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Interview with Matt Pasant

Illuminations - Epcot Matt Pasant's photography has been published in numerous publications including The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World, Gizmodo, and Frommer's Walt Disney World and Orlando 2011.  Matt's photography is also featured in our wallpaper apps. Where are you from? Dallas, TX Where are you currently living? Dallas, TX What's your day job? Regional Sales Manager Married?  Family? Married with one child Any upcoming trips planned? Always have a few upcomming... When was your first trip to WDW? March of 1992 What is it about WDW that keeps you coming back? The memories we make as a family on each trip When first ...

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Interview with Tom Bricker

Tom Bricker's Disney World Fireworks WDWFigment is a well know username on many Disney websites.  Tom Bricker's Disney photography has been featured in many publications including Popular Photography Magazine, The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World, Celebrations Magazine and more.  In addition to his day job, Tom serves as the Chief Photographer for TouringPlans.com.  Along with his wife Sarah, Tom recently created his own website for Disney information - Disney Tourist Blog.  Tom's photography is also featured in our wallpaper apps.  Below is our interview with this amazing photographer. Where are you from? Michigan—Great Lakes, Great Times. Where are you currently living? Indiana…unfortunately. What's your ...

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Water Park vs. Resort Pool

Wilderness Lodge PoolRecently I read a discussion on DisBoards about what to do on a "down" day at Walt Disney World.  Should you go to a water park or visit your resort pool.   We have had this debate as a family several times.   In the last year we've done both - spent a day at Blizzard Beach and spent a day at a resort pool. So which do we recommend?  Let's look at the pros and cons of each. Disney Water Parks Walt Disney World has two water parks - Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.  Current ticket prices for a 1 day adult ticket is $52.95.  Both parks include ...

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Disney World Trip Countdown Calendar

wdwcountdowncalendar7 When we were planning our daughter's very first trip to WDW, little did I know that one aspect of our trip planning would become a new family WDW tradition! In December 2008, our daughter was almost 4 1/2 years old.  At that time she was not able to grasp the concept of time......Christmas is in 2 days, we visited your grandmother yesterday, etc.  We decided to try and help her understand how long it would be until we were heading down to the Happiest Place on Earth!  I read about people making countdown calendars to help build anticipation and give a ...

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What’s in the Gowder’s Camera Bag

Camera AccessoriesLet me start by saying, this list of items is OVERKILL!  We've carried the following items into the parks at one time or another...and sometimes all of it at one time!  When we tour the parks not only are we shooting the scenes of WDW, but we are documenting and capturing our family memories. We hope that our list of camera gear may help you get some ideas of what to carry (or not carry) in to Walt Disney World's parks.  We'll also be posting reviews of this gear in the future! ...

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Searching for Fun Outside the Parks – Exploring the Resorts

All Star MusicWhere in Disney World can you find things to do OUTSIDE the parks? Walt Disney World has dozens of activities and things to do at the resorts, Downtown Disney, and other areas.  On each trip we try to schedule at least a partial day not going to a park.  This is a continuing set of posts about our favorite activities outside the park. Exploring The Resorts Costs: Free Appeals To:  First Time Visitors to Annual Pass Veterans Whether the resort you are staying in or one you want to stay in, take some time and visit a new resort.  The effort and attention to detail in the theming is amazing. Here are a few our favorite resorts to visit. [caption id="attachment_124" align="alignnone" width="640" caption="All Star Music ...

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Ready for Disney Trivia? Trivial Pursuit Ultimate Disney Edition Review

Disney Trivial Pursuit Hasbro has just released Trivial Pursuit Ultimate Disney Edition!  The latest version of a Disney trivia game brings family gaming to Trivial Pursuit. From Amazon.com : Not just Disney trivia, trivial pursuit, disney for all edition connects the whole family by revealing personal “remember when” moments from every disney touchstone. Created for the whole family, trivial pursuit, Disney for all edition features three innovative question types, “Take 2 Trivia” – giving two chances to earn the wedge, “My Disney” – a little personal trivia sparked by favorite Disney moments or characters and “Disney List” – work together to create lists or choose which don’t belong. With these ...

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Essential iPhone App for Disney World Trip Planning

WDW Trip Countdown Work, school, those are just things we have to do between trips to WDW! You always have the next trip planned before you even leave your last trip, right? Big Day iPhone app lets you countdown the days til you are back at Walt Disney World! Here's the description from their website: Are you bored with the other countdown or day tracking apps which have only simple text and basic table rows? Here is a totally different and unique app with full graphics and animation effects. Big day is a day tracking app which tells you the remaining days until or start counting the ...

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Disney World Surprise Trip

dumbo This is the look of "Heck yeah....We are going to Disney!" from our 5 year old, Brooke! On this day in March 2010, we totally surprised her. Paul and I picked her up from school early, which all by itself was totally exciting! The expression that you see above is when she finally understood that we were leaving for Walt Disney World RIGHT THEN AND THERE from the school parking lot. Brooke had no idea that we planned a surprise trip to The World. She was ready to roll! Out of all of our Disney excursions, this surprise trip was ...

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DSLR GPS – BlueSLR – Geocode Your Disney World Images

gpsmapAdding Geo information to my photos has fascinated me for awhile.  How cool is to see a map with pins where you photos were taken!  Since I first went on Flickr I've been trying to find ways to do this.  Editing the maps manually was an ok solution, but I wanted something better. My first attempt at an automated system was using a GPS logger.  This device recorded a GPS point every 5 minutes.  At the end of the day, you import your photos into their software and based on timecodes on the photo exif data, the software adds GEO information to your photo.  This require a little more work than I ...

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