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December 2, 2016

Photographing Holiday Lights at Home and at Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It is that time of year when cities, towns, villages and, yes, even us put up our holiday light displays to celebrate the season. Whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or something else, photographing these displays can be a challenge.

For outdoor lighting, it is best NOT to wait until it is totally dark out. Go out early just after sunset and wait for the sky light and outdoor lights to balance. This gives a nice overall exposure to the scene instead of bright light points which often are blown out. There is no formula as to when the light will balance. The photo below was taken about 15 minutes after sunset using a tripod which I recommend for the long exposures needed at a low ISO.

Balanced light for a home's holiday light display in Orlando, Florida
Balanced light for a home's holiday light display.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 4s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 22mm Focal Length.

Another type of photo people like to get is what PhotoPass photographers do at night in all the parks. Using a method called dragging the shutter, a tripod and instructing people to stand still, they are able to get a brightly lighted background like Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, Tree of Life or Hollywood Blvd. while correctly exposing, with the flash, the people they are photographing.

In a pinch, you can do it without a tripod as I did below.

Couple portrait in the Magic Kingdom with Cinderella Castle lighted in the background, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Couple portrait with Cinderella Castle lighted in the background.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/5s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Rear-Sync Flash, Cropped.

Here are a couple more links with information on Photographing Christmas Lights at Disney and on Dragging the Shutter.

Have any great photos of holiday displays whether they be yours, Disney's or another public display, send them my way. I might share them in a future blog post.

December 4, 2016

Where in the World #462

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!

Kristi Strembicki is in Walt Disney World! Have a wonderful trip! Does anyone need her to do some Christmas shopping for them while she’s there?
Smiley from Millan.Net

Anyone else done the Disney Yourself on the Disney website? I just made one; so cute! Google it for some fun!

Now for Challenge #461:
Where in the World #461

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

A Toy Soldier in the Magic Kingdom! I know: I post one of these every year around now, but I just LOVE them! It’s like walking past the castle and NOT taking a picture! I can’t do it. :)

