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January 26, 2016

La Nouba - Worth Seeing -- Again!!!

Deb's Digest Blog

Recently I had the opportunity to see Cirque Du Soleil's La Nouba at Disney Springs. Although I had seen it twice before, it's been more than 10 years since my last visit.

Since the show debuted in 1998, La Nouba has entertained more than 9 million guests at more than 7,100 shows. More than 20 percent of the current La Nouba cast are original performers. I was pleased to see some of my favorites are still there, but there are also two brand-new acts that recently have debuted. (Both appeared relatively early in the show, which kind of surprised me.)

B-Boy

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B-Boy is a trio that performs acrobatic tricks and moves, including flips and spins, to music. Think "Break Dancing!" "Josh Ortiz (“Incredible Josh”), Jean Carlos Lloret (“Bebo”) and Dmytro Li (“Flying Buddha”) hail respectively from the Bronx, N.Y., the Boston area and Ukraine and are performing together for the first time. All three have been dancing since their youth and bring their own unique styles to the act."

I'll be honest, while I was entertained, to me this isn't the jaw-dropping act that most are, but the tweens sitting behind me certainly enjoyed it a great deal!

Aerial Bamboo

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Now the other new act, Aerial Bamboo, is most definitely jaw-dropping! Although this is the first U.S. appearance for the Russian couple, they have traveled the world performing their gymnastic and acrobatic acts. The Aerial Bamboo art form originated in China. The pole is suspended from the ceiling and was originally made of bamboo. However, now the pole is stainless steel, and when you see the act, you'll wonder how it was ever done with bamboo!

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Mesmerizing from beginning to end, I sat on the edge of my chair intently watching as the couple performed. At one point, Ekaterina is held only by her husband - his arms, feet and teeth, as he hangs by his feet or arms above the stage. And, mind you, there is NO net underneath them that I saw!

I was thinking Aerial Bamboo was my new favorite La Nouba act until my other favorites took the stage.

The Diabolos

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Diabolo is a Chinese yo-yo and is a children's game. The four youngsters hold two sticks (with a string between) and juggle the wooden spool in amazingly complex and difficult maneuvers. I was so glad to see they are still part of La Nouba.

The Aerial Ballet in Silk

The silks -- which combine physical beauty, strength and grace -- arguably are one of the most recognized acts in La Nouba. As the performer ran across the stage, it was as if he were running on clouds and just floated in the air. The artist truly becomes one with the fabric throughout his performance.

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Last but certainly not least, the Titan and the Power Track/Trampoline.

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You will see the solitary Titan lurking throughout most of the show. He is an intriguing character.

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I remember the firsts time I saw this act I could have sworn he was walking vertically up the side of the building. This high energy acrobatic display does not disappoint!

The blockbuster performances are interspersed with short, comedic acts, such as the "clowns." They were very funny at first, but as the show went on I wished their bit was shorter.

Adding to the one-of-a-kind performances is the fact that the music and songs are performed by live musicians and an amazing singer. Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba, which is performed exclusively at Disney Springs, is simply outstanding entertainment. If you have never seen it, or haven't seen it in a while, put it you your list! It can be a date night that includes one of the many places to eat at Disney Springs or an evening for the whole family to enjoy, perhaps followed by a visit to Ghiradeli.

Purchase tickets by calling 407-939-7600 or via My Disney Experience, or via the web: https://shop.omniticket.com/wdw/wcq/

There are four categories of seating in the theater. Tickets range from approximately $65 to $155 (including tax) for guests 10 and older. For children ages 3 to 9, prices range from $53 to $125. Periodically, discounts are made available to Florida residents and Disney Vacation Club members. For section and seating information, visit: https://shop.omniticket.com/wdw/wcq/seating.cfm

Shows are held most Tuesdays through Saturdays at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The show is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

Here is a preview of La Nouba:

All photographs and video property of Cirque du Soleil.

DISCLAIMER: I was a guest of Cirque du Soleil for the La Nouba performance I attended in January 2016. This did not affect my review; my opinions are my own.

January 4, 2016

Celebrating New Years Eve at Universal Orlando

Deb's Digest Blog

(There aren't as many photos as I would normally have in blog like this, but I didn't plan to do a write up. However, after seeing some of our Facebook photos, I started getting lots of questions so ... here you go!!!)

