October 2000
WDW Bits and Bites

Feature Article

This article appeared in the October 3, 2000, Issue #52 of ALL EARS® (ISSN: 1533-0753)

The WDW Millennium Balloon is making its way around the country through the end of October. It's an 80 foot tall hot air ballon of Spaceship Earth and the 2000 Logo.

The remaining stops on the tour are:

Dallas/Ft.Worth October 6-7
Houston October 11-12
Atlanta October 16-17
Jacksonville October 19-20
Miami October 23-24
Tampa October 26-27

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The Downtown Disney Pooh Store is expanding. As initially reported in ALL EARS® Issue #47, September 4, 2000, there will be more Pooh to be found at the Marketplace. Details of the new store are now in.....

Christopher Robin's House and the Hundred Acre Wood. The area currently occupied by the Pooh Store will be Christopher Robin's House. It will feature a mural of Pooh and his friends!

The Hundred Acre Woods area will take over what was Summer Sands and will feature a large hunny tree! Outside the store front you will be able to take photos with three-dimensional figures of Pooh, Tigger and Piglet. The new store is expected to open in mid-November.

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The October E-Ride nights are: 3, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20

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Mark McIntyre, Walt Disney World artist, will be signing the Millennium image titled "Celebrate the Future Land to Land" featuring your favorite Disney characters and the four Disney theme park castles. The image is featured on plates, posters, T-shirts and mugs. Mark will be available at the Animation Gallery located at Disney-MGM Studios on October 4, 2000 from 2-6pm.

Cody Reynolds, Walt Disney World artist, will be available to sign his Pooh and Gang Halloween 2000 limited edition artist watch at the following locations: Sunset Club Couture at Disney-MGM Studios on October 25 from 3-7 PM; Uptown Jewelers at the Magic Kingdom on October 26 from 4-8 PM; The Art of Disney at Downtown Disney Marketplace on October 27 from 6-10 PM. The watch has an edition size of 75 and will come with the Certificate of Verification, a copy of the artist bio, as well as a copy of the artwork and will retail for $200.

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Pleasure Island will feature the band Men at Work at the West End stage on October 28th. Shows will be at 8:pm and 10pm.

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Pleasure Island Two for One Drafts or Soft Drinks at Wildhorse Saloon Coupon. The first person emailing: pi_wdwig@yahoo.com will each the coupon. To save time, be sure and send your mailing address. Email entries limited to today only! Coupon expires October 31, 2000.

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Annual Passholder Benefits for the remainder of 2000 have been announced including a special preview of the Osborne lights at the Disney MGM Studios on November 18 or 19.

For full annual passholder details visit: http://allears.net/pl/apass.htm

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Epcot's 5th Annual International Food and Wine Festival begins October 21 and runs through November 19 2000.

It's been a couple years since I attended a Food and Wine Festival so I'm excited about my trip in November. Besides, I'll also be staying at the brand new Wilderness Lodge Villas!

The Food and Wine festival fits all budgets, from bare bones to extravagent!

All you really need is admission to Epcot.

You can sit in (for free) at the small wine seminars near Germany (usually about 20 minutes in length). Hear one of the winemakers talk about their products and sample a wine or two.

Also, at no additional charge, you can also enjoy the 15-minute cooking demonstrations held four times daily at China, Japan, France, and the Walt Disney World Marketplace.

For $1-$4 a sample, you can snack your way around World Showcase with over 40 country booths offereing food, wine and beer from their part of the world.

After that, the sky and your wallet are your only limits. You can enjoy basic food and wine parings to large wine tastings to wine dinners to reserve dinners.

From my previous experience, I found the samples of food almost all above average in quality. The Wine Seminars near Morocco were fun and informative. The entire experience quite enjoyable and I would highly recommend anyone interested in experiencing new tastes in both food, beverage to check out Epcot's Food and Wine Festival!

For more Food and Wine Festival Information visit: http://allears.net/tp/ep/foodwine.htm

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Have you met Gertie, the brontosaurus at Dinosaur Gerties Ice Cream of Extinction on the edge of Echo Lake at the Disney-MGM Studios?

The dino is actually a replica of the California architecture popular in the 1940's and 1950's.

If you look around the Ice Cream stand you can find the footprints Gertie left a long time ago :)

In the early 1900's, Gertie the Dinosaur was one of the first cartoon characters to have emotions and a personality. She was popularized by Winsor McCay's vaudeville act. Walt's business partner at the time, Ub Iwerks, saw Gertie and told Walt about her. They began to study the ways McCay was able to "bring her to life". Inspired by McCay's work, Walt and Ub began to learn all they could about animation!

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The Results Are In! The September WDWIG reader poll question was:

What is your favorite Epcot Fast Food Eatery?

The winner with 21% is Cantina de San Angel - Mexico.

The Electric Umbrella in Future World and the American Adventure's Liberty Inn scored 14% and 13%.

10% of you wrote in votes (I just couldn't get all the eateries on the poll). The bigest write-in was for The Land eatery.

Over 1,700 persons voted.


Editor's Note: This story/information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all current rates, information and other details before planning your trip.