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Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Returning for 8th YearSwan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Returning for 8th Year
March 29, 2017
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic will return for its eighth year Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, with new dishes debuting alongside returning festival favorites. Fans can now visit to view the 2017 food menu as well as book overnight packages and purchase tickets. Highlights of the 2017 menu feature items from the hotel's restaurants, including The Fountain, Todd English's bluezoo, Il Mulino Trattoria, Shula's Steakhouse, Kimonos and Garden Grove. Also returning this year is the day-after Sunday Bubbles Brunch with J Vineyards and Winery at Il Mulino New York Trattoria on October 29. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., this lavish brunch will feature traditional and not-so-traditional items prepared by our award-winning Chefs. Guests can reserve brunch online or by calling 888-828-8850.


Iger's Contract Extended to 2019Iger's Contract Extended to 2019
March 28, 2017
The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors announced last week that it has extended Robert A. Iger's contract as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer to July 2, 2019. Since Iger, 66, became CEO, The Walt Disney Company has been recognized as one of the "Most Reputable Companies" in both America and the world by Forbes magazine (2006-2017); one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by Fortune magazine (2009-2017); one of the "World's Most Respected Companies" by Barron's (2009-2016); one of the "Best Places to Launch a Career" by BusinessWeek magazine (2006-2010); and as "Company of the Year" by Yahoo Finance (2013).


Ridley Pearson Interview: Details about New Kingdom Keepers BookRidley Pearson Interview: Details about New Kingdom Keepers Book
March 28, 2017
Author Ridley Pearson was at Walt Disney World this past weekend to launch his national book tour for "The Return: Disney at Last," and spoke with AllEars.Net's Kristin Ford. This is the first part of her interview about his new novel. On Thursday, she'll have exciting details about Pearson's next Disney-themed project.


Pandora - The World of Avatar Opening Approaches! FastPass+ Can Now Be Booked for Two Attractions; Special Extra Magic Hours AnnouncedPandora - The World of Avatar Opening Approaches! FastPass+ Can Now Be Booked for Two Attractions; Special Extra Magic Hours Announced
March 24, 2017
Disney Resort guests can now reserve FastPass+ for the two new Pandora - The World of Avatar attractions (Avatar Flight of Passage and Na'vi River Journey) based on a 60-day in advance arrival date.

Annual Passholders can now book FP+ for these attractions 30 days in advance.

Also announced limited Extra Magic Hour evenings have been announced.

        Related Links:
         -- Satu'li Canteen Menu
         -- More Details Emerge on Pandora's Satu'li Canteen


Previews Signups of Pandora Now Available Previews Signups of Pandora Now Available
March 24, 2017
Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members are now able to reserve a 2 hour window to visit Pandora before it officially opens.


Music of Pixar Live Debuts  on May 26!Music of Pixar Live Debuts on May 26!
March 24, 2017
A new limited-time concert debuts at Disney's Hollywood Studios May 26, 2017.


First Bites from the DCA Food and Wine FestivalFirst Bites from the DCA Food and Wine Festival
March 24, 2017
Laura Gilbreath shares her ratings of some of the food items at the Disney California Food and Wine Festival, which runs from March 10 through April 16 this year. The schedule has been expanded this year with culinary demonstrations and wine, beer, and spirits tastings scheduled daily. A number of Premium events were also added, including Sweet Sundays (my favorite) and Winemaker and Brew Master dinners. There are new Festival Marketplaces and new entertainment offerings. With all of the new events the Festival has expanded into new locations around Paradise Bay and Hollywood Land such as Paradise Park and Paradise Gardens, The Vineyard Room, and Stage 17.


Cars 3 Road to the Races at Disney Springs Through March 26Cars 3 Road to the Races at Disney Springs Through March 26
March 24, 2017
A promotional tour for the upcoming Cars 3 movie is at Disney Springs for the weekend and it's completely free and open to the public. Here's your guide on what you can see and do, along with some tips for making the most of the event. The Road to the Races tour kicked off yesterday at Disney Springs, and it continues through Sunday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Handmade Fudge Easter Eggs Now Available at DisneylandHandmade Fudge Easter Eggs Now Available at Disneyland
March 24, 2017
Handmade fudge Easter eggs are now available at Disneyland's Candy Palace, just in time for Easter snacking and treat season. They're only available for a limited time and only a limited number are made each week. Flavors available may include chocolate cream, chocolate-nut, vanilla, vanilla-nut, black walnut, or peanut butter, and they're selling for $9.95 each.


Blind Wine Tastings Now Available at Naples RistoranteBlind Wine Tastings Now Available at Naples Ristorante
March 23, 2017
Now through April 16, Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria in the Downtown Disney District is celebrating the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival by offering blind wine tastings at its new wine bar on the outdoor patio. During the blind tasting, guests are given three different types of wine. If they can guess all three correctly, the flight is free! Flights begin at $13 per flight. Discounted food options will also be available for guests to enjoy. The blind tastings are held from 2 to 5 p.m. every day.


Disneyland's Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt Begins April 1Disneyland's Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt Begins April 1
March 23, 2017
The Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt will return for its fifth year from April 1 to 16, 2017, at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney District. To participate, pick up a map and stickers for $5.99 (plus tax) at select merchandise locations throughout Disneyland Resort. Search for special hidden "eggs" themed to Disney and Pixar characters. Record your discoveries by placing the corresponding sticker on the themed Egg-stravaganza map to represent that location. Return your map to a redemption location for a surprise. Redemption locations include the following merchandise shops: Elias and Co. at Disney California Adventure; Disney Showcase in Disneyland; World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District. (Egg-stravaganza is also taking place at Walt Disney World during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival through May 29, 2017, while supplies last.) Read about Disneyland's Egg-stravaganza hunt from last year HERE.


