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February 1, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Spaceship Earth

Deb's Digest Blog

From aerial photos we turn our attention to Epcot for several weeks. Today, Spaceship Earth!

Spaceship Earth is arguably the most photographed building in all of Epcot, perhaps only 2nd to Cinderella's Castle in all of Walt Disney World. I enjoyed going back through my gallery of photos. From beautiful topiary displays, the magical wands of "2000" and "Epcot", the Lights of Winter Arch, to the Fountain of Nations dancing water... there is much to love. And I haven't even talked about the attraction yet.

Here is one photo that just stood out to me as I looked through all my pictures:

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February 3, 2017

Photographing Disney Statues in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Hub in front of Cinderella Castle was expanded a couple of years ago into the Central Plaza. When that happened the Disney character statuettes which were near the Partners statue moved to the new Main Street Plaza Gardens in front of Casey's Corner and Plaza Restaurant. If you happen to have some free time with your camera on your next visit, you might want to explore the new statuette locations. I did find myself with time on a recent trip and decided to do a little composition practice.

As the time of the day was nearing high noon with harsh shadows being cast down on the character statuettes, I used fill flash to fill in those shadows. I wanted to show a couple of things: how distance effects a set aperture and moving positions for better backgrounds or composition.

I set my camera to Aperture Priority mode and used an aperture of f/11. The camera would then calculate the shutter speed and ISO settings.

First up are those adorable chipmunks, Chip and Dale. My first attempt shows how getting in close focus range effected the background focus. This created a soft focus or bokeh behind the sharply focused chipmunks.

Chip and Dale Chipmunk statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Chip and Dale Chipmunk statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 140, EV +0.3, 100mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

While the background is out of focus it still looks very busy and distracting. To simplify, I moved around the statuette and found the water fountain to be more suitable for a background.

Chip and Dale Chipmunk statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Chip and Dale Chipmunk statuette in front of a water fountain on the Main Street Plaza Gardens.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 125, EV +0.3, 105mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

Is that not better?

I found my favorite flying pachyderm, Dumbo with his buddy, Timothy Q. Mouse, and was happy to see I could still put Cinderella Castle behind them.

Dumbo with Timothy Q. Mouse statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dumbo with Timothy Q. Mouse statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 52mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

I pulled back the zoom so the background would not be as out of focus. I wanted you to know where I took this photo.

I, also, wanted to get a good photo of Timothy Q. Mouse and moved in very close using a zoom lens. What do you think will happen? See below for the answer.

Timothy Q. Mouse on the Dumbo statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Timothy Q. Mouse on the Dumbo statuette on the Main Street Plaza Gardens.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

If you thought the background would go super-bokeh, you were right. It would take a real Disney park fan to figure out where this was taken.

You can do this type of photographic exercise anywhere. At home using decorative figurines or kids toys or at a local park or plaza with statues. You can even use real people if you like. The more you practice, the more you will find a use for this technique when you are out photographing.

February 5, 2017

Where in the World #470

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!

Wow! You guys can really yell loud. 

Chris Kelly, actually I’m in the Northeast too. It’s been a mild winter (I still hate it); I wonder if we can get through it staying this way.

Now for Challenge #469:
Where in the World #469

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

The corkboard in the queue for Meeting Magician Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater in the Magic Kingdom!

Vera and Izzy Williams, I love Tony’s porch too. I have a soft spot for Lady and the Tramp.

Mark Hardy, Mary Beth Tarbet: those were great answers!

