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November 1, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Gardeners

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week's theme was to focus attention to all those wonderful Gardeners who keep Walt Disney World looking colorful and lush from the resorts to the themeparks and the roadways in between. I did not find any photos of them in my archives nor did I locate any on my last trip. Instead, I will show you the results of one of my favorite locations in Epcot.

Behind Spaceship Earth, there is a garden which changes throughout the year. During the annual Flower and Garden Festival, it gets particularly colorful as it was last March.

Flower garden behind Spaceship Earth in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Flower garden behind Spaceship Earth in Epcot.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/50s, f/16, ISO 6400, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

I shall keep my eye out for WDW gardeners on future trips as I do enjoy the results of their fabulous work.

Tomorrow, Deb will share the quintessential gardener.

November 2, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Gardeners

Deb's Digest Blog

I guess I have always been too fascinated watching gardeners at work at Walt Disney World, that I have very few photos of them.

As I looked back through my Flower and Garden festival pics, I came across this 2010 photo of Mother Nature herself! I mean, if she isn't the ultimate gardener, who is? And yes, her name tag says Mother Nature, so it must be so.

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November 4, 2016

Bibbity Bobbity Boo...Crane Be Gone!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A while back I was complaining about a maintenance crane being used on my recent trip to the Magic Kingdom. I mentioned I could remove the crane using software. This does take added time so I do not like to do it often. Later in the day, I caught the end of the new Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire on the castle stage when fireworks are used.

Cinderella Castle with a maintenance crane behind it at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle with a maintenance crane behind it.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 360, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

I am a fan of the photo editing software by Macphun which run on Apple Mac computers. One of their products called Snapheal has recently been updated so it can be used as a plug-in for Apple Aperture and Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop programs. You can find many Windows programs which can do the same thing. I had to carefully select the crane using the software's brush tool. I zoomed in to 100% to make sure I did not overlap the roof line too much. Snapheal has three different methods of erasing selected objects. For this job, the Dynamic method proved to be the best to get the crane away from where it first sticks out from behind Cinderella Castle.

Cinderella Castle with the maintenance crane removed at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle with the maintenance crane removed via software.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 360, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

As you can see, I now have a keeper.

Adobe Lightroom has something which can replace small objects or ones not intersecting with other objects like dust bunnies. For larger objects, Snapheal does a much better job.

Adobe Photoshop can do an even better job. However, since I do almost all my processing in Lightroom, Being able to use Snapheal within LIghtroom or Aperture is much easier and faster for me.

November 6, 2016

Where in the World #458

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!

Friday is Veteran’s Day here in the US! Thank you to all who serve!

Phyllis, we’ll make sure Deb gets your note; I’m so happy you like the prize!

Ken Savage, that sounds like an amazing trip! I would love to see Tokyo Disney.

Now for Challenge #457:
Where in the World #457

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

The waiting area for Dumbo! This was a great addition to the park!

Kristi Strembicki, that’s a great idea! A Dumbo meet and greet! I would love to see him and I have a friend who would camp out overnight to meet him!

