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July 1, 2016

Liberty Bell in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This weekend marks the 240th year of the birth of the United States of America. Below is a photo of the famous Liberty Bell replica on display in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom with the Hall of Presidents behind it. Happy Birthday to America and to my fellow countrymen.

Liberty Bell replica on display in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Liberty Bell replica on display in Liberty Square.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/18, ISO 320, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Technical information about this photo. I used a small aperture and focused on the Liberty Bell which is about a third into the frame. This put everything in focus from the bell back to the Hall of Presidents. Not totally happy with this photo. As an exercise for the reader, can you tell me why you think I am not happy with it?

July 3, 2016

Where in the World #440

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!

We’re celebrating Independence Day in the US!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #439
Where in the World #439

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

Who got this right? EVERYBODY! It’s Under The Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid in the Magic Kingdom! The actual scene is where Prince Eric should go on and --

Kiss the Girl!

Matt Wildey was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Matt and to all our winners this week! Phyllis, Kerri Coggins, Donna Frank, Kristi Strembicki, Linda Ranatza, Eva, Tricia Petty, Jennifer Rowell, Wendy Barney, Melissa Such, Linda College, Mary Beth Tarbet, Claire Gregory, Nan Amor, Sharon Pierce, Eric Berger, Meredith Anzur, Kristen Funk, Carol Ney, Christina Trigiani, Leach Family, Kate Nejman, Joseph M. Zafia, Brittany Jaynes , Andy Hickey, Becky Norman, Gloria Martin , Margaret Convery, Pat Schwier, The Gunnels Gang , Grumpy's Groupies, Mike Mondoux , Ken Savage, Mary Pauley, Vickie Barca, The Kertes Family, Kristi Strembicki, Fiona Knight, Josette Gabel, Angela Johns, Lara & Eleza Crook, Sandie Albrecht, Todd Johns, The Tisdale Family, Ellen Sullivan, Chris Horne, Jen Tremley , Mark Donahue, Mike O'brien , Michaela O'brien , Karen O'brien, Team Hill, Staci Baustad, Ruth Woodhouse, Maryann Eckenrode, Jim Finley, Kristan Bertelmann, Smitty, Olszak Family, The Fosbender Family, Luis Rodriguez , Ed Elder, Chloe Mayhew, Frances Donahue , Ed Suscreba, Belicia, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Scott C., Karen Adamakis, The Otts Family, Sharon Russo, Scott Mcbride, Paul Dickson, Ken Maikowski, Carol Lyons, Robert Hildebrandt, Scott Tatelman, K Beasley, Ed Adams, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Pam Lorenz, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Anne Duque, Cathy Fleming, Cynthia Hitchcock, Sands Family, Sharon Powell, Debbie Vietzke, Joyce & Steve, Carla C, Carla C, Chad Citro, Bruce Hinterleitner, Karen Ramirez, Christi Ison, Ben M, Jason Steinmetz, Arlene Vicek, Janet T Thorn, Al & Kerry Ganter, Robert Wescovich, Mickey Eckert, Lori Rienhardt, Kyra, Wendy T Faler, The Parker Family, Herb Miller, Christine Brown, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Karin Hanger, Linda Lundsten, Diane Curfman, Beth Mcmeekin, Karen Nablo, Erin Loring, Marguerite Garofalo , Tom Koval, Hobbes And Snorky, Team Bonnie Sue, John Bickers, Diane Tredore, Maryann Romagnano, Claribel T., Vera And Izzy Williams , Brian Mcwithey, Theresa Maradei, Jim Thompson, Paul Newman, Paul Newman, Gina Falzone , Emily Hudson , Martha Collins, Sarah And Chris, Ron Nufranick, Andrew Carrieri, Emma Ramsey, Antoinette Leblanc, Maureen And Warren Handy, Angela Sandoval, Bonnie, Karen Schlumpf, Jan Rosato, Renee Worsnop, Karen Taylor, Kara Marshall, Liz Moreau, Beth Paczkowski, Liz Moreau , Ronnie Alvarado, Tim Johansen, Larry Sprenkle, Erin Hammer, Russ Morgan, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Ruben O'meara, Jamie Fahey, Joann Albrecht, Stemmer Family, Angermaier Family, The Long Family, Patti Mccaffrey , Brian Yesutis, Nadine Miltier, Jen Cerce, Kathy B., Jeff Blank, Doug Olson Family, Laura Irby, Ldp, Les Whitten, Janet Peirano, Ed Suscreba, Zachary Ott, Alison Rosenberger, Dee Dee Kenney, Gail Harris, Mike Haeberle, Matt Holley, Caroline Burmester, Melody Odonnell, Paul Ignudo, George Mundy Jr, Mark Hardy, Deb Gallo, Andreas Beer, Jason Hocker, Rebecca Keenan, Chris Bauman, Steve Knapp, Jeremy Reichelt, Matthew Frey, Rob Blundin, Karrie Rodriguez, Bob Hendrix, Barclay Bakkum, Vicki Britt, Steve Narel, Melissa Littman, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Cathy Connors, Sarah Calvario, Joy Laughlin, The Modecki's, John Warner, Duskin Henard, Jamie , Andrew Pettit, Ashley Collins, Ann Hawkins, Chris Kelly, Theresa Rucando, Scott Sangston, Alan Mize, Dave Carriere, Cheryl Costello, Jennifer Mercier, Sands Family, Scott Greenbaum, Grumpy's Groupies, Roxanne Kliebert, Karen Fordq, Jo Ann Bailey, Nancy Doty, Krista Serpi, Barclay Bakkum, Jane Johnson, Robert P. Flaherty, Maryann Daly, Sherry Trapp, Teri Michalski, Shirley Garcowski, Mike Cerce, Don Purney, Stacy Guarracino, Tom Higbee, Sr, Rachel Hoover, Jackie Graebel, The Harper Gang, Jeremy Hardy, Jackie Klafeta, Michelle Palazzo, Amanda Kenney, Peggy Saeger, and Jamie Steiner!

