley Garcowski, Don Purney, The Patterson Family, Stacy Guarracino, David Ballard, Barclay Bakkum, Tom Cesareo, Jackie Graebel, Les Stewart, Gallagher Family, Michelle Palazzo, Kevin Jones, Jim Udelhofen, Margie Larmon, Rachel Hoover, Schuyler Edge, George Mundy Jr, Jane Johnson, Jo Ann Bailey, Rebecca Keenan, and Jeff Blank!
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Challenge #424 Where in the world is this?

I love this girl! You don't get to see her that much anymore at Walt Disney World, but here she is making an appearance! So don't bother with saying where she is, just who she is!

Where in the World #424

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

March 15, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Yesterland Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Of all the changes that has occurred at Walt Disney World since I started visiting back in 1983, Future World in EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow) as it was known then has changed the most. In my opinion, not for the better. I remember it as a place of hope and openess. The plazas around the lands were open just like I envisioned future cities to be. The monorails moving quietly overhead and around the futuristic buildings. Walking through the gates and up to Spaceship Earth's geodesic sphere was humbling and exciting. Today, the plazas have been closed in with paths and the Leave a Legacy stones. I hear guests thought the openess made the park feel to large and intimdating.

I really miss the EPCOT symbol water sculpture in front of Spaceship Earth. Today, there is nothing but a rock water fountain. While it is nice, I feel there should be something more there...like it was in 1989.

Epcot symbol water sculpture in front of Spaceship Earth in 1989, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Epcot symbol water sculpture in front of Spaceship Earth in 1989.

Tomorrow, Deb is combining her Yesterland's posts for the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Some really cool stuff!

March 16, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Yesterland Epcot

Deb's Digest Blog

I love Walt Disney World history and so I was very excited when my friend Kay told me she had found a huge collection of her WDW photos from the 1980s! Here's some information on Epcot's Daredevil Circus 1987-1988.

One of the finds were photos of Elephants in Epcot! Kay remembered there was a Daredevil Circus that not only included the elephants but also trapeze acts and much more.

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As we talked I recalled a flyer I had from the 80s which talked about the circus.

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A google search turned up several articles on the Daredevil Circus as well as some video.
One of the articles I found, written by Lenn Millbower a former Cast Member, actually called it a "spectacular disaster" due to the tremendous amounts of problems with the show.

"That’s why, those of us who worked in Future World at Epcot in the 1980s —this Examiner was an operations lead—were surprised to learn that the beloved CommuniCore Fountain would be torn up and replaced with a stage for a circus so it could support “36,000 pounds of elephant pachyderm.” We were also told that the beautiful fountain would never return. ... And the fountain? It was rebuilt and runs to this day." (http://www.examiner.com/article/a-ground-level-view-of-the-epcot-daredevil-circus-spectacular-disaster)

Here is one the the Disney Photos that was used in promotion of the show:

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Here are links to the videos I found on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3pTRxr4U58
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw8tQZUuZdE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY58CMPYYBo

So while this Yesterland Epcot blog does not contain my own photos, I hope you will find the information as interesting as I did.

March 18, 2016

Flower and Garden Festival Monorails

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Colorful flowers on land and water at the annual Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Colorful flowers on land and water at the annual Flower and Garden Festival.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 160, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length, Panorama.

I spent a day recently at Epcot's annual Flower and Garden Festival. I wanted to capture the beauty and color of the festival. Above, I used four photographs stitched together to create a panoramic. As much as I like this photo and it does show how colorful Epcot gets, it is missing an important element which would make you think "That's Epcot" immediately. In the photos below, I waited and captured it.

Monorail Yellow moves over the Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Monorail Yellow moves over the Flower and Garden Festival.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 180, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

Monorail Yellow was a bit shaded and I dodged (lightened) it a little to pull out its color. After taking this photo, I walked over to the path between the Imagination pavilion and World Showcase to get a front lighted photo of the next monorail. Notice the difference in the exposures.

