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Preview Copper Creek Waterfront CabinsPreview Copper Creek Waterfront Cabins
June 21, 2017
We're now just about a month out from the grand opening of the new Copper Creek Villas and Cabins, the 14th Disney Vacation Club development -- and the second at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. AllEars Editor Deb Koma gives a sneak preview of the area's new waterfront cabins.


2018 Dining Plan Includes Alcoholic Beverages2018 Dining Plan Includes Alcoholic Beverages
June 21, 2017
Walt Disney World 2018 vacation packages went on sale today, June 20. Along with that, Disney has released updated information for its 2018 Dining Plans. One of the biggest changes to next year's dining plans is the inclusion of certain alcoholic beverages. Other specialty beverages have also been included in the plans. For guests with a vacation package that includes a Disney Dining Plan: -- Those over the age of 21 can choose either one single serving non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine. A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as: artisanal milkshakes; fresh smoothies; premium hot chocolates; soda, coffee, or tea. A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as: beer or cider; wine or sangria; mixed drinks and specialty cocktails (some exceptions apply). -- Those under the age of 21 can choose a single serving non-alcoholic beverage as described above. These beverages are included with a table-service or quick-service meal entitlement, not individually. In addition, prices for the 2018 dining plans are as follows: -- Quick-Service Dining Plan is $52.49 per night per adult; $21.75 per night per child age 3-9 -- Basic Dining Plan is $75.49 per night per adult; $25.80 per night per child age 3-9 -- Deluxe Dining Plan is $116.24 per night per adult; $39.90 per night per child age 3-9


PHOTOS: New Guest Rooms at Pop Century!PHOTOS: New Guest Rooms at Pop Century!
June 19, 2017
POP Century is slowly rolling out brand new renovated rooms. Here's a glimpse of the new digs.


PHOTOS: Old Key West Two-Bedroom VillaPHOTOS: Old Key West Two-Bedroom Villa
June 14, 2017
Photo gallery of an Old Key West Two-Bedroom Villa.


2018 Vacation Packages Available for Booking June 202018 Vacation Packages Available for Booking June 20
June 14, 2017
The 2018 Walt Disney Travel Company vacation packages for Walt Disney World Resort will be available to book beginning June 20, 2017. These packages will be valid for arrivals January 1 through December 31, 2018. Note that the last date of your vacation cannot be booked more than 499 days in the future.


Grand Floridian Offers Fourth of July CelebrationGrand Floridian Offers Fourth of July Celebration
June 11, 2017
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa will celebrate the Fourth of July with a cookout at the resort's Summerhouse from 7 to 8:30 p.m. After dinner, diners can head to the Grand Floridian Marina for sweets and a view of the Magic Kingdom's July 4 fireworks. (If it rains, the event will move to the Grand Floridian Convention Center.) The cookout will include grilled steak and shrimp with plenty of sides, as well as hot dogs and baked beans, with specialty drinks, beer and wine. There will be a live DJ and crafts for kids throughout the evening. Cost is $120 plus tax for adults; $59 for ages 3 to 11. Gratuity is included. For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE.


Delicious Disney Dining Series Continues This SummerDelicious Disney Dining Series Continues This Summer
June 09, 2017
The "Delicious Disney" dining series continues this summer: -- On June 28, Citricos at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa hosts a culinary tribute to the 10th anniversary of the Disney Pixar film "Ratatouille" with Chef Dominique Filoni and his team at 6:30 p.m. -- On July 19, the exotic and exquisite tastes of a journey under the sea are featured at Flying Fish at Disney's BoardWalk with Chef Timothy Majoras and team, also at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited for all of the Delicious Disney Dining Series events. For more information or to make reservations, call 407-939-5773.


Taking a Spa Break Taking a Spa Break
May 28, 2017
What do you think about when you think of a Walt Disney World vacation? Family fun? Great attractions? How about miles of walking? Guest columnist Joan Feder shares another side to enjoy: deep relaxation, pampering and serenity, taking time out of the parks to give Senses Spa at the Grand Floridian a try.


Mickey Mouse Celebration Cake Now Available for OrderingMickey Mouse Celebration Cake Now Available for Ordering
May 19, 2017
Beginning May 17, a brand-new Mickey Mouse celebration cake can be ordered at any Walt Disney World Resort owned and operated table-service restaurant. The cake is available in either chocolate or white chocolate, and can be decorated with a special message of "Happy Birthday" or "Congratulations" on the chocolate ears. Each cake serves 4 to 6 guests, and costs $35 plus tax and gratuity. Celebration cakes can be added to a new or existing dining reservation starting May 17 by calling 407-WDW-DINE or by inquiring in person at a Walt Disney World Resort concierge desk or restaurant podium. Booking ahead is encouraged, as same-day quantities are limited.


All Star Music Photo UpdateAll Star Music Photo Update
May 02, 2017
After a walk about at All Star Music we've updated many exterior photos.


Copper Creek Villas and Cabins - UpdateCopper Creek Villas and Cabins - Update
April 22, 2017
Recently I had the opportunity to take a hard hat tour (no photos were allowed) of Disney Vacation Club's newest property, Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Copper Creek is part of the overall Wilderness Lodge property, which, once open, will house guest rooms at the Wilderness Lodge (south side) Boulder Ridge and the Copper Creek cabins.


Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast - REVIEWBon Voyage Adventure Breakfast - REVIEW
April 22, 2017
On April 2, 2017, the Boardwalk's Trattoria al forno converted its breakfast offering to a character meal called the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast. Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled and Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid are the showcased characters. Linda and I have always enjoyed breakfast at Trattoria so we thought we'd give it a try.


Florida Fire Restrictions Affecting Resort CampfiresFlorida Fire Restrictions Affecting Resort Campfires
April 19, 2017
Due to dry conditions throughout Central Florida, fire restrictions are currently in force. As a result, Disney Resort hotels will not hold their scheduled campfires. Additionally, charcoal grills may not be used at this time. Propane grills, however, are still permitted.


Disney World Holding Online Spring Hiring EventDisney World Holding Online Spring Hiring Event
April 12, 2017
Walt Disney World Resort is looking to hire for more than 1,000 positions during its Online Spring Hiring Event. A variety of full-time and part-time positions are available at all four Walt Disney World theme parks, two water parks, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney Springs and more than 20 Resort Hotels. Candidates are encouraged to apply online for a wide range of roles, such as quick service food and beverage, lifeguards, parking attendants, culinary, bus drivers and much more. For more information about the current openings at Walt Disney World Resort, including full role descriptions or to apply online, visit


Easter Services Scheduled at Contemporary ResortEaster Services Scheduled at Contemporary Resort
April 12, 2017
EASTER, APRIL 16: Easter services will be held in the Fantasia Ballroom of Disney's Contemporary Resort. The service schedule is: -- Catholic Mass: 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. -- Protestant Service: 9:15 a.m. Note that the Contemporary Resort parking lot operates under parking restrictions, which means that unless you are staying there or have a dining reservation, you will need to use Disney transportation. Resort guests around the monorail beam are encouraged to take the monorail or watercraft system to Disney's Contemporary Resort. All other guests should go to the Magic Kingdom and then transfer to a shuttle bus to Disney's Contemporary Resort, which will be available starting at 7 a.m.


Walt Disney World Swan Room PhotosWalt Disney World Swan Room Photos
April 11, 2017
Photographs of the Swan rooms from a recent trip.


How and Where to Shop at Walt Disney WorldHow and Where to Shop at Walt Disney World
March 31, 2017
AllEars Feature writer Autumn Hilden shares her shopping "to dos". Shopping at Disney World can be one of the greatest or one of the most frustrating parts about your Disney vacation. It's a great way to bring home some of the magic of your trip, but oftentimes the merchandise just isn't what you're looking for: it's always the same from trip to trip and store to store, it isn't unique in the spectrum of possibilities, it's not your style, or it just doesn't call to you. So how do you get your hands on that "it" piece you're always looking for at Disney World but never finding? Hint: it's not by going to Disney Springs.


Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Returning for 8th YearSwan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Returning for 8th Year
March 29, 2017
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic will return for its eighth year Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, with new dishes debuting alongside returning festival favorites. Fans can now visit to view the 2017 food menu as well as book overnight packages and purchase tickets. Highlights of the 2017 menu feature items from the hotel's restaurants, including The Fountain, Todd English's bluezoo, Il Mulino Trattoria, Shula's Steakhouse, Kimonos and Garden Grove. Also returning this year is the day-after Sunday Bubbles Brunch with J Vineyards and Winery at Il Mulino New York Trattoria on October 29. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., this lavish brunch will feature traditional and not-so-traditional items prepared by our award-winning Chefs. Guests can reserve brunch online or by calling 888-828-8850.


VIDEO: 1-Bedroom Villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo HouseVIDEO: 1-Bedroom Villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House
March 21, 2017
Animal Kingdom Lodge recreates the feel of a South African wildlife reserve lodge. Rooms follow the Kraal African village design, a semicircle concept, offering a view of close to 100 grazing animals and 130 birds on the property and in the private savannas.


Citricos to Host Special Dining EventsCitricos to Host Special Dining Events
March 17, 2017
Citricos at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is hosting two upcoming special dining events: -- April 28 at 6 p.m.: Domaine Bousquet Wine Dinner at the Citricos Chef's Domain. Anna Bousquet, CEO and Co-Founder of Domaine Bousquet, one of the top Organic Wineries in the world, will showcase some of her favorite wines, as Chef Dom and his team present a menu to enhance them. There is limited availability for this event. The cost is $250 plus tax/gratuity per guest, paid on the evening of the event. -- May 6 at noon: Brunch with a Twist. A 5-star, 5-course meal prepared by award-winning chefs: Executive Chef Scott Hunnel, Chef Dominique Filoni, Chef Noah Estabrook, Chef Nick Mussara, Chef Lawrence Searl, and Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek representing Victoria and Albert's, Citricos, Narcoossee's, the Grand Floridian Cafe, and the Grand Floridian Bakery. Each course will be paired with complementary wines for the ultimate brunch experience. Attendees will learn new cooking techniques and have the opportunity to ask questions while watching the chefs whip up their individual specialties. There is limited availability for this pre-paid event. Cost is $169 plus tax per guest. Gratuity and complimentary valet parking are included. To book either of these events, call Sandra at the Grand Floridian at 407-824-2450.