Time for the monthly drawing! And the winner is: Joy Laughlin! Congratulations, Joy! You get an AllEars prize of your very own!

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Challenge #440 Where in the world is this?

We’re the opposite this week: this is a classic (started in 1972) and it is not a ride. I think I told you this: when I was a kid, I wanted to grow up and work in one section of this. It was my dream!

Where in the World #440

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 7th, 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!


July 5, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: The Disney Magic

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When I started vacationing on the Disney Cruise Line, it was on the Disney Dream which is much larger than the Disney Magic. When I first walked onto the Magic, the size of the lobby looked small. I will say after a few hours, I didn't notice and enjoyed the Magic for the unique cruise ship that it is.

Lobby of the Disney Magic cruise ship, Disney Cruise Line, Bahamas
Lobby of the Disney Magic .
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 2500, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Macphun Intensify CK.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her photo of the Disney Magic.

July 6, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: The Disney Magic

Deb's Digest Blog

I love seeing the Disney Magic in port! It never grows old no matter where in the world I see her. This photo is from 2002.

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July 8, 2016

A Dapper Dan Close Up on Main Street USA

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The famous photographer, Robert Capa, once said that, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough”. Keep this in mind when photographing at Walt Disney World. Using either a zoom lens or zooming with your feet, you will find getting closer and filling the frame will immediately improve your photos.

As an example, the photo below of the Dapper Dans playing the Deagan Organ Chimes on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom is typical and one everyone takes. It is a good "I was there and saw this" type of photo.

Dapper Dans playing the Deagan Organ Chimes on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dapper Dans playing the Deagan Organ Chimes on Main Street USA.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5, ISO 100, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

To get closer, I moved as close as I could to the performers without getting in anyone's way and zoomed in with my lens to fill the frame with one of the Dapper Dans playing the Deagan Organ Chimes. I find this photo a lot more interesting than the one of the entire group.

Close up of a Dapper Dan playing the Deagan Organ Chimes on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Close up of a Dapper Dan playing the Deagan Organ Chimes on Main Street USA.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 125, EV 0, 160mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

Remember...closer means better.

July 10, 2016

Where in the World #441

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 Bastille Day to all our French Players!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #440
Where in the World #440

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

The Bald Eagle in the Honor America float of The Main Street Electrical Parade! And he’s headed for the Castle!

I love this parade! I do miss SpectroMagic though and I wish we could have both.

Ashley Collins, that parade sounds awesome! (Except for the cold. ;) )

Vanessa Gordon, too old for Disney?! Silly parents. :)

Jeff Blank and Matt Holley, I'm thinking of a piece of music. It rhymes with Garoque Soedown, but I wouldn't put anything in your heads for the rest of the week.

