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.


A PERFECT BLEND OF RETRO AND URBAN AT D STREET

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Downtown Disney West Side will welcome a hip new boutique where urban pop culture intersects with stylized Disney. D-Street will feature eclectic apparel, Vinylmationâ„¢ figures and novel collectibles, artwork, handbags, accessories and jewelry for men and women. Opening in April 2010 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the store will feature … Continue reading "A PERFECT BLEND OF RETRO AND URBAN AT D STREET"
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THE NEXT D23 EXPO: August 19-21, 2011

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Imagine a place where every step you take immerses you further into the Disney movies, magic and memories that live so deeply in your heart. A place where pavilions and exhibits from every part of The Walt Disney Company transport you on an unforgettable adventure through the past, present and future of the Disney imagination. … Continue reading "THE NEXT D23 EXPO: August 19-21, 2011"
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The Ultimate Park-Hopper

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03.10.10 – Disney Parks fans rejoice! On Wednesday at The Walt Disney Company’s Annual Meeting, a new Annual Passport valid for admission to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks was introduced – Disney Premier Passport! The Disney Premier Passport is a brand-new Annual Passport valid for admission to both Disneyland and Walt Disney … Continue reading "The Ultimate Park-Hopper"
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An Insider’s Look at the 2010 Flower & Garden Festival

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by Debra Martin Koma AllEars.Net Senior Editor It was a cold, rainy Saturday that found me traipsing through a near-deserted Epcot, touring along with Eric Darden, horticulture manager for the annual Flower and Garden Festival. Gone were the blue skies and sunshine of the previous day, but never mind — the show must go on, … Continue reading "An Insider’s Look at the 2010 Flower & Garden Festival"
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Take a Nanooze Break

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New Epcot exhibition brings nano to the masses Photo of the marquee banner for the Take a Nanooze Break exhibition. February 24, 2010 A new long-term exhibition at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., will bring visitors face to face with the nanoworld. Housed at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, the exhibition Take … Continue reading "Take a Nanooze Break"
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Birth of Endangered Gorilla

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 1, 2010 — Guests visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom are getting a special treat along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail where they can get a rare glimpse of a newborn gorilla born Feb. 19. The critically endangered western lowland gorilla, whose gender is still unknown, is doing well and has already … Continue reading "Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Birth of Endangered Gorilla"
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ESPN Wide World of Sports Relaunches Amid Much Fanfare

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by Debra Martin Koma AllEars.Net Senior Editor “We want to make you feel like you’ve made the big time.” Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises, and George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN, were just two of several speakers who repeated this mantra yesterday during the day-long relaunching of what was formerly known as … Continue reading "ESPN Wide World of Sports Relaunches Amid Much Fanfare"
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D23 Anniversary Party at Disneyland!

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D23’s one-year anniversary party at Disneyland is coming up on March 10! A very limited number of tickets are still available at www.disney.com/D23 for this incredible evening. The party will take place in Fantasyland after Disneyland’s normal operating hours – and all Fantasyland rides will be open. (Yes, this means no huge waits to enjoy … Continue reading "D23 Anniversary Party at Disneyland!"
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Harlem Globetrotters Join Forces with ESPN & Disney Sports

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Special Globetrotter Performance on ESPN2 This Friday Night Will Showcase Re-Launch of ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Three of the biggest names in sports and entertainment will come together this week when the Harlem Globetrotters join forces with ESPN and Disney Sports as part of the official re-launch … Continue reading "Harlem Globetrotters Join Forces with ESPN & Disney Sports"
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Interview with Michelle Nunn: CEO of the Points of Light Institute

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AllEars.Net’s Mike Scopa and Jack Spence recently attended the “Celebrate Volunteers” press event at Walt Disney World, where they had the chance to speak with Michelle Nunn, CEO of the Points of Light Institute and co-Founder of the Hands On Network. Text: Mike Scopa Photo: Jack Spence I was able to track down and spend … Continue reading "Interview with Michelle Nunn: CEO of the Points of Light Institute"
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