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May 13, 2013

A Leave of Absence

Jack Spence Masthead

Dear Readers,

First off, I am NOT leaving AllEars. However, I have decided to take an extended leave of absence. I've been writing articles for AllEars for seven years now and I need a little time off to recharge my batteries.

As many of you know, I'm currently in the process of having a new home built. I hope to move in sometime in September. It will take me several months to get settled. Then before you know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here. So it is my hope to return as a weekly AllEars columnist in early January.


As many of you know, I try to personally reply to all of the comments I receive. I figure if you're nice enough to respond to my work, the least I can do is say "thank you." I have also tried to answer the many questions you have regarding Disney.

I have asked Deb Wills to remove my email address from the "comment notification process" of our code. This means that I will not be alerted when I receive new comments. Although comments will be received and posted to my blogs, I will not be responding to them as I have in the past.

If you have Disney-related questions, I urge you to search for answers on AllEars. Our pages contain a vast amount of information and often have exactly what you're looking for. Check out our "Search" engine found at the top right of each webpage.

I wish you all a wonderful summer and a fantastic holiday season. I'll chat with you again in January.

April 17, 2008

Harper's Mill, Old Time Telephone, and Kingdom Tower - Walt Disney World

I recently wrote a blog about the bird's nest hidden in Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom. One of my readers, Chris, wrote to tell me that if you listen carefully, the creaking gears inside the mill play "Down By The Old Mill Stream." I checked it out today and sure enough, if you know what you're listening for, there's no mistaking this tune. Thanks Chris.

Harpers Mill Tom Sawyer Island

In another blog I wrote that when Arribas Brothers took over the Market House on Main Street, the old-time telephone was removed. Another reader, Shorty, wrote to tell me that the old telephone now has a new home in the Chapeau Shop on Town Square. Yea! Thanks Shorty.

Chapeau Shop Main Street USA

Telephone in Chapeau Shop

Telephone in Chapeau Shop

As I keep saying, it's these little details that make Disney special. Now, if I could just convince Disney to bring back Jennifer, the ticket seller that used to sit in the entrance area of the Main Street Cinema"

While riding the monorail to the Magic Kingdom today, I snapped a couple of pictures of the "Kingdom Tower" (the yet to be announced DVC) under construction. As you can see by the pictures, the structure is coming right along and it appears they're currently working on the twelfth floor. Also, new construction has commenced on the walkway that will connect the new resort with the fourth floor of the Contemporary.

Kingdom Tower

Kingdom Tower

April 12, 2008

Jack's Mail Bag

I want to thank everyone who writes in about my blogs. I really appreciate the feedback!

Here are some recent emails I've received:

Cindy Hershey
Loved the blog with the 1972 pictures. Please post more from any years that you have. They bring back so many memories. I grew up 15 minutes from Disney and have so many wonderful childhood memories. My husband made his first trip at the age of 35 in 2000. I try to tell him some of the things that used to be there, what some places "used" to look like. Your pictures have shown him what I have told him. I would love to see some pictures of the old topiaries that used to be between the Contemporary and Magic Kingdom. The ones that you could see from the monorail. Thanks again for bringing back wonderful memories!

Holley writes:
I love all your old photos of what the World used to look like. It helps me look at things a little differently trying to visualize what things WERE like as compared to now. On our last trip (2 weeks worth of WDW) somehow we took almost 500 different pictures of stuff. My husband kept saying, "why are you taking a picture of that?" Your column proves my point that when my toddler daughter is my age she can look back at our photo albums and see how the World has changed as compared to as it is now.

Moley writes:
What a delightful review on the Yakitori House. It really captured the mood of this little gem of a counter service eatery. Next time we want a picture of that shogun combo, too, please. Excellent blog. I always enjoy your writings.

Suzanne from PA.
Hi Jack- LOVE your blog, and always look forward to a new entry! Anyway- I feel your pain with your kitchen! We are remodeling our bathroom, and I sure do wish I could just head to EPCOT for dinner to forget about all the mess! Thanks for all the wonderful reviews! Suzanne from PA.

Kathy writes:
I ate at Wolfgang Puck's on the Monday after their opening. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful and we had a fantastic breakfast - good coffee! While we were eating they were in the process of installing new table umbrellas for their outdoor seating and an outdoor menu sign. We were so impressed we ate there again on Wednesday. In past trips I have enjoyed their pizzas, which are much better than those at any of the resort hotels.

Foxx writes:
Saw your post about the Old Mill reference on Tom Sawyer's Island. Have you ever noticed that the creaking gears in the mill play "Down By the Old Mill Stream"? It may take a bit for that part of the track to kick in, but if you stand and listen to it for a bit it's unmistakable. =)

Thanks again everyone!

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