Mark Hardy was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Mark and to all our winners this week! Ken, Lisa And Makayla Daube, Aimee, Bill Owen , Colette S, Carol Lyons, Kelly Sroka, Barbara Coleman, Margaret Convery, Vera And Izzy Williams, Sarah And Chris, Stacie Doughty , Paul Moore, Hillary Waldroop, Mike Mondoux, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Courtney, Olszak Family, Julie Holding, Cathy Clippard, Jen Eacret, Scott Tatelman, Ryan Mccorristin, Kristen Funk, Candy Shaffer, Ellen Sullivan, Jennifer Rowell, Shawn Basler, Jen Tremley, Lynzi Cathey, Denise Mcevoy, Becky H, Leah Broussard , Mark Donahue, John Warner, Emily Eldridge, Stacey Diamond, Kristen , Janet H., Robert Wescovich, Maryann Eckenrode, Martha Collins, Susan Pittman, The Long Family, Team Hill, The Curley Family, Meredith Anzur, Eric Johnson , Naomi Taylor, Michele Lindemann, Nancy Doty, Joyce And Steve, Nancy Ahlsen , Danielle Murgia, Dianne Mcginty, Christa B, Brooke Harless, Nan Amor, Mary Beth Tarbet, Robert P. Flaherty, Mary Tougas, Gloria Martin , Holly Mistark , Sharon Russo, Phyllis, Rich Schmaltz, Sharon Powell , Claire Gregory, Brian Yesutis, The Tisdale Family, Marsha Waidelich, Rosalind, Kristy , Bev , Kate Nejman, Susn Higginbotham, Christi Ison, Laura Donmoyer, Ben M, Otts Family, Emma Ramsey, Joanne Yarin, Vickie Barca, Karla Dwyer, Karen Nablo, Lesanddean, Becky Norman, Gina Shaw, Chad Citro, John Stella, Gina Falzone , Virginia Pierce, Angie Swindell, Mike Walter, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Phyllis, Mike O'brien , Michaela O'brien , Karen O'brien, Sharon Pierce, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Linda Scrivano, Sandie Albrecht, The Kertes Family, Leach Family, Ken Savage, Carla C, Eric Berger, Kerri Coggins, Evanna Huda, Mike Haeberle, Ed Elder, Chris Kelly, The Parker Family, The Gunnels Gang , Scott C., Eleza & Lara Crook, Karen Schlumpf, Brian Richmond, Grumpy's Groupies, Antoinette Leblanc , Al & Kerry Ganter, Tracey Mcgann, Tricia Petty, Sands Family, Pat Schwier, Erin Loring, Russ Morgan, Belicia, Beth D, Ruben O'meara, Andy Hickey, Ed Suscreba, Deb Ragno, Bob Patterson, John Bickers, K Beasley, Kye Layton, Paul Dickson, Wendy T Faler, Smitty, Ed Adams, Phil Vickers, Hobbes And Snorky, Maureen And Warren Handy, Lori Rienhardt, Lenz Family, Lee Anastasi, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Jamie Marie, Theresa Maradei, Kenny, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Ashley Collins, Les Whitten , Jim Finley, Bruce Hinterleitner, Andrew Carrieri, Jason Steinmetz, Theresa Iaria, Josh Weiss, The Modecki's, Linda Lundsten, Donna Frank, Kristi Strembicki, Mickey Eckert, Susie Howard, Frances Donahue , Elaine Tomko-deluca, Vanessa Gordon, The Fosbender Family, The Harper Gang, Renee Worsnop, Heidi Burke, Cathy Fleming, Ken Maikowski, Tonia Dodd, Kyra, Jeff Blank, Diane Curfman, Luis Rodriguez , Tammy Warmouth, Jeremy Hardy, Kris Nixon, Theresa Rucando, Jodi Cook, Ron Nufranick, Paula Massarelli, Arlene Vicek, Janet. T Thorn, Cynthia, Bonnie Jean, Jamesd (dzneynut), Kristan Bertelmann, Robert Hildebrandt, Matt Wildey, Jen Cerce, Wendy Barney, Chris Bauman, Matt Holley, Melody Odonnell, Rob Blundin, Karrie Rodriguez, Rebecca Keenan, Dave Carriere, Jeremy Reichelt, Scott Sangston, Maureen Tavrell, Jim Logue, Team Bonnie Sue, Alison Rosenberger, Terry W., Matthew Frey, Herb Miller, Jamie Steiner, Paul Ignudo, Joseph M. Zafia, Barclay Bakkum, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Vicki Britt, Dawn Bach, Linda Hoffman, Liz Moreau, Don Purney, Sherry Trapp, Shirley Garcowski, Jared Orth, Caroline Burmester, George Mundy Jr, Sherri Pell, Clay Anthony, Steve Knapp, Jamie Poynton, Angela Johns, Todd Johns, Tom Koval, Jackie Graebel, Jane Johnson, Tommy Montgomery, Cheryl Costello, The Patterson Family, Gallagher Family, Terri Thornton, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Linda Ranatza, Jim Thompson, Margie Larmon, Maryann Romagnano, and Lisa Pinder!

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Challenge #441 Where in the world is this?

We’re switching parks!
Where in the World #441

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 14th, 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!


July 12, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Castaway Cay

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Every Disney Cruise Line Caribbean itinerary has a stop at Castaway Cay. Some even have more than one day there. It is my personal favorite of all the Disney Cruise Line Ports of Call. You don't have to worry about anything. Just be happy!

Mickey Mouse making friends on Castaway Cay during a Disney Dream cruise, Disney Cruise Line, Bahamas
Mickey Mouse making friends on Castaway Cay.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 250, EV +0.6, 40mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her photo from the Disney Cruise Line's private island.

July 13, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Castaway Cay

Deb's Digest Blog

There is no doubt the Disney Cruise Line offers one of the very best private islands for their guests. From the first time I saw Castaway Cay, I fell in love.

