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May 28, 2018

Donald's Dino-Bash is a SMASH Hit!

Deb's Digest Blog
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Walt Disney World has proclaimed that the summer of 2018 would be called the Incredible Summer to tie into the release of the Incredibles 2, the long await sequel to the Incredibles!

Two of the new events debuted on May 25th, the Incredible Tomorrowand Expo, at the Magic Kingdom and Donald's Dino-Bash at Animal Kingdom.

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Over the weekend I checked out Donald's Dino-Bash and I have to tell you this is a fun addition to Animal Kingdom. Ever since Camp Minnie Mickey closed the character appearances and interactions have been spread all over Animal Kingdom with no central location to find lots of characters. Donald's Dino-Bash is a creative way to see beloved characters with a whole new look all in one area -- think Pete's Silly Sideshow in the New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom

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The premise is that Donald has found out that birds are actually descendants of dinosaurs. Yes, its true! At least in Donald's mind and he came up with this great idea to celebrate his new discovery by inviting his feathered friends to celebrate with a party - Donald's Dino-Bash. So they all traveled in a bus to DinoLand USA and found Daisy has created all new outfits for everyone. Throughout the land you will discover signs that support Donald's discovery and great characters with bright, new, creative costumes.

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As you seek out all 8 characters, just keep in mind not all of them have feathers! That's right, Donald also invited his pals Goofy and Pluto to be part of the celebration too.

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Not to be out done, Chip and Dale stowed away on the bus. Those zany chipmunks decided they wanted to be dinosaurs too! So they made their own costumes and now look like a stegosaurus and a triceratops. Actually they look like they are dressed for a pajama party, but what do you expect from those crazy chipmunks!

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Photopass Photographers are at each character location!

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Donald's Dino-Bash -Animal Kingdom

Part of Donald’s Dino-Bash, the Dino-Riffic Dance Party is an upbeat, interactive gathering that families can join anytime between 4 and 8 p.m. in DinoLand U.S.A. Chip and Dale come to the party dressed in their brightly colored Dino costumes. They dance and interact with guests but do not stop for photos so parents will need to be quick with their cameras. A DJ, lights and special fog effects make this experience exciting for little kids.

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Show Director, Mark Renfrow shares more about Donald's Dino-Bash!

May 19, 2018

Pin-Palooza Collectibles for a Cause

Deb's Digest Blog

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May 29th - the final packages
of pins were mailed today. Everyone should have theirs soon, if not already. Thank you again!

Monday 11:30am - Emails have gone out to everyone who was lucky enough to get a pin(s). If you have not received
one, please check your spam and let me know.

Thank you for participating in the PIN PALOOZA FUNDRAISER we raised a total of $3,460!!!


Sunday 5/20 3:30pm - Thanks for a great day!!! Many more pins were sold. I will keep the board open til 8am tomorrow and then it will close.


Sunday 5/20 9am - Good Morning. Almost every price reduced - don't make me put these pins back in a box :) I will be here off and on and will respond as soon as I can. Again my heartfelt thanks to everyone.


UPDATE 2:00pm Thanks everyone for a great fundraiser, with just over $2,500 raised!!! I'll leave the blog live if you are just stopping buy and want to get any of the pins. Sunday morning I'll be back and reduce some of the prices. Thank you again!!


1:00pm One Hour Remains and Lots of Pins to Choose From. Don't forget come by Sunday for reduced buys on pins that are left.


UPDATE: 12:03 - thanks for your patience. Please double check me with the comment I published and the actual item to make sure everything is correct. Thanks

BE SURE TO REFRESH YOUR BROWSER


Time for Pin Palooza! This Palooza runs for 3 hours.
Please be patient as I try to keep up with all pledges. Also, tomorrow - Sunday, check back for discounts on pins that remain.

Special AllEars Trading Card offer below!

Read carefully please....
Avon announced at the end of 2017 the walks had ended :( SO................

I'm proud to announce the charity I have chosen for 2018, is FORCE: Improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian, and related cancers. My family has hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Learn more about this great organization and donate to the cause!! Explanation of where your dollars go!

It is Win Win time! Your ENTIRE purchase price goes directly to my FORCE page, a charity deduction for you! 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.

Please remember this is a fundraiser - not a flea market :)

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 (Using MUGS at allears dot net) I will send you the link information for my FORCE page and you will have 48 hours to make your donation. Once that happens FORCE 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.


Many thanks to the following folks who donated pins: PinPics.com, TDcollectibles.net, Carol and Gary Cruise, and Pam Passwater,

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SOLD Lisa J Item # 1 Mickey Self Portrait

The pin is modeled after a famous Norman Rockwell painting entitled "Triple Self-portrait." The pin shows Mickey looking into a mirror and supposedly painting a picture of himself. Instead the painting is a picture of Walt Disney on an easel.

$35

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SOLD Rich B Item # 2 WDCC Sculpture Set - Donald & Daisy Dancing

Part of the pin set listed as one pin in pinpics number #1312 or #2344, based on WDCC sculptures. This one is called: Donald and Daisy Duck from "Mr. Duck Steps Out" and shows Donald and Daisy Dancing

$ 30

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SOLD Lisa J Item # 3 Disney Store - Countdown to the Millennium Series #101 (Walt Disney and Mickey)

The first pin in the "Countdown to the Millennium" series from the Disney Store. Walt Disney is "on TV" with Mickey's head and arms in the lower right. Mickey is smiling and looking over his shoulder at Walt. Mickey is leaning on his elbows looking at a photograph of Walt. Back has single post stem with a Mickey head waffering.

$30

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PRICE REDUCED to $45 Item # 4 Disney Auctions (P.I.N.S.) - Happy Hanukkah Stitch LE 500

Stitch stands in for the menorah and offers his best wishes for a happy Hanukkah on this bright and festive gold-finished character pin, a Disney Auctions exclusive in a limited edition of 500 fixed-price pins, available only from Disney's Purchase It Now Store at DisneyAuctions.com. Rectangular pin with dark blue background. Stitch holds 4 candles in each hand and one is on his head. bottom reads "Happy Hanukkah."

$ 60

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SOLD Ed G Item # 5 Mulan, Mushu, Khan, and Cricket

This pin features characters from Disney's Mulan including Mulan, her horse Khan, the lucky Cricket and the dragon Mushu. Pin is framed in red.

$ 100


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SOLD Carol P Item # 6 Mickey and Minnie Wedding Couple

This is the very hard to find, famous "Bride and Groom". It features Mickey and Minnie dressed in their beautiful wedding attire. Mickey is wearing his black tuxedo with a red bow tie and cummerbund. Minnie is in her white gown trimmed with a pink collar and belt and pink ribbon on the top of her head attached to her veil. She is carrying red roses. They are walking together arm-in-arm! The back says "Limited Edition 5000".

$125

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SOLD Laura B Item # 7 50th Anniversary Disneyland Happiest Homecoming On Earth (Snow White)

Snow White from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is featured in this Open Edition pin celebrating the Happiest Homecoming On Earth. She is standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and is a pin-on-pin. This pin was designed by Disney Design Group Artist Susan Foy. The castle resembles artwork framed in gold. There is pixie dust in the sky. The blue and gold Mickey ears logo with "50" and "Disneyland" is at the bottom of the pin. Snow White stands on the right side of the pin with her hands clasped at her shoulder.

$60

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SOLD Carol P Item # 8 DVC Member Cruise- King Mickey with Banner

This pin features Mickey in front of a banner. Mickey is a pin on pin. He is dressed in a blue tunic and a red fur-trimmed cape. He is holding a sceptre and wearing a crown. The banner is red with yellow trim and a gold creat. Mickey has a yellowish cast to his face and ears. This Pin and bag set was given as part of the Disney Vacation Club members only cruise September 4-8, 2005.

$30

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SOLD Leslie PRICE REDUCED to $60 ITEM # 9 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."


$100

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PRICE REDUCED $35 ITEM # 10 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

$50

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SOLD Carol P ITEM # 11 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.

$75

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SOLD Lisa J Item # 12 Small World Eskimo Girl

Eskimo girl carries a spear with a fish at the end. Black and gold dangle at the bottom says "it's a small world".

$30

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SOLD Rich B Item #13 The Hall of Presidents (Mickey and Goofy)

This pin shows Mickey Mouse dressed as George Washington and Goofy dressed as Abraham Lincoln standing outside the Hall of Presidents. Along the bottom reads "The Hall of Presidents" on a white sign with the Eagle from the Presidential Seal sitting above it.

$ 20

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SOLD Ricke Z Item # 14 D23 - Epcot Center - 35 Years - Anniversary LE 1000

Dreamfinder and Figment, from Journey into Imagination, are pin on pin with the grey Future World logo. The logo is at the bottom of the pin and states: Future World Epcot Center The 21st Century Began October 1, 1982. Behind Dreamfinder and Figment are different characters from attractions at Epcot. On the left at the bottom is a circle with 35 Years, behind it is the Colander Combo (Broccoli and Mayonnaise) from the Kitchen Kabaret. The Spaceship Earth Ball is behind them. On the bottom right is the Butler Robot from Horizons. Behind him is an animatronic dinosaur from the Universe of Energy and at the top in colored glitter is the Rainbow Tunnel.

$50

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SOLD Lisa J Item # 15 Small World Imagineer pin

It's a small world pin from Disney Imagineering event.

$25

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SOLD Lisa J Item # 16 Festival of the Masters 2004 (Goofy)

This Limited Edition pin-on-pin features an artistic Goofy painting a picture and celebrates the 29th Annual Festival of the Masters. This pin features double pin-backs and has a "29th Downtown Disney Festival of the Masters" backstamp. The 29th Annual Festival of the Masters feature honorees from top art festivals around the country and will be held November 12 through 14 at Downtown Disney® Marketplace.