Yes, you read that right, I celebrated New Years Eve at Universal this year. Allow me to explain how that came to be.

About 4 years ago we did NYE inside of Epcot. I'm glad I did, I don't need to do it again. In fact, I decided that I didn't want to celebrate inside a park anytime soon.

Last year we were lucky enough to have our Bay Lake Tower wait-list come through and celebrated NYE at the Top of the World! It was great fun and didn't have the crush of people like the theme parks would.

So for 2015, I totally missed the first couple days to book Bay Lake Tower and thus wait-listed two types of rooms (the max you can wait-list). Unfortunately, neither of those came through this time. What to do?! The only type of non-theme park event at Disney was at California Grill for $600/per person. Much more than we wanted to spend. We might have been tempted by the Countdown to Midnight Party at the Yacht and Beach Club (announced in December) if it had been announced much earlier plus initially you had to have a room reservation (which we didn't have).

About mid-October friends from the West Coast told us they were coming to Orlando and had gotten tickets to the Portofino Hotel (at Universal Orlando) NYE Party in the piazza. It sounded great. So, we purchased tickets and booked a room at the Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel. (Still secretly hoping our wait list for BLT would come thru).

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We have never stayed at Universal and thought this was a good reason to try. We already had Florida Resident Annual Passes so tickets weren't an issue. Booking at their equivalent of a Deluxe resort, we got not only 1 hour early entry to the Harry Potter areas each morning but we also got Universal Express Passes (think FastPass+ without having to plan).

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The Marina view room at Portofino was less than a Disney deluxe resort during regular season. The cost of the Universal Express Pass Unlimited for both parks for the 4 days we were there would have cost over $700! So when we added it all up, we thought it was a good deal!

So let's fast-forward to December 31st! We had our $149/each tickets for the Party in the Piazza - a wonderful area of the Portofino hotel overlooking the harbor. The theming was very well done! The party began at 8:30pm but you could check in and be seated around 8ish. Yes, there were assigned seats/tables - but listen to this.

About 5 days earlier we get a phone call from the resort confirming we were attending the party. Then we were asked if there were any others who had purchased tickets that we would like to sit with!!! Why, yes, there are two other couples. What are their names? Ok, I found them and we'll make sure you are seated together. I almost fell off my chair!!! Seriously!

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We arrived got checked in, handed a wine glass and were escorted to our seats, a very nice table for 6! We were thrilled. There was time to wander around and check out the food and beverage offerings and get our photo with the ice sculpture.

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At 8:30 all stations began serving. Think of it as a mini-party for the senses but with guaranteed seating.
The ticket price got you unlimited food, a large assortment of white and red Italian wines, bottled water and sodas. If you wanted beer or spirits, there was a cash bar. There were 2 bars (each with 2-3 bartenders) and there was never more that a few people in front of you waiting. Each of the restaurants at the resort had food stations set up. There were multiple stations on both sides of the table area serving the same items and again, barely any waiting for food.

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A DJ played the entire night so if you wanted to dance you could go over to that area and enjoy~!

Everyone working the event was friendly and in a great mood. The folks clearing plates always asked if you were done before removing them. Tables stayed clean.

We all agreed the food was most excellent. The small plates included: short rib on toasted polenta cake, baby lamb chops (omg, I don't like lamb and these were amazing and so tender) with an herbed polenta, a seafood pasta, seabass, arranchini (rice balls with tomato sauce), very tender Prime Rib and a couple other things I can't remember.

And then the desserts -- we were blown away by the dessert arranged for the party. All tiny bite size pieces of goodness so you could sample lots of items and not waste food! Plus there was a huge Bananas Foster station which we never made it to.

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Around 11:30 party hats, noisemakers and lighted glow sticks (about 2 feet long) were handed out. Of course, there was a countdown and then a short fireworks display at midnight.

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We all agreed this party was well worth the $149 price tag and would love to return sometime.

Thank you Portofino for a fantastic evening.


December 13, 2015

Celebrating 20 Years of Sharing the Magic Worldwide - Day 3

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Our 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend ended on Sunday December 6th at a Meet and Greet in the Magic Kingdom.

It was great to see so many folks take time from their vacations to visit with all of us!

