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April 22, 2017

Copper Creek Villas and Cabins and Geyser Point Bar and Grill

Deb's Digest Blog
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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 property, which, once open, will house guest rooms at the Wilderness Lodge (south side) Boulder Ridge and the Copper Creek cabins.

Ken Potrock, SVP & GM Disney Vacation Club & Adventures by Disney, spoke with a group of local media recently about the new resort: "This will be the first DVC property to have 5 types of room accommodations with studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom villas as well as the new cabins. Our guests have told us they don't want any old hotel, they want themed hotels. They want a hotel that has a back story. They want to hear "is there a connection to Walt Disney?"

And the Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge will do just that -- combining the history of decades of the railroad bringing people west.

I had the opportunity to talk with Imagineer Mitch Mioelli, project manager of Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. He shared additional elements of the theming.

Additional enhancements are part of the new Copper Creek Villas and Cabins including a new swimming area and the recently open Geyser Point Bar and Grill which boasts great views of Bay Lake.

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The unique menu highlights an array of flavors from bison burgers with Tillamook cheddar and a house-smoked salmon BLT with lemon-caper mayonnaise to innovative small plates, craft beers and signature cocktails in the lounge.

During my visit to the Copper Creek Villas and Cabins, I also had the opportunity to speak with Chef Michael Gonsalves and Geyser Point's Proprietor Stephanie about the unique food and beverage offerings.

The official opening of the Copper Creek Villas and Cabins is July 17, 2017. At that time, Roaring Fork and the Trout Pass Pool Bar will reopen as well.

April 18, 2017

Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast - Trattoria al forno

Deb's Digest Blog
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On April 2, 2017, the Boardwalk's Trattoria al forno converted its breakfast offering to a character meal called the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast. Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled and Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid are the showcased characters. Linda and I have always enjoyed breakfast at Trattoria so we thought we'd give it a try.

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Two of the characters, Ariel and Rapunzel, you can see in the parks, but the big hit of this meal is the ability to see both Flynn Rider and Prince Eric! In fact, in all my visits to Walt Disney World, this may have been my first encounter with Prince Eric (excluding parades, of course).

The breakfast offering takes a few items from Trattoria's former breakfast menu with some twists and new names.

Our server, Mary, was great. She first approached the table and gave each of us an Adventure Journal and a set of character autographs.

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Despite our group being two adults with no children, we got the full themed treatment from Mary and we really appreciated it. The meal begins with a bowl of pastries for everyone at the table to share. Keeping in the theme, there is a clam shell pastry and also a braided chocolate bread (Deb's favorite). And they are served in a frying pan! She took our beverage orders and left us to decide on our selections.

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You have two choices for a "appetizer": a Fruit Salad or a Berry, Yogurt and Granola Parfait. We got one of each.

For me, the yogurt parfait was way too sweet. I could barely get two spoonfuls down. I typically eat Greek yogurt, and this was MUCH different. Also on top was layer of something sweet, like honey, but wasn't the right consistency. The red item on my yogurt represents Sebastian from Little Mermaid.

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Linda's fruit cup was the standard melons with a couple berries. It was supposed to come with a little crown, which was missing. The melons were good, but the berries were mushy.

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There are seven entrees to choose from, including a breakfast calzone, pancakes and Tangled eggs. You can find the complete menu HERE


Linda chose the Golden Frittata - Prosciutto di Parma, Piquillo pepper, scallions and pecorino Romano Cheese with roasted potatoes. This sounded so much like the fritatta on the old breakfast menu so our taste buds were expecting that. But that was not quite what we got at all. Linda didn't care for all the peppers in her frittata or the strong taste of the melted cheese.

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I ordered the Royale Breakfast which included Oak-grilled steak, cheesy-egg torte, and Fonduta with roasted potatoes and crispy onions. I ordered it without the onions. Our server asked how I wanted my steak prepared, and I said "medium." I didn't want it still mooing!

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The steak was actually good with a nice flavor. However, most of it was on the rare side. The potatoes were great and served hot -- hard to mess those up. Unfortunately, the "cheesy-egg torte" was bizarre and mostly inedible.

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The "Fonduta" was cheesy and almost overpowered the egg torte. The torte was full of red pepper and as I said, not good at all. I barely got my first bite down. Linda tried a bit and totally concurred with my assessment.

