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April 3, 2015

ENDED Collectables for a Cause Autographed Disney Books

Deb's Digest Blog

Fundraiser has ENDED. Thank you so much everyone. Together we have raised $3,998 to fight breast caner!!!!!!

UPDATE: April 4, 2015 1:00pm Eastern
Mailed a number of the books this morning. I emailed everyone whose package shipped today.
I will get the others mailed this coming week.


Book #13 Tarzan Special Collector's Edition - Autographed and Embellished by author Russell Schroeder Russel embellished with book with a portrait of Tarzan. $50

Obtained 1999 from Howard Lowery Gallery

First Edition; 72 pages, 10 1/4 x 8 1/4

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Book #14 The Tarzan Chronicles. - Signed by Directors Kevin Lima and Chris Buck and author Howard Green $175

Beautiful Coffee-Table Hardcover book; 192 pages, in full color, 9x 13 1/2. Obtained from Howard Lowery Gallery in California.

Chris Buck worked on Frozen, Frozen Fever and on board for Frozen 2. He also was an animator on Little Mermaid, Fox and the House, Rescuers Down Under and Pocahontas.

Kevin Lima also worked on Enchanted, 102 Dalmations and a Goofy Movie.

This book currently sells on the secondary market for over $100 with NO signatures.

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Book # 16 Fantasia 2000: Vision of Hope - 7 Autographs $325

Signed by the following animators on the Table of Contents Page: Don Hahn, Handel Butoym, Eric and Susan Goldberg, Francis Glebas and 2 others.

Silver foils covered slip case. Another beautiful coffee-table book.

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Book #18 - The Art of Hercules Special Limited Edition (1,000) Gift Book INCLUDES Limited Edition Sericel - $350

This is brand new, mint STILL in shrink wrap!
"Each of the 1,000 copies is numbered and individually signed by Walt Disney's President of Feature Animation and the producers and directors of the film. " Since it's still shrink wrapped I had to do some research to see who signed the book.

I believe the autographs are:
Peter Schneider, President of Walt Disney Feature Animation
Alice Dewey, Producer
John Musker, Director and
Ron Clements, Director.

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Book #21 The Fairest One of All - the Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $1000.

SIGNED BY: DIane Disney Miller and author J.B. Kaufman

This one is hard to part with folks, but cancer is even tougher!!!! A beautiful coffee table book of over 300 pages. Approx 11 x 13"

I purchased this via Give the Kids the World Auction held by fellow Disney Fan, Dave Parfitt who is on Twitter as @mouseSkywalker @Adventuresbydad

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Book #22 It's Kind of a Cute Story - by Rolly Crump as told to Jeff Heimbuch $200
Found another one of these in the book (was buried in my closet)

Disney Legend Rolly Crump tells his personal story of working for Walt as an Imagineer back in the day. When the book was announced a special Limited Edition of 500 Signed and Numbered hard cover book was available. It too quickly sold out. As you can see by now, I purchased 2 of the books. This is number 159 of 500 signed by both Rolly and Jeff.

Hard Cover book, 187 pages; 9 x 11"

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It's almost time for another 2 day walk in Washington DC for my annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. My fundraising is now in full swing.

I offer the following autograph books FOR SALE! Your ENTIRE purchase price goes directly to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I pay for shipping. Due to the weight and cost of shipping, US addresses only please!

When the book has been "sold", I will put a notation on it with your first name and Last initial. I will send you an email with payment instructions. You will have 48 hours to make your donation or the book goes back up for sale. This sale lasts until Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 5pm eastern time or until all the books are gone.

I have been an autograph collector (especially books) for years and years. I try to document all purchases and signatures and share the information below for each book).

Books are sold as is. There are no refunds. Many books are one of a kind. They will all be shipped USPS priority mail or UPS and insured. However, if lost or damaged in mailing, there are no replacements available.

Leave a comment with the title of the book you wish to purchase. I will respond in the order I receive them.


