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December 10, 2009

December Disney Doings

Deb Wills has been on a Disney cruise the last few days, and will spend the next few visiting Walt Disney World. She's been sharing some photos via Twitter as she travels, but for those of you who don't follow Twitter, we thought you might like to see what she's been getting up to -- so we've put her photos in her blog.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Port Canaveral Comes into View
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Port is all decked out
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Matt and Marissa check in at Port
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The Walt Suite @mouseworldradio
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The Roy Disney Suite on the Disney Wonder
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Sun is starting to peek thru the clouds at the Port
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@09reunion Mousefan Travel cabin gift
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getting ready for safety drill on the Disney Wonder.
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Sail Away Party
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Final breakfast on the Wonder
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Bye Bye Disney Wonder
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back in the "World"
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Ft Wilderness Cabin bedroom with bunk beds
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Ft. Wilderness Campsites are very decorated!!!
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Ft. Wilderness Management Team at Mickey's Backyard BBQ
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Hoop dee Doo dinner show!
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Boardwalk Lobby holiday decorations
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Breakfast at Kouzina at the Boardwalk!
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Yummy Kouzzina Breakfast Vegetable flatbread and BlueberryOrangeGranola Pancakes
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Grey cool day at Epcot
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Kaki-Gori meet with hosts @mikescopa @dinkybean (Masayo)
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Checkin for WDWtoday @09reunion event at American Adventure
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Relaxing reception at American Adventure WDWToday podcast
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Live WDWToday.com podcast from the American Adventure.
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Reception room 2nd Fl at Great American Podcast
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View of Epcot from 2nd floor American Adventure
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Live WDWToday.com Podcast in American Adventure
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A very special evening celebrating life at Disney!
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Enjoying a view of the Contemporary from Bay Lake Tower
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sometimes you just have to do room service! Disney's Boardwalk
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AllEars Jack Spence and Linda at Animal Kingdom
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Waiting to Enter Animal Kingdom
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Steve Barrett at AllEars Meet and Great
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Roseate spoonbill at Animal Kingdom
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Wonderful dinner as always at Flying Fish! Bob - awesome server!
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Sunday, December 13, 2009


Julia and Erwin also won $10 Disney Dollars for wearing their AllEars hats in the parks!
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Fonda and Bruce won $10 Disney Dollars for being spotted wearing AllEars hat and lanyard in Epcot today!
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Playing Kim Possible and saving the world!
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Epcot's World Showcase
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Beautiful afternoon in Epcot
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Mexico Attraction T-shirt
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Joyful gospel -- D'Vine Voices at Epcot -- Outstanding!
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Fred starts the Club Cool Meet NOW!
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@zannaland and @allearsdeb at Epcot Club Cool AllEars Meet
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Fred and AllEars friends at Club Cool meet toasting with Beverly
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Santa loves the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
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December 19, 2009

Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season featuring D’Vine Voices

Joyful! returns to Epcot for the 2010 Holiday Season.

This blog is from a 2009 performance!

D'Vine Voices
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New to Epcot's Holidays Around the World in 2009 is D'Vine Voices who perform four times daily on the Future World Fountain Stage. D'Vine Voices is comprised of 16 artists and musicians (12 vocalists, 4 musicians - drums, bass, 2 keyboard). Some are native Central Floridians; others are transplants from across the USA and the world. Today, they all call Central Florida home. Not all members performed together before, but they came together as D'vine Voices for this engagement.

Do not miss this energetic inspirational group! They are sure to have you clapping, humming and dancing as their performance unfolds.

The versatile ensemble, led by DaVonda Simmons, was inspired by choir rehearsals at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville. They combine the sounds of Jazz, R&B and urban music into holiday song!

Each 25 minute show is a bit different and their repertoire includes arrangements of standards such as "Hark! The Herald Angels", "Silent Night", and "Go Tell It on the Mountain", contemporary holiday gospel songs such as "Joyful, Joyful" and "Season of Joy", and secular holiday favorites such as "This Christmas" and "That's What Christmas Means to Me".

