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December 1, 2008

Winners Announced!! Special "Dream" Opportunity for 10 Lucky Readers

Last week I announced the 3rd Annual IllumiNations Party Ticket Giveaway!

Over 300 persons entered the contest. It was VERY hard to select the final 10 winners. I only wish I had more tickets available.

Below is a list of all the winners. Each was notified via email Sunday, 11/30/08. All winners must RSVP back to me by midnight Tuesday, 12/2/08 to claim their tickets.

Congrats to the following persons:

Kristin Harmon and Stephanie Derga
Lisa and Ben Huffman
Danny and Michelle Bishop
Kathy Jones and Vickie Free
Randy Katz and Shane Faullin
Gale and Sam Bell
Michelle Andriani
Bree Elms
Sharyn Snell-Rudy
Joanne


Thanks to everyone that entered the giveaway!!! May your holidays be safe and warm :)

Deb

December 5, 2008

Pre-MouseFest Day 1

And so it begins.

Thursday Evening 12/4

I'm sitting in BWI waiting to board my SW flight to Orlando. The flight is really full, only a handful of empty seats. I really like that SW has enchanced their waiting area with big comfy chairs and lots of electric outlets. Right now my phone is charging and my laptop is plugged in.

Each year when MouseFest begins, I wonder what it will hold in store for me. This year I am fortunate to be combing several opportunities with MouseFest actvities. I'll be hitting the ground running, as they say. With lots of plans before I head to the Port on Sunday.

Tonight I'll be in the Dolphin. I really enjoy the resort, plus it has one of my favortite places for breakfast, FRESH Market. It's an all you can eat with foods made fresh to order. If you are into organic juices, it features several of those. My favorites are the made to order omlets and applewood smoked bacon. Oh, and did I mention they serve Starbucks coffee?

Friday Morning, 12/5

First, Happy Birthday Walt!!! Thank you for all the magic you have given so many!

I woke up bright and early to catch up on mail and get ready for the first meeting of the day. I must have been upgraded at check in because I have a huge room with an awesome view. I just got my luggage in the room last night when the Fireworks were going off in the Magic Kingdom. How cool!!! Plus the room is huge. Too bad I am only here one night!


Walt Disney World Dolphin

Walt Disney World Dolphin


I had to go to the lobby and get some photographs of the magnificant tree.

Walt Disney World Dolphin

Walt Disney World Dolphin


Plus there is a neat Holiday Tropical backdrop for a super photo op just off the lobby!

Walt Disney World Dolphin

Breakfast at Fresh was awesome as always. Hello to Server Debra!

I was able to get a one hour late checkout so I'll leave here at noon. I will head over to the Beach Club Villas. They will become my home away from home for pre and post MouseFest cruise accomodations.

This afternoon, I will meet up with Disney Vacation Club Representatives to start a day and a half "Hard Hat" tour of the new resorts. I am very excited and can't wait to see all the progress. No photos are allowed inside the "hard hat" areas however that will just give my eyes more time to focus on everything.

Gotta sign off now. Till later.

Deb

December 6, 2008

Pre-MouseFest Day 2

I moved my things over to the Beach Club (Thank you Dolphin Cast Members) and checked in; however my room wasn't ready. I had about an hour before our group was to meet up so I wandered the hotel.

I spotted the Beach Club's main man, Art the Greeter, or Admiral Art. This man has been at the Beach Club greeting guests for as long as I can remember. He is an absolute delight and joy to talk with. Art had been very sick a while back and he thanked me and said to thank all his online friends for all their thoughts and prayers. Talking about it, he had tears in his eyes, and so did I.


Art Beach Club

The resort is all decked out for the holidays including an amazing chocolate gingerbread carousel complete with it's own Hidden Mickeys!

Beach Club

Beach Club

And the Beach Club Marketplace was selling all kinds of edible and non-edible holiday goodies.

 Beach Club

 Beach Club

There are several Hidden Mickey in the Beach Club Villas public area including in this artwork.

 Beach Club

Our group gathers and it turns out to be very small, which is quite nice. Kristen our DVC rep takes us on an amazing afternoon.

We had lunch at the Turf Club at Saratoga Springs. Their Caesar Salad with Chicken is my favorite lunch item. Everyone really enjoyed what they had as the plates were totally cleaned.