$20

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PRICE REDUCED $75 Item # 17 Disney Auctions (P.I.N.S.) - Zodiac Stitch (Gemini)

Stitch has us seeing double as he represents the twins of Gemini (May 21 - June 21) on this gold-finished character pin, one in a series celebrating the signs of the Zodiac with our very own star voyager. It's a Disney Auctions exclusive in a limited edition of 500 fixed-price pins, available only from Disney's Purchase It Now Store at DisneyAuctions.com. There are two baby Stitches wearing cloth diapers with diaper pins. One is sitting while the other stands.

$100

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Item # 18 Animal Kingdom Backstage Safari Tour Dangle Pin ONE AVAILABLE: SOLD Ed G

This pin was given away after we took the Backstage Animal Kingdom Safari Tour in October 99. Top is regular Animal Kingdom Pin. Has a Dangle pin attached that says: 'Backstage Safari". Going on the tour is the only way to get this pin, (unless you trade) not sold in stores! Very Cool looking pin, picture does not do it justice.


$ 20

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PRICE REDUCED $20 ITEM # 19 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.

$25

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PRICE REDUCED $35 Item #20 Lilo and Stitch with Shaved Ice

This is an open stock pin of Lilo & Stitch wearing sunglasses with shave ice or snow cones in ice cream cones. It will be released in DCA on Sunday August 10, 2003. It was released early in WDW on Monday August 4, 2003.

$45


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SOLD Tina M PRICE REDUCED $15 Item # 21 DCL - Disney Dream - Minnie & Mickey Maiden Voyage

This limited edition pin is specially designed for the Maiden Voyage of the Disney Dream. The pin has a grey ribbon on the bottom that reads "Maiden Voyage 2011" with a navy blue oval below that reads "Disney Dream." The rest of the pin features Mickey (dressed up in a Captain's uniform) and Minnie standing in front of the Disney Dream. Minnie's arm is a slider element that shows her crushing a bottle of Champagne against the ships hull.

$20


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Item #22 WDW - Cast Member - Bike Week 2009 LE 750

Chip and Dale ride aboard a motorcycle in this Limited Edition, Cast Member exclusive pin commemorating Bike Week 2009. Chip is featured as a moveable element. Chip and Dale are wearing biker vests and bandanas. Dale is driving and Chip is holding on for dear life!!

$20

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Item # 23 Disney's Back Trail Adventure

Disney's Wilderness Back Trail Adventure pin is presented to those who have purchased the Back Trail Segway Adventure at Wilderness Campground. The pin has earthtone colors and shows the Segway in the foreground and one of the campground cabins and trees in the background. The back of the pin is gold colored and reads "Thank You For Participating In The Segway Experience."

$15


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PRICE REDUCED $50 Item # 24 Chip and Dale Disney Wonder Gingerbread House LE 500

The pin is part of the Gingerbread house series and was issued on the Disney Wonder. On the lower left side is Chip holding an icing bag and under him on the bottom of the pin are the words Disney Wonder. To the right of the words, Dale is laying in front of the house with some of the icing in his right hand.

$75

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SOLD Jennifer S Item # 25 Mini-Pin Collection - Villains - 7 PINS

This mini-pin collection features seven (7) pins featuring the Disney villains. The pins include: 1) Scar, Shenzei, Banzai, and Ed 2) Ursula, Flotsam and Jetsam 3) Hades, Pain, and Panic 4) Maleficent and Diablo 5) Captain Hook, Smee 7) Cruella De Vil, Horace, and Jasper and 8) Queen of Hearts and King of Hearts

$30 (purchase price)
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SOLD Kay B Item # 26 Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Sidon Ithano Frame

Pin opens to reveal Sidon Ithano from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Front lid features a red stained glass Star Wars logo. Limited Edition

$15

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PRICE REDUCED $25 ITEM # 27 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.


$35


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SOLD Laura B Item # 28 DCL Captain's Choice Pin - Donald Duck

This is the January 2004 Captain's Choice pin. This pin was released on the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder on Sunday January 18, 2004. The pin features Donald Duck rowing a small boat named USS Sharkbait while balancing on the head of a shark.

$40

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SOLD Leslie Item # 29 Cast Exclusive - The Walt Disney Company Billboard Sign

Cast Exclusive Open Edition pin, featuring The Walt Disney Company Billboard with Mickey as a slider feature.

$15

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SOLD Carol P Item # 30 WDI - White Rabbit Pocket Watch - Alice in Wonderland

White Rabbit in a pocket-watch designed pin. Hands are on the 1 and 3 but they are totally out of place which is not unusual. Watch has a bronze cover and a dial mechanism on top.

$90

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PRICE REDUCED $65 Item # 31 DCL - July 2002 Artist Choice Dangle Hinged (Scuba Diver Mickey)

This is a Disney Cruise Line Artist Choice pin. It features Mickey deep sea diving. It looks like a porthole from a ship and the mask on his tan and grey/gray diving suit opens to reveal Mickey's face. It has the pin trading logo on the back and the DCL Limited of 750 stamp.

$70

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SOLD Lisa G Item # 32 WDW - Cast Award - 'the basics'

This pin replaced pin #47247 when Erin Wallace succeeded Lee Cockerell as senior vice president of operations at Walt Disney World. The pin features vintage Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck standing in front of a round, orange circular background with an off-white word bubble from Mickey that reads in black text "the basics". It is a cast award for excellence. The back reads: Thank you "You made a difference" (Erin's signature) Erin Wallace Senior Vice President Operations Walt Disney World Resort

$15

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SOLD Lisa G Item # 33 2012 Cranberry Bog Mickey Epcot Food and Wine Festival

This limited edition pin commemorates the 17th annual Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival, which will take place at Epcot® from September 28 - November 12, 2012. This pin features Mickey Mouse.

$20

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SOLD JimJ Item # 34 Trader Sam's Grog Grotto Grand Opening

Pin commemorating the Grand Opening of Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Resort in WDW. Silver pin shaped like a wooden sign with a similar silver dangle. The words TRADER SAM'S Grog Grotto are printed on the top sign. The words GRAND OPENING 2015 are printed on the bottom sign.

$40

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SOLD Laura T Item # 35 Osborne Spectacle of Lights 2001

A fairly large pin that is blinker. Oval with one of the houses from the back lot tour covered in lights with 3 of the windows having flashing lights in them. The yard in front of the house has the words "2001 Disney - MGM Studios" while above the house is says "The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. Released: Dec. 10, 2001

$20

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SOLD Lisa G Item # 36 Epcot Stamp Series - United Kingdom (Mickey)

One of a series of 14 pins released during the 15th anniversary of Epcot (commemorating the 11 countries represented in World Showcase, plus three others). Mickey, lower right facing forward, is shown waist up wearing a Beefeater hat. Big Ben is on the upper left side. "United Kingdom" is across the top. Mickey holds a suitcase in his right hand and his passport in his left.

$30

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PRICE REDUCED $200 Item # 37 Stitch's Magical Adventure - The Haunted Mansion

This Limited Edition slider pin features Stitch inside The Haunted Mansion Attraction chasing a ghost in his doombuggy. This pin is part of Stitch's Magical Adventure at Magic Kingdom® Park.

$250

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SOLD Kay B Item # 38 Bowling Mickey

This Open Edition pin features Mickey Mouse enjoying a game of bowling. Mickey's shoes and shirt are blue and green. Background is light and dark blue with green and whites dots and starburst shapes. Mickey has just released the bowling ball which is headed towards the pins. It is a slider and pivot pin. The bowling ball slides down to the pins and three of the pins pivot over as if knocked down.

$15

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KayB Item # 39 King Triton DCL - November 2003 Artist Choice LE 750

The regal King Triton, from The Little Mermaid, consults with a small seahorse in this cruise line Artist Choice pin, released during the Pin Trading Under the Sea cruise. King Triton appears from behind some seaweed and four seashells, holding his trident in his right hand and balancing the seahorse on his left hand. Triton and the seahorse are pin-on-pin.

$50

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SOLD Kay B Item #40 Jungle Cruise 40 Years WDW Cast Exclusive - Name Tag Pin Collection LE 1000

The pin is shaped like a Disney Cast Member name tag and reads "Jungle Cruise" Opening Team 1971. It also features a pin-on-pin element that shows "40 Years."

$75

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SOLD Tina M Item # 41 DCL - Mediterranean Cruise 2007 - Logo (Mickey Mouse)

Remember your Mediterranean voyage on the Disney Magic® Ship with a specially designed collection of Open Edition pins featuring Disney Characters enjoying some of the beautiful Ports of Call. Captain Mickey welcomes you aboard the Disney Magic® Ship for the Mediterranean Cruise 2007

$15

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SOLD Lisa # 42 Merry Christmas 2005 - Minnie Mouse Stocking

This Limited Edition pin features Minnie Mouse in a blue stocking. Martha Widener from Disney Design Group created the artwork for this collection.

$25

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SOLD Lisa G Item # 43Disneyland's Where the Magic Began Dangle Minnie

One of four pins in the Disneyland 'Where the Magic Began' boxed set, Minnie Mouse is standing in front of the castle with stars all around her. The dangle portions of the pin reads 'Where the Magic Began'

$15

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SOLD Carol P Item # 44 Sports Series (It's Not Cheating...Goofy)

This open stock rack pin released for the Big Pin Game at the Wide World of Sports Complex is one of a series of sports pins released. This pin features Goofy looking innocent while he tries to drop the golf ball behind his back. The pin reads It's not cheating if no one sees you!

$15

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SOLD Carol P Item #45 DCL - Castaway Cay Mickey Holiday Greetings

This pin was released on Castaway Cay. It has Mickey Mouse relaxing on the beach with a snowman sandcastle holding a surfboard,and a palm tree and a cruise ship in the background. Pin was sold on the cruise ships as well as on the island . Pin reads "Holiday Greetings from Castaway Cay".