At some point, our server came back to explain the Bon Voyage Adventure Journal. It opens up to a cartoon map of Walt Disney World showing all four parks. Kids (or adults) can fill in their "favorite ride", "favorite snack" favorite souvenir, etc. We thought this map was a pretty cool thing that some kids would enjoy.

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Characters are the absolute best part of this experience and make it worth the money.
When we entered the restaurant we noticed most of the characters were up near the entrance. It was a good 20-25 minutes after we were seated that we saw any characters.

An announcement was made introducing the Tangled characters while "I Had a Dream" played in the background. Flynn and Rapunzel made their way partially around the dining area and then disappeared into a portion of the dining room we were unable to see. (We were seated in the far back corner.) We assumed they were dancing. Once the song was coming to an end they came to the back of the restaurant and started meeting with each table. Note that they don't visit the tables together.

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I have to say Flynn was one of the best, if not the best Flynn I have ever met and Rapunzel was pretty fantastic and reminded me of her when I met her a couple years ago at the Magic Kingdom. They were totally in character, playful, personable and in no apparent rush to leave. We had a great time with them.

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Soon thereafter, "Under the Sea" began playing and Eric and Ariel made their way into the dining room. As with Flynn and Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid characters made their way around the dining room. Again, they were very entertaining and interactive with us and all the tables, children or not. That means a great deal to us, as sometimes characters don't see kids and we get a wink and a quick pic and that's it.

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The character attendant working the room did an excellent job making sure the characters flowed through the room and checked back with each table to make sure everyone saw each character.

For the characters, the experience was certainly worth the $24 plus tip and tax. However, keep in mind unlike other character meals, this is not an all you care to eat menu. You can apply your Tables in Wonderland card or Annual Passport discount, though.

Go for the fun, not for the food!

P.S. At the podium, the cast members asked each party if they realized this was a character meal. For those who didn't realize that and want to dine without characters, there is a small back room for those folks. The breakfast menu back there is pretty similar to the character breakfast menu and when you add up the entrees and beverages, you are at the character meal price. The traditional breakfast menu is no longer available.

April 12, 2017

SOLD OUT Thank you all!!!!! Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley Palooza Collectibles for a Cause

Deb's Digest Blog

OMG We have SOLD OUT! You all are so amazing!!!!! Thank you We have raised $1,860 for the fight against Breast Cancer!!!!!

DOONEY AND BOURKE VERA BRADLEY PALOOZA FUNDRAISER

BRAND-NEW, NEVER-USED
From the store to my non-smoking and non-pet house.

Your ENTIRE purchase price is a DIRECT donation to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer page, a charity deduction for you! It's a win-win.

SOLD OUT
Here's how it works. READ CAREFULLY

** The Dooney and Bourke and Vera Bradley items are offered at stated price.

** You leave a comment below stating the ITEM number of the item(s) you wish to purchase.

** I will go through the comments in the order they ARE received.

** I will then put a SOLD with your first name and first initial last name on the item description.

** ANY questions please ask before purchase. This is a fundraiser and everything is non-refundable!

** Within 48 hours I will send you the link information for my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and you will have 48 hours to make your donation. Once that happens Avon will send you an email confirmation. Forward me a copy of the donation receipt along with your shipping address -- your item will be mailed in approximately 3-10 days.

Your ENTIRE purchase price goes directly to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Account. I pay postage and WILL SHIP TO UNITED STATES ONLY.

SOLD OUT


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Item #1 Is SOLD NEW Winner: Lisa J -- Original buyer donated the purse back to the sale and Lisa was the next in line ITEM #1) Vera and Bradley Blue "Disney Dreaming" Large Hipster featuring Minnie Mouse $85

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SOLD Laura B Item #2 Vera Bradley Plums Up "MailBag" $125

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SOLD Laura B #3) Dooney and Bourke Nightmare Before Christmas Pouchette (nylon with leather trim) $125 Approximate Size: 8-3/4" long by 5-1/2 wide.

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SOLD Gretchen I Disneyland Double Dare runDisney Tote Bag (one of two -- all leather) $330 Approximate Size: 12'' H x 18'' W x 7'' D Has tags and warranty card.

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SOLD Tina 5) Disneyland Double Dare runDisney Tote Bag (two of two -- all leather) $330Approximate Size: 12'' H x 18'' W x 7'' D Has tags and warranty card.

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SOLD KayB 6) Star Wars Cross Body Pouchette (nylon with leather trim) $175 Approximate Size: 5.5'' H x 10'' W Has tags and warranty card.