D'Vine Voices

D'Vine Voices

D'Vine Voices

D'Vine Voices

D'Vine Voices

D'Vine Voices

D'Vine Voices

D'Vine Voices

D'Vine Voices

D'Vine Voices

D'Vine Voices

D'Vine Voices

D'Vine Voices



Some of these talented singers may look familiar to you as they have performed in Central Florida and at Walt Disney World in the past:

DaVonda Simmons (Founder/Director) - Ms. Simmons has been seen in Orlando at Downtown Disney's Pleasure Island Jazz Company, Sea World, The Blue Zoo, City Jazz at Universal Studios, and the Blue Martini in Tampa, Florida.

Meka King - Meka has also performed at several Central Florida Theme Parks: Walt Disney World (Lion King), Universal Studios Florida (Blues Brothers), Sea World (Miracles) and Cirque Du Soleil (La Nouba).

Van Dobbins III has performed as "Nakawa" in Disney's Festival of the Lion at Disney World.

Robert Wawoe is also employed by the Walt Disney Company as cast member, and has performed with American VYBE, Tarzan Rocks, Tomorrowland Countdown, Mainstreet Philharmonic and Epcot's Mo'Rockin.

Happy Holidays from Everyone at AllEars.net!


Here are some pics of the team as they recorded the Holiday Video!

Cameraman Lee Zimmerman
AllEars Holiday Video - Lee Zimmerman

Mike Scopa
AllEars Holiday Video - Mike Scopa

Jack Spence and Jack Marshall

AllEars Holiday Video - Jack Spence and Jack Marshall


Laura Gilbreath

AllEars Holiday Video - Laura Gilbreath

Erin Blackwell
AllEars Holiday Video - Erin Blackwell


Mike Bachand
AllEars Holiday Video - Mike Bachand

Barrie Brewer
AllEars Holiday Video - Barrie Brewer

Linda Eckwerth
AllEars Holiday Video - Linda Eckwerth

Michelle Scribner-MacLean
AllEars Holiday Video - Michelle Scribner-MacLean

Steve Barrett
AllEars Holiday Video - Steve Barrett

Fred Block
AllEars Holiday Video - Fred Block

Deb Wills
AllEars Holiday Video - Deb Wills

Lee Zimmerman
AllEars Holiday Video - Lee Zimmerman

And photos of AllEars Team Members that were unable to record a segment:

Scott Thomas

AllEars Team - Scott Thomas

Lisa Berton

AllEars Team - Lisa Berton

Gloria Konsler

AllEars Team - Glo Konsler

Cathy Bock

AllEars Team - Cathy Bock

December 23, 2009

Special "Dream" Opportunity Winners!

On November 16th, All Ears announced the FOURTH ANNUAL IllumiNations Party Ticket Giveaway for 10 lucky folks!! To make it more than just a "send us your name" opportunity we ask you to submit a short writeup. This year we asked, "In 30 words or less, tell me why you would like to be my guest at this special IllumiNations party."

This annual event is one way for me to say thank you to many folks that are part of the global "All Ears" family" including members of the AllEars team, some of the AllEars Advertisers, close friends of AllEars, winners of charity auctions and also folks who "won" the free tickets! Each person selected in the giveaway announced Nov 16th was given 2 tickets to the event (list of winners below).

Please send me an email if you are in one of these photos and I didn't include your name!

The evening began by everyone checking in at the Italy pavillion area and receiving a special event souvenir credential.

Special Illuminations Credential

Lynette and Catherine Huey won tickets via the MagicMeets July 2009 Auction for Make a Wish:

Lynette and Catherine  Huey


Linda Cobb, AllEars Advertiser Shontell Crawford (DVCbyResale.com) and Vickie Barrett

Linda Cobb, AllEars Advertiser Shontell Crawford (DVCbyResale.com) and Vickie Barrett

We went to our special viewing area at the Italy Isola where desserts were a plenty!

Italy Illuminations Dessert Party

Italy Illuminations Dessert Party

Italy Illuminations Dessert Party

Italy Illuminations Dessert Party


Italy Illuminations Dessert Party

James and Linda Dezern

James and Linda Dezern

All Ears team members Mike Scopa and Fred Block

Mike Scopa and Fred Block

Brian Thompson, Justin Muchoney (former Disney Chief Magical Official) and Deb

Brian Thompson, Justin Muchoney (former Disney Chief Magical Official) and Deb

Buddy and Michelle Carter
Buddy and Michelle Carter

AllEars team members Mike Scopa, Michelle Scribner-MacLean and Jack Marshall
Mike Scopa, Michelle Scribner-MacLean and Jack Marshall

Soon it was time for a special showing of Illuminations with the holiday tag:

Illuminations

Illuminations

But wait, there is MORE!