$45

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SOLD Theresa R Item # 46Tokyo DisneySea- TDS 15th Anniversary Pin Jumbo Fab 5

Gold in color featuring a blue glitter stylized "15" on a pearl white background. The edge of the pin features 6 colored crystals and one clear crystal. The banner at the bottom reads "The Year of Wishes", the theme of the 15th anniversary celebration. This pin is only available as part of the set. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald

$25

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SOLD Christine R Item #47 Mickey's Parti Gras (Logo Pin)

King Mickey gets the party going in this colorful Mardi Gras inspired event logo pin. Says "Mickey's Parti Gras" "Disney's Animal Kingdom". Designed by Artist Jeff Ebersohl.

$15

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SOLD Leslie Item # 48 DCL - Star Wars Day at Sea Logo Pin

This Limited Release pin features the logo from the 8 special Star Wars Day at Sea sailings on the Disney Fantasy in 2016. Only available on those sailings. Depicts the SWDAS logo, featuring the DeathStar in a glitter sky, behind the Disney Fantasy with X-Wings in flight.

$15

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SOLD Ed G Item # 49 Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge -- Opening Spring 2001

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge "Opening Spring 2001" Pin with giraffe/zebra/African logo. This is the CM version of the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

$20

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PRICE REDUCED $250 Item # 50 WDI - Floral Fan Series - Belle

This blue and silver Belle floral fan features Mrs. Potts and Chip, Belle from Beauty and the Beast in her yellow gown, and Cogsworth and Lumiere in a fan design. There are roses winding on each edge and a yellow jewel at the base/handle of the fan. A red, blue, and yellow pattern runs across the top of the fan. It also includes sparkle elements. This 12-pin WDI series features Princesses and supporting characters in a beautiful floral fan design.

$300

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PRICE REDUCED $200 Item #51 Star Wars - May the Fourth - Yoda Stitch

This limited edition pin features Stitch dressed as Yoda. Stitch wearing a brown suit and light brown coat and is sitting down. The bottom of the pin reads "May the Fourth Be With You. Always." and "2013". This pin is a pun of May the 4th and the "May the Force" phrase.

$250


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PRICE REDUCED $100 Item # 52 WDW - Four Parks One World (Mad Hatter & March Hare)

This pin is part of a series of attraction rides from WDW in 2003. It features the Mad Hatter and March Hare from Alice in Wonderland riding in the Tea Cups. SIZE (in inches): 1.75 W x 1.375 H. One post, slightly off center behind top of the tea cup.

$150

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SOLD EdG PRICE REDUCED $75 Item # 53 WDW - 20th Anniversary - Peter Pan's Flight

This round pin depicts Peter Pan in the center on a blue background. The ring around it reads "Peter Pan's Flight" and "Walt Disney World" and bears the 20th anniversary logo in gold.

$100

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SOLD SOLD Leslie Item # 54 DCL - Memory Box Set (Wonder with Steamboat Willie Mickey)

This is one of five pins in a memory book set that was given to Guest on the Disney Cruise Line on New Year's Eve of 1999 (and apparently 2000 and 2001). This pin represents the Disney Wonder and is Mickey at the helm in his role as Steamboat Willie.

$80

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SOLD Leslie Item # 55 WDW April 2000 Pin of the Month - Tokyo Disneyland

his pin features the Tokyo Disneyland castle, with the words "Commemorative Edition - Opening Day - 1983". This is the first Walt Disney World Pin of the Month (POM) with the increased edition size of 15,000.

$15

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SOLD Kay B Item # 56 Original WDW - Yacht Club Resort Pin

This is the standard pin for "Disney's Yacht Club Resort" sold in the 1990s. It features a ship in the background.

$20

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SOLD Ed G Item # 57 WDW - Cast Disney Institute (Make Your Own Magic)

Cast Member pin for the Disney Institute, this white and gold pin has the Institute logo on it, with the word "INSTITUTE" and the people rising from it in dark blue. At the bottom, it reads, "MAKE YOUR OWN MAGIC." The pin measures 1 1/4" (32 mm) wide by 3/4" (19 mm) tall.

$15

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Item # 58 SOLD RICH B WDW - Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

From Disney Studios Rock 'n' Roller Coaster attraction. Shows the "limo" coming out of a loop, with the neck of a red guitar in the background. Says "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster" in the middle.

$15

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SOLD Laura T Item # 59 WDW - Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Logo Pin (2000)

New in Package - Pin issued for Epcot's annual International Flower and Garden show for 2000. Issued April 28, 2000. Pin has a yellow flower & a blue flower both with a green leaf. The word "Epcot" is across the flowers in multi colors. The dangle is white with "Flower & Garden" in green. The card shows a flower pot with the edition size of 5500 printed on the card.

$15

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PRICE REDUCED $35 Item # 60 Cars Land Grand Opening Press / Media Day Pin

Pin commemorating the grand opening of Cars Land given to media and press covering the opending day festivities. The pin features the Cars Land logo, Cadillac Ranch, Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater, and a license plate that says "GRND OPNING" "JUN" "12" "California.

$45

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SOLD Tina M Item # 61 Mickey DCL - Panama Canal Crossing 2008 - Aruba

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$15

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SOLD Bob M Item #62 Mickey Epcot Pin Trading Pin (Spaceship Earth)

Similar to Pin Trading Pin (PTP), This pin adds the name Epcot. It features Mickey with the official pin trading logo in front of Spaceship Earth. This pin was sold the 4 weekends of the first "pin trading weekends" in spring 2000. Also sold during the second "pin trading weekends" in Sept 2000

$15

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SOLD Bob M PRICE REDUCED $25 Item #63 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2004 - Pumbaa & Timon (Annual Passholder/3D)

This limited edition Annual Passholder pin on pin design released for Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival features Pumbaa and Timon from the Lion King as topiaries.

$35

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SOLD EdG PRICE REDUCED $15 Item # 64 DCL - Disney Dream - Happy Holidays Mickey and Minnie Christmas/New Year Spinner

This DCL Happy Holidays Pin (Christmas and New Year 2010/2011) was released on the Disney Dream. It features Mickey and Minnie celebrating Christmas and New Years. This pin was released for the Transatlantic crossing since the crossing took place over both Christmas and New Years. The pin is a Spinner with Mickey and Minnie dressed in Santa Hats surrounded by a Wreath on one side with 2010 written at the top of the spinner. On the other side of the pin Mickey and Minnie are celebrating New Year with Mickey wearing a festive blue hat. Mickey and Minnie are surrounded by confetti. At the top of the spinner is written 2011. The outside of the spinner is gold and the following is written along the top "I Celebrated The Holidays On The" and along the bottom is the logo "Disney Dream"

$20

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SOLD Laura B Item # 65 The Search For Imagination Pin Event - Imagine Series (Mickey)

This limited edition pin on pin design released during the Search For Imagination Pin Event at Epcot, is one of a series of Character Imagine pins. Each pin features Figment with one of the FAB Characters. This one has Mickey Mouse searching for something, possibly Figment who happens to be behind him.

$75


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SOLD Carol P Item # 66 Annual Report Disneyland 50 Years Castle Cast Gift

This pin is being mailed out to Disney Cast Members in the Disney Company's Annual Report. The pin has the Disneyland Castle with a big blue 50 on it and a banner that reads: Disneyland, 1955-2005. The report insert reads: "Also enclosed is a special pin designed exclusively for Cast Members and employees to commemorate the upcoming milestone of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland."

$20

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SOLD Lisa G Item # 67 Happy Halloween Nightmare 2010 Cast Pin

This pin depicts Jack, Zero and Barrel looking over a gravestone which says, "Happy Halloween." The lower part of the gravestone has a pin-on-pin element which is framed and has a skull on the bottom. This box says,"Disney Parks CAST MEMBER.

$25

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Kelly Item # 68 WDW - Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park - 10th Anniversary

On April 22nd, 2008 Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will celebrate it's 10th anniversary! This commemorative limited edition pin features Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck dressed for an adventurous journey. This pin will be released at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

$25

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PRICE REDUCED $30 Item # 69 2010 WDW Cast Exclusive Stained Glass Pin Collection - Mission Space with Daisy

This pin is one of 12 stain glass pins at WDW, just like the stain glass set DLR had in the year 2009 this set will feature attractions/shows/lands and Disney characters particular to the WDWR. The pin measures 2 inch by 2 inch, is back stamped with the official pin trading logo 2010 and opens like a book to reveal an image. The outside of the pin is a stained glass rendition of the galaxy in reds, blues and yellow, on the inside it features Daisy Duck in space walking on what may be the moon, there is a big cloud of dust trailing her steps.

$35

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SOLD Christine r Item # 70 Song of the South - 55th Anniversary

This pin commemorates the 55th anniversary of the movie "Song of the South". It features Brer Bear, and Brer Fox on top of an oval sign reading WALT DISNEY'S SONG OF THE SOUTH. Below that is a frog and a banner reading 55th ANNIVERSARY. Dangling from the bottom is Brer Rabbit.

$55

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SOLD JimJ Item # 71 WDW - Storybook Collection - Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Mickey Mouse & Goofy) Jumbo

A very beautiful jumbo pin in Original Box! Visit the Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM in this Limited Edition 750 Storybook pin. The Hollywood Hotel logo is featured as an intricate stained glass image and opens up to reveal Goofy as the bellhop and Mickey Mouse checking into the spooky hotel. This pin features pin on pin elements. The artwork for this pin was designed by Disney Design Group artist Tyler Dumas.

