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October 1, 2013

Air Supply to Perform October 2-4 in Epcot's "Eat to the Beat" Concert Series


Air Supply ("All Out of Love") will perform October 2-4, 2013, as part of the 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival "Eat to the Beat" concert series.

Shows are nightly at America Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

Performances are included with Epcot admission.

Field to Feast Benefit Dinner with Disney Chefs

Field to Feast with the Disney Chefs to Benefit Second Harvest Kids Cafe

Sunday, October 27, 2013 Long & Scott Farms 4-7 p.m.


Scott Hunnel "˘ Victoria & Albert's
Brian Piasecki "˘ California Grill
Tim Keating "˘ Flying Fish CafĂ©
Frank Brough "˘ The Wave "¦ of American Flavors
Leonard Thomson "˘ Disney Events
Jens Dahlmann "˘ Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival
Phillip Ponticelli "˘ CĂ­tricos
Stefan Riemer "˘ Disney Desserts


Victoria & Albert's - Chef Scott Hunnel - Sommelier Rebecca Lewis
Lake Meadow Chicken Sausage with Zellwood Corn Succotash

California Grill - Chef Brian Piasecki - Sommelier Michael Scheifler
Spice-crusted Local Calico Scallops with Zellwood Pumpkin Ravioli, Toasted Pumpkin Seed Vinaigrette, Baby Sage, Buttered Brussel Sprouts, and Pumpkin Dust Brittle

Flying Fish Cafe - Chef Tim Keating - Sommelier Stig Jacobsen
Asian-inspired Uncle Matt's Citrus-marinated Rock Shrimp and Local Calico Bay Scallop "Cocktail"ť with Salad of MacGregor Farms Greens, Herbs, Epcot Cucumber, and Bhut Jolokia-Kaffir Lime Vinaigrette

The Wave . . . of American Flavors - Chef Frank Brough - Sommelier Damaris Jimenez
Locally-sourced Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Bourbon-Maple Pork Belly, Liquid Caramel Corn, and Vanilla Powder

Epcot® Events - Chef Leonard Thomson - Sommelier Pete Freidel
Suwannee Farms Florida Fresh Cab Beef Tenderloin over Balsamic Charred Onion Bread Pudding topped with Wine Reduction and served with Duck Fat Fries and Zellwood Sweet Corn Gelato

Florida Local at Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival - Chef Jens Dahlmann - Sommelier Tom Kovacs
Pasture Prime Mangalitsa Pork Arepa with Long & Scott Corn Esquites and Cahaba Farms Micro Cilantro

CĂ­tricos - Chef Phil Ponticelli - Sommelier Keith Gimbel
Florida Pink Shrimp with Sunny Meadow Farms Egg Pasta with Sarasota Black Sturgeon Caviar

Disney Desserts - Pastry Chef Stefan Riemer - Sommelier Vicky Thompson
Squash Beignets served with Habañero-Corn Ice Cream with Madeira Glaze and Cocoa Dust
Chocolate Pot de Crème with Bosc Pears, and Rye Bread Tuile

For more information and to purchase tickets visit:

October 4, 2013

New Special Offers for Disney VISA Card Holders

Disney VISA card holders can save up to 35% when staying at a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel with one of these new offers.

NOTE: These offers are currently just for Disney VISA cardholders. They will be available to the general public as of October 8, 2013.

1) Disney VISA -- Stay, Play & Dine Offer

Stay, Play Dine and Save up to $600* with the purchase of this 5-Night/6-Day Walt Disney Travel Company room, ticket and dining plan package at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels (based on a family of four).

-- Book a 5-night, 6-day Magic Your Way package with Disney Dining Plan and save up to $600*!

-- Book a 5-night, 6-day Magic Your Way package with Quick Service Dining Plan and save up to $400*!

Book a Moderate or Deluxe Resort or Villa and get the Dining Plan.
Book Value Resort and get the Quick Service Dining plan.

For stays most nights January 5 - March 5, 2014
Book by December 31, 2013.

This vacation package offer becomes available to the general public on October 8, 2013.
Call 407-939-7737 or contact AllEars.Net's preferred travel provider MouseFanTravel.com.

