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December 20, 2007

MouseFest Cruise Wednesday - Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Good Morning from Deck 10 of the Disney Wonder ! It was a rainy and overcast morning but that didn't damper anyone's spirits on our final day of the cruise because we were about to start the most important meet of the MouseFest Cruise.

At 8:00am, about 40 early risers gathered for Deb Wills's 2nd Annual "Walk Stroll, Roll the Plank" against Breast Cancer. The meet was scheduled to be hosted by Deb Wills.

MouseFest Strollers fighting Breast Cancer
The MouseFest Strollers for Breast Cancer

Deb, who is a 21 year cancer survivor, has taken on the challenge of raising a large amount of money to fight breast cancer for both women and men. She has done an unprecedented job over the years. Last year alone due to her non-stop efforts and with the help of many AllEars.Net readers and supporters over $35,000 was raised and donated to Avon Breast Cancer Fund.

Sadly, Deb Wills was unable to attend this year's event. But as luck would have it, Miss Dee Vah, a tireless campaigner for raising funds for Breast Cancer stepped in to take Deb's place.

Miss Dee Vah makes her grand appearance
 Miss Dee Vah makes her grand appearance<br />

This is Miss Dee Vah's second appearance at this annual event as Deb was unable to attend in 2006 also. May I say, she did a spectacular job of rallying the "strollers" as we made our way around the top deck of the Disney Wonder.

The most exciting moment came before the stroll began as Beci Mahnken from MouseFanTravel.Com presented Miss Dee Vah a check for $1,555. Nice job, MouseFanTravel! Miss Dee Vah had tears in her eyes as she accepted the check on the behalf of Deb Wills for Avon Breast Cancer Research.

Everyone looks on as…

Everyone looks on as……

Beci presents Miss Dee Vah with a check for $1,555 from MouseFanTravel for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

Tagrel's Figgy, Dick and Ms. Dee Vah

Figgy, Dick and Ms. Dee Vah

Ray Sharpton and Ms. Dee Vah
Ray Sharpton and Ms. Dee Vah

Matt and Miss Dee Vah
Matt and Miss Dee Vah

Strolling the Deck to fight Breast Cancer
Strolling the Deck

Katie and Tim
Special Note from Deb: It was an extra special cruise for me as Tim, Katie and I were able to spend some time together. Tim lost his dear wife and Katie's mother, Barb, to breast cancer several years ago. I have dedicated the last several Avon Walks in Barb's memory.

Brenda, Ann, George, Debra and Ray
 Brenda, Ann, George, Debra and Ray<br />

Kathy and Tim Love
 Kathy and Tim Love

Another stroll around Deck 10!
 Another stroll around Deck 10!

Doris and Miss Dee Vah
 Doris and Miss Dee Vah

Michele, Jimmy and Miss Dee Vah
 Michele, Jimmy and Miss Dee Vah

Miss Dee Vahand Tacey
 Miss Dee Vah and Tacey

Joan and Kevin Finder present Miss Dee Vah with a gift
 Joan and Kevin Finder present Miss Dee Vah with a gift

Ann Freeman gets Miss Dee Vah's autograph
Ann Freeman gets Miss Dee Vah's autograph

Ray Sharpton gets a Kiss from Miss Dee Vah
Ray Sharpton gets a Kiss from Miss Dee Vah

Julia and Miss Dee Vah
Julia and Miss Dee Vah

WDW Today Podcaster's Mike and Matt with Miss Dee Vah
 WDW Today Podcaster's Mike and Matt with Miss Dee Vah

Read more about Deb's efforts in the fight against Breast Cancer!

December 12, 2007

Parasailing at Castaway Cay - MouseFest Cruise -- A View From The Top!

Ever wonder what it's like to go parasailing? What's the view like from way up there? Is it scary? For the last 20 years, I have wondered the same thing. Over the years, I have watched hundreds of people parasailing over the Gulf of Mexico, just off Clearwater Beach. Until the MouseFest Cruise, I never seriously thought about trying it. I have a fear of heights and flying so I always used that as an easy excuse not to give it a go.

