Entries from Deb's Digest tagged with 'Walt Disney World'

Morimoto Asia Summer Forbidden Lounge Late-Night Offerings

by AllEars.Net's Deb Wills and Linda Eckwerth Morimoto Asia is a beautiful two-story restaurant in Disney Springs with a variety of options for your dining pleasure. There is the full-service dining room on the first floor (though there are...

Special Character Meets at Disney's Hollywood Studios

One of the fun things about Disney's Hollywood Studios is the unique character meet-and-greet opportunities. Some of the characters are regulars (like Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, Buzz and Woody), but others are around for a very limited time. Recently...

Noshing Night at Disney Springs

Disney Springs really has undergone an amazing transformation. We have probably spent more time there in the last couple years than we had the 10 prior. Lots of great places to eat with a variety of tastes and prices....

Copper Creek Villas and Cabins and Geyser Point Bar and Grill

Recently I had the opportunity to take a hard hat tour (no photos were allowed) of Disney Vacation Club's newest property, Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Copper Creek is part of the overall Wilderness Lodge...

Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast - Trattoria al forno

CORRECTION: (4/24) For some reason, I thought this breakfast was $24/per person. It is $34 per person. At that price, this breakfast is not worth the cost until the food greatly improves. On April 2, 2017, the Boardwalk's Trattoria...

Thank You Everyone!!! Collectibles for a Cause - Sorcerer of the Magic Kingdom Cards

UPDATE: 3/4/17 8am Thanks to everyone who participated we raised $611 to fight breast cancer! Thank you so so much! UPDATE: 3/3/17 8am FINAL DAY - Ends at 5pm Come back Sunday for a MINI-Pin Palooza. UPDATE: 3/2/17 8am...

Update 2/12 - Rivers of Light Soft Openings

FEBRUARY 12TH UPDATE: Last night I attended the Rivers of Light show via Annual Pass wristbands. Folks started filtering in the seating area about 75 minutes prior to show time. Cast Members were directing guests where to sit. The...

The Plaza Restaurant at Magic Kingdom REVIEW

The Plaza Restaurant, located just off Main Street, U.S.A., has been a long time favorite of many Disney fans. I had not been in several years, so I decided to try and get a lunch reservation. Well, I might...

"New" Way to Start Your Magic Kingdom Day

Beginning January 9th, guests will be allowed to enter Main Street U.S.A. earlier than the park's stated opening time. Then at the official opening, a new welcome show will open the park for the day. A Royal Herald will...

Temporary Parking Change at Kidani Village Animal Kingdom Lodge

This past weekend I was at a guest at Animal Kingdom Lodge. I was quite surprised that the "short term parking" area at Kidani Village was closed and blocked off. This parking area has always been convenient for check-in...

Vivoli Gelato - Hidden Gem at Disney Springs

Did you know you can get real Italian Gelato in Disney Springs?? Well, you can and it's wonderful! Vivoli Gelato is located in The Landing section of Disney Springs, diagonally across from the Hangar Bar. You may not have...

Brunch at the Top - California Grill

Late last year, the Disney Parks Blog announced that a new "Brunch at the Top" dining experience would be starting at California Grill in February 2016. I read the description with great interest, because I love a great brunch....

Walt Disney World - End of Summer Roundup

Summer is nearing an end as the kids are heading back to school. Summer weather is still in full swing in Central Florida! If you are in town, here are some events happening in the next couple weeks you...

Review: Tiffins at Animal Kingdom

Friday, May 27th, was the grand opening day for the Nomad Lounge and Tiffins restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom. I'll have a separate review on the Nomad lounge in a few days, but the bottom line is we LOVED...

Preview: Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge

Today I attended a preview of the new Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge that's opening as part of the DVC's 25th anniversary celebration. This lounge is in the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World and can be...

Tutto Italia 3-Course Summer Lunch Preview

Recently I had the opportunity to preview the new Three-Course Menu that will be offered at Tutto Italia this summer. Tutto Italia is located in Epcot's World Showcase in the Italy pavilion. This summer special menu will debut on...

