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March 1, 2013

Where Art and History Intersect: Epcot Welcomes the Kinsey Collection


A Celebration of African-American Achievement and Contribution

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Guests to the American Adventure pavilion at Epcot will journey "between the pages" of history as the American Heritage Gallery opens its doors to an art exhibit representing over 400 years of African-American achievement and contribution.

"Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection," which opens March 8, draws from an extensive collection of rare art, documents, books and artifacts amassed by philanthropists Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, who share a passion for African-American history.

Their private collection has been displayed throughout the U.S., including in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Approximately 40 pieces will be on display for Epcot guests at any given time on a rotating basis during the exhibit run.

"We always wanted to extend the reach of the Collection to a larger, more international and diverse audience," explained Bernard Kinsey. "So we are delighted to be collaborating with Disney to share the stories of our remarkable ancestors."

Overseeing the collection is the Kinseys' son, Khalil, whose school-age curiosity inspired his parents to build their collection.

The exhibit - themed to hope, belief, courage, imagination and heritage - provides optimistic and empowering stories from American history from voices that are not commonly seen or heard. Art and artifacts pay homage to African-Americans who helped build and transform a nation. Their stories of determination and courage, from the nation's early days to the present, are at the heart of the exhibit.

To enrich the immersive storytelling experience of the exhibit, Walt Disney Imagineers added interactive displays in which Epcot guests can deepen their knowledge of the American heritage that the Kinsey holdings represent. Epcot guests will be able to use touch screens placed throughout the exhibit to further explore the art, artifacts and history. Guest-activated lanterns will help bring the history to life, with narration provided by Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg ("The View"�), Diane Sawyer ("ABC World News with Diane Sawyer"), and actors Chandra Wilson & James Pickens, Jr. ("Grey's Anatomy"), Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), Zendaya Coleman & Roshon Fegan ("Shake It Up"), China Anne McClain ("A.N.T. Farm"), Tyrel Jackson Williams ("Lab Rats").

"We are thrilled to bring the Kinsey Collection to Epcot guests," said Jim MacPhee, senior vice president, Walt Disney World Parks. "Epcot is such a rich cultural tapestry that it serves as the perfect showcase for this powerful collection, with its celebration of the human spirit."

Among highlights of each themed gallery:


By age 19, Phillis Wheatley became internationally known as the first African-American ever to publish a book of poetry (1773). She wrote poetry about hope and freedom and is now known as The Mother of African American Literature. (Document on display: Phyllis Wheatley's first book).
Other Hope Gallery highlights: Samuel Francis Smith, My Country 'Tis of Thee lyrics (1895); "Untitled," Hughie Lee Smith (1951); Almanack, Benjamin Banneker (1796)


Harriet Jacobs, an enslaved young black woman often called an "American Anne Frank" stayed seven years in a tiny attic until she could escape to freedom. She later chronicled her story in an autobiography. (Document on display: Harriet Jacobs' book, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, 1862)
Other Courage Gallery highlights: Sea Island Woman, fiber art, Bisa Butler (2006); Loss, sculpture, Michael Chukes (1998);


In 1870, only seven years after Emancipation, Hiram Rhodes Revels became the first African-American to represent Mississippi in the U.S. Senate. Josiah Walls became the first African-American to represent Florida in the House of Representatives. (Document on display: "Senator Hiram Rhodes Revels Cabinet Card Photograph")
Other Belief Gallery highlights: Buffalo Soldiers Parade Flag (1889); What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Abby Fisher (1881); A Negro Explorer at the North Pole, Matthew Henson book (1912) and article.


Alain Locke not only became the first African-American Rhodes scholar in 1907, but his book "The New Negro" helped inspire the Harlem Renaissance, a period in American culture that produced artists, musicians, writers and thinkers that showed the world how American greatness comes from all of its citizens. (Document on display: The Negro in Art, by Alain Locke).
Other Imagination Gallery highlights: Harmon Foundation Catalogs (1931-1935); American Beach Negro Ocean Playground, Florida - Steel plaque (1930); "Untitled" (Kadir Nelson, 1992)


History can be shared through many types of artifacts. Sometimes it's as simple as a timeworn letter written by Carrie Kinsey (Bernard's cousin) to President Roosevelt. Or an old sewing machine passed down through generations by Shirley's grandmother, Susie Plummer Pooler. (Document on display: "Letter to President Roosevelt," by Carrie Kinsey)
Other Heritage Gallery highlights: Bill of Sale-William Johnson (1832); Schedule of Over 500 Slaves (1820); Sewing Machine (1900), Susie Plummer Pooler

The American Adventure pavilion is in the heart of the World Showcase area of Epcot. "Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection" is included in Epcot admission. For more: http://thekinseycollection.com

March 5, 2013

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Born at Discovery Cove


A male dolphin calf was born at Discovery Cove in Orlando Monday, February 25, at 10:05 pm. The calf now weighs approximately 44 pounds and is 44 inches long. He is nursing and bonding with his mom, Kendall, both a good indication that the calf is doing well. This is Kendall's fourth birth and the 26th dolphin born at Discovery Cove since the park opened in 2000.