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SOLD KayB 7) 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tote (all leather) $300 Approximate Size: 9'' H x 16'' W - Comes with Food and Wine Leather Tag. Has tags and warranty card.

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SOLD TammiT 8) Star Wars Disney Cruise Line Hobo bag (nylon with leather trim) $275 Approximate Size: 9'' H x 13'' W Has tags and warranty card.


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THANK YOU ALL.

April 9, 2017

Preview Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley Palooza Collectibles for a Cause

Deb's Digest Blog

My Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is less than one month away, so this is my final fundraiser for a while.

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At 9:00am (eastern time) Tuesday, April 11th, my Vera Bradley - Dooney and Bourke Palooza begins.

I have 8 brand new bags, never used and kept in my non-smoking, non-pet home.

You entire purchase price is a direct charitable contribution to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I pay shipping to US addresses only. No other shipping available.

Please keep in mind this is a fundraiser and not an outlet sale.

Here's how it works. READ CAREFULLY

** The Dooney and Burke and Vera Bradley items are offered at stated price.

** You leave a comment below stating the ITEM number of the item(s) you wish to purchase.

** I will go through the comments in the order they ARE received.

** I will then put a SOLD with your first name and first initial last name on the item description.

** ANY questions please ask before purchase. This is a fundraiser and everything is non-refundable!

April 5, 2017

Mini- Pin Palooza

Deb's Digest Blog
Thursday April 6 -- 1:41pm The Sale is OVER. Thank you all for raising $1,070 in about 31 hours!!!!

8:40am JUST ADDED 10 more pins!!!
Be sure to REFRESH your browser

I'm back with more Disney collectibles for you. Your ENTIRE purchase price goes directly to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer page, a charity deduction for you! It's a win win.

Yes, it's time for Mini-Pin Palooza. It takes me weeks to get everything together for a regular pin palooza so I thought perhaps a smaller palooza would work better for everyone.

Your ENTIRE purchase price is a direct donation to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer!

Here's how it works. READ CAREFULLY

** The following pins are offered for sale at the stated price.

** You leave a comment below stating the ITEM number of the pin(s) you wish to purchase.

** I will go through the comments in the order they ARE received.

** I will then put a SOLD with your first name and first initial last name on the pin description.

** Within 72 hours I will send you the link information for my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and you will have 48 hours to make your donation. Once that happens Avon will send you an email confirmation. Forward me a copy of the donation receipt along with your shipping address -- pins will be mailed in approximately 3-10 days.

Your ENTIRE purchase price goes directly to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Account. I pay postage and WILL SHIP TO US ONLY. You get pin(s) you want and a charity deduction too! I raise money and reduce my pin collection.

Many thanks to the following folks who donated pins: Carol and Gary Cruise, Pam Passwater, Mouse Adventures

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ITEM # 1 SOLD Stefanie V Spectacle of Dancing Lights 2014 - Wayne & Lanny

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Price $25


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ITEM # 2 SOLD Debra CAST EXCLUSIVE Walt Disney's 115th Birthday - Limited Edition 1000

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Price $35


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ITEM #3 SOLD LisaJ WDI - D23 Destination D 2014: Attraction Rewind - Tower Of The Four Winds Critters - Fish

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Price $40


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ITEM # 4 SOLD WDI - Moana & Pua Limited Edition of 250

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Price $200


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ITEM # 5 SOLD Stefanie V DVC the Villas at the Disney’s Grand Floridian

Price $30

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ITEM # 6 SOLD Tricia WDI - Dumbo 75th Anniversary Limited Edition 250

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Price $40


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ITEM # 7 SOLD Helen L. Wilderness Lodge - Under Construction - 3 pin set on Card!


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Price $40


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ITEM # 8 Club 33 60th Anniversary Pin LE 2000

To celebrate DLR's 60th anniversary, Club 33 released this pin. It has the 33 in the middle and a dangle with a diamond-shaped jewel to celebrate Disneyland's Diamond Celebration. The pin measures 1 1/2" across x 2 3/4" tall.