We went to the visitors center and met with DVC Guide Chris. He took us through the presentation that visitors receive to learn all about DVC.

We then toured the Models for Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani and the Bay Lake Towers; studios and one bedroom for each. I really love the Bay Lake Tower One Bedroom. The studio has a very querky aspect because the bathroom sink is located in the same small area as the kitchenette, mearly feet separate them. Very odd indeed.

Animal Kingdom Model

 Bay Lake Tower Model

From here we drove over to the newest phase of Saratoga Springs, the Tree House Villas. We were joined by 2 Imagineers working on the project. Todd Thomasson Senior Construction Manager and Cathy Carver, who had designed the Castle Suite and I had met previously.

Photos were not allowed on the tour as we were backstage and in a hard hat area, but I was able to have a photo with Todd and Cathy at the end of our tour.

 Todd Cathy and Deb

I have lots of info to share on the Treehouse villas which I will do after my trip. There are 60 units, 4 of which are ADA accessable. Each one is identical and they are modular construction. We were able to walk most of the grounds and actually went into 2 of the units. No furniture is in place yet, but I can tell you there are Hidden Mickeys in the Treehouse! Each one has a lovely deck which I imagine will be awesome to sit out on.

After our great tour we went back to the Beach Club Villas for about a 90 minute break. Much as I wanted to nap, there was hardly any time. My room was ready so I spent most of my time getting situated in the villa. I have a wonderfujl view of Spaceship Earth from my balcony!

 Beach Club Villa


We regathered in the lobby at 7:30 for our dinner at California Grill. We were in a private room (something new for me) and were joined by several other DVC Marketing Cast Members. It was a lovely evening capped off with a view of Holiday Wishes from the exterior walkway!

Magic Kingdom Castle

Back in the room after 10pm and went right to sleep!

Today is another full day including hard hat tours of the Kidani Village as well as Bay Lake Towers.

December 7, 2008

Walt Disney World Mom's Panel 2009

I had the pleasure of meeting the 2009 Mom's Panel this morning. The 16 new Moms come from a variety of backgrounds and include a grandmother, a mom from Canada, one from the UK and a Disney Dad. This is the 2nd year for the Moms panel program.

Everyone was excited, enthusiastic, and even a tad nervous as they begin to embark on a year long adventure.

In addition to speaking to the new moms, I had the opportunity to speak to two of the original moms who are continuing with the program. Laura has joined the Media Relations group and her project for the year will be the mom's panel. And Kim will be answering Disney Cruise Line questions.

Here are some photos from this morning.

Mom's Panel 2009

Mom's Panel 2009

Mom's Panel 2009

Mom's Panel 2009

Mom's Panel 2009

Mom's Panel 2009

Mom's Panel 2009

December 9, 2008

MouseFest Cruise Day 1

Greetings!

I am writing you this morning as the Disney Wonder pulls into Castaway Cay. It's a warm day, slight breeze and mostly cloudy. The clouds are supposed to burn off as the sun gets going so it looks like a beautiful day on the island.

There will be a MouseFest Parasailing Adventure at 10am!

As usual, there is so much going on that it's hard to find time to blog.

However, here are some photos highlighting Sunday, embarkation day!

Lots of folks gathered in the Port for the initial meet and greet. It was awesome to see so many smiling faces.

There is a new boarding procedure due to the collapse of the gangway last week. Photographs are being taken inside the port.

You walk through the Mickey Ears and then head right down the escalator into the baggage claim area and then onto the ship via Deck 1. The crew is very organized and there are crew members manning the elevators to take you to Deck 3 and the attrium for your "normal" ship arrival.

Lunch at Parrot Cay then to our staterooms.

First MouseFest event was a tour of the Roy Disney Suite.


MouseFest Cruise

Lots of folks came through and enjoyed seeing the cabin.

MouseFest Cruise

The sailaway party is always great fun! We gathered on Deck 10 port side to watch the festivities from above. Well, some of us did, the first photo is Fred Block in the midst of the crowd at stage level.


MouseFest Cruise

MouseFest Cruise

MouseFest Cruise

MouseFest Cruise

MouseFest Cruise

Back in the cabin to unpack and get ready for dinner. Here is the sunset as we left Florida.

