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Wednesday, February 28, 2007
World of Disney, Downtown Disney Marketplace


The World of Disney Store at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney Marketplace (whew!) underwent a major renovation in early 2006 and part of that renovation was the addition of the new Pirates scenese in the Adventure Room. The Adventure Room is a pirates-themed area exclusively for boys, in contrast to the Bippity-Boppity-Boutique on the other side of the store. These pirates are definitely an entrance clogger, as the attention to detail and wow factor take command as you walk past these exhibits.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
MEET THE MAGICAL DEFINITION PODCAST CREW
Nathan M Rose, Co-host
An award winning podcaster, Nathan has been in love with the mouse ever since he was a child and spoke his first words, "Mickey Mouse". He currently resides in South Florida with his family and visits Walt Disney World® monthly. Nathan is the owner of Magical Mountain, FlickDirect, and a variety of other websites under his company, Magical Mountain, LLC. Mr. Rose was also the co-host of one of the first Disney based podcasts, MouseTunes. Aside from all the hats Nathan wears at Magical Mountain he is also on the board of director's for the NFFC World Chapter, and is the webmaster for the non-profit NFFC (National Fantasy Fan Club) organization. He is still trying to find a way to convince his family to move up to the Orlando area (any help would be greatly appreciated!).

Favorite Character: Donald Duck, Roger Rabbit, and any Gummi Bear!
Favorite Attraction: Space Mountain, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Favorite Resort: Disney's Wilderness Lodge


Tim Devine, Co-host
Tim Devine grew up at the Jersey shore, minutes from Atlantic City. The first toy that he can remember having was a Mickey Mouse plush along with a Mickey Mouse lamp in his room. After his first trip to Walt Disney World® in 1985, he was hooked. Photography became a serious hobby in 2003 and became a second profession in 2004. The Devine family are members of the Disney Vacation Club and frequent the Disney theme parks often. Tim's Internet presence started in June of 2005 when he was introduced to blogging (Tim Devine’s Disney Photo Blog) while in California and about a year later The Magic in Pixels was created in response to the overwhelming positive feedback that the blog generated. Back in 2006 appearances at various Disney events gave Tim a stage to showcase his photography and formally introduced him to other members of the Disney Internet community and many of the fans who love his photography. Tim's portfolio can be viewed at his website, themagicinpixels.com, and his prints are available for sale in the Magical Mountain Emporium. Mr. Devine and his wife, Karen, live in southern New Jersey with their son, Billy.

Favorite Character: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck
Favorite Attractions: Haunted Mansion, Spaceship Earth
Favorite Resort: Disney's Boardwalk, Old Key West Resort



Magical Definition™ Extended Podcast Crew

Jim Hill, Disney Insider Expert, Guest Host
Jim Hill is this guy who lives 'way out in the woods of New Hampshire. (Hey, it's not like he wants to live there. But the Witness Protection Program has got rules, you know.) He has one beautiful daughter and three obnoxious cats. When he's not looking for real work, Jim writes about the Walt Disney Company and related matters at JimHillMedia.com.


Jonathan Dichter, Voice of Shandy
Jonathan honed his vocal skills both at law school and as a professional stand-up comedian doing impressions for years. Jonathan is proud to be a part of the Podcast Crew, despite his wife's constant eye-rolling (don't let her fool you, she dropped pixie dust outside Peter Pan's Flight on their honeymoon) Be sure to visit Jonathan's blog at voiceofmousetunes.blogspot.com



David Recchione, Composer
David is honored to have his music a part of the Magical Definition Podcast. A Western New York native, he has been involved in many area concerts, recording sessions and theatrical productions including the area premier of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast". For more information about Dave and the other projects he’s working on, you can visit www.djrmusic.com.


Bob Frazier, Sound Engineer
A Walt Disney World® Cast Member and a Disney historian, Bob sometimes helps out "backstage" with the podcast, editing interviews and assisting with some post-production work.


Agent '71, The Inside Scoop
Every great podcast needs some double-secret insider information, and the Magical Definition Podcast is no different. Agent '71 is our eyes and ears in the parks when we cannot be here, reporting anonymously on the happenings and doings in the 'World. Nobody has ever seen or heard Agent '71; he is as mysterious to his own friends as he is to others...

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Monday, February 26, 2007
PRESS RELEASE- MDP LISTENING PARTY
Delray Beach, FL, February 2007 - Join award winning Disney podcaster, Nathan M Rose, (owner of MagicalMountain.net and FlickDirect.com along with Tim Devine (The Magic In Pixels) on a magical journey into the world of Disney. Featuring the latest Disney News and Rumors, Interviews with Disney Imagineers, Disney Photography Tips, Debates on a variety of Disney topics, and so much more Disney magic!

This weekly unofficial Disney podcast will debut on March 4th, 2007 at 8pm. Mr Rose and Mr. Devine will be online at a virtual listening party on the unofficial Disney informational website MagicalMountain.net to answer questions to give away prizes and more.

For more information visit the Magical Definition Disney Podcast website at MagicalDefinition.com. For more information about the listening party visit the Magical Mountain forums.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007
Epcot's Fountain of Nations

The Fountain of Nations in Epcot's Future World at the Walt Disney World Resort erupts in a magnificent display synchronized to a fantastic fanfare. The photo, taken during a night time performance, does not even remotely capture the wonder and power that this exhibition elicits in people. In my opinion, the Fountain of Nations is a truly overlooked attraction, one that every Disney-goer MUST experience during a visit to Epcot.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
New Article... "Make a Backup"
When you get back from your vacation, outing, sporting event, or wherever else you were taking pictures, copy them to the computer and then burn them to a CD, DVD, or copy them to an external hard drive. This separate copy is your archival copy, the one you will revert to in the event something happens to the one you are working on or keeping in your computer. Things DO happen, hard drives DO crash, and no matter how careful you are, overwrites DO happen so make the copy first to be safe.