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Price $150


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ITEM # 9 SOLD DianeG Tapestry of Nations Wings

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Price $15


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ITEM # 10 SOLD Helen L DCL - October 2004 Artist Choice (Donald & Compass)

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Price $35


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ITEM # 11 SOLD Derek D Captain Phasma Star
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Price $25


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ITEM # 12 SOLD LisaJ Now It's Time to Say Goodbye (Chip and Dale) Adventures by Disney - Backstage Magic

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Price $35


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ITEM # 13 SOLD Joelle Walt's World (Pluto) Adventures by Disney - Backstage Magic

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Price $25


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ITEM # 14 SOLD Derek D (Mr. Toad's Wild Ride) 1971-1998 Journey Through Time Pin Event 2003

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Price $60

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ITEM # 15 SOLD Emily S Maleficent I.D. Badge Walt Disney Studios Burbank LE 300

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Price $75


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ITEM #16 Helen L.Mickey Alaska Disney Cruise Line LE 2000


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Price $ 25

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ITEM # 17 SOLD Norway 1999 World Showcase Pavilion Series

One of a series of pins highlighting the Epcot World Showcase countries. Pin is a red square trimmed in gold; at bottom is a blue band with "Norway" in white lettering. Superimposed in the square is a diamond shape image of the Norway pavilion.


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Price $50


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ITEM # 18 SOLD LisaJ 1993 Merry Christmas Mickey Mailman


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Price $25


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ITEM # 19 SOLD Brenda Stitch Baby New Year Disney Auctions LE 500

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Price $75


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ITEM #20 SOLD GaryKMinnie Mouse On the Range Quest for the West Adventures by Disney

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Price $ 20

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ITEM #21 SOLD lisa j 2001 Candlelight Processional


Price $ 20


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ITEM #22 SOLD Carthay Circle Theatre Grand Opening LE

This limited edition commemorates the grand opening of the Carthay Circle Theatre Opening Day. The theater building is a red/marroon color and the background features swirled silver paint and cream colored light beams. The bottom of the pin reads "Grand Opening 2012".

Price $ 20

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ITEM # 23 SOLD Patricia L Cast Member Exclusive - SOARIN' - 2016 Cast Member

PRICE $30

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Item # 24 SOLD Tinker Bell Passholder Exclusive - Epcot® Flower and Garden Festival 2007

Tinker Bell is reading up on "Planting a Butterfly Garden" in this Limited Edition, Passholder Exclusive pin. This pin commemorates the 14th Annual Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot®. which runs from April 5 through June 3, 2007. This pin was designed by Disney Design Group Artist Dawn Ockstadt. It features Tink reading a book (brown covered) titled Planting a Butterfly Garden on the front cover. There is a pink and yellow butterfly sitting on the corner of the back cover of the book.

PRICE $ 60

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Item # 25 SOLD Susan B New Fantasyland 2012 Hinged Pin

PRICE $35

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Item # 26 SOLD Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa Epcot® Flower and Garden Festival 2009 - Annual Passholder

Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa from the Lion King relax in the jungle at the 16th annual Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival in this Annual Passholder exclusive Limited Edition pin.

PRICE $ 55

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Item # 27 SOLD Mary C Chip 'n' Dale 2005 Passholder Exclusive - Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

PRICE $ 45

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Item # 28 SOLD Patricia L Lilo and Stitch 2008 Food and Wine Festival DVC

PRICE $50


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Item # 29 SOLD OUT Musketeer Figment One sold to Laura B, Kelly S, Mike, Derek

PRICE $20

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Item # 30 SOLD Mary C Olympic Figment Weightlifting


PRICE $35

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Thank you PinPics.com - Links on the pin names go to the PinPics.com website (with their permission) so you can learn more about the pin. Also PinPics.com has given me permission to use photos and/or descriptions.

March 5, 2017

Mini Pin-Palooza Collectibles for a Cause

THANK YOU EVERYONE - We raised $695!!!

Yes, it's time for Mini-Pin Palooza. It takes me weeks to get everything together for a regular pin palooza so I thought perhaps I would take the pins that did not sell last time, reduce the price and see what we get.

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SALE OVER

Your ENTIRE purchase price is a direct donation to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer!

Here's how it works. READ CAREFULLY

** The following pins are offered for sale at the stated price.

** You leave a comment below stating the ITEM number of the pin(s) you wish to purchase.

** I will go through the comments in the order they ARE received.

** I will then put a SOLD with your first name and first initial last name on the pin description.

** Within 72 hours I will send you the link information for my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and you will have 48 hours to make your donation. Once that happens Avon will send you an email confirmation. Forward me a copy of the donation receipt along with your shipping address -- pins will be mailed in approximately 3-10 days.

