Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.


DISNEY DREAM BEGINS: Newest Disney ship centerpiece of ceremony in Papenburg, Germany

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DISNEY DREAM BEGINS: In a ceremony held in Papenburg, Germany on Aug. 26, 2009, Captain Tom Forberg and Donald Duck did the honors of placing a special Disney Cruise Line coin under the keel of the Disney Dream, Disney’s newest cruise ship, currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. In maritime tradition, … Continue reading "DISNEY DREAM BEGINS: Newest Disney ship centerpiece of ceremony in Papenburg, Germany"
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D23 EXPO SCHEDULE DETAILS FOUR DAYS OF EXTRAORDINARY ENTERTAINMENT AND SURPRISES AT THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT

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Event Schedule and Additional Details Revealed as the Ultimate Disney Fan Event Readies for Its Premiere Sept. 10-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center “In the Company of Legends” is the official artwork of the D23 Expo created by artist Tim Rogerson featuring more than two dozen individual characters, props and historic Disney icons. ANAHEIM, Calif. … Continue reading "D23 EXPO SCHEDULE DETAILS FOUR DAYS OF EXTRAORDINARY ENTERTAINMENT AND SURPRISES AT THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT"
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Adopt-A-Nest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Vero Beach Resort

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Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom can support sea turtle conservation by participating in the Adopt-A-Nest program at Conservation Station’s Out of the Wild merchandise shop. Here’s how the program works: During sea turtle nesting season, a team from Animal Programs surveys the beach near Disney’s Vero Beach Resort looking for new sea turtle nests. They … Continue reading "Adopt-A-Nest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Vero Beach Resort"
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Disney’s newest Princess Tiana theme park character makes first public appearance

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(AUG. 6, 2009): Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose (left), who provides the voice of Disney’s newest princess, Tiana, in the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film “The Princess and the Frog,” poses with the new Princess Tiana character (right) as she will soon appear at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World … Continue reading "Disney’s newest Princess Tiana theme park character makes first public appearance"
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Bay Lake Tower Opening

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Deb Wills checked in to the new Bay Lake Tower today, August 4, and sent photos along the way. Here’s a look at the newest Disney Vacation Club location, through Deb’s eyes — photos added as the day goes on: The day begins over Bay Lake: Welcome Home! Fantasia Gift Shop line for LE Bay … Continue reading "Bay Lake Tower Opening"
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A Conversation with Marianne Hunnel: 2009 F&W Festival

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by Debra Martin Koma AllEars® Senior Editor The other day, I had the chance to speak with Marianne Hunnel, manager of culinary programs for the upcoming Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. I asked her if she could “spill the beans,” so to speak, about what we can expect at the annual 45-day eating and … Continue reading "A Conversation with Marianne Hunnel: 2009 F&W Festival"
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CELEBRATING A SOCCER STAR: International Soccer Star Leo Messi

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International Soccer Star Leo Messi at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex – July 9, 2009 FC Barcelona soccer star Leo Messi is continuing his celebration of his team’s UEFA Champions League title by spending a week at Walt Disney World near Orlando, FL. Messi, one of the sport’s biggest stars, is experiencing many of … Continue reading "CELEBRATING A SOCCER STAR: International Soccer Star Leo Messi"
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1,000 Immigrants Celebrate U.S. Citizenship in Star-Spangled Event Friday Morning on Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort

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New citizens attend premiere of ‘re-Imagineered’ Hall of Presidents attraction, now featuring President Barack Obama figure LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (July 3, 2009) – In a stirring celebration of citizenship, more than 1,000 immigrants gathered on Main Street, U.S.A. early Friday to be “sworn in” as American citizens. And then, as the country kicked off … Continue reading "1,000 Immigrants Celebrate U.S. Citizenship in Star-Spangled Event Friday Morning on Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort"
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Disneyland Resort Celebrates Los Angeles Lakers and MVP Kobe Bryant With A Victory Parade for the 2009 World Champions

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ANAHEIM, Calif., June 18, 2009 – Celebrating the best in basketball, the Disneyland Resort saluted the 2009 World Champion Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday with a victory parade down Main Street U.S.A, in Disneyland park. Kobe Bryant, MVP of the recent NBA Finals, smiled and waved to fans as he rode on a float to … Continue reading "Disneyland Resort Celebrates Los Angeles Lakers and MVP Kobe Bryant With A Victory Parade for the 2009 World Champions"
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