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September 15, 2011

What's Next for AllEars.Net and Disney World

It's September, the kids are back in school, the hurricanes have hopefully left for another year and now we are entering the fall/winter season at Walt Disney World.

There is lots going on at the parks and surrounding areas in the coming months. It's a big time for the Disney and AllEars®.

Next on the agenda is the Press Event at the newest Disney Vacation Club resort, Aulani. Our west coast blogger Laura Gilbreath will be headed to Aulani next week and will share photos and and her thoughts about the resort. If you want a sneak peak, Jennifer B just concluded a 3-part blog about her visit to the resort!

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The first weekend in October will be a busy one at Walt Disney World. The Magic Kingdom celebrates 40 Magical Years; it's the start of Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival and time for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon! We have a group of Team AllEars® runners who will be participating, some of whom just ran the half marathon in Disneyland!

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Deb Koma and I will be in town reporting on these events. We'll spend a fair amount of time experiencing the Food and Wine Festival -- from the First Bites Reception, to Culinary Demonstrations to Wine Seminars, to World Showplace food booths. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook and these blogs sharing our experiences with you.

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On October 7th and 8th, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin will hold their 2nd annual Food and Wine Classic . I'll be there covering those events too! You can read my report from last year!

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After that, we return home to put the final touches on our December to Remember 15th Anniversary Weekend that takes place December 8-11 at Walt Disney World! We have a wide variety of events from meet and greets in the parks, to a tour of a Kidani Village Grand Villa to a special time with Disney Artist Don "Ducky" Williams. Some events have tickets remaining so be sure to check out our schedule!

All that being said, I'll be a bit quiet for the next week or so. I'm headed on a cruise (don't tell on me, but it's not Disney) and plan to get some good old R and R. I've got at least one blog scheduled while I'm gone and I know I've left the websites in very capable hands.

Thanks for reading!

Catch you on the flip side :)

September 23, 2011

Big Thunder Mountain Celebrates 31 Years

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad became the second mountain and the 46th attraction of the Magic Kingdom, September 1980! It opened on September 23, 1980 and celebrated its Grand Opening on November 15, 1980.

It took 10 years to plan, tons of steel and concrete to build the attraction:

1,300,000 pounds of steel beams, rods and mesh
9,350,000 pounds of cement and sand
560,000 pints of water
64,000 cups of dessert paint in assorted colors
2,780 feet of railroad tracks
6 gold rush trains
2 acres of land!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opened in Disneyland in September 1979.

It can also be found at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.

For more information on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad visit:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Blog

September 30, 2011

New AllEars Trading Cards for the Magic Kingdom's 40th!

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On May 13, 2010, AllEars® began publishing special Trading Cards. These unique cards are not for sale and may only be obtained directly from an AllEars® Team Member or by trading with other Disney fans.

These two-sided high-gloss cards measure 2 3/4" by 3 1/4" and feature different aspects of our favorite vacation destinations. Special Series trading cards include the Fan Meets, Photography, Transportation, Animals, Holidays and more to be announced. You can learn more about the trading cards on our website.

More than 39 cards have currently been released and more cards will be released throughout the year.

Our 2 newest cards debut today, September 30th, at the AllEars Meet and Greet at the Walt Disney World Dolphin's Picabu eatery!

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We will also be handing out previously released cards honoring early Walt Disney World attractions as well as Halloween!

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Be sure to get one of our AllEars® 15th Anniversary Celebration trading cards too!

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Both Deb Koma and Jack Marshall are in town this weekend and they have their own brand new trading cards too! Be sure to ask them for one!

Cards are not available through the mail. although a limited number of card may be offered as part of a charity auction from time to time.

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

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The 2011 Epcot International Food and Wine festival officially opened today. Deb Koma and I are here to attend events and dine at the food booths and bring you the latest coverage.

Since we were at the First Bites reception last night, I got a chance to look around at some of this year's merchandise. Lots of fun stuff, some new, some repeats of years past - but all sporting this year's logo.


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise


2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

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About September 2011

This page contains all entries posted to Deb's Digest in September 2011. They are listed from oldest to newest.

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