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- Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet Website
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- -- AllEars® Trading Cards
- -- Close Your Eyes and Blink Yourself to WDW
- -- Photo of the Week
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- Birthday Ideas: Adults
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- Collecting Character
- Grand Floridian
- Hidden Mickeys
- Overlooked Attractions
- --Film Tips
- --Digital Tips
- --Videotaping Tips
- Pin Trading Guide
- Pixies at WDW!
- Pressed Penny &
- Scrapbooking Magic!
- --Pontoon Rentals
- --Resort Park Cruises
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Behind the Ears
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!
"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 nearly 20 now and won't admit it, but he still thinks that parade is cool. (And so do I!)
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!
Day Job: Technical Writer/Performance Consultant/Instructional Designer/Training Professional
Favorite Disney Memory: Eating soft serve ice cream and oatmeal cookies with my son at Old Port Royal at the CBR back in 1990. Seven years later as a freshman in college he called me in the middle of the winter and said, "Dad, I've give anything to be sitting with you and eating oatmeal cookies at the CBR." It was then that I knew he was hooked.
Favorite WDW spot to rest: Sitting on one of those swings at the Beach at the Polynesian... no crowds... no music... no lines... no stress.
Insider Tip: If you take the express monorail from the Ticket and Transportation System to the Magic Kingdom be sure and get in the back end of the next to last car. The doors will open right at the ramp and you will be among the first to get down the ramp to the park.
Favorite WDW romantic spot: Sunset Point at the Polynesian Resort.
Favorite Restaurants: Trail's Inn and Tusker House
You can also catch Mike co-hosting the WDWToday.com Podcast!
Day Job: Visiting Disney theme parks
Favorite Disney Memory: Walking through Disneyland early in the morning, before the park opened. For 10 minutes every day on my way to work in New Orleans Square, Disneyland belonged to me and nobody else. I was all alone as I walked down Main Street. By the Rivers of America I would stop and watch the ducks swim on the glass-like water. There were no sounds except those of nature. No music, no voices, just my thoughts and the magic that surrounded me.
Favorite WDW spot to rest: I can't tell you. Because if I did, everyone would seek out this spot and I'd never be able to enjoy it again.
Insider Tip: Arrive at the parks when they open. Then leave after lunch and go back to your "Disney" resort and take a nap and/or take a swim. Then return to a park in the late afternoon, refreshed.
Favorite WDW romantic spot: A nighttime boat ride on the Sassagoula River from Downtown Disney to Port Orleans Riverside.
Favorite Restaurants: Victoria & Albert's, The Flying Fish, Columbia Harbour House, and Yakitori House.
Favorite WDW Memory: Any time I'm with family, but the memory of my brother's face the first time he rode Tower of Terror still makes me laugh!
Favorite WDW Spots: At Epcot on the bridge near France, watching IllumiNations and the Magic Kingdom at the beginning of Main Street looking at the castle.
Favorite Restaurant: Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge -- so many yummy choices!
Insider Tip: Whether it's your first trip or 50th trip -- take your time and enjoy the details. You'll miss some of the best parts of the resort if you rush through too quickly.
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.
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!
Scott can also be found on his website: Planning Strategy Calculator for Disney Reservations
"Day" Job: Photographer Seeking Full-Time Employment
Favorite WDW Memory: Showing my grandparents around Hollywood Studios and Epcot in 2004. My baubie grabbed onto my arm in Living with the Land when it got misty and said, "I would have brought a raincoat if I'd known it was going to rain."
Favorite WDW Location: Wandering around World Showcase, talking to Cast Members, enjoying foreign foods, watching the musicians, and actors.
Photography Tips: Use a flash for outdoor shots of family and friends to eliminate harsh shadows and raccoon eyes.
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.
Steve is author of several Disney-related books and maintains the Hidden Mickeys Guide website.
"Day" Job: Finally retired! I spend my day answering AllEars.Net e-mail 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.
"Day" Job: Technology manager for a nonprofit agency
Favorite WDW Memory: There are so many amazing memories of trips with friends and family, especially the first trip with my sons. One of my favorite memories is completing the Coast-to-Coast Challenge (half-marathons in WDW and DL) in 2010.
Favorite WDW Location: Going under the railroad track at the Magic Kingdom and stepping onto Main Street. All the worries of the world disappear there!
Favorite WDW Romantic Spot: Slowly strolling through World Showcase after IllumiNations. It's such a relaxing and peaceful way to end the day.
Insider Tip: If you have a chance to visit when the parks are decorated for Christmas, take some time to visit the resorts as well. You'll see beautifully decorated trees, as well as impressive gingerbread and chocolate displays.
"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.
Job: Sales Rep for a manufacturer/distributor of industrial
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!
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.
Additional Ears to Ears Moderators: Donna Brewer, Donna Staffanson and Joan Faux.
Graphics Support: John Leary