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort experience where guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel with rays and tropical fish, hand-feed exotic birds and relax on pristine beaches.

To ensure that Discovery Cove is truly a guest-centered experience, attendance is limited to
approximately 1,000 each day. At, Discovery Cove, the focus is on exceptional service so
someone is always on hand to help meet any want or need.

The Discovery Cove experience includes meals, snacks and beverages throughout the day's
adventures. Guests may indulge in the continental breakfast and convenient snack stations
located throughout the park. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Laguna Grill, and
offers a variety of chef specialties and familiar family favorites. To quench their thirst, guests
are welcome to ice-cold beverages, including bottled water, soda and wine or beer.

To discover more, visit DiscoveryCove.com.

March 6, 2013

Monkee Micky Dolenz Returns to Flower Power Concert Series

Mickey Dolenz

Micky Dolenz, who performed alongside Davy Jones and other members of the pop '60s group The Monkees, returns to the Flower Power Concert Series for the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Dolenz ("Last Train to Clarksville" and other hits) will perform March 8-10 at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. Performances are included with Epcot admission.

March 8, 2013

Mulan Coming to Disney Blu-ray March 12th

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of Disney's critically-acclaimed masterpiece Mulan with this sensational 2-Movie Collection -- coming to Disney Blu-ray and HD Digital March 12!

March 13, 2013

Chubby Checker & The Wild Cats to Rock Flower Power Concert Series


Chubby Checker, whose recording of "The Twist" first topped the music charts in 1960, will perform March 15-17 at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. during the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival "Flower Power" concert series. Performances are included with Epcot admission.

March 14, 2013

Disney Unveils Vision for Disney Springs


Downtown Disney Expansion Brings New Shops, Dining, Entertainment to Guests and Economic Boost for Central Florida

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 14, 2013 - Walt Disney World Resort today announced the multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, a unique destination that will treat guests to significantly more shopping, dining and entertainment amid beautiful open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm.

Disney Springs will feature an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands. From boutique shops to unique flagship anchor stores, guests will be able to explore a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences and discover options unlike any other currently available in Central Florida.

"Disney Springs will be a timeless, vibrant place where Walt Disney World guests and local residents can relax, shop, dine and be entertained in an imaginative setting where they'll instantly feel at home," said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "Featuring distinctive brands, world-class restaurants and unforgettable entertainment, Disney Springs will be brought to life with the same focus on storytelling and attention to detail that goes into our theme parks, resorts and cruise ships, resulting in a welcoming space that only Disney could create."


Disney Springs will double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues for guests to explore, resulting in more than 150 establishments. In addition, Staggs noted, Central Florida stands to benefit from the expansion with more jobs, tax revenues and business opportunities.

Drawing inspiration from Florida's waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs will include four outdoor neighborhoods interconnected by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront. In addition to a new gateway with a signature water tower and grand entry, the destination will feature:

-- The Town Center, which offers a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect.


-- A colorful and thriving commercial district called The Landing with inspired dining and beautiful waterfront views.


-- The family-friendly Marketplace that will continue to delight guests of all ages by combining new experiences, such as an over-the-water pedestrian causeway, along with classic Disney favorites, including an expanded World of Disney store.


-- A West Side that provides an exuberant atmosphere with lively entertainment, along with a series of new elevated spaces that provide both shade and an overlook to the activity below.


Collectively, these efforts will not only have an impact within Walt Disney World, but will also have an economic ripple effect on Central Florida. The project will create an estimated 1,200 construction jobs and nearly 4,000 operational roles.

Disney will share more details on specific experiences coming to Disney Springs in the future. Construction is slated to begin next month with new areas opening in phases. Disney Springs is expected to be complete in 2016.

SeaWorld Orlando Releases Latest Behind The Freeze Video

SeaWorld Antarctica
Creating Antarctica: Storytelling through the Ice

SeaWorld Creative Director Brian Morrow takes you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how SeaWorld Orlando's new attraction -- Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin - is shaping up " literally! In this Behind The Freeze video, find out how our design teams are creating a frozen realm in sunny Orlando and telling an incredible story of adventure through the eyes of a special penguin hero named Puck.

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin opens May 24 at SeaWorld Orlando.

AllEars had a special behind the scenes experience last month! Read all about it from inside the construction site.

March 21, 2013

4th Annual Food and Wine Classic at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort


The 4th Annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic returns October 18 and 19, 2013!