MouseFest Cruise

December 10, 2008

MouseFest Cruise Day 2

Monday, Nassau Day.

The morning started with a very special breakfast in the Roy Disney Suite. During the Summer Magic Meets, there was a silent auction to raise money for Lou Mongello's Make a Wish charity. One of the things I auctioned was breakfast with me in the Roy Disney Suite on the MouseFest Cruise. The winner was Terry!

Terry and her guest Stephanie were treated to a hot breakfast, served by me, in the Roy Suite.


MouseFest Cruise

MouseFest Cruise

MouseFest Cruise

MouseFest Cruise

Soon we were pulling into Nassau for what was a beautiful weather day.

MouseFest Cruise

At 3pm, Matt Hochberg of the WDWToday Podcast, recorded a show called asked the Disney Cruise Expert. Beci Mahnken, Annette Owens, Dave Marx and myself answered questions from the audience and those Matt had prepared.

MouseFest Cruise

From there, some of us went to the Disney Vacation Club Members Meeting and Masayo won a very cool Beach Blanket.

MouseFest Cruise

Later in the evening we had a Lounging Meet.

MouseFest Cruise

MouseFest Cruise

MouseFest Cruise

From there we went to Palo for dinner. First we saw Masayo and Maky leaving.

MouseFest Cruise

Linda and I had a wonderful dinner accompanied by an amazing wine (Thanks John).

Soon it would be Castaway Cay day.

December 16, 2008

MouseFest Cruise Day 3 - Part One

Tuesday, December 9th.

Today was "supposed" to be Castaway Cay Day. We got up early knowing that we needed to be at Marge's Barges for Parasailing about 9:45am.

Well, it seems that the weather had a whole different idea for us. Captain John attempted not once, but twice to get us docked at Castaway Cay. Unfortunately, the currents and winds were not at all favorable. So, about 9:45am, he decided we would spend the day at sea and tomorrow (Wednesday) we would try again to dock at Castaway Cay.

If we weren't on a group cruise this wouldn't have made much of a difference at all to us. However since it was the MouseFest cruise, the change would impact a few of the planned MouseFest events on the schedule.

Beci and Annette (MouseFanTravel) were on the phone with their contacts figuring out what would be happening. There was an announcement that all Palo Brunch ressies would be accepted at the booking time. However, there was very little time for folks to make the early ressies. Finally, it was decided to reschedule the brunches with a delay so folks (and I'm sure the kitchen) could get ready.

MouseFanTravel had reserved the Palo Private dining room and I hosted 14 random ticket winners! Despite the room being on the warm side, we had an amazing brunch and great conversations!

MouseFest Cruise Palo Brunch

After brunch, Linda and I delivered the next round of AllEars goodies to everyone's cabins. I also checked out the remaining doors I hadn't seen, for the Door Decorating Contest.

Very soon, it was time for our early evening event: the Pirate Costume Contest, the Cabin Door Contest Winner announcements and Pirate night!

First, our Pirate Costume Contest. Lucas won for best "Kid's Costume". He's shown below with his prize, a small poster of the Castaway Cay Pirate Ship, the Flying Dutchman.

MouseFest Cruise Pirates

Kathy and Tim Love won best "Family" costume. They also won the Castaway Cay Pirate Ship, the Flying Dutchman poster.

MouseFest Cruise Pirates

We had 3 winners for the individual pirate costume contest, Lisa, Marissa and Janice. He won a Pirates of the Caribbean "gold" Pocket Watch.

MouseFest Cruise Pirates

Stay tuned for Part 2!

December 17, 2008

MouseFest Cruise Day 3 Part Two

After the Pirate Costume Contest (see yesterday's blog), we announced the Cabin Door Decorating Contest winners.

Jennifer Marx and I visited all the registered cabins and then huddled together to decide on the winners. We selected the five best cabin doors and then decided on one Grand Prize winner. Folks in the final five were given PassPorter Guide Books!

This year's Cabin Door Winner was Janice, Cabin 6586. She made a very creative door entitled " Friendships are Treasures". If you lifted up the treasure chest lid, there were photos of many MouseFest friends!