Please remember this is a FUNDRAISER and your entire purchase price goes directly to fight Breast Cancer.

SOLD OUT

Book #19 SOLD MaryS - Design: Just for Fun by Disney Legend Bob Gurr $250
I FOUND ANOTHER ONE!!!
In 2012, Disney Legend Bob Gurr wrote this behind the scenes look at Disney themed attractions. Prior to publication, he offered for sale a special Collector's Limited Edition and numbered hard copy edition in red, of course I purchased two. The books quickly sold out. This is #62 of 1,000.

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Book #12 SOLD - KayB Disney's Mix and Match Villains (Kids Book) signed by Eric and Susan Goldberg $25

Obtained in 1997 from the Howard Lowery Gallery

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BOOK #1 SOLD: First one goes to ScotmanS; Second one to KayB; Third to BrianT - Dream It! Do It! by Marty Sklar Price $200 -

Marty was the guest at a special Pacific Northwest Mouse Mini Meet in October 2013. These books came from that special event. Not all books have the date.

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Not all books have the date in addition to Marty's signature

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Book #2 -SOLD: Karen T Animated Life by Disney Legend Floyd Norman $125

Also in October, 2013 Disney Legend Floyd Norman signed books at public events. This one came from Stuart NG Books in California. This one is not only signed by Floyd but he also drew a sketch of Woody, one of the characters he worked on.

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Book #3 - SOLD: TimMc Design: Just for Fun by Disney Legend Bob Gurr $250

In 2012, Disney Legend Bob Gurr wrote this behind the scenes look at Disney themed attractions. Prior to publication, he offered for sale a special Collector's Limited Edition and numbered hard copy edition in red, of course I purchased two. The books quickly sold out. This is #814 of 1,000.
In February 2015, this book sold for $224.95 on Ebay.


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Book #4 SOLD: Lance H - It's Kind of a Cute Story - by Rolly Crump as told to Jeff Heimbuch $200

Disney Legend Rolly Crump tells his personal story of working for Walt as an Imagineer back in the day. When the book was announced a special Limited Edition of 500 Signed and Numbered hard cover book was available. It too quickly sold out. As you can see by now, I purchased 2 of the books. This is number 159 of 500 signed by both Rolly and Jeff.

Hard Cover book, 187 pages; 9 x 11"

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Book #20 -
SOLD - Jonathon Animated Life by Disney Legend Floyd Norman $125
This one has a sketch of WALT

Also in October, 2013 Disney Legend Floyd Norman signed books at public events. This one came from Stuart NG Books in California. This one is not only signed by Floyd but he also drew a sketch of Walt.

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Book #5 SOLD: Scotman The Imagineering Field Guide to Disneyland by the Imagineers $125

At the 2013 D23 Expo many imagineers were signing autographs. I personally obtained the signatures This book is signed by several outstanding Imagineers some destined to be a Disney Legend (noted are just a few of the projects they have worked on):

Joe Rohde - Animal Kingdom, Aulani, The Adventurers Club at Pleasure Island.

Joe Lanzisero - Winter Summerland Mini Golf, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland (including Mystic Manor best attraction ever!)

Kathy Mangrum - CarsLand, currently at WDW working on projects including Disney Springs

Tom Fitzgerald - Horizons, Pooh's Honey Pot (Tokyo Disneyland) Ratatouiolle (Disneyland Paris), Star Tours Re-Launch, Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar (Disneyland Hotel)

Kevin Rafferty - Carsland, Typhoon Lagoon, MuppetVision 3D, Tower of Terror, Toy Story Midway Mania

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Book #6 SOLD: SaraM The Imagineering Field Guide to the Magic Kingdom $50

At the 2013 D23 Expo many imagineers were signing autographs. I personally obtained the signatures This book is signed by two outstanding Imagineers: Joe Lanzisero and Eric Jacobson.

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Book #7 Welcome Aboard the Disney Dream - signed by author Jeff Kurti $50

Hardback Book. 86 pages. First Edition Comes with a note from Captain Tom about being on the maiden voyage.