Book by December 31, 2013, with your Disney Visa® Card and use code JJQ for Value Resorts and code TRJ for Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts.

* The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price of the same package for 2 adults, 1 junior and 1 child. Tickets valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites and 3-bedroom villas and is not valid at Disney's Art of Animation Resort and Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Children ages 3-9 must choose from the children's menu, if available. Excludes gratuities and alcoholic beverages. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.


2) Disney VISA - Room Offer - save up to 35%

Stay and experience the magic up close. Be close to the heart of all the magic, from the Theme Parks and entertainment to exciting nightlife, shopping and more. Save up to 35%* when you stay at a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel

Save up to 20% - Select Value Resort Hotels
Save up to 25% - Select Moderate Resort Hotels
Save up to 35% - Select Deluxe & Villa Resort Hotels

For stays most nights -
January 5 - March 5 & March 14 - April 12, 2014.

book by December 31, 2013.

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room. Length of stay requirements may apply. Additional per adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Moderate and Deluxe Resort suites may be available at a lower discount; please call for information. Offer excludes 3-bedroom villas, campsites and villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, and is not valid at Disney's Art of Animation Resort - The Little Mermaid standard rooms.

For more details, visit https://disneyrewards.com/offers/wdwroomoct14/

To book, contact Disney directly at 1-407-939-7737 and mention code JHO or contact AllEars.Net's preferred travel provider, MouseFanTravel.com

October 7, 2013

Frozen Coming to the Disney Parks this Fall

The Disney Parks Blog has announced that Frozen (arriving in theatres November 27, 2013) will have a presence at Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort.


Anna and her sister Elsa, will appear in the Norway pavillion at Epcot for meet and greets. Also in Norway, the current exhibit in the Stave Church will be transformed to show how Norway inspired the filmmakers to create Frozen.

At Disneyland, you will find Olaf in Fantasyland and as previously announced in Disney California Adventure, Olaf will host the new World of Color version called "World of Color - Winter Dreams"

October 8, 2013

2013 CHOC "Walk in the Park" Ready to Hit Pavement at Disneyland Resort on October 13

The event is the biggest annual fundraising effort for CHOC Children's, devoted to meeting the medical needs of children throughout Southern California and beyond

ORANGE, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2013) - - Before the sun rises on Sunday, October 13, Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, will be filled with thousands of people coming together in support of the health and well-being of children. CHOC "Walk in the Park," presented by Disneyland Resort, is the largest and most unique single pediatric walk event in the U.S.

Now in its 23rd year, the popular event benefits CHOC Children's, a regional pediatric healthcare system serving children and families in Southern California and beyond. The 2013 walk covers three miles through Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park where "CHOC Walkers" get a special peek behind the magic before the parks open to the general public. At the end of the 5K walk, the event continues in the resort's Downtown Disney District where event sponsors, hospital support groups, shops and restaurants have special offers for Walk participants.

Among the event's estimated 15,000 walkers are participants from across the U.S. and around the world, including walkers from Canada, Mexico, Australia and South Korea.

Nearly 800 teams are expected, and include current and former patients and families, as well as doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. Walkers come together to celebrate the lives of children saved by CHOC Children's, and to honor the memory of those children who bravely lost their battle against serious disease or illness.

It's the biggest yearly fundraising effort for CHOC. Monies raised by the event support a variety of patient and family programs, including education, research and the adoption and utilization of the latest technologies to advance the health of children.

Last year's event raised more than $2 million, and since its inception in 1990, the Walk has raised more than $21 million.

In order to help CHOC reach its goal of providing quality healthcare to the region's two million children, each CHOC Walker must raise a minimum of $50 to participate in the Walk. Everyone can register at http://www.chocwalk.org and receive up-to-date event information at CHOC Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

For the past 12 years, CHOC "Walk in the Park" has been held at the Disneyland Resort but the Resort's commitment to CHOC began more than 50 years ago when Walt Disney himself championed the need for a children's hospital in Orange County. Since then, the Disneyland Resort - executives, Cast Members, VoluntEARS and beloved characters - have contributed funds, time and tenderness to enhance CHOC's environment of healing.