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We hope everyone had a fun time!!!


December 5, 2015

Celebrating 20 Years of Sharing the Magic Worldwide - Day 1

Deb's Digest Blog

Our 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend began on Friday, December 4 at Kidani Village in Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Special guest Ron Schneider, the original Dreamfinder, was welcomed by folks of all ages who went down memory lane to the 1980s! Ron was gracious enough to sign his book, autograph cards and chat with those in attendance.

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Here is a video recap of our Day 1 Celebration! Thanks to Ron and everyone that joined us!


November 10, 2015

Tickets for SOLD OUT "Thank You for 30" Epcot Event 12/5/15 - Fundraising Auction

Deb's Digest Blog

In just a few weeks, AllEars and MouseFanTravel will be celebrating a combined 30 Years of Making Magic! Our signature VIP event is a special evening at Epcot, to be held December 5, 2015, which has been sold out for some time now.

Two tickets are now available as part of my Collectibles for a Cause Auction. Your ENTIRE winning bid goes directly to my official Avon Walk for Breast Cancer page! These tickets originally sold for $199 each.


WINNING BID: $500. Thank you Brenda!!

Anyone 21 years of age or older who will be in Epcot on December 5, 2015 is eligible.

Your two tickets will include ONLY the following:

Reserved Seating at the 5 p.m. Candlelight Processional
Dinner in the American Adventure Rotunda (includes special entertainment and surprises)
VIP IllumiNations Dessert Party in a reserved area
Special after-hours attraction opportunity!

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Important Information

Transportation to and from the Anniversary Adventure event is the responsibility of the ticket holder.

Theme park admission is required and not included as a part of this event.

Event takes place rain or shine.

Ask any questions in the comment section of this blog!

Bids should be made in the comments section of this blog. Your email address will NOT show in the published comments. If you wish your name to remain private let me know.

Ready to bid?


AUCTION RULES FINE PRINT:

You may not transfer your tickets. The winning bidder must be one of the two attendees.

This is a land-based event and not the IllumiNations boat cruise.

Meet time is subject to change - Meet location will be provided to winners approximately 7 days prior to event.

Anyone from any country who meets the criteria above may enter.

Event may be changed/cancelled at any time by Disney Special Events and/or the weather. No rainchecks, no substitutions. No makeup date.

To bid, you must click on the comment link and enter your full name and email address, as well as your bid amount in the comments box. (NOTE: Your email address will NOT show up online.) I will approve the comments so you can see what the current bid is. Once a few bids have been made, only the current high bid will be visible.

You may bid more than once if you decide to up your current bid or if you've been outbid and wish to bid higher.

This auction ends Sunday 11/15/15 at 5pm. No comments/bids will be accepted after that time. All times stated are Eastern (Orlando) time.

If you have questions about the item, chances are others do, too. Just pose your question as a comment.

The winning bidder will be notified via email with details on how to make the donation to my online Avon Walk account. The winning bidder will have 36 hours to respond to the winner email confirmation and make the online donation. Should the online donation not be made within 36 hours of the auction close, the bid will be considered abandoned and the second highest bidder will be offered the item at the highest bid price.

This auction is open to adults age 21 or older.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: This is a FUNDRAISER!

VERY IMPORTANT: All bids/sales are final. There are NO RETURNS and NO REFUNDS (even if you are unable to make the event).

In case of duplicate high bids, the earliest time-stamped bid will prevail.

Deb Wills will be the final arbiter of any and all disputes. All decisions are final. Please remember this is a Fundraiser! By bidding you agree to all the rules and any rule not covered will be determined by Deb Wills as the fnal word.

Thanks everyone - now let's raise some money!

October 22, 2015

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar aka Because We Can Day - Quick Review

Deb's Digest Blog

Sometimes it is good to be spontaneous. Last Sunday we were home working and friends said, "hey we are going to Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar "-- do you want to come?" And at first I'm like "oh I have too much to do, I don't think so". But then thought about several loved ones going thru really difficult health times and I thought.. you know what we can so we should.

Hence - Because we can day!