One of my favorite memories is seeing the Flying Dutchman pirate ship which anchored off shore for a few years. Hence, my pic of the week!

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July 15, 2016

Adding People to Your Walt Disney World Photographs

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I try to avoid touristy shots when I am photographing at Walt Disney World. Static photos of an empty park while nice is not something I like to do. The parks only come alive when their are people involved. Whether they are cast members or guests, seeing people interact with another person or thing is what brings smiles to my face.

Below is a good example, when riding the riverboat around Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kindom, I always giggled at the people on the barrel bridge. Sure looked like fun and surely something Huck Finn would have approved of. The angle from the riverboat was too high and too flat for me. Once I got on the island, I found a good place to sit, watch and photograph the adventure.

A family walks over the barrel bridge on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A family walks over the barrel bridge on Tom Sawyer Island.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/100s, f/5.3, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 82mm (123mm DX) Focal Length.

When I did the Wild Africa Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom awhile back, one of our guides took photographs of us Trekkers. I found it only fitting I return the favor as she took pictures on another precarious looking foot bridge.

A Cast Member photographing during the Wild Africa Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Cast Member photographing during a Wild Africa Trek.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length.

For the last example, I take you back to the Magic Kingdom. This is a view taken at the end of Main Street USA. People doing various things like buying a balloon, getting their photo taken with Cinderella Castle in the background, doing a quick planning meeting with family and even more. This photo reminded me of the Family Circus Sunday comic when the cartoonist would put various bubbles around the scene describing all that was going on. On flickr, I used this photo with notes you can see as you move your mouse around the photo in similar fashion.

A typical scene in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A typical scene in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/125s, f/14, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 15mm Focal Length.

As you can see by these examples, including people in your photography at Walt Disney World gives the photos more interest.

To visit the flickr image (which is much bigger) with all the notes, CLICK HERE.

July 17, 2016

Where in the World #442

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 Anniversary, Players! Where in the World Photo Fun turned NINE on the 16th! Can you believe it? NINE! Next year, we’ll have to have a party! Who can bring chips?
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #441
Where in the World #441

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

The France Pavilion in Epcot! Jeff Blank says these are called Morris Columns. He also sang Louis the Sixteenth by Alan Sherman, so…

I’m ready to meet you for a Grey Goose Slushie, Rebecca Keenan!

