Attraction Comparison: Splash Mountain

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Continuing my series of attraction comparisons…I decided to stick with the mountains, and compare the Splash Mountain attractions at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (MK) and Disneyland (DL). Both are located in about the same area of the park – though at MK this area is in Frontierland, and at DL it’s in Critter Country. … Continue reading "Attraction Comparison: Splash Mountain"
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Taking a Break

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How appropriate that MagicMeets interrupted my training regimen. This “stop in the action” reminded me that no matter how hard we try to maintain our routines that sometimes scheduled and unscheduled events will impact these routines. Events could be in the form of vacation, a crazy work schedule, or something unexpected that plays havoc with … Continue reading "Taking a Break"
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Photographic Innoventions: Light Sensitivity

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Spaceship Earth. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2007Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/10s, f/5.6, 1600 ISO, -1 EC, 135mm Focal Length Many people have sent in questions about how to get good low-light and night photography pictures at Walt Disney World. The key is to get enough light to your digital camera’s sensor to record a well exposed … Continue reading "Photographic Innoventions: Light Sensitivity"
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Spaceship Earth Wand Removal

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Demolition continues on the Mickey Mouse arm and Epcot sign over Spaceship Earth. Currently, the east entrance walkway next to Spaceship Earth is completely closed off to guests. All traffic entering Epcot is directed to the west pathway, next to the restrooms and the Art of Disney store. Earlier photos of Spaceship Earth Wand Removal: … Continue reading "Spaceship Earth Wand Removal"
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Pecos Bills – Magic Kingdom

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Several years ago, the Pecos Bill Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom tested a couple of automated “ordering” stations where guests could place their meal order via touch-sensitive screens instead of interacting with a cast member. For whatever reason, these stations were removed after a month-long test period. Last month, they appeared again, this time with … Continue reading "Pecos Bills – Magic Kingdom"
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Focus on Disney World – Where in the World? #3

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Answer to Where in the World challenge #2: Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50/18-200VR, 0.002s shutter, f5.3 This bronze sculpture of Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket is one of several character statues in the garden in front of the Cinderella’s castle at the Magic Kingdom. Quick Tip: Giving a photo a shallow depth of field … Continue reading "Focus on Disney World – Where in the World? #3"
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Disney’s California Adventure Attractions

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Don’t ask me why this occurred to me in the shower the other day, but I started wondering about which Walt Disney World park Disney’s California Adventure most resembles, at least in terms of the attractions. With Animal Kingdom, it shares “It’s Tough to Be a Bug”. Walt Disney World Attraction Disney’s California Adventure Attraction … Continue reading "Disney’s California Adventure Attractions"
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Your Running Identify

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As most of you are now into your own running program it’s probably a good time for you to take a look at yourself and see what kind of a runner you are. Discovering your running identity is important because it will help you to understand how your body works as a machine when you … Continue reading "Your Running Identify"
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Epcot Updates

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Welcome TrooperBill as our guest blogger. He visited Epcot (8/1/07) and sends these photos and updates: The wand that once adorned Spaceship Earth continues to be dismantled. You can see progress daily. Larger Image Larger Image The House of Tomorrow in Innoventions recently reopened — the entrance way is still the same, with the fingerprint … Continue reading "Epcot Updates"
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Photographic Innoventions: Shutter Speeds and You

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Shutter speed is the time for which the shutter is held open during the taking of a photograph to allow light to reach the image sensor in a digital camera. A fast shutter speed will freeze the subject but needs plenty of light. A slower shutter speed needs less light and a more stationary subject … Continue reading "Photographic Innoventions: Shutter Speeds and You"
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