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April 5, 2017

Mini- Pin Palooza

Deb's Digest Blog
Thursday April 6 -- 1:41pm The Sale is OVER. Thank you all for raising $1,070 in about 31 hours!!!!

8:40am JUST ADDED 10 more pins!!!
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I'm back with more Disney collectibles for you. Your ENTIRE purchase price goes directly to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer page, a charity deduction for you! It's a win win.

Yes, it's time for Mini-Pin Palooza. It takes me weeks to get everything together for a regular pin palooza so I thought perhaps a smaller palooza would work better for everyone.

Your ENTIRE purchase price is a direct donation to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer!

Here's how it works. READ CAREFULLY

** The following pins are offered for sale at the stated price.

** You leave a comment below stating the ITEM number of the pin(s) you wish to purchase.

** I will go through the comments in the order they ARE received.

** I will then put a SOLD with your first name and first initial last name on the pin description.

** Within 72 hours I will send you the link information for my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and you will have 48 hours to make your donation. Once that happens Avon will send you an email confirmation. Forward me a copy of the donation receipt along with your shipping address -- pins will be mailed in approximately 3-10 days.

Your ENTIRE purchase price goes directly to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Account. I pay postage and WILL SHIP TO US ONLY. You get pin(s) you want and a charity deduction too! I raise money and reduce my pin collection.

Many thanks to the following folks who donated pins: Carol and Gary Cruise, Pam Passwater, Mouse Adventures

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ITEM # 1 SOLD Stefanie V Spectacle of Dancing Lights 2014 - Wayne & Lanny

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Price $25


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ITEM # 2 SOLD Debra CAST EXCLUSIVE Walt Disney's 115th Birthday - Limited Edition 1000

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Price $35


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ITEM #3 SOLD LisaJ WDI - D23 Destination D 2014: Attraction Rewind - Tower Of The Four Winds Critters - Fish

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Price $40


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ITEM # 4 SOLD WDI - Moana & Pua Limited Edition of 250

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Untouched In Original Package

Price $200


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ITEM # 5 SOLD Stefanie V DVC the Villas at the Disney’s Grand Floridian

Price $30

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ITEM # 6 SOLD Tricia WDI - Dumbo 75th Anniversary Limited Edition 250

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Price $40


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ITEM # 7 SOLD Helen L. Wilderness Lodge - Under Construction - 3 pin set on Card!


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Price $40


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ITEM # 8 Club 33 60th Anniversary Pin LE 2000

To celebrate DLR's 60th anniversary, Club 33 released this pin. It has the 33 in the middle and a dangle with a diamond-shaped jewel to celebrate Disneyland's Diamond Celebration. The pin measures 1 1/2" across x 2 3/4" tall.

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Price $150


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ITEM # 9 SOLD DianeG Tapestry of Nations Wings

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Price $15


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ITEM # 10 SOLD Helen L DCL - October 2004 Artist Choice (Donald & Compass)

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Price $35


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ITEM # 11 SOLD Derek D Captain Phasma Star
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Price $25


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ITEM # 12 SOLD LisaJ Now It's Time to Say Goodbye (Chip and Dale) Adventures by Disney - Backstage Magic

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Price $35


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ITEM # 13 SOLD Joelle Walt's World (Pluto) Adventures by Disney - Backstage Magic

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Price $25


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ITEM # 14 SOLD Derek D (Mr. Toad's Wild Ride) 1971-1998 Journey Through Time Pin Event 2003

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Price $60

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ITEM # 15 SOLD Emily S Maleficent I.D. Badge Walt Disney Studios Burbank LE 300

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Price $75


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ITEM #16 Helen L.Mickey Alaska Disney Cruise Line LE 2000


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Price $ 25

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ITEM # 17 SOLD Norway 1999 World Showcase Pavilion Series

One of a series of pins highlighting the Epcot World Showcase countries. Pin is a red square trimmed in gold; at bottom is a blue band with "Norway" in white lettering. Superimposed in the square is a diamond shape image of the Norway pavilion.


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Price $50


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ITEM # 18 SOLD LisaJ 1993 Merry Christmas Mickey Mailman


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Price $25


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ITEM # 19 SOLD Brenda Stitch Baby New Year Disney Auctions LE 500

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Price $75


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ITEM #20 SOLD GaryKMinnie Mouse On the Range Quest for the West Adventures by Disney

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Price $ 20

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ITEM #21 SOLD lisa j 2001 Candlelight Processional


Price $ 20


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ITEM #22 SOLD Carthay Circle Theatre Grand Opening LE

This limited edition commemorates the grand opening of the Carthay Circle Theatre Opening Day. The theater building is a red/marroon color and the background features swirled silver paint and cream colored light beams. The bottom of the pin reads "Grand Opening 2012".