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We had just been to Disney Springs the week before and in that short amount of time, roads have changed as has the entry into the garage. (Note to self - FOLLOW the signs LOL). Love the garages, the lighted signs and dots make it easy to find parking. Crowds were everywhere by noonish on Sunday. Why not, it was a beautiful day.
Deb Koma did a comprehensive review of Jock Lindsey's and I have to say I agree with just about everything she said.

The themeing is awesome (based on a pilot who appeared in Indiana Jones), as you would expect from Walt Disney Imagineering. It looks just like a pilot hangout you'd see in the movies. There are lots of hidden gems on the wall, nodding to Iron Man, Star Wars, and of course the story of Jock.

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Our food was tasty, a little off the norm (but not so exotic you didn't want to try it) and flavorful. The small plates ranged from $8.99 - $14.99. We really liked the Tanis Tacos - A Lost City Specialty! Filled with Falafel, Shredded Lettuce, and Cucumber-Tomato Salad $9.49. Other popular menu items are the wings and sliders. Check out the menu HERE.

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Service was excellent, thanks Courtney. She was attentive but not pushy and we didn't feel rushed. We were noshing on the food, enjoying our beverages and before we knew it over 2 hours had passed. We ran into several friends there who also were having a great time and enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

Place is small (150 seats for in and outside) . Indoor and covered outdoor seating. When we arrived there were no tables, within a few minutes a small area opened on Reggie the boat outside.

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Another 10 minutes a table for 4 opened up outside. Next thing we knew our friends had found a great table inside. As Deb Koma said in her review "Since it's open seating, this leads to people being forced to hover over tables, waiting for others to finish up."

Music was lively BUT you could have a conversation without shouting - loved that!

Our bill for 2 glasses of wine, 2 margaritas, and 3 menu items came to $75 with tax plus tip. If you want to buy the special drink glasses they are $15 each.

I liked Jock's much better than Trader Sam's, but that's like comparing apples and oranges. For what Trader Sam's is - it works but I think only if you are with other folks and up for a loud evening (sitting inside). Trader Sam's is a much more interactive experience. You can read my review of Trader Sams's HERE.

At Jock's it was a more friendly, warm atmosphere. I'll certainly return here. It's a great place to "hang out". Not sure when I'll get back to Trader Sam's.

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October 15, 2015

Auction #8 Disney Cruise Line Merchandise Lot (Includes Press Items)

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As a 29-year Breast Cancer survivor, I want to do all I can to raise funds and awareness in the fight against Breast Cancer. To demonstrate my commitment to this cause, I am auctioning items from my personal collection as a way to aid my fundraising efforts. Each entire final bid price goes directly to Deb's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer! I pay shipping to U.S. addresses only. Since 2001, together we have raised over $675,000!

Auction # 8 – Disney Cruise Line Merchandise Lot of 12 Items !!! - ALL Items NEW! One bid for items -- everything listed here!
( For complete rules scroll down.)

FINAL BID Thank you Deborah $350

Bid increments must be $10.00 or more.

ITEM DESCRIPTIONS: Scroll below for more photos!

Item #1 Beautiful Heavy Resin "Totem Pole" of Mickey, Goofy and Donald, plaque states Disney Cruise Line Sailing to Alaska in 2011 (Given out at a 2009 Press Event. Still in Original Themed Box. Measures 8.5" tall.

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Item: #2 Photo Album and Memory Box Millennium 2000, still sealed. Contains special DCL Pins: Wonder with Steamboat Willie, Captain Mickey, 2000 DCL Wave. Room for photos and keepsakes.

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Item: #3 Black Disney Cruise Line faux leather notebook and red logo pen 6.5" x 4.5"

Item: #4 Castaway Club Gift still sealed. Contains notecards and luggage strap? and zippered document folder?

Item: #5 Canvas image of the Disney Dream from the NY Reveal 5" x 7"

Item #6 Disney Dream Press Credential from the New York Reveal October 29, 2009

Item #7 Disney Dream keel coin replica in sealed package

Item #8 Disney Cruise Line Luggage Tag

Item #9 Castaway Club small notepad with logo pen approx 5" x 7"

Item: #10 Disney Cruise LIne Photo Portfolio - Opens up and shows 2 Large Disney Cruise Photos, approx 11 x 11"


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Item: #11 Red and Black zippered Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club tote. Has two pockets on outside for water (or whatever). Appprox 18" x 16"

Item: #12 Blue DCL thermos appro9" tall

Questions? Please ask!