Team Bonnie Sue, speaking of Three Chefs restaurant…. We saw friends of ours inside once, so as a joke, we held up a note saying, “Are you going to finish that?” We didn’t realize the table next to them saw it; they were calling cast members to chase us away when our friends (luckily) explained. At that point, they laughed too. That would have been a heck of a reason to get bounced from the park.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Eric Berger was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Eric and to all our winners this week! The Kertes Family, Melissa Such, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Hillary Waldroop, Bruce Hinterleitner, John Bickers, Vera And Izzy Williams, Carol Gamill, Ken Savage, Mary Beth Tarbet, Robert Wescovich, Jim Finley, Kenneth Jackson, Linda College, Joseph M. Zafia, Emily Hudson, Kris Nixon, Linda Ranatza, Margaret Convery, Tricia Petty, Antoinette Leblanc, The Fosbender Family, Hunter Armstrong, Theresa Rucando, Jamie Marie Mis, Grumpy's Groupies, Gloria Martin, Phil Vickers, Lara & Eleza Crook, Beth Mcmeekin, Smitty, Jen Cerce, Renee Hardiman, The Gunnels Gang , Lori Rienhardt, Ed Suscreba, Ronnie Alvarado, Phyllis, Kerri Coggins, Sandie Albrecht, Andreas Beer, Martha Collins, Susie Howard, Andy Hickey, Arlene Vicek, Kerry And Erin A., Team Hill, The Tisdale Family, Clare S, Bob Patterson, Bonnie Jean, Nicole Wasik-ware, Carla C, Jason Steinmetz, Sands Family, Mike O'brien, Michaela O'brien, Karen O'brien, Maryann Eckenrode, Kye Layton, Deb Ragno, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Luis Rodriguez, Kristi Strembicki, Sarah And Chris, Kara D & Jay R, Tara Weaver, Kara D & Jay R, Lyn Johnson, Karen Nablo, Kate Nejman, Scott Greenbaum, Kyra, Kimberly Langh, Sarah Thomas, Jason Hocker, Stephen Reilly, Jennifer Rowell, Renee, Patty Carty, Chuck Calcano, Audra Moraski, K Beasley, Dvc Mary, Paul R Greenleaf, Julia Wickware, Chris Horne, Sharon Pierce, Bob Henriksen, Jack Lynch, Karen Schlumpf, Nicole Marvin, Jon Bassett, Al & Kerry Ganter, Pat Schwier, Jennifer Hess, Anne Heffentreyer, Carla Nale, Janet T Thornq, Herb Miller, Ben M, Todd Johns, Double Family, Tiffany Gibb, Double Family, Angela Johns, Vickie Barca, Hobbes And Snorky, Deb Gallo, Nan Amor, Peg R, Chloe Mayhew, Renee Worsnop, Kari Ann, Otts Family, Ellen Sullivan, Wendy T Faler, Margie-ann Feczko, Stefanie Vandiver, Ryan Mccorristin, Brian Mcwithey, Robert P. Flaherty, Mike Mondoux, Kyran Smith, Melissa Vincelette, Ingrid Michel, Jim Thompson, Jen Tremley, Paul Newman, The Anzurs, Megan Krainski, Ruben O'meara, Donna Frank, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Erin Hammer, Adam Lucas, Ruth Woodhouse, Joyce Shipman, Clay Anthony, Liz Moreau, Erin Loring, Pollyanna Buff, Patricia Harper, Russ Morgan, Patricia Morin, Ed Adams, Sharon Gilbert, Stacie Doughty, Mickey Eckert, Team Bonnie Sue, Ken, Lisa And Makayla Daube, Trina Noggle, Melissa Rymer, Rachel Miller, Maryann Romagnano, Stefan Owens, Tracey Mcgann, Linda Lundsten, Mark Donahue, Mark Donahue, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Jane Johnson, Pam Lorenz, Evald Olson, Rob Blundin, Mike Malampy (Malampy Benco Family), Eric Johnson, Ashley Collins, Kim, Josh Weiss, The Parker Family, Leah Broussard, Karen Taylor, Linda Scrivano, Mike Haeberle, The Long Family, Vicki Britt, Joann Albrecht, Wayne Chadourne, Laurie Walker, Carey Del Buono, Andrew Carrieri, Nancy Doty, Karen Ramirez, Tracey Mayfield, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Ken Maikowski, The Harper Gang, Jessica Polizzotto, Olszak Family, Jan Rosato, Jamesd (dzneynut), Emma Ramsey, Jeff Blank, Claudia Callinan, Josette Gabel, Stacey Diamond, Chad Citro, Chuck Everson, Robert Hildebrandt, Matt Wildey, Wade And Rosanne Williams, Les Whitten, Liz Mckinnell, Claire Gregory, Christa B, Dallas Hamilton, Eric Enli, Paul Ignudo, Mary Ann Lamay, Linda Wilham, Sandra Edwards, Maureen, Deirdre Friedrich, Susan Higginbotham, Caroline Burmester, Melody O'donnell, Joe Pfrangle, Matt Holley, Karrie Rodriguez, Cameron Lange, Jamie Steiner, Jeremy Reichelt, Mark Hardy, Kevin Jones, Ilene, Scott Sangston, Kara Morton, Matthew Frey, Dee Dee Kenney, Alison Rosenberger, The Hutchinson Family, Tricia Noble, Elaine Prosecky, Andrew Pettit, The Patterson Family, Jan Hall, Chris Bauman, Evanna Huda, Deb Bowman, Scott C., Belicia, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Jo Armeni, Anne And Dean, Maureen And Warren Handy, Cheryl Costello, Jennifer Pichert, Rebecca Keenan, Jennifer Mercier, Teri Michalski, Leigh Mertz, Jo Ann Bailey, Theresa Maradei, Kristan Bertelmann, Sheila Bagg, Carol Ney, Paula Massarelli, Don Purney, Robin Meredyk, Betty Crawford, Shirley Garcowski, Barclay Bakkum, Tom Higbee, Sr, Collette Beuther, Matt Cofone, Steve Knapp, Tim Johansen, Stacy Guarracino, Ron Nufranick, Alan Mize, Karen Adamakis, Diane Curfman, Christy Schor, George Mundy Jr, Linda Hoffman, Dave Carriere, Jamie Poynton, Ronald Delorey, Lindsay Arlene Clayton, Cynthia Hitchcock, and Tommy Montgomery!

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Challenge #442 Where in the world is this?

Where in the World #442

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 21st, 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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July 19, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Nassau

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have enjoyed a couple of excursions in and around Nassau, the capitol of the Bahamas. The last one was to the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. After the tour, I enjoyed a lunch in one of the resort's restaurants and then explored the resort on my own before having to catch a shuttle back to the ship. Besides pools, water slides and a casino, the resort boasts a large aquarium.

The rope bridge over the Shark Pool was a fun place to see and hear reactions as people, both young and old, would walk, run and even bounce over the Hammerhead Sharks swimming less than ten feet below their feet.

People walking on a rope bridge over the Shark Pool at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island on Nassau, Disney Cruise Line, Bahamas
People walking on a rope bridge over the Shark Pool at the Atlantis Resort.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 560, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her photo from Nassau.

July 20, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Nassau

Deb's Digest Blog

Just about any cruise I have been on that travels to the Bahamas or the Caribbean makes a stop in Nassau. I have been a few times and prefer to stay on board and enjoy my own version of a "day at sea".

I love watching as the ship pulls into port. I know for sure I am in Nassau when I see "Senor Frogs" bar!

