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December 24, 2011

All Ears December to Remember - Parting Thoughts

I had great fun at Deb Wills' and All Ears December to Remember Events - 4 full days packed with activities and meeting up with old and new friends to celebrate 15 years online with All Ears. I led Hidden Mickey tours of the Kidani Village Resort. Our central gathering area was a spacious Kidani Village Villa, which was filled with smiling people and tasty snacks. Here's a photo of Mike Scopa and me.

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I pointed out a Hidden Mickey in the woodwork on a tabletop inside Sanaa Restaurant.

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The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights comes to life this time of year. It's fun to look high and low for Hidden (and decor) Mickeys in the Osborne Lights.

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Each year, I like to spot the Hidden Mickeys on the helmet of the nutcracker figure who strolls around Epcot's Germany Pavilion.

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I was privileged to hear Don "Ducky" Williams speak of his long career as an illustrator and character artist with the Disney Company. Of course, he's forever attached to our favorite Duck, but he can draw just about anything!

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He admitted that a few of his most difficult subjects were Spaceship Earth (because of the large number of panels with varying shades), Pocahontas (because her face is angular yet feminine and one imperfect line could ruin the effect), and the Disney Cruise Ships (because of the intricate architectural detail). In fact, he said that he often covers part of the cruise ship to make his task less challenging. In this painting, Ariel's hair hides the rear of the ship.

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Deb Wills reminisced with us in an upper room of the American Adventure Pavilion. None of us will ever forget December to Remember!

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December 30, 2011

More Holiday Cheer at WDW

I enjoy music of all types, and the British Revolution group at Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion adds a new dimension of rock and roll to Walt Disney World. They debuted in May of 2011 and have delighted audiences since with British rock music from over the decades since the 1960's. This year, my sister Donna visited WDW over Christmas and we sang along with a music set from this great band.

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After their performance and when my heart had stopped pounding, I posed with the guys.
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Each year, WDW manages to improve the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, including the Hidden (and decorative) Mickey images. Michelle Scribner-MacLean, esteemed member of our own All Ears cast, found a tiny classic Hidden Mickey at the end of the Streets of America, next to the door to the Sporting Goods store.

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My sister Donna found more of these small classic Hidden Mickeys in lights in several other areas; this one is above the "News" sign along the Streets of America.

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My wife Vickie and our son Steven, along with Donna and I, had a wonderful Christmas day dinner at Shula's Restaurant at WDW's Dolphin Resort. Even though the restaurant was busy, everyone seemed to be in an upbeat holiday mood. It's been a festive season for me, and I hope for you as well!


From our family to all of you, merry Christmas season, Happy Holidays, and raise your glass to a promising New Year!

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