Linda Ranatza was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Linda and to all our winners this week! Larissa Huda, Deb Gallo, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Jim Finley, Paula Massarelli, The Parker Family, Clay Anthony, Hillary Waldroop, Phyllis, Vera And Izzy Williams, Sandie Albrecht, Mis Jamie Marie, Nancy Cole, Melissa Such , Jared Orth, Susie Howard, Emily Hudson, Mary Beth Tarbet, Matthew Grace, Sharon Pierce, Sands Family, Diane Curfman, Margaret Convery, Linda Scrivano, Ken Savage, Joann Albrecht, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Kyra, Team Hill, Gloria Martin, The Kertes Family, Robert Wescovich, Kristi Strembicki, Dee Dee Kenney, Ronni, Pat Schwier, Carol Bertolo-gamill, Al & Kerry Ganter, Tammy, Tricia Petty, Ryan Mccorristin, Kris Nixon , Paul Dickson, Beth Mcmeekin, Ellen Sullivan, Anne Duque, Mike Patrick, Ken Maikowski, Deb Ragno, Luis Rodriguez, Sarah And Chris, Maryann Eckenrode, Josh Weiss, Vickie Smialkowski , Arlene Vicek, Michael O'brien, Karen O'brien, Michaela , Ed Adams, Jennifer Hess, K Beasley, Kerri Coggins, Steve Knapp, Grumpy's Groupies, Karen Schlumpf, Shannon Murray, Kye Layton, Karen Adamakis, Jim Thompson, Jeremy Hardy, Janet Peirano, Ed Suscreba, Hunter Armstrong, Sharon Langlois , Ruben O'meara, Christine Brown, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Josette Gabel, Mark Donahue, The Long Family, Smitty, Tammy Warmouth, Brian Richmond, Hobbes And Snorky, Janet T Thorn, Tom Koval, Eric Berger, Carolyn Como, Karen Ramirez , Belicia, Scott C., Maureen And Warren Handy, Eric Enli, Loring Family, Linda Hoffman, Joyce Shipman, Cheryl Jackson , Bonnie Jean, Ruth Woodhouse, Paula Smith, Karen Taylor, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Donna Frank , The Harper Gang, Jamie Steiner, Team Bonnie Sue, Sharon Russo, Wendy T Faler, Mark Hardy, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Theresa Maradei , Carla C, Kristan Bertelmann, Maryann Romagnano, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Tiffany Gibb, Jeff Blank, Stephanie Newell, Nadine Miltier, Angela Sandoval, Herb Miller, Wayne Chadourne, Dallas Hamilton, Cathy Connors, Andrea Kruszewski, George Mundy Jr, Melesia Love, Karen Costa, Leigh Mertz, Caroline Burmester, Matt Holley, Roxanne Kliebert, Chris Bauman, Bob Henriksen, Karrie Rodriguez, Erin Hammer, Matthew Frey, Wade And Rosanne Williams, Jeremy Reichelt, Mickey Eckert, Rob Blundin, Scott Sangston, Shelly Borella, Jay Tillis, Vicki Britt, Dave Carriere, Carri Marotto, Les Whitten, Kathryn Hughes, Tim Johansen, Mike Cerce, Will Gates, The Patterson Family, Nancy Curl, Doug Olson Family, Randy T, Melissa Littman, Linda Grau, Paul Hitopoulos, Jodi Cook, Teri Michalski, Nick Bryant, Rachel Miller, Duskin Henard, Carol Baranowsky, Chris K, Nan Amor, Cynthia Hitchcock, Matt Cofone, Sheila Bagg, Jo Ann Bailey , David Ballard, Theresa Rucando, Sherry Trapp, Jane Johnson, Don Purney, Colleen Ringer, Maryann Daly, Rebecca Keenan, Shirley Garcowski, Paul Ignudo, Mike Haeberle , Rebecca A, Thomas Higbee, Sr., Lisa Pinder, Peggy Saeger, Sharon Leitgeb, The Gunnels Gang , Barclay Bakkum, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Claire Gregory, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Stacy Guarracino, Leach Family, and Jackie Klafeta!

Time for monthly drawing! The winner is: Ruben O'meara! Congratulations! Deb Wills will be sending you a prize!
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Challenge #458 Where in the world is this?

We’re switching parks! Or are we? This is the bottom half of someone; he must have lost a lot of weight. His ribs are showing.

Where in the World #458
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 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!

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November 8, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Artisans at Work

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Back in 2011, I had the pleasure of photographing the famed Disney character artist, Don "Ducky" Williams, during the "Everything's Just Ducky!" 15th Annversary AllEars.net Event in Epcot's Odyssey restaurant. He talked for nearly an hour all the while producing sketch portraits of Disney characters. It was a joy to watch a person who clearly loved his job. So much so that he keeps showing up years after his "retirement".

Don 'Ducky' Williams, famed Disney character artist, with a finished a portrait of Ariel during an event in Epcot's Odyssey restaurant, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Don "Ducky" Williams, famed Disney character artist, with a finished a portrait of Ariel during an event in Epcot's Odyssey restaurant.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 2500, EV 0, 200mm Focal Length, Bounced Flash.

Ducky makes the perfect person for the Disney Pic of the Week about Artisans at Work.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Artisan photo which will really blow you away.