Price $ 20

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ITEM # 23 SOLD Patricia L Cast Member Exclusive - SOARIN' - 2016 Cast Member

PRICE $30

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Item # 24 SOLD Tinker Bell Passholder Exclusive - Epcot® Flower and Garden Festival 2007

Tinker Bell is reading up on "Planting a Butterfly Garden" in this Limited Edition, Passholder Exclusive pin. This pin commemorates the 14th Annual Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot®. which runs from April 5 through June 3, 2007. This pin was designed by Disney Design Group Artist Dawn Ockstadt. It features Tink reading a book (brown covered) titled Planting a Butterfly Garden on the front cover. There is a pink and yellow butterfly sitting on the corner of the back cover of the book.

PRICE $ 60

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Item # 25 SOLD Susan B New Fantasyland 2012 Hinged Pin

PRICE $35

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Item # 26 SOLD Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa Epcot® Flower and Garden Festival 2009 - Annual Passholder

Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa from the Lion King relax in the jungle at the 16th annual Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival in this Annual Passholder exclusive Limited Edition pin.

PRICE $ 55

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Item # 27 SOLD Mary C Chip 'n' Dale 2005 Passholder Exclusive - Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

PRICE $ 45

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Item # 28 SOLD Patricia L Lilo and Stitch 2008 Food and Wine Festival DVC

PRICE $50


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Item # 29 SOLD OUT Musketeer Figment One sold to Laura B, Kelly S, Mike, Derek

PRICE $20

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Item # 30 SOLD Mary C Olympic Figment Weightlifting


PRICE $35

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Thank you PinPics.com - Links on the pin names go to the PinPics.com website (with their permission) so you can learn more about the pin. Also PinPics.com has given me permission to use photos and/or descriptions.

April 9, 2017

Preview Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley Palooza Collectibles for a Cause

Deb's Digest Blog

My Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is less than one month away, so this is my final fundraiser for a while.

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At 9:00am (eastern time) Tuesday, April 11th, my Vera Bradley - Dooney and Bourke Palooza begins.

I have 8 brand new bags, never used and kept in my non-smoking, non-pet home.

You entire purchase price is a direct charitable contribution to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I pay shipping to US addresses only. No other shipping available.

Please keep in mind this is a fundraiser and not an outlet sale.

Here's how it works. READ CAREFULLY

** The Dooney and Burke and Vera Bradley items are offered at stated price.

** You leave a comment below stating the ITEM number of the item(s) you wish to purchase.

** I will go through the comments in the order they ARE received.

** I will then put a SOLD with your first name and first initial last name on the item description.

** ANY questions please ask before purchase. This is a fundraiser and everything is non-refundable!

April 12, 2017

SOLD OUT Thank you all!!!!! Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley Palooza Collectibles for a Cause

Deb's Digest Blog

OMG We have SOLD OUT! You all are so amazing!!!!! Thank you We have raised $1,860 for the fight against Breast Cancer!!!!!

DOONEY AND BOURKE VERA BRADLEY PALOOZA FUNDRAISER

BRAND-NEW, NEVER-USED
From the store to my non-smoking and non-pet house.

Your ENTIRE purchase price is a DIRECT donation to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer page, a charity deduction for you! It's a win-win.

SOLD OUT
Here's how it works. READ CAREFULLY

** The Dooney and Bourke and Vera Bradley items are offered at stated price.

** You leave a comment below stating the ITEM number of the item(s) you wish to purchase.

** I will go through the comments in the order they ARE received.

** I will then put a SOLD with your first name and first initial last name on the item description.

** ANY questions please ask before purchase. This is a fundraiser and everything is non-refundable!

** Within 48 hours I will send you the link information for my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and you will have 48 hours to make your donation. Once that happens Avon will send you an email confirmation. Forward me a copy of the donation receipt along with your shipping address -- your item will be mailed in approximately 3-10 days.

Your ENTIRE purchase price goes directly to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Account. I pay postage and WILL SHIP TO UNITED STATES ONLY.

SOLD OUT


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Item #1 Is SOLD NEW Winner: Lisa J -- Original buyer donated the purse back to the sale and Lisa was the next in line ITEM #1) Vera and Bradley Blue "Disney Dreaming" Large Hipster featuring Minnie Mouse $85

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SOLD Laura B Item #2 Vera Bradley Plums Up "MailBag" $125

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SOLD Laura B #3) Dooney and Bourke Nightmare Before Christmas Pouchette (nylon with leather trim) $125 Approximate Size: 8-3/4" long by 5-1/2 wide.