MouseFest Cruise Cabin Door Winners

MouseFest Cruise Cabin Door Winners

MouseFest Cruise Cabin Door Winners

Other finalists included:

Cabin 2064, Don Duck

MouseFest Cruise Cabin Door Winners

Cabin 2592, Dawn and Rob

MouseFest Cruise Cabin Door Winners

MouseFest Cruise Cabin Door Winners

Cabin 6600, Tim and Kathy, who brought magnets and decor from all their previous MouseFest cruises!

MouseFest Cruise Cabin Door Winners

MouseFest Cruise Cabin Door Winners

And Cabin 7604, Brian and Laura

MouseFest Cruise Cabin Door Winners

MouseFest Cruise Cabin Door Winners


From here, many folks went to the Promenade Lounge for relaxing time before dinner. Then it was time for our Pirates of the Caribbean Dinner. It's a festive dinner with fun music, dancing and special "Pirate Menus". Later in the evening a Pirate Show with fireworks takes place on the outer decks. There is also a special food buffet (in case you haven't had enough to eat yet).

MouseFest Cruise Pirate Night

MouseFest Cruise Pirate Night

MouseFest Cruise Pirate Night

MouseFest Cruise Pirate Night

MouseFest Cruise Pirate Night

Another great day on the Disney Wonder comes to an end.

December 18, 2008

MouseFest Cruise Day Four Part 1

Wednesday, December 10th.

Instead of today being a relaxing sea day, we were at Castaway Cay (to make up for not being able to dock yesterday).

Here's a view of the Flying Dutchman from our cabin.

Castaway Cay


The day started early with the 3rd Annual Walk, Stroll, Roll the Deck to Fight Breast Cancer. Each year, MouseFanTravel.com provides a portion of the proceeds of their October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) sales to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. In addition, $5 per person (max 30) who join us for the Annual Stroll is also donated!

For some unknown reason, it seems that Deb can't quite get up in time to make the walk. She sends her dear friend Ms. Dee Vah in her place. A number of folks who strolled this year were new, so Ms. Vah introduced herself.

MouseFest Walk, Stroll, Roll to Fight Breast Cancer

Beci Mahnken, President of MouseFanTravel, then presented Ms. Vah with a check for $1,600 to be donated to Deb's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Fundraiser!

MouseFest Walk, Stroll, Roll to Fight Breast Cancer

After the presentation, a group photo was taken.

MouseFest Walk, Stroll, Roll to Fight Breast Cancer

The group then strolled around Deck 10!

MouseFest Walk, Stroll, Roll to Fight Breast Cancer


MouseFest Walk, Stroll, Roll to Fight Breast Cancer

Ms. Vah was available for individual photos after the stroll.

MouseFest Walk, Stroll, Roll to Fight Breast Cancer


MouseFest Walk, Stroll, Roll to Fight Breast Cancer


MouseFest Walk, Stroll, Roll to Fight Breast Cancer


MouseFest Walk, Stroll, Roll to Fight Breast Cancer


MouseFest Walk, Stroll, Roll to Fight Breast Cancer


MouseFest Walk, Stroll, Roll to Fight Breast Cancer

After the walk, folks returned to their cabins to prepare for a day on Castaway Cay.

As usual, it was decorated for the holidays. This year, instead of a snow family greeting everyone, there was a sand family.

MouseFest Castaway Cay

Here's LindaLou posing with Minnie in front of the Castaway Cay Post Office.

MouseFest Castaway Cay

The Annual MouseFest Parasailing Meet was 10am. We met at Marge's Barges excited about our adventure.

MouseFest Parasailing

MouseFest Parasailing

Safety instructions are given:

MouseFest Parasailing

14 of us boarded the boat!

MouseFest Parasailing

MouseFest Parasailing

MouseFest Parasailing

I had forgotten my camera so I have no photos of us parasailing. Hopefully others will be sharing.

The boat captain told us we would all have to parasail tandem (with someone else) because of the winds. So, without much delay, we all paired up. Due to the winds the boat pretty much stayed in one place except when a group was taking off. The winds and high seas caused a few folks to well, not feel so good.

Still, we all floated in the sky for a parasail experience and had a great time. The ride back to the ship was much like a Banana Boat Ride. We hit lots of waves and were totally soaked by the time we got to land. We all hooped and hollered and enjoyed the experience (what else were we to do?)

