Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ The Disney Letter "D"

Welcome to the latest edition of the The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week Disney Bloggers gather to blog hop, link up and share their Disney Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

It's a fun blog hop for sharing your Disney memories and pictures. There's a theme each week that you can follow if you wish. Facebook pictures, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Flickr or video posts are all welcome. You can even email your pictures and I will be happy to add them to this page. Email your picture to Deb at focusedonthemagic@gmail.com. I'll make every effort to get them posted right away.

Shooting RAW or JPEG

Illustration ©LightRoomLabs.com


Online photography message boards across the worldwide web always have at least one discussion about shooting in RAW vs JPEG formats. Sometimes the discussions get quite heated.

As with everything in photography, from camera models to memory card size, it's a matter of personal preference.
 




Before you can really decide what's best for your shooting style you should consider what a RAW or JPEG file is. 

Monday


Today is the last day ...

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you have to be in it to win it!

Enter here to win the Disney Parks Dooney & Bourke Wristlet

Sunday

Imagineers Add Character to Belle's Village in New Fantasyland

New Fantasyland Imagineers are adding more interesting details to Belle's Village. Thanks to our InsidEARS Disneyland Community Manager Kelly for sharing this news article with us.
This week, our “All in the Details” post is taking on a video twist thanks to our friends at the Disney Parks Blog and Walt Disney Imagineering, who recently installed the centerpiece of Belle’s Village – an elaborate bronze statue of Gaston and his sidekick, Lefou.
As Imagineers Ted Robledo and Chris Kelly explain here, the statue’s design of Gaston and Lefou juggling leaky barrels and mugs was inspired by both Gaston’s boisterous temperament and the fountain Belle visits early in the film as she is reading. Ted and Chris also walk us through the detailed process it takes to create such an elaborate bronze statue – from building a clay maquette to choosing specific shades of bronze for the piece.



For reference, the fountain sits in the center of Belle’s Village in New Fantasyland. The building that appears behind the fountain is Gaston’s Tavern, while the structure directly across is Bonjour! Village Gifts.And as we shared last week, each of these experiences will grand open December 6 (with general previews beginning November 19).

Are you excited to see the new Fantasyland?

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Saturday

Weekly Look Back and Forward ~ 8/25

We Keep Moving Forward ~ Focused on the Magic.com
Hi there Disney friends! It's time for our weekly recap here at  Focused on the Magic. Then as we do, we’ll take a look ahead to future topics.

Thursday

A Look Inside Maurice's Cottage in Fantasyland

Excitement is building and so are the Imagineers over in the new Fantasyland expansion. Maurice's Cottage is in it's final stages of development and we have a video of it. I'm still hopeful that a part of it will be open for our trip in October. A girl can dream...
Thanks to InsidEARS Disneyland Community Manager Kelly for sharing this news article with us.

We’ve hinted before on InsidEARS and the Disney Parks Blog that Enchanted Tales with Belle, in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, will be no ordinary character greeting. Today, we are sharing more details about this special experience.As you’ll see from the video below – provided by Walt Disney Imagineering – the goal of this attraction is not just to give you a place to meet a Disney character, but to completely transport you into the world of “Beauty and The Beast.”

The journey begins at Maurice’s Cottage, where they’ll walk through the whimsical garden and find inventions created by Belle’s tinkerer father, Maurice. Inside are books, pictures and other symbols that define the home of Belle and Maurice and their lives there, including leftover gadgets and artifacts from experiments gone awry. But guests also will see a mirror that magically becomes a portal into Beast’s Castle…
What are you most looking forward to in the new Fantasyland?

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Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ Disney Friends!

Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we share our Disney Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts. 
Have a look around and hop on over to the blogs who have linked up today. If you'd like to join us you can link up a Facebook picture, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Flickr, video post or your own blog post. The rules are few and linking up is simple. Check out The Disney Wordless Wednesday 411 for all the details or just go ahead and link up your post. 


This week's theme is Disney Friends!







Focused on the Magic
Time to link up...

10 Tips for Better #Disney Pictures




Today we're sharing a list of 10 simple things that may be helpful the next time you're capturing the Disney magic in pictures. When we're on a Disney vacation we take thousands of pictures. It's a great place to hone photography skills and experiment with with new lenses or cameras but your Disney vacation images and memories are precious so practice before you go. 

Monday

101 things To Do At Disney World ~ Wishes!

As many of you already know, one of my favorite things to do at Disney World is taking pictures of the fireworks displays. The show that keeps me coming back time after time to watch experience is Wishes in the Magic Kingdom. I really enjoy Illuminations: Reflections of Earth in Epcot, but I truly love Wishes. 
The best way for me to capture and enjoy the show is if I use a cable release and a tripod. For many years I was a tripod hold-out, refusing to lug one around. It was so inconvenient to set it up, especially with the family in tow and forget about carrying it on rides. If I did bring it on the trip I would leave it in the room or in the locker and reclaim it at the end of the night. I was a tripod hater. About 5 years ago I decided to start bringing an ultra light, compact tripod and actually use it. What a difference, not only in my pictures but in the entire experience.


Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the show I forget to keep snapping and checking the view finder for composition. As you can see from the picture below, the fireworks are cut off and the castle is crooked. It's ok, if I mess up or miss something it means I just have go back and see it another night;) 
Which is your favorite fireworks show in Disney World to photograph?
You can leave your answer as a comment or on the Facebook page!

Click on the button to see more of my 101 Things to do At Disney World !  

Tuesday

Almost Wordless Wednesday ~ Wishes for Nolan!

Focused on the Magic
Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week bloggers gather to share and visit Disney Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts. 

You don't have to link up to enjoy the blog hop fun. Hop around and have a look at all the great pictures linked up.

We welcome Facebook pictures, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, SmugMug, Flickr, video post or your own blog post. You can even email me your picture and I'll post it for you.

The rules are few and linking up is simple. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to have a look, and if you still have questions, hop over
 to The Disney Wordless Wednesday 411 page for more information.
 
My post this week is dedicated to @Dis_Nolan, a wonderful member of The Disney Fan Community who has passed. Even though we never got to me in person, we shared many good times online. I remember logging on at 3am during the WDWRadio Marathon Weekend and chatting with Nolan, who was as happy and upbeat as ever. He went on to break the chat record too! His positive spirit, wit and humor will be sorely missed. My heart is very heavy but I know Nolan's heart is free to enjoy Wishes every night at peace.


"WISHES"

MUSIC COMPOSED BY GREGORY SMITH


Star light, star bright, 
First star I see tonight. 
I wish I may, I wish I might, 
Have the wish, I wish tonight. 

Oh, a world of wishes, 
A world where dreams come true.
So make a wish, see it through.
Dare to do what dreamers do.

CHORUS:

Wishes...
Dream a dream.
Wishes...
Set it free.
Wishes…
Trust your heart.
Just believe. 


We’re all just children, Reaching for our dreams. They’re shining high above us, And even though it seems so far (so far) We put our faith and hope on a shooting star. 



Oh...

CHORUS:

Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight.
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish, I wish tonight.
We’ll make a wish and do as dreamers do. 



All our wishes, 
Will come, 
True…


Wishes, wishes. 



Focused on the Magic
Our friend Kathy Kelly wrote a beautiful article for WDWFanZone about Nolan which you can read here.

Monday

GIVEAWAY! Disney Dooney and Bourke Wristlet!

Disney Parks Buttons Wristlet Bag by Dooney & Bourke Giveaway
I am super excited today to announce a new Disney Dooney Giveaway here at Focused on the MagicI have teamed up with a great group of Disney Bloggers to offer one lucky winner a Dooney & Bourke Disney Parks Buttons Mickey Mouse Wristlet! 
Someone will be delighted to receive this dynamite Dooney prize, but to win, you need to enter!
The contest starts at 12:01AM on Monday, August 13, 2012, and to give you plenty of opportunity to win, the contest runs until 12:01AM on Tuesday, August 28, 2012! 
To enter, you need to complete the entries listed in the Rafflecopter code below. Make sure you enter, and keep checking back, because you can tweet about the giveaway, and you can share the contest, all for extra entries! Thanks, and good luck everyone!


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Saturday

Weekly Look Back and Forward ~ 8/11


Hi there Disney friends! It's time for our weekly recap here at Focused on the Magic. Time sure did fly by and staying focused on the magic this week was easy. We're finalizing the details of our Fall Festival Fling at Disney World , eating our way around the World Showcase, meetups and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) and for Epcot's 30th Anniversary a weekend of fun with Celebration 30
Let’s take a quick look at the pixie dusted blog postulations that happened around Focused on the Magic this week. 
Then we’ll get to take a look ahead to next week’s fun topics.

Friday

Epcot's Food & Wine Festival Seminar Dates & Times


In Foodie Friday News: The annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 2012 schedule of Beverage Seminars, Mixology Seminars and Culinary Demonstrations is available online for your planning pleasure. 

Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ Electric Light Tinkerbell

Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we share our Disney Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts. 
You can link up a Facebook picture, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Flickr, video post or your own blog post. The rules are few and linking up is simple. Hop along over to The Disney Wordless Wednesday 411 for all the details. 


This week's theme is It's a Parade! 
Here's one of my favorite characters in one of my favorite parades, The Main Street Electric Light Parade in the Magic Kingdom starring Tinkerbell.

and two of my favorite villains...

Focused on the Magic
Time to link up...

Sunday

Destination Disney ~ The Color "Brown"

meme. The focus today is on the Disney color "Brown". It's always fun to join in on the fun and games of Disney memes especially when they involve looking through my catalogue of Disney pictures. Let's see what's pink...

During the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival fairies are in brown


Sweet little fairy houses at The Flower & Garden Festival





 "Breathless", the 1930's mahogany Chris Craft run about.





 Carrot Cake Cookies at the Writer's Stop


The Tree of Life

Rice Krispie Mickey's

Tiramasu at Via Napoli





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