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November 3, 2011

Grand Finale Event - December to Remember - Two Tickets Auction

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For the last several years, Deb has hosted a special IllumiNations party at Walt Disney World in December

Now YOU have a chance to get 2 tickets to this years SOLD OUT event!

The All Ears Grand Finale Celebration!

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AUCTION CONCLUDED - MANY thanks to DeborahS who bid $600 for the 2 tickets. You'll receive an email later today with details.

THANKS to everyone who participated in the auction.


The evening begins in a reserved location (just for us) to enjoy a special dessert party.
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We will enjoy IllumiNations with the Holiday ending and then wait -- there is a bit more magic in store for everyone!

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Here's a chance to get a pair of tickets to this Private Sold Out Event AND help a great cause. That's right - your entire winning bid amount will go to Deb's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer fundraiser! Keep reading and we'll tell you exactly how to bid.

The event takes place on Sunday December 11, 2011 at Epcot at approximately 8:30pm (Time subject to change).


The events will be accessible to the extent that the Walt Disney World location is accessible. Please indicate on your ticket request form if you are traveling in a wheelchair/ECV..

Theme park admission is required and the responsibility of the ticket holders. You must be 12 years of age or older to attend this event. All tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

The use of cameras, video or audio recording equipment will be determined on an event by event basis and in accordance with Disney guidelines.

AllEars® is not responsible for lost emails.

The purchase of a ticket covers ONLY the specific event. All other costs are the BUYERS' responsibility.

Ticket user assumes all risks of personal injury incidental to the event, whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to the event.

By bidding on this pair of tickets you acknowledge you agree to all terms of conditions of the ticket and event and agree to hold harmless RYI Enterprises, LLC and their officers, volunteers and staff. RYI Enterprises, LLC reserves the right to refuse any order at its discretion. Ticket holders release RYI Enterprises Inc, Orlando Attractions Magazine, MEI-Travel and the event sponsors and its affiliates of any and all liability.


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All Ears Grand Finale Event GOLD EVENT SPONSORS.

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ITEM DESCRIPTION: 2 Tickets (must be 18 years of age or older) to the Sold Out All Ears Grand Finale Celebration Event!

AUCTION ENDS: Saturday November 5th at NOON Eastern Time

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!

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AUCTION RULES:

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** 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 Saturday November 5th at NOON Eastern Time. No comments/bids will be accepted after that time. All times stated will be Eastern Time.

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

CoolClipsgavel.jpg ** 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. If that person does not respond within 36 hours or declines, the item will go back in the "bin" for a future auction.

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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.

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!

November 6, 2011

Sweet Bites and Street Lights - December to Remember - Two Tickets Auction

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Here is a chance for you to to get 2 tickets to this years SOLD OUT Sweet Bites and Street Lights event taking place December 9, 2011

FINAL BID: $510

THANK YOU and Congrats Ava Owens!!!!!

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Our evening begins with a dessert reception in the Art of Animation Building.

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Later we will be escorted to the theme park's Streets of America for an
EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE viewing of the Osborne Spectacle of Lights!
We will be the ONLY ones in the area -- NO Crowds!


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Here's a chance to get a pair of tickets to this Private Sold Out Event AND help a great cause. That's right - your entire winning bid amount will go to Deb's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer fundraiser! Keep reading and we'll tell you exactly how to bid.

The event takes place on Friday December 9, 2011 at Disney's Hollywood Studios at approximately 8:30pm (Time subject to change).


The events will be accessible to the extent that the Walt Disney World location is accessible. Please indicate on your ticket request form if you are traveling in a wheelchair/ECV..

Theme park admission is required and the responsibility of the ticket holders. All tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

The use of cameras, video or audio recording equipment will be determined on an event by event basis and in accordance with Disney guidelines.

AllEars® is not responsible for lost emails.

The purchase of a ticket covers ONLY the specific event. All other costs are the BUYERS' responsibility.

Ticket user assumes all risks of personal injury incidental to the event, whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to the event.

By bidding on this pair of tickets you acknowledge you agree to all terms of conditions of the ticket and event and agree to hold harmless RYI Enterprises, LLC and their officers, volunteers and staff. RYI Enterprises, LLC reserves the right to refuse any order at its discretion. Ticket holders release RYI Enterprises Inc, Orlando Attractions Magazine, MEI-Travel and the event sponsors and its affiliates of any and all liability.


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All Ears Sweet Bites and Street Lights Event PLATINUM EVENT SPONSOR.

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ITEM DESCRIPTION: 2 Tickets (must be 5 years of age or older) to the Sold Out Sweet Bites and Street Lights event

AUCTION ENDS: Tuesday November 8th at NOON Eastern Time

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!

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AUCTION RULES:

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** 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 Tuesdau November 8th at NOON Eastern Time. No comments/bids will be accepted after that time. All times stated will be Eastern Time.

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

CoolClipsgavel.jpg ** 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. If that person does not respond within 36 hours or declines, the item will go back in the "bin" for a future auction.

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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.

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!

November 13, 2011

Holiday Season at Walt Disney World Epcot Resorts

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The Walt Disney World resort is full of hustle and bustle as the holiday decorations are set out for everyone to enjoy. It's a great time of year with lots of fun activities and lots of things to sight-see!

I think this will be my 18th or 19th trip to WDW in December. Yes, even when I took just one trip a year, it was usually in December!

Want a break from the parks? Take a leisurely stroll in the Epcot Resort area! There is so much to see! Here are my favorite photos from 2010.

