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July 15, 2012

Win a Pair of Tickets to D23's Destination D: 75 Years of Animation

Win a pair of tickets to this summer's D23 blockbuster event

Destination D: 75 Years of Animation

August 11 and 12, 2012

at the Disneyland hotel in California.

One lucky AllEars.Net reader will win the two tickets, which are worth $450! Read on for details!

Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animated Features is an unprecedented celebration of the art, storytelling, music, voices, imagination, and innovation of Disney's benchmark films.

From Walt Disney's groundbreaking Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph, guests will experience a two-day journey through the art of Disney feature animation -- filled with fun, laughter and rarely or never-before-seen artwork, photos and film clips of beloved Disney characters and stories -- all the while surrounded by some of the world's leading animation legends, artists and authorities.

This is a not-to-be-missed event! If you have attended a Destination D event by D23, you know they bring out material never or rarely seen before.

Featured panelists such as Don Hahn, Tony Baxter, Burny Mattinson, Joe Hale, Eddie Sotto, Eric Goldberg, Margaret Kerry, and Andreas Deja will be on hand, along with and many others.

Special one-of-a-kind evening performances include:

An Evening Concert: Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix - The fun continues into the night with an unforgettable evening of harmony provided by Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix. The popular vocal quartet is led by legendary television, Broadway and film star Dick Van Dyke, with three renowned west coast musicians -- Mike Mendyke, Bryan Chadima, and Eric Bradley.
(Read about the Vantastix performance at 2011's D23 Expo HERE.)

An Evening With Disney Legend and Oscar®-Winner Alan Menken - The celebration concludes with a rare musical concert by Disney Legend Alan Menken. With eight Academy Awards®, Alan Menken, known for the scores of such Disney classics as "Beauty and the Beast," has received more Oscars than any living person.

To enter for a chance of winning a pair of tickets to this event, log in using your email address or Facebook account below.

NOTE: Only the pair of tickets to this Destination D event are offered in this contest. Transportation, accommodations and all other costs are the winner's sole responsibility. Tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-transferable so be sure you can attend this event before entering!

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The tentative schedule is as follows:


Walt Disney and the First Golden Age of Disney Animation

Walt and his original team of animators and artists invented an entirely new genre of film-making storytelling. Together they created unparalleled bodies of work that continue to delight audiences around the world.

Join panelists who participated first-hand (or witnessed) the remarkable creation of Walt Disney's feature animated films:

Joe Hale -- 43-year Disney veteran who contributed his artistic talents to such films as Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and Mary Poppins.

Burny Mattinson -- Disney Legend and 50-year veteran of Disney animation who contributed his artistic talents to such "Golden Age" favorites as Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and The Jungle Book.

Ted Thomas -- Son of legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas and director/writer of the acclaimed documentaries Frank and Ollie and Walt & El Grupo.

Roy E. Disney and the Second Golden Age of Disney Animation

Roundtable discussion of Roy E. Disney's influence on the "Second Golden Age of Disney Animation" -- from The Black Cauldron and The Great Mouse Detective through the modern-day classics of the 1990s.

Join panelists who participated first-hand (or witnessed) Roy E. Disney's remarkable stewardship of Disney's contemporary animation renaissance:

Dave Bossert -- Author of an upcoming book on Roy E. Disney, and creative director and head of special projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios; artistic coordinator and visual effects supervisor on Fantasia/2000 and associate producer of the short "Destino" among many other accomplishments.

Roy P. Disney -- Son of Disney Legend Roy E. Disney, former Disney Imagineer, and first-hand witness to Disney animation's second "Golden Age."

Don Hahn -- Noted author, Disney animation historian, and producer of some of Disney's most successful animated films of the second golden age, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Emperor's New Groove.

The Greatest Disney Animation You Never Saw

Enjoy a "Behind-The-Magic" peek at the art of Disney feature animation. Academy Award®-nominated film producer and author Don Hahn and Creative Director for Walt Disney Animation Studios David Bossert present rarely seen (or never before seen at all) Disney artwork and animation from more than 75 years of Disney animated features.

Animating The Disney Parks

Disney Parks owe a great deal of their creative development and design to the roots of Disney animation. Join current and former Disney Imagineers as they discuss how legendary Disney Imagineers, including Marc Davis, Mary Blair, Claude Coates, Herb Ryman, John Hench, and many others, successfully transferred their skills and talents from the world of Disney feature animation to "animating the Disney Parks."

Join panelists who personally worked with many of these Disney animation and Imagineering greats:

Tony Baxter -- Senior vice president, Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering, whose project credits include Disneyland Paris, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Indiana Jones™ Adventure, and Splash Mountain.

Eddie Sotto -- Noted experiential designer, mixed-media producer, conceptualist, and former Disney Imagineer, whose projects included the design of Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Paris, early work on Indiana Jones™ Adventure at Disneyland, plus Mission: SPACE at Epcot and Pooh's Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland.

An Evening Concert: Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix

Exclusive Screening: Walt & El Grupo -- The Director's Cut - Presented exclusively for D23 Members and their guests is the definitive director's cut (not available on DVD) of the acclaimed 2009 film documentary Walt and El Grupo. Hosted by Director Ted Thomas and Producer Kuniko Okubo, the film chronicles the amazing 10-week trip that Walt Disney and his hand-picked group of artists and film-making talent (later known as El Grupo) took to South America in 1941 at the behest of the U.S. Government.