$115

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SOLD Carol P PRICE REDUCED $25 Item # 72 DCL - Happiest Celebration at Sea (DVC Exclusive) LE

Happiest Celebration at Sea - Disney Vacation Club member's (DVC) exclusive. Multi layered pin. The bottom layer is a Gold Ship. The top layer is Captain Mickey Mouse next to a blue banner that reads Happiest Celebration at Sea. Captain Mickey has on a red jacket and Blue pants. He has a captain's hat on and he is saluting.

$35

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Kelly Item # 73 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - 2001 (Flower Power Dangle)

New release from WDW to celebrate the Flower and Garden Festival. Limited edition of 3000. This pin has a great big orange flower with the words Epcot Flower Power in the center. The dangle portion of the pin is green and reads Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival April 20 - June 3, 2001.

$15

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SOLD Lisa G Item # 74 WDW - Celebrating 20 Years of Discovery (Figment)

This limited edition pin on pin design commemorates the 20th anniversary of Epcot. It features Figment jumping for joy in front of the Spaceship Earth. The pin reads Celebrating 20 Years of Discovery.

$35

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SOLD Lisa Item # 75 DVC - Getaway Days Disney Vacation Club Travel Expo - Mickey Mouse & Globe (Completer Pin)

This is one of six pins given to members and guests at the Getaway Days Disney Vacation Club Travel Expo held May 23-26, 2008 at Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Resort. Members and guests were provided a map to guide them to 5 different Disney Vacation Club offerings booths with the completer pin being provided when attending the presentation in the adjoining ballroom. This is the completer pin. This pin features Mickey with his suitcase, standing in front of a world with Mickey Ears. The DVC logo of yellow Mickey ears rising above purple mountains is in the lower left corner.

$15

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Item # 76 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - 1998 (Beige)

This pin was issued to commemorate the annual International Flower & Garden Festival. This is one of three pins issued which used the same artwork with different colors or inscription. This is the first dated one, dated 1998, and the last to use the same artwork. It uses the same colors as the white undated pin, but is slightly more muted.

$20

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SOLD LauraB Item # 77 E-Ticket Splash Mountain LE

Limited Edition Splash Mountain E-Ticket pin. Brer Bear, Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit, all from Song of the South, standing in front of a yellow circle on this red, rectangular shaped pin. Splash Mountain is written in a blue bar at the top and E-Ticket flows across the upper portion.

$20

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SOLD Theresa R Item # 78 WDW - White Glove - Retro Epcot® - Horizons

Take a trip down memory lane with this White Glove collection celebrating the early attractions of Epcot®. This Limited Edition pin salutes Horizons, an attraction which took guests on a visionary tour of the future. One of the highlights of the journey was when riders were asked to pick where they wanted to travel for the attraction's climax. This pin features a moveable wheel which allows you to also choose your own ending. Horizons was replaced with Mission: Space®, which catapults guests on a thrilling mission to mars. Pin features the Horizons' diamond like / spaceship like building with the futuristic Future Port to take you to Sea Castle, Mesa Verde, or Brava Centauri. It has the Horizons' Logo as a spinner (the other side being Epcot Center's logo) left corner. In the right corner, the pin features the "Chose Your Own Ending" spinner to sea, space or desert.

$115

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PRICE REDUCED $50 Item # 79 DLR - Matterhorn E-Ticket Dangle (Mickey / Goofy / Donald)

The Annual Passholder-exclusive pin features Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy in one of Disneyland's Matterhorn sleds trying to escape from the Abominable Snowman. The sled and its occupants are a pin-on-pin. There is a dangle that says "E Ticket" and has the Disneyland logo at the bottom. The pin measures (with dangle) 2 3/4" (4.4 cm) by 1 3/8" (3.5 cm). I

$55

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SOLD Kay B Item # 80 Animal Kingdom Opening '98' Pin

This pin commemorates the opening of "Disney's Animal Kingdom" in 1998. It shows Mickey in safari clothes with binoculars beside a large "98" made up of animals like the Tree of Life. There is a giraffe, rhinoceros, kangaroo, koala, elephant, panda bear, hippopotamus, bald eagle, orangutan, zebra, tortoise, parrot, lion, tiger and chimpanzee "carved" into the "98". This gold-finished, textured-back pin measures 1 3/8" tall by 1 1/2" wide.

$75

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SOLD Bob M Item # 81 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - 2002

This is the logo for this year's event. The background pin features Mickey holding a bouquet of flowers and reads Scented Pin Limited Edition.

$15
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SOLD Kay B Item # 82 Grumpy Golfing

Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is standing on the tee with a bent tee in the ground, the golf ball on the ground, and Grumpy breaking his golf club over his knee.

$50

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PRICE REDUCED $45 Item # 83 Epcot Spaceship Earth Hat Pin

This pin was only available on an expensive hat with pins from the other parks. This rectangle-shaped pin has a silver image of Spaceship Earth. The word "EPCOT" is printed vertically down the right side of the pin. The rectangular pin is in gold metal and has a black background. The pin measures slightly more than 1 1/8" (30 mm) wide by slightly less than 1 1/8" (28 mm) tall.

$60

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SOLD Bob M PRICE REDUCED $ 40 Item # 84 Muppet Vision 3D (Kermit and Clapboard)

This pin features Kermit the Frog behind a clapboard and the Muppet Vision 3D logo.

$50

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SOLD Leslie Item # 85 DCL - Disney Cruise Line® - France

Remember your trip to France on the Disney Cruise Line® with this open edition pin. This pin features the Disney Cruise Line® Logo with the flag of France. Rectangular pin with a white background. The French flag is blue, white and red. This pin was released on the Disney Magic® Ship.

$15

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SOLD Leslie Item # 86 The Search For Imagination Pin Event - Imagine (Mickey & Pluto) Artist Choice

This limited edition spinner pin released during the Search For Imagination Pin Event at Epcot, features Mickey playing golf (golfing) and trying to make a putt while Pluto his caddie looks on. The bottom of the pin features the traditional artist's pencil and paintbrush and reads Disney's Artist Choice. Designed by Disney artist Mark Seppala.

$20


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Item # 87 MGM - 2000 Cast Appreciation Day - Mickey Mouse

This pin features Mickey dressed as a director in front of a large "2000", below a yellow banner reading "Cast Appreciation Day". This pin was given out to cast members at the Disney MGM Studios Cast Appreciation Day.

$15

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SOLD Laura T Item # 88 DLR - Where Friends Share the Magic (Lilo & Stitch) 3D

This pin Features Disney's Lilo and Stitch with a framed picture of Sleeping Beauty's castle and fireworks are in the background. Lilo is waving and Stitch is sitting next to Lilo. "Where Friends Share the Magic" is written underneath Lilo and Stitch. This pin is a Pin on Pin design with brillant color. This pin was only available at Disneyland Resort.

$85

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SOLD Rebecca PRICE REDUCED $35 Item # 89 WDI - 50th Anniversary - Dangle

Sorcerer Mickey appears on this limited edition, golden, dangle pin. Celebrating 50 years of Imagineering. Says "Walt Disney Imagineering". The Mickey icon dangle says "50th Anniversary".

$50

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SOLD Terry H Item # 90 Disney Vacation Club - Treehouse Villas @ Saratoga Springs

This limited edition pin commemorates the opening of the Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. This pin will be released at i>Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa and will only be available to Disney Vacation Club members.

$35

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SOLD EdG Item # 91 Cast Member Candlelight Processional 2009

This LE cast Pin was split between WDW and DLR cast members. It is about 2" wide and 2" tall, the LE is split to 875 a piece for the two parks. This 2009 Candlelight Processional and features Mickey with a yellow candle. And on a red ribbon reads Candlelight Processional Cast Member 2009.

$15

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SOLD Theresa R Item # 92 EPCOT Center 10th Anniversary

EPCOT Center 10th Anniversary - "1982 The Dawn of a New Disney Era 1992 The Continuation of a Dream" Has 10 in middle of pin with 0 as spaceship Earth, with fireworks in the background..ONLY SOLD TO WALT DISNEY WORLD CAST MEMBERS!!!!

$25

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PRICE REDUCED $25 Item # 93 WDW October Pin of the Month - Animal Kingdom

This pin shows the regular Animal Kingdom logo over the Pin of the Month (POM) bar on the bottom, which has the Mickey ears on the left side and says "Commemorative Edition, Opening Day, 1998" in gold against a black background. This was the October 2000 Pin of the Month.
$35

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Item # 94 WDW Cast Members Making Magic 25th Anniversary

This was given to cast members during the 25th anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World. It shows Sorcerer Mickey making magic, and says "Cast Members Making Magic / 25th Anniversary Celebration / Walt Disney World".

$25

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PRICE REDUCED $115 Item # 95 Stitch's Magical Adventure - Splash Mountain

This Limited Edition slider pin features Stitch surfing down the waterfall at Splash Mountain. This pin is part of Stitch's Magical Adventure at Magic Kingdom® Park. Also has "Brer Fox" and "Brer Bear" . LE

$135

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SOLD Leslie Item # 96 DCL - Pacific Cruise

Released on the Disney Wonder during the repositioning cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver. The Disney Wonder is pictured with the DCL logo in white against a blue sky above the ships stacks. Reads: Pacific Cruise April - September 2011.

$15

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PRICE REDUCED $55 Item # 97 2010 WDW Cast Exclusive Stained Glass Pin Collection - Tree of Life with Chip & Dale

This pin is one of 12 stain glass pins at WDW, just like the stain glass set DLR had in the year 2009 this set will feature attractions/shows/lands and Disney characters particular to the WDWR. The pin measures 2 inch by 2 inch, is back stamped with the official pin trading logo 2010 and opens like a book to reveal an image. This pin features Chip and Dale in a safari outfits resting on a rock in front of the tree of life.

$75

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SOLD Terry H Item # 98 WDW - 25th Anniversary (Sorcerer Mickey)

Mickey Mouse, in his Fantasia role from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," is shown in the upper right corner; he holds a gold wand in his right hand and his left hand reaches downward. He is shown from the chest up. To his left is the number 25 in gray; at the bottom, in gold-outlined red, is "Walt Disney World." It was sold during the WDW 25th anniversary celebration.