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Book #8 SOLD: StephB Disney the First Hundred Years Hardback. Signed by both authors Dave Smith and Steven Clark. $75

Book purchased January 2000 from Howard Lowery Gallery in California.

First Edition

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Book # 9 SOLD: KayB The Disney Mountains - Imagineering at its Peak $200
Book long out of print. First Edition

Signed by:

Disney Legend Bob Gurr (at 2010 Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet)

Joe Rhode (at Animal Kingdom)

Dave Anderson - worked on the original Bobsleds (at Magic Meets in PA).

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Book # 10 SOLD: MaryK Mickey Mouse My Life in Pictures by Russell Schroeder $45
Russell not only signed the book but sketched a Mickey Mouse Head. Obtained in 1999 from the Howard Lowery Gallery in California.

First Edition; 64 pages; 11 1/4 x 9

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Book #11 SOLD: KayB Morning at Pride Rock (Kids Book) signed by the illustrator, Disney Artist Dave Pacheco. $25

Obtained in 1999 from the Howard Lowery Gallery
First Edition;

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Book #15 SOLD: KayB Poster Art of Disney Parks $125 7 Signatures
Obtained at Stuart NG books sore where the persons below met with fans and signed the books.

Danny Handke - co-author & Imagineer
Vanessa Hunt - co-author & Imagineer
Disney Legend Tony Baxter - Senior VP of Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering
Nicole Armitage - artist
Will Eyerman - artist & Imagineer
Greg Maletic - artist
Tracy Trinast (Austin) - artist

First Edition; 144 pages, 14 x 11"

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Book #17 SOLD: Jodi R " a bugs life - the art and making of an epic of miniature proportions:
SPECIAL EDITION OF 2,500 signed by JOHN LASSETER and ANDREW STANTON $1,000
Long sold out, very hard to find.

2,550 copies of the First Edition of A Bug's Life.. have been numbered and signed by the film's Director John Lasseter and Co-Director Andrew Stanton.

First Edition # 1312 of 2,550. Beautiful coffee table type book. 127 pages; 11 x 14"

Comes in a special fold out cover designed to look like leaves.

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Book #7 SOLD: ColleenJ Welcome Aboard the Disney Dream - signed by author Jeff Kurti $50

Hardback Book. 86 pages. First Edition Comes with a note from Captain Tom about being on the maiden voyage.

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April 14, 2015

Thank You for 30 Anniversary Event Weekend!

Deb's Digest Blog

AllEars®.net and Mouse Fan Travel® Celebrate 30 Years of Making Magic

January 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of AllEars®.net, the longest-running unofficial Disney website on the internet.

Mouse Fan Travel® is observing an anniversary as well -- 2015 is the 10th year they have been planning magical vacations for their clients.

To celebrate their combined total of 30 years of making magic, Deb Wills (president of AllEars®.net) and Beci Mahnken (president of Mouse Fan Travel®) have teamed up to bring some exciting events to their friends and followers during the first week of December 2015.

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The three-day celebration, AEN/MFT's "Thank You for 30" Anniversary Event, will take place December 4-6, with the following tentatively scheduled:

On December 4, during the day, we will be welcoming you into our Deluxe Resort villa for an open-house tour.

The evening of December 5 will be our premiere separate-ticket event, the AEN/MFT "Anniversary Adventure."

Tentative plans include beginning with reserved seating for that night's Candlelight Processional, held in the America Gardens Theater.

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We will then enjoy dinner in the rotunda of the American Adventure, accompanied by even more magic and surprises.

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After dinner, we'll enjoy a reserved viewing area for Holiday IllumiNations.

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We'll conclude the evening with a ride on everyone's favorite attraction.

On December 6, we'll close out the weekend with a chance to meet and greet the AEN and MFT teams at a location to be announced later.

MouseFanTravel.com has secured a block of Disney resort hotel rooms for those who would like on-site accommodations. Book the special event package through MFT and you will have Priority access to purchase tickets to any Mouse Fan Travel® exclusive 10yr events that are announced.