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July 22, 2016

Waiting for Tigers in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I watch people all the time when I am at Walt Disney World. I particularly pay attention to those taking photographs whether they are using smart phones or full size digital SLR cameras. I can almost tell you which ones will come home with photos they will like and be proud to show to their family and friends. Those are the the people who take a little extra time and patience.

Those who walk up to something, pull out a camera or phone and point and shoot will rarely get a great photo. I used to be one of them. Prided myself in the grab shot as I toured the parks with my family. It wasn't until I started to take the time which, usually meant an extra minute or two, did I start to see better results in my photography.

At the Asian Tiger exhibit on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, I see many people come up to the overlook, see a tiger below walking or lying down, take a photo and move on. Now, they might have gotten the perfect tiger photo they wanted. Chances are, they probably got something like this.

Asian tiger on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Asian Tiger on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 1250, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length.

That was my first shot upon looking down. The first shot is rarely a keeper. I knew if I waited, I would get a better one. I was rewarded only thirty seconds later. The tiger moved his head around and looked in my direction.

Asian tiger on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Asian Tiger looking around on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 1400, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length.

I realize if you are traveling with a group and especially, with young children, it is hard to be able to spend a lot of time observing or waiting for a better photo opportunity. When you can, you will be rewarded.

Seven minutes later, this tiger jumped up to the water pool and started to drink. I was able to capture a behavior I had not seen before. This has became one my favorite photos of a tiger.

Asian tiger drinking water on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Asian Tiger getting a drink of water on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/400s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length.

Remember this the next time you are in Walt Disney World or even when photographing your family. The first shot is often not the best shot. Take a few more and see which ones you like later. I am willing to bet the one or ones you like will come later in the shoot.

July 24, 2016

Where in the World #443

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!

Hi, Izzy Williams! Thank you for your and your grandmom’s Happy Anniversary note! I really appreciate it!
Smiley from Millan.Net

And that goes to Sandie Albrecht, Jeff Blank, and Claire Gregory, too! From me and the AllEars Team to all of you, Players!

Happy Belated Birthday to Miriam 'Mimi' Gunnels! Guess what? I'm the youngest of seven kids too! They didn't all give you a "pinch to grow an inch", did they? I hope not! Ouch!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Mike V! Where have you been? You’re probably in Disney now!

Now for Challenge #442:
Where in the World #442

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

So we walked a bit around the World Showcase lagoon to queue up at the Gran Fiesta Tour in the Mexico Pavilion! (It does look like PhilharMagic, doesn’t it?) Who has noticed the Aracuan Bird?

Mike and Hannah, where did you get the longitude and latitude?! And hello to your daughter!

Yes, I do, Vicki Britt! I have 3 t-shirts for it. :)

John Bickers, I do remember them letting us to stay on and ride El Rio del Tiempo again if the queue had nobody in it. I don’t know how many times they did it with people, but I can say I experienced it a couple times.

Me too, Matthew Frey! I thought I wouldn’t like the animatronics at the end since they’re older; I love that they’re Disney History from the archives, but I worried it would show. On the contrary, they look fantastic! Bigger than I thought too!

Yes, Josh Weiss and Matt Holley! Let's sing!
We're three caballeros
Three gay caballeros
They say we are birds of a feather!
We're happy amigos
No matter where he goes
The one, two, and three goes!
We're always together!
Smiley from Millan.Net
I should make a ringtone out of that.