Margaret Convery was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Margaret and to all our winners this week! Barclay Bakkum, Carolyn Como, Steve Knapp, Kyra, Bryant O'meara, Don Purney, Nan Amor, Maureen And Warren Handy, Paul Dickson, Bruce Hinterlwitner, Eric Enli, Arlene Vicek, Mike Malampy(Malampy Benco Family), Wayne Chadourne, Mike Amor, Theresa Rucando, Kelly Smith, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kristan Bertelmann, Vera And Izzy Williams, Ken Maikowski, Joseph M. Zafia, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Stacy Guarracino, Tammy Warmouth, J. Schall, Jessica Polizzotto , Diane Curfman, Maryann Romagnano, Luis Rodriguez, Gloria Martin , Beth Mcmeekin, Team Hill, Linda Hoffman, Herb Miller, Brian, Rebecca Keenan, Jamie Poynton, Claire Gregory, Karen Schlumpf, Linda Ranatza, Julia Wickware, K Beasley, Deb Ragno, Theresa Maradei, Grumpy's Groupies, Leach Family, Bruce Hinterleitneretc., Kris Nixon, Matt Wildey, Tricia Petty, Wendy T Faler, Stacie Doughty, Sandie Albrecht, Melissa Such , Sharon Powell, Maryann Eckenrode, The Rider Family, Mike Haeberle , Hillary Waldroop, Scott C., Belicia, Chris Kelly, Zoe C., Carla C, Lori Rienhardt, Eric Berger, Donna Frank, Kristi Strembicki, Bob & Kathy Mckim, The Nufranick Family, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, The Kertes Family, John Bickers, Susan Higginbotham, Phyllis, Andrew Carrieri, Mickey Eckert, Sue And Ed Adams, Kerri Coggins, Bonnie Jean, Team Bonnie Sue, Josh Weiss, Maureen Tavrell, Linda Hoffman, Erin Hammer, Linda Hoffman, George Mundy Jr, Mark Donahue, Matt Holley, Jeremy Reichelt, Matthew Frey, The Patterson Family, Scott Sangston, Vicki Britt, Dave Carriere, Tim Johansen, Mark Hardy, Ken Savage, Robert Wescovich, Jane Johnson, Linda Hoffman, Michaela Obrien, Karen O'brien, and Andy Hickey!

Time to announce the January winner! And that player is: Mike Amor! Congratulations, Mike! You’ll be getting an AllEars prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #470 Where in the world is this?

We are outside the parks!

Where in the World #470
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 9th, 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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February 7, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: The Land

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The old adage when visiting Walt Disney World is to always look up when inside a pavilion, attraction and even shops. In The Land pavilion at Epcot's Future World, the huge atrium has balloons "floating" high above the seating area for the Sunshine Seasons food court. I have taken many photos of them from the walkways but never from directly below them until now.

Season Balloons in The Land pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Season Balloons in The Land pavilion.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/125, f/2.8, ISO 100, EV 0.

Each of the balloons circling the Earth balloon depicts a season.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her The Land photo as we continue our tour of Epcot's Future World.

February 8, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: The Land

Deb's Digest Blog

Like most of Future World, I get lost looking through my photo galleries for each pavilion and start remembering times past and things that would make me smile. I've always loved The Land, there is/was so much do to in one building. One of my favorite "original" attractions is still there, the Living with the Land boat ride. Although I do miss the live Cast Member narrating, change is inevitable and at least the attraction is still there. (Yes, I love Soarin' but I go back to the early days.)

There was one small "attraction" that was very cool back in the 2000s... the Junior Chef Program, presented by Nestle Toll House. A small area in the back of the pavilion was set up as a mini kitchen where a couple times a day junior chefs would make Nestle Toll House cookies.

This photo was taken November 2005. Does anyone have additional information about the Junior Chef Program? How long it was in the Land? Other specifics? Please share them in the comments below.

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February 10, 2017

Photographing a Disney Icon: Spaceship Earth

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I missed a Disney Pic of the Week a couple of week's ago. You know how it goes sometimes. I got busy, was traveling...yada, yada, yada...I ended up missing the post.

I want to make it up to you today. The one I missed was for Spaceship Earth. I figure it is my second most photographed object at Walt Disney World. Cinderella Castle being by far and away the first one. I went through my photos and found three different ways I photographed the big ball which I thought you would enjoy.

I talked about how to use objects for framing other objects awhile back. I even used a similar photo as this one. This was a wide angle photo I cropped in post-processing to bring everything in a little closer.

Spaceship Earth seen through the Red Torii Gate at the Japan pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth seen through the Red Torii Gate from the Japan pavilion.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Cropped.