Opening Day Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival

March 2nd was the opening day for the 2016 Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot! I arrived about 8:30 to a fairly long line of folks. It was a cloudy day but the sun was predicted to break through...

Celebrating 20 Years of Sharing the Magic Worldwide - Day 3

Our 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend ended on Sunday December 6th at a Meet and Greet in the Magic Kingdom. It was great to see so many folks take time from their vacations to visit with all of us! We...

Auction #3 - Press Event Merchandise

As a 29-year Breast Cancer survivor, I want to do all I can to raise funds and awareness in the fight against Breast Cancer. To demonstrate my commitment to this cause, I am auctioning items from my personal collection...

French Family Meal Traditions - Epcot Food and Wine Festival

New this year at Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival is a dining experience entitled: French Family Meal Traditions, held in Monsieur Paul (France Epcot). This has replaced the long standing French Regional Lunch. "For the past few years...

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto - Mini Review

Even before Trader Sam's Grog Grotto opened at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, there was lots of buzz on social media. March 28th was the beginning of the soft opening and hundreds of folks waited in the bright sunshine to...

Tree of Life New Roots, Bird and Animal Carvings!

This morning some of the walls at Animal Kingdom were removed. Behold, there are new roots with bird and animal carvings from the Tree of Life! The entire area looks great and it is so nice to see the...

Looking Back at 2014 and Ahead to 2015

Last year at this time, I did a similar Look Back at 2013 and Look Ahead to 2014. For this - Look Back at 2014 and Look Ahead to 2015, fellow AllEars colleague Deb Koma and I sat down...

Trattoria al Forno - First Look from Opening Night

Trattoria al Forno, on Disney's BoardWalk, officially opened on December 18, 2014. Linda and I had dinner reservations to check out the new place. Please keep in mind this review is from opening night. Items are still being tweaked,...

"it's a small world" 50th Anniversary Walt Disney World

The 1964-1965 World's Fair in New York City opened on April 22, 1964. The Disney Parks chose April 10th as the day to celebrate 50 years of "it's a small world" in the theme parks around the world. This...

Palm Golf Course Reopens

The Palm course re-opened for play on December 15, 2013, after an extensive renovation by the Arnold Palmer Design Company. The following description is quoted from the Walt Disney World golf web site: "Please Note: This summer Disney's Palm...

2014 Guide Books at Hitting the Shelves

It's that time of year again.... Summer is ending, most family vacations are over, the kids are back in school, and the 2014 Walt Disney World Guide Books are starting to arrive in stores (real and online). Listed below...

ENDED Disney World Press Photo Lot of 20

Auction #4 - Disney World Press Photo Lot of 20 Time for my semi-annual Collectables for a Cause. I am auctioning some items from my personal collection as a way to aid my fundraising efforts. Entire final bid price goes...

Happy 4th of July America

Grand Finale of Voices of Liberty Show Grand Finale of Epcot July 4th IllumiNations...

Animal Kingdom Walk Around

Friday I found myself in Animal Kingdom on a hot, but crystal clear blue sky day. I looked in the first viewing area and the Black Swan was out! Hadn't seen this swan in a while. Then over to...

Animal Kingdom Walk Around

Yes, I admit, I love Animal Kingdom. Give me a choice of parks to roam on my own and that's where you'll find me. I am fascinated with the wildlife and love to photograph. And then, of course, there...

Halloween Time at Fort Wilderness Campground

As everyone gears up for Halloween and trick or treaters, guests at the Ft. Wilderness Campground get ready too! Each year it seems more and more sites are decorating for the holidays and this year is no exception! Thanks...

July 4th Celebrations in Epcot

A few years ago I was fortunate to be in Walt Disney World during the 4th of July. At that time, I had the privilege of seeing the special Voices of Liberty Concert. I knew that this year, I wanted...

The Art of Animation Resort Officially Opens!

Meg Crofton officially opened the Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World this morning. In true Disney fashion, the ceremony opened with music, singers, dancers,and Cast members followed by a stage full of Disney Characters. "Disney's Art of...