AUCTION ENDS: Saturday, October 17, 2105 at noon Eastern Time. (In other words, when it’s noon in Orlando, Fla.)

TO BID: You must click on the comment link and enter your full name and email address, as well as your bid amount in the comments box. (NOTE: Your email address will NOT show up online.) I will approve the comments so you can see what the current bid is. Once a few bids have been made, only the current high bid will be visible.

By bidding you agree to all rules set forth below!!!! Please read carefully BEFORE you bid!


AUCTION RULES:

1. Each auction will be posted in its own blog. The auction may contain a single item or it may be a grouping, or lot, of several related items up for bid. In cases of a group or lot, one bid is for the entire group/lot. Each auction will have a number.

2a. To bid, you must click on the comment link and enter your full name and email address, as well as your bid amount in the comments box. (NOTE: Your email address will NOT show up online.) I will approve the comments so you can see what the current bid is. Once a few bids have been made, only the current high bid will be visible.

2b. You may bid more than once if you decide to increase your current bid or if you've been outbid and wish to bid higher.

3. Each auction will have a definite end time and date. No comments/bids will be accepted after that time. All times stated will be Eastern Time so the auction is running on Orlando, Fla., time.

4. If you have questions about the item, chances are others do, too. Just pose your question as a comment.

5. The winning bidder will be notified via email with details about how to make the donation to my online Avon Walk account. The winning bidder will have 36 hours to respond to the winner email confirmation and make the online donation. Should the online donation not be made within 36 hours of the auction close, the bid will be considered abandoned and the second-highest bidder will be offered the item at the highest bid price. If that person does not respond within 36 hours or declines, the item will go back in the "bin" for a future auction.

6. SHIPPING: Each item will be shipped by U.S. mail to U.S. addresses only. I pay shipping costs!!!!!!!

If you live OUTSIDE the U.S. and wish to bid, you must have a U.S. address for me to ship to.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: This is a FUNDRAISER! It is not a flea market.

VERY IMPORTANT: All bids/sales are final. There are NO RETURNS and NO REFUNDS (even if the postal service fails to deliver your package for any reason).

In case of duplicate high bids, the earliest time-stamped bid will prevail.

Deb Wills will be the final arbiter of any and all disputes. All decisions are final. Please remember this is a fundraiser! By bidding you agree to all the rules and any rule not covered will be determined by Deb Wills as the final word.

Thanks everyone - now let's raise some money!!!!

October 14, 2015

Auction # 7 Dopey Cell "All Mixed Up"

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As a 29-year Breast Cancer survivor, I want to do all I can to raise funds and awareness in the fight against Breast Cancer. To demonstrate my commitment to this cause, I am auctioning items from my personal collection as a way to aid my fundraising efforts. Each entire final bid price goes directly to Deb's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer! I pay shipping to U.S. addresses only. Since 2001, together we have raised over $675,000!

Auction # 8 – Colorful Disney Cell of Dopey called "All Mixed Up circa 2005 from the Magic of Disney Animation. Measures approximately 11" x 14"

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Comes with a certificate of authenticity. 2000 edition size

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Comes with a postcard of the cell with signatures from the artists. I do not know if these are faux signatures or real.

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Generously donated by Jim B.

FINAL BID: $300 Thank you Deborah!

Bid increments must be $10.00 or more.

( For complete rules scroll down.)

AUCTION ENDS: Friday, October 16, 2105 at noon Eastern Time. (In other words, when it’s noon in Orlando, Fla.)

Questions? Please ask!

TO BID: You must click on the comment link and enter your full name and email address, as well as your bid amount in the comments box. (NOTE: Your email address will NOT show up online.) I will approve the comments so you can see what the current bid is. Once a few bids have been made, only the current high bid will be visible.

By bidding you agree to all rules set forth below!!!! Please read carefully BEFORE you bid!

AUCTION RULES:

1. Each auction will be posted in its own blog. The auction may contain a single item or it may be a grouping, or lot, of several related items up for bid. In cases of a group or lot, one bid is for the entire group/lot. Each auction will have a number.