The seminars are from 4:30- 5:30 on both Friday and Saturday. The Food and Wine Classic event will be taking place between 5:30 and 9:00pm Friday and Saturday on the Swan and Dolphin causeway.

AllEars has exclusive packages (limited in number) for this great event!

PACKAGE #1: This package includes room and two causeway wristbands for the Food and Wine Classic Event for one night only
At the Swan packages begin at $320 per night plus taxes and mandatory resort service package (based on two adults). At the Dolphin the packages begin at $300 per night plus taxes and mandatory resort service package (based on two adults). One night deposit is required for booking. CODE: EARFWC1

PACKAGE #2: This package includes room and two causeway wristbands for the Food and Wine Classic Even for two nights.
Swan packages begin at $625 for two nights plus taxes and mandatory resort service package (based on two adults). Dolphin packages being at $586 for two nights plus taxes and mandatory resort service package (based on two adults). For the two night package a deposit of $250 is required for booking. CODE: EARFWC2

PACKAGE #3: This package includes room, two seminars, and two causeway wristbands for the Food and Wine Classic Event for one night only.
Swan packages begin at at $399 plus taxes and mandatory resort service package (based on two adults). Dolphin packages begin at $377 plus taxes and mandatory resort service package(based on two adults). One night deposit is required for booking. CODE: EARSEM1

PACKAGE #4: This package includes room, two seminars, and two causeway wristbands for the Food and Wine Classic Event for two nights.
Swan packages begin at $780 plus taxes and mandatory resort service package (based on two adults). Dolphin packages begin at $740 plus taxes and mandatory resort service package(based on two adults). A deposit of $250 is required for booking. CODE: EARSEM2

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March 25, 2013

Iron Man 3 Monorail Debuts


Walt Disney World has wrapped yet another monorail, this time it features Iron Man 3!


Iron Man 3 debuts in theatres on May 3, 2013.



Check out the Previous Monorail Wraps:


Tron Monorail March 2010



Avengers Monorail Spring 2012

You can find the Iron Man 3 monorail running the express beam bypassing the Magic Kingdom and going through the Contemporary Resort.

March 27, 2013

Disney's Planes Reveals Full Voice Cast


BURBANK, Calif. (March 27, 2013) - Audiences worldwide are fastening their seatbelts as "Disney's Planes" prepares to take off this summer. Joining Dane Cook, who provides the voice of Dusty, are Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui, Priyanka Chopra, Gabriel Iglesias, Roger Craig Smith, Colin Cowherd, Sinbad, Oliver Kalkofe and Brent Musburger.

Adding some high-flying flair from a classic feature film are Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer.

Inspired by the world of "Cars" and directed by Disneytoon Studios veteran and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall ("King of the Hill," "The Simpsons"), "Disney's Planes" is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about Dusty's dream of competing as a high-flying air racer-and his decidedly unfortunate fear of heights. The film takes off in theaters in 3D on Aug. 9, 2013.

-- Stacy Keach ("The Bourne Legacy," Alexander Payne's upcoming "Nebraska," Robert Rodriguez's and Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For") provides the voice of Skipper, a reclusive old Navy Corsair who takes Dusty's training to new heights.


-- Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond," "How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life") lends his voice to fuel truck Chug, Dusty's buddy, coach and biggest fan.


-- Teri Hatcher ("Coraline," ABC's "Desperate Housewives") brings life and charm to the say-it-like-it-is mechanic Dottie.


-- Cedric the Entertainer ("Barbershop," "Larry Crowne, "Madagascar") as Leadbottom, a puttering old biplane who has no time for Dusty's far-fetched flights of fancy.


-- Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," "Seinfeld") lends her voice to Rochelle, a tough and confident racer who is the pride of the Great White North.


-- John Cleese (TV's "Whitney," "A Fish Called Wanda") is the voice of Bulldog, the oldest and arguably wisest racer on the circuit.


-- Carlos Alazraqui (James Garcia on Comedy Central's "Reno 911") brings to life the intensely charming El Chupacabra, a racer with more dramatic flair than is recommended at high altitudes.


-- Priyanka Chopra ("Barfi!") voices the exotic, mysterious and ruthless Ishani, the reigning Pan-Asian champion from India.


-- Roger Craig Smith (Captain America in Disney XD's "Marvel's Avengers Assemble," voice of Sonic The Hedgehog in "Wreck-It Ralph") voices world champion racer Ripslinger-wings down, the biggest name in air racing-and he knows it.


-- Gabriel Iglesias (Comedy Central's "Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-up Revolution") provides the voices of both Ned and Zed, two not-so-sharp saboteurs who work for Ripslinger.


-- Val Kilmer ("Batman Forever," "Top Gun") provides the voice of Bravo, a member of the Jolly Wrenches and a fan of air racing.

-- Anthony Edwards (TV's "Zero Hour," "Top Gun") is the voice of Echo, a member of the Jolly Wrenches and a fan of air racing.