Tammy Warmouth was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Tammy and to all our winners this week! Margaret Convery, Megan Krainski, Michael O'brien, Sands Family, Joseph M.zafia, Karen O'brien, Michaela O'brien, Andy Hickey, Wendy T Faler, The Kertes Family, Hunter Armstrong, Jill Hauth, Kristi Strembicki, Leach Family, Joann Albrecht, Linda Ranatza, Martha & Justin Collins, Theresa Rucando, Eric Berger, Jason Steinmetz, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Ken Savage, Team Hill, Emily Hudson, Chris Kelly, Luis Rodriguez, Ken Maikowski, Gloria Martin, The Gunnels Gang, Bruce Hinterleitner, Al & Kerry Ganter, Phyllis, Sandie Albrecht, Carrie K, Carol Baranowsky, The Fosbender Family, Janet H., Larissa Huda, Claire Gregory, Tricia Petty, Chris Horne, Janet Spiess, Grumpy's Groupies, Stefan Owens, Kris Nixon, Karin Dion, Linda Scrivano, Alexis Cavileer, Sarah And Chris, K Beasley, Mark Donahue, Maryann Eckenrode, Mark Donahue, Carolyn Como, Andreas Beer, Jack Meindl, The Nufranick Family, Sharon Pierce, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Ryan Mccorristin, Donna Frank, Jennifer Pichert, Marsha Waidelich, Christa B, Julia And Carol Wickware, Belicia, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Scott C., Becky Norman, Patty Carty, Team Bonnie Sue, Lori Rienhardt, Ruben O'meara, Smitty, Duskin Henard, Susan Higginbotham, Josette Gabel, Paul Dickson, Janet T Thorn, The Rider Family, Pat Schwier, Brian Richmond, Eric Enli, Stefanie Vandiver, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Sharon Powell, Kerri Coggins, Tom Koval, Theresa Maradei, Gina Falzone, Judy Simonsen, Bonnie Jean, Ed Adams, The Harper Gang, Ruth Woodhouse, Pat Morin, Vickie Smialkowski, Hobbes And Snorky, Jim Finley, The Parker Family, Ed Suscreba, Karen Adamakis, Sharon Russo, Dee Dee Kenney, Kyra, Laurie Walker, Jim Thompson, Beth Paczkowski, Ben M, Tracey Horan, Karen Taylor, Lizzy & Dave Fullerton, Maryann Romagnano, Maureen And Warren Handy, Vera And Izzy Williams, Matt Wildey, Paula Smith, Brian Mcwithey, Steve Knapp, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Linda College, Mary Coleman, Arlene Vicek, The Otts Family, Andrew Carrieri, Helene Hair, Dean And Anne, Josh Weiss, Carla C, John Bickers, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Janelle Montanez, Anne Duque, Diane Curfman, Jeff Blank, Mark Hardy, The Long Family, Carla Nale, Phil Vickers, Cynthia Hitchcock, Wayne Chadourne, Herb Miller, Paul Ignudo, Cameron Lange, Linda Hoffman, Joe Armeni, Matt Holley, Melody Odonnell, Randy Cowick, Karrie Rodriguez, Maureen Tavrell, Margie Larmon, Jamie Poynton, Scott Sangston, Jamie Steiner, Jay Tillis, Karen Bellamy, Tim Johansen, Clay Anthony, Melesia Love, Jeremy Reichelt, Vicki Britt, Les Whitten, Erin Hammer, Shirley Garcowski, Matthew Frey, Barry Sklenar, Cathy Fleming, The Patterson Family, George Mundy Jr, Tula G., Matthew Grace, Kelly Smith, Roxanne Kliebert, Christina Ison, Julie Carmack, Susie Howard, Scott Greenbaum, Linda Hoffman, Ashley Collins, Susan Doucette, Chris Bauman, John Paul Carnell, Rebecca Keenan, Annie Snodgrass, Shelly Borella, Carri Marotto, Dave Carriere, Will Gates, Jolynn Digiallonardo, Mike Cerce, Sandy Ceplecha, Barclay Bakkum, Jodie S., Mis Jamie Marie, Melodye Bostick, Jackie Graebel, Peggy Saeger, Sheila Bagg, Liz Moreau, Don Purney, Cheryl Costello, Maryann Daly, Bobbie Young, Bob Patterson, Sherry Trapp, Thomas R Higbee Sr, Beth Josuweit, Caroline Burmester, Teri Michalski, Susie Howard, Jane Johnson, Jackie Klafeta, Jodi Cook, Sherri Pell, Les Stewart, Stacy Guarracino, Lisa Pinder, Robert P Flaherty, and Amanda Campbell!

Time for the monthly drawing and guess who won? Team Bonnie Sue! Congratulations! Deb Wills will be sending you a prize!
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Challenge #462 Where in the world is this?

So! I think this is a good one. Still in a park.

Where in the World #462
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 8th, 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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December 6, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Holiday Parade Float

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

My favorite time of year is Christmastime. Saying that it should come to no surprise my favorite holiday parade float would involve Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade which is part of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Up until last week, I had never photographed the parade.

I quizzed a Disney fan photographer, whose Christmas parade photos I had always admired, for his best tips. They helped me come away with this photo of Mickey and Minnie Mouse on the lead float as they traveled down Main Street USA with "snow" coming down all around them.

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey and Minnie Mouse on the lead float of the Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 5600, EV 0.

I will detail how I photographed the parade on my blog this Friday.

Tomorrow, Deb will share her favorite holiday parade float.

December 7, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Holiday Parade Float

Deb's Digest Blog

Might as well keep the nostalgic posts coming for the holidays. Did you ever see Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade in Animal Kingdom? I always got a chuckle from this float:

holiday-parade.jpg

And here's a video of the parade:

December 9, 2016

Photographing the Christmas Parade in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As I mentioned a few days ago in the Disney Pic of the Week on Holiday Parade Floats, I would be telling you about my experience photographing Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade for the first time.

Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.

Seeing it might be a long time before I could see the parade again, I asked Orlando-based photographer and Disney fan, Don Sullivan, for his tips on photographing a parade he has done many times. I will go over them with photos from the parade.

  1. LENSES: I (Don) typically use fast lenses in the range between f/1.4 and f/2.8. Anything darker will likely either push your shutter speed too slow, or force the ISO too high. Don has used a 35mm f/1.4, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses for this parade using a full-frame camera.
  2. EXPOSURE: I (Don) typically use the camera's Shutter Priority mode, 1/125th of a second minimum, f/1.4 - f/2.8, ISO Auto with max set to 6400, Matrix metering (be prepared to adjust this based on the performance of the lens being used). Lighting in this parade is more even and brighter than other night parades so spot metering is not typically needed.