I quickly returned to the boat to dry off and shower!

MouseFest Welcome Home Cruise Sign

Tomorrow, Part 2 of the Final Day of MouseFest Cruising.

December 19, 2008

MouseFest Cruise Day Four - Part Two

As it has become the tradition, MouseFanTravel hosted a farewell party for all their group cruisers. The party was in Diversions where we were greated with a beautiful array of foods and a cool ice sculpture.

MouseFest Cruise Farewell Party

MouseFest Cruise Farewell Party

MouseFest Cruise Farewell Party

MouseFest Cruise Farewell Party

MouseFest Cruise Farewell Party

It was time to bid farewell to friends we met on the cruise. But, lo and behold, we had just gotten started when a special guest appeared!

MouseFest Cruise Farewell Party

MouseFest Cruise Farewell Party

MouseFest Cruise Farewell Party

MouseFest Cruise Farewell Party

MouseFest Cruise Farewell Party

MouseFest Cruise Farewell Party

MouseFest Cruise Farewell Party

MouseFest Cruise Farewell Party


As the party ended, the early diners went to their dinner and the late diners all scattered. We went to the room to finish packing so we could enjoy the evening.

After dinner we wandered up to Cove Cafe where Matt Hochberg of WDWToday Podcast was broadcasting live.

WDWToday Podcast

WDWToday Podcast

WDWToday Podcast

All too soon, the broadcast was over and it was time to call it a night and call it a cruise!

Another WONDERful MouseFest cruise had come to an end.

Stay tuned in the next blog for MouseFest LAND!

December 20, 2008

MouseFest Land Thursday, December 11, 2008

We arrived very early at Port Canaveral to a very dark and stormy looking day. Folks were talking about a day full of lots of rain and nasty storms. It wasn't looking too well for the first official day of MouseFest land.

Happy Limo took Linda and I to the Beach Club Villas for our Home Away from Home for the next few days. We dropped off our luggage and went over to the Dolphin to get our rental car. From there, back to the Beach Club, change clothes and head over to the Contemporary Resort for MouseFest 101 and the MouseFest Chairman's Kickoff.

This was the first time MouseFest took place in a WDW Convention hall and everyone was very excited.

MouseFest 101

Remember that rain I mentioned earlier? Well, unfortunately, many folks were soaked from the storms as they walked from the Magic Kingdom over to the Contemporary Convention Hall. Fortunately, the room was buzzing with excitement and everyone warmed up quickly as MouseFest 101 began!

Folks were lined up in the hallway and soon the doors opened!

MouseFest 101

MouseFest 101

Mike Scopa (AllEars) and Mark Goldhaber (MousePlanet) led MouseFest 101! Most of the folks in the audience were first time MouseFesters and the guys did a great job explaining how MouseFest began and how to get the most out of this year's event.

MouseFest 101

MouseFest 101

MouseFest 101 was followed by Dave Marx and the Chairman's Kickoff!

MouseFest 101

After returning to the Beach Club Villas and taking a short nap, it was time to join dear friends for dinner at Old Key West. It was a wonderful evening with great home cooking and lots of great conversation!

Next up, MouseFest Friday!

December 21, 2008

MouseFest Land Friday, December 12, 2008 Part 1

Friday is a 2-Park day for MouseFest beginning in Animal Kingdom and then blending into Disney's Hollywood Studios.

AllEars has had a traditional Kilimanjaro Safari Meet for many years. Last year, however, we had over 300 attendees and so decided we needed to do something different this year so as not to interfere with other park guests.

We decided to hold a Meet and Greet / Digital Photo Contest at Harambe Fort. This is a great outdoor area that is usually quiet in the morning. It's directly across from Tusker House and along side of Tamu Tamu. There are lots of tables and chairs which make it a good meet location.

Members of the AllEars team were on hand to great folks and hand out AllEars hats and buttons. Debbie Koma headed up a Digital Photo hunt which everyone seemed to really enjoy. Once you turned in your sheets, you got an AllEars zippered pouch - great for batteries, memory cards, just about anything small!

Debbie Koma, LindaLou and I met up in the Rainforest Cafe for a warm cup of coffee while we waited for the park to officially open.