When I looked over my shoulder while walking to World Showcase from Future World I saw this composition. I noticed how the trees along the walkway leads you right to Spaceship Earth behind the people, monorail rail and water fountain.

Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/1000s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0, 122mm Focal Length.

In this last one, I liked the composition and the contrast between the living palm tree and the metal triangles of Spaceship Earth behind it.

Palm tree in front of Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Palm tree in front of Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 62mm Focal Length.

Hope you will forgive my transgression and this gives you some ideas on how to photograph other familiar subjects you know of.

February 12, 2017

Where in the World #471

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 #470:
Where in the World #470

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

A sign in Goofy’s Candy Company in the Marketplace!

The Leach Family was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Leach Family and to all our winners this week! The Kertes Family, Hillary Waldroop, Cathy Fleming, Karen Ramirez, Vera and Izzy Williams, Mary Beth Tarbet, Margaret Convery, Lindsay Clayton, Grumpy's Groupies, Mike Amor, Wendy T Faler, Eric Berger, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Kris Nixon, Team Hill, Joann Albrecht, Tammy Warmouth, Lori Rienhardt, The Rider Family, Sands Family, John Bickers, Chris, Gretchen, and Katie Barnes, Ken Savage, Eric Enli, Theresa Rucando, Chris Kelly, The Nufranick Family, Claire Gregory, Phyllis, Belicia, The Parker Family, Scott C., Adolph and Kimberly Timm, Deb Ragno, Paul Dickson, Zoe C., Arlene Vicek, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Linda Scrivano, Hobbes and Snorky, Karen Adamakis, Ruben O'meara, Paula Massarelli, Andrew Carrieri, Kristan Bertelmann, Kyra, Martha and Justin Collins, Kerri Coggins, Loring Family, Pat Schwier, Maureen and Warren Handy, Jodie S., Mark Donahue, Danielle Maiorino, Mickey Eckert, Jeff Blank, Nan Amor, Melody Odonnell, Jason Burley, Janet T Thorn, Rebecca Keenan, Matt Holley, Clay Anthony, Erin Hammer, Herb Miller, Shelly Borella, Jeremy Reichelt, Matthew Frey, Mark Hardy, Alison Rosenberger, Vicki Britt, Smitty, Scott Sangston, Teri Michalski, Mike Haeberle, Kristi Strembicki, Donna Frank, Carolyn Como, Duskin Henard, Shannon Murray, Barclay Bakkum, Josh Weiss, Les Stewart, David Ballard, Joseph M. Zafia, Sherry Trapp, Don Purney, Kendra, Veronica Peterson, Jane Johnson, Kelly Smith, and Kendra Zander!

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Challenge #471 Where in the world is this?

Going back into the parks, so have your park tickets ready!

Where in the World #471
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 16th, 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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February 14, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: The Seas with Nemo & Friends

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Seas of the world are ever moving, always in motion. I really liked how Disney captured that trait of the sea at The Living Seas when it first opened and kept it with the re-imagined The Seas with Nemo & Friends in Epcot's Future World. The sign to the attraction sits in the middle of a rugged sea shore reminisent of the western United States. "Waves" randomly splash up onto the rocks around the sign. Sea Gulls from the movie, "Finding Nemo", declare nearby, "Mine, mine, mine" ad nauseam.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Polarizer Filter .

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her The Seas with Nemo & Friends photo on our tour of Epcot's Future World.

February 15, 2017

Disney Photo of the Week: Living Seas

Deb's Digest Blog

While not an opening day attraction, the Living Seas grand opening was held in January 1986 with Michael Eisner, Diver Mickey Mouse and Diver Frank Wells.

In the early days of the Living Seas, you walked along banister lined curves that displayed historical photographs and artifacts of famous undersea explorations. Here was one the displays from the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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February 17, 2017

A Visit to Club Cool in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

In 2005, Coca Cola re-imagined their popular Ice Station Cool in Epcot into Club Cool.