Planet Hollywood Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Features CelebritiesPlanet Hollywood Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Features Celebrities
March 23, 2017
Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs has been celebrating its reopening in grand style. On March 17, Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon took part in an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the restaurant, alongside Mickey Mouse. The ceremony was followed by an intimate cocktail reception with family, friends and Planet Hollywood Founder, Robert Earl. Actor Josh Gad (Olaf in Frozen, Lefou in the current live-action Beauty and the Beast) also stopped by the new flagship location to take part in the festivities. Several days earlier, on March 13, singer Britney Spears also celebrated Planet Hollywood's reopening with a meet and greet, where she was seen signing autographs and taking selfies with fans. Following the meet and greet, Spears and her two sons, Sean and Jayden, mom Lynne, sister Jamie Lynn and niece Maddie Briann, "dined amongst the stars," indulging in some of the restaurant's classics, as well as its new over-the-top menu items.


Disney Junior Dance Party Coming to DCADisney Junior Dance Party Coming to DCA
March 22, 2017
An all-new Disney Junior show will debut on May 26 in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure. The "Disney Junior Dance Party" will be a high-energy, live show experience that takes its inspiration from the most popular Disney Junior shows on TV, including the new series "Mickey and the Roadster Racers," as well as "Doc McStuffins," "Sofia the First" and "The Lion Guard." The show is set to include live appearances from some of your favorite characters, fun music from Disney Junior and much more.


ORDER NOW: FREE Disney Cruise Line Planning Video!ORDER NOW: FREE Disney Cruise Line Planning Video!
March 22, 2017
If you've been thinking about a vacation on the Disney Cruise Line, this FREE Cruise Planning Video can help! Your FREE planning video showcases:

* What's included on a Disney cruise
* An overview of Disney Cruise Line destinations
* An inside look at our ships and ports
* Information on dining, activities, staterooms and much more


Wishes Fireworks Show Will Stream Live March 23Wishes Fireworks Show Will Stream Live March 23
March 22, 2017
The Disney Parks Blog will stream the Magic Kingdom's nighttime fireworks show Wishes live this Thursday night, March 23. To watch the show, visit the Disney Parks Blog at 8:55 p.m. The broadcast will start with a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of "Wishes," which will end its run on May 11. After the show, there will be an update on the new "Happily Ever After" show that will take Wishes place starting May 12.


"Road to the Races" Tour Celebrates Upcoming Cars 3 Film"Road to the Races" Tour Celebrates Upcoming Cars 3 Film
March 21, 2017
The "Road to the Races" nationwide tour, featuring characters from the upcoming film "Cars 3," kicks off March 23-26, 2017, at Disney Springs Marketplace. There will be activities for the whole family, including photo opportunities with cars Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm, plus an extended "sneak peek" of the film. Alamo Rent A Car will sponsor a giant color mural; Coppertone will encourage guests to take part in a racer pit crew tire-changing activity and a fun photo opportunity; Crest and Oral-B will pass out prizes from the Piston Cup prize wheel and will offer fans the chance to create a digital postcard with Lightning McQueen; at the Dole Refueling Station, you can sample high-octane smoothies; Mattel plans to present an interactive play area; and last, but not least, NASCAR will be on hand to share the history and science behind their iconic brand. There will also be "Cars" merchandise and special menu items at some food and beverage locations, plus a DJ dance party. The event takes place at the former Marketplace Bus Loop near Disney's Days of Christmas and opens to the public on March 23 at noon until 7 p.m. that evening. On March 24 and 25, hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; on March 26, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. "Cars 3" opens in 3D in theaters on June 16.

EDITOR'S NOTE: AllEars.Net's Kristin Ford will be attending opening day of the "Road to the Races" tour. Look for her write-up in her "A Mom and the Mouse" blog on Friday.


Meet Author Ridley Pearson and Get New Kingdom Keepers Book EarlyMeet Author Ridley Pearson and Get New Kingdom Keepers Book Early
March 21, 2017
"Kingdom Keepers" author Ridley Pearson will be at Walt Disney World to launch his latest book. Signings will take place from 10 a.m. to noon March 24 at Mouse Gear inside Epcot and 10 a.m. to noon March 25 at Art of Disney at Disney Springs Marketplace. Park admission is required for the Mouse Gear event on Friday.


VIDEO: 1-Bedroom Villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo HouseVIDEO: 1-Bedroom Villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House
March 21, 2017
Animal Kingdom Lodge recreates the feel of a South African wildlife reserve lodge. Rooms follow the Kraal African village design, a semicircle concept, offering a view of close to 100 grazing animals and 130 birds on the property and in the private savannas.


PassPorter Moms Podcast Preview Summer at Theme ParksPassPorter Moms Podcast Preview Summer at Theme Parks
March 17, 2017
AllEars is the official sponsor of the PassPorter Moms Podcast! There is so much to look forward to at both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando this summer and Jennifer and Sara are going to be talking about all of it! Plus news from AllEars.Net, listener celebrations, and more.


Magic Kingdom Must-Have Souvenirs!Magic Kingdom Must-Have Souvenirs!
March 17, 2017
If you're going to be at the Magic Kingdom any time in the near future, you might want to check out two new unadvertised items that have visitors waiting in long lines. There is a new photo opportunity that takes place in front of the park's Rapunzel-themed bathrooms, with guests photographed holding a lantern from the iconic boat scene in Disney's "Tangled". There is also an Enchanted Rose tumbler, created as part of the promo for Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The clear plastic cup features a rose in the middle of the base, a lid with various light-up features, and a clear plastic straw.