Your ENTIRE purchase price goes directly to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Account. I pay postage and WILL SHIP TO US ONLY. You get pin(s) you want and a charity deduction too! I raise money and reduce my pin collection.


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ITEM # 1 2004 DCL - Chip and Dale Blue Anchor (Artist Choice) LE 750

This artist choice pin features Chip and Dale. Chip is standing in front of a blue anchor while Dale is holding on to the chain. A gold "2004 Artist Choice oval" is in the lower right corner. The back of pin has the famous "Disney" logo and "Limited Edition 750" stamp.

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Original Price $135 NOW $75


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SOLD LeslieG ITEM # 2 DCL - New Year's Eve 2006 - Mickey and Pluto LE 500

Original Price $65 NOW $30


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SOLD JeffF ITEM # 3 Disney Auctions (P.I.N.S.) - Stitch as Carmen Miranda LE 250

Original Price $80 NOW $35

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SOLD DebraS ITEM #4 Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival 2008 - Chef Figment

With just a spark of inspiration, Figment creates culinary sensations! This Limited Edition pin features Chef Figment holding some delicious pastries. This pin commemorates the 13th annual Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival, which will take place at Epcot® from September 26 - November 9, 2008.

Original Price $75 NOW $40

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ITEM # 5 Emperor (New Groove) Kuzco - Cusco Kingdom Adventures by Disney

This Adventures by Disney pin features Kuzco (or as spelled on this pin, Cusco) from the Emperor's New Groove. He is standing in front of ancient ruins and has his finger out pointing. The words "Cusco Kingdom" are before him. This pin was given out as a gift by participating in an Adventures by Disney trip.


Original Price $65 NOW $35


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SOLD NancyA ITEM # 6 DCL - DVC Members Cruise 2006 Logo LE

Original Price $65 NOW $30


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ITEM # 7 DL Cast Member - Seasons Greetings 1995 (Belle)

One in a series of pins given to Disneyland CMs who work on Christmas. This one shows Belle from Beauty and the Beast, wearing a red hood trimmed in white fur. Around the outside of the pin in gold lettering it reads "Season's Greetings 1995."


Original Price $150 NOW $100

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SOLD RichB ITEM # 8 DL - 1998 Attraction Series - Skyway

Original Price $65 NOW $35

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SOLD Laura B ITEM # 9 M&P Valentines Day 2004 - Lilo & Stitch

Original Price $75 NOW $40

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ITEM # 10 DCL - Happy Holidays 2008 Mickey with Chip

Celebrate the holidays with this Limited Edition pin featuring Mickey Mouse and Chip enjoying Castaway Cay Island. This pin can be linked together with the Happy Holidays 2008 Disney Cruise Line® pin to make one image. Snowman, Bow, Acorn, Sunglasses, Cloud, Santa Hat, Holly, Christmas string of Lights.

Original Price $45 NOW $30

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SOLD Leslie ITEM # 11 DL - 1998 Attraction Series - Tomorrowland People Mover

Original Price $75 NOW $50

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SOLD Stefanie ITEM # 12 WDW - Disney Vacation Club - Epcot® 25th Anniversary (Spinner)

Figment is holding a wand and Spaceship Earth is in the background. The candles that Figment is blowing out are on a spinner.


Original Price $100 NOW $70


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SOLD KAYB ITEM #13 Star Wars Weekend 2002 - Obi Wan Kenobi and Jango Fett


Original Price $75 NOW $30

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SOLD Terri Item # 14 Mulan - Poster Series

Original Price $55 NOW $25

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Item # 15 WDW - Cast Member Exclusive - Vote for Dale 2008

This Limited Edition, Cast Exclusive pin resembles a political campaign button and features the loveable chipmunk Dale. The red lower part says "VOTE FOR * DALE * 2008". The background is a patriotic red, white & blue American Flag with "CAST MEMBER" on it.

Original Price $150 NOW $50

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SOLD Laura T ITEM # 16 Stitch Gift Pin WDW - A Family Pin Gathering 2004 - Disney Catalog

Original Price $175 NOW $90

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SOLD Valerie P ITEM # 17 DCL Captain's Choice - May 2005 (Captain Mickey & Flag)

Original Price $125 NOW $65

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SOLD KAYB ITEM # 18 WDI - Characters in Sorcerers Hat - Orange Bird LE 200

Original Price $125 NOW $70

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ITEM # 19 Disney Auctions (P.I.N.S) - Lion King (Simba, Timon & Pumbaa) LE 250

The lion cub Simba is joined by his friends Timon and Pumbaa on this cheerful gold-finished character pin, a Disney Auctions exclusive in a limited edition of 250 fixed-price pins

Original Price $80 NOW $50

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ITEM # 20 Mary Poppins Countdown to the Millennium Series #59

Disney Store #59 pin -- Mary Poppins -- dated on front with 1964. Shows silhouette of Mary Poppins with open umbrella floating against background of London.

