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March 1, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Universe of Energy

Deb's Digest Blog

Here's an interesting photo I found of the outside of the Universe of Energy. At one time, in the early 2000s, the Flower and Garden festival would feature larger than life insects and bugs. From spiders to bees, to lady bugs.. they were great sculptures to see.

Here is one in the water feature out front of the Universe of Energy.

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March 3, 2017

Mr. Stork Made a Delivery

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Mr Stork

Scott is visiting central Florida this week and getting aquainted with his new grandson. He will be back next week with more photography tips and pics from Walt Disney World.

March 5, 2017

Where in the World #474

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 #473:
Where in the World #473

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

We are looking at it’s a small world on the left, underneath a full moon, and Peter Pan on the right.

Admit it, Players, at least a little bit of the small world song played in your head! I certainly did, especially after Carol Baranowsky sang it to me. ;)

Michaela Obrien was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Michaela and to all our winners this week! Matt Wildey, Karen O'brien, Michael Obrien, Ken Savage, Theresa Rucando, Gloria Martin, Emily Hudson, Jim Lorie Sonnen, Maryann Eckenrode, Joann Albrecht, Sue and Ed Adams, Eric Berger, Tim Savlick, Nan Amor, Karen O'brien, Michaela Obrien, Michael Obrien, Grumpy's Groupies, Linda College, Bonnie Jean, Phyllis, Claire Gregory, Kris Nixon, Beth Mcmeekin, Team Hill, The Kertes Family, Andy Hickey, Ethan Johansen, Susie Howard, Ashley Collins, Anne Duque, Adolph and Kimberly Timm, Kristan Bertelmann, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Torrey Beasley, Kerri Coggins, Vera and Izzy Williams, Leach Family, Deb Gallo, Margaret Convery, Maryann Romagnano, Deb Ragno, The Parker Family, Tom Koval, Mildred Popp, Mary Beth Tarbet, Janet T Thorn, Ed Suscreba, Ellen Sullivan, Josette Gabel, K Beasley, Linda Hoffman, Angela Sandoval, The Rider Family, Kye Layton, Ruben O'meara, Paul Dickson, Chris Horne, Lori Rienhardt, Karen Schlumpf, The Nufranick Family, Diane Suzmovich, Joyce & Steve, Clay Anthony, Linda Scrivano, Emily Eldridge, Hillary Waldroop, Kyra, Joseph M. Zafia, Hobbes and Snorky, Kyran and Chiara Smith, Team Bonnie Sue, Maureen and Warren Handy, Kristi Strembicki, Mark Donahue, Diane Curfman, Ken Maikowski, Eric Enli, Jamie Steiner, Jim Finley, Vicki Britt, Pat Schwier, Sandie Albrecht, Jim Thompson, Sandie Albreht, The Olszak Family, Robert Wescovich, Andrew Carrieri, Sands Family, Les Whitten, Martha & Justin Collins, Jennifer Hess, Wendy T Faler, Tammy Warmouth, Mike Haeberle, Jodie S., Josh Weiss, Brian Richmond, Kenny, Les Stewart, Kyle Pifer, Luis Rodriguez, The Long Family, Jason Steinmetz, Wayne Chadourne, Bob Patterson, Mike Amor, Joan Tanasiychuk, Dallas Hamilton, Chris Bauman, Rebecca Keenan, Leigh Mertz, Rick Ernst, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Dave Carriere, Kelly Smith, Lisa Pinder, Erin Hammer, Scott Sangston, Jamie Poynton, Matthew Frey, Christi Ison, Kathy, Brooke and Kennedy, Jeremy Reichelt, Shelly Borella, Susan Doucette, George Mundy Jr, Caroline Burmester, Carol Baranowsky, Tracy Discher, Hunter Armstrong, Sheila Bagg, Mis Jamie Marie, Jackie Graebel, Murr Family, Robert P. Flaherty, Barclay Bakkum, Theresa Maradei, David Ballard, Gail Walraed, Sheila and Kelly Barnes, Mark Hardy, Karen Bellamy, Sherri Pell, Sandy Ceplecha, Wendy Bagshawe, Rachel Miller, Don Purney, John Bickers, Jeff Blank, Carla C, Margie Larmon, Belicia, Scott C., Belicia C, and Jane Johnson!

Time for the monthly drawing! And the winner for March is:
Kerri Coggins ! Congratulations, Kerri! I will be contacting you about getting your prize!

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Challenge #474 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! Or are we? One thing is for sure: they say March roars in like a lion. This guy knows all about roaring!