November 9, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Artisans

Deb's Digest Blog

For several years during Holidays Around the World, Reinhard Herzog set up his custom made glass ornament shop at Epcot's Germany pavilion.


The master at work:

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It is fascinating to watch the art of glass blowing as he took ground glass and made it into beautiful ornaments.

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Do you have a favorite Disney artisan? Who is it?

November 11, 2016

Harps of Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I enjoyed performances of musicians playing harps in Disney's Animal Kingdom recently. The first one was a very unique instrument called a mandinka harp (kora) which is a 21-string lute-bridge-harp used extensively in West Africa made from a large calabash or bottle gourd. It makes a very pleasing sound.

Muscian playing a mandinka harp in the African village of Harambe at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Muscian playing a mandinka harp in the African village of Harambe.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/4.8, ISO 100, EV 0, 62mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

I follow and have read many an article and blog post from National Geographic photographer Joe McNally. He pays a lot of attention to a person's hands in his photographic essays about people in all walks of life. I channeled my inner McNally by taking a close up of the musician's hands while he played the mandinka harp.

Close up of a muscian's hands playing a mandinka harp in the African village of Harambe at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Close up of a muscian's hands playing a mandinka harp in the African village of Harambe.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 100, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length.

Later that day, I happened upon a musician playing the Paraguayan harp, the national instrument of Paraguay, on Discovery Island. I again wanted to emphasize the musician's hands. This time I slowed down my shutter to show motion as his hands moved over the strings. I kept the camera steady by using another Joe McNally technique called Da Grip. Comes in very handy (sorry about the pun) when you do not have a tripod on hand (I just can not help myself!).

Musician playing the Paraguayan harp on Discovery Island at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Musician playing the Paraguayan harp on Discovery Island.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/15s, f/5.6, ISO 560, EV +0.3, 170mm Focal Length.

Entertainment at Walt Disney World resorts and themeparks are wonderful to experience and photograph as you often can get very close to the performer(s).

As I was writing this post, I listened to mandinka harp music via youTube. I highly recommend doing the same when you wish to relax.

November 13, 2016

Where in the World #459

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!

Belated Happy Birthday to Laura Tarbet! I hope you had a wonderful day!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #458:
Where in the World #458

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

The crows nest outside of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in the Magic Kingdom!

Herb Miller, you’re right. They really need to give this guy a lunch break.

Steve Knapp, “a mighty ARRRGngry pirate”. Good one. ;)

Wade And Rosanne Williams, is that really his name? Old Bones? Or is that what you call him?

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Janet T Thorn, Bruce Hinterleitner, Linda Ranatza, Mary Beth Tarbet, The Gunnels Gang , Larissa Huda, Sands Family, Joseph M. Zafia, Luis Rodriguez, Team Hill, Evanna Huda, Matt Wildey, Sandie Albrecht, Scott C., Belicia, Karen Schlumpf, Vera And Izzy Williams , Kris Nixon , Phyllis, Eric Berger, Kerry And Erin A., Tammy Warmouth, Kye Layton, Hillary Waldroop, Margaret Convery, Robert Wescovich, Cheryl Costello, Grumpy's Groupies, Michael O'brien, Andy Hickey, Michaela O'brien , Karen O'brien, Mike Haeberle , Herb Miller, The Nufranick Family, Bob & Kathy Mckim, The Rider Family, Kristi Strembicki, Les Stewart, Ed Suscreba, Ken Savage, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Ruth Woodhouse, Loring Family, Laurie Walker, Deb Ragno, Tricia Petty , Zach And Lindsay M, The Parker Family, Jim Thompson, Phil Vickers, Maureen And Warren Handy, Jason Steinmetz, Linda Scrivano, Emily Hudson , Arlene Vicek, Sarah And Chris, Ruben O'meara, Hobbes And Snorky, K Beasley, Kyra, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Donna Frank, Wayne Chadourne, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Smitty, Leach Family, Jim Finley, Chris Kelly, Team Bonnie Sue, Bonnie Jean, Vicki Britt, Josh Weiss, Paul Dickson, Toni, Jodi Cook, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), John Warner, Clay Anthony, Mickey Eckert, Mis Jamie Marie, Martha & Justin Collins, Tim Johansen, Doug Olson Family, Kerri Coggins, Hunter Armstrong, Jill Hauth, Jeff Blank, Gloria Martin, Jeremy Hardy, Karen Ramirez , Eric Enli, Rob Blundin, Kristan Bertelmann, Theresa Rucando, Matt Holley, Joseph Pfrangle, Theresa Maradei, Karrie Rodriguez, Kevin Jones, Wade And Rosanne Williams, Chris Bauman, The Harper Gang, Mark Hardy, Jeremy Reichelt, George Mundy Jr, Brian Richmond, Rebecca Keenan, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Mike Amor, Trina Noggle, Steve Knapp, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Nan Amor, Lisa Pinder, Tiffany Gibb, Carol Baranowsky, Matthew Frey, Jodie S., Barclay Bakkum, Sheila Bagg, Don Purney, Robert P. Flaherty , Jo Ann Bailey , Barry Sklenar, Sandy Ceplecha, Claire Gregory , Peggy Saeger, Tom Koval, Jane Johnson, Dee Dee Kenney , Stacy Guarracino, Brian Gallant, and Rebecca A!
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Challenge #459 Where in the world is this?

