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New Year's Eve Around the 'World'New Year's Eve Around the 'World'
December 13, 2017
Here's an overview of special New Year's Eve events and dining around Walt Disney World, as well as times for fireworks at the theme parks.


2018 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Announced2018 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Announced
December 12, 2017
The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic will return in 2018 for its ninth year Friday, October 26, Saturday, October 27 and the Sunday Bubbles Brunch on Sunday, October 28. Fans can now visit to book overnight packages and purchase tickets.


Details on the New Disney Skyliner Transportation SystemDetails on the New Disney Skyliner Transportation System
December 08, 2017
Earlier this year, Disney released news on a new Disney Skyliner transportation system that will give resort guests an unforgettable journey and a picturesque view of Walt Disney World Resort as they take to the sky to travel from select Disney resorts to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Today, the Disney Parks Blog revealed new details on what you can expect from the Disney Skyliner system.


Caribbean Beach Transformation Details RevealedCaribbean Beach Transformation Details Revealed
December 06, 2017
Earlier this year, Disney announced that the Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World would undergo some transformations. Today, as part of the 12 Days of Disney Parks Christmas news series, the Disney Parks Blog shared new colorful details about those enhancements debuting late this coming summer.


Roaring Fork Changes Seating OptionsRoaring Fork Changes Seating Options
December 03, 2017
Disney has increased the outdoor seating at Roaring Fork, the quick-service eatery located at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. During the location's recent refurbishment, the beverage station was moved from the food service area into the seating area, eliminating several tables. To make up for that, additional seating on the outdoor patio has been added. Roaring Fork currently serves breakfast, lunch and dinner between the hours of 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.


VIDEO: Grand Floridian Holiday DecorationsVIDEO: Grand Floridian Holiday Decorations
November 28, 2017
Each year the Grand Floridian becomes a winter wonderland, with reindeer on the lawn and a magnificent Gingerbread House in the Lobby. Trees, wreaths, and garland add touches to the resort.


Magical Express Extends Pick Up Time to Four HoursMagical Express Extends Pick Up Time to Four Hours
November 25, 2017
Disney's Magical Express is now picking up guests four hours before flight departure time due to new TSA security measures at Orlando International Airport. This applies to both domestic and international flights.


Victoria and Albert's Receives TripAdvisor AccoladesVictoria and Albert's Receives TripAdvisor Accolades
October 28, 2017
Victoria and Albert's, located in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, has been voted the second-best fine dining restaurant in America among TripAdvisor's 2017 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in their Travelers' Choice awards -- the only Florida restaurant to make this prestigious list. Under the helm of Executive Chef Scott Hunnel, Chef de Cuisine Aimee Rivera, maitre d hotel Israel Perez and Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, this is the second time Victoria and Albert's has received high honors from TripAdvisor. The restaurant also is a recipient of AAA's highest achievement, the Five Diamond Award. Victoria and Albert is open nightly for dinner. For reservations, visit


Crew's Cup Lounge Menu Changes Crew's Cup Lounge Menu Changes
October 25, 2017
The menu for Crew's Cup Lounge in the Yacht Club has changed since earlier in the month. In addition, there is no longer food service between 2 and 5 p.m., just beverages.


PREVIEW the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic, Oct. 27-28! PREVIEW the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic, Oct. 27-28!
October 25, 2017
The 8th Annual Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic will be held this weekend, October 27-28, 2017. Read Deb Wills' blog for a preview of this event, which promises to be the biggest Food and Wine Classic ever.


PHOTOS: Cascade Cabins at Copper Creek VillasPHOTOS: Cascade Cabins at Copper Creek Villas
October 23, 2017
The new Cascade Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge are part of the Copper Creek Villas and are 24 waterfront buildings that are part of the Disney Vacation Club. Each unit, with a modern yet still somewhat rustic decor, sleeps 8. They opened on July 17, 2017.


Dates Added for Beverage Tasting Series at ContemporaryDates Added for Beverage Tasting Series at Contemporary
October 21, 2017
Top of the World Lounge, located at the top of Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, has added dates to its weekly Beverage Tasting Series, including a new menu of holiday-themed sessions. Presented as part of Membership Magic Ever After, the sessions are priced at $40 a person and run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Upcoming events include beer tastings on Oct. 26 and Nov. 30, bourbon tastings on Nov. 2 and Dec. 7, wine tastings on Nov. 9 and Dec. 14, and mixology experiences on Nov. 16 and Dec. 21. The new holiday-themed sessions will be presented on Nov. 7 (spiced or mulled cider), Nov. 14 and 28 (Thanksgiving cocktails), Dec. 5 (chocolate-inspired holiday drinks), Dec. 12 (hot holiday beverages) and Dec. 19 (coffee-inspired holiday drinks). Call Member Services for more details and reservations.


