Behind the Ears



You've met Deb Wills, the founder, Webmaster, publisher and Editor-in-Chief of AllEars® and AllEars.Net. But it takes more than one person to run this show. Just who are the folks behind

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A dedicated group of volunteers who spend countless hours to bring you the latest news in the most informative and entertaining Walt Disney World website and newsletter available!

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Deb Koma and Stitch 1/03

Debra Martin Koma
Editor AllEars® and AllEars.Net

"Day" Job: Freelance writer

Favorite WDW memory: The first time my son, then 4, saw SpectroMagic and shouted, "Mommy, look at the peacock! Mommy, look at the fish!" He's 21 now and won't admit it, but he still thinks that parade is cool. (And so do I!)

Favorite WDW spot to rest: Rest? Who rests when they're at Disney World? I want to see it all, do it all -- No rest for this park commando!

Insider Tip: If at all possible, avoid taking your very first trip to Walt Disney World during the crowded, hot summer months. But if you MUST go then, remember to take everything in stride -- it will be hot, there will be long lines, and you'll wonder why everyone raves about how wonderful the World is. Don't let it get to you! Just try to get an early start to take advantage of the cooler mornings, and then take a pool break in the middle of the day -- return to the parks after the temps start to go down and hopefully you'll be able to enjoy yourselves more. It really is the Most Magical Place on Earth!


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Laura Gilbreath with Lilo and Stitch at the 2005 Half-Marathon

 

Laura Gilbreath
Disneyland Resort Correspondent
Blogger

"Day" job:
Computer system administrator

Favorite WDW Memory: Running in the 2005 WDW Half Marathon, especially running through Cinderella Castle and around World Showcase!

Favorite WDW spot: After IlumiNations, sitting on the edge of a planter along the walkway between Future World and World Showcase watching Epcot's Lights of Winter.

Favorite WDW restaurant: Boma! Especially the dessert buffet.

Favorite spot for IllumiNations: I think the best spot is behind the UK's Fish and Chips shop, but this area is usually reserved for private parties. My favorite guest-accessible area is along the edge of the World Showcase Lagoon, straight out from the backstage gate next to Germany.

Insider tip: The WDW theme parks, especially Epcot, have LOTS of live entertainment: street shows, stage shows, acrobats, rock bands, and everything in between. Watching a show is a great opportunity to slow down and relax for a few minutes. So take a look at the daily Times Guide, and let the talented performers entertain you!

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Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas
Picture This! Photo Blogger

Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

 

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Steve Barrett

Steve Barrett
Blogger

Day Job: Doctor and Disney Nut

Favorite WDW Memory: Strolling through the Magic Kingdom with my young son on my shoulders. I remember thinking, "I wish this would last forever!"

Favorite WDW Spot: Anywhere there's a Hidden Mickey.

Insider Tip: Take some time to chat with Cast Members, especially if you're looking for Hidden Mickeys. The Cast Members are one of the main reasons WDW is such a unique and special place.

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Gloria

Gloria Konsler
Corresponding Secretary, Photo of the Week, Ears to Ears™ Moderator

"Day" Job: Finally retired! I spend my day answering AllEars.Net email and helping out with the grandkids.

Favorite WDW Memory: At the end of our very first trip to Walt Disney World, we left the Magic Kingdom via the ferry and everyone cried because we had had such a wonderful time. The sight of the castle getting smaller and smaller in the background was just too much for all of us. We were so sad and so happy all at the same time.

Favorite WDW spot to watch Wishes: Right in the middle of Main Street near Casey's Corner.

Favorite WDW romantic spot: On the beach at the Beach Club at night, sitting in one of the swings.

Insider Tip: At least once in your life, go to Walt Disney World when the holiday decorations are up.


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Jack Marshall

Jack Marshall
Assistant Webmaster
Keeper of the AllEars® Archives;
Tips Database; and WDW Ticket Historian

"Day" job: Semi-retired

Favorite WDW memory: Spending an entire weekend with 40 or 50 of my best friends who come from all around the world at Walt Disney World every December.

Things from WDW's past I miss the most: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (Magic Kingdom) and Minnie Mia's (Downtown Disney).

Things from WDW's past I miss the least: Mission to Mars (Magic Kingdom) and the second incarnation of Journey Into Imagination (Epcot).

Insider Tip: Do your homework on WDW ticket prices. Don't assume that Disney is the best one to purchase your tickets from.


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Linda Eckwerth on the Disney Cruise

Linda Eckwerth
Photographer/Administrative Assistant/Swag Queen

"Day" Job: Sales Rep for a manufacturer/distributor of industrial maintenance supplies

Favorite WDW Memory: There are so many and hopefully many more to come, but I would say my first visit to Epcot with my Dad. We tried to see and do everything the park had to offer. When we finally stopped to claim a viewing spot for the closing fireworks, we were so tired that we left without seeing them. It would be 13 years later before I would step foot in Epcot again.

Favorite WDW Spot: Being on Main Street when it is decorated for Christmas.

Insider Tip: Have a plan when you visit the "World", but don't be so rigid that you can't change and roll with the flow. Most of all, have fun!


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Erin Blackwell

Erin Blackwell
Fort Wilderness; Where in the World Photo Blog; Behind the Scenes Support

Day job: Website design and maintenance

Favorite WDW memory: I once met a family from Kenya in Animal Kingdom and enjoyed one of the most special moments of my life. It was everything Walt Disney pictured for his guests.

Favorite WDW spot: The castle view from Loop 300 at Fort Wilderness. Also, seeing the white herons asleep in the Animal Kingdom trees, like pieces of moonlight caught in the branches.

Favorite WDW romantic spots: Animal Kingdom and the World Showcase at night. Riding together in our electric cart at night in Fort Wilderness, enjoying the beautiful atmosphere.

Things from WDW's past I miss the most: The double decker buses in World Showcase. They were great for appreciating the architecture as well as rescuing tired feet!

Insider Tip: Research what's closed during your trip before planning to see it; same with dining reservations. It avoids disappointment. And when you meet a good Cast Member, contact Guest Services. Your thanks will help them achieve rewards and guests get more great Cast Members!

Photography Tip: Keep those pictures safe! Back them up or use multiple chips! I've twice lost photos from entire trips, and now download them as a backup.



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ALSO (Bio's Coming)

Alice McNutt Miller - Feature Writer
Jeanine Yama - Blogger
Jason DZ - Disneyland Blogger
Gary Cruise - Blogger
Lee Zimmerman - Videographer

Jim Korkis - Feature Writer