Original Price $80 NOW $50

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SOLD LauraB ITEM # 21 Merry Christmas 2004 - Epcot (Figment)

Original Price $50 NOW $35

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ITEM # 22 Chip 'n' Dale - An Incan Tapestry Adventures by Disney

This Adventures by Disney pin features Chip and Dale back to back in front of a brightly colored tapestry. The words "An Incan Tapestry" are in front of them.

Original Price $45 NOW $25

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ITEM # 23 Disney Auctions (P.I.N.S.) - Carousel Horse (Goofy)

Goofy takes a carousel ride astride a horse that shares his flair for headwear on this whimsical gold-finished character pin, one in a series that allows our favorite Disney characters to get on their high horse.

Original Price $125 NOW $75

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ITEM # 24 Woody Vinylmation Pin

This listing is for the Woody pin from the open edition Toy Story mystery collection (#80596). This open edition mystery collection features Mickey Mouse in various artistic styles. This Woody Vinylmation pin is done on gold metal.

Original Price $20 NOW $15


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SOLD Terri ITEM # 25 Disney Auctions (P.I.N.S.) - Stitch Baby New Year LE 500

Original Price $125 NOW $65

Thank you PinPics.com - Links on the pin names go to the PinPics.com website (with their permission) so you can learn more about the pin. Also PinPics.com has given me permission to use photos and/or descriptions.

March 2, 2017

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

Deb's Digest Blog
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 PRICES REDUCED

The minimum donation to Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is $10. Even if your cards don't add to $10, you agree to donate $10, please.

All are in excellent to mint shape. No bends, tears or marks

Your ENTIRE purchase price is a DIRECT donation to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I pay shipping for US only (sorry can't ship outside the US).

Let me know what item(s) numbers you are interested in. You must purchase a minimum of $10.

I will then send you information (email will come from mugs at allears dot net) to make your donation and once made, I will mail the item.

Mini- Pin Palooza COMING SUNDAY MARCH 5TH

Please remember this is a fundraiser, not a garage sale.

NOW $40 #05/P The Pirate Helmsman's Bombardment $50; 1 available;

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SOLD NOW $25 #06/P Elsa's Icy Shield $30;

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NOW $3 each The following Sorcerer Cards are $5 each.

#15 Rapunzel's Hair Whip (2 available)

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The following cards are $1 each
#20 Tinker Bell's Pixie Dust
#21 Violet's Force Fields
#25 Cinderella's Magic Ribbon
#26 Colonel Hathi Righteouos Stomp
#30 Mickey's Magic Beans (1 available)
#31 Mike's Grand Entrance (2 available)
#32 Pinocchio's Sawdust Blast (2 available)
#33 Prince Phillip's Enchanted Sword (3 available)
#35 Headless Horseman (3 available)
#36 Mad Hatter's Tea Time
#37 The Queen of Heart's Card Army (2 available)
#38 Sugar Plum Fairie's Dewdrop Spiderweb
#39 Wall-E's Trash Crunch
#42 Baloo's Coconut Cascade
#43 Caballero Donald's Pinata (2 available)
#44 Dash's Whirlwind (3 available)
#45 Flower's Flowers (4 available)
#46 Gopher's Demolition Dynamite
#47 Grumpy's Pummeling Pick axe (2 available)
#48 Lumiere's Candle Blast (3 available)
#49 Mowgli's Swinging Vine (2 available)
#50 Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (3 available)
#51 Pocahontas's Colors of the Wind (2 available)
#52 Pongo's Soot Bucket
#53 Prince Naveen's Army of Frogs (6 available)
#54 Pumbaa's Odorous Gas (5 available)
#55 Quasimodo's Bell (2 available)
#56 Rafiki's Wisdom Stick
#57 The Blue Fairy's Wand Wish (2 available)
#58 Woozle's Woozie Nightmare
#59 Thumper's Might Thump (3 available)
#60 Tiana's Hot Sauce (2 available)

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February 12, 2017

Update 2/12 - Rivers of Light Soft Openings

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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 show began on time and then around the 9 minute mark it went dark and stopped. An announcement was made and we waited 5-10 minutes. Then another announcement said the show would restart in about 15-20 minutes. When it did restart, it did so from the very beginning.