$20

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Lori C Item # 99 Timothy and Dumbo WDW - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2008

Dumbo and Timothy are posing together on this cute Holiday pin. A silhouette of the Magic Kingdom is near Dumbo's face and a snowflake and the number 25 is in front of them. The 2008 Party being the 25th Anniversary of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which debuted on December 16, 1983.

$35

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SOLD Melanie Item # 100 DVC - Copper Creek Villas and Cabins

Free pin given out by DVC cast members. Mickey Mouse is dressed in a blue plaid shirt, blue jeans and a brown cap standing in front of a pine forest background with a creek flowing over rocks beneath. Light blue text on trees says "ESTD 2017 Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Disney Vacation Club"

$20

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SOLD OUT Leslie and Lisa G Item #101 WDW - 2000 Cast Holiday Celebration Pin Set

Card with 5 pins (Donald, Dumbo, Goofy, Mickey/Pluto, and Timothy Mouse) on a card picturing them decorating a globe. It was presented in a wooden box with a "2000 Cast Holiday Celebration Walt Disney World" plaque on the top. - no box.

$15

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SOLD OUT PRICE REDUCED $15 SOLDOUT ( 1 sold KayB, Leslie, Cindy, Chris F, Bob M Item #102 WDW - Figment - Musketeer Figment four Available

This limited edition pin collection features the lovable Figment from the Journey Into Imagination Attraction at Epcot®. In this pin Figment is dressed like a musketeer. He is wearing a hat with a feather, gloves, boots, holding a fencing sword, and his vest has a Fleur-de-lis.

$25

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SOLD OUT Jacqui PRICE REDUCED $40 Item #103 Disney/MGM Star Wars Weekends 2000 -- Light Sabre Logo

Black rectangle with blue light sabre cutting Mickey head into the metal. "Star Wars Weekends, Disney-MGM Studios May 2000.

$50

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4 REMAIN ( 1 sold KayB Item #104 WDW - Cute Characters - Figment in Sweater Four Available

This open edition pin features a stylized Figment from the Journey Into Imagination Attraction at Epcot. He is wearing his yellow sweater.


$15

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PRICE REDUCED $15 2 REMAIN ( 1 sold KayB, Scott M, Bob M Item #105 Figment Super Hero FIVE Available

This limited edition pin collection features the lovable Figment from the Journey Into Imagination Attraction at Epcot. In this pin Figment is dressed like a super hero complete with a flowing cape.

$35


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SOLD Ed G Item #106 Disney's Dixie Landings Resort - 2000

Large circle pin with white background a pink and light yellow Magnolia flower with green leaves adorns the upper portion of the pin. "2000" in black lettering at the top of the pin. "Disney's" in Disney Script under the Magnolia, "Dixie Landings" in black lettering surrounded by an upturned light yellow ribbon and "Resort" underneath it in black lettering.

$25


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SOLD EdG Item #107 Disney's Dixie Landings Resort (Mickey Banjo)

This "Disney's Dixie Landings Resort" pin shows Mickey playing a banjo. Is being retired like the resort. This gold-finished, waffle textured-back pin measures 1 3/8" tall by 1 1/4" wide. The version, released in 2000, carries the "Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand" backstamp.

$15

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Item #108 Older Dixie Landings Blue and Silver Pin

Pin is silver, dark blue, and light blue, and shows the Dixie Landings Resort logo.

$25

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Lori C Item #109 Dixie Landings Resort (Mickey & Minnie Mouse)

An older silver-colored Dixie Landings pin featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Both are walking, arm-in-arm, to the left. Mickey wears an old-time Southern-style blue dress suit with maroon-rimmed white hat. Minnie is dressed in a frilly yellow dress with maroon bow and yellow hat. She carries a yellow and white parasol in her left hand. Behind them is the old Dixie Landings logo in navy blue and brown, complete with a Mickey head icon at the very top. "DISNEY'S" is at the top, with an arch spelling out "DIXIE LANDINGS" and "RESORT" in a bar near the bottom.

$75

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Bob M Item #110 Expedition Everest Dangle WDI Jumbo Pin Exclusive LE 500

The Grand Opening April 2006 Pin of Expedition Everest from Walt Disney Imagineering. The dangle portion says Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. (Does not come in original case).

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$30

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PRICE REDUCED $250 Item #111 DCL - Featured Artist - Ariel and Sebastian (Jumbo) LE 500

This Featured Artist Jumbo Pin celebrates Ariel and Sebastian from Disney's The Little Mermaid. Created especially for the Disney Cruise Line®, this Limited Edition pin was designed by Disney Design Group Artist Mark Seppala. Ariel and Sebastian are pin-on-pin; they are surrounded by a beautiful golden relief design. Ariel is looking at Sebastian. Comes in a blue box that says "Disney's Featured Artist Limited Edition 500".

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$300

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PRICE REDUCED $100 Item #112 Disney Auctions (P.I.N.S.) - Stitch Baseball (Catcher) LE 1000

Stitch settles in behind home plate on this black-metal character pin celebrating the national pastime. It's a Disney Auctions exclusive in a limited edition of 1,000 fixed-price pins, available only from Disney's Purchase It Now Store at DisneyAuctions.com. Stitch is wearing catcher's gear including a glove and red baseball hat or cap. SIZE: approx. 1.5" x 2"

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$125

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SOLD Leslie PRICE REDUCED $25 Item #113 DCL - Castaway Club Gift Pin #2 - Donald Duck Ice Cream Cone

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$40

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Bob M PRICE REDUCED $35 Item #114 Disney Auctions (P.I.N.S.) - Stitch as Cowboy

Stitch pays tribute to the singing cowboys of old on this gold-finished character pin, a Disney Auctions exclusive in a limited edition of 500 fixed-price pins, available only from Disney's Purchase It Now Store at DisneyAuctions.com. Stitch is dressed in western gear including a ten gallon hat, chaps and a yellow scarf. He is playing the guitar. The background is round. SIZE: approx. 2" x 2.25"

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$45

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PRICE REDUCED $15 Item #115 Disney's Hollywood Studios Conventions

This pin was given as a gift to convention planners who hosted their event at Disney's Hollywood Studios™. The pin features Buzz Lightyear and Woody in front of the skyline of Disney's Hollywood Studios™ Attractions. This pin is not available for sale and is not available via Mail Order

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$25

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SOLD Steve P Item #116 Cast Member License Plate - Florida

Cast member exclusive license plate pin. Pin is silver metal with a dark blue background and light blue Cinderella castle silhouette in the middle. All text is in white; Florida, CST MBR, Oct. '71.

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$25

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Item #117 SOLD Rich B DCA - Radiator Springs Racers 5th Anniversary Cast Member Pin

This Cast Member Exclusive commemorates the 5th anniversary of Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure. The ride opened in 2012, and the pin features a slider element of Lightning McQueen.

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$25

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PRICE REDUCED $25 Item #118 Halloween 2017 Cast Member Peter Pan's Lost Boys

The Lost Boys (from Peter Pan) dressed in their Halloween Costumes. The Lost Boys are off Ticker Treating. A purple banner with "Happy Halloween 2017" in yellow and a Jack-o-Lantern.

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$35

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SOLD Lori C Item # 119 WDW Cast Member Exclusive Hat Box - Minnie (Flower)

Cast Exclusive Pins for WDW Cast Members. Each box has a ribbon handle and a label on the bottom of each hat box that reads..."If found, please return to . Walt Disney World, with the Character's signature. Minnie's red hat with a flower is featured here. It comes in a red heart shaped hat box with white and yellow flowers on it.

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$25

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Item #120 SOLD Lisa G WDW - Snowglobe Parade (Cinderella's Castle)

This is a pin of one of the floats for the Magic Kingdom's Share a Dream Come True Snowglobe Parade. This pin features Cinderella's Castle surrounding a double globed snowglobe. There is a golden spire that is inside the globe that goes all the way to the top and the tip of it sticks out of the top of the globe with Tinker Bell at the top. Around this spire one of the puppies from 101 Dalmatians and the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland are riding white unicorns - they look as if the are going around the spire like a carousel would. Outside the globe the castle is floating on a bases of clouds. On the steps of the castle Minnie mouse is waving, Donald Duck is lifting his cap, and Pluto is looking at the clouds curiously.

$75

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Item #121 SOLD Lisa G Pluto DLR - Twelve Days of Christmas (12 Drummers Drumming)

This pin features Pluto wearing a drum on his back with the number 12 on it marching in front of a Christmas Tree. The white ribbon on the pin reads Twelve Drummers Drumming.

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Item #122 lorI C DLP Landmark Series - Notre Dame (Minnie)

This pin represents Minnie looking at a map in front of the cathedral of Notre Dame. Part of the 5 pin landmark series that depicts scenes of everyday life in Paris. Minnie wears a pink bow and has an orange knapsack, blue sleeping bag pink shoes. There is a hidden Mickey in the stones in front of Minnie's left foot.

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PRICE REDUCED $45 Item #123 WDW Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom - Mystery Pin Collection - Hades

This pin features the villain Hades (Hercules) from the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Mystery Pin Collection. Each mystery box contains 2 random pins featuring the villains from the WDW Magic Kingdom Trading Card Game.

$60

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Item A - Complete Set of AllEars Trading Cards! MORE Available SOLD TO Laura D, Kay B

The complete and final set of AllEars trading cards are available as part of this fundraiser!

There are a total of 79 cards, including the checklist. Card #76 was never completed.