Monorail Green moves over the Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Monorail Green moves over the Flower and Garden Festival.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

Monorails come through the Epcot loop more or less on a regular basis. A lot depends on how busy the parks are as to how often you see a monorail moving overhead as you walk around Future World. On this day, these two monorails ran ten minutes apart.


March 20, 2016

Where in the World #425

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!

Matthew Frey, thanks for the nice note!

Now for Challenge #424
Where in the World #424

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

Princess/President/Racer Vanellope von Schweetz! She's waving to the crowd as she drives her gingerbread cart in the Christmas parade!

Dave Carriere, sure I'll give you extra credit! Here you go!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Ok, Players! "It's make your mamas proud time!" That's not a Vanellope quote, but it works, because here are the winners!

The Olszak Family were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Olszaks and to all our winners this week! Jen Tremley, Linda Ranatza, Kerri Coggins, The Kertes Family, Jennifer Pichert, Josh Weiss, Mike O'brien , Phyllis, Michaela O'brien , Melissa Such , Sandie Albrecht, Mary Beth Tarbet, Evanna Huda, Wendy T Faler, Tricia Petty, Diane Curfman, Linda Scrivano, Christi Ison, Belicia, Andy Hickey, Duskin Henard, Scott C., Ruben O'meara, Linda Ranatza, Sands Family, Carol Ney, Ken Savage, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Grumpy's Groupies, The Gunnels Gang, Jim Finley, Stefanie Vandiver, Emily Hudson, John Bickers, Eric Berger, Team Hill, Kristi Strembicki, Hillary Waldroop, Julia Wickware, Tara Weaver, Arlene Vicek, Kris Nixon, Andrew Carrieri, Donna Frank, Vera And Izzy Williams, Tammy Warmouth, Lori Rienhardt, Laurie W, Ed Suscreba, Deb Ragno, Sarah And Chris, Lyn Johnson, K Beasley , Candice Grimes, Bonnie Tulenko, Erin Loring, Kassandra Clauser, Joseph M Zafia, Mike Rotkiske, Dawn, Jennifer Rowell, Diane, Theresa Rucando, Roger B Porter, Diane Porter, Lorine Landon, Julie Holding, Bruce Hinterleitner, Ana, Elaine Kleinhenz, Morag Lemon, Kathleen Daly, Matt Wildey , Stefanni Malczewski, Luis Rodriguez, Jason Skow, Tj, Sharon Powell, Jean Macindoe, Lynne Simpson, Ken Jobin, Erin Hammer, Christina Trigiani, Carolyn Como, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Kara D & Jay R, Nan Amor, Paul Dickson, Linda College, The Rider Family , Margaret Convery, Kathy,brooke And Kennedy, Linda Lundsten, The Parker Family, Claire Gregory, Janet T Thorn, Mark Donahue, France's Donahue, Hobbes And Snorky, The Long Family, Kenny, Brian Mcwithey, Mary Coleman, Mary Coleman, Kyra, Chris Kelly, Sara Parker, Mike Patrick, Kya Coleman, Jennifer K, Lee Anastasi, Jim Thompson, Mike Walter, Candace Dadswell, Joann Albrecht, Leach Family, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Gina Falzone , Mike Amor, Bonnie Jean , Ashley Collins, Jim Mis, Ann Healy, Bob Henriksen, Ruth Senecal, Jessica Gruhlke, Karen Schlumpf, Tim Johansen, Les Stewart, Larry Sprenklel, Nancy Doty, Karen Costa, Donald Trump , Yvonne Marchione, Colleen Ringer, Jeremy Hardy, Josette Gabel, The Modecki's, The Holmes Family, Smitty, Caitlin Lewis, Alison Rosenberger, Eric Johnson, Matt Holley, Mark Hardy, Karrie Duffey, Chris Bauman, Jason Hocker, Matthew Frey, Jamie Poynton, Kelly Smith, Jeremy Reichelt, Scott Greenbaum, Rob Blundin, Andrew Pettit, Dave Carriere, John Warner, Matthew Jadro, Kathryn Hughes, Rebecca Keenan, Carol Baranowsky, Tricia Noble, Ron Nufranick, Tricia Noble, Wendy Barney, Eric Enli, Kameo Crea, Mark Proper, Shannon Lamott , Jolynn Digiallonardo, Mickey Eckert, Rachel Miller, Kevin Jones, Paul Ignudo, Jillian Lassiter, Annie Snodgrass, Melody Odonnell, Emma Ramsey, George Mundy Jr, Vicki Britt, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Caroline Burmester, Brenda Atkinson , Gloria Martin, Jodie S., Robert P. Flaherty, Michelle Palazzo, Les Whitten, Jackie Graebel, Todd Johns, Danielle Williamson, Don Purney, Andreas Beer, The Patterson Family, Margie Larmon, Angela Johns, Tiffany Gibb, Eileen Miller, Thomas R Higbee, Sr., Dayna Guay, Stacy Guarracino, Lisa Pinder, Jane Johnson, Jeff Blank, and Jared Orth!
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Challenge #425 Where in the world is this?