As I said below, keep in mind this is a soft opening and not all effects may be working and the show may stop at any time and may or may not restart.


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It was announced a few days ago that the long awaited nighttime show in Animal Kingdom, Rivers of Light, would officially debut February 17th.

That said, the show is currently in a soft opening phase. Soft opening is a term used by Disney when an attraction or show has not officially opened but is in the final testing stages. The show may or may not go on, depending.....

There is NO guarantee the soft opening will continue or that the process for obtaining wristbands will continue.

Yesterday, February 10th, FastPass+ for Rivers of Light appeared in My Disney Experience. Once word got out, it booked quickly.

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Also yesterday, wristbands were being given out in Animal Kingdom for DVC and AP holders.

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Today, February 11th, wristbands are being given out to AP and DVC folks for this evening's show. A little later in the morning, the FastPass+ appeared in My Disney Experience. You must have your entire party present for the wrist bands. Cast Members will put them on your wrist for you.

At least this morning, near the entrance to the Rainforest Cafe, 2 Cast Members were holding up signs, one for Annual Passholders and one for DVC. DVC members be sure to have your membership card with you.

So, if you want to see the show before it officially opens, either go to Animal Kingdom first thing in the morning to obtain a wristband, or keep checking your My Disney Experience account for possible day of FastPass+.

Please remember: There is NO guarantee the soft opening will continue or that this process for obtaining wristbands will continue.


February 7, 2017

Exploring the Enhanced Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

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Linda and I recently toured the Disney Wonder which returned from dry-dock on November 10, 2016. Many changes and enhancements have been made to the ship. You can read the full Press Release HERE. While we were only on the Disney Wonder for a few hours (while it was in port), we were able to see several of the changes.

We always experience that "back home" feeling when walking onto a Disney classic ship. They were the originals, the ones we "cut our teeth on." The Magic and the Wonder have a certain charm and intimacy absent from the larger ships. While they may not have all the new-fangled gadgets, they certainly clean up pretty nice! It has been a number of years since we have been on the Disney Wonder so it was a fun homecoming for us.

The atrium has a whole different look and feel highlighted by the beautiful red chandelier. One of the staircases has been removed and the Ariel statue has been re-positioned.

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship


The first thing we did on-board was see "Frozen, A Musical Spectacular" in the Walt Disney Theater. The show follows the story-line with a few twists here and there to make it unique. While it is similar to the Frozen show at Disney California Adventure, there are differences. We thought the beginning was a great surprise, a simple yet very creative way to begin the show. No more details -- we don't want to spoil it for you!

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship


According to Disney Cruise Line, "The show features dynamic costumes and sets, remarkable special effects, and spectacular production numbers that will delight Disney Cruise Line guests in new and surprising ways. The creative disciplines blend to create a seamless environment – blurring the lines between costume and scenic, set piece and video, puppet and puppeteer – and expand upon the most imaginative elements of the film."

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship


The special effects were outstanding and totally immersed the audience in the intimate Walt Disney Theater. Some very creative moves and costume changes will make you wonder, "How did they do that?!" Bringing Sven and Olaf to life added to the specialness of this show. The one thing that fell short for us (based on the show we watched) was the connection and love between Anna and Elsa. I have no idea if either actress was a stand-in, but the chemistry was noticeably missing.

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Next up was perhaps the best of the best in our opinion, Tiana's Place, which has taken over the former Parrot Cay.

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship


You are immediately transported to Princess and the Frog's New Orleans era completed with a jazz band, The Crawfish Crooners.

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship


Princess Tiana welcomes you to her new place and the band plays during the meal, which is an incredible addition to the Disney Wonder. I have not been able to confirm if Tiana makes appearances at each table, or if she is only on the stage. (Please leave a comment if you've experienced Tiana's Place.) It would be great if each ship were able to intertwine live music and dinner. Plus, we found the food to be good and not too spicy. Do NOT miss the beignets!

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship


All too soon, it was time to leave Tiana's and see the other new areas of the ship -- in Disney's Oceaneer Club. The kids' spaces have been totally redone.