Let me tell you, when you go "adventuring" with Deb Wills, founder and mastermind of AllEars.Net, and Beci Mahnken, owner of, fear is not an option. I realized that as I was flying over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter during a thunderstorm last summer with the gang. So here I go again back up in the air but I am going to draw the line if the next great idea involves skydiving or hot air ballooning!

I decided to put my "fears" aside and agreed to be suspended hundreds of feet in the air for two reasons. The first, it's a Disney shore excursion so I figured it was safer to parasail with Disney then with anyone else. And the second and most important reason, I didn't want to look like a big chicken!

The parasailing trip (an annual MouseFest Cruise event) is one of the shore excursions that is offered to cruise passengers at Castaway Cay. The cost is $75 per person regardless if you parasail or just ride along as a spectator. The tour lasts an hour or so but your actual flying time is about 5 minutes. Annette from worked her magic so that our group of 18 MouseFest cruisers had exclusive use of both parasailing boats for our excursion.

Just to be clear as much as it sounds like I have been dragged onto helicopters and forced to be harnessed into a parachute and dragged behind a boat by a tow rope, these adventures do involve an additional charge and no one will make you walk the plank if you don't choose to participate. The only mandatory requirement on a MouseFest Cruise or Adventure By Disney with our group is to have a Magical Time.

Here's the view I had while parasailing. It was amazing how peaceful I felt as I dangled over the beautiful waters off Castaway Cay and I would do it again in a heart beat. Well worth the $75.

Linda Mac's view from above while parasailing

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 Mac's view from above while parasailing

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 Mac's view from above while parasailing

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Disney Wonder docked at Castaway Cay

Parasailing Cruisers

Boarding our boat

Deb Wills, Katie and Tim sail past the Disney Wonder

Deb Wills and  Katie

Deb Wills leaves the boat to Parasail

Deb Wills acting silly

Ray Sharpton Ready to Parasail

 Ray Sharpton Parasailing

 Ray Sharpton Parasailing

We all survived Parasailing!

Christmas Tree on Castway Cay

December 8, 2007

MouseFest Day 1 -The Land Portion

Let the MouseFest Magic begin. Having just returned from my first Disney MouseFest Cruise, I was sad to see that part of the "'adventure" come to an end since I was able to spend time with many old friends and made so many more new ones. This was my first Disney Cruise and many people have asked me if I enjoyed it. The answer is YES, YES, and YES! I wish I hadn't waited so long to give it a try. Let's just say there is already a reservation made for next year and I will be counting down the days. One thing great about cruising is you can relax and do absolutely nothing or you can keep going and going like the Energizer Bunny. I tried my best to do everything including Parasailing on Castaway Cay. I have a well desired nap penciled in for next Tuesday. There may be no crying in baseball but there is definitely no sleeping at MouseFest, at least for me.

I would like to share some photos from the first few Magic Kingdom meets. While I was too late to attend MouseFest 101 which I understand had over 200 MouseFesters, I did make it to Mike Scopa's 4th Annual Dole Whip Meet in AdventureLand and was shocked at the number of people who turned out for this annual event. My guess, there were 60-80 people gathered next to the Swiss Family Robinson Tree and some were tasting Dr. Scopa's Magical Elixir for the very first time.





Next up, Hidden Mickeys - Pirates of the Caribbean Meet. A group of 70 MouseFesters joined Steve Barrett, author of the Hidden Mickeys books and website. Steve was as well prepared as usual with information and photo hand outs for everyone so we could see what we would be searching for. Some of the Hidden Mickeys were to say the very least, very Hidden Mickeys.

The Castmembers at Pirates were very accommodating to our group by allowing us to have the left side queue all to ourselves so we could take our time checking out the Mickeys. As luck would have it, I ended up at the end of the line with Steve and just as we boarded our boat, everything came to a stop. I know that normally isn't a good thing but in this case it was for the 6 of us seated with the king of the hidden Mickeys. We passed the time by chatting and getting Steve's insight on Disney. When the attraction came back on line we felt like we were only people in Pirates of the Caribbean since there were no boats in front of us and the ones behind us were sent through without guests. PLUS the group received a FastPass to use on any Magic Kingdom attraction. Chatting with Steve Barrett in such an unexpected spot will always remain one of my best memories of MouseFest.









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