I love the decorations at the resorts. Let's start at the Beach Club.

I can spend a long time enjoying the special Carousel in the lobby. There are so many hidden treasures (not to mention the Hidden Mickeys) to find!

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The Yacht Club resort has a huge "Dickens/Dept 56" type village.

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See how many familiar names you can spot as you walk around!

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I love this beautiful tree in the lobby of the Walt Disney World Dolphin.

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Next walk over to the Swan. You will not want to miss the Chocolate Santa! I hear he's going to be back this season too!

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Might as well keep walking over the bridge to the Boardwalk. They have a great display as well you won't want to miss:

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Pay special attention to the train cars!

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Last year Mike Bachand did a 2 part blog series on the resort decorations. Check it out:
Part 1
Part 2

November 23, 2011

First Inhabitants of Animal Kingdom

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During the construction of Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World's Media Relations office sent out periodic updates to journalists. These were oversized full color newletters designed to acquaint the media with the newest theme park, Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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The following photos were taken at Animal Kingdom but the names are unknown.


The very first inhabitants were two reticulated giraffes named Zari and Miles. At the time, Zari was a 1.5 year old female born at the Metro Washington Park Zoo in Portland, Oregon. Miles was a 2 year old male from the St. Louis Zoological Park.

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The next animals to move in were seven western lowland gorillas. The family group of 4 was led by silverback Gino, a young male Hasani, and two females Hope and Benga. A bachelor group also moved into Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (the original name of Pangani Forest Exploration Trail ) consisting of Zwadi, M'bizi and Chuma. These gorillas are endangered in the wild. All the gorillas, except Gino, came from 2 zoos in Chicago. Gino was born in the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands and arrived in 1980 to the Lincoln Park Zoo.

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Two African elephants round out the first group of animals to call Animal Kingdom home; Thandi and Moyo from the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington.


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November 24, 2011

A Day of Reflection - A Day of Thanks

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Today is Thanksgiving, a holiday tradition that began many years ago with the Pilgrims who came to the United States. It is my tradition at Thanksgiving dinner to share what I am thankful for and hope others do the same. While my life has had its share of ups and downs, I am very blessed to have been given so much. Today is a day, I like to especially think about that and give thanks!

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This year has been quite an adventure! The first half of the year was full of family health issues that, thankfully, all turned out just fine!

The second half of the year was spent getting our Maryland home ready for sale and for house hunting in Florida. I won't mince words - this was a VERY VERY stressful journey. It seemed like each half step forward meant two back. There were times I wondered if it would all work out. I'm happy and thankful to tell you it did!

A few weeks ago the movers loaded our home and belongings in Maryland, we loaded our cars and took the autotrain to Florida (Thank you Mike, Carla and Donna for all your tips).

Today as you read my blog, we are celebrating our first Thanksgiving in our new home in a new state, Florida!

It's always been a dream of mine to settle in Central Florida one day. Not just to escape the grey, cold winters of the mid-Atlantic, but to be closer to Walt Disney World. Almost 16 years ago, I founded the AllEars® website. The website took me on a journey I could never have imagined and I still marvel at what each year brings.

Through the electronic reach of AllEars, I have been able to meet some incredible people from around the world.

I have been able to accomplish some amazing things. As an advocate in the fight against breast cancer, I have been able to raise over $300,000 with your help! Huge kudos to the Team AllEars who Run With Purpose and have raised over $75,000 of that total.

With the generosity of many AllEars advertisers and many magic making Cast Members, we recently helped created a week of pure Disney Magic for a very special family with a very ill child.

I am so thankful for all the wonderful, kind, generous people that are in my life. People I probably would have never met, if not for the website.

I am thankful for the past and present members of the AllEars team who help bring you a bit of the magic 365 days a year.

And I am also so thankful for the hundreds of thousands of you I may never meet. You come to the site, support the advertisers and send us emails thanking us for helping you have a magical vacation or even, just a magical day.

I am so very thankful for my loved ones and friends - who smile and laugh with me and are gentle and supportive when needed.

So on this day of thanksgiving, I am especially grateful for all that I have. May you reflect today on all that you have and remember - Dreams do come true!


November 25, 2011

2012 WDW Calendars for a Cause

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2012 Focus on Disney World Calendar


It's that time again - time to buy your 2012 Focus on Disney World Calendar!

For those of you who don't know, my good friend and AllEars® Photoblogger Barrie Brewer produces a yearly calendar with photos from Walt Disney World. As a now 25 year survivor, I do all I can to fight this horrible disease. Barrie has been a great help! In 2010 and 2011, she donated the proceeds to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer fund and raised a total of $2748!


Once again, she'll be donating the proceeds from this year's calendar to my Avon Walk, so the more she sells the better. With your help, we could easily add another $1500 to the total this year. She's kept the price the same as last year, hoping to encourage everyone to stock up - they make a great gift for all your Disney loving friends and family. At the very least, everyone needs two - one for home and one for work!


DISCOUNT TIP: Not only that - if you order them soon you can even save some money and still help out a great cause. Enter coupon code STUDIOVIP305 at checkout and receive 35% off - that works out to be just $10.89 per calendar!

The maximum savings for this offer is $100. You can only use this code once per account, and unfortunately you can't use this coupon in combination with other coupon codes. This great offer expires on November 30, 2011 at 11:59 PM, so don't miss out!

Thank you so much for doing your part in the fight!!!!! We'll be reporting the totals at the end of the year!

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About November 2011

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

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