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SOLD Gretchen I Disneyland Double Dare runDisney Tote Bag (one of two -- all leather) $330 Approximate Size: 12'' H x 18'' W x 7'' D Has tags and warranty card.

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SOLD Tina 5) Disneyland Double Dare runDisney Tote Bag (two of two -- all leather) $330Approximate Size: 12'' H x 18'' W x 7'' D Has tags and warranty card.

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SOLD KayB 6) Star Wars Cross Body Pouchette (nylon with leather trim) $175 Approximate Size: 5.5'' H x 10'' W Has tags and warranty card.


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SOLD KayB 7) 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tote (all leather) $300 Approximate Size: 9'' H x 16'' W - Comes with Food and Wine Leather Tag. Has tags and warranty card.

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SOLD TammiT 8) Star Wars Disney Cruise Line Hobo bag (nylon with leather trim) $275 Approximate Size: 9'' H x 13'' W Has tags and warranty card.


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THANK YOU ALL.

April 18, 2017

Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast - Trattoria al forno

Deb's Digest Blog
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CORRECTION: (4/24) For some reason, I thought this breakfast was $24/per person. It is $34 per person. At that price, this breakfast is not worth the cost until the food greatly improves.

On April 2, 2017, the Boardwalk's Trattoria al forno converted its breakfast offering to a character meal called the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast. Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled and Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid are the showcased characters. Linda and I have always enjoyed breakfast at Trattoria so we thought we'd give it a try.

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Two of the characters, Ariel and Rapunzel, you can see in the parks, but the big hit of this meal is the ability to see both Flynn Rider and Prince Eric! In fact, in all my visits to Walt Disney World, this may have been my first encounter with Prince Eric (excluding parades, of course).

The breakfast offering takes a few items from Trattoria's former breakfast menu with some twists and new names.

Our server, Mary, was great. She first approached the table and gave each of us an Adventure Journal and a set of character autographs.

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Despite our group being two adults with no children, we got the full themed treatment from Mary and we really appreciated it. The meal begins with a bowl of pastries for everyone at the table to share. Keeping in the theme, there is a clam shell pastry and also a braided chocolate bread (Deb's favorite). And they are served in a frying pan! She took our beverage orders and left us to decide on our selections.

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You have two choices for a "appetizer": a Fruit Salad or a Berry, Yogurt and Granola Parfait. We got one of each.

For me, the yogurt parfait was way too sweet. I could barely get two spoonfuls down. I typically eat Greek yogurt, and this was MUCH different. Also on top was layer of something sweet, like honey, but wasn't the right consistency. The red item on my yogurt represents Sebastian from Little Mermaid.

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Linda's fruit cup was the standard melons with a couple berries. It was supposed to come with a little crown, which was missing. The melons were good, but the berries were mushy.

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There are seven entrees to choose from, including a breakfast calzone, pancakes and Tangled eggs. You can find the complete menu HERE


Linda chose the Golden Frittata - Prosciutto di Parma, Piquillo pepper, scallions and pecorino Romano Cheese with roasted potatoes. This sounded so much like the fritatta on the old breakfast menu so our taste buds were expecting that. But that was not quite what we got at all. Linda didn't care for all the peppers in her frittata or the strong taste of the melted cheese.

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I ordered the Royale Breakfast which included Oak-grilled steak, cheesy-egg torte, and Fonduta with roasted potatoes and crispy onions. I ordered it without the onions. Our server asked how I wanted my steak prepared, and I said "medium." I didn't want it still mooing!

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The steak was actually good with a nice flavor. However, most of it was on the rare side. The potatoes were great and served hot -- hard to mess those up. Unfortunately, the "cheesy-egg torte" was bizarre and mostly inedible.

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The "Fonduta" was cheesy and almost overpowered the egg torte. The torte was full of red pepper and as I said, not good at all. I barely got my first bite down. Linda tried a bit and totally concurred with my assessment.

At some point, our server came back to explain the Bon Voyage Adventure Journal. It opens up to a cartoon map of Walt Disney World showing all four parks. Kids (or adults) can fill in their "favorite ride", "favorite snack" favorite souvenir, etc. We thought this map was a pretty cool thing that some kids would enjoy.

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Characters are the absolute best part of this experience and make it worth the money.
When we entered the restaurant we noticed most of the characters were up near the entrance. It was a good 20-25 minutes after we were seated that we saw any characters.