Illuminations

Time for some extra extra magic -- times TWO!

Who is that Deb's talking to, hasn't the park closed????

Deb and Cast Member

WOW! Look where we are!

Test Track

Extra Magic #1 - Everyone gets a ride on Test Track - no waiting!!!!!

On the December 2009 WDWToday Live Podcast, I offered up a pair of tickets to this event for auction with funds going directly to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Rob and Renee Woods submitted the winning bid ($200) and the person in 2nd place was willing to match that amount so Jeff and Larry Chaney also won tickets.

They got to ride with Deb in the first Test Track car of the night!!!!!

Row 1: Larry Chaney, Rob and Renee Woods
Row 2: Jeff Chaney, Deb and Sara Moore (AllStar Vacation Homes)

Test Track Deb and Friends

AllEars Ticket Winners:

Row 1: Steve and Lisa Pantano
Row 2: Richard Wheatcroft and Diana Fellowes


Steve and Lisa Pantano, Richard Wheatcroft and Diana Fellows


After everyone had a chance to ride Test Track we were directed away from the regular ride exit and down a hallway. What's going on?

WAIT there is STILL MORE Magic to Come !!!

Oh My Gosh!!!

Oh My Gosh!!!


Oh my gosh -- look who it is....

Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse

Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse in the GM VIP Lounge of Test Track!!!

Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse


For the next half hour, everyone got to enjoy the private VIP Lounge at Test Track and a very very unique photo op with Race Car Driver Mickey! A couple of the cast members said they'd never seen Mickey in that outfit before!

Scroll down for photos of folks with Mickey. We weren't able to get everyone's photo but for those we did get, let me know if you'd like a higher res (640 or larger image).


The AllEars team gets to enjoy a photo op with Mickey!

AllEars Team

A VERY special thank you to the folks at MEI and MouseFanTravel for the coordination and logistics of making this special event happen! Here's a photo of Colleen, Annette, Mickey and Beci.

MouseFanTravel Colleen, Annette, Beci and Mickey


Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse

Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse

Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse

Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse

Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse

Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse


Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse


Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse

Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse


Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse


Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse


Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse


Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse


Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse


Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse


Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse Race Car Driver Mickey Mouse

Here's a list of the 13 "winners" (we added 3 more pairs of tickets to the original amount):

Margie Mason and Guest
Matthew Evans and Stacy Patterson
Steve and Lisa Pantano
Richard Wheatcroft and Diana Fellowes
Jeffrey and Erika Heller (Jeffrey just returned from serving in Iraq)
Bill and Robin Pappas (Bill just returned home from Iraq)
Gwen and Leland Wilcox
Ron and Debbie Wills
Phyllis and John Fedele
Terri Daugherty and Andrea Dodd
Steven Bassett and Bonny Batty
John and Laura Thompson
Penny and Robert Bowman

Hope everyone had a magical time! See you REAL soon!

December 28, 2009

All Ears Meet and Greet Harambe Fort

AllEars Meet and Greet
December 12, 2009

We'd like to thank everyone who attended the AllEars Meet and Greet on Saturday, December 12th. In addition to the opportunity to meet many of the AllEars team members, Steve Barrett organized a Hidden Disney Image Hunt as well.

AllEars members in attendance: Deb Wills, Linda Eckwerth, Erin Blackwell, Jack Marshall, Laura Gilbreath, Lee Zimmerman, Steve Barrett, Mike Bachand, Michelle Scribner-MacLean, Fred Block, Mike Scopa, Barrie Brewer, and Jack Spence.

Here are photos from the meet. Again, we thank everyone who visited with us and for all your kind words about AllEars. Happy Holidays!

AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet


AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet


AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet


AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet


AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet


AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet


AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet


AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet


AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet


AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet


AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

AllEars Animal Kingdom Meet and Greet

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