Wacky and Wild Disney Animation

Go on a wacky and irreverent ride through some of the most psychedelic and visually stunning animation ever put on film in this fun and humorous retrospective of Disney feature animation. Along the way you'll learn of the contributions of such "characters" as Disney Legend Ward Kimball, renowned artist Salvador Dali, and many others.

Your hosts through this animation "Wonderland":

Jerry Beck -- Well-known animation historian, with 10 books and numerous articles to his credit. Jerry is an animation producer, and industry consultant to Warner Bros., and has been an executive with Nickelodeon and Disney and is also a popular blogger on the subject of animation.

Eric Goldberg -- A veteran director, designer and animator, his Disney credits includes being the supervising animator of Genie in Aladdin, co-director of Pocahontas, animator of Phil in Hercules, followed by Fantasia/2000, which he directed, wrote, and animated two critically acclaimed sequences: "Carnival of the Animals" and "Rhapsody in Blue." His animation work can also be seen in the Tokyo Disney Seas attraction Magic Lamp Theatre and the recently unveiled Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot.

Tinker Bell: The Evolution of a Disney Character

Have you ever wondered how a character becomes a Disney character? Take a fascinating trip through the decades in a presentation filled with never-before-seen art, photos, and film clips, and you'll see how Tinker Bell developed into one of Disney's most iconic characters.

Your tour guides include:

Mindy Johnson -- Author of the upcoming book Tinker Bell: An Evolution (new for Fall 2013 from Disney Editions).

Margaret Kerry -- Live-action reference model for Tinker Bell in Walt Disney's 1953 animated film classic Peter Pan.

Disney Feature Animation Stars-Drawing With Personality

The Walt Disney Studios is often credited with perfecting "personality animation," creating paper and pencil characters that seemingly live and breathe. In this entertaining and educational presentation you'll discover the secrets behind the creation of some of Disney's most beloved animated stars, plus you'll get the chance to design your own Disney animated character, under the guidance of a master Disney animator.

Your instructor: Andreas Deja -- 30-year Disney animation veteran, whose impressive body of work includes serving as supervising animator on characters in several classic Disney animated features, including Gurgi in The Black Cauldron, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Jafar in Aladdin, Scar in The Lion King, Mickey Mouse in Fantasia/2000, Lilo in Lilo & Stitch, Mama Odie in The Princess and the Frog, and Tigger in Winnie the Pooh. He's also a noted Disney animation historian and authority on the work of legendary Disney animator Milt Kahl.

Hearing Voices: A Salute to Disney Character Voice Artists

Meet the artists behind the voices, the many men and women who have supplied some of the most familiar voices ever to grace movies screens. This unique reunion of Disney character voice talent highlights some of the great voices of the past as well.

The roster of Disney character voice talent stars include (to date -- more to be confirmed over the next few weeks!):

Dick Jones - Voice of Pinocchio (Pinocchio, 1940)

Kathryn Beaumont - Voice of Alice (Alice in Wonderland, 1951) and Wendy Darling (Peter Pan, 1953)

Lisa Davis - Voice of Anita (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)

David Frankham - Voice of Sergeant Tibbs (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)

Bruce Reitherman - Voice of Mowgli (The Jungle Book, 1967) and Christopher Robin (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, 1966)

Chris Sanders - Stitch (Lilo & Stitch, 2002)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Still "The Fairest of Them All"

Walt Disney's animation masterpiece Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs introduced an entirely new film-making genre -- the Disney animated feature -- and put in motion the creation of an unparalleled library of films that remain unrivaled in their artistic and storytelling achievements.

Salute this groundbreaking film with a rare west coast appearance by 93-years-young Marge Champion, the live-action reference model for the character of Snow White. Also joining the presentation will be Gabriella Calicchio, CEO of The Walt Disney Family Museum, to provide insights on the museum's upcoming Snow White exhibition and an exciting new D23 opportunity.

An Evening With Disney Legend and Oscar®-Winner Alan Menken

Exclusive Screening: Waking Sleeping Beauty - The Director's Cut

Presented exclusively for D23 Members and their guests is the definitive director's cut (not available on DVD) of the acclaimed 2010 film documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty. With screening hosted by director Don Hahn, the film chronicles how by the mid-1980s the fabled animation studios of Walt Disney had fallen on hard times. Waking Sleeping Beauty is the true story of how Disney regained its magic with a staggering output of hits -- The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more -- over a 10-year period.

July 28, 2012

2012 Food and Wine Festival Preview Preview



No, that's not a typo in my title -- this is my preview of the Tables in Wonderland preview of "Taste Your Way around the World," the17th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Tonight's event is a buffet reception followed by a plated dinner, and it's been inspired by offerings that will be featured at this year's festival. Included will be dishes from several of the new marketplaces that will debut around World Showcase, such as vegetarian chili from the new "Terra" location and Florida Shrimp Ceviche. I'm also hopeful that they'll reveal more details about the signature dining experiences and other highlights of this year's festival.

I spoke to Food and Wine Festival Program Manager Marianne Hunnel the other day and plan to share her news, along with what I learn at tonight's dinner, with you all in the next few days. Until then, I'll leave you with a few images of the new food items that Disney has released so far.

Trick'n Chick'n Curry with Basmati Rice

Chili Colorado with House-Made Chips and Cashew Cheese


Florida Shrimp Ceviche


Are you drooling in anticipation now as I am? Run and get your bibs -- I'll have more Food and Wine Festival photos and news soon!

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