Here is one example of how Don's suggestions helped me get a photo of Mickey Mouse on the lead float of the parade. The "snow" on Main Street USA really stands out.

Mickey waving to guests during the Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey waving to guests during the Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 5600, EV 0.

When it comes to lenses, the ones Don has used are very expensive. If you do not already own a similar lens, I suggest either renting one for your trip or getting an inexpensive Nifty-Fifty which is a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. Most camera and third party lens manufacturers produce it. I put on my Nifty-Fifty and set my camera manually to 1/125th of a second at an aperture of f/2.8. Per Don's suggestion, I set my Nikon D750 full-frame camera to Auto ISO but to go no higher than 6400. This combination worked particularly well for the face characters.

Queen Elsa from Frozen in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Queen Elsa from Frozen in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 2800, EV 0.

The exposure is just about right. I had to work a little longer in Lightroom for each image to pull out the shadows a little, do some selective dodging and clean up the high ISO noise. Really only added a few seconds to each image. A fast lens really is needed to get the best results. Like this one of the Big Guy...Santa Claus.

Santa Claus greeting everyone in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Santa Claus greeting everyone in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

There was one photo Don had taken of the Toy Soldiers marching down Main Street USA I wanted to try an duplicate. However, I found out not all Christmas parades are the same. In the parade I was photographing, the Toy Soldier Marching Band proceeding the Marching Toy Soldiers did not leave any room between them and I had no opportunity to photograph them. Don was nice enough to allow me to share his photo. Nice work, Don!

Toy Soldiers marching in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Toy Soldiers marching in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Copyright, 2016, Don Sullivan.
Nikon D500/24-70mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm (36mm DX) Focal Length.

I would like to thank Don for passing along his tips. He travels to Disney parks all over the world and I urge you to check out Don Sullivan's flickr photostream (click here).

December 11, 2016

Where in the World #463

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!

My computer crashed! They say my hard drive is a goner. And I'm away from home so it's more difficult. I'm handling it well.
Smiley from Millan.Net Smiley from Millan.Net

So I'm on my tablet in my kitchen in our RV wishing I hadn't complained about how old and show my laptop was. I know I cursed it.

Now for Challenge #462:
Where in the World #462

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

Wishes! With Walt and Mickey in silhouette in front of the Castle. I thought we'd catch the fireworks before we leave.

Matt Holley! Singing the song...! Then Jiminy Cricket comes in at the end: I choke up every time.

Al and Kerry Ganter was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Al and Kerry Ganter, and to all our winners this week! Andreas Beer, Andrew Carrieri, Andy Hickey, Ashley Collins, Barclay Bakkum, Barry Sklenar, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Bonnie Jean, Bruce Jones, Carla C, Carol Baranowsky, Carol Gamill, Caroline Burmester, Carri Marotto, Cathy Connors, Chris Bauman, Chris Kelly, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Dave Carriere, Deb Ragno, Diane Curfman, Don Purney, Ed Adams, Emily Hudson, Eric Berger, Eric Enli, Erin Hammer, Evanna Huda, Gallagher Family, George Mundy Jr, Gloria Martin, Grumpy's Groupies, Hillary Waldroop, Hobbes And Snorky, Hunter Armstrong, Jackie Graebel, Jamie Poynton, Jane Johnson, Janet Spiess, Janet T Thorn, Jason Steinmetz, Jeff Blank, Jeremy Reichelt, Jessica Polizzotto, Jill Hauth, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Jim Finley, Jim Thompson, Joann Albrecht, Jodie S., John Paul Carnell, John Warner, Joseph M. Zafia, Josh Weiss, Joyce And Steve, Julie Carmack, K Beasley, Karen Bellamy, Karen O'brien, Karin Dion, Karrie Rodriguez, Ken Maikowski, Ken Savage, Kerri Coggins, Kris Nixon, Kyra, Leach Family, Les Stewart, Les Whitten, Linda College, Linda Hoffman, Linda Hoffman, Linda Ranatza, Linda Scrivano, Lizzy & Dave Fullerton, Lori Rienhardt, Loring Family, Luis Rodriguez, Margaret Convery, Margie Larmon, Mark Donahue, Mark Hardy, Maryann Eckenrode, Maryann Romagnano, Matt Holley, Matt Wildey, Matthew Frey, Matthew Grace, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Michaela Obrien, Michelle Palazzo, Mickey Eckert, Mike Amor, Mike Cerce, Mike Haeberle, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Nadine Miltier, Nan Amor, Paul Dickson, Paula Smitj, Phyllis, Rebecca A, Rebecca Keenan, Robert P Flaherty, Roxanne Kliebert, Sandra Albrecht, Sands Family, Sarah And Chris, Scott Greenbaum, Scott Sangston, Shannon Murray, Sharon Pierce, Sharon Powell, Sharon Russo, Sherri Pell, Smitty, Steve Knapp, Tammy Warmouth, Tammy Warmouth, Team Bonnje Sue, Team Hill, The Kertes Family, The Otts Family, The Parker Family, The Reichl Family, Theresa Maradei, Theresa Rucando, Tim Johansen, Tom Higbee, Vera And Izzy Williams, Veronica Alvarado, Wayne Chadourne, and Will Gates!
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Challenge #463 Where in the world is this?