I've been wanting to do this challenge for awhile, I just worried it was too hard. You've proven me wrong before! I know this place because I'm a huge fan of Disney signs, so this one always catches my eye. I did the thumbnail this way because, if nothing else, it can help you in a search.

We are not in a park, but hint: for lots of people, this is how we get to a couple parks (or come out of them). I probably just made it tougher. ;)

Where in the World #425

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 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
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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 22, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Yesterland Disney Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When Disney-MGM Studios (now called Disney's Hollywood Studios) opened in 1989, it was full of references from the 1988 mega hit Walt Disney movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit. There is very little left of Roger Rabbit today at Disney's Hollywood Studios including an area where guests would pose with various character cut-outs from the film as seen below.

Guest posing with Jessica Rabbit at Disney/MGM Studios in 1989, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Guest posing with Jessica Rabbit at Disney-MGM Studios in 1989.

Can anyone identify this area? It is still there and does have one "heavy prop" from the film hanging around. Put your answer in the Comments, please.

Tomorrow, Deb will share her Yesterland post for Disney's Hollywood Studios and/or Disney-MGM Studios tomorrow.

March 27, 2016

Where in the World #426

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 Easter!
Smiley from Millan.Net Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #425
Where in the World #425

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

Mickey's Gift Station shop at the Ticket and Transportation Center!

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Challenge #426 Where in the world is this?

We are back in the parks and stopping for a quick lunch.

Where in the World #426

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March 29, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Yesterland Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When it comes to Disney's Animal Kingdom, there is only one Yesterland photo that comes to mind. While Finding Nemo - The Musical is an excellent and colorful stage show. I still miss Tarzan Rocks!. Its mix of part rock and part stunt show was high energy and very entertaining. Below is a photo taken back in 2000 when Tarzan swung over the audience at the end of the show.

Tarzan and Jane swing on stage at Tarzan Rocks in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tarzan and Jane swing on stage at Tarzan Rocks!

Hope you have enjoyed this look back at all the parks the past four weeks.

March 30, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Yesterland Disney's Animal Kingdom

Deb's Digest Blog

For a relatively young park, Disney's Animal Kingdom has certainly seen its share of changes since it opened April, 1998. Just a few include....

Simply name changes. Gorilla Falls to Pangani Exploration Trail and Countown to Extinction to Dinosaur.

Animals were transitioned elsewhere: Capybara, Gunther's Dik-dik and the Two-Toed sloth, to name a few.

The original outdoor theatre that once housed Journey into the Jungle Book and Tarzan Rocks became enclosed and now is the home for Finding Nemo the Musical.

One entire land disappeared, Camp Minnie-Mickey to be replaced by Avatar in the future.

So finding a Yesterday photo of Animal Kingdom wasn't too hard...

Here is a photo of the walk around "artimals". These lovely colorful creatures simply walked around the Discovery Island area back in the day. At one time they were a mini-parade called "March of the Artimals". Some of the costumes became part of Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade. However since that parade ended, I haven't seen these artimals anywhere around.

Here is a photo I took back in 1999:

Animal Kingdom Walk Around Artimal
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