Now that you have a backup copy, you can work on your photos to your heart's content. Do not EVER EVER EVER work on your original files because if you make a mistake and over-write them or delete them, they are gone and you are not going to get it back. Don't you wish you had a backup??? I have worked on the original countless times, in my haste to get something done or out of plain laziness, and have been burned on this. This also applies to those cameras that shoot in RAW (such as .cr2 or .nef)...even though you can't destroy the original by editing it, you CAN delete the file or lose it to a hard drive crash so follow this advice.

When you are done working on your files in the computer (resizing for email, fixing minor problems, or doing any major photoshopping), I recommend you save that file (ie. DSC0000.jpg) with a unique name, such as DSC0000-1.jpg. The next time you make a change to the file name it DSC0000-2.jpg and so on so you can keep track of your edits. This way you can immediately tell the original from the retouched file, and you won't accidentally save over the original. Memory and storage are very inexpensive these days, so take a few extra minutes to insure your precious memories so you won't be heartbroken later.

questions? comments? make yourself heard! your feedback may even make it to the podcast...
direct link to the article.... http://www.themagicinpixels.com/articles/make-a-backup.aspx

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Saturday, February 17, 2007
Podcast Cover Art

Here it is, folks.... the new cover art for the Magical Definition Podcast. The premier episode is coming on 3/4/2007 and it already gearing up to be one wild ride. So, look for it, subscribe to it, download it, and enjoy it. The show is all about you, the listener, and we hope you will join in the silliness by calling the voice mail line and leaving a message at(206) 888-MDP2 (6372) or by sending us an email to podcast@magicaldefinition.com. Voice mails and emails will be played or read on the air and commented on so if you have something you want to say or ask or just leave general well wishes for the new show, now is the time to do it. Be sure to visit the official site at www.magicaldefinition.com

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Monday, February 12, 2007
African Details (Animal Kingdom)

The magic is in the details, and in Disney's Animal Kingdom, those details are everywhere, especially in the African Village of Harambe. These weathered notices and fliers are everywhere, and they advertise such businesses as hot air balloon rides, and post warnings about poaching and dangerous animals. I have said before, it is in the often overlooked details that the real Disney magic shines through.

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Sunday, February 11, 2007
Wishes! (Magic Kingdom)

Wishes! is the night-time fireworks spectacular at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Set to a moving score featuring Jiminey Cricket, Wishes! is an unforgettable way to end any day at the Magic Kingdom.

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Friday, February 09, 2007
The Adventurer's Club (Pleasure Island)
The Adventurer's Club in Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney Pleasure Island (that is a mouthful right there) is a themed comedy show that features a cast of wacky adventurous performers telling tall tales of explorations and conquests of a time long ago. Here we see the finale of the Hoopla, a show that brings each night at the Club to an end. From left to right we have Samantha Sterling (jungle adventuress), Otis T. Wren (club treasurer and ichthyologist) , Pamerlia Perkins (club president), Emil Bleehall (adventurer of the year), and Hathaway Browne (club aviator). Although a trip to the Adventure's Club costs some extra money in addition to the theme park admission, I think it's worth every penny and it really is a riot. Good times.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Casey's Corner (The Magic Kingdom)
WOW... 3 straight days with a new post....

Jim, the ragtime pianist at Casey's Corner in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, is a truly talented musician. He plays requests off the top of his head and never has a note of music in front of him while playing. I asked him to play something from Mary Poppins for my 10 month old back in Mousefest '07, and not only did he play a song from Mary Poppins, but unleashed a furious ragtime medley of Mary Poppins songs one after another that got the entire group of folks listening rocking along with him. Jim, you are a true talent, and a class act, and I enjoy all the time I get to spend listening to you and speaking with you at Casey's Corner. Keep playing and I hope to see you this summer.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Spaceship Earth (Epcot)

This breathtaking view of Spaceship Earth is from the edge of the Leave a Legacy area in the Epcot entrance plaza. I really like the way the marble plaques sort of frame the geosphere and at the same time give it a sense of scale. Spaceship Earth truly takes on a new character and dimension when it is illuminated at night. Out goes the cold silvery-white of the day and in comes the glowing purple of night. Truly beautiful.

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Some updates to the site... and a new photo - FINALLY!

As you can see, I have made some adjustments to the blog, including adding a link to the newly announced Magical Definition Podcast to the header. Also, I FINALLY FIXED THE QUICK LINKS ON THE LEFT SIDE PANEL so they actually work and not return a 404 page error. But enough about that.... how 'bout a new photo?


This photo of Bruce the shark was taken during Mousefest 2006 and comes from the Seas with Nemo and Friends attraction. I was personally very impressed with the new attraction and felt it was a very worthy addition to the Future World lineup. The clam-mobiles had a natural fit for that type of attraction and the queue was simply incredible. The look and feel were absolutely spot-on. The EAC portion was a bit underwhelming but all in all I liked the ride and would definitely do it again.

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Magical Definition Podcast....Starring Nathan Rose and Tim Devine
Coming March 2007...
Join former MouseTunes Disney podcast host Nathan M Rose (owner of MagicalMountain.net, FlickDirect.com, yada yada yada) along with Tim Devine of The Magic In Pixels on magical journey into the world of Disney. Lez Do It!

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