Leaving the parks! This features a very large Christmas decoration that I believe they don't put up anymore. But it was in numerous photos and the Christmas day broadcast for years.

Where in the World #463
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 15th, 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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December 13, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Favorite Holiday Resort Decoration

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have admired it from buses, ferries and monorails on previous trips. This year, I finally got off the monorail at Disney's Contemporary Resort and walked out to photograph the large Christmas tree outside the resort. The timing was perfect as the Sun had set and blue hour was coming on. I did not have a tripod with me so I used a Disney Quadpod (aka garbage can) to help steady my camera using a slow shutter speed.

Christmas Tree at the Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Christmas Tree outside the Contemporary Resort.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/25s, f/8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Tomorrow, Deb will share her Favorite Holiday Resort Decoration.

December 14, 2016

Disney Pic fo the Week: Favorite Holiday Decor Ft. Wilderness

Deb's Digest Blog

I have lots of Disney decor photos from Fort Wilderness, but this one struck my funny bone.

fort-decor.jpg

Hot Cocoa Hot Tub...............

December 16, 2016

Holiday Wishes from Main Street USA

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Before the Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, I photographed Holiday Wishes from the same location. I used the Bulb Technique described in this post: Photographing Fireworks.

This is a test shot to line up Cinderella Castle down Main Street USA.

Cinderella Castle at the end of Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle at the end of Main Street USA in Ice Lights.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 30s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length, Tripod.

By the time, Holiday Wishes commenced, Main Street USA filled in with party goers.

Holiday Wishes over Cinderella Castle during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Holiday Wishes over Cinderella Castle during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 16s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod.

One of my favorite moments of Holiday Wishes is when they make a Christmas tree over Cinderella Castle and O Christmas Tree is played.

Holiday Wishes over Cinderella Castle during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
O Christmas Tree sequence of Holiday Wishes during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 14s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod, Cropped.

This location for Holiday Wishes was not my favorite. Though I did enjoy not being elbow to elbow with my fellow Disney fans for the long exposures needed for fireworks.

Holiday Wishes over Cinderella Castle during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Holiday Wishes "snow" artifacts during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 28s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod.

Oh, one last little issue to look out for...."snow" falling on Main Street USA may cause artifacts in your photos.

December 18, 2016

Where in the World #464

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!

Arlene Vicek, you were just there? I was just there! We could have looked at decorations together! I swear someone else said they just got back too. And John Bickers is headed down now because his very smart daughter pointed out it was a great idea!

Vicki Britt, get in that car and drive! Mickey and Santa are waiting!

Thanks for your notes, Claire Gregory and Chris Kelly, on my computer. Fingers crossed.