We’re switching parks! No, really, we are. Know what this is? Well, we’re going into the big turn!

Where in the World #459
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 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!

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November 15, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Face Painting

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

While I did not get a photo of someone getting their face painted, I did get the next best thing. A portrait of a Face Painter stationed just outside the entrance to Disney's Kilimanjaro Safari. As you can see she is also advertising her Face Painting skills.

Cast Member Face Painter in the African village of Harambe at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cast Member Face Painter in the African village of Harambe.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/4.5, ISO 250, EV 0, 56mm Focal Length.

She makes the perfect person for the Disney Pic of the Week about Face Painting.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her face painting photo.

November 16, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Face Painting

Deb's Digest Blog

During the summer of 2014, Animal Kingdom held a series of night-time parties called Harambe Nights. One of the fun things to do was to have your Face Painted. Here I am with Shelley and Catherine after we had been "painted".

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November 18, 2016

Fisheye Awakening at Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Lately, when I want to use a prime lens these days at Walt Disney World, I put the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens on my full-frame digital SLR. A Nikon D750 in my case. This is the third time I have featured this lens on the blog. Let's get started.

Spaceship Earth is my Cinderella Castle for Epcot. It is my second most photographed object next to the Magic Kingdom landmark. In this photo, I put it at the top third of the composition as I featured the flower bed as you walk into Future World from World Showcase. It's almost like Spaceship Earth is rising from behind the flowers.

Spaceship Earth rising behind a flower bed in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth rising behind a flower bed in Epcot.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 280, EV 0.

Next, I took a trip back in time. I mean way, way back with Ellen and Bill Nye the Science Guy in the Universe of Energy. The ride vehicles do not go very fast so I used 1/60th of a second shutter speed with the aperture set to wide open at f/2.8. The D750 can go as high as ISO 12,800. Lightroom did a good job of cleaning up the noise.

Dinosaurs inside the Universe of Energy in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dinosaurs inside the Universe of Energy.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/60s, f/2.8, ISO 12800, EV +1.0.

Next, it was my first ride on Soarin' since they updated to a new flight plan. Disney does allow photography without a flash. I requested to sit in the middle of the three rows of seating on the "plane". With the fisheye, this allowed me to frame the photos using people's legs and feet.

Flying towards the Taj Mahal in Soarin' inside The Land pavillion at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Flying towards the Taj Mahal in Soarin' inside The Land.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

The Fisheye Lens is not for everything or everybody. I like to use it to get my creative photographic juices going as it does take forethought to use it correctly.

For reference, here are the other two blog posts on the Fisheye:

Fisheyed Disney

Return of the Fisheye Lens to Epcot

November 20, 2016

Where in the World #460

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!

Thank you for the nice notes, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Ken Savage, Sarah and Chris and everyone else!

Dan In Nh, it's in the 20 already in your area?!