New Disney Parks Vine Account Launches With Special Contest for Social Media-Savvy Fans

Starting October 1, 2013, Disney Parks is giving social media-savvy theme park fans a new way to Celebrate their Disney Side with the launch of an official Disney Parks Vine account, which features both original and user-generated video content. Disney Parks will celebrate the account's launch with a "Vine Your Disney Side" contest that encourages Viners to create six-second films that celebrate their unique interest in Disney theme parks, characters and more.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (October 1, 2013) - Everyone has a Disney Side. It comes out when they let loose at a Disney Park, celebrate their inner pirate or princess, and meet Mickey Mouse again and again. Starting today, Disney Parks is giving social media-savvy theme park fans a new way to celebrate their Disney Side with the launch of an official Disney Parks Vine account, which will feature both original and user-generated video content.

Disney Parks will celebrate the account's launch with a "Vine Your Disney Side" contest that encourages Viners to create six-second films that celebrate their unique interest in Disney theme parks, characters and more. Starting today, Vine users who create videos that show their Disney Side can include the tag #DisneySideContest for a chance to appear on the Disney Parks' Vine account. Selected videos will begin appearing on the channel Oct. 7, with each featured filmmaker selected receiving $1,000. The creator of each video featured will also receive the chance to win a vacation to Disneyland Resort or the Walt Disney World Resort and a $10,000 commission to create a series of Disney Side videos.

"We're excited to announce our presence on Vine and believe this channel is a great fit considering the fun spirit of our parks and resorts, which serve as amazing locations for visual storytelling," said Christie Volastro, vice president of Global Digital Marketing for Disney Destinations. "We're looking forward to using this channel to showcase original Vine content and recognize Disney fans by sharing some of the most creative Disney Parks inspired user-generated content out there."

The Disney Parks Vine account adds to the company's stable of successful social media channels that reaches a global audience of 40 million Disney fans combined.

"As a mother of three young girls, I tap into my Disney Side quite frequently - my daughters never let me forget that there is an inner princess to be celebrated every day," said Jennifer Prince, director, Media and Entertainment at Twitter. "We are thrilled to partner with Disney in bringing that 'Disney Side' to life through the tight-knit, highly creative Vine community."

For more information on the "Vine Your Disney Side" contest and to see the entire list of rules and regulations, visit DisneySideContest.com.

October 14, 2013

D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago



90 Years of Disney Imagination, Innovation and Entertainment Come to Chicago, Including Iconic Props, Costumes, Artwork and Artifacts from The Walt Disney Archives

"The Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives showcases the creativity and innovation that has defined Disney for 90 years," said Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "We're proud of this heritage, and we are very pleased to share this rare glimpse into our rich history with Chicago's world-renowned Museum of Science and Industry."

The exhibition will feature hands-on, interactive stations that will bring Disney technological breakthroughs in animation and motion pictures to life. Guests can try their luck in recording sound effects for a film, explore the wonders of Disney's revolutionary MultiPlane film camera and even learn to draw some of their favorite Disney characters in the Animation Academy.

Among the extraordinary items to be featured:

• Clips from several of Walt Disney's earliest animated works, before there was a Mickey.
• The original script, written by Walt Disney, for the 1928 cartoon short Steamboat Willie, which introduced movie theater audiences to Mickey Mouse for the very first time.
• A partial recreation of Walt Disney's formal office from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., including original furnishings and many of his personal items.
• Hand-drawn artwork, hand-sculpted models and props used in the production of some of Disney's most iconic and renowned animated features, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Sleeping Beauty.
• A recreation of a working animator's office from the Disney Studios featuring authentic animator's furniture, and models.
• Animation models and artwork from contemporary Disney animation film hits, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Aladdin.
• Props from classic Disney live-action films, including Mary Poppins, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Rocketeer, The Princess Diaries, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Enchanted.
• A special area of the exhibition that is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the release of Mary Poppins, with film clips, interviews with the movie's creators and rare behind-the-scenes photos.
• A salute to Disneyland® Park in California and Magic Kingdom® Park in Florida, showcasing artwork, Audio-Animatronics® characters, and memorabilia from such popular attractions as it's a small world, Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln, The Hall of Presidents, as well as early plans and correspondence for Walt Disney's vision of Epcot.

