Friday, October 12, 2012

121. Digital Disney World Transformation

When I started this website, I was focused on writing about ways that we could use modern technology to stay connected to Walt Disney World. In addition, I have discussed how technology has helped guests have a better experience while actually visiting the parks. Digital Disney World has evolved quite a bit over the past two years, and I've added several new features along the way. Although I plan to continue occasionally writing about "modern technology,"  I've covered a majority of the current websites, apps, podcasts, and blogs in the 120 articles that I've posted so far.

Anyone who has been following Digital Disney World over the past few months can see that I've focused most of my efforts on using the "modern technology" of digital photography to post a daily dose of Disney magic. Although I have been posting the "DDW Pic of the Day" for over a year, there has been a new twist of recent times. Even though I have over a decade of photos in my Disney collection, most of the new pictures you see on the site were taken a short time before they were posted. In many cases, they were shot the very same day. Also, I have been including a little more information about the subject of the photo. Whether it be an interesting fact about an attraction or just a friendly tip, I've tried to add a little substance to each post. This is also true for the YouTube videos I continue to record and feature on the website.
There are several reasons for the transformation of Digital Disney World. First, I have been very blessed to have had a successful year in my WDW Guided Tours business. Since I've been spending so much time on Disney property, I thought it would be fun to share current pictures that I've been taking on a weekly basis. Second, since I've already covered so many of the modern technology topics, this subject doesn't really warrant regularly scheduled articles moving forward. However, I will continue to occasionally write about technology as I discover new websites, apps, blogs, etc. 

Finally, my shift into focusing on photography was fueled by a piece of technology that I've discussed many times over the past two years. Of course I'm talking about the iPhone. Some of the pictures I've posted were shot with an iPhone 4S, but a majority were taken with a decent point-and-shoot camera. However, the iPhone 5 has helped me transition completely into cell phone photography, and nearly all of the pictures you see going forward will be taken with this device. If you were to tell me just two years ago that I would be using a phone to take all of my pictures, I would have said you were crazy. However, the 8mp camera on the new iPhone simply does an amazing job. It also includes an incredible panorama setting that I've started using at Walt Disney World. I plan on featuring many of these panoramas in my DDW Pics of the Day. In addition, I have also started taking all of my videos with the iPhone as the HD quality blows away my handheld camcorder. I will continue to record videos for my YouTube channel and post them to Digital Disney World. 

I want to conclude this article by thanking you for following Digital Disney World. I really appreciate the feedback and emails that I get from my readers. I hope you continue to enjoy a daily visit to the Vacation Kingdom. I feel very lucky that I've been able to enter the Walt Disney World online community with this blog, and I've met so many great people because of it. Through this process, I have been able to start my own Disney related business and follow the dreams of my childhood. For that, I will be forever grateful!

Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward.  See ya real soon!

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