Now for Challenge #463:
Where in the World #463

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

As Maureen and Warren Handy so eloquently put it, it's the big honkin' Mickey Christmas wreath that used to hang on the Contemporary resort! And, of course, the beloved monorail. :)

Tricia Petty was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Tricia and to all our winners this week! Brian Gallant, Emily Hudson, Ken Savage, Scott Greenbaum, Sands Family, Brian Richmond, The Kertes Family, Linda Ranatza, Russ Morgan, Joseph M. Zafia, Marsha Waidelich, Ken Maikowski, Vicki Britt, Jennifer Hess, Eric Berger, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Jennifer Rowell, Deb Gallo, Kerri Coggins, Al & Kerry Ganter, Theresa Rucando, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Chris Horne, Josh Weiss, Michael Obrien, Sandra Albrecht, Michaela Obrien, Karen O'brien, Karen D, Claire Gregory, Leach Family, Mike Haeberle, Christine Brown, Vera And Izzy Williams, Team Hill, Julia And Carol Wickware, Phil Vickers, Paul Dickson, Grumpy's Groupies, Matt Wildey, Joyce & Steve, Jack Meindl, Linda Hoffman, Eric Enli, Evanna Huda, Maryann Eckenrode, Angela Sandoval, Ed Elder, Phyllis, Hunter Armstrong, Karin Dion, Jill Hauth, Linda Hoffman, Jan Rosato, Karen Schlumpf, Jim Finley, Bonnie Jean, Andy Hickey, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Tammy Warmouth, Gloria Martin, Duskin Henard, Chris Kelly, Andrea Flanders, The Parker Family, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Sarah And Chris, Becky Norman, Sue And Ed Adams, Kris Nixon, Steve Porter, K Beasley, Smitty, Joann Albrecht, Carla C, Deb Ragno, Jennifer Pichert, Chuck Everson, John Warner, Team Bonnie Sue, Maureen And Warren Handy, Andreas Beer, Megan Krainski, Linda Scrivano, Susan Higginbotham, Axel Beer, Pam Lorenz, Beth Mcmeekin, Diane Tredore, Diane Curfman, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Janet T Thorn, The Nufranick Family, The Reichl Family, Kyra, Chloe Mayhew, Ruben O'meara, Sharon Powell, Robert Hildebrandt, Mary Beth Tarbet, Mark Donahue, Hobbes And Snorky, Cynthia Hitchcock, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Tom Koval, Pat Morin, Linda College, Pat Schwier, Cathy Fleming, Karen Taylor, Carolyn Como, Martha & Justin Collins, Will Gates, Jodi Cook, Melissa Littman, Arlene Vicek, Jim Thompson, Roxanne Kliebert, Karen Ramirez, Amy Filliben, Les Whitten, Mickey Eckert, Suzanne Denham, Matthew Grace, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Jessica Gruhlke, The Long Family, Andrew Carrieri, Loring Family, Brian Mcwithey, Steve Knapp, Tim Johansen, Doug Olson Family, Kye Layton, Jessica Polizzotto, Jeff Blank, Michelle Palazzo, Josette Gabel, Theresa Maradei, Jeremy Hardy, The Fosbender Family, Lizzy & Dave Fullerton, Martin Greene, Bob Patterson, Wendy T Faler, Susan Doucette, Mike Cerce, Emily Eldridge, Andrew Swiatowicz, Les Stewart, Joyce Tofflemire, Chris Bauman, Mark Hardy, Karen Costa, Carol Baranowsky, Matt Holley, Matthew Frey, Rebecca Keenan, Kelly Smith, Melody Odonnell, Lori Rienhardt, Patrick Broaddus, The Hutchinson Family, Alison Rosenberger, Carolyn Duff, Herb Miller, Maureen Tavrell, The Patterson Family, Karrie Rodriguez, Scott Sangston, Bob Hendrix, Jamie Steiner, Tracy Discher, Barry Sklenar, Wayne Chadourne, Jamie Poynton, Chris K, Rob Blundin, Jacki Mabey, Renee Hardiman, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Jeremy Reichelt, John Paul Carnell, Eric Atkinson, Sara Alaimo, Ronald Delorey, Mark Benton, Carri Marotto, Dee Dee Kenney, Luis Rodriguez, Ashley Collins, Jamesd (dzneynut), Nadine Miltier, Cathy Connors, John Bickers, Jay Tillis, Dave Carriere, George Mundy Jr, Lisa Pinder, Jolynn Digiallonardo, Karen Ford, Tom Higbee, Peggy Saegwr, Jodi H, Sheila Bagg, Barclay Bakkum, Bruce Hinterleitner, Jo Ann Bailey, Don Purney, Jackie Graebel, Nan Amor, Emma Ramsey, Ben M, Kim Wolfe, Sherry Trapp, Joanne Archer, Joanna Conklin, Margie Larmon, Robert P.flaherty, Jane Johnson, Hillary Waldroop, Gallagher Family, Tommy Montgomery, Stacy Guarracino, Beth Josuweit, Matt Earl, and Shannon Murray!