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$75 donation

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Item B 30 AllEars Trading Cards (More Available - 1 Sold Bob M)

My choice of 30 available AllEars trading cards - including the final 2 cards #78 Mulan Parade and #79 Festival of the Lion King

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$25 donation


Item C - Holiday Subset of AllEars Trading Cards

These 12 cards have been fan favorites and include 2 Disneyland Halloween and 10 Walt Disney World. The set also contains the beautiful Osborne Lights and much more.

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$ 20 Donation

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Item D: 10 AllEars Trading Cards (no duplicates)

My choice of 10 available AllEars trading cards - including EITHER #78 Mulan Parade and #79 Festival of the Lion King

$15

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Don't forget to stop back Sunday morning when remaining pins will be discounted.

Thank you one and all!

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.

May 10, 2018

PREVIEW - Pin Palooza Collectables for a Cause

Deb's Digest Blog
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TIME FOR ANOTHER PIN PALOOOOOOOZZA!!!!!

The pins in the photo above are part of the Pin Palooza! While many aspects remain the same, I have a new charity for your donations... Please continue reading...

This month would have marked my 19th year participating in the Avon Walk to fight breast cancer. Unfortunately, Avon decided late in 2017 to discontinue this event. I was/am quite upset. However.....

As you may know, I am a breast cancer survivor. Both my mother and her sister died of ovarian cancer, and my cousin is BRCA+ (a genetic mutation that can indicate a much higher risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer). The Avon Walk may have ended, but my fight against cancer has not. I have chosen to support a smaller charity to continue my efforts: FORCE - Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered. I have been aware of FORCE for many years through my cousin and a runDisney team and am fundraising for this worthy organization.

To kick off this fundraising season, I will be having a PIN-PALOOZA on Saturday, May 19, 2018. To learn how this sale works, please scroll down for details. It will work very similar to previous Paloozas!

Check out the event page here and watch for more details coming soon!

Please help me continue my fight against breast and other hereditary cancers!

To read more and make a donation, please visit: https://teamforce.facingourrisk.org/debwills

HOW PIN PALOOZA WORKS

Here's how it works. READ CAREFULLY

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

** You leave a comment 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 FORCE Fundraising page and you will have 48 hours to make your donation. Once that happens you will get 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 FORCE Fundraising 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, TD Collectables.

March 26, 2018

Toy Story Land - A Progress Update

Deb's Digest Blog

In under 100 days, Toy Story Land will open in Disney's Hollywood Studios. The new area was announced almost three years ago at the 2015 D23 Expo.

I've been following its progress closely, especially after I visited Toy Story Land in Hong Kong Disneyland a few years ago. The Hong Kong land opened in 2011. I have fond memories of my visit, which included being part of the Green Army Men skit.

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Soon thereafter, in 2013, a Toy Story Land opened in Disneyland Paris, similar yet different. As it should be, in my opinion.

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In 2018, Toy Story Land will open in Shanghai Disneyland (first) and then in Walt Disney World on June 30. It is always interesting to me to see the similarities and differences of an attraction or land in the various parks.

Before I go any further, I believe it's important to see the new land for what it is. It is not like Animal Kingdom's Pandora or even Cars Land from Disney California Adventure. There are no NEW E-ticket rides. Yes, Toy Story Midway Mania is part of the new Toy Story Land (and its entrance has been moved to make it the anchor for Toy Story Land), but it's been in the park since 2008. However, I do believe this will be a great area for families to enjoy, something that has been needed for a long time in Disney's Hollywood Studios. And, just as I smile and enjoy the Storybook Circus area in the Magic Kingdom, I am certain the new Toy Story Land will bring a smile to my face as well.

The Disney Parks blog has slowly been revealing little bits and pieces about the new land. In fact, I recently had the chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour, and on that day Disney announced that Woody, Buzz and Jessie will all be playing with guests in the new land.

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Just like you, I have been looking at this billboard and steel for a long time.

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However, last week Walt Disney World invited me (and a few others) to get an up-close and personal look at Toy Story Land from inside the construction site. Lucky for us, our guide was Disney Imagineer Ryan Wineinger, who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Toy Story Land. (Be sure to check out the video with Ryan at the end of this blog.)

As you enter the area you are to imagine that you have become the size of all the Little Green Army men toys. You especially feel that when you look down and see Andy's huge footprint. Just close your eyes and pretend for a moment that you are one of Andy's toys, now in his back yard.

One of the things that has always set Disney apart from other theme parks is the incredible attention to details as it tries to tell a story. And it's not just what you see, it's also what you don't see.

Here's a photo of what I saw, looking up from inside the land.

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I loved seeing the detail in person as we explored the enormous play area Andy set up in his back yard. My eyes followed sections of the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster track and I was able to see the detailed theming all around it.

For instance, check out the huge Tinker Toy pole that towered over us. Right now you can still see the lighting and speakers at the very top. But soon, they will be transformed and blend perfectly so you no longer see them. The Imagineers want to make sure you don't see any of those real-world things.

You'll note that Jessie is helping Rex hang Christmas lights -- just one of the final touches for when Andy welcomes us, the public, as his honorary toys.

In the photo above, you will also note that no two blocks are the same shape, size and color.

Hungry? Andy made Woody's Lunch Box just like his old Woody's Roundup lunchbox and it is propped open by a thermos. In the picnic area all the tables and the chairs will look like toys

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Looking out in the distance, the top of the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction came into view. It was interesting to see now -- just the steel, which by opening day will transform into a plastic toy.

There is much more, of course. In fact, I learned a few new things listening to Imagineer Ryan. For instance, did you know that Alien Swirling Saucers is actually a Pizza Planet toy that Andy won by collecting all his tickets? Inside you'll find dozens of little green aliens spinning around in the universe of Pepperonia.

But I'll let Ryan fill you in.

Let me know your thoughts about the new Toy Story Land below!






February 19, 2018

Savor the Savanna: Evening Safari Experience - Animal Kingdom REVIEW

Deb's Digest Blog

Have you ever ridden the Kilimanjaro Safaris and wished that you weren't on such a huge truck and that you had an animal guide with you to answer all your questions and share interesting, sometimes amusing facts?

And have you thought about how nice it would be to just sit and watch the savanna "breathe?" And wouldn't it be nice to do just that while enjoying some African-inspired tapas and beverages?

Well, if you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you should seriously consider signing up for Savor the Savanna: Evening Safari Experience. It has been on my radar for a while now and when Disney Vacation Club announced a special 30 percent discount for the months of February and March, we said, "Let's book it!" The regular price without a discount is $169; AP and Disney Visa® card holders receive a 15 percent discount on most tours. (The usual discount for DVC members is also 15 percent.)

Our savanna time was 4 p.m. and we were requested to check in 15 minutes early. We went to where we thought the check-in was, at the Curiosity Animal Tours Kiosk in Disney's Animal Kingdom, just before you reach the Kilimanjaro Safari entrance. The folks there directed us just to the right of the standby entrance for the Kilimanjaro Safaris. The cast members were strict about not letting anyone in until exactly 4 p.m.

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At our designated time, we walked past the cast member with the sign to the check-in area. First up, sign the waiver. There was ice cold water and a special juice (orange, pineapple and mango) available while we waited for everyone to arrive.

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Soon, all 10 of us (there is a limit of 12 per tour) followed our guide back into Animal Kingdom and around Rafiki's Planet Watch. At this point, we found our truck waiting for us.

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It is important to note that the ride on this vehicle is very rough! Rougher even than a regular Kilimanjaro Safaris vehicle. You are seated along the sides of the vehicle, so people who get motion or car sick may not do well. VERY IMPORTANT: You must stay seated until the guide tells you it is OK to stand. I have photos of the truck seating at the end of this blog.

For a while, we followed the regular Kilimanjaro Safaris route. Our guide pointed out animals and shared lots of stories and interesting facts.

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When we spotted animals, we gave a shout and if possible the truck stopped to allow photos.

We started out in the forest. When most people think of Africa they do not think of forests, they think of wide open plains. But Africa has several distinct types of habitat. The forest contains animals such as the Bongo.

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I sometimes wonder if the hippo pictured above ever moves... everyone seems to have the exact same photo of it!

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Savor the Savanna Experience - Animal Kingdom

One interesting tidbit is that there are special "water holes" for the animals to drink from.

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Once in the biggest (east) savanna we pulled over and the cast member who works there came to talk to us. She had lots of details about the savanna itself and the animals. I just wish I could remember it all.

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Just as we started to leave a giraffe came by to say hello.

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We continued along our way and soon saw the "Boma" (in the west savanna), the next stop in our journey.

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The "Boma" is a viewing platform. It is used for various tours including the Wild Africa Trek. It is spacious, covered and has two restrooms available.

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Our time here was relaxing, informative and downright enjoyable.

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You know you are someplace special when no one rushes to line up for beverages or food. We were all looking out over the savanna. I had flashbacks to the Lion King when Mufasa told Simba, "Look, Simba, everything the light touches is our kingdom."

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Savor the Savanna Experience - Animal Kingdom

This was the "savor" part of the experience -- lots of yummy snacks, shrimp, grapes, cheeses, nuts, prosciutto, edamame and desserts. There were choices of African beers and wines, as well as water and juice available.

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Savor the Savanna Experience - Animal Kingdom

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Savor the Savanna Experience - Animal Kingdom

Savor the Savanna Experience - Animal Kingdom

We could see wildebeest (AKA gnu) in the distance. Nearby the giraffes were putting on a show. One of the younger giraffes was making a game of chasing the ducks that landed in the small pond. We watched the Kilimanjaro Safari trucks pass and the greater flamingos at the big Hidden Mickey watering hole. Looking out we could see the elephants.

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Savor the Savanna Experience - Animal Kingdom

Savor the Savanna Experience - Animal Kingdom


The guides were on hand to answer any questions we had and to share more information about the savanna and conservation. They explained the photos on the tables of the villagers in Africa building a "living fence" to keep the predators away from their livestock. This effort is aided by donations from Disney.