For more information, find MSI online at msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.

This exhibit is not included in Museum Entry and will require an additional timed-entry ticket, which is $9 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for children 3-11. Tickets will go on sale at msichicago.org on September 4, 2013. D23 Gold and Silver Members will receive a special discount on exhibit entry.

October 22, 2013

More Magic and Water Fun Added to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Hawaii


New Ka Maka Landing and Ulu Cafe Welcome Guests with a Spectacular Pool and Poolside Dining Options

KO OLINA, Hawaii, Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning October 19, 2013, Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, will welcome guests to explore a stunning new expansion of its popular Waikolohe Valley water play area: Ka Maka Landing. The new enhancement features a spectacular infinity pool with a realistic grotto, a dynamic fun splash zone for smaller kids, and a new location for poolside and beachside dining.

The expansion comes just two years after the resort first opened to guests on the island of Oahu and responds to the most enthusiastic request Aulani guests have made during their stays: more water fun and more food options to enjoy.

To help celebrate the opening on the new Ka Maka Landing, the resort has launched a special offer: 4 nights for the price of 3, plus free breakfast for two adults per day at the new Ulu Cafe. This special offer is available to book now until January 15, 2014, and is for guests who stay four consecutive nights between January 5, 2014 and April 7, 2014. To purchase the vacation package, travelers can call toll-free (866) 309-2384 or contact their local travel agent. Guests may also go online to learn more and purchase the vacation package at www.DisneyAulani.com.

"With the spectacular response Aulani received after opening, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to expand Aulani's enchanting Waikolohe Valley," explains Jeanette Lomboy, executive producer for Aulani, Walt Disney Imagineering. "In keeping with the rest of the resort, we integrated Hawaiian culture, stories and artistry into the design of the new pool area and restaurant to create an inspiring new environment for our guests."

Waikolohe Valley is the recreational center of the resort. Nestled between Aulani's two towers and flowing from the lobby down to the beachfront, it is home to pools, whirlpool spas and interactive water play areas. The name "Waikolohe" -- Hawaiian for "mischievous water" -- offers a playful nod to some refreshing surprises for guests as they float along a lazy river through the valley's eye-catching lava outcropping called Pu'u Kilo.

The new pool, splash zone and additional deck space will extend the sun and water fun to the very edge of the resort property, with the new pool's "infinity edge" overlooking the adjoining lagoon. A highlight of the new family pool is an enchanting grotto that provides a relaxing view of the sunset over the Pacific. After dark, a starscape of glimmering lights appear on the grotto ceiling.

Even Aulani's littlest guests have a place to splash around in at the new Ka Maka Landing. Keiki Cove, Aulani's tide-pool-themed water play area geared towards toddlers, is a fun and safe spot where visiting tykes can cool off in a series of low-pressure water jets that gush up from below. Keiki Cove's water jets are provided courtesy of a friendly he'e, or octopus, whose large tentacles stretch out across the cove floor in a bright and friendly blue mosaic

Also open at the resort is a new food service location. Ulu Cafe is a poolside quick service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a variety of grab and go options as well as hot entrees, daily sandwiches and soups, and specialty coffee and soft drinks.

Along with the water play and dining additions, the recent expansion provides a new, larger lawn location for events, weddings and the nighttime guest favorite, the Starlit Hui show.

Adventures by Disney Announces New Film-Inspired Norway Itinerary for 2014


Adventure-seeking families can now discover the awe-inspiring Norwegian fjords that inspired the setting of the upcoming Disney animated feature film, Frozen

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The trip-planning specialists at Adventures by Disney, masters of creating family adventures, have teamed up with the pioneers of storytelling on the silver screen - Walt Disney Animation Studios - to offer a new, epic adventure to the land that inspired the look of the upcoming animated feature film Frozen. This tour of Norway allows adventure-seeking families to immerse themselves in the activities that inspired the comedic adventure of Anna, the film's fearless and optimistic protagonist who sets off on a heroic journey to find her sister Elsa and save her kingdom from eternal winter.

Families embarking on this eight-day, seven-night Norway vacation will follow the footsteps of the Frozen filmmakers by seeing the places, meeting the people and experiencing the beauty that inspired the setting and the look of the film. Expert adventure guides will care for every detail during the trip so families can focus on what really matters - spending time together.