Last year I brought in my camera with a Fisheye lens attached to photograph the coolest club in Epcot. The entrance to the Coca Cola beverages has moved and its space has gotten a bit bigger. Still with same theme of serving International soda/pop/soda pop flavors and free to try, too.

Entrance to Club Cool in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Entrance to Club Cool in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 450, EV 0.

Inside, there are soda fountain stations and cups to use for all to try out all those wonderful International flavors. As you can see, you have eight different flavors to try.

Inside Club Cool at Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Inside Club Cool at Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 2500, EV 0.

I did a 5-shot HDR set of photos and got some interesting effects. The software did a really good job for the most part with the moving people including the family trying out the sodas.

Inside Club Cool in HDR at Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Inside Club Cool in HDR at Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, f/2.8, ISO 2500, EV 0, HDR Image.

For anyone who may have never stopped in at Club Cool but, have heard about it, this is what it looks like. It is up to you to find out what it tastes like.

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February 19, 2017

Where in the World #472

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 #471:
Where in the World #471

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

The fountain at Epcot’s Morocco pavilion.

Beth Mcmeekin, I can picture your son’s photo, especially that gap-tooth smile!

Jeff Blank, I forgot about the Mosaic by Number! Good times!

Matt Holley and Claire Gregory, now I'm hungry!

John Bickers, I’m jealous. I badly want to get to Spain.

Ken Savage was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! Ken Maikowski, Luis Rodriguez, Jim And Lorie Sonnen, The Nufranick Family, Carol Baranowsky, Linda Hoffman, Theresa Rucando, Bruce Jones, Joseph M. Zafia, Linda Ranatza, Mary Beth Tarbet, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Team Hill, The Reichl, Kris Nixon, Lori Rienhardt, Bruce Hinterleitner, Mike Amor, Christine Brown, Sue And Ed Adams, Jennifer Hess, Sharynne Smith, Claire Gregory, Margaret Convery, Tammy Warmouth, Smitty, Loring Family, Bob Patterson, John Bickers, Leach Family, Phyllis, The Savlick Family, Josh, Tricia Petty, Nan Amor, Diane Curfman, Arlene Vicek, Karen Adamakis, The Kertes Family, Gloria Martin, Jim Finley, Duskin Henard, Vicki Britt, The Modecki's, The Rider Family, Vickie Smialkowski, Megan Krainski, Scott C., John Stella, Belicia, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Hunter Armstrong, Diane Tredore, Emily Eldridge, Linda College, Julie Signor, Andrea Flanders, Jan Rosato, Mike Walter, Veronica Alvarado, Kevin Miller, K Beasley, Lindsay Arlene Clayton, Pam Lorenz, Bonnie Jean, Vera And Izzy Williams, Karen Ramirez, Phil Badcock, The Tisdale Family, Paula Massarelli, Jodi Cook, Janet T Thorn, Wendy T Faler, Cheryl E, Olszak Family, Mark Donahue, Hobbes And Snorky, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Sandie Albrecht, Vickie Barca, Brian Mcwithey, Kristan Bertelmann, Jeremy A Hardy, Stefan Owens, Joann Albrecht, Eric Enli, Paul Hitopoulos, Paul Dickson, Robert Wescovich, Axel Beer, Chris Horne, Danielle Maiorino, Andreas Beer, Cathy Fleming, Kyra, Kerri Coggins, Janet Chocky, Martha & Justin Collins, Ruben O'meara, Jen Snook, Jim Thompson, The Parker Family, Beth Mcmeekin, Maureen And Warren Handy, Ruth Senecal, John Warner, Carolyn Como, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Eric Berger, Sands Family, Maryann Romagnano, Joyce & Steve, Ashley Collins, Lisa Pinder, Paula Smith, Andrew Carrieri, Team Bonnie Sue, Mike Haeberle, Carla C, The Long Family, Emily Hudson, Jeff Blank, Emma Ramsey, Dallas Hamilton, Blake Schmidt, Les Stewart, Dee Dee Kenney, George Mundy Jr, Deb Ragno, Leigh Mertz, Jason Steinmetz, Matt Holley, Kelly Smith, Deb Gallo, Mickey Eckert, Melody Odonnell, Paul Ignudo, Erin Hammer, Jeremy Reichelt, Chuck Everson, Scott Greenbaum, John Paul Carnell, The Patterson Family, Jamie Poynton, Colleen, Matt Earl, Alison Rosenberger, Herb Miller, Mike Cerce, Davida, The Gunnels Gang, Tim Johansen, Karen Bellamy, Matthew Frey, Maureen Tavrell, Mark Hardy, Sharon Gilbert, Dave Carriere, Kristi Strembicki, Theresa Maradei, Laura Walker, The Fosbender Family, Wayne Chadourne, Jay Tillis, Joyanne Johnston, Pensacola Glenn, Teri Michalski, Tracy Discher, Jamie Steiner, Barclay Bakkum, Karen Ford, Hillary Waldroop, Cory Stearns, Sherry Trapp, Ruth Woodhouse, Shirley Garcowski, Sherri Pell, Shelly Borella, Rebecca Keenan, Scott Sangston, Christy A Schor, Susan Doucette, Elaine Prosecky, Stacy Guarracino, Donna Frank, David Ballard, Don Purney, Marie Tennant, Diane, Jackie Klafeta, Will Krebs, Jennifer' Pichert, Thomas Higbee Sr, Kathryn Hughes, Liz Weiter, Jane Johnson, Jodie S., Gallagher Family, and Chris Kelly!