I haven’t forgotten you, Fosbender Family. Here you go:
Smiley from Millan.Net

Ken Savage was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! Melissa Such, Eric Berger, Tammy Warmouth, Sharon Powell, Mike O'brien , Margaret Convery, Linda Grau, Michaela O'brien , Karen O'brien, Emily Hudson , Vickie Smialkowski, Joseph M. Zafia, Ron Nufranick, Theresa Rucando, Jim Finley, Tricia Petty, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Vera And Izzy Williams, Robert Wescovich, Ed Suscreba, Mary Beth Tarbet, Phil Vickers, Sandie Albrecht, Bruce Hinterleitner, Phyllis, The Reichl Family, Linda Scrivano, Beth Mcmeekin, Linda Ranatza, The Kertes Family, Grumpy's Groupies, Matt Wildey, Ruben O'meara, Jamesd (dzneynut), Dawn Bach, Gloria Martin , Ronnie Alvarado, Joann Albrecht, Team Hill, Carol Baranowsky, Maryann Eckenrode, The Gunnels Gang, Christina Ison, Lyn Johnson, Anne Duque, Sharon Powell , Julie Signor, Kara D & Jay R, Janet Timpany, Kathy B., Brian Sullivan, Rob Blundin, Al & Kerry Ganter, Smitty, Jennifer Bowling, Susan Higginbotham, Sarah and Chris, Gina Falzone , Antoinette Leblanc, Brian Gallant, Kye Layton, Mike Mondoux, K Beasley, Paula Massarelli, Luis Rodriguez, Kenny, Bob Patterson, Kris Nixon, Diane F., Joe Pfrangle, Sharon Pierce, Josette Gabel, Kelly Sroka, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Stephen Reilly, Linda College, Karen Ramirez , The Parker Family, Emily Eldridge, Karen Schlumpf, Hillary Waldroop, Olszak Family, Mis Jamie Marie, Christa B, Beth Pleban, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Leach Family, The Harper Gang, Les Whitten , Duskin Henard, Stacie Doughty, Kerri Coggins, Maureen and Warren Handy, Claribel T., Kyra, Jason and Meredith Anzur, Russ Morgan, Mark Donahue, Lee Anastasi, Robert Hildebrandt, Donna Frank, Hobbes and Snorky, Linda Hoffman, Renee Hardiman, Herb Miller, Arlene Vicek, Jodi Cook, Pam Lorenz, Angela Sandoval, Larry Sprenkle, Ellen Sullivan, Ellen Sullivan, Andrew Carrieri, Jen Tremley, Janet T Thorn, Ann Hawkins, Bonnie Jean, John Bickers, Kristan Bertelmann, Karen Taylor, Mickey Eckert, Chuck Everson, Chris Horne , Tracey Mayfield, Stefan Owens, Theresa Maradei, Chris Bruce, Michael Haeberle, Heidi Burke, Martha Collins, Brian Yesutis, Cheryl Costello, Christopher Barnes, Jan Rosato, Josh Weiss, Doug Olson Family, Jeff Blank, Wade and Rosanne Williams, Cameron Lange, Mike Malampy (bencofamily), Kevin Jones, Dallas Hamilton, Matt Holley, Alison Rosenberger, Chris Bauman, Leigh Mertz, Team Bonnie Sue, Nan Amor, Jamie Steiner, Matthew Frey, Mark Hardy, Paul Ignudo, Scott Sangston, Karrie Rodriguez, Caroline Burmester, The Modecki's, Dave Carriere, Julie Holding, Jeremy Reichelt, Carri Marotto, Tracy Discher, Vicki Britt, Eric Enli, Melody Odonnell, Anne and Dean Disney Fan, Ed Adams, Les Stewart, Elaine Prosecky, Maja K., Mike Cerce, Bonnie Sue Tulenko , Tim Johansen, Mike and Hannah, Mary Ann Lamay, Martin Greene, Bill Cudney , Amanda and Beanie Kenney, Rachel Miller , Sandra Edwards, Alan Mize, Sharon Leitgeb, Lisa Cash, Sheila Bagg, Robert P. Flaherty, Chris Kelly, Barclay Bakkum, Don Purney, Jo Ann Bailey, Emma Ramsey, Derek Chinworth, Sherry Trapp, Terri Thornton, Mike V, Tom Koval, Sherri Pell, Kelly Smith, Nicole Benoit, Mike Amor, Andreas Beer, Tj, John Pasqueralli, Renee Worsnop, Maryann Romagnano, Claire Gregory, Vikki Tupay, Jolynn Digiallonardo, Stacy Guarracino, The Fosbender Family, Vincent Lieu, Vicki Finnegan, Jessica Polizzotto, Jane Johnson, and The Patterson Family!

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Challenge #443 Where in the world is this?

OK! Pretty obvious who is smiling like that… or is it his girlfriend? Either way, please tell me who it is and where they are.

Not to brag, but notice they’re smiling at me. Yep, we’re close.

Where in the World #443

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 28th, 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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July 26, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Summertime

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I think we can all agree that BF (Before Frozen), when someone asked for a photo about summertime, a snowman would be the last thing that would come to mind. After the Walt Disney Studios animated feature, Frozen, was released, it is hard not to think of the cute little snowmand Olaf made by Elsa. Heck, he even showed up on Castaway Cay. Can you hear him singing?

Olaf hanging out on Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line, Bahamas
Olaf hanging out on Castaway Cay where it is always Summertime.
Nikon D750/Nikon 16-35VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 180, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her photo about summertime. I bet you can guess what it will be..wink, wink.

July 27, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Summer

Deb's Digest Blog

Being totally inundated with all things Frozen, it is hard to think of Summer without thinking of Olaf! Here's a photo from "Olaf's Summer Cool Down" at Disney's Hollywood Studios!


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July 29, 2016

Be Prepared for Disney Photography

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The old motto of Be Prepared is especially appropriate for us Disney park vacationers. You never know when you will walk around a corner and see a great photo opportunity. For walking around the parks, I try to keep my camera at the ready with a good starting setup. I call it Zeroing Out My Camera.

Another aspect of being prepared is bringing equipment with you for the day or night appporpiate for what you may be planning to photograph. For instance, if I am headed out to the Magic Kingdom for the day only. I like to go with a simple setup of just a camera with a super zoom lens. For cropped sensor cameras, I would use an 18-200mm range or for full frame cameras a 28-300mm works great. These type of lenses give me the flexibility to capture everything up close to far away.