Where in the World #474
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 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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March 7, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Imagination

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I was pleased when Disney decided to bring back my pal, Figment, to the Imagination pavilion. You can see him again inside the pavilion and outside, too.

Imagination pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Imagination pavilion in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 560, EV 0, 26mm Focal Length.

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

March 8, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Journey Into Imagination

Deb's Digest Blog

I had the recent opportunity to examine the Journey Into Imagination Press Kit by Kodak and was able to scan the photos. See if you know the area of the pavilion this photo is from. Scroll down for answer. If only I had a digital camera back then.

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"The Magic Palette, one of several color video painting and drawing devices, entertains Dreamfinder and Figment as they experiment with the attractions in Image Works at Journey Into Imagination Epcot Center. The row of palettes is one of eleven different activities in the Image World, a hands-on special-effects area of the pavilion presented by Kodak"

March 10, 2017

Aerial Tour of Disney Springs at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Back in January, I posted a Disney Pic of the Week of an aerial photograph I took of what was then called Downtown Disney from the Characters in Flight Balloon ride. At the time, I said I had been trying to go on the ride to get new photos of Disney Springs. Third time was the charm as last week the winds calmed down enough for me to ride the tethered balloon.

The latest version of the balloon no longer has characters on it. The colors and patterns were changed to better fit in with the Disney Springs theme. I would guess the name of the ride may be changed down the road as well.

Characters In Flight Balloon ride at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Characters In Flight Balloon ride at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 500, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

Launching and landing is extremely smooth as the balloon's winch spools the cable out and in during the ten minute ride.

Characters In Flight Balloon tethered cable, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The tethered cable of the Characters In Flight Balloon ride.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 2800, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

The angle below shows the Disney Springs Marketplace. This is the same area I shared back in January (see link above). The place has really changed in the last five years. There is now a bridge from the Rainforest Cafe to Paddlefish (which was Fulton's Crab House), The Boathouse and Jock Lindsey's Hanger Bar has been added. I even caught the volcano erupting.

Marketplace at Disney Springs from the Characters In Flight Balloon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Marketplace at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/8, ISO 1000, EV 0, 19mm Focal Length.

You can walk around the balloon's "basket" to get a full 360 viewing. I next photographed the new Disney Springs Town Center. Here you can see the new shops and restaurants as well as the spring meandering through the complex. Towards the bottom is a section of The Landing. Towards the top is the Lime Parking Garage.

Town Center at Disney Springs from the Characters In Flight Balloon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Town Center at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/8, ISO 1100, EV 0, 29mm Focal Length.

Disney Springs West Side has not changed a lot but will be. The large, blue Disney Quest you see in the photo below is scheduled to close in July of 2017 and will be replaced by an NBA Experience attraction. It was recently announced La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil will be closing at the end of 2017 which is performed in the white Circus tent looking building. You can also see the Orange Parking Garage which has an exit right off of the highway.

West Side at Disney Springs from the Characters In Flight Balloon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
West Side at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/8, ISO 1100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

As you go up and down in the Characters In Flight Balloon ride, you can get different angles of Disney Springs. I took this photos of the newly re-opened Planet Hollywood Observatory restaurant and the Coca-Cola Store on my ride's descent.

Planet Hollywood Observatory restaurant and the Coca-Cola Store at Disney Springs from the Characters In Flight Balloon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Planet Hollywood Observatory restaurant and the Coca-Cola Store at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/8, ISO 1600, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

Hope you enjoyed this aerial tour of the Disney Springs dining, shopping and entertainment complex.

March 12, 2017

Where in the World #475

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 #4734
Where in the World #474

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

We are entering the Be Our Guest restaurant inside the Beast’s castle! This was tougher than I first thought; hopefully you’re not planning revenge, Players!

I’m a little scared, Deb Ragno. ;)

Andreas Beer was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Andreas and to all our winners this week! Michaela Obrien, Chris Kelly, Axel Beer, Karen O'brien, Tammy Warmouth, Michael Obrien, Team Hill, Hillary Waldroop, Mary Beth Tarbet, The Modecki's, Beth Mcmeekin, Jodie S., Phyllis, The Rider Family, Linda Ranatza, Nan Amor, Maryann Eckenrode, Nancy Johansen, Joseph M. Zafia, Gloria Martin, Kristi Strembicki, K Beasley, Jim Finley, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Deb Ragno, Arlene Vicek, Wendy T Faler, Kris Nixon, Luis Rodriguez, Eric Berger, Annette Nuenke, Pat Schwier, Julia And Carol Wickware, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Ken Savage, Evald Olson, Joann Albrecht, Margaret Convery, Martha & Justin Collins, Lori Rienhardt, Wayne Chadourne, The Parker Family, Eric Enli, John Warner, Kerri Coggins, Maureen And Warren Handy, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Dee Dee Kenney, Andrew Carrieri, Emily Hidson, Mike Amor, Paul Dickson, Mark Donahue, Karen Ramirez, Ed Suscreba, Brian Gallant, Herb Miller, Erin Hammer, Matthew Frey, Loring Family, Kelly Smith, Mark Hardy, Sue And Ed Adams, Jane Johnson, Don Purney, Barclay Bakkum, Kyle Burdo, Linda Hoffman, Claire Gregory, and Vicki Britt!