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Challenge #472 Where in the world is this?

We’re switching parks and looking at a sign!

Where in the World #472
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 23rd, 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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February 21, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Mission: SPACE

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

With clouds above, I used a set of 5 photographs from -2EV to +2EV to create a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image of Mission: SPACE in Epcot's Future World.

Mission: SPACE pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mission: SPACE pavilion in Epcot's Future World in HDR.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/16, ISO 220, EV 0, 19mm Focal Length, HDR Image.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Mission: SPACE photo on our tour of Epcot's Future World.

February 22, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Mission Space

Deb's Digest Blog

I'm the first to admit I am not a fan. I wanted to be! I always dreamed of going into space as a kid growing up with Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. I will say Mission Space allowed me to experience a rocket launch but that's about it. The rest is a blur.

Here's a nod to the past:

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Oh and if you want to check out my report "To Boldly Go Where I Will Never Go Again", here you are!

February 24, 2017

Shopping Around Epcot's World Showcase

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Shopping in Epcot's World Showcase pavilions can be a lot of fun and very expensive. I prefer to "shop by camera" and to record items I find during my visits as the merchandise changes over time.

For instance, upon leaving the Frozen Ever After ride and entering Puffin's Roost shop in Epcot's World Showcase Norway pavilion, you come upon a wall display of framed prints and gifts for sale from the animated movie, Frozen. Something you would have not seen before the movie was released back in 2013.

Framed prints and gifts for sale in The Puffin's Roost inside the Norway pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Framed prints and gifts for sale in The Puffin's Roost.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 1100, EV +0.3.

Then, there are the timeless items for sale which have been in the shops since Epcot opened. Coo Coo Clocks inside the Der Bucherwurm store in the Germany pavilion have been ticking and coo coo-ing every time I have visited since 1983.

Coo Coo Clock for sale inside Der Bucherwurm store in the Germany pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Coo Coo Clock for sale inside the Der Bucherwurm store.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/40s, f/3.8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 32mm Focal Length.

What I enjoy seeing is how pop culture comes and goes throughout World Showcase. No where does it show more than the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan pavilion where last year the Pokemon Go phenomenon was in full swing.

Pokemon plush toys for sale inside the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pokemon plush toys for sale inside the Mitsukoshi Department Store.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 1250, EV 0, 32mm Focal Length.

France is the home to many Disney classics including Beauty and the Beast. In the Galerie Des Halles shop you find all manner of souvenirs from Eiffel Tower replicas to shirts from the movie.

Shirt for sale found in Galerie Des Halles shop in the France pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Shirt for sale found in the Galerie Des Halles shop.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 1400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

And I did not spend a dime. Well, not exactly, I bought the shirt as a gift for my daughter. Happy shopping!