There is also another walkway and overlook. This one features a view of the majestic lions. We were fortunate to see Frankie (so called because of his Sinatra-like blue eyes) the rhino walk by.

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Savor the Savanna Experience - Animal Kingdom

We spent at least a solid hour at the Boma. Once reloaded in the truck, we returned to the regular Kilimanjaro Safaris path and had one last awesome animal sighting.

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Drop-off was at one of the regular Kilimanjaro Safaris stops. When the tour was over we were all given a rock. Disney donates a portion of the tour price (as they do with all Animal Kingdom tours) to conservation efforts for various animals/programs. Each tour participant places a rock in the marked area they want to support.

Kudos to the team of cast members: Morgan, Megan, Claire, Sarah, and everyone else (sorry, I can't recall all your names).

It was a wonderful experience and the four of us in my party highly recommend it, especially now with the Disney Vacation Club discount. We all agreed we would take the tour again.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

When I called to make reservations I was asked about food allergies. Once we arrived at the Boma one of the cast members asked those with allergies to identify themselves. She had responses for each person/allergy. It was nice to see things work as they should.

The particulars from Disney (the entire list is HERE):

For your safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure; heart, back or neck problems; motion sickness or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure.

Expectant mothers should not participate.

Guests must be at least 8 years of age to participate in this experience.

Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult (18 years of age or older).

This experience requires guests in ECVs to transfer into an available wheelchair to participate in the tour.

This excursion occurs rain or shine, with the exception of severe weather or lightning.

Valid theme park admission to Disney's Animal Kingdom park is also required and is not included in the price of this tour.

If you have taken any of Walt Disney World's special tours, please leave your comments to help other guests plan their vacations.

Guests must be at least 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. Please keep a valid form of identification on hand at all times to verify your age.

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December 18, 2017

Disney Springs Adds NEW Dining Experiences from the Patina Group

Deb's Digest Blog

Recently, I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the new dining opportunities coming to Disney Springs from the Patina Group. The restaurants: The Edison, Maria and Enzo's, Enzo's Hideaway and Pizza Ponte are separate entities but all physically joined in one huge location with a central theme. While photos were not allowed, several were provided and used in this blog.

Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group, said: “I’m delighted to announce that we will be opening a trattoria named Maria & Enzo’s, as well as Enzo’s Hideaway, a separate restaurant in what were said to be rum-running tunnels, which is destined to become a local favorite. They are inspired by the cuisines of Sicily and Rome, the Italian family, and the best of Italian modern cooking.”

Theo Schoenegger, the executive chef, comes to Orlando from Las Vegas where he most recently was executive chef at Sinatra, an Italian fine dining restaurant located at Wynn Las Vegas. "The new restaurants will bring a casual elegance to Disney Springs with a blend of star ingredients embedded in elaborate, multipart compositions while keeping the simplicity they demand. Presentation and service will include varieties of amuse bouche upon being seated, a vast selection of fine Italian wines, table-side preparation and service."

The complex of Maria and Enzo's, Enzo's Hideaway and Pizza Ponte is set in an old air terminal circa 1930s. As the backstory goes, at the time, Maria and Enzo owned a bakery at the terminal.

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When the terminal eventually closed, Maria and Enzo decided to purchase the building and create these Italian inspired experiences.

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An Italian trattoria located in the original terminal area, this open and airy dining room has 50-foot ceilings and artifacts that will transport guests back to the golden age of travel. In keeping with the theming, there is even a First Class Lounge area off the main dining room that offers a more intimate experience for guests who are randomly selected (or request) to dine there.

The menu is inspired by Sicily, with a range of family-friendly dishes – such as Arancini di Carne (rice balls stuffed with meat) and Melanzane Parmigiana (eggplant Parmesan) – and handmade pastas, such as Busiate con Granchio (spiral pasta with crab) and ‘Ncasciata al Forno (Sicilian baked pasta), served tableside. Other highlights include fresh fish, richly flavored steaks and chops.

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Travel back in time to the era of speakeasies in this unique setting in the former rum running bootlegger tunnels! Enzo had no idea when he purchased the building that the tunnels existed. He repurposed the space into an area where he would entertain his friends around large tables.

Just imagine being inside a tunnel smelling the aroma of Roman-inspired dishes and enjoying a Sunday supper while exploring the stories on the huge wall of graffiti. This special dining experience includes a bring-your-own-wine option. I am most excited about this offering.

Enzo’s Hideaway will pour Prohibition-era cocktails at its Tunnel Bar and serve a casual menu of hearty Roman dishes, such as the city’s legendary Bucatini alla Carbonara (hollow spaghetti with creamy egg and pancetta sauce) and Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe (square-cut spaghetti with pecorino and black pepper).

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Pizza Ponte is fast-casual concept serving pastries, pizza, Italian sandwiches, and espresso. It's the perfect place for a quick bite! Pastry specialties include Bomboloni (Italian doughnuts), Sfoglia di Riso (pastry with rice cream) and Tiramisu. Savory items include signature Triangolo (stuffed pizza bread) sandwiches, Porchetta (roast pork) and Pizza al Taglio, Sicilian-style pizza by the slice.

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We were unable to visit Pizza Ponte during our tour.

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Officially opening on New Year's Eve with a grand gala, the much-anticipated Edison will have two levels of multi-themed areas to explore, such as the Lab performance space, The Ember Parlour, Telegraph Lounge, The Patent Office, The Tesla Lounge, The Radio Room, and the Waterfront Patio. The restaurant is family dining until 10 p.m. when it becomes an adult-only venue with live entertainment (and a cover charge). The Edison occupies what used to be an industrial power plant, according to its backstory.

A lavish “Industrial Gothic” style restaurant, bar and nighttime destination, The Edison will feature exceptional classic American food, craft cocktails and live entertainment including cabaret and music. With multiple levels and a performance space, The Edison will be open for lunch and dinner. The menu is executed by Chef PJ Finneran, and consists of contemporary American fare such as Pork Belly Pops with a chile-brown sugar glaze, Crispy Fried Chicken with cast iron buttermilk biscuits, and its signature The Edison Burger, a juicy combination of house-ground sirloin, shortrib and brisket, topped with Cabot cloth-bound cheddar, onion rings, smoked bacon, house pickles, lettuce, tomato, special sauce and served with hand-cut fries.

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The only official opening date that has been announced is for The Edison, but look for the other dining establishments to open in the near future.

November 27, 2017

Backstage Magic Tour

Deb's Digest Blog

Years, and I do mean years ago, I took the Backstage Magic Tour of Walt Disney World. We got to do some really cool things and I always remembered how much fun it was. The tour took us to Epcot, Magic Kingdom (no Animal Kingdom then), the Disney MGM Studios and behind the scenes at several Cast Member locations.

Much has changed in all those years, and recently I have been wanting to take it again, especially with the American Adventure component. I kept promising myself once the temperatures in Central Florida cooled down, I'd sign up. It is easily seven hours and by the time you are done, you are ready to rest and put your feet up for a while.

Here's how it is currently described:

"Enjoy a one-of-a-kind VIP look at the inner workings of Walt Disney World Resort on an amazing 7-hour journey through the Magic Kingdom Utilidors, Creative Costuming, Walt Disney World Central Shops and more. Tour participants are among the select few who receive an exclusive look into the artistry, technology, mechanical marvels and backstage stories that go into producing world-class Disney experiences."

The timing could not have been more perfect when a couple weeks ago in my inbox the following appeared: INVITATION: Join us for Backstage Magic! Yes, I had been selected to experience the Backstage Magic Tour by Walt Disney World. I should note that Adventures by Disney (AbD) actually runs the tour.

Recently, I took the tour and I can tell you it is a whirlwind of a day and worth every moment.

Our guides, Amber and Pieter, were awesome, full of facts and tidbits, and they made sure we stayed on time. There were only a couple rules, "Don't ask how many or how much." And absolutely no cell phones out while backstage. In fact, we were given small notebooks to jot down things to remember because we couldn't take photos of everything.

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Meandering backstage, we learned tidbits about Future World including everything from a brief history of Epcot to the many Disney color paint palettes.

Soon we were at the American Adventure! Learning and seeing the magic work behind the scenes was fascinating, and we were very lucky and got an up-close and personal look at Ben Franklin. (Please note the up-close look is not available on all tours). Did you know that in the Declaration of Independence scene with Franklin and Thomas Jefferson the words Declaration of Independence are written on each of the "earlier versions" that are crumpled up on the floor? That's just in case someone with a telephoto lens takes a picture!

Next, we spent about 40 minutes in Creative Costuming. The outside door has a small awning that says: "The Hanger." Clever, don't you think?

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We learned all kinds of things about Cast Costumes, like there are four categories - Operational Cast Members, Entertainment, Equity Performers and the Audio Anamatronics. There is even a reference library wall that has swatches of cloth for each costume. When I took this tour years ago, cast members were not allowed to bring their costumes home; they were stored and cleaned at Walt Disney World. That has changed quite a bit, as Operational Cast Members are allowed to take them home now.

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Next stop was Textile Services. I could write about all the cool things we learned, but then you may not need to take the tour. (Or maybe at this point my handwriting became illegible!) On to Laundry, which you probably wouldn't think of as fascinating, but it truly was. Those laundry carts you see at all the Disney Resorts? They get transported to one of the laundry facilities where the contents are emptied, cleaned, sanitized, wrapped in plastic and returned back into service. Guess what the No. 1 item is that's found mixed in with the laundry? I'll tell you at the end.

We had a very fun photo op here. In fact, there are three or four photo ops along the way that you won't find anywhere else. (Hint: maelstrommalestrommaelstrom)

By this point in the tour, I know my stomach was growling, and I think several others were too!