All Ears Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

All Ears Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

All Ears Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

All Ears Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

All Ears Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

All Ears Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

From here LindaLou, Debbie Koma, Michelle and I went to the Brown Derby for lunch. At least, I "think" that's who was there.. things are already getting blurry about MouseFest. Oh, and Mike Scopa joined us near the end of our meal. It was very interesting as we looked around and also saw Fred Block and his family and Lou Mongello and friends. Wonder what other MouseFest folks were there?!

This afternoon's event was a party held by WDWToday.com Podcast celebrating their 500th Episode. This was an extra special event for me as the guys made my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer their fundraiser.

The private party was held in the Prop Shop at Disney's Hollywood Studios. A limited number of tickets were available for the event. In order to reserve a ticket, a donation was requested to support my Breast Cancer Walk.

WDW Today Podcast 500th Episode Celebration

WDW Today Podcast 500th Episode Celebration

WDW Today Podcast 500th Episode Celebration

WDW Today Podcast 500th Episode Celebration

WDW Today Podcast 500th Episode Celebration

WDW Today Podcast 500th Episode Celebration

WDW Today Podcast 500th Episode Celebration


Plus as an extra bonus, the Prop Shop was filled with all kinds of well, props and we enjoyed taking photos!

WDW Today Podcast 500th Episode Celebration

WDW Today Podcast 500th Episode Celebration

WDW Today Podcast 500th Episode Celebration

WDW Today Podcast 500th Episode Celebration

The 500th Episode of WDWToday was recorded at the event. It's online for you to listen to!

Thank you SO much Matt, Mike, Mike and Len and thank you everyone for your most generous donations of over $1,500!!!! I am overwhelmed by your generosity!!


WDW Today Podcast 500th Episode Celebration

WDW Today Podcast 500th Episode Celebration


But Wait!!!! There is more!! Everytime I've seen Matt he asks me if I've ridden Toy Story Mania yet. And each time, my answer has been no. I've been in Orlando lots since it opened but never at the Studios early enough to get a FastPass!

Well, Matt worked some very special magic for me (thank you special magic folks!) and presented me with FastPasses for Toy Story Mania!!! I was THRILLED!!! So Linda and I left the celebration a tad early and headed over to Toy Story Mania.

Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania

I was beating Linda all the way through (she always beats me on Buzz Lightyear) and thought perhaps my luck would hold! But, as usual, she managed to squeek by on the last section. However do notice that my accuracy was better LOL. What great fun!

Toy Story Mania

Thanks again for everyone for a most magical afternoon!

December 22, 2008

MouseFest Land Friday, December 12, 2008 Part 2

Friday night would be a special evening for the All Ears team. I finally got it together enough to plan a team dinner event. We met at the Gaylord Palms hotel at 6pm for a reception, followed by a very very yummy dinner!

All Ears Team Dinner at Gaylord Palms


All Ears Team Dinner at Gaylord Palms

All Ears Team Dinner at Gaylord Palms

All Ears Team Dinner at Gaylord Palms

From there, we ventured over to the frozen tundra called ICE! to experience the magic and wonder of these amazing ICE! creations.

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

ICE! at Gaylord Palms

I think it's safe to say a WONDERful, MAGICAL time was had by all. For those members of the team that weren't able to attend.. we missed you all!!!!

December 23, 2008

MouseFest Land Saturday, December 13, 2008

Saturday is Mega Mouse Meet day! It's the time when many of the Disney communities, podcasters, webmasters, authors and sponsors come together in one place at one time.

The AllEars team was up bright and early on Saturday morning. AllEars Photo Bloggers Scott, Barrie and Lisa had an early morning Photo Walk meet. Steve Barrett had an early morning Hidden Mickey meet.

The rest of the team gathered in the Beach Club Convention Center around 7:30am to set up the AllEars tables.

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

The doors opened promptly at 10:00am!

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears was very honored to have Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President, Operations at the Walt Disney World Resort at the AllEars.Net table during the MegaMouse Meet. Lee greeted many guests and signed his book: "Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney."

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

Here are more photos from the MegaMouse Meet:

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest

All Ears Team MegaMouseMeet MouseFest


Many many thanks to everyone who came by the AllEars table to chat. We enjoyed meeting so many of you and it's always good to hear you love AllEars!