Patti Mccaffrey, welcome back!

Now for Challenge #459:
Where in the World #459

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

Everybody got this one; even people who have never been on it! It’s the speed clock at Test Track as you go outside and around the curve! Or as Team Hill reminded me, the technical term is “that speedometer readout sign thingy”. lol

Thanks, Jennifer Rowell and Josh Weiss! Now I have “Danger Zone” in my head. :)

Kris Nixon, me too! The speed run is so short! I wish it went around a couple times!

Team Bonnie Sue and Karen Schlumpf, I am ready to go!

Vicki Britt, single rider line rocks! But that was nice that they could put you and your daughter together. Smitty, lol! It is amazing how long it can get!

The Kertes Family, isn't it amazing how close it is to Mexico?

Matt Holley, does your son hold on or hands in the air? :)

Ashley Collins, would I lie to you?
Smiley from Millan.Net

Mike Haeberle was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Mike and to all our winners this week! Brian Gallant, Larissa Huda, Matt Wildey, Ken Savage, Emily Hudson, Belicia, Scott C., Vera And Izzy Williams, Luis Rodriguez, Sandie Albrecht, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Joann Albrecht, Carla Nale, Martha & Justin Collins, Al & Kerry Ganter, Linda Ranatza, Beth B Mcmeekin, Hunter Armstrong, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Jill Hauth, Team Hill, Antoinette Leblanc, Tammy Warmouth, Sam Rossman, The Nufranick Family, Kristi Strembicki, Eric Berger, Phyllis, Joseph M. Zafia, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Kyran Smith And Chiara, Marsha Waidelich, Theresa Rucando, Margaret Convery, Jan Rosato, Ken Maikowski, Sands Family, Mike Walter, Bob Patterson, Blake Schmidt, Kris Nixon, Scott Greenbaum, Donna Frank, Linda College, Hillary Waldroop, Carolyn Como, K Beasley, Kye Layton, Team Bonnie Sue, Roxanne Kliebert, Jennifer Rowell, John Bickers, The Parker Family, John Paul Carnell, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Jim Finley, The Gunnels Gang, Loring Family, Scott Mcbride, Gloria Martin, Wayne Chadourne, Andrew Carrieri, Andreas Beer, Axel Beer, Ed Suscreba, Mickey Eckett, Vicki Britt, Michael O'brien, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Karen O'brien, Michaela O'brien, Jodi Cook, Linda Scrivano, Deb Ragno, Kyra, Herb Miller, Tricia Petty, Maureen And Warren Handy, Zach And Lindsay M, Paul Dickson, Chris Kelly, Andy Hickey, Carla C, Jason Steinmetz, Stefanie Vandiver, Kerri Coggins, Michelle, Hobbes And Snorky, Theresa Maradei, Mike Amor, Tom Koval, Ronald Delorey, Smitty, Steve Knapp, Grumpy's Groupies, Arlene Vicek, Sarah And Chris, Laurie Walker, Megan Joyce, Mildred Popp, Debra Kuklinski, Karen Taylor, Janet T Thorn, Les Whitten, Kerry A., Bonnie Jean, Jessica Gruhlke, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Tim Johansen, Cathy Fleming, Linda Hoffman, The Rider Family, Cynthia Hitchcock, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Josh Weiss, Jeff Blank, Jessica Polizzotto, Deb Gallo, Rob Blundin, George Mundy Jr, Dallas Hamilton, Dan In Nh, Les Stewart, Matt Holley, The Hutchinson Family, Chris Bauman, Jeremy Reichelt, Tommy Montgomery, Wendy T Faler, Karrie Rodriguez, Jameesd (dzneynut), Matthew Frey, Carri Marotto, Caroline Burmester, Mark Hardy, The Holmes Family, Jamie Steiner, The Kertes Family, Jamie Poynton, Will Gates, Karen Bellamy, Matthew Grace, Bob Hendrix, Eric Enli, Melesia Lovw, Scott Sangston, Patti Mccaffrey, Christopher Hall, Brian Richmond, Maryann Eckenrode, The Patterson Family, Chloe Mayhew, David Uchtman, John Warner, Larry Sprenkle, Dee Dee Kenney, Karen Schlumpf, Doug Olson Family, Maryann Romagnano, Cheryl E, Susan Doucette, Maureen Tavrell, Barry Sklenar, Duskin Henard, Erin Hammer, Shelly Borella, Rebecca Keenan, Nick Bryant, Patrick Broaddus, Tracy Discher, John Foggo, Sheila Bagg, Ed Adams, Jodie S., Diane Curfman, Mis Jamie Marie, Mis Jamie Marie, Ashley Collins, Cheryl Costello, Barclay Bakkum, Mike Gillardi, Shirley Garcowski, Sandy Ceplecha, Chip Vermette, Don Purney, Peggy Saeger, Thomas Higbee Sr, Carol Bertolo-gamill, Robert P. Flaherty, Jane Johnson, The Harper Gang, Ruben O'meara, Mark Proper, Paul Ignudo, Lori Rienhardt, Jo Ann Bailey, Elaine Prosecky, Olszak Family, Christy A Schor, and Jean Bussell!
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Challenge #460 Where in the world is this?