2a. To bid, you must click on the comment link and enter your full name and email address, as well as your bid amount in the comments box. (NOTE: Your email address will NOT show up online.) I will approve the comments so you can see what the current bid is. Once a few bids have been made, only the current high bid will be visible.

2b. You may bid more than once if you decide to increase your current bid or if you've been outbid and wish to bid higher.

3. Each auction will have a definite end time and date. No comments/bids will be accepted after that time. All times stated will be Eastern Time so the auction is running on Orlando, Fla., time.

4. If you have questions about the item, chances are others do, too. Just pose your question as a comment.

5. The winning bidder will be notified via email with details about how to make the donation to my online Avon Walk account. The winning bidder will have 36 hours to respond to the winner email confirmation and make the online donation. Should the online donation not be made within 36 hours of the auction close, the bid will be considered abandoned and the second-highest bidder will be offered the item at the highest bid price. If that person does not respond within 36 hours or declines, the item will go back in the "bin" for a future auction.

6. SHIPPING: Each item will be shipped by U.S. mail to U.S. addresses only. I pay shipping costs!!!!!!!

If you live OUTSIDE the U.S. and wish to bid, you must have a U.S. address for me to ship to.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: This is a FUNDRAISER! It is not a flea market.

VERY IMPORTANT: All bids/sales are final. There are NO RETURNS and NO REFUNDS (even if the postal service fails to deliver your package for any reason).

In case of duplicate high bids, the earliest time-stamped bid will prevail.

Deb Wills will be the final arbiter of any and all disputes. All decisions are final. Please remember this is a fundraiser! By bidding you agree to all the rules and any rule not covered will be determined by Deb Wills as the final word.

Thanks everyone - now let's raise some money!!!!

October 13, 2015

Auction # 6 Lot of 10 Full Color Cast Member Eyes and Ears

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As a 29-year Breast Cancer survivor, I want to do all I can to raise funds and awareness in the fight against Breast Cancer. To demonstrate my commitment to this cause, I am auctioning items from my personal collection as a way to aid my fundraising efforts. Each entire final bid price goes directly to Deb's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer! I pay shipping to U.S. addresses only. Since 2001, together we have raised over $675,000!

Auction # 6 – Lot of 10 Full Color Cast Member Eyes and Ears
One bid for items -- everything listed here!
( For complete rules scroll down.)

FINAL BID: $125 Thank you Stefanie

Bid increments must be $10.00 or more.


AUCTION ENDS: Thursday, October 15, 2105 at noon Eastern Time. (In other words, when it’s noon in Orlando, Fla.)


ITEM DESCRIPTIONS: Scroll below for more photos!

1) Cover - Disney's Beach Club Villas Grand Opening July 1, 2002.
Issue dated: June 27, 2002 - Center fold full 2 page color on BCV
Other stories include: Retro Article on the Dawn of the Disney Decade 1989-1991; House of Innoventions showcases new home technologies; Uniqueness will define Once Upon a Toy; Roy E Disney adds a new chapter to his railroad memories.

2) Cover - Disney Wonder
Issue dated: August 19,1999 - Center fold full 2 page color on Disney Wonder
Other stories include: Millennium Village to Celebrate World without Borders; Silly Symphonies turn 70; Walt Disney World Ambassadors look back at July; Protecting Wildlife on property

3) Cover - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Issue dated: April 9, 1998 - Center fold full 2 page color on Animal Kingdom
Other stories include: Opening Disne's Animal Kingdom in Central Park NY; Flower and Garden Festival; 2nd McDonalds opens on property;

4) Cover - Walt Disney Pictures Presents Lilo and Stitch
Issue dated June 13, 2002 - Center fold full 2 page color on Lilo and Stitch
Other stories include: DisneyHand Helping Kids Shin; Shockwave coming to Epcot this summer; Roy E Disney discusses company's Environmentality; Disney's Beach Club Villas host open mounse on June 21; Imagineers share details on Once Upon a Toy; FASPASS undergoes enchancements based on guest feedback.