To find out more, visit:
http://www.mousefantravel.com/disney-destinations/latest-deals/12315-allears-mouse-fan-travel-celebration


The events at both the Deluxe Resort and the American Adventure will require you to purchase tickets, which will go on sale soon.

We hope you can join us for the fun-filled festivities as we thank you all for helping us share the magic over the years!

Deb and Beci

April 27, 2015

Las Ventanas Mini Review - Coronado Springs Resort

Deb's Digest Blog

Recently I was at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort updating menus when I started to get really hungry. I looked at my watch, it was 9:30 a.m. Where should I have breakfast?

There were three options for breakfast:

1) Cafe Rix - quick service grab and go with limited hot items.

2) Pepper Market - Counter service dining, but a wide variety of choices. It's very loud in this location, especially at meal times.

3) Las Ventanas - which is slightly off the beaten path and had once been a private dining area for Rix Lounge. Full table service, they do take the Disney Dining Plan. The location was small and much quieter than my other choices.

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The menu looked interesting, so I thought I'd give it a try. Entrees included a few Mexican/Southwest items such as a Chorizo Skillet ($12.99) and Huevos Divorciados ($12.49), as well as some American staples. There were also several items on the menu that were either gluten-free or could be made gluten-free.

From the hostess to my server to each cast member I encountered, everyone was very nice and accommodating. I really liked the atmosphere: nice lighting, plenty of space between tables and music playing at a conversational volume in the background. It was such a pleasant change to the hustle and bustle of my other choices.

I was seated at a table for two, which was fine for me, but might have been a bit small for two adults. I will note, however, that the high-back chairs seem to help keep what little noise there was down and gave diners a sense of privacy.

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Had I not already had my share of coffee for the day, I would have tried the Roasted French Press ($3.59). I settled for water.

I wanted to sample several items, which was going to be difficult with just me at the table.
I ordered a Ventanas Breakfast -- two eggs any style with peppercorn bacon or grilled ham, served with green onion potatoes ($11.99).

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Eggs are eggs, and these were cooked as I requested. I chose the Peppercorn Bacon and really enjoyed it. Meaty and flavorful with the right amount of pepper (and I'm not a big "pour on the pepper" person). My only hesitation with the order was the green onion potatoes, but I had to give them a try. Honestly, the potatoes were very bland (what onion?) and the low point of an otherwise really nice experience.

I also ordered the Whole Wheat Pancakes -- three ancient grain pancakes served with grilled ham and pure maple syrup ($11.99). They had sugar-free syrup, a big plus for me.

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When the huge portion of pancakes, ham and fruit arrived I was quite surprised. Three huge pancakes! Whole grain/wheat pancakes can be on the dry side, but the nice helping of fruit and the sugar-free syrup perked them right up and I really enjoyed them. The grilled ham was grilled ham -- tasted fine but nothing noteworthy.

I liked the fact that the sides were a bit different and so were the menu selections.

Breakfast came to $29.15 with tax. The only discount offered is to cast members. After adding 20 percent, my bill rounded to $35. Had there been two of us (since I ordered for two) it would have been $17.50 per person including tax and tip.

This is the only moderate resort with a full-service breakfast offering. It probably would be best compared to Olivia's at Old Kest West or the Captain's Grille at the Yacht Club.

My other two choices at Coronado Springs would have both been less expensive, but they were both quick service/food court. Considering the ambiance, price and full-service dining, Las Ventanas was a perfect choice for me.

If you are at Coronado Springs looking for something a bit more relaxed, I would recommend trying Las Ventanas. The resort is also just a few minutes away from the All Star Resorts, so you could come to Coronado Springs for a change of pace.

Right now the lunch/dinner menu is the same, but soon there will be a separate menu for each meal. The children's choices were very limited and are included on the main menu.

For more photos and the complete breakfast and lunch/dinner menu, visit our Las Ventanas Page!

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