Going outside the parks: you see these in several places around Walt Disney World, so you just have to identify the object. Tougher one? There’s a bit of a hint on the starbo—I mean, right side of the thumbnail.

Where in the World #460
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 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!

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November 22, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Thanksgiving

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I searched all over the Magic Kingdom one day for a suitable subject to photograph for this Disney Pic of the Week about Thanksgiving. I went through all the shops on Main Street USA and the Holiday Shop in Liberty Square to no avail. After a ride in the Haunted Mansion, I walked past the Liberty Tree Tavern, which is home to a very Thanksgiving-like dining experience, and spotted the harvest decorations one would see on a table for a family's Thanksgiving day dinner in the United States.

Harvest decorations outside the Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Harvest decorations outside the Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 100, EV 0, 62mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

Notice even with an aperture of f/6.3, the background is out of focus. That is because I got very close to the decorations before taking the photo.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Thanksgiving photo.

To my fellow United States citizens, have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday!

November 23, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Thanksgiving

Deb's Digest Blog
From all of us to all of you:
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November 25, 2016

Harper's Mill in HDR

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
HDR Image of Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, f/18, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 52mm Focal Length, HDR Image.

How was your Thanksgiving? Eat alot? Out shopping today?

Scott is doing both as he is visiting relatives in central Florida before moving over to Walt Disney World all of next week. Follow Scott's Twitter account @Scottwdw as he covers all the holiday happenings around the parks and resorts. Not to mention all the meals on this visit. You might find Scott taking a nap on Tom Sawyer Island near Harper's Mill after one of those meals.

November 27, 2016

Where in the World #461

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!

I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Patti Mccaffrey, bon voyage! Have a magical trip!

Now for Challenge #460:
Where in the World #460

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

It’s a water taxi. We picked this one up at Port Orleans French Quarter to go to Disney Springs, but like we all said, they’re at several locations.

Bruce Hinterleitner, very funny! Seriously! :)