Once the event was over, I had to hustle out to a meeting. I especially appreciated everyone on the team that stayed and made sure everything was packed up.

The rest of the afternoon is a blur now, but in the evening, Linda and I attended a very special meet hosted by Matt Hochberg of StudiosCentral.com - a Fantasmic Dessert Party! I had never attended one before and it was very nice! I enjoyed meeting many new folks at that event.

After Fantasmic was over, a group of us were back doored to the Tower of Terror for a private ride! This was absolutely awesome!!!!! Thanks Matt and MouseFanTravel for arranging this event!

Next up MouseFest Sunday!

December 24, 2008

MouseFest Land Sunday, December 14, 2008 Part 1

Ah, Sunday! This is my last day in Walt Disney World and for me MouseFest was winding down. Usually I am co-hosting an early morning Tonga Toast breakfast, but I decided not to do that this time. It was a real blessing as I got to sleep in for the first time in 2 weeks. Plus, we got all packed!!!!! YEA! That was a huge load lifted to help us really enjoy the day.

After a very relaxing and productive morning, we headed out for the Magic Kingdom. But first, we stopped by the Beach Club Marketplace and found out that there was a huge sale going on for Disney Holiday Merchandise. Not one to pass up a bargin, I found a cool Mickey and Minnie Holiday watch that cost just $15!

MouseFest

As we approached the Beach Club bus stop, the Magic Kingdom bus was just pulling in! Great timing!

City Hall had a sign out that there were still tickets available for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

MouseFest

Wandering the park, I ran into AllEars team members Mike Scopa and Michelle Scribner-MacLean.

MouseFest

Soon it was time for the Tagrel.com Capture the Magic Meet. I played this for the first time last year and had a blast. Basically, there are teams of 6 persons who have 90 minutes to go through the Magic Kingdom taking various photos to collect points. The team with the most points wins. The prize is bragging rights!!! And this is very coveted on the Tagrel boards LOL.

Team AllEars consisted of Lisa (who was the team photographer), Laura, Glo, Andrea, LindaLou and myself.

MouseFest

Of course, a certain amount of light hearted trash talk goes on between the teams before the official start!

MouseFest

MouseFest

MouseFest


MouseFest


MouseFest

MouseFest


The rules are being explained to us:

MouseFest

We begin to develop a strategy!

MouseFest

Soon it was time!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are just a few of the photos we "Captured" as we hustled around the Magic Kingdom.

Have a photo taken with a Character in Fantasyland.

MouseFest

Wear Mickey's Philharmagic glasses and play imaginerary musical instruments.

MouseFest

Engage 6 persons outside of your team (Guests and Cast Members) to do a Kick Line at the Country Bear Jamboree.

MouseFest

Pose with a character on Main Street. The funny thing here was the character made us all sing Jingle Bells before she would pose with us.

MouseFest

Get our photo taken with Sonny Eclipse.

MouseFest

There were MANY more photos, but I will spare you :)

All the teams reported back in 90 minutes and had to tally their scores. Then the judges tally the scores.

MouseFest

Soon, the winners are announced:

MouseFest

We were all still laughing so hard, I don't know which team won. Ok, I really do, but I"m not saying. I can tell you it wasn't US! Although we didn't do too badly as we were in the middle of the pack - not first, not last.

It was an incredibly fun event and everyone had an awesome time! Thank you Tagrel.com folks for organizing this great meet!

December 25, 2008

MouseFest Land Sunday, December 14, 2008 Part 2

Sunday evening had arrived and for us, it was the last part of MouseFest 2008. Linda and I enjoyed dinner at Flying Fish with friends and then headed over to Epcot.

As has become tradition, I hosted a special VIP IllumiNations Dessert Party which included some extra magic at the end. We gave away most of the tickets for the event. Some folks were Pixie Dusted during MouseFest. Others entered a random drawing for the tickets in late November.

Soarin' Over IllumiNations

Soarin' Over IllumiNations

Soarin' Over IllumiNations

Soarin' Over IllumiNations

Soarin' Over IllumiNations

Soarin' Over IllumiNations

Soarin' Over IllumiNations

Soarin' Over IllumiNations

Soarin' Over IllumiNations

Thanks to MouseFanTravel for organizing the event with Disney. Thanks to John Leary for the great artwork on the event badges!

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