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Where to Stay? On or Off Disney PropertyWhere to Stay? On or Off Disney Property
May 24, 2015
One important decision you will make as you plan your trip to Walt Disney World, is whether to stay on-site at a Disney resort or off-site at one of the many hotels in the surrounding area. The purpose of this page is to offer some suggestions as to what criteria might be considered when making such a decision and to summarize the main advantages and disadvantages of each choice.


Caribbean Beach Pirate Room Photo GalleryCaribbean Beach Pirate Room Photo Gallery
May 24, 2015
Just updated our Pirate Room photos at Caribbean Beach. These rooms are really well done and should have everyone going "ARGH".


Chef Mickey's Open for Brunch as of May 31!Chef Mickey's Open for Brunch as of May 31!
May 16, 2015
Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort will be open for brunch starting May 31; reservations open May 22. The brunch menu will include breakfast favorites like Mickey waffles, as well as soup and salads, and hot dishes such as barbecued ribs, seafood etouffee and baked salmon. The ice cream bar and Contemporary bakery sweets also will be part of the buffet. Just as at the restaurant's breakfast and dinner, Chef Mickey and his pals will make a stop at each table. Hours for brunch are 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Breakfast is 7-11:30 a.m. and dinner 5-9:30 p.m.) Meals are one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. For reservations, visit or call 407-WDW-DINE.


Las Ventanas Mini Review - Coronado Springs ResortLas Ventanas Mini Review - Coronado Springs Resort
April 27, 2015
Recently I was at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort updating menus when I started to get really hungry. I looked at my watch, it was 9:30 a.m. Where should I have breakfast? There were three options: Cafe Rix; Pepper Market; or Las Ventanas


History: The Fort Wilderness RailroadHistory: The Fort Wilderness Railroad
April 27, 2015
The Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground was the only Disney resort that ever had its own attraction: The Fort Wilderness Railroad. It lasted roughly six years and one month, and images of it in operation appeared on magazines, guides and posters.


Refurbishments and ClosingsRefurbishments and Closings
April 27, 2015
What attractions will be closed during your visit to Walt Disney World? Check our refurbishment/closings listing below. Welcome to our revamped Refurbishments/Closings page! This list shows which attractions and other Walt Disney World resort areas are closed for refurbishment (or for some other reason). The list is organized by theme park and resorts, in order of the start date of the refurbishment projects. You can also customize the page to see those closings that most interest you.


Shula's Steakhouse Food Photos!Shula's Steakhouse Food Photos!
April 25, 2015
Lots of food photos from a recent visit to Shula's Steakhouse in the Dolphin


Polynesian DVC Deluxe Studio Villa - Photos/VideosPolynesian DVC Deluxe Studio Villa - Photos/Videos
April 22, 2015
Photo and video tour of the new Polynesian Village Resort Deluxe Studio.


Bora Bora Bungalow DVC Polynesian Village Resort Photos/VideoBora Bora Bungalow DVC Polynesian Village Resort Photos/Video
April 22, 2015
Photo and video tour of the new Polynesian Village Resort Bungalows


Old Key West Resort Video GalleryOld Key West Resort Video Gallery
April 14, 2015
Updated to our Old Key West resort videos include studio and Sand Castle recreation area.


Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Classic TicketsWalt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Classic Tickets
April 13, 2015
Overnight packages and event-only tickets are now on sale for the sixth-annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic, Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31, at and 1-888-828-8850. A Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic causeway ticket offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 40 stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel's award-winning restaurants and wine from more than 30 wineries amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel's scenic causeway. Upgraded ticket options allow guests to enjoy access to a beer garden featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine. The event also includes hands-on experiences with the hotel's chefs and certified beverage experts in a variety of food and beverage seminars.


Easter Entertainment and Dining at WDW Easter Entertainment and Dining at WDW
April 03, 2015
Easter related activities and dining options at Walt Disney World Easter Weekend.


Polynesian Village: Trader Sam's, DVC Studios/Bungalows OpenPolynesian Village: Trader Sam's, DVC Studios/Bungalows Open
April 01, 2015
Our coverage of the opening of the Polynesian DVC Studios and Bungalows as well as the soft opening of Trader Sam's. More information, photos and videos to come.

        Related Links:
         -- VIDEO Tour Bora Bora Bungalow
         -- VIDEO: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto
         -- VIDEO: Grand Opening Ceremony
         -- BLOG: Polynesian Village Resort for Families
         -- VIDEO: DVC General Manager on Polynesian Village
         -- VIDEO: Tour Bungalow with WDI


Port Orleans Riverside Room PhotosPort Orleans Riverside Room Photos
March 30, 2015
Bed linens at the resorts have been updated. Here are the latest photos from Port Orleans Riverside, Acadian House.


 VIDEO: Easter Egg Display at Grand Floridian Resort and Spa through April 10 VIDEO: Easter Egg Display at Grand Floridian Resort and Spa through April 10
March 20, 2015
The 4th Annual Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Easter Egg display. Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek has been designing and hand painting Easter eggs for over 19 years. The dedicated team spent over 3 weeks creating these edible works of art. They are on display through April 10, 2015. Featured this year is the Golden Coach from Cinderella. Eggs also highlight Ariel and the Little Mermaid, Toy Story, the Great Mouse Detective, Aurora and Prince Philip from Sleeping Beauty, the Fairy Godmother, Disney Canine movie stars, the Rose from Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan's Neverland, Cinderella , Lady and the Tramp at Tony's Restaurant, Tinker Bell, the Bears from Brave, Flynn Rider and Rapunzel from Tangled and also decorated Easter eggs. This year the display is in various parts of the Grand Floridian lobby and not just at the entrance.


Port Orleans Riverside Video Gallery Port Orleans Riverside Video Gallery
March 16, 2015
Check out the Port Orleans Riverside Video Gallery with 2 new additions: Ol' Man Island Water Area and Mansion Guest Room


Review: Cape May Character Breakfast!Review: Cape May Character Breakfast!
March 12, 2015
Join hosts Deb Wills and Deb Koma as they share their experience at Goofy's Character Breakfast at the Cape May Cafe in the Beach Club at Walt Disney World.


Planning a Trip with Older TeensPlanning a Trip with Older Teens
March 11, 2015
Our trips have changed immensely since our first trip to the World, years ago when the girls were toddlers. Daughter #1 has just turned 20 (!) and at 17, Daughter #2 only has a few more months of being the "Child" on our Disney reservations. One of the things that I have realized is that it was during our trips in the tween and teen years when the girls really cemented their love of Disney. If you reach that point and your kids are still willing to drag themselves out of bed for park openings, you have done your job correctly. If not, no worries, a few adjustments, and you can maintain family harmony during your Disney vacations. Here are a few observations and tips, which might be helpful as you plan a trip with your not-so-little ones:


Seniors at WDW - Technology!Seniors at WDW - Technology!
March 11, 2015
In my first-ever article for AllEars, Walt Disney World from a Senior's Viewpoint (AllEars Issue 795, December 16, 2014), I promised I would eventually chronicle my experiences with making Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) and our FastPass+ times. Well, here goes!


Wanyama Safari Experience at Animal Kingdom Lodge - AllEarsNet TVWanyama Safari Experience at Animal Kingdom Lodge - AllEarsNet TV
February 26, 2015
The Wanyama Safari is one of the most unique experiences you can enjoy at the Walt Disney World Resort. Tour the savannahs at Animal Kingdom Lodge's Jambo house and Kidani village and then enjoy a multi-course meal at Jiko