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Challenge #464 Where in the world is this?

We are still staying out of the parks. This is relatively new - a little over a year and a half. I hope I made the thumbnail so you can search for it if you haven't seen it/them for yourself.

Where in the World #464
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 22nd, 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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December 20, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Favorite Holiday Entertainment

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When I was at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party earlier this month, I enjoyed a new a cappella group for the first time. Voiceplay performed on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland and sang traditional and non-tradtional Christmas songs. To hear them perform a mashup of several Christmas favorites was both funny and totally awesome.

Voiceplay performing on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Voiceplay performing on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 2500, EV -1.0, 28mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Favorite Holiday Entertainment.

December 21, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Favorite Holiday Entertainment

Deb's Digest Blog

Without a doubt, my favorite Holiday Entertainment at Walt Disney World is the beautiful Candlelight Processional at Epcot. It is almost impossible to experience this show and not come out feeling a little lighter, a little brighter, and a little warm and fuzzy inside.

I have been fortunate to see many narrators over the years including Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, Eartha Kitt, Marlee Matlin, Neil Patrick Harris, Blair Underwood, and others.

By far my favorite narrator has been Jodi Benson.

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Here's Jodi's opening and closing remarks from the 2014 Candlelight:

December 23, 2016

Christmas Wish 2016

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Cinderella Castle decorated for the holidays in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle transformed by Queen Elsa into an Ice Castle.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV -1.0, 16mm Focal Length.

Just because I cannot see it, doesn't mean I can't believe it!

-- Jack Skellington, The Nightmare Before Christmas

Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas.

Scott will be taking next week off to spend with friends and family for the holidays and will be returning again for another year of Walt Disney World photography fun, tips and knowledge.

December 25, 2016

Where in the World #465

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

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

Happy Hanukkah!
Smiley from Millan.Net Smiley from Millan.Net

And Merry Christmas!
Smiley from Millan.Net Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #464
Where in the World #464

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

The Amphicar Launch at Disney Springs!