An announcement was made introducing the Tangled characters while "I Had a Dream" played in the background. Flynn and Rapunzel made their way partially around the dining area and then disappeared into a portion of the dining room we were unable to see. (We were seated in the far back corner.) We assumed they were dancing. Once the song was coming to an end they came to the back of the restaurant and started meeting with each table. Note that they don't visit the tables together.

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I have to say Flynn was one of the best, if not the best Flynn I have ever met and Rapunzel was pretty fantastic and reminded me of her when I met her a couple years ago at the Magic Kingdom. They were totally in character, playful, personable and in no apparent rush to leave. We had a great time with them.

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Soon thereafter, "Under the Sea" began playing and Eric and Ariel made their way into the dining room. As with Flynn and Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid characters made their way around the dining room. Again, they were very entertaining and interactive with us and all the tables, children or not. That means a great deal to us, as sometimes characters don't see kids and we get a wink and a quick pic and that's it.

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The character attendant working the room did an excellent job making sure the characters flowed through the room and checked back with each table to make sure everyone saw each character.

Please see above correction: At $34 per person this character meal is not worth the cost until the food greatly improves.

For the characters, the experience was certainly worth the cost is $34 per person (not $24 as originally stated: plus tip and tax. However, keep in mind unlike other character meals, this is not an all you care to eat menu. You can apply your Tables in Wonderland card or Annual Passport discount, though.

Go for the fun, not for the food!

P.S. At the podium, the cast members asked each party if they realized this was a character meal. For those who didn't realize that and want to dine without characters, there is a small back room for those folks. The breakfast menu back there is pretty similar to the character breakfast menu and when you add up the entrees and beverages, you are at the character meal price. The traditional breakfast menu is no longer available.

April 22, 2017

Copper Creek Villas and Cabins and Geyser Point Bar and Grill

Deb's Digest Blog
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Recently I had the opportunity to take a hard hat tour (no photos were allowed) of Disney Vacation Club's newest property, Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Copper Creek is part of the overall Wilderness Lodge property, which, once open, will house guest rooms at the Wilderness Lodge (south side) Boulder Ridge and the Copper Creek cabins.

Ken Potrock, SVP & GM Disney Vacation Club & Adventures by Disney, spoke with a group of local media recently about the new resort: "This will be the first DVC property to have 5 types of room accommodations with studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom villas as well as the new cabins. Our guests have told us they don't want any old hotel, they want themed hotels. They want a hotel that has a back story. They want to hear "is there a connection to Walt Disney?"

And the Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge will do just that -- combining the history of decades of the railroad bringing people west.

I had the opportunity to talk with Imagineer Mitch Mioelli, project manager of Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. He shared additional elements of the theming.

Additional enhancements are part of the new Copper Creek Villas and Cabins including a new swimming area and the recently open Geyser Point Bar and Grill which boasts great views of Bay Lake.

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The unique menu highlights an array of flavors from bison burgers with Tillamook cheddar and a house-smoked salmon BLT with lemon-caper mayonnaise to innovative small plates, craft beers and signature cocktails in the lounge.

During my visit to the Copper Creek Villas and Cabins, I also had the opportunity to speak with Chef Michael Gonsalves and Geyser Point's Proprietor Stephanie about the unique food and beverage offerings.

The official opening of the Copper Creek Villas and Cabins is July 17, 2017. At that time, Roaring Fork and the Trout Pass Pool Bar will reopen as well.

April 24, 2017

Pandora the World of Avatar Cast Costumes and Training

Deb's Digest Blog

Today, Walt Disney World held a press conference to announce the economic impact of Pandora, the World of Avatar on Central Florida and also to unveil some of the costumes you will find in Pandora, the World of Avatar. (Economic Impact Press Release HERE)

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(left to right) Djuan Rivers, Vice President of Animal Kingdom; Jim MacPhee, Senior Vice President Walt Disney World; and, Matt Beiler, producer Walt Disney Imagineering

Here is a close up of a couple of the cast member Name Tags. Note that instead of "earning my ears", these say "guide in training."


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There are three groups residing in Pandora: 1) Alpha Centauri Expeditions, 2) Scientists from the Pandora Conservation Initiative, and 3) EXPAT Community. Each of these groups have specific roles in Pandora and each will have special costumes that reinforce those roles.


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Djuan Rivers, Vice President of Animal Kingdom talks about Cast Member training for Pandora the World of Avatar:


Matt Beiler, producer Walt Disney Imagineering discusses costuming:


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About April 2017

This page contains all entries posted to Deb's Digest in April 2017. They are listed from oldest to newest.

March 2017 is the previous archive.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.