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Challenge #475 Where in the world is this?

Now we really are switching parks. That is Neil Patrick Harris; do you know why he’s standing with those people and next to a harp? Maybe because he’s narrating somewhere?
Where in the World #475
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 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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March 14, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Test Track

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The "crash test" in Test Track is a cool way to exit out onto the high banks especially after it got the Tron Effect-like updates back in 2012.

Test Track pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Test Track pavilion in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/250s, f/4, ISO 10000, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

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

March 15, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Test Track

Deb's Digest Blog
EXHILARATION!

Remember that very first time you rode Test Track??.

You exited the building and took off on the track, veering left and right, and ramping hard left as you went past the front of the building.....

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day at Raglan Road Irish Pub at Disney Springs

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all!

In celebration, here are photos from the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant located in The Landing of Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. Now, you would expect a rousing time there on St. Patrick's Day but Raglan Road has expanded it to host the Mighty St. Patrick's Festival. Leave it to the Irish to make a good thing even better.

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant hosts the Mighty St. Patrick's Festival at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant hosts the Mighty St. Patrick's Festival at Disney Springs.

What's that you say? You traveled to Walt Disney World and forgot to bring suitable St. Patrick's Day attire? Never you fear, the Shop for Ireland Store inside the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant has everything you would need to bring out your Irish spirit.

Shop for Ireland store inside the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Shop for Ireland store inside the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

The Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant promises a cacophony (big word that) of music so Irish that's it’s more Irish than any other found including Irish dancing, music and other astounding entertainments.

Irish Dancing inside the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Irish Dancing inside the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Walt Disney World this week or live close by, stop by Raglan Road and check out the Mighty St. Patrick's Festival.

March 19, 2017

Where in the World #476

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!

Spring begins this week! Yes!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Jim & Lorie Sonnen are back from warm beautiful weather Disney World to below freezing reality. You really need the Disney bear of comfort!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #475:
Where in the World #475

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

Neal Patrick Harris is the celebrity narrator at Epcot’s Candlelight Processional.

“This is legen - wait for it - dary.” Very good, Jeff Blank! 😉

Deb Ragno, you had a friend who sang in it? That’s amazing; they have to be very talented! It is a beautiful program.