Ken Savage were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! The Kertes Family, Michael O'brien, Margaret Convery, Michaela O'brien, Eric Berger, Karen O'brien, Julia And Carol Wickware, Sandie Albrecht, Maryann Eckenrode, Linda College, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Theresa Rucando, Carol Gamill, Tricia Petty, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Phyllis, Starr Cookson, Matt Wildey, Vanessa Stjohn, Evanna Huda, Joyce Shipman, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Brenda Mclean, Michael Dedmon, Carson Olesch, Curtis Cary, The Parker Family, Paul Dickson, Josh Weiss, Joann Albrecht, Joe Pfrangle, Ronald Delorey, Tommy Montgomery, Karin Dion, Team Hill, The Fosbender Family, Sands Family, Ruth Woodhouse, Grumpy's Groupies, Duskin Henard, Carla C, Jodi Cook, Phil Vickers, Hunter Armstrong, Jill Hauth, Eric Enli, Adam Lucas, Josette Gabel, Angela Sandoval, Al & Kerry Ganter, Andy Hickey, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Hillary Waldroop, Bruce Hinterleitner, Sarah And Chris, Anne Duque, John Stella, Loring Family, Tim Johansen, Janet H., Donna Frank, Kristi Strembicki, Jason Steinmetz, Linda Ranatza, Kris Nixon, Team Bonnie Sue, Andreas Beer, Axel Beer, Deb Ragno, Pat Schwier, Janet T Thorn, Christine Brown, Chloe Mayhew, Melissa Haeberle, Vicki Britt, Steve Knapp, Belicia, Scott C., Beth Mcmeekin, Vera And Izzy Williams, Gloria Martin, K Beasley, Linda Scrivano, Chris Horne, Tammy Warmouth, Karen Schlumpf, Stefan Owens, Leach Family, Lori Rienhardt, Jim Thompson, Bonnie Jean, Ruben Omeara, Carolyn Como, Smitty, Maryann Romagnano, Beth Paczkowski, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Pam Lorenz, Judy Simonsen, Brian Richmond, Jennifer Hess, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Blake Schmidt, Bob Patterson, Maureen And Warren Handy, Jan Rosato, Tom Koval, Mark Donahue, Melissa Such, Carol Baranowsky, Jim Looney, Les Whitten, Arlene Vicek, Cathy Fleming, Cynthia Hitchcock, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Gina Falzone, Mary Bet Tarbet, Karen Costa, Karen Taylor, Alexis Cavileer, Martha & Justin Collins, Kristan Bertelmann, Ashley Collins, Laurie Walker, Mike Strait, Luis Rodriguez, The Long Family, Scott Greenbaum, Jim Finley, Jeff Blank, Joseph M. Zafia, Andrew Carrieri, Renee Hardiman, Rebecca A, The Otts Family, Jeremy Hardy, Melissa Littman, Andrea Flanders, Matthew Grace, Wayne Chadourne, Robert Wescovich, Matt Holley, Mark Hardy, Sara Alaimo, The Holmes Family, Cathy Connors, Herb Miller, Alison Rosenberger, The Hutchinson Family, Karrie Rodriguez, Matthew Frey, Les Stewart, Rob Blundin, Carri Marotto, Rebecca Keenan, Jamie Steiner, Jeremy Reichelt, Erin Hammer, Elaine Prosecky, Scott Sangston, The Patterson Family, George Mundy Jr, Chris K, Jamie Poynton, Kelly Smith, Kyra, John Paul Carnell, Diane Curfman, Tracy Discher, Toni, Jessica Polizzotto, Jason Skow, Barry Sklenar, Davida, Margie Larmon, Bob Hendrix, Sue And Ed Adams, Mickey Eckert, Barclay Bakkum, Theresa Maradei, Sheila Bagg, Jo Ann Bailey, Robert P. Flaherty, Barb Welshhans, Amanda Garrett, Bobby Welshhans, Cheryl Costello, Sherry Trapp, Jackie Klafeta, Chuck Everson, Christy A Schor, Thomas Higbee Sr, Don Purney, Dave Carriere, Shirley Garcowski, Susan Doucette, Jeff Finger, Stacy Guarracino, Carol Carpenter, Jane Johnson, and Will Gates!

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Challenge #465 Where in the world is this?

We are STILL outside the parks! But we have moved on from Disney Springs to see the decorations at the different resorts. So where is this particular one?

Where in the World #465

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December 27, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Christmas at Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I strongly recommend those coming to Walt Disney World for the first time during the holiday season to see a performance of the Candlelight Processional in Epcot. The Candlelight Processional is the telling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator with music sung by a mass choir and performed by a 50-piece live orchestra. The choir is made up of the Voices of Liberty, volunteer Disney Cast Members, who make up the "tree", and high school chorus' from all over the United States.

Candlelight Processional takes place in the America Gardens Theatre across from the American Adventure in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Candlelight Processional being performed at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/400s, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Christmas at Disney photo.

December 28, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Christmas at Disney

Deb's Digest Blog

Way back in 2001, most folks didn't think twice about the Disney Christmas Special being filmed in advance. Well, may you did, but I don't think I did.

So as I entered the Magic Kingdom on December 2, 2001, Cast Members had roped off an area in front of the castle. Most people just walked on by. I decided to stand on the sidewalk and see what was going on. Lo and behold, WDW was filming part of the Christmas Special.

Here is the one I took of Mary Lou Retton, first US woman to win Gold in an Olympic Game (1984), with Goofy and Minnie.

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December 30, 2016

Bringing in the New Year with a BAM at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM holiday show in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Christmas tree projection lingers on the Great Movie Ride as guests turn to leave after a showing of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM holiday show in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/20s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

Happy New Year! May 2017 be all we hope it to be.

Scott will be returning next week for another year of Walt Disney World photography fun, tips and knowledge. In the meantime, if you have any questions, leave them in the Comments and Scott will do his best to answer them in an upcoming blog post.

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