February 26, 2017

Where in the World #473

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 #472:
Where in the World #472

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

The sign for Hollywood Junction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Margaret Convery was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Margaret and to all our winners this week! Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Eric Berger, Hunter Armstrong , Eric Berger, Michael Obrien, Michaela Obrien, Karen O'brien, Herb Miller, Mary Beth Tarbet, Phyllis, Bruce Hinterleitner, Linda College, Michael And Jackie Mclucas , John Bickers , The Parker Family, Claire Gregory, Ed Suscreba, Theresa Rucando, Joann Albrecht, Team Hill, Kristi Strembicki, Kertes Family, Joseph M. Zafia, Grumpy's Groupies, Vera And Izzy Williams, Kenny, The Nufranick Family, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Deb Ragno, Gloria Martin , Kris Nixon , Jim Finley, Sue And Ed Adams, Carol Baranowsky, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Maryann Romagnano, Sands Family, K Beasley, Smitty, Ruben O'meara, Martha & Justin Collins, Linda Hoffman, Kerry A, Julia Wickware, Andreas Beer, Jeremy Hardy, The Rider Family, Angela S., Sharon Powell, Janet T Thorn, Hobbes And Snorky, Paul Dickson, Lori Rienhardt, Diane Curfman, Team Bonnie Sue, Jim Thompson, Vickie Smialkowski , Sandie Albrecht, Chris Kelly, Maureen And Warren Handy, Eric Enli, Jodie S., Vicki Britt, Chris Horne, Mike Haeberle , Mark Hardy, Nan Amor, Pat Schwier, Jodi Cook, Arlene Vicek, Beth Mcmeekin, John Paul Carnell, Andy Hickey, Sharon Gilbert, Stefan Owens, Andrew Carrieri, Robert Wescovich, Theresa Maradei , Hillary Waldroop, Bonnie Jean, Linda Scrivano, Josh Weiss, Mark Donahue , Kyra, Jamie Steiner, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Susie Howard, Karen Ramirez , Ken Maikowski, Kerri Coggins, The Long Family, Laurie Walker, Lynne Simpson, Jeff Blank, Josette Gabel, Luis Rodriguez, Linda Ranatza, Dallas Hamilton, Dee Dee Kenney, Matt Holley, Erin Hammer, The Patterson Family, Rebecca Keenan, Alison Rosenberger, The Gunnels Gang, Belicia C, Scott Cullen, Dave Carriere, Al & Kerry Ganter, Donna Frank, Brian Mcwithey, Dave Freemyer, Brian Gallant, Carla C, George Mundy Jr, Karen Bellamy, Scott Sangston, Tricia Petty, Leigh Mertz, Matt Earl, Ken Savage, Loring Family, Jamie Poynton, John Casey, Sheila Bagg, Tom Higbee Sr, Barclay Bakkum, Don Purney, Jane Johnson, Paula Massarelli, Shirley Garcowski, Cheryl E, Sherri Pell, Melissa Littman, Lisa Pinder, Jeremy Reichelt, John Warner, Susan Doucette, Jackie Graebel, Stacy Guarracino, Tracy Discher, Kristan Bertelmann, Gallagher Family, and Eric Johnson!

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Challenge #473 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! Can you tell what classic attraction is in the moonlight?

Where in the World #473
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 2nd, 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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February 28, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Universe of Energy

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Back when Epcot first opened in 1982, the concept of using solar panels to produce electricity was still a new and expensive proposition. The Universe of Energy's roof is filled with such panels which partially power the huge vehicles filled with guests through the attraction teaching when, where, how and what energy is.

Universe of Energy pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Universe of Energy pavilion in Epcot's Future World in HDR.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/320, f/9, ISO 100, EV 0, Cropped.

Today, Tesla will soon be selling solar roofs which look no different then non-solar ones. "Now, that's progress!", to quote another famous Walt Disney created attraction.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Universe of Energy photo on our tour of Epcot's Future World.

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