Ken Savage was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! Bruce Jones, Linda Ranatza, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Cathy Fleming, Melissa Haeberle, The Kertes Family, Renee Hardiman, Kerri Coggins, Sandie Albrecht, Tricia Petty, Mary Beth Tarbet, Hillary Waldroop, Maryann Eckenrode, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Brian Mcwithey, Phyllis, Andreas Beer, Theresa Rucando, Janet T Thorn, Ed Suscreba, Claire Gregory, Joseph M. Zafia, Vicki Britt, Maureen And Warren Handy, Hunter Armstrong, Margaret Convery, Robert Wescovich, Al & Kerry Ganter, Evanna Huda, Vera And Izzy Williams, Scott Tatelman, Team Hill, Kris Nixon, Arlene Vicek, Ellen Sullivan, Scott Greenbaum, Julia And Carol Wickware, Suzanne Denham, Donna Frank, Andy Hickey, Lori Rienhardt, Tiffany Gibb, Josh Weiss, The Parker Family, Eric Enli, Smitty, Jamie Steiner, The Nufranick Family, Herb Miller, Linda College, Kay Moss, John Bickers, Ruben O'meara, Les Whitten, Bob Patterson, Michaela Obrien, Karen O'brien, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Michael Obrien, Deb Gallo, Karen Adamakis, Dawn Fiorilli, Martha & Justin Collins, Deb Ragno, Sharon Powell, Carol Baranowsky, Sharon Powell, Jp Carnell, Anne Duque, K Beasley, Chloe Mayhew, Leach Family, Melissa Such, Olszak Family, Gloria Martin, Karen Schlumpf, Brian Richmond, Pat Schwier, Grumpy's Groupies, Diane Curfman, Linda Hoffman, Paul Dickson, Jason Steinmetz, Jim Finley, Bob & Kathy Mckim, The Rider Family, Luis Rodriguez, Amy Filliben, Joann Albrecht, Tammy Warmouth, Angela S., Ronald Delorey, Mary Tougas, Linda Lundsten, Jeremy Hardy, Pam Lorenz, Pam Lorenz, Jen Cerce, Jim Thompson, Cynthia Hitchcock, Laurie Walker, The Otts Family, Veronica Alvarado, Kyra, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Sands Family, Randi Balch, Mark Donahue, Stefan Owens, Stefan Owens, Tim Johansen, Hobbes And Snorky, Susie Howard, Jennifer Pichert, Jodi Cook, Ruth Woodhouse, Aimee, Bonnie Jean, Ashley Collins, Mike Amor, Sue And Ed Adams, Long Family, Kenny, Karen Taylor, Nan Amor, Les Stewart, Judy Simonsen, Chris K, Linda Scrivano, Mike Malampy (Malampy Benco Family), The Modecki's, Linda Wilham, Jeff Blank, Karen Ramirez, Mickey Eckert, Andrew Carrieri, Wayne Chadourne, Brian Gallant, Blake Schmidt, Alison Rosenberger, Karen Costa, Chris Bauman, Jeremy Reichelt, Joyce Tofflemire, George Mundy Jr, Matt Holley, Matthew Frey, Chuck Everson, Mike Schultz, Patti Mccaffrey, Ken Maikowski, Rebecca Keenan, Wade And Rosanne Williams, Chris Horne, Team Bonnie Sue, Carri Marotto, Jill Davoll, Caroline Burmester, The Gunnels Gang, Kelly Smith, Elaine Prosecky, Jamie Poynton, Scott Sangston, Ruth Senecal, Jessica Gruhlke, Susan Higginbotham, Nadine Miltier, The Fosbender Family, Theresa Maradei, Duskin Henard, Mark Hardy, Carolyn Como, Kathryn Hughes, Evald Olson, Dan In Nh, Karen Bellamy, Jennifer Hess, Kathy Lubenow, Barclay Bakkum, Ruth Cookson, Marilyn A Lewis, Jodie S., Sheila Bagg, Jo Ann Bailey, Lavella, Matt Wildey, Don Purney, Jackie Graebel, Jackie Klafeta, Tommy Montgomery, Robert P. Flaherty, Maryann Daly, Melesia Love, Shirley Garcowski, Sherry Trapp, Melissa Littman, Thomas Higbee Sr, Paul Ignudo, Carla C, Steve Knapp, Margie Larmon, Stacy Guarracino, Jane Johnson, and Kellie Seberson!

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Challenge #476 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks again!
Where in the World #476
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 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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March 21, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Epcot Yesterland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Remember the hysteria as the year 2000 approached? People were worried computers would stop working and computerized systems from air traffic control towers to thermostats would cause all kinds of problems. I sure do as I was running the computer systems for a manufacturing company. Meanwhile, Disney proudly waved a Mickey-handed wand over Spaceship Earth proclaiming the coming of the 21st Century (even though technically it didn't start until 2001), I was holed up in my company's computer room just in case something happened. Luckily, nothing did and we all went on with our lives.

Not at Epcot, however, as I took this photo in October 2001, way after 2000 had come and gone. Do you remember what came after this?

Spaceship Earth with the Mickey wand from 2001 in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth with the Mickey wand of 2000.

Since digital, for me, was still a few years down the road, this was taken with a Nikon 8008s SLR camera and a Sigma 24-70mm lens as I used it until the lens literally fell apart.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Epcot Yesteryear photo.

March 22, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Epcot Yesterland

Deb's Digest Blog

There are many "yesterlands" in Epcot making it hard to select just one. Cranium Command was a great attraction that I miss. The Wonders of Life was a great place to hang out.

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What is your favorite Yesterland from Epcot?

March 24, 2017

More Epcot Yesterland: Rainbow Tunnel

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Looking through old prints for this week's Epcot Yesterland topic, I came across this photo of my daughters from 1998 in the Rainbow Tunnel or Corridor. This area was called ImageWorks and had all kinds of interactive activities for guests to enjoy.

Young guests in the Rainbow Tunnel in Epcot's Journey Into Imagination pavilion from 1998, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Young guests in the ImageWork's Rainbow Tunnel in Epcot's Journey Into Imagination pavilion from 1998.

Did you take a photo like this? I did not have a tripod with me back then so the colors are very muted here. Guessing I was using my trusty Nikon 8008s film SLR here with a 50mm lens.

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