The folks at Whispering Canyon at Wilderness Lodge took great care of us. Lunch began with the yummy corn bread, followed by the All You Can Eat Skillet and ended with a specially made cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Of course, a visit to Whispering Canyon is not complete without some shenanigans.

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Two stops left, and they were both huge -- Central Shops and Utilidors. The Central Shops are in this ginormous warehouse with lots of separate areas such as Welding, Metal, Assembly, Scenic, Inspection and everything else in between. This is like candy for the eyes for Disney geeks as you get to see whatever is being worked on like a hippo from the Jungle Cruise and a chassis from Expedition Everest. Also, during this part of the tour we learned a great deal about the Audio-Animatroncs.

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Last but certainly not least was our tour of the Utilidors at the Magic Kingdom. Underneath the Magic Kingdom is a 1.3-mile utility corridor with 29 stairwells leading up to the Magic. Also located here is the AVAC (automated vacuum collection) system where all the trash goes. It was revolutionary in its time, but later proved to not be cost effective.

And then all of a sudden our tour was done. Wow! I can't even begin to tell you all the tidbits and facts we all learned, and my note-taking could barely keep up to the narrative. There is much more I could share, but I don't want to spoil some of the magic you will want experience.

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We had a bus that took us from place to place. As we couldn't take photos our guides made sure to take lots of photos of us in various locations. Our belongings could stay safely on the bus. There was also plenty of cold and room temperature water as well as snacks. The guides, like all AbD guides, took great care of us.

At the conclusion, we each received an Adventures by Disney pin for the Back Stage Magic Tour.

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Oh, and that No. 1 item found in the laundry? The remote control from the TV.

Ok, so the big question, would I spend $275 for a seven-hour behind-the-scenes tour of Walt Disney World? My answer is yes. As I wrote in the very beginning, I was considering signing up. As a Disney fan, I loved all the details and tidbits that were shared. I love seeing what goes on behind the scenes of all the various areas of the park. There are numerous unique experiences you won't get on any other tour. My one suggestion for the tour designers would be to add a behind-the-scenes tour of Tower of Terror or Haunted Mansion!

If you do this tour, make the most of it by asking all the questions you can think of. After all, you are dedicating a full day to the experience!

To book the Backstage Magic Tour call 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687). Guests must be at least 12 years of age to participate in this tour. Read the Know Before You Go section on disneyworld.disney.go.com! Lastly, there is a lot of standing and walking.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Walt Disney World. However, my opinions are my own.

October 25, 2017

PREVIEW: The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic - This Weekend!

Deb's Digest Blog
The 8th Annual Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic returns this weekend, October 27 - 30, 2017.
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The 8th Annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic approaches quickly! This is, by far, the largest classic ever. Each year sees the addition of a new component and 2017 is no different. This year, the Classic will introduce "The Bubbles Lounge."

The Bubbles Lounge, a secluded, whimsically themed area showcasing sparkling beverages, including champagne and sparkling wine, was inspired by Lawrence Welk and his champagne style.

Returning for the second year is the Sunday Bubbles Brunch. This lavish brunch will feature traditional and not-so-traditional items prepared by award-winning chefs. One glass of champagne or a specialty mimosa will be included in the menu price, along with the option to upgrade to bottomless champagne and mimosas at the time of seating.

Tony Porcellni, Director of Food and Beverages explains:

Returning this year are two great themed areas: Chinatown and Carnival Corner. Do not miss either of these -- the food is yummy. If you don't enjoy fish, ask for the pork dumpling without the sauce. It is a big favorite of mine!

Luciano Sperduto, Assistant Director of Food and Beverage tells you about the fun in the Carnival Corner.

And wait, there is more! Thirteen seminars will help you expand your knowledge of wine, beer, spirits and sake. Learn how to choose the right beverage and how to pair it perfectly with your meal. The Swan and Dolphin certified sommeliers will teach you what you need to know to choose the perfect bottle for the perfect occasion and the perfect meal. You'll walk away with the ability to impress at your next dinner outing.

Kristian Laplante, director of restaurants gives you a quick rundown:

The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic by the Numbers:

** More than 60 food and beverage stations.
** 40 different dishes over the course of the weekend from Italian to BBQ.
** 11 educational seminars each day before the causeway opens
** 4 special themed areas: Chinatown, Carnival Corner, Beer Garden and Bubbles Lounge
** Live entertainment with three different acts, including the ever-popular Atlantic City Boys

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Here's the best recommendation I can give you -- for seven of the eight years of the Classic,Linda and I have purchased our own tickets for the causeway and seminars. This year we also bought tickets to the Sunday Bubbles Brunch. (I have also been invited to a few of the media previews, like the one this week. Sometimes AllEars.Net is offered a media pass and Kristin Ford uses that to attend with her husband.)

So what are you waiting for? Tickets remain for Friday night, both Friday and Saturday seminars and the Sunday Bubbles Brunch. https://www.swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com/

Hope to see you there!






October 13, 2017

Animal Kingdom Wandering

Deb's Digest Blog

I typically don't go to the parks much in the midst of the summer heat and humidity and so planned to visit Animal Kingdom yesterday, mostly to update menus. I had no idea I hadn't been there since right after Pandora opened! I checked for last-minute FastPasses before leaving home, but nothing was available. I wasn't surprised.

So here are some observations from my walk around the park yesterday, noting things I had not seen before. Perhaps you have... but these things are new to me.

After I parked and walked down to the tram area, I noticed that the name of each row has been repainted in much larger letters, much clearer than before. Yea! You will also notice better signage in the parking area as well.


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I then noticed he new tram front vehicles. As you can see in the photo, they are now sporting bright new red and green driver and engine sections.

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I went into the Rainforest Cafe to update our menus and as I exited out the side, I noticed this elephant fountain. It looked so inviting on the already hot and humid morning but alas, "Please do not climb on rocks".

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Next stop, Pandora. As I mentioned, the last time I was in Animal Kingdom was for a media preview of Pandora. My how different it looks full of people.

Crossing the bridge (shortly after 9 a.m.) the first thing I saw was the "End of the Line" for the Na'vi River Journey. The Cast Member told me that neither ride had "opened yet", and the estimated wait time was currently 45 minutes.

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I read after I returned home that either both rides open or neither does. Can someone clarify that for me please?

As I walked deeper into Pandora, the whole area was packed. Cast members had created lines and pathways with rope and it was kind of hard to get from here to there. I looked for a Wait Time for Flight of Passage but couldn't get anywhere near the entry point, for either ride, actually.

I wanted to wander around the area, but as I said, it was very crowded and hard to maneuver so I decided to head out. Here's a screen shot of Animal Kingdom wait times at 9:14 a.m.

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I did manage to find one of the PhotoPass photographers and had this photo taken. It was in My Disney Experience a few hours later.

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Next thing I know I am being told to head back out of the area and over to Harambe to get in line for Flight of Passage (not that I was going to get in line, but curious where I would end up). A very, very long line. Talking to the Cast Member at the end of the line, I was told the wait time was now three hours! Normally the Harambe area is for exiting Pandora, not entering, but the long lines and lack of space inside Pandora changes that during busy times.

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Alrighty then, back to getting menu photos! By the time I reached Asia, I was feeling hungry. I was very happy to see that the Yak and Yeti Local Cafes serve breakfast.

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I chose the Canadian Bacon English Muffin. A take on Egg McMuffin with an extra piece of Canadian Bacon, plus tater tots for $9.99. Ouch, but not surprised.

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Checking My Disney Experience again for wait times now at 10:07 a.m.:

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Ah... behold the infamous Coca Cola Rhino:

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For those of you who do Mobile Ordering, the area to pick up your food is clearly marked. And if you can't find it, ask a Cast Member.

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I made my way back to the front of the park and decided to forego a second loop around. It was getting quite crowded. But I did wander the Oasis and entrance area.

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Ok, I have a question. I have been to Animal Kingdom countless times since it opened in 1998. Unless I have to be someplace, I always walk around the Oasis and Discovery Island areas. The Reeve's Muntjac has become almost as elusive to me as the Anteater. I think in all this time, I have only seen it once and it was under all the brush. Has anyone ever seen it out and about? And I think there are two, yes?

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Ah ha! The Black Swan! Not always out and about, but on this day the pair were swimming and sunning.

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Lastly, as I noted much better signage in the parking lot, there is also a great directional sign as you exit the park.

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'Til next time, folks...





September 10, 2017

My Hurricane Irma Updates

Deb's Digest Blog

DEB UPDATES: 9/10/17 9:45am

Greetings All,

This week has been filled with Hurricane Irma prep work. It feels like we have been prepping for weeks and now it is here. Linda and I decided to stay in our home. We did not make that decision lightly. We have prep kits and bug out carryons and a safe room.

A number of our friends are NOT on Facebook (can you believe it?) so I'm writing here for them.

We thank everyone who has contacted us and sent prayers, pixie dust, and well wishes.

The AllEars Data Center is located in Atlanta. Hopefully the website will remain safely online.

Several AllEars Team Members are in the Orlando area and decided to stay in their homes: Kristin Ford, Jack Marshall, and ourselves. Scott Thomas flew to Orlando to be with his daughter and her family especially his grandson.

Thank you Laura Gilbreath who is minding the website and will get the newsletter out on Tuesday.

Right now we are experiencing rain and light winds. It will get worse before it gets better but we are prepared and will get through this.

We have been told that at some point today go to the safe room and stay there until the worse is over. We have been told we will lose power at some point. We have been told that there may be tornado warnings. Those have already been reported further south.

For those of you not on Twitter or Facebook, this is what I shared yesterday: I've had many adventures in my life cancer diabetes world travel Disney but nothing prepared me for Irma. Our decision to stay did not come lightly. Wish Florida well. Love, peace.....

This is the local weather station we trust!

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