5) Cover - Disney Quest
Issue dated May 21, 1998 - Center fold full 2 page color on Disney Quest
Other stories include: Castaway Cay to feature Private Island for Disney Cruise Line guests; Flower and Garden Festival; Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month; N'SYNC to appear

6) Cover - Diversity Featuring Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, Donald, Daisy and Pluto
Issue dated November 2, 2000
Other stories include: Festival of the Masters 25th Anniversary; Super Soap weekend November 11-12 with Susan Lucci; Epcot Food and Wine Festival; Fantasia Gardens gets new 18th hole; attend Open Mouse of the Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge; Jazz Fest at Pleasure Island

7) Cover - Sorcerer Mickey Hat 100 Years of Magic - Celebrating 100th anniversary of Walt Disney
Issue dated: October 4, 2001 - Center fold full 2 page color on the 100 years celebration
Other Stories include: Playhouse Disney Live on Stage, Bear in the Big Blue House; Enhancements to Employee Stock purchase program.

8) Cover - Disney * Pixar a bug's life - Flick on the cover
Issue dated: November 19, 1998 - Center fold full 2 page color on a bug's life
Other stories include: Disney Magic ship hosts Open Mouse; Dine in Style with characters at the new Hollywood and Vine Cafeteria of the Stars

9) Cover -The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Issue dated: November 16, 2000 - Center fold full 2 page color WL Villas
Other stories include: 2001 Ambassador Team Anounced (including Steven Miller); Disney Club makes it's official debut, Harlem Globetrotters celebrate 75 years at Disney Wide World of Sports

10: Cover - Disney's Doug Live will Open March 15
Issue dated: March 11, 1999 - this is the only issue that features more than 1 item on the cover
Other stories include: Flower and Garden Festival starts April 16; Winter Summerland is opening; national Women's History Month; Attend character auditions.

Questions? Please ask!

TO BID: You must click on the comment link and enter your full name and email address, as well as your bid amount in the comments box. (NOTE: Your email address will NOT show up online.) I will approve the comments so you can see what the current bid is. Once a few bids have been made, only the current high bid will be visible.

By bidding you agree to all rules set forth below!!!! Please read carefully BEFORE you bid!

AUCTION RULES:

1. Each auction will be posted in its own blog. The auction may contain a single item or it may be a grouping, or lot, of several related items up for bid. In cases of a group or lot, one bid is for the entire group/lot. Each auction will have a number.

2a. To bid, you must click on the comment link and enter your full name and email address, as well as your bid amount in the comments box. (NOTE: Your email address will NOT show up online.) I will approve the comments so you can see what the current bid is. Once a few bids have been made, only the current high bid will be visible.

2b. You may bid more than once if you decide to increase your current bid or if you've been outbid and wish to bid higher.

3. Each auction will have a definite end time and date. No comments/bids will be accepted after that time. All times stated will be Eastern Time so the auction is running on Orlando, Fla., time.

4. If you have questions about the item, chances are others do, too. Just pose your question as a comment.

5. The winning bidder will be notified via email with details about how to make the donation to my online Avon Walk account. The winning bidder will have 36 hours to respond to the winner email confirmation and make the online donation. Should the online donation not be made within 36 hours of the auction close, the bid will be considered abandoned and the second-highest bidder will be offered the item at the highest bid price. If that person does not respond within 36 hours or declines, the item will go back in the "bin" for a future auction.

6. SHIPPING: Each item will be shipped by U.S. mail to U.S. addresses only. I pay shipping costs!!!!!!!

If you live OUTSIDE the U.S. and wish to bid, you must have a U.S. address for me to ship to.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: This is a FUNDRAISER! It is not a flea market.

VERY IMPORTANT: All bids/sales are final. There are NO RETURNS and NO REFUNDS (even if the postal service fails to deliver your package for any reason).

In case of duplicate high bids, the earliest time-stamped bid will prevail.

Deb Wills will be the final arbiter of any and all disputes. All decisions are final. Please remember this is a fundraiser! By bidding you agree to all the rules and any rule not covered will be determined by Deb Wills as the final word.

Thanks everyone - now let's raise some money!!!!

October 12, 2015

Auction #5 Disney Parks and Resorts Buttons

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Please note the auctions will now be live for 48 hours only.

AUCTION ENDS: Wednesday, October 14, 2105 at noon Eastern Time. (In other words, when it’s noon in Orlando, Fla.)