As a hallmark of Adventures by Disney, families can expect to experience authentic, hands-on experiences that only Disney can provide. As families venture deep into Norway's villages of Bergen, Flam, Geiranger and Oslo with their personal adventure guides, they will encounter excitement, nature and culture. Bonding time is inevitable as families:

Visit the storybook village of Bergen, a real-life inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle, and enjoy dinner in a "Bryggen-style" room with a view of the Bergen Harbor.
Meet local storytellers, fishermen and farmers along the way to learn their stories.
Discover the Fjord country by safari.
Hike across stunning, mystical terrains.
Explore the capital city of Oslo.
Raft down an exhilarating river in Voss.
Learn Norwegian folk dancing.
Visit the stave churches that inspired the film's architecture.
Experience the natural beauty of Norway, including stunning waterfalls, gleaming glaciers and gorgeous fjords.
Participate in many surprises like rainbow trout fishing and glacier visits.

As with most trips, a Junior Adventure Night is available during the excursion so kids can safely partake in a private dinner museum experience while adults enjoy a stress-free, indulgent fine-dining experience.

Adventures by Disney takes pride in helping families experience the most sought-after and culturally stimulating destinations in the world; families' dreams come true through the expert care of the trip designers. To prevent the stress of pre-planning, each booking includes top-notch accommodations, most meals, transportation during the adventure, and world-class activities and entertainment that only Disney can provide.

For more information on this tour of Norway, visit www.AdventuresbyDisney.com/Frozen or call 888-272-0571 or you local travel agent for dates, availability and to make reservations.

October 31, 2013

New Soda Flavors at Epcot's Club Cool


(from the Disney Parks Blog)

As of October 30, 2013, Club Cool, in Epcot's Future World, will offer several new international soda samples.

New flavors added to the sample station are:

-- Fanta Pineapple: Fanta debuted in Europe in the 1940s and was introduced in the U.S.A. in 1960s. It's now available in more than 90 flavors. This pineapple version is popular in Greece.
-- Fanta Melon Frosty: This melon-flavored soda is number one in Thailand.
-- Bibo: This fruit-flavored juice drink originates from South Africa.
-- Sparberry: This raspberry-flavored cream soda has been a favorite in Africa (Zimbabwe) since 1955.
-- Guarana Kuat: This drink, flavored to taste like the guarana berry, is popular in Brazil.
-- Inca Kola: This Peruvian drink favorite offers a sweet, almost bubblegum-like taste.

Other flavors include VegitaBeta, a Japanese beverage that combines apricot and passion fruit flavors, and Beverly, a common aperitif found in Italy.

Flavors of Club Cool at Epcot is only one of three locations in the entire country that serves these sodas. The others are Coca-Cola attractions in Atlanta and Las Vegas.

New $999 Walt Disney World Vacation Package Offer

Purchase a 3-night, 2-day Magic Your Way Room and Ticket Package PLUS Quick Service Dining at a select Disney Value Resort hotel (in a standard room, excluding Disney's Art of Animation Resort) for a family of three (two adults plus one child ages 3-9) for $999* for stays most nights January 5 - February 12, 2014!

This package includes:

-- 2-day theme park tickets
-- the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
-- 3 nights in a standard room at a Disney Value Resort hotel (excluding Disney's Art of Animation Resort), valid for stays most nights January 5 through February 12, 2014.

Ask about other great rates for other lengths of stay, alternative family configurations and other Disney Resort hotels for stays most nights January 5 - March 5, 2014.

Rates may vary based on Disney Resort hotel, room type, party size and length of stay. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney's Art of Animation Resort and The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Book by December 31, 2013.

The number of packages available at this rate is limited. Tickets are valid for one theme park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Excludes alcoholic beverages and gratuities. Children ages 3-9 must choose from the children's menu, if available.

To book, call (407) 939-7750 or call your travel agent. AllEars.Net's preferred travel provider is Mouse Fan Travel.

*Sample package price based on 2 adults and one child (ages 3-9) for a 3-Night/2-Day Magic Your Way room, ticket and Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan package.

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