You Don't Need to Love Seafood to Love Flying Fish on the Boardwalk

Have you ever had one of those meals where everything was perfectly delicious from start to finish? I did recently at one of my favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World, Flying Fish. Several of us wandered over after enjoying...

2012 WDW Calendars for a Cause

It's that time again - time to buy your 2012 Focus on Disney World Calendar! For those of you who don't know, my good friend and AllEars® Photoblogger Barrie Brewer produces a yearly calendar with photos from Walt Disney...

Spotlight on 40 Year Cast Members at Walt Disney World: Heather Will-Browne

When Magic Kingdom celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday, October 1, AllEars.Net had a chance to both attend the ceremony held in front of Cinderella Castle, and also to interview a number of current and former cast members, including several...

Disney Magic of Healthy Living - Partnering with Parents for Healthier Lifestyles

Last fall, The Walt Disney Company launched a new initiative to help parents raise healthy, happy children called Disney Magic of Healthy Living. It's a program encouraging smart eating and exercise through a year-long series of inspiring public service announcements...

Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season featuring D’Vine Voices

Joyful! returns to Epcot for the 2010 Holiday Season. This blog is from a 2009 performance! New to Epcot's Holidays Around the World in 2009 is D'Vine Voices who perform four times daily on the Future World Fountain Stage. D'Vine...

December Disney Doings

Deb Wills has been on a Disney cruise the last few days, and will spend the next few visiting Walt Disney World. She's been sharing some photos via Twitter as she travels, but for those of you who don't follow...

Deb's Pre- Bay Lake Tower Photos

Prior to the opening of Bay Lake Tower, I had put some photos of my trip on Twitter and FaceBook. Thanks to Jack Marshall for setup, here's a blog of all the photos I posted. These are in reverse order...

Online Check-in for Disney Vacation Club

I finally had a chance to experience the online check-in process for Disney Vacation Club Members. You must first login to the Disney Vacation Club member website. On the top horizontal nav bar, click on Vacation Planning Tools Then on...

A Wild Decade - Animal Kingdom Turns 10!

On April 22, 2008 Animal Kingdom theme park proudly turned 10 years young! In conjuction with Walt Disney World and Animal Kingdom, the WDWCelebrations.com team hosted their 2nd anniversary event, A Wild Decade. You may recall these were the same...

Heading to Walt Disney World

Later today I'll be catching a flight to Orlando for a trip to Walt Disney World. As I look over my itinerary, I remind myself that I never seem to accomplish all I set out to do each trip. Guess...

Low/No Sugar Sports Drinks

I'm getting ready for my Adventures by Disney trip to the Southwestern US which begins in less than 2 weeks. As part of that preparation, I've been looking for powdered "sports drinks" to bring with me. Just what is a...

2008 Dining Plan Changes

UPDATE INFO: 7/31/07 1) The Deluxe Dining plan still does NOT include gratuity. It DOES include the appetizer. 2) No word on DVC member pricing. ************* There has been lots of internet chatter about changes coming to the 2008 Magic...

Upcoming 2007 Special Resort Discounts

As is usually the case come this time of year, Walt Disney World announces Annual Passholder and Florida Resident room discounts for the remainder of the calendar year. These should be announced in early to mid August. What is different...

The Magic of Meets

( This article was originally published in the AllEars® weekly newsletter on July 24, 2007.) The Magic of Meets! by Deb Wills, ALL EARS® Editor-in-Chief Having recently returned from MagicMeets, an incredible weekend in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, I was finding...

MagicMeets Saturday Update

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MagicMeets - More Friday Night

The alarm going off at 5:30am this morning was just plain "rude", LOL. Especially since we didn't get to bed until after midnight last evening. There is SO much going on and so many people here, you don't want to...

MagicMeets Friday Evening

What a day! It's almost midnight and we haven't stopped since we got here around 3pm. Waves of folks are checking into the hotel. It's hard to walk 5 feet without running into someone who is here for the event....

Magic Meets - Friday Morning Update

9:30am -- Just spoke to Fred on the phone. Things are going great. Here is Fred's morning report: Just woke up a little while ago. We were in the ballroom late last night getting a head start on things. Screens...

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