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If you are anything like me, you are never able to get “that shot” of the fireworks at Walt Disney World! I have tried and tried to get the perfect shot at Illuminations and Wishes, but can’t. I’ve read tutorials and books on the subject, but I can’t get my gear to work right. I believe it’s user error instead of equipment error! BUT, I haven’t been to WDW since I found this app on itunes! “Field Guide for Fireworks Photography” gives you step by step instructions on how to shoot fireworks. You don’t have to worry about remembering what to do, lug a big photography book around or carry crumpled up notes in your pocket! All you have to have is your iphone and the steps are at your fingertips!
For $1.99 you can download this instruction guide for your next WDW vacation or for the next fireworks show you’ll see in your hometown! It guides you step by step through the set up, ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Focusing and Shooting. It also gives you the required, recommended and optional gear for shooting fireworks. The composition tab gives you pointers on where to set up your camera and how to frame the show.
I can’t wait to see another fireworks show so I can try out the tips in this app! I think it’s a great addition for any family traveling to WDW who is interested in taking the perfect firework shots!
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
To purchase, visit itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fireworks-photography-field/id502088018?mt=8
Hurricane season and tornado season is right around the corner in Florida. The season starts June 1. Are you prepared for your summer vacation?
If you are planning your first trip to Walt Disney World or your 20th trip, this is an app to own! For only .99 cents on itunes, you can download “Buses, Boats and Monorails- WDW Transportation.” This app will tell you how to get from point A to point B inside the Walt Disney World Resort. All you have to do is select your starting location and ending location (resorts, parks, and restaurants). This app also includes maps of the resorts, parks and Downtown Disney.
For the first time guest, it offers many options for traveling around WDW. For the experienced guest, it may suggest a new route you have never tried! One thing I wish it had was a “walking” option as we love the path from Hollywood Studios to Epcot and this is not listed as an option.
This app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
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Welcome to those of you joining me from Capturing Magical Memories and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
When arriving at All Star Music, you will check in at the lobby located in Melody Hall. Along with check in and the lobby, you will find the Intermission Food Court which features American cuisine, Maestro’s Mickey Gift Shop and Note’ables Arcade. On the grounds you will find 2 swimming pools: the guitar shaped Calypso Pool and the Grand Piano shaped pool. The Calypso pool is the main pool that features a water fountain with the Three Caballeros: Donald, Panchito and Jose. Along with the pools, children can enjoy the resort play ground or the Note’ables Arcade.
If you stay at the All Star Music Resort, you will need to use the Disney Bus Transportation to get you to the other areas of the Walt Disney World Resort. Your only other options are a taxi (which can be very expensive!) or a car (rental or personal). Once you arrive at a park, you can then use different transportation to get from park to park (monorail, bus, boat or walking paths).
While the rooms are smaller at the All Star Resorts and the bus is your main transportation, you can’t beat the price! According to the WDW web site, you can get a room for as low as $89 a night- and I’ve seen it even cheaper in the past! The Family Suites will run you more (about $190), but they are larger and have “cooking” options with a microwave, sink and fridge. For our family, we spend all of our time in the parks, at Downtown Disney or resort hopping. So, all we are paying for is a place to sleep, shower and keep our belongings. The Value Resorts make perfect sense for us!
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Magical Mouse Schoolhouse.
My “one favorite park” has changed quite a bit over the years. But, right now, my favorite park is Magic Kingdom! There were a few years in the 90s where MGM was my favorite. Then in the 2000s (as an adult) Epcot became my favorite. Now, as an adult with children, Magic Kingdom is top on my list! While I do love all of the parks for different reasons, I feel “at home” at Magic Kingdom. While it doesn’t have the best thrill rides or restaurants and it’s farther away from the other parks, it still is my favorite. Maybe it’s because it was Walt’s dream and it’s the original Florida park. Maybe it’s because I can interact with the characters more. Maybe it’s because of the home town feel of Main Street. Maybe it’s because it’s C-man’s favorite. Or maybe it’s a combination of all of this and more.
I’m always asked, if you only had one day in the parks, which one would you choose… my answer is always Magic Kingdom, even though I do love Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom too!
Thanks for the fun countdown Heidi!! I look forward to future themes! 🙂