Emily Hudson was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Emily and to all our winners this week! Ken Savage, Vera And Izzy Williams, Michael O'brien, Karen O'brien, Michaela O'brien , Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Bruce Hinterleitner, Margaret Convery, Susie Howard, Loring Family, Suzanne Denham, Matt Wildey, Kris Nixon, Sandie Albrecht, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Paula Massarelli, Kerri Coggins, Tammy Warmouth, Vickie Barca, Eric Berger, Marsha Waidelich , Paul Dickson, Russ Morgan, Phyllis, Joseph M. Zafia, Linda Scrivano, The Kertes Family, Carla C, Kristi Strembicki, Steve Porter, Jan Rosato, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Tricia Petty , Bonniej Jean, K Beasley, Sharon Pierce, Team Hill, Martha & Justin Collins, Luis Rodriguez, Duskin Henard, Nancy Cole, Bob Patterson, Troy A Parker, John Stella, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Ruben O'meara, Linda Ranatza, Maryann Eckenrode, Donna Frank, Sarah And Chris, Linda Hoffman, Kye Layton, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, The Gunnels Gang, Mike Haeberle , Sharon Russo, Mark Donahue, Joann Albrecht, Pat Schwier, Mickey Eckert, Eric Enli, The Rider Family, Linda College, Ben M, Ed Suscreba, Team Bonnie Sue, Steve Knapp, Grumpy's Groupies, Andrew Carrieri, Ruth Woodhouse, Maureen And Warren Handy, Matthew Grace, Karen Schlumpf, Claire Gregory, Smitty, Lori Rienhardt, Maryann Romagnano, Jim Thompson, Josh Weiss, Gina Falzone , Ed Adams, Carolyn Como, Al & Kerry Ganter, The Nufranick Family, Linda Wilham, Hobbes And Snorky, Patty Carty, Wendy T Faler, Anne Duque, Belicia, Kyra, Scott C., Stefan Owens, Stefan Owens, Theresa Maradei , Sharon Powell, Janet T Thorn, Arlene Vicek, Lee Anastasi, Paula Smith, Sands Family, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Deb Ragno, Karen Ramirez, Gloria Martin , Evanna Huda, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), The Harper Gang, John Bickers, Jeff Blank, Leach Family, L And A , Becky Hosinger, Ashley Collins, Wayne Chadourne, Les Stewart, Cathy Connors, Emma Ramsey, Karen Costa, Chris Bauman, Brian Mcwithey, Glenn Meyer, David Uchtman, Margie Larmon, Matt Holley, Mark Hardy, Ken Maikowski, Matthew Frey, Jeremy Reichelt, Vicki Britt, Scott Sangston, Melesia Love, Olszak Family, Rebecca Keenan, Matt Earl, George Mundy Jr, Carri Marotto, Doug Olson Family, John Paul Carnell, Hillary Waldroop, Hunter Armstrong, Brian Richmond, Mike Cerce, Herb Miller, Dan In Nh, Susan Doucette, Tiffany, Gibb, The Patterson Family, Alison Rosenberger, Jamie Poynton, Mis Jamie Marie, Kristan Bertelmann, Robert P. Flaherty, Mark Proper, Julia And Carol Wickware, Jodie S., Chris Kelly, Barclay Bakkum, Don Purney, Dee Dee Kenney, Theresa Rucando, Gallagher Family, Melody Odonnell, Tom Higbee Sr., Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Zach And Lindsay Murr, Jane Johnson, John Warner, and Patti Mccaffrey!
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Challenge #461 Where in the world is this?

We go back in the parks to end November and usher in the next part of the holiday season! You may never have seen this guy and his friends face to face, but they are a significant part of Disney’s Christmas!

Where in the World #461

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See you soon, Players!

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

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November 29, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Favorite Holiday View

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The complete title for this Disney Pic of the Week was Favorite Holiday Landscape/Plants/Arrangement. I condensed it down to Favorite Holiday View.

My favorite is definitely the Main Street USA Train Station after going through the Magic Band/Turnstiles. I had to wait to get a clear photo which did not include any fellow guests as this is one of the most popular photo locations in all of Walt Disney World. Back in 2008, early December was one of the less busy times and I did not have to wait long. That is not the case today. Be prepared for a long wait.

Main Street Train Station decorated for the Christmas holidays at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Train Station decorated for the Christmas holidays.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/200s, f/18, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 18mm Focal Length.

The train with holiday garland adds to the theme as does the beautiful Mickey Mouse symbol made up of hundreds of red poinsettia plants. See what I did there? I got a landscape with plants and the plants are arranged all in one photo.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Favorite Holiday Landscape/Plants/Arrangement photo.

November 30, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Holiday Landscape/Plants/Arrangements

Deb's Digest Blog

When I saw this topic on our list for Photo of the Week I knew exactly what I was going to hunt for in my archives! One of my favorite things, now in yesterland, were the themed trees in Camp Minnie-Mickey in Animal Kingdom.

Oh, there was Donald and his nephews, Goofy, Finding Nemo, Festival of the Lion King, Pocahontas, Pooh, Minnie, Stitch and many more. (Scroll past the photo for a video).

Here is the top of Minnie's Tree:

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I took this video back in 2012 - see if you can guess who all the trees belong to!

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