It is always good to have the following with you as well: extra battery or batteries, flash unit, lens cloth, extra memory cards and, if you have room, a small extra lens like a 50mm or Fisheye.

Another part of being prepared is to research your destination. Even if you have been to Walt Disney World dozens of times, the parks are always changing. New rides, new shows, new characters, new parades, new shops, new restaurants...you get the drift. When it comes to rides, parades and shows, you can find full versions of them on youTube. That is what I did when I planned on being at the Magic Kingdom's opening ceremony. This show is preformed daily. I watched a video of it a few times so I knew when things would happen. Like the blast of fireworks towards the end.

Fireworks go off at the end of the Magic Kingdom's daily opening ceremony show on the Main Street USA Train Station platform, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Fireworks go off at the end of the Magic Kingdom's daily opening ceremony show.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/9, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

With just a little forethought, research and planning (we are Disney people after all, we love to plan!), you can be prepared to take amazing photographs of your next trip to Walt Disney World or anywhere else.

July 31, 2016

Where in the World #444

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

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

Now for Challenge #443:
Where in the World #443

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

It’s Mickey in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom! I so FOOLED you, Players! Ha! Okay, not at all, but it wasn’t that kind of challenge. ;)

I adore this parade; I have so many photos of it!
Smiley from Millan.Net
(OK, I admit it, the dragon’s the wrong color. Let’s just roll with it.)

I bet that anyone here who has been to this parade has this photo (or close to it) and at least three of the dragon. :)

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Sharon Powell, Margaret Convery, The Kertes Family, Kris Nixon, Kristi Strembicki, Tom Koval, Matt Wildey, Sandie Albrecht, The Olszak Family, Vicki Britt, Smitty, Evanna Huda, Emily Hudson, Christi Ison, Mary Beth Tarbet, Melissa Such, The Gunnels Gang, Kristan Bertelmann, Jim Finley, Carol Baranowsky, Phyllis, Mike O'brien , Michaela O'brien , Karen O'brien, Lee Anastasi, Grumpy's Groupies, Kerri Coggins, Team Hill, Linda Ranatza, Karen Schlumpf, Hillary Waldroop, Julia Wickware, Maryann Eckenrode, Joseph M. Zafia, Gloria Martin, Carol Lyons, Vanessa Stjohn, Deb Ragno, Ryan Mccorrisitn, Vera Dercole, Kimberly Langh, Ed Suscreba, Jessica Joslin, Mark Donahue, Tinkerbellw, Ed Adams, Sarah And Chris, Nan Amor, Eric Berger, Lori Rienhardt, Karen Nablo, Emily Eldridge , Renee Fischer, Paula Majoros, Stacie Doughty , Vera And Izzy Williams, The Anzurs, Jen Tremley, Kara D & Jay R, Evald Olson, Paul Dickson, Christina Trigiani, The Long Family, Martha Collins, Kyra, Donna Frank, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Christa B, Diane Curfman, Duskin Henard, Cathy Fleming, Wendy T Faler, Eric Johnson, Andrew Carrieri, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Tricia Petty, The Otts Family, Steve Knapp, Maureen And Warren Handy, Ruben O'meara, Kelley Morman, Lyn Johnson, Luis Rodriguez, Josh Weiss, Claire Gregory, Bonnie Jean, Arlene Vicek, The Fosbender Family, Mike Malampy (Malampy Benco Family), Nancy Doty, Lynne Simpson, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Vickie, Beth Paczkowski, Tj, Wayne Chadourne, Theresa Maradei, Mike Amor, Matt Holley, Tammy Warmouth, Rebecca Keenan, Melesia Love, Jamie Steiner, Rob Blundin, Jeremy Reichelt, Theresa Rucando, Karrie Rodriguez, Linda College, Matthew Frey, Al Sandal, Scott Greenbaum, Caroline Burmester, Barclay Bakkum, The Patterson Family, Jeff Blank, Linda Hoffman, Russ Morgan, Nancy Cole, Jo Ann Bailey, Jackie Graebel , Carla C, Vicki Price, Melody Odonnell, Sherry Trapp, Michael, Thomas Higbee Sr., Tim Johansen, Jane Johnson, Karen Ramirez, Sherri Pell, Sands Family, Don Purney, and Jodie S.!

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Challenge #444 Where in the world is this?

So this is it for July! Wow!

Something a little tougher. Who and where is this?

Where in the World #444

I’m just kidding: that’s my dog Daytona in Fort Wilderness with his Christmas present. (That I immediately had to take away so he didn’t eat the plastic.)

Where in the World #444

Now for the real challenge! This is newer -- like a year – at Walt Disney World. Even if you haven’t seen it, I tried to put enough architecture clues and that not-so Hidden Mickey so you can look it up – or maybe just guess.

Where in the World #444

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 4th, 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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