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

The two new sections are the much heralded Marvel Super Hero Academy and Wandering Oaken's Trading Post.

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship


The adult district has been transformed into After Hours featuring Azure, the night club; Cadillac Lounge, a piano bar; and the Crown and Fin Pub, an English tavern.

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

The Cadillac lounge received some elegant appointments with Cadillac hubcaps inserted into the cocktail tables and Cadillac fins for lights on the wall.

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

The Azure Lounge is fresh, modern and has the feel of being under the sea.

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Finally, the brand new English tavern, Crown and Fin, is sure to be a hit with dark woods, leather furniture and brass accents, even game tables. Be sure to look for the nods to classic Disney films set in London.

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Outside you'll find all new water features (some similar to the Disney Magic) including Twist 'n' Spout Slide, Dory's Reef and the AquaLab. There is no AquaDunk on the Disney Wonder.

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship
Disney Wonder Cruise Ship


One thing we wanted to be sure and share is the staircase leading up to the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

There are numerous other changes to the Wonder so I guess you'll just have to take a cruise and see for yourself!

Disclaimer: AllEars.Net was invited by Disney Cruise Line to tour the newly renovated Disney Wonder. Our opinions are our own.

January 30, 2017

The Plaza Restaurant at Magic Kingdom REVIEW

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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 as well been trying to get a table at Be Our Guest. In fact, that choice came up every now and then as I attempted to secure one for the Plaza.

I found myself in the Magic Kingdom one day and thought I would try a walk up at the Plaza around opening time. I politely asked the Hostess if they had a walk up table for 1. She looked and looked and finally said, Yes!

I explained how I had tried and tried for a reservation and couldn't get one. She told me it is because they only accept reservations for the first hour they are open and after that it is all walk-ups. I found that odd. While I was waiting to be seated, a different hostess came to the podium and I asked the question again and received the same response.

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Soon I was on my way to a small table right outside the kitchen door. I gave my server my beverage order and looked at the menu.

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I decided to get an appetizer, entree and dessert for the full experience. When my server, (Nour - who was excellent by the way) returned I asked him about the reservation policy. He confirmed what the hostesses had told me. I don't usually ask 3 different cast members, but I thought the policy was so odd, I wanted to make sure I had it correct.

The restaurant was full of mainly families and the servers certainly were hustling. Sudden the Fire Chief came in and announced he was there on the Mayor's behalf to appoint the Citizen of the Day. It was a cute, brief bit and the child selected received a ribbon. From what others have told me, this happens on a fairly routine basis. It was a nice, magical touch. However, no, I have no idea how they select the person.

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By now my food began arriving. For an appetizer I selected the Wedge Salad: half wedge of iceberg lettuce served with tomatoes, onions and cucumbers and topped with Gorgonzola and ranch dressing for $8. I asked for mine without onions. While it did not have the depth of lettuce a wedge usually has, it was average and about what I expected from this restaurant.

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Up next my entree, a Grilled Reuben. The reuben has been a signature item for many years so I thought it was time to try it. Grilled Reuben - thinly sliced corned beef on grilled marble rye with sauerkraut, Swiss, and Thousand Island dressing for $15. Instead of Thousand Island dressing, I asked for mustard.
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I was disappointed. The sandwich had little flavor. There was a very thin layer of sauerkraut that melded into the Swiss Cheese, had little flavor and the portion was small. Overall, it was not very good, and I only ate half of it and a few of the chips.

Finally, dessert. I normally do not eat dessert at lunch, but ordered it to get the full experience.

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I selected the Signature Chocolate Cake - four-layer chocolate cake filled with dark chocolate ganache for $9. Oh, and the ice cream was $2 extra. This cake was the best part of my whole meal. I wanted to devour it, but I used restraint and only had about half. But it was delicious!

So, let's add it all up.

Wedge Salad $8.00
Reuben with Chips $15.00
Chocolate Cake with Scoop of Ice Cream $11
Diet Coke $3.49
Subtract 20% For a Tables in Wonderland Discount and it comes to $29.99

Add in 18% gratuity and tax for a grand total of $38.69 for a full service lunch in the Magic Kingdom. I don't know about you, but I think that is quite expensive for a mostly average lunch.

I'm glad I had the experience, but won't be heading back there anytime soon. So what do you think about the Plaza Restaurant? Let me know in the comments section.

You can find the full adult and kids menus, photos and links to reader reviews HERE.

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