Food and Wine Classic Celebrates 8th YearFood and Wine Classic Celebrates 8th Year
October 19, 2017
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic will celebrate its eighth year Oct. 27 - 28 with the largest event to date, featuring more than 60 food and beverage stations and 11 educational seminars taught by members of the resort's award-winning food and beverage team. The two-night event will feature cuisine from the resort's own award-winning restaurants: Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Shula's Steak House, Todd English's bluezoo, Kimonos and more, with wine and spirits samplings from around the globe. There will be new seminars offered, along with live entertainment and even a Sunday morning brunch. Tickets to the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic are available as part of a resort package or individually. For more information or to book, visit or call 1-800-227-1500.


Disney Becomes Pet Friendly at Select HotelsDisney Becomes Pet Friendly at Select Hotels
October 13, 2017
The Disney Parks Blog today announced the beginning this Sunday, Oct. 15, for the first time ever, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome guests - and their dogs - to four of its resort properties! Four Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog friendly.


Rate and Review Your Dining Experiences at WDWRate and Review Your Dining Experiences at WDW
October 07, 2017
Share your recent dining experiences and help others decide where to dine!


Trees of the WorldTrees of the World
October 06, 2017
Disney Historian Jim Korkis takes a look at Trees of the World


Artist's Palette Offering Make Your Own Dinner OptionArtist's Palette Offering Make Your Own Dinner Option
September 28, 2017
A new meal option is now available for a limited time at Artist's Palette at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. The option is a kit that includes everything you need to make dinner for four using the full kitchen in one of the Disney Vacation Club's resorts villas. For $49 plus tax you will receive the ingredients for Rigatoni Fiesolana (rigatoni pasta with creamy tomato sauce, sausage, portabella mushrooms, parmesan and fresh basil), along with a large garden salad, garlic bread sticks and baking instructions.


We've Missed You! Meet AllEars.Net on Sept. 30!We've Missed You! Meet AllEars.Net on Sept. 30!
September 27, 2017
It's been a while since we've held an AllEars.Net meet, and now is the time to fix that! Join AllEars.Net's Deb Wills, Linda Eckwerth and Deb Koma (and possibly a few others from the AllEars.Net team) Saturday, September 30, at 10 a.m. at the Market at Ale and Compass, just off the lobby at the Yacht Club Resort.


Post-Hurricane Updates for WDW Area and BeyondPost-Hurricane Updates for WDW Area and Beyond
September 20, 2017
After Hurricane Irma passed through the Walt Disney World area on September 10, all Disney theme parks and Disney Springs reopened on Tuesday, September 12. Most attractions and facilities are back up and running normally, with a few exceptions. Walt Disney World/My Disney Experience app/Park and Resort Notices are reporting the status of other areas as follows: -- Fort Wilderness is expected to reopen tomorrow, Sept. 20. -- Aerophile, the World Leader in Balloon Flight at Disney Springs is closed. -- The Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom is closed until further notice. -- Splash Mountain is closed for its scheduled refurbishment. -- Disney's Hilton Head Resort reopened yesterday, Sept. 18. -- The Disney Fantasy's September 23 and October 7 sailings in the Eastern Caribbean are being modified to include ports of call in the Western Caribbean. These two revised sailings will now visit Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Falmouth, Jamaica. -- Disney Cruise Line's Western Caribbean sailings will continue as scheduled. The Walt Disney Company announced a commitment of $2.5 million to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma. The funds will help the response and recovery efforts of the American Red Cross, UNICEF, Save the Children, and other nonprofits. In addition, eligible Disney employee donations to qualified organizations involved in the Hurricane Irma relief effort are being matched dollar for dollar by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation. During Hurricane Irma, Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line donated meals, provided storage for supplies and power-utility vehicles, donated bedding to shelters, and made rooms available for first responders. As the recovery from Hurricane Irma's effects continues, we are now keeping an eye on Hurricane Maria, which as of this writing is a Category 5 storm in the Caribbean. For the latest on severe weather, be sure to consult with the National Hurricane Center, The Weather Channel, and Orlando news outlets. Our thoughts remain with those affected by the recent hurricanes, not only Irma, but also Harvey, Jose, Katia and Maria.


Staying at WDW During a HurricaneStaying at WDW During a Hurricane
September 15, 2017
Did you ever wonder what it's really like to stay at a Walt Disney World hotel during a hurricane? AllEars.Net reader Sarah Rodenbeck was kind enough to share her family's experience at the Art of Animation hotel.