As a 29-year Breast Cancer survivor, I want to do all I can to raise funds and awareness in the fight against Breast Cancer. To demonstrate my commitment to this cause, I am auctioning items from my personal collection as a way to aid my fundraising efforts. Each entire final bid price goes directly to Deb's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer! I pay shipping to U.S. addresses only. Since 2001, together we have raised over $675,000!

Auction # 5 – Disney Parks and Resorts Button Lot of 20
One bid for everything listed here!
( For complete rules scroll down.)

FINAL BID: $100 Thank You Robert!!

Bid increments must be $10.00 or more.

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ITEM DESCRIPTION: 20 Disney Parks and Resorts Buttons

1) Happy 27th Birthday WDW - Fantasmic
2) Disney's Animal Kingdom Opening Day April 22, 1998
3) Disney Vacation Club Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
4) Happy 29th Birthday WDW - Mickey and Minnie
5) The Living Seas - Seabase Alpha Epcot Center
6) It was just Grand 1900 Park Fare - Mickey and Minnie
7) Happy 22nd Birthday - Mickey and a Steamboat Willie Shadow
8) Lilo and Stitch Aloha Breakfast Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
9) Wanyama Safari (Animal Kingdom Lodge)
10) Conservation Station Walt Disney Imagineering Disney's Animal Kingdom April 22, 1998
11) Conservation Hero Animal Kingdom Lodge
12) Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas Opening Fall 2011 - Mickey Surfing
13) Aulani Disney Vacation Club Villas Opening Fall 2011 - Logo
14) Happy 28th Birthday - Spaceship Earth 2000 Wand, Sorcerer Mickey
15) Captain EO
16) Happy 24th Birthday WDW Alien Encounter and Donald
17) Disney Cruise Line Magical Moments - Sailor Goofy
18) Breakfast in the Park with Minnie and Friends - Minnie Mouse
19) Happy 35th Birthday WDW Expedition Everest with Daisy, Donald, Minnie and Mickey
20) Happy 26th Birthday WDW Animal Kingdom Safari Jeep with Mickey, Pluto Donald and Goofy


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Questions? Please ask!

TO BID: You must click on the comment link and enter your full name and email address, as well as your bid amount in the comments box. (NOTE: Your email address will NOT show up online.) I will approve the comments so you can see what the current bid is. Once a few bids have been made, only the current high bid will be visible.

By bidding you agree to all rules set forth below!!!! Please read carefully BEFORE you bid!


AUCTION RULES:

1. Each auction will be posted in its own blog. The auction may contain a single item or it may be a grouping, or lot, of several related items up for bid. In cases of a group or lot, one bid is for the entire group/lot. Each auction will have a number.

2a. To bid, you must click on the comment link and enter your full name and email address, as well as your bid amount in the comments box. (NOTE: Your email address will NOT show up online.) I will approve the comments so you can see what the current bid is. Once a few bids have been made, only the current high bid will be visible.

2b. You may bid more than once if you decide to increase your current bid or if you've been outbid and wish to bid higher.

3. Each auction will have a definite end time and date. No comments/bids will be accepted after that time. All times stated will be Eastern Time so the auction is running on Orlando, Fla., time.

4. If you have questions about the item, chances are others do, too. Just pose your question as a comment.

5. The winning bidder will be notified via email with details about how to make the donation to my online Avon Walk account. The winning bidder will have 36 hours to respond to the winner email confirmation and make the online donation. Should the online donation not be made within 36 hours of the auction close, the bid will be considered abandoned and the second-highest bidder will be offered the item at the highest bid price. If that person does not respond within 36 hours or declines, the item will go back in the "bin" for a future auction.

6. SHIPPING: Each item will be shipped by U.S. mail to U.S. addresses only. I pay shipping costs!!!!!!!

If you live OUTSIDE the U.S. and wish to bid, you must have a U.S. address for me to ship to.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: This is a FUNDRAISER! It is not a flea market.

VERY IMPORTANT: All bids/sales are final. There are NO RETURNS and NO REFUNDS (even if the postal service fails to deliver your package for any reason).

In case of duplicate high bids, the earliest time-stamped bid will prevail.

Deb Wills will be the final arbiter of any and all disputes. All decisions are final. Please remember this is a fundraiser! By bidding you agree to all the rules and any rule not covered will be determined by Deb Wills as the final word.

Thanks everyone - now let's raise some money!!!!

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