-- Colin Cowherd (ESPN) gives play-by-play coverage as Colin Cowling, an affable blimp and an eye-in-the-sky reporter for the Racing Sports Network.


-- Sinbad (Comedy Central's "Where U Been?") brings to life Roper, an irascible race official pitty full of sly remarks and colorful commentary.


-- Oliver Kalkofe ("Neues vom Wixxer") provides the voice of meek German minicar Franz and his brazen airborne alter ego Fliegenhosen.

-- Brent Musburger (ESPN, ABC Sports) brings Brent Mustangburger, the excitable 1964½ Ford Mustang sports broadcasting icon, back to the big screen.

From above the world of "Cars" comes "Disney's Planes," an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty's not exactly built for racing-and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty's courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. "Disney's Planes"� takes off in theaters on Aug. 9, 2013. For more information, check out Disney.com/Planes, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyPlanes and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/DisneyPictures.



March 30, 2013

Flower Power Happy Hour - Tables in Wonderland Event

Tables in Wonderland - Special Event for April 2013

Flower Power Happy Hour
American Adventure Parlor at Epcot®

Friday, April 19, 2013 6:00pm
Price: $50.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

The Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival is a special spring event filled with a colorful array of flowers, lush gardens, topiaries, live music, unique shopping, and educational programs. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the festival, finish off the day with a melodious evening at the America Gardens Theatre adjacent to the American Adventure Pavilion and enjoy music from the 1960s and 1970s during the Flower Power Concert Series. Join your fellow Tables in Wonderland members for a cocktail hour and then reserved seating for the concert of Village People - best known for "Y.M.C.A."

• 6:00pm - Happy Hour at American Adventure Parlor. Hors D'Oeuvres, Beer, Wine, and Specialty Beverages

• 7:15pm - Move to America Gardens Theatre

• 8:00pm - Reserved seats for Village People show at the Flower Power Concert Series

• 9:00pm - Reserved viewing area for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

Happy Hour Menu
• "Go West" Whiskey BBQ Pork with Roasted Corn and Onion Fries

• "Macho Man" Dark Roast Coffee Crusted Tuna on Hearty Grain Crisp and Kahlua Mayonnaise

• "In The Navy" Sea Salt Quick Pickled Cucumber Sushi Roll with Nori, Thick Soy and Sesame

• Beer, Wine, Specialty Cocktails and Soft Drinks

For reservations, please visit the following website www.disneyurl.com/TIWFlowerPowerHappyHour for self-booking and instant confirmation. The website will go live and begin taking reservations on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 10:00am.

Please have the following information ready:
Tables in Wonderland Ticket Number starting with the "W"
First and Last Name of everyone in your party (maximum is Party of 10)
Home address
Phone number
Credit Card Number
Billing Address of the Credit Card (Your credit card will be charged at the time of booking, and you will receive an immediate confirmation email.)
Personal Email Address (Please use a personal email address as many work email addresses think the confirmation email is spam.)
Special Dietary Needs (if any)

Guest Policies
The event is limited to 60 Guests, and is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.
You must show your valid Tables in Wonderland ticket to gain entrance into the event.

Celebrate Mothers Day at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Hotel will offer free mimosas for moms at a special Mother's Day brunch at the character-dining restaurant Garden Grove

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - March 29, 2013 - To help guests celebrate their moms, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel will be offering a special brunch at the character-dining restaurant - Garden Grove - this Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

All mothers will receive a mimosa, compliments of the Epcot Resort Area hotel, to enjoy with their meal, while the entire family can enjoy interacting with some of their favorite Disney characters as they dine in the restaurant's park-like ambiance. The specialty menu will feature items including a create-your-own eggs benedict station, salads, soups, and a buffet featuring seared branzino (fish), wild mushroom ravioli, honey-baked petite chicken and much more.

In addition to the Mother's Day brunch, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel offers numerous amenities to make moms feel special on their day. Amenities include the luxurious, Balinese-themed Mandara Spa, five pools, a beach, Westin Heavenly Beds and much more. To check availability, make reservations and find out more information, including the latest special rates and offers, please visit www.swandolphin.com.

To make reservations, guests can call 407-934-1618 or visit www.swandolphin.com. The brunch is $35.99 for adults; $19.99 for children (ages 3 - 9); kids under three eat free. All pricing is exclusive of tax and gratuity; an 18% gratuity will be added to all checks. Discounts, promotions and coupons will not be accepted for this event.

In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is the gateway to Central Florida's greatest theme parks and attractions. The hotel is located between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa.

The hotel features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort and the Extra Magic Hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks offers additional time for guests to enjoy select attractions. (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required). The hotel can be reached at 800-227-1500, www.swandolphin.com or through Facebook at www.facebook.com/swananddolphin.

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