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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.


WDW Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Celebrates 8th YearWDW Swan and Dolphin Food 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.


Hurricane Irma Affects Parks and ResortsHurricane Irma Affects Parks and Resorts
September 13, 2017
Hurricane Irma went through the Walt Disney World area on September 10 as a strong Category 2 hurricane. All theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, and some resorts were closed on September 10 and 11. All theme parks and Disney Springs re-opened on Tuesday, September 12, though not all attractions and entertainment may be available. Big shout out to the First Responders and Utility works. Huge shout out to the cast members who worked during the Hurricane Irma ride-out and for making the resort guests as comfortable and entertained as possible. These are the official Disney links for Hurricane Irma updates: Disney's IRMA Updates | Disney Vacation Club IRMA Updates | Disney Cruise Line Updates Anecdotal reports on Twitter indicate overall the resorts fared well but did sustain fallen trees and some flooding. Reports this morning indicate some rides are closed while any potential damage is assessed. Walt Disney World/MyDisneyExperience/Park and Resort Notices are reporting the status of other areas as follows: -- The Jungle Cruise, in the Magic Kingdom, is closed until further notice. -- Kilimanjaro Safaris and Kali River Rapids, in Animal Kingdom, are temporarily closed. -- Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon will reopen later this week. -- Fort Wilderness Campground remains closed until further notice. With this extended closure, Hoop-de-Doo Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ remain closed. -- Epcot Resort Friendship boats are currently not operating. There is bus or foot transportation. -- All September 12 shows at The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ will be canceled. Existing reservations will be automatically canceled and refunded. -- The Treehouse Villas are scheduled to re-open on Thursday, September 14. -- Disney's Vero Beach Resort is expected to open on Thursday, September 14. -- Disney's Hilton Head Resort remains closed.


Artist Renderings, Model for Coronado Springs TowerArtist Renderings, Model for Coronado Springs Tower
September 05, 2017
A 15-story tower is being built at Coronado Springs that will feature roof top dining. This gallery contains artist renderings and model photos.


My Disney Experience EnhancementsMy Disney Experience Enhancements
August 24, 2017
The latest updates to the My Disney Experience app include the ability to track your Disney Dining Plan credits, as well as the expenses charged back to your Disney hotel room. AllEars.Net's Deb Koma takes a quick look at the app's enhancements.


DVC Member Pirate-Themed Parties Available to Book Aug 24DVC Member Pirate-Themed Parties Available to Book Aug 24
August 23, 2017
Disney Vacation Club members and their guests can book reservations at special pirate-themed parties to be held on October 31 from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in the Ballroom of the America's at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Participants are invited to wear costumes and will receive a "Buccaneer Booty Bag" at the party, which will also include meeting a Walt Disney World Ambassador, a DJ dance party, a pirate-themed selfie station, carnival-style games with prizes, face-painters and a complimentary character photo, along with Halloween desserts, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required and can be made through Member Services on August 24.


All Walt Disney World Discounts in One Place!All Walt Disney World Discounts in One Place!
August 20, 2017
Discounts across Walt Disney World are consolidated in one place. Check out both our PDF files for easy viewing!


Learn About Projects Announced at D23 Expo!Learn About Projects Announced at D23 Expo!
August 14, 2017
We've consolidated all the projects announced at the D23 Expo in one place with links to more information. We will keep you updated as projects take shape.


WDW Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic DiscountWDW Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Discount
August 13, 2017
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is getting ready for its Food and Wine Classic, October 27-28. Right now, use the code SUMMER to get $10 off new reservations for one of the event's Beverage Seminars.


Orlando Magical Dining Month Part 1 - Now Thru 10/12Orlando Magical Dining Month Part 1 - Now Thru 10/12
August 08, 2017
It's that time of year again -- the time when a number of Orlando-area restaurants band together to offer patrons a chance to experience fine dining at a bargain price while benefiting a good cause, or causes.


Vegan Option Added to Landscapes of Flavor Breakfast MenuVegan Option Added to Landscapes of Flavor Breakfast Menu
August 06, 2017
The Landscapes of Flavor at the Art of Animation Resort now features a new, VEGAN breakfast option: Vegan Seitan Scramble - delicious plant-based saute of edamame, diced tofu, chipotle seitan, arugula, peppers, and onions for $7.49.


My Disney Experience Now Offering Online Check-In ServiceMy Disney Experience Now Offering Online Check-In Service
August 05, 2017
Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels are now able to use Disney's Online Check-In service on the My Disney Experience mobile app. The feature enables you to start the check-in process up to 60 days before your arrival, bypassing the need to visit the front desk. You can complete check-in by unlocking your room, when it is ready, using the MagicBands sent to you prior to arrival. With just a few taps of the screen, you can make room requests, add credit card information and authorize charges, submit an estimated arrival time to help prompt room access, receive a notification when your room is ready and more. (Note that room requests are not guaranteed and guests must provide consent to receive notifications.) You can begin the check-in process at any point up to 60 days prior to your arrival date - even minutes beforehand as you're transported on Disney's Magical Express to your resort hotel. To take advantage of the Online Check-In service and other features, be sure to download the latest version of My Disney Experience, now available in the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices.


Tables in Wonderland Offering Increased Discount at Select RestaurantsTables in Wonderland Offering Increased Discount at Select Restaurants
August 03, 2017
For a limited time, Tables in Wonderland members can receive a 30 percent discount at the same Walt Disney World table-service restaurants offering the discount to Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members. This special discount is available through September 30, 2017, at the following restaurants, before 6:30 p.m. or after 8:30 p.m.: Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge; Jiko at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; Citricos and the Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa; Flying Fish at Disney's BoardWalk; The Wave of American Flavors at Disney's Contemporary Resort; Olivia's Cafe at Disney's Old Key West Resort; Boatwright's Dining Hall at Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside; The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa; and Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club Resort (which is currently being served at Ariel's in the Beach Club Resort). The discount is valid on regular price food and beverages (excluding applicable tax and gratuity). Discounts cannot be combined and special events are excluded. The Tables in Wonderland 20 percent discount is available as usual between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. or other meal periods where available.